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5 Ways To Keep Your Energy Levels Up During the Day

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I don’t know what it is, but things have been crazy here since we got our vacation rental up and running – coupled with a family visit.

I’ve been keeping busy with my freelance clients, blogging, running our rental, and planning get-togethers with family and friends. It’s hard to find time to fit everything in while aiming to cook a meal from scratch, making sure I’m hitting the gym for 30 minutes, and trying to get my 10,000+ steps. (more…)

Thanksgiving Brown Rice + Sausage Stuffing

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A sponsored post.

I can’t believe Canadian Thanksgiving is coming up next month! My parents will be in town to visit me and we will definitely do a dinner together to celebrate.

One of my favourite parts of Thanksgiving dinner is definitely the stuffing. I’ve made every type of stuffing there is using cornbread, sourdough, white bread and even challah bread. I decided to try something different this year and created a rice stuffing for those entertaining guests with gluten-free diets. (more…)

The Summer Bucket List

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Where has the summer gone?

Is it really August already?

There is no time like the present to get out there and squeeze as much ‘summer’ out of each day as humanly possible. I know this, because I’ve been packing our weekends full of activities and adventure now that I’ve survived the worst Portland winter in 30+ years.

I know what’s coming around the corner, so I’m trying to make the most of today. So comes – the summer bucket list! I got a bunch of ideas of what I want to accomplish and I wanted to share a few with you in case you were looking for some summertime inspiration.

Here’s what’s on my Summer Bucket List: (more…)

5 Summer Camping Essentials

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I recently got super into camping after a 10 year-long hiatus.

I started keeping a camping box fully packed and ready-to-go for the weekend, so I’m not scrambling around the house trying to find all the flashlights and other camping gear.

If you’re thinking about getting back into camping or are just trying to figure out what to pack, here are my 5 Summer Camping Essentials that I plan to bring along on all my trips:

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1) Cooler Full of Prepped Healthy Meals + Snacks

My days of living off canned food and hot dogs while camping are no more! I bring meal prepping on the road with me and I like to have big cooler packed full of ready-to-cook meals. I do all the chopping in advance, so I’m not doing at the campground.

Think fruit salad, veggie sticks, hummus, nuts, dried fruit, kombucha, homemade breakfast burrito, pre-made green smoothies. Your diet doesn’t have to take a vacation just because you do. Get creative!

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2) Marshmallow Roasting Sticks + S’mores Kit

What’s a camping trip without s’mores for dessert? I keep a pair of telescopic rotating marshmallow roasting sticks, a chocolate bar, marshmallows and graham crackers in my camping box.

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3) Bug Spray + Citronella Candles

I can’t live without my bug spray. I get really allergic to mosquito bites and my skin gets swollen quickly. So I always have citronella candles, an anti-mosquito bracelet and bug spray in my camping box because nothing else ruins a weekend away then scratching at bug bites all day and night.

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4) BBQ Lighter + Fire Starter

On windy and rainy days, starting a fire can seem impossible – especially after a long drive to get to your campground. I keep a dedicated BBQ lighter in our camping box along with a couple packs of fire starter to make things go smoothly.

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5) First Aid Kit

Building a first aid kit is something I’ve been meaning to do for a long time and like many of these random tasks – they rarely ever get done, even though I have the best of intentions.

I recently prioritized putting together my own first aid kit as we have a summer full of road trips and big adventures planned.

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I keep a tube of BENGAY® Ultra Strength Cream in my kit to help relieve minor aches and pains from a day of hiking and setting up camp! It soothes and eases my sore spots so I can get a good night’s rest. Neosporin and a few Band-Aid Brand First Aid Medium Gauze Pads are also a must for minor cuts and scrapes.

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I also got one of these exclusive Oh Joy! first aid pouches for free when you buy any 3 participating Johnson & Johnson items at Target. So if you’re thinking of building your own first aid kit – this cute pouch is definitely a motivator!

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To create your own first aid kit, look for the endcap at Target like in the photo above. You can also build your own kit at Target online. You can also click on the shoppable image at the top of the post and purchase any of the products pictured!

Happy Trails!

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Finding Your Fit

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This post has been sponsored by Always. All opinions are my own.

When was the last time something just wasn’t a fit?

Paul and I are planning to move out of our open concept loft next month because as cool as it was – it’s just not a fit. I think we both loved the idea of a big airy loft in theory, but I’m a night owl and Paul is an early riser and our space has no bedroom door.

So when he’s cranking out smoothies at 7 AM, I just went to bed a few hours ago having spent the night plugging away on a new blog post. Our kitchen is next to our bedroom and our bedroom is next to our front door. Which means our guests walk right past my usually messy unmade bed topped with unfolded laundry to get into our apartment.

Our current layout obviously wasn’t working. (more…)

Vegetable Fried Rice + Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin

Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Smithfield® Marinated Fresh Pork. The opinions and text are all mine.

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One of my major goals is to cook at home more this year.

I love eating out, but I know cooking can be healthier and save me money as one dinner can turn into leftovers for lunch the next day. My other goal is to cook simple meals ready in 30 minutes or less so I’m not slaving away in the kitchen on a weeknight trying to come up with some sort of gourmet meal.

I’m looking for real flavor, real fast.

I am definitely more leisurely about cooking on the weekend and use that time to tackle more complex recipes or get some meal prepping done. However on weeknights, I’m usually just getting back to gym and I want to eat something fast and healthy so I can have some down time before getting ready for bed. (more…)