Monday 16 June 2014

somebody is now writing in french!

My new little blog about (my attempt at) living French.

Have a lovely summer.
Claudia xox

Wednesday 22 January 2014

Monday 20 January 2014

frugal monday - Project 333

While reading on simplicity / minimalism / vegetarian / eco-friendly design / blah blah blah, I discovered Project 333

Project 333 is pretty simple, in theory, but challenging at the beginning. However, when things are in place, it turns out to be a wonderful initiative.

Basically,  this minimalist fashion challenge invites participants to dress with 33 items (or less) for 3 months. Don't get me wrong, I love clothes (and shoes!) as much as, well, most people who enjoy reading mom/style/design/fashion blogs but sometimes it is good to refocus your (my) priorities.

You should is fun!

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There are a few rules:

When: Every three months (It’s never too late to start so join in anytime!

What: 33 items including clothing, accessories, jewelry, outerwear and shoes. 

What not: these items are not counted as part of the 33 items – wedding ring or another sentimental piece of jewelry that you never take off, underwear, sleep wear, in-home lounge wear,  and workout clothing (you can only wear your workout clothing to workout) 

How: Choose your 33 items, box up the remainder of your fashion statement, seal it with tape and put it out of sight. 

What else: consider that you are creating a wardrobe that you can live, work and play in for three months. Remember that this is not a project in suffering. If your clothes don’t fit or are in poor condition, replace them.

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Claudia's list

 denim boyfriend shirt
blue dot chambray shirt
  stripe shirt with peter pan collar 
print shirt (flowers)
print shirt (feathers)
black gingham shirt 

green cardigan
beige cardigan
gray cardigan
gray sleeveless vest
bunny sweater
navy v-neck sweater
stripe sweater
gray hoodie
 red stripe long-sleeved t
navy stipe long-sleeved t
purple shawl
gray capelet

skinny jeans
*  need new boyfriend jeans *
burgundy skinny pants
navy boyfriend cords
beige boyfriend cords
brown boot cords

black cords mini skirt

brown belt
5 pieces of jewelry (yes, I cheated)
 gray booties
black ballerina shoes
rain boots
winter boots
 2 winter coats + accessories (cheated again, but I live in "crazy weather Canada"!)

Sunday 19 January 2014

a little experiment I want to try: 
10 Vegetables and Herbs You Can Eat Once and Regrow Forever 

a fascinating online (and free) documentary about mothers:
the Motherload

"The motherload takes an in-depth and new look at the subject of working mothers - the current issues, challenges and triumphs that come from trying or having to do it all."

a book I can't wait to get (March 1st):
The Oh She Glows Cookbook

Oh, anybody tried Gwyneth Paltrow's cookbook It's All Good?

(Dan and I circa 1997)

Monday 13 January 2014

musing of a (ovo-lacto) vegetarian mom

A bubble probably went to my brain as I "suddenly" decided to become a (ovo-lacto) vegetarian.

It is actually Dan's fault ;)  As requested (by me after I went to a vegan conference at our local library), he got me for Christmas the book Eating Animal by Jonathan Safran Foer. There is enough well documented information in that book to make you gag in the meat (eggs and dairy) alley at the grocery store.

Plus, to be honest, I needed a culinary challenge as my interest in the kitchen became pretty absent after I got pregnant.

So I researched, and I researched and I researched some more. And one week ago (January 5th), I took a note book and I started to write every portion that I ate during the day to make sure that I was doing this important transition properly.

I'm very (very) skinny...and I eat like a pig. As a joke, my coworkers think that I have tapeworms. In reality, I have a very (very) fast metabolism. If done correctly, a vegetarian diet can bring so much health benefits and since I don't particularly appreciate meat it is really not a big deal for me. The only problem is that I can't lose weight. So I have to be extra careful as I don't want to end up at the hospital.

After a week, so far so good. Actually, so far so I love it!
1) My cooking mojo is back (even if it is a bit overwhelming)
2) Cutting meat is not difficult - cutting cow dairy last year was a bitch
3) Vegetarian food tastes super good (well, if you are into beans/nut/seeds/etc.)
4) I still eat like a pig but it is now part of a balanced diet
5) No headache, no tiredness, no dizziness (so probably no weight lost)   
6) Dan and Alice are totally on board (Alice still eat meat at daycare)
7) Alice has a nasty cold and I didn't get it (yet)...immune system booster!?!
8) And I almost don't fart anymore - this was actually very upsetting! 

So, maybe I will write about my new journey on my blog...or maybe not. However, if any of you have blogs - cookbooks - tips - recipes suggestions, you are more than welcome to leave a little comment. 

Go tofu go ;)

Friday 3 January 2014

January - 5 goals

Ah, 2014! Lets start fresh by taking baby (monthly) steps:


Going to bed at 10pm

Relaxing at yoga class - Wednesday morning at 9am

Saying goodbye to coffee

Washing my face e-v-e-r-y freakin night (yes, I'm one of those!)

Baking a pie

Monday 23 December 2013