‘Twas the night before playoffs

‘Twas the night before playoffs, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse…

Tomorrow the journey to the Stanley Cup begins!

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Just typing that gives me the chills.

Some of y’all reading might not quite understand that, so watch this….

Montreal Canadiens Playoff Pump Up Video

If that doesn’t give you the chills or make you smile, then you should just stop reading. Seriously, the rest of this post will mean nothing to you.

As a former athlete, those kind of moments hit home with me. Playoff anything….championship anything….really anything competitive ignites my inner athlete, and can’t help but feel the emotion the players feel or are about to feel during that journey. It is just so cool. I love everything about it. I might not be playing, but I can tell you I am in the second best spot. I get to stand right by my hubby through all of it, and get to experience it first hand as his number one fan and support system!

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Now, I have to be honest…I have never really thought about the possibility of Jeff winning a stanley cup, or the true excitement of this “new season.” I mean I have thought about it, but nothing below the surface because Jeff has never been in playoffs.

Now, for the first time in his 5 year career as a professional hockey player he is going to the playoffs!!!!!!!!!!

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Playoffs are the beginning of a new season. It is when they truly have the opportunity to chase one of their biggest dreams. For a hockey player, that dream starts with an 82 regular game season and then four rounds of playoffs with the ultimate goal being able to lift the Stanley Cup above their head with pride!

For that to even be a possibility for Jeff and his team this year is incredible. And, I could not be more excited to be right by his side cheering him on along the way.

Montreal Canadiens,

It is so real now, and it all starts tomorrow!

GO HABS GO!!!!

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Friday Favorites: App Edition

Here’s a go at some Friday Favorites. Today’s edition includes some of my favorite phone apps at the moment!

Glow Nurture

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Yes, this is a pregnancy app. But, I love it! Each day it gives me an update on what is happening with the baby or your body that day. Also, every week it tells you want size the baby is in comparison to a fruit or veggie. For example, Baby P is the size of a sweet potato right now, but Sunday will change to a mango! It’s kind of a running joke in my family now…my dad will call me and say “how is the avocado today!?” Anyways, I like this app because it’s very concise, yet informative. It also lets you add bump photos each week so you can see your progress. Another cool thing is your hubby can download it and link up with all your info and read up on the same stuff….if they want to!

Yelp

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My go to! I travel/ am moving all the time, so this is my go to to find anything. Best dinner restaurant, best salads, best mexican food, best dry cleaners….you name it! Just type whatever you are looking for into the search bar and use your current location or type your location in, and voila! Your top rated searches pop right up! I love “yelping” before I go on vacation to find the best restaurants to make reservations or find things to do while there! This is a must have!

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Shnarped

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This one is more for the dudes, but I like it too! Our friend who plays for the Bruins actually told Jeff and I about this app and now we love it. Okay, so Jeff definitely uses it more than I do, but I definitely like to look at it every now and then to check in on how all our hockey friends are doing! Instead of having to go to your friends team’s page to see how they are doing in hockey and keep up with them, this app allows you to create a profile and follow all your favorites. Then everyday you have a news feed that your friends info/ stats pop up on from the night before. It’s pretty cool to have all of that info right there. Makes it super easy! You can also follow your favorite team, so it gives you those updates as well.


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Waterlogue

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This app takes some of your average pictures and turns them into a beautiful watercolor painting. I have done this with a couple of photos I took right on my iPhone and can’t wait to print them out and put them up in our house. I think these would make great gifts for people!

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Bitmoji

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Okay, this is a silly app, but it’s so entertaining. I think. Maybe I am just bored. But, you can make yourself into your own emoji to use in texts! Ha! Yeah, okay it sounds dumb, but it is really funny to use and see people’s reactions or get one from someone else to see how they made themselves look. Alright so after all the anticipation, here is my bitmoji….These are just a few examples of many emojis you can send as part as your message! Now go bitmoji yourself 🙂

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Hope you enjoy these apps as much as I do! Happy Friday! 🙂

Mom in Montreal

This morning I had to take my mom to the airport so she could go back to Texas. I have to say I was really sad she had to leave! I begged for her to stay longer, but that didn’t happen….

Nevertheless we had a great week together here in Montreal. When your hubby is as busy/traveling as much as mine it is just nice to have company every now and then. And, moms are sometimes just what you need!

