15.12.16

LIFE AS WE KNOW IT

Over the past few weeks I've had one of my favourite songs growing up running through my mind.
"Life as we know it, it's going good. That's an understatement, it's going better than I ever thought it could."

I've been thinking a lot about how I pictured my future when I was 20. Five years ago I thought I would probably have a couple kids, be a stay at home mom and have a husband who was either in school or working. And while these are all true, and I'm so happy my life turned out how I pictured it, there are so many things that are better than I ever imagined.

Being married has honestly been the most fun thing I have ever done. Our life isn't perfect, but at the end of the day I get to spend everyday with my best friend who is just as weird and goofy as I am. Life can get a little too serious, and it's good to have someone you can laugh with. And boy howdy do Alex and I laugh!! Motherhood always seemed like this far off place that was such a long way for me, even though I wanted it so badly. Then it happened. And it was everything I wanted and more!
I always felt that I was made to be a wife and a mother, but I've slowly come to realize that even though I consider those roles my two greatest, I am even more. I'm a sister, daughter, aunt, business owner, blogger, reader, listener, musical theatre enthusiast, ice cream eater and organizer. The older I get, the more I realize that I am constantly growing. When I first decided to become an independent SeneGence distributor (I know you're probably thinking: "ugh, we get it you love this job, enough already!") there was a part of me that felt bad for wanting it so bad.

I'm not saying I look down on working moms, I respect them just as much as I respect any mom, but for me I never pictured myself running a business and being a mom. It was never in my plan. Key word there my plan. But sometimes His plan is greater than our plan. I'm not any less of a mom for doing something for me. It doesn't make me selfish, it doesn't make me distracted. Luckily this business fits my life perfectly. And not the other way around!

So yes I have so many roles, and different things that make me, me. I guess you could say I wear quite a few hats (you see what I did there?). Which is good because I love hats ;) If you can't tell already. Kind of, sort of obsessed with this one. I love a good sturdy fedora. Zaful has so many cute ones that are ultra cheap!!!! You've probably noticed a theme in my recent posts, cheap cute things. What can I say, I'm a thrifty spender! ;)

I've noticed recently that my posts are starting to be more and more scattered brained, but then I realized "Isn't that part of what makes me, me?" Yep, add scatter brained to the list.

14.12.16

BABY IT'S COLD OUTSIDE

Well we are officially in full blown winter, and for once I am actually loving it. Calvin and I have spending a lot of our days curled up watching the snow fall, while listening to Christmas music. Yes my last post was about how much I love being free and having my drivers license. Well in the winter I turn into a hermit. Sorry, but I'm a bear and I believe in winter hibernation. And yes the post before my last post was about how I'm not in the Christmas mood. Well having 2 snow storms in the space of a week can change my view on a lot of things!

It's actually crazy that in the first time since forever, I've actually been loving all the snow we've been getting. Maybe it was last year's green Christmas, or maybe it's watching Calvin look at the snow with absolute fascination, whatever the reason, I can't get enough of it!
I'm still amazed that we're already half way through December and that Christmas is almost a week away!!! Not to mention we are traveling to Winnipeg this Sunday!!!!!!!!! I am pretty much bursting at the seams (that might be because of the box of chocolate biscuits I ate in one sitting) with excitement! We haven't been back to Winnipeg since I was pregnant, so a lot has happened since then!! I can not wait for everyone to meet Calvin and spend much needed time with family!

The one thing however I am not exactly looking forward to is the Winnipeg (or should I say Winterpeg) weather. I've grown up with cold winters, but Winnipeg is freezing!!!!!!!!!! I'm pretty much just going to wear this hat and scarf all day, everyday to keep myself warm ;) I mean come on, it's got a pompom!!! I have my eye on a few other cute one's on Zaful. I mean you can't have too many hats. Am I right?

