How To Simplify Your Life

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Do you ever get those moments where you are struck by a lightening bolt of inspiration to purge all unnecessary belongings?

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Last night was one of those nights for me.

After realizing that Spring would be coming to an abrupt end in 8 days, I decided it was now or never for my annual Spring Clean Purge.

Each Spring, I gather up all unnecessary items and I donate them to charity. Last night I collected 5 bags of things. Many of these items were items that I was having a hard time letting go of last year, and lo and behold I never wore them once! Moral of the story: Always trust your gut.

Sometimes, it takes me a while to part with an item. My motto now is if I haven’t worn it in a full calendar year (all types of weather!) it gets donated. BOOM. If you live in Alberta, you can change that to ‘if I haven’t worn it in a full week’. :ninja:

Eric was so inspired by my donation bags, he decided to do his own SCP…

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Yes, those are Daffy Duck and Superman ties. [You know who you are.]

It was amusing watching Eric take each item of clothing from his closet and comment on it. One of my favourite comments was: ‘It is so small on me it barely covers my nipples!

Where does he come up with this stuff? I seriously lost it laughing on a heap of clothes when he said that. I said, ‘Oh come on, it almost covers your belly button at least!’ Needless to say he donated it. I’m sure some 8 year old will be very happy.

Then it was time for more Farmer’s Market prep!

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Good times.

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My mother-in-law used to be a huge crafter and she would sell all of her goods from her home. The basement would literally be flooded with her crafts and she would be up until the wee hours of the night preparing.

Eric had the prestigious role of being the crafter’s assistant when he was a child. One of the more memorable (and oddly enjoyable tasks) he recalled was picking the dried glue off the table for his mom. :lol:

His resume also boasts potpourri and wreath maker. Not to brag, but my crafting resume boasts trinket box maker, plaster crafter/painter, friendship bracelet maker (variations: Gimp, bead, string), and clay modeler.

Is it any wonder we fell i love? I think not.

Our window seat in the office is the same length as the market table I am buying, so I thought it would be a good place to do a dress rehearsal on!

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The troops all lined up!

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I also added some ribbon and an Ikea flower that I hacked gently cut apart.

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It’s no Martha, but I’ll take it.

I am going to put two rows of flavours in each basket like so…(obviously it will be full for market open!)

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Then I made a trial for the tags. Each flavour will have a tag in front of it with the name and description of the Glo Bar. I think I am going to make the print larger for the final tags just so people can read it easily.

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I also made myself and TEAM GLO name tags…

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After crafting in the office, I decided to craft in the kitchen. Farmer’s Markets are lots of work to prepare for!

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I made GLO BALLS!

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Yup, yup I was BALLIN’.

Remember when I made my raw chocolate chip cookie balls in May 2009? Well, I used the recipe for inspiration, threw in some new and amazing ingredients, and came out with a few kick-butt flavours!

They are OFF THE HOOK!

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I plan on selling GLO BALLS at the Harbourside Oakville Organic Market in addition to the bars (market starts June 19th!).

I will be giving hints to the flavours all week…so stay tuned.

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The market orientation went great today! I met some lovely people and I felt much better after seeing the market site and finding out about how it will all operate. The market is held in GORGEOUS downtown Oakville and it honestly could not be a better spot for a Farmers Market! I am so excited. :biggrin:

However, there is one PROBLEM…

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I pass by the Oakville Whole Foods along my journey!!!!

Normally, this isn’t an issue for me seeing as I live 1 hour away from here, but now I am going into the belly of the monster every Saturday for the market.

When in Rome… :lol:

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I finally got my paws on some red and green organic kale!

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I was all excited to buy frozen cherries to make a Cherry Bomb, but they didn’t have any. I can’t find frozen cherries anywhere!

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Mmmm so happy coconut butter is back in my life. Also starring a new appearance by one of my old pasttimes- Canadian Maple Butter. Best thing in the WORLD!!!!!!!!!

