October Favorites

i cant even believe November is here. i’m headed out on vacation soon {whoops i was supposed to post this before vacation and i didnt…} and i just wantedd to get out one last post before i head off!! im so excited. sun. sand. sea. ahh life will be so lovely. this is a family trip! were excited to share our 5 year wedding anniversary with the people we love most!

back to the post. all of these things are things ive been using for the last few months and have been the things i keep using over and over. obsessed? yea. =D enough of this on to my favorites

October 2015 Favorites!

October 2015 Favorites!

ONE first aid beauty’s cleanser, toning pads, and face cream. These products were a game changer for my face. i was in a serious rut with my skin routine, for the longest time i was using Clinique, which used to work well for me.  but the older i get it seems the dryer i get. my skin was SO bad dry, i wanted to cry. i headed over to Sephora, thinking all i needed was to get a foundation for dry skin and an associate (parm) went through several questions with me and we found out it was just the harsh of the Clinique! so i got a “travel” type pack as a test to see if i liked it, and it changed my skin. Within 3 days i noticed a crazy change in my dry skin which i had been battling for months. i’m about 6 months into this new skin routine, and although i have one other eye cream i use (a later post) my skin has never been so clear and so healthy in my life! the travel packs are 40$ i think!
TWO my shade + light contour palette is my new life. its a perfect all in one, the perfect skin toned, and banana powder, and the perfect bronzer colour. my life is complete and its a perfect palette to travel with as its an all in one! 55$
THREE squeak!! this colour though! So i was walking through the mall and decided i wanted to get a few new teas, and i walked into David’s Tea and YES there she was. The perfect travel mug. it has a  built in infuser that you can pop your tea in and screw on the bottom of your lid, or you can take it off and drink coffee out of it. This cup is life. The first time i used it i made a tea at 745 am to take to the children’s hospital to take Oakley for his foot appointment. Well i took it in with me and it was too hot to drink. Our appt ended at 12? 1? i went to the mall, walked around and finally got home at 330 when i opened my mug and it was still steaming HOT. AMAZING!!!!! 30$
FOUR the best brush ever! it detangles, is gentle and works amazing on my wet hair without breaking it! especially since recently i went from red to blonde! im being super gentle and it is just the BEST brush! i got mine at cosmo prof  but ive seen them at all large stores like walmart and target and superstore! 15$
FIVE on the days i drink coffee this is IT!!!! its a medium  blend and is hazelnut! My absolute fav! i used to drink like Tim Hortons coffee etc but NO!! and no to the starbucks! just get this!! i think the bag i buy is 13$ and lasts like a month!
SIX these seem to be my go to boots this fall so far. Ive noticed i pop them on for work dressy days and casual days to just dress up my outfit a tad! they are SO comfortable and these booties are in crazy style! 40$
SEVEN i just picked this up a superstore and usually i’m all eh on toothpastes as i feel like i cant ever find an amazing one, and although i wish this one foamed up a  bit more, it makes my teeth feel SO clean, SUCH fresh breath, and its so long lasting! 3$
EIGHT ouch, at 65ish$, its up there, but its amazing, its perfect, hydrating, buildable, and is very long lasting, i picked mine up at sephora, and my 1 bottle which is a generous size, has lasted me 3+ months and i still have more in my bottle! SCORE BABY!


21 Question Interview with Oakley

i thought it would be fun to include oak’s on my blog post. somewhat of a “feature” if you will. As i was looking around for some fun questions to ask Oakley, i found Krystal over at Tie A Little Ribbon had done this with her daughter, and i just thought it was so cute. without further ado!

WORD FOR WORD straight from Oak’s lips lol

1. What is something mommy always says to you? mmm about school. mommy you tell me about school

2. What makes you happy? mommy and daddy

3. What makes you sad? daddy and mommy

4. What makes you laugh? toys, and crazy bad toys

5. How old are you? im 3

6. How old is Mommy? umm what? umm 3

7. How old is Daddy? mm 1

8. What is your favorite thing to do? i love toys

9. Who is your best friend? mommy and daddy

10. What do you want to be when you grow up? a police man

11. What are you really good at? race cars

12. What are you not very good at? cleaning

13. What did you do today? go to ava’s on the bus. on the airplane and the bus at grandma’s. (we went to ava’s in the car and went to grandma’s in the car to feed her cat)

14. What is your favorite food? pancakes

15. What is your favorite song? la la like you do (love me like you do, ellie goulding)

16. What do you want for your birthday this year? cake

17. What is your favorite animal? Ferrari. i love power wheels. i love Ferrari. can you buy a Ferrari and a ghini(Lamborghini) mommy?:

