Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Give Back This Season To Those In Need, Its #GivingTuesday

Since having Sienna I don't shop for myself anymore its all about her. New toys, clothes, accessories.. the girl has everything she could want and more. I'm so thankful that we are able to provide her with all this but there are so many who simply can afford it or aren't so lucky.

This season I wanted to give back by making an online donation at Canadahelps.org. It was so easy I went to the site and clicked browse charities, found the one that spoke to me and clicked donate. Its really as simple as that.

What takes 2 minutes and a few dollars can really help others more than you know. Think about giving back this season for yourself or on behalf of someone as a gift and help those in need.

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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Its That Time Of Year Again For Your Friendly Reminder To #getthepap

Did you know that this past week was Cervical Cancer Awareness Week?

We are all adults here right... right so lets not beat around the bush (no pun intended) and talk about something that's so important to women's health.
Getting a pap test can save your life!! Early detection can lead to recovery and lets be honest not doing anything about your health can be deadly. 

Next time you are at the doctors office ask questions, get informed and love yourself enough to take care of your body.

We ALL know someone who has been touched or affected by cancer and so Id like to ask you to help me in spreading the word about cervical cancer awareness week....

Share, Tweet and spread the word that pap tests save lives! 
    Include hashtag #getthepap on your social media forums to help create a buzz and make others aware of such an important discussion.

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    Monday, October 14, 2013

    Getting ready for the colder weather in comfort with Kushyfoot

    As the weather gets colder my flips flops get boxed up and the boots come out. I like to wear knee high trouser socks with my taller boots but have often find the trouser socks too thin that walking long distances make my feet ache.

    We took Sienna to the pumpkin patch this past weekend and walked around for hours with my Kushyfoot fleece trouser socks and boots. I'm happy to report that not only did my feet stay dry & warm but there was no ache at all after the boots came off. Woohoo!

    The fleece layer is super thin but cozy and the socks themselves are thick and silky. They fit well and stay put and will be my go to for the "boot" season ahead!

    Check out www.kushyfoot.com to get your pair, you wont regret it ;)

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    Thursday, August 1, 2013

    This Mama's Getting Organized Thanks to Rubbermaid!

    Who knew a baby's closet could be more jam packed than mine! Baby girl has so many clothes and although tiny they take up a ton of room and it was starting to get to me. I needed a way to organize her clothes and knew that that 1 shelf and bar wasn't going to cut it.

    Rubbermaid came to the rescue with the Rubbermaid Closet Helper!

    Shelves on either side work great for her sweaters, towels, t-shirts and other items while the double bar helped a lot with all her onsies, dresses and cardigans. I used the storage bins on top to hold her sheets, shorts/swim suits and a few toys.

    I moved her sock/tights and shoe holder to the back of the door and voila organization!

    Now I had to figure out where to put all the clothes that she had grown out of and again Rubbermaid came to the rescue with their All-Access storage bins.

    I love these bins because not only are they huge and hold a lot, they have an awesome see-thru door at the front which allows you to see exactly what you're storing. It also allows you quick and easy access to whats inside which comes in handy when they are stacked.

    Everyone who's come over and seen these (they are currently in my hall while i fill them up) has asked me where they can get them. Well, I saw them on sale at walmart the other day on sale for $17.95 and was so excited!

    This is just 2 of the many many quality products Rubbermaid has that can help you organize your life. Thanks Rubbermaid for getting this mama organized!
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    Wednesday, July 17, 2013

    GIVEAWAY: Canadians Enter to WIN a Clarisonic Opal Valued at $215.00! #sonicrevolution

    I recently shared with you my amazing experience with my Clarisonic Opal and thought it might be fun to give one away! Ive teamed up with Clarisonic to give one lucky Canadian a chance to win their very own Opal.

    To win please enter via the Rafflecoptor form below.
    *Giveaway open to Canadian residents only
    *Ends July 24th 2013
    *Winner selected at random and will be notified via email
    *Winner will have 48hrs to respond before a new name is drawn.

    WIN a Clarisonic Opal Valued at $215.00!

    a Rafflecopter giveaway
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    Tuesday, July 9, 2013

    Staying Safe & Being Prepared with My Michelin Safety Kit in the Car

    Picture this...

    Its January, snowing outside and your newborn has got a doctors appointment. Being a new mom I really wanted to get Sienna checked out and was looking forward to this appointment so nothing was going to stop me..... I cleared all the snow, loaded up the car with her diaper bag and blankets and settled baby girl in the back. Walked around to the front to start the car and it was DEAD! What?! I think I yelled "Nooooo" and flopped down on the steering wheel in defeat. The battery was dead, hubby was at work and of course we had no jumper cables so asking for help seemed pointless. In we went and that was that.

