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February Goals

February Goals

Better late than never right? Maybe these February goals should be to get my posts written and posted when I originally intended to.

January has come and gone, and if you’re with me on this monthly goal setting changed then you know it is time to set your February goals now. Regardless of any potential failure on your January goals, these monthly goals give you the opportunity to reflect tone adjust and reset as necessary. Without some sort of accomplishment, you will always fail. That is why I am always preaching small achievable goals.

If you’re looking for fitness goals, they can be found here.

Let’s look into last months goals

Read a book
Last months I set the goal to read a book. A book that will make me learn something, or a classic. Under the suggestion of a reader, I went with Linda Blair’s book, Birth Order. This book gave me a  surprising outlook on how our birth order influences everything from our personalities to the type of partner we choose and even our careers. I was surprised, that not only do my kids, Levi specifically, matches his “birth order description” almost to a tee; but also that my own personality matches a combination of both middle (which I am) as well as oldest and surprisingly the only. This is probably due to the 7-year age gap between my older brother as well as the fact that I am the only girl in the family.
After successfully meeting this goal, I hope to continue it and I have already started on a second. Malcolm Gladwell’s book, Outliers.
I also completed a goal that I didn’t put into writing. I set up my Facebook Page! Please stop by and give it a like!
Happy to report that I completed my goals for January; I am now ready to dive into February goals.

Stop Procrastinating

If we look at the fact that this post is already 4 days late, you will see not only have I already failed this goal, but I have also every reason to set it. I should possibly set my goal to be to limit my procrastination, but I am going to attempt to stop it all together. This should, in theory, allow me to finish everything I want and need to do, and give me the same amount of, if not more, time afterwards to do what I please to do. This should also allow me to enjoy this time even more than normal because I will have a sense of accomplishment having completed all my so-called tasks.

That’s it for my February goals. Have you set yours for the month yet? If so what are they? What do you think of my goals for the month?

Set your February goals
Set your February goals
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Sometimes I Struggle #BellLetsTalk A Look into an Anxious Mind

Sometimes I Struggle #BellLetsTalk A Look into an Anxious Mind

Sometimes I struggle to get out of bed in the morning. Not because I didn’t get enough sleep, but because I can’t bear to think about what the day might bring.

Sometimes I struggle with getting dressed. Not because I am in pain, but because I can’t be bothered to care.

Sometimes I struggle with being a mom. Not because  I don’t love my kids, but because being a parent is HARD.

Sometimes I struggle with driving my son to school. Not because I don’t want him to go to school, but because I am sure I will get into a car accident.

Sometimes I struggle with grocery shopping. Not because we don’t have the money, but because there are too many people at the store.

Sometimes I struggle with being a good housekeeper. Not because I don’t want a clean house, but because there is not enough time in the day.

Sometimes I struggle with being active. Not because I am lazy, but because I just can’t be bothered.

Sometimes I struggle with being a good friend. Not because I don’t want to see my friends, but because I don’t want to see anyone.

Sometimes I struggle with driving my son to nursery school. Not because he shouldn’t go, but because I might have to interact with people.

Sometimes I struggle with taking my baby for his checkups. Not because I think he doesn’t need them, but because they might ask me how I am.

Sometimes I struggle with being a good wife. Not because I don’t love my husband, but because I am already so frustrated with the rest of the day.

Sometimes I struggle with cooking dinner. Not because I’m not hungry, but because the kids probably won’t eat it anyways.

Sometimes I struggle with going to sleep. Not because I am not tired, but because the weight of the day plagues me.

 

Sometimes I get out of bed, get dressed, drive my son to school, do the grocery shopping, play with my kids, clean my house, work out, visit with my friends, take my son to nursery school, take my baby to his checkups, great my husband with a kiss, cook dinner, and have an early bedtime. 

But sometimes I struggle. 

January 31, 2018, is Bell Lets Talk day. For every applicable text, mobile and long distance call, tweet using #BellLetsTalk, Bell Let’s Talk Day video view on social media, use of the Bell Let’s Talk Facebook frame or Snapchat filter, Bell will donate 5¢ to Canadian mental health initiatives. Let’s work together to create a stigma-free Canada! But more than just today let us work towards a world where it is easier to talk every day. If you or someone you know needs help, please get it.

On January 25, 2017, Bell raised more than $6.1 Million Dollars in support of Mental Health Awareness.

 

This post originaly was written In January 2017.
Sometimes I Struggle #BellLetsTalk A Look into an Anxious Mind

 

Sometimes I Struggle #BellLetsTalk A Look into an Anxious Mind
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Everything you need to know to banish winter blues.

