Now You Know The ABC’s

Next time won’t you play with me?

Welp, I think that tops the list of cheesy blog post intros. ūüėČ

I’ve been looking for good things to post while I’m away, and this survey has been floating around for quite a while, so I figured it was about time I up and did it.

But don’t fret, I still have lots of other posts and recipes coming your way while I’m off galaxy globe trotting.

A: Attached or Single?

Absolutely attached…

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To this angel! Okay, well, he’s actually not mine. But I snapped this picture last summer in our old backyard when my friends and I were hanging outside. It was 900% heartbreaking hearing him cry and try to tunnel under the fence for hours. I look through my photos every so often and this one melts my heart every time. So I suppose that answer was just a big ‘ol lie. ūüėČ

B. Best friend?

My Julie…I’ve known her for 185 months – since I was a year and a half old. That’s 15.5 years, folks. I can tell her absolutely everything and anything and she can do the same. I consider myself so lucky every day to have a friend like her, because they don’t come around often.

C. Cake or Pie?

I will NOT be that bit¬†annoying person who says neither, although it’s true that they don’t really do much for me. Homemade apple pie topped with vanilla ice cream, however, is in a league of its own. Everything else…meh.

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D. Day of choice?

Thursday. During the year, when Friday comes, I’m normally too exhausted to even think straight. And when I’m working, I’ll usually have to do a shift that evening. So on Thursday, I’m excited for the weekend, not totally wiped yet and still get to relax in the evening. Perfect!

E. Essential item?

My phone. My music. I’m not really sure if that counts as an “item” but let’s just pretend it does. Music makes¬†everything¬†better for me. Whether I’m happy, sad, lonely, scared, on a run, just waking up or about to go to sleep, listening to the right song puts me in the perfect¬†mood.

tumblr_mblkometZg1rw8lgiCome on, do you really expect this to get old?

F. Favourite colour:

Red! It has been for my whole entire life. I went through a random phase of liking orange, but now that I’m about to go through approximately 30 years worth of change in 1, (read: travelling in Europe by myself for a month, graduating high school, and moving away from to a new province) I’m craving¬†everything¬†familiar. So red it is!

G. Gummy bears or worms?

Worms. Because who honestly feels right decapitating three cute little bears and sticking their bodies together?!

H. Home town?

A city with rather extreme weather in the lovely province of Alberta. ūüôā

iceThe vast majority of my life involves snow and ice.

I. Favourite Indulgence?

Blueberry scone from a local bakery. There aren’t even words in the English language to describe its perfection.

sconeRecycled picture, because it’s been waywayWAY too long since I had one of these babies.

J. January or July?

Everyone says July, but honestly, I love January! It’s partly because I absolutely love fresh starts of any kind. But it’s also because school’s still out, and you’re in that post-Christmas/New Years delirium. The weather is still super-cold, which is perfect for getting cozy on the couch with a mug of tea and a rom-com. July is just¬†hot.¬†Although, the whole extended lack of school thing is much appreciated.

K. Kids?

Yeah…no. Talk to me in 15 years.

L. Life isn’t complete without?

Experiences so completely wonderful that remembering them makes you cry because of how happy you were/are.

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M: Marriage Date?

Far away.

N: Number of Brothers and Sisters?

Zero! Only child here. Although, from when I was five until eleven I had a neighbour that was pretty much my sister. So I never got too lonely. Although the family vacations did get to be a bit much from time to time Рa kid needs to run around!

O: Oranges or Apples?

Not even a question. Oranges go bad in our house. I have a recipe coming up (or its already posted…the joys of travelling) using up oranges on their last legs. I regularly consume 2-3 apples per day and have been known to demolish five. Yep, I have a problem. Nope, I don’t intend to do anything about it.

P. Phobias?

Change. Yes, standing on top of a 3 thousand foot building would probably make me squirm, but it’s not like I’m deathly afraid of it. I’ve jumped off cliffs (into water!) and skied at 100km/hour – I’m a bit of an adrenaline junkie. Throw me out of my comfort zone in¬†life¬†though, and I can turn into a nervous wreck.

Q. Quotes?

Oh goodness, I have so many. I really try to live by quotes, because I feel like they are the best way to take a piece of advice and internalize it. That being said, here are a few of my all-time favourites.

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R: Reasons to Smile:

Look at the people around you and the life you’re living in. If it makes you smile, you’re doing it right. If it doesn’t, smile about what you’re going to do so that it does.

S: Season of choice?