    Fast forward to May, the snow had cleared and I had have set up a mommy play date at a local mall. Pack up the car and headed out on the back roads thinking it would be safer when out of the blue I hit a massive hole... like half the size of my car sized hole and just like that my front tire was blown, I panicked and the only things that run through my mind were "oh lord please keep her asleep" and "oh lord please don't let there be any damage to the car". CAA says there is a bit of a wait and its starting now to get dark.... ugh so not fun with a baby in the car.

    BOTH moments when I wished I had some of the items in Michelin's amazing safety kit!

    This kit is now a staple in my car! It includes gloves, a flashlight, jumper cables, candles, first aid items and other safety items that really are a must and keep me feeling safe with my baby girl on board :)

    Thanks Michelin for giving this mama some peace of mind.
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    Friday, June 28, 2013

    Clarisonic's Newest Member The OPAL Sonic Infusion System

    I'm a HUGE fan of Clarisonic's signature system (I own 2!) and when I heard they came out with a system dedicated to the eye area I was curious and very excited to see what it was all about.

    The Opal Sonic Infusion System is a palm sized gadget that's specially designed to help build skin's resilience over time and prevent future damage around the eyes. The kit includes the Opal Sonic Infuser, a small bottle Anti-Aging Sea Serum, 2 extra applicator tips (3 in total), Universal charger & Stylish Limited-edition travel bag.

    How to use the Opal:
    Charge with ultra cool charger, cleanse face, apply a tiny amount of included anti-aging serum on applicator tip, apply to under eye area, press on/off button and move Opal in slow circular motion. Once the 30sec interval is over switch sides and repeat. 

    Its super easy and with 125 sonic movements per second there is no way this can even compare to the traditional finger dab under the eye!

    Why the Opal rocks... with use this tiny gadget helps firm the under eye areas, keep it ultra  hydrated, helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, puffiness, and dark circles which is exactly what this mommy needs! The only downside I see is that they suggest changing the applicators every 3 months (with daily use im assuming) while it comes with 3 applicators thats only 9 months worth. Replacement applicators aren't expensive though Sephora.com sells 4 for $15 which isnt bad for a years worth.

    I love the way the Opal feels and although I haven't been using it long I feel refreshed and that my under eye area is getting a little extra and much needed TLC.... Thank you Clarisonic for creating such a cool device that targets an area SO many of us suffer with.

    Retails for $215 CDN and is available at Clarisonic.ca

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    Thursday, June 27, 2013

    This Mompreneur Gets Organized with Vistaprint!

    Running 2 small businesses while being a new mom, a wife and trying to run a household is no joke! I struggle daily to keep organized and on top of things. In terms of my business I find business cards essential and when I want quality cards with a fairly quick turn around time I turn to Vistaprint.

    Ive been ordering cards through them for years and keep going back because I get what I'm looking for at a great price. Vistaprint always has great deals on and if you have ever signed up for their emails the promotions come quite often. I often pick up 250 cards for just $14.99 which is possibly one of the best deals I've found.

    I recently found a new use for their standard business card for my new business Little Miss Bows and Bands. Hair Clip Cards!  Shown below with my ultra popular Itty Bitty Bling Clips :)

    So now its a 2-4-1! A business card with my Facebook page and a neat way to display and mail my clips to my customers. Love it!

    I love that Vistaprint offers great deals for its US based users but also for all us Canadian folks that need our business needs met as well!

    Have you ever used vistaprint for any of your promotional or business needs? Have you used their products in a non-traditional way? Id love to hear how :)

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    Friday, June 21, 2013

    Sun Protection For Baby & Me With Hawaiian Tropic & Banana Boat!

    The days are finally here where baby and I can enjoy the outdoors! We go for weekly walks with our stroller walking mama's group and late afternoon walks around our neighbourhood and Ive been so worried about her skin because she is so fair that she is likely to burn.

    I kept her out of the sun or indoors if I could before she turned 6 months because everything I've read says it isn't safe to use sunscreen on them any younger. The minute that child turned 6 months though we began using Banana Boats Natural Reflect on her head to toe. It is a bit thicker and you do have to work it in but I wouldn't expect anything less for a baby sunscreen! I love feeling secure that she is protected well.

    For myself I'm in love with the Silk Hydration™ Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30 ($10.99) the texture is silky smooth and unlike the Banana Boat Babies it actually melts onto the skin and rubs in with ease. In a rush this is a great feature! Its light weight, non-greasy, has hydrating ribbons that includes shea butter, is waterproof and has a great coconut scent.

    The Silk Hydration™ After Sun Moisturizer ($9.99) feels amazing after a day in the sun. It includes ribbons of aloe which has a nice cooling effect. These 2 make the perfect duo and a great must have for any beach day!

    These fab products are currently available at grocery, drug and mass retail outlets across Canada. 

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    Wednesday, June 19, 2013

    DOVE Casting Call for REAL Women Suffering with Eczema or Psoriasis

    The team at Milo Casting Inc. is currently seeking women who suffer from eczema or psoriasis to be featured in Dove’s new skin care campaign.  Staying true to their “Real Beauty” motto, Dove does not hire professional actors or models for any of their campaigns. 

