And just like that September is gone. How’d that happen!?
What are you folks up to this weekend? I’m off to my level 3 YogaFit training this weekend, which means I’ll be putting in 13 or 14 hour days when you factor in my driving to and from the venue. So I’m sort of planning to sleep all day on Monday, haha. Thank goodness I only teach one class on Mondays and that’s not until 7:30pm!
This week’s faves seems to be all of the multi-media variety. Starting off with movies.
Last Sunday I finally say Bridget Jones’s Baby. I am a huge Bridget Jones fan, the first two movies are two of my standard go-to movies. I was concerned that they would bugger it up but when I saw the Rotten Tomatoes rating was a very respectable 78% I was excited.
Was it as good as the first two? No. But it was a very respectable third instalment. There were parts that seemed slow and a bit dull, but there were other parts that made me laugh so hard I was crying. Over all it was a great way to round out the series. And without spoiling anything, those who know and appreciate that the Bridget Jones series is a play on Pride and Prejudice, and that Mark Darcy is played by Colin Firth (who also played Mr. Darcy in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice) will especially enjoy what she names her baby. But enough nerd talk.
As with the other films there is a lot of language, so if that is something that bothers you, you might want to wait for the edited for TV version 😉
Otherwise, if you saw and liked the first two movies, I think you’ll enjoy this one. And you can be sure it’ll be added to our movie collection when it comes out on blu-ray.
And then the full length trailer for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them dropped this week. I am so looking forward to this movie!!
The Harry Potter theme music at the end give me chills every time I hear it.
Prince William and Kate are in Canada this week, and this photo (originally on Instagram, but also on Facebook here if you’d like to share it) surfaced of Kate while talking to, be greeted by, or whatever by our PM Justin Trudeau. The caption is amazing, hahaha.
I just recently finished reading the Heroes of Olympus series*, and really enjoyed it. If you are a fan of Greek and/or Roman mythology, or the Percy Jackson series you should check it out. It is in some ways a continuation of the Percy Jackson series, but is also a stand alone series (I’ve not read the Percy Jackson books, only watched the two movies they made and didn’t feel as though I needed to go back and read them to figure out what was going on).
Cookie Dough Frosting. What more needs to be said?
A reader sent me this link to an article they wrote after their kitten was stung by a bee, and I wanted to share. Here in Eastern Canada we are mostly out of “bee season” but I know that’s not the case everywhere. Pekoe got stung on the paw once and the poor dude wasn’t very happy for a few days so I can’t imagine how a kitten would feel!
Back in the summer Mitchum Canada sent me a couple cans of their new dry spray deodorant which I’ve been putting to the test. They also sent me this fab Black & White disposable camera which I am still working my way through. I have a fear that I’ll get it developed and nothing will be in focus. Remember those days? So stressful!!!
I’ve been surprised at how much I like the deodorant. Both have a clean pleasant scent that doesn’t fumigate you (you know what I mean. Those deodorants that you spray and immediately have to leave the room to find clear air?). I keep one in my aqua fitness bag to use after teaching Aqua Zumba when I am most definitely in need of some odour control. 😮
I hadn’t even heard of Mitchum (I live in a hole) until this package arrived, and I’m glad it did, otherwise I may never have tried this product!
That’s is for this week! I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend, and I’ll see you on the Interwebs in OCTOBER! 😀
Recently I’ve been getting a lot of questions about how I organize Zumba playlists for all my different classes so I figured it would make a good topic for this week’s video.
I know some instructors create a new playlist for every class they teach, but that’s too much for me. Keeping one playlist for each of my classes (Tuesday afternoon gets one, Tuesday evening, etc.) makes it easy when I want to change up the songs because I change them within that same playlist. From there, I organize my songs within the playlists to create intervals for higher intensity and lower intensity songs. I’ll be honest and say that I don’t always follow the Zumba structure as far as the song style list they give you when you become an instructor, but I do try to ensure a good variety of styles are dispersed throughout the class unless it is a special class (i.e. Reggaeton or Cumbia night or something).
My method may not work for you, but I always feel like I learn a little something that I can apply when I watch videos or or learn from other instructors how they do things so I hope that rings true for you as well!
Whether or not my method will work if you use other music managers I’m not sure, as I’ve always used iTunes, but if they have a visual way to rate individual songs it should work just fine.
Well I’m two for two anyway – that’s a start!
I really am going to make this a weekly thing, it is a great way to look at back on what happened in my week that I really liked, whether it’s a physical thing, or an event, whatever!
First up on my faves for this week is my new makeup brush.
I bought the Buff Buki from Quo at Shopper’s Drug Mart last Friday and I am so obsessed with it. It is so great for applying my 4-in-1 mineral makeup. Previously I hadn’t been using it much because the brush I was using to apply it didn’t give the best application but the Buff Buki really gives a beautiful application. I love it so much my mineral makeup has quickly become my go-to with my standard tinted moisturizer taking the back seat.
Well over a month ago I ordered the kittens this Shark Cat House from Pet Clever because it was well – amazing.
It took six weeks to arrive but it finally made it’s way here yesterday, and it was worth the wait. It’s so fabulous!
The new Patronus quiz on Pottermore.
If you are going to take the quiz do yourself a favour and don’t do it on your phone. Go to a tablet or computer where you can fully appreciate the sound and imagery. It is truly magical.
