Heading Into the Holiday Season with Botanica Health + Recipe

Botanica Reishi chocolate chia pudding

How do you maintain your wellness routine and keep yourself healthy this time of year? I’m excited to be teaming up again with Botanica Health heading into the holiday season with some ideas to help you stay calm and relaxed while enjoying something warm to unwind with at the end of the day. We all know eggnog is a hit this time of year, but if you’re looking for something warm and not loaded with sugar I’ve got two ideas you might want to try (plus a recipe!).

Botanica Health has just released two new products in time for those evenings you want to stay cozy indoors (or go for a Winter walk), and unwind at the end of the day: Reishi Hot Chocolate and Chocolate Turmeric Golden Mylk. Both are modern takes on traditional beverages (reishi mushrooms are believed to help the body relax and support a healthy stress response, while turmeric is a popular ingredient in ayurvedic medicine for its anti-inflammatory properties). With the added decadence of chocolate, they’re the perfect drink for when you want to enjoy something warm and comforting without being loaded with sugar and artificial additives (bonus points for actually being good for you!).

Made in small batches and free from artificial ingredients and fillers both the Reishi Hot Chocolate and Chocolate Turmeric Golden Mylk are vegan, certified organic, dairy-free, gluten-free, sugar-free, stevia-free, and non-GMO. 

The Reishi Hot Chocolate is my favourite  of the two, and I decided to give it a try in a recipe: reishi chocolate chia pudding, a new take on this chia parfait recipe. I like that chia pudding is a tasty, healthy snack full of nutrients and how simple it is to make. Whether you enjoy the Reishi Hot Chocolate Mix to make a warm drink on a cold day, or to add into a snack like this one, it’s a refreshing option worth a try. See below for the recipe!

Reishi Hot Chocolate Chia Pudding

Botanica Reishi chocolate chia pudding

Ingredients

2 cups milk (regular, coconut, or pick your favourite)

1/4 cup chia seeds

2 tbsp Reishi Hot Chocolate Mix

1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)

Vanilla Greek yogurt (optional)

Cinnamon or cocoa nibs for garnish

Botanica Reishi chocolate chia pudding

Directions

1. In a jug, mix the Reishi Hot Chocolate Mix until combined, followed by the chia seeds

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2.Cover for half an hour or overnight 

3.When ready, pour the chia seed mix into mason jars and top with cinnamon or cocoa nib shavings

Botanica Reishi chocolate chia pudding

4.For an extra dose of protein, layer the chocolate chia pudding with Greek yogurt

Botanica Reishi chocolate chia pudding

Botanica Reishi chocolate chia pudding

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More Info

Reishi Hot Chocolate

  • 1500mg of Reishi per serving, which is considered a therapeutic dosage (what you would get if you were to take a capsule or tincture of Reishi mushroom)
  • the whole mushroom is used (mycelium and fruiting body) to capture all the benefits of the mushroom
  • sourced from the Pacific Northwest of the USA
  • tested for herbicides, pesticides, and heavy metals to ensure purity
  • sweetened with dates and monk fruit as natural sweeteners (no added sugars)

Chocolate Turmeric Golden Mylk

  • 1000mg of Turmeric per serving
  • made with the same quality ingredients as the original Turmeric Golden Mylk, but with the added decadence of chocolate
  • sweetened with dates and monk fruit as natural sweeteners (no added sugars)

Check out my other post with Botanica Health here!

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 Available in health food stores and on Amazon
 
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12 Days of Giveaways

Start getting into the holiday spirit with OHP’s 12 Days of Giveaways!

For the next twelve days you’ll find a new giveaway each day here on OHP just in time to treat yourself or someone you know for the holiday season. Come back each day to see the latest prize up for grabs and enter to win! See below for more info and each giveaway as it’s added.

To help you remember to check back every day throughout the 12 Days of Giveaways, visit and save this Facebook post to help keep updated as each new giveaway is announced. That’s also the post you’ll be directed to for some of the entry options throughout the giveaway, so it’s good to keep it handy).

Here’s how #OHP12DaysofGiveaways will unfold:

  • Check here every day from November 12- 23 to see the latest giveaway announcement and the entry form associated with that giveaway (hint: some entries you’ll be able to do more than once, so make sure you come back to those entry forms!).
  • Some giveaways will be open to Canada, some to the US and Canada, and some worldwide. You’ll find that info with each giveaway, but please also check the terms and conditions for each giveaway, as some require you to visit the giveaway partner in person and/ or some giveaways will close before the 12 Days of Giveaways is finished if they are time sensitive.
  • Winners will be contacted via email and in the giveaway widget (entry form) 

Ok let’s get started!

