VANILLA CLOVE DIY BODY OIL SPRAY

Hello Lovely,

I always thought it would be cool to make my own scent. When I went to the VIVA conference, I did that but forgot to take a particular ingredient out and it ended up tainting the entire scent making it useless. But when I did make it, it was a delicious spice scent that kind of reminded me of cookies baking while you admire a fresh pot of flowers. (Weird combination I know). So after that epic fail, I decided to try again with simpler ingredients that anyone could find in their kitchen pantry (minus the sweet almond oil base).

Even my brother admitted that he liked the smell of this and he generally ignores my existence. So I think we have a winner!

I plan on gifting this to my sister-in-law as a thank you for everything she's done to help me out these past two years. I also plan on buying more sweet almond oil from Whole Foods so that I can make more of this over the holidays to bring back for friends. Here's how you can make your own.

CAUTION: You just might attract that special someone to meet you under the mistletoe if you wear this!

Vanilla Clove DIY Body Oil Spray

  • 1/4 cup almond oil (walnut or jojoba oil would also work)
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. You can also use vanilla essential oil.
  • 2-3 drops clove oil or 1/2 teaspoon whole cloves
  • A small spray bottle

Combine all of the ingredients. I prefer to let the whole cloves sit in the mixture for about 5 minutes, just to infuse the scent. Remove the cloves and pour into a small spray bottle (you should definitely use a funnel for this, I ended up spilling some of mine). If you’re not smelling enough vanilla, go ahead and add a 1/2 teaspoon more.

My hand was a little heavy on the vanilla extract, so this smells very vanilla-y. I hope that's not a problem for her. If you go heavy on the vanilla, use the spray sparingly because a little goes a long way, trust me! I was really tempted to keep this one for myself. Who would you gift this to? Share with us in the comment section below!

8 Irresistible Donuts to Kick off Your Weekend

I'm positive that I'm about to be every girl on a diet's worst nightmare with this post, but I just couldn't help myself. I sincerely love doughnuts. Like LOOOOOOOOOOOVE doughnuts. My inner fat kid does a cartwheel anytime I see a doughnut or even hear the word doughnut. Well it tries but fails to complete the cartwheel, but even though my inner fat kid knows she can't do a cartwheel she still tries because that's how excited doughnuts make me!

This all started when I saw an Instagram post on doughnuts yesterday before I left work. I was painfully reminded that I hadn't made doughnuts since April during my boyfriend's visit. I know that I had to immediately rectify this situation.  I found a recipe for hummingbird cake (which to be honest I had never heard of) and though to give a whirl! It was super easy to make and of course I didn't go by the book. This ended up being completely vegan(ish) before adding the frosting. Now I'll admit, I got a little carried away with the frosting. I mixed food colouring, bananas and even cookies! It looked so pretty when I was done! I may have gone overboard with the picture taking (I took 63 photos on my camera this morning) and almost ended up super late for work because of it. But I triumphed and was only 5 minutes late. Whew!

 I invented (I'm sure someone else has already thought of these) some new flavours including the S'mores Doughnut, Rocky Road Doughnut and Hummingbird Doughnut. Of course I threw in some classic frosted like vanilla and strawberry, and substituted Nutella for the chocolate doughnuts so it had a ricer flavour. I had so much fun making these doughnuts and I hope you give them a try!

 

 

INGREDIENTS

Doughnuts

 

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1 1⁄2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1(8 ounce) can crushed pineapple, undrained (I used Bluebird pineapple juice)
  • 2 cups chopped bananas

 

DIRECTIONS

  • Combine first five ingredients in a large bowl; add applesauce, stirring until dry ingredients are moistened.
  • (Do not beat) Stir in vanilla, pineapple, and bananas.
  • Pour batter into greased doughnut pans.
  • Bake at 350 degrees F for 18-20 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in centre comes out clean.
  • Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes; remove from pans, and cool completely on wire racks.

 

For vanilla frosting:

Melt store bought vanilla frosting in microwave for ten seconds, then drizzle over doughnuts

 For strawberry frosting:

Repeat same process but add 1-2 drops of red food colouring to frosting before applying to doughnut.

 

For Nutella frosting:

Melt Nutella in microwave with 1 tablespoon iced coffee (mixed with cream and sugar) then drizzle over doughnuts. Nutella may be a little difficult to spread. Top with sprinkles if you’re extra daring!

 

For Rocky Road frosting:

Repeat same process for Nutella frosting. Instead of sprinkles, top with sliced and chopped almonds that are smoked and salted and soaked in maple syrup (not that cheap stuff either; splurge on the good Canadian maple syrup)!

 

For Hummingbird frosting:

Using store bought vanilla frosting, add 2 tablespoons chopped banana and mix well. Melt a little in microwave if you need to it be more spreadable. Top with sliced almonds, like in the Rocky Road frosting.

For S'mores frosting:

Crumble or crush a chocolate and vanilla cookie and put crumbs on top of doughnut, focusing in the centre. Then drizzle with hummingbird frosting.

Store leftovers in refrigerator. I humbly apologise for throwing anyone off their diet but I promise you it's totally worth it! Enjoy one as you toast to the weekend!

 

XoX,

Olivia

 

 

 

 

Rise & Shine: Vanilla Almond Coffee Smoothie

Show of hands, who here is a morning person?

 

 

Yeah, that's what I thought. I'm the kind of girl that will hit snooze twice or three times before swinging my legs out and jumping out of bed. (Well most mornings, it's a semi-fast paced crawl out of bed).

 

I've recently been thinking about setting up healthy morning and night rituals. One of my new morning rituals involves reading a bible scripture every morning. So I downloaded an app that brings it to me. I try to read it just before or after my shower, before checking my other notifications. It's a great way to get your mind centered and ready for the day ahead. But why stop with your mind? I tweaked a recipe from Lauren Conrad, and hope to make this a staple in my morning ritual. I find that although I enjoy a hot cup of coffee in the morning, it leaves me feeling sleepy and luggy. This recipe on the other hand made me feel energised. I wouldn't say that I'm ready to do back flips, but I'm also not hiding behind my computer screen trying to sneak a nap either.

Rise & Shine: Vanilla Almond Coffee Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup coffee, chilled

  • 4-5 ice cubes

  • 1 cup vanilla almond milk

  • 1 scoop of your favorite protein powder (I suggest anything in a vanilla)

  • 2 drops vanilla extract

  • 1/2 cup sugar

Directions:
Put all ingredients into a blender and blend until it becomes a smoothie consistency. Add more ice cubes if you prefer. Serve in a mason jar or your favourite tumbler and enjoy!

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XoX,

Olivia