Learning to Embrace My Body

I saw Taryn Brumfitt speak at Leading Moms in 2014 and I've followed her online ever since. She's enthusiastic, thoughtful, and engaging, and her message is one that speaks to me both as a woman and a mother.

We’re on a quest to end the global body-hating epidemic.

The Body Image Movement (BIM) is an internationally recognised crusade that was founded on the belief that your body is not an ornament, it’s the vehicle to your dreams. BIM believes that everyone has the right to love and embrace their body, regardless of shape, size, ethnicity or ability.
— bodyimagemovement.com

Taryn is bringing Embrace to Vancouver this weekend for two screenings on February 26th (more info and tickets here). She's also hosting a question & answer reception after the second screening and I encourage you (woman, man, mother, childless) to check it out. It pains me to think of my children (any child) growing up feeling inadequate or worthless because of the shape, size, colour, ability, etc. of their body. I want to learn as much as I can about body positivity so I can help my babies, and all the babies, feel secure and confident in the body they've been given.

Partial proceeds from the Vancouver event will support G Day, a national rite of passage event series that supports positive body image, self esteem, leadership, and supportive peer and family relationships for tween girls.

Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre, Arts Club Theatre Company
162 West 1st Ave, Vancouver (Olympic Village)

Date & Time
February 26th at 12 noon (screening only) and 3:00 pm (screening & reception)


Meal Plan 02/21/2017 - 02/24/2017

Last week we experienced Baby's First Emergency Room Visit and then two days later, Baby's Second Emergency Room Visit. Mix in a few regular doctor's office visits on top and you have one chaotic week. Poppy's doing a lot better now but she's battling a nasty bug so life is a bit up in the air. I appreciated having a meal plan last week so I didn't have to do any thinking - my meals and ingredients were already sorted; I just had to prepare them and put the food in my facehole. There's not a lot of sleep right now so I've put together an easy meal plan packed full of protein and veg to keep us going.

Monday: Coconut Ginger Lentil Soup with crispy baked tofu for Meatless Monday.

Tuesday: Baked chicken breast stuffed with a mixture of feta cheese, artichoke hearts, pesto, and spinach (aka: clean out my fridge!) served with roasted broccoli and topped with vodka sauce.

Wednesday: Turkey Tacos

Thursday: Leftovers or BLT sandwiches with avocado

Friday: Grady doesn't have school so I'm going to let him find a recipe, grocery shop, and cook the meal (hold me).

What's on your meal plan this week?

Meal Plan 02/13/2017 - 02/17/2017

Our holiday is over and we're back home. Time to put away the fries and croissants and start eating like we give a damn. We actually didn't do too poorly with our eating habits while on our massive road trip but we didn't eat enough vegetables. This week we're trying to get back into our habits of eating protein and lots of veg, and having a little Valentine's Day fun (aka: chocolate).

Monday: Oven-roasted chicken shawarma with garlic sauce. Served with roasted purple cabbage.

Tuesday: Valentine's Day breakfast for dinner. Bacon, cheesy scrambled eggs, heart-shaped chocolate chip pancakes. Served with fresh fruit.

Wednesday: Tofu stir fry with purple cabbage, carrots, spinach, broccoli, and onions in peanut sauce. Served over quinoa with lots of green onions.

Thursday: Meatballs in a simple tomato sauce served with roasted broccoli.

Friday: Leftovers and/or homemade pizza.

What's on your meal plan this week?

Captain's Log: Operation Road Trip - Day Eight

Grady had a difficult time falling asleep last night so he wasn't up bright and early this morning so I left him and Shawn in the hotel room and took Poppy to meet friends who were in the city for an appointment. I met Emily through blogging about a million years ago (or maybe 9 or 10?) and she quickly became one of my people. She and her husband were kind enough to come to (geographically-challenged) me so we could have a quick visit. It was an excellent way to start the day. 

After tea with Emily and Dan, I collected Shawn and Grady and we grabbed breakfast and visited the sea lions at Pier 39. Grady and I could have stayed there all day but Poppy was getting chilled in the wind and we needed to hit the road.


Our not-really-planned plan was to drive up the coast from San Francisco to southern Oregon. We'd drive through the redwoods (trees are my happy place) and gawk at the gorgeous views along the coastal highway. The reality was much less breezy. There's been a lot of heavy rain in the area recently and sections of the 101 were closed due to mudslides and flooding, or were down to one lane alternating traffic because the concrete had, you know, collapsed. It was not a relaxing drive is what I'm saying. Because of the detours and traffic, by the time we hit the beautiful scenic portion of the drive, it was too dark to see anything. We did, however, manage to make it to the redwoods before dark and I got to spend some time loving the trees. 


Tomorrow we point ourselves toward home. We debated breaking up the day into two so we wouldn't spend all day driving but we're all desperate to sleep in our own beds so I think we're going to attempt a 900km day tomorrow. Wish us luck!