Theo + George: Ethical, Effortless Fashion

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As a busy mom of three, one of the questions I’m often asked is how we manage to keep our house so clean. Let me tell you… our house is far from “clean.” In fact, our daughters are terrified of the vacuum cleaner because they’ve only ever seen it used a handful of times (and they’re almost two).

No, our house just gives off the illusion of being clean because we don’t have a lot of stuff around. Minimalists at heart – we tend to drop things in the donate bin as soon as they stop serving a purpose (or no longer “bring us joy,” if you will).

Disposable Fashion

For some reason though, this minimalist mindset never really took hold when it came to my wardrobe. As someone who likes to keep up with current trends, I have more once-worn items hanging in my closet than I’d like to admit. Stylish but cheap, many of these pieces end up in the donate pile after only a season or two.

Unfortunately, this has resulted in a lot of unnecessary spending over the years, as well as created a lot of clothing waste. And I’m not alone. By some accounts, the average American throws away 70 pounds of clothing and other textiles a year.

Personal spending aside, the environmental impact of this clothing waste is devastating. While some old clothing is donated and recycled, the majority ends up in landfills, where it releases greenhouse gasses and leaches toxins into the soil and water.

Less really is more

We’re living in a “fast fashion” society, whereby short-lived trends are marked by inexpensive, poor quality clothing. As the seasons change, so do the styles, and the urge to throw away and buy new is overwhelming.

Given the negative effects of our so-called “throw-away society” – both financially and environmentally – I’ve decided it’s time to make a change. By purchasing more classic, high-quality wardrobe staples, I know I’ll be able to buy less and get more mileage out of my clothing.

Buying fewer items that are timeless and durable will ultimately save money in the long run, as well as reduce my carbon footprint.

On the downside, being more conscious about my clothing choices has made shopping a little more difficult. It can be hard to determine which garments are actually high quality and more sustainable.

Just because something comes with an expensive price tag doesn’t mean it’s good quality that’s made to last. I’ve learned that some things to look for are natural and organic fibres, non-toxic dyes, take-back programs, and ethical production.

Luckily, there are some brands that are “rebelling” against the fast fashion game by offering high-quality products that are made with high ethical and environmental standards.

Theo + George

Theo + George is a small Dublin-based brand with the utmost of standards: they believe in sourcing ethically, using only small factories in order to guarantee fair labour conditions for their employees.

They’ve partnered with a textile recycling company and encourage their consumers to recycle unwanted clothing, and they aim to eliminate unnecessary waste by using only reusable/recyclable packaging materials.

And their clothing? Amazing quality and so comfortable. Theo + George use only high-quality, ethical fabrics. Durable and effortlessly stylish, Theo + George’s collection consists of classic wardrobe staples that can either be dressed up or down.

Knowing I can trust the quality and sustainability of a brand takes the guesswork out of the equation, making my life easier and allowing me to focus on other things. Who knows, maybe I’ll even break out the vacuum once or twice…

At it’s core, Theo + George support the idea of “buying less and choosing well,” and that’s a movement I can definitely get behind.

Click here to shop the collection from Theo + George.

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How to transition to a clean beauty routine

After learning about the disturbingly “dirty” side of the beauty industry, I was ready to toss out just about everything in our bathroom and start over from scratch. Actually, part of me wished I could just unlearn everything I’d read and go back to using my favourite moisturizer and shampoo worry-free.

By choosing products that were advertised as being “organic” and “natural,” I thought I was choosing the healthiest options for myself and my family. Now I know that it’s not that simple.

Do the best you can until you know better. And when you know better, do better.

Maya Angelou

I knew I wanted to start buying “cleaner” products – both for myself and for my family – but I didn’t know where to start. If we can’t trust the safety of the products being sold on our store shelves, how can we determine what’s safe for use, and where can we find those products?

After a little research, I came up with some resources that I found helpful in transitioning to a cleaner routine. I thought I would share them here, along with the steps I took to replacing my family’s personal care products with cleaner options.

4 Steps to a clean, nontoxic beauty routine

Download these apps

First, download the Think Dirty app. Think Dirty allows you to scan a product barcode and it gives the product a rating from 0-10 on it’s “Dirty Meter” (0 being “clean” and 10 being “dirty”). It also provides a list of ingredients, allowing you to click on each one for more information, including alternative names, possible health implications, and warnings from regulatory agencies (if any).

