Currently loving

cardigan: Zaful, hat: Zaful, top: Old Navy, boots: Old Navy

 + Harry Styles new single. Do yourself a favour and go listen to it. I'm obsessed.

+ If you follow me on Instagram then you will already know that I tried at home lash extensions and so far I'm really impressed! I'm planning on doing a post dedicated to my experience along with some tips. Let me know if that is something that interests you :)


At home manicure

I hate to admit it but I am a nail bitter. If I don't have anything on my nails they're usually pretty short and grubby looking. That it why I prefer to have my nails done. Now is a good time to say I am in no means a pro when it comes to doing my nails. It's definitely a skill I don't excel at, however I have discovered certain tools and products over the years that help my nails look more put together. 

So today I thought I would share with you all my favourite products that help me achieve an at-home manicure.


Disconnect to connect

Top: Zaful 

A couple weeks ago my church held it's semi-annual General Conference. I always look forward to this weekend. I get inspired and motivated by the talks given. I like to take time before hand to ponder what I want to learn, what I need to change in order to grow and I got my answer loud and clear. It pretty much goes hand in hand with what my previous post was about. I need to take a step back from screen time. 


The Instagram game

I've always been drawn to photography so I love how Instagram is a photo driven social media outlet. I actually use it more than Facebook, since it doesn't have as much of a political agenda or over-sharing of badly researched articles. There is nothing wrong with taking a little time here and there to get inspiration, and get little updates from friends. My problem with it lies in the fact that there are some days where I am scrolling just to scroll and I end up entering the hard to break cycle of comparing myself to the aesthetically pleasing, planned out squares. We begin to transition from using a filter on our photos, to actually putting a filter on our lives.

A few weeks ago I setup an Instagram account for my blog. In the past I had a private personal account and posted about anything and everything. I still use my personal account regularly to post about family updates and what not, but I primarily use my blog account. Since it is a public account I've been delving into the world of hashtags and networking. And I've got some not so nice to things to say about the "numbers game" of Instagram.

On almost every single photo I post I'll get quite a few generic and non genuine comments. You know the kind, where they just post an emoji or say something like "nice photo", when it was a quote found on Pinterest and credited in the caption. Most of the time these comments are from people that have thousands and thousands of followers or brands who stumbled upon my feed because of a hashtag I used. Don't get me wrong, I love networking and making connections with people through social media, however I'm not going to play along in the whole, I commented on your photo, comment on mine game. I only follow feeds, comment and like photos that I genuinely like.

I get at least 5-10 new followers daily who literally just follow my feed, for follow backs. I can not tell you the amount of times that someone with 10,000+ followers follows my feed, doesn't like or comment on anything, and within 2 days unfollows. I go back and forth between loving Instagram to really hating it. What makes me so annoyed is that social media convinces you that it is an absolute essential in your life. That we would somehow all die without it, when in reality, we'd probably be much better off. With all this being said I'm still keeping my accounts active, however I've decided to limit my time on my phone. I don't mind taking a look here and there, I'm just sick of being bombarded with photos and people who are just in it for $$.

I hate how everything has become a numbers game, and less about connections. I've actually gotten pretty good at telling the difference between what is real and what is bait, and I'm not bitting.


2 years

Today Calvin turns 2. Even though quite some time has past, I remember those first few weeks with him so vividly. Almost as if they were yesterday. My emotions were everywhere, my body was battered, and I was exhausted. And yet I was filled with this immense amount of love for him. The first 24 hours were such a whirlwind of complications with myself, but once we got home it's like everything started to feel normal. He fit into our family so perfectly that I couldn't imagine life without him.

Happy birthday my sweet, sweet boy.

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