Cruise here I come. It only took 30 mins after being dropped off to be on the ship and start eating. This is the life. Looking forward to this canary island cruise. I’m not sure what the weather will be like but I’m looking forward to just chilling. #cruise#cruising#relax#downtime#canaryislands#weather#pando#p &o
I’m sitting here in a local coffee shop drinking the most delicious London Fog, listening to music and trying not to focus on how much I miss my two boys. Today is the first day they try daycare, and let me tell you I’m feeling all the feels. I know how fortunate I have been to have avoided this and had so much time with them. That doesn’t mean it is any easier though. Walking out the door today without them put it all back into perspective for me. Why I have made the choices I have for me and my family. The last couple weeks have been more difficult, hell the last few months have been and at some points I definitely needed me time and some time to care for myself rather than the a house and everyone else’s needs but here I am realizing why I stopped working in the first place. For me I had children to spend time with them. To nurture their growth. To show and explore together. So while I enjoy this, I will always enjoy them more. #firstdaycareday#momjournal#lifeinthemeadows#downtime#perspective#appreciation
Well, it’s been on my to do list for months and I didn’t think I could do it myself but having more time away from my phone gave me some motivation. It took two full days of working in 20-30 minute increments, taking hour long breaks, lots of extra pain meds and a willingness to live in the mess for two days but it’s done! 44/50 plants have been given some plant spa care and somehow I’ve made room for lots of new plants to come 😜. 🌿
I wanted to do it really well since it was such a labour of love. Every pot, tray and all the rocks were scrubbed completely clean. The roots were cleaned off and dead ones trimmed away, the dead or dying foliage was trimmed off. Some plants were potted up, some potted down and others put back in the same size. Every surface that held plants was thoroughly cleaned and reorganized. Any plant that was harbouring pests (namely scales 😔) was thrown away (only two!).
I left the 4 largest ones on the floor for another day when I have some help but getting all that done is such a relief! It was a struggle and a huge challenge but the kids and I had fun doing it together and there was only one kid inflicted casualty (I was super sad - swipe to see).
After it was all done there were a few plants looking shocked so I used the little bit of @strathcona1890 fertilizer I had and gave them some food, this morning they all look happy. Such a relief to have it done, even if it costs me a few days on the couch. Check out stories to see more of the mess!
It’s My Monday! The day I talk about all the things that fire me up and get me excited. Today, it’s this book.
Holy Shitsnacks, Batman!
This read both terrified and fascinated me-a brilliant look into the mind of someone developing Alzheimer’s and what they experience.
Terrifying because I relate to this lady-I’m smart, an insatiable learner, an analytical thinker-and to think I could lose that with no way of stopping it. Yeesh.
Fascinating because I have a much better understanding of what happens as the brain deteriorates when this disease progresses and the geeknerd in me sits up and pays rapt attention.
Also, a very well-written book and a story that was hard to walk away from.
Read it! Everybody should read it!
He’s like a little early warning system. 🚨Will nip/bite me when I start pulling. I think because he’s upset I’m not paying more attention to him, but maybe he is just my little guardian! 😺 #catkids#bfrb#bfrbawareness
Happy Monday!! Over the weekend I unplugged and spent some much needed time with close family & my little guy❤️
We don’t realize that being attached to our phones can wear us out especially if you have little ones.
The shift in energy to be present with our kids and then flip to the phone being “available” and “on” can seriously take a toll. Not only that but our children see it. They know we’re not fully present and Monkey See Monkey Do! Soon our little ones will be ignoring us for their iPads and phones if they aren’t already. .
I challenge you next weekend to put your phones away, don’t answer messages, don’t scroll just be present with your family, go for a walk or lunch without taking a “story”...just soak in some good ol’ human to human connection. The recharge you’ll feel on Monday is powerful👊🏻 Now who’s ready to GSD today?
A relaxing little piece of my bedroom. Lately, I've been taking a break from painting. I just haven't felt like it. Instead, I've been trying out new recipes, reading lots of books, and sipping wine on the patio while wrapped in a fuzzy blanket. Listen to your body. I'm giving myself what I need to fight the burnout. I can just go back to studio whenever I'm ready. For someone who loves working, it's challenging to rest, so I'm taking advantage of this. Do you ever experience long periods of rest? How long does it take you to return to the studio when you're just not feeling it? Any Fall bucket list ideas? I'd love to hear from you!
On a modern ferry for the way back... it’s even got a Costa coffee lol time to fill up with a coffee and browse through some watches for 40mins lol think il have a look @kibblewatches 😆 @costacoffee #coffeetime#downtime#costalatte#ontheferry
Today the struggle real. I was only able to make a few scrunchies & cat toy for Dash. Which actually isn't that bad, but then I started to beat myself up. "Martine you should be able to make at least two kaftans today & at least some Christmas stock!." But then I looked at the what I was actually doing.
Playing with off cuts of fabrics & teaching myself different sewing techniques on the machine.
With no basic clue at what I'm doing & I'll never be able to use the fabric BUT it wasn't a waste of time. It is Okay to just play. Sometimes I feel we creative folk put too much pressure on ourselves to produce unique items & forget to let that creative inner child out.
Just from not having a clue with what I was doing or making I learnt so much more about myself.
I also allowed myself to actually sit down & watch something on Netflix. Anyone who knows me well will know this is a struggle for. My hands must stay busy. Sewing, knitting, crochet, drawing, macrame jewelry, wire wrapping gemstones etc. But not today!. I put down the phone & watched telly. Then BAM!!! A new design popped into my head😁. It pays off to have no fucking clue at what your doing & doing nothing sometimes.
Have you had the chance to watch the television series 9-1-1? If you haven’t you are missing out! This exciting drama series follows the lives of LA’s first responders who are thrusted into the most frightening, shocking and heart stopping situations. Season 2 has just launched and it’s even more exciting than the first! Easy to download on iTunes so I can watch anytime, anywhere with no ads. 🚑🚓🚒 https://apple.co/2OVJXEO #911TV#metime#downtime #@20thcenturyfoxhe