Tropical Organic Piña Colada

IMG_5225.JPGHere at The Grand Hotel in New Dehli India they pride themselves on their organic juices, vegetables and fruit. This delicious take on the piña colada was enjoyed shaken over ice.

  • 1 cup of organic pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup of organic coconut water
  • 1 or 2 shots of rum
  • organic pineapple for garnish coollogo_com-267361306
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Symbolism and significance of the number 3 in Hinduism

Many people in India believe that any imperfection or failure that we find in creation is God’s willful concealment of perfection and believed to be for a reason and part of a grand design a universal Rtam or order of things. I am born on November 3 in India the number three and sets of threes kept popping up everywhere so being the curious researcher I am, I looked into the 3 and its importance in Hinduism I’m so happy with what I found I wanted to share with all of you the interesting areas where 3 pops up.

In Hinduism three is important because it represents the trinity of the Gods , The Creator Brahma, The Preserver Vishnu and The Destroyer Siva. The three Gods manifest in order to achieve Rtam otherwise known as the order of things.

Brahma is the creator or prajapathi, the lord of beings, Brahma creates the most beautiful forms with his divine mind he uses both devine will and scared energy in perfect harmony manifesting pure intention.
Vishnu is the preserver of things, he maintains regularity, order, harmony and rhythm in the universe by nourishing and helping the planets and objects of heaven to stay on course and balancing the process of creation in harmony with divine will. In him divine will and energy work in perfect harmony to manifest divine intention.
Siva is the destroyer who cleans, purifies, destroys and transforms anything that is in conflict with Rtam. The destruction facilitates regeneration and renewal
of the worlds and the beings in the worlds and helps bring them into an inward journey back to the source of life, he turns everything into its origins or source. Siva is the destroyer. He ensures the Rtam of the universe by cleaning, purifying, destroying and transforming energy.
The triad is only complete because of the different but equal and essential parts of the team of God. In the Western World competition, rankings, fear and prejudice condemn our people into suffering because we are afraid of what is different or compare ourselves to others instead of celebrating our own true self as a unique and important soul.

The Number 3 has many meanings and representations across the Hindu culture and understanding these trilogies have helped me get more in touch with my soul and understand the chaos and order of the world.

* the three layers of nature, light, fire and darkness,
* the three states of being immanent, transcendent and the absolute,
* the triple division of time, past, present and future,
* the three periods of the day, morning, noon and evening,
* the three worlds of heaven, earth and the hell,
* the three phases of life, young age, middle age and old age,
* the three paths to self-realization, the path of knowledge, the path of love and the path of action,
* the three types of breath, the in breath, the out breath and the held breath,
* the triple control of thought, word and deed,
* the control of body, mind and action.

 

DIY Candy Bar

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This DIY Valentine’s Day Candy Bar is simple to make and adorable, it makes for the perfect surprise for your hunny or a welcome addition to you Galentines Celebrations. My mom is the collaborator on this one as we surprised my sister with this Valentine’s Day themed Candy Bar for her bridal shower.

You take  6 containers of your choice I like to do 2 large 2 medium 2 small and take 6 different candy varieties and fill the containers three quarters of the way full.

You add tongs , scoops, spoons of your choice.

You make a place holder of your choice. I chose 6 wooden signs that I could write my candy types on with chalk. You can use stickers or place mats or fold a card, let the candy bar be your Canvas for creativity.

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Collagen Supplements for Health Beauty and Fitness

IMG_2651.JPGFor Many Years the Japanese have been taking Collagen Supplements to enhance their youthfulness, they discovered that topically applied collagen does little for the skin but taking it orally has helped them achieve an defining appearance.
It takes approximately 3 months to see the benefits from taking collagen, I have been taking my collagen for 4 months and definitely see an improvement in the overall appearance of my skin hair and nails. My supplement of choice is by Natures Bounty and can be found at Walmart and Shoppers drug mart, they also have a Hair, Skin and Nails in gummy formula for easy intake. The following are reasons you should consider adding collagen supplements to your daily beauty regime.

It strengthens bones, joints and cartilage. It reduces cellulite.
It helps smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by tightening the skin and improving elasticity.
It promotes healthier skin including working on those stubborn stretch marks
It helps with gut health and has been known to help manage IBS symptoms.
It aids in taking down acne swelling because it works as an anti-inflammatory.
It helps your hair grow thicker, longer and stronger.
It helps with missing amino acids which help regulate hormones.
It is pure protein I like to take it after I work out to help build muscles.
High in glycine amino acid it helps you with sleep and stress relief.
Good for metabolism because it works at maintaining thyroid health.
If you have any injuries especially bruises or cuts collagen can help you heal faster.
Helps weak nails grow harder.

