I’ve received a few questions over the last 3 years and more so recently since I got pregnant with Ari on my favorite products for babies. Since I’m on mat leave now, I wanted to take some time to create a list of some of my go-to and favorite items I’ve come across. Some are new products I’m trying out with Ari for the first time, and some are our tried, tested and true favorites from when Q was born.Read More
Ok ok, Spring definitely looks like it’s no where near in sight with all this snow that has been dumped on us people in Canada, but the end is coming. I can feel it. I mean March is only 3 weeks away right and that’s technically considered a Spring month.
So in due fashion, I wanted to share some of my favorite up and coming children’s Spring lines launching at the end of this month and into March.Read More
I’ve gotten asked a few times by friends and family on how Q is handling the whole “new baby” thing. Does he understand? Is he excited? How have you guys prepared him? I wanted to share some of the ways we started preparing him when we initially found out and how we have throughout the pregnancy.Read More
The time is quickly approaching. I can’t believe it, but we’ve hit our half way mark and I’m currently 21 weeks with baby boo 2. Not knowing the gender, it’s been a little hard to prepare, however I’ve started to get things together as best as I can and get my ducks in a row. One of the biggest reasons I’ve started preparing earlier than the first time is because this time around things are a lot busier. I mean having a toddler and preparing for a newborn is just crazy, so hence the jump start. One thing that I’ve found is that we have most of the items from Qaayam, so that’s definitely been a plus. I also learned from the first time around there were things I read I would need, but never ended up using, so we’ll definitely be taking more of a minimalist approach this time.Read More
I started working on this post back around the 2.5-3 month mark, and since had to revise it a few times. My hope was to get it out much sooner, but let’s be honest, it’s been a chaotic and eventful few months.
To start off, I can’t express how excited and blessed we feel to welcome baby #2 into our little crew. Growing up with two sisters I always knew I wanted to have a family of multiples and I think the most exciting part about this is giving Q the gift of a sibling. He’s been such a sweetheart through the process so far, asking lots of questions, doing lots of belly kisses, and reminding me to take my prenatals, haha! Let’s be real though, I’m preparing myself for all the ups and downs that will come once the baby is physically here.Read More
When JORD watches contacted me a few months back asking if I wanted to collaborate and host a giveaway, I was thrilled. I have been eyeing these watches for such a long time and was super excited to partner up with a design and brand I had an eye on.
If you haven't checked out their pieces, you must! Their watch styles encompass such a minimalist, yet unique look. They are perfect for everyday wear, but can also be a great accessory for a formal night out.Read More
Recently I had someone ask me..."why do you do this?" Why do I share my life so openly, why do I share my journey of motherhood, why I blog and Instagram. For a second it threw me off guard because I was in a time where the haters and the lack of support and negativity were at a high, and my initial thought was "yah why the heck am I doing this?" Then I sat back and the clarity set it in.Read More
The wait for spring seems to have been a daunting one. But this past week has proven that Spring has officially sprung and damn does it feel good to see that sun. I always love the transition from fall/winter to spring/summer, but who doesn't right? More warmth, more outdoor time and the cute AF clothing that comes with it. I started taking out some of that spring/summer wear this past weekend, as well as got some peeks to some super cute SS18 lines coming out. So Mama's....time to get your online shopping carts filled, I'm sharing some of our favorite Spring fashion below.Read More
Moments. We all need a moment sometimes. A moment to breathe, a moment to feel, and a moment to just be...be you without feeling any responsibility in the world. I've said it before and I'll say it again, motherhood is the most exhausting yet best thing that's ever happened to me. I truly wouldn't trade it for anything in the world, even on my most horrible days. One of the things, I've felt, that has brought me comfort and sanity is taking time for me; to grow as an individual and just for a few moments "not be a mom." I mean those last few words in the most respectful way. I truly have come to learn that when I take these moments for myself, I come back feeling refreshed, happier, energized and with more love in my heart for my family than ever! Since I've dedicated 2018 to NURTURING, it has to start with nurturing myself; my body, my mind and my heart, so in turn I can nurture the relationships and roles I carry in this world. So here are some of the top moments I take for myself that bring clarity and joy in my motherhood journey.Read More
I've never been a big essential oil user and never quite understood the hype but was constantly hearing of people living by them regularly and incorporating them into their lives in many different ways. I decided to give them a try with some pure high quality oils for myself and my family. This transition happened for us shortly after Q was diagnosed with asthma a few months back. I received a lot of feedback from my followers and co-workers regarding the use of essential oils to manage asthma and was very curious about this natural approach.
