Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Are women too independent?

As I lay here in my bed waiting for the melatonin to kick in, I think to myself: Do I love myself too much?

I mean really, I am my own best friend, I can depend on myself, I respect myself, I am true to myself, and I am honest with  myself. And you can be damned sure that I'm going to have a good time. I'm a catch!

So why haven't I shared myself with someone else? Am I too selfish? Am I scared? What's with the hesitation?

The more I think about it the more confident I am with the answer to this question. I have become too independent. My life revolves around myself and I do a really good job with it. I've also picked up around the house handyman skills. I can unclog my own sink! Why would I need a man? Except to cuddle me at night. That is one thing that my teddy bear can't do.

But I have come up with a temporary solution. I pile all of my pillows on top of myself, and when I'm falling asleep it almost feels like I'm being cuddled.

I guess the best thing that I can do is acknowledge the fact that I love myself, I am my own best friend, and I am very happy with my life, but now it's time to let someone else in.

But who...

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Winter Skincare Essentials

Winter can be a really hard time for your frozen fingers and toes, and especially your skin. Skin can feel dry and appear dull during these cold months.

Just follow these four simple steps to get your healthy glowing skin back. These skin care tips are important all year long, but especially important during winter. 

And if you're thinking that you don't have time, then don't even worry. Because these will take up less than 5 minutes a day. 

Happy winter!

  1. Shiseido - Pureness Balancing Softener Alcohol-Free

This product will sweep away the dead skin that's lying on your skins surface. Not only will your skin feel smoother, but it will appear more bright and radiant.  Dead skin on the surface does not reflect light, and when you sweep it away, your skin underneath will appear glowing and radiant!
Retails $29.00

     2.  Clinique - Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief

This moisturizer is like a glass of water for your skin. It provides instant hydration and absorbs very quickly so you won't get a sticky feeling leftover. Cold weather makes your skin feel more dry, so this can be used as a daily moisturizer or for days that are especially crispy and cold. Don't start winter without this!
Retails $44.00

     3.  Clinique - Turnaround Instant Facial

To complement your daily exfoliation, it's great to give your skin an exfoliation boost at least twice a week. This exfoliating mask by Clinique provides a type of micro-dermabrasion scrub and also gives a strong level of chemical exfoliation. It will literally leave your skin sparkling. I like to do this on Friday nights and also mid-week. 
Retails $45.00

      4.  Water

Hydration for your body is really important to keep your skin healthy and moist. Figure out a way that works best for you to get your daily water intake. I like to get a glass of room temperature water in as soon as I wake up, and I prefer to drink herbal tea throughout the day. 

Use these winter skin care tips to keep your skin soft and smooth all winter long!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Paleo Apple Crumble

Paleo is a diet that is very well known for meaty dishes, bacon wrapped everything, and t-bone steaks the size of Wisconsin. Well meat isn't everything we eat. We want dessert too! So I have created a simple and easy Paleo dessert recipe to satisfy anyone's craving, Paleo or not. 

...I highly recommend eating this with a cup of chai tea. 

  • 3 large sliced apples
  • 1 cup blackberries
  • 2 1/2 cup coconut flakes
  • 1 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup hemp hearts
  • 1/4 cup ground flax seed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • 3 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp pure cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup raisins

Preheat oven to 350°C. 

Slice apples of your choice into medium sized cubes. Leave skin on. 

Place sliced apples and fresh or frozen blackberries into a large ceramic dish.

In a large bowl, combine coconut flakes, coconut flour, hemp hearts, ground flax seed, cinnamon, cocoa powder, eggs, and coconut oil.

Spoon your mixture on top of fruit in large ceramic dish. Cover the top with tin foil.

Bake in oven at 350°C for 30 minutes. 

Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes. 

Eat and enjoy this 
Paleo delight!

Monday, August 26, 2013

A love story

This summer has been a summer of love. Whether it was new friendships, new favorite beaches, or love aches, it is safe to say that love has played a major role. 

One love story is that of my best friend Melissa. I have known her since the 8th grade. We have been through really significant events in our lives together, and coming up is one of her most significant events: her wedding day. I remember when we were in high school and my mom would always console Melissa on the phone after a break up. My mom would say “Melissa, you are beautiful and smart, and he’s not the one for you”. Well my mom was right. Because she’s marrying Sean. He’s the one for her. 

My idea of true love has changed a lot since high school. I remember thinking that I was in love with Kevin from the Backstreet Boys. Love used to be an infatuation, a complete obsession. Now I think of love as this really special thing that I hope to feel one day. I mean to be honest, I have not had the most success with love. But that’s okay, because I have been able to spend a lot of time with myself and now I know what I expect of my future lover. 

