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Leave the belly to Santa

 

 

Okay, I may be a weirdo in your books, but I truly enjoy Christmas treats that are healthy! I walk away from holiday parties not feeling like junk or that I’ve thrown all my hard work out the window. Here are a few of my favourite holiday treats and snacks. Enjoy~~*

 

Gluten free double chocolate mint cookies

1 cup unsalted almond butter

1 egg

3/4 cup sucanat

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 cup dark coco powder

crushed candy canes for topping “optional”

Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes, allow to cool and enjoy

 

Christmas in a glass

1 cup almond milk

2 cups spinach

1 scoop chocolate protein powder

1/2 banana

1/4 tsp peppermint extract 

5 ice cubes

Blend and enjoy!

 


Chocolate Mint Wafers

38 calories per cookie

4 ounces dark chocolate candy coating

1/8 to 1/4 tsp peppermint extract

18-24 vanilla wafers

In a small double boiler, place chocolate candy coating and extract

Slowly stir at a medium heat till chocolate is smooth

Dip wafers and allow excess to drip off

place on parchment paper and allow to set

enjoy!

 

Clean Eating Greek yogurt cheesecakes

This one is a little more work then the others, but so worth it!

  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • 6 tbsp rolled oats
  • 2 tbsp almond flour
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 5 packets stevia, divided
  • 2 tsp coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tsp unsweetened plain almond milk
  • 4 oz low-fat cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 tbsp raw honey
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt (TRY: FAGE Total 0%)

COMPOTE

  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1 tsp arrowroot powder
  • 2 packets stevia, or to taste
  • 1 cup frozen mixed berries
  • 1 tsp orange zest

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Turn a 5- to 6-qt slow cooker on high. Coat 4 6-oz ramekins with cooking spray.
  2. In the bowl of a food processor, process oats, flour, cinnamon and 1 packet stevia until finely ground. Add oil and milk and pulse until mixture forms wet crumbs. Divide oat mixture among ramekins, pressing down with the back of a small spoon or your fingertips to cover bottoms. Transfer ramekins to slow cooker, cover and cook for 15 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese, honey and remaining 4 packets stevia with an electric hand mixer on medium speed until smooth and fluffy. Add egg and egg white, and beat until just combined. Add vanilla and lemon juice and beat until just combined. Add yogurt and beat just until combined.
  4. Bring a kettle of water to a boil. Spoon cheesecake batter into ramekins, dividing evenly. Carefully pour enough boiling water into bottom of slow cooker to reach about 1/2 inch up sides of ramekins. Decrease heat to low and drape a clean dish towel over the opening of slow cooker to prevent condensation from collecting on lid and falling into cheesecakes; place cover over top. Cook for 1 hour. NOTE: Do not remove dish towel or lid while cooking.
  5. Meanwhile, prepare compote: In a small saucepan, combine orange juice, 2 tbsp water, arrowroot powder and 2 packets stevia. Add berries and orange zest and place on high heat. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-high and simmer until berries soften, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature. Transfer to a small bowl, cover and refrigerate until needed.
  6. Turn off slow cooker and let cheesecakes cool to room temperature, covered, for about 1 hour, 30 minutes. Remove ramekins from slow cooker and slide a thin knife around the edge of each cheesecake to loosen. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours. Carefully unmold cheesecakes with a knife and serve with compote, dividing evenly.

 

HAPPY HEALTHY HOLIDAYS!!!

