Friday Favourites #3: 12.19.14

Well time is really flying by! It is hard to believe that it is almost Christmas!  I haven’t posted in almost 2 months so I have decided to share some things that have been going on recently in my life and some of my favourite things lately! Thanks to Heather at Housewife Glamour for the link up! (ps. it is still Friday here on the west coast lol)

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– I am moving!
Next week I am moving back to Vancouver Island! I haven’t lived at home in over 3.5 years so
it will definitely take some getting used to! I am very excited to see my family and friends more often but it will be bitter sweet leaving Burnaby!

– I am going to California!
I have been dating my boyfriend for almost 3 years and I still have not gone home with him to California! He is from Northern California so I am flying into San Fransisco in about 2 weeks! I am so excited! I am going for just over a week and am looking forward to meeting his friends and seeing where he is from. Plus I get a vacation out of it too! I cannot wait!

– Sleepy Time Tea
I am a self proclaimed tea lover. I love almost any type of tea but I have to be super careful what type of tea I drink before bed because I am easily affected by caffeine. I bought this sleepy time tea because my brother drinks it and I love the flavour and it is perfect to drink before bed!

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– Oatmeal Bites
These little bites are amazing! Not only do they taste great but they are super convenient. I bring them to work and they are great for when I am hungry but don’t have time to take a break. I used the recipe found here but I didn’t have flax seed meal so I just skipped it. Try these, you won’t be disappointed!

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– Pomegranates
I love winter because pomegranates seem to be in abundance in the grocery stores. They are super tasty and every since I found this video on how to seed them, I have been buying a few every time I go shopping. Pomegranates are high in vitamin C and fibre and make a great snack!

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– Getting my nails done!
Ever since I started serving again my nails have taken quite the beating. I have thin nails that tend to peel so I normally keep them pretty short so I don’t have to worry about them breaking. Last week I went and got my nails done with one of the girls I work with and I absolutely love them!

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That’s all for today! Hope everyone has a great weekend!

❤ Mikaela

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Friday Favourites #2: 10.24.14

Happy Friday! I have not been able to keep consistently blogging because life keeps getting in the way! I recently graduated (read about it here) and have been working 5 days a week as a server ever since. If anyone has ever worked as a server, you will understand when I say how exhausting it is. Between the split shifts, dinner rushes, and weekend shifts, I find my main priority for staying sane is sleep and exercise, so blogging has been put on the back burner. I hope to create a schedule in the next week or so to organize my life to make it a little less chaotic! Anyways…I have decided to link up with Heather at Housewife Glamour on this fine Friday for some of my Friday Favourites!

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– Turkey Bacon
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This stuff is delicious! I don’t know why I haven’t bought it before! I originally tried it at one of my girlfriends places two summers back but haven’t eaten it since. I decided to buy some the other day and I love how crispy it get when I make it in the microwave!

– Dinner Dates
IMG_0075Travis and I finally got to go celebrate his birthday this past weekend! His birthday was almost a month ago but between me working and him being away with football we barely see each other! We went to Red Robin (not my choice lol) and Travis was in heaven with the stack of onion rings and the burger he got! I will be very happy to be able to spend more time with him once football season ends! This weekend is their last away game and after that they have three home games. So there is about 1 month until the season is over!

– Hair, Skin and Nails Formula
IMG_0121I love this stuff! I was taking only biotin before I got this product and I can definitely see a difference in my hair and nails since I have started taking this! This has biotin in it, along with other vitamins that are beneficial for hair, skin and nails. My nails are growing like weeds and are much stronger than they have ever been! I have the type of nails that peel and are very thin and this has helped reduce the peeling and increase their strength.

– Wheat Thins Popped

IMG_0120Anyone who knows me, know I love chips, crackers and just about anything salty. I have seen these Wheat Thins Popped floating around the blogosphere and was super excited to try them when I saw them in my local grocery store the other week! There are a definite win! They are a cross between a cracker and a chip and the flavour was great! Even Travis liked them and he isn’t a huge chip fan!

