Be you, bravely,
Hat: Gigi pip
Be you, bravely,
Hat: Gigi pip
These are the happiest and most exhausting days I have experienced to date as a mom. I literally could not wait for the kids to get out of school this year so we could spend our days at the park and making memories on new adventures. Although having three children around one another all day every day can be exhausting for all parties involved, I would not change a thing about these days! My heart actually feels like it might explode when I think about these sweet moments with these little souls. This skate park will hold so many memories for us. Scraped knees, Bennett’s first drop in, McCarthy’s countless tricks and Adelaide’s determination to hang with the boys. Our days begin here and almost daily end here with a pre-or-post dinner scooter. The playing never stops and neither does the snacking! Love Child Organics recently came out with these nutrition beverages called “Lil Shake.” These delicious Lil Shakes contain 8 grams of protein and are fortified with 24 non-GMO vitamins and minerals. Also, another bonus is these shakes have no artificial flavours, colours or preservatives and contain no carrageenan! Along with having to have countless snacks available, I also get asked non-stop for treats these days, so these “Lil Shakes” also go by the name “milk shake” or “chocolate milk” in our house and help this mom steer these growing little bodies in a healthier direction.
What are some of your snack ideas for your kids during the summer?
Easter weekend was filled with some much needed time where we unplugged and just enjoying quality time with friends and family. I decided to shut my phone off for the weekend and pick up my camera to capture this beautiful little lady who is growing up so fast. Yesterday I was at an event and they asked “Who has small babies?” I instantly raised my hand thinking of Adelaide, and then quickly felt silly that once again I have tried to lie to myself that she’s not getting older. This little lady is the most beautiful, strong-willed and confident little leader. I’m so thankful for the older brothers in her life who have taught her to say “I love you very much” a million times a day and at the same time instilled in her the courage to not back down.
Adelaide, you’re my joy, and my heart is so thankful everyday for you.
Dress By: Nooks
Shoes: Joe Fresh
Hair Bow: Arrow and Lace
Maybe its old age, maybe it’s my role as a parent, or maybe it’s my appreciation for true beauty that has made Earth Day more than just another day for me this year. I will admit that I was raised to not take the environment very seriously or really respect the beauty God has given us to enjoy. I have bought countless disposable clothing items, used more paper coffee mugs then I can count and spent hours commuting without even considering the negative footprint I’m leaving behind. Over the past couple years though, these issues have become more near and dear to my heart. Rather than looking at a massive problem and saying “it’s too big” I want to have hope that my generation will be the ones that find solutions to better set up the ones who will come after us. The beauty, freedom and inspiration we get to experience is such a privilege and today I’m going to share some simple ways to start small that can lead to big changes.
Re-think Your Ride:
When Ford approached me to test our their new CMax Energy to get a little greener in preparation for Earth Day, I was thrilled! It not only drove so smoothly, it also truly inspired me to re-think my daily choices and I loved not having to go pump gas into my car! It’s the perfect size for a city commuter and has a great amount of space if you are looking to car pool with others. Hybrid vehicles are becoming more and more popular making it easer to find charge stations and run completely off battery power. If biking is not an option for your work commute, maybe consider a hybrid for your next vehicle purchase.
Every year North Americans throw away 100 billion plastic bags! SScientists estimate that every square mile of ocean contains about 46,000 pieces of floating plastic. The stats are crazy and there could be millions of blog posts written on just this subject and the damage it’s doing, but tonight lets focus on a solution.I have a habit of forgetting my reusable bags, so recently I purchased a back pack that fits a ton of groceries (I also put more bags inside of it) and I can throw it on my back while shopping with kids. I find if you love something you will use it more, so instead of just saying you will break that habit of using bags invest in something you love, you can reuse and will help you avoid bringing home more plastic.
Lets talk just Starbucks tonight…For now, we know that in their last annual reporting period, Starbucks likely used between 2.916 and 2.946 billion cups at their stores, or an average of 8,070,428 per day. For just a few seconds I want you to envision that insane amount of cups in your local city. These are easy things we can be changing, but we still drive through the convenient window every day and try to block out the weight of what these daily habits are having on our communities. I’m guilty of laziness and whats convenient rather than the best decision, so I’ve put together a list of some of my favourite re-usable water bottles and coffee mugs for you!
