One year….

I cannot believe it, but my little blog turns ONE today!  This past year has flown by… It feels like just yesterday I was swallowing all of my nerves and pushing the “Publish” button for my very first Suburban Style Files post!!

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I have always loved reading blogs and when a girlfriend suggested I start my own, I just shrugged it off with a “who would want to read what I have to say?! There are already so many blogs.”  Then I got to thinking, why not? I had become so wrapped up in my world of being a wife and mama and caught up with work that it didn’t even occur to me that it could be something fun to do just for myself.  Well, I am so glad I have because it has become such a great creative outlet for me.  I have always been obsessed with fashion, travel, photography, food etc.  This blog has been such an awesome way for me to share all of this with anyone who wants to read along.

Blush Pink Dress

Pink Linen Dress

Ruffle Sleeved Dress

I love the friendships I have found in this little online community.  I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who has supported me from the beginning and to the others of you who have joined in along the way 🙂  I am super appreciative to my husband for letting me drag him along to photograph whatever vision or idea I have come up with… or letting me ditch him and our kids for a trip to the wineries with my girlfriends… “Honey, it’s for the blog”…. LOL! And also to my sweet friends (and sometimes even my mama!) who have stepped in to be photographers/ models for me as well whenever I have needed you!  This blogging thing is WAY more work and time-consuming than I ever imagined it could be, but it is also incredibly rewarding.  If you are someone who has ever considered starting a blog, but keep talking yourself out of it, I say take the plunge and go for it! The more, the merrier!! Everyone is unique and has their own story to tell 🙂  I am so grateful for all of the support and love I have received.  So from the bottom of my heart on my blog’s 1st birthday, a giant THANK YOU to all of you!

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One Year blogging

Pink Ruffle Strapped Dress

Also… if you have never tried to take a picture with a giant mylar balloon on a day with any sort of breeze… it is WAY harder than it looks… LOL!

Pink Ruffled Dress

Pink Ruffle Trim Dress // Studded Heels // Tassel Earrings // “1” Mylar Balloon

 

Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx

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Protecting my skin with Neutrogena

I hope you all had a wonderful long weekend! The weather here was absolutely beautiful and we pretty much spent the entire time outside 🙂 The kids had a blast having a giant water fight with their friends in our neighbourhood and we spent the rest of the time playing at the beach! It was the perfect opportunity to put the new Hydro Boost Water Gel Sunscreen with SPF 50 I was given by Neutrogena Canada to the test.

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Sun protection has always been on my radar, but recently I underwent fraxel laser treatment on my face for fine lines, wrinkles, scarring and the removal of sun spots.  Protecting my skin has become a huge priority! I was naive in not realizing that even on overcast days I should be diligent in applying my sunscreen, not just the super sunny ones.

Neutrogena at the beach

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I absolutely love this Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Sunscreen with SPF 50! I found it to be lovely and lightweight, yet completely hydrating, without leaving my skin feeling greasy underneath my everyday makeup. The coverage was excellent and I cannot say enough good things about it.  If you are looking for superior sun protection, I would highly encourage you to give this product a try 🙂 I am grateful I had the opportunity to try this new Neutrogena Sunscreen as it will definitely be my go to for incredible broad spectrum UVA/ UVB protection!

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I hope you all got a chance to get out there and safely soak up some sunshine!!

Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx

* This was a sponsored post by Neutrogena Canada, but as always all opinions are my own!

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My Experience with Laser Eye Surgery

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Twenty five years of glasses!

I have been wanting laser eye surgery for what seems like forever.  For the last twenty-five years I have been wearing glasses and contact lenses.  After almost losing my contacts in the ocean during our last trip to Maui, I decided perhaps I could muster up the courage to finally have it done! My husband had a handful of coworkers who had all had the procedure done and were super happy with their results.  I booked a complimentary consult at the London Eye Centre in New Westminster, B.C.  This is where his friends had all had their surgeries performed. I don’t know about you, but I always feel more comfortable choosing a place to go based on referrals from people who I know. At my consult they explained the procedure to me and determined that I would be a candidate.  I appreciated that there was absolutely no pressure to book after my consult.

