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Foodie Friday

How the heck is it Friday?! Looking back on our week it has been crazy.

Monday was pretty quiet, Avery and I did a 7km run after supper -she fell asleep around 3km after she took this photo:

Oh and early morning deck cuddles to start our week:

Tuesday night around 7pm we were meeting with some landscapers in our kitchen (which is all windows around us) and I had my back to the window when everyone else was like “oh crap!”. I turned around to barely see anything outside and what looked to be a massive dust storm and winds. The wind took a gazebo from the house across the alley and crumpled it. We all watched out the window while I debated going into the basement. I fratically tried to check for tornado warnings but had no data of wifi. This lasted 5-10 minutes before it kind of calmed down.

Sadly, our poor city was badly damaged. We are known for the beautiful parks, trails and trees we have and there are huge losses. 100 year old trees ripped up by their roots onto houses, cars, power lines, roads and more. Sheds, buildings and roofs destroyed by the wind and debris. You can see photos here. We were lucky and only lost one small piece of siding on our house and our rental house was fine too. And the good news? There was no serious injuries from the storm!

It was a beautiful day beforehand though!

Oh and I tried out a new virtual reality game at a local theatre – job perks 😉

Wednesday I took off the afternoon, between no computer at work (it was being fixed), and a teething one year old I decided to work at home and have a quiet afternoon. We took a walk to the park too.

Later we went to our neighbour’s as they were hosting supper. By the time we got home I was so tired all I could think of doing was sleeping!

Yesterday we did not do much, my Grandma came for supper and then we had a quiet evening which is what I needed.

Onto meal planning.

Saturday – Salmon burgers & Kale Caesar Salad – Gimme Some Oven

Sunday  – Tuna Casserole

Monday – Asian Peanut Chicken Lettuce Wraps & sweet potato fries – Well Plated

Tuesday – Chefs Plate (referral link)

Wednesday – Chefs Plate (referral link)

Thursday – Work Event

Friday – Kale Chicken Sausage Pizza – Real Food by Dad

I am pretty darn excited for this weekend – tomorrow I am heading south to see some of my favourite blogging friends and kids/babies for a much overdue visit and then tomorrow evening going to a local market here with some of my favourite vendors! Sunday we will probably go exploring as a family and enjoy the sun!


Race Recap – Troubled Monk 10km

This is our second year doing this race and the second annual Troubled Monk run. I might be bias but this is hands down one great event and race.

100% of your registration is a tax receipt – so right there, how can you not sign up? Then you get beer at the finish – FREE beer (or craft soda) from the best local brewery. This year runners also got salads and a hot dog at the end. Oh and part of the race package was a beer glass and coaster!

There are three distances, 5km, 10km and the half marathon which was new this year with 36 runners, overall I think there was 350. And they had a free 1.5km kids race!

This race starts right at the Troubled Monk brewery and takes you through some of the beautiful trails in our city. Our trails are not an easy run though – the hills – OY! There are four hills, two smaller, two bigger ones. But then ends after a downhill 🙂

Going into the race we only wanted to come in under 55 minutes since we had the double Chariot. I joked I might run alone and ditch Chad and he said I could but that would not have been near as fun or felt as accomplished!

At the start line:

Kegs at the start line – of course!


We made a mistake of being nice and going to the back at the start since we had the stroller but then spent the first 1.5km trying to pass people on the narrow trails which is frustrating at times, especially when people have music on and cannot hear you.

Like most runs our game plan is pretty simple, Chad takes the stroller and when he needs a break I take it except hills – that is all him (yeah, he is amazing!) then I take it after the hills so he gets a break. It is a team effort 🙂

The race flew by, even on the long hill we managed to truck up it without stopping except for one water break – I forgot my handheld bottle!

And even more amazing?! The first 5km the girls chatted away and loved seeing all the runners then around 6km they both passed out:

The weather was perfect, sunny but not too hot with a little wind. We kept a good pace of 5.15 mins/km except for that first 1.5km and the hills and finished in 53:06! Not too bad at all and a time we were really happy with.

