IVF & Recovery ICSI Success: Journey to Baby Bell

Friday Feature: Blog post by Brittenay Bell

Turquoise Compass Fertility Doula

When we started our journey to a baby in 2014, we had that blissful naivety that it would be easy, and initially it seemed like it would be. Our first month “trying” we became pregnant. I remember shaking with excitement and I remember Aaron panicking because he didn’t think it would happen that quickly. For 3 glorious weeks we basked in the joy of expecting our first baby. It had been a tough 9 months before hand, we were newly married and while Aaron was at basic training for the navy, my mom passed away from a short but courageous battle with lung cancer. Our lives were a constant rollercoaster. But the notion of a baby brought a sense of calm and excitement. It was something good in all that had been so hard. But as quickly as our excitement came it was dashed when I woke up one morning bleeding. After 2 days in and out of the emergency room we confirmed my fears, we lost our baby. Continue reading

Philip Boudreau Photography Captured my Heart and Soul on Camera

Photo Credit Philip Boudreau Photography

Photo Credit Philip Boudreau Photography

Photo Credit Philip Boudreau Photography

Photo Credit Philip Boudreau Photography

It is hard to believe that I started my blog two years ago. I’ve experienced so much in two years, yet the time has flashed before my eyes. In just two years I have taken over 75 flights to 22 different countries, yet I’m still going strong. I’ve now been to 32 countries and I can’t wait to see more! In celebration of my two year blogging anniversary, I felt it was time to update my blog profile pictures and about page images. As much as I love the original images that were shot in a beautiful field in sunny Sacramento, California, it would be most fitting to have my pictures shot at the one place I love the most–the beach. Not just any beach, but an eastern Canadian beach.

Photo Credit Philip Boudreau Photography

Photo Credit Philip Boudreau Photography

Being from Atlantic Canada, I have a special place in my heart for the east coast. If you’ve been following my blog then you know the beach is my go to place–my safe haven. If you’ve been reading since the beginning then you have seen pictures of me at some of the worlds most beautiful beaches and read how I’ve left pieces of heart scattered on the shorelines around the world. I feel most at home (and myself) when I’m at the beach, as if I was meant to be a sea creature. Since Turquoise Compass celebrates any and all things turquoise (especially amazing coastlines), I thought it would be perfect if my updated photographs captured ‘on camera’ my joy and love for life when at the beach. Turquoise Compass is about living life to the fullest, dreaming a new dream, and traveling to new places. Being by, on, or in the water helps me do all of those things. To the beach I go! Continue reading

You Know it’s a Canadian Winter When…

New BrunswickAfter the east coast of Canada just got hammered with yet again another winter blizzard, I couldn’t be dreaming more of summer than I am now. It’s storms like this that make me long for warm temperatures, sunny skies, hot sand between my toes, and a turquoise beach. Naturally, I’m a summer baby. That’s just the way it is. I can handle winter to an extent (not 6 months of it), but this winter is just giving me the blues. It’s one winter storm after another this year. Apparently, last year was worse, but I was lucky enough to be in Australia at that time. If only I could transport myself there now. I can say that this winter is the worst I’ve ever experienced since moving to New Brunswick. I wasn’t made for winters–just beaches! However, with that being said, I believe in living life the fullest. So I am living in the moment and embracing the snow as best I can. Snow banks and all. If I can’t climb mountains, I’ll just climb snow banks instead. Continue reading

A Seaside Christmas is the Kind of Christmas for Me

Christmas at the Coliseum

@Shy Giraffe- Modern Artisan Jewellery

Going with the theme The Christmas Song (one of my favorite Christmas songs) by Nat King Cole, commonly known as Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire, I can’t help but think a seaside Christmas is the kind of Christmas for me. Although I love chestnuts roasting by an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at my nose, turkey, and mistletoe, the thing I love most is a seaside themed Christmas. Most of my house and Christmas Tree decorations are turquoise and beach themed. Last year, I was able to spend the week before Christmas in Puerto Rico. Now that’s the perfect place to celebrate a seaside Christmas. Well, I found my Atlantic Canadian seaside Christmas, not by the sea, but at Turner’s Christmas at the Coliseum. Everywhere I looked I found sea inspired Christmas decorations. This Christmas extravaganza made me feel right at home. Although I won’t be on a tropical beach this Christmas, at least I know that I can surround myself with ocean inspired decorations, not to mention the fact that I’m conveniently located 20 minutes from the beach. Continue reading

10 Reasons to Make Christmas at the Coliseum Part of your Routine

Christmas at the Coliseum

@Whirled Beet Farm wreaths

Turner’s Christmas at the Coliseum is an annual holiday arts-crafts-food-and-antiques show presented by Show Associates Inc. at the Moncton, New Brunswick Coliseum Complex. This holiday event is one of the largest annual events east of Montreal.   Continue reading

One More Day to Win 2 Tickets to Christmas at the Coliseum

Turner's Christmas at the Coliseum

Turner’s Christmas at the Coliseum

Want to win two tickets to this upcoming event? Well, it’s your lucky day! I’m giving away 4 tickets to this great Holiday event. If you live in Moncton, New Brunswick or are planning a vacation to Moncton Nov 21-23, why not sign up to win today! It’s simple! Check out Turquoise Compass’ Facebook Page for details! Just scroll down until you see the CONTEST post for Magic Hands Festival and Christmas at the Coliseum and simply “like” Turquoise Compass Facebook page to stay up to date on more upcoming contests, “like” this/that post, and “share” this/that post on your page. It’s that easy. You’re in.