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[Insert loooooong day of cleaning the house top to bottom with Eric].

I’m off to balance out the day’s chores with some relaxation, dinner, friends, and a few brews! Hope you have a great night! See you in the AM.

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Lisa @ bakebikeblog June 12, 2010

Wow – you have been busy! It always feel so good to do a sping clean!!
ooooh and those glo balls look fantastic! I can’t wait to hear all about your market adventures :)

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Mary @ Bites and Bliss June 12, 2010

Wow what an exciting day! The market’s opening is so close!!! :D and those Glo Balls look delicious!! You’re gonna have just as much coming up with all different flavors for those as you did for the Glo Bars! Oh, and those ties cracked me up. I’m sure he had a “legit” reason to why he had them. ;) haha

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Katie June 12, 2010

I live in Niagara falls, ON and every few months I make a special trip to the Oakville Whole Foods! It is heaven! My friends think I’m insane! Can you tell me the details about the Farmers Market, where it is and the time. I would LOVE to come try your bars!

Thanks so much!

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AngelaOSG June 12, 2010

Here are the deets! http://oakvilleorganicmarket.com/

would love to meet you! :)

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Andrew Lowry June 13, 2010

Thanks for the details.

Like Katie I live in Niagara Falls (small world) but getting to the Oakville Farmer’s market this summer is going to be tough as I busy most of my Saturdays. Ironically I am going to be camping up your way (Blue Springs Scout Reserve on 6th line Acton) this Saturday (19th) and my day will not allow a trip off site. Oh well I have until the end of October to get out to your stall. All the best on your new venture.

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Kristina June 12, 2010

oh, my… gimp bracelets = summer camp!! :)

those glo balls… look fabulous! I can’t wait to hear about your market adventures either!

daffy & superman. good move. ;)

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Mary June 12, 2010

Those glo balls look amazing! I can’t wait to hear about your first day at the market!

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Carly @ The Road To Health June 12, 2010

I can’t find frozen cherries anywhere either! Maybe they just aren’t sold in Canada!? :(

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AngelaOSG June 12, 2010

I know I don’t get it! :( If WF doesn’t have them I don’t know who will…

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mary @ what's cookin with mary June 12, 2010

Totally wondering whats inside your balls (twss) HAHAHA but really, can’t wait to hear what goes into them :) They look so yummy!!

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AngelaOSG June 12, 2010

maybe we could call them ‘RAW BALLS…that’s what she said’
lmaooo

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Mary June 12, 2010

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA! ;P

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Stacey@http://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/ June 12, 2010

The balls look amazing, those will sell really well. I absolutely love whole foods and get sucked in every time I drive by.

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christina cadden June 12, 2010

I need to do a cleaning of our closets as well!

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kelly June 12, 2010

I live in Ottawa, and can’t find frozen cherries here either!! Let us know if you end up finding a store in Canada that carries them. I have also been wanting to try the cherry bomb!!!!!

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AngelaOSG June 12, 2010

Isn’t it torture!? I’m resorting to pitting and then freezing some fresh cherries. Oh my, that sounds crazier than I thought!

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Nicole June 15, 2010

I didn’t even think frozen organic cherries existed. So, tonight I just pitted 1/3 cup of fresh ones (as per your recipe for the cherry bomb oats) and threw them in the freezer….no kidding, it took a mere 3 minutes. :)

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Michelle @ Eatingjourney June 12, 2010

Once exams are over..I am pulling an Ange..and purging my crap. CAN’T WAIT!

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AngelaOSG June 12, 2010

You’ll feel like a new woman!

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Diana @ frontyardfoodie June 12, 2010

I LOVE purging clutter no matter what time of year it is!!

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Triathlonbabe aka Grace June 12, 2010

Love donating to charities, if I could only remember to put them out on my front porch when the truck says they’re gonna be in our neighborhood….ugh! It is a good feeling to get rid of stuff….my motto as well, if ain’t worn in a year, regardless of season, get rid of it, someone else is bound to wear it!

