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

Sunday, 17 March 2013

St. Paddy's Green!

I hope everyone had a great St. Patricks Day. While my celebrations aren't like the good old days, I still like to pay homage through my fashion choices!

Sweater ~ Joe Fresh {my hubby absolutely despises this sweater! lol}
Jeans ~ Guess
Ankle boots ~ Aldo

Enjoy whats left of your weekend and I have plenty of Food, Fashion, fitness and Family in store for you this week!

xx Kelly

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Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Jessica Biel

Jessica Biel just turned 31 on March 3rd and she is looking hotter than ever. With my 30th birthday coming up this summer I am looking for inspiration wherever I can find it and she is definitely motivating! From beauty to brawn to boyfriend...  make that husband, she really has it all. Now arms like that don't come for free and from what I have read Jessica busts her butt, literally! She has truly found her niche in Hollywood starring in action films like Blade: Trinity, The A-Team and Total Recall and these types of roles demand physical fitness like no other. We have all thought "If only I got payed to work out and look great", well it's time to change your outlook. I don't dream of looking or feeling like a beautiful and fit celebrity, I do everything I can to feel my very best. 

I am loving the smoky eye and ombre hair.
I must admit Jessica and JT make a great couple!
Got arms? Yes please!
Jessica in a recent GC shoot!
Red Carpet ready at Total Recall Premier.

So if your like most of us and your job doesn't pay you millions to look fabulous 24/7 then create a fitness and beauty routine that is simple fast and fun.

~ Try HIIT cardio {high intensity interval training} which gives me a max calorie burn fast that last long after my workout is over. I am also recently hooked on weight training as the results are so gratifying!
~ Fill your wardrobe with classic staples that are easily paired with the latest trends to save you time when putting together your look.
~ Find a 'do that works for you. When your hair is manageable it makes for stress free mornings.

Believe it or not, when I look and feel great I am more confident and more productive in my personal and professional life! The one area I struggle in is diet. This is probably related to the fact that I work in a restaurant and I LOVE FOOD!!!! What is your health and beauty routine? Tell me your tips and secrets. How do you find time?

xx Kelly Pin It

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Red Carpet Reality

So I think I recall posting last Monday that things were getting back to normal for me...boy was I wrong. I had another whirlwind week at work and it was a blast. We celebrated our 15 year anniversary at my Cactus Club Cafe location and 25 years as a company! {Check out our FaceBook page here.}

Me and a few of my talented and beautiful staff! {my dress~ Le Chateau}
When I look at this gorgeous photo I almost forget how much work went into making the evening a huge hit!
I am beginning to think things may never get back to normal for me and that is OK. Since stepping into my role as General Manager and becoming a Mother I have learned that things are not always in your control. If you surround yourself with smart and supportive people you can acheive so much success. Life is busy and I do wish there were more hours in the day....or less addictive reality TV!! Thank you daylight savings!!!!

I hope everyone has had a great week and don't forget to lean on those around you sometimes. A hard lesson learned for those of us who take so much pride in "doing it all!"

xx Kelly
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Monday, 4 March 2013

Manic Mondays..

Good Morning and happy Monday. I can honestly say I am still playing catch up from the last few weeks but am looking forward to a very productive day. My hubby started a new job recently an d today our schedules begin to collide. This will put some added pressure on our daily routine so being extra organized is key.

I promise to have some fashion photos and more interesting content soon. The first thing to fall off when I'm crazy busy is my fitness routine so fitness is currently priority #1!!!! I hope to inspire you with some great workouts, meals and outfits. When food fitness and fashion are going well for me, life just seems to flow!

Scrambled egg whites, onions, tomatoes, cilantro and avocado.
Studded boots my AMAZING sister bought me for no reason!!! I know, she's the best!

Quick workouts to do before hoping in the shower!

xx Kelly Pin It