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You can do as much or as little as you want while they are there, they just want to be with you! Oh, and if you have a mom as awesome as mine they will even clean and do your laundry! You see some moms come to visit their kids or family and cook homemade meals…not Shell Bell. She doesn’t cook! She does great take-out, but cooking…not her forte. Shell Bell cleans!!! She volunteers to wash the sheets on your bed, she checks the laundry hamper and washes any clothes that needs to be done (whereas I leave it ’til the bin is overflowing), she even washes the dishes by hand…. it’s the best!

And, what is better than a bed made by mom….fresh sheets put back on your bed by the best bed-maker there is. It’s guaranteed to be one of the best night’s sleeps. Am I right? I don’t care how many times I can make a bed….it is NEVER as good as when Mom does it.

Ahh…the little things!

Ok, but seriously she didn’t just clean the entire time she was here. We actually experienced a lot of what Montreal has got to offer!

She got to feel the excitement of the Bell Centre at her first Montreal Canadiens game! We actually decided she is Jeffrey’s little good luck charm because he ended up scoring goals in both games she got to see. (That was another one of my tactics to try and get her to stay longer….so Jeff would keep scoring goals!)

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Tuesday we went for a freezing walk around Old Montreal. The architecture around this city is truly amazing. We then went to lunch at one of Jeff and my favorite spots: Olive and Gourmando. YUM!

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Some shopping took place Tuesday and Wednesday!

Thursday we got to sneak a peak at the Canadiens pre-game skate. It’s pretty cool the practice facility is open to the public to come watch! Canadians love their hockey! 🙂

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Friday we were tourists! We took the city by storm and saw some of the sights. First we drove to the Olympic Stadium where the Olympic Games took place in 1976 (the first time Canada actually hosted the Olympics). I have to say, that building was a sight to see. Just HUGE!

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We then dropped the car off at home, laced up our sneaks, and took Nellie for a mega walk around the city. The weather was perfect (and when I say perfect, I mean perfect in my Canada-living mind set….the Texan in me wouldn’t have minded 20 more degrees added). But whatever, I’ll take it.

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We headed up to Mount Royal and eventually made it to the top to enjoy the beautiful views of Montreal. I can see this city being AMAZING in the summer! Three hours later we made our way back down through the city and finally home after picking up dinner we would enjoy later that night. 20,000+ steps on our FitBits…we were pooped. We spent the night in our comfy’s watching Jeff’s game, and proceeding to stay up way too late watching all the mindless TV shows my mama likes to record.

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The rest of the weekend was rather lazy. I am going to blame it on the SNOW. Yes, I said it. Snow in April. I still can’t wrap my head around it. We did venture out to Atwater Market. Such a cute farmer’s market! I will definitely be going back to get our produce and meat from there once Jeff is home.

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Easter Sunday came. We enjoyed brunch in our PJs. Attempted to watch the church service from home online, but missed the live stream. Whoops! So, we just relaxed until it was time to get ready to go to the lovely baby shower the girls here threw for me and a couple other ladies on the team who are expecting. It was so nice my mom was able to come and enjoy my first baby shower with me!

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And here we are, Monday. She’s on a plane back to Texas as we speak. 😦 We had the best week…the men in our life would be happy to hear there were minimal mother-daughter blow ups at each other! 😉  Success in my book! We did a a lot and then we did a whole lot of nothing. It was perfect if you ask me. Mom visits are the best!

Can’t wait for her to come back! Muchos besos, Mama!

Most exciting news of 2014.

In my previous post, I mentioned in December 2014 we got the most exciting news two days before Christmas!

Most of y’all already know, but we are having a BABY! Baby Petry will be here August 2015!

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I cannot explain how excited we are to bring a little munchkin into this world! And, I definitely cannot explain how excited the rest of the family is too! Baby P will be the first grand baby on both sides!

We told all of our family members on Christmas Day when we FaceTimed with them from Edmonton. The anticipation of telling them throughout the whole conversation was wild. I think our hearts were pounding outside our chests. It was so fun to see everyone’s reactions when we told them the news! We recorded each time we told a different family member on our phones so we have those memories forever!

Currently, I am 18 weeks along. Almost half way, which is VERY hard to believe!

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This photo was from 16 weeks

I have to say how lucky I feel to not have had morning sickness! I was a little nauseous between weeks 6-8, but never got sick. I honestly think it was because I was not eating enough.  I had a big aversion to any kind of meat during this time, so I don’t think I was getting enough protein. I basically started force feeding it to myself, and I instantly felt better. The only thing I was really affected by was the tiredness that comes with the first trimester! I felt totally wiped out in the beginning. I really couldn’t wrap my head around it, but when you truly understand that your body is GROWING another human it makes total sense! No wonder I was so tired, I was growing little baby organs! It’s truly the most amazing miracle when you think about it.

