Local Fav.. LocalBoom!

A couple weeks ago, I was introduced to this LOCAL company that not only has the most delicious healthy products, but also have a great vision, that is supporting local companies and entrepreneurs!

They have everything you need and they are adding more! From skin, body and bath to Home Art and Decor.. and something that I do not see very often.. MEN’S SHOP ( if you are looking for a Saint Valentine gift for your husband, you might take a look on what they have )

Their Customer Service is Amazing! I got the opportunity to try some of their products, and I sent others to my friend Kama ( @ethigal ) who was the one who introduced me to them. I’m so obsessed with their Vanilla Latte Almond Butter.. seriously you have to try it!!

If you are a local supporter, go and take a look on their website https://localboom.ca/ or visit their Instagram: @localboom

Xo,

Athenas

 

Annaliisa Kapp and Shae Workshop PLUS Vegan Recipe

A couple days ago, I attended the most amazing health workshop ever!! And I think the reason why it was such a success for me, it was because the powerful combination of these two woman on my pic.

Let me start with the beginning.. I’ve been following Annaliisa Kapp on Instagram for quite some time, Not only is she a Holistic Nutritionist but also a big influencer here in the White Rock/South Surrey area, so when I saw her post about this event that included a Kindalini yoga class with Shae I knew I had to attend.

I’m not a big fan of Kundalini to be honest, but this was a completely different experience!! Shae is a creative movement Therapist, and she makes her class so UNIQUE! The energy in that room felt sooo powerful, I’ve never been in a Yoga class like that one before. We were dancing, pushing our bodies, breathing energy, FULL of GOOD vibes.. seriously YOU  HAVE TO EXPERIENCE THIS!

When the incredible class was finished, It was Annaliisa’s time! She started sharing her story of how she became passionate about Wellness, and I felt so connected with her because I’m experiencing bouts of emotional eating and I do not take care of myself of how I used to, so being able to refresh my mind with all of the tips, products etc. was a great reminder for me!

I can’t wait to share with you some of her favourite local products! But in the meantime, I will leave this recipe for you for meatless Monday! Check out her website: https://www.annaliisakapp.com/ and follow their Instagrams @annaliisakapp and @shae_savage for more info, I’m sure you are going to love them!!

Xo,

Athenas

Favourite apps for editing

Hello all! I wanted to have this blog post done since yesterday, but if are following me on Instagram, you know how crazy BUSY this week has been for me.

Now that I want to make the things a little bit prettier, I’ve been playing and trying all of these different apps on my phone for editing my pictures. I don’t usually use photoshop anymore, because I do it mostly from my Iphone 7 PLUS, that has the BEST Camera I’ve ever seen in years!

Anyways, if you are an Instagram lover, and you want to create this “pretty” feed, here are some tools that can help you:

Snapseed: I starter using it a couple weeks ago and I’m loving it! Specially the “Selective” tool that I’ve been using for brightening and getting the white balance right.

VSCO: I don’t use this one that much, BUT I know I should because there is a huge community in here, even an insta tag #vsco and I know lots of bloggers would use VSCO and Snapseed together for the perfect picture.

PicTapGo: This one I use it for a quick fix. Sometimes for a picture I’ll pots on my insta stories that is soo dark, just to bring a little bit of lightness.

Facetune: This is my favourite favourite! I love the lighting expose filter, and is the best for removing imperfections like lint on clothes or surfaces.

ColorStory: This is a new one for me as well, I like to have options with filters, so I bought the Organic and Fresh ones, as I love how the colours turn out!

Plotagraph: I just got this one lol! but I found it in another Insta account and I LOVE IT!! I think is pretty cool having this movement with your picture to make it look more real!

Meatless Monday: Thai Curry Vegetable Soup

I simply love making soup! It’s such a great way to add vegetables into your diet, and the best part? How they taste the next day!

This recipe is from budget bites, and it takes around 30 min to make. This was a huge success with Francisco, even tho I was scared because it was my first time making noddle soup, and trying a new vegetable “bok choy”.. BUT I love experimenting new things and flavours fo here we goooo..

If you are a Thai food lover, give it a try!

Ingredients:

-2 tbsp of avocado oil

-2 cloves of garlic

-1 tbsp grated fresh ginger

-2 tbps Thai red curry paste

-1 small sweet potato

-1 bunch baby bok choy

-4 cups of vegetable broth

*13 oz can coconut milk

*1/2 tbsp of fish sauce

*1/2 tbps brown sugar

*3.5 oz rice vermicelli noddles

For garnish:

-1/2 red onion

-1 lime

-Handful of cilantro

-Sriracha ( if you like spicy )

Instructions:

1-Prepare the veggies for the soup and garnishes first, so they’re ready to go when needed. Mince the garlic and grate the ginger ( I used ginger powder, but if you like it fresh, go for it! ) Peel and dice the sweet potato into cubes. Wash the bok choy, then chop into strips, separating the fibrous stalks from the delicate green ends. Thinly slice the red onion and roughly chop the cilantro.

