Where to go in Victoria…​ Deep Cove Chalet

Where to go in Victoria…​ Deep Cove Chalet

Looking for the perfect date in Victoria BC? I got you!

A couple of weeks ago, I was invited to the most beautiful wedding ever at Deep cove chalet. It was my first time there and I was absolutely surprised with their food, service and spectacular scenery.

This beautiful place is located just 10 min from the Ferries, just outside of Victoria, so of course, they have a view to die for!

I LOVED the ambiance and the “homy” feeling. The place is so elegant and classy, and the customer service was beyond my expectations. This is without a doubt the best place for that perfect date if you are visiting or living in Victoria. But.. that is not all.. they make their own wine! Wait. What?

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They have lots of meal choices if you are planning your party there, if you are looking for a standout experience, check out their website here.

As amazing as the whole experience was, what excited me the most was able to have a date/adults time with my husband and brother. Being able to seat in peace, enjoy a good wine, eating good food with that view, it was just exactly what we needed.

Can’t wait to go back again!

 

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My thoughts about the Vegan world

My thoughts about the Vegan world

4 years ago I decided to reduce my animal consumption. My reason was not health-related, but it was more about helping the environment as much as I could. My family is not vegan or vegetarian, however, my kids animal consumption on their diet is 30% and mine around 40% ( damn doritos lol! )

Our lives have been like this, and we just got used to it. A couple of months ago, I was trying hard to lose weight so I wanted to come back to the diet that has always worked for me, which is Atkins, but after a week of eating meat and tons of dairy every day, I was feeling bad, not sick bad but it just not felt right, and at that moment I realize that it doesn’t go with who I am anymore. I tried to do a vegetarian version of it, and I was basically leaving by their shakes until I just gave up.

With this I don’t mean that I think people are bad for eating animal products, I don’t think either than vegans are healthier than people that eat animals, it’s just different lifestyles. I’m a huge believer in finding the right balance and do what is best and feels best for you, not the society.

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Friends usually asked me what my kids eat, they do eat regular yogurt and cheese, but they drink cashew or almond milk. Their favourite breakfast are smoothies so it so easy for me to add veggies! For lunch, they eat lots of pasta, cuscus, lentils, and beans, it’s been like this since Mia was born, and so far I have happy and healthy kids.

Even tho I tried to breastfeed as much as I could, I used cow milk with both of my kids on their first year ( formula ). I also gave Mia cow milk when she was 1 to 2 years old, after that I slowly switched to almond and now cashew milk.

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I don’t want to restrict my kids on anything, I also don’t want my friends having to worry about preparing a special meal for me when they invite me to dinner, so I don’t think we are becoming 100% vegan’s anytime soon, however, with all the new options coming to the market every day, is getting easier and easier to consume less animal products.

Whenever I’m looking for a new vegan/vegetarian recipe, I would usually go and check it out Erin Ireland or youtube. I was so excited to meet her at the Vegan Appreciation day today at Spend Grounds! Can’t wait to share more about this journey with you!

Xo,

Athenas

Theatre Under the Stars “Cinderella”

Theatre Under the Stars “Cinderella”

Outdoor Musicals in Stanley Park!

A couple of days ago I received an invitation from Theatre under stars, a non-profit, volunteer-driven society to attend their “Cinderella” performance.

They have an amazingly talented cast, that brings a smile to everyone! We were lucky to have their VIP experience, where we got the treat with cupcakes, drinks and goody bags! but what I enjoy the most was the performance of this classic fairytale. They had the perfect music, great effects, and they were well prepared for everything that could happen ( it was raining but that didn’t stop us to enjoy the show, as they had ponchos for everyone! )

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I was truly enjoying every second of it before the kids started to get tired, so I missed the end! Can’t wait to go back and finish it because really they got me!!

They will be playing from July 4 to August 18, the shows usually start at 8pm! Grab your blanket and join us! Click here for more information.

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Ceviche Recipe!

Ceviche Recipe!

