In A Nutshell

As an ambitious 25 year old still figuring out parenting and my roll in the adult life I'm determined to get the most out of myself. Right now my main personal values are Challenge, Curiosity, Self-respect, and Belonging.

Every person has an inner voice telling them what they need, it says "wake up now" in the morning it says "don't eat that" when we're full. Growing up means learning that nobody can be that voice for you. You have to learn to hear it, and find the strength to listen over every other voice calling for your attention and telling you what you should and shouldn't be doing.

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Weekly Outline Thoughts

I'm going to try write out a couple things that I have to do, or would like to do every week and pencil in a day for them

There's a couple things that have to get done every week to keep things running smoothly let's see... cleaning the fridge, menu planning, grocery shopping, paperwork, two blog articles each week, developing my household coach idea, filming self-discovery activities, prepare something thoughtful for a friend or family

I also have a couple events that I'd like to start attending weekly to get out and socialize a bit: a moms and kids group on Tuesdays, and a ladies group on Thursdays

Monday events:

  • cleaning the fridge
  • menu planning

Tuesday events:

  • moms and kids
  • grocery shopping

Wednesday events:

  • work on household coach idea
  • blog article

Thursday events:

  • ladies group
  • paperwork

Friday events:

  • film self-discovery activity
  • blog article

Saturday events:

  • do something thoughtful
  • work on my self discovery project

Sunday events:

  • family time
  • work on my self discovery project

And this is a very basic break down of a typical day, I'm going to get more in depth about what some of these involve.
  • 6:00 - 12:00 Morning is house cleaning and chores
  • 1:00 - 3:00 Afternoon has a nap time for kids... and usually mom too when I wake up I make supper
  • 4:30 -7:30 time set aside for that days event
  • 7:30 - 9:00 family time and sleep prep routine
  • 9:00 whatever, not planned at the moment, usually finish up whatever I felt like continuing from the days event

Sunday, 26 May 2013

Thinking About Spritual Health

When I go through my day and come to a moment that challenges me I think to myself "lean in".
Lean into life, not lean back or coast. Those small moments that you let pass by as insignificant but make up the bulk of life and put your personality out there. Thinks like taking a minute to approach an acquaintance you bump into and catch up or going across the street to talk to your neighbor about something interesting in their garden when your both outside.

Spiritual health is in our connectedness. We are connected to ourselves, to other people like our family, friends, and community, even the rest of the world. We're connected to God and connected to nature. Caring for your spiritual health is respecting our connectedness.

Sister friends

The world is in a balance displaying the depth of our connection, it's light on one side of the clouds and dark on the other, volcanos erupt and cause destruction, floods and famines make life difficult which of these three is more significant? There's a natural order to the world and we keep looking for it, knowing somehow it's not as it should be. With all the injustice and suffering, we're trying to figure out why nature causes us so much pain and wonder there has to be an answer.

We're all connected in a way that can't be measured or given quantity. I hope to be able to align my actions in life with my desire to show respect.

Family, grandparents, and everyone who was a big part of our life at the time

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Bathroom Organization Ideas

To begin cleaing my bathroom fist I had to think about what all I do in there in order to eliminate unnececary items and products, and be sure I had everything I needed on hand for a quick and simple morning takeoff. There's no point cleaning and sorting a bunch of junk I'm not using. When I write out my routine I'm able to breeze through a checklist knowing I won't forget anything important, and where I can take shortcuts if I'm in a rush.  

Morning Bathroom Routine

This is everything I could think of that I'd do on a regular morning numbered in the order I do them. Green are essential things I'd do even in a rush, blue are what I like doing most mornings.
  1. shower
  2. shave
  3. brush teeth
  4. floss and mouthwash
  5. body moisturize
  6. morning face skin care (for me with dry skin that means moisturizing with an sunblocking face cream)
  7. dress
  8. scent management
  9. blow dry hair
  10. style hair
  11. makeup on
  12. accesorize with jewlery

Evening Bathroom Routine 

  1. makeup removing face wash
  2. evening face skin care (once again with dry skin, I apply an overnight moisturizer)


here's some ideas I want to try out for organizing my bathroom so I can find everything quickly and not have loads of useless clutter in the way.

