July 24, 2019

7 Days Of Toddler Hairstyles

Trying a new hairstyle on Lux everyday for one week was one of the items on my 101 in 1001 days challenge. And let me tell ya, it was a challenge cause girl hates having her hair brushed.

We did it though! Here's the seven different hairstyles we went with:

DAY 1
hair down with a tiny braid on the side



















I wanted to start off with something easy for day 1! 
This is just her hair down, in its natural state with a cute little braid down the one side of her face. I actually got off easy this day because she was super excited to do her hair for some reason (she never is!) so it went well.

DAY 2
messy top knots with bows














I thought this was so cute! I saw someone do this in a Youtube video once and decided to give it a try. I gave the rest of her hair a little curl and the bows (even though you can't see it) have Spongebob and Patrick on them and they are SO adorable.

DAY 3
middle french braid turning into regular braid





















That description sucks, I know, but I honestly don't know what else to call this 😂 This was dreadful to put in her hair because 1) she was super tired and NOT having it and 2) I royally suck at french braiding. It definitely didn't turn out how I imagined it but oh well. It is what it is haha


DAY 4
three inside out pony tails on one side




















I'm really not very good at hairstyle descriptions am I?
I think this one turned out pretty cute though!

DAY 5
french braids




















Sooo normally I DO suck at making french braids BUT these turned out pretty darn good if I do say so myself!

DAY 6
space buns




















I would have liked the buns to have been higher up on her head but girl was given me one heck of a time to even get this much accomplished so I guess I should be glad! 😂

DAY 7
inside out pony's leading to a braid



















I know- pretty anticlimactic for the final day huh?
It's all I could muster though. Neither one of us had the patience for hair today!

I really hope you guys enjoyed this post! I can say I am SO happy to be finished with this hair challenge though. It's fun making her hair all pretty in a different style every once in a while but I am so ready to go back to easy buns, pony tails and half up half down styles. 

Which style was your favourite? 

July 20, 2019

The Tangled Garden | Grand Pre, NS



A stunning, other-worldly, whimsical fairy-tale land is how I would describe The Tangled Garden. At least, that's how I feel while walking through the garden. The second you step in you're completely swallowed up by the atmosphere and even though the road is close by, you'd never know it. I only hope my photos do it justice because it truly is a wonderful, beautiful place.

[warning: very photo heavy!]

July 09, 2019

Fundy Geological Museum | Parrsboro, NS


To celebrate Canada Day this year we decided to take our dino-loving gal to the Fundy Geological Museum to check out some fossils and other cool stuff! I honestly didn't think she'd be all that excited since it was a fossil museum and wouldn't have dinosaur figures or anything to look at but she was in awe when she walked in! She grabbed my hand and started pulling me around to each exhibit and she was really into it! 

July 03, 2019

The Sunshine Blogger Award


























I'm so happy to have been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award! I love the fact that "blogger awards" like this pass around the blogging community. It really allows bloggers to connect with other bloggers and we get to find out a little more about the bloggers behind the blogs as well! I love the Sunshine Blogger Award the most though I think because its an award nominated as a peer recognition for bloggers that inspire positivity and joy! So, thank you so much to Blogging Mama for the nomination! I really appreciate it!

June 29, 2019

101 Things in 1001 Days Challenge


























I saw Alice from 'Alice in Sheffield' post this challenge on her blog and I thought it looked like so much fun. I'm a huge fan of writing lists and goals so coming up with 101 goals/tasks to accomplish in roughly 2.75 years was right my alley! I think that's a really decent amount of time to tick off everything on my list.....or at least I'm hoping!

Starting today on June 29th, 2019 means that I have until March 26th, 2022 to complete my list. I'm not sure how often I'll come back and update on my achievements. Maybe every 3 or so months? If you're doing a similar challenge leave your list link in the comments! I'd love to check out your lists! :)

June 28, 2019

Burntcoat Head Park | Noel, NS


























Another year, another visit to beautiful Burntcoat Head Park in the books. 

Burntcoat, in my opinion, is one of Nova Scotia's greatest attractions. It's home of the world's highest tides and extremely beautiful! When the tide goes out you have the opportunity to walk along the ocean floor and let your toes squish through the soft mud. Its an awesome activity the whole family will enjoy (well, unless you aren't so steady on your feet because it can get pretty slick walking through the mud!)

June 19, 2019

My Nickelodeon Collection


I am super excited to finally share my Nickelodeon collection with you all! Most of my fave childhood shows were Nickelodeon -Hey Arnold, Rugrats, Ren & Stimpy, etc- and I still love a lot of these shows today. So, if you were a huge Nickelodeon fan you can probably understand my love for all things Nick and why I started this collection! Let's get on with the goods shall we!? Hope you enjoy!

[ warning: photo heavy post!]

