I've always been a big fan of fake plants. Like number one fan, kind of fan. Every time I try to keep a plant going (even those sinking cute succulents), they die on me. I'll be doing everything right and it still never works out in my favour....or their favour either I guess? So I now stick to what I know works for me, and that is my fake plants. They're dependable, they last forever, and all I have to do to take care of them is dust them now and again. I mean that's pretty awesome and requires very little effort on my part.
Back in January I blogged about how I wanted my word for 2017 to be simplicity. One of the main areas I wanted to focus on was my makeup collection. As much as I love makeup, I realized that I had way too much. I've slowly been downsizing and keeping products that are actually good for my skin and don't make me feel like I am hiding behind layers of unnecessary product.
Back in high school and university I used to wear so much makeup! When I look back at pictures I cringe at how much I didn't look like me. The older I get, the more I understand the phrase: less is more. When it comes to my beauty routine, I couldn't agree more.
For months I have been drooling over mudcloth pillow cases. The only problem is that they are super expensive, which is understandable since they are imported from Africa. Eventually I would love a genuine one since Africa holds a special place in my husband's heart, but for now I decided to make my own. This diy is my kind of diy for two reasons: (1) cheap, and (2) easy.
I was so impressed with how my first one turned out, I decided to make another one and share the steps I took so you can make your own too!
I was so excited when I found out I would be receiving a beauty voxbox from Influenster Canada. I had been sent pull-ups to review, but nothing beauty related. If you've never heard of Influenster, you need to go sign up now! Depending on your social media impact you get sent product for free in exchange for reviewing them. I mean who doesn't love free products?
When swing dresses became super popular last year I was a little worried that they wouldn't be flattering on me. So I passed on buying one. Then when I found this dress a couple weeks ago on Gamiss, I knew I had to get it! I love the length, the colours and the price! When I got it yesterday I ripped open the packaging and tried it on right away. I was surprised at how much I loved the silhouette on me. I was worried it would hang like a sack and give me no shape, but it actually is surprisingly slimming. Now give me all the cookies, because this dress is the perfect food baby concealer!! ;)
Since becoming a LipSense distributor back in November, I've been pushing myself to do things that are way outside my comfort zone. Being a part of this company was already a huge step for me, but I still wanted to challenge myself and constantly change things up. Some things have been so extremely successful, while others were not so much. Either way, everything I have tried has been worth it. You win some, you loose some and that's totally ok. You never know what is going to work unless you give it a try.
For the past couple of weeks I've been trying to have more moments of stillness. When Calvin takes his nap, I take time to just sit in the silence. I'm only now beginning to realize the difference between prayer and meditation. Having those few precious moments where there are zero distractions, and I can just be alone with my thoughts, have really helped my well being. I read somewhere that the longest relationship you will ever have is with yourself, so learn to love and live with you. Those words really hit a cord with me. The only person you constantly live with 24 hours a day, 7 days a week is you. Like I've mentioned previously, I'm trying to be a little more kind to me, myself and I. These quiet moments have made such a difference in such a small period of time. Some people may find silence to be awkward, but I have quickly come to savour it.
I first want to say thank you all for the kind words from this post. Your words meant so much to me and really appreciate every single one of you. I was not writing that post fishing for compliments, but everyone's response was so beautiful. In my whole 7 years of blogging I've only had one comment that was negative. Just one. I considered myself blessed to be surrounded by a community that is so loving and supportive!!!!
It's starting to get real for me. My baby is no longer a baby. I decided to stop doing monthly updates once he hit a year, but I thought I would go through some random things he's been doing recently that I can't get enough of!
This child loves to dance. He is constantly dancing away. His current favourite song is "Raise Your Glass" (Warbler version, which is the best since I love Darren Criss!
We bought him some new shoes on Tuesday and he cries every time we take them off. So he pretty much wears his shoes all day, everyday. He also likes to stop whatever he is doing randomly and say "new shoes!"
He's discover the never ending fun of playing with the rubbermaid cupboard. My cupboards are constantly being reorganized!
He refers to the TV as "football" and demands we watch America's Game (documentary on Super Bowl winning teams) daily.
Speaking of football, this boy loves passing a football back and forth down the stairs to either Alex or I.
We started introducing "chores" so he can learn to help out. His include "sweeping" the floors and feeding Samwise. He loves it, so we're trying to encourage an attitude of house chores being fun. Luckily so far it's working!
Every morning after breakfast he likes going upstairs and choosing his clothes for the day. Whenever his football shirt is clean he immediately picks it out!
