Stressville, Population: Me!

It’s been awhile since I’ve checked in to say hi. Hi!  Life has been…hard lately. Work stress, wedding stress, life stress.. I’m just stressy. Adulthood is hard stuff. Instead of complain in this post, I’ll focus on the positives that have been happening up in here.


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Summer on a Plate

So, I talked about our weekend away in my last post and although we made some healthy food decisions (hello, granola bars and fruit), we also made some bad ones (ahem.. pizza, poutine… I could go on). I’ve been really making an effort this week to clean it up and get back on track. This is really hard when you work in a hotel where most of your meetings have warm cinnamon buns and croissants just sitting there staring at you. Real hard. Anyways, we’ve made some great dinners this week. Does this not look like Summer on a plate to you, or what? YES!


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Winter Whistler Weekend

So, we had a little weekend getaway this weekend. You see, James’ birthday was on Friday so I planned a little trip to Whistler as his birthday gift. We seem to always plan getaways or experiences for each others birthdays instead of giving a material gift, it somehow became our thing and I love it. We both took the day off on Friday and after making him a special birthday breakfast, we drove up to Whistler to start our adventure. The drive up looked a lot like this, and we weren’t hating it.


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Wedding Planning: Things I’ve Learned

For those of you who are new-ish to the blog, I’m in the midst of planning a wedding. Our big day is May 30th of this year and it is coming up faster than I can wrap my head around. I haven’t talked about wedding planning a whole lot but there are some things that I have learned through the process that I’d like to share for other newly engaged people.

Pinterest is a blessing and a curse. I’m not going to lie, I’ve had a “wedding board” on Pinterest for years. Far before marriage was even on the horizon for me.. a girl can dream and all that. Anyways, I love Pinterest and all of the incredible decor and DIY ideas that exist on it, but I also hate Pinterest and all of the incredible decor and DIY ideas that exist on it.. I feel like all weddings have so much pressure now to be “Pinterest-worthy”. Am I right? While our day will be perfect to us, it won’t be perfect by Pinterest-standards and I feel that I will be a little let down by it not looking like these.

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A Few Things..

I have a few things to tell you about:

1// I got the Thug Kitchen cookbook… finally! I have been wanting this book for weeks but it kept being sold out and I was always annoyed with my local Chapters. We’re friends again now though.

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AM Workouts Are My Jam

I had drafted this post for Thursday but then my irresponsibility kicked in and it was never posted. Consistency isn’t a strength of mine, clearly.

I’m proud to tell you that I stuck to my resolve to do 4 workouts throughout the work week. I think that planning the workouts ahead of time is working for me, and so is this whole morning workout thing. I’m not a lunatic, I don’t love waking up at the crack of dawn and getting to the gym by 7:00 AM, but I really like having my workout over by 8-8:30 AM and not having to think about it again for the rest of the day. I really do.


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Weekend Things

Oh, hey! How was your weekend? Ours was so great but it went We checked a wedding-related task off of our list on Saturday and thought that it would be fun/proactive to start our gift registry. I was excited to use the scanner gun and scan every cute item in the store because when else in your life do you get to do such a thing? But the weight of these decisions started weighing on me about 3 minutes in. Like, how are we supposed to know if we will still like those items in 5 years? We’re the most indecisive people on the planet and we can’t decide who will win the living situation tug’of’war that we both have in our minds 24/7 (Ontario vs. BC), let alone deciding on a house and place to live permanently, so it was…stressful, BUT FUN BECAUSE I TOOK SELFIES. . 

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Making 2015 My B#*%h

I had to go to work yesterday after being off on New Years Day and I wasn’t thrilled about it. Downtown Vancouver was like a ghost town because everyone was way smarter than me and booked the day as a vacation day. Duh, where was I on that one? I decided that since I was going to work, that I would start my healthy living initiative with avengeance. Basically, I made a lot of good decisions yesterday that didn’t involve carbs, fat, and cheese.


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Okay, so I had a rude awakening yesterday. Despite all of the workouts, clean eating, and hiking that I did for the first 3/4 of 2014, the last 1/4 of 2014 went a little differently for me and I have gained a few pounds. Like, I’m about 15 lbs heavier than I want to be. I don’t even think that I can entirely blame these on the holiday season, I think that I can blame these on the past 3 months of stress, overindulging on the regular, and skipping workouts. I’m really upset with myself.


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2014 Year In Review

Happy New Year!! I’ve been reading everyone’s year in review posts and I’m going to join in the fun too. I’m don’t think that I’ve done this before, but I thought it would be fun to reminisce on 2014. Here is the monthly highlight reel of 2014 in my little world.


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