Daily Life

The kids and I moved into our own place last week, and have been busy getting settled! I love it, and Piper keeps saying, “I love our cozy house, mama”, so I think we’re all fans! Most of our furniture still hasn’t arrived, so it’s pretty bare still haha, but it’s suuuuper nice being in our own space again, and having all of our own things.

I haven’t done a ‘daily life’ post in a while, and I wanted to throw one up of our day and how it’s structured with entertaining the kids, and fitting in work right now.

MORNING

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Jack used to sleep in a little longer than Piper, but now they’re sharing a room they tend to wake up at the same time (read: Piper yells at Jack to wake up as soon as she opens her eyes). I nurse Jack, and they usually play with toys for a little while I get Piper’s milk and get their breakfast ready.

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Today’s breakfast was banana, raspberries, yogurt and toast for them, and wheat sourdough, mashed avocado, arugula, poached egg, cherry tomatoes, and micro greens for me. I usually make my breakfast when they’re eating theirs otherwise it gets tooooo crazy.

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Depending on how messy breakfast is, I do baths after breakfast or after dinner. This was definitely a morning bath type of day haha. Eek. Luckily both of them LOOOOVE baths and could stay in there all day, so I cleaned their bathroom while played and drenched me with water.

I got them ready for the day, we read a couple of books, and then Jack went down for his morning nap (he goes back down about 1 1/2 to 2 hours after he wakes up).

Piper helped me unload the dishwasher, clean up after breakfast, clean the other bathroom, and we started playing with blocks when Jack woke up after 45 minutes. Loved that.

AFTERNOON

We hit up Ikea to some things for the house, and came back for lunch. They had Annie’s Mac & Cheese, corn, steamed green beans, and cucumbers, and then both went down for their afternoon nap.

I cleaned up after their lunch, and got in a workout - a 3 mile run and THIS glute circuit. I followed it up with a scoop of IdealRaw chocolate peanut butter protein, a veggie wrap posted HERE. **You can use ‘SWOLE’ for 10% off any IdealRaw products!

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Nap time is when I try to get the bulk of my work stuff done. I want to do a full post one day of what it all entails, but yesterday I answered time-sensitive emails, finished some content work I am doing for a company, and Jack woke up again before I could get to anything else.

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I nursed him, and we read books, and played until Piper woke up. We took the scooters and tricycle outside and walked around the neigbourhood, then played at the park (there’s one in our complex which is awesome).

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EVENING

We came back inside, and I started making turkey chili (using THIS recipe). I didn’t add in as much of the spices so it would be too hot for the kids, and added plain greek yogurt to cool it down for them. This is the hardest time of the day (4-6pm), because Jack only wants to be held, and Piper wants all of my attention too. I make as much of dinner as I can while holding Jack, and distract him with snacks the rest of the time haha. I don’t normally like Piper watching shows, but every now and then I let her watch a little one while I make dinner for us.

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After we eat, I get them ready for bed, read books, and we clean up their toys. Jack goes down first, and Piper drinks her milk and we read/sing songs. She goes down and then I clean up after dinner, do more work, and take a hot bath while I watch Netflix and have some JoJo’s dark chocolate (use SWOLE10 for 10% off).

Haha…no wonder I'm so exhausted at the end of the day. These kids keep me busy, but I love it.

Friday Favourites

Except on Monday. It’s all good. I have my life together, I swear…

Here are some of my favourite things that I find helpful in regards to being a mum, and trying to live a healthy lifestyle! Happy Monday!!

TRUE LEMON + COLLAGEN PEPTIDES

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I have been drinking this mix regularly since the beginning of the summer, so I have no clue why I’m only posting about it now. True Lemon is a natural mix that I like drinking during the afternoon to mix up plain water. I add in Collagen For Her collagen peptides (I believe “GOODFORTHESWOLE” gets you 10% off) because they are unflavoured and it’s just an easy way to sneak in collagen.

