Monthly Archives: August 2011

Plastic Bottles and Containers

We’ve all heard about the evils of how chemicals in plastic can leach into foods and drinks.

I’ve gone out of my way to make sure all my food containers are glass and or BPA free.

The water bottle I use is called Contigo:

I found mine at Costco, three of these for $24, pretty good deal. I do trust that the plastic, not heated will be safe, as in a water bottle.

When I googled BPA plastic dangers I found articles saying there is nothing wrong with BPA and you’d have to melt the plastic to get the negative effects. My concern is heating plastic, how can that not be bad? Like really? How can the cheap plastic food containers from the dollar store really be safe? I’ve seen those bad boys melt and they’re so easily stained from food. If the colour retains, don’t you think chemicals would as well?

Do you continue to buy plastic bottles and plastic food containers?

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What’s Your Favourite Tea?

To be honest, I’m not a huge tea fan, in fact I find it annoying as I associate it with being ill. I have been waking up with a sore throat lately and figure tea will help and the only tea I actually enjoy is Sleepytime. I am a sucker for packaging and that bear, that dang bear gets me every time. He looks so relaxed and happy and in some versions he has a cat! This is what caught my attention in the first place.

Here’s the old packaging:

Here’s the new packaging: Continue reading

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27th Annual Vegetarian Food Festival in Toronto

I don’t know what you’re doing September 9 – 11, but I’d suggest going to the Harbourfront to check out the Annual Veg Food Fair. There are always awesome vendors with free samples and guest speakers along with workshops and cooking demos. As well, free live music and of course a tonne of people wandering about.

 

2011 Vegetarian Food Festival

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Hippie Chips

I recently purchased a bag of Tuscan Tomato Hippie Chips and I’m really digging them. I like that they’re certified organic

What are Hippie Chips?

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Vegan Gluten Free Blueberry Chocolate Chip muffins!

I was craving a baked good and decided to take matters into my own hands. I don’t have enough patience to develop my own gluten free mix, so I bought one from 1-2-3 Gluten Free. I used the Meredith’s Marvelous Muffin/Quickbread mix. The recipe on the back called for 1 cup of blueberries and 1 cup of butter, I didn’t really listen to it. I added my own ingredients and changed things based on what I thought would go well.

Vegan Gluten Free Blueberry Chocolate chip muffin mix

Here’s what I did: Continue reading

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Easy Chickpea Salad

On Friday I stopped by a grocery store and took a pic of my lunch a chickpea salad. I received quite a few requests to recreate the recipe and here’s my attempt.

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Aireater Contest No. 10 winner!

This was the best contest – I’m so glad people were excited to win two Lip Glosses from Green Beaver.

As there can only be one winner, I’ve selected a name at random and the winner is Megan J!! Congrats Megan!

Woo for Green Beaver making vegan, gluten free and Canadian products.

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Cats! Cats! Cats!

Today I kinda felt like just writing about my cats. Yes, I know I sound like a crazy cat lady and I’m fine with that. There’s something incredibly heartwarming about a little furry creature that WANTS to be with you and misses you when you’re gone.

We have two cats, one Yuki, our Russian Blue mutt who is seven years old now, she still acts like a kitten. In the middle of the night she will meow at us to play with her while we hear her tossing around her plastic ball with light pellets. Now, her toy has to be light weight and the pellets that make a shaking sound cannot be too loud or she won’t play with it. Picky, picky girl. For the most part Yuki is incredibly loving and demanding with her “pet me now meows”. Then there’s the evil side. The “if you pick me up I will look you in the eye and give you five seconds before I go for your eyes.”. Yes, this is my princess.

She is incredibly vocal and will often greet me in the morning with shy meows, but then gets worked up if I don’t pet her right away. Or she will play fetch with toys and scurry about tossing something between her paws when feeling frisky.

Here’s Yoshi at 5 weeks. Oh, when he was this small I could pick him up in one hand and he used to sit on my shoulder curled into my neck and lick my neck. Too cute for words. I used to rush home to see him, I actually felt anxious when I wasn’t around him as I was worried he was lonely. The first two months he cried almost every night and he was tormented with the mirror sliding door because he kept looking behind it to see who the other kitten was. I think he was upset from being separated from his brothers/sisters. He was the only orange one in the litter and the one that fought the most. The little bugger.

Yoshi is more ‘my cat’, @MathieuLLF had Yuki before we met and so I felt the urge to have my own fur baby. I have never had a mammal pet before so a kitten was surreal for me. We adopted Yoshi, my orange tabby,  he had such blue eyes and then he grew into his golden eye colour. Yoshi showed an aptitude for danger and a skill for engineering at an early age. It seemed that no sliding door was a challenge for him. This kitten, who I could pick up in my hand was opening closet sliding doors 10x’s his weight. I have no idea how he could push that hard, but he managed. He was going around the upstairs railings when Mat went to try to catch him he stepped over and thankfully the litter box was right where he fell. My poor kitten, not even 10 weeks old and he fell a storey already. Sigh. We were terrified, but he landed safely and promptly ran under the basement couch. I stayed up with him all night to sooth him. Oh, the sleepless nights. He also developed a kneading habit of kneading my neck (with his claws). Sigh. I then became an advocate of clipping his nails myself. He was and is still very good about sitting when I do this. Sometimes I sit him on my lap and I lay back so he’s leaning on me while I clip his nails and talk to him. He purrs and I tell him what a good boy he is. I figure he likes it.

The silly habits they have, Yoshi likes to sit on paper, like all cats and has a thing for the light kraft paper that you get when you buy something glass. I always ask for extra wrapping for him. He gets so excited when I show him. He also likes to sleep with his stomach facing a wall and on his side a lot with his legs up. Yeah, he’s really comfortable. When he was a kitten he farted a lot and I started calling him, “Mommy’s stinky farty boy”, he still likes this, I figure it’s the tone I’m using, but it’s also comforting words. Now at nearly two years old he is still a poop disturber, always looking to knock something down from my computer desk, especially my light weight bracelets, oh, he loves those. Batting them around the wood floor I can hear the rattling. When I tell him no sometimes he sits and sulks, mostly he eats. He eats when he’s sad, happy or just for any reason really.

Mat will get home before me some days and I call on my way home. Just when I’m within a kilometre radius Yoshi stops what he is doing and comes to the door and waits for me. I don’t know how he does it. How does he know?!

Oh, the cuteness that is our fur babies. I love their intense interest, their genuine curiosity as to what we’re doing and that they want to be around us.

Yay to any animal you have in your life! :)

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Aireater Contest No. 10! Green Beaver Lip Gloss!

Since my last contest didn’t do very well I want to make up for it and here we go!

Aireater Contest No. 10 – Green Beaver Lip Gloss. I love, love, love how cute Green Beaver’s lip gloss are, so I am giving away 2 colours: Continue reading

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Aireater.com Contest No.9 Winner!

Only two entries for this contest, so I literally flipped a coin

Congrats Aunt Jayne! Email me your address and I’ll send you the prize!

Whoo!

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