Five Favorites

Just thought I’d pop in today and share some things I have been loving lately. And of course, feel free to share in the comments what YOU’VE been loving lately, because I will probably check them out and end up loving them too. Unless you’re loving seafood or Glee or country music then fat chance.

1. Kerastase Elixir Ultime

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This stuff is amazing. I put a few drops in my hair after I wash it and not only does it smell DIVINE (think of the glorious salon/expensive smell) but it makes me hair soft and light when I style it. Which is rare these days, but I will still throw some in before I go to bed because the smell honestly just makes me feel sexy. It’s a bit pricy ($54 CAD) but it last forever and well worth it. Several of the other products I rotate through are also a bit on the pricy side but they too have been in my hair regiment for a long time!

2. Smoothies

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In previous years, I loved making smoothies (mostly ones that included protein powder) but I had the crappiest blender ever. When we reno’d our kitchen, the blender kind of when kaput, so my smoothie consumption drastically went down. Unless I felt like shelling out $7 bucks at Jugo Juice. BUT- this year, I finally decided to splurge on a Vitamix..using some of the money I got from my work bonus! Holy moly is that machine the most amazing thing ever. It blends anything and everything like a charm. Tyler and I have both been loving smoothies lately because they are quick and tasty and cheap! We can use not-so-good looking fruit we have leftover and stock up on a ton of frozen fruit from Costco. I’m excited to try out more recipes this summer! Oh, and I’ve given up on Nutella for a bit, but if you’re still on that wagon, check out this YUMMY Nutella Milkshake recipe.

3. Whimzees dog treats.

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Ok, obviously this one isn’t for me but the dogs go NUTSO over them. We generally only give these types of ‘big’ treats to them on Friday and Saturday nights and ones we’ve bought in the past have either not agreed with the pup’s tummies or Reggie gobbles them up faster than you can blink. Which is unfortunate, because you’d hope they’d last at least a few minutes when you’re spending upwards of $20/bag on them! Reggie gets the hedgehogs and Layla get the alligators and both dogs love them- I think it even helps with Layla’s mouth troubles! (both dogs have each had a tooth removed but Layla also has a lot of nerve damage on the left side of her mouth making it hard for her to chew).

4. Behr Marquee paint

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Do I sound grown up for listing PAINT as a favorite? But seriously, this paint is great. Here’s why: Our house was built in 1981 and I’m guessing there have been quite a few previous owners- most of whom had terrible taste in decor. Paint colors included. When I moved in 3 years ago, most of the house was a weird dark brown/mauve color and totally barfy. We tried to lighten up the dining room and living room a few years back, and it took us 3-4 coats of crappy paint to just cover the yucky brown. When we did the basement this winter, we decided to give Marquee a go because of the one-coat guarantee and it covered the basement’s dark green like a charm! We were so impressed that we bought another can to do the guest bedroom, another for the baby’s room, and are now currently working on covering up our previous poor paint job in the main living space/kitchen. The paint line comes with a slightly higher price tag, but it DOES work in one coat which could really make it more cost efficient in the end.

5. Home Workout Equipment

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Right now, my arsenal includes:

  • bosu ball
  • rope less jump rope
  • gliding discs
  • resistance bands
  • TRX
  • dumbbells
  • bender ball
  • stability ball
  • DVDs

Since I haven’t had a gym membership at all this calendar year (gasp) it has been really great being able to alternate between what I do have here at home. Sidebar: I can’t wait until after this baby is born to join the Y again!!! Obviously my workouts and far less intense while pregnant, but it is really nice to be able to grab a few weights or a band and do SOMETHING while I’m watching TV.

Regarding pregnancy DVD workouts: I bought the Tracy Anderson Pregnancy Project, the Complete Prenatal Vinyasa Yoga & Short Forms, and the Prenatal Fitness Fix.

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-I’ve only done the Prenatal Fitness Fix once because I thought it was a really cheesy video and could honestly come up with the series of moves myself.

