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A personal touch

 Walls are up!


Dining room lighting

Vintage wine casing for the kitchen

Sun room bird cage from Olive and Elle

Dining room accent wall from Athropologie


Over these past couple weeks the house has really started to come together! I’m so excited to be in our own space and to put my own little touches on things. I’ve really enjoyed building because it has given me time to shop around for amazing deals and really find some amazing thrift itmes. Next weekend the three of us are heading down to the coast to find some final pieces before the big move in! EEEKKK SO EXCITED! Here are a few items I have picked up over the past couple months. I can’t wait to see it all pulled together.

Hope for the Holiday



Hey Everyone,
On December -3-2011 with the help of lululemon athletica, I’m hosting our first Hope for the Holidays charity run and I want to officially invite you to join me in bringing lots of joy to Kelowna this holiday season. On the day of the race you have the option of either bringing a minimum donation of $20. or a non-perishable food item for the Kelowna food bank. All money donated will be going to our local organization (Houses of Mercy) which helps families in need celebrate Christmas.

Where to train:?
Every saturday morning @7am we will be meeting at lululemon downtown and training for both the 10k and Half marathon. We have a great group of coached who are supporting the runners with nutrition advice, running tips and training advice. 

Do I have to be a runner already?
No!!! If you have never run before or you are a devoted runner this is the clinic for you! We have coaches for all levels.

Is this a timed event?
Maybe you want to breeze through this run or take a nice saturday run…It’s your option! We just want you to show up,have a great time and enjoy raising money for this amazing cause!

Come out and Enjoy this Saturday!
If you have any questions please feel free to post them on the facebook event wall! The event name is (Hope for the Holiday).






Lessons learned with broccoli soup




Today I decided to take on the task of making my first pot of Clean Eating broccoli soup. I combined ideas from  Weight Watchers, Skinnyt Taste and my own version of broccoli soup. Needless to say my excitement quickly desolved as I gave life to this watery,tasteless soup that did nothing but feed my families eagerness to hit up Wendy’s! I was not giving up though….I wanted good soup and I was getting it! So I made some alternations and I can honestly tell you it turned out to be a success! 

My learnings with this soup-

1-When your making a healthier soup option,cook it in a slow cooker to allow the soup to thicken more and really pull from the flavours you add.

2-Add hot sauce! It gives it a little zesty zing

3-Quinoa is a great protein option and it helps thicken your soup

Do you have any helpful soup tips? I always love to learn something new…..


Broccoli Soup:

1 small onion , chopped

4 cups of broccoli florets, chopped into small pieces

2 cloves of garlic

2 Tbsp of hot sauce

4cups no salt chicken or vegetable broth

2 cups almond milk or non-fat evaporated milk

2 cups cooked quinoa

1-1/2 cups low fat cheddar

salt and pepper to taste


Chop onions and broccoli up into small pieces

Place all ingredients on slow cooker on high for 2 hours

Once broccoli is soft place florets in your magic bullet with a small amount of your soup broth and blend. Add cheese for your final touch! Enjoy~~*

Family Photo Day


What I Wore

                            Thrifted Blouse-Frock,Jeans-Zara,Boots-Kenneth Cole,50’s vintage pearl bracelet-Frock


What McCarthy Wore-

Skinny Jeans-H&M (Gifted from Auntie Steph),Button Up-H&M,Cardigan-JoeFresh,Socks-H&M,Loafers-JoeFresh,Hat-JoeFresh

What Troy Wore-

Hat-Zara,Button Up-Zara,Jeans-Joe,Loafers-Steve Madden


Time goes so quickly……

I love these photos and they melt my heart every time I look at them! Thank you to Clayton Arnall for spending a freezing  Saturday afternoon with us and capturing such great memories. 



Mustard Jeans-Forever21,Vintage Blouse-Thrifted,V-kneck sweater-Tweaked and Yummy,Loafers-Old Navy,Bracelets-Forever21,Watch-Guess,Bag-Nordstroms.Belt-H&M 

Little vintage blouses,Sweaters and Coloured jeans-My three loves this fall season. There are so many great trends happening in fall fashion this year-So where does one start when building a collection without sacrificing your monthly food budget. Work with whatcha got! I love giving life to pieces in my closet that just need the excitement of pairing them with a great new pair of mustard colored jeans or the perfect little pencil skirt.This weekend escape to your closet,get inspired and who knows you may just fall in love all over again…Enjoy~~* 

What’s in your mental shopping basket this fall?

Photos taken by Rhys Albrecht


How Bad Do You Want It?


If your feeling lazy today, I want you to stop and take a minute out of your day to watch this video. Then reassess your day.


