Weekend Recap

Ahoy there! Hope you all had a good weekend. My weekend was super, super low-key, which was perfect. I started my second round of Whole30 (read all about my first round here) yesterday so a lot of my weekend revolved around prepping and planning for that and also eating all the crappy foods before starting. Ha.

Friday night I went for drinks after work with a whole bunch of coworkers to say goodbye to someone who is leaving the company. I had two beer – my last beer for 30 days!

Saturday we laid in bed until almost 10am, it was so lovely to just relax in bed for so long! Then once we finally got up Eric headed to the gym and I cleaned out both the fridge and pantry before going grocery shopping.

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Before on the left and after on the right. The second shelf down is my “Whole 30” shelf so I can just go straight to that shelf over the next 30 days.

Whole30 grocery shopping can be quite the process.. I went to three different stores and it took 2 hours! This Whole30 I am going to try and eat mostly locally sourced meat, especially after reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle so I got all of my meat for the first two weeks of the program at the local Butchers Block.


Then I hit up No Frills for the veggies and pantry items!

You can see my meal plan for the first two weeks of Whole 30 here.



Saturday afternoon was for meal prep, meal prep, meal prep! I washed, chopped and put away my vegetables and got my sweet potato bowls ready for breakfast for the week. Then I put everything in the crockpot for my first week of lunches, which will be Peanut Butter Runner’s sweet potato chili.

Saturday evening Eric and I got takeout from one of our favourite places. I had the Pad Thai and it was amazing. My last non Whole30 meal!


Oh and I also put another batch of kombucha on. After my cousins wife gifted me everything I need for making homemade kombucha I’ve become obsessed with making my own kombucha – so much cheaper and just as delicious.


I admit the scoby does not look delicious at all, but the finished product is I promise!

Sunday was a super super low key day. I slept till about 8am, got up and made my favourite Whole 30 breakfast – a sweet potato bowl! Then I went to an awesome flow yoga class at 10am and worked up quite the sweat. When I got home I did a Fitness Blender workout and then changed back into my PJ’s for the day!

The afternoon was spent on the couch drinking coffee, snacking on Whole 30 compliant snacks and reading or watching Friends.


I spent all Sunday evening watching Friends and working on my Kauai blog posts. I am back dating a bunch of posts about individual experiences we had there and will hopefully start getting the day-by-day recaps up sometime this week!

One of my goals for 2017 is to relax and take it easy more often. Yesterday afternoon I thought I should go for a walk but I really didn’t want to. I wanted to hang out in my PJ’s and lay around. So I did! I had to push through that initial guilt about not going for the walk, but I was so glad I did in the end because I really needed/wanted a very relaxed day and I got it!

How was your weekend? Who else is doing Whole 30 in January? 


Eric’s 30th Birthday Party!

In just over a week (on November 14) Eric turns 30! I have been planning to throw him a party since the summer and it was originally scheduled for November 12 but I had to move it to this past weekend because Eric’s shift at work got rearranged.

Not going to lie, getting ready for it a week early when I had a terribly painful pulled muscle that meant limited mobility and not sleeping well and a bad cough was not ideal. But thanks to lots of help from family members we pulled it off!

I also have to say that all the wonderful ideas for this party were ripped off from this amazing party I found when I googled “beer themed 30th birthday party”.

Because we live in a smallish duplex I ended up renting a hall for the party which was 100% the right idea especially with all the kids we had there!



For decorations I had these awesome “Happy Beer Day” balloons and then set up centrepieces using old beer bottles and fake flowers. I also brought Eric’s growler collection down and set it up on a side table along with all of his school photos 🙂



The party store where I got the Happy Beer Day balloons and huge 30 balloons even had a beer mug balloon! It was seriously perfect.


Oh and a local bakery in town made the beer mug cake, which was completely inspired by the party link above. They did an awesome job! And then my aunt made some delicious cupcakes to go with it.


I can’t believe I didn’t get a photo of them but my grandma made some amazing little sliders which were a huge hit. And my friend Janine made yummy pacho’s!


We also did beer tastings!


Oh and one of the coolest things we had there was a giant jenga game, courtesy of my brother! The adults never ended up playing jenga at all because the kids loved the blocks so much and hauled them all over the room and built towers with them.


There were also multiple dance parties – mostly by the guests under age 8. The hall just happened to have a cool disco ball speaker. 🙂


A bit of line dancing happened by the adults too.


It was really fun and we had an awesome time! People dropped in and out but in the end there were 20 adults, 7 kids and 3 babies who made an appearance! Sadly a few people had to cancel when the date changed but we still had a good turnout.


