Everly’s DIY Floral mobile

Photography by Heidi Stadlinger

A step by step guide on how to make this beautiful mobile for your nursery. Everly absolutely loves it!


1. A styrofoam ring (size of your choice). I purchased mine at Michael’s craft store.

2. Ribbon or String. Purchase enough to wrap around the styrofoam ring, and extra ribbon to hang your wreath from your ceiling. You can choose two different ribbon styles and colours or stick with one. I used lace ivory ribbon and a natural thin string to hang it from the ceiling.

3. Artificial flowers of your choice. Make sure to purchase different sizes and colour tones that match your style of room.

Hot glue gun


Photography by Heidi Stadlinger

Let’s do this!

Firstly, wrap your styrofoam ring with ribbon, so that no gaps are showing. Secure with hot glue gun.

Now the next part is another element that you can add or not, but I loved the look of it. I wrapped string in a figure eight across straight across the wreath moving slightly around the whole wreath. It should look like a pretty spiral design with a knot style center.

Using your hot glue gun, it’s time to secure the flowers to your styrofoam wreath. Space them as close together or as far apart as you’d like. Experiment with different colours and positions until you are happy with the outcome. You can use pins to temporarily secure the flowers until you’re ready to glue them on. I also included greenery to give it a more natural feel.

Photography by Heidi Stadlinger

You’ll need two extremely long pieces of ribbon or string for this part. Once you have decided how low you want your wreath to hang from the ceiling, you’ll need to double that length and cut your two pieces of ribbon/string. Fold each piece in half and attach to opposite sides of the wreath (north and south, east and west). This will give you four strands of ribbon that stretch from the wreath up to the roof.

I added three strings to the spiral center of string. I spaced them out and cut them in different lengths. I just knotted them on a piece of string in the center. At the bottom of each string, I hot glued a rose bud to it.

Loop your ribbons over your ceiling hook and voila, the perfect addition to your nursery.

Photography by Heidi Stadlinger


Michebella xo

Everly’s Nursery

Photography by Heidi Stadlinger

This has been long overdue and since 988 of you saved it (Wowzers!), I thought its about time!  Many of you have asked about where I purchased the things in her nursery and finally, I’ve made some time to answer all your questions.

First off, Everly’s nursery is one of my favourite places in the house. I just love it! From the window to the wall….to the sweat drop…NAHHH, I’m not finishing those lyrics, lol! As I was saying, its my fav spot and I know it’s everyone else’s too.

Let’s get started folks. Below is the full list of items, (with links to some items) and where I purchased them.


Name: Komar La Maison Wall mural


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Everly’s wood nameLushlemonco


Mobile – Products purchased at Michaels Craft Store and put together by Jaxson & I (assembly instructions in my next blog)

Photography by Heidi Stadlinger


Name: Modo


Crib star pillowHomesense

Photography by Heidi Stadlinger

Crib DollCuddle and Kind dolls


Light FixtureIkea

Name: Industriell


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Hanging Plant stands – Terra Nursery

Rocking Chair – I got mine from Kijiji but something similar from Wayfair

Name: Epic Swivel Glider


Photography by Heidi Stadlinger

Moroccan Leather PoofWayfair


White Side table Ikea

Name: Lindved


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Pink BlanketHomesense

Gold diaper pailBuy Buy Baby

Name: Ubbi


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Name: Latham Rigo Jute Hand woven tan area rug – SKU ATGR3398

Gold LampIkea

Name: Arstid


Wood Hook – Homesense

Photography by Heidi Stadlinger


Handmade doll Eparpillees


Pacifier Name clip – Cutie Chews


Pacifier – Ryan and Rose


Booties & Crib Pillow – Wayfair

Name: Boutique Crib set


Wood Plaque – Happily with love


Photography by Heidi Stadlinger

Photography by Heidi Stadlinger

I think I covered it all. Happy Shopping and make sure to let me know if you purchased anything for your baby’s nursery from this list.

Photography by Heidi Stadlinger


Michebella xo

Everly’s Birth Story

I wanted to write this ever since Everly was born. I wanted to share her beautiful birth story but seems like I forgot how busy it is with a newborn. Lol.

