Parenting/Life

Dear Current Self

Dear Current Self,

You’ve often seen people writing to their past selves and letters to their future self but I think you need this letter right now.

Your current self is struggling with a lot of things that you need to escape from.  And in the future, you need to come back to this letter and read it over and over again when the world seems to be closing in on you.

Things you need to know about your current self:

  1. * No matter how much they try to break you, no matter how much they put you down, don’t believe a single thing they say about you.  You are better than that.
  2. * On those days that you feel like you’ve failed the boy, look at the little post it note on your computer that he wrote to you.  Remember those times he’s told you, you are the best Mom ever.  It may not always feel like that, but those are his unprompted, from the heart, words.
  3. Current Self You Never Fail Me
  4.  * It’s okay to have bad days.  It’s okay to cry and feel vulnerable.  Admitting this isn’t failure, it’s being human.
  5.  * When you look in the mirror and don’t like what you see, remind yourself that you’re a work in progress and you’re doing things to make it better.  It may be small, very small steps but you’re moving forward.
  6.  * You’ve gone through things that would have broken others, but you’ve done it all with grace and the strength people admire you for.
  7. * Being single isn’t always a bad thing.  Sure you have your lonely days, but you are living your life on your terms and not settling for someone that doesn’t deserve you.  Remind yourself that the grass isn’t always greener.
  8. * Advocating for yourself is never a bad thing.  People are ready and willing to help you, you just need to ask.
  9. * It’s okay too, to just shut yourself off from the world for a day.  Turn off your phone, stay away from social media and just do something your current self will love you for.  In the end, it will make you a better person.
  10. * Never apologize to anyone for who you are and what you believe in.
  11. * Remind your current self that there are people out there that want you to fail.  Don’t give them the satisfaction.  There may be bumps in the road but never give up.

And in the end, just remind yourself of the great words of Stuart Smalley “I’m good enough, I’m smart enough and doggone it, people like me!”

Parenting/Life

The Joy of an Unscheduled Summer

For the majority of my childhood, I lived in the country and probably had the most unscheduled summer a kid could ask for.  I was lucky to have kids my age or close to it, living all around me.  On most days, I’d get up in the morning, run out the door and rarely seen by my parents until dinner time.  My parents always knew I was at one of 3 or 4 different places and all the other parents in the area felt the exact same way about their own children. We were our own little gang of kids playing freely with nothing but our imaginations and countryside around us.

I’ve always wanted that completely unscheduled lifestyle for my child in the summer but in this day and age of planned play dates, summer camps and with sharing custody, it’s always been scheduled – all day every day.  I’ve always had a meal plan in place, groceries bought ahead of his arrival back from his Dad’s and almost always all of the time we have together planned.

Don’t get me wrong, there is always a ton of room for flexibility and last minute changes in that plan, but there always is some sort of plan in place.  I’m like that throughout the school year and as a creature of habit, I’d keep it going throughout the summer. And I am not going to lie, there have been times when I would get super frustrated when people weren’t on the same page  and planning things ahead of time like me.  For me, the planning is mostly due to the fact that I don’t like being unprepared and having to rush around at the last minute.  That’s when my anxiety gets the best of me.

But this summer, somewhere, somehow my mindset changed.  Aside from having to plan my vacation weeks from work, I really have had no real plans in place.  We’ve planned a few things here and there,  but I don’t have every waking moment of our lives this planned summer.  It’s actually been quite freeing and I have found that being unscheduled has allowed us to enjoy more than we probably would have if I had made a week full of plans.

There have been last minute sleepovers, trips to beaches we’ve never visited before and lazy days where we didn’t get out of our pajamas at all.  And even when we’ve had tentative plans in mind, there have been days where those plans went completely out the window and we ended up having an even better time.  I have barely meal planned and luckily that hasn’t had us eating out as a quick and easy alternative. We’ve been making meals based on what we have on hand and if that means lunch is as simple as a peanut butter and jam sandwich with some carrots on the side, so be it.  I no longer feel the need for Pinterest worthy meals.

