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All Natural Stain Remover DIY for Hard Water

Stains…..my greatest weakness haha. I have 2 babies under 2 plus myself and my husband. I do a lot of laundry and I deal with a lot of stains!

I try to stick as natural as possible when it comes to my cleaners (especially for my littles). I used to buy stain remover, I ran out and I repeatedly forgot to purchase again. I finally got tired of stains on my kids lights and I decided to search some natural stain removers I could make with what I have at home!

I found a few and wigged the recipe to work with what I had. I’m going to assume stain remover ingredients are pretty forgiving.

Ingredients:

4oz amber spray bottle

1tbsp baking soda

1tbsp dish soap

15 drops lemon essential oil

Fill the rest with distilled water

I combined all ingredients in the bottle, swished and then put the lid back. I don’t recommend shaking the bottle once closed, this made it fizzle haha

I sprayed on the affected areas and washed on warm/cold or hot/cold. It’s gotten out milk/spit up, chocolate, tomato sauce, grass and dirt and so many other misc stains on the kids clothes! It worked amazingly well!

Now, we’re on a well and this works amazing with our hard water. If you are on city water I would LOVE a review!

You can shop diffuser oils including lemon on my website !

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Our Perfect Breech Delivery Story

I couldn’t have imagined my pregnancy and delivery being SO different, 18 months apart. My pregnancy with Maddox was perfection from start to finish. My first delivery was fast and exactly to ‘plan.’ There was no guessing, no questioning, just calm simplicity. I LOVE that I am able to carry babies and being me… was persistent on a natural, vaginal delivery which was made possible by a perfectly cooperative boy.

As soon as I discovered I was pregnant the second time, I knew it was a girl. I had 17 weeks of all day nausea and vomiting followed by migraines, more nausea, anemia, headaches/migraines, restless legs, back pain, insomnia and overall wild discomfort. To follow my first pregnancy, I was persistent and planning on/hoping for a nice, calm, easy going vaginal delivery again. At 35 weeks, I found out Penelope was full breech and stubborn. I tried almost everything in the books to flip this girl with no change. We tried all the circuits and exercises. I practically lived upside down for the last month of my pregnancy. We tried lights, music, acupuncture and an unsuccessful ECV. I prayed to the gods, the universe and anyone listening for her to please flip and get ready. My last ditch effort was meditation. I ‘gave up’ and released my control. I asked P to show me what she needed and to help me create a plan in her best interest. This gave me the most peace I had had in weeks. I was now ready. I felt confident in her safety. I felt confident in my strength no matter the outcome.

My doctor knew the importance of a vaginal delivery, if safe for Penelope. He connected me with multiple OBGYNs in hopes of finding someone who can assist me in the delivery. The first doctor booked a cesarean for January 14th. We sat on this appointment for a week but as it got closer it felt more and more ‘wrong.’ It just wasn’t what I felt she wanted or I needed. I reached out to my GP and he booked me with another OBGYN. It took a couple tries but I found someone who’s birth plan aligned perfectly with mine, without prompting. He explained the risks and statistics associated with a breech delivery. Unfortunately these deliveries are rare today which means statistic sample sizes are limited. SO we also weighed pros and cons. In order for a breech delivery to be successful, there is specific criteria that needs to be met. Baby needs to be around 7-9lbs, full breech with a tucked head and lots of amniotic fluid. Mama (ideally) needs to be on her second vaginal delivery. Due to my first delivery, we knew this one would be quick and we assumed she wouldn’t delay in my pelvis. We monitored the last week and a half of my pregnancy closer and she checked all the boxes making us perfect candidates for the delivery. The OBGYN was in full support and confident in me waiting and delivering vaginally. This was SO important, his knowledge, education and confidence was all I needed to feel SO good about this option.

With everyone on board, we played hurry up and wait for my water to break. As we approached 40 weeks, I saw my OBGYN to discuss options if my water didn’t break. (Really we discussed when to book a cesarean). We also decided to do a sweep that day to encourage labour. This took about 10 minutes to work. Contractions began as soon as I walked out of the office and got in the truck. I went home and we waited. Due to her position, contractions were in my pelvis, not my abdomen like expected. I contracted through the night every 10 minutes or so and into Tuesday morning. I contracted through the morning and knew this was the day! Things began to progress around noon so I decided to shower and get ready to go. During my shower I contracted 5 times in 20 minutes. They were coming faster and stronger but still no water breaking. I did some last minute research and discovered they may have to break my water at the hospital. Due to her position, we assumed there wasn’t enough pressure low enough to break it on it’s own. We decided to call the doctor and go. By the time we left the house, contractions were 2-4 minutes apart and intensifying. We live an hour from the hospital so it was quite a drive to say the least haha

We made it to Northfield Rd in Nanaimo, around 10 minutes of lights and traffic to get to the hospital. At a very busy red light, I got the urge to push. If you’ve had babies, you know this means it’s time. I squeezed alllll my muscles the opposite direction to hug her in and fight the urge. I called the doctor to meet us right away as I knew this was it! We pulled some sketchy moves and got to the hospital in time.

