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Sunday Surf’s Up!

So I’ve definitely been lagging behind with the blogging this week, for various reasons…

Number one is GAPS – I’ll post more about it tomorrow, but basically, while I know without a doubt that it is working and doing good things, it is also kicking my butt!

I feel tired and sickie a lot, but I knew that was to be expected, so I’m just trying to push through and get lots of sleep! It doesn’t leave a whole lot of motivation for doing much else though and I’m feeling pretty bad about all those e-mails I haven’t yet responded to…

Thrown in the mix is what appears to be a flare up of sciatica, something I experienced once before about 3 years ago and is totally not what I need right now!

There are various things that can cause sciatica, but in the main it causes excruciating pain in the lower back, hips, and up and down the legs, which only becomes worse when you sit or lie down. When I saw a doctor about it in the past she told me to alternate cold and heat on my back and take ibuprofen, which I have been trying for the past 4 days.

Aside from the fact that ibuprofen probably is not the best choice for the GAPS intro diet, it also doesn’t seem to be working – it will give temporary pain relief but the problem isn’t going away, so I’m thinking I need to see a doctor again. I hate going to doctors. :p Read the rest of this entry »

Sunday Surfin’ July 17, 2011

Lots of great posts this week – and a busy day of rearranging our entire living room, phone and internet setup today – so without further ado, your Sunday Surf!

Hope you enjoy and benefit from these posts as much as I did… :)

  • You may think of fabric softener and dryer sheets as fabulous inventions that help keep your clothes static-free and smelling good, but in reality they are some of the most toxic products in your home.Why It’s Important to Minimize Chemicals in Household Cleaning from The Peaceful Housewife
  • …most examples of social privilege aren’t that straightforward. Let’s take, for example, a basic bit of male privilege: A man has the privilege of walking past a group of strange women without worrying about being catcalled, or leered at, or having sexual suggestions tossed at him. A pretty common male response to this point is “that’s a privilege? I would love if a group of women did that to me.” And that response, right there, is a perfect shining example of male privilege.On the Difference Between Good Dogs and Dogs That Need a Newspaper Smack from Sindelókë
  • I started a TerraCycle program in our town about a year ago. A friend of mine knew about it, but was totally honest with me in saying that she just did not have time to save all of that. I never pushed or even made any comments. Just recently, she has started giving me her energy bar wrappers. She says that now she feels like she can’t throw them away.Change The World Wednesday (#CTWW) from Reduce Footprints Read the rest of this entry »

Let’s Go Surfin’ Now…

Cafe Gratitude (SF)

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So yesterday I posted about gratitude and how it hadn’t been a very gratitude-feeling week for me but that I planned to be more intentional about it this week.

Last night, for the 3rd freakin’ night in a row, Bean took FOREVER to go to sleep – to the point that the husband and I have been alternating staying up there with her for an hour at a time.

I cannot even begin to convey to you how much this pisses me right off.

Anyway, as I was going through my anger sleep routine with baby once again…I just started begrudgingly listing in my head things that I am grateful for. I listed some, and I listed more, and I listed more, and very, very gradually I calmed down.

And Bean dropped off to sleep.

Coincidence? I think so. ;)

Still…it did help me to not be so irritated. Guess this gratitude thing really has something going for it!

And now, to share some of the awesomeness from the bloggy world over the past week (some of it wasn’t exactly written last week – that’s just when I read it). Read the rest of this entry »

Sunday Surf – June 26, 2011

I was NOT happy when I woke up this morning.

I’m never normally happy upon waking…I’m not one of those people who jumps out of bed with joy to greet the day. But usually by the time I’ve visited the bathroom and brushed my teeth I’m fairly good to go – as long as coffee follows soon after.

This morning though, I was still washing my hands and getting ready to brush my teeth when my husband called me downstairs to look at my daughter’s poopy diaper.

You’d think by now he could deal with this stuff on his own??

