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October 2020 Family Update

October 2020 Family Update

October 28, 2020

Well, seeing that I skipped right over the September 2020 Family update, I think it’s safe to say that time is still flying by for me … Read More

Plant-Based Cooking

Plant-Based Cooking

October 23, 2020

I got an exciting delivery yesterday. It’s an addition to my plant-based cook books. Oh She Glows for Dinner: Nourishing Plant-Based Meals … Read More

To Do List

To Do List

October 21, 2020

Does anyone else out there keep a To Do List? I know I can’t be alone! Though I will be the first to admit that my lists have gotten … Read More

emerge 20

emerge 20

October 16, 2020

I am published! In emerge 20! This time, it’s all Romi. In one of last week’s blog posts, I alluded to some exciting news coming around … Read More

Writing Doubt

Writing Doubt

October 14, 2020

Doubt: To Un-Believe … I’ve had a new experience as a writer; a form of writer’s block, but for the editing process, if that’s a thing … Read More

Stop Apologizing

Stop Apologizing

October 9, 2020

Stop apologizing. That is basically all. Except this is me we’re talking about, and I always have more to say than that! On the heels of my … Read More

Cleveland Dam

Cleveland Dam

October 7, 2020

Travel these days is pretty limited, so it’s a bit of a reach to call this post “travel” but I’m taking it anyways. The Cleveland Dam isn’t … Read More

Romilegal: Downtown Update

Romilegal: Downtown Update

October 2, 2020

I’ve been promising a Romilegal: Downtown update for quite some time. The last month or so, possibly more—does anyone have any idea how … Read More

Painting the Bathroom

Painting the Bathroom

September 30, 2020

For two people that don’t *really* know what they’re doing, painting the bathroom went a lot better than it could have. We have lived in … Read More

New Season

New Season

September 25, 2020

This past Tuesday brought us a new season. How it came so fast, and where the time has gone, is truly beyond me. The leaves started to … Read More

Shop Local

Shop Local

September 23, 2020

Do you shop local? In our efforts to do better for the environment—see my first post about it here—we have also been trying to shop closer … Read More

Gently Wake

Gently Wake

September 16, 2020

We’ve all heard the saying “never wake a sleeping baby,” right? But what if you gently wake them? In all my parenting fails—and there are … Read More

Reading for Writing

Reading for Writing

September 11, 2020

Two things I love: reading and writing. Reading for writing, I also love, and it is the focus of what my reading has entailed lately, too … Read More

Take a Break

Take a Break

September 9, 2020

I needed to take a break … This has been a rough season. I know that it’s been that way for a lot of people, but I’ve struggled. I’m … … Read More

Ten Years Missing

Ten Years Missing

September 4, 2020

Ten Years Missing.I wasn’t planning on writing about it today. The date had been in the back of my mind as the long weekend approached. … Read More

August 2020 Family Update

August 2020 Family Update

August 28, 2020

It’s time for the August 2020 Family update, which means that summer is almost over. Say whaaaaat!?We finally got a few stretches of nice … Read More

Reusable Masks

Reusable Masks

August 26, 2020

Reusable masks, anyone? As soon as we started to get back out into the real world, post-Covid, we began collecting reusable masks. To be … Read More

What is a Paralegal, Anyways?

What is a Paralegal, Anyways?

August 21, 2020

Yesterday afternoon, I was digging deep into the world of Romi James, paralegal. During a small break, I realized that people outside of … Read More

The Shoulds

The Shoulds

August 19, 2020

I have been trying to forget the shoulds lately. We should stay home and clean house. We went for a family bike ride instead. I should be … Read More

The List of Happy

The List of Happy

August 14, 2020

Let’s start off the List of Happy with a confession: I have been struggling this week. Before our holiday, and immediately when we got … Read More

Vancouver Mom Article

Vancouver Mom Article

August 12, 2020

I am so excited to share that I have published an article with Vancouver Mom, in their column called VM Voices. I first heard about … Read More

Holiday in Halfmoon Bay

Holiday in Halfmoon Bay

August 7, 2020

I am so excited to share the details from our recent holiday in Halfmoon Bay!Mostly because we went somewhere! It was our first trip this … Read More

An Anya Introspective

An Anya Introspective

August 5, 2020

Consider this my first Anya Introspective. Aren’t all of your blog posts an introspective on you and your life, Anya? You may ask.And while the answer … Read More

