Every family has traditions, whether they be holiday related or not. One of the most interesting things in a new relationship is finding a way to combine those traditions together, and create new ones of your own. Since our families live so far apart, we find ourselves hopping back and forth between them, leaving very little time for ourselves and to come up with elaborate new traditions. We started small, and for our first Christmas together, we decided that instead of spending a ton of money on potentially useless expensive gifts for each other, that we would put the money towards saving up for a down payment on our future home, and buy each other an ornament for our Christmas tree instead. Christmas 2016 was no different!
I went out for lunch for my networking group recently to the Green Papaya Thai Restaurant, and while the buffet was a hard-no for me because of the abundance of peanut sauce (anaphalactic allergy), rice and potatoes, I found myself in heaven eating their Tom Kha soup. It was delicious! I know there was more sugar in it than I’d like to admit, so I can’t go back for more, and decided to try to make it at home. My very own keto-friendly version of the hot & sour Thai tom kha mushroom coconut soup. It is a little different, but equally delectable! I made it for my family for our Christmas lunch and it was a hit!
Learning how to run a business is no easy task. Figuring out how to price for profit is a challenge in itself. The first step is realizing that profit is not a dirty word. Every business, small shops, corporations, and even not-for-profit companies need to do the exact same calculations to know what it costs them to run their company, and find that magic number where the surplus becomes profit. Profit simply means that all your expenses have been paid, your employees’ salaries have been covered (including yourself!), and you have a surplus which is typically reinvested into the business. For example, if your daily-use business equipment has a 5 year suggested lifetime, you need to account for the purchase of new equipment in 5 years into your profit margin (technically accounted for as an annual expense, but requires an up-front purchase so you need to have the funds set aside–more on this later). And we all know there are surprises in business, good and bad, so we need to be prepared. Let’s learn how to price for profit!
Those of you who know me personally are likely aware of my struggles for the last few years with fluctuating weight. Going from starvingly sick student, to depressingly-eating-everything-fat, and going from one to the other without much of a transition. But hey, “that’s how it is through university”, “that’s normal”, they said. No. It is not. Bouncing back and forth from plus-size to skin&bones is NOT healthy. It’s time it stops.
Since moving into my new & bigger studio, I am happy to have a lot more space to work with. In between photoshoots, editing marathons, and home-cooked meals, I’ve occasionally got time to do a quick task or two from my current DIY projects to keep my creative mind rolling. Since the move to the larger space, I felt that my studio lacked in the decor department. Of course, there are tons of gorgeous art pieces on the walls, and a few heirloom albums and samples on the tables, but I really wanted to make the studio seem a little more homey and pretty. A lace doily with a mason jar filled with flowers seemed just right!
At a certain point of a new lifestyle, you find yourself eating many of the same things, getting bored of foods you once loved, and yearning for some new options. This twist on an old favourite has got my keto-senses tingling, and my tummy rumbling. This delicious hot asperagus salad is famous in my fiancé’s family, and for good reason; it is delicious! There are several variations you can make, but this one is the most keto-friendly, with a variety of different fiber options and plenty of valuable nutrients.