Good Enough Really is Good Enough- Mommy Blogger

My name is Teri and I’m the proud mama of a beautiful, busy, hilarious, brilliant toddler and am expecting my second son later this year. Being a mom is a challenging and beautiful adventure that nothing else in my life prepared me for. Luckily, I have an amazing husband who is there through all the ups and downs, awesome friends who are happy to share their parenting knowledge (or at least laugh with me through the chaos!), and an extended family who is always ready to help. I work as a marketing and communications professional, and love sharing my experiences as a mom.

 I’ve been called a perfectionist.

I’ve even referred to myself as one occasionally.

I have high expectations for myself, and basically always have. It’s ingrained in my personality, just like my stubborn streak and my grouchiness in the morning. I like to think I can manage it all, and I’m not usually the best at asking for help.

But now that we have one very busy toddler and another baby on the way, there have definitely been days or even weeks when I’m not even close to managing everything. Sure, I stay on top of things at work and my kid is dressed, bathed and fed every day (thanks in no small part to my husband’s help), but sometimes that’s all I have the energy for.

So I’ve been working on something else while I grow a child and try to enjoy the last months and weeks being a mom of one. I’m working on letting myself off the hook when I look around my house and see the laundry piling up, or the toys strewn all over the living room. Some days I have to reassure myself that good enough really is good enough—getting done only those things that really have to get done is totally acceptable every now and then.

This might not sound like a groundbreaking thought, but it’s a shift in thinking for me. It’s not that my house was always spotless before, or that things were never put off until the next day. But it used to happen less frequently, and so it was easier to brush off. Now that it happens more often, I have to also let go of the guilt—because rest isn’t really rest when you’re lying there obsessing about all the things you should be doing. Sometimes rest is what you should be doing right? Logically I know this—convincing myself of it isn’t always so easy.

So mamas, if you need an evening (or two or three) to take some time to do something for yourself, or just do nothing for anyone, do it. Those dishes and piles of laundry aren’t going anywhere (unfortunately!). And try not to beat yourself up about it—we’re all doing the best we can. And that really is good enough.

Growing Older – Mommy Blogger

My name is Erin. I’m a toddler mom and a pup mom. I had my son in May of 2016. Becoming a mom was the scariest thing I’ve ever done, and I have loved every moment of it. I am a stay at home writing mom. I write everyday after my son goes to bed. My partner occasionally works away from home. When he’s home, we spend as much family time together as possible, and when he’s gone, I practice my Solo Mom Life. Life isn’t always easy, but I try to be as grateful as I can. My son helps with that. You can find my blog at thewritingmomma.ca or follow me on Instagram and Facebook at thewritingmommalife

 I remember when I was turning 30. It seemed like such a huge milestone. I convinced myself I was ready for it. I convinced myself I was okay with not being in my 20s anymore. For the most part I was. Something I couldn’t imagine in my early 30s was turning 40. I didn’t even think about it, or consider that I would ever be THAT old.

Something happened during the last 8 years. I no longer fear aging. I turn 39 in September, and I am already planning my 40th birthday. I am proud of everything I’ve been through in my life. It is a privilege to grow older. (Although, I’m not ready to think about 50 yet.)

I’m proud of who I am becoming, and I’m proud of the journey it took to get here. I will never stop changing and learning, but I’m okay with that. I look forward to the next adventures I’ll have through my last year of my 30s, and into my 40s.   

It’s funny though, while my heart is content about my own age, for some reason, I cannot believe my son is already three. I can’t believe that somehow he is getting older. Time isn’t slowing down. I want to keep him in my arms longer, and I can’t understand how my newborn baby is now telling me stories, talking nonstop, and running everywhere. He’s getting smarter and more curious all the time. He won’t stop aging.

It scares me that someday, I won’t be able to hold him in my arms when I want him to sleep. I won’t be able to fix things simply by kissing his knees better when he scrapes them. I’m never going to be ready for my baby to grow up, and it’s already happening. He’s still my baby, but he’s not. These feelings may be because he’s my first and my last, but I just think it’s normal. I look at some of my friend’s kids, and it feels like they’ve all gone from baby to kid to teenager in no time.