I’ve often felt the pressure to be “that” Mom as a sort of need to prove something to others that being a single parent doesn’t make me any less of a parent.  My child loves me unconditionally and that is all that is important.  He’s been loving these fly by the seat of our pants days and has said he actually prefers it.  That does mean I am throwing all of planning ways out the window, it just means that I am going to be doing a better job of living in the moment and living life as it presents itself.  If something presents itself and it needs to be scheduled, so be it.  If several days pass unscheduled so be it.  All I know is it will be a summer of laughter, fun and lots of memories made.

Parenting/Life

Amber Alerts – My thoughts, my rant

Amber Alerts

Today I woke up, and I was tired.  Really tired.  More tired than I usually am, thanks to being woken up at 3am by an Amber Alert.  I don’t say “thanks” to be miserable, I say “thanks” because I am grateful.  Grateful because due to Amber Alerts, a little girl is now safe and out of harms way.

Although the technology to have Amber Alerts sent to cell phones has been in place since April 2018, it seems we’ve been getting them much more frequently in just the past few months.  And yes, it seems like they are always being sent to us in the wee hours of the morning.  But because of those alerts, children have been found.  We haven’t always been able to see a happy ending but these children are being found.

And in the cases when the children are luckily being found safe and sound, the good news is often marred by the follow up news reports of people clogging up the 911 lines to complain about being woken up by the Amber Alerts.  I really have trouble putting into words (or at least words I can include in this post) how messed up this is.

Even if you aren’t a parent, how can you not understand the pain and heartache these families are currently going through?  How is your sleep so much more important than that child’s life? How can you justify clogging up phone lines that could be potentially needed to save that child’s life?

Yes, I am a terrible sleeper and getting woken up suddenly in the middle of the night results in a multi-coffee, feeling extra tired kind of day but really, it’s the price I am more than happy to pay if it helps save a child.  Sure, when I am in my bed at 3am, I am probably not going to be of any help finding this child, but someone who does receive it could be that one call to find that missing child.

Recently a petition has been created to bring about people that call 911 to complain about the Amber Alerts waking them up to be fined.  It’s something I fully support.  It may not make me popular with some people, but I am not here to win a popularity contest.  As a parent, if god-forbid it ever happened to my child, I would want every resource available put into finding my child.  If that means waking every person in the province, so be it.

If you are one of those people that want to complain, use your social media – your Facebook, your Twitter, your Instagram.  I’m sure all your friends and followers want to know what is really important in your life.  But good God, don’t be wasting the valuable resources of the 911 system.

If you don’t appreciate my rant, move on, unfollow, what have you but I am going to continue my day with yet another coffee in hand and be thankful a little girl is safe and sound this morning thanks to a 3am wake up call.

Parenting/Life · Travel

5 Ways Your Kids are Learning While on Vacation

beach vacation

School, unfortunately, cannot teach a kid everything. They are visual learners, where experience is the best source of education. When going on a family vacation, you may not have the intention of trying to improve your kid’s smarts. It is just a hidden plus that comes with traveling at a young age. Taking a trip to a new and unknown area creates many fun learning opportunities for your family. 

  1. Geography 

  2. Vacation globes

Geography is a subject that is often overlooked in school, that many students miss out on. But understanding locations, maps, or sense of direction is essential and incredibly useful in the “adult” world. 

When kids are exposed to different physical landforms or characteristics, it tends to stick in their mind. They can point out something unusual and figure out or relate to what it is. Traveling somewhere with peculiar features or completely unlike home, kids’ knowledge of geography broadens. 

Animals also play a role in this topic. Sure, going to the zoo can be an insightful experience, but seeing new creatures in their natural habitats can be breathtaking and exciting for children. You observe and witness real animals rather than look at pictures of them or listen to them in a story. 

  1. Culture

  2. Vacation culture

Growing up, you are usually only briefly introduced to the cultures of your family or maybe where you live. Taking a vacation where all aspects of life seem dramatically different to a kid can be eye-opening.  

