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dress: Poppy & Dot (check out their floral dress, same style)hat: Aritzia (similar one here)shoes: Cloud Footwear

What a fantastic vacation!

It was worth the wait, and definitely worth taking all the girls with us to Phoenix, Arizona (we were debating doing a trip with just Matt and I)!

It worked perfectly that our trips overlapped with my in-laws so we were able to go on a few dates and shopping trips by ourselves. Overall I don’t think we could have planned a better experience! 

Though it was super hot during the day, the evenings were perfect for for the dresses I packed (apparently I’ve never packed for 40 degree weather and figured long sleeve dresses were the way to go).

Our second date night I wore this Poppy & Dot signature dress with black and white stripes (they have a stunning watercolour floral dress, right now), and I paired it with my blush pink loafers.

Generally, I avoid horizontal stripes because of the way it widens your midsection (who has time for clothes that do that?) but this dress is so flattering! I love the bell sleeves that break up the straight lines of the dress.

New items come out weekly so make sure you keep checking out their site for beautiful pieces to wear this summer!

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Many times I have been asked “you’re only 24? I thought you were older!”. 

It’s true!

We were married at 19 years old on a hot, dry day in May – and I wouldn’t do it any other way. It was a wonderful wedding surrounded by family and friends.

With the only minor problems during the wedding being I almost fainted during our ceremony (thankfully someone got me a chair to sit in before I did) and there was an unplanned (humorous) letter read during the reception.

It could have been worse!

5 things about getting married before 20 years old:

  1. Tackling our 20’s together made it easier, and strengthened us as a couple.
  2. We learned to live on very little, we did not waste money.
  3. Starting a family early means we will be empty nesters early too.
  4. We’ve shared every achievement and milestone.
  5. We’ve grown and changed (for the better) through the years.

I believe you need to be as certain as you can when considering marriage to your loved one for it be an everlasting, “until death do you part” marriage. The union has to be for you – there should not be pressure from family, or society, or “your biological clock” to marry. That is a red flag.

Love is a choice, not always a feeling.

There are many things that should be discussed before marriage (that’s for another blog post), because marriage is for life. It’s to create a joint life with another person – although you are an individual, so are they. There are gives and takes, sacrifices and acceptance that will happen.

But marrying while your young lets you mature together and learn what it takes to make your relationship thrive.

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It’s been 9 months with my sweet babes in this gorgeous double stroller – and it is still carrying these growing girls when their tired or when they just feel like being difficult while I’m out and about (you know, when it’s for no reason at all).

From week 1 of Adeline’s life to month 9 – the Valco Baby Tri Mode X Duo Stroller has weathered shopping trips, long walks, stowed away in our minivan’s and Subaru Forester’s trunk, and now we are about to take it on a plane to Phoenix, AZ.

We’ve gate checked strollers on to planes before but this time I think it will be the most sanity saving time we bring a stroller while travelling abroad with 3 children under 5.

Why will bringing a double stroller be helpful?
  1. Children, no matter how big they grow, still have temper tantrums and airports bring out tantrums like a super magnet. If you’re children are preschool aged they are too heavy to carry when they do the “floor funky chicken”, hence the genius idea of a stroller to strap and wheel them around in.
  2. It doubles as a cart for all the baggage that your children and babies need (diaper bag, the backpacks your children were supposed to carry themselves, purse, your carry on, etc.).
  3. Naps can occur in the stroller if you have a lay over or are stuck at the airport, and I’m a big fan of having a space for naps at all times.

So when we come back from our trip I’ll share a detailed review of how the Valco Tri Mode X Duo Stroller worked for our family and any lessons we learn along the way!

Have you checked out these blog posts?

Stroller ReviewsBreastfeeding & Bottle Feeding JourneyActivities For Your 3-4 Month Old BabyBeing A Girl Mom

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dress: 3rd Floor Studio (similar one here)cardigan: Old Navyshoes: Cloud Footwear

After meeting Shoshannah Kuper in Edmonton, the designer behind 3rd Floor Studio in Toronto, I knew I had to try her dresses! She’s passionate about designing clothes for all women of all body types – whether you have no bust and all hips, or all hips and no bust, or somewhere between.

She has a new Spring/Summer line of dresses with bright floral patterns and flattering cuts. I love the Petra Blush Floral Dress and the Petra Stripe Dress – they are both the same style (an unlined wrap dress) in different patterns.

Or if you are looking for a summer dress that will be flattering around the tummy I recommend: the Annabelle Dress, Clara Gerber Daisy Dress, or the Addison Floral Dress. Both are tailored on top and then fall beautifully into an A-line skirt.

Here I am wearing one of her past dresses, in the blue rose pattern, she has many other dresses available from previously released 3rd Floor Studio lines.

Shoshannah has gone above and beyond with providing the measurements for her pieces, so be sure to grab a measuring tape to take your measurements before you order!

I’ve paired the 3rd Floor Studio dress with a pair of Cloud Footwear Bhopal light pink sleek loafers made from super soft leather, like buttery soft. And if you have kind of sweaty feet (you know who you are…) the foot bed is breathable and antimicrobial.

These loafers are definitely coming in my suitcase for Arizona as my pair of close toed shoes, I have a lot of sandals packed!

Do you like supporting Canadian designers and supporting Canadian stores while purchasing clothes?

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I bet you didn’t realize “Mom Blogs” are evolving, because the modern moms behind these blogs are changing too.

What used to classify a mom blog was you blogged about your children and the experience of parenting. That was the niche.

Even though I have 3 daughters now, I have never described my blog as a mom blog – Honey & Betts is a lifestyle blog. And the category of “lifestyle blog” where mom blogging is merging.

