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Posted on September 7, 2017

How I Prepare For Taking Outfit Photos | Quaker State At Canadian Tire

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What to bring to a lifestyle photoshoot?

As​ ​a​ ​lifestyle​ ​blogger,​ ​I​ ​am​ ​always​ ​on​ ​the​ ​lookout​ ​for​ ​places​ ​that​ ​would​ ​be​ ​perfect​ ​for​ ​taking photos.​ ​It’s​ ​a​ ​blessing​ ​and​ ​a​ ​curse!  

One​ ​of​ ​the​ ​most​ ​iconic​ ​Alberta​ ​scenic​ ​views​ ​are​ ​the​ ​summer​ ​fields​ ​blanketed​ ​in​ ​canola​ ​-​ ​and​ ​at the​ ​end​ ​of​ ​July​ ​when​ ​the​ ​canola​ ​bloom​ ​into​ ​their​ ​yellow​ ​flowers.  

To​ ​get​ ​to​ ​these​ ​picturesque​ ​fields​ ​is​ ​a​ ​bit​ ​of​ ​a​ ​hike​ ​from​ ​our​ ​downtown​ ​home​ ​and​ ​we​ ​would​ ​be​ ​so disappointed​ ​if​ ​our​ ​vehicle​ ​could​ ​not​ ​make​ ​it​ ​there​ ​or​ ​back…​ ​so,​ ​when​ ​we’re​ ​preparing​ ​to​ ​take photos​ ​there’s​ ​a​ ​checklist​ ​of​ ​things​ ​to​ ​do​ ​to​ ​make​ ​our​ ​journey​ ​worth​ ​it.  

A​ ​mandatory​ ​pit​ ​stop​ ​at​ ​Canadian​ ​Tire​ ​is​ ​a​ ​must.​ ​They​ ​have​ ​a​ ​wide​ ​variety​ ​of​ ​car​ ​parts​ ​and products,​ ​but​ ​also​ ​so​ ​much​ ​for​ ​helping​ ​us​ ​enjoy​ ​the​ ​end​ ​of​ ​summer!​ ​I​ ​personally​ ​love​ ​walking​ the​ ​baking​ ​aisles analyzing the cake pans and muffin trays, ​but​ ​I’ll​ ​save​ ​my​ ​baking​ ​products​ ​for​ ​fall​ ​when​ ​it’s​ ​not​ ​too​ ​hot​ ​out​ ​to​ ​use​ ​the oven.

How To Prepare For Taking Outfit Photos

The rest of my mini road trip checklist includes:

Water bottles and dry snacks – whether it’s hot or cold out, staying hydrated and full will make your shoot more enjoyable. There’s nothing worse than dry mouth and a growling stomach when you’re in the heat and are starting to look miserable in photos! Plus, you would not want any stains on your clothes so keep that in mind when choosing a snack.

Makeup bag – I’m human, if you didn’t already know, and I am not impervious to sweating. When it’s hot or I’m stressed, I sweat. Though typically I don’t use flash in any of my photography looking shiny is not a flattering look for me. To fix any shininess or smudges on the go I bring my translucent powder, waterproof mascara, lipstick, cotton pads, and q tips.

Fully charged camera battery and memory card – Thankfully, the new camera I have now I do not need to remove the memory card to transfer photo files anymore but believe me from experience how much it sucks when you arrive at your photo destination and have no memory card! Same goes for a well charged camera battery – there’s no way to fix the situation. So learn from my mistakes!

Check the tire pressure – imagine something going wrong with your vehicle on the way, during, or on the way home while you’re in the middle of nowhere. That is not a fun place to be dealing with wheel troubles! It’s better to take the extra steps – look in your owner’s manual to check the correct tire pressure, then use Google to learn how to measure the pressure and fill if needed.

Check the oil – While you’re checking your owners manual, look for what kind of oil your car needs. I’m all about learning from other’s mistakes to avoid making the same mistakes ourselves – a few months ago a family member’s engine nearly blew when making a short 2 hour road trip to visit. The car trouble? The oil had not been checked and filled since a long time ago! I’m not judging because I am the most guilty of never checking the oil in our vehicles. It’s crazy to think that something as simple as checking your vehicle’s oil will save you so much money, time, and grief!

Do yourself a favour and purchase Quaker State® Ultimate Durability™ Full Synthetic Motor Oil from your local Canadian Tire – car maintenance being made for life in Canada.

Once these tasks from my checklist are complete I have peace of mind that we’ll have a smooth photo session.

How do you prepare for mini road trips with your car?

Edmonton Alberta Blogger

Posted on August 21, 2017

My New Shopping Habit… | End Of Summer Essentials

End Of Summer Essentials: Buy Your Bathing Suit On Sale At The End Of Summer

I’m obsessed with bathing suits this summer… considering all the bathing suits I bought were not maternity. It was strange, but now I have a range of fun, supportive bathing suits if we choose to go to the pool or go on vacation. Wink wink, nudge nudge Matt. Maybe these end of summer essentials will transition into my winter holiday essentials!

Do you ever go on binges of certain items? Sometimes it’s shoes and sometimes it’s bags for me, but this time it was swim suits!

P.S I am now completely obsessed with this peppermint lip conditioner – who can stay away from the perfect product for hydrating your lips for your favourite lipstick? Not me!

Edmonton Alberta Blogger

Posted on August 14, 2017

Maternity Style At 40 Weeks Pregnant | Last Days Of Summer & Being Pregnant

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Posted on July 17, 2017

Pregnancy Style Through The Weeks | Secret To 2nd & 3rd Trimester Outfits

Dresses That Will Grow With Your Pregnant Belly

dresses that will grow with your pregnant belly

I lived in dresses this pregnancy, and the key to finding dresses that will grow with your pregnant belly through the 40 weeks is: silhouette and length.

The silhouette depends on your personal style and lifestyle. I like wearing flowy dresses, because they give me the range of motion I need to wrangle my other two girls. During my first pregnancy I had many, many more fitted dresses because I felt gorgeous in them (and didn’t have two wild monkeys to chase), so there’s no wrong and no right way to choose dresses.

Length – I’m 5′ 9″ so any short dresses become tunics (I need to wear bottoms under) when I hit the 3rd trimester. To save money I invested in 4-5 maxi and midi dresses this pregnancy, and I’m so glad I did because they were well worn! So depending on your height you will need to gauge how long you’ll be able to wear the dresses you purchase.

I also have a secret

I barely wore any “maternity” dresses (the PinkBlush, Gray Monroe, Poppy & Dot dresses I wore are also for non-pregnant ladies, so it’s a win-win). I bought a couple plus size dresses from Forever21 and sized up for my Old Navy dresses but the rest were regular dresses that I will be able to wear postpartum. Woo!

Edmonton Alberta Blogger


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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dress: Poppy & Dot | jacket: Zara | purse: Winners | shoes: Old Navy | sunnies: Red Ribbon Boutique | necklace: Olive & Piper

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.

Edmonton Alberta Blogger

Posted on June 21, 2017

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

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waverly dress: Gray Monroe | demi wedges: Gray Monroe (on sale!!) | purse: Skiphop (similar one here) | straw hat: Forever21 | necklace: Stella & Dot

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?

Edmonton Alberta Blogger

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