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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…

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    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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    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…

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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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    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…

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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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    Why we need to let our kids fail

    We can’t hear the news or browse the web without hearing about the US college admissions bribery scandal. People are outraged at the lengths that parents have gone to get their kids admitted into  prestigious colleges. Shocked at the audacity of their schemes. I too was outraged at the injustice of it all. But, the more I thought about it the more I realized that a lot of us as parents are doing similar things in different areas using a wide variety of resources to ensure “happiness”, “success” and “comfort” for our children.  I think we can use money, friendships, build friendships of convenience, coach our kid’s sports team, or…

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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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    What I have learned from a decade of parenting

    Family time This week my twin girls will be celebrating their 10th birthday. What??! How the heck did that happen? My friend once told me that it would drive him wild when his older sister would tell him ‘the days are long but the years are short’ when he was in the weeds parenting. I can understand how a saying like that might make you want to roll your eyes when you are in the thick of it with little kids, but once they get older (say around 10ish?) this expression really does ring true. Don’t get me wrong, some days are still numbingly, painfully long, but I truly can’t believe…