7 Delightful Brunch Recipes For Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is quite literally around the corner. On Sunday, families will gather, flowers will be given and food will be enjoyed, all to celebrate the beautiful women in our lives known as our moms. With bunch being the ultimate brunch day of the year, I thought I would share some of the most inspirational recipes I’ve come across to make your mother’s day as special (and delicious) as it should be.

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Delightful brunch ideas for Mother's Day

This hearty, rustic dish is a welcome addition to nearly any morning get-together. Get the recipe here.

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Delightful brunch recipes for Mother's Day

Nothing says spring like rhubarb, especially when paired with sweet strawberries. The extra attention to detail with the vanilla bean and lemon zest make for a delicious topping to warm golden waffles. Get the recipe on The First Mess.

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Delightful brunch recipes perfect for Mother's Day

If you’re steering more in the direction of lunch with your brunch, this dish is the bright and springy dish you’ll want to serve. Crisp asparagus, creamy mascarpone and a zest of lemon come together in this light lunch. Get the recipe on Flourishing Foodie.

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Delightful brunch recipes perfect for Mother's Day

When made right, scones are one of the best Sunday treats. These Meyer lemon blueberry scones are perfectly moist and incredibly delicious, especially when served alongside a lemon curd. Get the recipe on What’s Gaby Cooking.

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Delightful brunch recipes perfect for Mother's Day

There’s nothing better in the world than French toast. It’s the perfect mix of salty and sweet and pairs so perfectly with any type of fruit. And seriously, who doesn’t like French toast? Get the recipe on What’s Gabby Cooking.

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Delightful brunch recipes perfect for Mother's Day

A beautiful new way to enjoy eggs in the morning. This crunchy quinoa dish has the simplicity and impressiveness we love in a brunch dish. Get the recipe on Salt & Wind.

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Delightful brunch recipes perfect for Mother's Day

The great thing about brunch is that having a cocktail is very acceptable, and often encouraged! These pretty pink cocktails are the perfect alternative to the usual mimosa and are almost too cute to drink. Get the recipe by Martha Stewart. 

5 Ways To Be A Kinder Person

5 Ways To Be A Kinder Person

“Remember that there is no such thing as a small act of kindness.
Every act creates a ripple with no logical end” – Scott Adams

It’s true that we have no idea how a small act of kindness can impact others around us and inspire others to do the same. Just think about how you feel when someone is nice to you. It’s like a breath of fresh air that you want to pass along to someone else. While it’s easy to get dragged down by all the bad things that can happen in a day, it can’t be an excuse to treat others badly. How we treat others is a direct reflection on ourselves and most people will treat us the way we treat them. So spread kindness like confetti, here are five ways to do it.

Don’t criticize or gossip

There’s a fine line between constructive criticism and just being mean. Being overly critical just makes other feel bad. You may have the best intentions, but realize that your words can have a lasting impact on someone’s self esteem. Instead of focusing on what they are doing wrong, offer words of encouragement. Same goes for gossip. We often gossip because we enjoy it, but what is bringing us joy us often hurting others. Minimize criticism and gossip and maximize encouragement and compliments.

Be mindful about what you say

Before (re)acting, take a moment to think about what you’re about to say. Be mindful about the situation, put yourself in the other person’s shoes and try to see how they might be feeling (this goes for friends and strangers too). We are all going through our own personal drama on any given day. The more in tune you are to what others are feeling, the more you will speak from the heart and the kinder you will be in your interactions.

Practice empathy

I mentioned this in my last point, but it’s worth repeating. When a difficult situation occurs, try putting yourself in the other person’s shoes. They may be going through an extremely difficult time in their life. Maybe they just lost their job, or maybe they are facing a tragic situation in their family. Everyone has days when things aren’t going as well as they could. Being aware that these are possibilities can change your perception of things. Now think about if you were going through something and a stranger was patient and kind to you. It would feel pretty amazing, no?

Forgive and forget

This is a tough one. When someone hurt you, letting go of those feelings can feel impossible.e But holding on to them is doing yourself more harm than good. Try forgiving those that have wronged you and move forward. As difficult as it can be, it’s also extremely liberating, not to mention powerful. You’d be surprised the weight lifted off your shoulders when you decide to take this bold step.

Start with yourself

To be kind to others, you have to be kind to yourself. Schedule time to exercise, read, write, whatever makes you happy and makes you feel fulfilled. Stop with the self-hate when it comes to your abilities, your body, your looks, etc. We are our own worst critic. Learn to silence that inner voice that loves to criticize and listen to the voice that accepts you for the beautiful person you are.

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Getting Wild With The Face Shop Character Masks

The Face Shop Character Masks Review

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know all about my love for sheet masks. There’s just something about them that makes me feel so pampered and makes me feel like I’m doing so much good for my skin. So anytime I get the chance to try out a new sheet mask, I’m all in. The day these adorable character masks by The Face Shop showed up on my doorstep was a good day. Not only was it an excuse to drop everything for a little “me time”, but just look at how cute these masks are!

The Face Shop Character Masks Review

The Character Masks come in three animals a.k.a. formulas – brightening puppy, moisturizing pig and soothing monkey (I wish you could see how much I’m smiling as I’m writing this).

The Puppy Mask is formulated with cotton seed extract to brighten dull skin and leave looking and feeling matte.

The Pig Mask is made with vitamin- and nutrient-rich honey for its moisturizing and illuminating properties to give your skin a boost of moisture and leave it looking fabulously radiant.

The Monkey Mask gives your skin soothing moisture with its dose of apple extract. Perfect for those days when your skin is feeling a little dry and sensitive.

