Monday, February 10, 2020

Not Just A Mom - Date night

Happy Monday friends! Today on our Not Just A Mom linkup, we're talking date nights!! So important in a relationship--- especially after those kids come along!



Here's how we make it happen....

- We do exactly that-- make it happen. We have a couple good babysitters and our niece in town thankfully. When my parents come to visit, they also love to get solo time with the kids so we make it happen then as well. 

- Little impromptu trips are fun as well. When we drop the kiddos to skiing, we sneak off for quick lunch and a grocery trip... without kids, grocery shopping is a whole 'nother experience, ha!!

- We do solo couple time but we also do double and triple dates with friends... that's also fun and mixes it up a bit!

- We are foodies, so trying out different restaurants is always a good idea... 

- But then we also switch it up and head to experiences and shows sometimes. 

- When date nights out aren't happening, date nights in are also fun. A good movie, popcorn and wine is always a good idea!!!

Speaking of date night, here's our most recent date night this past Saturday.

Aperitif- check



Yummy food (but exceptionally dark photo) check


A show after... check 


Here's to a lifetime of dates with this special love of mine ;-)


What are your favourite date night tips?

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Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Currently- February 2020



I've been so scarce around these parts. Work, life and teachers' strike has me crazy busy. and this blog will probably take a bit of back seat. I'll pop by from time to time to say hi. In the meanwhile, I'm linking up with Anne for a little Currently in February. 

Loving: the Superbowl party my friends' house every year for the guys and my kids and I just sneak our way into. They do such a great job!




Also, can we just talk about how LIT the halftime show was?! 



Embracing: the fact that I needed to switch up my exercise routine after almost 6 years at the gym.   It's just been two days of F45, this new exercise program that focuses on HIIT, functional and resistance training and though it's not totally my fave in the 45 minutes I'm doing it and I might want to throw up, the after is awesome. 45 minutes and done-- yes please! Max heart rate of 174--  yes please!!!


Tasting: Sundays are for soups!! I made the best Whole 30 inspired  jambalaya soup this weekend. I used turkey and a whole lot of other veggies like okra, zucchini and mixed mushrooms. The results were phenomenal!

Wearing: it was a long time coming but I bit the bullet and am slowly building my lulu wardrobe for working out. Their pants especially fit me better than the Zella stuff that I have. 

Preparing: all the meals on a weekend!! I do a couple lunches for my kiddos and a large soup  for the adults for the rest of the week. Also, when we can, we grill some lean protein and veggies for a weekend dinner and then use that for at least one lunch during the week as well. We have been loving food on the grill in the winter time... it feels like we are cheating!


Have a wonderful Wednesday, friends. Don't forget the not just a mom link up every second Monday. Here's a list of all the topics!

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

What’s up, Wednesday?!

                                Last week in January, here we are!!! Here's a little what's up for ya'!

, What’s Up Wednesday {12.18.19}


What we're eating this week?

Trying to eat healthy again--- the struggle is real, friends. 

Monday: Salad and grilled chicken
Tuesday: Green beans and cod
Wednesday: spaghetti squash with some beyond meat and marinara sauce
Thursday: falafel salad
Friday: dinner out with friends at an awesome Mexican joint. 

The weekend will be a mix of home cooked and ordering in.. and some Superbowl yumminess as well!


What I'm reminiscing about
Vacays past--- this island girl is in need of some sunshine. 

But snow is pretty



What I'm loving
The wireless airpods I got as an early present! Love, love it! 

What we've been up to…
D and I have been taking the kids to skiing, and then grabbing lunch and groceries together. It's one of my favourite parts of the weekend. 



What I'm working on
Getting my seven year old to speak in kinder, gentler tones. The struggle is real, friends. 


What I'm excited about…
A couple trips we have planned this year!!

What I'm watching/reading…
 I'm into This is Us, A Million Little Things, Grey's Anatomy and The Bachelor--- but the girl drama makes me so disappointed. I'm also watching The Crown at times and Nurses, a new Canadian drama.  


What I'm listening to..

What I'm wearing…
These awesome ugg snow boots I got for Christmas, kind of hard to put on (like all snow boots)  but so comfy and very functional. 
UGG Women's Adirondack Boot III Snow, Charcoal, 7 M US

What I'm doing this weekend…
Superbowl Sunday where wings and nachos are a must! Date night with some friends, skiing and a late lunch/playdate with some other friends. 


What I'm looking forward to next month? 
I'm going to begin F45 when the gym opens soon. I feel like it's time to switch up my fitness routine. 


