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Everyone’s Favourite Double Chocolate Biscotti

Everyone’s Favourite Double Chocolate Biscotti

  • January 14, 2021
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This double chocolate biscotti is everyone’s favourite—everyone who’s tasted them, that is. I’ve been making this recipe for a few years now and even chocolate-timid or calorie-avoidant recipients have come to this tasty dark side.

It’s an absolutely delicious indulgence that’s worth making. I haven’t had one this good that’s store bought. Eat it on its own or dip in coffee, tea, milk, or your beverage of choice, and you are in for treat.

Sliced biscotti pieces reveal the melty chocolate chip goodness.

The original recipe was from The New York Times – Union...

Rituals to Bust the Blahs Away – Monday Edition

Rituals to Bust the Blahs Away – Monday Edition

  • October 19, 2020
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Mondays are almost always my crazy packed work days and I’m used to this. And yet, some of them can still be so…blah that I NEED ALL THE PERK ME UP I CAN GET to get through the first half of the morning. 

First: Zumba Virtual Mornings with Matt Armendariz 

8:00am (or 10:00am on Saturdays) with Matt is sacred to me. His Zumba classes have been one of the best morning rituals I do for myself and the crew—and by crew, I mean the 100+ people in the class. On a Monday.

If you haven’t tried...

My Favourite Safer, 100% Mineral and Reef-Friendly Sunscreens

  • September 09, 2020
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Fall may be coming soon, but it’s not the time to stash away your sunscreen. In fact, you shouldn’t. Ever. Yes, I am that friend who often asks if you’re wearing sunscreen. 

Plus, it is still warm and bright here in Vancouver. The breeze may be cooler, but staying directly under the sun in the middle of the day could still be a scorcher.

Do I really need sunscreen?

It is a good idea to keep sun care a regular part of your daily skin/body care ritual, especially if you will be exposed...

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

  • September 05, 2020
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I’m not exaggerating when I say that this chocolate chip zucchini bread does not last more than 48 hours in our household. In fact, J and I and polish this off between the two of us. 👀

My friend, Brenda, gave me her adapted recipe from Epicurious almost a decade ago, and this been one of my staple zucchini recipes. It is just so darn good.

Whether you’re gearing up for back-to-school week, or just need a treat for the weekend (or anytime, really), go bake this! It will put a smile...

Maskne (Mask Acne) Fighters — What Works

Maskne (Mask Acne) Fighters — What Works

  • July 29, 2020
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It’s been two months since I dropped a post in here and many things have happened since then. We’ve ventured out more. We have dined out at restaurant patios a handful of times. I have seen my massage and physical therapists, and had gone out with ONE friend. I had a face mask all the time—except when eating, of course. Yes, you can call me that person who is being extra careful. It really doesn’t hurt me and I have no interest in spreading or contracting Covid-19.

I wear a mask...
Pan De Sal (Filipino Bread Rolls)
Baking & Eat & Food & Recipes

Pan De Sal (Filipino Bread Rolls)

  • May 26, 2020
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I dug deep into my recipe vault, straight into the Childhood Comfort Food section, to make these Pan De Sal or Filipino Bread Rolls. This is what happens during the pan de mic. Oh, I have reached bad pans (puns) level.

It’s been over two months since “staying at home” and physically distancing happened, and I needed a warm hug in the form of freshly baked buns. We used to get these fresh from the neighbourhood panaderia (bakery) early in the morning.

I learned to eat pan de sal with...

Ready to Glow Up?

  • May 22, 2020
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Need a little ? in your life? I have little pockets (packets ?) of sunshine to share!

?‍♀️ You know by now that I am all about clean, safer and effective skincare. And mine got a kick of radiance during the quarantine, thanks to the All Bright C Serum from @beautycounter. I made myself a guinea pig for four weeks to test it out myself and let me tell you—my skin is LOVING it.

Check out my Instagram Story Highlights for the weekly updates I posted over the past month.


Blueberry Boy Bait (Blueberry Coffee Cake)

Blueberry Boy Bait (Blueberry Coffee Cake)

  • May 13, 2020
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If I hadn’t baked this and didn’t know what it was called, Blueberry “Boy Bait” would be the last name I would associate with it. First of all, it is no looker right out of the oven. Second, it seems hearty at best, a cake only a mother could love.  However, take one bite and you will kind of get why this blueberry coffee cake is a winner. It placed second in the 1954 Pillsbury Recipe and Baking Contest (the precursor to Pillsbury Bake-Off). Renny Powell, a fifteen year-old girl,...

Mother’s Day Giveaway: Stay At Home Edition

  • May 04, 2020
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Have you found something special for Mom yet? No? If you need ideas, go check out my Unconventional Gift Guide During Unconventional Times for Mother’s Day. I have suggestions for clean, safer and non-toxic gifts you can send mom this coming weekend.

Oh, and another thing: Because moms deserve the best and I love sharing the gift of clean…

I am giving away MOM’S SPA & CHILL DAY AT HOME FACIAL KITS* to ten (10) Newsletter Subscribers.

Are you:

a mom, a partner of a mom**, or someone who knows a mom** (could be your...
Unconventional Gift Guide for Mother’s Day

Unconventional Gift Guide for Mother’s Day

  • April 30, 2020
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Hello Friends and sorry for the delay in putting this out. What a time we live in. When I switched completely to using clean and safer personal care products and eventually decided to join as a consultant** with  Beautycounter last year, I never would have thought that more that 7 months later I would be creating an unconventional gift guide for Mother’s Day. Unconventional times call for categories like:

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Speak Moistly Frontliner Care Keep Calm and Facial and Spa at Home Zoomference Ready Party in Place Sunny Backyard Vacations

Here we...

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