keep in the shower:
I'm going to try use a kitchen supplies wall suction holder to keep my toothbrush and toothpaste on the wall of the shower and brush while I condition my hair.
  • shampoo
  • conditioner
  • body wash
  • razor
  • tooth brush
  • tooth paste
basket on the counter:
I'm going to try holstering razors to the wall with two tacks or two nails
  • floss
  • mouthwash
  • one body lotion
  • face skin care supplies
  • deodorant
  • body spray
  • smaller container with boby pins and hair pins
  • shaving gel (for men)
In shoe organizers behind the door:
Here's a neat one, with multiple family members, each could have a couple rows for their products
I'm going to try organizing my styling products by the order their used in. for example if you spray your hair with heat protect, blow dry with a volumizing brush, then straiten, spray with a shine booster, and brush with a boar bristle brush. If I put all the supplies for that routine in order I imagine I'll be able to grab the ones I need, return them, and grab the next one's I need.
  • blow dryer
  • hair brushes
  • styling supplies
  • hair bands
  • hair clips

  • On the counter or under in easy to grab under the counter containers:

    Maybe a cheap plastic tackle box organizer would work for an under the counter makeup storage option and pencil holders for brushes.

    On the Wall in the bathroom or bedroom by the mirror:
    I've heard of dangling earing off of metal mesh or chicken wire, I want to try make my own using a picture frame from dollarama, mesh, and flat thumb tacks, once I make it I'll be sure to post some pics and how to ;)
    In the past I've put a couple tacks in the wall to showcase necklaces, if you try this and have a couple women and young ladies in the house, make sure borrowing understandings are clear between family members (wether that's no borrowing, bring it back when finished, replace it if broken or lost)

    Bathroom Cleaining Routine

    Here's the order that's been working great for me. I can do a quick clean to get the bathroom sparkling in 5 minutes most mornings. Once again, green is for a quick clean, blue is for an ordinary clean. Here's something new: purple is for an occational cleaning
    1. pile laundry
    2. clear counter top
    3. spray and squirt
    4. wipe mirror
    5. wipe countertop
    6. wash articles on countertop
    7. wipe tub and shower
    8. scrub toillette
    9. wipe down toilette
    10. wipe windowsills
    11. shake out bath matts
    12. throw bath matts in laundry
    13. throw shower curtains in laundry
    14. transport laundry
    15. sweep
    16. empty garbage can
    17. clean out drawers and cupboards

    Cleaning Supplies

    keep in a bucket to pull out easily when washing:
    • multi surface cleaner
    • grunge spray cleaner
    • toilette bowl cleaner
    • rubber gloves
    • scratch free scrubber
    paper towel or microfiber cloths and grungy tea towels, store near the bucket
    laundry basket
    toilette brush
    garbage can

    Friday, 17 May 2013

    Bathroom Super Shape Up

    It's spring, which gets me in the mood for cleaning, somehow... so being the order obsessor that I am I'm not only spring cleaning the bathroom, but also making a breakdown of morning and evening bathroom routine and colour coding it for a rushed morning (green), and a regular morning (blue). This way I'll know what supplies I need to keep on hand in the bathroom and what can get put away into storage, I don't think I need four moisturizers and three body sprays piled up in a drawer.

    I'm also creating a list of the bathroom cleaning routine for a quick clean (green), a thorough clean (blue), and a repair clean to be done maybe twice a year. Repair clean would be things like touching up the grout, filling holes, spot painting, refinishing floors that sort of stuff. I haven't decided what colour repair tasks are going to be yet maybe purple? Does purple say, "don't worry about me, take care of this task  every couple months." Green gives me the impression of being lively and full of energy, like a rushed clean. Blue is calming and ordinary like the everyday tasks that brighten my home.

    Here's most of the supplies for a "purple" clean. I don't have any holes in the paint or touch ups to do so there's no grout, mud, paint, or spatula among the tools

     Once I've finished making my morning and evening bathroom routine, cleaning routine, and the stationary to put up on walls to keep me on track I'll be sure to post it :) pilots have loads of schooling and training, but even they need a check list before taking off. Check lists are awesome they save time and energy from having to motivate yourself for every little task and decide which one to do next. Just follow the list and tick it off.

    current floor before cleaning grout
    Here's the floor as it is now, the grout isn't awful, but lets see what that grout cleaner can do. I'm really looking forward to putting it to work on my tiled countertops, which could really use a good cleaning.

