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one more makes four

I am soooo excited to share with you that our family is expanding!

15 weeks kiss

Baby Bell #2 is set to arrive May 2014.

Life is great my friends and as you can see, Sloane is clearly thrilled about becoming a big sis.

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The view from 15 weeks looks a little bigger than it did the first time around, but I am assured this is normal. I was a little shocked when I was “showing” around the 8 week mark and couldn’t help but think how large and in charge I would be at 40 weeks. Our bodies are amazing and I guess when it’s already been through the process once, it adapts faster the second time.

Sloane loves giving her baby sister/brother kisses and this is the first preggo pic this time around. Apparently jumping continents then a second move across Germany in less than a month, while also keeping up with a toddler, doesn’t leave much time left for selfies ;)

According to our weekly updates from Baby Center the little nugget is now the size of an apple. Even the second time around I am just as much in awe of how my body is changing and the progress of the baby.

I shared my first pregnancy journey  and I fully intend on updating you on life with the little bambino this time around too. I am sure there will be some new surprises along the way.

Next week I will share the first installment with some observations from 0-15 weeks. In a nutshell I am thrilled to have my energy back after the crazy exhaustion train that hit me from about the 4 week mark until 9 weeks. I am back on the healthy grub after having some crazy little food aversions to salads, smoothies some days, almost all animal protein and having a super small appetite. Couple this with my little to no desire to cook {hence the lack of food posts…} … I am glad this healthy pregnancy train is back on track!

Annnnnd if all this wasn’t hard enough to keep a secret, I have another secret to share with you next week! The Healthy Ginger is expanding after 2 years in business and I can’t wait to tell you more. YEAH! The goal is to reach more of you all over the world and make health coaching more accessible as you work your tush off to become the most healthy and thriving version of YOU in 2014. Double YEAH!

Until then, sending you oodles of love for an amazing week ahead!

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How to be a healthy hostess

Another summer long weekend has come and gone.

Seriously, where is the time going?!? Shortly my wee family will be packing up and heading overseas for another hockey season. I swear, each summer goes faster than the last.

Our Canadian summers spent in our country home are filled with lots of entertaining.  We adore hosting family and friends and there isn’t anything that is much better than a sunny day spent pool side, a grill full of great eats, lots of laughs, good music, a bon fire, and maybe even a glass {or 3…} of vino.

One thing that I have struggled with over the last several years is how to host a large group of people while still holding true to my love of healthy and real food. Don’t get me wrong, while I am a proponent of the 80/20 rule {splurging in moderation} summer parties can certainly throw a wrench into the 80/20 ratio. I truly enjoy the odd splurge but I want to show my friends and family a lot of love by offering up nourishing and delicious food as well as challenging their taste buds to desire more whole foods.

I think most of my problem has been over thinking what my guests expect of party fare. However, I am proud to announce that I have been slowly working my way out of this silly thought pattern and offering up more eats that are much better healthy alternatives. The best part is, nobody has complained just yet.

This past weekend we celebrated my husbands day of birth  {a couple times over} and here is a little list of what was on the menu keeping the 80/20 rule in mind…


Friday nights menu thanks to my CSA basket from Lynn River Farm, had lots of fresh seasonal goodies to use!

  • Trout grilled with orange slices and dill
  • Chilled quinoa salad with mango, cucumber, parsley, kale, red bell pepper, and a dressing of EVOO, apple cider vinegar, garlic, sea salt + black pepper
  • Green beans roasted then topped with EVOO, juice of half a lemon + black pepper + Herbamare

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  • Grilled corn on the cob. Remove some of the silk, pull the husks back up, soak in ice cold water for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Grill on medium heat for about 25 minutes continuing to turn the cobs. I served it with some whipped butter that had some sea salt and parsley.

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Saturday night was for a much bigger group and I offered up some appetizers throughout the night.

  • Cherries
  • Strawberries
  • Dates stuffed with goat cheese and wrapped in proscuitto {I really wish I would’ve taken a pic, they were divine warmed up so the proscuitto was a little crispy and goat cheese lightly melted}
  • Homemade chicken and veggie pizza’s {again no pic, but I used a whole grain crust and loaded it with veggies, chicken and a bit of feta cheese}
  • Dried mango
  • Homemade bean salsa with cherry tomatoes + red onion + garlic + bean/lentil mix + hemp seeds + basil + EVOO + sea salt + black pepper. This was served with some Mary’s Organic Crackers and nacho chips

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  • A couple bags of the usual salty culprits – chips, party mix, etc.
  • Some offerings from fabulous attendee’s

Here are a few other tips that I have figured out over the last few years so that you can entertain stress free. 

  • Plan your menu. Sit down and plan your meal while trying to focus on choosing as many dishes or sides that can be prepped in advance. While I occasionally love testing out new recipes on my guests, this can certainly add to the stress factor so try to stick with dishes you are familiar with, that are seasonal and aren’t ridiculously labour intensive. 
  • Grocery shopping. Write a grocery list and get groceries at least the day before. Again, minimize the last minute running around!
  • Prep as much food as you can in advance to avoid the feeling of stress and overwhelm. This is where the planning part plays a huge factor. For me this has taken several years to figure out, but when I’m on my game and have my meal prepped and ready to go I can enjoy my time with our guests instead of running around like a chicken with my head cut off, missing out on all the fun!
  • Serve it with a SMILE. For real, nobody is going to starve and rarely will anyone know if there has been a catastrophy in your kitchen and you ruined part of the meal. As my husband has always assured me, if something is an epic fail, we can always order pizza ;) Okay, so that’s not perhaps the healthiest alternative but the point is not to take it too seriously. Most of the time your guests won’t remember WHAT they ate, but they will remember how you made them feel as guests in your home. So enjoy the process of creating food with extra Vitamin L in your kitchen and spending time with those that you love the most!

What are your go-to entertaining recipes? How do you remain as cool-as-a-cucumber when hosting? Please share any tips you might have! 

Wishing you the very best day friends.

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