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!
XOXO



Tuesday, 11 April 2017

CND vinylux shellac nails...

I remember being SO excited when CND came out with their first non UV light 'shellac' style polish.

We were still living in Newfoundland so I searched the internet far and wide until I could get some shipped to me. It wasn't cheap and I waited impatiently..
finally they arrived, I used 'em and...................... "meh".

I was pretty let down..
I had expected big things.

a nice solid, streak free application.
long lasting, chip free, easy maintenance.

sadly they were almost none of the above^
they were "meh" at best.. I liked the colour variety but they didn't apply nicely, were streaky, non opaque and didn't seem to hold a lasting stay any longer than your average polish and top coat.

 that had to have been 3-4 years ago.
 
 
recently while doing my Shoppers Drug Mart rounds I noticed Vinylux had made a come back and was being peddled on all the end caps.
 
Of course I got sucked into the gorgeous spring shades and before I could say shellac I had popped one in my basket.
 



again it wasn't cheap...
I questioned my sanity spending that much on a nail polish but I HAD to know if the formula had improved over the last few years.
 
I couldn't find the price online and of course amazon, etc. prices vary but I know I spent between $13-15 dollars on this one polish. I remember it being a hit to the wallet.
 
The shade I picked was Cake POP #135
and honestly I'm not sure how to describe it!
It keeps changing in every light, sometimes its pink, purple or grey.
to me it is still a very pretty neutrally shade, just enough.
 
 
I painted my nails and was pleasantly surprised, the colour went on well and opaque.
I HAD to finish with my seche vite top coat, I had to, I just HAD to.
ever since I started top coating, I will never ever go back.
 
Seche vite use to be the BOMB top coat about 3-4-5 years ago, everyone and their mother was talking about it. Its lost a bit of its drive with all the great top coats coming out but its still a classic favorite of mine.
 
I've purchased it from Nail Polish Canada but I've also found it at Winners for $7.99 and picked up two or three bottles...

 
Results! ^
 
so this photo is exactly after one week of wear!
not bad eh?!!
 
I was impressed!
I was really pleased with the wear and minor chipping.
currently I am at home with Elliott most days so I'm not a great example of wear if you work with your hands or are typing 24-7 but I do wash my hands compulsively!
 
pregnant and a 2 year old, I wash my hands every 5 minutes I swear!
 
so the final word is.. it was good.
I really liked the shade selection and the wear was good.
it wasn't mind blowing.. but it was very good.
 
would I go out and purchase more...?
maybe if I saw a HAD TO HAVE colour.
but honestly all labels seem to have Amazing colour range lately!
 
so I don't regret the purchase but it will take another 'sucker me in' shade for me to shell out the extra few dollars on Vinylux.
 
I'm telling you a top coat over any polish will extend your nail life, 2-3 days easy.
 


just out of curiosity, I grabbed one of the shades I purchased a few years ago and yuck.
I was still annoyed by it!
 
It clung to my cuticles, looked streaky and just didn't please me.
 

 

I LOVE this shade in theory and from a distance it looked ok but it didn't wear as well as my new Vinylux purchase and I removed it after a couple of days.

the other shades I purchased years ago are all over the map, some dark/vampy and some pink or coral but like this Romantique shade they just don't sit well.



I received SO many comments from people about the Vinylux and the results really seemed 50/50!
I think people are expecting a miracle polish since that's the impression they seem to be sending but its no miracle. good, pretty good, great maybe, but in a world of great polish its middle of the road- fo sho. If there's a colour you love - go for it!
but you may find a similar shade from Essie, Revlon, OPI for a couple bucks cheaper.

just FYI: I cheat on every polish I own! there is not a single brand or label I would say is my ride or die.. I'm still searching for the HOLY GRAIL of polishes!
I've tried everything from high end to dollar store and with the exception of some dollar store shades staining, I have to say I would be hard pressed to pick a favorite!
are all polishes made equal?!

I'm dying to try a Chanel or Burberry but I can't commit that kinda cash yet.
Maybe during the Sephora Spring VIB sale...






Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Microblading!

If you feel like I've dropped off the face of the earth..
I pretty much have! hehe

I have been back to severe morning sickness, so much so that I had to cancel my doctors appointment today! I just couldn't toss my cookies in that waiting room, so I've been rescheduled for next week.

