Monday, May 23, 2011

A Fun Monday for Once!

This is awesome. It's Monday and in Canada it's a holiday. Is there anything better? This weekend has been exactly what I needed. Relaxation and NOT getting up at 4am. Fantastic. I didn't really have a plan for this weekend, it was the first real weekend I'd had in awhile. I just did a lot of random stuff, such as watch this with my mom:

Rapunzel is one of my favourite childhood stories!
 and this...
Bridesmaids was not your typical chick shocked me, I will tell you that. And I had seen several previews. But it was soo hilarious!! I saw it with my sister, which was nice because she's getting married this year and I'm her Matron of Honour. Yeah, I'm not a fan of that word either. Sounds old. But it's an honour and it will be a LOT of fun. I have lots of plans already!

I have been eating a lot of this breakfast lately:

It's so delicious! It's just sliced turkey, a thin slice of reduced fat cheese and an egg!! Mmmm. I have been taking it easy on the carbs lately because I found I was eating too much bread and things and this is fantastic without, although you could add a whole wheat English muffin or something.

I've been doing some reading, of course...

I know I'm not the only one fascinated by this lovely creature! There are tons of fan sites and several books about her including a style book. I'm not surprised, because she always looks amazing. Real life princesses are so fun. :-)
Speaking of books, I'm excited about this:

I loved the Sisterhood books, and I associate them with summer since that's when they always took place so I will definitely be loading this up on my Kobo when it comes out June 14.

This book takes place ten years later, here's the synopsis from Amazon:
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Ann Brashares comes the welcome return of the characters whose friendship became a touchstone for a generation. Now Tibby, Lena, Carmen, and Bridget have grown up, starting their lives on their own. And though the jeans they shared are long gone, the sisterhood is everlasting. Despite having jobs and men that they love, each knows that something is missing: the closeness that once sustained them. Carmen is a successful actress in New York, engaged to be married, but misses her friends. Lena finds solace in her art, teaching in Rhode Island, but still thinks of Kostos and the road she didn’t take. Bridget lives with her longtime boyfriend, Eric, in San Francisco, and though a part of her wants to settle down, a bigger part can’t seem to shed her old restlessness. Then Tibby reaches out to bridge the distance, sending the others plane tickets for a reunion that they all breathlessly await. And indeed, it will change their lives forever—but in ways that none of them could ever have expected. As moving and life-changing as an encounter with long-lost best friends, Sisterhood Everlasting is a powerful story about growing up, losing your way, and finding the courage to create a new one. 

I am looking forward to this week because it's the first one that's going to be a little more work-life balance in a few weeks! I am gearing up for my Personal Trainer course that starts June 4 so I'm starting to prepare and study for that so I can take the exam right after. Very exciting! I have some new recipes that I want to share but I want to try them out first so I will post them soon, probably on my Revive Your Life blog since they are healthier.

Oh and guess what's on tonight? The New Bachelorette! YAY!

Have a fantastic Monday!


Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Amazing Recipe for Game Day!

Finally, it feels like the craziness that has become my life is starting to die down! Or maybe I'm just getting used to it or learning to manage it better. I know one thing for sure, I'm not cut out for getting up at 4am. 6am seems luxurious to me now. It's not even that I have trouble getting up because I actually find it easy, the problem is that I KNOW I'm not getting enough sleep. For instance, it's 10pm and I'm blogging. Which means if I fell asleep at the computer this instant I would still only be getting six hours asleep. Although I can function pretty well on this, it's not healthy and I don't think it's helping my fitness goals! 

Now, speaking of fitness Vancouver everyone is OBSESSED with the Canucks because they're in the Playoffs. I'm normally not into hockey but it's quite fun how excited everyone is and it's a nice atmosphere. Every few days there has been a game, so everyone is socializing at pubs/restaurants/and people's houses.

