How to Practice Yoga at Home

How to Practice Yoga at Home with Youtube Videos

Yoga studios are absolutely wonderful, and I really enjoy taking a class in a beautiful, completely zen space. However, I have found it so much easier doing yoga at home by following some amazing YouTube channels! Online videos have made it super easy to practice yoga at home – it eliminates driving time, it allows me to practice yoga at home on my own schedule, and it lets me choose which class I’d like to take!

As part of my self care pledge, I’m committing myself to move my body for at least 30 minutes each day – sometimes that means a yoga class, and sometimes that means a walk or some jumping on a trampoline. Practicing yoga at home makes my life easier because I work from home, and I live about 20 minutes away from the closest yoga studio! That would be at least 40 minutes out of my day for transportation time, when I can just skip the commute and put on an online video and do yoga at home!

 

How to Practice Yoga at Home

If you’re a beginner, you’ll want to do some research before starting yoga at home. If you’re not sure about your health or what your body is capable of, always check with your doctor first. Otherwise, try out beginner yoga videos, there are a ton of beginner yoga videos available online, and they are super helpful to ease into a new practice or starting yoga for the first time.

Other than knowing your own body, be sure to have a yoga mat and an open space that can accommodate your mat. Great wifi and a laptop/tv/phone to play videos, and that’s all your really need to practice yoga at home! Here are my favourite YouTube channels for practicing yoga at home!

 

Yoga with Adriene

My favourite online yoga videos often have a challenge associated with them, and Adriene’s 31-day yoga challenge is the perfect thing to start making your yoga practice consistent, while easing you into doing yoga at home at the same time! Yoga with Adriene has a large assortment of yoga videos, from beginner to advanced. Visit Yoga with Adriene.

Fightmaster Yoga

Did you know that practicing yoga at home can make you happier and more peaceful? Lesley Fightmaster’s YouTube channel has a 30-day Hatha Yoga Happiness program (you know I love my challenges!), and an assortment of serious to fun yoga videos – like Yoga for Hangovers. Visit Fightmaster Yoga.

Yoga by Candace

There are days when I don’t have time to practice yoga at home (or rather, I sleep in and don’t prioritize my yoga practice!) and that’s where these awesome and quick online yoga videos help me stay consistent! Splitting up my yoga practice works better some days, so whether you have 15, 20, or 30 minutes available to do yoga at home, Candace has you covered! Visit Yoga by Candace.

The Yoga Solution with Tara Stiles

Some days are more stressful than others, and I find these online yoga videos featuring Tara Stiles super helpful to relaaaax and OM-out. Practicing yoga at home is not always about getting a sweaty workout on, sometimes it’s about stretching and meditating and embracing the nap. Visit The Yoga Solution with Tara Stiles.

KinoYoga

I really love KinoYoga because of their beginner yoga challenge (I’m a sucker for them!), but I love some of the more technical online yoga videos she offers as well, like going through basic Yoga moves – it’s super helpful to have the correct postures down when you’re practicing yoga at home. There are also intense advanced yoga videos available as well! Visit KinoYoga.

Boho Beautiful

More than just a yoga channel, Boho Beautiful also includes vlogs about travelling, food, and health, along with yoga videos in beautiful, wanderlust-worthy locales. These videos will make you super inspired to join them on a wellness journey. Visit Boho Beautiful.

Heart Alchemy Yoga

About once a week, I like to do a longer yoga class, and Heart Alchemy Yoga has many 45-minute and 60-minute long videos. Many of the yoga videos are filmed in a yoga studio, which makes you feel like you are there. Visit Heart Alchemy Yoga.

 

Do you practice yoga at home? What are your favourite online yoga videos?

How to Practice Yoga at Home with Online Youtube Videos

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Sabich: How to Make the Ultimate Israeli Street Food

Sabich Recipe

On my trip to Israel, I discovered a ton of delicious food! But it wasn’t until my last day in Tel Aviv that I discovered the ultimate Israeli street food: the Sabich. A Sabich is a pita stuffed with delicious goodies – eggplant, potatoes, eggs, herbs, veggies, mango sauce – and while it’s meant to be eaten on the go, it is one of the messiest thing I’ve ever eaten. And I absolutely LOVE messy food.

