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may calendar download.

The May free calendar download is available now! Download here (right click and select download linked file)

Enjoy!

xo
melo

mothers day gift guide.

 

Mothers day is fun time of year isn't it? All us mama's get to be spoiled and pampered like the amazing women we are, right? Well, not so much in my household. Last year my husband said, 'why would I have to get you anything, you're not my mom!' AHHH!!!!! And it was my first Mother's day. It's one of those moments where you contemplate divorce vs. murder, no? 

It is not easy being a mother...and anyone who has pushed an 8lb baby out of their hooha can tell you that. It's painful, and awful, and somehow lovely at the same time because you get this beautiful little bundle of joy. And then they scream and cry and you want to pull your hair out or fall over and die because you're so exhausted, but you love them anyways, and you keep on going. Because that is what mama's do!! We hustle. I told my husband that my hooha has more balls than he does - because it's freakin true! Women have it tough, but somehow we manage to do it all. Cheers to that. We deserve to be appreciated with some lovely little things sometimes right? Because we spend all of our time taking care of others, and I think that one day a year, someone should take care of us. Right!!!!? Right.

Anyways, I know you want to buy things. These are just some things that I know I would appreciate as a hard working mama, and I'm thinking you amazing ladies out there might as well. And if your husband is like mine, maybe you just need to treat yourself for being such a great mama? Or better yet, spoil your mama if you are not one! 

So if you want to buy something pretty, check this stuff out. 

art print melo and co  backpack aritzia  scarf zara  rings tarin thomas  throw indigo  clock indigo

new in.

New in the shop! I've been hustling trying to get some new products in - expecially with the floating type. People are loving it!

I finally ended up doing a sign for Hunter. I'd been putting it off for awhile because I couldn't decide what I wanted, and in the end I decided that I wanted a half white sign, and so that is one of the new products! I'm obsessed with it. Hope you love it too!

xo
mel

summer blacks.

Some people wear pastels and florals all summer - I wear black (and white and grey of course too) Why can't you wear black in the summer? It's fun too. Fun in a seriously cool way, no? When it comes to black in the summer, I think the key is soft fabrics, mixing textures and pops of white. That's make makes it fresh and not blah. Like instead of black leggings and a black tee, do black silky drawstring pants, a black knit tank and soft flowing trench, or even a leather jacket would do. Its casual, comfy and cool, and super easy to put together, for all you busy ladies out there. And it's perfect for cool mornings by the lake!

We shot this on the most beautiful morning, down by the boardwalk. Normally I prefer white backgrounds...but this was just too stunning to pass up! It's been such a long winter, that seeing such gorgeous blue skies and water was like heaven. We shot the look and then went to the park with Hunter so that he could play, and he played in the sand for the first time by the beach! Although, he was a bit apprehensive about the sand.

Go out and enjoy the sunshine, people!

pants aritzia shoes adidas tank aritzia trench similar

xo
melo

white, white and more white.

White, black grey. They are the best. And with spring here finally, I'm busting out my whites! Not that this vest is terribly practical for being a mama, but it's good for outings when I may not get baby food all over it. Like date night! Need one of those soon actually. 

Anyways, enjoy the outfit, it's early in the morning, and I'm trying to get some stuff done before Hunter wakes up, so my brain still isn't functioning enough to write something with any real content. 

shoes zara  vest zara  bag chapters indigo

hat love.

For many many years, I have had an infatuation with hats. I buy them constantly. But here's the thing...I wear my hair up a lot because it's really fine and I shouldn't wash it every day, but then I have to put it up and I can't wear my hats when it's up!! So they just sit there and stare at me and I wait until I have a clean hair day and then I wear my hats. Enter solution. I realized a few weeks ago that I have been doing it all wrong. I shouldn't be putting my hair in a bun on the second day! I should be putting it in a low pony and throwing on a hat - voila! Problem solved. This only came about after I bought this gorgeous hat and decided that I needed to wear it every day before it got too hot to wear it. So everyday the hair goes in a pony and the hat goes on. And luckly, the hat covers up the fact that my hair isn't always entirely clean (and don't think I'm gross, I run a business and take care of a toddler full time - I have like no time to wash my locks every day, even if it was good for my hair!). Thank goodness for hats.

Also, on a sidenote, yesterday I started to tell my husband about a blog post I did, and he said ' I know, I read it today', and I was like...'you WHAT?!'...it's actually super weird that he read my blog post..and totally uncharacteristic of him. I didn't think he cared too much for my blog. But hey...it's all good. And babe, if you're reading this, get back to work you lazy f&ck. (just joking, I'm not really that mean)

hat forever21 pants aritzia sneakers adidas

xo
melo

work it mama.

