Lifestyle || Product Picks || These are a few of my favourite things…

For the last two months, I’ve been working hard to track down some amazing products for you! I decided instead of doing my usual monthly favourites, I would tackle a few categories to highlight stand out items I’ve been loving this summer. From pregnancy safe, to home decor I’ve been busy. You’ve probably seen quite a few of these come up on my snapchat (kiraparan) they are easily my essentials lately. Without further ado, let’s a start the product pick roundup!

pregnancy safe beauty products stretch mark massage oil tatchaEvery pregnant lady out there needs to find a good massage oil, stretch mark reducer and anything to help with that beautiful pregnancy facial glow. Here are a few luxury finds that are pregnancy safe for all my expecting mothers out there:

Eminence Organic Skin Care Apricot Body Oil

Rocky Mountain Soap Co. Belly Butter

Saje Mother’s Wellness Stretch Mark Blend

Tatcha Luminous Dewy Mist

Tatcha Firming Eye Serum

luxury natural skincare brands lines blogger beauty picks herbivore kay burki julep korean lip oil review mask top best We all know I’m a skincare addict, I would say a great skincare product can thrill me more than makeup, especially when it’s getting amazing and lasting results. I’ve found a few skin game changers targeting your body, lips, hair and face. And yes, the price point on these luxury products can be a bit higher but you really get what you pay for, the results are worth every penny.

Eminence Organic Skincare Blueberry Soy Sugar Scrub

Biotherm Life Plankton Mask

ARYA Essentials Hair Oil

Herbivore Botanicals Blue Tansy Mask

Herbivore Botanicals Lapis Facial Oil

Patchology Lip Gel Treatment

Julep Lip Oil

Kat Burki Vitamin C Cleansing Balm

gold faucet glasses champagne plate jonathan alder Since moving to the new house, I’ve had gold on my mind. These items are perfect for a little home decor update or as a house warming or hostess gift.

Gold Faucet 

Saje Nebulizer

Easy Tiger YAY! Champagne Glasses

Jonathan Alder Gold Plates

flawless finish airbrush skin sephora top picks  It’s pretty easy to talk about makeup products that come into your life that you love but I thought I would focus on one very important topic. I’ve gotten so many questions about my simple glowing face this summer, so here are the few products that are giving me flawless natural coverage and glow. BTW these products are totally worth the hip.

Too Faced Bronzer

Too Faced Born This Way Concealer

Temptu Makeup Airbrush Device (YES it’s as amazing as it sounds!)

Charlotte Tilbury Sculpt and Highlight Palette “Filmstar Killer Cheekbones Set”

Charlotte Tilbury “Hot Lips” Lipstick

Lifestyle || My 5 tips to make buying a house WAY less stressful

maternity photos family announcement I’m so excited to announce my partnership with Servus. Over the summer I’m going to get real about where I’m at in terms of money in hopes that the lessons I’ve learned along the way can help you and your family comfortably afford the lifestyle you crave.

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I opened up about two months ago, that we were moving. It was so hard saying goodbye to our first home, but in all honesty, we had outgrown it with the new baby on the way. It’s stressful buying a house under any circumstances, let alone the fact that I’m pregnant, suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum and needing to sell our current home in order to buy another.

 

Fast forward a few months and we did it! Buying the second time around was way different then our first home purchase. I chalk that up to the fact that I learned quite a few things along the way. Here are my 5 easy tips for making the mortgage process less stressful:

 

 

 

1)      Use a mortgage calculator It’s a good idea to see what your payment will be in order for monthly bill budgeting. In the end you want to end up with a payment you feel comfortable withbecause it isn’t all about buying a house and using the maximum amount you are approved for. In reality, you should be getting into a mortgage you feel confident you can pay and have money left over for saving, monthly expenses and living a little!

 

 

2)      Explore Additional Benefits That Financial Institutions Have: Think of buying a house as one of the biggest purchases of your life and your longest! You could potentially be with this lender for three decades! Exploring the benefits they have is so important so make sure that the financial institution you’re looking at getting your mortgage with offers perks that relate to your lifestyle, as well as amazing  customer service. Some institutions have profit share programs, or 100% deposit guarantees. In the end, you want a great relationship with a financial institution that benefits you.

 

3)  Get pre-approved: It’s the worst looking at houses that you will inevitably fall in love with that may turn out to be way out of your price range. By getting pre-approved you know you are looking at homes you can actually purchase! I know it sounds like a no brainer but save the time and heartache by only looking for home realities instead of dream homes. Plus, once you are pre-approved you can move far faster on a home that may have tons of interest. That fact may just give you the upper hand against other potential buyers if a bidding war ensues. There are several factors you need to know about pre-approval - the five Cs of credit. Take a look at them HERE.

 

4)      Get a full mortgage picture with the different rates, variable and fixed, length of mortgage: This step is so important to see what type of mortgage you want to get into and for what time period too. By getting the full picture it made my mortgage decisions so much easier.

 

5)      GIC’s: For us, we knew that we wanted to do some home renovations once we moved in. So selecting a savings plan that was getting us good interest and was accessible without penalties was key.

 

On a happy money side note, Servus is giving away $3,000 each month (until the end of August) to a lucky member who invests in the Make Money GIC. Please Note, you can only get/have access to the Make Money GIC if you have a mortgage with Servus. For more information on this contest and to enter, click HERE.

 

Disclaimer: This blog post is sponsored by Servus. The opinions and thoughts are my own.

 

Lifestyle || Our Smoke Bomb Gender Announcement || It’s a girl!

