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Perfect Fall Snack: Carrot Cream Cheese Squares

I like to think of Labour Day weekend as the true last hurrah of summer before we fall into the best season EVER – FALL! With the kiddo’s heading back to fall, vacations wrapping up, and everyone basically getting back into the swing of things, you may be looking for a new recipe or two to shake up your meal prep. Well, have I got a recipe for you! This is the perfect treat to bake up on Sunday and then keep in the fridge for your hectic mornings, boxing up for lunch al-desko, an after school (or work) snack, or late night treat. My Mom is doing the Sugar Free September challenge so these carrot cream cheese squares have ZERO white sugar. In fact, the sweetness comes from lots and lots of carrots plus a dash of maple syrup and I even snuck in some granola for extra goodness.

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The Best Carrot Cake Recipe, Ever. Period.

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Feeling Super Sweet: Penotti Cookie Butter Lava Cake and Homemade Ice Cream!

Boy oh boy are you guys in for a treat today! Two words: Cookie. Butter. Cookie butter. Do you know about this stuff? If you don’t, you definitely need to familiarize yourself with this crazy confection invented by the some seriously epicurious Europeans. Penotti Canada’s range of cookie butter is freakin’ phenomenal, and it basically tastes as it sounds – like spreadable cookies you can eat on ANYTHING. Hello! Can I get a heck yea for spreadable cookies?! Jess and I discovered cookie butter on a euro-trip a few years ago and its always been a special European treat not available at home. So when Penotti Canada asked us to taste test their new cookie butter range available in Canada and share with our readers, we were thrilled!

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Mother’s Day Floral Arrangements with Coriander Girl

We’ve shared our love for Coriander Girl on the blog before. Hands down our favourite florist in Toronto, Coriander Girl is the Toronto flower shoppe to get all floral needs done. If you’re thinking about going somewhere else, don’t. The lovely ladies at Coriander Girl are especially known for their hand-tied bouquets and stunning textured centrepieces at weddings. When Coriander Girl invited us to join in their Spring Garden Plant Arrangement Workshop we were thrilled! Just in time for Mother’s Day, Coriander Girl is putting together beautiful planters that mom is going to adore, and they asked us to share them with our T&C readers! Even better, these planters can last for months and mom will think of you every time she sees these beautiful blooms!

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How to Network Alone

When I started working, I hated networking events. They were loud, the food was bad and I didn’t know anyone among the hundreds (or sometimes thousands) of attendees. Can you say awkward?! What I quickly realized was that no one is naturally good at networking because networking is a skill that I had to work on. Why? As a young lawyer, I discovered that I needed people – first, I needed a job, second I needed advice and third (eventually) I would need clients. Networking events are opportunities for young professionals to hone networking skills, meet people in the industry creating a web of contacts. So I grit my teeth and started attending as many networking events as possible, alone. It was hard but eventually I started getting comfortable approaching people I didn’t know and creating a list of  personal contacts. Here are my best tips for attending a networking event alone!

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Easy Easter Cake

Happy Easter! In our family, Easter is a busy time. We run from church to family get togethers all weekend long. On top of all that, our dad’s birthday falls on Easter this year! There’s nothing better than bringing a beautifully homemade birthday cake to celebrate a special person – anyone can buy a cake but only you can make it extra sweet by making it yourself! Now this cake is light, yummy and quite pretty. It can do double duty as a birthday cake or a cake for any special occasion that you want to impress. Hop on in!

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Happiness is… Pancakes. Happy Pancake Tuesday!

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There are only two reasons this girl gets excited for a Tuesday in the year. The first, half-price Tuesday movies, and second, PANCAKE TUESDAY! A.K.A Shrove Tuesday, A.K.A Mardi Gras, A.K.A Fat Tuesday. You get the picture. It’s a day when all the stars align, and we are shamelessly allowed to dig in, dig deep, and pig out, with no ragrats!

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