Monthly Archives: August 2018

Foodie Friday

These days are flying by so fast that Friday comes in a blink of an eye!

Monday I had the day off with the girls, we were supposed to meet a friend at the zoo but Mother Nature was not cooperating so instead I caved and took them to Treehouse – a place I try to avoid:

Other highlights:

  • Avery’s kindergarten orientation night! She starts school TODAY! Ahh!!
  • A run that was not too hot or smokey meant a 38 minute 8km!

Onto meal planning for September!

Saturday – Roasted Pesto Veggie Panini & sweet potato fries – The Garden Grazer

Sunday – Grilled Honey Lemon Butter Salmon, rice & roasted asparagus – Averie Cooks

MondaySouptacular & Honey Cornbread Muffins – Averie Cooks

Tuesday – Hoisin Tofu Lettuce Cups – Budget Bytes

Wednesday – Crockpot Maple Dijon Chicken Drumsticks & kale berry salad – Skinny Taste 

Thursday – Turkey Tacos

Friday – OUT

I am not sure what we will get up to this long weekend! I have a couple ideas but MOther Nature needs to be on our side! Then baking and my last 20km long run!


My Current Beautycounter Regime

Happy Wednesday! Something a tad different today for you all 🙂 As you all know, a few months ago I started as a Beautycounter consultant not only for my love of the  products, but what the company stands for. And today I wanted to share a bit more about my personal skin case journey.

My skin has never been ideal but more roller coaster like with periods of great skin and periods of not so great skin. Pregnancy was too good to me, with 9+ months of truly glowing skin and no blemishes. Post-pregnancy, nursing, weaning hormones? Not so much. Saying that I can also say the last 2 years has been some of the most frustrating times with my skin. I literally tired anything and everything under the sun with no lasting results.

I always knew my skin was sensitive and took longer than most to see results but freaking out in no time at all at new products. But once I started using Beautycounter I just knew it was right for me. This is not because I saw immediate results – but because I truly believed it was harsh ingredients that was causing my skin issues. So today I wanted to share my current regime as well as some information on other regimes!

Oh and Beautycounter recently launched this skin care quiz to find out what products will benefit you the most! As well as this handy chart:

Back to my regime, so if I was to take the quiz my main concerns would be blemishes and dry/dull skin. I can honestly say the below products have changed my skin SO much. From my overall complexion, the texture and feel of my skin!

1 – Countercontrol Collection! This collection just launched last week, and is so exciting since it was the missing piece in our offerings! As well it was a line I was waiting for. The difference between this line and most acne products is that there is no Benzoyl Peroxide, Silicones, Harsh Surfactants, instead uses a complex of wintergreen and rosebay willow.

If I had to pick two items from this collection to use it would be the cleanser and SOS treatment.  I use the cleanser morning and night, the toner nightly and the SOS treatment as needed.

2 – Balancing Facial Mask. I was never a mask fan and usually found my skin to freak out the day after using one but this one I LOVE. It uses kaolin clay to deep-clean, balance, and draw out impurities. And you will be amazed at how soft your skin feels afterwards! I currently use it twice a week.

3 – Overnight Resurfacing Peel.  I was most apprehensive on using this but after only hearing raving reviews I knew I had to try it – as well to know myself how well it worked! While called a peel – it really is not a “peel” because it is formulated without synthetic fragrances, PEGs, formaldehyde-based preservatives often found in peels AND you leave it on overnight. For sensitive skin (or blemish prone) it will not cause irritation! Personally, this made a huge difference in my pores, overall complexion and fading of past blemish marks. Currently I use this 3-4 nights a week.

4 – Countermatch Adaptive Moisturizing Lotion. Little did I know that for years my breakouts were caused by dry skin. I had the old mentality of breakouts = oily skin so avoided moisturizers. BAD IDEA. In the past I have found few that I really loved until this one. This lotion works around the clock to keep your skin hydrated – giving it exactly what it needs and nothing more.

I use this morning and night along with the Countermatch Eye Rescue Cream every night.

5- Tint Skin Hydrating Foundation.  As someone who did not love liquid foundations ever I will admit this had to grow on me. But I also saw a further improvement on my skin within a week of using this. The foundation is light-weight so that it is not cakey feeling – always what I hated with liquid foundations!

To be back at a point where I feel good in my skin as well as know that what I am using is safe, has no harsh chemicals and I can look up every ingredient to assure this makes me so happy. And that is why I love to share these products and company with you all.

To shop or learn more you can visit my personal website here. 


Weekend Snapshots

Another late post! For me it feels like summer is gone, we have had another cool weekend so I think it is time to accept fall 😉

Before we get into the weekend post, Thursday night we went to a drive-in movie (the girls first!) that I was on the planning committee for. It was such a fun night and event and we exceeded our attendance goal by a 100 vehicles!

Friday, Avery had a haircut and decided to cut 4″ off her hair!

I think it brought out more of her natural curl!

We spent some time at Chad’s Mom’s Saturday, the girls loved playing outside, with the cat (of course) and getting too dirty (Chloe):

Sunday was a quiet day spent at home after a 20km run for me!

After she took marker to her chairs, table and her face – as you can see:

It was supposed rain all day and why we stayed home but of course it didn’t and started right before our neighbourhood movie! Despite the rain and cold we set up large tents and had over 60 people attend!

Now we are officially in the first week of school 🙁


Foodie Friday

With a big event that I have been planning tonight I am keeping today’s post short and simple!

I have to say with summer coming to an end I am not ready for fall meals yet and am hanging on to every bit of summer I can!

Saturday – OUT

Sunday – Greek Chicken Kabobs and rice – Cooking Classy

Monday – Roasted Cauliflower, Sausage & Egg bowls

Tuesday – Thai Peanut Chicken Quinoa Bowls – Iowa Girl Eats

Wednesday – Veggie Fajita Bowls

Thursday – Pesto Pasta with roasted broccoli

Friday – Black Bean burgers & Kale Greek Salad – Gimme Delicious

Weekend plans – some family time , yard work (cleaning up all my flowers and garden I neglected all month) and a neighbuorhood movie night!~


Weekend Snapshots

A day late! We got home later than expected Sunday evening & rathering than rushing around to get this post done I decided to put if off until today 🙂

The smokey skies continued Saturday so we stayed indoors except for a visit to a local nursery to see a small petting zoo.

One of the employees got the girls to pose for a photo:

Sunday morning we woke up to almost blue skies and a decent air quality which meant my long run was a go! After running Friday evening I got a bad headache so was not sure if I would run if the smoke stayed around.

I did 9km solo then had the gang join me for another 10km 🙂

We spent the rest of the day at Chad’s family’s property celebrating his Grandma’s 90th birthday! The girls love it there, between the other kids, playhouse, golf carts and the below wagon they run in circles!

Family handprints on the playhouse:

I am hoping we can soak up some sunshine this week before we officially enter the last week of summer – how is this possible?!