Satisfy Her Soul – One Year Giveaway!

On October 25th, Satisfy Her Soul will be turning ONE YEAR OLD! During the past year, I have learned so much about the blogging community, photography, digital media and of course how to independently create and run a blog! I wanted to thank my readers and those of you who have supported my blogging journey thus far. I figured, what better way to express my gratitude than with a surprise One Year Giveaway!

First, let’s start with the prizes! The winner of the One Year Giveaway will receive 12 Skin Care/Beauty Items:

One Year Giveaway

  • MaskerAide Hydrating Eye Gel Patches “All Eyes On Me” – Brighten, Hydrate, Firm

  • Estor Introductory Collection – (4 Samples): Soothing Refiner & Cleanser, Botanical Peeling Gel. Chlorophyll Lifting Mask, and Firming Collagen Day Cream

  • Maxine Warsh – The Warsh Cloth for her – Make-up Removal & Rejuvenate

  • Mèreadesso All-In-One: Moisturizer, Eye Cream, Toner and Cosmetic Primer

  • Beekman- Goat Milk Soap (Sulfate Free) Aloe & Iris with Shea Butter

  • ORG Skincare – Mineral Peel Face (Non-abrasive face & make-up prep) Sample size exfoliant with brightening agents

  • Cuccio Colour Nail Polish – In the colour Bologna Blush

  • Smashbox – Oil Free Photo-finish Foundation Primer (Sample Size)

  • St. Tropez- Gradual Tan (In-Shower 3 Minute Formula)

  • Dr Morelli- SPF 45 Pump Bottle with UVA & UVB Protection

  • Barefoot Venus – Wild Ginger & Sweet Orange Macadamia Oil Hand Cream

  • Vaseline Lip Therapy- Cocoa Butter Lip Pot


So, how do you go about winning this One Year Giveaway?

THREE WAYS TO ENTER:

*BONUS: If you enter all 3 ways, you will get 3 entries!

1st Entry: Like Satisfy Her Soul on the brand new FACEBOOK PAGE and tag a friend in the comments of the photo that announces the one year giveaway! !

2nd Entry: Follow Satisfy Her Soul on Instagram & Tag a friends in the comments of the photo that announces the give-away!

3rd Entry: Follow Satisfy Her Soul on Twitter & Retweet the tweet that announces the give-away!


Rules of the One Year Giveaway:

  • The One Year Give-Away will be receiving entries for one week from October 18, 2018 at 9:00am EST until October 25, 2018 at 11:59pm EST.
  • One winner will be chosen at random using the Random Name Picker online on October 26th.
  • The winner will be notified on October 26th via direct message on the social media account in which they entered from. Then, within 7 days, they must reply with their mailing address in order for the prize to be delivered.
  • Prizes are valued at an estimated $75 CAD.
  • No purchase is necessary to win the contest. Simply follow the rules listed in the previous paragraph.
  • Lastly, only Canadian residents, aged 19+ may enter.

It’s as simple as that! Good luck!

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A Story from The 4 Hour Workweek

If you read my review of “The 4 Hour Workweek” by Timothy Ferriss, you will know that I had a-hundred-and-one things to say about the book. It definitely made for a lengthy blog post! I thought that sharing my favourite story from The 4 Hour Workweek in the same review would make the blog post far too long. I decided to share it in a separate post instead, which is what I have for you today!

story from the 4 hour workweek

In the 14th chapter, called “Mini Retirements” you can find my favourite story from The 4 Hour Workweek. According to Ferriss, this fable has been told in various ways all around the world, and it really struck a chord with me.


