Like my lipstick, the color of dawn…

As I did last year I’m going to share some of my favourite beauty products from 2016. This is a little late going up, being that it’s now the end of January, but better late than never! This year I didn’t splurge too much, I stuck to a lot of what I know, so with that being said, I took the time to use up samples and look for less expensive alternatives to established faves.

1. Fresh Sugar Face Polish – I got this as part of the spa discovery trio, and I only recently opened this scrub. I found a refreshing scent, a gentle exfoliate, and a skin master. My skin looks great after using this scrub, not that I was surprised!

2. Burt’s Bees BB Cream – When I read that Burt’s Bees was releasing a BB I knew I had to try it! And I found myself loving it. All the essentials are there, the coverage is buildable, the formula light, the colour match great! And the best part is the price, I have spent a lot of money in the search of a great BB, and it can be found at your local Target!

3. Bobbi Brown Eye Cream – This is my first Bobbi Brown product experience and it’s not going to be the last, as I am with most eye creams, I don’t expect much going in, but this is right up there with L’Occatain Immortel Eye Balm.

4. Josie Maran Argan Oil – If there is one thing I love, it’s a face oil, I got this as a point perk from Sephora and in between switching up my skin care I decided to give it a go. I was pleasantly surprised, it’s a lightweight, well aborsbing oil, there’s no scent which is also nice, and it’s a little less expensive in comparison to my Fresh Seaberry oil, and there is also a jumbo size.

5. John Freida Sea Waves – very similar to the original from the late 90s early 00s. It enhances my natural waves and give great texture, all for a whole hell of a lot less than Bumble and Bumble Sea Salt Spray. And a lot more nostalgic for me too.

6. NARS Cruella – I’ve always been a red lippie sort of gal, but I, like many struggled to find the right shade and the confidence to pull it off. I have always been team NARS and this is no different. It’s rich deep red with a huge colour pay off, I rarely find myself reapplying. And I love this shade for Autumn/Winter, when deeper matte reds are in order.

7. Earthmama Angelbaby Nipple butter – about 6 months into my pregnancy there was a lot going on with my body, one strange thing that happened was my nipples were so dry that they were flaking.  Regular body lotion and cocoa butter did not work, this was the only product that did the trick. Also great for use on your elbows to smooth them.

8. Bumble and Bumble Invisible Hairdresser’s Oil Shampoo and Conditioner – I got both as a point perk and finally decided to try them, that was a mistake, because I love them and they are expensive! They both smell great, the shampoo makes my hair feel really clean, while the conditioner leaves my hair really soft and manageable. I prefer to use them before a blowout.

9. Water – Legit just drinking a shit ton of water. During this year alcohol and coffee were kept to ridiculously low minimums, and rightfully so, and water stepped up in a big way! Once I calculated how many ounces of water I drank and is was triple digits. It was summer and really hot.

10. Fresh lip balm – I got this as part of a holiday set I got at last year’s VIB Rouge sale and I freaking love it! I didn’t want to because of its steep for what it is price tag and because I have a million EOS lip balm eggs, but I will repurchase in the future. I love the lemony scent, you don’t find that with many Fresh products.

I’m looking forward to work through a lot of my beauty stash again this year and focus on skin care.  I’m looking forward to a healthier 2017, and little by little I will share my skin care and wellness progress.  And on that note it’s time to end!

All for now,


Title from: Bentley by LDR

So I pacify problems with kisses and cuddles…

Now that I am a full blown Mommy, I thought I might hop back on the posting bandwagon with some of the baby gear J and I love for our little girl!  Being first time parents can be really scary, overwhelming and just plain hard.  All of these products have made our lives a teensy bit easier.

  1. Halo SleepSack Swaddle – This thing is a lifesaver!  Not only does it keep Baby Girl nice and warm, but it also keeps her wrapped up tight, and I don’t have to constantly reswaddle her! As she likes to kick those little legs.  We’ve already had to put her in a 3-6 month size, because she is growing like a weed!  I love how warm it is for her, and it’s much safer than a regular blanket.
  2. Sleep and Play body suits – Since Baby Girl was born in November and it has been pretty cold since then, the terry cloth and fleece body suits have been amazing!  She stays warm, they are easy to launder and they are not too expensive, usually they go on sale for $5.00 or under.
  3. Boppy Pillow – I love this pillow, it is so versatile.  I bought it mainly for nursing, which was such a challenge at first.  But now that she’s bigger we sit her up in it and use it for tummy time.  I would recommend everyone have one, or maybe two!
  4. Kiki the Elephant – Baby Girl is on the cusp of teething, so this will come in handy very soon.  It’s less expensive than Sofie the Giraffe, and it’s name is Kiki!
  5. Mamaroo – Baby Girl had bouts of colic and this bouncy seat was just the ticket.  This thing was not cheap, but worth every penny!  It has five motion options, four sound options, mp3 jack, blue tooth enabled, a soft plushie seat, it’s only about twenty pounds so it’s easily portable and it doesn’t take up nearly as much space as other bouncy seats or swings.  Baby Girl likes car ride and tree swing the best, and if she’s really fussy putting it on the highest speed really helps.

