Morning Coffee + Goals

Salmon Sisters sent us a set of these amazing oversized enamel mugs, featuring the most beautiful Wild & Free design. They’re huge! Which is so great because I can totally manage with only having one cup of coffee in the morning now. 😉  These gorgeous mugs are handcrafted – Each art decal is applied by hand, baked and melted into the enamel layer. If you’ve got your eye out for a new morning coffee mug, I 100% recommend checking out Salmon Sisters! Love, love, love! ❤️️🐟 

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Time has been flying by quicker than ever, and I feel like I’ve been so absent for the past little while! We are so busy for the next few months, and it’s so overwhelming to think about. But I’m attempting to “retrain my brain” to be excited for all of our upcoming events, instead of letting them stress me out. I’ve spent a great deal of time over the past few weeks, thinking about what I would like this year to bring me. I know it’s already March, and usually early January is the time for these types of posts, but I wasn’t really sure what I really wanted to work on this year – Also we were a little busy when the new year rolled in. 😉  Anyways, now that a couple months have passed, I’ve had the chance to reflect upon what I want to accomplish and improve in 2017.

Routine: I’m trying to work on getting into a routine. We’re blessed with a baby who sleeps on a pretty regular schedule already – I know that this could change any given day, but I feel like while she still seems to be giving us a pattern, I might as well work with it! I’ve been trying to get out for walks everyday, but somedays we just don’t make it out the door, and I really want to change that. We’ve also been meal planning for our dinners and it’s made things easier already, so I’m definitely hoping to stick to that! Having a routine makes life so much easier, and less stressful (especially with a baby), and I know that I’ll be thanking myself in the long run, so this goal is really important to me!

Social Media: I feel that I’ve gotten into a bad habit of constantly refreshing my social media, so I’d like to switch to only checking my social medias 3x a day (once in the morning, once in the afternoon, and once in the evening).

Photography: My ultimate dream is to eventually open my own photography business. Last spring we purchased some new equipment with the intent that I would put my nose to the grindstone, and start working on my portfolio. And then about a week after my new camera arrived in the mail, I found out I was pregnant, and we got our butts in gear for moving back to McBride, buying a house, etc. So my plans really got put on the back burner. Now that life has slowed down a tad, or at least as much as it’s going to slow down now… I’m ready to start curating my portfolio!

Socializing: I am an introvert, so naturally I have a tendency to pretty be anti-social. I’ve noticed that I’ve gotten into a bad habit of preferring to stay cooped up in my house, and avoid the outside world most of the time. This is terribly unhealthy, and even though I’m always going to be the type of person who thrives on a little extra solitude, it’s important to still go out and be social, maintain my friendships, and make new connections! So I’m going to challenge myself to step out of my comfort zone a little more often this year!

I have lots of other little things that I’m always working on, such as being a good mom, a good spouse, and a good person… But these 4 things are my main focuses for the rest of 2017, and I’m hoping to be actively pursuing them! Wish me luck! 😘

As per usual, I am wearing my Naked Nursing Tank today! I swear this is probably my most laundered article of clothing because I wear it whenever I possibly can. It’s so comfortable, and so convenient for nursing. I’m sure I’m not the only mom who is slightly self conscious about my belly, hips, etc. after having a baby, and this tank top is literally the best, because it allows me to keep my mid-section covered up whenever I need to feed my hungry babe! I can wear anything in my wardrobe without having to worry about it being “nursing friendly” because I can easily just lift it out of the way, and still be covered up thanks to my Naked tank! This is a “must-have” item for me, and I think every nursing mama should treat herself to this tank top. On top of it being so convenient and practical, it’s also one of the softest, comfiest tanks I’ve ever worn!