An American businessman took a vacation to a small coastal Mexican village on doctor’s orders. Unable to sleep after an urgent phone call from the office the first morning, he walked out to the pier to clear his head. A small boat with just one fisherman had docked, and inside the boat were several large yellowfin tuna. The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish.
“How long did it take you to catch them?” the American asked.
“Only a little while,” the Mexican replied in surprisingly good English.
“Why don’t you stay out longer and catch more fish?” the American then asked.
“I have enough to support my family and give a few to friends,” the Mexican said as he unloaded them into a basket.
“But… What do you do with the rest of your time?”
The Mexican looked up and smiled. “I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take a siesta with my wife, Julia, and stroll into the village each evening, where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos. I have a full and busy life, senor.”
The American laughed and stool tall. “Sir, I’m a Harvard M.B.A. and can help you. You should spend more time fishing, and with the proceeds, buy a bigger boat. In no time, you could buy several boats with the increased haul. Eventually, you would have a fleet of fishing boats.”
He continued, “Instead of selling your catch to a middleman, you would sell directly to the consumers, eventually opening your own cannery. You would control the product, processing, and distribution, and move to Mexico City, then to Los Angeles, and eventually New York City, where you could run your expanding enterprise with proper management.”
The Mexican fisherman asked, “But senor, how long will all this take?”
To which the American replied, “15-20 years. 25 tops.”
“But what then, senor?”
The American laughed and said, “That’s the best part. When the time is right, you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich. You would make millions.”
“Millions, senor? Then what?”
“Then you would retire and move to a small coastal fishing village, where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take a siesta with your wife, and stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos…”


story from the 4 hour workweek

This story from The 4 Hour Workweek reminds me to enjoy every single day in my life. It reminds me to stop and smell the flowers, and to not take work too seriously. Live for the moments that matter to you the most. For me, that’s family, and creating art.

It’s really important to do what you love right now.

I hope you enjoyed this story from The 4 Hour Workweek as much as I did. Please let me know in the comments below if this story struck a chord with you as it did in me. Let me know if there are any other fables you have read that taught you valuable life lessons, I would love to read them!

Wishing you a lovely October, with love, Satisfy Her Soul

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My Make-up Free Summer

As some of you know from my Life Update – Summer 2018 post, I moved out of Toronto, and am lucky enough to have spent the summer in cottage country with my boyfriend’s family, before moving to Kitchener-Waterloo on September 1st. This means, the majority of my belongings have been packed away in boxes and bins, including most of my make-up. This has lead me to having a make-up free summer, and I loved it!

This has been an interesting learning experience for me, as I have found out which items I truly cannot live without for 2 months. Those items, like books, my guitar and my keyboard, were unpacked within days of getting here. My make-up, however, I was surprised to learn I didn’t care that much about.

Now, this may not sound like a big deal to some of you (whom I envy) but this was a HUGE deal to me. You see, I’m a girl who pretty much hasn’t left the house without a full face of make-up for over TEN YEARS. I started wearing foundation, eyeliner, eyeshadow, lip-gloss, the whole nine yards at a very young age – 14 maybe? Since then, it has been part of my daily routine; I just don’t skip it.

Fast-forward to now, for the past several weeks of my life, I have been very fortunate to be on vacation (well, working from home). I simply couldn’t justify waking up and putting on a full-face of make-up when I wasn’t going to be leaving the house. Plus, I don’t have my usual make-up vanity, so doing my make-up just seemed like a hassle. So, I decided that going make-up free made the most sense, and WOW do I love it!

Since it’s summer, David and I have been going to the beach, the lake, and swimming pools quite often.

Being make-up free, I never have to worry about my mascara running or bringing my make-up for touch ups. It is so liberating!

make-up free summer

Of course, occasionally we do go for dinner or I have to perform, and since I do enjoy dressing up, I have put on make-up a few times this summer. The funny thing is, now that I’m used to being make-up free, I always can’t wait to wash it off at the end of the night!

What I love the most about this experience, is that I am finally used to catching myself in the mirror without make-up and being comfortable with how I look.

I am now determined to continue to go make-up free more often, even now that I’m all settled in my new place.

Bonus to being make-up free: My skin looks better every day!

Do you wear make-up? If you wear it on a regular basis, I encourage you to try going make-up free whenever possible. It may take some getting used to, but if I can learn to love it then you can too!

PS: I still LOVE make-up, I just am super happy that I no longer feel like I NEED to wear it.

What is your relationship with make-up? Have you ever tried going make-up free? Let me know your experiences in the comments below!

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Boss Lady Buzz: Gina Marie

Gina Marie is a vibrant and successful young woman who I feel very blessed to know. I met Gina through her fun-loving sister, my former co-worker, Amanda. Even before I learned about everything Gina is involved in, I already loved her for her kind heart and care-free, bubbly personality.

