Save your sanity

Hello! Today is basically my working Monday, as I have been in Edmonton all weekend and just arrived home last night. My work team and I were all attending a seminar, called ‘Save your sanity’ – proactive strategies for handling difficult behaviour in children and youth.

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I gotta say, it was well done and our facilitator did an awesome job at really keeping me engaged and attentive all day (which is VERY hard as I am so ADHD). Working in schools, these sorts of strategies are soo helpful and a great thing to bring back to the teaching staff because every class tends to have at least one pesky kid that is a little bit more difficult to handle than others!

On sunday, the gals and I got a chance to have a nice little shopping and outting day! Because why not. We went to West Edmonton mall, and I did treat myself to this baby:

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SMARTIES MCFLURRY! I haven’t had one of these in ages… I deserved it.

After dropping off our loads of purchases at the car (I bought a little too much!! Fave stops – Forever 21, H&M, Bath and body works, lululemon and Aritzia!), we headed over to Earl’s for dinner.

At this point I was yet again starving and could not wait to dig in…

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I chose the chicken sandwich with a side salad!

And since the weather was divine I could not resist the temptation of a caesar (or bloody Mary for all ya’ll Americans!)

After our delicious feast, we headed over to the movies. I was excited for this since I haven’t been to the movies in AGES. We saw a flick called the DUFF. It was pretty funny actually and had a cute little inspiring message at the end. It’s a good easy watch if you’re looking for something you don’t need to do some crazy analyzing with! AKA GONE GIRL.

I woke up in the morning in the hotel and with lack of resources, I headed downstairs to the hotel gym. Which had very limited equipment. I had to get a little creative and remembered PB fingers HOTEL workout! I did half an hour on the elliptical prior to this.

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Thanks Julie! I’m going to have to put together one of my own as well and share it with you all as I will be travelling quite a bit coming up. I’m sure there’s many of you who will be for holidays as well!

On a positive note – my squats seem to FINALLY be having an impact on my body. Seriously, I have had a flat backside my whole life, I’ve been reallllyyyy upping my squat game lately and I see a good bump coming in.

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On the way home I got the chance to sit in the back and watch movies like a child ๐Ÿ™‚

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And I had my yummy jugo juice “Can’t Beet this” smoothie, yummmmmmmmmmmmmm! Beets make me happy and I love the health benefits of them.

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Things I’m Loving Friday {17}

Another week, another things I’m loving segment! I always look so forward to these posts!

My new BBQ

Okay, I could not write this segment without including this.. We got it used… but it’s new to us and works well so it’s great! We have literally used this to cook up dinner EVERY night this week and I am basically on cloud nine because Colt has really been taking the reigns on our meals! Advice ladies – if you are sick of cooking, get a BBQ!

French toast recipe

UM who doesn’t love french toast?? This is the bomb! It’s absolutely an indulgence, but after doing a 15 km run, this is definitely what my body needs!

Ingredients:

Bread of choice sliced
2 egg whites
dash of milk
tsp vanilla
cinnamon
nutmeg
cooking oil

Directions:

Dip one slice of bread at a time into the mixture of your eggs, milk, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg, until coated very well. Spray a piping hot pan with your cooking oil and place the slice of bread on it, leaving it there for a couple minutes until browned and then flip to the other side. TOPPINGS – you can go with the typical syrup, but I usually actually opt for fruit or even a little peanut butter ๐Ÿ˜€ Or… everything you can think of because why not?

Clinique dramatically different moisturizer

My skin has been going through a dry spell lately and this moisturizer has been my saving grace. I highly, highly recommend it to those suffering very dry skin.

Snack of the week – Popcorn with kernel’s buffalo wing seasoning

I looove, love, love popcorn. You don’t even understand. I’ve tried every seasoning under the sun but was introduced to this one actually just this week! It’s kind of garlicy with a kick. I find myself going back for more and more!

The most simple of things – SUNSHINE

Now, I know most people love sunshine. But I feel like living in Alberta, Canada, the winter time leaves me very deprived of it and seriously lacking some vitamin D. Lately, the sun has been shining and the weather has been absolutely gorgeous. Overlooking the weather forecast for the next week looks like it’s going to continue warming up and I could not be happier! I can’t wait to spend as much time as I can basking in the rays and breathing in that sweet spring air!

Eats n treats

I’m layin’ out for you a typical meal plan in the life of Jamie! I don’t count calories ever, I just try my best to eat foods that make me feel good and that I know are healthy.

