Baby Life: Managing Eczema

I feel like I am somewhat of a “mom expert” when it comes to eczema, or I like to believe that anyway. Another naive young me thinking that having a baby was all about baby eating, pooping, sleeping and repeat! But there are so many in betweens! My husband was a little more of a pro when it came to our first as he did pretty much everything for his brother when he was a baby (they are 13 years apart!). Needless to say I relied heavily on hubby. With my first I was unable to breastfeed I was literally producing water, I tried mixed feeding but after about 6 weeks I was done physically and emotionally, my child was now exclusively on formula. The decision to just quit was a tough one and I can tell you that I honestly felt as a failure as a mother to my baby and I was really scared to tell people in my life feeling that they would judge me. I had family telling me how important breast feeding is, my doctor, friends etc, so not being able to was really hard. But at the end of the day my sanity and not being exhausted from just pumping being stressed about my milk production was more important to me.

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The First C-Section: The surgery that literally scarred me for life

I don’t even really know where to start with this post to be honest. I feel like starting with my second surgery doesn’t give enough background so I am going to start from the beginning, the c-section in 2013 with my first son. Throw on a pot of tea, this is going to be a long one!

Ok, so lets go back to 2013…uh actually 2012, that is when I found out I was pregnant! I was literally over the moon! I was pretty young when I got pregnant, well I have been told. I was 26, had my little man at 27. I felt it was the perfect age as I loved having young parents myself, my mum had me when she was 24. Looking back I feel like we could have waited a couple of more years as I was still a little immature but I never regret our decision. I think I was a little naive to the whole pregnancy process and what to expect.

Fast forward a few months and I was beginning to show, and I was so excited, literally couldn’t wait to meet Kiyan! It was the easiest pregnancy, I had the typical exhaustion in the first 3 months, not being able to keep my eyes open but other than that it was a great pregnancy. At about 8 months I went on my maternity leave, and that is when it hit me….this baby has to come out! Uhhhhhhh…I felt like I didn’t have it in me to withstand birth. My mum is a total tomboy and warrior so she kept telling me not to have the epidural as it can be dangerous, one wrong move and your paralyzed, she had me and my brother no problem all natural. FML! So much to think about so little time. I was already thinking I wanted to go the c-section, in MY mind that was the easy route, no labour pain, no pain coming out and just recovery post op, everyone I had spoken to said recovery was a breeze.

Ok, before I go on, and all the mums start saying how a c-section isn’t the easy way….lets remember that everyone has an opinion. I also understand and know of mums who have had extremely difficult pregnancies and c-sections and they did not take the easy route, I am solely talking about me personally and the people I know who I have spoken to who had an easy time with their surgery.

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A Fresh Start On The Blog

*My newborn photos have been taken with Mamique Photography. Ewa does amazing work! This is my most recent shoot with our newest edition, Kassius*

I cannot believe it is mid November! I mean where has 2017 gone? I didn’t pay any attention to my blog, I had every intent of writing but it didn’t really happen. When I look back now I realize it is because I was just bored, I was procrastinating a lot of the time.

This past year I was working a lot and fell pregnant as well, we recently welcomed another little boy! His name is Kassius (pronounced KASH-US). He is a good little baby and our older son, Kiyan loves him to bits. They are so great together, I love the newborn phase so getting all the baby snuggles is my favourite thing in the world!

After having the little one and slowing down a bit after being on mat leave, I started to do some reflection on what I would like to do with this little hobby that I feel like no one sees or reads lol. After a lot of thought I have decided to Continue reading

Lip Filler – To fill or not to fill?

Full plump lips are a coveted fad, and with Kylie Jenner’s famous pout plastered across the internet, one can only be envious of those blessed with luscious lips…..or those faking it. However, if you’re like me and have been umming and ahhing for a while, but feel that you could use a little pick me up as you cross the bridge into your 30’s, then I am here to tell you that lip filler is the way to go! At a hefty price tag of $650 a syringe, you can only pray that you only need the one!

