What I am snacking on: chocolate covered almonds 

I have a massive sweet tooth. If you’re looking for savoury snacks, you won’t find much of that here. That’s why when my sister posted this recipe to her Arbonne business Facebook page I had to try it. 

While I didn’t use Arbonne’s protein powder because my husband and I have an Isagenix business, I think the results are the same. 

As Lyndsay stated in her post, the recipe uses 4 tbsp melted coconut oil (lucky me, summertime and no air conditioning means my coconut oil was already melted), 3 scoops protein powder (***Edit: I used Isagenix Chocolate IsaPro Whey Protein but they turned out a bit chewy for whatever reason. The recipe definitely works better with any flavour of the the IsaLean protein powders), and 14 almonds. 

Mix the coconut oil together with the protein powder, drop a small amount in the bottom of an ice cube tray then place an almond in each cube and top with another small spoonful of the oil and protein powder mixture. Pop in the freezer and when they are frozen, store in a container in the fridge. 

By eating smarter snacks I have managed to lose 10 lbs and 5.25 inches in a little more than 6 weeks. It’s slower progress than I would like but I also know based on my first pregnancy and breastfeeding journey, I am one of those people who does not lose the weight very quickly until after I am done breastfeeding. So any weight and inches lost at this point is progress in my books. 

What I am snacking on: Frozen sweet blueberries 

In my attempt to eat better and help encourage my body to drop the baby weight, I’ve had to get a little creative with my snacks. I love, love, love to bake but I also love, love, love to eat baked goods. So my baking has taken a back seat to other snack prep. 

I plan to write a few posts about what I am snacking on in the hopes that I might help or inspire someone else to try a few healthier snacks. Today I am talking frozen sweet blueberries. 

This is the perfect time of year to enjoy this sweet treat. While we don’t have any u-pick blueberries in northern Alberta, we do have saskatoons, which are an excellent alternative. 

If, like me before moving to northern Alberta, you are unsure as to what a Saskatoon is, it’s basically a smaller, more firm blueberry. It retains its shape better when baked, but basically tastes the same. 

But back to the snack. I took a 4 quart container of blueberries and one package of jelly powder. Any flavour, I chose strawberry, next time I may try grape. 

Step 1: wash the berries

Step 2: lightly towel dry berries and dump into a large freezer bag. 

Step 3: add jelly powder

Step 4: shake until berries are well coated

Step 5: freeze

That’s it! When they are frozen, put some in a bowl and enjoy your sweet, guilt free snack!

And now just because…the sweet baby that is forcing me to eat better. 

What not to say to a pregnant woman

People typically know that asking a women if she is pregnant is a fairly risky thing to do. Because of this it is generally a culturally accepted fact that you don’t say anything at all until a woman is most certainly pregnant.

Why then is it not a culturally accepted fact that you must continue to watch your tongue even after a woman is most certainly pregnant?

Being seven month pregnant and friends with a group of people who are either also pregnant, wanting to be pregnant, or just recently gave birth, I have heard my fair share of comments from people I think should just know better.

Just last week I was told twice in the same day that I was “huge.”

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Nine months to gain and nine months to lose?

That’s it. I am sick and tired of my gorgeous and sparkling engagement ring not fitting right. Sure I can get it on, but getting it off isn’t quite as easy. This has resulted in a bit of painful eczema on my left ring finger, and while Arbonne Diaper Rash Cream (interested? Ask Lyndsay Fintelman for help ordering!) works wonders, it’s not something that I particularly like to have on my finger all the time. It also gums up my ring making it much less sparkly. I know, I know, why don’t I take it off before putting the cream on? Well…like I said before, my finger decides when I can or cannot take off my ring and when it’s angry with eczema, that often means the ring is not coming off.

To help remedy this, I began doing the Bikini Body Mommy Challenge 2.0 on YouTube in December. I love it. Yesterday marked the beginning of her new 3.0 challenge and after completing day 2, I am hopeful that my ring will once again fit comfortably (for those of you wondering about my wedding ring, it seems to fit better and therefore gets to see much more of the world via my finger). For other moms looking for a quick but effective workout, I would recommend this. It gets my heart rate up, has me sweating, and is only 20 minutes in length. This means I can enjoy my coffee, get ready for my workout, complete the workout, and shower all before the little guy wakes up from his nap….speaking of the little guy, I think that’s him waking up now…



…When I was around four-months pregnant I went for a dress fitting for my baby sister’s wedding, which happened at the end of August. At that time I was confident the dress I ordered would be huge come August (just three months after the birth of my son). I should have known better. The dress fit, but no alterations were required.

Now my little monkey is seven months old and I’ve still got about 10 pounds of baby weight (read Ketchup chips, poutine and candy….I swear I also ate healthy things while pregnant). My sister-in-law kept telling me: “It takes nine months to put on the weight Kristin, it will take at least that to take it off.” I guess she was right.

My official goal is, by the time the little guy is nine months old, to be comfortably wearing my rings again. Who knew weight gain in your hands would be the hardest thing to lose post-pregnancy?