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.

 

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.

dress: vintage (was mine when I was her age), coat: The GAP, Shoes: Old Navy, hairband: H&M, bags: Herschel Supply

I love to dress my daughters in adorable outfits…like most moms of girls do. It’s funny how in this world of blogging and social media, I notice the pressure to dress your kids in the best of the best. When I had my first, I would see other moms only buying local, organic, premium brands for their littles. Their kids always looked so stylish and cool and perfectly put together. I love to buy both local and organic whenever I possibly can. Supporting local, ethical businesses is important to me.  Having said that, I also have a budget.

When I was pregnant with the twins, and I would have moms say to me…”I guess you’re starting fresh with all new clothes for your twins. The styles change so much in three years.” The age gap between my kids is three years, but WTF?  The styles change so much??? I have lovely, barely worn, baby clothes from my first daughter. Why on earth would I get rid of all those clothes and start over to keep up appearances?  Since money is an object when raising 3 kids in one of the most expensive cities in the world, moms don’t need the added pressure of keeping up with the latest and greatest.  Not to mention I also hate waste and try to reduce my footprint whenever I can.  So how have I navigated putting my kids in clothes I love while not breaking the bank? It’s all about the mix.

I do tend to buy more neutral items that I can mix and match.   I do find some kids stuff to be a bit obnoxious with a million colours, frills, bows, and anything else they can throw on there.  I really try not to over buy as well.  I am trying to keep my own closet more minimal, so why not take this approach with my kids too?

tee: West + Wind (my old shop), jeans: second hand from JBF Vancouver, belt: local label Monkey & Peanut, shoes: Michael Kors (gifted), backpack: Skip Hop

dress: Redrabbit Boutique  , vest: Birthday gift, shoes: Old Navy, head wrap: borrowed from Mom’s closet

On Lily (left): top: H&M, ruffle skirt leggings + headband: hand me downs from her sister;  On Sabrina (right): tunic: gift, leggings + headband: hand me downs from sister

I will be the first to admit, my kids wear hand me downs.  My twins are obviously wearing their big sister’s clothes, but we’ve also been lucky to have some friends share their previously loved items with us too.  Not everything is my taste, so those pieces get donated to local charities.  I also have a few cherished items from when I was a kid.  Madelyn has worn some of my vintage pieces, including the homemade yellow knit dress in the first picture above.  I buy a mixture of local made items, national brands, and second hand pieces.  Not all the second hand pieces are from friends.  I  like to shop the local JBF Vancouver kids consignment sale.  They have two sales per year and it’s an awesome way to stock your kids up for the next season with some adorable gear at a fraction of the price.  They also sell books, toys, maternity clothing, bedding, breast pumps, cribs, play mats, strollers, and anything else you will possibly need to raise a child. Definitely worth checking out!

Madelyn loves clothes!   She loves to play dress up and wears a dress almost every day.  Some days she picks out her own outfits and I love to see how she puts things together and what her eye is drawn to.  She does a pretty good job.  It isn’t always the combo I would first choose, but who’s it hurting if she rocks her rainbow leggings with her purple dress, and running shoes?  It’s funny because the day we were snapping these pics (below) I had thought, “Oh, I should change Maddie.  Her outfit isn’t really right for this pic.”  Then I stopped and thought about it.  Why would I tell her that the outfit she picked out wasn’t “good enough”.  Who cares?!?  She’s 3 and was so happy in this outfit.

dress: Old Navy (she has been wearing it for almost a year.  fits more like a tunic now), pants: gift, runners: Sketchers , hairband: H&M, stickers on dress: her own added flare: Babies are both wearing head to toe hand me downs, I’m wearing a locally made baby wrap: Beluga Baby

snowsuit + boots: JBF Vancouver, hat+gloves+scarf: H&M

pants + headband: VonBon Apparel, tee: West + Wind, shoes: Old Navy

 

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!

 

One thing I have been struggling with since having my twins is self care.  It is so difficult, with three small children, to carve out a bit of time in a day for myself.  It is something I have been working on.  Lately, I’ve been trying to take a little walk when I can.  Even if it’s just 15 minutes, it gets me out of the house and into the fresh air.  I also recently received this beautiful parcel in the mail from Oh Mother Care Kits.  It is full of lovely things just for me.  New boxes are released each season.  The Kits are available for a subscription, however you can buy an individual box if you’d like.  This would be such a great Mother’s Day gift or prezzie for a new mom.  Check out my video below for all the scoop on these amazing products and service.


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