Everything you need to know to banish winter blues.

January. Despite the fact that it brings my birthday, the word itself almost makes me shiver. January statically is one of the most depressing months of the year. Deep in the middle of the winter. One of the coldest months we endure. At least here in Alberta anyways. If you get the winter blues you’re not alone.

Have you started to feel like nothing is going to get you out of bed in the mornings, and already planning tomorrow nap? Here are some ways to help to lift your spirits on those winter blues.

Let Some Light In

Winter brings shorter days and longer nights. Open the blinds and let some light in. Sit closer to the window to get an extra dose of sunlight. If that doesn’t work, consider a light box, an artificial sun, to give your body the sunlight it is craving.

Crank It Up

Ever just listen to a song and immediately feel your mood boost? It works in the winter too. Turn up some tunes, and maybe have a little dance party. Get a little of this and the next one all in one go.

Work It Out

You knew I was going to say that, didn’t you? Inside, outside, in a gym, or at home. Wherever, whenever you can get it in. It can give your body the boost that it needs to keep going.

Plan A Vacation

Even the simple act of planning a vacation can boost my spirits. Of course, actually taking the vacation helps, but even if you can go away; pick up some travel brochures and dream away.

Help Someone

Big or small helping someone makes you feel good about yourself and helps boost your mood.

Get Outside

Easier said than done, I know. Especially when the winter temperatures dip well below freezing. Stepping outside even for a brief walk can bring a new alertness, and focus on your day.

 

Doing even one of these can help. Make an effort to do one or more of these each and every day and with any luck, you’ll be moving away from Winter blues and into Spring showers sooner than you know. Do you have anything you do when you feel the winter blues coming on?

 

Everything you need to know to banish winter blues.
Everything you need to know to banish winter blues.
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January Goals

January Goals

With school returning today, it became clear that I must also return to reality. No more will there be sleeping in and staying up late. Back to regularly scheduled programming, for a couple of weeks until I fly off to Maui anyways. January brings a not only a new month but also, a new year. With a new year comes new goals. Not a new me, but a time to refocus on, and reaffirm what your goals are for the upcoming year. However, I believe that new years resolutions are bound to fail so I will only make one this year. To make monthly goals.

The first Monday of the month, pending holidays and other lifelong distractions, will be the day in which I make my monthly personal goals. As this is the first Monday, that is not right in the middle of a school break and is not also a holiday here we are.

If you’re looking for fitness goals, they can be found here.

For January I thought it best to start off small. It’s quite a busy month for our upcoming holidays, school, and hockey and just life in general. I don’t want to set myself up to fail.

Read a book

This might sound relatively simple because I’ve already finished one book and I’m on to a second, but those are easy to read novels. But, when I say read I book I’m talking about a classic or educational novel. Last year I read 25 books, only one of those was something that actually made me think. I love to lose myself in a novel, usually with a glass of wine in a bath, but I also love to read books that I can talk about and learn from. Last year I read a book by Graham Hancock and loved it.

I’m not sure which yet so if you have any suggestions I am happy to hear them. I’d also love to hear your New Years goals.

January goals

January goals

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Holiday Gift Guide Round-Up

Holiday Gift Guide Round-Up

All links have been shared with permission from the authors.

If you’re anything like me, you just realized Christmas is less than a week away. I feel like it really snuck up on me this year. Maybe it is because school goes right until the 22nd, maybe because of the complete lack of snow. Maybe, I’m just not really feeling it this year. Regardless of the reason I, or even you, seemed to let the month of December slip right past you don’t worry; I am here to help. I have compiled a list of some of the best Gift Guide to help you with any last minute gift shopping that you have to do. Find some incredible gift ideas, and show some love to some fellow Canadian Bloggers.

While you’re here looking for gift suggestions, check out my review of the Jord Watch.

FAMILY

Loving Littles Blog – HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

Raising Memories – 2017 Holiday Gift Guide Giveaway for Families and Kids!

Suburban Tourist – LOVE IT Holiday Gifts for Parents and Kids

There’s a Shoe For That – Family Gift Guide [Under $35]

GROWN-UPS

Allergy Girl Eats – Chique Gifts for an Allergy Adult

Girl In Betsey – GIFT GUIDE FOR THE BEAUTY BUFF

Halitrax – Quintessential Feminist Gift Guide

Raising Memories – 2017 Holiday Gift Guide for Moms!

The Hunter and Gathered – Holiday Hostess Gifts (that aren’t flowers, wine or chocolates!)