In addition to being such a stand-up individual, she is also an Occupational Therapist at The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, has a private practice for Life and Health Coaching, and is a Co-Founder of a Toronto community called Mixed in the Six. WOW!

Just one of the above accolades would be enough for a feature in my Boss Lady Buzz Series, but the fact that she does all three really shows her character.

Let’s start with Mixed in the Six

Co-founders, Gina Marie (Filipino & Canadian) and Haan (Romanian & Chinese), created Mixed in the Six with a mission of building community for mixed people in Toronto. Gina and Haan enjoy “hosting events, and bringing people together through food, music, philanthropy and good vibes.”

Gina Marie
From the Sold-out Comedy Show at The Gladstone

Mixed in the Six has had several successful events including being part of Multiculturalism Week and even a sold-out comedy show at The Gladstone!

At these events, they also speak about important topics, such as “raising awareness for bone marrow donation and blood donation which has a unique connection to the mixed-race community.”

Gina dreams of someday having a “multiracial themed festival that celebrates our diverse ethnicities that make us so unique as a community and as a country.”

With her dedication, passion and knowledge, I know Gina will do amazing things with Mixed in the Six!

Take a look at this amazing community:

Global News featured Mixed in the Six on Multiculturalism Day!

Amazing article about Mixed in the Six in The Star!

Mixed in the Six on CBC Metro Morning!

Upcoming Event! Aug 11 Pizza in the Park

Gina Marie


Life & Health Coaching

Gina Marie

Gina completed the Elite Speakers Academy course under the guidance of mentor Armin Shafee. In her talks and workshops, Gina shares tools and lessons that she has learned throughout her life and as a result of past trials and traumatic experiences.

The healing and recovery process that I have gone through has really given me a lot of strength and clarity with regards to my mindset, how I treat my body and how I love and care for myself and others. I think it’s best to share the lessons from your journey and your wisdom with others because at the end of the day we are one human family and we all want each other to succeed.” – Gina Marie

Topics that Gina covers in her talks/workshops are tailored for each audience and include:

  • Mind/Body/Spirit Connection
  • Mental Health
  • Recovery
  • Overcoming
  • Meditation
  • Mindset
  • Language
  • Community

Gina Marie’s Upcoming Event –

Creating Your Self-Love Manifesto

Gina Marie


Occupational Therapist at CAMH

For almost a decade, I have worked with young adults who are recovering from serious mental illness and it is by far one of my truest passions. I guide people towards careers, jobs, educational programs and volunteer roles that are meaningful to each person. I also empower people to express and care for themselves through music, art, health and fitness. – Gina Marie

Gina has been through some trying and traumatic events in her short life, including mental health struggles and a very bad car accident. She noticed that when people got wind about the car accident, they were immediately there for her, which she was extremely grateful for. However, when dealing with her mental health, she said it was harder to reach out. This made it a very isolating and lonely experience.

It just goes to show that the same person can experience something of almost the same magnitude and it’s not treated the same. The moral of the story is that mental health really is health too. It’s really important to be mindful of when someone may be struggling from mental health issues because it may not be obvious. It’s always good to ask, show compassion, hold space and reach out to people if you haven’t heard from them. Not all illnesses and challenges are seen and obvious with the naked eye. – Gina Marie


Fun Facts About Gina Marie!

Gina MarieSome of her pass-times include:

  • Singing karaoke
  • Dancing like nobody’s watching
  • Working out and Spin Class
  • Planning events

The last book she read was called “Vagina” by Naomi Wolf … “The book taught me a lot about myself and how to honour the Goddess 🙂 ” -Gina Marie

Here’s where you can follow Gina on Social Media!

Instagram: @GinaDaringGreatly

Facebook: Gina Marie Life&Health Coaching

Website coming soon: http://www.ginamarie.ca

 


Thank you Gina for letting me interview you for Boss Lady Buzz! You are so inspiring and I can’t wait to see what else you get up to in the future 🙂

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The 4 Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss

The first time I heard about The 4 Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss was through Alex and Mimi Ikonn, Entrepreneurs/Influencers that I have enjoyed following online for many years. This is one of the things that Alex said when recommending The 4 Hour Workweek that made me realize it had to be on my reading list:

The 4 Hour Workweek – it’s actually a very special book to me. It’s probably the single most important book in my life, that has changed my life the most. – Alex Ikonn

So, last Christmas I added it to my wishlist (which mostly consists of books and fluffy socks)- and much to my delight, I got the book!

