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#FrontSplitsFriday & delicious mousse!

Today is #FrontSplitsFriday! And it’s week 4 which means it’s comparison week to the very first week and I have to say I’m pretty pleased with the results.

Here’s my splits for this week.

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As you’ll notice it is morning, I needed a break last night because my arm started to hurt a little so I didn’t work out last night. I did some stretches beforehand to try and warm up my muscles but I feel like I could have gone even further if it was after I had done some cardio and really warmed up my body. You can see I’m wearing my sweater because my house was really cold this morning.

And here’s the comparison.

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My calf is definitely touching the group more which means my stretch is lower. As well as you can see less of the pole than the first time. So I’m relatively pleased with the results. It really helps to have a comparison I must admit, it’s such a small difference that if I wasn’t photographing it I probably wouldn’t realize it, and I would have slowed down on my stretches because I would have felt that I wasn’t making any progress. But now I feel like trying harder than ever, I am so hell bent on getting these splits down, I know my right side is going to be before my left side that is for sure. I’m going to try and stay in my splits for a couple minutes now and watch a tv show or something to distract me from the time.

All I have to say is TGIF! Not because I work but because my love works and weekends are the time we get to spend together that’s not just eating then bed a couple hours later. I go to bed relatively early because my daughter is exhausting. She’s a little bundle of energy that is like non-stop. So by the end of the day if I have enough energy to work out it’s a miracle.

So something fun today! PDBloggers have teamed up with bodybinds to have a contest and the winner gets $200 towards a purchase on their site. Let me tell you, you need the $200! There’s so much lovely wear and it’s so expensive. I guess not bad for some people but when you have a house and bills and a child to pay for $200 is a lot! But I have to say it looks like it’s worth it, they’re absolutely lovely and work so well with pole because you’ll still get side stick and every other stick while looking sexy as hell!

Just click on the image below to go and enter the contest!

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Click to go and enter yourself!

I think once I have more of an audience I may try to run a contest as well. That could be fun, maybe have some art as a prize or something from Poleitical Clothing! It could be fun!

Alright now to leave you off with something delicious because I forgot to yesterday!

Since my other mousse was so successful, here is another one I happened to stumble on. It’s a bit easier to make as well, easier than getting prunes and pitting them because this is made with delicious avocado, and if you’re like “ewww Avacado and chocolate?!” don’t be ridiculous, that sounds delicious, and avocado doesn’t have a taste when mixed with other things…. In fact I’m going to make this today it looks so delicious… IN FACT I’m going to have this after I have my avocado grilled cheese for lunch! Now I’m just hungry…

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Well that’s all for this week mes amours! Let’s hope next week is a better one, I know I’m expecting some cold weather here, but it’s kind of like jack frosts middle finger couple of days as we start to head into warmer weather because he can’t go quietly!

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Be My Valentine?

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Happy Valentines day lovers! Or happy hallmark day, or even happy Friday. Whatever it may be I just hope you have a wonderful day.

I’ve decided to give up on the video blogs for now, or maybe just do them when I feel like it. At least until I have to cut down on the amount of times I write a week. This will most likely happen during the summer or around September when I head back to school. I feel like right now I have nothing to talk about during the videos without repeating myself since I write this blog 5 days a week right now.

Not to mention it’s super boring around her right now because it’s winter and I am not a winter person. I may be Canadian but dear god I hate the cold. I’m out a lot more during the spring and summer, and even fall, but during the winter I hibernate.

Now I’m not going to lie, I really don’t like Valentines day, not since it pretty much got ruined for me by an ex-boyfriend who broke up with me the day after, and it was a long-time boyfriend which I didn’t have many of, so it was painful. It made me really sour towards this day, but that doesn’t mean I want to ruin it for others, so I try to make it special for my boyfriend as well as my daughter.

I’m not going to be a hipster like half the people I know though and be like “oh you should love whomever every day of the year blah blah blah I’m so hipster blah blah blah” While I think that’s true, at the same time I think it’s very short sited. It’s not that you just love a person the one day of the year, it’s just the one day of the year where you celebrate love. Just like I’m a mother every day of the year, it’s nice to have a day where you celebrate the fact that you are a mother. Amongst all the shit wrong with our world, we need days to celebrate so we’re not always depressed. Although funny enough this is probably one of the most depressing holidays for some people.

Anyways, before we get to the Valentines day stuff, lets talk #FrontSplitsFriday!

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I’ve really seen progression since starting this challenge and I hope you have too! Don’t for get to hastag #FrontSplitsFriday on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, what ever, I want to see your progression!

Next week I’ll have a side by side comparison of Week 1 and Week 4. So makes sure to watch out for that. I’m excited to see the difference.

Alright now that we’ve got that out of the way lets’ talk Valentines day!

