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I’d be a sad excuse for a blogger if I didn’t do an #NSALE roundup, and since it’s the last week of these magical deals I felt there was no time like the present!

See something you like? Just click the image to shop! Don’t forget you only have till August 6th before prices go back to normal…

Sips, Sweets & Snacks

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As you all know very well, the more pastel coloured foods we can get our hands (and mouth) on, the better. So, when Amanda proposed Rainbow Cauliflower Tacos as the next adventure for #EatyourPastels we were more than just excited. It’s no secret everyone loves tacos – they’re adorable, bite-sized, and packed with flavour, so what’s not to adore?

Eating vegan 24/7 can be tough – I know I struggle with cutting certain foods out of my diet, especially when dining out. It’s easy to fall into the pattern of eating plain veggies and carbs and ending up a bit bored. These recipes are quick and make it easy for anyone to eat vegan at home. The tacos we made for this post use lentils as the base, instead of the traditional meat or faux products. Lentils are a great unprocessed alternative to using tofu or other protein replacers, and with the right spice blend they taste surprisingly meaty.

Scroll down for the recipe!

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What you’ll need //

Lentils:
½ cup lentils
1 cup water
¼ tsp garlic powder
¼ tsp smoked paprika
¼ tsp chili powder
¼ tsp cumin
1 tbsp tamari

Seasoned Cauliflower:
½ head cauliflower
1 tbsp coconut or olive oil for frying
1 tbsp taco seasoning
salt to taste

Guac:
1 avocado
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp garlic powder
½ lime juiced
cilantro to taste

Garnish:
shredded candy cane beet
pickled onions (learn how to make your own here)
watermelon radish
nutritional yeast
tortillas

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To Make:

Lentils:

Start by rinsing your lentils. Combine with water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Once they reach the boiling point, reduce heat and simmer on low for 20-30 minutes. Keep an eye on them and add water as needed. When lentils are finished cooking, season with tamari, garlic, chili, smoked paprika and cumin.

Cauliflower:

Cut or break up cauliflower into small pieces. Add your oil of choice to a pan and fry on medium/high until golden brown. Season with taco seasoning and salt.

Quick Guacamole:

In a bowl, mash you avocado adding in all the ingredients listed until you reach desired taste. Voila! You have yourself some guac.
To assemble, be creative! We garnished our crew with some pretty pink friends; watermelon radish, shaved candy cane beet and pickled red onion. (Find the recipe here) We then sprinkled on some nutritional yeast and fresh cilantro. Enjoy these beauties with a squeeze of lime juice and maybe even a margarita!

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Dear Diary

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When I moved out of my last apartment I shed a LOT of stuff. I sold or gave away almost all of my furniture, donated massive bags of clothing and recycled seemingly endless paperwork and age-old birthday cards. The problem is when I moved into my new minimal condo, I had gone a bit too minimal… as in, I had nothing left.

It was a liberating and somewhat stressful feeling to essentially start from scratch: on one hand it was a big weight off to shed so many of the things I’ve been carrying from home to home for years. On the other, there was a lot of pressure to invest in items that will last, that I will love long term and take proper care of. I shopped around for months before finally settling on the perfect setup from CB2.

This store is already famous for their creative use of colour, marble, and all things golden, but what I liked best about shopping at CB2 was how perfectly suited their pieces are for small spaces and urban living. When I first moved into this condo (my first condo at that) I was really unsure how to make it homey without overcrowding the space, but CB2 made it easy to outfit with sleek modern details and reasonable sizes.

For a long time I didn’t feel at home in my space, but now that I have all of the pieces of the puzzle I absolutely adore every corner of my space, from the kitchen to the bathroom and back! Ready for the tour?

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My Furniture Picks //

Marble and Brass Coffee Table
Green Velvet Couch
Brass Framed Chairs
White Gloss Dresser
White Gloss Nightstand

Accessories //

Marble Incense Holder
Unicorn Bottle Stopper
Brass Table Lamp
Pink Throw Pillows

Giveaway //

I LOVE my new CB2 furniture so much that I want to spread the love! That’s why I’m giving away a $1000 CB2 gift card to one lucky winner this weekend! Check today’s Instagram post for entry details.

