allkindsoflovelyblog sharing thoughts & photos from my 40th birthday on the blog (including a list of things i know for certain). can't believe an entire month has passed by since these sweet gorgeous friends of mine surprised me & made me feel so loved. this was hands down my most favourite birthday season. link in profile, if you'd like to find out what they surprised me with. hint: it involved dried mushrooms (; 5d
  •   allkindsoflovelyblog So grateful you were able to be there dude! ️ you! @liznzionjames 5d
  •   thevitalitykitchen Thank you so for allowing us to be apart of your special day! Xo 😙 5d
  •   shopapricity So beautiful!!! 5d
  •   tryingforsighs Awww! Gorgeous pic! 5d
  •   theayesh When you started to cry at the entrance that morning, my heart was so full. Amazing what a little gravol, good laughs and food can do. Haha It was a great party with great friends to celebrate our Dajo. 5d
  •   interiorgroupie You are a good looking bunch of ladies!! 🏼🏼 5d
  •   amarabarra My jaw dropped!! You look amazing 5d
  •   justbellablog Aw, this makes me so happy! I'm soooo glad this day was special for you. I'll be honest, my first thought when you walked in the door was "wait, are those happy tears?!", haha. I'm glad they were. You are a beautiful lady, inside and out!! Cheers to 40!!! 5d

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allkindsoflovelyblog scott surprised me yesterday with the news that he's sending me & my mom on a trip somewhere warm for a week. he planned this because he wants me to be relaxed before we have our embryo transfer. we leave *this* saturday morning & i won't know where we're going until we get to the airport! crazy, right?! so i thanked him the best way i know how, with a tasty caprese pizza: bocconcini cheese, fresh basil & plum tomatoes drizzled with balsamic glaze on a homemade crust. p.s. you can read more about the surprise (& see my new bathing suit) on my blog. link in profile 6d
  •   allkindsoflovelyblog He's my oak tree Arja. And next week, I'll be his Haha! @balancebodysoul 6d
  •   allkindsoflovelyblog Thank you so much Holly! I have a feeling we're heading to Mexico, but anywhere with these emojis would be awesome @inthefunlane 6d
  •   allkindsoflovelyblog Hey Melissa! I was thinking about your transfer question, it's our IVF embryo transfer & not work related (: @verandainterior 6d
  •   verandainterior Oh my gosh!!!! Sending good vibes your way, my BFF has bee going through it for a few years so I know all about the roller coaster. I will be thinking of you!! 6d
  •   tryingforsighs Awww that is just so lovely. Have a lovely time sweetie xx 5d
  •   freshcrush So exciting!! And, that looks tasty. And... I see the cutest little fox face in your pizza. No? Just me? Have fuuuuun lady! 4d
  •   jpax88 Very nice! 21h

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allkindsoflovelyblog after an indulgent weekend, this is tonight's dessert: dragon fruit, mango, pineapple & strawberry salad. my version of a fruit cup. if you're not sure about buying dragon fruit, go for it! it has a very mild flavour & tastes like a cross between pear & kiwi. i like drizzling it with mint, lime juice & honey to make the flavours sing! sounds super duper cheesy, but it works. 1w

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allkindsoflovelyblog loved every single moment of last night's bollywood themed awards gala! the music, the dancing, the food, but most of all the vibrant colours. thanks to my sweet friend malti for lending me this gorgeous outfit & to those who left such such kind comments on my last post! i felt like cinderella at the ball (:#allkindsoflovelystyle 1w
  •   thediymommy Wowee! You are stunning! The dress + hair + makeup is gorgeous. 1w
  •   shopapricity This is simply amazing. Traffic stopping!! Be honest, you literally stopped traffic didn't you?!! 🚦 1w
  •   christywellsphotography Gorgeous! Nothing feels more wonderful than dressing up in Indian clothes! I have a closet full of saris, and seriously can't get enough of them! 1w
  •   redheadjessieb Gorgeous!!!!! 7d
  •   april.sturko You look stunning lady! And your hair! 7d
  •   snappinphotos Stunning! I thought I passed you but wasn't 100% sure! You looked amazing! Red is your colour 🏼 6d
  •   theayesh *swoon* you are Croatian royalty! 5d

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allkindsoflovelyblog thank you to the super talented @amarismua for doing such an amazing job on my hair & makeup. i feel like a bollywood princess! full length indian ensemble pic to come #allkindsoflovelystyle #nofilter #thisisforty #airbrushedforthefirsttime #samawards #awardsofexcellence 1w