I was quickly checked in and prepped by the support staff for delivery. I was fully dialated and ready to go upon arrival. This was around 330/4pm. We were long past the point of any medication and I am uninterested in an epidural so that was that. Contractions were steady with minimal or no break and all in my pelvis. My water still hadn’t broken so I began to push in hopes of bursting the sac. It worked! I managed to push P low enough to burst the sac. It didn’t take long for her to drop and (I haven’t looked at the photos yet) begin to drop her feet earth side. (Yes you read that right….there are photos of feet….just feet, dangling). We let her take her time and drop further into my pelvis before bearing down and pushing. I pushed for 15-20 minutes allowing her to slowly make her way. She did. She progressed beautifully on her own with a little encouraging. It was just that fast, we had our baby girl earth side and HEALTHY. She dropped both feet, I felt her shoulders ‘pop’ and her head followed effortlessly. Penelope had no complications and a perfectly round head πŸ˜‰

Now having a breech delivery and ‘normal’ delivery, I have to admit this one felt better (LOL). Experiencing feet, hips, shoulders and lastly head made for a smoother transition and gave my body a better chance of adjusting and stretching. I never felt the same amount of pain as I did with Maddox. My contractions and urge to push came from my pelvis as apposed to my whole abdomin like my last delivery. The urge to push felt like a strong urge to pee. It was a very isolated feeling and required a conscious choice to use my whole core to push. Definitely different πŸ™‚

I am recovered, feeling amazing and Penelope is perfection. I am in full gratitude to my doctors and hospital staff for supporting my beautiful breech delivery. With their support and shared vision, I avoided a cesarean and had a completely natural, vaginal, breech delivery. It took multiple consultations, half a dozen ultrasounds and a little stress and worry but we made it happen.

I hope this beautiful experience encourages you to SHARE IT because these deliveries are rare. I hope it encourages expecting mamas to explore their options. If a vaginal delivery is important to you, explore your options, there is so much possibility you may be missing.

No, not every breech story ends this way, I knew that but if your end result is the same whether you plan on a cesarean or plan to wait it out, why not wait it out? For me, it was important to try. My OBGYN was comfortable letting me go full term which allowed Penelope and my body the time it needed to begin labour instead of booking a cesarean without that chance. Having the right support staff made all the difference. They weren’t uncertain or worried or even skeptical. They were confident in my delivery and confident in a rushed c-section if she didn’t transition through my pelvis fast enough.

I learnt so much through my research and consultations. If you have questions or need support, please reach out to me. I know how stressful and wearing this decision can be πŸ’–πŸ’–

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Packing Your Hospital Bag!

What’s in your hospital bag? This is one of the exciting parts of preparing for your new addition. It means it’s almost time!

I always see this question online and intended on blogging it for Maddox. My pregnancy came to an unexpected halt and I packed my back 30 minutes before driving to the hospital…oops! This time, I’m a little more on top of it.

It’s like packing for vacation, always hard to plan for the unknown. Ideally, we all want to plan for a few comfort items for the afternoon or an overnight in the hospital. Based on my last experience, this doesn’t always work and you need to be comfortable up to a few nights.

When I packed my bag this time, I asked myself a few different question.

What am I packing for? I am packing for a breech delivery that may end up in a c section, which could leave me in the hospital for a couple nights.

What do I need to deliver comfortably and what will keep me focused?

β€’ Calm spray/lavender spray

β€’ Enough Pillows

β€’ Iced water

β€’ Slippers if I need to walk around

β€’ Tissues (I bring my own, hospital ones are so rough).

β€’ Scrunchie

β€’ Lip balm

β€’ Cup with a lid and straw. I use my Starbucks cold tumbler πŸ™‚

Other suggestions are a ball, music (I might try music this time) TENS machine, personal belongings/items, picture for meditation/breathing.

What do I need to get a good nights sleep?

