Sunday, October 26, 2014

Cozy Chic

I love love love a good baggy sweater/cardigan!!! And again, I love me a good brown boot for Fall. As of late, I've been getting into Hats. I never wear hats because my hair is so big and thick so they don't usually fit on my head properly. But I've decided I need to put more effort into making it work because I think they just finish off a look so well! Soon we will be heading down to Utah for my Brother in Law's wedding and I can't wait for the weather down there because, seriously, it's about to snow here and Im a little upset about it. I hear so many good things about Utah Fall weather and I can't wait to show you guys some pictures of our trip. So stay tuned!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Wear Pink - Breast Cancer Awareness Month

In honour of Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October) I decided to wear pink for my Outfit Of The Day. Pink isn't a colour I would normally wear but I thought it was appropriate for this outfit post. My husband, Maikal, has an Aunt and Grandma who suffered through Breast Cancer. They both fought and Both are still alive today because of modern medicine. Those two ladies are inspirations and we love them to no end! So today I am encouraging everyone who is reading this Blog post to Wear Pink and spread the word for Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Ready For Fall

It's fall!! And that means Fall Clothing!!! It's my favourite style of clothing. I love all the layers and warm, neutral colours. I'm a red head, and my colour pallet is Autumn!
One of my favourite pieces to use in my fall outfits is a nice denim top. You can do so many things with it! And who doesn't love a good brown boot!?? They basically go with everything!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Breaking Bad Habits: Nail Biting Addition



Today Im going to be talking about breaking bad habits. Specifically Nail Biting!!
It is probably the hardest habit I have ever had to break! It's like an addiction. You just NEED to do it! And sometimes you do it without even knowing. I think when nail biters walk into a theatre, that's it. Your nails are done son! I have to physically prepare myself when I walk into a movie now. It's also one of the most disgusting habits. There is so much dirt and germs under those nails! YUCK!

I started nail biting at around the age of 12 I think. I didn't know any better. I just saw my brother doing it so I just randomly started as well. Have you ever seen the Lord of the Rings?? Well there are a few scenes up close of Frodo handling the ring and all I notice are his nasty chewed up finger nails. And I kid you not, my fingers looked identical to his! Little stubs.


I thought I was never ever going to be able to break this habit.
I've attempted countless times and failed each time over and over again.


So how did I break this assumable unbreakable habit??
2 things:

One day I decided to do yet another attempt. This was about 4 years ago. I decided this time I would
go out and purchase an actual nail kit. I was only using a nail file and nail polish up until this point.
I had no idea how a lot of the tools worked. But I slowly figured it out.
I cleaned up what was left of my nails at that point then put clear nail polish on top.
I think seeing my nails look that decent and knowing all the work I put into
cleaning them up helped out alot. Now this was only 50% of what helped me break it.

The other 50% was this guy.
My husband.



Ya. Scary.
He also thinks that nail biting is absolutely nasty so he would yell at me every time
my hands went up to me mouth. I told him to keep doing that because it seemed to work!!

Sometimes it would be an all day thing. It felt like every minute I was hearing "AAAAaaaAAAAaa!!!"
It made me realize how bad it really was and how often I was doing it.

So mix correct nail care and someone that screams at you, 
you get this!!!


Pretty nails!!! Now I can actually put nail polish on without it looking like a blobby mess!
I can do cute details like sparkly tips!! I've never had tips!!
And you REALLY know you've made it when not only can you see white,
but you can see your nails when you flip your hands around and you can see the tips from the other side!

I'm actually ridiculously proud of myself haha.
I thought it would never happen and I would have stumpy frodo fingers for the rest of my life!

Friday, September 26, 2014

A Diva and a Dog

It's Fashion Friday!!!!
Do I also love to dress up my sister and make her model?? Yes. Yes I do. She is rocking two of my most favourite fashion trends right now. A side braid and booties. She is also rocking one of the best accessories ever!!!! Her Pup! Kita is one of the most gorgeous dogs I've ever seen. And for good reason! She has a dog groomer as a mom. My Rebecca recently started her own Dog Grooming business called 'Posh Paws' up in Drayton Valley, AB. So look her up if your dog needs a good make-over!


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Bad Mom

Yesterday was Aurora's check up at the Doctor's. We had her measured, weighed, etc. She is doing really well and perfectly healthy! When the Dr asked us about her sleep we answered that she's been sleeping 10-12 hours and waking up once to feed (ya she's awesome). She asked us what position she sleeps in and I said she absolutely LOVES sleeping on her belly and absolutely refuses to go on her back, so that's what we've been doing. And you should have seen the look on this woman's face when I said that. I saw complete disapproval. It was like she was saying I was a terrible Mother for doing that. My heart sank. Am I really being a Bad Mother by putting her on her tummy for sleep?? Have I been doing all this wrong!?? Am I putting my child in terrible danger!? Everything was going through my head at once and I just felt judged by this choice that we've made. And that's never a fun feeling as a parent.

