Happy July!!
Can’t believe June has come and gone…

Remember my June goals, exercise, cooking, clearing out, developing a green thumb and blogging. Well some I stuck with and some I did not so great.

Exercise – Started the month off strong but then the heat and humidity kicked in. I have no air conditioning so the apartment was way too hot to work out in. I also cancelled my gym membership so I didn’t hit 30 days of the Jillian Michael’s 30 day shred. I did however get in a few runs when the weather was bearable. A friend of mine is signing up for a 5k race in September so guess who is planning to sign up for another race…

Cooking – This I have kept to. I followed most recipes from the that clean life challenge that I signed up for and have been experimenting with recipes that I’ve found online. Sometimes my meal making doesn’t actually involve cooking. On the really hot days, I preferred a fully loaded salad instead of a hot meal. This will shock those friends of mine that remember when I was 20 and would gag eating any type of vegetable.

Clearing out – Went through all my clothes. Have more to give away than keep. The bags are still sitting in my spare room waiting to be dropped off somewhere but my bathroom and bedroom have been purged. I’m aiming to have the kitchen and storage room done before the summer ends.

Green thumb – The only plants surviving this heat are the peppers and parsley. I’m not giving up though!!!

Blogging – well if you’ve been reading, you know how I’ve been doing with that.

They say all work and no play makes Jane a dull girl so I did get out there and didn’t spend the entire month hibernating. If I was a good blogger, these places would each get their own post but if you haven’t already noticed, I prefer blogging lists!

RISE The Better Living Expo – I worked this event for Coconut Bliss but I’m listing it because it was the last day I ate meat. I spent the day working with a friend who was a vegan and if you know me, you know I love to ask people questions. I spent the day interrogating her about why, how, when she became vegan and since I was curious about the life changing videos she watched, I googled them as soon as I got home. Right now I can’t un-watch them so I haven’t touched meat since then. I also haven’t touched eggs, dairy or honey. I don’t know if I will stay vegan but I had no desire to eat the steaks made on Canada Day so this is to be continued…

The Haunted Walk Tour – Our sorority event this month was to do the haunted walk in the distillery district. I have to say that I was not looking forward to this. I don’t exactly fear ghosts but I do believe in them and would prefer to not know they exist. Luckily for me, the tour guide wasn’t too great at spooky stories so it was more of a history lesson than a frightful walk. It turned out to be a really fun evening.

St. Clair UNCORKED – This wine event took place in my friend E’s neighbourhood. It’s a great concept. Local shops participate by hosting wine tastings in their stores. It’s a great way to get to know the area and go into shops that the locals probably never ventured into. We spent the day exploring and meeting people and although most people migrated to the pubs that were showing the World Cup game, we chit chatted with a few folks and E now know where to get great pate and chocolates in her hood.

St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market – my real desire was to go to strawberry picking but getting my family to commit to a time and date that works for everyone is like herding cats. Instead my parents, my aunt, my little cousin and I headed west and checked out the market. Not only was I able to get some sweet strawberries but we managed to stock up on kale, peas, peppers and cherries. The market was a little overwhelming for me, we went at a peak time and there were soooooo many people there so next time I will make sure to go first thing in the am before the craziness starts. I have so much kale that I am going to try and make kale chips. My SIL says it’s easy but that’s what she said about Rice Krispie Squares and I managed to mess those up. Wish me luck.

The only other notable thing to mention about June is that I’m fostering again.

These little guys were found without their mother but they are still too young to be adopted. They spent the first few days hiding from me and only coming out when I was away or sleeping but I’ve made some progress with them. They were so scrawny when I picked them up but I’ve fattened them up a bit. I only have them for another 10 days so maybe they will get their own post!

I’m heading to Orlando this month with Stella & Dot so my goal for July is simply to get a tan! Will keep you updated!


Thanks for reading!

Looks like I have readers! Well I have at least three. I haven’t been posting for awhile and was touched that those three people actually questioned if I was going to blog again and the answer is “of course!”

There is no reason for my lack of posts except that when I get home and I have a choice between firing up the laptop or curling up on the couch, the couch always wins.

So what has happened that I haven’t told you about…

Food – Well I went to another Mexican restaurant. Toronto is known for being multi-cultural and yet somehow I’ve only been checking out restaurants that serve guacamole. La Carnita started up as a pop up shop, their tacos were so mouth-watering and memorable that they had people trying to find them before they even opened their doors. If you go, have the In Cod We Trust… they are amazing. In fact, Fish Tacos are slowly filling the void that I have had since breaking up with Pizza. I need to find a easy recipe so I can attempt this deliciousness at home!

Work – went to Montreal a week ago for training and heading to Winnipeg at the end of the month to attend a Wine Show. FINALLY!!! Will be my first official wine show that I’m working at. Been studying about wines but I think that instead of tasting all the wines, I should start studying the actual tasting notes…

Reading – I think I jinxed myself when I signed up for the #50BookPledge. I use to fly through books and had no problem reading 2 books a month. For some reason, I am taking about 2 months to read a book. I’m just about to finish a book that I received for my birthday so for those that stay up at night wondering what book I will add to Marbair’s must reads next… Don’t stress! Your sleepless nights are almost over.

Cooking – I’ve mastered salads and smoothies so I thought I should really try something that involves the oven. I’m a big fan of Sweet Potatoes so I have been trying to master Sweet Potato Chips. Start off small right! I’ve attempted it 3 times so far and I have to admit that I am getting better. I use one large potato at a time and when I remove the burnt pieces, I have about a handful of chips. I know this seems like a lot of work for a snack that I will inhale in 7 seconds but there is something satisfying about making your own snacks. I don’t like the word diet but I can tell you that I’m on the whole clean eating bandwagon. I love going out to a great restaurant but now when I’m at home, I really enjoy preparing my own meals. (still shocks me how true that statement is)

New stuff – I signed up for a 5K in May so I have about 5 weeks to train. Not excited about running but am excited that the run will be in Boston. A really good friend lives there and we have been talking about running together since about 2006 so finally being about to scratch this off our friendship bucket list is going to be awesome!

New addiction. Coconut oil. I am OBSESSED with it. Have I told you that already? Maybe it deserves it’s own post. Stay tuned.

I think that pretty much brings my three dedicated readers up to speed. I’m sure the minute I hit publish, I’ll think of something else to add but to wrap up now, I’ll leave you with a picture. As you know, Lucy turned one! We had so much fun at her party and here’s a picture of the two of us taken that day. We are hashtagging this one #messyhairdontcare #lucyturnsone

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Lucy turns One!