My Packing List

My Packing List. I always keep one saved in my mobile phone which I can adjust depending on the destination. I definitely review on my outbound journey as I pack to ensure I don’t forget anything and avoid unnecessary purchases. I would love to say I am a smart savvy packer but truth be told I still tend to bring too much. Likely adhering to my family travel rule “If you could carry it yourself, you could bring it.” Since I can carry a lot I seem to bring more than I need.

Hope you find this list a helpful resource and a great starting point to create your very own travel packing list.

Carry-On Luggage

• Camera – DSLR and/or Point and Shoot

• Ear buds for my iPhone and iPod

• Eyeglasses and Sunglasses including cases

• Prescription and Non-Prescription Medication

• Mobile Telephone and/or Tablet

• Makeup (non-liquids)

• Ziploc Bag Medium for all on-board liquids – packed before I leave for the airport to ensure everything fits and the ziploc can be sealed

• Shawl to keep warm on the flight

• Jewellery if bringing anything outside of what I wear day to day. I have a wrapable jewellery pouch for travel and tend to keep jewellery to a minimum unless I am attending a special event

• Hair brush

• Extra Ziploc bags

• Lint Brush

• Hat – sun and/or winter – depending on destination

• Gloves if visiting a destination with a cold and/or temperate climate regardless of season. There is nothing worse than surprise weather and being super cold. I have been in this situation in June in England. Never again.

• Umbrella

• Jeans if I wish to change at my destination

• Chargers – mobile phone, iPad, camera, electric converters and adapters. I keep mine in one pouch – I have a Stella and Dot Pouf that I use for this purpose.

• My folder of all my travel documents

• A luggage tag and also place my contact details inside my carry-on

Checked Luggage

• Jacket

• Jeans and Pants

• Dresses and/or Skirt

• Short Sleeved and Sleeveless T-Shirts

• Sweaters and/or Cardigans

• Shoes – flats/running shoes/boots

• Scarfs or Shawls

• Bag to use day to day when out and about

• Sleepwear

• Delicates

• Tights and/or socks

• Travel Hair Dryer – Dual Voltage (if required)

• Flat Iron – Dual Voltage (if required)

• Bags for shoes – I wrap each shoe individually and line the edges of the suitcase

• Swimsuit

• Toiletries Bag Essentials. With changes of the rules many things end up under the plane. Mine would include Skincare, Makeup, Make-up Remover, SPF, Shampoo, Conditioner, Hair Styling Creme, Dry Shampoo and Hair Spray – non-aerosol, Mini Perfume, Nail Polish, Nail File, Contact Lenses – Dailies, Toothpaste and Toothbrush, Floss, Deodorant and a Mini First Aid Kit. I always wrap any things I don’t want to potentially leak inside my luggage in ziplocs and then wrap my toiletries bag in another bag. A little excessive but it ensures no accidents and ruined clothing.

• Scissors, nail clippers, and tweezers – Always remember to pack in your checked luggage

• A luggage tag and also place my contact details inside the luggage in case it and my destination tags go missing.

To discover more of my travel tips, please visit my Leaving on a Jet Plane post.

Happy packing and trails to you!

Makeup Brush Care

“Your makeup is only as good as the tools you use to apply it. Therefore your tools must always be in their working condition.” – Bobbi Brown – Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual

Regardless which makeup brushes you invest in, make sure you take the time to take care of them. I have both full sized and mini brushes – I keep them from collections as they are perfect to take on the go or when I travel.

The weekend is a great time to clean your brushes so they have the time to dry completely. While there are expensive makeup brush cleaning products on the market, I use a good old fashion gentle baby shampoo. Since I have scent-sensitives to some fragrant products, I find the Aveeno Baby Lightly Scented Wash and Shampoo is perfect for me. I wash my brushes one of two ways – one bowl with water and a bit of the baby shampoo and the other with water to rinse. For brushes that need a more in-depth cleaning like foundation, blush and bronzer brushes, I will drop some baby shampoo and water in the palm of my clean hand, swirl the brush to get them super clean and then rinse under the tap being careful to not get the handle wet. I find a dishrack is perfect for drying my brushes or lying across a rectangular shaped vase.

Take care of your brushes and they will take care of you.

My Lindo F Glossy Toque

Hats are one of my favourite year-round accessories. This winter I added this stylish Lindo F one to my collection. It is perfect for the cold Canadian weather with an element of style with the pom. Each Lindo F Toque is totally customizable and the pom can be detached so one could have a few poms for a completely different look. Lots of different colours available but I absolutely fell in love with this teal blue Glossy one the moment I saw it. It is a bit of a splurge but I have worn it most days this winter so it was well worth the investment. I absolutely love it and based on how many compliments I get or inquiries on where to find one, many others do too.

Lindo F Toques are available for purchase via their website – https://www.lindof.com/toques/ – but also look for them at various pop-ups and shows.

Marimekko For Clinique Hudson’s Bay Gift With Purchase Arriving Soon

Finnish design meets beauty.

