Dream Garage Update

First I want to share that I have some things on my mind that have been really been bothering me about the blogging. When or if I can ever figure out how to get it in writing I might share those thoughts OR I might just shut the blog down. Sometimes feeling like the "loner" can be hard on your soul. Along with so many new changes in my life the last month has been incredibly hard and joyful all at the same time which has  really stirred up my emotions.

What I definitely have to work on is shutting out what is going on around me & really focus on my own goals. 

Ok, enough of the serious talk because you might actually still be kicking around to hear about our home build. Now that the weather has finally started to warm up it has allowed Branko to get started on some outside projects that we desperately want to get done before the summer. The garage has been number one on our list especially since it was starting to look like a massive run down shack. We paid to have the shingles done because we have a local guy who is amazing at roofing. He did our shingles on our house. He's also going to install our board & batten siding. 

Branko finally came to his senses and got rid of all of his "part cars". Believe it or not we had over 10 scrap cars. OVER 10 you guys!!! I'm too embarrassed to say how many we had. They were all sitting in front of the garage. The neighbors must be starting to think we are a bunch of bums with the appareance of the garage and the combination of all the cars.  

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After a week of cleaning up, buying the windows, & prepping the exterior walls for board & batten the garage is already looking less and less like an eye sore.  

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Crossing my fingers that next week the siding will be started. Because of the size of the garage we are looking at least 7 full days to put up siding.  

As always you can follow along on my Instagram account where I try to share daily progress of what is happening around here.  

Small Life Update...

The radio silence has been long drawn out on my blog. It's safe to say I've been feeling lost in big life decisions. Like most of us, shutting down was my best resolution. We've been getting things done around the house. Important things that have been drawn out for far too long. Keeping busy and spending as much time as possible with your little dude. 

I don't have much to share on the home front if you are still sticking around for that fun stuff. We finally primed our entire house, the shingles on the roof of the garage is almost done, we cleaned out our basement to prep it for access to finally finish plumbing. 

I will leave you with this quote and my photo. Hopefully in the next two weeks I will be bringing back some fun updates. Follow along on my Instagram to keep updated on our home building journey with a toddler. 

Epicure 3 Day Reset Review + Giveaway!

Hi Friends!!!! I wish I had some spectacular home update for you but I don't, we've been slacking. Instead I am here to share with you a review on the 3 Day Reset from Epicure + a giveaway for one of you awesome readers to try it out! 

I wrote this post getting candid about my thoughts on weight loss. It definitely has been a struggle most of my adult life. When I came across the Epicure website and started browsing I found out they have a 3 Day Reset plan. I've always found juice cleanses & detoxes difficult. I love coffee and could never give that up not even for one day. But the epicure reset plan seemed really do-able. It allowed you to have actual meals during the day with some small healthy snacks. It didn't add in any other restrictions. I'm fully aware that coffee should have been eliminated but since I only drink drip coffee I felt it wasn't necessary to cut it out. For my sanity and my child & husbands safety too. :) 

The reset comes with a pamphlet that provides your grocery shopping list, the prep work, and how to assemble your meals. It also has a menu plan that you use for all 3 days. Yes, you heard me same food for 3 days. At first I wasn't sure how I would feel about this but you have flexibility. You can use chicken or beans in your lunch/dinner plans & the dressings are different for lunch and dinner. The breakfast smoothie was so tasty that I could easily have it every morning. 

After the 3 days I lost 5 lbs! Pretty amazing considering after I calculated all of the calories for the day I realized I wasn't eating much less then my normal day to day. What it made me realize is I was eating a ton of crap foods at the wrong times. I'm going to share my pro's & con's below. 

PRO's of the Reset Plan: The biggest pro was noticing that I was snacking way too much between breakfast and lunch. My day typically starts at 6 am, I would have a bowl of cereal & coffee. Then at 9 am I would feel hungry again and eat another breakfast type food. Probably around 11 am I would dig for a small snack or hold off till 12 pm and have lunch. BAD BAD BAD.....why am I eating so much food! After the reset I realized that I was clearly not eating good foods that should be filling me up. Too many carb filled foods like cereal and toast. This was a huge wake up call for me! I am in the process of ordering the protein powder that was provided and will keep up with the same smoothie routine. The second PRO was how amazing the protein tasted. I've tried a dozen protein powders and never satisfied with the taste it would leave. Especially the vegan ones! The vegan coconut protein powder so good and the coconut taste was not over bearing. Lastly the reset was very easy especially if you prepped your food as advised. 

CON's: I couldn't cut out coffee & with that I can't have coffee until I eat something in the morning. Each morning I had one Lara bar bite with my coffee. Lara Bars are very clean with minimal ingredients so I didn't feel like I was completely cheating. I also had one bite in the evening after dinner with my coffee again. The second con was the dinner dressing was not my favorite. I am not a fan of tomatoes and a main part of the dressing was tomato juice. That's it. 

Lastly, I urge you to browse the website. They have some really interesting other food items like flavored nutritional yeast and pudding. I know those are two very different food groups but I assure you they have a ton of different foods that I think would be appealing to most people. 

Now time for the giveaway!

Epicure is giving away one 3 Day Reset kit to one of my lucky readers!!! All you have to do is follow the entry form below to enter! 

Check out the Epicure website and leave a comment on a product you would love to try. Once you are done fill out the rafflecopter entry form & don't forget about the extra entries. 

Disclosure: Epicure provided me a 3 day reset kit to try out but all thoughts and opinions are my own of course

Valentine's Day Treat with Beet Milk

Helllloooooo Friends! I have a special recipe to share with you all today, it's something you can make for your loved one for breakfast or a fun drink to make with kids! I made some yummy banana bread and an easy strawberry coconut whipped cream to go with the milk. 

I purchased my beets cooked and peeled from Sobey's and used this Almond Milk(made in Canada by the way!) I've tried many different Almond Milk's but this one has the perfect amount of sweetness. 

The beet milk is pretty simple to make all you need is a blender like this from Canadian Tire

Beet Milk Recipe: 

Step 1: Add 3 beets to the blender and chop them up.

Step 2: Slowly add the almond milk, I used 1 1/2 cups. Keep adding the milk until the beets have a smooth consistency.  

Step 3: Add 2 tbsp of maple syrup. You can add another if you find the taste of the beets still too strong. Add 1 tsp vanilla. 

Step 4: Blend all together one more time and beet milk is created! I would recommend storing it in the fridge for an hour. It tastes much better cold. 

I made a basic banana bread using a recipe I found on Pinterest. I cooked it in a cake pan instead of a bread pan and used a heart shape cookie cutter to cut them into hearts. Once cooled I added my strawberry whipped coconut cream. 

Strawberry Whipped Coconut Cream: 

Step 1: Store your canned coconut milk(I bought a mini can) in the fridge over night. Once chilled use a hand blender to whip into a cream. 

Step 2: Once whipped add 1 tbsp of strawberry jam, 1 tbsp maple syrup, 1 tsp of vanilla. Whip again. 

Step 3: Slather on your banana bread! 

You can have a ton of fun with whipped coconut cream by adding which ever jam you love the best! 

Hope you enjoy and if you try it out make sure to tag me on Instagram