July 2020 Family Update

July 2020 Family Update

July 31, 2020

July 2020 Family Update – summer is finally here! The sun, the sand the freezies! Being home with the kids has really forced me to encourage building … Read More

That #boymom Life

That #boymom Life

July 29, 2020

Confession: I only recently embraced the #boymom life. Kids are kids. They are what they are meant to be. I call them “my kids” instead of “boys” … Read More

Prioritizing Myself

Prioritizing Myself

July 24, 2020

Prioritizing myself has taken a back seat. This comes as no surprise to anyone with children or obligations out of the house during this crazy, crazy … Read More

White Pines Local Author Collection

White Pines Local Author Collection

July 17, 2020

When I first heard about the Port Moody Public Library White Pines Local Author Collection, I passed it by. I didn’t think twice about getting my book in … Read More

My Old Self

My Old Self

July 15, 2020

I saw my old self at the grocery store yesterday. What my old self would have been. We were all in line ups, social distancing, standing on the circles … Read More

Brotherly Bond

Brotherly Bond

July 10, 2020

My kids are brothers. I will never know that brotherly bond; I can only witness it from afar. As an only child, I’ve always said that the sibling … Read More

Anya’s Reads July 2020

Anya’s Reads July 2020

July 8, 2020

Welcome to “Anya’s Reads: July 2020” where I share what I’m reading—this month the physical books outnumbered the ebooks. Which is rare! First off, I’ll … Read More

June 2020 Family Update

June 2020 Family Update

July 3, 2020

June 2020 ended up being one of those months for me that flew by in a flash! Are you in the speed-boat with me, or is time still moving at a snail’s pace … Read More

Summer of Covid

Summer of Covid

June 26, 2020

The summer of Covid is upon us. [Side Note: Please, please, please let there only be one social-distance summer mostly spent at home.] I know everyone … Read More

My TWSO Experience

My TWSO Experience

June 24, 2020

My TWSO experience was a lot of things. Immensely valuable to my writing. Over in a flash. The grounding force I needed creatively over these last few … Read More

Atelier Digital 2020

Atelier Digital 2020

June 19, 2020

On June 17, 2020, I attended the Atelier Digital 2020 conference.I first heard about The Atelier Collective in the spring of last year, likely through … Read More

Not a Procrastinator

Not a Procrastinator

June 17, 2020

I am typically not a procrastinator. And I’m not particularly sure why, at the age of 36, in my third post-secondary school experience, I have chosen now … Read More

Summer 2020

Summer 2020

June 12, 2020

I think it’s safe to say that Summer 2020 will look a lot different than we would have anticipated at the start of this year. While we are usually ones … Read More

Beast of Baking

Beast of Baking

June 10, 2020

This past Sunday, I felt inspired to write while I was baking Cinnamon Buns. The following is what I wrote—it’s longer and unlike much that I’ve … Read More

The Title of My Next Book

The Title of My Next Book

June 5, 2020

There is no time like the present, and this day in particular being my 36th birthday, to share the title of my next book, the series about Romi James … Read More

May 2020 Family Update

May 2020 Family Update

May 28, 2020

Welcome to the May 2020 Family Update! Another twenty-nine days have gone by, another month, 95% of our time during those days spent at home, or within … Read More

I See You

I See You

May 27, 2020

I see you. Tired. Exhausted. At the end of whatever it is that has been pushing you, pressing, guiding you down a path you never saw coming and probably … Read More

Words in the Burbs

Words in the Burbs

May 22, 2020

As part of my school requirements, I was scheduled to perform a public reading of my work with a local to the Tri-Cities organization called Words in the Burbs … Read More

Gender Bias Bullying

Gender Bias Bullying

May 20, 2020

Have you ever been on the receiving, or negative end, of a gender bias situation? How about gender bias bullying? I sure hope you haven’t been on the … Read More

What’s in a Title?

What’s in a Title?

May 13, 2020

As I write, edit and review my next book*, I’ve been asking myself “What’s in a title?” Obviously, to start, I want something unique. When I was naming … Read More

More Positivity, Please!

More Positivity, Please!

