February 2017 Archive

DIY Heart Card Print

This DIY project transforms a meaningful card into a pretty print that you can display in your home! Perfect for a bedroom or office space!

Over the past few years, my mom and I started the tradition of buying the prettiest cards possible for each other on special occasions. Why? Because you can frame them afterwards and make some super pretty prints for your home! Rather than shove the card in a box in the basement never to be seen again, why not make it into a pretty print that can be displayed in your home!

Take this Hallmark card for example.

It had “super pretty print “written all over it, so I couldn’t help but purchase it after eyeing it for a few weeks in the store. I also had some white and silver sparkly chevron washi tape kicking around that was leftover from my wedding. When I held the chevron tape up to the card, I thought it would make the perfect border! Match made in heaven.

Here are the supplies I used to assemble the print:

Directions:

Take the glass out of the frame, and cut four small pieces of double-sided tape. Turn the card so the back of the card is facing upwards and stick the tape to each of the four corners on the card.

Stick the card to the front of the glass, ensuring that the four corners line up with the corners of the glass and the card is straight. Next, place washi tape around the edge of the card so that it forms a border and secures the card it to the glass.

Next, take the back off the picture frame. Insert the card stuck to the glass into the frame. Place the back onto the frame so that the glass and card are secure. You now have a gorgeous card print to put on display. Such a nice way to showcase your favourite cards!

 

Elysia, XOXO
Trail Mix Energy Bites

These energy bites are like eating trail mix in a ball! Quick, easy and heart-healthy! 

These energy bites are seriously the best! Whenever I get the urge to whip up a batch of energy bites, these are always my go to. They are super easy to make, only requiring one bowl (less dishes!!), and taste absolutely delicious! Nutty with a bit of chocolate-ly flavour and  just the right amount of crunch. They’re not only a great source of heart healthy fats and fibre from the nuts, seeds and flaxseed, but also have a kick of antioxidants from the dark chocolate. I love snacking on these pre or post workout along with some Greek yogurt for some extra protein. Totally hits the spot and satisfies that sweet tooth! Plus, you can make a double batch and freeze them for a quick and easy snack on the go! Who doesn’t love quick, awesome and healthy snacks? This one is always a winner!

Trail Mix Energy Bites

Yield: Makes approximately 28 bites

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rolled oats (gluten-free if necessary)
  • 1 cup almond butter
  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseed
  • ¼ cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ½ cup raw sliced almonds, crushed, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Mix all the ingredients together (except for the sliced almonds) until everything is well incorporated. Refrigerate mixture for at least 30 minutes.
  2. In the meantime, place sliced almonds in a Ziploc bag and close the bag. Crush the sliced almonds with your hands or the back of a spoon until almonds are broken down into smaller pieces. Pour crushed almonds into a bowl.
  3. Next, remove almond butter mixture from the fridge and spoon out a heaping tablespoon and roll into a ball. Roll the ball into the crushed almonds until the surface is coated. Repeat until all of the mixture is used.

Notes

Nutrients per serving (for one energy bite): Servings: 28• Calories: 113 • Fat: 8 g • Carbohydrates: 9g • Fibre: 3g • Protein: 3 g • Sugar: 4 g • Sodium: 20 mg • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Elysia, XOXO
Pretty Picks for Valentine’s Day

I have always loved everything to do with Valentine’s Day. Hearts, the colour pink, romance, flowers, prettiness…I mean, seriously, what is there not to love?! I searched high and low to bring you some of the prettiest household items for Valentine’s Day. Personally, I would just keep them around all year round! They’re THAT pretty! So here are my top picks for Valentine’s Day! I think I’ve fallen in love!

1. Hello Beautiful Mug

Who wouldn’t love sipping their morning coffee out of this mug?! Perfect way to start the day!

 

2. La Coeur Leather Jewellery Case

I love the fact that this jewellery case is small, portable and pink! It even has a spot for rings!

 

3. Blush Cake Stand

If it’s blush, I’m automatically in love! Wouldn’t this cake stand look adorable topped with a pretty cake or cupcakes?

4. Heart Cork Coasters

How cute are these coasters? I would keep them on display all year round!

5. Floral Hand Towel

I am absolutely loving this pastel dish towel. Doesn’t it just remind you of Spring?

6. Glitter Heart Party Straws

Sparkles + blush = true love

 

7. Faux Roses in Glass Vase

I love flowers, but real roses rarely last very long. These gorgeous roses look just like the real thing AND you can keep them around all year round!

 

8. Little Hearts Chocolate Fondue Set

Wouldn’t you just loving dipping some strawberries into some warm chocolate right about now??

 

9. ‘Always’ Cake Topper

This cake topper is so pretty! The glitter….

 

10. Felicia Table Clock

I adore this clock! A stylish way to ensure you’re right on time!

11. ‘Love’ Wall Decal

This decal is like artwork in itself. And the perfect reminder to share the love!

12. Big Hearts Double Wall Insulated Tumbler

I could sip out of this super cute cup all day long!

13. Amanda Throw

The perfect throw to cozy up in on a cold winter’s night! And it’s blush…so that makes it even better!

14. Fabric Heart Sequin Throw Pillow

I’d put this pillow in every bedroom if I could….LOVE!

 

15. Rose Gold Love Ballon

You could throw the cutest parties ever with this blush love balloon!

 

16. Enjoy the Little Things Canvas Print

Such a pretty and inspiring piece of artwork to brighten any room!

 

17. Hearts Wall Decal

Pink hearts on a wall = instant happiness!

18. Kate Spade Small Heart Dish

I would never put anything in this dish….it’s pretty enough just to display!

 

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Elysia, XOXO
Vegetarian 3-Bean Chili

This chili makes a quick, easy and healthy meal that’s perfect for those busy weeknights! Vegetarian and gluten-free.

I cannot get enough of this vegetarian chili! Seriously, it’s good stuff. I’ve already had it three times this week….and counting…..yeah I’ve got some serious vegetarian cravings these days. Plus, I’ve served it up to friends, family and co-workers. The chili is THAT good! It’s been getting rave reviews so I figured it’s time to get this recipe up on the blog! I love how it is packed full of fibre and protein…so it’s super filling, while still being heart-healthy! It’s also SO easy to make. It’s one of those meals that you can whip up on a weeknight when you have no clue what to make. I love making a huge batch of it and freezing the rest for an easy meal the following week! I’m all about those stress-free meals, especially after a busy work day!

Vegetarian 3-Bean Chili

Yield: Makes 6-8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 small onions, chopped
  • 2 red peppers, diced
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 2 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1/8 tsp. red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1 1/2 cups each cooked kidney, black beans and chickpeas (or 1 no salt-added can of each, rinsed)
  • 6 oz tomato paste
  • 28 oz can no salt-added diced tomatoes
  • 8 oz tomato sauce
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Optional garnishes:
  • Chopped green onion
  • Diced avocado
  • Shredded cheese
  • Dollop of Greek yogurt

Instructions

  1. In a large pot, sauté onions and red pepper in olive oil until tender
  2. Add spices, and mix until combined. Cook additional 1 - 2 minutes.
  3. Add tomato paste and stir for 1 minute
  4. Add remaining ingredients and heat, covered, over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for about 30 min.

Notes

Nutrients per serving (per 1/8th of the recipe)

Servings: 6-8• Calories: 276 • Fat: 3 g • Carbohydrates: 48 g • Fibre: 12g • Protein: 13g • Sugar: 12g • Sodium: 184 mg • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Elysia, XOXO