2016 Intentions

Happy New Year!! It’s that time of the year again, when you start eating clean, exercising and making  lists of the hobbies you intend on taking up.

As you can guess, my intention this year is to start blogging again. Let me rephrase that, my resolution AGAIN is to start blogging again. My dream of becoming a blogger just won’t fade.  Which lead me to remember that I created a bucket list last summer and I never checked in on how I was doing so what better timing than the start of the new year to re-visit my bucket list!

  1. Get engaged to… Leonardo Dicaprio, Sam Hunt or Jared Leto. It was just announced that Leo is single again so if I could find a way to meet him, I could be engaged sooner than later. It could happen.
  2. Grow my Stella & Dot business. I didn’t hit my goal this year but my little piece of the Stella & Dot business is still active. Looking for a little sparkle, check out my site: stelladot.com/marlenebairos
  3. Sew something wearable. This one I managed to do!! Well, sort of! Instead of sewing myself something wearable, I sewed my nephew an infinity scarf bib. I need to make a few adjustments to the size so I will be sewing him another one in the next few weeks. I’ll take pictures.
  4. Go on a Mission Trip. Done! I have pictures that I want to share so I’ll update this bucket list item to: write a post about my Mission Trip.
  5. Read Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Ummm… I haven’t even bought the book. Maybe I’ll order it from the library though my Kobo, ok, just added that to the list of things to do this week.
  6. Blog about girl power. How about changing this to Blog. Just blog period.
  7. Put together a 1000 piece puzzle, instead of binge watching a series. I bought a puzzle, I worked on it for half an hour, got bored and then never went back to it. It’s a Christmas themed one and I packed it away with all the decorations. I will try again next year. On a good note, I did lots of puzzles with my niece and I didn’t binge watch any T.V.
  8. Make all the recipes in the Oh She Glows cookbook. I keep repeating the same ones that I love but in 2016, I will conquer the rest.
  9. Donate Blood. I forgot this was on here but something I still intend on doing.
  10. Visit a farm sanctuary. Now that I have a car, this will be easier to accomplish!
  11. Master the freestanding handstand. Haha… I just tried it and I still haven’t mastered it.

What intentions have you made this year? Share here and let’s keep each other accountable!



Protein Power Bowl

There are 77 recipes and 11 smoothie, juice and tea recipes in the Oh She Glows Cookbook. It’s my go to book whenever I need inspiration and have grown tired of the same old salad every day. From breakfast to dinner and all snacks in between, all the recipes are delicious and pretty easy to make. In addition to the cook book, the Oh She Glows website is the first place I look when I have left over veggies that I don’t know what to do with. I know you are probably wondering why I would add making each and every recipe from the cook book to my bucket list when I’ve already been using it. 1 word. PRESENTATION.

It seems that no matter how many times I attempt any of the recipes in the cook book or any cook book for that matter, it always ends up looking like mush. I’m cooking for one so presentation isn’t really that important. As long as the mush tastes yummy, I don’t really consider it a fail. BUT… it would help with blogging and Instagram posts if I could just get it to look like something that would be printed in a cook book. SOOOO… this bucket list item isn’t about cooking but more like learning how to make food look as delicious as it tastes. Let’s be honest, aren’t all labours of love meant to produce great Instagram posts!

For my first attempt, I decided to start with page 175 “Protein Power Goddess Bowl.” The name alone caught my attention since I’m always looking for different ways to eat more protein but what really sealed the deal was that I happen to have all the ingredients on hand.

Once everything started cooking, I realized that it was going to be really hard for this not to result in mush.

onions & peppers                  lentils                  wheat berry

And… I have no tomatoes. So much for taking an inventory of ingredients before starting! Well it was probably not going to be as colourful as the original but I still had the taste to focus on. I wasn’t quite sure what that would be like. I’ve only ever used Tahini for hummus and can’t say it’s my most favourite flavour but when I threw everything together, the lemon-tahini combo was surprisingly enjoyable.

Did I succeed in creating an eye-catching meal? Not really.


Original Cook Book Picture


My Protein Power Goddess Bowl

My Protein Power Goddess Bowl

Did I succeed in making a meal with leftovers that I can’t wait to eat again? You betcha! and that’s gotta be worth something.

Instagram worthy leftover picture!

Mason jars make everything look better!

This means I’ve officially started the bucket list, 76 recipes to go and one protein power bowl down.