I’ve been dreaming of Israel and wanted to make this Sabich recipe so my husband could know what I’ve been raving about – and he agrees, it’s absolutely amazing. The warm pita stuffed with fried eggplant, hearty potatoes, hard-boiled eggs that give it a creamy texture, and the freshness of a cucumber-tomato salad, with a spiciness throughout! This Sabich Recipe is just what I needed to curb my wanderlust… well, maybe just for now!

Eating Sabich in Israel

Photo: Shani Sadicario

That classy picture right there is me taking my first ever bite of Sabich in Israel – and it was love at first bite! See the mess? That means it’s good! This recipe is pretty easy to throw together once you prep everything, and it’s perfect for any time of year.

How to Make Sabich

A Sabich is a pita stuffed with a variety of elements: a base of hummus, tahini, fried eggplant, potato, hardboiled egg, a cucumber-tomato salad, and Amba sauce – which may be the only item that will be tricky to find.

How to Make Sabich Recipe

First things first, prep your ingredients! Bake the potato and boil the eggs – this can be done even the day before to speed up the process. The day of, make the cucumber-tomato salad which contains a mixture of tomatoes, cucumber, jalapeño, garlic, cilantro, parsley, lemon juice, and olive oil. Then fry the eggplant and get ready to throw it all together!

Use a good quality hummus because you’re going to use a LOT of it! We always have a fridge full of hummus, and Sabra hummus is a favourite of ours. There are numerous flavours to choose from and it’s always super delicious. We use hummus as a dip, as a sandwich spread, and as a buddha bowl topper – we love our hummus! In the Sabich recipe, I chose to use the Sabra Supremely Spicy Hummus, because I wanted that extra kick of heat! Get your $1 off coupon for Sabra Hummus here!

How to Make Sabich with Sabra Spicy Hummus

Now, a true Israeli-style Sabich is drizzled with loads of Amba sauce, which is made of pickled mangos. While I couldn’t find any Amba sauce locally OR online, I did find a recipe for Sweet & Tart Mango Sauce. However, I did find Indian-style mango pickles, which isn’t the same thing, but I went for it anyway! I chopped up some intensely flavoured mango pickles and mixed it with some tahini to make my own amba sauce…. it was not the same thing but it added a delicious flavour to the Sabich! (Hint to Israel: Send me Amba sauce!!)

How to Make Sabich RecipeHow to Make Sabich

And did I mention that the Sabich is perfect for vegetarians? But meat eaters shouldn’t be scared because this recipe is super filling and very comforting in a way that I can’t even describe! A great way to serve the Sabich at a party is to make smaller, appetizer size pita bites stuffed with the filling – my husband went crazy for this recipe, and my daughter is becoming more obsessed with Israeli food – I think it’s time for a trip to Tel Aviv!

How to Make Sabich Recipe

Just looking at these pictures is making me hungry! Try Sabra Hummus with this $1 OFF coupon – trust me, you’ll love the range of flavours! Sabra Hummus can be found at a variety of retailers including Loblaws, Walmart, Sobey’s, and Metro. Enter to win the #DipInWithSabra Content for a Feast for you and 14 friends by sharing your own Sabra experience on social media with the hashtag #dipinwithsabra!

To enter the contest, post your Dip In moment to Sabra’s Facebook timeline using the hashtag #DipInWithSabra or tag @SabraCanada on Instagram or Twitter and post your Dip in moment using the hashtag #DipInWithSabra.

Will you try making this Sabich recipe?

