Monday, March 2, 2015

Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts

Hey guys! I have been so absent in the blogging world, but I am back today with a little review on hemp hearts and you may want to stick around for the end of it. There might be a giveaway or something?! ;)

It has been a few years since I've had hemp hearts, but when Manitoba Harvest sent me a pack I remembered how delicious they taste. They taste kind of like pine nuts or sesame seeds! I think they're slogan should be like the Franks hot sauce and say "I put that $%#@ on everything" ha! I have said a few times now that it would make a very delicious nut butter!

I have mostly been topping my peanut butter + banana covered toast with it, my oatmeal and also have been sneaking it in my little boys yogurt and his peanut butter sandwiches. He has no clue they're in there and that they are packing a punch of 10g of protein per serving and a whole lot of healthy fats too. 

Some note-worthy points about Manitoba Harvest #hemphearts:
 1. lower in carbs that flax and chia
2. they are raw
3. vegan friendly 
4. non-GMO (I am becoming more and more aware of GMOs and they're so scary)
5. grown and packaged in Canada!! Whoop!
6. picky one-year-old eaters are unaware that they are eating this goodness when it is snuck into their food ;) 

Want to give hemp hearts a try? Then you've come to the right place :) All you have to do is comment on this post and follow Manitoba Harvest #HempHearts on one of their social media channels. Oh, and make sure you are from either Canada or the US of A and have a physical address (no P.O box addresses, sorry) 

Social media channels to follow them on:

Show the love by using the hashtag #fuelledbyhemp 

Please note that these are 100% my own opinions and I have not been paid for this. I was sent a pack of #hemphearts to try. Thank you:) 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Happy 1st Birthday to my Baby Boy!

Last Saturday was T's first birthday. Since his Daddy was working, we postponed his party until this coming Saturday. What's a party if his Daddy can't be there, right? 

Since it was just the two of us, we met Adam for lunch and visited the new library downtown. Adam kindly took some photos of T in his little birthday boy shirt and a red balloon we bought for the big day. T loves balloons! He points (his little index finger with the tiniest little bend at the end) and says oooooh, ahhhhhh. I wanted to make his actual birthday kind of special so a balloon was on the agenda. 

I can't even begin to explain how much I love this kid, and the joy he has brought along with him this past year is crazy. He's insanely fun and watching him grow + learn is amazing. I have his updates sitting in my drafts, just waiting for my iPhoto to get fixed. Let me tell you, those monthly photos became very difficult once 9 months hit haha! It went from me taking 20+ photos and picking through them to one (seriously, one!) photo of him laying on his back with the sticker on his onsie. He rolls back over and sits up. ;) 

Here's one of the shots from the weekend, thanks again Adam for the photos! 

Happy Birthday sweet little boy! xo

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Blog Talk

Hey there, strangers!

It's definitely been "a time" since I've typed in this little white box. Truth be told, I miss blogging when I step away from it for a while. On the other hand though, it's nice to unplug every so often.

One of the main reasons I haven't been blogging is because my iPhoto is messed up and shuts down almost immediately upon opening. A little trip to the genuis bar in is order, I'd say!

I thought I'd give you a little run down of what's been going on lately, sans photos of course ;)

1. I officially started working again last week. I work 2 evenings and one 12 hour day a week. It's kind of the perfect balance right now for us. I am putting my name on a fill in list so I can grab extra shifts when they arise.

2. NYC Marathon is officially open for applicants. I haven't applied yet as I am going over some things in my head. There may be a trip later on this year for me, so I just don't know how a $350 race plus travel + accommodations , and NYC food (duh, who am I kidding? I already know I want KATZ deli for my post marathon food, people!) I'll keep you in the loop on this.

3. Running. I've been running!!!!! After taking almost 4 full months off, I felt like I never really stopped. I am still going to get the Naturopathic shots done to keep the healing going.

4. Winter. I am SO done with winter already. :D

5. My little boy is going to be ONE this Saturday. Man oh man, I have no clue where the year went to. I am amazed at how much fun he is, and watching him learn new things is really amazing.


There's a little tiny update for ya. I'll be making an appointment at the Genius Bar tomorrow to get my computer straightened out. This little macbook is almost 5 years old, so it's done me good! Maybe it's time for a nice new shiny macbook ;)

Have a great day!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Christmas 2014

Merry Christmas!! I hope you all had an awesome few days with friends, family and great food ;)

On Christmas Eve, we went to our Church for a candle light service and Kenny met us there! He asked his Sgt. for a few minutes off and Tate was so excited to see him! Tate wanted those candles so badly ha! 
We came home and ate some snacks and watched Home Alone 1. What a classic movie! I made some ginger snaps and we had some hot chocolate, cheese, crackers, pepperoni, etc. 
On Christmas morning we opened up our stockings at our house and then left for Kenny's parents' house where we spent the rest of the day.