Although mac and cheese and chicken fingers are quite divine to any child, even on vacation, trying an array of new types of food is essential.  Cuisine varies wherever you travel to, and there are usually delicious specialties in the area. For example, if you go to New Orleans and don’t try the famous beignets, did you really go to New Orleans?

Clothing and language may not have a drastic change wherever you go, but it is still present in many places. Your kids may see unfamiliar outfits where they can learn it is part of a particular culture. Street signs, menus, billboards, may all have phrases in a new language, where kids might be able to pick up or use pictures to help learn what they mean. 

  1. Sense of Adventure

Family vacations are often packed full with as many activities as possible. When you travel somewhere, you make the most of it, even out of the limited time you have. Kids like to follow their parents’ footsteps, so when they see you try something risky or audacious on vacation, they learn to partake. 

Life shouldn’t be lived passing up fantastic opportunities due to nerves or timidness. You may have heard the term “when in Rome,” and it can apply to this situation perfectly. If you are in the tropics, go snorkeling. If you are in the mountains, don’t be afraid to take the riskier trail. 

It is important to emphasize that there ARE boundaries, but kids quickly learn what it is like to get your knees a little dirty and have fun. They are more motivated to see what the world has to offer and explore the unseen. 

Cooperation 

vacation cooperation

Not all families get along during trips. In fact, fighting can be a complete buzzkill. With the right amount of talking to, kids can learn to cooperate. If they cannot get along they may not be able to go to the place they have been looking forward towards the whole trip.

Vacations can be a time to collect themselves, and learn to ignore their instincts. The best way to enjoy a family getaway is graciously keeping it together, which can be eventually learned by a kid. 

Not all children can easily pick this up, but once they realize it, it can be much easier to roll with. Maybe you are fiddling with a map or squinting to read street signs because you have no idea where you are going and are desperately trying to hold it together. Cooperation can be as simple as keeping their mouths shut. 

Appreciation

We all know those people who grew up spoiled and completely ungrateful for everything. And no one wants to purposely raise a child to have those attributes. Vacations can be an escape from home where kids learn to take in and appreciate every moment. 

“You Only Live Once” is a cheesy phrase, but particularly popular with the younger generation. The meaning behind it is actually thoughtful and something kids can keep in mind on vacation. 

They may be watching a sunset with a spectacular view, and try to fathom how beautiful this is. Or they could catch of glimpse of a whale’s tail splashing up and crashing down while driving past the ocean and be full of joy and happiness because that may be they last time they ever witness that. 

Appreciation is a wonderful thing to learn at a young age, where the perfect place to discover it is on a trip with your family. 

Conclusion

Children learn through senses. They touch, feel, hear, smell and taste. Vacations offer awareness, curiosity, and education to play and experiment with all their senses. There is hidden knowledge learned by kids on each individual one. 

 Post written by Emma Johnson, Beaches Resorts.

Parenting/Life

The Social Media Break I Needed

It was not the first time I had taken a social media break and it won’t be the last.  But after taking a much needed social media break this past weekend, I definitely learned a lot about myself and the bad habits I have created in the past few years.

It wasn’t even something I had planned ahead of time.  However, when on Saturday by 8:30am, I had already rolled my eyes several times and was actually frustrated on what I had seen on Instagram and Facebook, I knew right there and then I needed to unplug.

And I knew that “saying” I was going to take a break wasn’t good enough.  I needed to actually delete the apps from my phone.  Having them on there would make it way to easy to just have a peak.

Social Media Break

So there I was, no apps on my phone to distract me and promise to myself there would be no social media over the weekend.  And here a few things that I learned about myself.

