Disconnect From Your Phone By Wearing A Watch + A JORD Wood Watch Giveaway!

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When last did you check what time it was on a real watch? If you’re like me, you haven’t worn a watch since the smartphone was invented. I’ve gotten so used to pulling out my phone to check the time, but find myself getting caught up in checking my social media notifications, emails and text messages only to put my phone away realizing I’ve totally forgotten to check the time! Smartphones have become something we can’t live without. I’ll admit, If I haven’t checked my instagram in a day I feel like I’m missing something, it’s almost an addition, it also causes me anxiety to try and catch up with everything, it can be so overwhelming.

I decided it was time to try and disconnect from my phone, life still goes on without instagram, facebook, twitter, snapchat blah blah blah. I don’t plan on cutting it out of my life completely, but having a few minutes less phone time per day would be great. So, it was time to get a watch in an attempt to distract me from looking at my phone so often.

JORD wood watch
I recently got a beautiful wood watch by JORD, I’m in love with it, it’s from the Frankie series, the clean lines and minimalist watch face is total perfection. JORD wood watches come in different woods and styles to suit your personality and you can even customize the wrist size when you place your order.
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My theory is that wearing a watch will stop me from looking at my phone when I don’t really need to. Yes I know it won’t stop me from being on my phone most of the day, but it will contribute to me looking at it less often. Any small amount of “disconnecting” throughout the day is good for your mind and will likely make you happier over time.

Really though, there’s just something more real about reading the time on an analog watch face, it’s almost a lost practice in today’s society.

I hope you think about going back to wearing a watch, not only for the sake of fashion, but to help you disconnect from your phone for a few minutes each day and live a happier lifestyle.

To help you achieve this, the people at JORD wood watches are hosting a giveaway.
1 winner will receive a $75 e-voucher to spend at www.woodwatches.com
All the “losers” will receive a $20 e-gift card for your JORD watch purchase.
So make sure to fill out the entry form to get your discount, because you’re all winners!

To enter the giveaway:
1. Fill out your entry here
2. Follow @visualheart on instagram
3. Follow @woodwatches_com on instagram
Giveaway ends June 9th, 2016 11:59pm. Winner announced June 10th, 2016.
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The ebony and gold design in the Frankie series and the green sandalwood in the Fieldcrest series would make an amazing Father’s Day gift incase you’re trying to figure out what to get him this year! I’d consider it a unique fathers day gift because it’s not like you see wood watches every day, it makes a statement and it’s a conversation starter.

Personally I’m thinking the Fieldcrest series in dark sandalwood would make a beautiful Anniversary gift for Andrew (here’s hoping he’s not reading this post!)

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Wood Watch Review
JORD wood watches provided me with this watch to review. All opinions are my own.

Vegan Cheesecake Cashew Cups

Vegan Cheesecake Recipe

When the good weather comes out it always inspires me to try new recipes and I’ve really been into incorporating plant based recipes into our regular routine because I physically feel better eating less meat and dairy. I’ve really been inspired by the Minimalist Baker in recent months and my latest recipe love are these Vegan Cheesecake Cashew Cups.

With just 7 ingredients you can have a delicious dessert! They’re so creamy and satisfying, perfect for when you’re craving a treat but they’re still somewhat healthy.

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1 cup packed (200 g) pitted dates
1 cup (120 g) raw walnuts
1  1/2 cups  raw soaked cashews (soaked in water overnight in the fridge)
1 large lemon, juiced (50 ml)
1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp full fat coconut cream
1/2 cup agave nectar or maple syrup


Soak your dates in hot water to soften for about 10 minutes. Add dates to a food processor and blend until small bits remain and it forms into a ball. Remove and set aside.

Next add walnuts and process into a meal. Then add dates back in and blend until a loose dough forms – it should stick together when you squeeze a bit between your fingers.

Using a standard muffin tin line it with silicone cups so they’re easy to remove once frozen. Scoop in 1 heaping Tbsp of crust and press with fingers until compact. Set in freezer to firm up.

Add all filling ingredients to a blender and mix until very smooth. For the coconut cream, scoop the “cream” off the top when you open the can only only use that, not the milk, because it provides a richer texture.

Blend it until it’s creamy and all comes together. Divide filling evenly among the muffin tins and freeze until hard, about 4 hours. They keep in the freezer for to 1-2 weeks if they even last that long. Nom nom nom.

As mentioned above, the recipe for these vegan cheesecake cups is from the Minimalist Baker, see her full recipe, other tips and beautiful photos on her website over here.

Get Organized With Custom Labels from Minted

Spring is in full swing, although in Vancouver it’s feeling more like Summer, it’s so warm! This time of year I love to freshen up my space, clean and dust everything, get rid of things I don’t need and most of all, get organized. I’ve recently discovered new custom labels from Minted.com to help me get organized.

