Friday, May 17, 2019

Friday Favourites

I did a little shopping at Old Navy for E and myself.  I got those bright pants I blogged about last week, and a pair of plain black ones, along with a couple of t-shirts.  I got E some new shorts and t-shirts too (the orange one is so cool, I love kids' clothes these days). Now comes the fun of taking the old t-shirts that no longer fit him/have stains out of his drawers.

E did this beautiful painting of the cherry blossoms at his art class this week.  I am always amazed at what kids can do with a little direction and motivation.  It's true in everything but you can really see it with some artwork like this.

I wrote yesterday about how it is hard to be 100% diligent with healthy eating habits.  On Monday I did indeed treat myself to a walk over to the First Canadian Place Starbucks to get an Americano and a coffee cake.  I was tired from the night before (Raptors Game 7 and Game of Thrones) so the afternoon break was appreciated.

Speaking of treats - Dave met me downtown for lunch on Tuesday and we went to Union Chicken. If you get a chance, check it out.  I had the OG fried chicken plate and it was so delicious. Hot lunch, hot date, cold beer - nothing better!

I walked over to Bulk Barn during my lunch break on Wednesday and took a detour up to King Street to walk back.  I passed St. James Park and it was in full tulip bloom.

If you lived in Dalhousie residence (particularly Cameron/Newcombe/Eliza) between 1999 and 2003 you more than likely attended a Steve Bowers show and/or bought his CD. I follow Steve on Twitter and saw the release of his new song "Just You" featuring Meaghan Smith.  I haven't listened to Steve in a few years but his lyrics and music are just as good (or better) than I remember. Check it out on Spotify.  You can also find "Comfortably Sweet" there for a throwback.

Linking up with AndreaErika, and Narci.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Healthy Eating...It's hard y'all!

As much as I like eating well and I definitely feel a marked difference in my energy and sleep when I do eat well, it's hard y'all!!  If you're like me, the warming weather screams for grilled meats, ice cream cones, french fries from the park, and beer/wine/cocktails on the patio.  Those things do not fit into my healthy eating habits!!

So basically I'm writing this so you can commiserate with me.

My strategy so far has been, eat well when you can.  Don't give up on a whole day just because you went out for lunch and ordered the fried chicken (and dammit, I enjoyed it!), just try to get the rest of the day under control.  If you have time to eat a good wholesome breakfast, then do it, don't just grab a breakfast sandwich on your way to the office because it's easier. Or if you've got all of the ingredients for a salad for your lunch, make one.  Go out for lunch on those days when you literally have nothing in the house.

Also don't stress too much about it.  We are meant to enjoy our lives and experiences.  If you can't even eat a piece of birthday cake or a beer at the baseball game without cursing yourself or fretting over the calories, then what are we even doing?!

I got a kick out of this meme too - I don't do Whole 30, but the healthy eating plan we do feels that way too.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Weekend Recap

Oops!! I forgot to write my post yesterday!  I never forget, even when we are super busy, and on Monday night it just slipped my mind, and we didn't even do anything out of the ordinary, it was just a regular evening.  Oh well, I'm sure the only person that noticed was my mom!! (And I had to text her to make sure she knew nothing was wrong!)

So a day late, here is our weekend recap:

When I got to work on Friday morning, they were handing out flowers in the lobby for Mother's Day.  I enjoyed this on my desk all day and then brought it home.

We had a yummy taco bowl for supper. 

After supper E went up the street with some friends (and their mom), and Q and Dave and I went for a walk down by the water.

It's pretty rough looking down there in spots, I don't know how it will all get cleaned up, or if it will.  The poor saplings they had planted last year all along the path.  They were destroyed by the ice and look so bad, it was like they planted driftwood instead of live trees. 

This is what our front step looked like on Friday night.  We are getting some concrete work done.

After we got home and the boys put to bed we started Season 3 of True Detective.  

On Saturday morning, I attempted to start potty training Q.  But he simply refused to put on underwear or a pull up (and since no one else was up yet, I didn't want to force him into it screaming).  So I put him in a diaper and gave up.  The Buzz Lightyear on the pull up did inspire his movie choice of Toy Story though!

I went to my workout class and when I got back we went to The Drake for an early Mother's Day brunch. 

So delicious!  I can never resist eggs benedict with smoked salmon. 

Dave and E went for a walk after lunch, and I did a bunch of stuff around the house and got some groceries.  

E found this Santa hat in the toys.

A quick trip to the park before supper.

I slept in for a little bit on Sunday morning and came down to this lovely assortment of flowers, cards, and treats.  

E made me this gem necklace (out of construction paper).

Off to church (nice smile E!)

E was supposed to have a t-ball game but it was so cold and rainy, the game got canceled. I was sad the weather was bad because I wanted to see the cherry blossoms in full bloom, but not sad because I didn't really want to go outside.  

Dave was headed to Game 7 of the Raptors game so we ordered pizza for our supper. 

E did some of his chores.

Best ending ever!!  Bring on the Bucks.

I had to wait for Dave to come home to watch Game of Thrones but in that time I made lunches and breakfast and finished my book!