We have a little deli near my office that has all organic stuff in their grocery area for sale to the public and I discovered the Dr. Kracker crackers….OMG, I keep them in stock!

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AngelaOSG June 12, 2010

I had one tonight as an appetizer with the garlic scape pesto and it was BLISS

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Miranda @ MirandasJeans June 12, 2010

I love it when we go through our closets. I am of the same mind set 12 months or its out. When my husband tries on shirts that are a little too small for him he always flexes his arms and tells me where the beach is HAHAHA!

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AngelaOSG June 12, 2010

lollll yup Eric’s done that before too. It’s funny, guys seem to take pride when things are too small for them???

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Miranda @ MirandasJeans June 12, 2010

Yeah they would never see or hear us showing off how tight our clothes are fitting on us lol

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Heather (Heather's Dish) June 12, 2010

you are positively the cutest person ever! love all the arts and crafts you got goin’ on on that resume :) i’m a huge fan of spring cleaning too…it makes me feel so LIGHT when i get all of my junk out of my home!

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caronae June 12, 2010

Aren’t farmer’s markets the best??? Have fun once you start! Wish I lived nearby, although the NYC farmer;s market system is awesome so I can’t complain! :)

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Kim June 12, 2010

I can’t find frozen cherries anywhere in Ottawa either :( The other day I got excited because I thought I had finally found some… it turns out they were cranberries, lol!

Cherries are cheap at No Frills this week though so I plan on buying a bunch, pitting them and then freezing them for future use!

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Sarah (Enjoying One Meal at a Time) June 12, 2010

5 bags is impressive! I love pruging. I feel so much better afterwards! The farmers market setup looks great. Enjoy!

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Jess @ MTL Veggie June 12, 2010

Good luck at your Farmer’s market! Have fun in my home town!
I’m hoping to come home this summer so hopefully I’ll get a chance to stop by and pick up your awesome bars :)

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Jocelyn June 12, 2010

Kay…I`m gonna pick a date and come visit you at the market…with my man! :D We are gonna make a trip out of it…aka..whole foods and market..hehe!

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Wei-Wei June 12, 2010

Wow, a spring clean… refreshing, isn’t it? That reminds me, I have to do one… :/ I’m so excited for your farmer’s market booth/stand! You’re going to do great… you’re really well organised and it shows that your heart is really into it – Glo balls, YAY! :D

Have fuuuuun! :)

Wei-Wei

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Kailey @ Mission Healthy June 12, 2010

Don’t you just LOVE de-cluttering your closet? I usually leave clothes at home when I go away to school (half because I don’t like them but I have parting issues and half because they won’t fit in my dorm closet). But when I come home for breaks I always seem to get rid of bags upon bags of stuff. It’s nice to de-clutter once in awhile!

I wish I lived in Canada because I want to try all of your Glo Bars! I have family in Calgary but I have yet to visit them since they moved from Manitoba. Can you ship orders to the states? I looked on your website last night but it said a lot of your bars were sold out.

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AngelaOSG June 13, 2010

Yes I ship to the states! :)

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Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter June 12, 2010

I think a do a bi-seasonal clean. I’m such a clean freak :)

I need to find some coconut butter!!! I went to WF and couldn’t find it :(

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Jessica @ How Sweet It Is June 12, 2010

YES for purging of the clutter! Best feeling ever. :)

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Bridget June 12, 2010

Ya girl! Look at you go! Glo balls sound like a great idea :)

Gaaah Whole Foods!!!!! Major jealously over here. Unfortunately, we don’t have them on Vancouver Island :( Maybe it’s for the better though because I’m sure I’d be broke if I had access haha!