June 16, 2019

My Weight Loss Journey | 4 Month Update



So It's been 4 months since I've started my weight loss journey (is that all it's been!?) and I'm here with my 4-months-in weight loss results! If you're curious you can read my first post about my journey to get all the deets. And by "can" I really mean "should" ...go there now....or not. ANYWAY, let's just jump right in shall we:

START DATE: FEB 1, 2019

WEIGHT: 182 lbs

INCHES:
ARMS: 12 3/4 
BUST: 44 3/4
WAIST: 42 3/4
HIPS: 42 1/2
THIGHS: 21 3/4

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NOW: JUNE 1, 2019

WEIGHT: 174.8 lbs

INCHES:
ARMS: 12 1/2
BUST: 43 1/2
WAIST: 42
HIPS: 42
THIGHS: 21

of course the boobs are the quickest thing to go...

So that's 7.2 pounds in 4 months! Almost half a pound a week- not too shabby! I'm happy to do this slow and steady rather than drop a ton of weight right off the bat. 

I'm still doing my intermittent fasting but I'm really not being too strict with it. If I was I'd probably see a lot more weight coming off! But, I like the way things are going right now because even when I skip my workouts for even a week or more at a time, I'm able to maintain my weight loss! I feel like I'm doing this the right way and that makes me feel good! 

I still do my Leslie Sansone workouts every day (just about) and I still haven't upped it to two workouts a day yet but I will! When I'm ready. 

Junk food is still a big part of my life but if I'm being honest I really don't grab for it as often as I used to.

Still trying to cut back on the dairy.... Its hard okay!! 

Water intake is still going strong.

Overall I'm pretty happy! Like I said, its slow going but I feel less bloated, my clothes fit a little better and I feel like I just look healthier. Its nice.

I'm excited to see what I can do in the next 4 months. Until then, keep going! 

June 13, 2019

10 Unusual Things You Didn't Know About Me






















Move aside "basic" facts. It's time for something a little unusual..

June 09, 2019

Oh Happy Days #5

♥ LUX IS 3. Technically this should have been included in last week's happy days post BUT since I took a week off from blogging that post was never written so, I'm including it in this one 😊 On Saturday the 1st my big girl turned three years old! We had family stay with us and we took her to the zoo. She had a fabulous weekend and I'm so proud of the little girl she is growing into.

♥ 400. I've gone and hit 400 followers on Twitter!

♥ SCREAM. I finished watching the Scream series on Netflix this week and its safe to say I'll be adding that show to my top favourites! I thoroughly enjoyed it from beginning to end.

♥ CHEESECAKE. Need I say more?

♥ CBD. I started using CBD oil for my anxiety and depression and this week has been amazing because of it. Well, at least I think it's because of the oil 😂 I really don't know for sure but I can tell you that I haven't felt this genuine, amazing happiness in so, so long. My head feels so clear and I don't obsessively worry about dying anymore. I know its only been a week but so far I'm loving it! *I'll write a post dedicated to my experience with CBD oil after I've used it long enough to write a proper review of it!*

♥ 29. I celebrated my 29th birthday on Saturday and it was wonderful! We didn't do a whole lot- my mom and brother came over for a bit, we went for ice cream and poked around a really cool bookstore. In the evening Craig and I watched a movie and had snacks. Probably the best birthday I've had in a long time 😊


Out for ice cream on my birthday 💕


If you love looking at gorgeous photography and enjoy looking at life through someone else's lens then please check out my girl Danielle's blog Lone Wolf- Life in Photos!  
I adore seeing new posts from her (which I know I'll see every single week because she takes a photo every day!) and being surprised and delighted by her week's happenings *Spoiler* They usually include her adorable animals!! As I said, please check her out. You will definitely not be disappointed! 

June 06, 2019

Why You Should Fall In Love With Your Best Friend


























I've never told the story of how me and my boyfriend Craig came to be. And I won't be telling that story today. We'll save that for another day. What I will tell you is that we started off as very good friends.
If anyone even uttered the words "You should go out with Craig!" my response was usually something like "What!!? No way! He's like my best friend!"

June 03, 2019

Ten Cheap (or free!) Date Ideas


1. Go for a hike. Craig and I love hiking together! There's nothing more magical than the forest! 

2. Have a picnic. Pack a lunch, find a cute park and have a picnic! This could also go along with your hike!

May 26, 2019

Oh Happy Days #4

 SOLO DISNEY KARAOKE. On Monday night, Craig was out with friends and Lux was fast asleep in her room. So, me being bored I turned on some old Disney music and just let loose! I was dancing around the living room like a lunatic and belting out the words. It actually felt really good.

 COZY, RAINY DAYS. Even though I wasn't especially pleased that it rained on Monday (hiking day) I was actually quite content with it raining on Tuesday. I love when Lux and I cuddle up in cozy blankets on the couch and watch Netflix together while it rains outside.

 PARK VISITS. Mom came out for another visit this week and we had a super fun time at a Parks and Recreation site. It had everything; two playgrounds, a splash pad and every kind of sport field/court you can think of! Lux had an awesome time and so did I 😊

 PICKING IT BACK UP. Exercise that is! This week I have fiiiinally stopped making excuses and started working out everyday again and sticking with my intermittent fasting. I would say that I hope to keep it up but I'm not putting any pressure on myself. I know I have my bad weeks with my mental health and unfortunately that sometimes causes me to put exercise on the back burner and that's just fine. No more beating myself up about it as long as I always come back to it 😄

 RAINY DAY BAKING. I know I've mentioned a lot of rainy days in this post but hey, it rained majority of this week! Perfect weather to stay indoors and bake some delicious chocolate chip cookies with my girl though!