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allkindsoflovelyblog going to a fancy shindig tomorrow night & the dress code is either a) formal attire or b) bollywood chic. you can probably guess which one i chose. #allkindsoflovelystyle #pinkandsparkly #theybetterhavebhangramusic #jalebi #and #gulabjamun 2w

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allkindsoflovelyblog making white chocolate & raspberry biscones (biscuit + scone). recipe via @backinthedaybakery. my fave baking cookbook. 2w

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  •   decorhappy Love it! 2w
  •   cwesthicks She's a beauty! 2w
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  •   fitsetpass Hey Dajana, we here at Fitset have been checking out your Insta and love the fashion you are promoting. We're a local active living/fitness startup promoting a diversified work out coming next month to Edmonton and think you'd be a great influencer. We'd like to give you a pass to see what you think! If you're interested, message me back leila@fitset.ca :) 2w
  •   allkindsoflovelyblog Cool, thanks Leila! Perfect timing. I was just telling my friend yesterday that I need to take care of my jiggly bits with more varied exercise. @fitsetpass 2w
  •   stephanieacharest I LOVE HER!!!! my husband says if/when I get a bike ..it has to be a "real bike". He cycles. Like 150K races type cycles. He wants me to also. Me? I want to ride a cute bike like yours around Europe and buy baguettes and wine and cheese and croissants. And then eat it all. 2w
  •   freckleschick4 She's a beaut! Do Canadians call these "townie bikes" like we do in the U.S.? 1w
  •   kwendles This bike looks exactly like mine only mines blue!!! 6d

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allkindsoflovelyblog checked out @dswcanada with my girl @justbellablog & her little sweeties today! pondering whether to go back & get these strappy pink numbers. #allkindsoflovelystyle 3w

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allkindsoflovelyblog my new fave treat (perfect for a sweet tooth): homemade yolos from @ohsheglows, a healthy riff on rolos. instead of caramel, these are filled with medjool dates & a smidge of peanut butter, then dipped in dark chocolate & topped with pink salt. #vegancandy 3w

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allkindsoflovelyblog my mom & i had a much needed pedi date at @thenailkeeper salon today. we had such a fun time chatting & laughing with our estheticians, vivian & heidi, who told us many of their clients don't interact much with them & instead are on their phones for the duration of their appointments. that's when it hit me -- how lucky i am to have a mom who taught me that the connections we make with others is what makes us human & is also what brings joy into our lives. we can't understand each other if we don't know each other. needless to say, an hour into our appointment and my mom, in her sweet chatty way, managed to get us an invite to vivian's upcoming wedding. haha, sure do love that mama of mine! p.s. after much consternation, i picked the bright fuschia 🏻 3w
  •   thenailkeeper Beautiful message @allkindsoflovelyblog. Our ladies enjoyed your company just as much #goodconnections 3w
  •   allkindsoflovelyblog Sounds good dude! @liznzionjames 3w
  •   allkindsoflovelyblog We all had so much fun! You truly have the loveliest team at your salon Van. Just the sweetest @thenailkeeper 3w
  •   thisfityear How true. I try to teach my kids the same. At home I let them go to town but when you're in the world, take a break and speak to people. 3w
  •   kkoozia Haha! Gord with you there, bad drivers are the worst. Even Brody already knows about them and we play driving games sometimes, where we surrounded by bad drivers! 3w
  •   kkoozia Try navy blue sometime, it's really pretty on toes. I'm using it for couple of years and still not bored from it. 3w
  •   justbellablog You're a good egg. Your mama too. 3w
  •   204park This is such a sweet story 3w

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allkindsoflovelyblog there's *nothing* quite like coming home on a monday to a box of surprise @frickindelights donuts propped up in your mailbox. especially when they're vanilla bean cake donuts dipped in lemon cream, topped with shortbread streusel & fresh blueberry drizzle. don't know what i did to deserve this deliciousness, but i hope to do it again soon, haha! 🏻 3w

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allkindsoflovelyblog yesterday was fantastic! my girlfriend came to visit with her two sweet little kids and we celebrated my little brother's 32nd birthday. i figured these old time'y chocolate peanut butter coconut marshmallow squares & butterscotch confetti marshmallow squares would work in both situations. and they did! they were a hit with the under 5 crowd & the over 30 crowd. they're dangerously easy and crazy addictive. here's how to make them: in a medium saucepan, melt 1/2 cup of butter, 1 cup of peanut butter and 1 pkg (300 g/2 cups) semi-sweet chocolate chips over medium-high heat. remove from heat and set aside to cool down a smidge so that the marshmallows don't melt. stir in 3-4 cups of white mini marshmallows & 1/3 cup of shredded coconut and spread into an 8×8-inch pan, lined with parchment paper. sprinkle with additional coconut & chocolate chips. refrigerate until firm and cut into squares. after i cut my squares, i promptly put them in the freezer. they truly are best eaten frozen. well, the ingredients don’t actually freeze completely, but they have a nougat-like texture if you eat them straight from the freezer. delish! for the butterscotch confetti version, use rainbow mini marshmallows & butterscotch chips instead. enjoy! 4w

