Posted on June 26, 2017

Third Trimester Worries | What I Do To Combat My Pregnancy Anxieties

2 Things I Do To Combat Pregnancy Anxieties

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As the weeks dwindle down (can you believe only 10 more weeks until this baby girl arrives?) I am taking advantage of date nights and girl’s night (P.S almost none of my clothes fit me anymore, it feels like I’m wearing the same outfits weekly at this point…).

It is isolating that first year as a mom to a newborn because there are plenty of invites to attend parties, dinners, or events but your baby needs you constantly (especially when you’re breastfeeding).

I’m also in uncharted territory – I’ve enjoyed giving birth to October babies because the following months that I needed to take to re-adjust back to the 24/7 needs of a newborn – it’s usually freezing outside (at least in Edmonton) and it did not feel like I was missing out on much.

I can feel my anxieties and worries start to build as the due date draws closer (having 3 kids under 4, labour, postpartum healing, the usual pregnancy worries), but when I feel that tightness in my chest or my jaw or my shoulders from carrying around those anxieties all day, I remember to pray and read my bible.

During my second pregnancy, I book marked my favourite verses for anxiety, and I continued to read them after giving birth. My anxiety mixed with the flood of postpartum hormones had me in tears the first week after having my babies but I also find crying as an excellent stress reliever.

So I would read these bible verses and pray (for strength, courage, direction, health for my baby and myself, and giving thanks for the beautiful baby He knit inside me for the past 40 weeks) and doing this helped remind me I needed to trust and lean on God:

“The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” – Psalm 18:17

The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace.” – Psalm 29:11

“From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” – Psalm 61:2

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” – Proverbs 2:21

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand… For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.” – Isaiah 41:10,13

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:19

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 12:1

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” – John 15:12

He know you by name, He knows the struggles you face, but He wants to hear it from you.

I often forget that I don’t need to face my problems alone. I figure I’m doing a fine job smoothing everything out, and then the weight of fighting my battles alone come crashing down on me and I have a good cry (typically during that cry I am reminded of what I forgot to do) – I forgot to tell God my problems and ask for help.

Learn from my experience and go straight to asking God for help. It’s much easier than burning out and then asking for help.

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Posted on June 21, 2017

Summer Peach | Feeling Comfy & Gorgeous While In Your 3rd Trimester | 30 Weeks Pregnant

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Feeling comfy & gorgeous while in your 3rd trimester is kind of difficult. Pants and I are not on good terms – dresses are my friends these days. 

Annaliese says the cutest things when I wear dresses, she automatically thinks I’m going out or getting ready for an event. Though she thinks the same thing when I put a hat on… it always makes me chuckle.

This pregnancy is flying by, and before I know it this baby girl will be here!

We’re still making a short list of names for when she arrives (2-3 names) so when she arrives we’ll know by looking and being with her what name we’ll choose. We’ve decided on keeping this baby girl’s middle name to be a family name, it’s a very uncommon name, but I like using family names as middle names (A&A have their Nama and Grandmother’s names).

Did your parents give you an uncommon or humorous middle name?

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Posted on June 18, 2017

Soft, Messy Curls With 2 Paraben & Gluten Free Hair Products

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I like to rock the messy top knot EVERYDAY. But when I feel like completing my look for lunch dates, photoshoots, or any friggin’ time I feel like it I pull out my Nume 25 mm curling rod, and paraben & gluten free hair products to create soft, messy curls.

First, I refresh my hair with the Herbal Essences dry shampoo – spraying my roots throughout. The best part? No white powdery mess that you need to work into your hair and scalp! You can see proof in the video. Plus it’s paraben & gluten free. *thumbs up*

Then I use my Nume 25 mm curling rod and alternate the direction of how I wrap my hair around the rod on either side, it creates a more natural curl effect.

For those who have difficulty curling their hair or the curl falling out half way through the day, try to hold the curl up to your head for 10 seconds to cool each strand before you move on to the next. 

Then when you’ve curled all your hair apply the Beautycounter Sea Salt Mist that is infused with Himalayan pink salt, red algae extract, and clay, it creates beachy waves.

And that is it! That’s all there is to it.

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Posted on June 15, 2017

Father’s Day Gift Guide | Practical Dad Gifts by Bed Bath & Beyond

What To Buy The Practical Dad For Father’s Day?

This year I needed help with Father’s Day so I took Matt shopping and he showed me exactly what he wanted for his Father’s Day gifts.

If you watched our Bed Bath & Beyond shopping trip on Instastories, Matt already had a wish list ready to go. I don’t know about your husbands but mine is an effective shopper.