 LOBSTER. On Saturday Craig's father invited us out for supper and he had a delicious lobster for me! Ugh, it was heaven.


My sweetface at the playground :)





Blog of the week this week goes to Fashion and Beauty Blog (Danielle Alexa).
She writes about fashion, beauty and lifestyle and I've really been loving her blog for all of her great beauty tips! You can tell she's very passionate about her blog! Make sure you head over and check her blog out. Here are a few of my fave posts to get you started:



tell me something that's made you happy this week!

May 24, 2019

The Truth About Long Term Relationships


























Today I want to talk about relationships. That is, the truth about relationships. Now I'm no expert on the matter but being in a happy, healthy, 12 + year relationship- I like to pretend I know a thing or two.

Let's get on with it, shall we.

May 21, 2019

10 Simple Ways To Relieve Stress



Today I wanted to talk about stress. 
Everyone feels stress at some point in their lives but there are moments in life when all you do is stress. It could be something going on in your personal life or at work. I'm telling you, stress is a killer.

Common habits caused by stress include:

Eating terrible food
Constantly obsessing over things you cannot change
Trouble sleeping
Constant venting
& just feeling completely overwhelmed with everything

It affects every part of you. Your mind & your body.

May 19, 2019

Oh Happy Days #3

 RAINBOW INSPO. I'm really loving my new rainbow inspired blog design! Since its getting all beautiful and warm outside I felt like my blog needed a little brightening up :)

 SPEAKING OF BLOGS. Last week I was just about ready to throw in the towel with blogging. I was feeling pretty down and honestly, wasn't feeling a lot of joy with anything. I declared my blog break on twitter and with a blog post and, well, it lasted three days LOL I decided that even though blogging can at times bring me down, it doesn't have to. This is always going to be my space to create whatever content I wish to create. If people like it, awesome! If they don't, that's okay too. I've rekindled a little blogging spark this week.

 2000. My blog hit over 2,000 pageviews this week! 😃

 CLEANIN' OUT MY CLOSET. I finally cleaned out one of our closets in our bedroom (the biggest and messiest) and it looks SO much better. It's really got me in the mood to go right through this house and throw away/donate stuff. Let's hope I can keep this 'clean everything in the house' vibe.

♥ YARD SALES. The town over from us hosted a town wide yard sale on Saturday. We didn't find any treasures and it was rainy and cold BUT it was something fun and different for us to do as a family 😊

My delicious lunch on Saturday 😍



3 Girls Mummy is this weeks "blog of the week"!
This adorable blog run by Ashleigh is all about being a mom, family life and everything in between! 
Make sure you pop on over and say hello! :)
Here are some great posts to get you started:



TELL ME SOMETHING THAT'S MADE YOU HAPPY THIS WEEK!


May 18, 2019

Smileys Provincial Park | Newport, NS

Isn't that a pleasant name? Smileys? It fits because it was indeed a pleasant little park- even if it did start to rain during our very quick visit there. Well, it wasn't meant to be quick but we certainly didn't want to stay in the cold rain.

This Provincial Park is also a campground as a lot of the Provincial Parks are here in Nova Scotia. We didn't quite see the entire area but I don't think we missed very much. Just some camp sites.

What we did do though was walk along a lovely little gravel road until we came to a playground that Lux loved.

May 15, 2019

Pluviophile















pluviophile
(n) a lover of rain; someone who finds joy and peace of mind during rainy days.

I'm not sure why, but I feel good when it rains. 

May 13, 2019

Oh Happy Days #2


 LAST DENTIST APPOINTMENT. I absolutely dread the dentist and this Monday was my last visit (at least for another year). All of my cavities have been filled so that makes me happy.

♥ NEW HAIR. As a Mother's Day gift from Craig and Lux I had my hair done :) Definitely a much needed change and my head feels SO much lighter.

♥ KID FREE SLEEPOVER. As an 'added' Mother's Day bonus gift I spent the night away at my mother's house with her and my siblings on Saturday night. We had pizza, lots of junk food, painted our nails and watched movies all night. It was wonderful.

♥ MOTHER'S DAY. We didn't do a whole lot but just spending the day with my family was the best thing I could ask for :)


New hair! 




"Ice Cream" Whispers Clara is this week's blog of the week! Elizabeth's blog has been one of my all time favourites for quite a while now. I love when I see a new post pop up from her because her photography for every post makes me feel like I've stepped into a romantic, dreamy, fantasyland. Her whole blog aesthetic just creates a sense of calm whenever I browse through. Please, do check out her blog. I promise you will find a new blog to love with this one :) Here are a few of my fave posts to get you started:



LET ME KNOW WHAT'S BEEN MAKING YOU HAPPY!