Easy Summer Tips Featuring Skin-Safe Make Up

As I get older, there are certain things I am willing to spend more on – foundation being one of them. With my finicky skin, I’ve tried everything from drugstore products to Clinique, MAC, Jane Iredale, BareMinerals, and Tarte.

My sister-in-law, Jocelyn, kind of has a reputation for being a make-up guru among our family and even with her friends. So when I heard she started using Beauty Counter,  a safe skin care line that provides chemical-free make-up options, my interest was peaked. In my attempts over the past 2-3 years to eliminate chemicals from our home, I have also experimented with my skin regime, but I hadn’t dived into changing up my make-up yet.

For summer, I wanted something light, with just enough coverage to make me feel comfortable, but not enough to hide that nice summer glow. Jocelyn recommended the Beauty Counter skin hydrating foundation and a color that would suit me. I’ve been using it for about a month and love it. Perfectly natural for summer, and about the same price point I’ve paid for different products at Sephora.

So, on that note, I asked Jocelyn to give you all some tips on the best make-up for summer, and which Beauty Counter products are quick and easy go-to’s! If you want to contact Jocelyn to learn more, you can email her at jocelyn.ledingham@gmail.com, or shop directly here. Thank you to my lovely sis for doing this video, and to iEvolve Photo for the beautiful filmwork and editing!


Again, if you want to shop Beauty Counter, please click here. Happy summer everyone!


What to do in dry seasons with God

I sat down the other morning, coffee and muffin in hand, the sun just shining over the houses across the street, and was hit with the word privilege and what an honour it is to freely get up and read the Word and spend time with God in the morning.

It’s felt like a quiet season, a bit of a dry one. Verses aren’t popping off the page and I don’t hear God’s thundering voice of clarity. It’s a season, and I’m well aware these exist.

But the quietness of this season is a reminder to me that it’s the Holy Spirit that illuminates the Word, teaches, instructs, and counsels. Not that He’s hiding from me, but I know there are just quiet seasons where God is still very present, doing a work, and His Word is growing despite the lack of angel-singing-glory-feeling daily quiet time.

Hebrews 4:12 says that “the Word of God is living and active, sharper than any double-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”

When we read, God’s word is sown in our hearts and minds, like a seed. And some seeds sprout up quickly, and some take much longer to germinate.

I recently planted a garden, and on the package of spinach, it said you could harvest it twice in a normal growing season. It sprouts quickly and you can plant again in our short growing season. Other vegetables, such as corn, are strong and tall, and take longer to germinate and to reach a harvest.

Either way, the seeds are planted and alive as they do their work beneath the soil. My job is to plant, but God’s job is to make it grow (1 Cor 3:6).

So rather than getting frustrated that I don’t always get the outcome I want right away, I am reminded that God’s word is imperishable and is living and abiding in me (1 Peter 1:23). The results? Are up to Him. My job is to show up, and seek to know Him.

I am reminded of the movie Finding Nemo, when the friendly fish Dory keeps singing “Just keep swimming, just keep swimming.”

Just keep planting. It’s a privilege to do so.

If you’re in a season of quietness with the Lord, despite your efforts to hear Him, take courage. If you have been planting seeds of His Word, it’s alive in you, it’s there, and will come to life in its time. Right when you need it.


Our Father’s Heart and a free printable

In honour of Father’s Day coming up, I wanted to share a FREE Father’s Heart Printable that I made from a list of verses I had written down from the Psalms that have helped me meditate on God’s character.

Over the last few years, I feel that God has been slowly refining, healing and revealing Himself to me in deeper ways – more of His heart – and learning His true character was where it started for me. I still have mountains to overcome and healing needed (don’t we all!), but for many years I felt that God was more of a teacher than a Father – someone who wanted to make an example of me, more than just give me the pleasure of being known and knowing Him. What a journey!

I hope this FREE Father’s Heart Printable is a blessing to you as you post it up somewhere or save it to your phone for a quick reference to Psalms as you meditate on how good God really is!


Finding simple peace

It’s been my favourite street since we moved into this neighbourhood 2.5 years ago. The trees are mature, with just the right amount of cover and sway, but enough gap to let the morning light in. Since spring arrived, Elizabeth and I have been frequenting this neighbourhood on our post-breakfast morning walk. And I love it. If the sun is shining, you will find us there.

I oogle at some of the houses with front porches (a dream!). We watch the kids run to school just down the street as the teachers or kids in orange jackets direct them. The lilacs along the path beg for me to pick them with their breathtaking fragrance. And the robins sing their morning melody. It’s like peace floods my heart. If I’m intentional, I try and make it my grateful walk. A prayer walk. But a lot of times, it’s just a chance to breathe the beautiful air. I can have trouble focusing or praying in my morning quiet time (if I get it in before E wakes up!), but as soon as we hit the path walking it’s like the heart and mind kick in.

Yesterday I felt bad for our bichon shitzu, Pippa, as she needed a walk, so I brought her with us. It was like walking a squirrel, ya’ll! She near tripped me with her leash doing figure 8’s as we crossed the street. So I decided that THIS walk is my peace walk for Elizabeth and I alone, and Pippa will have to get her walk another time!

I know it seems simple and trite, but having this little thing that is free, full of God’s beauty, and right out my back door, is something I am so thankful for. Our winters are long, so I am soaking it up!

I think as a mamma you have to find little things, accessible things, that bring you peace and joy. Something you can sow into your day that fills your heart. For some it might be gardening with the kids, lounging in the sun at naptime, or talking on the phone with a friend – whatever it is – I encourage you to find that beautiful place that God has waiting for you. Just for you.

Here are a few pictures from our walk this morning…

Dear sweet six-month-old Gabe

To celebrate the six-month-birthday of sweet Gabriel Zechariah (Gabe) and his obviously adorable rolls, his mamma and I headed down to a favourite spot of mine for a quick mini-session. He is rolling over and almost crawling already! With two big siblings to keep up to, it’s no wonder. Happy six-months sweet boy!