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What I’m Loving

It’s been a hot minute since I’ve checked in over here. My life has been a little chaotic the last few weeks and I either haven’t had a single minute to sit down to write or I’ve been so exhausted I could only muster a couple words before bailing to crawl into bed.

Why? Well, I listed my condo in the summer. Two months later it sold, within a week of that I had an offer on a townhouse, the day before it closed I ended up walking away from the deal after some things came up in the home inspection. Within 24 hours I had an offer on another townhouse accepted but that townhouse needed some cosmetic work and I’ve been working hard on scheduling flooring and painting to be completed before I move in. It’s been a crazy few weeks but Liam and I are both very excited to get settled into our new place. We’ll have lots more space to and a backyard, a park nearby and friends just down the street.

So, now that you know what’s been keeping me busy, let’s talk about some things I’ve been loving outside of the house purchase.

  • First up, my very first Pound class is coming up this week! (as if I don’t have enough going on, right) If you haven’t heard yet, I’m co-hosting a Pound & Pour event with another Pound Pro at a sweet studio here in the city. You get an hour of Pound followed by a nice cold beer (or craft soda) from Troubled Monk to rehydrate. There aren’t many spots left, so if you want to join, go register quick!
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  • I recently read The Hate U Give and think everyone, absolutely everyone should read that book. It’s in the ranks for best book of 2017, alongside The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo.
  • Saying ‘Thank You’ Instead of ‘I’m Sorry’ – I really like this post from my friend Kris. I practice gratitude often in the form of a gratitude journal and even with Liam talking about what we’re grateful at the end of our days. However, I’m always quick to apologize for way too many things even though I know I shouldn’t.
  • Since Pound has taken over most of my free time, I haven’t been running much lately. I did manage to get out for a few short runs before the snow and cold set in. I’ve been loving the new kicks from Under Armour.
    I’m excited to explore the trails around my new place with this in the coming months.
  • Teach Your Monster To Read – I have never really used the iPad with Liam except if we are traveling and never with games. I recently downloaded this game, as recommended by a teacher friend and love it. Liam loves it and is killing it with his letter sounds. It’s quite pricey to download but it’s free on the web version.
  • TV things: I’ve been watching This Is Us, Scandal and Riverdale weekly and just finished Stranger Things. Stranger Things 2 was definitely more intense then last season I feel like and I love the dark Eleven. This Is Us has just been ok. I’m really excited for Kate but really wishing Kevin wasn’t going the direction he’s going. And does anyone have any predictions as to who is the Black Hood on Riverdale??
  • We finally got a permanent Lululemon store here in Red Deer (we’ve had the pop-up store since last holiday season). I’m lusting over some new workout gear, especially these green leggings. I’ve been very into green lately but it has yet to make it into my workout wardrobe.
  • Speaking of new stores in town, this past weekend, friends of mine opened a super badass craft beer store. Apparently, I’m to thank for it. Last year, I was talking about the craft beer store in Airdrie, and it planted the seed that they should open something like that here in Red Deer, and now here it is. I’ll happily take that credit!
  • I’ll leave you with a picture of Liam after packing his third box of the night all by himself.

Let’s hear what you’ve been loving lately? 
Any good books, shows, music, eats I need to check out?

My Favourite Toxin Free Products

I’ve talked a lot about making our household toxin free lately and have been slowly phasing out many of our day-to-day products. I admit, it’s not the easiest thing to do and it’s hard to break old habits. The other day I was telling my mom about the benefits I’ve seen since switching most of my makeup to safer products, but then I went and claimed my birthday gift from Sephora, which most definitely was not chemical free makeup. Mom asked why I would have picked that up, if I was focusing on using chemical free makeup. I didn’t have a good answer other than it was a force of habit and it’s hard to pass up free stuff. I’ve since given it away.

Alas, as I run out of regular products, they’re being replaced with more natural options and I thought I share with you some of my favourites.

Skincare, Hair Care, and Makeup

  1. Beautycounter Charcoal Cleansing Bar – this is all I use to remove makeup and cleanse my skin. It’s amazing at how clean my skin feels, without feeling tight and dry.
  2. Beautycounter Countermatch Adaptive Moisture Lotion – I had originally tried a different moisturizer from Beautycounter that didn’t work for me, I kept getting tiny pimples since I’m sensitive to coconut oil. This one hasn’t bothered me one bit and keeps my skin perfectly moisturized no matter the conditions.
  3. Rocky Mountain Soap Pomegranate Day Cream – I don’t usually need moisturizer in the morning, but if I do, this one is a great one to switch up from the Countermatch
  4. Rocky Mountain Soap Breakout Buster – pretty self-explanatory.
  5. Beautycounter Balancing Charcoal Facial Mask – I use this about once a week or so to treat myself
  6. Neals Yard Remedies Bee Lovely All Over Balm* – Made with organic orange essential oil and beeswax, this is perfect for those winter days when your skin is extra dry. It’s great for Liam too.
  7. Beautycounter Calendula Lip Conditioner – I love using this before bed and first thing in the morning to keep my lips nice and moisturized.
  8. Nelson Natural Activated Charcoal Toothpaste – I won this toothpaste in an Instagram giveaway and love it. Liam thinks it’s hilarious when I use it too. While not the tastiest, I definitely appreciate having a natural toothpaste that works well.
  9. Rocky Mountain Soap Tea Tree Deodorant – Natural deodorant is a difficult thing but this one has served me well for the most part. I still have days that are a bit iffy, but it’s the best natural deodorant I’ve tried so far.
  10. Rocky Mountain Soap Vanilla Coconut Shampoo and Conditioner – This shampoo and conditioner leaves my hair feeling clean and healthy and the smell is absolutely amazing.
  11. Beautycounter Skin Tint – I’m a huge fan of tinted moisturizers rather than full coverage foundations and this one is probably one of the best I’ve ever tried. It feels like silk and gives me the perfect amount of coverage, plus it’s buildable if I feel like some areas need a bit more. I also use Beautycounter blush and have a tube of concealer on order. As soon as my current tube of mascara is out, I’ll be switching that too. Really, I should have just bought the whole Flawless in Five kit.

