NO FULL MOON MEANS NO WEREWOLVES – Taming Your Inner Judge

I learned an interesting fact about werewolves today, and it sparked a debate in me. The duality of a werewolf’s physical existence got me thinking about the duality of personality that lives inside me, and I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest that is inside of all of us; or at least those of us who present ourselves as nice people – or at least that we don’t judge.  But in reality, have internal judgmental thoughts more than we’d care to admit.  Are you like me and need some help taming your inner judge?

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WEREWOLVES – how did we get here?

You might be wondering how I actually got thinking about werewolves.  Well, we can thank my big brother for that.  We were chatting about something completely unrelated to werewolves (possibly vampires, but maybe it was chess), and he told me what I think is probably a little known fact: because February is a short month, some years there isn’t a full moon, and 2018 just happens to be one of those years.  Now, the really important part about this fact, isn’t the really the lack of moon, but what that lack of moon means.

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SUCCESSFUL MARRIAGE – The Secrets to Keeping a Marriage Strong

What are the secrets to a successful marriage?  Why do some couples live in wedded “bliss” and others crash and burn?

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With Valentine’s Day only a few days away, for good or bad, it’s natural for our attention to start turning to love and our relationships.  And being a romantic at heart, I’m getting excited.   However, despite all the build-up and hype, I think it’s good to talk about the fact that, even though we shouldn’t need a special day to remind us to check in with our relationships, many of us find ourselves scrambling to find the perfect way to show our love on the day of love!

And if you’re married, especially if it’s been for a long time, it can be really challenging to come up with a unique and special way to express your love for your spouse.  How are you going to show your spouse how much they mean to you?

But is finding the perfect present on Valentine’s Day critical to having a successful marriage?

It certainly feels like it sometimes.

Like every other holiday, our society is amazing at pouring on the guilt.  Everywhere you turn there are messages about what you MUST do or more importantly buy to ensure that your marriage will be strong and stand the test of time.

But, I’ll let you in on a little secret: your gift doesn’t really matter.

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THE PERFECT VALENTINE’S DAY GIFT – Simple and Timeless

In case you’re still recovering from the holidays and haven’t quite noticed that January has quickly slipped away from us, let me give you a heads up!  Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.  Have you found the perfect Valentine’s Day gift?

It’s on the calendar, so you’d better pay attention!

Are you struggling to come up with something?

Does it feel like your whole relationship depends on getting it right?

Are you starting to panic?

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DOUBLE TROUBLE IN FLIGHT – 5 Tips for Flying with Twins + 3 Tips for Choosing a Flight

I was sitting in the departure lounge at the airport, waiting to fly to Ottawa to see an old friend (old in that we’ve been friends for a long time, not that she’s old – not that there’s anything wrong with being old 😉 ).  As I sat, I watched my 7 year-old twins play, and I couldn’t help thinking back to how different it was to travel with my twins when they were little.  I realized that I’d learned some lessons that might help others.

Out of that walk down memory lane came these 5 Tips for Flying with Twins, plus 3 Tips for Selecting a Flight 🙂 .

Some of the tips I learned the hard way.  Okay, I pretty much learned all of them the hard way 😉 .

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WHEN LIFE CHANGES – 10 Tips for Handling Big Life Change with Confidence

I recently had the honour of attending the military retirement of a very close friend (almost more of a sister really).  On the day of her retirement, she had served almost 21 years in the Royal Canadian Navy.  A very respectable achievement to say the least.  I was so pleased to be able to be there at the moment when she was celebrating the end of one chapter and readying herself to take the next step; because it’s at these moments, when we’re experiencing big life changes that truly magnificent things can happen.

It’s at these junctions in our life’s journey that we have the opportunity to explore who we really are.  If we can be brave enough to let it happen.

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MY ANXIETY IS MAKING ME A TERRIBLE PARENT – am I in the wrong career?

First off, I want to make it very clear that I’m by NO means making the suggestion that people with anxiety disorders, or other types of mental illness, shouldn’t be parents.  Nor am I saying that people with anxiety disorders, or other types of mental illness, don’t do a great job of being parents – because that would be blatantly false.

I’m not even saying that I’m a terrible parent.  I love my children, and I think that I’m doing a good job raising them to be independent, polite, tolerant, and well-rounded individuals.

Just to brag a bit, I actually often get complimented on my children’s behavior when we are at restaurants.  Thumbs up to me.

What I’m saying is my anxiety makes me a terrible candidate for this parenting job that I’ve managed to get myself hired for.  It’s not that I don’t have the skills to do the job.  It’s just that my anxiety disorder makes my role as a parent more difficult, than if I was the same person just minus my anxious tendencies.

Wait STOP! Stay with me for a second.

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TWIN HACKS – Creating Your Own Audiobooks For Kids

I know that I say this a lot, but parenting twins is tough.  Actually parenting in general is tough.  It’s essential to get some tricks in your toolbox.  So, today I give you a TWIN HACKS: creating your own audiobooks.

Feel free to use the HACK with any kids not just twins 😉 !

We’ve always tried to limit the amount of screen time our twins are allowed; especially when they were little.  But, every parent needs some down time, even if it’s just so you can get dinner cooked.

With twins, getting a free moment to get anything done is challenging.  Someone always needs you for something.  Enter the audiobook. Continue reading “TWIN HACKS – Creating Your Own Audiobooks For Kids”

Getting Back to Living Sugar-Free in 4 Easy Steps

Living sugar-free is a healthy choice. But, it isn’t an easy one. So what do you do when despite your best intentions you can’t stop consuming too much sugar?

You use these 4 sugar-busting strategies to get you back on track and living sugar-free.

IS IT GOING TO BE EASY?

There are two types of people: those who can resist sugar and those who can’t.

The ease with which you banish sugar from your life is going to depend on what kind of person you are.

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Sunshine Blogger Award – Sunshine on a Rainy Day

It’s winter, and in Victoria that often means rain.  Since the little bit of Christmas snow that fell melted, it’s been a pretty steady downpour of rain. And when it rains around here, it’s rare to see any sunshine.  But, not so for me 🙂 .  I’m so pleased to announce that I’ve been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by Angel Lou at Strong Heart.

As a new blogger, I feel very honoured to be recognized. Thank-you so much Angel.  Angel is an Environmental Science graduate and advocate who blogs about her daily life – sharing her insights and experiences.  Make sure you check out her blog.  It’s a fun and inspiring read with some thought provoking topics, such as this one: Religion. Does it matter when applying for a job?

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Why I’m NOT Making New Year’s Resolutions This Year + My 5 New Year’s NON-Resolutions

Happy New Year to all my readers.  Have you made your resolutions?

New Year – the time of resolutions.  A happy, hopeful time where everyone is brimming with enthusiasm for all that they’re going to conquer in this brand new year.

There’s something magical about New Year’s Day – not in reality, of course.  It’s really just another day, just the same as the one before; except it isn’t.

Like many people at this time of year, I’ve had resolutions on my mind.  To tell you the truth, I always have a pile of resolutions bouncing around in my brain.  I’ve always got a multitude of ‘self-improvement’ tasks that I’m ‘working’ on or am on the verge of implementing.

It’s exhausting.

And, frankly, this year between the chronic pain that I just can’t seem to conquer and trying to hold my life together, I just don’t have the energy for it.

So, I’ve made the decision that this year all my resolutions were going to be non-resolutions. Instead, I have a list of things that I won’t be doing in 2018. Click To Tweet
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