Berry Farm

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I almost don’t know where to begin! My blog has felt like it has been on hold for what seems like forever now – it has been such a struggle for me! We have so much going on that I can barely wrap my brain around it. Between being a “single mama” for the last 5 and a half weeks, to moving in with my parent’s place for a week, then back home, then to leave again for another 5 days due to more construction in our home, and back again this week to prep our house to sell – my head is spinning! All the while appointments, tending a needy toddler and getting ready to leave again for another month, I feel like life hasn’t allowed us any time to slow down. Hence why my blog posts have been so few and far between. It has been such a struggle to let this go. I have so many ideas flowing but no way of executing them right at this moment until things go back to “normal” – it also didn’t help having my sweet hubby aka photographer away for nearly six weeks! Now that I am feeling better (finally at 20 weeks the nausea and crazy tiredness simmered down), my hubby being home in a few short days, and us moving all together to a stationary place for a month, I think things will be back on track. I can’t wait to share more pregnancy style, pregnancy must haves and more of our lives and the upcoming changes! Starting next week, I think I will get some of my sanity back!

In the meantime, I figured I would post the last little adventure our family had in July before the chaos began! We took Addi to this cute as ever berry farm where there was a little beach, restaurant (with amazing perogies) and cute little places to sit and enjoy the views. I was only 16 weeks here and thought I had a belly back then – ha! I love these moments we captured as a family because this summer they seemed so few and far between with everything going on. I can’t wait to be in Vancouver as a family next week and be able to enjoy some of the amazing things there.

I think one thing I’ve learned during my pregnancy with Addi and this one as well, is that you don’t need to always be shopping exclusively at maternity stores for maternity items. I always reach for maternity jeans (a few pairs I invested in with Addi) or my Bella Band to wear with my normal jeans. Here, I found a great pair of Gap Maternity cutoffs and have worn them a ton this summer, and paired them with a loose Zara top (nonmaternity)! Sometimes you can just size up, or often times stores carry various tops that are loose fitting which is perfect for expecting mamas!

Anyways, it’s midnight here and I don’t know how I am still up, but I figured I would pop in and just say hi! I am also working on our gender reveal post for this week to share some more photos I captured that didn’t make it to my Instagram – Addi was hilarious and even though she doesn’t know what was going on, she was in heaven with a blue sucker and balloons so that’s all that mattered!

xo, Amaris

Gingham x Stripes

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I love finding little hidden gems where you least expect it, and Splurge & Co. is one of them. This tiny boutique is full of gorgeous handpicked items including vintage accessories, clothing and even home decor. I seriously cannot walk into that store without buying a few things – it is bad! This gorgeous detailed top is just one piece that caught my eye, the lace overlay mixed with the stripes is so feminine and fun!

The detail that goes into deciding which items are sold in the boutique is so special! One of my girlfriends first introduced me to Splurge & Co. a few years ago, and I instantly loved the thoughtful and creative pieces I would find. Though their online store is coming soon, you can shop their beautiful items via their Instagram or Facebook page (they will ship) or by going into their store if you live in the Lethbridge area! You can now snag this top and skirt both on sale – along with some great summer pieces, check out their Facebook page and Instagram for updates and to get a peek at their amazing finds!

In other news, we find out today what this precious bundle in my belly is – a boy or girl! I cannot even WAIT! I will be sharing later today, so keep checking my Instagram for our big news. Yay!

xo, Amaris

 

Supporting Mamas

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Addi’s Outfit: Romper c/o | Sandals (old, cute ones here) | Hat

Oh how sad it is that summer is coming to an end so soon! I have been so behind on posting, but today finally had time to sit down during Addi’s nap to share this cute mama/daughter post wearing Rikshaw Design! How cute is the pineapple romper?? Rikshaw Design can now also be found on the Anthropologie website in the kids section! Be sure to check them out.

