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This Week’s Meal Planning

I wrote this meal plan out last Friday before I went to Trader Joe’s but have not had a free moment to post it. Since the weekend has already come and gone, here are the Oh She Glows (OSG) meals I have planned for the rest of the week:

Tuesday: 

-Dinner – Broccoli & Cashew Burrito (OSG Cookbook pg. 158)

Wednesday: 

- Dinner – Vegan Chili (TJ’s recipe) + Baked Potatoes

Thursday: 

- Dinner – Quick and Easy Chana Masala (OSG Cookbook pg. 163)

Friday: 

– Dinner – Cauliflower-Lentil Soup (OSG Cookbook pg. 132)

 

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Meal Planning with the Oh She Glows Cookbook

Today marks the first day of meal planning. Last night as I was thinking about what groceries I need to buy, I decided it was time to start meal planning. Kyle and I are just too busy during the week and by the time we are both home and ready to eat, we have no energy to decide what to cook. I also wanted to start planning ahead, so I actually buy food that we use:) So here goes nothing…

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Breakfast: 

- Me: Oatmeal every morning, either hot or Oh She Glow’s overnight oats

- Kyle: Bagels + Coffee

Lunches: 

- Veggie Burgers: On Sunday I’ll make two batches of veggie burgers and freeze them.

- Leftovers: We usually try to have extra at dinner and eat it the next day. We also have the veggie burgers as a backup for those days we are really unprepared for life.

Oh She Glows Creamy Pasta

Saturday: 

- Breakfast: Pancakes (With a few quick tweaks I make this recipe vegan)

- Lunch: Cashew Rice Loaf (recipe to come) + mashed potatoes + veggies

- Dinner: Pizza with Trader Joe’s pizza dough

Sunday: 

- Lunch: Veggie Burgers

- Dinner: Quinoa Salad 

Monday: 

- Dinner: 15-minute Creamy Avocado Pasta (Oh She Glows Cookbook pg. 173)

Tuesday: 

- Dinner: Quick and Easy Chana Masala (Oh She Glows Cookbook pg. 163)

Wednesday: 

- Dinner: Broccoli & Cashew Cheese-Quinoa Burritos (Oh She Glows Cookbook pg. 159)

Thursday: 

- Dinner: Pizza with Trader Joe’s pizza dough

Friday: 

- Dinner: Summer Harvest Tortilla Soup (Oh She Glows Cookbook pg. 135)

Broccoli & Cashew Cheese Quinoa  Burrito

A Few Extra Easy Meals: 

- Vegan Mac n’ Cheese

- Vegan Chili (Slow Cooker/Trader Joe’s recipe) + Baked Potatoes

Well, I am excited to see if this saves time and stress in the upcoming week! I will let you know how it goes.  Feel free to share you meal planning tips, I am happy to learn from the experts:)

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A Magically Perfect Day at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Happy September 1! All aboard, the Hogwarts Express leaves at 11 o’clock. In celebration of my love for Harry Potter, today’s post is all about our recent trip to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Hogwarts

As promised here is my detailed post about visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Prior to our trip, like always, I scoured the internet for details about entering the magical universe of Harry Potter. I found some good info but most of it was outdated and did not reflect the newest park addition, Diagon Alley. So in an effort to help my fellow muggles, here is my detailed guide to a magically perfect day at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter from c0achkay on Vimeo.

Pre-Trip: Purchase Harry Potter gear + Buy tickets online

If you are able, definitely buy tickets online. The price is the same at the gate but the lines can be long and the ticket salesmen(women) try to get the upsale so it takes forever! And of course you buy some Harry Potter gear (if you do not already have some or want an excuse for some new stuff). Before the trip I bought a few items: a shirt, a tank, Deathly Hollow earrings, and snitch earrings. Since coming home I found a robe on eBay that I wish I would have seen earlier.

Early in the Am: Start your day early + Go to whatever park opens earliest first! 

We arrived right at eight, when the gates open, but had to wait about 15 minutes to get our tickets. Initially, I was determined to follow Harry’s steps by first going to Diagon Alley and then taking the Hogwarts Express to Hogsmeade. But Islands of Adventure (Hogsmeade) opened an hour earlier than Studios (Diagon Alley) so we decided that an extra hour was more important than being just like Harry. When you are paying $150/ticket, an hour is worth a lot of money! As soon as we had our tickets in hand we raced through Suess Landing and the Lost Continent to enter Hogsmeade!

