The BEST pancakes you will ever make!

Thursday, 15 February 2018


It was Pancake Tuesday (never to be known as "just Tuesday" again), and I was having some major cravings for a sweet breakfast treat. I decided I would seek out the best damn pancake recipe I could find and make them all for me!

Well Tony was gone to work, and I've been spending days at home trying hard not to do too much because Im hoping baby girl won't make an early appearance before my 40th week which is on Monday. I have been at home, cleaning and cooking and I LOVE every second of it!!
This recipe is super simple and I originally meant to share this for Valentines day, but we ended up going to dinner instead. 

Me and Tony aren't big on celebrating holidays or anything really, we just never felt the need to since almost everyday were doing something nice for each other. One thing we really love doing, is making a big breakfast together on the weekends and it usually includes hash browns, pancakes, coffee and a source of protein. 






Ingredients: 



1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour 
3 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder 
1 teaspoon of salt 
1 tablespoon of white sugar 
1 1/4 cups of milk (we use almond milk) 
1 egg
3 teaspoons of butter, melted. 

optional: 1 teaspoon of vanilla OR any fruit of your choice. 
I have also added cinnamon to the mix and it tastes amazing! 


Directions: 


Mix together all wet ingredients (milk, eggs and melted butter) and whisk together in a small bowl.

In a large bowl add dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, salt and white sugar) by sifting or just mixing with a large spoon. 

Mix together both bowls, I used a whisk. 

I make sure my pan is on medium-high heat, add small drop of oil to a stick-less pan. 

I choose to make 3 small pancakes at a time, but its totally up to you if you like one giant pancake or small ones. 

I pour the batter on the pan and add any additional fruit of your choice. 

Flip when it is golden brown, and your done! 


5 ways to be Healthy, Happy and Stress Free in your Third Trimester

Saturday, 10 February 2018

I know, your at a point where you are exhausted and you really want to not be pregnant. Im sure by now it feels like you’ve been pregnant for what seems like EVER! I don’t blame you, I am currently 38 weeks and 2 days which surprised me. I thought I was only just starting on my 37th week. I felt a whole lotta anxiety after my appointment with my midwife today, knowing that its literally a week and a half until our daughter is born! 

The anxiety, and stress you get while your pregnant not only has a negative affect on you but on your baby as well. It can cause premature births, low-birthweight (anything under 5 1/2 lbs is considered low), and other health problem like heart disease and high blood pressure. So it is in everyones best interest to find a way to manage your stress. There are certain things that I have found that works best for myself (someone who is diagnosed with anxiety and depression). 

  1.  Go workout or get a sweat on!                                                                                                    I know in your third trimester your back is sore, your legs are swollen and you may have no energy to leave your bed let alone do a workout. I have found that getting in at least a 30 minute walk, doing yoga or if your able to do a light training circuit similar to the one i've mentioned here, will make you feel so much less stressed and will pump your body and brain with the “good feeling” chemicals. 
  2. Have some ‘ME’ time!                                                                                                           Which in my world, that means reading, writing or pampering yourself with a nice bath, doing your hair and painting your nails! It is a simple way to DIY at home relaxing spa. I usually add lavender scented bubble bath, epsom salt and light some candles while I pick a relaxing playlist on Spotify or listen to a mommy podcast. 
  3. Eat right!                                                                                                                                       I cant tell you that I have been eating the way I thought I would have this whole pregnancy. I can tell you that I defiantly had a Big Mac from McDonalds this afternoon, but I can also tell you that it made me feel icky. I never feel good after indulging in some bad food, and we all know its bad. I love how I feel when I have my protein shake in the morning, with a homemade meal made with all the protein, complex carbs and good fats that us pregnant ladies need. 
  4. Spend some time with the people you love.                                                                            For me thats my partner, its my most valued time of my whole day. After he’s home from work, we hang out just relax and make dinner. Nothing makes me more happy (until baby girl arrives). Its also my time to vent about all the stuff I’m thinking of lately, worrying about or just excited for.  
  5. Finally, my favourite and most challenging tip. REST!                                                I have been a struggle bus with this lately. It has been so hard for me to get comfortable at night, because I am nearing the end of this pregnancy I have been experiencing early labour symptoms and man they are no joke! My midwives are awesome thou, If Im not getting enough sleep they will help with some pain management so that when the real labour happens I won’t be so exhausted. Nobody likes to be a miserable and sleep deprived pregnant women.
The last bit of my pregnancy has defiantly been the most comfortable, and stress free I've felt during the whole time I've been pregnant. I had gone through so many ups and downs, and during my first trimester I was so stressed out I was starting to get depressed. It wasn't the best time but you learn to work with it. 
xo 

