Being the wife of a runner

Being The Wife of a Runner

Being the wife of a runner isn’t easy. I don’t touch on what my husband does on here but it’s about time I did. My husband is a runner, and by runner, I mean competitive, marathon training runner. But he wasn’t always this driven.

When my husband and I met, I was 18 and he was in his early 20’s. We went out, we partied and for a while, our health wasn’t the most important thing to us. All that changed after we got married.

Not long after we got married, my parents dropped a bomb on us that my dad had Prostate cancer. Not much longer after his diagnosis, he had a procedure to implant nuclear beads that would kill those particular cancer cells. You can read more on targeted radionuclide therapy here.

Dad’s news to us spawned a positive effect on my life to start getting myself together and start putting my health at the forefront. I got a gym membership and became happily engrossed in fitness. It took hubby a bit longer. But not by much!

Life as a runner's wife

Why he started

Anytime we’d have a few drinks, Geoff would go to the nearby corner store to buy cigarettes. He’d lie to me and say he was getting snacks, I knew otherwise. Finally, on February 20th, 2013, he smoked his last cigarette and started running. Quitting smoking was something he did on and off for years so I was apprehensive. However, running slowly became his passion.

That spring, he completed his first 5k race. He was all nerves that morning as we got to the race arch. I was nervous for him! He’s so hard on himself and compares his progress to others. While his placement wasn’t in any top tier, it was a personal win for him and I was so proud of him.

Watching them struggle

Over these past 5 years, I’ve seen him struggle, succeed, set and reach goals that I couldn’t imagine obtaining myself.  Seeing him either get an injury which would keep him from running, or being defeated by a cold, or the weather was difficult. You want to fix why they’re unhappy, but you know that all they really want, or need, is to get some miles under their feet.

Sometimes it’s just because of having a crazy schedule that he can’t make it out. Maybe we’re working opposing shifts, it happens. Or, if we take a trip somewhere, he wouldn’t be eating his usual foods and running like he normally would. All of which play huge factors in his mood, which yes, can translate into our home life.

Support, no matter what

While I don’t enjoy running at all, watching him do something he loves makes me so happy. It’s a much better example for our son than the previous lifestyle. Not to mention, he’s in better shape now than when we first met. Can’t shake a finger at that fact!

It’s easy to take for granted the changes people make in their lives when it’s not yourself directly. When you just sit and think about the distance that 10k is and the fact that your significant other just casually run that any day of the week, it’s pretty crazy. But a good kind of crazy. An influential kind of crazy, infectious even.

If you’ve never been at the finish line of a big race or a marathon, you need to experience it for yourself. People are cheering on loved ones, strangers or just cheering out of pure excitement. It’s really exhilarating.

It can get expensive

Everything has a price. And running, it adds up. Sneakers needing to be replaced every so many miles, Garmin watches, race registration. That’s just a high overview!

You’ll get into extras like the cost of clothes for seasonal running (especially all of the extras needed for winter running). Also, think about the time spent prepping for a race.

Time is money, and time is also relationships. When you’re leading up to a big race, there are no other plans to be made. Period. Everything is prepping for that race. Down to making sure that long distance runs are happening, then the dreaded taper, where they cut back on runtime, but they also need more rest.

You’ll see your food budget take a jump during race season, and especially on race, and post-race weeks because of carbohydrate loading. And also supplementation. Don’t forget the supplements, electrolytes, omega’s, protein and more. And so many bananas. Basically all of the bananas.

It takes sacrifice

With all of the miles he’s accumulated, it doesn’t go without sacrifice. His running means me supporting him and his goals, which can sometimes mean putting mine on the back burner. We’re not perfect, and if I’m being honest, yes, we do fight. Not that he doesn’t give me my time, but I still have a hard time asking for it. Because well, mom guilt. We’re still figuring out our balance, even with a two-year-old.

Throw making plans out the window because training, during race weeks, takes precedence over everything.

There’s no clear way of knowing how long it’ll take for us to get into a good groove, but hey, parenthood, right?

Race season is very much active now, and he is currently training for another full and half marathon. This means extra miles, and certainly some added crankiness on both our parts. Mine because “run” becomes a four letter word to me if you know what I mean. And for him, because he’s burning the candle at both ends.

Trust me, I have my days where when he complains about being tired, or burnt out, I respond with, “you choose to do this” however, it’s not a bad choice to make.

However, I’d take running Geoff, over smoking, unhealthy Geoff, any day.

After a race

There’s something so exhilarating about race day, even if you’re not running it! The build-up of all of the training runs, meal prep, and the emotional rollercoaster is about to be worth it all.

I mentioned before, but honestly, if you’ve never been in the crowd of a big race, you need to go. It’s so amazing watching those people coming across the finish line. Sometimes it’s with tears streaming down their face, into the arms of loved ones. Or, the announcer is calling out the names of the top division leaders.

It’s awesome to see your person come across that finish line, and get to give them a massive sweaty hug because they’ve accomplished something amazing.

This past spring was the first time I got to bring Peyton to the finish line of a marathon Geoff ran. As I passed Peyton over the barricade to Geoff, tears running down his face, it made everything worth it. You’re so proud of your partner, and especially seeing the example they are making for your little one(s).

Not all races are the same

Did you know there are races which are themed? Many are and those are really fun to be at!

Sure, it’s great to go to a race that has these crazy, amazing athletes, who are trying to qualify for massive races like Boston Marathon, or maybe even a regional qualifier!

But, races for causes like Terry Fox, or Pride races, are so much fun. Some races, like color races where people literally pelt the runners with colored chalk, are considered fun runs. You may also be familiar with foam runs, or mud runs, or even costume themed races! No matter what the idea, crazy, or great, I can guarantee, there is probably a race for that. Even Disney holds races

Also, did you know there’s an all Women’s race in San Francisco sponsored by Nike, which at the end, you’re given a Tiffany necklace by a firefighter? Yeah. That’s a thing, and you can check that out here!

