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amaze-balls.

 

My husband named these little treats amaze-balls. Simply because he loves them, and he thinks they are amazing. But that man thinks anything with chocolate is amazing. I do think they are quite yummy though, and healthy to boot!

I actually made up the recipe on new years, because I wanted to make a quick dessert with whatever ingredients I had - and it has become a staple treat in our household ever since! They are super quick and easy to make, and so yummy. The perfect sweet treat, with some protein, and no processed sugar. Yum. And you can totally play around with this recipe and make it however you prefer. 

So here is the recipe. Enjoy!

*Makes approximately 10 balls.

4 tablespoons almond butter
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 teaspoon shredded coconut 
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 teaspoons hemp seeds
1 1/2 cups chopped dates (soaked in water for 4 - 5 minutes)
pinch of salt

1/2 cup of shredded coconut (for outer layer)

Mix all ingredients in a food processor until it forms a thick paste. Take spoonfuls of the mixture and roll in your palms until round, then roll into shredded coconut. Let cool in fridge for at least 3 hours, and then serve. 

xo
melo

 

basics.

I'm a big fan of basics. I like to just have something easy and comfortable that I can throw on and feel good in, and not have to put too much thought into. Because style should be easy. I'm a firm believer that it shouldn't take half an hour to get dressed in the morning! Who has time for that, really? Be confident in your style, and know what looks good on you, and most importantly, know what you feel good in. And then wear that. I know I'm not comfortable in skirts (as I'm very tall so I don't wear heels and skirts rarely look good without heels, unless it's super short, and I think I may be too old for that now!) So I rarely wear skirts. Unless I'm going to a wedding, or something equally fancy. If you are not comfortable in what you are wearing - it shows. And trust me, I know, because I have spent my fair share of time wearing clothes that I didn't feel good in. It took me seemingly forever to figure out what worked for me. And a lot of really heinous outfits, I'm sure. That is why basics are so important. You can wear them everyday, and feel good about yourself, and we all need to spend our days feeling good about ourselves. Non?

Be comfortable, be confident, be happy! Clothes should make you happy. That is all. 

jacket (ON SALE!) zara sneakers similar jeans similar sweatshirt similar 

xo
melo

type love.

I am such a typography nerd. I love it. Something about it has just drawn me for years. Working in graphic design for so long, I was super picky about my typography, but I kept sitting at my desk thinking how I really wanted to learn hand drawn typography. 

So after my son was born, and I didn't have to go to an office all day, I decided to paint! And i wasn't good at first. It has taken me quite awhile to get good at this lettering thing. And I am still learning and improving every day! But I love it. So here are a few of my favourite type expriments I did in the past year or so. Basically I just practice and practice and practice, and anything that I'm not going to print ends up on instagram. Of course. 

Enjoy!

xo
melo

this kid.

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Sometimes I wonder if my baby is cooler than me. Look how cute he is - right?! Maybe it's just because I'm his Mama, but I think he's pretty freaking adorable.

I've been dying to get him a hat with a big fur pompom, so here it is. SO in love. It's from Rufus and Murdog, and the brand is My Mila. They have some really adorable stuff! And it's all Canadian! I try to shop local as much as I can. So if you are in the market for baby clothes, I'd head over to their site. Like, right now. These pants are also pretty awesome, and I got them from Zara. Of course. Always such cute stuff there for both me and baby!

xo
melo

 

01.01.2016

As the first style post of 2016 - I wanted to make sure this was a good one. So naturally I made my husband take more photos than usual. In the freezing cold. Poor guy! But I think he's becoming quite the photographer now, no? You'd never know there was a construction worker behind the lens. Ha! 

So, this trend of adidas superstars has been going for a little while now, and I have resisted the urge to purchase new sneakers, as I already have SO many. But Adidas is my biggest freelance client, so I thought, what the heck. Let's get 'em. And I guess because of this trend, the womens superstars that I wanted were all sold out, and so I decided to get the mens black ones. I am super happy with this decision as I am loving the black ones actually! I like how the white stripes pop against the black. These really work for me, especially since I normally wear black pants. 

This outfit is really just what I wear out to do errands around town. I'm really too tired to put much effort in these days because my little person is resisting sleep training fairly vehemently. So a black tee or sweater, with black pants and bag is the usual, and then I'll throw on a different coat or hat and sneakers to change it up a bit. It's like fashion math, really. That's how I like to think of it at least. There's, like, a formula for each outfit. Basic + Basic + Basic + Fabulous coat or accessory or whatever = Awesome Outfit. No?

So enjoy the photos that my husband froze his butt off for (even though I told him to layer up - but of course he doesn't listen!).

sunnies forever21  shoes adidas  leather pants aritzia coat similar sweater zara

 

 

free january calendar download

 

So to welcome in 2016, I've decided to give away a free printable January calendar. Because you want your desk to be awesome. And I want it to be awesome too. So here it is! Download your calendar here (right click on the link and click 'download linked file' in dropdown menu)

xo
melo

hello twenty sixteen.

As this year draws to a close, I'd like to say thank you to twenty fifteen for giving me a really tough year. No, really. Out of the many (MANY) struggles and challenges that life has thrown at me, I have learned, and I have grown, and I am happier for them all. Let's hope twenty sixteen is less challenging - but also rewarding!!?

Now, I'm not a fan of resolutions. I haven't made any for a few years at least. I am more in favour of goal setting - and I am constantly making new goals, and new lists of things that I intend to accomplish. My thought about resolutions is that they are made to be broken. "Oh, I'm going to go to the gym EVERY DAY this year! And lose 50lbs!!". Really? You are? If you want to try, please, be my guest. But it's not my thing. I'd rather make a goal instead of a crazy lifestyle change, as I like to think that I have a pretty healthy lifestyle, and I don't need to change much, apart from maybe working less and relaxing more. But that's not going to happen any time soon. Let's get real. 

Goals aren't just about this year - they could happen 5 years down the road, or two days from now, and it's something positive to work towards. Rather than beating yourself up for being a bad girl or boy last year, and attempting to redeem yourself by being extra amazing this year, let's try putting a positive thought out there into the great big universe, and working towards it diligently. While still remaining realistic (and enjoying life) in the process. And feel free to revise this goal list at any time during the year. This is not something that you just do on new years day, and then by February it's forgotten. Keep doing it. All year! Don't be one of those people who buys a gym membership on January 3rd, and then only uses it until like January 10th...when they become too exhausted from life and give up on the dream. Honestly, we should all try to stop making weight loss a resolution anyways - let's make the goal to just be healthy and happy in the new year. YES!? 

So get out your best notebook, and your best pen, and get to making your goal list. And just write down things that you want in your life - even if you don't know how you are going to get there - just set the intention, and you will do it (or not! if you revise and decide that goal is not for you anymore, that's okay too!). Twenty Sixteen is our year, people. So hop to it. 

xo
melo