Sunday is Mother’s Day. Since I am the mother of two little ones, it is a day where I have a free pass to do as I please; to indulge, rest, rejuvenate, reflect. Since my kids are still young, they don’t quite understand that being on their best behavior and honoring all that their momma does for them are required for the day. So while I do plan to spend time enjoying their company, my true intention is to use this day to take care of me. Guess what? You certainly don’t have to be a mother to chose this for yourself. Furthermore, you certainly don’t need a special day of the year to do it. I try to find moments in time throughout busy days to take pause, to enjoy something as simple as a sound, smell, or sight. If I have more moments free that can be laced together to create “me” time, some of the below are at the top of my list for spending time to take care of me, my senses, my mind, myself. Oakland is full of ways to treat yourself…be inspired to do so, you deserve it.
Happy New Year! 2016…Holy Cow.
It is always interesting to turn our heads and hearts towards a new year. A new year offers you a chance to reflect on where you are in life; it is an opportune time to consider any “course corrections” that may be in order. 2015 was a mixed bag for me. It was full of challenging times as I continued to learn how to navigate being a mom to not just one, but two. It was a successful year for me with my own eating and exercise hurdles. It was the year that this website was born.
Last weekend the kids and I headed over to Grammys house to transform loads of sugar, butter, eggs and flour into yummy holiday treats. Joined by my younger sister Lindsay and our Aunt Pat, when all 4 of us get together rarely do things stay simple. So, when Pat offered to make a gingerbread house for Alex to decorate, how could we say no!
I love fall. I love the crisp mornings, the falling leaves, and cozy feeling of scarf around my neck. I am lucky that my birthday lands right in the midst of my favorite season. A couple months ago I began to hear about the Apple Hill Region of Northern California, just east of Placerville in the Sierra Foothills. An area of over 50 farms and ranches; it is a blend of apple orchards, fruit growers, christmas tree farms, and wineries.
I’m here…finally. I feel a bit like a woman is has shown up REALLY late to a party, unsure of how to make an entrance.
I know I am joining thousands of women who have chosen to use blogging as a way to share a variety of things, and who try to make an impact in their own way. Whether it is a personal platform for relaying the journey of motherhood, a vehicle to share amazing recipes, a creative and crafting hotspot, a fashion trend guidebook, and so on…they are all out there in numbers that I have found daunting. So many of these women do it INCREDIBLY well. It has been an inspiration for me.