and we're back

Hi it's me! Yep remember me? I used to write several times a week about the goings on in my life, the Hubs, L'il E, recipes, my creations. Ya, well I'm back. Apparently I've been living in a dark hole, dealing with a lot of personal crap over the last couple of weeks, but I seem to have found the light again.

I've been doing a lot of negative speak, and hearing it too. Honestly, it's like a virus. Right? Like, once you hear one negative thing it can just snowball out of control until you're drowning. So, I've decided to check the negative speak at the door and only think positively because if you think positively then the rest will follow. I'm already feeling better!

So to continue on this positive note let me tell you the top 10 things that make ME feel awesome.

  1. Fresh, clean sheets on the bed.
  2. Seeing the Hubs walk in the door at the end of the day.
  3. Hearing my L'il E belt out a big belly laugh.
  4. Receiving flowers, especially tulips.
  5. Coffee and paper on Saturday morning.
  6. Hearing my parents tell me they love me.
  7. Girls night!
  8. Chocolate.
  9. A good hair day.
  10. Comments on my blog posts.

I could probably list ten more, but I guess I'll stop here. See what I mean? The positive energy is already working its magic!

What makes you feel awesome?

 

 

 

 

May 02, 2012 — AlannaB

healthy cookie recipe

I found another yummy cookie recipe (thanks Robi)! This one is dairy and wheat free and has no refined sugar.

Are you thinking cookie buzz-kill? Sorry!

I made these healthy cookies with chocolate chips and dried cranberries, but you could really use any dried fruit or nuts you want. The next time I think I'm going to use coconut and chocolate chips or maybe dried cranberries and walnuts. The possibilities are endless.

They don't taste like your average high-octane ooey-gooey chocolate chip cookie, but your waist-line and your hypoglycemic-index will thank me later. Trust me! So here it goes.

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You'll need:

  • 1 tbsp ground flax seed
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 cup spelt flour
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 banana mashed
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup

Then you:

  1. Mix ground flax seed with water and set aside (this is going to become your egg substitute, the ground flax seed and water turns into a sticky binding ingredient)
  2. Mix spelt flour, oats, baking powder, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, dried cranberries, chocolate chips together in a medium bowl (you can sub whatever you want for the dried cranberries and chocolate chips)
  3. In a separate bowl mix mash banana and flax seed mixture together, then add vanilla and maple syrup.
  4. Mix wet with dry until well blended.
  5. Spoon onto cookie sheets and bake for 10 minutes.

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Happy baking! Tell me what your favourite combo is? Are you a raisins person? Or a dried ginger person?

i'm two

On April 4th we turned two! Happy blog-iversary to me!

This l'il 'ol corner of the internet has come a long way and I have all you precious readers to thank for that. If you weren't reading I'm not sure I would be motivated to write as often as I do.

On my first blog-iversary I promised this wouldn't become a mommy blog and I hope you think I've kept my promise. While I have peppered fridaysoff with plenty of tips and anecdotes about being a mom to L'il E I've also continued to share my creations, recipes, DIY tips and favourite products.

This year I introduced you to DIY deodorant, supported Pink Shirt Day, started quilting, set up a gmail for L'il E, shared my hip Father's Day finds, went on sabbatical, discovered I had a wheat intolerance, figured out how to make the perfect cuppa, bought myself the best necklace, interviewed one of my fave cookbook authors, started blogging for TheKit, knit up this awesome baby blanket, discovered this recipe, fell in love with Laura Marling, sold my creations at my very first craft fair, reconnected with old high school friends, was introduced to yogaglo.com, celebrated L'il E's first birthday AND admitted to all of my imperfections!

That's a lot of stuff and that's not even half of it! I hope you learned something too!

Keep on checking in and I look forward to continuing our online relationship (wink!).

xox

 

you are perfect

‘Be Content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.’ ~Lao Tzu

I'm not usually one to spout off philosophical quotes, but my yoga teacher shared this kernel with our class this morning and given where my head's been at (my one-third life crisis and all), I've been thinking about it all day.

You're already good enough, you already have more than enough, and you're already perfect. So don't worry.

Doesn't that feel good? Say it again!

 

 

April 07, 2012 — AlannaB

i got a fevah

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My L'il E is finally back to the living and it honestly brings me such joy to see. He was down and out with a fever, cough, runny nose and general malaise for five days and it took his awesome little personality with it. I missed his joyous shrieks in the morning, the thundering sound of his knees and hands scampering across the floor, and his giant belly laughs. I guess it's easy to take all of that for granted since he usually is a pretty easygoing kid. Now that he's 100% he's loving life again and I can tell that he's happy to be better too.

I stayed home to care for him last week and it got me thinking about sick days at home with MY mom when I was a kid. Here are the things I fondly remember:

  1. Mom coming into my room to check my temperature and then hearing her call the school to say I would be staying home that day....yeah!
  2. Snuggles on the couch watching daytime television like Mr. Dress Up and Regis and Kathie Lee.
  3. Lipton Chicken Noodle Soup and Allen's Apple Juice were always on the sick day menu.
  4. Wrapping up in the nasty old brown afghan I think someone must have made for us.
  5. Drinking hot lemonade....mmm.

