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Week In Review: Transition Home

Happy Monday everyone. 

I don’t really know how to describe this week, to be honest. It’s been a week of just trying to get my footing underneath me, accepting where I am and adjusting to my transition home. I’ve been staying fairly patient knowing that I’m going to have to wait a chunk of time before I feel any sort of “routine,” or “schedule.” I haven’t let this stress me out, which is nice. Rather, I’m accepting that I don’t know how things will feel and can’t really plan what I could be doing at certain times.  I know at some point soon I will have a better gage on… everything. 

Externally the transition home has been wonderful – I came in to a wonderfully set up room, the most gorgeous (hot!) weather, a beautiful house with lots of nice space and extra time for my “me” things. Internally though – yeah, it’s been hard. A lot of contentious feelings toward my parents; a lot of communication not being met – thus causing internal toxic festering.

It’s only been a week, so of course I cannot expect everything to be feeling settled. I’m trying to catch myself from getting too ahead of myself – as I often do – with goals and plans. It has been clear already how important my bits of creativity are going to be.  Now that I’m not in training and school mode, I do have a lot more opportunity for these things. My “to-do lists” and “accomplishments” will be vastly different than they were through the year. More music, more creativity, more leisure, more personal goals – which I hope to not see as “extras,” but as priorities. 

I got done a number of these things this week – all of which helped lift my mood and made me feel great on the productive front.  I’m joining the fabulous Meg, as always, to list out the nice little things I got done. Join me as I take a look back!

Transition Home Week In Reivew

  • While still in Winnipeg, made a big shop at Bulk Barn to get my stock of flours and baking necessities I knew wouldn’t be at home. So fun to stock back up from ground zero. And so bloody expensive.  

Transition Home Bulk Barn Shop

  • Unpacked my unnecessary amount of clothing and organized my new room (my old room is now the renovated laundry room so I’ve been relocated to the guest room. #adultlife #parentsgowild #wheresthehottub?)

Transition Home Room Sunflower

Though coming into “my room” with this new surprise on the wall made it all worth while

Transition Home Sunset

Not to mention the view from my window. 

  • Started my new job. I’m working in the most lovely little cafe/lunch spot that is attached to a yoga studio. I get free range of all coffees/teas/lattes, food and 50% discount on yoga classes. It is very quiet  – at least compared to anything I’m used to in the big city – and I will be working on my own a fair bit (this is real small town life now people).  So although it may be “boring” at times, it will be very relaxing and calming – the perfect job for me I think.  I even have a beautiful sunny window seat to take my breaks on. 

Transition Home work lunch

New work lunch.  Fresh baked bread on site, free lattes, and a sunny window

  • Responded to my blog comments
  • Fixed my Pinterest board descriptions and categories

Transition Home Writing Station

Settling in to a new little writing corner

  • Got super excited at the arrival of my winning package from the dearest Emily. Finally I get to try this infamous nut butter!

Transition Home Peanut Butter

Thank you, Emily!!

  • Wrote and published my post on Balancing the Heart Chakra as part of my Breathe and Chakra Release series.  This is the last of the chakras I will be focusing on, so I will simply wrap the series up with a final small conclusion. 

balancing your heart chakra

  • Borrowed a bunch of glue, sparkles and supplies from my glitter soul sister and set up a lovely space to get my craft on. As her and I say, “There’s nothing a little glitter can’t fix.” 

Transition Home card making

  • Made a card
  • Collected different tiles and slabs and began experimenting with my Dad’s camera. I’m so lost with how it works but one of my main goals this summer is to learn some photography basics and up my food photography skills. I have a couple friends here who have already – with their supreme expertise – began teaching me some basics and I will be meeting with them for a more thorough lesson to get me on my way – hopefully this week! Oh god you know how nice it is to finally be in a house with ample natural lighting!?! Now if only I could figure out how to properly use it.