The reason he needed my assistance was the fact that there were ‘strange looking’ things in there (the remains of solid food she hadn’t digested) and he was worried. I told him what it was and grumbled back upstairs to brush my teeth.

Then she was acting tired and it was her naptime, so I attempted to get her to sleep for half an hour, which seemed more like 3 hours as I hadn’t yet had my coffee.

Finally we gave it up as a bad job and came downstairs, where I cried and told my husband all about how this was the worst morning ever – especially as he was leaving in 20 minutes to go help someone move and I had to deal with it all by myself and I wouldn’t be able to eat breakfast or have coffee or anything and it was all terrible.

Yes, I am not a morning person. Read the rest of this entry »

Sunday Sunday Sunday… Surf

Candlelit dinner  Le 313 - Hotel du Louvre 2

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What a weekend it has been…

The husband and I had our first date in over 9 months yesterday – we went to see X-Men in the afternoon while Bean had a visit with her grandparents.

It was a great movie and a lot of fun, though I do still think it’s going to be awhile before both of us will be OK to leave her at night, I have my eye on a fancy Mexican restaurant for when the next date does come around!

I actually did leave Bean overnight with her daddy last night - the first night I’ve ever spent away from her. I went downtown to celebrate a friend’s birthday – as both of us can’t go to such things at this point, we’ve decided to start some sort of alternating schedule and I guess you could say it was ‘my turn’.

I knew it would be a late night and I driving downtown isn’t easy for me at the best of times, so I decided to crash at my friend’s and come home early.

I must say, it’s possible that I’m just lucky and I’m certainly not taking a huge amount of credit here (especially because I know how easily it could all turn on me) but I really do think the fact that I rarely left the Bean during her first months of life has helped make her into such a secure little one - we have experienced no kind of separation anxiety thus far that I have seen.

Leaving her is certainly not something I’m going to make a regular habit of just yet, but as I will be returning to work sooner than later it’s something I feel a need for both of us to start getting used to, slowly and steadily. So far I’m happy to say it seems to be working out well!

Now I’m just hoping I won’t be eating those words lol.

With that, here’s some of my very favorite posts I’ve been reading over the past couple weeks… Read the rest of this entry »

Sunday Surf on Monday

I really wanted to do a Sunday Surf yesterday (I’ve been reading so many amazing posts this week!) but I was just too tired from a crazy busy – but very fun – weekend.

Saturday I was at the home of relatives expecting their first baby very soon. They’ve been renovating an amazing old house for close to 5 years now (and doing an incredible job!) but with their own little bean on the way, things are shifting into high gear and they organized a work party to get some things taken care of.

So the husband and Bean had a daddy daughter bonding day and I did some painting!

It was a fun little switch, and it sounds weird but I feel so cool to have taken part in ‘flipping’ a house – small part though it was. :)

Mother’s Day dawned gorgeously – finally a day that was truly sunny and warm!

Husband made me breakfast (bacon and eggs – yum!) and then we went for a long walk to work off breakfast. When we got home Bean was ready for a nap and we noticed exactly how many weeds had sprung up in our little front yard garden over the past week, so we did a little yard work and made it all pretty.

I then got inspired and decided to mow the lawn, so the front and back yards actually look presentable for once (we moved here last summer when I was pregnant and I could count on my hand the number of times we got the lawn taken care of…I’m sure our neighbors will be happier this year lol).

I also got started on my straw bale garden! I probably should have begun before now, but life intervenes… Read the rest of this entry »

Green Living & a Sunday Surf

Green Living Show - food

Gotta love free food samples! :)

So far it’s been a pretty great weekend…I had the chance to head downtown to the Toronto Green Living Show on Friday with my MIL and brother-in-law (and the Bean, of course!) and hubby is interested enough that we’re going to stop by again for a few hours today on the way to visit some friends.

It’s always fun to get a chance to see all the exhibits of various things green (though I do find it rather ironic to look at the pile of paper pamphlets and fliers I came home with…hopefully most of it’s made from recycled paper!).