18. What is love? cars

19. What does daddy do for work? concrete

20. Where do you live? at home and at grandmas

21. Where is your favorite place to go? the car store (any car dealership to sit in cars)


thats it there you have it from my little ones mouth, as you can tell clearly all that matters is cars, cars and more cars, and the EXPENSIVE ONES too. now head on over to my sweet friend Mary, over at Cherry Blossom Love and see her interview her sweet little Parker!


a broken foot & preschool!!!

i. cant. even. three. years. old. in prek. HOW did this happen? how did he get so big? why doesn’t he even miss me when he’s there LOL. On Sept 6th 2015, Oak’s started prek. He was so excited to see his teacher “miss amanda” and play with “all his friends” that he told me he had (although he had never met any of them haha) i kept thinking this is the day weve been working up since summer started and its here. in the blink of an eye. He goes 3 days a week 3 hours a day. its perfect for me to clean house and do laundry and make supper. about a week before school started i decided it was time to take away his naps as he was still sleeping his 130-400 everyday but then he wouldn’t go to bed till 9 at night and then sleep in the next morning till 830… and that wouldn’t work as he had to be at school at 830. so now our day is up at 730, plays for 15, has breakfast, get dressed, and out the door at 820. i come home clean prep dinner, etc. and hop back to get Oak’s at 1130. its the perfect amount of time for me, and the perfect amount of time for him! his teacher, his SLP, and OT, all say he is doing wonderful. he truly is becoming the perfect little man.

prek, pre air cast

prek, pre air cast

In other news if you didn’t see on my Instagram, 2 days before school started, we were at a family BBQ, and oak’s got caught in the cross of a bigger dog, and he got hit, flew, fell, and broke his foot! At first i just thought it was like sprained or something less severe, but after 8 hours with alternating Tylenol and Advil we decided to go to the stollery to get it looked at. We wernt in the waiting room long however once we were put in the room we waited about 2-3 hours before the doctor came in and sent us for some x-rays. When the Dr came around after he was thrilled to tell us Oakley didn’t break his foot but he had to talk to the pediatrician on call and then he would release us. Well, i guess they chatted and looked more closely at the x-ray and it was broken or fractured as he said. it was the metatarsal bone connected to his big toe…The Dr at the time said we didn’t need a cast because of where the break was but he did tell us we needed to follow up with a pediatric orthopedic surgeon, and off we went. 1 1/2 weeks later we met with this awesome peds’ specialist and she was shocked that he didn’t have a cast and shocked that the Dr. even said he didn’t need one. We tried to put a cast on and well that didn’t go as planned, he was hysterical.  I kept yelling wheres plan b wheres plan b,  as you could have guessed they didn’t have one. about 10 min goes by and she comes in with the tiniest air cast ever. we put it on and Oak’s was thrilled. ” i can walk again ” he screamed! it was so sweet. all the nurses and technicians were giggling at how cute he was. we left rebooking for 3 weeks later.  so on Sept 30th we the went back and they re x-ray’ed the foot. turns out Oak’s broke 4 bones in his foot. They didn’t show up in previous x-rays and they aren’t quite sure why but the Dr. did say its one of the weirdest breaks shes ever seen in her career. She told me like it is – “if this break happened to an adult, they would have been off work for 3 months, no walking, and multiple surgeries” HOLY CRAP! The specialist also said that although Oakley is healing great there are 2 bones with abnormalities on them, which we will keep an eye on. We have since taken his air cast off and he is walking, with a bit of a limp but that’s to be expected. We have another follow up in 6 weeks and then again in 3 months

3 stages of the break!

3 stages of the break!

thrilled to have his air cast on.

thrilled to have his air cast on.

besides school and his broken foot, we are all doing wonderfully, and now that this is my new normal i hope to blog more often, i really love looking back and remembering all these memories and milestones oakley has had.


Collective {mommy} Haul

Ive been doing some spring shopping, surprizingly… NO CLOTHES. Although that is next on my list of things i need to do { go through my closet, cull everything, and then purchase what i need}. Anyways, i needed some new makeup, as this winter has been kicking my skins ass. I’ve never been so dry in my life. its horrid, I picked up some stuff from Sephora, Shoppers, and the Bay so here it is!! — i will try to list the product of what i bought from where i purchased it, however, shoppers isnt online so i cant link those from the store!


