Weekly Workouts

I think it is time to talk a bit about my current workouts! Over a month ago I ran my first half marathon post Chloe and after I run a long race I always promise myself a solid 4 weeks of recovery. This is not complete rest but rest from training because training burnout is real guys!!

These days I am doing two workouts mostly – running and PiYo. I do attend spin classes when I can but sadly that is less often that I would like! I run 3 days a week but keep my kilometers under 20km a week currently. Then I aim for 4 PiYo workouts a week (one gets doubled up ona run day) and one rest day.

PiYo, as the name suggests is a combination of pilates and yoga, and uses only your body weight. I was not sure this would be “my type of workout but after only one workout I knew it was, and way more challenging that I expected it to be.


The best photo I could get of me doing PiYo, and yes, most of my workouts involve a kid or two under me!

I am on week five right now and here are my thoughts on the program:

1 – No matter what workout you are doing (there are 7 total) they all use all your muscles! The core stability you require for the workouts is insane! One goal going into this program was to gain better core tone and stability and I know it is accomplishing it.

2 – I have yet to be sore the next day. Not sure if this is a good thing or not? Maybe it is from the type of movements the workouts do.

3 – It is mentally challenging! I am not good with coordination and these workouts take that plus some. This means it takes me a couple times of doing a workout to get the moves down.

4 – I am never bored. With 7 workouts there is a ton of variety! I am semi following the workout calendar – minus 2 workouts a week and they are always switching it up.

5 – I get sweaty!!! Like dripping sweat. Who would have thought that a pilates/yoga workout at home would do that? Not me.

I am excited to finish off the last 3 weeks of the program. I am not sure what kind of results I will see, and since I did not take a before photo it will be hard to see any. My eating has not been the best either and like any workout program, a clean eating program is also key to see results.


Lessons Learned as a Mom of Two

Six months into this Mom of two gig and some days I feel like I have my shit together then the next I want to drink by 9am – no joke. Anyways, along the way I do feel as I have gained some wisdom and have had to set some of my Type A tendencies aside in order to maintain some sanity.

Lesson #1

The kids do not always need to be happy. There will be days when they cry/whine A LOT.  This never killed any kid. Let them cry, put the baby in their crib for a few minutes so you can breath. I promise it will make you feel much better.

Lesson #2

Tidy the house once or twice a day. I drove myself nuts picking up 10 times a day and then realized it is not worth the 5 minutes or my frustration. Now I pick up at nap time and at 5pm.

Lesson #3

You will be late sometimes. This one was hard for me. I am always on time of not early. I try and give myself 15 minutes to leave the house but that does not always work out. Being a bit late is okay, and usually people will understand – I promise.

Lesson #4

You will forget things…a lot. I used to think I had a great memory, and now if it is not in my phone I will not remember. I usually have anywhere from 2-10 reminders set in my phone daily. Thank goodness for technology!

Lesson #5

Nap times will not always be productive nor should they be. I spend half of mine running around the house like a mad women doing everything on my list and they other half? I sit and stare at my phone and just give myself and my brain a mental break.

Lesson #6

Sleep will never sound so good. Between a toddler that fights bedtime some nights until 9pm, a baby that wakes at least once in the night and the toddler who also wakes to pee at night sometimes I have no idea what a 8 hour stretch of sleep is anymore. But somehow I have a new normal and this is all okay – for now.

Lesson #7

EVERYTHING IS TEMPORARY. The most important lesson. The cranky baby, the night wake ups, the threeanger attitude, the messy house, the endless laundry… it is all temporary, maybe its a few months or a year but regardless these things will not last forever. One tough days this is my mantra and it pushes me through.

At the end of every day I am so thankful for these two little faces, no matter what. Being a Mom is not easy but worth it 🙂


Weekend Recap

It was a fairly low key weekend over here but no complaints about that!


More snow you guys! We had lunch with my Mom, then after naps went into my work for a bit. I cannot believe I am back in less than three months now. I am excited to go back!

The one photo I took all day:


I think we folded laundry that night and watch a couple TV shows – party animals!


Morning errands as usual, the we headed to Liam’s birthday party. Avery was so excited to wear her party dress, HAD to have her hair curled and bring a present.

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The party was awesome, it is puppy themed, Dalmatians specifically, check out these cupcakes!


At one point I was laughing so hard I was crying thanks to the kids and the Marshal pinata. Lets just say Avery might need therapy after seeing Marshal (Paw Patrol puppy) ripped to pieces. To funny.

After we stopped at Winners to jean hunt – and I found some for $25 – score and a mirror for Avery’s room! Avery passed out on the drive home and slept on the couch for a bit at home while Chloe took advantage of the play time with Avery’s toys.

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Another quiet evening for us at home.


