It’s cold out, it’s a grey meh day and you just want to get cozy and hunker down for the day. But you just have too much to do and your brain is too active to cozy up. Well here is my one step guide to getting cozy and relax a little.
I want to start this post with a really big HEY, how are you guys!? I know today is the day we are all crawling out of our pjs, and finally getting back into routine. For some of us it’s a welcome shift out of the holiday fog but for the rest of us, we are dragging our feet crying along the way (whomp whomp). But really it’s not all that bad, especially when you really do love what you do and your routine is pretty awesome.
Just a quick little note to say happy holidays and merry everything! However you decide to celebrate (or not) I hope you have a wonderful holiday. I’m planning on signing off for a few days, maybe even till the new year and I hope you do the same (take some time for you and your loved ones). But if you are like me and you just can’t stay away too long (even when you try), below are our most popular posts from 2015 in case you missed anything and just feel like reading and clicking around:
PS. aren’t my kids huge now!?
STYLE AND ATTIRE:
–short hair do’s/ quick and easy styles
–fall winter 2015 clothing trends, that won’t feel too trendy
–sneakers you wish you could wear everyday
–bob’s the word / 6 really great bob hair styles
–fall winter 2015 shoe trends that are everyday wearable
–the guide to becoming a more socially conscious consumer
–the best high low and medium, skinny jeans
–not so basics (the fall posts especially)
–uniform / back to (taking the kids) to school
CULTIVATING A CONTENT LIFE:
–yoga at home: how to make it a priority
–ugh it’s monday, how to avoid hating monday’s
–9 simple ways to make this the season to take care of you
–best ways to save money / tips and advice
–it’s all about consistency
–5 things I thought I knew about yoga but was wrong
–the lazy girls guide to pairing type
–6 ways to grab a moment alone even when you’re not alone
–when you only have one free hand
–what to do when the kids go off to school!
–how to make it through the day when you’ve has zero sleep
–the big list of at home yoga resources
–how to get yourself out of a funk
–big city living even if you don’t live in a big city
What’s with the crickets lately, am I right? Yes, I’ve addressed how things have been a bit more quiet around these parts a few times, but I feel like I should do it one more time — for good times sake. But mostly because I feel like my reason of; being overwhelmed with summer (kids, kids, kids) no longer holds any water. See the thing is this is not an apology, just me sharing where my brain is because it’s sorta stuck here. And this is not an apology, because it’s always lame to hear people apologize for their lack of blogging, when that happens everyone is always thinking “okay, just get to the blogging already” — and because I’m working on my excessive amount of apologizes (it’s the Canadian in me).
Since we are past that awkward introduction. Summertime is always a little blog slow for me (kids being home from school and they just take priority over all other things) and that all works out pretty decently since the internet is a little more slow over the summer as well. But blah blah blah, we already went over that and newsflash it’s not really summer anymore. Though it still sorta feels like summer with this weather (at least in Toronto) and I don’t want to talk even talk about falling leaves and pumpkin things juuust yet.
Summer vacation, I always have such high expectations and I get so darn excited when the time leads up. High and happy expectations for really fun summer outings, that everyone is going to get along and be happy to spend all this time together, and that I will be able to fit in work between all this awesome time. All rainbow and butterfly like. But really summer vacation, is never a vacation — a vacation literally means a period of rest or recreation. What is this thing they call, “rest”?
Since both my kids started full-time school, I really honestly do get super excited for summer holidays (actually every holiday they have off school) and my expectations are never (well not anymore) that we will be relaxing or resting (because duh) but I always have fun and happily getting along expectations. And every year, the first two weeks of summer I’m pretty much hit with a hard dose of reality. I had a really rough week last week, well more a week where I couldn’t catch my barrings and I really just didn’t feel like myself (like at all). So I spent a lot of time resetting my expectations back to reality and reminding myself that all of these summer realities are also really awesome (if I just look at them in the right way):
1. The House Is Going To Be Messy, Like The Whole Summer Long.
Our home is always messy and in total disarray because we are (I am) never home to clean it — but it smells like summer sun, sunscreen and it’s kinda great to only see it in our passing as we are off to have fun.
