Tiny Happy Tuesday: 10

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  • Poppy is a verbal baby but she hasn't had any discernible (to people outside her immediate circle) words until this week. Poppy is officially, intentionally, clearly saying "ball" when she sees her ball. It is so cool. 
  • "Wish I Knew You" by The Revivalists. You guys, this song has been on repeat for days. 
  • It's BC Election Day! I didn't manage to vote in the advance polls so I'm heading out today to exercise my right to vote. If you're a BC local, I hope you are too. Not sure who to vote for? This tool can help you decide.
  • The rain has stopped, the sun is shining, and spring is in the air. It's a great day, even if it did start at 5 this morning because Poppy hates sleep.

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Meal Plan 05/08/2017 - 05/12/2017

It's been a dramatic few days (baby's first ambulance ride!) (she's fine) so I have been inhaling drive-through cheeseburgers and ignoring my kitchen. That changes today, though! I'm not tackling anything too fancy, just focusing on easy-to-make, nutritious food that will fill us up and help us keep up with Ms. Bloom.

Monday: Turkey tacos with a side of roasted broccoli. 

Tuesday: Grilled flank steak on top of spinach salad.

Wednesday: Spinach/feta smokies served with cheddar cheese/potato pierogies and fried onions. Responsibility Salad.

Thursday: Leftovers! Or breakfast for dinner. 

Friday: Takeout. I'm only so strong. 

What are you eating this week?

World Maternal Mental Health Day

Today is World Maternal Mental Health Day. It is a worldwide effort to raise awareness for maternal mental health issues so that more women will get treatment and fewer will suffer.

Why does maternal mental health deserve its own day and campaign? It's estimated that perinatal mood or anxiety disorders affect 15-20% of women during pregnancy or after the birth of their child. 

Women of every culture, age, income level and race can develop perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Symptoms can appear any time during pregnancy and the first 12 months after childbirth.
— http://www.postpartum.net/learn-more/pregnancy-postpartum-mental-health/

Mental health is still a taboo subject. When we talk about our own experiences, and share our stories, we start to break down the barriers. Mental health should be a part of our general well-being. We should feel secure enough to visit a therapist for our mental health the same way we visit a dentist for our dental health. 

I want my kids to grow up knowing that asking for mental health support is a sign of strength. It's a difficult thing to admit you're struggling and need help. I want to do my part to remove the stigma attached to mental health issues so I'll continue to share my story, support campaigns like WMMHD, and provide help and direction to anyone in need of mental health resources. 

Today, on World Maternal Mental Health Day, will you commit to doing the same?

Tiny Happy Tuesday: 9

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  • Tulips. I love flowers but tulips might be my favourite. They signal the end of the winter and hope for warmth and colour ahead. I'm not a huge bouquet kind of gal but give me a bunch of tulips and I'll swoon.
  • The response to my Ode to George. I've received heartfelt messages of love and support. I've heard from people who know George (how cool is that?). It's sparked something in me, I just need to figure out what that is.
  • I've got some blood work, tests, and followup cancer stuff this month. It's overwhelming and scary and also completely routine. I'm doing my best to focus on the "yay! I live in Canada! This isn't going to bankrupt me!" instead of thinking about test results.
  • Making summer plans. Grady wants to go camping this year but first we need a "camping bag." I thought he meant sleeping bag but no, he was referring to a tent. (Tents are hereby renamed "camping bags" in our house.) 

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