Singing in the Car

Car rides.  Sometimes it can be my worst time of the day....can any other mothers relate? There is just something about getting everyone inside the car, buckled in their seat and keeping them happy and content while you drive a moving vehicle safely that is just daunting! Some drives we see a train or diggers as we are driving, so everyone is a little bit happier. Other times, it is a major hustle trying to keep everyone happy, entertained and alive all at once!

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It's funny how people tell you to keep your eyes on your kids at all times so you know where they are and yet when we are driving a moving vehicle, our kids are forced to sit behind us. Do they think we have eyes in the back of our heads?!? I can remember so many drives when I have one hand on the wheel and one hand on a soother, or one hand on the wheel and one hand digging for a milk cup, or one hand on the wheel and one hand unwrapping a granola bar...maybe God should have given us three hands?

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However, one thing that our kids love is music. So, when we get in the car, our car comes alive! We are moving, grooving, clapping, dancing and singing any and all songs! People who pass us may think we are crazy but I'm just a momma trying to survive a car ride.

Here are 6 Songs we are rocking and rolling to in the car lately:

1) Olaf Summer Song - still going strong in my house. Didn't they say there was going to be a Frozen 2? I'm ready for the next batch of songs.

2) Tremble by Mosaic - Amazing worship song. There is something about hearing little ones sing worship songs that melts my heart.

3) Larry Boy - Not sure if you are familiar with the series "Veggie Tales". Yes, its tales about vegetables - but funny songs! "Larry-Boy, He's our man!"

4) Reckless Love - Anything Steffany Gretzinger sings is life changing (Cory Asbury also sings this song and its equally as good)! We headed to the Bethel women's conference this past August and there was a last minute change to the worship singers on the last night and Stef happened to be leading! Our jaws dropped for about 15 seconds and then we had one of the best worship nights - definitely a moment we will remember.

5) Real Love - Hillsong - My son heard this song during kids camp at our church this past summer. He loves it and requests it daily so my daughter now loves it too! 

6) Sugar, Sugar by the Archies - My parents have been singing oldies with the grandkids lately so they are always asking for classics like - Sugar, Sugar and the Locomotion Song. 

Any other amazing songs I can add to our playlist? 

**Side Note ** We were listening to JRFM the other day and "Shake it for me" by Luke Bryan came on. We were singing along and as the song ended Wayne and I looked at each other and had kind of an "ahah" moment - like that was a totally inappropriate song for our children to listen to and changed the station. No lie, 10 seconds later Jake says, "Mommy can you put that shake it song on again?" Uuuuhhhhh no sorry! Not a great song for you. Mommy fail moment!!

A few weeks ago we graduated Jake to a new car seat. Kinsley will need his old one soon and it was time for a change. The biggest draw for Jake in his new car seat is his own personal cup holder! He was ecstatic that he had a place for his own "water" or "coffee" (Not real coffee people...although he has had a few sips of mine judgement!). 

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Britax's new Click Tight technology makes installing a car seat incredibly easy all while making sure it is the safest for Jake. The ClickTight Installation System uses the vehicle seat belt instead of the lower anchors and simultaneously tensions and locks the vehicle seat belt, like almost too easy to install! 

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And yes that is blue sky in the background!! Makes me miss summer on a rainy day like today, but I'm so grateful for the changing seasons and beauty each one brings.

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Am I right? Some days, we just wanna have a little fun! We rounded up some of our favourite girls and took some time to pamper, laugh and try new things together.

Lauren and I love having a younger sister. When I graduated high school, Brie started Kindergarten so there is a big age gap. The perks of the age gap is that we get to hang out with her young, beautiful, kind-hearted friends and to be honest, they actually have given us so many little beauty tips over the years too, they have become like sisters to us.

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A few nights ago we carved out some time for some relaxing, socializing and pampering. We created a beautiful setup on a gorgoues table cloth from Pehr. Pehr's mist slub natural dobby linen napkins created some texture and added such flair and elegance to the tablescape. We went for a walk in the forest and cut fresh greens, wheat, leaves and added them in little bundles on our table. Decorating doesn't have to be expensive, you just have to get creative! 