I was going to take a nap this afternoon but after moping around all morning and feeling sorry for myself I pushed open the laptop and I'm making myself blog!
I have SO many blogs in mind, I want this motion sickness to bugger off so I can write!
(I could never (NEVER) be an astronaut!)

a couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending my good friend Kate's eyebrow microblading appointment! - and it did not disappoint!

If you're a nosy YouTube viewer like me, you may have heard of microblading and maybe watched some videos/read articles about the semi-permanent eyebrow "tattooing".
It is seriously all the rage and I've seen so many friends/influencers get theirs done.
I want my brows done so badly but I am a complete wuss so I was happy to attend and see the whole process in real life, before committing myself.

and really, truly there is not much to it!
I was shocked at how fast and painless it all seemed.
I'll break it down with photos below..


The before brow^
 
Kate went to see Breagh at the Interlude Spa (which is where Kate use to work!)
 
this was my first time at the Interlude and meeting Breagh but it was beyond comfortable and a totally casual vibe. (my kind of vibe.. the best for the anxious at heart. maybe that's because Kate and Breagh knew each other but I think Breagh would be easy to talk to regardless!)
 
 

The first maybe 45 minutes - 1 hour were spent mapping out the brows.
Breagh had this ruler style device and made sure all the angles lined up.
 
to be honest this part had me worrying..
I am like Kate, and let the professional's handle things whenever I get a procedure done..
I don't really bring a whole lot of expectations or guidelines..
like when I go to my hairdresser I say "here I am! what do you think we should do today?"
and let her pull the reigns..  
 
I've only had positive experiences, I can't think of many things I regret..
but brows are SO personal..
 
I hadn't looked Breagh up on Instagram yet so I was chewing my lip in anticipation..
some microblading can be so harsh, sharp looking, too runway..
 
If that's the look you want, great!
but I am a more natural brow girl.. I was worried they would be.. BAM BOLD.
*especially if you are going from a very fine or non existent brow.
but my worries were curbed almost immediately..
 
 
After they're marked a numbing cream is applied, you wait 20 minutes then she starts making brow like strokes and I was surprised at how fast everything took shape. once she started, the brows were almost immediately there!
 
the fine hair like cuts are made and filled with colour.
Breagh mixed it up to compliment Kate's shade/colouring but there are MANY colours to choose from, so its very customizable to your wants/needs.
 


I've heard that this tool is a multi needle device but to be honest it just looked like a small scalpel.
It scrapes just along the outer layers of skin, short hair like stokes where the colour pigment gets deposited.
 
 
Kate didn't even flinch..
I expected at least an initial wriggle but she was solid in her serenity.
I cropped a huge smile out of the photo above :) ^


She did have her sweet Westley to soothe her ^
 
 
I want to say about an hour went by and the brows were almost done!
the shaping was done, some additional colour gets rubbed into the brow and they're wiped clean.




 
Voila! ^


top before
bottom after ^

The after brows looked so. good.
these are brand new freshly bladed and they were barely red or irritated!
you won't be able to wear makeup for a week and you'll want to keep them covered with Vaseline especially during showers, you don't want to risk losing any of the pigment while they heal.

they will also need a touch up session 4-6 weeks later.
Once the healing is done the colour will adjust/fade so make sure you have a follow up appointment booked to keep everything on point.

then you're done with your brows for the next 1-3 years.
no more pencils, waxes, or filler.
just wake up and have beautiful brows!

As you can see Breagh did the perfect natural brow look, this is the exact brow look I would want for myself. I was so impressed! 3 hours total and Kate's brows were perfect.

I asked Breagh about wear, because microblading is fairly new I have seen tons of lovely brows but I wanted to know the aftermath...

- would I lose my own brow?
- would they look the same as before the blading?

She said they would look very simailr, over time our face shape changes so its very hard to predict exactly how your brows may look years from now but she said she's seen the fading and it looks good.. sort of like hair dye fading/grow out, your brows just slowly morph back to their beginning state. The ink is not inserted as deep as a tattoo ink so over time, skin renewal, cleansing, the colour pigment just fades away.


Prices vary from location to location but on the Interlude website it says $600 for the full brow.

You want to make sure you go to a safe and clean environment, I see on some buy and sells discount microblading etc. and like a tattoo, microblading is not something I would skimp on.
You should look into the place and person doing the procedure to make sure you two mesh well,
like I said, brows are personal!
go for a consult and really shop around, it is a hefty investment but the results can be amazing!
oh and make sure you ask if the prices quoted cover the follow up appointment as well, you want to be prepared and not get smacked by any additional cost.

