I’m just back from a great yoga class and it’s snowing outside my window. I’ve got my Forever Nuts afternoon tea and I’m ready to tackle a whole pile of things on my To Do List. But first, a little update for you on my February goals and challenges. I’ve fallen off the wagon a little bit the past couple weeks, but this week I managed to get myself back on track.
In February Jason and I challenged ourselves to a “Dry February” to cut out drinking for the month. We ended our challenge early (Feb 24) and I was successful in not have a drink the entire time. Jason had a beer on Day 1 (good start, lol) and a sip or something during a night out with friends.
We did pretty well at curbing our spending and only purchasing necessities, until about the 24th of February when family came in for the funeral. That being said, we were able to save by cutting out excess, that we were able to have extra to cover the unexpected last week.
Working out – I’ve been loving the classes at Toronto Yoga Mamas and have done Yoga Babies, Pilates Babies, Barre Babies and a Moms only Energizing Flow Yoga class. The Barre & Flow classes kicked my butt big time, but I’m already noticing a change in how I feel, both mentally and physically. Since I started my membership on Feb 1st I’ve been to 10 different classes, which is more than I’ve ever worked out as an adult!
Blogging – I got off to a good start on my goal of 1 post per week with some weeks even having 2 posts! I took a bit of a break due to our family’s loss, but continued to write and save a few draft posts to keep my writing momentum going. I’m really looking forward to continuing on with this challenge and I hope you enjoy reading 🙂
Have you started anything new yet this year? How is it going?
I’ve heard a lot of talk about Elderberry Syrup for cold and flu prevention and although Abigail isn’t old enough to have it, I think it can’t hurt for me to try it! Here’s a great recipe to make Homemade Elderberry Syrup that is on my current list of Things to Make!
I’m sitting at my desk (with Finn laying underneath) staring out the window at the snow lightly falling in the backyard. I don’t know about you, but a snowy winter is something I actually love. I’m not fond of the cold, but there is something about the snow that makes everything seem magical.
This week I went to Pilates Babies & Barre Babies classes. I LOVED the Barre Babies class, but it was a pretty hard workout for this out of shape girl. My legs are killing me and I had to cancel my Yoga Babies for this afternoon because I just can’t do anything. lol.
This morning I remembered that I wanted to “clean up” my active FB logins. You know when you login to a new app or website using your FB. There were soooo many that I never use and don’t even remember signing up for, so I’m removing them all. Here is the link https://www.facebook.com/settings?tab=applications.
Something I had never done before having a baby was change a diaper. So I had NO IDEA what a blowout actually was to deal with and OMG ewww. This week I saw these Shitten Mittens and know that these would be a great gift for new parents.
Our expedition will begin with a journey up Bute Inlet by boat using the same route the Munday party used 92 years ago. We’ll be traveling expedition style ferrying loads of approximately 2,000 lbs of food and equipment to various camps. This will include both modern gear and gear as was used in 1926.
From the coast we will hack through dense brush and across dangerous rivers for 55 km through Homathko river valley. Then we will ascend 18 km of massive glaciers to get to the base of Mt. Waddington. From this base camp on the Bravo Glacier Route we will attempt the climb. Due to a shortage of food, the Mundays were not able to complete their climb in 1926.
Yesterday was my first Yoga Babies class at Toronto Yoga Mama’s and Abigail & I both loved it! I’m pretty sore today but can’t wait for our classes next week. It’s really amazing how much my body changed during pregnancy (and how much muscle I lost)! Being sick for 9 months really took a toll on me and I’m really looking forward to gaining my strength back.
My 2018 Day Designer* finally arrived yesterday and I am going to spend the weekend organizing my goals and planning for the year. I was late ordering it this year, so my wall calendar in the kitchen is full of scribbles 🙂
Abigail is now 5 months so we started her on solid food (as per our doctor). I had no idea what to feed her and someone share this Wee Little Ones Weaning Chart by Kat French Designs and it has been super helpful. So far we’ve had some sweet potato and avocado!
I thought this was neat. The Friendship Lamp is a lamp that lights up at your friends house when you touch the one at your house.
The Rebel Mama blog is one of my lifesavers now that I’m a Mom (that is still very weird to say/write!). The wrote this great article called “Hot Tips for Raising a Feminist” and it’s a good read for parents and non-parents alike.
When I started blogging (in 2008 on Blogger and then officially at kaponetwo.com back in Feb 2009) there weren’t alot of us in Toronto. I was inspired first by Raymi, Casie, Xiaxue and Gala Darling and thought I love to write, so why not do it too. Now the market is oversaturated with “influencers” and I found this article (I think shared by Casie) Time to Address the Elephant in the Room to be a pretty interesting read.
This week was a challenge and I almost missed posting a blog. I wanted to share something a little more newsworthy, but sitting down to write this Show & Tell is the first time I’ve had a minute to myself all week.
So far, I’ve been doing well on my goals for the year and next week I start my membership at Toronto Yoga Mama’s. I’ve already booked myself in for 4 classes and am going to try to make it at least twice a week. I love to hibernate in the winter and wouldn’t leave my house in the cold weather if it wasn’t a necessity. So getting out of my literal comfort zone to head to the gym is going to be hard, but I’ve got a buddy who signed up with me so I’m looking forward to her keeping me accountable!
Some exciting news coming out of the Toronto Public Library. They’ve launched Kanopy an online video streaming service!
We used to have the ultimate cat scratching post at our old house – a thick post wrapped with twine. But since our move the cats have destroyed my desk chair and one side of our couch. I found this cool DIY Cactus Scratching Post to my list of things to make this year and I think they’ll love it!
Saving my life on a daily basis since my Bean was born is The Rebel Mama blog. It’s a no BS approach to being a mom and the community is judgement free. The articles have everything from fun and snarky to real life stories and advice.
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