Friday Favorites September 23 2016

It’s time for another Friday Favorites post here on GFF.

Second Cup Frozen Strawberry Lemonade

Frozen strawberry lemonade // I ended up at one of my favorite coffee places last week for a study session. I got something different than I usually do and ordered a frozen strawberry lemonade. It was delicious and definitely something that I would get again.

Calgary International Beer Fest 2015

Calgary Oktoberfest // This morning I managed to win myself two tickets to Oktoberfest! I’ve been a few times now and even posted about it last year. It’s great to have the opportunity to try a taste of beers that I wouldn’t normally order at a pub or buy because I’m not sure that I would like them. I’ve discovered more than a few favorites at past events so I’m looking forward to tomorrow. I’ve found that some of the smaller brands that attend are more than willing to have conversations and are so excited when I ask where to find their products in Calgary.

Garden Potatoes

Harvesting the garden // Since the garden season is ending here in Calgary last week I harvested everything that was left in the garden. We tried growing potatoes for the first time this year and I was surprised at how many we ended up getting. They’re something that I know I’ll grow again because they were so easy. I also picked a few tomatoes (we didn’t get many this year), and a few HUGE zucchinis. I tried spiralizing for the first time this week with one of the zucchinis and they turned out really well.

How To Get Away With Murder // Did anyone else watch the season premiere of HTGAWM last night? It was soooo good, but at the same time I have so many questions right now. What’s the connection between Frank and Annalise’s baby? Who was on the stretcher in the back of the ambulance? Why did Frank leave? Who’s putting up the killer posters? Having to wait til next week to get some answers feels like forever.

Compliments Cheezies

Cheezies // I had a craving for cheezies a few days ago, so I bought some while I was at the grocery store. While I have no idea what an orange Sasquatch has to do with cheezies, they were delicious – even better than the name brand ones. In fact the entire bag might be gone already.

Etsy Made in Canada // Tonight I’m going to a Made in Canada event. Essentially local Etsy sellers all come to one place and sell their creations. While they’ve had the event in Calgary for a few years now, this is the first time I’ve been able to attend. I’m super excited to finally go. I’m planning on getting a few Christmas gifts while I’m there. I’ve heard that there were long lines last year, so if you’re planning on going make sure you get there early.

40 Minute Workout Playlist

Happy Monday! I know it was quiet on GFF last week. It was my first week of classes, so it was a bit of a whirlwind. I’m pretty excited about all my classes this semester, but I’m looking forward to Injury Care and Prevention the most I think. There’s going to be a lot of hands on learning in that class because we’ll be practicing doing wraps and taping on each other. Other than first aid I haven’t done much in terms of wrapping so I know I’m going to learn a lot. We have quite a few classes in the gym for my Strength Training class. Being in the gym and learning how to actually do things is always better than sitting in a classroom listening to a lecture, right?

I’m feeling a bit more organized and prepared this week so I’m planning to be back to my normal publishing schedule this week. In addition to this post, I’m planning a day in the life and Friday Favorites posts.

I thought I’d start off the week with a new workout playlist. While most of the music is new stuff that’s on the radio right now, I also added a few older songs like Pink’s Get The Party Started and I Kissed A Girl by Katy Perry (can you believe that it was released 8 years ago?!?!)

40 Minute Workout Playlist

Sometimes all it takes for me to get to the gym to workout when I’m not feeling motivated is a new playlist. Music can be a hugely motivating factor for me, making the difference between just going through the movements and putting in my top effort. Really, what’s the point of working out if you’re not going to put in 100%.

Check out my Workout Playlists page for more music ideas.

What’s a song on your current workout playlist?

Friday Favorites September 2 2016

While Friday Favorites have been popular on a lot of other blogs for awhile, I thought I’d start doing them here on GFF twice a month.

 Sweet Relief Bakery Cupcakes

Sweet Relief Bakery // A couple weeks ago while my boyfriend and I were walking around downtown we came across a new bakery, Sweet Relief. We went in and picked out a couple cookies and a cupcake to share. Needless to say everything we sampled was delicious. I stopped by again last weekend to pick up half a dozen cupcakes to share with my family. I decided to go with one of each kind they had out. Although I only got a try a bit of two of them, I was told that they were all amazing. If you’re in downtown Calgary I’d definitely recommend checking them out if you’re craving something sweet.

Restorative yoga // Last week I went to my first restorative yoga class in way too long. It was with a teacher I’d had before, and it was just what I needed. We spent an hour and 15 minutes going through a handful of postures, holding them for long enough for my body to relax into them. I felt so refreshed afterwards, I know it won’t be long before my next restorative class.

Garden view from MRU library

Pretty view from library // Although I don’t start classes at school til Tuesday, I’ve been working there for the last two weeks earning a little extra money. One day after work I stopped by the library to get some blogging work done. I opted for my favorite spot and was treated to this view while I worked. There’s some seriously beautiful outdoor spaces at my university. I walk through another pretty garden on my way  to the main building from the parkade.

New computer // That computer in the above photo? It’s a new one. After making some tough decisions I decided on this one. I’ve been really happy with it so far and I think it’ll be great for days when I’m at school all day. I’ll be able to work on papers, powerpoints, and get through emails between classes. As useful as my ipad mini was last year for accessing the internet, I just wasn’t able to write papers or edit group presentations on it.

Oatmeal Raisin Walnut Clif Bar

Oatmeal Raisin Walnut Clif Bar // I stocked up on some Clif Bars and Larabars to keep in my locker at school. I ended up giving this one (affiliate link) a try a bit early. I’d never had this flavor before, but I really liked it. It kind of tasted like eating a bowl of oatmeal.

