Tuesday, August 8, 2017

5 Day Freshii Juice Cleanse

So Freshii opened up at the end of June and to say we are a little obsessed may be an understatement. When I first visited I noticed their pamphlet on their juice cleanses and I knew I wanted to try them.
They call their 5 day cleanse option - focused and each day you pick up four juices (Green Energy, Carrot Zinger, Mighty Detox, Red Power) and a Metaboost Salad.
As promised I am going to share my thoughts on the 5 Day Cleanse I had done last week. The week before I had opted to do 3 day cleanse instead of their 5 day because we had friends coming up and knew there would be some social events that involved food and a few drinks. After 3 Days I was ready to do more but decided I would do it in the following weeks.
Welcome to Day One:
I woke up feeling great and decided today was the day. I drank some water while I waited to pick up my Freshii cleanse. I started with green energy, the taste is light and green around 9 am, not energy like coffee but I was good to go. A  couple hours later I had my carrot zinger, this one had a bit of the kick but still good and I continued on with my morning. Next up was my mighty detox this one I found to be very green the Courtney from a few years ago would not have been too happy but the current Courtney embraced the  very rich green tasting juice.  Next up was the red power and it smelt so earthy I wasn't excited, but it turns out it tasted way better than it had smelt, in fact it was my favourite one out of the bunch.  Next up was my metaboost salad, and you would thing that after drinking juices all day I would famished. But I wasn't hungry at all and the size of this salad is unreal. Keep in mind I drank flavoured all throughout the day.
( raspberry, lemon, lime, ginger, and cucumber)

Welcome to Day Two:
I woke up with a bit of a headache and way too early for my own good. I really should have picked up my cleanse the night before, because 5 o'clock in the morning seems hella far from 8 o'clock when your toddlers don't stop I drank some tea and a ton of water before Freshii was open. I continued the day spacing my drinks out 2 and a bit hours apart followed by my salad.


Welcome to Day Three:
Is this real life. I woke up feeling amazing and not a ounce of hunger. I had some water and headed out to pick up my cleanse. The day continued as the previous two, four juices, a salad, and all the water. Today was e a s y.

Welcome to Day Four:

Grumpy, Lazy Courtney awoke. Who in the hells idea was it to do a cleanse for more than three days. I`m hungry and have the worst bloating and stomach cramps.  But why. The last three day not even an ounce of temptation, no tummy ache or sever hunger. I moped around and drank my juices and ate my salad. Ok the days done tomorrow has to be better.

Welcome to Day Five:
Juices ? Hell to the no. I almost didn't pick up my cleanse on this day, but was sure I wouldn't hear the end of it from my husband. So I picked up my juices and drank the first two. this was the extend of day Five. My body was telling me I needed real food. ALL of the real food. so that what I gave it.

Now don't get me wrong, I may have just had a bug during the last two days of my cleanse, and it might be better (I am sure) for others who do all five days. But it wasn't for me. From now on out, if I ever have the urge to do another juice cleanse my max limit is 3 days. I think just adding in some juices to my weekly meal plan would be ideal. Having two busy children, while maintaining household chores, walking the dog and working out I think the caloric intake was simple not enough. And that's ok. Do I feel like a failure for not finishing my last two juices and salad? Nope. Would I have before? you bet I would have pretended like I killed the cleanse and finished all the way to the end. Its important to listen to our bodies. It also important to tell the truth and accept it. I am not a five day juice cleanse doer. Simple as that.

Focused | 5 Day Cleanse | $135

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

DIY Shelves for under $50

Hello Friends, yesterday I had decided that we needed shelves in our living. The wall I had chose to make our feature wall is quite small so I opted to go with corner shelves. These babies although still fairly simple to make and inexpensive were a little more time consuming for prep (I`m use to just using brackets screws and pre cut panels) . We started with making a trip to home depot to grab the supplies.

What your going to need:

1 - 1x2 ( length depending on how many shelves) for the wall bracket
1 - 1x4 ( length depending on how many shelves) for the facing of the shelf
1 - large panel of pine in the width of  you desired shelf
1 - box of finishing nails
1 - box of drywall anchors
1 - small can of paint or stain
1 - tube of wood filler
1 - roll of painters tape
1 - small thing of sand paper
1 - drill bit
1 - drill
1 - level
1 - saw
1 - measuring tape

I went with 16x16x22.5 shelves. While I was at home depot I got them to cut wood to save some of my sanity. I had my 1x2 cut into six 15in. lengths, my 1x4 cut into three 24.5in. lengths, & my pine panelling in to two 16in. x 16in. squares. Once I got home I predrilled holes in my 1x2.

Once the holes were drilled, I cut one side of each of the ends at a 45 degree angle so they would fit in the corners perfectly. the turned the 1x2`s on their side and cut another 45 degree angle on the opposite side. ( I had originally planned on not putting a 1x4 on to the front of the shelf)  Once all my brackets were cut I nailed them into 90 degree brackets. REPEAT for how many shelves you plan on building.

Once you have the bracket nailed together, measure where on the wall you would like to place the bracket. Hold the bracket in place and use a level to square everything up. I used a pencil to draw a line once it was all level on both sides and marked where my pre drilled holes were. Then place you drywall anchors into the wall. Now screw your brackets into place.  REPEAT for how many shelves you plan on building.

Now this is the part that explains why I added facing to the shelf. With your 16in. x16in. square draw a line from corner to corner, using a skill saw cut as smoothly as you can across your line (lets just say my lines were not great). Once you cut all your shelving pieces, cut your 1x4 pieces on 45 degree angles on the same side of the board so they square into the wall. Using nails, nail the 1x4 to the face of your shelving board. now place onto your brackets and nail into place. Using your wood filler cover the nail heads and let dry. REPEAT for how many shelves you plan on building.