My turning 40 in 2020 is nothing compared to the fact that he will be 4 in 2020. It’s funny that we spend so much time dreading a new age even though – to put it simply – growing older means you’re alive. There’s never anything wrong with that.

I guess I need to look at his growing older the same way I do with my age. I can be proud of how far he has come. I can be happy he’s healthy and happy. I can enjoy how interactive and curious my child is, and look forward to every new thing he is going to learn. I can look forward to him continuing to learn who he is, and who the people around him are. I am happy with my life right now, and I want him to grow up being happy with his life.

I can always improve. As I move closer to my 40s, I want to be better. Better in my mom life, better in my writing life, better in my own life. I want to always strive to be better, and I want to always follow my dreams. If he grows up with the same attitude, I will be happy to watch him grow and discover the world. (I’ll be happy either way, but also probably be shedding a few tears.) Here’s to growing older. For the Little Ones, and the Mommas.

 

A Shift Workers Wife Letter to Her Husband – Mommy Blogger

I am Amanda Grace. I am a full time working mama of 2 beautiful sassy girlies and 1 handsome husband. I started blogging a few years ago and have recently published a blog the Blue Bird Journals. My goal for blogging is to inspire and support other parents. I want others to know that they are not alone in tough times and that they have someone to celebrate the good times with too! I truly believe the corny saying ‘sharing is caring’. ❤️

​I invite you to browse my site at www.bluebirdjournals.com or catch me on instagram (@bluebirdjournals) or facebook (@bluebirdjournalsblog).

Note: My husband, Robbie, left for work last night and will be away for an extended period of time. He does shift work out of town. His shifts away can be anywhere from 5 days to 5 weeks. This is a long shift and all I have been thinking about today. So I want to write a letter to him and share it with you guys.

Robbi

As I’m writing this I am sad. I’m sad that you are gone and sad that I am alone. Sad for me but more so for our two little girls. They love their dad more than anything in this world. The way they look at you when you walk into a room says it all. Robbie, you truly are their best friend and favorite person. Guess what, you are my favorite person too! Don’t tell Max (our family dog), he thinks its him.

I know we are not the only ones who are sad. This lifestyle is hard on you too. Sometimes you have to miss baseball games, dance recitals, or birthday parties. You are gone when routines change, bedtimes are extended, or when little miss has decided she will no longer eat anything that she does not believe to be “healthy”. (I put quotations around healthy because her world of healthy are just foods that she doesn’t want to try that I give her.) It doesn’t seem like a big deal but I know all of those things are reminders to you that you aren’t home for us.

But Robbie you are “home” to us in many other ways. With the notes you leave, with the treats that are sometimes hidden to be a surprise for a certain day, with the flowers you buy when you are home and brighten our house for days after you leave, your bedtime calls or facetimes to sing a song, or the text you write to remind me I’m doing a good job. All of these things remind us that you are our home!

So on the days that were are all sad let’s remember how lucky we are that we are sad. Sad because we all love each other and love our time together and that is a really special thing to have.

Love,

Amanda

I hope that you and your family feel the love your home has made everyday no matter where you.

Comparisons + Confidence: Standing Bold – Mommy Blogger

Hi! My name is Tess. I’m the mom of one (soon to be two!). Since returning to work from my 12 month maternity leave I have been trying to find the balance in my life. Balancing work, social, parenting, being a wife and home responsibilities while maintaining a sense of individuality and self has proved to be challenging. I love to write and talk to others about how they find balance in their lives. I’d love to connect with you – you can contact me or read my latest thoughts on my blog at www.yxemama.com .

I often compare myself to others. I think it is human nature and super common, I don’t feel a lot of guilt over it. However, I can sense when my comparison has gone too far and I start to feel competitive with others or feel my confidence dropping because of the comparison.
As a new(ish) mom, I feel this sense of competition heightens as you enter the world of parenthood.

There are so many areas of comparison as a parent. It is the cause of heated debates and avoided topics – potty training, sleep training, feeding (bottle vs. breast, starting solids), the list is endless. It is easy for this comparison of parenting to tread into comparison of ourselves – as mothers.

I often have coffee dates, at my place or friends and internally compare how clean their place is compared to mine. When out in public, it’s common to compare how other children are behaving and how our own child(ren) behaves. I will see another mom looking awesome – out at the park, hair curled, obviously in shape, makeup on, well-dressed, and then look at myself who just whipped together a snack and am out and about with hair in a bun, no makeup and yoga pants.

While a certain level of comparison is so natural and healthy in encouraging ourselves to improve and self-check, I find that for myself it reaches a point of affecting my well-being. Confidence in ourselves and our choices as mothers and individuals is so important. Constant comparisons can cause us to become unsure and see ourselves as less or questioning our own decisions.

Personally, I find being well-informed in my parenting decisions helps me to feel confident. I read books or do research and then feel that even if something seems to be working for others, or someone questions why I am choosing to do bedtime a certain way (or any of the hot topics), I can confidently respond that I believe it is what will work best for my family. You will have what works for you – conscious decision making will help you to feel confident in your choices.

In terms of my individuality and confidence, I know that I am not always going to have my crap together – and that is okay. I am at peace with that. I also know that sometimes I can totally nail it. It all evens out.

On my blog, www.YXEMama.com, I talk about finding life balance and creating what works best for you. Every mom and every person is different. Be a conscious decision maker, and be confident in your decisions. You are making the right choices for yourself and your family. Practice non-judgement. Be kind to others. You got this, mama.

Summer on a Budget- Mommy Blogger

Hey everyone! My name is Kelsey, and I’m a first time mama to a healthy and handsome boy, Atlas. Atlas is almost four months old, and this has been the best journey I’ve been on! When I’m not living it up mat leave style, I’m a social worker for Child & Family Programs, working in Child Protection. My fiancé (soon to be husband in 4 months-whoop whoop!) works away during the week as an Electrician. Although my weeks can be long not having Mike here, my support system is incredible and our family time on the weekends is amazing! I love to spend time at the lake with family, go for walks by the river, craft/scrapbook and enjoy all of the “firsts” for Atlas. I’m looking forward to more journaling/blogging throughout the new year!

I’m currently on maternity leave, and my babe just turned nine months old. It’s hard to believe that I’ll be back to work soon! I want to cherish these summer months and do all the fun things, while keeping a budget in mind. Summer can become expensive as there are so many festivals/activities that are happening, so I wanted to share a few of my go to cheap/free kid friendly ideas.

Zoo- we love the zoo! Once you have the season pass(affordable!) it makes for an awesome time. Atlas is only 9 months, but he enjoys all the animals and hitting up the park. We typically pack a picnic, look at the exhibits, and the fresh air is wonderful.

Spray pads/parks- This is a staple for us. Atlas has been loving the spray parks, and I can’t wait for the paddling pools to open! For older children, there are crafts/activities in the buildings!

CJ’s-Love this option as Atlas is still free until 12 months. Last week was the first time we were there, as I didn’t know they had such awesome baby areas! Loved having a coffee and visiting and then chasing after little man on all the mats.

Farmers market- we love to walk by the river and then make our way to the farmers market. Fresh veggies & fruit are my favourite items to grab there! Keep your eye out for events happening here throughout the summer as well!

Library- most libraries have awesome kids sections with books & toys! Love that I can take out books now that they forgave all late fees a couple years back… lol!

The Transition to a Nap Free Life – Mommy Blogger

Hi, I’m Becca. I’m a mom to a beautiful and wonderfully silly toddler named Bridget who is 2. I stay at home with her, but I’m also growing a business and have recently started my own blog. When I’m not busy figuring out how to balance mom life and taking on the world, I love to bake, watch Netflix till 1am, have game nights and read. I survive on caffeine and sarcasm and try to live a life full of gratitude. You can follow my exploits on Instagram @brighteyeshappyheart or visit my blog brighteyeshappyheartcom.wordpress.com

There are some wonderful transitions when it comes to raising a toddler. The most exciting of which for me so far has been the transition out of diapers! Not the subject of this post, but finally getting her potty trained has really just been amazing.

