Gifts For Her Under $50

HAPPY FRIYAY!!!!
 I'd like to say TGIF but I work all weekend, so it's not really going to feel like much of a weekend around here for me!
What a week it has been!
2/3 kids have the stomach flu, so I've spent my days cleaning up vomit and snuggling sick kiddos then heading off in the afternoons to work until 10PM.
Luckily - Louis, Audrey (our middle child) and myself haven't been sick to our stomachs yet - but we all had some weird tummy aches and chills throughout the week. 
At least its happening before Christmas.
(Trying to look for the positive here)



Speaking of Christmas......
Can you guys even believe that Christmas is only a couple weeks away?!
Didn't 2017 just fly by!?
I'm pretty impressed with myself this year because I'm already half way done my Christmas shopping already!
(Thank you online shopping!)
I just have a few more gifts to pick up for the kids and a couple for the grandparents and I'm done!
I have my first Gift Guide for you below!
A few cute items for that special woman in your life - whether that be your bestie, mom, girlfriend, wife - I know she would love receive any one of these in the guide below!



30 Day Healthy Living Challenge With Renew Life



Happy Tuesday Friends!

I've been super busy this past month between kiddos being sick and staring a new job!
I've received a lot of messages in my DMs on Instagram asking me why I chose to go back to work, so I'll let you know a little later on in this post.

About a month ago, Renew Life reached out to me and asked me if I would like to take part in a 30 Day Helathy Living Challenge.
You may remember I worked with them a few months ago on this post, where I talked to you guys all about gut health.
You all know I am trying to live an overall healthier life, body and mind, so of course I said yes to the challenge!

I started off sharing some of my goals for the challenge with you on Instagram like

-drinking 8 glasses of water a day
- using my new bella beat tracker daily
 -getting in 15,000 steps a day
- not consuming sugar
-  8 hours of sleep each night
 -trying a couple new healthy recipes from my new cookbook
-  taking a daily probiotic each morning
-working out at least 3 days a week

Having a list of goals really helps to keep me motivated.
Although I couldn't check off every thing on the list each day, having the goals written down helped me make overall healthier choices each day.
I'm not always the best at remembering to take medication or vitamins daily, so with the probiotic I made sure I had it ready next to my coffee machine each morning.
Since I've been taking a daily probitoic I've noticed tremendous changes in my body.
I have less bloating, a lot more energy and my eczema has cleared up!

During this 30 Day Challenge, I also decided to apply for a job outside of the home!
Like I said above, I was getting a ton of DM's asking why I would go back to work when I am already busy with this blog & 3 kids?
The answer is : I went back to work for my mental health.
I'm the type of person who needs to get out of the house, and be around others to be in a good state of mind.
Working from home certainly has its perks - but it can also be pretty lonely, especially now that all three kids are in school.
I decided to apply for a part time job, around the corner from my house so I could get out and be around other adults a few days a week,  have an excuse to get out of my yoga pants and help bring in even more income for our family! 

This past month has been one of my best months this year!
I'm happier and healthier and I challenge you all to 30 Days of Healthier Living as well!


Planning Our Girls Shared Room With Wayfair

For those of you who don't know, our daughters (8 & 6) share a bedroom.
When we originally moved into our home, the room was painted a dark green and had the most awful DIY wood shelves hung on the walls.
I knew both of those had to go, so I immediately painted the room with some left over paint we had from our last house and took the shelves down.
(Which took me 2 hours and had sore hands for days after haha)
The room isn't awful now, but there is nothing about it that any of us love.
 I don't even have pictures of the bedroom because everything is mix matched or hand me downs and its just not very visually appealing.
The girls have been asking, no, begging, for us to give them a more updated room for their Christmas gift this year.

We told them we would definitely start planning a new bedroom for them and hopefully get started on it sometime in the New Year.
I've been spending hours online at Wayfair.ca putting items together for their shared room makeover.
I don't want the room to feel matchy matchy, but I wanted to choose pieces that compliment eachother well.
I've been really drawn to golds and blues lately and luckily my girls share the same love!
Below are some of my pics from Wayfair.ca and I'm so excited to share that they are part of the Wayfair Blogger Picks!

