Our Greatest Adventure

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You might have noticed I have been MIA for a few months and that’s because WE’RE PREGNANT! When we were on the flight back from from Greece I could tell something was different. I had a sneaking suspicion that maybe, just maybe I might be pregnant.

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When we got married we both agreed we wanted to do some traveling before kids and Europe was the last pre-kids trip on our list. We thought we would start trying once we got home, but the morning after we got home we found out were already pregnant. I happened to have one pregnancy test at home and took it first thing when I woke up, when the second line turned faintly pink I was in a bit of shock. I was too excited to wait to tell Josh so as soon as I found him in the kitchen I started crying and told him we’re pregnant! We were both a bit in shock and wanted to be certain, so two more at home tests, a test at the doctors, and blood work finally confirmed that little pink line – they were all positive, but I think Josh was still in so much shock he had a hard time believing it. Now at 18 weeks pregnant, and a few ultrasounds later, we’re quite sure about the little life growing in there.

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During the first trimester I was so excited, and incredibly nervous, to tell anyone. I was also EXHAUSTED! Everyone always talks about the nausea/”morning” sickness that women experience during the first trimester but I was SO not prepared for the level of exhaustion I would feel. Also “morning” sickness is a load of crap! Everyone I know who has gone through it can tell you that the nausea is not just in the morning. For me it was every two hours throughout the day. That coupled with the exhaustion had me laid out on the couch by 7:00 pm every night. For those of you who are going through it, know that it ends. Around week 11 I started to feel a heck of a lot better and have been cruising through this second trimester so far.

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I feel like I am already getting into the nesting phase now that we know what we are having. We opted to go get a gender specific ultrasound and found out we will be welcoming a sweet baby girl. Being a lover of fashion I have already started outfitting her closet, with the help of my mom. We can’t be trusted in Baby Gap anymore.

See what’s in her closet:

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We have also started working on her nursery and can’t wait to see it all come together! I know it’s early to get all of that done now but I figured we might as well do it now while I am feeling energetic. I am also the kind of person who plans things way in advance – I plan events for a living so planning out things years or months in advance is totally normal for me – so it just feels right now get it all done now. I can’t wait to share her nursery with you once it’s all complete.

For a sneak peak, here’s what we’re putting in her nursery:

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Thank you to our sweet friend Deanne MacRea Photography for taking these photos for us. She also did our engagement and wedding photos for us.

 

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Keeping a Cozy Home

All winter I longed for the day I could have the windows and doors open. That is, without freezing us all. During the cold winter months I added cozy touches to our home with soft blankets and a whole lot of the fireplace channel – because real fireplaces aren’t a thing you can get in a new home nowadays.

Now that the spring weather is finally here, I’m adding fresh blooms and candles to our home, along with some pastel touches to brighten up our home. Having the windows wide open is also pretty awesome!

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How to Keep Your Hair Healthy

Though I have always prided myself on having healthy locks, I made some significant hair whoopsies a couple years back that lead to multi toned locks that were uneven and broken. It’s been a long journey back to healthy hair, and I still have a ways to go before it’s as long as it once was, but I am happy to say I’ve made some great improvements since the day I realized my right side of my hair was three inches shorter than the left. Today, I’m going to share some of the things I’ve learned over the past year that have helped bring my hair back to life.

Get it cut! It may seem counter-intuitive, but getting your hair cut regularly actually helps with growing it out. Trimming off dead ends regularly keeps your hair looking healthy and prevents split ends.

Don’t wash it too often Healthy hair starts with a healthy scalp. Washing your hair daily can dry out your scalp since shampoo washes away essential natural oils along with the dirt. If you’re someone who regularly styles their hair, washing it daily and heat styling it will lead to further damage. I aim to wash my hair and heat style it only twice a week, using braids or buns to fill the gaps. I am also a huge believer in dry shampoo – I don’t know how I ever lived without it.

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Use oils and conditioner I noticed a big difference in the health of my hair when I started using a leave in conditioner and Moroccan oil after every shampoo. I also use a heat protectant before any heat styling.

Two words: Tangle Teezer I received a Tangle Teezer in my stocking a couple years ago and it was such a game changer for my hair! With my fine hair I end up with a birds nest any time I walk outside and there’s a breeze. I cannot tell you how many times I would struggle brushing my hair with my old brushes, usually ripping out some strands along the way.

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Alcohol free hairspray I would have never though about hairspray having alcohol in it, or that it was killing my hair. I am aware that hairspray isn’t the healthiest thing for your hair, but I figured that my limited use of it wasn’t doing me much harm. One day while speaking to a hairstylist about my issues with breakage, she suggested finding an alcohol free hairspray, I made the switch and it helped! My favourite is Pantene Air Spray.

Invest in good hair ties have you ever slid a hair tie on your wrist to be tickled by all of the broken hairs wrapped around it? I know I have. Those broken hairs felt like a failure every time they unknowingly slid over my hand. Recently I was introduced to Invisibobble and have been loving that they don’t leave any creases or kinks in my hair!

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