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Hello! Long time no blog.

Lately I've been loving filming (and watching) 'what I eat in a day' videos and you guys seem to be enjoying them as well. Thought I would switch it up and share some breakfast ideas on the blog. If you're not sure what to make for your next meal hopefully this will give you some ideas! :)


I've got a sweet tooth so waffles and pancakes are a frequent go to for breakfast. Heres a quick protein packed pancake recipe I made recently using Burnbrae Farms' Egg Creations!. (this can be made into waffles as well).



1 cup Kodiak Cake mix

1 cup water or milk (I use macadamia milk)

1/4 cup Burnbrae Egg Creations

1 banana

dash of cinnamon


Mix all the ingredients together and cook into pancakes or waffles! I like to top mine off with greek yogurt, strawberries and maple syrup. Yum :)











This breakfast is a new favourite of mine. A Burnbrae Farms' Egg Bake! (the 4 Cheese and Ham is my favourite) in a freshly toasted english muffin and a side of berries.



A major plus - this only takes about 2 minutes to make! Even on a busy day you can squeeze in this tasty meal.


One thing I'm focusing on right now is getting in enough protein. I aim for at least 20g per meal. One Burnbrae Farms' Egg Bake! has 13g of protein at only 160 calories sometimes I'll have both quiches (each box comes with 2) or have some turkey bacon on the side.








For some more recipes featuring Burnbrae Farms’ delicious egg innovation products, visit https://breakoutofyourshell.burnbraefarms.com. Enjoy!

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Lululemon is definitely known for their leggings. They are a bit of an investment but worth every penny in my opinion .. as long as you pick the right ones for you! It can be a bit overwhelming with all the different styles, lengths , materials, colours so I thought I would share my top 3 leggings (or tights / pants as they are called) as a sort of guide to shopping at Lululemon.



1. Best Of The Best - The Align Pant II Pant 25"



These are hands down the most comfortable leggings you will ever wear. They feel like butter and fit like a glove. I have the Align Pant II 25" (honestly not sure what the difference is between the original and the II) in 'incognito camp multi grey'. I'm not huge into camo but this print is my favourite. A little bolder than your typical black or grey leggings but subtle enough to still go with everything. These pants are not recommended for intense workouts but are great for activities like yoga, lounging around or running errands.


I also have the Align Pant 28" in a mauve pink color. These are equally as great but I find I wear my other pair of aligns more. Even though I'm pretty tall ( 5'10") I prefer the 25" - it cuts off right above my ankles and doesn't have any extra material bunching up at the bottom.



2. Runner Up - Wunder Under High Rise - Full On Luxtreme




If I could only own one pair of leggings it would be these. They are the most versatile tights and can be worn for any kind of activity / workout. Wunder Unders come in a million different forms. Nulux, Luon, Luxtreme, super high rise, low rise, crop , 1/2 tight ect. My personal favourite is the High Rise - Full On Luxtreme in black. These leggings offer the perfect amount of support without flattening out your butt (please tell me I'm not the only one who gets a pancake a** in too thick/tight leggings?) and are pretty seamless.


I own these in the 28" inseam but if you're shorter than 5'10" the 25" might be a better fit. The photos above show the 25" length. (I swear they fit longer than the photo though... they are not capri leggings)



3. Best For Running - Fast and Free Tight II 25"




If you are a runner or do some form of high intensity workout and need pockets these are the leggings for you. I have the Fast and Free Tight II 25" Non-Reflective Nulux in the color 'Melanite' . If this color is still available I would highly reccomond. It's a great alternative to grey or black but is still pretty neutral. These leggings are pretty lightweight but offer great support.

They have deep side pockets as well as a waistband pocket for your keys, phone ect. The waistband has a drawstring to adjust the fit and I love the seamless cut at the ankles.





Earlier today I was layering filters on filters trying to get a nice bright photo that didnt wash out my tan but at the same time wasn't too saturated and it just wasn't happening for me. I ended up downloading some presets that also didnt work for me so I decided to make my own. It is now 8pm ( I started this in the am ) and after a lot of trial and error.. I have come up with the 'Summer Skin' preset! The pack includes 2 mobile presets for Lightroom CC - they are similar but one is less exposed for photos that may be pretty bright already. The preset was originally intended for selfies but I tried it on an array of photos and its actually quite versatile. Take a peek if you like and I have opened up an etsy shop where you can download and I will be posting more packs in the future! I love a good edit :)


EDIT: NEW PRESETS AVAILABLE!


Crisp Vintage:

Bright, Crisp + Slightly Desaturated


Hazy:

Soft, Neutral Tones


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