– NuGo Bars
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I popped into the drugstore near my work to see if I could pick up a protein bar to snack on during my shift. I ended buying a couple  NuGo bars, mainly because of the price, but I was pleasantly surprised with how much I liked them. This flavour, chocolate pretzel, was my favourite because it was salty and sweet! I will be buying some more of these to keep on me whenever I need a quick, convienent snack.

– Mind Over Matter
IMG_0041I personally love this picture. I had a nasty stomach flu a few weeks back and I feel I am just starting to return to my normal self. I wanted to sleep in everyday this week but instead I knew I needed to get up and have my life return back to normal. I was able to complete all my workouts before work this week which made me super happy because I know I most likely won’t workout after my shift. To a certain extent, your mind dictates whether or not you can do something. This picture is simple, yet straight to the point!

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

❤ Mikaela

 

Friday Favourites #1: 10.03.14

Happy first Friday of October! Fall is officially here on the west coast and I am loving it! I have been super busy with work lately but thought I would join Heather at Housewife Glamour for my Friday Favourites this week!

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  • Candy Cards
    This past weekend was Travis’ birthday! He was away on his actual birthday and we haven’t even gone out to celebrate yet but hopefully we will this weekend! He is a candy-aholic so I made him this candy candy card as one of his gifts! He loved it! I got the idea off of Pinterest and while we don’t have the best candy names in Canada compared to the US, I made do with what I could find!

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(Sorry for the terrible picture quality)

  • Crunching Fall Leaves
    Fall is here and I love the sound of leaves crunching as I walk. Pretty soon it will be rainy here and that crunch will be gone so I am going to make the most of it while the while the weather is still nice!

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  • Homemade Chili
    Travis and I made our first batch of homemade chill this week! I have been working a lot at dinner time lately so this chili is super easy for Travis to pull out of the freezer and heat up after he is done work! You can find my recipe here!10693825_722675257797899_344531499_a
  • LG 30×30 Fat Loss Shred Ebook
    I purchased Lauren Gleisberg’s 30×30 Fat Loss Shred Ebook the other day and started it yesterday morning! The workouts are only 30 minutes long and are mainly HIIT workouts which I am a huge fan of! I will update later on how I am liking this ebook but right now I feel like it will be a winner!IMG_5386
  • FitChickMik Instagram
    I finally caved and made this blog its own Instagram account. I haven’t been super vocal about this account because of how inconsistent I have been with writing posts but I am hoping that by making a separate Instagram account from my personal one, that I will be more consistent with writing posts and keeping the blog current! Follow me @fitchickmik and I will follow you back!

 

That’s it for today! Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!
❤ Mikaela

Five Things Friday #14

We are well into September and this has become apparent here on the west coast with the sudden weather change. We have had rain for the past few days but we are supposed to get one more warm weekend before Fall really starts and I am quite ok with this. I will be doing another link up with Clare for Five Things Friday and Heather for Friday Favourites. Thanks ladies for hosting!

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5 Things Making Me Happy

1. Football season is back. Three years ago I never thought I would be saying I am happy football season is back but since starting to date my boyfriend I have really grown to love the sport. He is currently working for the football team at the university we both attended and I love going to watch the games (especially when the weather is nice)!

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2. I have taught myself how to crochet! Travis has been calling me a grandma but I actually love it! This is a toque (beanie) I recently crocheted!

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3. I get to see my parents in less than 3 weeks! I haven’t seen them since the beginning of August but they will be coming over for my convocation! I can’t wait!

4. I am going back to high school! I recently finished my degree but right now I am upgrading some high school courses in order to hopefully apply for further schooling in the future!

5. Taylor Swifts song “Shake it Off“. I know I am a few weeks behind on discovering this song but I am absolutely obsessed!

5 Things I Ate/Drank

1. Pumpkin Muffins with Cream Cheese Filling. I cannot express to you how good these are! I two batches in three days because my boyfriend kept bringing them to share with his friends because they were so good! I even received some texts from his friends telling me how much they liked the muffins! The recipe I used can be found here and I followed it exactly as it appears. These muffins are seriously the bomb dot com!

