Thursday, November 26, 2015

Grateful for the hard times.

Her: watch c/ o: Arvo Wear// Pullover c /o: Indy Brand Clothing//
Him: Sweater c /o: Indy Brand Clothing
Baby: Shirt c /o: Sandi Lake Clothing// Moccasins c /o: Freshly Picked

I'm always an emotional person. However there is something about the Holidays that really turn me into the sappiest love song ever written. 
It might be because just a few years ago the holidays were kind of a sad hard time for our family. Now as I look back and then look at the present it gets me emotional to see how much has changed for all of us. Just how many blessings have been brought into our lives to help heal a whole mess of wounds. It is certainly the hardest thing in life to watch those you love go through things that hurt them, and it is hard to go through those things yourself as well. On the flip side it is definitely the most joyful thing to see those whom you love the most receive the sweetest of blessings and have things take a turn for the better. It is also the happiest feeling to have those blessings be brought into your own life also. 

My two biggest blessings are right in these pictures with me. How did I get so lucky? I think it has something to do with perseverance through those hard years. I believe we definitely earn our blessings. Did I ever think I would get so lucky with mine? I didn't. But I am sure glad these two are now in my life. I can remember a life without them but I don't know how I ever did it without them because it was never this sweet! 

I am grateful for the holidays. Not because I am not grateful all year round but because it gives me a time to look back and see just how far my life has come and just how many blessings I have received from year to year. In a way I guess I am grateful for those hard times so that I can really appreciate these ever so sweet times! 

Something else I am grateful for….TWO thanksgivings every year! One in October (Canadian) and one in November because it gives me two chances to be a sappy love song….and also the food because come


Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Three Months Of Hudson

Month Blanket c/ o: Batz Kids// Thanksgiving shirt c/ o: Sandi Lake Clothing

Taking pictures with this kid is basically a riot. His facial expressions always changing, he has killer dance moves, and he is always like "okay mom I hate this but I'll just lay here and be good for you cause I know you love it." Awe Hudson…such a nice boy!

I swear the months are passing by faster and faster and I kind of hate it / kind of love it… it's a toss up!
Right now though I feel like I have the best of both worlds because Hudson is still SO snuggly but when he's awake he wants to play play play and he is such a chatter box! Plus he makes the funniest faces. 

Hudson is going through some kind of mad growth spurt at the moment which has him no longer sleeping through the night…bummer. However it has meant more naps during the day so naps all around for this mama and baby! My favourite is having naps together because he is so warm and cozy and loves to hang on to my shirt or hair to make sure I don't let him go. When he wakes up we just kind of look at each other like "that was a good one..thanks!" and then once I say "Hi baby!" he gives me a big ol' grin. It's the cutest.

We left Hudson so we could go on a date night to see the new Hunger Games movie. I was a HOT mess all week leading up to leaving him. I haven't spent more than a 20 minute shower away from him since he was born. I about had a heart attack and cried half way to the theatre. I had to keep reminding myself "this does not make me a bad mom." haha. oy. Kid didn't even know I was gone!! But he sure did know when I was back! He nursed forever and then we snuggled most of the night away. My mom keeps telling me I'm obsessed with him….I totally am! haha. How could I not be!

One big milestone that happened recently is Hudson rolling over from his tummy to his back! One day I laid him down on his tummy to do some tummy time, then I left for one second. When I came back he was laying on his back so I thought maybe I was going crazy and had put him down on his back. Then I placed him on his tummy again and there he went on to his back! I couldn't believe my eyes! He is now trying to learn how to go from his back to his tummy but no luck yet. 

Hudson is finally really fitting into his 0-3 month clothes..our tiny little man! So the newborn clothes are all packed away and we are even moving on to some 3-6 month clothes…that look pretty big but still cute! ha. I love this little babe of mine!

So here we are at 3 months old and I can't believe time is flying by so quickly! Before we know it it will be Christmas and Hudson will be another month old…life is crazy isn't it? Somethings feel like they were another lifetime ago and others feel like they happened just yesterday! I love being a mama to this sweet boy and can't wait for more milestones ahead! But pst hey baby H….can you always be my baby? Thanks, I love you to the moon and back.

