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!

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 Rules 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. 

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 to 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! 

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: 
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 🙂

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 🙂

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. 🙂

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:

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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!! 🙂

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

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!)

Things I’m Loving Friday {14}

Cute Valentines Cards & Crafts!


Working in elementary schools all day has called for many Valentines and cheery red and pink coloured outfits! I love working in a school board whenever the holidays come around because the kids are always so delighted and happy. It puts me in the best mood! There were many cards given out and crafts going on and will be continuing until the end of the day! One of my favourite cards today was from a student and it’s a clever one!

Since I love this tea I was beyond excited. It was such a sweet gesture.

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Random Acts of Kindness events

This week (in Canada at least) has been Random Acts of Kindness week. Although we should be trying to do some nice things here and there for others all the time, this week is a good time to get the ball rolling and to spread some more positive vibes around!

Some cute ideas for RAK –> shovel a neighbours driveway, pay for the next person’s order in the drive thru, offering to baby sit or pet sit, calling or visiting a friend you have lost touch with, donate old clothes or toys, volunteer at a shelter, this list goes on and on! You can also check out some more ideas at randomactsofkindness.org 🙂

One thing that my co-workers and I opted to do in the schools was send out some waterbottles with personalized labels and drink crystals to every school staff member! It was a lot of fun to see their smiling faces.

Helly Hanson boots

I indulged and purchased these babies. I am I N L O V E. They are so comfortable, cute and warm. One purchase that I will never regret. I’ve gotten so many compliments on them already and they are so perfect for these harsh winter days in Alberta!

Puppy rescuing

For continuous readers of my blog, you already know that Colt also works as a bi-law officer and animal control is a major piece of his position. With this, there’s a lot of animal rescuing, and this week he got a call of 2 abandoned puppies on the side of the highway!! I was with him when he got this call and was able to go with him and together took them back to the shelter to feed them and give them some play time. It was sooooo fun and it takes everything in me to not want to bring every single animal back home with me!

Eyeliner

I’ve been receiving monthly Ipsy bags – for those who don’t know what these are, they are beauty bags that come to your mail once a  month with 5 beauty samples based on a beauty quiz and preference survey that you fill out. I highly reccommend it to all thebeauty fanatics out there! It’s only a mere $10 and you will always get at least one full size beauty product!! One item that I really liked was this liquid eyeliner.

It’s staying power is awesome and even when I rub my eyes it stays in place! And it goes on so nicely for those who have some trouble applying liquid eyeliner.

Inexpensive Date Ideas

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, some of you might be looking to the internet for some creative gifts and date ideas. One of my favourites happens to be giving your loved one a Date Jar.

You can fill it with so many cute personalized dates that fit your interests! I can’t even tell you how many times Colt and I have been at home on a weekend or after work and said to ourselves “What should we do? We’re bored!”

And with a date jar, there’s no negotiations or hassles in trying to figure out who decides what!

With this you may need some inexpensive date ideas as well… It helps when you don’t necessarily need to head out and spend a fortune on dinner! So let me offer to you some suggestions.

Happy Dating!

12 inexpensive date ideas

1. Have a theme night based around a specific country! It could be Brazil, France, Australia, Portugal, anywhere in the world and plan your dinner and dessert recipes according  to the country! Even play some music from the country while cooking and eating your creations.

2. With a $15 – $20 budget, split up for two hours and pick up fun little things you think the other person would love, like their favorite cupcake from a local cupcake shop, a new pair of boxers, etc. Exchange the goodie bags at the end of two hours!

3. Have a “game night” at home with just the two of you. Great games for two people include Scrabble, mancala and tons of card games.

4. There’s nothing ever wrong with a Netflex night, featuring popcorn and your favourite snacks!

5. Find a new trail to hike together – make sure to pack some snacks or even pick up lunch from a local shop beforehand!

6. Enjoy a fire together outside, including wine, and various campfire food – my favourite is obviously s’mores, but there’s also, spider weineys!

7. Build an indoor sheet fort together. This is soo fun and costs nothin’! It will bring you back to the good ol’ days of childhood. You could even share scary stories under there!

8. Have a vacation planning night. This is great because it gives you something to look forward to in the future, even if the funds for it might not be there right now.

