petite curvy mom style

13 Ways to Wear a Blanket Scarf
Fashion, Life

13 Easy Ways to Wear a Blanket Scarf

The humble blanket scarf. It’s a Fall & Winter fashion staple that I’m still loving! I played around with my oversized scarf the other day and came up with 13 easy ways to wear it. Check out these simple looks below, and watch the video for the full instructions for each blanket scarf tying style.Continue reading

Embracing Petite Curvy Mom Style
Health & Beauty, Life

5 Ways My Body Has Changed with Motherhood (And How I’m Owning It)

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At first glance, I hated it. I hated the photo that my 8 year old daughter had taken of me and my other two daughters sitting on the couch and cuddling. The very first thing I saw were my stomach rolls bulging out of my pants, and then my eyes were drawn to my double chin that was highlighted by my joyful smile. Then, Little C looked at me and said, “Mom! Isn’t this the most adorable picture of you and the girls? I’m going to use it as my background on my tablet so that I can see you every time I open it up. You are so pretty.” This isn’t the first time one of my children has reminded me how beautiful my “mom bod” is, and I’m sure it won’t be the last.

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I know a lot of you – my dear readers – are mamas too, so today I want to chat about our mom bodies. I want to write honesty about the changes my body has gone through since becoming a mother and how I’m owning each change. I’ve wanted to write about this here for some time now (I touched on it a few years ago), so I’m so thankful that TENA has inspired me to do it and is sponsoring this dialogue today.

Here are 5 ways my body has changed since motherhood and how I’m owning it:

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I’m embracing my fuller beach body and summer swimsuit look!

1: More Body Weight

With each pregnancy, I gained over 50 pounds. That’s a lot of weight for a petite woman! It was really hard for me to lose the weight after all 3 pregnancies – hardly any of it came off until I stopped breastfeeding each baby, and I’m still heavier than I was pre-babies. How I’m owning this? I’m slowly getting used to my curvier self, and learning to love my fuller figure. I do want to be a healthy mama for my girls, so my main goals are to eat healthy foods (like lots of veggies and whole grains) and exercise daily. When I’m busy, it’s hard for me to do both, but I’m trying not to be too hard on myself and reminding myself that each day is a fresh new start!

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2: Thinner Hair

My hair fell out in clumps postpartum. Did yours? It was frightening! My head of hair has never been the same since. It’s not as thick as it used to be, and it’s a lot different to style. How I’m owning this? I’ve discovered the wonderful world of dry shampoo, and I can usually go 3 days without washing my hair. A quick spritz of dry shampoo in the morning gives my hair some body and texture, and if I feel like styling it, a large curling wand can add even more bounce to my locks.

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3: Stretch Marks

It was so weird – I didn’t have one little stretch mark for my first two pregnancies and then – boom! – baby 3 brought with her a host of marks on my stomach, breasts and thighs. I was surprised after I found my way out of the 3rd newborn fog to find these little stretch marks all over my body. How I’m owning this? I honestly don’t give them a second thought. They’re like little trophies that prove I’ve carried 3 precious babies in my womb and helped them enter this world. How do you feel about your stretch marks?

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4: Different Skin

Is it just me, or does a person’s skin chemistry change after giving birth? I’ve always had problems with large pores and acne, but my condition only got worse postpartum, and it’s still difficult to manage now. Not only do I still have acne at 34 years old, but I’m starting to battle under eye circles and sagging skin like most tired mamas. How I’m owning this? When I see the bags forming beneath  my eyes, I’m reminded that I need to REST. It’s such a foreign word to us, right? We often put our children and husbands before ourselves and forget that we need to take care of our bodies in order to take care of our clan. Better sleeps and taking a little time to give myself a DIY facial helps me take care of my skin.

