Highlights of Newfoundland

Photo post overload! I wanted to just invade your blog feed with TONS of fun photos of Newfoundland while I was there over Thanksgiving! Enjoy the post :)

Hanging out with Daddio.IMG-20131018-01657

Going for a cruise with my Dad, again!

My parents fireplace is amazing. IMG-20131019-01678

Trying on hats at Posie Row, downtown. Loved this one, didn’t buy it ($50!)IMG-20131019-01676

Next up, some candid shots that my Mom took of us three in the park. These are my fav!

Took my nephews winter hat off his head just to tease him. Love our expressions! I totally lived in my MPG hoody the entire time. It’s incredibly comfy and definitely durable.IMG_6309

Hanging out in one of the trees talking about poop most likely.IMG_6490

Guys, I used to live in trees in our backyard as a kid. I can’t believe how HARD it is to climb a tree now that I’m “old”! LOLIMG_6482

Having a chat with the little guy. I think this is when he was stuck and I was about to help him get down.IMG_6467

Piggy backs while running are fun for me. Scary for the nephew ;)IMG_6435

Don’t SIT on me, kid!IMG_6418

Pretending to shoot each other. Boys.IMG_6416

Playing tag. I TOTALLY nabbed him. Slow kid ;)IMG_6387

I laughed until I cried when I saw this picture. Here he is hanging on for dear life. IMG_6347

Cracking up at this photo. Caption: “Ancy Nancy I want a turn… is it my turn yet?” as I hog the swing and my nephew tries to catch me. Hah!!!Not yet kid!IMG_6322

I was told before the jump, we all had to hold hands and say “1-2-3 DONKEY KONG”. IMG_6316


My favorite shot of my entire trip. nephews and i smiling

My nephew trying to bother me. Standing on my boots!!!ruairi stepping on my bootHeading back to the car all holding hands. How sweet!!!IMG_6514

Hope you enjoyed the post!

Do you have any nieces or nephews?

How far away do you live from your family?

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Mondetta Performance Gear Fall 2013 Collection

Folks, I am Fashionable, Functional, and ready for Fall. Whoo wee.

As part of my FitFluential Ambassadorship I was introduced to Mondetta Performance Gear (MPG) last fall.I’m no stranger to MPG — I’ve been actively (see what I did there?) sporting my hot pink zip up from last year’s fall collection, and you can see plastered all over my instagram photos. Now for my unbiased opinion as always.
MPG jacket in pink

I feel like I’ve been wearing that jacket year round since I got it last Fall. I basically have since we had much cooler temps than average this summer. It’s just the perfect length where it covered your butt and has sleeves long enough for my monkey arms. It never fails that I get a compliment on the pink jacket whenever I wear it out. I think they should bring this favorite (of mine) back and have it available in tons of colors. Hot item, that one. That and the fact they’ve definitely mastered having a flattering silhouette on this jacket. Often for our warm up runs at CrossFit I wear this, and I always wrap my hands around into the thumb loops to keep my scaly man hands warm.

Not only that? MPG is Canadian and I absolutely love supporting companies in Canada.

The colour palette and items that has been launched for fall (love that orange is making an appearance) is fantastic. I’m not just saying this because I’m writing a review about MPG, but my favorite colors are a coral-orange, and magenta. While they don’t have a magenta this season, they do have a nice purple in the Essence top I ordered. I picked out pink for myself though.mpg-purple-top

I was given the opportunity to pick out a few items from their Fall collection to test and try out. Thank you for feeding my obsession, MPG. I tweeted out to MPG in the past that they need not let their Designer go, ever. My one dresser drawer that I use primarily for active-wear is overflowing and can barely close shut. Instead of opting for more fitness apparel I wanted something comfortable I could potentially wear to work out, or to sit around at home in, and be content either way.

Last year I mistakenly sized up in their bottoms. I do not suggest this. MPG‘s clothing  fits true to size, so stick with what you are regularly. While they’re the only bottoms I wear during the winter (much thicker material than Lululemon) at CrossFit, I have to tie them really uncomfortably tight. Thank goodness they had a draw-string. This year, I received the Avert Legging and my heart was calling out to get the hot pink. It was so very tempting, but I figured I’d get much more use out of the black pair. Even though the pink would be fun for a change.

close-up-of-pant-seamNote the leggings has three different seams on it? That’s because you can customize the leggings to your required length! No sewing necessary. I’ve kept mine as long as possible because I love pants that cover my ankles, especially getting into the colder months.

