Cute Tips

Yay! Spring has arrived! After much anticipation of the warm weather, I can’t help but get excited about being able to give myself a pedicure that I can flaunt in a cute pair of sandals, peep-toe pumps, or flip flops.

There are quite a few “predictions” on what this warm seasons’ manicure and pedicure nail polish “it” colours will be, but I tend to diverge from these most times as I’d rather paint my tips in colours that work well with my skin tone and that I really love.

I’m a bit of a nail polish-aholic and have an embarrassing amount of bottles in my collection which I divide into cold season hues, and warm season hues (I feel like in Canada, we only really have two seasons, winter and summer). Personally, I like deeper colours in the winter months along with pale whites or berry reds and purples. In the summer months I prefer sheer pale pinks, nudes, bubbly pastels, and bright off-the-wall colours.

As a side note, most of my polishes are either “3 Free” or “5 free”:

3 Free – does not contain formaldehyde, toluene and dibutyl phthalate

5 Free – does not contain dibutyl phthalate, toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, and camphor

Here are my favourite hues from my personal collection. You can be sure they will be in constant rotation on my fingers and toes for this coming summer season:

 

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Left to right: OPI – Natural Base Coat, Spa Ritual (3 free) – Circle of Life, Butter London (3 free) – Slapper, China Glaze – For Audrey, Misa – A Sunny Smile Makes Me Go Wild, OPI (3 free) – Cajun Shrimp, OPI (3 free) – Charged Up Cherry, Essie (3 free) – Van D’Go, OPI (3 free) – Rumples Wiggin, Essie (3 free) – Cocktail Bling, Essie (3 free) – Allure, L’Oreal (5 free) – Top of the Line (top coat).

 

P.S. If you’d like artistic inspiration for your summer manicures, check-out my Cute Tips Pinterest board.

P.P.S. Speaking of pedicures, be sure to visit again in the coming weeks as I’ll be sharing my favourite “it” sandals for this spring/summer!

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Chocolate Pudding Smoothie Bowl

Here’s a new twist on the ever-growing popular smoothie frenzy – Smoothie Bowls! I came across an interesting Instagram post which depicted one of these colourful bowls and it looked pretty darn good! It’s a great breakfast option or health-wise mid-day snack.

I love that you can add a variety of fresh fruits, dried fruits, nuts and seeds, or grains and oats for an endless variety of smoothie bowl combinations. To up the protein just add a scoop of protein powder or your favourite nut butter. To make it creamy you can add milk or yogurt of your choice.

I recently made my first attempt at my first smoothie bowl concoction and my taste buds and tummy were quite pleased. There is a twist in this recipe though – I had a Purple Power Veggie Puck and had found a recipe on the Make My Day Foods blog for a chocolate smoothie that I really wanted to try, and so I thought it would be great base for a smoothie bowl. I’ve shared my own version of this recipe below and I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I did.

 

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CHOCOLATE PUDDING SMOOTHIE BOWL 

  • 1 Purple Power Veggie Puck
  • 1/2 a ripe avocado
  • 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder (I like it really chocolaty)
  • 1 teaspoon of maple syrup
  • 1 cup milk of your choice
  • 1 scoop of protein powder

Put all of that into you blender and blend until smooth. Top with any fruit, nut, seed, or grain combination of your liking and enjoy!

 

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Funfetti Birthday Cake Batter Craze

Funfetti! Funfetti! Funfetti!

Lately when I search for anything on Google, almost each time a “birthday cake batter” or “funfetti” related result shows up in my search results. You just can’t get away from it! “Funfetti” and “Birthday cake” seem to be the “it” flavours at the moment. Lucky for me, the Rainbow Bit cake mix by Betty Crocker and Confetti cake mix by Duncan Hines are my absolute favourite boxed cake mixes of all time! If I’m going to bake something from a box, either one of those would be my go to – hands down.

Having found a hoard of very interesting twists on the regular flavour and concept of the confetti cake, I’m pretty excited to try out a bunch of recipes I’ve pinned on Pinterest.

I did think about trying them all before posting this article, but I thought, if you’re up for it, we could try them together and share in the experience and how you fared; if you made any changes to the recipe, or if it just didn’t turn out the way you hoped it would.

Here are 10 recipes that I can’t wait to try. I know 10 might be a stretch, but it’s going to be a lot of fun trying them out and ooh sooo yummy…I might up my personal challenge a notch by opting to use health wise ingredients with the exception of #3.

1. Cake Batter Cheesecake

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2. Baked Funfetti Donuts

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3. Funfetti Cake Batter Martini (Um, girls night!)

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4. Funfetti Sugar Cookies

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5. Funfetti Biscotti

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6. Funfetti Blondies

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7. Funfetti Cake Batter Pancakes (Mmmm…)

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8. Funfetti Ice Cream (This could be dangerously yummy)

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9. Funfetti Fudge

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10. Funfetti Cake batter French Toast Casserole

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BONUS! 11. Funfetti French Macarons. Unfortunately there isn’t a recipe for this. It’s one that I’m going to attempt from scratch – wish me luck and good luck to you if you decide to attempt any of these recipes.

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Drink Your Veggies

Getting a healthy serving of vitamin rich vegetables each day isn’t always doable. Mainly because the preparation time alone can be longer than anticipated. You have to wash and clean your veggies and then chop them up, but also making sure that all your hard work doesn’t go to waste if you don’t end up using your veggies before they go bad.

Through my network at the office, I was lucky enough to meet Stephanie, and learn that we share a love for healthy food and a health aware lifestyle. She is the Marketing Director and Product Developer for Make My Day Foods. Several months ago, she introduced me to The Veggie Puck – a nutrient and antioxidant packed, mixed vegetable, single serving “puck” of organic vegetables and greens. Just pop one into your blender with your favourite fruit and liquid base, and tah-dah! A healthy way to start your day or enjoy it as a mid-day or post workout snack.

The Veggie Puck is available in two options – Supreme Green and Purple Power. Below are two smoothies I’ve made using both.

Note: recipes below we’re made using a “bullet” style blender and are for a single serving.

 

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“THE HULK” GREEN SMOOTHIE RECIPE

  • 1/2  a banana
  • 1/4 of a green apple
  • 3 to 4 ripe strawberries chopped up
  • 1 Supreme Green Veggie Puck
  • 1/2 to 1 cup of organic coconut water (depending on your consistency preference)
  • 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons of unsweetened, plain Greek yogurt
  • teaspoon of maple syrup (optional)

Put all ingredients into your blender and blend until it’s a smooth consistency.

 

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POWER-UP RED SMOOTHIE

  • 1/2 a banana
  • 1/4 cup strawberries
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • 1/4 of a lemon, juiced
  • small, peeled piece of ginger
  • 1/2 to 1 cup of organic coconut water (depending on your consistency preference)
  • dash of Celtic Sea salt

Put all ingredients into your blender and blend until it’s a smooth consistency.

I try not to add any additional sweeteners or use sweetened yogurt or juice when I make smoothies. If I must up the sweetness factor though, I opt to use a splash of maple syrup.

You can also find food recipes on the Make My Day Foods blog, such as soups and a delicious pesto!

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