Vanilla Oat Pancakes (egg free, GF)

These vanilla oat pancakes were delicious, easy to make, and a healthy start to the day.

All you are going to need is:

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup of any kind of milk (I used 2%)
  • 1 banana
  • 2 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • fruit of your choice

  1. Pulse the oats until they form a powder
  2. Add the milk, banana, and vanilla extract
  3. Blend the ingredients together until fully mixed
  4. Heat up a frying pan with the coconut oil

(follow the usual process of making pancakes from here on.)

I topped my pancakes with passion fruit and cherries, but I have also tried them with peanut butter and they were just as good. Enjoy!

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Summer Days

Summers are best spent with good friends and good food. This Sunday (today), one of my best friends, Leslie, came over. It is hard for us to see each other during the week days because I’m working as a camp counselor, and so is she. We went bike riding around my neighborhood, ate mini pizzas, watched the movie Passengers, and made banana ice cream, which turned out more like a strawberry banana smoothie. What a fun day. I wish all of you many happy Summer days, and many, many Summer adventures like this one. DSC02486DSC02466DSC02463DSC02457

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Sorry I’ve been gone for a while. I’m coming back! I took an unplanned hiatus. I wanted to share this & wish all of you a lovely day/night, where ever you may be.

Homecoming ’16 

Homecoming this year was so fun. From 6 a.m. Monday morning, until 10:30 p.m. Saturday night, the whole thing was a dream. It’s my senior year of high school, my final year before university. It has been great so far, but spirit week made it even more fun! Monday thru Friday, the whole school was allowed to dress up in clothes that matched the theme of the day. Friday was the most fun. We had field day, our senior hallway looked fantastic, the pep rally was ridiculously fun, and we didn’t get rained on! What an amazing last homecoming. The dance on Saturday night was just as exceptional. I wore the nicest heels ever that night, and I didn’t take them off once. I don’t think my feet have ever hurt as bad as they did the next morning! 

Yum!  🍴🍞💗

This was so good! Quick, healthy, and easy meals are so great to know how to make when you’re on the run, or are just too lazy to cook anything. For this turkey, avocado sandwich the only ingredients you’ll be needing are:

  1. a toaster
  2. 2 slices of Mestemacher pumpernickel bread 
  3. Sabra hummus 
  4. 2 slices of turkey
  5. Go Veggie chive and garlic cream cheese spread
  6. 1 ripe avocado
  7. FINI balsamic vinegar

Zara Outfit #1

Believe it or not, this outfit was in horrible condition when I bought it off the sale rack in Zara. The zipper on the side was completely destroyed, the shoulder straps fell too low, and it was so hard to try on, I thought I would rip it before I even made the purchase. After endless contemplation and questioning in the dressing room, I decided it was worth it. I would have to get the zipper fixed, and manage to shimmy both in and out of the outfit without causing it to tear, but for $16.00 I knew I could do it. I had it altered and repaired within the next few weeks, and when I tried it on (very carefully) after picking it up, I knew I’d made the right decision in buying the outfit, but not in cutting off all my hair.

Smoothie & Açaí Bowls🍓🌟🍌

Whether it’s just a quick mix of fruits and coconut milk in the Ninja Blender I have at home, or a calm, prolonged weekend morning, smoothie bowls are my all time favorite way to start the day. Before the week starts, I try to load the fridge with my favorite fruits: Raspberries, Strawberries, Blueberries, and TONS of Bananas (essential for smoothie bowls.) It’s also very important to treasure the visits you have to T.J. Maxx with your mom, because there are bags of great smoothie bowl toppings that can’t be found anywhere else. The first picture was a traditional Açaí Bowl. The base was made with unsweetened vanilla almond milk, one frozen banana, and frozen, unsweetened Sambazon Açaí. I topped it with coconut shreds, strawberries, raspberries, chia seed, and raw cacao (tastes just like chocolate)! The second picture was a smoothie bowl I made another morning. It was perfect for the start of a very tropical Summer. For the base I used: unsweetened vanilla almond milk, one frozen banana, and a generous amount of pineapple chunks. I topped it with strawberry slices, pineapple chinks (more), chia seeds, and raw cacao. So good!

Tips for making the perfect bowls:

  1. Pour your favorite liquid into the blender (almond milk, coconut milk, apple juice, orange juice, coconut water, etc.)
  2. add a banana, doesn’t matter if it’s frozen or not, for a creamier texture.
  3. mix your favorite fruits in (even avocados work)!
  4. top with things like: cereal, nuts, granola, and more fruit

Voila! Enjoy!


Happy Day 🍓✨

I was looking at old pictures on my family’s home computer the other day, and I was reminded of some very happy memories from different times in my life; however, this memory stood out a bit more than the others.

It was the Summer of 2012, the summer after seventh grade, and I’d just gotten my nails done two days before these pictures were taken. My mom and I went to a nail salon and I picked a super flashy yellow that I never wanted to take off. Before we knew it, we were headed off to Belgium for vacation. We arrived at our house in Brugge, and not long after, my parents and I found a small market in the city that we’d never been to before. We bought three containers of  THE BEST strawberries I have ever had in my life.

Princess Dresses and Desperate Princes❤️🌹

Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve been obsessed with the shoes my mom owns. I used to walk around the house in her high heels that were 5 sizes too big for me, borrow her seemingly never-ending lipstick supply, and plan my daily weddings with the prince. However, as I’ve gotten older, my feet have grown (unfortunately) one size too large my mom’s shoes.

I thought growing out of my mother’s shoes was the end of the world; until I realized: everything works out perfectly– because now that my feet are big enough for heels; I have my own shoes, and only need to go through her closet every now and then when the prince calls me up wanting to get married for the 46th time.

I’m only seventeen, but who can blame the guy?! With dresses like these hidden around this house I’d be eager to see what I’d be wearing too.

📍 Toronto, Canada 

I love Toronto for many reasons: the plane ride is only a bearable three hour flight, we’re familiar with many areas of the city, there are always new places to discover each time we visit, and there’s such a variety of things to do when there. My grandparents bought an apartment for my mom when she was studying in university, and nothing in it has really changed since then. Her old James Dean and Anthony Crickmay posters still hang on the walls; as they have been for many years, keeping the black and white theme she had going on. Her old leather jacket and ice skates are still in the closet, and the now ancient white fridge still rests on the tile floor of the kitchen. No matter how worn out the skates are, or how outdated our kitchen is, this apartment is one of our favorite hang out spots when we’re not out and about: walking around downtown, watching the newest movie theater blockbusters, swimming at the community center, reading at the bookstore, or visiting local stores in Thornhill. Whether it’s skiing in the Winter or hiking in the Summer, everything about Toronto is quite an adventure.