4 Podcasts That Inspire Me

I know I’m probably the last person on the planet to discover the podcast app {thanks to my cousins}, but can I just say  that my life has been forever changed because of it.

And I can’t stop.

Here are four podcasts that I listen to on the reg {ha, I just said it that way to sound cool}. And by *reg* I mean, on the way home from taking the kids to school, while eating my breakfast {Qi’a oatmeal and fresh fruit} and packing my lunch, on the way to work, on the way home from work and picking up the kids from school, while working out, and often for a few minutes before drifting off to dreamland. It’s basically replaced everything else. haha


  1. Tony Robbins – First, watch his documentary *I Am Not Your Guru* on Netflix. Then, once you’ve recovered from the life altering inspiration {I’m not kidding}, check out his podcast. His first season was good, but already his second season {2 episodes in at the time I’m writing this} is over the top. I particularly loved *How to Make the Decision to do the Impossible* with Siri Lindley – amazing!
  2. Earn Your Happy with Lori Harder – Several weeks ago my cousin Radelle texted a screenshot of one of her new favourite podcasts to pass onto our other cousin, Laura and me. Laura immediately responded that she had also recently discovered it and was hooked. Ha! Well add me to the mix because I can’t get enough. I polished off all the episodes while driving to our recent BC camping trip and pretty much spent the entire time insanely inspired, especially episodes 52: What Make a Happiness Expert, Happy with Gretchen Rubin {author of The Happiness Project} and  57: Go From Tragedy to Legendary Life with Ted Ryce {I warn you, his personal story is unexpectedly intense and so heartbreaking}.
  3. Untame the Wild Soul with Elizabeth Dialto – One of the amazing guests on Earn Your Happy, Elizabeth Dialto speaks to my wild soul. To that burning inner passion, that almost nobody understands and that you simply can’t explain to people who don’t get it,. But Elizabeth Dialto gets it. She has it. She owns it. And I am so inspired by that. Check out episodes 119: Martha Beck on Life Coaching, Dreams, and Integrity and 126: Alexi Panos on 50 Ways to Yay.
  4. The Soul Fueled CEO with Amber Lilyestrom – Another guest from Earn Your Happy, this amazing podcast has me excited for possible future endeavors. Of the few I’ve listened to, two of my favourites are The Goddess Revolution with Mel Wells and Building Your Hustle-Free Empire with Amanda Loveland.

Thanks to my newfound podcast addiction, I can honestly say my days are more productive, and start with more clarity, inspiration and motivation.

I’ve got some big dreams here, my friends, and I can’t wait to make them happen!

**You can also purchase any of these podcasts on iTunes. I promise it’s worth it!**


Making Memories With Your Kids

It should be clear by now that making memories is my passion, my purpose…and the main focus of my blog. But I don’t want to just show you how I’m making memories, I want to inspire you to do the same.

Luckily, there are others who share that same vision, and today I’m linking up to one such site. The Dating Divas

I’ve been a fan of there’s for a couple of years now, and although the majority of their posts are specifically about dating/marriage relationships, I found a lovely little gem 

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50 Ways to Make Childhood Memories {photo used with permission}, which includes ideas for:

Indoor Activities, Out of the House Activities, Small and Simple Surprises, and Outdoor Activities

Trust me, there are some great ones. Actually, I love them all and have done many of them. Of course, now I have new ones to add to my list. Check it out!

4 Tips To Make Travelling With Kids Easier

Taking trips with the kids on my own is nothing new to me. The Captain was often working whenever there were family weddings, reunions, and other getaways, so I’ve been heading off on adventures alone with the kids since they were babies. And each time, I get a little more clever and find something else to make the trip easier.

On our recent camping trip to BC, these 4 tricks saved me a lot of time and hassle.

  1. I typically plan and pre-cook most of our meals, so that most of the work is done beforehand. But this time, I avoided all of that and went the path of least resistance…and work. Haha…It was a 5 day trip and I packed convenience foods and snacks that all fit nicely in an *under the bed* size tub.