Here I am now, Everly is napping and I’m surprisingly not tired enough to nap with her. I have some time (maybe 30 mins or so, to write Everly’s birth story.

As you know from my stories and posts, I was at 40 weeks 4 days when I had my last OB appointment. I was overdue and ready for Miss Everly to make an appearance. I received three stretch & sweeps, and did almost every hack or trick to start labour on my own. Clearly, didn’t work, since I was 2 cm dilated for a couple weeks. I had a visit with my OB on Monday, October 1 st. to discuss the option of induction.  During that appoinment I had my fourth and final stretch & sweep, and wow did it hurt!!….OMG! She told me she swept me good…lol! I didn’t really believe her, since the others didn’t work. ;-0. By the time I left the office, we booked my induction for the Wednesday of that week, (40 weeks 6 days).

I went home and was on my same daily routine, (house chores, kids…etc.). The night came, and at around 11:30p.m I felt my first contraction. I wasn’t sure if it was braxtion hicks or real time contractions. I got my phone and began tracking them…..11:51, 12:01, 12:08, 12:16, 12:25…..1:35, 1:42, 1:49…by 2 a.m., we were off to the hospital.

While on route, we messaged Heidi to let her know that baby Everly was on her way. I wanted to have my best friend Heidi there for the birth since she is a significant part in our lives and big part of my kids lives as well. I also wanted her to be there for Everly’s birth because she is a nurse and able to support me during my labour. Luckily, she doubles as a photographer and documented the birth.

We arrived around 2:30 a.m., and was hooked up to the machines to monitor the contractions. I was about 3 1/2 dilated. They told me to go for a walk around the hospital for two hours and come back. I was dreading those words since I arrived. I was instructed to do so for Jaxson’s labour. I didn’t last for 30 mins and was in so much pain. When I returned to L&D I was already 9 cm dilated. That was my fear with Everly’s labour and of course the dreadful back labour. I also worried about having another big baby (10lbs), yup thats right, we make big babies!

But away we went for a walk and tracking how far the contractions were. The hallways were empty but just a couple of lonely pregnant ladies walking around, lol! I made my 10,000 steps just before 4 a.m. lol!  4:30a.m approached, my contractions were 3 minutes apart with on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the most pain), contractions, I was at 7, I was ready to pack it in and head back.

Back to the L&D ward, I was admitted and Heidi arrived at the same time. We got situated in the room and I had asked for the epidural ahead of time. I almost missed my window with Jaxson, so didn’t want that to happen again. My OB broke my water to get things really going. I had my epideral and it was smooth sailing. We watched my contractions on the monitor, talked, read magazines, got Starbucks etc. while waiting for this little pumpkin to show face.


I was told earlier about the delivery process as it had changed since I last gave birth, (9 years ago…lol). They told me that once Everly was born, she immediately goes on my chest for skin to skin bonding. No wiping, no cleaning, no weighing, nothing….just directly on me for an hour to bond and to feed. At first, I wasn’t too sure about this new process since I was used to the clean-up before being able to bond with my baby.

Everything was going smooth by 8 am, until they had to check my cervix again. When they finished, they raised my head back up. All of a sudden, I felt like puking and was extremely tired, tired enough to be fighting to keep my eyes open. Apparently I dropped my blood pressure. Heidi was able to tell me exactly what was happening which was a reassuring since so many things seemed to be happening at once.

Thankfully I had Heidi to help and ask questions. After that happened, they decided to lower my epidural to the point I started to feel the contractions again. I told the nurse to increase it back up as I don’t want to be in pain when pushing. She finally did it after several discussions and I was back in the painless free zone. YAY

11:00 a.m. I was ready to push. Told my nurse and she got the resident and my OB. They checked my cervix and said, “Let’s have a baby!”

