Saturday, November 19, 2016

{Free} 30 Day Butt & Gut Challenge starts Mon. Nov. 21

I'm making this short and sweet...I'm starting a new fitness challenge on Monday, November 21...a FREE one. It's a 30 day buns and ab challenge that I found on Pinterest - but adapted for myself and I'm inviting allllll of my friends to join me!

Why am I starting it on Monday?
I don't like to wait for the New Year to start new goals or challenges. And I wanted to make sure that the challenge ends before Christmas - and it had to be 30 days - and so that's how I landed on November 21.

Where is the challenge being hosted?
I'm hosting it in a Facebook group called 30 Day Butt and Gut Challenge. If you can't find it, visit my FB page,, and leave me a message on my wall about wanting to join the challenge so I can add you!

What do I need to do?
All you need to do is check the schedule and do the daily workout (should take a few minutes - nothing too strenuous). If you're so inclined, you can check into the group after you complete your workouts if you want help staying motivated and being accountable to the workouts you committed to! And again, it's like day 1 - do xx number of squats, day 2 - do xx number of crunches etc. Again it's meant to be fun, gets us off our asses and maybe tone up our butts and guts before we have to squeeze into any holiday outfits!

What do I need to buy?
Absolutely nothing! Unless you want a cute new workout outfit - in which case, I can't help you with!

Come on and join us!

Friday, November 18, 2016

Friday Favourites #2: Christmas, Snowflakes, and Pinterest is My BFF

Ever since I started Core De Force a few weeks ago, I have felt sooooo good! Don't ask what my progress has been so far (I'm not going to weigh myself or take measurements until I physically notice pants and stuff getting bigger). My progress hasn't been weight related, but I definitely feel like I'm getting stronger (I did mostly normal push ups in yesterday's workout instead of girly on the knees push ups) and my stamina is getting much better too. WIN!

But anyway, today's Friday Favourites is not about fitness. It's about Christmas.

Christmas finally exploded at my house.

OK not really. I haven't put up any decorations yet, but the kids were ready to start celebrating Christmas as soon as they sorted through their Halloween candy. And thanks to my mom, they've been on a snowflake making mission for the past two weeks.

Me every day: "Do you guys want to play outside after dinner?" - secret

Kids ever day: "Weeee waaaaant tooooo maaaake snoooooow flaaaaaakes!!!"

Cue Pinterest now.

I'm out of ideas, and if you have snowflake fanatic children like I do, you probably ran out of design ideas after you cut your first flake like I did. So here's a few I found on Pinterest that I am IN LOVE with...and might be too hard for the kids but....eff it...they're so pretty to look at!




Friday, November 11, 2016

Friday Favourites #1: Fashion, Clean Eating, Holiday Treats & Side of Inspiration

I started my day super early this morning - not because I was working out at 5:00 a.m. getting my fitness on. Nope. Not this mom. I was up at 4:30 a.m. trying to convince my 6 year old that it was night time, not morning, and had to get his effing ass back into bed and go to sleep. It didn't work. The kid is persistent, and he's allergic to sleep. I did manage to finally break free and get my 30 minute bad-ass workout in around 6:30 a.m., and that wasn't too bad because lucky me, I have the day off from work today - so I didn't have to worry about rushing through the morning and getting to work on time. Win!

So it's 9:30 a.m. on a super cold but beautifully sunny Friday morning. I'm 3 coffees and a protein shake deep into the day already, listing to the audio version of  You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life: In Less Than 30 Minutes by Jen Sincero.  I keep hearing how important personal development is soooo I'm trying it out and so far, so good! Aaaaand to add to this fabulous morning: the kids are at school and the hubby is standing in line at Best Buy waiting to buy the new Nintendo Classic. I'm all alone...perfect time to dust off this old blog here and share some fabulous things I have been swooning over all week!

This Barbecue Chicken Baked Sweet Potato Recipe. Get recipe here. 

This super comfy Plaid Boyfriend Flannel Shirt from Old Navy (I bought one in red and green). I bought it from but they have it on the American site too. Here's the link to the shirt on

I pinned this quote on Pinterest awhile ago but every time I read it I crack up...this is my life now.
I'm totally digging this hot chocolate guide...can't wait to try some of these this as the weather gets colder and we start decorating the house for Christmas! Get the infographic from

And lastly, while I embark on this new fitness journey (yet again) I keep reminding myself that while it takes 21 days to form a habit, it actually takes 90 days to create a lifestyle. I'm determined to make it to that 90th day and beyond.

What are some of your Friday fave's this week?

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

{Clean Eating Recipe} Gluten Free Flourless Brownie Muffins

Dark Chocolate Flourless Brownie Muffins

These dark chocolate flourless brownie muffins are delicious and surprisingly healthy.
Total Time: 40 min.
Prep Time: 20 min.
Cooking Time: 20 min.
Yield: 12 servings, 1 cupcake each

1 (15 oz.) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained, rinsed
3 large eggs or egg substitute
½ cup pure maple syrup
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp. baking soda
3 Tbsp. coconut oil, melted
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/3 cup dark chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
2. Prepare 12 muffin cups by lining with muffin papers or coating with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.
3. Place chickpeas, eggs or replacer, maple syrup, cocoa powder, baking soda, coconut oil, and extract in blender or food processor; cover. Blend until smooth.
4. Divide batter among 12 prepared muffin cups.
5. Top each muffin with about four chocolate chips; push into batter.
6. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in centre comes out clean.
7. Cool completely and enjoy!

