Thursday, 16 May 2019

Sprig Stripes & Mother's Day


I am back to my regular Friday fashion post.  Last week I missed it because life was just too busy and this year I've really given myself permission to do what I need to in order to feel blogging as a creative, enjoyable and positive experience, not a job.  I have a job.  A busy job.  One that's wife/mother, etc. and one that actually pays the bills.  Speaking of being a mom, last weekend was Mother's Day weekend.  I hope all the moms out there enjoyed the day and were acknowledged in whatever way their family does that.  To all the women out there that have chosen to not be moms, or have had that choice take away from them, I want you to know that I think of you on these hallmark moments.  It's actually the reason I prefer to celebrate and acknowledge March 8th, Internationals Women's day, because it celebrates all women regardless of their status.   That being said, I spent a lovely weekend with my girls, my husband and my own parents.  We keep it super low key and fancy presents are not part of our celebrations.  I did get out the our local greenhouse to pick out some flowers and the girls planted little pots for their grandmother's as a gift.  



I recently ordered this Vero Moda dress from the Bay and instantly fell in love with the cut.  I absolutely adore when the straps are adjustable.  We all have different upper bodies and different levels of comfort of how we share them with the world.  I love that I can adjust it to suite my body, needs and event that I might be wearing the dress for.  I prefer to be able to bend over without worrying about showing off anything too much, especially at work or when I am out and about with my kiddos.  I am also huge fan of stripes and love these vertical navy and white ones.  Another bonus is the cute button detail, I am all ga-ga over buttons and the length.  Basically this dress checks all the boxes for me and it's a new favorite of mine.  Couldn't be happier with my purchase!



It's a long weekend for us here in Saskatchewan and it's also kind of lake kick off season.  We are going up to the lake with some friends and we have great fun planned!  Hope you all enjoy the sunshine and the weekend ahead.  


Saturday, 4 May 2019

Pretty in Pink & Link-Up



Welcome to a special edition of my regular fashion post.  I am happy to be celebrating my friend Ada over from Elegance and Mommyhood.  Ada was one of my first supporters when I started my blog and continues to encourage and support me, so I am so grateful to be collaborating with her and many other ladies in honour of her birthday.  




Does this skirt look familiar?  It should, I featured it here, as a winter outfit and now it's back for spring/summer.  This  skirt is sold out but here is a couple of very similar option, fancy and fun.  I just love the color and the shimmer and shine that comes with it.  If I had a spring/summer wedding this would be my go to outfit for sure, simple, elegant, flowy and perfect for hitting up the dance floor.  While on vacation in Mexico, I wore this exact outfit for Valentines day and had sooooooo many complements from strangers.  One woman asked if she could touch my skirt while I was out dancing the night away.  Hahahahaha.  Looking at these pictures sure brings back all the wonderful memories our family made together.  Ahh, how I wish to be back there again.  

















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Sunday, 28 April 2019

Easter Week Recap

I treasure school holidays more than I can ever say.  Though I fully enjoy my job and am passionate about it, I find that I easily get wrapped up in work and the day to day need to survive life as a f/t working mom.  So, when I get week long stints at home, I basically shut work off.  It's not always possible but I try my best to leave work behind and just take time to focus on my family.  This Easter break, that's exactly what I did.  I spent time with my family and also used my camera a lot to capture some simple and candid moments of our time together.  Here is a few highlights from our break.  


1. Easter in Big River.  This year we went to my in-laws to spend the first few days of Easter break with them and our little cousins, my nephews,  Cooper (3) and Otto (6 months).  It was  fun to have little people around and since the weather was nice we had lots of outdoor time.  We took several trips to the park, explored an old boat, went hunting for treasures, shot some hoops and of course colored Easter eggs.  My mother in-law really wanted a few pictures of all the kids, but that proved to be slightly more difficult than one would imagine.  With the boys both needing naps, but at different times, and the sun shinning so bright/high mid-day, we took many, many, many pictures.


As good as it gets folks!  


2.  Easter Egg Hunt.  So we thought this year we would challenge the girls and just hide their Easter goodies in the drier and give them no clues.  Joke is on us, it took them less than five minutes to find them!!!!  Seriously.  Anyway, they were so happy with their goodies.  The Easter bunny kept it super simple and this year; Anya recived a box set of Nancy Drew books, and Halie got a horse brushing kit set, and some chocolates.  




3.  Friends. Friends.  Friends.  We all got to spend some time with our friends.

Swimming the afternoon away makes a girl hungry.

Ending the day off with sundaes.


Anya had 2 nights, 3 days with her BFF Myalle, who is my BFFs daughter.  They played for hours and hours in the playhouse in our backyard. 
Halie had a couple of her close friends for a sleepover.  We all went swimming, made sundaes and had some Easter egg wars.


I enjoyed a morning walk with some of my friends that I used to run with.  We had a great time walking the river and then kicking back with a coffee and an extended visit.  It was so good.





