Sunday, August 28, 2016

Bullet Journal Inspiration on Instagram

I love bullet journaling and I love Instagram. Bring the two together and I am a very happy person! 

I find a lot of inspiration for my bullet journaling on Instagram. It was very difficult to choose only five, but here are the Instagram accounts I find most inspiring for bullet journaling. These are in no particular order...I love them all equally! 





If you want to read more about bullet journaling, check out my post: Bullet Journal ~ What It Is and How It Works

More bullet journal posts: 

Handmade bullet journal covers 
Plan with Me Challenge - June 1 to 15
Plan with Me Challenge - June 16 to 30
Plan with Me Challenge - July 1 to 15
Plan with Me Challenge - July 16 to 31

You can find me on Instagram at lifeonisland. I use the hashtag #alexbulletjournal for all my bullet journal photos: 

Saturday, August 27, 2016

I Love Lists

Welcome to the 3rd edition of "I Love Lists"  

1. The Lunar Chronicles Colouring Book! You can download a sample page here

2. Do you believe in past lives? This article about past life regression therapy by Dr Christiane Northrup was fascinating to read. 

3. Kara at Boho Berry has the September prompts ready for the Plan With Me Challenge. I really enjoyed participating in July and August. She hosts these challenges with Jessica from Pretty Prints and Paper and Kim from Tiny Ray of Sunshine. 

4. This week I binged watched Broadchurch TV series with David Tennant on Netflix. Good crime show..and I love their accents. 

5. I drew the storybook bunny in my bullet journal because it was too cute not to. Tutorial found at Art Projects for Kids.  He is also doubling as an adorable blog post button ;) 

6. Crazy hair day at band camp was a challenge since I am not skilled at hairstyles, but we found a really fun creative alternative:

7. My new favourite vegan salad dressing is Oh She Glows Green Goddess Dressing. It is AMAZING with the make ahead salad jars I have been making. 

8. 10 Ted Talks you won't be able to stop thinking about. 

9. I survived one week of packing lunch for Celeste (band camp) and realized I don't like following someone else's menu plans, even if they are excellent. I will be creating my own instead. 

10. Funniest parenting tweets collected by the Huffington Post. 

11. 15 Facts about Stranger Things that will totally surprise you.

Have a great weekend ♥

Friday, August 26, 2016

The Happy Cookbook ~ Book Review

The Happy Cookbook: 130 Wholefood Recipes for Health, Wellness, and a Little Extra Sparkle is written by Lola Berry. This cookbook includes many recipes that are sugar-free, gluten-free, and Paleo. Lola Berry is an Australia nutritionist who is passionate about good food and health. She has written several cookbooks. 

I am the type of person who loves to actually read through cookbooks. I love when the author includes information and stories about food and themselves as well as recipes. Lola Berry has written that type of cookbook, for example the Essential Ingredients section not only explain what each ingredient is but Lola shares what she likes about them and how she uses them. Her Food Cravings page is brilliant, as she explains what nutrients you might be lacking if you are craving sweets, fatty foods, carbs, chocolate or salty foods. I agree with Lola Berry completely that exercise and mental health are important when striving for a healthy happy life, as well as good food. She writes about these topics as well, from yoga to relationships, and more.

Salads and Veggies Teaser pages!

Whenever I review a cookbook, I select a few recipes to test. I had so many I wanted to try in this book! See all my little stickies marking so many recipes in the photo below?!!

Breakfast Knock-Up 

First I made the Breakfast Knock-Up with Fried Brussels Sprouts, Kale, and Eggs. I couldn't remember the last time I ate Brussels sprouts, but I thought I would give them a try again since they are so good for the liver and the skin too. This breakfast was delicious and kept me fueled for the morning. 

Crunchy Paleo Granola 

I made the Crunchy Paleo Granola for my husband. He loves macadamia nuts and coconut. He loved this as soon as it came out of the oven. He told me he would happily eat it as a snack. He also had it for breakfast with milk. It was delicious with yogurt and blueberries too! 

Healthy Raw "Nutella" Spread (on my favourite Silver Hills Sprouted bread)

Another tested and thoroughly enjoyed was the Healthy Raw "Nutella" Spread. I have been spreading this on top of my morning toast. It is amazing, and I used to love Nutella...

The three recipes I tried so far are from the Rise and Shine and from the Loaves and Spreads chapters. 

This is a cookbook I honestly can't wait to try many more recipes from. There are recipes for dinner like Pulled Pork Tacos with Cheat's Sauerkraut and Apple Saute that I know would please my "carnivore" husband and children...and for me, as a vegetarian, there are many choices too, like the Sweet Potato and Quinoa Patties with Green Tahini and Lime Dressing. The Festive Menus chapter is also very helpful, giving healthy options for major holidays like Christmas, Easter, or for special occasions like a romantic dinner for two or a picnic lunch with friends! The recipes might sound a little complicated, but the directions are well laid out and clear to follow. 

I also love the overall happy look of this cookbook! The photos are beautiful, vibrant and fresh. It's a pleasure to look through and choose a recipe to make!

The Happy Cookbook: 130 Wholefood Recipes for Health, Wellness, and a Little Extra Sparkly can be found at: 

Disclosure: I received an advance copy book for review from Raincoast Books. All opinions expressed are completely honest and my own, based on our personal experience. Your experience may differ. 

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

That Time I was a Hair Model

Last weekend, I was a hair model! This was a brand new experience for me and it turned out to be an excellent one. A couple of weeks ago, a friend asked me if I would be interested in being a hair model for a local hair show. The hair stylists were looking for models with natural grey, white, or platinum blond hair. I agreed only because the products they were showcasing were temporary and meant to enhance the natural grey. A hair cut was part of the experience too, but I could let the stylist know my limitations. 

I thought it would be a fun adventure, so I said yes. I am so glad I did. 

Last Saturday, I visited a local salon and met with the visiting hair stylist Jean Sebastien and his assistant Stephanie, both from Quebec and Sharon from Bounce Hair Studio. We talked about how much to cut from my hair length and which Schwarzkopf Professional Silver Whites they were planning on using. About 2-3 inches was cut from my hair and they applied two temporary treatment, Lilac on the top and Slate underneath. Once the cut and treatment were applied, Stephanie dried my hair with a round brush. That was the end of day 1! In the photo mosaic above, the first three small photos on the left side are from the first day. 

Sunday was the day of the hair show. It took place in the beautiful new Florence Simmons Performance Hall at Holland College in Charlottetown. We were to wear all black. Hair was styled, make up was done by professional make up artist Savannah. We then went onstage in front of an audience of hair stylists. 

There were around 15 hair models, with 2 other women in the Silver Whites category. There was a nude colour category with beautiful natural  hair colours, and a fun wild hair colour category with bright pinks, corals, oranges, greens, blues! Jean Sebastien also cut hair from some of the models, live onstage. This was really interesting to watch and listen to him explain his techniques! Each model's hair was shown in more detail with explanation of all the products used, along with before pictures. Walking on stage like a model was different for me but I quickly got comfortable with it. Having that "va-va-voom" hair style and full make up really helped! 

The whole experience was a ton of fun and I really loved how my hair turned out too. I am curious to see how long it will last. I was told several shampoos and that it will fade away gently. My silver hair has always felt pretty soft, probably because of the coconut oil I usually use, but after this treatment it also feels stronger, softer, smoother!