Sunday, August 31, 2014

Farewell Summer

Happy labour day everyone!  Although summer is not officially over until September 22nd, labour day definitely feels like summers (unofficial) last hurrah.
We had quite a cold summer here in southern Ontario, but thankfully this last weekend turned out to be amazing weather wise. 
We spent Saturday BBQing with friends, celebrating the birth of their new baby girl. After not seeing a newborn for a while, I am always in awe of how little they are. It's hard to think that my own were even smaller just two years ago. 
Today we are hoping for some beautiful weather at Lake Huron. The beautiful beach and clear water always make the long drive worth it, as does the stop of ice cream on the way home. 
With another year school just around the corner, I hope everyone spends the day relaxing and enjoying before the craziness begins again.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Friday Funny- Mrs. Doubtfire

Got some serious Robyn Williams nostalgia when I saw this. He always put a smile on my face, even after watching Mrs. Doubtfire a million times. 
Found this funny picture of this random baby online. 



Thursday, August 28, 2014

Beauty Find- Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Skin Protectant


It is the ultimate multi-tasker that I never leave home without and it has been a staple for women and makeup artists since it was created in 1930. The formula has remained virtually unchanged since then, apart from the fragrance free version now available. There are few products out there that can repair dry cuticles and lips, protect skin against harsh winter weather, battle eczema, add shine to eye lids, tame brows, soothe dry & cracked heels, calm sunburned skin, and calm irritation after shaving or waxing- this one does it all. A combination of petroleum, beta-hydroxy and vitamin E soothes, seals in moisture and delivers antioxidants. 
My daughter loves applying it to her eczema since it is one of the only creams that does not sting open wounds caused from scratching dry skin. And it is my favorite lip balm, perfectly light and glossy with a hint of pink. A little goes a long way and for about $25 you have a completely multi-tasker that has so many uses. FYI-I personally will ONLY buy the fragrance free version, the regular one has a very strong smell I find unpleasant. 





Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Product Spotlight- Garance Dore for Rifle Paper Co.

Growing up I loved back to school shopping for new notebooks and paper. Now I fill that void with new stationary. I am currently in love with the new line by Garance Dore for Rifle Paper Co. You can purchase it online through GaranceDore's blog, or through Chapters.Indigo (where they are currently 50-70% off!). My favorite item is the big weekly list, it contains 52 sheets and has plenty of space to write down everything you need to remember each day making it especially useful for weekly meal planning and to do lists! The market list is also nice because it has a handy magnet on the back for the fridge. The assorted greeting card set is perfectly put together because it contains a birthday and thank you card, and two generic cards with XO and Bonjour! that can be used for different occasions.
The design and colors used in this stationary definitely set it apart from rest! I wouldn't have expected any less from one of my favorite fashion bloggers. 



Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Make This - Breakfast Ideas

On most hectic mornings all i have time for is a boring bowl of cereal, which leaves me hungry by 10:00 am. My (realistic) goal is to actually make a REAL breakfast at least a few mornings a week. Here are some super nutritious and easy breakfast ideas that I am dying to try, all recipes are in links under photos!













Monday, August 25, 2014

Triple Espresso in my Latte Kinda Morning

Going back to work this morning was especially rough. I have been on vacation for the past two weeks, sleeping in till 8:30, spending my days at the playground and having lunch with my girls on the deck, it was amazing. While the twins had their afternoon nap, my mother in law would come by so I could spend some one-on-one time with my 5 year old daughter. We visited her favorite toy store Mastermind Toys (she is already working on a Christmas wishlist) and we ate way too much gelato. Since I got a lot done during the day, my evenings were spent with my husband and a glass of vino catching up on movies we have been meaning to watch like ‘Boyhood’ and ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’.

I also spent a day shopping in Toronto with my daughter and sister in law. We went to Ikea and walked around Queen West where purchased these and this from CB2 (love!). I tried my first 'flat white' at Dark Horse Espresso Bar, it was delicious with strong espresso taste but still rich and creamy and not overly strong or bitter, and the cafe was amazing. So despite some unseasonably cold days (hoodies in August? Ugh) I had an amazing time off.