P.S. My Patronus is a Basset Hound. I approve.
I’ve been working hard at getting my office set up in a better way because frankly, I’m tired of sitting in a room with a pile of boxes surrounding me because I don’t know where to put anything. I’ve been reorganizing my books and files and whatnot and picked up this perfectly standard 6-cube storage unit on Wednesday at Home Depot and it’s made such a difference. I still have some stuff that needs to be donated (an old TV, office chair, etc.) but it’s feeling a lot more like a proper office in here. YAHOO!
Healthy Living Bundle 2016
A few times a year Ultimate Bundles puts out a themed bundle of e-books, courses, etc. for an amazing price. Last year I picked up the Photography Bundle and it paid for itself many times over and I’m still not finished reading everything or doing all the courses.
Right now, they are offering the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle which is a huge collection of books, courses and products for whatever your healthy living quest might be. Paleo, gluten free, fitness, weight loss, essential oils, gardening, healthy hormones – you name it they have it. With 56 e-book, 25 e-courses, printable and bonuses, I have a hard time believing that any of you who look at what is included will be able to pass up on this deal. For only $29.97 USD you are getting a wealth of knowledge.
I love these bundles. I just picked up mine, and you should too! The offer ends on September 26th so if you are at all interested stop right now and check it out before it’s gone for good!
And I can’t finish off a recap of my favourite things from this past week without mentioning how glad I am that the new season of TV is finally starting! This past week Gotham, Survivor and Brooklyn Nine Nine all returned this week and Once Upon a Time is on Sunday night.
Have a great weekend friends!
P.S. I just put my spring Online Bootcamp program up as an e-course you can purchase to go through at your own pace. I’m going to be offering a new bootcamp in the coming weeks, but this e-course is a great option for those of you not needing the day-to-day support from a trainer. Check it out here!
Guess what!? Yesterday was the last full day of summer. And here in the Annapolis Valley it was flipping hot. So hot that while I was out running some errands and really wanted to get a Chai Latte, it was too darn hot in the afternoon sun to actually get one.
So instead, I came home and whipped myself up an Iced Vanilla Chai Latte Protein Chill!
What a Chill you ask? I don’t know, I just made it up, haha. It’s not thick enough to be considered a smoothie or a frappe, so I decided to go with “chill”. 😀
It was really easy to make, and was quite refreshing and pretty darn tasty. While it would be easy enough to make a traditional Iced Vanilla Chai Latte, I wanted to add the Vega One because an all-in-one nutritional shake is something I’ve become quite use to having on a daily basis. Not only does it have 20g of protein, only 160 calories/serving, it also includes vibrant green blend, vitamins and mineral from real-plant based ingredients, and basically, it is like my nutritional insurance policy. And while I love me some regular dairy milk, I enjoy Silk on a regular basis too as that’s what my husband uses. Because I’m a carb cycling gal, Silk Almond milk is perfect for days when I’m consuming fewer carbs because it has absolutely no added sugar (added sugar = added carbs, and I like to eat my carbs!), and I can enjoy the same foods and drinks I’d normally have with dairy milk. Not only that but it also has the same amount of calcium as dairy milk and has no artificial flavours or colours or nonsense. 😉
- 1 cup chai tea
- ½ cup almond milk (I used original unsweetend Silk, but unsweetened vanilla would be great too)
- ½ scoop Vanilla Vega One
- 1-2 handfuls of ice
- Add all ingredients into blender.
- Blend until ice is finely chopped.
- Pour into glass.
A couple things I would do differently next time:
- I would let my chai tea steep longer, I only left mine for a minute or two (mostly because I was hot and impatient), but leaving it sit longer will allow for a stronger chai taste.
- I was all out, but Vanilla Chai Vega One would be PERFECT for this recipe. Vanilla Chai is tied with Coconut Almond for my favourite Vega One flavour, and is a definite must for any fellow Chai addicts (especially with the fall and winter season almost upon us!).
- The last thing I would do is blend my ice for a shorter period. I started with 1 handful of ice but over blended and had to add more in order to have any “icy” quality to the drink. I think my Ninja is still more powerful than I expect!
This recipe is a definite keeper for me – and I can’t wait to try it using the Vanilla Chai Vega One next time I buy some, yummmmmm. I didn’t really notice the taste of the protein powder in my drink (aside from the added vanilla flavour in my drink as a whole) which was really great. And I know it looks a bit like swamp water, part of me wishes I had added some vanilla matcha to make it really green. It’s that in between colour which makes it look a bit “odd” haha.
Disclosure: I was provided with both the Vega One and Silk Almond milk in order to help me #BuildABetterSmoothie, however I buy both on a regular basis as they are staples in our diet anyway.
Remember back in the olden days of 2015 when I made videos? Sure I’ve made a few this year but they’ve been few and far between. Well, I think that needs to change. Why? Because I miss making them, and because I sure as heck am not going to pay for creative cloud if I’m not using premiere pro so it’s time to get moving!
Eventually I’d like to get a dedicated vlogging camera, but for now I need to prove to myself that I deserve one, haha, so I’ll be using my DSLR and my iPhone.
I hope you enjoy my mish mash of footage (but there are kittens involved so really how can you not?) and as I get back into the swing of video creation I expect to have more of an organized method to my madness. 🙂
But until then…. enjoy!