Friday, 18 August 2017

National Breastfeeding Week 2017

As I scrolled through the awesome and beautiful pictures of #nationalbreastfeedingweek I felt proud that I too am enjoying my breastfeeding experience and at the same time remembered how defeated I felt looking at those same pictures, after deciding to feed Luke full time on the bottle with formula at 6 weeks.

Fed is best!

I feel extremely blessed that I have had two extreme opposite feeding experiences. My troubles with Luke allowed me to relax more going into breastfeeding Elizabeth which I think was a huge factor in her feeding experience and I also think my first feeding experience has made me cherish the second more.

Luke is so bright and intelligent and so Elizabeth and they were fed differently. They both are growing and healthy!

I connected with both of my newborns while feeding them and their father has been able to be included in feeding them too, which is so cool.

Breastfeeding awareness is so important, we need to talk about all the aspects of it, be comfortable with boobs in public as children nurse and support each other as mothers however we decide to feed our children. Awareness campaigns like this are awesome if we keep it real and share honestly.

Feeding our babies is not always glamorous but it is always awesome.

If you want to know more about my feeding experiences check out the videos below and please feel free to share your thoughts as well. As always, lets keep it real mommas!

Monday, 14 August 2017

Family Vacation | Muskoka | Life Episode | Canadian YouTube Family

Our Muskoka family vacation was one for the books. It was our first vacation as a family of four and I am so glad I was able to capture lots of little moments throughout the trip on video. Our surroundings on Lake Joseph in Muskoka were beautiful. Check out some highlights from our family vacation in the video below. If you liked this video please give it a thumbs up, comment and share it with your friends. We love sharing our lives and getting to know you better too.


Friday, 11 August 2017

Sheet Masks | For Beloved Girl

If we are friends on Instagram and you like to hang out in Insta Stories like I do, then you have probably seen me looking crazy wearing a sheet mask.

I had the opportunity to try out a variety of sheet masks from the company For Beloved One and I am excited to now share my thoughts with you on the brand and sheet masks in general.

Once you get past the fact that you look crazy while wearing a sheet mask, I promise you are going to fall in love with this raging beauty trend. I have learned through some beauty research why sheet masks are so awesome. A sheet mask is loaded with lots of vitamins and hydrating serums and when we place that on our face, sealed with the mask fabric, it gives our skin a better opportunity to absorb all those rejuvenating ingredients. When we apply serums and moisturizers conventionally on a daily basis, our skin absorbs a portion of the product but a portion also absorbs into the atmosphere. A sheet mask allows our skin to get a super boost of nutrients in a short period of time.

After using a sheet mask my skin always feels instantly more plump, it goes from raisin to grape, you know what I mean. You get instant results with these beauty tools which is why I recommend this product for anyone prepping for a special event makeup application.

The packaging says to leave them on your skin for 15 minutes but I normally wear mine for at least 30 minutes or longer.

The very cool and unique characteristic of the For Beloved One sheet masks, is that they are created from a bio-cellulose bio medical material which was created to aid in medical artificial skin and cardiovascular repair. There are many sheet masks on the market but the For Beloved One formulation is the first sheet mask of its kind. The creator worked in the beauty industry for years and when Margaret Wu started For Beloved One she set the bar high for the quality of ingredients she would use in her products, with the goal of caring for female skin.

You can learn more about For Beloved One on their website and where you can shop these amazing products near you.

As I said, I think sheet masks are a wonderful treatment to use the night before or morning of a big event, to give you an extra special glow. My skins moisture levels have also improved after using these masks regularly on a weekly basis, so I would also recommend them as a product you could add to your weekly at home facial regime.

I would love to know if you have tried sheets masks, what brands you love and what your experience has been with this beauty trend, please comment below.

look good, feel good

Friday, 4 August 2017

Muskoka Boat Ride

Thanks to our friends Karli and Adam for the awesome boat ride around some Muskoka Lakes. The beauty of Muskoka never gets old.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Keep Your Eyes Up

I went for a big paddle board alone while we were on vacation in Muskoka (thanks Coco aka my mother in law). If you read my post from a few weeks ago about my fear of the water  then you know this was a pretty big feat for myself.

As I paddled further away from our cabin's boathouse, I started to have small moments of panic when I looked down into the dark water. Lake Jospeh is actually pretty dark water, much darker than Lake Huron. I battled this by simply not looking down and letting my mind wander into silly thoughts. I kept my focus up on the beauty that surrounded me.