I got a chance to try Kefir – something I heard of only recently, and may look into incorporating it into my diet. Bean tried some carrot juice (she was a fan) and some banana baby yogurt (not a fan), and of course I got all kinds of fun food samples (favorite was the sheep cheese…I really like sheep cheese :) ).

I also purchased some Indian spices from Arvinda’s – very much looking forward to trying out some of her recipes, and 2 SmartKlean laundry balls – something I have been intrigued by for awhile now (I’ll do a review once I’ve had the chance to try them out for a bit).

Yesterday was mostly a cleaning day, along with a bit of rearranging in the living room, but I got a chance to relax and read a novel too, which feels like something I haven’t done in awhile.

Along with that, I’ve been reading a lot of great posts this week – so without further ado, here’s your Sunday Surf! Read the rest of this entry »

Sunday Surf! Lots of Great Posts This Week!

Happy to go to the market again...

Happy to go to the market again...

It has been a gorgeous weekend so far here in Ontario…I just keep thinking, please, please, please don’t let it snow again!

We started Saturday morning with a trip to The Village Market, a year-round farmer’s market I recently discovered that happens to be quite near us. I love farmer’s markets! I’ve been missing them all winter.

This one was a bit too expensive for our taste, but we did pick up some venison stew meat to have as a novelty, along with some tasty gluten-free cherry tarts (I don’t make a practice of eating gluten free – these just looked really good) and some honeycomb, because I wanted to give it a try.

I’m finding so much fun in trying new foods lately…I was the pickiest of picky children, and still struggle with it more frequently than I would like, but I’m finding myself surprised at how many things I DO like when I just give them a try. It’s particularly fun for me to find a veggie I’ve never heard of and Google a recipe for it…I find I’m rarely disappointed. (Still don’t like tomatoes though! Or green peppers…)

We had great success with one recipe in particular this week – Swiss Chard Gratin. This is one of the BEST dishes I have ever made – we could not believe how good it was! It was kind of fussy to make, but so worth it in the end.

I know, it wasn’t part of our weekly menu plan. I still deviate from that more than I really should…but sometimes it just happens that way. Last night, for instance, I was feeling way too lazy to cook whatever I had planned, and I came that close to ordering out. Fortunately, I stuck to my guns, and we had fried potatoes and scrambled eggs for dinner (I did throw in some Gruyere cheese to fancy it up a bit ;) ).

I’m not terribly worried about it…I do try to stick to the plan more often than not, and so far we’ve made it without being too tempted to eat out.

Here’s the plan for this week, if you’re interested (I love seeing people’s menu plans cause it gives me lots of ideas!): Read the rest of this entry »

Black Bean Brownies & a Sunday Surf

OK, so I didn’t exactly intend to leave off my baking until 8PM this evening…but sometimes that’s just how life works out.

In any case, it was totally worth it – I now have a pan of Black Bean Brownies, another of Nourishing Bread Pudding, and a loaf of 100% Whole Wheat Honey Bread cooling on my counterboy does my kitchen smell good!

I wanted to share my adapted version of this Black Bean Brownie recipe, and also join in with Authentic Parenting for my first Sunday Surf! This has been an AMAZING week for blog posts…can’t wait to share what I’ve been reading!

But first things first – the chocolate!

Black Bean Brownies:

  • 1 Can Eden Organics Black Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 C organic unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1/4 C cocoa powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 t. real vanilla extract
  • 3/4 C raw sugar
  • 1 good glug strong coffee (I used what was leftover in the post from this morning)
  • 1/4 C semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350. Put all the ingredients except the chocolate chips into a food processor or blender; puree until smooth. Pour chocolate chips over the top.

Bake for about 40 minutes, until toothpick inserted into middle comes out mostly clean.

Wait for brownies to cool completely before eating (you may want to store them in the fridge).

That’s it!

I also just wanted to quickly share a few of my helpful baking secrets that I’ve come up with over the years. :) Read the rest of this entry »

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