Sunday, October 4, 2015

The Milkmaid

Fall is here!!!! I LOVE Autumn. Love love love love it! Sometimes all I want to do is cuddle up in a nice big sweater and thick socks and drink my hot chocolate under a snuggly blanket. And with, Fall, I get to do that everyday!!

Here Im sporting a kind of MilkMaid Inspired look. I went a little out of my comfort zone and did this milkmaid wrap around braid. I usually don't do hair styles like this because I think my face is too round for it. But I am currently obsessed with braids and love how they give that extra little something to a hair do!

I hope everyone is enjoying this weather before it all blows away!

Dress :: Joe Fresh (Sold out, Love this one HERE too!)
Shoes :: Payless,Old  (Also Love THESE)

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The Reason

This is not a good year for us.

So as most of you would have figured out by the lack of excitement over here, Maikal didn't get into school this year. We did absolutely everything we could to get in, but I guess it just wasn't our year. Ever since then, we've had this mentality, or at least I have, of Why??? What is the Reason we did not get in??? We know 100% why we did not get in last year. We needed to be here for family through an extremely hard time in our lives. I am very grateful that we didn't get an acceptance last year. Obviously we didn't know why at the time, but we know now.

Is something major going to happen again? Either good or bad?? Do we need to be here for some important reason in order for our lives to be on the right track?
Or is it simply just bad luck or bad timing?
Why God? Why have we been delayed yet another year from our future and our plans?? Maikal knows that he is suppose to be a dentist. He knows that that is the right path and occupation for him.

I was ready. We were ready to just pack up and leave if Maikal got in last minute. We were so sure we would get in. When I got that phone call that the decision was final and we weren't going anywhere, my heart sank. This is just a year of bad news for us.

But something kind of weird/good happened only 1 hour after I got that phone call from Maikal. Ben's speech therapist called and informed us that Ben has a spot waiting for him at Preschool if we wanted it. I wanted to put him in, but was unsure of our future plans, so I didn't give a second thought of putting him in. I of course said Yes immediately and got everything set up right away. I guess I've never mentioned this before, but yes Ben is delayed in his speech and has been going to therapy for a few months now. He has improved so much and it makes my heart happy to see how well hes growing and how much more we are able to communicate with each other. It's so nice. Preschool will help him grow socially and they have a speech therapist right there for him so he keep getting special help. I can't believe I already have a kid in school!! So weird!

AND right after that, my cousin came over and asked if Maikal was looking for a job. Yes he is! He got a job working on Wind Turbines up in Provost. So I've been single momming it for the past few weeks. And it will be like this until Dec, which is when the project ends. But with Ben in school, I've been able to handle everything so well. I thought I would die without Maikals help, but everything is going so smoothly and easy for me. Such a blessing!

So within a few hours of getting such heart wrenching news, we were blessed with two amazing opportunities. I feel so looked after. So cared for. Knowing that we are still in God's care and is giving us what we need right now. We may not know the answer to why our lives arent going the way we planned, but all we can do is keep trying and keep our heads up. We will get there, eventually. Hopefully sooner rather than later!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Jump Jump Jumper

Jumper :: Reitmans

Booties :: Sold out (Similar HERE and HERE)

So the other weekend, I was up North filming my cousins wedding and I was staying at a Hotel with my other lovely cousin. When she walked through the door, she had shopping bags from Reitmans. I don't know about all of you, but when I think of Reitmans, I think of professional clothing, work place attire, mature, conservative clothing. I never thought it was really my style unless I needed something for work. So I've just never gone in there for years. When she opened up her bags to show me all these amazing sales that she got, I was blown away by what came out of that bag. Her things were adorable, cute, stylish, and trendy! And all on sale! I decided in that moment that I needed to march myself right into my Reitmans back home and see what they've got! 

Personally when I shop, I head straight to the Sale rack first, then I continue forward to other things. I couldn't believe their selection! It was so adorable and totally my style. I've always wanted a jumper. I really like how they look and they are easy to dress up or down. I saw this little number as I was walking out the door and had to go back and try it on! It is soooo comfy. The only downside is that it is super annoying to go to the bathroom. But, I can deal with that haha.

Hope everyone had a fabulous weekend!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Fake Tanning for a First Timer

Recently I've decided to take the plunge into the Self Tanning world!!! Since I am a Red Head, I have very little Melanin in my skin. So it is very difficult for me to acquire a tan. I can get a tan, not at all like the pictures above, but I can get a bit more brown. But unlike a lot of people, it literally takes me months of going out in the sun on a very regular bases in order to get some colour. The most amount of time I am able to be outside without sunscreen on is 30 min. Then I can feel my skin burning. If you've been lucky enough to have been blessed with amazing skin and have never felt a sunburn, then you are extremely fortunate! Sunburns are the worst. THE WORST! They are extremely painful and damage the crap out of your skin. But a little off track here. Back to the tanning experience!

I've read on a few blogs and Pinterest and know of a few people in my family who self tan. And a popular kind was the Tanwise Tanning mousse or Lotion. Probably because it's so affordable! I decided one day that I was done with being white all the time. I wanted to see what it would look like with a tan! So I went down the Sally's Beauty store and picked me up some Tanwise Tanning Mousse. I also picked up a mitt. Heard those were necessary and those people are definitely right! Mitts are a must for me.

Before tanning, you really need to give your whole body a good scrub. Fun fact: Sugar and Coconut Oil make one amazing body scrub! Seriously I've never felt so clean after using sugar as the scrub!!! It's natural, cheap, and it smells delicious! Try it! You will not regret it.
Ok, so once I got all scrubbed up and shaved, I applied regular lotion to my elbows, knees, feet and hands. Then I went ahead and applied the Mousse! It was so so easy to apply. It's just like putting on your regular body lotion. I had my husband do my back for me and the hard to reach areas.

