Time For Mom


Being a mom has taken life’s responsibilities to a whole new level. Gone are the days of focusing solely on yourself. Now, as a mom, you wear many different hats!

In the past 14 months, my resume has expanded from full time employee and partner to include chef, personal stylist, hairdresser, dentist, housekeeper, librarian, doctor, and even therapist. My sense of hearing has increased, I have magically grown eyes on the back of my head (my mom always warned me about this), I am a comedian (to at least one person in my house), and I can magically heal all boo boos. 

Creating Mom Time

While it is extremely rewarding to be able to wear all of those hats and develop the skills that come with them, it is also extremely exhausting. I will admit, there are days that I wear my invisible cape proudly. 

But, despite the number of hats hanging in my closet, I am by no means perfect. If there is one super power that I lack, it is the power of time. As in, time for myself.

Creating Mom Time

Life is busier now than ever, and as I juggle all of the responsibilities that come with it, the hours in the day seem to slip away.

As a mom and a partner, it is my responsibility to be the best that I can be for my familybut how can I do that if I don’t first take care of myself?

According to one psychologist, moms should have at least 15 to 20 minutes a day of “me time” to decompress. In a day with 1440 minutes, 15 to 20 seems like peanuts, am I right? 

Well, even in that 1440-minute day, sometimes it takes a bit of creativity to get in those 15 to 20 and really make them count.

Creating Mom Time

The psychologist goes on to say that, “The key to tapping into your “me time” is to be honest about what things make you feel rejuvenated and what drains your energy reserves.”

So, how do I incorporate those 15 to 20 into my day to take care of myself?

Creating Mom Time

If I’m being completely honest here, working out drains my energy reserves. But, going for a walk does not. Going for a walk makes me feel rejuvenated. So, I trade one for another. Oftentimes, this means getting off the bus a stop earlier to walk a little further. It gives me time to clear my head, take in the fresh air and walk through the door with a smile on my face. 

Creating Mom Time

Other days, it means a walk in the park with my family. Not exactly time for myself, but time spent outdoors with my family also rejuvenates me. 

Another way I take care of myself is with my morning routine, and ensuring that my day begins with a healthy breakfast and vitamins. Oh, and a big cup of coffee. Coffee, a healthy breakfast, and daily vitamins help fill my energy reserves so that I can tackle the day ahead. 

Creating Mom Time

I have always been fairly good about taking my vitamins. But, as I get older, I have realized that not all vitamins are designed the same. And as someone who is conscious of what I am putting in my body to be at the top of my game, that is a bit of a problem. 

Sundown Naturals® offers a full line of the best quality vitamins and supplements that are 100% free of GMOs, dairy/lactose, artificial flavours, and gluten/wheat to suit your individual needs, and busy mom lifestyle.

Creating Mom Time

While you may not always be able to make the healthiest choices in your 15 to 20 minutes (yes, a bag of chips and glass of wine can be consumed in 15 minutes), you can rest assured that Sundown Naturals® is here to support you through every step of your super mom journey.

Do you wear your mom cape proud? How do you make the most of your “me time”? I’d love to hear!






*This post is brought to you by Sundown Naturals®, however, all images and opinions are 100% my own.

The Best Hashtags for Outdoors Lovers


While there is nothing I love more than disconnecting in nature, I also love photographing our outdoor adventures. And, sharing those photos on social media

Photography and the outdoors have always gone hand in hand, and if you love both, Instagram is the place to be. Its easy to get lost for hours scrolling through the thousands (maybe even millions) of shared photos of our incredible natural world.

The Best Hashtags for Outdoors Lovers

Love 'em or hate 'em, as a blogger and social influencer, hashtags are extremely important. Whether you're a lifestyle blogger, fashion and beauty blogger, mommy blogger or any niche in between, hashtags play an important role in growing your online community and influence.

Hashtags are also the key to getting those beautiful outdoors photos seen in that sea of millions. 

The hashtags you select must be carefully curated in order to maximize visibility before it gets buried by the next big adventure.

New to hashtags? I recently shared this post about the importance of utilizing hashtags on Instagram, including the 30 best hashtags for mommy bloggers. If you're new to the hashtag game, you'll want to start here

The Best Hashtags for Outdoors Lovers

For outdoors lovers, the number of relevant hashtags is endless. 

Need a little help to get started? Below is a list of the most popular nature-, adventure- and outdoor-related hashtags, as well as some of my favourites. Copy and paste this list into the notes section of your computer or phone. Add or subtract hashtags relevant to the photo subject, and watch your engagement grow. 

Please be warned, exploring the photos associated with these hashtags may spark a serious case of wanderlust and the need for adventure. Or, they maybe inspire you to seek out some seriously beautiful new outdoor spaces and travel destinations. Enjoy!


Top 30 Instagram Hashtags for Outdoors Lovers



#freshair30
#getoutside
#getoutdoors
#nature
#keepitwild
#lovelifeoutside
#staywild
#naturelovers
#natureseekers
#outdoors
#outdoorslover
#neverstopexploring
#REI1440project
#optoutside
#getoutstayout
#mothernature
#lovetheoutdoors
#wildandfree
#adventure
#wildernessculture
#outdoorslife
#goodtimesoutside
#wearestillwild
#outdooradventurephotos
#simplyadventure
#wanderlust
#exploremore
#goexplore
#stayandwander
#adventurecalling

Other Hashtags to Use


If you have kids, be sure to include children-related hashtags.


For example:
#canadianoutdoorfamilies
#wildkids
#wildchild
#letthembelittle
#curiouslittleexplorers
#naturechild
#raiseawildchild
#wildandfreechildren
#raisingkidswild
#naturekids
#outdoorkids
#childhoodunplugged
#adventureparenting


Tag your location. 


For example:
#TorontoIslands
#Ontario


Bonus to tagging the location - there is a chance you may get a regram!

Tag your activity. 


For example:
#hiking
#camping
#swimming
#kayaking
#fishing


Use hashtags relevant to what is being shown in the photo. 


For example:
#lake
#ocean
#sunset
#sunrise
#picnic
#forest

The Best Hashtags for Outdoors Lovers

Bottom line - hashtags are important. If you don't use them, the only people that will see your content will be your followers, and maybe your mom. 

Check out To & Fro's Instagram to see how I effectively utilize hashtags to increase engagement and influence. 


What are your favourite hashtags? Any tips or tricks? I'd love to hear!