Monday, December 15, 2014

Holiday Commercials

Have you guys seen the new Walmart Christmas commercial?

Since the first time I saw that commercial, I've been obsessed. You know how music can make you feel a certain way or put you in a certain mood? This song makes me feel fuzzy inside. I could listen to it on repeat for hours.

The song is Paper Planes by East of Avenue.

Listen to it 100 times below. 


Thursday, December 11, 2014

Maybelline's FitMe Shine-Free Foundation Stick & Powder Review


I've been using Maybelline's Fit Me line for a few months now (as you can see I'm currently hitting pan hard). I've purchased the Shine-Free Foundation Stick and the Fit-Me Powder both in 110 Porcelain. Both products are in the $5-$10 CAD range.

This is a pretty straight forward review. I love this product line. It's extremely affordable yet feels of very high quality.

The foundation stick is unlike anything I've ever tried. It glides onto the skin very easily and sets like a powder, hence the "no shine". It feels amazing on the skin and there doesn't seem to be a need to set it with a powder. The only thing that I don't like is that it creases easily around the nose, lips, and eyes. My favourite thing is so how quickly it can be applied- like a giant crayon. It's perfect for the car pool line.

The powder is an absolute bargain. I usually splurge on powders, but I'll be buying this from now on. It has a very silky feel and the coverage isn't too heavy. My favourite thing is how the colour is bang on- I always have trouble finding powders this light in colour!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Checking In...

Just checking in to say that blogging is really hard with a newborn baby.

It's been 5 years since I've had a baby, and I forgot that when they're sleeping there's laundry and dishes and cleaning to do.

I'm trying my best to blog as much as I can. Please bare with me!

In the mean time, follow me on Instagram (username KerriMuffin) - I usually post daily.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Weekly Links Vol. 13

Okay so I missed last week due to the birth of Mr. CJ, but here's this weeks links!

1. By far the coolest DIY project I've ever seen posted on a blog.

2. This series of Ebay Bargains is amazing. I've already found some great stuff.

3. This article made me laugh because I'm literally living it right now.

4. These holiday organizing tips are amazing.

5. I'm loving that everyone is starting to post their gift guides. I need ideas!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Influenster Love!

Influenster is a product review, Q&A, news, and exclusive offers website that I joined a few years ago  on a whim. I didn't hear much from the site until I got the email a few months ago saying that I would receive my first VoxBox- a box of goodies to be sent my way to review.

Basically, the deal is that you are invited to a campaign and receive a VoxBox in the mail containing various products. When you receive the box, you "check in" online and are then given a list of tasks to complete in order to gain rewards to unlock badges. The more badges you unlock and activities you complete, the better your chances are of being selected for more prizes from Influenster as well as to be chosen for future VoxBoxes. 

So far, I've been invited to participate in two campaigns with Influenster (click to read about my experiences with both products):


The Monopoly Junior game I recieved from Influenster

The Impress Nails I recieved from Influenster

Both experiences have been fantastic. I have loved the products I recieved and found it super easy to review and complete the badges.

Beyond receiving awesome free products to test, Influenster provides amazing VoxPerks and let's you read reviews and Q&As on all types of products. They even have an amazing app that lets me check in and complete activities right on my phone.

I'm so excited to see what my next campaign will be. If you haven't already done so, I highly suggest you join Influenster!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

He's Here!

Just a quick update...



On Saturday November 15th, I gave birth to baby CJ.

He weighed 9lbs 13oz and was 22 inches long. He has blonde hair and blue eyes just like his daddy.

Our girls are in love, as are we.

He's perfect!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Christmas Tag



I stumbled across this tag on one of my favourite blogs- MakeupSaavy. It is originally form the Milk Bubble Tea Blog. It's such a fun way to share my early Christmas excitement.

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1. What is your favourite Christmas Movie/s?

The Santa Claus, Elf, Christmas with the Kranks, and The Holiday.


2. Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?

All of them on Christmas morning. Chris and I are thinking of starting a tradition of giving all the kids new Christmas PJ's on Christmas Eve, but other than that, my family doesn't do any gifts before then.


3. Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?

Getting to wear brand new Christmas dresses every year. It's funny because every year now I get to see my girls have the same feeling I had. It's so special to see how happy a glittery new dress can make a little girl.


4. Favourite festive food?

How can I even decide this? I think I'll go with gingerbread cookies...or pretty much any cookie.


5. Favourite Christmas gift?

A vintage Avon spoon ring from my grandma. I used to have the ring but it broke in half and I lost it. A few years ago she found the exact same ring and gifted it to me. I cried.


6. Favourite Christmas scent?

The smell of sugar cookies. I can only describe it as warm, sweet vanilla. It makes me want to curl up in a ball, eat my face off, and never leave my couch.

7. Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?

Eating finger foods and watching movies. Keeping it simple with immediate family.


8. What tops your tree?


A beautiful golden and glittery star. Chris and I actually argued about this the first few years we were together- he prefers a santa but I think a star is much more traditional (and makes a lot more sense).


9. As a kid what was the one (crazy, wild, extravagant) gift you always asked for but never received?


I actually remember asking for an Iguana for like 3 years straight. I'm really glad my parents never fed into this because I actually hate taking care of animals. I can only imagine what kind of mess an Iguana would have been.


10. What's the best part about Christmas for you?

The sights and sounds. I absolutely love how "big" the Christmas season is. I feel like in comparison, every other holiday is kind of half done. Christmas is so over the top. Everywhere you go there are decorations and music and activities. It's the least dull time of year.

Beyond that, being a mom at Christmas time is the coolest thing I've ever experienced. I definitely don't get the gifts I used to seeing as everyone buys for my kids instead, but it's the best feeling to see how happy the holiday season makes little kids.

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Grab the questions for your blog here (courtesy of MakeupSaavy):

1. What is your favourite Christmas Movie/s?
2. Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?
3. Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?
4. Favourite festive food?
5. Favourite Christmas gift?
6. Favourite Christmas scent?
7. Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?
8. What tops your tree?
9. As a kid what was the one (crazy, wild, extravagant) gift you always asked for but never received?
10. What's the best part about Christmas for you?

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

#GameNight with Monopoly Junior

Earlier last week, we received an awesome package in the mail courtesy of Hasbro and Influenster - our very own copy of Monopoly Junior to review.

Our family has a massive collection of board games, but for some reason we didn't have this one. When Holly saw the box, she just about lost it. I mean, since when do you get things this cool in the mail?

The second we got home from the post office, we started playing.



Here is what I loved about the game:

This game is a bit more complicated than other kids games such as chutes and ladders or Candyland. I actually felt like Holly was being challenged but also having fun.

Holly is 5 and a half years old and in Senior Kindergarten. This game is perfect for her. Beyond basic counting to move spaces, she learned that to play like a grown up she would have to count money, read directions, and follow the rules.

I also absolutely loved that the rules were adapted to make the game less complicated for children.

Some of the adaptions include:
- There is only one die
- When you land on a property, it has to be purchased
- Rent is the same as purchase price
- Properties only come in groups of two, so when you own both, rent is doubled
- There are no railroads or utilities
- There are no houses or hotels. You simply claim the spaces you own with special tokens
- When someone runs out of money, the game is over. You can not mortgage properties or sell houses


In the week we've had this game we've already played it 7 times. Thanks again for the testing opportunity Influenster! #GameNight

Monday, November 10, 2014

Weekly Links Vol. 12

1. Well it's Monday and I'm officially 4 DAYS overdue. I've heard a lot of these over the weekend.

2. This video will change the way you stamp your nails. Seriously, it's genius.

3. Emily's husband did an amazing guest post last week and it pretty much made me cry.

4. This is my actual dream. I love cereal more than life.

5. I watch The Property Brothers nearly every day. Check out some of their best transformations ever.

Friday, November 7, 2014

This Week 24

This week has been a little bit rough for me, so I'm glad it's over.

1. Today is my original due date. It turns out my actual due date was yesterday, but I'll still say this is it. I made it through 40 weeks of pregnancy. Woo!

My lopsided 40 week belly!