    Who they are looking for:
    -Women of 23 to 48 years of age of all ethnic backgrounds.
    -Looking for women with extremely dry skin caused by eczema or psoriasis.
    -Looking for submissions from individual women or female duos with the following relationships: Mothers and Daughters, Sisters, Cousins, other family connections, or Good Friends who both suffer from eczema or psoriasis.

    If this sounds like you or someone you know check out their Facebook event for more info!

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    Thursday, May 9, 2013

    The President's Choice Decadent Chocolate Chip Cookie turns 25!

    I pass these PC cookies every single time I go to the grocery store and it really takes every ounce of will power to not pick up a bag. Mostly because they are so tasty and really don't last long in our house!

    Well, the good folks at PC sent me this magnificent mega cookie tin and all my will power faded... fast!

    I enjoyed The Decadent Cookies with my morning, afternoon & evening teas and coffees, as an on the go snack & even when entertaining guests... and now they are gone!

    Even Sienna wanted in on the action!

    Happy 25th birthday to my beloved Presidents Choice Decadent Chocolate Chip Cookie... We LOVE you!!!

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    Tuesday, April 30, 2013

    Spring Essentials for All the Family

    Spring is in the air (or at least it’s trying to be!) so there’s no better time to try and revitalize the wardrobes to include some staple spring essentials. While cold is still in the air and the weather is very different than it was at this time last year, the sun is trying to poke its way through the clouds for us all to enjoy. 

    Preparing yourself with a few new additions to your family’s wardrobe is all you need for the spring months. You don’t need to spend a fortune either – just a few pounds will kit out you, the hubby and the kids, for any eventuality. 

    Keep in mind even though the sun has just landed on our door steps you may never know when you might need your cheap wellies from ASDA George. Nevertheless the wellies will undoubtedly have to stay on the shoe rack for the near future and now would be an ideal time to pick up some spring/summer shoes. 

    Dads will look and feel great in some super stylish canvas shoes while mums could take their pick from some cute crochet ballet pumps or some open toe animal print slingbacks for the warm spring days. 

    Hopefully, the winter coat can get put away for a few months soon, giving you the chance to treat your brood to some new, lighter, spring jackets. 

    Opt for a waterproof option in case of the inevitable showers, such as the cool £7 monster jacket for boys, a simple block colour mac for mums and the South Dean Street Two Tone Coat for dad. Girls will love a funky animal print mac to keep the rain at bay, while still looking super cool. 
    Alternatively, stock up on warm hoodies for your family, which are perfect for keeping toasty on spring days when there’s not a raincloud in sight. 

    Brighten even the gloomiest of days with some new bright apparel. Ladies, an option of a maxi dress will certainly make you feel like it’s a summer’s day. While gentlemen, why not chooser some graphic print T-shirts and match with some cool and refreshing chinos. The springtime is a perfect opportunity to enhance the family wardrobes. Say goodbye to the drab greys and navy blues and say hello to the reds, yellows and azure blues. 

    Floral prints, dazzling colours and cool denims will leave you feeling revitalised while the kids will look fab in summer dresses and funky character motif T-shirts. Team with denim jackets or warming cardigans on cooler days. 

    While the clouds are still out in force, you never know when you may need your sunnies and if you don’t have any, take the opportunity to introduce a pair to each family member. You don’t have to spend a fortune on sunglasses for them to do the job and protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful rays. 
    Have a look at the hats available too – whether it’s a sporty cap or a straw cowboy hat, having something to keep the sun off your head is vital, even if the only time you’ll need it is when you jet off abroad for your summer hols. 

    Start stocking up on the spring and summer essentials now and you won’t be faced with a colossal clothing bill as summer arrives. While it may not be scorching hot now, we can but hope that the weather will turnaround sometime soon. Take a look at the fabulous range at ASDA George for affordable threads that are bang on trend.  

    *This is a Sponsored post written by the client.

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    Monday, April 29, 2013

    Rain Day, Dont Care Because I have My Warm Tradition Cozy Lamb Hot Water Bottle!

    Tell me this little guy isn't the cutest & most cozy hot water bottle you have eve seen!

    Not only is this little Lamb cute but hes also BPA free & phytalate free but it actually stays warm for an extra long time!

    To fill just open the back velcro flap and open the bottle. So easy!

    It came into my life courtesy of www.WarmTradition.com who have a great selection of cute & stylish hot water bottles for sale. These are perfect for mothers day because its time we find our mothers chalky pink plain bottles from the 80's and replace them with something a bit more fun!

    Perfect examples of great mothers day choices...

    So cute right? And so affordable starting at only $10.95!

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    Tuesday, April 23, 2013

    2 Point Weight Watchers Pumpkin Muffins.

    Why is eating healthy so much harder with a baby?!

