Maternity Session: Hilary and Yuri

I had the pleasure of shooting Hilary and Yuri’s maternity session recently.  When you combine beautiful people with beautiful scenery, it’s hard to go wrong.  I am so excited for these first time parents and I can’t wait to meet baby Iara!  Enjoy!

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Ensaio Gestante: Mariana e Hugo de novo!


Oi gente!  This week I had the pleasure of shooting this expectant couple for the second time!  They are such sweet, lovely, down to earth people and I can’t wait to meet their little one!  I hope you enjoy the photos – I have so many favourites!


Lindsay’s Favourite Gift Ideas


Is it crazy to already start thinking about Christmas?  You could say crazy… or you could say clever.  Christmas can be such a hectic, stressful season, with so much pressure to buy/give gifts for our friends and family members.  Sometimes I think, “Ugh, I’m not getting presents for anyone this year, it’s just too much time/stress/money!”  On the other hand, I really enjoy giving and receiving gifts – they don’t have to be fancy or costly, but I do think it is a nice tradition, and if we start thinking about it early, perhaps some of the stress can be alleviated.

Let’s explore my favourite kinds of gift giving: handmade, personalized, re-gifted, local, and online!


My favourite kind of gift to give and to receive is something “hand-created” – a song, a scrapbook, a picture frame – I just love that kind of stuff.  But I know that these things take time and I certainly haven’t done a lot of that in recent years as Christmas tends to sneak up on me.  I’m hoping this year will be different, at least in the kid department.  My friend Zoe and I are planning on making some Christmas crafts with our little boys that they can give as gifts to family and friends.  There is a plethora of ideas on Pinterest and the internet of “DIY gifts people will actually love”.  Here are some of my favourite things I have done in the past or plan to do this year:

–buy a journal/notebook and scatter quotes/doodles/pictures throughout it.  If it has a plain cover you could decorate it.  I like to cut pictures and letters out of magazines, make a nice design and then cover it(oh so carefully) with clear packing tape.

–paint a pot and plant flowers or herbs in it.  Or make a cute terrarium with a glass jar and succulents.

–sew a stuffed animal for a child – I am attempting to do this for Sebastian’s first birthday!

Personalized gifts – there are so many different things you can do with your photos, especially!  In past years I have made photo books for family members, mugs with grandchild pictures, tote bags, and calendars. is a great place to start, but there are many others as well.  I love to make photo books with the iPhoto program on my Macbook.  They are so professional looking and easy to make.

I also really like re-gifting.  I was just thinking back to my university days when I lived with four girlfriends.  For Christmas one year we decided to give each other something we already owned.  We played a little game – we each wrapped four gifts, brought them to the living room, and picked one gift from each person’s “pile.”  We then were able to steal or trade for a different gift.  It was something like that, anyway, and I remember it being so meaningful and fun.  We don’t need to spend tons of money to give gifts.  It also helps you to de-clutter!

Buying something locally from a Christmas Craft Fair is always a fun experience for me.  I love buying a product directly from the person who made it.  Or you could give a gift certificate for a family photo shoot and support your local photographer! :)

Here are some of my favourite things you can get online:

  1. Gift cards: iTunes, Amazon, clothing stores, etc.  These are great for just about everyone, especially those loved ones who live far, far away ;)  You can buy and redeem them online, reducing waste(and saving on postage!).
  2. Beautiful crafts hand made by African women from Ubuntu Collective.  I love buying gifts from places like this.  They have many beautiful items to choose from; picture frames, paintings, baby blankets, mobiles, play mats, purses and bags, wallets, puppets, aprons, oven mitts, and much more.
  3. Essential Oils.  It was what Jesus received on his birthday, so you could say it’s extra Christmasy ;)  You can buy a diffuser and a couple of oils(they even have frankincense) for a friend or family member.  I love the oils I received in my Starter Kit and I use them every day for one thing or another.  Read my previous posts on essential oils for more ideas of how to use them.  You can order the oils or a Starter Kit straight from me. (just leave a comment on this post or email me at lindsay.c.muller @ if interested)
  4. Handmade items from Etsy, which is a wonderful website where you can buy directly from the seller(and can sometimes make custom orders).
  5.  I LOVE this website and am so sad I can’t use it in Brazil!(I could, but the shipping and taxes would be ridiculous)  They are such a great company(I know first hand because I worked for them when I lived in Guelph!) and have free shipping when you spend over $29.  They even did free gift wrapping when I worked there.  They have lots of gift ideas – board games, toys, baby items, personal care products, chocolate… you could certainly get all of your stocking stuffers!

