I feel so lucky and blessed to not just have one beautiful baby shower, but two! I felt so much love during the course of the whole pregnancy and the baby showers that my family and friends threw for me, made it that much more special. This beautiful fall themed baby shower was thrown for us by my sister in law and I am so grateful to have such a loving family here in Toronto as well.
The theme fit the season really well and all the decor was so beautiful. My sister in law and friend decorated the community centre room with beautiful DIYs and fall themed decor, my favourite being the palette board painted white with the Hello Pumpkin sign. My mother in law made Chaat Papri (my favourite Indian food) and took care of the food setup. There were so many desserts to choose from and I was happy there were some leftovers. Not only did I indulge on the day of the shower, but the week after as well (good thing I passed that gestational diabetes test)!
A lot of my friends and family came out to the shower, with one of my friends actually renting out a car and coming out all the way from Toronto! Once everyone settled in and indulged in the food, we played some fun baby shower games. Gursheel and I had to guess the flavour of baby food (which tastes terrible in my opinion) but Gursheel somehow seemed to enjoy. The highlight game of the shower was definitely the musical chairs (which was also a favourite at my sister in laws bridal shower a couple years ago).
It was definitely I’ll cherish forever and I’m happy Gursheel was there to take pictures and capture the memories from the fall themed baby shower. This baby is so lucky to have so many amazing and loving people in its life and it has yet to be born!
On Thanksgiving long weekend, my sisters flew me down to BC and hosted the most beautiful, fun and memorable bee themed baby shower for me. I don’t get to see my family and friends often, but almost all of my close friends came out to the shower and I was showered with so much love. This new baby already has some pretty awesome Masi’s and I can’t wait for the baby to meet them all. I know party’s can take a lot of time and effort to plan and execute and I am so grateful to my amazing sisters and friends for making this day so special for me.
My older sister made some delicious food (she is a ninja in the kitchen) while my younger sister planned the entire event and hosted some really fun baby shower games (who knew Bingo could be so fun – even my nephew enjoyed it). My friend Manpreet from Simply Sophie Decor styled the bee themed baby shower with some beautiful DIYs and decor. So many other people were part of the execution and I am grateful to them all. I loved the setup of the event, one long table with everyone sitting around it. It made for a more intimate setting and everyone got to enjoy food while chatting and playing games together. It was really fun!
Gursheel gave me his camera and we tried to take some pictures of the day. He edited them for us and I hope you all enjoy these beautiful pictures of the bee themed baby shower.
It was such a memorable day filled with lots of love and laughs and I am grateful to have such amazing people in my life. I love you all!
Pregnancy is no walk in the park and your body changes so much over the course of the 9 months. To make things easier and more comfortable for me throughout the pregnancy, I’ve come with a pregnancy essentials list. Some of these things you’ll need in the first, second or third trimester only whereas others can be used throughout the pregnancy. I also tried to be minimal and not buy too many of the one time use items or items that take up too much space. I hope you find this pregnancy essentials list helpful if you’re also pregnant.
Pregnancy Essentials List
The majority of pregnant woman will experience morning sickness for some time. Some may be lucky and not experience any at all, and there may be others that get morning sickness throughout the pregnancy. For me, I had morning sickness between weeks 7-14 while also experiencing some nausea randomly in other weeks. After a lot of trial and error, I realized crackers really helped subside the nausea (my favourite are the Toppables brand). Especially in the mornings. I realized if I stayed on an empty stomach for too long in the morning, I would vomit. So, since the beginning of the pregnancy, I started keeping a box of crackers in my bedside table. As soon as I’ve brushed my teeth and taken a shower, I eat a cracker. Every day.
Another pregnancy essential for me is Diclectin. Diclectin is a a prescription medication that is used for nausea and vomiting in pregnancy and it is combination of an antihistamine and vitamin B6. You need to take 4 pills a day to see a difference because it is a medication that needs to be in your system throughout the day for you to feel the effects. This really helped me during the worst of the morning sickness and I took it into the second trimester as well because I really did not enjoy feeling nauseous.
My sisters gifted me this oil from Burts Bees and I started using it in the first trimester, well before there was even any sign of a bump. It smells so good (a lemony scent) and was very nice to apply to my stomach and back so I made it a part of my night time routine. I’m 30 weeks pregnant now, with a pretty big bump, and have yet to see any stretch marks. They say stretch marks are genetic and there is still another 10 weeks of this pregnancy left, so I could still get stretch marks. But this oil is definitely keeping my skin hydrated and healthy.
