Saturday, 20 May 2017

Lizzy Lately

Elizabeth is seven months old today. Recently I took part in a free online photography course offered by Motherly and Chatbooks specifically geared towards moms wanting to capture and edit beautiful images of their children. I loved the course and got very inspired to step up my photo game but it got me thinking about how great I was at doing monthly photoshoots with Luke and how I haven't been as diligent about doing the same with Elizabeth. I got hit with a little mom guilt for a minute, about not keeping everything even. I got over that guilt and decided to pick up here and do what I can because thats what we moms do.

Elizabeth, you are interacting with us so much these days, laughing and taking part in conversations with your squeaks.

Your voice is very loud when you want it to be.

You love eating, I think you have my appetite.

You can pull your brothers hair.

You are happy sitting on the floor playing with some toys.

You like to watch Paw Patrol with Luke.

You are so happy and excited in the morning.

Your tongue is always poking out of your big open mouth smile.

You have one bottom tooth poking through.

Your dad calls you Chickaletta sometimes.

I call you Lizzy Loo or Lizzy Girl.

You nap twice a day.

You still love to snuggle and be held.

You are a strong willed soul but also very soft, I love your mix of extremes.

You are wonderful.

Love mom & dad.

If you liked this post you may also like Luke's seven month post here.

These photos were snapped and edited with the tips I learned from the Motherly & Chatbooks photo course. You can still take advantage of the free course until the end of May, by simply checking out the Motherly website. Motherly is a beautiful community about everything motherhood.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Get Ready With Me

Hang out with me while I get ready for the day. I may only be wearing my leggings and a t shirt but doing my makeup helps me to feel ready for the day. I am also sharing some thoughts on the Maybelline Dream Cushion Foundation. Check out the video for this look below.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

London Children's Museum May 2017

Come along with us on a Saturday adventure to the London Children's Museum, check out the video below. 

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Maybelline Better Skin Foundation & Powder Review

If you guys follow me on Instagram you know that I have been playing around with a bunch of new Maybelline makeup (check out my stories, I am always sharing new stuff). I am excited to share my thoughts with you on a few of the products today. 

This makeup was provided by a PR firm for my review but this post is not endorsed.

In general, my experience working with Maybelline foundation products, their colours run dark so air on the side of light when choosing your shade. 

Better Skin Liquid Foundation
This is an oil free formula created with ACTYL-C which helps to improve the appearance of your skin by diminishing blemishes. I would consider this product a lightweight foundation with light coverage. It provides a matte finish and did last throughout the day.

Super Stay Better Skin Powder
This powder is formulated with salicylic acid to help diminish blemishing and oil. It has a very matte finish and offers a light coverage on its own or builds nicely over the Better Skin Liquid Foundation. 

These two products do what they claim to and I even experienced a few blemishes after beginning use with them proving they work to clear skin (breakouts often occur when using active products and will clear up within two weeks of continued use). My skin is combination and as I get older I do desire more hydrating and full coverage foundation products so they are not my personal favourites. This being said, I am happy to now stock these in my professional makeup kit and think they will be an excellent choice for my graduation and prom clients. As most teens struggle with blemishes and oil, these products will not only help to temporarily mask the issues but heal the skin as well. 

Dream Bouncy Blush 
I didn't realize that this blush was a cream until I dipped my brush into it, lol. I worked my regular bristle blush brush into the product and loved the dewy, flushed colour it gave my cheeks. Cream blushes can sometimes be tricky to work with but it blended nicely with my foundation products. 

It was a good experience trying out these products and I am excited to use them on some of my special event clients this coming spring and summer!

I would love to know your thoughts in the comment section on these products, if you have tried them out. 


Tuesday, 9 May 2017

These Days | May 2017

These days;

I often feel like I am rushing.

I don't always talk to Luke in the tone I wish I would.

I am so grateful for the time I have withy my kids.

I am so excited for summer, hurry up beach days.

I eat a lot.

I say yes to Luke eating candy at 10:00am (not often but it happens).

Our back deck is covered with sand from Luke's new sand box but I don't care about the mess because he plays happily and quietly.

I drink 3 coffees almost everyday.

Lizzy wiggles back and forth like she is dancing.

Luke's sentences get bigger and more grown up by the day.

Tyler works extra hard.

Lizzy has started to babble and it sounds like she is saying dada.

When both kids nap in bed at the same time, there are so many things I want to do I don't know where to start.

I feel tired and emotional about all the decisions I make and sometimes wonder if I am going crazy.

Tyler and I laugh at the end of the day about being parents and the stuff we encountered in our day.

I feel grateful that I have him to laugh with because parenting is nuts.

When I hug my kids, I hold them tight, close my eyes and try really hard to make a memory of how they feel at that specific moment.

Luke and Elizabeth do not get equal amounts of attention from me right now.

There are a lot of moose, tigers and deer in our basement.

I am grateful for these days!

Friday, 5 May 2017

BEST PRESS ON NAILS EVER | KISS Nails Review| Beauty Reviews | Giveaway

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Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Trusting God Even When It Doesn't Feel Good

I have been trying to teach Luke not to be afraid of washing his hair, he hates to get soap in his eyes. He gets soap in his eyes because when I tell him its time to rinse, he tenses up and tips his head forward in hopes of protecting his face but actually ends up making it so much worse. He does what he thinks “feels” right instead of trusting me and listening to what I say.

I was in the shower with Luke the other day and as I was going through this situation with him once again, I realized I do this so often with God.

I have been praying so much for guidance lately in so many areas of my life. I know God sometimes calls me in a direction that doesn’t "feel" right and I do something else, leaning on my own understanding not on Gods and end up just making things worse.

Proverbs 3:5-6 King James Version
5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

It can sometimes be hard to decipher the voice of God in our lives or feel his guidance in a specific direction. We can trust God's word though, even if its advice does not match that of our world or that of our feelings.

I am still in the very young stages of truly stepping out into deep water and trusting God but I can tell you, in the times I have done this, I have been blessed and God has shown up in big ways. I am honestly writing this so much for my own benefit but if anyone else is in the same boat, it's here for you too.