11.12.16

FREEDOM

 
Well it finally happened. 9 years later and I finally have my G2 drivers license. For the past month I've been able to go on adventures with Calvin and not be stuck in our apartment all day. Don't get me wrong, I'm a still a major homebody, but I also need to get out at least once a day. A time to see other people, and to watch Calvin interact with others.
Calvin has always been way more outgoing than me, but whenever we're out together I find myself so much more comfortable around strangers. I've always been a people watcher (call me a creep, but I love it), but lately I've really enjoyed having conversations with strangers. The longer I'm a mom, the more I enjoy it. Which is a relief since I used to be the most awkward person when it came to small talk. Ugh it was the worst!
Anyway, all this to say I'm happy. Life is just so great right now. Not that it wasn't great before, just that I'm having so many more opportunities and experiencing new things and I love it. Speaking of new things, I told you I've become obsessed with embroidered dresses. So of course I've added another one to my collection! I know this dress is SO 2015 in the blogging world, but I finally got my hands on one and that makes me chuffed. I was a little worried about how it was going to look on, but I really love the fit! Rosegal has so many cute fall pieces that I can't get enough of right now! If you have not heard of Rosegal then where have you been? It's pretty much go-to place for trendy pieces.

9.12.16

HIS TIMING

The past few weeks have been a whirlwind of major life decisions. Opportunity, after opportunity, after opportunity has been thrown in our face. If you would have told me back in October that in just under 2 months, I would be starting a business, Alex would be applying to go back to school and we would be moving, I would have probably thought you were crazy. But here we are. Before I get ahead of myself, I should mention that we are literally just moving down the street (so don't have a heart attack mom!).

It all started in November when I launched my business Lips by Beks (you can learn all about that decision here). Very quickly Alex and I felt that this business was going to be a huge blessing for our family. I was building my confidence, while doing something I absolutely love. As much as I love being a mom, I wanted something that was for me, and this was perfect. I quickly came to realize that I wanted the same thing for Alex.
One of Alex's passions is sports. That's why he had taken Journalism in university. It didn't work out however because it was WAY too time demanding for someone who works, and has a family. So he switched programs and graduated with a degree in Political Science. Since December 2015 Alex has been job searching, and it has been the hardest thing watching him not get jobs he really wanted. It was killing me. He had quite a few interviews, but there was always someone who was bilingual, which he was not, or had experience, which he did not.

Then 3 weeks ago I went out to talk to an old school friend of mine. She asked about Alex and what he was doing and I told her he was job searching. Then I mentioned something I hadn't thought of since 3 years previous. "He actually may go back to school to study Sports Business Management." Um where the heck did that come from? I literally forgot about that program I had found in years previously, but there I was talking about it. Little did I know, Alex was having the exact same conversation with my sister in law. Coincidence, I don't think so.

The more we talked about it the more it felt right. Alex has never been a fan of school, and I don't blame him for that, but this program is only for a year and you automatically get a co-op which you either get bridged into after you graduate, or get an amazing reference and experience! I've never met someone as hard working and as dedicated than Alex. He's someone who you have to spend time with to truly see his immeasurable value. Someone may have better qualifications on a stupid piece of paper, but I can guarantee they will not be as dedicated and constant as Alex.
I didn't want Alex to spend his life in a desk job that he wasn't passionate about, while I am doing things that constantly inspire and motivate me. He has been so supportive and encouraging through my business venture, so I wanted to do the same for him. I want to see come home and feel proud of what he has done. At the end of the day, sure he'd still be working a desk job that will still have it's frustrations and difficulties, however he will be working for a team. A sports team. Sports really is his greatest passion (other than family and God of course), and I feel he will be more successful in a field that has anything to do with sports!

Now onto the moving part. I've mentioned many times on this blog how much I am sick and tired of this apartment. So we've been looking to see if we could actually afford renting a townhouse. We ideally didn't want to move until we could afford buying, but sometimes you have to make changes to your original plan. We found a beautiful group of townhouse literally down the street from us for an amazing price!! It would only be $600 more a month then what we are paying now, and it 3 times the size, has a finished basement, a backyard, a community pool, and a perfect living space for what we are looking for! We went for a viewing yesterday and fell instantly in love. We're hoping we will be moving in by early spring.

All this to say, God sees the whole picture. And although there are elements to all this that are scary, we're mostly excited and willing to put our full trust in him. I can not wait to see what the future holds for us! Everything has just been happening so fast, but I know this all happened at the perfect timing.

