Having conceived our babies through Assisted Reproductive Technologies – IVF, our parenthood journey didn’t come easily or happen overnight. At times we felt alone and disheartened, but our journey also brought strength, resiliency, and connection. While growing our family over the last 4 years, we experienced both challenges and rewards, but the journey has always been our own and we can’t (and wouldn’t) change anything because we were meant to have these exact little boys grace and brighten our world.Continue reading
With a natural born love for travel and the fact that I’m married to a commercial pilot, it’s no surprise that we decorated the nursery in a travel theme. Prior to our baby’s birth, we didn’t know the gender. I couldn’t wait to have the greatest surprise of my life – even though the waiting was torture for my poor husband. For that reason, we wanted the nursery to be unique, yet remain gender neutral. As for the colour scheme, we went with crisp white, pale greys, various shades of turquoise, and pops of vibrant primary colours. I knew once the baby arrived, I could add more gender-specific colours and decor to the room if desired – although I’m not a fan of gender-specific anything. I knew my colour choices would work perfectly for both a boy or a girl. Continue reading
Over the years, I learned how to truly face my fears to make my dreams come true so to speak and to do it over and over again. Whether the dream was small, big, tangible, or intangible, I taught myself to approach what I was afraid of in different ways and to repeat the process over and over. I had to get to know myself really well to face my fears, take risks, and put myself out there to blindly say “yes!” to life. I experienced new and unexpected places and I was able to accomplish what felt like the impossible. Continue reading
My mother recently shared a saying with me she saw online (even before we heard the news): “Advice from the ocean: be SHORE of yourself, come out of your SHELL, take time to COAST, avoid PIER pressure, SEA life’s beauty, don’t get TIDE down, MAKE WAVES “, and it couldn’t be more true! We are coasting, seeing life’s beauty, and making waves along the way! Looks like we are meant be living back on the OCEAN. Well, as you probably expected, we are on the move again! Surprised? I’m not! I’m moving to my fourth city in under 12 months. The joys of being a pilot wife; everyday is an adventure! We have been transferred to…
I’m always on the hunt for Canadian made quality natural products free from parabens, chemicals, and petroleum products/by-products. I’m sure you’re with me when I say that I want to know what’s in the products I use and put on my body. Natural products are not only good for us, but they’re also good for the environment. I was lucky enough to be introduced to West Lake Cosmetics on Instagram by a fellow Canadian blogger Couper from Happy Life Pilot Wife who loves using all-natural local products from her home province Ontario, but especially loves West Lake Cosmetics! She told me that she and her family are addicted to the Rosemary Lavender Shampoo Bar. With that being said, I was instantly intrigued, went over to West Lake’s Intstagram account to browse their many photos and immediately wanted to try a shampoo bar myself (among other products), especially since I have never tried one before. Continue reading
March seems to be the month for rest, reprieve, and replenishing after the long winter season in Northeastern Ontario. I’m slowly coming out of hibernation. I can’t believe it–I’ve nearly survived my first winter in the north! Thanks to good advice from the locals of how to survive the winter and a mighty stock of winter-wear, I’m nearly there. I’ve kept myself busy by sampling the best in area from yoga, outdoor sports, and winter adventures, to warm spa experiences. I don’t think I would have made it through the winter season without a balance of outdoor expeditions and relaxing indoor activities to follow. I needed something to sooth my cool body and frost bitten skin after being outside for hours on end. With spring in sight, I’m looking forward to more sunny days, blue skies, and the end of winter. I can’t thank Colleen of Beautiful You Aesthetics enough for treating me to my first Seacret mineral mud facial. Surely the minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, essential oils, and natural ingredients derived from the Dead Sea will awaken and rejuvenate my deprived skin and prepare it for what’s to come. “Spring is a time to find out where you are, who you are, and move toward where you are going” – Penelope Trunk. Thank you Colleen for helping me peel the layers back so to speak and preparing my soul for new beginnings and unknown journeys.
JustNatural Holistic Spa’s new aesthetician Katrina Richard made me feel like a Disney princess in my very own little “castle” during my spa manicure treatment. From the moment I arrived at the spa, it was as if I was swept away to faraway magical enchanted place with my very own fairytale tent to be pampered. I felt like a little girl getting her nails painted for the very first time–giddy with excitement to pick my colours. Yes, I went with princess colours of course–purple! I bet you’re surprised I didn’t go with my usual pick: turquoise! With spring right around the corner in a mere two weeks, it is time for a change and if there was no change there would be no more butterflies. Katrina’s friendly service, kind heart, and creative skills made her the perfect choice for my girly day at the spa! From the variety of nail lacquer, warm tranquil ambiance, relaxing music, to her chic décor, Katrina gave me an incredible spa experience, while using pomegranate scented natural products on my winter-weathered dry hands. Everyone deserves to be a countess for a day! I’m ready to come out of my winter cocoon, spread my wings, and FLY. Where shall I fly next?
Looking for a way to pamper yourself or someone special this month? With Valentines Day right around the corner we’re all looking for ways to treat our loved ones (including sending some self-care to ourselves). I’m tired of the dry winter weather terrorizing my hands and feet! Do you ever feel that way? My poor weathered hands are thanking me after being spoiled with a turquoise treat—a spa shellac manicure by Colleen Losier of Beautiful You Aesthetics. It’s time we do something not only for others, but for ourselves! Although February is one of the shortest months of the year it can also feel like one of the longest amidst Canada’s harsh winter season. With 8 more weeks of winter left, Spring couldn’t come sooner. Why not indulge in a much deserved luxurious manicure, pedicure, or spa service this winter to delight the body and pleasure the soul.