My Baby Boy Turns 2

This day was so much harder than I thought it would be. Not only because you are my baby, but because you have changed so much in the past few months and it forces me to think about it. You have gone from needing me, holding me, and being close to me 24/7 to this little independent little boy I barely recognize. Don’t get me wrong, I love the child you are becoming I just didn’t think it would happen so fast.

Just a few short months ago, you were still waking multiple times through out the night and crawling into our bed. You still needed my warmth and heartbeat to fall asleep, even if it tooks hours. I dreaded too many of those night wakings and back aches from holding you for so long. If I had known that in just a few, short months later, you would be in your own bed, in your own room, no longer needing me to fall asleep and completly sleeping through the night, I would have held your sleeping body against mine for just a little while longer. I would have breathed in your sweet smell a little more, rubbed my cheek against your soft hair, and greeted your face in the dark with a smile. I still reach my hand down beside my bed, looking for yours, still listen for your heavy breathing and await your face next to mine in the morning.

I am happy knowing we gave you the confidence to transition so easily by waiting until you were ready to move into your sisters room, but part of me wishes you still needed me in there with you. My heart aches for the little baby you once were. Those days were so hard and I wished they would end far too many times than I would like to admit but I also thought they wouldn’t end so quickly. I am happy you are still a little love bug, you love to cuddle on the couch and cover us in kisses but nothing will ever compare to the bedsharing bond we shared.

Besides being Mr. Independant at bedtime, you have become so creative. You could build with blocks or magnet tiles all day long. You amaze us with your knowledge of letters, numbers and recently, you have started identifying dinosaurs. Your little brain is constantly working, whether its askng questions, singing or fixing all your cars, and I can’t wait for each day to see what you will come out with.

I love the way you say “of course!” when Nora asks to play with the toy you are playing with, how you look towards her for advice on what to do and how you exclaim “Nora is my best friend!”daily. I hope you guys stay so close, nothing makes me happier than seeing you guys together.

I will forever thank you Benjamin for changing me, and even though I’m still feeling a little lost right now, crying at how fast you are growing and changing, please remember how proud of you we are. You are such an amazing little boy who loves to make us giggle with all your silly monkey faces, forever doing things that make our heart race, but showering us in love and we couldn’t have asked for better. You and your sister complete us, and I couldn’t imagine my life any better than it is right now.

Xo

Project Pan 2020 – October Update

Well this took me longer than expected! I moved a little over a week ago and I’m mostly settled in so I finally took pictures for my empties and which products I’m going to work through next. Montreal is back in lockdown so I’m basically going to wear some makeup at home and work on some skincare stuff.

First, the empties. I didn’t finish everything I wanted to, no surprise there. But I did manage to clear out a few things so it’s all good. That’s still 14 things emptied and cleared out. It’s funny because 14 seems like a lot but I really thought I hadn’t done well. It may not have been the stuff I wanted but it’s still stuff gone so I just need to remember that!

I was trying to figure out some things that I thought I could still use even though I basically only go to the grocery store now. It is mostly skincare but I threw in a couple of makeup products in hopes that I will use them. One in particular is the little tiny Benefit brow pencil which I know I will finish. It’s a sample and I think it will probably last like two uses.

There is barely any concealer left and I use that one for under my eyes specifically so I can still use that when I’m wearing a mask. If I don’t finish it this month it will be done the one after for sure! I think I have 2-3 uses left for the hand cream too! Hopefully I’m not jinxing myself but I feel like I can totally get more than 14 empties this time. Here’s hoping I do!

Are you still working on your project pans this year? How are they going?

xo

Brittany

Pumpkin Spice Cookie Recipe

Hello pumpkin spice season! Ok, I’m a bit late to this game but I still love it nonetheless. Last week I bought canned pumpkin purée to try making a DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte, it didn’t work out so I had lots of pumpkin left over. I had so many recipes I wanted to try but decided to give this one a shot first.

Honestly I was surprised at how easy this recipe was and how it didn’t have too many ingredients. To make these Pumpkin Spice Cookies you will need:

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup Butter
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Cup Canned Pumpkin
  • 2 Eggs
  • 4 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 2 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. Nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. Ginger

Icing Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Butter
  • 4 oz Cream Cheese
  • 1/2 tsp. Vanilla

Directions:

1. Cream the butter and sugar with a mixer until light and fluffy.

2. Add eggs and pumpkin and mix well.

3. Sift flour, baking powder, salt and spices together and fold into cookie batter.

4. Mix well until blended.

5. Drop a spoonful of the cookie batter onto a cookie sheet and flatten slightly with the the spoon.

6. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes.

7. While the cookies are baking, beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla in a mixer until well blended.

