Nettle`s Tale Swimwear is thoughtfully designed and celebrates you!

I’ve gained weight. I’ve lost weight. I’ve gained weight again. I’ve lost it.  What seems like the most freeing feeling in the world however, is the feeling of  finally coming to terms with the fact that I’m not my weight! Yes, I’m larger than I was when I was younger, but, oh my goodness, I am far more confident than I ever was when I was skinnier. In fact, when I was younger, I wouldn’t dare post a photo of myself in a swimsuit because I constantly thought I looked fat. Sadly, (as vain as that may sound), it’s the truth.

This is what insecurities and society`s body-shaming messages can do to a person. They make you want to hide yourself. They make you think you aren’t worthy of sharing a photo in a swimsuit, and even worse; they make you feel like you don’t belong in a swimsuit. 


  • According to the National Eating Disorders Association, 42 percent of first to third-grade girls want to lose weight, and 81 percent of 10-year-olds are afraid of being fat.
  • According to a study in Pediatrics, about two-thirds of girls in the 5th to 12th grades said that magazine images influence their vision of an ideal body, and about half of the girls said the images made them want to lose weight.
  • By adolescence, studies show that young people are receiving an estimated 5,260 “attractiveness messages” per year from network television commercials alone.
  • According to Teen magazine, 35 percent of girls ages 6 to 12 have been on at least one diet, and 50 to 70 percent of normal-weight girls think they are overweight. (Source:)

I’ve written about body image many times on this blog, and that’s because the struggle’s been real. The ongoing battle of never feeling skinny enough finally came to an end when I stopped giving a shit about how others view me and began to care merely on how I view myself. Having daughters also helped me change my perception about my body. I knew I had to “fake it till I made it” so I could model body confidence to my girls.

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Immerse yourself in MIRAGE-a virtual experience at Metropolis at Metrotown

Last week, my family and I had the pleasure of walking through the new Summer virtual experience “MIRAGE” at Metropolis at Metrotown. This visual, audio, and digital experience is absolutely mesmerizing!

The MIRAGE experience is 2-minutes full of colorful, state of the art projection technology, with a mirrored ceiling and floor. Once we entered we stood on a walkway bridge and immersed ourselves in the virtual tour.

This is something my daughters and I have never experienced before. My middle daughter was in awe when she saw her favorite color turquoise splash through the screen, and my eldest daughter had her phone out the entire time so she could capture the experience to share. The reason she felt so compelled to share is because when you share your experience on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & Snapchat and tag @MetropolisatMet using the hashtag #METMIRAGE  you can win a $1000 shopping spree!! And, who doesn’t want to win a shopping spree!!?!

This experience is suitable for all ages. That said, the next time you’re in the mall for some shopping, check out this captivating tour and you could  win a $1000 shopping spree; just for sharing! (The contest runs until September 5th.)

I love experiencing things for the first time with my family. It doesn’t matter if it’s a 2 hour  3D film or a 2-minute walkthrough like the MIRAGE virtual tour. We will always remember the time we immersed ourselves in the cool, stimulating virtual tour at Metropolis at Metrotown.

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5 reasons why you should attend a WNorth Connect event

“Studies show that connecting and networking with others is good for our well-being.” Words, Jen Schaeffers of Networking in Van spoke at the WNorth Connect over Cocktails event last week.


Seeing as I’m an extrovert, I laughed and said to the person next to me, “The next time my husband says, you’re going to another event? I’m going to tell him it’s good for my mental health! How can you argue with that?”

Seriously though… how can you argue with that?

 “Connection is why we’re here. It gives purpose and meaning to our lives.” -Brene Brown


Heather Odendaal, of WNORTH Conference and Jen Schaeffers of Networking in Vancouver  hosted  a summer kick-off event on the new and hottest Rooftop garden utopia – Roof Garten. The event featured delectable canapés, artisanal cocktails and some incredible prizes! It was such an honor attending such a fun event presented by McQuarrie Hunter LLP and sponsored by YYOGA, Saje Natural Wellness, withinUs TruMarine Collagen, Project Skin MD, Roof Garten, and Bluebird Strategy.


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Speaking my truth in an upcoming documentary: I heart Bullies

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Sometimes you simply have to speak your truth, even if your voice shakes.

But, what is your truth?

Your truth is what you stand for, your values, boundaries, what you’re aspiring to become and most importantly; your authenticity.