First Moments

 

 

These past three weeks of being a mom to two boys has flown by.  Bennett Jonathan came into the world on  November 26th at 1:02 am.  With McCarthy we had done a home birth at our midwives clinic, but this time we decided to have the baby at our house.  Both births were done in water and both were amazing experiences, but unlike McCarthy’s labour of 24 hours, Bennett came into the world with a quick 5 hour labour and 7 minutes of pushing.  Having two little men in the house is defiantly a change and a challenge at moments, but the love I have for these little boys is something I wouldn’t trade for anything. As I was feeding Bennett this morning, I was reading over some of my favourite blogs and on one of them a husband was describing how in awe he was of his wife and her love for her children. After getting just a little choked up, I had some time to reflect. Whenever I have a few moments to do this, I feel so blessed and thankful for how full my life is. Although my story is not what I would have told you it was going to be 5-10 years ago, I know one thing is for sure! I was created to show my children what true, honest and unwavering love is. Anything else I end up doing with my life is just a bonus and will always play second fiddle to the love I have for my family. 

I hope you enjoy~~*

Weigh in and first physical done by our Midwife “Cammie”

McCarthy is so excited about his new brother and is spoiling him daily with kisses and hugs 

First outing to the chiropractors, at 1 day old

Dr. Mike “Rhino Chiropractic”

First morning snuggle

First Christmas party at 5 days old 

39 Weeks Captured…

 
 

 

This pregnancy we decided to take a stab at shooting the belly pictures ourselves and put our photography budget towards family photos post baby.  I did a little homework on my own before giving Troy instructions on what I was trying to capture with the photos.  I wanted the main focus to be the belly and not how my face looked, the lighting, or if I had the right lip gloss on for the shot. I wanted them to look as natural as possible and capture the beauty that I feel when I’m alone with Baby B. I think Troy did a amazing job and I’m so thankful for a husband who has been so supportive and reminded me every day how beautiful he thinks I am. I love you Troy! I hope you enjoy~~*

Breaking the Silence

  

Week 36

Week 37

This past month, I decided to put all my focus towards my family and my growing belly. This may seem like a obvious thing to do in my last month of pregnancy, but slowing down and not having a hundred things on my plate is challenging for me. I’m proud to announce I have made progress in this area and I no longer feel as though I need to be going non-stop all hours of the day.  Now before you celebrate my laziness…I didn’t say I stopped living! This past month has been filled with every DIY project I could fit into nap time, lots of reading, baking, cooking and yes working out! I have lots of projects, recipes and learnings to share with you from my blogging sabbatical so stay tuned!

Here is a look at just a few of my favourite moments and projects from this month.

Enjoy~~*

 

 

                                                                           Before-

 

After

I found this lovely vintage hutch on Craigslist for a real steal and decided it to make it into the perfect book case for our office. It was definitely one of my most challenging projects due to the age of the wood (lots of stripping) and the amount of glass! 

 

Before-

One morning while buying paint for another DIY project, I ran into one of the lovely ladies from the studio I work at. She encouraged me to look into chair spray painting on Pinterest for a new DIY project.  This lovely chair was a gift from my mother in-law who found it at a thrift store and just couldn’t resist the deal and good structure. I was going to have it professionally  reupholstered, but after getting a quote of $350-$500 I decided to learn how to do it myself or find another option.  After looking at several blogs on spray paining material, I decided to try this project with fabric paint to keep the soft feel of the fabric. The downside to using fabric spray paint is that the material soaks it up very quickly, and at the steep price of $10.00/can with 8 cans needed to finish a chair, your cheap DIY project suddenly just got a lot more expensive! After going through 5 cans and only coming up with a light finish (as you can see below) I decided it was time to try another method. I had read  a blog on spray painting material with regular paint and decided to give it a shot. I strongly suggest you perform this project on a piece you would use more as a occasional chair (I chose my office chair) due to the fact that the material will be a bit stiffer. Even with its slightly stiff fabric, I’m thrilled with the result of 2 cans of spray paint! This chair adds so much to the room and I love it!

After 3 cans of fabric paint-

New and Improved!

2 cans of regular spray paint

 

 

Bar star and Pretty little things

 

I just love walking into a Salvation Army and finding little gems like these sitting around.  I was on the hunt for the perfect corner chairs to add that special touch to the room and I instantly saw potential in these beauties. Coming in at the wonderful price of $15.00 I couldn’t go wrong. My total ending cost for the finished chairs with paint and fabric was $30.00.