Pink smoke bomb confetti gender baby girl reveal photo photography it's a girl announcement pregnancy pregnant family ideas blue smoke boy  We are so excited to officially announce that we are welcoming a baby girl mid November! Let me tell you, it’s been hard keeping the gender a secret since we went to our ultrasound. We told Alastair he’s going to have a little sister, I guess it must be a very abstract thought for a two year old but he replied, “I don’t need a baby, I’ve got toys in grandpa’s basement.” Let’s just say that transition is still a work in progress. Pink smoke bomb confetti gender baby girl reveal photo photography it's a girl announcement pregnancy pregnant family ideas blue smoke boy  I wanted to thank Ashley Champagne for these amazing pink smoke gender reveal photos. Originally I was going to do something a little more typical like holding pink peonies or a giant set of pink balloons. But Ashley, they amazing talent that she is talked me into to this amazing pink pastel smoke bomb idea and I’m so glad she did. They are easily my favourite family photos we’ve taken to date. Pink smoke bomb confetti gender baby girl reveal photo photography it's a girl announcement pregnancy pregnant family ideas blue smoke boy  If you love the idea of the smoke bomb photo shoot, here are a few tips we learned along they way.

  1. Buy quite a few smoke bombs, they burn VERY quickly. If you want a good variety of positions and chances for everyone to have their eyes open in the photo, you’ll need lots of burn time. We used 4 smoke bombs and 4 confetti powder launchers. The confetti launchers are literally seconds! You get about 3 seconds to get the photo. The smoke bombs give you more around 20 seconds to move.
  2. Vary your backgrounds! It’s nice to get two different looks and feels to the photos by changing that one element.
  3. Get ready in a pose! Because you have seconds to get a photo, you need to be completely ready.
  4. The wind matters!
  5. Don’t hold the smoke bombs. I’ve seen plenty of photos of people holding them but the ones we purchased burned hot, really hot! I have heard some burning cool but I haven’t seen or used them. Check the directions and read carefully. Pink smoke bomb confetti gender baby girl reveal photo photography it's a girl announcement pregnancy pregnant family ideas blue smoke boy Pink smoke bomb confetti gender baby girl reveal photo photography it's a girl announcement pregnancy pregnant family ideas blue smoke boy Pink smoke bomb confetti gender baby girl reveal photo photography it's a girl announcement pregnancy pregnant family ideas blue smoke boy Pink smoke bomb confetti gender baby girl reveal photo photography it's a girl announcement pregnancy pregnant family ideas blue smoke boy Pink smoke bomb confetti gender baby girl reveal photo photography it's a girl announcement pregnancy pregnant family ideas blue smoke boy Pink smoke bomb confetti gender baby girl reveal photo photography it's a girl announcement pregnancy pregnant family ideas blue smoke boy Pink smoke bomb confetti gender baby girl reveal photo photography it's a girl announcement pregnancy pregnant family ideas blue smoke boy Pink smoke bomb confetti gender baby girl reveal photo photography it's a girl announcement pregnancy pregnant family ideas blue smoke boy

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Lifestyle || The Calgary Stampede || Things to see and do at the BMO Kids Day

My family and I have never been to the Calgary Stampede, so you can bet I’m so excited to be attending the Calgary Stampede in partnership with BMO this season. I had no idea the partnership with the Calgary Stampede is BMO’s longest-standing sponsorship, and the oldest in the country. BMO and the Stampede date back to 1899, and have continued as the official bank when the first rodeo took place in 1912.

BMO-Kids-Day (2015)-5 Now you are probably wondering what I’ll be doing with my little family at the stampede? Here are my two easy tips for having a little fun and saving a little money along the way: 

Tip #1: Take advantage of easy discounts on site.  

  • BMO customers receive a 15% discount at each on park store location when you pay with your BMO debit or BMO MasterCard

Tip #2: Enjoy the free daily activities. 

  • BMO Kids’ Zone (Open daily 11:00AM – 8:00PM): in BMO Plaza on the south side of BMO Centre, BMO Kids’ Zone is a complimentary area on park for families to enjoy a number of child friendly activities.
  • Free Activities include: Face painting, life-sized human foosball game, a basketball zone, character meet and greets, giveaways, live music, and “Acro-dunk” acrobatic slam dunk performances.
  • Wednesday is BMO Kids’ Day! Enjoy free admission for families before 9:00AM, complimentary pancake breakfast 8:00AM – 9:30AM and a complimentary Grandstand show 8:00AM -10:00AM.

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Join me July 13th for some Stampede BMO Kids Day fun at one of the best festivals in Canada! I’ll be live tweeting, snapping and of course instagramming all the family fun. Come say Howdy! 

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Style || Festival Looks with Holt Renfrew, High Grade Garments and Swish || Manulife Place

It’s festival season in the capital city and I’ve teamed up with Manulife place to style 2 looks head to toe for 2 of my favourite Edmonton events. Manulife Place serves the city with a high-level shopping experience at every turn, from valet parking to personal shopping assistants at some of their stores. You’ll find a number of local boutiques, Edmonton’s only Holt Renfrew, and convenient pedways to and from the area’s office towers.

My Taste of Edmonton Look

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My Interstellar Rodeo Look

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It’s giveaway time! For your chance to win 2 weekend passes to the Interstellar Rodeo and a $150 Manulife Place gift card, simply complete at least one of the following steps on the Rafflecopter. Complete more steps in increase your chances of winning! The giveaway will run from July 7, 2016 12:00pm to July 11, 2016 11:59pm MST. Manulife Place will choose the winner on July 12, 2016 . The winner will be able to pick-up their 2 weekend passes to the Interstellar Rodeo and their Manulife Place gift card (value, $150) anytime after July 13, 2016 at Manulife Place’s Guest Services. Good Luck!

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Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Manulife Place, although my opinions are my own, I received compensation for this blog post. 

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