31.5.16

MAY FAVOURITES

It is so nice to be making videos again! Life can get busy, and sometimes you need a break, but it is great to be back in the swing of things :) I still can't believe that May is already done! Time just keeps going faster and faster!
What products have you been enjoying this past month?

30.5.16

BOOK REVIEW: ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES

Synopsis:
Violet and Finch meet on the ledge of their school's clock tower, both thinking about jumping. For frenetic Finch, who constantly alters his appearance, suicide is often on his mind, and the barrage of bullying he receives, from his classmates and his own father, doesn't help matters. Violet, on the other hand, is in a daze after the untimely death of her sister. They don't jump, but their chance meeting leads to a partnership on a geography project visiting Indiana roadside oddities. Their friendship grows into a sweet romance, and Violet starts feeling engaged with her life and even takes up writing again, something she gave up after her sister died. Despite Finch's desperate desire, their burgeoning love is not enough to solve his wild, emotional ups and downs. Niven's first novel for teens tackles a big topic with sensitivity, and teens will likely swoon over Finch and Violet's doomed oddball romance.

Review:
I really wanted to love this novel, but there were a couple things that bothered me about. (1) It took me forever to get into it! I didn't get into the "can't put this book down" phase until I had been reading it for 2 weeks. I would read a chapter here or there, but it just didn't grab me the way other books have. Once I got to the half way point I really started to enjoy it though. (2) Since one of the major themes in the novel is suicide, it is quite depressing. I was pretty bummed by the ending, but it did make sense in the long run. This book isn't one I would recommend to everyone. If you're looking for a lighthearted teen romance I wouldn't read it if I were you. If you do read it then I highly advise reading the author's notes at the end of the book. It explains a lot of things and is very beautifully written. As for me, I did enjoy reading it once I got about half way in. I loved the chemistry between Finch and Violet and how it took her a while to warm up to him and trust him. I loved that the book is full of flawed characters. The parents, kids at school, and main characters were all multi-dimensional without it feeling forced. Many readers have compared it to The Fault in our Stars, but in my opinion Fault in our Stars is way better. All in all, a good read, but now I want to read something a bit up beat :)

Rating:
3.5/5

17.5.16

COUSINS

Growing up I never was really close with my cousins. I'm the youngest out of all my cousins on my dad's side, and my mom side of the family all live in England. So being close with extended family is kind of foreign concept to me. I'm so glad that we currently live in the same city as Norah and Adelaide (and soon to be, Samuel!!). I absolutely adore watching them play and laugh together. Family is something that has always been near and dear to me, so I am so grateful that we live so close to one another. I only wish we could live near my in-laws too!!

13.5.16

CURRENT SKINCARE ROUTINE

Having a good skincare routine is crucial! I remember when I first asked my mom if I could wear makeup she said that I needed to learn how to take care of my face before I can wear makeup. She brought me to the Body Shop, gave me a few Clinique products, and taught how important it is to take care of your skin. That has stuck with me ever since then. Every night at around 7:30, I put Calvin to bed then take off my makeup so I can unwind. I like taking my time and really focusing on my skin. I also like to do face masks once every 1 or 2 weeks. I'm thinking of doing another video focusing on face masks, so stay tuned for that :)

12.5.16

BOOK REVIEW: NEVER ALWAYS SOMETIMES

Synopsis:
Best friends Dave and Julia were determined to never be cliche high school kids--the ones who sit at the same lunch table every day, dissecting the drama from homeroom and plotting their campaigns for prom king and queen. They even wrote their own Never List of everything they vowed they'd never, ever do in high school. Some of the rules have been easy to follow, like #5, never die your hair a of the rainbow, or #7, never hook up with a teacher. But Dave has a secret: he's broken rule #8, never pine silently after someone for the entirety of high school. It's either that or break rule #10, never date your best friend. Dave has loved Julia for as long as he can remember. Julia is beautiful, wild and impetuous. So when she suggests they do every Never on the list, Dave is happy to play along. He even dyes his hair an unfortunate shade of green. It starts as a joke, but then a funny thing happens: Dave and Julia discover that by skipping the clich├ęs, they've actually been missing out on high school. And maybe even on love.

Review:
I loved how this book was set up. The first half was focused on Dave, then a few chapters on Julia, then it alternated between Dave and Julia. Even though it was written in third person, it was constantly focused on a specific character. I loved that the majority of the novel was centred around Dave. I always love reading romance novels from a guys point of view. Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I love how both Dave and Julia constantly poke fun at high school cliches. I caught myself laughing quite a few times, remembering things from my high school experience that were so stereotypical. I really loved the ending too. I won't go into to much detail, but I found it to be very realistic. If I were to compare it to another book in style, I would have to say it is similar to Zoe Sugg's novel "Girl Online". It was a very quick read, had super light themes, but was really sweet and fun. I did however prefer the writing of Alsaid to Sugg. Definitely ordering his other novels from the library :)

Rating:
3.5/5

11.5.16

MAY EMPTIES: PRODUCTS I'VE USED UP

Sorry in advance that this week's posts are a little off schedule. I didn't have time to film a video and have it up for Tuesday, so I had to switch it to Wednesday instead. Luckily my internet is uploading a lot faster this week, so I may another video up for tomorrow for you guys! 
For the past few weeks I have literally been hoarding my trash trying to collect as many empty products as I could so I could film this video. I couldn't go on any longer, so I've decided to do shorter empties videos more often so I can get rid of the trash :) I love watching empties videos since you get mini reviews that are more in depth than first impressions simply because the entire product has been used up.
Hope enjoyed the video and I'll see you next time!! :) 

9.5.16

MOTHER'S DAY

(I promise he wasn't as miserable as he looks..)