What else is new?
Not a whole lot. Just enjoying the hygge and all the wonderful family time. Not crazy with extra curricular as much as last year-- my kids each have 3-4 activities but it's manageable! Nice to come home after school especially in the colder temps. 


Have a good one, friends!
 Linking up with  Shay and Shaeffer



Monday, January 27, 2020

Birthday shenanigans

Happy Monday, friends! School's been out for four days with a PD day and a strike so it's been low key with too much screens thrown in for these kiddos.  

Here's a bit of my birthday celebrations from last week!

My kids made me a feel better box... sort of like a get well box I guess as age is apparently an ailment, ha!! 


Lots of lovely spoils from the family. 


My hair really needed some TLC so I headed out for a cut and colour. 

On my birthday, the kiddos and I usually head out to Starbucks for my free beverage and a cake pop for the ten and under crowd. 



She insisted I wear this crown and even wanted me to wear it out. Mom's a good sport- not a great one!


I told D I wanted a martini and king crab for my birthday so our family dinner was at the Keg.


All the seafood for the win!!


Dessert #1

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Dessert #2 with this crazy crew.


I was serenaded by a certain young talent.



Got together with a few friends on the Friday after. Love this girl!!


As a present, D organised a glam photo shoot at an event our favourite photographer was having! Here I am pre-makeup and hair.



In between shots. 


And a little dinner out with the family again after--- since apparently all we do is eat... and drink  LOL.


A low key celebration with some of my favourite peeps. Special shout out to the most wonderful husband-- you did good, love!

Have a wonderful week, friends!






Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Currently--- on my birthday!!


It's my birthday, friends!! ANother year, so many blessings in my life. Every year ON my birthday, I like to do a little currently- sort of like a state of the soul if you may.... Here's this year's currently...

Currently....
thinking |  That this past year really had its fair share of ups and downs but also about how many blessings I have in my life! So many things I try not to take for granted!
drinking |lots and lots of water and tea! But I see a birthday martini in my future tonight :-)
eating |all the soups and salads after a most decadent December.... However, there is also a piece of chocolate cake in the future as well tonight.... a quite large piece ha!
reading | Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult for book club next month. It's a good read but the white supremist's POV is very hard for me to stomach.
loving |We have been grilling on weekends. We put the grill very close to the door and are able to BBQ in the colder months. It feels like such a special treat.
wanting |to lose 9 lbs. I'd even settle for 4! 
watching | The Crown on Netflix. Kind of timely with the whole Royal Brexit! I'm not going to call it Megxit-- as it's really both of them!
listening | To my kids squabble. They have been especially ornery this last week. 
trying | to organise summer camps for my girls. 
wishing |  that this year is a good one filled with good health, happiness and peace for us all. 
planning | travel for the rest of the year. I'm not hating it, I'll confess ;-)
enjoying | the smell of this awesome cream. 
day dreaming | We are heading out to some warmer temps in April and I'm really looking forward to it. 
waiting |  to see how they explain Alex Karev's departure on Greys! 
liking |Toyblast, this game that my seven year old introduced me to-- I'm embarrassingly good at it!!
needing | A facial. My skin is starting to get that winter dullness!
wearing | some colours.... in the winter, it's so easy to wear my blacks, greys and other muted tones but I'm trying my best to wear some jeweled tones as well!!
starting | to really love quiet mornings when no one is around and it's still dark, those first sips of tea and those first relaxing breaths of meditation bring me a lot of contentment. 
smelling | my very favourite almond oil shower gel in the shower... it's the little things, right?
thanking | God for another beautiful, healthy year! 

Cheers, friends! 


Monday, January 20, 2020

The Houston Zoo and a Little New Year's Eve

One of our very favourite visits on our recent trip to Houston was the beautiful Houston Zoo.  So many different animals in a sprawling acreage of beautiful land, this zoo is the second most visited in North America and I totally understand why. There were so many different animals I had never seen before and  the displays were so informative and interesting.

Of course we had to visit the primates section. 



The orangutan was legit smiling at the kids. 



I have never seen a cheetah up close. They were absolutely beautiful!!!


The tapirs were so beautiful!!




Love me a good giraffe. They are so graceful. 


We are obsessed with flamingos over here. 


We came home, rested a bit then got ready for a New Years' Eve party at a friend's family's house...

Big news, I sported a red lip :-)


It was a combo New Years' Eve/Birthday combo. 








It was a good time for sure.... 

The next day, we spend the whole day at our friends' house. Totally low key day with a walk outside, some play with the kids, drinks, really delicious food and lots of laughs. 


Have a marvelous Monday, friends!



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