Today I decided to open up about something that has been on my mind in recent months – and especially lately. Mamas bullying other mamas online. I honestly never thought I would see this happen on social media as much as I recently have, and it truly makes me sad. I have seen some beautiful, wonderful, amazing mamas being attacked for no good reason. Rude comments, anonymous accounts being created to send hateful messages, the list goes on. Today someone decided to publicly try to embarrass me – and when I looked at their account, it was a mom of two. It breaks my heart for those kiddies who have a mom who would be that malicious and rude intentionally and who could possibly raise them to think it’s okay to hurt others (especially people they don’t even know). My question is why? Why does this social media world have to be something people spin to be such a negative place? I have always tried to keep my space a happy one, filled with photos of my daily life and journey of motherhood with a side of a few of my passions being fashion and home decor. I have stayed true to myself. Those who follow me know I am just an Anthropologie obsessed mama, who posts probably way too many photos of my kid and now baby bump… I haven’t changed. In the almost two years that I started my blog. To be accused of some untrue things, and have my character as a person shot down is hard – I don’t think I deserve it in the least, no one does.

I typically have loved sharing parts of my life and following along with so many other mamas experiencing the same things as I am! It is comforting knowing we are all not alone in this, and that we ALL have hard days. I have felt more able to share the not so great moments lately and I have become close with so many supportive mamas in this Instagram community. It just puts such a bad taste in my mouth when people try to attack others and bring them down. For what? I am just so sick of seeing it and I hope even just sharing that I have now unfortunately experienced this on multiple occasions, and am now just finally saying something will open peoples eyes to the behaviour that is going on and make those mean girls think twice. Especially to the MOMS who are raising littles, like is this the kind of person you would be proud to say you raised or would you be happy if your little one was bullying another child at school, or being bullied themselves? Just ask yourself the next time you try to attack, belittle, hurt and use social media as a way to be mean to others.

Anyways, rant over. I just had to say something because I just don’t get why it is so common these days and why it is rarely talked about. I know people say to have tough skin when you’re putting your life out there on social media, but it does not give any justification for bored moms who are at home and apparently have nothing better to do than to bash other moms, judge, and compare others. As mothers we should be united. We should be supportive of one another and be inspired by the strength we know we all have by doing one of the hardest jobs in the world. You would think that would bring us all together – so let’s try to do that instead and change rude, hateful, mean messages, to kind, loving supportive ones. Imagine if we all did that?

xo, Amaris

Tribal Print Dress

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Happy Thursday! Today I am keeping it short and sweet because this mama’s to-do list is something else. We are heading to my grandparents’ for the weekend, and I am so excited to see everyone and spend some family time together! Before that, I need to pack and get organized. I am pretty sure moving around 100 times is one way to make a person’s life feel a little disastrous and disorganized, but come Monday we will be back in our home finally! I have to pinch myself! After a long nearly 3 months away and moving around we will be home again, mind you, only for a month, but one month is better than none at all!

This look is one that’s so simple and easy for summer. Throw on a cute dress, sandals and some sunnies and I am set! This little tribal number is under $30 and would also be super cute for the beach or any vacation. It won’t work for very long as a dress with this growing bump of mine, so I plan on transitioning it to wear as a tunic with a cute cardigan and jeans once it is too short – you don’t always have to say goodbye to your clothes throughout your pregnancy! Thanks for reading!

ps. Don’t mind my face in these photos – I literally was SO nauseous while we were taking them and I couldn’t even muster up a nice smile, instead I kept looking away and clenching my teeth in hopes I would make it back home without puking in public. Oh the joys of pregnancy!

xo, Amaris

Summer Fun

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Last week we spent a few different days at the splash pad – Addi has been obsessed! Joel got to come along one morning and decided to catch us in action. This cute little dress (top for us mamas bending over with out little ones or mamas with growing bumps) is the perfect piece to wear over your swimsuit or with a cute pair of cut offs. The embroidered details are fun for summer!

As most of your probably all saw on my Instagram, Addi was put into a soft cast thanks to a strange pain she got in her leg that wasn’t allowing her to walk on it. I feel so sad for her – especially after looking at these fun photos of her enjoying summer and walking around. Addi officially began walking only a few weeks ago, and has been on the go nonstop since. We still don’t know what happened, but we are thinking whatever did happen, was most likely done during her nap in her playpen. This Friday we will take the cast off and hope for the best, if she walks on her leg, we don’t have to go back in, but if she still won’t, we will have to take her in for more x-rays and possibly another cast. At this point I am hoping it just was a leg spasm and the doctors were being overly cautious just in case it was a Toddler’s Fracture, they didn’t want her walking on it if that is the case. I will keep you all posted though and feel so grateful for the kind words and support on my post the other day! Hearing so many mama’s who have gone through a similar thing or had baby’s who wouldn’t walk on their leg made me feel so much comfort, so thank you!!

xo, Amaris

Embroidered Dress {16 Weeks}

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16 weeks. It’s hard to believe we are already here. This pregnancy has not been the smoothest, but each day I am grateful that I get to experience growing another little human for a second time.

