Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Discover Arbonne by HAL

In this video I share my Arbonne story, a little about the company, the products I love and the business opportunity. 

Arbonne allows me to dream big with no limitations, I am the CEO of my life and I am doing it at the convenience of my family and friends. My goal is to have my income surpass that of my husband so he can retire early and explore projects that he is passionate about. I am in this for the long haul. He has always supported me in my dreams and one day, with the help of Arbonne, I will be able to return the favour.

I can't do this on my own, while this opportunity is entrepreneurial for each individual, it is also a team sport and I have been blessed to begin this process with some amazing women. Our team is excited to welcome more people looking to design their lives with a career that puts them in the driver seat. To begin the conversation you can give me a call or send me a text at 519 384 8778 or an email at

Tuesday, 28 June 2016


Tyler and I had the pleasure of attending the SCITS Alumni Review a few months ago. Before and after the show, Tyler took my on a tour around his high school and shared lots of memories with me about his years at SCITS. He had so many fond memories about his time there and the people that were a part of his high school journey. We thought it was pretty cool that Tyler was the fourth generation in his family to attend SCITS and then we thought it was a little sad that our children would not be attending the same school.

I would have to say my favourite part of our tour was going backstage after the show. I never attended SCITS as a student but the auditorium and backstage area is wrapped in memories from my first taste of theatre. I remember sitting with my grade six class in the balcony of the SCITS auditorium watching a youth theatre group (Bluewater Musical Productions) perform Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dream Coat, then saying to my mom, "you need to get me into that group". The following year I performed in my first production with BMP on the SCITS stage, it was the start of a life long love of theatre for me. 

The writing is literally on the walls, this school has a lot of heart and holds a ton of memories. Its unfortunate that there wont be generations more who get to experience this building that is so much more than a school but I know the legacy of SCITS will live on in the passionate people that called it home for their high school careers. 

Friday, 24 June 2016

Get Ready With Me

In this makeup tutorial I created a dramatic look for a summer night out and captured some candid footage of how creating a wing and applying false lashes can sometimes be frustrating. I would love to hear from you about what you would like to see in future YouTube videos, please leave a comment below.

Thank you for watching

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Luke Lately

Mr. Luke,

Honestly I feel like I could write one of these posts once a week because you change and learn so much everyday but here is what I have noticed lately.

You are becoming much more independent and often say "Lukey do".

You want to be outside all the time. When we pull into the driveway you begin saying "outside" until I assure you we will play outside before going in the house.

Your getting your molars, your doing pretty good but your not into eating much right now.

You love to talk about your family members when we are in the car. You can name all of your grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins and we talk about where everyone is that day while we drive.

Your starting to notice everything. When we go for walks you like to stop and observe your surroundings, like dirt, rocks and grass. I try not to be impatient and let you do your thing, reminding myself that this is how you learn and you love to learn!

You love the beach and it makes me so happy. We have started our summer by fully taking advantage of the awesome water that surrounds us.

You have always been friendly saying "hi" to most people we pass but your getting more confident in making friends, going up to kids at playgrounds and joining in their fun.

I am proud of you and I love you!


Monday, 20 June 2016

Makeup Is Fun

I love makeup and my work as a makeup artist but speaking personally, I love how it allows me to express myself (yes Madonna is playing in my head as I type this, EXPRESS YOURSELF HEY HEY HEY). But for real, some days I feel like being very natural and some days I want to look glamorous. And then there are my go to, tried and trusted looks that I know will make me look pulled together for the day. These looks, product choices and techniques have simply been refined over years and years of applying makeup on myself.

At the end of the day folks, its just makeup and it washes off, if you feel good in what you are wearing thats all that matters. 

Over the last few weeks I have really been playing with colours, products and continue to sharpen my winged liner (a skill I think I will literally never stop working on). I love that my creativity can flow through the application of my makeup, style of hair and wardrobe, beauty and fashion is just so fun.

When I am working on my clients I often get reactions like "I would have never picked that colour for myself but I love the way it looks". When we step out of our comfort zone something pretty cool can happen, we have the opportunity to see ourselves in a new light, a liberating experience.  

I would like to offer my readers a chance to try something new by offering all of my Lambton County friends a complimentary makeup demonstration. I come to your home, we try out some looks that you have been wondering about and we find out if you like them on yourself or not. You can also get a few girlfriends together and we can make it a fun girls night in. These demonstrations feature Arbonne cosmetics and can be booked from Monday - Thursday after 5pm. I don't recommend planning these appointments when you have a big event, as they are meant to be experimental with no pressure to look a specific way. 

Lets play with some makeup like we use to, when we would get into moms makeup collection and try something new!