7:00 AM – wake up, breakfast time! GRAPEFRUIT as per usual. With a side of some random mushy yogurt goodness with some flax and almond granola and strawberries.

12:00 PM – LUNCH TIME for me. Finally caught a break from work. Looks like a left over burger from last night and a salad! These burgers were homemade, the juiciest most delicious burgs of life. Oh and a piece of kinders chocolate that was staring me down …

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3:30 PM – Always starving as soon as I get in the door from home. I tend to open the cupboard and fridge and scavenge for whatever good snacky thing I can find. It usually ends up being the same things… Crackers, apple, nuts… Today I opted for some cut up carrots, brocollli and some of this yummy sour scream Salsa Fiesta dip (Jamie APPROVED!)

6:30 PM – dinnaaaa time. My favourite time. Tonight = BBQ Chicken (we sure have been utilizing it as much as possible) with some rice and steamed asparagus on the side.

Night time snack – popcorn with some kernels seasonings. I have this almost every night and I kid you not. Tonights seasoning was KETCHUP!

I like to move it move it

This song has been stuck in my head all day because we have been playing it at school! We created a game for the kids with hula hoops and dancing to this song – the kids love it and so did I at first but now I am completely over this song!!! It may drive me crazy soon.

However, it does describe how I’m feelin’ to a TEE! I do like to move it, move it! And my workouts the past 2 days show it well!

Yesterday I got an amazing run in! I felt like I hadn’t had this good of a run in a seriously long time. Although it was all on the treadmill, I made sure to change up the incline and speed a lot to keep my mind from wandering and to really help to push me through! There was a good bolt of energy at the end.

It looked a little somethin’ like this:

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This morning when I arrived at the gym, I had my workout plans all laid out on a paper for me already. (I need to think as little as possible when going to workout in the mornings, it makes it all so much easier!)

It was really about all over body work and getting as many muscles as I could while amping up my cardio game:

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Go through each circuit once or twice! Good work!

One Lovely Blog & Very Inspring Blogger Award

I am feeling so utterly thankful and appreciative for being nominated for a “One lovely blog award”! I am sending a huge thank you to FindingFabyoulous for the nomination. Sara’s blog is filled with fearless creativity and truth, I absolutely love it.

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The Rulesย for accepting the Award:
  1. Thank and link back to the awesome person who nominated you.
  2. Share 7 things about yourself.
  3. Nominate 10 other bloggers and comment on their blogs to let them know.ย 

So now I will be sharing 7 things about myself!

1. I have a Disney obsession
2. I love to hike and dream of accomplishing the Machu Pichu hike
3. I love to draw and be creative
4. I can be a bit neurotic with my schedule (I am grumpy if I haven’t gotten my physical activity in)
5. I dream of living in a place that is warm all year round
6. I dance much more than the average person
7. I envy those who are 100% fearless
I would like to nominate the following bloggers for the One lovely blog and Inspiring blogger award:
3. Cookies n Kale
4. My GOODNESS
8. Make Your Mark on Life

The living is easy with chicken parmigiana pasta

This weekend passed by so quickly. We go the chance to finally pick up a BBQ! Colt has been dying to get one of these for months and now there is no excuses for not making dinner for him! Win-win for us both I would say. I’m excited to test it out for our first meal tonight. While Colt is feelin’ the steak, I’m really craving some BBQ salmon and asparagus, my favourites!

We also got out with the pups again to enjoy this weather. It’s been a balmy -5 celsius this weekend, yes this is very warm for Canadian winter time! So we’ve been pleased with that and I’ve been opting to take any chance that I can to enjoy it. The sun beaming down on me makes it all that better. And the puppies certainly have no complaints.

 

Once we got in they were both entirely tuckered out, so I took that time to get some cuddles in with the cuties!

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This is his “leave me alone mama I wanna nap” face! He gets sick of me trying toย snap so many pictures all the time.

I’d also like to share with you a yummy recipe I tried out this weekend. Get ready for this…

 

 

Skinny chicken parmigiana pasta!ย 

Now I am not usually a pasta type of gal, but when we got in from adventuring around all day and on our feet, we were both famished and needed a meal that would leave us satisfied. I was craving this pasta and made it with a healthy twist (and Colt still thought it was amazing, go figure!)