My least favourite transition up to this point, by far, has been her giving up on her one remaining nap most days. She hasn’t always been the greatest napper, but I could generally count on an hour and a half to two hour nap. It was my time to do my stuff! Get some work done, exercise without an extra 30lbs climbing on me, read a book in silence, do some cleaning in peace, have a nap! Sadly, those days are gone.

Our new norm is either fighting with her for an hour just to have her not nap in the end anyway, or just not trying at all because I’m not up for the struggle and having her be one cranky girl by about 5pm. Actually, either way she’s usually a cranky girl by 5pm.

It’s been super fun…..

So I’ve just started using what would have been her nap time to do all the things I would have one while she slept or to get out of the house and get stuff done. Running our errands for the day or having some extra play time outside and then try for a bit of quiet reading or playing when we get home. On the bright side, my schedule is a lot more flexible now and I can head out of the house generally whenever I want.

Transitions aren’t always fun, but they aren’t going to stop happening so I might as well not fight them and learn to adapt.  Pretty sure that’s my mantra for parenting now, quite fighting and learn to adapt! Who’s with me?

Why I’m Over Birthday Parties – Mommy Blogger

I’m Liv from Saskatoon, I am Momma to 2 kiddos- Holden, my very energetic 5 year old and Lexi my spunky 1.5 year old. I am also Stepmomma to a beautiful 12 year old, Breanna. I am married to truck driver Brandon, who spends a lot of days away from home. When I’m not momming (is that ever?) I am a Recreation Director at a seniors home in Saskatoon. I am passionate about health and wellness and coffee. Coffee is my jam. I’m new to the whole blogging thing but I find putting my thoughts to paper is a wonderous form of self care

I never knew the monopoly of birthday parties until my son got into preschool.

My husbands extended family is quite close so we were already going to birthday parties throughout the year- my little guy is a January baby so his party consisted of a sledding and Weiner roast out at his grandpas farm. I didn’t invite anyone except close friends and family. Because why would I make his preschool friends drive an hour out of their way in the dead of winter?? Nuh uh.

From Sept. to January it was quite quiet, not a lot of parties…but then it was like wham. Every weekend. We took it with stride and tried to have him attend each one. Most of the kids he was quite close with and played with all the time. So it was great!

Then…there are what I like to call “those parents” who invite every single kid and their siblings, even though our kids don’t say more than 2 words to each other. The latest one we got an invite less than a week before the party…needless to say I was hesitant.

“X is having a birthday party buddy, are they a good friend of yours?”

“Mmm no I don’t play with them a lot. But won’t they be sad if I don’t come?”

Crap.

So last minute scrambling for a gift, make arrangements, etc etc. We arrived at the party and weren’t even acknowledged.

Great. Super glad we dropped $35 on some kiddy crap that will be added to the other mass pile when you don’t even say hello.

Maybe I’m not the norm. And that’s fine. But to me…I’m not going to obligate these kids and parents into being invited to every.single.party. My kid doesn’t play with yours. That’s cool. They’re gonna be ok.

Can’t wait for Kindergarten….

Disney Trip Tips – Mommy Blogger

Nicole Betker is a mother, wife, rabid Toronto Blue Jays fan and a pop culture junkie. Always having an opinion or something to say, it’s time this journalism grad found a place to share her musings on the acts of “adulting”.

45 minutes. 45 long minutes… in line… surrounded by children, who were excited, hyper and hopped up on sugar, all for a 90 second ride on Peter Pan’s flight.

But it was all worth it the moment we exited the ride and Carson looked up and me and screamed excitedly – that was AWESOME.

I’ve written before about Carson’s (and mine) love of everything Disney, and we’ve returned from our Disneyland adventure. My advice to all parents, if you can, when you can… do it. The joy on his face daily, the excitement to see his heroes in person and the happiness and memories we created were well worth it all.

