Birthday Weekend Recap

Thank you all for your kind comments on my birthday post! I love reading back through those yearly reviews every year, I actually prefer them to January reviews!

Anyways, I had a great birthday weekend so I thought I would do a recap.

Saturday morning (my actual birthday) I got up and had some coffee while reading my book and enjoying a piece of toast. At 9:30 my friend Janine picked me up to go to yoga. One of the local yoga studios has a Saturday morning deal where if you go to the 75-minute flow class you get a coupon to have 1/2 price brunch at the restaurant across the street! I decided that would be a fabulous way to celebrate my birthday with friends and was so grateful to have so many people come out. We got our sweat on at yoga and then enjoyed a delicious brunch. I wish I’d taken a photo of my meal because it was sooooo good, but alas I forgot.

Eric took the day off work (at my request) so we could spend it together. We get so little time together I really just wanted to hang out with him. When I got home from yoga he had the table all set up with some birthday surprises ๐Ÿ˜‰ What a goof ball.

The cereal is a bit of an inside joke from the first trimester of my pregnancy when I was so sick and ate a lot of cereal, and also just a few nights before we were talking about how much we were craving cereal but didn’t have any. Clearly that will not be a problem in our home for awhile.

I loved the flowers. He even asked her to add a pink rose (the first flower he ever brought me for our very first date on Valentine’s Day in 2005) and a sunflower for our wedding flower. What a guy <3 <3

I had a shower and got dressed and we headed out for some shopping. There was a block party happening in conjunction with the Farmer’s Market so we picked up pumpkin spice lattes and wandered through that.

I bought myself a little birthday present. This is from a local small business and I have been eyeing up their jewelry sets for quite some time!

After we were done wandering the block party and perusing the Farmer’s Market we headed to the movie theatre to catch an afternoon matinee. I wasn’t super interested in anything that was playing but the movie that looked the best to me was Wind River so that is what I chose. Oh my gosh I’m so glad I did, I really really enjoyed this movie and highly recommend it! It was very well done and tackled some relevant social issues about missing and murdered Indigenous women.

After the movie we went to the book store. I sure do love browsing the bookstore. There are so many GREAT new releases out this fall that I want to read and some of them are not available at my library yet so I was very tempted to spend all the money.

I resisted and only bought one that was on sale and had been on my to read list for a long time. Really looking forward to getting into this one.

We headed home and I read my book for a bit before getting changed to go for dinner. I chose Spicy Fusion, our local Indian restaurant, for my birthday dinner and it did not disappoint!

Soooooo good.

It was fun doing my makeup a bit nicer and getting a bit dressed up. I used to do that all the time at my old job, but I don’t really do it anymore. I admit I am not feeling at ‘my best’ with being pregnant (pregnancy weight gain is tough ya’ll!) so it was fun to get a bit more dressed up and feel pretty.

31 weeks at 29 years old!

Sooo thankful and appreciative for a wonderful day with this guy <3 After we got home from dinner I had a lovely candlelit bath and then we laid on the couch and watched Big Brother.

On Sunday Eric was back to work and after a day of indulgent food and not much movement on Saturday I woke up wanting to MOVE my body on Sunday morning! So immediately after getting up I loaded Chloe in the car and headed to our local trail network for a walk / hike. We did a 50-minute hike while listening to a podcast and it was seriously lovely.

I had to take more rests than normal on the steeper hills but overall this preggo did pretty good if I do say so myself.

My sister-in-law and nieces came over for coffee and a visit once I got home from the hike and then I spent the rest of Sunday doing things around the house. Hauling in some stuff from our garage, doing laundry, purging… general nesting stuff. It has felt really good to cross some big home to-do’s off the list.

Sunday evening my aunt hosted a birthday dinner for all the September babies (my cousin, my uncle and me). We ate fresh crab and salmon they had caught on their recent fishing trip to the ocean. It was soooooo good.

And I got to request dessert! I requested peanut butter cheesecake, also sooooo good.

I was definitely sufficiently stuffed after that amazing meal! Huge thanks to my aunt and uncle for hosting everyone. Next time I need to be better about getting a group photo.