2. Although it's depressing news, I have some real information on when baby boy will arrive. I had an internal done at my OB appointment on Wednesday and currently my body is doing nothing to get this baby out - No dilation, barely any thinning, no contractions. I have a non stress test scheduled for today to make sure everything is okay and if I'm still pregnant by next Wednesday, I'll be scheduled for an induction.

3. With this extra pregnant time, I've added some last minute details to the baby's room and cleaned the house a little bit. Any progress is progress, right?

4. I got some Christmas shopping done! My original plan was to have it all done when the baby arrival. That didn't work out so I'm trying to get as much as I can done for now.

5. This week I received quite a few free samples in the mail as well as a Hasbro board game to review. It actually makes me entire day when I get awesome mail. Look for a review of the game next week!




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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Weekly Links Vol. 11

1. I've been slowly starting to prep bento-type lunches for Holly everyday. These links (here and here) have really helped me decide what I do and don't need.

2. My due date is 3 days away and I'm finding this article quite interesting.

3. Tonight I plan on trying this recipe for stove top mac and cheese.

4. I'm on a hot chocolate kick right now. Maybe you should be too.

5. I really wish I had the energy to make it to the mall this week. H&M has some awesome kids stuff coming out.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Halloween 2014


Halloween 2014 has come and gone people! Although it was rainy and cold, my monster high girls had a great night. Chris took them out trick or treating while baby and I stayed home and handed out candy.

Brooke is dressed as Dracu Laura and Holly is dressed as Frankie Stein - both characters from the Monster High movies.
I purchased both costumes from Party City. Each costume was $39.99, which I think was pretty good considering they included the wigs.

I have loved seeing everyone's photos over the weekend. If you have a blog post showing off your family's Halloween, comment the link!


Officially 39 weeks pregnant on Halloween. 
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On a completely separate note:

I usually take my blog photos with my iPhone 4S and have for a long time. When I uploaded these photos, I noticed how terrible they look. They are grainy and blurry and I'm upset about it.

I've checked everything on my phone as well as googled the problem and I have no idea why the quality has gone down so drastically all of a sudden.

It looks like I'll be needing a new camera or phone.

Any suggestions in the mean time?

Friday, October 31, 2014

High Five for Friday

It's been a crazy week of wrapping up loose ends and being absolutely exhausted.

1. It's Halloween! I have absolutely loved this holiday ever since I became a mom. When the girls get here after school today I'll transform into a makeup artist and stylist and I'm so excited. Stay safe tonight everyone!

Our house all decorated for tonight (featuring Holly)!

2. I know there are a ton of people who think it's absolutely nuts, but I'm so excited for the Christmas spirit to kick in starting tomorrow. I actually just noticed this morning that all of next weeks flyers have Christmas specials. Woo!

3. My maternity leave payments finally got approved and the amount I'll be receiving is actually more than I expected. My stress level has significantly decreased because of this news. As you may know, there is an unpaid waiting period to receive payments and it's hard to get through.

4. I got the news that I was selected for another Influenster campaign. When I get those emails my heart skips a beat. You'll be seeing a post about what I receive soon.

5.  I'm officially 39 weeks pregnant. 1 week to go. Come on baby!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

It's About To Get Real

My due date for baby boy is next Friday, November 7th. There are 8 days left until his expected arrival, which means that any day could be the day.

So far, I've seen two different reactions from the girls. Brooke has been very loving and excited all along- hugging me, talking to the baby, asking questions, etc. Holly on the other hand hasn't really cared all too much. I found this extremely weird because the baby will have much more of an effect on Holly than Brooke as Holly lives with us full time and Brooke is only here on weekends.

This uninterested attitude of Holly's has had me worried for a while. Will she be jealous? Will she be angry with me? When Brooke isn't here, will she act out?

These past two weeks as the talk about when the baby will arrive has increased, I've noticed a real change in Holly. She's become absolutely obsessed with both me and the baby- cuddling me, reading and singing to baby, and even talking about how she plans to help. Yesterday when I picked her up from school the first thing she did was get angry that the baby hadn't come yet. She claims she's tired of waiting to see what he looks like. Me too Holly, me too!

