Stop chasing the like

**I wanted to post something but I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to write about.  So I’ll just do some free writing – here goes nothing.

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Well I can share that I listened to a podcast featuring an old friend (we met in grade 9 so were friend for over 15 years) that I distanced myself from about a year ago.  I feel bad that we haven’t been able to keep in touch and I am happy / proud of her for following her inner calling.  But I know in my heart we are in different places now (although we both have very similar thinking about certain subjects till this day).  The thing is – I am saying I am happy for her based on what I see in her social media pages slash what she projects of herself online.   I know that behind the scenes there is a lot of struggle and work.  In any case I wish the best for her as I know she would for me.

I am proud of myself for giving up chicken and bacon (oops might have forgotten to mention that here).  I feel better for telling my family (after keeping it a secret for about 2 months) but I realized it was time and everyday that I choose to fuel myself with less animal products, I am happier.  Eating plant strong/plant based encourages creativity in the kitchen.  And that’s one thing you should know about me by now – I love being creative.

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I want to buy pretty things but I love that I am not. (Ok don’t get my wrong, I do buy stuff but not all the stuff and more so out of necessity / less out of “I saw it I want it”).  Hence why my #OOTD shots feature all old clothes.

Although minimalism seems a little extreme, the principals behind the movement really speak to me and resonate with the direction I see my life going.  Yes this entire outfit is all old stuff from my closet. But I love that!

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Shorts (similar) | Button Up | Tanktop | Flip Flops

Instagram, branding, #sponsored posts etc all have a way of making me feel bad/guilty/inferior for not doing what the cool kids are doing.  But then I tell myself “self, what do you really want …you want to be creative and make things because that voice inside of you won’t rest until you’ve done something creative every damn day”.  For me it could be taking a picture, bullet journaling, make something new for dinner, painting or writing.

Other things on my mind: stop eating cookies, stop scrolling on my phone so much, cuddle the Hubz more, buy a new moleskin, write more if I am in the flow, finish reading a book, keep my morning journaling routine, find 2 minutes in the day to be still/meditate.

Yeaaaa! It’s Friday – see you on the flip side!

Dear tomato “plant”

I am sad to report that my tomato plant called it quits over the weekend.  I came home on Saturday afternoon to see that the plant stalks had fallen over.  To be honest I knew that maybe the plant was not doing so well as it started looking more like weeds than the large leaves I was hoping to see.

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I didn’t bother stalking it as the instructions didn’t say to but I do regret not moving it to a larger pot and updating the soil.  I’ll definitely needed some more love and planning.  And I probably should’ve have watered it more often #BadPlantMom

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I’ve definitely picked up a few tricks for next year, such as spacing the seeds, using more than one planter, starting from a seedling and maybe trying a few varieties.

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My gardening goals are on hold until next year – time to start pinning and planning for next spring!

Weekend Activities + Weekly Goals (Part 6)

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Swinging on the big girl swings with my big little girl

Another weekend comes to an end.  I spent the better part of my free time thinking about how writing a blog post for 5/7 days of the week was way more challenging than I was expecting.  Definitely looking forward to see how this week goes.

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Instagram photos turned magnets

This weekend saw us at a family portrait shoot, grocery shopping, take long family walks, spending the better part of the afternoon at the park and also doing some chores around the house (clean the nursery and car) while Miss S spent some time with her grandparents.

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Wild flowers picked by the husband on our family walk

As for right now, I’ve put in the last load of laundry into the dryer, the Mister is getting a workout in, I am making quinoa and writing this post.  Unfortunately lunches need to packed, clothes ironed and the main floor needs to be tied buuutttt netflix released the entire season of House of Cards so priorities will need to be made :)

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A beautiful rainbow over last monday’s rain storm

For this coming week these are my goals:

  1. Read 2 chapters for my book (Finished 1 – learning to find time to read with a newborn)
  2. Make some bread! (Sad but still nothing yet, I’ve had the recipe printed on my counter for 5 days and although its complex I know I can do it but the fear of failure is holding me back
  3. Take some more everyday photography shots and move photos from SD Card
  4. Get my 10K steps 5/7 days next week & Work out 4/7 times 
  5. Take Miss El to the Born to Read library program (Sadly no, hope this week if the weather cooperates!!)
  6. Update my Etsy shop (Check out my new listings here)
  7. Water colour painting an a new canvas part print 
  8. Do 10 sun salutations (Check out my post here)
  9. Finish June EdCal (Done and Done)
  10. Work on Miss S’s party planning (Making some serious progress here, most of the theme items have been purchased, just have to order the cake, pick out outfits for us 4, make some loot bags, figure out cake table decor and order the balloon bouquet) 

Okay 6 out of 10 is not the best but I’ll take it.  Here is how this week is looking.  I realize that I need more specific goals so that I can actually get things done (see how 7 is updated):

  1. Read another chapter of the book I am reading
  2. Bread this week? Bread this week!
  3. Take some more everyday photography shots and move photos from SD Card
  4. Get my 10K steps 5/7 days next week & Work out 4/7 times 
  5. Take Miss El to the Born to Read library program (weather permitting)
  6. Figure out a layout for our 2015 photo album
  7. Update family room painting from black on white to white on black
  8. Thursday Meditation
  9. Put away all clean laundry
  10. Order Miss S birthday Cake

Have a great week!