4.  DIY Project.  I've been wanting to refurbish some old rowing paddles and put them up at our cabin.  I am not much of a crafter (not a real word, but whatever)  these days, mostly because I just don't have the time to make it a priority, so I wasn't really sure where to start.   I talked to a few awesome friends and got some advice.  Here is the finished product.  (I hope to write an actual post on my process but here it is).





5.  Nature at Candle Lake.  We spent the last part of our week at our cabin.  The kids played with the neighbors for hours on the trampoline, we took tons of walks and enjoyed the outdoors.  It wasn't overly warm but the sun was shinning most of day and we ventured out into the woods to do some hiking at sunset.  Anya picked up two arm fulls of sticks, big and small, to bring back to the cabin, now I have to think of an art project for us to use them for.  I feel refreshed and ready to head back to work. 




I hope you all enjoyed whatever Easter you celebrate with your loved ones.  I am off to read a book before bedtime, but I'll tell you as great as a break is, I am looking forward to getting back into the routine of things.  Good night and have a great week!  

Friday, 26 April 2019

Hello 90's 😉

 

Oh the 90's.  Much music.  Big Shiny Toons.  Columbia House.  Over sized Club Monico sweatshirts.  Backstreet Boys.  And overalls.  I had these gray corduroy overalls  back in the day (see picture below) and oh boy they were comfy.  Now that they are back in style and I am older, I am all over the comfort they provide and the good feels they bring back.  When I put these on I feel like a younger, more fun, exciting and free spirited  version of myself. 

 

Over the Easter weekend we went to my in-laws, special recap post coming on Monday, and we took all the kids to the park.  We played on the play structure, swings, in the sandpit, and of course we shot some hoops.  I am not very good but I enjoy playing anyway and being active with my family.  These overalls were perfect for moving around and chasing the littles all over the place.  I paired them up with my new converse sneakers which I pair with everything, skirts, shorts, rompers, jeans, etc, because they are so versatile and comfortable.  Since we had the camera with us, I decided we might as well do pictures right then and there. All natural look, minimal make-up (just foundation), high pony-tail, totally functional, day-to-day, real mom look here today.


Grade 8 and rocking my overalls.  




 So I found the overalls at the Gap and couldn't resist buying them.  They were 40% off so it's a super sweet deal at $50.  I grabbed a size small and they are perfect, relaxed but not crazy baggy, that look doesn't work on me.  I also like that they are cropped making them perfect for spring, summer and into early fall, while not being too long and having to hem them because I am only 5'4.

 

What 90's fashion or trends would you love to see come back? 

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Friday, 19 April 2019

Stepping into the Light!

You guys it's been such a great month for me!  I am officially ready to announce that I will be moving on from my role as the early learning/literacy instructional consultant into a vice-principal position for the 2019-20 school year.  I am so excited, proud, honored and nervous all at the same time.  It took me a little bit of time to  process the news and let the feeling of this success really settle in before sharing the news out to the world.  I love my job and my school division.  I've felt they have supported me and provided opportunities for me to grow as an educator, leader, and professional throughout the years. 

When the  consultant role came available four years ago, right after I finished my masters degree,  and I took a leap of faith, with encouragement from a friend and colleague, and got the job!  Over the past four years I've continued to learn from the people around me, the groups of educators I work with, my supervisors, and I've grown so much.  My term was coming to an end and as sad as I was to leave the role, I truly feel that there is going to be another vibrant and knowledgeable person, with fresh ideas, that's going to step in and have this opportunity to learn and grown their own skill set.  That being said, I was nervous of what the next chapter was going to look like for me?  I wasn't ready to give up teaching, I love teaching, but I also didn't want to stop growing/learning/pursuing leadership opportunities, so I applied.  The process was intense but worth it, regardless of the outcome.  I  learned so much thorough the process of preparing a resume, cover letter and preparing myself for all the possible questions that might come my way in the interview.  It's a reflective process and as I prepped for the interview, I really had to dig into what  my philosophy of education is.  I had talked myself into believing that I wasn't going to be successful this time around, mostly to protect myself from disappointment.  But guess what?!?  I did it.  They trust me.  They believe in me.  And I landed the job.  When that phone call arrived, I was chocked up when the words on the other end congratulated me and asked me to continue my journey in a leadership position.  And so, a few weeks have now passed and I am stepping into the light and celebrating with all of you. 

This outfit was a congratulations to me present and guess what, it makes me happy and light.  It's bold and cheery.  I've had so many complements on it and guess what, it's from Walmart!!!  Yep, you read that right, Walmart!  It's super light and airy.  It pairs so well with both a jean jacket and also my leather jacket, giving it a bit of an edgy look.  Also because of it's bold color, I think it's called Mango Mojito, you don't need to add anything extra if you don't want.  The day I wore it for this photo shoot, I wanted to add even more bling with these Stella and Dot statement earrings because I was just feeling SOOOO good.  Since purchasing it two weeks ago, I've already worn it three time :)  You can say that I am reaching for it over and over again.







Thanks friends for letting me share my little story here today.  I leave you with the advice to chase your dreams and pursue your goals, because I am so glad I did. 

Have a fantastic Easter weekend with your family and friends.