Reuse, Reduce and Shop Your Husbands (Roommates) Closet:
We believe in living with less, shopping local and thrifting from one another’s closest. Our landfills are filled with disposable clothing and the things we had to spend are money on and never wore. If you have never watched the documentary “The True Cost” I highly recommend it. This film really made me re-think my wardrobe and the pieces I’m investing in. I want to talk more on this topic and what some brands are doing to solution this problem, but lets talk about your husbands (Roommates) closet. Before you go and shop your little heart out for your new spring wardrobe, maybe take a walk to the opposite side of your closet. You will find the perfect oversized T shirts, comfy white button up you needed for the new pair of skinny jeans and that slouchy sweater you pinned is waiting over there as well. It takes 400 gallons of water to produce 1 cotton T-shirt….You probably don’t need it as bad as you think.
And last but not least!
Turn the lights off, go outside and enjoy the beauty around you.
Happy Earth Day ~~*
I often get asked questions about how to stay on track and focused on your goals. We all do great (or at least okay) Monday through Thursday. But then the weekend hits! People start Instagramming donuts, pizza, and cocktails, and all your restraint goes out the window.
Well, hopefully this post will help you rethink the idea of what a fun,healthy, and enjoyable weekend can look like.
Here are my current top 5 favourite ideas for staying on track and still enjoying your weekend!
1) Pick up Oh She Glows Every Day, a cookbook by Angela Liddon.
This book is packed with delicious recipes, amazing healthy dessert options, and tips to keep you on track. (Plus, you’ll impress everyone who used to joke about you bringing carrot sticks again as your appetizer!)
2) Take some free drop-in classes!
This is a fun way of trying something new and keeping yourself active over the weekend. RYU, Lululemon, and studios often offer free options on the weekends. This is a great date option or an amazing idea for just getting out and pushing yourself to try something new.
Juicing is very popular right now, which means there are juice companies on practically every corner. Juices are the perfect way of adding a healthier element to your traditional cocktail or getting your friends on board and kicking your habits with a three-day cleanse.
4) Make smart investments.
The amount of money we spend on food, drinks, and entertainment can shock us Monday morning once we’ve added up everything we did that weekend. Making a plan for your cash and sticking to a healthier lifestyle is good for both your bank account and your body. Instead of throwing your cash into food and entertainment this weekend, make an appointment to treat your body well with a facial, massage, or spray tan. Then make dinner at home and allow your body to de-stress.
5) Turn off social media.
This may sound like an odd addition to this list, given that social media is integral to my business! But having an online business has also taught me that if it’s used in an unhealthy way, social media can lead to stress, pressure, and distractions. While I do love social media, I believe that anything that can get in the way of peace, personal growth, workouts, or time with people who make us feel alive (and the list could go on and on) needs to have boundaries around it.
Take some time this weekend to journal your goals, engage in some healthy self-talk, and shut out the distractions of social media.
Have a healthy and happy weekend~~*
There are so many highlights from last week’s surf trip to California! We celebrated 10 years of marriage!!! (More on that later…)We surfed, shopped, lived like gypsies and I loved every minute of it!
As I started editing photos today I realized that this is going to take more than one blog post. One of my dreams was to one day visit the famous flea markets of California, but when we plan trips to Cali we tend to focus on where the surf is the best and how long we can spend in the sun that day. This time though, upon arriving in Cali, I happened to check my Instagram and a blogger I love Ascot&Hart had sent me a message recommending we hit up the Long Beach flea market! This market only happens on the third Sunday of the month and it just so happened that we were there that weekend! I could have spent days perusing the aisles and picking through the treasures. The aisles are filled with beautiful jewels, vintage t-shirt galore and furniture that will have you dreaming of the fresh new spaces in your home that could use a mid-century vibe. I have already spent hours dreaming of how I’m going to get back there with some of my flea market loving friends. Long Beach, you did not disappoint and we can’t wait to come back and visit you soon!
This season has been filled with many changes to our family’s lifestyle and weekly schedules. We try our best to roll with the changes and breathe through the moments of stress that come from uncertainty. When it feels like life is always up in the air, taking intentional time to connect can be hard to do. To counteract these challenges, we have made dating our children and each other one of our top priorities. Whatever life brings us, this little tribe of ours needs to feel loved, safe and connected. We are continually reminding ourselves that we are on this ride together and that we will love each other hard through every season.
These photos are from a recent family date to Fort Langley, BC.
Thank you Abbie Rose for capturing the day!
