Family Weekend in Great Falls


In mid-August I was chatting with our kids and realized that we haven’t gone anywhere as a family all summer! Between the new baby, lack of funds, and my being gone for two weeks in July, we didn’t go camping or on any other adventures on the weekends Ryan and Ace were with us. We had to buy school supplies…

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Friday Fitness- Testing JĀSÖN Natural Deodorant


Happy Friday! It’s the last Friday of summer and the kids go back to school next week. How is that possible? WHERE did this summer go?! I didn’t quite get in all the adventures I wanted, but I’m still happy with how life went and where it’s going. I’m also happy with how I’m slowly but surely prioritizing my workouts…

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Hiking with Kids on the Syncline Trail


Cat and I have been talking of going to Huckleberry Festival for years. This year we decided it was time to actually go and when we saw that it started Friday it was perfect! I was leaving for Great Falls on Saturday morning with the family so on Friday afternoon ,we loaded her car up with our kiddos and headed…

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August BuffBoxx- Stuffed!


You know the box is good when it’s so stuffed that it’s open a crack. I was like a little kid when I noticed the stuffed BuffBoxx this week and couldn’t wait to go home and see what was inside! Monster Hydro Tropic Thunder- I haven’t tried this yet. There is sugar in it and I’m trying not to drink…

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Friday Fitness- Classes for the Win!


It’s been a good week workout-wise. I was finally able to get in and take some classes which I really love because it pushes me harder than I workout on my own. Friday- Nothing After Thursday’s personal training session where I did a total of 240 squats I could barely walk. I had the best intentions to hit spin &…

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2018 Raymond Triathlon Recap


It’s been almost two weeks since the Raymond Triathlon, it’s about time I finally sat down and finished the recap! If you read recaps of previous triathlons like the 2012 Splash Pedal Gasp, 2012 Magrath Triathlon, and the 2014 Magrath Triathlon, you know that I have this terrible habit of signing up for a tri and then barely training. I…

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Paddleboarding & Finding the Elusive Loon Lake


Last week I finally accomplished my goal of finding the Elusive Loon Lake at the base of Mt. Vimy. A couple of years ago while on Bear’s Hump, I noticed a lake across the lake at the base of Vimy. After checking out a park map,. I learned that it was called Loon Lake and I’ve been wanting to check it…

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Friday Fitness- Baby Before Fitness


You guys, nothing derails your workout plans like a baby! I thought joining a gym with child care would do away with excuses, but if your kid is sick or has you up at 4 am, that planned gym visit is not going to happen! I just have to take a deep breath and adjust to this flexible, unscheduled lifestyle…

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Kayaking Fun in Waterton


On the August Long Monday, Ryan stayed home with the baby so I could go to Waterton with Cat and Jenn for paddle boarding. “Wait- but your title says kayaking?” We got to Blakiston & Company at 3 p.m. and they were completely booked out until 6 p.m. at the earliest. We were completely bummed and didn’t know what to…

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Going to Miss My Hiking Buddy!


How many of you have a go-to hiking/adventure buddy? Someone you can call and say “Want to go ice skating on a frozen mounatin lake in -20C with me?” Someone whose response is “Hell yes!” That’s my friend Samara. Ever since we did our first hike two years ago, we became fast friends and experienced a ton together. I knew…

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Friday Fitness- Joining Gold’s Gym


My title says it all. Last week I finally had enough of the heat keeping me indoors and the lack of at home workouts. They have child care so I can go during the day with TyTy and he’s cared for. I’m looking forward to all the classes too.  I like being in a class environment because it pushes me…

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Hiking the Highline Trail in Glacier National Park


I knew that with a new baby I would likely get one all day hike this summer; two if I was lucky. One of those hikes (which I planned to do in the spring) was the Highline Trail, also known as the Garden Wall in Glacier National Park.  This was one of the most memorable hikes I’ve done, and it’s…

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Baby’s First Attempt to Hike


Last Wednesday, despite the heat warnings, I set out for Waterton with TyTy and my friend Paula and her children.  I read on Twitter that Parks Canada had opened up the Crandell Lake hike and I thought that was a perfect easy hike to ease TyTy into baby carrier life. Paula had her doubts after seeing the forecast of 34C,…

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Leave No Trace this Summer as You Explore the Outdoors


I was so inspired by this story that I asked permission from the  United States Geological Survey (USGS) to repost it on the blog. Enjoy! With summer officially here, it’s a great time to explore the outdoors! As people go hiking, camping, wildlife viewing and engage in other recreation activities, there can be associated impacts on the natural environment. In 2017, more…

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July Buffboxx- BCAA’s for the win!


Ask and you shall receive! Remember how I was talking about my plans to test out amino acids for my muscle weakness? I got an entire bottle of Adept Nutrition BCAA‘s from my July BuffBoxx. Perfection! Here’s all what came in this months BuffBoxx. Adept Nutrition BCAA’s Razorwire Energy Pills Lifeline Muscle Massage Kit MRM Veggie Protein Powder MRM Digest-All…

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Friday Fitness- My Triathlon is in Two Weeks!


Happy Friday! This week was hard to adjust to life back home after two weeks in Washington with my family. Back to cooking my meals, cleaning, and battling that dog hair! One reality that sank in this week is that the Raymond Triathlon is only two weeks away and I (surprise! surprise!) haven’t been training much.  Ugh! What is wrong…

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Two Weeks with Family in Washington


One thing that will be so nice about being a teacher is having time off in the summer for long visits home. TyTy and I took off for Washington for two weeks this month to be there for the birth of his little cousin Clark, visit family, and for me to stuff my face at my favourite restaurants. TyTy did…

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Take the Self-Care Day Challenge!


This post is sponsored by Bayer. To make sure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label. Lately, there has been a lot of talk about self-care, especially for new moms. It’s tough to take those moments for yourselves but I think everyone can agree it’s essential.  But self care doesn’t have to be hot baths,…

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2018 Intention Halfway Check In


It’s past the six month mark of 2018, but it’s time to check in with my 2018 intention. I don’t like setting resolutions, I like setting a mantra or intention that I can repeat to myself. My intention for 2018 was “go with the flow.” I knew it was going to be a tough year to control with having a…

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Friday Fitness- Better Than I Thought


This weekly recap is very easy. I did not work out all week with the exception of BodyCombat at Golds with my mom on Thursday. I’m not going to give an excuse, I’ve been lazy and spending my time with my family doing things besides workouts. That said, I am pretty happy with how I did in BodyCombat. If you…

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