Halt and Catch Fire // Season three started two weekends ago and I’m sooo glad it’s back! I’m excited to see where the characters go this season. If you’re on the fence about watching it, I’d encourage you to give Halt and Catch Fire a try. It may take a few episodes to get into it and get a feel for the characters, but it’s so worth it.

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24 Minute Bodyweight Workout

Today I’m sharing a quick 24 minute bodyweight workout. It’s perfect for days when you don’t have time to go to the gym and have to workout with a limited amount of equipment at home.


24 Minute Bodyweight Workout


Pushups // Starting on your toes and hands, make sure your body is a straight line from your heels to your knees, hips, shoulders, and neck. Your hands should be a bit wider than your shoulders. Slowly bend at the elbows, lowering yourself to the ground. Try to get at low as possible, and then push yourself back up, all the while maintaining that straight line. An easier modification is instead of being on your toes, lower to your knees.

Squats // With feet hip width apart and hands in front of you to help with balance, use the glutes to lower your hips back and down while bending at the knees. Once you’ve reached the lowest position you can without leaning forward too much or letting the knees collapse in, return to a standing position, using your glutes to propel yourself.

Crunches // Lie on your back with your knees bent and feel flat on the floor. Place your hands behind your head. Slowly lift your shoulder blades off the floor. Make sure your neck stays in a neutral position. The upper back should be moving, not the neck. Slowly lay back down on the floor.

Jumping jacks // Stand with feet together and arms at your sides. Jump both feet apart from each other while raising your hands above your head with straight arms. Jump your feet back together and lower your arms to the starting position.

Triceps dips // Using a chair, place hands on the edge with fingers pointing towards the back while stepping out your feet so that they’re hip width apart and your hips are above the floor. Slowly bend at the elbows to lower yourself and then use your triceps to move yourself back up to the starting position. Your knees can be bent (easier) or left straight (harder).

Lunges // Stand with feet hip width apart. Step forward with one foot so that the forward leg’s thigh is parallel to the ground, and the back leg’s shin is parallel to the ground. The back knee shouldn’t touch the floor. Use your quads and glutes to step the front foot back towards your back foot and end by standing straight up with feet hip width apart again. For the second lunge step forward with the other foot.

Plank // The plank is very similar to the starting position of a pushup. Your hands are slightly wider than shoulder width, and your body is a straight line from your head, through your shoulders, hips, and knees, to your heels. Just like with the pushup, if you need an easier modification, use your knees instead of your toes.

High knees// Starting in a standing position, quickly bring your left knee up in front of you as high as you can. Step back down and repeat with your right leg. Repeat.

Supermans // Lie flat on the floor face down with your arms outstretched and above your head. Simultaneously lift your arms, chest, and legs off the floor and hold for two seconds. Slowly lower your arms and legs back to the floor with control.

Sumo squats // Similar to body weight squats, the movement is the same but your feet are wider apart. Make sure your knees follow your feet, and move outwards and forwards instead of just forwards.

Bicycle crunches // Lay on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. With your hands behind your head and elbows out to the side, bring your feet off the floor so that your shins are parallel to the floor and your knees are bent at a 90 degree angle. Bring your shoulder blades off the floor and alternate bringing your left elbow towards your right knee, and your right elbow towards your left knee. Your feet should look like they’re pedaling a bike.

Butt kicks // Stand with your feet hip width apart and your arms bent comfortably at the elbow. Bend your left knee and bring the heel of your left foot behind you so that it touches your butt. Lower your left foot back down to the ground and repeat with your right foot.

Looking for more workout ideas? Check out my Workout page for more!

What’s your favorite bodyweight exercise? 

As always, remember to check with your doctor before beginning an new workout routine. Honor your body and modify as need. 

Vichy Review

 Vichy Review

I’ve been using a few Vichy products that I was sent for a month or two now, so I wanted to share my thoughts with you about them.

 Vichy Review

First off, I received the products for free from in exchange for an honest review. If you’re also Canadian I’d definitely recommend checking out their site for reviews on all kinds of things – from makeup to food to household products.

 Vichy Review

The Vichy Ideal Body Spa Shower Gel-Cream was better than I was expecting it to be. First off, it smells amazing. I sometimes avoid products that have a fragrance because they can irritate my sensitive skin. That didn’t happen with this shower gel though. And to be honest it was kind of nice to enjoy a product with a great smell. In addition it left my skin feeling clean and moisturized.

 Vichy Review

Again. because of my sensitive skin, I have to be careful about the kind of lip balm that I use. Typically anything plumping or lip balm that contains SPF will cause a reaction and my lips start to burn. Not fun. Understandably I was a bit skeptical when the Vichy Ideal Body Replumping Lip Balm was included in my box. Needless to say I was very happy when I tried it the first time and my lips felt fine! Although I didn’t notice any plumping effects from the lip balm, it did keep my lips feeling moisturized for several hours.

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Since I live in Calgary where it’s very dry, I’m always using moisturizer. I found that the Vichy Ideal Body Milk was great at making my skin feel hydrated. Once again the fragrance didn’t bother my sensitive skin. The smell also wasn’t too overwhelming, which is great because I don’t want it to be too much and compete with my perfume. It also didn’t leave me feeling greasy.

Although all three of these products are generally more expensive than I would spend (I usually go for brands that I can find at the drugstore), I would definitely splurge on them if I found them on sale.

What are your favorite Vichy products?