Now that I have a few weeks off (Read about my new chapter in life here) I finally got a chance to read The 4 Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss, and I am now excited to share with you a review of this read.

First of all, for those of you who haven’t heard about this book before, here’s a brief run-down of what it’s all about.

The 4 Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss

Forget the old concept of retirement – there is no need to wait and every reason not to. Whether your dream is escaping the rat race, experiencing high-end world travel, earning a monthly five-figure income with zero management, or just living more and working less, this book is the blueprint.

Who doesn’t want to work less and live more?

This book covers a lot of ideas and concepts; So much so, that explaining them in depth would make this the longest blog post ever. So, I will list some of my favourite topics from the book in point form, and if these seem like topics that would interest you, then I suggest you grab a copy of the book.

  • How has being ‘realistic’ or ‘responsible’ kept you from the life you want?
  • Dreamlining: Applying timelines to your wildest dreams
  • Define what you want to do with your time, then free your time to do it
  • Define what would be the worst-case-scenario, and find out what you would do to overcome it.

Named must your fear be before banish it you can. -Yoda (Star Wars)

  • The reasons why doing the unrealistic is actually easier than doing the realistic
  • Decreasing the amount of work you perform while increasing your revenue. Replacing yourself with Automation, which permits Liberation.
  • Pareto’s Law (The 80/20 Rule) i.e. 80% of your results come from 20% of your effort and time, etc.
  • Parkinson’s Law: A task will swell in perceived importance and complexity in relation to the time allotted for it’s completion. (Giving yourself shorter deadlines increases productivity and reduces overwhelm).
  • Training those around you to be effective and efficient with your time. (Only replying to your emails once per day, giving end times to meetings, etc.)

 

  • Outsourcing the tasks that are the most time consuming or cause you the most stress. (Getting a personal virtual assistant- for pretty much anything)
  • Building a business where you can earn passive income “Income Autopilot”
  • Finding your muse, choosing your niche (Reselling? Creating?)
  • Asking questions, finding mentors

There are a million ways to make a million dollars.

  • Ways to propose working from home (A big topic in The 4 Hour Workweek)
  • Asking for forgiveness afterwards is easier than asking for permission before
  • Learning how to get past “no”/rejection
  • The excuses we tell ourselves to avoid quitting terrible jobs that make us miserable
  • The art of letting small bad things happen in order for big great things to happen

Once you realize that you can turn off the noise without the world ending, you’re liberated in a way that few people ever know.

  • Mini Retirements – Taking extended time off throughout your working life, rather than saving it all up for when you’re 65+ (How-To, Resources, Etc)
  • Case studies of all types of people who have successfully used the tools from The 4 Hour Workweek and are now living happier than before

The part of The 4 Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss that hit home the most for me was a section about “Filling the void” – Adding life after subtracting work.

Because I recently stopped working my serving job, I am now faced with much more free time than I am accustomed to. Tim addresses that it is normal to have doubts that invade the mind when there is nothing to fill your time. Ferriss adds that having goals and a focus will fill the void, which I am now doing with music and my blog. Reading this chapter came at the perfect time for me.

In addition to all of these topics, Tim also shares a ton of stories about his life and others that pertain to this way of living. I definitely have a favourite story from The 4 Hour Workweek, but it is fairly long so I will share it in an upcoming blog post.

What are my overall thoughts about this book?

This isn’t a book for everyone, it is a book for people with a certain mindset, who feel unhappy with the “conventional” 9-5 lifestyle. That being said, that has always been me since I was a little girl and decided I wanted to be a singer.

This book is for people who want to change their life, by finding more time and money to pursue their passions/dreams.

Or course, not every story or situation rang true for me. However, this was a great read that provoked a lot of thought. I learned some valuable lessons for sure that I am excited to implement into my lifestyle.