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Dress UpRandom

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Though the humidity in Toronto makes dressing up a bit more difficult, I refuse to give it up entirely. I love putting together dreamy outfits laden with sparkles and golden touches, and no one does those things better than Ted Baker.

I’m on a bit of a navy blue kick right now, and this structured cocktail dress with delicate 3d floral details is perfect for everything from Friday night patio drinks to Sunday brunches. Romantic and whimsical, this look sends my imagination to croissants at Parisian bistros, cobblestone streets and old world romance. Paired with pearl earrings, glittery metallic accessories and the perfect Ted Baker “dress up” jacket, this look begs for a night at the ballet! Who wants to take me?

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Sips, Sweets & Snacks

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Hold on tight, because today our #eatyourpastels series gets NEXT LEVEL. Amanda really went above and beyond with the ultimate challenge for this post – not one, but three flavours of totally natural organic homemade coconut ice cream!

We’ve been super inspired by all of the amazing rainbow food that’s been taking over Instagram lately (expecially Hippie Lane and Alison Wu), and we wanted to take a stab at making things other than just in shades of pink. Apparently it’s well known in the healthy food world that blueberry dyes most things purple, but what about shades of blue and green? We did a bit of research, and it led us right to E3Live Blue Majik, aka different kinds of algae with really incredible health benefits.

Every time you see something all natural that’s an almost unreal shade of blue, its likely been made with Blue Majik powder. The powder itself is pretty constantly sold out, but if you get the capsules and open them up it’s essentially the same thing (we ordered ours here). With the help of this magical powder, plus beet juice and blueberries, we were able to make 3 perfect shades of “nice cream” to play with (and eat of course!)

Scroll down for the full recipe!

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Notes from Amanda: Making ice cream is actually SO fun! A) Because you can make so many cute colours and B) Because there is something so satisfying in seeing your ice cream churn! The following recipes are enjoyed best if consumed right away. Once they freeze solid in the freezer they lose that creamy soft serve texture. My mission this summer is to figure out how to make them last with a soft creamy texture even after frozen. But for now, whip your coconut ice creams up and eat them all immediately ’cause hey, it IS National Ice Cream Day and all!

What you’ll need //

An ice cream maker (we used CUISINART Mix it in Soft Serve Maker)
6 cans of full fat coconut milk
¾ cup of maple syrup
¾ cup of coconut sugar
½ cup frozen blueberries
3 tbsp beet juice
6-8 Blue Majik Capsules (just the powder inside)

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To Make:

To make all three beautifully coloured ice creams we obviously had to make three different batches of ice cream!

Pink:
Blend 2 cans of coconut milk with ¼ cup of coconut sugar and ¼ cup maple syrup and your beet juice. Add in one tbsp at a time so you can adjust the shade of pink to your desire. Once blended, transfer to your ice cream maker and churn for 25-30 minutes.

Lavender:
Blend 2 cans of coconut milk with ¼ cup coconut sugar, ¼ cup maple syrup and your frozen blueberries. Transfer into your ice cream maker and churn for 25-30 minutes.

Blue:
Take the last 2 cans of coconut milk and add to your blender with you guessed it, the sugars! Also add in your blue majik for colour. Again, transfer your mixture into your ice cream maker for 25-30 minutes.

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Advice:
Coconut soft serve is best enjoyed right away. As if freezes it becomes fairly hard to scoop and serve! We recommend trying one of the pretty colours at a time. If you’re feeling ambitious, be sure to refreeze the bowl between each batch, otherwise your ice cream won’t churn!

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If you’re interested in making other Coconut Milk desserts this book is a great resource! Coconut Milk Ice Cream: Vegan & Grain-free Ice Creams & Frozen Treats