You may not be a runner

If you are the spouse of a runner, who doesn’t run themselves, you know where I’m coming from. Why don’t I run? Because I don’t enjoy it. And I’m not going to do something I don’t like doing, just to do something. I’d rather be writing or creating, or just taking in some quiet time. And that’s okay. Everyone has their own thing.

What I do miss is working out. Weight lifting, and training. I used to have a trainer, and I used to go to the gym every day, and I worked hard. Like really damn hard. And I was so proud of my body. That is something I want to get back to, absolutely. But we can’t have both parents out of the house at the same time. So, while I’m still trying to figure out my balance, and make my time, there’s always yoga!

Find something mutually beneficial

Finding something you both enjoy, that’s a happy medium can be a good compromise for the both of you. If you’re a runner, or if your spouse is, you know how important stretching. For a little while, a very little while… I managed to get Geoff to do yoga with me. But, like anything else, that tapered off. He got busy, I didn’t feel like waiting around, because let’s be honest, I feel like I always am. So we stopped doing that together.

But you know what, even now, he will sometimes pop some yoga on tv, or the laptop and get a good stretch in, so I know I helped in some way!



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Maybe you both like hiking, or going for walks. The main thing is that you can’t lose that time together because well, you’re a team. Like I said, we’re not perfect, and lately, we’ve been like ships passing in the night. But that too shall pass, and we will have our “us” time once the dust settles.

Is your spouse a runner? I’d love to hear how ya’ll balance it. Parenthood, your relationship with other, and your time for you! Leave your input in the comments below.

What Mom Really Wants on Mother's Day

What This Mom Wants for Mother’s Day – Unfiltered

As you know, Mother’s Day is around the corner. This mommy blogger is going to share what she wants for Mother’s Day, unfiltered.

Whether you’re a working mom, a stay at home mom, or a work from home mom, you’re probably the last person in your home who gets pampered.

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No “fur parents”

And no, fur parents need not apply. Yes, we get that you choose an animal. But it’s not the same. You can leave a dog or cat home, with a bowl of water and food and all is well. It’s a hell of a lot more work to have to organize childcare, their meals, laundry, clean the house, and attempt to take a shower.

It’s 180% different and you’ll never convince me otherwise.

I’ve had pets, and don’t get me wrong. I know their work but seriously chill the hell out. Humans are much more work. End scene. So, now that I’ve gotten that out of my system, I’m going to spill some real tea. And some real truths. Because that’s what I do.

Tell the damn truth.

Is it so bad that what I really, really, truly want for Mother’s Day is to sleep in, wake up when I feel like it, have a damn mimosa, and have other people just do all of the chores. All of the bottles, food, cleaning, baby chasing, errand running, ass wiping and booger cleaning? Is it that much to ask?

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Don’t get me wrong, I love my squishy toddler more than anything. Seriously, we’ve lucked out with this kid.

But mama needs a break.

What I really, really want

The other weekend, my husband and I took a little road trip down to a little fishing town. On the way there, we passed a sign for a yoga b&b. My heart’s been a flutter ever since. I jokingly said, “one day, I’m going to book a weekend away, where I can write, drink all of the wine, and answer to no one.” My dear hubby’s response, “go for it”.

I thought he was being an ass or something, but he was serious, as a heart attack.

It got me thinking, as mom’s, we don’t do enough of what we want, or much less need to do.

Self care is a struggle, and it’s something that should be taken much more seriously.

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Real, true, me time

I have a really hard time asking for time to myself and feel super guilty for even thinking it, much less asking. My husband and I differ greatly on this front. His alone time happens every day because he’s a runner, though he doesn’t really count that, but that’s another discussion.

Whereas all I want to do in my alone time is write, or watch trashy shows.

Balancing mom, wife, employee, blogging and attempting to live in there somewhere is really damn hard.

My biggest struggle is attempting to make plans, but knowing full well that honestly, I’d rather just chill, in a room that has no cartoons, and do something just for me. Not keeping someone’s company or attention, just doing something that I 110% want to do.

Maybe you want to hang with your mom tribe, and that’s okay too!

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Let’s keep it simple

So, as one mama, whos trying to juggle it all, while attempting to keep somewhat of her sanity, hear me out. Sometimes, all a mom wants on mother’s day is a little wine and self-time. And that’s okay.

We don’t need anything fancy. Certainly don’t need flowers because lord knows we have to prune them, put them in a vase and then ultimately throw them out.

No, this mother’s day, ask your lady what she wants and needs.

It could be something totally easy and carefree like watching, Netflix movies or some Mean Girls while eating Ben & Jerry’s and drinking a nice Cabernet Sauvignon.

What do you really want this mother’s day? Share with us below!

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Fair warning, this post may be textually graphic. So, if reading about bodily fluids and functions is something that makes you squeamish (ladies without kids I’m talking to you) maybe save this for later. Because frankly, you’ll need it. Now let’s get into it, postpartum care!

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Consider Lying-In

Admittedly, after having our son, I wasn’t very kind to my body through my postpartum time. One downside to not having a big support system when you have a newborn means that you probably don’t have the luxury of having a lay in recovery time. My husband took two weeks off of work when Mr. P was born to help me and I was so appreciative.

To read more about creating your own lying-in recovery plan, check out Earth Mama’s Free Lying-in Postpartum Plan.

Let’s talk about recovery, specifically postpartum recovery after vaginal birth. Your nether regions have just gone through a great ordeal. There’s a lot going on. Bruising, swelling, stitches, maybe hemorrhoids, and other unmentionable things.

Good thing that new baby of yours is cute as a button.

Learn from my mistakes

My first suggestion, do not, for the love of Buddha, grab a mirror and look down there during this time. Just don’t. It’s scary. Just let your lady bits do their healing in peace.

If I could do anything over about my first while of motherhood it would be to take care of myself better. I was so aloof to self-care and was all about taking care of our new little human. Obviously, your new baby is extremely important. But mom’s health is important as well.

