March 26, 2019

Let's Talk About Panic Attacks

I'm sitting home, alone, right now and I've just had a panic attack that lasted roughly five minutes. I'm currently coming down from it and my feelings are very raw and real..... I'll decide later if this post will make the cut.

Panic attacks. All I can do is shake my head because I literally can't think right now. If you've never experienced one before- consider yourself lucky. Honestly, I don't have attacks all that often. I usually see them coming- if I've been super, super stressed over something or feeling overly anxious for a while. But not this time.

I have a night to myself. My baby is gone with my mother for the night, Craig gone with friends. I was looking forward to this quiet, leisurely night alone.

I did what I wanted- blogged, a quick workout, watched a couple movies on Netflix. Just lounged on the couch.

March 25, 2019

Victoria Park | Truro, NS

Victoria Park is a park I have wanted to see for a very long time. I had heard pretty great things about it and decided I needed to see it for myself. So one day, we did just that.

March 21, 2019

Is It Too Late For 2019 Goal Making?

On New Year's Eve when the clock struck twelve..
 I didn't resolve to do anything.
 I didn't set any goals.
 Maybe I didn't have any goals in mind? Maybe I just didn't feel like it?
Am I now too late to set some goals for myself?

Heck no.

March 18, 2019

Porter's Lake Provincial Park | West Porter's Lake, NS

While I may have had a year and a half long blog break we certainly didn't take a break from exploring and knocking off a few parks along the way. I really want to document any significant places we've been (like any Provincial Parks) here on the blog so they're all in one spot so I hope you guys don't mind if I play a little catch up with some posts? There aren't many- promise!

On a beautiful (somewhat gloomy) Fall morning we hopped in the car and stopped at Porter's Lake Provincial Park. If I'm remembering correctly, we were in the only ones around because I remember how peaceful it felt walking along the trail.

March 13, 2019

7 Dairy Free Breakfast Ideas For Toddlers

*toddler breakfast ideas......healthy toddler snacks......easy lunch ideas for toddlers*

If you're anything like me that's probably what your Google/Pinterest search history looks like.

And, if you're anything like me you probably walk away from your computer still wondering what the heck you're going to feed your kid because there's no way I'm attempting to make woodland creature themed breakfasts or 10 course lunches for my two year old- not uh, not gonna happen.

Throw in the added struggle of trying to come up with meal ideas that are dairy free and you're just about ready to throw in the towel and give your child cereal for every meal.

If this is you then have no fear friend- I've got you covered (at least for a week).

Today I'm sharing 7 easy, dairy free breakfast ideas for your toddler. 

March 09, 2019

Affordable DIY Staircase Makeover

Welcome to the first of MANY home renovation posts! (I know you're excited..)

This past Summer we became official first time home owners. Homeowners to a wonderful 103 year old house. Yes, you read that correctly. Our lovely little abode is a whopping one hundred and three. As you can imagine, she's in need of a little TLC and we're more than happy to give it to her.

When you have a home that needs a little a lot of work, it feels a bit overwhelming deciding where to start. Well, our staircase was ugly. Yep, plain old ugly. And since it's a commonly used area of the house we decided getting that sorted was high on the to-do list.

March 05, 2019

Welcome to Maritime Mama!

Hello and Welcome! I am so excited to launch my new blog Maritime Mama! For those who may have wandered here from my old blog Life After Lux, hi again! For those who may be new- hi!

March 04, 2019

Apple Picking At The Orchard | Mason Apples U-Pick

Picking my own apples at an apple orchard is something that's been on my to-do list for quite some time. There are a few orchards down in the valley and I really have no idea why its taken us this long to finally go to one.

We left bright and early (well, 10:30) and started our journey to the valley. It was a gorgeous fall day that ended up reaching temperatures in the 30s.

Nova Scotia Bucket List | Six Months Later

Back in January I wrote up a bucket list of everything I wanted to do in Nova Scotia. I thought it'd be interesting to see if I've made any progress with it six months on (it's actually been a tad over six months but who's counting!?)

As with my other bucket lists I just add a picture and a date to the item if it's been accomplished!

Skyline Trail | Cape Breton Highlands National Park

The Skyline Trail is a trail I have been wanting to hike forever. I was born and raised on Cape Breton Island but for some reason I had never hiked this trail. Well, on a recent mini vaca to the island we decided we were finally going to hike it.

I'm just going to start by saying it was a terrible day for a hike. Especially this hike. It started out okay but halfway through the hike it started raining. And then it was pouring. And then it was so windy we couldn't even go down to the farthest boardwalk to really take in the views because the wind would have blown Lux away. I kid you not.
So the pictures I DO have are nowhere near what I wanted to end up with on this hike. It was too wet to haul my camera out so I had to settle for my cousin taking pictures on her phone really quick and sending them to me.

Dollar Lake Provincial Park | Wyses Corner, NS

Dollar Lake is a Provincial Park I've driven past more times than I can count and never really gave it any thought. I knew I'd visit one day but I was in no rush, if you know what I mean.


Rainbow Haven Beach Provincial Park | Cow Bay, NS

Rainbow Haven Beach is a place I've been wanting to see for quite some time. Whenever I would hear someone talk about it, it's made to sound like the most beautiful beach in all of Nova Scotia. I mean, with a name like Rainbow Haven, it's got to be pretty special right?

Meh. Not so much.

Lawrencetown Beach Provincial Park | Lawrencetown, NS

Gorgeous. The only word I can think to describe this Provincial Park. There are two sections to this beach. The actual BEACH beach and then this section. Where the current is too strong and you can't swim. There were a lot of people out in the water though with those glider things and boards (can't think of the name right now and in too much of a hurry to google anything!) 

This was Lux's first time touching sand. She liked it at first but soon decided she hated the stuff and didn't want it anywhere near her hands or feet. She had a blast though. And so did we.

Ross Farm | New Ross, NS

Scene: A beautiful, sunny Saturday. We're on a mini road trip with our sights set on Ross Farm. We're about 10 minutes from our destination and boom. Downpour. The rain was not letting up and you very well can't have fun at a farm when it's pouring out. We decided to drive around and wait out the rain (which took a good hour and a half) but it finally stopped. With one hour left until closing time we made our way back to the farm and had a great time. Lux realized she's not a fan of sheep and she got to plant her very own pumpkin which we get to go harvest come the fall. It was a good day.

March 03, 2019

The Ovens Natural Park

The Ovens Natural Park is one of my favourite places to visit (even though the entry fee is a little too steep in my opinion). Cost aside, it truly is magnificent. The Ovens got it's name from the natural sea caves along the coastline that people referred to as "the ovens". Not sure why they decided to call caves ovens but they did. There's a lot of history surrounding The Ovens - mainly to do with the gold rush in 1861. But enough about that. The best part about this trail in my opinion is the scenery!