Minted‘s new labels are pre-designed but you can customize text and colours. They’re durable and a perfect way to customize and label containers, sports equipment, toys and even clothing. The labels are waterproof, non-toxic, laundry and dishwasher safe. Below are a few of my favorites, you can see that I’ve customized them in various ways and all it takes is a few clicks on their website, super easy!

Custom labels from Minted

You can label your children’s clothing, lunch containers, bags and so much more. I don’t have children so I’m thinking of ways I can use them for myself.


It would be great to add custom labels to my computer cables that travel to and from the office.

The round or square stickers would make great labels on mason jars. Perhaps you want to gift someone cookies in a jar as a thank you, you could label the jars with a “thank you” sticker right on the lid or on the glass. The options are endless!

I’ve taken the “Reading Adventures” design and quickly customized it to suit the top of a mason jar, you can customize the text right on their website. These stickers are 2.5″ so they’re great for wide mouth Bernardin mason jar lids.

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Click here to check out these labels on Minted.

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What are your Spring cleaning rituals? I’d love to know what you do to your space each year. My goal this year was to declutter and live with a lot less. It’s definitely a struggle since I love home decor, but it’s been very liberating to part with items that have been stored in boxes for many months.

Happy Spring!

(This is a sponsored post where I was given product to promote minted.com, however all opinions are my own)

Using Texture and Pattern in Home Decor

I love colour but generally don’t use too much in my own home decor and my client projects. I prefer working with textures. I like to keep my palettes neutral and calm with touches of colour but lately I’ve been really into mixing things up with texture and pattern.

For Spring 2016, home decor is all about bringing in texture and pattern with items like textiles, metallic finishes, backsplash tiles and countertops, while keeping the colours minimal.

I’ve gathered some inspiration below for a living space and a kitchen. Notice how the colours are cohesive so all the textures can work well together. Don’t be afraid to mix metals in items like pillows and light fixtures. Play with scale of patterns, a large pattern on the rug and a more muted smaller pattern on a pillows.

Spring 2016 home decor with pattern and texture


Living Space:  Rug  /  Sofa  /  Pillow  /  Pillow  /  Pendant Light  /  Side tables  /  Pouf

In the kitchen I love adding wood elements. If you have a white kitchen, think about bringing in some wood accessories or adding some wood floating shelves. It warms up the space and adds a lot of character. Changing your backsplash tile is also a fun way to change the overall look of your space. I love these patterned tiles shown below, they’re playful and add plenty of texture and pattern without being too bold.

I love have been in love with the toaster shown below, it’s from West Elm and it’s been on my wish list for a while, I like that it’s small with wood accents and clean stainless steel. Overall the elements shown below have a lot of texture and pattern, but they all work well together because they fall within the same minimal and calm colour palette.

Spring 2016 home decor with pattern and texture
Kitchen:  Backsplash Tile  /  Kitchen Faucet  /  Toaster  /  Countertop  /  Glass Pitcher  /  Canisters  /  Basket

Reupholstered Mid-Century Chairs

Last month I shared with you that our reupholstered mid-century chairs are happening! After a few weeks they were reupholstered and today we brought them home. You have no idea how excited and nervous I was. I have been wanting to get these chairs done for years, I had even blogged about how I wanted them to look after endlessly looking for inspiration on Pinterest, you can read about that over here. I was so scared they wouldn’t look the way I had imagined in my mind, plus I have serious commitment issues, so picking a fabric took forever. Finally going a head with this was frightening, but Luxcious Upholstery on Main Street in Vancouver ended up doing an amazing job, they’re even better than I could have imagined!

Here’s how they looked before, just to refresh your memory. You can see more photos in my previous blog post over here, where you’ll see holes in the seat and other gross details.
Pink vintage chair before

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How To Make Rose Quartz Crystals

DIY Rose Quartz Crystals

I made Rose Quartz crystals and I still can’t believe it! This DIY project is easier than it looks. The idea came from the need for Rose Quartz for a work project relating to Pantone Colour of the year Rose Quartz. I really didn’t want to pay lots of money for real Rose Quartz from the rock and gem store and I really didn’t like the look of the fake ones from the big box home decor stores because they were usually over saturated with neon pink dye or just weren’t the right colour.

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Date Peanut Butter Bars, No-Bake and Sugar-Free

I’ve become obsessed with dates. They are delicious on their own as a snack, but they’re also a great way to replace sugar in many recipes and baked goods or rethink the way you make traditional baked goods. This 2 layer no-bake date peanut butter bar recipe is refined sugar free but you’d never know because they’re so satisfying, chewy and delicious! Who knew a date peanut butter combo would be so good!
no-bake date peanut butter bars

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A Totally Tea-riffic DIY Valentine

A quick and quirky DIY Valentine that pairs well with a small gift for your girlfriend, boyfriend, mom, dad,  friend or anyone you love! It’s also great for birthday’s, anniversaries, or just because. I like that it doesn’t require a lot of craft supplies or skills, but it ends up being super cute, because in the end it’s the thought that matters.

DIY Valentine card with earl grey chocolate

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