  1. 1.  Reaching for my phone is a TERRIBLE habit that I have formed.  Even after deleting the apps from my phone, I must have reached for it 10x to “check” for something that wasn’t there and without any sort of thought put in to it.  It was just a bad habit.  Luckily by the end of the weekend, I was only reaching for it if I heard it ding that a text message had come in.
  2. 2. FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) is real.  For the first little bit, I worried yes, literally was worried I was missing something.  But the whole reason I was taking the social media break was because it wasn’t a happy place for me anymore, it was becoming a place of frustration.  So why did I worry so much about what was going on?  But by the end of the weekend, I totally understood what JOMO (Joy of Missing Out) meant.   Everything would still be there when I got back.  I didn’t need to see everything as it was posted.  And nobody was going to miss my postings.
  3. 3. I waste a LOT of time just scrolling.  After deleting the apps, I proceeded to make a “To Do” list of things that I wanted to do that weekend with my son and in general.  And even though we didn’t accomplish everything on our list, we had a lot of fun crossing the things off that we did get done.
  4. 4. I am a much more focused and attentive parent without the apps on my phone.  This is obviously a given.  In addition to myself being on the break, my son was also made to be on a break as well.  I did allow him some video game time with his friends but limited and that was it.    Instead of playing games on his phone or on the TV, we enjoyed a ton of time outside enjoying the almost summer like weather, we played Lego together and he made a few art projects. And best of all, we had full on attentive conversations.  We talked about where we wanted to go this summer, people we wanted to see and things we wanted to do together.

Social Media break outside

I know that none of these items are earth shattering revelations, but for me it was a real eye opener and some that actually brought me to tears.  I felt like I was not only failing my son in certain respects but also myself.   My son and I have made a pact that during the summer weekends that he is with me, we will take a social media breather.  I will delete the apps from my phone and he will turn off his phone completely.  During the week, he can watch YouTube and play his games – within reason.  We want to be present to each other and really enjoy all that the summer has to offer us.

But what I have also come to realize is that I really need to focus on the causes within social media that are frustrating me to a point that I want to unplug.  I need to look at what and who causes the frustration and clean up my account so that I am not subjecting myself to these feelings.  Someone once told me about how they had cleaned up all the “noise” on their accounts and it made things so much better for them.  I need to do a complete Marie Kondo and get rid of those that do not bring me joy.

For Kids · Parenting/Life

Mini Movie Makers with Stikbots

Disclosure:  Although Stikbots were provided to us, all comments, opinions and photos are strictly mine.

My child is your typical tween and totally obsessed with electronics and always wanting more screen time.  It’s the mindless, unproductive games that I have the most problem with.  But if he’s actually using his screen time for something educational or creative, I am a little more willing to let him use his electronics.  That is why I am a big fan of Stikbots.

Stikbots are poseable figures with suction cup hands and feet that you can stick to almost anything.  They come in an array of colors and can be used with the downloadable app on both iOs and Android to make your very own stop motion movies.

Stikbot character

Kids can use the figures to make their own movies anywhere they want or they can use the Stikbot Zanimation studio complete with green screen and tripod and incorporate some of the backdrops within the app to make their movies even more creative.

StikBot Zanimation Studio

In addition to the “human” characters, there are also pet/animal characters that the kids can incorporate into their story line.  My son was a big fan of having the animals available.  I really enjoyed watching him create his own videos and bringing his own creative style into them.

Stikbot posing

Stikbot in motion

stikbot gang

In addition to the backdrops, there are also sound effects and music that they can add to their movies.  Because they use the Stikbots in stop motion, it can definitely keep them busy for a long time.  If you child is like mine and wants to make a “real” movie, it will hold their attention for hours.

Stikbot backdrop

I loved watching him put together all the elements into his movies.  He’s often spoken about wanting to get into some sort of video game/video creative field when he grows up and this has really given him a glimpse into the work that even the most basic of videos take.  It’s been not only fun for him but a learning experience as well.

stikbot movie

It’s a perfect middle ground between parents and kids.  Parents get them away from mindless gaming but the kids get their desired screen time.  And with the app being free and all it takes is one individual character to get the kids started, it’s an inexpensive learning tool that is perfect for all the rainy days we’ve having lately when the kids are able to get outside.

