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HOW TO CREATE A LILAC BOUQUET


Lilac season is upon us once again here on the Alberta prairies — and I absolutely adore these magical, fleeting few weeks! So, I thought it was the perfect time to revitalize this ancient post in my FLOWER ARRANGING series about How to Create a Lilac Bouquet (originally published many years ago!) with some fresh images and content. Since starting JustineCelina I’ve learned a lot about flowers, urban foraging and how to work with lilacs and I’m thrilled to share my updated knowledge, along with step-by-step instructions on exactly how I created this ultra dreamy, oversized lilac arrangement for our coffee table! We’re fortunate to have 2 abundant lilac trees on the vacant lot behind our apartment and each year, I look forward to early June when I pop over with my tote bag and clippers in tow to forage some fresh lilac branches (with permission, of course!) for various projects and recipes!

No matter the weather, I’m always looking for creative ways to bring the outside in — and lilac season is the perfect opportunity to preserve late spring’s beauty while adding a splash of colour and intoxicating scent to your space. Not only are these lavender hued blossoms absolutely gorgeous, they’re also free making it simple and accessible to create a no cost arrangement for your home to welcome summer’s arrival. Whether you’d like to learn more about lilacs, brush up on urban foraging, or stopped by for tips on how to arrange lilac branches to create a beautiful bouquet and that lasts as long as possible, you’ve come to the right place — pour yourself a glass of crisp rosé and take a seat in my Living Room as I share some serious lilac knowledge! 

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Create, Digital Blooms, Flowers, Pantone, Roundups, Spring

MAY DIGITAL BLOOMS ROUNDUP | 11 FREE TECH WALLPAPERS


DIGITAL BLOOMS enthusiasts, welcome back for May’s Digital Blooms Roundup. After a long winter, the grass is slowly greening, the trees are budding, the birds are singing and spring’s first flowers are popping up all over the city it’s a beautiful sight to see! Although our gardens aren’t in full bloom just yet, now is the perfect time to embrace the season by downloading one of 11 free, spring-inspired floral tech wallpapers for your computer, tablet or phone! Give your tech the ultimate seasonal makeover by choosing from my lovely archive of May free floral tech wallpapers featuring a stunning array of classic spring blooms in a palette of pretty pastels and bold brights.

Inspired by spring taking shape on the Alberta prairies, May’s DIGITAL BLOOMS include Tulips, Ranunculus, Anemones, Hyacinths, Garden Roses, Daffodils, Irises, Lisianthus, Pussy Willows, Delphinium, Acacia and Lavender arranged with whimsy. Infuse a lighthearted and uplifting energy onto your digital devices this spring  by clicking through to select your favourite spring floral wallpaper — absolutely free! Thank you for joining me today for another Digital Blooms Roundup — wishing you all a joyful, inspired and productive month!

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20+ Favourite Plant Based Spring Recipes | The Best Healthy, Plant Based Recipes for Spring 2021 | Plant Based Recipes on a Budget | Plant Based Dinner Recipes for Beginners | Whole Food Plant Based Recipes | Vegan Spring Recipe Ideas | The Best Refined Sugar Free Spring Cocktails | Spring Recipes Vegetarian | Vegan Gluten-Free Spring Recipes | Spring Meatless Recipes | Easy Vegan Recipes for Spring | Extensively Tested Plant Based Recipes | Calgary Plant Based Food Blogger // JustineCelina.com
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20+ PLANT BASED SPRING RECIPES


Spring is definitely in the air… can you feel it?! The weather is absolutely beautiful here in Calgary as we approach Spring Equinox — and I couldn’t be more thrilled! I’ve been taking every opportunity to get outside to enjoy long walks, runs and hikes as I work towards my health and wellness goals. Each year as we transition into spring, I also find myself  lightening up our meals and incorporating lots of fresh, seasonal produce, edible flowers and bright, herbaceous flavours! Over the last couple of years I’ve begun publishing seasonal recipe roundups here at JustineCelina — and in reviewing my archives, was surprised to discover that I hadn’t yet created a spring version. So, I’ve scoured my virtual recipe box to compile my favourite 20+ Plant Based Spring Recipes across culinary categories, from breakfast through happy hour! If you’re looking for some healthy, veggie-centric (and largely vegan), spring meal ideas utilizing all the gorgeous seasonal produce available to us from March though June, you’ve come to the right place!

While I’m perpetually testing new recipes, I’ve also published a solid repertoire of spring-inspired eats over the past 6 years (some of which are Wild Rose D-Tox Friendly!). Today I’m excited to share them all with you in this convenient, easy-to-browse format that you can come back to again and again. As always, my recipes are simple, seasonal, free of dairy, gluten and refined sugar and packed full of  fresh, nourishing ingredients — perfect to make after a weekend grocery run or trip to the farmer’s market! These whole food dishes are also budget friendly, with many yielding large batches (perfect for families, spring meal prep or batch cooking and freezing!).  From my kitchen to yours, I hope this roundup of tested-till-perfect, plant based eats and drinks inspires you enjoy and experiment with seasonal produce, herbs and blooms this spring!

