WOODEN WATCHES: The Perfect Minimalist Accessory

WOODEN WATCHES: The Perfect Minimalist Accessory

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.

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WHY I BLOG

WHY I BLOG

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.  

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STYLEZ: SPRING FASHION

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. 

 

 

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1. Haven Kids Clothing

Haven Kids clothing is one of my new favorite local shops and their spring line is so darn adorable.  The neutral and minimal color scheme is just up my ally.  My favorite spring item that I can't wait to get Q into are the overalls.  The drop crotch style can be perfectly paired with a long or short sleeve tee for the cooler spring days, and will be an awesome transition to those hot summer days where he won't need to wear any shirt underneath.  They have a 3 button holes allowing for just the right fit when adjusting.  This is sure to be on repeat for us.

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Jax & Lennon

Jax & Lennon's Desert Collection had me in all kinds of a craze, so I'm super pumped now that the SS18 Palm Oasis line has dropped.  We're talking light neutrals, florals and little something for the Mama's. 

For our transition we've gotten Q already jumping around in his Black Pocket Romper and pair it with a soft hoodie or bomber over it till the tempretures gets a little warmer.  My favorite thing about Jax & Lennon is their minimalist vibe.  It's simple, yet always has people asking where I got "so and so item from."  The wooden buttons on the romper and their tee's make for such a 

MOMENTS

MOMENTS

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.

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FAVORITES: MODERN MAMA ESSENTIAL OILS

FAVORITES: MODERN MAMA ESSENTIAL OILS

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. 

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2018 #MOMGOALS

2018 #MOMGOALS

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.  

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THINGS I SWORE I'D NEVER DO AS A PARENT

THINGS I SWORE I'D NEVER DO AS A PARENT

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.

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TWO: LETTER FOR Q

TWO: LETTER FOR Q

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.  

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SHOP LOCAL: HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

SHOP LOCAL: HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

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!!!

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WE RISE BY LIFTING OTHERS

WE RISE BY LIFTING OTHERS

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?"

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FAVORITES: GROW YOUR HEART

FAVORITES: GROW YOUR HEART

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!

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STYLEZ: FALL FASHION

STYLEZ: FALL FASHION

'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. 

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TIPS FOR RAISING A READER

TIPS FOR RAISING A READER

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.  

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A LETTER FOR Q

A LETTER FOR Q

Dear Q,

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! 

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FAVORITES: CHORUS & CLOUDS

FAVORITES: CHORUS & CLOUDS

I was introduced to Chorus and Clouds by a fellow mama who I attended a music class with at the Mount Pleasant Community Center.  Her exact words, "you've never heard of Chorus and Clouds....you have to come today at 1:30 for Meet Ups!"  

This angelic space is creative, bright, full of natural light and a mama and baby's dream!  The owner, Jess was welcoming before I could even step foot into the room.  She came out to show me where and how to park my stroller for the easiest access and took time to get to know me and Qaayam on a personal level.  She took the time to explain what the purpose of the space is and it was so nice to see her welcoming each mama and child as they walked in.  

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GIRLS WEEKEND: EVERY MAMA NEEDS IT

GIRLS WEEKEND:  EVERY MAMA NEEDS IT

This past weekend I chose to step outta of my mom zone and take a weekend for me and my girls and jet off to Scottsdale, AZ.  I always promised myself to stay true to myself once I became and mom, and though Q (and future kids) will always be priority number one now, I make a big effort to keep my marriage and personal friendships not far behind that. For most moms (and dads for that matter), just because we became parents doesn't mean we have forgotten what sparks our interests.  I've found that still focusing on my relationships and my needs has made me a better mom for Q.  

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THE FIRST FRIENDSHIP: BABY BESTIES

THE FIRST FRIENDSHIP: BABY BESTIES

There is nothing like seeing two little babes grow and encounter this world together.  Some may call it a forced encounter or friendship, and I'd have to agree, that at first it completely is.  As time goes on though, and you see the bond that forms between the two,  you can't help but pat yourself on the back for pushing two little kiddies towards baby bestie-hood.  

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FAVORITES: BOOKS WE LOVE

FAVORITES: BOOKS WE LOVE

"Once Upon A Time."  Probably the most magical words I've ever heard.  It means new adventure, a new character, a new journey, all from the comfort of your bed, couch, living room floor or mama's lap.  As a passionate reader myself, I knew once we were expecting that I would do my best to instil this hobby in my child.  I would read every night while he was in my belly.  At first, it started out with just reading out loud the current novel I was engrossed in.  As time went on, I started to read "Oh The Places You Will Go" by Dr. Suess to my kicking belly. Once Q was born, we dove into the reading right away and man does it pay off.

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STYLEZ: OUR FAVORITES

STYLEZ: OUR FAVORITES

I honestly thought I would never be able to cut back on shopping for my closet...little man Q changed that.  No, I didn't have a huge epiphany that I needed to start saving money and prepare for his education (we do save for his education as well :) ).  My shopping just shifted to buying the cutest, trendiest and most unique threads for Qaayam.  

When we learned we were having a boy, I was over the moon with excitement.  I always dreamed of having a little dude by my side.  Then I started looking at baby boy clothes and I couldn't resist but wanting and needing everything for him.  I had to maintain control of course (we live in a nasty expensive city), but I still wanted to enjoy those first time mama moments.  

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