So, overall I have to say other that the tiredness in the first trimester, I felt pretty normal! Thank God! And, once the second trimester hit, the only thing that really reminded me that I was pregnant was the weight I started to put on. Ok, that and my want for anything that had potatoes involved; french fries, potato chips, baked potatoes…you name it!

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People ask me about my cravings all the time, and the only thing I can really respond with is that I prefer savory over sweet. Which is NUTS because I am always up for sweets! But right now, I can pass them up no big deal. For specific cravings, they honestly change every week. One week I couldn’t get enough of burgers and fries, the next I wanted pancakes for every meal, any sort of cheesy pasta sounds fabulous, and chips and salsa were a go to for a bit! So random, I know. And to throw you for another loop, during all these weeks I wanted yummy salads too! So there, I got did get some veggies!

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As for the planning and prepping for Baby P, I have to admit I haven’t done much….which most of y’all who know me know that this is NOT in my personality. I am a planner and preparer. I prep for all scenarios. But, this one (oddly enough) has not been on the forefront. Shocking, I know!

I think for some people from the second they find out they are pregnant, it consumes them for the next 10 months and they begin planning and prepping for the baby to arrive. Don’t get me wrong, I am definitely thinking about it a lot, but since I have felt so “normal” and good, and have been able to continue with all my regular activities, it hasn’t consumed me! That along with the fact we have had the craziest last couple of months/ just a crazy lifestyle in general, I really haven’t had the time to start planning.

Now that we are settled for a couple of months before we move again and I am starting to “feel” pregnant (just getting bigger and moving a bit slower), I am going to hit the ground running as much as I can with preparations for Baby P! I actually just started a board on Pinterest to give me ideas for the nursery, which you can see here.

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I love these neutral colors and shiplap walls

An example of a not so normal instance so far would be the amount of doctors I have seen. In the life we live with Jeff’s profession, sometimes things are a little more complicated than usual. Generally, a pregnant woman would find out she is pregnant and go to the doctor she would see the entire pregnancy. I first saw the team’s family doctor in Edmonton when we first found out, then I saw an OBGYN in Edmonton. Then Jeff got traded to Montreal, so I got put in touch with the OBGYN here in Montreal and just saw him for the first time last week. And, to top it off, I will be seeing my third and final doctor (the one that will deliver the lil peanut) in Michigan once hockey season is over! Fortunately, things have gone super smoothly with all the transitions and the pregnancy has been great so far, so I can’t complain! Just keep on, keepin’ on…. and make sure I have all my charts with me at all times! 🙂

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The lil peanut

As for the gender of Baby P….we decided we are going to wait and find out the gender of Baby P at birth! It will be the most amazing surprise of our lives!

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Miss Nellie can’t wait to be a big sister

Do you think Baby P will be a boy or a girl?

Lately: Part II

Well, here I go again. This time I have let a year and a half go by without contributing to what I thought was going to take off and be my “career”.

Since September 2013, A LOT has happened in the Petry household. I’ll recap the year and a half, with the hopes of catching my “readers” up (ha!) and then try to keep posting regularly to keep this thing going.

September 2013-April 2014: Another hockey season in Edmonton. Did not go so hot. Were out of playoffs by Christmas, I think. Rough go.

May 2014: Jeff went to Belarus to play for Team USA again in the World Championships. I stayed back to start the process of renovations to our house in Michigan. We only have 4 short months in the Mitten, so we had to maximize our time as best we could. That meant me forgoing cheerleader role in Belarus.

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June 2014: Renovations STILL going. My thoughts were “when are these people going to get out of my house and when is this mess going to be cleaned up!?” (It was all worth it.) Nellie turned 1…terrible I still haven’t dedicated a single post to just her. What a bad puppy mama I am! 😉

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Most importantly, Jeffrey Nicholas Petry officially graduated from Michigan State University! #proudwifey

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My college GRAD!

July 2014: Our home renos were completed in the nick of time for our first big Fourth of July bash at the Petry Casa!!!! My family came up from Texas, and we had ourselves a good ole time. I have to say July 4th is top 3 on my favorite holiday list! And, July 6th Jefferson and I celebrated our 2nd wedding anniversary!

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Cruisers for our anniversary            

August 2014:  Jeff’s Cali family came to visit. We hosted our first annual wine tasting party (quite the success I must say)! Enjoyed every last bit of summer!