How to Make Sabich Recipe

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Sabich - Israeli Street Food
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A delicious pita stuffed with eggplant, potatoes, eggs, and fresh ingredients make for the ultimate street food!
Ingredients
  • 1 large baking potato
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 medium eggplant, sliced ½ inch thick
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing
  • 1 cucumber—peeled, halved, seeded and cut into ½-inch dice
  • 1 large tomato, cut into ½-inch dice
  • 1 large jalapeño, minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 4 thick, sturdy pita breads, warmed
  • 1 cup hummus
  • ¼ cup tahini, at room temperature
  • 4 large hard-cooked eggs, sliced
  • Amba sauce or Mango Pickles mixed with Tahini
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Scrub your baking potato, pierce the skin with a fork, and microwave for 5 minutes. Carefully remove from microwave, drizzle with olive oil to coat, and sprinkle with salt. Bake in oven for about 30 minutes or until done.
  2. To make the cucumber-tomato salad: in a large bowl, add the cucumber, tomato, jalapeño, garlic, cilantro and parsley. Toss with the lemon juice and 3 tablespoons of olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Brush eggplant slices on both sides with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. Grill on a pre-heating grill or frying pan for about 10 minutes on each side, until golden brown and tender.
  4. Cut off 2 inches from the side of the warm pitas to make openings in the pockets. Gently open the pitas. Spread a generous amount of hummus on the bottoms and 1 tablespoon of tahini over it. Layer the potato slices, eggplant, egg and cucumber-tomato salad in the pitas, along with some of the salad juices. Top with the Amba Sauce or Mango Pickles.
Disclosure: This blog post was sponsored by Sabra but the opinions are completely my own based on my experience.

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Beauty Detox

beauty detox

I’ve noticed that I really care about what’s in the food I eat, and I tend to stay away from ingredients that aren’t derived from nature or are full of chemicals I can’t pronounce. I read labels to try to find the most nutritious and healthy foods I can – so why don’t I do the same with beauty products?

I’ve decided to give my beauty kit a massive detox – getting rid of items with toxic and cancer-causing ingredients, and changing them out for products made naturally and cruelty-free, with ingredients derived from nature, when possible. I’ve discovered there are so many options out there – why I haven’t I started using them before?

So far, I’ve traded out my face creams, eye creams, body butter, and deodorant for products that are safe to use. I’m starting to research more about the ingredients on the labels, because I’m just as concerned about what goes on my body, as much as the food I ingest. I’ve found three really good sources for finding non-toxic products, my favourite so far:

I’m definitely on the look out for more suggestions! I’m hoping to discover more and more make-up as well.

Do you use non-toxic beauty products?

What are your favourites?

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36 Hours in Harrison Hot Springs

36 Hours in Harrison Hot Springs

I recently had the pleasure of visiting Harrison Hot Springs for 36 hours – it’s the perfect quick getaway and just about an hour from the city of Vancouver, but it feels like it’s a million miles away! Harrison Hot Springs has been a place I’ve wanted to visit for so long and when the opportunity came along in the form of a blogger retreat hosted by the fabulous Connie with StartUpMoms.co, how could I resist?

Harrison Hot Springs Resort

Harrison Hot Springs Resort

Harrison Hot Springs Boat Tour

Harrison Hot Springs Boat Tour

Scenic Boat Tours at Harrison Hot Springs

Taking a scenic boat tour on Harrison Lake is the perfect way to start your getaway. Harrison Lake is the largest lake in the Southern Coast Mountains of Canada, and boarding a yacht to take in its’ breathtaking beauty is simply amazing. Shoreline Tours provides lake cruises on their 62-foot Laroan, complete with sightseeing decks, a BBQ grill, full kitchen and indoor dining area, it’s the best way to see Harrison Lake!

The photo opportunities are endless, and the tour guide was full of knowledge about the area. Shoreline Tours provides lake cruises daily, and can also be hired for private charters and fun excursions!

 

Harrison Hot Springs Resort

Photo Courtesy of Harrison Hot Springs Resort

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Stay at the Harrison Hot Springs Resort

Staying at The Harrison Hot Springs Resort was such an amazing treat! The large property is perfectly located with scenic views and walking distance from everything in town, and the resort features five different hot-spring-fed mineral pools for hotel guests only, that are perfect for families and couples alike. Our blogging group stayed in the private yellow cabins. The cabins are surprisingly large, with a bedroom, as well as a pull-out in the living room, a nice big fireplace, and a cozy, rustic feel.

The Woman in Cabin 10My roomie, Carolyn, and I stayed in Cabin 10, and right after we checked in we dug into our goodie bags and put on moisturizing lip masks and ate chocolate-covered strawberries. We joined the other girls and cozied up in the cottage to talk about blogging and social media. It wasn’t until we were leaving for dinner that I made a striking realization about a certain book in our room, ‘The Girl in Cabin 10’. I totally thought the hotel put it there as a joke. But no, my roomie brought it with her to read…. and she didn’t even know we were staying in Cabin 10!… Creepy!

