Early in my wellness journey, I started making my own personal care and cleaning products. Once I learned about all the toxins in products we slather all over our skin and use to “clean” our homes, I couldn’t continue using them. I’m a chapstick addict, so homemade lip balm was high on my list of priorities. Continue reading “Homemade lip balm”
If you’re in the query trenches like I am, then you have undoubtedly seen the call for #OwnVoices stories and perhaps even wondered, what is #OwnVoices and does my book qualify? Simply put, #OwnVoices are books written by an author who shares a marginalized identity with the protagonist. For example, if you’re Deaf and you write a book with a Deaf protagonist, that qualifies as #OwnVoices. You can read more information here. Continue reading “What is #OwnVoices?”
Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day and I shared why in my gluten free coconut flour banana pancake recipe – it stems from nostalgic memories with my dad, who I spent a lot of time with in the kitchen baking up a storm and creating new recipes. We’ve been consistently meal planning this week and healthy breakfast quiche has been getting us from early morning to lunch with ease. Continue reading “Healthy breakfast quiche”
Self-care is a buzzword you hear everywhere. Sometimes it’s doing the easy things, like taking bubble baths, and sometimes it’s the harder things that we know are good for us, like making time to workout. How about some easy self-care tips so you can get started today? Continue reading “Easy self-care tips”
Do you love Halloween or are you indifferent? We’re in the indifferent camp at our house, but that could be because we don’t have kids. Dressing a toddler up as a pumpkin would very likely change my mind! In the meantime, how about some romance novels for Halloween? What is romantic about Halloween, you ask? Well, a fun fact about my relationship is that James and I got engaged on Halloween many moons ago! Continue reading “Romance novels for Halloween”
One of our easy weeknight dinner staples is turkey meatballs over spaghetti squash. Buster is a vegetable monster and as soon as he knows I’m making spaghetti squash, he won’t leave the kitchen. He always gets the leftovers with his dinner, which makes him the happiest boy on earth. He’s very well behaved, so we had to coax him to “steal” the spaghetti squash from the plate in the picture below. Oh, the things we do for social media #dogcorruption
Networking can be scary, especially if you’re introverted like I am, which is why it’s so important to consider how to prepare for a writing conference before attending one. My natural predisposition to my own company is likely why I gravitated towards writing in the first place, which is a very solitary activity.
Tacos are one of the world’s greatest inventions, so imagine you had a healthy Taco Tuesday recipe that allowed you to partake guilt free! On my journey to become healthier and fitter (check out the recipes from my kitchen and workouts from my living room), creating healthy alternatives for my old favourites was one of the keys to my success. I couldn’t live without donuts, cookies (and more cookies), or pizza and I don’t have to!
We’ve all met the green eyed monster at some point in our lives and when the beast rears it’s ugly head, it can make you feel anxious and inadequate. In an extremely competitive industry like authoring romance novels, it is helpful to learn how to deal with jealousy so it doesn’t affect your path to success (but these lessons can apply to essentially anyone).
If you follow me on Instagram (and if you don’t, why the heck not?!), you’ll know that I promised to reveal the person who made me fall in love with fitness. If the post title didn’t give it away, the answer is Jillian Michaels. I own every single Jillian workout on the planet and I’m going to share the best Jillian Michaels workouts with you today and the best fitness investment I ever made (power block dumbbells!).