6mths Post Partum

I honestly cannot believe my little baby is 6mths old, I feel like I blinked and here we are!  The past couple months have been amazing, watching our little baby grow and develop into this little man with such a great personality and always huge smile on his face!

Cash is growing like crazy, rolling from side to side and front to back flawlessly and even sitting on his own however his balance from side to side still needs some work! He loves to have conversations especially after he finished his bottle and he absolutely loves his skip hop activity centre, I swear he could enjoy it for hrs if we let him! He’s also taken a much bigger interest in Cali and watches her constantly! He even smiles when she starts to walk towards him and she has also started to be much more interested in him, giving him kisses and joining us in his room for feedings and story readings!

Another big change is we have started solids, I seriously can’t believe I have a baby old enough to eat real food! We started with baby oatmeal (Holle) just after 4mths and he has been doing very well with it so our paediatrician recommended we go ahead with starting foods! As you can tell in the picture below he was really digging the yams!!

One negative over the past few months was that our breastfeeding journey ended sooner than I had hoped. Cash had a reaction to his 4mth immunizations and at that time would not take a bottle or nurse. Since he recovered he would take a bottle but still wouldn’t nurse. I tried going back to a nipple shield, changing my diet but nothing seemed to work and because I wasn’t quite ready to give up hope I continued pumping for another month (serious credit to all the moms who pump full time, it is exhausting and so time consuming) and after a month finally decided it was time to exclusively formula feed. Part of me was devastated because I had hoped after all the hard work establishing my supply/overcoming latching issues early on that we would atleast get to 6mths however part of me was relieved. It is such a difficult journey but in the end I am so proud to have breastfed for as long as I did.

We started sleeping training shortly after 4.5mths and this has been THE biggest game changer. We followed the 3 Day Sleep Solution (which can be found in the files of the Respectful Sleep Training Facebook Group). Cash was napping maximum 30-40mins about 3-4 times a day and he is now napping 1-2.5hrs 4x a day and sleeping through the night with 1 or 2 feeds per night! In a nutshell it is teaching the child to connect their sleep cycles! It has given me time to myself, time to blog, time to relax and also time to nap haha!

Lastly an update on my fitness, I just recently started BBG (Sweat App on Apple Store By Kayla Itsines) I was finding after we started sleep training it was easier to have the flexibility to work out at home or outside so I am really enjoying this app so far. It has a workout schedule you have the option of following, tons of workout sequences and meal planning. I am still walking almost every day on top of my daily workout and am about 10pounds away from my goal weight! The human body is so amazing, I gained almost 35 pounds during my pregnancy and 6mths post partum I am feeling amazing, definitely not at my goal weight yet but my focus is on enjoying my son, watching him grow and fitting in my workouts around his schedule! Moms can be so hard on themselves and I think we all need to remember just how much the women’s body goes through when growing and birthing a child and give ourselves a little credit and time to work out way back to pre pregnancy weight whether thanks in 2mth, 6mths or a yr!

Thanks so much for reading!

Sarah xo

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Long Weekend Casual Dresses

The long weekend is coming up and I could not think of a better post than sharing my favourite casual dresses to lounge in over the weekend, and all super affordable from $24-$65!!

Z Supply has quickly become one of my favourite brands, their materials are so comfortable, their fits so flattering and their price tag so appealing! Ive added two of their beautiful dresses below including my current go to the tie up dress! Both of these dresses (colours may vary) are available right here in Edmonton at Miss Boss! Miss Boss also currently has a summer sale going on so you can save on these dresses!!

Ive linked the remaining dresses and their prices below!

Hope you have a wonderful long weekend!

Sarah xo

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Z Supply Tied Up Dress $65

Embroidered Chambray Swing Dress $44

Embroidered Tie Swing Dress $24

Black Stripe Tank Dress $27

Z Supply Coastline Tank Dress $65

MicroBlading

In case you missed it, I got my eyebrows microbladed yesterday!!!! This is something I have wanted to do for so long now but being pregnant the last year followed by nursing meant I had to wait until I was no longer breastfeeding (unfortunately it came to an end recently which I will touch on in another post) but this meant I could finally get my brows done!

My very dear friend Linda recently opened her own Brow Studio, Bella Brow and Spa in south Edmonton! I have known Linda for almost 6 years and there is so one I trusted more to do my brows!!

The Process

First step is to decide whether you want Ombre or Feathered Brows. These are two different techniques that give two very different outcomes. Ombre Brows have a darker tail of the brow and fade to a lighter shade as you near the head of the brow giving the appearance of a finished makeup look fading from dark to light. Feathered Brows have a more natural look mimicking the look of real hair follicles/stems. I chose to do the feathered technique because I am not wearing makeup much these days and wanted the appearance of fuller, more natural brows!

Next step and one of the most important aspects of the procedure is the measuring. It is critical to make sure your brows are even (most natural brows are not) . Here is a photo post measuring and outlining of my brows!