If you are looking for a new spring look, the Marimekko for Clinique gift with purchase arriving to Hudson’s Bay Stores on Wednesday March 14th. Visit your local Clinique counter at Hudson’s Bay to get yours.

Heart Healthy Eating Tips from Longo’s Markets

As heart health month winds to a close, I love finding old resources especially when I need inspiration to get back on track.

Eight years ago today, I took a heart healthy nutrition workshop at the Longo’s Loft led by Sandra Saville. During the workshop, she referred us to check out one of her on-line posts about heart healthy foods. Since it was going to be removed from the Longo’s website shortly afterwards, I made sure to put it in a safe spot. While some items may have changed names or may no longer exist, there is a lot of great information below. Happy to find it today so thought it was worth sharing in case someone else needed some heart healthy ideas too.

I have been shopping at Longo’s Markets for three decades and love their produce, products and selection. Also love that they are a family-run grocer. Definitely check out the Longo’s website for many recipe ideas. If you live in the Toronto and/or Greater Toronto Area, you may wish to attend a future Longo’s Loft workshop. I have taken many over the years and always learn something new.

Enjoy and happy heart healthy cooking!

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Heart Health Eating from Longo’s Markets – Circa 2010

Longo’s is pleased to have Sandra Saville, RD, registered Dietitian and Nutrition Consultant, offering her expertise on the nutrition issues important to you. Sandra brings her practical healthy eating strategies and tasty food ideas directly to Longo’s customers through in-store seminars, flyer tips and monthly web advice.

Download and print from Sandra’s Download Centre helpful healthy living templates.

Heart Healthy Eating

As I do my grocery shopping at Longo’s I am often asked food and nutrition questions. The most common question is “what should I eat for a low cholesterol, healthy heart diet?”

Longo’s Heart Healthy Shopping List highlights some of the many foods to choose for a heart healthy diet.

Longo’s Heart Healthy Shopping List

Produce Section:

Apples

Bananas

Beets

Cabbages

Carrots

Citrus fruits

Cauliflowers

Eggplants

Green beans

Peaches

Pears

Peas

Radishes

Strawberries

Tomatoes

Tofu

Produce Nutrition Tips:

Include plenty of fruits and vegetables in your grocery cart. Choose the dark green, dark orange, red, yellow, purple, blue and beige colored produce. These fruits and vegetables are packed with different nutrients.

Include enough vegetables with your meals. At Lunch and Dinner, you should aim to fill half the plate with vegetables and have a serving of fruit for dessert. Fruits and vegetables also make the perfect snack.

High fibre fruits and vegetables keep you feeling full longer. Research has shown that soluble fibre, which is a specific type of fibre, may remove some cholesterol from the artery walls. Produce rich in pectin, a soluble fibre include apples, bananas, beets, carrots, cabbages, cauliflowers, strawberries and citrus fruits.

Lignan is another type of fibre that research has shown may help with lowering cholesterol. Produce rich in lignan include: cabbage, eggplant, green beans, peaches, pears, peas, radishes, strawberries and tomatoes.

Health Canada recommends that we eat at least one dark green and one dark orange vegetable daily. Add the following to your grocery cart: broccoli, spinach, romaine lettuce, sweet potatoes, carrots and winter squash.

Stock up on raw vegetables for snacks to pack to work, school, sporting activities and for “on the go”, including mini carrots, celery sticks, cherry tomatoes, flowerettes of broccoli and cauliflower, and ready prepared, easy to portion and pack Longo’s vegetable and fruit platters.

Enjoy fruits for dessert, including baked apples, apple or pear crisp, orange slices, broiled grapefruit or a strawberry and banana smoothie.

Dairy Section:

Milk (skim, 1% and 2%)

Yogurt, low fat

Cheese, part skim

Cottage and Ricotta Cheese, low fat

Soy Milk, fortified

Dairy Nutrition Tips:

When reading the label, compare the percent milk fat or butter fat (MF/BF). The lower the number, the lower the fat content in the product.

Cheese is considered low fat if it contains less than 20% milk fat.

If you love a higher fat cheese or milk product, you don’t have to do away with it, just make sure to make wise fat choices for the rest of the day. Your total fat intake is important.

Grocery Section:

Oats

Western Family Oatmeal

Oat Bran

Wheat bran

Whole Grain and Bran Cereals

Whole Wheat Pasta

Western Family Beans

Lentils

Barley

Brown and Wild Rice

Nut butters (peanut butter and almond butter)

Longo’s “Hold the Salt” Nuts (almonds, walnuts, brazil nuts, pistachios, cashews)

Longo’s Dried Fruit, including apple rings, goji berries, kiwi slices, mango slices, dried apricots, pineapple rings, cranberries, raisins

Longo’s Snacks: “Hold the Salt” corn chips, veggie crisps, roasted yellow and white chick peas, roasted green peas, roasted soy nuts, sesame seeds and pumpkin seeds

Grocery Nutrition Tips:

Stock up on heart healthy fibre choices, including bran, oat bran, Western Family Oatmeal, whole grain cereals, whole wheat pasta, peas, lentils and barley. The assorted varieties of Western Family canned beans are high fibre choices that are great for many quick and healthy Lunch and Dinner recipes. Just drain and rinse the beans under lukewarm water and add to salads, soups, pasta, mashed on toast, in a pita or wrap and added to chilli recipes. There is no “getting bored with beans”, because Longo’s carries over 22 different types of beans.