What is the difference?

I do not write exclusively about my children though being a mom is a big part of my life but it doesn’t completely define me – it’s one piece of the puzzle. I write about style, beauty, food, travel, home decor, and so much more. I share my life, as a 24 year old woman living in Edmonton, Alberta – which includes my growing family.

And that’s what I find with this round-up of wonderful women who also happen to be moms and bloggers. I can’t speak for all of them, but I don’t think they would also describe themselves as Edmonton mom bloggers either.

So here are a few mamas that I love following on Instagram and reading their blogs:

Christal, Nutrition In The Kitchen

Hannah, The Momoirs

Kassanda, Kastles

Kira, Northern Style Exposure

Kristina, Kristina Lynne

Orane, Orane Boucher

Hannah, Honey & Betts

Have you checked out my favourite Edmonton bloggers and influencers?

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This post is in partnership with buybuy BABY. All opinions are 100% my own.

Its that special time of year again – Mother’s Day!

Celebrating mom’s in every stage of motherhood – from the new mom to the great grandmother – we love our moms!

Though finding Mother’s Day gifts to share how much we appreciate and value moms can be difficult, I know I’m hard to buy for because my style is ever changing. But locating the ideal present is possible!

Recently buybuy BABY opened a second location in Edmonton, in West Edmonton Mall. The interior is bright and beautiful, and pictures cannot do it justice – you need to go in the store to see it yourself!

But back to finding the perfect Mother’s Day gift – if you are a last minute gift finder or you have no idea what she would want, have her create a buybuy BABY registry.

The buybuy BABY registries are not just for baby showers and wedding gifts, but they have multiple options like birthdays and anniversaries and even “other”. She can create her own registry online or in-store, and add all her..

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Go through the Crying Newborn Baby List each time your baby is crying and you will find the problem and the solution at once.

If your baby does not have acid reflux or colic, follow this list. Seek out your doctor or pediatrician’s help if you have questions about your babies crying.

Moms, your body is amazing. Not only did your beautiful body create a tiny baby in 9 (but we all know it’s technically 10) months, but you endured through their birth (whether vaginal or c-section)! Celebrate your body and the miracle it has created!

The journey of motherhood, from the brand spanking new mom to the adjusted fourth time mom, has an upheaval of emotions. You pretty much experience all the emotions multiplied by 10 (thanks to those postpartum hormones coursing through your body) and then multiplied again by the lack of sleep you are getting.

It’s safe to say most moms invest in their favourite coffee machines. We’re all in survival mode, but don’t worry this phase will pass.

To get through survival mode you need the right equipment (hello, coffee) and checklists, well that is what hikers and hunters do when they are handling extreme conditions… parents need the same preparations to take care of our babies.

My go-to checklist, that used to be on a piece of paper stuck to the wall above the change table, but it’s now ingrained in my brain and I take it everywhere.

Your newborn baby is hungry. Their teeny tummies can’t hold a lot of milk, so this may be the solution most of the time. Don’t worry before you know it you will know exactly what their hunger cues look like, and be able to feed them before they become difficult.

Your newborn baby needs to burp. Every time you feed your baby, follow up by gently patting their back until they let their air out from gulping down their milk or formula (be prepared with a burp cloth or blanket in case some liquid comes up too…). Or if they have been crying for a long time, again gently pat their back until they burp.

Your newborn baby has a dirty diaper. If you find your baby commonly has a diaper rash, they may have super sensitive skin (mine all did) and Vaseline doesn’t do the trick. I found an extra strength diaper rash cream at our grocery store that protected and healed their skin, I highly recommend it!

Your newborn baby is overtired. This is the most difficult one, notably as they get older. Because instead of nodding off to sleep, they may become more fussy and cry more causing them to be overtired. Babies can be cranky, but if all their needs are taken care of let them lay in their safe bed while they give into their exhaustion. Creating a calm environment will also help them fall asleep easier, the less stimulation the better.

Your newborn baby needs to be held. You will know your baby best, if they need snuggles give it to them. But if it’s their nap time and they need to get some sleep try swaddling them. I was the worst at swaddling using a traditional swaddling blanket, but I discovered different swaddlers (and then they will grow into sleep sacks) that require no special technique and they were life savers!

Read more about motherhood with this sweet babe:

Breastfeeding & Bottle Feeding JourneyActivities For Your 3-4 Month Old BabyBeing A Girl MomStroller Reviews

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Too many times I have tried a face mask and felt like my skin was burning or washed it off to have my skin even tighter than before. If you have dry skin, you know the pain.

Over the years I’ve learned to cut the recommended time of leaving the mask on in half (example: jar says 15 minutes, I’ll wash it off after 7 minutes), or avoiding any masks that are “deep cleaning” because they will be too harsh for my skin.

I highly recommend any of these, they are the best face masks for dry skin: Beautycounter Balancing Mask, Osea White Algae Mask, Odacite Synergie Mask (read more about Osea & Odacite products here), or Pura Botanicals Watermelon Mask (I love this mask for hotel or airplane travel).

I’ve used these masks for over a year and they are a part of my skincare routine, especially during the seasonal changes!

What are your favourite face masks?

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My want for warmer weather grows and grows each week! We are itchy for some vitamin D and fresh air.

But until then layers and closed toe shoes are the last things to be packed away before our move…

Recently on a trip to Superstore, I snuck a peek at the Joe Fresh section and I was impressed they have improved their style!

I remember a couple of years ago Joe Fresh produced beautiful clothes, and then they had a two year rut where (in my opinion) all their clothes were unattractive and unflattering. But now they’ve pulled their style together and have some very cute patterns and cuts available!

Have you checked out Joe Fresh’s Spring collection?

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