Transition Home Photography Testing

Photography self teaching 101

  • Made a cake for Mother’s Day. Amy’s Simple Strawberry Lemon Cake to be exact.  I “de-lightened” it by using white flour, adding an extra Tbsp of oil and traded the no-cal stevia to a 1/3 cup of regular full-cal sugar. I’m sure the true recipe would have been marvelous, but I wasn’t quite trusting the “lightened” approach for my family. It turned out ah-mazing. 

Transition Home lemon strawberry cake

Transition Home Lemon Cake

Simple Strawberry Lemon Cake from Amy’s Healthy Baking

  • Re-made both my Chocolate Melt Away Squares and my No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bark. I wanted to re-test my recipes to make sure they were correct, and wanted to compare the two to decipher the main differences. Surprisingly, my entire family and I preferred the one that I thought I liked less. You’ll just have to make them to decide that one for yourself…

Transition Home Peanut Butter Bark

No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bark 

  • Journaled (not as classy as my Toronto locales, but just as helpful). 

Transition Home Journaling

  • (Eventually) had a big, painful conversation with the parents. Ugh. I still don’t feel good from it – honest communication is hard. But it needs to happen. I was hurting more by not saying the things I did than I am now having said them.  


A lot of different things this week – but all very welcomed. Glitter, figuring out the angle of the sun, and simply enjoying the day are going to be higher up on the “must do” lists for a while now. 

Cake and glitter never fail to help transition you into a new setting. Check out my transition week at home. #weekinreview #accomplishments Click To Tweet

Tell me,

Do you ever “de-healthify” a recipe?

Do you enjoy crafts?

Did your parents get rid of your room when you moved out?


  1. Emily Swanson | 9th May 16

    I just wanted to reach right through and grab that chocolate peanut butter bark out of the screen. And please tell me what you think of that chocolate coconut peanut butter! I think that it’s almost time to try some new Wild Friends flavors. I’ve tried Cinnamon Raisin, Chocolate Coconut, Sugar Cookie, and.. their almond butter. They were ALL so good, but I’m trying not to break the bank on peanut butters alone, so I’m spreading out the love.
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    • Cora | 14th May 16

      The peanut butter is delicious! I was so surprised that it actually wasn’t TOO sweet. You really can taste the coconut more than the sweetness – which I love. And the consistency is so smooth and perfect for spreading. I’m so glad I can finally say I’ve tried Wild Friends!

  2. Emily Swanson | 9th May 16

    And friend, honest conversations are HARD but they are so healing. <3 Praying for you this week.
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  3. chasetheredgrape | 9th May 16

    I love your new little writing nook! It just looks so inviting and cosy! And the job sounds ideal – sometimes we all need something more relaxing, chilled out and restful. Having time to ‘think’ or work on your own sounds tough but can be such a blessing.
    Take each day as it comes and work from there. And you did the right thing talking to your parents. Honest communication is key to recovering – we have enough to deal with in our head without having to worry about ‘saying the right thing’. They can only fully understand and help you in the right way if you are honest with each other – that working both ways. So you are defintiely starting off right πŸ™‚

  4. Marina @ Snackie Bird | 9th May 16

    I hope that everything settle in your parents house! I back home every summer and feel a little lost sometimes. Like: “It was my place, why new furniture here?”, “Are you change dinner time?” and something like that. But eventually I get used πŸ˜‰

    • Cora | 14th May 16

      Baha Exactly. “But… this is MY room!” We tend to forget our parents also need to move on…

  5. Susie @ SuzLyfe | 9th May 16

    As always, amazing food. That cake, whoa! I know how you feel right now being in transition and accepting where you are, where you need to go. I am there with my back. I was so sure that I was doing well, and now, it seems, it was a fluke. Cue weekend long anxiety attacks. Like you, I need to practice self care to prevent myself from going back to that dark place where pain ruled my life. I can’t go back there. Good luck, love.
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    • Cora | 14th May 16

      No – we can’t go back there. Where will it take us? It may be harder than ever to practice that self care right now, but I know you can do it. We all need you to do so!