    I have had a serious sweet tooth since baby girl was about 2 months old and although I do indulge I try my best not to do it 24/7!

    In my search to find healthier solutions to curb my sweet tooth I found this recipe which Ive slightly modified. They are only 2 point on weight watchers and even less if you make mini muffins!

    1 box spice cake mix. I used Betty Crocker White Cake Mix because I couldn't find spice.
    2 cups pure pumpkin puree
    1 cup water
    A pinch of cinnamon

    Mix all ingredients together in a large mixing bowel
    Mix really well so there are no lumps (this is where an electric mixer comes in handy)
    Spoon into muffin try (regular or mini)
    Bake at 350 degrees F for 25-30mins or until toothpick comes out clear.

    This recipe says it makes 24 regular muffins but I've always gotten more. I freeze them and then pop them in the toaster oven when I feel like a snack or something sweet.


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    Sunday, April 14, 2013

    Do You Have Your Daffodil To Support Cancer Awareness Month Yet?

    Did you know that every 3 minutes another Canadian is faced with the fight against Cancer?

    April is Daffodil month.

    Show your support, make a donation and wear your daffodil!
    Proceeds go to support the Canadian Cancer Society which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year.

    I'm ready to support the cause that has personally affected my family with a whole Daffodil garden!

    Lets fight back together this month!!!

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    Thursday, April 11, 2013

    Tweezerman - The ONLY Way To Go For Brow Grooming!

    Being a blogger and makeup artist does have its perks and one of them has been being chosen to be a Tweezerman Ambassador!

    I was sent an exclusive ambassador kit of amazing brow grooming essentials that have no doubt made my job and working on clients a lot easier!

    What was included?

    • Slant Tweezer (Stainless Steel) – For more than 30 years, our award-winning Slant has been the choice of make-up artists, models, celebrities and those who demand the very best.
    • Satin Etched Zebra Slant Tweezer (Stainless Steel) – Top eyebrow artists always recommend the original, award-winning Slant for expert brow shaping, now in this luxe etched print.
    • Point Tweezer (Stainless Steel) – Famous for its precision, the Point features perfectly aligned hand-finished, ultra-sharp pointed tips that grab the smallest and finest hairs with ease.
    • Pointed Slant Tweezer (Stainless Steel) – This uniquely designed tweezer with perfectly aligned hand-finished tips combines the easy handling of our Slant with the precision of our Point.
    • Mini Slant Tweezer (Stainless Steel with Enamel Color Finish)  This smaller version of our award-winning Slant Tweezer is the ideal size for make-up bag and travel. 
    • Eyenhance Pencil and Sharpener - The dual-ended pencil features both a universal brow color Brow Pencil and Highlighter that work together to create perfectly shaped luminous brows.
    • Browmousse - Ideal for getting a beautifully shaped brow line to stay put all day… or for taming “disobedient” unruly brows.
    • ProCurl Lash Curler - Designed with unique control, this next-generation, professional-quality eyelash curler’s sleek body-shape with large opening is crafted to exceed the standards and performance of any other curler on the market today.
    • Folding ILashcomb - The perfectly spaced, gold plated metal teeth glide through lashes to remove excess mascara, leaving your lashes looking long, lovely and clump-free.
    • Brow Shaping Scissors & Brush - Outfitted with sharp, ultra-thin precision blades so you can isolate each hair with optimum accuracy and control. Use included mini brush to help shape and define brows as you trim.

    My favs have got to be the Satin Etched Zebra Slant Tweezer because not only does the zebra print make it super chic but these tweezers literally get even the tiniest hairs and work really well for shaping the brows. I also really like the ProCurl Lash Curler as it gets close to the lash bed and creates a curl right from the root. 

    As a makeup artist I like and use the Folding ILashcomb to comb through lashes once mascara has been applied if I see any clumping. Since this product is metal it can be sprayed with alcohol and sanitized quickly and it works so much better than disposable mascara wands for this.

    Tweezerman is known for their amazing quality and on the (really) off chance your Tweezerman tools should get dull they will sharpen them for free! This is how you know a company stands by their tools!
    If you are in the market for quality brow grooming tools that will last your forever there is no other choice!

    Bloggers/Vloggers if you would like a chance to be a Tweezerman Ambassador head on over to their site and sign up!
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    Monday, March 25, 2013

    Moms, In Need Of a Great Diaper Bag? The Skip Hop Versa Is on SALE!

    Moms to be and moms looking for a GREAT diaper bag look no further because the Skip Hop Versa is it! I have this diaper bag and it trumps my 2 other diaper bags (one being an expensive Coach bag). Its super roomy, has lots of pockets and looks like a big purse which I love!

    It also comes with a change pad and has a stroller attachment so you can hang it on your strollers handles. Its easy to clean and is also expandable.

    Its regularly priced at about $84.00 but is on SALE right now at Amazon.ca for $59.99!!

