“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.
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!
Post-Christmas and I was craving asian flavours and noodles. The Epicurious Sweet and Spicy Peanut Noodles were awesome. I added a bit more spice to mine and a tad more water. Super simple to make and incredible flavours. Definitely will make again. Enjoy!
One of my favourite recipes for turkey leftovers – Nigella Lawson’s Bang Bang Turkey. Fresh, light and perfect for after Christmas.
Hyvää Joulua, Merry Christmas and Feliz Navidad!
Whether you celebrate or not, may the love, light, beauty and kindness of the Christmas season be with you today and in the year ahead.
Happy mail! Finland in 50 Stories. A lovely little coffee table book from Finland for Christmas. I love photography and stories which makes this book is a perfect addition to my Finnish book collection. 💙🇫🇮
Christmas Wish Lists. Do you love them or leave them? My family has always believed in the lists since I was little and writing letters to Santa. We still exchange them for our family gift exchange to give ideas of what we may like under the tree. I am pretty practical and don’t want things I don’t want or need and thus am a big believer in Christmas (and Birthday) Wish Lists. Hopefully Santa brings me a thing or two off mine.
“Spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence.
Summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance.
Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence.
Winter passes and one remembers one’s perseverance.”
– Yoko Ono
“A strong woman stands up for herself. A stronger woman stands up for everybody else.” – Unknown
November is Caregiver month. Chances are you know someone personally who is one.
“Caregivers are family members, partners, friends or neighbours who provide personal, social and psychological support to someone in need. In Ontario, there are 3.3 million caregivers. It’s with the support of caregivers that people who need help can remain in their home which is where they want to be. Caregivers play an invaluable role in our healthcare system.” – Ontario Caregiver Association
Many caregivers work full time and may be juggling many responsibilities at once. Being a caregiver can lead to burnout, struggles to balance work and home, mental health and financial challenges as well as negatively impact their own physical health. The Ontario Caregiver Association is working to provide resources to support caregivers in our communities. Please share their support resources with any caregiver you think may need it.