May 8, 2020

Something I could really use right now, is more positivity in my life. Not too much. As too much positivity can be toxic—this is a great read if you … Read More

The Independence Way

The Independence Way

May 6, 2020

As far as parenting our kids, Brad and I have pretty much always done things the “Independence Way.” To an extent, it hasn’t been our choice. Take for … Read More

April 2020 Family Update

April 2020 Family Update

May 1, 2020

Did April 2020 actually take place or did everybody else blink and miss it?There’s a parenting saying that I hated from the moment I heard it. It’s most … Read More

Date Night In: Cookie Bakeoff

Date Night In: Cookie Bakeoff

April 29, 2020

Brad and I had a cookie bakeoff last Friday night for our date night in. It started awhile back when Brad made himself our resident cookie baker. Since … Read More

Anya’s Reads: April 2020

Anya’s Reads: April 2020

April 22, 2020

Welcome to “Anya’s Reads: April 2020” where I share what I’m reading, what I’ve read and what’s waiting on my bookshelf (so to speak). First, I’ll … Read More

Bosnia

Bosnia

April 17, 2020

Five years ago, give or take a few days, we were in Bosnia. While we’re not in a place to be planning our next trip, I can certainly revisit my memories … Read More

Not Myself

Not Myself

April 15, 2020

I am feeling not myself lately.And I’m sure the world agrees.Who is this person, my obligations changed, the days stretching me so thin that I crumble … Read More

Happy Easter Wishes

Happy Easter Wishes

April 10, 2020

I am sending happy Easter wishes to your families this weekend! To be honest, it was a heavy week around here. I don’t need to complain to all you … Read More

Suits

Suits

April 3, 2020

Okay, okay, I’m a little behind. The series finale for Suits aired on September 25, 2019. (What is time anymore anyways?) If you don’t want Suits … Read More

March 2020 Family Update

March 2020 Family Update

March 27, 2020

I think it’s safe to say that our March Family Update looks very similar to everyone else’s! Brad, Maverick and I have been home for two weeks. Archer … Read More

Memories, Take Me Away!

Memories, Take Me Away!

March 25, 2020

Memories, Take Me Away! It’s all we really have right now, isn’t it? Imagine with me, that you were able to take off in this moment. Come with me to … Read More

From Meal Plan to No Plan

From Meal Plan to No Plan

March 20, 2020

I meal plan. Most weeks, anyways. I like to sit down, usually on a Sunday morning after we’ve had a leisurely start to the day and a big family breakfast … Read More

Writing Is My Art

Writing Is My Art

March 18, 2020

Writing is my art. I also use scrapbooking, colouring, painting and crafting cards as personal expressions of art. But this thing that I am choosing to … Read More

Something Positive

Something Positive

March 13, 2020

My friend Gillian of Mom Camp Life, inspired me to think about something positive yesterday in the wake of having to postpone mom camp. It got me … Read More

Curling with Moms Gone Wild

Curling with Moms Gone Wild

March 6, 2020

Last week I had the pleasure of learning how to curl with Moms Gone Wild. I had been curling exactly one time previously, for a friend’s 30th birthday a … Read More

The First Draft

The First Draft

March 4, 2020

I finished the first draft of the first book in my Romi series yesterday. Rather unexpectedly.I have been working at Romi more and more lately, trying, … Read More

February 2020 Family Update

February 2020 Family Update

February 28, 2020

Oh February 2020, where have you gone!? For as slow as January went by, February picked up the pace! How are we already only a couple of days away from … Read More

Meditate Everywhere

Meditate Everywhere

February 26, 2020

Meditate anywhere, meditate everywhere. It’s a small distinction, but stick with me here. Last year some time, Brad signed up for the app, Waking Up … Read More

Setting Boundaries as an Adult

Setting Boundaries as an Adult

February 21, 2020

Let’s talk about boundaries, specifically, setting boundaries as an adult. With that specificity, I should be totally transparent. If I ever set … Read More

Choose Socks

Choose Socks

February 19, 2020

Today’s blog is a bit of an anecdote about an interaction I had last week with Maverick and the resulting feelings I had. I’m really quite proud of how … Read More

Beachbody Barre Blend

Beachbody Barre Blend

February 12, 2020

I signed up for early access the Beachbody Barre Blend program on January 15, 2020, and recently started the eight-week program. Near the end of last … Read More

Not Really About Paint Night

Not Really About Paint Night

February 7, 2020

I would have rather had a night in Paris over just a Paint Night Paris style, but beggars can’t be choosy. Plus, it was a fundraising event for the PAC at … Read More

Learning to Skate: Archer

Learning to Skate: Archer

February 5, 2020

Archer is learning to skate! He has been asking for lessons for a very long time, probably years at this point. And though I am a huge skating person … Read More

