What I would tell my younger self

What I would tell my younger self

This little plate is a memento from an event I attended a few weeks ago. Guests were asked to select one of the many burlap sacks hanging on an intention tree -- we picked the one we were most drawn to. Each hidden plate contained a different message. Mine could not be more fitting.

The words LIVE WELL are at the top of my mind as I celebrate my 40th birthday this month.

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Hemp milk recipe

Hemp milk recipe

Growing up I was lactose intolerant and still don’t eat dairy. I introduced dairy to my son as a baby and it seems to agree with him. He is now a year and a half and drinks about three cups of milk a day. Because he also gets dairy from other sources like cheese and yogurt, I started making plant-based hemp milk to mix it up.

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Top 5 sleep routine (and sleep training) tips for parents with small children

Top 5 sleep routine (and sleep training) tips for parents with small children

After many tears, trial and error, I'm happy to say that my three boys consistently sleep well each night. When you have more than one baby you quickly realize how truly individual each child is. Some children are more spirited than others, and each one has different needs and bedtime negotiation tactics! As parents, we know there isn't always one answer for all kids. 

After trying many sleep training methods with my second child and none of them working, I knew I didn't want to risk more sleepless nights with my third. I used the Calmmother feeding and sleep program to transition my third baby on a good sleep routine. It is much easier to gently put your baby on a sleep routine when it's the only thing they know, compared to breaking the well-established sleep habits of a toddler, preschooler or school-aged child. 

Our top 5 tips for sleep training babies over one year, toddlers and small children are below.

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This years mantra

This years mantra

Easier said than done, especially if you have no interest in focussing to change anything. Let’s just be sometimes, right?!

Looking back on my previous live with intention posts, my words, themes and intentions have ranged from simplicity and happiness to balance, and most recently, embracing change and living in harmony.

With family and work responsibilities this past year, personal reflection took a back seat until now. After years of living in a revolving door of change, loving life with my partner and our blended family, and a recent promotion at work, I really would’t change a thing (except maybe a few wrinkles and grey hairs!). But that’s part of why it’s a good time to reassess values, goals, and life, generally.

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Benefits of the timeout bubble

Benefits of the timeout bubble

It’s remarkable how different types of discipline are effective for one child or age group and not another. Like most toddlers and preschoolers, my daughters tested boundaries when given the chance.

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