My little Everly was ready to come out and see us finally. Now by this time, the epidural wore off a bit and as I was pushing, I could feel her in my cervix and the pain. But I was in it to win it, ready for all this to be over. I pushed and squealed for 19 mins, and out comes her beautiful round head. Then her arms. Then her torso. Just before her legs came out, they instructed me to grab her and pull her out myself and place her right on my chest. I reached out to grab my beautiful baby girl, while looking at her thinking to myself, we made her….we made this beautiful human being, (I was crying and I’m crying now as I write this). When I felt her arms and lifted onto my chest and held her so close to my body, it was the most amazing experience of my life. Words can’t express the overwhelming emotions that runs through your body as you look down at your baby for the first time. The baby that was growing in your tummy for 9 months, the one that was kicking you in the ribs for months, they one that you made sure to eat right and take your prenatal vitamins for, the one that you listened to her heart beat at every appointment and the one that was holding my index finger so tight as she laid on my chest knowing I’m blessed to be her mother. She was here, Everly Michelle, our third beautiful child. This experience was one I will never forget.

Everly Michelle

9 lbs 8 oz

11:34 a.m

22 cm long

The kids were so excited to meet their new baby sister. We are over the moon with her and are thankful that we decided to make our family of four into a family of five.

Special thanks to Heidi for being part of Everly’s birth story & to the nurses and my OB at MUMH in Hamilton, Ontario.

Picking out our baby girls name

Picking a name for our little bundle of joy has been fun but complicated at the same time. We contemplated about so many different ones but settle on one that we truly love. This is the name your child will hold forever, so, it better be a good one!

Photo by Heidi Stadlinger Photography

It had been a little challenging for my hubby and I to completely agree on a name. We haven’t had to think about this sort of thing for 9 years. And now we did it all over again. Before finding out the sex of the baby, we had a boys babe picked out. But as for a girls babe, omgosh we couldn’t decide. We found it harder to pick out a girls name. We even thought back to some of the names we picked out for our first girl.

When I was 28 weeks we finally picked a name for our baby girl. However, three weeks ago my husband decided he wanted to reevaluate our baby’s name. I think he was having a bit of stage fright. Lol

Little does he know, at the end of the day, it’s my pick. Sorry babe… Love ya!

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The name we chose is unique but fits well with our other children’s names and sounds good with our last name. We also have a cute nickname for her in hopes that it will sound good when her soccer coach calls her on the field!! Yup, crazy soccer parents!

Photo by Heidi Stadlinger Photography

So by now maybe you’re wondering what I am going to name this little miracle but nope! We will just have to wait till the day I deliver our beautiful baby girl. My reasoning for this is that I want this to be completely our choice and not have the reactions of others. We love her name and that’s what matters.

How did you go about picking your child’s name? Do you have names that you already love?


Michebella xo

What’s in my hospital bag

I packed my hospital bag and diaper bag at 35 weeks. My last two pregnancies, I delivered around the 40 week mark, so I decided not to pack too much earlier than that.

Photo courtesy of Luxury Labour Bags

One of the best gifts that helped me pack the essentials and kick start this duty was the luxury labour bag. It is truly amazing and has different bag options to chose from. I received the Classic Mama bag which included the following;

Herschel Novel duffle bag in your choice of either Light Grey or Black.


Premium flip-flops

Toiletries bag including:



Shower gel

Bamboo toothbrush

Natural salt toothpaste

Natural deodorant

Ponytailmail hair ties


Disposable maternity underwear (great for both natural and C-section deliveries)

Natracare maternity pads

Pacifica-purify coconut water make-up wipes

Natracare nursing pads

Earth Mama Angel Baby Milkmaid Tea

Earth Mama Angel Baby nipple butter

Burt’s Bees lip balm

Acure Argan oil

EO Coconut Lemon hand sanitizer

Pen and notepad

Water cup with straw

Folder for your important documents

Natural vegan fruit jellies

Earth Mama Angel Baby bum spray

Laundry Bag

Amazing right! They took all the hard work off my shoulders. They also gave me a checklist of the rest of items that I would need to pack.

These are the items I added to my hospital bag;

Photo courtesy of Heidi Stadlinger Photography

My beautiful Robe with matching swaddle set by Milkmaid Goods in the Blush Butterfly design. www.milkmaidgoods.com

My cozy personalized hospital gown by GiftGown. www.giftgowns.com

Things to help you relax or pass the time, such as books and magazines

Pillow. I need my pillow!

