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STRUCKBLOG  Anna Ruck 🇨🇦 #Lifestyleblogger ❤️ Digital Marketer, Content Creator, Stylist & #mamatobe 📍Next trip: Montreal, Quebec. ❗️Hear the baby’s heartbeat!👇

I’ve found it to be a complete joy to get to listen in on the babe whenever I want with the @babydoppler . Pregnancy can be so surreal, it’s amazing to really hear the little heartbeat in my own belly. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
A few weeks ago I asked you guys in my stories if you wanted to take a listen as well, so I put together a little IGTV video clip of my experience with the device.
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Head over there to hear the thump, thump, thump!
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#sponsored

Happy Friday, what are you up to this weekend?
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Last weekend my family hosted a baby shower and this was my mama-to-be look. I didn’t get nearly enough snaps as I would have liked. But I shared the few photos I did take in my stories, as well as a link to shop this @thymematernity dress. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
On the subject of shopping, would you guys like to be able to shop my wardrobe/insta from the blog? Let me know!
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Thanks bestie for coming and taking my ootd photo @katkryza.

I've become such a fan of @joicocanada hair products lately. After reviewing the thermal defense spray a few weeks ago (check the link in my bio for my fav hair products) I was excited to try these newest additions as well.
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My fav of the two? The brightening oil, as it's made my hair so soft I feel like I stepped out of a hair commercial.
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The smoothing foam has also been key for days when I'm wearing my hair up. I like that it eliminates frizz but doesn't leave any residue behind. So, regardless of how my style my hair for the day, this little arsenal has got me covered.
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You can find links to the products in my stories and if you have any favs of your own, please do share! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#livetheblondelife #partner

Have you had a busy weekend? Me too! Let’s avoid a TL;DR (too long didn’t read) scenario and give you only what you NEED to know:
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I’m running a contest over on the blog, visit link in bio to enter.☝️

Prize: a $75 gift card to shop at @shoppinkblush. 🛍
They carry women’s clothing, maternity, plus-size, babies, kids, shoes & accessories.

Open to international residents, 18+. Winner will be randomly drawn TOMORROW (Dec. 3) at midnight EST. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
And for those who are still reading (😉), I styled two maternity looks from the brand over on the blog and have linked all the pieces there too. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Is it mildly inappropriate that I want to win my own giveaway? Yeah, well I do...🙄.
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Good luck! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
📸 by @four19photo #sponsored

Today is Giving Tuesday. Do you have a favourite charity you support?
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I have a few, and one of them is @kenyahelp. Today I was reminded of the incredible project a few creatives and I collaborated on this time last year in support of this organization. As a former teacher, education is near and dear to my heart. It is the key to positive change and growth. It opens minds and doors. It creates new pathways. Kenya Help provides these opportunities for children in Kenya.
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I couldn’t pass up the chance to learn more about Kenyan culture from the founder herself. She lent me her precious jewelry pieces for this creative shoot and taught me about the people and stories behind them. It was my privilege to create a blog post highlighting all of these handmade pieces and share her stories on the blog.
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If you’d like to learn more and see ALL of the beautiful pieces, head to the blog post. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I’ve linked the latest in my bio.☝️
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📸 by @redlemonap ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
💄 by @promakeupcoach

Ok, be honest. How much shopping have you done the last few days? Me? I’m not telling…🙄 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
It is Cyber Monday, but if you’ve already burned a hole in your wallet I’ve got a GIVEAWAY and DISCOUNT CODE for you. If there was ever a time to use caps, this is it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
If you’ve watched my Insta Stories you’ve seen me wearing quite a few pieces from @shoppinkblush. Although I became familiar with this fabulous brand via their maternity wear, they carry absolutely everything. Women’s clothing, plus-size, shoes and accessories, the list goes on. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Oh, and did I mention they’re currently holding their largest sale of the year? Let’s celebrate with a CONTEST! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
You can WIN a $75USD gift card by entering in my latest blog post. But, if you can’t wait, use code ‘CYBERMONDAY’ to get in on the sale right now. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Head to the blog post for my two maternity looks and to enter (linked in bio). I’ll be drawing a winner‪ Monday, Dec. 3.‬ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
📸 by @four19photo ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#sponsored #shoppinkblush