Food pouches for the win!
My little buddy and I on Christmas morning
For Kenny's present, I made him a book of "Daddy + Tate" and he loved it :D
Little cousins in red:)
Tate's First Christmas and yes, he is definitely the best gift ever. 

What'd you do for Christmas?

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Be Merry Survey 2014

Thanks to Tiffany for this fun survey idea! Gotta love surveys, especially a festive one ;)

1. Egg nog or hot chocolate?
(peppermint) hot chocolate for the win (but I can't resist a tiny sip of egg nog on Christmas Eve)
To be 100% honest, I'd choose one of Gord's homemade caramel macchiatos!

2. Colored lights or white lights on a tree/house?
white, white and white. Although this year we accidentally bought one box of blueish lights so we mixed our white and blue lights together on the step. I think it's called cool blue.
we always used to have a white tree with a santa hat topper!

3. Do you hang mistletoe?
No, but I always want to!

4. What's your least favourite thing about Christmas?
How evil and mean people become in the shopping rush of it all. Cheer up, cranky last minute shoppers!

5. When do you hang your decorations?
Usually around the first week (ish) of December. Our tree was a little later this year, but our decorations were up.


6. What's your favourite Christmas dish (excluding dessert)?
turkey + stuffing combo.

7. Favourite Christmas memory as a child?
We used to go over to my Grandma's house on Christmas Eve for a few years and I remember that being SO much fun. I always loved getting to hang out with my older cousins who were home for Christmas and being at Grandma's was always fun.

8. What is on your Christmas Wish List?
This beautiful mug...
source
 9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?
We did when we were kids a few times. Once I opened my big gift by accident which was an epic fail. I don't think we did it after that ha!

10. How do you decorate your Christmas tree?
We have maroon, black and silver balls as well as our box of personal ornaments. We top it off with a snowflake topper. We didn't have enough lights on it this year so it's dimly lit and next year I'm sprucing it up with some oversized ribbon after seeing Heather and Sam's beautiful trees.

11. Snow. Love it or dread it?
Welllllll, it's nice for Christmas Eve and Day. Other than that I am totally over snow. Perhaps it has something to do with living in Canada and having to deal with months and months of snow. I'm so ready to move to California. C'mon Kenny, let's go!!

12. Real tree or artificial tree?
This is our first year since we've been together that we had a real tree. Kenny's all about the real tree (he's super nostalgic so he likes real trees since he grew up with them). To be honest, I'm swinging to the artificial side...it's perfectly pre-lit and there's no needles to vacuum. Real trees smell so pretty, but so do balsam fir B&BW candles ;) ;)
it needs some ribbons for sure. The bottom half is a little empty because of a certain border collie and a certain 10 month old baby!

13. Do you remember your favourite gift?
I remember Leanne always getting me super cool gifts. She got me this SUPER bright neon yellow sweater from Gap when I was in 9th grade and I loved it.
In more recent years, it was probably our U2 tickets!
2011 in NJ

14. What's the most important thing about Christmas for you?
Jesus, the reason for the season and family/friends
Brothers on Christmas
15. What is your favourite Christmas dessert?
Cheesecake of some sort. I'd dive into one of my Mom's cheesecakes right about now...

16. What is your favourite tradition?
Growing up my Dad always passed out all the gifts. No rhyme or reason, it just always happened that way.
I also love the stocking tradition!


17. Give or Receive? 
I do love giving, especially if it's someone I know really well and can have a lot of fun with putting their gift together. Receive? Who doesn't love to receive? Ha ;)
The In-laws crazy gift stash!!!
18. What is your favourite Christmas song?
Do They Know it's Christmas? by Band Aid

19. Candy Canes? Yum or Yuck?
They have to be legit peppermint candy canes. I usually by pass them, but they are tasty!

20. Favourite Christmas Movie?
Home Alone (childhood fave and an annual must see) and currently The Holiday

21. Do you prefer to shop online or at the mall?
This year I did most of my shopping online! The best part of it was no line ups and getting to track my packages, I love logging in to see the whereabouts of my parcel!
22. Christmas letter or card?
A Christmas card photo!

Merry Christmas!
Answer a few in the comments! :)

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