37 Week Update

Monday, 29 January 2018


How far along: 37 Weeks (9 months 1 week)
(*FYI for those of you who don’t know a pregnancy is technically 40 weeks (10 months!) Before I became pregnant I had no idea! I always thought it was 9 months. So my due date is still a few weeks out but really hoping she stays a little longer, but Ive been having dreams she's coming a little early!)
Gender: Girl 
Total weight gain: Like 40 lbs!! The last time I checked I lost 3 lbs thou, but I was working out a lot that week and the heart burn was making it harder to eat as much as I wanted to. 
Maternity clothes: Yes still mixed in with my regular clothes, and sometimes I like to try on pre-baby dresses to see if they still fit. I thought I would be more instagramable when I got pregnant, but hell to the no.. Ive just been living in the same two dresses, braless and all. 
Stretch marks: Not really, maybe a few on my hips but barely! I still moisturize and drink so much water. 
Sleep: Surprisingly pretty good this week. I am still using three different pillows and getting up multiple times to waddle to the bathroom but I think I just must be getting used to it by now. I had a love/hate relationship with the maternity pillow. I thought it was going to be so good, and just started getting neck cramps and back aches from it. 
Miss Anything: Sleeping without having to wake up more than 3 times. Wine. Being able to eat without heartburn, and sleeping on my back! 
Movement: She moves SO MUCH! I love it, and its not just the tiny little flickers of her feet anymore, its full on bum pushing against my tummy. 
Cravings: Mostly fruit, like pineapples and raspberries. Too bad they give me the worst heartburn after or I would be eating it non-stop. 
Symptoms: Im not sure if I have been having Braxton Hicks, I don't think I have. I also think I would know if I feel like I'm having contractions. I have been feeling (sometimes sharp) kicks down there, I don't think she has dropped yet (sometimes called "lightening") but there has been some serious lower movements since last week. 
Belly Button in or out: In, my mom said hers didn't pop out either. 
Mood: Happy, anxious and nervous! Isn't that what all first time moms feel thou? 
Looking forward to: My next midwives appointment, to hear her heartbeat and to hear when they think I will have her. The 8th when I get to see her during the next ultrasound, and hopefully Tony can make it to this one. I feel bad when he's working and I know he wants to be there with me. 
Exercise: Still going to yoga, but I stopped going to Cross Fit. I have been trying to walk as much as possible, and might try to go tomorrow morning if it's nice out. Me and Tony usually try to be outside together during the weekends. 
Nutrition: My eating habits aren't ALWAYS good (tonight we had breakfast for dinner), but Tony has caught several fish this past weekend and that is so good for the developing baby's brain. I have had a high DHA, Omega-3 & Folic Acid diet before and after I got pregnant. 
Favorite moments this week: Feeling her move so much in my belly, but my most favourite is every night when Tony tells her he loves her and rubs my belly, and every morning when we wake up and he kisses the belly and me.

The Power of Gratitude & 20 Things to be Thankful for

Saturday, 27 January 2018



Podcast: Priv Talks  ||  We Heart It  
Gold Pen || Journal|| Daily Planner (only black left) 

It feels like winter here in Ontario, Canada has already been here for way too long, and I don’t think I’m alone when I say that I would prefer the snow to melt, and spring to be here the day after Christmas. I am missing those longer days, sunny walks on dewy grass and being warm enough that I don’t have to wear a gazillion layers. 
Maybe it's part hormones, or part Seasonal Depression a.k.a “the winter blues”; but I have been feeling a bit morose lately. I have found writing a gratitude journal helps, because gratitude strengthens our emotions, reduces the feelings of envy and makes our memories happier, that lets us experience the good feelings and helps us bounce back from stress. 
As part of a gratitude practice, I will share writing prompts for gratitude for every month or week (depending on what I think is necessary), and since this will be my first post I am beginning with the 20 things in my life that I am extremely thankful for. 