21 Day Fix Containers:1 Yellow
2 tsp.
Source: Beachbody Blog

Saturday, November 5, 2016

My #CoreDeForce Challenge Starts November 14

***You can read about this on my Facebook events page too***

OK guys...I've decided to take the plunge and start Core De Force as you know, BUT what is the fun in doing it alone when I can shed and shred weight with a few close friends??

Join me on November 14 for my next 30 day fitness challenge. I'm on a mission to drop some serious pounds...why wait for New Year's to make a resolution when I can take control of my health now?!

What is CORE DE FORCE?CORE DE FORCE is an explosive mixed martial arts-inspired total body workout designed by Beachbody Super Trainers Joel Freeman and Jericho McMatthews to blast fat and carve your waist in just 30 days - with no equipment.

Who should buy the program?Anyone who wants to tighten up their midsection, carve a stronger core, and sculpt total-body definition. CORE DE FORCE is great for all fitness levels. Whether you’re an intermediate or advanced exerciser OR a beginner looking for significant weight loss this program is for you. Beginners like me: you can follow the modifier and drop serious weight too!

It's also a great choice for people looking to try a workout inspired by mixed martial arts. Celebrity super Trainers Joel Freeman and Jericho McMatthews packed CORE DE FORCE with Boxing, Kickboxing, and Muay Thai moves that are both effective AND empowering. Those who want to see results fast will also love the program. The high-energy mix of combinations, body weight training, and cardio is designed to get you into knockout shape in 30 days.

So what do you get?

  • ME as your coach
  • 30 day Program
  • 30-40 minute workouts
  • No equipment!
  • For all fitness levels!
  • Accountability and support throughout the entire program
  • Teaches the moves as you go (you do not have to be a master!)
  • Modifier in every video
  • Workouts broken down into 3 minute rounds like a real boxing match
  • Nutrition plan
  • Access to Beachbody on Demand for free for 30 days so you can stream the workouts and many more (like P90X, 21 Day Fix Extreme, Yoga Retreat etc).
Who wants to join me on November 14 to shed and shred some serous pounds before the holidays? 

**Please share with anyone you think would be interested**

Comment below if you're interested in learning more or hop on over to Facebook and take a look at the events page I created and click Interested or Going...I'll be in touch shortly after to give you more info.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Currently: November 2016

I love the idea of sharing what’s currently on my mind as a new month starts. I love the start of anything: new month, new week, new day, new season, New Year…to me, it always signifies a chance to make a positive change in my life. 

Whether it be small like making more of an effort to drink more water, or kind of weird (make an effort to take the prescribed fibre supplement twice a day to control my IBS), or kind of big (remember to tell the kids one thing they rocked at each day to help build their confidence – especially for Tyler), I feel like no goal is off limits. Big, small, silly, weird, it doesn’t matter.

So for the month of November, here’s what’s on my mind this month, and what I am looking forward to conquering.

September and October literally flew by. One minute it was summer, and the next both kids were in school and our evenings were filled with swimming lessons, dance lessons, homework, and bedtime routines that seemed to never end. It was a bit rough but I chalk it all up to the kids (and mom and dad) getting used to the new routine. We’re in month three of back-to-school and so far so good. What I am really excited for this month is spending some time with the family and continuing our Sunday afternoons of ice skating (the kids are killing it on the ice this year) and hopefully there will be some laser tag or indoor trampoline park fun in our near future too!

Coming off two totally insanely busy months, I’m truthfully looking forward to a breather this month! But there are also some fun things coming up like a day trip with the girls, and my cousin’s baby girl’s baptism at the end of the month. I’m also looking forward to the start of my Christmas shopping – we like to get it all done early so that we’re not fighting the crowds come December.

I’ve been waiting for this new fitness program to start since July! It’s called Core de Force – have you heard of it? Well it just launched this week and I bought a copy right away…I’m anxiously awaiting the DVDs in the mail. And I’m also most excited to have my hubby join me for this 30 day fitness challenge.

Order Core de Force and You Get Me as Your Personal Fitness Coach for Free

I think I’m finally on board with the smoothie bowl trend. I haven’t tried it yet for myself, but I’ve been obsessed with checking out the #smoothiebowl hashtag on Instagram. My goal this month is to move away from being a lurker, and actually legit trying one for myself!

One of the things I’m really on board with is any kind of personal development. And I also truly believe that anything that makes you look at life in a different light, or makes you want to make a change in your life, or about yourself, is considered personal development. I have my eye on a couple of books (Girl Boss, You Are a Badass) but lately I’ve just been reading a lot about the power of positive thinking, and it’s really let me let go of some negative energy and thoughts I’ve been carrying around for the past little while. Am I shitting rainbows yet? Not quite. But I’m confident I will soon lol.

CURRENTLY: GUILTY PLEASURESMmmm guilty pleasures. Sounds almost dirty and sinful don’t it? Well sorry; this girl’s “guilty pleasures” are pretty PG rated. I am seriously obsessed with the Real Housewives of New Jersey, and Orange County. I’ve tried to cut myself off but I. CAN. NOT. I wait for the kids to go to bed, and I binge watch episodes on my DVR. And can I also just say how much I love TiVo?  - This is not a plug for the product; I just really love my TiVo! 

So there you have it, what I'm currently digging as month begins. What's currently on your mind? Share in the comments below.