It has been a major minute since I’ve posted anything on here and I figured I would start with an update to explain how torturous these last few months have been on me lol.
Pregnancy is no walk in the park. I was really sick with the boys and had to be medicated on Diclectin the entire pregnancy, however as long as I was taking my medication I felt fine. No nauseous feeling, no vomiting, just feeling normal WITH meds.
This pregnancy however decided to start kicking my butt around week 2. I immediately went to my doctor to get diclectin, and much to my surprise it didnt work. I would take my prescription and still be vomiting, feeling extremely nauseous all day/all night. This brought me to the worst week of pregnancy… week 10. It got to a point where for a full week I couldn’t keep any liquids or food down at all. I ended up being hospitalized for a day to get fluids and put on a stronger medication.
Needless to say, I have been super focused on trying to take care of myself and my family, while everything else has been put on the back burner.
Now that I am starting my second trimester and am on stronger medication I am feeling a heck of a lot better and want to start blogging on a more frequent basis. I truly miss you all!
So with that being said.. I am back. I have so many ideas for upcoming posts that I think you will all really enjoy. If there is something you would specifically like to see, do not hesitate! Let me know!
Thank you all for your patience and understanding!
Good Morning Loves! Mothers day is approaching us quickly so I wanted to share some amazing gifts that any mama would LOVE!
Last year Ryan spoiled me for my first Mothers Day which was so darn sweet. He made sure my day was perfect from beginning to end, and I am so thankful! This year I am planning on having a major fam day and would love to go to the zoo or a park. Quality fam time is what I’m looking forward to… however… every woman loves gifts so lets get into these cute/lovely gift ideas!
This year I think you can see a theme in the gifts that I’m sharing.. self care & cozy! (minus that gorgeous purse..) I think all mama’s need some time to themselves to be able to relax and unwind. Self care is so important for your mental health especially after a tough day with toddlers! I hope you all enjoyed this post and found it helpful!
What are your Mothers day plans? Comment Below!!
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Okay this is CRAZY! My twins are officially 18 months and I cannot believe how fast this year and a half has gone. (Yes, I am aware I say this every time I do a blog post about the boys..)
Let’s dive into an update on the twins!
Starting with the first born… Mr Jayden Michael.
This kid’s sense of humor is out of this world. He will do just about anything to make us or Quinton laugh which is a little concerning for when he is of school age. I can just picture him being the class clown. He has the cutest smile and his laugh has gone from a woody the woodpecker giggle to this ridiculous laugh that I cannot describe. The laugh alone will make anyone burst into laughter.
Jayden is still more independent, still shoots judgmental looks at people, and is still the one that causes most of the ruckus. He has a major attachment to his blankie and lives for music. Anything with a beat and that kid will start dancing. Anywhere.. anytime.
Quinton on the other hand is our sensitive little guy. He is so sweet and cuddly, although he does show more of a temper when Jayden steals his soother. Q’s major attachment is to soothers. He will have one in his mouth and one in each hand, while walking around looking for more. We also are at a point where if the TV is on, and Paw Patrol isn’t on the screen; he yells and points at the TV until we change the channel. He is fearless and will attempt anything physically.. which is why he always has more bumps/bruises than Jayden.
The boys are becoming more and more attached to each other too. They try to say each others names and get excited when the other one wakes up from a nap/night. Speaking of naps/nights… they still DO NOT SLEEP! They are wide awake in the middle of the night just babbling to each other for hours. Its like they don’t get enough time in a day with each other that they have to be up all night with their best friend. As cute as this may sound.. mom & dad are in major need of some zzz’s.
How this is my life – I don’t know. I am still piecing it together on how we got so lucky!
Would you all want to see some product updates on what we are using? Let me know!
Ryan and I went on a quick vacay to Cancun and I thought I would share a little how to pack for this type of vacation! Here are my essentials when packing for a beach vacation.
#1 will always be cute bikinis/swimsuits! I absolutely LOVED this one!
#2 A Cover Up. I had a couple options on our vacation, one like THIS and one similar to THIS. I also love THIS one.