                            20 Things To Be Thankful For : 

  1. A warm, and sunny spring day. When you can feel the sun rays warm your cheeks, and you close your eyes and breathe in a deep breath of fresh air. 
  2. Road trips with Tony, whether its travelling the States, or driving across Canada. I love doing anything with him.
  3. Staying in bed a little later with Tony on Sunday’s 
  4. The cottage on a hot summer morning with my parents
  5. Morning jogs alone, just to meditate and enjoy mornings. 
  6. When Baby P kicks and moves. Nothing makes me more happier than feeling her move after I eat or before bed when her Daddy tells her he loves her. 
  7. Being able to give life, and have a baby with the love of my life.  
  8. When T tells Baby P how much he loves her as soon as he wakes up and before he goes to bed. Nothing makes me more happy in this world. 
  9. A clean, bright and beautiful home that’s ours and that are blessed enough to own the home of our dreams. 
  10. Having a good tan, getting my nails done, and freshly washed hair. 
  11. A good book (Im reading Big Magic). 
  12. Going to the gym and being able to workout while pregnant. 
  13. Going to Yoga. 
  14. Eating healthy, and having access to fresh food. 
  15. Having a morning coffee on a cold winters day. 
  16. Listening to the birds and bugs on a summer or spring day, with the windows of our home open.
  17. Bella & Kitty and how much they love us. 
  18. Going exploring with my sister (hiking, swimming in caves in Mexico). 
  19. Not being hungover, and sober (obviously since I am pregnant, but it is such a good feeling to not drink alcohol and being a homebody).
  20. Being inspired by amazing mothers who are also business owners, writers, and creatives.  

I would love to hear what you are thankful for, you can share it in the comments, or on one of my social media. Starting a gratitude journal is just another tool to. support mental, spiritual and physical wellbeing. 

My Pregnancy Morning Routine

Tuesday, 23 January 2018



We all know how you start your mornings, sets the tone for the rest of your day. If I am going to be completely honest, my perfect morning wouldn't be spending forever in bed or sleeping in until noon. It would be waking up early getting a morning work out in, or at least yoga since I'm currently 8 months pregnant. 


However, most days start off with my other half getting up for work at 6:30/7 in the morning and I can never seem to sleep in after he leave, so my morning begins there.  I get out of bed, put on something comfy, and fix the bed. It's honestly the best feeling when you start your day off with a clean bedroom, its one less thing you have to do when your super busy.

Next, I hydrate and drink at least two cups of water every morning! I feel like it helps get things moving, and I can also tell when I apply makeup later that I have less lines or wrinkles from being dehydrated. Plus, I have always loved doing this light cleanse in the morning:
6-7 cups of water
3-5 tablespoons of organic raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar
1/2 grapefruit 
Tons of mint leaves! 
1-2 tablespoon organic cayenne powder 
1 tablespoon organic turmeric powder 

Disclaimer: Being pregnant, this concoction has given me the WORST heart burn and I can barely handle having lemon in my water now. So I have been sticking to my daily vitamins and supplements with water. 


I have done the same facial morning routine, every single day since I was at least 10 or 11. I swear this makes the biggest difference for my skin, and the proof is in the pudding! My sister is 5 years younger than me, has never had a solid cleaning regime and I get asked for MY ID all the time and people always confuse me with being the younger sister. ( ;) sorry Mich, but I told you so!).

If you want to know some of the benefits to dry brushing, check out my latest instagram post


Lastly,  I never leave the house without my wallet, sunglasses, water bottle and my daily planner.




How I contour - my first youtube video

Sunday, 14 January 2018




I have been doing makeup professionally for over 7 years, and I regularly get asked to show how I contour, or apply my makeup. I decided that I would share a video how I do my contour for when I want to look a bit more put together, which looks great in photos but might be a bit much for a day to day look. Most days I rarely wear any makeup, I like to let my skin breathe as much as possible which prevents breakouts or flare ups in problematic skin.

