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Weekend Recap

Can we take a minute to thank Mother Nature for the beautiful weather this weekend? It was much needed after a long winter and a cold and windy spring so far. Summer is definitely right around the corner!

Friday
Liam came down with another cold and had to spend the day with his other grandma. He didn’t end up getting home until after his bed time. I followed shortly after since I was battling a bit of muscle strain, likely from last weekend’s 10k. Exciting life I lead, right? I was fairly tired anyways since Liam woke up at 5am. I told him that 5am was too early to wake up and that if he was done sleeping, he needed to go play quietly in his bed. Next thing I know, he’s pulling his piano out into the hallway and playing me a nice little tune. I couldn’t even be made because it was so funny but damn those 5am wakeups are no fun.

Saturday
Since Liam had no nap at his grandma’s and a late bedtime the day before, he slept in until 7 (yes, this is sleeping in these days). I was actually awake before him since my body is no programmed to wake up at 6am. Thanks kid. I heard him wake up and then sure enough, he pulled his piano back into the hallway. This time he said, ” I wake you up with my piano”. Isn’t this what every woman wants, to be serenaded in the morning?

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We ate breakfast and got ready to head off to swimming lessons. Layne was home and met as at the pool to swim with Liam and I stuck around to watch. Once they were done, I headed off to meet some friends at the market. It was packed since the beautiful weather brought everyone down. I was definitely a sweaty mess by the time I left. I headed home for a quick outfit change and to freshen up for a wedding shower I was off to. I made a quick stop at the mall to pick up a gift and managed to score a pretty sweet deal on a wagon for Liam. I’ve been trying to search for a wagon small enough to fit in my trunk, since condo living doesn’t leave much room for storage. The only wagon that would work was a canvas, folding wagon that was basically the Rolls Royce of wagons with a $280 price tag. No thanks. But I happened to pop into Toys R Us and that wagon was on sale for $199 so I bought it without hesitation.

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It fits so nicely into my trunk, with enough room for Liam’s bike and scooter too. No more stroller for us and I can’t say I’ll be sad the day I sell it. That thing was a beast.

Anyways, enough wagon talk. I left the mall and headed to the bridal shower, and then off to a local bar for duelling pianos for the stagette. I didn’t stay out too late since frankly I was exhausted but I’m glad I was able to join in the special day.

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Because pink lipstick and florals is as good excuse as any for a selfie, right?

Sunday
I was up early for Sunday Runday with Mary. It was so nice driving through the still city with the window down in the morning. After our run I made a quick stop for an iced Americano before coming home for a shower and heading out for the day again. I met my parents at a nearby greenhouse and picked out some plants for my balcony. I have some flowers, lettuce, tomatoes, strawberries, plus some herbs. I’m hoping to find a few more additions at the farmer’s market in the coming weeks to fill up my little balcony garden.

We stopped by the lake to have lunch with my aunt and uncle. They had invited me to do some paddle boarding but it ended up being fairly windy and we decided not to go out. I’m pretty excited for the opportunity to go in the coming months though! I loved paddle boarding out on the ocean in Hawaii and have been itching to go again. I eventually made my way back to the city to get some groceries before Liam came home. He helped me plant everything while supper cooked on the bbq, which made for a dirt covered balcony. Worth it. I hope he will be excited to watch things grow!

And that’s a wrap!

What was the highlight of your weekend?

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Sunday Runday #25

I must admit, in previous years it was always difficult to will myself out of bed for a Sunday run. These days, since I’m programmed to wake up at the crack of dawn, I love enjoying the fresh morning air. Today was no difference.

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Mary had suggested heading to River Bend and it couldn’t have been a more perfect idea. The weather was amazing, the scenery was beautiful and while my body was feeling heavy, it was so good to get a run in during the still of the morning. We did a quick 5km before most of the city was even awake. Perfection.

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From Leigh:

I went out for a 7km run with Harley in the wonderful sunshine! Sunday’s are the day when I get out for a run without pushing the stroller and for a bit of me time. One more week until my first race post baby!

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From Kaella:

Ran the Run For Women in Calgary this morning and managed to shave 2.5 minutes off my PR. Finished 28th overall at 51:39.

So happy to have my favourite cheerleader waiting for me at the finish line! Plus, I finally got to meet some other run bloggers I’ve been friends with for ages! What an awesome day!

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Awesome job and thanks for joining ladies!!

If you want to join in on the next Sunday Runday, be sure to watch Facebook and Twitter. All you need to do is email me your run photo and details before 7pm MST. 

 

Random Reviews

Java Elixir

If you asked me how I take my coffee, I would respond, “Seriously. Very seriously”.

So serious, in fact, that I drink nothing but black coffee. Some mornings, I’m drinking my cup of joe out of necessity, but most mornings I am drinking because I just really love coffee. There’s no need to ruin a good roast with cream or sugar or flavour syrups (although I do admit to treating myself to the occasional flavoured latte or shot of strip in my Americano).

I never really considered the idea of additions to my coffee that would come with significant benefits without affecting the flavour of the coffee.

Enter Java Elixir. 

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Java Elixir is an all natural, herbal based health supplement, created specifically as a flavourless additive for your coffee. The elixirs, Immunity, Focus+ and Detox, are created from natural, organic ingredients to give you a healthier coffee experience. They are heat stable and tasteless, so you don’t even notice them when you add the recommended dosage to your morning cup. I can attest to the fact that they do go undetected, as I was lucky enough to receive the Immunity and Focus+ Elixir’s a couple weeks ago.

The boys of Java Elixir just launched their IndieGogo campaign to be able to carry out their first official production run and expand their line of elixirs. While I haven’t used them fully enough to know if they truly work, I can say that I’m excited for the potential that this Calgary-based startup shows. It’s not uncommon to forget to take your vitamins in the morning. I can say that honestly since I rarely take mine. But you’d be hard pressed to find a morning that I don’t drink a cup of coffee.

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I love that this product was developed just down the road in the beautiful city of Calgary (#supportlocal), that it’s made with natural, organic herbal supplements instead, and truly improves my morning coffee by providing some amazing health benefits. You can bet that the Immunity elixir will be utilized fully come winter when all those toddler germs creep back into our house.

If you’re interested in learning more about Java Elixir, be sure to check out their website and IndieGogo campaign and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Disclaimer: I received two bottles of Java Elixir in exchange for review. All opinions are my own.