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

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
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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

Give Your Garden Some TLC: Transform Your Neglected Outside Space

Photo: Annie Spratt on Unsplash

Sometimes, you can spend so long decorating the interior of your home – making it a cozy haven where you can display family memories and travel mementos – that it means that your garden space doesn’t get given much thought. If the kids use your backyard to play it can become a little messy around the edges. Often this is when you start to have no inclination to get out there and enjoy the space. Therefore, a little Tender Loving Care in your backyard space could be just what it needs to make it a haven and an environment that can be utilized by the whole family.

Here are some ideas to help you to spruce up your garden space and ensure that it’s no longer neglected. Read more