The girls had us up at 6:30am – yawn. I ran 10km on the treadmill, it is just so much easier than going outside and I find speed work easier on it too.


Though it is WAY more boring.

We had to run a few errands and then convinced Chad to go out for brunch. He realized fast that two hangry girls was worth the money eating out.

20161016_115551 I had my new favourite at Brown’s, the social salad.

Chloe slept most of brunch then woke up and stared me down since she was not eating too:


Our afternoon was filled with chores, play time, a SPCA visit and ice cream at McDonalds.

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Chloe’s favourite face these days.

We set up Avery’s new mirror in her room and added the lights we bought for it.


It turned out just as we pictured!

And that was our weekend!





Foodie Friday

Short weeks just fly by! Even though I thought yesterday was Friday all day long.


We had to skip yoga for immunizations – great trade off, right? Anyways, Chloe did awesome. I am lucky neither girls have been grumpy after or anything, just more tired. But she had not gained much weight (4oz) in 2 months. I have my own theory around this and just hope she starts gaining soon so she does not worry the doctors. Besides that she is ahead on all her developmental things, 15th percentile length wise and head? 50th – lol.


Soo serious for photos!

Both girls had long naps and did not get up until 3pm and 3:30pm so we just hung out and played at home.

That night my book club went to see The Girl on the Train – I even did my hair for the occasion and tried to take a photo with Chloe:

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The movie was so much more distributing that the book was!


I started my day with an easy 5km run. I am just in limbo right now before training for Phoenix but decided to go a different direction with my training and currently reading some information and doing a lot of research on a training plan for Chad and I.


We spent our morning getting C’s passport photo taken since we booked our winter holiday and then spending too much time at Michaels.

Avery did not nap and annoyed me instead while I worked on her birthday party – yes, I am way ahead on this. Our afternoon was spent playing and going to the park.

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We all slept in, Chloe until 7:30am – when I woke her finally! I had to skip my morning work out (PiYo Drench) and instead worked on this post before heading to yoga for Avery.

It is probably my favourite time of the week, Avery gets play time away from me, I get to sit quietly for an hour an enjoy a latte and Chloe naps 80% of the time.


During naps I got in my workout and did blog related things and attempted to meal plan but did not finish before Chloe got up. I got a text from Chad’s Step-Mom inviting us for supper right before I was going to prep ours which made my afternoon 😉

Out afternoon consisted of a craft that Avery refused to do, a cranky Chloe and some decorating for Halloween.

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Onto meal planning


Saturday – Tuna wraps & sweet potato fries

Sunday – Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Brussels Sprouts and grilled chicken

Monday – Tomato Herb Rice with White Beans and Spinach – Budget Bytes

Tuesday – Taco Macaroni Casserole – Homemade Interest

 Wednesday – Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup – Cooking Classy

Thursday – Santa Fe Turkey Stuffed Peppers – Skinny Taste

Friday – Pizza night!


Vitamin Talk

I used to (and still do sometimes) have a pretty sensitive stomach when it comes to certain vitamins. I cannot take prenatals at all without bad nausea but lately I have found a pretty good combination that works for me. Since getting on a regular routine of taking vitamins I have noticed some awesome benefits which helps keep me more accountable.

Here is what I currently take:

1 – Placenta Pills. Obviously not for everyone 😉 I did the encapsulation after both girls and cannot sing the praises of these enough. This time around I got way more and am just finishing them up! They make all the difference postpartum with being grumpy & tired and milk production.


2 – The Ultimate One, Active Women multivitamin. A friend recommended these to me after my iron levels were a tad low. I was skeptical because of my history with multivitamins but I have had no issues with these. I aim to take these 80% of the time and when I do I notice that I have more energy.


3- ETREXA Derma pills. The past few months my skin, hair and nails have just been off and while I blame hormones I also knew I could probably help the situation out a bit too. I took these pills for two months and did see an improvement in my skin (less dry and dull) and hair seemed to be less dull as well (though not listed as a benefit). These pills contain ingredients that help promote skin hydration and rejuvenation.


ETREXA also offers other pill packs for joint health, immunity and cardio support. Looking back I maybe should have also tried the immunity support since I always get a fall cold and this year’s one was 10 days long! To learn more about their products visit this link – disclosure this is an affiliate link.

4- Calcium with Vitamind D (gummies). I know gummies are not the best BUT I cannot swallow the horse pills that all calcium seem to be. I started taking calcium daily when I was pregnant with Avery and continued on since it is so important in pregnancy. I take two a day and it is an added bonus that they are yummy 😉


5 – Glucosamine. When I am running a lot this is a must have for my joints and helps with stiffness and pain a ton for me. I do not take this daily, only on days I run usually.



What are you must have vitamins?