It is the last day of March! Can you believe it? One day, when I look back on my personal journal entries I anticipate that I will be quite bored with the beginning of each entry as I often begin writing with a comment of how time is going by too quickly. Or how time is my enemy as a mother. I recall thinking (not so long ago) that I would never be quite as old as the girl described in Abba's "Dancing Queen".
April Fool's Day starts and ends tomorrow morning. I have never been one to prepare a prank or joke in honour of that day. I am happy to be the person whom the joke is played on (as long as it is in good fun). In 2015, Emily from Cupcakes and Cashmere, created a Coachella flower crown in which she wrote how to construct one as part of your outfit. Part way through reading the article/looking at the photos I decided I would probably stop reading her blog as her fashion sense seemed off. It turned out to be a cheeky April Fool's joke which, I had (of course), fallen for. Let me know if you do something funny tomorrow!
Game of Thrones, Season 7
HBO just released its first trailer of Season 7 of Game of Thrones. Spoiler alert, it is mesmerizing but doesn't tell the viewer anything. We know winter is coming! Still, it is nice to see the familiar faces of Jon Snow, Cersei, and Daenerys and the music is very fitting. We're excitedly waiting for July 16, 2017!
Oatmeal Fudge Bars
Gooey chocolate plus oatmeal is another perfect combination in my mind. I just made these squares last weekend and they didn't last long! I have been a long-time reader of Kristin Rosenau's blog, Pastry Affair. There are some real gems on her site!
The Power of a Flower
The flower world has changed dramatically in the last couple of years. It is more than an Instagram trend. Demand for seasonal and local blooms as well as foraging for flowers on one's own is rapidly changing the market. Say goodbye to year-round lilies and carnations!
Join a CSA
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is growing and for good reason. Buying into a CSA supports the agriculture in your area and provides you with fresh, locally grown produce. It is connected with the farm to table movement which has thankfully, turned out to be more than a trend. How do CSA's work? Consumers "buy into" or become members of a CSA prior to the growing season. They agree to pay a certain amount of money and are provided with a weekly box of locally produced food. In good growing years, everyone benefits as a variety of foods will be grown and there will be less food waste. The farmer continues to be supported in poor growing years knowing that income is not wholly dependant on sales. We missed out joining the CSA's in our area last year but thankfully, joined Root Radical CSA this year. The time to sign up is now! For more information for Ontario residents, follow this link. Otherwise, Google "CSA" to find out what options are available in your area.
Part of a Pregnancy Survival Kit
Self-care is all the rage this year but what should pregnant ladies do with all the changes to their bodies and minds? When I became pregnant with my first child, I suddenly became much more cautious of what I consumed, how I washed my hair and what products I used on my face and body. Thinking of these daily regimes is important not just for your growing baby but also for healing after the baby is born and for your long-term health. For my third pregnancy, I came across the Pregnancy Kit produced by Wooden Spoon Herbs. I found the kit to be calming, helpful and comforting. What worked for you?