Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Weight update: 36 weeks...

I can't believe I'm at 36 weeks..
it seems so close to 40 weeks when you say it out loud but it also feels like the NEVERENDING life.
I just want to wake up in June already!

I know I should be patient, but I am getting so anxious to see Elliott and his sister together. It's funny because I know he has no idea what's in store but at the same time we've talked about the 'baby' so much and told him so many times that soon she will be here, that he is totally expecting something.

Last night he asked me "where baby go??" "baby go home??" and I say again she's in my belly and he shrugs it off like 'uh huh, yeah there's a baby in there.. crazy lady'

He even blames random things on the baby and he will pull up his shirt, exposing his belly and say "there's a baby in there". Its so cute.

I went to the doctor two weeks ago and went again this morning, honestly there's not much to report!
I was down one pound two week ago, total weightage: 186 pounds.

This morning I was prepared to hit the big one, I thought for sure I would've jumped up at least 7 or so pounds, I can feel the weight in my belly, my face, and of course my hands and feet are swollen.

I've also noticed my appetite is back, hard and heavy.
Even when I feel 'full' because my stomach is so squished full of baby that I hardly feel I can fit anything in there, I still feel hunger.. It's weird and freaky. lol

I've had the same cravings the whole way through.. whatever is bad for me: burgers, pizza, desserts, she's not one bit interested in fruits, veggies, or chicken.. yuck.

Weirdly, I didn't get a single stretch mark on my stomach until the day Elliott was born.
I remember being happy no stretch marks popped up that whole time (thighs and butt are another story) and then the day after Elliott was born, I looked down and I had one evil little purple squiggle starring right at me.
It was practically attached to my belly button ring scar so it looked a little more heinous than your average stretch mark too. This time I figured stretch marks were for sure in the cards but so far all that's showed up is a little one attached to my faded Elliott mark!
If you look at the above photo you can sort of see the faded old mark and the newer addition just below my thumb. Since that one showed up so late with El, I am wholeheartedly expecting a new grouping to pop up sometime about 3 weeks from now.. but I'll be fine if they feel like staying away ;)

Other than that, completely regular run of the mill stuff..
I have HORRIBLE heart burn that shows up every night now, every single night!
It keeps me awake all night and I keep forgetting to pick up the tums, so the doctor wrote me a prescription today but she said she finds Gaviscon works great and to give that a try first.
My vomiting has been back hard this week as well, some mornings I can't get up at all. I just lay there hardly blinking hoping it will pass, most of the time is subsides enough for me to move from the bed to the couch and throw some toast and berries on the table for El.
Completely uncomfortable, peeing every second, no position to ease the aches and pain, horrible sleeps, nightmares, carpal tunnel.. all the usual stuff is in rotation.
but all I can say is 4 MORE WEEKS, 4 MORE WEEKS, 4 MORE WEEKS...

I have 200 blog post ideas and 5 dozen emails pending.. I want to get it all out to you asap but I don't know how people keep up! AND, Elliott goes to daycare 2 days a week!

I should be powering through those days and quit complaining but by the time daycare days roll around I normally have an appointment booked, its the one day I actually make food that doesn't come in form of sandwich or box.. then its get him home, supper, bath, bed and big brother for me. hahahah

You could challenge me to give up my tv (mainly reality tv.. ) addiction but you would LOSE that challenge. 30 years in and TV is still the love of my life.

I have to see the Doctor every week now, which is going to be completely un.bear.able.
I thought I would only have a couple of doctor dates left, forgot that they move you in every week at this point and that doctors office is heat is set to 1000000 degrees!

I love being cold, I love it, pregnant or not, I live for a nice crisp 10 degrees..
I know that's insane to some people.. well people put on a sweater!! lol

The doctors office was set at 23 degrees today and I was about to pass out, throw up and scream all at the same time.. I had to go stand outside and had everyone checking me out as I looked like I was about to smoke a cigarette out front of the OB GYN.

it was so funny to see everyone craning their necks to get a glimpse of me (there was at least a dozen heavily preggos in there) but then I caught the eye of one lone lady and she knew what I was feeling.
I could tell, she gave me the silent nod of pregnancy heat stroke.


Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Moroccan Oil: Where to Splurge and where to SAVE...

