Monthly Archives: September 2017

Foodie Friday

Minutes ago it hit me it was Thursday! And since I have 30 minutes before spin class you are all in luck ๐Ÿ˜‰

This week’s highlight? My birthday! 32 was pretty darn good and 33 will be better I know it ๐Ÿ™‚ I had my family over for cake after supper and was spoiled by everyone. Gift cards for coffee, an organics store, kombucha, a new blow dryer (my request), a sign I wanted and the beautiful flowers plus cupcakes and cake, what more could a girl want?!

Yeah my Mom fit all 33 candles on that cake!

Nothing else to report from our week, we have had a few much needed rainy days and I really will not complain about that.

My girls being silly in the tub:

Meal planning…

Saturday – Taco Salad

Sunday – Greek turkey Tacos – Whitney Bond

Monday –ย Veggie Burgers with Green Salad with oranges, beets and avocado – Gimme Some Oven

Tuesday – OUT (belated date night for our anniversary!)

Wednesday – Homemade Pizza

Thursday – One Pot Taco Spaghetti – Damn Delicious

Friday –ย French toast & turkey bacon

We have almost no weekend plans! Just swimming lessons and a hockey game so far ๐Ÿ™‚

Hope everyone has a great weekend!


Fall Favourites

Seasons are a changing and that brings some excitement for new adventures and products! I was not sure sure about it being fall 10 days ago but am fully embracing it after the weekend when Avery convinced me to pull out our fall decor.

In the summer months we are huge fans of proteins smoothies but just as the leaves change so does our preferences as they move to warmer beverages. In many ways I miss my smoothies though, mainly when it comes to their aid in my recovery after a hard workout.

Enter Premier Protein shakes, with 30g of protein and ย just 160 calories per 30g bottle.

These shakes contain 24 minerals and vitamins and are a good source of calcium too.

Why protein? First it helps repair your muscles so that you can recover faster. It also helps you satisfy your hunger since it takes longer to digest.

In all honesty I have not tried pre-mixed protein shakes in years since I prefer to have my protein mixed into smoothies so had no idea what to expect. These drinks contain sucralose which an leave a lingering taste in my mouth. But after trying one with breakfast we (Chad tried one too) we found that while we did taste that sweetness it did not linger as long we thought it might. I also feel that adding in a shake with our usual peanut and toast will help us stay more full throughout the morning versus have the usual 9am hunger! A win with our busy mornings.

With it being fall I knew there was only one way I wanted to make this shake into a smoothie -m pumpkin!

With the help of Premier Protein’sย  Pumpkin Pie smoothie recipeย I made one in minutes and the outcome was delicious!

Back to the fall decor, I have slowly added items over the years and am quite smitten with the decor we have out right now, here are a few of the items.

I still need to buy some gords once they are in the grocery store!

With cooler temps comes dry skin (for me at least) so I was thrilled when Brie posted that the Beautycounter sets were on for a great deal a couple weeks ago, they are not on sale right now but I highly recommend checking out the Beautycounter line, some of my favourites are the lip gloss and charcoal bar!

Fall is such a cozy season, and it is probably the time I read the most books for that reason. I love to curl up and read a book anytime I can. Right now I am reading Two by Two, Nicholas Sparks. I am a sucker for his books but have not read one in a couple years now.

On the cozy topic – sweaters! I have yet to break out my fall boots but have broken out and bought some sweaters.

I picked up this crossover open back sweater at Dynamite and love it, I can dress it up for work or wear it with leggings on the weekend. The other new one I added to my closet this season is this dolman sleeve pullover.

Fall is my absolute favourite time to take photos, and while I am sad that my favourite area close by our house is now closed off (tears) I am excited to get our family photos done this summer in Canmore – I may have planned our outfits two months early ๐Ÿ˜‰


What are your fall favourites?


This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Premier Protein. The opinions and text are all mine.


Weekend Recap

So these weeks it looks like I only have two post, Foodie Friday and Weekend Recaps – promise soon I will get back into haring more, I have some fun stuff to share soon!


First day of pre-school! I knew Avery would do great, since she has been asking to go to school for 1.5 years but she did ever better than I thought and was too willing to be the firs to answer everything – yeah, that kid ๐Ÿ˜‰

That night I wanted to run outside but skipped that for the treadmill because of the smoke.


Our morning was spent running errands and then we headed to the corn maze for the afternoon. I am always amazed how much they add every year – so worth the annual trip!