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    Friday, March 22, 2013

    Giveaway: WIN a Year's Worth of Vaseline's New Spray and Go Moisturizers!

    Canadian's WIN a 1 Year Supply of Vaseline's New Spray & Go!

    Why someone didn't think of this concept earlier is beyond me because its simply amazing!
    I am addicted to this fast and easy way to apply moisturizer because my lazy bum hates the time it takes and so its usually skipped.
    If you are anything like me you will absolutely fall in love with this product because it combines the rich and super moisturizing quality that comes with the Vaseline name with the ease of a non-greasy super efficient spray.

    Ive been using my samples daily and wont be looking back anytime soon!

    Here are the specs:
    Vaseline Spray & Go TM Moisturizer Dry Skin
    Contains pure oat extract and Stratys 3 multi-layer moisture
    Infuses moisture at the top, core and deep down layers of skin

    Vaseline® Spray & Go Moisturizer Aloe Fresh Non-greasy formula
    Contains pure aloe and Stratys 3® multi-layer moisture
    Leaves skin hydrated and fresh looking

    Vaseline® Spray & Go Moisturizer Cocoa Radiant 
    Non-greasy formula
    Contains pure cocoa butter and Stratys 3 multi-layer moisture
    Ignites skin’s natural glow 
    Gotta love the retro alarm clock!! 

    Well Ive banded together with the fabulous people representing Vaseline to offer my readers a chance to WIN a YEARS worth of these great sprays just in time for the warm weather when we will be showing more skin ;)

    a Rafflecopter giveaway

    *Giveaway open to Canadian Residents only
    *Ends April 4 2013
    *Winner will receive 12 bottles in total 4 of each kind

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    Wednesday, March 20, 2013

    Review/Giveaway: Rowenta's Inifini Pro Auto Sensor Dryer

    Blow drying my hair these days is a luxury that I consider ME time. It doesnt happen often but when it does I need tools that are going to make my life easier and get the job done fast.

    Enter Rowenta's Infini Pro Auto Sensor Dryer voted best hairdryer in the Globe and Mail Style Awards!

    Rowenta is the official sponsor hair tools sponsor of World MasterCard Fashion Week here in Toronto and I can see why with its innovative tools!
    This baby has most certainly replaced my old clunky hair dryer that would kill my arms by the end of blow drying my long hair because it was so heavy. Gone are the days when I fumble around trying not to get the brush tangled in my mane while attempting to turn on and off the blow dryer between each section.

    This hairdryer features an auto sensor switch that when in the on position allows the dryer to automatically stop when placed on any flat surface. Genius I know!

    It comes with all the necessary attachments to keep any mane looking sleek and styled. A diffuser and a concentrated nozzle (my personal fav) that twist on easily and STAY on unlike my "other" dryer where the nozzle pops off every 5 minutes!

    I am over the moon that this hair tool came into my life and I'm even more excited to announce that I am able to give away TWO amazing Rowenta tools!

    Canadian's WIN your very own Rowenta Infini Pro Auto Sensor Hair Dryer PLUS the Rowenta Beauty Versa
    Total value of $450.00

    a Rafflecopter giveaway

    *Giveaway open to Canadian Residents only
    *Ends April 2 2013

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    Tuesday, March 19, 2013

    Because Who Wouldn't Want To Smell Like Cookies?! Cookie Recipe

    Its still freezing outside so you know what that means? We bake!

    Cookies are always a favourite in my house and Demeter Fragrances has come out with a delicious recipe for all cookie lovers to try inspired by their new yummy fragrances that launched this March.

    Demeter’s Secret Recipe... Vanilla Cookie Dough, with Dark Chocolate

    1/4 cup butter or margarine (softened) 1/2 cup white sugar
    1/2 cup brown sugar
    1 large egg

    2 tbsp. agave, honey or maple syrup
    1 tsp. vanilla extract
    1 cup all-purpose flour
    1/2 cup of oat flour or (1/2 cup ground oats) 1 tsp. baking soda

    1/4 tsp. salt
    3/4 cup dark chocolate chips

    Preheat oven to 325°F.
    In a large bowl, beat butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until well combined. Add egg, syrup and vanilla and beat until smooth.
    Add the all-purpose flour, oat flour, baking soda and salt and stir until combined; add chocolate chips and stir until blended.
    Drop spoonfuls of dough on a sprayed cookie sheet and push down slightly on each cookie. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
    Makes 20-24 cookies.
    This scent smells so much like the cookies I baked but is calorie free! The scent goes on strong but within a few minutes settles down to a sweet scent that lingers for hours.

    Demeter Fragrances are available for purchase on their website and at select Loblaws/ Real Canadian Superstores ($15 CDN - 30ml Spray)
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    Sunday, March 10, 2013

    #DearCanada Zara Launches Online in Canada Hooray! See My Haul

    Well this could very well be the the reason I go into credit card debt!

