Thursday, September 15, 2016

Dear Mom of a 1 Year Old

Dear Momma of a ONE year old;

You made it one year!  Give yourself a pat on the back. Or better yet, pour yourself a glass of wine.  You deserve it. You somehow managed to survive. He somehow managed to survive.

You managed to somehow get by on a lack of sleep. And not that he isn't sleeping. He is. But he still whines and whimpers at least 3 times a night, so you don't exactly get a full 6-8 hours either. On those glorious nights where he manages to sleep in its entirety,  you feel like superwoman.  You get excited when 7pm gets closer and H actually wants to go to bed, and falls asleep quickly. You revel in that time off, to have some one on one time with G.

You managed to run a household. You know that when (and if) he decides to nap. its go time. You make coffee, you shower, you eat,  you cook, you clean, you packed up your entire house, you fold laundry, and yes sometimes you nap or watch something mindless on TV. Hell you need a break too sometime.

Especially now that Hunter is walking.  He wants to explore. Climb. He has already given himself a black eye. You know he is going to be a bruiser. And you know he is going to be exhausting. Some days all you can do turn on Paw Patrol and watch him play while you sit on the couch drinking your coffee wine, waiting for G to come home.  Somedays you have no energy to think of something new and exciting to do. And that's okay.  Know that he is learning so much right now, that even a simple trip to the grocery store is mind blowing to him.

The teething. The growing pains. All suck. But the snuggles.  You sure do love the snuggles, looking down at his sweet face, knowing that you are his only comfort at that moment in time. That makes the heart swoon. It makes it worth all the crying and sleepless nights.

The hair pulling and biting- well that can fuck right off. Who knew little hands and teeth could hurt so much. And H rolling around while getting his diaper changed, you pray he is ready for potty training sooner than later, but hell, at least you've mastered changing a diaper while standing up. And you've only had shit smeared on you a couple 6 times.

And at the end of the year of maternity leave, when most mom's are heading back into the work force, you decided to say goodbye to a career (at this time) and become a SAHM.  The pressure of wanting to raise a perfect little boy, while having fun and fulfilling activities to do all day - all while trying to make friends in a brand new (small) town... is daunting. It's on your mind a lot.  But remember, sometimes Paw Patrol will be enough.

Look back at the past year with fondness. With admiration. You raised a beautiful baby boy who is now a toddler. That year went by so fast. When you were so proud that he murmured for the first time, to rolling over, to sitting up, to crawling, now to walking. Soon he will be talking, potty trained, and then going to schools, playing sports and having his first love, moving out, travelling the world.   The growing up scares you, but you also cannot wait for Hunter to grow up. To experience all that the world has to offer.

You still can't believe that a year has gone. Also, don't ever apologize for posting to many pics on instagram. Your kid is the cutest kid alive and well everyone else just has to suck it up.

Love,  K

10 days old

363 days old

Monday, September 12, 2016

Blackened Salmon. Blackened Taste.

Our neighbour gave us a few frozen filets of salmon from his recent fishing trip. so I decided to go onto pinterest and find a new way to prepare it instead of my usual lemon/butter/thai chili flakes.

 And I came across a recipe for blackened salmon, and thought perfect! G and I both usually love that type of spice, so I thought it was gonna be a win for sure.

The actual seasoning isn't hard to make at all, just combine all of these spices:

2 teaspoons Garlic Salt 
1 teaspoon Paprika 
1 teaspoon  Onion Powder 
1 teaspoon Oregano 
1 teaspoon Black Pepper
1/2 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper 
1/2 teaspoon Thyme

Then you rub it on the salmon.  Again, pretty easy.

I even pulled out my cast iron pan. 

G said it tasted old. And I had to agree, it just wasn't worth using the salmon for. I have a sneaking suspicion that it is because of my paprika, as its a sweet/"old" type version..

(also forgot to take a pic of it)

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Currently... September edition

Currently Reading: Starting to re-read Harry Potter, in time for H's first birthday party. 

Currently Listening To:  the sweet sounds of the ocean via the sleep sheep.

