Under Pressure

5 Sep

It seems to me that lately I’ve lost focus.  From Pinterest, twitter, FB and all these other blogs etc.., I’ve suddenly begun living everyone else’s life except mine.  Thinking: “this room isn’t good enough, I’m not organized enough, I don’t eat pretty food every day, I don’t do exceptional workouts, I’m not fashionable, they look like they are always so happy”

It is as though I have allowed social media to make feel inferior.  I’m living, but living for the next thing, the better thing — not living in the moment.  I do appreciate all the fabulous ideas out there, I love seeing a clean organized closet/pantry/room/home; and yes, I do wish that I could have that – but really, my reality just won’t allow that at this time!  Whether it is lack of money, drive, ability, whatever it may be I just won’t have a “perfect pantry”

Doesn’t it seem like everyone out there is having so much fun?  Like they are always happy, never argue, never fight, never feel down or tired or sad?  I know that I choose to post photos of our happy moments, because really; who wants to see a picture of me shouting at my kids… yelling for the 100th time “pick UP after yourselvessssssssssss”

It’s time to live in the moment, enjoy the ups and downs, accept that they happen and realize that there is no such thing at “perfection’ – okay that last one it going to be hard for me!  I strive for perfection, and FAIL every day – why?  because perfection is never reached, if I get to where I think I want to be, then I just want to get better, further, outdo it …..  Time to give myself some slack!  And realize I’m probably not the only one who yells at her kids, scarfs down a bag of microwaved popcorn, skips workouts, gets cranky, makes breakfast for dinner or pops in a frozen pizza for the kids.


Packing a little one for a road trip

10 Aug

Today is “packing day” we leave early tomorrow morning – Driving from BC down to Oregon and area. This drive, with a 2 year old, should prove interesting. It has already taken me 2 hours just to pack her little suitcase. She likes to “help” meaning she follows behind me and undoes everything I do! Finally I have gotten her suitcase organized and packed (of course there is a different mess to clean up now! E decide to “help” and she emptied our freezer!)

So I had to come up with a solution… Call it desperate parenting… Crib and iPad – worked for about 20mins!

Any tips on travel with toddlers?


packing for the road trip. left to right, jackets, long sleeved tops, short sleeved tops, shorts, pants. Swimwear and socks in upper compartment and PJ’s in other top compartment


Little E – singing “clean up clean up everyone every where” … somehow she thinks she is helping me


getting a picky kid to eat

10 Aug

My two year old, like most I assume, is picky – picky with a capital P.  Feed her something one day she loves it, the next – refuses to eat it.  Will only eat frozen peas, not cooked, and that is about the only veggie she will touch (unless I sneak spinach in my smoothie and share with her)  Today I attempted to bring some excitement to her snack – it worked, a little .. she didn’t eat it all but did try a bit of each thing! YAY .. small successes are exciting 

and we are off!

10 Aug

Okay – so I start a blog and then I immediately leave for 10 days! ha ha.  Our long awaited family road-trip vacay is upon us.  Well 2 of my kids are away on their own camping for the week so really it’s just me, my partner and our youngest.. either way – I’m EXCITED!  It has been a long year and this is something I’ve really been looking forward to, spending more than a day or two with my partner!  We are headed across the line, into the good ole US of A to visit some family and hopefully check out the Oregon Coast.  I hope to have some pictures to share when I come back.  Until then I will leave you on a cheerful note.. a video of my little E at the park yesterday.E’S HAPPY PLACE AT THE PARK

Healthy Eats

10 Aug

Good morning!  Well I am on a mission over the next while, as I mentioned previously, to really focus on my health.  After eating pretty much anything I wanted (aside from my egg allergy) I now have restrictions.  I’m choosing to look at this in positive light!  A challenge of sorts to find new and unique meals I’ve not normally contemplated.

