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Blackberry Pear Goat Cheese Salad with Candied Pecans & Balsamic Dijon Dressing

July 31, 2017

The count down is on!  Mairead and I are heading to Cape Breton for a few weeks tomorrow.  Aaron will follow us a week behind, but we are all looking forward to getting out of here for a while, especially me!  I’ll take any excuse to leave this place haha. I should be packing right now instead of on here…..but I don’t want to.  As my family can attest, I am not a light packer.  I don’t know the meaning…

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Watermelon Grapefruit Detox Flush

July 20, 2017

Watermelon is one of those summertime essentials.  I think we all have memories of hot summer days spitting out seeds and juice dripping down our chins.  It’s definitely a favorite treat in our house, but I came to love watermelon for a whole new reason in the hours after giving birth to Mairead. Don’t worry, I’m not going to go into detail about my birth story, it’s not for everyone’s ears anyway.  It was too early, dire and brought me the greatest…

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Naturally Sweetened Oolong Iced Tea

June 22, 2017

Anyone who knows me knows that I LOVE tea.  Hot, cold, 3 days old, I drink a shit ton of tea!  Ginger is my all time favorite, earl gray coming in at a close second and various peppermint versions at third place.  I even make my own homemade honey and cinnamon tea that I swear cures everything but the plague.  However in the summer months, I find I drink a lot less tea and as a result, my overall gut health…

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Chocolate Quinoa Sea Salt Bites

June 15, 2017

TGIF (tomorrow)!  My day was packed with a to-do list as long as my leg (hey now, no short jokes) and it’s almost 10 o’clock and this is the first time I sat down all day.  Anyone who says stay-at-home Mom’s do nothing all day can eat it!  I have been on the go non-stop. I have been really sporadic with my posts lately, I apologize for that.  My laptop is giving me some trouble and Mairead and her friends have been…

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Strawberry Spinach Caprese Salad

May 31, 2017

It’s official, Mairead is a big kid!  This week we celebrated her graduation from preschool.  They had the sweetest little ceremony complete with gowns and caps, then a party with her classmates.  I’d be lying if I said that it didn’t tug at the heartstrings a little that these days have some to an end.  Now on to big kid school!  Crazy. After all the celebrating, I took Mairead to a spray park this afternoon to cool off.  Funny story….last…

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Watermelon Citrus Salad with Fresh Mint & Honey

May 23, 2017

I am not looking for any kind of congratulatory ratification here but I have been kicking ass in the clean eating department lately.  Part of this is due to the hot weather and me not wanting to stand in front of the stove and also to Aaron being away, therefore, Mairead and I have been surviving on a mostly raw diet.  But it has been great; my skin looks healthier, I have so much more energy, and guys, I have…

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Healthy All-Natural Raspberry Frozen Yogurt

May 17, 2017

I’ve created a monster. As soon as my daughter was old enough to eat solid foods she no longer ate her meals.  But providing her with 25 small snacks throughout the day she was able to get enough nutrients *rolls eyes*.  It almost drove me nuts! Because sitting at the table as a family at meal time is important to me I quickly quit that bad habit and now we fight at the dinner table to “eat your supper, sit…

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Dark Chocolate Cherry Almond Granola Bars

May 9, 2017

With the beautiful warm days we have been having here lately we are spending lots and lots of time outdoors.  Although the sunshine is welcome, with it came a whole new gang of neighbourhood kids for Mairead to play with.  I am very grateful for this as it has lessened the time I have to role-play ninja turtles and her asking to watch tv, but they always want so many snacks!  And the looks I get when I suggest a…

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Vanilla Bean Cake with Real Strawberry Buttercream Icing: Happy Birthday Mairead!

April 27, 2017

This week we are celebrating Mairead’s 5th birthday!  My emotions are torn with missing my easy baby and loving watching her grow more into a beautiful and busy little girl. The birthday extravaganza week began with a batch of mini cupcakes for her preschool class on Monday (you can find them on my Instagram and Facebook).  Tuesday was her actual birthday and while tucking her into bed the night before she asked if we could go to the Telus World…

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Cape Breton Oat Cakes

April 19, 2017

After an unwelcome blast of snow last weekend I am loving the warmer weather!  Mairead was the crankiest kid this afternoon so I slapped a pair of boots on her and we headed to the woods; instant happy child!  We went on a little hike on the trails in the river valley and it felt so good to be somewhere that wasn’t pavement and playgrounds.  It was exactly what my soul needed today. With Aaron working away I haven’t been…

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