Daily Dose of Affirmation

Each day you can journey from your Alpha (it begins with you) to your Omega, which in the teachings of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, is the point within each of us where our inner spiritual nature meets our outer worldly nature.  It is with this thought I bring to you daily dose of affirmations for […]

Daily Dose of Affirmation

Dear leaf blower guy…

Did you know that after the rain, blowing the leaves will take double the time? Did you know that some people are trying to have their kids down for a nap? Did you know some people need their full concentration to work?

We live in a townhouse complex, and the maintenance guys always come once a week to cut the grass, take away the leaves that fell, but for some reason, they take the longest time to do it, and they are usually four people. Can you imagine all of them using their leaf blower at the same time? They are not consistent in their timing either!

My husband is trying to work upstairs, and me trying to put the baby to sleep for his afternoon nap. I saw them pass in the same spot four times and carrying their pile of leaves around. It rained this morning, and that must not be an easy task to blow the leaves. Why can’t they wait until it dries off a bit? To me, it doesn’t make sense and seems to be time-wasting.

Sometimes I think that it is more time consuming with a leaf blower than use a rake… Yes it can be useful to clear the leaves in difficult to access spots, but is it necessary to make all the noises and for half of the afternoon?

This is it for now with my ranting. Do you guys have disturbances that affect your daily life?

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Whether it’s the baby’s difficulty falling asleep or, as a parent, the lack of sleep, this seems to be an issue that as parents have in common. If you’ve read my past blog posts, you already know that we’re having issues with our son’s sleeping pattern.

Most days, he naps good and bedtime goes smoothly, but he wakes up during the night and doesn’t want to go back to sleep. He often keeps us awake for 2 hours.

We try everything… We feed him, rock him. He would toss and turn and wants to sit on our lap. Then we take more strict measures. We let him cry, which I hate very much. We let him cry 5 mins, then check on him, then let him cry 10 mins and so on. When it’s been over 30 mins, I give in. Not sure if it’s right, but I guess I have some mom guilt going on. Sometimes we’re just lucky and he would fall asleep.

The next day though, we’re so tired that it’s hard to motivate ourselves to do some self-care and go exercise.

Any parents out there who go through similar issues? Have you found a solution? I would love to hear about it.

Until next time, if the baby doesn’t sleep tonight, strong coffee will be your best friend in the morning! 🙂

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DO YOU GET TRAPPED IN THE AFTERLIFE WHEN YOU CAN’T LET GO OF SOMEONE YOU LOVE?

I do not know if there is an afterlife, but I can only imagine how it would be. The Netflix series “The haunting of Bly manor” made me think a lot. What would happen if you died with unfinished business, without your consent, or if you love someone so much that you can’t let go? Do you get trapped in the afterlife?

In my perspective, the ghost of Bly manor who had lung disease for years was killed by her sister. Maybe her sister killed her to end her suffering, but by the look of things, she didn’t really want to go. I feel like she wanted to see her daughter grow. She didn’t want to leave her.

When she died, she stayed present in the manor. Each night looking for her daughter killing people standing in her path, but as years passed, she started to forget memories of her living life and that’s why the ghost loses features in her face.

I don’t know if it’s because I am a mom now, but I actually find the story really sad.

Loving someone so much to stay trapped in the afterlife, without being able to see your kids. Every single day, looking for them and being angry for not finding them. This would be torture!

I actually understand why we would stay around if we died when your kids are at a young age. Even if they were older… You want to make sure they stay safe, that they are alright. We have so much love for our kids, just thinking of being away from them breaks your heart.

If there was an afterlife, one thing I would wish is that we don’t get trapped with anger, pain and sadness.

I am just brushing the surface here as I don’t want to tell you every single detail. You should watch it!
Below is the official trailer.

If you watched it, let me know your thoughts!

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Deception

This past week my son decided he would sleep through the night without feeding. All I had to do is to give him his pacifier once and we had the chance to sleep peacefully until 6 am.

Well, that didn’t last long. He did that only 2 days in a row. The night after that… OMG! The tantrum! A raging moment that lasted more than 2 hours. He didn’t want to go back to sleep. I fed him, I rocked him, I let him cry a little… Nothing was working. He cried to exhaustion.

Just when you think you got it under control…
POOF! It’s over!

This was it of my full night sleep… every other night was the same as before… feeding him around 2 to 3 am. He’s lucky that I am a very patient person. Maybe too patient… maybe I shouldn’t have gone to rock him so many times… but when your kid is crying and he can’t tell you what’s going on, it’s hard not to react.