I want mine done now more than ever!

I feel like if I had sweet eyebrows and a lash perm, I would wake up every morning feeling fine!
I just wish that I could have a hair stylist on hand to prep my mop and then life would really be grand.. but the brows are a start. ;)


Let me know if you had microblading done, what you thought of it, how bad really is the pain??!?




Wednesday, 22 March 2017

I am the total package..

I've been dragging my feet on this pregnancy weight update mainly because somethings been weighing on me (pun haha)

Weight updates are some of my most read posts!
and I understand why... people are nosy..
really, I'm nosy.
if you're reading this you're probably nosy, we're all nosy and also we like relatability.
I feel like I am a relatable gal...
but lord I hope I never go viral because those relatability girls get tore up by commenters over weight and appearances.

that's sort of why I have to ramble on before this weight post..
I could just say "here's the weigh in!"
but I felt like I wanted to say more to the couple hundred of you who stopped by because you saw 'weight' in the description.

I think the way people react to weight is insane, before you get all up on me about promoting obesity, kindly take yourself and leave my page ;)

Now if you're open minded to the fact that we all have different genetics, life stories, capabilities, body shapes, food incomes, education, health issues, etc. keep reading!

and if you're really here just nose around at what I look like pregnant and in a bathing suit, scroll down my friends!!

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I don't know many people who don't get sucked into the roller coaster of love/hating their body and/or appearance at some time throughout their life.
It happens to the best of us.

I've been struggling for 30 years and counting, I think women are especially hard on themselves and each other.
I love men, I know men who struggle, I have a son and I plan on using the same language on him as I do my daughter but I still think when it comes to our outer appearance, women take the majority of the blows.

I've been with my husband for 11 years..
seen him in many lights
had ups and downs
school and jobs
35 pounds gained and lost (and gained, and partially lost again ;)
hair cuts and growths
fashion changes
career changes
fatherhood
etc. etc. etc.

and the one thing people always say about him is, "he is the total package".
it doesn't matter his weight or his hair cut or seeing that same t-shirt that he's been wearing since high school.. (12 years ago..)

He's the total package.

well of course he is the total package!
I picked him that way..
he's kind, hard working, patient, intelligent, the list goes on.

most of the things I and other people ramble off about him aren't relating to his looks or weight..
we see him as the total package and then the "oh he's also a hunk" is an afterthought..

but things like that get me thinking..
how little we use terms like "total package" when talking about women.

I watch The Bachelor, I hear those descriptions thrown around all the time when its referring to men.
mediocre men, average, but good, but not mind blowing men.

then when it comes to women, it seems like she does have to be mind blowing to be the total package.. and for some reason weight and looks is bumped to the top of that list.

~ stunningly I woke up like this, gorgeous, sporty, yet feminine, the perfect mother, like really perfect, you better have those kids under lock and key with ideal behavior but, you're also the fun mom who bakes all organic healthy meals and plans sleepovers with homemade play doh and outdoor movies! ~

all of this plus you best be holding down a 40 hour work week, hit the gym at least thrice, and be greeting your husband with a happy you're home smile and kiss.

WHAT??
that's what I have to be to be considered the 'total package women'?
just not happening.


Yet I still know I am the total package.
I've known it my whole life.

that's not meaning that I've never felt the social pressures, the comparisons, the beating yourself up for not being thin enough, pretty enough, teeth aren't white enough..
(I use this one because people always compliment me on my teeth and I'm still convinced they need to be whiter lol)

and a small part of me will admit I open myself up to these criticisms because I am a blogger, I enjoy beauty, I love fashion, I focus on some may say, frivolous things in the blog.
I'm not posting those hard hitting political pieces or talking about climate change.
the blog is where I like to keep it light, fluffy pieces are my forte.
(but if you're interested I am highly political! I love science, religion discussions and kick ass at jeopardy!)

but even before blogging, people were fixated on my outer appearance..
I remember first feeling "fat" when I was 9.. (9!!)

some of the comments people have made to me throughout my life make me cringe with embarrassment and then redden with anger.. and not for me, for the people who made them.
which often times was family or peers.

