2016!: YEAR IN REVIEW...

by mamainbloom


happy 2017! hope your new year's eve was our magic! we spent ours cozied in with both babes... with all thesnacks, faux 'champagne', fancy dress + sparklers. we even did THREE countdowns [at 7pm, thank you netflix!] because who doesn't love a good countdown!?

we put together a cute little interview style video of henri + magnolia earlier in the day recounting some of the highs + lows of this past year! i can't tell you how happy i am to have this little video of time frozen because their ages right now are just hilarious + incredible [+ maybe a tad unpredictable... as you'll see in the video, haha]... it's just the best. i can't wait to do it again next year but for now, enjoy :)


MY 5 MAKEUP ESSENTIALS THIS SEASON!...

by mamainbloom


winter is in full swing over here [so. much. snow.] + though i do change around my skin care routine quite drastically to prepare for the colder weather [maybe i'll do a post about this too...] i usually make a few swaps to my daily makeup routine as well! i know lots of you will be used to the standard 'holiday' makeup bits [bold red lips, cat eyes + loads of glitter] but i tend to abandon the trends a bit + make more subtle changes that make me look [+ feel] much more comfortable!

because i'm obviously quite a bit paler during the winter, i shift my makeup towards warmer, bronzier tones to warm up my complexion + create less harshness. i love using the laura mercier oil-free tinted moisturizer in nude [natural finish] over my daily moisturizer + primer as a base. dare i say... this may be my favourite tinted moisturizer of all time! i like using it on its own, mixed in with a bit of foundation on days when i need a bit more overall coverage + even mixed together with a bronzing or illuminating liquid formula on days when my skin is falling a little flat. it's not drying, not oily + gives such a natural glow to the skin. obsessed. 

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next i use the hourglass ambient lighting edit in surreal light to set my base + concealer with surreal light, to bronze up + contour my face a bit with surreal bronze light, to bring a natural flush back the apple of my cheeks with surreal glow [+ surreal effect] + to subtly highlight with surreal strobe light!  i use this palette in so many different ways but what i love most is how much you can achieve with such a compact [+ beautiful! the packaging has a marbled effect] product! i love mixing the two blush shades together depending on my tan level + i especially love how i can use any or all of the colours on my eyes to create an awesome nude + natural look. this is a must have for travellers! 

for my eyes, i've recently discovered maybelline's eye studio color tattoo eyeshadow in the shade bad to the bronze! apparently this product has a cult like following + i can see why! it's affordable, easy to use + compact. i put on over an eye shadow primer using a fluffier blending eye shadow brush + i can't get enough of it. even though i typically use it all on its own on my lids, the reflective pigment creates such dimension in different lights- it's almost like you have two different lid + crease colours in one once you get it on! i also love to smoke it out up top my crease + then pack in a gold toned powder shadow just on the lid area on a night out!

brows. brows. brows. obsessed with them, don't feel complete without them done + the bolder, the better! benefit's goof proof brow pencil easy shape & fill [i'm the shade medium 04] has to be one of the easiest way i've found to create bold brows. it's creamy but not too creamy, angled perfectly + lasts all day long. it has a great brush on the other end too which is perfect for smoothing out parts of your brow where you may have gone a bit heavy handed. it's such a forgiving product + once set with a brow gel- makes your face caterpillars look like a million bucks!

last but hardly least comes lips! everyone knows nude lips are where it's at right now but if you're like me, you might find that the shades are a bit too close to the colour of your actual skin + washes you out. i love the idea of a bolder lip this time of year as well, but for day to day i want something in between. mac's lipstick in runway hit [matte] might look a bit intimidating out of the tube but trust me, give it try + fall in love with it! i like to press it into my lips as best i can after i apply it + find it gives such a lift to my face without being as much of a contrast as a red lip would be. my perfect punchy, peachy nude! it's my unlikely lip game staple for this time of year!

would love to hear about how you're changing up your makeup in these cooler [let's be real, freezing!] months, i'm always on a hunt for my next favourite product! 


