Perfect Weekend : Skiing & Yoga

Since the beginning of the year I have been sick with either the flu, a cold, or general nausea that comes along with the first trimester. This weekend I finally felt like myself and the weather “d up” enough to get out for a ski. Here is a pic I snapped while on the trail. It’s so serene and quiet you can’t help but to feel at one with nature.

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As a working mom I cherish every moment with my daughter but I also love being able to spend time alone taking care of my body. I really believe that keeping active , getting outside and practicing yoga enhances all aspects of life. It makes me a better mom, a better wife and a better business owner. Looking at the below pic … I can’t wait for my pedicure on Saturday!

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The busier you are in your life the more you will benefit from taking an hour out of your schedule solely for yourself. Go for a walk, enjoy the silence, take a yoga class , go for a cup of coffee… All these things will free your mind and make the hectic life we all live a little bit more enjoyable.

Namastè

Travel: Getting over the fears of traveling in today’s world

Before I had my daughter I never thought twice about hopping on a plane and getting away for a vacation. Now I find myself still wanting to show her the world but having that little voice in the back of my head warning “what if…”

Anyone who is a parent, especially moms, is gifted with a terrible sense of what could possibly happen to your most cherished precious cargo. If they are jumping on the couch – your mind instantly fast forwards to a fall and head bump. Playing with the gate that blocks the stairs? fast forward to it becoming unlatched and yet another tumble. Driving on the highway? fast forward to some idiot cutting you off and getting into an accident. It’s never ending. They are like mini heart attacks. This is something no one tells you about becoming a parent. The fear of what if.

With today’s 24 hour news coverage of everything that’s terrible in the world it definitely puts a damper on traveling. With our upcoming trip to California I am trying to push all the fears out of my mind and replace them with warm thoughts, especially since it has consistently been over -30 celcius where we currently are. Yet thoughts of an earthquake, terrorist attack, airport closures and now measles keep me up at night when I’m thinking of what exactly I should pack.

I tell myself that the majority of the world is good, most people are kind and to let a few spoil the riches of travel is to do a great disservice to what we can offer our children as they grow up.

So here’s to putting those fears at the back of my mind, acting like a cool cucumber and getting prepared for a week of warmth and relaxation. It feels nice to be able to get this off my chest, since in my head I sound a little neurotic 🙂

This is probably why they serve wine on planes, being 11 weeks pregnant I sure didn’t think this out … cheers! and happy, worry-free travels!

What to do when it’s -40 C outside – Staycation!

Well I am so thankful to be able to enjoy Family Day Weekend – I love having one extra day off to laze around and chill with my family. I am NOT thankful for the fact that when we woke up this morning it was -43 degrees celcius. What the heck are we supposed to do with that??! The weather network pretty much warns against going outside for ANY reason, I’ve heard the term “instant frostbite” a bit too often these past few days. The annual polar bear swim in our community was actually CANCELLED – I’m pretty sure for the first time since I’ve been alive.

Well, luckily my sister and her fiancĂ©e decided to do a bit of a staycation this weekend and rented a room at a local hotel with a pool – score! So we crashed their romantic valentines evening and went for a swim last night and we plan on doing the same tonight. This got me thinking – with sites like Priceline that offer great deals on hotels – it’s totally worth it to do a last minute staycation. Right now we could get one of the top hotels where we are (that has a pool) for $60. Totally worth it to go relax at a hotel. And as I have learned kids LOVE hotels. There doesn’t even need to be a pool.

I’m not sure why I haven’t thought of this before – but I think it’s a brilliant idea and I’m sure others have already thought of it.

So next time you have the winter blues – go to Priceline (or other sites) and see if you can snag a great deal and have someone else make the beds for a day!!

Keep Warm!!

Photography: What to do with those mountains of photos

I love taking pictures with my Canon 70D. I dream of the day of upgrading my body to a Mark and adding a few L lenses to my collection. However right now there is not enough hours in a day for me to practice and therefore justify the expense. That doesn’t mean I still do not end up with thousands of pictures each year on my computer.

My method of organization isn’t fancy, does not require downloads and basically just needs about 10 minutes of your time every month or two when you upload your pics to your computer!

I started making yearly photobooks about 3 years ago and I find this is the best way to help keep everything organized and have the year in a real life, holdable book. Many people take a picture and it stays on their computer or Facebook account and never goes further than that. I love seeing a real picture it does so much more justice for the subjects than simply seeing it online and clicking ‘like.’

The easiest way for me to organize the photos and make it a simpler task to make a yearly photobook is create an easily accessible desktop icon with the year (so 2015 for this year), then every time I load new pictures on my computer I sort through them, DELETE THE BLURRY ONES!!!!, and transfer my faves to this folder. If we have gone on a trip I simply make a sub-folder within 2015 to store these pictures so I can make a separate photobook or just access them easier if I need to. When the end of the year comes, I do not have the daunting task of sorting through thousands of pictures for the gems. During the year I can see if I should make a photobook of a specific time frame or event if my folder starts getting way too full to possibly fit all the pictures in one book. When my daughter was born I had to make one after 3 months (trigger happy anyone??!)

I use LightRoom to edit and store photos and I’m positive there’s a way to efficiently sort, however I really need to take the time to figure it out. I’m mostly proud I’ve figured out editing and have left it at that. There is photo organization software out there, however I barely have time to play with LightRoom – maybe some day I’ll be brave and download one of them.

As far as photobooks go – Shutterfly is the most user-friendly website I’ve found so far. Lots of options, easy to change the pages and creates a great project.

If you have a picture that you are extremely proud of and want to develop I highly suggest Pro-DPI. I have yet to get a bad print from them and the quality is about a million times better than Walmart and even Shutterfly. To display your beautiful pictures – an Ikea frame usually does an amazing job at a great price. Making a photo wall is definitely doable and cost-effective with their frames.

Happy Snapping!!!

Pregnancy: Here we go again

Well I am officially just over 8 weeks pregnant with my second. It’s both exciting and terrifying – and for the moment, completely nauseating. Hence why my little blog has been neglected these past few weeks. Staring at a computer makes me feel like I’m on a boat and not in a good way. I really am starting to cherish all the moments my husband & I have with just my daughter. I can’t wait for her to have a brother or a sister but I worry that she will feel a little neglected after they are born.

Also the whole issue of taking 6-8 weeks off is always a bit of a stressor when you’re self employed!

My favourite gifts for Christmas were an espresso machine and two bottles of great red wines (a barolo & nebbiolo)… I have been completely turned off caffeine since being pregnant and unless I can enjoy over half those bottles of wine they aren’t worth opening until the fall. All of which are completely worth the wait but I’m still a little teensy weensy bit bummed.

So we definitely started off our new year with a bang and I’m so happy it’s February since that puts me one month closer to getting over this darn nausea!!