Posted on February 14, 2017

Will You Be My Valentine? | Pregnancy Announcement

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Happy Valentine’s Day! We’re growing from a family of 4 to a family of 5! Today I am officially 14 weeks pregnant and in the first week of the 2nd trimester!

If you could not read the cookie I am due August 16th, though my babies like to arrive a week late. I’ve taken these past few month slow with blogging because I am always hit with morning sickness. With Annaliese it was a quick toilet bowl session in the morning, with Abigail it was all day nausea, and now it’s a bit of both with a sprinkle of headaches.

It’s always fun updating the differences with each pregnancy:

Cravings? Fresh dynamite rolls with wasabi and soy sauce from Edo Japan. Everyday.

Turn Offs? Milk products. The milky after taste makes me want to run to the bathroom.

I’ve explained to Annaliese that in a long time (I don’t want to get her hopes up that baby will be here in a short time) she’ll have a new baby. She was excited but kept asking “just like Abigail?”. Mmm well, no not exactly another Abigail but another baby. Kids are so funny!

This time we’re still pondering on finding out the gender of the baby (we didn’t previously with the girls) – I think it would be exciting to know. We’ve had the same boy name prepared since Annaliese (and no don’t worry it’s not another “A” name!) but we’re going to have to individually brainstorm girls names and then come together with our lists and narrow it down. We’ve always had more difficulty picking girls names! 

 Annaliese has already told me she thinks it’s another girl. Well she has a 50/50 chance of being right!

 What do you think? Boy or girl?

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Posted on February 13, 2017

Philips Avent Comfort Manual Breast Pump Review

Disclosure: I am part of the PTPA Brand Ambassador Program with Philips Avent and I received compensation as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

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 It’s tough being a mom – whether you exclusively breastfeed, pump, use formula, or a combination of all of them – motherhood is rollercoaster ride.

I can only speak for myself as a mom who has breastfed, pumped, and occasionally fed formula to both my children. Even though I planned to exclusively breastfeed having a Philips Avent Comfort Manual Breast Pump was essential to keeping my sanity. 

Especially after the first time of experiencing my postpartum body – complete with engorged, leaky, sore, what-the-heck are these implant looking things – I learned quickly to always have a water bottle, crackers, a breast pump, cold clothes, nipple cream, and spit up cloth at my bedside.  

 Here are 3 reasons why I wanted a Philips Avent Manual Breast Pump for my baby shower registry:

  1. More time to yourself: Feeling overwhelmed? Book yourself a hair appointment or nail appointment or massage (it will buy you 1 1/2 hours to engage with other adults). Then relax, why? Because you own a breast pump, and you will have pumped enough milk for your spouse or sitter to feed your baby and you will know your baby’s hunger is taken care of. Seriously, enjoy the quiet time!
  2. Clogged milk ducts: As a new mom I had never heard of clogged milk ducts, and the nightmare they create if they develop into full blown mastitis. How do you know you have a clogged milk duct? You’ll feel like you have the flu (chills, nausea, aches) plus sore breasts. How do you fight clogged milk ducts? Take a hot shower, massage the hard knot on your breast where it hurts (A LOT), pump, rest, and drink lots of liquids. Your pump will save you – keep it close by!
  3. Increase milk supply: Along with eating a more nutrient-rich diet, nursing frequently on both sides (if breastfeeding), drinking lots of water, and resting, pumping in between nursing sessions also increases your milk supply. Your body is keeping up with your baby’s supply and demand, and if it is being told it needs to make more it will.

 

I’ve tested out both electric and manual breast pumps, and they both have their perks. But my Philips Avent Comfort Manual Breast Pump is great for travel (near or far) because it’s compact, easy to use, and has less parts to lose. The soft massaging cushion feels less like a mammogram and more like the natural sucking of a baby. More comfort, more milk than before.

Plus I trust the PTPA (Parent Tested Parent Approved) Seal Of Approval, check out the most recent winning children’s and baby’s products!

 And the best part? I’ve teamed up with Philips Avent to giveaway 2 Philips Avent Sterilizer Gift Sets! Whether it’s for yourself, a family member, or friend it’s a great gift for breastfeeding and bottle feeding parents. Enter below:

Philips Avent Sterilizer Gift Set Giveaway

 

Don’t forget to share this with your mom-to-be friends!

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Posted on February 5, 2017

Influential Edmonton Bloggers, Social Media Influencers & Photographers You Need To Follow On Instagram

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You may remember my round up post of Edmonton fashion bloggers last summer, and now I thought why not share my favourite local Edmonton bloggers, influencers & photographers that I personally follow on Instagram.

The list is long but I love sharing the uniqueness that Edmontonians bring to social media – and with the recent boom of #yegbloggers in past years there are even more emerging bloggers, influencers & photographers than I have included in this list (but you’ll have to forgive me if I missed any of your favourite accounts). I hope you find some new Edmonton Instagram accounts to inspire you!