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Ingredients:ย 
2 servings

2 skinless boneless chicken breast, cubed
2 cups whole wheat penne noodles
Small amount of oil for the skillet
chopped spinach, broccoli, onion, grape tomatoes and mushrooms (add as much veg as you’d like, I love LOTS)
seasonings – basil, thyme, pepper, dash of salt and garlic
marinara sauce – you can make your own with diced tomatoes, tomato paste, apple cider vinegar, sweetener or stevia OR purchase a low sodium version from the store!
1/2 cup of Greek yogurt
1/2 cup shredded low fat cheese to top

Directions:

– Boil pot of water on the stove with the penne noodles for 10-12 minutes (it will state on the pasta box exactly how long is recommended)
– in a skillet with oil, add the cubed chicken and cover. Make sure to mix them all up every few minutes to ensure there is no burning.
– While the chicken is in the skillet, in a separate frying pan, put all of your chopped vegetables in with oil and sautee. Dust your vegetables with the seasonings and continue to stir them up every few minutes. Keep them frying in the pan for about 10 minutes.
– Add the vegetables to your skillet with the chicken and sautee all ingredients together. Add in your marinara sauce and make sure that all ingredients are covered. Allow them to cook with the marinara in the skillet for atleast 2 minutes.
– Strain the penne noodles out of the pot and add them into the skillet with your chicken, vegetables and marinara sauce.
– Mix all ingredients and allow them to sit for a couple of minutes. Add any additional spices that you may want.
– Plate your mixture and top it off with as much or as little shredded cheese as you want.

Voila! Look at you – chef status. Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

Things I’m Loving Friday {16}

This week has absolutely flown by. It feels like I was just dreading starting the week off in uber-sleepy mode, and now it’s already Friday! It looks like this weekend will be consisting of finally bathing our dogs, snowshoeing at the bird conservatory and seeing shades of grey! I’m hoping Colt and I are also able to make it out for our friend Inka’s birthday celebration and enjoy a few drinks and good company together.

With the week having gone by so fast, it’s hard to look back and recall everything that has happened! But here’s some memorable goodies:

Grapefruit

This is one fruit that I consume everyday. It never gets old to me! A lot of people feel the need to sprinkle some sugar on it, but nope, I just peel it like an orange and eat it all up just like that!

Finally winning roll-up-the-rim

It only took me about 20 coffees to finally win a coffee, but it’s a victory for me nonetheless. I had been waiting for this moment for a while and when it finally came I was a mixture of relieved, ecstatic and elated! I was beginning to think I just had horrible luck – and perhaps I do – but I’ll bask in this moment of glory for a little while longer.

Tarte lights camera lashes 4 in 1 mascara

I received this little gem in my ipsy bag. I don’t normally like to splurge on mascara because I’ve always thought that they all do the same thing. That is… until I receive this glorious product! The difference in my lashes is actually extraordinary. No clumps and amazing length. I will 100% be purchasing the full size of this mascara. You can buy it online or at Sephora.

The white/gold and black/blue dress debate

Okay I don’t know exactly if this is something that I am loving, but this is something that has consumed my thoughts the past 24 hours… It still drives me nuts! I’ve been seeing white and gold whereas most other people tell me black and blue… It’s a total mind craze! Apparently the science tells me that this indicates that the rods in my eyes have less ability to adjust to dim light, and so it is compensating for it by seeing different colours.

Birdman

After winning best picture at the Oscars, along with multiple other oscars, Colt and I thought we would give it a watch since we loveeee movies. It was no let down! It makes you think and the acting is incredible. The story is very original and totally different from anything else I’ve seen – I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a good flick to watch this weekend!

Favourite snacks – Greek yogurt whips!

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At 100 calories, you can’t go wrong with this. It’s a perfect mid-day snack to battle those hunger pangs! Worked well for me ๐Ÿ™‚

Achy abs

I woke up today feeling totally off-kilter. My alarm didn’t go off, so I woke up later than normal. Then, I wasn’t able to make my typical breakfast so I ended up opting for a grapefruit and some of the grossest coffee ever that I found in the school’s staffroom.. I barely even had time to do anything to my appearance today. Needless to say, I am not feeling like my best self but I’m going to try to make the most of it to get through this day!

I’m still looking forward to this afternoon when I get a chance to do a presentation for junior high regarding pink shirt day.

