Friday, 13 October 2017

Fall Plum Makeup | Makeup By HAL | Urban Decay Heat Palette

I am getting ready for the day in this video so there is some chit chat with my husband and the kids in the background. I kind of love catching these moments on camera and watching them back, they are the moments you don't think much about but what actually make up the special feeling of this season of my life. I am using all of my current favourite products in this video and I cant wait to create more fall/winter looks for you soon. I have started to plan my CHRISTMAS looks (and other awesome Christmas content!), I am hoping to have a ton of holiday looks for you this year. I LOVE CHRISTMAS and glitter and am just feeling so creative these days, so stay tuned.

Hang out with me and get the look and please comment with some of your favourite fall beauty products.

Shop the products I used in this video from the links below. Some links are affiliate links but this video was not sponsored.

Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer

Caryl Baker Visage Good Vibes Lip Lacquer 

Caryl Baker Visage Stone Shadow

Caryl Baker Visage Felt Tip Liner

Caryl Baker Visage Harmony Blush 

L'Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara 

Urban Decay Heat Palette

 Mac Gingerly Blush

Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Thanksgiving 2017 | Brigden Fair | HWY 21 Drive

Thanksgiving; gratitude, food and family. The awesomeness of Christmas without the pressure of gifts. This weekend we did all the things we normally do on Thanksgiving weekend, traditions like a trip to the Brigden Fair and a HWY 21 drive north to Port Elgin. I love it all, every bit of it. The craziness of getting our family out the door on a schedule, keeping kids happy on long car rides, a few disagreements with the husband because we have spent the last 24 hours very closely together, the hugs and kisses, the falling into bed with the best kind of tired, its all a blessing. Its life, its a good life, its a full life and God has blessed me with it all. I am grateful to God for what I have.

Holidays also make me feel nostalgic. As I introduce my children to the experiences that make up my memories and essentially shaped who I am, I experience a feeling, do you know the one? The one you get when travelling to Grandma & Grandpas house while looking out the window as you reminisce on the holidays gone by. You want to share your thoughts and emotions but its hard to put them into to words so you just keep staring out the window, soaking in that feeling and taking in the familiar scenery that somehow becomes more valuable the older you get. That one, that feeling. I am grateful for that too.

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Friday, 6 October 2017

Jesus Coffee Makeup | OOTD | Canadian Lifestyle Brand

I am really excited to share HAL GEAR with you! HAL GEAR basically takes the things I share on social, which are part of who I am, and turns them into wearable and usable products. I have learned from sharing honestly, that when you freely and humbly put yourself into the world, you will easily relate to others. I am not the only one who experiences what I experience or thinks what I think, and thats why I love to share. Through sharing, honest vulnerable conversations are had and then super cool relationships are formed.

It may seem simple to wear a t-shirt the states some of your favourite things but who knows, I may attract my next new best friend by putting myself out there in a cool, fashionable and honest way. 

So with that, I have launched HAL GEAR with two initial t-shirt designs. There is so much more fun stuff to come but I need to learn to pace myself so for now you can order the first two designs on my website. 

The t-shirt featured in this "outfit of the day" post is my motto (I try but sometimes fail) for starting my day. When I start with Bible study and prayer it sets a more joyful tone for my whole day, then of course coffee to get me powered up and makeup to make me feel polished. 

If this design speaks to you, you can shop it from my website. You can also shop the pants in this look from the Shop section on my website where I feature lots of my current favourite things.

Thank you for sharing in the conversation with me here, I truly appreciate it.


Thursday, 5 October 2017

A response to my mommy friends- in the phase they're in.

This post was written by one my very best friends Shar in response to my last post. I am so grateful for our beautiful friendship and thank you for this letter! See the previous post here if you missed it. 

A response to my mommy friends- in the phase they're in. 

Don't be sorry. 

Don't you ever apologize for prioritizing your family and spending time being the best mommy you can be. 

When you cancel plans, I know it's not because our friendship means less to you now than it did before. 

I understand that days are long and difficult and happy and frustrating and that you can't always do it all. 

You are important. 
Raising children who can help to make this world a better place is important.
I see you. And I value the work that you're doing. 

I don't mind having conversations with you while your toddler tugs at your sleeve, asking for attention. I can't think of anything more precious than seeing you become a mother. 

It brings me happiness to see you blossoming into motherhood and contributing to the world on a level I am not yet familiar with. 

When you prioritize a girls night over a night with your children or partner, I understand the sacrifice you are making. 

I also understand that adult time is important for you. To remind you who you are and keep your sanity. Even if rarely, I relish in being a part of this reminder of your past-self, but I never expect to be your number one. 

I will never forget you- or the memories we have. I will always have a seat open for you at the table- when you have time to re-engage. 

Thank you for setting an example for me. For showing me that motherhood is a daily struggle, one of the hardest jobs in the world - but one of the most beautiful things a woman can do. 

Whether I decide to have children or not- we will always find a way to connect. 

I love you, I know you're trying your best to find balance and that your love is simply being divided in more pieces now. 

Thank you for not feeling guilty about prioritizing those precious humans and for letting me be a part of your journey. 

Your childless friend.

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

A letter to my friends from the phase I am in.

I am sorry. 

I am not with you in person as much as we both would like but you are in my thoughts daily. 

I currently use babysitters for work and date nights with my husband and it doesn't seem like there is much time left for anything else. 

I make plans but then sometimes need to cancel because someone gets sick. 

You are important. 

So so important. 

I know the conversations I have with you can only be had with you. I don't take that for granted, just please save a seat for me at the table, I will be there when I can. 

Please give me some grace. 

I will make it back to the table, to the conversation. 

You are important. 

I am truly doing what I can. 

You don't have to wait for me but just don't forget about me because I haven't forgotten about you. 

To my girlfriends, I love you.