Monthly Archives: July 2018

Foodie Friday

l evening Being that it is fair week here we are getting our share of BBQs, pancakes and treats! I actually semi think next summer this is the week for holidays so we can partake in more 😉

We did go to the parade and Chloe LOVED it! She danced, waved and loved all the animals. Avery was indifferent – as usual.


She was not in a photo mood:

It was hot this week so we also have had our share of ice cream after supper – coconut ice cream is our favourite:

To balance it out (and a busy work week) I got in a couple beautiful evening runs:

And got my package for the Lululemon 10km this weekend!

With meal planning I have been trying to simplify meals these days, or have favourites (like tacos) that we have weekly. Makes everything easier!

Saturday – Veggie Spaghetti – Family Food on the Table

Sunday – FAIR

Monday – Bibimbap – Budget Bytes

Tuesday – Grilled Chicken & Pineapple Salad – – Calluna Nutrition 

Wednesday – Easy Weeknight Chicken Tacos – How Sweet Eats

Thursday –  Warm Spinach Pesto Chickpea Salad & smokies – Calluna Nutrition 

Friday – Fish & Mango Black Bean Quinoa Salad – Together as a Family

This weekend we have two plans, I am going to run the Lululemon 10km race with friends & then the fair!


Weekend Snapshots

I really love summer weekends! This weekend we had some down time which was nice after a few busy weekends.

Friday after work we beat the heat by playing in the sprinkler:


Then a little storm came in so we hunkered down for the night…with wine 😉

Saturday morning we went to a pancake breakfast, despite line ups the girls ate great – but neither was in the photo mood even with this cute set-up!

Chloe dancing with my Mom:

It was a cooler day so I spent the afternoon cleaning then making the best chocolate chip cookies from Magnolia Table :

Later we went to look for rocks for our landscaping by the river:

Avery was a tad excited when Chad caught a frog:

Both Chad and I felt like pizza so hit up our fave pizza place, Famoso for supper. It was a huge win, the girls behaved AND since they have vegan cheese Chloe got pizza. I think she was more excited for pizza (she has never had it) then being at Disneyland:

Sunday mornings are my favourite these days, a run followed by park time:

We spent the rest of the day in the backyard, painting rocks, in the pool and visiting with family 🙂


Foodie Friday

Well we survived the first week back from holidays! Both girls have been beyond tired this week which means some extra grumpiness 😉 Avery has been in half day daycamp as well this week which added to it all but she has enjoyed it! Oh and Miss. Chloe is getting all 4 2 year molars 😉 Send the wine!

Monday after work:

Later we went for a walk and she was not pleased:

Chloe loves sidewalk chalk right now:

AND I finally got a new phone, so naturally tested out the camera – after all, that is what phones are for now, right?!

Lazy evenings:

Besides that I got in a spin class, a run and a home workout – more than enough for me this week!

Moving on to meal planning:

Saturday – Greek Turkey Tacos – Whitney Bond

Sunday – Black Bean burgers & kale salad

Monday – Ginger Shrimp Stir Fry with rice – Calluna Nutrition

Tuesday – Cauliflower, Kale & Sausage Bowl – Calluna Nutrition

Wednesday – Pesto Spaghetti with Roasted Asparagus

Thursday – Roasted Veggie Fajita Rice Bowls – Sweet Simple Vegan

Friday – Easy Grilled Chicken (Damn Delicious) & Greek Salad & garlic toast

This weekend we have a pancake breakfast to go too, and not much else planned – yet! Hopefully some R&R n the sun 🙂


Recap: Calgary Stampede Half Marathon

I have to admit race recaps are hard for me! I am fairly certain I blank out in races and most times barely remember where I all ran, but also enjoy sharing my thoughts on the race afterwards.

Going into this race I did not have a PR goal, but rather a range (1:43-1:48), I knew there was some hills so that is why I was not hoping to PR as that was from a flat course.

I opted to stay in Calgary the night before with a friend to catch extra zzz’s the morning of. We were up at 5am, at the course for 6am to pick up our packages, we had to arrange prior to for out of town package pick up. However, when we got there they were not ready and we waited 15 minutes to get our packages. The race start/finish area itself was good, at the Glenmore Athletic Park and parking was easy to find and close by. I would say it was on a medium race for attendance, maybe 300 people in the half marathon. I like this size as you are not dodging people for the first 2-3kms but large races also add to the whole experience!

I kept a steady 4:40km/min pace for the first 5km where we went over a pedestrian overpass (a good climb), through some residential with a couple more hills and eventually along the river. Being an out and back everytime I went down a hill I reminded myself I would be going back up it! I want to say there was 4 decent climbs (so 8 total) but again – foggy memory! Once along the river it was fairly flat and I regained some speed for the mid-section of the race, either keeping with the 1:45 pacer (who was a very inconsistent runner!) or just ahead of her. Between 14-16kms I slowed a bit to over a 5:10min/km pace as my legs felt heavy but after the last climb/hill after that I was able to get under that 5min/km pace again.

Route wise is was a really pretty course – by Heritage Park, through trails, residential, and along the river and being that I am not from Calgary I had plenty to look around at!

I won’t even complain about the hills either! As I did not find them bad – who I am?! I felt really strong on them, passing most people on the hills!

I finished at 1:45:28 and the 5min/km pace and felt great. Now truth time! I signed up for this race for the end – the pancake breakfast! And it did not disappoint. Even with an intimidating line-up it went fast, they had David’s Tea, Cobb;s scones, pancakes, sausages, juice and Stoked Oats! We enjoyed our post race eats before hitting the road.

Other things to note – they had a kids race – added bonus! And the medal’s are unique:

Oh and they put first names on the bibs:

Post race photo with my friend Heather!

There was no free race photos which I am okay with – while they are nice, it is not a must have for me.

Recovery has left me confused. After last month’s 10km (48 minutes & a PR) I was sore and I would say the courses were similar for hills etc. So I thoughts I would be sore after this one but was not. So I did something right! This also makes me doubt that I gave the race my all though.

Overall, it was a great race, I had fun and was really happy with my time.


Weekend Snapshots

And like that our summer holidays are over 🙁 We had a good last few days though!

Friday we took a bike ride to Sunnybrook Farm – always a favourite of ours!

These calves were the CUTEST.

Later I I gave Avery the option of setting up the pool for the afternoon or a lemonade stand – she chose the lemonade stand & we got to work! Three hours later of her yelling “lemonade for sale” and waving down cars she had $60!

Saturday we went to the Farmers Market and a park trip before I headed out of town for the night for a race. I have to admit it was harder leaving the girls than I thought!

Oh and Avery finally saved up enough money for this doll RV she wanted. This was a combination of chore money, bday money and the lemonade stand! She was sad to spend her money but was so excited for this:

Sunday morning was the race! It was a new to me race, the Calgary Stampede half marathon and I had no idea what to expect! Overall, it was a great smaller race and I am pretty happy with my results – 1 hour, 45 minutes & 5th in my category – female 30-39. I will do a full recap in a few days 🙂

We spent the afternoon enjoying the sun and relaxing in the backyard and ended the night with a fire and s’mores: