August Beauty Box 5 Review

I didn’t do one for July but I’d like to start doing monthly review videos for the Beauty Box 5 subscription boxes that I receive! So here is August’s video. I know I’m cutting it close since September is right around the corner but at least I got it done haha!

As I mentioned in the video, I would like to start doing videos on a weekly basis so let me know what sorts of things you like to see on YouTube! I aim to please! Not only that, but filming videos will encourage me to shower and make myself look decent at least once a week. Bonus!

Healthy Pregnancy Powered By Shaklee

I’m nearing the end of the first trimester of my pregnancy and other than being very tired, I have been feeling great! I know that all pregnancies can be different and so far, this one is different from my last! I think that part of the reason I’m doing well this time around is that I’m healthier and am taking better care of myself. Not that I didn’t take care of myself when I was pregnant for Ben, but I KNOW more this time and knowledge is power!

I think it’s pretty safe to assume that most pregnant women (in the developed world of course) take supplements, prenatal vitamins and just take better care of themselves in general. We know that there are certain things that are very beneficial to a developing baby while in the womb and things that are equally as important for Mom as well. What to take during pregnancy is a popular question in many of the mom’s groups I take part in and it’s something that I’ve been asked quite a few times so I thought I’d write about it here.

While pregnant with Ben

As you know, I trust Shaklee for a lot of things in our house. I trust Shaklee, I promote Shaklee, I partnered with Shaklee and I take Shaklee. You can read more about the Shaklee Effect here. Shaklee doesn’t have a specific prenatal vitamin, but the Shaklee doctors have come up with their recommendations based on the specific needs of pregnant and nursing women. Here is what they said:

2 tablets of Vita-Lea with Iron

2 tablets of B complex for the basic prenatal nutrients, in particular folic acid to help prevent neural tube defects

For women who do not drink milk or eat the recommended number of servings of dairy foods the addition of:

2-4 tablets of Cal Mag Plus can help meet needs for calcium,vitamin D and other bone health nutrients

To provide a safe and beneficial amount of omega three fatty acids (ie. DHA):

3 softgel capsules of OmegaGuard per day are recommended to support fetal brain development

It is not uncommon for some pregnant women to need additional:

1 tablet of Iron plus C can be added providing an additional 18 mg of Iron and 60 mg of Vitamin C

Although Vitalizer is a comprehensive nutritional foundation for virtually all adults, there are some components that might not generally be considered essential in a standard prenatal nutrition program. In addition, certain nutrients such as folic acid were not included at levels intended to support a pregnant mother and her growing baby. The use of Vitalizer during pregnancy should be discussed with the Obstetrician, who may wish to suggest an addition 1-2 B Complex and Cal Mag Plus as stated above if approved for you.

Here is a video of Shaklee’s Dr. Jamie talking about the importance of good supplementing during pregnancy.


I am NOT a doctor. I am sharing this information from my personal experience and research. ALWAYS check with your doctor if you are unsure about anything. In addition, some Shaklee products say “Not recommended for pregnant women.” They are obligated to say this because Shaklee does not do product testing on pregnant women. These products may be safe, but check with your doctor to be sure.

Also, I was not paid to write this post, however, the links included are affiliate links to my Shaklee shop as I am a distributor. Anything you purchase through these links goes directly to me to help support my family so I thank you very much for that!

Jumpstart with Canadian Tire

Support from businesses in the area is so important to the community, especially when children are involved. It’s a sad reality that not all families are financially able to enroll their children in sports and activities that are so wonderful for growth and personal development in a child. According to Vision Critical (2011), 1 in 3 families cannot afford to enroll their children in sports and recreational activities and I think that statistic is especially true here in New Brunswick. Canadian Tire decided to help with that and created Jumpstart.

Canadian Tire

I was very fortunate growing up to come from a family that was able to afford any sports and activities I wanted to take part in. From a young age I played softball, gymnastics, basketball and hockey as well as being involved in Girl Guides. Those things taught me a great deal about team work, self confidence, coordination and life in general, not to mention keeping me fit and healthy. I have met many, many friends along the way through sports and I’m so grateful for those experiences. Sports gave me the confidence, stamina and fearlessness that I have used many times in my life since childhood.