DAY 1

Prize: Pair of tickets to Vancouver Christmas Market

OHP 12 Days of Giveaways Vancouver Christmas Market

Enjoy a festive evening at this annual classic Vancouver event! Celebrate the holiday season with delicious food and drinks, live entertainment, shopping, and more. Photo credit: Lindsay Elliot

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Winner must be able to attend Vancouver Christmas Market in person. Please visit the event website for full details: https://www.vancouverchristmasmarket.com
By entering you agree to receive notifications from Our Happy Place and Vancouver Christmas Market. No cash value. Non transferable.

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DAY 2

Prize: Gift Set Trio from Botanica Health

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Perfect to get cozy with on cold Winter nights! This prize pack includes Botanica’s classic Turmeric Golden Mylk, Turmeric Chocolate Mylk, and Reishi Hot Chocolate. Enjoy a boost to your health without sacrificing a soothing yuletide beverage. Here’s to staying healthy this holiday season!

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This prize is available to Canadian residents only. By entering you agree to receive notifications from Our Happy Place and Botanica Health. No cash value. Non-transferable.

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DAY 3

Prize: Online Shopping credit from Canvas Candle Co.

OHP 12 Days of Giveaways Canvas Candle Co

Treat yourself or someone else with these 100% soy candles and wax melts! A great hostess gift or stocking stuffer. Choose from their seasonal scents perfect for the holiday season or classic signature scents. Photo credit: Captured in Squares

Shipping additional. By entering you agree to receive notifications from Our Happy Place and Canvas Candle Co. No cash value. Non transferable.

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DAY 4

Prize: Your choice of an in-person or online personal training membership from Muscles and Mommies

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Give yourself the gift of self-care with a FitB!tch fitness package from Muscles and Mommies! Choose from Option 1, one month of the Ultimate FitB!tch package ($200 value) or Option 2, two months of the The FitB!tch package ($180 value). See here for membership details. Please note you must live within or near the service area of Muscles and Mommies to claim Option 1 (if you are local to the Vancouver area but outside service area, you may still claim Option 1 as a prize, however standard travel fee will apply; otherwise Option 2 will be awarded as a prize. See terms and conditions in the entry form for more details.

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DAY 5

Prize: 6 packs of healthy snacks from Free Yumm

OHP 12 Days of Giveaways Free Yumm

Get your snack on with Free Yumms’ selection of healthy and allergy-friendly snacks! Enjoy a selection of their products that are free from the top 8 allergens: dairy, wheat, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, fish, and shellfish. Perfect for healthy snacking at school, work, or home.

Open to residents of Canada and the US. By entering you agree to receive notifications from Our Happy Place and Free Yumm. No cash value. Non-transferable.

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DAY 6

Prize: Set of matching scrunchies from Paper Airplane

OHP 12 Days of Giveaways Paper Airplane

Just when you thought #twinning with your mini couldn’t get any cuter! Win a matching scrunchie set from Paper Airplane and bring on the matching top knots and ponytails, and buns, and…! 

Open worldwide. By entering you agree to receive notifications from Our Happy Place and Paper Airplane. No cash value. Non-transferable.

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DAY 7

OHP 12 Days of Giveaways Akane Kondo Photography

Prize: $100 photo package from Akane Kondo Photography

A picture says a thousand words! Capture a special moment in time and enjoy the memories for a lifetime. Get those family photos you’ve been wanting, enjoy an engagement session, or save those first few precious days with a newborn shoot, the chouce is yours! Whtever the occasion, this prize is perfect to help save some special memories.

Winner must live within the Greater Vancouver Area. Travel fee may apply.
By entering you agree to receive notifications from Our Happy Place and Akane Kondo Photography. No cash value. Non-transferable.

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DAY 8

OHP 12 Days of Giveaways Shop Ava to Zoe

Prize: Set of custom genuine leather keychains from Shop Ava to Zoe

How can you go wrong when something is made just for you? Shop Ava to Zoe’s genuine leather keychains combine class with sass and add a little bit of fun to your daily routine. Keep one for you and give the other, or give them both for a handmade gift with personality. 

Open to residents of Canada and the US. By entering you agree to receive notifications from Our Happy Place and Shop Ava to Zoe. No cash value. Non-transferable.