    Canadians can now shop online for chic and trendy pieces courtesy of Zara.com which launched March 6th. No more paying crazy shipping fees and waiting for what seems like forever for packages to arrive!

    The site features a large selection of womens, mens and yes even kids clothing, shoes and accessories that can all be accessed while browsing in your pj's ;)

    I got the opportunity to be one of the first to test out the new online site and I have to tell you making my purchase was hard for no other reason than I simply could not decide what I wanted. In the end I chose practical pieces that I knew would be comfortable, timeless and get a lot of use.

    So what did I choose?

    I chose this stylish black coat which features a super cool high neck design ($139) because I needed a new winter/fall/spring jacket badly and this style is right up my alley.

    Of course I couldn't NOT purchase a little something for my little something :)

    This stripped t-shirt has a tiny bow accent and with summer coming I wanted something baby girl would be comfortable yet stylish in. For a cool $9.90 I didn't even think twice.

    I placed my order on a Thursday and my package arrived at my door Monday afternoon. Now that is a super fast delivery time, 2 business days wow!

    Overall I was super impressed with the user friendliness of the site, the selection, the fast delivery time and the high quality that stays consistent with its stores.

    If you love shopping at Zara in the malls, think about how awesome it is in your pj's, sipping a green tea and without the line ups!!

    Check out Zara Online, now in Canada!
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    Thursday, February 28, 2013

    Oh YES, Caryl Baker Visage Offers Facials and Im a Fan!

    When you think of Caryl Baker Visage you may think of eye brow waxing, makeup applications, quality products and maybe even skincare but did you know that that offer a whole line of facials too?!

    Oh yes they do! I got the chance to visit the location at the Pickering Town Centre where I met with Jacqulyn (who happened to be the owner) for their Ultimate Facial now called their Pure Oxygen Facial experience. She was full of interesting facts & knowledge which immediately made me super comfortable. 

    After she explained the steps of the facial and got me comfortable behind the privacy screen (great feature!) she took the time to examine my skin under a magnifying mirror -yikes, applied eye covers so that the light & products wouldn't get near my eyes and began the facial.

    She started by cleansing & toning my skin with their organic line called Organics which I had no idea they even had but loved immediately. The cleanser really felt like it gave me a deep clean and smelled really nice. 

    The facial was a 60 minute treatment that combines the use of hydrating collagen and pure oxygen. Some of the benefits include:
    Breathing life back into your skin cells
    Stimulates collagen and elastin growth
    Lightens and brightens appearance of skin
    Fades pigmentation naturally
    Improves rosacea, acne, all forms of dermatitis such as eczema and psoriasis
    Maintains moisture and nutrient levels resulting in a supple youthful appearance

    The collagen mask which is a sheet that looks like a face that is placed over your entire face and left to sit for 10 minutes or so to work its magic. The mask is super cold and refreshing when applied and felt moist against my skin. Lying back with this baby on my skin I almost fell asleep thank god it was cold because if it was warm I would have been out like a light!

    Overall I really enjoyed my entire experience at Caryl Baker Visage. From the customer service to the knowledgable staff to the quality products I wouldn't hesitate to recommend heading in the next time you are in need of a facial!

    Over the next few days I noticed my skin looking a lot more radiant, refined and just better overall. I couldn't be happier with the product and plan on going back to get it done again.

    The Pure Oxygen Facial is regularly $105 or for Beauty Club Members $89. Well worth every penny!

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    Saturday, February 23, 2013

    Is creative originality dead in 2013?