Mom Eh – Unique & Practical Gifts For New Parents

The Professional Mom Project – Best Gifts for Working Moms

Vanessa Kingson – THE BODY SHOP GIFT HACKS: SHOP FOR YOUR GIRLFRIEND

KIDS

Hodge:Podge – Holiday Gift Guide for the Kids

Parenting From The Heart – Best Play-Based Learning Toy Ideas for STEM Learning

Raising Memories – The Ultimate List of 100 Non-Toy Gift Ideas

STOCKING STUFFERS

Girl Living Life – 15 Must-Have Stocking Stuffers for Her

Mom Eh – Non-Candy Stocking Stuffers For Toddlers

Put the Kettle On – 40+ THOUGHTFUL STOCKING STUFFERS FOR EVERYONE ON YOUR LIST

Vintage Blue Suitcase – Stocking Stuffer Gift Guide

SOMETHING DIFFERENT

AKA Design – Gift Guide Archives

Avenue 24 – Where To Get Your Beauty Fix In Toronto!

Big Tiny Steps – Passive Aggressive Gift Guide

Carmy – GIFT GUIDE FOR THE HOME COOK

Carmy – HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE FOR THE FITNESS LOVER

Joyce of Cooking – Joyce of Cooking Holiday Gift Guide – For all the Foodies in your Life!

Living Local – 18 Gift Ideas for the Adventurer on Your List

Mint Candy Designs – HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

Mom Eh – Christmas Gag Gifts

Mom Eh – Gifts For People Who Are Always Cold

Momjo’s Holiday Guide to Gifting: Momjo Holiday Hamper

Mommy Dearest – GROWNUP HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

Mumfectio – 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

Naturally Cracked – 2017 Holiday Gift Guides

Paw’s Dot Calm – Holiday Pet Gift Guide

Pausitive Living – HGG 2017

Satisfy Her Soul – Holiday Gift Guide 2017

Solo Mom Takes Flight – Incredible Gifts That Give Back

There’s a Shoe For That – All the Gift Guides

Wandering Gaels – GIFTS FOR PEOPLE WHO LOVE TO TRAVEL

Writing On Air – The Best Gifts for Writers

 

Holiday Gift Guide Round-Up

 

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Jord Watch: A Review.

Jord Watch: A Review.

**Disclaimer: I received this product for free from Jord watches in exchange for 
social media and blog posts. All opinions, however, are mine and uninfluenced.**

My father in law got married last fall and I was lucky enough to be part of the wedding party. I had a dress, shoes, earrings, necklace, rings, and a beautiful shawl. I even had a watch. Except, my watch was actually my Fitbit, and while it matched the colour it didn’t really suit the occasion.

That was when I came to the conclusion that I needed to get a “dress” watch for just such an occasion. That is when Jord came into the picture. I had been eying them up for a while, their unmistakable beauty at a more than reasonable price point made them a perfect addition to my jewellery box.

Their options are seemingly endless and each just as or more beautiful than the last, and so the hardest part was probably trying to decide on which one to get. I ended up with the gorgeous Zebrawood Emerald square face watch from their Reese collection.

Let’s just take a moment and talk about the box this came in.  This is an intricately built wooden box that is something to be appreciated. Complete with a bottom pull out drawer to store your polishing cloth. But we’re not here to talk about the box.

The watch is… wow.

THE FACE

The square face is emerald coloured and is a classic, is stylish, and the fold numbering is easy to read. There is a slight texture on the face which can be distracting. I frequently thought it was a plastic protective layer I forgot to pull off. Overall, I believe it is just something I needed to get used to.

THE BAND

The band is flawlessly put together in a lightweight manner, not at all heavy. Knowing it was made of wood, this was my fear. The zebra wood is unique, making each an every piece different and therefore no two-time pieces are the same. The links are a larger than average, making the band a little looser than I would prefer but a size smaller would be too tight I believe.

THE CLASP

The clasp was a huge seller to me. Due to the fact that I am extremely uncoordinated, I can’t manage most clasps.  This one, however, was simple and I was able to do it one-handed. It is a double fold so it is secure, but still easy to do.

 

This is a conversation piece. When we went to my husbands Christmas party I had at least a half-dozen people ask about my watch. All of them with admiration. Perfect for dressing up for a night out, or even for dressing down on a night in. You could wear this any day of the week, and have it blend with any attire.

Check out the Men’s line, the Women’s Line, or take a closer look at my watch, get 25% off your order; and make sure to let me know your favourite in the comments down below.

 

Wooden Wrist Watch

 

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