A Day in #MyLife

So thanks to Carmy I am sharing a picture diary of A day in the life of me, my Mama Journey.

Join me while I share the exciting world (opps, day) of a working full-time mama who tries to balance it all while maintaining a smile on her face!

My plan is always to wake up earlier than 5:20am, but it’s rare unless I am meeting a friend for a morning run! So don’t let the picture fool you, I often press snooze
1-2, okay 3 times.

I get dressed (I usually shower the night before) and prep my running bag before waking up my two year old.


I run to work 4 times a week, but aim for 5 times on the nicer, warmer days! Sometimes I can’t escape my office at lunch so running to/from work is what clears my mind.



My new kicks! For my upcoming half marathon! Love Mizuno (wear them everyday)

When my daughter wakes up, we usually play for a few minutes before breakfast (it is always FRESH oatmeal with blueberries, her favourite breakfast!).


If we wake up on time, we sometimes spend time colouring while she eats breakfast and I sip my espresso!


Once I get to work, I grab a coffee (yes, my second cup of the day from Starbucks or local coffee shop Bridgehead, check emails, read the news and plug away on my assignments.


Yummy Dark Roast Coffee!

Fast forward to lunch —- on Tuesday and Thursday I try to either get out for a lunch time bootcamp or go for a 5km run along the Gatineau River with some colleagues of mine. We all share a passion for running and it really does help with creating a stronger team morale. On the other days, I am either working on my group fitness instructor certification or at the YMCA doing a group fitness class.

Of course, my husband and I try to always pack our lunch the night before so it’s easy to eat at our desk and easy to grab in the morning (not shown, my daily smoothie!).

My afternoon at work is much like the morning, give or take a few requests that may come my way. Although I do always take the afternoon as an opportunity to snack!


My favourite part of the day is when I get changed back into my running clothes (yes, I am one of those people who are always wearing running shoes now!) and pick up this sweetie pie! She keeps us busy. Unfortunately today it was rainy so no park time. Usually, after school pick up we go to the park for close to 1 hour just before dinner.


My husband usually prepares our dinner (in the summer BBQ- almost 30 and no IDEA how to turn on a BBQ) while I spend time with my daughter (she is a mama’s girl).


Mama and Daughter Time!

From the time I pick her up until bed time I really try to disconnect. She prefers this! She usually insist that I put my phone away and I try to respect that when I can.


Once the bedtime routine is finished, my husband and I usually spend that time cleaning up or eating dinner. (YES! I know it is late, 8:00pm but sometimes it is unavoidable).

Sometimes, we will also do a bit of gardening. It can be tough to manage it all in such a short period of time in the evening. We will also prepare the food for the next nights dinner. As I have said in the past, marinated meat is a MUST for my husband, which means being organized is a must in this household (while as organized as a small family of three, who live a VERY busy life can be).










The last piece of our day… a LARGE cup of tea. Yes, the night just isn’t the same without a warm comforting cup of tea before bed. It really sets the tone for our relaxing evening.


Oh yah, and then there is the laundry… the bottomless laundry basket.

Can anyone else relate?


That’s it! A day in the life of me.

I know you can’t wait to find out how my fellow CAnadian sweatpink’ers spend their days!

Check out their lives below, you won’t be disappointed!


Susan @  http://dothingsalways.blogspot.ca





#Springtime is here! #toddlerfun

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So here I am spending the day with 2 “almost” two-year olds …

What’s a girl going to do? 

Entertaining two (independent) little girls can be a challenging task (Hats off to all the caregivers, grandparents and moms/dads who do this on a daily basis).


Who needs to work out on a day where you are chasing two toddlers around the house, climbing play structures covered in snow and dredging through two feet of snow to reach the swing set that two sweet little girls insist they need to try to complete their playground experience for the day.

I was thankful for being able to be home today to care for them, and to be able to also enjoy the beautiful sunny spring day! We took advantage for sure. A nice long walk around the local market and the nearby park. For some, such a busy day with these two little toddlers would be hard to swallow, but for me I enjoyed every moment of it.

Here are some tips and tricks that helped me today:


1. Prepare breakfast the night before (We always prepare my LO’s oatmeal and scones the night before. She loves her oatmeal ready the moment her feet hit the ground running).

2. Have a plan. On a nice sunny spring day, two toddlers certainly don’t want to be stuck inside. They want to be walking and running, playing and climbing. That’s exactly what the three of us did!


3. Take them on an adventure. They have no idea that walking in the market isn’t terribly exciting this time of year. But they don’t know that! They love watching all the new faces and dogs walking by. They love the fresh air and the luxury stroller ride.

3. Today proved to us why weekly meal planning is key! Thanks to having prepared our meals on Sunday I was able to easily pull out a prepared delicious home cooked meal.

4. Today proved to us why weekly meal planning is key! Thanks to having prepared our meals on Sunday I was able to easily pull out a prepared delicious home cooked meal.

wpid-img_20150311_195522.jpg 5. Not going to lie, but nap time could have been a challenge. Thankfully our wonderful caregiver arrived just in time to help with that step ! It could have easily been a disaster because for my little one she loves to snuggle with either her papa or me …