I have been thinking about getting my lips filled for quite sometime but combined with the hefty price tag, the fear of something going wrong and a husband who keeps saying just don’t do it! I put it off for a while, but then I decided to take the plunge and do it! Continue reading

Fresh Face Friday – Dermaplaning

Smooth, blemish free skin is a dream for all and with endless treatments on the market we are bound try anything! Dermaplaning is a great non invasive treatment for exfoliation dull, lack luster skin and velous hair (those baby fines on your cheeks aka peach fuzz). Now I know you are going to do a quick google and gasp when you see deathly razors perched up against faces, or alternatively run to the store to grab a pack of blades, but just slow down; let me explain! Dermaplaning uses a sterile medical scalpel to exfoliate your skin by sloughing off the dead skin from the epidermis. As it is using a scalpel it also removes those baby fine hairs, peach fuzz. This procedure is done under the care of a specially trained medical esthetician, please don’t go running out to buy a scalpel and try this at home, eek, that could be dangerous.

The results from this treatment are instant, smooth dewy glowing skin. It is a versatile treatment as it is suitable for almost all skin types. Those with severe Acneic skin should avoid this treatment. For those looking for a gentler alternative to microdermabrasion this is for you!

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Toddler Travels: Oregon Road Trip

I love sunny summer days filled with road trips, fun music and a lot of laughter! Being a mum of a toddler I wasn’t sure how my little on would fair on a long journey so we have been holding off on any road trips since the little guy was born. This year we thought we would do something small and see how he does. We decided to head down the coast into Washington and Oregon, our first stop was Great Wolfe Lodge – our little man absolutely loved it! If you have children who adore swimming this is a haven for them, with lots of slides for every age, activities and a big play structure it is fun for all ages. It is definitely catered to the kids so don’t expect any fancy meal options, but there is a Starbucks on site should you need your coffee fix.

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The Holy Grail – Eye Shadow Primer

Hello boys and gals! I have been out of the loop as school and work has been hectic! I am excited to tell you all (drum roll please!) that I have found some new employment which is back in the beauty industry! I am super excited as it is at a Cosmetic Surgery and Skin Care Center which is going to be an amazing learning experience and more new things to blog about. I have been there about a week and it has been great so far, lots of learning!Thank_Me_Later_full_size_grande

I also wanted to do a little product review on my new fave make up product. I am excited to share what I think may be the most amazing eye shadow primer ever! I am not really big on primer more so because it never works, I have tried a MAC primer and one by Jane Iredale and they just didn’t do the trick. I was subscribed to IPSY for a while and hoarded a bunch of samples which I am still trying to work my way through and one of the products I started using a month ago turned into my absolute favourite, the Continue reading

Lashes for Days

The celeb trend that is rubbing off on just about everyone is the obsession over long thick luxurious lashes. Whether your fortunate to be blessed with lashes for days, have been faking it til’ you make it or are just trying every thing out there I think I have found the holy grail! Or at least I like to think I have.

As an avid curl-a-holic, my lashes have thinned out over the years. I have been avidly curling them since I was probably 14 or 15, needless to say it caused them to be sparse and thin. Unfortunately, unlike my husband and tot I don’t have curly lashes mine go straight down. I used to use falsies for special occasions and nights out but all I wanted was my youthful lashes back and more. Then came along latisse! I bumped into the product a little while ago but I was a little skeptic, fast forward 2 years and my optometrist was carrying it! I was actually there for Kiyan’s eye appointment but couldn’t resist asking the doc how she felt about Latisse. She told me it was a great product and all I would need to do is book an appointment with her to ensure I could use it and I would be on my way. So, yessss, I did! 2 months later I friggin love it! My lashes are definitely longer. At the 2 month mark I went to visit my optometrist for a lash growth measurement. I started at 3.5mm and I am up to 5mm – amazing!  I try not to wear mascara daily so I am not continually curling my lashes. I guess you live and learn. Check out my before and after:

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Pretty cool right! Here are some of my prs and cons on the product: Continue reading