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I have some wonderful recipes for an EASY romantic dinner for two. First off I’d like to start by saying this is not what I’ll be making for my dinner tonight just because my boyfriend reads my blog because he’s a good boyfriend and I want dinner to be a surprise tonight.

But with that being said, I know my boyfriend will also love this meal so sweetie I will make this at some point for us to eat as well. Love you!

So I know a lot of you are busy, weither you be a mom or work, or are even a working mom. So lets’ do something that can be done in advance so it’s ready to go and the biggest part of your meal is out of the way.

Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs

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Ingredients

3 pounds of baby back ribs, trimmed

Salt and ground black pepper, to taste

½ cup water

½ onion, sliced

1 clove garlic, minced

1 (18 oz) bottle barbeque sauce

Directions

  1. Season ribs with salt and pepper.
  2. Pour water into slow cooker. Layer the ribs into the slow cooker. Top the ribs with onion and garlic.
  3. Cook on High for 4 hours (or Low for 8 hours).
  4.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  5.  Transfer ribs to a baking sheet. Discard onion and garlic. Coat ribs with barbeque sauce.
  6.   Bake in preheated oven until the sauce caramelizes and sticks to the meat, 10 to 15 minutes.

Easy right?

Next we need a side dish, preferably done at the same temperature as the oven needs to be for the ribs.

What better to go with meat than potatoes?

Roasted Rosemary Red Potatoes

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Ingredients

6 red potatoes, scrubbed and cut into wedges

3 TBS butter, melted

3 TBS vegetable oil (or coconut oil like I like to use for everything!)

1 TBS chopped rosemary (Fresh is preferred but doesn’t have to be)

Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. Mix together melted butter and oil, then pour into a 9×13 inch baking dish. Place the potatoes into the dish, and stir until coated. Sprinkle with rosemary, salt, and pepper. Cover with aluminum foil.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender. Stir the potatoes occasionally to ensure even cooking.

Don’t forget to include a veggie with your dishes, simple enough something like steamed broccoli and carrots with a little bit of melted butter is perfect for a dinner like this!

And last but most definitely not least, a delicious Valentines day dessert!

Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries

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Ingredients

1 lb. big, ripe, fresh strawberries

8 oz. softened Philadelphia Cream Cheese

1/4 cup powdered sugar

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/3 cup graham cracker crumbs

Directions

1.Wash berries and cut just the top off of each one. Remove centers of strawberries using a paring knife. Gently blot each berry dry and stand them upside down on a paper towel while you prepare the cheesecake filling.

2. Place the softened cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla in a medium size mixing bowl. Using a hand-held electric mixer, whip the ingredients together until completely blended and smooth.

3. Fill the strawberries using a small spoon, butter knife or cake decorating tube. Once filled, dip each berry (cream cheese end) into the graham cracker crumbs.

4. Place berries in a container with a lid and refrigerate until ready to serve. (These are best made and served the same day.)

Another super easy dessert is also to just do chocolate strawberries. A classic but a good one!

So there you go mes amours! A wonderful dinner for you and your love. I hope you all have a wonderful day, love everyone every day but celebrate love today because without it our lives would be empty.

Cross Ankle Death Drop!

Last night was a good pole class, despite the pain in my wrist. I learned to get into the bow and arrow from the cross ankle release, and let me tell you, it takes some major lady balls and some secure shorts. I’m not sure how I’m going to explain this, but lets try!

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This is the cross ankle release.

From here you have to grab under your butt and hold on for dear life.

You then let yourself drop down with straight arms, which your shorts get stuck on your thumb sometimes and pull your shorts down with them.

And hook a foot onto the pole to wind up in this position.

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It’s terrifying! Sometimes I have the lady balls for the cross ankle release, and sometimes I don’t. I’m not sure why, just some days I feel like I don’t have the stick for it.

I practiced my superman last night, again I wound up with bruises galore and sore inner thighs but I nearly got it! Once I have it down I’ll stick up a picture of it, because around the end of last year that was definitely a goal move, now I have bigger goals because I like to get ahead of myself!

It’s video day tomorrow, I’ll try not to embarrass myself as much this time. It’s also #FrontSplitsFriday! I’m looking forward to comparing last weeks with this weeks. And next Friday we’ll be comparing the first week with the 4th week to see the real progression!

Sorry about another short post today but my lovely daughter has gymnastics and I have to rush off to that now! But how about to make it up to you guys I leave you with a delicious recipe page full of delicious gluten free recipes!

Click the picture below to go there! Don’t be shy!

And keep an eye out tomorrow for a special valentines day post! Love is in the air mes amours!

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Week 1: Plow & 37 Calorie Treat! Amaze-balls!

Alright, so being the start of February PDBloggers have a new photo promp challenge out! Exciting!

There were a few last month I wasn’t able to do, I didn’t do floor work because I literally had no idea what to do so I skipped it, and off pole inversions which I had an idea for but wound up unable to complete due to the freezing weather here in Canada.