His favourite songs to sing are: Once there was a snowman, Book of Mormon stories, Popcorn popping, and The wise man/foolish man song. His version of the actions are hilarious!
He's due for another haircut, but I just love his golden locks! Part of me wants him to have long curly hair. It's just too dang cute!
His new favourite word is "daddeeeee!" And yes with Es, not a Y. He is constantly yelling for daddy!
As much as I love makeup, I've never really been that adventurous when it comes to eyeshadow. I usually stick to the same 3 looks. I think the biggest reason is that when it comes to eyeshadow brushes I don't have the greatest selection. I had a few blending brushes, but nothing that would help me create precise, or dramatic looks. That is until I stumbled across this set. I got super excited when I found it since it was super cheap, and has a good variety of brush styles.
I have super sensitive eyes, so I was a little worried at how these would feel on the lid, but the bristles are SO soft and they are perfect for blending, and building up colour! Lately I've been experimenting a little more with eyeshadow looks, and I owe it all to this makeup brush set. Now keep in mind, it's not the best quality and can be a little flimsy, but you know me, I'm not picky when I buy something super cheap :)
Social media is chuck FULL of girls that don't look like me. That doesn't mean they aren't beautiful, or that I am less or more beautiful than they are, but it's hard scrolling through your feed and constantly being reminded that your disproportionate body is never going to look like that.
When I took these photos I decided to do a little experiment: look at the them as if I were looking at a complete stranger. I was amazed at what I didn't see.
I didn't see a pasty girl who could use a good self tanner.
I didn't see legs that were covered in veins and cellulite.
I didn't see chubby arms.
I didn't see a girl who needed to loose a few pound in order to look good in a swimsuit.
Instead I saw a girl who looked happy and beautiful. Going forward I've decided to look at every picture of me as if I were looking at a stranger. I challenge you to do the same. You'd be surprised at how kinder you would be.
This post is in collaboration and is sponsored by Rosegal. All opinions are my own.
I am fully aware that it is still winter, but I am still counting down the days to warmer weather. Our new house actually has a community pool and we are SO excited for this summer! I've always been a water baby, so you can count on Calvin and I pretty much living at the pool while Alex is at work! It was pretty much my childhood dream to have a pool, so now that we finally have one, I'm kind of freaking out!
When I saw this swimsuit I knew immediately that I needed to have it! I'm not one for colour, my wardrobe is pretty minimal and neutral, but when it comes to swimsuits I love anything floral and colourful! I mentioned this is my last post, but Rosegal has SO many cute, affordable swimsuits right now!!!! If you are looking for a new a suit, you need to check them out!
1. My glorious F cups.
This is definitely the most annoying thing ever! I look at a swim suit on the hanger and think: "CUTE!" then I go to try it on and I am full on busting out (no pun intended...). I'm sure a lot of you are you saying: "I wish I had that problem!", but trust me, you don't. It's sort, kind of the worst thing ever...
Why is it that swimwear is SO over the top expensive!!!!!!!!! There are so many adorable styles and brands (I'm looking at you Albionfit and Kortni Jeane), but they have a pretty big price tag, especially when you exchange it from US to Canadian. Curse you exchange rate, curse you.
3. I'm picky.
Every year I have an image in my mind of what type of style I'm looking for. I'll usually find something that has a couple aspects that are bang on what I'm looking for, but not the whole package. And if I'm going to be investing, I want it to be exact!
I could go on and on and on. Long story short, I just don't like it. Enter Rosegal. I could literally spend hours browsing through their adorable swimwear collection! Now to give you a warning, they do carry a lot of swimwear that is uh, not my thing (more like Kim K style which is just not me, ever.), but you can find some adorable suits that are SUPER cheap!!!! When I saw this one I started getting heart palpitations.
I've been looking for a peplum style tankini that was budget friendly, so I was uber exciting when I stumbled across it! I was a little worried that the top wouldn't give me support, but it actually has a built in bra that keeps me lifted! HALLELUJAH! So thank you Rosegal for making this year's swimsuit shopping experience a successful one!!!
I actually ordered a couple more suits that I will be sharing later this week!! Guys I found one that is a dupe for an Albionfit swimsuits!!! Eeeek! So yeah, I'm excited for summer! ;)
This time last year he was just starting to get waves in his hair.
Now he has the thickest, curly hair.
This time last year he was close to crawling and becoming mobile.
Now he is dancing and running everywhere.
This time last year he was so quiet, he barely even knew he was around.
Now he is constantly talking and squealing.
This time last year I thought I couldn't love you more.
Now I know my love for you will grow just as you do.