Parenting/Life

Finally Learning About Essential Oils

I sometimes feel like I am the only person on the planet that doesn’t use essential oils in their daily life.  Up until now, the only thing I really knew was that a peppermint roller I received as a gift, actually helped me when I have headaches.  Other than that, I was pretty much clueless.  I often found that there were so many different ones, that is was somewhat overwhelming.

So when Simply Earth approached me about reviewing their subscription box, I was intrigued to learn more.  Being a subscription box, I felt like it wouldn’t be too much at once and I could start learning about the benefits of using essential oils.

Simply Earth essential oil me with box

 

With so many different essential oil companies out there, I wasn’t sure what made Simply Earth different from the rest.  Aside from the fact that every batch of oils is tested to ensure 100% purity and has a 365 day satisfaction guarantee, one of the first things that caught my eye was that Simply Earth donates a portion of their profits to help stop human trafficking.

“As a company who supplies products to enhance the beauty of our customers, we at Simply Earth believe it to be our responsibility to help people whose beauty has been abused. The average age of an individual forced into human trafficking is 13. That is why when you shop Simply Earth, 13% of our profits go to help fight human trafficking.”

Each month the box has a theme and recipes and essential oils are sent based on the theme.  For example, the May theme teaches us what essential oils are safe to use around pets and comes with 5 recipe and 4 oils that can create pet friendly balms, sprays, and blends.    I was able to make a balm to rub on your pets feet when cracked or sore it’s walks, a pet odor eliminator spray as well as a fur and skin conditioner.  There was also a recipe to make an Anti-Anxiety diffuser oil.  I know it is supposed be more for pets, but I have been diffusing it in my room the past week before I go to bed and I have noticed that I am falling to sleep easier. It’s just that fact alone that is making me want to learn more about making my home more natural with essential oils.

Simply Earth essential oil box contents

With your first subscription box, you will also receive the Big Bonus Box which includes items such as coconut oil, beeswax and additional bottles that you’ll be able to use with future month’s recipes.

Simply Earth essential oil bonus box contents

Learning a little bit more each month is definitely something that won’t make me feel overwhelmed but with the recipe subscription box, it will also show me ways to use essential oils in ways I never thought about before.

Simply Earth essential oil box done

 

Are you interested in learning more about essential oils or simply add to your collection? Subscribe now with with the code ABOYANDHISMOMFREE and you will receive a Big Bonus Box, an Essential Oil Recipe box, and a $40 egift card towards future purchases.

Simply Earth essential oil diffuser

Disclosure:  Although items were provided to us by Simply Earth, all comments, opinions and photos are strictly mine. This post contains affiliate links to products.  We may receive a commission for purchases made through these links.

Parenting/Life

Birthday Photo Shoot

Not sure how I can possibly be 47 this year.  I still feel like I should be in my 20’s.  And it’s not your typical milestone birthday, so why did I decide to do a birthday photo shoot?

One reason and one reason alone….WHY NOT?!?!

I have been reminded this past year that life is way too short to not try and live your best life.  It’s very rare that I do something so completely for myself but this year, I decided what the hell!!!

I came up with the premise of the shoot just a week or so ago and have to thank Petra from Petra King Photography for helping make my vision become a reality.

If nothing else, it’s something to remind me and my son that it’s ok to be silly and let loose sometimes and not worry about others might think.  Always try to live your best life now.  Celebrating a birthday is a privilege denied to so many.

Typically I don’t make a big deal out of my birthday, but there was just something about doing this birthday photo shoot that I really needed to do for myself this year.  I hope you enjoy these as much as I do.

 

Birthday Photo Shoot

Birthday Photo Shoot

Birthday Photo Shoot

Birthday Photo Shoot

Birthday Photo Shoot

Birthday Photo Shoot

Birthday Photo Shoot

Birthday Photo Shoot

Birthday Photo Shoot

Birthday Photo Shoot

Birthday Photo Shoot

 

Birthday Photo Shoot

 

 

Getting Fit · Parenting/Life

My Experience with an Internet Troll

It’s one of those messages that I wish I had saved instead of immediately deleting.  It wasn’t my first message from an Internet Troll and it definitely won’t be my last.  I should have saved it to remind me that haters are going to hate but instead of bringing me down it, it will push me to do better.

