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Holiday Gift Guide – For Him Edit.

Happy holidays!

First off, I want to apologize for the minor hiatus that was happening over here in my little corner of the internet. I have been trying to spend a bit more time on Instagram lately as a quicker and easier way of connecting with you and as a result I haven’t found a moment to sit down and pound away at the keyboard. But, here I am! Back at it and pretty excited!

When it comes to the holidays and shopping, I always struggle with my boyfriend the most. It also doesn’t help that his birthday is in December also so I get hit with a double whammy of pressure to find the perfect gifts that he will love.

If you are anything like me, gift shopping for your man can really be a struggle. They never want anything and anything that they may need, they’ve already run out and bought it themselves! I am big into “experience” gifts though like tickets to an event or a fun excursion on our vacations and I will use those as a fall back idea from time to time.

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This year I thought maybe we could help each other out and put our heads together here and come up with a bomb list of ideas!! Let me know what you think in the comment section and what your gift plans are this holiday season. Also, what are you asking Santa for this year?

Backpack – Swap out that nasty old excuse of a backpack your man has likely had from either high school or university and get him a brand new one. My boyfriend loves his new backpack for the comfort and storage size and I love it because I am a sucker for the color. I was envious of his cool new backpack this summer and bought myself this one which is fairly similar and I love it even more.

Headphones, I am still a fan of the wired ones and to compensate with the lack of jacks in the new iPhones, I just use the adapter. However, Apple AirPods are super popular and make for a really great gift. I find them expensive but seems like they are here to stay and at least Apple has free shipping. Personally, I am a fan of these plugged in ones more than the wireless.

I am obsessing over these little gems of a find!! My boyfriend and I each have our own mugs we prefer and all hell breaks loose when I catch him sipping his Cup o’ Joe out of my Pug Life mug!! Is it so hard to just not do that? Does this happen at your house or am I just way to anal? I am adding these his and her mugs to my check out for sure this year! Plus, they are totally picture perfect material!

BBQ tools… every man wants them and lucky for us gift givers, they need them! I have taken the cheap route out before when it comes to BBQ tools and I’ll tell you this – you get what you pay for. For a great quality but still basic set I would recommend this set. And, a burger press makes a great stocking stuffer to go along with the theme as well as skewers and sauces. If he already has all his grill accessories, maybe signing him up for Grill Master Club is a better idea. Subscription boxes aren’t just for us women!

Are there men out there that moisturize their face and body anymore or have these ideas gone the way of unicorns? My boyfriend just hates creams and claims they all cause him to breakout. This obviously isn’t true because I know he dips into mine occasionally and thinks I can’t smell it on his face. I pick and choose my battles. That being said, I have heard really great things about the Clinique Maximum Hydrator which is specifically made for men. I may just leave this on the counter and see how long it take him to try it and tell me he was wrong.

Male or female, old or young, the most important thing you can have in the winter (especially here in Canada) is dry and warm feet! Winter boots are always a welcomed gift idea and these are both stylist and practical so it is a win win for everyone! If you are looking for a pair for yourself, I suggest these ones that I just got for my birthday and can’t wait to wear out in the snow!

That is about it for now, I am sure as we get closer and closer I will add to my list and if you keep an eye on my Instagram (@LiveLaughLearn.blog), I’ll notify you when I do add things. What do you have going on your list so far? I would love to hear and get some inspiration on things I may be missing! Also, have you put up your tree yet? We are doing ours this weekend and I’m having a few little elves help me with it, be sure to follow my IG stories on Saturday!!

Until next time, happy shopping!

XOXO.

B

Food & Drink · Uncategorized

If we were having tea…

I have to admit, I have been having tea without you for the last little while and it just feels wrong! I’m sorry!

It has been such a busy summer for me and it doesn’t look like fall is going to be giving me a break either. If you weren’t around the last time we had tea, jump over here and catch up and then come right back!

Before I go put the kettle on and grab us some cute mugs, I want to take a hot minute to introduce you to Preserve Co.

Growing up and even now as an adult, I split my time between my hometown in Bradford, Ontario and visiting my family on the Canadian east coast in Prince Edward Island. People say that Canadian’s are the nicest people and that may be true but I think a large amount of that compliment comes from the east coast residents. If you’ve never been over there, I would defiantly suggest looking into a vacation for next summer! I know that island like the back of my hands so if you need any travel tips, get at me!

One of the things I adore about PEI is that there are so many successful and amazing local businesses there that are thriving without living in the shadow of big box stores. One of my all time favorite spots to visit whenever I am on the island is Preserve Co. I stock up on their teas, honey and jams every time I’m there.

On that note, sit tight for a second while I put on the kettle and make us a pot of my favorite – black vanilla tea.

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There, now let’s catch up!