 

Warning: taking supplements can be dangerous especially if the supplements are not from a reliable source as they could contain contaminants and are not always FDA regulated. The opinions in this post are mine personally if you have any questions or concerns about collagen supplements please address them with your physician. Vegans take note that collagen is usually derived from animal proteins.

Zara Canada Contest Scam The latest influencer growth tactic

As if there was not enough shade in the Instagram world from comment pods, buying engagements and likes and following to unfollow the latest greatest way to cheat your way to followers is through the Zara Canada  Contest Scam The latest influencer growth tactic.

In law we call this both passing off and misrepresentation where something or someone looks like and acts the like real deal but is really a scam.

STEP ONE create an account and make it look like a real new accountIMG_1498.PNG

STEP TWO offer gift cards to entice people to follow

STEP THREE offer a code to be given 24-48 hours after a promotion is made for the page on Instagram stories

STEP FOUR gain followers

STEP FIVE check for code and realize that Zara Canada is now someone else such as Amanda Baynes who has great content coming soon who bought her account.

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STEP SIX create other accounts and repeat  steps 1-5

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My biggest wonder is how many people will actually stay following once they check for their code and see it’s a new account they lost my follow already.

I wrote this story to warn other not to fall for the scam and also because Instagram needs to step up their reporting game. They shadow ban legit accounts and withhold people’s likes but do not have any way to report accept its spam and it’s in apropriate they allow no elaboration like Facebook so by the time the check the account in a few months it will look real and won’t be taken down. Who knows how many times this scam has gone on prior to me noticing it yesterday because I see at least two more pop up today.

What do you think about this latest way to get followers have you experienced this before?

The Original Vegan Hypoalergetic Dry Shampoo

IMG_0120My secret to having great hair is not to wash it every day because shampoo strips hair of all of its natural moisture. Going 2-3 days without washing can cause my second day hair to look really greasy, heavy and weighed down.

The solution is Klorane Dry Shampoo

 

 

. Essential in the gym bag to freshen locks up after a light workout.
. For those early morning meetings, blogger events and girls night out when you have no time to get a full glam on a few spritz into hair and voila a fresh mane that stays shiny and voluminous all day or night.
. Hit the snooze button and catch a few more moments of beauty sleep, tame flyaways or add volume to flat hair when you wake up, this is especially nice when it’s freezing during the winter and you don’t have to get hair wet in the shower.

 

 

Although I am not a vegan when I can make more ethical choices and use plant based products which are not tested on animals I do. The natural botanicals and plant based ingredients in my Klorane Dry Shampoo combined with its effectiveness in combating , loss of volume, greasiness and unruly strands make this my Dry Shampoo of choice.

Klorane USA did a study and the results were as follows

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Plant extracts of common oat seed are high in carbohydrates, lipids and vitamins and are selected for their hydrating, softening and protective properties.
Stinging Nettle root extract helps reduce sebum secretion and absorb oil.
Starch, Silica and Beta Cyclodestrine have highly absorbent qualities that keep hair looking fresh without weighing it down.

 

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How to wear your fragrance to maximize attractiveness

Viva La Juicy Perfume Review
I discovered this beautiful scent many years ago when it was gifted to me by my mother. I find viva la juicy perfume the perfect everyday scent because it’s so feminine and fun, I am someone who really likes fresh clean gentle scents with a hint of a darker powdery musk and I don’t like strong vanilla overpowering but do like a small hint of it to linger. There are no florals in this scent, I don’t like floral scents because I find them overpowering and too strong, but a hint of spicy orange citrus is present to balance out the sweetness and give the perfume that originality and sweetness.
The bottle is so cute and girly it looks really great in your perfume collection because of the hot pink bow and gold accents. This perfume doesn’t go on too strong and it lasts many hours on the skin and forever if sprayed on leather or fabric materials.

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How to Apply Perfume for Attractiveness
Most women spray on their wrists as a traditional way of wearing scents and others spray all over.
But I’ll let you in on a little secret, the best places to spray perfume are
The top of your head, women are often shorter than men and men like clean hair, putting a dab on the crown ensures that your hair smells good and that scent reaches your object of affections nose.
Behind your knees , women are always crossing our legs putting a dab on the back of the knee ensures a nice scent while we are engaging with others,
Inner arm, humans move their hands when they talk so having a dose on the inner arm insures freshness while you talk.
All of these areas produce lots of heat, this accentuates the scent and permeates it into the air. These tips are just a guide, the worst thing you can do is overdue a scent, probably why I never wear floral scents because it’s easy to go overboard with them, a scent like juicy is so gentle and fresh it could never be too overpowering even with multiple doses.
Disclaimer: I received my Viva La Juicy Juicy Couture fragrance from Influenster for free for testing purposes all reviews and opinions are my very own 

Quick Organic and Downright Delicious

IMG_9327.JPGWhen the good people over at Influenster asked me if I was in to try the new organic seasoning from Club House  complimentary for testing purposes, of course I was in because I love to cook and I also love making healthy choices like choosing Organic.