    Wednesday, 15 May 2013

    Decorating Ideas for Mothers Day

    Throw a great spring theme party this year! This particular party was planned for mothers day. I enthusastically volunteered myself to decorate for mothers day, my brother and his fiance where going to be hosting it. When I hear party, I jump up, oh can I decorate!


    pink and green


    • hanging baskets of flowers at least 1 for each mother who's attending to take home after
    • floral/femenine scrapbooking paper in pinks and greens
    • tissue paper in pink, green, and white (some of it to make hanging pom poms)
    • pink fake flowers and a couple vases if you don't have any
    • double sided tape, or regular tape
    • if there's going to be kids make sure there's colouring sheets and balloons for them to play with


    • fruit platter
    • veggie platter
    • corn on the cob
    • sweet potato
    • frozen chicken breast
    • white cake
    • heavenly hash ice cream
    • juice, tea, coffee
    • box of chocolate

    Menu (super easy):

    • Fruit Platter and Veggie Platter
    • Lemon Pepper Chicken Breast
    • Sweet potatoe wedges
    • Corn on the Cob
    • White cake and Heavenly Hash Ice cream
    • Juice, tea, coffee
    • Box of Chocolates 


    • 4:30 guests arrive have coffee, juice, and snack platters ready
    • 5:30 serve supper and a while after have dessert
    • 6:30 make sure there's fresh coffee, hand chocolate box around, set the rest out into bowls in the living room and dining area

    2 Weeks Before the party:

    • write a list of everyone your going to invite
    • create a group on facebook and send invites to people in your contact list
    • check the list and make sure everyone on it was invited
    • make phone calls to everyone who didn't get an invitation

    Before the Day of the party:

    • make pom poms
    • pick up baskets of flowers
    • pick up fruit and veggie platters make sure you have the groceries and decorating supplies

    If you're going to be making your own pom poms I'd suggest doing it before the day of the party, I had mine in bags in the shed from my daughters 2nd b-day party so could skip that step here's the video I watched to learn how to make them:


    11 AM Decorating on the Day of the party:

    Take the hanging hook off of the hanging flower baskets and tape tissue paper around them to make them more aesthetically pleasing and hide the ugly green pot they come in. I taped sheets of scrapbooking paper to the walls, double sided tape works very well for this
    Daddy and Hayleigh out on the couch for an afternoon nap mid party
    Here's the pom poms hanging in the corner of the living room and a basket of flowers on one end table and the coffee table. Fake pink flowers where dropped into vases already on those shelves and another large flower head put on top of one of the shelf boxes.

    The basket of flowers on the table and some more scrapbook sheets above the couch

    3:00 PM Start super easy supper:

    Super Easy Chicken: simmers 20 mins
    • On hi heat bring to a boil about 2 cups of water into a pot that has a lid with 2 tbsp of any oil, throw in about 3 tbsp of a premix spice like lemon pepper, or italiano,
    • Once it's boiling add the frozen chicken breasts and return to a boil.
    • Put the lid on and turn to low heat to simmer about 20 minutes.
    • If you like you can keep the chicken water to use as a broth for making soup.

    Super Easy Sweet Potato: simmers 40 mins
    • Scrub the sweet potatoe, cut it into large 2 or 3 inch chunks.
    • Bring enough water to cover the potatoes to a boil with about a teaspoon of salt and toss in the sweet potatoe chunks, return to a boil.
    • Put the lid on and turn to low heat and simmer about 40 minutes

    Corn on the Cob: simmers 40 mins
    • Shuck corn.
    • Bring enough water to cover the corn to a boil with about a teaspoon of salt and toss in the corn, return to a boil.
    • Put the lid on and turn to low heat and simmer about 40 minutes

    Sunday, 12 May 2013

    First Week of Bony to Bombshell

    My Sunday update for Bony to Bombshell: start weight 175.6, it's been 5 days since I've started and I'm now at 174.0 lbs. I stayed within the programs fat/carb/protein nutrition ratios and I stayed inside my calorie intake goal for my goals.