Currently Watching:   Just started getting into the show The Night Of.

Currently Eating: Just finished snacking on a coconut greek yogurt.

Currently Drinking: Pepsi. Which is weird of me, as I usually don't drink pop. 

Currently Exercise: I am sad that I just finished my last day of Orange Theory Fitness the other day. They just don't have a gym where we are moving to. I should do a post about it though, as I did enjoy it.

Currently Needing:  Some more food. I am hungry.

Currently Loving:  that fall crispness in the air

Currently Not Loving: All the packing I have left

Currently Craving: A DQ blizzard for some reason. Must be because I got coupons in the mail.

Currently Wishing For: All of H's teeth to pop out...  teething is a bitch.

Currently Grateful For: My lil' family.

Currently Smiling At:  Tobi.  He is playing with a toilet paper roll like a dweeb.

Currently Looking Forward To: The new house. Hunter's first birthday party! Not looking foward to all the packing and cleaning up though.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Hello September

I cannot believe it is September already.  And its something about September that makes me feel like its the start of the year - more so than New Years- perhaps it's because with September usually means a new school year. 

And this September is bringing a lot of changes.  Not only is H  turning 1 (which is a whole other blog post coming soon), we are moving out of Calgary and into a small town.  So that means lots and lots of packing.  And cleaning. And decluttering. And throwing out a shit ton of stuff that we once thought we HAD to have.  I have to admit I kind of like the clearing out process, I find it cathartic almost. 

Amongst all this cleaning/packing I am also trying to craft like crazy for H's Harry Potter theme birthday (Also another blog post). I may have bitten off a bit more than I can chew, but really - the party is more for me than H.  

Anyways, I just wanted to say Hello to September, give a little update! Enjoy the start of fall, now I am off to go get a #PSL (Pumpkin Spice Latte for those non-hashtaggers)

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Painting with H - a pinterest success!

I decided to try a craft with H that I've seen on Pinterest a lot - painting with canvas.

It seemed like the perfect rainy day activity, and something different than our normal routine.

Gather the supplies:
 - a canvas
- paint colours of choice
- painters tape
- a ziploc bag
- a creative kid.

I chose a simple design, an "H" for Hunter.  Then I squirted some blobs of paint on  the canvas. When this was done I placed the canvas into the ziploc bag and managed to get paint all over my hands.

Then I let the little artist go to work:


All in all, I think Hunter enjoyed it. It only lasted about 5 minutes once I got the paint in the plastic bag, but that is still 5 minutes of entertainment!

Plus I think the final project turned out pretty cool, I just wished my taping skills were a bit better.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

BOOK REVIEW: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John TIffany and Jack Thorne

Synopsis: It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

Guys! A new Harry Potter Book! Hear the angels sing!

For me, I didn't even care if it was a chapter written on a napkin. It was just good to have a Harry Potter fix.

Now, this book isn't like the previous Harry Potter novels, as in its not a novel. Its a screen play.  At first this took a bit used to, but the dialogue between the characters made it flow pretty easily. However, this is a huge negative. I WANTED MORE! The previous novels had such magic in them, explaining things, rather than just talking. I wanted the back stories!  But, again this is written based off of the play.

Okay, so back to the story line. This is about Harry Potter 19 years later, focusing on his son Albus. Of course having a famous dad isn't the easiest thing for anyone, especially when you aren't in the same house, talented at Quidditch, and basically the exact opposite of what everyone expects of you. Albus just ain't having a good time at Hogwarts, and falls into the friendship of Scorpius Malfoy. (Oh shit, Harry and Draco have kids that are bffs....oh snap!)

I liked Scorpius, and this is where another problem comes with this book/play. I felt it was more focused on Scorpius than Albus, which is fine, but ya...

I also wished it focused more on the ol' gang, Harry, Hermione and Ron. They did feel grown up and mature (especially Draco). Obviously they had to deal with some shit after the Battle of Hogwarts, so - but I wanted to know more about how they got to where they are. I mean the kids are important and all.. but.

All in all, I am glad to have gotten my Harry Potter fix and now I want more.

