Category Archives: summer

The Best Defense

Since summer is here – or at least it feels like it around us these days I thought we would chat more about how we plan to keep our sun safe this summer. Full disclosure first – I used to use tanning beds and never wear sunscreen but as I am older and wiser (HA) now I know better. Plus, I have two little ones to keep sun safe too -and like me they love to be out in the sun!

With kids that just want to run outside as fast as they can I have started to use spray sunscreen more – except on their faces – since it is easy and covers well.

alba BOTANICA Continuous Spray is SPF 50, eco-friendly, 100% vegetarian formula and contains no chemicals, parabens or oxybenzone – plus most of the other nasty “no’s”. PLUS it is water resistant for all those beach and sprinkler days and contains botanicas like Green Tea and Aloe to help keep your skin moisturized.

For Miss.Chloe I use live clean baby mineral sunscreen SPF 45. It keeps babies sensitive skin in mind, it is still easy enough to apply and also non-nano – meaning no small particles can get absorbed into their skin.

And again they contain no harsh chemicals or parabens – so important with little ones!

I am not sure about you guys but sunscreen is the easier part of keeping the little ones safe…The harder part? Keeping those hats and sunglasses on!

But like sunscreen we do not leave home without them – for myself too!

Our summer defense items – sunscreen, hats, sunglasses and water!

This year live clean introduced two new products that I have already used and loved:

A SPF 45 Face Mineral sunscreen and a After Sun 98% Aloe Vera Gel.

Since we have already had summer like weather I have used the After Sun Gel a couple times – still getting used to putting sunscreen on myself ๐Ÿ˜‰ It instantly provided my skin relief from the sunburn and helped to soothe my skin.

All Live Clean sun care products are available at Wal-Mart and Shoppers Drug Mart. alba BOTANICA sunscreens are available at and Wal-Mart.

My other sun defense tips?

  • Get a patio and/or portable umbrella (or portable sun shelter) for on the deck, backyard, beach days and more!
  • When planning a beach trip find a spot with shade if at all possible.
  • Limit your time in the sun in the peak hours – usually between lunch and supper time.


The Live Clean and alba BOTANICA products were given to me at no charge, however all opinionsย expressed in this post are my own.

Foodie Friday

I actually just typed “weekend recap” for this post! With a mini holiday this week I am even more messed up on my days than usual!

Our mini holiday got semi foiled by the rain as you will see!


I think this was the worst weather day of the summer, so much rain and wind and just plain cold. We planned to do yard work at our house and rental but that did not happen. Instead we organized the garage a bit then headed to Costco to get out & for ice cream ๐Ÿ˜‰ Avery found this costume and HAD to have it. We are suckers, but she is “supergirl” obsessed.


That night I got sucked into two hours of Bachelor in Paradise and packed for our mini trip.


The plan was to meet my in-laws for a day at Calaway Park then camp overnight with them. BUT the rain & wind had other plans so instead we took the girls to Telus Spark (science centre). This was a GREAT idea. I only wish we had longer there!

Avery was obsessed with this table:


Chloe enjoyed looking at all the lights etc:


We did not make it to any shows but got through the exhibits.

We saved the kid’s play area for last – thankfully. Chad literally had to dive in to catch Avery and she made a couple escapes. Then we checked out the outside park – might be our favourite part!

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We had back to the campsite (at Calaway), had some drinks and supper and called it a night. I forgot my pump at home – FAIL so I had to feed Chloe versus her dream feed. Not ideal in “sleep training” but we made it through with a 1am and 5am wake-up then up at 7am so not too bad. She was so cold at 5am (I think why she woke up) so she came into our bed and Avery followed so it was a full bed!


We woke up to sun so as soon as the park opened we went over. I will let all the photos do the talking but Avery had a blast for a solid 5 hours before she passed out on me. She LOVES rides, and would have gone on everything if she could…unlike me!

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Chad did not get on any rides – poor guy so we might have to go there again this year!

On our way home both girls were sleeping so we made a stop at the Marda Loop Village Ice Cream, such a cool area and yummy ice cream:


We got stuck in traffic on the way home and got in the door at 6pm which meant no spin class for me ๐Ÿ™ Instead we made a fast supper and got the girls to bed, we tried to watch TV and both fell asleep!