What i picked up from Sephora:
Anastasia Brow Pencil in Auburn Beauty Blender Clarasonic Mia2 Heads TOO Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
The brow pencil & mia heads were both re-purchases for me, so obs i love them. The Beauty Blender was new for me, and i very much so enjoy it and will re-purchase when the time comes, As for the better than sex mascara, for me, not sure what the hype is about because i hated it, which sucked! i was hoping to love it. I thought the want was way to heavy where the handle was and the brush was flimsy and to me didn’t give a nice effect. I will not be re-purchasing that product for sure!

What i picked up from Shoppers:
Lancome Teint Miracle Foundation Benefit They’re Real Mascara Benefit Hoola Bronzer
All these products were re-purchases for me and so i love them all.

What i picked up from the Bay:
Clinique’s 3 step system including the Liquid Soap Clarifying Lotion & Gel  clinique moisture surge (my night time cream) Chubby Stick Redness Solution Foundation Clinique High Impact Mascara (which i got as a sample)
The 3 step system is a re-purchase. Moisture surge is new for me, i just felt like my face was to dry it wasnt enough my regular gel i use so i upped it at night to this and its been awesome giving me a boost in my Tzone where i’m crazy dry. The Chubby stick is LIFE. strangely its crazy moisturizing and lasts a really long time. It gives a pretty colour to your lips without looking too much. perfect for a jean and tee kinda day. The Redness Solution i’ve only used 3 times, so far so good.. not sure if its hydrating enough for my face {THANK YOU CANADIAN WINTERS!@#()&!} but ill keep trying it out! i like the coverage and the light weight feel and the colour which i feel i’m a hard match to find. last but not elast the mascara, its AWESOME i’m going to repurchase it. its a really nice buildable mascara i like the want and the formula and it gives really pretty full long lashes, at 19.00 thats better than the 30.00 for the benefit they’re real!

Overall, i’m happy with my purchases, my skin seems to be improving, HOWEVER its not 100% just yet. if i havent mentioned it yet. i’m over winter, BRING ON THE SUMMER!

One last thing before you go, my friend from highschool Jasna, has a skincare/beauty blog and has some awesome tips and tricks, you NEED TO CHECK HER OUT, Jasskincare



“Oakee big boy momma”

here’s an ppdate on sweet little {not so little} baby cakes!

How Old: 2 1/2 (32 months)

Height & Weight: 42″ (99%) & 29 lbs (40%)

Teeth: he has all of them!

Sleeping: still great! 130-4 he takes a nap and 9pm-8am is his bed time sleepy time…  unless he has a nightmare which is rare he doesn’t really wake anymore at night. He now sleeps with his two stuffed dogs a chocolate lab he calls and a pomerania he calls booboo, and usually a hot wheels car. i pick my battles LOL

Drinking: water, diluted juice, yogurt drinks and 2% milk

Eating: most everything except meat.  THE STRUGGLE IS REAL!

Diaper Size: Oak has been PT’ed since his birthday.

Clothing Size: basically were moving everything to 3T right now, which is a freakin issue because hes tall and skinny he needs the length however, he needs adjustable waistbands for the skinny boy problems ha!

Love’s: what he wants when he wants. typical 2 year old. he loves his big cousins, loves puppies and kitties and loves to brush his teeth himself…. also currently obsessed with pancakes. he wants them every single day for breakfast.

Loathe’s: meat… the struggle is real. boy doesnt like meat. hes like his momma. he also hates being woken up and doesn’t like to be inturpted to do anything like eat or potty if he’s playing.

Words: i think at his age he should be saying about 300 words, putting together 2 and 3 word sentances and really starting to take off with vocab, but hes defiantly no where near that yet. as i said in previous posts we are working with speech laungage pathologists (SLP) and have registered him in a SLP prek class and starts in september 4 days a week 1/2 days, which i really think is going to make a HUGE difference. he currently says probably 100-150 words, combining a few sentances. but has a long way to go. Last time he was assessed he was about 10 months behind where he should be.

Personality: so kind, so sweet, so well mannered. and simply inspiring.



whats goin’ on?! let’s catch up.

ahh been so long, i really miss writing out my thoughts. i go back on all my older posts and love reading what oak did at that time in his little life. so sweet. ANYWAYS! been crazy, obviously. but no excuses here.

We went to mexico! did i tell yall? it was amazeballs heavenly beautiful. Tyler and I got married four years ago at the Barcelo in the Mayan Riviera and loved it so much we went back and took Oakley for a little vaca/xmas gift/anniversary gift for one another. we had seriously, SO.MUCH.FUN. Although vacationing with a 2 year old was trying at times, we just had the best of time. Oakley was obsessed with the kids club, chocolate milk shakes, and late night dips in the pool. I was super worried he was going to get TMI Travellers …(poops)…. but he didn’t. so all was well and i’m super looking farward to our next vacation.

