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:
-All natural polyester micro gel fiber filling
-All natural silk fill liner
-All natural cotton outer shell
-Moisture wicking properties help to reduce effects of night sweats
-Keeps your skin moisturized
-Water repellent non-woven material
-Breathable materials: no longer need to flip the pillow around looking for a cool spot
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Certified asthma & allergy friendly™

WIN a pair of standard SmartSilk pillows worth $130.00!


This giveaway is open to US & Canadian residents. To enter simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below. Be sure to leave your email address when leaving a comment.

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Saturday, January 26, 2013

DIY: I Got Crafty! Baby Bows & Headbands

Ive been a busy mommy!

Having a baby girl has its perks for a girly girl like me. Dress Up!!

Recently I was looking for cute headbands for Sienna and I either couldn't find anything I loved or they were way too expensive to buy more than a few. Being the DIY lover that I am I decided to make my own!

In doing that I had a few people ask me if I could make them some so I did and well, I just couldn't stop!

Ladies and Gents I give you Little Miss Bows & Bands :) featuring some of my handmade (with love) creations.

Here are some examples modelled by my baby girl Sienna Noor..





If you're interested to see more designs (new items added all the time) please visit and "like" my Little Miss Bows And Bands facebook page.
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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

DIY: Large Wooden Letter Gets A Glam Makeover For The Nursery

When putting together Sienna's nursery I knew I wanted to DIY a beautiful frame I had for over the crib so I painted it white and mounted it in the perfect spot.


I had every intention to add our baby girls initial inside the frame but since we really only settled on a name right before she arrived I only had time to place the order on Etsy.com for the 16" unfinished wooden letter.

Now that I have gotten into somewhat of a new mommy routine I found some time to finish it.

The Before

A coat of silver paint and some jewels complete the look.


Because I need hubbys help to hang it I placed it in the frame just to see how it would look and call me crazy but I kinda like it on the crazy angle!


The silver paint matched our wall colour almost exactly which wasn't my intended look but I actually don't mind the subtleness of it. The bling pops even more!

This was a quick and easy DIY that added a really nice personal touch to our nursery. I'm so happy with the outcome.... now onto the DIY baby headbands I'm working on ;)

What do you think?
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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Giveaway: Win A Limited Edition Clarisonic Plus System Worth $259! Canada Only

Clarisonic systems have made a big name for themselves in the last few years gaining popularity for their innovative stylish design, deep classing abilities, quality and ease of use.

If you're any sort of beauty junkie or Skincare lover you either own one or are lusting after one. They don't come cheap but having owned one for some time now I can tell you they are worth every penny.

A few years ago I had mentioned to my BFF that the Clarisonic Mia was on my beauty wish list. Along came my birthday and there it was, all wrapped up! I was thrilled and have been using it religiously every since.

Then a few weeks ago I got a knock at the door and standing before me was a really pretty boy, one of my fav PR girls and a white and orange bag marked Clarisonic. As I stood there in my new mom ensemble (sweatpants and ponytail) holding my 3 week old embarrassed to be seen a smile came over my face because I knew what was in that bag.

It was the Clarisonic Plus skin Cleansing for face and body system. The limited edition Holiday set which was sold exclusively at Sephora and included the Clarisonic PLUS floral design, Sensitive Brush Head, Deep Pore Brush Head, Delicate Brush Head, Body Brush Head, mini Biotherm Lait de Gommage Gentle Exfoliating Milk & mini Biotherm Biosource Hydra-Mineral Cleanser.



Heres how it looks in comparison to my beloved Mia.




I love the fact that now I have a body brush for those extra tough spots like elbows, knees and feet! Why not give yourself an at home pedicure right?!

Well here is your chance to take that Clarisonic off your wish list Canadians!

WIN a Clarisonic Plus skin Cleansing for Face and Body system worth $259!!

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***UPDATE*** The winner of this giveaway is Katrina B! Congratulations :)
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Thursday, January 10, 2013

A Starbucks Drink That's Zero Calories and Only 50 Cents?!

Today I treated myself to a guilt free old favorite from Starbucks.

A venti hot water with sugar free cinnamon dolce syrup. Zero calories and only .53 cents!

Guilt free for my diet and wallet! Plus it's a great way to up your water intake!

Next time you pop by Starbucks order it I promise you won't be sorry. ;)


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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Dear Vasanti Cosmetics You Get Better With Age! -New Product Love-

 Every time Vasanti Cosmetics comes out with new products I fall more and more in love with the line.

Their newest products are better than ever!



