Monday, September 22, 2014

Good Morning Monday | 12

What a fantastic week. It was full of early morning runs. Cooking soups, baking pies, making pesto, and late night hot chocolate walks were all a part of my week as well. All this between comfortable study sessions. When I say comfortable I mean that's mostly what I did, but with tea and slippers so I didn't mind (that much). 
It's really starting to feel like fall most days. It's bright, but there is beginning to be a freshness in the air. There's less of a twilight, more of a night time. Less nights sleeplessly laying over the covers, more nights where half-under the blankets is manageable. And getting out of bed in the morning is getting harder and sheets are getting cozier.

My car may have broken down yesterday. But in the best place possible. Coming home from my half hour commute from work - my little car just made it into the apartment entrance where it just gave out unexpectedly. I Turned it off. Turned it on. Made it 2 more feet. Me and Mitch then pushed it into my spot, a whopping 8 feel from where it died, and there it will stay until I can get it fixed. What are the odds! 
Anyway, let me show you some things.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

DIY: Gold Alphabet Magnets

Unless you've recently had to purchase magnets, you would never know this little secret... So let me tell you, magnets are a hard thing to find! Especially cute/fun/cool ones! So I made my own!
These alphabet magnets were super-easy to make and look so nice and matchy-matchy on my fridge!

I wish I could take credit for an idea this simple yet ingenious, but I found it on Pinterest, a few times over. Busted. Anyway, here's how I made mine!

  • Alphabet magnets
  • Gold Spray paint
  • newspaper or a box to put down so you don't make a mess
Start with Alphabet magnets and a can of spray paint. That's it! I found these letters in the dollar section of Target, score! I've also seen similar and larger ones on Amazon. Any gold spray paint works here, I used Rust-oleum's Universal metallic Pure Gold. The staying power and coverage of this paint is fantastic but I wasn't totally pleased on the shade of gold I ended up with.

Let's get into the messy and shiny part: Lay down your Newspaper, drop cloth, box or whatever you may be using to keep your work space paint-free. Also, please do this outdoors, or in a well ventilated space. This is spray paint we're using here. I did this on my balcony.
Start by giving your letters a nice light coat. Then just coat, and coat, and coat until all your letters are a lovely solid gold! If you're not sure of how to use spray paint (there's more of a method than you may realize) refer to the instructions on the particular can you're using.
I had to rotate the box I was spraying into after a bit to get all the sides of my letters evenly. Let the magnets dry for at least 12 hours, then pop them on your fridge! Easy as can be. Spell out some shiny words and call it a day! And be ready for guests to comment and get totally pumped on your fridge from now on.

I love having these magnets in my kitchen, They tie nicely into the other decorations I have around that space. You could also paint them other colours too! Metallic chrome or matte black would be sweet on a stainless steel fridge. It's a great way to up-scale a fun child-hood memory! What colour would you go for?

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

For the Love of Sweeties Turns One!

I'm very excited to say I've been blogging for a whole year! Now, that may not actually sound like very much, but when it comes to hobbies and dedication for me I lose interest in things rather quickly. When I started this blog a year ago, I blissfully imagined feverishly writing and posting fun projects, and taking beautiful photos for years to come, but the realist in me gave myself 2 months. I defied myself! And that's a wonderful feeling. 
Here I am a year later, granted, I still feel like I have no idea what I'm doing, but I'm certainly enjoying it. I'm learnt lots,. I'm figuring out what I like to write about, what I like to post, how I like to photograph, how to photograph, and I'm starting to see how I'm curating my own style. Not to mention I'm finally juusst starting to meet some other bloggers online, It's fantastic, and I love it, and I'm so proud of myself.

Check out some of the posts down below from my first year of blogging!

My very first post ever: My favourite photo editing apps for android

My very first Simplest of Simple Post: The Breakfast Smoothie Breakdown

A little peek into my scrapbooking, just for fun

This is how I build a simple cheese plate

Super-healthy carrot falafel in a lettuce wrap to make it even healthier and yummier.

If you're somewhat new to blogging as well, (or maybe you're like me and you've created a dozen blogs over the years, only to abandon them after 2 weeks because you just weren't ready yet) let me know, we can grow old together! 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Good Morning Monday | 11

This was Rifflandia Weekend! My favourite weekend of every summer. I can't think of a better way to close down the Summer season than with a four-day-long festival where you get to spend all day and all night with your friends listening to amazing music, at fantastic venues, eating the best food in Victoria! There's a reason why I've been six years running!
I saw some amazing bands I'd been looking forward to for a couple months now, Like Death Cab for Cutie, and the New Pornographers, but I also discovered some new favourites, the best part of Rifflandia! Not to mention the weather couldn't have been more perfect, a tough call for september.
I'm dead exhausted right now though so I will keep this short, and just say my weekend was one long blur of fantastic vibes that will keep me stoked until the leaves are crunching!

Check out the quick mix of my highlights this weekend, perhaps you'll find a new band too!

Rifflandia 2014 by Arielle Moore on Grooveshark

And just a few links, since I didn't spend much time online this week:

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Making Chai Tea Lattes at Home

Now that the air is getting crisper, I'm starting to long a little more for the fall weather and everything that comes along with it. Especially the feeling of cupping your hands around a warm and rich morning or evening drink. Steamy things like hot chocolates, pumpkin spiced coffees, and chai tea lattes are the treats I've been craving lately. The kind of drinks that really warm your bones.
If you've never had a chai tea or chai tea latte before, it's a warming and slightly spicy blend of flavours like ginger, white pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, anise, I could go on! If there's any drink that feels like a warm blanket, it's chai!

I stumbled upon Daksha's Chai Latte in the east indian cuisine section of my grocery store. I was actually looking for pepper. I found it, pepper I mean, in case you were wondering. I also picked up this little box full of sweet smelling latte mix. I'm hooked! Good gracious I carry it around in my purse, I love it so much! After a bit of online peeking, I also discovered they're a Canadian, even BC company, very cool!

Following the package directions, you can add it to hot water to have a tea, this really brings out the spicy notes of the ginger. Or it can be added to steamed milk to make it a sweet, slightly spiced, and creamy latte.

I find it funny that it doesn't actually have any tea in it at all, which does makes it caffeine free, bonus! And if you want you can easily pop a black tea bag in your mug.
It's a simple blend of all the cozy, comforting spices that you need when you wake up chilly. I make mine with hot water, and just a splash of almond milk. I prefer the stronger flavour that comes through that way. In these photos I made a latte with steamed milk, really just because it looks prettier!

Have you ever had a sweet and spicy chai tea before? What did you think?

After reading up on chai tea a little to write this post, I've been inspired to give making my own tea from scratch a go! A great kitchen adventure to look forward to! 

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