With lots of education and knowledge shared by experts and people who have seen significant improvements in their health with the use of them, we started incorporating them into our life. We haven't taken the full pledge of diffusing and rolling every day, but we're down that path.Read More
It's my first post of 2018 and I want to make it a strong and memorable one. I recently shared on my Instagram a bit of my reflections on 2017, including the good and the bad. I also mentioned that I have set goals for 2018 but will be keeping them mainly to myself and my most trusted and supportive group of people, who I know will push me through to succeed and hold me accountable in a positive way. As the first few days of 2018 have gone by I've really been thinking about those goals, which are primarily focused on my own asspirations for myself. But it made me dig a bit deeper and also create another branch of goals....#momgoals and these I want to share with you all.Read More
I remember the days of post baby mentality when I thought I had it all figured out. I had a laundry list of items I swore I was never going to do as a parent. TV....nope, Sweets....heck no, Fast Food....over my dead body! I told myself these were non-negotiable and our kiddo was gonna get fresh cooked healthy meals every day with all dem' veggies and protein with a structured schedule and sleep routine. It all sounds super easy and I'm not saying its impossible. There are definitely some parents that can make it happen and I bow down to you for that. However, it doesn't always happen or work for everyone and what I want to say to that is, IT IS OK!
I'm not saying all the things I wanted to be as a parent were thrown out the window once the time came. It just didn't work for us and particularly me to be as consistent as I had hoped and I've learned to accept that it doesn't make me a bad parent.Read More
The day is here and I can't believe you are TWO. It sounds sad and exciting at the same time. On the one hand, I can't handle how fast time is going and on the other I can't wait to see the exciting things and adventures you take on.
I feel like every step of being your mom has been a learning experience and comes with it's challenges and joys. These past 12 months have had moments of pure chaos and moments of pure bliss! I have a new favorite moment everyday because with each day your personality is starting to shine through more and more.Read More
The holiday season is upon us and I couldn't be more excited. For me, this time about family and oooing and ahhhing over all the beautiful Christmas sparkle and decor.
When it comes to gift giving, my family hasn't always observed this traditoin, though over the last few years, we've incorporated it into our morning. We typically set limits and its a fun activity and way to show appreciation for each other as we don't do gifts any other time of the year.
Some find it tough to buy gifts for babies, toddlers and even mama's not knowing where to start. So I'm rounding up my favorite items from some of my favorite local shops. I love supporting local shops and seeing the passion and love that goes into the products/services they have to offer, and the best part, you can beat the mall rushes and shop online!!!Read More
We live in a world where social media rules communication, sharing experiences and providing a new age of community. Social media has a lot to offer; an awesome platform to express your thoughts and connect with like-minded people that you may not have met otherwise. These platforms have helped me navigate through pregnancy and the different stages of motherhood from getting advice to receiving unbelievable support on my good days and my not so good days. But with every good, there is a nasty right? You would hope not, especially when it came to motherhood and I totally thought this would not apply to this topic, because in all honesty, how many of us actually know what we're doing to a tee? My life in general, and especially as a mom, is far from perfect. It amazes me to see how a platform that can be so inspiring and positive can also bring out such negativity, judgement and competitiveness. Sometimes I read comments mom's receive and just want to shout out, "WHERE IS THE LOVE PEOPLE?"Read More
Have you ever listened to something and instantly felt chills and butterflies? This is exactly the feeling I got when I heard the sounds of my beautiful friend Jess Schellenberg's new EP "Grow Your Heart." Jess is the owner and creative mind behind Chorus and Clouds and she just released her new album that she's been working on for a number of years. The wait was long to finally hear the magic, but boy was it worth it. The music and songs are perfection and what I like best is that it's an indie folk genre, which is unique for children's music. I listen to it even when Q is not around, so it's really made for the love of everyone!Read More
'll be the first to admit, I'm not a huge fan of fall/winter, or summer ending. The change in mood and weather for this transition from summer to fall in Vancouver came fast and furious. I'm not even sure you can call it a transition, it was like a light switch turned off summer one day. The clouds came rolling in, the sun had disappeared and there was a chill in the air. NOT A FAN!! Though, there has been one highly anticipated thing about fall that I have been looking forward to; the fashion. The new collections that have come out for little ones have got me on a bit of a spree.Read More
Like most people, I've always had insecurities about myself. Whether it be that I wore glasses and looked "dorky" or that my skin was too dark, it lead me to caring way too much what other people thought of me.
To say it changed the day I became a mom would be easy; it didn't happen overnight, but it definitely was the stepping stone to changing that mentality.Read More
If you don't know me already, it's pretty obvious I LOVE to read. There's nothing quite like walking into Indigo and seeing shelves upon shelves of books, I could spend hours, if not a full day there. So when I learned I was pregnant, my love for books grew even more, if that's even possible. The thought that I will now be able to share some of my favorite children's classics with my new addition and also embark on new reads, brought a smile to my face.Read More
How do I even begin?
When you came into my world you showed me a love I could never have imagined. From the time you took your first step and spoke your first word, I was right next to you rooting it on. Every milestone you reached, I felt was a day of celebration and wanted to shout off the rooftops, (and I probably did on IG). You, my sweet boy Q, have taught me the true meaning of unconditional love!Read More