I love living in Vancouver, especially during the summer. There are endless places to travel to in a short distance; all that offer beautiful scenery and a relaxing atmosphere.
This week my family and I have escaped to Tigh-Na-Mara for some much needed down time. Nothing on the agenda other than soaking up the sun at the beach, and spending quality time with our favourite minis and extended family. After a busy week of hopping around, working & mom duty, this time to oursleves is exactly what we all need.
The only downside to travel is the dreaded job of packing. It has really dawned on me how much work it is to not only pack up a baby for a trip, but an entire family. It doesn’t help that I left it to the morning of, and was running around scrambling to find things. That being said, I quickly grabbed a few of my go-to travel pieces, and we were on our way (inc. this recent sale purchase from Aritzia, which I LOVE).
When in doubt, a t-shirt and denim shorts is the easiest ensemble for summer. I have been living in shorts (as mentioned in this post) as it’s much easier with a nursing baby. There is no need for overstyling a simple combination such as this one. A great pair of sandals, sunnies & a bag, along with your everyday jewelry – and you’re set.
Speaking of everyday jewelry, I discovered local talent Kara Yoo at last weekend’s Summer Street Soiree at the Beaumont Studios. Her line offers a clean, simple & chic aesthetic, at a great price point. This single stacking ring is my first piece from her collection, and will certainly not be my last.
Cheers to the weekend, and the beginning of summer! Summer time is always the best excuse for getting out and enjoying the sunshine. There are endless things to do (like paddleboarding, which I LOVE), patios, street markets with the kids, and of course, the beach! Our family is heading to the Island next week for some much needed getaway time, so I thought what better theme than summer for the latest installment of Insta Faves! These accounts are getting me pumped for what’s to come this season (including some local love, of course ;-))
As a laid back casual gal, I find myself embracing the Westcoast look, and more often than not opting for shorts over dresses in the summer. You go with what you know, and what you are most comfortable in. As a mom, constantly leaning down and chasing after King (and now being thrown up on multiple times a day with Rex), it’s much easier to switch out a t-shirt or top than a dress; assuming I am able to save the bottom half of my outfit in that scenario
As it has only been just shy of six weeks since Rex’s arrival, I was on the hunt for shorts with an elastic waistband, that can accomodate my changing figure. I found this great style on Madewell (and these ones as well) that fit the bill perfectly. They are comfortable, easy to style, and will also be great to have on hand for vacationing.
On that note, Summer sale season is almost upon us (in fact Zara has already started!). This is a vulnerable time for women as it is FAR too easy to get suckered in to a good sale, and lose sight of what is right for you. Ask yourself these questions when shopping through a sale season; this will save you money, and ensure you are buying the pieces that will serve you well..
I hope you find these tips useful the next time you are shopping!
There are a handful of select items in ones closet that will always stand the test of time. I think that almost everyone would agree that a simple white t-shirt is definitely one of them. You just can’t go wrong; There are endless possiblities…
The question is: To invest or not to invest in a good quality t-shirt? I can see the argument from both sides. You are running thr risk of staining it, and having it ruined (and with kids, this is probable), so why spend a lot?? On the other hand, the quality can make a difference, and in turn, make you feel fabulous in something as simple as a white t-shirt. The perk to the inexpensive version is that you can replace them a couple of times a year, and it won’t break the bank. If you are opting for inexpensive yet good quality, these j.crew t-shirts are my #1 go-to. They hold their shape in the wash, and are incredibly comfortable.
As for the investment piece, that is where this shirt comes in. Lucky for me, without the high price tag. I scooped this Sandro linen blend t-shirt up as soon as I laid eyes on it at Mine & Yours. The shirt is a resale item, AND was in my size!! I paid 30% of the original price, and it is now and will remain one of those timeless pieces in my closet. Simple, classic, understated.
Here are my favourite combinations when pairing a white t-shirt..
The easiest way to elevate your look with a plain t-shirt? A necklace. This immediately creates a dressier style..
I have gone through several different variations of makeup regimes over the years, but now that I am a busy mom with little time to put myself together, I have to keep it simple. I much prefer the natural look regardless of my efforts to save time, as I find you appear more youthful with LESS makeup on your face as opposed to more. Don’t be afraid to embrace the wrinkles that develop over time; that is natural beauty.
