Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Whole30 – Dinner Ideas

I didn’t think this would be the case, but dinner ended up being the hardest meal for me. Especially towards the end of the 30 days. Some of it was probably fatigue. It’s hard to be creative when you’re dragging, you know what I mean? There was also also a birthday and a couple family dinners in the mix, so I definitely played it safe on a couple meals.

There was also a stuffed butternut squash last month, but I powered through that before I remembered to take pictures of it. Oops.

Potato Omelette w/ Fruit Salad

Spaghetti Squash w/ Pork & Tomato Sauce

Sweet Potato w/ Pepper, Onion, Avocado, Chicken & Cilantro

Pulled Pork Lettuce Wraps w/ Carrot, Cucumber, Avocado & Cilantro

Chicken Curry w/ Cauliflower “Rice”

Green Salad & Acorn Squash Stuffed w/ Mushroom, Onion & Turkey

Spinach w/ Chicken, Peppers, Tomatoes, Blueberries & Pistachio

Spinach, Chicken, Grilled Pineapple, Avocado, Peppers & Onion

Pork, Spinach, Pepper, Onion & Potato Hash

Rosemary Potato & Onion Fritatta

Roast Pork, Shredded Apple, Potatoes, Diced Carrot & Fennel, Green Salad

“Dumpling Filling” – Pork, Cabbage & Carrot w/ Ginger & Garlic

Pork Loin, Stewed Apples, Potatoes, Tomato

Beanless Chilli Loaded Baked Potato w/ Avocado

Family Dinner – Striploin, Mushrooms, Potatoes, Spinach Salad

Spaghetti Squash w/ Basil Pesto, Tomatoes & Homemade Chicken Sausage

Birthday Dinner – Bacon Wrapped Steak, Grilled Bell Pepper, Mushrooms, Potatoes

What’s for dinner tonight?

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

Red and Vert

Munchkin has been teething up a storm, so there have been some seriously sleepless nights around these parts. Actually, teething doesn’t really cover it. Teething, sinuses, sleep training and yet another sleep regression have all been conspiring to make sure rest is hard to come by. Oh, and did I mention he’s crawling? Yeah, there’s that too.

Sweater: Amour Vert / Jeans: 7 For All Mankind / Scarf: Lululemon /
Shoes: Steve Madden / Purse: Street Level

It was a warmer day, but I still went with cozy loose layers. I’m always cold when I’m tired. It was just a trip to the pharmacy, so there was no real need to impress anyone.

I’m experimenting with pinning the sweater into narrower silhouettes at the moment. I’m liking a more tapered pinning at the moment rather than straight up and down, but I haven’t settled on how much of a taper I want. I do know I need to take up the underarms still though.

I keep hoping those little teeth will pop through so it’ll stop hurting him, but I know we have years of this ahead of us. For now, he’s still my little toothless wonder. A crawling toothless wonder.

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

Whole30 – Lunch Ideas

A lot of people have difficulties eating breakfast in the morning, but if I’m being completely honest lunch is the meal I skip at home most often. I’ve been guilty on many occasions of having a cup of coffee or a latte to see me through to dinner rather than stopping and eating.

Forcing myself to eat in the middle of the day definitely helped with the evening carb noshing, so I’ll consider that a lesson learned from last month’s diet experience. It didn’t always have to be large or fancy, it just had to fuel me.

Green Salad w/ Hard Boiled Eggs, Tuna, Tomatoes, Olives & Avocado

Tuna Salad Stuffed Bell Pepper w/ Blood Oranges

Hard Boiled Egg, Tomato, Avocado & Fruit Salad

Green Salad w/ Cucumber, Chicken, Avocado, Tomato, Olives & Berries

Romaine w/ Tuna & Olives, Potato Waffle w/ Avocado, Hardboiled Egg, Tomatoes & Blood Orange

Carrot Ginger Soup w/ Chicken

Sweet Potato w/ Chicken, Onion, Pepper, Avocado, Raspberries & Banana

Sweet Potato, Hardboiled Egg, Tomatoes & Avocado

Tomatoes, Apple, Hardboiled Egg & Almond Butter

Cucumbers, Pineapple, Tomatoes, Almonds & Homemade Turkey Sausage

Salmon, Beets, Green Beans & Potaotes

Green Salad w/ Turkey Sausage, Peppers, Avocado, Raspberries, Oranges & Homemade Chicken Stock

Green Salad w/ Peppers, Sweet Potato, Tomatoes, Almonds, Avocado, Turkey Sausage & Oranges

Pork, Potatoes, Peppers, Spinach & Fried Egg

Beanless Chili w/ Homemade Guacamole

Pork Loin, Shredded Apple, Diced Carrot & Fennel

Baked Sweet Potato w/ Homemade Guacamole & Sliced Strawberries

Spinach Salad w/ Chicken, Peppers, Avocado & Homemade Tahini Lime Dressing

What are you having for lunch today?