I hope you can find inspiration for the dads in your life from his wish list for Father’s Day:

Nutribullet Pro | Matt’s a milk shake guy, and our blender needed a serious upgrade to make thick milk shakes. Now, the Nutribullet Pro has the power and size to make delicious all the milk shakes his heart desires. And trust me, he’s going to use the Nurtibullet lots!

Cuisinart Verticle Waffle Maker | I look forward to weekend morning waffles for the rest of my life and the endless waffle combinations to be discovered. We chose the vertical waffle maker because #1 we live in an apartment and #2 we have limited counter space. I am so pleased with this waffle maker so far! There’s limited to no mess, it cooks the waffles perfectly, and the automatic timer makers it so I don’t have to babysit it while cooking.

Tervis Tumblers | Matt doesn’t like my excessive coffee mug collection, especially because the cups are so small (in his opinion). These tumblers are the perfect gift because they’re suitable for hot and cold drinks, are microwave safe, dishwasher safe, and freezer safe. You won’t have to worry about wrecking your cups again.

Therapedic TruCool Memory Foam Pillow | I wish I had thought about asking for a new pillow for Mother’s Day! Matt has had the same pillow for the past 5 years (at least) and he really wanted a new pillow – which makes sense since having a good supportive, comfy pillow means you’ll theoretically have a better sleep. Sounds like a great gift to me!

Nutribullet Pro | Waffle Maker | Therapedic TruCool Pillow | Tervis Tumbler Cups

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This blog post is sponsored by Bed Bath & Beyond. All opinions are 100% my own.

Posted on June 15, 2017

Edmonton Women’s Meet Up Recap: Better, Safer Beauty (Inside + Out)

Edmonton Women’s Meet Up – make time for REAL face time!

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Edmonton Women Meet Up – what is it?

Every few weeks I am planning these events to bring Edmonton women together – to make lasting connections and relationships in a casual space, to educate us on our health (physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually), and discover local businesses that support our health journeys.

It all starts with coffee (“but first, coffee”, right?).

We meet up for coffee and introduce ourselves, have a few icebreaker questions to get the laughs going, talk about womanhood and what our health goals are (whether you’re a mom or not), and see where the conversation takes us.

I bring samples of skincare for everyone (who can say no to face masks?) – and I talk a little about the benefits of using safer, better beauty products.

Then when it’s time to go everyone gets a little treat from our featured Edmonton business – this past week it was the delicious, and SO nutritious Glow Juicery

Meeting for coffee: it’s simple but it works. I know so many women via online, and it’s an amazing support group, but I also want to reestablish real face time. It’s time to go old school!

So, if you’re in the Edmonton area we are meeting up again and I’d love to see your beautiful faces there!

Why not bring a friend? Don’t forget to RSVP to the event (it’s free to) so I can prepare enough goodies for you! 

2nd Edmonton Women’s Meet Up Details

See you there!

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Posted on June 12, 2017

Safer Skincare | Spot Treating Masks | Beautycounter No. 1 Brightening And Vitamin C Set | Giveaway

Masks To Treat Dry Skin, Acne, & Dark Spots/Circles

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When my skin is a mess, it’s a full blown mess! And to make things more complicated my whole face has different issues, it’s not one simple solution.

My chin is dry (or breaking out from hormonal acne), my nose’s blackheads are out of control, I have mega dark circles from lack of sleep from this giant baby bump, and my earlier acne spots temporarily become dark spots before completely healing.

To combat all my issues I spot treat with different masks once a week:

Dark Spots & Dark Circles, Dull Skin | Beautycounter No. 1 Brightening Vitamin C Mask

Dry Skin | Beautycounter No. 2 Plumping Mask

Acne | Beautycounter No. 3 Balancing Mask

All the masks are unique in their results, and I use them in different combinations on my face weekly.

The price seems steep for them at the start but after I’ve previously spent hundreds of dollars on masks that did nothing for my sensitive, dry skin I can’t tell you enough how much these are worth every penny (except for us Canadians who no longer use pennies, every nickel?).

If you’re interested in purchasing any of these skin changing masks, email me at info {at}! I would love to chat!

I can’t wait for you to fall in love with these masks like I have! That’s why I’m giving away 1 Beautycounter skin mask! Open to Canada and US residents. Closes June 30th, 2017.

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For more information on different Beautycounter products check these posts out:

Plumping Peony Skincare Set

Baby & Kids Body Skincare

Creating A Flawless Complexion | Makeup & Skincare

Pregnancy & Hormonal Skin Friendly Makeup

Bronzer Comparison

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