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Tynan’s 6 month Check In- And How to Help Babies


I know it’s a cliché to marvel at how fast your kids grow, but it’s so true! You blink and they’re totally different. I’m amazed by Tynan every day. You think you love your baby on the day they’re born, but that love deepens every day! I am also extremely fortunate to still have a super mellow, relaxed baby. I…

Book Review: There’s No Such Thing as Bad Weather


Sometimes you find a book and everything the author is saying is what you’ve been thinking or saying to your friends for years. That was Linda Åkeson McGurk’s book “There’s No Such Thing as Bad Weather.” As a child who was raised in Northern Alberta (VERY cold) on the edge of town playing in the woods, ponds, and open nature spaces…

Fall into a New Routine


This post is sponsored by Bayer. To make sure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label. In just a few days it will be September 21, the official first day of fall. I don’t know where you live, but it’s been fall here since the first week of September. I’m bummed that summer is gone…

2018 Intention Halfway Check In


It’s past the six month mark of 2018, but it’s time to check in with my 2018 intention. I don’t like setting resolutions, I like setting a mantra or intention that I can repeat to myself. My intention for 2018 was “go with the flow.” I knew it was going to be a tough year to control with having a…

TyTy’s First Three Months


Today marks three months since my world changed forever and Baby TyTy was born. It took five years to get pregnant, 38.5 weeks to make him, and 20 minutes to cut him out and these past three months have absolutely flown by. I knew that a mothers love was string but I didn’t expect it to be this string, and…

Summer Fun Weekend


Wow this weekend was such a blast! From the adventures to the misadventures, it was just what I had in mind when I was fantasizing about summer over this frigid winter. Battin’ I kicked off the weekend subbing on a softball team. Ryan stayed home with TyTy and I got in a good workout. I was pretty happy with my…

Grandma’s Plants


I grew up living with my grandparents on their farm in the summers and grandma’s house was known for two things; clutter and plants. This woman adored flowers and her house always had plants everywhere. She even had my grandpa build her a solarium she could fill with plants. We loved watching TV in that solarium, it was comforting to…

My Postpartum Amazon Orders


I’ve never been one for online ordering. I hate having to send stuff back when it doesn’t fit or work right. But when I was still on the couch recovering from my C-section there were a few things I needed that I didn’t have the energy to search several stores for. For any new mama’s or expecting mama’s here are…

Did You Know Sunscreen is Hurting our Oceans?


I am a huge advocate of sunscreen! When I’m out in the sun, I reapply every couple hours without fail. When swimming I reapply as soon as I’m out of the water. But I had no idea that sunscreens are damaging to the coral reef! This landlocked lady LOVES the ocean! We travelled to Hawaii often as kids to visit…

Convocation 2018- I’m Officially Done University!


Yesterday was a big day for me, it was when I officially received my Bachelor of Education from the University of Lethbridge. You would think that a second degree wouldn’t feel as momentous as your first, but it absolutely does! Especially in my case when this was the degree I’ve  always wanted. If you follow me on social media, I…

Be Summer Smart


This post is sponsored by Bayer. To be sure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label. Summer is right around the corner and with the warm weather and I’m already sporting what I like to call my clown nose. You see, I have super sensitive eyes to light and sunglasses are an absolute MUST if…

He’s Here!!!


Ladies and Gentleman, I am very excited to present my son Tynan! For those wondering where we got the name Tynan, it’s my Irish maiden name and I am so happy that this name will live on with my child. I won’t be turning this blog into a mommy blog but there will be baby posts once in awhile, just…

Mountain Maternity Photos


I knew that I wanted to do my maternity photos in the mountains pretty much from the moment it was confirmed I was pregnant. Is anyone surprised? A couple weeks ago, I headed to Waterton with my friend and talented photographer Jenna and we played around to get some AMAZING photos that I will cherish forever.

A Day of Fun at the Calgary Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show


The weather held out so I was able to make it into Calgary for the 2018 Calgary Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show. The last couple years were snowy and stormy, though we did drive through snow in Nanton. My cousin Jenn and I road tripped up and met with Keirstyn for a day of laughter and fun. We started off…

A Few Signs Spring Has Almost Arrived


This post is sponsored by Bayer. To make sure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label. I am an avid winter lover but once March 1st hits I get into a spring mindset. It’s a bit premature though as winter here in Alberta can last as long as late April-early May. But I can’t help…

Win Tickets to the Calgary Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show!


This makes year four I believe where I have been partnering with the Calgary Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show to give away tickets to Better LIVIN readers. I love the Calgary Outoor Adventure & Travel Show but I swear to you, every year a snow storm hits and the roads to Calgary are bad on that weekend. But this year…

Life Update- Family, Life and Death


Some readers may have noticed crickets on the blog and my social media accounts the last couple of weeks. I’ve been trying to get it together after the sudden loss of my beloved grandma and my online life took a backseat to what was going on in real life, (which is how it should be). The last couple weeks have…

Auf Wiedersehen my Lovely Grandma!


This blog post took a long time to write. How do you write about something that makes you cry every time you think about it? That causes an ache in your chest when you think about it? Two weekends ago, Ryan and I went to visit with my grandma (who I visit 2-3 times a week) before heading to Waterton…

Pregnancy Update- Entering the Third Trimester


I haven’t talked too much about my pregnancy on the blog because I feel like most readers won’t care. But this is the biggest lifestyle change I’ll every undergo so I’ll have to talk about the baby and motherhood sometimes.  I won’t let it become the sole focus of the blog and just think of all the cute baby hiking…

Girls Night- Dinner & Axe Throwing


I love that my friends are up for anything, it always makes for fun times out. Most women go out for drinks and dancing on girls get-togethers, we go paddle boarding, cross country skiing, or in the case of last week, axe throwing. After a quick dinner at Moxie’s (shout out for the table made guacamole!) we crossed the street…