Raising Modern | Fall 2017

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A Note from the Editor: This moment has finally, finally arrived! Hello, and thank you so much for picking up/viewing a copy of Raising Modern. My name is Natalie Grant and I am the Founder and Creative Director of Boombaloo and of our parent company, Raising Modern ~ a media company for the modern family! Three years ago I started BOOMBALOO, and like any company over time things evolve and new and exciting things are born. BOOMBALOO will now remain a Baby and Toddler brand only, while Raising Modern will be our NEW parent company focusing on women, men, and kids. You got it - the modern family! With a passion for the latest trends and living a healthy and well balanced life Raising Modern will be curated by myself. We will be showcasing the latest in all fashion and décor trends, healthy living options, sustainable products, places to see and travel with the family, real conversations about real parenting topics, and so much more! Natalie Grant, Editor With Fall here in the Okanagan we are so proud to showcase so much OKANAGAN talent. From small local shops to wineries, from design tips to delicious recipes, and inspiration from so many local artists. We hope you enjoy what this FALL issue has to offer. Now go grab a Leanne Flowers, cup of apple cider and enjoy our very first Raising Modern edition here in the Okanagan!

This first issue is dedicated to my late Father, who told me I could do whatever I wanted in this world as long as I was “happy” while doing it. Dad, this is my passion, this is my dream. I am very happy!


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FALL TO-DO LIST 1. Visit a pumpkin patch with the family. 2. Check out a local fall market and support/try one NEW local vendor. 3. Pick a gorgeous Fall day and explore/enjoy somewhere NEW outdoors (hiking, Freakn Farmer race, horse back riding, etc.) 4. Check out a wine festival. 5. Go apple picking! Tis the season, BC Tree Fruits have some amazing orchards to check out. 6. Host a Fall backyard campfire party! 7. Update your wardrobe with one Fall item (sweatshirt, sweater, hat, scarf) 8. Gather some friends and try one NEW DIY project together (would also make a great head start on Holiday gift ideas) 9. Volunteer your time to one local organization. 10. Plan a spooky date night with the whole family or your signficiant other! 11. Stock your freezer with some amazing soup recipes.

How to Create the Ultimate Outdoor Space


Outdoor space is SOO important to me and with summer finally here, I wanted to share some of my tips and tricks on creating the ULTIMATE outdoor space!! I wait all year long to get out on that patio as it is one of my favourite spots to relax with a coffee, entertain friends or host a dinner party. It’s safe to say that I treat my outdoor space equally as I do my indoor space. So without further ado, let’s get started!! Every patio space needs to start with a foundation and that foundation is your patio furniture. This is THE most crucial part of any patio and I would say the most difficult to choose. You have to think about what you are using your patio space for. Will you be dining or lounging? Maybe both? There are so many options out there and not every patio has room for what you would like, so definitely choose wisely or get creative!

Host of Love it or List It Vancouver (Canada) & Love It Or List It Too (USA), spokesperson for international brands, interior designer, and publisher of original lifestyle content, Jillian Harris is a quintessential busy-bee who pours her heart and soul into every endeavour. Jillian’s signature blend of high-brow / low-brow style makes her relatable to both small-town and city gals alike. With creativity and infectious energy, Jillian’s love for fashion, decor, food, fitness, travel, and family is fully expressed at JillianHarris. com and through her JH for Privilege and JH for Melanie Auld collections. Her other happy place? Surrounded by family & friends at home in Kelowna with her fiancé Justin, son Leo, and their boxer pup Nacho Cilantro.

Tip #1: Invest in good quality patio furniture I was lucky enough to have been passed down a set of Ratana patio furniture when I bought my first condo. I absolutely LOVED it and when I bought my home in Kelowna I knew I had to have more Ratana furniture. I can’t express how impressed I am with their product!! I have had my Ratana patio furniture for 6 years now and even though they recommend covering the furniture or storing your cushions through the winter, I have NEVER ONCE taken it into storage or covered any of it up! I mean these things have been through years of extreme hot AND cold weather and they still look brand spankin’ new!! You can’t tell me your big box department store patio furniture can last through that! I know good patio furniture can get