A similar app that allows you to scan and search products and ingredients is EWG’s Healthy Living. EWG’s Skin Deep Database is an online database for cosmetics and personal care products and their potential hazards and health concerns. You can also download EWG’s Quick Tips for Choosing Safer Personal Care Products, a guide with tips on how to read personal care product labels and how to shop cleaner options.

Evaluate the personal care products you and your family are currently using

Starting in our bathroom, I got out all the products I use on a daily basis, including things like hand soap and deodorant. I used the apps I just mentioned to scan the barcodes of each product to see how they rated on a scale from “clean” to “dirty.” I did this for the products my husband and children use too.

Sort each product as being harmful or safe

I made a note of all the products that rated highest in terms of “dirtiness” (an 8-10 on the scale) and made a list of the products I wanted to replace (which, unfortunately, was way more than I would have liked). In fact, there was a handful of products in the “dirty” pile that I’d been using faithfully for years. It was disappointing to learn that those products were full of hidden toxins that I wanted to eliminate from my daily routine.

Start replacing your dirty products with cleaner alternatives

There are different ways to go about this. You might want to start by replacing the products you use most often or the ones that rated highest on the “Dirty Meter.” In No More Dirty Looks, O’Connor & Spunt suggest switching out the products that cover the most surface area first (moisturizer and body wash, for example). I decided to replace a handful of products right away and wait to replace the others as I run out.

I expect it will take time – and some trial-and-error – to find cleaner replacements for my tried and true favourites, but I know it’ll be worth it once our family is living a healthier life, free of hidden toxins in our everyday personal care products.

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Product review: The baby sleep sack you’ve been dreaming of

Our girls are fantastic sleepers.

There, I said it.

I don’t know why, but I always feel guilty when I admit that my children are good sleepers. I guess because when the topic of sleep comes up with other parents, they’re usually looking for someone to commiserate with.

Don’t get me wrong, we definitely put in our time. When I think about our first year with twins (especially the first few months), it’s pretty much a sleep-deprived blur. At one point, during a particularly rough bout of teething, we were up about 10 times a night with EACH baby.

But these days, it’s rare if we’re up at all during the night. We put our kids to bed around 7pm and usually don’t see them again until 7am the next morning.

It. Is. Amazing. And not something I take for granted.

Anyway, like every other parent out there, we tried many different combinations of sleeping aids and arrangements in order to figure out the best “sleep solution” for our kids.

One item we tried – and ended up using for months – was Sleeping Baby’s Zipadee-Zip, a baby sleep sack that worked wonders for our girls. In fact, we used our Zipadee-Zips so much that I included them as one of our top 10 must-have items for surviving the first year with twins.

Disclosure: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. Any purchases made through my affiliate links may result in a small commission for me (at no extra cost to you). However, all opinions and endorsements are my own and I’ve only recommended items that I’ve personally used and loved!

We swaddled the girls when they were really little, but when they started to resist being swaddled, we were at a loss. They couldn’t seem to settle on their own, but if we did try to swaddle them, they just fussed and tried to “break free.” Sleep was nonexistent at the time.

My best friend recommended trying the Zipadee-Zip, and out of sheer desperation, we decided to give it a try. To our surprise (and ultimate delight) it worked wonders; our girls both put in a solid 6-hour stretch the first night we used it.

The Zipadee-Zip

Basically, the Zipadee-Zip is a wearable blanket with star-shaped pointed sleeves. The design of the sleeves allows babies to move around more freely, but still gives them the enclosed, cozy sensation they’re used to in the womb. This was helpful when our girls started to roll, as they both preferred to sleep on their bellies. The design of the Zipadee-Zip also helps to soothe babies if they jolt awake due to the startle reflex.

We used the Zipadee-Zip every day, for naps and bedtime, from the time the girls were about three months old until they were over a year. In fact, when the girls finally started to outgrow them, we cut the sleeves off to make them more like a traditional sleep sack. We were afraid to stop using the Zipadee-Zips as the girls had come to associate them with sleep.

About a month ago, I finally decided to start the transition away from using sleep sacks. I put the girls down for their nap like usual (sans Zipadee-Zips) and a half hour later, they still hadn’t settled. I went up to check on them, and when I opened the door, I found one of the girls standing in her crib, naked from the waist down.