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I didn’t even know what a sitz bath was until recently. And that’s saying something. My little guy is nearly two now, don’t know when that happened but anyway. It’s just one of the things I could have done to take care of myself better. So don’t make the mistakes I did. Prepare for your postpartum care while you’re still pregnant because these little squishy babies will pop out when they’re good and ready. And that isn’t necessarily when you’re ready.

The tips I’ll give you are for women who are recovering from vaginal birth, because well, that’s what I had. So that’s the type of advice I can give from an honest account of my own.

Below, I’ve provided a handy graphic of what you need to take care of your nether regions after your little one is born.

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Your body is going to excrete so many things over the first six weeks after your baby is born. Colostrum, night sweats, lochia, poo, lots of blood, and probably some other stuff too. As mentioned above, this isn’t going to be a dainty post. Your body has just popped a human out of it, you bet your left boob it’s going to be like a war zone for a while. So buckle up.

New mom, postpartum self-care tips to live by:

  • Nap whenever you can: Postpartum fatigue is no joke, it will literally make you crazy. Not to mention, lack of rest will cause a strain on your relationship(s), mood, feelings about your baby, as well as milk supply if you’re breastfeeding. If you can, and feel like you need it, nap. If you’re like me and can’t nap with a disaster house, use one of their naps to a quick tidy, and nap during their next one. Make it a goal to nap at least once during the day while your baby is napping. You and your family will thank yourself for it later.
  • Shower regularly: As a new mom, it’s nothing to go for who knows how long before you have one. Showering will help your healing process and your mood. If your baby is having a tough time napping so you can take a decent shower, try putting them in a bouncer chair in the bathroom with you. Also, having a clear shower curtain will mean that you won’t have to keep poking your head out so often to check on that little munchkin.
  • Eat well and drink lots of water: Your body is going through fluids at an extremely rapid speed right now. You should be making a conscious effort to drink at least two liters of water per day. Not only is it great for your body, but for your skin, and your milk supply. If plain water is getting to be too boring for you, pick up some flavor enhancers.
  • Be kind and patient with your body: You will heal, you will feel better, it just takes time. Don’t put pressure on yourself to “bounce back” like that mom you see on Instagram. All of our bodies are different and they go at their own pace. The toughest part of giving birth is getting used to your new body, the one that housed another life for nine or so months. Remember that you’re amazing and you did something extraordinary that not everyone gets to experience.

Those four points are just a few things you can do to take care of yourself as a new mom. They may seem like small, easy things, but it can be hard in the early weeks to see the importance of your needs. This is why you should prepare before your baby’s arrival for your recovery afterward.

Things to take from the hospital

There are things that the hospital will supply you with right away and I highly suggest asking for extra of anything that you’re finding is helpful to you. I can guarantee that those granny panties you asked your hubby to pick up still aren’t quite loose enough for your swollen downstairs business, so things like those big, ugly mesh undies will be wonderful. Also, the industrial pads they have, at first glance, they may look like far too much, but babe, you’ll need them all over.

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Become friends with your nurses, that way you can use your bond to get them to fork over all of the goods before you leave. Here’s a list of what you should stock your bag with before leaving:

  • Tucks hemorrhoidal pads
  • Peri bottles
  • Mesh underwear
  • Pads
  • Bed liners
  • Stool softener
  • Painkillers
  • Perineal cold packs
  • Pain relief spray

Now that you’ve started harnessing the no shame in your new mommy game craziness… Grab some of those hospital hats and swaddles. Just in case your little one doesn’t take to the pretty ones you’ve purchased already. You’ve already gone to the dark side hoarding pads woman, don’t turn back now.

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Sanitary pads

You’re about to go through more sanitary pads than when you started your first period. Seriously. Stock up, way up to the ceiling. The bigger, the longer, the softer, the better. You’re going to basically feel like you’re wearing a diaper, because well, you kind of need to. Some women even go for it, buying a pack of depends. As much as there was no shame in my game back then, I couldn’t bring myself to that. But, it probably wouldn’t have been such a bad idea.

When choosing pads, make sure that they are unscented, you’d be surprised how many have synthetic fragrances, and frankly, you don’t need any more irritation down there. Always choose pads with wings, and especially overnight ones. They cover the most area, and you’ll need it.

Helpful tip: Don’t want your guests seeing your pile-o-pads in the bathroom bin? Use that Diaper Genie for yourself as well.

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Massive underwear

You won’t be wearing those cute Victoria’s Secret lace boyshorts anytime soon so pack those away. We need maximum coverage. I’m talking high waisted, no buttcheek hanging out, big girl panties. There are also lady brief options which are pretty awesome. You need something that will hold those pads in and keep them supported. Another option is period panties, you may have seen them on Facebook, but they’re pretty great, especially for your healing time.

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Stool softener

I was unfortunate to have to take iron supplements, Fermex to be exact, while pregnant. Apparently, I’m borderline anemic, didn’t know until I was into my third trimester, that was fun. My midwife, who I had switched to, from a doctor found out and hooked me up right away. What I didn’t realize is that iron can back you up.

Even if you don’t have to take iron supplements, you’ll want stool softener. Why? Because you don’t want to have a ton of wiping down there. And pushing, after you just pushed a watermelon out of a pinhole, isn’t fun. It feels like you’re giving birth, again. So get the softener. You’ll thank yourself. You can take a magnesium supplement (400-600 mg daily). The nurses gave me something at the hospital called Pegg, which let me tell you, worked awesomely. Another option is Colace Clear, which has a dye-free version as well.

To read more about my switch during my pregnancy from doctor to midwife, read this post.

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Painkillers and pain relief

You’re going to be very tender down there, it goes without saying. What doesn’t go without saying is that you’ll need relief of that pain. Aside from taking over the counter (OTC) painkillers, you can opt for a more natural route. Earth Mama Organics, a personal favorite, makes some wonderful items, such as Organic Perineal Balm and Herbal Perineal Spray. The best part about them is that they’re natural, so you don’t have to worry about chemicals. After all, your nether regions have been through enough, it’s time to be nice to them and treat that kitty with some gentle, yet effective, natural methods. The spray contains things like witch hazel, cucumber, lavender oil and other wonderful, soothing ingredients and is free of synthetics.