My breakfast today was inspired by the genius Angela of Oh She Glows http://ohsheglows.com/2010/05/03/are-you-an-athlete/    I made my overnight oats – soaked in coconut milk and also had my Chia treat.  If you’ve never heard of Ruth’s Hemp Foods, you should
check them out. http://www.ruthshempfoods.com/products/chia-goodness.html SO DELICIOUS!  I love the cranberry ginger regularly, and the chocolate is a perfect treat when craving those sweets!  This morning was like a special dessert!  After soaking the oats and chia overnight (in separate bowls) all I had to do this morning was blend up some of my frozen berries with a bit of water and milk, layer them and dig in!  I almost didn’t take a picture because I wanted to eat it at once.

Now I know that one important thing (for me) is that in order to eat healthy I need to plan my meals in advance, so I already know what today’s lunch will be – this gives me some comfort! (and of course a healthy morning snack – fresh picked blueberries! – we have 40 lbs!)  Lunch today will be my Edible Flower Salad.  I love that on Wednesday’s we have the local Langley Farmers Market here.  I get to go explore and find some tasty goods.  I picked up some edible flowers and had a delicious salad yesterday, and will enjoy this again today.

Speaking of Salads  here are a couple others that I have conjured up!  My watermelon salad is so fresh and tasty – adding Feta makes it just that much more delicious! And of course you can never go wrong with a Kale Salad!
And finally for dinner – I have left-overs of the delicious sort!  Fresh Salmon from the amazing 1Fish2Fish here in Langley http://www.1fish2fish.ca/ 

Taking control of my health

9 Aug

Well, after months (okay to be honest 2 years) of major ups and downs health-wise, talking to Dr’s that didn’t listen to me in the way I wanted, I decided to go to my naturopath.  Now, it’s not that I don’t trust my Dr. however I do know myself, and know that the issues I was having were pointing to hormone issues.  Her response?  I could possibly be pre-menopausal (seriously? I mean okay I’m 36, but isn’t that TOO YOUNG?) and I just have to deal with what’s happening.  I didn’t like that answer! would you?  I’m sorry, night sweats, major mood swings, weight gain, hair loss and more – that’s just not fun!

So I talked to my naturopath, we went over many things, did blood tests and a saliva test.  Results?  My levels are that of a post-menopausal woman and I have a MAJOR candida overgrowth.  So, I now have some learning to do and some diet changing to make.  All for a good cause, my health!

The issue? have you ever taken a tincture?  it’s somewhat unpalatable  downright horrible! I take 2 droppers, twice a day. I also have adrenal support pills (those are fine!)  Now it’s the diet part, any input is appreciated because I’m somewhat lost there.  I also have joined “myfitnesspal” http://www.myfitnesspal.com/ on my trusty iPhone.  Seriously, I’m kinda in love with this app.  It helps me track my food and activity (or lack thereof).  And the best little part of it? it has a barcode scanner this makes it so easy to track foods!



major gag reflex! hope this works

As I enter this world…

9 Aug

I expect to find growing pains in this world of blog, isn’t that what happens when you are learning something new?  So first off, maybe I should do a little research.  As in, are there rules to this blog thing? A certain etiquette?  Jump in they say, it’s the only way to learn… so here I gooooooooo

My goal you ask?  I suppose to be completely honest  it is mostly selfish at the moment – to learn about myself.. to document my life (and to keep track of all the fabulous blogs that I currently follow!).

For now, there is no specific idea or theme here.  It could be baking/cooking one day, organizing the next… dealing with kids, learning about health & fitness; who knows – you will have to check in to see what’s next!  Maybe I’m witty one day, boring the next. I hope to hone my writing technique (excuse the grammar, pretty sure I will NEVER get that right!).  I hope to gain friendships through readers, I hope to connect with others who are just like me – living life, juggling challenges… wondering “is this normal?!”

So, let’s say today is Cupcake Thursday (okay that’s lame!)  However since I have a couple photos of some cupcakes I recently baked, I call them my PRIDE Cupcakes, I thought I would share them with you!  So simple and fun to make – and obviously delicious.


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