A Quick Travel Update

Oh hi! I’m coming at you this morning while I’m waiting at my gate at the airport. I’m so excited to go to Ontario its not even funny. What I’m not excited about is the 3cm of snow that fell in Ontario overnight. I packed flats and flip flops, and I wasn’t prepared for this. In other weather news (isn’t this post exciting? Ahem.. sorry) yesterday in Vancouver felt like 20C and was sunny and beautiful. I wore shorts to the gym and I ran some errands afterwards and wasn’t even cold.

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I could use a tan

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In The Happiest Of Moods

Hey everyone! How was your weekend? Mine was both low-key and productive. I was in the best of moods all weekend for a couple of reasons, but one of them is that I am officially going back to Ontario tomorrow morning to visit for 9 whole days! I have been busy making plans with my friends and family, and it has put me in a permanent good mood. Even when I realized that I forgot about the brand new bottle of white wine I had put in the freezer to chill quickly, and then opened my freezer 5 hours later to find this. My happiness didn’t even waver! Normally I would have shed a single tear when I made the discovery.

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I Went To A Country Concert, Y’all!

Howdy! I’m speaking cowgirl today because I went to my first country concert last night. Y’all! (<—there I go again), this was so much fun! I will give you the play by play of my first country music experience. Where I’m from in Ontario, country music isn’t really a thing, but out West here it sure is. My friend Breanne had an extra ticket to Florida Georgia Line for last night with Dallas Smith opening, and so I thought “that sounds like fun!”

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Setting The Tone

Remember how I said yesterday that Mondays really set the tone for your week? I took my own advice yesterday in 3 ways.

1. I did something that I have never done before and made a meal plan for the week. I know that busy moms live for this type of organization, but since I’m not a mom and am currently just cooking for one I haven’t found this necessary. I’d really like to be a little more efficient in my grocery usage and stop throwing things out that I forgot about, so I’m hoping this helps me stay organized.

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Weekend Happenings

Happy Monday! Do you hate people who say that? I don’t love Mondays but I think they really set the tone for the week. I read this quote about never missing a workout on Mondays on Pinterest recently and I completely agree.

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A Healthy Spinach Dip Situation

I realized it has been quite awhile since I have posted a recipe. This is because rarely cook anything noteworthy since I’m solo for every meal these days. Last night I decided to actually put a little effort in and re-create an old favourite. In my early 20’s I worked at Tony Roma’s restaurant for 5 years. They had a dish called Grilled Chicken Spinach Stack that I had been thinking about recently. Does anyone else crave foods they haven’t eaten in 7 years? Just me? Moving on.. 

I made up my own Spinach Stack with homemade spinach dip that was nothing but healthy. I subbed Greek yogurt for mayonnaise and added fresh spinach. Check it! 

Healthy Grilled Chicken Spinach Stack
Serves 2
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  2. 3 tbsp plain Greek yogurt
  3. 1 1/2 tbsp crumbled feta
  4. Small handful chopped spinach
  5. 1 tbsp chopped cilantro
  6. 1 1/2 tbsp diced red onion
  7. 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  8. 1 tbsp bread crumbs
Instructions
  1. Combine Greek yogurt, feta, spinach, cilantro, and garlic powder and set aside.
  2. Bake chicken breasts at 350F for 20 minutes or until done.
  3. Top spinach dip onto cooked chicken and sprinkle breadcrumbs on top. Broil for 5 minutes until breadcrumbs are browned.
  4. Enjoy!
Adapted from Tony Roma's restaurant
Adapted from Tony Roma's restaurant
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 I loved this spinach dip and adding the red onion & cilantro really added a punch of flavour without any extra fat. I’m going to remember this recipe and make it next time I’m in a mood for dipping. This with veggie sticks or corn chips would be amazing to snack on as well. Enjoy! 

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Trying To Be Productive

I haven’t exactly been the most productive of people lately. I have been focused on the job search this week and less on my domestic & fitness responsibilities. Yesterday I decided that my life needed to be more balanced, and I made a to-do list first thing in the morning of things I wanted to accomplish. There is nothing more satisfying to me than checking things off a list.

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Sometimes I write things down that I have already done just so I can check them off. Hey, an accomplishment is an accomplishment.

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Spring Is In The Air

I am newly obsessed with something that I think the whole world should know about. Or the 150 people who read my blog everyday…ahem. Spring is in the air and I have discovered that Vancouver in the Spring is the best thing ever.

Example A:

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Follow me on Instagram! All of the cool kids are doing it. liverunsparkle

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A Random List of Weekend Happenings

Hi everyone, how was everyone’s weekend? I’m a little late on the weekend wrap-up but its better late than never so here we go. I’m doing this post in a numbered list because I’m too lazy to form paragraphs right now.

1. I was unpacking the other day and found these 5 gift cards. Jackpot!

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More Gym Fails, Shocking..

Oh, hi! Its Saturday! I didn’t get a chance to post yesterday because when I got home from my travels I came home and collapsed on the couch. I had woken up at 3:00am on Friday morning, so I was tired with a capital T. Why were you up at 3am, you ask? Well, I had the scariest dream and couldn’t get back to sleep. I hate hearing about peoples dreams usually, but I’m going to tell you about it anyways. Sorry, but I’m not sorry. So, I was alone in a forest and squirrels and chipmunks were attacking me and trying to get these peanuts out of my backpack. I was yelling for James but he couldn’t help me because he was in Tokyo (which he is in real life). I am currently mad at Tokyo for stealing him, and clearly my dreams are not being dramatic about it. Ahem.

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