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Prompt | Short term goals for this month and why

Well, this month is almost over, but I’ll set some goals for the next 30 days. Initially when reading this I thought of my to-do list as my “goals” but then re-thought it. A true goal. A change in my self. So, I am going to answer both ways.

Something that I need to be more mindful of, and thus it has become a goal, is being less snappy at my husband. I want to count to 3 before asking him to do something, as if he should have read my mind and already have completed the task just as I wanted it done.  I want to take a deep breath and think through my tone. My hubby is truly the most incredible man in the universe (I know, lots of you might argue and say your hubby is the most incredible… lets just agree to disagree for now. 🙂 ) Hubby works hard all day long, spends his little free time playing with and snuggling my daughter, and then spends the non existent time he has left, nurturing our relationship and being a great best friend to me. He deserves for me to show him respect even when I am pooped out and on my final straw. So, because of that. My personal goal for the next 30 days is to stop the bad habit I have found myself in, and stop snapping at my hubby. (I love you honey! Please make sure I stick to this! 🙂 )

For the tactical goals I am going to reference my Successful Year post which is actually a good thing. Reminds me of what I am setting out to accomplish. I am picking three that don’t seem hard or terribly time consuming, but yet they are nagging me to get finished, and have been on the list for far too long!

I am 90% done with getting photo books set up and ordered. I just need to do some final touches and get them ordered. This must happen in the next 30 days. I want to give some away as gifts too.

I also need to back up all the pics on my iPhone. I am increasingly panicked that something will happen to my phone and I will lose them. 😦

Hang pictures up in the living room and Tikka’s bedroom… our house doesn’t look finished with nothing hanging on the walls and we have lived there for almost a year!

Wish me luck! What are your short term goals?


A picture of someone/something that has the biggest impact on you. My daughter!


Favorite super hero and why?

Well, I actually don’t have one. Super heros have never really been my thing.

I know. That makes me lame. But, seriously… comics/cartoons weren’t ever an interest of mine.

I will duck now while you throw things at me.

Prompt | A picture of a place I’ve been

This was my most favorite week in years. Hubby and I went on a Western Caribbean cruise on Royal Caribbean. Was incredible!! We can’t wait to go back.

On the surf simulator on Liberty of the Seas!

Prompt | A habit I wish I didn’t have…

Hmmm… a habit. Well, I quit drinking diet coke a few years ago, that was the worst bad habit I have ever had and it was a huge pain to kick it! But, since then I have been aspartame and mostly caffeine free! 🙂

A current habit I would like to kick is eating dinner out. I am very bad at planning meals and it is hard with my hubby’s unpredictability with what time he will be home,but I use that as an excuse. Even without him I could eat healthy food that doesn’t involve the freezer/toaster oven. I typically promise myself I am going to do this, go grocery shopping and spend WAY too much money and then, because I haven’t planned properly, have a bunch of food that doesn’t get eaten and missing ingredients for food I want to cook. It really sucks. I am not sure how I go about changing this.

I think this “habit” makes me a not-so-great wife. I equate having dinner on the table for my hubby with being a good wife. I am not sure where this model came from since my mom wasn’t always the “chef” in our house growing up, and I think she was a super wife to my dad. My hubby also puts no pressure on me and loves to spend time cooking. So, why can’t I get this together?

Any advice out there for a wanna-be cooking wife?

What are your bad habits?

Prompt | Post a pic of me and my friends.

I am on the right.

This pic is of me with two of my close friends! They are amazing and about to get married. The best part about that friendship is that this couple and me and my husband ALL get along and all hang out independently and as a group. It is rare to find that so I am very appreciative!


Prompt | The meaning behind my blogs name…

Well this one is pretty simple! I am an Expat Mama in Toronto 🙂

I grew up in New York outside the city, moved to California the summer before 10th grade. Then went to university in Arizona and in Boston. Finally settling down in Toronto with my wonderful husband who is born and raised here. I LOVE the city. It is such a great place to live! I do miss a few things from the states but overall I am very happy to be living in Canada. Right now especially – get to enjoy a full year off for mat leave with Tikka!


About Me:

I am a first time mom of a beautiful baby girl. I live in Toronto and eat way too many cookies.

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