Back to Melissa’s wedding. It is this weekend and I just can’t believe it’s already here. Melissa is my babe. She’s so sweet, generous, kind, and loving. One of my favorite memories is going shopping together for 9 hours. My mom didn’t believe that we were actually shopping for 9 hours, she thought we had gone somewhere else and drank, and no matter what we said, she never believed that we were in a mall for 9 hours. I also remember going to get pizza after the bar in Victoria, and we would go right behind the counter, say hi to Yash, and take some pizza, and head out. And our infamous trips to Vancouver where we would stay at the Landis and once again, go shopping for hours. 

I’m so excited to spend the night before her wedding with Melissa. I know she will probably get really emotional, really happy, really sad, really happy again, and then probably fall asleep. I’m glad that I will be with her through all of it. And then on her wedding day we are getting up at 5:00am to get ready! 

I just can’t believe my love is getting married. But I know she’s marrying the right guy because I know she will not change when she’s married. Sean lets Melissa be herself all day every day. I love them both so much. 

Love. Laugh. Beauty. 

Friday, July 19, 2013

A Blog Like They Used to Be

I’m 28 years old. I am sitting on a bench in Olympic Village in Vancouver BC and I am typing on my MacBook Pro. I have a great apartment with a great roommate. I have a full-time and part-time job. I have a great family that I love. I have great friends that I love. And yet I sit here, feeling like someone who still has to figure things out. 

The truth is, my life is basically perfect the way it is. 

There’s an asian girl sitting on a bench next to me talking on speaker phone with her friend. It sounds like her friend is having guy problems. She doesn’t really seem to care, but I guess her friend just needs someone to talk to. 

There’s an ice cream truck that just pulled up. An ice cream truck in Olympic Village? I wonder if anyone would actually admit to that fact that they really wanted an ice cream. I  am lactose intolerant, so it doesn’t entice me at all, but I wonder if some wealthy person who loves ice cream, would hail down the ice cream truck and get one. Or would they just go to Urban Fare and get an ice cream. 

I wonder a lot. 

I always wonder where people are going. Maybe they’re going to work, or maybe they are going to pick up a new pet, or maybe they are going to buy a dress for their boyfriend’s birthday party, or maybe they are going to the beach, or maybe they are going to meet with a person that they met online, or maybe they are new in town and want to go somewhere for lunch, or maybe they are going to a museum, or maybe they are going to meet with someone to develop their website for a new company they started. 

When I go somewhere, sometimes I am going nowhere. Sometimes I just go out for a walk to the beach to watch people and wonder where they go. 

I wonder if I got naked right now if anyone would do or say anything. I bet people would just walk by and pretend I wasn’t naked. It would make them feel so uncomfortable that they’d rather just walk away and ignore. Or maybe someone would take a picture and post it on Twitter. I guess I should keep my clothes on. 

I’m thirsty. 



Sunday, March 24, 2013

Fresh Spring Makeup Look

It's officially spring! Every year I get so excited to celebrate spring and I always start with a fresh new makeup look. I tend to be more dramatic during winter, and more fresh in spring, and very dewy for summer. 

This season I have a lot of new changes happening and I feel the need to exude a professional look. It's like they say, "dress for the job you want not the job you have". To me that translates to, "you can never be too overdressed". 

In this makeup look I have focused on my natural eye shape by extending my eyeliner and layered mascara to give lush lashes. On my lips I used a simple tinted lip balm to enhance my natural lip color. I went very minimal on blush, and absolutely no bronzer. I like the contrast between my dark features and almost porcelain colored skin. 


Clinique Acne Solutions Cleansing Bar for Face $14.50
Clinique Acne Solutions Clarifying Lotion $15.00
Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel $31.00
Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus Wrinkle & UV Damage Corrector $57.00
Estee Lauder Daywear BB Cream $45.00


Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Foundation $42.50
Clinique Even Better Concealer $23.50
Estee Lauder Double Wear Powder $42.50
Estee Lauder Satin Cream Blush $27.50


Clinique Brush On Cream Liner shade Deep Brown $16.00
Clinique High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara shade Extreme Black $23.00
Clinique Color Surge Eye Shadow shade Champagne $19.00
Lancome Brow Groomer shade Brunette $27.00


Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Color Lip Balm shade Mighty Mimosa $19.00

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Flawless Skin Makeup Look

So needless to say, I am a big makeup junkie and have always had a passion for creating great skin in addition to beautiful makeup application.

