How I Became Vegetarian

Wow, I can't believe I just said that out loud.  Up until now I had just not been eating meat, but I think it's safe to say:

 I. am.Vegetarian.

So how the heck did that happen? Well, it's been a culmination of factors....so let's go back to the beginning.  As a kid I was never a big meat eater.  I would have a bit, but I much preferred fruits and vegetables.  I remember my mom saying that when she was pregnant with me all she wanted was fresh fruits and veggies.  So who knows, maybe it's genetic.
Then time passes....a whole lotta time.  Fast forward a whole lot of crappy food, illnesses and life struggles and that brings us up to a couple years ago.  We had Netflix and a whole whack of awesome documentaries.  I watched so many on so many different topics, but I was really drawn to food and health related films like Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead, Supersize Me, Farmegeddon and Vegucated to name a few.

That's when I really started questioning my meat eating habit.  What were the health consequences? How was this impacting the planet? How could I love animals and eat them? 
So I would decrease my meat intake or avoid it all together for short periods of time.  But I always got sucked back in by those delicious tastes and smells.  Trying to avoid meat while still cooking and preparing it for 3 other people was torture.  We would do meatless Monday and I would sneak tofu into my family's favourite dishes to decrease our meat consumption.  But who was I kidding,  I was still a carnivore, even if it was just 6 days a week instead of 7.

OK, so let's fast forward a little more to September 16, 2015.  I was super excited to see Cowspiracy was now on Netflix.  So I cuddled on the couch with the dogs and watched and learned.  I was surprised, shocked, angered and dumbfounded by what was revealed in this film.  In no uncertain terms, eating meat was destroying the planet.  But I think what the last straw was for me was when the film maker went to visit a backyard farm and witness a duck being slaughtered.  This little duck was happy, healthy  and having a wonderful life in this man's yard.  That was until it was his turn on the chopping block.  I couldn't watch...I knew this poor duck's fate and couldn't bare to see it.  This coming from a girl who used to ask for roast duck for her birthday dinner.  After that graphic scene there was a brief moment with the film maker showing how disturbed he was witnessing that duck's slaughter and he said something along the lines of "If I can't kill it myself then I shouldn't eat it."

And that truly stuck with me. I am not a killer. There's no way I could do it so I think it's completely unfair for me to have someone else do my dirty work.  Not too mention what animal farming is doing our environment and our health.  I saw no other option than to stop eating meat.
Every time I see a piece of meat in the store or on someone's plate, all I can see is that cute little animal looking back at me.  A duck is no different than a chicken, pig or a dog.  I couldn't possible think of eating one of our beloved pets so how could I eat any other animal? They are all living beings with feeling and souls and should be treated with love and respect. 

You may think I'm some wacko or weirdo and that's fine. I'm not hurting anyone by not eating meat. 

In fact, I might just be saving them.


Aurorae Aqua Sport & Swim Towel Review

You know, I had never given a whole lot of thought about towels before...that is until I received the Aurorae Aqua Microfiber Sport & Swim Towel to review.
I knew when it arrived in the mail that it was something special.  The towel I received is a gorgeous blue and the first thing I noticed was how soft and plush it was.  The towel feels so thick and luxurious, but it's surprisingly lightweight.

My kids immediately wanted to try it out so off to the tub we went.  The Aurorae Aqua Sport & Swim Towel was amazing at bath time.  It was able to dry off both wriggling girls in just a few seconds and the microfiber was amazing at soaking up all the water from their long locks in no time.  And yes, this is very important when you're dealing with a cranky toddler!

Of course after seeing it in action I had to try it out myself.  I was impressed by how soft and absorbent the towel is, especially compared to my thick and heavy cotton towels.  The Aurorae Aqua & Sport towel also dried my hair way faster then any of my own towels!  That's a big deal in the morning when you're trying to get everyone to school and work on time.

I have also used the towel as a blanket while watching the stars and snuggling on the couch and the girls love wrapping themselves up in it like a giant burrito.  It's a great size and it dries super fast!  This is definitely our new go-to beach, pool and camping towel! 

 But don't just take my word for it, get one for yourself! 

 Disclaimer: I was provided this product  free of charge from Aurorae for the purposes of this review.  As always, the opinions expressed are my own.


My Year in Running

It's hard to believe a year ago I started running...again.  I had run on and off before and between children but hadn't really run for most of my life, until last August.  I was inspired my wonderful friend Shannon of Sweet Stella's who had literally just had a baby and was out pounding the pavement.  And there I was, sitting on the couch with my snacks, doing nothing and feeling like crap.

I distinctly remember thinking to myself "If she can have a baby and then go for a run, then I totally can.  Why am I sitting here, hurting and aching for no reason, I might as well go do something that make me feel sore."

And so I did.  That's how it all started.