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Peri Bottles

These are a non-negotiable, must-have item. Peri bottles are bottles you use to cleanse yourself after using the washroom, or between pad changes. They are how you will arrogate those stitches and keep yourself fresh, or at least as fresh as one can, while in a pad. I suggest keeping one in each bathroom, and one in your diaper bag.

Pro tip: keep them empty, and then before you go to use the bathroom, fill with lukewarm water. If you leave a bottle in the bathroom filled, trust me, that room temperature water will feel like an iceberg on your vajayjay. Another option is to put a bit of alcohol-free witch hazel in with the water. Witch hazel is a natural product that you can find with antiseptics at any pharmacy or store that has first aid items. Walmart, and grocery stores included. It will help with inflammation, as well as working as a gentle astringent to ward off harmful bacteria. It’s a safe, and effective cleansing product which can also be used for insect bites, and also facial toner.

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Sitz bath

This is one of the biggest parts I missed after having our son. I really should have done more research because doing one of these three times a day would have saved me a lot of pain, literally. Basically, a sitz bath is a bath for your bottom bits. Other than after childbirth, people use it for hemorrhoid healing, as well as Bartholin cyst treatment. Glamorous I know.

When it comes to sitz baths, you can actually purchase these handy items that go right over your toilet, that way cleanup is fast and easy. I would opt for this option because I’m not a bath kind of girl, especially if I know it means me sitting in my own post labor-ness.

Herbs, Epsom salts, and other soothing items can be put into the water to help aid your healing process. Earth Mama Organics makes a great little product called Earth Mama Organic Herbal Sitz Bath. Another option is Tucks medicated cooling pads.

If you choose to use Epsom salts, make sure that they are free of toxins. You can add 1/4c to 1/2 c to your sitz bath for your healing needs.

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Wipes

When looking for wipes, as an adult, you’ll want to opt for ones that are biodegradable and flushable. Not all wipes are made equal, or flushable so it’s something you will certainly want to check on when picking yours up. Much like pads and other items you’ll be putting downstairs, be sure that they are toxin-free and unscented. Water Wipes are 99% water and can’t be beaten. If you ever see them on special, grab those suckers.

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Breastfeeding care

Your boobs, even if you’re not breastfeeding needs care all their own. While we’ve been spending a lot of time on our southern parts, it’s time to think about the north. Boobies. When your milk is coming in, those jugs hurt, it’s like they scream to be emptied. You’ll quickly notice that even bending over in the shower to wash your legs, they’ll start leaking. So buying some breast pads is something you shouldn’t turn down, even if you’re not breastfeeding. Why? Because your body is going to assume you want to, and even if you don’t, lactation will happen. So have them at the ready just in case.

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If you are choosing to breastfeed, you will need a lot more breast care items such as nursing tops, bras, nipple cream and even chillable breast gellies. While breastfeeding pillows are technically geared more toward baby gear, it’s something that needs to be mentioned in this post because frankly, couch pillows don’t always cut it. Earth Mama Organics makes Organic Nipple Butter and Booby Tubes, to soothe your tender tatas.

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Do you have any postpartum items that have helped in your recovery? Other mamas would love to hear about them! Leave notes in the comments below.

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Beauty Routine for Working Moms

Working Mom Beauty Routine

I want to talk about the most crucial part of the day. No, not breakfast. Getting ready, making yourself presentable for the world! Today I’m sharing my working mom beauty routine. You can love it, leave it, but what you choose to do with it is up to you.

A little bit ago, I shared with you some Winter Skincare Tips. You should certainly give that a read since we’re in those blistery months now.

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Beauty Routine for Working Moms

Shower

Kind of an obvious one. The typical lather, rinse, repeat. Well except for the days that momming takes over and the shower portion doesn’t happen. But, when I do get to shower, man oh man it’s marvelous. I feel like a bright, new, shiny nickel. Because I live in Canada. And we don’t have pennies.

If I don’t have time to wash my hair, or it’s not a hair washing day, it’s dry shampoo all the way baby!

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Wash my face

A shower or not, I always wash my face. Right now I’m using the Dark Angels face and body cleanser from Lush and I’m so in love. I’ve been using their products for years. They’re natural, animal cruelty-free, and they’re Canadian!

Tone

Toning is a step that many people leave out. But you really shouldn’t. When I was in makeup school, and when I was working in skincare, it was at the forefront of skin prep. Why, because it’s crucial. Let me give you the reasons why. It’s the last step in the cleansing process to make sure all past dirt and debris are removed from your skin. Also, moist skin absorbs better than dry skin. Your skin’s ph is not back to where it naturally sits once you wash your face, toning will get it there much faster. If you need to read up more about this process, because you don’t believe me, check out this article from Women’s Health Magazine.

The toner I use is a natural one. Shocker I know. I use witch hazel, which can be found with antiseptics in any drugstore or grocery store, usually in the first aid section. Witch hazel can be used as a natural toner, astringent, or to help with bug bites and bruises. It’s affordable and easy to find.

Serum then Moisturizer

After my toner goes on, my serum is next in line. I’m currently using the Full of Grace serum bar from, you guessed it, Lush. It’s a lovely, solid serum that you warm up in your hands, or rub on your face to use. Right now, the serum bar is enough for my moisture as well. It absorbs fairly quickly and is really gentle on my skin.

Aside from my face needing moisture, I lotion up my body as well.

Makeup primer

Primer is the first step in my makeup routine. Currently, my go-to is the ELF Blemish Control Face Primer. It’s light, prevent breakouts and I’ve been using it for a few years now.

Concealer and tone correctors

Time to break out the brushes! Farewell dark, mommy circles, blemishes and whatever else. My favorite concealer pallet is the Kryolan Dermacolor Camouflage pallet. This pallet is extremely concentrated, highly pigmented, and lasts forever.