expensive but it is SO worth it when you can buy such a great quality set like Ratana‘s and not have to worry about replacing it next season. You may want to replace your cushions after a few seasons if they start to fade, or if you want to change colours (opt for off white, as they won’t fade like other bright colours) but that is a fraction of the cost of purchasing an entire new patio set . PS. This is NOT a sponsored post…I really just want to let you know how absolutely AWESOME Ratana patio furniture is!!! Tip #2: Bring the indoors out Now that you’ve got your furniture and you’ve spent a pretty penny on it, it’s time to decorate this space without breaking the bank. This is when I hit the local thrift stores, and neighbourhood garage sales to find hidden gems like old mirrors, chandeliers, vases and other inexpensive antiques that you won’t mind getting weathered. These inexpensive indoor pieces will transform the look and feel of your space creating a unique and interesting ambiance for you and your guests. Tip #3: Make it cozy Add extra cozy indoor vibes by having plenty of throws and pillows on or around your furniture. I like to have one throw across each sofa with a few accent pillows and a few more blankets stored in baskets or wooden crates close by. Changing up the pillows and throws is another inexpensive way to change up the look of your patio from season to season. Another great addition is an outdoor rug … you can find some really nice ones at wayfair.com or if you’re lucky you might find an old used one at your local thrift store. Tip #4: Fake it until you make it Whether you have a lush garden surrounding your patio, or no greenery at all…I always recommend sprucing up the space with some plants. My

secret…artificial boxwoods!! I bought some of the boxwood balls from overstock.com and they stay outside on my patio all year long. Once they start to fade or change colour, all I do is spray them with a fresh coat of Design Master Colour Tool spray (I use the ‘Basil’ colour) and voila!! Good as new! (Looks like I need to spray the one in the pic below..OOPS! lol) Tip #5: It’s ok to mix it up It’s always nice to create a more eclectic feel in your outdoor space, this makes it easy to bring in a variety of artwork or unique vintage pieces that don’t need to match. Whether you’re mixing metals with wood or finding new or salvaged items, it’s totally ok to mix it up just find a balance with your decor. Tip #6: It’s all about the lighting It really is!! You can make any outdoor space magical with some good lighting. My advice is to layer different types of lighting throughout the space. String cafe lights, candle lit lanterns, maybe even some standing lanterns. You can also find some awesome solar powered lights that won’t drive up your utility bill and are cordless! Well my loves, that pretty much wraps up my tips for creating the ultimate outdoor living space. I hope you can put some of these tips to use this summer and when you do…have a drink for me because I won’t be able to until next summer. If you have any tips or tricks for me…I’d love to hear them. xo, Jilly


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Believe it or not, it’s that time again when the words, “BACK TO SCHOOL” start to creep into our minds, and even though summer is not quite over yet, it’s time to start getting the kids back into a normal sleep routine, grabbing school supplies, and start planning another year of those dreaded lunches – lol. The good news is, lunches don’t have to be a nightmare. In fact, if you take a little time and incorporate what I’m about to share with you – you may actually find the task somewhat enjoyable. Today I am sharing with you my household secret to success when it comes to “Back to School” – it’s MEAL PLANNING! In previous years, after slaving to come up with fun, tasty and nutritional lunches on the spot everyday for my kids, nothing would set me off more than my husband texting me at 8:50am – “hey, what do you want to do for dinner tonight”. Really!? I realized I could not keep doing this to myself everyday. So, I started paying attention to all the articles and tips focused around meal planning charts, and decided to give it a shot! Guys, this changed my family’s LIFE! Not to mention it took a ton of stress off of me each day so I could focus my time and energy elsewhere. Below are 6 helpful tips to get you started on your family’s Meal-Planning: 1. Start by asking your family what each of them would like to have at least 1x that week. Be sure to get the kids’ input as well on lunch items! Every week, encourage them to request something different. Ask them what their friends had in their lunches that they wished they could have. Ask your husband the same thing!

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2. Take all their suggestions and browse online for NEW ways to make lasagna, or NEW sandwich creations. Examples: #meatlessmonday OR #tacotuesday. This way you can start your meal-planning and shopping list.

3. Take your list of recipes and requests from your family and insert them into the MEAL PLANNER GUIDE we created for you. 4. Fill out the SHOPPING LIST section with items you may need to pick up for the week. This allows you to save money when grocery shopping too by knowing exactly what you need for the week. *Tip, buy half the fruits and veggies on Sunday, needed for Monday thru Wednesday, and the remaining on Thursday to ensure absolute freshness for the remaining weekdays. 5. Cross reference your shopping list with local flyers for coupons to your favourite stores/markets. 6. Keep in mind meals that may make for great lunch ideas for the next day. Example, leftover rice is a life-saver. With so many delicious items to choose from no matter what the lifestyle, diet or even allergy, meal planning is a fun way to keep the whole family healthy and happy – making BACK TO SCHOOL lunches and meal planning a breeze! Don’t forget to download our FREE Meal-Planner created just for you over on Boombaloo.com! As always, we would love to hear from you. Do you have any tips when it comes to meal-planning or lunch ideas? Share with us below! Happy Planning! Xx, Natalie Grant Founder + Creative Director BOOMBALOO/Raising Modern


