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    Cooking Made Easy With Chefs Plate Weekly Delivery

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    Cooking Made Easy With Chefs Plate Weekly Delivery

    Cooking Made Easy With Chefs Plate Weekly Delivery

    Cooking can be something that I wish I could avoid all together. However I recently had the opportunity to work with Chef’s Plate and my outlook on cooking has completely changed. Now You and I can have Cooking Made Easy With Chefs Plate Weekly Delivery service. A service that delivers fresh ingredients to your home with delicious recipes each and every week. Its pretty easy to use. You choose your recipe based on what you want. Then you receive the ingredients in a refrigerated box to your door. Once you receive them its time to create a restaurant style dinner right in the comfort of your own home. Its safe to say you can throw out the Kraft Dinner and Ramen Noodles after you’ve tried Chef’s Plate.

    It’s really easy to Order, you pick your plan whether it be a 2 person or family plan. Once you do that Chef’s Plate will then show you meal that are available for the week. You choose your meal fill out all required information and you receive your refrigerated ingredients. I picked my meals and received them within 3 days, everything was well packaged and kept cool until I was ready to use it. The ingredients were fresh, the meat was locally raised which is amazing and it all came to my door. What more could you really ask for.

    Chef’s Plate Meal Prep

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    Each week there are new recipes that are posted for you to choose from. You have the option of a Beef, Chicken, Fish or Vegetarian dishes. If you don’t like the meals for that week you also have to option to skip them.

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    The recipes are pretty straight forward to follow and it only took about 30 minutes for the meal to be complete and ready to eat. All I really needed to was chop up my ingredients and cook them. Its a complete time saver for me when I don’t have time to cook fancy meals. My overall experience with Chefs plate was amazing, I could really get use to having my groceries delivered to my door. It takes the guess work out figuring out what to make for my family. I also really appreciated the fact that they foods were fresh and all locally grown. It reassures me that I am feeding my family with quality food.

    To be generous the my lovely friends over at Chef’s Plate has provided a referral tag #MABELLEVIE will give you 3 FREE PLATE CREDITS off their first order with them. Try it out you won’t be sorry!

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    Beauty

    Is it Multi Tasking or Multi Masking with Vichy Mineral Masks

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    Is it Multi Tasking or Multi Masking with Vichy Mineral MasksIs it Multi Tasking or Multi Masking with Vichy Mineral Masks

    Is it Multi Tasking or Multi Masking with Vichy Mineral Masks? Recently masks have made a huge come back in the skincare world. This time is all about using more than one mask at the same time. Targeting more than one skin care concern you can think of. For the Fall like many brands that I have seen. Vichy has also joined in on this skin care fad by offering masks that you can apply and benefit from right in your home.

    Each Masks retails for $34 CAD are all infused with Vichy’s Thermal Water. And target concerns such as purifying the skin, moisturizing and achieving glow we all die for. My daughter and I have been using these masks for our girls night or just for a simple pick me up and we love them. They are easy to use, you get instant results in terms of how our skin feels. Not to mention they smell great.

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    I love a good mask, I think they are really important and should be incorporated into everyone’s skin care routine. Since I am a frequent masker I really wanted to put these masks to the test. They did not disappoint. I actually used a visual that I had found online where it shows you how and where you can place and use all 3 masks. Water, Rock and Clay are 3 of Earth’s Natural ingredients that Vichy used to make a system that all skin types can use.

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    Being able to mix and match masks for a proper skin treatment is important. We all have different areas on the face that require special care. Vichy did a great job in delivering quality ingredients to make the multi masking experience a great one.

    Here is how each Mask works.

    QUENCHING MINERAL MASK


    QUENCHING MINERAL MASK

    Instantly hydrates and soothes, while leaving skin feeling fresh thanks to its mineral rich formula and liquid gel texture.

    Mineralizing Thermal Water strengthens for stronger healthier-looking skin.
    Vitamin B3 calms inflammation, soothes skin and leaves skin looking radiant.

    Glycerin hydrates the skin.

     

    DOUBLE GLOW PEEL MASK

    VICHY DOUBLE GLOW PEEL MASK

    Leaves skin glowing and radiant thanks to Vitamin C and its AHA and volcanic stone exfoliation.