Winter. There’s just something magical about coming in from a cold day and hopping onto the couch with a HP movie and some hot tea. We also get 6+ months of it up here, so I had¬†better¬†enjoy it. ūüėČ

great hallThis pretty much makes any cold day perfect. 

T. Tag 5 People.

Welp, pretty much everyone I know of has done this already. If you haven’t, don’t be a leader, be a follower! Just for this. Hah.

U. Unknown Fact About Me?

I like to think I’m a pretty transparent person – I am how I am and I don’t try to hide anything. That being said, I’m pretty sure that you don’t know that I’m Lord Voldemort. In all real and true honesty. I seem to have an infatuation with villains – I did every single one of my Hamlet projects on Claudius, and my name in all my friends phone is Voldemort.

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V: Vegetable?

CarrotscarrotscarrotsCARROTS holy crap if you cannot tell I am obsessed with carrots. I crave them all the time, even at breakfast. I will be 100% just as satisfied with a big ‘ol bowl of carrots as I would some ice cream.

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W. Worst habit?

My inability to sit still. It’s a wonder I can even blog without going batsh crazy. I can sit through 1/3 of a movie, MAX before I have to start walking around and moving. I’ve actually given my mom my running shoes to hide on a rest day so that I won’t run, because I get so so restless. Although, I had zero problems sitting through this.

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X. X-ray or ultrasound?

I love how this is even a question. I’ve never had an ultrasound, but when I had an x-ray the technician was basically getting me to do the macarena with my (broken) arm, so let’s just cheat and say NEITHER.

Y. Your favourite food?

See answer V or O.

Z. Zodiac sign: 

Leo the LION. Grrr.

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Fun fact! I used to hate being a Leo, and would call myself a “Gemini in disguise.” Yep. Cool cat,¬†right here.¬†
Do a couple of these with your own answers! 
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Sunny Banana Muffins

Happy Friday! I hope everyone’s weeks have been fantastic – I know mine has been! Today I have a sunflower muffin recipe for you all. It started with a craving for banana bread, a¬†need¬†to use up a dying banana and endless amounts of seeds. It ended with…..

Sunny Banana Muffins!

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Dry Ingredients:

  • ¬Ĺ c. all purpose flour
  • ¬ľ cup almond flour
  • ¬Ĺ c. old fashioned oats
  • 2 tbsp white sugar
  • 3 packets stevia (3/4 teaspoon)
  • 2 tbsp. sunflower seeds
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • ¬Ĺ tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ¬ľ tsp. salt

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • ¬ľ tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 medium mashed banana
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or milk of choice)

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 365 degrees.
  • Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  • Combine wet ingredients in a medium-sized bowl.
  • Add wet mixture to dry mixture.
  • Separate batter into 6 muffin tins
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted into centre muffin is removed clean.

Have a fantastic weekend everyone!

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What are your favourite things to do with bananas?

The Pre-Race Ritual

Good morning to you too! On July 1 I ran the Canada Day 5k at the bright and early time of 7:30am! I could have posted this closer to the actual race, but I need posts for you people for when I’m gone! (Aka now.) I treated this race as good practice before cross-country season in the fall (when you will see many more running posts) and so I tried to take it pretty seriously. After my year off from racing last year (knee injuries, I could write 25 posts on that topic), I’m 110% determined to rock¬†it my final year.

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In the blogworld especially, the focus is all on half-marathons and marathons, but when done right, a 5k is¬†intense. The ultimate goal is a sub-20, but that will take time. For this race, I was hoping for ~25 minutes. (I’m out of shape!)

But since it started at 7:30, and then you take into account my essential pre-race activities, my idiot lovely alarm clock woke me up half an hour before dawn. (That’s 5:30 people!) I know Amanda¬†and Lisa¬†regularly wake up hours before even this, and I have to say…I’m impressed.¬†morning(Via)

It’s definitely not something I would like to repeat. BUT, it had to happen because of THESE lovely shenanigans going down in approximately 1.3 minutes.

5:30-5:40am (1 hour before departure): Wake up. Lay in bed and curse the gods that are making me wake up this early. Finally fall get up out of bed and get going.

