The Ultimate Summer Workout Playlist

ULTIMATE SUMMER WORKOUT PLAYLIST

I know lots of people who workout and run without music, but for me, I just can’t do it. I need a fast beat to pump me up. I also need a fresh new playlist for every training cycle. Besides the fact that music has been proven to increase training intensity, it also makes me so HAPPY! Sometimes a sucktastic workout is made better just by the music you listen to. Previously I’ve shared my awesome fall marathon playlist, and my Spring workout playlist, so this time I thought I would share with you the ultimate summer workout playlist to continue reading →

#MotivateMe Monday: Summer, Father’s Day and Taper Time

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If you’re new here, #MotivateME Monday is a weekly link-up co-hosted by myself and Running Rachel for accountability and encouragement. It’s a place for us to share goals, plans, successes and have each other to pick us up to keep moving forward. Happy Monday, and welcome to SUMMER!!! I have this big feeling of “OMG, I made it!!” going on today, do you too? I hate hate hate winter and summer is by far my favourite season so I feel like I just made it through some really tough times and now it’s time to celebrate! Besides summer, I’m also continue reading →

Chili-Lime Chicken Kabobs + Laura’s Wine Tasting Bridal Shower

Chili-lime kabobs- perfect for a summer BBQ and pairs well with a light and refreshing pinot grigio wine

Last weekend myself and the three other bridesmaids (Julie, Juliette and Christine) in Laura's wedding party threw a shower for the  lovely bride, Laura.  Her wedding is in August, but we thought that a lovely June wine-tasting event for her shower would be a nice way to celebrate the bride.     Our original plan was to host the shower outside in Julie's beautiful backyard with her pool as a backdrop, but unfortunately the weather didn't want to cooperate with us and it rained all day long.  I had continue reading →

10 Things that Scare Me About Ironman 70.3

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So I’m starting to freak the sh-t out about this ironman 70.3 triathlon thing that I signed up for and have been kind of sort of training for: 2 km swim, 94 km bike (because Ironman 70.3 Muskoka thought it would be fun to add an extra 4km to the bike) followed by a half marathon 21.1 km run.  Ummmm… yeah.  What the ---- was I thinking?!?  I figured I’d sign up for this race, get injured badly while training and not have to do the race.  I honestly thought that I’d train myself into some sort of walking cast or need surgery continue reading →

5 Things I Love About Being My Daughter’s Softball Coach

5 Reasons to coach your child's sports

Tonight I've found myself with a rare quiet evening out on the deck, by the pool, by myself. The weather is beautiful, the birds are chirping and everyone is inside. The family is tired from a long week of softball, birthday parties, school and well, just life in general. In other words, life has slowed down enough tonight for me to think. And by thinking I mean reflect. I'm reflecting on last night's softball practice, on our practice last week and our softball games. The practices and games I coached. When I signed up to be an assistant continue reading →

Facial, Foot Massage & Summer Survival Kit Giveaway + Hand & Stone Classic Facial Review

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Just before my Las Vegas trip I was invited to Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa in Burlington to experience their classic facial. Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa is a spa chain of passionate professionals specialising in affordable, easy to fit into your schedule massage and facial services. There are several locations across the US and Canada, the one I went to is their Burlington, ON location. I have to admit that I’m not much of a girlie girl so my skin is something I’ve been neglecting for years, but as I become older (I continue reading →

#MotivateMe Monday: Pics from this Week + Four Weeks to go!

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If you’re new here, #MotivateME Monday is a weekly link-up co-hosted by myself and Running Rachel for accountability and encouragement. It’s a place for us to share goals, plans, successes and have each other to pick us up to keep moving forward. Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a fantastic first week of June! How are those goals coming along? I’m usually a big goal setter but with the Ironman only 4 short weeks away my only goals this month are to not get injured or sick, and to train as much as I can for three weeks followed by continue reading →

My 40th Birthday Celebration at the Flamingo in Las Vegas

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For about 5 years both my room-mate from University (Tracy) and I have been putting $25/month away into savings to save up for a kick butt 40th birthday celebration together. We wanted to party…hard! When we were 4 months away from my birthday we began tossing around ideas: Cuba, Mexico, Florida, Europe etc… We’re very different from each other but we both LOVE the heat and lounging by a pool so pretty much the only thing we agreed on is that the destination needed to have an awesome pool with a party atmosphere. Finally we settled continue reading →

#MotivateMe Monday: I’m Back and Ready to Train!

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If you’re new here, #MotivateME Monday is a weekly link-up co-hosted by myself and Running Rachel for accountability and encouragement. It’s a place for us to share goals, plans, successes and have each other to pick us up to keep moving forward. Happy Monday everyone! I'm so so sorry for just disappearing on you while I took a much-needed break from blogging, social media, work, my family, and yes, even from my training.  Sometimes you just need to cash in, get the h-ll out of town and head to... This past week my continue reading →

Fruit-n-Nut Peanut Butter Snack Bites + Winners Announced

Fruit-and-Nut Peanut Butter Snack Bites

You may remember that almost a month ago my youngest daughter Amber and I enjoyed some mother-daughter bonding time making Energizing Peanut Butter Snack Bites. We had a blast and greatly enjoyed the fruits of our labour together. We shared many laughs with each other as we mixed and rolled (and sampled) the Peanut Butter Snack Bites that we made with Kraft All Natural Smooth Peanut Butter. Amber was having so much fun with me that I managed to convince her that folding laundry with me while the peanut butter hardened in the fridge for continue reading →