To get in touch and book your time call or text 519 384 8778 or email

I look forward to hearing from you,

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Happy Fathers Day Ty - 2016

If Luke could tell Tyler "thanks dad" in his own words here is what I think he would thank him for.

For throwing me high enough in the air to scare me just a little and always catching me at the bottom, because of this I won't be afraid to take chances, chase dreams and fly, I know if it doesn't work out you will be there when I need to come home.

For giving me reese peanut butter cups at 10am, its way better than the snack mom was going to give me.

For never thinking I am too little or too young to try something cool like riding a dirt bike, my age and size will never deter me from trying something new!

For hugs, kisses and tickles.

For Lukey daddy days, I love it when its just us two boys.

Your the best dad I could ever ask for and I love you to the moon and back.

Friday, 17 June 2016

Maternity Fashion - 20 weeks

I am about 20 weeks pregnant in these pics and feeling pretty good right now. I was very nervous when I was pregnant with Luke, (I don't always do well with change and the unknown) so I wouldn't say I fully embraced my pregnancy the first time around. This time I am just feeling very excited and blessed to be growing our family. Yes, life with a newborn is crazy but its the best kind of crazy there is. I love getting dressed up, as I always say "look good, feel good" and during pregnancy I find being put together at least one day a week, is a good way to keep my confidence high.

Dressing the bump can sometimes be a challenge but I do enjoy being pregnant in the summer and my go to pieces will be easy breezy dresses. I wore the dress pictured below all through Luke's pregnancy, its long enough that it doesn't ride up when my belly gets big and just flows comfortably over the rest of my body. I purchased a few key maternity pieces from Belly Babe Boutique so far and may need to get a few more but so far I am mostly making it work with what I have.

I would love to know what maternity brands are your favourite to shop from or any fashion hacks that worked well for you during your pregnancy.

Monday, 13 June 2016

He Will Be A Great Big Brother

This past weekend my cousin Nicole, her husband Kody and their little guy Clark came to stay with us as we all celebrated the opening of my sisters dance studio. It was a full weekend of activities but the little moments around our house where these two little cousins got to meet and connect were my favourite!

Last week I set up the play pen and organized our spare bedroom for our house guests, I let Luke know baby Clark was coming for a sleepover and he was so excited. When our guests arrived, Luke was excited to show Clark all of his toys and play with him, he was fascinated by his littler feet and the noises he made and only got a little bit jealous when Dad and I took turns holding him.

Clark was equally fascinated by Luke and the visit couldn't have gone better. Seeing Luke with Clark made me so happy to see the next generation on our family begin to form their own bonds and made me even more excited for Luke to officially become a big brother to our second little. 

Family is everything and it's so awesome to see ours grow!

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Lets Talk About God

This week I was having a conversation with another female entrepreneur who has been giving some thought to her faith and making more God like business decisions. She said to me "how can I just start preaching it if I don't really practice it yet". My quick response was, "you just start practicing". If you want to get fit, you don't wait until you loose weight to go to the gym, you just start going. Then this morning I woke and God spoke this to my heart, "How To Become A Christian, accept Jesus into your heart as your saviour and The Holy Spirit will do the rest."

It can be scary to put God first in all areas of your life because the way you will begin to live your life, will begin to be different from the way the world does things. The amazing gift is that the blessings we will receive in return, will be far beyond the things we could dream of desiring on earth.

If God is knocking at your heart, just start loving Him and don't worry so much about the next steps, thats for Him to decide, you just need to hold on tight and follow.

A few weeks ago I recorded a vlog about my faith and today seemed like the perfect day to edit it and get it live. I was inspired to share my faith journey because I have recently had a few people message me to ask me questions about what I believe, based on some of the social posts I make about my faith. I figured there are probably a few more people out there who are also wondering so I thought I would share some details in this video. If you have questions or comments, I would love to hear from you.

Thanks for reading, watching and hanging with me, I love ya!

Monday, 6 June 2016

I Can Only Control Myself

You know what's challenging for me, controlling my emotions when I can't control the people around me. We are human and eventually we will do something to let someone else down and someone will probably not live up to our expectations and let us down.

So what do I do when this happens? I wish I could say that I don't let it effect me but I often allow it to wreak turmoil on my emotions and get in the way of my choices for a day or so. 

The actions of others are out of my hands, the only person I can control is myself, this means I am responsible for my choices and my emotions, why are those darn emotions so hard to control? When someone lets me down, if I let their actions, which were never within my control, ruin my day, then I am relinquishing control of my life to those who surround me. 

I am writing this for anyone who is struggling through a situation like this but mostly to myself as a pep talk to remind myself that I can only control me and love others for who they are, not for who I wish they were. Wish me luck as I battle to take control of my emotions. 

Have you experienced something similar and how do you deal with it?