Whether you are trying to get in shape or simply stay in shape, this whole Playoff thing can easily derail your plans if you let it. So I'm here to provide you with a guilt free game snack! Don't worry, this recipe are totally guy friendly, they won't even know that the food is diet friendly! My husband is always asking for one of my favourite new things to make, Skinny Taco Dip! This recipe is by Skinnytaste. What would I do without that girl? You HAVE to try it! Sidenote: This picture shows the recipe with olives. Do people actually like olives? I left them off :-P

Picture from Skinnytaste.

Skinny Taco Dip
  • 8 oz 1/3 less fat Philadelphia cream cheese
  • 8 oz reduced fat sour cream
  • 16 oz jar mild salsa
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 2 cups iceberg lettuce, shredded
  • 2 large tomatoes, diced
  • 1 cup reduced fat shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2.25 oz black olives,
In a large bowl combine cream cheese, sour cream, salsa and taco seasoning and mix well with an electric mixer. Spread on the bottom of a large shallow glass dish. Top with shredded lettuce, tomatoes, shredded cheese and black olives. Serve with baked tortilla chips.  I recommend Guiltless Gourmet. You can find them in the organic section of Superstore, and some IGAs.

Enjoy your game day treats and never thought I'd say this but....Go Canucks!! :-P

Friday, May 13, 2011

Random Update

I know, I know, I haven't posted for over a week!! I have a good reason, I promise.
You know when nothing happens for a long time and you seem to have endless free time and then suddenly it stops and you have a huge to do list and a billion places to be all at once? That's where I've been.

Currently, I work two jobs, one in a gym and one as an office assistant. Both are part time and I actually enjoy them both and it works well with working on my certification.
Last week, someone at the gym went on vacation and someone left to go to another job and suddenly I was working ALL THE TIME!! I have been doing opening shifts at the gym. Which means I get up at 4am. Seriously. At first I was boggled by the fact that my body could actually do this and it's actually not that hard at all. It helps that my gym's little cafe where I work has an espresso machine. Heaven!! I actually enjoy my morning shifts which is so bizarre. I like the quiet time and knowing all my loved ones are all snuggled up in their beds. Except my dad, who gets up super early. He used to call me at 8am and be like "It's halfway through the day!" Which I totally get now. When you get up at 4am, 8am IS halfway through the day.

So on top of this work stuff I am trying to accomplish everything on my list so that I can take my final Personal Training course at the end of June, so I'm in a bit of a time crunch.
Honestly though, I am so busy right now and I love it! I'm accomplishing tons of things I've wanted to do for a long time, and eating healthy and working out! YAY me! The only thing I haven't been doing is being tidy at home. My poor husband!

I'm not saying it hasn't been stressful but when you make a decision that your going to do something and you don't give up no matter what feels awesome to persevere and not give up when things get hard, which is what I normally do. I have to thank my husband for that because he doesn't let me give up. He will tell me that I'm being a baby and I need to suck it up and move forward. I definitely need and appreciate that in my life!

After all this stuff going on and I finally a WHOLE free day tomorrow. All I wanna do is relax, read my Kobo, enjoy the hopefully sunny day and spend time with my hubby! I'm dying to go see movies, there are so many out there I haven't seen yet: Arthur, Something Borrowed, Bridesmaids, and Fast Five.
That's pretty much my random update!
I leave you with a song I'm loving because I have no free time right now and it's like a mini vacation:

Have a great weekend!!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Something Borrowed

When you read as much as I do, you won't always remember all the books you read and what they were about. Usually I'll just remember if I liked it or not. However, some books stand out forever. The type of books I read the most, usually called "chick-lit" is a large genre, there are tons of books and new ones coming out all the time. Every once in awhile I will find an amazing gem that's so rare and wonderful I will read it over and over again. It is comforting to me, like my favourite pair of PJS or my mac and cheese recipe.

Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin is one of those books that blew me out of the water. It was her debut novel, and I'd borrowed it from my friend Jen. It has a cover that was clearly designed to appeal to lovers of the chick-lit genre:

Here is the blurb from Emily Giffin's website:

Something Borrowed tells the story of Rachel, a young attorney living and working in Manhattan. Rachel has always been the consummate good girl---until her thirtieth birthday, when her best friend, Darcy, throws her a party. That night, after too many drinks, Rachel ends up in bed with Darcy's fiancé. Although she wakes up determined to put the one-night fling behind her, Rachel is horrified to discover that she has genuine feelings for the one guy she should run from. As the September wedding date nears, Rachel knows she has to make a choice. In doing so, she discovers that the lines between right and wrong can be blurry, endings aren't always neat, and sometimes you have to risk all to win true happiness. Something Borrowed is a phenomenal debut novel that will have you laughing, crying, and calling your best friend.

Now...the book has been adapted into a movie! Note I use the word adapted. I am not one of those people who thinks the book should be exactly like the movie. I'm not going to be mad that Darcy has blonde hair, instead of being a brunette in the book. Books have to be changed in order to make good movies. But I always thought that it would make an amazing movie and I can't wait to see it! It opens Friday, May 6th!

See the preview below!

Who has read the book and what did you guys think of it?


Sunday, May 1, 2011

Thoughts on the Royal Wedding

First of all, I want to wish my friend Jen and her hubby a happy 1 year anniversary! It seems like last year everyone is getting married and it's already anniversary time!  Hope you lovebirds have many many more happy anniversaries! :-)
Now onto the Royal Wedding:

I was going to post about the Royal Wedding right after I watched it but I was at a course all weekend so I didn't have time. I find it very interesting talking to people about it. I am a positive person so I can always find the positive in bad things and be positive about good things. Some people always can find the negative. When people talk about the royal wedding, some people say things about the monarchy and how they have no power and shouldn't have it. I don't know anything about that kind of stuff, because I don't live in England, first of all. Second of all, I don't bother having an opinion on things where my opinion doesn't matter. Unless the queen wants to call me and ask if I think she should be queen I'm really not going to bother. Maybe that's stupid, but I have better things to do. By the way, I do realise the wedding cost a lot of taxpayers money or so I've heard, but it will also boost the economy with the amount of souvenirs and things that will be sold from it and also the large number of tourists that visited for the day and will visit because of the wedding.

There were a lot of things I loved about this wedding but I'll tell you what I loved the most first. For a long time, every time we turn the TV on there is something negative on the news. Disasters, tragedies and things like that. I loved watching the Royal Wedding because it was something fun and exciting on the news. Also, in 1997 we turned on the news to see that a beloved princess and all around pretty amazing human being had tragically died in a car accident. This past weekend we turned on the TV to see her sons, all grown up, happy, close with each other, with great rewarding careers, and one of them marrying the love of his life. Wouldn't it be great if every time we had a tragedy, we could fast forward to the future and see all the great things it would bring? Seeing those boys smiling and happy after everything they've been through just puts a smile on my face.
The happy couple the day after the wedding
 Anyways, other thoughts on the wedding: Loved her dress. I realise some people think it was stuffy, but they have to remember that it was in a traditional church which means sleeve and covered up. She still managed to look sexy somehow, I think it must have been the lace. I also adored her reception dress:

I also saw a lot of people comment on her flowers. I must admit I was surprised by how small her bouquet was.  However, the flowers in it were all meaningful to her and the royal family. There was even flowers called "sweet William" in it, which I thought was really sweet. 


I always liked Kate Middleton and I was so impressed with how she handled the wedding. She was so amazingly calm and poised, but you could also tell how happy she was to finally be marrying William. I think that's what also made the wedding so exciting is because it was a real love story. You're talking about a couple that have been together for a long time, have supported each other, have gone through tough times and made it through and are now having their happy ending, which is really a happy beginning.
So all in all I loved watching the Royal Wedding and I really loved everything about it. For someone like me, who grew up watching Cinderella over and over again it's something that just made me happy to watch. I love a good fairytale.