Carrot Quinoa Fritters

I haven’t been incorporating quinoa as much as I would like into our lunch/dinner rotation. Personally, I love quinoa. However, no matter how it’s been prepared, the sprouted grain still hasn’t won over Adam’s heart, so I tend to avoid its frequent use. He concludes that one of my favourite flavours is “bland”, but I beg to differ! 😉 read more

Athleisure Footwear: Functional and Fashionable!

You guys. I am ALL about the athleisure trend. Since I have only had to “dress up” a handful of times over the past few years, I am fully embracing the fact that I can leave the house in leggings and runners and look like I still have my sh*t together. Thanks to some drool worthy Instagram accounts like Stylerunner, it has become easy to toss the heels aside and opt for a more relaxed day to day look. Never have my feet been happier. read more

A Little Pregnancy Update

It’s a little late in the game, but I’ve been awa from blogging for a bit and haven’t written much (if anything) about how my current pregnancy with Bubs the II is going. I’m currently sitting pretty at 33.5 weeks. Well, more like ‘sitting uncomfortably’, if I’m to be accurate in my description. It’s not a particularly momentous milestone week, but I figure that I might as well reflect a bit while I have the chance. Hard to believe that I only have about 6 weeks left in this journey. I should probably get my act together and start thinking about packing a hospital bag at some point, but with this second pregnancy, I have become a bit a lot more relaxed in the whole “labour and newborn preparation” category. read more

When In Canada

Alright, you guys. Where is my Blogger of the Year nomination? Hah! I realize I’ve been MIA for months now when it comes to this little internet space, but I have good excuses, I swear!

Actually, I’ll just admit it. Sometimes in life, certain hobbies or pastimes have to give. In this case, blogging was one of them. I would never write and publish posts if I didn’t want to, or just for the sake of it…so I haven’t. read more

Your Own Worst Enemy: Letting Go Of Negative Body Image

This isn’t a long post, but an important one.

An acquaintance of mine recently posted a status update on social media: “I got up this morning, looked in the mirror, and truly hated what I saw looking back at me.”  This is a hard working, dedicated, intelligent, physically fit, beautiful person who is referring to the fact that she hates the signs of ageing she sees and the associated changes to her outward appearance. read more

May Favourites

After missing the mark on my April favourites due to limited ambition and health, I’m back in the saddle this month! Lots going on, and lots to look forward to in June as well. Here you have it:

Breakfast

Since I’ve still been feeling queasy, particularly first thing in the morning, breakfast has been a bit of a mundane ordeal. A couple slices of sourdough, Mayvers natural peanut butter, and some kind of fruit has literally been my go-to 6 out of 7 days of the week.  Basic, carby, not too heavy…everything my growing belly desires at 7am.  read more

Five Post-Workout Smoothies…Or Anytime, For That Matter!

In April, Fitness First Australia generously gave me $250 to put towards supercharging my health. Amazing, right? I could have created a list of a hundred and one things to invest in. Some contemplated ideas: hot yoga passes, new fitness clothing, or a consultation with a holistic nutritionist/dietician. Despite the endless and exciting possibilities, deep down I really knew that this opportunity should only result in the purchase of one thing, and one thing only… read more

A Blogging Birthday & A Few Thoughts

I can’t believe this little blog of mine is celebrating it’s 2nd birthday!

I started writing Femme Fitale on April 6th, 2012. Blogging had been on my mind for quite some time. I’d just come home from a vacation to Roatan, Honduras, and Adam had stayed behind for a second week with his brothers to do some diving. I had to return to Calgary, as teachers only have the luxury of a 1-week spring break! I had been feeling a bit bored, so thought it was a great time to finally take the plunge into the blogging world. read more

Adventures in New Zealand: Part 2

It’s been four days since we’ve arrived home from New Zealand. We have a ‘bucket list’ of sorts for the things we want to do while living here in Australia, and visiting NZ has always been at the top.

We thoroughly enjoyed our time touring around the South Island. We would have loved to see the North as well, but with only 9 days, we simply couldn’t do it all. We also couldn’t participate in a lot of adventure activities as per the New Zealand travel norm. Just too difficult with a one year old! Instead, we clocked many hours in the car and several more hiking and touring around by foot; we saw so much in just over a week. read more