For years, I have struggled with the self-confessed ‘work-life balance‘. I’ve written about it many times (read here, here, here, and here), I’ve pondered it in my personal journal, and, as the years go on, I’ve come to reevaluate this unrealistic notion of a ‘work-life balance’, and also how it applies to me and my life.
In retrospect, I wasn’t really looking for balance, instead I realized that I am looking to move forward and harness my creativity.
Moving forward means pushing my creative boundaries in writing, drawing, designing, curating, and even cooking. It means never staying still and, instead, feeling that energy and the vibe that being successful provides – especially when I have created something out of nothing. And what I realize over these past 12 years since becoming pregnant and becoming a mother to two children, is that I was never looking for balance in “work” and life, but rather, I was looking for a way to foster creativity despite the mundane, tiresome, and sometimes wretched aspects of life.
There were many times that I viewed being a wife and a mother and a homeowner as a bother. And that’s when I would fly off the ledge and succumb to the oppressive guilt of having negative feelings towards motherhood and housewife-ery and throw myself into those roles, headfirst, suddenly becoming the perfect wife/mom/homeowner for a short time before erupting into anger and tears and anxiety because I wasn’t being nourished by these roles. I didn’t get gold stars on my soul for having a clean bathroom, or cooking the perfect meal every single day. View Post
If you strive to make your home more eco-friendly, start at the basics and switch out your conventional linens for natural, organic cotton towels. It’s a remarkably easy change that require the most minimal amount of effort, but it help creates an eco-friendly that’s also safe for your family.
Organic cotton towels from Caribbean Natural are Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) Certified, Guaranteed Organic, OEKOTEX Certified (Standard 100), free of chemicals and naturally dyed. That’s a mouthful, but it’s super important that your towels and linens have the right certifications. View Post
Thinking about adopting a cat? Read this first.
There are many things that get better with age, and a feline friend is one of them! If you’re thinking about adopting a kitten or know someone who is, ask that they consider a senior cat instead. Sure, kittens are cute, but adult cats have a great deal going for them. Read and share this list of why adopting a senior cat might be right for you! View Post
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The sun and the warm temperatures are making it feel like summer is still here – and I’m not complaining! I love to spend these last warm evenings on our patio, watching the sun go down across the ocean, listening to some jazz or chill house, and having a light meal with a delicious bottle of red.
Looking for a closet overhaul this fall? Follow these easy style tips and tricks to rework your wardrobe and get it ready for fall! Take old favourites from your closet and layer, layer, layer for a great fall look!
Be Bold! Add some colour to your wardrobe by incorporating Pantone’s Top 10 Fall 2017 Colours, like Grenadine Red and Marina Blue, into your everyday look. These bright shades are the perfect way to transition your wardrobe into cooler weather and still stay stylish. Keep colours looking fresh with OxiClean ColourShield Laundry Stain Remover. View Post
42 days ago I said good bye to animal products and said hello to plant-based living. It’s been an adventure in vegan cooking, attempting to meal plan and balancing going out. You see, I realized that as a family, we LOVE to go out – not just for the food, but for the fun experience. It’s different than staying home… and there’s no dishes!
There was a bit of an adjustment period for me to start cooking almost each and every night. Not being able to “just pick something up”, order pizza, or go to the kid’s favourite hamburger joint. There is NO back up plan. If we get home late, there better be something to make and FAST, just to fill up the rumbling tummies at our table.
It’s been 42 days and here are some tips for going vegan as a family, that I’ve learned this past month. View Post
A few months ago, I made a call out to the world and asked you guys (and everyone I knew!) about SAFE skincare and makeup products. I wanted to do a beauty detox, and that meant going through my bathroom treasure drawer and ridding it of products that were full of harsh chemicals and making the switch to safe beauty products. Why was I doing this?
This whole year has been very reflective, and I’ve struggled with happiness, depression, anxiety, my fitness and my health. Health has been a big change for me this year. I’ve been ignoring my health for years, and it shows. I was overweight, unhappy, and I needed to make a change.
I have an incredible life coach who has helped me on my journey. Our whole family has become healthier and more active, and I’ve even started eating a plant-based diet! I cared so much about what I was putting into my body and how active I was being with my body, and I started to care more and more about what I was putting on my body. View Post