This sudden change in her behaviour (plus the fact that everything is finally ready to go for baby) really has me realizing that it's about to get real- I will soon be the mom of a baby boy and the girls will have a baby brother.

I'm ready to meet him!


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Halloween Nail Art Featuring the Julep Plie Wand



A little while ago, I posted about how I finally received my Julep Plie Wand but hadn't had time to review. I figured this was the perfect opportunity to get my nails done for Halloween and use the wand for the first time.

I used the wand to create 3 simple designs. Check them out below!



I began by painting 3 stripes (white, orange, and yellow) on my middle finger. I painted each of my other fingers solid black.

Using the Plie wand with the striping brush attachment and black polish, I angled in the sides of my middle fingers to create a candy corn look.


Next, I used the same striping attachment to carefully draw a spider wed on my pinkie. This is where I realized how great the Plie wand really works. My nails are very short and it was extremely easy to get in the small details with the attachments.

I then switched over to the dotting tool attachment and dotted a small pumpkin on my thumb nail. I went back with the striping attachment to create the jack o lantern's face and stem. I then finished with a top coat.


Here's a list of the polishes I used for this look:

White - Sally Hansen's "Natural White" from this set
Yellow - Julep's "Alma"
Brown (pumpkin stem) - Julep's "Alma" mixed with China Glaze's "Liquid Leather"
Green (pumpkin leaves) - I've had this colour for years and sadly, the labels are missing so I have no clue who made it!

I also used Julep's Plie Wand as well as both attachments from the creativity kit.


In case you didn't notice, I had to mix a few colours in this design to create the orange and brown I needed. Orange was easy (because I have so many red and yellow polishes) but brown is a bit more difficult.
It was recently brought to my attention that Julep has the perfect brown (which I need to get immediately) called "Chloe". Check it out in Julep's shop here.

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If my Halloween design isn't for you, Julep has a great tutorial for a design that's a bit more complicated. Check it out below!






Wishing everyone and their kiddies have a safe and happy halloween! Happy nail painting!




Monday, October 27, 2014

Weekly Links Vol. 10

1. Don't miss out on this amazing ChickAdvisor offer - a chance to sample a Clarisonic Mia 2!

2. It's halloween week! I'll be keeping Holly busy with halloween themed activities like baking.

3. This is a link to a list of links, but I really loved this roundup of halloween makeup tutorials.

4. Have you tried these cookies? They're amazing.

5. Several women on my November due date Facebook group have already had their babies and it's really made me realize that there is a fully functional, full sized baby currently living inside me. I'm 38 weeks and 3 days pregnant right now.

Friday, October 24, 2014

High Five for Friday

I think I'm getting the hang of this weekly wrap up post and I love it! I also enjoy reading the posts of everyone else linking up. Keep it up!
This week is all about small victories for me:

1. We got outside and enjoyed the fall weather a bit this week. I walked more than I have in weeks (it's getting a little bit difficult for me lately), so I'm pretty proud.



2. I finished up all of the artwork for the baby's room. I then realized we have no screws or anchors, so as soon as I manage to get those I can finally hang everything.

3. I finally got around to writing and sending my baby shower thank-you cards. I'm really glad I remembered to do this before the baby comes.

4. I'm 38 weeks pregnant as of today. I can't believe I made it this far without going crazy. 2 weeks to go!

5. In relation to #4, I didn't gain a single pound this week!

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Creamy Tomato Soup



Earlier this week, I included a recipe in my weekly links post. That recipe was for my favourite soup ever. I recently decided that it deserved a whole post of its' own.

I can't remember how, but a year or so ago I stumbled upon the Foodess blog and this recipe.

Due to the extremely simple ingredients, low prep time, and as her comparison to Campbell's tomato soup, I tried it out and fell in love.


For the most part I follow the recipe exactly, but I do add some extra steps to make it my own:

1. After I blend the soup (I use a magic bullet and it works like a charm), I strain it. If you don't strain this soup, you will end up with small bits of tomato skin. Straining it creates the smooth texture found in canned soup.