β€’ My own pillow

β€’ Fuzzy blanket

β€’ Eye mask

β€’ Essential Oils

β€’ Water bottle for cold water (I’m weirdly temperature specific)

What do I need post delivery?

β€’ Shower items (soap, shampoo, sandles, cloth)

β€’ Hair dryer, moisturizer, toothbrush, chapstick, perineal healing spray.

β€’ Iced water, electrolytes, food!

β€’ Clean clothes (dresses/rompers/high rise or maturnity tights work best for me)

β€’ PJs with a button down front for easy nursing

β€’ Socks, nursing bra, comfortable panties (I didn’t need more than a regular pad last time so regular panties worked perfect. I liked full bum, seamless). You will get the lovely hospital mesh ones. Use them! They’re great when needed πŸ’—

β€’ TOILET PAPER. Seriously, you don’t need to share with everyone but your yoohoo will thank you after a vaginal delivery.

β€’ Nipple shield. There’s mixed thoughts on these but I found they saved me while we were learning. Last time, my milk didn’t come in right away but we still practiced latching and encouraged it to come.

What I discovered last time was getting clean/freshened up and being comfortable made a HUGE difference for me. I made sure to maintain as close to my regular routine as possible so that even when things are burning, throbbing, over all uncomfortable I felt good in my skin πŸ™‚

Everyone is always different when it comes to lists like this. I think the most important part is to ask yourself a few questions to guide your packing and then to write down the items.

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Essential Oil Fragrance Stone DIY

I’ve been searching for fun DIY projects lately and stumbled upon fragrance stones, I had to give it a try. These stones offer an alternative to diffusers, potpourri etc. as they hold and emit fragrance from essential oils. This is also the easiest DIY, anyone can do it. It was also a fun way to get my son involved in the kitchen πŸ™‚

I took the instructions from Hello Glow with a couple modifications from my own trial.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Β½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ΒΌ cup table salt
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 30-40 drops essential oils
  • Flower petals, grated citrus rind or food coloring (optional)
  • Parchment paper.

Instructions

  1. Combine the flour, salt and boiling water in a bowl. While the water is hot, use a whisk to combine everything as best you can (it’s going to thicken quickly). When it’s cool enough to touch, use your hands to knead the ingredients into a dough.
  2. Add the essential oils and optional ingredients (like flower petals) and continue kneading.
  3. Break off 1 to 2 inch pieces of dough and roll with your hands until it forms a ball. Press the ball slightly until it resembles a stone.
  4. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and let dry overnight.
  5. Put several stones in a bowl or stash individual stones wherever you need a boost of fragrance.

I have found these to be a great option for small spaces like the bathroom or conversation spaces like a side table. With little kids in the house, these stones make an awesome alternative to waxes and oils πŸ™‚ I might even try them in my sons room for some lavender oil.

Note** in these photos mine have not dried fully. I ran out of time for camera photos and a full dry time πŸ˜‚

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5 Mistakes You’re Making with your Candles

There are numerous different factors to consider when purchasing candles. Quality and ingredients are always most important to me. You can assume that by purchasing a higher price point you get the best aroma and burn. I buy naturally scented candles only, although more expensive, they are much cleaner for your home! I also avoid chemicals in my candles and wax melts and use natural ingredients like soy or beeswax.

Regardless of how much you drop on your candles, these tips will help you get the most out of your candles! To get the best burn for your buck, don’t make these mistakes….

1. Not maintaining the wick. This one is so important. If this wick is too long it may fall in the wax or burn too hot. Keeping your wick trimmed to 1/4 inch is usually recommended. The smaller my candles get the shorter I trim my wick (within reason).

2. Trimming your wick too short for the first burn. You want your first burn to be at least an hour, or long enough to burn from the wick to the edges. Failing to do this will cause tunneling and then you’re only utilizing half your candle.

3. Throwing out the lid. Candles should have lids. They keep your candle free of dust and other debris. It also helps keep your candle scent fresh! Replacing the lid also protects your candle from the sun which can fade or discolour your candle.

4. Burning too long. Don’t power burn your candles. This helps prevent the wax from melting toooo much. Your candle should release enough scent within an hour or two so no need to burn it all day before your guests come over. Light it just before they arrive πŸ™‚

5. Blowing it out. If you can, use a snuffer. This prevents the wick from moving too much. This will also help keep your wax centered πŸ™‚

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How to Stay on Track Through Summer

Ok ok ok….summer is FINALLY here. Waaa-hooo! It’s easy to sub the gym for sunshine, patios and drinks but like always, there’s a happy balance. You have busted your ass all winter and spring to be healthy, please don’t throw your hard work down the drain. We still need to love and care for our bodies during summer.