Since I skipped spin our morning consisted of a core workout and 7km run. It was a tad windy but great running weather, I am done with hot runs!


After we got ready and did a few errands which included getting cupcakes – I say I will eat better then buy cupcakes…sigh…

This photo of the girls I posted on Instagram but wanted to share what the 20 others I took looked like:

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Chloe’s nap schedule has been off from Avery’s lately BUT Avery also seems to want to nap later so I put them both down at 1pm & SUCCESS!! Now to make sure Avery is up by 3pm so she goes to bed by 8pm – lucky girl has got a new bedtime for the next little bit we decided.

Our afternoon consisted of picking up our CSA veggie box, getting a million pickling cucumbers so coming home to make pickles. I only had three jars so will have to pick up more stat.


Onto meal planning…

Not sure I am ready for fall meals yet but I will slowly ease into them ๐Ÿ˜‰

foodie friday
Saturday – Family birthday supper (belated for my Mom & early for me)

Sunday – Quinoa spaghetti & turkey meatballs

Monday – ย Cilantro Lime Blackbean burgers & salad – Be Whole. Be You

Tuesday – Chicken Lime soup & cornbread biscuits – Budget Bytes

Wednesday – Grilled Cheese & Greek Kale Salad – Chef Savy

Thursday – Chicken smokies & Sweet Potato Green Salad – Veggie Primer

Friday – Chicken Taco Salad

Weekend plans – family birthday supper, a family fun run (Chocolate Chase) & my long run which will be solo – in other words a lot of running and eating!


Foodie Friday

Since I cannot believe another week has passed I will just jump into our week:


It was a really nice day (read: hot) so we spent the day outside. A morning spent at the Heritage Ranch parks, and an afternoon in the backyard. I spent nap time, cleaning and setting everything up – lucky kids ๐Ÿ˜‰



I am loving our CSA Jungle Farm veggie box, and have been taking advantage of eating all the veggies, some days I realize I have a lot to eat asap so just roast everything up:


I love summer meals ๐Ÿ™‚


A HOT morning run of 10km, then some kitchen play and a tea party – life with a two year old ๐Ÿ˜‰


Chloe is starting to sit on her own, well if she balances on her hands:


She also loves going after Avery’s toys! Note Avery’s blurry hand going to stop her ๐Ÿ˜‰

We got and tried out first Chef’s Plate meals! I am SO Impressed you guys. We had the White Summer Pizza this night with a green bean salad:


You can get your first meal(s) at 50% from this link – disclosure this is a referral link ๐Ÿ™‚


We checked out our yoga studio’s new space and cafe – which is gorgeous and inquired about a program for Avery in the fall.

Then made a Wal-Mart stop (worst errand ever) because Chloe decided she no longer liked her formula, well long story short a new kind did not help. The girl is high maintenance. So we will keep trying and start mixing. I wish I had enough pumped milk but I do not, so she needs formula for some dream feeds.

Avery found these and HAD to have them. Lately if she wants anything I say no and sneak it in the cart and am saving things for her birthday and Christmas. But she would not let go of these.


Miss. Chloe, looking like Chad’s twin:


After naps which took 3.5 hours since both girls took over an hour to go to sleep we packed a picnic and headed to Sunnybrook Farm for a quick animal visit then went across the street to go to Yoga in the Park. Chad met us there and took the girls for yoga and then we had a picnic.

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We were out of the house just after 9am to meet Alison and her kids at Discovery Wildlife Zoo. It was great to see them and get the girls together.

Now I promise to get to Calgary to see them! Avery has no little girls her age to play with so seeing her and D together was pretty cute.

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Since we were right by The Jungle Farm we stopped there for our veggies, and of course some play time for Avery.


Any idea what to do with 3lbs of zucchini?!

Both girls fell asleep on the way home the slept until 4pm! Guess they were tired. We had a quite night, I debated going out for a speed run since we are going out of town with my Mom tomorrow but decided to be lazy instead since I did a lower body workout this morning.

Have I said how much I love the age Chloe is at?!


And supper was part two of our Chef’s Plate!


