Oh HAPPY DAY!

I dread grocery shopping. I dread it even more with 2 kids, and my kids are pretty well behaved for the most part while we shop. I dread long lines for the till, wondering up and down the isle only having to go back to the other end of the store because I forgot something on my list. I dread the unessasary things that end up in the cart because I’m starving and have no sense of will power. I dread unpacking the groceries only to find out that I forgot a handful of items. Finally there are others things I’d rather do with my day.

I remember having a conversation with a girlfriend of mine about how some grocery stores in the states you can order your groceries online and then pick them up at the store. Um, how amazing is that? It sounds like heaven. 

How many hours in our day to we spend mindlessly scrolling through Facebook, instagram, and lets not forget PINTEREST! Now imagine sitting on your phone or computer with a glass of wine, a hot cup of coffee, or whatever your cup of tea is and doing something productive like ordering your groceries for the weeks or month to come. No more long lines to the till, no more children meltdowns over wanting anything and everything. No more expanding waistline becuase you went shopping on an empty stomach and have no will power so everything ended up in your cart.

Well heaven is a place on earth and it’s called The Real Canadian Super Store. You are now able to order grociers online and pick up in the slotted available time. It’s perfect for those who hate grocery shopping, who just don’t have time after work becuase you’re juggling your schedule and your children’s after school activities.  We’ve ordered online a few times and we haven’t has a problem or mix up with our orders yet. If something on your list isn’t available they’ll send you an email with suggested changes and you can email them back or they’ll let you know at pick up a date they’ll quickly grab whatever it is for you.

XC skiing.

This past weekend I was able to sneak a girls trip to Waterton for some cross country skiing. Okay this trip had been planned for about a month and the funny thing was, I was so excited to have a kid free day but the entire time I kept thinking about how much fun the kids would have had. It’s a mom guilt thing Haha.  I headed to the mountains with a group of girls my friend Rachel had rounded up. Yay for making new friends. 

When we got to the park we headed straight to Waterton Lakes Lodge Resort to rent our cross country ski’s, boots and poles and they were only $30 to have them for the day. (they also have snowshoes to rent as well.) We headed up to Cameron Lake to start our winter wonder land adventure.

Full disclosure non of us had ever been before except for Rachel. And for some strange reason I had it in my mind that I was going to be terrible, I have never been on ski’s except for in the water. But as it turns out it was easy, all together we only had a few mishaps on our way to and from the lake and I did the entire trip with a broken boot. The weather was cold when we first started out but we warmed up quickly and were all sweaty and gross when we finished.

The scenery was breath taking as usual, and the fresh mountain air renewed my soul and everything that seemed to be plaguing me dissolved from my thoughts. Everything felt right again.

We trekked out onto the lake and do you want to know who the real unsung heroes are, the people who forge the cross country ski trail tracks, so thank you, thank you, thank you. I tried to make my own path on the way back to the shore line and it was tough. 

After wondering around and taking pictures we headed back down to the car wich ment that those hills we conquered going up we got to go down. It was fun, you build up just enough speed to think to yourself,”oh geeze how do I even stop?” and just when you start to feel a little bit of panic you’re at the bottom and have almost come to a complete stop. And you carry on with that bit of thrill pumping in your chest. 

All I could think about as we were coming back down the mountain was how much I wanted to eat sweet potato fries from Weiners of Waterton. When we got there it was crazy busy and I thought I was going to have to wait an eternity to eat, but our food came quickly and it was everything my taste buds had hoped for. I also found out that the have deep fried pickles and they are heavenly.

It was an awesome day in the mountains I am definitely a fan of cross country skiing and I can’t wait to go back with the kids and Bryce.

Cheers,

Cat.

New Years Resolutions 

Am I the only one who feels as though 2016 came and went way too fast. I can’t believe that it’s January 1 2o17. My New Years Eve was wild. I spent it watching The Goonies  (Olive’s pick, and a great pick might I add) eating appies, sipping hot cocoa and being in bed by 11pm. I totally crashed while putting the kids to sleep, but as the great Bob Dylan said,”the times, they are a changing.” And I wouldn’t trade my night for anything.

