White x White

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White on white is a classic summer look I often go for! I love the crispness and simplicity of it! This boho inspired crochet top from Chicwish is nothing short of amazing. And it totally is going to work for this summer and my growing belly, yay! I literally had such a hard time choosing from their selection of darling tops with their boho vibe which is perfect for the summer! For more affordable summer options, head to Chicwish, and also check out their dress selection – you can thank me later ;)!

xo, Amaris

 

Neutral

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Summer screams light, airy, neutral looks. I actually shot this around the end of May when the weather wasn’t AS hot, but for a cooler summer day, this look is perfect! The bow back sweater from Eleanor Rae, is such a darling piece, and although it definitely won’t be fitting over the bump, it has worked for this beginning portion of my pregnancy!

I hope you are all enjoying your week. I have been so sick the last four days – this pregnancy has been kicking my butt. I just keep telling myself it’s only temporary. I wake up each morning so grateful to be growing this little life inside of me, sometimes I can’t believe I get to do this again! Thanks for reading, xo.

 

Summer Floral

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Happy Monday! Here’s a late post, but today was busy now that we are back in Saskatoon with Joel! I love this simple floral summer dress… it is perfect to dress up or down! You all might laugh.. I was definitely SO nauseous taking these pics! Looking back now I am cringing remembering how I was feeling. I was also trying to hide the bump ha (I was about 10 weeks here)! Anyways, I’m going to keep this short and sweet because The Bachelorette is on Addi is finally down for the night, so this mama is going to curl up on the couch, fold some laundry and watch! I hope you all had the best day. Thanks for reading!

xo, Amaris

Bubble Fun {Baby Moments}

IMG_0447 IMG_0448IMG_0454 IMG_0459 IMG_0451IMG_0462 IMG_0466 IMG_0472Diaper: Honest | Rainboots: Aigle | Bucket: Homesense Canada (equivalent to Home Goods) | Faux Fur Rug: Ikea

For my second post with Canon Canada, I wanted to share how to do a photo shoot at home using props! I think this is something I need to do more often to document different ages. One of my favorite places to shop for little gems is Etsy – and let me warn you, it is like baby prop heaven!! Baby Moments on Etsy has the most awesome props listed in their shop, they have everything you need from newborn, to holiday shoots, you’ll find something you will love having for your shoot. For a bath time shoot, this vintage tub would be perfect, and even this darling robe for after!

Addi LOVES bath time and playing with water, so this shoot was a fun one. Essentially I kept it simple, I placed the tub in front of a window for the best lighting possible. The Baby Moments website did the rest for me! I followed the exact tutorial for “Bath Time” and found the tips worked perfect. Addi actually was not in the mood to cooperate for a full on bath in the tub (go figure.. this girl’s attitude is like something else lately!), but I think I captured some fun moments of her loving the rubber duckies and bubble fun. I can honestly say, more times than not my “planned” shoots or photo ideas don’t work out, but sometimes you just have to go with the flow and things work out in the end! Also, don’t mind Addi’s little rash, she actually had just woken up from a nap not long before these photos were taken, and she had overheated thanks to no AC in our house.. poor nugget. Thankfully it went away quick!

I used the SL1 Camera Kit in portrait mode with a 50mm lens. Luckily with the help of my mom, I was able to distract this cutie and snap some cute pics! Another person present for a bathtub shoot would also be helpful for the safety factor, just in case your little one could topple over! For more helpful tips and advice for photographing your babes of all ages, head over to the Baby Moments App and have fun capturing the moments you’ll cherish forever!

I am so excited to announce the winner of the Canon Selphy Printer.. I know for myself this baby would come in handy more often than not and I finally would print all the dang photos I take. So a huge congratulations to Kelsey for winning! Thanks to everyone who also entered.

xo, Amaris

 

Crochet

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So the cat is out of the bag! As most of you know, we announced on Monday that we are expecting baby no. 2! I swear I have been bursting at the seams to tell you all, especially to at least explain my lack of presence on my blog and social media. Let me just say… this pregnancy has been completely different! I have actually been so sick, nauseous and extremely tired. I haven’t had the energy to even be blogging or doing our normal everyday life. I am hoping now that I am in my second trimester this will change. I appreciate all the love and congratulations over sharing our big news – we couldn’t be more excited!

