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Life Update

I have been planning for my oldest daughter’s birthday party the past week or so. I have become a bit of a counter-culturist when it comes to planning the girls’ birthday parties. My focus is on the kids having fun and the parents staying sane, while keeping things low stress and low budget. Don’t get me wrong, I love celebrating and parties and decorations and themes! But I’m learning this is not the season for that. Nor do my young children care, yet their mother gets extremely stressed trying to balance it all!

So – crackers, cheese, sausage, fruits & veggies and cupcakes for the win! With store bought Trolls paper plates and a bit of water fun. DONE! I’m not even doing goodie bags. #momwin


  • It’s getting harder to bend over to plug in my phone charger at work.
  • No Braxton hicks
  • Decent skin
  • A nice, round belly

Appointment update

  • Next appointment is in three weeks. I need to remember to get my blood work done. Whoops.

Healthy Living

  • Eliminating tricolosan. Triclosan is an ingredient added to many consumer products intended to reduce or prevent bacterial contamination. It is used mainly in antiperspirants/deodorants, cleansers, toothpast, mouthwash and hand sanitizers as a preservative and an anti-bacterial agent. In addition to cosmetics, triclosan is also used as an antibacterial agent in laundry detergent, facial tissues, and antiseptics for wounds, as well as a preservative to resist bacteria, fungus, mildew and odors in other household products that are sometimes advertized as “anti-bacterial.” These products include garbage bags, toys, linens, mattresses, toilet fixtures, clothing, furniture fabric, and paints. Triclosan also has medical applications. (Source: David Suzuki foundation). The problem with Tricolsan? The use of triclosan is linked to the following effects on human health:
    • Abnormal endocrine system/thyroid hormone signaling.
    • Weakening of immune system.
    • Children exposed to antibacterial products at an early age have an increased chance of developing allergies, asthma and eczema.
    • Uncontrolled cell growth.
    • Developmental and reproductive toxicity.
    • Disrupts gut health
  • For more information on Triclosan, click here.

Make-Up Obsession

Favorite wardrobe piece to wear right now


  • I really want to paint the nursery in the next month. EEK! (White. Obviously.) But, not until I’m off work.

One thing I did for myself this week

  • I’m going to see my ladies this weekend! Yayyyy for #momtribes.
  • I aim for three gym workouts a week. I wish I had time for power walks in the morning or evenings, but that just isn’t an option right now. I try walk more when I can and fit in squats throughout my day!
  • I usually aim for: 1 spin class (35 min), 1 HIT class (30 min), 1 weight lifting class (40 min)
  • Nectarines
  • Salty snacks: salt and pepper pistachios, kale chips … all salt!
  • Tarte yogurt
  • Salsa and chips
  • Steeped tea from Tim Horton’s
  • Sweet things. I don’t love cakes or candies. I always regret my choices when I have something horribly sweet.
  • I don’t love meat or animal protein. I still eat it, but definitely don’t miss it.
  • I can’t remember with Baby #1, but Baby #2 was by far my most active baby. This one could still be a busy one, but so far, not as much kicking as the last. (And yes, #2 is just as much of a firecracker in the womb as out of the womb!)
  • My tailbone doesn’t hurt yet. Yay!
  • I had Braxton hicks with Baby #2 at about 19 weeks. No Braxton hicks yet!

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