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Hello March

making: to-do lists.
eating: booby boons. they’re lactation cookies. i’ll take any excuse to eat cookies (jk, i don’t need an excuse to eat cookies).
drinking: too much coffee. not enough water. ugh.
reading: nothing at this moment… but if you have any good book recommendations, please leave them in the comments!
watching: the 100. because it’s finally back! but sadly, i’m kind of unimpressed with this season so far.
listening: to country music. always. 
wanting: to buy picture frames for our living room wall. and matching bath towels. and a new tv stand. the list goes on…
looking: forward to our summer plans.
wasting: energy on fretting over things beyond my control.
sewing: nothing… my sewing machine is still collecting dust in the corner, unfortunately.
wishing: that i didn’t let change of plans stress me out so much.
enjoying: my maternity leave. i’m already dreading the day it ends and i don’t get to spend every single day with my sweet, little girl.
waiting: for that giraffe to give birth, lol.
planning: addie’s nursery decor. but i still can’t commit to a theme.
liking: that i finally found some ambition to get some daily exercise in.
wondering: what scout is thinking.
loving: every single minute of this life.
hoping: i finally snap out of this funk that i’ve been stuck in for weeeeks.
marveling: at how amazing it is that such a tiny, little human can have such a big, bright personality.
needing: to stop online shopping.
smelling: my scentsy warmer that i fiiiinally started using again.
wearing: jeans. everyday. i never really liked wearing jeans before, but now it’s all i wear. maybe it’s because the abundance of dog hair in my house doesn’t cling to them like it does to leggings.
following: too many people on ig who have perfect, flawless homes.
noticing: how positively practicing gratitude affects my life, and my well-being.
learning: patience.
knowing: that i’ve been slacking at my blog lately.
thinking: about how strange growing up really is.
bookmarking: so many recipes that i’ll probably never even attempt to make.
opening: the mail box. waiting for my t4’s so i can file my taxes.
giggling: at addie’s new range of noises she’s discovering on the daily.
feeling: stressed. blessed.

i hope you all have a fantastic month of march! 🍀

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Adeline // Two Months

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Two months have passed since we finally got to meet the love of our life. Joey is repetitively telling me that he’s never seen me this happy before – I’ve never felt this happy before. My life has never felt so purposeful and fulfilled until Adeline came along. I’m not saying it’s been all sunshine & rainbows… But there’s been a lot of sunshine & rainbows. I constantly feel like we won the lottery with this little girl. I’m not exaggerating when I say she wakes up with a grin on her face most days. She’s such a happy little soul, and I’m so grateful that we get to spend the rest of our lives watching her grow. She’s the best thing I’ve ever been blessed with.

To Our Addie Girl:

You are two months old! Somehow this month flew by even faster than the last one. Your little personality is shining through more each day – You are such a sweetheart. 💗 And you are such a smiley little girl. It’s the best thing in the world. I could just watch your little smiles for hours. You are definitely a morning person… Which you get from your dad, for sure. You are still sleeping through the night most nights, and we are still SO thankful that we aren’t too sleep deprived at this point! You’re still wearing size one diapers, and you’ve finally moved up to 0- 3 month clothing! You’re still so dainty, but you’re finally putting some chub on, especially on those little cheeks! You seem to get taller by the day, and I’m convinced you’re going to be taller than me by the time you’re 10. You love your play mat, and you are quite content hanging out on it, especially when Scout joins you! 🐶 You love your doggy! And he loves you so much, too. You are always smiling when he comes and lays down beside you, and when he gives you little kisses. You love music – In fact, you might even be addicted to it. 🎶 You love snuggles, and reading stories! You seem to enjoy my terrible, out-of-tune singing voice too. You love bathing! 🛁 You love tummy time! You also love standing up – You are so strong!  💪 I think your only true dislike (aside from being hungry, being gassy, or needing your diaper changed) is the hiccups! Which you get at least once a day.

I’ve loved watching you grow and learn these past two months, and I can’t put into words how excited I am to continue to watch you discover new things, and flourish into your own little person. You have truly filled me with an abundant supply of happiness… Some days are really tough, but then I look at you, and there is the sweetest smile in the world. And I am reminded that everything is going to be okay, everything is going to be wonderful – Because I have you.

I can’t wait to see what the next month brings us. Especially because it’s going to bring us a new cousin for you!

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You are so loved, Miss Adeline.

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Milestone blanket by Lulujo Baby.

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Adeline // Eight Weeks

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We’ll save the sappy stuff for her two month update next week, but I just wanted to share these precious photos with you guys! I’ve already posted them on all of my other social media so you’ve probably already seen them, but I am obsessed. Adeline honestly gets cuter every single day, and she fills me with so much joy! These heart-melting smiles are the best thing in the world. I feel like the luckiest girl in the world – being a mama is even more amazing than I ever imagined.