Grief and Tragedies

Grief and Tragedies

January 31, 2020

Grief and Tragedies. Since the beginning of the year when I decided to set some intentions for myself in 2020, I’ve been trying to push the boundaries of … Read More

InHERview: Gillian Behnke

InHERview: Gillian Behnke

January 29, 2020

This month, I have the pleasure to introducing you to an amazing mama and new friend of mine, Gillian Behnke, of @momcamplife and Mom Camp: The Camp. She … Read More

Adventures of a Notebook

Adventures of a Notebook

January 24, 2020

I’ve been hash-tagging (that’s a term, right?) #adventuresofanotebook for as long as I’ve had my Anya Wyers Author Instagram–my first post was on July 16 … Read More

Moms Gone Wild Snowshoeing Tour

Moms Gone Wild Snowshoeing Tour

January 22, 2020

I had no idea what to expect when I signed up to go snowshoeing with Moms Gone Wild.The tour was a chocolate fondue snowshoe tour for the followers of … Read More

Never Have I Ever …

Never Have I Ever …

January 17, 2020

Never have I ever … wanted to get out of this house so bad!Rewind almost one week to last Saturday. Brad and I were going out on a date night. We … Read More

Snow + Poetry

Snow + Poetry

January 15, 2020

Snow + poetry = snowetry. Except that I’m talking about them separately, so not really. I just had to share my silly new word combo. It is currently … Read More

My New Intentions

My New Intentions

January 10, 2020

With the start of the new year, I have chosen to set some new intentions over coming up with resolutions for myself. Now, I recognize that I can do this … Read More

December 2019 Family Update

December 2019 Family Update

January 8, 2020

Better late than never for the December 2019 Family Update? I considered moving forward with the new year and not looking back to 2019, but in all … Read More

My 2020 Vision

My 2020 Vision

December 18, 2019

My 2020 Vision.See what I did there? I’m always down for a good pun (though I’m sure this one is worn out). My friend Gillian of Mom Camp (also Mom Camp: … Read More

Default to Worry

Default to Worry

December 13, 2019

Why is it our societal default to worry? Let me paint a picture of my morning for you (confession: I am writing this Thursday morning because Friday I … Read More

InHERview: Sheila Howard

InHERview: Sheila Howard

December 6, 2019

I chose the subject for today’s InHERview to help anyone local that might be stuck for some Christmas items and want somethinga little more special … Read More

Christmas Giveaway from the Heart

Christmas Giveaway from the Heart

December 4, 2019

In anticipation of my 100th blog post (which I will publish on Friday, December 20), I am doing a Christmas Giveaway! If you are a newsletter subscriber … Read More

November 2019 Family Update

November 2019 Family Update

November 29, 2019

And just like that,it’s November 2019 Family Update time! Feels like yesterday was Halloween! Do the days and months and years always go by this … Read More

Friends of Christmas Past

Friends of Christmas Past

November 22, 2019

Friends of Christmas Past. We’ve all seen the movie in one version or another. Or seen the play or read the book. A Christmas Carol, the story of … Read More

Christmas Sign Painting

Christmas Sign Painting

November 20, 2019

I’ve been wanting to host a little Christmas Sign Painting party for a while. A friend of a friend (so to speak) runs a little outfit called West Coast … Read More

Dear Rachael

Dear Rachael

November 15, 2019

I almost titled my memoir Dear Rachael. It makes a lot of sense-my book is a collection of letters to my best friend, Rachael. But using her name, her … Read More

National Novel Writing Month 2019

National Novel Writing Month 2019

November 13, 2019

National Novel Writing Month has an acronym, naturally. I dislike acronyms. And this one takes the cake. Are you ready for it? NaNoWriMo. I would insert … Read More

Live Podcast and My Confession

Live Podcast and My Confession

November 8, 2019

If you’re a Vino, you’ll know what I mean by the term “Vino” and you’ll expect a great confession to come from the Live Podcast I went to earlier this … Read More

Mom Camp: The Camp

Mom Camp: The Camp

November 6, 2019

What the hell is Mom Camp, you ask? A place for moms to get away, celebrate the women they are and enjoy the company of other amazing women. I first … Read More

SIWC 2019: My Takeaways

SIWC 2019: My Takeaways

November 1, 2019

I was a first-time attendee at SIWC 2019 this past weekend. It was the second full-weekend writer’s conference I have attended. Let me tell you, if they … Read More