This is something I didn’t fully quite grasp until the other day when I was in a vulnerable position. I mean, I know what speaking your truth entails. It entails staying true to yourself even if that means getting uncomfortable. The kind of uncomfortable that makes you feel shaky; on the inside. The kind of uncomfortable that leaves you with pangs of anxiousness, and fear. It’s just so much easier to talk about than it is to actually do it.

Speaking your truth is scary as %@#%! It’s scarier than watching a horror movie at night alone in your empty house and then thinking someone is going to stab you in your sleep. O.k. well, that’s my kind of fear, but you know what I mean. It’s the kind of thing that makes you question why you would feel the need to speak it anyhow.

The thing is, speaking my truth isn’t about a strong opinion I have or the need to be right. It’s truly about embracing who I really am, and it takes courage to embrace who we really are. When we don’t speak and live our truth we compromise our ability to reach our full potential.

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When you want to hold on, but you have to let go


Today as I watched our little ruckus receive her preschool diploma I had to hold back tears.

Charley graduating preschool marks the last preschool graduation of my three girls.

I’ve parented for a little over thirteen years.

Where has the time gone? It seems like it was just yesterday I was driving home with my first-born scared to death about this whole parenting thing.

Now, over a decade later, our last baby girl is going off to elementary school!

As I type this I can’t help it. I’m choking up.

All the memories I’ve made with each one of my daughters is suddenly rushing back to me.

I’ve never been good at saying goodbye. I always choke up with hot burning tears during these parenting milestones. This time however, I thought it would be the easiest. Our hot-tempered, wild and care-free, not-so-easy to deal with third child, heck…I thought I would be happy to send her to school full-time.

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Inspire Confidence in the young girls in your life-host a Dove Self-Esteem Workshop

This post is part of the, with Loblaws/Real Canadian Superstore and Dove #InspireConfidence sponsored program. I received compensation as a thank you for my participation. This post reflects my personal opinion about the information provided by the sponsors.

When I was an adolescent I woke up every day feeling insecure. I was ashamed of my body and my capabilities. I spoke to myself with such negative inner dialogue, which resulted in feelings of “not enough,” anxiety, and even depression. These negative feelings made it difficult to reach my full potential because I lacked self-worth.

After I had my first daughter, I knew deep down inside that I never wanted her to feel these negative feelings about herself. I know from personal experience, these negative feelings make such an impact on a person`s mental well-being, and can never result in anything positive. The thing is, knowing is only half the battle. I had to do the inner work to feel good on the inside to model these behaviours to my daughters. After all, a mother who radiates positive self-esteem and body confidence enables her daughters to grow up surrounded with a healthy, positive influence.

In today’s society, the pressure on our girls to obtain the perfect body, and ultimately achieve perfectionism, is more prevalent than ever. If I was insecure and lacked self-worth as an adolescent, I can’t even imagine how I may be feeling in today’s digital society, where we are bombarded daily with images of an “ideal” beauty, (which in most cases is unattainable, creating a negative impact on girl’s self-esteem).

Last week, I hosted a Dove #InspireConfidence workshop in my home with 14 girls between the ages of 10-14, and some of their parents. The Dove Self-esteem project was founded in 2004 to help make sure the next generation of women grow up to be happy and content, free from beauty stereotypes and self-doubt.

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Meet Traci Costa: Founder of Peekaboo Beans

Women in business inspire me, and moms who run businesses inspire me that much more! For this reason, I was extremely  excited to have a phone chat with Traci Costa- mom of two and founder of local children’s fashion brand, Peekaboo Beans.

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Our conversation began with “nice to finally chat after following one another online” (I’m pretty sure this is typical in this day and age).  I was curious to know what inspired Costa to start her business, the philosophy behind her brand, why she decided to go the direct sales route, how she handles work/life balance, and finally; what she’s most excited about now!

Costa began the interview explaining her struggle with infertility.  “Finally after five long years of  trying we had our first daughter through In Vitro Fertilization.” Costa said this with happiness and relief in her tone. It was refreshing to hear Costa bravely and authentically open up the dialogue with such an emotional topic. In Costa’s words, “The struggle to parenthood made me realize I wanted to embrace every moment of being a parent.” That being said, while Costa was at home with her first daughter she became engrossed in watching life through her playful, energetic daughter. This in turn, made Costa feel, in her words, “very intrigued with child development”. “I was so inspired by my daughter’s playful personality.”

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