Bloggers

Kassandra | blogger at Kastles | @kastlescamponi

Justine | blogger at With Justine | @withjustine

Sandy Joe | blogger at The Pretty Secrets | @theprettysecrets

Kira | blogger at Northern Style Exposure | @northern_style

Ashley | blogger at Once Upon An Outfit | @ouanoutfit

Orane | blogger at Orane Boucher | @o.r.a.n.e

Maegan | blogger at Home-Meyd | @maegan_lukian

Alyssa | blogger at Ordinary People | @imalyssalau

Jenna | blogger at Smitten Life | @smittenlifeblog

Diana | blogger at 204 Park | @204park

Vicki | blogger at Adventures In Fashion | @advinfashion

Christina | blogger at The DIY Mommy | @thediymommy

Lyndsey | blogger at Over My Styled Body | @overmystyledbody

 

Influencer

Anton | influencer at @antonatienza

 

Photographers

Melissa | owner of Bespoke Photography | @bespoke.photo

Jillian | owner of Jillian Schecher | @jillianschecher

Karly | owner of Karly Ford Photography | @karlyfordphoto

 

Tell me about your favourite local Instagram accounts that inspire you in the comments below!

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Posted on February 3, 2017

Silky Smooth Hot Chocolate Recipe | Sweet Treats For Valentine’s Day

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 cups: Macy’s (love these ones too 1 + 2) | tray: Winners (similar one here)

I was so inspired by my blogger buddy’s, Christine from Amidst The Chaos, delicious homemade marshmallow and hot chocolate recipe this week that I decided to break open my recipe book and find The Kaup’s homemade hot chocolate recipe. 

Drinking my hot chocolate recipe reminds me of the children’s book the Polar Express when the children are on the train drinking hot chocolate that tastes like liquid chocolate bars – and basically the Hershey chocolate bar in this homemade hot chocolate recipe makes that dream a reality.

P.S. Make sure to subscribe to Honey & Betts’ email list so you don’t miss the huge surprise I will be revealing on Valentine’s Day!

Homemade Hot Chocolate
Serves 2
A rich and refreshing warm drink for a cold day.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups milk (I used 1%)
  2. 1 cup chopped Hershey Fondue chocolate
  3. 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  4. 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Bring milk to a simmer in pot
  2. Add chocolate and cocoa powder, and whisk together
  3. Add vanilla and mix
  4. Pour into cups and top with whip cream, marshmallows, and chocolate shavings
  5. Enjoy!
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Posted on January 25, 2017

BrushCraft Oval + Linear Brushes | Colour Correcting Makeup For Blotchy Red Skin

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BrushCraft is the newest creation of Artis Brushes – and I am loving the oval brush trend. I don’t know the science (if there is one) behind oval makeup brushes, but they are magical at blending. Plus, they have animal-free fibres in the brush head!

Each brush has many different functions and application techniques so that your whole makeup routine can be applied with these 4 BrushCraft makeup brushes.

The brushes have a unique handle that offers the “Right Angle” for applying makeup to yourself. 

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Linear 1 Brush | This brush has a thin row of fibres to create that perfect line of makeup – whether it is eyeliner, eyeshadow, eyebrows, or lip liner this brush can create the line you want.

Circle 1R Brush | This brush has a circle head with a round domed fibre bundle making it great at blending – use it for applying eyeshadow and blending, concealer, nose contouring, or lip colour.

Oval 3 Brush | This smaller oval brush is a great shape and size for contouring, highlighting, concealer, and eyeshadow.

Oval 6 Brush | This is my favourite brush because it does an amazing overall job of creating flawless skin – use it for foundation, contour, and blush. It has over 60 000 fibres in the head!

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And remember to subscribe to new Honey & Betts’ YouTube channel! There I will be sharing new beauty routines, product reveal/unboxing, travel videos, and many more quirky videos.

Stila Colour Corrector Palette: http://bit.ly/2klU9nd
NYX Corrector Palette: http://bit.ly/2iYA6PG
Beauty Counter Tint Skin: http://bit.ly/2c6HCmS
Maskcara HAC Palette (White Peach, Walnut, Pearl): http://bit.ly/2iYDMAH
BrushCraft Oval 6 Brush: http://bit.ly/2j89E18

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Posted on January 22, 2017

Green + Grey

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purse/diaper bag: Skip Hop (I like this one too) | coat: Dezzal (this one is discontinues, similar one here) | sweater: Anthropologie | jeans: ASOS | scarf: Oak + Fort | boots: Hunter Boots | gloves: Simons (similar ones here) | hat: Forever 21

It’s been too long since I last did a post, and it’s been a slow start to the new year. The girls, Matt and I have been cycling around sicknesses to one another for the past 3 weeks – I am sick of being sick!

I already have so many goals and plans in motion for this year, and I cannot wait for them to be unveiled in the next few months. But for now I am keeping it all hushed, it’ll be a fun surprise for you!

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