As parents, we have to constantly remind ourselves that the struggles we go through now are only temporary. This is part of your child’s development and soon will be a thing of the past.

Maybe the big cry was a milestone that is about to happen. Maybe I will soon be able to sleep a full night (dreaming). Who knows, but let me tell you, babies are lucky they can nap during the day. I will make sure to remind him that when he’s a teenager.

Being a parent is hard and full of surprises. Each day is a new adventure. We have to put on our seat belt and be ready for the ride!

You are 8 months…

Who knew that a month would change you so much. Within a month you perfected your crawling and mommy and daddy have to run after you constantly to keep you out of things you shouldn’t touch. For some reason, you love the floor air vents…

You started to get attached to things you are holding and pull some tantrum when we try to take it away.

You also love jumping and every time mommy and daddy have their hands under your arms, you start jumping.

You love keeping us awake for 2 hours during the night, just because… I thought by now you would sleep the whole night… I guess you are having sleep regression and hopefully you will go back to normal soon. Daddy needs to work in the morning. 🙂

You can now stand on your own with support and walk clumsily with your walker. Soon enough you will be running!

Today, I sat you in your crib and you pulled yourself to standing all by yourself. It is good you can’t sit on your own yet. Mommy and Daddy will have to lower your crib very soon so you can’t fall on the ground.

Mommy looks forward to see you grow. What do you have in store next?

To the next adventure!

Being your own imposter

I have recently started to listen “The mom room” podcast and let me tell you, Renee, the host, is spot on and so real about the subject of being a mom and how we can bring ourselves down easily.

As a new mom, I have been putting a lot of pressure on myself. I have been very unsure of myself and questioning about my way of parenting and if I was doing the right things.

I can’t believe my son is almost 9 month old and I still feel so insecure. I am sure I will be for the rest of my life because there is so many stage in the life of a child. It will never stop changing.

In the posdcast, she defines momposters as a mom who’s suffer self-doubt, compare to others, fear of judgment and feeling inadequate.

I feel a bit guilty of doing this. I know someone that I follow on Instagram that has a kid about the same age as my son. Every time I see a milestone that my son didn’t achieve yet, I wonder if I am doing things right. Maybe there is something I am not doing.

The pandemic doesn’t help with that as we are confined and not able to see other people and talk to other moms and I have to tell myself that I am doing my best.

I’ve been following groups on facebook and asking questions, but it is not the same and often you compare yourself and the advices you get makes you feel bad…

I have to remember that each child is different and he will do things on his own pace.

Sometimes, there is questions that you hesitate to ask because you don’t want to be judged and that increases self-doubt.

The episode of the podcast made me realize that social media can lead to comparing to others and to be honest, depending on who you follow, it could be false representation, but still we compare ourselves to those.

What I took from the episode is to stop comparing yourself, be yourself, take advises you need and leave those that doesn’t apply or don’t work for you to the side and just do your best.

A child doesn’t come with an instruction manual and each one of them are different and only you can raise your kid with your own values and beliefs.

Let see if I can apply these from now on… 🙂

Until next time, have a wonderful day!

Having a baby is difficult enough, but never in the world I would have thought of raising a child during a pandemic…

It is just making it even more difficult… If we could pause the newborn stage until this mess is over it would be fine, but now that my little guy is 7 months old, introducing the world to him is very difficult… His growing needs to explore is making things challenging… The weather is extremely warm out, so we can’t go for walks…

How can we satisfy his need to explore? There is so much toys you can buy, so many time you can read a book in a day and the space in our house is very limited… pilling tons of toys is not an option. PLUS, too many toy is like not having enough…

I want to show him so much, I want to teach him so much, but how can I do that when we’re confined between the same 4 walls day in and day out…

I planned to take swim lessons with him, but it’s not going to happen until who knows when… The earlyON centres are closed… how can I offer human contact, other than us, to my child? Video calls isn’t really showing the world to him…

It makes me sad to think that things may not become normal for a long time… This is definitely not how I pictured his first year of life to be and how I would spend time with him… I had better stories cut out in my head… it’s very disappointing.

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Life in confinement…

So many things has happened and is happening this year and we have to enjoy it in confinement… Can I say enjoy… not really. This social distancing is taking a toll on us. It certainly not what I was expecting for my maternity and parental leave…

Last month was my husband 40th birthday and we couldn’t do anything special…

Today is my birthday… we won’t be able to do much as well…

By the look of things, our 10th year wedding anniversary in July will be in confinement as well, which sucks!

