Easy Cheesy Macaroni

Who doesn't love a good mac and cheese?! And with this recipe being so easy - only seven ingredients and a couple pots - even I can make it (and I'm no cook), haha!

Plus, this only takes 30 minutes to prepare, so it's a quick, simple dinner before a busy night on the go - or you can cozy up in your pjs and bring a bowl of easy cheesy macaroni over to the couch and just Netflix and chill.

Props to Genius Kitchen for creating this recipe - sharing is caring!

Photo by:  Genius Kitchen

Photo by: Genius Kitchen


  • 16 ounces elbow macaroni
  • 1⁄4 cup butter
  • 1⁄4 cup flour
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 dash black pepper
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese or 8 ounces cheddar cheese



  1. Cook macaroni according to package directions.
  2. In medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat; stir in flour, and cook for 3-5 minutes to form a roux; add salt and pepper; slowly add milk, stirring well after each addition.
  3. Cook and stir until bubbly.
  4. Stir in cheese a small amount at a time until fully melted.
  5. Drain macaroni; add to cheese sauce; stir to coat.



Choose Freedom Over Fear

But what if other people think I'm dumb?

But what if I don't make money right away?

But what if I fail?

These are all super common thoughts that people have when they're thinking about transitioning from being an employee to being an entrepreneur.

It's so easy to get caught up in the worst case scenarios that we play over and over in our head.

But what if taking a leap of faith and investing in yourself actually created your BEST case scenario?

Photo by  Austin Chan  

Photo by Austin Chan 

This is the sign you've been looking for.

If you knew you couldn't fail, would you do it?

Well here's the good news: You can choose to keep working on your goal UNTIL it becomes your reality.

It doesn't happen overnight. 

And honestly, it wouldn't be as exciting if it did.

Part of the fun is the adventure to get there.

Then you can sit back, take a look at your life, and say "holy shit - I DID IT!"

What would that LOOK like for you?

What would that FEEL like for you?

No really.

Think about it.

You can even journal about it.

How would your life look if you were actually creating the freedom you desire.

How would you feel waking up every day knowing YOU were in control.

I know - it's crazy to think about, because you've mostly just been focusing on the worst case scenario.

But your best case scenario CAN be your reality.

In fact, I'm happy to offer you a free 45 minute Breakthrough Strategy Call, where you'll find out how to:

  • Get super fucking CLEAR on what you want - like, what you ACTUALLY want
  • Create a plan you're PASSIONATE about - light that fire under your ass
  • Take MASSIVE action to make it happen for yourself - and don't worry, I'll support you along the way

You don't have to be chained to your corporate desk forever.

You don't have to live by society's cookie-cutter rules.

Enough bullshit mindset - you're more than capable of making this happen.

Enough just talking about doing it - actually DO it.

Enough waiting until the timing is perfect - there's no such thing.

You CAN do this.

You WILL do this.

You ARE doing this.

Because you deserve to be happy.

And only YOU can do that for yourself.



How to Grow Vegetables from Food Scraps

Rather than sharing a recipe this week, I wanted to help you get prepared for spring gardening (you know, once this snow melts) - by harvesting the scraps of food you buy at the grocery store or market.

I got into this last year and we grew our own green onion and lettuce. I'm not gonna lie - it was pretty badass getting to go outside and snip our own fresh green onion to use in salads, omelettes and anything else we wanted to top with green onion.

You get a cool sense of satisfaction and excitement from growing your own food - and it can all start simply by saving your food scraps!

This guide from EatingWell gives tips and tricks to get you started on grow your own little garden this spring!

Instead of tossing those veggie stems, butts and seeds into the compost bin, give them new life by regrowing them into plants. 



Remove roughly 2 inches from the base of a bunch of celery and place in a shallow bowl with water, spraying the top daily to keep it moist. Replace with fresh water every couple of days until a new root system emerges, then transplant into the ground.