I am happy to share some of my tricks for staying on track through summer.

1. Plan plan plan. If you haven’t noticed, I am a planner. I plan everything. On Sunday night, I sit down and look at the weather. If the forecast calls for rain or over 30 degrees, I am more than happy to head indoors for a workout. SO I make sure my classes/workouts happen on those days.

2. If you don’t care so much about the weather, plan around your schedule and tendencies. If you know you do not workout at night…don’t bank on a PM workout. Wake up 30 minutes earlier and get it done in the morning. In all honesty, even 15 minute HIIT will serve you through the day giving you a metabolism boost.

3. Find some classes! If you get stuck with a pain in the ass like me….I won’t let you be lazy. I am here for accountability and the odd guilt trip of I know you are cheating yourself πŸ˜‰

4. Pick active hobbies/activities. Summer is a great time to swim, hike, paddle, or hang in the park playing frisbee or ball. Make your lifestyle active and it will become a habit. It’s easy enough to sneak a couple drinks at the park if you are after some social drinking.

5. Remind yourself why you started. Remind yourself WHY it’s important to eat and drink properly and why you began exercising. If your why doesn’t motivate you, I don’t know…haha.

6. Be happy with where you are, how you look and who you are. Chances are you have come a long way in the last little while. Embrace how much easier it is to hike, workout, drink your water etc. If you know you will be preoccupied, be content maintaining through the summer. This means keeping your consistency and a maintenance fitness plan and maybe allowing a little more balance than normal πŸ˜‰

7. Set a goal! Whether you sign up for a run, fitness competition or set strength/cardio goals to help keep you moving. Make sure it’s something you’re interested in and is doable on your timeline.

8. Pay in advance for your gym membership, classes, that 5km you’ve always wanted to run and let your potential loss fuel your fire.

I hope some of these ideas help you through the summer. Don’t make it to September feeling guilty and uncomfortable. It sucks and it doesn’t serve anyone. The best you can do is learn to love your body, what it can do and make sure you still give it 100% in all the seasons.

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A Few Reasons Why You’re Not Losing Weight…

I get asked this question all the time….I’m working out all the time, eating clean but not losing weight.

There are so many different answers / responses to this.

First and foremost, I really like to encourage you guys to get over tracking weight. It is just a number. Two people can weight 150lbs and one be healthy as broccoli and the other completely unhealthy. It is just a number. The focus should be on feeling GOOD in your skin, feeling strong, capable, energetic, happy & healthy.

For the sake of comparison, I’ve added 4 photos from different weights of my own. The first is a week ppd at my heaviest but still healthy (healthier than photo #3) and duh…I just had a baby πŸ˜‚ so there are still fluids/water retention/pregnancy weight gain there. The second is now, my ‘goal weight’ post partum and healthiest/strongest. The third is 130 lbs but nowhere near the same muscle as the 4th photo. My weight was the same but you can see how different my body composition is. Weight is just a number.

1. Everyone’s body is different. The less fat you have to lose, the harder you usually have to work. We all respond differently to different types of exercise and it can be a bit of a game to figure out what works best for you!

2. Your weight may stay the same but your body composition is changing. This means your fat percentage may be dropping, your hydration may be changing and you could be gaining muscle. Those can all change drastically with minimal change in weight.

3. Eat enough facking food. I cannot tell you how many times I do the math and discover really crazy deficits in people’s diets. If you are not eating enough, your body bumps into starvation mode, your metabolism slows down to preserve energy….it’s not good. You’ll feel like you have less energy, your muscle won’t grow effectively and you’ll often hold weight. Eat your food! If you’re a squirly eater like me, sometimes picking higher calorie foods (usually healthy fats for me) helps keep you feeling full longer without stuffing your face with large quantities. Along with this, drink your water. Dehydration can cause water retention.

If you’re curious about how many calories you should be eating and what portions of fat/carb/protein you should eat, let me know 😊😊

4. Workout smarter not harder. How you burn calories during workouts is based on your intensity. For me, quick bursts into my peak cardio aka high intensity interval training is most efficient for me. Make sure you are pushing yourself every time you work out….if you’re on your own or in a class…make sure you give yourself the push into uncomfortable. If you need support getting there, let me know πŸ™‹ Im here for you ❀ You dont need to spend hoards of time in the gym. (That’s why I like classes πŸ˜‰), 30-60 minutes is all you need for general health, fat loss etc.