    Mineralizing Thermal Water strengthens for stronger, healthier-looking skin.
    Volcanic stone gently exfoliates.
    AHA gently peels off dead skin cells.
    Vitamin C brightens skin tone.

    PORE PURIFYING CLAY MASK

    VICHY PORE PURIFYING CLAY MASK

    Cleanses and refines pores thanks to Kaolin and Bentonite clay, leaving the skin feeling purified.

    Mineralizing Thermal Water strengthens for stronger, healthier-looking skin.
    Kaolin and Bentonite clay absorb impurities and tighten pores.
    Aloe Vera soothes and keeps skin hydrated

    Would I recommend these masks after using them? I definitely would! they are great and work well and the prices is right too.  What are your favourite masks to use that I should check out? Let me know in the comments.

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    Summer’s are for Bright yellow chairs with Wayfair Canada

    Summer's are for Bright yellow chairs with Wayfair Canada

    Summer’s are for Bright yellow chairs with Wayfair Canada

    Today’s post I wanted to share is all about my Summer’s are for Bright yellow chairs with Wayfair CanadaSummer 2016 was the first full summer in my new home. Which means we put in lots of work to make it just how we like it. My front porch isn’t the biggest, but I promised myself this summer that I would find a way to make it look pretty without spending too much money. After a little bit of thought and online browsing I managed to do a Front Porch Refresh for under $200. I bought a few items and also reused some to make it a space that my family loved and enjoy over the summer. As well as the Fall season ahead.

    I have always had a love for Adirondack chairs  depending on where you purchase yours the prices can very quite a bit. I mean a few hundred dollars up to just under a thousand. Keeping that in mind my goal for my front porch makeover was to not exceed my budget of $200. Mainly because I knew I had other home projects over the Summer to complete. In terms of Decor I also shopped around to find the best prices for items I needed and even manage to re-use nature too.

    I had one goal in mind that was, to keep the space bright and colourful since it is the Summer. Can I tell you how difficult it is to decide on paint colours! I love colour and if I could wear every shade I would. Needless to say the task of finding a paint shade for my project was such a daunting task.

    I forgot to mention, we chose to get a raw wood finish for the Adirondack chair because it cuts down the cost tremendously. As I had mentioned they can range anywhere from $60 all the way up to $1000.

    Bright and Colourful spaces on a budget.

    Summer's are for Bright yellow chairs with Wayfair Canada

    Since my chair was unfinished I didn’t have to worry about sanding it down to prepare for painting. To complete my project we went with the paint brand Valspar in the shade Sunspark (3010-2). The brightest Canary Yellow I could find.  I applied 1 coat evenly painting along with the grade of the wood and allowed it to dry. Which took about an hour since I was painting outside. I applied another coat and left it to dry as well.

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    For the decor pieces, I purchased the Cushion, and Glass lantern at Winners. The Cushion was on clearance for $14.99 Lattern $12,99. For the green Lantern I got that at a really good steal for $10 because it was missing the flameless candle.

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    The cost of the chair which we purchased from Wayfair Canada is part of the Atlantic Outdoor Collection which can be found here for $121.99 The paint was free!  The side table which is actually a log from a tree that was cut down.so in total we spent with taxes $180.76. What were some of your summer decor project you did this year? do you stick to your budget? Let me know in the comments below!

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    Beauty

    M∙A∙C and SELENA QUINTANILLA COLLECTION 2016

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    M∙A∙C and SELENA QUINTANILLA COLLECTION 2016

    M∙A∙C and SELENA QUINTANILLA COLLECTION 2016

    Available online October 1, 2016

    Available in-store October 6 through November 17, 2016

    #MACSelena

    The vivacity of Mexican-American singer, Selena Quintanilla, lives on through the passion of her fans and her impact on Latin culture and beauty. Inspired by the devotion of all those still touched by the iconic Latin legend. M∙A∙C Selena is a makeup collaboration tenderly curated with Selena’s sister. Selena not only taught us to move, she moved us – let’s keep that rhythm alive! 

