Saturday, 25 May 2013

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Friday, 19 April 2013

Delicious and Nutritious

I saw this on pinterest and had to try it. I have done the whole frozen banana thing before but this sparked my interest because it replaces those decadent ice cream bars we all know and love.

What you Need:
~ one banana
~ finely chopped almonds
~ sugar free chocolate pudding
~ a popsicle stick of some sort

Cut banana in half and place on stick. Wrap in saran wrap and freeze.
Chop nuts. Dip frozen bananas in pudding and cover in nuts by rolling and/or dusting on top with a spoon.
Wrap in saran wrap once more and freeze for 10 more minutes. These are amazing and don't break the calorie bank without sacrificing on taste!

xx Kelly

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Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Lusting for Louboutin

So it isn't quite in the funds for me to be running about purchasing a casual pair or two of LB's but a girl can dream right?
Size 7 pretty please!
Every girl needs a feminine gold strappy sandal.
I think I would kill for these!?
I am obsessed with nude pumps.... can you tell? Instant leg lengthener! 
I may not be in the market for these but I will be sure to find my own "steal" versions this spring!

xx Kelly Pin It

Thursday, 11 April 2013

Running Towards my Goals

I LOVE motivational quotes and these ones inspired me this week. What motivates you? BTW, for those of you following the Hayden teething Saga, thank you for all your kind words and support. He seems to have turned a corner with his teething and his temperament and appetite are back to normal. My hubby and I couldn't be more relieved!

A quick shot before taking Hayden for a 6 km in the jogger stroller
My jogging stroller I found on Craigslist for $80!
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Wednesday, 10 April 2013

It's a Wrap

When I am hungry. with a desire to keep it healthy, I love wraps! You can literally fill them with as many veggies that you can fit and get a great meal that doesn't require meat or even much carbs. This veggie wrap took no time to throw together and kept me satisfied. 
~  1 medium whole wheat tortilla
~ sliced cheddar
~ 2 Sauteed mushrooms
~  Sliced cucumber
~ Spinach leaves
~ Tomatoes sliced
~ Bean sprouts
~ Cilantro {optional}
~ A small smear of light mayonnaise {optional}

What do you like in your wrap?

xx Kelly

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Monday, 8 April 2013

A Kelly to Look Up To

Whoa! Kelly Ripa has 3 kids and is basically the supermom that I aspire to be, check out those abs!
We share the same name so we are basically twins right? I realize celebrities like Kelly have a lot of help, but when it comes to being fit and healthy, that is a choice followed by an action each person must do themselves. I absolutely love her wit and humour, paired with a hottie hubby, 3 beautiful children, great fashion sense and a gig like no other, it's no surprise she is someone I look up to. I know what some of you are thinking....don't wish for someone else's life. Don't worry, that is not the case, I take inspiration from people like Kelly to apply in my own life to make it better than it already is. "if she can do it, I can do it"! 

Thanks for the inspiration Kelly!

xx Kelly

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Sunday, 7 April 2013

Last Minute Surprise...

After a cool and overcast day the clouds decide to lift just in time for the sun to shine brightly before it sets behind the mountains. This makes my sunday evening a little better.
Looking out my living room window down our street in our perfect little neighbourhood that we love!
It has been an exhausting week. Hayden is teething and I had to travel to Vancouver twice last week, once for work and once for pleasure. {The pleasure didn't end up happening as we had Hayden so it was more of a living nightmare:)}I have been doing good when it comes to diet and exercise and keeping a clean house but I had a mini breakdown today, while Hayden was throwing a tantrum in front of all my friends and their well behaved children, I had a meltdown. I like to have control over things in my life. I strive for this perfect image which I know in reality will never be but it's worth a shot right? Today I came to realize there are going to be many things involving my son that aren't in my control nor are they near perfect. Dammit! 

Oh well, I will survive the terrible two's...and three's and so on. I took Hayden for a run in the jogger stroller this afternoon and that helped me clear my head. It made me realize that I want to include more of my thoughts, observations and life's moments in this little blog of mine. I am really looking forward to a new week. A full week at work and lots of time spent with my boys is just what I need to feel complete and whole.

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Strawberry Shortcake with a Twist

This is how I enjoy a guilt free dessert. The following yields one serving so double for two and so on. 

~ 3/4 cup of greek yogurt
~ 2 strawberries, quartered
~ 1/2 crushed graham cracker

It has a taste similar to strawberry shortcake without all the added calories. This dish I made has approximately 190 calories and that is a dessert I can feel good about eating! This a great breakfast when you replace the crackers with oats or a snack when you replace crackers with nuts. Plus greek yogurt is high in protein so its great post workout too!

xx Kelly Pin It

Friday, 5 April 2013

The Terrible, Teething Two's

***Warning*** This is a venting Mom post, readers beware!

Hayden has been breaking his two year molars and for almost a week now he has been completley miserable. He whines and cries all day, he won't eat or drink, he won't play with other kids or us....I can't even look at him without him freaking out! The doctor was no help after an hour and a half wait. He had a fever and threw up last weekend and Easter was a total bust as he protested dinner and the hunt I organized. To add to that he started a new daycare/pre-school and we got called to pick him up after 2 hours the first day as he wouldn't stop crying. I don't think they like the new kid!

