Instagram has become a huge part of the foundation for my business. I find inspiration, recipes, work out ideas and so much more through my feed. Most importantly though I get to connect and build cool friendships with people all around the world like you guys. How AMAZING is that!?
Seriously though, 2018 was one of those years where I learned 10 thousand lessons. As much as we can all say 2018 was one of the hardest years for a lot of people. Personal growth does not happen without challenges and moments where we are forced to deal with adversity. When we face adversity, when we are resilient, when we overcome the challenges, we grow.
For the busy mom with the finicky or picky eater this one is for you.
If you have ever had the pleasure of meeting Charlie you will know he is funny, wild, always on the go and ready to play. He’s a sweet, caring, thoughtful, confident little boy who is often super independent for his age. What you probably don’t know is that meal time in our house is sometimes an obstacle course full of me begging “please sit down and eat your food”, “you only need 3 more bites”, “c’mon buddy food helps to keep your body strong so you can play” etc etc. It doesn’t matter if we are at a restaurant, a friends house or our own house. Eating in Charlie’s world is boring and not necessary, DUH, there’s clearly so many more cool things to do and discover in this world that are far more fun than sitting down to eat. That’s how Charlie sees it anyway.
Do you prefer to eat clean and healthy? Are you particular about the products you feed your babe? What about the products you use in your house to clean?
I care about all that stuff, I make sure I eat clean. I buy organic when I can, use natural products to clean the house, my skin, my hair. I make sure every product I buy for Charlie is natural and as pure as possible. But what I had failed to notice is I never paid attention to the type of feminine hygiene products I was using. I’d just hit up a local pharmacy grab some pads and tampons and off I went to pick up organic chocolate at my local health food store ‘cause I needed to be prepared for the coming week, obviously.
This story is full of tears, heartbreak, uncertainty, doubt, unknowns, but more importantly, faith, belief, hard work, facing adversity, overcoming adversity and a woman, me, who chose to follow her life long dreams while life as she knew it crumbled around her.
A couple of weeks ago Charlie and I had the opportunity to hit up Miami and met up with Charlie’s best friend and his mom. I’ve had the opportunity to travel a ton with Charlie, but I’ve never travelled solo with him during his toddler years. I gotta say I was super impressed and also secretly really stoked and proud that my little dude has turned out to be an independent traveler who knows how to navigate the airport world like a boss.
If you grew up in Toronto you know the CNE marks the end of the summer. Seeing as I don’t have Charlie this Labour Day weekend, I took the opportunity to hit up the CNE with him last week. We had tons of fun and as a Mom I learned a few valuable lessons so I’m sharing my experience with you all, along with HOT TIPS for surviving and having a successful CNE adventure.
The first and most important reason is because I watched my son pull at his hair in anger, cry and scream and say “ I HATE MY HAIR, I WANT TO CUT MY HAIR SO I CAN LOOK LIKE A BOY, LIKE PERSON SO & SO” I won’t name “person so & so” because they are irrelevant. What is relevant in this post is the fact that my 3 year old who is the sweetest, most sensitive, loving, gentle, caring boy you will ever meet (I’m not saying that ‘cause he’s my kid, it’s actually how people describe him) does not have the level of comprehension to express himself in that manner and yet he was.
I had way too much fun prepping for Charlie’s 3rd Birthday Party so obviously I have to share my DIY’s with you. First things first, your local dollar store is going to be your best friend! Seriously, all the supplies I purchased came from my local dollar store.
I always knew when I had kids I would want to pass on the tradition of epic home made birthday parties. Charlie’s 1st Birthday was Carnival themed and I went over the top. I made party hats, paper rosettes, a sprinkle birthday cake, his bandana bib and so much more. We Had Sarah Monika Photography capture the day and she did an amazing job. If you ever need an amazing photographer I totally recommend her. Charlie’s 2nd Birthday Party was at a lovely play place in Vaughan called The Play Cube. Honestly, I did nothing hand made for this birthday and thats just the way life is sometimes and we gotta roll with the punches.