 Come on JK Rowling, you know you have to make more!!

Monday, July 11, 2016

Pinterest Fail: Jello Senesory for Kids

Well. This had great promise.

I was searching pinterest for things to do with a 9 month old and this came up a lot - Mixing sugar-free jello (with some food dye) and putting some random toys in it. The ideal outcome is for your little one to have a great sensory experience.  I see the promise. I really do.

But, my kid decided to eat the jello and smear it all over him- resulting in a blue little smurf baby.

Ahh well. Time to  look into other activities for him to do.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

BOOK REVIEW: I Take You by Eliza Kennedy

 Meet Lily Wilder: New Yorker, lawyer extraordinaire, blushing bride. And totally incapable of being faithful to one man.

Lily’s fiancé Will is a brilliant, handsome archaeologist. Lily is sassy, impulsive, fond of a good drink (or five) and has no business getting married. Lily likes Will, but does she love him? Will loves Lily, but does he know her? As the wedding approaches, Lily’s nights—and mornings, and afternoons—of booze, laughter and questionable decisions become a growing reminder that the happiest day of her life might turn out to be her worst mistake yet.

Unapologetically sexy with the ribald humor of Bridesmaids, this joyously provocative debut introduces a self-assured protagonist you won’t soon forget - goodreads

Reading Challenge Book: A Book You Can Finish In A Day

And I am glad I could only finish this in a day. I wouldn't have continued it if it was any longer.

This is one of those books that I picked up off the library shelf without really looking at it. I kinda liked the cover art, and there was a lot of "FUNNIEST BOOK OF THE YEAR" reviews on it.

And well it wasn't funny.  And I have some crass humour.  

I don't even want to waste time explaining what it was about - the synopsis hits the nail on the head. However, I  did give it 2 stars though, because it wasn't the most horrible story line, except the whole cheating thing just irks the shit out of me.

Crossed me off another one:

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

PIIT28 Review

I figured it's about time I do a review on my PIIT28 workouts.

After a few months of being a bit disappointed every time I looked in the mirror and saw my postnatal body, and the lack of pants being able to fit I knew I needed to get my ass in gear and follow a work out program. I was working of and on for so long, but I came to the realization that I need a program to follow.

Enter PIIT28!

PIIT28 is a 28 day workout, in which each workout is only 28 minutes and 40 seconds! So for me that is a win right of the bat. I don't always have time for a full hour workout with Hunter and his lack of naps. 28 minutes is something I can do even if he is playing in his exersaucer.

It also follows a HIIT style format, mixed with pilates and cardio. Which is one of my favourite types of workouts. Get in and get out. I don't  have time to waste.

Another thing that drew me to this particular challenge instead of just following blogilates regular monthly calendar is the community that this program promoted. Enter accountability. Follow @justaddchampagne on instagram to see my full #piitsagram challenge.

So what did I think....

After 28 days,  I loved it. I am actually doing Round 2 right now, and am excited about the results.

My first few days of doing it, I was drenched in sweat, could barely finish the moves and seriously contemplated only finishing 1 or 2 out of the 4 rounds.  However I pushed through, and as the days and weeks went on, I felt stronger. I knew I could do the moves (even if I had to modify them) and I started feeling proud of myself. I knew the more I pushed myself the better the results. And the faster it would come. Sure some days I half assed it just to get the workout over with, but after I knew I could and should have worked harder.

Casey was right. This program isn't just about seeing physical changes. The mental change. I began feeling more confident, I was happy when I looked in the mirror assessing my outfit. I was more energetic. And I think that is the most important part.

 But as people want to join a workout program for the physical changes here is my progress pic, from Day 1 to Day 28.

I lost about 4 lbs and a few inches all over. Nothing to huge, but still great for 4 weeks.  And look some abs are slowly starting to reappear.

I am extremely happy with this program, the community of popsters, and the price of it is well worth it! Please check out this link if you are interested in reading more about PIIT28/signing up:

There is also a 28 Day Reset Diet plan. I did not follow this due to breastfeeding but it is something that I eventually will buy into!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016