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Janette Shearer // Blogger  📷 Food, Family, Lifestyle Unfiltered, Real & Relatable #avatozoe Join our community today👇

One of the things I love the most about @freshprepvan aside from the fact that its delivered right to my door is that I'm learning how to cook new foods every week. This week the words," what on earth is that?" was said twice and you know what I lived to eat another meal! #pickyeater. Meal time doesn't have to be hard, use my code INFAVATOZOE18 for 3 free plates upon signing up! This is Beef Stifado in Red Wine with Pearl Onions and Egg Noodles #freshprepvan #sponsored #foodphotography

Real life right here.. I've been wanting to share this #diy stool with you but I haven't had the time to finish painting the damn wall! I'm talking months here people! Seriously this DIY cost me less than $30 and took far less time than painting the wall has taken.😆 I'm hoping that posting this will actually make me get it done so that I can share the blog post with you. Who wants to come help me finish painting this wall? #homedecor

#AD NEW BLOG POST! At the beginning of the summer I did a 30 Day Sugar Free challenge and let me tell you.. it was hard!! I learned so much about the sugar we consume unknowingly. It has changed the way I shop now. Do you know how many different hidden words words for sugar/sweetners there are? On the blog, I'm sharing how my friends at @kelloggscanada have made my search for a cereal easier! With 5 different cereals that have simply 1-4 grams of sugar per servings! Head over to the link in bio to learn which other 3 Kellogg's cereal are part of the Sugar Wise family. #sugarwise #kelloggpartner
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"Taking time to do nothing often brings things into perspective!" 🙏 The upcoming #atozselflove yoga retreat sparks so many amazing conversations. I won't give away the question but the answer was," I've accepted it but am I actually ok with it?" Such a simple answer to me was life changing for another. These conversations are what make this retreat so powerful. What seems like a simple girls trip to you is actually a life changing experience to others. Because of this retreat, I've found so much extra joy, love and kindness in my friendships! Have you ever had a conversation that has changed your perspective on life? #perspective

Do you know what triggers your anxiety? For me, one of my biggest triggers is sound. Being overwhelmed with too many people talking at the same time or too many different loud sounds and the kids screaming, whining or crying while I drive. Another trigger...my phone ringing, multiple notifications and FOMO send my anxiety into over drive. Because of this, my phone is always on silent, no vibration, nothing! I find this especially ironic because I often do half business on my phone. One day I'd love to have the sound on my phone on but for now this is how I cope. How do you manage your anxiety? #anxietyproblems 📷 @kristypowers.ca
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People always say that having kids changed their lives. This is very true especially when it comes to this girl. She actually changed my life. I left my previous job and fell back in love with writing by starting this blog! Together we have a pretty bad case of separation anxiety and I've come to realize that I need her just as much as she needs me! This week we checked out a preschool for her for two afternoons a week. As much as I love the idea of having some time to myself, the thought of less hugs and less "I love you's" in my day is heartbreaking. Anyone who meets her falls in love with her sweet voice, gentle hugs and intoxicating giggle! From dance class to pre-k, she's growing up too fast! ❤ #staylittle #toddlingwithzoe 📷 @kristypowers.ca

There are so many fun halloween events happening in YVR right now and I've gathered a list of some of my faves! Tonight on the blog is a Halloween Roundup of Child Friendly events in #yvr this October! Link in profile! 📷 @capturedinsquares

Today walking to school the little Italian man who helps all the kids cross the road told me to come back when I was done, something about grapes he muttered. He has quite a thick Italian accent and says Bella a lot!
He doesn't have to be there each morning but he chooses to and honestly, the days he's not, it throws me off. We gifted him some chocolates from @purdyschocolatier on the last day of school in the summer because I appreciate him so much. His eyes welled up as he hugged Zoe thanking her repeatedly.
So I walked back to his house this morning after dropping Ava off and he proceeded to get out his ladder and cut grapes that were hanging in his yard. His wife stood with me and made small talk. He hands me the bag of grapes and says," Bella you look so sad lately. Grapes make you happy"
My heart burst... As they sit on this beautiful Maple coffee table my dad made just for me, with photos of our family and my husband just out of sight in this picture, I cannot help but think of how freaking lucky I am to have such amazing men in my life!
I'm trying very hard each day to find the positives amongst the sadness. I miss my Grandma dearly and have moments of anger and frustration wishing I would have been a little closer a little longer. The guilt hurts... #randomactsofkindness

My Dad usually comes in November for Zoe's Birthday but this year he thought he'd come early for Thanksgiving. We had put these plans in motion weeks before. My Grandma passed Wednesday and my Dad showed up Friday. It was a really nice distraction and gave my a bit of a mental break. It's been a week since she passed and my Dad left today. Kind of feels like ripping a bandaid off all over again but images like this and our memories of one of the best Thanksgiving Dinners I've ever had will carry me through the next while. Slowly but surely I will get there! ❤

On Wednesday October 3rd my dear Grandma passed away at the age of 99. She was loved beyond measure and will be deeply missed! My Dad is in town right now so I'm laying low to be with family. Thank you to everyone who has sent such loving supportive messages and understanding my need for privacy in this time of grief. I have an amazing support system who are checking on me and I'm beyond thankful for my tribe! My heart is broken but I'm taking solace in the fact that she is reunited with her loved ones passed! We are so grateful for the time we had with her. ❤ #heartbroken

"You will always be the ...the sister of my soul, the friend of my heart" Tick tock... less than 2 hours to enter to win a spot for you and a friend to join the #atozselflove yoga retreat at @nectaryogabnb on October 21st to 23rd. Good luck everyone! Link in profile! 📷: @kristypowers.ca

Yup this was my breakfast! After the weekend I had, I deserved to start my Monday with a hot cup of coffee and a mini pumpkin cheesecake tart. A trip to the @villeroyboch store in Vancouver got me all nostalgic thinking of my grandma and the things she has passed along to me like my love for baking/cooking! So I enjoyed my coffee, my cheesecake and my new book, "The Wisdom We're Born With" What a way to start a Monday! Thank you to everyone who has kept us close in thought and sent us such kind loving messages! My Grandma is resting however there is much uncertainty. #memories #giftedproduct

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