Yup… she had figured out how to take off her pants (and her diaper) on her own. Luckily there wasn’t an accident waiting for me, so I hastily got her dressed and hoped it was just a one time thing. Well, it happened twice more until I caved and decided we’d have to go back to using a sleep sack. Maybe until the girls were potty trained, at least?

Enter: the Flying Squirrel PJ.

The Flying Squirrel PJ is from the same company behind the Zipadee-Zip. It’s a one-piece pajama/wearable blanket designed for toddlers. So essentially, a step up from the Zipadee-Zip, designed for children aged 1-5 years. They’re meant to fit loosely and can be worn over regular pajamas or on their own. They also have optional hand and foot covers which help keep little feet warm during the night.

The girls have been sleeping in their Flying Squirrel PJs for a couple of weeks now and I can already tell we’re going to get a lot of use out of them. They help keep them warm and cozy, without having to worry about them kicking off loose blankets, and still gives them a full range of movement. Importantly, the girls don’t resist putting them on. In fact, they usually don’t want to take them off in the morning.

Added bonus? The girls haven’t figured out zippers yet, which means I don’t have to worry about finding any more surprises at bed time.

You can shop both the Zipadee-Zip and the Flying Squirrel PJ by clicking the link below!

Sleeping Baby’s nursery products are guaranteed to soothly help the growth and sleeping transitions of both babies and parents.

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Musings of a Mother

Mother’s Day 2019

As mothers, our roles are constantly shifting and evolving, and we have no choice but to try and keep up, whether we’re ready or not.

Our son has had the same bedtime routine since he was a baby. After dinner, he has a bath, we read some books, and I sing his bedtime songs before kissing him goodnight. This has been our evening routine for nearly four years now.

And then the other night, after we’d finished his last book, I tucked him in and started my nightly rendition of You are my Sunshine, when he stopped me and said, “no songs tonight, Mommy. I just want to go to sleep.”

I was a little surprised, but figured it had been a long day and he was likely pretty tired.

But the next night, when we got to the “songs” step of our routine, he stopped me again.

“No songs tonight, Mommy.” My heart broke just a little.

That was two weeks ago, and he’s only “let” me sing to him once more, on a night that he was having a particularly hard time settling down to sleep.

My little boy is growing up, and there’s nothing I can do about it. It happened so fast; almost overnight, he’s gone from a chubby infant who was completely dependent on me, to a smart and capable little boy who is continuously testing his boundaries.

I think back to the nights (and there were many of them) when I rushed through our routine, mentally and physically drained after a long day of parenting, and wanting nothing more than for him to go to sleep instead of asking, “one more song, Mommy?” At the time, it seemed like this day would never come.

And it got me thinking…

How much time have I spent on the couch with a baby snuggled up on my chest? Sitting there feeling “trapped” thinking about all of the things I could be getting done instead?

How many days have I stumbled through in a tired fog, exhausted and irritable after waking several times the night before to soothe a teething baby?

How many hundreds of hours have I spent rocking my babies to sleep? Silently wishing I wasn’t spending so much of my day in that rocking chair, waiting for them to finally drift off?

At the time, each of these phases seemed as if they would last forever. Now, looking back, it’s easy to see that they were just that: phases. Brief, passing moments on this incredible journey called motherhood.

These days, I’m lucky if my children stop running long enough for a quick hug on their way by. They all sleep through the night. And I actually can’t remember the last time I sat in our rocking chair.

As mothers, our roles are constantly shifting and evolving, and we have no choice but to try and keep up, whether we’re ready or not.

In fact, this is the first Mother’s Day in four years that I haven’t been pregnant or nursing. My children – at ages two and four – already don’t need me in the way they once did. And it’s equal parts heartbreaking and liberating.

The evidence of all things “baby” is disappearing from our household. The high chairs – a staple in our kitchen “decor” over the past few years – have made their way into the garage. The plastic baby toys and teething rings sit untouched in a box on the top shelf of the playroom. And I’ll admit it: I’m sad to bid farewell to the baby days.

But at the same time, I can’t deny enjoying the rediscovered sense of “freedom” that’s come with my children’s growing independence; I’ve gone back to work part-time, I’m actually exercising on a regular basis, and I’ve been indulging in some hobbies and interests here and there.