5. Check into any health ailments that might be limiting you. Also look into any medications you are taking. If you’ve checked all the boxes and still nothing, there might be something else going on ❀

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My Favourite Kid Friendly Hikes in the Valley

Hi!!

In an attempt to prep my body for alpine hikes with Maddox, I’ve been dabbling in shorter hikes to condition my body. Here are some of my favourite kid friendly hikes in and around the valley! I tried to compile some great beginner hikes to help inspire you to take your kids outside this summer.

Kids are meant to be outside. Let them explore, get dirty, play and be creative πŸ’šπŸ’š

Mt. Thom

There are a few access points for this one.

From Churchill Parkway this hike is around 15 minutes up. Easy peasy. It’s a short, well travelled trail up the back side of mount Thom.

From Ross Rd. This hike is around 30-45 minutes. It meets up with the regular trail around the 3/4 mark.

Sylvan Dr. Is basically the full deal. This took me around 1.25 hrs while I was pregnant. I believe it’s around 5km round trip.

They all meet at the top for stunning views 😍

Community Forest 🌲🌲

There are hoards of trails in this park and they are beauuutiful! I can comment on the Pixel (?) Trail..shamefully I forget the name despite seeing it around 7 times on signs. I’m close enough you’ll get on the right trail. This is a 1.5 km loop with a couple great side trails!

The only downside is the shared trails, be mindful off mountain bikers and off leash dogs.

Lindeman Lake

Classic. This trail has some steep sections but tons of rocks for jumping πŸ˜‰ it is a short hike (we’re under an hour to the lake) and worth the bit of sweat. You have the option to walk an additional 15 minutes past the main beach to a more private area on the rocks. This is our favourite spot for jumping in and swimming!

Bosumarne Falls

This quick 1.5 km hike goes through an old cut block up Chilliwack Lake rd. It winds into the forest after around 15 minutes passing a tee pee, the lower falls and lush greenery. The upper falls are a perfect place to cool off or have a snack.

Flood Hope Falls

A little outside of Chilliwack but one of my favourite quickie waterfalls. We’ve done it a lot lately. This takes around 20 minutes each way! The forest is SO lush and green…its beautiful!

Bridal falls

Another quick set of falls. We usually do these on the way home from Flood Hope Falls! The Woodland trail is around 20 minutes to the viewing platform. Another 5 – 10 with kids if you want to get right to the falls for a shower πŸ˜‰

Steelhead Falls

This hike is in Mission! It is approximately 20 minutes each way with the opportunity to lengthen on the Reservoir trail. We are SO lucky to get to enjoy the beautiful rainforest in so many areas 😍

If you click the link above ignore the ‘closed’ its now open πŸ™‚

Golden Ears Lower Falls

This is a MR classic. This hike takes an hour each way and has some gentle rolling hills. It walks along the river offering amazing mountain views on route to the falls. The dense canopy cover makes this a cooler option on hot days!

Hozomeen lake

Ok this one is longer but 100% worth it. I’m hoping to return this year. Last time we went I mistook miles for kilometers and we were under prepared and racing against daylight πŸ˜‚ oops. So its 12 km total with minimal elevation gain. The trailhead is located in the Skagit Valley near the border! You can find the trail report HERE.

Falls Lake

This one is up the Coquihalla. It’s a great stop to stretch your legs or go for a swim! It’s 3km round trip so it doesn’t take much time and is perfect for small kids!

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Clean Summer BCAA Cocktails or Mocktails 2.0

Hey guys!

The weather is warming up, we’re spending more time outside, at the beach and on patios. We’re all adults, we know the negatives of drinking alcohol blah blah blah…I don’t need to tell you. However, if you like to enjoy a drink or two, here are a few low calorie, low sugar solutions using your BCAAs.

Hard Iced Tea.

  • Ice
  • Water
  • 1 scoop Mutant Sweet Tea BCAA
  • 1 fl oz. vodka
  • Option: add muttled raspberries, lemon or lime.

Combine ingredients and shake!

Hard Lemonade

  • Ice
  • Water (or 1/2 water and 1/2 soda water)
  • 1 fl oz. Vodka
  • 1 scoop Mutant Roadside Lemonade
  • Add lemons or strawberries.

Combine Ingredients and shake!