2. The Kids Behavior Isn’t Going To Be….Wonderful, But They Are Still So Freaking Great.
The kids behavior was super stinky, after a year-long stint of picking up not so great behavior here and there at school — we spent the first two weeks working through a lot of that and getting back on track. And a good reminder what great little humans they are, sure they picked up some junky behavior but they also picked up so many awesome new things at school plus they didn’t lose any of their little manners or great behavior either.
3. Cooking In Summer Is For The Birds.
Who want’s to cook? No one, it’s hot and there is no time to prep dinners when you are out all day — but somehow we still eat and it’s usually good food and really what else matters.
4. There Will Be Little To No Time To Work (from home).
When there is time to work, concentration is hard because the kids are home — but I somehow make it work, fitting in some time in the mornings before we head out and working at night when everyone is off to sleep. Basically took about two weeks to adjust my schedule, but it works for now and I don’t have to miss any of the summer “vacation” fun.
6. Summer Nights, Mean A “Crapola” Next Day.
We often stay up too late and then ruin the whole next day. Summer is so short, we might as well take advantage of the long days while we can — and honestly why am I complaining about a few extra PJ days?
7. I Miss You Studio Yoga!
It’s much harder for me to keep a consistent every single day studio practice when the kids are home. I still go but it’s more sporadic, I take the opportunity to go whenever it presents itself and I squeak in a home practice, even 5 minutes whenever I possibly can.
And once I got a handle on all of these realities and found that they actually weren’t bad, things were so much better (I got my groove back). Of course this week is one of the few weeks both kids are in a day camp, so this might very well be the; clean house, warm coffee and actual time to work talking.
We do a lot in the summer, the kids and I are out and about in the city almost everyday, everyone is just happier when they are outside and doing stuff (me included). I am trying to work on a post about some of the things we do, in Toronto and also a general list of awesome things we do — things are different and more active now that the kids are school aged.
How has your summer “vacation” been? Do you have any summer expectations that were squashed once summer started? Or maybe a few realistic expectations that you set? Do Share!
Or if you just totally feel this but don’t have much to say, go ahead and give it a share!
this photo, pretty much unrelated to the topic but I saw this sign in a window and it killed me that no one else on the street noticed — I thought it was good. [West Queen West in Toronto]
You guys!! More specifically the ones who have taken the time to do my little survey, you guys (actually 100% gals) have made my whole week. But for the record, the rest of you are also really great, I just don’t have the same first hand knowledge to base that on. Your answers are amazing so far, unbelievably kind and uber insightful. It’s been hard for me reading what you have to say and not being able to respond in a conversation — but hey anonymous is anonymous.
A few of you left suggestions that literally felt like you plucked the ideas right out of my head, either things I was stewing on or already have in motion (same page!). My head is swimming with thoughts and inspiration, thank you so SO much for reading this blog and for chiming in — I appreciate both so very much.
And hey, if you haven’t gotten a chance to take our survey, but you really really want too (I don’t blame you) — just click the big button below and have an awesome 5 minutes. Please, keep those awesome answers coming!
Most of your answers/questions I’m going to put to very good use, a few of them I will put in my loong over due FAQ page, but there were a few I wanted to quickly address:
- I know I don’t often share as much family or kids posts as I once did, but the kids are getting older (five and six to be exact) and their little lives are just that, their little lives. Sharing parts of them just feels different these days, and much less my story to share as it is their own. I try to share, in an often non-oversharing way when it feels right, but if you want to catch glimpses of everyday life more often — you could follow me on Instagram, since I post a lot of daily little life glimpses there.
- You guys really love Canada, even many non-Canadians – but really who can blame you! 😉
- That searching for balance, finding time to take care of yourself, finding out what to do outside of mom life, and what to do after the kids go off too school is a super theme around here — and one (or many) I hope to address in a really meaningful way.
- kids style, I still love it. But I find it harder to post about, for the same reason as my first point above — plus the kids just don’t always want me to take their photo (I fully understand that feeling). I will brainstorm a bit on how to bring this topic back a little bit, that will make it fun and real. My favorite way to share kids style, hands down has to be sharing the little items I co-design — and I may or may not have another little capsule collection coming in a couple of months, did someone say more cowl hoodies? (eeek!!).
- I’m just so humbled by your feedback and basically I should ask what you guys think more often because not only is it a great reminder of who I’m talking to but that I’m talking about things you want to hear.
It’s Friday, thank you for making my week extra special and for sharing your thoughts and feedback with me. Have a great weekend, what are you up too?