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Flowers, Giveaways, Local Love, Pantone, Summer, Vegetarian, Wine & Cocktails

JAPANESE LILAC GIN LEMONADE


I’m not really sure what’s happened — but this year, my love of cocktails is outshining my love of sangria (hey… no hard feelings sangria — we had a really good run!). I’ve also been dreaming of publishing a lavender lemonade for years — but funny enough, it’s never made it’s way onto these pages. I had the most delicious lavender lemonade the summer before I started blogging at some small town in interior British Columbia on our way back from a music festival — and I’ve been determined to create an equally delicious lavender lemonade ever since! That said, I know there are tons of lavender lemonade recipes out there, but now that I have a few solid years of COCKTAIL development under my belt and some incredible, unique, delicious ingredients in my bar, I thought I’d give it a go this summer!

So, while I fully intended this recipe to be a vodka-based lavender lemonade, as I moved though a rather intense testing process (remember when I mentioned I was cocktail testing over the long weekend?), I ended up swapping lavender for lilacs and vodka for gin — and I’m so glad I did! My Japanese Lilac Gin Lemonade tastes like summertime in the country and is very near to my heart — incorporating Japanese Lilac blossoms from the tree at my childhood home in rural Alberta, honey from the hives just across the stream and Eau Claire Distillery‘s award winning Parlour Gin distilled from the flourishing barley crops and unique botanicals of Alberta’s prairies. This floral-kissed, lightly effervescent lemonade was created with a thoughtful, hand crafted, farm-to-glass approach and made for lazy summer days on the patio, easy entertaining and watching the sunset behind glowing fields of canola! Join myself and my Connecting Over Cocktails crew to indulge in a summer inspired cocktail menu (check out their creations at the end of this post!) and enter to win bottle of the best gin I’ve ever tasted, along with a Tour & Tasting for 2 at Turner Valley’s Eau Claire Distillery (giveaway now closed)! Cheers to hot summer nights, refreshing gourmet cocktails and the celebrating the bountiful offerings of this beautiful land!

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Dairy Free, Entertain, Fall, Gluten Free, Roundups, Vegan, Vegetarian, Wine & Cocktails

5 COZY FALL COCKTAIL, SANGRIA & MULLED WINE RECIPES


There’s something about the changing seasons that makes me want to create new memories with a delicious beverage in hand — whether I’m spending a quiet night in, hosting family and friends or attending an autumn gathering. Today I’m thrilled to share 5 Cozy Fall Cocktail, Sangria & Mulled Wine Recipes that celebrate my favourite season in libation form with warm, crisp, comforting flavours and a mosaic of seasonal ingredients! This spirited collection of delicious fall COCKTAILS, SANGRIAS and MULLED WINES are not only staples in my repertoire, but they’re also your favourites as well — having been featured across various high profile media outlets and signature cocktails at reader wedding receptions!

As always, my alcoholic beverages are simple, seasonal, free of dairy, gluten and refined sugar and and packed full of fresh, healthier ingredients — because I truly believe in balance in every area of life. Each of these carefully crafted cocktails and sangria recipes feature my favourite fall ingredients including fig, rosemary, pomegranate, cranberry, vanilla, apples, clementines, berries and honey spiced with cloves, star anise and nutmeg — expertly combined with classic autumn spirits of Prosecco, apple Brandy, Japanese whisky, Chambord, Crème de Violette, Pinot Noir and Zinfandel. Whether you’re entertaining and looking for large batch fall cocktails, sangrias or mulled wines you can prep in advance, enjoying an elevated autumn date night in front of a roaring fire, or simply in the mood to shake yourself up a fabulous cocktail in your coziest loungewear, I have just the recipe! From my home bar to yours, I hope this roundup of tested-till-perfect, better-for-you fall cocktail and sangria recipes inspires you to get creative with your sips this season!