2. I add noodles. Sometimes I will add 1 full cup of pasta to make the soup more hearty and filling, but I would say that 1/2 cup is more than enough.


If, like me, fall and winter put you into a soup kick, I highly recommend you try out this recipe. It won't dissapoint. I plan on making another double batch tomorrow.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Weekly Links Vol. 9

1. 33 things to do with one of my favourite fall foods- sweet potatoes.

2. My all time favourite soup recipe.

3. I actually love this simple way to update thrift store art.

4. A great list of things to do with your kids the next few weeks.

5. I'm highly considering purchasing this book. I really want to read it before I see the movie.

Friday, October 17, 2014

This Week 23

I missed this series last Friday, so this is a double high five!

1. I'm officially full term- 37 weeks pregnant today! When will baby come? Nobody knows....



2. We finally got the baby's room painted and the crib together. Woo! The only thing left to work on is the small details.

3. I'm 3/4 finished reading Lena Dunham's book "Not That Kind of Girl". It's been months since I've started and finished a book without weeks of lag time. It feels nice!

4. I got enough energy to decorate for halloween last week. I didn't work much on the interior as our house is still kind of dishevelled from moving, but the exterior is looking good.

5. This is the first weekend in like 3 months that our family has had NO plans. I'm so looking forward to wrapping up little projects and relaxing.


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Thursday, October 16, 2014

My City Finally Has A Sephora!

So just a few weeks ago Sephora opened in Windsor!

Before now I either had to order online, travel 2 hours within Canada, or hop over to Detroit to hit up a Sephora. It was terrible. In January 2014, I got word via the retail store I was working at that a Sephora would be opening at our mall. I was so excited.

Fast forward to now and it's finally open. I took my first trip there last week to grab some bare minerals foundation and to my surprise, they offered me my VIB birthday gift (I completely forgot about it).


Basically, I just had to post about how awesome this is.

How often do you shop at Sephora?


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Weekly Links Vol. 8

1. I hope everyone had a great thanksgiving weekend (in Canada).

2. This would make a great christmas gift for any little ones you plan on buying for.

3. My girls changed their halloween costumes this weekend, and although our local store is sold out, the Party City website has an awesome 20% off + free shipping deal going on.

4. I really need to invest in a happy kid car kit. These ideas are amazing.

5. I just recently discovered this blog, and ever since I've been considering a capsule wardrobe for after baby comes. 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

200

One of my previous headers


I realized last night that yesterday's post was officially my 200th post on Holly Muffin.
Although Holly Muffin has been around since 2009, I haven't posted all too much.
The past 6 years of my life has been an absolute rollercoaster and I'm extremely thankful that I've had this blog as my outlet through it all.
I'm currently preparing for a big life event (the birth of our little boy), which will again bring this blog in a new direction. I will be a full-time stay at home mom for at least the first year of his life, and during this time I am committed to growing and evolving Holly Muffin. I plan on posting more frequently and consistently and dedicating more of my time to generating creative content.
I really hope that you come back and visit over the next few months to see how Holly Muffin grows.

To the next 200+!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

My Pregnancy Must Haves

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1. Milk. It helps with my heartburn and it goes well with cereal and anything chocolate. I just love milk.

2. I purchased this exact foot roller from ebay last year but have used it more than ever during this pregnancy. It's absolutely incredible and hits all the pressure spots on my feet. Also, you can't beat the price.

3. I don't know why, but I can't get enough Corn Pops cereal. I can finish a box in two days.

4. Cucumbers and vinegar was my favourite snack when I was pregnant with Holly, and this time around it's no different. So crunchy and delicious.

5. This exact pillow has been helping me sleep since my first trimester. It's a little round pillow shaped like a puck and it fits perfectly between my legs at night.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Weekly Links Vol. 7

1. I've been having insane charley horses that jolt me awake at 7 a.m. every day (apparently very common in third trimester). I'll be starting a magnesium supplement today as well as trying some of these tips.

2. Do you check your weekly betchy horoscope?

3. Right now Pretty Handy Girl is doing a series called 31 Days of Handy Home Fixes. They're really speaking to me right now.

