Saturday, October 15, 2011

My Favorite Song Pick!!

Lately I love hearing this song on the radio and thought I would share it with you! She has such a soulful voice I just cant help but connect and of course sing my little heart out right along with her!


Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Everyday Diamonds Spotlight

Have a look at what my talented sister has been up to! Her Everyday Diamonds Shop on Etsy has the cutest flowers and this set of nine is a steal!
Floral Brooch or Hair Pin Favors - Grab Bag - Set of 9


Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Etsy Shop * Wear It Out* Spotlight & Discount

I have some across this cute little Etsy shop recently and I am in love with what they have to offer! Not to mention that right now they are offering 25% off the entire shop! The shop has jewelry with stunning color and style at very affordable pricing!

I hope you enjoy my find and fall in love with some pieces from Wear It Out!


Sunday, August 7, 2011

Beach Jewels Inspiration

Some gorgeous finds from Etsy shops with aqua blues and sandy tones that stir up my thoughts of warm sunny beaches!

Shell Bangles ~ Mcastelanelli


My Song Pick Of The Summer!

I really love this song however I have to say it is so sad! Based on the story of Robert Hawkins a teenager who went into a mall and shot nine people! I just can't believe that people feel they have no where to turn and this is their peace! So Sad! I like the beat of the song and it's well put together but I have to say knowing the meaning I will be listening with a heavy heart!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Why am I a Vegetarian?

Some of my friends and family are taken aback when I mention (usually while they are offering a meat dish!) that I am vegetarian (or flexitarian but no one knows what that means even my spell check doesn't recognize it!). I wasn't a huge carnivore before but meal life definitely revolved around meat. They ask "why?" My answer in reality is that I don't have one specific explanation, it just kinda happened. Vegetarian to me didn't start by just eliminating meat! It was more of an attempt to eat healthy, buy local and be more conscious of what I was eating/feeding my family and where it was coming from. On my journey I have become aware of some of the horrendous trick of the trade food manufacturers use to make their product cheap and appealing to consumers. I have tried to eat less processed foods which are always altered (and not to your benefit) and to stay away from artificially altered animals products like eggs and meat. Honestly I am not even getting into ethically what happens to these animals that sacrifice for us to provide food, that's a whole other blog post!! I am going to put a link to an article you can read!!
The exposure of things you don't think about regularly and I really don't blame you are what got me started on my journey. By no means do I think we should all be vegetarian but I do think we should all know what it is they are feeding us and making us pay for! Just something to think about when we shop or eat at a restaurant.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Bella and Bean Giveaway!!

A whimsical little blog from a superstar mom! Enjoy a good read and enter a giveaway! Just click on the banner!

Come and join another very talented blog and win a chance at a fabulous ring from my little shop Bella and Bean! We are dressing up in our red and white this Friday in celebration of Canada Day! What better way to celebrate a national holiday than to win a red and white ring to match!


Monday, June 27, 2011

Let the U Picks Begin!!!

My favorite time of year has started, U pick season! I love going out and picking our own produce, there is such a thrill in bringing home something you harvested yourself. Not to mention the fun with my family and the fact that the taste of fresh produce is second to none!
Dan's Farm and Country Market
Victoria, BC

My family had to tell me to quit my fanatical picking since it really wasn't long before we had two pints full of strawberries. It was a warm day but overcast which actually worked in our favor so we weren't sweating in the hot sun. We had a lot of fun trying to find the biggest record breaking strawberry and I think that the winner was my oldest with the bright red berry in her palm!

Of course our reward for being such great strawberry pickers! Unfortunately dairy doesn't agree with me in my pregnancy but I have to recommend their samosas since they were absolutely scrumptious! They have an amazing market full of local produce and a delectable selection of homemade bakery goodies.

The next morning I think I made the best waffles we have ever had thanks to some of the most delicious strawberries!

Better get out there and find your local U picks for some really great fun and delicious memories!


Monday, June 20, 2011

Eco Summer Inspiration Board

Summer is here! Enjoy some beach inspired picks from some fabulous Etsy shops that show their Eco trend with sustainable resources, vintage renewal and how about just being handmade!

Now there are no excuses. Go hit the beach for some R & R!


Tuesday, May 31, 2011

New Rings At Bella & Bean!

New rings made with summer in mind! Match your fav sun dress or bathing suit to be a little more daring and either way have some fun!


Saturday, February 26, 2011

*Cozy Cotton* Etsy Shop Spotlight

Well I am not sure what it is like for everyone at this time of year but I am wishing that spring would finally be official! We have been blanketed in some surprise snow and it's got me searching for some cozy comforts to fend off the chills. This new Etsy shop Cozy Cotton has warm and cozy scarves that look absolutely gorgeous! Made from jersey cotton these scarves are so versatile and can be worn in many styles making them different everytime you wear them.

I love the color of the Orange Twisted Tee-Shirt Scarf!

Brown and Maroon Twisted Tee Scarf

Come and check out Cozy Cotton and find your favorite!


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Most Delicious!!

I was at the farmer's market in Victoria last weekend for the first time! I was pleasantly surprised to see so many great local artisans. There was handmade local goat cheese, handmade italian bread, fresh winter produce and fabulously delicious jams.

We have been stuffing our selves with our delicious find and I thought I could share some of them with you!

We had Olive Tapanade Goat Cheese and Garlic Goat Cheese!
It was just as delicious as the picture on fresh baked bread! Mmmm!

Handmade Artisan Preserves
We had Rocking Raspberry Jam and Strawberry Vanilla Bean Jam! So Good!

To my surprise there was a permanent shop on the outskirts of the market that drew me in with it's scrumptious smells wafting out the door! I knew I had been there before at a kiosk on the harbor in Victoria..... Wanna Waffle! As a Canadian you may have heard there amazing story of how they came to be from a small one man dream to a Dragon's Den enterprise! I had a taste of them when they were only one tiny little cart making glorious golden waffles for tourists and they instantly had me hooked! Now they have a store that I will surely be visiting every time I go to the market!

All my delectable finds have been linked to their shops feels free to browse their own websites!


Friday, February 18, 2011

Ahhh! Get Out In The Fresh Air!

Going to the local winter farmers market this Saturday. They have live local music and you'd be surprised what people can grow in the winter months! I highly recommend checking out your local farmers market and get out in the fresh air!

Friday, February 11, 2011


I have just recently opened up my shop again!! Yay! Bella & Bean is inspired by my beautiful daughters and I am sharing my gorgeous purple pieces from my shop with you! Come by have have look!