I took a break from climbing this summer. Three months off in fact. Just right after I received some new climbing shoes for my Birthday. Figures as much. I activated another 1 month membership and have been going consistently 2-3 times per week. Surprisingly I am not that rusty. I’m still bouldering pretty solid, and I haven’t had a chance to top rope. But since bouldering is more for power and less endurance I’ve decided to amp up both. I’ve been doing extremely easy problems by climbing up, then down climbing, then back up. Doing laps I suppose you could call it. It makes your forearms burn. I’m trying to get as many laps in as possible. My first night back I did 3.5 laps (jumped off the climb before I did my final down climb). I’ve been wearing the Avert legging while I climbed and didn’t feel like I was worrying about hiking up my pants at all. Most importantly though, the items that I’ve all received are made of great sweat wicking fabric and quite comfortable. Thankfully the leggings are not see-through so I can move around without flashing anyone on the wall.

MPG-Valencia-hoodyAnyway, back on track. I’ve been wearing the Valencia hoody in BRIGHT coral fire back and forth from Climbing to CrossFit. It’s thick and form fitting, yet has this stitched design on the front which makes the valencia more unique than the average hoodie which seemed to pique my interest. I had a purple zip up from a different company a few years ago which is literally fraying at the seams since I’ve completely worn it out. Now it’s time to welcome my little valencia into my home and wardrobe.

mpg-while-lifting-alfieBadda-bing badda-boom I really enjoy wearing functional work out clothing that is also fashionable and thankfully MPG has created a great collection for Fall.

mpg-valencia-hoody-look-dowLove the thumb holes!

I can’t leave ya guys hanging talking about how fun the people are at MPG and the wonderful experience I’ve had with them regarding Customer Service. So MPG has allowed me to host a giveaway for my readers. Even though I said I hate to leave ya hanging. I’m going to, only for today. Because this blog post is getting a little too long. Come back tomorrow and see what you get to win! Wahoo!

  • Whats your favorite thing to wear when working out?
  • How often do you work out?
  • Before today, have you ever heard of MPG?

I was not compensated for this review, in fact —I asked MPG if I could work with them again. They sent me three items from their Fall collection at no cost. All opinions are my own.

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My new tattoo

It’s time to do some laundry tonight. Sometimes I let it pile up and take up all of the washers available in our apartment complex.

It’s funny, because we usually only have athletic wear and towels to wash mostly. I know when I run out of my favorite workout tops from Under Armour, MPG Sport, and Lululemon, it’s time to do laundry. I need my favorite items to work out in!

workout-clothesHey. Gotta have some visual interest in a blog post, right? :)

The boyf is training very hard for his upcoming Ironman in Mont Tremblant in August, so he’s going through laundry like it’s a hot potato. Sorry, couldn’t think of a better description than that. It’s incredible the work outs he puts in. For instance on Saturday & Sunday he ran 20km, Monday he biked 210km, Tuesday he ran 32 at a “slow” pace of what my fast pace is: 5:15min/km’s. Ya. His slow runs are my going full-tilt so that’s why we don’t train together ;) I don’t want to feel like I’m slowing him down even though he’s always up for going out on a run with me regardless of the speed.

CrossFit WodsI’m taking the night off CrossFit. I’ll be going 4x this week (Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri) and tonight I’m going to do a little work out at home from my iPad.

chatelaine all star movesI downloaded the Chatelaine 10-minute fitness app. I’ve been using it for a few days but tomorrow I’ll let you know how it all works.

I’ve been going to my pedicure lady for the past few years and last weekend she had a going away party since her family is moving to Cambodia, where I got this new tattoo of mine. Don’t freak out Mom and Dad – it’s fake. Who would’ve guessed? It’s a stencil which she painted body glue on, then brushed glitter of my choice. It won’t budge. It’s been on since the weekend.

fish tattooI thought it was “just a fish” until I was told it was finding nemo. Oops. I’ve never seen the movie, can you believe it?

I sure will miss that sweet Sophie. I get regular pedicures in the summer because even though I rarely I don’t wear opened toed shoes often because I’m cold pretty much constantly. I do like to have my feet pretty. Especially now that I have had a black toe nail RIGHT before summer started, and this happened last year as well. What luck, huh? Especially it being on my big honkin’ toe, too. TMI for you all? Sorry!

I’m out! Have a good night all.

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