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September 2014: Made a quick trip down to Texas for one of my best friends’ wedding! Jeff jetted off back to Edmonton for training camp. And, I along with my mommy dearest, and Nellie were left to complete the dreaded 30 whatever hour drive to the great white north. All is good though because shortly after we arrived in Edmonton, Mom and I treated ourselves to a weekend at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in the Canadian Rockies. Wow! What an amazing place.

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Mr. and Mrs. Dinerstein

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The bride and her maids                

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Lake Louise

October 2014: Hockey season began! High hopes and much anticipation were the vibes we started another Oiler season with….

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November 2014: Traveled to Boston and NYC to see friends and also catch a couple of Oiler’s games. I had been to Boston before, but my 24 hours there solidified how much I love that city! And NYC, that was just a blast going with a bunch of my highschool friends and college roommate to Madison Square Garden to cheer on Jeff and the Oilers.

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Mrs. Krug and Me

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And somehow we ended up on the ice at MSG

December 2014: Covert trip to Cali to pick up a Christmas gift for Jeff. (That was my excuse to escape to my favorite place.) Two days before Christmas found out the best surprise EVER…more on that later!

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Covert calls for disguises while shopping 😉

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The special gift for Mr. P

January 2015: Last minute decision to go to Dallas for the Cotton Bowl! My alma mater vs. the rest of my family’s alma mater….I couldn’t miss it! Sparty on! Right, Blake!?

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Michigan State vs. Baylor

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All Star break came around, and Jeff and I decided to go to Vegas for the break! I was a little hesitant on the decision, but Vegas can be for everyone….you make it what you want! Regardless, it was a much needed break.

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February 2015: Pretty uneventful month…just enjoyed Edmonton because I kind of had anticipated it being our last month there with the trade deadline looming March 2nd.

March 2015: Jeff was traded to the Montreal Canadiens at 6:45am the morning of March 2nd. And from that moment on, my life as been a little bit nuts! All good, just lots going on with him being on a flight 3 hours later, me packing up our house in Edmonton, figuring out the logistics of everything, and getting settled/ learning how to city live with our 78lbs four legged child. Birthday month (yes, I generally like to let all my loved ones know we celebrate my birthday all March long) has been quite eventful so far!

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So, here we are living in a lovely apartment in Old Montreal for the next couple of months. I would say an experience to remember! Things happen so fast and change can take time to get used to, but I think I can speak for Jeff and I that we are both excited about this experience and being part of the Montreal Canadiens organization! And playoff hockey….I don’t even know what to expect, but I can sure say I am excited for it!

Go Habs Go!

Lately…

Not sure there is anyone out there who still cares about what is going on in the Petry household for the past 5 months….but thought I would share what has been happening lately in our world.  By the way, worst blogger ever award goes to…ME! Not sure I can even call myself a blogger…oh well.

Anywho, a LOT has happened since March. Let’s begin!

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USA USA USA!

After the season ended, Jeff was home for all of 3 days, and then flew over to Finland for the World Championships where his team won the bronze medal!

All during this time, I stayed back in Michigan to unpack and start furniture shopping for our new home! I also snuck in a quick trip to Texas for my good friend, Jordan’s, wedding! IMG_4856

June came along rather quickly…we spent most of it doing house things. Let me tell you (well, most of y’all are probably my mom’s friends and already know this), but when you buy a house….the work NEVER stops. As kids and young adults we take for granted how a lot of things are taken care of at the house, and never realize how much ACTUALLY goes into it. I mean it is non-stop! But, I guess that’s how life goes as we get older and older….life gets busier and busier, we start to get more responsibility, and somehow, someway it all gets done! Props to those people who are super organized and get everything done on their to-do list right away, because I still have things sitting on that list since June. Oh well, it will get done eventually. And by eventually, I mean next summer because we are already back in Canada.

However, we did find time to do things like this…

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And this…

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My super freak!

We also managed to sneak in a little getaway to Chicago at the end of June, where we met our friends, Jamie and Ryan, for a fun and food filled weekend! Food being the emphasis. We took the train to Chi-Town which was really cool, and so convenient to take from Michigan. I already can’t wait to go back!

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All the sudden it was July 6th. July 6th marked our ONE year anniversary! Where the heck did that year go? (Another growing up lesson….time goes by faster and faster). It was hard to believe a year ago at that time we had all our friends and family down in Texas to celebrate our big day! I wish every year we could relive that party to celebrate our marriage! How fun would that be!? (Minus paying for it all again!) For our one year, we celebrated simply by having friends over, BBQ-ing, and relaxing by the lake! It was perfect.

