Weekend: Turning our house into a home

Isn’t it weird how we seemed to transition from winter directly to summer here in Alberta? We didn’t even have a spring! After the gloomiest, depressing, longest winter everrrrrr I finally feel so much lighter and happier.  Seeing all of the garden centres opening up is making my heart sing.

With Nick gone, I’ve been busying myself with some new hobbies. Not that I didn’t have my own life and hobbies before him, but after spending almost every day together for the past year, it’s been weird to eat dinner alone and not have my sidekick with me. He’ll be away for the next month or so until he’s settled, then his two week off/on rotation will start.


I ate a sushi boat, miso soap and So Delicious cashew milk ice cream on Friday night.

-I started brewing kombucha! As a fizzy beverage and buch addict, I’m so excited about this new little venture of mine.  I have a friend whose been brewing their own for years and they’ve become my kombucha life coach. I found a 2.5 gallon glass jug at Wal Mart for $15, my friend gave me a recipe book and scoby (did ya know scoby is an acronym for symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast?)  and I got started last week.

-I joined Orangetheory fitness. I drank the (orange) kool aid a while ago knew I wanted to sign up for a membership as soon as we relocated. Regular gyms just don’t do it for me anymore. Unless I’m running, I can’t motivate myself to strength and cross train effectively. I get bored and easily distracted. The variety within the workouts and quantity offered is what keeps me coming back for more. I can take a 5am class or an 8pm one. Oh, and loud music! Good, loud music is key.  (If you’re new here or curious about OTF it’s a 50 minute heart rate monitored high intensity interval training {HIIT} class – if you like circuits, you’ll love it)

My BFF Ryan joined me for his first OTF workout on Saturday and he loved it.


Scrambled turmeric eggs and oats were consumed before Saturday’s workout

After the gym, I spent the rest of the day doing errands and looking for house stuff. I found this full length mirror at Home Outfitters for 70% off! Our living room is tiny and I added a mirror to help it appear bigger (and a little brighter).

I also snagged this delicious coconut milk and mango soy candle for 30% off. It smells like Hawaii and isn’t too strong. I’ve spotted them for sale at Chapters too.

After checking out several home stores, I came home with a few indoor plant babies, a footstool and some lanterns. Our space is finally starting to come together and feel like a home!  This might sound weird, but having house plants makes me feel less lonely – it’s like having the tv on in the background.



Sunday morning was mostly a down day. My friend plans fell through, so I took another Orangetheory class, then swung by the grocery store for a few items.


I made this giant Kris-inspired protein pancake for breakfast #2. In a mini food processor, I pulsed 1/3 cup rolled oats, 3/4 cup egg whites, cinnamon, vanilla, 1/2 tsp baking powder, then cooked it on low heat in a frying pan. Toppings: peanut butter, coconut milk yogurt (with some collagen mixed in), honey and a mountain of berries. So good. I used to make oat pancakes all the time and forgot how much I love them.

I spent the rest of my day taking a long bath, napping, reading, baking (and eating) muffins, laundry and watching Real Housewives. It was nice to finally have a day around the house. I felt like all I did was lay around and eat.  For dinner, I made a hearty marinara sauce with spaghetti then got back into bed at 7pm for more garbage television watching! 😀

Over to you:

Do you belong to a gym? How do you motivate yourself to work out alone? 

Favorite post workout breakfast? 

11 thoughts on “Weekend: Turning our house into a home

  1. Meanwhile I’m like “I need to decorate my apartment like Jo and buy some plants” this weekend!! Your protein pancake looks delicious – I’m going to top it with yogurt next time! 🙂

    • Plants make a house a home. I love ’em! Silk coconut milk yogurt is pretty good if you haven’t tried it already.

  2. Your place looks great! I’ve been looking the plant you have in the corner (on the floor) with giant leaves. Do you know what it is called? It looks so tropical, which I love. 🙂

    • Tropical plants make me SO happy! It’s called a split leaf and is fairly low maintenance – they don’t need constant direct sunlight like palms do. I got it at Home Depot – they have the best plants and they actually take care of them.

      • Thanks! I’m going to buy several and pretend I live in Hawaii. 😂 Perfect for my north-facing home too.

        • Snake plants/mother in laws do well in low light too. The split leaf for sure needs east/west windows!!

  3. Congrats on moving in with your beau! And wish I was there to try out Orangetheory with you <3 And those plants (and gorgeous candle holder thingies!) really bring the place together !

    • Thanks Saba! Hope life is going awesome for you in Montreal! Miss ya girl

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