Adjusting to parenthood has not been an easy thing, and I am sure all new parents would agree, but at some point it just gets a lot easier all of the sudden.  I hope this post helps anyone out there who may be struggling, I was there, we all were and it does get better!  This is coming from the girl who thought she would be really terrible at all this mom stuff. And on that note it’s time to end!

All for now,


Title from: Bathwater by No Doubt

All the gray turns into gold…

A month into the new year and I fell like I am off the a great start to my 2016!  I have been working diligently to optimize my time behind the scenes and deliver some great content!  I’ve also added new Twitter and Facebook pages for B@K’s!  I wasn’t so sure that I would find the time to enjoy anything this month, but alas I was wrong and I enjoyed several things!

1. Shadowhunters – I am a huge fan of supernatural fiction, and I loved The Mortal Instuments movie, so when I discovered that the story was being developed into a series I couldn’t wait!  It’s airing on the new Freeform (formerly ABC Family).  I’ve gone in with a grain of salt, again I loved the movie, but I have not read the books so I don’t know which is better or more true to the series.  I’m really enjoying the show and I’m planning on picking up the books! 
2. New notebooks – A month into the new year and it’s already time for a new notebook.  My Mom got me this totally adorable one with blue and green whales on it!  I’ve already begun filling it with  all of my ideas for B@K!
3. Staying hydrated – I am all about staying hydrated, and this year I am staying on top of it.  It’s so important for your well being, so I’m making it a priority in 2016.
4. iPhone 6 Plus – J and I recently upgraded our phones, and it was a long time coming! I may look like a baby holding an iPad, but it was so worth it!  I am never going back.  It takes way better pictures, it’s fast as hell, and it’s actually responsive!  And there are so many updated features that my old iPhone 4 just didn’t have.  
5. DM boots – I have been lusting after a pair of Doc Marten combat boots for years!  Breaking them in has been a challenge, but it’s so worth it!  I can’t wait to wear them with sun dresses in Spring.  
6. War and Peace – J and I recently started watching War and Peace, on BBC, it’s really well done.  I am a sucker for the classics and this show is right up my alley.  This story has it all!  And Lily James is in it!
I am so looking forward to February and all the possibilities that it can bring.  It also means we are so much closer to Spring…  And on that note, it’s time to end!

All for now

Title from: Black and White Movies by Andrew McMahon 

I’ve got to admit it’s getting better…

It’s my last update post in January, and it’s pretty had to believe that it’s over already…  This month was filled with inspiration, excitement, and well productivity!  I have been working really hard doing a ton of research on how I can optimize my time.  And the answer was staring me in the face the whole time.  Schedule your posts!  It’s so simple, once you finish a post, schedule it.  By doing so I have posts scheduled well into May!  It really is my new favourite thing!

I have also been working on my content like a crazy person…  I really hope everyone likes where I’m going, because I’m enjoying it.  And when it stops being fun, I should probably stop right?  I have also been trying to add more pictures to my posts.  I’m still not the best photographer/editor, but Ii can say I have learned a whole heck of a lot, and my pictures have come a really long way.

I am also really proud to report that I have hit, and exceeded my goal of fifteen posts for the first month of the year.  I really wouldn’t have been able to do it with out scheduling.  I know I mentioned it above, but it really makes all the difference!  I plan to continue this throughout the year, and I know that it is an attainable goal.

I’m having the hardest time with AdSense, since I switched to self hosted I can’t seem to figure it out.  I have been reading online for days, and I’ve had very little luck in finding how to fix it.  If anyone has any ideas I am open to them!  Please help!

Here’s to February and all that it brings!  I’m really looking forward to have another successful month of blogging!  I hope to be able to at least meet my goal of fifteen posts, take some awesome pictures, share some fun ideas, and just have an all around good month!  And on that note, it’s time to end!

All for now,

Title from: Getting Better by The Beatles