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End of July, my parents came up for a former teammate of mine’s wedding. We road tripped “up north” (for all my southerners out there, “up north” is a term these Michiganders use when they go up to their cottage or lake house in the northern part of Michigan), anyways we headed up to Bay Harbor, MI to celebrate Becky and Eric tie the knot! It was an AMAZING weekend catching up with older teammates and seeing my “big sissy” get married!  I definitely want to go “up north” to vacation more often. Google things like “sleepy bear dunes, Bay Harbor or Harbor Springs Michigan, or Traverse City”. You will see some amazing sites that the mitten has to offer. It is truly breathtaking.

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BBQ and Bonfire to kick off the weekend

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Family bike ride to get cookies…

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The beautiful bride!

After coming home from that fun filled weekend, Mama Bear stayed an extra week to help me do more furniture shopping. What a huge help that was!!! She even did our laundry. I told her she could stay as long as she wanted!!!

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late nights with Mama

August rolled around the corner, which meant two things..ok three, a quick weekend trip to Texas to celebrate Shell-Bell’s 50th, getting our puppy, and a Keith Urban concert. Simply the BEST.

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Little did my mom know (well kind of), we were planning her a surprise party to ring in her 50th! It went well, and she had the best time…I think! IMG_5733

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Birthday Gal

Also got to sneak in a lil’ girl time!

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Miss these chicas!

The day we got back from Texas was the day our life changed forever. We landed in Detroit, got Jeff’s car, and drove 2 hours northwest to pick up our little brown bundle of joy! She is so precious, and makes us laugh SO much. Granted, there have been some not so pretty moments with her, but overall her cuteness (mainly when she sleeps) outweighs those times immensely! More on Nellie later!

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Miss Penelope Petry, aka Nellie!

Besides all the packing and tying up all the loose ends at our house in Michigan before we left, we spent one of our last nights at the Tiger’s game with family and friends. Nothing like a beautiful summer night at the ballpark!

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All three of us survived the 32 hour drive to Edmonton, and Nellie was a CHAMP! Jeff got MVP of the trip, Nellie got Most Improved Player, and I…well I got the spirit award or whatever one goes to the best co-pilot. (Seriously, I drove maybe an hour of the whole trip…I know, pathetic.) Whatever, we made it to E-town and got all settled into our cozy lil’ house that we will call home for the next 9 months!

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How we roll…

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Most Improved.

Now it’s time for hockey season! Go Oilers!

My Next Adventure

Alright, so it might not be my next adventure, but it’s one I have in the works and plan to begin in the Fall of 2013.

Let me give you a little background info…

Last week I was in Dallas visiting my mom’s family…Jeff conveniently had a game there as well. 🙂

Anywho, on Thursday my aunt, my mom, and I went to try this new restaurant for lunch called Le Jus. I was anxious to try it after my aunt said it would be right up my alley.

This place was like no other place I have been to. It was like a cafe along with a clothing store, Number One, in it too. Very different concept. But I loved it!

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Not only did I love the whole feel to the place, but the food was phenomenal. And get this, everything in there was good for you.

The second we sat down, we were greeted by the most knowledgeable, passionate waitress I have ever had. She informed us that everything they served was all organic and followed the Paleo diet. You did not have to worry about anything in the cafe containing grain, cheese, wheat….whatever other kind of  processed crap you can think of (which yes, I do agree tastes good, but is full of chemicals and wreaks havoc on our bodies). I was fired up by this! I have been to healthier/”green” restaurants, but not one where absolutely everything was “safe” to eat. They also served fresh juices…double bonus!

After getting the run down on the whole foundation of Le Jus, the next big thing running through my mind was “let’s see if this actually tastes good!” Because you know everyone thinks that healthy food tastes like bird food. (I am secretly on a quest to show people that healthy can be yummy!)

Let me tell you, this place was UNREAL! We were not let down.

We started with the fresh made guacamole, served with almond flour crackers (not pictured) and apple slices that were soaked in jalapeño juice. Sounds crazy, but it was off the charts delicious.

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Apple slices and guac, weird right? No, delicious!

Mom and my aunt both got the egg salad salad (not pictured) , and I went with the chicken salad. All three of our plates were licked clean.

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To top it off, they let us sample 3 of their yummy juices. All of them were SO yummy!

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Pear Ginger on the left was da bomb.com

During all of our “oohing and ah-ing” over our delicious and fresh lunch this trendy woman walked by and asked us how everything was, and I basically couldn’t shut up. She then proceeded to tell us she was the chef/creator of all the food at Le Jus.

That was it, I wanted to know all of her secrets and kept rambling of how amazing this place was. The word vomit just kept flowing. (At this point I probably should have shut up, but I didn’t.)