    So far I've been being conscious of my posture and practising it against the wall a couple times throughout the day, pour myself three litres of water into a jug and make sure it's gone by the time I go to bed, and I've been keeping track of what I eat. This coming week my babysitters start and I have a membership at the gym, with the progress I'm already seeing and feeling I can't wait to see what adding the strength training in will do.

    I really enjoyed the nutrition section, I read it twice and took some notes to put up on my fridge I love the sensible way that it talks about how to loose weight, or gain weight by looking at the whole effect food has on your body throughout the week, not just from one day. The program seems to be a very holistic approach to health right down to striving for a peaceful social life. It's not just a diet with some exercises, or an exercises program with a nutrition guide. It made me feel as though I was reconnecting with things I already knew about health but wasn't paying attention to.

    It's relieving to be able to be conscious of health but still be able to live a fulfilling social life and be able to enjoy good food with friends and not feel so guilty about one scoop of ice cream that I end up eat another three, however that seems to make sense in my head lol. I was able to have a cupcake and some chocolate at my anniversary, and some treats on mothers day and still loose weight by paying attention to the other foods I ate, that's amazing!

    There's also a very helpful section talking about how to approach self control and practical ways to improve it. So far a great program!

    Check out "My Goals" tab to see the big dreams.
    My Fitness Goal
    This is a sketch of me once I've acheived my fitness golas, the feet and knee are a bit wonky and the eyes sort of squinty and small, but I figure every sketch improves my skills a little.

    Saturday, 11 May 2013

    The Tough Stuff

    I sent Wade out of the house this evening, and this time it wasn't to prepare a surprise for him... when I get mad I shut down and want to be left alone to fume on my own a while. Brick wall mode.

    If you run away from the things in life that are hard then you'll miss the opportunity they bring for growth. Life isn't about getting what you want, it's about developing character, and sometimes what you want is in the way of character growth. That's one of many reasons why I'm still trying.
    This is Wade and I in 2004 when we where entering high-school (grade 10) and just became friends
    I want a great relationship with Wade where we talk respectfully to each other and live in harmony even with our differences. Where we say yes more often than no to the small things, like close the door, or put the laundry in the dryer. In light of "be the change you want to see in the world" my end of the deal has room for improvement. Sometimes I throw up my hands and say ahg! Forget it. I get flustered and forget what I want from myself.

    Looking at the long run I figure relationships are similar to a fruit tree seedling. Your going into a new relationship hoping for fruit but all you get is work. The seedling isn't ready to produce yet, it needs nurturing, but most of all it needs time. When I'm cutting an apple or a pear into slices for Wesley I take a look at the seeds and think of my relationship with Wade. So when I feel as though I'm the only one putting effort in to making this a good relationship, I tell myself it'll be worth it.

    Another thing that keeps me going is good memories and my commitment to connectedness. I want to remain connected to myself, to the people in my life, family, and community, connected to nature, and connected to God. That's what I think spiritual health is all about, acknowledging and respecting our connectedness.
    This was the last family photo we had taken in 2010. The families gone through some hard stuff that has put happy photo's on the backburner. Maybe if we started living life like everything is okay, things would start to become that way.

    There's some broken connections in my life right now with a couple family members on both sides, and they're points that make my heart greived to think about and I'm sure they're draining some of the health out of my spirit in way's I can't messure or identify. I'm hoping there will come a point when I can get creative and courageous to find a way to bridge the divide, maybe I'll make that one of my goals.

    Friday, 10 May 2013

    Clean up After the Party

    Waking up at 6:30 I optimistically thought I could clean up from last nights party in an hour. I vastly underestimated the amount of mess i had made rushing around to prep and decorate from craft supplies to dripping candle wax, I've got to figure out how to get it off the table cloths. Between caring for the wee ones, laundry and tidying it took me until 2 in the afternoon.
    melted wax
    I need to invest in some more effective candle holder options next time... Wesley was very amused though.
    In the morning mom came and dropped Wesley off, she almost immediately found the cupcake wrappers and said "oh no I wanted to share some, there's none left for me." When I told Wade said he'd bring some home for her after work... when he came home he brought six, so yeah I ate two cupcakes today. It will take more than cupcakes to derail my fitness efforts though!
    cupcake time
    Daddy brings home six cupcakes yay!
    I had been hoping to re-read the fitness section of the "Bony to Bombshell" e-book and watch the workout videos I may still have some time this evening though.
    Btw go check out "The Goals" page! I'm tracking my journey to the inspired life, and take a couple minutes to think about your own goals. 