These last couple of weeks I have followed along with a mama’s indescribable journey of losing her premature baby girl. Her story has impacted me in more ways than I can even say. My heart has been aching for her immense loss and I have admired the strength she has shown throughout the entire journey, and her ability to share her story – so raw and so profound. Her story has had me reflecting on so much in life, and what a blessing it is to be a mother.

I think it is so easy to take for granted the things we have in life, even things like being a mama because it’s something we just do each day – going through the motions of life. Changing diapers, making meals, bath time, bottles, tidying etc – the days can jumble together and we can lose sight of the beauty of what it is to be given the opportunity to be on this journey of motherhood. I know for myself, I want to embrace each day and hold onto the little moments, watching Addi learn and grow, changing the most rank diapers but looking down to see her cute smiling face, and dealing with tantrums that come, all of it, is a part of motherhood, and something I want to never take for granted. There are so many women who have yearned for nothing more than to be a mama and who continue to struggle to get pregnant, or who have lost their babies and unborn babies, who would do absolutely anything to bring them back. For those women, I want to be the best mama I can be, embrace each day with a grateful heart – cherish these moments as a mama and each day of this pregnancy.

xo, Amaris

 

Tiered Top

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 Happy Friday loves. Today is a pretty basic look that is a prime example of what a few accessories and a bold lip can do to amp up your outfit. I know for myself, when I am pregnant I have bad skin, feel bloated/nauseous and most days it takes a lot to get dressed and out the door. I will say though, once I do, it feels amazing. This simple look was made fun with a straw fedora and bold lip! Some days I find myself wearing very light simple makeup, and adding a bold lip to feel more put together and “cute” – even if it means touching them up after a few visits to the restroom from being sick ;).

This top is another example of a non-maternity item that can work for pregnancy too! When I have this babe, I know I will be able to wear this tiered top a little oversized and cute. I wasn’t going to say something but while editing the photos the wrinkles in my shirt were driving me nuts! You probably wouldn’t believe this was ironed before I wore it and from the car and a little running around it ended up looking like this – oh well! Anyways, I hope you all had a week that went by fast and enjoy your beautiful weekend ahead – I know we can’t wait for Joel’s day off on Sunday to hang as a family – we are thinking of heading to a berry farm and maybe the splash pad if the weather cooperates. Thanks so much for reading!

xo, Amaris

Boho Bump

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It’s a miracle – I finally blogged again! Let me just say, it has been crazy around here again. We have had no time to shoot and I did a spontaneous trip to Montana last weekend for my favorite vintage market and am just settling in again. Addi has been a little angel through all of the flights and driving, I seriously don’t know how I lucked out with such a good baby! She has been saying “hi” and “bye” lately, and hamming it up with some funny new faces. I am now 15 weeks pregnant and she definitely has figured out that there is a bump – each time I ask her “where’s the baby?” she literally crawls over to me and attempts to lift my shirt/dress and then pats my belly, she even has snuggled it and given it smooches – I pretty much die each time!!

Dressing the bump can be complicated if you overthink it! I remember when I was pregnant with Addi, I was constantly getting emails asking how I find things that work – and I swear it comes down to choosing simple pieces that make YOU feel good! Most things I wore throughout my pregnancy with Addilyn were not even maternity – I only purchased a few maternity jeans – going up a size in some tops and taking advantage of the flowy/oversize top trend is also key. The nice thing about being pregnant is the summer this time, is that flowy maxi dresses and skirts can be a staple, and you look so put together but are comfortable at the same time!

I have been loving finding maxi skirts to wear comfy tees with, you can tie an easy knot or wear it tucked in to change things up! This one from Zara I got on super sale (I saw a few more in store if you’re desperate to find it). Forever21 is one place I always go to find cute maxi dresses and skirts too! I scored this polka dot one and can’t wait to style it with a chambray or laid back tee! Wearing a maxi skirt over the bump can also help highlight the smallest part of your body, and hide those back love handles we all begin to develop during pregnancy. If you guys have any questions or things you’d like to see on here when it comes to dressing the bump, let me know!!

xo, Amaris

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.

 

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