• Lifestyle,  Working Moms

    The Working Moms Guide to Hosting Thanksgiving

    Well, I survived Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite holiday. I love the food, the colours, the cozy weather and just setting time aside to hang out with family.  I have always said Thanksgiving was my favorite holiday but never really thought through why until the other day when I had an ‘ah- ha’. The reason I like Thanksgiving so much is that there is no buying presents involved. Don’t get me wrong, I like buying presents for people, but would rather just do it if I see something someone might like, and not just because it is a particular holiday. I also find that the holidays that focus on…

  • Family

    When Your Kid Leaves the Nest

    A few weeks ago, I dropped my oldest son off to College to play baseball and hopefully get an education as well😉.  It was something he had worked very hard for. He sacrificed a lot of his high school social time, and dealt with a lot of unforeseen circumstances to get himself there. As parents we walked through it all with him, we did whatever we could to facilitate him achieving his goal of obtaining a baseball scholarship to a school in the US. We worked hard with him and for him, we were so proud of him when he got the offer!  The week before I took him I…

  • Family,  Working Moms

    How Working Moms Can Use Summer to Build Family Traditions

    I live for summer. I love the long days, the early sun, the warm weather, picnic dinners on the beach, BBQ’s with friends, swimming and the easy breezy vibe that seems to come with the season.    I am an early riser so I find waking up in the cold, dark and often rainy (I live on the west coast) morning tough. Really tough.  I push myself to get up, but it is a struggle. I wait for the days when I get to wake up and the sun is already out. I get up, open every single blind in the house (a habit I inherited from my dad) and take…

  • Working Moms

    Gratefulness followup

    Thankfulness update Hey sisters! How has the gratefulness challenge been going for you? Can we be real here…I had a huge “ah ha” moment….I thought it was going to be much easier than it was because I have so much in my life to be grateful for.  I found it difficult to be grateful a lot of the time, but not for the reasons that you would think.  I am grateful for much in my life however, I found myself constantly forgetting to be grateful for things because I am TOO busy.  Huh. Too busy to be grateful. That is a problem… like, a major problem for me. Why work…

  • 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…

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    What the Heck is Perimenopause???

    Well, I will just come out and say it…I have started the process towards menopause.  I had thought menopause was a thing for women in their fifties, then I learned about perimenopause. Rage? Check. Change in menstration? Check. Exhaustion? Check. Crying out of the blue for seemingly no reason? Check. Trouble sleeping? Check. ?It all seemed to come out of no where. I know this is all very natural but it still took me by surprise. In an effort to embrace this process as another natural stage in life I wanted to learn more and empower myself with some knowledge about how to best take care of myself during this time of…

  • 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…

  • Family

    Things I Learned From my Mother

    My beautiful mother This was the speech that I was supposed to read at my mother’s funeral but I couldn’t do it. I had so much regret after that I didn’t read it but I couldn’t pull myself together enough to do it… actually, I couldn’t even read it until today. This is my tribute to her. I hope you get a glimpse of what a wonderful human being she was.  Happy Mother’s Day sisters ? Things my mother taught me… I learned from my mother how to be a friend…Everyone that knew her or met her LOVED her. Like really loved her. She had many different friends from many…

  • 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…

  • Family

    Infertility Awareness Week and My Journey to Conceive

    Maternity Pics 5 days before the girls were born. Photo Credit: EA photography  April is infertility awareness month so I thought this would be a good time to share a bit about my journey to have my girls. Heads up, this might be TMI for some people- sorry!? My husband (Tim) and I started trying to get pregnant about two years after we got married. We put it off because we wanted it to be the ‘perfect’ time. By perfect, we wanted at least one of us finished school and at least one of us working a steady job. We planned that if we started at a certain time we…