Podcasts, workouts, books and looks of November!

November is a bit of a blur honestly. My maternity leave started on November 1 at 38 weeks + 3 days pregnant and then 24 longgggg days later we finally welcomed our beautiful baby into the world. Time since then has absolutely flown by.

But I will attempt to recap November as best as I can!


I basically listened to podcasts non stop the first couple weeks of November because I was on maternity leave and doing a bunch of organizing, cleaning and cooking around the house. I really enjoyed the ‘It’s a Real Mother’ series on the Longest Shortest Time. Man did it ever make me feel extremely grateful for my 12-month paid maternity leave! Though a disclaimer to that is that it is not fully paid, for me it works out to about 1/3 of my normal salary.


Walking, walking and more walking. I walked at the track with my mom for 30 – 60 minutes almost every day in November. I went to 3 prenatal yoga classes in November and 1 or 2 beginner yoga classes. I also swam 2 or 3 times. But, for the most part, walking was my go to in those last few weeks of pregnancy.


I read 3 books before going into labour and then it took me like 14 days to finish a book post baby being born. I am hoping that once we get more established with breastfeeding I will be able to read books on my kindle while feeding Olivia. Right now I need both hands to adjust her / help her latch etc. but I have recently started listening to podcasts while feeding her because otherwise I was just mindlessly scrolling my phone (when I could use my hand) or watching whatever Eric had on TV, which has been Smallville as of late 🙂

Anyways… in November I only read 3 books but 2 of the 3 were 5 star books for me!


Two by Two was our family book club pick for the month. It was a typical Nicholas Sparks book. Kind of mindless and not terrible, but way way too long. Also it was written in the first person and the main character really annoyed me. 3 stars.

The Heart’s Invisible Furies is probably going to be my favourite book of 2017. I loved this book so much. It follows the life of Cyril, a gay man in Ireland in the 50’s and 60’s. The dialogue between the characters is amazing and Cyril’s wry sense of humour is fantastic. I can’t recommend this book enough. These are the exact kind of books I love – it’s long, it follows a character for their entire life so you really get to know them well and it covers some incredibly deep and complex topics while also having some lighter and more humorous parts. I would recommend this for fans of A Little Life, though it’s not nearly as depressing as A Little Life.

This is How it Always Is was also an excellent book that got 5 stars from me. It’s very well written and includes some quirky, interesting and lovable characters. It also tackles some very relevant and current societal issues around raising a transgender child and what it even means to be transgender as a child.


I did get my hair cut in November – one last pre-baby do. Other than the day I got it cut I’m pretty sure it was in a ponytail for the majority of the month.

I basically lived in stretchy workout clothes in November. Here is a picture taken at 41 weeks – still 4 days before Miss Olivia would make her appearance. Remember when I had a 10 lb baby in my belly?? Yikes. I do NOT miss being pregnant.

November 2017 is one for the books for sure since we welcomed our sweet daughter on November 24th! And life will never be the same again, but in the best way 🙂

What were your podcasts, books, workouts and looks for November? 


Podcasts, workouts, books and looks of October!

Happy November friends. It’s baby month for us! With a due date of November 13, we are guaranteed to have our baby in the month of November as the latest we would be induced would be between November 23 – 25. I am also now officially on maternity leave, which I will do a recap of my first few days next week 🙂

In the meantime, let’s take a moment to look back on October shall we?


Definitely my favourite podcast episode that I listened to in October was The Girl Next Door Fall Extravaganza episode. It was laugh-out-loud funny and I’m sure people were wondering why the crazy pregnant lady had such a big smile on her face and was laughing so hard while out walking her dog. I also listened to several episodes of The Birthful podcast in October and really enjoyed them, this is a great podcast to check out if you’re pregnant or have a newborn.


October was the month I really slowed down with my pregnancy workouts. I continued to “teach” bootcamp 2 mornings per week, but really all I would do is demo the move. I only really participated if it was upper body strength stuff or squats / lunges. I also continued to go to prenatal yoga once per week and tried to fit in 1-2 other yoga classes each week, but I am modifying A LOT now. We were lucky to have a pretty gorgeous month weather wise so I was still able to get out for lots of walks with Chloe and I managed to go swimming once per week. Overall though, I really noticed and felt the intensity of my exercise decrease big time in October as I got bigger and more pregnant.

And now at almost 39 weeks it’s looking like walks, swimming and prenatal yoga will be what takes me through to the end of pregnancy.


I managed to read five books in October. I technically finished Origin late on November 1, but since I read the majority of it in October I’m counting it!

My favourite read of the month was definitely Beartown. I cannot recommend this book enough. So well written and such an important and relevant topic. It was hard to read at times, but worth it. I was also excited to find out it’s the first book in a trilogy. The characters in this book are all so complex, the author did an amazing job giving each character depth and you could even find empathy for the “bad guys” in some situations. All the Ugly and Wonderful Things was also an excellent book. I went into it not really knowing at all what to expect, and I have to admit the love story that is at the centre of this book is incredibly disturbing and made me squirm in my chair multiple times. That said, the writing is amazing and I could not put the book down and this is another one where the characters are very complex and have so much depth. Highly recommend both those books!

