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Weekend Recap

I haven’t been great at blogging lately so I thought I’d pop in for a little weekend recap. It was definitely a busy one but we were rewarded with some warmer temperatures.


I snuck out of work a little bit early as I was meeting my painter at the new house to go over final details before they started work over the weekend. Yes, I realize I could save a pile of money by painting myself but let’s be real, I’m busy enough. Time is money and I think it will be worth it to have everything done well before moving in. While at the house, I also got to see the new flooring, which was about half done.

Once I was finished with the painter, I ran home and had a light supper before heading to the studio where I was teaching my first Pound class! I was a little nervous leading up to it, but definitely not the same stage fright feeling I’ve had before other things. We ended up selling out the event that afternoon so we had a full house of rockstars out. I think the class went well, there was great feedback and everyone seemed to have had fun. A few people were headed out on the town after their obligatory post-workout beer, but I was ready for bed.

I headed home, caught up on all the messages of support on social media while having a bowl of cereal and called it a night.


Because I’m a sucker for punishment, I set my alarm for an early morning spin class. I hadn’t been forever and was craving some cardio but haven’t been feeling running lately. Lululemon was there, gifting everyone in the class with sweat towels as a thank you for welcoming the permanent store to the community. I walked out of class practically soaking wet with sweat. Spin is the class that I love to hate. I want to puke during, especially the race tracks but feel great once it’s done.

(in love with this Under Armour Accelerate Short Sleeve!)

After a big breakfast and a shower, I headed out to see Liam at his jujitsu class. He gets to move up to the next level, so this was his last class with the younger kids. I’m pretty proud of his progress and how focused he is and I hope that the next level will help him find more focus and discipline at home as well.

Liam went back with his dad after jujitsu since I had an evening commitment. I headed home to load some boxes into the car to take to the new place. The flooring was finished and looked so freakin’ good but man am I not excited to clean the dust off every possible surface of that place.

I headed back home for a snack and to laze in bed for a bit before getting ready for an evening out. Mary and I met out for dinner at One Eleven in Capstone and toasted her belated birthday with a glass of Prosecco. From there, we headed to a Braids & Beer workshop at the Breathing Room. Yes, it sounds weird, a room full of 30-somethings braiding each other’s hair and drinking beer. Shrug. Turns out, I’m not magically able to make perfect braids in my hair, I have some practicing to do.


Another early morning. I picked Liam up (and coffee) bright and early. My parents picked us up and we hit the road to Ikea so they could help me haul some new furniture to the new place. It was a quick trip and we were back mid-afternoon. The rest of the afternoon and evening was low-key. Liam went to bed early, I caught up on Riverdale and Scandal and then crawled into bed with my book.

5 more nights of sleep and we will be in our new home!


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!