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    I am so excited for this collection. As a young girl growing up I remember sitting on the couch watching the movie. She was an inspiration for all women especially Latin Women. She was the voice of the unheard and an Iconic superstar for Latin Culture. The collection was inspired by her iconic style of a red lip and perfect winged liner she often wore while performing as well as offstage too. The collection has alot to choose from 3 lipsticks, 5 eye shadows. A liquid liner to create that perfect winged liner, Mascara and a few others. I was able to try and review two of the shades of lipsticks offered in this collection and I love them. They come in 2 finishes a matte and an amplified which are two of my favourite finishes in lipsticks.

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    LIPSTICK $22.50
    Dreaming of You: deep wine (matte) Como La Flor: muted cherry red (amplified)

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    Beauty

    Vichy Normaderm Works For Me Review+Giveaway

    Vichy Normaderm Works For Me Review+Giveaway

    Back to School with Vichy Normaderm + 25% off 

    Vichy is one of those brands that always amazes me with their products. Occasionally I get a few breakouts and I was really intrigued by their Acne line. The Vichy Normaderm line is specifically formulated for oiler skin. Which I normally experience during the summer months.Also when I am a little more stressed, I tend to get a few breakouts too. The Normaderm line helps reduce my pimples, the look of pores and shine.

    Now that school has started I am getting use to an earlier routine. It has caused me to get more breakouts than usual. During the summer months I began using the Normaderm line and was really happy with the results. The Vichy Normaderm line is an effective way to get rid of acne. Without stripping my skin of its natural moisture and balance. After one use of the 3 part system I was using, I noticed a difference in my skin. The breakouts dried up within a day and I didn’t experience any discomfort or itchiness. My daily routine consisted of a deep pore cleansing gel, a toner and a moisturizer. Overall I loved the way my skin looked and felt over the summer. I felt comfortable going out with my bare skin and my pores looked and felt smaller.

    Vichy was nice enough to provide me with a discount code for all of you lovely readers which gives you 25% off of your Normaderm order until September 30th. Get shopping!

    Use code back2school at check out

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    NORMADERM DEEP CLEANSING GEL

    PURIFYING GEL CLEANSER $19.95

    This cleanser is specifically formulated for anyone dealing with frequent breakouts, dilated pores and excess shine. This ultra-gentle soap-free, alcohol-free cleansing gel deeply cleanses sebum and impurities without over drying or irritating the skin.
    Its ingredients have purifying, anti-bacterial and keratolytic actions to help prevent new imperfections from popping up.

    NORMADERM PURIFYING LOTION

    PURIFYING TONER $19.95

    This toner is specifically formulated for anyone dealing with frequent breakouts, or dilated pores with shine. This formula combines soothing Vichy Mineralizing Water with glycolic and salicylic acid to unclog, tighten pores and purify the skin.

    NORMADERM CORRECTIVE ANTI ACNE TREATMENT

    24H HYDRATING ANTI-ACNE TREATMENT $29.95

    11 Years of Research • 86 Patents • 2 New Active Ingredients

    Normaderm Corrective Anti-Acne Treatment combines 1.5% Salicylic Acid, LHA, Phe Resorcinol and new Air Licium™ technology to treat and prevent all signs of acne: pimples, pore visibility, acne marks, shine and redness.

    Lifestyle

    Summer Splashin’ At Sandbanks Provincial Park 2016

    Summer Splashin' At Sandbanks Provincial Park 2016Summer Splashin’ At Sandbanks Provincial Park 2016

    Let me start this off by saying, I miss the summer! I don’t miss the humid, hard to breath days. Instead I miss the family time. I miss the time I spent this summer exploring the outdoors with my family. We really discovered places that we normally would have never gone to. Some we have always heard about but never got to see. Sandbanks Provincial Park is one of those places. Located on Lake Ontario in Prince Edward County near Picton, Ontario, Canada. There are 3 huge beaches at the Sandbanks with the softest sand your feet will touch, much like a family getaway to your favourite resort.