A going-home outfit, definitely my lulu’s!

Nursing bras

Phone ChargerSome light makeup (concealer, powder & some blush to freshen up those cheeks)

Nightshirt wrap or t-shirt. Front-opening shirts are useful in the early days of breastfeeding

An infant car seat

Photo courtesy of Heidi Stadlinger Photography

I packed a separate bag for the baby. The things I packed in my wicked Fawn Design diaper bag are; www.fawndesign.com

Two or three sleepers for baby to wear while you are in hospital from newborn to 1 month old. I also packed her beautiful Milk Snob gown and hat. www.milksnob.com

Personalized Baby blanket by Thimble Theory which is absolutely amazing and so soft! www.thimbletheory.com

A couple of outfits for coming home (will decide at the hospital)

Diapers (I prefer pampers)


One pair of socks

A couple of hats/turban’s


Swaddle blankets

Personalized plaques made by Happily with Love www.happilywithlove.com

Photo courtesy of Heidi Stadlinger Photography
Photo courtesy of Heidi Stadlinger Photography

And voila, all ready to go. I set them by the front door so it’s easier to grab and go when the time arrives. Lol Hopefully sooner than later.


Michebella xo

The pregnant traveller…

I’ve always been an avid traveller and pregnancy never stopped this momma. Mind you, I’m not high risk and luckily have not had any major complications. However, before I jet set I always give my doc the heads up!

I didn’t travel during my first trimester, as I was extremely sick and all I could focus on was my bed. I did however travel during my second and now at the beginning of my third, I just returned from sunny Florida. Now that being said, I’m pretty much done with travel for now since I’m just over 30 weeks and some airlines won’t accept pregnant woman after 30 weeks, however, different airlines have different rules.

Below you’ll find some general tips for travelling while pregnant at all stages from first to third trimester. I’ve added some tips below for the pregnant traveller based on my own experiences.

My number one tip for any trip is to make that trip as easy as possible. I found that I was tired so I aimed to have a relaxing trip with minimal hustle and bustle. Women often think it’s their responsibility to take it all on, but delegate… After all, you’re growing a human and that’s tiring. Put your feet up, take a nap, you’re on vacation!

Always discuss travel destinations with your doc. The Zika virus can be common in some southern destinations. When I was 17 weeks, I travelled to Mexico and I was aware of the risk of Zika. I smothered myself in deet-free bug repellent day and night while I was there.

Don’t be afraid to tell the flight attendants you are pregnant even if it’s obvious. When it was time to board, I went on the first call and let them know I needed to sit first as the lines get very crowded and people do get really pushy. Your best bet is to go in and relax before everyone else boards.  On planes and trains, always try for an aisle seat because nobody goes to the bathroom more than a pregnant woman!  Also, don’t forget to do a couple laps, get your blood circulating!

During travel and once you reach your destination make sure to stay hydrated and eat up! Naturally our bodies need to stay hydrated to perform so heck, treat yourself to a couple mocktails, you deserve it!!

Lastly, and most importantly, enjoy this time with your family. I really treasure the memories we create before baby arrives because we all know how hectic life gets with a newborn!


Michebella xo

Shopping for Two 🤰

Pregnancy is such an amazing event in a woman’s life, so why not show off that growing baby bump. Your style doesn’t have to go down the drain while you’re pregnant—in fact, you can get a bit wild in your wardrobe since your dressing for two!

This is perfect time to play around with outfits and step it up a couple of notches. These few wardrobe hacks will get you get started as they’ve helped me throughout the first two trimesters so far.

Photo by Heidi Stadlinger Photography

Ok….but first, let’s be real for a sec, those maternity stores can be crazy expensive! And to think, your won’t be pregnant forever. What I do recommend tho, is to buy actual maternity pants from the better stores like Thyme Maternity. I bought some pants from Motherhood Maternity but found that they never fit properly. They were either super tight around my ankles and gave me the sweats just trying to take them off each time, or they would always pull down, so it literally looked like MC hammer pants. Lol.

Do yourself a favour and purchase some good quality maternity pants that cover your tummy, that aren’t super restricted around your ankles and don’t pull down. You won’t be disappointed.

