My name is Christina Hnatiuk. I am a mom of one little boy, Marshall. I am married to a wonderful man, we will have been together for 6 years, married for 3. I work full time in Human Resources and part time as a Ukrainian dance instructor. I love to try new things, especially new restaurants and food. In my free time, which is hardly ever, I love to bake, specializing in cheesecakes. I am looking forward to sharing my adventures in life with everyone!
As a busy mom I often find I just don’t have time to do anything. One of the things I miss the most about my “pre baby” life is reading. I find it hard now to find time to sit down with a book and read. There is always laundry, supper, dishes, and have of course a very busy toddler. So I have had to find some creative ways of “reading”. My favourite ways of doing this are listening to audiobooks and podcasts! I spend a lot of time in my car, driving to Waskesiu every weekend. This is the best time to listen, and I find it helps pass the time! Here are a few of my favourites to listen to.
- I am obsessed with Harry Potter. It’s no secret to anyone who knows me. So every summer I re-read the books. Since I find it tough to sit down and read them I got myself an Audible membership and have purchase all the audiobooks. The narrator is amazing at keeping it interesting and since I have read them so many times, I don’t find it distracting while driving!
- My 2 most favourite podcasts to listen to are “Armchair Expert” with Dax Shepard and “Inside of You” with Michael Rosenbaum. Both are similar but so funny. They have a guest, usually a celebrity, and they interview them about their lives. Armchair expert also has a series of experts on a variety of subjects. My favourite episode of Armchair Expert is the one with Dax Shepard’s mom or his wife Kristen Bell. My favourite on Inside of you is the Macaulay Culkin episode.
- I loved watch TLC when I was in my 20’s and one of my favourites was Little People Big World. So I was naturally interested in listening to Jeremy and Audrey Roloff’s podcast and audiobook. The podcast is called “Behind the Scenes”. Every episode covers a different topic, sometimes its just them together and sometimes they have guests. The book is called “A Love Letter Life”. I haven’t listened to the whole thing yet but the book is about their love story and what it has taught them so far. It receives a bit of criticism as they are quite young, and haven’t been married for that long, and people felt like it was a marriage advice book, but I don’t feel that’s the case. I will say that both the book and podcast are very religion and faith heavy, and I am not big into either of those and am still able to enjoy it!
- I love YouTube as well, and in my YouTube journeys found a group of guys called Try Guys. They are hilarious and do some really funny and interesting things on their channel. Recently they came out with a podcast and it is just as awesome as their videos. They also have a book coming out in June. I have already pre ordered the audiobook version and am looking forward to adding it to my driving playlist!
- If you are a mom on social media I am sure you have heard of Kristen and Jen, and I Mom So Hard. They recently released a book and it is gold! I laugh constantly and find their stories are so much like mine. One of their birth stories was so similar to my own that I was laughing and sobbing at the same time. They are so real and will not sugar coat motherhood. The book is called “#imomsohard” it is so worth a listen, or read if you find the time!
This is the easiest way for me to keep up with my “reading” without letting a stack of books on my nightstand make me feel guilty for not reading them. These here are just a few of my favourites and I am constantly growing my library. For my audiobooks I use Audible, which is $14.95 a month. It gives you access to a library of free books, and 1 credit a month to use toward non free books. For my podcast I use Google Play, but all the ones I talk about can be found on iTunes.
“The simplest way to make sure that we raise literate children is to show them that reading is a pleasurable activity. And that means finding books that they enjoy, giving them access to those books, and letting them read them.” – Neil Gaiman