posted by Julie Claveau | Monday, 23 February 2015
Not too long ago, I decided to start sharing my pregnancy and motherhood experiences:
Today, I wanted to share 5 things which were a must for me during both of my pregnancies. I'm well aware that each pregnancy is different, and I'm not a doctor, but these are things that helped me during both of mine, so I thought I would pass the information along. It never hurts to share, right? :)
For me, this was an absolute must. In the beginning, I felt so sick and bloated that I was worried eating would make me feel worse. It didn't completely make the nausea disappear, but it did help a lot. I could only eat bland tasting foods like crackers and nuts, yogurt, stuff like that, and it had to be in small continuous portions.
2. COMFORTABLE CLOTHES
With all the body changes, comfort was super important for me. At least, as much comfort as possible. I wore lose stretchy clothes (like leggins, long tank tops and cardigans), flat shoes and sport bras. What I love most about all of these items is that you can use them before, during and after pregnancy. Saving money is important right?
3. PRENATAL VITAMINS
This is a basic item during pregnancy. My OBGYN recommended I take some to help me deliver all the necessary nutrients to my growing baby. I never say no to helping my baby grow safe and strong!
4. EXTRA PILLOWS
I heard a lot of hype about body pillow but they didn't work for me. I always ended up very uncomfortable. What I did find comfortable though, was having lots of pillows around me. One between my legs, one under my head, hugging one, and one in my back. Everyone is different so play around to see what works best for you. Essentially, this helps keep your spine straight and for me, it also helped with lower back pain.
5. TUMMY BUTTER
I'm sure everyone knows about stretch marks. The bonus question is how to avoid them. Is it even possible? I was lucky and didn't get any during either of my pregnancies. I used Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula and loved it. It smells delicious and feels rich on your skin. I also used organic coconut oil. Even if it doesn't help with stretch marks, you can always ask your loved one to give you and baby a nice massage!
What kind of things helped you during your pregnancy?
posted by Julie Claveau | Friday, 20 February 2015
Hand lettering is a beautiful art and a refreshing way to express yourself. Tweet this.
I've been having a lot of fun experimenting with hand lettering lately. I've seen so many gorgeous prints on Etsy, Pinterest and Instagram that it inspired me to try. I've always loved calligraphy, but I never thought of turning it into art until recently.
Just to give you an idea of how different hand lettering can be from one person to another, here are a few examples I found on the Creative Market (Heart & Soul, Rushistly, Wonder, Snowberry, Hello Sunshine).
I posted a picture on Instagram a few days ago and my friend Heather from The Arbitrary Fox asked me how I made it so I thought it would be fun to make a little video of my process.
One of the things I love the most about hand lettering is that you can do it anywhere. All you need is a piece of paper and a pencil. Of course, you can use any tool you like; watercolors, felts, markers, crayons... anything goes to make pretty hand lettering art. For the basic instructions to my basic hand lettering technique have a look at my video. I hope you like it!
I really enjoy making videos but man do they take a long time! And why do they always turn out yellow-ish when I've got 3 studio lights pointing at me and the walls are white? Anyone have tips for filming quality videos?
Have you ever tried hand lettering before? Do you like it? What is your hand lettering style? Do you like box letters? Cursive? Let me know by commenting bellow or send me a picture of your project! I'd love to see it. :D
posted by Julie Claveau | Monday, 16 February 2015
There's nothing quite like warm soup after a fun day playing in the snow. Need I say more?
Not too long ago, my in-laws cam e to visit us from Mexico. My mother-in-law made this delicious meal called Mole Verde. Essentially, it's a sauce made with greens and seeds. You serve it on top of meat, usually bird. I also like it on rice!
Anyway, we had a whole bunch of spinach and broccoli trunks left over so I thought it would be a good time to use up some of my homemade chicken broth to make a new and delicious soup for the upcoming winter months.
I just got around to taking pictures of it to share with you, hope you like it!