2-Add the cooking oil to a large soup pot along with the minced garlic, ginger and Thai red curry paste. Saute the garlic, ginger, and curry paste over medium heat for 1 or 2 min.

3-Add the diced sweet potato and chopped bok choy stalks to the pot ( save the leafy green ends for later ) along with the vegetable broth. Bring the pot to a boil over medium heat, then reduce the heat to low and let simmer for 5-7 min. or until the sweet potatoes are tender.

4-While the soup is simmering, bring a small pot of water to a boil for the vermicelli. Once boiling, add the vermicelli and boil for 2 to 3 min, or just until tender. Drain the rice noodles in a colander and set aside.

5-Once the sweet potatoes are tender, add coconut milk, fish sauce, and brown sugar to the soup. Stir, taste, and adjust the fish sauce or brown sugar if needed. Finally, add the bok choy greens and let them wilt on the hot soup.

6-To serve, divide the rice vermicelli among four bowls. Ladle the soup and vegetables over the noodles, then top with red onion, cilantro, a wedge or two of lime, and a drizzle or sriracha.

XO,

Athenas

 

 

My Fort Langley Guide..

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No plans this weekend? Have you been in Fort Langley?

If you are an explorer like me, you may want to get in touch with BC’s roots, and If I remember correctly what I studied for my citizenship exam, everything gets back to Fort Langley!

This little community is so unique! Small businesses everywhere, their historic site, friendly people, hikes.. sounds good?

Here are my “must visit” places there:

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1-Wendel’s cafe:

We always stop by Wendel’s to grab a cup of coffee to make our walk in the town more cozy, and if we are kidless, we will come back to eat some lunch there.

2- Second stop: Watermelon Tree Store:

If you get excited about baby clothes, you may want to visit Watermelon Tree. They have the coolest local brands and the most beautiful dresses for girls. Also there is like a “kids” area where your toddler can play while you take a look on the store!

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3-  Village Antiques Store:

If you are into Antiques and home decor, this is your place! They have lots of treasures in this store, You can spend hours looking to every single item they have. This is my mother in law favourite place lol!

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Picture by Pinterest

4- Historic Site:

This is one of the coolest historic places I’ve been! I have to give this to my Husband who was the one that found it and right now is FREE. You would find live demonstrations with costumed interpreters, activities like “finding gold”, feed the animals, and if you are lucky you would be able to try their roasted nuts they are preparing in one of the historic houses. The tour in the main house if you are into history is your place!

5- And Last but not Least.. Maria’s Gelato:

Just to finish your tour and leave with a sweet taste, stop by Maria’s gelato! Their Dulce de Leche as you can see in this picture is my favourite one LOL!

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What are your must visit places there?

Xo

Athenas

 

Baby Go Round

Since Mia was born, I became obsessed with Family traditions. I made a whole list of what I imagine they would be, and for the most part I’ve achieved them all, but my favourite one is the one on Christmas time that we just started last year.. giving back to others.

I know probably she is too small to realize what is to help others, but I want to make the holidays a “giving” instead of “receiving”.. Here is the story: when I was a child, the whole meaning of Christmas for me was the toys I was expecting to receive, and nothing more than that.

That’s definitely NOT how I want my kids to think. I want them to know how blessed they are and the value of sharing with others, so I started to look for some organization that we can give back in some way, and our 2 choices were the childrens hospital and baby go round.

If you don’t know baby go round, they are located on Kinsgway, and they are dedicated to help Families, mommies and babies in need with clothes, products, strollers, blankets, everything they would need to survive the big times. I love the idea of helping them because I know the amount of things we need when a baby is coming and how expensive this stuff are!

We have been very lucky with all the support that we have had from our friends and the community that I cannot think of a better place to give back!

If you like the idea of giving, you can check out their website: http://www.babygoround.ca/

Xo,

Athenas

GIVEAWAY: Brunch at the Local

Hey guys! As you can see, i’m working on making the site more efficient, i’m not an IT person so be patient with me while I figure out how to organize all of my previous post.. but in the meantime.. let’s talk about good Food!

Last week Francisco and I we were restaurant hoping around Gastown, and when I saw “The Local” I got instantly curious! Matias ( my 8 month old baby) was with us so I didn’t know if it would work but at the end everything was a success! Francisco said 3 times that it was the best clam chowder he have ever had, then our brunch came up and my mouth is watering just of thinking how GOOD my huevos rancheros and the bennys where! We haven’t had a brunch that good in years!

And that’s not all.. they brought this mini smoothie that matias finished in seconds so we have to order a second one lol!! Every single thing that we tried felt it was made with love, their customer service was beyond our expectations, and we got a great view from our table of the beautiful gastown!

I like it that much that I knew I want one ( or two ) of you to go and try their brunch!! So i’m giving away a $30 gift card to a one lucky reader! You can enter living a comment here or on my Instagram post. The winner will be choose on January 13, 2018.

Xo,

Athenas