As a busy working mom of 6 (soon to be 7!) children, time out times are really important to me. Taking moments to myself (even if they are just a moment) are so important to me as they allow me to recharge, and provide the attention and energy necessary to give to my family and my work. Today I've teamed up with Green and Black's Chocolate and developed this recipe, designed for moms who are on the go, where a time out might happen in their car waiting to pick up their kids from school, or on a quiet break from work.


– vanilla Greek yogurt
– roasted walnuts
– granola (optional if trying to stay low carb)
– berries of choice (strawberries, blueberries, whatever is in the fridge)
– Green and Black's Dark 70% Chocolate 
– sprigs of mint for garnish
– glass jars with tight sealing lids

1. In a glass jar, place a layer of yogurt, followed by a layer of nuts, granola and berries. 
2. Repeat until jar is approximately 3/4 full. Set aside.

3. Take four squares of Green and Black's Dark 70% Chocolate and chop into small pieces.
4. Sprinkle the chocolate on top of the layers of yogurt, nuts, granola and berries, covering the surface completely.

5. Add a few berries and a mint leaf for garnish.
6. Enjoy your time out treat! I like to make a few of these at a time, seal them up and have back up time out treats in my fridge, ready to go when I need one!


Making time for yourself as a mom can be a challenging task at times. Amidst competing demands of work, family, friends, hobbies, and taking care of your own personal needs, it can seem like an impossible task! But it is possible! If you're struggling with how to make time for yourself and not feel guilty about it, here are my tips:

1. Schedule it    

I cannot tell you how important it is to schedule in time out time the exact same way you would schedule a dental appointment, or soccer practice for one of your kids. Sometimes I think we give more priority to the needs of our teeth than we do our own mental and physical health!!! So literally put it in the calendar as a recurring appointment, schedule childcare for that time, and think of it as a necessary investment in you. 

2. Make your car a place of rest

Depending on your season of life, it might not be possible to schedule a great deal of time to self care. Sometimes a time out can only happen in your car before you pick up your children from school- and that is OK! So think about ways you can make your car a place where you can take a little breather just for you. I like to ensure I always have an audio book on my phone that I can listen to as I wait to pick up my kids in the school parking lot, current magazines tucked into my glovebox, an essential oil spray in the car at all times that I can use for my body and my car for a quick refresh, and a tasty treat to consume all on my own (check out my super simple yogurt parfait recipe that is a go to time out treat for me!)

3. Put your phone away

In today's digital age it can be so easy to whip out your phone any second you get a moment. But what I have learned is that sometimes it is just more beneficial to keep the phone in your purse and sit in silence. It can be an uncomfortable feeling at first to just sit- but in the quiet is where I often get my best ideas, and feel the most refreshed. So the next time you find yourself with a moment alone and you are tempted to pull out your phone, try closing your eyes, taking a few deep breaths, and just sit in silence. 

How do you make time for yourself in the midst of motherhood? Tell me in the comments below.

Special thanks to Green and Black's Chocolate for partnering with me on this post! 



If you've been following along on my Instagram, you know I've been talking quite a bit about coaching and life design lately. In fact, I am kind of obsessed! I am obsessed with the concept of moms designing their lives around what matters most, and helping moms to understand how to make their schedules work for them to combat overwhelm and promote progress on goals. 

So I am SUPER EXCITED to let you all know that I have a very special speaking engagement coming up at The BabyTime Show, Toronto's biggest and longest running show of its kind. The BabyTime Show is the perfect place for new parents and parents of young children to learn from the top experts, try & buy from local vendors and top brands, and walk away feeling confident in their skills, prepared with all the essentials needed for parenthood.

Celebrating its 20th year, The BabyTime Show and I have teamed up for two very special presentations. 

On Friday April 27, 2018, at 8:30am, I will be hosting a special pre-show, 1-hour presentation, on how to conquer your calendar, balance it all, and design a life you love. 

In this special presentation, I am going to walk you through my 6-step framework to help you identify what matters most to you, put your unique priorities into your calendar, and the habits and strategies that I use every day to make everything stick, and give you a life with less overwhelm, more balance, more time and more freedom. Essentially I am sharing the process that has allowed me to build a 6-figure business while raising my 6 children!

PLUS you get access to the show as soon as it opens, a bonus Essential Oils presentation from The Oil Girls, and a gift bag with a really fun time out treat just for you from my sponsor Green and Black's Chocolate. 

Grab your tickets right here.


On Sunday April 29, 2018, at 2pm, I will be hosting a 30-minute encore presentation of my life planning presentation, followed by 6 EXCLUSIVE 20-MINUTE ONE-ON-ONE COACHING SLOTS WITH ME!

You'll get all the benefits of my 6-step framework condensed to 30-minutes, plus one-on-one time with me to strategize and get assistance on making progress toward your goals. But act fast- there are only 6 spots and they will go quickly. To book your time and view the remaining spots, click here.

If ever wanted to do a coaching program with me, but have felt like time or money have not been on your side, this is a great way to get a bit of clarity on your goals and MOVE FORWARD!!!!!