Thursday, 14 November 2013

Shoes, Soup and Sparkle


*Warning*

This is a wedding post,
But!
A soup post as well.
So its a win win situation for whoever is reading.

Wedding things first:

I have a dilemma, I cannot find shoes for my dress.
Before you all start rolling your eyes, scanning down for the soup recipe, listen to my distress.
Or at least pretend to.

I'm 5'3, the fiance is 6'3...


Needless to say, I'll be needing more heels in the future, especially for July 6th.
Any thoughts? Brands? Suggestions?
I seriously need help people, I own one pair of heels, and according to my mother, I "need"
heels to be a proper married woman...or something like that...
Here are some pictures I like...

Adrianna Papell Boutique Fidazzle Sandal | DSW

Burgundian Heels from BHLDN


Okay! Onto the soup, because seriously, I am sick of looking at shoe pictures. Actually, I'm sick of looking at wedding pictures in general. It's time for a food break!





You may have seen this picture before, it's my own recipe for carrot soup.
My favourite vegetable, yes I absolutely love carrots, and soup.
So it's another win win situation.


















Roasted Carrot and Onion Soup

6 whole carrots, peeled
1 sweet potato, peeled
2 celery stalks, washed and trimmed
10 small onions (or 2 large)
1 tsp cumin
3 cups vegetable stock
salt and pepper to taste
fresh parsley to top *

*optional

















First, roast the onions, sweet potato, and carrots in a 400 F oven until brown and caramelized. This will take about 45 minutes. Then chop the celery and fry it in a bit of olive oil with the cumin until soft. Add the roasted carrots and onions. Add two cups of warmed vegetable stock and let simmer for 15 minutes. Using an immersion blender puree half or all of the soup, add salt and pepper to taste.



Ummmmm yes delicious. Seriously so easy, and you're eating them vegetables!
Enjoy blog friends! 

xoxo

Lauren


Oh wait! I forgot the sparkle part of the post....



232 days folks, still no towel registry.








Thursday, 7 November 2013

Staying alive during midterm season



Hey all!

Yes today's post is more about stress and survival, rather than wedding planning bliss, because truthfully, life has not been to blissful, nor balanced.

see below for a visual example...
Me trying to balance everything in my life right now....



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Let me break it down for you  in point form so we all understand).
- I have four papers due next week. Have I started them? No.
- I have not completed any reading for my classes this week or next.
- November is the month from hell, meaning every professor believes it's a good idea to put all assignments on the same day. Heaven help me.


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- I still have not registered for towels, nor any of the new Home Sense spring items, the amount of reminder emails I receive from them is getting quite overwhelming. How will I furnish my Pintrest apartment 
(we still haven't found one yet....)
- On that note...I have not checked my email in a week (cue 400 million emails waiting for me)
- On the note, I was exaggerating, over 400 million emails would be ridiculous.
- I got a call yesterday that my wedding dress was in for the first fitting (Hooray!)

BUT!
- I've gained 5 pounds (plus)
- I'm scared to go on the scale now
- I've become addicted to lattes (not helping my dress/scale fears)

BUT!


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I'm going to stop here to save your sanity. My brain is a scary place and this list above is a stress rant.
So, this where this post gets positive, for as stressful as life can get, I'm reminding myself to take it one step at a time, one task at a time. I'm striving to make time for what is important, placing a focus on what I can get done each day, doing that fully and to the best of my ability. I'm going to live, enjoy this crazy ridiculous busy time in my life and pray things work out for the best. Thank heaven for fiances, family and food (obviously). If any/all of you are reading this, I thank you; thank you for helping me, dealing with me, and hugging me when I need it (which all the time).

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How am I staying sane you may ask? How do I cope with school, work, wedding planning, apartment hunting (and decorating)? Well these guidelines have been keeping me afloat.

1. Sleep; seriously guys and girls, do not underestimate the power 8 plus hours can give you, without sleep you will have less focus, get less done, and cry sporadically at anything (or is that just me.....)