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2. Chai Tea. Since the weather has become cooler I have had chai tea every day. Something about chai screams Fall to me.

3. Amy’s Organic Lentil Vegetable Soup. I am a soup lover and this is the perfect chunky soup that is quick to prepare and tasty at the same time. I had this soup with some salt and pepper crackers and some local salsa. It was the perfect meal!

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4. Greek Wraps. This is one of Travis’ favourite meals that I make and we had it for dinner two nights this week because we both worked late and it was easy to prepare. I will probably post a recipe for the tzatziki I make sometime in the future!

5. Mini Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups. I posted this recipe yesterday and I have had one of these treats every single day this week! They are delicious!

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Friday Favourites

This week I have one favourite to share!

1. FitHappy Headbands! I recently purchased two FitHappy headbands and I am in love with them! I had seen great reviews on them on Instagram and Etsy so I thought I would purchase a couple to try out myself because I hate having hair in my face when I am working out. Needless to say, these headbands surpassed my expectations and I have even caught Travis wearing my grey one a few times to keep his hair out of his face! I won’t embarrass him by putting a picture up though! IMG_5214                                          IMG_5219

Have an amazing weekend!

❤ Mikaela

Five Things Friday #12

Hello! I haven’t been on here in a little while and decided today was a good day to post about a few things that are going on in my life! I will linking up with Clare for another Five Things Friday!

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5 Things Making Me Happy!

1. I finished my undergraduate (hopefully)! I had my last exam on Friday and have received my final grade for the class. Now I am just waiting for the Senate to approve my graduation application. I took three classes this summer in order to complete my degree by the end of the summer and while it was frustrating and tiresome at times, I am so happy I took these courses. I hope to be walking the stage in October at my university’s convocation!

2. I got to go home and surprise my mom for her birthday! While it was a very short visit, it was nice to be home. My mom ended up coming back to the mainland with me and stayed the night. She also got to visit some friends she hadn’t seen in awhile and I know she enjoyed her visit, as did I!

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3. My hair is growing! I got a good couple inches chopped off my hair about two months ago and right around the same time I got my hair cut, I started taking 1000 mcg of biotin daily. I am not entirely sure it is helping my hair grow but it definitely seems to be breaking less which is especially good for me, because my hair is so thin!

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4. I got to be a part of Vancouver’s Pride Parade. (This actually took place the first week of August but I haven’t seen blogging regularly so I thought I would throw it in.) I volunteered with the Canadian Cancer Society and got to actually be in the parade this year. Last year I helped out at the booth, educating the public about the importance of early detection for cancer and the importance of protection. This year, a friend and I decided we wanted to be in the parade and let me tell you it was crazy! I was so tired by the end of it but it was really fun!

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5. Bike rides! Living on a mountain has its advantages and disadvantages. One of the disadvantages is that there is really no place to run or bike. When I was at home on the island I went for a bike ride with my mom and it made me realize how much I love to bike. Not only is it good exercise, but I like the fact that you get to cover a great distance in a short period of time.

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5 Foods I ate!

1. I have been obsessed with Laughing Cow cheese lately so this has been my go to meal for the past week. Laughing cow cheese, homegrown tomatoes, green onions and S&P on a toasted ciabatta bun.

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2. Steak and grilled veggies. When I was home this weekend for my mom’s birthday I got to enjoy barbecued steak and grilled veggies. I do not have a grill or a deck at my apartment so this was definitely a treat!

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3. Zucchini blueberry lemon muffins. These were good but they still need tweaking before I post a recipe! Check back soon for one!

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4. Quest bars. I finally caved a bought a box of the chocolate chip cookie dough bars and a box of the cookies and cream bars and I have been snacking on these ever since I bought them. They are the perfect sweet treat to satisfy my cravings!

5. Homemade blueberry pancakes. Travis has been working a lot lately so I try and get up early to at least make him a smoothie or something for breakfast before he runs out the door. Lately he has been asking me to make homemade blueberry pancakes and I have made them a few times in the last couple of weeks at his request!