-I’ve done the vinyasa yoga DVDs quite a few times because it is a nice change up from typical workouts, plus it offers 15/30/45/75 minute practices depending on how much time or desire you have!

-I’d like to say that I love the Tracy Anderson Pregnancy Project series, but that would be a lie. She has some great moves that actually target all those muscles that might be hard to otherwise reach during pregnancy, but I really just can’t stand her teaching method. Her explanations, banter, and demonstrations just bug the bejesus out of me. And you can tell when she gets tired because her rep counts are very inconsistent. Tyler laughs when I do these DVDs because I yell at her a lot.

So that’s it!

I’ve covered, beauty, food, dogs, home and fitness. Only topic left untouched is baby- which will come tomorrow! (the topic, not the baby).

Weekend Recap

The good thing about this Monday is that it’s another Monday closer to getting this baby out! Woop. Anyways,  I had a hard time remembering what the hell I’ve been up to the last few days, but here’s what I’ve come up with: Thursday: I ran a ton of errands. Boring. Had my weekly doctor appointment, went to Ikea for some frames, got my rings cleaned, picked up some goodies at the farmer’s market, then paint at Home Depot. Not surprisingly these days, it left me completely exhausted so I’m thinking there were about a half dozen naps taken that day. Same goes for Reggie. photo-44 Friday: I did something in the morning, but can’t remember what. Then decided to go to the mall to get my cardio in by walking around and managed to get some great steals at Target before it closes. I also swung by starbucks and treated myself to a frappuccino (something I haven’t had in about 13 years!) It was really good, especially enjoyed on the sunny patio with the pups. photo 1-41 Tyler put some movie posters in the Ikea frames I bought. These- and NFL memorabilia- are the decor in our basement/movie room. Oh, and Tyler made chicken parm for dinner and it was SOOO GOOD and I LOVE IT and I LOVE HIM FOR MAKING IT. yummmm. photo 2-40 Saturday: I woke up early and whipped up a carrot cake smoothie (recipe can be found here. I modified a bit based on what I had available) It was seriously good and tasted just like carrot cake. And….it was healthy! It’s a great solution when you’re craving a slice of actual carrot cake, but don’t have the time or desire to bake. photo 3-33 We then had our last childbirth class and this session focused on infant care. And yes, I’m still convinced I’m going to break this baby and freak out when he cries and not know how to properly swaddle and basically ruin his life. Ugh. Tyler had woken up sick, so I felt slightly guilty for sending him to the store mid-class to get me beef jerky and a protein bar. But I’m growing a human so I win. After class, we put a serious dent in our wallets at Costco then came home to gobble up some pizza from a new-to-us local place…that turned out to be not so great. HEY- you eat whatever’s in front of you when you’re hangry. layoff Sunday: Holy moly were we busy. Tyler did SO much around the house- lots of painting and mudding and cleaning and more cleaning and more cleaning. I managed to get all the laundry done, organize more stuff in the baby’s room, and pick up most all of the last items we need for said baby. PS: Walmart is a clusterfuck on Sundays. PPS: There’s a Dairy Queen near our house that has a drive-thru. How did I not know this? photo 4-22 The dogs lucked out for two reasons: 1) The weather was sunny and DRY, and 2) I was feeling good, so I took them to the park. They loved it. You know how I could tell they loved it? They crapped 4 times and slept like dead animals for the rest of the evening. dogs So that’s our weekend in a nutshell. Honorable mentions:

  • I am working out again! Still super modified, but my back has finally started to feel better and I can actually move! (Hips are now sore 24/7 and lots of ligament pain on my right side, but WAY more manageable. I have all my napping and chillin’ out maxin, just relaxin’ all cool to thank for that) Edited to add: I am still on short term disability, and I have that to thank for my improved condition. I have been able to get out of the house for errands, but that doesn’t come without discomfort and a lot of shifting/stopping/resting to accommodate my situation. I just don’t want anyone thinking I’m trying to take advantage of the time off!
  • I finished season 3 of Scandal and will now be forcing Tyler to download season 4 because  I need to be as current as possible. We started to watch Bloodline on Saturday, but I don’t think it’s going to be a hit with Tyler. I might watch it though since I have so much freaking time on my hands.
  • We ordered our pizza on Saturday via Skip The Dishes. It was our first time using the service, and it was pretty good to get GPS updates on where our driver was with our food!

