• Wellness

    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…

  • Wellness

    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…

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    When the eating disorder ends… does it ever really go away?

    It seems like a lifetime ago I battled with an eating disorder. I don’t talk about it much, not because I am embarrassed about it but because sometimes I forget that I even had it…. But then I see it…. It’s there hiding in other areas of my life. I think we all feel screwed up in some way but as we age we find ways to hide it better or, we put our “stuff” on other things.  I battled bulimia seriously from around the age of 13-16… fortunately for me, my parents caught it and I was admitted as an out-patient to the B.C Children’s Hospital out-patient program under…

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    Treating Endometriosis Naturally

    This week we are thrilled to have Dr. Shalini Hitkari as our guest writer! Dr. Hitkari is a Naturopathic Physician practicing in Victoria BC at the Vancouver Island NaturopathicClinic. Dr. Hitkari has a passion for Women’s health and how it evolves over a women’s lifetime. She strongly believes in women supporting women and currently in her eighth year of practice, has focused on supporting women through transitions in life. From menarche and pregnancies to menopause, Dr. Hitkari’s approach is patient-centered, creating for them a comprehensive, individualized treatment plan to help them achieve optimal health and live their happiest and healthiest lives. I was lucky enough to work alongside this amazing…

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    The Truth About Gossip

      Have you ever said something and then the second it left your lips thought “why the heck did I just say that”? I have. More than once. ? I am not talking about dumb questions or poorly thought out ideas, I am talking about gossip. Even typing the word causes a nagging feeling of shame.  I thought once I was out of high school the days of gossip would be over, but nope. Personally, I discovered that this nasty conversation habit resurfaced once I had kids. I have caught myself more than once talking with a parent about another parent. I am not proud of this and it always…

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    Friendship Breakup

    Friendship Breakup… this one hurts. It’s hard to talk about, it’s one of those raw things that as women we don’t talk about…at least not openly.  Friendship breakup is when 2 people are really good friends, best friends even and then for one reason or another the friendship ends.  Sometimes mutually but often it’s one-sided.  When we have friendships end that we value and that we have put a lot of time in to, it’s upsetting, emotional and can be heartbreaking. There are many reasons why friendships end. Over the next while I am going to write about a few reasons why but this post is about friendships we make…