GETTING HOLIDAY READY WITH ELOQUII [#XOQ]!...

by mamainbloom


this season i've teamed up with one of my favourite fashion brands ELOQUII to share how we celebrate the holidays around here! from our most beloved family traditions (including the oh so cheesy but necessary matching festive pyjamas!), to a glimpse into my getting ready for one of the many incredible holiday parties we have lined up! with a little help from my sweet baby girl, magnolia (who couldn't wait to get into mamas pretty shoes) + an outfit that i felt confident + comfortable in... i am so ready for party season! so tell me, how do YOU holiday!? #XOQ

you can head to the ELOQUII BLOG for a fun little feature i did over there, including loads of photos + a cheeky little Q+A i had a blast with! you'll also find all my outfit details over there too... my shoes! everyone needs my shoes!

not only am i smitten with nearly everything ELOQII is putting out there (i have a dress adorned in tasteful cactus' from there, my life is basically complete) but i love the inclusivity of this incredible brand who celebrates the beauty of women in all different shapes + sizes!

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a huge thank you to ELOQUII for partnering with me on this post! we have some more fun + glamour coming your way, so stay tuned :)


GINGERBREAD HOUSE DECORATING!...

by mamainbloom


oh, holiday traditions are in full swing over here + we are having a good ol' time!

the kids had the best time decorating our gingerbread house a few weeks ago (guys, i bought one that was preassembled cause 2 + 4 year olds don't do the whole patience thing all that well just yet- but really, who does?!) also, by decorating i mean half sticking candy to the house... half just stuffing as many treats as possible into their little faces, haha.

the sugar rush became evident with they broke out into a major dance party mid decorating, dustin + i were in stitches watching them! they're a really hilarious type of crazy- we can't get enough.

magnolia is a force of her own! we giggle in awe of her personality about a hundred times a day + her hand on hip, icing bag straight in her mouth moment is probably one of my proudest moments, hahaha. she's just the coolest human + it's so fun to watch her do her own thing.

apparently a celebratory little 'cheers' were in order... i just imagine their little brains synching up + going 'CAN YOU BELIEVE THESE ROOKIES GAVE US FULL TUBES OF SUGAR!? SCORE!' 

last, but not least, a sweet little moment between them. these happen sometimes + i choke up more often than not... love is the coolest but sibling, holiday love is the absolute best!


TODAY'S PARENT COVERS & A VLOG!...

by mamainbloom


we had such a great time with our TPxMamaInBloom takeover over on the today's parent ig this week but the real fun comes in sharing our beautiful boys on the print cover... all the heart eyes for our boys!!!

i know my mom will surely by 348,673 copies but we are truly such fans of this publication + we know you'll love it too (snag one for the DIY ornaments, we've been working through them with the kids + having a ball)! 

here's magnolia + i on the cover of the version available online on tablet! this girl of mine is the sweetest, i'm so thankful for this shot of us together :)

we put together a fun little vlog style video of our day that i've linked below for you guys to enjoy! a quick thanks to the wonderful team that made our day extra exciting + positive :)

until next time, today's parent! also, a warm thanks to you guys for following along in our little adventures+ also just being the MOST supportive wonderful little online family of all time. thank you thank you thank you!


TWO IN THE TUB...

by mamainbloom


these two... man! i mean yes, they're siblings + spend most of their time together but it's so cool to watch a friendship blossom beyond the ties of just being brother + sister. little inside jokes they keep to themselves, endless strategizing (the great escape from baby gates are their speciality!), uncontrollable laughter after a simple glance at each other + all the incredible traits they pull out of one another. bath time is their favourite, something they still do together + look so forward to! dust + i chat sometimes + wonder about how things change between siblings bonds as they grow up. we always conclude that our main job is to cast any of our fears as parents aside + stay out of the way as much as possible. let them enjoy each other, build each other up, hang out, talk, trust + love each other in their own time + ways!

i couldn't help but capture a few REALLY FREAKIN' SWEET moments between them at bath time last week. they took turns washing each others hair, gently(ish) splashing water at each other to make the other laugh, while stealing kisses in between. all their moments together don't look like these, i assure you, but they are happening more + more often lately, something i'm so very thankful for!