I had never heard of this type of restaurant, and it excited me so much that there are people out there that truly care about the ingredients people put into their bodies enough to create a restaurant that is free of all the crap, and is yet still delicious. All I kept saying was that there needs to be more of these places!!!

After a series of compliments exchanged (she was way too sweet to me!), she asked what I had studied in college…at this point in the convo I had convinced myself I had made a huge mistake in not going with my initial major, Nutrition/Dietetics. I told her the whole schpeel on how I started in Dietetics/ Nutrition, but then graduated with a Communications degree and a minor in Health Promotion.

Thinking her response was going to be something along the lines of, “Ohh, yeah….should have stuck with that.” She said, “Good! I’m glad you didn’t waste your time with that!” My thoughts…”WHAT!? Waste my time?” Now I was confused.

She began to explain how colleges teach the modern American diet, and how it really is so bad for our health. The whole food pyramid crud on 6 or whatever the recommended amount of servings of grains you should have a day is BOGUS. That’s right, bogus. I won’t go into it all now, but the whole processed food infused world we live in is truly a major cause in the health issues people suffer from today. It’s actually scary, but I won’t get too into it now. Bottom line is, there is SO much false information out there, it is time for truth to come out, and for people to start eating real food.

Back to the master food creator of Le Jus, Dana Card. She ended up telling me all about the Nutrition program she went to and got certified in, and told me this is where it’s at. This is the real deal. She said, and I quote, “It’s hard as hell, like as hard as med school! But, it will change your life!” That was it, at that moment I made up my mind and I already had myself mentally signed up to do it.

The program is called Nutritional Therapy Association, and you can read all about it here. It is basically a holistic nutrition program that promotes healing and reverse the effects of our modern American diet.  I left Le Jus with the most invigorating feeling, like I could change the world. (Okay, maybe that was the green drink speaking.) But, I seriously felt so connected to this lady’s passion and left there feeling inspired.

My thoughts are that if I can even just affect the tiniest group of people (maybe just my family and closest friends) with what I learn through this program, I will feel like I have conquered the world! Any little success against this world that is filled with the  excess sugar, grains, etc. is a HUGE success in my book. So, I’m going to do it.

The best part about the whole thing is that it is a distance program! That’s right, a distance program! That means my dilemma is over about not being able to do anything while in Canada in terms of achieving some of my own goals and dreams. This program is a 9 month program all done long distance via conference calls/ online learning along with a few weekends of workshops in a designated city. So doable, especially for our special living situation at this time in our lives.

Needless to say, I am beyond excited for this next adventure! I’m actually kind of bummed that I missed the February deadline, but come September 2013 I will be raring to go! The question after I complete the program will be what to do with this certification, but I will cross that bridge when I get to it. Just gotta start somewhere! So here goes!

And, if you are ever in the Dallas area, I highly recommend Le Jus for a refreshing lunch, and a jump start for you’re inner health nut! You will leave there feeling like a new person.

Friday Favorites

In an effort to be more consistent with my posting, I am going to start posting a “Friday Favorites” post every Friday. Over zealous? Maybe. But, I’m going to give it a shot.

I like to read different blogs, and a few of my favorite blogs do a “Friday Favorites” or a “Tuesday Ten”, etc. I actually look forward to reading (or just looking at the pics) of their favorite things each week, so thought I would start doing the same.

Here goes:

Favorite look: Love everything about this outfit.

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Favorite book: You are thinking I’m crazy right now. But seriously go out and read The Duck Dynasty book! The story of how they got to where they are, their close knit family, and their strong faith in God is truly inspirational!

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Favorite bite: Let’s be honest, chicken can get a little boring. This Honey Mustard Pretzel Chicken looks like it might make the taste buds happy.

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Favorite Oiler: #2! I might be a little biased though.

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Favorite baking blog: Magpies & More is my go to baking blog when I want to bake something! None of Maggie’s recipes will let you down! I promise!

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Favorite DIY: I think this string heart is pretty darn cute, and only $35 to do! I’m going to do this, this summer!

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Favorite Dream Vacation: The Maldives. I have no clue where that is, but it looks absolutely unreal.

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Favorite Pup: Seriously, just look at him! Does he come in a non-shedding version? If so, we’ll take him!

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Favorite movie couple: Doesn’t get much better than Julia Roberts and Richard Gere in Pretty Woman! I think it’s time for another movie from these two.

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Favorite funny: I want to make these.