    Is creative originality dead in 2013?
    In a world that contains the iPhone, Facebook, Kindles and gourmet ready meals designed by top chefs, it seems as though almost anything is possible. The latest generations of hi-tech gadgets and social media networks seem to arrive as soon as we’ve adjusted to the last round of updates. But fashion, by contrast, seems to be stuck in a never-ending mode of recycling the past, with retailers raiding the wardrobes of decades long gone to repackage old styles for the next generation.
    And it’s not just in the world of fashion. Shows like The VoiceX Factor and Glee spawn legions of chart-topping cover versions of yesterday’s greatest hits without bringing much – if any – original songwriting to the table. Meanwhile, the film industry seems to be stuck in an endless cycle of rebooting previous box-office hits in a relentless stream of remakes of remakes - and if it’s not a remake, chances are the source material is either a novel, a comic book or a biography. Does this mean that creative originality is dead?
    “People do not like complete surprises, they like pleasant surprises,” explains Price Jaccobi of Consolidated Films. “A pleasant surprise is breakfast in bed, a bad surprise is a breakfast of bran muffins when you are used to eggs and bacon. By patronising these movie remakes, audiences are telling us that they want things to be familiar and at the same time new.”
    Something similar happens on the journey from the catwalk to the high street. “Fashion shows are exhibitions of artwork, where morsels of extravaganza fly off the wall to come crashing right between your eyes,” says Julian Sudre. “The emphasis is not on the wearable, and neither on the functionality. It’s about innovation and beauty.”
    But high-street fashion needs to be more approachable, and ultimately more familiar. While adventurous vintage garments are all the rage for the trendy student market, high-street retailers tend to update vintage styles for a more wearable, contemporary look. There’s something so much more accessible about a familiar style on the receiving end of a revamp. Hemlines are adjusted, cuts altered, more current fabrics and patterns chosen to give garments a modern twist, creating fresh and eye-catching pieces.
    Lots of trends that appeared to have kicked the bucket have enjoyed a revival over the last few years: take a bow skinny jeans, Edwardian-style blouses, 60s floral prints, 40s tea dresses, victory rolls and poodle skirts, elegant pencil dresses, beehives and 90s biker boots. With a subtle update – a new pattern, a comfortable stretch fabric or a demure adjustment to the hem – it’s possible to maintain a very current wardrobe without stepping outside your fashion comfort zone.
    And let’s be honest: everyone reserves a slice of wardrobe space for an item or two that they never wear anymore, but hold out hopes that eventually it may see the light of day again. Whether it’s out of hope that those size 12 pre-baby jeans will breeze over your hips if you can just stick with the New Year’s resolutions, or just that those over-the-top 80s shoulder pads will eventually have their day again, we’ve all been guilty of nostalgia at some point in our lives.
    Perhaps, rather than looking at this phenomenon as a widespread lack of originality, it's better to view it as simply a 'culture of reinvention'. After all, sometimes these modern reboots and updates offer a significant improvement on the original product, and, ultimately, allow new generations to tap into much-loved classics - whether that happens to be Spider-Man or 80s legwarmers.
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    Monday, February 18, 2013

    Notes For First Time Moms To be From A First Time Mom Part 2

    To read part 1 where I give you my notes on Pregnancy, Delivery & After the birth please click here or scroll down ;)

    Part 2 is all about your first 3 months of mommyhood... again this is mainly based on my own findings, thoughts and experience.

    ready? Here we go!

    After you have the baby you may still be super swollen, have cankles, a pouch and your rings may not fit.... it will take a while but your body will even itself out. (in my case the swelling and weight went away after 1 week)

    Getting discharged from the hospital at 10pm is NOT the best idea so try to see if you can leave earlier.

    Its wise to install your car seat before you are even close to your due date just in case...

    You will be slightly freaked out when placing your newborn in the car seat for the first time... Its totally different than the doll you practiced with.

    Once you get home your first thoughts will be.... now what?!

    All you will want to do is sleep but chances are you will spend all night (perhaps for the first week or 2) making sure your baby is breathing....

    Before your baby arrives you may think getting up every 1-3hrs to feed will be the most annoying thing ever.... its annoying but you wont care because your motherly instinct to take care of your child will get you through it.

    If your mother (or motherly figure, close friend or any family member for that matter) offers to come stay with you for the week say YES! Even if they are there to just hold the baby so you can eat or shower you will be SO thankful for the help.

    SITS baths are helpful, needed and give you an excuse for some me time.

    The Peri bottle they give you at the hospital will be your new best friend.

    You may think your 7 pounder will fit newborn sized clothing because they are a good size... they will be swimming on them for a while to come.

    The sleepers (or mittens) that cover the hands are a godsend for babies that love to scratch themselves

    Have baby mittens so your baby wont scratch but they keep slipping off? Use baby socks instead ;)

    You don't have to bath your newborn everyday at this stage

    Newborn bedtime routine?... huh? 

    If you plan on breastfeeding.. a good BF'ing pillow is a great thing!

    Sometimes you wont know what the heck your baby wants or why they are fussing/crying and thats ok you are just getting used to each other

    You and your baby WILL get to know each other in the first few weeks and things will seem a bit less foreign 

    Having a few ready made or concentrate formula cans (go online for samples before your due date) at home even if you're planning to breast feed is a good idea because not all babies are BF'ing champs right away.

    Same with bottles (make sure the nipples are stage 1) and newborn pacifiers don't hurt either if you want to introduce them.

    Those freezer meals (or fresh cooked meals ppl bring over) really will come in handy in the first few weeks.

    Everyone and their mom will want to come visit you and baby right away... pick and choose who will come visit and its ok if you need some time to adjust before you let the rest of the world in.

    When you do get to take a shower.... take 2 minutes to yourself... breathe deep and smile because you were so brave and so strong to have brought a precious life into this world and its the most amazing feeling in the world!

    Every time your baby grabs your finger it will melt your heart.

    You will look down while holding baby and think WOW we made you... often

    You will become a diaper changing pro because your baby WILL poop as soon as your put a fresh diaper on, do up all the buttons on their sleeper, take them downstairs, sit down and start to relax.

    The first few times you bathe your baby you will be scared shitless even though they gave you that 5 minute demo in the hospital.

    Every week your baby grows your will find yourself saying "I cant believe she's a week(2,3..etc) old already"

    Getting newborn photos is such a great memory even if its a photoshoot at home.

