Just a few weeks ago, Poppy, Q and I took a 2 night trip to the June Motel Sauble Beach. It was a much needed mini vacay and the memories we made were so worth the hustle and bustle of trying to pack for a family of 3, including a 6 month old. I was pretty proud of how I packed for Poppy and I didn’t forget a thing! So to help make your mama life easier, I’ve created a weekend away checklist for babies 6-12 months old!
With that being said, Poppy turning one is truly bitter sweet. I love her toddler like personality but I do miss the days of her being so tiny. I will say that I am loving planning and shopping for her first birthday. I love the idea of beautiful toys and gifts that will help her development as she enters toddlerhood. So scroll below for a few of my favourite finds for a one year old!
As a new mama, I’m always thinking about Poppy’s future, what that looks like and how I can keep her safe. Poppy’s safety is something I think about on a daily basis, but what about her future and what if something were to happen to Q and I? With that being said, I knew that life insurance was something I needed for my family, but my prior experiences getting life insurance have always been confusing and negative. Let me tell you why I’m cancelling my life insurance… The reason why I wanted to talk about life insurance on my blog is because I got sucked in to getting life insurance that I didn’t want when I bought my house. It was a part of the bank’s must- haves for me in order to qualify for my mortgage. Of course I wanted life insurance, but not being able to choose my coverage or have a simple yes or no choice was a deterrent. So it left me with a bad taste in my mouth and made me feel trapped. After the lengthy health questions over the phone, which were full of medical jargon that I didn’t understand, I was told I’d know if I qualified in a few weeks. About 3 or 4 weeks later I got a letter in the mail that said I am eligible for life insurance and my coverage was $xxx,xxx, based on my current health and age. It stated the monthly cost that would be automatically…
It may feel like forever away if you have a baby, but thinking about your baby’s finances early can make a huge difference in their financial future. Qais and I have already been making financial decisions for Poppy and talking about what her future is going to look like financially. Since, Qais is already in the financial industry he knew that getting her set up now, as young as possible, was the smartest thing to do to ensure Poppy is secure and safe when she gets older. When it comes to finances for myself, I’m honestly not that organized so thinking about saving for Poppy and making her plans for her financial future definitely had me feeling overwhelmed. So I’m going to share a few tips with you guys on how Qais and I have organized ourselves to be able try and meet her financial goals plus a few other tips we’ve been doing as well! 1. Organize all your finances in one place So prior to downloading the Hardbacon app I honestly had all of our finances everywhere. We had all of our joint accounts in one place and that’s actually two places because we have multiple bank accounts. We had our investments in another place. And our budget was on an Excel sheet (really who’s isn’t right?!). It was just becoming too hard to keep track of everything until I downloaded the Hardbacon app. For those of you who don’t already know, Hardbacon is a financial app…
Because Summer is in full swing, Qais and I like to hit the beach weekly and soak up this short lived season. Before having Poppy you could honestly find us at the beach multiple times of week. Although we don’t hit the beach as often anymore, we still like to get sand in our toes and enjoy the beach as much as we can.
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Okay, so Poppy will be 9 months on June 5th. And as the saying goes, time truly does fly once your baby is earthside. I honestly felt like 9 months pregnant felt like an eternity. Now I’m 9 months into motherhood and oddly enough felt like reflecting at Poppy’s 9 month mark. Reflecting on my past 9 months as a mother, Poppy’s past 9 months as a baby and reflecting on things I wish I knew or things I wish I was told. Which is why I wanted to write a blog post hoping that another new mama would stumble upon it to help prepare her for what motherhood is actually like besides what you see when scrolling on Instagram. Skirt: Revolve | Top: Aritzia | Sandals: Zara | Hat: Lack of Colour (via FigJam.TO) 9 Things I Wish I Knew About Motherhood 9 Months Ago: 1. Postpartum is a slow and hard journey Let’s start at the birth of your baby and the birth of a mama, literally. Postpartum is no joke. And even though you hear about how hard it is, I’m not sure if anything can prepare you for what to expect. For me, I thought I’d bounce back, HAHA! And not bounce back like get my body back. No, I already gave myself 6 months postpartum to “bounce back” (spoiler, I’m 9 months pp and still haven’t lost all the baby weight so the joke is truly on my pre-mama me). But I meant bounce…
If you’re anything like me, moving probably has always been something you’ve loathed pre-baby. Then add a baby into the mix and honestly it sounds like a complete nightmare and a situation you wish you could avoid all together. I just moved a bit over a month ago and I definitely learned a thing or two about moving with a baby. Poppy was just shy of 6 months at the time and moving us during as pandemic was less then ideal. Which is why I wanted to share 7 tips for moving with a baby which will help it feel just a little less stressful on the big day!
Some of Poppy’s favourite toys are her wooden Lovevery toys which comes in their monthly subscription boxes. Every once in awhile I share Poppy playing over on my stories and always get asked for links for her Lovevery toys. I also get asked for a coupon code, that I sadly don’y have. But, I do have some “dupes” if you’re looking for Montessori style toys but aren’t interested in subscribing to Lovevery.
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Winter is fully here where I live and I’m keeping Poppy cozy through this chilly season with a few stroller must haves! All items can be found on Amazon and make great gifts too. Scroll below for my Winter stroller must haves and you can choose to splurge or save!
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Winter is literally right around the corner. And as much as I dislike the cold, I love dressing my little Poppy! So I thought I’d share a few pieces I’ve already gotten for her plus items I have in the cart. I also included boy pieces because H&M truly has such an amazing selection for both baby boy and baby girl. Some items were sold out by the time I finished this post, but, the majority are still available! 🙂 Baby girl: 1. // 2. // 3. // 4. // 5. (sold out) // 6. // 7. // 8.(I forgot to add 8 lol) // 9. // 10. // 11. // 12. // 13. // 14. (sold out) // 15. // 16. // 17. // 18. // 19. // 20. // 21. // 22. // 23. // 24. // 25. // 26. Baby boy (Canadian Links): 1. // 2. // 3. // 4. // 5. // 6. // 7. // 8. // 9. // 10. // 11. // 12. // 13. // 14. // 15. // 16. // 17. // 18. // 19. // 20. // 21. xo Lauren