My last year’s resolutions went really well, I feel that my relationships with people have grown, some more then others, but I am incredible grateful for those that have grown. I learned something too, no matter how much you try or make an effort if the relationship is only one sided it’s time to redirect your time energy to relationships where it’s going to blossom.

This year I’m focusing living authenticly. Living authenticly for myself, my children and my husband. 

HAPPY NEW YEAR
CHEERS,

Cat

Christmas Vacation

I love Christmas. The lights, the trees, the goodies, the 10 pounds I automatically gain just looking at the goodies. But mainly family. My sister Jessica’s birthday is on Christmas day and she passed away almost 5 years ago to the day. So it’s a bitter-sweet time of year.

This year we decided to venture down to Dallas, TX to visit my sister and her kids. My parents and little brother met us there from California.

Our adventure was off to a rough start. AMERICAN AIRLINES LOST ONE OF OUR CAR SEAT, AND THE SECOND ONE WAS DAMAGED TO THE POINT WE HAVE TO PURCHASE A NEW ONE. Then the following day the package that my brother over nighted from London England had been opened and one of my kids Harry Potter wands had been taken and the package was resealed. Who steals from kids???!!! Let alone at Christmas. And Dealing with FedEx customer service has been a COMPLETE nightmare to say the least.

Besides those 2 bumps in the road we’ve been having a blast. The kids love seeing and playing with everyone, Olive especially loves the 3 dogs; Boomer, Roscoe and Lucy. She’s in heaven. We’ve spent the majority of our week relaxing and lounging around the house. Friday Bryce and I went out with my sister and little brother for drinks and applies and shared in some good laughs.

 

Christmas day my kids slept in. We didn’t open presents until 11:30am. Olive and Kevin we’re spoiled and she was so elated when she opened her gift from her Uncle John that had her ticket to Hogwarts and her very own wizards wand. And if you’ve read my You’re a Wizard Harry you’d understand her excitement.

Telling stories to our older cousins who listen intently.
 and riding the merrigo at the mallFor our last day we went to the Perot Museum with the kids and my sister. This place was amazing and we all had so much fun.I LOVED BEING WITH MY FAMILY over the holidays.

Remember at the beginning of this post when I said that American Airlines had lost one of our car seats and damaged the other one. Would you believe that when we arrived home in Calgary that our other car seat had been lost!!!! No word of a lie, both our car seats had been lost. As annoying as the situation was, West Jet saved the day. Apparently lost car seats are a common thing, so common that they keep brand new ones in stock. So we were off with our new car seat and if they ever find our lost one they’ll mail it to us. haha How crazy is it that we lost both car seats? Have you ever lost anything while traveling?

Cheers,

Cat

Santa Shuffle #2

I participated in the Santa Shuffle for the 2nd year in a row. I love this race, the course is nice, everyone gets finishing medals, hot chocolate and once everyone has crossed the finish line they do a random draw for gift cards to the Running Room.

My friend Rachel asked if I wanted to join a team she was putting in with some girls from her education program.

We all won gift cards to the Running Room from the raffle!!

 I showed up late and didn’t get my bib on until after they started the run. Haha.  I’m always running on mom time lately, which drives me bonkers.I’ve been running naked as I’m positive I left my charger for my garmin in Vancouver when I ran the Seawheeze.it has yet to show up anywhere in the house. I should really check and see if I can order another one.  Until then I’ll just enjoy my naked runs. I don’t know how far I’ve gone and my only timing is when I check my phone before and after I get back. It’s been pretty nice.

That being said I finished with a time of around 40mins. Not to bad considering I was pushing 50lbs of kids in the stroller. Time to start training for the Moonlight Run.

This picture kills me, I totally(not on purpose of course. I dont know how I missed the giant red man) left Santa hanging on the high five. I hope I don’t end up on the naughty list.

31 trips around the sun.

Since it’s my 31st birthday today I thought I’d share 31 things about moi.

1. I am the most indecisive person on the planet (to the point its crippling) when it comes to small things like what paint I want on my walls, which pictures to hang where.. BLAH BLAH BLAH.

