I’m not going to lie, this pregnancy has been rough. We told family and close friends early on because I was so sick. I finally found some reprieve by attending the IV clinic for hydration and medications every couple of days. Craig took over most of the household duties and caring for the girls while I was sleeping up to 20 hours a day.
At around the 14 week mark, I was finally able to drink enough to no longer require hydration therapy. My nausea began to dissipate and I could keep food down. Now we are hoping that there won’t be any more bumps in the road and baby remains happy and healthy.
This year Floyd turns 7 which makes him 47 in dog years!! We celebrated with balloons, party hats and cupcakes. Our neighbours were SO CONFUSED. They know when all our birthdays are so we had to admit that all this was for Mr. Floyd. The girls were disappointed when they couldn’t give him a cupcake but each enjoyed one on his behalf.
This year was one for the books. For starters, we celebrated Jessie’s birthday during a pandemic. As I write this [on the 50th day of social isolation], a lot of things have changed. Jess’ birthday was a week after ‘social distancing’ came into practice and to say that I was sad for her is a complete understatement. Turning three is a pretty big deal in this house and I wanted it to be as special as she is.
So we did all the things:
Blew up balloons
Opened presents first thing in the morning
Had a mini puppy party
Made birthday pancakes with dream whip and candles
Played all day long
Swam in the bath
Ordered cheesy bowties from Eastside Marios for dinner
Sang Happy Birthday just the 4 of us and blew out candles on a homemade chocolate cake that the girls helped make & decorate
Although it wasn’t what I had envisioned, it filled my heart. My sister and her family even braved the terrible weather to come sing Happy Birthday from the sidewalk. They dressed up as princesses and held up a homemade banner. Needless to say, Jessie was thrilled and I think she had as weird and wacky of a day as she is in general. I can’t believe my baby is three.
As personal branding photography has become more & more popular, I have been waiting for an opportunity to add it to my portfolio. Many of the mamas I take family, maternity and newborn photos for are also small business owners and work from home. So I decided to get my toes wet.
People love to support local – of that I’m sure
However, a cute product or awesome service will only get you so far. It is essential that people see who they’re investing in. Branding photography matches a face to a name and sets you apart from your competition! It shows your customers that you are willing to invest in yourself… so why shouldn’t they!?
My sister in law Natasha recently started her own business through Rodan & Fields. She wanted a change and chose a versatile, ‘work from wifi’ opportunity. With 14 years of Human Resource expertise under her belt she thrives on helping those around her by creating personalized plans for success!
When asked ‘what sets you apart from all the other consultants in this company’ her answer was simple – not a lot. That is just how honest she is. She’s not going to sell you something that she knows won’t work, doesn’t love, or hasn’t seen success with. She’s not going to lead you down a path that she wouldn’t take herself. Instead, she will be your own personal skin care cheerleader. Whether it’s fine lines, wrinkles, acne, dullness, etc. she will be with you every step of the way. She is honest, values integrity and goes above and beyond for her clients. Your success is literally her success. Plus the company offers a 60 days money back guarantee – even empty bottles! That is how much they know you’re going to love their products.
Here are a few photos from our super fun branding session that took place prior to the COVID-19 social distancing precautions. We really wanted to highlight that this is a company you can grow from the comfort of your own home, in the pockets of opportunity. If you’d like to know more, Natasha is on instagram @nnhunt14 and Facebook under Natasha Hunt. Feel free to give her a shout and try the skin care solution tool to see what products it recommends for you. I guarantee that Tash will become more than just your skin care consultant, but a friend as well. So the next time you’re about to run out of your drugstore products, I urge to reach out to an actual human who is as invested in your skin care success as you are!
Big shoutout to Tash’s hair and makeup artist Britt. You can find her on instagram @beautybitsbybritts or Beauty Bits by Britt on Facebook!
I don’t even know where to begin with this sweet beautiful soul. She is thoughtful, kind, determined, creative, inquisitive, and brave. I cannot believe that she has already graced this earth FIVE whole years and continues to change our lives in the most positive and impactful ways.
She loves horses, dolphins and puppies, playing with friends, drawing, being outside, dressing up and using her imagination. She is excited to learn new things at school and make new friends, she is kind and compassionate with her sister, and loves us with her whole heart. I can’t wait to see what this next year brings!
I am a mother. I am a photographer. & I am also a frontline healthcare worker.
Since the onset of COVID-19, I stopped picking up casual shifts in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. This was mostly due to fear. Fear of the unknown and uncertainty around this ‘novel’ virus. Fear of contracting it and spreading it to my young family. Fear of more physical and social isolation if that were to happen. Fear of putting my parents at risk if we were to ask them to watch the girls while Craig and I both worked.
While I know this decision is what’s best for my family, I also feel guilty. Guilty that I’m not there with my fellow RNs, RTs, doctors, pharmacists, dieticians, HCAs, unit clerks, social workers, etc. I feel guilty that I’m not on the literal front line caring for the wonderful children in the PICU & ‘doing my part’ as I feel I should be.
So I did something that made my heart happy yesterday. I chose two very deserving families to take photos of for the #thefrontstepsproject while practicing social distancing.
I hope that these photos will help them remember this strange & crazy time. When the world shut down but time continued. I hope that they show these photos to their kids when they’re old and grown, and tell them of a time when the world went to sleep and woke up more beautiful than ever before.
Happy first birthday Hattie ✨ Welcome to the world Arthur 🌎
Photos taken from the sidewalk with my @sigmacanada 85mm 1.4 art