Pregnancy life saviours

 

This is my second pregnancy and while it has proven to be MUCH different from my first pregnancy (apparently twins = HORRIBLE morning sickness, at least for me!) there are a few things that have been such lifesavers during both pregnancies!!!

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Prenatal Vitamins that don’t make you want to hurl- I am currently taking the Honest Company Prenatals and they work for me. I take them in the evening before bed so that they won’t make me feel sick at work.

 

Water Bottle

A huge water bottle- Having one by your bed and on your desk is a must. I drink literally litres of water every day. It is a physical need- I have to do it and it is not a choice.

 

Maternity Underwear

Maternity Underwear- I love these so much I could write them a love poem. Low cut in the front and bum covering. So comfy. I love the ones from Motherhood Maternity

Body Pillow

A Body Pillow- My husband is envious of the attention my Snoogle gets. It is the one thing that makes sleeping in the last trimester and half bearable.

 

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One great book- Some books are terrifying, some are silly and some just make you angry. It’s best to stick to one great and practical pregnancy handbook and not to rely on Dr. Google too much (I am as guilty of this as the next person, I admit) For this pregnancy, my bible is “Mothering Multiples” but during my first pregnancy, I loved “The Mother of All Pregnancy Books“. For your partner, I HIGHLY recommend “The Birth Partner“!

 

Jbrand maternity pants

A fantastic pair of maternity pants- this time I splurged on a pair of black JBrands as my “good maternity pants”. They are pricey yes, but they work for the office, the weekend, going out etc so they are so versatile that they are worth it. A nice alternative to my more casual (and less expensive) maternity jeans from Old Navy and H+M.

Ladies who have been there, what was your pregnancy must?

 

Book Review- “The Woman who Stole My Life” by Marian Keyes

The Women who stole my life by Marian Keyes

Back in the early aughts, at the beginning of the Bridget Jones inspired “Chick Lit” era, I discovered Irish novelist Marian Keyes and a decade long love affair began. Keyes books are geared to females, yes, but her sharp humour, slapstick comedy and moving emotional situations truly set her apart from her contemporaries. Over the last 15 years, her novels have explored death, addiction, marital strife, poverty, mental illness and many other topics that her readers can relate to.
I could not have been more thrilled when I was approached to review her new novel “The Woman who Stole my Life” (on sale now) on the blog. I may have jumped up and down, but I will neither confirm nor deny. In my house, life stops when Marian has a new book! This time I fully played the pregnancy card to stay in bed and read all weekend!
Stella Sweeney is an average wife and mother- working, raising two teenagers and supporting her husband in his career endeavors. One day, tragedy strikes and her entire family is affected by terrifying event. Suddenly, Stella’s life is totally different and her world falls apart even as she experiences success on a scale she never imagined.
It is hard to give you a summary of the book without giving too much away, but the crux is that things in life over which you have no control can change everything in an instant and what that can mean to those around you.
I will be honest- this is not my favourite novel by Keyes. It was kind of downer and was pretty dark without as much of her usual humour to offset the hard subject matter.  In most of her novels, there are characters that you are meant to think of as the villain of the piece, and this novel did have that individual (no spoilers)  but many characters in this book were completely unsympathetic and some (like Stella’s teenage son, Jeffery) are downright unlikable. Ugh… he was so terrible.
Although I had many issues with the book, it was engrossing. Keyes has an almost uncanny ability to really bring you inside the mind and heart of her protagonists and the reader begins to feel like they actually know the character. Stella is an honest and flawed character and I found myself rooting for her throughout the story.
Marian Keyes is very active and hilarious on Twitter- I urge you to follow her! Also, follow Penguin  Canada for information about upcoming releases!
*** While I was provided this book for review purposes, all opinions are my own.

 

Topbox Review September 2014

September 2014 TopBox

Lancome Visionnaire Advanced Muli- Correcting Cream- This product is infused with the LR2412 molecule to correct the appearance of the skin, eliminating wrinkles and boosting radiance and plumpness. I have used it several times and it is very moisturizing and I do feel that my skin does appear smoother and more even after use. It is reccommended that the cream be used morning and evening after a serum.

Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo- I love a dry shampoo as I cannot wash my hair everyday. The small size of this sample makes it perfect for my bag or desk drawer. We all feel better when our hair looks good- it can make the difference between a good and bad day!

Illumalift- This brighter and skin corrector has active ingredients to make skin look 2 years younger after a month of use.