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Plant Based Pumpkin Recipes to Try This Fall {Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free} | Recipe Roundup featuring Pumpkin Spice Steel Cut Oat Breakfast Bowls, Plant Based Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites, Gluten Free Pumpkin Turmeric Muffins, Gluten Free Mapled Pumpkin Chai Bread and a Spicy Pumpkin Persimmon Smoothie | Easy Vegan Pumpkin Recipes | Healthy Vegan Pumpkin Recipes | Vegan Pumpkin Snacks | The best plant based pumpkin recipes | Calgary Plant Based Food Blogger // JustineCelina.com
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5 PLANT BASED PUMPKIN RECIPES TO TRY THIS FALL {Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free}


Who else is totally pumpkin obsessed? With the height of pumpkin season upon us, I’m excited to bring you a roundup of 5 Plant Based Pumpkin Recipes to Try This Fall! Each October here at JustineCelina, my pumpkin recipes begin trending — so I thought it was the perfect time to round them all up in one post for easy browsing reference (complete with a Pinterest friendly graphic!). This year our Country Garden produced a whopping 55 pumpkins of all shapes, sizes and varieties — and you can bet I’ve been cooking, baking and recipe making with the abundance. If you love pumpkin as much as I do and you’re looking for some fresh, delicious, plant based recipe ideas, you’ve come to the right place! Whether you’re making pumpkin purée from scratch (I have a post explaining exactly how I do it!), using a quality canned variety or roasting it up to use in savoury applications — I’ve got you covered! 

With Canadian Thanksgiving and Halloween just around the corner, this versatile gourd abounds at every patch, local grocer and farmers market as we eagerly bring them into our homes. If you’ve got some extra pumpkin to use up or are simply in search of healthy, easy and nourishing recipes, this roundup is for you! Inside, you’ll find all sorts of pumpkin-laden goodness in the form of Pumpkin Spice Steel Cut Oat Breakfast Bowls, Plant Based Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites, Gluten Free Pumpkin Turmeric Muffins, Gluten Free Mapled Pumpkin Chai Bread and a Spicy Pumpkin Persimmon Smoothie. Of course, I’m always working on something new (I may or may not have 12 pumpkin recipes currently in development!) — so this post will be updated periodically as new content publishes. As always, each recipe featured is free of dairy, gluten and refined sugar for those of us with allergies and intolerances (along with ingredient substitution suggestions if you don’t have these dietary requirements). I invite you to slip into a cozy sweater, preheat your oven and join me for some quintessentially October pumpkin recipe inspiration! 

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Beauty, Hair, Local Love, Luxury, Reviews, Sponsored

MY HAIRCARE ROUTINE FOR LONG, THICK, COLOUR TREATED HAIR


Can you believe it’s been 6 years since I’ve published a Haircare Routine?! While a lot has changed, my passion for maintaining healthy hair at home with a simple but effective routine (and thoughtfully formulated products) remains. Today, in partnership with Canadian retailer BeautySense.ca, I’m elated to bring you my updated Haircare Routine for Long, Thick Colour Treated Hair — featuring my all-time-favourite Moroccanoil products and how I use them.

My hair is one of the things I’m complimented on (and asked about!) most — and it’s something I take great pride in. Despite my wild haircolour and style past, over the course of my 7 year blogging career here at JustineCelina, both have remained fairly consistent (with a couple rounds of bangs thrown in for good measure!). While I truly enjoyed my natural haircolour for as long as possible, as I’ve ventured into my 30’s, I’ve begun colouring my hair once again (this time to disguise those pesky greys!) and adjusted my routine accordingly. At present day I’m pleased to say that my hair has never been stronger, longer or healthier — and today I’m sharing my best kept hair secrets!

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Baking, Breakfast, Dairy Free, Dessert & Treats, Food, Garden, Gluten Free, Summer, Vegetarian

CINNAMON RAISIN ZUCCHINI BREAD {Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free}


Friends, I’m absolutely thrilled to bring you my first recipe incorporating produce from our very own Country Garden today! While I took a hiatus from publishing new recipes here at JustineCelina, you better believe I continued my testing and development process offline — and I’m returning to these pages more inspired than ever. You see, back in 2020 my amazing Mom and I embarked on the journey of planting our first (pandemic) garden — something we’d always wanted to do, but seemingly never had time for. Fast forward to summer 2022 and we’ve been fortunate to experience 3 successful gardening seasons full of getting our hands dirty, growing food from seed, enjoying abundant harvests, cooking, baking and recipe making! It brings me great joy to to begin sharing scenes and snippets from our idillic Alberta garden — along with a plethora of fresh, thoroughly tested, plant based, garden-to-table recipes!

Naturally, I wanted my introductory garden-inspired recipe to be a cherished family favourite that I’ve completely revamped to be free of dairy, gluten and refined sugar for those of us with allergies and intolerances — Cinnamon Raisin Zucchini Bread! Deceptively decadent and ultra moist, this comforting, veggie-centric, gently spiced loaf incorporates 2 full cups of zucchini — my absolute favourite way to put overgrown garden goodies to good use. Elevated pantry staples of gluten free flour, golden cane sugar, free range eggs, extra virgin olive oil, oat milk and pure vanilla extract combine with shredded (fresh or frozen) zucchini, sultana raisins, a kiss of cinnamon and a dash of cloves to create a rich, caramelly loaf with a streuselly top. Enjoy a slice with your morning coffee for a nourishing breakfast, or as a satiating afternoon snack alongside herbal tea to fuel your day with plant powered energy! 