Boots: Poppey Barley
Jacket: Old Navy
Hedband: Arrow and Lace
Four years ago I wrote down “be a part of a fitness retreat” as one of my 5 year goals. I had been a personal trainer for 5 years and during my time had fallen in love with helping people change their lives through movement and creating positive habits. Although this was very fulfilling work, I would often get a sense that what my clients also needed was just some time away, to reset, refresh, and simply to have fun. I loved the idea of a fitness retreat, where I could have an entire week to pour into the lives of a small group of people and intentionally build relationships with them, while challenging them to press into emotional and physical barriers that stood in the way from living a truly full life. In the process of dreaming of retreats, I also fell in love with surfing and the freedom and joy it brought to my life. When I’m out on the water all the stress of life just seems to float away with every wave that gently glides in. Over the last 10 years of marriage, Troy and I have always vacationed at or close to a place to surf, and rarely have gone a day without being in the ocean.
With all that being said, I’m beyond excited to announce that on June 11, 2017 I will be teaming up with the “Tofino Surf Camp” team to bring you a 6 day retreat combined with surfing, yoga and fitness. Whether you’re a first time surfer or an expert who just needs a place to escape, this is the perfect retreat for you! Every day you will be waking up to a fresh, delicious breakfast before heading out for a morning of fitness and surfing at Cox Bay and Chestermans Beach with amazing coaches. After a refreshing morning of activity you will have freedom to relax or explore the island of Tofino.. I would love for you to join me for these 6 days of adventure, relaxation and fun!
I have listed all the details of the retreat below. Please feel free to email any questions you have my way.
Cheers to sun and surf!
Cost per person: $2999 + GST double room, $4299 + GST private room
- Guests can book their stay here: www.thetofinosurfcamp.com/
- Payment terms: 50% to book, 50% due at 60 days before campGuests Arrive: Sunday, June 11 @ 4:00pmGuests Depart: Saturday, June 17 @ 11:00amRetreat Includes:
- 6 nights’ in our private surf house
- healthy pre-surf breakfasts (smoothies, coffee/tea, fruit, breakfast baking)
- morning surf coaching, Monday – Friday
- surf gear for lessons & free surfing
- video analysis sessions
- surf photo package
- morning surf-specific yoga classes w/ Nicole Lohse
- Personal training session with Rachel Doell/Dailyroutinefitness
- beach cruiser bike w/ surf rack
- massage session
- immersive rainforest tours
- transportation to activities
- transfers to/from Tofino Airport
- surf gift packSurf House Features:
- central location in town close to restaurants
- hot tub, hammocks & outdoor fire
- video room & hangout areas
- views of Tofino Inlet & Strathcona Mountains
- gourmet kitchen & harvest table
After seven days of drinking delicious green juices for the beginning stages of my cleanse, I started getting night sweats. Like crazy sweat-through-your-clothes night sweats. Part of me thought, “There is no way this can be normal,” but the other part of me wanted to believe that it was just a reaction to my body cleansing. I had decided to embark on this cleansing period after having pre-cancer removed from my colon last August. (You can read more on that here.) I knew I needed time to mentally and physically prep for it, so I decided January 2017 would be the start of my three-month journey of twenty-one days of juicing and two months of high-nutritient food that didn’t contain grains, dairy, alcohol, or sugar. I would be doing this to cleanse my colon, liver, and gall bladder. I know—sounds awesome, right?
On day seven of the cleanse—after beating the headaches and having gotten over the fact that wine would not be happening for a while—I was super disappointed to learn that I needed to take a step back from my cleansing. The amazing ladies at the Habit Project had been wonderful at making me the most delicious juices to help me stay focused and get what my body needed, but I’d also enlisted the help of Jackie from Food Works. As I’ve said in previous blog posts, having someone lead you through the cleanse is so very important! During the cleansing period, Jackie does a weekly call to check in, go over what’s happening with your body, work through emotional and physical changes, and teach you amazing recipes to get what your body needs. On my first check-in call, I mentioned the night sweats, and she immediately dug into this.
You may not know this, but winter months are not the ideal time to cleanse the body, especially for someone with an autoimmune disorder. (I have hypothyroid.) During this time of the year, the body needs to be warmed with foods like root vegetables, starches, and soups to keep it operating well in the cooler temperatures. It turns out that a lack of such things can cause some pretty crazy effects in people with autoimmune disorders, including hormone imbalances, night sweats, racing heart, insomnia, and more. I definitely experienced all of the above! I felt like I was going into pre-menopause ! It was bananas!