Most herbs will propagate through cuttings - snip at a node (where sections of the plant merge), and place the cut portion in a jar of water on a windowsill. Replace the water every one or two days until roots emerge, then transplant to a container or into the ground.




Garlic is one of the easiest foods to grow from kitchen scraps - simply take cloves and place them pointy-side up in the ground, 4-6 inches apart. Plant them outside in fall before the first frost, and enjoy fresh garlic the following year. Plant them inside in a container any other season and enjoy garlic greens, but not a full head.



If you've ever bought the exact amount of ginger you need for a recipe, you're our hero. If you're like most of us and always have some left over, give it new life by planting it and growing more! Soak the root in warm water overnight, then plant it sideways in a container; cover with soil and place in a sunny spot. Keep the soil consistently moist, and within several months you'll have enough ginger to harvest.

Green Onion.jpg

Green Onion

If you're only using the green part of the onions, retain the white part with a small amount of pale green and place it in water on a sunny windowsill. Refresh the water regularly and use green portions as they grow, or transplant the plant into a pot with soil for more extended use.




If you typically throw out the base of a head of lettuce, cut it away from the leaves and place it in a bowl of water instead. Replace the water every one to two days, and within two weeks you'll have enough fresh new leaves for a sandwich or side salad. Note: This will not regenerate a new full head of lettuce, but it will help extend the life of what would have otherwise become compost or trash.

Photos by: EatingWell


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How Having Boundaries Actually Gives You Freedom

As a business owner (and a human being in general), it's so crucial to honour your boundaries.

Boundaries with yourself.

Boundaries with family and friends.

Boundaries with clients.

I'm sure you catch my drift - honour your boundaries with everyone.

Because implementing your boundaries is actually quite freeing.

Alright, you hear me - but what the hell does that even mean?

So glad you asked!

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Photo by rawpixel.com on Unsplash

Let's start with boundaries for yourself.

As much as we don't like to admit it, we all have our limits.

We can only accomplish so much in one day.

And while the saying is true; "we all have the same 24 hours in a day"; we don't all want to spend it the exact same way.

You may love doing certain things that I can't stand doing.

And I may suggest something to you that makes you cringe.

That's the beauty of being the boss.

You get to only do those things that you WANT to do.

Now you might be thinking, "but I do all kinds of shit in my business that I don't want to do".

But that's not true. 

Because at some point, you've decided that you actually DO want to do that task.

Whether it's to save money by not having to outsource it (sidenote: I encourage you to really consider if you actually ARE saving money, in the long run, by doing this).

Or whether it's a task you don't like, but you know it will help build your business, so you do it anyway; therefore you are actually choosing that you DO want to do it, because you want business growth.

See what I mean?

It's all how you look at it.

So when I say it's necessary to honour the boundaries you set for yourself, I mean you need to consider what you actually want to do.

And what you DON'T want to do.

We all have our limits.

For everything on that list of things you don't want to do, simply don't do them.

Outsource it to someone who is an expert in that industry.

Someone who actually does like doing those tasks.

Pick and choose which business basics need to get done for your business.

And that means whatever feels right for YOU.

Because building your business in a way that aligns with your values will help you love your career even more.

You don't have to do everything just because it happens to be the hottest trend.

Essentially, say no to things that don't serve you.

Which brings us to our next set of boundaries; boundaries with family and friends.

When you're a business owner, for some reason there's always friends or family who expect to get your services for free, or at a discounted rate.

Understand that you are not obligated to give anyone anything for free.

If you choose to gift them your services, great.

But you don't owe anyone anything.

No matter how long you've known them.

And choosing to not give free or discounted services to your family and friends does not make you a bad person.

It actually makes you a good business owner.

You don't discount the VALUE of the service they receive, so you don't need to discount your prices either.

The guilt to give in to their requests is stemming from past people-pleasing ways.

But remember, you run a business.

And you don't have to let guilt make business decisions for you.

In fact, the family and friends who truly support you will be more than happy to invest in you at the full rate.

It's called mutual respect.

And finally, honouring your boundaries with clients.