Canadian Tire Jumpstart sign at the west Saint John, NB location

Canadian Tire started Jumpstart in 2005 and has been growing steadily ever since, thanks to generous donations and fundraising activities such as the Pedal for Kids campaign. This worthy program helps pay for enrollment fees, equipment and transportation for children who otherwise would not have been able to participate in sports and recreational activities. Here in New Brunswick, Jumpstart’s Pedal for Kids has helped 23,000 children from $2.8 MILLION in funds raised! In all of Canada 781,501 children have been helped. That is amazing!

Pedal for Kids

Pedal for Kids is a 5 day, 500km bike ride which takes place every year in a different Canadian city. This year’s ride takes place from September 15th to the 19th starting in Ottawa and ending in Quebec City. You can follow Pedal for Kids on Twitter and Facebook to stay up to date on event information and news. You can also follow along by searching for the official hashtags #JSPedal2014 and #BDPédalez2014.

You can help sponsor a team or individual in this year’s ride by donating here or you can donate directly to Jumpstart here. 100% of all donations and money raised goes to the kids who need it most.

Would you like the chance to win one of TEN Schwinn Firewire 4.0 Mountain Bikes or Schwinn Accessory prize packs? Go here to enter and to help my bike move across the map!!!

Schwinn Firewire 4.0

I am taking part in the Canadian Tire Jumpstart Pedal For Kids blog campaign. While I have received compensation as part of my affiliation with this program, the opinions shared are my own.

Planning Planners

I’ve never been a very organized person but I have been making a real effort since becoming a mother to plan things out more and be more organized in general.

I have a large dry erase calendar on the wall in our computer room/office which would be great if I could just remember to keep it up to date. It has been stuck in the month of May since … well, May. I also have 3 different planners that I would love to merge into 1 if I can swing it. I have a Polestar Family Calendar which I love. The layout is great, there’s lots of room for writing and making lists, a place for meal planning, and even pages to keep track of items you’ve borrowed or loaned.


I keep 2 small notebooks which I struggle to stay current with. I know that if I figure out a way to somehow integrate them with my planner, I would be much more productive in those areas. One is for blog post ideas, information, and planning and the other is for my Shaklee business, keeping track of customers and product information.

I’ve noticed that many bloggers use and enjoy their Erin Condren planners which are absolutely beautiful! I’m just not sure I can justify the cost of one if I won’t end up using it. Up until this point, I haven’t minded spending in the $20 range for a planner in the hopes that I could make it work. I’m wondering if I shell out the money for a gorgeous planner from Erin Condren’s shop, that it will motivate me to get good use out of it. They are just so pretty! 

So I’m looking for a bit of advice from some organized ladies out there. What organizational system works for you? How do you manage your household effectively and efficiently? Do you have any recommended planners or products? I’d love to know!

Pregnancy Cravings This Time Around

Pregnancy in itself is so amazing! I also find it amazing that every pregnancy can be so different! I’m much more relaxed this time around which is no surprise, but I’m also feeling much better. I am very tired but my sickness is on and off. With Ben I was pretty much sick all day, every day during the first 15 weeks or so. I’m much healthier this pregnancy because of the great supplements I have been taking and my diet and activity are much better. I’m working on a post about a healthy pregnancy which I’ll share with you very soon!

Another thing I’m finding really fun are the different cravings I’m having. Some of the old wives tales to determine gender are based around cravings so I’m interested to see if my cravings say I should be having a boy or a girl. For comparison sake, were my cravings for Ben, followed by my cravings now!


Cravings During Pregnancy 1

  • Beer
  • Coconut Cream Pie
  • Lipton Chicken Noodle Soup
  • Dill Pickle Chips
  • Ginger Ale

Cravings During Pregnancy 2

  • Grilled Cheese
  • Fruit
  • Milk
  • Chips & Dip
  • Wine

Now that I’m looking at the lists, it seems like an awfully odd assortment of foods haha! Both are a mixture of salty and sweet and I haven’t really eaten much of those craving foods from the last pregnancy this time around.

What do you think these lists say about the gender of this baby I’m carrying? We’ll have our anatomy ultrasound in October so we won’t have too long to wait to find out!