So what’s Christmas at the Coliseum you ask?

Turner's Christmas at the Coliseum

J.R.’s Kettle Corn

There is no better way to kick off the holiday season then by attending Turner’s Christmas at the Coliseum presented by Show Associates Inc. at the Moncton, New Brunswick Coliseum Complex. The annual Christmas event in Moncton celebrated its 26th anniversary last year. The arts-crafts-food-and-antiques show definitely puts me in the holiday spirit. Greg and Claudette Turner produce the show in Moncton and each year they go over the top to produce an even bigger and better show than the previous year. With this year’s show coming up on November 21-23, 2014, Greg and Claudette are ready to put on the best Turner’s Christmas at the Coliseum. I can’t wait to see what they have up their sleeves! Continue reading

Win 2 Tickets to Christmas at the Coliseum

Turner's Christmas at the Coliseum

Turner’s Christmas at the Coliseum

Want to win two tickets to this upcoming event? Well, it’s your lucky day! I’m giving away 4 tickets to this great Holiday event. If you live in Moncton, New Brunswick or are planning a vacation to Moncton Nov 21-23, why not sign up to win today! It’s simple! Check out Turquoise Compass’ Facebook Page for details! Just scroll down until you see the CONTEST post for Magic Hands Festival and Christmas at the Coliseum and simply “like” Turquoise Compass Facebook page to stay up to date on more upcoming contests, “like” the post, and “share” the post on your page. It’s that easy. You’re in.


So what’s Christmas at the Coliseum you ask?

Turner's Christmas at the Coliseum

J.R.’s Kettle Corn

There is no better way to kick off the holiday season then by attending Turner’s Christmas at the Coliseum presented by Show Associates Inc. at the Moncton, New Brunswick Coliseum Complex. The annual Christmas event in Moncton celebrated its 26th anniversary last year. The arts-crafts-food-and-antiques show definitely puts me in the holiday spirit. Greg and Claudette Turner produce the show in Moncton and each year they go over the top to produce an even bigger and better show than the previous year. With this year’s show coming up on November 21-23, 2014, Greg and Claudette are ready to put on the best Turner’s Christmas at the Coliseum. I can’t wait to see what they have up their sleeves! Continue reading

Christmas at the Coliseum: Yuletide Festival not to be Missed

Turner's Christmas at the Coliseum

Turner’s Christmas at the Coliseum

Want to win two tickets to this upcoming event? Well, it’s your lucky day! I’m giving away 4 tickets to this great Holiday event. If you live in Moncton, New Brunswick or are planning a vacation to Moncton, why not sign up to win today! It’s simple! Check out Turquoise Compass’ Facebook Page for details!


 

Turner's Christmas at the Coliseum

J.R.’s Kettle Corn

There is no better way to kick off the holiday season then by attending Turner’s Christmas at the Coliseum presented by Show Associates Inc. at the Moncton, New Brunswick Coliseum Complex. The annual Christmas event in Moncton celebrated its 26th anniversary last year. The arts-crafts-food-and-antiques show definitely puts me in the holiday spirit. Greg and Claudette Turner produce the show in Moncton and each year they go over the top to produce an even bigger and better show than the previous year. With this year’s show coming up on November 21-23, 2014, Greg and Claudette are ready to put on the best Turner’s Christmas at the Coliseum. I can’t wait to see what they have up their sleeves! Continue reading

Magic Hands Festival: Holiday Show & Sale

Magic HandsWant to win two VIP tickets to this upcoming event? Well, it’s your lucky day! I’m giving away 4 tickets to this great Holiday event. If you live in Moncton, New Brunswick or are planning a vacation to Moncton, why not sign up to win today! It’s simple! Check out Turquoise Compass’ Facebook Page for details! VIP passes include weekend passes, free parking, and complimentary coat check.


Magic Hands

Magic HandsWood & Pottery / Jewellery, Metal, & Glass / Textiles & Weaving / Lotions, Soaps, & Scents / Gourmet Food & Drink / Photo, Art, and Paint

There is no better way to kick off the holiday season then by attending the 4th annual 2014 Magic Hands Festival: Turner’s Holiday Show & Sale  at Casino New Brunswick Entertainment Center. This show is sanctioned by the New Brunswick Crafts Council and features the finest one-of-a-kind artisans from across eastern Canada . Hours are: Friday ( 5-9) ; Saturday ( 10-9 ) and Sunday ( 10-5 ). It features pottery, jewellery, woodworking, metalworks, and textiles . The arts-crafts-food-and-handmade extravaganza definitely puts me in the holiday spirit. With this year’s show coming up on November 14-16, 2014, I’m already waiting in anticipation! Continue reading

Traveling is Worth the Wait

Peggys Cove Nova Scotia

Peggys Cove Nova Scotia

Where will I be traveling now? While I’m saving up for my next big expedition abroad (14 months of full time travel was hard on the bank account/pocket) for next year, I’ll still be traveling. Now just not too far from home this time. So where will I be going you ask?

  • Traveling within Canada
  • Traveling within Atlantic Canada
  • Traveling within the United States
  • Traveling within my home province: New Brunswick
  • Becoming a tourist within my own city

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