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Posted on June 26, 2017

Third Trimester Worries | What I Do To Combat My 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 4, 2017

3 Ways To Prevent Stretch Marks | Third Trimester Summer Style

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 Anyone else due this summer? This baby girl has a few months left before her debut but she is getting BIG. I feel large and in charge, but mostly large.

I’ve had lot of you ask how I prevent stretch marks… I actually have stretch marks! Though no new ones yet with this pregnancy – the stretch marks are all small, silvery tiger stripes on my hips, upper thighs, and around my belly button.

So, a better question is how do I prepare my skin to stretch to accommodate my growing belly?

  1. Oil up: I find creams do not work, and the main ingredient in most creams is water. I need a product to continuously hydrate my stretching skin, not evaporate off my skin to leave it less hydrated. My favourite pregnant belly products are: BeautyCounter Soothing Baby Oil or plain coconut oil.
  2. Wear dresses: As you get bigger your waistband will become tighter and start pulling at your skin – it’s uncomfortable and I found that it resulted in all the places my pants/shorts pulled at is where I developed stretch marks.

3. Don’t Scratch The Itch: Your belly skin is going to become very itchy at the end of your pregnancy from it being stretched across your baby – don’t scratch it! If you have oil available apply it, otherwise gently rub the itchy spot with the palm of your hand. Sooth the threshold of your skin’s receptors (sorry for the grade 12 biology talk), this way your satisfying your itch without pulling at your dry, stretched skin.

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Posted on May 25, 2017

Summer Accessories To Compliment All Your Outfits | Stella & Dot Sale & Dot Dollars

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Summer is clearly here and what better way than to make sure you look put together everyday than to have beautiful accessories at your disposable. Stella & Dot have released their summer accessories and Stella & Dot summer sale, and I am in love! Especially with all the tassels and bright colours.

Here you can find the:

Classics | Black Double Wrap Watch + Vintage Statement Starburst Ear Jacket (on SALE!!)

Tassels | Blush Tassel NecklaceBlue Tassel Earring

Neutral | Metal Statement Necklace + Blush Cat Eye Sunglasses + Good Vibes Pouch

Minimal | Gold Collar Necklace (similar necklace on SALE here) + Silver Stellar Pave Ring

Bright | Blue Tassel Statement Necklace + Pink Elephant Travel Tote


 I’ve already put my order in and I can’t wait for my Stella & Dot goodies to arrive! It feels like it’s been almost a year since they’ve had jewelry and accessories that are my style… but I’m glad their summer collection is right up my alley!

 Right now, if you spend $75 you get the adorabe “Good Vibes” pouch for $9.99! And their other promo going on is Dot Dollars: for every $50 you spend you earn $25 Dot Dollars. 

But if you’re like me, the Stella & Dot sales are where your heart is at! They always have gems hidden in their summer sales.

What are your favourite summer accessories?

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Posted on May 17, 2017

Maternity Style | Date Night & Outfit Drama | 26 Weeks Pregnant

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During our last date night I had a prominent wardrobe malfunction!

We were at a charity dinner and the room’s general demographic was 60+ years old – about a hour into the dinner I needed to go to the washroom. As soon as I entered an elderly lady told me she needed to tell me something, I stood there gawking “Yes??”. And she proceeded to tell me you could see my underwear THROUGH my skirt. *insert screaming emoji face*

I didn’t get ready at home earlier that day – we dropped the girls off at Matt’s parents house and I got ready there before the dinner, so when I packed that morning coordinating undergarments were the last thing on my mind. But in all honesty, there should be no excuses!

I thanked the elderly lady, because you never want to be walking around a room and no-one has the guts to tell you your underwear is being advertised (though it could have been worse and my skirt could have been tucked into the band revealing a lot more). Then I said “Thanks, no probelm! I’ll just take them off.” and her face literally impersonated the screaming emoji. LOL.

I tried to retract what I said by sneaking in “Orrrr I’ll just figure it out!” while smiling innocently, but I think we both knew I had already figured it out. *insert winky emoji*

Later that evening when Matt and I left the dinner he told me how beautiful I looked BUT that he could see my underwear through my skirt! What a turkey! I set him straight to always tell me if I’m having a wardrobe malfunction – and I’ve been teasing him about it all week.

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Posted on May 12, 2017

We’re All So Excited & We Just Can’t Hide It! | Funny Things My 3 Year Old Says

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I never thought I’d ever share funny things my 3 year old says, but lately Annaliese has been hilarious and I need to share!

Leading up to this week Annaliese has been so excited for her new baby sister, until last night when I was tucking her into bed… she whispered in my ear as I gave her a hug and a kiss “give me a baby brother”.

I couldn’t help but laugh and ask her “what did you say?”. 

She giggled and then with a straight face said again “give me a baby brother”.

Well, sorry little girl! There’s no guarantee that you’ll ever have a brother, it’s going to always be a 50/50 split, but thanks for the (hesitant) laugh. 
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