Now for this cute look… as you can tell, this was when the bump just began cramping my “normal” style ha! I love these trousers SO much and they actually are on sale now (snag them!). I tried wearing them for as long as possible and unfortunately this was my last day.. Regardless, they will be making an appearance again next Spring/Summer that’s for sure. It’s so funny how the bump completely changes how clothes fit, feel and look – especially this early on! I already have had to say goodbye to so many items I planned on wearing this summer, but nope, this bump is growing at a rapid pace. I have always heard the second..third..etc you show even quicker, and now I believe it! This thing was getting hard to hide at even 10 weeks! Thankfully I found some gems that hid it well enough in my posts. This darling crochet top is from Eleanor Rae – which is such a cute online shop that sells new vintage style items for a good price! If you’re looking for some cute items to add to your closet, make sure you check out their site! I hope you’re all having a great week!

ps. don’t forget to enter the Canon giveaway in my previous post! Today is the last day – the winner will be announced tomorrow!

xo, Amaris

Baby Moments

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When it comes to taking photos of Addilyn, it is something that is so important to me! Capturing the moments and being able to relive the memories through these photos is the most special thing – I will truly cherish them forever. Before I started my blog, I never was huge on taking photos and documenting the little moments in life, but once I started, I haven’t been able to stop. I have learned so much over the last couple of years, and especially how difficult the task can be to photograph your baby! I can’t even count how many times my “photoshoots” did not work out thanks to an uncooperative baby, or the wrong lighting, or me just plain and simple not knowing what the heck I was doing.I am so excited to share with you guys that I’ve teamed up with Canon Canada to share how you too can capture those special “baby moments”!

Canon’s Baby Moments has all of the tips and tools you need in order to get those perfect shots of your baby that you’ve always strived to get! With step-by-step tips, capturing those special moments is so much less of a daunting task, and is absolutely doable! For this swinging shoot, I selected the 10-12 months age group – and chose the “swing” photo. Here I was able to learn exactly how to capture Addi doing one of her most favorite things. I actually have had a hard time getting a good shot of her enjoying the swing because it’s always moving, so she was always a blur, so this tutorial was so helpful! I used the SL1 Camera Kit in Sports Mode – and literally it made a world of a difference. We had so much fun taking these photos and you can see the pure joy in her face. Head to the Baby Moments App to see the exact steps I followed in order to get these shots and so many other great step-by-step tutorials for each baby age group!

As fun and amazing as it is to take great photos, I am SO guilty of not printing them! I’m that girl who never even printed her wedding photos – aside from a few my husband had put together in a gift for me, how bad is that?? I often get annoyed at myself looking around my house and seeing such old photos in all of the frames and I never get around to printing them. It is just inconvenience and laziness that explains this. So if you’re anything like me, the Canon Selphy Printer is something you NEED to be more on top of printing those great photos you’re going to be taking thanks to the tips and tutorials – and I am giving one away. To enter, all you have to do is follow me on Instagram and “like” my Facebook page – when you’ve done both, comment below saying that you have entered! I will announce the winner next week. Good luck loves!

This post was created in partnership with Canon Canada.

Tribal Print Kimono

IMG_0162 IMG_0170 IMG_0175 IMG_0182IMG_0176 IMG_0184Kimono: Buttercream Clothing c/o | Tank top: Buttercream Clothing c/o | Jeans | Sandals | Sunnies | Necklace: Laska c/o

 I loooove a simple laid back look like this. You can find me in ripped boyfriend jeans more often than not – even on warm summer days! This kimono has become a quick favorite of mine – it can be styled so many ways, I can’t wait to pair it with a cute maxi dress! Buttercream Clothing has so many amazing options for cute clothes – and the quality is unreal.

I just wanted to take a second to say thank you for all of your sweet comments and support on my last post. I am so glad I ended up sharing that scary incident – it truly let me know I was not alone and also not the only mama to have felt guilty for something like that happening. You guys are all the best! If you follow my Instagram, you would see I was supposed to be on a trip right now, but due to Addi catching a cold that turned into an ear infection, we actually decided to cancel less than 24hours before we were supposed to be leaving! We are pretty bummed but in the meantime we are just making sure our little angel gets better. Your guys’ tips and advice for traveling with a sick babe were awesome. I am taking notes for our next trip!! I hope you’re all having a great week.

xo, Amaris

Polka Dot Dress

IMG_0025 IMG_0033IMG_0076IMG_0043 IMG_0051 IMG_0055 IMG_0056 IMG_0063 IMG_0067IMG_0082 IMG_0091IMG_0035 IMG_0099 (1)Jean Jacket (old, similar here) | Dress: Sugar Love Boutique c/o | Hat | Sunnies | Bag | Sandals (old, similar here) | Lipstick

Addi’s Outfit: Dress | Headband | Shoes

SO this post was supposed to go up on Monday – but due to some unforeseen circumstances, today had to do. I hesitated writing about what has been going on in our lives the last little bit, but I am going to share the not so pretty parts of my life – the ones you don’t all see on my Instagram/social media.

