My Super Power

yoga-namaste This practice, this time on my mat it’s just so much more than those two titles even give it credit, it’s apart of me, my day and my life. Next to motherhood, losing a loved one and wifehood (that should be a word) it has been the biggest source of self discovery of my entire life. Not just physically, but since we are on that topic the physical discovery has been full of WOAH (eyes popping out, I CAN’T BELIEVE I CAN DO THAT, type Woah) moments. But I’m talking about the inside, feeeeelings and thoughts (the cheesier) type of self discovery.

For me, there is no bigger reset then a good (heck even a bad, but there really isn’t such a thing) yoga practice. I could have had an argument with Chris before going to a class, a conversation where I’m super stuck (stubborn) on my points and super foggy (totally blind) when I try to see his side, but after class? All of a sudden I am like the most understanding, kind and compassionate version of myself, like ever. I see his side and mine and most importantly the middle, I’m easily able to swallow my pride and properly fix an issue (or my issue, usually it’s my issue). Literally the very best version of myself is in those first couple hours after I finish practicing. Yoga is my super power, actually yoga is my power up to my super power.

As a Mom, after a really hard day with the kids (yesterday categorizes under this heading) I always say to myself “tomorrow will be better” and it’s true, tomorrow always is better. Actually the moment the kids fall asleep everything is instantly better, because I go over the day in my head and realize all the places I could have been better — and then I miss them. Yoga does a similar yet even bigger reset for me. It’s so much bigger, that the “tomorrow” reset falls second to the yoga reset, if you can imagine that?

camel Being naturally anxious, working for myself, managing a house, being a wife, Mom, friend and just an all around human being I need moments for me. But not just moments where I put my feet up with a glass of wine and watch some trashy tv (I need those too), but moments where I can lose myself, my ego and come out the other side as a slightly better version of myself. Even if that better version only sticks around for a couple of hours. I just need to know she is there on a consistent basis, and I’m sure my family does too.
Deep thoughts for a Friday, hey? Also please notice I didn’t say, eh — if I had you would have had full permission to make fun of me.

What is your ultimate reset? Do you have something you do for yourself that makes you feel like the very best version of yourself? What is your “tomorrow will be better” moment/thing? Do you have something that gives you a “super power”?

Favorite Things / 10

Rope Cross Body Bag SUMMER KITCHEN SINK BAG – Kitchen sink because it holds everything, PLUS the kitchen sink (probably, but not literally). It’s a giant circle bottom rope bag, that I have been hooked on since it came my way. I’m able to toss everything, all the kids junk, our days snacks, my camera and my usual bag stuff — it almost feels like my magician bag, cause I just keep pulling stuff out of it. Plus it looks really nice and beachy. It was a happy surprise that will most likely be my favorite summer bag (it also doubles as a pretty gym bag for Goodlife dates or of course my everyday yoga classes). Also birks, most comfortable/best all around sandal — pick a style any style (so many styles).

wireless mouse MAGICAL MOUSE – If you have a laptop you better get yourself a wireless mouse, apple or not (but apple). For the longest time I used my track-pad exclusively, what a wonderful thing to do if you desperately want to get carpel tunnel. Then I switched to a wireless mouse and magically all my wrist issues disappeared, I’m that Mom telling everyone with a laptop they should get one — so might as well put my Mom face on here too. Also, if you are ever in Toronto, Propeller Coffee is so…two thumbs up.

soyoung-bag OUR SNACK PACK – It’s a lunch/cooler bag, but since I claimed it as mine and I don’t actually pack a lunch (yet, I will when I start renting a desk in a shared studio space — excited!) I use MY lunch bag for weekend snacks. I like it a lot, it keeps all our food separate from all other things in my bag, and it keeps everything cool, it’s this perfect purse sized cooler bag that’s easy to carry. It also fits in my kitchen sink summer bag, which is pretty great.

nars-red-nailpolish PARK SIDE PEDICURE – The ultimate of luxury, this is true blue pampering right here. While the kids took turns playing TBall, I brought out my current favorite nail polish (Nars Dovima) and gave myself a quick half assed, pedicure. You gotta take tiny moments to yourself, whenever they are available. And for some reason red is my go to this season, probably because everything else in my wardrobe is monochromatic a pop of something felt needed.

jean shorts GOLD STAR SUMMER SHORTS – After searching around for really good denim shorts for (what felt like) hours in a mall, barf. The mall is literally the last place on earth I’d like to be, but it was worth it for these. I’ll probably never take them off all summer, so be prepared to see me wearing them in every single picture.

facial-cleansing-oil FACE CLEANSING OIL – Say what? Oil to clean your face? It’s a little crazy I agree, but afterwards it feels a whole lot more like magic. My face has never ever been cleaner and blackheads, those babies just got washed away. I also clearly love Leaves of Trees, so far their all natural deodorant and this Facial Cleansing Oil are on everyday rotation. Since I had to google how to use oil for face cleaning, I’ll just link to that article so you can read from someone who has more experience than just a few weeks.


