Welcome to This Kinda Life, showing the hilarious misadventures of two women navigating life with kids.

My Struggle with Post Partum Anxiety

My Struggle with Post Partum Anxiety

love everything about being a new mom. From the baby snuggles to breastfeeding to all the cute clothes. There’s so much newness and joy to embrace. And even with all that love and happiness, I still struggle. 

I have a family history of anxiety and depression, and though I don’t often talk about it, I thought it was important to share my experience with postpartum anxiety since today is World Mental Health Day.  

How my Childhood Experiences Made me a Better Parent

How my Childhood Experiences Made me a Better Parent

How my childhood experiences shaped me and made me a better parent. 

Growing up my family did the best with what little they had. I was born to a young couple, who to this day works harder than anyone I know.

I don’t remember a lot of new things from my younger days. My first pair of Nike shoes were hand me downs from a friend in my class and loved those shoes so hard.

What is Balayage?

What is Balayage?

Balayage is a mystery to us. A beautiful, trendy, cooler than you distant relative mystery. 

But we quickly found out it doesn’t have to be this thing we are afraid of, thanks to our friends at Charisma Hair Studio.

Jill told us pretty much anyone can pull this look off but you have to be patient. It takes months to achieve the look, and hours in the hair salon, but the maintenance is pretty low.

On the Wagon, and Staying On it

On the Wagon, and Staying On it

How I’m fighting to stay on the wagon and finally reach my fitness and health goals

For as long as I can remember, I have been up and down with weight. I’ve been on an off the wagon with proper diet and fitness for decades. I’d say I’m a frequent rider.

Lately I’ve pushed to stay on the wagon for the long ride and finally…..finally get to my destination.

Stop Holding Yourself Back from Having a Great Life

Stop Holding Yourself Back from Having a Great Life

Apryl shares how she was holding herself back until one unforgettable trip with family put it all in perspective.

For eight days I had a view of the Atlantic Ocean from a rented home in Prince Edward Island. The sun would set, making the sky gorgeous pink. The bald eagles were flying around. The waves could be heard from the spot we were sitting.

Transitioning to a Family of Five

Transitioning to a Family of Five

How we’re helping our kids get used to the idea of a new family dynamic and becoming a family of five.

I remember the worries I felt when I was expecting my last baby. Would it change how I felt about my first born? Would I be able to love two children fiercely and without limits? Would I secretly favour one over the other? How could there possibly be room in my heart to love two people so utterly and completely and how could I love another baby as much as my first?! 

Of course when Abby was born I was instantly in love for a second time and my heart seemed to spontaneously double in size. There was no favoritism but instead love for my two girls  in different ways, for their different qualities and unique personalities. 

Let Them Be Weird

Let Them Be Weird

In a world where people are trying to fit in, why I’m letting my kid stay weird.

In two days, my kid is going into grade 5. You guys!! Grade 5!

So much growth happens between grade 5 and 8 where kids are finding who they are, who their friends are and picking a sport they want to excel in.

This age can be confusing as they go through hormonal changes too. They wrestle with their emotions, their body changes and try to navigate the popularity hierarchy at school.

What’s really cool about my kid is that he doesn’t care about what others think yet. I hope he stays that way.

I Got Mommy Guilted Over Maternity Leave

I Got Mommy Guilted Over Maternity Leave

I Got Mommy Guilted Over Maternity Leave, and why it’s not ok. 

There are so many perks to working for yourself. More flexibility. More control and more creative freedoms. With that also comes more responsibility, more hours and often more headaches – because you care about each and every detail of the business you are trying to build. And in my case, it also means no maternity leave. Which is something I’m totally OK with! 

I Put My Family On Busy Detox

I Put My Family On Busy Detox

Is being on the go all the time really better for our kids? Apryl shares how she put her family on a busy detox this summer and loved it!

I’ve heard it over and over and over again: limit screen time. Keep kids active. Get outside and enjoy the day. Go! Go! Go!

Guess what? Sometimes kids, and let’s get real, adults too, really need to chill out.

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