9. Have a wine and cheese party! This is a favourite of mine because I am a huge fan of wine. Include various cheeses and some other creative appetizers you might not otherwise think to try!

10. Have an “ice cream for dinner” night! Either buy your favorite kind of ice cream at the grocery store (plus tons of toppings!) or visit a local hot spot.

11. Go to your local animal shelter or animal rescue committee and volunteer to help out with the animals together. This is a great one for those animal loving couples! And it’s guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

12. Catch the sunrise (or sunset)! Even include a little picnic if weather permits.

My house survey

I received this ‘challenge’ via e-mail! It’s just some cute little questions that you might not think to ask others about otherwise. And it’ll give you a little insight to the rest of my life! After reading through, I’d love for you all to take the time to fill it out as well. You can reply through a comment or even post it on your own blog to share with the world wide web!

Household chore I actually enjoy…

The thing with me is, I LOVE when things are clean and in order to my house. If there are dirty dishes, laundry lying about, or even really dusty counter tops, there is something in me that wants to cringe. The conflict here is that I actually don’t enjoy one bit of cleaning…. However I know it’s just something that has to get done for my sanity. Luckily, Colt’s feelings are similar and he helps out a lot! But, if I absolutely had to pick, I would say that I enjoy vacuuming! Mainly because it’s easy enough to turn up the tunes and dance all over while doing it. 🙂

Before company arrives I…

Hide the doggy toys and put my dishes away! The dog toys in my home are quite plentiful, especially now that we have 2. Some times there are even socks lying around that the dogs are weirdly obsessed with playing with! It’s my quick-tidy method so that the house looks half decent.

I hate to shop for….

BRAS! Ughhh, don’t get me wrong. I love getting new bras, it’s just the act of having to actually try them on that bugs me. It doesn’t help that I seem to always struggle with the sizing and need assistance!

I have a style crush on…

I have to say either Emma Watson because she is so elegant and timeless and sophisticated. Or Blake Lively, who always seems to effortlessly rock any sort of trend and always so well put together. I have to say I also follow Jessica Alba on instagram and I love her style as I feel like I can relate to it the most! It consists of a lot of trendy clothing but also many comfortable pieces mixed in, like leggings and tights and flowy tops. I live for comfy clothes! Yoga leggings every day.

How did I ever live without….

My dog. My friends (although that wasn’t for long as my closest friends have been in my life since our kinder years), my boyfriend. All have significantly changed my life and shaped me into being the person I am today. I never thought that I would even be as much of a dog person as I am today, I love my puppy so unconditionally and it shows a whole other side to living life more selflessly.

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Now your turn 🙂

Complete one (or all!) of the following:

  • Household chore I actually enjoy…
  • Before company arrives, I hide…
  • I hate to shop for…
  • I have a style crush on…
  • How did I ever live without…

Getting into a new groove

This weekend was enjoyable and relaxing. Something that I think I’ve certainly been in need of. On Saturday, Colt and I headed to our neighbours house, who is also a co-worker and friend for a birthday! I ended up being in charge of a dessert, so I opted to use all the spare time that I had during the day on Saturday to bake a cake and put my decorating skills to the test.

It’s the most simple cake recipe ever! Just your typical vanilla cake, but the decorating took me a little bit of time. I frosted it with some homemade chocolate icing and purchased some choco/vanilla wafer sticks which I cut into haves and icing-ed all around the circumference of the cake! Then I just cut some strawberries in half and placed them on top, with some crushed white chocolate in the middle. I then got the idea from Pinterest to wrap a pretty red ribbon (that I had leftover from Christmas) around it with a bow which is what made it look that much better! I’ll admit I was fairly proud about this as I don’t normally have such decorating ability.

Fitness

I’m feeling like my workouts have been a little half-efforted lately. I honestly don’t know what it is! It’s like my motivation is dwindling and I’m looking for a new goal or routine to get into in order to know what I’m concentrating my efforts on. If you have any great methods to stay motivated please let me know !!

I am continuing to utilize the Nike Training Camp App which has helped me however!

Today I did a tabata workout! It was a 30 minute mix-up of cardio, strength and even a little bit of pilates.

I wanted to copy and paste it onto my blog for you but my phone has been acting up lately and did not coorperate – sorry!

I have to cut it short today as I have ALOT of programming to do for school!