5:40-6:00:¬†Breakfast! I need a decent amount of time to let my food settle before running, but I’m not one of those people with the stomach of a five-year old. (No offense! Just an observation.) I personally¬†never¬†have the standard pre-race breakfast I’ve seen around the blogworld of PB toast + banana because I’m still starving after. I just have greek yogurt with berries, 1/2 a banana and a small 2% latte. Done.¬†yogurt2

6:00-6:30: This time depends on several things. If I was smart, everything was laid out the night before and getting dressed and putting my stuff together will take less than 10 minutes. On the other hand, I might have been lazy and done nothing. On this particular morning I did lay it all out, but then suddenly forgot how to do a ponytail. So that took me around 10 minutes. (It has to be perfect, okay?!)

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I managed to delete all the pictures I took of my gear so these beauties will have to suffice.

6:30-6:35:¬†Before any event, whether it be running, skiing, soccer, you name it, I¬†always¬†have to take a few minutes to centre and collect myself. I take it more seriously for important races, but it still gets done every time regardless. Yesterday morning, it was completed while playing candy crush. ūüėČ

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6:40-6:50:¬†Jog down to the start. It’s about a mile away, so I kept it nice and easy.

6:50-7:10:¬†Deal with logistics. There actually weren’t many for this race in particular, given how close and short of a race it is, but there was still stuff to be done. Get my bib, waste a million safety pins getting it on, retie my shoes 13 times, you know, the usual.

7:10-7:25: Active warmup. Once the blood is flowing from my startup jog, I will typically spend some time doing high knees, butt kicks, lunges, and (short) sprints.

7:30am: Put on your speedypants and RACE!

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So although this wasn’t The Race of All Races, my race morning/pre-race routine generally stays the same throughout all the events I do. Yes, the food might change slightly and the hours obviously do, but this is what I do to make sure I perform the best I possibly can!

What’s on your pre-race to-do list?

Travel Week: The Food + Fitness Plan

How is it Monday, July 8 already?! I seriously am in shock. I feel like it was just Canada Day.

IMG_0686The legislature grounds downtown. Partay central. 

I leave THIS Friday for almost a full month in Europe. It didn’t actually begin that way, and it’s not a month straight of pure vacation. I’m volunteering for the first two weeks, teaching English. Then I am on a vacation with the madre for a week, and then for five days I’m visiting a friend who I met because she was a foreign exchange student in my city.

italyJust a stop along the way.

WOW. Yep. One month. As I said in an earlier post, I do have mostly enough drafts to post Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays while I’m gone. I have a couple of recipes, a couple random posts, and a guest post in the works and of course dreams of European WIAWs!

That being said, I have these drafts scheduled to post at 7:00am. I’ve never done that before, so who even knows if it it will work! If I discover that it doesn’t, I’ll likely be posting around midnight in my time zone (4pm mountain). I also don’t really have a clue how commenting is going to happen, as I am going to be soaking up the experiences and sun as much as possible!

Now that that’s out of the way, let’s move on to the food and fitness plan for the week!

Food: Recipes I REALLY want to try!

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I’m also planning a post on travel-friendly foods to bring with you on a plane! Because I’ll be gone for a month, I¬†know¬†I will be indulging quite a bit, and so airport food is the last thing I want to spend, money and empty calories on. I’m hopefully going to make those bars, as well as a couple of other surprise recipes. ūüôā

Fitness:

Monday: Biceps, triceps, back + abs. Maaaaaybe a run after. Depends.

Tuesday: Run 1 mile @ 7:30 pace, leg circuit, repeat 3x.

Wednesday: 5 mile run with a friend!

Thursday: Run 1 mile, arm circuit, repeat 3x, leg circuit.

Friday: Travel day! Hoping to squeeze in a super quick and early 3 mile run and then enjoying the morning at home before leaving at 11am.

Now that I’ve talked about the food + fitness plan for this week, I want to talk about it for this month. A month-long vacation. The organization that I’m volunteering with specifically said that we will be given three large¬†meals per day, two of which have dessert.

instagram-food-pictures-photos-meals-confession-ecards-someecardsThis will likely be the situation. 

Yep, I’m freaked. I despise large meals, and I have already packed fourteen protein bars and fourteen packs of nuts so that I can eat smaller meals and still get enough food for the day. I realize that this may seem like a step back in recovery, but if I were to actually only eat three times a day I would not only feel bloated and awful, but my low blood sugar would have a field day. And, yes, the anxiety would still be there. I’m not denying it. But honestly, I feel like surrendering 100% of my control over meals is a massive¬†step, one that I don’t even know if I’m ready for. Adding on to that just seems like a recipe for disaster.

About a month ago, I got totally motivated on conquering a bunch of fear foods and literally did one a day, and then got burned out and ate only certain things up until this week. I learned that I have limits and I can’t push them too¬†far, too fast. Slow and steady wins the race over here, friends.