When I come back to Harrison Hot Springs, I’ll be staying at the Resort – the rooms are cozy and quiet, and the hot springs were so relaxing – I slept like a baby that night! There are also a few cafes and restaurants at the resort, including a delicious breakfast buffet with a make-your-own omelette station that can’t be beat!

 

Pizza in Harrison

Where to Eat in Harrison Hot Springs

In a small town, it’s good to know what the gems are! The Harrison Corner Cafe is a beautiful and cozy space where we indulged in the delicious menu for lunch. The food came beautifully plated and was fresh tasting. The cafe was the perfect place to meet each other, and discuss our blogs over yummy bites of food!

For the best pizza in town, we headed over to The Hungry Chef Pizzeria! Boasting craft beers and a made-to-order pizza menu (along with pastas and salads), you want to come hungry because the portions are large (and perfect!) and the food is amazing!

 

Harrison Hot Springs Resort

Bloggers at Harrison Hot Springs

Rejuvenate Yourself in Harrison Hot Springs

I visited Harrison Hot Springs with an amazing group of Vancouver-area bloggers for the #SUPretreat – Connie, Carolyn, Tamara, Heydy, and Jennifer (in order of picture above!) – to rejuvenate ourselves and discuss blogging and social media. Amidst all the ‘shop talk’, we all concluded that it’s so nice to getaway from reality, even just for one night, and typically, as a mom and entrepreneur, you couldn’t really get more than one night away.

It was refreshing to walk the beach on Harrison Lake and take in the gorgeous scenery, but it was also exciting to brainstorm our ideas, and share our knowledge amongst each other. We were empowering each other as mothers and as bloggers to go after what we wanted, to work hard and excel at what we do! And one thing we did was get our picture taken…

 

Margarita Wyld in Harrison Hot Springs

Margarita Wyld in Harrison Hot Springs

Margarita Wyld in Harrison Hot Springs

Margarita Wyld in Harrison Hot Springs

 

We had our photos taken by Vanessa Marie, who was so amazing to work with. Posing for a picture is harder than it looks, and we had a lot of fun trying out some different posing styles! Harrison Hot Springs is the perfect place to visit when you’re looking for a quick 36-hour vacation for a girls weekend, a fun family excursion, or a romantic couples getaway!

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Have you been to Harrison Hot Springs before?

What’s your favourite thing to do in Harrison Hot Springs?

36 Hours in Harrison Hot Springs

Disclosure: I visited Harrison Hot Springs for the Start Up Moms Retreat with accommodations provided to us by Harrison Hot Springs Resort. All opinions are my own.

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Why I Love to Watch Kimmy Schmidt With My Tween

Watching TV with your kids isn’t always fun, trust me, I’ve been through numerous episodes of Paw Patrol and Larva and Dragons only to tune it out because… well, the kids love it, and I’m glad they enjoy it – but it’s totally not my jam, obviously. So, when we discover a show we can all watch together as a family, I relish it!

Our favourite show on Netflix is Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, the woman who survived 15 years in a bunker and now lives in New York City with her fabulous roommate and a slew of incredibly hilarious characters. The show is hilariously funny, full of double entendres and silly puns, but there’s more than just mindless fluff that makes this a great show to watch with tweens.

Kimmy is a great lead character, with amazing 90s references that I adore, and positive catchphrases that we can all relate to. The best part of Kimmy Schmidt is that they show the process of Kimmy’s realizations – like the idea that ‘Changing your outside isn’t going to fix what’s wrong inside!’ – a right and proper statement, and one that really shows the viewer the process of how she came to that conclusion.

 

The women characters in this show are strong, self-reliant and show a depth of character. The light-heartedness in the storylines always gives way to further conversation with our daughter, seriously. We’ve had talks about racism, gentrification, LGBT, privilege, and so many other ‘real world’ conversations that stemmed from a comedy on Netflix.

Okay, so now that you know I absolutely love Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, you have to tell me what your favourite show on Netflix is!

What’s your favourite show to watch with your tween on Netflix?

Full disclosure: I’m on the Netflix #StreamTeam, however all opinions and views are my own. 

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