  6. Sarah @ Bucket List Tummy | 9th May 16

    That view is beautiful. And your job sounds awesome. I want free range of coffees and half off yoga classes! Will you sharee any cool tips about food photography? I have no idea what I’m doing most of the time! Your little writing nook looks SO CUTE and COMFY! Have a great week, my friend!
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    • Cora | 14th May 16

      I will definitely try to share if I figure anything out. I just read you are taking a photography course very soon, so really YOU are going to be the one needing to share tips with me!! So jealous!

  7. Heather @ Polyglot Jot | 9th May 16

    my old room is now storage which is weird. Hope you continue to transition well to your summer living. That cafe looks so cozy!
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  8. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets | 9th May 16

    Things I love about this post:

    1) Honest communication with the parents despite it being difficult. The more you do it, the easier it will get.
    2) 50% off yoga classes. Be still my bendy little heart.
    3) De-healthifying a recipe. I can’t express how happy I am you did this. We need more of this in the HLB community because sometimes we eat things which are good for our mental health.
    4) That view from your room. Wow.
    5) Glitter being the cure all for everything. Bring on the sparkles.

  9. Heather@hungryforbalance | 9th May 16

    It’s always challenging to share your true and honest feelings. Fingers crossed that the communication situation improves.
    I don’t think I’ve ever de-healthified a recipe before!

    • Cora | 14th May 16

      I think it is improving… slowly. It will need continual work and reminding, but I have to accept that.
      I support you giving it a try sometime! πŸ™‚

  10. Aubrey @ Clusterforked | 9th May 16

    It sounds like you’ve had a really great week, I do hope you start getting a more settled feeling soon. Your bakes look fabulous! I have definitely de-healthified recipes, usually swapping sweeteners for real sugar.
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  11. katalysthealth | 9th May 16

    Ugh photography. Something that I have been really trying to grasp more of, but never seem to be able too! I guess my brain just doesn’t work that way? Owell, I’m just going to keep at it and you should too! My biggest tip is to just take LOTS of pictures. From every angle, with different props, backrounds, etc. – of the same subject! You can always delete pictures πŸ™‚
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    • Cora | 14th May 16

      But.. but… Kat…. your photography is STELLAR! Seriously, some of my favorite photos on the net. So whatever you are doing, even if you think you “aren’t getting it,” know that to us – you definitely are.
      I definitely take lots. Way to many. Waaaaay too many.

  12. Patricia @Sweet and Strong | 9th May 16

    I moved out six years ago and my room still has a bed but it’s now my parents office space. Kind of sad when you go home and remember how it used to be. And I’m with you on the photography skills, there are so many bloggers that share their tips, I just need to sit down one day and read through them all.
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    • Cora | 14th May 16

      Its sad when “our room” isn’t “ours” anymore, but I suppose our parents need to move on at some point as well.
      Oh gosh I think I have 100 blog posts/articles on photography and blogging tips bookmarked on my computer. I just need to book out an entire day to sit in a coffee shop and go through them alllll.

  13. Kate | 9th May 16

    I agree with Meghan.. I love that you de-healthified a recipe. I do that sometimes when I don’t have the weird ingredients something calls for. I do find Amy’s recipes to be trustworthy though! Very good!
    Thanks for adding me to the blogger pinterest board, by the way. I will be adding some of my favorites soon!
    Your job sounds like a dream. What a great summer job! Hopefully it doesn’t steal too much mental energy away and you’ll have plenty for using your creativity!
    Awesome awesome awesome that you spoke up with your parents. If you’re going to live with them for a few months, you might as well make things as comfortable as possible even if it means temporary discomfort.
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    • Cora | 14th May 16

      Thank you for joining! Hope you get some fun pictures into the pins!
      I think we both scored big time with our summer jobs – relaxing and fun – just what we need for our summers.
      Temporary discomfort – that is for sure. But yes, exactly. These moments of discomfort must happen in order to make the over lying experience more forgiving and comfortable for everyone.