Foundation

Balance out the overall colour of my skin tone, obviously. I’m loving ELF’s Acne Fighting Foundation. For being a medium to full coverage foundation, it’s not heavy, at all. It wears all day and is layerable as well. Another makeup item I’ve been using for years. Revlon Colorstay is another great choice. My tip, always apply to your neck as well, because no one wants a mask face.

Eyebrows

My brows are horrible. Years of over-tweezing, bad waxing and so on. So, these suckers need to be filled. I use ELF’s Eyebrow Kit, or I’ll use MAC’s Smut eyeshadow. If I’m using the eyeshadow option then I’d do my brows after my next step below.

Powder

Makeup Forever’s Ultra HD Loose Powder was a favorite of mine until I found ELF’s Skin Refining High Definition Powder. It feels pretty well identical and the price is amazing. I put this all over any area that has foundation on it. So my face and neck. If I used cream brow definer then I’d put it on my brows as well. Then follow up with a bit of the brow powder to sharpen them because usually powdering over them will bring down the saturation of color.

Eyeshadow, liner, mascara

If I’m wearing shadow that day then it’s going to be from MAC or my Krylon Fashion Pallet. My Krylon pallet is one of my favorites. A constant since I went to makeup school. The pigments in Krylon’s colors can only be rivaled by MAC in my opinion which is why both are my go-to’s.

Liner for me is typically using a shadow with a fine angle brush, like this one from MAC which I’ve had since high school.

By far, my favorite mascara has got to be Loreal Voluminous mascara. Specifically black-brown, water resistant, with the curved brush. Particular I know. How come black-brown, and not black? Well once you see a small difference it makes you’ll be sold too. Black mascara, if your dark complected, or are going for a deep dark look is great. For everyday wear, black-brown is the best. Especially for people with lighter complexions, or blonde hair.

Blush and contour

You may find it odd that I’m not contouring with cream. Well, sometimes, I do, sometimes I don’t. I currently prefer the blend I can get of blush to contour when using powder for both. Again, coming from my Kryolan pallet is my contour. My blush, however, is the dark ELF Powder Blush Pallet.

Setting spray

The last step in my makeup process. Finally. I use ELF’s Makeup Mist & Set Spray. It’s light, dries relatively fast and doesn’t leave me shiny.

Heat protectant spray

If it’s a hair washing day, I have to blow it out, and then straighten it. Which means, heat spray. Why? I’ll let Cosmopolitan Magazine fill you in if your stylist hasn’t already. Don’t fry your hair by using heat directly on it. Use a buffer. Heat protectant spray is that. It’s easy to get your hands on. Just ask your stylist for their recommendations for your hair.

Why do I do my makeup first? Well, friends, it’s because the less time heat can be on your hair the better.

I start with a rough dry, you know, waving the hairdryer around all over the place. Getting space between my hair and my head with my fingers. Basically trying to get my hair to a point of 70-80% dry before bringing in my round brush. Again, it’s less concentrated heat. After I’ve finished my rough dry, I section my hair and round brush it dry until it’s done.

Flat ironing is my last step of heat.

Once the flat iron is done and my hair is nice and smooth, I blast it with my cold setting on my hairdryer. To close the hair cuticle, so that it stays straight and sleek longer. Ever wonder why your hair goes nuts once you leave your bubble, aka house? It’s because you didn’t cool your hair down. It’s the same principle as when your stylist does a roller or curl set and lets it cool before doing an updo, or if you need a style that will last all night. Letting your hair cool in the shape you want it to end up in, gives you a longer lasting result.

Almost done!

The last steps are pretty usual. Deodorant, get dressed, all that stuff. So now that you’ve gotten a bit of an idea of what I do to get ready. You probably want to know how long it takes. From shower to clothed, if I’m washing and drying my hair, it’s just over an hour. If there’s no shower involved or no hair washing. It’s about 30-45 minutes. Obviously, there’s coffee making thrown in and the odd checking my phone, but that’s the gist of it!

As you can tell in this post, I’ve mentioned a lot of ELF, and Lush products. While I’d love to be an affiliate of either of theirs. Sadly I am not. So my opinion of their products is solely based on the fact that I’ve loved and trusted both of them for years. Lush and I have over a decade together, so you could say it’s getting pretty serious.

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Winter Skincare Tips - Blogmas Day 17

Top Winter Skincare Tips – Blogmas Day 17

Blogmas day 17 peeps! If you’re a fellow bag of skin, aka human. This post is for you. Winter skincare tips!

Libby, how the hell does this tie into Blogmas? Okay, so maybe not totally on theme. However, if you’re thinking of a gift someone will use, skin care is always a safe bet.

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My experience in skin care

Something you may not know is that I used to work in skincare. After graduating from makeup school I took a job with Biotherm, a popular skincare brand under the L’Oreal luxury umbrella. Working there, I went through a lot of training about skin, it’s needs, how to read skin types and how to assess others.

Being someone who had horrible acne for many years, skincare is really important to me. When I was younger and my breakouts were really starting to get to me, my mom bought me Proactive. Let me tell you, that stuff destroyed my skin. Making it much worse than it was. It’s hard enough being a teenager, add crappy skin to it, huge self-esteem killer.

Natural is best

When I was fresh out of high school, a coworker introduced me to Lush. If you are unfamiliar with them, they are a company based in Vancouver, Canada who make food fresh, skin care products. What does food fresh mean? Basically, they make everything from real fruits and vegetables. It’s so safe that you could probably eat most of their things, not that you should, but you could. Lush was a game changer for me. I quickly found out that my skin needed natural products and was very sensitive to chemicals.

I know what you’re thinking, oh great, a post where someone is going to shove a brand down my throat. Not the case, I’m not a paid affiliate of Lush. While I’d love to be, I’m unfortunately not. I’ve been using their products for the better part of the last 10 years and am a huge lover of them. Ask any of my friends, and they’ll tell you I recommend them bar none to other brands.