Have you noticed that I am kind of uncomfortable with posting "style posts" unless I tell my life story!!!! ;) Also can we just take a moment and talk about the embroidery details on this dress! I can't get enough of dresses recently! Especially ones from Gamiss!

4.12.16

TIS THE SEASON

Christmas has always been my favourite holiday. For all of November and December I crank the Christmas music, decorate the house and get my Christmas shopping done. But for some reason, this year I just don't feel ready for Christmas. I don't know what it is but I feel we just got back from our vacation in Maine.. which was back in August. The time has literally flown by. I swear I sneezed and all of sudden it was December!
My family has always (always) put up the Christmas tree in the first week of November (and yes we were hipsters and did before it was the cool thing to do. No really all my friends growing up thought we were crazy...), and Alex and I have followed in that tradition. And yet, this year, I just don't feel ready to put it up yet. It's the weirdest feeling because I usually and decking halls as soon as the trick-or-treaters are in bed. I wish I could use the lack of snow as an excuse, but last year we had a green Christmas and our tree was still up early.

I had one of those "oh crap" moments today where I was mentioning the warm weather we've been having. I said something along the lines of "Our October felt like November, and our November feels like October". I was quickly corrected and realized we're now in December. It's just too weird. I love the whole lead up to Christmas, but I still can't figure out why it doesn't feel like a few weeks away.

I'm seriously at the point where I'm considering not even put up the tree since we're going to Winnipeg. Am I a horrible person for doing that? Ugh, I don't know.

I may not be prepared in terms of decor and Christmas gifts, but I have my whole holiday outfits picked and ready. Yep I'm shallow. And yep, I don't care. I may just have to wear this dress for the entire month ;) Zaful has so many gorgeous holiday dresses that are such a bargain!!

28.11.16

CUP-A-TEA

Lately our apartment has been driving me crazy. I really hate to be that person who is always complaining, but our apartment is really starting to feel small. It's constantly a mess, which I'm actually ok with since we have a toddler. However, the messiest places are actually our kitchen and bedroom, which are places that Calvin never goes into. We have barely any storage, I hate putting away laundry so it stays folded in our laundry bags until we do our laundry again and I've even avoided putting our Christmas tree up because I know our living room is going to feel even tinier.

Alex and I have been blessed in some many ways recently, and I'm not trying to sound like that spoiled kid who wants just "one more thing" and they will be happy, but I really would love to move into a bigger place. Technically we don't need a bigger place, I'm just being a diva. Our kitchen has always been my least favourite part of our apartment, so I avoid it like the plague. Which means the dishes get more and more piled up, we rarely ever eat a legit home cooked meal, and our dinning table is more of a dumping ground than an eating place.

Whenever I start to feel overwhelmed, I make a hot cup of tea and breathe. Maybe it's my mom's British blood, or my horrible addiction to procrastinating, either way a cup of tea seems to be the perfect escape from inconsequential stresses. So this is what my late afternoons look like. Leggings, a cozy sweater (I'm obsessed with this one from Rosegal), and a nice warm cup of David's Tea. Now excuse me while I actually get some house work done.

15.11.16

Lips by Beks

Well the day has finally arrived. The day that I can share what I have been preparing for over the past week and a half. A couple weeks ago, I signed up to an independent distributor for LipSense. For the past week, I have spent every moment that Calvin has been napping or sleeping to watch training videos, design my logo, business cards, order product and supplies. It has been pretty go, go, go, but it has been so much fun and I am so excited to finally be sharing my new venture with you all!!!

Firs things first, for all my Canadian friends, you're probably asking yourselves: What on earth is LipSense? Well let me take this moment to give you the lo-down on a product that is the biggest game changer to makeup. For as long as I can remember, I have loved wearing lip colours, but I always hated how they would wear off, or dry out my lips. I always thought it would be perfect if there was a product that could stay on my lips all day, and not feel like I am wearing anything.

Well ladies, I am happy to say there is a product that can do all these magical things and more! LipSense is a long wearing lip colour that molecularly bonds to your lips. It is not a stain, but a 2 part system that involves a colour and gloss that locks these molecules in place. The gloss has ingredients like shea and vitamin E so your lips stay hydrated. I know it sounds kind of science-y, but it is 100% safe and all our products are created with proper pharmaceutical and cosmetic standards.