Onto the exercise front!¬†For the first two weeks of my trip, I’ll be in bed by midnight, and breakfast isn’t served until 9am. Do you see what I see? 8 hours of sleep + a RUN in the mornings. I’m SO happy. Then for the next two weeks I have pretty much all the freedom in the world, so I can fit in some strength exercises and running as I please. (Running while sightseeing = match made in heaven.)

I usually am not one to advocate keeping up regular exercise and healthy eating while on vacation – its a vacation! Relax! However, since I’ll be gone for a month, this type of mentality could very easily add up to significant weight gain (Or loss…which would be a lot worse). So, by eating the snacks that I bring, eating normal sized meals and keeping up regular-ish workouts, I hope to stay fairly stable.

I hope this post wasn’t too¬†wordy, and that it was relatively interesting/informative! Have a marvelous Monday!

Have you ever taken an extended vacation?

What’s your opinion on exercising while travelling?¬†

Canada Day Road Race Recap

Good morning!

Today is my Canada Day Road Race recap!

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I haven’t been running as much as I would like to, so I wasn’t going into this expecting much. The Canada Day Road Race has a 5K and a 15K, but since I’m obviously¬†not trained enough to run 9.4 miles, I did the 5K.¬†It was a small, local race and I used it to get back in the swing of things before getting all hot and bothered about racing and times.

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The gun went off promptly at 7:30am, and it being soooo tiny, I crossed the start line 8 seconds after. My first mile was pretty uneventful. I clocked in at about 7:48 which, considering my current fitness level, I was quite happy with.

emma2Someone was excited to be racing again.

The course started with a nice 1/4 mile downhill, which was great to get some momentum! I just chugged along for the first mile or so, marvelled at how fast some of the 15Kers were going and continued on my merry way. It was an out and back, so we split off with those doing the 15K at the turnaround – which was exactly at 2.5K.

After the turnaround, I was still feeling quite good, so I picked it up a bit. Yes, it was hot and I wasn’t racing¬†racing, but I didn’t want to cross the finish line with so much energy I could have ran another race.

The water station was at roughly 3.5K, and I 110% failed at it. I grabbed a cup, dropped it, then spilled the next one all over myself. Classy. This was around 7:45, so the weather was getting hotter and I was feeling it.

The next 1.5K were just plain hard. My legs did not want to cooperate with me and I got the lead-legs syndrome, badly. This was that point in the race where you wonder why on earth you run and put yourself through so much torture.

But, somehow, some way, I made it to 4.7 kilometres.¬†I would¬†like¬†to say that at this point I switched into a new gear and sprinted to the finish, but that is sadly not the case. The course ended with a 400m incline of death, and I’m pretty sure I was clocking twelve minute miles up that thing.

I wasn’t the only one inspiring turtles everywhere, though. Yes, some people passed me, but I passed some as well. Everyone was just¬†done.

That hill never seemed to end. And literally 15 feet before the end of it, I walked.

I have never walked in a race before.

But, I have never taken an extended time off from exercise before, nor have I ever had a knee injury like this. So that’s what I’m reminding myself of and I refuse to feel bad about it.

So, I walked for 10 seconds. BIG DEAL. I sprinted to the finish and ended with a time of 25:02, which, for not being remotely in running shape, is pretty damn gosh darn good to me.

emma3If I finished like this, I definitely didn’t leave anything in the tank.

I loved kicking off my Canada Day with a race, and I want to do it every year now! The endorphins set me up for an amazing day of friends and fun.

What’s your favourite thing to do after a race?

WIAW: Oops.

Well, hello again!

I didn’t love not posting yesterday, but life sorta got in the way. I didn’t even stop to breathe for all of Canada Day, had a sleepover that night, then spent all of yesterday with friends until collapsing at home at 6pm. I don’t do well with minimal sleep¬†anytime,¬†but especially not when my day is jam-packed. Needless to say, I just didn’t have it in me to blog. My greatest apologies!

Things have been a little strange over here on the food front lately. Some days I’m legitimately starving 30 minutes after I finish breakfast and others I don’t get hungry all day. I’ve also been preoccupied with travel stuff, so food actually has not been that much of a priority in my life!

But, it simply would not be a Wednesday without WIAW, so here we go!

