Let’s Get Festive | Instagram Templates

Who else is crazy excited about Christmas? I sure am!

The Christmas season is my absolute favourite and I’ve been LOVING seeing everyone on Instagram get into the Christmas spirit as well!

To celebrate my favourite time of the year being upon us, I decided to create a few Christmas themed Instagram Story templates.

How do they work?

  1. Hold down & Save the Template images to your phone
  2. Open up Instagram and add your template of choice to a new story
  3. Use emojis, gifs, type or draw on the templates to add your personal answers
  4. Tag your friends (tag me if you’d like) @summertoews
  5. Upload to your story!

(Optional) add a blank version for your friends to screenshot and fill out as well.

That’s it!! I hope you enjoy these Christmas IG story templates, Now go spread some holiday cheer!

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The Perfect Spring Accessory

Spring is one of my absolute favourite times of the year! The sun starts making an appearance and you can feel the warmth. The gorgeous flowers begin to bloom all around, does it get any better? One of the very best things about spring is finally saying goodbye to all your winter clothes! It’s that time of the year when you can start pulling out your dresses or my personal favourite, a cute pair of distressed overalls. All you need after that is a few great accessories and lucky for you I’ve found a perfect one!

Wooden Timepieces! What could be more perfect than a gorgeous and unique wooden timepiece. They are simple, natural and pair well with just about anything. That and a cute hat or straw bag and you’re spring ready! 

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Jord reached out to me and sent me this absolutely gorgeous wooden watch, this specific one being from the Jord Watches Frankie Series. The quality of this watch is amazing and every little detail is perfect. Not only that, but opening the watch is like opening a luxury present. Jord Watches are beautifully packed up in a wooden, engraved box including a cleaning cloth, preserve oil and a burlap display pillow. Doesn’t that sound like the perfect gift? 

I wanted to give one of you the opportunity to have one of these watches for yourself. Jord and myself have set up a giveaway to give one of you a $100 credit to go towards your favourite Jord timepiece. Even better, everyone who enters automatically gets a 10% off coupon once the contest has ended. 

To enter: follow this link and fill out the simple entry form. 

https://www.woodwatches.com/g/summertoews

To increase your winning chance, follow @jordwatches and @summertoews on instagram.

Lastly, here are some direct links that may help you in finding your perfect wooden watch! 

Womens Watches 

Mens Watches

My Watch

I hope you’ve found a new accessory to add to your collection and goodluck with the giveaway! 

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Music in the Womb

Music is just one of those things I couldn’t live without! I honestly don’t know how some people just don’t listen to music… ever? We are always playing our favourite songs around the house, in the car and pretty much anywhere else. (I’m lucky enough to have found a hubby who actually enjoys my music as so many don’t haha) Hudson has always been surrounded by lots of music and he loves it, often dancing around whenever he hears something he likes. When he was in my belly I would always play him music as we fell asleep and it felt like we were bonding together. That’s something I loved doing with him and now love doing in this pregnancy.

Music has been shown to be super beneficial to the brain. They say music can not only improve your unborn baby’s concentration and auditory senses but can also help improve your baby’s reflexes! How neat!? Most people think the best option for your womb is classical but really they say it’s a great idea to play any type of music! It’s been said that’s it’s actually best to listen to whatever genre you like and your baby will be listening to out of the womb (since many don’t actually listen to classical besides with baby) Classical music definitely wouldn’t be my first choice… or my second! I just go ahead and play him my own playlist and he kicks the whole time, I’ll take that as a good thing.

When I was pregnant with Hudson I’d just lay headphones beside my stomach, but one of my absolute favourite pregnancy items this time around is definitely my Belly Buds! They are super easy to use, adhesive music buds just for your belly. You hook up the speakers to your phone, stick them on your belly, throw on a good playlist and that’s that. It even comes with a cord splitter so you could listen along with your own headphones. The great thing? They also have a prenatal setting to make it the perfect volume for the little babe in your stomach! I’ve used the same adhesive stickers over & over and they are still sticking just fine! The instructions also say you can rinse them in hot water and they will work like new again or buy a replacement pack! (Super inexpensive)

Check these things out! They are super small and can comfortably fit under your clothes.

I thought I would go ahead and write out the playlist I’ve compiled of all my favourite tunes to play babe, so here it is!

I’d love to hear what songs you like playing to your bump!