If this sounds like a book for you, I will leave the link to purchase The 4 Hour Workweek below. I am an Amazon affiliate, so if you do purchase, I may make a small commission at no extra cost to you.

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The 4 Hour Workweek

Thank you for reading about this New York Times #1 Best Seller. I hope you have enjoyed learning about The 4 Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss and all that this great read has to offer!

Have you read this book before, or would you be interested in reading it? Let me know in the comments below!

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20 Fun Summer Activities

Everyone looks forward to any little bit of time off you can get in the summertime. If you’re anything like me, once you finally have a beautiful day off, you are suddenly stuck deciding which way you want to spend your day. Well, look no further! Here are 20 fun Summer activities you can turn to when you’ve got the time but don’t know how to spend it!

As a matter of fact, I am lucky enough to have the next 5 WEEKS free to relax (and get work done). David and I are going to return to this list many times so we can do as many fun summer activities as possible!

20 Fun Summer Activities

  1. Exercise in the park 
  2. Conquer a summer reading list
  3. Go to a Farmer’s Market
  4. Summer Lawn Games (Horseshoe, Washer-Toss, Frisbee)
  5. Wood-Working (build a mailbox, headboard, etc.)
  6. Go Mini-Golfing or Go-Karting
  7. Head out on a canoe and go fishing
  8. Look up events put on by the city (outdoor movies, live music)
  9. Have a picnic at the park
  10. Go swimming in the ocean, lake or a pool
  11. Go to an amusement park or water park
  12. Have a bonfire and make smores
  13. Go berry-picking
  14. Have a Barbecue
  15. Hang a hammock and relax
  16. Go for a hike or a bike ride
  17. Plan a road-trip
  18. Go to a sports game
  19. Visit and tour a winery or brewery
  20. Try a new hobby

A project that David and I have already tackled this summer is building our own Washer Toss Game!fun summer activities

It only took about 2 hours to make. David cut some wood he had in the workshop and made 2 boxes. I painted 4 washers red, and 4 washers blue. David then found 2 large tin cans which he drilled to the middle of each box and voila! Set the boxes 21 feet apart and start tossing the washers!

In other news, 2 days ago I bought a brand new bike! It’s nothing fancy, just an entry level bicycle, but I have already had so much fun biking around on the waterfront with David and his brother. Definitely worth the investment, and it’s great exercise.

fun summer activities

I will be sure to document some of the other fun summer activities we get up to this summer and blog about them. Summer is definitely my favourite time of year!

What are your go-to fun summer activities? Let me know in the comments below and I will have to add them to my checklist!

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Life Update – Summer 2018

I am excited and slightly anxious to be embarking on a brand new chapter of my life. In the coming weeks I have a lot of endings and beginnings to deal with and a never-ending list of things to do. Following my inner compass will always be difficult and scary, but I know it is rewarding and worth it in so many ways. To let you in on what exactly I am talking about, I thought I would share with you a brief life update!

Summer 2018 – Life Update

  • I have been a server in the restaurant industry for 6 years now. As you might have read in my “What Serving Has Taught Me About Life” post, I am grateful for all the things I have learned while working this demanding job. However, I think I am ready to put the apron away for now, or maybe even forever. Which leads me to my first major life update – I have given my notice at work, and only have 3 weeks left of my serving job. This is bitter-sweet for me, but I know it is the right decision for me at the moment.
  • For the last 2 years, I have been songwriting for a new album of original music. For the past 9 months, I have been recording those new songs at Oak Recording Studio with my producer, Gord Richards. Last week, we completed the final mixes of the songs, and now this week, I have received the masters! Two days ago, I listened to my new album start to finish for the very first time. There has been so much work that has gone into this process and I can’t believe it’s truly complete! I am so happy and I can’t wait to release my new music to the world.
  • That leads me to the next phase of my life update: I’ve been busy creating the album artwork, promotional content and music videos. At this time I am also getting my press releases ready, planning my release tour and designing branded merchandise. All of these things on my to-do list are very time-consuming and require a lot of creative energy. Not to mention I have to get the physical copies of the CDs duplicated and ready to go for a certain date.