I would never say these things out loud, they're so heinous the only people I will tell them to is my husband and my therapist..
it amazes me that I don't have more mental health issues and/or body dysmorphia.
but the sad part is, I don't think my life has been even slightly abnormal!
I think its normal for people, especially women to grow up dodging bullets of body slander, hate or shame and it seems like it never ends.

I mean you can be Meryl Streep or The Queen of England  and the press is still going to talk about what you wore that day versus what accomplishments, achievements you've made.
Hellllllllllo, Amal Clooney.


so the point of my story is,
I am going to share my weight gain/loss story with you.
I will share the photos and numbers I think its a valuable resource to share, it's your average persons story.

I love the Kardashians and I would do exactly as they do if I was in their situation, but let's be real about their appearance, pregnancy stories, etc. they have A LOT of help.

Chrissy Teigen said it, they have help.
Kourtney Kardashian is a single mother of 3 and works out like a beast EVERY DAY.
Kim Kardashian is getting every poke, laser and injection she can for the tiniest of wrinkles.
these aren't rumors... I watch them on snap chat. hehe

So if you're following those ladies, that's good, I love them, they're beautiful and inspiring!
but please come follow some ladies like me as well.

average working moms
middle class
smart
funny
at 130 pounds or 190...
whole package women who know it and dodge the bullets daily but still come out feeling good about themselves.


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The one positive force that has been steady throughout my life is that I've always picked partners who never saw me as my outer shell. They have always known how valuable my whole being and soul is.

I will show my husband photos from a few years ago when I weighed 25 pounds more, I'll see a different person but he says "huh, I never noticed" and I honestly believe him.
I know he sees through all the fluff to the whole package.
he thinks I'm beautiful of course, but at the end of the day if I had a Drop Dead Diva experience and woke up looking nothing like 'me' (which hello.. pregnancy basically does to you, different hair, skin, nails, smell, weight, etc) he would still see the total package.



 
 
summer 2016 ^ 135 pounds vs pregnancy 2017, 27 weeks pregnant, 190 pounds
 
my weight 'goal' for this pregnancy was to try and cap things around the 200 pound mark...
 
when I went to the doctor 2 weeks ago I was floored to see I was at 190 already. 
yikes my goal weight is creeping up!
 
I was surprised and not surprised..
I haven't been able to move this pregnancy and I've been starting to feel the 3rd trimester pains set in so its really been a struggle.
 
I have dreams about being on the treadmill and wearing yoga pants again!
I salivate at the thoughts of working out and dropping my kids off at the gym daycare to gain those peaceful minutes walking on the treadmill listening to music.
 
but I physically cannot do it right now.
and that's ok.
 
the meds I am on make me SO sleepy, and the nausea is still on high alert.
 
the doctor said "I know you're feeling miserable and I know I go for carbs when I am sick and tired but you can work out..."
 
CAN??
CANNNNNNNN.
 
of course I can! lol
I'm not sure if this doctor has kids or not but I still think people take pregnant women for granted.
I know some women have beautiful pregnancies that are amazing but mine are torture and I struggle to get dressed. really, I may get dressed 3-4 times a week?
when you see me out in public you'll say I look great and wonder what all my bitchin's been about but the truth is much uglier my friends.
 
alas, I am trying.
we've been going swimming, I am increasing my water intake and trying to just move more in general.
I don't want to get too far above that 'goal' weight.
I'll probably drop 20 pounds or so after birth..
just baby, water, placenta.. gross stuff happening, you lose a chunk there.
but that will still leave me with a hefty load that I hope I can get under control by the end of my mat leave.
 
when its all said and done I expect to weigh more, my body has gone through a massive change but for my health and my energy I'm setting my Summer 2018 goal weight to around 150 pounds.
hit or miss.
I'm less concerned with that number and more into the feeling I hope I can get back.
2 kids is going to be brutally exhausting and I still think I'm naïve to what that's going to feel like..
 
I am sort of setting myself up for failure leaning on the memories of Elliott when he was a baby...
he was a dream baby, happy, excellent sleeper, hardly ever cried and its delusional of me to think I will strike that lucky charm again!
 
but much like how I picked my 'whole package' husband, my 'whole package' baby had a lot to do with consistency, routine and cry it out method (I know not every one is into that but it works for us and I'm a tough love girl! ;))
 
so wish me luck!!
 
and wish me a better weigh in next week!
yes, only next week and I have to hit up the doctors office again!
 