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Baby Bumpin’ | A Pregnancy Update

26 weeks, that’s how long I’ve been growing a little human inside my stomach. I think by now it’s probably time to get an update on here. This upcoming Thursday i’ll be officially in my third & final trimester, I can’t believe it. If you know me personally then you may know just how terrible my first pregnancy was with Hudson. Spending a big chunk of that time in the hospital and the rest hunched over a toilet wasn’t exactly ideal. It’s safe to say this pregnancy has definitely been a more enjoyable experience for me. That being said, the first three months weren’t exactly smooth sailing.

The beginning of this pregnancy had me worried I was in for the same rollercoaster as the last, once again keeping food down wasn’t really much of an option for me. This time around having even less control when trying to keep it down, unfortunately I had to suddenly puke in our car or even on myself quite a few times. However unlike the last, once I hit my second trimester it was like my pregnancy had flipped a switch! My nausea had subsided big time. I finally felt like I could function like a normal human again and it was great. I even started prenatal Barre classes which I LOVE and would highly recommend!! (they are such an amazing way to keep active in your pregnancy and even meet other expecting mamas)

Nearing the end of my second trimester things began getting a little harder again, but I still can’t complain in comparison to what I went through last time. My pregnancy was just starting to catch up to me. The weight gain had me sore and in pain, keeping up with my toddler had me crazy exhausted and my heartburn was getting worse everyday. Thankfully with the help of my amazing husband and jumbo packs of Zantac, I made it through

Even though my heartburn isn’t getting any better and I am still sore and exhausted,  I’m feeling pretty great. We’re spending our days soaking up our last months of having an only child and getting him pumped up to be a big brother! The weather has been beautiful so family walks are amongst the almost daily schedule and Hud finally got to take out his little bike. I’ve got the sweetest little family and I can’t wait to meet our newest additon, come June! All I have left to say is Third Trimester, I’m ready for you!

 

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Stay tuned for more pregnancy related posts coming soon!

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Baby Buys

With a baby on the way and me being just about in my third trimester, Daniel and I have accumulated quite the collection of baby items! Now I know baby isn’t here yet so some of these items I’ve never tried however I’ve done deep research into every item purchased. I thought It’d be nice to share with you some of my favourite baby buys that we’ve purchased thus far. 
I figure I’ll do a couple posts like this including great baby buys (like the car seat & stroller we picked) leading up until babes arrival! Below are some of my favourite recent buys, let me tell you why!
(most of these items can be purchased on multiple sites and in stores but i’ll go ahead and leave the links we bought them from)
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1. Nook Niche Nursing Pillow
Being a C-Section mama, having a good nursing pillow is a must! When I had my first I tried a smaller one a realized it just didn’t do the job! Since I’ll be having another C-Section I knew I needed a good sturdy pillow to help me hold the weight. The Nook Niche has a bit of a higher price tag for a pillow however this thing is amazing!! For starters, this award winning pillow is 100% organic inside and out. The cover of this pillow is also removable and ready to wash. This pillow is extremely soft and all the materials are highly breathable for your little babes! This specific pillow also has more surface area than most because it’s shaped kind of like a square, which is super handy. I totally recommend checking this brand out when looking for a new nursing pillow or even a crib mattress. 
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2. The OVer Company Multi – Use Baby Cover
Car seat cover, nursing cover, shopping cart cover, these things do really do it all! With my first I had one of those covers that velcro’s onto the car seat and drapes over. It never stayed on correctly and was always moving around. This time around I knew I wanted this style of cover so I went ahead and looked at my options. There are many many brands who make these covers however I went with “the OVer company” for a couple reasons. Firstly, I was looking for simple neutral patterns and they had just what I was looking for. Second, they are Canadian which is a huge plus!! I always try and find Canadian alternatives in the products we’re buying!
This company has amazing customer service.
I hadn’t received my order by the estimated date and my tracking wasn’t updated in over a week, I contacted them and they immediately got in touch with Canada post and then sent me a new one. Once I received my cover I realized just how awesome these covers are. With other brands I’ve noticed how thin the material is whereas these covers are so soft, durable and well made. I can’t wait to put this thing to use!
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3. Eco by Naty Diapers
Now I know this one is a little bit random or out of place but I really wanted to take a second to talk about the diapers we’ve decided on. When you’re expecting a baby you usually try and stock up on diapers before the little one arrives. This time around I really wanted to look at all the options and make the best decision for our kids. After researching a lot of different brands and ingredients we finally decided on the Eco by Naty diapers! These diapers were created in Sweden and are free from chlorine, latex, TBT and fragrance. They are designed to minimize risk of diaper rash as well asthma. Now when it comes to diapers it’s extremely important that they actually function well too. We decided to switch our 3 year old to The Eco by Naty Pull up diapers and they are awesome!!! He isn’t fully potty trained so he does pee in his diaper throughout the night. His pampers were starting to get really soggy half way through and Hud would be up crying for a diaper change. THESE DIAPERS JUST DON’T LEAK. I’ve never seen a diaper be full of pee yet not damp and soggy on the outside at all. If you’re having any issues with your current diapers I really recommend trying these out.
(I bought these at my local Natures Fare but here is a great canadian site that stocks them)
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4. Comotomo Natural Feel Baby Bottle
Breastfeeding is definitely the plan when baby comes however I think it is super important to let your partner connect through feeding as well. Once our little guy is doing super great with his breastfeeding we will occasionally throw in a bottle feed here and there so my husband can take part. After researching many options and originally wanting to go with “Life Factory Glass Bottles” (which I do want to introduce once he is older) I decided the Comotomo bottles would be the best choice for us. These bottles are designed to closely mimic the natural breast and are even made from a soft silicone that feels comparable to skin.
They also have a super wide nipple that is extremely comparable to a natural nipple, some people even use this bottle if their baby hasn’t gotten the hang of breastfeeding. They then say they have an easier time transitioning back to breast, some lactaction consultents recommend these bottles specifcally for that. The wide neck makes these bottles super easy to clean, which is always a plus.
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5. H&M Wrapover Bodysuits
I’ll try to keep this one short and sweet for you. These bodysuits or diaper shirts as I prefer to call them are perfect for your little ones. There is nothing better than a diaper shirt you don’t have to yank over your newborns head. These things are so soft and come in great neutrals for your little babes. They are ridiculously affordable and are also 100% organic cotton, that’s a win. We already bought 3 sets and were definitely gunna go back for more.