However, there are days that I do wear makeup and I LOVE trying out different products, and creating different looks. I guess I am more of a "wear nothing" or "wear it all" type of girl when it comes to applying makeup. At the end of the day I love being a girly-girl, and experimenting with beauty products as much as any one.  

**Sorry for the bad voice over, I promise I will get better at editing these videos! I did have a lot of fun making it.

Featured Products


Foundation | MAC - Pro Longwear Foundation SPF 10 - NW20 - 30ml/1oz | Maybelline Fit Me Foundation, Natural Beige-220

Concealer | Maybelline New York Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer, Light 20, 0.2-fluid Ounce

34 weeks - Pregnancy Update

Monday, 8 January 2018



Wow I feel like this whole pregnancy just flew by! I am not high risk or have any complications with the pregnancy, thats been easy (minus the extreme morning sickness and the heart burn). What really was horrible, was that in my second trimester I broke a back molar which happens sometimes with pregnancy because it weakens your teeth. I couldn’t save it and had to get it pulled, but ended up getting Dry socket which is excruciating pain! I would have rather have broken bones than experience that again. I got put on some strong (baby safe) pain meds for two weeks while it got better as well as antibiotics. By 25 weeks, I started having a very sharp pain in my upper right side, which didn’t go away for three days. I decided to call Telahealth and they advised me to go to the hospital. A few tests later, and I was diagnosed with Gallstones. These are painful even with pain meds, and ultimately landed me back in the hospital a few times after that as well. I have seen a specialist to make sure I wouldn’t be at risk for having an attack so bad before I have baby that I would have to have surgery. 
All those rolls, kicks, and jabs are the most beautiful and reassuring thing for me. The little life inside of me is happy and moving about, and theres nothing more precious than that feeling!
I am currently on my way to go see baby P in her growth update this morning, and I am so excited to see how big she has gotten since the last update. 
I have to say…I appreciate all of you so much! The support and love you have shown me has really encouraged me. I read every comment you write on all my social media, and it blesses me more than you know!
I found this little question sheet for bump updates so I figured I’d fill it out to close this 34 week blog post:

How far along: 34 weeks!
Gender: Girl! 
How big is baby: Baby P is the size of a cantaloupe, and she can now react to simple songs we play for her. 
Have you started to show yet: Yes!! I was was so excited to show off this baby bump! I just started showing in the last few weeks.
Weight Gain: 40 lbs!! 
Maternity Clothes: Sometimes. I wear maternity dresses and tee shirts, but I just have been wearing my normal leggings because they are the comfiest. I normally wear a lot of casual wear so it works with my belly! I didn’t want to spend a ridiculous amount of money on maternity clothes, and since I’m not really THAT big compared to a lot of other women at this stage I can get away with over sized regular clothing atm.  
Stretch Marks: Nope, I have religiously been using coconut oil every day and night.
Belly Button in or out: In, apparently my mom’s didn’t pop either. Tony looks every day if its popped! Haha. 
Cravings: Fruit and veggies. I wish I could eat more fruit but it is so highly acidic that it give me heart burn. 
Anything make you queasy or sick: Nothing that didn’t make me sick before I was pregnant 😉
Happy or Moody: Happy! Surprisingly and I’ve had a lot of energy during these last two weeks for some reason! I’ve even made it to the gym and yoga a few times this week. 
Movement: Lots of it! And I love it so much. There’s no way to describe it other than amazing and beautiful.
Sleep: What’s that? Or should I say what’s good sleep haha. I toss and turn all night! Unfortunately a good night sleep won’t be coming back for a while!
What I miss: I thought I would be saying wine, but I really don’t miss that at all. However, what I do miss is working out, jogging and CrossFit! I miss sleeping good without my hips and arms going numb at night. I also miss wearing some cute clothes, they no longer fit properly but that will just be my motivation to get back in the gym.  
Looking forward to: Meeting our baby girl! February is right around the corner. 
Thanks so much for stopping by!!
Xoxo,
Stephanie
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