I remember seeing my first video about LipSense back in May and thinking: "This can not be real. No way can this product do all that claims AND be good for you." As the months went by I watched this company grow and grow and GROW! I slowly came to realize that this had to be the real deal and needed to try it for myself! I thought that it was only available in the States and that made me super frustrated. Then a few weeks ago one of my friends in Alberta posted a picture about her wearing LipSense. As soon as I found out it was available in Canada, I knew I wanted to be a distributor and get in on the ground level of this company. The company in Canada is currently growing a 1200% rate. THAT IS CRAZY!!!! I knew I needed to be a part of this team and bring such an incredible to Canada.

With all that being said, if you are in Canada (or have any Canadian friends) and are interested in learning more about this product, you can visit my Facebook Group Page, Instagram feed or send me an email at: lipsbybeks@outlook.com

I'm just busting at the seams with excitement and can't wait to see where this company takes me :)

11.11.16

SWEATER WEATHER with ZAFUL

 
This post is in collaboration with Zaful

Oh November how I love you. I never was a fan of daylight savings in the fall because it meant darker nights. But for some reason this year I am loving the dark, cozy nights. For the past 2 weeks I've been having a cup of tea every night to keep me warm. Sweaters are a definite must for me. I love wearing them with jeans, over dresses, or with leggings at home.
I am obsessed with this sweater from Zaful. Big, chunky, black and fun details. I've really been loving the whole bell sleeved trend right now. It's add a little something extra to a simple, basic piece. Zaful have some great options for sweaters right now! From cardigans, to pullovers they have some real gems! It's the perfect time to shop with them since they are having their November Sale!

8.11.16

IN THE DETAILS

SO much has been going on in our family recently. In just the past week alone we have been blessed beyond anything I could have ever imagined! This post may be quite long, and quite confusing, but I wanted to document for my sake the blessings that have literally been thrown at us non stop!

Let's rewind to May. On social media I noticed a lot of fellow bloggers getting involved with a certain company and becoming distributors of said product. I kept seeing video after video but I was skeptical. I felt that this makeup product was way too good to be true. As the summer went by I noticed the amount of growth that these ladies experienced and thought to myself "Huh, maybe this company isn't your typical direct sales gig?". Then last week I had so many promptings to join and becoming a distributor in Canada, which kind of horrified me if I'm going to be honest. This was something I had never done before, and never had an interest in doing, and yet I was being pushed. If I was going to do this, I needed to act fast so I could be a part of the growth here. So I talked to Alex (which I was hesitant about. I had no idea how he would act to me saying "Hey I want to sell makeup and fork out a few hundred dollars before I sell."), and he was over the top supportive! When it came time order the product he encouraged me to order quite a high amount which had a pretty hefty price tag. I have to give a shoutout to him and his amazing support. I still have moments where I think of all the what if's, but he keeps calming me down and telling me I can do this!

Here's the thing. Never in a million years did I think I would ever sign up to be a direct saleswoman. I hate sales. I always have. At my first job I was a cashier at a sports store. We were asked to sell keychains, the proceeds of which would be donated to children who couldn't afford to participate in sports. I was horrible at it! I seriously would sell maybe one a shift, while other cashiers would sell at least a dozen each! I remember my manager pulling me into her office and showing me the tracking sheet. And there I was all the way at the bottom with a grand total of 5 within a 3 week period. After that little chat, I actually did even worse. Knowing that I was being tracked made me so stressed. Next I had a job working with shoes. We were pressured to sell at least one pair of shoes and one accessory at every sale. We were tracked on our sales, but we weren't given commission. So I literally had no drive to be up-sell. Besides I hate pushy sales people, so there was no way I was going to be one myself!