My mom worked for Estee Lauder for over 20 years. This gave me an early start into the makeup world. I remember in the fifth grade I had a skincare regime, and I was wearing "sheer" foundations to school. I know a lot of people may think this is absurd, but it makes me happy!

So anyway, today I've created a makeup look with a purple smokey eye, glowing skin and nude lip.


Clinique Acne Solutions Cleansing Bar for Face $14.50
Clinique Acne Solutions Clarifying Lotion $15.00
Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel $31.00
Estee Lauder Daywear BB Cream $45.00
Lancome La Base Pro Primer $46.00


Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Foundation $42.50
Clinique Even Better Concealer $23.50
Estee Lauder Double Wear Powder $42.50
Clinique Up-Lighting Liquid Illuminator $32.00
Estee Lauder Satin Cream Blush $27.50
Estee Lauder 5-Tone Shimmer Powder $45.00


Clinique Touch Base Eye Primer $19.00
Clinique Eye Shadow shade Come Heather $30.00
Clinique Quickliner for Eye shade Dark Chocolate $20.00
Clinique Brush On Cream Liner shade True Black $16.00
Clinique High Impact Mascara shade Black $19.00
Clinique Brow Shaper shade Soft Brown $20.00


Estee Lauder Pure Color Lipstick shade Mauve Struck $32.00
Clinique Full Potential Lip Gloss shade Playful-Plump $23.00

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Master Cleanse

I know this is very non-Paleo...but lately I really feel the need to get a good "wash-out" of my digestive system. I've been feeling sluggish, my skin is dry, my energy is low, and I want to loose some extra weight. And although I have always been very resistant with extreme diets, I really should it and give it my own judgement from my experience, rather than assuming something.

I would really appreciate any feedback or comments from those of you who have done the Master Cleanse. My main questions are: Will I be able to workout? Will I have a headache? Will I feel empty? Will I pee too much? Will I get used to it?

I will publish my meals as the days go on. Hopefully this will make it easier to stick with it.

Here goes.

Day 1: Ease-In

1 organic orange
1 cup of coffee

Bikram Yoga

Salad with mixed greens, orange pepper, yellow pepper, and balsamic vinegar

Today has been a pretty easy day, I guess that's why they call it the "Ease-In" day. It's really rare for me  to go a day without eating meat, and I thought it would be a lot harder than this. Ask me to go a day without coffee, and we'll see how I feel. That's what I'm most worried about. Starting Monday, Day 1 of Master Cleanse, I won't be having coffee. Sweet Jesus.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Paleo 1 Year Anniversary Menu

I can't believe it! My Paleo 1 year anniversary is only a few weeks away. It's really amazing how much my food choices, habits, preferences, and cravings have changed over the past year. This has been one of the easiest lifestyle changes I have ever made, and I can only imagine that I will continue creating fantastic meals for the rest of my long life. 

Here are some of the major changes that I have seen regarding my food intake:

  1. I used to only eat dry chicken breast. Now I eat every last piece of that delicious chicken. Including his spine. 
  2. I used to pick off all of the fat that was around my steak. Now I pick steaks that have fat marbling throughout. 
  3. I used to eat only lean dry meats. Now I specifically eat fatty meats, and this includes delicious pigs and their crackling skin. 
  4. I used to never eat nuts because they are too fatty. Now I can't keep nuts in the house because I will devour them. I limit myself to 1kg of nuts/week. 
  5. I used to eat a lot of empty calories like candy, popcorn, rice. I haven't had candy in almost a year, and the same with rice. 
  6. I used to eat only egg whites. Now I eat at least 2 whole eggs every day. 
  7. I used to eat very little for breakfast. Now I eat very large breakfasts and almost anything, including steak, pork chops, and salmon.
  8. I used to be good at cooking. Now I'm amazing at cooking. 
In honor of my dedication for the last year, I am having a celebration night for myself. This is my night. I'm going to go all out. Here is the menu that I have planned for this special occasion:

Paleo 1 Year anniversary menu

  • fresh shucked oysters
  • patte
  • marinated artichoke hearts
  • olives
  • roasted/salted nuts
  • pepperoni/cured meats
  • crab stuffed mushrooms
  • smoked salmon
  • dried seaweed
  • bacon chips

  • roasted veggies
  • prime rib roast
  • sauteed ground beef/mushroom/onion/garlic
  • sushi
  • ceasar salad 

  • dark chocolate
  • coconut flakes/chips
  • dates
  • dried cranberries
  • pineapple 

  • Sea Cider
  • Red Wine
  • Diet Coke

Monday, January 28, 2013

10-Step Paleo Guide

My Paleo journey has been absolutely remarkable. To be honest, it has been a lot easier than I ever imagined. I think this is mainly because I am always 100% satisfied. I am rarely hungry, I almost never have cravings, and my body is completely happy. 