This one is especially important if you're feeling frustrated that you always seem to be working.

You let your clients take advantage of you by being available to them at all hours of the day (and night).

You worry that if a question goes unanswered, then they'll take their business somewhere else.

And so what if they do?

Do you really want to be working with someone who doesn't respect that you have a life outside of work?

That may sound harsh - but actually think about it.

You didn't become an entrepreneur to be at the beck and call of your clients.

If you wanted to let someone else run your schedule, you could have stayed in corporate.

And don't get me wrong.

I appreciate that you have to put in some overtime for yourself when you're getting your business off the ground.

But that doesn't mean you need to change your schedule to make it more convenient for your client.

If they want to work with you, they'll make it happen.

Just like you make it work when YOU want to work with someone.

Treat your home-based business just like any other business - with actual business hours.

I'm typically in my office from Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm.

Now you might be thinking - but that's the same hours as a corporate job.

You're right - but the difference is that I get to CHOOSE those hours, I'm not being told by someone else that I HAVE to be at work from 9am - 5pm.

HUGE difference.

And I don't make exceptions to this rule unless there's an event of some sort that I want to facilitate, or attend, or unless I'm in a session with my own mentor.

Or unless a friend wants to have lunch - the perks of having your own business, hehe.

I make myself available for coaching sessions with my clients during the afternoon, usually Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12pm - 3pm.

This allows for it to be convenient for them, if they still happen to be working a full time job while they build their side hustle.

And it also honours my own boundaries of only being in my office from 9 to 5.

Keep in mind, these hours can change, as you find different timing that works better for you.

Don't be afraid to set hours that work for YOU.

A healthy work / life balance is what helps keep you loving what you do.

And your ideal customers will appreciate that about you.

At the end of the day, you have to take care of number one.

Which in case you need a reminder, is YOU.

When you honour yourself, it encourages those around you to honour your boundaries too.

And if they don't?

Well, that's their own baggage that has nothing to do with you.

Building your business has to feel right for YOU.

And that includes honouring your boundaries.

Without feeling guilty for taking care of yourself.

You deserve the freedom you've worked so hard to achieve.



Asian Sesame Zucchini Noodles

If you're looking for a healthy lunch idea with a super quick prep time, then you're going to love this Asian Sesame Zucchini Noodle recipe, compliments of Good Housekeeping.

I'm a pasta lover - spaghetti is one of my favourite meals. But it's nice to switch out the carbs with something a lot lighter on the tummy, especially when it's lunch time.

When I was in corporate, 2pm was when the afternoon hot a brick wall. I'd get sleepy and my brain would slow down - and I can only imagine how much worse it would have been if I had eaten a heavy lunch of pasta!

That's why my lunches tend to be lighter, with lots of vegetables. In fact, both my breakfast AND lunch are typically vegetarian.

Which makes this easy 7-ingredient Asian Sesame Zucchini Noodle recipe a great healthy lunch choice for you!

Photo by:  Good Housekeeping

Asian Sesame Zucchini Noodle


  • 1/4 c. packed fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp. seasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. toasted sesame oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed with press
  • 2 tsp. crushed red pepper
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • 3 medium zucchini, spiralized



  1. In a large bowl, whisk cilantro, vinegar, oil, garlic, red pepper, sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon salt.
  2. Add zucchini; toss until well-combined. Serve immediately.

Easy peasy!



A Love Letter Over 30 Years in the Making

Photo by  Thought Catalog

It's my birthday this weekend.

And as a gift to myself, I decided to write a love letter.

This love letter is over 30 years in the making.

This person has been in my life forever.

She has been my best friend.

And she has been my worst enemy.

She has been my cheerleader.

And she has been a hurtful critic.

She has made me laugh.

And she has made me cry.

But through it all, she's helped me become who I am today.

She deserves this love letter.

She's waited a long fucking time for it.

I need to get it all out on the table.

And she needs to know how I truly feel about her.

Here it goes...

First off, I want to say I love you.

Even though we've had somewhat of a love / hate relationship, love always comes out on top.