I woke up at 9:00am yesterday(!!). Leave it to me to¬†finally¬†start adjusting to summer mode, right before I have to start waking up early again. I’m glad that sleeping until 9 is sleeping in for me, though. Mornings are by FAR my most productive time of day, so when I sleep them away I feel lazy and gross until I wake up the next day. Not actually that enjoyable. Anyway, yesterday I did something reaaaalllyyyyy bad.¬†gy

Recycled picture, because this was actually not in my life yesterday morning. Monday night I was feeling really upset and stressed about a¬†ton¬†of things, so come Tuesday I bolted out of bed and went out for a run. I’m surprised I even managed to remember all my clothes – I was out the door¬†that¬†fast. When I get into a state like that, I¬†need¬†to run. Nothing else clears my head properly and allows me to stay a normal human being. When I got back at 10am, I had to do a bunch of dishes, shower, and then before I knew it my friends were ready to go for lunch! I obviously wasn’t going to eat right before going to a restaurant, and I still wasn’t that hungry (running steals my appetite), so I just left let.

Yep. I skipped breakfast yesterday. NOT on purpose. I was debating even participating in WIAW today because truthfully, I felt like a huge failure. Some days I feel like I’ve come so far in recovery, and I convey that on the blog to encourage myself to keep it up. I want to remember the triumphant days that I’ve put another fear to bed and¬†that’s¬†why I talk about it. Not because I’m looking for any sort of recognition or pity or…I don’t even know.

Regardless, I decided I still wanted to do What I Ate Wednesday because it’s freaking fun! I messed up this morning. Oh well! Life goes on. It’s not a pattern and I simply refuse to make a mountain out of a molehill. We make mistakes, learn from them and move on.

As I said, I was with my friends at lunch yesterday. The semi-awkwardness of snapping food pics in public combined with the fact that my mind was 110% out to lunch that day (pardon the pun ūüėČ ), meant that lunch went unpictured. We went to De Dutch, an adorable downtown restaurant and it was great!

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That would be the Ham, Edam + Pineapple Tostie, which our waitress described as “fancy grilled cheese”. Um, grilled anything is a winner in my books, and so was this baby. I would have¬†never¬†thought to put pineapple in a grilled ham and cheese sandwich, but let me tell you something, the Dutch have got it right. This also reminded me that I need to seriously get on a grilled apple and cheese sandwich, AND grilled PB+J! Busy times ahead, folks.

For dinner I obviously had to make up for my missing breakfast, so I went with the tried and true combo of greek yogurt with berries and a 2% latte. Never changes.

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Simply perfect and perfectly simple. Also, am I the only person in the world that cuts her blackberries? My mom thought it was super weird when she saw me doing it but I find them way too big to have in one bite –¬†especially¬†in conjunction with the other berries. It’s a science!

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Speaking of my (finally) pictured latte, can we just take a moment to appreciate this mug?! I’m sort of in love with it. Minus the whole “great dancer” thing, which everyone in the free world knows is an atrocious lie.

And although this wasn’t mine, I felt it was necessary to show as well.

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Yep, those are banana-nutella crepes with whipped cream, chocolate syrup and icing sugar. They were ordered by one of my friends, who devoured them. I had a bite and honestly wanted to throw up. How can people handle¬†that¬†much sweet? I mean, I’m all for a nutella pizza, but that is seriously pushing it. Ironically, her (small) leftovers are now sitting in my fridge.

That’s all for today! Have a wonderful hump day!

What is your favourite foreign food?

June Favourites

Since there’s no way I can possibly fathom the fact that June is no more and it is now July, let’s jump right into the favourites and marvel at them. ūüėČ Sidenote – Katie had her baby boy on the 29th! CONGRATS!

Number one favourite…CANADA! (Please note the “u” in the spelling.)

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Yes, it is a holiday weekend, but NOT because the fourth of July is coming up. It’s Canada Day! I just ran the Canada Day 5K and I am now a very happy camper. It’s been a year and a half since I’ve done any races thanks to a VERY annoying horrible awful stubborn knee injury. But the times are a’changin. When I get back from Europe this summer, I’m jumping into the last half of a 10k training plan, and then it’s cross country season! Hooray for an overload of running posts! ūüôā

The plan for the day is a BBQ (which should really go without saying) and some fireworks with the girls. I kid you not when I say that I have wanted grilled salmon, grilled corn and grilled romaine for 2.5 months. That shouldn’t be too hard to accomplish, right? Well, it sort of is when you don’t have a barbecue. We used to, we moved out of Suburbia and it didn’t meet the standards of our new place. It’s okay though, because we’re mooching off some other people tomorrow. Besides, who¬†wouldn’t¬†want a view like this?