With all that being said, I still feel that this was presented to me at the perfect time. First off, if I am passionate about something and love the product myself selling doesn't feel like selling to me. I'm literally busting at the seams, checking the mail everyday just waiting to get my hands on the product and tell everyone about it. I'm not mentioning the name, simply because I want the reveal to be a big thing since non of my Canadian friends have heard or seen this product. To all my American friends reading this, I'm sure you've already guessed what I'm talking about, please don't mention it in the comments since I really want to make the announcement BIG. And yes I have officially become an even more stereotypical Mormon blogger.. :)

After this experience, Alex found out that one of his co-workers, who gets full time hours, got a second job and will only be working one shift a week at his current job. Which means Alex can finally get full time hours! He's still job hunting, and wants to move on from retail, but knowing that we will be getting a bit more income is a huge blessing! Our entire marriage we have been blessed with savings and have been able to add to it every month. Since he graduated though, we've had to dip in a little here and there for our bills. We're really trying to save for a down payment of a house and so watching our savings slowly decrease has been a little stressful. We literally see our house getting further and further out of reach.

Yesterday when we opened our mail box we noticed a letter from OSAP (student loans). We kept reading and re-reading the letter, thinking we misunderstood it contents. Once we put Calvin down we immediately logged onto to his online account to see what was going on. A weight on my shoulders instantaneously lifted when I saw the total that we owed to be $2,000. The government gave us a few grants that forgave $18,000 of our student debt!!!!! Like WHAT????!!! We couldn't believe our eyes. I went to bed with my pillow wet, covered with tears of gratitude.

I guess it's true what they say: When it rains, it pours. These experiences have me reflecting and thinking to myself: "But what have we done to deserve this?" I feel completely undeserving. I feel like our family hasn't been as centered around the gospel and it should be, I myself get pretty easily distracted. And yet our Heavenly Father keeps throwing blessings after blessing at us.

This past Sunday almost every single testimony shared had the line: "The Lord is in the details of our lives." Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints my whole life, this concept isn't new to me. And yet it never seizes to amaze me how aware He is of me. I can't begin to express the overwhelming amount of joy, peace, and love we have felt as a family over these few short days. He is aware of us. He is aware of you.

2.11.16

MY PEOPLE

I never used to be a fan of Halloween. I loved dressing up when I was younger, but as I grew I became less involved and developed more of a "whatever" attitude towards it. That is until I was 21. A couple days before Halloween in 2012, Alex and I had a conversation that started everything. I knew that this wasn't going to be a relationship that would fizzle out in a couple months. I knew it was going to be something different.

It's such a strange feeling sitting here looking at this picture and realizing that 5 years ago these people weren't in my life. It feels so long ago, but then I try to imagine my life without them and I can't. Blessed doesn't even begin to described how I feel.

My people, my everything.

19.10.16

LAST MINUTE HALLOWEEN COSTUMES with ROSEGAL

I don't know about you, but planning Halloween costumes can be pretty stressful! I always like being creative, but I hate spending money on items that I am never going to wear again. For the past couple of years I've decided to look at my own wardrobe and see what I can create with what I already have. But sometimes I draw a blank. If I do end up buying pieces, I make sure that they are things that I could easily wear again so I'm not throwing money away!

Today I am teaming up with Rosegal to give you 3 easy, last minute Halloween costumes ideas!

PINK LADY from GREASE

As soon as I saw this bomber jacket I knew I had to include a Pink Ladies costume! For years I've been wanting to try a Grease inspired Halloween costume, but never had the guts! Luckily bomber jackets are on trend right now, so you can wear the jacket again. Not to mention Rosegal has so many affordable options.

LUMBERJACK

This is quite possibly going to be our family costume this year. Pretty much everyone has a plaid top and black hat. Although this costume isn't necessarily creative, since it's something I would wear even if it wasn't Halloween, it's still cute and still looks like you made an effort with your costume!

WEDNESDAY ADDAMS from THE ADDAMS FAMILY

I'm not going lie, I've never really been a fan of The Addams Family. I watched a few episodes when I was growing up, but it never was a favourite show of mine. However, Wednesday Addams character is so easy to recreate! If you have a black dress already, you can just make a white collar using paper, then braid your hair and your ready to go!

If you are looking for more Halloween inspiration, head on over to Rosegal. They have so many great options for pieces that can be used for costumes, as well as everyday wear. You can also visit their style gallery for more ideas!!

