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Tonight was the night to make this weeks’ recipe.  I have to admit that I was pretty upset with myself for not having read the recipe thoroughly before picking it however it all worked out in the end.

My husband, on the other hand, is not fond of tomatoes (go figure – he likes tomato sauce, chili and even salsa) and there is what he would call a whole pile of tomatoes in these recipes.  It wasn’t hard for me to make sure that they would be easily pick-out-able.  Yes, that is a technical term.

Planning for this meal was somewhat lacking.  Ha … ‘somewhat’ might be an understatement.  I think my head was focused elsewhere and I ended up having to read the recipe like 7 times to get it straight – and even then, well read on. Read the rest of this entry »

Well, I suppose it would be more correct to say that I am learning to run.  I’m not sure if it’s in my best interest or not yet since girls with boobs risk a black eye anytime they move faster than a speed walk.  All the same, I’m giving it a try.  Can I just say, I was sooo not prepared!  Let me paint you a picture.  Please be warned, it’s not pretty.

It’s time.  I’ve gotten my daughter to bed, my husband is taking care of our son – it’s time for my first ‘run’.  I wore my comfy yoga pants, comfy shirt and my hoody – which has pockets, but no zippers.  I grabbed my iPhone, where just last night I carefully loaded several upbeat songs and not one but two running apps (just in case!), and dug out my ear buds.  I’m ready to run (ha, I make myself laugh each time I call what I did tonight a run!).

Now, before I decided to do this, I did read up a little about learning to run and the general consensus seems to be that the first week should consist of 3 outings where, in addition to a reasonable warm up and cool down, you jog for 1 minute and walk for 6, then repeat 3 times.  As a result, I didn’t actually do much reading about the running apps I downloaded.  I’ll come back to this … in 1 minute. Read the rest of this entry »

And boy was it COLD!  Winter coats on, hoods up, and tightly tied.  We crushed the kids into the Chariot, packed them in blankets and off we went.  I even packed a ‘hot drink’ for the family to share after the skate.

I was pretty happy that our son wanted to go in the stroller with his sister to start.  I was so psyched to get my new skates on and be able to get a decent skate in.

Sadly, my definition of a decent skate isn’t what it used to be.  I was sucking wind so fast I was a little embarrassed to admit it!  I choose to believe that it had something to do with the weather.  The beautiful blue sky, dark blue choppy water – with white caps no less! – and the feel of the breeze as we got wind burn on our cheeks – but don’t worry, we couldn’t feel it because it was cold enough they were frozen!  Oh, and don’t forget that I was pushing almost 60lbs in extra baggage with the kiddies and stroller.

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I finally made those Star Fruit Chips.  The chips were just okay – basically they are just coated in sugar syrup than dried and they taste accordingly.  The best thing I found about making these was the resulting Star Fruit sugar syrup that I can use for other stuff like drizzling over ice cream or something (how does that fit in the Eat Clean diet??) or adding a touch of flavoured sweetness to a smoothie.

I came across this podcast in my ‘most frequently played’ list – apparently my son keeps watching it. I thought it would be appropriate for sharing.  If you’re trying to get your kids to Eat A Rainbow then have them check out this video.

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Sweet Potato Oat Bars

Well.  I did it.  I completed the recipe for week one From The Eat-Clean Diet Recharged! book..  I have to admit, I was expecting something more granola bar-esque.  You know, as I know a granola bar.  And these were … well, not the traditional granola bar.  But then, I guess that’s why I decided to try the Clean Diet recipes, right?  They are more of a breakfast bar than a granola bar – which is how they are listed in the cookbook, I just noticed – duh!  Now, don’t get me wrong, as I tried a piece and was listing off my likes & dislikes and what I would consider changing for next time, my husband, who usually smiles and nods, looked at me and said, “I wouldn’t change too much about it.  It was pretty good!”  I’ll have to test them on my son in the morning – I’ll be sure to let you know how that goes. Read the rest of this entry »

Okay, so I’ve heard a lot about Eating Clean and finally broke down and bought a book.  The Eat-Clean Diet Recharged. Now, before I rush out and buy the Eat Clean book for Families & Kids, I’m going to try some of the recipes in this book.  Is anyone interested in doing this with me?

If there is any interest, let me know because I would LOVE to hear back from others about how a certain recipe worked out for them and what variations or spin you put on it and how it worked out.  If you have a blog or site of your own, and want to follow along with me I’ll keep a link to your blog on mine provided you are actively following along.  Guidelines, a la Heavenly Bakers – but much healthier and more diet friendly 😉 :

  1. I am committing to making one Eat Clean recipe per week.
  2. You do not need to have a blog, but, if you do, I will post a link to your site or blog if you want to be an active participant.
  3. To be considered active, you commit to making two of the recipes I post per month.
  4. I will post, on Fridays, which recipe I am going to try the following week.
  5. IF the recipe is readily available on the internet, I will post a link to the recipe.  If it can only be found in one of the books (I will start by using only The Eat-Clean Diet Recharged book but will likely move quickly to the Family & Kids one), I will only post the name of the recipe.
  6. I will make the recipe and blog about it by Thursday – hopefully you have done the same and can blog or comment on it within a 24 hour period of my blog.
  7. If you don’t have a site or blog of your own – please leave a comment to share how it worked out for you and if you put your own spin on it.
  8. If you want to propose an Eat Clean recipe, you can be the feature ‘cook’ for that week.

So, to begin, for the week of March 22, I am going to make Sweet Potato Oat Bars.

I haven’t posted in a while – things have been a bit crazy lately.  But here I am and I am SO stoked to have FINALLY purchased myself a new pair of skates.  My old ones were worn out 4 years ago but never really made the priority purchase list … something always got in the way, you know, two babies, a home renovation, that kind of stuff.  But this year was my year and this summer is going to be my summer!

Did you know that now, in stores, or maybe just the store I went to, when you try on roller blades, or maybe anything with wheels, you have to wear a helmet and wrist guards?  I get why they do it (it really says a lot about todays society), but I felt a bit silly to say the least.  Now, I have a history of not wearing all of the appropriate safety gear – and a lovely, huge, fish shaped scar on my lower leg to prove it thanks to an inconsiderate cyclist who didn’t even stop to help – but, with two kids in tow, one must set an example.  So, after years of badgering by my husband, I bought a helmet and I’m sure my old wrist guards are around here somewhere.  To be honest, I hate the idea of wearing a helmet.  The wrist guards I can handle.  My husband, known as ‘Safety Boy’ Read the rest of this entry »

It has been rainy for days and I decided we needed a little colour! I got this idea from the Jujubee Preschool blog.  Anyway, you just add a little food colouring to a little bit of milk, paint it on the bread and grill it or pop it in the toaster.  I’m sure it would look very cool on white bread!

Now, the grilled cheese sandwich may not have added anything to his Rainbow for the day but the yummy vegetable soup he had with it did!  My son loved it, my husband, on the other hand, was not so sure.

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A mom. A wife. A sister. A friend. An Aunt. A chauffeur. A referee. As any mom out there knows, you become what you need to be. The trick is to not lose yourself in the process. Today, we choose to lead our families back to a healthier state. Physically. Mentally. Together.
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