But this month I’m pretty sure I’ll be able to complete all of them, and I request you to join in with me!

I’ve already completed the first week, I did a plow variation.

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Plow being this:

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I think I may shock them with my pointed feet though. I never realized how freakishly flexible my feet are until my pole teacher pointed it out. It was pretty funny, she looked at them and immediately said “I need a picture of that!” I didn’t know that it was something people strived for, so that’s pretty cool!

Warm up is something I’m trying to figure out still. I don’t want it to be boring so I’m still working on it. Maybe I’ll put a photo collage together of my favorite warm up!

And then there’s the last one, Booty, Booty, Booty WHAT! This’ll be fun, everyone loves a good booty! And I have just the picture for it with some awesome booty shorts/panties from Poleitical Clothing.

That’s the one thing has really improved since taking pole, my self-image. I have come to learn to love my body since starting pole. Sure there’s still things I would fix, like the loose skin on my stomach from having a baby, but that takes time and every mother knows that.

So the other day I found the most delicious recipe ever, and I’m going to be nice enough to share it with you, 37 Calorie Brownies! (When cut into 9 pieces) Super easy to make with ingredients that aren’t some ridiculous thing that you have a hard time finding in a grocery store.

3/4 cup nonfat greek yogurt (Make sure to check that there is no transfats in your yougurt)
1/4 cup skim milk
1/2 cup Cocoa powder
1/2 cup Old fashioned rolled oats (like Quaker)
1/2 cup Truvia (or any natural/stevia based sweetener that pours like sugar)
1 egg
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 pinch salt

Preheat the oven to400°F. Grease a square baking dish (I used 8″x8″). Combine all incredients into a food processor or a blender, and blend until smooth (about 1 minute). Pour into the prepared dish and bake for about 15 minutes. Allow to cool completely before cutting into 9 large squares.

Optional: Add about 1/4 cup of chocolate chips to the batter. This brings the calorie count up to about 65 calories per brownie.

Short and Sweet, a delicious post!

Good morning lovely people! I got my new camera in yesterday, I’m now trying to figure out exactly what to photograph with it. The picture quality is fantastic, and the filters are also great although lets be honest, nothing beats a good instagram filter. Yes you can call me #obsessed! I’m also really handy with photoshop though, but some days it’s just easier to use instagram.

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Not much happening today to be honest. Started Alice off with a healthy breakfast filled with fruits, she so silly. Tonight I plan to work out and pole, do a quick routine because my muscles are still suffering from Wednesday. Which is really funny because I worked out for the two weeks we were off pole but I pushed myself hard that night.

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Exciting news, I’ll be working the booth with my home studio when sexapalooza comes next month. I’m seriously excited to do it. I love pole, and I love to spread the word of pole! I promise we’re not a cult, we’re just very VERY enthusiastic about this lifestyle. I’m hoping we get some “I ❤ Pole Dance” shirts for volunteering but I’ll buy one regardless!

I’m looking into getting some pants and maybe new shoes to wear for the event, although I may just buy new shoes at the event to be honest. I’m also thinking I might make up some business cards for the event to my blog so that I can get more traffic. Which means today I’ll be getting my domain name so it’s no longer .wordpress.com

I’m sorry this post is so short, so I’ll leave you with a delicious healthy recipe!

Chocolate Mousse

Recipe & picture from http://vegan-magic.blogspot.ca

Chocolate Mousse

  • 1 can (400 ml) creamy coconut milk (silky smooth texture, high fat content – see update)
  • 5 Tb (1/3 cup) cocoa powder
  • 1 cup (tightly packed) soft dried dates (18 in this case)
  • a few drops of vanilla extract
  • 4 small ramekins, glasses or cups to serve

Instructions

Refrigerate the can of coconut milk overnight to solidify and separate. Carefully turn it upside down, open and discard the transparent liquid
Pit and halve the dates (if they are not soft, place them for a few minutes in warm water until they start to soften, then drain and chop). Place them in a tall jug, add 2 rounded Tb coconut milk and blend with a stick blender on high. Or in a food processor!

If you don’t mind those tiny bits of date skin, you can just add the remaining coconut milk and cocoa powder and blend together until smooth, then finally add the vanilla (or your preferred flavouring). If you want a smoother texture, strain the paste, then mix in the rest.

 

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On this eve of Christmas!

Good morrow! I apologize for no post yesterday; I’ve been feeling quite ill lately. Just before Christmas, that’s my luck! Today will be a short post as well because of the same reason. Really I just wanted to get on here so I could wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays because for obvious reasons I won’t be putting up a post tomorrow.