So, I asked my talented MUA friend Zennia from Zen Beauty to join me once again on the blog (thanks Zennia!). Today we are going to show you a simple way to apply a natural day look (and hide those tired mom eyes), and with a few easy steps, turn it into night.
So, let’s begin…
Step 1: Apply Mary Kay Mineral Foundation Powder Ivory 2 over entire face.
Step 2: Apply Mary Kay Highlighter Pen in Shade 1 along the orbital bone under the eyes (aka sleep in a bottle) with Younique’s Blending Buds.
Step 3: Sweep MAC Paradisco over entire eyelids.
Step 4: Lightly fill brows with Espresso eye shadow.
Step 5: Apply Mary Kay Bronzing Powder in Light to Medium across forehead, cheeks and jawline in a “3” motion.
I am so pleased to announce my very first guest blogger, Katherine Petrunia of The Pampered Baby.
I reached out to Katherine a little while ago when I came across her blog here. I am always inspired by working/blogging moms, as I know first hand the challenges you face while wearing so many hats! Katherine is a local mom who not only provides her readers with useful tips on parenting, healthy eating, DIY, fashion, events and more, she also focuses on supporting local; something that I am a firm believer of as well.
So, today’s subject: Staying Healthy After Baby. This is something that I am hoping to improve on from my last experience as a new mom.When sleep deprivation kicks in, it is easy to forget to care for yourself. Katherine has some great tips, So I will let her take it from here..
So you’ve just had a baby. Congratulations!
While it can be easy to forget about yourself after having a baby- eat, sleep, poop, repeat!- especially if you’ve got more than 1 child to look after, it’s important that you try and make sure you’re getting the nutrients you need. After all, Moms are the glue that hold a family together and you need to take care of yourself too!
For the past 9 months you’ve been focused on maintaining a healthy pregnancy and bringing this tiny person into the world. Now that they’re here it’s still important for you to make sure your diet is packed full of nutrients for you and your baby. Here are some simple ways to make sure you’re getting the nutrition you & baby need:
Drink lots of water
Nursing or not, drinking plenty of water is good for you. If you are nursing, making sure you’re getting lots of H2O will help keep you hydrated and your milk supply up. Try and make a habit of always having a water bottle with you- especially as we head into the warmer months of Summer. If you’re not a fan of plain old flat water, try making a batch of iced herbal/ non caffeienated tea or infusing your water with fresh cucumber slices, lemon or lime wedges, or even fruit/ berries.
Don’t focus on weight loss
I know this is a tough one! After having a baby your calorie requirements are still higher than your average pre- pregnancy intake, especially in the first six months (you’ll need an average of 475- 500 calories per day more while breastfeeding), so try not to have unrealistic expectations of returning to your pre- baby weight right away (it isn’t advised to dip below 1,800 calories a day while nursing, but this may vary from person to person; check with your doctor if you have questions). If you try to reduce your calorie intake too much and/ or too soon it can affect milk production.
Get the nutrients YOU need
The amazing thing about breast milk is that it provides the nutrition a baby needs as it grows, even if you’re not eating as much or as healthy as you should (sleep deprivation can wreak havoc on meal planning!). This means that your body will do what it needs to produce milk to nourish your baby, so you need to make sure you’re taking care of your own nutritional needs. With limited time it can be tought to whip- up healthy meals, so having options that are easy to eat while nursing or on the go is important. Try making smoothies that have kale or spinach in them, making up bags of mixed nuts/ trail mix, or scoop some salsa into half an avocado. There are plenty of simple & delicious ideas out there perfect for tired & busy Moms.
It can be tough to take care of yourself when you’re so busy looking after other’s needs all day, but you won’t be able to take care of anyone if you’re not healthy. Make sure you put aside a few minutes a day to care for your own needs and don’t be afraid to ask for help! After all, ‘it takes a village’!
Katherine Petrunia is the founder of The Pampered Baby, a blog focused on Moms and families featuring recipes, DIY, fashion, events, and giveaways and more. She is passionate about exploring healthy and natural options from the foods we eat to the products used in our homes and is a supporter of buying local. You can find TPB on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram.