I wanted to take swimming lessons with my son this summer… it probably won’t happen…

I really hope things will be better by December… otherwise my son’s first Christmas and birthday will also be in confinement… it is hard to think of these milestones being canceled because of a stupid virus…

I don’t know about you, but I am starting to find it really hard not being able to see our families. Even harder when most of mine didn’t see my son and who knows when we will able to travel to see them.

Two weeks became a month… A month to 2 months, now it seems like it will go for a year or two… I understand we want to save lives and stay safe, but is it how we should approach this… Plus, it seems they reacted way too late! They knew it was coming and now we live in a world like everyone has bugs… no one is talking to each other, people crossing the street to stay away… It was all good at the beginning, but now when will it end? They don’t even know if they will be able to produce a vaccine… this is very disappointing.

Why is it that Ontario is the last one to want to start opening up? Am I the only one feeling this way?

Hi everyone,

I know it’s been ages I haven’t posted on my blog. Things have changed a lot in my life in the past year.

From being indecisive about having kids, we finally came to a decision to take the plunge and start our little family.

You may wonder why out of a sudden things changed?

Well… Back at the end of 2018, working with other women who have kids made me realize that I may be missing something great. I started to think that I might live in regret for my whole life.

One day, one of my colleagues told me something that made me change the whole view of things.

What would you regret the most? Having them or not having them?

It was pretty clear what the answer was.

Both of us getting close to our forties, we couldn’t afford to wait for too much longer. It was time for a change.

Since December 29th 2019, we are proud parents of a beautiful little boy named Joshua. It surely changed a lot in our lives, but we have absolutely have no regrets. It’s not always easy, but he’s my whole world. He makes our lives brighter and he completes us.

He’s now 4 months old and he has so much energy already. He started to roll over from his back to stomach and giggles. Such a sweet little boy.

Sometimes it takes a while to realize some things and it’s better now than never right?

In the past few weeks, I have been a little bit off. I made mistakes, forget to do things, been frustrated with things I used to be able to do and learn with ease and now it is just not going as well as it used to.

Sometimes I forget I’m approaching the 40’s, I am slowly realizing that if you don’t change your rhythm, things will start to fall apart. As you age, you can’t do as many things with the same intensity.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying I am old but I came to realize, that I can’t continue on the same rhythm than when I was 20 years old.

Could it be my body telling me something? Maybe 6-hour sleep every night isn’t enough? Maybe I try to do too many things? Something’s gotta give when you’re exhausted one day or another.

When you are tired and try to do too many things, you end up not being able to focus fully on them and the things you used to enjoy and love doing slowly feel like a burden. You become to think that you’re not good, you lose patience for stupid reasons, you just start to be depressed and want to hide.

I may be in denial of what my body is telling me, but realization is the first step to fix things and for my next step I intend to stop looking at my phone before bed. Yes, I am guilty of looking if there’s something new on Instagram, Facebook or even look if I have new views on my blog which end most of the time in a waste of time. This could be 15 to 30 mins more sleep I could get.

If you’re are in the same situation, what will you do to help yourself get more rest?

We need to pause, evaluate, determine the problem and act on it!

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Never Forget Who YOU Are!

Have you ever lost your purpose? Feeling worthless? Felt like the smallest challenge was impossible to undertake? You’re not alone!

Back in 2015, I started a job that I liked. I’ve put in crazy hours, I didn’t mind because I was feeling like I belonged, that I was valued and that I made a difference and was seeing opportunities for the future. After 6 months working there, the management changed and everything I worked hard for turned upside down, duties were taken away, things changed drastically, it quickly became something that I was dreading. I came from leading a project to being pushed to the sideline and just do the work as I was told without any explanations. They were changing processes. I kept saying to myself that things will get better, but things just got worst. I no more felt valued.

It was a difficult time for me, I was very depressed, became negative, it was hard to smile and became an angry person deep down inside. I went on for months like this. I was feeling useless, worthless… I was exhausted due to those crazy hours I was still putting in as I felt it was expected from me and I still cared. All this anger was building up within and it started to show in my health. That’s when I decided it was enough. I needed to do something and quick.

I decided to take some guitar lessons. It was my escape from work, my reason to leave at a regular time at night. I soon realized that I had let myself go so deep in my work, I forgot about #1, myself. I stopped doing things I loved. I always loved music. I remembered when I was a teenager, I wanted to be a singer. It brought me back to the roots. Without realizing it, I was trying to find who I was and I questioned myself in many ways. Why did I leave that all behind, why did I let myself go that far, why is this happening to me, Am I the problem? […]

Learning guitar is making me focus on something else. It challenged me and still does today. I have and had a teachers that inspires me, which is helping tremendously. Learning guitar became a goal. Brought some light into my life. Music turned out to be like meditation for me.

