May 8, 2017

Mother’s Day quotes

Happy Mother's Day

With Mother’s Day coming up on Sunday, here are my top 5 favourite quotes about mom. Feel free to write any of these quotes in your Mother’s Day card this week to help your mom know that she’s super special to you.

  1. A mother is clothed with strength and dignity, laughs without fear of the future. When she speaks her words are wise and she gives instructions with kindness. -Proverbs 31: 25-26
  2. Good mums have sticky floors, messy kitchens, laundry piles and happy kids. – Unknown
  3. Motherhood: All love begins and ends there. -Robert Browning
  4. God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers – Jewish Proverb
  5. The sweetest sounds to mortals given are heard in Mother, Home, and Heaven – William Goldsmith Brown
May 8, 2017

30 Days to Healthy Living Challenge

I’m a total foodie. However when a friend told me that she managed to improve her sluggish, tired feeling and increased her energy level I knew I had to know more! Turns out she was doing the 30 Days to Healthy Living Challenge.

So I jumped on board, cutting out inflammatory foods like gluten, dairy, soy, alcohol, refined sugars, peanuts, caffeine etc. What I incorporated into my meals instead, was way more vegetables, fruits, lean meats, poultry, fish and healthy fats. When I signed up, I got my own challenge kit with protein powders, fibre, energy sticks, detox tea, a 7 day cleanse and a helpful support guide. I was also included in a closed Facebook group where I got support and encouragement to keep eating healthier, weekly menu plans and ingredient shopping lists which made sticking with the plan super easy because it took the guessing work out of it.

I’ve now been following this system on and off for a year and I’m still loving it. I’m always looking for people to join me on the challenge so we can help keep each other accountable. The challenge starts the first Monday of every month. If you want to join in, click here to get your very own 30 Days to Healthy Living Challenge Kit and kickstart your journey to healthy today.

March 7, 2017

Life is short, so live your dreams

Life is short. The good news is, it’s not too late to start working on your dreams and goals. What did you always want to do? What did you want to be? What’s on your bucket list? Is it time to ignore all those limiting beliefs that tell you that you can’t do it. Because…you totally can! Again, life is short. You don’t know how many tomorrows you have. Maybe it’s time to start living your dreams now, not someone else’s. 

If you know someone who needs this encouragement too, go ahead and share it with them. 

February 10, 2017

A little love

I believe Valentine’s Day should be celebrated every day. It shouldn’t be a day where you celebrate being a couple, eating chocolate and drinking vino. Instead, it should be a mindset of caring for and loving the people in your life every single day.  Part of loving the people in your life is figuring out how they need to be loved best. Gary Chapman has simplified this significantly by providing ‘The 5 Love Languages’ quiz.  The idea is that while all of us speak and understand all 5 love languages, there are usually 1 or 2 that are our main language.

Personally, I’m a big believer in knowing your love language and the language of your family and friends. Trust me – just ask any of my girlfriends who I’ve strongly encouraged to take the test. I first found out about this test in my early 20s and promptly quizzed my mom and sister so I could figure out how to love them best.  Since then, I’ve quizzed my hubby, extended family, friends, and even my kids.  So what are these 5 love languages, you ask?  Well my friend, here they are:

1. Words of affirmation: what is spoken or written means the most to these people.

2. Acts of Service: for these people, actions speak louder than words.

3. Receiving Gifts: giving and getting gifts make them feel most loved.

4. Quality Time: it’s all about undivided attention and presence.

5. Physical Touch: to this person, nothing speaks more deeply than appropriate touch.

Sometimes you’re able to figure out people’s love languages just by reading the description provided above. You might be able to see that your hubby values quality time, or it makes your mom happy when she makes you cookies, or your best friend in the world loves to get great big hugs. Still, I’m challenging you to do it.  Grab a cup of something warm, take a few minutes, and invest in your relationships. 

I think that the best gift that you can give this Valentine’s Day is to find out your love language and those of your loved ones. Then choose to love yourself and the special people in your life in the ways that you guys need the most.  Want to take the quiz? You can do so here: ‘The 5 Love Languages Quiz‘. Once you’re done, pop back and let me know your love language in the comment section below.

January 29, 2017

My Style Profile

 

I’m super excited to have been featured on the Fresh Collective Style Profile. It’s a blog series, run by a fashion boutique in Toronto that highlights local professional women. They stock versatile, beautiful; comfortable fashions mostly by local independent designers.  I absolutely loved the experience and working together with the owner Laura-Jean and the delight-able Steph to discover the best looks for me.  Want to check out my profile? You can do so here: Char’s Style!