How are you doing?

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The most common question that I have been asked lately is, “How are you doing?” In most cases it is in the most sincere form, from those that really care about my well being. Other times from those who just don’t know what else to say.

Photography: Julie Christine Photography
Mother and Baby girl

My answer is usually one of these three:

  •  “Surviving”
  •  “Tired”
  •  “Good”

…mostly because I don’t feel like I have the energy to get into how it’s going. So here we go, I am writing this out in a means to try to put into words, exactly how I am doing… how I have been surviving the past four months with one child in school, one in preschool and the other just a few months old. In the best way I can, here is how I have been feeling these past four months with three.

Being a Mother, how are you doing?

Stylish Mother and Baby in Organic Clothing and knitted toque

A word I used the other day that I felt described it the best was “treading water”, because let’s be honest, I think that is how most of us moms feel. We are working all day to stay on top of the kids never full appetites, the laundry (that I must admit I am terrible at and my husband should win an award for the amount of laundry he has conquered), school drop offs and pick ups, homework, breast feeding, activities… and it goes on… all of that is floating around in my mind in some way shape or form, reminding me what is next on the to-do list.

I have been feeling like I am doing the things, but not actually doing them. I don’t really know how to explain it, but if we think about the treading water phrase, I would say it’s like that… you want to go for a swim but you don’t really get anywhere. You are just there, doing it, making motions but not really experiencing swimming to the fullest.

With lack of sleep and too much on the go I started to realize that I need to slow down and enjoy more. I want to be fully there, fully present and enjoying these moments. To be able to focus on the event at hand and not worry about what is next up on the list. A lot of that has to do with how much I have taken on lately with this blog, graphic design and events/family outings. So on our vacation I am going to try to reteach myself to enjoy more moments and to really slow down. In order to do that I have decided to try to commit to three things:

  1. Say “No” more.
  2. Eat Healthier
  3. Exercise

Doing these things will allow for me to be able to focus and concentrate on not only my day to day tasks but also plan and strive more bigger things. I want to aim to share more about how it’s going rather then just feel like I am making it through each day by the bare minimums.

I have no idea if this even made any sense to anyone but myself, but overall, yes I am tired. It wouldn’t be motherhood if I wasn’t. But I needed to write this out to remind myself that slowing down and focusing on making myself, my husband and my kids happy is what I will look back on when I remember this stage of life. Not what we did specifically but more the relationships that we built with each other and the time that was cherished in the moment.

Stylish Mother and Baby


Thank you to Julie Christine Photography for the beautiful images for this post.

Outfit Details:
Striped MOTHER button up: Deck and Oar

Beautiful Mama Necklace: Mint and Birch

Knitted Toque: Twinkle Belle Design

Baseball Pullover Sweater: KEWE Clothing

Rainbow Leggings: KEWE Clothing

Fawn Shoes: Minimoc

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  • A quick snap before we head out this morning, Sophie jumped in at the last second smiling with alllll her teeth 😍❤️ my shirt .. which is actually a bodysuit is @gentlefawn | hat @gigipip | shorts and cardigan @shophunnis | Hair curled with new wand from @conaircanada
  • May have gone a tad overboard on the swim gear a couple of days ago to get them excited for their swim lessons.

Goal: Can never be too prepared.

Reality: The whale floatie popped in our house the day I bought it, the morning of swim lessons was a rush to get ready, I regretted not findinng and organizing all their swimwear the night before, got breakfast through the drive through on the way over and somehow successfully completed day 1 of swim lessons. The kids were all smiles.... for the most part.
  • I was reading an article recently that said floral is the flavour of the year, thanks to the Royals serving a Lemon Elderflower wedding cake. Hopping right on that elderflower trend for this new recipe by experimenting with my new @sodastreamcanada FIZZI One Touch sparkling water maker.

Here's what I used: • @sodastream Sparkling Water that I created in seconds at home • Sparkling Elderflower
• Peaches
• Rosemary

Check out my latest blog post for the full recipe. 
Fun Tip: Turn any favourite sparkling water recipe by using half as much sparkling water and adding in your wine of choice (doesn't hurt to top it up with more berries either 😉 )

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  • On our way to drop this guy off at the airport again. We had five glorious days with him at home and now it's back to single momming it. #deepbreath
  • Picked up this wreath from @eucalyptuspopup today for a video shoot tomorrow (see my last post for what that’s about) and def think wreaths are perfect home decor all year round. What do you think?
  • A good night’s sleep makes a huge difference for how our kids behave throughout the day and how much energy they have to do the things they love!⠀
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I’m super thankful for brands that strive to make our kids more comfortable and our job as parents easier.⠀
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I’m a #GoodNites_Partner and working with them to teach parents about bed wetting, what causes it, solutions and to encourage all parents to know that these stages in childhood are normal.⠀
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I’ll be sharing more about my experience in a video later this month, stay tuned!⠀
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To learn more about bed wetting and how your child can have dry nights, visit the link in my bio.
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