After the event we went for some more drinks with Eric’s friends and some family members and then went out to the bar. We didn’t get home until 1am, which is superrrr late for me! We spent yesterday in bed and lazing around the house, it was lovely.

I am super pleased with how well the beer party went and very grateful for family and friends who helped out by making food, bringing games and especially thankful to my dad and grandma who helped me decorate! I admit Eric wasn’t *completely* surprised but he didn’t know exactly what was happening and he did enjoy himself so a win all around 🙂

Have you ever thrown a surprise party? This was my first one and I could work harder on making sure it’s an actual full surprise next time – but it still went pretty well 🙂



Weekend Recap

As mentioned in my tea date post the other night, I am now on my own on the weekends since Eric works through the weekend. And he leaves the house at 6:10am and is home around 7:30pm so he is truly gone alllll day!

Here is what I got up to this weekend…

Friday night I worked late so I didn’t get home until almost 5:45pm and then I immediately grabbed Chloe for a long walk. I really wanted to get my 12,000 steps in for the day and I was only at 5,400 steps by the time I got home. An hour later I had knocked off another 5,000+ steps and I managed to get the last 1,400 or so in just by walking around the house that evening.

After our walk I curled up in the chair with a glass of wine, some chocolate and started a new book!


I am really enjoying it so far.

First thing on Saturday morning I went to the ski swap with my aunt. I really want to take up cross country skiing this winter and I was happy to end up getting a pair of skis for only $10. Dare I say I’m excited for more snow to fly?!


After the ski swap I headed straight to the 10am vinyasa flow yoga class. It was a wonderfully sweaty class! After yoga I got straight to business and my main priority for the weekend – cleaning the house. I normally do a bigger clean every weekend but since I’d been sick the weekend before it had been about 2 weeks since the house had really been cleaned and oh did it need it! 4 hours later I had done all the dishes, cleaned out the fridge, scrubbed the floors, vacuumed the whole house, scrubbed all three bathrooms and washed and folded all of our laundry! Whew. It was a productive day.

It was also a beautiful and sunny day out and I had planned to take Chloe for a walk in the afternoon, but it was so sunshine-y I decided a run was in order instead. We covered off 5km in just over 31 minutes. I am embarrassed to say it was my first run in 3.5 weeks. It is definitely going to be hard to keep up my running through the cold/snowy northern winters especially when I don’t have a solid group of running friends up here. Thanks to Fitness Blender workouts and yoga I felt pretty good.


After the run I came home, showered, visited my grandma for a bit, and then did my hair and makeup.

Eric and I are going to try to keep having little “date nights” on Saturday nights to break up the redundancy of his long shift and also to have some time together. Since he doesn’t get home until 7:30pm I wanted to be ready to go so as soon as he got home he could get changed and we’d head out. So while I was waiting for him to get home I sat on the couch and played with snapchat filters and made a snapchat story about my day. I love the new fall themed ones 🙂


We went to a newer restaurant that only opened a couple of months ago and had some beers and appies. It was a nice night out!


Sunday morning I slept until 7:45am and then got up and made myself coffee and waffles for breakfast. Forgot to take a picture of the waffles! After breakfast I sat in the chair and read my book for a bit. I love weekend mornings that start with reading and coffee!


At 10am I went to another vinyasa flow yoga class that really focused on the hamstrings, which was just what I needed after the run the day before. After yoga I had an amazing snack plate for lunch!


Then I walked over to the arena that is about 5 blocks away to watch our nieces play hockey.


Our niece Lena is in the black helmet 🙂

After the game two of our nieces came back to hang out with me for a bit while my sister-in-law went grocery shopping. We took Chloe for a walk in the snow. It definitely wasn’t as nice out as it was on Saturday.


Then while the kids watched Monster High on Netflix I sat down with my Minimalist Baker cookbook and did some meal planning.


In the afternoon I went grocery shopping and spent my afternoon evening in the kitchen. I made the above lentil ragu with spaghetti squash for my lunches and I prepped this chicken recipe in my crockpot, I will start it tomorrow morning before going to work. I had Drop Dead Diva on in the background while I meal prepped. I just started season 4! I need another mindless show to watch after this one is over.

When I was done all the meal prep and clean up I went next door to my grandmas and visited with her over a cup of tea and while working on my knitting project.


Then I sat on the couch last night writing this blog post while visiting with Eric about his day. Poor Chloe misses her dad so much now that he’s gone for such long hours. She crawled onto him as soon as he got home!


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And there you have it, one weekend alone down – two more to go! Luckily there is so much family around they all keep me busy and this weekend actually flew by.

How was your weekend? If you had a weekend (or multiple weekends) without your spouse / partner, what would you get up to?