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This might will sound cheesy, but Canada Day is one of my favourite days of the year because everyone in the country gets connected, and everyone lucky enough to live in the same city as me gets to enjoy a parade and lots of hot dog carts. Sounds pretty fantastic to me! There are also a few other things I think are fantastic that I’ve discovered this month. Care to hear them? Wonderful.

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I’m being 100% honest when I say that I have no words to describe my addiction to gum. I gave up even counting how many pieces I have in a day because it’s just way¬†too many. I have three packs in my drawer that I am only allowing myself on the plane(s!), so we shall see how I last one month sans my beloved¬†Five.¬†I don’t exactly understand how protein powder has been grossing me out lately (the idea of so many chemicals) but I have absolutely no problem chewing mass quantities of sorbitol, glycerol and¬†hydrogenated starch.¬†EW.

Moving on to more enjoyable topics, life has definitely been more enjoyable with Love Crunch Granola in it.

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Funny story, I actually only bought this at first because I thought it was Love Grown, and the blog world had been devouring it religiously. I got the dark chocolate + berries one at first, and while I still love that, apples have a place in my heart that can never be replaced.

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In there you’ve got oat clusters, dried apples, chia seeds along with 15g of whole grains and 3g of protein! As the Danish say (I think), ja.

Next up is my beloved Forever Nuts tea from Davids Tea. It has been¬†far¬†too long since this stuff has been in my life. It’s definitely not a summer tea (at least in my opinion), but it is the epitome of comfort to me, so I drink it year round. The smell of almonds, cinnamon and apples (surprised?) has pulled me in¬†way¬†too deep to get out. Not that I want to.

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I obviously had to buy two.

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It’s true. When it’s steeped it’s literally HOT pink. Another plus to this is that it can pretty much steep forever. So, if you’re like me and forget¬†everything,¬†you can forget this, worry-free! It just brings out the apple flavour mooooooore and deliciously more.

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I had to include this! I just got this bag yesterday and I am absolutely in love with it. I had a minor (understatement) panic attack yesterday morning when I realized that I had no bags I could use as a carry on for travelling. I have thousands of bags, but I just didn’t have¬†the one.¬†(Sidenote: Does any girl actually have the¬†perfect¬†bag that lasts? I’ve thought I had it a million times but something always changes my mind. Sigh.) This one fits everything I need, I can sling it across my body while walking and it’s not too heavy or bulky.

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I¬†highly¬†recommend Steve Madden bags. I don’t actually love their shoes, because, while they¬†are¬†really cute, they always seem to deteriorate on me. This purse seems quite sturdy and well built, though, and I know my mom has had one for several years that still looks great.

And, because this post started talking about running, let’s end it with some more of the same! I used to think that I would never EVER stray from my Saucony Ride 3’s, but…

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I did. I fell for the Mizuno Wave Rider 16s and I fell¬†hard.¬†It was love at first run, what can I say? Solid enough (although a neutral shoe) to support my ankles and knees, but lighter than anything I have ever worn. It’s not a joke when I say every time I take these babies out I’m sprinting on clouds.

Not an overly huge amount of favourites, only because when you move into a sub 1000 square foot condo, space becomes a serious priority. I’ve gotten to the point where I despise¬†“stuff” and am getting rid of¬†everything¬†that does not have two meaningful purposes and that I legitimately need. It is SO liberating to not be weighed down by it all, and I love that when I move out next year, I won’t have to sift through millions of boxes to figure out what I need.

I could write seventeen a whole entire post on that topic, so we’ll leave it there for now.

I’ve also been loving lots of music! New,

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Old-ish,

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And just plain weird.

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Loving is¬†definitely¬†the wrong word. I’m pretty sure you’ll feel the same way I do once you see it.

This has NOTHING on the first song, by the way. That is a work of art.

So between that on repeat, and this clogging up my Netflix,

Life Unexpected

It’s safe to say I’ve had a pretty great month! How could the start of summer not¬†be totally amazing, though?¬†To all my Canadians out there, I hope your day is full of best friends, barbecues and burgers! Or whatever floats your boat, really. Just have a great Canada Day! And to the rest of you…move to Canada.

Just kidding. I really do hope your day doesn’t suck. Although, it would be better if you were up here chillin’ with the polar bears. Oh well! I’m off to ride mine to some lunch, peace out suckas.

What are your plans for today/this week?

Any unforgettable favourites this month?