WWOHP - Hogsmeade

8:20ish: Hogsmeade

Once we made it to Hogsmeade our goal was to wonder around until the Hogwarts Express opened and we could go over to Diagon Alley (where most of the crowds and lines would be). The first thing I did was take a photo in front of the Hogwarts Express with the train conductor. Then we rode the Dragon Challenge Ride. The wait was only 5 minutes long and we were excited to get a ride under our belt.

Hogwarts Express

8:50ish: Hogsmeade Station

After our first ride we were off to Diagon Alley. We got in line a little bit before nine (Diagon Alley opened at nine) and once the Hogwarts Express starting transporting people, the line moved fast and we were off. Once we arrived at Kings Cross we had to wait in a quick-moving line for 15-20 minutes. At the end of the line we entered London…

WWOHP - 12 Grimmauld

Directly on your left is 12 Grimmauld Place, you can even see Kreacher peeking out the window.

WWOHP - Knight Bus

And of course the Knight Bus!

After wandering through the London street front, we wondered through a brick wall and entered Diagon Alley! What an amazing moment, I only wished we actually walked through the Leaky Cauldron to enter the magical world. Words cannot really describe how amazing it is to step into Diagon Alley!

Gringotts, Diagon Alley

 Gringotts Bank, the focal point of Diagon Alley. Sadly the dragon was not breathing fire:(

9:30ish – Lunch: Explored Diagon Alley

The authenticity is incredible and I could have wondered in each store for hours. We went into every shop, enjoyed delicious frozen Butterbeer, listened to Celestina Warbeck, and then wandered some more.

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We rode Sirius’ motorbike

WWOHP - Robes

I was fitted for my Gryffindor robes

WWOHP - Wand Shopping

Went wand shopping at Ollivanders’

11:30ish: Lunch at the Leaky Cauldron

After a few hours of exploring, we decided to get lunch at the Leaky Cauldron. We ate and then get in line for the Escape from Gringotts (we read and we told that the lines are shortest after lunch). I have to admit it wasn’t eating vegetarian here and I ended just ordering a few sides. Not the best meal I have ever had but who cares, I got to eat at the Leaky Cauldron:)

The Leaky Cauldron

12-3ish: Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts

After lunch we got in line for Gringotts, by this time the wait from down to 150 minutes from 400 minutes. The line wasn’t actually that bad, Kyle and David played games and I studied from a final exam (Yes, it was boring but it had to be done…). After waiting outside for nearly two hours, the line finally took us inside Gringotts Bank. The detail was simply incredible.

WWOHP - Gringotts - Bank

Once we got inside the bank we waited another hour or so. In total we waited almost three hours to experience the ride. All I can say is that it was totally worth it!! I would have definitely waited in line again, only the second time around I would do the single rider line (we didn’t do it the first time because we wanted to see the bank).

3-6ish: Hogwarts Express and Hogsmeade

After a final walk through of Diagon Alley, we reluctantly got in line for the Hogwarts Express and returned to Hogsmeade. Each direction of the Hogwarts Express is a different journey, so make sure you ride it both to and from the Hogsmeade!

Jump - Hogwarts Express

Of course I had to do a jumping photo with the Hogwarts Express

We sent the rest of the day wandering through the Hogsmeade’s shops and riding the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey (note: if you get motion do not go on this ride!!!).

WWOHP - Hogwarts

Just after six a huge thunderstorm hit and the park cleared out, including us (after going to Disney the day before, we were completely worn out). It was a magical day. The way it could have been better is if Universal had a Weasley’s Wizards Wheezes firework show at the end of the day!

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{Race Recap} SeaWheeze Half Marathon

SeaWheeze - race recap

Pre-Race: Parking, Bag Check, Race Corals  

Our day started out nice and early. Since we live about an hour outside of Vancouver we had to hit the road by 5:30. Actually this ended up being a little late and by the time we were in Vancouver, the streets to my favorite parking spot we blocked off. Oh well, we found another place and parked by 6:40ish (Note: If you park in a new place, make sure you take a photo to remember where you parked….yes, we wondered for a awhile after the race…ha).

SeaWheeze - Start

After parking we followed the other runners to the Vancouver Convention Center for bag check and a pre-race bathroom stop. As part of our race swag we each got a messenger bag to use for gear check. We both checked a bag with our post race essentials: comfy flip-flops, leggings, jacket, clean shirt, etc. After a quick pit stop we were out to the corals.

SeaWheeze starting line

Ready, Set, Go! 

The race officially began at 7am. Since we got there so late, we started pretty far back. We probably crossed the timing mat about 45 minutes after the gun. Our race plan was pretty simple, finish:) Lori flew in from London after an extended tour of Europe, so our only goal was to have fun and finish. We decided we would run a 1.5 miles and then walk for 5 minutes + walk through aid stations.