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Wildflowers 😍

Weekend Activities + Weekly Goals (Part 5)

The weather finally stayed consistently warm this weekend which was pretty rad because I pretty much lived in my jean jacket!

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On Friday, Thursday I watched Minimalism (check the blog later this week for my thoughts on it). And then on Saturday I started watching Food Matters (another documentary I plan on discussing). If it were up to me I’d watch documentaries more often but that would mean the hubs would be falling asleep on the couch more often too :P

I am currently working on my June EdCal and plan on sharing my EdCal process for May as well. Without going into too much detail I loved having a tangible place to see my blog post ideas and found that it allowed me to be on top of my posting schedule (considering that posting more consistently is one of my Mat Leave goals).

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Ok onto how our weekend went!  We had one of Miss S’s preschool friends 3rd birthday party on Saturday morning.  Although birthday parties can take over your weekend – I actually love that the kiddos get to interact and see each other outside of school.  The rest of the day we took it easy by fitting in a workout, doing some groceries and hanging out at home.  Sunday we braved the rush at IKEA for an early lunch and to get my steps in. The Misters mom and I were in a Weekend Warrior challenge going on and she legit gave me a run for my money. Later in the day we headed over to the in laws to visit as my Father In Law just returned from India and it was my nephews birthday. 

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Here is my review on last weeks goals:

  1. Finish reading my book (see here)
  2. Continue research/gathering ingredients for the bread recipe (purchased yeast now time to try something!)
  3. Take more photography ex: OOTD, family photos, sisters snapshots (done! Got done visual content for the blog also)
  4. Get my 10K steps 5/7 days next week & Work out 4/7 times (yep killed it on both accounts!)
  5. Get a grip with my laundry piles (done got folded away some still sitting in the the dryer and some still in the basket waiting to be put away )
  6. Update my Etsy shop (started to look at it but got distracted)
  7. Water colour painting an a new canvas part print (nothing to report here)
  8. Do 10 sun salutations (I did 4 – will try again next week)
  9. List out monthly goals for June (done!)
  10. Start working on some photos books (not yet, although I ordered some photo magnets!)

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For this coming week these are my goals:

  1. Read 2 chapters for my book
  2. Make some bread!
  3. Take some more everyday photography shots and move photos from SD Card
  4. Get my 10K steps 5/7 days next week & Work out 4/7 times 
  5. Take Miss El to the Born to Read library program
  6. Update my Etsy shop 
  7. Water colour painting an a new canvas part print
  8. Do 10 sun salutations 
  9. Finish June EdCal
  10. Work on Miss S’s party planning

Have a great week!

Planting Tomatoes & Gardening Next Steps

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TLY_GardenUpdate3I FINALLLLYY got around to planting some tomato seeds.  I picked up some ‘initial’ potting mix from Lowes and made a container with a pretty decent drainage system using a tin can and a plate (making the drain holes with a good ol hammer and nail).

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I started the process on Wednesday Afternoon after running some errands and during what I thought would be a nice car seat nap for Miss El.  Unfortunately she woke up crying because of the hammering.  So I had to finish planting the seeds the next day (after the girls’ bedtime) in the garage.  I followed the directions on both the potting mix bag and the seeds envelope.

So within a few days, the tomato seeds sprouted.  I was actually kind of shocked.

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And with the basil I’ve harvested 5 times: 2 batches given to both sets of parents and twice I’ve eaten a caprese salad :)  The last harvest is in the fridge most likely to be eaten in a caprese salad also.

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To be completely honest I am petrified and exhilarated by this whole process.  Here are my next steps

  • Buy a real plant container
  • Research how to transplant tomato seedlings and basil plants
  • Re-research how to harvest basil
  • Buy the “next level” of nutrient rich soil
  • Transplant the plants to the new containers
  • Get on a better schedule for watering
  • Teach Miss S about the plants (mainly so she doesn’t accidentally destroy them)

Getting this Garden Started

So I finally took the first steps to building a backyard garden.  Albeit they are baby steps.  We bought 2 sweet basil plants. For now they are hanging out in their default plastic planters and with their original nutrient rich soil.  I have big plans from these small beginnings.

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Tulips from the Hubz

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  • Find [kid friendly] planter(s) with good drainage
  • Buy more herbs (cilantro and dill for sure) and tomato seedlings
  • Move all plants to their new home planters (which I heard is a process)

For now the plants are sitting on our coffee table because the family room has the most light in the house.  I’ve been monitoring the soil and the overall “hefty-ness” of the planter to judge how much water is needed (at the advice of the lady in the Lowes garden centre).