In my Kitchen: 15 min Chickpeas salad and Salmon Dinner 

As a working mom I am always on the look out for quick dinner ideas. With summer around the corner, I want to whip up meals that would be ready in 15 min or less. I am not sure where/when I saw these recipes, but it was a hit even with my 20 month old. 

Here it is:

Chickpeas, Cucumber and Olives salad


  • Can of chickpeas (we used two cans)
  • One English cucumber
  • Kalamata  olives
  • Olive oil

And that’s pretty much it! Toss everything together including the vinegar the kalamata olives came in. This has tons of protein and fiber and perfect for little hands. We also had enough leftover for lunch the next day. 

BBQ Salmon


  • Salmon
  • Dijon mustard
  • Mrs Dash

I combined everything and wrapped in foil. 

On the BBQ or oven on 350 for 7 min and DONE. 

What’s your go to quick summer dinner? 

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4 Kinds of Friends Every New Momma Needs

When you have a baby your life is turned upside down. It doesn’t matter how prepared you are or prepared you feel, you will feel overwhelmed. Books do not prepare you for this. Birthing classes do not prepare you for this. If you are like me and have a hard time asking others for help, because you think it makes you look weak- Well you have to swallow your pride and DO IT! 

Here are 4 mom friends ( or non parent/mom friends) every new mom needs:

  1. The ‘I will come over and bring you groceries, cook for you, do laundry and hold the baby while you sleep’ friend: If you are lucky you have one of these friends. This friend comes over and does everything that you no longer have the energy to do. If you know someone who is having a baby soon or just had a baby, try to be ‘this’ friend. 
  2. The ‘I don’t care, you are coming out with me’ friend: As a new mom you need this friend. This friend will help you remember that you are more than just a milk machine. You are a woman who deserves to go out and have fun. 
  3.  The ‘Advice giving ‘ friend: Yes as a new mom you get a lot of advice. But when it comes from a trusted friend sometimes it is worth listening. Have this friend on speed dial for those late night texting sessions. One of the best pieces of advice I received was, ‘ Get a cleaner!’
  4. The friend(s) that do not judge you when you do not return texts or cancel plans: This is a big one. Having friends that understand that any down time you have is spent either sleeping or eating is a true friend.

    Moms you need your support system. You are not alone in this. Don’t be afraid to call your friends and ask for help. You are not weak because you asked, you are stronger because you realized you cannot do this on your own. 

    Mommas share this post with the friends that supported you! And if you are one of the above mentioned friends, kudos to you!  Comment below on how you helped a new mom out. 

    To my friends: Thank you for sticking by me! 

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    Happy Mother’s Day Zara

    This is my second Mother’s Day. The first Mother’s Day was a blur. I was still in the process of learning to be comfortable as a ‘mother’. But this year I feel different. Zara is interacting with me and and wants her momma (most times it is still dada). It’s not just about, feeding, changing and sleeping. So for this Mother’s Day I wanted to write a letter to my daughter, because without her I won’t be here. 

    Dear Zara

    Happy 2nd Mother’s Day to me and you. The past year has had its ups and downs. We went through, teething, sleep regressions and sickness and lots of change. You started daycare. I went back to work. We went from spending everyday together to just Fridays and the weekends. It was a big change for you, but you adapted. Better than I did. 

    You are picking things up so fast. You can now count to 10 and are learning your ABCs. I am amazed at how quickly you have grown into this little human. 

    You teach me something new everyday. You have taught me to slow down and take joy in the simple things of life. You taught me to not take myself seriously all the time. You taught me to sing even if I don’t know the words or feel that I am terrible at it. You are such a happy baby, that regardless of what kind of day I have had, my heart lights up when I come home to you.

    You have encouraged me to follow my dreams and my heart. You have taught me that there is a silver lining on every cloud. All my life I searched for a purpose. My life before you, felt unfulfilled. You gave my life a purpose. Raising you is the single most important thing I will ever do in my life. And I am proud of that. I am proud to be called, ‘Zara’s mom’. 

    I want to say thank you to you Zara for making me a Mother and giving me the privilege to celebrate this day with you. Thank you for choosing me to be your momma. Happy Mother’s Day Zara bear.

    Love Momma  

    Comments, likes and shares are always welcome! How are you celebrating Mother’s Day? 

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      Postpartum Depression: The ugly truth

      May is Postpartum Depression month. To bring awareness to this very important topic I wanted share something. It has taken me a long time to admit this and to say it out loud.

      I suffered from Postpartum depression. I have never actually said this out loud. I talk about the ‘dark times’ in various blog posts but I have never actually come out and said it. I felt ashamed of feeling this way. And this got me thinking. Why is it that, even though there is a lot of awareness around mental illness and postpartum depression, why do moms still feel ashamed to talk about it?

      After I had Zara, I had weekly or bi weekly appointments at the doctors for the first 6 to 8 weeks. At each of those appointments, I was asked about breastfeeding, baby weight gain, how many times the baby pooped and peed. I was never asked about how I felt or how I was coping. Sure, I looked fine ( for someone functioning on 3 hours of sleep). But inside I was a ball of anxiety and fear. I kept a brave face, because I was scared of looking weak. I did not ask for help, when I needed it the most.

      I went about my day for months, without acknowledging that something inside did not feel right. I never felt like harming myself or Zara. I felt a sense of hopelessness, exhaustion and loneliness. I felt like I was disappearing. I was going through the motions of day to day life, because Zara depended on me. I struggled everyday to put a smile on my face and go about my day.

      I wish I had reached out for help. But that meant that I had to accept that something was wrong, and that I was not strong enough to handle this thing called motherhood.  I spent majority of the first year of my baby’s life feeling like a failure. I regret that. The first year is special. I can never get it back. Postpartum depression took that from me.

      If you are a mom and are feeling like something inside is broken, speak out. Ask for help. Talk about it. And if you know someone who is a new mom, please reach out. Do something for them without them asking.

      I hope that this blog post will encourage moms that are suffering from postpartum depression to acknowledge and accept this is as a reality and get help. You will be stronger because of it.

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      2017 Vancouver Mom Top 30 bloggers 

      I am super excited to announce that I have been selected as one of the Top 30 Vancouver Mom bloggers for 2017. I am honored to be part of such an exceptional line up of Vancouver Mom bloggers.

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      When I started this blog, I was scared to make it ‘public’ and share it. I was scared of being judged for writing about the dark times after having a baby. I felt ashamed for having these feelings. The blog acted as an outlet for me to get those feelings out on. As Zara got older, I felt the need to share my experience with other moms who are perhaps having the same feelings. I also wanted to write pieces that my daughter could read one day. So I made the blog public. I started to share tips and tricks of what worked for me as well as my innermost feelings. My intention was to make people cry, laugh and sometimes both at the same time. Motherhood has its ups and downs and I want moms (and dads) to know that it is Ok to feel the way you do.

      Thank you to everyone for reading and supporting this passion project of mine. I truly appreciate it.

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