DIY Beauty Tips

Recently, I was on CBC Radio's The Next Chapter, chatting about beauty books with host, Shelagh Rogers. Reading beauty books got me thinking. I know quite a bit about beauty (obviously) and I'm pretty creative. So why not start my own beauty empire? But instead of telling people to buy things, I'm giving beauty DIY tips. After all, being beautiful doesn't have to mean breaking the bank. 

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Letter to My Roommates

I was at the Pride parade the other day and was reminded of my own coming out journey and how I sometimes remember it and sometimes I forget. I’m posting this letter so I don’t forget.

When I was 22, I wrote a coming out letter to my university roommates. At the time, it was the scariest thing I’d ever done. I’d been living a double life, the stress was weighing me down and I needed to come clean. I just had no idea how they’d react. 

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Fuck Cookies™

I’m a big believer in emotional eating. Do you come home at the end of the day and want nothing more than to work your way through a container of Duncan Hines Whipped Vanilla Frosting? Go right ahead. And don’t forget those Pizza Pockets in the freezer. Recently,  I got to thinking – why not make some cookies with my letter press that really let you eat your emotions?

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My Gay Pig Cookie Cutter

I grabbed a set of Tupperware cookie cutters when we moved my mom out of the family home a number of years ago. She kept them in an old Ziploc bag. They’re a seasonal set, made for birthdays, Christmas, Halloween, etc. I don’t think she ever used them, though. I don't recall ever getting a cookie for my birthday. Not that anyone remembered.

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My Bazaar Treasures

Saturday mornings throughout November, I roll out of bed early, put on my Tilley hat, fire up the Chevette and head out to Christmas bazaars. If you’ve never been to a bazaar, you’re missing out on one of life’s richest experiences. Bazaars are free, you can find great deals, and, if you’re under 50, you’ll feel like the youngest person there. 

 

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Cut-Up Party Cakes

Recently, I was on CBC Radio’s The Next Chapter talking with host Shelagh Rogers about what trends are due for a comeback. (Think adult colouring books.) One thing I predict will be huge in the coming months is the renaissance of homemade birthday cakes. I’ll even take that one step further and say homemade cut-up cakes will be the next big trend.

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The Hunt for a Masculine Lunch Bag

Every couple of years, I go in search of a new lunch bag. It’s a horrific, painful and depressing journey. I don’t want polka dots or stripes or superheroes or anything that I’d be embarrassed to carry while reading my V.C. Andrews novels on the subway. All I want is a masculine lunch bag. And if you think that seems like a pretty simple request, have I got news for you, folks.

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British Choclit Bar Taste Test

Recently, I went on a vacation to England and learned a number of interesting things about British life. For example, if you value your life, always look before crossing the street. You can also buy single-serve gin and tonics at the grocery store. (They come in handy if you’re travelling with the same person for 10 days straight.)

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Norwegian Bread Pudding

My 1922 Sarnia cookbook culinary adventure continues with another tasty    installment! Today’s recipe hits close to home because my grandmother was Norwegian. And while I didn’t see very her often (she lived in Saskatoon), she taught me important lessons about food. Namely, that Norwegians eat some pretty gross stuff.

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Kenny's Cake

My 1922 Sarnia cookbook adventure continues with a lesson from our ancestors.

A lot of people assume that most food intolerances, like wheat or peanuts or grass, are symptoms of our modern world, thanks to radiation and acid rain. But clearly, this isn’t the case. All we need to do is reach deeply into the past. I give you Exhibit A: Kenny’s Cake.

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