three months old

Our beautiful baby Wilder turned three months old a few days ago.

Last month, I shared on Instagram that he loves his sister, car seat, baths, holding his head up, playing peek-a-boo, and his sister. Lately, he is also really loving his play gym that we bought from IKEA. He can hold onto toys and bring them to his mouth to chew on, and loves to talk when he is happy and content. He also thinks it is hilarious when you stick out your tongue.

Wilder weighs around 14 pounds and is mostly in 3-6 month clothing. His hair is turning from dark brown to blonde, and he has the curliest eyelashes. He is such a smiley, happy, easy, sweet, and loving boy.

We love our rainbow baby so much! Happy three months, mister.

Emory

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recipe: vegan salted peanut butter chocolate cake

In the past, I have shared quite a number of vegan recipes. This is due largely to the magazine that I write for requesting them. Also, while not a strictly vegan or vegetarian household (although I once was for over three years), we tend to try to eat healthier when it comes to sweets and savoury meals.

That said, now that I am breastfeeding again, I am on a dairy-free, egg-free, caffeine-free, and spice-free diet. This means that I have no choice but to divulge in vegan desserts. I couldn’t mind any less, because they are truly just as delicious as treats that are loaded with eggs and dairy. Case in point, this salty cake. Yum!

Vegan Salted Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake

Ingredients:

dairy-free butter, to grease
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 ¾ cups granulated sugar
¾ cup cocoa powder, unsweetened
2 tsp baking powder
1 ½ tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 ⅓ cup almond milk, unsweetened
¾ cup peanut butter
½ cup canola oil
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1 cup unsalted peanuts
1 tbsp sea salt

Steps:

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease an oblong baking dish with dairy-free butter.

2. Add flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Whisk until well combined.

3. In a large bowl, combine almond milk, peanut butter, canola oil, and vanilla extract. Then fold in dry ingredients. Once thoroughly mixed, add peanuts and stir into batter.

4. Pour mixture into the baking dish. Top with sea salt and place in oven for approximately 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool before cutting into pieces. Cover any leftovers and place in fridge until gone!

Emory

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how to take beautiful maternity photos while on a budget

Your body while it’s carrying your baby to be can make for some amazing photos. If you’re an up and coming mother, you should consider taking a few portraits that capture the emotions you’re holding while you wait for your baby’s birth.

With that said, professional photos can be expensive. A skilled photographer has to have compensation, and rightfully so. It’s their job. If you’re budgeting for your parenthood, you may not want to spend too much on photos. Luckily, there are ways you can take some beautiful photos on a budget. Here’s how.

Negotiate

Have you found a great photographer whose style matches what you’re looking for, but their prices are too high? You may feel tempted to back down and try someone else. However, before you do that, talk to them. They may be willing to cut you a deal, a payment plan (more on that later,) or recommend a cheaper photographer. It doesn’t hurt to inquire about the services. Just remember that some photographer’s prices are firm. You can check out FamilyHype.com for more information on this as well.

Seek an Amateur Photographer

Photography is a profession that has a low barrier of entry because of how cheap cameras are nowadays. Chances are, you can find an aspiring photographer in your area with a DSLR and a passion for shooting. Ask around. You may find someone with some skills, but perhaps not all the equipment a professional has.

With that said, the photographer should have somewhat of a portfolio. Even an amateur has probably shot a few people in their day.

Also, pay your photographers. Even if they are willing to do it for free to build up their portfolio, a tip can show them that you care about their work and can appreciate what they do.

Be Simple

When you’re taking photos, you may feel the temptation to be a little extra. Props, extravagant locations, a huge set like you’re shooting in a movie. These can be fun, but let’s face it, you’re on a budget. Sometimes, it’s okay to be simple. Shooting at a creek, a backyard, a field, or any other location that’s easy to access may be for the better. It’s more affordable, and simplicity is the best solution at times.

Edit Later

When it comes to photos, digital retouching and editing can be an extra cost that breaks the bank. It’s possible to ask for retouching later on the road. You can edit them anytime, but your pregnancy only lasts for so long.

Ask for a Payment Plan

If you do want to hire a more expensive photographer, perhaps you can offer a payment plan. It may be easier to pay off your photos over time than it is to pay all at once. Some photographers may be more empathetic towards expectant parents, as long as you can make your payments on time.

Try a Phone

This may sound a little too low budget, but honestly, you can get some beautiful photos out of phones nowadays. Newer phones like the Galaxy S9 have some DSLR options, and there are filters to correct any blemishes and make them look beautiful. You can make your photos rich in color, make them beautiful black and white, and much more. While they are not a complete substitute for a professional camera, it’s a worthier replacement as time marches on. We say that it may be worth a shot if your budget is extremely tight.

Look for Discounts

Finally, there is always a chance a photographer is having a discount or a deal. For example, they may offer so much off if you recommend them to someone else, or they may have coupons. Some photographers may charge less if you sign up for an email newsletter. Discounts and deals are one of the biggest ways a business can reel in new clients, and one near you may be offering. Try it and see what you can find.

Striking that balance between a beautiful maternity photo and a photographer that doesn’t charge much can be a challenge. However, if you play it smart, you may a photographer that’s suitable for what you need. Talk to a few and see what you can find.

** This was a contributed post.

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geoffrey’s 33rd birthday

My dear husband recently took another year around the sun. I am not sure why I tend to dedicate a blog post to his birthdays and not mine- maybe because it is more fun to celebrate the birthdays of those that you love. Regardless of the reason, this year, celebrate we did.

We chose to go to the Remai Modern art museum in Saskatoon. Even though it had opened in 2017, we had yet to visit it. After spending the morning getting ready (and trying to help Remy feel a bit healthier), we finally made it out the door. We drove a very short distance, parked, and went inside.

We unfortunately chose a day where they were working on a new exhibit, and so a few of the galleries were closed. The Learning Studio was also not open until later that day. But the museum was relatively empty, and so we explored all three levels with ease. We began with the Picasso Collection, and ended in the gift shop.

It really is such a beautiful building. Everything about it is so eye-catching. The artwork, although minimal, was really engaging as well. The only downside was that it felt like more of a great date destination for us, and not so much a welcoming place for our children. Remy’s favourite part was the play area, which consisted of foam seats, a few children that happened to be on their way out, and the gift shop. She still had fun, but we were mostly telling her “don’t touch that!”

I would love to go back with just Geoffrey if and when we actually start date nights again. Until then, here are those photos from our lovely morning.

Happy birthday, husband!

Emory

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video of my pregnancy journey


I am very excited to be sharing my pregnancy journey video with you today. I feel as if this pregnancy went much faster and smoother than my first one. Even though I don’t really enjoy being pregnant (from all of the worry and physical symptoms), I certainly do miss it when it is over.

I chose the song “Pray” by Sam Smith to accompany this video. Last year, when I was experiencing so many issues with my second pregnancy, I prayed and prayed for God to make the decision as to whether or not our baby would survive, and to help me accept the outcome. After I miscarried, I couldn’t believe that He chose to take our child away. However, deep down I knew that it was for a reason- one that I didn’t realize until Wilder was born.

I held off on praying for most of this pregnancy. That is, until the end. I was filled with worry that we might lose another one in the final weeks, so I began praying to be able to safely bring Wilder into this world. I did that every night until he was born, and by God’s grace, he was.

Now that Wilder is here, I understand that we had to lose our second child in order to have this beautiful, sweet, easy, calm, and happy baby. My blessed rainbow baby.

Feel free to look back at my first pregnancy video with little Remy.

Emory

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