At Home: Winter Days Indoors

At Home: Winter Days Indoors - Activities for kids & mom to do together

There’s one word that people start to dread at this time of year. Winter. Folks here tend to start wincing and grimacing when it comes up in conversation toward the end of February. I enjoy the snow, some cold, and know the importance of having these season, but it can be hard not to grow weary of all the layers needed just to leave the house, the freezing wind, the cars that don’t want to start or need digging out. And we get grumpy about it now, because honestly, we’ve still got a ways to go.

I’m a homebody by nature anyway, but we definitely spend more time at home during these cold weeks. As a mama, it can be nice to have a *few* activities up your sleeve to do with the kiddos, that doesn’t involve snowsuits. Today I’m sharing some of the things that Sammy & I have been up to this winter, to pass the time cozy & warm.

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Defining Self-CARE

Defining Self-Care - a blog post about self-care vs. self-comfort

 

Despite being sadly situated in the doldrums of winter (this particular winter being no exception), February is one of my favourite months of the year.

It’s my birthday month (and yes, I completely milk the concept of birthday MONTH).

I also have a soft spot for Valentine’s Day since it marks the first date I had with my husband 15 years ago. Not to mention that a holiday about loving others can only be a good thing for this world.

In recent years, I’ve taken the theme of “self-care” for the month of February. I use it as motivation (or maybe an excuse) to do some of the things that I usually put off in the name of Mothering or Scheduling or the Crazy Fast Pace of Life. It’s the month I am intentional about making hair appointments, waxing, pedicures, etc.

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Mom Life Organized

Mom Life Organized - Helpful Apps, Calendars, and Planners for Busy Moms

January is the perfect time to examine how you organize your days, weeks, and months! Not only what you do, but the actual tools for helping achieve that organization. Today, Shauna and I are sharing some of our favourite tools to use, from printables and calendars to helpful apps. From two real moms in the thick of daily life, here are ways we get & stay organized {and also, achieve some inspiration & sanity}:

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Turning 37

Happy Birthday, Turning 37

 

37 doesn’t feel much different. Although my 20-something self would never have pictured my life as it now. I haven’t had too many clear & exact pictures of my future. It’s not like I pictured having one particular job, or driving a particular car or having traveled to particular countries…

But I would not have pictured being a mom to only one child. Or having so many empty seats around the table at Christmas. We’ve said a lot of sad goodbyes over recent years.

Life keeps moving though; it waxes and wanes. Swells and shrinks. So many seasons yet to come. Or so I hope to be blessed with. More years ahead.

So turning another year older, is really not so bad at all.

I joked with Marcus that we won’t get to use these candles again until one of us turns 73 {if we’re lucky}. In his usual positive manner, he pointed out that Sam can use the “7” in another year, and our adopted children, that we pray for each day, can use them when they turn “3” and “7”. Life can look different to everyone. I’m just thankful to have a partner in this craziness.

{PS – we missed celebrating our 10th Anniversary together in November due to all the chaos. We had a trip planned to Victoria, but it got cancelled/postponed until the New Year. So here’s a shout out to my amazing hubby and more than a decade shared together!}

Mama, Blogger, Etsy Shop Owner, Farm Wife ~ Bubblegum Sass

Mom Tribe: More Shauna

We’re back to getting to know more about Shauna today! She’s the most recent addition to this blog and I can’t wait to collaborate with her, and read what she contributes in the coming months!
 

Mom Tribe: Meet Shauna ~ Mom Blog Collaboration

 

Have you ever blogged before?

I used to blog (http://thefrankenburgers.blogspot.ca) as a way of documenting our family’s life and adventures. Until one day, I just didn’t. No big monumental moment of why. I just naturally, progressively, shifted my online energy to instagram.

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Mom Tribe: Meet Shauna

Trying something a little different here on the blog. I’m opening it up for more collaborative writing with some of my friends, because although I love to blog, I recognize the significance in different voices. I also have a desire to empower other women through writing & sharing our stories. Authenticity & voice at work.

In this spirit, I am pleased to welcome my dear friend Shauna to the blog! She is eager to contribute, so I leave the rest of this introduction to her own {amazing} words.

 

Mom Tribe: Meet Shauna ~ Mom Blog Collaboration

 

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