Tuesday, April 29, 2014


Hi again! It's been a little while since I've posted, but as I said in my last post...we've been pretty busy! I wanted to pop on here to share another smoothie recipe with you. It's been my go-to breakfast for the past couple weeks, and it really does keep me full until my 10:30 am break.

I call it, SBGOS - Strawberry, Banana, Grape, Oatmeal Smoothie. Is it ever delicious! I also put it in my cute mason jar tumbler from Wal-Mart and then it makes me happy, on top of also feeling full. It's the little things, right?!

Here are the ingredients listed in the order you put them in your magic bullet (if it's a blender, do it in the opposite order, as you want the frozen fruit to be the first thing blended):
  • One serving of any flavor yogurt (I use Activia or whatever's on sale)
  • 1/3 cup of quick oats
  • 1 tsp of honey
  • 1 tbsp Chia seeds (optional)
  • 1 overripe banana, broken in to small chunks
  • Fill the rest of the cup with frozen strawberries and grapes
  • 1/3 cup of vanilla almond milk 
If your smoothie isn't blending very well, shake it up a bit (with the lid on, of course!) If that still isn't working, add some water or more almond milk!

Next grocery shopping trip, I'm going to pick up some different varieties of frozen fruit. I used up the last of the strawberries this morning, and I only have peach and a pineapple left. I also think adding some peanut butter would be tasty with just banana. So many options!

I hope you enjoy your smoothie!
And let me know if you tried this recipe out, or if you would like to share your own!

xo. Nicole

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Canmore 2014

I recently had some time off work for Spring Break, and while it was pretty uneventful, we ventured out to Canmore for my last weekend off. We left bright and early Friday morning for our 4-5 hour drive and arrived at noon. We went there for my father in law's birthday, and I'm so glad that we did! When we arrived,  we still had 4 hours until check-in, so we ventured over to Banff and had a quick look around. I had never been to either city, so it was pretty cool to see.

Warning: Most of these pictures involve Gunner. I just love him so much!

Don't mind my cracked and dirty windshield, but I tried to get a decent picture of the Rocky Mountains when we were going through Calgary! It was also a really beautiful day and the weather stayed like that all weekend. In the first picture,we were only an hour and a half in to our drive and Gunner was just so done.

On our way home, we took Rob's nephew with us. We warned him about Gunner licking his face the entire drive, but he braved it! They quickly became good friends and cuddled for some time. We ended up putting Gunner's muzzle on because he wouldn't settle down. He proceeded to pout for the rest of the drive home.

I didn't take very many pictures, but we generally stayed in our town house/hotel and relaxed. It was much needed, and I look forward to exploring the full city next time, and maybe even all of Banff. 

Have you been on any recent vacations?

xo. Nicole

Tuesday, April 1, 2014


So far, my spring break has been so relaxing! It's a bittersweet time because it's time off, but I'm also not paid for that time. My step mother is a manager at a drug store and is doing me a huge favor by letting me work a couple days. We're both helping each other out in that way. 

Saturday morning, Rob and I took Gunner for a walk to Starbucks. The weather is slloowwwlllyy getting warmer, which I'm excited for! I've never been a fan of summer, especially the heat, but I'm looking forward to all that day light and taking Gunner outside more. 

I forgot how fast nail polish chips compared to salon gel nails! I'm still using my favorite nail polish, Julep! I have a basket of different kinds of polish, but their colors are so nice and it goes on usually with only one coat. This color is called "Nellie." It's super girly and spring-y, so I love it! It's probably going to get chipped like crazy today, so I'll be sure to share the next color I choose ;)

Since moving to Alberta, Rob and I have mostly kept to ourselves, except for the occasional visit with family. It's been wonderful to finally be so close to most of our family, but boy oh boy, do we ever miss our friends. We haven't meant to be homebodies but our jobs are exhausting and the weekend is usually time for us to catch up on errands and sleep. This week was a bit different for me, though! A friend from work came over on Wednesday night to bake some gluten and dairy free banana bread, and she came over again on Sunday for a yummy living room picnic. We completed our picnic with some David's Tea, pink lemonade to be exact. It was delicious! It tasted even better in my new mug.

On Friday morning, Rob, Gunner and I are off to Canmore for a little relaxation with his dad and sister. I'm excited for relaxing, but it means my spring break is almost over! Rob's mom and stepdad are coming from BC on Saturday, and I can't wait to see them on Sunday. So many things to do and see, and so little time!

How was your weekend?

xo. Nicole