Better With Sprinkles

The Colourful Side to Healthy Living.


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MIMM: Staying In.

Good morning and happy Monday! Hope yours has started out marvelously Winking smile

Thanks to the Diva herself for her fabulous weekly linkup!

So, I had a quiet weekend. Lots of relaxing and hanging around with Eric – exactly what I was hoping for! Last weekend was busy and we’re back in London next weekend, so I was all too happy to keep this one quiet and (mostly) confined to our apartment.

Friday night started off with a tasty dinner of homemade “fried” chicken (skinless chicken drumsticks breaded in cornflake crumbs), sweet potato fries, and salad.

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I found myself with a froyo craving and it was pretty nice out, so we took a walk down to Yogurty’s (A few days ago, Amanda was talking about those sorts of cravings where you’d run someone over that got between you and the desired food. Yea, it was one of THOSE cravings).

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In the mix:

  • a combo of cookies and cream, snickers, and birthday cake froyo
  • frosted animal crackers
  • yogurt covered pretzels
  • s’mores topping (!!!!) – definitely a new one, and of course I went a tad nuts with it.
  • caramel truffles

And then we managed to stumble across a random fair. Kind of surprising – I thought fairs were a fall thing?

It made for a nice walk, anyways.
Side note: how awkward is it to be a couple walking past all the carnival games when there isn’t a lot of people around? I’m pretty sure every single one of them tried to play off the “win the lady a prize!” thing. I’m pretty sure I could never do that job. That’s some intense sales pitches right there.

Saturday was shopping…so much shopping. April-June is pretty crazy around here, birthday/holiday wise. In a time period of about 7 weeks, I have 4 birthdays to buy for, plus Mothers Day and Fathers Day. Insane.

I usually don’t cook Saturday nights, so when Eric requested Harvey’s for dinner, I went with it.

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That would be a veggie burger with everything, onion rings and a diet Coke. Yup, I eat fast food sometimes. It’s obviously not something I would eat all the time (or even more than once every couple of months) but once in a while, it’s fine. And Harvey’s actually does a pretty decent veggie burger, whole wheat bun and all. It used to be something I was absolutely terrified of and would not touch, but now I’m fine with it.

It’s interesting how healthy living bloggers are fine with decadent desserts and sweet potato fries once in a while, but fast food seems to be completely demonized. Just something I’ve noticed!

Sunday

Sunday involved so tasty snacking:

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So I was powering through those all afternoon. They are awesome – definitely reminded me of Nacho Cheese Doritos. Right down to the orange powder that gets everywhere afterwards.

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And some homemade applesauce. I swear, I will never buy commercial applesauce again. Just does.not.compare.

And I spent some time doing a bit of blog work behind the scenes. I’ve got some exciting changes and announcements for Better With Sprinkles coming up soon – so keep an eye out Winking smile

And I put that applesauce to good use for dinner – pork chops with applesauce, quinoa, and green beans.

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Yes, that pork chop is massive. And yes, I dominated it. Open-mouthed smile

So the weekend for me was basically: relaxing, reading, eating, shopping, and couple time. Absolutely what I needed – an easy weekend smushed in between two busy ones. Now I’m feeling charged and ready to go for the week ahead. Sometimes, you just really need a simple weekend at home!

Hope your day is fabulous!

<— Do you have a certain couple of months that are just full of celebrations? Everyone in my family is born between April-June, and I’m over in October. Awkward.

<— Fast food: once a week, once in a while, only in emergencies? 

<— What did you do this weekend? Best thing you ate? I’d say the froyo, of course.


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Groceries and Glossybox.

Happy Sunday! I hope everyone is having a lovely weekend so far Open-mouthed smile

Of course, my Saturday started off with the usual groceries and meal planning.

What I picked up this week:

Fruits and Veggies:

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  • bananas
  • mushrooms
  • figs
  • arugula
  • grapes
  • baby carrots
  • broccoli
  • orange bell pepper

Proteins

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  • massive grilling steaks
  • ground pork
  • shrimp
  • egg whites
  • frozen chicken breasts (love these from M&M’s)
  • chipotle canned tuna (I was intrigued)

 

Grains/Frozen

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  • fibre 1 (my old lady cereal)!
  • udon noodles
  • frozen meals
  • chicken fingers (all of which are boyfriend lunch options)

 

Miscellaneous

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  • tinfoil
  • The Bee’s Knees peanut butter
  • sugar-free blueberry jam
  • cream cheese
  • cinnamon (I ran out for a few hours. Unacceptable)
  • Mini Eggs (!!!) Quite possible the best thing about Easter. I bought it for a recipe I’m making for the holiday next weekend, so the challenge is keeping the bag unopened until then. No promises.

Meal Plan:

  • Saturday: take-out
  • Sunday: Steak and salad
  • Monday: Pasta with meat sauce
  • Tuesday: leftovers/quick meal (I’ve got a presentation I’m attending that night)
  • Wednesday: shrimp and veggie stirfry with udon noodles
  • Thursday: BBQ chicken breasts with baked potato wedges and broccoli
  • Friday: my parents house for Easter!

Glossybox

So, I am not a beauty blogger by any stretch of the imagination. I have no idea what’s new and popular in beauty products, but that does not mean I’m not willing or able to learn about such things. So, I was pleasantly surprised when a gift from Glossybox showed up in the mail last week.