If we were having tea I would tell you that I have been having a bit of a hard time lately. My friends are amazing but are probably sick of my depressing texts and urgent calls lately pleading for them to calm me down. The truth is, I do this every year at the end of September and start of October. My birthday. I love the idea of my birthday and a whole day dedicated just to me but, it freaks me out! I feel like my life clock is just ticking away while I stand still and watch it go by. I know once the days passes and the mess from the party is cleaned up, I’ll wake up and be back to normal but it’s getting there that is the hard thing.

If we were having tea I would tell you that besides being in my October funk – there are things happening that I am super exited about! My boyfriend and I are hosting our 4th annual Thanksgiving dinner at our place. There is something about having family over (both human and 4 legged) that just warms my heart. Plus, being in the kitchen is my happy place! Which remind me, I should probably wrap up the rest of my shopping list this evening!

If we were having tea I would also tell you that I have a girls trip to New York coming up in a few weeks that I am really excited about! I have never been away with only my stepmother and my sister before but I already know it is going to be amazing! I love New York so much and plan on running my debit and credit card until it melts! Also, on the vacation topic – my boyfriend and I have booked our winter get away now and decided on Cuba this year!

I would probably refill my mug at this point, a touch of sugar and a fair amount of milk.

If we were having tea I would tell you that I had a liberating moment in my personal life lately and I feel I really evolved. Without oversharing the details, I learnt the value in forgiveness and that sometimes we need to forgive someone or their actions more for ourselves than for the other person. Instead of carrying that anger and burden from being wronged, I was able to shake it off and understand that their blunder has nothing to do with me or who I am, so why should it bother me? If you want to read more on that, click over here.

If we were having tea I would ask you how you were doing. I would say I hope everything is going well and that if things weren’t I am here to listen to you too. I would ask you if you needed anything, if there was any way I could help and I would hope you would tell me if there was.

I would ask you if you have any travel tips for me and my trip to either New York or Cayo Caco, Cuba. I would drink the last of my tea, the sugary part that collects art the bottom. I would thank you for the chat and tell you this was really nice. I would tell you to have a good day and a great rest of the week. I would say we should get together like this more often. I would walk you out and wish you good luck.

Oh, before you leave! Even if we weren’t having tea, I would also tell you that Preserve Co. and I have put together a promo code for you! Use the code LiveLaughLearn at check out and automatically receive 10% your purchase of $50.00 or more. Honestly, their products would make the perfect hostess gift for Thanksgiving or that special someone on your Christmas gift – believe it or not, the holidays will be here sooner than you think!

If we were having tea, what would you tell me?

Until next time!

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XOXO.

B.

 

 

 

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Pumpkin Sweet Potato Bites.

pumpkin dog treats 1If you are new to the blog, welcome! There is something you should know about me though before you read on and explore and further. Here it is… I am completely obsessed with fall! The holidays, the scents, the colors, I love it all!

That being said, it really shouldn’t come as a shock to you to know that I get everyone in on the action, Winston included!

Here in Canada, Thanksgiving is right around the corner, which in my mind is the kickoff to the holiday season and it’s a reminder that my birthday is only a few days after. While I have been busy planning Thanksgiving dinner for our families, I have also taken into account all of our family pups that will be coming over for dinner as well. Everyone deserves a good meal on Thanksgiving!

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This year I’ve made a batch of pumpkin and sweet potato bites for our 4 legged family members. Keeping the ingredients both festive but beneficial I jam packed them with brown rice flour, pumpkin and sweet potato.

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Sweet potato is an excellent source of fiber, vitamins and minerals but please be sure to only give your pup unseasoned sweet potato to avoid accidentally giving them any non-approved dog spices and herbs. Pumpkin is also considered one of the best super foods for our canine cuties. I used 100% pure pumpkin purée because it is loaded with fiber which is excellent for digestion and weight management and contains potassium and a moderate amount of protein.  Although, please don’t get this confused with pumpkin pie filling which is all sugar and spices that aren’t exactly safe for your pups.

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Here is what you will need:

1 1/2 cup of brown rice flour

1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon

1 cup of mashed sweet potato

1/2 cup of 100% pure pumpkin purée

1/2 cup of water

1 egg

1 tablespoon of maple syrup

 

Here is what you will need to do:

Preheat the oven to 350F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper before setting them aside.

In a large mixing bowl, which together brown rice flour and cinnamon.

In a separate bowl, mash the sweet potato.

Add pumpkin, water, egg and maple syrup to the sweet potato and mix until thoroughly combined.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix together with a spoon until you’re left with a thick batter.

With your fingers, pinch off a small amount of the mixture (approximately 3/4 teaspoon amount) and roll into little balls. Place balls on the baking sheet and leave about an inch apart from each other.

After all the treats are on your baking sheet, gently take a fork and press down to flatten the balls. This step is optional but I like to do it since we have smaller dogs that will be eating this and I’m worried they would try and swallow the ball whole but for the larger dogs I left them round.

Bake at 350F for 10 minutes before flipping over and putting them back in for another 10 minutes.

Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Store in the refrigerator for up to a week in an airtight container or freeze for up to a month.

Do you anything for your fur-babies over the holiday season?

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XOXO.

B.