Life Lately #ForMemoriesSake

I thought I’d do a life lately post for memories sake.  Although we take a lot of photos on our phones I have to really work on taking photos with my big camera.  Second to that I really have to work on printing those photos.  I am so guilty of taking photos and hoarding them on a single storage device.  Hence why I’ve started sharing more on this blog.  At least I’ll have these posts for memories sake.

Adding another kiddo to the fambam is a no joke. (LOL – read nervous laughter!!)

Bringing one child into the lives of two adults is nothing compared to having a second.  With your first, your whole world revolves around the one child and then you all of sudden you have to share/split your energy, time, tasks, responsibilities between two – it’s a real game changer.

Although I’ve been told after you have two you could have ten no problem… LOL!

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Miss S is really into Miss E.  She’s all about the kisses, finger hugs, feeding with bottles, helping to get things, telling me that Miss E is biting me lol etc.  Although as now a mom of two, I have felt and seen a sting from my older little towards me and the Hubz.  We are doing our best to spend as much time with her and even giving her special “day-dates” with either both or one of us so I am hoping that this is a phase and it will pass soon.

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I have been balancing quite a bit – but I actually feel good about it.  Along with the responsibilities of a growing family, I am trying to be more active on my social media channels, making plans for growth here and also finishing up a course I am enrolled in.  So yes a babe on the hip and studying is a real thing for me right now.

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That said, I am trying to rest as much as possible and listen to my body as well.  I did make it out for a lunch run with the Hubz the other day.  It felt good to get out wear something cute and freeze our butts off in this prolonged Canadian winter :P

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And of course I am spending tons of time cuddling a newborn.  It definitely feels different this time around.  Maybe because I have more knowledgable or maybe because I don’t have enough time to think about things because we are literally in survival mode some nights :)

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As with the last time, I am nursing and pumping.  It provides me the closeness as well as the freedom that I need as a woman and a momma :)

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Highlighter | Night Cream | Eye Cream | Sling | Blouse (similar)

Spring is here and I am completely in the mood to refresh my routine and start wearing some lighter colours.  Also planning on #babywearing for some neighbourhood walks :)

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In April I plan to setting up 3 daily to-dos to keep myself inspired and motivated as my mat leave really begins.  Things like:

  • getting out for a sling walk with Miss E
  • going to the library program
  • getting to a mommies group
  • also adding more to the blog and etsy (more photography, more inspiration and maybe some vlogging/videography)
  • Scheduling Posts (blog and social channels)
  • Change my nail polish, straighten my hair or do a facemark #SelfCare!!

Some other things I was thinking about is:

  • Writing out the birth story (if anything for memories sake)
  • Printing some photos
  • Reading more books!
  • Working on some new projects and mentorships
  • Working out again (really looking forward to this)
  • Painting, Planting and Knitting :)
  • Figure out my #The100DayProject project #SoExcited

Baby Box Co Review @TheBabyBoxCo #babyboxuniversity

I first heard about the Baby Box Company from another blogger who had recently received hers.  After having received tons of freebies* the first time around I was excited to see that something new had arrived for mammas :)

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The Baby Box Co is a company that provides boxes for babies to sleep in as well as some great coupons, samples/full size products to try.   The most famous one is the Finland Baby Box – well known the world over.  That said it’s great that we get this box for free here in Canada :)

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Some of the samples included in the box are:

  • Newborn Diapers (pack of 20)
  • Cetaphil wash, lotion and oil
  • Sesame Street Bubble bath
  • Lanisoh nursing covers and milk storage bag
  • A Onesie
  • …a few coupons for other products + some helpful information.

You can sign up here.  All you need to do is watch their #babyboxuniversity teaching video and answer a few questions about the topics covered and you’ll receive a certificate that you will use at pick up.  Yes that is the only downside – you have to pick up the box yourself.  Although I understand why, the price to ship the box and bag of goodies wouldn’t exactly lend itself to keeping the service free.

Here is a quick video I created to provide some more details of what’s in the box!

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I mention freebies* above because there is a list of things you can sign up for and receive for free.  They can come in pretty handy.  The list is below!

Thoughts on a “Mom’s To Do” list

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Is it just me or do people/moms/females ALWAYS have running to do lists.  On our phones, in our planners, on our computer, in our heads.  I probably have anywhere from 2-10 “to do”, “to buy”, “to finish” lists at any given time.  It’s both comforting (as it makes me feel like I have it all together) and frustrating (why do my lists of things to do keep get longer LOL).  But the positive for me outweighs the negative and having to do lists are also calming and keep me organized.

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Here is an excerpt from my said #MomToDoList

  • Clean oven
  • Shave legs #RealLIfeTho
  • Face mask/Eye mask/Threading/Exfoliate
  • Finish meal prep (snacks/dinner options)
  • Finish this week’s lecture
  • Complete this week’s homework
  • Clean make up brushes
  • Finish decorating little room
  • Paint my toenails a pretty colour
  • Design the aids
  • Finish the book I am reading so I can go back to reading the autobiography
  • Plan a trip to Target (lol)
  • Dust/Mop mainfloor
  • Pick up contacts
  • Pick up herb planters, seedlings and soil

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Washi Tape (Similar) | Acrylic Paints

Life Lately

Been a little quieter round the blog than I’d like.  We’ve been just soaking up some family time and getting some projects done around the house (with the Mister out of classes until mid-september – we are taking full advantage!!)

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First item on the list was a storage method for Miss S’s toy “room”.  I use the word room lightly because we just converted the eat-in area of our kitchen into her space.  It has her gazzillian toys, a small desk, toy kitchen, toy stroller, toy lawn mower, mini basketball net etc – well you get the picture.  For mostly anything on our main floor, I prefer semi-minimalistic and neutral colours (although I can’t avoid it with the rainbow colour explosion of toys).   So this with the white bucket-drawers from Ikea ended up being the best option.

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Aaannnd, Miss S is also getting a room update.  I’ve been going crazy pinning, making lists and moleskin designing her new room.  The main inspiration for her room has been her favourite colour (purple) and my research into Montessori bedrooms.  Still in the planning stages but I don’t see the room being completely Montessori Method just because we don’t typically operate like that in our house (I don’t have any education in it), we are too much go with the flow/trying to stay afloat kind of parents (haha) and because Miss S is in just a regular daycare.  In any case – here is a sneak peak of the mister painting in his PJs.  Needless to say, Sanya goes into this room 1-2 a day just to admire the finish walls.

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Since it’s the end of the summer we are trying to figure out when we’ll be doing our annual trip to the Toronto Midway.  I really go for the food (hello deep fried everaayyy-thaang), the carni games (love watching my man slug a few fast ones for a tiny stuffie :P) and the photography :).  But with the CNE being open, it means Fall is just around the corner – for me that means: pumpkin spice lattes, decorating the house for Halloween and dark moody nail polish!

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Last but not least, I have been trying to be more consious to taking family photos.  Miss S gets tons of photos by herself or with other family members so I realized that she also needs to be able to look back and see pictures with her parents.  Even though it’s a grainy iPhone photo – it’s something!