Show and Tell for January 19, 2018

I just looked back to find my last Show & Tell post and realized that it has been 2.5 YEARS since I’ve done one! That is absolutely crazy that it has been that long. These are some of my favourite (and most time consuming) posts to write and I definitely want to get back in action on the series.

So here it is my friends, the first Show & Tell since 2015

  • I’ve updated my Goals for 2018 to add organize and declutter my life (I really mean this) because I’d like to be more simple and minimalist with my possessions; as well as to try to pare down my wardrobe to a capsule collection.
  • I’m patiently waiting for my 2018 Day Designer to arrive so in the meantime I’ve been using their Free Printables to keep my life in order. One of my favourites on the site has to be the “50 Best Practices for living a well designed life“. I’ve got a copy hanging in my home office right beside my desk.
  • A great article shared today in one of the mommy groups I’m in. I have been feeling extremely overwhelmed by everything since adding a baby to the mix and this is definitely some of it. Women Aren’t Nags—We’re Just Fed Up
  • I used to save all my Show & Tell links to del.i.cio.us and then found out today that was purchased and is read only, so I’ve switched my Bookmarking site to Pocket. It seems to be a much better alternative already and comes as a default plugin in Firefox.
  •  Something I have never really thought about was getting a Will, but has certainly changed since I had the baby. I have no idea where to start and honestly it’s a hard thing to think about, but in 2017 an acquaintance launched Willful an online end of life planning service. I’ve signed up for an account and we will get this done in 2018.

    “Toronto-based Willful launches to provide Canadians with a credible, comprehensive, online end-of-life planning service. With Willful, users can create legally-binding documents in less than twenty minutes, avoiding sit-down meetings with lawyers and expensive legal fees. Willful currently offers three products in Ontario: wills,  power of attorney for personal care (living wills), and power of attorney for property, and each can be created online in a fraction of the time, and for a fraction of the traditional price.”

  • I typically hate winter (as do most people I know) and the cold, dreary days get to me. There is nothing better than curling up in front of a fireplace with a warm mug of something and a book and I’d love to have that feeling all winter long. I recently read a Rebel Mama blog post on Hygge (pronounced hue-guh) the Danish concept of feeling cozyness all winter long. So I’m doing it and it’s already helping to turn around my winter mindset.
  • And because we are in the middle of the season of sickness I recently found out that there are still doctors who will come to your house! Imagine that in this day and age. So if you’re too sick to go to the doctor, but not too sick for emerg then check out the National Home Doctor Service

That’s it for this week!

xo

 

Happy New Year

Today is the official start of 2018 for me. We spent the past few weeks in Florida visiting family and enjoying the beginning of the year and I did absolutely nothing but enjoy myself. It’s the first time I’ve had a vacation in years where I didn’t have to work (yay mat leave) and there was nothing that needed taking care of. But now that we’re back to reality I’m really excited to get on with it!

2017 was a whirlwind of a year. I started it off with morning all-day sickness (that lasted until Abigail was born) and was a pretty miserable person to be around because of it. I also didn’t feel like myself and had a hard time envisioning life as a Mom – and when I say hard time, I really do mean it. Wrapping my head around leaving my career – for up to 18 months – after a fantastic 2016 that included a promotion, to being a full-time mother was a real challenge for me.

Fast forward to January 2018 and my little bean is 4 months old, growing and learning every day and I can’t imagine life without her!

Last year I didn’t set any goals or make any plans and it felt like I was blowing in the wind without any direction, which was hard for this Capricorn who loves lists and planning and schedules and organization.

But 2018 is already shaping up to be an adventurous new year and I can’t wait to see what it brings. And of course, I’ve got a whole pile of goals for myself this year and it all starts today!

2018 Goals

  • Get back to blogging regularly and create at least 1 post per week
  • Get in shape and lose this baby weight! It took me 9 months to put it on, so I’m giving myself 9 months to get it off – and for my birthday bought the 9 month membership to Toronto Yoga Mamas to help me get there, starting February 1st.
  • Update my skin care regime. I have been a Pure + Simple user since 2010, but last year I ran out of product and started using whatever I was given in my ipsy* and FabFitFun* boxes. My skin has been pretty good but I’m noticing postpartum that EVERYTHING has changed, so I need to get back to my Pure + Simple routine.
  • Start and stick to Weekly Meal Planning so we order less takeout and make more dinners at home – and healthy dinners at that! We’ve got a chalkboard calendar and a Pinterest board full of delicious ideas so all I need to do is get my butt in gear.
  • Spend less time with a screen – be it watching TV or spending time on my iPad/phone, I’d like to spend more time doing things and going places instead.
  • Plan and take 2 vacations. 1 honeymoon vacation for just Jason & I (we still haven’t done this!) and 1 family vacation with Abigail & Finn.
  • Use all the features for my Day Designer* (day planner). There are so many goal setting, weekly and monthly planning, organizing and monthly challenges from the Day Designer community and I’d like to use as many as I can.
  • Spend more time with friends & family!
  • Organize and declutter my life – trying to move towards a more simple and minimalist household.
  • Try to downsize my wardrobe to a capsule collection (or at least one for each season!).