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Happy Valentine’s Day! I got up super early this morning to make pink, heart-shaped pancakes for Joey. But I was sooo tired, so after we ate and Joey left for work, I crawled back into bed with Addie and we slept in until 10 o’clock! Then we got up and got ready for the day so we could head over to Grandma’s house! Auntie Tia, Jaxsyn, Thatcher, Shelby, and Koehyn are in town, so it was a busy place over there! We made some sugar cookies, and just had a pretty lazy day, hanging out with everyone. Cuddling the babies, and chasing the toddlers! Then Addie and I came home so I could start dinner. We had an extremely fancy Valentine’s Day dinner… Tacos! 😜🌮 After we ate, we just cuddled up on the couch and watched some movies. I had planned on doing so many other things for Addie’s first Valentine’s Day, but I’ve been feeling so mopey lately. I think I’m just pretty exhausted because we’ve had a revolving door of company for the past little while. It’s awesome to see friends/family, but honestly, it does get tiring after awhile. Anyways, I’m going to get my butt in gear so I can be super over-the-top for St. Patrick’s Day, and Easter!

I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine’s Day, full of love and happiness! XOXO

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B.C. Family Day!

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It was Family Day in British Columbia today. It’s a statutory holiday, so Joey had the day off work! The weather was pretty muggy today, but it was super warm – Which was perfect to spend a few hours out snowshoeing! We just went up along the creek for a couple kilometres, stopped for lunch, and then came back. It felt great to get some fresh air, and spend some quality time together as a family. Scout was beyond happy to get to race around like a maniac, even though he was getting a little too brave by the open creek… He’s not the brightest crayon in the box sometimes. 🙄  Joey wore our Solly Baby Wrap, and carried our precious cargo! And once again, Addie slept the whole time! She seems to enjoy our little adventures so far, which makes me one happy mama! She was in such a good mood today, and she was giving us so many smiles after we got back home! But of course, as soon as the camera appears, her smile disappears. 😔  We went for a quick visit at Joey’s parents when we got back, and then we spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing at home. Now we are all snuggled up on the couch together, drinking smoothies, and watching a movie. Life is beyond perfect. ❤️️

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P.S. I didn’t even realize until I started writing this post that it’s been almost 2 weeks since I last posted! Time goes by so fast when you’re busy with a little one! 

 

Get Your OVer On!

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I’m sure you guys have seen these amazing multi-use baby covers before… This beautiful plaid one is from The OVer Company, and I absolutely adore it! It can be used as a carseat cover, a nursing cover, AND a shopping cart cover! How’s that for versatility?!

Before Addie, I was the type of person who stuffed my cellphone, keys, and debit card in whatever pocket they would fit in and head out. I get so overwhelmed with having to carry around a million things – That being said, I’m fairly minimalistic with what I pack around for Addie. I like to only carry the essentials. The OVer is definitely what I consider essential because it’s so versatile. I can roll it up pretty tight, so only takes up a little bit of room in the diaper bag – and if it’s on the carseat, it takes up no room at all! The material is so soft, and it’s stretchy, which makes it easy to pull over the carseat, or over yourself for nursing!

I can’t tell you how happy I am to have this cover for nursing Addie when we’re out and about. It provides complete coverage, as opposed to the “apron style” nursing covers, that pretty much only cover your boob. The OVer covers you all over! The material is incredibly comfortable, breathable, and has no complicated straps or snaps! It’s super simple to slip on and off, and the stretchy fabric allows you to check up on babe, while you are nursing without having to take the cover off. Plus, it’s super stylish! I fell in love with the Classic Plaid print, but there are so many gorgeous patterns to choose from. You can check them out here.

The OVer Company is a Canadian company, created by mama Sabrina Maulucci. She originally created it for her own personal use, but after finding how handy it truly is, she decided to share it with the world! And I’m so glad she did! Another amazing thing about The OVer Company is that they give back to the NICU, so you can feel even better about making a purchase, knowing that some of the $ is going to help precious little babes.

The OVer covers are $50 CAD each, and are free shipping anywhere in Canada (restrictions may apply). That’s a great price, considering you can use it as a carseat cover, a nursing cover, and a shopping cart cover. If you’re a mama who is nursing or planning to nurse, I would definitely recommend treating yourself to one of these! It is so important to feel comfortable while you’re nursing your baby, and this makes it so much easier to comfortably nurse while you’re out & about. This is also an excellent gift idea if you know someone who has a little munchkin on the way!

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* THANK YOU TO THE OVER COMPANY FOR SPONSORING THIS POST. ALL OPINIONS ARE HONEST, AND MY OWN. *

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