SKINCARE: A Change In The Routine


Changes in my life, big or small, always take a toll on my skin, and 90% of the time a change in skincare routine fixes the problem. I’m luckily unlucky that even though my skin is very sensitive I have had great luck in finding products that work for me, that are easy to get. Aveeno has sorta been my go-to skincare line over the last 7 or 8 months and both my skin and me have loved every moment of it. 

This pregnancy has brought on a little bit of acne, just on my face and in all the same areas, the chin. I know that reading deeper into this, it makes sense, as acne on the chin can point towards a hormonal imbalance (thanks acne but I’m certain the random tear sessions tipped me off on the imbalance in my body). After seeing this occur over the last 3 months quite frequently, this wild popping up and then healing cycle I decided to change up the skincare routine and see if that doesn’t fix it; so far, so good. 

Aveeno Absolutely Ageless Collection
Daily Moisturizer, Restorative Night Cream, Eye Cream, Nourishing Cleanser and Intensive Renewal Serum

I really do love and have had great lucky with Aveeno so I knew I wanted to try and stay with this line, thankfully I had an opportunity come knocking and I gladly accepted. You know, one of those being at the right place at the right time sorta’ things. Doesn’t happen all the time, but I take it as a sign when it does and jump through the door that has opened. 

AveenoThe products arrived last week and since giving them a try I’ve been acne-free. Not saying that the product does this specifically, but for me, the change in skincare routine is obviously what I needed. My face feels lovely and I can’t tell you how much better I feel when I get caught out in the sun knowing that the Daily Moisturizer has SPF 30. I’m totally that mom that packs everything for baby including stuff really not needed, forgetting all things for myself. It’s saved me on a few occasions, including last weekends visit to Seattle. The line itself, Aveeno’s Absolutely Ageless Collection is meant to help improve the appearance of line, wrinkles and other signs of aging as it contains breakthrough ingredients to help nourish the skin with nutrients to keep it looking and feeling healthy. 

VERDICT: I wouldn’t say I had much for wrinkles, more fine lines and I think we’re still too early for that, but what I can tell you is my skin definitely feels nourished, healthy & acne-free. That in my books is a win!

Disclosure:: This post was sponsored by AVEENO but the opinions are completely my own, based on my experience.

TRAVEL: Seattle Vacation {with littles}


You know you're a parent when.... You plan a vacation around going to the Zoo; and this is exactly how our trip to Seattle got started. We've been wanting to go to Seattle now for quite sometime, let's just say for far too long. For one, I had never been to Seattle, driven through sure (quite possibly asleep), but not actually stopped and taken in the city. Sofia of course has never been and Sammy well he's the best road trip driver ever so he was coming along for the ride whether he wanted to or not.  We knew having heard from others, that the Seattle Zoo, the Woodland Park Zoo, is pretty amazing. I'm certain mind-blowing was mentioned at one point, even "better than … read more...

FAMILY: A Day In The Life {Seattle Bound}


Our morning got off to a rather interesting start, she requested a sandwich for breakfast with a side of *really* green smoothie on her Marcus & Marcus rubber divided plate, I wasn't about to fight her on it as we wanted to be in the car and out the door in 30 minutes. She got her request, ate is all without any drive-by requests "take another bite please" from yours truly; So I'm going to just chalk this one up as a win. But of course in that 30 minutes between being up, changed, fed and out the door she decided that the outfit she had chosen originally lacked a "family vacation" feel and had to change before we left.  ...WELCOME TO OUR LIVES We made it … read more...

Mama Guilt; The Struggle Is Real

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Well that didn't take long, our second baby isn't even born yet (not even half way through the pregnancy) and the guilt of favoritism on our first born has already sunk in.  My first pregnancy I threw myself into the world of motherhood with zero hesitation. My days were filled with reading inspirational stories about motherhood on Baby Center, educating myself on baby sign language, testing my skills on diciphering baby cries because DAMN-IT I was going to be a natural. I wasn't naive, I knew big changes were coming and I was going to do everything in my power to make sure I would be prepared. Visions of a Carol Brady patience level, … read more...

PREGNANCY UPDATE: Week 17 (163 days to go)


The first of many updates, why not start at lucky 17, right? Nah it just felt right this week! I'm happy to announce I'm enjoying this pregnancy FAR MORE than I ever did with Sofia, thanks to two little white pills (I know you know what I'm talkin' about mamas'). I'm tired, like feels like I haven't slept since Christmas tired, but I will take that any day over being sick, nothing worst than having the pukey feeling 24 hours a day.  This little belly of mine grew quickly as you can see, second time around it's like it knew what was going on and just took to taking shape and forming early in preparation for what was to come. I've spoken to many mamas' with … read more...

KIDS MUSIC; that won’t make your ears bleed


I hate to say it but there are many children's artists out there that will likely put you into the fetal position rocking back and forth. Skip the padded room business and stock your road trip library with the best kids music as said by Sofia and I. I know this may come off at first as more of a joke, but this is no laughing matter, listening to some children's songs can literally drive you crazy, and heaven forbid they get stuck in your head and set on repeat. Sofia has a interesting love for music, it goes from Justin Bieber and Pharrell to Bobs' & LoLo and Will Stroet (the proof is in the hashtag people #SofiaMarieSings). It's crazy actually to think she … read more...

Super Turtle; he fights the cold & flu

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It wasn't until recently that I've been a huge advocate in finding ways to really fight off germs from entering our home. Passing the cold and flu onto one another that kept us indoors and missing out on life for nearly 6 weeks, that's all it took for me to want to punch every germ in the throat. I'm so done with it, I will be happy to never see another cold or flu in this house again! I would assume that winning the lottery would feel very similar to finding a parenting forums online sharing parenting hacks that actually work. Within my days of research for random crazy helpful parenting tips I found this little gem, a company called Aroma2Go who sell products … read more...

FAMILY: Geocaching


This weekend we tried something new and totally foreign to us, geocaching. By no means did we expect to be good at it right away, I was actually doing my best to set us all up for not finding a thing our first time acting as modern-day pirates searching for treasure. We downloaded the app onto our phones as it was recommended to us by Louise at Talk Nerdy to Me (a total pro geocache'er) and headed on our way out. We saw a few ones in close proximity to one another at Rocky Point in Port Moody, so off we set.  We got our first real taste of victory at the end of the pier, finding it after about 2 or 3 minutes of hunting the area. After that we were … read more...