If you think all of that sounds like a lot of change, now let me add that I’m moving out of Toronto.

  • As you may have seen in my post Surviving a Long Distance Relationship, David and I have been in a long-distance relationship for going on 2 years now. This hasn’t been easy for either of us and we both feel like it is time to find a place we like and move-in together. We have both been busy packing up our lives at our respective places and going to viewings to find the perfect apartment. In a few short weeks, I will be moving an hour outside of Toronto and adjusting to a more quiet, peaceful life with David. I can’t wait!

So, because of my album release, moving and changing jobs, I have been quite the busybody recently. I haven’t been blogging as much as I want to be, but it is only temporary while I am going through this life update and such.

In this world, you’ve a soul for a compass and a heart for a pair of wings.

-Mary Chapin Carpenter

If you have any questions, please ask away in the comments below and I will definitely get back to you. Otherwise, thank you for your patience while I adjust to these exciting new chapters of my life!

I am so grateful that I have the freedom to follow where my heart is leading me. Thank you to those of you in my life who have been nothing but supportive and helpful!

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Creating My Own Political Platform

So, Doug Ford is Ontario’s next Premier, with a not-so-whopping 40% of the votes. Regardless of how this reality makes me feel, I am choosing to look on the bright side. This election allowed me to take a step back and really weigh the various policy issues and decide which aspects of the platforms were important to me. Now that I have really assessed what I stand for and what I wish to change in Ontario, I can act on it. I can share my voice and create actionable tasks to help the causes I care about. Essentially, I am creating my own political platform made of the things I wish to see change.

own political platform

The Ontario election discussed so many different topics, including:

Economic

Environmental

Social

Healthcare

Criminal

Immigration

Education

Transportation

Science

Domestic Policy

Housing

Before the election, I hadn’t considered how I feel about a few of these topics and how the government is treating them. Now, in the process of creating my own political platform, I have dug deep and really weighed my thoughts on each.

My Own Political Platform Views:

My views are progressive in the sense that I wish to see Ontario stand for personal freedom, expression and diversity. 

Funding for mental health, dental care and prescription drugs are matters very near and dear to my heart.

It is important to me to focus on environmentalism like sustainability, and the protection and health of our environment.

Creating a more affordable housing market in Ontario is very important to me. Buying a home right now as a young person seems virtually impossible. I would really like to see that change in the near future.

I would consider myself quite left-wing, supporting policies that promote equality in many ways.

Pacifism is something I truly believe in, meaning I believe we should use non-violent ways to resolve conflict. We are all human, and I think showing compassion to those struggling is the best rehabilitation.


Having my own political platform is useful for many reasons. First and foremost, I know what my views are and what I stand for, which I think is very important.

Secondly, I can now find others who share my opinions and see what they are doing to change Ontario and beyond on these matters. I am looking forward to joining in and being part of the solution to various problems in our province.

Of course, we don’t have the funding to create as much change as the government, but there are ways for our voices to be heard and we can still make waves.

Regardless of who the Ontario Premier is, it doesn’t change what I am going to fight for, it will just make me fight harder. Perhaps, this is a good thing.

own political platform

All in all, this election has taught me a lot about life and politics, and creating my own political platform will greatly motivate me to push forward change.

The beauty in life is we don’t all have to agree. Everybody has different platforms that they stand for, and just because somebody else’s may be different to yours, does not mean they are wrong. Politics can bring out a lot of hate and arguments with those around you. Make sure to respect everyone else’s opinions and use your voice in a positive, inspiring way.

Food for Thought: Do you have your own political platform created? How in tune are you with your personal views? What do you stand for and which causes will you join to create a wave and have your voice heard?

Well, that’s enough politics for one day. Much love, Satisfy Her Soul xo

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2 Ingredient Banana Pancakes

Who says that healthy, delicious, gluten-free breakfast options have to be difficult or time-consuming? These yummy, quick and easy 2 ingredient banana pancakes are my current go-to breakfast. Today I am going to show you the simple recipe so you can try them for yourself!

Ingredients for Banana Pancakes

  • 1 Banana
  • 2 Eggs

THAT’S IT! I know, crazy, right?