I started backing off from the juicing slowly while adding soups and more raw foods and introducing nuts again. We decided to postpone the cleanse until the spring when the body is naturally ready to cleanse, craves more fresh veggies/fruits, and doesn’t have to work so hard to stay warm. After a few days off from the cleanse, I started a twenty-one-day food cleanse, which just realigns the body and helps with kicking some cravings the body is holding onto. It’s also a great way to prep the body for an intense cleanse like the one I’d been getting ready to embark on. I wanted to share this with you because of the importance of having someone like Jackie in your life when you decide to make a huge health shift. Had I not been walking through this with someone who is highly trained, I most likely would have brushed off my symptoms and really hurt my body.
Can you cleanse at all this time of year?
Yes, most definitely! The three-day cleanse the Habit Project offers is the perfect way to reset the body and kick some cravings you are struggling with. It’s very gentle on the body and is also a great way to start off something like Joy McCarthy’s thirty-day food detox. This type of cleanse causes very little stress on our digestive systems and is the perfect way to introduce the body to cleansing, get a little reset, or prep for that more intense, deeper cleanse.
Although it was super frustrating to have to stop and put off restarting this cleanse (especially because I’d been bitter about even doing it in the first place), I know it was the best decision. Plus, it gives you my readers more time to think about joining me on the cleansing journey in April! 😉
Over the next eighteen days of the final period of my cleanse, you will be seeing lots of recipes that I’m using for every meal of the day. So stay tuned and follow along!
Here is one of my current favorites, which I actually posted about a few years ago—a lentil loaf that my friend Tasha came up with. It’s the perfect meat replacement, it works as a wonderful main course to serve with French fries, and it makes an awesome meatless meatball for any spaghetti dish.
I purchase all my fresh and organic ingredients from Natures Fare Market.
Cook the lentils in about 3 cups of water. Bring to a boil first, then set to simmer for about 30 more minutes. The point here is to overcook them so they are a bit sticky and mushy. That may mean adding a bit more water if it seems like they are running out of water. Stir every 5-10 min or so. Once you think they’re cooked and mushy enough, mash them even more with a potato masher. They won’t look pretty right now, but this step is worth it in the end.
Leave the lentils alone for now and sauté the onion, celery, garlic in a bit of coconut oil. (or your oil or choice) Cook until just a little bit soft, 5-10 min.
Mix all the ingredients now in a big bowl and mix well. At this point you can taste it and see if you’d like to add more salt, pepper, thyme etc.
Pour mixture into a loaf pan lined with parchment paper and press down firmly
Mix all the ingredients of the glaze in a bowl and brush over the top of the loaf covering it completely.
Bake for 350 degrees for 40 min.
Enjoy with a side of yams and salad~~*
I’m not big on New Year’s resolutions, but I am a believer in goal setting and really documenting personal change throughout the year. This year I decided to really focus on my health and just getting some things into alignment after having had some pre-cancer polyps removed from my colon last August. (Read more about that here.)
I decided that the beginning of the year was the perfect time to embark on a pretty extensive cleanse since my clients, friends and husband would also be trying to clean up their diets, significantly lowering the pressure to meet up for drinks or dinners out. Plus, I love the idea of a new year and a clean slate. I love knowing that I have the ability to really make 2017 a huge year of growth for me, no matter what crosses my path. So as of today I’m three days into a three-month cleanse I will be undertaking to really try to reset my body and clear out anything that may be hanging around in my colon or deeper tissues. I want you to know, though, that I’m going into this cleanse with the soft approach. I have a plan for how I want to do things, but if something needs to be added or taken away while I’m on this journey, I do want to be flexible.
I’m not really a fan of cleansing or detoxing due to the limitations it puts on my diet and social life and the headaches that come from my not drinking coffee:( But I really felt this was the best decision for my body and wanted to follow through with this process. I most definitely am already experiencing headaches, and I wish I could eat my food instead of drinking it. Plus, I miss wine! But I’ve had amazing support from my husband (who is also cleansing with me) and the ladies at The Habitat Project , who have been blending up delicious juices for me, assisting with my meal planning, and offering tons of knowledge as I toss questions their way.
I want to share this process, including my ups and downs, to possibly encourage someone who might be on the fence about taking on something like a cleanse. If something doesn’t feel right in your body, give yourself the time and space to research the best options for you. If it turns out that a cleanse might be the solution, I want you to know that you can do this! I will be sharing my week by week schedule once I get the final details of everything nailed down this weekend.
During this process, I will be sharing recipes, workouts, and photos of my progress. Please feel free to leave comments and e-mail questions and to share your journey as well.
This delicious soup is currently our nighttime go-to with pure coconut bread.
All my ingredients are organic and purchased at Natures Fare Market.