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#noexcuses: On Exercise, Sleep, Snacking and Eating the Damned Pie

So you fell off the feel-good wagon? Then hop back on because while the ride may not be smooth, it'll be worth it. And as you sort out issues like healthy eating, getting enough sleep, and exercising, I'll be right there with you -- and I'll bring the pie! http://diaryofadomesticdiva.com

Welcome to the land of #noexcuses, the place where if you fall, you pick yourself back up, dust yourself off and give it another go. For instance, I just reached for the tea instead of the wine. I also reached for the pie but that’s not the point. Continue reading

The First Sick Day and She Be Like…

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Barely a week into the new school year and we have our first sick day squared away. Welcome back to school! Pardon us while we spread our germs around and contaminate your children.

Fourteen hours before this photo was taken, she got out of bed, whimpering,

“Mommy, I just threw … Continue reading

Erica Vlogs – Part 2: Reality Snack Bites

Grown-up snack wars. It’s a thing. It’s the battle that ensues in the middle of the afternoon when you’re hankering for something bad-but oh-so-good and instead convince yourself to be all healthy. Face it: reality bites. Or, rather reality snack bites.

Today I didn’t eat lunch for some reason — distracted, much? — so I’m feeling rather peckish. So now I find myself resisting the urge to throw myself into the bag of peanut M&Ms. But I won’t. Because adulting is full of these tough decisions. Trust me, I know the drill.

Don’t Let Reality Snack Bites Bite You in the Arse

Instead, I make sure that I have a bunch of bite-sized, nutritious nibbles in plain view, on the counter, at all times. This way when reality snack bites attack, I bite back with the healthy options. Among my faves are:

Solar Raw Foods Ultimate Kale Chips

The reality of the mid-afternoon snack craving is a force to be reckoned with. http://diaryofadomesticdiva.com

Love these Ultimate Kale Chips from Solar Raw Foods

Manitoba Harvest Hemp Heart Bites

The reality of the mid-afternoon snack craving is a force to be reckoned with. http://diaryofadomesticdiva.com

Hemp hearts are so versatile and making them into snack bites was genius

Nature’s Path Love Crunch Granola

The reality of the mid-afternoon snack craving is a force to be reckoned with. http://diaryofadomesticdiva.com

It’s takes ALL THE WILL POWER not to eat the entire bag of granola

Want to know what I dig about these products and how they help me beat the reality snack bites? Go watch my video!

Got a favourite kick-your-cravings-to-the-curb snack? I’d love to hear about it in the comments.

My Crafty Kid’s Shoebox Project

Have your kids every had a back-to-school shoebox project? Fun way to express themselves and share a little about themselves to their classmates. http://diaryofadomesticdiva.com

My youngest son, in grade three this year, was tasked with the traditional shoebox project. I like this idea because it allows the children freedom to decorate their box however they like and choose three meaningful items to place inside it. They then present in front of their peers which … Continue reading

I’m in a New York State of Mind

Waxing nostalgic about my one and only trip to New York City in 2012. http://diaryofadomesticdiva.com

New York City. The Big Apple. It’s the 15th anniversary of 9/11 — just ten days after we’d gotten married — and I’m waxing nostalgic.

I’ve visited New York City only once. It was four years ago in November, just before the big election and I had sort of invited … Continue reading

Erica Vlogs – Part 1: Whatcha Watchin’?

Spoiler alert! Vlog ahead!

Something about writing another blog post today derailed me. Which brings me to my first ever vlog. I love summer TV because it is the time for fun shows that don’t require deep thoughts. Except most of these shows are reality-type programs and I have to pull out all the stops to avoid spoilers.

But you’ll have to watch my vlog (which rhymes with ‘blog’ — not ‘vee-log’ as I used to pronounce it) which is unedited and goofy. No spoilers here!

Tell me: what are you guys watching?

Girl Gone Green: The 7-Day Green Smoothie Reboot

Going Green: I did a 7-day green smoothie reboot and, not only were the recipes delish, I felt great! http://diaryofadomesticdiva.com

Truth be told, I am a big smoothie fan. In fact, I’m racking up the ‘frequent flyer’ miles for the number of times I’ve visited Booster Juice this summer. But going ‘green’ in my own kitchen, well, that’s just a whole new bag of spinach. Continue reading

Where did Fun Mommy go?

Where did Fun Mommy go? Crazy. That's where. http://diaryofadomesticdiva.com

I get that this window of time between after-school and dinnertime is fragile — kids are tired after a long day of exercising their brains, they’re crabby and hungry. But I feel like there has to be a secret to making the transition from school to home a little more FUN and a little less FML. Continue reading