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Well, hi. How are you holding up these days?

I’m beyond exhausted. When I say it, I mean it. I can handle a lot and now I’m hanging by a thread. I start dreaming of bedtime at noon now. Long story short it seems like anytime I think I did it all an essential item that has to be done like making dinner or packing lunch pops up. I have already eliminated all non-life threatening activities. I have done zero Christmas shopping at the store. I haven’t been to Costco for over a month and I desperately need to. I do not go for pedicures. I haven’t been on a walk for over 2 weeks. Haven’t gone to a single Christmas party. Haven’t baked a single cookie. All I’m doing is working full-time, cooking, cleaning, laundry and raising kids. That’s it. Just that. And yet I can’t keep up.

Are you feeling the same way?

I just need to survive another 10 days and then when school and hockey slow down, all gifts are purchased and Christmas events attended, I can go into hibernation until Christmas Eve. For now, when I close my eyes all I see is Mexico and it helps to know March is very close. I will wave a big, juicy, fat adios to this American dream life for a while!

Friday Night


But for now, let’s see my survival mode over the past weekend. Boy, I pulled it off. Not bad.

On Friday night for dinner was a chicken noodle soup (made on a stovetop) with whole wheat Mediterranean pizza. I made both on Thursday knowing I will have no desire to cook on Friday night and no time either. After dinner we went out to a local hockey game with kids and I had 2 glasses of wine at the bar upstairs. Forgot to take pictures but you know what wine looks like, right?!

Note we ate dinner at home before the pub knowing there are no healthy options. This is how I can pull of clean eating – cooking myself even if I’m collapsing by the stove. Kidding but almost. Read more »

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Woof, what a craziness this time of the year is. Alex suggests if I stop washing windows at same time as decluttering kitchen while decorating the house for Christmas, life will be much easier. I agree, in theory. So, really it is all my fault. I agree again. I have been really going with the flow and taking not one day at a time but one hour at a time. In other words, snacking on rum balls and lunching with black bean nachos. As you can tell, in…
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Until today, if you asked my boys what are their most vivid Christmas memories besides a psychic Santa at the mall (thanks to a bluetooth ear piece) and going on a West Coast Express Santa train downtown to drink free hot chocolate and juice at daddy’s work, they would have said “Mom listening to Frank Sinatra non-stop”. And they would have also added immediately “She listens to him all year round!!!”. Every July Adam asks me “Mommy, why are you listening to Christmas music in summer?”. Well, what can I…
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I’m keeping things really chill this busy time of the year. Simple recipes like this 2 ingredient slow cooker Thai chicken thighs helps me get things done and family fed not with cookies. On Monday morning I literally was shopping Cyber Monday deals while browning chicken. That is one ingredient. Another one I already had in a fridge – my Thai sweet chili sauce. It just never fails me. Just like my slow cooker. The only sweet deal I scooped up on a Cyber Monday was the boys’ Christmas PJs….
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Friday night me and Alex went out on “a date” which involved shopping at Value Village. I know! I find it very good for kids brand name clothing. I have bought wonderful things there for dirt cheap. I honestly got tired of spending hundreds of $s on kids clothing when they grow so fast. So, I will take and buy all good hand me downs. More money for my Lululemon. Also, before we move on, I have to be honest and say the past week has been so…
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I’m gonna make you drool in an appropriate way. Like drooling mentally because nobody really wants to see you or me drooling. Trust me on this one. Let’s keep to emojis and hashtags. Once again, prepare to be amazed with this 7 ingredient clean eating roasted red pepper lasagna with mushrooms made in a slow cooker. And all ingredients come from a jar, a can or a package. And still clean. If maybe, maybe, just slightly maybe, one of the ingredients is 98% clean promise you will bite…
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While the great America is pulling on their stretchy pants, here in Canada we are long past that stage. It is Christmas craziness which I can’t seem to get a hang of just yet. All I keep hearing is Cabo’s waves and dreaming of long walks on the never ending beach. Smashing avocados, chopping cilantro and squeezing lime for the Mexican turkey meatballs dinner last night did not help the situation. I just can’t seem to get excited about making letters to Santa look untouched, spending hundreds of $s on Amazon…
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I feel like the US female clean eating population went into post-election and pre-Thanksgiving coma. Where is everybody, America? Are my Canadian girls buying parkas? Are you in the gym getting some natural high? Are you shopping for a stretchy pants? Are you recovering after the weekend? What did you eat SOOOO GOOD or BAD this weekend that we should all know about? Let’s talk! I need a good laugh after my 5 year old’s end of the world tantrum this morning. Seriously, when are these tantrums gonna end? He is…
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Clean Green Bean Casserole #1 I will be very honest with you about the green bean casserole – I don’t love it. More than that I am not a huge fan of many fall vegetables and dishes. I’m just not and neither are my kids. I will cook and eat them but I much prefer fresh and juicy produce centered recipes. However, as kids are growing I want them to grow up with traditions. I want them to feel Canadian and included. Yes, I want that! I’m all…
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Cauliflower Shepherd’s Pie is essentially a dog pile (a new word I learnt during Kyle’s last hockey game) of veggies. And just to forewarn you – I’m not a potato hater but rather lover (see my last weekend eats). How can I be Ukrainian and hate potatoes when we ate them every day?! Potatoes are not bad for you. I just wanted to have fun with cauliflower. And honestly I thought I had a genius new recipe on hands which proved to be a nonsense once I did my…
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