You've been my best friend. 

No matter what has happened, you've been there when I truly needed you.

Even in the darkest days, you whispered about hopes and dreams to inspire me to more.

If I'm honest with myself, you've always been there for me - whether it's to encourage me, or to call me out on my bullshit.

But you've also been my worst enemy at times.

Like when Dan died and I didn't know how to deal with losing a parent, so you told me the best way to handle things was for me to drink my way through it.

If you're drunk, then you don't have to deal with it.

I listened to you.

And today, I choose to forgive you for that incredibly shitty advice.

Because you simply told me all you knew at that time.

You wanted what you thought was best for me.

To numb the pain.

You've also been my cheerleader.

Like our trip to BC, where you convinced me to spend the summer with my brother, and get a change of scenery.

"Trust me, this will help", you said.

And it did.

That summer was when you helped pull me from the depths of my darkness, and show me all the amazing things the world had to offer.

You cheered me on as I rose from the ashes of my old self, and stepped into a totally different woman.

And yet, after going through that, you've still been a hurtful critic sometimes.

You've said words to me that I wouldn't dare say out loud to anyone else.

And today, I choose to forgive you, because you didn't really mean it.

You were scared and insecure.

You didn't know any better.

But now you do.

You have made me laugh.

Oh man, have you made me laugh!

We share laughs that no one else would even understand.

They would probably think we're crazy - but that's okay, because we're living true to ourselves.

And we're hilarious.

Yet still, you've also made me cry.

You've told me I'm not good enough.

That I won't be able to be successful.

That no one cares what I have to say.

And today, I choose to forgive you, because you were trying to keep me playing small.

You thought that with success, I'd change into someone else.

Someone you didn't recognize anymore.

And you know what?

You're right.

I'm not the same person.

And neither are you.

Throughout this adventure we call life, we've grown into something much more than we realized we could be.

And despite it all - whether it's been love or it's been hate - we've been inseparable.

And today, I choose to shower you with gratitude and love.

Because now, you choose to stand up for me when you know I'm not standing up for myself.

You choose love, over hate.

And I do too.

With everything we've been through, we deserve to be happy.

We deserve to be living this amazing life.

Knowing that our past does not determine our future.

This authentic relationship we have now...

This was worth the wait.

And today I choose to thank you, because you encouraged me to follow my passion of healing women who have that bullshit mindset we used to have.

It was you who told me I could do it. 

Who made me believe in myself.

You are the one who stepped up, to be a light for me, so I can be a light for other women.

You are the driving force behind everything I do.

I love you.

And I know I don't tell you that enough.

You've been patient for me to forgive you.

You've been patient in waiting to accept the praise you deserve.

This may have been 30 years in the making...

But it was worth the wait.

And I promise you...

The hate is gone.

There is only love for you now.

I truly love you.

So there it is.

All out on the table.

I've finally authentically honoured our relationship.

In this love letter.

30 years in the making.

This love letter.

To myself.



Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes

I've made these chocolate Guinness cupcakes before and they are SO GOOD; such a crowd pleaser - and I don't even like beer (trust me, you can't even taste the beer in them).

When I made them, I did chocolate Baileys frosting, rather than cream cheese frosting, but either one works!

Plus, this recipe came from Martha Stewart, so you know these cupcakes are fancy as fuck - just look at the gorgeous photo below! I feel like my attempt to make those St. Patrick's Day shamrocks would turn out as an epic Pinterest fail, but it would still be fun trying, haha.

If you're looking for an amazing chocolate treat, you gotta try these - and remember, since this recipe makes two dozen cupcakes, you can totally freeze them too, and just thaw one occasionally to "treat yo self" (any Parks & Rec fans here?!), hehe.

