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avocado strawberry smoothie

This is my go-to recipe for whenever I feel like I need a treat. It's delicious and nutritious. The perfect combination! You will never feel guilty after having this kind of treat. Even my husband loves it. I feed it to him whenever he has a craving for ice cream (which is a lot!), and this really does the trick for him. I'm expecting it to be a real crowd pleaser with the little one when he's old enough too.

When I make smoothies, I generally just throw stuff into the blender and have at it - so this recipe is just approximated. You can totally add more or less of whatever ingredient and adjust to your taste. So here it is.

1 avocado

1 cup of strawberries (fresh or frozen)

1/3 cup of raspberries (fresh or frozen)

1 tablespoon of honey

1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract (the real shit, people - not the fake vanilla)

1 teaspoon of bee pollen (it's super healthy - look it up. But it's not integral to the smoothie, so if you don't have it, not to worry!)

Approx. 3 cups of Cashew, Almond, or Coconut milk (you really just need enough to cover your dry ingredients. Also, be sure to buy a brand that does not include the ingredient Carageenan, as it is a known carcinogen. We like Silk brand.)

Now blend it all up until smooth, and voila! It's treat time.

Enjoy!

xo
melo

 

 

 

new in

I'm so excited to announce that greeting cards are now available in the shop! I've been busy painting like a maniac, working on these between running around after my little person and taking care of what seems like everything else.

So I'm happy that they have actually come to fruition and now they are available for you to give to your friends and family!

I also have two new prints in the shop. The 'free as a bird' print, and the 'you are my sunshine' print are my new favourites, and I hope they will be yours too. More photos to come soon!

In other news, I am going to be at the Toronto Urban Collective Pre-Holiday Pop-Up Market on November 8, from 11am to 6pm. So if you are in Toronto, you should for sure come by. Here are all the details. Hope to see you there!

Sunday, November 8, 2015
99 Sudbury St. Toronto
Glass Factory
$5 Advance Tickets Online or @ Door
11AM - 6PM

 
xo
melo

 

28/10/2015

We quickly shot these photos after grocery shopping this past weekend. It's been seriously crazy in my life lately, so I try to fit in a few photos whenever I can. These are really just my every day comfy clothes that I run around town in. I'm pretty much living in a variation of this as my uniform for most days. Who has time to put on something fancy when you've got a little person to carry around everywhere with you!? Seriously. 

 

my process

Wondering how all this comes to be? Well here it is!

I have worked as a graphic designer for years, but I am actually new to brush lettering - I just had this crazy yearning to paint, so one day I just picked up a paint brush and haven't stopped painting since!

It may seem easy from looking at the final products, but generally it takes more than a few tries to get the lettering to look the way I want it. Each word is so different, and each phrase requires a different style or layout. Usually I write the phrase or word out with pencil first and then paint it. Often it takes many tries to get it right, and sometimes it only takes a couple. I am constantly ending up with mountains of paper. Giant mountains of paper! And then my little man tries to pull them all off the table and make even more of a mess. It's pretty much pandemonium around here. And then once I paint something that I'm happy with, I then either scan it or photograph it so than it can be digitized and turn it into the final design.

Voila! There it is. Very exciting, I know.

I took a few photos of some of my craziness - so enjoy!

xo
Melo

 

 

09/30/2015

I love this time of year! It's not too hot for leather, and it's not too cold for shorts - so there are so many options. Transitional dressing is just so much fun because you can take a little from summer, and little from winter and mix 'em all together to create a unique outfit. I got these jeans recently and I'm pretty much living in them because they are super comfy and perfect for running around with a baby to the grocery store and other exciting errands. I'm all about the basics, and these have all the qualities of a great basic! Normally I just throw them on with a tee, but I dressed them up a bit here with a knit and a hat. You really can't go wrong with ripped jeans paired with black accents. 

Jacket similar Jeans Aritzia  Shoes Joe Fresh Knit Aritzia Hat Zara

veggie & hummus collard wraps

As a new mom, it can be super tough to find the time to eat healthy - or at all for that matter! Sometimes it's 3pm and I realize that in all the craziness I've forgotten about myself. But these collard wraps are one of my favourite things to prepare in a hurry. It's yummy and super healthy - so I never feel guilty after eating 2 or 3 of them!

After many years of struggling with my weight and seemingly endless health issues, I have come to realize that there is not one diet that works for everyone, and everyone just needs to really listen to their body, and do what works for them. I love this meal because it's vegan and whole food based - so you won't feel heavy or bloated after eating it. I don't always eat vegan though, as I find having so many rules to be just too exhausting. I usually don't do dairy, and I sometimes have meat (but only antibiotic and hormone free!), and I don't eat anything processed -  eating whole foods, and lots of veggies has definitely been the key to health for me.

The great thing about this recipe is also that it is super flexible. You can put whatever you like in it! I like spicy, so I always go for hot banana peppers and spicy hummus. Here it is!

1 collard leaf (stem sliced to flatten for easier wrapping - see second photo)

Hummus (whichever kind you prefer! I like roasted garlic or chipotle best)

Hot Banana Peppers

Avocado (sliced)

Red or Orange Peppers (sliced)

Tomatoes (diced)

Slice the stem of your collard leaf, starting mid-leaf, and continuing towards the end of the stem. This makes it easier to fold the bottom upwards when wrapping. Then cut off the bottom stem of the leaf and load on your toppings. Wrap the sides in first, and then fold up the bottom and voila! Ready to eat.

Enjoy!

xo

Melo

 

 

11/09/15

I'm a big fan of ripped denim. It's just so easy to throw on a pair of fabulous ripped jeans with a tee and a jacket and voila - you're fabulous. Especially now that I've got a baby to take care of, I really need easy to throw on outfits, and this definitely fits the bill.  When we shot this it was actually way too hot for leather - but I'm just SO excited for fall! I love my leather and I miss it in the summer. So now that the weather is cooling down, I'm super pumped to bring out the jackets. Yay for fall.

Jacket similar Jeans similar  Shoes Similar  Tee Aritzia