That Summer Feeling

long weekend vibes beach carrying throwing rocks beach side fun what's your summer bucket list? #summerbucketlist The long weekend in May always has me itching for summer days, basically just more days like long weekend days. And now that the long weekend is over, oh hello Tuesday that feels like a Monday! I’m thinking maybe the best way to get over this long weekend hangover is to just go on and look ahead to summer — since we are all already looking that way anyways, am I right?

I like to be rather anal retentive about our summer plans, our summer bucket list usually gets entered into my sunrise calendar (best calendar app by the way) so I have a loose plan for each-and-every summer day. That way my anal retentive brain can a)make sure the bucket list items actually get checked off, b)everyday is just equally awesome and c)I can figure out how to fit in my work schedule, in-between all the fun somewhere.

I added “make summer bucket list” to my weeks plans, but thought I’d ask you all what’s on your list — off the top of your head! I can tell you that tan my bright like the sunlight legs and feet will be on that list and probably some more rock throwing and beach hanging, because well obviously.

What’s on your summer bucket list? Shoot me with your ideas!

And responsibility checklist for the kids, sounds like fun right!? But really, and in all honesty helped to keep our last summer on track and happy, so hey enter your email to get your free before bedtime and morning time responsibility downloadable and printable checklists for the kids

Texting With Friends / 01

cherry blossoms / texting with friends If we were friends, like in real life friends (maybe we are, and if so aww you read my blog!) I’d probably send you random texts throughout the week. With my random thoughts, random things I see or think about that remind me of someone. Or just generally things I think they would think are awesome/funny. Random is sorta my game, just ask anyone who knows me in real life. So because it’s fun andI think you guys will think some of the random things we share are also awesome/funny, I thought “hey sometimes I’ll share them here too”.
Call it a link round-up, whatever — but here is just some awesome things I (and my friends) found floating around the net. And the above photo, it’s from last weekend at the Cherry Blossom festival, nope it wasn’t busy at all.

  • Whine About It with Matt Bellassai, we should probably be friends if you loved this video too.
  • I like this pretty moon phases print, you probably will too and if you get it our homes will be matching..sorta.
  • Because I really like natural cleaners, but am always googling how to make them — an all in one infographic/recipe list.
  • A gigantic resource for free (I looove free) vintage prints that are printable. I probably just could have said vintage printable’s, but I didn’t.
  • For later in life when you have teenagers, there is even a free printable! I’m holding on to this one for later.
  • Sure it’s an ad, but I found it pretty helpful for making my food last longer in the fridge.
  • And for the slightly boring stuff, and because my mac is lagging (probably on it’s very last leg) I had to clean it up again, maybe you do too?

And hey, happy long weekend Canadian friends and happy weekend everyone else, sorry to rub it in. Or if you’re viewing this from our newsletter on Monday, hope your weekend was great!

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The Perfect: Hot Yoga Attire

The Perfect: Hot Yoga Attire A simple but perfect little round-up of the items I swear by when it comes to a hot yoga class. It took me a while to figure out what worked and then what worked really well. I still remember that very first Moksha class I took, I had NO idea what to wear plus the teacher sang at the end, awkward moments like those help me to remember moments forever.
So if you were like me and you want to try a hot class, but you have no idea what you should wear — here try this! Or if you have been going to hot classes and you want to get some stuff that will help you go even more/love it — here you go!

