Birthdays + Warm Weather

So Edmonton is known for having the most bipolar weather in the world. One day it’s -30, the next it’s +5. Today was one of those +5 days. Today was also my youngest nephews 5th birthday party, and they celebrated at an indoor jungle gym.

Lukas was in baby heaven at this jungle gym, and I was in mommy hell. There’s no sitting for a mom with a 1 year old, surrounded by other small children who just had cake and pop, and a toddler play pen to himself. Look at that goofy smile!

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When we finally left not only was I thrilled, but I was exhausted. When we got home, we didn’t get to relax though, we had to set up a new car seat in my car for Lukas. Naturally, he ran around all over the place. I took advantage of the warm weather (it’s supposed to get cold again tomorrow) and wore some cute shorts and shades and snapped some pics! Wasn’t summer weather yet so I had to throw on a rusty pink sweater, paired with some dirty converse and I was all set. DSC_0266 4.32.40 PMDSC_0269 4.32.40 PMDSC_0277DSC_0278DSC_0279DSC_0280DSC_0282

Family Weekend

Our lives are crazy busy, it’s always GO GO GO! when we get a chance to take Lukas to the park, we grab it by the horns. He such an energetic kid that it’s great to let him walk around and explore, he also loves the swings! I have never seen a kid look so cute on the swings before, but I’m bias.

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I look very afraid in the photo above, and it’s because I am. I didn’t want to push him too hard!

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Outfit Details.

Jacket : H&M

Jeans: Urban Outfitters

Tank : Aritzia

Bag : Michael Kors

Shoes : Steve Madden

Cute Summer Bags

Warm wether is coming soon, which means women everywhere are getting ready to stock up on their spring/ summer wardrobe. One of the best accessories for summer is a new handbag. I came across a site recently that sells the cutest handmade (Canadian) handbags. The ladies at She Anna Bella were nice enough to give me discount code to share with my readers. Use my code and get 10% off an already super affordable (and cute!) handbag or accessory, I personally have my sights on their camera bags! Visit  She Anna Bella   and use my code MM10OFF. Enjoy!

 

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My Year Through Pictures

Since it’s New Years Eve I thought it only fitting to show my 9 most popular photos on instagram and a personal little blurb to go with them. I am an awful blogger who rarely get’s photo’s taken of her so this will have to do for now, but believe me I am trying.

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  1. One of my favourite lukas photos, I just think he looks so precious. This is when we went skating and he got all bundled up. He had so much fun in his little skating sleigh. A great 2016 moment.
  2. Dental Assistants unite! This was the day after the elections and we honestly just needed some cheering up.
  3. Christmas festival in Beaumont. It was about half an hour past Lukas’ bedtime so he was a little cranky but he got to meet Santa (which he didn’t like)
  4. New glasses means new selfies. Why not with red lips?
  5. Baby’s first Halloween! He dressed up as a bear cub and he was the cutest little bear I’d ever seen
  6. This photo is not mine to post, Lewiston is a 5 month old who passed away of SMA. His story broke my heart and even though I’d never met him I think about him all the time.
  7. Fort Edmonton park had some nice turkey’s walking around and Lukas was smitten.
  8. Christmas shopping requires Christmas drinks
  9. Baby’s first Christmas and my favourite so far

 

I wish you and your loved ones a happy New Year! Lots of love and good health.

Winter Time Life Savers

Winter is beautiful, festive, whimsical; but it’s also really cold and dry, and our skin and hair seem to get the short end of the stick. Thankfully there’s products that can protect and even save our skin and hair during those cold winter nights. I swear by these products, I use them religiously mainly because they really do work and they really are hydrating.

SKIN:

Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask

Guys this mask is amazing, if you could only buy one skin care product from my list it has to be this. It’s so easy, you literally massage a generous amount on your skin, and then go to sleep! in the morning just wipe it off. Its so hydrating and smells AMAZING! You can use it twice a week but sometimes I do 3 times a week.

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Olay Regenerist Luminous Facial Oil

Okay this is a winter only product because it’s pure oil but its great. My skin needs all the moisture it can get or i dry up like a prune. You put about 4 drops on the palm of your hands and massage it on your face AFTER your moisturizer. Give it a min to sink into your skin and then your free to put your makeup on as per usual, and it doesn’t leave your skin oily which is a bonus. Highly recommended!

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Biotherm Biosource Self Foaming Cleanser

This is for normal to combination skin but I still think it works amazing. It’s a foam cleanser so it’s super light weight and you just feel so clean after using it. You have to be careful when dispensing because a lot can come out but other than that, perfection!

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Bioderma Sensibio H2O

I know that everyone raves about this product, but that’s because its amazing. I use it to take off my makeup before cleansing and you wouldn’t believe the amount of gunk it takes off your face. It’s so satisfying to see, and a little scary. It literally takes off EVERYTHING.

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Olay Complete All Day Moisturizer

Another Olay product, I think Olay is amazing and I literally only use this moisturizer. It’s so light and clean smelling! And it has SPF in it which is super important all year round!

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I use all these skin care products on a daily basis ( unless other wise stated) I wouldn’t recommend them if I didn’t genuinely use and love them!

HAIR

Macadamia Hair Mask

This mask makes my hair smell amazing and leaves my hair so soft! You leave it on a bit longer than most hair masks ( 7 Mins) so I wouldn’t recommend it for a quick shower, more so a relaxing, hot shower. It’s a bit of a pricey mask, but worth every penny!

 

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Moroccan Oil

Every one has either used or heard of Moroccan oil, and it lives up to the hype! Again, it’s pure oil, so you have to be careful dispensing it but does it ever hydrate your hair. I like to focus on my ends and my ends love it! It has a natural smell to it that I can’t really explain but it’s a very nice scent. I highly, high;y recommend this product. Again, it’s pricey but it last’s forever

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I’m writing about these products because they’ve worked for me and I hope they work for you, but there’s always a chance that they wont. Everyone’s skin and hair are so different, these aren’t “one size fits all” products. If you’ve tried these products let me know how they’ve worked for you 🙂

 

Merry Christmas and God Bless

How being a mom helped my anxiety

First things first, this is a personal experience post. I am in no way saying that being a mom cures anxiety or that everyone is going to experience it the same way I did. I have always had anxiety, about everything. I’d leave my house an hour earlier than i needed to just so I wouldn’t be late, I would avoid certain functions because I knew it would be crowded, and I was also comparing myself to every girl I came across. Since I’ve had Lukas, I’ve never felt better. I’d be lying if I said I was cured or that I wasn’t still anxious or insecure, but it’s a lot better. My first thought is always Lukas, “is Lukas safe, will he be okay, is he comfortable?”. I don’t have the time to be anxious anymore. I am so busy making sure that he’s ok that I don’t even stop to make sure that I am. Nights when he’s asleep and I’m settled is a different story but thats not the point. Once I realize that Lukas is fine and happy, I’m calm and I’m also happy. My anxiety was always selfish and now I can’t be selfish anymore and it’s a huge weight off my shoulders. image1