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settling in at home + a challenge in self care

Home feels good.

Our family of three is now reunited back in Canada.

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Oh yes, life is good.

Stocking my kitchen has been fun. Call me a nerd, but I always love starting with a clean slate in my kitchen every spring. It gives me some excitement and inspiration to get busy in the kitchen.

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Some of my first stops are to stock on up as many of the essentials as I can in a cost effective and convenient way – bulk. There are a couple places I go for this including my local Bulk Barn or Country Bulk for my summer haul of nuts and seeds. Costco is another favourite stop for things like quinoa, gluten free products and a few other items.

If you don’t do so already, a good little food storage tip is to get your nuts and seeds out of the pantry and into the fridge and/or freezer where they will stay fresh for up to 6 months. When you buy quality food, you want to make sure it stays fresh for as long as possible.

My main areas of focus since getting home on helping my daughter adjust to life in Canada, catching up with family and friends, meeting all sorts of new babies {YEAH} that were born while we were gone, unpacking, tending to my growing belly {aka napping}, and indulging in some self care.

And just incase any of us needed this reminder…. SELF CARE rocks and is necessary!

I find that when we are overseas my self care routine takes a bit of a back seat, and this is all good in the name of being a mama and supportive wife. However, I know that I need to make sure my cup is still full whenever possible.

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Since being home I have been indulging in some self care and I made myself a a deal. Commit to at least one act of kindness for ME, every day.

This has included setting aside 15 minutes for stretching, a warm bath with epsom salts and essential oils, a chiropractic adjustment, a hair cut, I signed up for a weekly prenatal Dancing for Birth class {which rocks!}, wake up 30 minutes before my daughter to prep for the day and I even went for a spa treatment.

BLISS I tell you!

I’m not saying that taking care of ourselves has to cost any additional money but knowing how much better I feel when I take care of me, I wanted to extend my little olive branch to you, so that you can be reminded of how important it is to love on yourself!

So my friend, what are you going to do today that is for YOU. So that you can thrive and feel a little more fabulous?

Share in the comments below some of your favourite self care regiments.  

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packin’ on up + how to save on your grocery bill

Twice a year I pack our bags and head across the Atlantic.

Fall is always exciting when another adventure is around the corner and this year, I am sure will be no exception. My husband has been gone for almost two months and our family is more than ready to be reunited!

As I clean the house one last time, pack our bags and say goodbye to our Canadian family and friends,  I also bid farewell to my country kitchen. This includes using up all of our food by cleaning out the fridge, freezer and pantry. It always creates a bit of a fun challenge to use up the remaining ingredients and experiment a little along the way.

One thing I really really hate is wasting food.

Like a lot.

We as North American’s are insanely guilty of wasting food. Whether you are moving or not I want you to take a peek at what is lurking in the back of your fridge, freezer and use up what you have.

According to this article from the David Suzuki Foundation, “as much as 30 per cent of food, worth about $48 billion, is thrown away in the US each year. The average household throws out about 215 kilograms of food each year — around $600 dollars worth.”

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I know we are all guilty of it, but make the time to sit down and plan your meals for the week after taking an inventory of what you already have on hand. This is a great way to save money and reduce your food waste.

I am always reminded of the importance of fresh produce, planning my meals and not hoarding fresh or frozen food like is easy to do in North America when I return to my European digs and have the smallest fridge/freezer combo known to man.

So today I challenge you to see what’s in your kitchen before buying anything else, use easy resources to find some recipe inspiration and save on your grocery bill.

One of the first food blogs I found out about and have forever loved, is 101cookbooks.com. One of my favourite tools about this website is being able to look up single ingredients and find some great recipe inspiration {it’s on the right hand side of the page} when you are looking to use some remaining food that is sitting around your kitchen.

Have an amazing day and I will be sure to check in when we arrive in Germany!

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