Limiting your screen time when you're with your kids

I didn't have a smart phone until my third pregnancy, so I only spent one season of sleepless newborn nights with one. And I don't know how I did it for the first two without one! It was amazing to have blogs, news, and information to read during the endless feeds in the middle of the night. The bright screen of Instagram helped me wake up when I'd only had 4 hours of sleep (or less). I have way more memories saved and captured of Chloe's life than my first two kids, which is very unlikely for the third and last child, and all thanks to my iPhone. So hear me: I love my iPhone. I love taking family selfies. I love technology. I'm incredibly thankful for the Internet. Particularly for mothers, I feel like smart phones are an enormous blessing. But like all good things, it can become an ultimate thing and then we're in trouble.

Tim Keller, in his excellent book Counterfeit Gods, says “An idolatrous attachment can lead you to break any promise, rationalize any indiscretion, or betray any other allegiance, in order to hold on to it. It may drive you to violate all good and proper boundaries. To practice idolatry is to be a slave.” 

I'm sometimes a slave to my iPhone. I've been late because of it. I've become distracted and forgotten important things. I've broken promises. I've seen actually important things as tedious and annoying because of the distraction of my screen.  And all the while, my kids are there. Like all kids these days, they know how smart phones work and they see me on mine.

My friend Lydia set a brilliant goal for herself, and I'm thinking of taking it on for myself (albeit tweaked ever so, since my littles never nap and stay awake for 13-14 straight hours these days). In her own words:

I decided to try something from the month of August to detach from my phone. I won't be checking social media or texts from the hours of 11am-7pm (except if our daughter is napping). Basically, she's starting to notice things, and I don't want her to constantly see me with a phone attached to me. I'll answer phone calls though, and will respond to texts when I get to them in the morning or evening.

They also have a box at their front door for guests to put their phones in as they enter their home, to encourage actual conversation and fellowship. So smart!

Another thing that helps me is that I don't have a data plan, so if I'm out of the house for a significant amount of time each day (always the hope!), I have no option to be connected. I always have my phone in case I need to be reached by Brad or to take pictures, but I'm not engaging in social media or staring at my screen. 

How do you limit your screen time when you're with your kids?


Parc Baldwin

We live really close to Parc Laurier, so that's usually where you'll find us. But every once in a while, we explore our neighbourhood parks and find new favourites. Recently, we were in the South East of our hood, Le Plateau-Mont-Royal, and ended up at Parc Baldwin. What a beautiful place!

Parc Baldwin has a fountain, a splash pad, extensive playgrounds for both ages 0-6 and 6-12, soccer fields, tons of green space, and public bathrooms. It's a bit far for us to go on foot, but we could ride our bikes there.

We feel so fortunate to live in such a green city, where we get the best of both worlds. Montreal has so much green space and is very thoughtfully planned to include massive parks in every neighbourhood. Parc Baldwin is a new favourite, for sure!


urban explorer!

When you live in the city, you need to get creative if you want to foster exploring and adventuring in your little ones. But it's actually not that hard at all! Just give them a bit more freedom in your walk to the store, or be open to taking the alley or the ramp or the back stairs instead of the typical way.

Our kids have no back yard and very little living space, but they are such adventurers and explorers! They're parkour masters and our neighbourhood is their playing field.

The road less traveled is so good for them, and they can journey down it in the city just as easily as in the wilderness.


My Top 6 Beautycounter Products

After two months of being involved with Beautycounter, I've learned about all of their products inside and out. The few products I haven't tried, I've researched and studied. I know their ingredients, why they're safer than other options out there, and why my clients love them. But I'm often asked what my faves are, and so today I'm sharing!

These six are my no-fail, go-to, always-buy products. I recommend them to everyone. They're also among the most affordable Beautycounter products out there, all being under $50 (ok, except one).


Matte Bronzer - $48. My old bronzer was rated a 9 on EWG.com and I knew it was among the first things I had to change. I love the finish, and that it's not sparkly. It's natural and long lasting, and I use way less of this bronzer than my older, cheaper, toxic alternative.

Sheer Lipstick in Scarlet - $38. I love red lipstick! We eat so much of our lip stick, and our lips absorb whatever we put on them, so I really wanted a safe lipstick. I don't wear lipstick every day, either so I know each tube will last me a really long time. I have lipsticks from several years ago that I still use, so for me, it's worth the splurge.

Nourishing Day Cream - $52. I love the nourishing line and recommend it heartily to everyone. I like a simple skincare routine so I use the day cream morning and night. It's lightweight and feels so wonderful on my skin! I also find my makeup goes over it so smoothly - it's replaced my need for primer, too!

Charcoal Cleansing Bar - $30. This bar is great for breakouts and oily skin, and the charcoal detoxifies skin and washes makeup off so easily. EWG.org rates it a 1 which is the lowest ranking for toxicity possible! It also looks pretty in my soap dish, ha!

Hand Cream - $21. I have bad eczema on my right hand and I need to moisturize immediately after I wash my hands (which is like 20 times a day!) and before bed every day.  I thought I was using a good hand cream for the longest time, but then I tried Beautycounter's and I'm hooked. My hands are way softer and my itching and dryness are significantly reduced. It's also rated a 1 on EWG. Love!

Lengthening Mascara - $33. This mascara is so great. The brush is small so I never get mascara on my face when I'm applying (anyone else always have that problem??). it's super resistant, lasts all day and in the water, and it's gentle on your eyes. I wear contacts every day, and find some eye makeup irritates my eyes, so I love this! It's super strong though, so make sure you use baby oil or eye makeup remover to take it off.

You can place an order HERE or e-mail me if you have any questions about products.
Here's to safer, better beauty!