2. Louis C.K is my favorite comedian.

3. I’m a very loyal person when it comes to relationships.

4. I can touch my nose with my tongue.

5. I have played 4 instruments in my lifetime. the recorder, trumpet, piano and fiddle.

6. I love the mountains, they are seriously good for the soul.

7. I have an  obscene collection of nail polish that I never use.

8. I really enjoy yoga. It’s mentally and physically challenging.

9. I’m the least flexible yogi for how long I’ve been practicing. I blame running for my tight hamstrings.

10. I’m notorious for reading books 3/4 of the way through and never finishing them. They sit in a pile on my nightstand haunting me

11. I love Jesus, but I cuss a little

12. Okay I cuss like a sailor. And where did this saying come from anyways? Are sailors prone to swearing more than any other jobs?

13. I’m sarcastic, but not in the mean way, in the fun-loving busting your chops kind of way.

14. I’m  bit of a tree huger. but hey, if we don’t take care of mother nature who will?

15. I have 2 pretty amazing kids. and I know every mother says that but in my case it’s true.

16. I’m terrified of birds.

17. I have monkey toes. I can pick things up and pinch with my toes.

18. I teach children’s yoga.

19. I love to run, but I have to give myself a 30min pep talk before I go on one.

20. my top 5 favorite movies are

  • Pineapple Express
  • The outsiders
  • the big labowski
  • The interview
  • The princess bride

21. I love to dance even though my husband likens my dance moves to Elaine Benes

22. I always talk to myself to the point where my daughter always asks who I’m talking to.

23. My husband says that I remind him of  Cam Tucker from Modern Family.

24. I’ve love cheese. Like I once I start eating it I can’t stop.

25. I don’t have a favorite color, but I love stripes.

26. The older I get the more I hear my mother coming out of my mouth when I talk and I’m okay with that.

27. My left thumb is double jointed.

28. If it were socially acceptable and I lived where it never snowed I’d never wear shoes again.

29. I love camping in tents.

30.  I’ve been a hairstylist for 8 year

31. It took me 31 years and 2 pregnancy to truly love my body and feel comfortable in my own skin.

Wellness Wednesday: Zucchini Lasagna 

If there are 2 things I can count on growing in my garden every year it’s tomatoes and  ZUCCHINI! I end up pushing zucchini on family, friends, coworkers and neighbors like it’s some kind of street drug becuase there is so much of it. They get massive in size too, unlike the little guys you get from the grocery stores. It is such a versatile vegetable, you can cook it a million different ways or you can bake with it a million different ways.

Zucchini Lasagna Boat Recipe

4 medium zucchini (2 1/2 lbs), sliced into halves through the length* (I only used half of one from my garden and saved the other half for baking)

  • 1 cup (8.6 oz) part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley, plus more for garnish
  • 1 1/4 cups (5 oz) shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup (2 oz) finely shredded parmesan cheese
  • 8 oz 93% lean ground beef or lean ground turkey
  • 4 tsp olive oil, divided
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 3/4 cup roasted garlic marinara sauce (I used Classico)
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh basil, plus more for garnish

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Using a spoon, scoop centers from zucchini while leaving a 1/4-inch rim to create boats. Set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl stir together ricotta cheese, egg and 1 1/2 Tbsp of the parsley. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Stir in 1/2 cup of the mozzarella cheese and the parmesan cheese. Set aside.
  • Heat 2 tsp of the olive oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Crumble beef into pan, season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally and breaking up beef when stirring, until browned (there shouldn’t be any excess fat but if you happened to use a fattier beef then just drain excess rendered fat). Stir in marinara sauce and 1 Tbsp of the basil, remove from heat.
  • To assemble boats, brush both sides of of zucchini lightly with remaining 2 tsp olive oil and place in two baking pans (I used a 13 by 9 and a 9 by 9). Divide cheese mixture among zucchini spooning about 2 1/2 Tbsp into each, then spread cheese mixture into and even layer. Divide sauce among zucchini adding a few heaping spoonfuls to each. Cover baking dishes with foil and place in oven side by side and bake in preheated oven 30 minutes. Remove from oven, sprinkle tops with remaining 3/4 cup mozzarella, return to oven and bake until cheese has melted and zucchini is tender, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle tops with with fresh basil and parsley and serve warm.
  • Recipe source: Cooking Classy