This must be one of the greatest paradoxes of motherhood; the desire to feel “needed,” while at the same time, longing for more freedom and time for ourselves.

We pour our hearts into raising our children; teaching them skills and life lessons in hopes that they’ll grow up to be confident, capable individuals who will someday leave our home and become contributing members of society. As parents, isn’t this our ultimate goal?

But at the same time, we mourn the loss of our “babies.” We’ll miss the days our children needed us to tie their shoes and button their sweaters. We’ll miss that little voice calling out, “Mommy?” in the morning. And we’ll miss that little hand reaching up to find ours.

Someday our house will be empty again. We’ll gain our time and independence back, and we’ll wonder where the years went. It will happen faster than we think.

So my advice this Mother’s Day? Cuddle your babies while they’ll let you, rock them to sleep for the hundredth time, and sing that extra bedtime song, because before you know it, your son might look up at you some night and say, “no songs tonight, Mommy,” and you’ll realize that another phase in your motherhood journey has come to an end, whether you’re ready or not.

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Coming clean: The dirty side of the beauty industry

Why I’m transitioning to a clean beauty regimen

and you should too

It started with the birth of our son. There was something about that delicate newborn skin, fresh out of the womb, that made me especially attuned to the products I was choosing. I started buying only baby products that were marketed as being organic and natural; products that would be safe and gentle on his delicate skin (or so I thought).

And then I recently came across this Time article about the dangerous chemicals found in many personal care products. It references the now infamous lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson by the family of a woman whose death by ovarian cancer was linked to her daily use of Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder and bath products.

According to the article, companies in the US are allowed to put ingredients in their personal care products (including chemicals with known links to health problems) with no required safety testing and without having to disclose all of the ingredients.

This notion isn’t exactly new to me; I think by now most of us are aware that there might be some less-than-desirable ingredients lurking in our favourite lipstick or deodorant. But I guess I just figured it can’t be THAT bad; the products found on our store shelves have obviously been deemed safe for use, right?

Well, unfortunately, that doesn’t appear to be the case. After I started doing some research (and actually reading the labels of the products I’d been buying) I got a major wake-up call when I realized that the baby products I’d been using on my son – the same ones that were marketed as being “natural” and “organic” – contained just as many harmful ingredients as the next product.

Turns out, most of the claims on product labels, including “natural,” “organic”, and “hypoallergenic,” are ultimately just marketing buzzwords. What we expect in a natural product may not exactly match the manufacturer’s use of the term.  And problems like this are just the tip of the iceberg.

The clean beauty movement

While there doesn’t seem to be an official definition for the term “clean beauty” – and I’m by no means an expert – a product is generally considered “clean” if it’s been formulated without any toxic ingredients. The clean beauty movement embraces both natural and lab-made ingredients, with an emphasis on safety over source. Harmful ingredients, such as parabens, sulfates, phthalates, and synthetic fragrances, don’t make the cut.

Why should we be concerned about the ingredients in our personal care products?

The skin is our largest organ, and by some accounts, it absorbs as much as 60% of what we put on it. Many medications are delivered through the skin (the nicotine patch and certain contraceptive patches, for example). The active ingredients in these medications are absorbed directly into the bloodstream. Now consider how many products we put on our skin every day. I know I use at least 20 different products, from shampoo to mascara, every single morning. It’s scary to think that some of the ingredients in these products could be harmful to my health without me realizing it.  

No regulation

The problem is that beauty industry is almost completely unregulated. The FDA is the agency that oversees cosmetics, fragrance, and personal care products; but it’s regulatory oversight is actually pretty limited. As laid out in Adina Grigore’s book, Skin Cleanse, (which I highly recommend, by the way):

  • No product or ingredient requires FDA approval before it’s put on the market, with the exception of color additives
  • The FDA doesn’t oversee the safety testing of an ingredient or product, it only “advises” manufacturers to conduct their own testing
  • The FDA doesn’t register or licence cosmetics companies before they open and begin selling products
  • The FDA cannot recall a product that’s unsafe for personal use. It can “request” that a product be recalled but the company has to voluntarily issue the recall

You can see the FDA’s Cosmetics Laws and Regulations here.

What does this mean? The FDA doesn’t test personal care products before they hit the market and they don’t require companies to provide safety data about their products. No one is monitoring which ingredients cosmetics companies are putting in our products. Therefore, companies are allowed to use almost any ingredient in their products (ingredients that are often cheap, mass-produced, and sometimes unsafe), without any oversight.