Teeez Nail Lacquer in Pretty in Pyrite- Their polishes do not include Dibutyl Phthalate, Toulene or Formaldehyde. This colour is a lovely shiny neutral colour perfect for the fingers or toes!

 

 

Wednesday Wants- Pregnancy Style

So here’s the thing. I am pregnant..with TWINS! I had a really rough first trimester – Kate Middleton and I have something in common! You have may have noticed a serious drop in posts in since August but I am feeling SO much better now and I am getting excited to shop for my newly expanding figure! Let’s face it- new clothes is a nice distraction from thinking about the size of your butt and thighs as the pregnancy progresses! I am going to be pretty huge by the time I have these kiddos!!

A great pair of Maternity jeans is a must, especially as I work at a job where jeans are basically my uniform. Other musts are good long tanks and tops as well as cozy, draped cardigans. We will be attending a wedding in November and I am seriously considering this amazing Isabelle Oliver Dress….. what do you think?

Here are some of the items that I am coveting!

Maternity Style
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If you live in the Toronto area and are looking for some super fabulous maternity wear, I urge you to check out one of my fave stores (pregnant or not) Ani+ Wren! 

Currently Craving- Fall Boots

October’s here, the leaves are falling and the weather is cold!  Don’t mistake- I am sad that the summer is over but fall means…BOOTS!

I am a bit of a boot horder and the last thing that I need this year is another pair…. yet…. there are SO many cute one!!!
Here are some of my faves.. how can I choose just one??

Currently Craving- Fall Boots

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Menswear Inspiration for Fall

I am a huge fan of the colour grey for Fall and Winter. To me, it is the perfect neutral. It is chic, easy to accessorize and almost universally flattering.
Here are some of my fave grey menswear inspired pieces for the season. I want every.single.piece NOW!
Menswear Inspiration for Fall
 
Sweater- Rag & Bone
Blouse-  Equipment
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Clicking for Cake with shopbake.com

Shopbake.comThere are two things lots of Toronto women like- sweets and online shopping. In the past, these two faves have never intersected but as of today, the dreams of many come true!

September 17th marks the launch of shopbake.com, an online bakery delivery service made up of fifty of the city’s favourite bakeries with more to be added!!! It’s like Etsy for sweeties!!!

Sellers create an account to promote their delicious products and buyers can create their own personalized accounts with all of their favorites! This amazing service will revolutionize party planning and make gift giving this holiday season a breeze. Not only can you pick from a huge selection of cakes, cookies, macarons, bread and more, Shopbake also caters to dietary restrictions by having nut free, kosher, gluten-free and vegan options.

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I was lucky enough to receive a bag of goodies from Shopbake ahead of their official launch today! I snacked on a selection of treats from a variety of vendors and they were all AMAZING!

Head on over to Shopbake now and get grazing!!!

 

Thanks to Charming Media for introducing me to a new obsession!

What I Wore- Finally Fall

I am so excited that jeans/boots/sweater weather is here. I am so happy to finally be able to start switching out my summer clothes for my fall stuff- I was getting SO bored.

Here is a casual work outfit that I wore last week. All black of course. Duh.

 What I Wore- Finally Fall

Jeans- H+M (similar)

Sweater- Mossimo via Target

Boots- JustFab

Necklace- Via Treasure Lanes Vero Beach (similar)

Sunnies- Karen Walker

Bag- deux lux (love this one)

Lipstick- L’Oreal Paris Collection Privee by J,Lo in “Jennifer’s Nude”

 

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What I Read- August 2014

August was an insane month for us! We went on a two-week holiday, I started a new job and we continue to be in the throes of our renovation. This didn’t leave me a lot (by my usual standards) of time to read. Here are the fun books I managed to fit in!

 The Heiresses by Sara Shepard

The Heiresses by Sara Shepard - This book by the writer of Pretty Little Liars was the perfect fluffy holiday read- part romance, part suspense and all fun!

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The List by Karin Tanabe -I borrowed this from a the friend that we stayed with in Long Island; it was written by a friend’s sister! I adored this book! A fast paced romp through the political journalism scene in Washington DC had me hooked from the first page!

Visions by Kelley Armstrong

Visions by Kelley Armstrong The second book in her new Cainville series, this supernatural suspense novel built upon the foundations of the first book, and left me wishing that the next book was already out! She teases you like that! If you liked her Women of the Otherworld series, this is a must read.

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent - This book was a departure from my previous fluffy reads. Based on the true story of the last female criminal beheaded in Iceland, this story is so atmospheric and beautifully written. Agnes’s story will stay with you long after the last page.

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