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Kraft Dinner, Ichiban {Ramen}, Bear Paws, Cheese and Salsa {Tortilla Chips in a separate bag}, Trail Mix, Honey Nut Cheerios, Plaintain Chips, White Bean Crackers, Campfire Popcorn, Oatmeal, Cup-a-Soup, Fruit Source Bars, and I ended up buying Hot Chocolate, Tea and Hamburger Helper as well

2. I packed our clothes in laundry baskets for years, which I love but over the past couple of years I’ve switched to packing in reusable grocery bags. Trust me, it’s a much better solution! Even better, this time I used our MASSIVE Ikea bag. It held clothes for the 3 of us for the 5 days plus towels and there was still room. Plus the handles make it super easy to carry.

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                         This photo was taken after the trip, with the first load of clean laundry, but you get the idea. lol

3. I hate not having something to put dirty clothes in. When I used to pack in laundry baskets, we would use it if we were somewhere with dressers {hotel, condo, etc.}. But now that I use the reusable bags, I grab Brooklyn’s old collapsible laundry basket and it’s completely awesome. It doesn’t take up any room AND keeps everything off the floor, which is especially important in a tent.

Added Bonus: Since I always wash everything after a trip {especially camping}, worn or not, there needs to be a reasonably easy solution that doesn’t take up more space. This trip, I emptied the dirty clothes back into the Ikea bag, collapsed the laundry basket and was on my way.

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This pop up hamper was from Walmart – similar

4. We set off on our trip a day early to shorten the trip a bit and stay in a hotel. I’m sure you’ve all been there before – vehicle nicely packed and no real interest in mucking around. We were staying over for one night and our main purpose was to enjoy the pool so we really didn’t need a lot. I LOVE these small lululemon bags and use them for so many things {like my lunch at work} and knew they’d be perfect for this.

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I packed:

1 bag for each kid – Swimsuit, pyjamas and clean underwear. I added mine to one of the bags as well. You could fit the next day’s clothes in as well, but we just wore our same clothes again to make it easy.

1 bag is our permanent goggle/swim bag

And the blue bag {I clearly need to shop at lulu more lol} was for my toiletries.

Heading into the hotel was super easy and even if you have small kids, these bags are easy to carry for them too.

What tips and tricks do you have that help make travelling easier?

Tag me on Instagram @theseareyourdays

There are no whales in the toilet

It’s one thing I’ve wanted to do for as long as I can remember. So when Travelocity listed Whale Watching in Santa Barbara as a YEAR ROUND activity, I was sold.


It is so stunning

I have a tendency to get car sick so had some concerns about getting sea sick, but didn’t want to buy Gravol for just one use. I asked my cousin if she had any to bring, but she didn’t. Our host family even looked in their house for me but to no avail. So I chose to hope for the best.

I made the wrong choice.


While I was still upright

The real mistake for me was going into the café on board. It’s the area of the ship with the most movement and as I waited for my burger {thinking I was hungry}, I could feel it happening. Just one bite of my burger {which was delicious honestly} and I knew I was in trouble.

That delicious $7 burger with one pathetic bite out of it, found it’s way to the garbage after my first bathroom visit, and I proceeded to spend the last half of the trip either hovered over the toilet or laying on a life vest storage bench on the back deck.

The breeze and sunshine sure felt nice though.

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My opinion on the whales? Well, Gray Whales are boring {case in point: see above}….we did see a baby which was fun but they really do nothing beyond breaching. And there weren’t any dolphins at all, which was a real bummer for me personally. At one point there was a Humpback Whale, though within seconds of getting up to go see, I was finding my way back to the bathroom. Haha…

The company – Condor Express – was fantastic and despite this experience, I will definitely book through them again. I’ll be booking my trip around Humpback season though as they are arguably much more exciting to watch. I will also be taking Gravol BEFORE and will never make the mistake of eating a protein cookie beforehand or ever again actually {It was the last thing I ate before boarding the ship and the very last thing that came up….after an hour of being sick…and the nastiest, thickest sludge ever….sorry for that….just keeping it real lol}.

Whale Watching Nap These are your days making memories seasick grey whales

While I was able to recover with a 3 hour nap afterwards {Honestly, I died}, the truth is that queasy feeling didn’t go away the entire rest of the weekend. So although I’m definitely glad I went, I’ll be doing things much differently the next time around.