Photo credit:  marthastewart.com

Photo credit: marthastewart.com

Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes


Cream-Cheese Frosting

  • 16 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt


  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 bottle (11.2 ounces) stout, such as Guinness (about 1 1/3 cups)
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 lime
  • 96 chocolate gold hearts 


  1. Cream Cheese Frosting: Beat cream cheese with butter until fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add confectioners' sugar, 1 cup at a time, and beat until smooth, scraping down sides of bowl as necessary. Beat in vanilla and salt. Frosting can be stored in an airtight container in refrigerator for up to 5 days.

  2. Cupcakes: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line two standard 12-cup muffin tins with baking cups. In a large heatproof bowl, whisk together flour, 2 cups sugar, baking soda, and salt.

  3. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in cocoa powder, then stout. Increase heat to medium-high and bring mixture to a boil, whisking occasionally. Remove from heat; stir into flour mixture just until combined. Stir in eggs and sour cream.

  4. Divide batter evenly among cups, filling each two-thirds of the way. Bake, rotating once, until cupcakes spring back and a tester inserted in centers comes out clean, 16 to 18 minutes. Transfer tins to wire racks; let cool completely.

  5. Meanwhile, peel wide strips of lime zest with a vegetable peeler. Thinly slice zest into 1/8-inch-wide strips. Coat strips in remaining 2 tablespoons sugar; cut into 1/2-inch-long pieces.

  6. Spread cupcakes with 2 cups frosting (reserve remaining for another use). Top each with 4 gold hearts (to form a shamrock) and 1 piece of sugared lime zest (to make a stem). Serve.



The Importance of Collaboration: 3 Reasons You Should Collaborate

Last Friday, I was featured with Heather Hartman Coaching on her 'Real, Raw & Uncut AF - Live Spotlight Series'. I was so excited to be highlighted as her VERY FIRST EPISODE, as we discussed the importance of self care as a female entrepreneur.

It was an honour to be asked by Heather to be on her show (which also included having this nifty graphic shared all around Facebook) - because Heather is someone I truly admire and who also encourages women to step into what they're capable of.

While working with Heather in preparation of this episode, we naturally chatted about the importance of collaboration with other like-minded women.

Running your business - especially if it's mostly done online - can sometimes feel isolating.

When you're first starting out, it's typically just you in your office - by yourself, without a team.

And while having the freedom and flexibility to be your own boss is one of the main blessings I'm so grateful for - it can also mean that sometimes you feel lonely, without being surrounded by co-workers, like you're used to in the corporate world.

(But don't get me wrong - I still wouldn't go back to corporate, haha.)

With that being top of mind this week, I've compiled a short list of the top three reasons to collaborate with other women:


1. You may be surprised by what you can learn from seeing the way other women manage their business.

Checking out how someone else runs their business can be an awesome learning experience.

You can very easily learn a new trick to get better organized, to reach your target audience more effectively, or even to approach self-care more regularly.

Talking with other fempreneurs about what's working for them is a perfect opportunity to test out, and potentially adopt, some new behaviours in your own business to become more efficient.


2. Encouraging and supporting other women feels amazing!

If you're having a shitty day and feeling down on yourself, one of the best ways to pull yourself out of that funk is to love on some other ladies that you admire.

Comment on how they rocked their Facebook Live, or how delicious their breakfast looked in that photo on Instagram, or how fab their DIY board is coming along on Pinterest.

Spread love to others, and before you know it, you'll be in a much better mood - and can be proud of yourself for supporting your sisterhood.


3. It makes you feel like you actually have a support system in place.

I'm not gonna lie - my husband isn't the first one I turn to when I have questions about my business.

And it's not because I don't trust his opinion, it's because he's not currently growing a business, so why would I ask his expertise in that department? 

When I have questions, or want to bounce ideas off people, I turn to the women who are also building businesses, just like me - because they GET IT.

They understand the struggles and challenges, and they can offer advice that is relevant, because they've been there.

And I offer my experiences too, when asked - because it's great to have the opportunity to contribute back to those women helping me.

Speaking of which, check out Episode One of Real, Raw & Uncut AF by clicking the below image:

Click here  to be taken to the replay of our  Real, Raw & Uncut AF episode

Click here to be taken to the replay of our Real, Raw & Uncut AF episode

Check out Heather's other featured ladies weekly, on her Heather Hartman Coaching Facebook page.