The safety testing that is being done is almost exclusively by the companies themselves, and it’s focused on short-term reactions such as rashes. No one knows the long-term effects of many of the chemicals used in our personal care products. Moreover, the FDA has little to no ability to pull harmful products off the market, even after they’ve been deemed to be unsafe.

There are some organizations, like the Environmental Working Group and the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, that have been doing research that’s shown that thousands of chemicals that haven’t been banned in the US (but have been banned in other countries) are unsafe. They have statistics linking many common skincare and cosmetics chemicals to hormone disruption in animals in the wild, low sperm count and infertility in men, respiratory illnesses like asthma, and cancer.

The European Union has banned over 1,300 chemicals from cosmetics. Some of these chemicals are known or suspected to cause things like cancer, genetic mutations, and birth defects. In contrast, the US FDA has banned 11. Canadian cosmetics regulations are better – the Canadian government has a Cosmetic Ingredient Hotlist with hundreds of chemicals restricted from use in cosmetics – but there’s still room for improvement.

Why is nothing being done about it?

Why are companies continuing to use harmful ingredients – or at least ingredients that haven’t been proven to be safe – and why is nothing being done about it?

Unfortunately, like many other things, it appears that a lot of it comes down to money. Certain ingredients are cheaper than others and they can extend the shelf life of a product for years. Also, recalling and reformulating products would be a lot of work, not to mention extremely expensive. It’s not as if cosmetics companies are intentionally poisoning us, but it does seem like they might be turning a blind eye in the name of a profit.

Another problem is that it’s up to the regulatory agencies to prove that something is bad. So instead of the manufacturers having to prove something is safe, it’s the other way around. This allows for a lot of harmful things making it into the market. No More Dirty Looks, by Siobhan O’Connor and Alexandra Spunt, is another book I highly recommend for more information on this topic.

What does this mean?

Without regulatory safeguards, the responsibility falls on us, the consumers. And as a mother, this responsibility is weighing heavily on me. We want to make the best choices possible when it comes to our children, especially when it comes to their health. We all worry about what our children eat, drink, wear, and breathe, so why should it be any different when it comes to the products we put on our children’s skin?

Knowledge is power

This newfound knowledge about the “dirty” side of the beauty industry has sparked an awareness in me and I know I’ve only just scratched the surface. I’ve already found some cleaner alternatives to the baby products I’d been using in the past (which I’ll share in a future post), and when it comes to my own beauty regimen, I’m on a mission to replace my tried-and-true favourites with cleaner options. I’ve always enjoyed trying new beauty products and experimenting with makeup, so I’m looking forward to seeing what the clean beauty industry has to offer.

As I embark on this journey into the world of clean beauty, I’m going to document my findings here. I hope you’ll follow along!

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Top 10 items for surviving the first year with twins

So you’re having twins…

If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably already started making a mental checklist of all the things you’re going to need. Which baby items are absolutely necessary? Are we going to need two of everything or can we get by with only one?

While it’s true that babies generally don’t require a lot of stuff, we found that having TWO babies introduced an entirely new set of logistical issues.

Below I’ve listed the top 10 items we used the most during our first year with twins. And trust me – we’re minimalists at heart – but I can safely say these items were absolutely necessary for surviving our girls’ first year.

Disclosure: Some of the product links in this post are affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Any purchases made through my affiliate links may result in a small commission for me (at no extra cost to you). However, all opinions and endorsements are my own and I’ve only recommended items that I’ve personally used and loved!

Baby Carrier(s)

Baby wearing was essential during the first few months with twins. It’s pretty much impossible to carry two small infants in your arms, let alone try to get anything else done at the same time. We had two of these, so my husband and I could each carry a baby if needed. We tried a twin carrier for awhile but I didn’t find it very comfortable and the girls got heavy quickly.


We found it was helpful to have several “safe spaces” to set down a baby (or two) on the main floor of our house. This kept them out of the reach of their big brother, who loves them immensely, but at 2 years old didn’t necessarily understand the concept of being “gentle.” We were gifted the Joovy Room2 Playpen and it definitely made life easier during those first few months. The changing pad attachment on the Room2 was also convenient, as it saved us from having to go upstairs for every diaper change.

