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Smoothie Bowl Recipe with Florida Orange Juice

I’ve teamed up with Florida Orange Juice to share some of the benefits of their sweet, refreshing, delicious OJ!

Good quality orange juice, without added sugar, has a lot of great health benefits including Vitamin C (a necessity in this house, with littles always trying to bring cold germs home with them), Potassium, which helps maintain the body’s fluid, electrolyte & pH balance (which is great post workout) and Folate, being pregnant 3 times in the last 3 years has made consuming folate on the daily a necessity.

We make smoothies a lot around here because it’s a great way to sneak lots of healthy ingredients into Poppy, and it’s my breakfast of choice topped with some fresh fruit & seeds. Here is a recipe for a smoothie bowl loaded with the health benefits that are packed into Florida Orange Juice’s never duplicated flavour.

Sweet & Creamy Orange Smoothie Bowl


Ingredients

½ Cup Florida Orange Juice

1 Frozen Banana Sliced

1 Cup Frozen Mango

½ Cup Full Fat Coconut Milk

1 Tbs Coconut Oil

Add all ingredient to blender, starting with liquids. Blend until smooth. Top with ingredients of choice, I used Hemp Seeds, Chia Seeds, Mango, Mandarin Oranges, and Coconut Chips.

 

Enjoy!

 

#Sponsored by Florida Orange Juice

Anxiety

We drove over a bridge the other day that last year I could barely bring myself to cross. It made me reflect on this last year and how many of those little things and bigger issues have changed.
A year ago I was reaching the height of my anxiety which started after Goldie’s birth. I didn’t have much knowledge about anxiety before experiencing it myself. And in my naivety couldn’t help but feel a bit of “suck it up” when people were incapable of certain things due to anxiety.

Right after Goldie’s passing I felt strong, I felt like God carried me through this devastating time and realized that He really can carry me through unexpected tragedies of life. But as great as that “bring it on” feeling was it wasn’t long before it felt as if that confidence was completely turned against me. I took a flight and spent the majority of it anxious, nervous and crying in the bathroom which wasn’t like me. I started to become more anxious about every little thing and I wasn’t strong enough to shake off all of those worst scenarios that went through my mind over little things on the daily.

I would have heart palpitations forcing me to sit down out of breathe over little things like dropping Poppy off at Sunday School, driving over a bridge, or other completely random situations. Most nights I slept with a golf ball under my ribs using the discomfort of it to distract from the tightness in my chest keeping me from sleeping.

Some weeks/months were better than others. Sometimes I would feel carefree and happy and other seasons overwhelmed me. It’s gotten better over the year, the pregnancy helped with feeling like I had an idea what to expect for the near future rather than so many unknowns. As I approached the end this last pregnancy I was preparing myself to feel pretty low after. To return to the frequent afternoons without motivation to get out of bed and a lot of tears. But it hasn’t come.

Skipper’s arrival has been so peaceful and healing. I don’t know why, I can only thank God for this great blessing and the community we have around us that prayed for us in this season. I’m more joyful than I remembered I could be a year ago. And I know well enough by now to enjoy this high season while it lasts because it’s a roller coaster.

This post isn’t much more than just putting this out there. I thought I would share in hopes that it could be encouraging to anyone in their low season right now. It’s hard, and sometimes is not really even motivating to look for a brighter side. And it may feel never ending but I hope you find it in time.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

The first half of this verse was a strong theme in my last year, a lot of prayer and supplication, begging God to help me escape myself. And I’m thankful for the peace I’ve received over time, beyond my understanding. This journey isn’t done, and may never be, my anxiety still flares up and gets the best of me some days or seasons but I’ve actually been really thankful that I can understand this issue and walk the journey with others.

Poppy These Days

 

Poppy’s adorable Swimsuit is made by a local Vancouver company Mosie’s Cozies.


  1. She has converted to a hardcore Paw Patrol Fan.
  2. For my birthday she got me a Skye (Paw Patrol Character) bouncy ball
  3. She really wants long hair, keeps asking me to cut it long.
  4. Her favourite colour is “all the colours”.
  5. Loves to make friends and tells them they are her cousin or sister. She’s a little forward.
  6. When she’s a “Man” she wants to drive the garbage truck.
  7. The master at thinking of one more question every time I almost leave her room at bedtime.
  8. Favourite song is “Move it Move it”.
  9. I don’t let her build forts anymore because she’s too much of a perfectionist it always ends in frustrated tears.
  10. She’s too grown up for a step stool in the bathroom so she asks me to pick her up and put her on the potty instead… hmmm.

Desert Kaftan

Yesterday on my Instagram I asked if that warm sun kissed skin feeling ever gets old when you live in a warm climate. It was a pretty evenly split response, I guess some people are made for the sun and some love their seasons. I’m a sun lover trapped in seasons. But I wonder if it would lose it’s charm if I had it all the time (probably not!).

This dress is from Planet Blue, and unfortunately it is not online, same story with this Brixton hat that I wear all too much. But I have linked some similar products for you.

  

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