Photo credit: Eternal Reflections Photography, except for the last photo…the grainy one, courtesy of my iPhone. lol



Another Amazon Swimwear Search for Girls

Last year I posted about all the cute swimwear on Amazon, and even ordered a couple for Brooklyn which I LOVE! But it’s time to add to her collection once more.

I’m pretty picky with the bikinis I like and buy for her, and have discovered a love for the ruffle or flounce tops. And Kanu has really knocked it out of the park. I want one of each.

Kanu Surf Girls Allison Nikki Chloe these are your days swimwear beach ready

    Allison * Nikki * Chloe 

Kanu Surf Girls Hannah Karlie Kelly these are your days swimwear beach ready

    HannahKarlie * Kelly

But why stop there? Here are a few other gorgeous swimsuits worth checking out.

Arshiner Gossip Girl Attraco these are your days swimwear beach ready


  Arshiner Floral * Gossip Girl AztecAttraco Rainbow

And it continues – you really can’t have too many 😉

A Snail Named Georgie

Well, we finally got a lake day in.

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I love spending the afternoon watching the them kayak around. I mentioned them on Instagram as well, but if you haven’t purchased these kids kayaks from Costco yet, they are a must for next summer! Seriously, even your little 3 year olds can maneuver them! Major win with this purchase!

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As I was loading our stuff into the vehicle, Jonah was sitting at the shore just playing in the water. And of course, he found a little friend.

And of course he begged to bring her home.

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And OF COURSE, I said no.

*But she has a mommy she needs to stay with*

*She’s going to die*

*You aren’t bringing her into the house*

*Please don’t bring the snail home*

*She’ll miss her friends*

But of course, in the end, none of that really mattered {unless she really is missing her mom now…and I suppose if she dies as a result….oops} and I decided to simply #beayesmom. And now we have a pet snail named Georgie.

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Jonah’s heart couldn’t be happier.

I love hearing your #beayesmom moments, so don’t forget to tag me on Instagram @theseareyourdays


Brooklyn’s Cookies are Better than Mine

I love having my kids help in the kitchen so any time they ask if they can make something or help me, I do everything I can to make it happen. Brooklyn wanted to make cookies this weekend so we pulled the margarine squares out Friday night to soften and when she woke up Saturday {AFTERNOON!! 115pm…haha}, it was the first thing she did.

Kids who bake these are your days making memories kitchenaid presidents choice chocolate chip cookies

I grabbed the bag of chocolate chips and figured she would just follow the recipe on the back, but I had no idea she had found a recipe herself and had it saved on her ipod – {Extraordinary Chocolate Chip Cookies from Life Made Delicious}. I gave her some tips {getting out all the ingredients first, mixing the margarine fully with each ingredient before adding the next, etc.} and then I left her to it, wanting to see how she’d do.

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My heart melted seeing her buzzing around the kitchen, doing her thing…AND wearing the dish towel over her shoulder just like I do.

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The dough looked {and tasted} delicious, but we all know that can sometimes be deceiving.

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Though not in the case because Brooklyn totally rocked it and the resulting cookies look better than any I’ve ever made. #truestory

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She’s hired.

I’m Glad My Kids Went Away For the Week #notwhatyouthink #18summers #theseareyourdays #makingmemories

Last Friday my cousin texted to see if I was willing to have her 4 kids for the night. {Obviously I said yes – I honestly love her kids and having extra kids over in general}. Then she even sweetened the deal, offering to take my kids back home with her for the week. #partyofsix

Say what?!

It’s usually difficult for me to accept help so my first reaction was to turn down the offer, but something stopped me. I knew I needed it….not a break from them. Not that at all. I needed them to have a fun week.

For the first time since going back to work 3 years ago, I’m hating that I’m working during their summer break. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely LOVE my job {seriously} and it’s only part time so I will still get time and lots of fun with them, but I want my stay at home mom time freedom back again. I hate that the bulk of their day is spent at the mercy of my working. The ability to get out and do fun things always has to wait until I’m off.

