Books 💙 Recipes and Staying Creative

With so much going on in the world I want to focus on the positive. I turned the news off. I’m staying home and doing things that keep me happy. I hope to bring some inspiration and positivity to you my friends. Stay happy and do things you love. You now have the opportunity to read, paint, write and do what ever your heart desires creatively. Keep active as much as you like. You can watch movies, meditate, exercise and get fresh air on your balcony or backyard. Cook, clean, organize and dance. Put the music on and sing or play games. Keep smiling, this too shall pass.


Today I would like to share my TBR list for 2020. I’ve selected ten books and I hope I can get through. What are you reading at the moment?


MY TBR LIST 2020

The Cat’s Table by Michael Ondaatje

The Diviners by Libba Bray

Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter

Beartown by Fredrik Backman

A Man Called OVE by Fredrik Backman

The Black Witch by Laurie Forest

A Little Life by Tanya Yanagihara 

The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neill 

Annabelle by Kathleen Winter 

Life of PI by Yann Martel 


Today I would like to share my lentil soup recipe with you and I hope you make it at home. It’s so easy and delicious. Do you like lentils?

Spicy Lentil Soup

Ingredients

12 Cups of Chicken or Veg Broth

1 Chicken cube or Veg cube

2 Cups of washed lentils

2 Bay Leaves

2 All spice Balls

1 Finely Chopped Onion

3 Finely Chopped garlic cloves

1/4 Cup olive oil

2 Carrots Chopped up

2 tbs of tomato paste

1 tsp Black pepper

1 tsp salt

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

1 tsp fresh thyme 

Instructions 

Place all the ingredients in pot to boil for 20 min except the tomato paste and olive oil. After 20 min add the olive oil and tomato paste and cook for 10 more min. Enjoy! Let me know if you try this recipe. 


Here is a lovely surprise recipe. I was going to post this at Christmas time but I didn’t or maybe I did and I don’t remember. lol 😆 Here is a banana cranberry muffin recipe.

Banana Cranberry Muffins

2 1/2 Cups of Flour

1 Cup Sugar

2 tsp Baking Powder

1 tsp Baking Soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon

2 tsp vanilla

1 1/2 Cups Mashed Bananas

3 cups frozen cranberries

2 eggs

1/4 cup oil

1 cup milk

Instructions

Mix all ingredients and bake at 350F for 30min


Stay home and do art!

I hope you had the opportunity to check out my hula hoop skills in the video! lol 😝 oh to be a kid again! Had my girls do some fun art yesterday. I also did some collage journaling and paintings. Here are the lovely pieces.

First one is Abstract art by my eldest.

This piece is an abstract by my youngest.

Here are my pieces.

Collage

I sometimes draw inspiration from colours, patterns and textures when I create collage work.

This piece is a watercolour with ink. It’s my hubby’s favourite painting.

I’m sending you all my positivity and love. I hope you are all safe and healthy. Don’t forget to have some fun at home and stay positive. This too shall pass.

Much Love

Positivity

Strength

Courage

and kindness.

Inspire and Work Together!

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Empowerment and Movement

Growth… development… inspiration!

TRIBE POWER as Belinda describes in her beautiful and amazing newsletter!

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Have you read Belinda’s Newsletter? I would like to say a HUGE thank you to her for mentioning me. She is wonderful and It means so much! You should totally subscribe to her powerful blog and inspiring newsletter. (at the bottom of her blog.)

Oh yes and her brilliant YouTube Channel too!

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From the moment I started blogging I’ve come across beautiful and inspirational people that I love and adore. I’ve mentioned many in my blog posts before and this month on my blog I would like to share more lovely artists and feature them. You can see many of these lovely inspirational people all around me all the time because they are the ones that leave the positive comments and share my posts and interact with me. I’m truly blessed. This emotional and heartfelt blog post is because of all of you! From all the loving and beautiful support you’ve given me. Thank you! A huge thank you to Cat and Belinda. It means so much to me and I appreciate it so much.

I wanted to thank you all for the comments you left me on the video for the Fashion Magazine Beauty Vlogger Video. Have you seen all the comments in my video? I didn’t win by the way but I WON in a HUGE and different way! MY GOD! All of you made me win inside my heart by the warmth of your comments! Seriously! It’s a true blessing to have you all by my side. I appreciate you all! Thank you so much! By the way thank you to CAT for showing me how to add IG photos in the blog posts! 🙂 woo hoo!

When I was talking to Cat I mentioned how I want to create connections this year and work together with more artists. Collaborate and Integrate!

I really enjoy working with others!

So Belinda mentioned TRIBES in her newsletter and right away I remembered teachers College and fell in love with the idea all over again. A community where people help people and learn from each other. A place where we can be our true selves and inspire each other. Reminds me a lot of the Canadian Beauty Bloggers. I’m grateful for being a part of the CBB because I’ve gotten to know a lot of strong women in the group that truly inspire me. So thank you to the CBB team for being there for me. This is starting to feel like a huge THANK YOU blog post! Why not! I’m totally GRATEFUL and High on LIFE!!  WOO HOO!

THANK YOU TO THE CBB for REPOSTING MY PICTURE! 🙂

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SHARE SOME LOVE AND GO DOUBLE TAP ! 🙂

Sometimes it can be hard to be a blogger and influenster. I’m being honest here. Sometimes I need a little push to move forward. Well lately connecting with bloggers has been that wonderful push forward. I feel so strong and more confident when I work with other lovely bloggers. I love interaction and communication. Working together is so important. That being said I wanted to let you know that starting  now until further notice I’m going to pin a tweet on twitter and feature a lovely YouTuber, Vlogger, blogger or artist for each month because I feel we should help each other grow.

Sometimes I feel that people don’t do this enough. It’s so important to help each other, promote each other and grow together. Sometimes I feel that people lead a self centred life.  Life is so much more beautiful when it’s done together. It is more creative, fun and there’s a give and take of positivity and good energy. More can be accomplished and achieved together and it’s so fulfilling!

I feel very happy and grateful to have a lovely group of people around me that encourage me. You can see all of them in comments that are on my blog posts and videos. All of YOU who leave positive messages is what fuels me to write more, take more photos and explore more with my writing and blog. There are also friends behind the scenes that chat with me and really help me out.

Positive energy and positive vibes!

Thank you!

Like I mentioned in my post New Exciting Additions! Cat is a huge motivator and she seriously needs to become a motivational speaker or write a book or something because she is a GIVER! She is very special. There are GIVERS in this world and there are TAKERS and CAT is a really amazing giver! She has helped me and pushed me to take risks and move forward.   Cat, THANK YOU for helping me along. Seriously HUGE THANK YOU!

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I believe in what ever you put out in the Universe it will come back to you and it will ripple and grow big. This I believe a lot. Positive vibes and thoughts create positive things in life.  I would like to say a huge thank you to Cat and Belinda and a huge thank you to all of you for being by my side. I don’t care if I sound too cheesy or emotional. I LOVE being who I am and I’m not afraid to show it. *thank you Cat for helping me.

FREEDOM! OH YA!

It’s okay not to be “perfect”

It’s okay to be crazy and let my really funny side show.

It’s okay to be who I am and love my self just the way I am.

Thank you all!

I LOVE YA!

WOO HOO!

Follow your heart and when you do, a smile will form on your face without you knowing.

-Maria Medeiros 🙂

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