    Our 4th Anniversary


    • Chicken Cordon Bleu
    • Red Baby Potatoes and Feta
    • Broccoli Soup
    • Cupcakes
    • Coffee and Pepsi


    • Dinner
    • Dessert and Coffee
    • Movie and Massage
    • Bath

    I had a bit of a surprise yesterday evening and had to do some quick thinking when I found out at 1pm that Wade was coming home at 5:30 instead of 8:30.

    I had pittered around in the morning dabbling with this and that then finally abandoned my procrastination and got Wesley and Hayleigh loaded into the car to do my running around. By the time 4:00 was rolling around I still seemed to have an insurmountable list of things yet to be done... so I just said fine, we'll have a late supper! Once the chicken was in and the potatoes where waiting their turn I felt things where under control though.

    Wade came home to my cooking disaster and saw the cupcakes in the fridge
    "It's just our anniversary you don't have to make a big deal about it" I thought, oh you ain't seen nothin yet.
    "How about you have a bath while I finish getting supper together," I run the tub and put on candles then I went downstairs with Hayleigh strapped in her baby wrap to madly scribble together the stationary and put on my face and some jewelry. He didn't head for the bath and watched some TV on the computer.
    "What are you doing down there?"
    "Just sorting my craft supplies!"
    A while later, "are you coming upstairs?"
    "In a little bit."
    I hear him muttering to himself "fine I'll just stay up here all by myself." aw poor guy thinks I'm ignoring him on our anniversary, probably that I'm grumpy at him, maybe he's not giving it a second thought?

    The stationary, I also put some foot hand and body lotions in the basket
    Finally I reemerge from the basement and he's a bit grumpy I tell him, "Suppers going to be a while go have a bath" I have to get him out of the main room so I can prepare it... I close the door behind him
    "Hey why are you closing the door?"
    "It's a surprise"

    First I hang the star backdrop rush around up and down the stairs all the while Hayleigh fortunately napping away in her wrap. As the finishing touch I warmed up some pyjama pants and a shirt in the dryer and brought the stationary basket and left them in the bathroom for him to check out. I put Hayleigh on the couch and get into a nice tank top, "you can come out now." I'm feeling a bit nervous, I've made the place look lovely, I look great, but now I'm in charge of the evening and need to own it.

    I had hoped Wade would walk in to the evening all put together and ready like this instead of the shoo to the bath option I had to improvised

    Hmm what do I do from here. I stand over by the table waiting for him to come out but haven't heard the jets turn off yet... "Hey come on out, supper is ready!"

    When he comes out he looks a little quizzical I haven't done something like this, ever. I've done smaller things in our first year and less in our second, but nothing this big. "here's your seat" I gesture to his chair and sit down. we talk a bit, a little awkwardly at first. And Hayleigh of course wasn't going to be content on the couch for the whole evening so when she started fussing I brought her over to sit on my lap, she's still a bit young to send for an overnighter with grandma and grandpa.

    The anniversary movie options we considered where:
    • Edward Scissorhands
    • Meet Joe Black
    • Stranger Than Fiction
    • The Illusionist
    • Wall-E
    • Men of Honor

    We settled on "Men of Honor" for a movie, Hayleigh eventually fell asleep, and we had a great evening. Pulling this off was a real confidence booster, I think I can continue to be adventurous ;D

    Wednesday, 8 May 2013

    It Starts

    Just began this blog yesterday, it's a place where I'm going to log my life journey to accomplishing all my dreams. Check the goals tab to see a breakdown of what they are as of yet I'm sure more will develop over time. Also, I've started posting positive voices to my Google account, every morning I give myself encouraging words to get the day started :)

    I have a LOT of dreams, loads of them. I'm a creative person and everything I do bombards me with ideas of great things I could do artistically, relationally, physically. I just want to live an inspired life and lead it by my passions rather than the pay cheque, my purpose rather than my purchases.

    This is my man and me on our wedding day May 9, 2009 <3 it's our anniversary tomorrow, so, tomorrow's goal is going to be to search the interweb for an idea to do... with zero dollars, ah poor financial planning, one of the many changes I plan on making in my life (check goals btw, do it)


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