So I thought given it's sorta my run-iversary I should recap the past year.  It's had it's ups and downs and injuries and PR's.  Lots of smiles and high-fives and lots of tears.  But looking back on it all, it makes me happy and proud of myself. And maybe, just maybe I can get back to where I was just a few months ago, but if not...does it even matter??  All that matters is getting out there and just running.

OK, so now that I made a list, I'm kinda surprised just how much I ran this past year.  Lot's of 5k's, a couple 10's and two halfs.  Not to shabby and kinda awesome too.  In case you wanted to know, here's what I ran:

  • Hillbilly Hustle - Glencoe
  • MEC 5k - London
  • Pumpkin Run 10k - Rondeau
  • MEC 5k - London
  • Santa Shuffle 5k - London
  • Gasparilla 5k - Tampa
  • Easter Dash 5k - Komoka
  • Yonge St. 10k - Toronto
  • Forest City Road Races Half Marathon - London
  • Chuckle Run 5k - London
  • Niagara Falls Women's Half - Niagara Falls
  • Run to the BBQ 5k - London
  • Warrior Dash - Barrie
  • I Run for Ice Cream Fun Run - London
  • 5k: 27:45 -  Easter Dash
  • 10k: 56:22 - Yonge St. 10k  (with undiagnosed stress fractures)
  • Half Marathon: 2:12:42 - Forest City Road Races (still with undiagnosed stress fractures)

Wow! I'm still a little surprised.  I guess I can't complain given I had a groin injury shortly after the Pumpkin Run and then learned I had 2 stress fractures (femur & pelvis) after my first half marathon. WTF?! I essentially had to stop all training and activity after the Forest City Road races  to try and get the stress fractures to heal.  (But, as you can see I didn't exactly follow my doctor's orders.  Oops!)

I got the all clear last month so now begins my training for the 10k Women's Run coming up in September!

It's been a hard year, a great year and a year that definitely changed me.  And now, looking at all this, written down for me to see, I realize that I can do it and will do it again.  There's a reason that the universe knocked me down a notch and wants me to start all over again.  I know there's a lesson here and I think I'm well on my way to learning what that is and how to keep moving forward.

Here's to another year! And here's to my friend Shannon! You're one bad ass mama and I'm so thankful our paths crossed a couple years ago!


Confessions of a Mouth Breather

OK, I'm a mouth breather, what's the big deal?  I have always felt more comfortable breathing through my mouth for as long as I can remember.  Maybe it's because I suffered numerous colds, sinus infections and allergies as a child, but who knows for sure.  While out for a jog, I realized that things are different for us mouth breathing runners; the struggle is real.

So here's what you need to know:
  1. Inhaling bugs is not uncommon
  2. When I awake up, my mouth tastes and feels like wallpaper paste
  3. Chewing gum while running helps stave off the pasties, but also poses a very real choking risk.
  4. Yes, I chew gum like a cow chewing cud.
  5. Talking and running is always a challenge so please don't be offended if I'm quiet or if you happen to catch a whiff of my deadly breath.
  6. Sometimes my mouth is just open; absorbing oxygen.

Do you struggle with this affliction? What are your tips for dealing with dry mouth, catching bugs or garbage breath?  Us mouth breathers must unite, stand strong and breathe deep!


No-Bake Peanut Butter & Chocolate Oatmeal Flax Cookies

Looking for a delicious treat that you can whip up in a few minutes AND is good for you? Well look no further!  These Peanut Butter & Chocolate Oatmeal Flax cookies are no-bake, gluten-free, dairy-free & egg-free.  And with only a handful of real, natural ingredients they are good for you too!  The kids love them and they're lovely and rich and no one would ever guess that they are filled with loads of goodness.

No-Bake Peanut Butter & Chocolate Oatmeal Flax Cookies


1 cup Natural Peanut Butter (or substitute your favourite nut-butter)
3/4 cup Honey
1/2 Coconut Oil
2 cups Gluten-free Oats
1/4 cup ground Flax
1/4 Hemp Hearts
1/2 tsp Vanilla
6 tbsp Cocoa powder


Combine peanut butter, honey and coconut oil in medium sized pot.  Heat on low and stir frequently until all ingredients have blended together and remove from heat. You don't want to cook out all the goodness from the honey!

Next, stir in your vanilla and cocoa until combined.  Then add in the oats, hemp & flax and mix well.

Once everything is nice and blended and ooey-gooey, drop by spoonfuls onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  I smoothed the cookies out with the back of my spoon, but you can totally leave them as little stacks if you prefer.

All that's left to do is pop the pan in the fridge (or freezer if you're impatient) and wait for them to set. Once they are nice and chilled, keep them in an air tight container in your fridge or freezer and enjoy a little healthy indulgence whenever you like!

(P.S. With the flax, oats & hemp heart; they make great lactation treats too!)

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