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Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

❤ Mikaela

Five Things Friday #9

Happy Friday!!! Today I have many things to be happy for so I will be linking up with Clare for another Five Things Friday Post!

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Five Things Making Me Happy!

1. Today is officially the halfway mark through my summer intersession classes. I always loathe only having 6 weeks of classes but I know when they are done I am so happy! I just have to buckle down and study and in 3 weeks, 2 more classes will be completed!

2. Phone chats with far away friends. This week I was able to talk to two of my best friends who do not live in the same province as me. I am so fortunate to have been able to stay in contact with both of them over the years and I cherish their friendships!

3. This sports bra I got for $20! Nike sports bras are my favourite because they suck everything in haha! I found this one at Winners and justified buying it because of the price and because it was a pretty colour!

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4. I had some really good workouts this week! The gym is definitely a de-stressor for me!

5. My new phone wallpaper! I haven’t changed my lock screen wallpaper in like a year and now I get a girly surprise every time I unlock my phone!

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Five Things I Ate this Week!

1. This week I tried “Tea Pop” from DavidsTea! I got their Sangria tea with some agave added in and it was so delicious!!! I cannot wait to try more of their summer teas!

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2. Rice Krispie Squares. I made these for the boyfriend but definitely had a few pieces of my own!

3. Peanut butter! On anything and everything!

4. This yummy breakfast! I mashed garlic, avocado, salt and pepper together and spread it over whole wheat toast. Then I placed a poached egg on top and devoured it!

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5. Parmesan crusted lingcod with brown rice and roasted veggies. Healthy and delicious!

I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!!
❤ Mikaela

Five Things Friday #5

It’s Friday again! I have been super bad at keeping up with the blog lately due to school but nevertheless I am hoping to up my blogging game in the next few weeks! So once again I am linking up with Clare for another Five Things Friday!

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Five Things Making Me Happy!

1. I finished my exams on Wednesday! I have almost 3 weeks off until I start summer classes and I am so excited to catch up on some extra running, cleaning and baking!

2. I am heading home to the island for Easter weekend! I am so excited to see my family and hopefully some friends. Going home is definitely a great way to end a tough semester.

3. Spring has sprung! Besides the last two days the weather here has been gorgeous! I love Spring and especially going for walks when it is sunny out but there is still a nice breeze. While there was a downpour today, doesn’t the old saying go “April showers bring may flowers?”

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4. Breakfast in bed! Technically this happened last Friday but Travis woke me up to a lovely breakfast in bed. He made me bacon , hash browns and  “frog in a hole.” He even cooked the yolk perfectly because I am very picky about how my eggs are cooked. Travis knew I was stressed about school and this little loving gesture was just what I needed to have a wonderful day.

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5. My new spring workout playlist! Every so often I make a new workout playlist just to make my workouts more fun and I am loving this new one. I will definitely be posting the songs I love listening to in the near future!

Five things I ate this week!

1. I have been obsessed with dark chocolate covered coconut chunks lately. Travis and I bought them on a whim at Costco and they have been the perfect study snack for me.

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2. Breakfast scramble! Travis and I eat this for breakfast at least 4 times a week. We use potatoes, peppers, onions, garlic, spices, eggs, egg whites, bacon, cheese, avocado and tomato. Then on the side we usually have a whole wheat english muffin or whole wheat toast. It is so tasty and filling!

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3. Peanut butter cookies. I was definitely “procrasti-baking” this week and made a tone of peanut butter cookies instead of studying. They are Travis’ favourite cookies and I love them too.

4. Homemade Larabars! I love Larabars but not their price tag. I tend to only buy them on sale and even then I only buy one or two. I found a recipe on Chocolate-Covered Katie’s website. They are delicious and also save me a few dimes and nickels in the long run.

5. I know this isn’t food but I tried the Starbucks’s Refreshers Blueberry Acai flavour this week and I was not disappointed. It was a great pick me up drink during my studies. I still think my favourite flavour is the strawberry lemonade but this will definitely not be the last time I have the blueberry acai flavour.

 

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Hope everyone has a wonderful Easter and long weekend!

❤ Mikaela