We do know the risks of sleep positions. I feel like every position has good and bad to them. But I also know my child. She has the ability to roll onto her back if she needs to. She can lift up her head very very well (even the Dr said she had amazing control), and we don't have any hazards in the crib with her. She wakes up every morning ridiculously happy and we both are getting the sleep we need. I've tried putting her on her back while swaddled, but the longest she's ever lasted is 1 1/2 hours. Tops. So, she will remain on her tummy.


Anyway, drama over. My intention was to do a comparison post of my babes so lets just continue with that shall we!?



STATS:

She is 3 months old (Gosh stop growing!)
She currently weighs 11.2 pounds. (Ben weighed this at 2 months)
She has a super small head. She is in 10th percentile I think.
She is just below average in height and weight. 35th percentile ish

When she was younger I thought she looked SO MUCH like Ben, but as she is getting older I don't think she looks as much like him anymore. Their eyes and face shape are totally different. He is light and she is dark. Ben is a Mini Brittany and Rory is a Mini Maikal. I love it!!



Both are 3 months old in this picture

Friday, September 19, 2014

My Baby Must Have's

These 8 products have saved my sanity on multiple occasions and I can't imagine raising a baby without them! I thought I would share with you guys about my favourites so far. A few of these items are only essential for younger babies. But I will be doing different posts about things I like to have with me for every stage of Aurora's growth. So here we go!




1. Pampers Swaddlers Diapers - I have used Huggies, Kirkland, and Pampers Baby Dry Diapers for newborns and NONE of them compare to these. I especially hate the Pampers Baby Dry! She would wake up in the middle of night soaking wet because they can't hold enough liquid. And I hate wasting so of course I had to wait to buy the swaddlers until she used up all the baby dry. For and older baby we use Huggies. But until the switch, we use these and I give them A+ for efficiency!

2. Swaddling Blankets - You guys, these are so awesome. I never had one with Ben so I never knew their magic. They swaddle like nobody's business!! Aurora doesn't like to be swaddled alot of the time (bummer) but when she does she loves being in this little cocoon!

3. Penaten - This is a great bum creme! I've never had an issue with it and it always seems to do the trick. And it lasts FOREVER! But be sure to keep out of the hands of toddlers. Ben decided to paint himself with it one day. And that stuff doesn't rub off easy.

4. Live Clean Baby Wash & Shampoo - I love using 'green' products when it comes to stuff that I put on my babies. This stuff smells great and it gets the job done! And it's in such a cute bottle!

5. Fabric Breast Pads - Because ya know....boobs leak. These are WAY more comfortable than the johnsons breast pads that I've recently stopped using. And they don't have that weird 'fake nipple' on the pad like the johnsons so it doesn't look like its super nipply outside all the time. Plus they are so adorable!!! They are also re-usable so you can just throw them in the wash. But, I found that you do need to wash them before using them for the first time. For some reason they work better when they are washed first. You can find them Here

6. Gripe Water (Alcohol Free) - Aurora is beyond gassy. She still has problems but Gripe water seems to work! I have also found that she sleeps longer in the night when we give it her before bed. I think it soothes her tummy so she doesn't wake up with discomfort.

7. Mam Soothers - We used the Gum Drop soothers with Ben and he really liked them, but lets be honest, they are ugly. These soothers are both cute and effective! She took this kind right away. I am a huge soother user. Both my kids loved them and they work wonders for us when the babes get fussy. Babies naturally love to suck to sooth themselves so Im happy that she even takes a soother. they have lots of different kinds.

8. Medela Swing Breast Pump - Last but certainly not least!! I don't know where I would be without this thing. It is by far the most important product that I own for babies. I have a full big box of breast milk in the freezer because of this thing. I have a husband who takes a feeding in the night (when she needs it) because of the pump. Benjamin was fed Breast milk when he wouldn't latch because of this. I both need and love this pump! And it is so convenient! You can either plug it in or put in batteries and take it wherever! It is especially nice on road trips so we don't have to pull over and feed her. I can just pump in the car and lean back and feed her through a bottle. LOVE LOVE LOVE!

You can find ALL these products except the breast pads at Walmart, Superstore, or Babies R Us.

Thanks for reading and have a great weekend! xoxo