Monday, November 23, 2015


Jacket:Roolee// Plaid shirt: Roolee// Boots:Roolee

It's nearing the end of the month of thanks and I cannot believe how quickly each week is flying by over here. I kept thinking I had so much time to write a thankful post and now here we are only a few days from Thanksgiving. Story of my life though…I always tell myself that I have plenty of time to get things done and then wham the day is staring me straight in the face. Professional procrastinator right here.

As we say goodbye to November we will also be saying so long to Fall and hello to Winter. I get the worst mixed feelings about this EVERY single year. I haaaate the cold but I love how beautiful everything looks covered in snow. I also love all the fun memories I have and the wonderful ones waiting to be made during the Holidays.

Now back to business here. What am I thankful for?

I am thankful for a warm cozy home. I have realized how huge of a blessing this is over the last few years of having to pay rent and work hard to have a roof over my head. Growing up you don't realize how hard your parents work to provide something that seems so simple in a child's mind. I am so grateful to have such a blessing and to have such a hard working Husband who helps our little family have somewhere safe to be.

I am thankful to be a stay at home mom. It is my greatest joy and blessing to be able to raise this little boy of ours. I am so blessed that we are in a situation where I am able to stay home every day while my husband is at work.

I am thankful for said husband. I like to keep the tv at a 6 while he always turns it up to an 8. I like fancy expensive food while he prefers a taco stand on the corner. I love to take pictures of everything while he would rather never. I like to decorate our home while he finds it unnecessary. I like to clean and hate to tidy while he likes to tidy and hates to clean. He folds all the laundry but never hangs it up. I leave my dishes everywhere while he picks them all up. I pick up his socks that somehow only make it beside the laundry hamper. We complete each other and push each other to have different perspectives and to try new things. We are the exact of opposites but somehow it works!

I am thankful for a sweet baby boy named Hudson. I wanted to be a mom for as long as I can remember. Babies and kids have always just been my kind of people. So much joy and so much laughter! After having nieces and nephews and nannying for years I finally got my own little bundle of joy! There is nothing in this world like being a mama. Through all the tears, the poop, the barf, there are the milestones, the smiles, the giggles, and the snuggles. There is no greater joy in my life.

I am thankful for the families that we have on both sides. How would we ever get through life without family?! I am so grateful for technology that helps us to stay connected each and every day.

I am thankful for all of you that read this little blog of mine. I am always dumbfounded when I realize that people actually are out there reading what I have to write down! I am so grateful for the support form each and every one of you!

Happy Month of Thanks! I hope you all have the best week and get to spend it with the people you love.


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Take Care of Your Hair

tossd salt spray c /o: Tossd // necklace c /o: Hey June

Being a new mom it is definitely easy to fall into the everyday routine of no makeup, hair in a bun and sweats. After all I spend more days at home than I do getting out of the house so what is the point right? WROOONG! Now now don't get me wrong I have absolutely nothing against being comfy…we all know that I am ALL about comfy. However, day in and day out of not getting ready for the day can really drag a girl down. I have recently started the routine of changing out of what I wore to bed even if it is just in to a different comfortable shirt and pair of leggings or joggers, putting a little tinted moisturizer and some lip gloss on, and at least brushing my hair! It makes me feel like a new woman every morning even if I am exhausted. I also find that it puts me in a better mood through out the day! 

Now for the easiest thing you could ever do to help yourself feel refreshed in the morning and for the rest of the day! Tossd salt spray! If I find the time during the day to hop in the shower real quick, I know I won't have the time to dry my hair and style it. Hudson has patience but not THAT much patience! The answer to this problem is to scrunch my hair and add some spray! Youuuu guuuuuys this stuff smells AMAZING and leaves your hair with just the right bounce and texture. Now, when I do have the time to dry and style it is going to have to last a few days. So again, spraying this stuff on your second, third or fourth day hair will give it a little refresh and also the perfect kind of messy look. 

Bottom line is if you are a busy mom on the go, a stay at home mama trying to soak up every minute, or just a simple girl looking for easy simple style you will LOVE tossd salt spray! Also a bonus you can feel even better about is that every product sold Tossd donates $1 to an orphanage in Ecuador. It doesn't get much sweeter!


Thursday, November 12, 2015

Mommy Must Have #2 -Cover Me Ponchos

Nursing Cover c /o: Cover Me Ponchos

A good nursing cover can be hard to come by! Lots sound promising but then turn out to not deliver the necessities! Such as all around coverage! Cover Me Ponchos definitely delivers when it comes to coverage, quality and style. They are also light weight yet at the same time not see through. Both VERY important qualities in a nursing cover. 