  14. Ellie | 10th May 16

    Shoot when I moved out I told my mom to make it her office! I haven’t slept there since, so I assume I’ll kick it on the couch if I ever have to. It’s really hard to understand the adult child to parent dynamic. You are an adult and make your own decisions, but your parents always want to be, well, your parents. I have gone through this before and if you need to talk, email me. I know how frustrating it is and know sometimes you need someone to vent to who understands your struggles.
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    • Cora | 14th May 16

      Our parents will always be our parents, no matter how old we get. Figuring out the adult-parent dynamic is really difficult and a real mind twister. I know you’ve gone through a lot of this, so thank you. I will definitely call out to you when I’m needing some extra support / vent time about it all.

  15. cookiesnchem | 10th May 16

    Drooling at everything I see here, especially that incredible strawberry cake! Looks absolutely amazing, and I love that pretty hot air balloon notebook too πŸ™‚
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  16. Joyce @ The Hungry Caterpillar | 10th May 16

    De-healthify a recipe? Totally. I’m all about replacing zero-calorie sweetener with real sugar. And there are a lot of low-sugar recipes to where I double the sugar. Yup. Sweet tooth, I guess.
    Sorry about the tough stuff with your parents. That’s one of the hard things about adulting, for me…I no longer feel as comfortable with or close to my parents as I once did. Not that we got on perfectly when I lived at home, either.
    What a beautiful view from your bedroom window! Enjoy it!
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    • Cora | 14th May 16

      Can’t afford those no-calorie sweeteners – those things are expeeeensive. I totally support you doubling the sugar. From one sweet tooth to another.
      The adult parent dynamic is a really hard one to figure out. I think the relationship will go through many phases even in the years to come.

  17. Juli | 10th May 16

    Your hashtags made me laugh out loud! And the view from your new room is beautiful. That’s definitely one of the perks of small town life!

    I think your job is perfect. For a little while at least. Sounds like it is very in tune with what you are looking for this summer.

    Photography – I love it but it’s still a bit of a miracle and when I like a picture it feels more like a fluke than like I created something with intention. I wanted to shoot you an email regarding some Toronto recommendations anyway so if you want to I can include you a few links with online resources I found helpful.

    I really hope you soon come to a point with your family which feels good for you. I guess speaking openly and honestly is a good first step. Keeping it all inside is so toxic! I know how this feels.
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    • Cora | 14th May 16

      Oh please! Shoot me an email with any questions about Toronto you have, and if you can suggest any good resources for photography, that would be amazing!
      Your photos are spectacular, so its hard to believe (but nice to hear I suppose) that you still feel it ends up being more a miracle than anything.
      Thanks Julie – its getting there. So much better just not keeping it inside.

  18. gracefulcoffee | 10th May 16

    I love crafts, although I’m not the best at them πŸ˜‰ I enjoy crocheting and I love writing as well. Hope you have a wonderful week, Cora <3

    Edye // Gracefulcoffee
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    • Cora | 14th May 16

      I love all those things! I’ve been wanting to pick up my crocheting for a year now – I should really get on that.
      Thanks Edye!

  19. Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table | 11th May 16

    Looks like you’re getting settled! Moving is the worst. πŸ˜›

    I LOVE that you de-lightened a cake! Brillinat. It looks incredible. I may need to try that one myself!
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  20. Kaylee | 12th May 16

    Yay for free food at your new job! Excited for you. πŸ™‚ Also, I am so going to be making that lemon strawberry cake this weekend with our Costco sized strawberries sitting in the fridge. I like crafts but wish I were craftier than I actually am. I guess I just need to practice.

    I find it challenging to get used to living with my parents even just for the summer. Definitely takes some time to fall back into the groove of things. I’m glad to hear you’re accepting the transition relatively well. πŸ™‚

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