Foodie Friday

I actually just typed “weekend recap” for this post! With a mini holiday this week I am even more messed up on my days than usual!

Our mini holiday got semi foiled by the rain as you will see!


I think this was the worst weather day of the summer, so much rain and wind and just plain cold. We planned to do yard work at our house and rental but that did not happen. Instead we organized the garage a bit then headed to Costco to get out & for ice cream πŸ˜‰ Avery found this costume and HAD to have it. We are suckers, but she is “supergirl” obsessed.


That night I got sucked into two hours of Bachelor in Paradise and packed for our mini trip.


The plan was to meet my in-laws for a day at Calaway Park then camp overnight with them. BUT the rain & wind had other plans so instead we took the girls to Telus Spark (science centre). This was a GREAT idea. I only wish we had longer there!

Avery was obsessed with this table:


Chloe enjoyed looking at all the lights etc:


We did not make it to any shows but got through the exhibits.

We saved the kid’s play area for last – thankfully. Chad literally had to dive in to catch Avery and she made a couple escapes. Then we checked out the outside park – might be our favourite part!

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We had back to the campsite (at Calaway), had some drinks and supper and called it a night. I forgot my pump at home – FAIL so I had to feed Chloe versus her dream feed. Not ideal in “sleep training” but we made it through with a 1am and 5am wake-up then up at 7am so not too bad. She was so cold at 5am (I think why she woke up) so she came into our bed and Avery followed so it was a full bed!


We woke up to sun so as soon as the park opened we went over. I will let all the photos do the talking but Avery had a blast for a solid 5 hours before she passed out on me. She LOVES rides, and would have gone on everything if she could…unlike me!

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Chad did not get on any rides – poor guy so we might have to go there again this year!

On our way home both girls were sleeping so we made a stop at the Marda Loop Village Ice Cream, such a cool area and yummy ice cream:


We got stuck in traffic on the way home and got in the door at 6pm which meant no spin class for me πŸ™ Instead we made a fast supper and got the girls to bed, we tried to watch TV and both fell asleep!


Since I skipped spin our morning consisted of a core workout and 7km run. It was a tad windy but great running weather, I am done with hot runs!


After we got ready and did a few errands which included getting cupcakes – I say I will eat better then buy cupcakes…sigh…

This photo of the girls I posted on Instagram but wanted to share what the 20 others I took looked like:

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Chloe’s nap schedule has been off from Avery’s lately BUT Avery also seems to want to nap later so I put them both down at 1pm & SUCCESS!! Now to make sure Avery is up by 3pm so she goes to bed by 8pm – lucky girl has got a new bedtime for the next little bit we decided.

Our afternoon consisted of picking up our CSA veggie box, getting a million pickling cucumbers so coming home to make pickles. I only had three jars so will have to pick up more stat.


Onto meal planning…

Not sure I am ready for fall meals yet but I will slowly ease into them πŸ˜‰

foodie friday
Saturday – Family birthday supper (belated for my Mom & early for me)

Sunday – Quinoa spaghetti & turkey meatballs

Monday – Β Cilantro Lime Blackbean burgers & salad – Be Whole. Be You

Tuesday – Chicken Lime soup & cornbread biscuits – Budget Bytes

Wednesday – Grilled Cheese & Greek Kale Salad – Chef Savy

Thursday – Chicken smokies & Sweet Potato Green Salad – Veggie Primer

Friday – Chicken Taco Salad

Weekend plans – family birthday supper, a family fun run (Chocolate Chase) & my long run which will be solo – in other words a lot of running and eating!


Love With Food

This might be my most delicious post yet πŸ˜‰ A few weeks back I was contact that Love With Food was coming to Canada. I had never heard of them before but was very intrigued. The concept is quite simple, it is a snack box subscription AND they donate a portion of their proceeds to Canadian food banks to help families in need.

I received their deluxe box which contains 16-20 snacks:


All the snacks are organicΒ orΒ all-natural, GMO free, gluten free or free of artificial “junk”. Lately we have found that Avery has not so fun “reactions” to artificial dyes in foods so the fact that all these snacks are free of those are perfect for us!


I also love that these snacks are different that what I might find in stores here!

Along with the deluxe box there is alsoΒ a “tasting” box which has 8 snacks in it or a Gluten Free box with 10-12 celiac safe snacks in it. So an option for everyone! Their plans start at $7.99/box with shipping at only $3.99. I was really impressed with their pricing and shipping, especially since these days it seems shipping can double the end price you pay. All subscription information can be found here.

Now here is the SUPER awesome part – they are offering my readers 40% off your first deluxe box, just follow this link and the discount is automatically applied!

I found the snacks to be so handy to have – especially with a toddler that some days just eats all day long so I ordered their three month plan of the deluxe box to keep the snacks coming!





Grocery Staples

There are some grocery items we could not live with out – truly! These are things beyond produce & meat that we use almost every day. Funny that almost all these items are bought at Costco as well, for us a Costco membership is a huge must have and saves us a ton of money.

These are in no particular order:

1- 2% plain Greek yogurt. We also buy the 0% plain (Kirkland) but I find that the extra fat helps fill me up more. Avery loves plain Greek yogurt with just honey mixed in and actually will not eat flavoured yogurt.


2- Almond milk. We use this in our coffee, oatmeal, cereals, baking and in cooking. I used to prefer the unsweetened kind but this is sold at Costco so saves money!


3 – Natural Peanut Butter. Probably my number one must have πŸ˜‰ I am PB obsessed and ever since moving to the natural stuff 6 years ago I cannot go back! Another Costco buy:


And this new seed and nut butter is from Costco too and really yummy!

4 – Chia seeds. I make overnight oatmeal a lot with chia seeds, we also use them in baking and in smoothies almost daily.