It's no secret that I LOVE the Moroccan Oil line..
I just do. I love every product, I love the smell, the results, the options.

I've done a ton of research on the brand because some people say its not that good, its full of fillers/silicones and not really penetrating like they would have you believe...
well, I say I don't care. lol

I find it very helpful, it works for my hair and I'm sticking to it.
so with that being said, you know the comparisons below are also pretty high quality/have good results if I'm saying they can be interchangeable with my beloved Moroccan Oil.

In the event that I become a millionaire and can splurge all the time on hair care, I would probably choose the Moroccan oil consistently.. but right now we had taxes due (paid in. ugh), and a winter/summer tire change cost, so I'm cutting a few corners and saving a couple of dollars this month.

Here's where I've spent and saved:

These are ALL empty.
I told you, I really love all their products.

I damage my hair A LOT.
I'm a colour addict, I had my hair extensions taped in, I use hot tools daily (multiple tools, think blow dry, straighten and curl in one sitting).. but some how my hair is still in amazing condition. I'm not just patting myself on the back, people really do tell me all the time that I have very healthy hair.. the hair experts say it, so it's true lol
I think the main reason is because I use a hair mask REGULARLY.
When we say regularly, we mean practically daily.
Whenever I use just plain conditioner I feel like its not enough.. I can notice the dryness/static.
so finding a hair mask for daily use that isn't going to weigh my hair down or grease it up was important. I stumbled upon the Intense hydrating mask ($42 online) and never looked back.
It makes my hair so shiny, healthy and smells great, my favorite is the hydration option (brown lid) but I've also tried the Restore (orange lid), shocker it wasn't as hydrating haha.
Since I'm saving some ben-ja-mins..
                               ^ Our would be, almost, future Prime Minister. Eh, Canadians ?! ;)
I picked up the above L'oreal remedy hair mask and was shocked!
It was the first hair mask I saw in store, I was in a huge rush, grabbed it.. low and behold I really love it! I know L'oreal has really stepped up their hair game over the past few years and become a bit of a salon star in their own right.. so I'm not that floored that I like it but it was just luck that this exact container was at the right place at the right time!
I found it online, Amazon L'oreal hair mask ($16) but I picked mine up at Lawton's Drug Mart (Halifax NS).

I love, love, love a good oil on my hair ends, daily!
Some people will message me saying Coconut oil is a great alternative and I don't disagree!
I love a good slather of coco oil on my hair now and then but for the daily I find it too greasy and weighed down.
I prefer the Moroccan Oil 'OG' treatment  ($17-49) OR for a big save..
the drug stores carry Hask Oil, Macadamia or Argan oil versions are both good! ($4.29 online)

Now we're getting to the point of no comparison...
I like the colour options, the smell and the lasting power/added grit.
I don't have an exact recommendation for something similar but I have no doubt you could find something at the drug store. A lot of the girls I chat with LOVE drug store dry shampoo and brands I hear come up a lot are: Batiste, Dove, Oscar Blandi (I like this one, but is it technically drug store?)

Moroccan Oil hairspray ($28)

I mainly love this scent.. such a scent sucker I am!

Again, I don't have a recommendation to give but Drug store hair sprays have COME miles and miles... so I would suggest you pop into Shoppers and ask the beauty guru worker what a best seller is.

And finally something I can't compromise on is my Moroccan Oil dry texture spray ($12-29)
if you go watch my Instagram stories right now, YES RIGHT NOW, guaranteed I have the texture spray in my hair.

A couple of months ago I realized dry shampoo wasn't exactly the product I should be using..
I was mainly using the dry shampoo to add some volume and grit to my hair, less about the oil absorption.

I don't tend to get much oil buildup, unless I'm on 4,5,6,7th day without washing.. and to be honest I hardly ever get to 7th day without washing unless I'm 12-25 weeks pregnant and laying down is all I can do at that moment.

The more important aspect of dry shampoo for me, is volume boost!
the texture spray is my perfect little slice of heaven for that.
very little is needed to add lift, and I tend to spray at my roots and let the product fall down throughout the day.. this is a serious hold product so if you spray too much on the ends they will get tangly!