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5: A Leaky Bladder

Before kids, I could jump rope, sneeze, laugh and bounce on the trampoline without a care in the world. After 3 babies, my bladder can cause unexpected problems. Sometimes I’ll even pee a little when I sneeze or cough.1 out of 3 women experiences stress urinary incontinence at some point in their livesKegel exercises are easy to do any time of day and they help strengthen my pelvic floor. I’ve also been using TENA Intimates Light Ultra Thin Pads to help me feel fresh all day. I hardly notice them, and they really help me feel more confident as I go about my regular daily routine.

My goal this summer is to appreciate my mom bod and not let any of these changes prevent me from enjoying life to its fullest with my girls. I want to swim in the lake with my daughters – instead of thinking about the size of my thighs, I want to think about the size of my smile. I want to go camping with my family – instead of thinking about the state of my hair, I want to think about the state of my heart. I want to ride my bike around the neighborhood with my girl – instead of thinking about unexpected leaks, I want to discover an unexpected adventure.

Learn more about the unexpected leak and how to manage it by watching the video below:

Tell me: How are you feeling about your body post-pregnancy?

Thank you for letting me be transparent with you today, and thank you to TENA for helping me open up about my mom bod

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Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by TENA. All of the opinions here are my own.

How to sew a DIY off shoulder peasant dress - free video tutorial!
DIY Sewing, Fashion, Life

How to Sew an Off Shoulder Peasant Dress (Video)

What’s your favourite outfit to wear in the summer? I definitely LOVE wearing dresses as much as I can when the temps are warmer. They’re just so easy to throw on, and they’re so soft and cool. This dress is one of my newest favourites, and it’s really fun to make! If you’re a beginning seamstress, you could make this in a day. This DIY off shoulder peasant dress doesn’t require a pattern (just a few measurements), and it looks really cute, too!Continue reading

How to hem a maxi dress or skit - no sewing required video tutorial!
DIY Crafts, Fashion, Life

How to Hem a Maxi Skirt or Dress – No Sewing Required!

I LOVE wearing maxi dresses in the summer. They’re so comfy and breezy… they’re a summer wardrobe staple around here! My only problem is that I’m pretty short – 5’3 1/2″ – so every maxi dress or skirt I buy is way too long. Hemming skirts has become a necessity for me, and today I want to show you how to hem a dress or skirt with NO sewing required. It’s such a handy skill to have in your DIY arsenal – especially if you’re a shorty pants like me!Continue reading

Silver Icing Midnight Tracks Tunic, Christina Necklace and Bottoms Up Leggings
Life, Reviews & Giveaways

Comfy Wardrobe Basics for Winter + A Silver Icing Giveaway (Ends 12/10)

What’s your favourite “winter uniform”? For me, I love, love, LOVE me a comfy tunic top and warm leggings or skinny jeans that I can layer over or under other pieces. I think this combo is just as comfortable as yoga pants or sweatpants, but it looks so much more put together! Lately, my favourite tunic and legging combo are these pieces I found from Silver Icing:Continue reading

DIY Sewing, Life

How to Copy and Sew Your Favourite T-Shirt

Do you ever buy a t-shirt that you just LOVE and wish you would have bought more of? That happened to me early this Fall. I bought a striped tunic-length v-neck tee that I loved the look and feel of. It didn’t come in the other colour I wanted (heathered grey), so I decided to copy and sew my own version! Here’s how I copied and sewed my favourite t-shirt, and how you can too.Continue reading

French Inspired Wardrobe Basics: Petite Curvy Mom Style

French Inspired Wardrobe Basics – Petite Curvy Mom Style

I don’t know about you, but Fall always makes me feel like giving my wardrobe a once-over. I LOVE Fall clothes, and I can usually justify purchasing some new pieces each year because our Fall & Winter season lasts forever! You can wear sweaters, boots, and jeans for pretty much 10 months of the year around here. This year, I was inspired to give my wardrobe a bit of a “grown up” makeover. I’ll be traveling more and working more outside of our home, so I thought it was about time to top up the timeless, mature classics. I took my inspiration from the French (much like my Little C did for her back to school wardrobe this year)! Here are the basics I’m working on adding to my working mom wardrobe.Continue reading