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5 Design MUST HAVES for Fall


1. Keeping it fresh!! Q: Should I accessorize with fresh or fake flowers? Always fresh! Don’t forget the importance of introducing fresh flowers and plants to your home. This will add texture, colour and life to those bare shelves and bland areas. Some indoor plants even have air-purifying benefits. Visit your local garden shop to see what’s new for Fall! 2. Mixing it up!! Q: Is it ok to mix different metals in my home? Yes! This may surprise you, but never shy away from mixing metals in your space. Choose one dominant metal and subtly introduce one or two other metals. This will add an element of drama and character to your home. 3. Texture is king!! Q: What is the importance of adding texture to my space? Adding texture to your living space even in small doses such as toss cushions, rugs and ottomans can make a huge difference. Texture creates charm, warmth and coziness in a home which will be much needed in the autumn and winter months ahead. 4. More accessories please!! Q: What do accessories really add to my home? Accessories are an important detail in a home as they are the glue that ties your design and colours together. Choose accessories that are fun, dramatic and that bring out a little (or a lot) of your personality, whatever you prefer. The great thing about accessories is We’re a local family owned they don’t have to cost fortune and can be changed season to season. and operated furniture retailer celebrating over 70 years 5. Lighting is everything!! Whether it’s pot lighting, of service to the Okanagan. pendants or decorative lamps, lighting is important and We’ve always stood out from can make or break any space. This is a detail that can the competition by carrying be easily overlooked and requires a lot of quality furniture, providing thought. Not only do lamps/lighting exceptional customer service act as an accessory in your home by and offering a low pressure dressing it up or down, they will create shopping experience. Visit warmth in those dark places which is us today in Downtown beneficial going into the Fall season. Penticton (behind Starbucks on Main St.) to browse all of our interesting products and services.




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1. KEEP YOUR GUACAMOLE GREEN - there are rarely leftovers when you make fresh guacamole, but when there is, there's a good chance you wake up in the morning and it's turned brown! Tip: before you place it in the fridge for storage, place the pit back into the bowl and add a small layer of water on top. This will keep air from getting to it which causes it to turn brown. 2. DOES CUTTING ONIONS MAKE YOU CRY? - if you are like me, I will do almost anything to not use onions... ever... and if I absolutely have to, I wear my sunglasses and turn on a fan. Seriously, I cry like a baby. Tip: place the onion in the fridge before cutting into it. (I've also heard chewing gum helps but I have yet to try it.)

6. RIPEN AN AVOCADO IN 10 MINUTES - wrap the avocado in tin foil, place in the oven at 200 degrees for rougly 10 minutes or until it softens. Cool down in fridge before use. 7. KEEP A SALAD FRESH FOR DAYS - so often we toss a leftover salad because who really likes wilted, day-old salad anyway? Not anymore! Drape paper towel over the top of your bown and cover tightly with plastic wrap. The paper towel will absorb the moisture so that any wetness doesn't settle on the leaves. Moisture is the enemy of cripy veggies!

3. BANANAS RIPENING TOO QUICKLY - wrap the top of your bananas with plastic wrap to slow down the ripening process.

8. GROW CELERY FROM THE SCRAPS - celery is one of the easiest foods to grow from scrap! Just use the cut off bottom of the celery, place in a bowl with a bit of warm water and set in direct sunlight. In about a week you'll see new leaves sprouting from the base. You can then transplant in soil and watch it grow!

4. EASY TO PEEL BOILED EGGS - I can't even tell you how many times I've thrown away the whole egg because I couldn't get the shell off! Tip: add about a teaspoon of baking soda tot he water, wallah! Easy to peel boiled eggs!

9. PEEL GARLIC IN 10 SECONDS, FLAT - simply place your head of garlic into a jar (mason jar or some kind of shaker), screw on lid and shake, shake, shake! The outer shell will simply fall off and you will be left with just the cloves.

