Monday, September 19, 2016

~Weekend Randoms~

I realized that this past weekend was full of random things I wanted to share so here we go!

I've been seeing these "smoothie bowls" all over blogs and Instagram the last few months. I drink a smoothie for breakfast at least 4 times a week- it's easy for me to take to work on my work days and mindless to whip up in the morning when I'm half asleep. I also like that I can change up the ingredients and have a similar breakfast with a slightly different taste.

So back to "smoothie bowls"-- a week or two ago, Jen at Pretty Little Grub posted about how smoothie bowls can help you feel fuller longer since you are eating it rather than drinking which triggers your brain that you are having a meal with calories.

I figured I would give it a try and I must say- not bad!! I topped it with a couple things that I usually don't put into my smoothies (oats) and a few things that I sometimes do blend up (hemp hearts and fruit).

It was delicious! My first attempt was a bit more "smoothie" than "bowl" and of course my kids wanted one of their own, which meant huge mess but they liked it.

Verdict? I'll definitely make them again! I really liked the oats on top- added a nice crunch!

This book is responsible for me not getting much sleep this weekend! It was from Brie's book club a few months ago which I bought right away but life got in the way and I didn't even crack it in time for the review!

Well once I started reading it last week, I could not put it down! It was a super sad story but really well written. I could feel all the emotions that Estelle was feeling and I was trying to solve the mystery myself! I managed to finish it in 4 days which is fast for me these days!!

Leo is seriously the little brother that terrorizes his big sister! He jumps on her, chases after her, teases her! He loves her but he can be a little turd sometimes! She mostly loves him back!

Brie and Sully came for a visit to explore the woods with us. Summer was back last week so we took full advantage! The kids had an absolute blast running along the paths, eating a million snacks along the way, and throwing sticks and stones into the river. I had a great visit with Brie too!

Checking out the fairy garden! Typical boys were far more interested in the water and throwing rocks than seeing all the houses!

Audrey was the typical big sister- looking after Sully and sharing her snack with him! Leo walked into the river with his shoes on so he spent a good chunk of the walk in the Chariot barefoot! Surprisingly he didn't complain!

Sometimes naps don't happen anymore but put him in the car and he will fall asleep, at 4pm :/ Makes for some lovely dinner time grumpiness. He looks so sweet when he is curled up on the chair (after I carry him inside) and Audrey runs to find his blanket and cover him up. She really is the sweetest big sister!

Since we moved to the other end of the city, we had to find a new chiropractor and family doctor. I love my previous chiro but realistically 25 minutes is too far to drive each way for a short monthly visit. I did some research and looked for some referrals for one closer to me. We had an initial consultation with chiropractor last week which went well. She uses a different technique of adjusting than my last chiro but it is still gentle. She is great with the kids and really explained what she was doing. My back and shoulders were sore from the move and half marathon so she tuned me up and I feel a lot better.

As for the family doctor, that's been a bit more challenging to find. I haven't been happy with my previous GP for the last 5 or so years and she is far away so it only made sense to find a new one.

I prefer a female doctor which was a bit harder to find one with openings. I called all the clinics around us and only one female was accepting patients. The good thing is that she is very close to our house (we could walk there in 5 minutes) but some of the reviews on RateMD were terrible. So I booked a meet and greet with an open mind and tried not to let the review sway my opinion.

The meet and greet went well. It was short and the kids were crazy but the doctor was great about it. That's a good sign! We didn't have to wait more than 5 minutes and it was a smaller clinic compared to the last one which was massive! We will transfer over to her and see how it goes. I don't think it could be worse than our last doctor and given the convenience of location I think that is huge.

Audrey has her first ballet class at the new studio! She was pretty excited to go although a bit shy at first. The teacher asked all the little girls their name and favourite princess. Audrey said Anna and Elsa! No surprise there.

I promise she was excited! She is not a poser this one! She also likes to tuck her skirt into the waistband. I have no idea why but she has been doing it since the beginning!

