Jennifer Pistor

 

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)

 

When planning for baby (or babies) to arrive, we all know the typical gear to buy.  The checklist is always the same….stroller, crib, clothes, blankets, diapers, wipes, bibs…and so on.  But what about those extra items you might not know about that can make your life so much simpler?  And what items actually work?  Here are 5 items I swear by and have used for my littles.

                                                  1) Blooming Baby Bath

I found this sink insert made bathing my wee babes so much easier.  I used my Blooming Bath from when they were about 2 months old until 5 months old.  It really depends on the size of your sink.  I felt so much more secure bathing them and I could stand comfortably.  There were even times where I would wear one in my baby wrap while bathing the other.  Add it to your baby registry!

                                                  2) Beluga Baby Wraps

I didn’t think I liked baby wearing until I wore this uber comfortable wrap byBeluga Baby.  My twins love being worn (one at a time).  It gives them so much comfort when they need it and gives me an extra set of arms when both babies are wanting Mom at the same time.

                                                  3) Fuelbaby Bottle

These awesome bottles by Fuelbaby, allow you to pre-fill your formula and release the powdered formula with a push of a button for an easy mix on the go.  This way you don’t have to worry about measuring when you’re out and no stress about keeping the formula refrigerated as it’s not mixed yet.  Formula Momma’s you’re going to want this one for sure!

                                                 4) Pip and Leo Mulit Use Baby Covers

With my first, I was forever rigging something up to cover Madelyn while she was in her carseat.  Weather she had fallen asleep, it was cold and windy, or the sun was beating down on her, I wanted those cubby little rolls covered.  Lucky for my twins, I discovered these gorgeous multi use baby covers by Pip and Leo.  These covers are made in Vancouver from organic and sustainable cotton.  You can also use them as a breast feeding cover, which means one less thing to pack in the diaper bag.

                                                 5) Playmat

We bought our activity mat when we had Madelyn.  We found it a bit spendy at $100 but that’s what they cost and we just hoped she would use it.  Yup!  She used it alright. She loved it.  Even when she could sit up she would sit and play with all the different toys.  Now the twins are using it and probably play on there 4-6 times per day everyday.  Money well spent.  (TIP: trying buying one second hand or borrow from a friend who isn’t using theirs.)

 

 

 

Everyday I do some form of cleaning.  Wiping, scrubbing, picking up, putting away, folding, and disinfecting.  I have used Lysol forever as a go to disinfecting product, so when they asked me to test out one of their newest products, I was in!  Your soft surfaces can now get the Lysol treatment with this new Lysol Disinfecting Spray Max Cover.  It smells divine, and I’ve added it into my regular cleaning regime.  Check out my video for my Spring Cleaning tips + my full review.

As always, all opinions are my own.  I will only share products I have tried, love, and use myself.

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