You can click here to see just one of my many picks.
Below are all of my Blogger Picks up on their site!


Girls Shared Room
chandeliers Drexler 6-Light Sputnik Chandelier
I love this light because it is modern but the brass compliments my mid century modern furniture perfectly.
wall art Cactus Framed Graphic Art
I love the pop of colour in this fun piece!
wallpaper Goldidots Removable Polka Dot Wallpaper
I am in love with this gold dots removable wallpaper because it is a great way to add some dimension to a room without too much commitment.
mirrors Round Metal Framed Mirror
I love the simplicity of this round metal framed mirror. I plan on putting one over each of my girls night stands.
decorative pillows Throw Pillow
This throw pillow is the most perfect shade of blue!
bedding sets Bowes Comforter Set
I've been searching for white bedding that wouldn't look too boring for my daughters shared bedroom. The detail on this comforter is so pretty and exactly what I have been searching for.
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My Favourite Ugly Christmas Sweaters


Santa Sleigh Sweater / Poo Emoji Sweater / Tis The Season To Belieb / Kissing Reindeer / 3D Wreath Sweater / Tinsel Jingle Belle / Feliz Nah- I'm Good / Stuffed Reindeer Sweater / Squad Goals/


Can you guys believe that I've managed to have a blog post up every single day this week so far?!
I think I'm breaking a personal record!
Something about this time of year leaves me feeling so inspired!
On Monday, I shared a fun Christmas DIY with you guys here and mentioned that I think it was going to start a new Christmas trend haha
Only time will tell, but for now the Ugly Christmas Sweater trend is still going strong.
With Christmas only WEEKS away (yippeeee!), it's time to start shopping for your Ugly Christmas Sweaters!
I've linked some of my favourites in this post that range in price from $12 all the way up to $100.
My personal fave is the "Tis The Season To Belieb" sweater that is on sale for only $12.50 and comes in green and black as well!
You guys know how much I love Justin. haha


Which one is your favourite?



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Nov 7- 10 Things I'm Loving

Happy Tuesday!
Hope everyone is having a wonderful day!
My house is clean, my fridge is stocked with all my favourite foods, I stepped outside of my comfort zone today and feel really awesome about it and everything in life just seems to be aligning nicely!
I've put together a list of 10 things I'm currently loving.
I know a few other bloggers that do these type of posts and I always love seeing what they are into.
Hopefully you guys enjoy this post the same way I do! 

 1.

These Christmas Postcards by Rifle Paper Co.

2.
This Couragecast with Tania Kolesnik is a must listen.

3.

I'm currently reading and loving this book. 

 4.

Obviously need to purchase this record. 

5.

I'm buying this game for everyone I know this Christmas.

6.
This toy is on every kids Christmas list this year. 

7.

Like most of the world, I am obsessed with this girl.
So much talent!  

8.

Currently binge watching this show on Netflix.

9.

Also really loved this show. Can't wait for a second season.

10.

This market opens up real soon an am really excited about it! 



Ugly Christmas Tree Headband DIY


Ugly Christmas Sweaters have been trending for quite a few years now, but it's time for the sweaters to make way for the newest trend -  Ugly Christmas Headbands!!!!!

Okay, so maybe they aren't a trend just yet....but they totally should be!

I had so much fun making this fun Ugly Christmas Headband DIY and I want to share how easy this was to make with all of you!


Supplies Needed:

- blank headbands
- red ribbon
- mini Christmas Tree
- mini presents 
- mini reindeer 
- hot glue gun 
- white pom pom

I got my supplies at Michael's craft store but you can find this stuff at your local dollar store as well! 


First step is wrapping your headband with ribbon using a glue gun until it is completely covered. 


Next, I took this white Pom Pom looking item that I found in the Christmas section at Michaels and I twisted off the stem.
If you can't find this exact item, you could use pom poms, or any other item that resembles snow.
Use a hot glue gun to glue the "snow" onto the side of the headband.