Ok, I think it’s time for a nap now. How was your weekend?

Humpday Bumpday

Oh my gosh you guys, I ordered the baby’s coming home outfit last week and I can’t wait to share with you! That’ll have to wait until he decided to come OUT of my body though. Hint: His whole ensemble is bought from various small, local shops- even better!

Quick sidebar: I think all this resting at home is finally starting to pay off. My back is way more manageable now! Hopefully typing that didn’t just jinx myself. This big-ass bump, however, is starting to give me a bit of grief. 3 more weeks. I’ve done a couple of home workouts: some T25 videos (in super-modification mode) and some strength circuits including this one which has finally given me that sore lower body feeling that I’ve been craving.

Weird that I crave workout soreness? Yeah.

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I really need to get out of the house. Or put makeup on once in a while just to feel normal. I’m doing you a favor by covering my face.

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Ok, ok, ok, sidebar is over.

So, I wanted to share some baby-related things that I’m absolutely COVETING. Perhaps this will make you want them too. Or perhaps this will give you inspiration to be a good samaritan and send them my way. I’ll totally give you my address if that’s your intention. (Don’t worry, we have already got most of the big-ticket items, so these should be fairly easy on your wallet! 😉 )

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First up: Leggings. I want to buy ALL the leggings. And not the retail store leggings. The handmade ones.

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The leggings shown above can be found at (left to right) BabyBeans&Me, Tiny Threads, Vivie & Ash, BrikHOUSE, Alexandra Rose Handmade, BABYdeardotca

GOSH. I can’t get enough of them.

And then there are the SHOES. Tyler scoffs at me for lusting after all these things because he thinks the baby will grow out of them too fast and that it’s a waste of money. Um, dude, I am willing to forego my lululemon purchases for a while if it means my kid will be stylish. Thankyouverymuch. (OMG DID I JUST SAY I’D FOREGO LULULEMON? I need a drink very badly)

Moccs

ParkerAndPosie, handmadetherapykids, Potato Feet, Freshly Picked, Wilde Woods, City Moccs

And I obviously need this hoodie

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from Purl Lamb

And who can forget a tipi? (The baby’s room is small, but man oh man would I make room for one of these!)

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from Modern Tipi

Among a few other things:

pillows

from fromtheseeds

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swaddle blanket from Baby Elle Apparel

Ok I think it’s about time I rip myself away from the computer because I might just put us in debt if I keep ogling over all these goodies!!

Do you have any favorite baby goods?? Please share!

Chai Pear Muffins

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So I bought a couple of pears last week and usually they take a couple of days before they get ripe enough for me to be able to eat them on their own. But it had been EIGHT days already and the pears were both still hard as a rock. So weird. But I really wanted to eat those suckers.

That, paired (see what I did there? Play on words) with the fact that I was only really comfortable with either a napping position or a standing position, I opted to take the standing position and whip up some sort of baked good that included these pesky pears.

I recently saw a post for Pear and Applesauce Muffins (recipe can be found here) but decided to change it up a bit based on the ingredients I already had. The result? A SUPER tasty, dense muffin. PS: Some people are strictly light-and-airy muffin goers. If that’s you, I’d stay away from my recipe, but maybe give the one linked above a go. If you can handle a more dense and hearty muffin, give this one a whirl.