 

 Before

 

I decided, after much debating, that it was time to invest in a paint sprayer. With so many new projects in the works, this handy little tool has cut my hours of work down to 10 minutes! Before making this decision I watched many YouTube tutorials on paint sprayers and read countless blog reviews  (exciting life, right??). If you are in the market for a paint sprayer, I’ve listed some of my learning pros and cons for you below.

Pros:

Huge time saver

Leaves furniture looking professional with a glass like finish

No brush marks

Cost efficient. $130

I decided on the Wagner paint sprayer because you can spray upside down which lots of other brands cannot

 

Cons:

Risk of over spray which will cause thick paint and dripping

Takes more time to clean up then your traditional paint brush

Painting space is a must to complete your job, other wise you will be spray painting your surroundings as well

 

New purchase/Wagner

Finished product

 

Material was purchased from Chintz

 

With all these projects on the go, I find it hard to make sure I’m fueling my body throughout the day. This week I made some delicious Quinoa power bars to keep me focused and on track with my eating.

Enjoy~~*

 


2 1/2 cups cooked quinoa. You can also do half quick oats half quinoa 

4 eggs, beaten

1/3 cup Almond milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 Tbsp cinnamon

1/3 cup Maple Syrup (Note: you can leave this out, they just won’t be as sweet)

Optional add nuts and some dried fruit! I added some figs to mine.

 

Preheat oven to 375

grease your baking dish with coconut oil

Once all ingredients are mixed thoroughly together, pour into baking dish. 

Place in oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.

Allow to cool and Enjoy~~*


2 1/2 cups cooked quinoa. You can also do half quick oats half quinoa 

4 eggs, beaten

1/3 cup Almond milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 Tbsp cinnamon

1/3 cup Maple Syrup (Note: you can leave this out, they just won’t be as sweet)

Optional add nuts and some dried fruit! I added some figs to mine.

 

Preheat oven to 375

grease your baking dish with coconut oil

Once all ingredients are mixed thoroughly together, pour into baking dish. 

Place in oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.

Allow to cool and Enjoy~~*

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder…

  

 

To say I’m blessed with some of the most amazing women in my life is by far a huge understatement. I think whenever you enter into a family like my husband’s, you are not only overwhelmed with how close they are you are also very nervous that you may never be able to catch up with all their inside jokes or stories and memories. What I’ve learned! Make your own memories and watch your own inside jokes and stories start to blossom.  Every chance I get to hang out with my Mother In-law and Sister In-law I savour.  We recently planned a trip to visit Jillian in Vancouver with the sole purpose of thrifting and coming up with some new DIY crafts together. Thrifting is something all three of us absolutely love! Put us in a room filled with old furniture, smelly clothing, random dishes and watch our wheels start to turn. This particular trip was beyond successful, as you can see from my overly filled car. Not only did I find every single piece I was searching for, I also fell in love with a wonderful store called Chintz. If you haven’t had the pleasure of experiencing this gold mine of furniture, textiles and every beautiful item you could ever decorate your house with, I encourage you to check them out. There were a couple times, as I was selecting material for re-covering chairs, I had to actually step away from the textiles section to catch my breath because it was so overwhelming!. It was one of the best moments of my weekend. Not only is this store amazing, their staff are also some of the most friendly and helpful people you will come across in retail.  Over the next week I will be posting my DIY projects. I’ve been a very busy pregnant girl to say the least. I’m forcing myself to spread out this blog post and not show you everything at once! Tonight I will be sharing with you the new editions to my dining room. ENJOY~~*

Just one of the many beautiful walls of textiles at Chintz

Before

I have one of the most supportive and helpful husband’s in the world! 

 

 After

Choosing material for re-covering my chairs was such a huge task! There were isles and isles of beautiful materials to chose from at Chintz. I decided to go with this beautiful gray pattern to help                                                pull from the color of the birds in my wallpaper.