2. Eat well and often; People, when you eat well you feel better, plus more fruits and vegetables do wonders for your whole body, don't forget to live though. Indulge and practice everything but in moderation.

3. Do not make school, midterms, work, etc the one and only priority in your life. Do not forget you have a life, and should live it. Make time for friends, hug your family, be a friend to have friends. In the long run you will thank yourself.

4. Along the lines of tip number 3, find things that de-stress you, things you enjoy doing. You need time for yourself even when you have a million things to do. Take a bath, go for a walk, make cookies, watch junky television, be kind to yourself by making time just for you.

5. Sweat: If any of you are like me, maybe sweating is not to appealing, and for me it is not, not at all. However I've combined gym time with friend time, I force a friend (well she forces me) to gym and gossip sessions twice a week. Working out will clear your mind, plus make you more focused during school and work. Not to mention you'll be a happier person overall. Combining a workout with a friends is a great way to get your mind off "sweating" and more focus on your friend.

Be #happy, be healthy.
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Only five tips because I don't want to overwhelm you again. I hope you've been able to follow this random mash up of thoughts. I hope it helps somewhat...
Remember! Your life is more than school deadlines, pay cheques, new curtains or towels.
Life is yours to live, so live it.

Keep tremendously interested.
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Hope that wasn't to cheesy for you all, these really are just thoughts that have been on my mind lately.
I'll be back with more wedding things next post (think veil and show decisions)

Oooh! Just got so excited now
I'm getting married!!
240 days (but who's counting?)

xo

Lauren.


Tuesday, 29 October 2013

What Lauren Likes - Windsor Edition


Hey, remember me?
It has been awhile, I'd say a year or more since I've written to you
Why I stopped writing you ask? Simple...

I fell in love. 

January 13th 2012 I met my future husband.





July 6th 2014 is the wedding day.



I'm in school full time, working towards graduating this June.
We need to find an apartment, move out before the wedding and 
still haven't registered for towels. 
I have eaten a box of timbits though,
stressed yes, maybe a bit.
I've accepted 4 more students in my piano studio, no idea how I will fit in 15 students in, but do you realize how expensive flowers are for weddings?
Pour me a drink. 




Needless to say, this blog now has been taken over by wedding plans, being on a budget, Windsor Ontario happenings, school stress vents and of course food! It is my blog after all......





This is now my life now as a 21 year old Windsorite; trying to survive full time school, part time work, living at home, sharing a room with a 16 year old. Add trying to eat healthy, working out, AND saving my social life.  
I'm desperate need a caffeine IV.



Send help, and foie gras. 

Also! Stay tuned for new posts on the following....


1. The engagement story and shoot- featuring Windsor's own Juniper Books and Every Little Wonder Photography. Plus how I set aside time to plan a wedding, write papers, teach piano and cook with my love. 
Hint, it involves copious amounts of caffeine. 

2. Ways to deal with bridal stress, school stress, work stress, family stress. Answering those awkward wedding questions during family functions and ways I've used to save money while planning the wedding.

Random collection of thoughts, hopefully you're all still following me

Dang, still Tuesday.

xoxo

Lauren. 

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Adding mah greens to WIAW


Bam! Savoury oats with eggs.
Spinach, carrots, salsa, and a new fave...
Avocado!


I was hesitant to try it, I had gotten so used to my normal savoury oats I and II
 and truthfully..... not the biggest fan of avocados,
but manomanoman this twas good!!


In the mix:
1/2 cup oats
1 cup water
2 tsp soy sauce
pinch of salt, pepper and paprika
drizzle of olive oil
*Cook until water is gone


Fry up your egg ( a little drippy is best)
Top with whatever your heart desires!
Breakfast can be different, fun
and totally delicious!


Have an awesome (and tasty) rest of the week!
Savoury or sweet for breakfast?

-Lauren.



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