Dinner time in our house can go one of two ways.  The first way is lovely.  I put on some music, the kids are happy and having fun, Maddie helps me in the kitchen, I can clean as I cook and we enjoy dinner together as a family.  We have been enjoying most of our dinners outside on our new back deck.   When Fresh Prep asked if I wanted to give them a whirl, I was excited to have the prep work done for me so I could focus on the fun part, putting a lovely meal together.  All the ingredients come pre-measured, pre-sliced, pre-diced….prepped and ready to go and all delivered right to your door.   They include a recipe card for you to follow to transform the ingredients into something delicious.  And they were indeed delicious!

Then there is the other way dinner time can go.  A total shit show that requires all hands on deck.  We had one of those nights last week.  (pictured below)  The babies were miserable and screaming off and on, Maddie was in a mood, I had to clean up a pee accident in her room right in the middle of trying to make dinner, our kitchen was a disaster, and my husband and I were in a full sweat.  We still managed to get dinner on the table despite the chaos.  If I hadn’t had the Fresh Prep meal on hand, I swear I would have made toast for dinner.   Since life is freakin hard some days, give yourself a break when it comes to dinners.  A bit of “cheating” from a company like Fresh Prep to get a healthy meal on the table….not a bad thing.  Take your ease to another level and use paper plates when things are really not going your way.  Limit that clean up mommas!

 

I am waaayyyy overdue for getting my hair cut and coloured.  The plight of the mom with no time.  What gets me through in-between appointments is topknots galore and great products like the ones photographed below from Keratase.  I received a gorgeous parcel just after Mother’s Day with these products and two silky scarves for myself and Maddie.  Madelyn, of course, loved that she got a prezzie that matched with Momma.  I was happy that the scarf  covered up my grey roots that are shining in the sun.  I have actually made a hair appointment for Tuesday to finally tackle my mane.  I have made one for Madelyn too.  Believe it or not, this will be her very first hair cut!  The time has come, but we will be leaving her locks long.

Summer is in full swing at our house.  I’m finding Summertime with three littles is fun, active, and exhausting.  I’ve been planning my weeks out to include some activities, outings, play time with friends, and play time at home.  Some days it’s as easy as a trip to Starbucks and Winners and other days it’s Day Camps, a Library trip, or fun the backyard with a big bucket of water.  We don’t really have plans to go anywhere, but we do have lots of visitors, which we love to have.   It’s all about keeping things light and fun this Summer.  Speaking of fun, Madelyn said we were pirates when we put our scarves on.  Haha!  I loved that so naturally we had to take a pirate pic.

 

 

Ikigai: (n.)  Your reason for waking up the morning; the passion that drives your life.

What a beautiful word for for where my life is at right now.  Motherhood is a crazy ride.  Most days I experience exhaustion, being overwhelmed, frustration, fear of failure, and second guessing a lot of what I do.  But, every morning I wake up knowing I will also get hugs, smiles, cuddles, to experience firsts, play, giggles, kisses, teach my kids new things, sing, have spontaneous dance parties, and get so much love my heart could explode.

Sabrina is helping me show off this gorgeous necklace from Speechlust.  This piece is from their Mother’s Day Collection, but they offer a whole dictionary of yummy words to suit your life.  I also have my girl’s initials engraved on the back.  Such a special piece that I absolutely cherish.  You can view their entire collection here.

 

Happy Canada Day!!!!  To celebrate my Canadian Summer Style, I am sharing 15 of of my favourite Summer looks I’ve posted on my blog over the years.  You’ll see different hair lengths and colours, different sizes, and some looks with a baby bump or Madelyn in tow.  I’ve got the kids Canadiana looks together for tomorrow, now to get myself organized.  I’m looking forward to celebrating our great country with the family  tomorrow.  Be sure to follow us along on Instagram.  There will be some fun in the sun for sure!  What are all of you getting up to this weekend?  Whatever it is, enjoy!

Happy 150th Canada!

 

 

 

 

photos by Alicia

Even as a teenager, I liked to wear things that were not what everyone else was wearing.  I liked to wear unexpected items and style myself up to stand out from the crowd.  To me, I felt more like myself if I didn’t just blend in.  Other kids would sometimes like to tell me they didn’t like something I wore, or thought it was kinda weird/ugly.  This item would usually get worn even more  often to prove a point.  The point was, I didn’t really care what they thought.    I LOVED fashion.  I was fortunate that I had the opportunity to model when I was younger, and this led to some travel opportunities.  This fuelled my love of fashion and allowed me to buy some different items then what I couldn’t find at the local malls in Regina.

Fast forward 20 years.  Now a mom of three with more curves then I’ve ever had, yes, my style has changed a bit.  Well, a lot.   As confident as I have been in my fashion choices over the years, I have also noticed that when I am feeling less confident, I often start dressing how I think I “should” dress to impress others.  Take these pics for example.  I wanted to shoot some photos for a new style post featuring these ridiculously comfortable new kicks from Skye Footwear.  I started rummaging through my closet to style a unique “cool mom” look.  I was trying on dresses, skirts, and accessories galore.  None of it felt right.  I realized I was trying way too hard to impress you.  How is showing you something I don’t really wear helpful?  So instead, I paused, and thought, how do I actually style these shoes?  This is it folks!  Casual with some of my favourite basics I’ve been wearing for a few years now.  I may no longer be the twenty two year old fashion risk taker of yesteryear, but I am still saying ” this is me”.   When I wear what I love, my whole day is just better.  Your style shouldn’t be for anyone but you.

These incredible shoes I am wearing are from Vancouver company,  Skye Footwear.   These shoes are about comfort and do not dissappoint.  This style, The Rbutus comes in either black or white + they have two other styles available.  If you want to try out a pair for yourself, use promo code prairiegirlitcSKYE to receive 15% off your order on their website.  (code valid until July 31, 2017)

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