Each mask is also infused with collagen and hyaluronic acid (which we know is great for plumping skin and giving it that glow), and all are formulated without parabens, talc, mineral oil, polyacrylamide (an ingredient commonly found in cosmetics and skin care, and a suspected carcinogen) and paraffin.

The Face Shop Character Masks Review - This puppy mask is infused with cotton seed extract to brighten dull skin and leave it looking and feeling matte.

The first one I decided to try was the puppy mask. I ripped open the package to find the mask neatly folded inside. The scent is light and pleasant, adding to my mini (at home) spa experience. As I unfolded the mask, I couldn’t help but notice the absence of a backing that I usually find in sheet masks, the one you have to peel off before using the mask. I’m not sure why some brand decided to have that, but I do appreciate that this one doesn’t have that. It seems so much less wasteful. My mask unfolded, I can’t help but smile because… well look…

The Face Shop Character Masks Review - This puppy mask is infused with cotton seed extract to brighten dull skin and leave it looking and feeling matte.

It quite literally has a puppy face on it! Too cute! The mask applied easily to my face and stayed on for the full 15 minutes. When time was up, I removed the mask and massaged whatever product was left on my skin on my face and down my neck. My face definitely had a glow and my skin felt super soft. I absolutely loved it! Plus, I think my beau got a kick from seeing me wearing a puppy face.

Have you tried the character masks from The Face Shop yet? Let me know what you thought.

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Lise Watier Carry The Light Campaign

Fondation Lise Watier Carry the Light campaign

Last week I had the pleasure of attending an event celebrating the Lise Watier Foundation and their achievements in partnership with Familiprix and Bizou. If you’ve never heard of this foundation, here’s why it’s such a beautiful initiative. The Lise Watier Foundation is dedicated to changing the lives of women in Canada, driven by the desire to help women gain control of their lives, move out of poverty and build a brighter future for themselves. Sadly, in Quebec in 2010, one out of ten women lived below the poverty line, even if most single mothers were employed (and this number is higher for women the it is for men). So every dollar collected counts towards changing the lives of women.

Fondation Lise Watier Carry the Light campaign - Bizou necklace

The “Carry the Light” Campaign

The campaign encourages people to “carry the light” to inspire men and women to come together for a cause and donate time and money. For the campaign, jewelry designers created this beautiful double-chain necklace and the Lise Watier Sparkle of Hope lipgloss, both exclusively created to benefit the Lise Watier Foundation. BTW, can we just talk about how cool this gloss is with it’s built in light? Amazing!

Fondation Lise Watier Carry the Light campaign - Sparkle of hope lipgloss

Fondation Lise Watier Carry the Light campaign - Sparkle of hope lipgloss

You can also “carry the light” on social media by sharing a selfie or photo of the Sparkle of Hope lipgloss, an inspiring story or a good deed of the day and using the #carrythelight. Or you can make a donation directly to the Lise Watier Foundation.

I absolutely adore this campaign. Not only does it help women to become financially independent, it also celebrates the strengths of women and encourages them to shine bright. How can you not love a cause like that!

Please take the time to learn more about the Lise Watier Foundation and follow their activities on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. And of course, give with you can!

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TRESemmé Beauty-Full Volume Collection Review

Introducing the NEW TRESemmé Beauty-Full Volume collection – a revolutionary new reverse wash haircare system, formulated for soft, touchable volume.

My hair always keeps me guessing. On some days, it can be really big and frizzy. On other days, it’s straight and limp. Lately I’ve been experimenting with different hair products and brands to try to find a hair care routine that my hair would fall in love with. A little while ago, TRESemmé launched the Beauty-Full Volume Collection, a unique collection that reverses hair washing steps to give your hair super soft volume. Absolutely love big hair, so you can imagine how excited I was when three products from this collection arrived at my door!

So by now you’re probably wondering what makes this collection different from the sea of hair care products out there. Well, the Beauty-Full Volume Collection is unique in the order in which you use the products. You start with the Pre-Wash Conditioner, follow with the Volume Shampoo and end with the Volume & Softness Hair Maximizer. Even though I trust that TRESemmé knows what they are doing, I have to admit that it felt weird to start with a conditioner, but the results spoke for themselves. My hair was amazingly soft and bouncy, and smelled amazing!

Introducing the NEW TRESemmé Beauty-Full Volume collection – a revolutionary new reverse wash haircare system, formulated for soft, touchable volume.

Here’s how it works:

Step 1 – Pre-Wash Conditioner
The secret is all in the formula. Infused with Fleximax™ Volumizers and Fiber Polishing Actives, the first step is designed to leave hair smooth and polished. I apply 3 pumps onto wet hair and use a wide-tooth comb to evenly distribute the product in my hair. I let it work it’s magic for 1 minute, then rinse well.

Step 2 – Volume Shampoo
Next up is the Volume Shampoo, which helps to control flyaway and static, and infuse your hair with volume. Using the shampoo after the conditioner washes away weight and leaves the right amount of conditioning behind to give your hair the perfect balance of smoothness and volume. It applies like any other shampoo, works up to a lather and then rinses clean.

Step 3 – Volume & Softness Hair Maximizer
This lightweight cream creates a flexible bond between the hair fibres, and smoothes hair cuticle to give it that soft, silky feel. Once my hair is towel-dried, I apply a small amount of the Hair Maximizer to my hair, using a wide-tooth comb to make sure the product is evenly distributed making sure to avoid the roots and focus on the lengths of my hair. Then I blow dry using my fingers to rough dry my hair and create more lift at the roots.

And voilà! My hair is soft, bouncy, voluminous and smells so good! Have you tried the TRESemmé Beauty-Full Volume Collection? What did you think?

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