Happy new year folks!
Juli here, your friendly-overzealous-Wine-Lady-mom-of-four.
So guys, I have a problem. I'm falling apart here.
As an introverted person, choosing to dance wasn’t an easy choice. I knew I wanted to do something active that included my daughter, and attending the Salsa Babies class offered in town really pushed my boundaries and made me leave my comfort zone. When the opportunity to teach the Salsa Babies classes came up, I was nervous but saw it as an opportunity to create a modest income without having to sacrifice time with my child. Writing this blog, I hope to inspire you to push your comfort zone, leave the house, meet new people, experience new things and make new memories.
Did you know that we are all born musical?
It’s interesting to ask parents two questions:
1. Do you consider yourself musical? (the answer is usually no!)
2. Do you consider your child musical? (the answer is usually YES!
This question tells us a lot about our ideas of Nature versus Nurture. Before the invention of the radio, families would gather together to sing ‘Parlour Songs’. It was usually a way to entertain themselves after dinner or when they had friends over. It didn’t matter if you were ‘talented’, it was just something you did. It was just part of your day.
I’m sitting here getting my hair done for the first time in a year and half. It’s been a self imposed ban on hair due to budgeting (I opted for a house cleaner instead - who is now one of my favourite people ever). Unfortunately, when the care of the hair went out the window so did something of my ‘self care’ routine. This also included my crafted vision of what I wanted my reality to look like.
The woman on the right is who I was before I had my daughter.
Corporate, professional, serious. I worked extremely hard for the career I had before becoming a mom. I committed myself to my degree, then my internships, and my professional development. It took long hours, taking risks, giving it all I had. I felt that it defined me. My work was who I was. It proved my worth.
It's that time of year again - resolution time!
If you are like me your resolutions involve working to improve your health. A huge and often overlooked part of our health is our exposure to toxins. We usually don't think of our cosmetics as a source of toxicity but the average woman is exposed to 168 chemicals EVERY day (men are exposed to about 85 chemicals daily).
I invite you to start your resolutions early and join my #ditchdecember challenge
As a child I always enjoyed getting dressed up and going trick or treating with my family and friends. I even more so enjoyed eating lots of candy! If you know me, you likely know I enjoy candy (I don't have it often, but when I do I REALLY enjoy it). I can still remember my favourite Halloween treats (Starburst, Sour Patch Kids, Popeye Candy Sticks, and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups). These are fun memories that make Halloween so nostalgic and exciting. However, with all that being said I believe there are ways to limit excessive sugar intake during Halloween and enjoy your treats mindfully.
Tips to Help Your Children Enjoy Halloween Candy Mindfully
Prior to having children, I envisioned myself as a working mother. I really enjoyed working and when I became pregnant with my first son, I knew (or thought I knew) that I would have no issues returning to the work following maternity leave. I mean, I’ve seen other parents in the office return from maternity/parental leave. They all seemed to adjust fine; still staying on top of their workload and tasks at home.
I thought I could have it all:
Today is my 10 year wedding anniversary. My hubby has planned a weekend away and we made arrangements with the grandparents to stay with my babies.
I need time away. I truly do.