When my bump did start showing, it became quite uncomfortable for me to sleep at night. I am a stomach sleeper, so I had to stop sleeping on my stomach and transition to my side or back. I started looking into pregnancy pillows and asked friends and family their opinion about those giant pillows. Some loved them, some barely used them. I didn’t want to commit to such a large item in our room, so decided to get the pregnancy wedge. And boy oh boy, this is such a holy grail item for me and is my favourite in this pregnancy essentials list. It’s small, helps lift my stomach when I sleep on the side and easy to move around at night when I change positions. I even use it when I sit cross legged and need a little more support.
In the second trimester, I started getting round ligament pain, which is a sharp stretching sensation in my stomach going down to my legs. So, I started wearing my compression stockings and they made such a big difference. I wear them at work and take them off at night and I have not felt this pain in my legs since I started wearing them. As for the sharp stretching in my stomach, I think chiropractic treatment and gentle massage from Gursheel has helped quite a bit.
Related to round ligament pain, I found using my dry brush really helped. Dry brushing really helps with circulation and detoxifying your skin. I first featured my dry brush on my Amazon Favourites post and I have been using it ever since. It is a must have for pregnancy as well.
Also during the second trimester, I started getting a stuffy nose every morning (I shared this in my what they don’t tell you about pregnancy post from last week). I immediately purchased a saline spray from amazon that just contains sea water and that really helped to clear our my stuffy nose. I also noticed that if I used the saline spray too often, my nose started to dry out. I suggest only using this a couple of times a week to get the best benefit.
Now that I’m in my third trimester, I pulled out an exercise ball we had lying around and have really enjoyed sitting on it and stretching out my hips. It is more comfortable for me to sit on the exercise ball than on my bed/chair.
For the past 6.5 months, I’ve been keeping a pretty big secret: I’m pregnant! And today I am finally back with a blog post: what they don’t tell you about pregnancy!
Gursheel and I are both so excited and so so happy and I can’t even believe I am writing this post! As many of you can tell I have not been very active on my Instagram and the last blog post I wrote was in April. That’s because the first trimester really took a toll on me. And then once I finally started feeling better, near the end of the first trimester, we were in a really bad accident and it took me a while to recover from that as well.
All in all, I’m feeling a lot better and finally ready to get back into blogging. I’ve always wanted to be a mom someday and now that it’s finally happening, I can’t wait to share more of my journey with you all. Starting with, what they don’t tell you about pregnancy. I know everyone has such a different experience during their pregnancies, so all these are specific to me. But, I’m sure some of the mamas out there can relate.
What They Don’t Tell You About Pregnancy
It’s not easy to get pregnant
I was always under this misconception that I would get pregnant once I tried. Not the case! You really need to get to know your cycle and know when you’re ovulating and be quite strategic about when you try. I also talked to many people and learned how common infertility is! So, don’t be stressed like I was when it took us a little while to actually get pregnant. And there is a lot of help and support available!
You need to pee, a lot!
I already had a small bladder, but while being pregnant, I literally pee every 20 minutes or so. Sometimes, I’ll pee, and have to pee again after 2 minutes. Peeing during night-time is a pain as well. I have consistently been getting up at night to pee every night now.
You go up like 3 bra sizes!
In my first trimester I purchased a new bralette that was still slightly loose, however, now near the end of my second trimester, I’ve already outgrown that and purchased another couple bras!
Morning sickness isn’t just in the mornings
Morning sickness is the worst. I experienced morning sickness from around week 7 to week 13 and I still have random days where I puke. I had it the worst during dinner time where almost every night I couldn’t keep my dinner down. You can get medication that does help, but you have to take it 4 times a day and even swallowing can cause you to gag and therefore vomit.
It feels like you’re always sick
One morning, I woke up with a super stuffy nose and immediately thought I was sick. Not the case. I learned that stuffy nose is very common in pregnancy and now I always wake up with a stuffy nose. And sometimes you even get the added surprise of a bloody nose, which is also normal in pregnancy.
You get anxious about everything
I didn’t think I was an anxious person, until I got pregnant and first learned I am B-. When I looked into what that meant on Google, I completely scared myself. Following that, I started to Google every pain/discomfort I felt and started reading people’s horror stories which scared me even more. Every little thing that is not normal makes me so anxious.
