What’s Good This Week

Happy Easter, everyone!

We spent a super nice day visiting with some friends who live on a small island outside of Stockholm. We had an Easter egg hunt for the kids and a nice lunch al fresco.

I have a bit of a thing about Easter egg hunting; I really don’t like it. My parents ran the kid of tight ship necessitated when wrangling four kids, so our Easter egg hunting was a colour coordinated affair. You were told to find ten blue eggs or ten yellow eggs or whatever. I could never find my colour and found it stressful and demoralizing, so at a point I just refused to participate anymore.

I have to admit though, when I saw free-for-all outdoor egg hunting for the first time, I can see their point. We only had three toddlers participating, and already it was getting so cutthroat that I genuinely thought Niko might shank someone.

We also chose this weekend, somewhat spontaneously, to start potty training again. It’s been going a lot better than our previous attempt, for me personally since I can drink alcohol this time, and definitely for Nikes as I think he gets it a bit more.

It’s helped tremendously to be able to “call the Easter bunny” and take directions about how much chocolate he’s allowed to have depending on whether he’s used the potty or not. All in all, I have a very sugar-high kid, a lot of dirty laundry to do, and I think I’ve said, “Do you have to pee? That’s where your potty is. Remember to tell me if you have to pee…” approximately 8000 times so far this weekend.

This was a particularly bonkers week. I had Niko home with a fever on Monday and Tuesday, and naturally the construction on our upstairs neighbour’s bathroom was in full swing, with surprise jackhammering first thing in the morning. You know what’s fun? Trying to pack up to get out of the house for a full day as fast as you can while both of your kids are losing their little minds over the scary noise. A friend of mine asked if I could just blast some white noise. To cover up the sound of jackhammering concrete directly above our heads? No.

I went and spoke to the contractors on Wednesday morning to find out if I needed to plan to be out of the house all day again, and they assured me that they were done with the noisiest work. So guess what happened Thursday morning? Yup! More surprise jackhammering. But guess what else? They jackhammered RIGHT THROUGH OUR CEILING.

I literally can’t even. CAN’T EVEN!!!

I’d been out with Odin for the morning because it was too loud to stay home, and popped home to grab our stuff for a swim date. There was a knock on the door, and it was the contractor from upstairs. He said, “Can I take a look in your bathroom? I think I might have made a small hole. Oh… It’s a big one.”

We’re big Sandra Boynton fans in this house. You know that book The Birthday Monsters? There’s nothing more than could go wrong. And then, knock knock. And then ding dong. You guys, THAT’S WHAT HAPPENED!!!

Lucky for them our bathroom is far from done and the ceiling needs to be re-painted anyways, so all I could do was laugh. OF COURSE they put a hole in our ceiling. OF COURSE THEY DID!!! Kitchen guy has already patched the hole, and we’re moving on with life. Onward and upward! And god bless kitchen guy, who was in here pouring concrete on Good Friday so we can keep the wheels in motion.

ON HEY NUTRITION LADY THIS WEEK

This week I shared my favourite healthy carrot muffin recipe. These Carrot Pineapple Muffins are easy, healthy wholegrain muffins that are perfect for breakfast or snacks. Made with spelt flour, oat bran, and crushed pineapple, these healthy carrot muffins are a freezer-friendly treat you’ll love to have on hand. Slap a little cream cheese frosting on them and you’ve got healthy carrot cake muffins your whole family will love! {Pin this}

carrot pineapple muffins on a grey surface with a pineapple and a bowl of shredded carrots to the side

I also kick-started a new series, the Simple 4-Part Meal Prep Plan. No crazy details, no spreadsheets, just an easy approach to go into the week with: Something to freeze, one that’s a breeze, something for flavour, and something to savour. {Pin this}

photo collage with text that reads "a simple 4-part meal prep plan"

WHAT’S TRENDING ON HNL

Here’s what’s trending this week, according to Google Analytics:

1. Chocolate Black Bean Smoothie. Beans! In a smoothie! It’s a thing! {Pin this}

2. No Sugar Banana Bran Muffins. Mmmmhmm. These are good. {Pin this}

3. Tempeh Tacos. Yaaaaasssss!!! {Pin this}

4. Super Simple Chia Pudding. Gotta love a make-ahead breakfast. {Pin this}

5. Turmeric Latte Mix. Can’t get enough of this! {Pin this}

What’s good around the web

icon of globe with text "what's good around the web"1. What a nutritionist (disclosure: I’m the nutritionist) really thinks about the keto diet.

2. This genetic mutation makes people feel full – all the time.

3. For a healthier planet, eat these 50 foods.

4. Why extreme wellness is so popular.

 



 

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