in good company // issue no. 11 // jillian harris

Who: Jillian Harris, Founder and Creative Director,
What: new mamma, tv personality, (former) bachelorette, busy bee, interior designer
Where: Kelowna, BC
Follow: @jillian.harris

So here goes: Believe it or not, Jillian Harris and I have about 6 degrees of separation to the nth degree. And by that, I mean our lives have not only crossed paths many-a-times, but it turns out we basically know a lot of the same people.

Kevin Bacon, eat your heart out.

a love letter to my cookies

My sweet, sweet Cookies,

My how we've come a long way. I still think back to the early days of debt-ridden anxiety, out-of-control-spending, lack of savings accounts and so much more. We were the poster children for what NOT to do when it came to managing finances.

Fast forward to June 2017 and we found ourselves in Scottsdale, AZ celebrating 10 years since the Smart Cookies were born. I am so glad we made this reunion happen (thanks Handy!). The best part of it? We're already planning on making this an annual reunion, because who doesn't love some solid girl time in 105 degree heat, whilst sipping margaritas in the pool?

a letter to my younger self

Dear Andrea,

Things will get better, I promise you that. Less complicated? Not so much.

Here's what will get better:

  • Your self-confidence
  • Your determination
  • Your drive
  • Your acceptance of others (and their sometimes crazy ways)
  • Your love and appreciation towards your family and friends
  • Your willingness to (continue) learning
  • Your ability to take greater risks, without the promise that it will pay off.
  • Your flexibility when it comes to you're willingness to bend
  • Friendships
  • Your patience
  • True, ever-lasting love

fish tacos with cilantro lime slaw

I am taco obsessed.

Never mind the way I actually pronounce the word taco (those of you who know me, know EXACTLY what I'm referring to....and what it sounds like), but I am always on a mission to (a) find the best tacos, (b) eat the best tacos and (c) make the best tacos. Any sort of filling will suffice with me so long as its wrapped in a corn tortilla.

Having lived in Vancouver, I miss my neighbourhood jaunts, Tacofino and La Taqueria Pinche Taco Shop. To me they are everything and have some of the BEST tacos (and other Mexican delights), so I'm constantly trying to recreate in my own kitchen.

homemade butter chicken with raita

I love Indian food.

What I miss about living in Vancouver is the variety of ethnic restaurants - big and small - including a few very famous staples like Vij's and Rangoli. You just can't beat GREAT Indian food. When it's done well,  you gotta go back for more. And more and more.

Go back for more is exactly what I've been doing the past couple months. My parents were visiting for 3 weeks to help out after I Grayson. One night my mom made butter chicken. 

We all devoured it. Went back for seconds, then thirds.

Licked our plates clean. Needless to say, we enjoyed it.

sex & relationships: the mystery of the sphinx?

o quote a couple of my favourite scenes from one of my favourite TV series of all times....

"What's the big mystery? It's my clitoris, its not the Sphinx"
"Its like the riddle of the Sphinx. Why are there so many great unmarried women, and no great unmarried men?"

It was writing like this that sucked me into this 90's comedy about the mating habits (and rituals) of single New Yorkers. Sex and the City. I miss that show (and for the record, I only liked the first movie. Hated the second!).

in good company // issue no. 09 // sunny lenarduzzi

So, there's this girl who runs this little (but big) video/social media company out of her small apartment in Vancouver, BC. I really wanted to feature Sunny on my website because, selfishly, I'm also from Vancouver and we have 4 degrees of separation, but because I have been SUPER impressed with her videos & how she's quickly grown her company.

lemons for love turns ONE!

Is it just me or does time seem to FLY by way too fast as you get older?! I often catch myself asking the question "where did the time go?!" As a kid, I was constantly in a rush to get to the next phase of my life. Now, I just want to hit the pause button because it's going by way to fast!

Believe it or not, it's been one whole year since I started Lemons For Love. One year ago this week, I was in the midst of packing up my entire life - leaving Vancouver, BC and heading to Grande Prairie, AB, leaving my job, friends and family behind and trying to imagine what my new life was going to be like in this small northern town (sorry, I still think of it as a town, much to the chagrin of the locals up here). 

breastfeeding is hard and sometimes, really sucks

Breastfeeding is hard.

It’s one of the toughest, most frustrating things I have experienced so far and as a new mother, I feel like wit shouldn't be this hard. It should be easy because women are naturally born to do this, right?!

I wish I was one of those women who had the knack to nail this from the start. Blissfully giving birth, then poof! My baby would latch to my boob from and all would be well in this world.

This is not how it went for me. At all.

in good company // issue no. 08 // jennifer maloney-adab

Who: Jennifer Maloney-Adab, Co-Founder, Brix Media Co. 
What: Mamma to Ari, business owner, hip-hop enthusiast, yoga lover, PR maven, my people
Where: Vancouver, BC
Follow: @jennifermaloney and @brixmediaco

Profile picture courtesy of Noel Fox.

If there is one word I would use to describe Jennifer it would be 'contagious'. A contagious spirit, smile, attitude, energy and character. I could go on with a larger list, but you get the point. 

She is, first and foremost, a close friend whom I met in our ripe 20's at a Junk removal company we both worked for. I was working in marketing, and she was in PR. From the moment I met her, I knew she would be easy to get along with and loads of fun. Jennifer struck me as a happy, eager lady just bursting at the seams to launch her career! Little did I know that she would take on the PR world as successfully as she has. I'm thrilled to feature my close friend in this month's In Good Company, so grab a coffee and read all about Jennifer's journey.

baby holscher's nursery reveal!

I'll be the first to admit, I'm no stylist or interior designer. I was just not blessed with this talent, but I like to think I know what is considered 'good style' and most certainly, 'good taste'. Personal style or no personal style, I was excited to make Baby Holscher's nursery a calming, gender neutral, clean space that we too would love. Comfortable for those long, sleepless nights I'm sure we will be experiencing very soon. Except for the crazy carpets we have in our house, those were just going to have to be left alone as this is not a forever house. So if I had my choice, this room would have white-washed floors!