These little houses are always the highlight!


Chloe was obsessed with this bouncy thing – she got doubled bounced all the time but got up laughing time after time.

Goats – why are kids so goat crazy?!

Family photo:

Once we got home we had a quick supper before my Mom, Avery and I headed to a local market. I bought a Christmas gift, a Finn& Grinn cardigan for Chloe and Avery got a “vampire” bow for Halloween.

Oh and cupcakes ๐Ÿ˜‰


We woke up to blue skies – yay!!! We had the perfect running temperature too.

Fall running is the best!

The rest of the day was spent baking, showing our rental house, going to a showhome, the playground and meeting my Mom’s new kitty!

Oh and pulling the last of my carrots out – I am going to miss my garden!

I am not sure I am ready for this week – we have something every single night Monday-Thursday but then a quiet weekend (so far).


Foodie Friday

I LOVE short work weeks! I was especially excited for today as it was Avery’s first day at pre-school. I am a total nerd and loved school (minus the gym part – true story) so to see her off on this new adventure makes me so excited for her.

We had a good week of summer like temps! Which meant a park trip and bike ride:

Chloe loves colouring right now. We are learning to only colour paper and I do not fully trust her yet on that one.

Next week kicks off our crazy fall season. I think we only have one night at home which means quick & easy suppers!

Saturday – Perogies, Smokies & Greek Kale Salad – Gimme Delicious

Sunday – Chicken Pot Pie “cupcakes” (Be what we love) & green beans

Monday – Crockpot pulled chicken & Southwestern Chopped Salad – Iowa Girl Eats

Tuesday – Bday Supper! Chad is bringing me home supper – birthday wish #1 – no cooking!

Wednesday – Homemade chicken fingers & sweet potato fries

Thursday – Veggie Fajita Rice Bowls

Friday – Chicken Caesar Wraps

This weekend we are going to go to the corn maze, my Mom and I have tickets to a local market and I think that it all ๐Ÿ™‚


So Long Summer ’17

Even though fall is not officially here for another couple of weeks after the Labour Day long weekend I feel like it is over. I have to say this was one amazing summer, the weather, our little family – it was beyond good to us.


We spent the evening at my co-workers, having appys and drinks. I always feel so lucky after spending time with my co-workers since they are much more than that to me. Chad and Chloe only stayed awhile since Chad had plans plans to have people over before and Chloe needed to go to bed. Avery and I stayed and enjoyed ourselves until after 9pm ๐Ÿ™‚

We both passed out soon after getting home.


Our plan for the day was a day trip to Drumheller to do a small hike in the canyons and see some dinos ๐Ÿ˜‰

The day started off rough, and neither girl was having much of anything but thankfully the 2 hour drive fixed that with some naps.

We took a different route there that also had us go on a small ferry across the river – a highlight for Avery!

We arrived at the canyon area, had some lunch then headed down to explore. Chloe was not having the Ergo which slowed us down and limited what we could do but we still had a great time exploring.


Avery is getting more brave every time we go out on little adventures, she climbed up and down the steep canyon, went over areas that scared her and took some small tumbles with no tears.

Chloe did better walking than she does on flat ground and of course had zero fear.

It was pretty warm out ย (33!) so we limited our time and headed back up and into town. We checked out the big dinosaur and paid the money to walk up it since Avery “had to”.

You walk up to his mouth and can look out from there.

The drive home was quiet and I spent most of it reading my book club book. We grabbed Subway once we got back and had a quiet night at home.


We have decided to keep up on Sunday runs for the time being as we both enjoy the little tradition (as well as the coffee after!). It was raining a bit but it was nice to run in the cooler weather. Both girls passed out as usual. How they fall asleep an hour after waking up for 12 hour sleeps is beyond me!

I took no photos the rest of the day! But we had a quiet day at home, did chores, read books, baked pumpkin muffins, then went to Costco.

It was kind of nice to have a deary day to just go slow and have no real plans.


All three days we slept until 8am – win! We had a slow morning, I worked out, washed floors before we ran out to do an errand and stop at Starbucks.

Chad had work to do at the rental house so the girls and I hung out at home after lunch. Well, Avery and I did and Chloe napped. We baked more, prepped and cooked beets and then headed outside for some sun.

Once Chloe was up, my brother & girlfriend stopped by and Chad came home so we all headed to the park.

I am sad for summer to go for sure but I also love fall and am ready for slower days.


How was your long weekend?