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Chris is in the middle of his busy season at work, he leaves too early for me to hit the yoga studio at my regular butt crack of dawn class (and comes home way past my old lady bedtime) – so I practice at home, till things settle back to normal-ish and I can get back into my studio routine. Like I said before here and here, yoga around kids is not the most focused, calming or strengthening (does that word even make sense?) way of practicing but it sure is cute and great in it’s own way (slash take what you can get). The kids really like to pose along, and many times I stop mid practice to watch them because usually I can’t stop love laughing (laughing cause they are so cute and then I get heart love pain). They are my favorite little copycatters, and I hope the keep copy catting me for a long long time (expect for my bad behaviors, look away kids!).

That last photo is one of my very very favorites, in life (this one is also near the top). A few weeks before I did an unassisted headstand for the very first time (ahh!) but asked my husband to spot me as I was a wee bit scared (my IG shows my proud peacock moment). I asked King to move a bit to the side since I didn’t want to hit him going up or down – he so sweetly told me he was making sure I was safe just like Daddy did. Melt my flipping heart, he is so my little King.

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· September 10, 2013 · in Daily,Real Life,The Sweet & Simple Life,Yoga



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Yesterday was our last official day of summer vacation. I had planned to do all these special things to celebrate/send summer off, but of course since I had these big plans the kids sorta had other ones. So we went with the flow instead and just took it easy, trying to relax before King’s first day back at school.

first day of senior kindergarten, back to school, city kids back to school, normal day with kids, everyday life Hashtag: blurred because it’s real life.

first day of senior kindergarten, back to school, city kids back to school, normal day with kids, everyday life Someone is either getting a letter, or someone who used to live here is getting their mail returned to sender.

first day of senior kindergarten, back to school, city kids back to school, normal day with kids, everyday life From where I tried to nap when the kids did, but watched the sun shine and hide behind the clouds instead.

first day of senior kindergarten, back to school, city kids back to school, normal day with kids, everyday life first day of senior kindergarten, back to school, city kids back to school, normal day with kids, everyday life After nap Harlow.

first day of senior kindergarten, back to school, city kids back to school, normal day with kids, everyday life “Come on guys, let’s go it really really stinks here”

first day of senior kindergarten, back to school, city kids back to school, normal day with kids, everyday life first day of senior kindergarten, back to school, city kids back to school, normal day with kids, everyday life He picked out and set out his own first day of school clothes, and “encouraged” Harley to do the same.

first day of senior kindergarten, back to school, city kids back to school, normal day with kids, everyday life first day of senior kindergarten, back to school, city kids back to school, normal day with kids, everyday life The last stand before bedtime, those millions questions to hopefully distract me from the time. I’m on to him

AND one from this morning.

first day of SK, back to school, city kids, back to school He was running to get there, it was hard to snap a pic and barely even said good bye (wahhh!!). Harlow and I on the other hand were all welled up with tears, and then we got treats to cure our sad missing our boys hearts. Bittersweet moments, they grow up too fast just look at last year.

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· September 4, 2013 · in Daily,Real Life,Scenes from Yesterday



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wild rose dtox, herbal detox and why, why do a detox, what a detox is like, benifits to doing a detox, take care of your body At first I wasn’t going to talk/blog about this. Because I thought it would be boring or give a not so pretty picture or maybe even sound preachy (and man I do not want to sound like any of those). Then for a while it’s all I could think about (I even avoided humans for a day, as I didn’t want to be that girl), but I documented things anyways. Then as I got near the end I sorta thought, “everyone should do a detox” (in the least preachy tone possible) – since I felt so amazing. Now that I’ve been finished for 3+ weeks and this simple detox that I started (with hopes that it might help ease my allergies), still has me feeling amazing and has actually changed the way I continue to eat. So I figured I better just share already, since it’s on the tip of my brain every time I come here. READ THE FULL POST

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· September 3, 2013 · in Daily,Real Life,The Sweet & Simple Life



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Not my ex, or Chris’ ex (we don’t really have those) – but The Ex. It’s probably like a fair if you live elsewhere, but when the Canadian National Exhibition hits Toronto, it’s called The Ex. It was our first time taking the kids, actually Chris and I haven’t been for about 8 years or so. It pretty much blew the kids minds, they were jumping-up-and-down stuttering their words, excited. And that was just from setting their eyes on the place, once they got to the rides? My goodness the happiness on their faces and the sequels of joy, Chris and I ate those moments right up – we pretty much live for their happiness. Instead of going early in the morning like we usually would, we risked it and went around our usual dinner time (think, seniors hours). We wanted the kids to have a chance to see the lights on all the rides as the sun went down – the nighttime is such an exciting time for them, because they rarely ever get to see the world by moonlight. I was even able to find the fair food unicorn, good healthy food at Wild Child’s Kitchen – vegan and mostly gluten free, I will be dreaming about their nachos for weeks to come (I have a post half written about this, what probably sounds like a new diet). It was a great (and perfectly overcast) day/evening, totally worth the crowds and all the blown dollars.

