Monday, January 12, 2015

A Little Bit of Leather

I've been super excited for this Outfit Post because I got this jacket from my lover for Christmas! Truth be told, I picked this out because he has trouble figuring out what to buy me every year lol. So it wasn't that much of a surprise but still exciting non the less!! These past few months I've also become wicked obsession with knee high and thigh high boots! They just give that extra little bit of style to an outfit. Sassy.
I've also been experimenting a lot on my hair recently so I thought I would give braids a try and I think it turned out pretty decent for my first attempt! This is the longest my hair has EVER been and I love it! Most of the time Im a pony tail Mom but when I get dressed up I like to have it down. My hair is one of my best qualities so I like to show it off! Because ya know...Im a dying race and all.

Jacket :: Rosegal
Boots :: Suzy Shier (out of stock, similare HERE)

Happy Monday!

Friday, January 9, 2015

Holiday Celebrations

Does anyone else feel like Christmas just ends so abruptly?? We spend months and months preparing for this holiday and then all in the matter of a day it's just over haha.

This Christmas and New Years was an absolute blast!!! We spent Christmas up at my parents place in Drayton Valley, which I am super happy it was my families year because apparently there was very little snow down south. I LOVE a snowy Christmas. Love it. We spent last year in Hawaii and it just didn't feel like the holidays without the snow. It was just weird.

There were a lot of 'firsts' this Christmas also. It was baby Aurora's FIRST CHRISTMAS and she was spoiled! She loved every minute of it. She's going to be quite the princess haha. This year was also there first real taste of snow. We came back when Ben was 10 months but we didn't really go outside or let him play in the snow. Ben is still amazed at this kind of weather. So what better way to introduce it to them then by sledding!!! Which he absolutely LOVED! As you will be able to tell by the pictures.

I love spending time with family. It's my favourite thing. This year my Mom put together an 'Amazing Race' on Christmas Day and it was so fun!! Becca and I were paired together and we were on our toes the whole time. The challenges were exciting and tough and it just made the day even more eventful.

For New Years we came back to Lethbridge to celebrate. We kept it pretty low key this year which was really nice after a busy and lovely Christmas. We played games, ate some food and just talked about life. We had friends and family over for most of the night and celebrated the Count Down with Matt and Tiff. And what better way to celebrate the coming of the new year than with SPARKLERS!! ....and a really sparkly hat ;)

Also, If you don't know this about me, I love to make 'home movies'. You can check out all of the HERE.

This year I made a Christmas and New Year video and it was so fun to make! It captured so many great memories and I love being able to look back on them. Click on the link below to view my Christmas 2014 Home Movie :)

I hope everyone had a fabulous holiday and have a great weekend!!


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Christmas Dress

So I know I am SOOO late on this OOTD post, but things have been super crazy over the holidays and lately. Better late than never?? :)

Ok, so I picked up this super perfect, super warm, super comfortable, super beautiful dress a few weeks before Christmas and I thought I literally hit the Jackpot!! Get was ON SALE! I have no idea why such a cute holiday dress was on sale BEFORE the holidays, but Im not going to complain! And of course, it goes so well with gold jewellery, which is my new favourite obsession.

And it doesn't have to only be a holiday dress, I feel like it's super versatile and I can dress it up or down for many different occasions.

Also, if you can't tell, I decided to try a more intense smokey for this look. But if Im being honest, it's not my favourite look for my face and skin tone. I doubt I will be doing it again. At least not the whole black eye liner on the bottom thing. Maybe if I started fake tanning, which I plan on trying for the first time soon! So stay tuned for that post as well ;) It might get a little messy and I may end up looking like an Umpa Lumpa.

I hope everyone had a fabulous Christmas and New Years! Those blog posts will also be up soon.

Thanks for stopping by!

Dress :: Suzy Shier  (Sold out, but also love THIS ONE)
Necklace :: Ardene (Sold out, but love THIS ONE)
Clutch :: Spring (Sold out, but also love THIS ONE)

Thursday, January 1, 2015

6 Months

Holy crap! How has a 1/2 a year gone by already!?? Aurora hit her 6 months this December and it was so cute to be able to dress her up in a little Christmas outfit for this months picture. She is so full of personality and can lift my spirits in seconds when she give me that big gummy grin of hers.

At 6 months she is:

  • Majority of the time sleeping through the night. Some days are just crazy so she gets off schedule. But she sleep 11-12 hrs in her bed and wakes once to feed. The other week she went 12 hours without any feedings!! It was awesome.
  • Days away from crawling. She can make her way across a room by scootching or rolling or 'jumping' forward on all fours.
  • Eats solids like a champ. Her fav is Sweet Potato
  • Still looking just like her Daddy. But with my cheeks.
  • Pro traveller
  • Still Nursing. Although, I have a feeling it's going to end soon because Im drying up. Same thing happened with Ben around this time. But Im a little worried because I've been trying to ease her onto formula just in case I have no more milk for her, but she hates the taste! I only have 3 bags of milk left in the freezer and my pump broke so I need to do small amounts in there and try to slowly ease her onto it.
  • Prefers to be swaddled and sleeping on her back now. So weird. Usually its the other way around.
  • Loves loves loves her big brother. They are starting to play with each other and it makes my heart smile every time! 
  • Still small. She is so light and fairly petite. But I love it. She still feels and looks like a tiny baby to me. 
  • Sitting up. She will still fall some times though.
  • No teeth yet. Thank goodness. Im not excited for the teething process again.
  • 3-6 month clothes
  • Size 2 diapers
  • LOVES to jump. We need to get her a jolly jumper asap!
  • She can walk forward if you're holding her arms (obvi). She takes the cutest little steps! So dainty and adorable.
  • Rolls back to front and front to back
  • Obsessed with her own feet. You will likely always see her chewing on them
  • Still doesn't have much hair :( so bummed. I want pig tails NOW!!

We love our baby girl!!

Dress:: Joe Fresh

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!