Fellow tequila and mezcal lovers, I’m elated to share the first my first recipe roundup dedicated exclusively to cocktails with my 5 Festive Cinco De Mayo Cocktails post! If you’re a fan of my better-for-you libations, you’ll know my love of tequila and mezcal runs deep — as does my adoration of Mexican culture. Over the past decade, we’ve been fortunate to spend quite a bit of time in Oaxaca (specifically Huatulco — one of my favourite places in the world!) and discover many fantastic artisanal tequila and mezcal varieties, visit agave farms and learn about authentic spirits and cocktail making from the locals. In fact, our home bar is always stocked with several varieties of tequila and mezcal from our travels — and I typically have a few Mexican-inspired sips in development at any given time! So today, in celebration of Cinco de Mayo, I’ve rounded up my most popular tequila and mezcal based cocktails — which all happen to be vegan, gluten free and refined sugar free! Hey, life is all about balance, right?!
While we may be celebrating Cinco De Mayo digitally this year, that doesn’t mean we can’t do it over a fantastic cocktail (or 5!). Can I interest you in a Green Jalapeño Margarita, Gingered Cara Cara Grapefruit Paloma, Watermelon Frosé Margarita, Hibiscus Blood Orange Mezcalrita or a Creamy Coconut Mango Mezcalrita? There’s never been a better time to learn how to shake up a Mexican-inspired cocktail in the comfort of your own home — all you need is a cocktail shaker, a bottle of your favourite tequila or mezcal and a few simple, fresh, supporting ingredients. Join me for a crash course on tequila and mezcal (plus recommendations to pair with each recipe) as we shake up a few festive cocktails tonight in celebration of the vibrancy and resilience of Mexican culture!
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!
Friends, I’m thrilled to finally share a post I’ve been meaning to publish for years all about My Top 10 Self Help and Personal DevelopmentBooks! Although I’ve always been interested in these topics, this isn’t the type of content I would typically share in a dedicated post here at JustineCelina — until 2021, that is! As we surpass one year into a global pandemic, I find myself reflecting on the journey that’s taken place, both collectively and individually. The world has changed drastically over the last 12 months — and I have too. Learning to navigate this new normal has resulted in a lot of self reflection, growth, healing and transformation as I anchor into WELLNESS practices — which I’ve mostly shared with you on social media, until recently. While I’ll always appreciate creating and sharing beautiful and inspiring tangible things that contribute to a vibrant, fulfilled life, 2021 is the year where I share things that bring me inner peace, joy and inspiration as I create from a more mindful, aligned place. JustineCelina is, after all, A Creative Lifestyle Blog — and my self care, personal development, and spiritual practices contribute greatly to my ability to create and stay inspired as an entrepreneur!
Whether you’re just dipping your toes into the literary world of self help and personal development or are a longtime enthusiast of the genre, this post is for you! I invite you to slip into your most comfortable loungewear, pour yourself a mug of herbal tea and curl up on the sofa with me tonight as I deep dive into My Top 10 Self Help and Personal Development books — including mini reviews, key takeaways and quotes from each book, why they resonate with me and my process for absorbing (and applying) the information learned. I’ve also included shoppable links to each title, as well as a Pinterest-friendly graphic so you can bookmark this post for future reference! Who’s ready to dive into some seriously inspired and motivational reading material on this cozy Saturday evening?
Flower lovers, I’m elated to share a fresh post in my FLOWER EDUCATION series with you today — dedicated to this Pastel Easter Flower Arrangement! I actually ordered this charming spring arrangement from Meadow & Vine Floral for our first ever Easter Dinner for Two last year to bring some joy to our home during uncertain times. After after capturing about a thousand photos of it in all its beauty, I knew I wanted to bring this post to JustineCelina this spring to provide you with some cheerful Easter flower inspiration, too! Little luxuries in times like these bring me so much joy as I continue to support local businesses whenever possible — and I hope this post inspires you to do the same, in whatever capacity you’re able.
Whether you’re looking to recreate this arrangement for your Easter celebrations, bookmarking it as inspiration to share with your local florist for a springtime event or special occasion, or would like to educate yourself about spring flowers and arrangement care, you’ve come to the right place! This charming arrangement features a lovely array of my favourite spring blooms — including Quicksand and Spray Roses (learn all about Roses), Ranunculus and Butterfly Ranunculus (learn all about Ranunculus), Tulips (learn all about Tulips), Hyacinths, Lisianthus, Eucalyptus, Wax Flowers and Pampas Grass (learn all about Pampas Grass) and in a quintessentially Easter inspired palette of dreamy pastels, cool greens and natural textures. Join me in learning all about these uplifting Easter blooms with your favourite glass of bubbly or a cozy cup of coffee!
Happy April 1st and welcome back for my April Digital Blooms Roundup, flower friends! This mega post features 11 free, downloadable spring-inspired floral tech wallpapers for your computer, tablet and phone — no joke! It also marks DIGITAL BLOOMS 5th Anniversary, with the very first set of free floral tech wallpapers we created dating back to April 2016. Isn’t that wild?! Over the years this series has undergone many changes as I worked with various florists and local vendors to preserve seasonal blooms digitally in an effort to enjoy their fleeting beauty on the background of our devices, year round. 5 years ago I could have never predicted the success of this series — which has now eclipsed one million downloads! To thank you for your support, I’ve rounded up all of my April free floral tech wallpapers for you to download in one convenient location.
Spring is one of my favourite seasons for flowers — including Ranunculus, Tulips, Anemones, Hyacinths and Daffodils — all of which you’ll find at play in April’s free floral tech wallpapers! In fact, some of my all time favouriteDIGITAL BLOOMS were created in April. If you love gorgeous seasonal blooms set in a quintessentially spring palette of pastels, rich purples and candy coloured brights (have you seen the Pantone Spring/Summer 2021 Fashion Color Trend Report?!) I think you’ll love them, too! Infuse spring’s renewed, uplifting energy onto the background of your phone, tablet or computer by downloading these free floral tech wallpapers straight to your devices. Wishing you all a wonderful Easter weekend!
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 for 2021. 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!
Embrace the changing seasons and welcome spring’s arrival with my March Digital Blooms Roundup — featuring 8 free, floral tech wallpapers for your computer, tablet or phone! It certainly feels like spring is right around the corner here in Calgary (we’re looking at double digit temps this weekend!) and I’m feeling very inspired to refresh my home, wardrobe, beauty routine, wellness practices and digital devices to welcome the new season with open arms. This collection of spring inspired tech wallpapers includes a plethora of dreamy pastels, vivid brights and fresh greenery, designed to brighten up your devices and lift your spirits!
Take spring cleaning to the next level this March and freshen up your tech to welcome a new brand new season by infusing your digital devices with a fun splash of colour and whimsy! These March wallpapers feature an array of our favourite spring flowers and greenery — including Alstroemeria, Blue Delphinium, Chrysanthemums, Hyacinth, Lavender, Lilies, Matricaria, Ornithogalum, Pampas Grass, Ranunculus, Roses, Tulips, foraged berries and exotic foliage. Click through to choose your favourite floral wallpaper and bring the uplifting essence of spring to the background of your computer, tablet or phone! I hope you enjoy this collection of March DIGITAL BLOOMS as much as we enjoyed creating them for you. Wishing you all a lovely spring!