Monthly Archives: June 2018

Foodie Friday

First day of holidays! I am on holidays for the next ten days – we do not have much planned besides a lot of landscaping a night camping.

This week we had a huge milestone – we (meaning Chad mainly) potty trained Chloe. Chad was off so we figured we would go for it and she nailed it. We had accidents the first morning and none since! It was also her last Mommy & Me dance class:

Since we have been more or less stuck at home with the three day potty training method we have spent a lot of time in the backyard since C is not in pants, just “big girl” underwear!

I am in disbelief we could be done with diapers forever now! Ahhh!

So this week I am back to flying colo on the meal planning thing, but since we did miss some of the suppers from our meal plan service with Calluna Nutrition I am going to try them and incorporate some of our other faves, there were a lot!

Saturday – Family Potluck

Sunday – BBQ – Black bean Burgers

Monday – Grilled Chicken Fajita Kabobs & rice – Real Housemoms

Tuesday – Crispy Coconut Chicken Fingers with mixed greens – Calluna Nutrition

Wednesday – Camping!

Thursday – Chicken Burrito Bowls – Dinner at the ZooΒ 

Friday – Shrimp Asparagus Pesto Pasta – Calluna Nutrition

I cannot believe it is Canada Day long weekend! We have a ton planned, landscaping, a family reunion/potluck, Canada Day BBQ and fireworks and more!

Wishing everyone a safe and fun long weekend!


Weekend Snapshots

Happy Monday! We had one rainy day this weekend and one hot one, I “ran” a race, and we enjoyed the sun yesterday.

I “ran” the 5km Foam Fest run Saturday morning with friends. It was my first time doing this race and I really loved it! I was taking some photos and videos for their Instagram account so skipped some obstacles to do so which meant I was a tad less muddy and wet πŸ˜‰ It rained during the race but seeing as we were already wet and muddy that did not matter!




The girls with my medals after:

Chad had a baseball tournament all weekend so after supper we went to watch one game:

Sunday morning I ran 11km solo then grabbed the girls for another 6km so Chad could get to ball. What a workout! HA. I refueled by showering and walking to Starbucks πŸ˜‰

Later we went out to Chad’s Dad’s property at the river where they camp but they have a lot set up there including a new playhouse that they great-grandparents built! The girls were in love!

This week Chad is off to start on our landscaping so I have modified days to help with that too and as of Friday we are all off for 10 days! Great way to start summer!


Foodie Friday

psHappy Friday – and second day of summer! This week has definitely felt like summer and we took a mid-week break for a needed back day πŸ™‚

Monday night we went for a short walk/bike ride. Avery wanted to try out Chloe’s (much too small) strider bike and really liked it, the goal is two wheels soon but it is mind over matter for her right now. Post supper cookies:

This photo from dayhome is too funny not share – typical Chloe πŸ˜‰

Wednesday morning the girls and I hit the beach bright and early. I prefer weekday beach mornings, it is not too hot for the girls and nobody is there! My grandma also joined us.

Chloe was not too sure of the water and preferred playing in the sand. My Grandma trying to get her to put her feet in the water:

We left just before lunch to get home for lunch and naps but neither girl made it home awake!

Onto meal planning – my last week with Calluna Nutrition’s plansΒ and recipes (for now!):

Saturday – OUT

Sunday – Shrimp Zoodle Stir-fry

Monday – Greek Chicken Salad

Tuesday – Vegetable Chow Mein & Chicken

Wednesday – Asian Lettuce Wraps

Thursday – Grilled Pineapple & Chicken Salad

Friday – Black Bean & White Fish Wraps

This weekend – Chad is playing in a ball tournament, I am doing a takeover of the 5km local Foam Fest run – check it out here tomorrow and that is it – for now!


Joining Beautycounter

I am rarely one to jump into things that just feel “right” 9 times out of 10 I overthink things until I talk myself out of it but for some reason a couple weeks ago I did not do this and wanted to share about my new “venture”.

