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.

So, I ask my doctor..Hi I want a c-section pleaseeee… Her response…. Continue reading

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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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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Sugarfina – Candy for days!

sugarA few sweets to celebrate! I am officially 30 everyone! After having a well deserved week off work I feel great! My hubby and I had the week off together and decided to have a staycation exploring the city and doing things we didn’t ordinarily do. We started off our week with some cross-border shopping. I scooped up these amazing Kate Spade sunnies for a cool $45 US, what a steal!

gaylaMy favourite day though was an afternoon to ourselves. First we went to high tea at The Urban Team Merchant in Vancouver, followed by some candy shopping at Sugarfina! Continue reading

The Dirty Thirty

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I don’t mind but I kind of do? Well that doesn’t really make any sense now does it!? Well in 3 months I will be turning thirty! (GASP!) I am excited about heading into my thirties but still feel like I need to get my shit together? I am on a mission to drop 25lbs before my 30th birthday and become a little more mature whatever that means to me. I still feel like a silly sloppy teen some days. I mean I am a full time working mum who also goes to school part time, but I still don’t feel like a real adult. I am sure everyone goes through this weird phase of just what the hell have I done since I left high school and gosh I need to look good in my thirties and drop a few pounds, or maybe that’s what I like to think.

A couple weeks ago I was chatting with my husband about what we should do for my birthday, I feel like there is also this pressure to have an epic thirtieth bash and ring in the next decade with a glass of Champs. But really, all I want to do is get my hair done, it’s been a while, possibly a pedi and by a new girly dress. I haven’t bought or worn something girly since my son was born, I have been a lululemon superstar with a ponytail. As cozy and comfy as I feel I think the thirties for me will involve buttons, a bit of a heal, and a dash of lipstick. Continue reading

Oh how I have missed you!

I feel like I haven’t written in forever! It has been well over a month and I guess life got the best of me! After the holidays I started school, gasp! I am determined to finish my degree in one way or another; so back I go! In case you are wondering my degree is in Forensic Science, I don’t know if I have mentioned before but I have an obsession, on another level, with Forensic Investigation. I have probably seen every 48 hours show, or any Investigation Discovery Channel programming. Next to my obsession with beauty comes this. I was studying marketing and although I love it, I feel like we live in an era where marketing yourself through social media especially is just second nature for everyone. Since I was majoring in online communications, it just seemed silly to continue on in that realm. This is just my opinion based on the work prospects in my city and what I wanted to do. So I thought I would delve into something different. I also get bored very easily and wanted to do something totally new. So far I love it! It is very demanding, I have a paper due this Sunday which I am almost finished, yay!

My husband and I also got our new years resolutions in order. Usually it is l Continue reading