Fall for this

Woman in jeans, jacket and white knit scarf with two hands out full of bright leaves

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“Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn.”
-Elizabeth Lawrence

Smell that? The subtle scent of fall is creeping through the air and I am so grateful. Fall is definitely my favourite season. The temperature is perfect, the air smells crisp and inviting and I get to dig out those cute and comfy clothes I’ve had packed away since May.

As a proud Canadian who genuinely loves the season and all it has to offer, I like to celebrate fall with a few classic items:

Davids Tea Pumpkin Chai. If you haven’t tried it already, I insist you march over to the nearest Davids Tea now and buy a tin. It’s like pumpkin pie in a cup. Trust me. This sweet black tea is only available when fall rolls around and as soon as it’s back, I buy 100 grams to last me until the winter collection arrives. No sugar necessary. Add just a splash of milk and you’ll be in the mood for fall.

Price: $15.96 *before tax for 100g plus you get a free tin!

Roots Original Sweatpant. I prefer the “Salt and Pepper” colour, but there are other options available. These pants are on the second I get in the door after work. Durable and so so soft, they’re a wardrobe staple for us Canadian gals.

Price: $72*before tax

Hudson’s Bay fleece throw. I received mine as a gift a few years ago and I love it so much that I gifted a couple to other people. If you’re into the HBC Stripes collection but don’t want to break the bank, their fleece throws are a great addition to any Canadian living room/bedroom/any room, really. Watch for sales and you can get a great deal.

Price: $45 *before tax

Felt floppy hat. Super trendy but also so fun to wear, except maybe when it’s windy. You can find a hat like this at almost any clothing/accessories store, but the prices vary quite a bit. With items like this, I’m not about to break the bank. I got my hat for a great deal at Aldo Accessories a couple of years ago and they still sell the same model. It looks great with a light anorak jacket or chunky fall sweater and a bright-coloured scarf!

 

Price: $35 *before tax

Ankle boots. Preferably in the cognac colour, because it’s more fall-esque, am I right? I bought a pair of cognac ankle boots from Call It Spring last year and they were a great deal for faux-leather foot candy. They’re also very comfortable and look great with jeans.

 

Price: $74.99 *before tax

Fall products are always fun, but another wonderful thing about fall in Canada is the views. If you’re in the Toronto area, I highly recommend taking a stroll through High Park when the leaves are changing. There is something so peaceful and invigorating about a fall walk on a weekend afternoon.

Share some of your fall faves!

A

Fab finds

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I love shopping but more than that, I LOVE a good deal. Once in a while, I find an awesome product that I fall in love with and I’m sharing my latest finds with you.

I don’t wear a lot of makeup and I don’t wear it often. When I do wear makeup, I make sure I have makeup remover wipes on hand. Those little wipes are pretty effective, but they are expensive. When I have to fork out about $10 every month for 25 wipes,  it adds up.

A few months ago I heard about this glorious invention called the Makeup Eraser. I wasn’t convinced a face cloth could not only do the job of a regular makeup wipe, but do it better. Eventually my curiosity got the better of me and I looked up reviews online. The majority of them were raves, which was hard to ignore. The next time I went to Sephora, I picked one up and I’m not sorry I did!

Black face cloth on red background

My skin is sensitive, but it always feels great after using the my Makeup Eraser. It works just as advertised(for me). As I said, I don’t wear a ton of makeup and I don’t wear waterproof makeup, which means my results may vary from those of you who wear a lot of makeup or waterproof makeup.

Go grab one! They’re only $24 (before tax) at Sephora. Think of how much you’ll save on disposable wipes AND the service you’ll do for our planet.

This one is for all my wine-loving friends… so ALL my friends. Old Navy. Got it on sale for $10. WIN. They still have some left online.

Woman in burgundy t-shirt with black lettering, saying "vote for vino"

Ta for now,

A

Intolerant of lactose intolerance

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Are one of those people whose body turns on them after consuming even the tiniest bit of dairy? Does your gut feel like it’s going to explode after eating the smallest bit of cheese?

SAME HERE.

There are many factors to consider when your tummy goes looney after consuming dairy. In my case, and possibly in yours, blame LACTOSE INTOLERANCE.

I’ve been lactose intolerant for about eight years, but I wasn’t officially diagnosed until about four years ago when I finally got the blood work done. I’m not sure it was even worth it to get the test done though, because I was already pretty sure  and I had to pay for the test out-of-pocket.

When I first realized I was lactose intolerant, there were hardly any food alternatives out there, which was super depressing. Do you have any idea what it’s like to grow up eating cheese, pudding, yogurt and ice cream, drinking milk and shakes just to have it taken away?! It’s a nightmare. I realize there are far worse problems I could be having, but that doesn’t make my problem go away.

Now, after several years of suffering through soy-based garbage among other things,  companies are finally selling yummy DAIRY products that are lactose free! Seriously, a lot of that vegan crap that claims to be a good alternative to milk, ice cream, etc. is disgusting. It tastes like plants. If I wanted to eat plants, I would munch on some f*cking spinach. While lactose free products are generally more expensive, I say they’re worth it, and my gut agrees with me 🙂

For you, my lactose intolerant friends, a list of my favourite lactose free brands. Yes, they are Canadian, but when I move to the US in a few months I will seek out the American equivalents and share those with you as well.

Chapman’s lactose free ice cream. This stuff is the real deal. They offer several flavours and my ultimate favourites are Peanut Butter Crunch and Mint Chocolatey Flake. So. Damn. GOOD. Real dairy without the blowfish effect.

ALL President’s Choice  lactose-free products. This company has been stocking up on the lactose-free products and they’re all fantastic. They taste like the real dairy products they are and have the same texture as the regular dairy products. Perfection. I’m just waiting on them to make a lactose-free cream cheese.

Activia lactose free yogurt. I’ve always loved yogurt and this product is no exception. It’s creamy and delicious and comes in a bunch of different flavours.

Natrel lactose free products. Perfection. I’m a cereal eater, I bake, I like milk in my coffee and tea. Natrel’s lactose free products are delicious and have a great shelf life! Imagine enjoying a tall glass of creamy chocolate milk without the consequences of blowing out your pants later. Magic.

Finally, for those foods that don’t have a lactose free option and you’re in a tight spot, don’t starve! Buy some pills to take with your food and they should curb most of your symptoms. I recommend Weber Naturals Lactase Enzyme (extra strength). Costco sells big bottles of 120 capsules; I take two any time I’m eating regular dairy. Of all the pills I’ve tried, this brand works best for me. You can find other brands at any pharmacy, but you should know that Lactase enzyme pills are not cheap. If you’re not using them regularly, a bottle should last a while.

NOTE: It’s usually quite easy to tell when you’re lactose intolerant because the symptoms are obvious and almost immediate. Having a dairy allergy is not the same thing,  FYI. If you’re concerned about having any kind of food allergy or intolerance, it’s always best to seek advice from a medical professional before taking any next steps.

Go enjoy some lactose free goodies, my pretties!

A