Archive | August, 2012

Packing a little one for a road trip

10 Aug

Today is “packing day” we leave early tomorrow morning – Driving from BC down to Oregon and area. This drive, with a 2 year old, should prove interesting. It has already taken me 2 hours just to pack her little suitcase. She likes to “help” meaning she follows behind me and undoes everything I do! Finally I have gotten her suitcase organized and packed (of course there is a different mess to clean up now! E decide to “help” and she emptied our freezer!)

So I had to come up with a solution… Call it desperate parenting… Crib and iPad – worked for about 20mins!

Any tips on travel with toddlers?

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packing for the road trip. left to right, jackets, long sleeved tops, short sleeved tops, shorts, pants. Swimwear and socks in upper compartment and PJ’s in other top compartment

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Little E – singing “clean up clean up everyone every where” … somehow she thinks she is helping me

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getting a picky kid to eat

10 Aug

My two year old, like most I assume, is picky – picky with a capital P.  Feed her something one day she loves it, the next – refuses to eat it.  Will only eat frozen peas, not cooked, and that is about the only veggie she will touch (unless I sneak spinach in my smoothie and share with her)  Today I attempted to bring some excitement to her snack – it worked, a little .. she didn’t eat it all but did try a bit of each thing! YAY .. small successes are exciting 

and we are off!

10 Aug

Okay – so I start a blog and then I immediately leave for 10 days! ha ha.  Our long awaited family road-trip vacay is upon us.  Well 2 of my kids are away on their own camping for the week so really it’s just me, my partner and our youngest.. either way – I’m EXCITED!  It has been a long year and this is something I’ve really been looking forward to, spending more than a day or two with my partner!  We are headed across the line, into the good ole US of A to visit some family and hopefully check out the Oregon Coast.  I hope to have some pictures to share when I come back.  Until then I will leave you on a cheerful note.. a video of my little E at the park yesterday.E’S HAPPY PLACE AT THE PARK

Healthy Eats

10 Aug

Good morning!  Well I am on a mission over the next while, as I mentioned previously, to really focus on my health.  After eating pretty much anything I wanted (aside from my egg allergy) I now have restrictions.  I’m choosing to look at this in positive light!  A challenge of sorts to find new and unique meals I’ve not normally contemplated.

My breakfast today was inspired by the genius Angela of Oh She Glows http://ohsheglows.com/2010/05/03/are-you-an-athlete/    I made my overnight oats – soaked in coconut milk and also had my Chia treat.  If you’ve never heard of Ruth’s Hemp Foods, you should
check them out. http://www.ruthshempfoods.com/products/chia-goodness.html SO DELICIOUS!  I love the cranberry ginger regularly, and the chocolate is a perfect treat when craving those sweets!  This morning was like a special dessert!  After soaking the oats and chia overnight (in separate bowls) all I had to do this morning was blend up some of my frozen berries with a bit of water and milk, layer them and dig in!  I almost didn’t take a picture because I wanted to eat it at once.

Now I know that one important thing (for me) is that in order to eat healthy I need to plan my meals in advance, so I already know what today’s lunch will be – this gives me some comfort! (and of course a healthy morning snack – fresh picked blueberries! – we have 40 lbs!)  Lunch today will be my Edible Flower Salad.  I love that on Wednesday’s we have the local Langley Farmers Market here.  I get to go explore and find some tasty goods.  I picked up some edible flowers and had a delicious salad yesterday, and will enjoy this again today.

Speaking of Salads  here are a couple others that I have conjured up!  My watermelon salad is so fresh and tasty – adding Feta makes it just that much more delicious! And of course you can never go wrong with a Kale Salad!
And finally for dinner – I have left-overs of the delicious sort!  Fresh Salmon from the amazing 1Fish2Fish here in Langley http://www.1fish2fish.ca/ 
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Taking control of my health

9 Aug

Well, after months (okay to be honest 2 years) of major ups and downs health-wise, talking to Dr’s that didn’t listen to me in the way I wanted, I decided to go to my naturopath.  Now, it’s not that I don’t trust my Dr. however I do know myself, and know that the issues I was having were pointing to hormone issues.  Her response?  I could possibly be pre-menopausal (seriously? I mean okay I’m 36, but isn’t that TOO YOUNG?) and I just have to deal with what’s happening.  I didn’t like that answer! would you?  I’m sorry, night sweats, major mood swings, weight gain, hair loss and more – that’s just not fun!

So I talked to my naturopath, we went over many things, did blood tests and a saliva test.  Results?  My levels are that of a post-menopausal woman and I have a MAJOR candida overgrowth.  So, I now have some learning to do and some diet changing to make.  All for a good cause, my health!

The issue? have you ever taken a tincture?  it’s somewhat unpalatable  downright horrible! I take 2 droppers, twice a day. I also have adrenal support pills (those are fine!)  Now it’s the diet part, any input is appreciated because I’m somewhat lost there.  I also have joined “myfitnesspal” http://www.myfitnesspal.com/ on my trusty iPhone.  Seriously, I’m kinda in love with this app.  It helps me track my food and activity (or lack thereof).  And the best little part of it? it has a barcode scanner this makes it so easy to track foods!

 

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major gag reflex! hope this works

As I enter this world…

9 Aug

I expect to find growing pains in this world of blog, isn’t that what happens when you are learning something new?  So first off, maybe I should do a little research.  As in, are there rules to this blog thing? A certain etiquette?  Jump in they say, it’s the only way to learn… so here I gooooooooo

My goal you ask?  I suppose to be completely honest  it is mostly selfish at the moment – to learn about myself.. to document my life (and to keep track of all the fabulous blogs that I currently follow!).

For now, there is no specific idea or theme here.  It could be baking/cooking one day, organizing the next… dealing with kids, learning about health & fitness; who knows – you will have to check in to see what’s next!  Maybe I’m witty one day, boring the next. I hope to hone my writing technique (excuse the grammar, pretty sure I will NEVER get that right!).  I hope to gain friendships through readers, I hope to connect with others who are just like me – living life, juggling challenges… wondering “is this normal?!”

So, let’s say today is Cupcake Thursday (okay that’s lame!)  However since I have a couple photos of some cupcakes I recently baked, I call them my PRIDE Cupcakes, I thought I would share them with you!  So simple and fun to make – and obviously delicious.

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