Another purchase at Thyme that was crucial was bras. Good quality bras that keep up to the growing bust but also acts as nursing bra after the baby is born. Surprisingly, they are stylish and really really comfortable…omg….where have you been all my life. The ladies at Thyme store in Limeridge Mall were so accommodating and helpful with my purchases. Great customer service, I highly recommend it there.

All my other pieces were purchased at a few of my fav stores, I just went up a size.

I love like H&M, Forever 21, Urban Planet etc. These stores have a great selection and are inexpensive, especially when buying for a few short months. I make sure that the material has some stretch and the length is suitable for my growing belly. I picked out some cute tanks for $5 from H&M, some summer dresses from Urban and some empire style shirts and skirts from Forever 21.

I also purchased some items from Amazon as well, a three pack of long sleeve shirts that I can use as nursing shirts afterwards. Some floral and lace dresses for my photoshoots that were inexpensive but looked expensive. Amazon has a great variety with great prices. I even started shopping for baby products. The best part is not leaving the comfort of your own home………..I say that’s perfect shopping.

Photo by Heidi Stadlinger Photography

Lastly, I’ve connected with a couple of mom groups on Facebook who are also expecting at the same time. This way, we can post our bellies pics, talk about fashion and baby products, its great. If you are interested, shoot me a DM and I’ll send those links your way.

Happy Shopping Mama’s

Michebella xo

My sweet sweet cravings

Photography by Heidi Stadlinger

Today ON THE BLOG,  I just wanted to take the time to share with you all my pregnancy cravings and the timing of it all.  I haven’t been craving a whole lot but the things I did I will reveal with you.

You never know how being pregnant will affect you and your taste buds, each pregnancy is always different. This is my third and it’s changed over the years since my last pregnancy nine years ago, (insert crazy face). Lol.

Before I even was pregnant, I watched what I ate and had a consistant eating habit regime. So, about 8 weeks into the pregnancy (before we announced I was pregnant), my body went into morning sickness mode. I was feeling so nauseous but sooo hungry at the same time. It was so frustrating and annoying to say the least. Seriously make up your mind damn it, lol.

The normal salads, gluten free oatmeal, lactose free dairy & all healthy meals were literally grossing me out. Instead my body was craving CARBS, SUGAR & MILK. The things I stayed away from, is what my body needed. That’s basically what I ate for the first trimester, until I started to feel better going into week 15.

After this week, I started back on track with my eating habits. I would love to honestly tell you that I had some crazy cravings like pickles and ice cream, chips on a pizza or a hamburger frizzed in chocolate, but nah……nothing crazy about the next three things I craved most.

First snack I craved was Nutella with ONLY fresh pita bread. I have this maybe two or three times a week just to satisfy my sweet tooth, ok you got me, four or five times a week. Nutella is a staple in my household and the kids are obsessed with it as I think most kids are. But, just the freshness of the pita and Nutella is just a lethal combo. Try it! You will absolutely love it.

Second craving is eggs with cheese. I’m kinda obsessed with scrambled eggs and melted cheese. Literally it’s the best thing since sliced bread right now. Just eating the soft melted cheese over the eggs is heaven in every bite. It’s the simplest and easiest snack but it sure does hit the spot.

Third craving is a slice of Rye bread with a layer of peanut butter, fresh sliced strawberries or raspberries, a pinch of chia seeds and a drizzle of honey. OMG, this isssss so amazing that you don’t want it to end. The combo of the peanut butter and fresh fruit satisfys my taste buds first thing in the morning.

I would love to hear all about your experiences as well,  post it on my IG cravings post. Let’s share the normal to craziest cravings and have a good laugh.

Photography by Heidi Stadlinger

Thanks to all of you who are following along my pregnancy journey with me, and for taking the time to read all my fun filled craziness. Until Next Time.

Michebella xo

I’m feeling like myself again.

Yayaya I’m feeling so much better!!! Currently sitting at 18 weeks and 3 days in.

Just like that the morning sickness disappeared!! It only took 15 weeks. Like I said in my previous blog, I’ve never experienced morning sickness with my first two pregnancies, so this was all new to me.