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allkindsoflovelyblog our sweet chocolate nugget is 9 years old today! can't believe #lucyinyeg was once this little. 4w

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allkindsoflovelyblog attempting to fight off the lady flu with my sniffle-and-snot-busting citrus green tea: brew your fave green tea (i like tazo green ginger), remove the tea bags & to the teapot add: a few pieces of thinly sliced fresh ginger, liquid sweetener to taste (i use manuka honey) and the fresh squeezed juice of one grapefruit & one lemon or any other citrus fruit you have on hand. you can probably tell from this photo that i like to add in heaps of different citrus juices. finally, add in a pinch of cayenne pepper & enjoy! drinking this vibrant & spicy tasting concoction always makes me feel better. i even made it for scott when he had the man flu last week (that was an especially *fun* time in our house let me tell you, haha). what's your go-to remedy when you're feeling under the weather? 4w

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allkindsoflovelyblog happy easter, friends! for our easter brunch, i made egg & toast tartlets with spinach, caramelized maple onions & sun-dried tomatoes. they're a cinch to put together & dang tasty! here's how to make them: • preheat oven to 375F. cut out 12 5 × 5-in. squares of parchment. press a parchment square into each cup of a 12-cup muffin pan, or spray with oil. remove 12 small eggs from the fridge. • cut the crusts off 12 white bread slices. use a rolling pin to flatten slices, then press slices into prepared cups to make shells. spray tops with cooking spray. toast in centre of oven, 5 to 7 min. • melt 1 tbsp butter in a non-stick frying pan over medium. add one thinly sliced onion. cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and brown, 12 to 15 min. stir in 1 tbsp maple syrup and 4 cups baby spinach. cook until spinach wilts, 1 to 2 min. spoon some spinach mixture into each bread shell, sprinkle 1/4 cup sun-dried chopped tomatoes over spinach, and crack an egg on top. season with 1/8 tsp salt and fresh pepper. • bake in centre of oven until egg whites are set but yolks are runny, 15 to 18 min. sprinkle with chopped chives & enjoy! 1mon

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allkindsoflovelyblog went shopping today for the first time in weeks, maybe even months! #allkindsoflovelystyle #reunitedanditfeelssogood #naryafloralinsight #anthropologie 1mon

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allkindsoflovelyblog spoiled for choice, but i will persevere. sweet treats, even sweeter friends. thanks @theayesh, @catmacd1 & @justbellablog for knowing exactly what i ️! 1mon

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allkindsoflovelyblog there is an ivf update on the blog! but first, thank you all so much for your supportive and loving comments, texts, emails and messages. you are the BEST people. i mean it, you guys kick ass! i was overwhelmed with gratitude by your response to my last post, whether from strangers wishing us well to people i had known for years confiding about their own struggles with infertility. while reading your comments here, as well as on the blog and facebook, i broke down and cried for the first time since beginning this process. up until that point, i had tried to remain stoic. your kindness and compassion opened up an entire floodgate of emotions. a friend joked it was the hormones and they may have been a contributing factor, but i also think it was because my silence over our hidden struggle was finally broken. there's SO much silence with infertility; talking about it openly and freely has been liberating and therapeutic. no one should suffer in silence. no matter what the issue.
last week we had our egg retrieval and yesterday the embryologist called us with some fantastic news! you can read the rest of the update on my blog, if you'd like. you would've killed me if i had posted that epic novel here, haha (; link in profile. thank you again for being so lovely. xo
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  •   eyecandysoireestyling Thank you for your post. It caused me to cry but they are happy-ready-to-revisit-my-journey-again-tears 1mon
  •   freckleschick4 from my heart to yours, friend. I'll be reading. 1mon
  •   amarabarra How exciting!!!!! 1mon
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  •   echoesoflaughter I just read your update! I am so happy for you! I have a girlfriend who had IVF at 39 and got pregnant with boy/girl twins. I have very high hopes for you! 4w
  •   plumintdesign So happy for you. You have been so brave. Your strength is inspiring. 2w
  •   eileenchai Whoa!!! You got this, good luck and def sending positive vibes!!! Keep us updated!! 2w
  •   jni714 Sending love 1w

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