My sisters were actually the ones who request I do a contour highlight video. I have included similar steps in full face makeup tutorials before but this one is using all products you probably have in your makeup collection and only powders. So this one if for my sisters but if there is a something you would like to see in one of my videos, do not hesitate to get in touch and make the request.
Let me know if you would like to see a more dramatic cream and powder, contour/highlight makeup tutorial.
I read a post about motherhood last week and it made me think about the choices I make as a mother and woman. The perspective of the blogger was that during the time when our children are young we pretty much give so much of ourselves, that we lose ourselves for 10-15 years. This particular blogger had accepted this fate like a badge of honour.
My perspective is that, in general our society has us trained to think that success is measured by how much of ourselves we lose in whatever is at the centre of our lives, career, wifehood, motherhood etc. Whoever is the busiest must be the most successful and I was a slave to this mentality. I eventually reached a point in my career life, where I felt that if I wasn't putting in more than 40 hours a week, I was slacking. The result of this lifestyle for me, was that my relationships suffered, my spiritual life was non existent and my mental health was a roller coaster, I was so caught up I didn't even see what was going on.
Motherhood has opened my eyes to so many things and one being that I need to take care of myself very well, to properly care for everyone in my life that I am responsible for. Of all the jobs I have been blessed with, motherhood is the most demanding.
Self care will look different for everyone but for me, in the midst of the chaos of raising young children I will find time to read the bible, pray and attend church, be physically active, nap, go on dates with my husband, read my fav magazines, care for my skin and hang out with my friends and I will not feel bad about it.
My house will not be the cleanest but I will be a better mom for my kids.
Children also learn by watching us right? So if our children don't see us finding pleasure in the simple joys life has to offer, how will they ever learn to do the same for themselves? I believe they will respect us more when they see that we are athletes, movie buffs, photography enthusiasts, yogis etc!
As I prepare for baby number two, I know I will need to work even harder to find balance and time for everything that is important to me but I think working on balance on a regular basis is the only way to sustain it. Balance is not something that just happens and as one of my favourite bloggers/entrepreneurs, Joy Cho has stated before, its more of a constant juggling act than a balance, you need to continually work at it and adjust as priorities change in our lives.
Staying in touch with who I am through a period that is very demanding on my time, is just as important to me as raising awesome people but for me to do that job well, I must ensure my tank is full. I understand some sacrifice is required but I am not willing to give all of myself.
What are your thoughts on the topic, I would love to know.
Currently I have been keeping it simple with my eye makeup and focusing on my wing. I am kind of addicted to the winged liner for two reasons 1) I want to perfect the skill and 2) I love how it makes my round eyes a little more almond shaped.
So here is a super quick tutorial on my current everyday eye makeup routine. If there is something you would like to see in one of my makeup tutorials, please leave me a comment.
I am about 27 weeks pregnant right now and I am totally enjoying my summertime pregnancy. I know everyone has different experiences but for me, being pregnant in the summer is ideal and lucky for me, both of my pregnancies have been very similar timing.
I have been rocking the popping bump on the beach with my bikini and I am glad that I can just let it all hang out. We have been splashing, soaking and staying as cool as we can, and resting inside on days that are a little too hot. (I am grateful for my central air too.)
I also love that we can easily pop out for walks throughout the day and in the evenings. I always tend to be a little more active in the summer. I am definitely keeping my calorie intake up as we have an ice cream shop a five minute walk from the house, so its good motivation to go for a stroll :)
I would say mentally pregnancy is a little straining on me at times and I feel more anxiety in situations that I normally don't experience it. I recently cancelled a little two day trip that I was going to take with Luke because the simple thoughts of not sleeping in my own bed and worrying about Luke's schedule getting messed up, caused me to seek the comforts of my own home. So, I don't think I will be going to far from home this summer unless I have Ty by my side.
All in all, me and my summer bump are doing great and just taking it one day at a time.
I would love to know what your favourite parts of pregnancy are and what you struggle with?
As I drove down Lakeshore Road today in the summer sunshine, surrounded by peeks of the lake and fields, listening to The Tragically Hip, the summer time vibes were on extreme high. I felt like I was home, I felt like I was a kid again and I felt like where I am, right now, is exactly where I should be.
I reminisced about my summer days as a kid. We ate sand covered chips and were up and down from the beach so many times in one day that at the end, you had to put on a wet suit and grab a damp towel for your night swim because we had used everything dry.
I thought to myself, I have lake water in my veins.
I grew up down the street from the beach, I spent my summer days in my bathing suit soaking up the sun and splashing in the water, to me this summer routine was the normal. I have always been grateful to live close to the water but my gratitude grows, the older I get.
As I enjoy the memories made with Luke swimming and building castles in the sand, I sometimes forget that we are forming his childhood. The smells, sounds, activities and surroundings that I expose him to are shaping his childhood and what will become the core of who he is.
So far I am pretty sure he loves the water and has a little lake water in his veins too.
I will hit my pillow tonight and dream about many more beach days ahead.