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Basically, glossybox is a subscription beauty service that will send you a carefully selected box based on your beauty profile, promising at least 5 deluxe-sized beauty products from reputable companies. They sent me a box in celebration of their one-year anniversary in Canada.

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Pretty things!

First up:

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Anatomicals rose shower gel. Smells amazing and has attitude…love it Smile with tongue out

Birthdays and anniversaries require cupcakes, don’t they? I’m always looking for an excuse to make cupcakes Open-mouthed smile

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A Crabtree & Evelyn hand lotion sampler. I’m not a huge fan of anything orange-flavoured, but I absolutely adore the scent – and this is no exception.

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Macadamia oil hair treatment. I haven’t tried it as a full-blown hair mask yet, but I rubbed a little bit on as a finishing treatment the other day and it definitely looked a little shinier and smoothed flyaways. It smelled good too!

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And for the face: Biore pore strips and Eucerin anti-wrinkle cream. I’ve only tried the day cream so far, and it seemed really hydrating on my skin (which tends to be dry). I’m not sure if I have to worry about wrinkles at 23…but I feel like it’s recommended that you start using it in your 20’s?

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Love this eyeshadow! I gravitate towards silvers and neutrals, so this palette was absolutely perfect.

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HOLYSHITGIVENCHY.

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Pretty sure this is the single most expensive makeup product I’ve ever owned. I really like this shade – I prefer a more neutral lip, and this just adds a hint of colour.

So basically…this is amazing and I’m so happy I got the chance to discover that this company is in Canada. Some full size products and a couple little samples thrown in there – can’t go wrong! I remember seeing Birchbox and similar subscription services available in the States, so it’s awesome that Canada has a similar service. I’m thinking I’m going to buy a 3 month subscription (prices are reasonable too…$21 a month or $60 for three months) as an end-of-semester present to myselfWinking smile

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

<— Would you ever use a beauty subscription service?

<— Do you use anti-wrinkle cream? Should I be doing it?

 

**disclaimer: Although I received the Glossybox free of charge, I was not compensated for this post. Glossybox didn’t even ask for a review – I loved it so much that I wanted to tell you guys about it.


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Five Things Friday: 03/22/2013.

Woot Friday!! 3 weeks until I’m done classes! (Why yes, I am counting down).

Thank you so much for your well wishes on my job interview yesterday! I think it went well (at least, I’m hoping I managed to impress them).

And..lists of things!

5 Delicious Meals that Escaped the Blog:

1. Roasted cauliflower, salmon, and brown basmati rice that I cook in chicken broth with a few strands of saffron. While I prefer steamed broccoli to roasted, I’ve decided that roasted cauliflower is amazing.

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2. BBQ Chicken nachos. I tossed some shredded chicken with BBQ sauce, and served it on top of low-salt tortilla chips with salsa, red bell pepper, green onion, salsa, and mozzarella. Served with sour cream and guacamole – and yes, we finished it off between the two of us.

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3. Buffalo tofu (with more buffalo sauce), kale chips (with buffalo sauce) and Irish soda bread. The obsessions continue. Notice how the chips are significantly less burnt this time.

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4. A breakfast cookie. I used to make these once in a while, but I’d forgotten about them lately. Seeing Lisa’s delicious-looking breakfast cookie creations made me crave one again! I made this one with peanut butter, vanilla whey protein, applesauce, cinnamon and raisins. Going for an oatmeal raisin cookie kinda thing.

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5. Grilled cheese (mozzarella, brie and a slice of ham) with some incredibly sad looking yellow beans. Dinner of champions – copious amounts of ketchup was added post picture.

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5 Things I’m Loving Right now.

1. My candy jar.

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It sits on my coffee table. I realize it can be added to the list of things that makes me 80 years old, but I just love it.

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C’mon…wouldn’t that make you happy?

2. Coconut almond milk. A few weeks ago, the best friend told me that her mom had picked some up – my immediate reaction was “I want it!” So she very nicely gifted me a box while I was home(thanks love!). It is delicious – adds such a nice creaminess compared to regular almond milk!

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3. Quick cooking oats. I usually pick up large flake oats, but I accidently grabbed quick-cooking last weekend. And they’re so much more voluminous than the large flake. Such a little thing, but happiness inducing.

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3. The combination of a graham cracker, peanut butter, and coconut Oikos. It is pretty much perfect.

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4. Coconut Oil. I’ve been using it as a moisturizer on my face at night, and ohmygoodness my face is smooth. And it ensures that I go to bed dreaming of tropical things…mainly pina coladas. Open-mouthed smile

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5. The Name of the Wind. I have about ten pages left right now, so I’ll be finishing it tonight (Thursday night). It came recommended by Amanda (and I know Lisa and Caitlin loved/are loving it as well) and it is amazing!

5 More Gym Music Gems

(I seriously love the music that gets played at my gym. Takes me right back to high school).

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Hope your weekend ends on a fabulous note!

<— Would you like me to do a review of The Name of the Wind?

<— What’s your preferred kind of milk? I actually really hate cow’s milk, unless it’s for cooking or with cereal.

<— What are you loving right now?