Back to winter skincare

Everyone’s skin is different. You also have to factor in your climate, the change of seasons and so much more. Which is why winter skin care is so much different. Depending on where you live your needs could be much different.

Some things to consider:

  • You get a lot of snow, the air is probably dry where you are. This means you will need more moisture.
  • It rains more than it snows where you are, you may not need as much moisture.
  • You live in an old building with old pipes. Old pipes may have sediment which will affect your skin. Adversely, a newer building’s pipes would have different effects.
  • You have well water vs city water. Well water can be hard, or too soft, depending on the water in the ground. City water can have too much chlorine, or be great.
  • If you live in a smaller city, you may have different water treatment than larger metropolis cities. Not that your water is bad, just that there are other factors.

Surroundings make a difference

Case and point. When we were living in Vancouver, it rained all “winter” long. My skin was usually on the oily side all winter because of this. While in the summer, it was very dry and I needed more moisture. Now we’re back on the east coast, Let me tell you, winter’s here in Halifax are dry as a bone. My lips, face, body, and everything are so damn dry all winter. Once summer humidity hits, I’m pretty oily. So, as you can see, where you live, your climate and the weather make huge impacts on your skin.

Winter skincare tips

Told you I’d eventually get here. Just needed to give you some background first. You know how I do.

Adopt a routine

Morning routine

  • Wash your face
  • Tone
  • Serum *optional
  • Moisturizer for your skin type
  • Makeup primer *optional
  • Body lotion
  • Usual makeup routine
  • Setting spray *optional

Night time routine

  • Remove makeup *I use coconut oil and micellar water
  • Tone
  • Serum *optional
  • Moisturizer
  • Body lotion

My pro tips

Pro tip #1: Always moisturize skin that’s just been washed. It will absorb what you are putting onto it faster and much more effectively. Not to mention that wet or damp skin moves lotion further around meaning you will use less. Save money and time.

Pro tip #2: Never ever, ever, sleep with makeup on.

Pro tip #3: Do an overnight face mask as needed to give you more moisture overnight. Much of your nighttime ritual will end up all over your pillow so be aware! If you’re in an oily climate, do a clay face mask as needed through the week.

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Pro tip #4: Use a satin/silk pillowcase. Why? Because of a) it prevents wrinkles b) it is smoother on your skin c) it will not wick the moisture away from your face.

Pro tip #5: Exfoliate regularly. This will remove dead skin cells which are blocking moisture from getting to where it needs to go. It will also help remove skin cells which are clogging pores and creating breakouts. Don’t overdo it though, over exfoliation can lead to redness and sensitivity.

Pro tip #6: Drink lots of water. Moisturize from the inside out!

With these tips and tricks, you should be well on your way to wonderful winter skin. Be sure to pay attention to its needs. Don’t change your whole routine all at once. If you end up having bad results it’s easier to find out what’s working and what isn’t if you introduce one thing at a time.

Winter Skincare Tips

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My Christmas Wishlist - Blogmas Day 4

My Christmas Wishlist – Blogmas Day 4

Day 4 of Blogmas! How could we bring up the topic of Christmas and not include a wishlist? Seriously. Black Friday is over, as is Cyber Monday so hopefully that means my email inbox will chill out! I do still have a lot of Christmas shopping to do for my family, as in all of it. But what about me? Time for me to write my Christmas wishlist. In hopes, hubby will come across it. Hehe.

This year, being Peyton’s second Christmas, we will be going to spend it with Geoff’s family down in Cape Breton. My own wishlist will be pretty simple this year.

In past years, before Peyton, Geoff and I certainly went overboard. Almost every Christmas meant new football or hockey jerseys for each of us, football season tickets and other things. However, I’m trying to live more minimal, at least for myself anyway.

Sure, it’s fun to have a bunch of stuff under the tree. But it’s just that… stuff! After moving across the country and having to downsize significantly because of it, I’ve found happiness with having essential things and a few wants.

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A lap desk

I constantly am going from room to room working on my laptop. It would be great to have either a lap desk or a bed tray to work off of! I had one in the past, however, it was cheap and junky. It did the job for a bit but clearly not long enough! I’ve found a couple of nice ones:

More time for myself

Maybe this is a mom thing in general, but I’m always putting others first. I know this fix can start with me, but it’s worth a wish, right? Stealing away and finding the minutes here and there to write is incredible, but I need to start making more out of the house time. Holla if ya hear me!

A proper desk/computer chair

My current workspace is alright, but not ideal. I’d love to have a more ergonomic place to work, or even just hang out on Pinterest. It’s not comfortable to sit at for very long so I end up opting for the bed or couch. Again not the greatest on your back.

A few books I’ve been eyeing on Amazon

This comes back to making time for myself. However, I’ve had these books on my wishlist for quite awhile!

       

iMac

What blogger or human wouldn’t want one of these beautiful technological creatures? I have only owned Windows computers but I think it’s time to make the switch!

An induction burner

Our stove was dead for a little while and man did it suck! A positive that came from it is that a friend from work let me borrow her induction cooktop. I loved that little thing! Boy oh boy was it ever powerful, and not to mention, much better on electricity than a whole stove!

Boy, looking at that list sure gets my heart pumping! Haha! How times have changed. If you asked me 10 years ago, it’d be designer this, designer that. At the end of the day, if that makes you happy, all the power to you. I’m just trying to keep it simple, and for me, that’s happiness.

What’s on your wishlist this year? Please share below in the comments! I’m dying to know!

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National Consignment Day - October 2nd

National Consignment Day – October 2nd

I’m a sucker for consignment shopping. There, I said it. It’s out in the open so now we can just get down to it.

Let’s talk about shopping! More specifically, shopping for a deal.

While it’s a great stress relief, you know, retail therapy, the thrill of the find.

What about the not so thrilling moment when you realize that your amazing find is no longer your favourite. Then to the back of your closet or the bottom of the pile it goes. Then to the trash, or if you’re kind enough you donate it.

