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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 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 May 16, 2017

NUK #SimplyNatural Bottles + Hands Free Milk Collection Cups

This post is part of the YMC and NUK Canada Simply Natural #SimplyNatural sponsored program. I received compensation as a thank you for my participation. All opinions are 100% my own. 

I love the bonding you experience when nursing your baby. It’s intimate, just you and your babe. I have exclusively breastfed both my babies, and hopefully plan to with our little baby arriving in August, but there are times when I need to pump – travel, sickness, pump & dump. Thankfully there are amazing, innovative products available for both breastfeeding and bottle feeding mother’s that are coming out year after year. 

This year I’m thrilled to try the NUK Simply Natural bottles, they’re designed to keep the natural feeding bond strong between mom and baby. Just like mom’s breast the bottle’s nipple is a similar shape with multiple holes for a natural feed.

I always feel uneasy offering a newborn a bottle especially the bottle’s who’s nipples look nothing like a mother’s, you never know if you’re going to give them nipple confusion, but the NUK Simply Natural bottles relieve my worries. The wide, flexible nipple provides a continuous latch when your baby is still learning how to nurse.

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Does anyone else own an electric breast pump? They’re the greatest for mother’s who plan to breastfed or pump. But with my electric pump it came with attachments I have to hold in place, just like a manual pump except all I’m doing is holding them.

Then I discovered NUK Freemie Breastmilk Collection Cups and they are going to change the way I pump – the leak proof collection cups are compatible with Philips Avent Dual Electric Breast Pump so you attach the tubes to the electric breast pump and slid the cups into your sports bra and voila! They do the rest of the work while the whole operation is concealed under your shirt. 

The first time I used my electric pump I could not believe I went a whole year casually pumping with a manual pump (though I will admit I find manual pumps are best for travel purposes). And I have a feeling the first time I pump with the collection cups AND my electric pump it’s going to blow my mind again. It’ll be revolutionary!

 Have you tried NUK Simply Natural bottles?

Edmonton Alberta Blogger

Posted on May 13, 2017

5 Things That Happen When You’re Expecting Your 3rd Child | Real Life Mom Truths

When You're Expecting Your 3rd Child

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When You're Expecting Your 3rd Child

  1. The morning sickness just might kill you. Prepare to stand your ground when your husband’s annoyed the daily housework is not done – that while you need to keep your other children fed and amused all day, your body is pumping a copious amount of pregnancy hormones that make you swear this is your last baby. But also try to take the high road, ladies! He has no idea what you’re experiencing.
  2. You wonder what you fussed about when you only had one child… oh, the glory days of just you and your wee baby bump. I know that this post partum recovery will be very different from the first time.
  3. You will bond more with moms who also have more than 1 child – you all understand each other’s daily struggles a little bit more. The constant refereeing, perpetual yelling, your high blood pressure, you know? The usual.
  4. If you were a stickler for strick nap schedules, all natural snacks, limited screen time, etc… you may find yourself saying “Eff it! We’ll do it live!” – aka. going with the flow to save your sanity and make it as easy as possible to survive until their bed time… 
  5. McDonald’s becomes your friend, and you embrace it. You’ll have a (hesitant) sense of pride when your kids know your order by heart: a medium iced coffee and 2 hash browns (YAY all day breakfast!).

Though I may sound like a Debbie Downer, there’s no greater joy than watching your children exchange hugs and kisses with each other (on their own). When you’re expecting your 3rd child also know that from my personal experience, the love I feel my my heart can hold overflows each time we bring a new baby into our family (I’m sure you know the exact feeling I’m talking about).

Being their mom is the best feeling in the world!

Edmonton Alberta Blogger

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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