  • Go for a tank with support over layers, the less fuss and muss the better. And support, even if your ladies are small is always a good idea. And hey, if you really dig layers and think a single tank top is a terrible idea, try a sports bra and fitted tank combo like this and this. *fitted tanks are good, less flipping up and flowing around when you are moving — aka less revealing when you are actually in class.
  • Try you best to go for a tank that also has moisture wicking, unless you’re a unicorn and you don’t sweat at all, you are going to sweat. You don’t want your tank soaking up all that sweat and weighing 25 lbs at the end of class.
  • My favorite tanks are the Power Y and Yeah Yoga tanks, simple and no fuss.
  • I also really love a sports bra as a tank, but I can already feel your eye rolls so I didn’t add that as a “perfect” item. BUT if you’re into bras as tops, for yoga, I am loving these: all you need brastraight up bra and energy bra.
  • But most importantly just something to keep your water in and right beside you. Whatever you prefer for water holding will do, but since we are talking about “perfects” here…
  • A water bottle that will keep your water cold the entire hot class long is the bee’s knees. S’well bottle’s are my personal favorite for keeping things cold or hot for a full 24 hours.
  • This wood one is so pretty. It’s a woody! — okay that instantly takes all the pretty away
  • Super because it looks great and it’s not slippery. Some towels are slippery and then they just defeat the entire purpose, big fluffy bathroom towels aren’t the most yoga friendly.
  • A towel that has an added moisture wicking benefit is eyes-popping-out-of-my-head, amazing. Okay, not that amazing. But practice changing amazing, just lay it down and forget about it. And forget about slipping on your own sweat, because that might happen without a towel but not with one of these towels.
  • The yogitoes towels are my favorite, not slippery and they have grippy beads to make sure your towel doesn’t slip on your mat.
  • Unless you’re really into shorts? But for hot yoga, I’d say try capris!  I did the shorts thing for a while in hot yoga and sure my legs were a bit more airy but man were they also slippery with sweat.
  • Capris are a good middle ground, slightly airy but still covered to avoid being all slippy.
  • A great capri that has moisture wicking and is breathable will be your best friend, fitted or not it all depends on your style.
  • I love the wunder under crop (favorite all around yoga bottom), in the flow crop and I’ve been eyeing the hot to street crop.
  • This is more of a carrying mat strap rather than, a strap. Though yoga straps are great, they just aren’t apart of your attire.
  • Since this is hot yoga we are talking about, a mat strap is a great mat carrying option since it let’s your mat breathe a little. And even though it can’t talk, it want’s to breathe.
  • Mat bags are great, but people tend to leave their mat in the bag after classes and then things just get stinky real quick.
  • Go for the strap, this one is great.
  • Okay, I find mats are super subjective. What I love, might not be what you love. Because what I need in a mat might not be what you need, make sense? I have had the pleasure to try a few different brands and like many of them for all different reasons. But my go to all around favorite is my Jade.
  • A mat that is grippy and non slippery with a light dripping of sweat (if you sweat a lot this is where the towel comes in) will make yoga, (the just starting out parts or just getting really into it parts) so much better.
  • A great mat is a game changer, so don’t buy the cheap ones you see in stores — this is one case where they are cheap for a reason. Save your pennies and buy a good one!
  • Again, my favorite is my Jade Harmony, in case you forgot already.

a quick note: If you are heading to your first ever class, don’t go out buying all this stuff. Just do your best to find things that sorta fit the bill, that are already in your closet — and see if you can rent a mat and towel (or use an older maybe a little rougher beach towel from home) from the studio. Then if or when you fall totally in love with hot yoga, come back to this list.

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Those Times When You Only Have One Free Hand

sandwich hands | when you have one free hand to hold 99.9 times out of ten (I know my math is a tad flawed) I don’t always have two free hands to hold my kids two little hands. There are many times in the day when the moment calls for me to hold my kids hands; when stepping into the subway, crossing a busy street, but we live in the city so in-reality “many moments” mostly means all moments. There are also many times in the day when the same moment leaves me with only one free hand, sometimes no free hands but usually I can wiggle at least one free when I’m stuck. Does this happen to you?
My bag of choice is already a backpack, and the reason is pretty much to make the whole two hands free thing, more of a possibility. But still, sometimes one hand is all I got and I have two little kids hands to hold — so the math just doesn’t work.

So we developed this system/game, called “sandwich hands“. It’s basically exactly what you see, a sandwich of hands — I just call out “sandwich hands!” when I need two hands but only have one of my own to give. It’s only good for short distances (crossing the street, getting into subways, making your way through a small but dense crowd, etc) and it often results in some kiddo bickering (but really what doesn’t?) mostly about who get’s to be the cheese or the bread.

The next time you only have one free hand to hold (or maybe you have two free hands but need to hold 4 little hands?) try “sandwich hands”. PS. I went on a field trip with Harlow’s class the other day and sandwich hands, also worked like a charm with the kiddos I was taking care of.

plus also. How To Make It Through The Day When You’ve Had Zero Sleep + Big City Living, Even If You Don’t Live In A Big City