Monday was probably one of the worst days of my life. Addi fell and got a concussion. It was so scary, and I never have felt more guilt and sadness than I did watching my baby in pain. We were all sitting eating lunch at the kitchen table in our summer rental, when Addi was sat in her booster seat, strapped in, and decided she was done. She pushed herself away from the table (something she has never done before) and the cheap, thin, metal framed chairs that we were provided with, gave way and she fell backwards. Strapped in, that was a long fall. The back of the metal chair was right at the back of her skull and was what her head hit as the chair fell back to the floor. She screamed and cried instantly – and I tried to console her. Neither Joel and I could reach her fast enough to stop it from happening – it was like I saw it in slow motion. Within minutes she calmed, but then became so drowsy and started to pass out on me. A million things were going through my mind when she fell.. was her spine ok? How hard did she hit her head? Is anything broken? Did she have some sort of whiplash? I felt sick that my baby was hurt and that she got hurt under my watch. After she started to doze off, she suddenly woke up and began to throw up – she ended up throwing up 4 times total before we saw a doctor. She started acting more like her normal self, but was so dozy and fussy still. The doctor checked her, and said she for sure had a concussion, but they didn’t think she needed a CT scan. I just had to watch her carefully for the rest of the day, and wake her every 30 minutes of her naps. I left feeling so stressed and not at ease whatsoever. I had a paper with any warning signs that I should bring her back in, and I tried my best to look for those signs all day. By the time we got home she was a happy girl, she had a bath, ate a snack, watched her favorite Barney episode and drank a bottle. She wouldn’t nap, and I was okay with that because I just wanted to hold her all day and make sure she was fine! By the evening she was acting strange again, and had a high temperature/fever – one of the warning signs. I took her back into emerg to have her checked again just in case – I don’t think I could have lived with myself if there was truly something wrong and I never went with my instinct. So off we went, and my hubby came and met us. She was so good while she was poked and prodded – and was a little character making the doctors laugh. They concluded that she didn’t have a fractured skull, and it was just a bump and a super hard fall. The fever was most likely a separate thing – which was what happened, she now has a viral cold that developed overnight – we were up until 6am dealing with that too. I laid in the bed next to her playpen, wide awake, trying to listen to her breathe and watch stir while she slept. After this experience, it just made me realize that I can be the most over cautious, protective, paranoid mom and things can still happen that are out of your control. Accidents happen. I can only be grateful for her health and that she is okay. It’s times like these that put things into perspective and make me want to never take for granted my family’s health.

Prior to this incident, I had so many other worries on my mind. The day before I left to come here for the summer, we found black mould in our 5 year old home. It was growing in our bonus room, and I felt so sad and sick inside that my little family had been breathing that in for who knows how long. We now have found out its spread and our upstairs is in need of massive renovations – even the exterior of our house. I was so worked up over all of this, instead of thinking of the blessing that we were able to be out of the house with a place to live while all of this is going on! I think it’s funny how sometimes life can hand you certain things, to humble you and give you some more insight. Both of these experiences have given me a more positive outlook and have allowed me to not take things for granted, like our health, or the roof over our heads, and instead cherish it.

Anyways, sorry for that long story – but I did want to share. I think sometimes life can seem perfect, but we all go through things, and life ain’t always grand! I appreciate all the support I get from each of you – through the good and the bad.

xo, Amaris

 

Plain White Tee

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This is a simple look you can find me wearing any day of the week! I think since becoming a mama, I am drawn to more simple and comfortable looks that work for our daily life. A run to the grocery store, a walk to the park and playing on the floor with her toys, being relaxed and casual is key. Adding accessories like a cute clutch, or a hat can also take a boring outfit and change it completely! Joggers have been my thing since having Addi. I found a few pairs right after giving birth, and wore them nonstop until I was able to fit back into my “skinny jeans”. This pair by far are my favorite – they’re so soft and go with everything! If you’ve never owned a pair, I suggest you get on it – you won’t regret it. Thanks for reading!

xo, Amaris

 

Striped & Lace

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TGIF! After about a month hiatus, I have finally been getting back into the groove of posting again! Between being a single mama for three weeks, packing to move, moving, settling in and adjusting to our new home for the next three months, things have felt endlessly busy!

This is one of my fav, casual, go-to looks! I was so apprehensive when it came to the overall trend when they started reappearing last year, but all I had to do was find the right pair and now I adore them (again). These ones from Anthropologie, are such a soft, relaxed pair that I literally would wear them everyday if I could! I now own three pairs, and love reaching for them when I am sick of wearing the same old skinny jeans. This top of course is the cutest new basic tee I own! I love the lace detail, it makes it a little more fun and feminine! I may or may not love the price tag even more – who wants to splurge on basics when you can get them for so cheap and not feel guilty if you only wear them a few times (we ALL do this)!

xo, Amaris

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