A year ago my friend Brie introduced me to Beautycounter, and at the time I was satisfied with my overall skin care and products but I also knew there was better out there for me. As I slowly started to read and learn more about Beautycounter I fell in love, not just with the products but the company.

Their mission is to get safer products into the hands of everyone because they believe that products can be beautiful, effective and significantly safer.

Over the past few months I felt the urge to join as a consultant but in my mind I could not commit, mainly wondering how I could find more time in my days to do so. But here is the thing, I really believe that if we want to do something bad enough, we find the time and it happens almost effortlessly. This is exactly how everything has gone for me over these past couple of weeks. I have more than enjoyed reading and learning more about this company, fell even more in love and slowly started to tell my friends and family about it.

One main thing that stuck out to me was that they have a list of more than 1500 ingredients that they prohibit in their products which includes 1400 the European Union has banned plus their “never list” which is another 100 ingredients they prohibit in their product formulations.

As I read more into these ingredients, their potential effects and saw they are in many of the products in our house I started to think “are these the products I want to be using on my children or have them using as they get older?” No! I want better for them, and for myself – and that there was enough for me to become a consultant. Because we all deserve better.

As well I have learned many other things to love about Beautycounter – like they are a Certified B Corporation. The B stands for Benefit which means that unlike a traditional corporate structure they consider the people, the planet and profits. They go well beyond the current industry standards for transparency, this is not only in their products, but for advocacy and in education as well. And for advocacy? In 2017 alone they held more than 100 meetings with Congress and Parliament advocating for new laws to get safer products into the market. Totally inspiring.

I could not end this post without sharing my Beautycounter favourites over the past year.

Their masks, I use both the balancing facial mask (either once a week/spot treatments) and the brightening facial mask 2 days a week. Both have dramatically improved the overall texture and look of my skin.

The balancing facial mist. This has been a life saver for me! I workout at lunch 2-3 days a week running or going to spin class but never have the motivation to wash my face after (shhh I know!) and I swear by this mist to absorb the excess oil/sweat post workout to help avoid breakouts.

The nourishing cream exfoliator – I was never a fan of exfoliators before this one as they were always too harsh on my skin.

Countermatch adaptive moisture lotion. I have struggled to find a moisturizer my skin likes before finding this one earlier this year. The best part? It adjust to your hydration levels throughout the day!

Their kids line, with Chloe’s sensitive skin we had problems finding a body that did not give her dry skin and eczema. Since moving to their body wash we have had no issues!

Onto makeup! I will pick my top two favourites here, which has to be their touch up concealer pen and the sheer lipstick. I am going to talk for a second on the lipstick since I am devote lip gloss user but this stuff 100% changed my mind!

Like everything I know that Beautycounter may not be for everyone, but for us it works, fits in with our beliefs and we really love the company and everything it stands for. So if you want to learn more about the company and their products let me know, as I am happy (and excited) to do so πŸ™‚


Weekend Snapshots

We are heading into the first week of summer – already! Our weekend snapshots:

Friday morning shenanigans:

We ran a 10km race Sat- akaurday morning. My co-workers all ran it too, which made is extra fun! Chad and I came in about 10 seconds apart – bigger beat me! – at just under and just over 48 minutes – which was my goal time πŸ™‚ I placed first in my category and second female πŸ™‚

Package pick up/beer and pop time:

Heading to the race, my Mom watched the girls while we ran – someone was less than cooperative though…

I forgot a photo of Chad and I but I will share our work team:

Later that day we had my brother and his fiancee for supper then went to a football game:

Sunday morning I did a solo 14km. I had planned to do 19km but my legs were tired so 14km felt good πŸ˜‰

We had a low-key Father’s Day, a walk and park trip, backyard time with the sprinkler and a post supper ice cream date – aka bribery to eat salmon at supper πŸ˜‰

First attempt at our Father’s Day photo:

The after the park – much better!

We moved the sprinkler and the girls were waiting for it to turn on…

And then…

This week I am taking a day off to have a day with the girls, and have a 5km solstice run.