Still not sure what to get for someone?  If they’re on Amazon or Pinterest they might have a Wishlist… it’s totally okay to be sneaky like that. :)

What was a favourite Christmas gift you received?  What’s your preferred method of gift giving?


my first week with essential oils


I have been having so much fun with my oils!  I received my Premium Starter Kit from the company Young Living last week and since then have tried lots of different “recipes” and diffuser blends!  Here’s what I’ve tried and loved so far:

  • Probably my favourite thing to do with the oils is just diffuse them around the house.  I love putting the diffuser in the bathroom when I have a shower.  It’s like having my own mini-spa.  My favourite blends are “Stress Away,” “Joy,” “Purification,” and a combination of lavender, lemon and peppermint(LLP).


  • I made an AWESOME outdoor lotion.  Using a recipe from The Peppermint Wind, I combined six tablespoons of melted coconut oil with 50 drops of peppermint oil and 20 drops of lavender.  I rub it on my arms, legs and feet before going to the playground and it is extremely effective.  Of the six or seven times I’ve used it, I only got one bite on my foot, and I think that was because I didn’t apply it well.  Usually I get at least three or four bites every time I go to the playground.  Yay!

outdoor lotion

  • I love diffusing lavender in Sebastian’s bedroom.  The first four nights I did this, he had much better sleeps, especially in the evening portion, which is normally quite broken.  After the fourth night I ran out of lavender oil(already!  Ahh!  I didn’t think that would happen!)  Since I order the oils online and they take a little while to get here, I went to our local pharmacy and bought a different brand.  I don’t know anything about the brand, so I am only diffusing it(rather than using it on my skin). The fifth, sixth and seventh nights I diffused this other brand(and honestly I think it’s just a coincidence), but he woke up a lot.  He was teething these nights so I am blaming that.  I also like to put a couple of drops of lavender on my pillow before I go to sleep.  It is absolutely heavenly.


  • I have been loving a blend called Thieves, which is a mixture of cloves, rosemary, eucalyptus, lemon peel, and cinnamon bark.  It smells exactly like how you expect autumn to smell.  It is amazing.  Young Living has a great line of natural cleaning products with this oil.



  • Peppermint has been another favourite.  I like to add one or two drops to a spoonful of coconut oil when I do my oil pulling every night, giving it a nice flavour.  I’ve also used lemon and thieves and they’re great too.  Lemon oil is supposed to help whiten teeth so I put a drop on my toothpaste once in a while.

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  • I made this face lotion with frankincense and lavender.  It’s only my fifth time using it tonight so I can’t report any results yet but I am enjoying how it smells and feels.


  • I used tea tree oil today to deal with my ant problem.  We have tiny ants in our kitchen.  In the past I have solved this by placing ant poison in their path.  But this time the ants have been sneaky and don’t seem to have a path or source – I just always see one or two whenever I open the cupboards.  So today I put four drops of tea tree on a cloth and rubbed it all over the bare cupboard and doors, and then I left the cloth in the corner of the cupboard.  Haven’t seen the little guys since.  Let’s hope it stays that way…

If you have any questions or interest in buying some oils or the Starter Kit, please don’t hesitate to ask!  You can leave a comment here or email me at