Spinach (a handful)
1 small potato
Water (as needed)
1 small onion
2 tbsp butter
Salt + pepper
You want about a handful of spinach per 2 cups of liquid. Enough so that the broth covers all your greens so they can cook evenly. If you don't have broth, you can just use water, it'll just taste a bit different but still good, just add a bit more spices! As for the cream, just add as much as you like for the desired consistency, you could also use milk. If a lot of liquid evaporates, don't forget to add a bit of water!
1. Chop the vegetables.
2. Boil everything.
3. Blend and add cream (or milk!). At this point you can also season with spices and butter.
I like to sprinkles a bit of grated cheese on top for added flavor, the I serve it with crackers. Enjoy!
What kind of soups do you like to make at home?
posted by Julie Claveau | Friday, 13 February 2015
Today, I'm super excited to introduce a new monthly series; gratitude! I've been meaning to do this for a while now, and I actually set this as a goal for this year to make sure I actually do it!
The idea is to make time in my life to sit down and reflect on things I'm grateful for every month. I find that I tend to be a bit negative when I get overwhelmed and since I unwillingly set a lot of expectations for myself, I'm also often disappointment.
I'm hoping by sitting back and reflecting on my life every month that I will be more positive and be able to enjoy the little things more.
I would love it if you joined me in this adventure by sharing the things you are grateful for every month. This way we can encourage each other and maybe even discover things in our own lives that we didn't even notice!
So here we go, the 10 things I'm grateful for in January are:
1. MY FAMILY IS HAPPY & HEALTHY
This is something so fundamental that it's very easy to overlook sometimes. I'm so grateful that everyone in my little family is healthy, active and happy.
2. THE SUPPORT OF MY LOVING HUSBAND
I've been blessed with a very involved husband. I appreciate his help so much. He cooks, cleans, pick up toys, does the laundry, works, repairs stuff around the house, gives me massages, plays with the kids and gives them plenty of hugs and kisses... the list goes on and on. He doesn't do it all on his own, but he does so much that I often forget just how lucky I am. I love you so much!
3. REAL HUGS(the kind only children can give)
You can't know what a real hug is until your child raises his little arms and wraps them around you. The feeling is just so pure and yummy it's almost indescribable.
4. HAVING A JOB
I complain about how hard it is for me to work when all my heart wants is to be with my babies all day, every day. Sometimes I feel so guilty about leaving them at daycare that I forget just how lucky I am to even have a job.
I've been doing my best lately to focus on the positive side of snow. I get to cuddle with my kids more, enjoy my favorite warm drinks and do some pretty heavy exercise pulling my kids on sleds during walks (that's a good thing right?).
6. HAVING FRIENDS
Having moved around a lot in my life, most of my friends have always been very far away. For the first time in my life, I actually have friends that are close. To top it off, they're all true and caring people. I am so blessed to have them in my life. It makes me feel
7. BEING NEEDED
Until recently, I never stopped to appreciate how lucky I am to actually be "needed". As in, people need me. My kids, my husband, my friends, my siblings... can you imagine what it would be like if no one needed you?
8. HAVING A HOME
This one pretty much goes without saying when it's -15C outside. I'm also very thankful to have somewhere to go back to, somewhere I belong. I can't even imagine what it must feel like to be wandering the streets, lost.
I just had to add that in there. I just love coffee. I know, probably not the best thing in the world, but I'm still thankful it exists!
10. MATERNITY LEAVE
I'm really spoiled on this one, I know. Even though I dread going back to work, not because I don't want to work, just because I would rather be raising my children... I'm still very lucky to have an entire year to devote to them when they're born. This is my second maternity leave and I kept my oldest with me at home most of the time. All of you stay-at-home moms out there, you guys are so unbelievably blessed. I know it's not always easy, but I envy you! There are some women that don't even get a chance to stay at home with their babies at all, for that reason, I'm very fortunate!
Man, it was hard to just come up with 10 pretty obvious ones, can you imagine doing this every month! It's going to be quite the challenge. I'm really glad I'm doing this though, it's giving me time to reflect on my life, and how lucky I am.
What are you grateful for this month?