In other news, Christmas was awesome. Oak got spoiled, rotten. a ton of typical boys stuff. cars, trains, more cars, books, and more cars, haha you guessed it!!

Tyler and I celebrated our 4 year wedding anniversary on Jan 11. i cannot believe its been four years!! its flown by, seriously. FLOWN! obviously when you have kids it does fly by.. but its just feels like the blink of an eye. i’m sure 10 years married will feel like 6 months passing.

Not sure if i’ve ever mentioned anything about it? Oakley has had a speech delay for basically as long as i can remember. He never really started even making sounds other than mama and dada till 18 months. Currently he is behind about 10 months, and for the last year we have been working with a speech pathologist, doing one on one’s, group play-and-say’s etc, and this month we have his assessment to see where he’s at, at if he will get government funding for school that has a SLP  and OT in his classroom, regardless i registered him in pre-k, tuesday-friday 845-1145, which is alot but for his speech it will be great!!! & let me tell you… when i registered him for classes, i went to the school, and cried. and when i say cried i mean UGLY CRIED. One of the teachers pulled me in her office and gave me a box of Kleenex. It was epic. and yes i’m THAT MOM. i’m so excited for him to go to school, make friends, have fun, expand his speech and learn a TON… but i’m seriously going to miss our all day everyday mommy and oak days. wahh. The school is awesome, they have field trips all over to ex. the science center, swimming lessons, music shows, etc, eek hes going to have SO MUCH FUN!!

As for ME?!@!!!@#$(!@&*# WELL. i’m pretty stinkin good. I cant complain. Im feeling good.. currently i’m on a cleanse, which ill tell more later, making a commitment for gym time 3 days a week. doing some serious clean eating. and i’ve finally realized i cant eat like a 15 yo anymore!!! it does straight to my ass, and belly!! bahaha. i’ll be posting my fitness journey soon.


i know your all still wondering, and NOPE i’m not pregnant now, and still no plans to anytime soon, if ever.

So thats if for now i think? im sure theres more i forgot to say…. ill be doing an in depth update of oak soon. if you arnt already make sure you follow my instagram i update pretty well daily there.




i have NO excuse! WORST BLOGGER EVERRRRRRR! somehow the holidays get the best of me and I seem to fall out of blogging! Quick update were all great we went to Mexico we had a great Christmas and New Years and 2015 has treated us very well so far. So much to update on and I PROMISE its coming in a couple days! I’ll probly do a post on oakley and then one on me :)



{ pu·ra vi·da }

YA GIRLS! i’m so excited to be an official rep of Pura Vida Bracelets!. There’s a few reasons besides the obvious ( that being the inventory is so darn cute! ) that i love this company.

ONE every bracelet purchased helps provide full-time jobs for local artisans in Costa Rica
TWO the charities! there’s TONs of different charities Pura Vida works with from animal awareness to education and children to cancer awareness, military/service and more,
THREE the charity collection was created to give back to charities all over the world. In 2013 alone Pura Vida donated over 140 000$ to 190+ charities. WOW.

The phrase “Pura Vida” (pu·ra vi·da) means “pure life” in Spanish. Enjoying life slowly, celebrating good fortune and not taking anything for granted embodies the Pura Vida Lifestyle. It’s about being free and living life to it’s fullest with no regrets or taking anything for granted; it’s an attitude.

FOUR with every Pura Vida bracelet sold they donate 1% back to The Surfrider Foundation through 1% for the Planet. The Surfrider foundation’s mission is to protect beaches all around the world. WHO wouldn’t want to protect and preserve our beaches? it is OUR earth after all, and we only have one!
FIVE Pura Vida ACTUALLY cares about our environment! just take a look here
SIX after you’ve created an account Pura Vida gives you 10% back on each purchase! (so .10 cents on every 1$ you spend) annnnd i dont’ know about you but i love loyalty programs!

A couple other great things include free standard shipping over 35$ in the united states, and international shipping rates are extremely affordable, 10$ flat, how amazing is that? & can we just talk about the R A I N B O W of colors? legit, i have an obsession with all the bracelets. i have a stacks that match each outfit. choose your colors OR choose your charity. but when you do, use my 10% off coupon code for a nice little discount. NROTHE10 @ checkout & make sure to get your mom, sister, and gf one too, they make perfect little Christmas gifts!

here’s a few of the beauties

till next time loves.

better late than never! AUGUST FAVORITES!

sorry guys! a little late with this one. :) heres my favs for the month of August and i just cant.freaking.believe.its.september. IS THIS REAL LIFE RIGHT NOW? its like basically christmas lol.


