April 30, 2013
April 29, 2013
Bake chicken in the oven at 350 for 30 minutes or so until cooked through. (I just use a little olive oil, salt and pepper to keep it healthy). While the chicken is baking, cook up rice according to directions (I prefer Spanish rice for this) and cook up black beans.
Layer in a bowl chopped lettuce, rice, beans, chicken, salsa.
You could also toss on some extra toppings like avacado, cilantro, shredded cheddar or a spoon of sour cream.
Y'all enjoy now, ya hear?
April 28, 2013
Have you heard of glow in the dark paint? I hadn't heard of it until I saw the sold out sign at Home Depot today. (What? This product I didn't know existed before this very moment is sold out? Well, I have to have it!)
Here are some cool uses for the paint:
Here are some cool uses for the paint:
Paint path stones for a glowing walkway at night. Dazzle your guests (and keep them upright!).
Paint ceramic pots to light up your garden at night. (For those of you who have flowers and plants worth illuminating) - I prefer to keep my weed-riddled yard in the dark.
I love the idea of using glow in the dark paint on mason jars like the ones below and adding tea lights. They'd make great tabletop lanterns for the deck. Click here to get the "how to".
*images courtesy of pinterest.
Hi friends! Sorry for the delay in posts this week, it's been a busy one! I guess it's that time of year where as the weather heats up, so does the social calendar. Here are a few photos from this week's 365:
Wednesday: trying to be artistic at the park
Thursday morning: Hanging out at the park with a few of our wonderful friends: Leah & Nyah,
Emlyn (& Tricia)
Thursday night: Having a surprise birthday dinner for Lynny at Lisa's company's headquarters: Stonz. Check out their amazing selection here.
(PS - I bought Stella a pair of the yellow rainboots pictured below, aren't they awesome?)
I'm pretty sure there is a pre-sign pigeon who wasn't so lucky.
When it comes to food, we mean business.
Beautiful ladies: Uschi & Lynny (the birthday girl)
Friday afternoon: Double Date at the park with Owen, Joey and Nyah.
We capped off Friday with a date night for dinner and then dropped in on the gang at Pete's place. I laughed so hard and had that amazing feeling of knowing at that moment, there was no where I'd rather be than in that room with that group of damn funny people. Of course, post childbirth, I always come dangerously close to peeing my pants when I laugh so much, but it's a line I'm willing to walk.
Saturday: Girls night out. Sharing delicious appies at Tap.
Sunday: spotted this little sweetie chowing down at Crescent Park.
I love this 365 project because I just have to look through these photos and I'm reminded of how rich I am because of the people I know, the experiences I get to enjoy and the love I share with my little family. I hope you feel recharged from your weekend. xoxo
April 23, 2013
This photo is from our evening spent at the playground. I tried to capture myself on a swing (editorial note: taking photos while on a swing is one of the quickest ways to vomit).
April 22, 2013
April 21, 2013
Wednesday: Harrison Lake
Thursday: Chillin at the cabin at Harrison
Friday: dinner at our friend's place- this is their amazing new hutch built from pieces of an old barn
Saturday: Afternoon brunch date - our child was also in attendance, so I guess the word "date" is a stretch. It was more like a "Quickly scarf down lunch that I (happily) didn't have to make while I endlessly distract aforementioned child with items on the table" outing.
I hope you're having a great weekend friends! xo
April 19, 2013
Not surprisingly, this video made me cry. Why are we so hard on ourselves? Why can't we see ourselves the way others do? I've got beautiful friends. I mean these women are gorgeous and if you asked me to describe their traits, I'd have a lengthy list of accolades. But when I see myself, I see: big forehead, big nose, frizzy hair, thick waist: I never, ever have felt well put together.
The other day I found some old photos, when I was in my twenties. I remember at that point of my life feeling big, even though I was always a size medium, I felt really big compared to how I wanted to look. Now I look back, and think, I looked so thin. Why on earth did I waste so much time worrying?
Look at yourself right now, at this point in your life - you'll never be younger than you are right now.
You want to lose weight? Sure, you and everyone else, but you have to be happy with how you look at this very moment.
I picked this photo below as one of my favourite self portraits, simply because I feel like it embodies who I am: not made up (no make up/hair products), happy & shy at the same time.
I like the fact my eyes are green, my hair is thick and my shoulders have freckles, but I still see the big nose and pointy chin. The older I get, the more I realize I have to embrace it all and grow into my face.
Look in the mirror tonight and find five things you love about yourself. xo
April 16, 2013
April 14, 2013
Out and about in Fort Langley
Herb crusted Sole on Quinoa with citrus salsa at our favourite spot in Fort Langley: Beatniks Bistro. Hello delicious morsels.
Celebrating my aunt's 70th birthday. Doesn't she look Amazing? Here she is with her adorable granddaughter Emily.
Hello friends! Did you have a good weekend? I feel like this was one of my favourite weekends in awhile because it felt so perfectly balanced. We joined friends friday to take the kids swimming and shared a delicious dinner together, the hubby and I took turns looking after the little one Saturday while we swapped working out, had a date night Saturday night, visited friends after, worked out Sunday morning, went to my Aunt's 70th birthday party and chilled out tonight. It was a perfect blend of friends, family, exercise and romance. When do you feel like your weekends are most balanced?
April 11, 2013
April 10, 2013
A friend of my husband found out his wife is pregnant and both he and his wife lost their jobs within two days of one another. But he's so overjoyed about their pregnancy, because his wife had recently suffered a miscarriage that the rest is just stuff that will work itself out.
Life throws us curveballs all the time - but we can choose how we want to respond to them.
The bravest woman I ever saw, was on the Oprah show, her family was Tutsi, and the Hutu militia had slaughtered all 16 members of her extended family and wiped out her entire village of friends during the massacre that took place in Rwanda. She was raped repeatedly and escaped when her attackers were resting from exhaustion.
She was a smiling, beautiful, happy woman who still had a light within her. Where does that strength come from? I found her resilience, in what was one of the most tragic stories I had ever heard, to be nothing short of phenomenal.
Take stock of what you have. For me, my wealth is: my health, and the health of my family and friends. Seriously, the rest is gravy. xo
April 9, 2013
April 8, 2013
If history wasn't part of the equation, would you still have the same friendship circle?
It's a tricky question because we have such a deep sentimental love for our friends and they've played such a pivotal role in shaping our lives, but what makes some friendships stand the test of time, while others slowly fade away?
Anyways, toss those thoughts around your noggins, I'm hitting my big pillow! xo goodnight loves.