My favourite organic red wines

Monday, April 27, 2015




Roche Bastide Cotes Du Rhone AOC Organic (My personal favourite!)

I'm going to let you in on a little secret: organic red wine will not cause bad hangovers (within reason of course....).*

Last year I went to Cellar Door, my favourite Italian restaurant in the area and we ordered a bottle of Roche Bastide, an organic red wine. Over the course of the night, we had about two bottles or so at the table and then went home. I remember thinking that I shouldn't have had as much wine as I did and I was kind of dreading waking up in the morning. But when the morning came, I didn't feel horrible. I had a slight headache, but I rolled out of bed and got on with my day like any other day.

Some time after that night, Mark brought home some Beau's to try on a Friday night. We had a few more than we should have and again, I found myself dreading the morning wake-up. But once again, when I woke up I felt fine.

Then I started to realize that the reason I wasn't getting hangovers was because we were drinking organic wines and beer. According to Wines of Canada, organic wine is wine that has been produced with organically grown grapes and although the wines may contain sulphites, they're naturally occurring as no sulphites are added. Also the organic (unofficial in some cases) label comes with using proper cleaning solutions used to clean the tanks and equipment.

As many know, I'm a huge proponent of buying organic and I had never made the change to drink solely organic wines and beer but I'll make the move to drink more of these in the future. The lack of hangover is worth it!

*This of course is a personal experiment so I can't speak for the hangover level experienced by the mass population.
**I know this post makes it seem like I drink a lot but I assure you these instances are spread out over time! 

Links I clicked this week

Friday, April 17, 2015

Image via I Heart Organizing

I ordered these super sweet TOMS for Mila.

I'm going to try this 10-Minute Jump Rope workout next week!

A genius way to teach your child not to interrupt via A Cup of Jo

I'm getting rid of my blender and here's why.

As fundraising gap grows, Toronto’s wealthy schools leaving poor schools behind

9 Tips for Becoming a Farmers' Market Maven

Food Irradiation: 5 Things You Need to Know

I love this painted shoe cabinet from I Heart Organizing!

Twin strangers: Woman finds her exact doppelganger on Facebook. I've been thinking about this for a while... have you ever realized that everyone you see seems to fit into a particular group of facial similarities (does that make sense? It does in my head...)? Take notice next time you're out in public!

Ok that's it! Have a great weekend folks!

Backyard urban garden inspiration

Thursday, April 16, 2015

I have romantic visions of creating and maintaining a beautiful vegetable garden. I would grow everything I typically get from the store or market and it would just be gorgeous and delicious and little bugs and animals would stay away.

Lovely thought, isn't it?

Alas, gardening takes a crap load of work, but a girl can dream.

I'm determined to start a garden this year though. I even have a place picked out along the driveway fence where those little cars and trucks are in this pic:


Now to get building... I would love to have a wood structure stained the same colour as the fence so it blends in well. It'll come out about three or four feet and will be built into two boxes. We need to allow room to access the back door in the fence because that's where we keep our garbage containers. I looked around on Pinterest for a few ideas and I realized there are a lot of gardening people out there!

With every urban garden picture I found I thought: These people get it! They're growing their own food so they will be able to sustain themselves if the food system goes kaput and we're all scrounging for something to eat.

Yes I read too much Margaret Atwood and watch too many movies like the Hunger Games.

Anyway I digress. Here are a few inspiring photos for our little urban garden.

Photo via Stark Insider

Photo via Eco Worrier

Photo via Fiskars

Photo via Better Homes and Gardens

Photo via Wallace Gardens
Do you have a little urban garden oasis? Give me your tips!
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