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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  • When I started working out around the house more Ezra asked me, “Why are you doing those exercises all the time now?” and I responded by saying, “Because I want to be stronger.” That’s what inspired this photo and my “strong” pose.
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For the next couple of months, I have partnered with @planetfitnessca and will be sharing more about what I am doing to take care of myself and bring those home workouts to the gym while I check out their Abbotsford location.

P.S. did you know that a PF Black Card membership allows you to bring a friend for a free workout every time you go in?? Comment below if you want to be
my friend and join me! #seriously
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Photo by @juliechristinephotography #sponsored #planetfitness #LifewithPF #abbotsford
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  • Don’t be fooled by our matching outfits and their cute faces, the majority of my photos looked like photo two and three.
  • We’ve been under the weather (mainly the kids 🤒 ) for what seems like forrrreverrrr!! We bundled up anyways and took in some of this ❄️ snow and even though it’s cold AF and our 🐕 puppy might be the biggest wimp of all it was definitely worth it.
  • I like pink drinks and I can not lie. ⠀
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I also love my SodaStream! I am so excited to share that I'll be creating more deliciousness with @sodastreamcanada this year as they asked me to join their #streamteam for the second year. Last year I learnt so much about how they are changing the world with bubbles, reducing waste and turning so many pop drinkers into sparkling water lovers. Best part is, you use tap water from your home so whenever you want to make bubbly water (as my kids say) it's so easy! #partner⠀
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Italian Soda Recipe
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Ingredients:⠀
- Sparkling Water⠀
- Soda Stream water flavours Raspberry & Cranberry⠀
- Half & Half⠀
- Whipcream⠀
- Strawberries⠀
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Directions:⠀
Mix 2/3 glass of sparkling water and flavoured water and then fill with half & half. Top with whip cream. If you are feeling fancy cut a strawberry in the shape of a heart and garnish away. So easy and so good!⠀
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Photo by @juliechristinephotography #irishsoda #sipoftheday #diy #recipe #drinkrecipe #fromwhereisip #drinkoftheday #theweekoninstagram #valentinesday #valentinesdiy #valentinesparty #partydecor #ohitsperfect #karaspartyideas #mixology #drinkstagram #sodastream #streamteam
  • Would it be weird if I said we drove around specifically looking for this door? #thatpinkdoor #butnot
  • #AD Our TV is usually set up in our garage's man cave but during the winter months it makes its way into the living room. We love having cozy family movie nights and enjoying some Orville Redenbacher Extra Buttery popcorn. It's butter-ly delicious! Bonus: it's made with no artificial colours, flavours, or preservatives. What's your favourite family movie right now? @orvillecanada #originalpopcorn #OrvilleCanada Photo: @juliechristinephotography
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