#3 Beach bag. Okay, if I had endless $$$ I would get THIS bag. I would keep it forever so the investment would make sense… however if you are like me and would be brutally murdered by your husband for spending that kind of money on a beach bag.. opt for something like THIS one!
#4 Sunscreen *protect your skin!!! it’s SO important! Last summer I fell in love with THIS sunscreen. It worked so well on myself and the more importantly my little guys! I recommend THIS one and THIS one.
#5 A Variety of Dresses – okay, you clearly need dresses and even more dresses on vacay. Cute summer dresses like THIS for any daytime looks, or a dress like THIS for dinner/evenings out.
#6 SUNNIES! I love THIS pair of sunnies that I bought a few months ago. I am obsessed with how dark they are and the over-sized look. It is perfect for those days where you want to hide your face haha!
#7 Sandals that are durable in the sand/water are super important! I always pack a pair of flip flops, but again I am DYING to get a pair of THESE. So many reviews say they are really durable and last forever so they are worth the investment.
#8 Lipstick. Weird essential I know, but when you aren’t wearing any make up, adding a pop of colour to your lips will make huge difference in how you feel when wearing a bikini & sunnies! I am obsessed with the NARS lipsticks lately. I recommend THIS one.
#9 Hair ties/accessories. A hat is a must and silly me ended up forgetting a hat on our vacay and my face paid the price of that by getting a terrible burn. THIS hat is super cute and beachy, or if you want to go a little more transitional, go for a basic ball cap like THIS. I also recommend bringing hair ties. I am obsessed with THESE and am not sure how I lived without them before. Major must have for any female.
#10 a laundry bag – keeps everything tidy and so easy to just dump the bag into the washing machine when you get home!
I hope you all enjoyed this post! Where is your favourite place to travel to?
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Why am I just discovering Nars? Someone please tell me why!!
As most of you are aware my skin after having babies has gone a little haywire therefore leaving my foundation looking super cakey on my face. (Yes, I am making CAKEY a word.) So I started doing some research on different finishes of long wear foundations and happened to stumble upon the Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation. It had great reviews and I really wanted to try out a luminous finish vs matte that I typically gravitate towards. There is something about dewy skin and a flawless complexion that just draws me in. I also started using the radiant creamy concealer which you all know is just amazing. Then I saw the bronzers and holy smokes are they pretty. As I was making my way through all of the Nars products in the display, I also discovered the Powermatte lip pigments (new liquid lipsticks), and finally caved to get the ITA brush. Curious to know what I think about my new products? Keep Reading!
Nars has a few foundations that were catching my eye, however I chose the Luminous Foundation as my newest makeup family member. And here are the reasons why:
Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation
With this foundation, it is great for all skin types which is a major bonus for me as my skin typically likes to change half way through the day. It comes in 19 shades, and it was actually very easy to do a shade selection in store! I went to the Sephora in Polo Park and was able to swatch a few colours and within two tries, I found my perfect match. One of the things I love about this foundation is how weightless it is. I really feel like I’m not wearing ANY foundation at all. The coverage is full, and blends out perfectly with my sigma F80 brush! I have been wearing this foundation for about a month now and am in total love. I highly recommend this foundation!!
Again, this is suitable for all skin types (common theme for Nars). I love how easy it is to apply because it comes with a built in applicator brush. It blends out really well with my sigma F64. I love the pairing of the foundation mentioned above with this concealer!!
Okay this bronzer is the most creamy bronzer I have ever touched. I absolutely love the matte finish (yes, I am mixing a matte bronzer with a natural/luminous finish foundation). The combination looks incredible together!! The size of the bronzer is amazing too, so yes it is a little pricey upfront but I can guarantee you that you’ll have this Nars product for a long time!!
I can honestly say that in the 3 times I have worn this lipstick, I have NEVER received so many compliments on the colour! I got the shade Save The Queen, and people love it on me LOL! I love love love love love the formula of this liquid lipstick because it is the first one I have ever owned that IS NOT drying whatsoever. I can reapply and I don’t get weird build ups of product anywhere.. it really is the best liquid lipstick I have ever tried. I want ALL of the shades! If you are a liquid lipstick lover then give this one a shot! You won’t be disappointed!
