Thursday, December 30, 2010

something's new

New post over at

I've got a bit of a reinvention going on and I'll be posting all about it over there for those who are interested :)

Monday, September 20, 2010

Since school began my normal rhythm has flown out the window. Because my morning gets thrown off it ends up throwing every single bit of the rest of the day off, including my weekly plan. So after two weeks of this mess I decided that it was time to rework the routines a bit. The biggest changes are in the morning but the remainder of the day has gotten some attention too. As has my weekly rhythm.

Because I'm still not back at work it has been easy to fit everything in. It's not so easy when you're working an 8 or 12 hour day (as a nurse I do both). For now this will work for me. When I do return to work the plan will likely remain the same with the knowledge that if I'm working on a particular day then things will get put off until the following day or just not done that week at all. It is impossible to make a plan for a traditional work week because I don't work the same days or shifts from week to week.


~have lemon drink, make coffee, tidy main floor
~computer, drink coffee
~make breakfast, eat with kids, take vitamins
~do dishes, clean kitchen
~sweep main floor
~swish and swipe bathrooms, pick up bedroom
~workout, meditate
~skincare, shower, dress
~weekly chores
~creative time

~journal, cup of chai
~dinner prep
~dinner, take vitamins
~kids dinner chores, blog updates, herbal tea
~time with kids, husband
~skin care
~check calendar, prep for tomorrow
~gratitude journal, prayer, read


clean master bedroom and bathroom, do my laundry, do groceries and run errands. Take garbage out and put up new menu.
clean main bathroom and powder room. Launder towels. Clean living room, dining room and entryway.
change and launder sheets. Water plants
clean kitchen, do cooking and baking projects. Josh and Sam laundry.
Maddie and Nate laundry.
kids household chores and clean rooms.
church, then brunch. Clean fridge and collect garbage. Design week’s menu based on produce and sales, then make grocery list.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Rhythms not Schedules

I've been off work for a bit now and I'll continue to be off for the next 5 weeks at least. Even though I don't feel great there are still things I have to do and things that I want to do. But I find myself procrastinating and putting things off. This is not helping my energy levels or my ability to get things done.

But I don't like the term "schedule" it really bothers me. It sounds too hard and inflexible. So I've decided to use the term "rhythm". Rhythm is flexible, soft and enjoyable.

This is what I've come up with in terms of daily and weekly rhythms:



~have my lemon/aloe vera water upon awakening, then check blogs/emails while drinking my morning "coffee" drink

~do my workout (walk or yoga at the moment) then meditate

~wash/shower (dry brush first), dress, "swish & swipe" the bathrooms

~breakfast, second cup of "coffee" drink

~laundry, tidy up, weekly chore

~write one page

~finish weekly chores (if necessary), move laundry to dryer or hang to dry


~journal, cup of chai tea

~dinner prep, cooking

~candles, grace, dinner

~kids dinner chores, update blogs, herbal tea

~wash/epsom salt bath (if no shower in am. dry brush first)

~time with kids, husband

~gratitude journal, prayer, read



clean master bedroom and bathroom, do my laundry, do groceries and run errands. Take the garbage out and put up new menu.


clean main bathroom and powder room. Launder towels.


change and launder sheets. Water plants. Clean living room, dining room and entryway.


clean kitchen, do cooking and baking projects. Josh and Sam laundry.


free day! Maddie and Nate laundry. Massage therapy appointment.


kids household chores and clean rooms. Farmer's market.


church, then brunch. Clean fridge and collect garbage. Design week's menu based on produce and sales. Make grocery list.

That's it. We'll see how it goes. A lot of this stuff is being done now anyway. It's just to try and bring more of a rhythm and regularity to my days and weeks. And hopefully, accomplish more in the long run.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

update on homemade facial products

I thought I'd post an update on my homemade facial products. It's been fun and interesting but so far I've only made two things.

This is the exfoliator. I ground oatmeal, skim milk powder, oatmeal, dried lavender and cornmeal to a very fine powder in the blender. This I really like. It smells wonderful and your skin feels great after you rinse it off.

This is the citrus cream cleanser. The recipe called for lanolin but I didn't use it, I used extra beeswax instead. I made this about a month ago. It was a little tricky to make. You had to be really quick or your wax started to harden. This contains apricot oil, virgin coconut oil, beeswax, distilled water, a pinch of borax, vitamin E oil, grapefruit essential oil and lavender essential oil.

It smelled like heaven and I really liked the consistency. And it did a good job cleaning my face. BUT it's supposed to have a shelf life of 3 months if kept in the fridge and within 3 weeks it had gotten all watery underneath the cream layer. I tried to remix it but that didn't really work. Maybe I didn't do it quite right in the first place.

Both of these recipes come from the book "Do it Gorgeously" by Sophie Uliano. I'm going to be making more stuff out of here. I think as my technique improves so will the final product!

