Life With Boys…

If you have kids, you know its the most rewarding and joyful feeling in the whole world. You carry them for nine months, you feel them grow inside you, and then you watch them enter this world. It is the most overwhelming love I have ever felt in my 35 years on this earth.

As babies, we watch their every move, every breath, every stumble. We clean boo boo’s, we kiss bumps and bruises, and we show them what love is. We teach them right from wrong, we instil values that we hope will last a lifetime, and we show them the meaning of a loving and caring home. These are the most crucial years or their little lives.

THEN THEY GROW UP!! I have two boys, Noah, age eight and Riley, age twelve, and OHHH MAAA GAWD…. They are so rough with each other! Somedays I feel like I live in a zoo, and I pray to god its not just me! haha The smallest thing will set them off on each other. And I don’t mean like a little argument, I’m talking about an all out WAR!

My daily conversations consist of “don’t hit your brother”, “don’t pull his hair”, don’t go in each others rooms”. The quotes are endless. Some days I think they are going to drive me crazy. I LOVE MY KIDS I LOVE MY KIDS I LOVE MY KIDS.. haha I tell myself its life with boys.

My kids are very active. I feel like my schedule revolves around theirs. No, actually it does revolve around theirs. Picking up from school, go home and feed them, leave again and rush to drop one off at hockey practice early because the other has hockey on the opposite end of town. It’s so exhausting! Not to mention having to leave town every other weekend because my oldest,  plays competitive hockey and travels. Sometimes on 14 hour bus rides, for a 2 game weekend. But, I would never change a thing about my life. At the end of the day we jump into bed for a family cuddle and all the madness is totally worth it. Everything that happened that day is forgotten. We laugh, we joke, and we love each other.

Throughout all the craziness, we are a normal family. A family who loves each other beyond words. A family who would do anything for each other. And ultimately, a family who supports one another, no matter how crazy the idea may seem. We may be a crazy and busy family, but we are a happy family. I hope my kids can look back once they are older, and tell our crazy stories to their own families, with smiles on their faces. Laugh about the good times, and cry about the sad times. I hope they are wonderful men who put their families first, and I hope they are mama’s boys forever.

Feel free to comment if you can relate to having a crazy, busy life like mine. And… if sometimes your kids just drive you a little cray cray haha

Until next time…

Sheryail Marie xoxo

Physicians Formula: The Healthy Foundation SPF 20 Review

Physicians Formula The Healthy Foundation SPF 20 CAN $14

Today’s review will be on Physicians Formula The Healthy foundation SPF 20. First off we will start by reading what Physicians Formula says.

What PF says about this foundation:

What It Is:

A long-wearing, buildable, and breathable foundation that provides lightweight, medium coverage with a healthy, satin finish.

Why It’s Good For You:

Compatible with all skin types and featuring our exclusive Brightening Complex and Hyaluronic Acid to hydrate, brighten and improve the appearance of skin tone. Added boost of Vitamins A, C & E provides a flawless, healthy coverage.

Key Ingredients:

Brightening Complex (Chinese Wu-Zhu-Yu Extract), Hyaluronic Acid (Sodium Salts), Vitamin A, C& E Antioxidant Blend, Protective SPF 20

My opinion on PF SPF 20: When I first saw this at my local drugstore, I was a little disappointed with the shade range. I had to buy two shades to create a custom shade for my skin tone. I wanted to try this so bad, so for $14 per bottle I was ok with purchasing two.  I LOVE this foundation. I find myself reaching for it more than some of my high end foundations. Its a pretty full coverage foundation, and building up is effortless, with no drying or caking up.  It has a large doe foot applicator (similar to Tarte Shape Tape Foundation).  No wasting product whatsoever. I absolutely love these types of applicators. You can use your choice of tool to apply. I use a beauty blender, but you can use a brush as well. It feels fairly light on my skin. Some foundations feel super heavy for a full coverage look. This one felt fantastic. I will definitely be re-purchasing this foundation once I run out, and I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a reliable and affordable drugstore foundation.

Until next time…

Sheryail Marie xoxo

Depression: Real Talk

Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional and any information you read is not meant to be a diagnosis.

Sadness and grief are normal human emotions. We all have those feelings from time to time, but they usually go away within a few days. Depression is something more. It’s a period of overwhelming sadness. It involves a loss of interest in things that used to bring us pleasure. It affects people from all walks of life, no matter what their background. It can affect people of all ages as well. Unfortunately, there’s still a stigma that surrounds mental health issues, and some people view disorders such as depression as a weakness. But, similar to the way anyone can develop certain physical health issues, mental health issues aren’t always preventable. Today I am telling you my story on depression.

Back in 2005 I became pregnant with my first child. I was 23 years old at the time and had been married for one year. I was excited, but also very nervous, as I was going to become a young mother. Fast forward to the birth of my son. May 17, 2006, he was born 4 weeks early. I began to have feeling of severe panic. As if something were going to happen to him or he would get sick. I loved this little boy with all my heart and the thought of anything happenning to him made me obsess over his health. I remeber one morning at 3am, I thought he was breathing too quickly, so I packed him up and had taken him to the hospital just to get peace of mind that he was ok. He was 4 days old. Yea I was obsessed! I felt an overwhelming sadness and I had no idea why I had these feelings. I would sit and cry while rocking him to sleep. I thought I was going crazy. However, once the 2 week mark had passed I started to feel myself again. Thank goodness! I wasnt crazy! Everything was good once it passed. I realized later that I had a very mild case of postpartum depression.

Skip ahead to 2008. I became pregant with my second child. I had a fairly easy pregnancy, no sickness or other major pregnancy symptoms. My second child was born on August 18, 2009. He was perfect! He completed our little family of four. Unfortunately, my symptoms started returning the day after delivery. I fought the feelings as I knew that with my first pregnany it only lasted a few short weeks, and I had returned to a normal state of mind. Two weeks went by with no changes. A month went by, and then 2 months. By this point I had days where I could not even care for my children. I was completely taken over by thoughts of sadness and hopelessness. My amazing mother would come to my home after work and care for my children as I was mentally, not able to at this point. I cried every waking moment. I couldnt sleep, I wasnt eating, I was just a very sick individual. By this point, I knew I had to go see a doctor as I could not fight this alone anymore. He diagnosed me with depression. He prescribed me a medication, but warned me it may take weeks for the meds to start working. The weeks ahead were hell. My depression seemed to be getting worse, and the meds did not appear to be working. I was looking for an instant fix, which isnt possible. I would wake each morning praying my life would return to normal and that I would become the person I once was.

Finally about 4 weeks into taking my medication, I awoke one morning and the storm had passed. I was feeling a little better as each day passed, and I became the mom that I always thought I would be. I was so thankful. My life was returning to normal!! I could enjoy things that I hadn’t enjoyed for months. My storm had finally passed. This was a long process and definitely not something was was fixed overnight.My children are 12 and 8 years old now. This is the first time I have spoken out in public about my illness. Even today I have good days as well as bad days, but the good days are in a much greater number than the bad. I still have days where I fear my depresion will return, but I have learned to live my life one day at a time.

If my story can help one person, it was worth it. I hope read my personal experience and take something away from it. Depression is not something that should be looked at as a bad thing. It’s an illness that one cannot control. Some of you reading this may be able to relate, and for some its just a story of ones life. If you fell the way I did, just know there is hope and help available. After the storm theres always a rainbow.

Until next time…

Sheryail Marie xoxo