The downside about this mousse is that it is not very fast drying. I have to walk around butt naked for a while before putting on shorts and a tank top. I also like to leave mine on over night so it really has time to develop. You also need to avoid any kind of moisture. I was just washing my hands after changing a dirty bum and had accidentally splashed some water on my legs. The Tan washed off immediately! I just take the mitt with a very small amount of mousse on and just go over the spots to keep things even. So ya, very important to stay dry! You are also suppose to rinse off the excess in the morning, but for the pictures above, I kept it on so you can see how dark it develops. After you rinse off the excess, you will look a lot more natural and sun kissed. But don't scrub or use any soaps!! Just rinse. I'm sure you can find a ton of tutorials online on how to apply :) I know I looked at soooo many before using it.

Ok, so for me, I love it!!! I LOOOOOOVE being tan. I feel like it makes me look more thin, more healthy, and it naturally contours my angles of my face. I feel more confident in a bathing suit.

I know in the Portrait Close up picture, the Tan looks really really intense on my face. But I promise you that that is just a weirdly lit picture. Once I put on make-up and highlight my face, it looks way amazing. I only use half a pump on my face. You don't need much!

Overall I am very pleased with this product. It is one of the cheaper tans, so I think you get what you pay for. I've used the mousse 3 different times already and it's only about halfway empty. It doesn't last as long as others. About 4-5 days. Whereas others last a good week at least. It also doesn't have the best smell, but it's not too bad either. If you're looking for a longer lasting one then I've been told Loving Tan and St. Tropez are both amazing. A bit more expensive, but not outrageous. I hope to try those out in the near future and do a review!

Have a great Tuesday!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

The One-Piece

You guys, I'm getting kind of depressed thinking about August being our last month of summer! But lets try to not think about it ok?? ok. I thought I would write a little post about some of my favourite swimsuits!!

Growing up, I would cringe at the thought of even considering wearing a one-piece swimsuit. I thought they were for old people and all of the styles just seemed to be so boring and unflattering. But over the past few years, I've seen the one-piece swimwear take the fashion industry by storm!! Normally Im all about the two piece bikini at the beach, but since my body isn't where id like it to be, I've been diving into the one-piece world and I have to say, Im loving it!!! Seriously there are some majorly adorable styles and prints! They are very flattering to many body types and I don't feel so insecure when we're out doing water activities!

These swimsuits below range from $45-$150. Why must the cutest swimsuits be the most expensive ones!!!?? I guess I should start saving for next summer haha. These are only a few of the swimsuits I found that I really liked. There are so so so many more styles out there and I just want them all! I'm slowy turning into a swimsuit addict. No joke. I will spend hours a day just searching for the perfect one-piece online. I can't wait to see what adventures August will bring us. Hopefully an acceptance into Dental School??? Still crossing our fingers and praying everyday that it still happens. Hope everyone is having a great summer so far!

Click on the number to see the link of the swimsuit

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Jack & July

Hello friends!

Since I found out I was having a baby girl, my mind went straight to baby accessories! I don't know how long I searched online to find baby items that would suit my style. I even tried to make little hair accessories on my own, but that was a definite fail!
I was introduced to an online shop called Jack&July just a little while ago and I think I've hit the jackpot! It is run by two beautiful, amazing, and talented woman, Emme and Kristen. Seriously their stuff is so so so cute!!! They have items for both Boys and Girls, which is so nice since most businesses are just baby girl things.
My favourite style of headband for Aurora is Bows. Jack&July have the perfect selection! I just want all of them! And they keep adding new styles every so often so more and more styles will be available so keep an eye out!

One of the most attractive things about their business is the fact they all their stuff is so affordable!! So you don't need to work those extra shifts just to afford a decent headband or pair of moccs. Everything is well made and has amazing detail. The leather they use for their Bow Headbands and Moccasins are soooooooooo soft!!

And seriously who doesn't love a little boy in a Bow Tie??? I could die it's so cute. They have 2 selections for bow ties and it was so hard picking which one I liked better! So trendy and easy to use!

So head on over to their 

Website HERE
Facebook HERE
Instagram HERE

And show them some love!!

Thank you Jack & July for sponsoring this post!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Kimball River Cliffs

The black straps on my bag I was carrying were starting to melt in the sun!
I didnt even notice until we were almost there.

Love love Mani's top!

The best of friends

My Swimsuit :: Aliexpress
Mani's Top :: Target (Similar)

Yesterday we spent the afternoon at the Kimball River Cliffs! It's a lowry favourite activity for the summers. I personally have yet to jump off the top, but I have done the lower cliff. I have a huge fear of jumping off high things!
The walk to these cliffs is so so beautiful. It's a fairly easy walk, with just 2 steep hills. The kids had it easy in the strollers. I wish they would invent a shrinking ray gun so I could get carried around! My kids LOVE the outdoors. Anything outside is fun. And it's especially fun when it's somewhere new! Although the water is quite cold, the kids had fun playing in the shallow parts and just throwing rocks and splashing around. The baby girls had their first taste of freezies and were immediately addicts. The last few pictures of their faces kill me!! It's the face they make when they want another freezy NOW!

I don't want to make anyone sad, but it just hit me yesterday that we only have 6 weeks of summer left!!! How on earth does it go by this quickly!!?? We are trying to soak in as much sun and adventure as possible.