Cutting Out Dairy And Gluten

You guys know how awful I am at sticking to a diet.
I've attempted the Keto diet - which barely lasted a day.
I've tried whole 30.
Same thing.
If you've been following me on Instagram, you know that a few weeks ago, I received the results form my sons food intolerance blood test.
He's been having some behavioural issues at school and we've been noticing things at home like irritability, lack of attention, hyperactivity, upset stomach and skin rashes to name a few.
He was referred to a paediatrician and she suggested we have a special blood test done to rule out any food sensitivities or intolerances.
Like I mentioned above, I received the results this week and turns out he has 34 intolerences out of the 220 he was tested for.
I've received a lot of questions regarding the blood test, so for those of you wondering, the test will cost you about $325.
With the results, we've discovered that Luca has a severe intolerance to Casein - which I've learnt is the protein found in milk/dairy products. 
He is also intolerant to wheat and other grain products.
There is actually quite a long list - but our first steps are to eliminate gluten and dairy from his diet.
We've decided we will all adapt to this diet as a family (as much as possible) to make it easier on Luca.
We actually don't see the Dr. again until the end of January but in the few weeks that we gave adjusted our eating we have seen some amazing improvements that we can report back to the Dr. at this appointment.
I've also seen major improvements in myself as well.
 I suffer from pretty bad migraines, stomach issues and eczema and all this has been far less severe.
I'm also never bloated anymore which is AMAZING!
I've been asked by many of you to share my tips and recipes etc with you and I promise I will when things slow down.



My Top 5 Favourite Christmas Movies

It's Christmas Eve morning and I'm basically more excited than the kids! 
I was up super early this morning, hyping the kids up for Santa's big arrival tonight.
When I think of Christmas time, I automatically think of cozy days at home snuggled up under blankets watching some of my favourite Christmas movies! 
I thought I would share my Top 5 Christmas Movies with you today.
I watch these year after year! 

I mean, who doesn't love Elf?
My kids love this movie now too and we watch it every year!
& Zoey Deschanel has been a girl crush of mine since forever!

The Family Stone
This movie is just SO good and has most of my favourite actors playing the lead roles.
This movie will make you laugh and cry.

Home Alone
I loved this movie as a kid.
LOVED - and now my kids love it just as much as I did!
While I was working a weekend shift last weekend, my husband took our three kids to the movie theatre to watch this (our local theatre plays old movies for $2 on Saturday mornings), and my husband told me our 4yo son laughed the whole movie! 

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
This movie reminds me of my childhood.
I remember it coming on YTV every single year and watching it with my mom and brother.
It didn't feel like Christmas until we watched this movie. 

White Christmas
I'm not gonna lie - I had no idea this movie even existed until a few years ago! 
I know, you're probably thinking I lived in a cave or something, right?! 
This classic just makes my heart so happy!
I'm a sucker for classic movies, so I knew I would love it. 
And I mean - BING CROSBY! 
Need I say more? 

I hope you all have the merriest Christmas!!!! 

Talk to you in the New Year.



Gifts For Her Under $50

 I'd like to say TGIF but I work all weekend, so it's not really going to feel like much of a weekend around here for me!
What a week it has been!
2/3 kids have the stomach flu, so I've spent my days cleaning up vomit and snuggling sick kiddos then heading off in the afternoons to work until 10PM.
Luckily - Louis, Audrey (our middle child) and myself haven't been sick to our stomachs yet - but we all had some weird tummy aches and chills throughout the week. 
At least its happening before Christmas.
(Trying to look for the positive here)

Speaking of Christmas......
Can you guys even believe that Christmas is only a couple weeks away?!
Didn't 2017 just fly by!?
I'm pretty impressed with myself this year because I'm already half way done my Christmas shopping already!
(Thank you online shopping!)
I just have a few more gifts to pick up for the kids and a couple for the grandparents and I'm done!
I have my first Gift Guide for you below!
A few cute items for that special woman in your life - whether that be your bestie, mom, girlfriend, wife - I know she would love receive any one of these in the guide below!


30 Day Healthy Living Challenge With Renew Life

Happy Tuesday Friends!

I've been super busy this past month between kiddos being sick and staring a new job!
I've received a lot of messages in my DMs on Instagram asking me why I chose to go back to work, so I'll let you know a little later on in this post.

About a month ago, Renew Life reached out to me and asked me if I would like to take part in a 30 Day Helathy Living Challenge.
You may remember I worked with them a few months ago on this post, where I talked to you guys all about gut health.
You all know I am trying to live an overall healthier life, body and mind, so of course I said yes to the challenge!

I started off sharing some of my goals for the challenge with you on Instagram like

-drinking 8 glasses of water a day
- using my new bella beat tracker daily
 -getting in 15,000 steps a day
- not consuming sugar
-  8 hours of sleep each night
 -trying a couple new healthy recipes from my new cookbook
-  taking a daily probiotic each morning
-working out at least 3 days a week

Having a list of goals really helps to keep me motivated.
Although I couldn't check off every thing on the list each day, having the goals written down helped me make overall healthier choices each day.
I'm not always the best at remembering to take medication or vitamins daily, so with the probiotic I made sure I had it ready next to my coffee machine each morning.
Since I've been taking a daily probitoic I've noticed tremendous changes in my body.
I have less bloating, a lot more energy and my eczema has cleared up!

During this 30 Day Challenge, I also decided to apply for a job outside of the home!
Like I said above, I was getting a ton of DM's asking why I would go back to work when I am already busy with this blog & 3 kids?
The answer is : I went back to work for my mental health.
I'm the type of person who needs to get out of the house, and be around others to be in a good state of mind.
Working from home certainly has its perks - but it can also be pretty lonely, especially now that all three kids are in school.
I decided to apply for a part time job, around the corner from my house so I could get out and be around other adults a few days a week,  have an excuse to get out of my yoga pants and help bring in even more income for our family! 

This past month has been one of my best months this year!
I'm happier and healthier and I challenge you all to 30 Days of Healthier Living as well!

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