Here are a few tips for parents when deciding (note, these tips apply to Disneyland, Disney World is a whole other set of thoughts):

  1. Deals, Off-peak

Watch for deals from Disney and consider going in an off-time. We used Disney’s Canadian pricing giving us tickets at par, and went after Easter Break for shorter wait times.  It’s still not a cheap adventure, but Disney makes your day full once you are in. The longer you stay the cheaper it is per day. Also, take your kids before the age of 10, for a reduced ticket price or under 3 for a free ticket.

  1. Rides for all ages

Disney rides have a whole different set of rules, than you may be used to from carnivals or Canadian parks nearby. The majority of rides can be ridden by any height, together as a family, Carson at 42” could ride all but two rides.

  1. Meal Plan

Find a hotel nearby with a free breakfast, and stop at a grocery store for snacks. Disney lets you take in most outside foods, allowing you to save money on snacking, and only eating meals in the park.

  1. Accommodations

Disneyland is in the heart of Anaheim, surrounding by an abundance of hotels. Consider getting one within easy walking distance with a free breakfast, to allow easy walking to and from. Most hotels have shuttles, too. Also, at Disneyland, the park hotels (with the exception of the extremely expensive Grand Californian) aren’t that much closer than some of the other hotels.

  1. FastPass, Single Rider, Ride Switch

Take advantage of it and use it properly. Look up what rides have it, and plan ahead. It will save plenty of time.

  1. Park Hopper

At Disneyland, park hopper does make sense since the parks are only across a lot from each other. But I’ve preferred to spend one day in each park. I also found, Disneyland is much larger than California Adventure and needs more time to explore everything.

  1. Random Tips

Upon entering California Adventureland, go straight to Lightning McQueen ride for a FastPass. It normally has long lines, and runs out of the FastPass option early.

Don’t miss World of Colour in California Adventureland. It’s one of the best shows Disney has.

If you see a character, if you can, wait then. You might not see them again on your trip.

Take in the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail in California Adventureland to give kids time to run off steam.

Don’t get caught at the front of the parade in Disneyland, or you will be stuck for a while, unless you are leaving at this time. Also, get a spot for the parade early. They are some of the most spectacular floats you will ever see.

Disney Mom’s – any other tips I missed?

Keeping Cool this Summer – Pools, Spray Parks and Paddling Pools in Saskatoon, Warman and Martensville

With this beautiful weather we have been having it is a great time to get out with your little one and enjoy some of the great water activities we have in our communities. Here is a list of the Paddling Pools, Spray Parks and Outdoor Pools in Saskatoon, Warman and Martensville

Paddling Pool – Saskatoon – Admission is FREE
Monday – Thursday: 10:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. July 2 to August 23 (closed August 6)
Friday: 12:00 – 4:30 p.m.  July 5 to August 23 *Ends at 3:00  pm on August 23
* Saturday & Sunday: 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. July 6 to August 18
Drain and fill times for paddling pools vary

Lawson Heights (St. George School) – 748 Redberry Road
Silverwood Heights (St. Angela School)* – 302 Russell Road
Caswell Hill (Ashworth Holmes Park)* – 415 31st Street West
Confederation Park (Bishop Roborecki School)* – 24 Pearson Place
Fairhaven (Fairhaven School) – 495 Forrester Rd
Holiday Park (Boughton-St. John Park) – 1245 Schulyer Street
King George (St. Andrew Park) – 1302 15th Street West
Massey Place (Archibald McDonald Park) – 310 Massey Place
Meadowgreen (Meadowgreen Park)* – 18th Street West
Montgomery Place (Montgomery Park)* – Caen Street and Central Drive
Mount Royal (Mount Royal Park) – 1723 Rusholme Road
North Park (North Park)* – 1416 7th Avenue North
Pacific Heights (Lester B. Pearson School) – 3620 Centennial Drive
Riversdale (Optimist Park)* – 413 Avenue J South
Westmount (Westmount Park)* – 306 Avenue L North
Westview Heights (Dr. Seeger Wheeler Park)* – 2304 Richardson Road
Adelaide (Adelaide Park)* – 12 MacKenzie Crescent
Avalon (John Lake Park)* – 2602 Broadway Avenue
Brevoort (Brevoort Park) – Webb Crescent
Buena Vista (Buena Vista Park)* – 1304 Victoria Avenue
College Park (Dr. Herzberg Park*) – 133 Campion Crescent
East College Park (Roland Michener School) – 4215 DeGeer Street
Eastview (James Anderson Park) – 1130 – 1100 East Centre
Greystone Heights (Greystone Park)* – 2711 Main Street
Lakeview (St. Bernard School) – 203 Whiteshore Crescent
Nutana (Albert Park) – 506 Clarence Avenue
Queen Elizabeth (W.W. Ashley Park) – 1806 Albert Avenue
South Nutana Park (Harold Tatler Park)* – 2520 Jarvis Drive
Sutherland (Sutherland Park)* – 114 – 113th Street
Wildwood (Wildwood School) – 203 Rosedale Road