Kid Stuff

  1. Tom’s of Maine Flouride Free Toothpaste – Liam loved this stuff when I switched him from a regular kids toothpaste so it’s safe to say the taste is kid approved
  2. Rocky Mountain Soap Root Beer Foaming Wash – This stuff smells amazing and I admit, I steal it more than I should.
  3. Rocky Mountain Soap Juicy Cherry Shampoo & Conditioner – see above, haha
  4. Honest Co Detangler – This stuff is awesome on tangled hair plus it smells amazing.

Household Products

  1. Vinegar – I used straight vinegar, or vinegar and baking soda to clean most things in my house.
  2. Honest Co Cleaning – I use Honest Co cleaning supplies for most everything else. I love their laundry detergent especially.
  3. Seventh Generation** – While I’m not a fan of this particular scent of liquid dish soap, I’ve been using Seventh Generation for years.

I know that I’m not perfect with the products I use and still have a way to go until my house is completely toxin free, but it’s a good start. I know that these choices are not the most cost-effective at time of purchase but I truly believe they will add years to Liam’s and my health by diminishing the amount of exposure to unregulated chemicals.

Tell me: What are your favourite natural products and companies?

*I received a complimentary sample of the Bee Lovely All Over Balm, however, all thoughts opinions are mine
** I received Seventh Generation liquid dish soap and laundry detergent in exchange for an honest review, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.
*** I’m not a Beautycounter consultant but Brie is, go order from her, or contact her with any questions! 

Where to Workout in Red Deer: Ignite Fitness

Where to Workout in Red Deer

Ignite Fitness Red Deer is where I called home for quite a few years until my schedule became too hectic to keep up with an ongoing membership. This is where I fell in love with Olympic lifting, where I worked out throughout pregnancy, what inspired me to dabble in obstacle course racing, where I brought my baby to workout, where I was pushed to the limits and challenged to compete in the Crossfit Open, and where I made many friends. It’s been four years since I’ve been to Ignite, so it was nice to visit the gym again and see what was new and what remained the same.

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About Ignite Fitness Red Deer

Ignite Fitness is not the place where you’ll walk in and feel intimidated by the athletes working out. It is somewhere you can walk in and feel like part of a family. Whether you’re a mama looking to get into shape after baby, the average Joe looking to workout after a long day at the office, or an athlete wanting to strengthen your skills, there is something for every walk of life here.

Ignite offers Crossfit, focusing on functional fitness for all levels and abilities, personal training for specific one-on-one or group training sessions, sports training for teams or individuals looking for extra conditioning and training, and kids training, which gives kids a chance to discover fitness in a fun and safe environment.

The gym itself hasn’t changed much over the years. It’s a basic warehouse, set up with all the equipment you need to get an effective workout. There are shower and change room facilities available as well. This isn’t the gym you come to you if you want to workout somewhere pretty. This is the gym you come to when you want to get sweaty and gritty.

New clients are invited in for a free trial and then a consultation to discuss goals and how Ignite can help them. From there, recommendations can be made on which level of commitment would work best for the client.

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About the Classes

There are over 20 Crossfit classes a week as well as open gym times where you can come in and work on your skills of fit in your WOD (workout of the day) outside of a regular class. They also offer Crossfit Mamas class daily that allows you to bring your kids along to play while you get your sweat. The evening Crossfit classes are surprisingly quieter than the daytime classes, which comes with the bonus of receiving even more focused attention from the trainers.

A typical class begins with a warm-up, a strength portion to work on Olympic lifts, and then the WOD. WODs can have different formats such as AMRAP (as many rounds as possible) where you complete as many rounds of the prescribed movements within a certain time frame, or Tabatas, when you do as many reps in 20 seconds, then rest for 10 seconds, and repeat 8 times. Our workout when we visited last week consisted of 30 seconds burpees, 30 seconds rest for a full 10 minutes. Gross, right? But man did we feel it the next day!





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Prices Range from $125 – $210 per month.

There are three commitment levels, 3 months, 6 months, 12 months and within those there is a 2 times per week package and an unlimited package.

3 months:
2 times/week – $160
Unlimited  – $210

6 months:
2 times/week – $145
Unlimited $195

12 Months:
2 times/week – $125
Unlimited $175

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What I Loved Most

I really just love Crossfit in general but I love that this gym, in particular, feels like family. Classes are small enough that you are getting basically personalized training and they are really focused on helping you reach your goals above all else. If you’ve never tried Crossfit or Olympic lifting and are looking for a new challenge, this is your place. Plus, you’ll feel like a total badass slinging all those heavy weights, I promise.

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