even bloggers need a vacation

bloghiatusYou may have noticed that it’s been quiet around here lately, or maybe you haven’t… that’s okay too. I wanted to post so that anyone who is stopping by would know why. When I started this blog 2.5 years ago, I had just started mat leave and needed something to fill my time. These past few months work has been insane, and now that the weather has warmed up I am wanting to spend any free time I have outside with the kids. This doesn’t mean that I won’t post at all over the next couple months, but if I do it will be sporadic at best. Each post can easily take 3-4 hours, so on a rainy day or when I’m feeling particularly productive there might be one or two ♥ I still intend on updating my instagram regularly as it’s an easy one to keep up with and if you aren’t already following me, I’d love it if you did!

I won’t be taking a vacation from reading blogs though… and I wanted to post some of the ones that I look at most often, so if you aren’t already reading them I highly suggest checking them out!

Chantals Corner – Chantal posts the most beautiful nail polish swatches, as well as unboxings and product reviews – both in blog and video form!
Cosmetic Proof – Jayne’s nails are my #nailgoals, and her nail designs are second to none.
The Notice – Rae is a fellow Edmontonian and her blog is wonderful, her photography is beautiful and she not only reviews makeup, she reviews sex toys too!
Swatch and Review – Julie’s blog is one of the first beauty blogs I ever read, her photos are always amazing and her product reviews are fantastic!
Up the Rollercoaster – Jodi not only blogs about makeup, she also blogs about tea and every time she posts about a new one I want to go out and try it.
Makeup Your Mind – Chelle is a master of colour, seriously this girl can pull off anything beautifully! If it wasn’t for her and her blog, I’d probably still only be wearing neutral eyeshadow.
Natalie Loves Beauty – I absolutely love Natalie’s blog and her get ready with me videos.
Workaday Beauty – Sarah posts her FOTD’s daily and they are always beautiful. She also maintains a fantastic Canadian indie company list!

And with that, I hope you all have an amazing summer. Thank you for reading ♥

32 things i’ve learned

Because I’m turning 32 tomorrow, I thought it would be nice to reflect on some of the things I’ve learned over the past year.

I feel better when I spend time on myself: doing my nails, my hair, or my makeup.
There is always more to do, stop stressing about it.
My marriage is important and takes effort now that we have kids, but the result is so worth it.
Life is better when I surround myself with people who exude positivity.
I need to drink more water.
The days may feel long, but the years fly by and I never get that time back.
Never underestimate the power of a compliment.
It’s far better to respond to someone with ‘yes, and’ than ‘yes, but’
Slow down: so what if it takes a couple minutes more, or I’m a couple minutes late, the stress from rushing isn’t worth it.
It’s good to eat healthy as much as possible, but I don’t need to beat myself up for having a chocolate bar, or 2.


In the end it’s all small stuff.
It’s always time to dance.
Sometimes I just have to let go.
It’s good to spend time doing what I am passionate about.
Goals are great, but stumbling or not meeting them isn’t the end of the world.
Very rarely is anything as important as what my children are doing.
Taking pictures is important, even when it’s ‘the boring stuff’.
Lists are hard.
I feel better when I exercise.
It isn’t a waste of time if it’s something I enjoy doing.
Everything tastes better out of a wine glass, best when it’s wine though.


I can’t please everyone all the time, and trying will make me miserable.
Sometimes good enough is good enough.
Babies time when they poop for right after a diaper change.
Looking on Pinterest for a dinner idea will just result in junk food cravings.
I will never have too much makeup, or nail polish.
Meditation is amazing.
Little things mean a lot to little boys – like playing his music when we are in the car.
If we bought it for Cordelia to play with, she won’t touch it. If it’s something that shouldn’t be played with, she’s all over it.
It’s okay to want time to myself.
I still have a lot to learn.
Some days are difficult and frustrating, but I wouldn’t change a thing.

What’s something you’ve learned recently?