I absolutely love being able to go out and about and not worry about when Hudson will need to nurse because I just bring my nursing cover with me and he can eat wherever we are! So convenient! We are really starting to get the hang of this whole nursing thing in general especially the oh so daunting nursing in public! I even have the nursing while eating thing down to a science. 

It can be a little nerve racking to attempt nursing in public but Cover Me Ponchos has got you covered…literally!

A good nursing cover is ABSOLUTELY a mommy must have! It is at the very top of my list!


Thursday, November 5, 2015

Mommy Must haves #1 The Owlet Baby Monitor

baby sock monitor c /o: Owlet Care

The last ten weeks have sure been an adventure with little Hudson! It's been fun to start to see what he likes and what he dislikes, what makes him laugh and what makes him cry, etc. It has also been an adventure to find what makes me anxious as a mom! 

One thing that I think most momma's can relate to would be leaving your baby alone in a room or having them sleep in a separate room. Even with Hudson sleeping in his pack n' play beside us in the first few weeks I was a wreck! Always asking Kev to make sure he's breathing and waking up in the night just to listen to his little breaths and then go back to sleep. When we settled into our new home we actually decided to try co sleeping. Which will be the topic of another mommy must haves post! For now though we are talking about the Owlet Baby Care monitor. Unlike video monitors which only work if you are up looking at the screen or if baby cries, the Owlet is "up all night so you don't have to be."

This little sock is pretty amazing! The monitor uses the same type of technology hospitals use to check heart rate and oxygen saturation. You can even check your babies heart rate and oxygen levels on your apple device which makes things quick and easy. If your little ones heart rate and oxygen levels reach alarming rates or dip too low an alarm on the base station will go off to wake you up. When all is well the base station flashes green. 

We LOVE our Owlet Baby Care monitor so much. It truly brings so much peace to a worrying parents mind. We haven't yet moved H into his own bed at night yet BUT did you know that a lot of SIDS cases have happened during nap time? I now feel so much more comfortable putting H down for a nap and getting stuff done around the house without checking in on him every few minutes! Also, we normally put him down for the night around 10 and I felt the need to just go to bed when he did even if I wasn't tired ( who am I kidding I am ALWAYS tired! haha ) BUT sometimes you need to stay up and have some time to watch a show with your hubby! So now we slip the monitor on and we can spend some much needed one on one time together without worrying. 

For more information and an awesome information video visit Owlet and to purchase your own Owlet Baby Care Monitor with a $20 discount go HERE.

It really is a mommy must have!


Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Two Month Hudson

Hudson Boy,

How is it that you have been in our lives for only two months? Was there life before you? Not a complete one!

You are spicy. Oh. So. Spicy! I love every minute of your spiciness! You know what you want and when you want it and it is so funny to be learning your cries. We have your annoyed cry which is saying "guys I am just so annoyed right now!", the why is no one paying attention to me cry, the I am clearly starving where is my milk cry, the I pooped and you haven't yet changed me cry, and the little whimper after you get what you want… spicy I tell ya, spicy.

You have started to smile so so much and have let out a giggle or two. It is so much fun to have you smile at me and daddy when you see us and when we talk to you. You have also started to coo and mimic noises. Mostly when you are having play time with daddy!

You like to have your feet and toes kissed and when I boop your nose! You love to have me tell you what your name is and what my name is! 

Once daddy gets home from work there is no more nap time for you! You know you are about to get in some much needed one on one play time with your dad! 

You know when it is bed time and let us know that you are definitely ready to get your pjs on, get all swaddled up (arms out of course) and be rocked and nursed to sleep. This time of night is so special to me. 

You love your bath time and would stay in until the water got cold. You are our little fishy! Daddy and I prayed lots that we would have a water baby and you have definitely turned into just that! 

You adore being outside and going for walks is one of your favourite things to do! What will we do as it gets colder and colder?! Mama is scared!

You have found your hands and are just trying so hard to learn to control them. It is a frustrating task at hand but you are getting better and better each day. You have also realized you have control of your little legs and love to kick kick kick! The best part is how excited and proud of yourself you get when you do!

You are just the most alert baby and we love every minute we get to spend with you! Thank you for being such a good napper and letting mommy and daddy get the rest we need most nights! 

We adore your chubby little face and cannot wait to continue to watch you grow!