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
So in a recent poll, 95% of moms say that they had more time for themselves before motherhood. Well, duh! I mean, I feel the 5% that think they had the same or more time for themselves now were drunk when the poll was taken. And 58% of moms admit to sneaking in TV “me-time” while juggling a busy schedule, even hiding it from their kids for a moment of peace.
My hand is up! I take part in a #MomSneak at least once a week. Is your hand up, too? View Post
I wanted this summer to be the summer of literally nothing. I really, really did. The last few years have kicked my butt with activities, camps, and different sports – along with travel, work, and having a life of my own! So this summer I planned nothing… or so I thought.
I realized that the kids have mountain bike camp twice a week all summer long, plus they go to the trampoline centre a couple of times per week. We just completed our road trip, we have Crankworx coming up, we’re planning another trip at the end of summer… and when I actually laid it all out on a calendar I had a silent scream moment. View Post
Watching TV with your kids isn’t always fun, trust me, I’ve been through numerous episodes of Paw Patrol and Larva and Dragons only to tune it out because… well, the kids love it, and I’m glad they enjoy it – but it’s totally not my jam, obviously. So, when we discover a show we can all watch together as a family, I relish it!
Our favourite show on Netflix is Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, the woman who survived 15 years in a bunker and now lives in New York City with her fabulous roommate and a slew of incredibly hilarious characters. The show is hilariously funny, full of double entendres and silly puns, but there’s more than just mindless fluff that makes this a great show to watch with tweens. View Post
Have you ever had your house up for sale? It’s all about keeping it in pristine condition just in case a showing appears! It can be stressful to keep a house clean all the time, let alone have it smell good, too! With spring finally arriving, it’s time for some spring cleaning – the minimalist way, because I love a nice, clean home, but I’m not about to waste all my time cleaning! Enter the Minimalists Guide to Spring Cleaning! View Post
Do you think watching television can bring a family together? I do. We don’t watch a ton of TV, we try to limit it to the weekend or a short show during the week, and usually just before bed. It’s a time for us to relax and chill, hang out with each other, laugh together and discuss different things together.
Even when our kids were little babies, it’s so much fun to watch a kids show with them, singing and clapping along with the program. Growing up, I remember watching a lot of movies with my parents and sister, and it was always a ton of fun. From hilarious comedies to action movies or serious dramas, it brought us together and gave us something to talk about!
How do you get your kids to brush their teeth? Do you use a timer? Do you sing a song? To get my kids to brush their teeth properly, we sing the “Happy Birthday” song! It’s an easy trick to help get them in the mindset to brush their teeth longer, and properly, too! And my daughter being 11 and in French Immersion gets to sing “Joyeux Anniversaire” while she brushes her teeth!
This month it’s National Oral Health Care month, and it’s the perfect reminder to pay special attention to our teeth and our children’s teeth! Poor oral health can lead to gum disease, which can lead to teeth loss… I don’t need to go on, right? View Post