Now I already know what you are thinking.. you paid HOW MUCH FOR A BRUSH?! I know. This is the most expensive brush I own by a LONG shot. It is actually exactly double what I spent on my last most expensive brush, HOWEVER, is it worth the money?
YES! The shape of this brush is perfection for anyone who struggles with contouring (*insert girl with hand up emoji*). it really takes the complicated-ness out of adding bronzer to your face. The product goes exactly where you place it and leaves a little wiggle room for you to play around with the product.
Highly recommend this product for people who are incapable of contouring.
I have been itching for a new hair style for quite some time now and I have finally bit the bullet. I want to share with you my first Hairology experience, my hair inspo and the final result!
Okay so let’s start with my hair inspo. I wanted a change but I didn’t want to venture out of the brunette world. I do love my dark hair but I find when photographing it, you can never see the structure of my hair. It always ends up looking like a dark blob around my head. I figured that I would add some balayage to give my hair a little life and dimension. I also wanted a softer colour, I always stick to dark colours for my hair and felt this needed to change a bit.
For my inspiration I used Sivan Ayla and Marianna Hewitt. These beautiful ladies have the most incredible hair and exactly what I was envisioning for my hair transformation. Also if you follow Hairology on IG you know that they are the masters of balayage so I knew I’d be in great hands.
My appointment was for 9AM and typically I am super nervous for hair appointments, but when I walked in and was warmly greeted, I felt at ease. Maybe it was all of the gorgeous greenery in the salon that brought this calming vibe, but I was loving the salon. Jess did my hair (follow her HERE), and she was the sweetest human being ever! I just adored her and although I was there for longer than I thought I would be, she made the time go by so fast. *side note, I have a TON of hair so my hair takes forever to do any step, it had nothing to do with the salon for my reason on being there longer than planned. She also told me how much longer it would be to achieve my goal before she even started!*
From lifting the original dark brown colour out, to creating the balayage, to toning, to blow drying and styling, the process went seamlessly and I could not have asked for a better experience!
The Final Result
I very highly recommend Hairology! So if you are in the Winnipeg area and looking for a new salon to go to, give them a try! You will not regret it!
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I FINALLY caved and purchased a Clarisonic. Curious about my thoughts on it?? Keep reading!
I contemplated on which model to buy for months. I’m not exactly why this became the hardest decision in my life over a matter of 3 months, however here we are. Lets do a little break down of each product and what each has to offer.
Price $389, four speeds, Body Turbo Mode & Brush Head, Three Year Warranty
SMART PROFILE UPLIFT
Price $429, four speeds, addresses 15 signs of aging, Body Turbo Mode & Brush Head, Three Year Warranty.
MIA 2 Review
I purchased the MIA 2 at the beginning of December and have been using it religiously with THIS face wash. Within the first week I noticed a change in my skin. My pores were drastically smaller, and my skin felt insanely clean. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, my skin has taken a beating since having the boys and to this day it is not the same.
So why did I choose this model? Well, after reading a bunch of reviews, I thought having the traditional style with the handle would make the most sense for using the product. I also wasn’t ready to splurge on the higher end models! If and when this one decides to go I will probably go with the smart profile for the body option as well. My skin is awful on my body lately!
I have been using the clarisonic twice a day (morning/night) on the cleansing speed. You are supposed to do circular motions while it is working and it will beep at you when it’s time to move to a different area of your face. It is super user friendly which is the best part.
Introducing this clarisonic into my skincare routine has been the best thing I have done for my skin in a LONG time. I highly recommend this product for everyone! Also, an amazing part about this company is that they have a risk free money back guarantee for 90 days!
Give it a try, let me know what you think. Your skin will thank you for it.
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It’s almost that special time of the year! Hate busy crowded malls during the Christmas season? Me too. Today’s post is dedicated to making things simple! Enjoy your Christmas shopping from the comfort of your home. Grab yourself a glass of wine, that credit card and put your feet up. Here are some perfect gift ideas for the “HER”‘s in your life. Enjoy!