When I initially read Robb Wolf's book called "The Paleo Solution", I was immediately hooked. The concepts seemed easy to follow and it made sense. But I can imagine this may not be the case for many people.

So...I have created an easy 10-Step Guide to Paleo!

Whether you're already well into your Paleo journey, or someone who is starting out, or someone who is just a bit curious. Take a look at these steps and use your imagination to see the cool, fun, creative meals you can make. It's so fun!

10-Step Paleo Guide

Commit 100%.

-If you're going to do Paleo, then really do Paleo. You might as well give your body a chance to try something totally different. You owe it to yourself. Do it right. 

Eat only animals, vegetables, nuts, and minimal fruit. 

-I find it easier to think of what I can eat, versus what I cannot eat. For example, if I’m at a pub I will order a burger with bacon, onion, mushroom, and instead of a bun, use tomato slices. 
-Some food items that are cannot eat: soy products (soy milk, soy beans, tofu), legumes (lentils, beans, peanuts), dairy (yogurt, ice cream, cheese, butter), grains (bread, oatmeal, quinoa, rice), sugar (candy, juice, pop), and the list goes on. 

Use spices. 

-This is where you can get really creative. My favorite spices are cinnamon, cayenne, and ginger. For example, make a quick Thai Curry with coconut milk, white fish, spinach, mushrooms, garlic powder, curry powder, and cayenne powder. 
-Cinnamon and cayenne are really great for increasing your metabolic rate, so if you want to lose more weight then go nuts with these. 

Love fats. 
-My perception of fats was completely wrong. I always wanted to eat low-fat, fat-free. Now I embrace fat with an open mouth!
-Foods like avocado, coconut oil, coconut milk, coconut meat, animal fat, almonds, macadamia nuts, cashews. These are all great sources of good fats. 

Accept criticism. 
-In my first 6 months of Paleo I was very loud and proud of my new lifestyle. If any of my friends questioned the way I ate, I went on a huge lecture about the benefits of Paleo. This usually resulted in a heated debate, and I would just get fed up and exhausted. 
-The reality is that this type of eating is against what we have been accustomed to eating. So just learn to deal with others, and continue your own journey. 

Eat until you’re full. 
-You will be surprised at how much your portion size will increase. I can pretty much out-eat any man. But I continue to lose weight. 

Buy organic, grass-fed meats. 
-I understand that for some people this is not easily available, and very expensive. So do your best. 

Look at ingredients. 
-You really have to be cautious of ingredients. For example, soy is a very common ingredient in many things. Also in restaurants, always ask if there is any dairy in sauces. This can get you, and if you’re lactose intolerant, it will hurt. 

Prepare large meals.
-Whenever you make a meal, make a huge meal. Freeze leftovers or pack them up for your lunch. 

Give yourself a break. 
-Try your best, but don’t stress out if you break the “rules”. 

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Paleo Banana-Coconut Cookies


  • 5 very ripe bananas
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup coconut flakes
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne powder
Preheat oven to 375°. Mash your bananas in a large mixing bowl. Add all other ingredients and mix with a fork until it's all mixed. 

Take a round spoon to put spoonfuls of mixture onto a baking sheet. Make sure your grease the baking sheet with coconut oil, or butter. Bake for 15 minutes, or until golden brown. 


Yield: 25 cookies

Paleo Cookies

Monday, January 7, 2013

CaveGirls Are Power Smart

Since the beginning of November I have been living with my fantastic roommate, Kelly. We have such a great time together. We have coffee. We do yoga. We even eat chicken!


We also pay really expensive Hydro be exact, it's about $115. Before moving in with Kelly, I always rented places that included heat and hot water. So today I took it upon myself to give BC Hydro a call.

I have a plan! I will make a conscious effort to be Power Smart. My goal is to have our next bill around $100.  I think that's an achievable goal. I will use many tools to help me achieve this goal. Here they are.

Power Smart 101

  • Turn all heaters down to at least 15
  • Turn off all heaters when leave the apartment
  • Turn off unnecessary lights
  • Wash clothes in cold water
  • Only use dryer for linens
  • Don't run the shower for 5 minutes before I get in
  • Try to shower at the gym
  • Change lightbulbs to energy efficient
  • Don't pre-heat the oven for 1 hour
  • Unplug things when you aren't using them
  • Light candles
I think this is a great start.  I know some of these things seem obvious and insignificant, but I have to start somewhere and I am excited to see if I can reach my goal. 

Happy saving!

xoxo CaveGirl