I found this beautiful gem at a salvation army in Vancouver for $35.00 

 Money well spent

New Sideboard to hide McCarthy’s toys

 With these pieces I decided to try out Vintage edging in the wood and I love it!

 

 Looking for a exciting new read? Check out Jillians Blog here !

 

 

 

 

Vintage Baby Nursery-Idle hands just make you hungry anyway

 This past week while Troy was on a business trip, I decided to make myself busy by finishing our nursery to surprise him!

I had heard about a new product called “Calk Paint or chalk paint” that you can use on furniture and not have to suffer the hassle of sanding or priming the wood first. Knowing that the nursery was not going to be a easy task to finish in 5 days, Chalk paint seemed like a God-send! I searched all of Kelowna and not one place carried it, so I decided to make my own. The process was actually way easier then I thought and my furniture turned out great!

My learnings with using this product-

1)The first coat looks horrible! So don’t get worried the second coat will smooth everything out.

2)Once the paint has been sitting for awhile, little lumps will form “Plaster of Paris” add a tiny bit of water, mix and paint should thin out.

3)The Chalk paint will be thinker then any paint you have worked with and will have a bit of a sandy sound going unto the wood.

 

 

                                                                           Iheartnaptime

 

 

 

 

Before


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After

Every Furniture piece has been thriifted or purchased second hand

Vintage Rocking Horse $5

Redone Coffee Table $10, Vintage Lamp $5

Vintage Love seat $60, Mirror redone with chalk paint $20

Armoire Redone with chalk paint $80

Sweater and Onsie Joefresh

Stuffed Animals-Olive and Elle

Vintage photos- Sparrows Nest

McCarthy testing the room out

  

Vintage Cradle redone with chalk paint- $15

Vintage Blankets $4 (I also noticed McCarthy added a reciving blanket to this photo)

Thrifted mirror redone with chalk paint $20

Hats photo-Olive and Elle

Lighting-Home Hardware on sale $50

Dear Baby Doell, I’m so excited for you!!! 

I just can’t get enough of you!

 

 

 

Favourite things right now-

#1 Dreaming about dessert (So I make healthy ones)

#2 Maxi dresses paired with cute tops to add variety to my favorite accessory (The belly)

 

If your going to crave dessert every day (thanks a lot hormones), you better be prepared to come up with some creative ways to subside those cravings. Rather than run from them, I run to the blender and whip up some of my favourite dessert shakes.  What’s your favourite healthy treat?? 

 

Blueberry cheesecake

6oz Almond Milk, 2 scoops of vanilla protein, 20 frozen blueberries, tsp graham cracker crumbs, 2 oz fat free-free cream cheese and 5 ice cubes. 

 

Butterfinger

8oz. Almond milk, 2 scoops vanilla protien, 2 tbsp suger free butterscotch pudding mix, 1 tbsp. reduced-fat peanut butter & 5 ice cubes. 

 

Chocolate Cheesecake 

6oz. Almond milk, 2 scoops chocolate protein, (or you can use vanilla protein powder and add 1 Tbsp. cocoa powder) 2 oz. fat-free cream cheese & 5 ice cubes.

 

Raspberry Mint Chocolate

8oz. Almond milk  2 scoops vanilla protein, 30 frozen raspberries, 1/2 tsp peppermint extract, 1 Tbsp, cocoa powder, 5 ice cubes.

 

Enjoy~~*

 


 

Belly and Muffins

 

 

20 Weeks !

 

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21 weeks!

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A bit of time has passed since my last post! Shame on me! Life just seems so busy these days with getting ready for baby and enjoying all these hot summer days we’ve been having.  

OK, confession time! One of my biggest weaknesses is always craving a yummy (and evil) muffin, bagel, or any carb while I enjoy my morning coffee on the deck. Being pregnant I feel as though this temptation is constantly knocking at my door. So instead of fighting this craving, I’m allowing myself to enjoy them on Friday mornings before I go sweat it out teaching spin and oranj method. I’ve also come up with some creative ways of making my favourites healthier and by doing so, more enjoyable mentally:) Here is my favourite Skinny Pumpkin, Banana muffin recipe!

