wrap: c/o Beluga Baby, top: Barefoot Contessa, jeans: Yoga Jeans, boots: Aldo, hat: Hunnis  [Madelyn picked out her own outfit.  She went for a colourful but slightly sporty look while her twin sisters opted for stylish hand-me-downs.  That's real life kids wear;)  ]

“You sure have your hands full!”  If I had a nickel for every time I hear this when out with my little tribe, I would be…well not rich (the twins are only 5 months old), but I could probably buy myself something nice.  Yes, my hands are full indeed.  Two babies and a three year old make me in high demand in my house.  If I could grow another set of arms, believe me, I would.   Since I don’t plan on becoming an octopus anytime soon, next best is a beluga.  Well a Beluga Baby  Wrap that is.  These wraps have been one of my absolute favourite and most nessesary  items for helping me with my twins. When one baby is tired and the other hungry, I can rock one to sleep while in the wrap and hold the other for a feed.   My girls absolutely love being worn and it gives me the satisfaction of being able to take care of them both at the same time.

Motherhood is hella hard.  It’s an endless amount of worrying, second guessing, and trying to figure out the right way to do things.  On top of that you are the resident chef, therapist, house keeper, grocery buyer, bug killer (unless my husband is home), laundromat, stylist, butt wiper, nose wiper, tear wiper, boo boo fixer, chauffeur, cheerleader, lesson teacher, ref,  dream facilitator, dish washer, and the one who puts the toilet paper on the roll.  You are the first one up and the last one to bed.  So, is it all worth it?  You bet it is!  These three have my heart and every day I am in awe of how much I love them.  To all you amazing Mommas out there who’s hands are full, Happy Mother’s Day!  You’re killin’ it!

 

teething jewelry

I have always been a girl who loves some well appointed accessories.  I actually used to be an accessory buyer for a boutique I used to manage.  When baby (or babies, in my case) come along, we usually have to pass on hoop earrings, sparkly necklaces, and noisy bracelets with sharp bits on them.  So how does one accessorize?   I say keep it simple.  Choose one item that will amp up your style but not add any extra time to getting ready in the morning.  I have three favourites I rotate through my looks….you know, on my non-sweatpants days.  The first is so practical.  Teething jewelry has come a long way since I had my first.  The pieces now are items I actually want to wear.  This one is from Mama Gems, but her shop is currently closed to have a baby.  You may also want to check out Glitter & Spice and Lou Lou Lollipop.

neck kerchief scarf

Neatly tied neck scarves have made a real comeback this Spring.  This one is a vintage and was actually my grandmothers.  I adore the colours in it.  Goes with everything!  Scarves make a great alternative to necklaces and are soft for baby to rest against.  No scratches here!

head wrap

With warmer weather on it’s way, messy buns and top knots are inevitable.  To dress up your messy mane, opt for a cute head wrap.  It’s a great alternative to a hat but can still hide unwashed hair.  I wear mine all the time.

 

Being in the wonderful world of blogging and social media can have some highs and lows.  What I have come to realize that I am the only one who can control how I feel and how I choose to participate in this industry.  I am often disappointed  with the worlds obsession with the unobtainable.  Spoiler alert…average women aren’t having milk baths with flowers floating around them.  If you dress kids in all white, they will get dirty.  And the everyday girl gang isn’t bursting into spontaneous laughter with arms linked decked in head to toe designer gear.  I got my start in this crazy industry as a model, so I completely appreciate the art behind a beautiful photo.  Just make sure these images bring you joy and don’t make you second guess how you live your life.

As I have got older and navigated my way through an industry where perfection is coveted, I have learned to turn down the noise and do what I love with people and companies I truly enjoy and respect.  With this I have been so lucky to make lifelong friends and meet and collaborate with real, authentic people.  One of these people is Kari, the oh-so-talented designer of Zuka, which is this lovely long necklace I’m wearing in these pics.  I had the pleasure of meeting Kari years ago though my retail job.  We have stayed in touch and I’m so happy to be showing off a piece from her latest collection.  All her pieces are handcrafted in Canada.  She uses such unique shapes and textures together like the vintage German Art Deco blue beads on this piece as well as the vintage German resin pendant.  So beautiful!

This weekend, when you are scrolling through your social media feed and find yourself rolling your eyes at a photo or you get that gross comparison pit in your stomach, try to just move on.  Make sure you fill your feeds with friends and people you truly admire or enjoy.  A warm and fuzzy feed can feed your soul.  I am inspired by fellow mommas who speak truth about day to day life and share their challenges along with all the yummy stuff.  Who do you like to follow?  Who brings a smile to your face?

Happy Friday All! xo

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long necklace: c/o Zuka Designs
dress: old fave from my closet
white kimono: Barefoot Contessa
tote: Old Navy (old)
shoes: Miz Mooz from Shoes on Fourth
short necklace: Katami Designs

photos by Kendra

 

I’m not sure if I dress Madelyn like me or if I dress her in things I wish I could wear.  This black and white outfit is an absolute new fave of mine!  When I spotted these VonBon Apparel black and white harem pants ON SALE, I had to snatch a pair up.  They are, of course, the perfect pants to pair with her West + Wind tees.  I think because of our W+W kids collection I’ve been really drawn to black and white for her.  I do infuse colour into her outfits too…she’s a kid after all.  The matching headband and her cute kitty shoes keep her outfit playful and not too grown up looking.  She’s only two, and I want her to stay little as long as possible.

I’m a big fan of reusable decorations.  This adorable bunting was from Maddie’s birthday party in November.  Why buy disposable decor when something like this can be used over and over again? Mitani is another local Vancouver, BC label.  Loads of local love in this post!

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tee: West + Wind
pants & headband: VonBon Apparel
shoes: Old Navy
pink mouse: The Cross Design
bunting: Mitani Designs

 

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Top & Shoes: c/o Barefoot Contessa
Jeans: AG Jeans (pre-pregnancy jeans yo!)
Sunnies: Rayban
Bag: Brave Leather
Earrings: c/o Keltie Leanne
Bracelet: c/o Charles & Grace

Soooo, NBD but these are a pair of my pre-pregnancy jeans.  Who am I kidding?  It’s a HUGE deal!  Forget the scale!  It is a major feeling of accomplishment when all your working out starts paying off and you hear that zip as a pair of beloved jeans make their way over your new body.  I have some pretty fab jeans in my closet.  Happy I can start getting into them again.

This look was inspired after running into a friend of mine while she was shopping for items to take to Coachella.  She’s a mom and made a joke about her probably being the oldest one there.  Age, shmage!  Music festivals are for us all.  And the fashion?  There is a way to interpret the ever-so-popular boho look into something age appropriate and not at all costumey.  I found this gorgeous blouse on a shopping trip to Barefoot Contessa last week.  I loved the detail and flowy but flattering cut.  Boho items are perfect for when the sunshine starts to show itself and days get warmer.  It’s laid back and put together in the perfect West Coast way.  So mommies, I say break out the bell bottoms, grab a floral crown, and start throwing out those peace signs.

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