Next, it's time to add the Christmas tree on top of that snow!
I bought a Christmas tree that already had little Christmas ornaments on it, but you could take this DIY a step further and buy one without and add your own custom ornaments!
The tree I purchased came with a stand attached by wire, so I had to cut the wire with pliers before I could glue it on to the snow.


The final step is gluing on your reindeer and presents!
Arrange them how you want and Voila!
This headband was so easy to make and is the perfect accessory to compliment your Ugly Christmas Sweater!

Stay tuned for a video I did in collaboration with Vanessa of Studio V Beauty, where we use this headband for a fun Christmas party holiday look!



My Anxiety Story

I remember going to my first OB appointment when I was pregnant with our first child back in 2009.
He read me the referral my family doctor sent over and asked about my anxiety the doctor had written about on my chart.

I didn't know what he was talking about.

Sure, I was more paranoid than most of the people around me.
I remember being so scared I could barely breathe as a kid, because I was convinced at least 2 nights a week that a "bad guy" had broken into hour home - but I didn't have diagnosed anxiety.
I sure as hell had no idea that it was written on my chart, and I didn't really believe it. 

Fast forward to the first year of our daughter's life and things felt great! .
Sure it was new, and I was exhausted but I finally felt like I knew my purpose in life.
It was hard, no doubt, but I loved all the challenges I faced.

One night, after we had just put our one year old to bed, I was sitting on the couch watching a movie with my husband and I had a tingling sensation go up the side of my neck and into my face.
I dismissed it, but a few minutes later it came back.
I started panicking thinking something was horribly wrong and told my husband to take me to the hospital.

I thought for sure I was having a heart attack.

Luckily, we were living with my dad at the time while our house was being built, so he was home to watch Emma while Louis took me to the hospital. 

They hooked me up to a heart monitor and a few hours later the DR came to see me and told me that what I had just experienced was a panic attack.
He asked me if I had ever experienced one before, and I said "no".
I really hadn't, and to be honest I wasn't convinced that I had just experiened one either.
I wasn't stressed about anything when it happened, so how could it be a panic attack?

I went home that night and continued on with life.
No follow ups with any doctors about my anxiety.

By 2013, we added two more children to our family, and while it was a bit chaotic - I was managing really well.

It wasn't until about 2015 that my anxiety started creeping back.

2015 was a crazy year for us.
We bought an older house in a new city, sold our house the next week, and moved to the new place 2 weeks after that.

I didn't think my anxiety was an issue at the time, but looking back now I can see that it was.
I was constantly on edge, I didn't take my son out to playgroups like I used to take my daughters to, I couldn't sleep well, I would have heart palpitations and have this feeling of just constantly being overwhelmed.

Looking back,  I can't believe I didn't realise how overwhelmed I was.
By the time I was 24, I had three kids (two of whom needed to go to sick kids regularly for their vision), a job where I worked as a support worker for intellectually disabled people (many of whom suffered from their own anxiety disorder), a mortgage while everyone else I knew were still living at home without much responsibility. 

I had a lot on my plate.

I remember dragging all three kids in the car to drive 45 minutes to Sick Kids for a long day where everyone was over tired and just feeling completely exhausted and guilty.
I felt like it was my fault that they had vision problems, which is crazy, but that's what anxiety will do to you.

Those days were super emotional for me. 

Emma hated the drops and usually would scream for a whole half an hour after while I had a 4 year old and 1.5 year old to care for too. 

I should've asked family to take the day off work to come support me, but I had this fear in my head that if I asked for help, people would think I was weak. 

I'm writing this post right now because anxiety is something I suffer with and I am now finally, at 28.5 years old, comfortable to talk about.

It wasn't until very recently that I was actually able to admit to myself that I do, in fact, suffer from anxiety.

So many people experience anxiety and are too scared to talk to others about it in fear of being judged, or in fear of appearing weak. 

I am writing this post right now, because today has been a bad day for my anxiety and on days like today I just feel completely defeated.

I want others going through what I am right now, to know that they aren't alone.

Kelsey,
oxoxo