Your husband will annoy you so much
I didn’t want to end with this one but I’ve realized I get annoyed at Gursheel so much these days over the littlest things. He is trying his absolute best to be helpful and loving, but I am constantly finding things to get annoyed about. I know he will never read this but he really has been the best throughout this pregnancy and I couldn’t be more grateful for him.
Anyways, I hope you enjoyed reading this post. I really have missed writing and blogging and I’m hoping I get back to my weekly blog routine. Again, I am so grateful to be pregnant and experience this humbling journey and I have so many great blog posts lined up.
Also, Gursheel took some maternity pictures of me while we were in Montreal and I love them. So look out for some travel guides as well coming to the Kam Travels section of the blog.
I was inspired by my friend, who made a New Year’s Resolution to cut down on her waste, to do the same. For the past couple of months I’ve been trying to put a conscious effort to minimize waste that I create on a daily basis. It’s been challenging and I feel no matter how hard I try, I will still create waste. But, I decided I’m okay with that as long as I am trying whenever possible. So, today I thought I’d share with you 5 easy steps you can take today to get started on the zero waste lifestyle.
I also want to preface this post by saying that for getting started on the zero waste lifestyle, you don’t need to go out and buy stuff that is zero waste. That defeats the purpose. Use what you already have around the house and once a particular item finishes, then think about how your future purchases can be smarter and fit the zero waste lifestyle. I just want to train my mind to be more conscious of the waste I am creating.
5 Easy Steps To Get Started on the Zero Waste Lifestyle
1.Reusable Bags/Cloth Tote Bags:
Always keep a tote bag on hand. I started keeping a couple of cloth bags in the car. I’ve had these two cloth bags for a long while now and they were just sitting in my closet. So, I pulled them out and now I leave them in the Jeep. Any time we go to the mall, a store, or just out and about, I take one of the totes along with me. So, whenever I get to the checkout, I just say I don’t need a bag and use my own.
The same goes for our weekly Friday night grocery shopping. I have a lot more reusable bags that I collected from stores like Lululemon and Saje and they make the perfect grocery shopping bag. I just bring them along with us and say no to the plastic bags at the store. I’ve noticed that with just having some tote bags easily accessible, I’ve really cut down on how many plastic bags I bring home!
2. Coffee Cup:
Say no to disposable coffee cups and take along your reusable coffee cup with you. Gursheel and I go to Starbucks at least once a week and during the week I usually go out to get some coffee at least once or twice. And never do I bring my own coffee cup. But, this has also come to a stop now. Any time we go out on the weekends, we bring along our coffee cups with us. Starbucks is really great because not only do they give you 10 cents off your drink when you bring your own coffee cup, but they also tend to give you more coffee! We always ask for a tall, but since our coffee cup is pretty big (20 oz), they fill it up all the way (that’s basically a venti sized drink)!
I also bring my KeepCup with me everywhere. In the mornings I make myself a lemon honey tea and in the afternoons at work, I either make myself a latte or I use my KeepCup to get a coffee. Just having a coffee cup with you really helps you cut down on all those disposable coffee cups that really add up to your waste. And they’re fun. I am obsessed with my KeepCup!
3. Reusable Water Bottle:
Start taking your reusable water bottle with you everywhere. I think this one is pretty obvious and I think almost everyone has a reusable water bottle. It is shocking to me the amount of plastic water bottles that are out there and used on a daily basis. My in laws actually use them quite a bit and this is something I really would like to encourage them to stop using. It is so easy to bring a water bottle along with you everywhere. There are water filters everywhere: at work, at airports, at malls and you can even ask any restaurant or coffee shop to fill up your water bottle.
4. Reusable Straws:
Get yourself some reusable straws. I really enjoy drinking cold beverages out of straws. I use it for my morning green smoothie as well as iced coffees or frappacinos when I am out and about. We all know how terrible plastic straws are for the environment, so now I have started to keep a stainless steel straw in my bag at all times. If I’m ever in the mood for an iced coffee when I’m out, I just pull out my own reusable straw. And if I don’t have my reusable straw with me, I’ll opt for a drink that doesn’t require a straw.