Shop Ava to Zoe | Website | Instagram | Facebook


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DAY 9

OHP 12 Days of Giveaways Aloha Kai

Prize: $40 Shopping credit from Aloha Kai Apparel 

Enjoy some island vibes any time of year with Aloha Kai! The name of this clothing line means ‘love of the ocean’ in Hawaiian and makes the perfect gift for that person you know who loves the waves (and if that’s you, a fun excuse to enjoy some shopping!). A portion of each sale is donated to BC Children’s Hospital.

By entering you agree to receive notifications from Our Happy Place and Aloha Kai Apparel. No cash value. Non-transferable.

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DAY 10

OHP 12 Days of Giveaways The Perfect Feather

Prize: Beauty package from The Perfect Feather

Indulge in a little TLC with The Perfect Feather for the holidays! Take some time out from all the shopping and baking to enjoy some self-care. Choose from a Lash Lift and Tint ($100 value) or Teeth Whitening ($130 value). Winner must be able to attend appointment at the Perfect Feather’s studio. Winner may select from a Teeth Whitening service ($130 value) or a Lash Lift and Tint ($100 value).
By entering you agree to receive notifications from Our Happy Place and The Perfect Feather. No cash value. Non-transferable.

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DAY 11

OHP 12 Days of Giveaways Free Reign

Prize: ODYSSEY Hoodie Vest from FREE REIGN

Who doesn’t love a brand with a positive message? That combines style and comfort? That gives back? FREE REIGN checks all those boxes, and the story behind how the company started is definitely worth a read! Get cozy this holiday season in one of their FW18 pieces, the ODYSSEY Hoodie Vest. Made from recycled water bottles, this vest is part of their Self Love Collection and has a hidden message sewn inside ($126 value).

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DAY 12

OHP 12 Days of Giveaways Amazon Gift Card

Prize: $250 Amazon Gift Card

What happens when you bring together an awesome group of people? Awesome things happen!!! To bring the 12 Days of Giveaways to an end with a bang, I’ve teamed up with some other amazing bloggers to spoil one lucky winner with a $250 Amazon Gift Card! How would that help with your Christmas shopping??? To enter, make sure you follow all accounts on Instagram plus don’t miss the bonus entry form to check out these peeps on Facebook! Open worldwide. Please note gift card is in CAD and if a winner is drawn from outside of Canada the gift card will be provided in USD at the respective exchange rate from CAD to USD.

Thank you to Ava to Zoe | British Columbia Mom | Mama in the City | Tairalyn | More Than Your Average Mom | MomEh | Mama at Heart | Mumfection | Heydy Lopez | Kids Directory | Single Mommy in the City | Jen Pistor | Beyond the Rhetoric  for being a part of this giveaway and contributing towards this prize!

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The Fine Print: Winner Selection

At the end of the 12 Days of Giveaways, entries will close for all open giveaways and winners will be announced within 48 hours. If the first winner selected is unable to collect for their respective prize, another winner will be drawn. Please read the terms and conditions for each giveaway (located in the entry form), as the giveaways are not all open to as US and/or worldwide audience.

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Quick and Easy Cake Mix Cookies Recipe

quick and easy cake mix cookies recipe

Whip up a batch of these cookies in just 20 minutes!

We’re heading into baking season (and bake sale season… and cookie exchange season…!) and while we have favourite classics, it’s always fun to try something new. I recently tried this cake mix cookie recipe from MomEh and it’s safe to say we’ll be making them again. Sometimes you just want a recipe that’s quick and easy, no fuss, and these cake mix cookies are perfect for that- especially if you’re looking for ideas to make for bake sales and cookie exchanges! 

Ingredients

1 box of cake mix (I used the one with sprinkles already mixed in)

1/2 cup softened butter or vegetable oil

1 egg

Optional: food colouring and/ or sprinkles 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven according to cake mix and line cookie sheet with parchment paper
  2. Combine wet ingredients in one bowl and dry ingredients in another (if your cake mix doesn’t have sprinkles already mixed in, add them to the dry ingredients). Mix together until batter is a smooth consistency
  3. Roll into approx 1 tsp size balls, spacing them about 2″ apart
  4. Bake for 10- 15 minutes or until edges start to turn golden brown.
  5. Allow to cool and enjoy!

quick and easy cake mix cookies recipe

quick and easy cake mix cookies recipe

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quick and easy cake mix cookies recipe

Looking for ideas for a bake sale or cookie exchange? These cookies are perfect!

quick and easy cake mix cookies recipe

quick and easy cake mix cookies recipe

quick and easy cake mix cookies recipe

The cookies in this post were made using a regular cake mix, but we also made a batch using a gluten-free cake mix and they turned out just as delicious.