I'm still doing the vegan cleanse. You can find that blog at

More later

Monday, July 26, 2010

Project: 21 Days

My daughter Madison and I will be doing a vegan cleanse. We are starting it tomorrow and will be blogging about our experiences at

Anyone interested in joining us, you are more than welcome to! I hope you'll follow along with us on our new journey.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Update on my summer so far

It's been quite the week!

I worked evenings last weekend and began the week tired. But I still managed to do okay with my new body plan. I've done yoga once this week and gone on one walk. (Not two...but still.) I've gotten my portions under control and only had dessert once this week. The only thing I eat after dinner is a rice cake with a small smear of peanut or almond butter. I've started every day with yogurt and fruit which seems to set me up for better food control throughout the rest of the day.

My favorite meal this week:

Marinated grilled steak and portobello mushroom with a baked sweet potato and sauteed spinach.

Belgian waffle with macerated local strawberries and fresh whipped cream. Yum!

I couldn't believe how hard the yoga was. Yoga is something I used to do every day. (Along with ab work, weights three times a week and walking/jogging three to four times a week) But it's been so long and I've gotten so stiff. But I know how this process goes. It's the getting started and getting into a routine that's the hardest part. If I can get past that then I've got it made. I'm trying to keep in mind how good I feel when I'm doing what I should be doing in terms of my health.

What else have I done this week you ask? I've learnt how to change a signal light on my van for one thing. I know it's a silly little thing but something I've never learnt to do myself. But now I know! And it's so nice to not have to rely on anyone else to do it for me...ever again.

I've also gotten the ingredients together to make my own "lotions and potions". I use Dr. Hauschka's skin line and it is ridiculously expensive. I'm almost out of everything and don't have the money to replace any of it. So I've got a bunch of recipes and picked up a few ingredients. I'll keep you posted on how it goes.

I read the whole Stieg Larsson trilogy this week. If you don't mind violence, I highly recommend it. I was kept riveted to the printed page and couldn't stop until I was done. I got really invested in what happened to a couple of the main characters and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Now I've picked up "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett. I'm working two 8 hour shifts and two 12 hour shifts in the next week though so it's going to be a bit slower going.

My daughter graduated from Grade 8 last night. She looked beautiful and so grown up. I can't believe she'll be in high school next year! She wants to keep practicing her clarinet for band next year so I've decided to go the rent to own route and have to go in two weeks to pick it up. I'm glad she's sticking with it but I'm not looking forward to having to pay for those band trips! She's going to get to New York city before I ever do...My 16 year old has written a couple of great pieces on his blog and has been doing a lot of drawing this week. He finished his last exam a week ago so he's getting into a summer groove. He's got a work out plan in place because he wants to try out for football next fall. He also has a wicked sunburn from a pool party on Monday :) My oldest son has started work at a video store (he studies film in university) and is pleased that he's not stuck working in fast food! My youngest managed to bring up his grades so his final report card was good. He is looking forward to swimming at the pool, hanging out with his brothers and buddies and reading Tolkien! Like mother like son. My eldest daughter is living away from home and seems to be doing well. I'm always relieved when she calls just to talk and there is no pending crisis to get panicked about.

This is the sweater that I started late last summer. I took this photo in February and I'm ashamed to say that I haven't touched it since. I seem to have lost any desire to finish it. So I've finally decided to scrap the whole thing. Sometimes, it's just better to move on and actually do something else, rather than hold out and hope that you'll regain your desire for a project. So I've taken it apart and am going to make a meditation blanket for my eldest daughter. She meditates for twenty minutes a day and I think that this will be perfect for chilly fall and winter mornings. If it goes well (and it should, blankets are easy) then I'll make one for myself later. Meditation is something that I used to do religiously but have fallen out of the habit and would like to eventually get back on track with that as well.
The only other thing of note is we had a 5.5 earthquake on Wednesday. Worse one I've been in! I was outside at the time and could actually see my whole house shake and ripple. And it was so loud! Other than a few things falling off shelves and a picture off the wall all was well here. Glad I wasn't at work when it happened though!
I think this has gone on long enough! I hope all is well with everyone...Happy weekend!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Let's try this again, shall we?

"Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it"

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

There's the key. And the rub...begin it. Life totally derailed my plans of a few weeks ago. Those 20 pounds are still firmly entrenched and haven't budged. And it's easy enough to see why. I haven't done what I need to do. I've allowed everything and everyone else in my life to take precedence over the one thing I should be doing above all else...taking care of me.

The picture above represents my goal of where I want to be, once again. Yes, it was 10 years ago but I was in the best shape I'd ever been in my life and my intent is to be back there again. I know it's possible. As a matter of fact, if I do what I need to do then it's more than possible, it's probable.

So, I'm going to try this again. But this time I'm going to do something different. This time I'm going to BEGIN.