Becoming a Better Photographer

Becoming a better photographer is truly practice, practice, practice. I am constantly taking pictures and I often take multiples so I can look back as they can all be slightly different. I also got great advice from James Christie of Edinburgh Photography Tour when I took his tour in 2013 – most people take the photo from where they are standing and move on. Don’t be lazy – walk around and it can totally change your picture. It is so true. I will constantly move to get a better shot. Once a shutterbug, always a shutterbug. Looking forward to another year of capturing how I see the everyday and the world!

What Should I Make For – Crispy Asian Chicken Wings

Making chicken wings at home is super simple. I love this recipe for Crispy Asian Chicken Wings from the What Should I Make For Blog. Whether you marinate for a few hours or overnight as I did this time, these wings are definitely full of flavour.

My Year Tracking my Clothing Purchases

“We each buy almost 70 new clothing garments every year.” – Juliet B. Schor, Plentitude: The New Economics of True Wealth. After watching the CBC Marketplace clip about how many items of clothing we buy, I decided to track all my clothing purchases this year. As we wind down 2018, my list included 26 new items purchased including delicates and accessories (i.e. scarf, hat). I tracked shoes separately – three pairs purchased – a pair of open-toed shoes, a pair of Tretorns that cost $1.69 thanks to gift cards and a pair of winter boots for both work and casual. I also donated old clothes to my SIL’s family, the Salvation Army and Markham Recycles to give old textiles that could no longer be worn a new life. After no longer fitting a number of items in my closest or suited me, I definitely knew I had been much more mindful about what I purchased and was happy to see that was in fact the case. I will likely to continue to track in the new year.

Eat Yourself Skinny Spicy Shrimp

I love Shrimp. It is super simple to cook making it a simple weekday meal option. If you are looking for a new recipe, try this Spicy Shrimp one from the Eat Yourself Skinny blog. Since I watch my sodium content when cooking, I used a lot less salt than the recipe called for but it didn’t lack any flavour because of all the other spices. Super simple to pull together and definitely delicious!