Happy New Year!

xo

 

 

 

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Abigail June

I haven’t shared the news online yet, but today is International Day of the Girl so it seems fitting to introduce you to my new baby girl.

Abigail June was born on Sunday, August 27 at 11:58pm (2 minutes to midnight).

 

I’ll spare you the details of her birth here, but it was a 17 hour labour and we ended up staying in the hospital for a week :/

 

Since we’ve been home it’s been quite an adjustment for me to go from working woman to full-time stay at home Mom for the next few months, but we’re doing well. I still can’t believe we have this amazing little person living with us.

It’s really something how your whole world and priorities change in an instant. I am inspired to be a better person for her and to make sure that she knows what it means to be a strong woman.

 

I’m so in love with her.

xo

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Oh Baby, the Places You’ll Go

Some of you may have noticed that I haven’t been actively blogging or sharing on social media this year.

On Christmas Day I started feeling like I had the flu and well, a week later Jason and I found out that I was pregnant.

I wasn’t going to post anything until after the baby was born, but we had our family Baby-Q Shower last weekend and the photos are starting to show up on Facebook.

So the cat is out of the bag. Jason and I are having a baby (well, it’s mostly me) and I’m due on September 1st, 2017.

Facebook or it didn’t happen, right?

Volunteering for TEAM Cat Rescue

After my Harley passed away, I didn’t think I could have another cat, so I decided to become a cat foster and applied to TEAM Cat Rescue in the summer of 2015.

On September 08, 2015 my first foster cat, Ridley arrived. He was a guy who had been adopted out but returned for no fault of his own. He was pretty mad when he arrived but over the next few days and weeks he began to warm up, allowing us to give him some pats and belly rubs (and then biting you HARD when he’d had enough!).

Ridley

After a month of fostering him, I got a call that someone was interested in adopting him. I had completely fallen in love with this silly, crazy and still angry cat and couldn’t imagine him going somewhere else and starting over. So Jason let me Foster Fail and we adopted Ridley on October 07, 2015.

Our next foster came on October 17 and it was 2 almost-4-week-old kittens. Victor and Coraline were so little and had to be fed every 4 hours with a syringe.

Victor and Coraline

Victor ended up getting sick and the poor little guy had to spend a couple nights at the vet and Coraline wouldn’t let me put her down while he was gone. This introduced her to Finn, who was instantly smitten with the little Calico kitten. Victor recovered and came back to our house and was introduced to Finn and I’ve never seen a happier puppy to finally have his very own cat friends.

Finn & his kittens

 

As the kittens grew older and were allowed out of their room, we were a bit nervous about introducing Ridley. The minute he realized they were two little kittens, his whole demeanor changed into “big cat brother”. He started coming around more, even giving Finn a chance to get close enough to sniff each other and spent the majority of his time near the kittens.

Ridley, Victor & Coraline

 

Ridley, Victor, Finn & Coraline napping on the couch

When the kittens were old enough to be adopted, I was having a pretty hard time letting them go and wanted to adopt them both. I got a hard NO to 3 cats in the house, but luckily one of our friends was looking for a new orange kitten as one of his cats had passed away and the other guy was lonely.  So Victor was adopted by our friend and Jason agreed to adopt the little crazy calico.

The Three Muskateers – Ridley, Coraline & Finn

It’s been a great year with our new cats, but I’m no longer allowed to foster (says Jason) because I can’t let them go! So when TEAM Cat Rescue put out the call for Adoption Screening Volunteers, I jumped on board and am working on my first application.

It’s a great community of volunteers who really care about the cats. I’m so happy to be involved and will hopefully get to talk to one of you in the near future to adopt one of our cats!

I’m super excited to be a part of this wonderful rescue and you’ll be seeing some adoptable kitties on the blog in the near future.

Get out there and volunteer!

xo

Carly-Anne