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Vancity Pulse: 4 Angels Beauty Care

Ever wondered where the tradition of Henna came from? Or how to wrap a Sari for your glamourous night out? Check out my newest segment with my TV Show, Vancity Pulse for an intimate look at 4 Angels Beauty Care located in Vancouver, BC.

-Tara, xo

Vancity Pulse is a locally created show, produced by HypeLifeFilms in association with Vancity Buzz and Novus Television —showcasing great food, music, entertainment, nightlife, events and everything Vancouver.

Sweet & Spicy Roasted Red Pepper and Cauliflower Soup

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Sweet & Spicy Roasted Red Pepper and Cauliflower Soup

My first home-made soup! It took a little while to create but every sip was worth it! I recommend enjoying this soup with sweet cornbread on the side.

Serves 4.

Cooking time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 4 red bell peppers, cut in half and seeds removed
  • 1 small head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 pinch chilli pepper flakes
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • brown sugar to taste

Directions:

  1. Place the red peppers on a baking sheet with the cut side facing down, broil until the skins are blackened, about 15 minutes, place in a sealable container and let ‘steam’ for 20 minutes before pinching the skins off and dicing.
  2. Meanwhile, toss the cauliflower in the oil, place it in a single layer on a baking sheet and roast in a preheated 400F oven until tender and caramelized, about 20-30 minutes, mixing once in the middle.
  3. Saute onions and garlic in olive oil over stove top.
  4. Mix red peppers, cauliflower, onions and garlic in a bowl with chicken broth.
  5. Puree vegetables and broth to desired consistency with a hand blender.
  6. Add paprika,brown sugar, chilli flakes, salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Pour the soup into a slow cooker and allow to simmer for 20-30 minutes
  8. Season with fresh ground pepper and enjoy!

#EndItMovement

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Today thousand of people are drawing red X’s on their hands to shine a light on slavery. While awareness is very important, it is ACTION that will change the world.

Truly take a stand against slavery by TAKING ACTION to protect victims.

#enditmovement #endslavery #endhumantrafficking

Sign the petition: http://www.joysmith.ca/assets/petition%20swedish%20model%20of%20prositution%20-%20eng%20-%20final%20-%20large%20font.pdf

Raise your voice:

http://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/cons/curr-cours/proscons-conspros/

Write a letter:

http://defenddignity.ca/mp-letter/

Buy ethical:

http://www.free2work.org

The Wedding Video: Chris and Tara

Hello Lovelies!

In honour of Valentine’s Weekend (we’re still celebrating), here is the highlight video from our (first) Wedding in Tunkwa Lake, BC, Canada!

Big thanks to Brandon Deepwell for capturing these special moments and our sincere thanks to everyone who helped celebrate this incredible day with us!

Enjoy!

-Tara xo

 

Prostitution laws and the Future of Canada…

It looks like we’ll be having a “white Christmas” in Vancouver this year but for me, it comes with sad news that was announced across Canada today.

After a wonderful night spent with my baby niece sleeping over, I wake up to find out that the Supreme Court of Canada has decided to strike down the anti-prostitution laws in our country…and I’m speechless.

What will this mean for the future of our children? For young aboriginal girls, like my niece, who are already overrepresented in prostitution in Canada and with rising rates of more missing and murdered aboriginal women every year. A legalized sex trade is a normalized sex trade…it means that it is okay to purchase women’s bodies for sex and that violence, rape and murder are simply hazards of the “job”.

I want better for the people of my country. I want us all to be living in freedom: safe from fear, threats, violence, rape, murder or trafficking.

A 2012 comprehensive study of a cross section of up to 150 counties revealed that legalizing prostitution increased sex trafficking. In contrast, countries like Sweden and Norway, which have adopted the Nordic model of prostitution, have seen a significant decrease in prostitution and sex trafficking.

My niece sits in my lap as I write this… we must do everything that we can to prevent the rape, violence and forced prostitution of women in Canada. We must seek to bring in the Nordic Model.

Parliament has one year to re-write the laws, please sign the petition: http://redlightgreenlightfilm.com/petition/

For anyone who is unclear on what the Nordic Model of Prostitution is, here’s some background information: http://www.equalitynow.org/…/files/Nordic_Model_EN.pdf

This is for the future of Canada, let’s remain the “True North, Strong and FREE.”

Our (first) Wedding Portraits

Our (first) Wedding: Tunkwa Lake, BC

Photography by Tina Francis.

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We wanted our Tunkwa Lake Wedding to have a very rustic, natural and bohemian vibe. As I was wedding planning aka scouting pinterest, I found countless boho weddings with beautiful horses. Chris is a country-boy at heart and I knew that having a horse in our portrait session would be a cool addition but where was I going to find a horse????

Thankfully, we have an amazing God who loves to bless us above and beyond what we ask of Him! Right in the middle of our portrait session with Tina, a stunning wild colt walked up from out of no where and into stood only a few feet away from us. He seemed unfazed and slightly curious at our presence in his wild domain. Tina quickly snapped a few photos of his majesty figure amongst the rolling terrain, an unforgettable moment!

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God also blessed us with the sighting of seven golden eagles soaring overhead as we entered Tunkwa Lake the day before. SEVEN! Golden eagles are extremely rare and powerfully majestic, one of Chris’ favourite animals. On top of that, seven is an important number in the Bible, as God took seven days to form creation into its perfect completion….a great reminder that God will always continue to complete the work that He is doing in us as well.

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Vancity Pulse Announcement

Hey all! Here’s the exciting announcement that you’ve all been waiting to be revealed!
I’m so excited to announce that I will be co-hosting the new Novus TV Show, Vancity Pulse!

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Woohoo!

Television has been a goal of mine for the last little while and I’m so excited to get a chance to step into a new career and new platform of influence. Better yet, I get to host the show with some of my best friends and a team of incredible people!

Please check out our first episodes (just aired), follow the TV Show and show us some support! If you have a story that you’d like to be featured on our show, please let me know! I’m always on the lookout to showcase the best of our incredible city!

I love you all and I am so grateful to all the support that you’ve given me so far. Blessed to do life with you guys and looking forward to the future!

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