5. ICE COLD BEVERAGES - YES PLEASE! - this is actually really amazing. You know when you want a glass of wine but you forgot to put in the fridge? Get a large bowl, fill it with ice, and add some salt to it. Fill it up with water to cover the bottle of wine and wait 2 minutes. Your wine will be ICE COLD. You're welcome! :)

10. NEVER PEEL ANOTHER KIWI EVER AGAIN! - Absolutely! The skin on a kiwi is completely edible and nearly triples the fiber content compared to eating just the meat of the fruit (opt for organic whenever possible)

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Birthday Party at Covert Farms

Birthday Parties. I’m going to be really honest. I dread them. I actually cringe when I think of parents that have 3 or more kids for whom they have to plan and execute these excruciating events. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE kids and my home is quite known for organized playdates. I think it’s just something about the time and energy it takes to decide on the what, where and when, all of it supremely unique, that both exhausts and annoys me. LOL, sort of. My son’s 8th birthday had come and gone, and still we had not thrown him a party. Bad timing (September is so busy for us), laziness, both? Who knows? It just wasn’t coming together. It wasn’t until my family attended a recent obstacle race (called The Freakn Farmer at the beautiful Covert Farms Family Estate), that I had my “ah-hah” moment. I thought to myself, “how cool would it be to host a party here, where the kids can learn about organic farming, taste organic food, and then finish off the tour with a fun, wet and muddy obstacle race?”. I quickly ran over to the owner of Covert Farms and told her my idea. She loved it and agreed to keep the kids’ course up till the following weekend. Cool. The next few days my fingers were quick at work putting this all together. Pulling off a party like this in less than a week required some help. So I reached out to some key people who I knew would help make this event amazing! The cake, cookies, décor and extra goodies were all sourced locally. Supporting local small businesses is huge for me, so I encourage you to always source local first before buying elsewhere. One of the biggest challenges was the party food. Now, I realize when most kids think of birthday parties they think of hotdogs, pizza, chips, pop, goody bags etc. This is another reason

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why I dislike birthday parties. It’s all crap. Can I say that? I knew I didn’t want to be a promoter of crap; for this party I wanted to focus on delicious and nutritious items that were fresh and yummy and nutritious – including the “goody bags”! I actually wanted to see if they would eat what was there for them or complain about what wasn’t. I wanted to quietly show them that healthy food is delicious! I decided on a menu of warm vegan stew (to warm up the kids), and veggie sandwiches. Next stop was a visit to my local Nature’s Fare Markets store, where I can always count on the produce to be organic, seasonal, and fresh! Our produce list consisted of celery, carrots, sweet potatoes, red peppers, romaine lettuce, cucumbers, red onions, alfalfa sprouts, garlic, and broccoli. We also picked up a few extra organic items to make our menu complete. Goody bags were comprised of apples, organic lollipops,

Annie’s cheese crackers, and honey fruit snacks. Having all of these items available in one location for me is amazing. Our friends at Pure Gym + Juicery created the most amazing stew that I have ever tasted. You would actually think there was meat in there...it was that thick and tasty. We then got our hands on fresh baguette loaves from Cobs Bread and the girls at Pure made up delicious veggie sandwiches. These two items were a huge hit with the kids, and adults too! It was such a rewarding feeling to see kids of all ages enjoying what normally they would say “no thank you” to at the dinner table. Mission accomplished. Finally, to end off our Organic Freakn Farmer party we began the obstacle race. I honestly don’t know who had more fun. The kids participating in the race OR the parents watching them. Fresh air, healthy, nutritious food, and some physical activity all made for a great party. We’d love to hear from you on some unconventional parties you have thrown or attended. As Moms, life is busy, so sharing alternative options is very much welcomed! We hope you enjoyed one of our alternative birthday party suggestions! Now let’s all say “ORGANIC”! Xx, Natalie Grant (Founder + Creative Director of BOOMBALOO).

Photography Credit: Boketto Photography @bokettophotogrpahy Party Credits: Produce/Grocery/Goody Bag Contents: Nature’s Fare Markets Food Artisits: Pure Gym + Juicery Party Décor: Joonie + Joe Party Shoppe @joonieandjoe Styled by: Natalie Grant, Founder of Boombaloo Location: Covert Farms Family Estate Obstacle course: Freakn Farmer Race Cake: Cakes by Tonia Cookies: Sugar Mamma @sugarmamma129 Candy Apples: Rocky Mountain Chocolates @rockymountainchocolate Extra Goodies: So Sweet @so_sweetcandy


Peanut Butter Cookies (Vegan + Gluten Free)

Lime Campellini with Seared Scallops

Makes about 24 cookies

Serves 4

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• 250g. capellini pasta • 4 c. spiralized zucchini noodles • 5 Tbsp. olive oil, divided • 1/4 c. finely diced shallots (1 medium) • 2 large garlic cloves, minced • 1 c. white wine (I used Quail’s Gate Chasselas, Pinot Gris & Pinot Blanc blend) • 2 Tbsp fresh lime juice (from 2 limes) • 4 tsp. grated lime rind (from 2 limes) • 1 tsp. sea salt • 1 c. loosely packed freshly chopped flat leaf parsley • 12-15 large scallops at room temperature, patted dry • 1 large clove garlic, smashed • 1 tablespoon butter • 2/3 c. freshly grated parmesan (plus extra for serving) • salt & pepper