MENTAL HEALTH

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I’ve always known mental health is important, but going through a divorce has given me a whole new appreciation for it, and I see the direct impact it has on physical and just overall health. IT IS SO IMPORTANT. I recently started following Alexa Allred (@allredyalexa) on Instagram. She is a Mental Health Therapist, and shares helpful tips, advice, and mental health education on her page. Even just seeing her posts and stories pop up are a nice reminder every day to check in and make sure my mental health is taken care of too!

SHARK MOP

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When I went to Washington D.C. to visit a friend a couple of months ago, she was raaaving about her new Shark mop. You know you’re old when you get so excited about cleaning supplies haha. I ordered one on Amazon, and it really is the best! Jack and Piper are the messiest eaters known to mankind, so meal times look like a giant food fight took place. It’s so easy to just plug this mop in, and quickly sanitize the floors. It uses steam which I love because Jack’s crawls around the floors, and having chemicals all over the place stress me out. You just add water, and the steam kills 99.9% of germs and bacteria. I could go on and on, but just go and read the reviews. I’m a fan!

WORKOUT SUBSCRIPTION

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Obviously, I’m going to bring up my newest workout subscription! This one is designed for anyone wanting to workout effectively from home! I don’t get to workout at the gym very often, so most of my workouts happen from home. I know a lot of women/mothers can’t get to the gym either, so I hope this helps! For more information, go HERE!

NURSING SPORTS BRA

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Senita Athletics just released another style of nursing sports bras. Since starting Good For The Swole, I’ve had the chance to try nursing sports bras from different companies. Senita Athletics are hands down my FAAAAVOURITE nursing sports bras. They are comfortable, supportive, and the padding inside doesn’t bunch up when you pull it down to nurse (you know what I mean????). I have a smaller chest, so both styles of nursing sports bras work great for me, and I love them both. Their newest one has more coverage, and offers more support. If you have a larger chest, I’d opt for this one, but both are AWESOME!!

Costco Favourites

Happy Tuesday! Whenever I go to Costco and post a story of Piper and Jack in the shopping cart together (how can I not??? It’s the sweetest thing seeing them next to each other), I get asked what I buy and if I’ll do a Costco haul.

I wasn’t quite sure what the best way to share my favourites are, so I snapped a picture of the products I usually get as I walked around the store, and called it good haha. These are the foods I typically get from Costco whenever I need to restock (other than fresh produce), and are all ones I love! I’m sure I’m forgetting some, so I’ll continually update this post.

ORGANIC APPLE SAUCE

We go through one box a week, so I stock up big time whenever I’m there!

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ANNIE’S ORGANIC MAC & CHEESE

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BARE ORGANIC APPLE CHIPS

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PACIFIC FOODS ORGANIC RED PEPPER & TOMATO SOUP

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G2G BARS

It’s convenient to buy a big box when I’m at Costco, but you can use “goodfortheswole” to get 20% off your purchase from their website!

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SAMBASON ORGANIC ACAI

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PERFECT BARS

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RAW, UNFILTERED, LOCAL HONEY

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BASIL PESTO

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HIPPEAS ORGANIC CHICKPEA PUFFS

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AIDELLS CHICKEN SAUSAGE

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INDIVIDUAL HUMMUS PACKETS

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INDIVIDUAL GUACAMOLE PACKETS

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ORGANIC QUINOA

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JOJO’S DARK CHOCOLATE

You can also use “SWOLE10” on their website to get 10% off!

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VICTORIA MARINARA SAUCE

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AVOCADO OIL

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KODIAK CAKES

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SIMPLE MILLS CRACKERS

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ORGANIC SWEET POTATO CRACKERS

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Day Of Eating

Happy Tuesday!! I haven’t posted a full day of eating in a while, and I want to get back into consistently posting them because I know I get lots of ideas when others post theirs. To be honest, It’s been hard finding my groove again with nutrition since going through the divorce.

There were days I didn’t have much of an appetite and also days I was like “X, Y, and Z just happened, so I’m getting ice cream” haha. I’m starting to get my footing again, and feel more like a consistent, functional human being. This is just how I’m fueling my body right now, not what everyone should be doing. I believe “healthy” looks different on every single person. This is just to give some ideas, and help if you feel like you’re in a slump!