And that's my Moroccan Oil brand break down!
Hair care is so unique to every individual so let me know what you've been loving and if there's any other price tags I can cut! :)
I do need to start spending more time in the Drug Store Hair Care isles, drugstore hair products have come SO far.
I need to get off my hair snob horse haha!

Friday, 5 May 2017

Bedrest bookclub: Wildflower by Drew Barrymore review..

OK, let me preface this by saying.. I am THE harshest critic that ever lived.
Nothing satisfies me.. literally nothing.
Something could be 99% perfection but because its not PERFECTION, I would score it 75%..
so lets just keep that in mind. lol

Also, I want you to know I LOVE Drew Barrymore.
I mean, I love her.
She can do no wrong to me, no matter what I had to own this book.
I could be filled with empty loose-leaf and I would have to have it.

Wildflower was released last year, I ordered it Here - from Amazon. ($30 hardcover)
The cover is GORGEOUS, the way its written is perfect, it feels like the way I write...
not exactly A+ material but you can hear the words coming through in her voice and it feels genuine.

If you love Drew like me, you'll know her past is CRAY CRAY.
little baby on E.T, crazy teen, absent parents, pulled herself together, became kick butt power women..
so those were the stories I expected to read about, and at first I couldn't put the book down!
for 3 days I read every second I could, I got through about 2/3 of the book, then I jumped ship...
the early chapters about her youth were amazing and captivating, stories about moving around with her single mother and taking acting gigs to pay their bills, then emancipating from her at 14? 15 at most, was so interesting!
I loved the stories where she relived some of her wilder moments..
cue flashing David Letterman.
but 2/3 of the way through and she still doesn't reveal any dirt or even hint about her drug use etc.
she kind of skirts around it but doesn't leave any actual evidence on paper.
which I understand..
I'm sure her kids will read this when they're older and you don't really need every detail of your parents 'pre- you' life written in stone.
but as a reader I was slightly disappointed.
I wanted truth, top to bottom.
As I was getting closer to the end the chapters started to get a bit draggy..
you know when you have a life changing moment but on paper its kind of like "yeah, life changing moment in India"
......... good for you, hard for us readers to REALLY feel it.
I think more photos would have been a HUGE help!
I'm a very visual person so photos in autobiography books are the key to success for me.
then the chapters started being titled: Dearest Olive, Dearest Frankie etc.
Call me cold but I get so bored with these style writtings! lol
I have a son and I'm mushy/pure sap when I write in his baby book but that's because he's going to be reading it and we know each other (obvs lol) so its all sweet and teary.
I don't get the same reaction reading other peoples "dear ...." letters.
It's all "you're so amazing, stubborn but beautifully unique. when I held you for the first time.."
Yeah, yeah. same emotions here with my kids but lets keep it to a paragraph maybe.. ?
am I the only one who feels this way???
man, I feel cold right now....

sooooooo, now that I've made Wildflower seem like a snooze-fest..
I'm going to tell you, you should still pick it up!
just be warned, its not a down and dirty tell all.
Its a sweet read, an easy page turner and something light hearted for the casual airplane trip etc.
I read a ton of reviews AFTER I wrote this post, because I didn't want to be swayed by any of their words.. but it turns out we all thought the same thing.
worth a read but if you can, borrow from the library or a friend because its not a multiple reads kind of story. (unless you just think books are so pretty and you MUST own them.. that's how I feel)
1 1/2 thumbs up to Drew..
You get a whole thumb just because I love you and 50% of the book was a real draw you in feel, so that's winning enough for me.
Any one have any different thoughts????
did you LOVE it??
or kinda the same feelings, worth it but not drool worthy.
Now to bore you with my own mother/child boringness! LOL
maybe I should have saved this for another post, I'm such a hypocrite!
but if you need a Mother's Day gift, this My Quotable kid journal is just so cute!
I'm slightly confused because this version linked above says the book is $42?!?!?
ummmm what?
is that a bigger size than mine or something?
because I would have never paid that price tag!
You might be better advised to check it out in store, Chapters is where I picked it up.
I am a cheapo! and would've made my own version if that was the price.. so there's another idea!
You could 100% get a blank journal and have your kids or youself (perfectionist talking) decorate it with some sharpies and washi tape!
either way.. cute gift for mom!


Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Drugstore Win: Wet'N' Wild Photofocus.. and Milia...

This is old news in the beauty community.. but Wet 'N' Wild Photofocus foundation is really good!!

I struggle with drug store foundations.. I ALWAYS buy them and I ALWAYS go back to my MAC or Too Faced high end brands.

Mainly because you can't test at the drugstore so you're blindly buying and even when you research reviews (like me, addicted) you still run the risk of it not working on your skin type.
I've tried them all and gotten too patchy, too dry, too dark, too much glitter (looking at you Revlon.. you looked amazing indoors but outside.. shiny like Edward Cullen).
And with Drugstore prices now hovering in the $16.99 range a lot of the time, I HATE to waste $20 for another toss product. (I'm pretty darn bad at returns.. I always toss my receipt as soon as I get home)

I had been hearing a lot about the Wet 'N' Wild Photofocus foundation and picked it up just to test.. I didn't think I would like it as much as I do.
First off, it was $7.99.. so I knew no matter what I could make that work.

If it was too light coverage I would save it until the summer, if it was heavy I could wear it for going out days and if it was just an all around fail - return!

Turns out it is totally middle ground!!
Its a medium sheer coverage, if you have major discolouring/scaring it may not be best for you or you'll need to pair it with some heavy concealers.

It did oxidize a tad so if you're on the colour fence, I would colour down and add some bronzer if you feel too pale.

I like the glass bottle, I like the paddle applicator, I didn't like the smell...
this is the one major complaint people had, there is a slight chemically scent.
Its not MAJOR and it doesn't bother me, AT ALL. like, not at all.
but if you're sensitive to smell, just keep it in mind and see if there's an open bottle or tester in store you can grab a smell off of.
It really doesn't smell on the skin and is much more offensive in the bottle.

Photofocus vs. bare skin

Other than that I can't say much..
Its just a solid choice for drugstore foundation!
I've been religiously using it and not even thinking about another foundation since I picked it up a couple of months ago. I've watched a million reviews and they all seem positive and would recommend for any skin type, also seen many people call it 'holy grail' and say they're stocking up.. so it seems like a WIN! WIN! WIN!

now, change of topic..
I actually took the photos above to show my milia..
you're all googling it aren't you??? hahahaha

I've been wanting to write a Milia post for a while but I'm slacking due to not having made a doctors appointment about it. I want to get the ball rolling and see an actual dermatologist or whoever is responsible for skin issues so they can give me the real low down.

I've had Milia off and on for YEARS and years.
I've done a ton of research about it and essentially its when your skin can't release oil well and little cysts will develop under the skin. Just tiny, tiny little bumps, that are too small for your pores to release and then they look like little white head pimples.

They're very common in newborn babies and people often get them around their eyes.
Mine always show up on my cheeks, and they appear more pronounced when you're wearing makeup.. so that always makes me feel self conscious.

I have a lot of redness/rosacea so I like to wear a lot of make up and then the make up brings out the Milia.. it's a no winning for me. so annoying

any whooo, more Milia talk another day.
for now just scroll down and see my photos to judge the photofocus foundation for yourself!

I didn't take any of these photos with this blog post in mind, I just happened to like the foundation so much I've been wearing it in all my photos lately!

*I apply my foundation with a brush, the Real Techniques expert face brush, to be exact.
and I wanted to test this foundation with my beauty blender but do you think I can find my beauty blender stash..?!?!?!?!? for real, CAN NOT FIND THEM.
that's what has been taking me so long to blog this..
I lost my beauty blenders!

obviously I must love using the buffing brush to apply, I've used it so long the blenders disappeared.. so I said screw it! (of course I wash my brush every.. so often. can't say the exact time line but its often enough lol)
If you want to see the Photofocus applied with a beauty blender, you can google it :P

The lighting is different in every photo and in some I've self tanned so my skin colour may change a slight bit but all and all I think their 'photofocus' name is right on the money!
because it looks goooood in the photos!

Monday, 24 April 2017

Sephora VIB sale, codes, buys and wants...

It's the last day of the Sephora VIB sale and there's still so much that I want.. but I scaled way back and made the most boring of purchases this time around..