Speaking of tomorrow, I will be up super early, not because of my daughter but because Bell (a tv/phone/internet provider here in Canada) has decided that they are going to pull my love into work on Christmas day. How Scrooge-ish! I was pretty upset, I mean like everything is closed on Christmas, with the exception to places that need to be open, like hospitals and the buses, but really does bell have to be, do people need internet installed that badly that they can’t wait a day. I guess it’s important for people to have their phones, in case of emergency, but still, I feel like they could have looked for volunteers and then if they didn’t have enough start to assign people. Because there are people who don’t celebrate Christmas, or don’t have family to do anything with, and you get paid time and a half on that day, I’m sure they’d be willing to work for the extra money.

Anyways, that’s enough complaining from me! We still get to have some time in the morning because we’ll be waking up early. I’m excited to see that wide eyed joyful look on my daughters face when she sees the presents from Santa, such a magical time. This year all my Christmas money is going towards my pole-tuition for January, money well spent!

Before I leave you, I’m going to give those of you with kids, or even those of you who just like treats, a recipe to do with the children! Santa cookies!

 

Peanut butter Blossoms

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Recipe and photo from parade.com

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ cup white sugar (for decoration)
  • 2 (9-oz) bags milk chocolate candy kisses, unwrapped

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together shortening, peanut butter, brown sugar, and 1 cup white sugar until smooth. Add in the eggs one at a time, beating until fully incorporated. Mix in milk and vanilla.
  3. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt. Gradually add to the peanut butter mixture until well blended.
  4. Shape tablespoonfuls of dough into balls, and roll in remaining white sugar. Place cookies 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 10 to12 minutes. Remove from oven, and immediately press a chocolate kiss into each cookie. Allow to cool completely; the kiss will harden as it cools.

Now this makes about 80 cookies, and lets face it, Santa doesn’t need 80 cookies. But the reason I like this recipe is because I also get to bring some to the Christmas party, or give as gifts!

 

Merry Christmas all!

No pole?! Conflicted emotions!!

So I had a fantastic class last night! It was our last class of lvl 5 which meant dress up class. Obviously being so close to Christmas, that was our theme! I had a blast, picked up a new move, got to see my ladies, took some pictures, it was great!

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Merry Polemas!

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The move I picked up last night is the starfish! I’m very excited about this because a move I’ve always wanted to do is the superman and I know this is one of the ways to get into it which means I’m one step closer to accomplishing it. The shoulder mount was my goal for so long and I accomplished that a couple of weeks ago so I needed a new goal. Unfortunately it’s Christmas break for my home studio so they’re closed for 2 weeks. Don’t get me wrong, everyone needs their breaks, plus it’s Christmas, so I’m excited, but still sad, it’s very conflicting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I also made a little Christmas gift for my pole ladies. A home made lotion I call Dancing Girl Lotion, and thank god they loved it because I was nervous about giving it to them. I am with anything home made, because you work on something to make a gift personal so all you can hope is  they like it.

 

 

 

 

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Me and my ladies! We’re all pretty awesome and they make pole even better. It’s always nice to have good friends doing what you all love together, it makes it so much easier to get new moves when you have these ladies cheering you on. I really love this picture.

 

 

 

 

 

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Corinne (my wonderful pole instructor) and I. We wound up wearing very similar outfits! Worked out well that mine was green and hers was red. Corinne is a huge inspiration of mine, she amazes me with all she can do and she looks like she does it with such ease! Although I know better than that, I know the discipline and dedication it takes to learn and preform  moves.

Short post today because my little one has gymnastics this morning, but I’ll leave you with another delectable recipe!

Mint protein fudge

Clean Eating Chocolate Mint Fudge

Makes 12 Squares.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Plain Pumpkin Puree
  • 1/4 Cup Natural Cocoa
  • *2 Scoops Chocolate Protein Powder (Optional)
  • 1/8 Cup Honey (you can use agave, maple etc)
  • 3 Packets of Stevia
  • 1/3 Cup of Natural Plain Cashew Butter
  • 1/3 Cup Dark Chocolate Chips
  • 1/2 Tsp Mint Extract (or peppermint)

*1 scoop protein powder is usually about a ¼ cup.

Directions:

  1. Blend all ingredients (except chocolate chips) in a bowl with a spoon until smooth. Having your nut butter at room temperature helps this process go faster.
  2. I used an 8×8 baking pan. First I took cling wrap and covered the bottom and sides of the pan. Then I added the batter on top.
  3. Top with chocolate chips evenly.
  4. Then I took another sheet of cling wrap and covered the batter. This is easy, less messy and I do not have to fight to get the fudge out when I am ready to serve it.
  5. Place in freezer over night.
  6. Remove from freezer and cut into 12 squares. Serve immediately. Keep the cut fudge covered in the freezer until ready to eat.
  7. This is a cold treat.

Good for after workouts because it’s packed with protein, and especially delicious because of it’s chocolate-y goodness! Until tomorrow mes amours!