#Motherhood Series: Child Of 30

Child OfI am launching a bi-weekly Monday #Motherhood series. A time for us to share our stories, challenges and desires as we experience the journey of motherhood. For the launch of this series, I have the real pleasure to welcome to My Mama Journey a long time childhood friend of mine, Caffeinated Canuck.

Welcome Sarah, and thanks for sharing your story.


I am 30.

To some that doesn’t mean a lot. 30 seems young or old to other people depending on which side of the age they’re on.

To me, it’s the birthday milestone I’ve had the most trouble coming to grips with thus far. It is the age I can remember my parents at when I first thought they were “grown ups” and old (sorry Mom!).  So when I turned 30 I had a bit of a hard time wrapping my head around some things. Thoughts of mortality and my youth slipping away made me a bit morose, to be honest.

It was all very dramatic and broody.

What is the meaning of life? Why are we here?

Just to grow up and then move on to the next unseen plane?

(Yes, I’ve always tended toward a bit of dramatics, thanks for asking.)

I came to the conclusion, that no matter what our age, we are all children. Still learning and growing and discovering. Not just things in life but also in the constant re-invention of ourselves.

The first decade of our lives was spent primarily learning. How to talk, walk, and become more independent. We started school and learned to read. We learned about sharing and hopscotch and all the little games kids play. We were in every essence, children.

The next was spent perfecting our preteen eye roll and again, learning. We had a bit more freedom and dabbled in self-expression and decided on what we wanted to be when we “grew up”. We strived so hard to be grown that it only proved our naiveté.  When you’re actually an adult you realize there is no way to be independent if someone is still providing you with everything you need. No matter how angst-y you are or how many times you protest “I’m not a CHILD, Mother!” (in a certain tone that proves that you are in fact very much still a child) it doesn’t count for experience.

The 20-30 age is, yet again, a learning experience. We’re finally on our own. Maybe in school or working or both. It’s a lot of self-discovery. Again…we think we’re grown.

But 30? 30 is when you start to think something is wrong with you because you can finally admit that you still don’t feel like an adult. You wonder if your friends and peers have it all together because you certainly don’t. You might ask yourself if you’re “childish” as if that’s a bad thing.
I don’t think it is. Every stage of our lives thus far has had one common theme.

Learning.

To read

To write.

To share.

Learning about ourselves.

Learning and childishness go hand in hand. We’re curious, wondrous, and easily delighted in a childish state. I think that part of our childhood stays with us and allows us to put aside the day to day drudgery and still be interested in and learn new things. To find joy in the unexpected and the planned.

I choose to believe that every age teaches us something about ourselves and is a chance to reinvent the parts that we find lacking. I’m hoping my 30’s will be the reinvention of body for me. I’ve got the “who I am” thing down pat for now so I’m hoping that I can get the vessel in shape enough to carry me through the rest of my learning years.

Right now I get to experience true childhood again through my children. I have an excuse to Trick-or-Treating. A reason to make crafts. Someone to show those childish games to. I can dance wildly in the kitchen without looks of reproach. I can do anything because they are young and I am invincible to them.

I’m hoping for more personal time in my 40’s where I can start learning what I want to be when the kids are grown.

More freedom in my 50’s to travel and learn and immerse myself in other places and cultures.

You see the trend here.

Always learning, always evolving, always with a goal.

That’s childish.

That’s growing.

And that…is life.


Sarah is the homeschooling, free spirited Mom to 2 girls E & P. This proud Canadian & lover of coffee, whiskey and tie dye can be found writing caffeine fueled musings at her blog, fullycaffeinatedcanadianmom.wordpress.com or posting memes and other nonsense on Facebook at facebook.com/caffeinatedcanuk

You Only Have One Skin

So take care of it! 

A few weeks ago, I wrote about how I was approached by Bright Side Skin Care about their organic product line. As a girl who appreciates beauty products, I couldn’t resist the urge of pampering my skin, so I immediately said “Yes Please!”

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When my package arrived,  I was shocked to see that I received full size products, (I had expected only small size bottles) and was equally impressed by the fact I was given the whole product line to try. Now that’s a company who takes care of its clients.

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I love the daisy design, black and white with the hint of yellow. Simple, but sophisticated and smart. I think it can also been very gender neutral, for example, my husband could easily travel with this skincare line without worry about it looking too feminine. It grabbed my attention instantly, and really lives up to the company image of being organic, chemical free and natural. Tasteful marketing.

The products are made of the highest quality ingredients, and are free of many of the chemicals found in mainstream products. The company strives to ensure its products are free of fragrance, parabens, sulfates, Lanolin, pthalates, carcinogens, cruelty and gluten (*to a certain point).

Here is the picture of my skin prior to beginning my new skin care routine.

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To really give the feel of a spa, I arranged my products neatly along my bathroom sink.

 

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I consistently tried this product (in fact I am still using it) over two weeks. What’s great is that less is more. The product lathers up with only a small amount (I’d say about a dime size) and the creams spread so easily and lightly.

 

 

 


The products I received were for combination skin. It works for all skin types, given its antioxidants that help to limit the damaging effects of skin. What is cool is that the cleanser itself has an activate charcoal which helps to properly clean your skin from daily toxins.

 

 

What I loved about the cleanser? The lather and the feeling that it actually removed the dirt, make up and the feeling of sweat.


Sometimes I find that face products have too many perfumes in it, but this line doesn’t leave your head spinning with all the different smells. The scent is far more natural and leave you with the feeling of freshness. I love how refreshed I feel first thing in the morning, and it’s soothing effect at night!  
I was also provided this educational video to teach me the proper way to care for my skin with Bright Side Skin Care, check it out!

As a fit mama, I am constantly running around (and literally running) and working out at the gym. I need a product that is easy, light weight and allows me to travel with it or take it to the gym. My time is limited so having an organic and effective product is exactly what I need!

Here I am over two weeks later!

 You will be impressed by how refreshed you will feel and how your skin feels not only smooth, but tight. It is a must have! And I have to say that the prices are also quite reasonable, and something you can easily add to your beauty (or if you are a man, grooming) routine.

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For more information on how to get your own product line, please check out their website here.


 

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Kerri, the founder of the skincare line strives to ensure a quality product, while always offering a high level of professionalism and passion for her product. I recommend reading her story, and learning more about her driving force.