It’s been awhile since I sat down last and typed things out, and honestly, it’s because I’ve been debating the whole blogging thing. I know I want one, and it’s always been a place that I have enjoyed hashing things out and documenting other stuff… but if I’m being honest, I just don’t like what the whole blogging thing has become. I feel like it’s just not what it used it be, and I think that’s why with time more and more people have stopped.

Anyway, I think for me, it’s been figuring out what I want to blog about and giving myself a purpose again, and in doing so I’ve been going through all of my old posts and have been thinking about starting fresh again. Forgetting all of these old posts, and moving forward.

I don’t recognize myself in those posts, and I found myself just hitting draft on hundreds of posts that were filled with pain and obsession over my weight, healing after a bad breakup and I just don’t know that person anymore.

My focus is on emulating health and wellness, eating clean healthy foods (most of the time, I still like to indulge! Hello, I’m human). My focus has been on positive things, and I have been through a lot of changes that I’m ready for a fresh clean start that isn’t dragging around these old posts with me. Old baggage.

So, I’m working on a new site. A new clean space. Back on blogger – since that’s a comfy space for me and I really don’t want to pay for another site domain until I’ve shown myself I’m committed to blogging again.

My new blog is about who I am now and who I have become, who I want to be. I’m in the process of bringing some of my old posts over that are important to me, and have shaped who I am now… but I’m ready to let go of a lot of the junk of the past and move forward.

Anyway, if you’ve followed me through the last few blog jumps – thank-you! My new site is over here now at amy-smiles.blogspot.ca

recipe: paleo banana pancakes

So, I’ve been trying to eat paleo. I have good days and bad, and weekends can be a bit of a crapshoot.

The answer is definitely starting another Whole 30, but I have passed the point where I wanted to be done in February (going away for a couple days).

So, in the meantime I try to eat paleo. I’m thinking Whole 30 March.

It’s not like the days I don’t stick with it I fail miserably – it’s mainly giving into the grains. I have gone out for breakfast a few times and eat gluten-free toast, I have added some goat cheese to my salads when we have guests over. I cannot stop eating popcorn at night.

And, I still drink my coffee with sweetener (either agave or coconut sugar).

It’s not bad. But it’s not what I’m striving for, so that’s where I’m hard on myself.

The last few days I’ve done well with the exception of stove popped popcorn and having some agave or coconut sugar in coffee and tea.

Anyway… this morning I decided to make some paleo banana pancakes. I have shared the easy two-ingredient pancakes before, but quite honestly they always fall apart when I’m cooking them and they end up looking like ugly ass scrambled eggs.

photo[2]So, when I stumbled on this recipe, and decided to do my own version in hopes of finding a solution for easy gluten-free/paleo pancakes. They turned out amazing. They were less thick than original recipe’s and had a great banana taste.

Anyway – the recipe below makes about 4 small pancakes.


  • 2 eggs
  • 1 medium banana
  • 1/8 cup of coconut flour
  • 1/2 tbsp of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tbsp of coconut milk
  • pinch of baking soda
  • pinch of salt


Mash banana until creamy consistency, add all ingredients into a bowl. Mix until smooth (I whipped with a fork). Make yo’ pancakes. I find the smaller your pancakes the easier they flip. I also recommend oiling your pan well with coconut oil.

note: since I’m not following paleo strictly enough… I cannot help but put agave on mine as syrup :)

Let me know if you decide to give them a try!

the master

Looking at the list of the master – it looks like we’re about done.

Master Bedroom

  • Take up carpet
  • Remove wallpaper
  • Put in laminate wood flooring
  • Paint walls
  • Paint trim
  • Clean closet

It was one of the rooms that took the most amount of effort, and holy moly, was the transformation worth it.

We still have some plans for our bedroom, but they’re a little lower on the totem pole of priorities right now.

Hanging art and a new headboard. Seemingly easy tasks, but since we’re making them, they’ll have to wait a little bit.

So let’s break it down.

This room was the original master; however the tenant that had lived in here for 2 years didn’t even go in here. It was her grandfather’s room, so my guess was that it was just a weird room that she didn’t plan to ever use. Honestly this room was caps lock GROSS.

Two beauty layers of nasty wallpaper, that when steamed off just melted off with what I can only guess was old cigarette nastiness, and dirt. The trim was lime green which called for far more freshening up than I cared to do (trim painting = my nemesis). The carpet? OHHH the carpet. When that bad boy came up it left a nasty layer of black dust. BLACK DUST people. Not to mention a gross amount of glue that went all gross and slimy during the wallpaper removing process.

My momma, bless her heart took care of cleaning the cobweb infested odd puke looking area of the closets. Thanks mom! Love ya.

Needless to say, having this room donezo was a big priority and so worth the work.

Enough of the rambling pre-cursor, let’s let the photos do the talking.

34 master before 33 master before 32 master before


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37 master after 36 master after

35 master after



the house tour and my favourite transformation

welp, I finally got around to taking pictures.

Instead of double repeating them – you can hop over to the house tour page for a complete before and after currently tour.

We’re pretty proud of what we’ve managed to accomplish in a little over a month (a bulk of which was actually done in two weeks time).

My plan is to go into more detailed posts, but instead of holding out, I decided to home tour it first, then dive into the details.

My favourite transformation?

The photo below is day two of renos – after we had removed the carpet, the cabinets and started to rip out from the trim from the doorway (and removed the door). BUT! It’s the best one I have from this angle.

17 dining before

And, this here is currently. Or yesterday. I hate hated the orange so much we decided on white walls. I have never loved white walls this much. We have a new light fixture for the dining room that requires a bit of patience to install and Joel is planning on finishing the end of the cabinets in the very near future.

22 dining after


From the other angle.

25 kitchen beforeSwoon. I just am so in love with this transformation.

29 kitchen after


Take a tour and let me know what you think!