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Sneak Peak at My March Challenge, a Thought Provoking Question and Honey Cilantro Baked Salmon



Live simple, love well, and take time to smell the flowers along the way.

Mark Twain

I have something I have been working on that I can't wait to share with you!

A few weeks ago my SparksBesty challenged me to do a month long blog of menuing and budgeting so that she, or others could follow along.


The Challenge: 
Grocery shopping for a family of 5 
(3 adults & 2 kids) 
for $135/week

I have taken the challenge very seriously and next week I will be starting a special 4 week series about budgeting and menu planning! I will be posting The Challenge every Sunday and it will include tips, a shopping list and a week long menu :)

My normal journal/blog will come out on Tuesdays and will feature crafts and baking instead of dinner ideas.

I hope you join our challenge and spread the word to your friends! 

The other day on the YummyMummyClub Facebook page they asked this question,

If you could travel back in time and meet your 10-year-old self and were only allowed to speak one sentence to her/him, what would it be?

There were so many amazing answers, some funny, some hilarious, some meaningful and ALL true! I wanted to share them with you now...
  • A pity date isn't worth the aggravation!!!
  • Someday that stocky, not perfect body of yours will carry you far around the world, bear two beautiful, healthy babies and be known for great hugs - appreciate and love your strength and your softness.
  • You will be more funny than beautiful, but the people who think you're funny will see your beauty faster so let your weird out, already.
  • Focus on school you have plenty of time for boys.  Talk about your feelings dont eat them.
  • Choose a career from your heart & wait for the man who will treat you like a princess....
  • WEAR SUNSCREEN!!!
  • It's okay to be the "quiet one" it will serve you well.
  • Ask for help, you're worth it.
  • Stop trying to please everyone else, make sure you are happy too.
  • Trust your gut, it is always right...and listen to your mother, she is always right too.
  • Don't try to fit in trust and be yourself.
  • It's going to get so much better. (Insert hug)
  • Just because they say so, not everyone is really your friend. Always appreciate the ones that are.
  • Love yourself...you can achieve anything!
  • Believe in and listen to yourself.
  • Become a lesbian
  • Your freckles are beautiful.
  • Don't listen to that jerk, you are NOT fat!
  • Take a deep breath cuz it's a rough ride out there
  • Enjoy each day to the fullest as time flies quickly!
  • Don't rely on other people to tell you who you are.
  • Big challenges are ahead, but you'll be better because of them.
  • You are good enough just the way you are :)
  • Set your standards high, you are smarter than you may believe and can do anything you dream
  • Love yourself...you can achieve anything!
  • Accept and love yourself now!
  • For God sake talk to someone…anyone. Stop being shy.
  • Believe in yourself and not what others think or say of you.
  • Life goes by fast: belly laugh as much as possible, love deeply & often, and dance with your eyes closed.
  • Stop being shy and put yourself out there. You are not worthless
  • Stop worrying what others think of you, stay true to yourself.
  • Trust me, you look fine!
  • Don't let your broken heart break your spirit
  • Invest in Apple!!!
  • Don't be friends with her, it'll change everything.
  • Study hard and go to university!
  • You are NOT fat.
  • You are so much more than you think you are.
  • Choose horses over teen boys.
  • Don't let the bullies tell you that you are worthless people who bully you now will send you friend requests on Facebook 25 years later.
  • Don't be friends with the people who only need you when they want something
  • Be brave and take chances
  • Don't be afraid to try anything.
  • Don't worry about what others think of you . You are amazing just the way you are.
  • Remember to have fun and enjoy your life before settling down so you don't have any regrets later.
  • Ask for exactly what you want and don't settle for less.
  • You ARE enough.
  • Don't move to Winnipeg!
  • Stay away from Shawn!
  • Being competitive is a good thing...in high school don't give that up to make friends, you will have an abundance of friends in due time.
  • Kick and scream.
  • Get life insurance!
  • Loose the weight now it will change your life.
  • Embrace your moustache and unibrow and oh yes cool rainbow coloured braces.
  • Just wait until you see what you accomplish; don't worry so much about today.
  • Don't give up even if the road seems rough, you'll pass school and get the job you want.
  • Stop giving a sh!t about what other people think or say about you.
  • You are not alone.
  • Run. Best feeling ever!
  • You don't have to be perfect and please everyone. 
  • It never goes aways but sometimes it gets better. 
  • You are going to be amazing!
And mine…

Be nice to your mom. 

That's it. I wouldn't of told myself you only have 24 years left with her. I know me, I would've spent half of that time mourning her already.

Now that I think about it, maybe I would actually just say be nice. Be nice to your Mom, be nice to your Dad, be nice to your Sister and Brother. Be nice to that guy… He becomes your Ninja. :) 

Just be nice.

Sometimes I wasn't. Sometimes I'm not. 

Another thing I would tell me is... You are going to have 2 little girls. They are going to be your ENTIRE world! You are going to learn something from them every day. They are going to test you, make you cry, make you double over in laughter, make you tired and make you feel young again...  sometimes, all at the same time!!!








HBear at 3 years and 2 months
SBean at 3 years and 2 months

Pouting because SBean got the swing first LOL



Ahhh I love those Freak-A-Beans! I am so very lucky :)

A while back we had this delicious salmon dish. At least I think it was delicious, everyone said it was! Today was a BEAUTIFUL sunny spring day! I had the windows open and I could hear the birds chirping and it just feels like a salmon day. So here is a super yummy, fresh, SPRING salmon dish for you! 

Honey Cilantro Baked Salmon
Adapted from Julia's Album

1 lb salmon
1 tablespoon oil
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon lime juice
2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
3 garlic cloves, pressed

Preheat oven to 400.

Pat dry salmon. Brush with oil on all sides. Season with salt and pepper. 

Place the salmon on a large piece of foil. 

Fold foil sides and ends up. Place the salmon in foil on a baking sheet.


In a small bowl, combine honey, lime juice, cilantro, and garlic. Mix to combine.


Spread this mixture over the salmon.


Leave the salmon open (with foil sides up) and bake it for 15-20 minutes.

Remove salmon from foil, scoop up the sauce and pour it on top.




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