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Tuesday, 24 May 2016

5 Tips to Help with Mom Worry

Mama and mini

Oh Mom worry, my fickle little friend. If you are a Mom, you probably know what I am talking about. I spend a lot of my time worrying about my daughter. There are nights I have spent just lying there worrying about the most obscure things while my husband falls asleep next to me in two seconds flat. I worry about things that happened that day, or what is going to happen the next day, or in a few months and even years down the road. Some things I worry about are if she's too hot or cold when she's sleeping, what the heck that rash is, if she's getting enough to eat, if she is going to cry the whole time at sunday school, if she will have nice, kind friends growing up, or if she will find a sweet husband like her Dad. The list goes on. I know that this is totally normal but it also can become all too much. It ultimately can start to take over your life. It can become time consuming and takes joy away from the present moment. I want to share with you a few tips that I have found helpful in dealing with it:

1.) Pray:
If I am being completely honest, this isn't always my first instinct. I am trying so hard to give up my worries to God first and foremost. When something bad happens or you are worrying about something, it can be hard not to jump onto Google first. I'm trying to talk to God first instead of Google, haha. I've memorized a Bible verse, so that when these worries first pop into my head I try and recite it instead of worrying. Matthew 6:34 "Therefore do no worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." I love how this verse speaks so much truth to me. It's just simple and makes so much sense.

2.) Talk to another Mom :
I am incredibly blessed to have several friends who are fellow Mom's with kids around the same age as Emery. It is so great to have other people who know what you are going through and to support one another. Whenever something comes up with Emery & I am not always sure what's going on, I know I can count on these ladies for help. Chances are they had the same worry, or had a similar thing happen. They will also tell you if you are being absolutely ridiculous which is exactly what you need to hear sometimes. If you don't have friends with kids, check out Facebook to find a Moms group in your area. Chances are there will be one and they will be super helpful!

Mother & Daughter spring photos

3.) Write it down:
This one is pretty simple but very satisfying. Write down whatever you are worrying about, however big or small it is. Write them all down a piece of paper. It feels kinda good to put your words down on paper. Then take that paper and rip it into a million pieces. That feels even better! It's like telling all those worries to take a hike!

4.) Exercise:
This can be as easy as going for a run or walk, or if you are feeling like you really need to get rid of those worries go and punch some sand bags! Exercise is such a great stress reliever and helps gets the good endorphins flowing! It's always hard to start your workout but after your done you will feel so much better and have a great sense of accomplishment. You will also most likely have forgotten about your worries because you were concentrating on those darn burps instead!

5.) Do something relaxing :
One of my favourite ways to relax and forget about my worries is to have a nice long, warm bubble bath. Pour yourself a fancy drink, light a candle or two and grab yourself a trashy magazine to get lost in. Another personal favourite is to go for a massage. If you have good benefits, sometimes massages are even covered! It's a great way to get out of the house and take time for yourself. Sometimes I even fall asleep and have a little cat nap. Lets face it, what Mom couldn't use a nap?

I hope this helped you a little bit if your a Mom or even if your not :). Thanks for taking the time to read it. Let me know how you deal with worrying below.

<3 Kastles

Monday, 16 May 2016

Jean Jacket Revival

How to style a jean jacket

How to style sneakers

How to style a jean jacket

How to style a jean jacket for spring

Distressed denim and sneakers

This jean jacket is back with a vengeance. I find myself constantly grabbing this bad boy to throw on whenever I'm leaving the house. For a more Canadian Tuxedo look you can pair it with your favourite blue jeans or for a nod to the 90's it also looks great with a ditzy floral print dress. 

Have you revived your jean jacket yet?

<3 Kastles

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Old Navy Black Distressed Jeans
Fidelity Jean Jacket c/o (similar)
Kate Spade NY Navy Satchel (similar)

Monday, 25 April 2016

Snapchat & Spring

White for spring

Ripped denim

White peasant top

White tops for spring

How to style denim for spring

White peasant top

If you follow me on Snapchat (kastlescamponi), you will know two things: 1.) My iMac starting going on the fritz last week and 2.) Emery & I were a little under the weather. Hence the lack of appearance on this little corner of the Internet. Thankfully my hubby is a bit of a nerd & could fix our computer temporally so I could edit and save some photos. 

Now onto more important things like this Aili peasant top from Anthropologie. I adore the black and white print, and it's perfect for spring. It's not too heavy for the unusual heat wave that we have been having in Edmonton. I can't wait to pair it with a pair of my favourite shorts either. Now I just have to work on getting my legs ready for shorts, haha!

I hope your week is off to a wonderful start! 

