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Life Lately: The Start of Spring

Posted in My Life, Photography, Real Life.

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I always see other bloggers sharing awesome photos from their lives, so I thought, why don’t I do the same? Because I like it. I often snap quick pictures (yes, with my phone, ugh) of interesting things I see and one of the reasons I started this blog was to help me become a better photographer too. No, I don’t mean like a professional, I’ll probably never get there, but to at least make my everyday shots look good and improve my skills. Hooray for skills.

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These past few months have been really transformative for me. Literally. It’s like I’m becoming a new person. I have to sort out complicated finances and tax situations for this year, when previously it was “income in, expenses out, now order a pizza”. I started going to see a counsellor. Nope, I’m not a nutbar, just wanted to improve my emotional intelligence and life skills. (Fun fact: I am also a bit of a nutbar. Isn’t everyone?) Lots of stuff goin’ on!

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Here’s what my life has been made of lately:

  • 1. My cat became a senior citizen with her 12th birthday. Awww.
  • 2. My boyfriend and I bought a townhouse together – woo! We move in June. Goodbye analogue elevator in my 1950s shanty apartment!
  • 3. I’ve still found time to explore Vancouver and drink delicious beer at Tap & Barrel (mmm! good food too!).
  • 4. I drove my car onto a pedestrian-only walkway by the Vancouver Seawall in order to have my car-baby in an auto show. (Don’t worry, that’s a whale made out of Lego!)
  • 5. I found my new favourite brand of clean eating chocolate bar: Giddy YoYo. They are so delicious (and Canadian made, woo!). And dangerously for chocoholics like me, they allow you to order online!
  • 6. I had a perfect hair bun day. Sigh. They are so few and far between.
  • 7. Oh yeah, and the Olympic Torch in Coal Harbour is pretty cool too.
  • 8. And lastly, I discovered that my cat goes nuts for avocado. Like in a run into your dinner plate, crawl in your face, get that avocado in any way possible, fight to survive type of way. Is this normal (probably not)? Are avocados bad for cats? It alarms me that I found no results for that search term on Google. She must be a California Siamese.

Finally, it feels like spring is finally here – hooray. What’s been the highlight of your week so far?



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Monday

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The Double Life of a Secret Blogger

Posted in Blog Business, Blogging Tips, Opinion, Real Life.

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Happy Monday, wheeee! I actually love Mondays. They charge me up for the week and get my creative juices flowing. #MondayLove Anyhoo, I’ve had some “blog biz” on my mind this past week and I wanted to share…

As I wrote about before, I am still figuring out the voice of this blog and what I really want to focus on writing about. So, of course bear with me while I do that but also, come along for the ride and have fun. But with that said, content is one thing. I can experiment with that, try new things, toss away old things, whatever. But I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my blogging “double life” and how to best manage that.

Right now, no one that I know in my real-world life knows about this blog (or so I think, what do I know). I haven’t told anyone about it and I don’t post links to it from my social media accounts. I’m not making a point to hide it but I’m not telling everyone, “Hey, come read my blog!” Don’t get me wrong, I’m not ashamed of my blog in any way – I am excited to start writing about things I love because, well, I love writing and there’s lots of things I want to learn and explore. Ain’t nothin’ wrong with that. But yet, I’m still hesitant to “let the cat out of the bag” and tell my friends and family and occasional Facebook stalker that I have a blog. Why? Do you struggle with the same thing?

Realistically what I look like when I write blog posts. Except girly.
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I’m curious about how others approach this, for my own data gathering before making a decision (did I mention I’m a very rational human being?). I guess it’s just that old-fashioned social nervousness about putting myself out there. What is there to be afraid of? I’m not sure.

Did you go balls to the walls and announce to anyone who would listen that you have a blog, and post about it on your social media channels? Or did you quietly start a blog, working at it for awhile, and then come out of the blog closet to reveal to your real-life peeps that you’re a blogger and hey, go check it out. Or are you like me, the third category, secretly blogging when no one’s around and leading a super non-exciting, zero chance of danger type of double life?



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Saturday

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Banana Cinnamon Protein Pancakes

Posted in Breakfast Recipes, Food & Fitness.

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Protein pancakes have been around for awhile. But I threw together this particular mixture the other day and was thrilled with the results! Hot, cinnamon-ey, fluffy pancakes that are clean and healthy and SUPER filling. NOM!

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Believe it or not, I have never successfully made pancakes before this incident, even with that non-clean eating crap Bisquick stuff or whatever it is. Gross. Anyway, these are way better and you don’t even need syrup or anything – they are good to go on their own! You could always add some strawberries, blueberries or other fruit/chosen item as a garnish if you so wish.

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The best part is these are ready to go in 10 minutes or less, so they are perfect for busy mornings (which is every morning for me because I am a terrible morning person and I hate them).