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Next we selected the ink that best reflected my natural hair colour. Once your brows are healed the pigment of the colour will fade 30-40%, the brows appear very dark immediately post procedure as you will see in the photos below but once healed will look very natural in colour!

The feathered microblading process uses a single blade with ink to slice the skin, replicating the natural look and curvature of a brow hair. It feels like a cat scratch, Linda was great and used numbing cream which made the treatment very comfortable.  Most appointments range from 1-2hrs depending on the desired shape and thickness!

Lastly lets talk about pricing! Linda charges $350 whether you are wanting ombre or feathered brows and the first touch up is FREE!! The rest of her services and pricing you can find here. This is THE most reasonable price I have seen especially considering there is no fee for the initial touch up appointment!!

Overall I could not be more ecstatic with the results, they are absolutely gorgeous, they look so natural and they are exactly the shape I was hoping for! Ive added some before and afters below! Seriously how amazing do they look!!

I have linked Bella Brow and Spa’s Facebook Page Here, Instagram Page Here as well as her website here. Feel free to get in touch with her if you have any questions about the procedure itself or to book your microblading appointment!!!

Thanks for reading!

Sarah xo

 

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29 Years Young

Today I celebrate turning 29 and the last year in my 20’s ahhh!!! I cannot help but feel so unbelievably grateful for this past year, easily the best year of our lives! We found out we were expecting our little man, took trips, spent quality time with family and enjoyed our little family of 3 before we added another set of feet! Cash arrived in January and our lives have forever changed in the most amazing way! Its funny how I now cannot imagine our lives without him!!

I remember talking about being in my late twenties, all the plans and expectations I had for myself in all aspects of my life and although I’m not totally all together (there is still lots I want to do) I am SO glad my life did not turn out the way I expected or anticipated to. I have the most beautiful little family and without the hurtles and humps it wouldn’t have led me to this exact moment sharing my life with the loves of my life Clayton, Cash and Cali<3

I hope you enjoy this little collage of my 28th year<3

Sarah xo

Overalls

I have been absolutely loving wearing my overalls lately and have been on the hunt for some cute shortfalls so I thought Id share my great shopping finds with you all!

I love wearing my overalls with a loose fitting tee, Z Supply are my absolute favourites! Z Supply can be bought here in Edmonton at Miss Boss! Another dressier option would be an off the shoulder/peplum sleeve top like this one!!

Hope you enjoy!

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Abercrombie Denim Shortalls

American Eagle Olive Shortfalls

Forever 21 Distressed Overalls 

Anthropology Pilcro Overalls

Forever 21 Skinny White Denim Overalls

 

 

 

Summer Sun Essentials

I am so excited to have teamed up with Glitz Spray Tanning to bring you the best summer sun essentials for safe tanning and moisturized skin!!

First up is their gorgeous new line of exclusive soaps! They have a huge array of different scents and it is soo silky smooth and moisturizing! One key to keeping soft, tanned skin is keeping your skin hydrated and moisturized, these soaps will do the job! They are also the perfect size to gift for a bridal shower or birthday gift for your bestie!

Another line that Glitz Tanning recently started carrying is Sun Bum! I had heard a lot about Sun Bum and was so excited to find out Glitz Spray Tanning carried their line. Sun Bum is a vegan, cruelty and paraben free company manufacturing all natural suncare and haircare products! I picked up the 15spf and 30spf, Glitz also has their Cool Down for sun aftercare that will be next on my list! I love that their sunscreens are waterproof for 80min and come in the spray containers, I find them so much easier to apply!

Along with the Sun Bum and their exclusive soap line Glitz Spray Tanning also offers THE best spray tans! I had one done for my maternity photo shoot last fall and one for our pregnancy announcement last summer and they were absolutely perfect! With wedding and grad season right around the corner give Lauren a call for that flawless, sun kissed glow!

Have a great weekend!

Sarah xo

 

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Eliasz & Ella Spring & Summer Collection

Eliasz and Ella just released their new spring and summer collection and I could not be more excited to share these gorgeous pieces with you! I couldn’t resist pairing these beautiful pieces with this floral dress, a perfect combination for a wedding or event!

I am so in love with the Rose Quartz Ballroom Collection,  the Drop Earrings are the perfect length and the rose quartz stone is the perfect size to compliment and highlight the beautiful stone! The Necklace, with the rose gold chain is simplisticly stunning and hits right below the collar bone to feature a beautiful open necklace or high neckline!

If you follow me on instagram you know the Eliasz and Ella Bangin Bracelets are an everyday essential for me and these smaller banging bracelets do not disappoint! The Aqua Bangin Bracelet and Ice Quartz Bangin Bracelet with rose gold detail compliments the Ballroom collection perfectly and I love pairing it with the floral detail of this dress!

Head on over to Eliasz & Ella to check out more of their new Spring and Summer Collection!

 

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Jewelry was provided to me by Eliasz & Ella!

Dress: Asos Maternity (I bought this last summer and never got to wear it, you’d never know it was maternity!)

Shoes: Express (Similar Here)