Also, watch for my own weekly feature coming your way - a tribute to Badass Boss Babes who are stepping up and letting their light shine!

If you are looking to shine your own light, click here to enroll in our March online group coaching program, Break Through the Bullshit, where we tame that inner critic BS mindset, and release your fearless fempreneur instead!

Or if you want to learn more about one-on-one coaching opportunities with me, jump on a free call!


Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Shells

I don't know what it is lately, but I've been on a buffalo chicken kick! I'm not usually one for spicy foods, but there's something about the tangy spice of Frank's Red Hot that I enjoy paired with chicken - even when it makes my nose runny, haha!

This recipe is simple enough, and has pasta too (Italian food is my favourite), so I figured the pairing of flavours and textures would be something enjoyable to share with you!

So here it is, compliments of AllRecipes.com - buon appetito (that's Italian for "have a nice meal" - look how fancy we are)!

Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Shells


Photo credit:  AllRecipes.com

Photo credit: AllRecipes.com

  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup Frank's® RedHot® sauce
  • 1 (16 ounce) container whipped ricotta cheese
  • 1 (16 ounce) package jumbo pasta shells
  • 1 (8 ounce) package shredded Cheddar-Monterey Jack cheese blend
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste


  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir ground chicken in the hot skillet until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes; drain and discard grease.
  2. Melt butter in the skillet with the cooked chicken. Stir cayenne pepper sauce into the chicken mixture and remove from heat.
  3. Squeeze as much moisture from the ricotta cheese using a cheese cloth or paper towels; put drained cheese in a large bowl. Add chicken mixture to the cheese and stir. Refrigerate until completely chilled, 3 to 4 hours.
  4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Prepare a 13x9-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  5. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook pasta shells in the boiling water until cooked through but firm to the bite, about 10 minutes; drain. Rinse with cold water until no longer hot; drain.
  6. Spoon chicken mixture into cooked pasta shells and arrange into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle Cheddar-Monterey Jack cheese blend over the stuffed shells; season with salt and pepper.
  7. Bake in preheated oven until the cheese is slightly melted and the stuffing is hot in the middle, 15 to 20 minutes.



The 10 Commandments of Loving Yourself

I'm currently running a free 5 day challenge within a private group on Facebook called I Don't Need a Man (or Woman), and we have some AMAZING ladies in there (shout out to all my badass babes - get it, girl). And yes, if you want to get in on the action, there's still time!

We are loving on ourselves and learning new ways to implement self care, self awareness and overall confidence in who we are.

To help inspire even more of these positive vibes and important daily practices, I introduce to you, the 10 commandments of loving yourself.

Because let's face it - we can ALL love on ourselves more than we do.

As women, we tend to put others first and let our maternal instincts kick in (whether we're actually moms or not), by taking care of everyone around us.

But who takes care of us?


(Yep, we really do it all, don't we?!)

So read through this list of 10 commandments and make note of which ones resonate with you, so you can either implement more of it in your life - or maybe even start incorporating it, if you haven't yet, and you know you can benefit from it.

*Spoiler alert - we can all benefit from more of each of these.*

Photo by  hannah grace

Photo by hannah grace

The 10 Commandments of Loving Yourself

  1. I shall lovingly accept myself as I am right now.
  2. I shall appreciate all the beauty that makes me who I am.
  3. I shall regularly give thanks for all the blessings I have in my life.
  4. I shall trust in my ability to take care of myself.
  5. I shall not criticize myself.
  6. I shall not criticize others.
  7. I shall forgive myself when I make a mistake.
  8. I shall be kind to others, without sacrificing my own needs.
  9. I shall take responsibility for my life.
  10. I shall love myself to the best of my ability.

Shit... pretty deep stuff.

Honestly, I will be practicing all of these commandments because they are all equally important to me.

How about you?

Which of these commandments will make their way into your daily practices?