Posted on May 9, 2017

Summer Bronzed Makeup | Clarins Limited Edition Bronzing and Blush Compact & Eyeshadow

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 You know it’s a Tuesday when your hair is 70% dry shampoo and 20% bobby pins – or in my case that’s what my hair is like everyday of the week! #momlife

This week I tried Clarins Limited Edition Bronzing and Blush Compact and Clarins Limited Edition 4-Colours Eyeshadow Palette, and oh boy they are a taste of summer. Plus, who can resist palm leaves print? 

Also I’ve been raving on Instastories about Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector (#13), it’s the perfect cheeky pink. I think I wore it everyday last week… but that’s what happens when you find your new favourite lippy.

Are you ready for summer? 

Edmonton Alberta Blogger

Posted on May 4, 2017

It’s a…. | Baby Gender Reveal

We’re having a…

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We are having another girl! 

I’m not very good at keeping secrets so if you saw me in person and asked if we had announced yet (at that point we had already told our families) I flat out told you we are having a girl. And we could not be more happy! 

Annaliese predicted it from the beginning and she is so looking forward to having another baby sister. Abigail has no idea what’s going on but I think she’ll transition well from taking in how excited her big sister is.

So right now we’re narrowing down names – and if you’re wondering if we’ll continue down the “A” names, we won’t force it but if we find one we both love then we may have to get little tee’s made that say “AAA Alberta Beef”… is that too cheesy? 

If you have an old fashion, longish, feminine girl’s name that isn’t too trendy let me know in the comments below!

And the best part? I’ve teamed up with The Skinny to giveaway a $100 giftcard. All you need to do to enter is:

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Posted on May 3, 2017

Cheers To You, Mom! | Mother’s Day Dinner | The Keg Steakhouse + Bar

This post is part of the YMC and The Keg Steakhouse + Bar #TheKeg sponsored program. I received compensation as a thank you for my participation. All opinions are 100% my own.

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As mom’s we are often dismissed of any accomplishments because we decided to pursue a family – to grow our babies for 10 months, to raise them, to love them unconditionally (even when they’re in their potty training stage), and support them throughout their lives.

We endure a lot of unmentionable stuff that can question your sanity throughout the year, so when Mother’s Day rolls around I like to celebrate my accomplishment (and give thanks to my own mother who survived raising me) of lasting another year as a mom. 

The Keg Steakhouse + Bar has always been a special place of celebration in my family. It was my dad’s favourite restaurant and whenever we went there it was because we were all there together as a family – as we all lived in different provinces.

Now that I’m older and have my own family I continue the tradition in my little own way and this year I brought my mama friend to The Keg to celebrate our growing families.

And oh boy, did The Keg know how to make my Mother’s Day! We laughed and chatted about our families while we dined on our wedge salads with buttermilk ranch dressing, and garlic cheese bread. Our awesome waiter kept our beverages topped up without needing any prompting at all.

You know when there’s that long silence during dinner? You can always tell someone is enjoying their meal when the table falls silent. Once my peppercorn New York sirloin and her steak + crab arrived we gave our food our complete attention. And we were definitely savouring our meals.

To top off our wonderful celebration evening (though I don’t know how we stuffed another bite into ourselves) we each ordered a cheesecake. It was the cherry on top of spending time with my mama friend – reflecting on our year and discussing our plans for the future.

I implore you to treat yo’ self with your family or a special mom in your life to celebrate with The Keg Steakhouse + Bar on Mother’s Day! Remember to make a reservation ahead of time to ensure you have a table at your local The Keg location.

Edmonton Alberta Blogger

Posted on May 3, 2017

How To Get Your Baby To Sleep Longer | Developing A Night Time Routine | Cetaphil Baby

This post has been sponsored by Cetaphil. All opinions are 100% my own.

The first year of being a new mom is rough – you are doing your best to keep a human baby alive – it’s a big job to do on little to no sleep. Finding a routine that works for your baby to wind down at the end of the day right before bed time prepares them for a longer sleep. How to get your baby to sleep longer:

Bath Time | Using a gentle cleanser like Cetaphil Baby Ultra Moisturizing Wash and tear free Cetaphil Baby Wash & Shampoo has a soothing blend of organic calendula (a natural extract from marigold flower) that cleanses their skin and hair without drying their delicate skin. It’s amazing how a warm bath can sooth a baby for the evening.

Gently Dry Off & Wipe Gums | Starting a routine of good oral hygiene is a wonderful habit to have while they’re young because the sugary milk and/or food they eat needs to be removed with a wet cloth or gauze. Otherwise it will be more difficult to transition them to a toothbrush when they start popping teeth.

 Nightly Baby Massage | Turn off the lights and have a lamp on to set the bedtime mood. Using the Cetaphil Baby Moisturizing Oil I start with their little feet (they’ll be kicking and squirming but do your best) and give a mini foot massage – uncurling their toes and rub their feet with your thumbs. Then move up to their legs, like milking a cow, from ankle to thigh. Reverse the motion from thigh to ankle. Use the same motion on their arms. The oil has sweet almond and sunflower oils that will soften and protect their skin while you bond with your baby.

