Thursday, December 31, 2015

And A Happy New Year






Photos by: Cecelia Harvard Photography// Hudson's hat c /o: Little Sun Hat// My watch c /o: Arvo Wear

2015 definitely proved to be my most favourite year yet! I feel like every passing year when I take the time to look back on what has changed in the last 365 days, it always seems like SO much has changed! My years are always eventful, full of change, and full of more and more happiness. Not to say they don't also come with their fair share of challenges and set backs but the blessings continue to outweigh any trials. 

New Years Eve 2014 was the day we found out we were expecting our little Hudson boy. We went into the new year knowing just how much different 2015 would be for us and for the years to come. 
The year did not disappoint! It was a hard year of being sick, emotional and nervous about becoming a family of three. Would I be able to do this? Would my baby love me? Would we all be happy?

It was also the happiest year of my life! I did it! We did it! My baby, if I do say so myself, adores the heck out of me! And I often catch my husband and I both staring out our sweet baby boy with the same look of pure joy. The kind of joy that makes your heart burst and your insides smile. We are so happy.

I cannot wait for what 2016 has to bring for our little family. Watching Hudson continue to grow is going to be so much fun and bring so much joy and excitement. Kev and I will continue to grow together as a couple and as parents. We will go on many adventures, that I am sure of. Heck maybe we will even sleep through the night! haha. 

Whatever comes our way over the next 365 days… I am sure glad I have these two to take it on with. My rocks, my loves, my joys.

Happy New Year to all of you!

xo

Monday, December 21, 2015

Mama Must Have #6 -It Takes A Village




First off…are you guys sick of seeing pics of us in our comfies and in the bedroom?! *embarrassed face* But hey it is stinkin cold and gloomy out there and Hudson says no to being outside…I promise to spice things up a bit here soon! ;)

And now for the main event…our next mama must have is an APP…yup they've got an app for that.

I'm sure you've heard the saying "It takes a village to raise a child." 
As a new mom I can definitely agree with that! There are so many times that you wonder what to do or if something is normal or just plain ol' need another mom who has been there, to talk to! There are times when it's not a question for a doctor or paediatrician it's something only another mama could answer for you! That's where the Village For Parents app comes in handy! This app is so fun and so helpful. You sign up FREE and create a profile. Then you can view recent questions from other parents and you can lend a helping hand with an answer! OR if you find yourself wondering something like "my baby has a cold, what kind of things do you find helpful?" and other parents will give you some tips and tricks! You can ask any kind of question! The app itself is super user friendly and easy to navigate. You can check it out HERE!

When it comes to raising a child and also having peace of mind… Village For Parents App has got you covered. Because, sometimes you just need that little extra helping hand.

xo

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Love Sweet Love









Mommy and me tees c /o: The Love More Shop

For some reason this post has just been so hard for me to write. I think it's because there really isn't more that is needed to be said than I believe we need to "Love More".

However, I will expand on it anyways because well we all know I am long winded and like to ramble! It helps my heart.

Becoming a mom changes you in a lot of ways. At least I know it has definitely changed me. Even just in this small time frame of four months I feel like the person I am is so different than the person I was before Hudson came into this world. This world. It can be a scary and hateful place. With so much bad in this world and so much evil always being spread around and focused on in the news and social media, I can hardly stand thinking about what it will all be like as Hudson gets older. I forever want to scoop him into my arms and kiss him, hold him and protect him from what is out there.

Unfortunately I know that I won't always be able to protect him from others choices. What I can do is raise HIM to love more. To be the kind of person I hope people will be to him. I want to always raise Hudson with love. Raise him to be compassionate. Raise him to have a tender voice and be understanding and open minded to others. I want to raise Hudson to be a man that everyone will be proud to call their friend, son, husband and father. 

It is hard to think about my sweet little boy becoming a toddler, becoming a teenager, becoming a grown man. I often wonder what he will become. What will he like? What will he dislike? What paths will he choose? 

Whatever it is, my hope for my sweet little H is that he always knows he is loved and that he always will be loved. I hope that because he is raised in love that he will be able to love more and to show it. 

As parents in these hard days we have the ability to raise the next generation and to turn this world around. That is my focus as I continue to raise this special little boy…. in love so that he is able to love more.

xoxo

Monday, December 7, 2015

Mama Must Have #4 & #5



Hudson's bed c/ o: Dock A Tot// Muslin blanket c /o: Margaux and May

Our next mommy must have is a serious sleeping miracle! Part of me is sure we just got lucky with a good sleeping baby (minus the last week) haha…babies… anyways! When Hudson was a new fresh baby he slept on my chest a lot because if we put him in his pack n play or crib he was so so sad and felt so uncomfortable. Once we got out dock for him to sleep in it was life changing! Hudson started sleeping through the night in it almost immediately! It is also perfect for co-sleeping while you are still nursing in the night. The dock is so comfy and cozy that it helps baby feel like he is being snuggled up in your arms. The material has been tested and certified for safe breathing so you do not have to worry about baby. If you follow the safe sleeping guidelines this is the most perfect bed for your brand new baby! They also have two sizes. The smaller size is meant for babies up to around 8 months and then the next size up after that. Hudson loves his dock so much that we will be able to use it for an easier transition into his crib. The best thing about it? We can easily bring it with us when we travel to Canada for the Holidays! The cover zips off and the rest folds up so you can pack it in your suitcase OR you can easily bring it as one of your carry on items. Bottom line is as new mamas we could all use the extra sleep that we can get! Dock A Tot will give you just that! …Just keep in mind that babies are babies and if they are hungry or need some extra love they will still wake in the night no matter what they are sleeping in! ;)


Next mommy must have is something I have to share with you before the holidays so you can add it to your wish list! Hey June Shop has the most beautiful keepsake jewelry! All the gems are for the months of the year and are so pretty! I love my little month of August necklace for our anniversary and the day of Hudson's birth. You can add this to your wish list and make sure to order before DECEMBER 11 so you can use code : LAUREN20 for 20% off your order!

xo

Monday, November 30, 2015

MaMa Must Have #3 A Treat For Mom and Babe







 Lactation Bars c /o: Oat Mama

For my mama must have number  three item it is something delicious for mama and baby! If you are a nursing mama then you know the concerns about if baby is getting enough milk or if the milk is filling them up as it should or just if you are making the kind of milk to meet babies needs. As women and moms I feel like we can be so hard on ourselves but hey we are moms and it is just natural worry about and want the best for our sweet little babes.

Oat Mama bars are a delicious way to ease your mind. They are full of wonderful ingredients that are meant to boost that milk supply such as brewer's yeast, rolled oats and ground flax. To add to the yumminess they also add flavours such as coconut dark chocolate, peanut butter, nut and berry and then their seasonal flavours right now are gingerbread and cranberry white chocolate! There has never been a more delicious way to take care of yourself and take care of baby! 

I keep my cookie jar stalked full with these, always have one or two in the diaper bag and one by the bed. Hey us nursing mamas are hungry okay!? 

Today for cyber monday Oat Mama is offering 15% off your entire order with code HOLIDAY15.
You do not want to miss out on their holiday flavours while they are in stock! Speaking of stock….these would actually make a wonderful stocking stuff for those nursing mamas in your life!

GO! GO! GO!

xo

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 on..food.

xo

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

Thankful







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.

xo

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!

xo