Friday, December 19, 2014

My Sweets

Basically I wanted to do this blog post based solely on Aurora's coat haha. I mean come on. Have you ever seen a cuter baby girl coat!!! I picked this up at a thrift shop and could not wait until she could fit it!!! For some reason, the tag doesn't say where it's from :( Sorry.

I seriously can't believe this weather we've been having this winter. It's amazing!!!!!! Best winter ever to start with from coming back from Hawaii :) Ben is so interested in snow and he loves to just walk in it. This christmas we will be taking him sledding for the first time ever and Im so excited!! so many winter games and fun to be had.

This year is my families turn for Christmas. Due to living in Hawaii, we weren't able to afford to come home last year. So I haven't had Christmas with my family for 3 whole years!!! I finished all my shopping today (yes I know, Im a procrastinator).  Uhhhh I love Christmas. It's the best time of year. Family, Friends, Food, Giving, Surprises, Winter Games, Birth of Christ, Celebrations, Hot Chocolate, Lights, Carolling, and so so much more!!!


Thursday, December 11, 2014

Military Detail + Berry Lips

As a red head, I am limited to certain colours of lip stick. Never in my life have I ever worn lip stick or pencil. But, I've seen the 'berry lip' become such a huge beauty trend this year and I am so in love with it!! I thought I would just give it a shot and see what the colour looked like against my hair and skin. I know it's pretty intense, but I really like it! It's actually a Lip Pencil not Lip stick. I prefer matte lips apposed to glossy. I think the lips really wrapped this outfit up.

 I bought this jacket a few years ago and haven't been able to wear it until now because we were living in Hawaii and never needed it! It was a bit snug, which made me sad. But once I get back in shape and eventually lose the baby weight it might fit perfectly again lol. Crossed fingers! It has this button detail that I am super in love with that reminds me of Military Buttons. It just adds that extra little something to the coat.

Also, I know you can't even tell, but I thought I would try a side fishtail in my hair. But alas, braids of any kid just don't show up as well as they do in Blondes. My hair just doesn't have the different high and low lights that can really make a braid visible. I will forever be jealous of Blonde hair for that reason. *sigh*


Coat - Suzy Shier

Pants - Jeans (comfiest pants every!)

Clutch - Calrelli Canada Brand. Vintage. Found it in a second hand shop

Lip Pencil - Revlon Colorstay in Plum

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Worth It

A few weeks ago I came across this Blog Post or Article on Fb, I can't seem to find it again. But it really burned something into my brain that has had such a positive affect on me. There was one specific quote that I like to say to myself almost everyday single day. I don't know the exact wording but it went something like:

"The hardest things in life will be the most rewarding"

To me, this said that all of the hardest things that we are experiencing are going to bring us the most Joy. Im pretty sure the article was about kids. But for me it was so much more than that. It definitely made me think better about my life and about my kids and husband.

Raising children can be HARD
Going to School can be HARD
Applying for Dental school can be HARD
Getting healthy and working out can be HARD

There are some days that I just need a day without the kids. But then there are days where I just can't wait for them to wake up because Im so excited to see them.

There were days when I wouldn't see my husband all day long, sometimes even the night because he would be working so hard in school and it absolutely drained him.

We didn't get into Dental school the first round we applied, but we tried again and worked harder on all the applications.

These are hard things. But they are worth it.

And today, all of Maikals hard work is already starting to become worth it. Tonight, Maikal will be on a Plane going to his very first Dental School Interview!! We have prayed and prayed for this blessing to come over our home and we are beyond grateful to have this opportunity! Applications opened in June and Maikal was one of the first to apply. He has been preparing for weeks for this interview and I think he's going to nail it!

Of course the real Joy will come if we do get an acceptance. But right now we are just grateful for this little opening of hope for our future. I am so proud of my babe and all of the sacrifices he has done so far!



Saturday, December 6, 2014

Stripes + Mustard

If you know me, you know that I have an unhealthy obsession with Stripes. Probably 30% of my clothing is all stripes. I just love them. They have a certain interest and flavour to an outfit that I really like. And since Im a red head, anything in the colour mustard is awesome against my hair. So when the colour is in a hat..score!! I really like the combination of B&W stripes and Mustard anything.