A Crafty Wyers Halloween

A Crafty Wyers Halloween

October 30, 2019

Crafty Halloween time! I’m excited, but it was a lot of work! I did it to myself. There was only a small bit of regret mid-costume-making. That’s kind of … Read More

October 2019 Family Update

October 2019 Family Update

October 25, 2019

The October 2019 Family Update is coming a little early this month. Since next week is Halloween, I left the last post of the month for costumes and … Read More

InHERview: Kelly Brunt

InHERview: Kelly Brunt

October 23, 2019

My next amazing, strong woman that I’m featuring with an InHERview interview is Kelly Brunt. I’ve met Kelly only a handful of times in person. In the … Read More

This or That Fall Edition

This or That Fall Edition

October 18, 2019

Ready for a This or That? Fall Edition?I wanted to lighten things up a little after Wednesday’s post. What better way to embrace all of the things there … Read More

Behind the Smiles

Behind the Smiles

October 16, 2019

When you see a picture, one of you or of others, do you ever wonder what’s going on behind the smiles? Take this one, for example … Read More

Free-Writing 101

Free-Writing 101

October 11, 2019

This is no Free-Writing 101 class. There is no such thing, as far as I’m aware. I have, however, tried free-writing for the first time. After learning …Read More

Anya Wyers Author Update

Anya Wyers Author Update

October 9, 2019

Anya Wyers Author. .ca Author of Letters to the Mountain. Blog. This persona that I’ve created for myself has been evolving, even if it is only by a small … Read More

DIY Fall Wreath

DIY Fall Wreath

October 4, 2019

Who doesn’t like a good DIY Fall Wreath?Honestly?It’s beautiful, but the amount of time and money I spent making this thing last year, was a lot. I’m … Read More

Murder in Margaritaland

Murder in Margaritaland

October 2, 2019

Did you hear the news? There was a Murder in Margaritaland. It was all very suspect. Pun intended. We had ourselves a Murder Mystery Party this past … Read More

September 2019 Family Update

September 2019 Family Update

September 27, 2019

September has been an emotional month for me! Though I do feel good about the place we’re all in as I sit to write the September 2019 Family Update … Read More

What’s Luck Got to Do with It?

What’s Luck Got to Do with It?

September 25, 2019

What’s Luck Got to Do with It? Anything at all? I took a step back the other day and realized how lucky we are as parents. We are parents, for starters … Read More

Black Lab. Shepherd. Ridgeback.

Black Lab. Shepherd. Ridgeback.

September 20, 2019

Black Lab. Shepherd. Ridgeback. Today seemed like a good day to talk about Eddie. Oh, Eddie. Where to begin. Brad and I got Eddie when Archer was only … Read More

My First Day of TWSO

My First Day of TWSO

September 18, 2019

My first day of TWSO (The Writer’s Studio Online) was … Exciting. Important. Stressful. Ended with me on my iPad, sitting on the couch with headphones in … Read More

Permission to Be Yourself

Permission to Be Yourself

September 13, 2019

Permission to be yourself, granted. It should have never have to be requested. Rather, it should be a given. To be honest, I’ve been feeling a lot of … Read More

InHERview: Aubri Black

InHERview: Aubri Black

September 6, 2019

InHERview. Or my view, if you want to get technical.I have been blogging now since the beginning of 2019. I really enjoy having a reason to sit down … Read More

Walk to School

Walk to School

September 4, 2019

Here I sit, waiting until it’s time to walk to school with Archer. Just over an hour later, we will walk home. Kindergarten gradual entry is no joke Or … Read More

August 2019 Family Update

August 2019 Family Update

August 30, 2019

August 2019 family update time! We’re all thriving over here, to be honest! School is almost upon us and everyone that I talk to agrees that August has … Read More

Waiting On Change

Waiting On Change

August 23, 2019

Waiting on Change. Is it healthy? Or is inaction worrisome? Waiting is hard. Change can be, too. Change is inevitable. If you think about the last time … Read More

Car-Free Day Port Moody (2019)

Car-Free Day Port Moody (2019)

August 21, 2019

Last August, we attended Car-Free Day in Port Moody.I’ll be honest. We cheated. Maverick was still pretty young, around 8 months old, and we prioritized …Read More

Letters to the Mountain Update

Letters to the Mountain Update

August 16, 2019

My book, Letters to the Mountain, which I poured so much of my time into throughout the first part of this year, has sort of been on the back burner … Read More

What is Regret?

