Recipe: Matcha Green Tea Protein Shake

Starting the day right

After having Kassius I decided I wanted to rip apart my diet and lifestyle and make some serious changes. Starting my day with a protein shake, or healthy meal was step 1. After putting myself on the back burner and gaining weight I decided I wanted to lose the weight and get back to the old me. Of course I couldn’t do that right off the bat, as soon as my doctor gave me the go ahead I have been healthy and happy. I have decided that weight loss can be a bonus to my changes but I am going to try to not take that as a focus. I find when I do and the weight doesn’t fall off I get disheartened and give up.

The Changes

I started my road to healthy about a month ago now. I joined Orange Theory Fitness and I love it! Continue reading

C-Section Round 2: General Anesthesia or Spinal?

Baby Number Two

Deciding to have baby number 2 was an easy one. The delivery and thought of having another c-section was what terrified me. My oldest was constantly asking for a sibling, and seeing how he was 3 we thought it would be a good time to try. Come 2017, I was pregnant! Literally rang the new year in and I was expecting. We were all so excited! I was a little overwhelmed as it was all coming to be real and having just started a new job 6 months ago I didn’t think I would get pregnant that quickly! Everyone was very excited for our family and I was looking forward to meeting baby number 2.

Baby Number 2

Thinking About the c-section

As my pregnancy progressed I kept thinking about what route I wanted to take for delivery, c-section or VBAC. I was pretty scared to attempt a Continue reading

Recipe: Family Favourite Lasagna Recipe

Weekends are for cooking up a storm! I am not a big fan of weeknight cooking as all I want to do after work is throw my feet up and snuggle with my family. On the weekends however, I do get the itch to cook up a nice family meal and lasagna is a great dish that you can prep and throw in the freezer for an easy weeknight meal as well. This past weekend I had some friends over for lunch and decided to whip up our family fave lasagna recipe with a big salad. I like to keep it simple for the kids who adore this recipe!

Family Favourite Lasagna Recipe

Ingredients
Lasagna Sheets
1 Carton Ricotta Cheese
1lb Lean Ground Beef
1 Medium White Onion
5 Cloves Garlic
1 cup chopped carrots
1 cup chopped Mushrooms
3 cups of fresh chopped Spinach
1 can chopped tomato
500ml Milk
3 cups grated cheese

Fresh or Dried Herbs
Basil
Oregano
Thyme
Parsley

Directions
Bring a large pot of water to a boil and pre-cook your lasagna sheets (this makes cooking time a lot shorter for weeknights). Cook yourCombine your ricotta with salt, pepper and 1 cup of fresh chopped spinach and set aside

Baby Life: Managing Eczema in Kids

Kiyan's favourite green smoothie

The Struggle with Infant Feeding & Eczema

When it comes to eczema I feel like I am somewhat of a “mom expert,” I like to believe that anyway. Another naive young me thinking that having a baby was all about baby eating, pooping, sleeping and repeat! But there are so many in betweens! The eczema problem was just one of many for us to tackle.

My husband was a little more of a pro when it came to our first as he did pretty much everything for his own little brother when he was a baby (they are 13 years apart!). Needless to say I relied heavily on hubby. With my first I was unable to breastfeed I was literally producing water, I tried mixed feeding but after about 6 weeks I was done physically and emotionally, my child was now exclusively on formula.

The decision to quit was a tough one and I can tell you that I honestly felt like a failure as a mother to my baby. It was hard for mea to tell people in my life as well, as I just thought they would judge me. I had family telling me how important breast feeding is, my doctor, friends etc, so not being able to was really hard. But at the end of the day my sanity and not being exhausted from pumping and being stressed about my milk production was more important to me.

The Battle with Eczema Begins

So the decision was made, and the little guy was on formula. That is when it all but started Continue reading

The First C-Section: My first birth story

C-Section Birhs

My First C-Section: A Whirlwind delivery

I don’t even really know where to start with this post to be honest. I feel like starting with my second c-section doesn’t give enough background. Let’s start from the beginning, my first birth story, the c-section in 2013 with my first son. Throw on a pot of tea, this is going to be a long one!