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Sometimes when I walk into a new beauty store I am overwhelmed with all of the different choices for something simple like hand lotion or mascara. There are so many choices and many of them are amazing. One of our favourite skin care places is L'Occitane. I was first gifted a piece from L'Occitane from a friend and instantly fell in love with their products. Their hand lotions are so rich and creamy and leave my hands feeling smooth without that oily residue. We tried the Cherry Blossom fragrance in hand lotion, shower gel and shimmer lotion. The shimmer lotion leaves behind a bit of sparkle which is beautiful!

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We were able to all get a sample of Voir Hair Care's hair masque & scalp detox which we are so excited to try! We always love trying new companies but especially ones that are Canadian and have their products made in Canada. They carry a few different products and their hair oil is another one that is on our list to use on our dry hair, especially going into these fall/winter months!

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We tried two different products from Elizabeth Arden; first, the Grand Entrance Mascara lived up to its name. Brie has beautiful long lashes, and when she put the mascara on it highlighted her lashes beautifully! The brush is full yet dainty to be able to reach those fine lashes in the corners. Second, the Plush Up Lip Gelato Lipstick in Bare Kiss was so smooth and rich. It gave a beautiful rich colour but your lips felt light and feathery! A perfect fall colour. 

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One of my favourite moments of the night was when we sampled a few new products from Shoppers Drug Mart. I am a frequent Shoppers Drug Mart Shopper because they have an array of quality brands, their beauty section is amazing, and their Optimum card is wonderful on their bonus points days! Check it out if you don't have it.
We each took turns picking samples from so many different brands including Benefit, Clarins, Biotherm, L'Oreal, Nars, St. Tropez. etc. I love trying sample sizes in new products so I can get a taste and see if it is something I want to purchase in the future. 

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We capped off our night with an array of face masks from Fruits and Passion. I'm going to be honest and say I had never done a sheet face mask at home before. It made for some fun laughs, and sneaky Instagram stories, but the mask left my face feeling so refreshed and clean. I tried the Green Tea face mask and it was soothing, hydrating and relaxing. I would definitely do it again and would maybe skip the instastories next time! 

It is important to take time and do something just for fun! We had a wonderful time laughing, trying new things, new products and fell in love again with some of our favourites! Invite some girls over, have some fun and pamper yourself this week. 

Protein Pancakes for dinner with Krusteaz

Hello gorgeous fall sun!! Please never leave us! You make us want to go outside, adventure all day and dinner??? You know when you just want to soak up as much sunshine as possible and don't want to make dinner? Today is one of those days. But pancakes are ALWAYS an easy thing to whip up and Krusteaz just came out with a new Buttermilk Protein Pancake mix which means not only is dinner super easy, but I know my kids are getting more protein than if I just gave them regular pancakes. I added some fun toppings and voila, dinner is served!

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Anytime my kids eat their whole dinner... it's a huge win. Tonight I knew they were getting 13g of protein so that means a LONG and full nights sleep right?!

In Tags

Shine bright

I can't help but stop and take a moment to  pray for Jacob when I see him wearing this shirt. I want him to shine brightly in this dark world.  It also is somewhat ironic seeing him in this shirt as I remember the dark days after he was born. Everything was perfect, his labour was great (well as great as labour can be), I had so much love, support and family around me and yet I felt so sad. I remember laying in bed not wanting to get up; crying, feeling so alone and yet knowing I wasn't. 

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I remember my husband, my sisters and my mom all rallying around me, praying for me and eventually I chose to not believe the lies I was thinking. For me, it’s so encouraging, almost prophetic, seeing Jake wear this shirt now because I am reminded that Jesus always cuts through our darkness. It is Him and Him alone that helps us shine bright,  helps us to be light in this world. The power that comes with just the mention of the name of Jesus is something that I have been learning the last few months. "Just the whisper of His name", as Jenn Johnson so beautifully writes in her worship song, will break chains, will silence the darkness and will calm the wind and the waves!

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I don't know if today you need encouragment or need to encourage someone else in your life, but I do know that we are called to shine. That doesn't mean there won't be darkness in our life, but we, through the power of His name, can be the light and shine like stars in this world! He loves the broken. I know this because I am broken too, and yet He chose me and wants to use me in ways I didn't think were possible, to shine for Him.

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Phillippians 2:12-15: Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed - not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence - continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill His good purpose. 

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Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation. Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky. 

P.S. Jake's shirt is from one of our favourite local companies, Darling and Bandit!