The Quest for Mom Jeans: Top Tips from a Denim Expert

Mom Jeans hanging to dry
Subtitle: How to find jeans that make you feel like Cindy Crawford and not Pat from SNL Photo: Bruno Nascimento/Unsplash

These days shopping for jeans as a mom in her late 30s is almost as torturous as bikini shopping as an insecure 18 year old. I used to own tonnes of jeans, I loved jeans. I wore denim as much as possible. As a 29 year old I owned exactly two pairs of stretchy pants and at two dozen pairs of jeans. Now that number is reverse: I have more yoga pants and tights than I have denim duds.

But now that I’m a mom, my financial and physical reality are different, and so must be my jeans. Read more

2017 Travel Thanks: Five Beautiful British Columbia Trips

Give thanks for pool time in Kelowna. 5 trips in BC to say thanks for
Living it up at the Hotel El Dorado, such a lovely place.

This time of year begins the North American tradition of giving thanks. In Canada we give thanks during Canadian thanksgiving in October, in the USA Thanksgiving takes place in November. Canadian Thanksgiving which usually means road tripping to family, wearing our cutest (but stretchiest) outfit and gorging myself on a minimum of three turkey different dinners (#twosetsofparents) stuffing, gravy and pumpkin pie. This year we’re staying home and not making the 23 hour journey by car or flight -to-Europe X3 plane trip home. We’re enjoying the fall weather, hopefully will go mushroom picking (my new obsession) and eat waaaay too much pumpkin pie. 

I thought I’d round up some travel thanks for 2017 so far. I wrote earlier this year about the positive effect of saying ‘thanks daily’ and developing an attitude of gratitude, but to be honest I’ve fallen off the bandwagon lately. So why not start again in a super public way? Here goes, some travel thanks for the last few months.

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Anthology ~ September edition ~ Getting Healthy

Weekend Anthology: September 2017 Best of the Net Micah. H

And just like that summer slipped through our fingers. No. Wait. It’s still here. Oh nevermind, it’s not. Welcome to the frenetic September weather on Haida Gwaii where there’s a little summer, a little fall and a heck of a lot of rain. Sometimes.

Regardless, life is still about beach meals, getting healthy, sandy toes, daily walks/hikes and laundry. Always laundry. And dogs. We’ve recently inherited two cuddly, messy, mouth-breathing, toddler-loving black labs. They are fabulous hikers but not fabulous mammalian snooze buttons. As in: my alarm goes off and I can’t hit snooze three times because the dogs wake up with the first buzz and then are panting and wagging in our faces well before the snooze alarm goes off. C’est la vie. Small trade off for having two fun, new, four legged September adventure buddies.

My besties continue to plan our 2018 Italy trip. We’re moving our big girls trip to June/July next year instead of May as originally planned. We’ll see. Fingers crossed we can all make it happen. In other words: save enough Euros, beg our partners to let us escape parenting for a couple shifts to sun ourselves silly while eating pasta, drinking wine and cackling like hyenas.

Speaking of mom jeans, I recently interviewed a denim expert for a future blog post (hint hint, watch this space for some CUTE goodies from an unlikely Canadian retailer). We talked motherhood and the horror of jean shopping post baby. Now I’m feeling pretty rad and actually not scared to shop for my next pair of denim duds.

On to some links now. Read more

More Garden TLC: How to green up & add some privacy to your yard

Garden TLC: How to add some privacy to your yard
Credit: Counse/Flickr/CC

Most people would agree that creating an element of privacy in their gardens is both a smart and aesthetically sound move. The issue is that many homeowners don’t have a clue where to start. Of course, the issue is often worse for individuals who live in built-up areas where there are a lot of neighbours. Considering that the suggestions in this article could help all readers to get better results from their efforts. With a bit of luck, anyone who reads this post will manage to create a tranquil sanctuary where they can hide away from the world. Read more