The first seasoning I tried was the Kung-Pao seasoning and my first impression is this is some good seasoning because the first ingredient was a quality one, Cane Sugar, Cane Sugar is expensive and of good quality.  I chose to use chicken as my meat and I added Shredded Napa Cabbage, Carrots, Onions and Peppers to my stir fry. Making this dish was easy all I had to do was add water. I love Basmati Rice so I added my Kung-Pao Chicken stir fry over a bed of delicious rice.

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The second seasoning I tried was the new Organic Taco seasoning, again I was impressed with the organic ingredients that I could pronounce. The flavor was tex-mex style and coated the ground beef very nicely, I prefer this taco seasoning to the non-organic it was so aromatic and delicious. I got imported from Mexico Corn Tortillas from No- Frills and topped my tacos with Shredded Tomato, Onion, Salsa Verde and Sour Cream.  Again preparation was very easy just add a cup of water and cook it on medium until all of the liquid becomes sauce.

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Influenster generously sent me these samples to try, all opinions are my own personal opinions

It’s all about Sweater Weather

IMG_8902It’s all about sweater weather as the cold weather is officially here in Toronto Canada and I will be living in cozy knits from now until April (oh Canadian winters.)

My current favourite sweater was purchased at a recent sale at Urban Planet. I bought one sweater in black for $24.99 and got the second, an orange sweater (my current favorite featured in this post ) for just one cent. Urban Planet always has amazing sales pretty much weekly, you check their website or join the emailing or texting list to get notifications delivered straight to your email or phone.

According to one article from Huffington Post

Orange represents creativity, confidence, joy, sensuality and ambition. It suggests vibrant health and has positive effects on emotional states. Huffington Post suggests you to wear orange when you want to have fun, heighten creativity or heal emotions. Avoid it when you feel restless, dependent, fearful or want to relax.

I definitely feel confident ambitious joyful and sensual in this colour. What’s nice about this sweater, which you can buy in many different colours including this beautiful orange here , is it can be warn long, which looks amazing styled with leather leggings or as I have styled the sweater tucked into these amazing high wasted fringe hemmed jeans also from urban planet here.

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Maple Pecan Pumpkin Muffins

One of my passions since I was a little girl has always been baking, however as an adult with a busy life I have definitely stopped baking as much as I would like too. Starting my blog has gotten me in touch with the many creative sides of baking. I’m excited to share more recipes with you all. I always like to make recipes my very own and substitute ingredients or ratios to existing recipes or family recipes to make them more unique and personal.

Maple Pecan Pumpkin Muffins
* 1 1/2 cups flour
* 1/2 cup of rolled oats
* 1 tsp baking powder
* 3/4 tsp baking soda
* 1/2 tsp salt
* 2 tsp cinnamon
* 1/4 tsp cloves
* 2tsp ginger
* 1 tsp nutmeg
* 1 1/4 cups pure pumpkin
* 1 tablespoon maple syrup
* 1/2 cup coconut milk, at room temperature
* 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
* 4 Tbsp coconut oil, melted and slightly cooled
* 1 tsp vanilla extract
* 1/2 cup of shredded coconut
* 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
Crumble Topping
* 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
* 1/2 cup of rolled oats
* 4 Tbsp flour
* 2 tsp cinnamon
* 3Tbsp of margarine or butter melted
* 1/2 cup of crushed pecans

Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 375°F and line a 12-cup muffin pan with baking cups; spray baking cups with cooking spray. For the crumble topping, combine brown sugar, oats, flour and cinnamon in a small bowl; add melted butter and toss mixture with a fork until crumbly. Chill until ready to use.
2. Whisk oats, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and nutmeg in a large bowl. Combine pumpkin, coconut milk, maple syrup, eggs, coconut oil, vanilla, sugar and coconut in a medium bowl; add to flour mixture and stir until combined.
3. Fill each baking cup 3/4 full and sprinkle crumble topping and chopped pecans evenly over batter. Bake for about 18 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean Let muffins cool in pan on a wire rack before removing to serve. Drizzle muffins with maple syrup to taste.