Not just another New Year’s Resolution : 2018 Positive Affirmations

New Year’s Eve is here! I can’t believe how fast this year has flown by. At the end of the year instead of making New Year’s resolutions, I like to reflect on the past year and create positive affirmations for the new year. Positive affirmation, is starting the new year with positive energy, and if you are a fan of the book, ‘The Secret’, you know what I mean.

Reflection on the past year

In the beginning of 2017, I focused all my energy on being the best of me, at work, as a mother and in life. Halfway throughout the year I realized that this is a big ask and I had to reprioritize. I had to slow down and take some breaks. I realized that to be the best of me I had to refocus my energy on what was the most important to me: Zara, my mental health and my family.

Regardless I do feel that 2017 has been very good to me. One of the biggest highlights for me was sharing this blog with everyone. I was not sure what to expect and literally had butterflies when I hit the share button on January 1st 2017. The response over the year has been very positive and I have learnt so much ( with so much more to learn!). To be selected as one of the Top 30 Vancouver Mom bloggers for 2017 was the cherry on top! It is an honor to be part of such a talented group of ladies. These mommas are humble, creative and supportive, and I am constantly learning from them. I am in awe to belong to this momma tribe.

So where do I go from here…

I don’t have a straight forward answer for this. I am going to continue writing and hopefully will partner with other bloggers and brands.

My positive affirmations for 2018 is to focus on opening my mind and to learn:

  • I will learn from my talented momma blogger friends.

  • I will learn from reading and practicing.

  • I will learn to take better pictures (hubby just gifted me a camera for Christmas! ).

  • I will learn who I am, and who I want to be. It is easy to hide behind social media and pretend to have a perfect life, but that’s not me and that’s not my blog.

  • I will not let self doubt creep in and stop me from learning and growing.

I want to thank everyone that is following me on this journey, because without your support I wouldn’t be here. What are your positive affirmations for 2018?

Also, what would you like to see more of on the blog? More recipes? More family friendly activities/venues? Tips? Letters? I would love to hear from you.

Happy New Year and see you in 2018!

Ps- Follow me on Instagram @husna_theaccidentalmommy and on Twitter @husnathompson1

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Simple and Easy Melt in your Mouth Shortbread cookie recipe :

I can’t believe it’s one week to Christmas! I have a lot to do as I am hosting Christmas dinner this year after a hiatus since Zara was born. That means I have to cook and clean! All you mommas out there know my dilemma. I love hosting, but it can be a little daunting with an almost 2.5 year old who is always on the go.

One thing I also have started doing is baking cookies! I found the easiest and simplest recipe for melt in your mouth shortbread. Here is a link to the recipe:

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/10856/melt—in—your—mouth-shortbread/

I followed the recipe but took others suggestion and reduced the cooking time to 8 to 10 min. I also don’t take them off the parchment paper, as they can be pretty crumbly. I cool them on the counter on the parchment paper. The longer they cool for the less crumbly they are. These cookies are easy to make even if you are not a baker, and a hit with everyone!

Enjoy the holidays mommas! Happy baking! Let me know how they turned out.

Please note that I found this recipe on All recipes.

The Fraser River Discovery Centre (FRDC) : Educating the Minds of Tomorrow

When Rj and I found out we were having a girl, I was ecstatic. Rj was happy, but he was worried that he wouldn’t have anything in common with her. Fast forward 2 years and some months and Zara is a daddy’s girl through and through. They are two peas in a pod and their bond is amazing. Zara loves anything with wheels and prefers to play with cars rather than with dolls. In fact we have one doll and A LOT of cars in her toy box.

So, when I received the invitation to visit the Fraser River Discovery Centre (FRDC), to join them for their Christmas celebration, ‘Fishmas a Winter wonderland’, I was excited. Rj is an avid fly fisherman and his dad was a fisherman, so the Fraser River was a part of his life growing up. This was a chance to introduce my daughter to a part of British Columbia’s history, educate her on its impact on our province and get her interested in fishing.

The Fraser River Discovery Centre did not disappoint.

The space is large and beautifully laid out. It is two floors, and had lots of room for little ones to run around and explore.

The exhibits, are informative and made learning fun. Zara’s favorite to my husband’s delight was Sturgeon George. It is a replica of a Sturgeon and the exhibit walks you through their life cycle.

For Fishmas, they had an array of interactive displays set up run by volunteers, like ‘ice fishing’, making mini snow-globes, coloring, etc. They also had an interactive puppet show written by one of the employees, Julie!

Downstairs, to our amazement is a large toddler playroom, with a projector screen cinema. There are a choice of educational and fun shows that you can request the staff to play for you. The Toddler room, also has tons of room to sit for parents while the kids play with toys or watch the show.

Verdict: We spent almost 2 hours in here and Zara had a lot of fun and when she is entertained, I can let my hair down and enjoy myself! I found the staff and volunteers, to be super friendly and accommodating. In my opinion it was worth the drive down from Vancouver, and a great respite from the rain and cold temperatures outside. The Fraser River Discovery Centre is a not for profit society and supporting a cause, whose goal is to educate the minds of tomorrow, is close to my heart. At the same time, watching my husband and daughter bond over common passions is priceless.

Check out the The Fraser River Discovery Centre for a list of events.

Please note that I was invited to visit The Fraser River Discovery Centre and write about it. In return, I was compensated with free entry. All opinions in this post are my own.