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The Course

This is probably one of my favorite race courses! How can you beat five miles of the Seawall, one of my favorite running routes in the world? . The course is quite flat with only a few hills at the bridge and the last kicker. Since we started towards the back with the 2:30 pace beavers, there was a comfortable amount of crowd the majority of the race and by the time we go to Stanley Park we were quite spaced out.

SeaWheeze Bridge

Finish Strong!

The last km is uphill, an unfortunate ending to a race. But to have the staring and finishing line at the same place there’s no way around it. Anyways, it goes by pretty fast because you are so focused on crossing the finish line! Our splits weren’t great but we stayed consistent and felt good the entire race. By the time we were exiting Stanley Park for the final stretch, I was really hoping that we could get under 2:30. We were just on target but that final hill had other plans for us, 2:30:39. So close, oh well it’s okay. We were still pretty happy with our race experience!

SeaWheeze - time stats

SeaWheeze - Medal

Finish Line

As soon as we crossed the finish line we were handed our medal and ushered in to the finishing chute. It was very, very, very crowded and we were at a complete stand still for a little bit. Once we were in the tent they gave us a bottle of water, little bag of Sage products, a wet towel, coconut water, and a lululemon hat. My hands were overflowing:)

::Note to lululemon (because I am sure you are reading this..haha):: 

I have an idea for making the finishing chute and brunch line flow more efficiently. I suggest having the finishing chute continue down Cordova Street rather than turning towards the Convention Center. Runners could still receive their medals right after crossing the finish line. But instead of handing out the water, Sage products, wet towels, hats (or whatever swag you have next year), coconut water, and brunch (all you would have to do is add a lid to the current food container) individually, have all of this ready to go in a bag (doesn’t have to be a fancy bag, just one of your famous shopping bags would be awesome!) for each runner. Then set up four or more rows of tables going down Cordova. This way runners only have one item to keep track of since we will be wearing our medals:) This would eliminate the major bottle neck at the finish line and the loooong lines for brunch while also greatly reducing the number of volunteers. I think runners would looove these changes!!!

SeaWheeze - Finsihing Chute

A very crowded finishers’ tent and a Sage employee applying recovery oils on Lori’s legs

Once we made it through the finishing chute, we were directed to either get in line for brunch or to go to bag check. We opted to go get our bags and then wait in line for the post-race massages. Last year, it was 15 minutes of bliss. This year, the wait was the same (about an hour) but our massage was only about 5 minute longs:( Definitely not worth the wait this time around. We still had a good time in line, we actually met some people who went to Southern and Loma Linda with Lori. Crazy!

Post-Race Brunch 

The brunch menu was a mini Quiche, two delicious waffles with blueberry topping, greek yogurt, and fresh fruit. Not great for a vegan but still yummy. I was actually kind of surprised there was nothing vegan because that is right up every yogis’ alley.

Lori - SeaWheeze Brunch

It was a great race and the run was only a portion of the lululemon fun! Stay tuned for a post about the SeaWheeze Showcase store on Friday and our post race wanderings:)

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{Weekend Update} SeaWheeze Half Marathon + Abbotsford Triathlon

Janelle Runs - SeaWheeze Half  + Abbotsford Tri

Hello! This past weekend was a busy one, SeaWheeze Half Marathon on Saturday and my first Triathlon on Sunday. I had a fantastic time at both events and am already counting down the days until my next race. I do not have for a full on race recap tonight but I wanted to share some highlights and photos! I’ll start with the SeaWheeze, once again one of my besties, Lori, traveled to the Great White North to run this epic race with me. She’s such a trooper, she flew straight in from Europe at the end of the a family vacation. Due to jet lag we opted for a run/walk race plan (more details on that in the full race recap). It worked well for us and we finished in 2 hours 30 minutes. We had a great time and cannot wait for next year!!!

Lori and I have our 15 2 seconds of fame at 1:15!!

The other big event of the weekend was the Abbotsford Triathlon! This was my first Tri. I’ll admit, after signing up a few months ago I rode my bike and swam twice…At least I was prepared for the running. I had such a great time and ended up doing better than I had hoped! Here’s my stat line (times for each segment include transition):

Total time: 1:37:46 | 750 m Swim 15:36 | 20 k Bike 54:00 | 5 k Run 28:10

Abbotsford Triathlon

Just about to cross the finish line…

Well, that’s all for now! Full race recaps soon to come.

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