Also – I tried them with chocolate protein powder and they were also very tasty. See below picture – they almost look like little steak patties (weird? probably). I think the vanilla is still better though… but you try it and see what you prefer. I’ve also seen strawberry protein powder out there… HMM?! Probably amazeballs with that. Go forth and experiment!

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Banana Cinnamon Protein Pancakes
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 big banana, mashed up
  2. 1 egg
  3. 1 scoop (30g) vanilla protein powder (I used Kaizen Natural Whey Vanilla Bean, yum!)
  4. 1/2 tsp almond milk
  5. cinnamon, to taste (I used about 1 tsp)
Instructions
  1. Mix up all the ingredients in a bowl - make sure that banana is mashed up real good!
  2. Spray a nonstick frying pan with olive oil or other nonstick spray and fry it up over medium heat - about 1-2 minutes on the first side and a minute on the other, depending on your stove. Make sure to flip it halfway!
Notes
  1. Nutritional info: approx 300 calories, 33g carbs, 6g fat, 33g protein, 6g fibre, 144mg sodium
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Thursday

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April 2014

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Volkswagen Love at the Auto Show

Posted in My Life, Photography, Real Life.

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Guess what?! The coolest thing in the entire known universe happened to me a few weeks ago. As you may or may not know, I’m a HUGE Volkswagen nut, or a “dubber” if you’re in the know like that. I love modified VWs and love working on my own car. I’ve had several interesting specimens over the years but my current ride is a 20th Anniversary Edition GTI (halleluuuujah!). See?

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Well, I was contacted by Volkswagen Canada asking me if I would be willing to have my GTI showcased at the 2014 Vancouver International Auto Show in VW’s “GTI Generations” exhibit. Ummm HELLS YEAH!!, I replied. The exhibit was featured at the main entrance of the Vancouver Convention Centre, right in the heart of the downtown waterfront, in order to unveil VW’s new MK7 (2015) GTI. The display consisted of the new GTI (of course), and the 6 previous generations (roughly 4-5 model years each), going back all the way to the beginning with the first GTI, the MK1. Mine was square in the middle as a MK4 (1999-2005), representing its kind with style and badassery. I even got to write a blurb for it – see below!

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Volkswagen generously paid for a rental car for me (2014 Tiguan, beeeyatch! Get one, they’re sweet.) and arranged transport of my car. However, the tow driver was a little less than sharp and refused to tow my car (and others) because it was “too low”, which is ridiculous, because it was a flatbed. But whatever. I offered to drive my car down there, which I thought meant dropping it off in front of the building, handing a professional the keys and saying, “See ya later, alligator”. In fact, it meant driving down there, driving on a pedestrian-only walkway along the beautiful Vancouver Seawall (awesome) and then driving into the building and placing the car in the display myself. Say whaaaa. Yes, it was a tad nervewracking, but I did it.

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It was so great to see my “metal baby” up on stage, all shiny and lean. As it turns out, I met the original owner of my car (known because my car is a numbered special edition) which was pretty neat. Small world and all.

A big thank you to Volkswagen Canada for putting on a sweet show, and for the opportunity to see my car in the limelight! :)



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Wednesday

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Free Printable Workout: Leg Day!

Posted in Fitness, Food & Fitness.

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HUNNNNF! That is my best bodybuilder grunt. I don’t grunt in the gym though. Hashtag rude. Anyway, who else out there likes lifting heavy weights? In case you haven’t heard, lifting heavy is the most effective way for women to burn fat (forget about endless cardio and “toning” – ugh the word toning needs to be banned from the Internet). And it’s not scary at all, I promise.

Now I’m not the best person to take nutrition or workout advice from because, shocking news flash, I’m not a doctor or a personal trainer. But I just like sharing some stuff I’m doing right now and some knowledge I learned, because when I started my fitness journey, I had NO IDEA about any of this stuff.

I’ve lost 25lbs over the past 10 months, mostly through changing my diet (and no, I don’t mean diet like 1200 calories a day nonsense, I mean the word in the way of “this is what I put into my face food receptor”) and incorporating a bit of exercise. After realizing that I didn’t want to lose any more weight, per se, I wanted to lose FAT. Two very different things. The scale is not the whole story here folks. Body fat percentage is a much better goal to set for yourself and a better indicator of health. So… I did some research, and started lifting weights.

Rather than me talking all about it, I suggest if you are interested in learning about weightlifting, you read the awesome book, “New Rules of Lifting for Women” and/or this article on Bodybuilding.com. Much better job of explaining things than I could ever do.

With that said though, I routinely use WorkoutLabs.com to make workout printables for myself. I love changing up my routine so my body doesn’t get bored and, more importantly, so my motivation and mind don’t wander. I created this one today for my new Lower Body Weight Days! Feel free to download this free printable workout and give it a try! (Click to download the PDF.)

Leg Day Workout Free Download

Do you lift weights? If so, I’d love to hear of the tools you use frequently to keep yourself on track, good websites you go to for information or anything else!



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