If you follow me on social media, you know that I often post about going to the gym, trying to eat healthy and trying to lose weight.  And you would also know that I’ve fallen off the wagon more times than not, gained weight and eaten unhealthy.

And I know that people probably wonder why I even bother posting, if I am constantly going to fail.  The internet trolls have asked me that on more than one occasion.  And it was one particular comment just recently that made me really think about why I post and why everyone needs to ignore these type of people.

It was a day I had posted in my stories about going to the gym in the morning and then another story about indulging in snacks and a few drinks with friends.  I was enjoying life.  The next day, I was checking in on Instagram and there was a message request.  Obviously a message from someone who didn’t follow me but wanted to send me a message.  We all know that 9 times out of 10, those messages are usually some sort of spam.

My curiosity got the best of me and I opened the message.  The long and short of the message was they couldn’t understand why I talk about a healthy lifestyle and then turn around have a night of eating and drinking crap.  I should stop posting and give up.  No one wanted to hear it.

This was someone I didn’t know, I didn’t follow and they didn’t follow me.  They must have found me via a hashtag that I had used on my posts.  At this point it made think about a lot of things about this person and myself.

At first it made me think about my posts.   In one thought, I agreed with him calling me out on my shit (pardon my language).  I try to be healthier and I fall off the wagon.  And a lot of times, I fall hard.   Sometimes it is more of a 1 step forward 2 steps back instead of the other way around.  BUT, eventually I brush myself off and start again.  And at one point, hopefully it’s only continual steps forward.

The reason I post about my life and my successes and failures is that is what my blog is all about.  My life and the journey.  Keeping it real. Maybe it reminds people that we all are human and everything isn’t always perfect and we all have our struggles.  Even if one person reads it and it makes them smile or feel better about their own life, then my job her is done.  I’ve accomplished what I wanted to do.  I know that others have done the same for me.  Reading blogs of others on similar journeys have helped me tremendously.

I’m not going to lie, those unkind comments stung a bit.  It wasn’t the first time someone had reminded me of my failures.  I know I need to try harder some days.  Absolutely, no questions asked.  But when it comes from someone I don’t know, I’ve never met (or ever want to) it is a different kind of hurt.

And this is not a oh boo hoo, poor me type of post.  Having an open social media profile opens me up to anyone seeing my posts and commenting as they please and I’ve accepted that.  I’ve see other bloggers have way nastier and hurtful comments flung at them on almost a daily basis.  And we all know that there are people out there that aren’t the kind and sincere person their social media profile leads everyone to believe.

But then I thought about the person that sent the comments.  If they didn’t follow me, then they had to have intentionally sought out my profile and others like mine by searching through countless hashtags.  What I can’t understand is why?  Why do people or these Internet Trolls feel the need to search out others just to bring them down?

I was brought up with “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all”.  Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate constructive criticism but people being down right insulting for no reason other than to make themselves feel better, is not acceptable.  If you feel that bringing others down makes you feel better, you aren’t the type of person my content is aimed at.   There are a million other blogs, and social media profiles out there that I am sure you can find something out there that interest you and you enjoy instead of criticizing others.

It’s a conversation that I’ve already had with my son on more than one occasion.  He’s seen the likes of Internet Trolls when watching videos on YouTube.  He’s seen the nasty comments and we’ve discussed why it needs to stop.  Bringing others down just to make yourself feel better about yourself isn’t the way to go about things.

So that being said, I will continue to blog about the things I want to blog about.  I will share on my social media as I see fit to share.  And to those that don’t want to read it or like it, that is your prerogative.  But don’t waste your time or mine with your nasty comments and messages.

Parenting/Life · Travel

5 Reasons You Should Have A Girls Weekend

Although items for our Girls Weekend were provided to us, all comments and opinions are strictly mine.

