I am not a big resolution person, I never really have been. I would rather focus my time and energy on things that I know I can achieve, so instead of resolutions that will inevitably get broken, I set goals for myself through out the year. Yes, there are the typical: loose a bit of weight, eat healthier, don’t drink as much alcohol, clean a bit more. But some that are unique to me and all that is Breakfast @ Kiki’s.
1. Post at least 15 times per month – I can, have, and will continue to do this. On average if I can do 15 posts per month I am golden. Over the past few months I have been hammering down my weekly features, scheduling posts to optimize my time, and learning a lot about what content I want to feature. I am so looking forward to 2016, and all of the possibilities!
2. Saving more – I am pretty bad when it comes to buying things. I am very into quality, and sometimes that means spending a lot. But with everything that went on this year I need to tone it down in 2016. I am finally pinning down my skincare and beauty routines, so I’m not as obsessed with trying new stuff. I own a lot of great “forever wardrobe” pieces, and a lot of my shoes are still in great condition.
3. Focusing on my writing – I have a few story/movie ideas that I want to complete in 2016. I know that saying and doing are two very different things, but I can finish at least one of my ideas in 366 days (It’s leap year!).
4. Read more – I have so many books on my ever growing reading list and I need to make time to get through the books I have and have started.
For 2016 I decided to not overwhelm myself. I am just getting settled in my new position and I want to excel at my job. And in addition I want to excel in my personal life, all while exploring my passions. I am so excited for all that 2016 can and will be! Happy New Year! And on that note, it’s time to end!
All for now,
Title from: Champagne by Sugarcult
I have been away for what seems like forever. I’ve had good reason though. Going through the last few weeks of pregnancy were no walk in the park, and then giving birth and having a new tiny human have been no small task either.
I gave birth to a healthy happy baby girl a few weeks ago and my life has forever been changed. We are all doing well and trying to adjust to our new roles.
Over the next few weeks I’m going to share my birth experience and a little more about how I’m adjusting. So while everyone is planning for the holidays I’ll be catching up and trying to get back on the bandwagon.
I have been finding myself writing during and editing during feedings and it’s mostly super late at night so you’ll all have to bear with me.
But just so y’all know I’m still here, it’s just that life with a newborn has been very challenging, especially the sleeping bit!
Like any new Mom would I’m planning on incorporating more posts about Motherhood, it’s probably going to be frequent at first, since that’s all my life consists of right now. And on that note it’s time to end!
All for now,
Title From: The Other Woman by LDR
We have finally made it to October! And that means Autumn is upon us, pumpkin spice everything has come out of the wood work, it’s a little cooler in the morning and evenings than the daytime. Leaves are changing colour, the air is a bit brisk, it’s getting darker earlier, and I have about four weeks left in my pregnancy, give or take a bit. Most women I’ve talked to have all said that their first born were a bit late, or like me I was almost two weeks late!
Over the next few weeks it will be crunch time to prepare for our little girl. We have the nursery to finish, some big purchases to make and I need to prepare my hospital bag and birth plan. I also have to wash all the adorable little baby clothes, inventory the gear we got from my shower, write and send all of the thank you notes as well. And this week is my last bi-weekly/first weekly appointment.
Everything is going by so fast. Aside from aching all over, and not sleeping well, I feel like all of my days are rolling into one another. And that’s probably because I am still working. I feel like I have hardly any time to myself and if I am able to accomplish anything it feels like the best day ever!
J and I are getting really ancy, I think for different reasons, I want to feel semi normal again, and I think he just wants to meet our little girl, I do too, I just also would like to be able to get back to feeling like a person, like myself again… Even though I know that nothing will ever be the same. And on that note, it’s time to end!
All for now,
Title from: October Song by Amy Winehouse
The bulk of my pregnancy was throughout S/S16, so my pregnancy must haves may be different than those of you who go through A/W pregnancies. But regardless I thought I might share a few things I couldn’t be with out!
- Maxi dresses – I never in a million years thought I would look good in a maxi dress (I’m only 5’3″), I thought it was a tall gal only type deal. Boy was I wrong. I now have three and I lived in them all summer. My favourite has been this black one I found for like $20 from Burlington in the spring (similar, not maternity). And since it is a black dress I totally got away with wearing it through the end of my pregnancy in September and October too!
- Flats – I have always been a high heels type of girl, but during my second trimester I started to develop shin splints. So I stuck with flats and sneakers for the remainder of my pregnancy. I lived in these Dr Scholl’s pointy toe flats, I kind of want a pair in every colour, they are that comfortable!
- Staying hydrated -We had a pretty hot and dry summer in my neck of the woods, yes, the heat finally broke here and there for a few days, and eventually we got much needed rain, but none the less it was still a doozy! One day I calculated I had over 160 ounces of fluid in one day (it was a particularly humid day). I started to keep a water bottle at my desk that I could refill throughout the day and I even kept a water bottle in my purse.
- Snacks – I was not one to snack throughout the day prior to becoming pregnant, but there were some days that I felt like a Hobbit and ate and ate and ate (breakfast, second breakfast, elevensies, luncheon, afternoon tea, dinner, super…), so to combat my sometimes ravenous appetite I kept snacks in my purse, mainly whole almonds and chewy granola bars. And it was convenient to have small snacks on the go, especially on those day when I took lunch at three o’clock!
- Coco butter – I am usually super bad about using body lotion after a shower or before bed. But I knew once I found out I was pregnant that I needed to make more of an effort to moisturize. Coco butter is like the most amazing thing. And it smells amazing.
I’ve also been wearing less make up, I will go days without wearing any, I have been staying away from my heat tools, and I’ve been focusing on skincare and well-being over fashion and trends.
My pregnancy has definitely been a learning experience especially since this is our first child, but I have learned so much about myself. It’s been a very interesting journey. And on that note it’s time to end!
All for now,
Title from:High by the Beach by LDR
It’s September, Labor day has come and passed, Summer is just about over, I turned 28 like a minute ago, and I am eight months along. Where the hell has the time gone? J and I have been making some headway with the nursery. Something we have been neglecting. I can’t wait to have the nursery done so I can start setting up for baby girl!
I’ve started to incorporate some A/W maternity pieces I picked up a while ago, and I ordered a pair of flat Frye lace up boots (similar) so I can have more than one pair of shoes for work. I’m hoping to break them in relatively quickly. I’ve never owned a pair of Frye boots before, but there is a first time for everything! I also have been incorporating some more sweaters. I went shopping with a friend a few weeks ago and found a few steals that I have worn a couple of times. I am still rocking my black maxi dress (similar, not maternity) just now with a cardi for a more A/W look. It’s really turned into quite the transitional piece, it’s really comfy and I don’t feel bad about wearing it at least once a week! I’m pretty pleased with myself surviving through my pregnancy and only buying a minimal amount of maternity clothing. I think I did really well incorporating non-maternity pieces and my existing wardrobe to accommodate my growing belly.
In baby news, little girl is growing, kicking up a storm and I am measuring a week small! Something I am not opposed to, one of my doctors said she could be around 7 lbs! J and I have been going to birthing class and trying to prepare for labor, if one can ever really prepare! It’s crazy to think that we only have about 6 weeks left. Where did all the time go? And on that note it’s time to end!
All for now,
Title from: Religion by LDR