Enjoy~~*

 

Skinny Pumpkin Muffins

 

Calories: 146.5 • Fat: 2.7 g • Carb: 33.3 g • Fiber: 1.6 g • Protein: 2.7 g 

Ingredients:  

  • Coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup white whole wheat flour
    Or for a Gluten Free option, combine Almond and oat flour ! Delish  
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves*
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg*
  • 3 very ripe medium bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup pureed pumpkin
  • 2 tbsp Coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, unpacked or you can substitute this with applesauce!
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325°. Grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan with coconut oil.
In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda andpumpkin spice with a wire whisk. Set aside.

In a large bowl, creamcoconut oil and sugar with an electric mixer. Add egg whites, egg, bananas, pumpkin and vanilla, and beat at medium speed until thick. Scrape down sides of the bowl.
Add flour mixture and nuts (if using), then blend at low speed until combined. Do not over mix.

Pour batter into loaf pan or muffin tins and bake on the center rack for 60 minutes (for muffins about 25), or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Let the pan cool at least 20 minutes, bread should be room temperature before slicing.

* 1 tsp of pumpkin spice can be substituted for cloves and nutmeg.

                                                                   

      Mmm combine this view with coffee, the perfect muffin and you have the start of a fantastic day!

 

Let the planning begin!

  

 

 

 

 

Sadly due to our Internet being down for 4 days, there was a slight delay on sharing the exciting news of our ultrasound last week! We are very happy to announce we will be welcoming another handsome little boy into our family. Troy and I are so thrilled and guessing from McCarthy’s reaction he’s pretty excited about having someone to play trucks with.  I will be honest and say, I totally thought it was a girl 100%! Just for the record, all those theories you hear that supposedly tell you you’re having a girl…they were totally false for us! We thought it would be fun to try and guess before hand so we went on heart rate, cravings, skin, ring test,  and how I was carrying. All signs pointed to a girl and all signs were wrong. Let’s just say upon seeing the ultrasound we had a surprise and a good laugh. I think the moment I walked out of Sneak a Peak my mind started planning for the next nursery and all the cute little outfits again.  All this planning and excitement can make a girl real hungry! This past week the black hole of tiredness has started to lift, so I have gotten back on the clean eating wagon and pre-planning all my meals. Knowing that I have healthy snacks and food ready for my week ahead honestly helps me sleep at night. For me there is nothing better then knowing not only am I set up for success but Troy and McCarthy are as well. When you have a child you suddenly realize that the perfect schedule of getting up at 6am, having your workout, a lovely shower and a peaceful breakfast no longer is in the cards. But rather then feeling defeated by your day never being the same and all schedule’s going out the door, I’ve been trying to control what I can and laugh about the rest! Breakfast is an area I can control and so can you! Here is a amazing, quick and healthy way to get your beautifully random day started! I’ve been prepping these for breakfast and we are loving them!

Enjoy~~*

 

Skinny Overnight Oats in a Jar
Skinnytaste.com
Servings:
 1 • Serving Size: 1 jar • Old Points: 5 pts • Points+: 6 pts
Calories:
 244.9 • Fat: 10.8 g • Carbs: 35.4 g • Fiber: 8.5 g • Protein: 6 g • Sugar: 12 g
Sodium:
 94.7 mg 

 

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup quick oats
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk 
  • 1/4 medium banana, sliced (freeze the rest for smoothies!)
  • 1/2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 4-5 drops NuNaturals liquid vanilla stevia (or your favorite sweetener)
  • pinch cinnamon

Directions:

Place all the ingredient in a jar, shake, cover and refrigerate overnight. Add your favorite crunchy toppings such as nuts, granola, etc and enjoy the next day!