Hey Moms, you how we all hypothetically talk with each other about taking a Girls Weekend getaway trip but never actually do?  I know I am definitely guilty of it.  Well it’s time you actually make your plan a reality.  I was lucky enough to have the opportunity a few weeks ago to take a Girls Weekend trip with of some of my favorite gals to the incredible Viamede Resort and I came back feeling like a whole new Mama.  Here are my 5 tops reasons why you should do the same.

Girls Weekend Viamede Sign

  1. 1.  Laughter

  2. They say that laughter is the best medicine and it is something I definitely agree with.  From the moment the trip started to even after I got home the girls had me in stitches.  My stomach hurt for days afterwards from laughing so hard.  Thanks to Clarington Toyota, we all loaded up in a brand new 2019 Toyota Highlander and were able to make the journey up together.  It was super spacious and comfortable and easy handled all our luggage.  The weather was less than stellar that weekend but with all the safety features on the vehicle, our trip was a breeze.  That is saying a lot because I am often a nervous passenger/driver in the winter weather.  None of us grew up together so sharing stories of our pasts and youth had me pretty much crying from laughter instead of worrying.
  3. Girls Weekend outside of car
  4. Throughout the entire weekend, whether it was being forced to watch some pretty crazy reality TV, freezing our butts off taking photos, or just unexpected moments of pure hilariousness, I always had a smile on my face.  This kind of happiness is good for the soul especially in our normal, busy lives.
  5. 2.  Relaxation

  6. Having to share custody of my son means every other weekend he’s at his Dad’s.  Sure this means I have the opportunity to wake up a bit later, but I still wake up with the same laundry to wash, floors to vacuum, home to clean, etc.  Being away from your daily responsibilities means you can sit back and take the actual time to relax.
  7. There a lots of activities to enjoy at Viamede Resort and even with it being close to -30°C that weekend, we still were able to get outside even if only to enjoy a glass of LaMarca Prosecco or a brief visit to the hot tub.
  8. Girls Weekend pool
  9. And if you don’t want to go out in the cold, there is always the fireplace to curl up in front of to read a book or just enjoy a hot cup of coffee.
  10. 3. Adult Time

  11. We’re all Mom’s and sometimes you just need a day or two not wanting to change your name to anything but “Mom” or having to worry about the next Lego brick you are going to step on.  Again, sharing custody of my son, it’s a bit different for me but in all, it’s nice to have some time with adults, not having to be checking the clock until it’s time to get home and back to reality.  We were able to talk about a lot of things that were on our minds and not having to worry about kids overhearing things they shouldn’t or being able to openly talk about things we normally wouldn’t on a simple dinner out or over coffee.
  12. We also were able to experience things that we normally wouldn’t with our kids.  Upon arrival to the resort, we were able to partake in their Dark Winter’s Feast which was held in the resort chapel and the entire meal was a throwback to the late 1800’s prepared in pioneer fashion and eaten over candle light.  The food and experience was amazing.
  13. Girls Weekend food
  14. 4. Growing Relationships

  15. Regardless if you’ve been friends for decades or only a few years, a lot times we only get to spend a few hours with our friends at any given time.  Being able to spend an entire weekend with these ladies allowed for our friendships to not only grow stronger but an entirely new level.  We learned things about each other that you simply don’t learn over dinner or coffee.  Being forced to watch some crazy reality TV that you never would have watched on your own with a bunch of close friends definitely brings out the laughs and the ability to let loose sometimes.
  16. It’s a reminder of why we became friends in the first place and why our friendships continue.
  17. 5.  Life is too short not too!

  18. Don’t get me wrong, I love everything about being a Mom and hate being away from my son, but I am also a Mom that needs to have a life as well.  And life is way too short not to take time for myself and being able to enjoy it.  After being away, I came back refreshed, full of smiles and with a totally different energy.  This is not only good for me as a person but as a Mom.
  19. Instead of pushing off a Girls Weekend to another month, another season, another year, bite the bullet and book it.  Life will always be busy, you’ll always have “life” getting in the way, but you need the time away to be a better you. You won’t regret it!
  20. So girls, when is our next Girls Weekend getaway?

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