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6. Natursutten Original Round Pacifier 
Last but not least, Pacifiers. Now I’m not huge on using pacifiers often but I do think they can be a great thing to have on hand. I have always hated any type of pacifier that is hard plastic with removable pieces. Often times that little plastic handle is super easy to yank off so I’ve only ever liked pacifiers that are one solid piece. These Natursutten Pacifiers are 100% natural rubber made from the tree Hevea brasiliensis and are exclusively manufactured in Italy. The large round shield gently touches your baby’s face to naturally stimulate breastfeeding and to provide comfort simular to what they already know and love. These beautiful pacifiers are one solid piece with no crevices for bacteria to harvest.   

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I hope this post gave you some ideas of new products to  buy and try.  I would love to hear about products that you already know and love as well. I’ll be doing more baby product & pregnancy posts very soon, sign up for my email list to stay updated. 
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Hello Spring

(originally written 03/20/2018)
It’s officially the first day of spring and I could not be more excited…seriously! To say I was over winter would be an understatement. Not only do I just hate the cold but being cooped up inside all day with a toddler SUCKS. The weather is already so nice, we’re soaking it up for sure!
Doesn’t the sunshine just automatically put you in a good mood? I feel like that is definitely the case for me. Bring on the green grass and fresh blooming flowers.
I hope you guys are just as excited about the new season as I am. Time to get my spring cleaning underway and prep for this little boy coming in June! I’m going to try and get a pregnancy update up right away. Stay tuned!
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Bake With Me | Cinnamon + Walnut Muffins

(originally written 03/19/2018)

I’m back with another recipe, this time Muffins! I have always absolutely loved baking but right now, at 25 weeks pregnant I’m on a full muffin kick. This being my third batch in the past week. I started off simple with chocolate chip muffins, after that I tried out my own version of raspberry & white chocolate muffins. This batch though has been my favourite by far! For all my muffins I use the same batter recipe, A recipe my lovely mother came up with and has shared with me. Then from there I let my cravings and Pinterest inspire my creations. 
I hope you give this recipe a try and love it as much as I do, I’d love to hear how you liked them!
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Once you’ve completed your muffins, it’s up to you whether or not you think they could use something a little extra. I definitely wanted to add a glaze to these muffins and I think it definitely took them to another level. Below is my Sweet cream cheese glaze that I decided to put on top of my muffins! 

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I hope you enjoyed this “Bake with Me” post and you have fun recreating this recipe! I would love to hear what your favourite baking recipes are as well! 
Stay tuned for a SUPER simple & healthy breakfast recipe coming soon!

 

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