Tip: If you make these cookies using a gluten-free cake mix, simply scoop batter onto cookie sheets if you can’t get the batter to form a ball.

For this recipe, I used a Betty Crocker Cake Mix and added sprinkles, but we’ve tried a few different gluten-free cake mixes including Kinnikinnick, and XO Baking CO and have enjoyed them. Your local grocery store probably carries some, but you can also find a variety on Amazon

Have a bake sale or cookie exchange coming up? Find more recipe ideas (like these cute sugar cookie donuts!) on the blog’s Sweet Treats page.

Thanks to MomEh for this great cookie recipe! To see her festive cake mix cookies, check out her original post here.

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Fall Style Roundup with Joe Fresh | #JoeFreshFall

Canadian fashion brand Joe Fresh Fall 2018 #JoeFreshFall

Update your closet for the season with fun and classic pieces from Joe Fresh!

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It’s that time of year where you want to layer up and be cozy! Whether you’re looking for a whole new wardrobe or hunting for a few staples, Joe Fresh has you covered from head to toe. I’m sharing a few favourites here from their #JoeFreshFall 2018 collection, but believe me when I say there’s waaaay more cute pieces where these came from (that velvet jumpsuit tho!).

If you’ve been looking or pieces that are comfortable, stylish, and easy-to-wear, look no further. You can enjoy refreshing your Fall wardrobe without breaking the bank account thanks to Joe Fresh and their pieces that bring together style, comfort, and affordability. Plus enjoy shopping at your local Real Canadian Superstore or Loblaws or shop online on the Joe Fresh website

And speaking of online shopping…

Use code YMC25 to save 25% off your online order!*

Stock up on seasonal essentials for everyone in the family with this favourite Canadian fashion brand! Find lots of cute pieces for your hubby and kids- see links below to shop:

Women | Women+ | Active | Men | Girls | Boys | Toddler Girl | Toddler Boy | Baby 

What’s on your seasonal wishlist?

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Fashion lover? Check out more posts like this on the blog’s Style page!

Discount Code Details

*Discount code valid until November 2, 2018, 4am EST on regular priced items only. Excludes Baby Gift Boxes and clearance items. Cannot be combined with any other coupons or promotional offers, is not redeemable for cash and cannot be applied to previous purchases. Valid in Canada only.

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Spooky Branch DIY Halloween Decoration

Spooky Branch DIY Halloween Decoration

Get into the spooky spirit with this easy Halloween DIY!

T minus 1 week until Halloween and if your house is anything like ours, the kids have been counting down the days for weeks. It’s safe to say we’re all looking forward to October 31 and we’ve had some fun decorating around the inside and outside of our house plus enjoying some Fall/ Halloween activities, including making a few DIY Halloween decorations (check out this DIY Ghost Garland from last year). We avoid the scary stuff since the kids are still young, but we load up on pumpkins, bats, and spider webs and this year we added this DIY Halloween decoration using a branch and some spray paint.

All you need are 3 materials to make this creepy DIY Halloween decoration that’s great for inside or outside

Materials

  • black spray paint
  • twigs or branches with leaves trimmed off
  • optional: crows, spiders, or other creepy creatures

Directions

1.Start by trimming your branch of excess leaves, etc and brushing off any loose bark and dirt.

2.Give branch 2- 3 coats of black spray paint, allowing to dry between coats. If you prefer, you can skip adding in creepy creatures and keep the branches unadorned.

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3.When dry add in any creepy creatures that you like. I found some fake crows at our local dollar store and perched them on the branches, wiring them on. Easy! A glue gun or black pipe cleaners would also work.

Spooky Branch DIY Halloween Decoration

I only made one of these for outside our front door, but love the idea of creating a mini-forest in our front yard along our walkway or making smaller ones for a Halloween party table.

Tip: Secure your branch(es) in a pot or other container to hold upright (sand, soil, or gravel work well). If you’re making a smaller, tabletop version, place branches in vases for a party table backdrop or centerpiece.  Spooky Branch DIY Halloween Decoration Spooky Branch DIY Halloween Decoration  Spooky Branch DIY Halloween Decoration Spooky Branch DIY Halloween Decoration Spooky Branch DIY Halloween Decoration Spooky Branch DIY Halloween Decoration 

Looking for some other fun ideas for Halloween? Check out this round-up of family-friendly activities in the Vancouver area over on Ava to Zoe and these cute Halloween marshmallow pops to make with the kids!

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Spooky Branch DIY Halloween Decoration

 

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