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Favorite awe: How cute! Jeff and I actually ordered these shirts for his grandparents who go down to Florida for the Tiger’s fantasy baseball camp every year. This photo is not of them, but it is where I got the idea to do it. Apparently, they were a big hit!

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Favorite circuit workout: Love how handy this workout is. I have actually done this one before, and it definitely gets your heart pumpin’! The fact that it requires minimal equipment is even better, and you can do it at home!

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That is it for my first “Friday Favorites.” Hope you liked! Have a great weekend! 🙂

Naughty Brownies

Boy, do I have the best recipe for you today! The second I posted a picture of these bad boys to the instagram world, I instantly knew I had to share the recipe on Southern Sweet and Salty because they taste even better than the picture looks. I have to apologize in advance that I did not take more photos.

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Look at those layers…

Now, I have to give credit to my cousin, Alicia, who posted a pic about a week ago of these same brownies. The second Jeff, aka Mr. Can’t Go a single day without dessert, saw them, he said I had to make them! (I’ll be honest, it doesn’t take that much begging to get me to bake a treat!) So that’s where this all began. Thanks Leelee!

So Friday night rolled around, we rented Pitch Perfect (if you haven’t seen it, go watch it NOW! Right now!), and baked up a batch of one of the most deadly combos out there.

Back to the movie real quick…it may or may not have been my 3rd or 4th time watching it in the past month. It is so stinkin’ funny. Rebel Wilson, who plays Fat Amy, might be one of the the funniest female actresses out there, and makes this movie hilarious! Ok, now I’m starting to sound like a movie critic so I’m going to stop. But, even Jeff liked it, and I think would watch it again! I mean, he downloaded the soundtrack the next day, so that was a sign to me that he liked it! (Sorry bub, definitely just threw you under the bus!)

Enough rambling. Onto the best brownies ever! Or best unconventional brownies ever! You see Mom makes a pretty mean box brownie, so I can’t say best brownie ever because her secret touch takes her brownies to the top of the charts, and gives her a little claim to fame in the kitchen. 😉

I originally saw these brownies a while ago here, and then after Alicia posted about them, I knew it was time to recreate them. And yes, the real name for these are Slutty Brownies, but I couldn’t get the courage to type “Slutty Brownies” as the title of this post. My grandmother’s are reading this, so I apologize, Honey and Grandma, for even using the word here. So, Naughty Brownies will have to do.

Chocolate chips cookie dough, oreos, and brownies….what more could you ask for! (Well, you could ask for caramel like Jeff did) But, this triple threat will rock your world, I promise. Not only are they melt in your mouth-delicious, but they are also   SO easy to whip up!

 

Naughty Brownies:

1 box or bag of chocolate chip cookie mix

1 box of brownies (favorite brand)

1 pack of double stuffed oreos (in Canada the packs of oreos are smaller, so maybe could have gotten one more)

+whatever you need for the box mixes (usually 2 eggs, oil, and water)

Preheat oven to 350°.

Mix cookie mix together in bowl as directed on box. Add one extra teaspoon of oil and water to mix. You add this because they will be baking a little longer than suggested, so this keeps the cookie part moist. Also, still add the oil and water even if you make the cookies with butter.

Line 9×13 baking dish with parchment paper, and mush cookie mixture in the bottom of pan to make the first layer.

Next add the oreos on top of the cookie mixture just by placing them in a single layer in rows until the whole dish is covered.

Now mix the brownie mix together as directed on box. (I used the same bowl as the cookie dough…less mess!) Once all the clumps are out, pour on top of the cookie/oreo layers until completely covered. Use a spoon to even everything out, and throw in the oven.

Bake for 30-35 minutes. Use a knife or toothpick to check if brownies are fully cooked.

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Before you want to inhale all of these…let them COOL! And, then eat your heart out. I heard they are pretty good with some ice cream, so you could do that too! But seriously, let them cool. You will enjoy them that much more. Jeff said he actually liked them even more (if that is even possible) the next day.

Side notes: You could make these with a homemade cookie dough recipe and homemade brownies, but you HAVE to use the real deal oreos! You could also use different types of brownies. For example, Alicia used turtle brownies and said they rocked. Feel free to add any personal twists to these. It would be really hard to mess these up! Next I might add a sprinkle of sea salt or a pretzel layer. You know I like my sweet and salty combo…

Whatever you prefer, I know you will LOVE them as much as we did!

What’s been a-happenin’…

Anyone still out there? (Hey Mom!)

Considering it just took me about 6 tries to log-in to my WordPress account due to forgetting my password, confirms I have been a very bad “blogger” and have not posted in a very long time! Unacceptable in the blog-a-sphere.