Now use you painters tape to surround your in place shelves and paint or stain them to your desired color. Now it for the waiting game my most difficult part letting them dry.

And your done! If I can do it trust me you can too! Let me know what you guys think of this tutorial below.


Monday, July 24, 2017

Cocoa Energy Balls

You guys where is summer going?! This momma cannot believe it's almost AUGUST! This summers been quite amazing so far we are going to have to do a catch up blog here soon with all of our adventures and stay-cations so far. Last month we got a Freshii restaurant and I'm obsessed. Everything from their bowls to frozen yogurt is so darn tasty. Not mention the prices are very reasonable. Every single time I'm in there I find myself grabbing energii bites, so I figured I would make some to have on hand throughout the week. With only ingredients you can pronounce and can find at any grocery store these freshii inspired bites will have you going back for more.

What your going to need:

1 1/2 Cups of Oats
3/4 Cups of unsweetened shredded coconut  + 1/4 cup to roll bites in
3 TBSP cocoa powder
1/4 Cup enjoylife mini chocolate chips
1/4 honey
3/4 Cups of peanut butter

What your going to do:

This part is the easiest. Just place everything in the bowl and mixed well. Once everything is coated place in the fridge for about 10 minutes. Once it is refrigerated use a tablespoon to create 1" balls and roll in shredded coconut. Store in an air tight container and place in the freezer.

Hope you guys enjoy these quick and easy no bake cocoa bites!

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Our Home Gym

Good Morning! I finally got around to taking our home gym photos last week (yay for me). This room has had so many purposes over the last four and a half years from an office, to Peyton's room, to Kash's room, to a toy room, to a spare bedroom, back to Kash's room, but nothing seemed to last more than a couple months before I would change it up. But once its been a workout room that's exactly what was needed for this awkward shaped small room. 
First it was pretty empty in there a wall length mirror, a small old TV, a yoga mat, a couple of little weights, and an elliptical from my mom. After a while I decided to hang mirrors across the one wall as a little DIY project and it has served the room well since. All together it was like $150 for 4 mirrors I believe. Then we switched out our elliptical for a tread mill my grandparents were getting rid of ( yay frugalness'). Then slowly adding new things as we found them on Kijiji or at amazing prices. Then I "had" to decorate it these past few months. Why? you ask who knows haha but I did I started with a feature wall and had sent away for wall decals but my impatient-ness took over and once the wall was painted, I just stencilled on my words. As you can see I'm the best at stencilling ( hint: the O in yoga) but I love how it turned out also was only $13 to do instead of $187. This past week I added these cute little shelves with an actual purpose to them. Every time I try to watch Netflix on the iPad and bike I fail miserably, dropping the iPad to the floor, so before I cracked my screen I decided to put these little DIY shelves up. Plus who doesn't love styling little shelves?! they have made it up in most of our rooms, "Hi my names Courtney and I am addicted to DIY shelving" But all in all this is one of my favourite rooms in the house, now just to get my butt back in gear and getting in here daily. 

Monday, May 1, 2017

Barre so Hard Spotify Playlist

I cannot believe it is already May! how crazy is that?!The last few weeks have been non-stop between gymnastics, soccer, swimming lessons, eye appointments, dentist appointments, ultrasounds, running a company and starting new ventures I've stepped back on what I had wanted to achieve over here at Confidently, Courtney. But I am currently working on new partnerships, recipes, reviews, and my first ever giveaway so stay tuned, the next few months are for me to expand and share my take on this healthy living, balance, mom thing. On a side note: It's finally spring here in northern Alberta (happy dance). So I've made a new workout playlist, yay! New playlists are my favorite thing. My playlist is very summer seventeen orientated.  Feel free to follow me over on Spotify @confidentlycourtney

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Bunny Bites

Seriously these bites are not only amazing, but they are the cutest bites I have ever made. Like look at them * insert heart eyes here *. A while back I had picked up this bunny mold from Michael's, I had no idea what I was going to use it for, but I knew I needed it in my life. I think originally I had wanted to make jello for Kashius's kindergarten class, but remembered back to Halloween and 89% had no interest in jello... how silly.  Anyways long story short this morning while I was prepping my oat bites Peyton was tearing apart our pantry (which happens way too often around here) and tossed the mold out to me because they didn't belong in her doll's beds aka the pantry baskets. Thus I thought I would try to make my oat bites in them. O M G they turned out perfect for Easter week bites! Here's what you will need:

4 Scoops Vital Protein Collagen Peptides
1 1/4 Cup Oats ( I used old fashion)
1 Cup Shredded Coconut
1/2 Cup Nut Butter ( I used a blend from Costco)
2/3 Cup Maple Syrup
1/2 Cup of Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips
1/4 Cup Chia Seeds 

You will want to place everything except your chocolate chips in a food processor or blender and blend well. Once blended stir in chocolate chips and press firmly into your desired molds or roll into 1" balls. I prefer to keep them in the freezer to ensure freshness throughout the week but im sure the fridge would be fine. Hope you babes enjoy these cuties.


Sunday, April 2, 2017

Summer Seventeen

Happy April Babes! I am so very excited that it is officially spring over here in Alberta, which had me making summer bucket lists this past week while my littlest had a cold and there was no sleep in sight for this momma. 2017 as a year, has so many big things coming for our little family adventure wise and life wise. Here's to Summer Seventeen and all that there is to capture.