Mother's Day Then and Now


{On Me} Dress: Boutique (similar floral maxis here, herehere, here, here in black, love this one)
Wedges: Nine West old (similar color/styles here, here, here, here, here + here)
Earrings: Majorica //  Bangles: Forever 21
Sunglasses: Target (not shown) *Designer version here // Straw Tote: Mar y Sol (not shown) 


{On Lily} Top: Janie & Jack old (similar herehere)  //  Leggings: Janie & Jack
Sandals: Cherokee  //  Hair Bow: Cherokee old (similar here)
Sunglasses: Janie & Jack (not shown)

Hi Lovelies! I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful Mother's Day weekend with your mom and/or families. We sure did and the weather was just perfect for it! We typically spend the day together with my husband's parents who live nearby (since my own mom lives back home in Toronto) however this year, my in-laws decided to escape for a week-long getaway so we're planning to celebrate with them later this week when they return. Since it was just our little family of 3, we decided to keep things simple by enjoying brunch at home then heading to the beach for the afternoon followed by a casual family dinner out.

We had the best time at the beach building sand castles, jumping through waves, splashing in the water and taking in the warm salty air. Lily was so focused on digging in the sand and filling up her pail, it was cute to watch. Although we were only there for a few hours, it was still relaxing and exactly what we needed. The beach is definitely our happy place, there's something so wonderful about getting a dose of natural Vitamin D, Vitamin Sea, feeling warm sand under your feet and hearing the waves crashing, it seems to make all the cares of the day disappear.

Here's a look at what I wore on Mother's Day. I recently picked up this breezy red floral maxi dress locally and paired it with my favorite gray wedges (last seen here paired with blush pink + white denim,  here with gray floral denim + black and a close-up worn with my very favorite nailpolish color here. It gets so hot here in Florida so quickly that I live in dresses 3/4 of the year. Lily was having fun picking jasmine flowers off our vine and offering them to me. Every year on Mother's Day it's a tradition that Lily and I take mother-daughter photos together outdoors (usually on our property). I realized that I haven't shared the previous years here (with the exception of my maternity photo below from this bump update post), so I thought it would be fun to finally share those photos below. It's amazing to see how fast little ones grow! :) She is at a stage that I'm loving, I honestly wish I could keep her this age for a long time. I will forever treasure these photos and I feel so incredibly blessed to be her mother.

2015- Lily was 20 months old.

2014- My 1st official Mother's Day! Lily was 8.5 months old.

2013- My 1st unofficial Mother's Day! I was 25 weeks along.

As a young girl, I always dreamed of being a mom one day and as an adult prayed for many years that I'd get to experience having a baby of my own, I especially wanted to have a little girl, which I'm forever grateful for now having. Having a daughter has changed me in the best possible kind of ways and above all other things, I believe that motherhood is the greatest gift and calling in life-nothing else compares to it! No matter what else I accomplish in my lifetime be it my career or otherwise, raising my sweet girl will always be my most important and meaningful life's work. Words alone cannot adequately express what my precious daughter means to me. She is the joy and love of my life, my best friend and each day I look forward to the funny new things she'll say or do and the sweetest cuddles + kisses. I live for hearing these 4 words: "I love you Mama'.



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