5 – Quality spices. I am a huge Epicure fan and have a ton of their spices and mixes, below are just a few of my favourites. We use Epicure products every day!


6 – Kodiak Cake mix. I love this mix! It makes the best pancakes which I like to make weekly. I use half water, half almond milk and add vanilla and cinnamon to the mixture. Another Costco find πŸ™‚


7- Quick Oats. We ate a ton of oatmeal, whether its baked, stove-top or overnight oats so we buy this at Costco as well.


8 – Coconut Oil (yes, Costco again!). I used to only use extra virgin olive oil but in the last year have moved to using coconut oil more and more. My favourite is using it to make eggs!


9- Kid’s Clif Bars. Probably not the best thing for kids, but convenience wins here and Avery loves them.


10 – Maple Syrup. We have this (expensive) habit of using it in our coffee in the morning…and of course on pancakes. Thankfully Costco makes this semi-affordable πŸ˜‰




Weekend Recap

So there was a ton of fun things going on this weekend, and guess what? We made it to none of them. Boo. But we have a fun few days ahead to make up for it πŸ™‚


My Mom, the girls and I went to Calgary for the day. We checked out their farmers market, Ikea and a couple other stores and did not get home until after 5pm – the ride home was not too fun, both girls took turns crying – OY.

The only photo of the day:


After the girls were in bed I went on a much needed run, 6km in under 28 minutes! Working on my speed πŸ™‚


Chad left early to go golfing which took way longer than he thought so the girls and I did some errands, my Grandma came over and then we walked to Starbucks and the parks.

Painting with new easel my Mom bought her at Ikea – which is/was a VERY early birthday gift:



Chloe is SO close to sitting on her own!


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I really should have gone to one of the festivals happening! Once Chad was home we went to Costco – I am not brave enough to do that with both girls alone!

My brother and his girlfriend came for a visit once we were home which is always a highlight for Avery – especially when they bring her toys – so spoiled!

Chad and I attempted to watch a movie and both fell asleep in it later!


I had a 22km run planned and after last week Chad’s knee hurt so he was just going to join for a bit but ended up doing 18km with me and then I did another 2.5km so not quite 22km but close.

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The key to happy girls? Toys and snacks! Though Chloe was a tad cranky near the end.

Chad got us McDonalds breakfast after since we both were to tired to make brunch. The rest of our day was spent doing yard work & house chores. So exciting, I know.

Mom win, Chloe (finally) taking formula and Avery feeding her:


Those eyes!!


Our evening was spent doing laundry, foam rolling and watching Big Brother πŸ™‚


Foodie Friday

Since I cannot believe another week has passed I will just jump into our week:


It was a really nice day (read: hot) so we spent the day outside. A morning spent at the Heritage Ranch parks, and an afternoon in the backyard. I spent nap time, cleaning and setting everything up – lucky kids πŸ˜‰



I am loving our CSA Jungle Farm veggie box, and have been taking advantage of eating all the veggies, some days I realize I have a lot to eat asap so just roast everything up:


I love summer meals πŸ™‚


A HOT morning run of 10km, then some kitchen play and a tea party – life with a two year old πŸ˜‰


Chloe is starting to sit on her own, well if she balances on her hands:


She also loves going after Avery’s toys! Note Avery’s blurry hand going to stop her πŸ˜‰

We got and tried out first Chef’s Plate meals! I am SO Impressed you guys. We had the White Summer Pizza this night with a green bean salad:


You can get your first meal(s) at 50% from this link – disclosure this is a referral link πŸ™‚


We checked out our yoga studio’s new space and cafe – which is gorgeous and inquired about a program for Avery in the fall.

Then made a Wal-Mart stop (worst errand ever) because Chloe decided she no longer liked her formula, well long story short a new kind did not help. The girl is high maintenance. So we will keep trying and start mixing. I wish I had enough pumped milk but I do not, so she needs formula for some dream feeds.

Avery found these and HAD to have them. Lately if she wants anything I say no and sneak it in the cart and am saving things for her birthday and Christmas. But she would not let go of these.


Miss. Chloe, looking like Chad’s twin:


After naps which took 3.5 hours since both girls took over an hour to go to sleep we packed a picnic and headed to Sunnybrook Farm for a quick animal visit then went across the street to go to Yoga in the Park. Chad met us there and took the girls for yoga and then we had a picnic.

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We were out of the house just after 9am to meet Alison and her kids at Discovery Wildlife Zoo. It was great to see them and get the girls together.

Now I promise to get to Calgary to see them! Avery has no little girls her age to play with so seeing her and D together was pretty cute.

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Since we were right by The Jungle Farm we stopped there for our veggies, and of course some play time for Avery.


Any idea what to do with 3lbs of zucchini?!

Both girls fell asleep on the way home the slept until 4pm! Guess they were tired. We had a quite night, I debated going out for a speed run since we are going out of town with my Mom tomorrow but decided to be lazy instead since I did a lower body workout this morning.

Have I said how much I love the age Chloe is at?!


And supper was part two of our Chef’s Plate!


Speaking of meals, here is next week’s meal plan:

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Saturday – Chicken Stir-Fry – Natasha’s Kitchen

Sunday – Grilled Veggie Quesadillas with Goat Cheese

Monday – Zucchini Pizza Boats – Budget Bytes

Tuesday – Away

Wednesday – Salmon burgers & garden salad

Thursday – Light Turkey & Kale Pasta Bake – ifoodreal

Friday – Parmesan-Herb Roasted Potatoes (Cooking Classy), green bean salad and smokies

As well, almost every night I pick one or two veggies to make so that are eating through all the ones from our CSA box.

Today we are hanging out with my Mom in Calgary for the day, then this weekend we have to do some yard work and I have a 22km run. That is about all though!