Monday, May 13, 2019

Top Three

I am copying this post from Shay, it is a round up of my top three favourite things:

Favourite Binge Shows
Anything with Anthony Bourdain
Fixer Upper
The Office

Favourite Movies
A Star is Born
Dirty Dancing
Beauty and the Beast (the animated one)

Favourite Trips

Favourite Books
Gone with the Wind
To Kill a Mockingbird
The Poisonwood Bible

Favourite Cities in the World
New York

Favourite Places to Eat in Toronto
The Drake
Real Sports
Pizzeria Libretto

Favourite Holidays
Canada Day

Favourite Subjects in University
American Literature

Favourite Things About My Job
I never know what to expect
Learning new things

Top Three Places to Buy Kids' Clothes
Old Navy
Zara Kids

Three Things I always Have In My Purse
Presto Card (for subway)
Lip Gloss

Three Typical Morning Breakfasts
Oatmeal with berries, almonds and coconut
Scrambled Eggs with radishes and toast, topped with poppy seeds and lemon

Favourite Starbucks Drinks
Skinny Cinnamon Dolce Latte with Almond Milk
Iced Coffee with Milk, half sweet
Iced Passion Tea Lemonade

Favourite Things to Do with my Kids
Movie night with popcorn

Places I Want To Visit
Costa Rica

Favourite Workouts

Favourite Thing to Eat for Supper
Something that someone else makes (ha!)

Favourite Desserts
Another glass of wine (again, ha!)
Peach Pie
White Birthday Cake

Favourite TV Shows of All Time
Downton Abbey
Mad Men

Favourite Indoor Activities on Rainy Days

Favourite Ways to Make Time for Myself
Working out
Going for a walk at lunchtime
Going to church

Favourite Types of Wine
New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc
Pinot Grigio
Portugal Vinho Verde 

Favourite Household Chores
Putting away groceries
Wiping down the counter
Vacuuming the stairs

Things I do to make my days run more smoothly
Shower at night
Pack lunches at night
Meal Plan

Favourite Hymns
Abide With Me
I Was There to Hear Your Borning Cry
How Great Thou Art

Happy Monday!  

Friday, May 10, 2019

Friday Favourites

Happy Friday and Happy Mother's Day weekend!  My mother's day weekend will be spent potty training Q and then going to E's swimming lesson and t-ball game on Sunday.  People tend to look for some "time off" but since I work all week, I enjoy the weekend time spent with my kids even if it can be hectic!

E had his t-ball practice on Monday night.  Q stood on the sidelines with his glove.  And we also played at the playground.  

We went to High Park on Wednesday night to see the cherry blossoms, but it was a bit disappointing.  Q is saying "where are the ducks?" but he might as well have said "Where are the cherry blossoms?"  They just weren't all the way out yet.  But it was still a fun night - E rode his bike and Dave and I ran (with Q in the running stroller), and we stopped to get some McDonalds to take to the park for our supper (Running/McDonalds? It was McHappy Day!!)

Check out the difference between our neighbourhood park from mid-winter when the ice jams had spilled over the riverbanks and this week now that's finally all cleared up.  Still some displaced water and mud but it's passable!

I shared some of my favourite outfits on Wednesday.  Since I got my summer clothes out, I realized I need a few more items.  I want something like this kimono, a short colourful one, but I haven't seen one in person that I like yet.

And since I like the pixie pants from Old Navy so much, I could get another pair of those. These banana ones look fun!
product photo

Linking up with AndreaErika, and Narci for Friday Favourites. 

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to all of the moms out there!! I am blessed to be mom to these two monkeys.  They keep us on our toes and I wouldn't have it any other way!

And Happy Mother's Day to my own mom and mother-in-law!  We wouldn't be where we are today without these two!

I asked E a few questions about Mother's Day...

Why should we celebrate Mother's Day?
Because mothers are the best

What do you think we should do on Mother's Day?
Celebrate mothers...get flowers, make a card, sushi.. (well if your mother liked sushi then fine)

What do you think mothers do?
Mothers are girls, mothers make you.

What makes a good mother?
You let your kids play video games and work

What is something I say a lot?
Quinn instead of Everett,  and Everett instead of Quinn

What is the best meal that I make?
Pizza (I trust he doesn't mean my best meal is ordering pizza! We do make our own.)

What do you think I am good at doing?

Do you want to have kids when you grow up?

Anything to add?

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Let's Look Wednesday

On today's instalment of Let's Look, we are looking at our favourite outfit of the day (OOTD).

I cannot for the life of me take a good selfie of myself wearing an outfit, so you're getting flat lays of my favourite outfits, not modeled versions!  Fashion blogger I will never be.

My current favourite work outfit is:

Pants are from Old Navy (same pattern not available, but the style is here), top is from Nordstrom Rack (I cannot find a link), and jewelry from Stella and Dot (necklace is no longer available, earrings are here).  I usually pair it with a black blazer from Banana Republic and black or nude flats from Cole Haan.

And my current favourite weekend outfit is:

Pants are Spanx from Nordstrom (here), shirt is Zella from Nordstrom (not available).  And I usually wear my sneakers from New Balance.

Linking up with Shay and Erika.