I'm winding down to the doctor every 2 weeks now, that's good and bad news!
yay almost baby time, eeeekkkkk almost baby time!
 




Let me know if any of this is relatable or if my atrocious lack of writing skills has left you scratching your head..

I'd much prefer YouTube to portray these deep thoughts onto you, but like I said.. lack of clothes, pyjamas and bed head is holding me back. hehehe

chat soon!! xoxo


Thursday, 16 March 2017

Got Easter?!

I had no intention of sharing this today but I'm going to try to post more on real time posts for y'all when I run into something cute!
so I'm not sharing weeks later when the thing is out of stock.. oops.
that's not referring to my Costco light fixture though!!
inside knowledge told me people were still able to find it at Dartmouth Crossing Costco!

and at the risk of being labeled a 'mom blog' this has a lot of Elliott content hehe
man, blog shaming has been running rampant these last few weeks..
my fellow bloggers are you feeling it???

I haven't personally had anything outside the norm happen, I've never fit into the classic blog box of any kind anyway so I just keep pluggin away here in my bubble. but man, from bloggers to bloggers, from readers to bloggers, it seems like the blog life is getting dangerous...
but this is another story for another time.
sooooooo..

Here's to Easter!

 
^ these baskets are just too much for me (as in cuteness!), I want them all!
 
I was at Superstore last night and they have the cutest Easter stuff out!
I didn't get to snap as many pics as I would have liked because Elliott was LOVING it..
 
I swear you don't have to buy you kids expensive things, hit up the dollar area and they act like its Disney World! (at least in the toddler years ;))
 

^ these mugs! why are you so tempting?!
 

I resisted because I am trying to declutter my life..
and also do you remember last year when I got this ^ Ninja Turtles Basket at the bible thrift store for $2.99 and then I spotted THE EXACT basket at Superstore for $15 ?!?!?!
 
So I try to live my kids lives only through thrifting..
so far for this coming Easter I've picked up 3 t-shirts on a buy and sell, brand new tags still attached!
(I am of course washing before putting them in the Easter basket)
 
I have a cute walkie talkie set I purchased from Winners after Christmas for 50% off and I have a
bunch of inexpensive finds like play dohs, dinkies and a pack of those dinosaur eggs that you let sit in water over night and a dino hatches!
 
I think Elliott's going to get such a kick out of them if he can grasp the patience concept!
also found the dino eggs at Superstore ^ they were in an isle on a random display, you know the kind where they sometimes have sippy cups, curly straws or sandwiches containers hanging.
I couldn't say no..
I will try to snap a pic for Instagram so you can see exactly what they look like!
 


He was in love with all the little bits and bobs, he really wanted the Paw Patrol bubbles and this ninja turtle egg.
 
I was just in shock that he didn't want the Trolls eggs shown in the background!
 


 
I told him one or the other so we left with the bubbles but he hasn't stopped talking about that turtles eggs for the last 24 hours, so I may have to sneak it into the house for Easter.


Superstore is our fav because they give free fruit to the kids and also free cookies!
See empty banana peel above and then hit up the bakery for cookie!^
 



before groceries we signed up for Soccer...
which was insanely expensive if you ask me.
$135 dollars to register a 3 year old, then you need to purchase cleats, shin pads, socks, shorts AND you have to be on the playing field with them at this age.
WHAT?!

It hurt my frugal pocket book to do but I really want Elliott to have the option of sports in the future and figure out what he likes/doesn't.

although it was so funny, the whole time we were there he kept saying
"I wanna pay (play) Hockey"
"uh huh Hockey sticks! I wanna pay Hockey. Hockey. Hockey. Hockey"

he has a slight hockey addiction already hahaha
so we will see how he likes soccer! they start in June.

I will update my weight story tomorrow, I've been needing to take some current photos and they are not my friend at this stage!
the doctor told me I can work out.. since I've been gaining weight so fast...

WELL OBVISOULY I CAN.
lololol
its more like can I work out between vomiting, headaches and back pain ?! + a 2.5 year old glued to me.
that is the issue doc..




but I am trying! so I think we are going to hit up the pool today and I went swimming once last week so that counts right??

*the waves from the almost perfectly still baby pool make me so dizzy I almost passed out but I pushed through! hahaha
I just cant be anywhere near the jets that pump water into the pool, I may as well be on a roller coaster.



chat soon! x0x0