4. I plan on starting my fall/halloween decorations this week. Our new house has a big and beautiful brick fireplace, so I'm using these as inspiration.

5. This album brightened by day yesterday. I could totally see Chris doing the spaghetti thing.

Friday, October 3, 2014

This Week 22

Happy October! This week has consisted of a lot of transitioning and stressful moments, but I'm happy to be where I am. Here's the down low:

1. We officially moved in to our new house! It was a lot of stress and craziness, but we did it. We ended up having more help than we thought, so we got to cancel our haul last minute to save a few bucks (I love friends with trucks). Beyond that, we have actually already unpacked like 80% of the house. I think we're doing well.

2. On Tuesday night (3 days after moving in) we ran our dishwasher for the first time and it flooded our entire kitchen and dining room. We didn't notice until the water started coming through the basement ceiling. On the downside, it turns out the previous owners totally lied to us, but on the upside, I got a new dishwasher to match my other new appliances!

3. I finally got to start working on the baby's room. Now that everything is unpacked, I've been able to take stock of what I still need to buy. There's only a month left so it's crunch time now!

Baby room beginnings

4. Holly started at her new school on Monday. She really isn't good with change of any kind, so it hasn't been going the greatest. I'm just happy she'll have over a month to adjust before we throw another curveball at her in the form of a baby brother.

Holly's first day at her new school

5. Our housewarming party is this weekend. I feel a little bit too pregnant to be hosting, but I'm sure it will be fine as long as I can manage to stay up past 9 p.m.

So how was your week?

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

My First BzzAgent Campaign: Pantene Pro-V Ultimate 10 BB Creme

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I received my very first Bzz Agent campaign on Friday. I get so excited when I'm chosen for these things. Not only do I love getting free stuff, but I honestly and truly love testing products, reviewing them for others to see, and spreading the word.


When I opened the box, I was extremely surprised to see 3 full sized products. I get a lot of sample shampoos, so this really put a smile on my face. I'll be able to use enough of these products to really get a feel for how they work. 

Here's my total review:

Shampoo: I typically have dry scalp as well as dry and frizzy hair. I used this shampoo and haven't felt the itch I usually get with any shampoo besides Head & Shoulders. My entire head feels nourished and smells awesome so I give it a 4.5/5.

Conditioner: This conditioner works extremely well with the shampoo set. It's very lightweight (I'm used to thick and intense conditioners) but somehow still did the job for my hair. My only issue it that my hair is harder to brush than usual after using it. A bit of a thicker formula may work better. I give it a 4/5.

BB Creme: I can't say enough about this creme. It completely transforms my hair. I run it through towel dried hair, let it air dry, and I swear it removed like 2 inches of frizz from my hair. It's incredible smooth and light feeling. I have been recommending this stuff to everyone I know - a definite 5/5.


Monday, September 29, 2014

Weekly Links Vol. 6

1. Happy national coffee day everyone!

2. I just came across this blog and died a little. It might be bad, but we're all thinking it.

3. I officially moved on Saturday, so today will be filled with address changing and unpacking.

4. If I wasn't going to be so busy unpacking, I would totally make these right now. I'm dying for a pumpkin fix.

5. But because I have to unpack, for now I must recommend these cheesecakes. A friend brought them over for me on moving day, and they are simply delicious.

Friday, September 26, 2014

This Week 21

Happy Friday Everyone. This week has been extremely busy for us because tomorrow we move to our new house! Moving being this pregnant is extremely difficult, but I'm getting through it and trying to enjoy the good things:

1. I haven't yet blogged about it, but this was my first week of not working. After being extremely stressed out and not feeling well, I decided to take my maternity leave a bit early. Being off work will really allow me to focus on moving (and all the paperwork), getting Holly into her new school routine, and unpacking.

2. I had my 34 week OB appointment and after a few weeks of high blood pressure, my blood pressure is back to normal. I guess it was a good choice to go on maternity leave early.