Happy soon to be Halloween!!

14.10.16

DENIM ON DENIM with ZAFUL

This post is sponsored by and in collaboration with Zaful. All opinions are my own.

There is something about denim that screams fall to me. For today's look I wanted to do something a little bit different for me: denim on denim. Mind blowing right? Well not really, be for me it is. I usually pair chambray and denim tops with black bottoms, but since my black jeans are getting a little too baggy for my liking, I thought I would style this beautiful top with a pair of blue jeans. 
I am absolutely obsessed with this blouse. I received it about a week ago, and have worn it so many times already! I love it's unique and interesting silhouette. I find that denim and chambray looks very casual, which isn't a bad thing, I just find it harder to "dress it up". This top however is so versatile! It looks great with a skirt and heels, or some jeans and booties. 
If you haven't checked out Zaful before, I would highly recommend you do! They have great products for such an amazing price! I love that in each product description they have the sizes and measurements posted so you can ensure the item will fit. You can find this exact blouse here.

10.10.16

MOMMY STYLE MONDAY: ALL ABOUT ACCESSORIES

I promise this blog hasn't turned into a blog where I only do collaborations! Like I've mentioned before, I've been using all of Calvin's naps to work on my new blog, so this space has suffered a little bit. Hopefully I can get a couple posts up soon though :)
For today's Mommy Style Monday we were asked to share our everyday mommy accessories. Before having Calvin I was a huge fan of necklaces. I have so many statement necklaces and I have been dying to wear them again, but since Calvin is intrigued by anything and everything, they are currently collecting dust above my dresser. When it comes to accessories I pretty much only wear two things: my diaper bag and a hat. Since I am pretty limited on what I can add to jazz up an outfit, I like to play with textures and prints. It's so easy, especially during fall to layer and experiment with different looks.
If you're interested in joining us for the next Mommy Style Monday, head on over to either Kiana's, or Madeline's to sign up! Don't forget to visit the other ladies who are participating in the collaboration. 

Kiana at Glitter & Donuts
Madeline at CaseyLand
Juli at Journey of J^3
Monica at It's All About
Chelsea at Tessa Marie
Erica at Good Job Momma

5.10.16

HOW WE WORE IT: FALL BASICS

Hello everyone! Sorry I've been a little M.I.A. recently. Been a little busy and preoccupied with my new blog. I'm really loving having a space dedicated to all things beauty :) Anyway, the reason why I am posting today is to take part in one of my favourite collaborations: How We Wore It. Most of you know the drill, but for those of you who do not, here's what it's all about. Each month we are sent a picture to help us get inspired about our own wardrobes. We then create an outfit based on key areas, and pieces that stood out to us. What I love about this collaboration is everyone's looks are so different! 
I got so excited when I received the email with this month's inspiration. Autumn has always been my favourite time of the year. I love the weather, the tea flavours, and the clothing. It's the easiest season to dress for. I don't have to worry about being too hot and muggy, or being bundled up with heavy coats and scarves. When I saw the picture above I immediately noticed the sweater, jeans and boots. That is pretty much my signature fall look so I knew this month's outfit was going to be a breeze to re-create.
I bought this sweater last winter from Old Navy, and it has since become one my staple sweaters. I love the relaxed silhouette and the 3/4 length sleeves. It is definitely the most flattering sweater I have ever owned! Although the picture we got sent didn't include a hat, I thought I would add one since I pretty much live in wool/felt hats during the fall. 
If you want to be a part of the next How We Wore It series, head on over to Deidre's blog to sign up. Don't forget to visit the other blogs who participated in this collab. 

Deidre from Deidre Emme
Kyla from FordOlogy
Paige from The Happy Flammily
Alyssa from Impractical Composition
Jessica from Flint Flair
Amber from amber nicole blogs
Jen from Real Life, On Purpose
Autumn from Stay gold Autumn
Rebekah from These are the Days
Tessa from Tessa Marie
Aubrey from Aubrey Zaruba
Emilie from Burke Does
Susan from Sue's News
Madeline from CaseyLand
Sierra from Sierra's View
Justine from Little Dove Creations
Kiana from Glitter and Donuts
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