Top Ten Whole30 Essentials

Whole 30 Hardcover BookAs we’re prepping for another Whole30, we wanted identify the Top Ten Whole30 Essentials that helped us succeed last time with the task of clean eating for a month. If you haven’t heard of it, read all about the Whole30 Challenge here. Because we’re in Canada, some of the items listed in other Whole30 roundups are hard (or impossible!) to get, so the items here are all available in the True North.  The affiliate links below will lead you to the site, so be aware of that if you’re reading this roundup from other places in the world! I’ve listed some of the items and products that made our Whole30 easier, and more exciting that we expected. It truly is a privilege to eat this way.


toddler in sandbox with truck

Toddler Talk

Our darling boy is talking up a storm. Toddler talk is a strange form of poetry, full of unique pairings. His words often showcase his truck-flavoured vocabulary, like “Oh no, simpleton!” which means the flattened bag on the road looks like it was run over by a steamroller, or “Munga Tacta” which means Gramma has tractors near her house. Recently, he has taken a shine to a certain fairytale, and woke up the other day exclaiming “Come ON, Sinuwah!” which I’m pretty sure means he thinks Cinderella is shirking her duties at our house. (more…)


Whole30 Week Three

Week Three was a busy one, and there were a few fun challenges to meet on our Whole30 adventure, but we were pretty impressed with how easy it has been to adapt our plans to include healthy options. And in the surprising results column this week? My underwear are falling off. (more…)

Vegetable Garden

Whole30 Week Two

We’ve just passed the halfway mark in our Whole30 challenge, so I’d like to share our experiences from Week Two. We started this to reset and recharge our bodies, and have already taken away much more than we expected from this adventure!

If you’re new to the party, please click here for a recap of our Week One on the Whole30 Challenge.

Here’s a roundup of how we ate during Whole30 Week 2, with some notes on our progress, at the bottom.


view of clouds from the airplane

Seaside Vacation

Every year we make the family pilgrimage to the East Coast–and this was one of the best visits yet. Fresh breezes, rolling hills, hours on the beach, and of course, time with family. It’s always a busy visit, seeing the whole clan, but we insisted on building quiet time into our schedule this year, and were lucky enough to have near perfect weather for most of the trip. Here are a few of the highlights of the simple pleasures we basked in during our vacation:

Our wee boy got some quality puddle time after the morning rain.



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Whole30 Week One

We’ve decided to take the Whole30 Challenge to reset our physical health and test our discipline this month, with surprising results. If you’re not familiar, the Whole30 Challenge is 30 days of eating only vegetables, fruit, and clean protein. That means eating grass-fed or pastured meats, free range eggs, and wild-caught seafood, along with plenty of vegetables, fruit, and nuts. (more…)

roadside vegetable stand

The Best Policy

On our glorious seaside summer vacation, we were able to eat catch-of-the-day fish, peak-of-season fruit and berries, and, perhaps most novel, fresh-from-the-farm vegetables from a very trusting local farmer. Eating local is a great way to support your neighbours and keep regional industry booming, and one area farmer made it irresistible.

roadside vegetable stand


delicious fancy cocktail

Keep Callin’

As you might guess from the Radio Silence, things have been busy back at the ranch. Our little darling is now six months old, with two teeth, a shock of glimmering hair, and lots and lots (and lots) of energy. Having an infant to care for is both fun and demanding work, and when he goes to sleep, there is a surreal silence in the home that is at once gratifying and strangely still. I almost miss him being awake and busy. Almost.

mum and baby