Produce Junkie

Whenever I go on vacation I hit up the produce section of a nearby grocery store… where I buy way too much produce because it is cheap & super fresh. Or even better I get lucky & find a farmer’s stall.
Some of my platters from this week:

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Even enjoyed some dishes that I can see inspiring my future plates.

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Like this mushroom toast with arugula, parmesan, sautéed mushrooms & pesto smear.

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Or this fabulous cheese plate with jam,  fresh fruits, nuts & various crackers.

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This was a cooked beet salad with goat cheese,  micro greens & edible flowers that I had at a friend’s wedding.

Confessions of a traveling curly girl

So traveling can be a challenge for a curly girl. Wondering what the weather will do to your hair? Is it humid or dry? Will your hair frizz? Will it be to limp? I’ve come up with a few tricks to ensure that my curl looks good wherever I go.

1. This might be obvious but I bring my tried & true products with me. These are usually products I’ve bought & used in a drier climate but that also work well in the high humidity of my island home. If the products work in 2 extremes of dry & moist then they will work in most moderate climates too.
2. Layer layer layer – I layer from thinnest to thickest product allowing me to stop when I feel like my hair has been saturated enough. I like to start with a leave in conditioner,  then use a curl lotion, then finish with a curl cream. This helps to seal in the curl shape no matter the climate.
3. Speaking of conditioner – if I’m in somewhere that causes my skin to feel super tight (such as Canada, Vegas or winter anywhere other than Bermuda) then I know that my hair will be dry too. I then use the conditioner from the shower as the bottom layer of my styling. Sometimes a regular conditioner,  sometimes a deep conditioner.
4. Shower time – means no shampooing,  unless my hair gets really dirty or I try a new product & don’t like the feel of it in my hair, instead I use conditioner to finger comb my hair out then rinse. I like to style my hair in the shower with the conditioner in so that I don’t have to touch the curl when I get out of the shower other than squeezing out excess water & putting in product.

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My current travel line up.

5. I always travel with a curl/conditioning spray to re-wet sections of my curls that have died too fast & have started to frizz (the one pictured above, far left is a mixture of several different conditioning sprays).
6. When in doubt, use natural products. I’ve brought my deep conditioning hair oil that I make from all organic natural oils which I’ll use to pull back my hair into a ponytail. I’ve also brought a bottle of coconut oil which can be used when the curl is dry to break up each curl for some volume without creating frizz. I also use it as a makeup remover, face & body moisturizer.

Rocky seas, safe harbour…

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Even though I know that there are times ahead where the going will be rough & choppy, being a mom & holding my munchkin in my arms grounds me. I no longer feel like a boat being tossed from wave to wave, for I know that for him I will always be a safe harbour to steer to.

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But in truth he is the cardinal point by which my days are directed, his future the destination of my new journey. I already feel blessed.

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Sip & See

So I decided that I wanted to have a sip & see party for Tré back when I was planning the baby shower. I had seen it on a reality show (Preachers of LA I think… don’t judge me lol) and thought it was such a cute idea.  Loved ones coming together to meet your new addition. Yes they have seen pictures (especially if they are Facebook friends or on instagram as I’m obsessed and can’t help but to post at least a couple a day) but that’s nothing like seeing him in person.
There was good food…

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There were desserts!

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There were hugs…

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There was fussing over the man of the hour…

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There were cuddles with daddy…

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& there was a desire to keep the party going until it got dark…

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So happy with how it turned out. Great time was has by all.

Forever & a day

It’s been so long since I’ve written a blog post that I’m not even sure what to write about. I think back to what I was writing about in years prior – vacations,  farmers market scores,  juicing,  head stands… stuff I no longer have time for thanks to this guy…

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Now my days consist of: eat, sleep, poo, pee & repeat. Quite the life. But I’m happy to be at his beck & call. & my life will never be the same again.
My mornings now look like this…

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& if I want to get anything done it is like this…

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But I wouldn’t trade it for the world as he has forever changed Easter for me (he was born April 5th, Easter Sunday, at 1am) & Mother’s Day as I’m no longer just a daughter but a mother too.

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I’m looking forward to a lifetime of firsts with the new man in my life.

A mother’s questions… A poem

As months become weeks become days
The countdown to you grows intense
Am I ready? Will I be ready?
Will I be the type of mother I always hoped I’d be?
The cleaning, the purging, the organizing…
All to make room for something so small
that seems so BIG
Life changing, altering, never to be the same.
But for the better?…
More love & more laughter
With coos & smiles
More strength & more tears
With discipline & tough love
But in the end always more LOVE.

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Dam good NYE

Had a lovely time in Amsterdam, in spite of there being tons of people
I took lots of baths & ate tons of yummy food.
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Loved people watching. When I could find a warm comfortable spot to watch from.
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Dam square was full!
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Even the street outside our hotel was crazy on NYE.
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Will be posting NYE shots & video soon.

Preparing for baby…

So I’m pregnant & I’ve watched the weeks tick away. But suddenly it has gotten really real. Might have something to do with constant movement in my belly, the fact that my belly is growing, the start of my birth classes or the fact that the due date is only 11 weeks away!

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I’ve been picking out stuff for the nursery & think I’ve finally got my colours. Now comes the hard part. Getting the house ready. Not sure if it is my nesting instincts or all the talk about how life changing babies are but my stress level about getting prepared to welcome a new being into my house has skyrocketed.
Hoping that a weekend of serious organization will help reduce my stress level. But feel like my to do list is a mile long.
One day at a time… one item on my list at a time.