I chose the guitar because it’s a social instrument. You can bring it almost anywhere, you can sing while playing it. It’s a self-sufficient instrument. You don’t need another instrument to make something sound amazing. Learning guitar is a smaller goal that could lead to a bigger dream.

Besides changing my mind off things, it helped me with my soul-searching. Made me realized that life is short, that if you are not happy where you are, you need to do something about it.

One day, the stars lined up and got a job offer. Was that a sign? Maybe or maybe not, but even if it wasn’t, I still went for it. What did I get to lose?

I still have some work to do in my soul searching and finding my purpose, but I am happier now that I pulled myself out from the toxic environment I was in. I get more inspired, I am more positive. I don’t have this pressure and anger every day…

My message in all this is… If you’re unhappy find something you like, a hobby, learning something new, anything that will change your focus and that you will look forward to. You may not be able to change the situation you are in, but you can change the focus on your life. Just a little something to look forward can change a whole lot in your everyday life. Believe me, I know. When the time is right, everything will eventually fall into place. Sometimes in unexpected ways, but most importantly NEVER forget who you are!

NEVER STOP believing in YOURSELF!

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The Storm Within

In today’s world, we face a lot of injustice, betrayals, heartbreaks, bullying, sickness, loneliness. As a human being, we go through a lot of emotions and we often fight with ourselves to see things clearly, but negativity often wins for a while. We get depressed, we exclude ourselves without realizing it and alone we are fighting the storm that is hiding in our hearts.  We all have some sort of storm within.

The Storm Within

Deep into the cavity of our chest.

We fight against it.

We live with it.

We search for acceptance.

We seek friendship.

We all want to be loved.

Some get burned by a bad soul.

Getting bullied by the ones they admire.

The sense of belonging is taken away from them.

We fight against these demons within

In the hope to find peace with ourselves

and to take away the self-doubt that has been built.

Filling the hole in our chest

That once was weakened with anger

With the love of the people that stands by you every day

You can fight the storm within!


Inspired by the Daily Prompt: Cavity
The Storm Within Text © Melanie Bisson
Originally posted on melbissonblog.com
Featured image by Fabrizio Verrecchia on Unsplash

Hi guys!

Today on #FoodFriday, I would like to share this easy and comforting recipe.

***Beware! It is addictive!***

I have tried a few different Mac & Cheese recipe, but this one seem to be the tastiest one and it’s so easy to make!

This Mac & Cheese from Terry Crews family recipe will be one of your go-to comfort food from now on! Love cheese and pasta? Look no further! This Mac & Cheese is to die for!

Mac & Cheese By Terry Crews
(Mack And Jeezy)

What you will need:

  • 8 oz elbow macaroni, 1 package (225 g)
  • 2 cups cream-style cottage cheese, or small curd (450 g)
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (200 g)
  • 8 oz sour cream, 1 carton(230 g)
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • paprika, to garnish

All you need to do is cook the pasta and then mix everything together and bake! for more info, watch the below video or visit the Tasty Website here.

Hi guys!

Today on #FoodFriday, I would like to share this easy from Skinny Taste, almost guilt-free recipe since the sauce it basically squash! What a clever idea to make a sauce with a vegetable! It’s a 2 for 1, you get to eat pasta and get your veggies. The good part is that it doesn’t require of a lot of ingredients.

Yeah, maybe you’d say: but sausage isn’t healthy. You might be right, but once in a while I think it’s ok. To make it healthier, I would be tempted to try it with seasoned chicken; maybe a cajun or Mexican style, something with some flavour! What do you guys think?

Pasta with Butternut Squash Sauce, Spicy Sausage and Baby Spinach

What you will need:

  • 11 oz (4 links) spicy chicken Italian sausage
  • 1 lb butternut squash, peeled and diced
  • 1 tbsp whipped butter
  • 10 oz pasta, wheat or gluten-free
  • 1/4 cup shallots, minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups baby spinach, roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh shaved parmesan cheese
  • 4 sage leaves, sliced thin
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Read more and get the directions at https://www.skinnytaste.com/pasta-with-butternut-sauce-spicy/#tpTjIZXBfyOYcHqQ.99 or watch the video below.

Enjoy!