What is Regret?

August 14, 2019

What is regret? A feeling? A state of being? Something that we all carry, even though we probably shouldn’t? Regret: To be very sorry for … … Read More

I Am the Mom

I Am the Mom

August 9, 2019

I am the mom who … Some time ago, I got the idea for a blog post about how I am the type of mom that wipes my kids’ runny noses with their shirts in a … Read More

Camping with Friends

Camping with Friends

August 7, 2019

We had a wonderful long-weekend away, camping with friends at Green Lake Provincial Park this past weekend. Green Lake is about as close as you get to … Read More

Back To School – As An Adult!

Back To School – As An Adult!

August 2, 2019

Here I am, 35 years young, preparing to go back to school as an adult! I am absolutely thrilled to share the news that I got accepted to The Writer’s … Read More

Happy Birthday Brad!!

Happy Birthday Brad!!

August 1, 2019

Happy Birthday Brad!I have prepared a special, extra blog post this week because on this lovely day of days, we celebrate the day my husband was born … Read More

July 2019 Family Update

July 2019 Family Update

July 31, 2019

The July 2019 Family Update is coming at ya! The first whole month of summer is behind us! We’re off camping this Friday for the long weekend, so I hope … Read More

Romi Series: The First Preview

Romi Series: The First Preview

July 26, 2019

Two days after I launched Letters to the Mountain, I started writing my next set of books which, for now, I am calling the Romi Series. It follows a young … Read More

Family Friendly Seattle (2018)

Family Friendly Seattle (2018)

July 19, 2019

What better place to take a four-year-old and 8-month-old baby than family friendly Seattle! Actually, we (not surprisingly) took the kids to Seattle … Read More

Present Mom. Wife. Self.

Present Mom. Wife. Self.

July 17, 2019

Being present isn’t easy. And being a present mom and wife is even more difficult. Never mind being present for myself. It’s a lot to take on. Presence …Read More

Learning to Ride A Bike

Learning to Ride A Bike

July 12, 2019

It’s like learning to ride a bike, they say. And Mr. Archer Bruce, our beloved first born, was having trouble just letting go and learning to ride his … Read More

Dinner in the Dark

Dinner in the Dark

July 10, 2019

Brad and I went for dinner in the dark on Saturday. Brad planned the date for us. When he found the restaurant, Dark Table, he asked how I would feel … Read More

Anya Wyers Author News

Anya Wyers Author News

July 5, 2019

On the first day of the last few months, I’ve been sending subscribers a newsletter with Anya Wyers Author news and an update about what’s going on … Read More

Women Supporting Women

Women Supporting Women

July 3, 2019

Boss ladies unite! I had the pleasure of being invited to celebrate an evening of women supporting women at my friend Sheila’s house this past Saturday … Read More

June 2019 Family Update

June 2019 Family Update

June 28, 2019

The June 2019 Family Update is here! And with it comes the end to another fabulous month. Collectively, we’ve ventured across not only our lovely province … Read More

Write About

Write About

June 26, 2019

I have a conundrum. What do I write about when I don’t feel like I have anything to write about? When I’ve made the choice … Read More

The Writer’s Studio at SFU

The Writer’s Studio at SFU

June 21, 2019

I found the Writer’s Studio at SFU last year some time. I was searching online for ways to further my education, having made the decision to move on from … … Read More

Friendships Are Hard

Friendships Are Hard

June 14, 2019

Friendships are hard.All relationships are, honestly.They take a lot of work. Sometimes it seems as though one person is putting in more of that work … Read More

Camping in the Lower Mainland

Camping in the Lower Mainland

June 12, 2019

Since we live in Port Moody, we have had to get used to the idea of camping in the lower mainland. Which means reserving camping spots months in advance … Read More

Mom Guilt-Free Zone

Mom Guilt-Free Zone

June 7, 2019

Obviously I am not entirely a mom guilt-free zone, but I think I’m close! I was inspired by an Instagram account I follow, Real Mom of Insta … Read More

35 Things for my 35th Birthday

35 Things for my 35th Birthday

June 5, 2019

Happy birthday to me! For my birthday this year, I have made a list of 35 things for my 35th birthday. I am also treating myself to a pedicure this morning. … Read More

