Current Faves!

Sooo it has been awhile since I have done one these posts and it is LONG overdue!

1 – This Cookbook. You GUYS, you have to get this one. I have made a few things from it so far and every single recipe is amazing and best of its kind! Now can I just stay home and bake all day?

My faves so far from it, the Orange Scones & Banana Bread!

2 – Playing Games with Avery. I am not one to enjoy much “playing” but games? Yes, please! We got lucky and picked up some second hand at a garage sale for only $1 each! We love this version of Guess Who:

3 – Beautycounter – duh. I have switched out all my personal care products to Beautycounter now and loving the results, added bonus? I feel good about what I am putting on my skin! I picked three to chat more about right now but could talk about way more and will if you have any questions! One of my favourite parts about joining Beautycounter has been learning about the company, their products, safer beauty laws and exactly what is in our personal care products.

The new Overnight Resurfacing Peel, which quickly has become a customer fave! This really is not a “peel” but that is because it is simple & safe (without chemicals)!  It can help with many concerns such as dark spots, acne scars, hyperpigmentation, sun damage, pores, fine lines. Personally, I have noticed a complete change in the texture of my skin using this, it is consistently so soft. It is easy to use 3-4 times a week, after washing and before your moisturizer and you leave it on overnight!

Another new Beautycounter product, the Luminous Powder Highlighter.  This was part of a launch of all new performance powders (also blush and eyeshadows). It was designed with “one swipe colour intensity” meaning you will have a richer colour payoff with less product (I have personally witnessed this compared to other powders), it is long lasting and free of heavy metals. I love using this powder to highlight my cheekbones, and around my eyes (since I always need to look more awake) and find it has the perfect amount of shimmer without looking silly.

This is another customer favourite, the Balancing Mask (charcoal). To be honest this was not a favourite for me the first time I used it BUT now that I have found the right products for me (as well have fully switched to BC) I love it. I use this mask two days a week and it helps keep breakouts away as well as keeps my skin smooth. Which is exactly what it is designed to do – deep-clean and balance, absorb excess oil and draw out impurities.

AND while I did not know this at the time of this post, starting today Beautycounter has a HUGE deal!! Som exclusions do apply, but if you have any questions let me know! My “shop” link is here as well on the side.

3- Similar to Beautycounter we switched out other personal care products to Rocky Mountain Soap Company, another toxin free company. The girls LOVE their kid’s root beer bubble bath and I love the lavender natural deodorant – I never thought I could like a natural deodorant.

4 – After months of thinking about it I switched to a backpack versus my large carry-all bag I was using. Both are Lululemon and I loved the bag for all is features (I used it instead of a diaper bag) but it was just not practical, especially in the summer. I went with the Carry Onward Backpack (they only have the mini online here):

I don’t use this during the week for work but leave it packed so I am just swapping my essentials out. I have to say I never thought I would use a backpack again!

5 – Nut Butter filled CLIF bars. I admit here these are very addicting! I first had some new flavours in the States so was excited when I received this package with those favours again!

I try to avoid a ton of processed foods but having a bar I can grab and go on a busy summer day (hello, beach snacks!) is key! I liked all the flavours but my favourite is the Caramel Chocolate Peanut Butter.

There you guys go some of my summer faves! Even if there is only a few weeks of summer left!


Long Weekend Snapshots

And like that August long weekend is done! Ahh! It became even more surreal when Avery and I went school supply shopping for her as well. I am not sure what to think of summer coming to an end AND Miss.Avery going to school buttt here we are.

I took Friday off to spend the day with the girls. Yeah, I barely work full weeks anymore 😉 My plan this summer was instead of two weeks off at home, take one week and then the other take long weekends, and it has been great for us! The day involved a run, library trip, donuts, the park and game playing:

Later we went downtown for a car show:

This photo might be my new fave!

Despite the not so great forecast we took the girls to Calaway Park Saturday, we did get rained on but luckily not too bad and I like to think the weather kept away some crowds as it was busy enough for us! The girls did not care about the rain and of course LOVED the rides!

Sunday was a home day, with our long run and afternoon spent in the backyard.


Monday we spent at the beach —> the girls are beach obsessed!!

We like to get there early and leave after lunch, so that we are home in time not to rush around for supper and all the chores I ignored all weekend 😉

The week ahead looks HOT! So while I am semi sad I am working I also will be thankful for AC all day and hopefully we can spend our evenings outside 🙂


Foodie Friday

Happy August! Since it was a quiet week (home wise, work was crazy) I will just share a few phone from the week:

Evening park trips:

This kid kills me:

Most nights by goal is to be done everything by 8:30pm so I can get an hour of R&R before bed. But summer seems to be busier so that has been pushed back and back, which is also why posts are a struggle!

Anyways, food time!

Saturday – Fish Tacos with mango salsa

Sunday – Smokies & Spinach Chickpea and Quinoa Salad – Budget Bytes

Monday – Turkey Burgers & Summer Kale & Blueberry Salad – Coley Cooks

Tuesday – Peanut Tofu Buddha Bowls  – Delish Knowledge 

Wednesday – Summer Chicken Wraps & sweet potato fries – Iowa Girl Eats

Thursday – Chicken & Broccoli Slaw with peanut sauce –   Calluna Nutrition 

Friday – Greek chicken salad & garlic toast – Calluna Nutrition 

And it is another long weekend! I have today off as well and we have a lot planned this weekend, Calaway Park, the beach, and a car show.

Enjoy your long weekends!


Weekend Snapshots

The last weekend of July?! Ahh. August for us is this year is a whole new thing since at the end of the month Avery starts Kindergarten!

This weekend was HOT. But I am not complaininhere!

I took Friday off to have a beach day with the girls. Weekday mornings at the beach are the best!

Both girls are beach obsessed – like me 🙂

We spent a lot of time in the backyard pool, with water balloons and just playing to beat the heat.

We celebrated my Mom’s birthday. Don’t mind Chloe’s dress, my Grandma gave it to her so we use it for dress up 😉

Sunday run! Which I forgot was supposed to be 14km, I was not thinking it was time to be back into half training already!

Sunday we went to a local street performers festival since Chad was there volunteering. The girls enjoyed watching roving entertainment, playing and the treats more than the performances.

We had such a busy and fun July, but I still cannot believe it is over!


Foodie Friday

One day I might get back to posting more than twice a week but these summer days are flying by at record speed and honestly sitting down even twice a week at the computer to do these posts is a struggle (in the best way).

We had an off week, Avery had a (failed) dentist appointment, the girls fought (too much) and most nights I was done by 8pm! So in true Mom fashion I took today off to spend some quality time with them 😉

Nightly wrestling matches:

Avery and I went for pedicures (manicure for her too):

How I found Avery after my run one night, she fell asleep doing workbooks.

Moving straight into meal planning! Usually I start to crave fall meals by mid summer but I am really loving salads, the BBQ and easy meals right now.

Saturday – OUT

Sunday – Black Bean burgers & Chopped Kale Greek Salad – Gimme Some Oven

Monday – Turkey Taco Burrito Bowls – Together as a Family

Tuesday – Slow Cooker Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken – Budget Bytes

Wednesday – Penne with Bursted Cherry Tomato Sauce – Calluna Nutrition 

ThursdayHoney Lime Salmon, roasted broccoli and garlic toast

Friday – Toasted Veggie Sandwich & sweet potato fries – Calluna Nutrition 

This weekend should be hot so I suspect we will have a pool afternoon, then maybe go down to the street performer festival that is on this weekend 🙂