The sale takes place twice a year and I ALWAYS forget its coming until its here..
I think if I can, I will start a scrappy little savings account right now for the fall sale.
Nothing major but I will try to scale back my purchases now till then and maybe save a few twoonies in a jar :)
to get the discounts:
15 percent off: 
  • You must be a VIB or VIB Rouge member. 
  • what that means: VIB, you have spent C$350 / US$350 in one calendar year. 
  • VIB Rouge, you've spent C$1,000 / US$1,000 in one calendar year.
To get 10 percent off:
and this is the spring breakdown:
April 18-24: VIB Rouge 15% off in store and online with the code ROUGESPRING.
April 19-24: VIB 15% off in store and online with code VIBSPRING.
April 20-23: Beauty Insiders 10% off in store and online with the coupon code BISPRING.

These codes can be used as many times as you want during the sale period.

I'm realizing now this info would have been much more helpful about a week ago... but I'm way behind on my blog game! I'm sorry. I have 200 drafts and no finished product.
however, if you're like me and poor anyway.. since tax season, summer tires, vacation fantasies brewing, then let's just all take this as a SUPER early warning for the fall sale and start a shopping list/savings account ;)

like most shopping trips I went in with a splurge in mind but my practical side took over!
I was most interested in a very fine exfoliator.. I was going to lay down a pretty penny for one but they didn't have any of the kinds I had researched in store. so after chatting to the crew (Sephora employees lol) I decided to go with the Kate Somerville ExfoliKate.
I've been using it for a week now and I am really happy!
I would repurchase this product but I think I could also experiement with a bit cheaper options first (see below).
The Kate Somerville ($80) was very cleansing, seems to even out my skin tone and decreased my Milia..
Sheesh, don't google Milia without bracing yourself..
some of the photos are graphic.
I have a few spots on my cheek that are not that pronounced.. I notice them myself but to the naked eye I don't think they would look like much, if anything more than a tiny breakout.
(more coming about Milia at a later date!)
I also picked up a spare Anastasia beverly hills brow wiz ($27) because it cannot be beat!
I was tempted to try the Sephora retractable brow because they look nearly identical! but after swatching, it seemed a tad waxier so I thought "better safe than sorry".
The last purchase was the Shu Uemura eyelash curler.. I know, so boring!
but I desperately needed a lash curler and I've wasted a pretty penny on curlers that just didn't last, broke my lashes, didn't fit my eye shape etc.
Since the Shu ($25) is surrounded by rav reviews I figured it would be my best bet.. I spent a few minutes looking at the Sephora brand curlers, they had a ton of options with great descriptions but I hadn't done any research on them so I decided to skip out..
So far, so good!
I am really pleased with all my purchases and don't have any complaints.
that's not to say I don't have a wish list a mile long...
There were SO many things I wanted but we know how easy it is to get carried away.
If the budget was unlimited, here's some of what I had in mind..
Origins Charcoal mask $32 : I'm on my last few uses of this and will be repurchasing, it really deep cleanses and refreshes.
Origins Drink up mask $32 : This one moisturizes but is not heavy, love it.
I'm actually newly obsessed with Origins and will be broadening my use of their skin care, everything I've tried so far has been great and is fairly priced for higher end skin care.
Fresh Sugar lip treatment $29 : these tinted lip treatments are just so good! Its the kind of chap you keep in every coat pocket and use on the go. It always brightens up my face and I don't need a mirror to apply. I want 12 more of these to hide around my house!
Too Faced Melted lipstick $25 : These are a long love of mine, I lost my melted berry and I desperately want another, plus there's a melted strawberry that is a sheer-ish red shade and I would love to pick it up!

Thing's I haven't tried but are on my to do list below:

This ^ is the other exfoliator the crew recommended and its a HUGE bottle for the price!
Lancer, it says online only but it was at Mic Mac Mall so worth trying to get in store or at least ask for a sample!

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Weight update, 31 weeks pregnant....

Hi all!!

I cannot believe we are at 31 weeks! thank you father time!
I had my doctors appointment this week.. it was suppose to be last but I was too sick so I had to reschedule. I felt much better this day so I was relieved!