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Chai Pear Muffins

  • 1/3 c plain greek yogurt
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 3/4 c unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 2 c flour
  • 2 t baking powder
  • dash of salt
  • 2 t chai spice
  • 1 pear

I opted to use chai spice as I bought a jar of it from Epicure about 2 years ago and have only used it once since! If this isn’t available to you, go ahead and use apple pie spice. Or cinnamon. But chai is really such a unique flavor that I highly recommend picking some up if you ever see it in stores!

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1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and heavily spray a 12 muffin tin with cooking oil (or use liners)

2. Add butter, sugar, applesauce, eggs and vanilla to a large bowl and use a beater to thoroughly combine. Add salt, baking powder and chai spice. Combine. Slowly add flour to mixture.

3. Fold in diced pear (cut into about 1/4 in pieces). Spoon mixture into muffin tins and bake for about 15 minutes or until tops of muffins ‘bounce’ back to the touch.

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Allow to cool on wire racks immediately after removing from the oven. Do not eat on the floor in front of your beagle. Beagles will beg.

Anyone use chai spice? Got a good recipe? I’d love some recommendations so I can use up my jar!

Weekend Recap

Not gonna lie, I’m like super uncomfortable. To the point of tears. While the time off from work has been great and I’ve been able to attempt relaxing, it’s still a struggle to find even a stretch of 20 minutes (sleep included!) where my back, my legs or my ribcage isn’t in rip-roaring pain.

I’m not complaining though, it’s only temporary pain! And heck, it could be WAY worse.

I have a pretty good support buddy, too.

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Yeah, sure Tyler is here too and he’s been great. But it’s more fun to snuggle with Layla. Especially since she gets up early with me and now follows me around like a shadow.

Ok, so onto the recap. It’s not very exciting.

Friday, I had my doctor’s appt. They did that swab thingy and used an ultrasound to check the baby was head down. He is! Thank goodness. Now my appointments will be weekly until he comes OUT. That night, we had pizza for dins and watched Unbroken and several episodes of Inside Man.

Saturday we had our third childbirth class. This week there were several flashcards involved (hello 3rd grade!) and we discussed breastfeeding. Pretty sure I’m still totally grossed out by it, but it’s cheaper than formula. And God knows we could used the savings.

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After the class, we went across the street to the hospital and checked out the labor and delivery floor just to get a lay of the land. It was so quiet! Which was weird, because the nurse at the check-in desk kept *quietly* running around exclaiming how busy she was! I also had a mini-anxiety attack because I don’t like hospitals. I’ve actually never been admitted to one before, so immmmmmm yeah.

We rounded off the afternoon with a trip to Home Depot. Surprise surprise! We picked up some paint and blinds for our kitchen windows (thank GOD for those blinds). I started to feel like shit, so I parked it on the couch while Tyler got to painting..supervised by Reggie…then made us dinner.

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We watched Interstellar then another few episodes of Inside Man. The movie was just alright- we agreed it was like Signs meets Contact. Meh.

Sunday, I got up early and made pancakes for myself. I keep forgetting to buy maple syrup, so I had to improvise with cinnamon raisin pancakes topped with a honey yogurt drizzle. Sounds great, tasted great, looks like shit, and now I want to gag just thinking about it. I want to chug maple syrup instead.

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I managed to do the laundry and Tyler managed to do just about EVERYTHING else around the house. He’s so good. I should buy him a present.

Nevermind, I’m making him a human.

We had hot dogs for dinner and I managed to NOT buy anything online, even though it was really the only thing I had the energy for. Is it just me, or does anyone else get online-shopping-happy then quit before checkout once you see how much shipping costs? I was going to order a bunch of stuff I needed from Rocky Mountain Soap, but then saw that shipping was $7 so I’ve decided to just task Tyler with the errand of going to their downtown location on his lunch break. Husbands are cheaper than Canada Post.

Ahaha, I just remembered that the woman teaching our childbirth class used a shark hand puppet and a stuffed boob to demonstrate breastfeeding. Just picture it. Maybe you’ll laugh too?

How was your weekend??