But, here are all my excuses as to why I have not posted for the past 2 months:

-We flew back to Michigan early November to get a little break from the lockout, and spent Thanksgiving there with Jeff’s fam! So clearly I was too busy stuffing my face with all the Thanksgiving yummies, or hopping on the Texans’ bandwagon at my first Thanksgiving Day football game in Detroit to update Southern Sweet and Salty.

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Excuse the caterpillar on Jeff’s face.
Forgot about Movember…

-During that stint to Michigan (so Nov 7-25), I actually booked myself a ticket to Houston to surprise my mom and dad! HUGE success! I have to thank Blake for assisting me on that one to make sure it all went over smoothly. I have to say it takes a lot to pull fast ones over detective, Shell-Mack. I had to go as far as texting her the night before from Jeff’s phone telling her that “I dropped my phone in the toilet and would have to take it to get fixed in the morning.” I know that if she called me the next morning when I was flying and it went straight to voicemail, she would begin to think something is up. Gotta cover all my bases!

Needless to say I had a short 4.5 days to spend with my family and few friends I got to see, so no time for blogging.

-Upon our return to Edmonton, we made the executive decision to pack up EVERYTHING in the next 5 days and DRIVE 30 whatever hours back to Michigan, and wait out the lockout there. (Better skating and workout opportunities for Jeff in Michigan) And when I say everything, I mean everything. We left our super cute/awesome apartment in Edmonton sparkling clean like we would never see it again (at this point our optimism was real low that the lockout would actually end…or at least mine was.) So, packing and driving across two countries didn’t lend me enough time to blog either.

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This picture is deceiving. I actually only drove about 5 of the 32 hours.

-Once we got back to Michigan, Jeff got right into skating and working out, and I…well I really don’t know what I did for the next few weeks.I felt so scatter brained during those 3 weeks, it was all a blur. But, being before Christmas I spent most of the time Christmas shopping (on a lockout budget), making a few pinterest crafts, eating my body weight in m&m/white chocolate pretzels, visiting a chiropractor, and not blogging.

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Crack.

-December 22 Jeff and I hopped on another plane to head down to Dallas to spend Christmas with my mom’s whole family! I could not have been happier to get to spend our first Christmas with my family, and show Jeff how we celebrate Jesus’ bday! It even snowed in Dallas on Christmas Day, so Jeff got his white Christmas he’s always use to. It was truly a blessing we were able to spend Christmas with our families this year! (About the only thing I am thankful for during this lockout!)

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Great Grandma, Mimi B

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Honey and Grandaddy Sir with all the grandkids

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Christmas Morning 🙂

-Woah, BACK UP! I missed a MAJOR date/distraction that took me away from my little blogging hobby. December 20th, Jeff and I CLOSED on a HOUSE! Yep, during all of this madness we became homeowners! HOMEOWNERS! This was by far the biggest event that has been consuming me for the last couple of weeks.

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View from OUR backyard!

-In the meantime, the New Year came and went. Happy 2013! We spent our first night in the new house on January 1st (best way to start the new year if you ask me)! Yes, we only had a bed in the house, but it was SO fun to be in OUR home! Then the lockout ENDED at 5am one morning. I only remember this because I got up to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night and crawled back in bed and began to scroll through twitter (everyone does that at 5am, right!?). Then I read it, “TENTATIVE DEAL MADE BETWEEN NHL AND PA!” That was enough for me to sling my arm across the bed to hit Jeff and wake him up saying we you are playing hockey this year!!!!

-The next few days I was busy helping Jeff get ready to leave for Edmonton, getting the rest of our belongings moved over to new house, having walls painted to my liking, and waiting on the arrival of all my furniture and belongings from Texas. I might be biased, but I have to say my parents get parents of the year because they loaded up a Penske truck and drove all my sheeesh up from Texas just so we could get somewhat settled and have all our stuff in one spot…finally! This all happened in such a little window of time, it’s actually incredible thinking about how much was done in less than 2 weeks! It was a whirlwind for sure, but well worth it!

*To go along with my list of excuses for not blogging, we were internet-less since we moved into the new house, so I really couldn’t blog. (That is actually my most valid excuse I have….the others were just because I was a bit preoccupied! 😉 )

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Top: Before, Bottom: After.

Now, we are back in Edmonton! And, it feels GREAT (I don’t even care that I’ll be freezing for the next 4 months)! It’s finally time to relax a little bit, and just enjoy a lot of hockey! And to contribute more to Southern, Sweet, and Salty.

Go Oilers Go!