This is a sponsored post. All opinions & thoughts are my own. Morning friends! It feels so so good to be back to blogging on my regular schedule. Last week, while I was battling bronchitis, it felt like something was missing when I wasn’t putting my ideas down on “paper”. So glad to be back here and writing and communicating with you fine folks! Can we talk about wellness today? Emotional wellness to be specific? I have a horrible habit of neglecting myself in order to take care of others. Anyone else? Nearly all my energy is focused on Margs’ needs and often the little bit of extra I do have is divided between Mer and my mother. That’s just how I am – I take care of others before I adequately take care of myself. A couple of weeks ago, my anxiety flared up pretty badly. Nothing in particular set it off but I spent nearly two weeks in an anxiety spiral that left me frantic, afraid (for no real reason) and constantly searching for ways to make myself feel better. My anxiety usually leaves me seeking out reassurance from close friends and family which I imagine can get extremely…

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Recently, Margs came down with her first full fledged virus. You know, leaky nose, cough, fever, staying up all night because she couldn’t sleep bug – this is motherhood I thought to myself as I rocked her back to sleep for the 6th time that night. Turns out, baby girl was dealing with hand, foot and mouth disease and was incredibly uncomfortable because of sores in her mouth and under her feet. I looked at this tiny little girl and I remembered all those sleepless nights of her infancy and a twinge of guilt came over me. How many times did I wish time away? Countless times. How many times did I will time away and hope she’d age and grow out of her neediness? More times than I can count. This is motherhood isn’t it? When things are tough we tend to wish time away – hoping for times where baby needs us less so we can get our coveted sleep. Then, brief moments like rocking your sick child snap you back to reality and you realize that a time will come when they wont need us anymore. What then? I’ll miss those moments I’m sure. Motherhood is such…

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Morning friends! It feels like I haven’t published a post in forever. Truth is, we’ve all come down with a flu virus that has literally knocked us off our feet. Mum was first and she eventually needed a sick visit to get antibiotics while Mer and I are on the mend after nearly 2 weeks of battling a stuffy nose, cough and burning sore throat. Thankfully Margs has managed to somehow avoid catching this bug, dealing instead with pesky hand foot and mouth which left her covered in an awful rash, running a fever and feeling generally unwell. We’ve been an absolute mess and until today, I really haven’t had the energy to do anything let alone write blog posts. In our desperation we started looking to home remedies to help us manage the symptoms. Coughing was probably the worst part of all of this and after some research on pinterest we tried out a few things we found that helped some and will probably become staples in our house when we’re dealing with a similar virus in the future. Homemade vapor rub shower cubes from The Homespun Hydrangea Bath salts for cold and flu from Everything Pretty We’re hoping…

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I like to keep things simple. The second anything in my life gets complicated my anxiety starts to flare up and I abandon ship. So, when it came to finding a grocery shopping strategy that would help us save money and have enough food to sustain us all week I had to come up with something that was easy, efficient and produced results. With a little experimentation and tweaking I’ve come up with a 5 part system that allows us to keep our grocery bill under 100$ each week with enough food to feed our family of three, 3 meals per day with snacks for an entire week with no take out or last minute pizza deliveries thrown in! Before approaching our grocery shopping this way, we were totally the family that spent over 200$ a week and still ended up ordering take out because there appeared to be no food in the fridge.  I can’t even begin to tell you how many times we had to order emergency takeout despite having a stocked fridge and pantry full of food. Wasteful right? Build meals around what you already have.  The first thing I do is look through my fridge and…

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Good morning friends and happy friday! Hope you are all gearing up for something fun this weekend! We’re likely staying home and enjoying our backyard since the weather has finally warmed up in these parts. Here are my highs and lows for the week! I’d love to hear yours as well. Feel free to leave me a comment below telling me what you’ve been up to this week. Highs Our fig trees have arrived! I’m so excited that our trees are finally home. We had them housed temporarily at my in-laws farm so that we could settle into our house. They are pretty sensitive plants and moving them twice within one year would have likely killed them. They are here and are doing wonderfully. Milk cake. I made this cake this week and it turned out delicious. It’s a super easy recipe – one of those that you will likely always have the ingredients for. So moist and delicious – especially with a nice warm cup of tea. TTBH went self-hosted. Last weekend Mer helped me transfer TTBH to bluehost so I could have a self-hosted wordpress account. It was a little stressful and I didn’t necessarily understand what he…

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