I have to admit weeks 6-15 were a disaster. I think I’ve read every blog, vlog, post and even joined groups on facebook to find a solution to feel better.

The morning sickness legit took a toll on my entire body? Even looking at my phone made my stomach turn. Weird…right! I hated to disappoint my clients but I didn’t even have it in me to lift the phone to my face.

Some of the blogs I read said that this morning sickness could last up to 6 months and even the whole pregnancy. I had faith that it would pass once my hormones levelled and I hit that second trimester.  And just like that, 9 weeks passed and I felt like myself again!

FINALLY…..I can wake up and know I will feel normal (besides the belly 😉). I was able to get back to the gym, go out with friends, bake and make cakes and desserts again for my business and now I’m throughly enjoy being pregnant and all the excitement that surrounds me at this time.

So for anyone who’s pregnant or wanting to, I won’t lie, morning sickness is awful but I am beyond blessed to be in this position.

Tuesday we will have our gender ultrasound to find out the gender. Joe and I won’t know but my best friend Heidi will! However, In three short weeks, we will soon find out at our gender reveal party, so stayed tuned my friends.


Michebella xo

Oops we did it again….

Photography by Heidi Stadlinger Photography

Oops we did it again……baby number #3 is on it’s way. We are over the moon for this new addition to come into our lives, especially the kids.

Joe & I were thinking of having a third child. Let’s be clear, more me than him. We both come from large families. I come from a family of 5 and my husband comes from 4. Since we had our kids back to back…12 months & 2 weeks apart, we were so overwhelmed the past few years that we haven’t even had the time to think about the possibility of another child. Years went by and we were so consumed with Allysia & Jaxson that having a third would put us out as we had them so close together. Finally, over the last couple of years I had toyed with the idea and ran it by my husband. He was like, ummmm noooo! Although we were both happy and content with our two little rascals and our life, we also didn’t want to hit 40 and regret not having “one more”. 

Joe, Heidi & I went out last November for our anniversary dinner at Cima, while we waited for our table, we had a deep conversation about the thought of adding to our family. I was pro and Joe was con, luckily we had Heidi there to balance us out. She counted all the pros and cons for us, and gave us a reality check on what we will be getting into. We decided we will try for a couple of months, and if it doesn’t happen, then its not meant to be. We waited and waited until the next month to check, and nothing. We booked a trip in April and decided we will just wait.

We went out for dinner with some friends and family on January 20th, I had the usual glass of red wine with my meal. I wasn’t feeling too good as I knew my monthly lady thingy was well on its way. We finished dinner and headed home. One quick stop at the drug store to pick up a few things including a pregnancy test “just for fun”…as I haven’t been feeling too well and it just crossed my mind that I could be at that point. When we got home I bee lined to the bathroom and Bam….it was positive. Tears started to flow, unsure whether to be happy or sad or scared. LOL! The first person I called, was Heidi. At that point I was in need of some major moral support and to hear that everything will be alright.  Foolishly, I gave all my baby stuff and clothes away three years ago thinking that’s the end of that.

Photography by Heidi Stadlinger Photography

Well…..here we go again.

I’m sitting at 14 weeks preggers, and what a road its been. It’s been 9 years since my last pregnancy and I loved being pregnant. This time was different, its been such a rough road for me and still is. I’ve dealt with morning sickness from around 1 p.m. until I go to bed at night, super duper lethargic (still), headaches, acid reflux, heartburn and most days I’ve had no energy to even get up from the couch. I could lie there for hours and hours, sleeping in and out until it was bedtime. Even looking at phone, texting, emailing, made me sick. It was the weirdest thing, I know! So, sorry to everyone I haven’t responded to in the past couple of months, its not ME, it’s the baby! I’m hoping that this morning sickness will disappear soon as I think I read every Vlog on how to cure it. It seemed like nothing would work… until my doctor prescribed me these little magic pills! Phew!

Photography by Heidi Stadlinger Photography

Ok, well now what??? I’m looking forward to sharing this special time with everyone and having you join me on this journey, my third and final (lol)  pregnancy. Let’s the fun begin…..right??? Right??

Photography by Heidi Stadlinger Photography


Michebella xo