8. Add powdered sugar a cup at a time and continue to mix until sugar is incorporated.

9. Allow cookies to cool before adding icing.

10. Enjoy!

xo,

Julie

Nora + Benjamin Update 🖤

So it’s been a while. Like most of the world, I’ve been living in a bubble, in my own world. Just sitting around, waiting. A lot has and continues to go on, and as much as I’d like to touch up on all of it, this is not the place. Everyone knows and everyone has their own opinions, so let’s talk about my little family for a second. I have come to realize it has been a while since I updated on either one of my children. I have missed writing and sharing all about them. They have changed so much within the last few months!

I feel like within the last few months they have become whole new little people. Nora will be 3 in just over two months and I can’t believe it. My little baby has turned into a sassy, smart, hilarious child. I don’t feel as though she is a toddler anymore. She speaks in coherent, full sentences, and carries a conversation like you and I. She says things like ” the wind is picking up,” approriately. She has memorized her first book- I Love You Through and Through, and is working on her next one. Her current favorite shape is a Hexagon, she loves rainbows, Paw Patrol and a new movie every week. She still has very big feelings but can identify them and most of the time knows how or what she needs to do to feel better. Two weeks ago she decided she wanted to be potty trained and it been going amazing so far! It is just another reminder of how big she is getting. She is still Daddy’s little girl, and has been more than happy to have him working from home the last few months. Nora loves to sing and dance, and play with little characters and animals. She has such an imagination. The floor has been called a river for as long as I can remember. She is my best friend and I love the little girl she is becoming.

Benjamin is now 21 months old, he will be 2 in three months. Everyone is amazed at how much he has changed. Now that he is feeling better, he has become this funny little social butterfly. He is the first to run up to all the children (and parents) at the park, he speaks in full sentences, can count to 12, knows his abcs, as well as identify some letters and numbers. He loves to sing, is obsessed with trains and tractors, or anything that has wheels. He loves Cocomelon, Paw Patrol and Number Blocks, and has almost memorized the same book as his sister. He is constantly asking questions and wondering how things work. I love seeing his little mind go. Benjamin has started to have big feelings too, but he is very good at voicing them. He rarely hits but he loves to yell and tell us off. He is still a mommys boy, but has started sleeping in his own bed for the whole night. He is still in our bedroom but we plan on putting him with his sister soon. He tells Nora and I he loves us multiple times a day and he loves to hug and cuddle. I hope that part of him never changes.

Overall, Nora and Benjamin get along great. They often play together and love to make each other laugh. Our lives can get a little crazy sometimes but they make it so much fun. They amaze me every day with how kind and smart they are. I love this age, and I wish they could stay toddlers forever. As they get older I see how they need me less and less and now that I am no longer in that newbown fog, I am starting to miss certain things. I feel lost without the constant need to provide to one of them, and I know that I need to start figuring out who I am besides a stay at home mom. It is the greatest job in the world, but unfortunately most days it doesn’t take up all my time like it used to. They are becoming little independent beings and I’m not ready. But are we ever?

xo,

Julie

Mandy’s Gourmet Salad Restaurant Review

Could it be?! A restaurant review? Oh how I have missed going out to eat! I still don’t go often and when I do I try to either do takeout or sit outside to eat. In this case we got our food to go and sat outside to eat it.

Mandy’s Salad is a Montreal based restaurant and they now have 8 locations around Montreal. Including the Laval location that I went to! I wanted to try this for so long but I thought they only had like two locations in the city and didn’t want to trek all the way out there so I was excited to see they expanded!

A little back story to Mandy’s! It was started by two sisters. One, Mandy handled the food aspect of it and her sister Rebecca designed the interior. They started out in the back of a store and they’ve grown so much! They’ve even released a cookbook which I absolutely can’t wait to buy! The inside of they restaurants are amazing. I love the ascetic of it. I’ve only seen the Laval one in person but there are pictures of the others online. They even have some merchandise in house that you can get! Their bowls are sooo cute.

So far I’ve tried three of their salads and I’m pretty sure I’m going to try all of them. They use fresh, in season ingredients. I tried the Asian Salad, Superfood Salad, and Mexi Salad. So far I think the Superfood one is my favourite. You can see the breakdown of all their salads on their site. You can also create your own gourmet salad! You can also get smoothies, bowls, and coffees.

Mexi Salad

There is no doubt in my mind that I’ll be going back! I’m definitely looking forward to it. Oh and if you live in the area and don’t want to leave the house.. they are on Uber eats!

xo

Brittany

Project Pan 2020 – New Project

I’m finally starting a new project! It’s been a long time but I’m moving in a month so I figured now would be a good time to try to finish off some samples, small products, and face masks!

My goal is to finish all the products above. It should be easy to do. I have morning and night face cream samples, a mask, two nose strips, eye cream, hand cream, lip balm, and a coffee scrub! The last three products are almost done so I should have an issue finishing them off. I’m moving in about a month, five or take a few days and just don’t want to bring these with me.