But, did you know about consigning? It’s basically thrift shopping but you get money once your item sells. Think of it like selling your things online that are lightly used, but someone else doing all the legwork. Win, win. Actually, win, win, win. You’re saving the environment, getting money back and you’re making Someone feel the joy you did when that item was new!

I personally love thrift shopping and consignment shops. These days there are so many great ones popping up all over the place. In strip malls, stand-alone, and yes, online!

Do you know how much clothing lands in landfills each year? 2.5 billion pounds, yep, I said billion. That’s a lot of waste. Not to mention, there’s no excuse for it. Sure, some things get to the point that garbage is the only option but think about how much you’ve purged in the last year or so. Now think about everyone on your street doing the same, and so on. Yeah. That shit adds up.

So, back to the shopping side! Did you know October 2nd is National Consignment Day? Well, now you know and you’re welcome! This year will be the first year for this great cause, to read more, check out this post by The Real Real.

Have you heard about The Real Real? No? Ok well, keep reading. And if you have, then still, keep reading.

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The Real Real, is really cool. They consign amazing designer and high-end products. I’m talking Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Chanel and so much more. And if you’re not a fancy pants they also have other incredible items for you. From handbags to shoes, jewelry and a crapload more.

You can consign through The Real Real as well if you have pieces you’re ready to part with. Also, you receive money back the more you shop. Who doesn’t love that?

With the holidays fast approaching I’m sure there’s someone on your list who needs something a little extra. Maybe your mother in law, maybe that sister in law who you’ve been trying to win over for years. By the way, I’m not speaking from example there, my in-laws are amazing. Seriously. I love the shit out of them.

Adversely, if you need to just gift yourself something with that annual bonus. Either way, you must check out their drool-worthy goods.

I love sites like this because it really takes the stigma away from thrift shopping. People think about used items and all they think of is a store that smells like mothballs. I want to open your eyes up to something much better. The Real Real also guarantees the authenticity of the brands they sell and stick by that.

People buy antique furniture and vintage goods, this is no different.

One thing I didn’t mention, that I should is that when you sign up you get $20 off of your first purchase. Also, if you invite friends you get more! It’s free to signup and virtually drool over their beautiful pieces. With categories for women, men, kids and more, you’re sure to find something wonderful.

Support the first ever National Consignment day by using the hashtag #NeverThrowAway on October 2nd to spread awareness. Sustainability is important now more than ever. Don’t you want to keep our planet green?

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15 Girly Shows to Binge on Netflix

15 Netflix Shows for You and Your Girls

Remember when I talked about 18 Netflix Binges you could watch with your guy? Well, I haven’t forgotten about the ladies. Don’t you worry.

I know it’s summer but honestly, some nights all I want to do is just chill on the couch with either a nice radler or glass of wine and watch some me stuff. I’m totally obsessed with reality tv, however, I’m usually pretty caught up because I watch it soon after PVR-ing it.

If you’re also caught up on the Bachelorette, or any of the zillion Real Housewives shows then fear not lady. We’ve got you covered. By we, I mean me. Because Wine and Mommy Time is a team of one… Wow, that sounds lonely. Anyway!

While my taste may not be the same as yours just give some of these a try. I promise you’ll be able to find something. Keep in mind these are shows and not movies. Mainly because I think that movies deserve their own time, place and well, post!

So read on, and tune into this awesome chick-Netflix, see what I did there! Hehe.

Netflix for Chicks

  1. Grace and Frankie
  2. Friends
  3. Call the Midwife
  4. The Client List
  5. The Good Wife
  6. Orange is the New Black
  7. Gilmore Girls (both original and Netflix version)
  8. Mr Selfridge
  9. How to Get Away With Murder
  10. Scandal
  11. Celebrity Plastic Surgeons of Beverly Hills
  12. Million Dollar Intern
  13. Scream Queens
  14. Bondi Tattoo Crew
  15. Wentworth

I’ve watched all of these, at least once. Some three or more times. Truth be told, I’m currently watching Friends over again, and I don’t feel the least bit ashamed.

 

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15 Girly Shows to Binge on Netflix

 

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Self-Care – The most important thing for moms

I really need to do more for myself. Does this resonate with you? Self-care is way too important to push to the side.

I’m sure you spend a lot of time taking care of others. Nee, all of your time taking care of others.

Whether that be through laundry, cooking, cleaning, carpool or kissing boo boo’s better. It’s a full-time job and I hear your cries, or are those mine? Either way, mom life summed up is 95% about others and probably 5% about yourself.

Okay so maybe that’s an exaggeration, but that’s how it can feel.

Self Care for Moms

I’m sure you’ve heard it enough, take time for yourself. Well, I’m here to bash it into your mind hole again. You can’t take care of others if you feel like shit. Or get burned out, and that’s never fun. If you’re anything like me, it’s easy to go a long period of time just bottling your own needs away. And then once some kind soul has given you the opportunity to human on your own you don’t know what the hell to do.

Mom guilt plays a huge part in that. Especially if your baby daddy works and you’re at home with the little(s) you may feel like you’re just adding more work on to him. But seriously, you gotta take some time for you. The little things can make the biggest difference and can really turn your mood around. Even taking an extra long shower can do wonders for your head, and hair that you’ve been neglecting.

There are so many easy ways to just take a bit of time to pamper yourself. Yes, I know, maybe I should be doing some of those rather than rambling on here, but this, writing, is something that is on my list.

Relaxing, or self-care for everyone is different. Some people want to be out and socializing, some just want to get out of their house, some just want to do absolutely nothing, and others may want others to do things for them. It’s kind of like love languages, but for yourself.

Write it down…

While I can offer advice on self-care, I think it’s important for you to sit down, on your own and make a list. Yep, a list, because they’re fun and because it can be therapeutic. On that list, I want you to write down things that make you happy, things that are relaxing to you, things you’ve been craving and things you’ve been meaning to do. You can check out my quick list below for an example.

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By the way, sorry for the shitty quality, I took these pictures in a pinch. But that’s just real life right, can’t always be perfect!