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18 Summers, my friends.

We only get 18 summers with our kids {if we’re lucky}….and I’m spending half of this one in the office, NOT with my kids. *cue tears* ~ I know I’m being dramatic, but let me. I know where my heart is and where it wants to be, and that’s making memories with my kids. I believe in living in the now…and feeling like I’m missing out on some of that is hitting me hard this year and simply making me feel the feels.

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BUT, knowing they were making memories with cousins and being sent daily photo updates plus nightly texts from my kids was the very next best thing. Because even though I may have been missing out, knowing they weren’t fills my cup in more ways than I can count.

Quite frankly, I have the best cousins. And so do my kids!

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{Haha…my cousin has never known a child to sleep like Brooklyn. She text me the third photo and said, *Should I be worried? Do you think she’s dead?* Bahahahahaha}

**A HUGE thank you to my amazing cousin, Laura of Laura Taylor Photography for taking my kids and providing me with these fabulous {iPhone} photo memories**



The Magic of Trying to #beayesmom ~ #theseareyourdays

It’s not the first time I’ve talked about this great piece of parenting advice I heard years ago, and it likely isn’t the last. It’s amazing the opportunities that present themselves, yes of course, usually during the times you are the most tired and worn out…but that’s also when the magic happens.

Case in point: My weeding day.

Do you remember these photos from my Instagram?

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Let’s just first take a minute to consider not only the transformation, but how absolutely brutal this flower bed was to start. *covers eyes*

Now let me tell you what was going on behind the scenes and how this turned into a magical #beayesmom experience.

As I started to weed, Jonah asked if he could bring his cars out to play. I know, it sounds so simple and I have no issues with him playing outside or even, in some cases, bringing toys outside, The problem was, I didn’t want those toys to come outside, get dirty and then find their way back into the house.

So I tried to convince him not to.

For several minutes we went back and forth until it occurred to me…if they got dirty, he could always add a follow-up activity and bath {wash} them in the sink. Problem solved.

Of course, Jonah – bring out the toys!

And as a result, this was my view while I did the weeding. *cue heart swoon*

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Happy to be outside playing, happy to be making memories and happy to be together.

Just like that it became one of those magical parenting moments and easily one of my favourite memories from that week. And to think, I just about missed it.

*I want to hear about your #beayesmom moments – tag me @theseareyourdays*


I Rented a Car for the First Time EVER! #enterprise #santabarbara #theseareyourdays #yearofme #madetoholiday

Shortly before my trip, I decided to look into renting a car instead of relying on cabs and my pretty little feet. Am I ever glad I did because for just $18/day my cousin and I had the freedom to go where our little hearts desired. It was easily the best decision of the trip – and going through Enterprise {car rental at the Santa Barbara Municipal Airport} was a brilliant choice.

First, booking online was EASY! And second, the staff were amazing and so accommodating!

The only trouble I had was trying to decide which size of vehicle to book. I ended up going for a full size which I quickly realized was not the best choice for me. I’m little so long cars are just awkward.

First up – The Buick Lacrosse, a beautiful car but just a bit too big for me. And, we’d soon find out, a little too big for the driveway cove we had to park in at our rental.


Making me laugh about being old ladies with our Giant Buick. Hahaha

So, the next day we zipped back to the airport to see if there was something smaller that might work better. I wish I remembered the name of who helped me {same each time} because he was so great and got me set up right away with this smaller and also beautiful Chrysler 200.


Totally more my jam {though truly I’m a small SUV girl through and through} – and $16 to fill from empty. SIXTEEN! Boy did I feel like a fool pre-authorizing for $40. hahaha

**Funny story: I went into the gas station to pre-pay and the gas attendant took my credit card and said, “So go fill up and then when you come back in we’ll charge your card.” – I sort of scoffed and said, “Oh, I’m not leaving my credit card with you! ~ Can’t you just pre-authorize it?”

His response, “Um yeah, I can.” **

Hahahahaha…Be careful people…I’m not saying he would have done anything, I’m just saying don’t take any unnecessary chances.

Final thought – Use Enterprise! {And don’t leave your credit card with random people} lol