settling in at home + a challenge in self care

Home feels good and our family of three is now reunited back in Canada.

Oh yes, life is good.

Stocking my kitchen has been fun. Call me a nerd, but I always love starting with a clean slate in my kitchen every spring. It gives me some excitement and inspiration to get busy in the kitchen.

Some of my first stops are to stock on up as many of the essentials as I can in a cost effective and convenient way - bulk. There are a couple places I go for this including my local Bulk Barn or Country Bulk for my summer haul of nuts and seeds. Costco is another favourite stop for things like quinoa, gluten free products and a few other items.

If you don't do so already, a good little food storage tip is to get your nuts and seeds out of the pantry and into the fridge and/or freezer where they will stay fresh for up to 6 months. When you buy quality food, you want to make sure it stays fresh for as long as possible.

My main areas of focus since getting home on helping my daughter adjust to life in Canada, catching up with family and friends, meeting all sorts of new babies {YEAH} that were born while we were gone, unpacking, tending to my growing belly {aka napping}, and indulging in some self care.

And just incase any of us needed this reminder…. SELF CARE rocks and is necessary!

I find that when we are overseas my self care routine takes a bit of a back seat, and this is all good in the name of being a mama and supportive wife. However, I know that I need to make sure my cup is still full whenever possible.

Since being home I have been indulging in some self care and I made myself a a deal. Commit to at least one act of kindness for ME, every day.

This has included setting aside 15 minutes for stretching, a warm bath with epsom salts and essential oils, a chiropractic adjustment, a hair cut, I signed up for a weekly prenatal Dancing for Birth class {which rocks!}, wake up 30 minutes before my daughter to prep for the day and I even went for a spa treatment.

BLISS I tell you!

I'm not saying that taking care of ourselves has to cost any additional money but knowing how much better I feel when I take care of me, I wanted to extend my little olive branch to you, so that you can be reminded of how important it is to love on yourself!

So my friend, what are you going to do today that is for YOU. So that you can thrive and feel a little more fabulous?