*I meant to post this yesterday, but Monday really took a toll on me – I was rendered almost totally useless under her spell. Also I wanted to take a quick moment to say a huge thank you and a big “wow you all made me feel so not alone,” for your words and comments on this post.

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· August 27, 2013 · in Daily,Real Life



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*Chris has been working like crazy so we stole him away from work, went to the beach for a bit then out for dinner before he headed back to work. It was a really, really nice Dad break.

Matching father and son swim trunks c/o onia. NOTE: this is not a sponsored post, but those trunks they are luxurious and awesome (personal opinion).

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· August 22, 2013 · in Daily,Our Style,Real Life



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Sitting down to write this or even vocalize this was in it self, pretty overwhelming. Explaining those thoughts that consume my overactive brain and sometimes become the root of my anxiety is/was so hard. Like so many other things, it all makes perfect sense in my head – but since the thoughts are always in my head, to get them out and make actual clear sense is another story.

Every few weeks I consume myself with thoughts of the future; dreams, hopes, wants, all of these things. Not material wants or dreams, but thoughts about what I should be doing with my time (the time not spent raising my kiddos, because that will always be my number one dream). See this is where it gets really hard to explain. With back to school for King right around the corner (sad mom panda), thoughts of next September (when both kids will be heading to school) creep in my mind. On top of making myself extremely sad thinking about the fact that they have grown up so fricking fast, I have a muddle of thoughts about what I should be doing for myself and for an income when that time comes. See I always have these thoughts that there is something I should be doing, but my issue is I can’t pin point it. There so many dreams, so many things I feel I should be doing – I can’t narrow them down enough to figure it out. It’s also very hard to explain the SHOULD feeling.

I have tons of experience and knowledge in one field (and assumed I would go back to it at some point), have the skills and love for others, have serious entrepreneurial fever, plus a passion for things entirely separate. Having kids and being a stay at home Mom has made me a much more confident and self assured Brandy, it has also given me so much time to think and has opened my eyes to more passions and skills that I didn’t know existed in me before. Many days I feel like the jack of all trades and the master of none, but am constantly consuming my thoughts with how I can be the master of a couple things fulfilling all my dreams and needs in the process. It’s very hard to explain.

I feel like the natural way to do things in life (crazy metaphor coming up) is to pick one item from the garden and make the best meal you can possibly make. My issue has always been that I can’t decide on just one item, I love and am pretty great at cooking so many of them but I just can’t figure out how to make them all go together in one epic recipe. Do you ever get this overwhelming feeling that is created by your own thoughts, hopes and dreams? I know I will get there, eventually and will probably continue to change and grow along the way – but not seeing it clearly right now, makes me a little crazy. I think I just have this natural ability to constantly be dreaming and scheming, and overwhelming myself in the process.

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· August 21, 2013 · in Daily,Dear Diary,Real Life



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Harley was born to cuddle, I’m not sure how else to say it – cause she just was. She needs cuddles to wake up from a snooze, when she’s cold, sad, sleepy, happy and even hungry – cuddles are always her cure. King is different, he is active and doesn’t have as much time for cuddles with his old Mom. His cuddles are strong, fierce and quick. He squeezes so much love into them in such a short period of time then he’s off, his imagination takes over and he has somewhere else he needs to be. I crave and need both types of cuddles, the tender-long-several-times-a-day-cuddles and the strong-fierce-I-love-you-so-much-can-you-tell-by-how-hard-I-squeeze-cuddles complete my day and set my heart to a calm easy state. It’s funny how two kids in the same family can be such polar opposites (about some things, not all) and somehow both those opposites, together are exactly what you need.

*This picture, I was trying to cuddle King, he squeezed the dickens outta me and then happily let his sister push him out of the way. Also it’s an iphone snap, I broke my own personal rule and double shared on here and IG – whoops.

PS. Cauliflower Kids just released their Fall 2013 line. It’s super cute, a little stripey and a lota artsy – check it out!

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· August 16, 2013 · in Daily,Real Life



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We went to Greece, in the form of a street festival and street food – so actually not even close to Greece at all. But it was still fun. Souvlaki, Gyros, Feta Fries, oh my (only the best street friendly Greek food allowed). Actually I ate (inhaled, whatever) roasted corn on the cob, while my family ate the really good stuff – while I drooled a little. We actually usually avoid big festivals like this, because of the crowds – it’s always a bit crazy, with or without kids. But it wasn’t so bad this time, in our books – even though it was really (really) busy. There is always a great mix of fun for the kids, food, food, and more food and always stuff to look at (people watching if nothing else). So if you are ever in and around Toronto this time next August, The Taste of the Danforth is probably where you should be at.

*if you look closely, you can see the progression of fun to tired in two images – which actually happened in two seconds flat.

PS. Harlow’s headband/headwrap, is c/o American Apparel. It has a wire fed through it so is super easy to wear and style, it’s a Harlow / Mom sharing item.

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· August 12, 2013 · in Daily,Real Life



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