    Baby acne IS normal and will usually go away by itself

    If you don't clean under your baby's neck properly it will have a funky smell so be sure to really get in there. (a bit of diaper rash cream can help too)

    You will be told a 100 different things by a 100 different people on how to raise, bathe, feed, sleep train & parent your child... DO do whats best and what works for you and your baby.

    The baby blues is totally normal for the first 2-3 weeks after baby.. any longer and it may be post partum so chat with your dr about it.

    Crying for no reason what so ever means you are totally normal...

    You may not think your baby is "fun" at first because all they do is sleep, eat & poop... just wait because one day soon they will become more than that and it will be wonderful.

    Your bedtime may shift from midnight (pre-baby) to 8pm (post-baby) and thats ok :)

    They grow so fast that by the time your baby is 3 months you will look at newborns as if they are SO tiny forgetting you were just there.

    Now that you are on mat leave and home with the baby... your baby will be your best friend and you will find yourself having full conversations with them.

    You will have a million questions everyday about your baby & parenting... Join an online forum such as babycenter.com (.ca) so you can chat with other moms who have babies the same age as you. Its been one of the best things ive done.

    I'm sure I'm missing a lot but this is just some of the notes I could think of in my mommy brain!!

    I want to end by saying be sure to enjoy your new miracle... they are the best little thing(s) in the world.

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    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

    Notes For First Time Moms To be From A First Time Mom Part 1

    Just a few notes for first time moms to be from a first time mom (based on my experience).......

    Pregnancy, Delivery & After the birth..

    Those adorable outfits you just have to have for your newborn will probably sit in your closet and never get worn because 99% of the time your baby will be in sleepers for the first 2-3 months so invest in cute outfits for 3+ months

    The really expensive crib bedding you had custom made that came with the most luxurious bumpers will probably never get used because you WILL be slightly paranoid about the whole bumpers are dangerous for your baby debate.

    Nothing can prepare you for what labour will feel like

    If you are dead set against medication or an epidural and are telling everyone you think its horrible and wrong... shut your mouth because you may be the first one yelling for the DR to "give you the drugs"

    Those "techniques" you will learn about in your pre-natal class that help with labour pains go right out the window once active labour actually starts... Breathing deep however helps so dont forget to breathe!

    Counting how many minutes apart your contractions are may be hard when you are having contractions in the middle of the night and your partner is sleeping! We had no idea so my husband told the nurse on the phone a random #.. it happened to be 6 lol.

    Labour at home as long as you can because when you get to the hospital begging for an epidural you wont be allowed to walk or even get out of bed.

    EAT before you go to the hospital if you can because if you get an epidural they will not allow you to eat and you will be a starvin marvin.

    The rumours of how much the epidural will hurt are true however you wont give 2 hoots because the pain of the contractions will override the fear of how much it will hurt.

    Once you get said epidural, you will be a happy camper.

    While in labour you will have no shame even if you think you will before hand.

    Your "Birth Plan" will most likely go out the window as soon as you arrive at the hospital. Its ok because the pain, lack of focus & then joy will make you forget you ever had one.

    Being shy is NOT an option when it comes time to push. Your plans of having just your partner and the DR in the room may end up being your partner, doula, midwife, 2 nurses, your DR, a resident DR & a whole NICU team... just saying...

    Pushing out a baby can take a LONG time!

    You may have to tell the nurses when you need to push because the monitor that is supposed to tell them when your contractions are may fail

    The ring of fire is not a myth and is NO joke... be prepared

    The minute you push the baby out is the best feeling in the world in that moment

    Doing skin to skin is so worth it

    Once things calm down and you have a moment to digest things you will notice your chin and neck hurt from pushing 

    The "thing" you have been talking to for 9 months is actually a real live baby and they are yours

    They WILL recognize mommys voice

    You will realize what unconditional instant love is

    Reality will set in after a few hours and you will realize you have no idea what to do now

    Breast feeding looks easy but its anything but.... be patient.

    If the hospital allows you to stay more than 24hrs... take them up on it

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    Friday, February 8, 2013

    Mommy Moment of the Day! TGIF!

    Going to pour your almond milk into your coffee but pouring it into your massive jar of peanut butter instead!

    Happy Friday!

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    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

    Giveaway: Win 2 SmartSilk Asthma & Allergy Friendly Pillows Worth $130! Open to Can & US

    As a new mom I appreciate anything that makes the few hours I sleep comfortable. After being sent a pair of SmartSilk pillows I have been sleeping like a baby (no pun intended). Im used to firm pillows and this one is soft so I thought I wouldnt like it but I was very pleasantly surprised and it has now replaced my normal pillow. I even stole both pillows for myself (sorry hubs) :)

    SmartSilk Pillow Features:
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    -All natural silk fill liner
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    -Moisture wicking properties help to reduce effects of night sweats
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