Margarita

  • 1 part Cazadores Tequila
  • Β½ part triple sec liqueur
  • 1 scoop Allmax key lime BCAAs
  • Soda or water
  • Lime wedge

Combine ingredients and shake! Rim your glass with lime πŸ™‚

Vodka Refresher

  • 1 orange
  • 1 shot vodka
  • Soda

Cut orange in half. Squeeze 1/2 of the juice into a glass. Cut the other half into slices and set aside. Add vodka and top with soda. Garnish with a wedge.

Grapefruit Gin

  • 1 Grapefruit
  • 1 shot of gin
  • Soda
  • Rosemary (optional)

Cut Grapefruit in half. Squeeze 1/2 of the juice into a glass. Add rosemary and muttle. Cut other half of fruit into wedges. Add Gin and top with soda. Garnish with a wedge and rosemary.

Mojito

  • Fresh Mint leaves
  • White rum
  • Line cordial/lime juice
  • Soda

Muttle leaves in a glass with lime juice. Add soda and rum. Garnish with lime wedge and/or mint.

As I sample more flavors Ill be adding more through summer 🌞🌞 Enjoy and let me know how they go!

If you are adding alcohol please be mindful of your consumption and drink responsibly ❀

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Staying Motivated During the Dark Days of Winter.

I come from a science background and have to say I love facts. Unfortunately, this topic comes with a lot of opinion and few facts so, I’ll share my opinion.

If you could pick one month to be ‘the worst,’ what would it be? In my opinion, we are sitting at the hardest time of year and I’ll explain why.

1. New Years inspiration is dwindling. I read somewhere that 80% of resolutioners have failed by March. We’re already 2 months in, if you haven’t settled into your fit flow now, you’ll have to try again next year right? (Obviously no, but I’ll cover the fix in a sec). Failed expectations usually result in quitting all together.

2. The never ending short cloudy, rainy, snowy days. I have learned to plan my life around sunshine and am grateful I have the flexibility in my schedule to do so. I cannot count on my fingers how many days I’ve seen clients with low to no energy…and groups of them. We feel like hibernating under a pile of blankets until we get 3 sunny days in a row πŸ˜‚ S.A.D. is real and so many of us feel it. It dampens our mood (literally πŸ˜‚) and affects how we feel.

3. The sickness! It seems to be getting worse each year but it is HARD to do much when you’re feeling under the weather…we don’t want your germs anyway πŸ˜‰ It’s hard to avoid it and unfortunately often after being sick we use it as an excuse to do nothing instead. Then we get stuck in a loop.

4. You were fulfilling your resolutions but hit a plateau and got frustrated and lost momentum and now you’re just annoyed with yourself.

So, after observing a lot of feelings and energy levels over the past year, I really believe these things are true (I’m sure I’m missing a lot) and am happy to share some ways to kick this slump in the ass.

Make it a priority to get outside on nicer days, even if its only for 15 minutes.

Exercise = happy endorphins, improved self image, improved abilities.

Set little goals that create your big goals. Celebrate the little victories. I always recommend to take photos and measurements and to focus on feel more than numbers on a scale.

Spend your time around people that make you smile. Smiling makes you happier.

Go on daycations. If you look, you can find sun on a rainy day. I’ve driven to Lilooet, Yale, Pemberton, Merrit, Whistler, Washington etc. for sunny weather. It makes a fun trip and SUNSHINE.

Get outside into nature. Waterfalls are wet anyway. On rainy days around town I’ll try to do a quick waterfall hike or something similar where we are close to dry clothes and warm cuddles. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF SUNSETS. The sun sets so early in the winter, take advantage and get to the river or up a mountain. It’s so beautiful to watch 😍

If you have kids, look through their eyes. My son loves to be in his hiking backpack, loves to eat snow and loves car rides. Its a no brainer for me.

Indoor home improvements. Once the weather improves I spend my time in my yard. So spend these wet, dark days indoors prepping your house for those summer parties. For me that’s decluttering, painting and deep cleaning. These things feel SO good!

Crank up the heat and turn on all your lights. BC hydro will love you for this one πŸ˜‚ but on days where it’s extra gloomy, I turn on all the lights and the heat goes up so I can wear no pants, comfortably. Pair that with some music and indoor tasks, you have a fun night. πŸ˜‰

So, those are all my best winter practices. I can honestly say I don’t think I’ve been affected by S.A.D. this year and I think this is why! There are a lot of uncontrollables in our lives (like the weather) and the best we can do is control our response πŸ’•πŸ’• I know a lot of people tell me they’re more active in the summer, but don’t wait until then. Stay in the habit of moving and being active in the winter. It makes the transition easier come summer. I know, for me, a part of the winter slump is feeling under stimulated so staying busy helps big time.