May 2019 Family Update

May 2019 Family Update

May 31, 2019

The May 2019 Family Update is a big one for us! I am in awe that it is the last day of May today. 31 days have passed, and we didn’t have a boring one! … Read More

Extended Weekend in Victoria

Extended Weekend in Victoria

May 29, 2019

We just got home yesterday from a weekend in Victoria with the kids! Most of the travel blogs I’ve done take us far and away. It was exciting to explore … Read More

Courage to Change

Courage to Change

May 24, 2019

The Courage to Change is my current favourite song. I have almost always been a fan of the artist P!nk, though I did miss out on her recent tour … Read More

Cover and Launch Party

Cover and Launch Party

May 22, 2019

Today, I’d like to share details about the Letters to the Mountain Cover and Launch Party. I worked with a cover designer to create the cover of my book … Read More

Archer’s Kindergarten Adventure

Archer’s Kindergarten Adventure

May 15, 2019

We have officially started Archer’s Kindergarten Adventure. And I only teared up once!As Brad and I stood with the other parents, some first-timers like … … Read More

Mother’s Day Letters to My Kids

Mother’s Day Letters to My Kids

May 10, 2019

It may be the close proximity of the launch of my book to Mother’s Day this year, but I am feeling more emotional than usual as Sunday approaches. In my … Read More

My Next Project

My Next Project

May 8, 2019

I want to talk about my next project, but I can’t get into that until I acknowledge how close we are to the launch of Letters to the Mountain. ONE WEEK! … Read More

Trip to Croatia 2015

Trip to Croatia 2015

May 3, 2019

As I’ve mentioned before, my dad was born in Croatia. My mom and dad took is on a trip to Croatia in 2015, when Archer was just ten months old. … Read More

Get to Know Me

Get to Know Me

May 1, 2019

You can get to know about me here. But you can get to know me more personally here:I went to an event through the Self Publishing Agency last night … Read More

April 2019 Family Update

April 2019 Family Update

April 26, 2019

I was shocked when I looked at the calendar and saw it was time for the April 2019 monthly family update! How is it May already next week!? What did … Read More

Being Tricked into Kindness

Being Tricked into Kindness

April 19, 2019

Okay, so It’s not like my kids are actually being tricked into kindness. Kind of. Maverick most certainly doesn’t understand what kindness is yet … Read More

Cooking with Epicure

Cooking with Epicure

April 17, 2019

When Brad and I got married, one of my aunties bought us a gift set for cooking with Epicure. Ever heard of it? From their website: … Read More

Our Life in Port Moody

Our Life in Port Moody

April 12, 2019

The end of February this year marked the five-year anniversary of the beginning of our life in Port Moody. I never would have thought that I would have created a life in the tri-cities, nor that I would be happy here …. Read More

My First Career

My First Career

April 10, 2019

I was a really good paralegal. Though I’m clearly a little biased. I was always willing to learn, I enjoy being organized and loved the day to day of … Read More

Making Myself Instagram Official

Making Myself Instagram Official

March 29, 2019

My relationship with Social Media hasn’t been very straightforward. It’s been less than a year since I started taking the steps towards…… Read More

March 2019 Family Update

March 2019 Family Update

March 27, 2019

Welcome to my March 2019 family update! I was trying to think up new blog post ideas and thought it might be fun to start a monthly series … Read More

My Memoir is Almost Complete!

My Memoir is Almost Complete!

March 22, 2019

HOLY SHIT!!! I will be a newly-first-time published author in only 54 days. My memoir is almost complete. There’s no going back now! … Read More

Moms Gone Wild at the Circus

Moms Gone Wild at the Circus

March 20, 2019

Have you heard of Moms Gone Wild before?I know, I know, moms go wild every day just trying to get their kids ready for the day (insert any task where kids are required to do something that wasn’t their idea here). Haha. … Read More

Tattoo Tour

Tattoo Tour

March 15, 2019

Ten Years ago, I didn’t have any tattoos. And I’m not sure that I even saw myself getting any one day.

Punta Canada!

Punta Canada!

March 13, 2019

As you’ll see in my most recent travel blog post, Brad and I took the kids to the Domincan Republic for a family trip to celebrate my cousin’s 40th … Read More

Circle of Security Parenting

Circle of Security Parenting

March 8, 2019

It’s enough to be good enough. When we were going through a particularly rough time with Archer recently, it was recommended to us by his day care providers that we take this course, Circle of Security International – Early Intervention Program for Parents and Children. My initial, internal reaction was to say no. A parenting … Read More

Surprise Trip!