3. Our new house needs a lot of work, but for now we decided that a fresh coat of paint might brighten things up. This entire week my mother in law has been painting her life away, and I thank her because the house now looks completely different! Looks for photos soon.

Our new house is a crazy big mess right now, but it's coming along.

Holly is loving her new backyard.


4. Holly's last day of daycare and school at her current school was yesterday. She didn't get upset and she's actually pretty excited to start at her new school - win!

5. Uhm, I'm moving into my very own house tomorrow and I can't stop talking about it!



P.S. This is my first time linking up for the "High Five for Friday" series!

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Baby Boy Room Inspiration

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There is just under a month and a half left until baby arrives.

It's flying by and honestly, I'm starting to feel a bit overwhelmed because, uh, nothing is really done. For the past few weeks, Chris and I have been nailing down the elements for the nursery, and I wanted to share our vision. We don't have much purchased yet, but we definitely know the direction we would like to take.

Here are the key elements for baby W's room:

- A grey, navy blue, and light blue colour pallet
- Dark wood to contrast light walls
- A monogram over his crib
- Navy and white chevron
- A few silver accents
- A subtle hockey theme


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Keep watch for how the nursery actually turns out- I plan on documenting the whole process over the next few months.

Also, you can follow my nursery inspiration Pinterest board here.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Weekly Links Vol. 5

1. After seeing their stuff on Zulily, I've become obsessed with Hollywood Mirror's baby items.

2. I love how easy yet amazing this DIY bracelet is.

3. Next time I run over to the US for groceries, I'll be picking these oreos up. They look disgusting but sound so good.

4. Clearly being pregnant makes your hormones rage, so it's no surprise my acne is all around the bottom of my face.

5. I'm so ready to have my first pumpkin spice frappuccino of the year (I'm behind!), but I'm also considering making this one.

Friday, September 19, 2014

We Bought A House!

So last week I posted this rant about how tired I was of renting.
 
I was kind of keeping a secret...

 
Chris and I bought a house!

It's been a few months in the works, but we officially closed yesterday. The process was insanely stressful but at the same time one of the most exciting things I've ever done. There's a lot going on right now, but I am so at ease knowing we will be settled in to a permanent home before the baby arrives in November.



Here are the details:

- The home has 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 large living rooms, a kitchen (obviously), a dining room, an office space, and a fairly large fenced in back yard with a giant tree and a shed. It's the perfect size for our little family and we shouldn't be outgrowing it anytime soon.
- The home is located about 40 minutes outside of the city we live in now. I actually grew up in this little town, so I'm excited for the peace and quiet.
- The home has a fully refinished basement, but the upstairs needs a lot of work. We will be renovating the kitchen and changing the flooring within the next year. I  plan on sharing everything with you as it happens!
- We officially move in next weekend. I'm so excited!


I'm so exciting to keep you all updated on how our first home changes and grows!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Julep Plie Wand - First Impressions


 
Ever since I joined the Julep Maven program I have been wanting to try the Plie Wand, so when the time came to select this month's box I jumped at the chance to get not only the wand, but also five extra brushes and the creativity kit.

I haven't had time to test out the wand yet, but I wanted to share my first impressions.

- First of all, I didn't realize the wand would be magnetic. Instead of screwing in each brush option, the magnet on the wand simply connects to each brush. This makes is extremely easy to change which brush or polish you're using.

- I also didn't realize that the reason you can buy extra brushes is to swap out the standard lid on a polish bottle and permanently replace it with the pliƩ brush.

I'll probably be able to give the wand a try this weekend. Look for a full review next week!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Weekly Links Vol. 4

1. How chic are these DIY'd magnetic letters?

2. These home remodels are unbelievable.

3. A brilliant article about the types of friends to avoid.

4. The season for pinning holiday decorating ideas is upon us. Check out HollyMuffin's holiday decor album here.

5. Such a cool idea in honour of fashion week.

Friday, September 12, 2014

The Good in the Bad

Over the past week, we’ve been having some trouble with one of our cars. The battery keeps draining and needing a boost to start again, but only when it feels like it. We thought we had fixed the problem until last night.