If you are cooking for more than one person, say 2-3, just double the recipe and voila! Optional ingredients include a sprinkle of cinnamon, a drizzle of maple syrup, or some oats to make them a bit more substantial.

First, Mash a ripe banana with a fork in a small bowl. Put a non-stick pan on the stove on medium heat. I used a bit of oil to ensure I could easily flip the banana pancakes.

banana pancakes

Add your 2 eggs to the mashed banana and stir the batter until relatively smooth. When your pan is hot, pour in your 2 ingredient batter.

Pro Tip: Smaller pancakes are easier to flip!

fry

When your pancake is solid around the edges, carefully flip it. It’s kind of like flipping an omelette.

banana pancakes

Continue cooking on the other side until golden! My 1 banana and 2 eggs gave me 3 medium sized banana pancakes, which is perfect for my breakfast portion.

banana pancakes

Feel free to sprinkle on some cinnamon. Usually I find the banana makes them sweet enough that you can eat them plain, but today I was feeling fancy and added 100% pure maple syrup.

banana pancakes

Voila! These pancakes take less than 10 minutes to make from start to finish. The simple, healthy ingredients make them the perfect way to start your morning.

Have you tried these delicious, gluten-free banana pancakes? What did you think?

What are some of your favourite go-to healthy breakfast options? Share them in the comments below as I would love to hear! 🙂

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Book Review: Wonderland by Stacey D’Erasmo

One of my favourite things to do is sit down with a great book and a cup of coffee. Just like my Mom, I am an avid reader. It usually doesn’t take long for me to finish a book, unless I really can’t get into it. Then it feels like it takes me forever to get through the book. Which, unfortunately, leads me to Wonderland by Stacey D’Erasmo.

When I read the premise of this book, I thought it seemed right up my alley and I couldn’t wait to read it. Here is the synopsis:

Anna Brundage is a rock star. She was an overnight indie sensation, but lost her fame just as fast as she found it. Now forty-four, she pours everything into a comeback, selling her father’s art to finance an album and a European tour. A riveting look at the life of a musician and the moving story of a woman’s unconventional path, Wonderland is a glimpse of how it feels when a wish just might come true. – Stacey D’Erasmo

As a musician myself, I was very excited to dive into this fiction novel. Unfortunately, it wasn’t my cup of tea. Here’s why:

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Although the imagery in this book was at times stunning, the storyline seemed disjointed to me. The plot was a mixture of flashbacks and present day, which confused me and made it hard for me to connect with the story. There didn’t seem to be an arch to the plot-line, or a climax to the story. Occasionally I would get hooked into a page or two, but it didn’t capture me as much as I had hoped.

Stacey D’Erasmo does seem to be a very talented writer and uses excellent word choice throughout the novel. For me, it was the story and the characters that fell flat.

Anna, the main character, doesn’t really seem to have a passion for what she is doing. She seems tired, listless and in an unhealthy mindset. The book follows her as she abuses drugs and alcohol and sleeps around while on tour. While this could be an honest depiction of some people’s life as a musician, I was hoping for a more inspiring, hard-working individual as the main character.

Of course, this is just my personal opinion. This could very well be an interesting read for some, just not for me. When looking at other reviews of Wonderland by Stacey D’Erasmo online, there seems to be mixed responses. It is rated 3/5 stars on Goodreads.

When I start reading a book, I feel the need to finish it.

My brain tells me that life is too short to finish a book that you aren’t enjoying, but my heart won’t let me give up on it. I am glad I finished Wonderland by Stacey D’Erasmo, but it definitely didn’t change my life in any way or make me think about anything differently. It was just meh.

Because the imagery was so well-written and D’Erasmo was eloquent in her wording, I may read another one of her novels in the future. Just because I wasn’t fond of this storyline, doesn’t mean I won’t like her other works. I can definitely tell that she is talented at what she does.

If you want to check out Wonderland by Stacey D’Erasmo or any of her other works, here are a couple of links for you. Keep in mind, I am an Amazon affiliate, which means if you purchase something through this link, I may make a small commission at no extra cost to you.

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Thank you for reading this review of Wonderland by Stacey D’Erasmo. If you enjoy reading book reviews, please feel free to check out some of my other ones:

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