1 c. smooth natural peanut butter ½ c. vegan margarine (I used Earth Balance) 2 chia or flax eggs (see below) ½ c. brown sugar ¼ c. white sugar 1 tsp. vanilla ½ tsp. sea salt 1 tsp. baking soda 1 c. gluten free oat flour (I used Only Oats brand of oat flour) 3/4 c. good quality dark chocolate (optional)

*to make 2 chia or flax eggs, combine 2 Tbsp. of ground flax seeds or chia seeds with 6 Tbsp. water. I use a Magic Bullet or mini food processor to grind them. Directions: 1. Preheat the oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 2. In a large bowl blend the peanut butter, margarine, chia eggs, brown sugar, white sugar and vanilla until smooth. Add the oat flour, baking soda and sea salt and mix until incorporated on medium speed with an electric blender. 3. Roll the dough into 1” balls and slightly flatten with the palm of your hand. To make them into a heart shape, simply press the handle-end of a fork or other utensil into the top of the cookie to form the top of the heart, and shape the dough into a heart with your hands. They don’t have to be perfect! Press a cross pattern with a fork in the top of each cookie by pushing the fork lightly into the dough each way to form a cross pattern. 4. Bake for 15-18 minutes, until the cookies are lightly golden brown around the edges. 5. Dip the cooled cookies in melted chocolate if desired. Simply melt 3/4 c. good quality dark chocolate in a small heavy bottomed saucepan (I used a Staub mini rice cooker it’s the perfect size) or in the microwave (by microwaving in a glass bowl for 20 second intervals, stirring between each, until melted). Place on a cooling rack or sheet lined with parchment to set.

Directions: 1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and prep all of your ingredients. 2. In a large heavy bottomed frying pan with tall sides, heat 3 tablespoons of the olive oil over medium heat. Add the shallots and saute until the shallots are transparent, about 2-3 minutes. 3. Add the crushed garlic and sauté until transparent and fragrant being careful not to burn the garlic, about 1 minute. 4. Add the white wine to the shallots and garlic, turn the heat up to high, and continue to cook until it’s reduced by half. 5. Add the pasta to the water about 2 minutes after adding the wine. 6. Heat a large frying pan with the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil and the butter over medium-high heat, season the scallops with a sprinkle of sea salt and cook the scallops on each side until golden brown, careful not to overcook the scallops or over-crowd the pan (repeat this step if necessary to cook all of the scallops, wiping the pan and using fresh oil and butter).

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Crustless Asparagus Quiche (Gluten Free)

8 large cage free eggs 1 1/2 c. 10% cream 5 thick slices good quality bacon*, diced 1 c. finely diced sweet onion (1/2 large onion) 8 oz. fresh asparagus, woody ends trimmed off (1 bunch) 1 1/2 c. shredded emmenthal cheese salt and pepper

*I use Two Rivers bacon from Nature’s Fare Directions: 1. Preheat the oven to 350F and lightly grease a 8×12" ceramic baking dish. 2. Cut the asparagus into 1-2" pieces; if your asparagus is large, cut those pieces in half length ways as well. 3. In a large frying pan on medium heat, fry the bacon for 3-5 minutes, stirring. Add the onion and continue to cook, stirring, for another 5-7 minutes, until the bacon is slightly crisp and the onions are golden brown. Drain any excess fat from the pan, leaving a little bit of bacon fat in the pan, and place the bacon and onion mixture in a large bowl. 4. Place the pan back on the stove and cook the asparagus over medium heat with 1 Tbsp. of water until lightly browned (you still want it to be slightly crunchy), approximately 3-5 minutes. Remove it from the heat and add it to the bacon and onion mixture. 5. In a separate medium bowl, whip the eggs with a whisk and add the cream. Whisk together well and add in the bacon mixture, cheese and salt and pepper to your taste. Stir to combine and empty the egg mixture into the prepared baking dish. Bake until the edges are golden brown and the middle is set, 30-40 minutes. Remove from the oven and let it cool before serving.

7. Using a set of tongs, add the cooked pasta to the sauce along with the lime juice, lime zest, parsley, salt and grated parmesan and toss gently with tongs. Add the zucchini noodles and toss (the zucchini noodles don’t need much heat to cook, and will cook in the pasta sauce with no additional heat). 8. Toss the pasta, and remove from the heat. If the pasta gets dry add a bit of the pasta water to it and toss. 9. Plate each bowl, garnish with extra parmesan and parsley, top each dish with 3-4 seared scallops, and serve immediately.


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