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Showing posts from May, 2017

Cleft Lip & Palate Awareness Week

May 6 - 14, 2017, is Cleft Lip & Palate Awareness Week and I want to take this time to share our story with you all. When I was 21 weeks pregnant with our second baby, I went for a routine ultrasound which I was primarily just excited to find out whether we would be having a boy or a girl. We were excited to find out that we were welcoming another baby girl, and then were told by our doctor that our bundle of joy would have a birth defect called a cleft. At this point, I had no previous knowledge about clefts, and we were unaware whether or not the cleft would be of just the lip, or if the palate was involved as well, and having this new knowledge, we wanted to know how it all happened.

We were sent for appointments at the hospital with a genetic councillor, and then introduced to our Cleft Team which we will be working with for years to come. We were told that the cleft was not likely genetics and that we did nothing wrong to cause the cleft - sometimes this just happens with no…

Day 1: Cross-Fit

I had my very first cross-fit class yesterday and I am in love! I had so much fun, met some new people and learned so much! I can't wait to continue challenging myself - because that's exactly what cross fit was: a challenge. After the warm-up, I thought 'that's just like one of my daily workouts' and THEN we did two workouts that really pushed me mentally and physically. I learned technique and form that will be the base for many of our exercises, and with the added weight, it pushed me to challenge myself through exercises my body was already familiar with.

The aftermath? Today, I feel like I was doing squats all day yesterday, but I know this isn't even the brunt of it, DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) is sure to hit me tomorrow. I'm thinking an Epsom salt bath and some light yoga today will be a great help. I feel all my muscles today and it's that painful muscle soreness that feels so good because I know I had a GREAT workout. I am looking fo…

Healthy Snack Idea: Nut-Free Granola Bars

I am always looking for new healthy snacks that my whole family will enjoy. I love baking, and try to avoid processed foods as much as possible. With so many schools imposing a 'nut-free' zone for the safety of those children with allergies, it can be difficult to find a healthy whole grain snack to send to school with your kids. I came up with this nut-free granola bar recipe that is a perfect healthy snack for everyone, and they taste delicious!

Yield: 15 Squares

Ingredients: 3 cups Whole Grain Oats 2 Tbsp Chia Seeds 2 Tbsp Sunflower Seeds 1/4 cup Pumpkin Seeds 3/4 cup Raisins 2 tsp Cinnamon 1 tsp Vanilla 1/3 cup Honey 2 Egg Whites 


Mix dry ingredients together in large bowl.
In a small bowl, mix together Egg whites, vanilla and honey. 
Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients and stir until all dry ingredients are coated in egg white mixture. 
Press firmly into a 9" baking pan about 1/2" thick. 
Bake for 20-30 minutes at 325' 
Slice into bars &…