Help me fellow Mommys!!!! Where is my happy child? How long will the madness last? I am beginning to  be concerned about his health and well being and I need to know I am not alone. Needless to say his teeth are sucking the life and sanity out of my husband and I.

When will my baby be back to normal?

xx Kelly Pin It

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Black and White

Blouse ~ Urban Planet
Skirt ~ Forever 21
Shoes ~ Nine West

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Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Showing some skin

With warmer weather I have taken a few fashion risks and decided to bare some skin!

Sweater ~ Aritzia
Pants ~ Zara
Boots ~ Urban Planet {steal version of this splurge}
Purse ~ GUCCI

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Friday, 29 March 2013

Yams for Breakfast!

I love sweet potatoes and yams! Since becoming more health conscious I have switched out potatoes for them as you get your carbohydrate fill with added flavour and a ton of nutrition. When I was growing up my Dad used to tell my sister and I that there were tribes in South America that survived on sweet potatoes alone! Well I use them quite often, these yam fries are a hit at my house!
This is basically a yam omelet.
~ 1 med yam or sweet potato grated
~ 2 eggs
~ half of one small onion diced
~ half a cup of grated cheddar cheese
~ garlic, salt and pepper to taste

Prepare and mix ingredients in mixing bowl and spoon into large non-stick frying pan. Shape with spatula. Cook on low for 15 mins on each side. Take care when removing and serve! I served with sliced avocado and hot sauce. Hayden used ketchup and enjoyed it too!

xx Kelly Pin It

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Goodbyes...and a Workout

Today I do not say goodbye, but rather see you later and good luck to a friend and college. Over the past 9 years in my career I have worked with so many incredible people, some of which I mentor and some who mentor me. I feel lucky to work with diverse and talented people and have learned so much from all of them. Today I say goodbye to a team member after two and a half years. While I am sad to see him go, I am excited for him as he is being promoted internally and I know this is a huge opportunity in his career.

Now time for some fitness!

Todays workout included:

10 minutes HIIT {high intensity interval training} cardio on elliptical.
20 minutes steady pace cardio on elliptical

ARMS ~ the following is a dumbbell workout that I use 8LBS weights for

Lay down bench press
Standing bent over row
Standing shoulder press
Bicep curls
{do 3 sets of 10-12 reps of all the above}

On all fours triceps curl
{do 2 sets of 10-15 reps on each side}

Then I did a Pinterest workout! I do these everyday as they are interesting and challenging!

I did this x 2!
Now this is a pretty intense workout so don't overdo it. I am at the point where I love it and don't want to stop. I get excited as I see results and that continues to motivate me. What motivates you to work out.
*** Remember***
If it doesn't challenge you it won't change you!

xx Kelly Pin It

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Beige on Brown ..on Beige

Brown and beige are my all time that the reason I am so drawn to GUCCI and Louis Vuitton?? Lol! I mean they come in my fav colours! This is a work look that I would wear in transition  seasons like fall and spring as it incorporates a variety of textiles amongst the neutral colour scheme.

Blouse ~ Zara
Skirt ~ BCBG
Shoes ~ Mia Rock {spain}
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Friday, 22 March 2013

Can clean eating be spectacular? I believe it can! I try to prepare healthy yet delicious meals everyday for myself and my family and it isn't always easy but it can be very satisfying. I have always been interested in my health but it really hit home after having Hayden. I was the Maid of Honour in my sister's wedding 2 months after Hayden was born so I time was not on my side. Recovering from childbirth was difficult for me so the exercise came second to my diet. I knew if I could nail my diet that was half the battle...and I did!
{marinated chicken breast on a bed of wilted spinach toped with fresh grated parmesan cheese and caramelized onions}
Over the past year I have become very interested in health and fitness and have achieved some incredible results. I will be posting more, food and fitness tips soon as I have friends and family asking how I do it. This is flattery in the finest form!

Happy Friday!

xx Kelly

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Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Date night...

It is a rare occasion we have date night because we have no family where we live to sit. So we finally bit the bullet and looked online for a local sitter. We found a great girl and are looking forward to some much needed time alone. I love my baby boy, but I am a firm believer of taking good care of your relationship too. This keeps the spark alive...and after 9 years we need to protect that flame! The benefits are endless, adult time, an excuse to dress up, undivided attention on each other...and all this translates to a happier home life which we can all agree is a good thing!

Shirt ~ Aritzia
Pants ~ Joe Fresh {I know, I am obsessed}
shoes ~ Aldo
Clutch ~ Gucci

Do you make date night a priority? Whats your favourite thing to do?

xx Kelly Pin It

Monday, 18 March 2013

Happy Monday!

Last Monday a great friend gave me this beautiful potted orchid. It was a kind gesture to show her thanks for supporting her through a hard time. She really caught me off guard with this gift and it caused me to pause and realize how the little things, like being there to listen in a time of need, really do go a long way. I am so lucky to have the incredible friends I do as it is a very special thing to have people you can trust and lean on.  

Tonight's dinner was a delicious and clean meal. Roasted chicken breast, sautéed mushrooms, red peppers and baked yams. Yummmmm!

I love a fabulous pair of power pumps! Patent red will do just fine. {Aldo}

Happy Hayden right before bed. There is always a half hour or so before bedtime where he gets a burst of energy and wants to play and is oh so adorable! 

Happy Monday lovelies!

xx Kelly Pin It