We went to view a house and about 5 minutes in to the drive home the car started shaking, all of the lights came on, and the car shut down and slowly rolled to a stop. It wouldn’t even start to turnover, so a jump from another car couldn’t help it this time. I called CAA and they sent someone to come and tow the car. At this point it was 6:15pm.

Half an hour later, I received a call from a tow truck driver. He informed me that they couldn’t find any drivers in our area to accommodate a child, so he was leaving now… from a location an hour away.

As soon as I hung up the phone, I lost it. I’m pregnant and fairy miserable, I had a terrible day at work, it was almost Holly’s bedtime, we hadn’t eaten anything yet, and we would have to wait another hour for someone to come and get us. I wouldn’t call any of my friends for a ride; I always been guilty for turning my problems in to other people’s burden. I just started to cry.  

At that point, Chris took it upon himself to call my best friend and ask her to come and get Holly and I while he waited in the car for the tow truck. Of course, she didn’t hesitate and was there within 10 minutes. She drove Holly and I all the way home and even stopped at McDonalds to get Holly some food. Chris ended up having to wait over an hour for the tow truck driver to arrive. He didn’t get home until 9:30pm.

Reflecting on the night, I notice how amazing the people in my life are. Chris waited a total of almost three hours at the side of the road on an empty stomach and in the cold for the truck to come. He did everything in his power to make sure Holly and I got home safe and sound earlier than he did. My best friend took over an hour out of the only evening she had off work this week to pick us up, bring us home, and drive back. When I tried to give her gas money or even insist she didn’t come, she refused.

Although this wasn’t a huge tragedy or an extremely dramatic event that happened in my life, this incident and the actions that followed really made me sit and think about the people I have chosen to be part of my life and who have chosen to let me be part of theirs.

I am incredibly thankful that I have a boyfriend who will always put our children and me ahead of himself to keep us safe and happy. I am also incredibly thankful that I have friends who will drop everything to help me when I need them.

I’ve been in kind of a slump lately (third trimester will do that to you) and today I feel like I’m looking at a bigger picture- a more positive picture of my life and surroundings. Sometimes it takes the bad for you to open your eyes to the good.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Julep's Jewel Heist Mystery Box

Images via Julep email

Uhm...have you seen this?

On Monday I got an email with the above information on Julep's Jewel Heist Mystery Box.

As I mentioned here, I had a $15 credit on my account, so I nabbed this box for only $9.99.
From what I'm seeing around the web, you can score this box for $14.99 with the code "10foryou" at checkout.

It seems absolutely crazy that for $24.99 (or cheaper!) you get $100+ of products and have a chance to will all of these awesome goodies.

I will most definitely be sharing this box on the blog once I receive it.
 
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I would not miss this one guys. Click here to get it now- the offer ends Sept 14th!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

On Renting

Our current rental

In April 2013, we were forced to leave our home of 2 years and move into a townhouse last minute.

Our landlords were an elderly couple who decided they were tired of the landlord grind, so they sold our house. We lived in the house for as long as we could dealing with showings and open houses because it was an amazing house in an amazing location and the rent was affordable.

So because we stayed as long as we could, we ended up being forced out pretty quickly when someone purchased the house. In the 8 months the house was up for sale we searched and searched for somewhere to live, but the rent prices had sky rocketed since the last time we had signed a lease.

We ended up finding our current home only 2 weeks before we needed to be out. I was, and still am, extremely disappointed with it....as have I been with every place I've rented since I was 18.

Over the years, I've had endless problems with my landlords. From not not fixing things to not following landlord/tenant privacy laws, I've grown tired of the renting game. I know many people have great experiences with renting, it just hasn't been that way for me.

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We are fortunate enough to live in a city where mortgages are actually significantly less than rent, making buying a house a very feasible option. The only problem is saving for a down payment which has proven to be incredibly difficult.


 I'm ready to have my own space. I'm ready to be able to decorate how I want, change what I want, and not feel violated.

Chris and I are currently working as hard as we possibly can to make buying our very own house a reality. I'll keep you updated!

In the mean time I'm curious to know- has renting been this bad for everyone?


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