A few weeks ago I mentioned my Staycation Challenge- 10 parks in 10 days, and I am happy to say I did it. We discovered some amazing new parks in town that we will definitely visit again, check them out on my instagram feed under hashtag #tenparksintendays. It was so much for the kids to play on a new playground every day. I noticed they spent so much more time on each one versus how long they play on the ones we frequent almost every day by our house. We spent day 5 at Canada’s Wonderland, which I know it not a local playground, but finding 10 days of nice weather during my vacation was harder than it should have been, because it rained so many times.

Here are some of my favorite moments during my time off:









Friday, August 22, 2014

Friday Funny- that haircut



Reasons My Kid Is Crying

Check out this hilarious link 36 Reasons My Kids is Crying. You really can't help but laugh out loud at some of these pictures. I think it accurately depicts how crazy life with toddlers can be. They can be extremely unreasonable and picky.

My favorites are:








I would like to add to this list from my own personal experience a few things that recently made my kids cry (sorry I only have one tantrum picture)

-they could hear the plane but not see it on cloudy day
- the rottweiler she really wanted to pet didn't like kids
-we broke her kinder egg in half to get toy out
-she couldn't climb the playground with rocks in each hand (didn't want to let go of rocks) 
-wouldn't let her eat green skin on watermelon 
-wouldn't let them use bag of stinky diapers as a pillow

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Product Spotlight- String Shelf

The Sweds know a thing or two about simple yet functional design, perfect example - The String Shelf. This modular wall mounted shelving system can be configured into almost any size and shape. I see the String Pocket more and more in childrens room on Pintrest. It is the perfect size to display collections and small toys. The larger shelves can also be configured to create a wall-mounted desk area with plenty of storage space, which is perfect for small spaces. I love that is comes in so many different colors as well, my favorite being yellow and white. 

Here it is in my living room:



And here it is in some of my favorite rooms I found on Pintrest:












All images can be found on my Pintrest



Thursday, August 14, 2014

Product Spotlight - BAGGU Bags

I recently read an article on Fashionista titled- How Baggu Became One of the Most Ubiquitous Bag Brands Around. Over the years I never realized just how popular this reusable bag company has become. Emily Sugihara, along with her mom Joan started BAGGU after Emily finished college. Her goal was to make a cute reusable shopping bag. Their first product was the Standard Baggu, a nylon shopping bag that comes in its own 5x5 inch pouch and it currently comes in 29 different colors and patterns. The company now sells their bags in over 1000 different locations, everywhere from Apple, West Elm and J.crew They expanded their product line and now have different sizes of the nylon shopping tote, and also make cute travel accessories and leather goods. 
I am proud of say I was probably Baggus first Canadian customers. After reading their first piece of press in Teen Vogue probably 10 years ago, I contacted the company to see if they ship to Canada. Emily Sugihara responded to my email personally and said they've never shipped to Canada before but she will look into rates for me. About a week later I got my first three reusable Baggu shopping bags which I still have today! 
Check out some of their products here






all images from Baggu.com

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Chop Chop

A hair appointment this Tuesday has me searching for hairspiration, and the lob (long bob) is definitely still on my mind. I have not get decided on full blonde highlights or just ombre ones, and my biggest dilemma is whether to cut my bangs again...decisions decisions! Maybe some of these images will help make up my mind. 

UPDATE: I went with the first image below. I choose it because it is super low maintenance. By just dying the bottom half of my hair I do not have to worry about roots! With all over blonde highlights, I was at the salon every 2-3 months (=$$$). I love the length and cut as well, I am still able to put it back into a ponytail, which I do more often then I should. AND I got the bangs again, I missed them and I feel like myself again when I look in the mirror. 


      
all images from my pintrest board




Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Check Out - Kid Friendly Coffee Tables

If you are looking for a child friendly coffee table, Domaine Home did the work and rounded up ten amazing tables that are safe and stylish. You do not have to compromise style and practicality for safety. These table all have rounded edges and many under $500. Here are some of my favorites:










