April Mood Board

We love April.  We love April showers because we know they will bring May flowers.  Here are some things (from shops, artists, creatives, recipes, Easter fun) on our mood board.


one. healthy eating

A seasonal produce guide for April which is so helpful when you visit the farmers markets soon.

two. handmade art

We adore this floral wall art to inspire you for the month of April. 

three. diy craft

Make this Rain Boot Vase project with your favourite spring flower for a personalized entrance to your home. 

four. beautiful sweet treats

How gorgeous are these orange infused sweet ricotta peach cookies!

five. cake
A beautiful colourful Easter Ombre Pinata Cake.

six. rain boots
For those puddle jumping days of course!  For her, for little boys who love to hunt for worms and for the little fashionista.
Joules Women's Welly Print Rain Boot
Rain Boots Stripes by BOGS
Mini Sugar Rain Boot by Mini Melissa

seven. umbrellas
Brighten up those cloudy days with a green umbrella and fun stripes by Kate Spade.

Celebrate April 12 with a delicious Avocado Tomato Grilled Cheese Sandwich.

Read a book in the park and learn about clearing up the clutter, adding to your Spring cleaning routine!

And of course, we can't resist gorgeous colours such as this ranunculous hues palette.

the book club: for the entrepreneur

We have compiled five books we think will educate, motivate and inspire the entrepreneur in you.


Think and Grow Rich: Unabridged by Napoleon Hill

The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future by Chris Guillebeau

The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Gary Vaynerchuk

recipe love : salads!

Who doesn't love a good healthy salad? It's time consuming to prepare but so worth it in the end.  As entrepreneurs, business women and boss ladies - we need to keep our bodies fueled with the right stuff (NKOTB flashback because yes, we were fans :) We have compiled our top five salad recipes for January.  Enjoy and stay healthy.

balsamic chicken salad with lemon quinoa | cafedelites

roasted spiralized carrot, feta and toasted walnut salad |  alyssaandcarla

thai slaw with peanut dressing | cookingclassy

creamy dilled cucumber salad | closetcooking


southwestern chicken salad with creamy cilantro dressing | gimmedelicious


Community Feature : Essence of You

Do You Struggle with Environmental Allergies?

Now that the heat is on and the windows are closed, what type of allergens are lurking in your home just waiting to cause you discomfort?  Wouldn’t you love to have a detailed report on suggestions to clear out these allergens and create a healthy natural home?

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As a practitioner with over 20 years of experience and research, I take the guesswork out of “what do I do next, what products are the best for me and my family” as well as the thoughts of “I don’t have the time do implement this into my life.”

The benefits are simple; a healthier environment, less allergens waiting to cause discomfort, a thicker wallet from the money saved and a sense of accomplishment!

“I absolutely LOVE the cleaner you suggested!  My home smells wonderful, my crystal chandelier is actually clean and it sparkles!  I feel good knowing the products I am using are creating a healthy environment for me and my family.”  Paula B

My dog was suffering from allergies, he was given nutritional supplements and I was educated on what could be causing his allergies.  I have since made changes from the suggestions Brenda made and I can happily say Taavi is doing so much better!  Hayley F

Essence of You takes the guess work out of how to create a healthy environment for your home, pets and yourself! 

When looking at an issue holistically, there may be many concerns; however, you need to begin somewhere.  Going “Back to Basics” begins to build a foundation of a healthy lifestyle.  My clients rave about how clean their home is; they feel better and some of the symptoms that they or family members have lessened or are no longer an issue.

For the COCOLILY audience I am offering special pricing of 10% off of my most popular service called “Back to Basics.”  What a great Christmas gift to give; the gift of health and well-being that will keep on giving! 

I am interested in helping you find solutions to what concerns you most of all regarding your health and the ones you love.  For the special pricing email me directlyI would love to hear from you.
- Brenda



Curated Finds : For Everyone On Your List

We love Williams-Sonoma!  Each time we walk in, it's like a kid in a candy store.  Especially during the Christmas season, we find it's filled with magic and foodie finds, cute decor and just everything you need for your home and gift-giving.  We have compiled a list of our favorite gift finds for everyone on your list.  

For the Cook and Aspiring Chef : Personalized Recipe Gift Set with Embosser



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