Did you know that the black bean contains the most fibre of the various types of beans?

Did you know that a 2 tablespoon serving of peanut butter or almond butter is equal to 75 g (2 ½ oz.) of meat. Nut butters contain heart healthy monounsaturated fats.

Longo’s Nuts, Dried Fruit and Snacks offer some fabulous heart healthy snack choices. “Hold the Salt” nuts, include: almonds, walnuts, brazil nuts, cashews, pistachios Choose from: dried fruit apple rings, goji berries, kiwi slices, mango slices, dried apricots, pineapple slices and raisins. Longo’s “Hold the Salt” corn chips, veggie crisps, roasted yellow and white chick peas and roasted green peas and sesame seeds are colourful, crunchy and fabulous flavoured healthy snacks to pack to work, school and keep stashed in the car for when the family is rushing to various activities.

Did you know that researchers have found that sesame seeds contain gums and mucilages that have been shown to potentially lower cholesterol? Add sesame seeds to cereal, yogurt, salads, baked goods and casseroles.

Meat/Seafood Section:

Fish

Lean cuts of meat, including loin, round, lean and extra lean

Skinless poultry

Meat and Seafood Nutrition Tips:

Health Canada encourages us to consume at least two servings each week of fish such as salmon, artic char, trout, sardines, herring and mackerel.

To keep the fish moist and flavourful, top Longo’s salmon with slices of lemon, orange or tomato before baking, and garnish with Longo’s fresh herbs like dill. The fresh herb garnish gives the dish a “Chef- prepared” appearance, and adds healthy nutrients.

Omega 3 eggs and egg whites are also in the Meat and Alternatives group of Canada ’s Food Guide.

Bakery Section:

Longo’s Bakery offers a variety of heart healthy breads, wraps, bagels, pizza crusts, English muffins, and buns that are whole grain and high fibre, made with 100% whole wheat, whole rye, oatmeal, heavy mixed grains and pumpernickel.

Bakery Nutrition Tips:

Longo’s whole grain muffins and Western Family whole grain crackers are easy to pack for “snacks on the go”.

Choose 100% whole grain baked goods more often.

Frozen Food Section:

Western Family frozen fruit (assorted varieties)

Western Family frozen vegetables (assorted varieties)

Edamame (frozen soy beans)

Frozen Food Nutrition Tips:

Frozen fruits and vegetables offer lots of heart-healthy choices.

Did you know that frozen okra is rich in pectin, a heart healthy fibre? Add okra to soups, casseroles and stir fries.

Frozen vegetables are quick and easy to prepare, they are already washed, cut and ready to cook.

Add frozen fruit to smoothies, enjoy in fruit crisps, or add to cereal, muffins and yogurt.

Prepared Foods Section:

Longo’s prepared foods section offers many convenient heart-healthy choices, including Eggplant parmigiana, lentil soup, skinless chicken, steamed vegetables, grilled lean meat options and much more!

Heart-healthy eating starts with the foods you choose in store. “Check out” all of the heart healthy foods that Longo’s has to offer!

Websites

Some useful websites we were given in the workshop –

DASH DIET – http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/hbp/dash/new_dash.pdf

www.dietitians.ca

www.ontario.ca/eatright

www.heartandstroke.on.ca

http://www.healthyeatingisinstore.ca

www.hypertension.ca

www.sodium101.ca

Simple Brine Recipe

A roast chicken is a perfect Sunday meal. This popped up in my Facebook memories and reminded me of how a brine can bring amazing end results. I must try again.

Simple Brine Recipe

This brine designed for turkey but works perfectly well for a roast chicken. The ingredients below are for a turkey brine. For the chicken picture above, I used 2 oranges and 1/2 of a lemon.

1 cup Kosher Salt

1 cup brown Sugar

5 Oranges – sliced

3 Lemon – sliced

Fresh herbs – Sage, Rosemary and Thyme – chopped

Submerge your fresh bird in water for 24 hours in the refrigerator with your brine ingredients. Drain water, rinse your bird, pat dry and air dry in the refrigerator on a cookie seat with a rack for another four hours to help achieve a crispy bird.

I cover my chicken with a mixture of olive oil, butter and herbs. No real measurements involved. I am especially fond of thyme. Make sure to keep the weight from the package to determine cooking time. I often cook at 350F but sometimes higher for a crispier skin. I always consult a cooking guide before. Make sure to check the internal temperature of your chicken and/or turkey to make sure it is cooked. Let your chicken sit for 15-20 minutes once out of the oven to let the juices flow through. Serve with your favourite roasted vegetables and potatoes – which you could put into your pan during cooking – or anything you else you may fancy.

Enjoy!