I took all of the information home and decided that I would go for the no touch PRK surgery.  “PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) is a method of refractive laser surgery to correct myopia(nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism to eliminate dependency on glasses or contact lenses.” (Explanation courtesy of the London Eye Centre website.)  To be honest, the though of anything actually cutting or touching my eye was too much for me to stomach, so I knew this no touch method would be the one for me, even though they explained the recovery would take a few more days.  Being as I already have light-sensitive eyes, I decided to wait until the Fall when the days were a bit darker to have my surgery done, as it was explained to me that I would have increased light sensitivity while my eyes healed.  For three days before the procedure I was not allowed to wear my contacts… thankfully I have been collecting cute glasses over the years… LOL!

Tortise shell glassess
Am I the only one who sometimes planned my outfits around my frames?!
Black jeans, black tank, turquoise glasses
These turquoise frames were a favourite!

The morning of my surgery I was super nervous… it is my eyes after all! It didn’t really matter how many people told me what an easy procedure it was and that I had nothing to worry about, I was a basket of nerves!  It was also ended up being one of the sunniest day in November of course…

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Arriving at the appointment for my laser eye surgery!

My entire appointment was just over an hour.  Once I was taken into the operatory, my eyes were numbed with eye drops.  A tiny ring was placed around my eye and they explained not to force my eyes closed or the machine would shut itself off.  The procedure itself was honestly less than two minutes each eye.  It actually felt very quick and was not nearly as scary as I had built it up in my mind.  I felt nothing and just stared at a flashing light and listened to a clapping sound.  After the surgery, a bandage contact lens was placed on my eye.  This was actually the most irritating part for me personally, as the opening of my eyes are tiny.  They then gave me a super stylish pair of wrap around sunglasses (haha!) and sent me on my way!

My parents were kind enough to take my babies for a sleepover that first night so that I could just come home to rest and let my husband take care of me for a couple of days.  When they initially offered, I was trying to be super mom and kept arguing that I would be ok to look after them. I am SO GLAD I took them up on their offer! I am not going to lie, the first two days of recovery were not fun. I had been sent home with numbing drops for my eyes and a prescription for pain medication.  I like to think my pain tolerance is pretty decent (I have had babies after all!) but I definitely needed both of these for the first few days.  I basically slept the first 24 hours away.  I stayed in a dark room as my eyes were crazy light-sensitive, woke up to use my antibiotic and anti-inflammatory drops and then went back to sleep as it hurt too much to have my eyes open.  I also felt like the front of my forehead was going to split open from pain… but thankfully that only lasted the first day!  The next day I was able to get out of bed to move around my dimly lit house and I was amazed that I could already see!

I had to go for a 24 hour, 3 day and 5 day surgery post op. After my 5 day post op I was cleared to drive and returned to work.  I hadn’t realized that after this procedure your eyes actually overcorrect initially. I was unable to read my computer screen clearly and had to buy myself a pair of “cheater” glasses.  This is opposite to what my vision used to be.  I was always nearsighted and it was objects in the distance I had a problem seeing clearly.  I wore the cheaters at work for a couple of weeks post surgery and haven’t needed them since.

It has now almost been five months since my laser eye surgery and I am amazed how perfectly I can see!  It still feels funny climbing into bed at night without taking my contacts out first. We are heading back to Maui in a week and I cannot wait to go swimming in the ocean and actually put my face under the water and see!!!

Lastly, this is not a sponsored post in any way. I simply wanted to share my experience for anyone who has been considering having laser eye surgery performed.  I am so thrilled that I decided to have my vision corrected and now I only wish I hadn’t waited so long 🙂 Please feel free to directly message me or comment below if you have any questions regarding this procedure. It is honestly one of the best things I have ever done for myself!

 

Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx

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