February 8, 2013

This January

I have a bad tendency to wish away the weeks and months that I don't particularly enjoy. January, with its return to reality after the indulgent holiday season and the still freezing temperatures, is often a serious contender. So, in an effort to focus on the positive, this year I decided that, at the end of each month (or in this case, the beginning of the next one!), I will write about the things I loved that defined the way I spent the majority of my time, because I have a feeling that each month - no matter how cold, short or busy - comes with its own magical moments.


Avocado and buckwheat: In January I realized just how much I have changed my eating habits - for the better, thankfully! A year ago, these two foods were non-existent in my diet, and now they are two favourites that show up in my meals almost every day.


Yarn: Having had more time to spend at home, January was a great opportunity to start doing some of the things I've been dreaming about, and one of them - in which I delved full force these past few weeks - was knitting. Going through the yarns that I have at home, looking at pattern ideas, starting new projects and planning for even more kept this hobby  - and the cozy goodness that is yarn - on my mind the entire month.

I'd love to know, how did you spend your January?

15 comments:

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    1. Thank you! Have a great weekend! :)

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  2. I found your blog from when you did the guest post over on ElleSees, and I'm so glad I came to check it out! You're blog has some fantastic ideas and needless to say, I'm now a follower! I would love if you checked mine out too :)
    canvas-of-a-face.blogspot.com

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    1. Wow Emma, I'm so glad you stopped by, and thank you for following and all the kind words! I'll make sure to check your blog out really soon! :)

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  3. I spent my January mostly under the covers snuggled up in bed... ;) Haha all kidding aside, things that made my month better were bright nail polish and lipstick, candles, chocolate, and my sheepskin rug :)

    Thank you for your sweet words on my blog. I appreciate it so much!

    xo
    Jen

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    1. Same here, I think lots of time in bed or on the couch snuggled under warm blankets is necessary in January :) and chocolate always makes everything better.

      Hope you're having a great week!

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  4. I so admire you for getting across knitting... I'd love to be able to produce a beautiful knit something but of all the crafty things I've tried, it's the one I've failed most spectacularly at! And I completely agree that avocados are one of nature's most feel-good foods. They're out of season and super expensive here in Australia and I can't wait for them be plentiful again!

    Thanks for visiting my blog and it's such a pleasure to come see yous!

    x Catherine @ The Spring (in Brisbane)
    http://www.thespringblog.com

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    1. Catherine, thank you so much for stopping by and for your kind words!

      To be honest, I'm just a beginner when it comes to knitting so I have only done simple projects so far, that require no shaping and only basic stitches....it is a little nerve wracking to move into more complicated projects, but I keep thinking that if I make a mistake I can just undo it and start again.

      What makes me even more nervous is sewing; I really really want to try it, but I'm a little hesitant because once you cut that fabric you can't undo it! :)

      Have a great weekend!

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  5. I'm so glad I've started eating avocados too! They are awesome! I don't think I've every tried buckwheat though. And knitting seems like a cool hobby...I wish I knew how!
    ~Jessica
    Jeans and a Teacup

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    1. I never tried buckwheat until last spring either (I didn't even know it existed!) but now I put it in everything; it's so easy to incorporate into so many things, which I love because it has so many health benefits: it's filled with minerals and B vitamins, and gluten-free too!

      As for knitting, I'm not a master at it so I focus on simple projects with basic stitches, and I love that if I make a mistake I can just undo it and keep going without having to start the entire project all over again.

      Have a great week! :)

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  6. cute blog! I’ll follow you!
    I have a fashion blog too, I hope u'll be one of my followers:-)
    thanks:-)
    VERONICA
    http://www.givemefashionblog.com

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  7. Ana, check out this blog, www.beautythatmoves.typepad.com I am taking her amazing 2 month online workshop right now, The Whole food Kitchen, all about eating a more plant based diet with practical budget friendly down to earth ideas! It is amazing! I think you would really enjoy her website and any of her workshops. After only 10 days I feel amazing, upped my daily run from 5K to 7K and have way more energy! After our trip to Paris - oh my, cuisine superb!, I needed to get back on track :-) Hope you are all doing well, let's chat soon!

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    1. Erin, thanks for this, I'm heading over to check it out right now! Also, I loved your pictures from your first day in Paris, can't wait to see more! :)

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  8. I think many Canadians are guilty of wishing Janaury away - it's just so cold and miserable! To be honest, I'm not much better... it feels like winter has dragged on forever here in Paris, but one thing I've loved is that it has allowed me to spend lots of time sampling pastries and drinking tea :)
    xox,
    Cee

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    1. Mmm, pastries and tea sound so good, especially when you're in Paris! This winter has been a long one, and not very mild either, but luckily I didn't have to venture out for most of it. So now, I'm trying to keep positive thinking that spring is just around the corner. Can't wait! :)

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