On to new house things. There were two things that we disliked about our new house that we knew we would change right away- most of the light fixtures and the carpet in the living room.

We ordered new lights almost right away in the middle of August. Not surprisingly, they only had 2 out of 10 fixtures in stock so we have to wait 4-9 weeks for them others to arrive. At least the hard part of deciding is done.

As for the carpet, it's blue and yellow/beige squares that I guess is supposed to mirror the coffered ceilings? It's a bit bold for the size of the room and really limited our furniture choices so we decided it was easier to replace before the furniture arrived rather than live with it for awhile and try to match furniture to it.

It actually looks a bit darker blue in person, depending on the light. On a side note, if you like this carpet, the previous owners made the excess carpet into a 7x9 foot rug which is yours if you are local!

At some point we will redo the carpet in the rest of the house so we kept in mind something that would flow everywhere and would wear well. If I had my preference, I would prefer to have hardwood in the living room with an area rug but since it's so hard to match existing hardwood we decided to just replace the carpet in the living room for now. The hardwood floors are in excellent condition and I love them so it would be silly to rip them out, never mind expensive!

We went with a two-toned grey for the carpet. I know, shocking! The swatch on the left is the fabric of the couch we ordered- grey! Don't worry- there will be other colours in the room!

I put the carpet swatch on the hardwood and against the wall/tile in the living room. It looks like different swatches because of the light and the other surrounding colours but it is the same swatch!

I'm super excited for new carpet!

This kid is a maniac on his strider! I think he will be ready for pedals next year! He goes so fast and will bike forever when we go into the woods. He did have one big crash a couple weeks ago when he went down a steep hill and we forgot to hold onto him. He wasn't hurt but it scared him a bit. Thank goodness for helmets!

I'm training for the Gorilla Run 16K in a couple weeks and then I'm going to focus more on short distances and speed over the winter. Fitting long runs in over the holidays is tough and I don't really want to deal with ice and snow either. I'm also looking forward to hanging out with Shaun T and the T25 crew this winter.

Hubby was testing out the sprinklers the other day and Audrey wanted to play in them! It wasn't super warm out but the sun was out so she insisted on putting her bathing suit on and running through the sprinklers! Squeezing every last little drop out of summer over here!

September is a busy month for birthdays in my family. My niece turned 11 and my nephew turned 21!! Crazy how grown up they are! We had a nice family dinner to celebrate.

Singing Happy Birthday is always entertaining!

This "Sl#tty" Cheesecake was delicious! I could have gone back for more!

Now it's another week! Fall is officially here in a couple days and I'm not ready for it!
Tell me something random!


  1. I used to make smoothie bowls years ago and think it is so funny how popular they are now! In the summer I like them but once fall comes they are too cold for me!
    Last week was so nice! I am happy we got one more nice weather week :)
    I agree with the carpet, that would be hard to match versus just finding something you like more that is more neutral.
    I am doing the same thing this winter and focusing more on shorter, faster runs so I can PR in Phoenix.

  2. I've been huge on smoothie bowls lately- love to thicken them up with oats and pb and use frozen cherries! Noms. Ordering furniture is so hard- I can't tell if it'll all match! Guess we'll find out when it gets here...

  3. Haha that's funny, because I like that carpet! But I do's a little "loud" for a smaller space. And funny how swatches look different in different lights. This is what I found so challenging about picking out paint colours!! The colour that we painted Sully's new room is supposed to be a nice soft grey, which it is. But when we painted a test sample on our bonus room wall, it was SO blue. Also, we too have carpet in our family room area, but had hardwood all throughout our main floor in our last home...even though carpet wears and stuff, I actually find it easier to keep clean because you only have to vacuum! Not vacuum a rug AND wash the surrounding floors. That sucks you have to wait so long for your light fixtures! But at least the hard part is out of the way - picking them out!

    Thanks again for the play date last week! It was really nice catching up with you. Sully has actually been asking for Audrey the past few days, haha!


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