Spray Parks – Saskatoon
Open June 1st to September 2nd 10 am to 8 pm daily

River Heights (River Heights School) – 60 Ravine Dr
Silverspring (Mother Teresa School) – 738 Konihowski Rd
Dundonald (Dundonald School) – 162 Wedge Road
Mayfair (A.H. Browne Park) – 1628 Ave E N
Parkridge (St. Marguerite School) – 1235 McCormack Rd
Pleasant Hill (Pleasant Hill Park) – 21st St W
Arbor Creek (Arbor Creek Park)- Kenderdine Road
Briarwood (Briarwood Park) – Brairwood Rd
Erindale (Father Robinson School) – 530 Rogers Rd
Exhibition (Thornton Park) – 118 Hilliard St E
Evergreen (Funk Park) – 628 Manek Rd
Forest Grove (Forest Grove School) – 501 115th St E
Holliston (Holliston Park) – 1321 3rd Street, Saskatoon
Lakeridge (Lakeridge School) – 305 Waterbury Rd
Stonebridge (Alexander MacGillivray Young Park) – 812 Gordon Rd
Willowgrove (Wallace Park) – Addison Rd and Stensrud Rd
Hampton Village (Al Anderson Park) – Hampton Green
River Landing (Friendship Park) – Spadina Cres E

Spray Park – Warman
Open Daily 9 am – 9 pm
June to September (labour day weekend)
Lions Park (9 Ave N)

Spray Park – Martensville
Open Daily 10 am to 8 pm
June 1 to September 3
416 6th Ave South

Outdoor Swimming Pools – Saskatoon
George Ward (1915 5th St E)
June 19 – August 23
M-F 1-8 pm; Weekends 11 am to 7 pm
*Public swim times change July 8-19 and July 22-August 2 – Monday to Friday, due to swimming lessons.

Lathey Pool (815 Taylor St E)
June 12 – August 29
M-F 1-8 pm; Weekends 11 am to 7 pm
*Check hours on Stat holidays (July 1 and August 5)

Mayfair Pool (1025 Ave F S)
June 17 – August 27
M-F 1 8 pm; Weekends 11 am to 8 pm
*Check hours on Stat holidays (July 1 and August 5)

Riversdale Pool (822 Ave H S)
June 9 to August 30
M-F 1-8 pm; Weekends 11 am to 7 pm

Outdoor Swimming Pools – Martensville
Martensville Pool (927 3rd St. N)
June – Starting June 1st
Sunday: Parent and Tot – 11:45-1:00 pm; Public – 1:00-7:30 pm
Tuesday: Public Swim: 3:30-7:30 pm
Thursday and Friday: Public Swim: 3:30-8:00 pm
Saturday: Parent and Tot – 11:45-1:00 pm; Public Swim: 1:00-8:00pm

July and August (last day August 29)
Sunday-Saturday – Parent and Tot: 11:45-1:00 pm
Sunday: Public Swim: 1:00 – 7:30 pm
Monday and Wednesday: Public Swim: 1:00 – 5:00 pm
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday: Public Swim: 1:00 – 8:00 pm

 

Saskatoon Spray Parks and Paddling Pools

Paddling Pools and Spray Parks

A New Kind of Reading – Mommy Blogger

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.

  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. 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!
  5. 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