What are your favourite sick day memories?

 

imperfect

I recently read a post on fat mum slim that I thought was inspiring. I often read blogs and get the impression that the women/men behind them are perfect. They all do so many things, post several times a day and offer such great advice that I'm often left wondering how they do it all. So just in case any of you readers think I'm living a perfect life here's proof I don't.

  1. I never make our bed (I don't even make it when people come over).
  2. I'm addicted to chips and eat them every day.
  3. I never clean the lint trap in our dryer and it drives the Hubs crazy.
  4. I leave the hair that falls out when I wash my hair on the shower wall.
  5. I often pretend I'm listening, when I'm not.
  6. I can be stubborn and impossible to persuade.
  7. I  like red wine way too much.
  8. I own and wear too much grey clothing.
  9. I leave water glasses all over the house.
  10. I don't put my clothes away and sometimes I just throw them in the laundry so I don't have to fold them.

So there. What are your imperfections?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 18, 2012 — AlannaB

happy st patrick's day

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Would I be a bad mum if I dyed L'il E's hair with green Kool-Aid? Just thinking...

Cheers!

meal planning tips

Now that I'm heading back to work things around our house are going to change a little. Especially on the domestic front. This has been stressing me out the most because I like to make sure we're all eating healthy homemade meals. We have a slow-cooker, but I'm not sure I can stomach shloppy stews every night. So when Knot PR asked if I was interested in chatting with Writer, Fitness and Nutrition Coach Darren Stehle I was like hell yeah I am! This was a sign - thank you.

My chat with Darren was awesome and he gave me tons of advice from drinking enough water, to working out, to meal planning tips but for this post I'm going to stick with the meal planning tips. They're brilliant! His secret? Precooking meals on the weekend for the week ahead. Why didn't I think of that?

Here are a few of his reccos:

1. Prepare the night before. Make your lunch for the next day and get all the breakfast stuff (bowls, spoons, juice glasses) out on the counter before bed.

2. Bulk grocery shop on the weekends. This way you have everything you need for snacks, lunches, and dinners throughout the week. You just might have to nip out at some point for fresh produce.

3. Pre-cook meat on the weekend. Grill a bunch of chicken breasts and throw them in the freezer so they're available for stir-frys, salads, and sandwiches during the week. Make a big batch of chilli or beef stew. 'Nuff said!

There you have it. Check out Darren's website or go see him at the Adelaide Club for some personal training. He's full of great ideas.

 

 

first v day memories

Love is in the air - everywhere I turn there are hearts, everything I read is about love and even the radio has been bitten by the love doctor. Since when did V Day become a giant holiday?

I have a love/hate relationship with this day. When you're a singleton this is the most dreaded day of the year (it just makes you feel more alone), but when you're a married or in a relationship this day is stressful.  Am I right? There is so much pressure to perform, be romantic and demonstrate your love, but sometimes the stars just don't align. It can feel forced. Fortunately the Hubs and I have an agreement - we just don't join in on the hooplah, instead we do our own thing in the privacy of our home.

Anyhow, I do have fond memories of my very first V Day with the Hubs nine years ago. We had just met the previous November so the relationship was new and I wasn't sure if we were at Valentine's Day date status. My dad had a pair of tickets to the Leafs game and offered them to me, so I figured I would go for it and invite the would-be Hubs - what kind of guy would turn down a hockey game on Valentine's Day? I remember him showing up at my house with flowers to pick me up and I still get butterflies thinking about that moment. To be honest it was my very first "real" Valentines Day date. The following day I was treated to a couples massage and breakfast. I knew then that I would be celebrating V Day with him for the rest of my life.

Hope you're feeling the love today. I certainly am!

 

 

 

February 14, 2012 — AlannaB

my commandments

A couple of months ago I read The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin - a memoir of the year she spent testing out how to be happier. I read it just for fun, not because I wasn't happy. In fact,  at the time, I was sleep-deprived and preoccupied with L'il E. Fast forward six months and the stuff I read is finally surfacing and I like what I'm remembering.

One of her first "assignments" is to create a list of personal commandments - easier said than done.  These commandments are your personal set of "rules" to live by and they can help you guide your decisions, interactions and your life in general.

So, since it's the New Year I thought I would give y'all something to think about. Now I don't want you to think I've gone all self-help evangelistic on you or anything, but I've come up with seven of my own. Here they are...

My Personal Commandments

  1. Express my feelings.
  2. Stop feeling guilty.
  3. Be confident.
  4. Don't be an emotional gatekeeper.
  5. Live my own life.
  6. Do it now.
  7. Set boundaries.

Try it yourself. It's super helpful...trust!

What are your personal commandments?

 

 

 

 

 

January 26, 2012 — AlannaB