ONE oakley has been obsessed with this little set, specifically the cup with the lid, it has a little clip you pull open and closed and has the perf little hole so not so much beverage comes out at once, oak is a cronic spiller and this has done every well in our house this month!
TWO song of the month has been i love only you by nitty gritty dirt band, lord knows its old, but its just sooooo good, and everyone who knows me KNOWS i love me some country.
THREE nyx butter gloss in apple strudlelhas been my fav this month i’ve been wearing it like, everyday. i love basically all of the colours in the butter gloss but i’m really loving apple strudel, ive gone through a couple of tubes of this in the last couple months and ill be repurchasing more and more and more
FOUR SQUEAL! my new glasses! girl can see again, these are the frames i got and i love them, they are different, i never thought i would be getting a coloured frame but i did and i get compliments all the time, my husband says i look like a nerd, in a sexy good way! i got them at FYI doctors!
FIVE these are one of my JUSTFAB shoes that i recently hauled, which you can read about here, these shoes are the bomb. seriously thought, they are SO comfortable and it is crazy that i think i’m going to order another pair in fear of these ones ever get old and fall apart??
SIX greet tea lemonade {starbucks} baby! we had some super hot days in august and ive been loving this drink… of course next month youll see what my fav HOT drink is, since its been FREAKIN SNOWING WHERE I LIVE @#$P(&!@(&P!!!


till next time loves.

embarking on: project life.

lets just start out  by saying I’m so excited to do this, ive done scrapbooking before but nothing like this. if you don’t know what project life is click here. basically becky higgins states this on her website

“The idea is simple: Photos + memorabilia + journaling together in an album – everything slips into pockets. No requirement to cut or glue or embellish a thing.”

so i looked around and found a few things that i decided to get. i ordered some from the becky higgins website to get started, then JUST MY LUCK i went to Michael’s this past weekend and all their project life stuff was on sale 40% off PLUS 20% off extra all the purchases, i also bought some storage which i needed to do years ago but i just didn’t. but again was lucky and Michael’s had their storage 40% off + the 20% off so again 60% off pretty well everything i bought, SO here’s what i got over the last week to start my project life, which I’m going to link as many as possible since they might not have them listed on the Michael’s website or the BH website.

WHAT I GOT {#pl brand}
2 binders, here and here
8 core kits, which i went a little crazy on, but again i got them 60% off so i thought i did great. my kids included, Aqua Edition, Honey Edition, Kiwi Edition, Midnight Edition, Sunshine Edition, Cinnamon Edition, 5th and Frolic Edition, and the Dreamy Edition
3 value kits, Boys Rule, Foil, and Good Times
2 mini kits, Holiday, and Seasons
7 different pocket page protectors, a couple of each but these are the ones i got, Design A,  Design D, Design G,
1 pack of lined cards here
Project life Date Stamp
Project Life Corner Rounder, which i had one already but this one is way better quality
5 or so packs of stickers (which i couldn’t find to link but i will take some pics and put below)
3 stencils
3pack of stencil paint

WHAT I GOT {all the other stuff}
2 pack washi tape holder
five drawer organizer
Silhouette Cameo Bundle ( THIS WAS MY BIG BIG BIG SPLURGE & i’m waiting for it to be shipped to me & will do a little review when i get it)

& then i got a bunch of little odds and ends, you will start seeing my posts ones a week i think I’ll do a project life sunday spread or something of this nature. i’m so excited to start this again something I’ve wanted to do for so long i just haven’t gotten around to it, and to start it can be pricey {well i made it pricey cause i bought everything LOL} id liked to go back a nd make a first and second year of life for oakley too but of course ill start with this and go from there. see what i can handle, i’m defiantly committing to this for at least the year {#pl365} but would like to continue this forever as i just think it’s a great way to look back on life week by week! so expect this to roll out in the next couple of weeks, I’ve been snapping pics this week and so it might be about a week or 2 delayed by the time i print, do the pages and get the post up. PLEASE HOLD ME ACCOUNTABLE I WANT TO SUCCEED!!!

here’s my little setup right now and heres a little haul of the stuff i got, when i get all setup with everything thats being shipped to me i will do a new post with all my goodies.


much love.