• Wellness

    It might be the same water, but it is not the same boat…

    Social isolating so far… Well, we are hiking, baking bread, crafting, biking, learning Spanish, learning ukulele, reading, doing math, learning to cook… Pretty impressive right? Yes and no. This of course is only part of the story and it’s only our story and only our story some days. If I only talked about these activities and how great it has all been, I would alienate a lot of people and I would be lying. For example, during our beautiful, sunny morning walk the other day my girls had a full-on street brawl. I don’t mean they called each other some unkind names and that was the end of it. I…

  • Wellness,  Working Moms

    Navigating Covid 19 With Our Kids

    We had planned a different post this week but in light of current circumstances, we have decided to write something different. Sisters this is HARD. All of it. Many of us have not gone through any sort of major world crisis. We are all trying to adapt to our constant changing circumstances. Lurking illness, school closures, possible financial devastation, bored children, disappointed children at the loss of some of life’s greatest highlights and no toilet paper or hand sanitizer😳. We are all being affected in one way or another.  We are seeing people’s true colors and who they are.  We are seeing the good the bad and the ugly of…

  • Wellness,  Working Moms

    Finding Your Value in the Age of Filtered Perfection

    My friend Anne is the women’s pastor at the church I attend. We go for coffee and have these really deep awesome talks about culture, raising kids, life, beauty and money….. nothing shallow here folks. We love breaking culture down and being vulnerable about how the current culture is affecting us. Anne asked me to speak at a women’s conference she was putting on last November and this is the question she wanted me to answer. In a world where having beauty and money gives you power, how has that defined you in your life?  WOW, big, tough question… I spent a lot of time thinking this through, evaluating my own life…

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    Dry January- Sober Curious?

    Happy New Year! I don’t know about you, but I did my share of indulging the WHOLE month of December. It was one big party of shopping, eating, sleeping in, drinking wine and more eating. It was a lot of fun, but… I finished the month feeling pretty, um, tired, depleted (physically and financially), bloated and ready to get back on track.  Last year, I did Rachel Hollis’s The Last 90 and finished my year strong. I definitely recommend this. The whole point of The Last 90 is to finish the last 90 days of the year as strong as many people start the first 90 days of the year. Anyway, needless…

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    Going Natural

    Lisa and I are a bit product obsessed. We admit it. Anyone who knows us will tell you that we love trying out different skincare/makeup. Always on the hunt for ‘the best’ out there. Not going to lie, we have tried everything from the highly toxic to the totally natural. Since losing our mom to a cancer that we believe was caused by a toxic product she regularly used, we have become much more aware of what we put on our skin. I’m not saying we have made that switch completely, but at least now we think about it and try to be informed about what we are using. When…

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    The Cost of Avoidance

    This week we are so excited to have guest writer Kristel Cimoszko! Kristel is the creative mind behind Best Life In A Box. Kristel is a single mother of 4 kids ages 19,16,13 and 11. Kristel has been inspired by her own personal struggles and spends time sharing her own realizations with others as a way of giving back.  We just love what she has to say and know you will find her truly valuable. I remember the day that I made the decision to accept being wrong. Although it seems like something so insignificant today, I would say that that day paved way for who I would eventually become.…

  • Wellness,  Working Moms

    Being Grateful

    A lot of what we write about can be heavy…I’m OK with that most of the time but today I’m feeling so grateful for a bunch a little stuff that I kinda just want to encourage you to sit back and think about all the goodness in your life.. big or small? Things I am grateful for right now… Today as I write this it is raining and I am grateful for the rain because ALL baseball has been cancelled which means I can stay in my house and catch up on a bunch of little house projects that need to get done. I can hear my boys hanging out…

  • Wellness,  Working Moms

    Girls’ Weekend Away

    Fan Tan Alley, Victoria, BC I love my girlfriends. They seriously mean the world to me and make ‘doing life’ so much easier. I have been so blessed to have so many amazing friendships in my life. Not only do I have a sister that is my best friend, I have many friends that I consider sisters. One of the things that has been so important to me in my life is an annual weekend away with a particular group of girlfriends (8 of us to be exact). We have been doing this a long time now… at least 15 years. A lot has changed over these years. We have…

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    What is in your Coffee?

     Photo Credit @Madexmichelle Coffee is THE BEST. Seriously, I love the stuff. I don’t drink it like a use to, but I still religiously have one every morning. Almost always at 6:30 after my workout. It is my strongest motivator for working out. I think you would have to drag me out of bed kicking and screaming like a spoiled child without it.  So, my coffee needs to multifunction and do more than wake me up and give me gut rot. How and what kind of coffee I drink coffee has changed a lot as I have aged. In my teens and early twenties, I only had one question about…

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    Everybody Say Om… Mindfulness for Working Moms

    We could not get a gip! Not very zen, I know. Well, I think the first thing I need to start with is transparency. I am not a mindfulness expert, nor do I have any official training in this area. I tell you that because I think it is important to acknowledge this whole mindfulness thing is legit. People do a lot of training to learn about, and facilitate mindfulness.  My colleague has her certificate in Integrated Mindfulness and her training included 8 courses that were about 15 hours each… that is a lot of material to cover folks! Here is how she describes mindfulness: Mindfulness is essentially described as paying…