Afterwards, we stuck around, got our food and drinks while the girls napped a tad longer. Thanks to Becky for taking this family photo!

We decided to put Avery into the free 1.5km kids race since she can run that far. But like a lot of things with 3 year olds that did not go as planned. She lined up all excited, told me I could not run with her and was happy. Then she got pushed back a bit so she was not at the front and was mad about that when they said go! I am sure we can all guess what happened next! The kids took off and she started to cry that she was now left behind. But she was crying TO run so off we went and ran maybe 400m before coming back (still whining and crying) and at the end she got her ribbon and sucker. Sigh! But if you ask her today she will tell you she ran and won 😉


Weekend Recap

With this week being officially summer I counted the days I had off until September (when to me summer is over) and I have 30 days. Which seems like a lot but at the same time I know it will fly by with summer activities, events and all the other usual weekend/life things. This weekend was a glimpse into our summer…


I was on the fence if I wanted to run with my race the next morning but decided on a fast 5km, I did 5km in 24 minutes and called it a night! We watched Table 19 later which was not too bad for a comedy.


We had the Troubled Monk 10km so spent the morning at the race since it is much more than that – beer, drinks, and music! I will recap the race this week 🙂

Since Chloe napped on the race when we got home she was not having her usual nap so we played outside for the afternoon.

It was the perfect temperature, not too hot with some clouds.

We had my Mom over for supper then later my brothers and girlfriends came over for a games night – I stayed up way too late and might have had a tad too much wine 😉


Thankfully the girls let us sleep until 7am! We spent a couple hours doing chores etc before heading out for brunch with Chad’s family at his Dad’s camping area. We only spent a couple hours there since after we had a surprise birthday party to attend in another town.

Trying to get a photo before we left, one looked at me, the other looked away – repeat x10, kids 😉

Both girls had mini naps on the drive to the party, which was just long enough to power through a couple hours there before heading back home. Both girls fell asleep again on the way home so we took the long way and grabbed iced coffees for the drive.

Our 2017 Father’s Day photo:

I think this guy deserves WAY more than what I pulled together for his day, but I did manage to do these photos for his office:

We had an early supper then headed to the park for an hour before baths and bed.

Such a busy weekend but that is summer! This week is another busy one, we have landscapers coming to go over our yard plan, our neighbours are hosting a BBQ & I need to find a time to have my Grandma visit the girls since we had no time this weekend.




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 😉 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 opinions expressed in this post are my own.

Weekend Recap

Is it possible that a weekend can leave one so exhausteed yet satisfied? Because that is how I feel these days. We pack a lot into two days since during the week our family fun time is limited.


Not much exciting to share, I went for a run & Chad assembled our new patio furniture.


We swapped our long run for Saturday morning and boy did our legs struggle – we will blame the Friday run and Thursday leg workouts 😉

The girls looking too cute for a run:

We ran 14.5km before calling it quits.

Our afternoon was spent biking just over 15km to a little farm in our city (Sunnybrook for locals). It is easily one of our favourite summer places to visit. We met my Mom, brother and his girlfriend there too.

The animals are all so good with kids, both girls love animals so they were in their element.

After supper Avery and I cleaned up to go to a Peter Pan musical that a youth theater group put on.

I was beyond impressed and will be going to their future shows for sure!


We had a semi slow Sunday morning until we headed to the neighbourhood clean up and BBQ. I helped with set-up while Chad and Avery did clean up. It is so awesome to be part of a great neighbourhood that puts these things together. I sit on the community board and love being able to plan these event with like-minded neighbours. We had a bouncy castle for the kids, face painting and the free BBQ.

I only took one photo of Avery’s face painting:

The rest of the day was spent visiting with my brother and his girlfriend, going to get Chloe a helmet and looking at stain for an outdoor project.

And that was our weekend! We have another busy week, Chad has a work event, I am out of town for work one day, have a dentist appointment a work luncheon and Friday we are off work and as long as the weather holds we are heading out on a hike for the day.