And you guys....it's freaking cold outside!!!!! I could barely keep a straight face for all of these pictures. I felt my skin freezing in place. BRRRRR! Doing outfit posts will be a little tougher than I thought in the winter. So you can expect lots of big coats, tall boots, and oversized scarves in the future!



Friday, December 5, 2014

Dem Lashes Tho

About two weeks ago I had my first ever eyelash extensions!! A friend of mine was getting her certification for Lash Extension and I volunteered to be her guinea pig for the day! I've always wanted to have these done but could never bring myself to pay the cost. But I might just reconsider now that I can see the difference. And Im not one to wear make-up everyday and these really made a difference in the way I look. Usually my lashes are non-existent. They are really blonde and short so they are basically invisible. It's so nice to just leave the house and not worry about how I look so much.

So if you are looking to get some lashes done then go see my friend Janessa Hendry in Lethbridge and she will do a fantastic job! She is also a very talented make-up artist whom I have worked with for a couple shoots. See Here for our session together.

https://www.facebook.com/janessa.hendry?fref=ts


Friday, November 28, 2014

Coconut Oil Treatment

Today I am going to Blog about a simple Coconut Oil Treatment for your hair! I have really thick, really course, really dry, really long, really curly hair. If you couldn't already tell. So keeping my hair hydrated is really important to keep my hair healthy and looking great.

I swear, living in Hawaii for 2 years healed my hair. The humidity was so great. Even though it got pretty puffy, it was so much better than this dry Canadian air. So I knew I would need to do some kind of 'at home' treatment because, lets be honest, I don't have the time nor money to get my hair professionally treated. I saw this on Pinterest and I knew I had to try it. Coconut Oil is so good for so many reasons. 2 of the most important for hair is it's amazing hydrating and frizz control benefits! Which for my hair type, is exactly what I need.

(ps. I have the regular stuff you would buy at Costco. It's like $20 or something. Way more affordable than going to a salon!)

I usually do this treatment about twice a month. Like I said, this treatment is ridiculously simple, and the outcome is outstanding for me. So here is what you do:





Step 1: Comb or brush your hair. I prefer to do this treatment on my dry hair, but Im sure you can do it on wet or damp hair also.

Step 2: I like to heat my oil up in the microwave. It's easier to apply I find. Plus heat opens up your hair follicles. 

Step 3: Run Oil ALL over your hair. I personally lean over the bath tub and flip my hair over and take small sections at a time.

Step 4: Once hair is covered, throw your hair up in a poly tail or clip it up. You can also choose to put a bag over your head to avoid dripping and also to help keep the heat in. Sometimes I do this, sometimes not. I like to leave my oil in for 1-1.5 hours.

Step 5: Wash your hair. For me, it takes 2 washes to get it all out.

DONE!!
So simple right??

You can choose to style your hair like you normally would, but I like to let it air dry and continue to 'heal' without any heat or product.



And there you have it!! I LOVE the feeling it gives to my hair. So soft and it smells so good! It keeps it healthy and hydrated and keeps my curls in tact.

If you guys have 'At home' treatments that you think have been affective, I would LOVE to hear about them! I'm always looking for different ways to treat my hair :)



Have a great weekend! And happy Black Friday!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Shop The Blanket Thief

Hey everyone!

So today I wanted to tell you guys all about my amazing cousin. Her name is Cherisa Smith and she is ridiculously talented. She just opened up an Etsy shop for stunning handmade blankets and quilts!! Seriously, they are amazing. I will definitely be owning some in the future. They are so unique and incredibly well made and the fabrics she uses are just dang adorable and trendy. So go check her out! (links below)

She is currently doing a Black Wednesday and Thursday SALE!! 30% off by using the code BLACKWEDNESDAY at the checkout!! Hurry and check out her etsy page and/or follow her on Instagram @shoptheblanketthief




Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/theblanketthief
Instagram: @shoptheblanketthief