This made me think of a Bible verse I had heard before, I couldn't quite remember it but I knew I had heard some lessons about keeping my focus on God even in moments of fear and doubt.

Psalm 16:8 (NIV)
I keep my eye always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

So I kept my eyes up and focused on the trees, the rocks, the sailors on the lake and talked to God. I was working pretty hard as I started my paddle into the wind and loved how refreshing the water felt when my feet and legs got splashed as I moved along. I learned a few lessons while I was on the water and loved just being in nature alone. I was grateful for the paddle.

When I am scared or worried its easy to get sucked into a spiral of negative thinking but that only leaves me exhausted and even more distraught. And, I have missed everything that moment in life had to offer.

If I had allowed myself to look down and be afraid, I would have turned around and went back to shore. I would have missed the moment, the beauty and the lessons I learned while chatting with my Heavenly Father on the water. I will not be defined by my fear, I will keep going because I know if I keep my focus on God, he will take care of me.


Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Luke Riding His Dirt Bike Solo

We are at the cottage right now and having more fun than I could have imagined. Lizzy is napping and Luke and Tyler are playing with the other kids and adults in the boat house. You guys know  I am taking a billion pictures and videos right?! I am so excited to share this place with you, it's not fancy but it's awesome.

A few weeks ago Luke got on his dirt bike, with training wheels and went for his first big ride alone. A few months prior, when we originally put the training wheels on his bike he went for a quick ride alone but got scared. We took them off and him and dad continued to ride together but we kept asking him if he wanted to ride alone. In his own time he decided he was ready and he had a blast ripping around our back field. Below is the video of his first ride. I am so proud of him for simply doing something he loves in spite of a little fear. I am also a little nervous as dirt bike riding is a dangerous sport. That being said, I just want my children to be happy evem if their sports of choice are a little more daring.

I would love to know what kinds of passions your children have and when you started to notice their love for that specific spot, please share below.

Thanks for watching and being a part of the conversation.


Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Summer Capsule Wardrobe

Lets talk summer fashion! I am so excited to be partnering with Lace and Charm to bring you my summer capsule wardrobe. In this video I share the classic and trendy key pieces of my summer wardrobe and how I mix and match them to create tons of different outfits.

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Monday, 17 July 2017

I Don't Want To Be Afraid

Yesterday I got out on a paddle board for the first time. It felt so good to be up on the water but when I looked down into the river, I got a little scared.

I have grown up on the beach but I have always been afraid of deep water because I am afraid of what swims below me while I float above. I don't like the unknown. My logical mind knows that any fish that swims below does not look at me like dinner but I can't help but feel the panic most of the time, when swimming in deep water.

As I paddled I had the internal battle of exhilaration and fear, wanting to go faster but afraid I may fall, wanting to try a little yoga but fear I may fall. As I paddled back to shore and rationalized with myself "what's really the worst that could happen?" I had a realization.

I don't want to allow fear to stop me from experiencing adventures in life.

The battle continues, I will let you know how I make out.

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Warm Tones | MakeupbyHAL

In this makeup tutorial I create a classic warm tone eye. This is a look I create frequently for brides and other special events. I am offering lots of makeup application tips in this weeks video. I hope you will hang out with me and take part in the conversation too.

If you would like to book my makeup services for your special event, please email

Links mentioned in the video:
Makeup Geek

Powder Before Foundation Makeup Routine Video

This is the Jaclyn Hill video I used to create my first custom Makeup Geek eyeshadow palette. 

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Monday, 10 July 2017

These Days | July 2017


Summer has arrived and these days

We have daily battles to put on sunscreen.

We dip our toes in the water.

We stay up way too late.

Luke goes to bed with dirty feet.

We run through splash pads.

As Elizabeth hits milestones, Tyler and I reminisce about Luke at the same age.

We live in a bit of chaos as we renovate our main floor bathroom but we surprisingly don't feel stressed. It will be done by Christmas;)

We can never have enough beach towels, what is with beach towels, they always go missing.

There is sand on the floor.

I feel like I am always telling someone to shut the door.

I pray a lot while nursing Elizabeth.

Routine does not exist.

We go go go for a few days then crash for a few days.

We can hear the boats on the river from our house.

Lizzy is sleeping through the night and I have been waking up before everyone and its my favourite time of the day.

When Luke and I hang alone it's so so sweet.

I love to watch Elizabeth's face as we look out the window each morning.

I feel so blessed it scares me.

There are moments in these days when I try really hard to capture a picture and seal it in my heart so I can remember it forever.

I am grateful for these days.