5. Reusable Ziploc Bags/Stasher Bag:
Finally, my last step is to stop buying ziploc bags. If you already have them, re-use them as much as you can. But once you’ve run out, I’d highly recommend to invest in some Stasher Bags. I am obsessed with my Stasher bags. I have a total of three now, but I’d like to get a few more so I can have easy access to them whenever I need. My favorite way to use mine is taking some to go snacks, making smoothie pouches for the week and making some popcorn. The Stasher bag is great because it is made of silicone and is BPA free, microwavable, freezable and heatable. It is multi-functional and a great way to opt out of ziploc bags.
I hope you find this post helpful. I saw this quote recently that really inspired me:“We don’t need a handful of people doing zero-waste perfectly. We need millions of people doing it imperfectly.”
Most people think that their only option is to save up their own money and buy an existing property. But this is not the case, there’s another option, one that can cost more or less the same price, yet result in a home that’s better suited to your needs: building your own property. This option isn’t for everyone, but if you do go with this plan, then you’ll find that there’s much to love. You’ll have created something, for starters, and you’ll also have a home that has been designed to meet your individual needs. Below, we take a look at a few hints and tips that’ll make your project a success.
Of all the potential problems when it comes to building your own home, none are quite as headache-inducing — yet also within your control — than the matter of money. Before you get too far along with your plans, you’ll need to take a look at your finances and come up with a budget that works for you. It’s always tempting to spend that little extra amount of cash, but remember that you’ll be paying off this loan for a long time — don’t make it more difficult for yourself!
Get The Plans
The fun thing about designing and building your own home is that you get to determine what it looks like. But of course, that’s also a lot of pressure. When it comes to the planning stage, it’s best to first come up with your list of ‘needs’ and ‘wants,’ and then work with an expert home designer. They’ll have the knowledge and expertise that you need to avoid making a fundamental error. They can also give further advice about things that you may not yet have considered. It’s also important that you work with a team of professionals when it comes to the actual building. The end result will only be as good as the workers who built it.
It goes without saying that there are things that can go wrong when you’re building a home, and when they do, they’re usually not just a small matter. They can be expensive to resolve if you only realize that there’s a problem when you’re far along with the project. One area to pay particular attention to is the ground; you’ll need to ensure that it’s appropriate for the building. This may mean working with a company like Mascore, who can provide a screw pile installation to underpin unstable foundations. As well as the practicalities of the construction, you’ll also need to ensure that you’re legally sound, too. There may be restrictions as to what you can build.
Finally, remember to stay patient. Building a house is not an easy undertaking, and not one that happens overnight, either. You’ll need to have the long game in mind when you get the project up and running — it could take 6 – 18 months from the moment you start to when you move into the home.
We all have those ‘what if’ plans that reside in the back of our minds. For example, many of us have already divided what we would do with lottery winnings reaching into the millions, or how we might reinvest back into our communities should our businesses take flight. However, when it comes to actually being in a position to make a dream a reality, even if it’s a little more humble than this, then we can immediately start to become a little confused.
This is where designing your dream home thoroughly can be included in the mix. There are many people who find a beautiful home they wish to inhabit, put a successful offer in, move into the home, and from there feel a little lost. They have the means to design their dream home, but now that all of the options are in front of them, choosing one among them can feel difficult. After all, choosing one thing by extension means denying all of the others.
As far as that is concerned, designing your dream home thoroughly is better helped when you consider the following advice:
Consider how you may wish to apply new creativity to your home. Might it be that designing a beautiful bed frame and having that made in a specialist workshop can help your child sleep in a nautically-inspired ‘ship’ each night? It might also be that small measures, such as an open plan wardrobe or a beautiful storage solution can be applied in a more artistic manner, depending on your personal tastes. We would think this can have a truly positive impact.
Sometimes, a dream home can remain a dream if it is not bound within professional application. This is because simply finding your best design takes time, and it must conform within the practical realities of your household. This is where the best architect services will shine, through and through. Showing a portfolio of their work, they will be able to contribute their best ideas for making your dreams a reality, while also helping you look at the property through a lens you may not have considered. When renovating or redesigning a home, these professionals are worth their weight in gold.
Consider the long term investment potential of certain improvements you make now. For example, perhaps the most obvious definition of this would be regarding solar power. If you have some land, even wind power can be a great thing to draw from, but solar panels are the most effective and commonly found forms of energy that before long, could pay off your electricity bills and thus pay for itself. Additionally, investments in areas of the home you may not use as much, such as improving your curb appeal, could one day help dramatically when having your house valued. It’s this long term perspective that can also pay dividends.
With this advice, we hope you can design your dream home thoroughly, and reap the rewards of that dream in more ways than one.