Monday, 30 October 2017

Sarnia Sting | Sunday Funday

I am not proud to say that it has been years since I have been to watch the Sarnia Sting play. On Sunday we watched our home team play and win with our family and it was the most fun Sunday afternoon, I am hooked, (currently reading stats and bios on the team)!

Luke and Elizabeth have never been to a live hockey game and I wasn't sure how long they would last in their seats. We were with their cousins, aunts and uncles and I am proud to say that we all not only made it through the whole game but enjoyed it! The atmosphere was so awesome, the snacks were tasty and the Sarnia Sting won!

I am starting to make a mental list of activities we can do as a family this winter to get out of the house. Tyler and I experience a little anxiety this time of year, as we head into winter, we hate feeling cooped up with the kids. We have made a decision that this is going to be the most fun winter yet and that we are going to do everything we can to avoid those winter blues by staying active and positive. Attending Sting games is now on that list.

Maybe its the high school cheerleader Heather coming out, but the players skills, music, fans and horns of yesterdays hockey game has me hooked. I cant wait to attend another Sting game.

YEEEPPP! Go Sting Go!

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Easy Like Sunday Morning | OOTD

This is what I wore to church last Sunday. I totally dress based on my mood and of course where I am going. For church, I sometimes love to get super dressed up and other days, I just like to be casual but nicely pulled together. I was in the mood for comfort which is how this outfit was created. Here are the outfit details:

Piper Jeggings - comfy and funky because of the stretchy waist band and motto details.

Jesus Coffee Makeup t-shirt - comfy and fun because of its graphics.

Loose Knit Sweater - its a comfy layering piece and perfect item for this time of year when the mornings are cool and afternoons are warm.

After naps, the sweater came off and the kids and I went for a walk to the park for a play. I am LOVING this beautiful autumn weather we have been having here in Southwestern Ontario. I would love to know what some of your favourite layering pieces are for the fall, please comment below and or share a picture in the comments on social media.

Thank you for checking out this post and spending time with me here.

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Wildfire Women Sarnia Meet Up

I am hosting an event on Thursday Oct 26 at Lilith Boutique in Sarnia 6pm-8pm, "God's Impact On The Entrepreneur" and I would love for you to come. I will be asking four female entrepreneurs questions about their entrepreneurial and faith journey, and I know their stories are going to be inspirational and encouraging.

Wildfire Women is a tribe of women who's hearts are to empower and inspire each other to chase our wildest dreams! You can learn more about Wildfire Women on their website. So what is my connection to this Kelowna based group, well, I am friends with the founder Brittney  and we met on Twitter.

A few years ago, I had been praying for God to introduce me to some new Christian friends, and then I found Brittney through a hashtag I had followed on Twitter. Brittney is absolutely a dream chaser and she inspires me every time I connect with her, to step out of my comfort zone and dream a little bigger.

My hope for our first Ontario Wildfire Women event is that, through honest sharing and storytelling people will experience God in a way that shows we do not need to be perfect to walk through life with Him. And, a life lived for Christ is one that is filled with adventure, dream chasing and huge leaps of faith. Through Christ we learn who we were created to be, and when we discover our calling in life, mountains will begin to move.

I am so grateful to the panel of women who said yes, and took a leap of faith to be a part of this initial event. I hope you will take a moment to get to know them a little by reading their bios below and I look forward to seeing you Thursday night.

6pm-6:15 mingle and complimentary refreshments
6:20 welcome and opening prayer from myself
6:25-6:50 testimonials from panelists
7-7:45 panel discussion on questions
7:45-8 audience questions and sharing
8 thank you and closing prayer

RSVP on the Facebook Event page here. 

Leanne Fera 
Born and raised in Peterborough, Leanne Fera has now been in Sarnia for 14 years and considers herself a "local".  She is a wife, mother of three girls, friend and owner of Sweet Annie's Urban Painting & Decor, a residential painting business that also offers creative DIY workshops.

Rebecca Reading 
I'm a wife & mom of 4. I have the privilege of working with and co owning Shoes @ 144 Front with my sister everyday. Our family is close knit and I'm so thankful for each of them. After living in the GTA for 10 years, it was nice to come home. My favourite thing to do is cook for the people I love 
I also love reading books, especially any that challenge & encourage my faith in Jesus.

Patti-Jo Park 
I am a co- owner of the downtown Sarnia Activewewar store- One Tooth. I was raised in Petrolia on a farm and then headed to Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver for university and life experience!  I aspire to be called a Jesus follower, wife, daughter, sister, friend and leader.  Trying to live a healthy whole life physically, spiritually and mentally are important to me and follow through all aspects of my life.

Kira Jade Nixon 
Is a professional singer, international performer and owner of Kira's Enchanted Princess Parties. She is also a wife to her life long sweetheart and mommy to their sweet one and a half year old little boy. Having a career in the entertainment business can be both exhilarating and absolutely heartbreaking. There have been both triumphs and failures and without the knowledge of God's unfailing love and plan for her life it would be impossible. Kira is learning more and more everyday to trust in His plan for her life and looks forward to what the future holds.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

6 Years Of Marriage | Keeping It Real

I don't write about my marriage often because I feel it is unfair as I am only one half but I had Tyler read this before I shared it to make sure he was ok with everything I wrote.

We just celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary over the weekend! We made dinner at home alone (the kids were with grandparents) and it was so nice. Each year on our anniversary we read the messages our wedding guests wrote to us, the day we got married. In place of table numbers, we placed note pads with numbers and asked our guests to write us a note for that anniversary, then on that year we read the notes from the specific table number. It’s really fun and hilarious to read the notes, it takes us right back to our wedding day. 

Our wedding day was an awesome fun party with all the people we love, I remember the high of the day that left me floating for awhile. 

I love being married to Tyler and I love our life. 

Married life is hard, raising humans with your partner is challenging and staying connected with Tyler during a season where we hit the pillow some nights without even talking, is in my opinion, more challenging than raising children. 

I have no doubt the work is well worth the effort as I have many examples of awesome long and beautiful marriages around me. But, in the middle of long days, sometimes little romance and intimacy it can feel scary and I have wondered will we ever get back to where we were? It’s only been six years and we have many more lessons to learn but one thing I have learned is there are ebbs and flows to our marriage and we can’t get stuck in the little ruts, they won’t last and when we do push through them, we come out on the other side so much better for it. So no, we won’t get back to where we were because we were different people and our circumstances were different but we will get to a new better spot if we keep working at moving forward together. 

We need help sometimes too, we can’t make it work alone. We need grandparents to watch the kids and advice from our parents, grandparents and counsellors. We need our friends as sounding boards for honest conversations and I need the guidance of God to be the best wife I can be. 

Marriage is awesome and challenging! I am grateful to be doing this life with Tyler, he is a perfect match for me in this imperfect life. 


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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