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Heydy Lopez


Squeeze & Shake; Ways To Make Your Lemonade Stand Adult Friendly

What pictures come to mind when you think about summer? For me, the beach, pools, and a nice cold drink are a must have during a warm summer day. How about a fun lemonade stand catered to your adult needs? Keep scrolling for find out how to make your very own lemonade mimosa and lemon ice cubes! Lemon Ice Cubes With summer on the mind, a few of us gathered together to bring our lemonade party to fruition. As previously confessed, I’m  ...


Behind The Lens With Kaylyn Barr of Kaylyn Barr Photography

There’s something special about getting your picture taken. To be honest, before I started blogging, I rarely found myself in front of the camera. I guess like many others, I never really thought about it. As my blog grew, I started realizing how important it was to connect with my readers on a personal level. Which, of course, meant sharing photos of my life. Knowing that my strength was in writing and not so much the photo part, I  ...

Motherhood, Style & Beauty

Styling The Bump: 35 to 37 Weeks

The night before I went into labor I posted this photo on Facebook with the caption “No signs of labor but both of us are doing well!”. Little did I know that would be the last bump photo I would share. I really wanted to post another installment of Styling The Bump before Isaiah was born but, he had other plans. Since his surprise delivery, I’ve been lost in the newborn fog and let me tell yah, this mama hasn’t been  ...


5 Ways To Get Your SUV Ready For Baby’s Arrival | Quaker State

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CanadianTire #QuakerState #CollectiveBias With only 3 weeks left of my pregnancy, the “to-do” list has finally started to get shorter. We still have to pack both hospital bags (one for me and one for Miguel). Wash, dry and fold the baby’s newborn clothing and blankets. Also, ensure that our SUV is safe and  ...


Random Thoughts during Day 1 of Maternity Leave | #ForBetterBeginnings #PlaytexMoms

It’s here, it’s here, the day has finally come! The day I’ve been itching for since we found out that we were expecting baby #3. As a #Playtexmom, I know that motherhood can be spontaneous, surprising and an overall a learning curve! When you think you have everything figured out, your toddler decides to throw a wrench in your plans and all you can do is go with the flow. So, of course, I thought I would share some random  ...

Motherhood, Parents Tips & Tricks

A Preteen Boys Overnight Summer Camp Packing Checklist | Printable

Last year, I sent Jayden to an overnight summer camp for the very first time. He was just shy of 9 years old. At first,  I was nervous and scared to send him to an overnight camp for six days! That’s 5 nights and 6 days away from both mom and dad. I don’t know about you but I think that’s a long time to trust your preteen boy to brush his teeth and take a shower every day. Overnight Summer Camp Packing Checklist Of course,  ...


When Great Things Happen | Chasing The Light

Two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to learn a few photographer tips and tricks from a few of my fellow boss mamas. We ended up chasing the light together. I’ll be the first to admit that my DSLR has been sitting in the closest for over a year. Of course, able to learn a few things. Like the difference between shooting in “JPEG” and “RAW”, I was all for it. I tried my very best to capture images that were on  ...


Why Going Through Labour A Third Time Isn’t A Charm

There are so many things running through my head as I type this post. Why going through labour a third time isn’t a charm. I’ve gone back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. Should I even share how I feel about going through labour a third time? Or am I being a baby? I envy all the mama’s who can watch themselves (on video) go through labour over and over again. Kudos to them for not cringing at the fact that a baby  ...


Styling The Bump: 31 to 34 Weeks

I can’t believe that we’ve made it this far!! When I first started the “Styling the Bump” series, I had no idea what to expect. Would people love it? Hate it? Get annoyed? We are now, officially 6 weeks from our due date and every fibre of my being is trying to enjoy every last bit of it. Being pregnant in this heat has definitely been rough. Thank god for maxi dresses, air conditioning, and swimming, am I right?!  ...