Monthly Archives: June 2018

Foodie Friday

I have no idea where the weeks go, every week I plan to get out for more bike rides and park trips and then it is Thursday night! This week was filled with meetings, Chloe had dance and some catch up on our zzz’s.

Chloe (and Avery) before dance:

The reason I need more sleep:

This will be our third week of our meal plans through Calluna Nutrition and I have to admit I will be lost without them in July! It has been so nice not think of these things and have all my meals and snacks planned out every single day. My goal has been sticking to the plan during the week and on weekends I am more flexible. So far I have seen great results – and actually lost weight – even though this was not the intention. I find I am way less hungry now too!

All recipes are through Calluna Nutrition’s meal plan service:

Saturday – Spiced Salmon Kabobs & qunioa

Sunday – Chili Lime Drumsticks with zucchini and mixed greens

Monday – Warm Spinach Pesto & Chickpea Salad (might add chicken smokies for the girls and Chad)

Tuesday – Penne with Busted Cherry Tomato Sauce

Wednesday – One Pan Sole & Asparagus with rice

Thursday – Ginger Tofu Stir Fry

Friday – Chicken fingers & fries

This weekend we have a 10km race, then some yard work if the weather cooperates – not sure what we will do Sunday yet as I am leaving thaup to Chad 🙂


Hello Summer List

With summer officially arriving next week I put together a fun list of things for us to so this summer. This list is different from past years since it is not a “bucket” list of things we have to do but rather a list of ideas for us to keep on the fridge this summer. I promised myself that this summer we will have more slow days to just enjoy the sun and have fun 🙂


What is one thing you hope to do this summer?

Weekend Snapshots

This weekend was full of highs and lows – Miss. Chloe had very short naps (unlike her) both days which meant crazy Chloe all afternoon both days and with rain all day yesterday it made for a long day!

Our snapshots:

A zoo trip Saturday! There were two new exhibits we had not seen, the pandas and lemurs AND it was the best zoo trip we have had in years. Great weather (not too hot) and no crowds! I did not bring my camera and have regrets now so cell phone photos it was! Most photos were the back of heads since neither girl was in a “photo mood”.

That night Avery and I snuck out for a DQ date – typically we save our yearly Blizzards for Miracle Treat Day but she had been asking for one (thanks commercials!) so we did just that after Chloe was in bed:

Sunday morning I did a solo 10km run at race pace (in the pouring rain) then Chad and the girls joined for another 10km. Thankfully the rain slowed down the second half of the run! No photo but here is my much sunnier Friday night run:

With a non-napping Chloe we spent our afternoon out, at the library, pet store, cat cafe and shoe shopping for Chad.

Now I am ready to sit down after a busy day out!


Foodie Friday

Okay can time slow down?! Another Friday! I am not sure I can even recall our week – total mom brain this week!

We had dance class, spent evenings in the backyard, played Go Fish (A’s favourite game these days), and bought some summer essentials – new goggles and beach towels!

Monday mornings are tough these days:

Playing in the yard after dance class:

And with A’s goggles on:

I picked up a Go Fish game for $1 last weekend at a charity garage sale and Avery loves it!

And I cannot forget my photo with the infamous Waskasoo – finally! The girls love this little guy!

Last week’s meal plan form Calluna Nutrition was almost too good to be true – easy, delicious and healthy recipes AND if I am being honest I kinda like being told what to eat all day – HA. Like I said anything to help my mom brain these days! So here goes week two – like last week all recipes are from my friend Heather at Calluna Nutrition.

Saturday – OUT

Sunday – Chicken, Broccoli, Cashew Stir- Fry

Monday – Cauliflower, Kale, Sausage Bowl

Tuesday – Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup & toasted veggie sandwich

Wednesday – Fish Tacos with pineapple salsa

Thursday – Grilled Chicken with Spinach & Mushroom Pasta

Friday – Thai Turkey Burgers with Almond Carrot Slaw and sweet potato fries

Our weekend plans are a little up in the air, we might go to the zoo if the weather looks okay tomorrow, then Sunday looks like rain so Avey requested a library and SPCA visit that day!


Sugar Free Reset Chat

Last week I participated in a sugar free reset hosted by my friend Heather at Calluna Nutrition and wanted to share some learnings and thoughts around it.

I went into it hoping to gain some knowledge and new recipes, not so much for the sugar free part as I did not think my sugar consumption was high. Also for only $10 I could not go wrong when I gained a week’s worth of meals, my grocery list and more. I knew for only 5 days I should not struggle too much so signed up!

So what did I learn?

  • I consume way more sugar than I thought! A lot of it is fructose, not a horrible thing, but it made me more aware. Example – my typical morning smoothie was half a banana, half a cup of blueberries, protein, spinach, and original almond milk. But with simple switches my morning smoothie now has less sugar and more healthy fats and fibre to fill me up and keep me full by reducing the fruit, using unsweetened almond milk and adding avocado and chia seeds.
  • I like to snack a lot… more than I should and typically these snacks have sugar – fruit, Larabars, yogurt with fruit, baking. Again these are easy switches to not only watch my snacks but control them. I am a firm believer in eating every few hours and snacking but sometimes I found myself having say 2 afternoon snacks versus one that is more filling.
  • Protein, fibre and fat content are more important than calories – I mean I knew that but it was a good (constant) reminder.
  • I actually did not miss/crave much sugar. The biggest thing I missed was my morning coffee of regular almond milk and a splash of maple syrup – the only sugar I really did miss.
  • I missed bread. I am not a huge bread eater and try to have maybe 4 pieces a week – 2 on long run days – but missed those few pieces!
  • I can survive without the extra sugar and carbs! haha My fantic messages to Heather prior to these 5 days were probably funny to her as I was sure I might die without these things.

My main take-away for the 5 days was that I gained a huge sense of awareness when it came to not only my sugar intake but the combination of foods I was eating. To continue this habit I have signed up for a month of meal plans through Calluna Nutrition and so far we love it! I love to meal plan but taking this one thing off my plate and improving it so I can continue afterwards is already huge for us.