If you are unaware, Pink Shirt Day is celebrated in order to raise awareness about bullying and it’s effects on others. It promotes the creation of a positive school and community! It all started when a new boy came to school in Nova Scotia and was teased for wearing a pink shirt. The following day, 2 others in the school handed out 50 pink shirts to the other boys in the grade and they all wore them together! I thought it was such an awesome story when first hearing about it. I love when younger generations work together to promote positive changes in order to ensure the happiness of others. ๐Ÿ™‚

I also woke up with my abs feeling achy today – but that’s a great thing in my opinion! Before heading to the gym, I sketched out a little cardio ab circuit to try out while there (having a plan makes life so much easier when at the gym). It looked like this:

ab circuit

It will get you good and sweaty and act as an awesome boredom buster! The final cardio push says 10 minutes, but you can go for however long you wish to finish up for.. But make sure to push yourself!! ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s a good thing that later on today I’ll be heading to power yoga and get a little stretched out. ๐Ÿ™‚

Reaching goals

Reaching goals. This is such a simple thing in life but means so much to the individual. Honestly, I haven’t pushed myself enough until quite recently. I’ve practiced yoga for some time now but have really been taking the time lately to try and go a little further, and had set out to accomplish some of the harder poses and balances that I’d thought I’d never be able to do with my lack of strength in the past. Last week during my power yoga class, I was FINALLY able to do the crane/crow pose. I had done soo many pushups, core workouts, everything, and it all lead up to this moment! I felt like I was on cloud nine, seriously. I know for some people this may seem pretty simple and easy, but it had been hard for me, and to get to this point makes me feel absolutely amazing and keeps me motivated!

Reaching goals also makes me a lot more appreciative of some of the other little things in life. Like these things:

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Spaghetti squash

It’s been a while since I’ve enjoyed this root vegetable. I made it in the typical way, frying it in the pan and saunteing it with mushrooms, grape tomatoes and broccoli in tomato sauce. With a bit of sprinkled mozzarella, this made for an amazing dinner! I mainly chose to make it because Colt was working late and I know this is one of those foods that I love but he really dislikes! So yayyy there was a silver lining of being at home alone during dinner time.

Curling

This is a weekly activity of mine. Every Wednesday night I play in a women’s league and I absolutely love my teammates! I really noticed this week how much I look forward to getting out and seeing the girls and moving. Sometimes you just need to stop and appreciate all those little things! For those of you who have never tried the sport of curling before, I highly recommend it! It’s so fun and easy to catch on and understand how the game works. However, I will say it can get fairly cold in the rink!

HIIT treadmill workout – I loves me some hill work!

Hip hop dancing class

YES! I actually had the opportunity to do this while working, and actually getting paid to do so.. It was so so fun. Funny enough, I used to take hip hop dance lessons when I was younger and it was a bit nostalgic for me. You can’t help but dance and then have a massive grin on your face for the rest of the day! (Unfortunately could not document this as per the students requests, but trust me it was hilariously fun!)

Trying new things

For someone who doesn’t often like to stray from my typical recipes and food choices, I have seemed to be on the adventurous side lately! You will never guess what I tried….

MOOSE MEAT!

This shouldn’t surprise many of those who live in Alberta, it seems to be a very common food choice in these parts. I don’t typically enjoy much red meat, but a friend of ours who also hunts his own meat actually butchered it himself and gave us enough meat to fill an entire freezer. First recipe that Colt and I opted to try were the moose ribs.

It was a pretty standard recipe and just had them cooking in the crock pot with a container of beef stock, basil, thyme, pepper and salt and a little cayenne and BBQ seasoning for roughly 10 hours. I have to say, they were very tender and tasted better than I had anticipated, but I’m still not the biggest fan. But hey – food is food!

For my breakfasts, I usually turn to a smoothie. It’s always the most standard banana, strawberry and orange, or peanut butter and chocolate! But since I’ve felt as though I needed to add some more protein into my diet, I purchased a sample pack of the vega protein smoothie berry mix too give it a try.

I mixed this in with a handful of frozen mixed berries and some vanilla yogurt. While it does taste fairly good, there is still a little bit of a chalky taste that is left over. This was to be expected because the powder is completely vegan and natural. But what I loved the most was the staying power. One package has 15 grams of protein which kept my hunger at bay and keeps me content!

Food aside, I also tried out a new upper body and cardio mix workout! Ohhhh baby I feel it in my muscles already today!

This is my workout from this morning:

It’s a great heart pumping workout and switches up enough so that you don’t get bored.

ipolkadot-background-2012wsAnd now it’s back to work for me, chat soon!