This week was loooooong. Surprise surprise, I completely underestimated the amount of work two littles would be. And that is even with a dream baby that sleeps A LOT. Finding time for my blog is just part of the juggling act. Yet again my priorities shift, and my sleep (or lack there of) is suffering. My advice to any new mom or mom of multiples: Take ANY help that is offered to you! Don’t try and be a hero and do it on your own. This will come down on your family if you do. It truly does take a village to raise a child. Nobody can do it alone entirely!
I am taking today to do a whole lot of nothing. Which is exactly what I need! I scooped up this top from our neighborhood Loft event (mentioned in this post) which is perfect for casual Sundays like this one. Light & airy, and ideal for this smoking hot weather!
Stay tuned for a couple of exciting collaborations next week!
donut shorties: avenue g
When Kingston was born, I never ended up having newborn photos taken. I just figured that we had a decent camera, so we would take our own. Now with Rex, and knowing this WILL BE the last time we ever go through this memorable stage, my feelings have changed. Often times we opt for doing everything possible with the first child, and neglecting to repeat these on the second (as we are far too busy caring for two!). I am enjoying every precious moment with baby #2, so to capture just how tiny and sweet he his through beautiful photography provides me with a cherishable keepsake.
So when I met Zennia Moirin from Zen Beauty & Missy Geiger of Little Bear Photography, we decided that a collaboration between us three was a fabulous idea! This talented team of ladies made me feel so comfortable (given it was only 11 days after birth), and together they make mom and baby feel so special. To start, Zennia provided me with a beautiful (yet subtle, which I like) makeover, and styled my hair (because let’s be honest, I didn’t have time to do that myself). Although the photos are mostly of Rex, the few we have together I look polished, not disheveled.
Missy’s style is very similar to mine. I knew right away when I arrived at her home studio, and everything in her home was light, neutral & grey, we had the same taste. Missy began taking photos as a hobby once her little one was born, and over a short period of time, organically formed it into a business through referrals from friends & family. As a mother, she has the gentle touch (and patience, which is key!) to work with newborns. This bunny hat featured above (purchased from Etsy – Ahhh-dorable) is just among the many pieces she provides to her clients for photoshoots.
Here are just a few of my sweet little angel at 11 days old. I will forever cherish these photos! I would like to give a BIG thank you to both Zennia & Missy for collaborating with me on this post! If you are interested in their services, please check out the links below, or like them on facebook to receive updates!
http://www.zenbeautymua.com / facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ZenBeauty.MUA?fref=ts
http://www.littlebearnorthvan.com / facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LittleBearNorthVan?fref=ts
This weekend marks my first outfit post since baby! It has only been 16 days since Rex made his debut, and I am slowly but surely returning to my old self and feeling good again. That being said, it is inevitable that there will be an “in between” stage where my clothing options are rather limited. However, on the upside, this gorgeous warm weather is making the transition go smoothly as I have been opting for loose fitting Spring dresses (I also forgot about the crazy hormones post partum that make you SOOOO incredibly hot.. All. the. time.)
This neutral dress from LOFT is that perfect classic Spring/Summer piece that can be inserted into my wardrobe without hesitation, as I know it will serve well for both warm weather months, and vacationing (which I am dying for right now). Paired with my favourite go-to sandals from J.Crew (another fab find), I can easily take this look from day to night, all while remaining comfortable as I care for my kiddies (win win!)
Speaking of LOFT, tonight I will be hosting a private shopping night at LOFT Park Royal for my neighborhood mamas. I am so excited to check out their latest collection, snack on some treats, have a mini makeover, and most importantly.. SHOP with my ladies!!! Follow along on Instagram at @thefamjewels
Hello again! I apologize for my absense but as you may know, my little one was born 11 days ago. A temporary hiatus from the blog was needed, so that babe and I could settle in at home. I have been blessed with a happy, healthy boy, and our family of four is now complete!
One thing that escaped my memory about having a baby was the recovery from a c-section, and the discomfort you are in for weeks. After your baby is born, you continue to carry a fair amount of water weight (insert crying emoji). This stage does not last for too long, but during that time it’s important to wear clothing that is both comfortable & not restrictive. I have been living in drawstring pants since Rex was born, which offer both key elements to dressing the post baby body. They are effortlessly chic, and are the optimal pant for the stage (because let’s face it – sleep deprivation has kicked in and you don’t have the energy to be coordinating stylish looks!)
I’ve rounded up some of my favourite finds here… (clockwise)