Jammie Time | Put on their cute, little pajamas (let’s be honest my babies lives in onesies for the first 3 months of their lives).

Nurse or Read Book | Depending on how old your baby is, following jammie time we snuggle up and have a last nursing session or we read a board book. 

Turn Off  Lamp & Say Goodnight | It’s difficult to put younger babies to bed awake after nursing, but again do your best to start a routine where they are semi awake and can sooth themselves. I always give lots of kisses and hugs, a nightly prayer, and then close the door.

Edmonton Alberta Blogger

Posted on May 2, 2017

What To Buy New Moms For Mother’s Day | Gift Guide For Mom | buybuy BABY

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I think it’s super cute when Moms-To-Be receive Mother’s Day gifts in preparation for their little one’s arrival.

I remember my first unofficial Mother’s Day when I was pregnant with my first daughter and a family member surprised me with a gift – it was one of the moments where all it made my surreal pregnant belly is actually carrying a baby who is half of my DNA. It made me even more excited for the next year’s Mother’s Day when I would have a redheaded baby girl in my arms.

A few good Mother’s Day gift ideas are ones that wīll essentially be most useful to the mama you’re gifting them to. When I thought about what would be most useful gifts to new moms I thought about the awesome knick knacks I found at buybuy BABY for supporting my growing bump, helping my babies to sleep longer at home or in the car, and knowing the stages and milestones of growth:

  1. SoundSpa On-The-Go Sound Machine: It’s a must, a must I tell you. To keep your sanity when guests come over, if you have loud neighbours, if the garbage truck comes by during naptime the white noise machine will cancel put the noise amd continue sleeping.
  2. Wubbanub: The cutest little soother I’ve ever seen and used, but with this one your baby can hold/grab the animal limbs to keep the soother in their mouth. If baby’s happy, mama’s happy. Right?
  3. Milk Boss Carseat Cover: What’s better than a sleeping baby? An errands trip with a sleeping baby undisturb. That’s what is better!
  4. Upsie Belly Belly Bandit: At the end of your pregnancy your belly is huge, your ab muscles are stretched, your back needs a break – an Upsie Belly wrap is a wonderful solution to relieve the belly. And then when you strap in the hot/cold pack to the back of the wrap it does wonders!
  5. What To Expect The 1st Year: If you’ve read the What To Expect When You’re Expecting pregnancy book you’ll love this one, it has all your questions neatly packed into a book of answers. For first time moms this is a must have!

Edmonton Alberta Blogger

This post is sponsored by buybuy BABY. All opinions are 100% my own.

Posted on May 1, 2017

The Ultimate Girls Calgary Weekend | Hotel Elan | Downtown Calgary

Hotel Elan Is Calgary’s Modern Hotspot Hotel

This past weekend was my road trip to Calgary with my long time best friends and this weekend getaway we stayed at Hotel Elan – 1122 16 Ave SW. 

It is the ideal location just off 17th Avenue where all the stunning restaurants, coffee shops, and boutiques are. 

The front desk staff at Hotel Elan were super efficient, relatable, and friendly. We had no idea how to get into the underground parkade and felt silly when we arrived in our 2017 Ford F150, and they kindly explained how to and that our truck would fit into their parkade.

 We stayed in a breathtaking Two Bedroom Serenity Suite – it felt like it was nearly as big as my apartment! The two separate bedrooms each had a fluffy king size bed, ironing board and iron, iHome, flat screen T.V, safe, closet, and mirror.

The bathroom was exquisite. From the heated toilet seat (which makes me chuckle because it was surprisingly comforting), to the life changing shower and the giant tub, to the complimentary L’Occitane products – the bathroom had everything you wanted from a boutique hotel and more.

 In the living common area there was a flat screen T.V, meeting desk that seats 6, chaise sofa and modern chairs, private balcony, and Euro style kitchen. I was amazed that the kitchen was stocked with cups, mugs, wine glasses, mini fridge, gourmet pots, Keurig brewer, stovetop burners, and microwave. It had literally anything and everything you needed.

There were lots of laughs this weekend but in the end I was the butt of the joke (besides my friend starting to order her food when the waiter was not there to take it) when I tried to get out on to the balcony. My friends had been effortlessly in and out but when it came to me opening the balcony door I could not figure out what I was doing wrong! After my friends watched my (humorous) tiring struggle to figure it out they informed me I was simply turning it the wrong way. 

It was worth the struggle because our south facing balcony received the warm morning sun making it perfect to drink coffee and watch people enjoying their morning walks.

 And I can’t forget to mention the delicious breakfasts served every morning – everyday had fresh fruit and vegetables, yogurt, granola, cereal, eggs, hashbrowns, toast, pancakes, juice, and a coffee station. They also have featured items like on our first morning it was quiche, bacon, and crab cakes. The second morning had french toast, ham, amd sausage. We were so well fed, it started our days off just right.

 So if you’re planning your next visit to Calgary Hotel Elan should be the top of your list of places to stay! I can’t wait for our next girl’s trip, as this one is going to be hard to beat!

Edmonton Alberta Blogger

This post is sponsored by Hotel Elan. All opinions are 100% my own.

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