PRE-BREAKFAST

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Normally, I have my warm water with apple cider vinegar drink (posted HERE), but I’ve been using these Flora Healthy wellness shots instead lately. They have the same type of benefits, and I love starting my day off with a little somethin’ extra.

BREAKFAST

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Overnight oats, as per ushe. I post this recipe a lot on my Instagram, but I just do 1/2 cup of oats, 3/4 cup water, a sprinkle of pink salt, and 1 scoop of IdealRaw chocolate peanut butter protein in a jar. Mix it together and store overnight. I add hemp seeds, natural peanut butter, and some type of berries in the morning! **Use SWOLE for 10% off IdealRaw products.

SNACK

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The kids and I headed to the park once Jack woke up from his morning nap, so I grabbed a Square Organics (you can use “goodfortheswole” for 20% off) and some baby carrots for the road.

LUNCH

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Leftover salsa chicken (just throw chicken and salsa in the crockpot, and cook on high for 4 hours), with spinach, cherry tomatoes from the garden, green onions, avocado, and cheese on corn tortillas. Probably the least Mexican tacos ever made, but they hit the spot!

SNACK

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Iced crio bru (I posted about the benefits HERE), and 2 rice cakes with cottage cheese and avocado.

DINNER

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Turkey taco soup! I’m so ready for fall and all the good food that comes with it.

SNACK

This was after a leg workout, so I had 8 oz unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 1 scoop IdealRaw chocolate peanut butter protein, 2 scoops of IdealRaw superfood blend, and 1 scoop Collagen For Her collagen peptides. **Again, you can use SWOLE for 10% off any IdealRaw products!

5 Quick Lunches

Lunches are the hardest for me to figure out what to eat. I usually plan out my dinners for the week, I have a list of my favourite breakfasts that I pick from (I've posted it HERE), but I sometimes feel stumped for lunch. The biggest thing that helps me is making extra for dinner, and having leftovers for lunch. It's nice not having to think about it, or having to take the time to make something when I'm busy during the day, BUT sometimes that doesn't always work if I eat out for dinner, or someone else is making it. Below are 5 quick lunch ideas that I typically have. They're all easy to throw together, and all have veggies snuck in there!

VEGGIE EGG SCRAMBLE

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This is technically a breakfast, but if I had something other than eggs in the morning, I'd usually have them for lunch because they're quick and it's such a simple way to sneak in veggies too! I have to stay away from eggs right now (RIP) because Jack is allergic to them, but it's a favourite lunch and I can't wait to have them again. 

NOURISH BOWL

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Every week (sometimes twice a week) I roast a huge batch of veggies to snack on or throw into meals. I wrote a blog post about creating  nourish bowls HERE, but I love cooking some chicken, chicken sausage, or tuna and adding some roasted veggies on top of a bed of arugula or lettuce. So easy!

VEGGIE WRAP

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I've had this lunch 5x a week lately. I'm hooked. I cook a bunch of veggies and chicken sausage or chicken on a skillet (my favourites are bell pepper, tomatoes, spinach, and zucchini) and put it all in a wrap. It's super good with Stubbs BBQ sauce

OPEN-FACE SANDWICH

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I love a good sandwich, but sometimes everything falls out if there's too much and it drives me crazy. I love loading everything onto one piece of bread, and eating it with a knife and fork instead. You can add more, and it's more filling too! My favourite lately has been spinach, Safe Catch tuna, and tomatoes on top of sprouted ezekiel bread. 

SMOOTHIE

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Smoothies make for such an easy lunch, and they're always taste so refreshing during these hot summer days. There are tons of different combinations out there to mix things up, but my go-to is  3 big handfuls of spinach, 1 scoop IdealRaw protein (use SWOLE for 10% off), 1/2 cup frozen berries, 1/2 frozen banana, 1/2 cup frozen zucchini (promise you can't taste it). If I'm in the mood, I love topping it with homemade granola, seeds, and natural peanut butter.