The addition of 4 Cream Blushes  (Shades: Summit, Pinnacle, Glacier & The Peak), a new Black Kajol Eyeliner Pencil and Monoi Magic Treatment Oil introduces its loyal fans a batch of completely new products and as those just discovering the line something unique and fun to want to try.

I have been wearing the cream blushes (Summit & Pinnacle) and Kajol liner every time I leave the house (which is a treat these days!) and have gotten comments such as "you look so fresh", "Wow, your skin looks amazing", "you don't look like you have a newborn at all, you look refreshed".


The cream blushes ($20) are creamy enough to blend with ease and perfection when I apply them using my fingers and blend to a dry finish so there is no greasy residue left behind to make you look oily. A little goes a long way with these bold shades but the colours are soft enough to work on the lips as well if you wish.. Bonus!

The Kajol liner ($18) has got to be one of my favourites! Its super creamy which means it glides right on with out any effort, pulling or stretching of the eye lid. It comes equipped with a smudger on one end and a sharpener on the other. Gone are the days of packing these added features separately in our makeup bags! Once this liner goes on and dries it stays put, no more raccoon eyes after a night out or a long day at work (or motherhood in my case).
It is my recommendation that everyone go out and buy this liner right away! ;)

The Monoi Magic Treatment Oil ($15) intrigued me and I was surprised to find it in solid form when I opened the box. After reading the instructions I realized it worked much like coconut oil. Its solid but a few seconds on the warmth of your skin or under warm water it liquefies.

This product is so multi-purpose as it can be used as a facial oil treatment, on the body and even in hair. While I do find it difficult to squeeze this product out as it comes after a few seconds under warm water and it comes out with ease. There is little to no scent and after applying this to my face last night I can say with confidence that it didn't make me feel oily/greasy and actually felt really nourishing on. I can see this being worked into my pamper my face session once a week!

I continue to be impressed with the Vasanti Cosmetics team who are constantly working to bring the highest quality products to its customers. I use multiple items from this line daily and that's saying A LOT!

If you haven't checked out the line yet, well get out from under your rock and head on over to VasantiCosmetics.com to find out where you can pick it up.
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Friday, January 4, 2013

Mommy Talk: Presidents Choice Supreme VS Pampers Swaddlers Diapers

Baby Sienna is now 8 weeks old and since her birth I've tried 3 different brands of diapers. Since we got a few packs of Huggies newborns at a great deal ($5 per pack) from the hospital we only used these during the newborn stage and really liked them.

Since our princess has gained weight and we have had to move into size 1 diapers I've been between Pampers Swaddlers which seemed to be the standard for some of the moms I know and a new discovery, Presidents Choice Supreme Comfort Diapers which baby and I were introduced to thanks to the amazing PR people for the brand.
I don't feel there is much of need for me to go into detail about Pampers because we know it's been tried, tested and approved and I really have nothing bad to say about the brand, it's diapers or it's performance.

That being said I do want to open more mommies eyes to other comparable brands such as the Presidents Choice brand. After having used both Huggies and Pampers by the time I opened my pack of PC diapers I was beginning to think how any mom dealt with diapers that didn't have a wetness strip indicator because it was making my job of knowing when baby needed a change a lot easier. I was kind of worried that the PC brand wouldn't have this feature (being a most cost effective brand) but I was happy and I'll be honest totally relieved to see it did!

Shown below are two size 1 diapers, on the left the Pampers brand and on the right the PC diaper. The Pampers has the yellow line that turns blue when baby is wet and the PC has little blue images in circles that totally disappear when baby is wet. Both make it VERY easy and obvious to see when baby is wet.


My thoughts on PC Supreme Diapers:
These diapers were super soft and stretchy, fit Sienna really well and in fact were more snug on her than other brands. There were no leaks and it contained all blowouts well. I like that they are hypoallergenic, fragrance free and that It's infused with aloe and vitamin E so it kept her skin balanced and rash free.

My only issue with these diapers is that I found they ran a bit small, so while they fit my then 9lbs baby well and the package stated they would fit up to 14lbs I'm just not sure they would. I like the fact that they were snug a lot so my solution to this would be to move up a size a bit faster.

PC Supreme Comfort Diapers come in sizes 1-6 in packs of between 84-136 at approx. $24.99 which can save you a few bucks each time you purchase diapers which I'm starting to find out is a lot!

Mommies next time you are at Superstore/Loblaws doing groceries or getting your fashion fix in the Joe Fresh section head on over to the baby area and check out all the PC baby products such as their wipes and these true, tried and now tested Stretchy Fit diapers!

Mom Approved!!
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