Your list doesn’t need to be fancy or be in a special notebook, just grab some paper, a napkin, or maybe your phone and let the juices flow.

After you’ve made that list, it’s time for another list. Sorry for putting you to work, but I promise it will be worth it. Look at the list you had just written about yourself. Now, on your new list, start writing down how you would accomplish things from your other list. Yes I know, something like eating ice cream is already pretty much spelled out for you. What I mean is, elaborate. For instance, if you wrote alone time, what is that alone time to you? In a coffee shop, at a library, driving, walking, sitting on the couch, laying in bed, yoga, meditating? Do this for as many of your listed items as you can. I’ve left my example below.

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There is no wrong way to do this. I personally have a bullet journal. It’s not fancy like some of the ones you see on Instagram or Pinterest but it’s mine, and like me, it’s a work in progress. I choose to put my lists in there so they are pages opposite each other and I won’t lose them. Plus, did you know that when you write your goals down you have a better chance of manifesting them? Put that shit in the universe and let it happen.

If on your phone is your preference, there are so many different apps for making lists. Seriously, in your app store or whatever you have, just look up lists, you’ll find a ton. They can help you break things down into priority, category, color, whatever.

Another way to do it, brain dumping! If you don’t know what that is, check out this post where I talk all about how it helps me out.

Make it happen…

Just take some damn time for yourself. That’s the main theme here. Do something for you. It doesn’t need to be a whole, expensive day at the spa. As nice as that may be, and if that’s on your list then cool! But I think you get my drift.

Dance like nobody is watching

For example, when was the last time you just threw on some music and danced Cameron Diaz style from Charlies Angels. Really think about it. It’s probably been a hot minute, hasn’t it? Something as simple as cranking some tunes from your youth, however fleeting it may have been, can be so fun and so rewarding to yourself.

Maybe, you’ve been wanting to try yoga, but are nervous about being not as bendy as those Instagram chicks and are nervous to attend a class. I hear you, I’m with you. But that’s where I found DoYogaWithMe.com. They have super short classes (under 10mins) and classes well over an hour. Hundreds if not thousands of free videos. Yes, free. So that’s another option. If you want to know more about them you can check out either of the posts below. Or visit their website.

My biggest piece of advice, to both you and myself, is, make your time about you. Don’t say you’re going to go shopping and then end up getting groceries for the family and clothes for your little ones. I know you do it because I do it too. Make it a mandatory date with yourself.

With that, I’m out. Off to check off face mask on my list because the baby is down for a nap so it’s time!

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30 Days of FREE Yoga from Home - Wine and Mommy Time

30 Day Yoga Challenge – with free guide!

I love yoga. It’s a great release and is so rewarding for your mind and body. Remember when I told you about getting free yoga classes in this post? Well I have more to share with you!

Like I’ve said before I have absolutely no affiliation with DoYogaWithMe.com at all other than being a member who truly loves to share them with people. It’s really hard to find good yoga online and when I came across DYWM years ago I felt like I hit the jackpot!

In time for the new year, DYWM made a 30 Day Challenge. Basically you follow their suggested daily classes. They have both a beginner and an intermediate version so that you can choose your difficulty. If you need more help on which one to pick check out what they have to say below.

 

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“Not sure which challenge to do? Follow these guidelines:

Do the Beginner Challenge if: you have been practicing yoga for a year or less or you most frequently choose beginner classes online or gentle to moderate hatha yoga classes in a studio. The classes will range from gentle beginner to challenging beginner classes and will include restorative and yin classes.

Do the Intermediate Challenge if: you have been practicing yoga for a year or more and you most frequently choose power or vinyasa classes online or at a studio. The classes will range from gentle intermediate to challenging intermediate and will include mostly power/vinyasa yoga classes.

Important: No matter which challenge you choose, you will most likely feel challenged in many different ways – physically, mentally, spiritually. Remember that yoga is about humility, surrender and experiencing your true self, and sometimes it’s better to choose the more gentle path in order to sink into your inner experience. So don’t be too concerned about choosing the right challenge during your 30 days of yoga – enjoy the path you are on!”*

 

Click here for your free 30 Day Challenge guide

I have also created an easy to follow spreadsheet for you to follow along. You can do this 30 day program as many times over as you want! Initially I intended to start the program and follow it through starting January 1st, however, it just didn’t happen. So I will be starting on March 1st and I will share with you all my journey, starting on day one, on day 15 and at the end.

If you haven’t tried yoga before, I highly suggest giving this a try. This challenge is supposed to increase in difficulty so you won’t be starting off in a difficult place. Being able to do yoga at home is also wonderful because you don’t have the self doubt that some people do when attending a class.

30 Days of FREE Yoga from Home - Wine and Mommy Time

All I suggest is to come into this with an open mind, and an open heart and just enjoy the journey. We focus so much on our next day, our next week, our next month and yoga really helps bring that focus back. I always feel so much more at ease after a class and it really is so humbling. They call it practice because you will always find a difference in yourself and your abilities the more you practice it. Think of your new practice as a marathon, not a sprint. Take it easy and enjoy.

Now, on to what you will need. First, sign up for a free account. In your account you can bookmark classes, comment on ones you’ve taken and so much more. Obviously WiFi, it’s super easy to stream their videos on a tablet, computer or even phone. A space large enough that if you lay on the floor like a starfish, you aren’t touching anything else. Yoga mat, other than the videos, you will need a mat.

Let’s talk about your yoga mat. You don’t need to spend an arm or a leg on a mat by any means. Places like Marshall’s, Winner’s, or even some supermarkets have affordable ones. However, word to the wise, cheaper isn’t always better. Just make sure your mat is thick enough for your floor. I would suggest 5mm or more if you have laminate, hardwood or tile.

Last but certainly not least, just enjoy it. Feel free to share this with your friends and as always, let me know what you think! I can’t wait to share my challenge with you all and I’d love to know that you’re following along with me.

*text quoted from: https://www.doyogawithme.com/30-day-challenge

**image credit of DoYogaWithMe.com