I checked in and went to pee/weigh myself.
Did I happen to tell you guys how this doctors office works?
where you weigh yourself and you pee into a cup, write your name on it and pass it through a little hole in the wall. YUP! lol
it is so weird and I feel so strange peeing with the nurses and receptionists listening through the hole. (I took a mini video, I will upload it to YouTube ASAP and share on my social media so you can really get a feel LOL)

You know I've been struggling with weight gain this pregnancy and I will tell you, I made it a point to be more conscious in the food and exercise area.

Now I didn't go CRAY.. I've still been reckless but I cut out ALL drinks except tea and water.
water, water, water, water.
I honestly LOVE water and drink it excessively but for some reason when I'm pregnant I love all other drinks! ICE TEA with both pregnancies I could power gallons of ice tea daily! Its terrible!

So I cut out drinks and I tried to move more, not tons but more.
Instead of asking someone to hand me something, I would get up and retrieve it myself.
heck just refilling my water glass 10x a day keeps me busy.

Everything must have paid off because I actually lost 3 pounds this month!

WHATTTT??? shocker, I know!

So my 200 pound goal still stands!
I weighed in at 187.
whooooo hoooooo.

I have still been struggling hard with what to wear.
I am honestly in such a depression about it.
I've been searching high and low for affordable, stylish maternity wear and there is little to none available. heck, I would even fork over an OK amount if it was something I could get a lot of wear out of but there's almost nothing!
forking over a decent amount to me is the $50-100 per piece range.
I really can't go beyond that per article of clothing.. I mean its maternity wear!
I only have 8 weeks left to really get my monies worth.
so I've been feeling down and out about that.
I am determined that I will start my own Mat wear line and be the saving grace for women everywhere! lol
I have a vison in my mind of the cute pregnant women I want to be but at 187 pounds there's nothing!
The maternity focused stores I swear, are catering to 50 year old pregnant ladies.. I just don't get it.

In other news I did buy this dress ^
but then I returned it!
It is super cute, I love the colour, style, everything but I had to buy it 3 sizes up to fit the belly because its non maternity.. and I just wasn't comfortable with how it made my arms and neck line look. It was way too big in those areas.
If you do love it you can find it here at Old Navy.
A big win this week was my first delivery info finally being sent to my new doctor, I requested that forever ago and she finally received it from Newfoundland.
Honestly I was very. very unhappy with my first delivery experience, I'm sure I've rambled about it enough for everyone and their dog to know! but to finally read exactly what went down was nice.
I'm a pretty easy going person and didn't have a birth plan or anything in place but I would've liked to know exactly what was happening with my own body! sheesh
turns out Newfoundland really didn't tell us anything!
My new doctor read the report to me and I was like "oh wow"
some of the things I had no idea about:
Elliott's heart rate was erratic the entire time and they kept it monitored.
I came down with a fever and they gave me some antibiotics.
During delivery Elliott's head was tilted, not straight in the birth canal so that's why I couldn't get him out, his heart rate then dropped WAY too low and that's when they used the forceps but couldn't get him.
so they used the vacuum and that straightened his head and then they were able to grab him with the forceps.  
I mean it was all SUPER crazy during so I get they couldn't give us the play by play but we kept asking what was happening and the staff totally ignored and whispered between themselves.
I feel so much more comfortable with my current doctor and... she did give me a C-section date - YAY!! we spoke about it more and decided that was what is best for this situation and I couldn't be happier! She will be the one preforming it and I am so pleased!
so that's it for now!
I am still obsessed with the current style/look going on this season!
florals and hippy wear, I'll call it.
love, love, love!

I did pick up this cardi/kimono style top at Winners $29.99
I thought it would be nice and comfy for hospital/postpartum, it is basically a housecoat!

I would own 1000 more of these if I could but jeesh even spending $29.99 kills me these days!
am I becoming the cheapest person ever?!?!? lolol

If its a piece I LOVE I will shell out the cash but for a casual kimono I am hard pressed to pay $29!
I always think about how much the t-shirt underneath will cost, then the pants, and the shoes...
now my one stay at home outfit is at a $200 cost!
And I need at least 7 of them to get me through the week... and that's IF no babies/toddlers puke on them then I'd have to change! Bahahahah
I'm spending too much time in the thrift stores I think.. $9.99 is the highest price tag I like to see ;)

OK wrapping it up!