I do have some empties that I’ve been putting in my bin this year. I finally took a picture of them all and cleared them out! There’s barely any makeup but I did manage to finish a foundation sample. The ziplocks were bathbombs from Lush! I had them in there for my move to my parents place. It actually looks like a decent amount of empties but then I realize they’re all from this year and not the last month or so!

I’ll be posting my update in October but here’s hoping I finish everything.. and maybe some extras too! On the bright side, I’ve definitely been on a no buy and haven’t gotten any new beauty products in quite a while.

How have your projects been going?

xo

Brittany

Butter Bronzer Review

I feel like it’s been a hot minute since I’ve reviewed any beauty products! Obviously I haven’t been wearing much makeup since I barely leave the house anymore but I used this recently and realized I want to start using it more often!

I got this Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer on my one, and only, trip to Ulta in Florida! That feels like it was forever ago. I think the shade is a bit too dark for me but it works for the summer! This does come in a few different shades though and is available at places like Ulta and Walmart.

I love this packaging. When you open it, there’s the product obviously. But there is also a mirror and application sponge in it too. Plus the colours are nice!

It smells kind of like coconut! It applies so smoothly and is ridiculously buttery. The shade is a little dark for me but it blends out so easily. You can wear it with a full face of makeup obviously, but I have just been using it with mascara and brows. I use it to do a quick light contour (is there such thing as quick contour?). I find it looks good for an easy summer look! It looks smooth and natural.

Unfortunately Physicians Formula is not cruelty free which I didn’t realize. I’m pretty sure it will last me a while but I don’t think I’ll end up buying it again. At least not unless they switch.

Have you guys tried any of their products?

xo

Brittany

Girls in White Dresses Book Review

I love when you pick up a book and realize that this was definitely the book I needed to be reading right now. Does that make sense? Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close was the easy read I needed. I totally related to this book. Or at least the women in it! It’s nice to know I’m not the only one feeling lost while it seems like everyone else is getting their lives together.

This book follows a few women, who are all connected. They’re either friends from school or work but their main group of girls are all meeting men, getting married, and popping out babies. The more of them that get married off, the harder it is on the ones that are still single and trying to figure out what to do with their life.

It mainly takes place in New York City and not only are they trying to find love but they’re also trying to figure out their careers too. They go through lay offs, trying to decide if a huge career change would be worth it, and so much more.

I know I read this book years ago and when I picked it up recently I couldn’t for the life of me remember it and I’m so thankful for that. I definitely reread it at the perfect time for me. I’ve definitely been feeling lost and not sure what my next moves should be and I’m so grateful to know that I’m definitely not alone in that.

I recommend checking it out and I hope you like it!

xo

Brittany

Someone We Know Book Review

I have a huge stack of books to read and an even longer list of books I want to get! I figure that now is the best time to get some serious reading done.

I just finished reading Someone We Know by Shari Lapena. She also wrote The Couple Next Door which I read and reviewed a couple of years ago.

I wasn’t too sure what to expect this this one had it all! We’ve got family drama, murder, affairs, and small town gossip. What I especially like is that it’s not just the parents that have drama, but the teenagers are included in there too. Basically a teenager has been breaking into people’s houses but he hasn’t been stealing things.. just snooping through their computer and learning some interesting secrets! This definitely starts making the residents paranoid and it all goes downhill from there.

The point of view changes around throughout the book so you get more information and an insight into the different characters. You also find out more gossip that way too. I was pretty surprised by the ending! This is one of the few books where I didn’t work it out before hand. I thought it was one thing and though I was somewhat close, I was still totally off! I got a couple of the details right but I never would have figured it out which I love! I hate when the ending is going to be super obvious.

Have you guys read this one yet? If so, did you know what was going to happen at the end?

xo

Brittany

Crockpot Chicken Tacos

I feel like it has been so long since I’ve posted anything! More than ever I feel like people are looking for more recipes since they can’t go out to eat so I’ve got a yummy crockpot one which is just ridiculously easy. I saw a few recipes that were similar and this is the version I made. I changed a couple of things to accommodate what I had.

Of course I chose this recipe because it’s Taco Tuesday and I’m having this for supper tonight! Plus it’s Cinco de Mayo so I figured it would be perfect timing!

Prep time: 10 minutes. Cook time is 4 hours on high or about 8 hours on low.

You can also swap out taco seasoning for burrito seasoning if that’s what you have on hand. I’ve made this a few times now and have found three different ways to eat it. As tacos, obviously.

You can have it over rice. Or you can turn it into a taco salad!


It is super easy to make and tastes sooo good! Check it out and let me know what you think!

xo

Brittany