Being a mom is something I always wanted. I still have a few school projects that I have kept from my younger years, and every single one that asks what I want to be when I grow up is answered with one word: mom. Everyday I spend with Calvin I love him more and more. Motherhood is better than I thought it would be, and I can't imagine myself doing anything else. 
I find that with blogs and social media it is so easy to compare yourself to other moms out there. But you only get a tiny snippet of someone's life online. At the end of the day the only mom I want to compare myself to is my mom. She's the perfect example of the mother I try to be everyday. Thanks for being the best mom for me. 

6.5.16

TWO PEAS IN A POD

Watching these together melts my heart every single time! Seeing them interact, and laugh is just the sweetest. It never gets old! Since finishing school, Alex has been working more mornings (which is awesome), so Calvin is awake when comes home. Every time without fail Calvin watches the door as he hears the keys, and immediately smiles and giggles when he sees his daddy. I mean come on, just look at them in their matching Calgary Stamps jerseys (here's hoping we have a girl at some point so I can be twinning with her!). They're definitely two peas in a pod!

5.5.16

HOW TO: DUSTY ROSE MAKEUP LOOK

Ever since I got the Covergirl Turnaked palette in roses, I have been experimenting with pinks and purples. I usually prefer neutrals when it comes to eye makeup, but this palette is definitely a must have for spring. I've been getting inspired by the blossoms on the trees, and flowers. Unfortunately the lighting makes the look appear very muted, but in person it is super pretty, especially for spring!

4.5.16

HOW WE WORE IT: SPRING CHAMBRAY

The weather is finally getting warmer in Ottawa, so for this month's How We Wore It, I was actually able to create an outfit that wasn't heavy! I absolutely love the photo we were sent as inspiration! The chambray top, pastel pink skirt and tote immediately jumped out at me.
Instead of doing a dress/skirt look, I made my outfit a bit more casual and "mommy-fied". I've mentioned this before, but leggings have become my go-to bottoms since having Calvin. So easy to move around and super comfy!! I've had this bleached chambray top for quite a while now, but lately I have been loving wearing it more as an open jacket for some nice layering. This scarf has been my favourite for spring/summer for a couple years. It's super light weight so it doesn't make me overheat, and the colour is not too bright so it's still in my comfort zone.
I can't believe this is the first outfit post with my diaper bag! I've had this bag for almost a year and it seriously the greatest bag ever!!! There are an endless amount of pockets, comes with a changing pad and straps onto your stroller super easily! It's definitely on the pricier side, but so worth it
sunglasses: H&M, diaper bag: Little Unicorn, chambray top: Old Navy, black top: Gap Outlet, leggings: Old Navy, shoes: Aldo

Don't forget to visit the blogs listed below to see how everyone styled their outfits! Want to be a part of next months How We Wore It? Head on over to Deide's blog and sign up for a chance to participate in this fun collaboration! :)

Deidre at Deidre Emme
Emily at Emmy Jake
Brooke at Silver Lining
Suerra at Sierra's View
Justine at Little Dove
Kiana at Glitter & Donuts
Amber at amber nicole blogs
Tayler at The Morrell Tale
Patricia at haifisch
Kelsi at Lovestrong
Emma at Ever Emma
Jenn at GiveThisGirlCoffee
Shelbie at R+S Brereton
Nellwyn at The Cardinal Press
Ruth at My Little Nest

3.5.16

FIRST IMPRESSION: ESSENCE COLOUR CORRECTING CONCEALERS

I remember growing up my mom used green concealer all the time. I always thought colour correcting was a thing, but apparently recently it's become super popular and hyped. I thought I would give it a go using the colour correcting concealers from Essence.

What colour correcting products have you tried?

2.5.16

BOOK REVIEW: FINDING AUDREY

Synopsis:
An anxiety disorder disrupts fourteen-year-old Audrey's daily life. She has been making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah, but when Audrey meets Linus, her brother's gaming teammate, she is energized. She connects with him. Audrey can talk through her fears with Linus in a way she's never been able to do with anyone before. As their friendship deepens and her recovery gains momentum, a sweet romantic connection develops, one that helps not just Audrey but also her entire family.

Review:
This book guys! Oh my gosh it is so good!!!! I literally read it all at once during Calvin's nap a few days ago. I could not put it down! As much as I love the main character (Audrey), her mom is probably my favourite. She is hilarious!! So overtop and paranoid. The novel is written in first person and is narrated by Audrey. I love that you never find out the details of "the incident". It's pretty obvious what the situation was, but we never find out the specifics. It allows you to imagine what might have happened. The romance between Linus and Audrey is so adorable. A great story, with great characters and perfectly written. Highly recommend. 

Rating:
4.5/5

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