Surprise Trip!

March 6, 2019

SURPRISE!! We’re in the Dominican Republic! I didn’t get to go back to Mexico, but we surprised my family on a trip for my cousin’s 40th birthday and are in the DR for 8 days! Let me break it down for ya! Spring of 2018 I was texting with my cousin Eric’s wife, Ashley. Eric is … Read More

We Bleed Blue and White

We Bleed Blue and White

March 1, 2019

Tomorrow will be the first match of the Vancouver Whitecaps’ ninth season playing Major League Soccer and I am SO excited!! It will be our third year… Read More

Radio Silence

Radio Silence

February 27, 2019

It has been SO HARD not to message everyone and ask how they’re liking my book. What they think about the book itself and whether they think I’m off my rocker forming my stories into a book at all. Not hearing from them has been even harder. There are stories in there that I haven’t … Read More

I Want to Go Back to MEXICO!!!!

I Want to Go Back to MEXICO!!!!

February 22, 2019

Let’s Travel the World! We decided to take our first big trip as a completed family of four when Maverick was only four months old. There wasn’t a more fitting place for us to visit than…MEXICO! Since Puerto Vallarta holds a very dear place in our hearts, it was the obvious choice. But Brad and … Read More

Book Update (with Excerpt!)

Book Update (with Excerpt!)

February 15, 2019

Time for a book update! As far as details on my blog are concerned, readers that have gone back to visit old posts will know that I have written my memoir. Things with my book are moving along at a wonderful pace, so thought it was time to share an update! Several of my closest … Read More

Snowshoes, Snacks and Endless Questions

Snowshoes, Snacks and Endless Questions

February 8, 2019

The Christmas that I was set to have a newborn at home I decided to buy Brad and I snowshoes as a gift. I blame Costco. They were a good deal and I am a sucker for things at Costco. … Read More

Dedicate – A 30 Day Yoga Journey (Yoga With Adriene)

Dedicate – A 30 Day Yoga Journey (Yoga With Adriene)

February 6, 2019

I have set out in the past to do daily challenges and I have never succeeded…I am happy to report that has changed! I did it! I did yoga for 33 days in a row (and, who knows, today is still not over!). I incorporated my own weekly yoga practice at our complex rec centre … Read More

How I Came to Write

How I Came to Write

February 1, 2019

In creating this blog with my husband, he suggested that we come up with a few basic categories for my blog posts. You’ll see above that they are: Creative Life, Mom Life, Travel Life and Home Life. … Read Me

Consciously Vulnerable

Consciously Vulnerable

January 30, 2019

In this moment, I am consciously vulnerable. I am moments away from pressing send and allowing 7 people in my life to read my memoir.

Easthill is Where It’s At

Easthill is Where It’s At

January 23, 2019

We knew the area in Port Moody where we wanted to live long before we bought our home here.
The neighbourhood is called Easthill. It is a great community of townhomes located just of the Barnet Highway that takes you into Burnaby from … Read More

This Travel Bug’s Approach to Making a Packing List

This Travel Bug’s Approach to Making a Packing List

January 18, 2019

Welcome! And Bienvenido!
Kidding! I don’t speak any other languages. Not fluently, anyways. I can get by in French, know a few greetings in Croatian and can definitely order a drink in Spanish. But that’s about it.
If you have a look at … Read More

A Birthday Card for Kelly

A Birthday Card for Kelly

January 16, 2019

I am and always have been a crafty person. For years in my early adulthood, I spent hours scrapbooking. I took great pleasure in printing my memories and making them look beautiful on the page. Fastforward a few years and I have finally admitted to myself and accepted that I just don’t have the time … Read More

The Title of My Memoir

The Title of My Memoir

January 11, 2019

Dear Rachael? I think it took me longer to name my book than it did for me and Brad to name our children. We had Archer’s name, including his middle name, chosen before we had even started trying to have a baby. Brad chose Archer’s name, and then our dog’s name, so when it came … Read More

This Untraditional Girl’s Untraditional Blog

This Untraditional Girl’s Untraditional Blog

January 9, 2019

The thought of writing a blog has crossed my mind several times over the last year or so, especially since I have decided to work towards writing as a career. Sitting down to do it, however, hasn’t happened until now. I am coming close to being able to say that I have written a book. … Read More