Bodomint Diaper Bag

I don’t know why on earth I didn’t start using a backpack diaper bag sooner than now! Likely because I haven’t really needed a diaper bag the past few years. But with another baby on the way, and also doing nature hikes and other trips while homeschooling, I need to be able to carry water bottles, snacks, etc., while often needing a hand for each twin. This new bag I recently received from Bodomint has honestly been life changing for me. And now that I’ve experienced what it’s like to be hands free on the job, there’s no chance I’m turning back! Bag on back, baby in front, one twin in each hand. That’s how I’ll be doing life come February.  This particular bag has so many pockets and dividers for keeping things organized too, a necessity for me. And I really had a hard time deciding between the solid black and the stripes because I love them both!

The dress I’m wearing below is from Dwell and Slumber and I’ve basically been living in it lately. It’s SO comfy. And I’ve loved it especially during that awkward stage of being pregnant, when I’m definitely showing but don’t have that perfectly round baby bump yet. Thanks for reading you guys!

 

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Pink Blush

A few weeks back I chatted in this post about how I have a very minimal collection of clothing per season. When you’re living with a minimal wardrobe, you need to go with mostly neutrals as well as items that can easily mix and match with each other. But then I also mentioned how I like to have a few fun statement pieces as well. So today I’m sharing a new favourite dress shop where I ordered some fun dresses for the spring/summer season.

I came across Pink Blush back in the early spring and I absolutely fell in love with their line! While they do have many basic and staple dresses for every day wear, I’m obsessed with their beautiful floral patterns like the one I’m wearing below. A lot of their dresses are designed for maternity but the awesome thing is that most of them can be worn for non-maternity as well as there’s a lot of stretch in their material. Their products are only available online through their website but their prices are very affordable compared to other dress boutiques I’ve come across and they’re shipped out in great time!

You can go check out Pink Blush here! Happy Dress Shopping!

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Red and Green

Bryson’s favourite color is green and Skyler’s is red. It makes things easy because everything normally comes in these two colors so when we buy them new things, there is no arguing or questioning as to who get’s what. It also makes things fun this time of year! Today I got them a vanilla dip donut to split while I did some errands and the sprinkles are currently, of course, red and green. So it’s the best thing ever to them, that the store would do up the donuts in their favourite colors.

These adorable tops with the cutest elbow patches are from Os and Oakes and such a fun colorful addition to the twins fairly neutral wardrobe. They wear them all the time! It’s the perfect Christmas gift for any kiddo’s in your life you still need to buy for! You can grab one here! mnt_1013mnt_1001

Fun fact: See that tiny little birth mark under Skyler’s right eye?! That’s the only way most people can tell them apart!

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Thanks so much for reading! Happy Wednesday!

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The Ara Satchel by Eve Cork

Being a work from home mama, I’ve been looking for a chic and stylish bag for quite some time now that would serve as a multi purpose work/purse/diaper bag. When my Ara Satchel from Eve Cork arrived in the mail last week, I was so excited to find it was just that!

Eve is a line of sustainably, eco-friendly cork handbags and fashion accessories that are ethically handmade with care in Portugal. Their products are made with the environment and greater well-being of our planet in mind, and that’s something I’m definitely proud to be a part of!

The twins have been potty trained since the spring which thankfully eliminates a ton of stuff that I need to lug around with me but I always like to have at least one change of clothes, as well as some multi purpose wipes, their sippy cups, and of course my typical purse contents (sunglasses, gum, wallet, cell phone etc.,)  On the mornings when the twins are in pre-school, I generally take my laptop to a coffee shop to hammer out e-mails or a blog post so I love that I can totally fit in there and not have to take out everything else or switch bags.

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The Eve Krypt wallet is lightweight and durable and has a magnetic snap closure, three bill compartments, twelve card holders, premium natural cork and a full zip coin compartment. I love it! mnt_0877mnt_0824-1mnt_0886

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There’s a ton of colors and styles to chose from on the Eve Cork site and a purse or wallet would make a great Christmas gift so head over and check em out!  Thanks so much for reading!

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Becoming a Morning Person

During the workweek, I was always one of those people who would press snooze 5 times before I would get out of bed. I would actually set my alarm earlier on purpose so I would trick myself into thinking I got more sleep. Anyone else do that? I despised mornings and would do everything I could to stay in bed for as long as possible. The weekends were another story. It’s foreign to me that we used to sleep in until 9..10…sometimes 11 am?!?!
That was before we had kids. Once I had them, sleeping in obviously no longer existed.  I can’t even remember the last time I slept past 7:30 a.m. but even with the boys awake, I would pull them into bed with me and laze around for another hour or so, checking emails on my phone and dreading my long to-do lists for the day, until I finally had to role out of bed to feed them breakfast, get them dressed and then start getting myself ready for the day ahead. Our mornings were always off to a late start.
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Now don’t get me wrong, when you’re a new mom, give yourself permission to laze around. Most of us don’t get much sleep through the night and need to take every minute we possibly can to rest but I know I rocked that laziness a little too much longer than I needed to. My kids are sleeping through the night so I really have no excuses.
Over the past 4 months, becoming a morning person has improved the overall success of my day in so many ways!
During my first round of the 21 day fix, I did my workouts in the evenings. But I watched some of the other challengers get up each morning and get it done and it looked kind of appealing. There where a lot of nights where I was simply too tired to even think about working out. I often wished that I didn’t have it hang over me all day and that I could just get it out of the way but I was too scared to commit to mornings at that time.
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The next round in January, I told my accountability group one day that the next morning I was going to try working out in the morning just to humour myself. I was convinced I would hate it but I wanted to see what it felt like. Keeping my word to someone is important to me…20 people, a whole other story. So I did it. I woke up at 6:30, grumpily headed downstairs and got it done. At 7 I checked in with my group to share I HAD DONE IT! While I was online, I responded to a few e-mails, replied to Facebook messages and grabbed my devotional for the day. At 7:15 I went up to start making breakfast and I couldn’t believe the energy I felt! The twins were just waking up at 7:25 and as I glanced at the clock, I couldn’t believe how much I had accomplished in 1 hour before anyone else in the house was awake!!! It felt SO GOOD!
From that day on I was completely hooked. I just loved how productive I felt, how much energy it gave me, and how it set me up for success the rest of the day.  Starting early gives you that mental boost – while the rest of the world sleeps, you are already thriving.
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In a book called The Compound Effect  which I’m reading with my coaching team this month (I would HIGHLY recommend it to everyone as it just has so many incredible life applications!) the author talks about bookending your days by implementing routines that set us up for success. We often can’t control what goes on through the day…the circumstances we face at work, with our kids, out in the public. BUT we can control how our days start and how they end. Instead of bombarding myself with the tasks of the day before I even get out of bed, (like I used to do), I don’t even look at my phone before I head downstairs for my workout, spend time in the word and THEN start my day. I can’t tell you how life changing this has been for me.
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Thanks so much for reading!! xo

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