The other three books were meh. I found The Lying Game to be quite boring for being a thriller. Thirteen Ways of Looking had amazing and beautiful prose – the writing was gorgeous – but the stories were lacking for me and I found it too easy to put down and not pick back up again. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Origin was definitely not the best written book but it was a page turner. However, I found it to be about 100 – 150 pages too long and it really drug on at the end.


Lots of looks to share with you this month as I bought some new maternity clothes at the beginning of the month. Plus, this will be my last time showing off my pregnant looks 🙂


I get lots of compliments on this mustard/floral top every time I wear it! These burgundy maternity leggings are sooo comfy as well. The second photo shows how I dressed up the leggings and top for work with a blazer and scarf!

Still wearing my favourite jean jacket! Though obviously it’s nowhere NEAR doing up anymore. I never did it up anyways 😉 This is what I wore to a coworkers going away party. I am 37 weeks here.

Love this sweater and actually purchased it at Target almost 3 years ago. It’s a maternity sweater, but I would wear it as a sweater dress pre-pregnancy. It’s definitely just a sweater again now!!

Love this plaid top – also a maternity top but I think I’ll wear it post-pregnancy. It’s nice and long.

And of course love my Thanksgiving shirt, which is so perfect for how I was feeling on Thanksgiving this year 🙂

I know I shared this picture in my last post, but I can’t share my looks of October without also sharing my Halloween costume – the avocado! So fun.


We got our first big snowfall in October, and though I can’t really say getting this much snow on October 25 is my “favourite” thing, it is kind of pretty. Plus it resulted in the second photo – a gorgeous winter sunset!

After this it warmed right up and almost all that snow melted, and just this week the temperatures have dropped below zero again and we’ve gotten a few skiffs of snow.

What were your podcasts, workouts, books, looks and favourite photo from October?? 


Podcasts, workouts, books and looks of September!

Happy October! Even though it was a very cold day yesterday, we did not wake up to a blanket of snow like we did last October 1, so for that I am very grateful 🙂


I was thinking the other day how much my podcast tastes have changed. Right now I’m really into listening to podcasts where two people chat about every day life. Also, I’m sure it’s no surprise that I am especially enjoying podcasts about motherhood/parenthood as I prepare to enter that stage of life myself. Here is a rundown of my favourite podcasts lately: The Girl Next Door | Chatty Sisters | The Simple Show | Matrimoney | Minimalist Moms Podcast | The Mom Hour.

If you have any other recommendations of podcasts that are two people chatting about every day life please let me know. Bonus points if it has a motherhood / parenthood angle! I also really like husband & wife podcasts but the only two I listen to are Matrimoney and Young House Love Has a Podcast.


My workouts have definitely decreased as I move further into the third trimester. Unfortunately, due to our local pool being closed for maintenance in September I didn’t do ANY swimming. And after completing 10,000 steps every single day from June 1 – August 31 I really cut back on the walks in September as well. Also, I know walking feels amazing to most pregnant ladies but it’s actually felt the most uncomfortable for me. I get round ligament pain pretty bad in my lower belly if I go for too long of walks or walk too quickly.

The two things that feel amazing to me are strength training and yoga. I did several Fitness Blender workouts the first few weeks of September and on September 21 I started teaching a morning bootcamp class twice per week! So far my participants do not seem to mind that I modify a lot and they still do the full version! 🙂 I teach it on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:15 – 7am. Exercise also still feels best to me in the morning, by the end of the day I am very tired and get crampy if I’m on my feet too much. I went to 9 yoga classes in September, some of them prenatal and some regular classes. I modify A LOT in the regular classes, but still love how they make me feel, especially hip openers.

I’m looking forward to getting back to the pool one or two times per week in October!


I read four books in September. I’ve read 40 books so far in 2017 so need to get moving on it if I want to finish 12 more to meet my goal of reading 52 books this year!

Behold the Dreamers was definitely my favourite book of September. It is such a well-written book that really shines a light on the difficult experiences immigrants to North America face and how much those of us born here take things for granted. I can see why it was an Oprah book club pick! The Little Paris Bookshop was not my favourite at all, I definitely would have given up on this book if it wasn’t a book club pick! I managed to get through it (barely) but don’t recommend it at all. The Hate U Give has had a lot of buzz and I did really enjoy it. It’s a page turner and very relevant right now. I did find it to be a bit on the long side, and some of the dialogue lacking, but overall enjoyed it. The Year of Living Danishly was interesting and well-written, though I did find the author spent more time making fun of Danes and their traditions than praising them! However, it did reiterate the impact living in a country where people feel safe, secure and taken care of by the government can have on one’s happiness.


I loved this dress and kimono I wore to my baby shower, both are from Pink Blush Maternity.

I also liked the outfit I wore for our maternity photos. The top is from Pink Blush Maternity as well!

I just wore this outfit last Friday. Both the dress and jean jacket are pre-pregnancy pieces. Obviously the jean jacket doesn’t do up whatsoever, however works as a layering piece. I’m 34 weeks today and basically at the point of pregnancy where I’m living in leggings and dresses!

What were your podcasts, workouts, books and looks from September?