• Finance

    Easy money hacks that can save you thousands of dollars a year

    Being a single mom living off 55% of my income with zero financial support from my son’s father has made me a pro at saving money. I’ve always loved budgeting, but continuing to pay my mortgage, all my bills, buy groceries, and still have a little leftover for other needs has been a whole new level of challenging. I have to give my parents a lot of credit here for making it easier on me than it might’ve been if they’d raised me differently. But despite making a sh*tload of money, my mom and dad raised us in a modest house, drove used cars, and didn’t wear expensive clothing. They…

  • Wellness

    Top 3 at-home workouts in 30 minutes or less

    Once upon a time, there was a young woman who was super fit. She did CrossFit five times a week, ran short-distance races, and walked over an hour a day with her dog. She was no bikini model, but she was in damn good shape. But one day, the young woman got pregnant. She had “morning sickness” all day, every day, for the first 16 weeks. She ate whatever she could stomach, which was mostly plain chips and English muffins with butter. She was way too drained by 4pm to work out. And just as the morning sickness was subsiding, she caught a wicked upper respiratory infection that lasted until…

  • Personal Development

    Stress-busting tips you’ve probably never heard before: 4 experts weigh in

    The past several weeks have been stressful for me, to say the least. The relationships of many people I care about are falling apart. Kieran has been a cranky, whiny, teething mess. I’ve had two major publications reject my blog post submissions. It’s to the point that I’m having trouble sleeping at night. The resulting stress eating has been delicious, but after countless cookies, bowls of ice cream, bags of chips, and upset tummies, I’ve realized I need a more productive way to deal with my stress. It got me thinking — who could I ask who would have a unique perspective on how to deal with all this? Enter:…

  • Motherhood

    5 things you should NOT worry about postpartum

    For the first few days of motherhood, I walked around in a pleasant postpartum haze. I was deliriously happy. I loved everyone — even the OB who stitched up my vajay-jay. When the hormones and adrenaline wore off, though, I realized I was in the middle of a shit storm (with both literal and figurative shit). Why does this thing keep peeing on me? Is four layers of clothing too much for a winter walk? And why has no one brought me sushi yet? While these are all important and relevant worries, there are definitely lots of other things you should NOT be concerned about. There’s a lot of pressure on…

  • Personal Development

    How to stay motivated to reach your goals

    It’s Friday night of the long weekend. Better yet, it’s Reunion weekend in my rural Ontarian town — an event that only happens every 10 years. I’m sitting on my patio with a cold beer cracked, surrounded by my friends, playing Texas horseshoes, munching on snacks, and catching up on old times. Just kidding — I’m writing this blog post. This is a post about how to stay motivated and achieve greatness, not beer Olympics! For most of my life, I was the type of person who was self-motivated. I could light a fire under my own ass and relentlessly pursue any goal I chose. But after my divorce, I lost…

  • Personal Development

    Why it’s better to be present than positive

    “Everything you need will come to you at the perfect time.” “You are the author of your life!” “Believe in yourself and you will be unstoppable.” “Live more, worry less.” Does anyone else ever get sick of these “inspirational quotes”, or is it just me? As humans, we are wired to automatically focus our attention on the negative. Don’t get me wrong, it’s obviously way better to approach life with a positive outlook. But sometimes, being positive is just plain exhausting. Research shows that optimistic people are healthier, live longer lives, and are happier overall. But there’s also something to be said for feeling really shitty when you need to, and then…

  • Personal Development

    3 lessons I learned in 2016

    2016 was a year of struggle and massive growth for me. It was hands-down the most unstable I’ve ever felt, and yet the most adventurous and free. I visited three countries and a Canadian province, lived in FIVE different places in Ontario in a half year span, became a certified meditation teacher, learned to speak Spanish, gained 30 pounds, celebrated my 30th birthday, rekindled two of the most important friendships of my life, and spent 10 days in complete silence. Monumental. You don’t go through a year like that without learning a thing or two about yourself and about life in general. Here are some of the most important life lessons I…

  • Personal Development

    3 smartphone apps for self development

    We all know what a huge distraction our smart phones can be. I confess I have wasted countless hours of my life scrolling through Instagram and Facebook. (OK, maybe it’s not a complete waste — I consider the meme below to be an excellent use of my time. You know what they say, laughter is the best medicine!) I’m betting for most people reading this, checking your phone is one of the first things you do after you wake up — am I right? I’m definitely guilty of it. Breaking the phone habit is extremely hard to do. So what if we used our phone to our advantage instead? There…

  • Motherhood

    Why I gave up on breastfeeding

    Before I became a mom, I always assumed I’d be breastfeeding my future child. Sure, it’s hard for some people, I thought. But that won’t be me. Breast is best — I’ll make it work! How incredibly naive of me. When my son arrived almost six weeks early, the lactation consultant in the hospital encouraged me to try to nurse him, but explained that many premature babies have difficulty latching at first. And he did. But I was determined to give my baby the best. I spent hours feeding him with very little success, sleeping only about 45 minutes between nighttime feeds. I did this until I was chastised by one…

  • Motherhood

    4 tips for loving your postpartum body

    I love Pinterest. I use it pretty much every day for everything from recipes to travel inspiration. But despite my Pinterest addiction, it has always bothered me that it’s become one more tool to reinforce unattainable standards for women. One of the things that pissed me off the most during my pregnancy were all the pins that popped up about having a “belly-only pregnancy” and “shedding the baby weight FAST”. It can be hard enough to cope with the changes in our body postpartum without being bombarded with media pressure to “get our body back”. If you’re gung-ho to lose the baby weight, good for you — no judgment here.…