As a mom and an entrepreneur, life can be rather challenging. There's the issue of lack of sleep, stress, and just in general having more things to do than can physically be done in one day. I am taking care of Hunter full time, who is just 16 months old now, and my two psycho dogs (a boston terrier and an american bulldog), as well as my husband - plus running a business! It's kind of insane - all you 'momtepreneurs' out there know what I mean. 

My days are pretty much a blur. It all begins with Hunters screams of impatience when he wakes up and I'm not immediately there to give him the boob. So I pull my tired ass out of bed and feed him, play with him, while simultaneously attending to my emails and social media, and making myself a cocoa and avocado smoothie to wake me up and ensure I'm not a zombie all day. Because in the morning, I am totally a zombie (largely because I often work until anywhere from 1am to 3am) Sometimes I wonder if I am totally insane to take on so much, but then I run into other 'momtepreneurs' who have like, 3 kids, and I feel like maybe it's not so bad. I'm certainly not the only one, and I definitely don't have it as difficult as some women. I don't even know how people handle 3 kids, let alone 3 kids and a business. 

So although I am not an expert, here are a few of my tips for not going totally insane as a mom and a business owner:

 

1. Eat healthy.

For me, this is super important, because when I don't eat healthy I feel even more tired and sluggish than I would otherwise. I don't eat sugar, gluten, dairy, or processed foods. In our household we eat mostly vegetables and any packaged food is organic and preservative free. I totally believe in eating foods that are as whole and natural to the planet as possible. My favourite meal of the day is breakfast though. Because I am so tired, and I don't drink coffee (because it makes me break out - ugh), I use cocoa powder as substitute, as it works similarly to caffeine and really gets me awake in the morning! I make the yummiest chocolate breakfast smoothie using 1 avocado, raspberries, unsweetened almond milk and cocoa powder. It is delicious, and I highly recommend it! The only difficulty with eating so healthy, is all of the food prep. There is no easy meal, especially for Hunter. I feel like I'm preparing food and feeding him all day! He's pretty much the hungriest child ever. 

 

2. Let go of the guilt. 

As a new mom, I have often struggled with feeling guilty for dragging my son around to meetings with vendors, or picking up stuff for the business, or not paying enough attention to him because I have a tight deadline. There have been many days when my son is playing nicely so I decide it's a good time to quickly take some photos for the website and then he starts to scream. But I'm already halfway done and I'm telling him 'just one minute! Just give me a minute!'. It can be super frustrating for both him and I. He wants my attention, and I just want one minute. He doesn't understand that mommy is just trying to make a living so that she can stay home with him instead of going to work full time and sending him off to daycare! So I have just had to let go of the guilt and realize that I am doing the best that I can. I make time for my son, and I make time for my business, and sometimes they are going to butt heads.

 

3. Separation.

As a follow up to #2, I have found that it is super important to separate business from time with my little guy as much as I can. I am trying to make time now specifically for Hunter, by taking him to the community centre programs to play with other kids (also because he seriously needs to develop some social skills!), and being sure to be focused on him during meal time and play time, instead of constantly checking my phone and replying to emails (and this for me is the hardest part). He needs time when his mama isn't preoccupied with work, and I need time away from my phone so that I can really focus on being a great mama. It's also a great break from work, that helps me to come back to it refreshed later. 

 

4. Naps. 

I have very recently discovered the wonderous magic of nap time. Hunter has always been a difficult child to get to sleep. I have driven him around, I've given him the boob to sleep at for hours at a time, and I have napped with him because he just wouldn't stop screaming otherwise. He can be a somewhat demanding child, and maybe I was a bit of a pushover. At the book recommendation of a fellow mama, I discovered the secret to getting my little guy to nap. And the results have been amazing - although terribly painful for the first couple of days...I hate listening to him cry. That's the worst! Finally he naps for 1.5 - 2.5 hours during the day! It's a miracle!!! So instead of working until 2am every night, I can get some of that work done while my brain is still functioning during the day. It has also made Hunter a much happier child, and it has made me a much happier Mama. Nap time is like the best thing ever. Seriously. It may have taken me a little too long to figure it out though.

 

And that's it, that's all I've got for now. Hope my tips helped, or at least didn't bore you to tears. Happy napping!

xo
melo