    Summer Splashin' At Sandbanks Provincial Park 2016

    Summer Splashin' At Sandbanks Provincial Park 2016

    We made a day trip to the Sandbanks on a hot Sunny day, making a few pit stops along the way for the kids, one being the Big apple which is a Roadside attraction you see when driving East. We decided to stop there since we heard so much about it. Let me tell you it was worth the stop. The Big Apple is a bakery and restaurant which is apple inspired. We found everything from Apple Coffee, Apple Pie to Apple Bread Loaves! They also had a small petting zoo and the option to do a little mini putting with the family. The Big Apple itself was closed for maintenance so we were unable to tour the inside of it.

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    Summer Splashin' At Sandbanks Provincial Park 2016

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    Summer Splashin' At Sandbanks Provincial Park 2016

    Summer Splashin' At Sandbanks Provincial Park 2016

    Once we got to the Sandbanks Provincial Park we set up our Camping Tent, and cooler. It took us a total of 2 hours to get there which isn’t bad at all. We spent the whole afternoon enjoying the water warm breeze and watching the sun set. The water was warm with shallows water hundreds of feet out with small drop offs. I was a little shocked at the amount of sea moss at the shoreline, however I was told that due to a bad storm it caused the sea moss some disturbance. None the less the water was really beautiful.

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    Summer Splashin' At Sandbanks Provincial Park 2016

    Summer Splashin' At Sandbanks Provincial Park 2016

    Summer Splashin' At Sandbanks Provincial Park 2016

    As the evening approached and the heat cooled down we packed up and waited for the Sun to set. That was the highlight of the day for me, there is nothing more beautiful than watching the Sun as it sets. The Sandbanks has a lot to offer during the Summer as well as Fall season. That we plan to utilize next year such has camping facilities, birding( especially during the fall). Biking, Fishing and Natural Heritage Education. Its safe to say that we really had an eventful summer. Last year we had just moved into another family home and didn’t get to enjoy the outdoors. This summer was our chance to make up for lost time and we did just that. Stay tuned for my last summer excursion coming soon to the blog. Thanks for reading!

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    Food Health Lifestyle

    Healthy Breakfast Option with Mix It Custom Cereal Mix

    Healthy Breakfast Option with Mix It Custom Cereal Mix

    Healthy Breakfast Option with Mix It Custom Cereal Mix

    I recently had the opportunity to customize my own healthy Cereal Mix. From Mix It a Canadian company that thrives on providing healthy breakfast options for Canadians. My mornings are quite busy between getting kids ready for school. Making breakfast and sending the kids on the school busy then heading off to work myself. I don’t always have the time nor the appetite in the morning to have a healthy balanced breakfast. Heck I am lucky if I even get to make a cup of coffee before dealing with morning chaos. Since we all need a healthy start to the morning.

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    Mix It allows you to customize your own Healthy Breakfast Option with Mix It Custom Cereal Mix. With your favourite ingredients all in one container and have it delivered right to your front door.

    That means all the Cereal lovers can enjoy a well balanced breakfast bowl. Based on their taste, texture and dietary preferences and restrictions. When perusing Mix it online there are over 70 ingredients to choose from. The mixes can be gluten free (yay!) low in sugar and guaranteed 100% fresh. I chose a mic that consisted of Oats, Banana Slices, Coconut Oil, Figs and Mulberries. That will give me approximately 20 servings based on the Canada’s portion size adults require.

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    I was also able to customize my tube with my Blogs name. Which I felt was a special touch of personalization. And a great gift option for someone special. Another exciting fact is that that all mixes are locally made in Montreal with prices starting at $9 . Which is pennies when you think of the benefits of eating healthier. My overall experience, from choosing my mix, customizing my label and delivery. Was really quick and efficient, once you have completed the order process it also sent you a summary of your order that I appreciated.

    Healthy Breakfast Option with Mix It Custom Cereal Mix

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    The navigation on the site was easy to get around, ingredients were easy to find and it gave a very detailed description of what each ingredient was. I will definitely be ordering again and would certainly recommend Mix it to someone looking for a healthy breakfast or snack option. If you would like to order your own Mix it blend visit the website here

     

    About Mixit.ca

    The Mixit mission is to help individuals lead a healthier lifestyle, their way. It provides the benefit of customization, without being time consuming. The Canadian Mixit team of Stephanie Jackson, Oldrich Blaha and their son Alexandre is changing the breakfast landscape with healthier food options for the whole family, that do not sacrifice taste.