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

What’s On My Nails – Winter 2017

After close to a year and a half of bare nails, I finally got around to painting them. Needless to say, I’m a little out of practice.

For the life of me I don’t remember where I first spotted the border nail trend, but I definitely liked it when I saw it. The overt black and white look was a bit much, but I could see myself in something a little more subtle.

I ended up pulling out my trusty bottle of Chanel Frenzy out of the cupboard, along with a OPI’s Wild About Shimmer glitter polish.

I’ll say it, my painting is a straight up hack job. The fact that my base polish appears to be getting a bit thick doesn’t really help matters either. The beauty of glitter polish in a transparent base for the border is that you only see it when the light hits it, so you never really see the whole thing at once. You just get a little flicker of shine.

What’s on your nails right now? Any trends you’re interested in at the moment?

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

Whole30 – Breakfast Ideas

I mentioned it once earlier last month, but I did a round of Whole30 in January. It’s certainly not for everyone, but personally I’ve gotten a lot of value out of it. If you’re thinking about doing a round of Whole30 yourself, or if you’re just getting bored with your breakfast routine, here’s some ideas to get you started!

(Lunch and Dinner ideas to follow)

Onion & Pepper Omelette w/ Avocado & Fruit Salad

Onion & Pepper Scramble w/ Avocado, Tomatoes and Blood Orange

Homemade Turkey Sausage, Sweet Potato & Fruit Salad w/ Almonds

Potato, Onion & Pepper Scramble w/ Blood Orange

Fried Eggs, Sweet Potato, Kiwi & Berries

Fried Eggs, Sweet Potato, Tomatoes & Avocado

Potato Pancake Waffles w/ Tomatoes, Avocado & Fruit Salad

Grapefruit w/ Hardboiled Eggs

Homemade Turkey Sausage, Sweet Potato & Fruit Salad

Fried Eggs, Potatoes, Homemade Turkey Sausage, Tomatoes & Fruit

Potato, Pepper & Onion Scramble w/ Strawberries

Baby Potato Hash w/ Hardboiled Eggs, Avocado, Almonds & Blood Orange

Fried Eggs w/ Sautéed Spinach, Pulled Pork & Blueberries

Pepper, Onion & Spinach Scramble w/ Avocado, Blueberries & Grapes

Carrot Apple Slaw w/ Banana Almond Dressing, Almonds & Pistascios, Pork Loin & Pomegranate Arils

Fried Eggs, Avocado, Strawberries, & Carrot Apple Slaw w/ Banana Almond Dressing

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Bowl w/ Pistascio, Coconut & Walnuts

Potato & Onion Hash, Scrambled Eggs, Salsa & Avocado

Potato & Veggie Hash, Fried Egg, Blueberries & Grapefruit

Fried Eggs, Guacamole, Sweet Potato Rounds and Orange Wedges

Fried Eggs, Salsa & Guacamole on Sweet Potato Rounds

What are you having for breakfast?

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

Picking Bones

I have a bone to pick with this sweater. I bought it in December.

Sweater: Banana Republic / Jeans: 7 For All Mankind / Shoes: Poppy Barley

Can we agree that if you’re going to actively advertise yourself as a cashmere blend you should contain more than 10% cashmere? I mean, really. That’s not a cashmere blend. That’s a wool and poly blend that a goat sneezed on.

I will be honest that I knew the cashmere content of the sweater was abysmal when I bought it. Fortunately I didn’t buy it for the cashmere. I bought it for the V-neckline and emerald green colour, as well as the fact that it was almost half wool. So why the bone?

Pilling. I wore it three times before I looked down at it and realized that the side of my torso that I carry my son on was pilled. It’s now pilled all over.


I’m so chapped about this purchase. I wore it on Saturday hitting the Poppy Barley sample sale, but that will be the last time I do. It looks terrible. It became a home only sweater long before its time.


What was the last thing you bought that wore out too soon?


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I'm a petite hourglass, slow adopter, food geek, Engineer, wife and mom. Welcome to the little corner of the internet where I ramble on about random things. Mostly clothes.