Baby Swing(s)

Let me start by saying that our girls didn’t love the swings as much as their brother did. He would happily sit in his swing for hours on end, napping or just watching the world go by. However, we still found the swings useful as they created one more “safe space” for the babies on the main floor of our house. We used these.

Baby Bath Supports

This is one of those items that might not be necessary for one baby, but when you’re trying to bathe two squirmy, slippery infants at the same time, these baby bath supports were pretty helpful. We were able to fit two in the bathtub at the same time and they stacked together nicely when they weren’t in use.

Car Seat Covers

We used these all the time. They provided a cozy, dark spot for the girls to have a nap, shielded them from the elements, and kept strangers from reaching in and touching them (which happens a lot more than you would think). Also, twins tend to get a lot of attention when you’re out and about, and while I’m usually happy to stop and show off our girls, I found these car seat covers helped to deter strangers from stopping us when we were in a rush. 

Sleep Sacks

I’ll save our sleep-related struggles for another post, but let’s just say we tried many different combinations of sleeping aids and arrangements in an effort to find something that worked. My best friend recommended these sleep sacks, and out of pure desperation, I decided to give them a try. Our girls ended up sleeping in them for months.

Hanging Highchairs

When the time came to look for high chairs, we knew we wanted something that didn’t take up a lot of space. We ultimately decided to go with these “hanging” high chairs that we could set up on our island. The girls love being able to sit next to each other (although we’ve had to separate them recently as the hair-pulling and eye-poking has escalated) and they enjoy watching at our level as we work around the kitchen.

Infant Carseats

Infant car seats are obviously a necessity, and we chose these. We already had one Maxi-Cosi that our son had used, so when it came time to buy a second seat, this was the obvious choice. It’s an added bonus that the Maxi-Cosi is one of the lightest car seats on the market, given that I was often having to carry around two at once.

Double Stroller

There were several double strollers to choose from, but we had already purchased this stroller when we were expecting our son, so we decided to keep it and buy the necessary adapters to make it a double. We’ve found this stroller has been well worth the price; it’s convenient, fits easily through doorways and tight spaces, folds up easily, and doesn’t take up a ton of space in the trunk.

White Noise Machine

Two babies sleeping in one room + one older brother in the next room (who happens to be susceptible to the odd bedtime tantrum)… a white noise machine has been an absolute necessity.

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Get to know me

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Since this is one of my first posts, I thought I’d come up with a few random facts to help you get to know me. You can learn more about me and why I started this blog here, and if you have time, feel free to send me a note. I’d love to hear from you!

I’M AN INTROVERT. I’ve always been on the quiet side and I’d rather stay home most nights than go to one social event after another. That’s not to say I don’t enjoy a good party sometimes, but I usually prefer the company of a few close friends to a large crowd.

I HAVE A MASTER’S DEGREE. I work part-time as a School Psychologist, mainly doing assessments for children who are experiencing learning or behavioural challenges.

I HAVE FIVE BROTHERS. I’m the second-oldest (and the only girl) and I spent a lot of time babysitting my younger brothers while we were growing up.

I’M MARRIED TO MY HIGH SCHOOL SWEETHEART. My husband and I started dating in 10th grade and broke up when we started university. We stayed friends for over ten years before we got back together. One year later, we were married with our son on the way.

WE ELOPED. My husband and I got married in Paris with the only guests being our photographers. We kept it a secret and surprised our family and friends by throwing a reception party on New Year’s Eve.

I’M A MORNING PERSON. I’m often awake before the kids and I love the feeling of having the whole day in front of me. This also means I’m pretty much ready for bed as soon as the kids go down. My husband enjoys watching movies in the evenings but I can never stay awake to see one to the end.

OUR TWINS WERE A SURPRISE. There’s no history of twins in either side of the family and we were shocked when we found out we were having two babies instead of one! 

I HAVE A MAJOR SWEET TOOTH. My favourite foods are ice cream and anything chocolate.

I DON’T COOK. My husband enjoys it and does most of the cooking in our household. I do like baking and enjoy making things like muffins, cupcakes, and cookies with the kids (see above).

HOME IS NEAR THE OCEAN. We live 5 minutes from the Atlantic Ocean and 25 minutes from the nearest beach. I try to spend as much time as possible there during the summer.

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