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Lauren @ She's a Runner June 12, 2010

I got frozen cherries at Whole Foods Yorkville ONCE but then i never saw them there again…and they no longer carry the brand of frozen fruit that the cherries came from (they also had frozen figs and other interesting frozen fruit that I can’t find anywhere). Now, I think frozen cherries just don’t exist in our part of the world. Hopefully they’ll come back.

I am considering making a trip to Oakville to pick up some Glo bars! I’ve been wanting to try them but haven’t made it to the store in Thornhill (and I hear that they are often out of stock? Which is wonderful for you, but bad for me!). And also, would love to meet you, of course.

By the way, coconut butter is the best thing…ever…I had it on a sweet potato the other day and it was love at first bite.

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AngelaOSG June 13, 2010

That is interesting about Whole Foods and the cherries…maybe if we all email/call they will carry them again? hehe

Hope to meet you at the market!

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Marta June 12, 2010

frozen cherries= no frills, their sour and have no added sugar, theyre perfect for green monsters! Happy blending!

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faith@gracefulfitness June 12, 2010

I love spring cleaning! Even now, as I live out of a backpack while seeing the world, I manage to purge a few items every once in a while. Feels so good.

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Beth @ DiningAndDishing June 12, 2010

So jealous of your fresh jar of coconut butter! Everytime I go to Whole Foods (today included) I am sooooo tempted to buy a jar but I just can’t justify the price!! One day when I’m rich and famous I will have a cabinet full :).

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Cindy June 12, 2010

Good luck at the market!!

P.S: Bf made your overnight oats this past week and loves it!

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Morgan @ Life After Bagels June 12, 2010

those Doctor Kracker brand crackers are the best crackers in THE WHOLE WORLD!!!!!!!

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Jeanne June 12, 2010

Just a quick suggestion for frozen cherries – I usually find mine at Trader Joe’s. Not sure if you’ve got one near you, but they’re good & cheap! :) Love your blog, find lots of inspiration here!

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AngelaOSG June 13, 2010

No we dont have TJ’s in Canada! =( Ive never been to one, but I am planning on it when I go to Chicago (I hope they have them!)

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Meredith June 12, 2010

I LOL’d when I read the Alberta bit.. I am in Alberta, and I just donated two big bags of clothes! Yay for de-cluttering!

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Nikita June 12, 2010

I wish I lived in Canada so I could check out your awesome farmer’s market stand! Everything looks delicious! Thats a shame about the frozen cherries… they are definitely my favorite green monster addition. You can add a lot of spinach to a choco-cherry smoothie and is still tastes like dessert!

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Camille June 12, 2010

The Glo Balls look amazing!
Please please please start selling these!

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AngelaOSG June 13, 2010

I’m thinking about it, but I need to test them shipping and everything. Hopefully they will be fine!

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Natasha June 12, 2010

Your not alone…I’ve been to 6 different grocery stores in Calgary and can’t find any frozen cherries either! Boo!!!

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Claire June 12, 2010

I can’t believe that eric was crafty! impressive…and that you got rid of so much. That really inspires me to do the same tomorrow. Looks like the market will be so fun….and I feel ya on the WF’s calling your name…story of my life! too bad you couldn’t find frozen cherries, so weird!

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Amber K June 12, 2010

What a lucky farmer’s market to get to get your bars and other tasty treats! I hope it went well.

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Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete June 13, 2010

I can’t wait to hear about your market recap! Your setup looks amazing. ;) I love spring cleaning! An organized house = an organized, calm mind ;)

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Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg June 13, 2010

Oh man, I am SO bad about holding onto things I don’t wear anymore. I have clothes from high school in my closet still (and I’m 27). It’s just so hard to let go sometimes!! :-)

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AngelaOSG June 13, 2010

I know what you mean…I still have ‘sentimental’ clothing items I will never get rid of…like Eric bought me these two tank tops the first few months we were dating. I STILL wear them (I wore them to our honeymoon) and he laughed b/c I said I would never give them away.

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