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Entertain, Flowers, Food, Occasions, Roundups, Vegetarian, Wine & Cocktails, Winter

5 SPARKLING PROSECCO COCKTAILS FOR NEW YEARS EVE


Each holiday season as New Years Eve approaches, all of the Prosecco, Champagne, Cava and Sparkling Wine cocktails I’ve created over the years here at JustineCelina begin trending.  So, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to publish this 5 Sparkling Prosecco Cocktails for New Years Eve roundup and organize them all for you in one convenient location, for easy browsing reference! If you’re staying in this New Years Eve, it doesn’t mean your celebrations need to be any less glamorous or special — in fact, quite the opposite. Whether you’re entertaining an intimate group and looking for large batch prosecco cocktails you can prep in advance, ringing in the new year with someone special or hosting a bubbly New Years Day brunch for your closest friends, you better believe I have a cocktail for that! 

To send the year off in style, I’m thrilled to bring you this spirited roundup of my most made, reviewed and featured sparkling cocktails — my all-time-favourite New Year libations featuring an array of Prosecco, Champagne, Cava and Sparkling Wine from around the globe. As always, these festive, sparkly sips are extensively tested, made with fresh, seasonal, better-for-you ingredients and free of dairy, gluten and refined sugar — because I believe in balance in every area of life. I invite you to slip into something fabulous, pop a bottle of your favourite sparkly beverage and join me for a serious dose of NYE cocktail inspiration. Wishing you all a very happy New Year filled with love, laughter and lots of prosecco — and all the best in the new year!

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Create, Digital Blooms, Dwell, Fall, Flowers, Living Room, Roundups

DECEMBER DIGITAL BLOOMS ROUNDUP | 11 FREE TECH WALLPAPERS FOR THE HOLIDAYS + MY 500TH POST!


With the festive season officially upon us, I’m thrilled to be back with my December Digital Blooms Roundup — featuring 11 free wallpapers for your computer, tablet or phone! I invite you to join me in welcoming winter with a fresh selection of seasonal flowers and whimsical, holiday inspired designs. The final DIGITAL BLOOMS roundup of 2021 showcases a beautifully curated collection of my all time favourite December tech wallpapers created to infuse a bit of holiday spirit onto the background of your computer, tablet or phone — all month long! 

Deck your tech with a joyful touch this holiday season with a seasonal tech wallpaper featuring a festive medley of classic and unconventional winter blooms, greenery and foliage — including Anenomies, Asclepias, Astilbe, Astrantia, Blushing Bride Proteas, Brunia, Carolina Saphire, Cedar, Delano Chrysanthemums, Eucalyptus pods, Grevillea, Hypericum, Knifeblade Acacia, Liqustrom, Magnolia Leaves, Pampas Grass, Photina, Pine, Privet Berries, Ranunculus, Red Ironbark Eucalyptus, Ruby Silk Grass, Sedum, Star Anise and Spray Roses, along with foraged vines and twigs. Wishing you all a healthy, happy and joyous holiday season!

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MY TOP 5 RED LIPSTICKS FOR THE HOLIDAYS


‘Tis the for a festive pout — and as a self proclaimed red lip aficionado (I’m not ashamed to admit I own 30+ red lipsticks!) I’m thrilled to share My Top 5 Red Lipsticks for the Holidays with you! Although I don’t incorporate red into my holiday decor, it’s a colour I love to wear, as well as translate into my BEAUTY routine during this festive time of year. A gorgeous red lip is the perfect way to make a casual look feel more festive — but it’s also a sophisticated compliment to your holiday party attire! I firmly believe red lips give you superpowers — and in December, I find myself reaching for my favourite red shades almost on the daily. After years of trying and testing an absurd amount of red lipsticks across an expansive range of shades, undertones, formulas and price points, I’ve curated the absolute crème de la crème this holiday season!

My Top 5 Red Lipsticks for the Holidays feature my all time favourite, festive red lipsticks — the true gems of my collection that I look forward to pulling out each holiday season! As always, I’ve included a variety of products ranging from traditional, long wearing (and mask friendly!) liquid lipsticks, to natural, vegan products to elegant, hybrid formulas. This dedicated review post in my recently introduced MY TOP 5 series is brimming with try-on photos, swatches and application tips — plus lip liner recommendations to pair with each shade to create a full, defined pout that can withstand all the eating, drinking and being merry you’ll be doing this holiday season! If you’re ready to add a bold, seasonal dose of colour to your holiday beauty wardrobe but have never been able to find a shade that works for you, you’ve come to the right place! Pour yourself a juicy glass of red and get ready for a serious dose of holiday glam, coupled with an introduction to colour theory and my best tips and tricks to find your perfect, festive red lip. My Top 5 Red Lipsticks for the Holidays also make marvellous gifts for the beauty lover in your life!

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