Speaking of meals, here is next week’s meal plan:

foodie friday

Saturday – Chicken Stir-Fry – Natasha’s Kitchen

Sunday – Grilled Veggie Quesadillas with Goat Cheese

Monday – Zucchini Pizza Boats – Budget Bytes

Tuesday – Away

Wednesday – Salmon burgers & garden salad

Thursday – Light Turkey & Kale Pasta Bake – ifoodreal

Friday – Parmesan-Herb Roasted Potatoes (Cooking Classy), green bean salad and smokies

As well, almost every night I pick one or two veggies to make so that are eating through all the ones from our CSA box.

Today we are hanging out with my Mom in Calgary for the day, then this weekend we have to do some yard work and I have a 22km run. That is about all though!


Weekend Recap

I cannot believe it is August 15th! I love summer but fall is my favourite so I am already a tad excited for that. As well this week marks my half way point in my maternity leave – SO crazy!


We went out to Ellis Bird Farm with my Grandma. Long story short, we were there still at nap time and that did not go over well for anyone. But Avery still had a ton of fun, from petting goats and catching minnows (with her bare hands – YUCK).

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That afternoon we returned some stuff to Old Navy, and tried to find some things for myself which was a fail. I feel like all their clothes doubled in size or the styles are really baggy. Even Avery said “too big, maybe not Mom” to everything I tried on. Boo.

A beautiful evening called for a walk and park trip:



My brother hooked us up with Netflix so after the girls were in bed we watched The Do Over which turned out to be a good movie.


We made an early trip to the market and once I got there I remembered the hummus guy was not there ๐Ÿ™ Avery got mini donuts and picked out flowers for her Grandma since it was her birthday party later on.

Oh and total Mom win – I semi did her hair with a cute side braid. This is a big deal to me, I cannot do hair whatsoever so this made my day:


The rest of our Saturday was filled with parties, first a friend’s daughter turned one and then Chad’s step-mom turned 60.


It was a great afternoon and evening and by the time we got home it was after 9pm so we called it a night!


My training plan called for a long run of 18km, I told Chad he and the girls did not need to join for all but he was up for it so off we went. We had no idea how far to go and when to turn around so we ended up doing 19.92km! Poor Chad pushed the girls up the massive hill (below) and then I made him take a photo with me at the top, wife of the year ๐Ÿ˜‰

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I was SO proud of Chad and the girls – such great training partners!

Our Sunday was then filled with garage organizing now that our shed is built, house chores and having my Mom for supper – and no photos!


Weekend Recap

This weekend was pretty muddy because we spent most of our weekend at the Mud Hero race!


We met some friends at the beach for the morning:

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Oh and I have to share this, I was getting ready in the morning and the girls were watching Sesame Street together ๐Ÿ™‚


Our afternoon was spent running some errands and going to my work for a visit.

After supper we went for ice cream which resulted in a major tantrum for Avery – sigh.


I ran my fourth Mud Hero race!! I want to save most of the fun for my recap this week, but as usual it was a great time. Maybe even my favourite year yet. I noticed a huge difference in my strength – thanks Hard Corps!

A few photos:

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By the time we got stopped for lunch, got home, showered and headed out to get groceries and got back home it was supper time! We had a low key evening watching the Olympics.

Avery at supper, princess crown, back-up and all:



I had 17km on my training plan and for one of the first times I did not do what was on my plan. It was raining and I had no motivation to run outside. I finally convinced myself to a treadmill run. It was pretty fast so by 14km (5:25min/km) my legs were done and I could smell pancakes that Chad had made so called it a day.


SO sweaty!!

The rest of the day was spent back at Mud Hero, this time my Mom and brother came as well to watch Chad to the Ultra (10km). We also saw so many blog friends! Beckyย &ย Liam, Alison and family, Kaella and Jen!

20160807_122219 IMG_20160807_131729ย I missed Chad at the finish line for two reasons – one they started late and I did not know and he was WAY faster than we thought he would be. I was coming back from the bathroom and was sure I saw him at the finish and it was him!ย He did the 10km in 1 hour 17 mins, which is amazing! He was 15th overall!


No, he is not wearing a dress his shirt stretched from all the weight!

We enjoyed some beverages in the beer garden then headed home. The rest of the day was spent cleaning and catching up on things at home. I think weekends need to be three days, especially in the summer!