“When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀
― Henri Nouwen, ⠀⠀⠀⠀
This week I’ve felt grateful for friends like this in my life, who are you grateful for? ⠀⠀⠀⠀
Share a little love with a tag below.👇♥️
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📸 by @seeeverythingphotog

What’s your family background and heritage? ⠀⠀⠀⠀
I’m Polish, czesz! My parents left communist Poland and came to Canada to live their best life. As a first generation Canadian, I have my family to thank for the opportunities I've been afforded as a result of living in this remarkable country. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
My Polish heritage has been greatly impactful in my life. I grew up speaking the language, eating the food, and learning traditional songs and dances. As we start a family of our own, I hope to pass these things down to the little one. A beautiful life in Canada, with a whole lotta Polish on the side (and maybe some pierogies too 😋). ⠀⠀⠀⠀
Where is your family from? ⠀⠀⠀⠀
Wearing @firstgencanadian, loud and proud! #sponsored

What’s your go-to when you need to cheer yourself up or change your mindset for the day? ⠀⠀⠀⠀
I ask as like many, I find that this is sometimes a struggle this time of year. Sunshine is rare, temperatures dip, and days are short. So how do you keep your spirits up? ⠀⠀⠀⠀
Do you dance around your kitchen? Browse family photos? Sing or Meditate? What is one full-proof way to get yourself smiling when you need it most? ⠀⠀⠀⠀
Share your happy tricks with a comment or emoji below. 👇🍪🧘‍♀️💃 🎶
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Photo by @redlemonap .
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#portrait #portraitphotography #smile #portrait_vision #leopardprint #leopard #portraits #happy #happiness #selfcare #mindset #mindsetiseverything #styleblogger #leopardprintdress #fashionblogger #lifestyleblogger #lifestyle #spreadlove #spreadkindness #bekindtoyourself #selflove #attitude #perspective #behappy #cheerup

Have you or someone you know struggled with their mental health? ⠀⠀⠀⠀
For many of us the answer will undoubtedly be yes. But, metal illness is not a topic we as a society have a solid understanding of or talk about nearly enough. So what can be done to change our collective culture? ⠀⠀⠀⠀
I’m sharing three simple ways you can shine the light on mental health in my latest post. Head to the link in my bio. ⠀⠀⠀⠀
Wearing @shinethelighton ⠀⠀⠀⠀
Photo by @redlemonap .
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#mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #stopthestigma #shinethelight #mentalhealthrecovery #mentalillness #mentalillnessawareness #mentalhealthstigma #mentalhealthsupport #mentalhealthmatters #wellness #mentalhealthadvocate #selflove #selfcare #mindfulness #health #invisibleillness #weekendreading #sundayreading

I’ve become obsessed with feeling this baby kick. It just doesn’t get old, it’s the coolest feeling! ⠀⠀⠀⠀
And as these little movements get stronger, I start to wonder, how big is this baby gonna be? Any guesses? ⠀⠀⠀⠀
If you’d like to see more progress shots, check out my pregnancy insta story highlight. I’ve been trying to upload at least one video a week as I’m getting ready in the morning. ⠀⠀⠀⠀
Step right up and guess the weight folks, (not MY weight, the baby’s. Just to be clear 😝). ⠀⠀⠀⠀
📸 by @seeeverythingphotog

How do you feel about Monday? Gimme a 👍 or 👎 in the comments below. ⠀⠀⠀⠀
Do you jump out of bed in the morning ready to start your week, or are you someone who already misses the weekend when the alarm goes off? ⠀⠀⠀⠀
For me it depends on the week ahead and whether I’ve managed to balance work time and me time in my schedule. BUT, it also helps when the clocks don’t shift by an hour and it doesn’t get dark ‪at 4:30‬ in the afternoon (damn you daylight savings, I am not a fan). ⠀⠀⠀⠀
So, what kind of Monday person are you? Yay or nay?
Vintage suit by @clotheslinecompany ⠀⠀⠀⠀
Snaps by @redlemonap

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