Monday, August 11, 2014

Skincare for Sensitive Skin

I have been plagued by sensitive eczema prone skin as long as I can remember. Anything with too much fragrance or chemicals will definitely make my skin react. 
Throughout my teenage years my face was like a testing facility for skin care products, I tried everything. Since I also had mild acne to deal with, it was hard to find the perfect products that addressed acne but did not dry out my skin. Over the years I learned that one perfect product does not exist, it is a balance of heavy-duty moisturizers and gentle acne fighters was key to keep my skin in balance.
Now that I am (quickly) approaching my thirties (!), thankfully my skin has calmed down acne wise, but as one door closes a window opens- enter wrinkles and fine lines. Most dermatologist will tell you skin already starts to age by your mid-twenties. Wrinkle products, especially ones loaded with retinol can be just as harsh for sensitive skin as salicylic acid in acne products, so again finding the perfect solution for your sensitive skin is not easy. 
Through trial and error I can safely say that I have found a skin care system that works for me. Using a combination of gentle cleansers, soothing toners, heavy duty moisturizers (especially in winter) is key. Adding a wrinkle serum for face and eyes at this age is also a good idea and do not forget a daily SPF even if you are spending most of the day indoors. A daily moisturizer with SPF 15 or 30 is fine most days, but remember to increase SPF on days you know you will be outdoors a lot. 
On days I feel especially dry and flaky, and twice a week during winter I add a little extra to my routine. A good face oil, like this one from Josie Maran is amazing. Even if you have oily skin don't fear face oils. Good quality oils absorb quickly and do not leave your skin feeling greasy. This one is truly multipurpose, and can be used for dry hair, cuticles and even dry patches of eczema. I apply my the oil after going a gentle scrub with Soap & Glory scrub, and Avene moisture mask and my skin feels radiant. 

Here are my favorite skincare products for sensitive skin


In Detail
CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser- super moisturizing and extra gentle
EOS lip blam- don't forget your lips!
Bioderma Creline- there is a reason this is a #1 best seller world wide
Clarins Beauty flash balm (which I reviewed here)
 Josie Maran pure Argan oil- luxurious multipurpose natural oil
ROC wrinkle smoothing eye cream- loaded with retinol, hyaluronic acid and peptides
Avene Thermal Sring water- perfect to refresh and sooth skin, especially at the beach
Avene soothing moisture mask- leaves skin soft and hydrated (an Allure beauty favorite)
Clinique Moisture Surge Intense- perfect for extra dry skin in winter
FRESH peony Spot-Correcting Essence- yup those are age spots and this stuff pricey but works
CeraVu PM Lotion- loaded with ceramides, hyaluronic acid, triglycerides, niacinamide
Eurerin Clarifying Toner- removes those last traces of makeup
Soap & Glory Scrub Your Nose In It- use once or twice a week, very effective for blackheads 



Thursday, August 7, 2014

20 signs you live with a Toddler

Come across this amazing article 20 signs you live with a toddler on The Huffington Post Parents site and it is spot on! Ones that especially apply to me are:
14. You yell "Doggy!" every time you see one, even when you are alone.
17. You've broken three toes on the baby gate.
8. Every piece of fruit in the house has a small bite out of it.
9. You know every lyric to every Disney song since the '50s (especially having three girls)
And most importantly this...
12. It feels like a special occasion when you get to go to the bathroom by yourself.

I just discovered The Huffington Post Parents site and I will defintly be adding it to my daily blog list! So many funny and informative articles posted daily!

Note: the photo below is NOT me and I hope to never look like this poor women when I am out in public with my kids





Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Lets Go - Berlin

This cute Berlin in 60 seconds video by Fash n Chips is giving me major travel envy.



Check Out - Olivia Wilde for Glamour

Check out these beautiful images of Olivia Wilde in Glamour's September issue. I love that she is casually breastfeeding her son in a restaurant, but makes a point to say that in real life she looks far from this when nursing. Even though these images are highly glamorized and edited, they still positively promote breastfeeding (which there is still taboo in North America). 
She says it perfectly when describes nursing and motherhood-

"Being shot with Otis is so perfect because any portrait of me right now isn't complete without my identity as a mother being a part of that. Breastfeeding is the most natural thing. I don't know, now it feels like Otis should always be on my breast. It felt like we were capturing that multifaceted woman we've been discussing—that we know we can be. You can be someone who is at once maternal and professional and sexy and self-possessed. [But] I mean, I certainly don't really look like that when I'm [typically] breast-feeding. And there's usually a diaper involved."

I couldn't have said it better myself!