Ok, so lets go back to 2013…uh actually 2012, that is when I found out I was pregnant! The excitement set in and I was literally over the moon! I was pretty young when I got pregnant, well that’s what everyone kept telling me. Kiyan was born when I was 27, I feel like it was the perfect age. My parents were young when they had me and I loved it! My mum had me when she was 24. Looking back I feel like we could have waited a couple of more years as I was still a little immature but I never regret our decision. I think I was a little naive to the pregnancy process and what to expect.

The Pregnancy

I feel like I had a relatively easy pregnancy, no crazy cravings except cheese sandwiches and Navel Oranges, yes only navel oranges lol. Other symptoms included the typical exhaustion in the first 3 months, not being able to keep my eyes open but other than that it was a great pregnancy. During my pregnancy I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes,  but I followed the strict the diet and exercise plan, which not only allowed me to feel great but I also only gained 20lbs, which fell off within weeks of giving birth. Towards the end of my pregnancy when my bump was growing I was peeing at every opportunity which was not fun but other than that I felt great and was so excited, I couldn’t wait to meet Kiyan!

The Fear of Giving Birth Sets In…

At about 8 months I went on my maternity leave, and that is when it hit me….this baby has to come out! Uhhhhhhh…I felt like I didn’t have it in me to withstand birth. My mum is a warrior so she kept telling me not to have the epidural as it can be dangerous, one wrong move and your paralyzed, she had me and my brother no problem all natural. FML! So much to think about so little time.

I was already thinking I wanted to go the c-section route; in MY mind that was the easy route, no labour pain, no pain coming out and just recovery post op, everyone I had spoken to said recovery was a breeze. Ok, before I go on, and all the mums start saying how a c-section isn’t the easy way, lets remember that everyone has an opinion. I also understand and know of mums who have had extremely difficult pregnancies and surgeries, they did not take the easy route, I am solely talking about me personally and the people I know who I have had an easy time with their surgery.

So I then decide to ask my doctor, Her response…. Continue reading

A Fresh Start On The Blog

*My newborn photos have been taken with Mamique Photography. Ewa does amazing work! This is my most recent shoot with our newest edition, Kassius*

I cannot believe it is mid November! I mean where has 2017 gone? I didn’t pay any attention to my blog, I had every intent of writing but it didn’t really happen. When I look back now I realize it is because I was just bored, I was procrastinating a lot of the time.

This past year I was working a lot and fell pregnant as well, we recently welcomed another little boy! His name is Kassius (pronounced KASH-US). He is a good little baby and our older son, Kiyan loves him to bits. They are so great together, I love the newborn phase so getting all the baby snuggles is my favourite thing in the world!

After having the little one and slowing down a bit after being on mat leave, I started to do some reflection on what I would like to do with this little hobby that I feel like no one sees or reads lol. After a lot of thought I have decided to Continue reading

Lip Injections – Should you take the plunge?

Full plump lips are a coveted fad, and with Kylie Jenner’s famous pout plastered across the internet, one can only be envious of those blessed with luscious lips…..or those faking it. However, if you’re like me and have been umming and ahhing for a while, but feel that you could use a little pick me up as you cross the bridge into your 30’s, then I am here to tell you that lip injections are the way to go! At a hefty price tag of $650 a syringe, you can only pray that you only need the one!

Taking the Plunge

I have been thinking about getting lips injections for quite sometime but combined with the hefty price tag, the fear of something going wrong and a husband who keeps saying just don’t do it! I put it off for a while, but I decided to take the plunge and do it! Continue reading

Fresh Face Friday – Dermaplaning

Smooth, blemish free skin is a dream for all and with endless treatments on the market we are bound try anything! Dermaplaning is a great non invasive treatment for exfoliation dull, lack luster skin and velous hair (those baby fines on your cheeks aka peach fuzz). Now I know you are going to do a quick google and gasp when you see deathly razors perched up against faces, or alternatively run to the store to grab a pack of blades, but just slow down; let me explain! Dermaplaning uses a sterile medical scalpel to exfoliate your skin by sloughing off the dead skin from the epidermis. As it is using a scalpel it also removes those baby fine hairs, peach fuzz. This procedure is done under the care of a specially trained medical esthetician, please don’t go running out to buy a scalpel and try this at home, eek, that could be dangerous.

The results from this treatment are instant, smooth dewy glowing skin. It is a versatile treatment as it is suitable for almost all skin types. Those with severe Acneic skin should avoid this treatment. For those looking for a gentler alternative to microdermabrasion this is for you!

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