                                                                Today’s Workout:

Warm Up-

2 min jump rope-50 box jumps


10 push ups

10 pull ups (if you are not able to perform pull ups, replace the pull up with a lateral pull down)

10 box jumps

10 kettle bell swings

Perform 6 x at a timed pace

Finish off your workout with:

12 overhead squats and 20 wall balls.

Repeat this section 3 x


Pumpkin Dessert

This past weekend of teething and sleepless nights didn’t exactingly set my week off to a successful start. Since Sunday I have honestly felt like I’ve been walking through this week with the worste foggy brain and lack luster attitude. How does one recover from something like this? Shop and bake of course!

Yesterday I headed to Frock for a little head clearing break and found this amazing little blouse. There is something about buying second hand clothing that just makes me feel a little bit lighter.


Today I woke up with the worst knots in my back (I have a feeling all the late night walks/rocking are to blame for this) and I decided..Fricken knots you will not beat me! I’m going shopping and baking the snot out of this afternoon. For me baking is yet another activity that rates high on my stress release chart. There is something so beautiful to me about creating something yummy, healthy and making someone smile with enjoyment. i hope your family enjoys these tasty treats as much as mine did. Enjoy~~*


Thanksgiving is coming and rather then torturing yourself and refusing every delicious dessert that is passed around the table, I’m going to show you a couple great options to get you through this weekend without completely blowing your diet.  I did include a frosting recipe that you can use for both of these dessert. If your looking to cut back on the calories leave the frosting out, both of these dessert and fabulous without it! 

Pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese frosting:


  • 18.25 oz Betty Crocker Golden Vanilla Super Moist Cake Mix*
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup canned 100% pure pumpkin
  • 1 cup water

For the Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 8 oz Philadelphia 1/3 fat cream cheese (do not use fat free)
  • 1/2 cup pureed pumpkin (canned is fine)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

Pumpkin Bean Brownies:


  • coconut oil 
  • 1 oz dark organic chocolate (70% cocoa or greater)
  • 1 1/2 cups soft-cooked black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/4 heaped cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup raw organic honey


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Melt your dark chocolate over medium heat, place liguid items in magic bullet followed by all your dry ingredients. Blend for 2 minutes or till liquid is clump free. Lightly coat pan with coconut oil, pour mixture into a 9×9 2 inch pan and let the magic happen! Top with your pumpkin cream cheese frosting or for a healthier option serve with Greek yogurt.





Unhealthy, lack of tone, loose skin, low energy and a poor diet. What causes this unhealthy condition of skinny-fat? Lack of exercise, sedentary job environments, indulging in more then just a weekend treat, too much alcohol, cigarettes and anything else you can light;) The interesting thing about this condition is the fact that the average north American is so brain washed by food companies that slap deceiving information of food items to make them appear safe and healthy for your family. How do you fight back against a population that has a ever growing risk of heart disease and risk of child obesity? First off head to your local nutritionists and get your body fat tested and then take a look at some of these helpful tips for a healthy body!


1-Educate yourself-How? Read the nutrition label on all food items. How to read a label:

2-Focus on fresh and colorful-When filling your shopping cart you want to focus on items that are whole foods that are packed with nutrition, add color to your plate and health to your lifestyle. By consuming more fruits, veggies and lean protein you are actively fighting the most common killers of our generation-  heart disease, diabetes, obesity and stroke. Shopping list ideas:

3-Get Outside-Not only does it keep you busy and decreases your chances of getting bored and heading to the snack cupboard for just one more chip….It also increases your intake of Vitamin D which offers significant disease prevention and increase of positive energy in the body.

4-Replace the jiggle-There is no other way  to do it then getting your body moving and adding weight training to your workouts.

Strength training has benefits that go well beyond the appearance of nicely toned muscles. Your balance and coordination will improve, as will your posture. More importantly, if you have poor flexibility and balance, strength training can reduce your risk of falling by as much as 40 percent, a crucial benefit, especially as you get older.

Studies have documented the many wellness benefits of strength training. If you have arthritis, strength training can be as effective as medication in decreasing arthritis pain. Strength training can help post-menopausal women increase their bone density and reduce the risk of bone fractures. And for the 14 million Americans with type 2 diabetes, strength training along with other healthy lifestyle changes can help improve glucose control.

You burn calories during strength training, and your body continues to burn calories after strength training, a process called “physiologic homework.” More calories are used to make and maintain muscle than fat, and in fact strength training can boost your metabolism by 15 percent — that can really jumpstart a weight loss plan.

Okay now that you have all this information it’s time to get your body moving!