My hometown is famous for the Seafood! You cannot find that taste anywhere in Mexico! This is my dad’s recipe that I get to enjoy when they come to visit in the summer, hope you enjoy!

Ingredients:

1-Shrimps

2-Limes

3-Cilantro

4-Onions

5-Cucumber ( optional, take all the seeds out )

6- Tomato

7-Orange

8-Clamato Juice

9- Tamari or any soy sauce

Instructions:

1- Wash all of the ingredients and cut the veggies in small cubes.

2- Add the shrimps to a container, then add enough lime to almost cover them. Let them marinate for an hour.

3-Take all the lime out and add the onions, cucumber, tomato, and cilantro. Mix well and add salt and pepper.

4-Add 1/2 cup of orange juice and 1/2 of clamato juice. Add 1 tbps of tamari gluten free.

5- If you like it spicy, add some Valentina or Huichol.

6-Serve with Avocado, tostadas or whatever you want!

Xo,

Athenas

Fav Local: Spent Grounds! + Giveaway!

Fav Local: Spent Grounds! + Giveaway!

What makes my Monday’s better!

I can’t believe it’s been 6 months since I moved to do what I like to do: Marketing. I was not only lucky enough to be hired by a company with a great working environment but also happens to be next to one of my favorite local coffee places!

When I started working at JMC, I was worry about not being able to find good quality coffee close by, and I just found it right there, 5 steps away!! And the best part? they also happen to sale all of this organic, gluten-free, vegan, LOCAL products.. SCORE!!!

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Spend Grounds is not only good for their coffee, they also have the best company values, they love supporting local and they do care about our planet. The owner Karen, even tho she is super successful, is the most down to earth girl on the planet! And everything makes sense when you meet her beautiful mom, who spend her time helping the kids in Mexico!

This cool coffee roaster is hosting a Vegan appreciation event next Saturday, July 14 from 10 to 2PM and all of their amazing suppliers are going to be there, so I’m partnering with them to give away a gift basket that contains their amazing organic coffee ( and many things more ) and a $50 store credit for you to try their treasures! Some of my favourite products are their 2guyswithknives meals, NutmegMylk, SayhelloSweets ice cream ( perfect for this weather ) Hoochybooch and the black sheep vegan cheese!

Go to my Instagram to enter and click here to visit their website!

Xo,

Athenas

 

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Happy Canada Day!

Happy Canada Day!

Happy Canada day to my fellow Canadians! It is Canada’s 151 Birthday, and what a better way to spend it than a road trip around BC with the family! We are on Vancouver island right now and heading to Kelowna tomorrow to check out the fireworks!

For this Canada Day, I decided to join skittles with their #GiveaDam campaign. They will be hosting a live webcam footage of a man dressed in a beaver costume building a dam. Every view will be towards the David Suzuki Foundation to raise awareness of our country’s national animal and its habitat.

Here is the link for you to join: http://skittlesgiveadam.ca

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Happy Canada day EH!

Pds: How cool are their limited edition of red and white skittles? the flavour is SO good!

XO,

Athenas

 

 

Once you try Freddy Vancouver, you NEVER go back!

Once you try Freddy Vancouver, you NEVER go back!

Summer Pants Alert!

Since I became a mom, my style has changed a LOT. I always thought I would never going to be one of those moms that they don’t take care of herself, and here I am lol! It is super difficult to find clothes that look good and at the same time keep you comfy with all the mama duties! We are constantly on the go, standing, seating, and getting all the food from those little fingers around our clothes.

I’ve been wearing this pants from Freddy Vancouver every day since I got them, apart of being EXTRA comfy, they have WR.UP technology, designed to underline all women’s best shapes.

As you can see on the pic, I’m obviously not a model, however, I love how they bring up your curves in a natural way.

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They are SUPER soft and light, plus super easy to pair with! I was between this pair and the black leather ones, but because it is so HOT outside, I went for the neutral color.

If you want to give them a try, visit their stores at Metrotown and Robson st. or check out their website here

Thank you so much Freddy Vancouver to sponsor this post!

XO,

Athenas