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WW and Trying New Things: Breakfast Cookies

Since joining WW I've tried to go out of my comfort zone a little, forcing myself to try new things. One of those was trying new recipes. I have to say, this recipe from WW was really easy to make, was super fast in the oven, and tasted great. And as someone who hates eating breakfast, this was a fast and easy way to get some nutrients into my body early in the day (it paired really well with my coffee!). Bonus: it was gluten and dairy-free AND my kids loved it (probably because of the chocolate chips). Peanut Butter, Banana, and Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookies 2-3 Personal Points per serving  Serves: 16 Serving size: 1 cookie Ingredients Banana(s):   3 small, ripe Uncooked old fashioned oats: 1.5 cups Powdered peanut butter: 1⁄3 cup Table salt: 1⁄4 tsp   Mini semisweet chocolate chips: 1⁄3 cup Instructions Preheat the oven to 350°F.  Line a sheet pan with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, mash bananas with a fork. Stir in oats, peanut butter powder, and salt, if desired.  Fold i
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WW Month 1 Thoughts

I did a thing. I joined WW (Weight Watchers) a few weeks ago. Here's why: In January I committed to completing Dry January (no alcohol), walking 10,000 steps a day, and tracking my calories. I had a bet with my mom and sister-in-law to lose 5 pounds that month and guess what? I lost 4.5 pounds! I was so excited. That's the most weight I've ever lost in a single month in my entire life.  But then, as always, the next month rolled around and I started to slip. Self-sabotage is a legit thing for me when it comes to weight loss. I get cocky and overconfident and "forget" to plan meals or keep track of what I'm eating. I haven't pushed myself to move my body, and, since Dry January was donezo I did partake quite a bit in some vino. And with the wine come snacks. And with snacks, come more snacks until I've completely obliterated my goals. Hense all the added calories I consumed and the weight I gained. Long story short, I gained the 4.5 pounds back in just

Exploring Historic Grimsby Beach

A couple of weeks ago I took the kids on another little adventure. I stumbled on this blog post from In Search of Sarah about these fabulous colourful houses in a town not too far from where I live.  I packed up the kids and recruited my parents to come with us. We've lived in this area for decades and never knew this little historical area existed. So, I had to share the cuteness with them.  I won't pretend to be a historian and tell you all the amazing things about these houses but suffice to say, they were just as cute in person as they are in the pictures.  You can learn more about these houses here: Grimsby Beach - Visitor Info History and Heritage - Village of Grimsby I LOVED the colour of this home and it was just as fresh looking in person as it is in the photo. This home was stunning in person, the picture doesn't do it justice.  The kids wanted to sit on these stools so bad but I wouldn't let them! I had to remind them we were the too look not touch. But I

Hiking the Niagara River Trail

Every year over the May long weekend (Victoria Day here in Ontario) we pack up the kids and the trailer and head down to Niagara Falls for our first camping trip of the season. Unfortunately, the current lockdown put a halt on camping plans until mid-June so we had to find something else to keep up the long weekend family adventure tradition.  I'm ALWAYS bugging the kids to go on walks and hikes with me, and my requests are usually met with huge sighs coupled with extreme begging and protests to not go!  On Friday Scott and I had the day off work, the kids were plugged into remote learning but we snuck them out early.  I had no idea this amazing trail was so close to us (less than an hour away). We had so much fun exploring the river trail and then hiking through the forest. We were exhausted by the end but the kids loved it and honestly, it was so nice to just be outside and spending time together. No phones, no video games. It was perfect and we can't wait to go again.

Lessons On My 40th Birthday

Me and the Fam! I have news. A few weeks ago I celebrated my 40th birthday. It was my second COVID/lockdown birthday and I wasn't even sad about it. I'm not a huge birthday bash kind of girl, so not having to break the news to everyone that there would be no crazy party felt sooooooo good.  I've thought a lot about this post. About turning 40. What do I want to share here to help document this milestone birthday? When my kids look back and read this online journal so to speak, what do I want them to know about what I was thinking on May 11, 2021? And here's what I came up with: On celebrating my special day: COVID birthdays aren't so bad as an adult. Sure they suck shit for kids (can't have a party, can't see their family and friends, hardly any presents because said parties are a no-no). But for me, as an adult, I understand why I can't party it up with like 50 of my closest friends and family members. I understand that a Vegas trip is out of the questi

Weekend Recap: Mother's Day 2021

My daughter's plate (mine had more eggs and no toast) Mother's Day in a pandemic is about the same as it was pre-pandemic....and I wouldn't have it any other way. From waking up and enjoying the first cup of coffee from the comfort of my bed, to hearing the kids making me a yummy breakfast, some traditions were just not meant to be broken or altered!  We had our super amazing breakfast, then hubby went to bed (he had just come off a night shift and had to be back at work later that evening), and I had some quiet time which is always a bonus in my books.  I can't say I did anything exciting during my time alone, but sometimes making a homemade detox tea and watching some HGTV are all I need to relax and unwind. What's in my detox tea you ask? Well usually it's just some hot water, fresh lemon juice, a chunk of fresh ginger, and a sprinkle of cayenne pepper OR a small dollop honey. But this time I nixed the cayenne and honey, and added a mint leaf. It didn't t

Shopping Local: The Scrunchie Edition

I remember back in the day, like we're talking 1991, when fluorescent pink and green scrunchies were soooo cool. Then one day they became uncool, and my pre-teenage self took a vow to never be caught dead wearing another scrunchie ever again for as long as I lived. But like all things and fads in life, trends get recycled and updated with a bit of a modern twist. And since I'm the kind of mom who sports leggings and a messy bun almost daily, I definitely feel like it's time to amp up my bun game. I haven't bought any of these yet (not have I been paid to promote them - in fact these sellers have no clue who I am) but I've had my eye on them for awhile....maybe I'll treat myself, it is Mother's Day tomorrow after all right? Knot Your Average Scrunchie is an Ancaster, Ontario (Canada) based shop. The grand-daughter and grandmother duo create high quality scrunchies out of the most fabulous fabrics. This oversized cheetah satin is my fave! AND it's under $1