And after all of that I was in bed by 8:00pm on Sunday night ๐Ÿ™‚ So yes, overall a pretty perfect birthday weekend. Time with friends, family and my lovely husband but also a bit of alone / quiet time thrown in. Can’t believe this was my last birthday without a little sidekick. 30 is going to look veryyyyy different, isn’t it?! This year already looked super different from last year when we had a very active hiking / camping weekend.ย I feel pretty good about how much activity I’ve continued to fit in while pregnant, but I definitely don’t think I would have been able to handle all that hiking at 31 weeks ๐Ÿ™‚

How did you celebrate your last birthday? And, if you remember, how did you celebrate your 29th birthday?ย 


Labour Day Long Weekend Recap

Hello friends! I had just a lovely Labour Day long weekend so I thought I would recap it on the blog. Even though I just had a week off work, I felt like I really needed this long weekend. Last week was a very busy one at work, and also I just felt like I needed some time at home. Although I will admit, by the evening each day I was ready for Eric to come home since he worked all weekend – but at least he was on day shift so we had evenings together!


Friday night I made us a pasta casserole dish and then we laid on the couch and watched Wonder Woman. I thought it was kind of meh. Was expecting more based on the reviews.

Oh and Friday was also the official start of September…. my favourite month!


Saturday morning I had two catch-up phone calls, one with my running friend Tara from Kamloops and the other one with BFF Jen! It was nice to chat and catch up with both of them. In between phone chats I painted some crates for our entryway (pics below) and cleaned out our fridge. I literally took every single thing out of our fridge and freezer, wiped it out, and then put about half the things back in and threw the other half away. That felt good!

Saturday afternoon I took Chloe to the vet and a walk to enjoy the sunshine. It was raining on Saturday morning but cleared up by the afternoon. After our walk I dropped her at home and went grocery shopping. It felt good to restock the fridge / freezer with some healthy and yummy stuff after cleaning it out.


I spent some time sitting in the sunshine on our back deck Saturday evening reading my book.

In the evening, I got busy in the kitchen and made this recipe: Chef John’s Chicken, Sausage, Peppers and Potatoes.


It’s one of Eric’s favourite recipes and it turned out pretty good if I say so myself ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s also a very, very simple recipe with delicious whole ingredients. I recommend it! Saturday night when Eric got home we ate dinner together on the couch while watching a couple episodes of Big Brother. This season is driving me crazyyyyyyyy! I am still 2 episodes behind though, so no spoilers ๐Ÿ˜‰


I did not sleep well on Saturday night so ended up staying in bed until 9am on Sunday. It was glorious! After that, I made coffee and breakfast and curled up on the couch with my book until 11:30am. Also glorious. I decided I’d better get moving so went out into the backyard to do some yard work before going to yoga at 1pm.

The yoga class ended up being quite a strong flow class and I’m super proud of my 30 week pregnant butt for managing it. I was a sweaty mess! Of course I used blocks and lots of modifications.

Here is ย a 30 week bump photo for you, by the way.ย 

When I got home from yoga I headed out into the backyard to mow. I have to say, I love mowing the lawn! I plug in a podcast (though apparently the only reason I can hear said podcast is because we have a quiet electric mower) and mow away. It’s so satisfying to see the yard go from being too long to being a nice short, crisp length and it’s also nice to be outside in the sunshine moving my body. I’ll take it over vacuuming or cleaning inside any day ๐Ÿ™‚

After I was done mowing the lawn I spent some more time sitting on our ย back deck reading, I just love this space so much. I’ve spent many hours out there this summer.

Chloe also loves it. She is such a sunbather.

Sunday evening I wanted to finish getting our entry way set-up. I was again quite proud of myself that I managed to hang a coat rack in the entry way all by myself. I used the measuring tape, drill, level and everything. I have to admit that I did not get it even on the first try so there are two extra drill holes we’ll have to fill in when we eventually do take it down but at least it covers those holes for now ๐Ÿ˜‰


The two cream coloured crates are the ones I referenced painting above.


Webster clearly approves of the new shoe shelf!

Eric picked up pizza on his way home from work on Sunday so we enjoyed pizza together while watching more Big Brother before going to bed. Eric doesn’t get home from work until 7:30pm so it doesn’t leave a lot of time to spend together before it’s bed time.


I actually slept really well on Monday night and was wide awake by 6:30am, so I got up and made coffee and took Chloe for a walk before breakfast. I then spent a few hours on my personal laptop doing a whole bunch of freelance work for the one social media client I currently have (did you know I do freelance social media and marketing consulting?! :))

After I was done doing some computer work I went outside to whipper snip our front “yard”, which is basically just a ton of weeds. After I was done whipper snipping it was time for lunch and more reading on the back deck.