<3 Kastles

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American Eagle Ripped Boyfriend Jeans c/o (similar)
3.1 Phillip Lim for Target Satchel
DelilahK Gold Cuff c/o

*Photos by Anton Atienza*
Friday, 15 April 2016

Easy Veggie Square Appetizer

Easy veggie square appetizer

I almost always get stuck when trying to decide what to bring to a potluck. My bible study was having a potluck this week and it was an appetizer theme. One of my best friends reminded me of these veggie squares that I've made before. It's actually a recipe from my sweet Nana. I grew up eating these at all sorts of family events. They are easy to make, taste delicious and bring out a little bit of nostalgia.

Veggie squares

Cut veggies

Fresh veggies

-Raw veggies of your choice, I usually use: a bell pepper, broccoli, cauliflower
-1/4 cup grated carrot
-1/4-1/2 cup of finely chopped fresh parsley
-1 can of Pillsbury crescent rolls
-1 container of cream cheese at room temperature (whipped cream cheese makes it even easier)
-1/4 cup of mayonnaise (I use olive oil mayo)
-a dash of lemon juice

Easy appetizer

Easy Veggie Squares

Veggie squares

Easy Veggie Squares

1.) Open up Pillsbury crescent rolls and roll them out onto a greased cookie sheet. Some of the rolls will fall apart, so just pinch them together. Basically you want to create one giant rectangular sheet made of crescent rolls.
2.) Bake according to directions. Keep an eye on it near the end so you don't over bake it.
3.) Chop and dice your veggies while it's baking. 
4.) Whip together the cream cheese, mayo, chopped parsley and dash of lemon juice. Depending on how much parsley you like, you can add 1/4 cup or 1/2 cup. 
5.) Let crescent roll sheet cool.
6.) Spread cream cheese mixture onto the crescent roll sheet.
7.) Press your desired veggies into the cream cheese mixture.
8.) Top it with the grated carrot.You can also add little bit of chopped parsley if desired.
9.) Let cool in fridge for 1-2 hours.
10.) Cut into desired square sizes of your choice.


I'm so excited it's Friday! I hope you all have a lovely weekend!

<3 Kastles

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Current Favourite Beauty Products

The latest in beauty products

It's been awhile since I've shared with you lovely readers my favourite beauty products. So here is a round up of my favourite beauty products as of lately. They are quickly becoming my new obsession.  Let me know what you are obsessed with down below. I love hearing about new products!

Beauty products for spring

Rodial was just introduced to me, and I have been testing out a few of their products. They have a lot of great skin products but also some equally awesome beauty ones. This blush has become my favourite colour for spring. It's a perfect coral colour that goes on velvety and not too heavy. It also has antioxidants and emollient ingredients in it, which is great for the skin.

I usually get stuck wearing the same nude or brown shades when it comes to eyeshadows. I use to be more adventurous when it comes to eyeshadows, so I have been trying to step up my eyeshadow game again. When I saw this beautiful set of colours from CHANEL, I had to test it out. The purple shade is super pretty on, and I like how there are two medium tones to colour and contour. Plus they give you a light shade for highlighting and a darker one to intensify. I love when things are set up for me like that!

the latest beauty products

The best lip products for spring

Now there are several YouTube stars who are amazing at contouring and sculpting everything, including lips. I am not even close to being that talented but totally interested in experimenting when it comes to contouring. Thankfully MAKEUP FOREVER just released a few new products that makes contouring & sculpting easier for the rest of us. The Pro Sculpting Lip is a double ended tool that helps create the illusion of fuller looking lips. Basically you use the one end that has an opaque semi-matte colour then follow it up with the other end which has an iridescent powder-to-cream highlighter that adds volume and shape to your lips. It's a really fun tool to experiment with and this colour was a nice change from my usual pink tones. 

YSL Rouge Pur Couture Vernis a Levres' Glossy Stain in 33 Bourgogne Artistique

YSL Beauty products continue to impress me. I last talked about YSL Beauty in my post about pink lipsticks for spring, which you can read here. The Glossy Stain from YSL is an all in one lip product. It's a gloss, stain and lipstick. Looking at it initially I thought it would be super thick and sticky. It was surprisingly lightweight and went on so smooth. The colour of this gloss is beautiful and very pigmented. It's also a super intense colour so I usually go light with my other make up when wearing this product. I'm intrigued to try it in other colours. 

The latest beauty products

Until recently, I wasn't even aware that Shu Uemura had hair products. I thought they just carried make-up products. I've been using their eyelash curler for a very long time, so I was excited to try out some of their hair products. I absolutely love this finishing spray! It it is like hair spray but not sticky or stiff at all. It holds shape and allows your hair to move, and it smells delightful. A little heads up though, it's a very powerful spray. As in, when it comes out of the can it is a strong blast of spray. 

This primer from Dermalogica has become an everyday favourite. I always follow up with this after applying my daily moisturizer. It goes so smooth and honestly makes my skin feel so velvety. It also really does make my pores way less noticeable and doesn't make my skin feel sticky at all. 

Have you tried any of these products? What did you think? Let me know!

<3 Kastles

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