I’m just back from a great yoga class and it’s snowing outside my window. I’ve got my Forever Nuts afternoon tea and I’m ready to tackle a whole pile of things on my To Do List. But first, a little update for you on my February goals and challenges. I’ve fallen off the wagon a little bit the past couple weeks, but this week I managed to get myself back on track.
In February Jason and I challenged ourselves to a “Dry February” to cut out drinking for the month. We ended our challenge early (Feb 24) and I was successful in not have a drink the entire time. Jason had a beer on Day 1 (good start, lol) and a sip or something during a night out with friends.
We did pretty well at curbing our spending and only purchasing necessities, until about the 24th of February when family came in for the funeral. That being said, we were able to save by cutting out excess, that we were able to have extra to cover the unexpected last week.
Working out – I’ve been loving the classes at Toronto Yoga Mamas and have done Yoga Babies, Pilates Babies, Barre Babies and a Moms only Energizing Flow Yoga class. The Barre & Flow classes kicked my butt big time, but I’m already noticing a change in how I feel, both mentally and physically. Since I started my membership on Feb 1st I’ve been to 10 different classes, which is more than I’ve ever worked out as an adult!
Blogging – I got off to a good start on my goal of 1 post per week with some weeks even having 2 posts! I took a bit of a break due to our family’s loss, but continued to write and save a few draft posts to keep my writing momentum going. I’m really looking forward to continuing on with this challenge and I hope you enjoy reading 🙂
Have you started anything new yet this year? How is it going?
I’ve heard a lot of talk about Elderberry Syrup for cold and flu prevention and although Abigail isn’t old enough to have it, I think it can’t hurt for me to try it! Here’s a great recipe to make Homemade Elderberry Syrup that is on my current list of Things to Make!
Last week, our beautiful Mugga, June Moule, passed away peacefully in her sleep. She was the most wonderful soul, full of love and light with little bit of sass. Our family was her life and we are lucky to have grown up surrounded by such a close extended family. We love you Mugga and we will miss you.
I’m sitting at my desk (with Finn laying underneath) staring out the window at the snow lightly falling in the backyard. I don’t know about you, but a snowy winter is something I actually love. I’m not fond of the cold, but there is something about the snow that makes everything seem magical.
This week I went to Pilates Babies & Barre Babies classes. I LOVED the Barre Babies class, but it was a pretty hard workout for this out of shape girl. My legs are killing me and I had to cancel my Yoga Babies for this afternoon because I just can’t do anything. lol.
This morning I remembered that I wanted to “clean up” my active FB logins. You know when you login to a new app or website using your FB. There were soooo many that I never use and don’t even remember signing up for, so I’m removing them all. Here is the link https://www.facebook.com/settings?tab=applications.
Something I had never done before having a baby was change a diaper. So I had NO IDEA what a blowout actually was to deal with and OMG ewww. This week I saw these Shitten Mittens and know that these would be a great gift for new parents.
Our expedition will begin with a journey up Bute Inlet by boat using the same route the Munday party used 92 years ago. We’ll be traveling expedition style ferrying loads of approximately 2,000 lbs of food and equipment to various camps. This will include both modern gear and gear as was used in 1926.
From the coast we will hack through dense brush and across dangerous rivers for 55 km through Homathko river valley. Then we will ascend 18 km of massive glaciers to get to the base of Mt. Waddington. From this base camp on the Bravo Glacier Route we will attempt the climb. Due to a shortage of food, the Mundays were not able to complete their climb in 1926.
I’m always looking for new, quick & easy recipes that will suit both my vegetarian and Jason’s omnivore diets. We always get vegetable fried rice in our Chinese takeout so when I saw this healthy version I had to try it. It is delicious and takes no time at all to make AND it tastes even better the next day. This is a huge bonus for us because it is a leftover I will actually eat.
This version uses eggs, which you can skip if you are Vegan. We paired Jason’s with a Baked Sesame & Teriyaki Chicken Breast.
Chop cauliflower into florets and pulse in blender/food processor and set aside. (I use a Ninja blender which I highly recommend!)
Heat up wok or large frying pan on medium and add sesame oil.
Add leeks (or onion) and saute for 2 min.
Then add carrots, peas and mushrooms and saute until tender, about 2 min.
Mix together soy sauce, brown sugar and chili powder and set aside
Clear veggie mix to one side of the pan and scramble eggs.
Once firm, mix eggs in with veggies.
Stir in cauliflower and soy sauce mixture, making sure everything is coated.
Reduce heat to low, cover and cook for 3-5 min.
Mix in bean sprouts and cook for 2 more minutes.
*For Jason I added a Baked Teriyaki Chicken Breast. -Preheat oven to 375 C -Brush chicken breast with sesame oil, sprinkle with salt & pepper and then cover with Teriyaki sauce to your taste. -Bake for 30 min
Yesterday was my first Yoga Babies class at Toronto Yoga Mama’s and Abigail & I both loved it! I’m pretty sore today but can’t wait for our classes next week. It’s really amazing how much my body changed during pregnancy (and how much muscle I lost)! Being sick for 9 months really took a toll on me and I’m really looking forward to gaining my strength back.
My 2018 Day Designer* finally arrived yesterday and I am going to spend the weekend organizing my goals and planning for the year. I was late ordering it this year, so my wall calendar in the kitchen is full of scribbles 🙂
Abigail is now 5 months so we started her on solid food (as per our doctor). I had no idea what to feed her and someone share this Wee Little Ones Weaning Chart by Kat French Designs and it has been super helpful. So far we’ve had some sweet potato and avocado!
I thought this was neat. The Friendship Lamp is a lamp that lights up at your friends house when you touch the one at your house.
The Rebel Mama blog is one of my lifesavers now that I’m a Mom (that is still very weird to say/write!). The wrote this great article called “Hot Tips for Raising a Feminist” and it’s a good read for parents and non-parents alike.
When I started blogging (in 2008 on Blogger and then officially at kaponetwo.com back in Feb 2009) there weren’t alot of us in Toronto. I was inspired first by Raymi, Casie, Xiaxue and Gala Darling and thought I love to write, so why not do it too. Now the market is oversaturated with “influencers” and I found this article (I think shared by Casie) Time to Address the Elephant in the Room to be a pretty interesting read.