I was in the mood to bake cookies after lunch so I made this Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe. Sadly, I am still getting the hang of my new oven (it seems to get SUPER hot) and I almost always burn stuff in it, including most of these cookies ๐Ÿ™ The recipe called for 12 minutes and at 10 minutes they were burnt. The second batch I took out at 8 minutes and they seemed underdone but once they cooled they were perfect.

After baking I ticked off another project off my house ‘to do’ list and cleaned up our mudroom. We have these nice big built in shelves and I took everything off / out of them, wiped them down and reorganized all the stuff. I also threw away a ton of stuff. Feels great to be ticking these house organization projects off the to do list!

In the afternoon I went uptown to pick up a couple of things for the house (including my third pumpkin spice candle in the last 3 weeks… can’t help it, I’m obsessed!) I also picked up a pumpkin spice frappucino, which is not something I’ve ever tried before but I really wanted a PSL and it was wayyyyy too hot for it.

Then it was time for, you guessed it, more back deck reading time!

Once the sun dipped low enough our pergola wasn’t shading me anymore I got super hot so I headed inside to start getting dinner ready for when Eric got home. Our dinner was pretty delicious if I do say so myself. We had burgers and corn made on the BBQ, some pickled beets and salad.

So to be totally honest, while it was a really nice weekend and I got a TON of relaxing in and a TON done around the house, I was also feeling a bit bored by the end of it. I texted Eric and said hopefully when I’m home for a year the baby will keep me more entertained since he works all. the. time. ๐Ÿ˜› I’m sure I will be eating my words about being bored soon enough.

I think having some social plans would have helped as I am an extrovert and it was a VERY introverted weekend. I didn’t make any plans because I really felt like I needed some down / alone time, and I did, but I didn’t need 3 straight days of it lol. So lesson learned for next time ๐Ÿ™‚

Overall though, a fantastic weekend, especially with the incredible weather we had. Summer’s are SHORT up here in the north, so I will soak up every last ounce of summer weather I can get.

How was your Labour Day long weekend?ย 


Weekend Recap

I had a great weekend even though it of course sucked Eric was working. However, at least he’s on day shift right now so we ate dinner together and watched TV together each evening which was really nice.

Friday night…ย I was in the mood to cook and bake! I had a bit of a stressful week at work and I do find cooking and baking to be sooo relaxing and a nice way to decompress after a long day. I BBQ’ed chicken and potatoes, made a salad with lettuce from my garden and made this delicious Cherry Galette recipe (which I’m so glad Meghan shared in my blog comments last week!)

Other than pitting the cherries, which took forever, this recipe was so easy and delicious! I’m going to make another one this week as I picked a whole bunch of Saskatoon berries over the weekend.

Saturday morning…ย I slept in until about 8:30 and then got up and had breakfast and coffee while reading my book. Then at 10am I headed to yoga. It was an amazing flow-y yoga class, but man did I use my blocks a lot. This belly is really starting to get in the way! After yoga I picked up my mom to head to the Farmer’s Market where I got some fresh fruit and beets. So much yum!

We then went for lunch and after lunch I headed home to get productive. I swept and sprayed down our driveway, tidied up the house, started the laundry and started making dinner. When Eric got home we hung out on the couch together and watched two episodes of Big Brother.

Sunday…ย another sleep-in until 8. Oh how I love weekends! Then I had a delicious breakfast with coffee and my book.

After breakfast I took Chloe for a 45 minute walk and then met up with my aunt to pick some saskatoons. Later my mom and brother came over to help me paint the dresser and nightstand for the nursery.

I absolutely love how it turned out! We painted them with the rustoleum chalked paint in chiffon cream. They are much creamier in colour than they look in the picture. The nighstand was a dark brown before and the dresser was a teal colour. I was so impressed by how well the chalk paint covered them both!

After painting we went out for lunch and then I spent some time laying on the couch reading my book and resting. Later I met up with my aunt to pick more saskatoon berries – they grow wild up here and there were a bunch of bushes near our house. I can’t wait to make a galette with them!

Sunday evening I got dinner ready for when Eric got home at 7:30pm and then we ate together on the couch while watching the new Game of Thrones episode. I went straight to bed after that as I had to get up and get to work early yesterday, which is why this weekend recap blog post is a day late.

And that was my weekend! Obviously if Eric hadn’t been working it would have been even better, but at least we got to spend our evenings together since he’s home at night.

How was your weekend? What did you get up to?ย