Toddler Favourites- Two Years Old!

Toddler Favourites- Two Years Old

Leapfrog Number Lovin’ Oven– We don’t have room for a play kitchen in our house so this little talking oven is a real life/spacesaver

Thomas and Friends Wooden Railway Set–  SOO happy that I kept all the tracks and trains from the twin’s big bro ( are they ever expensive)! They love them as much as he did.

Megablocks Big Building Bag– WOW do all three kids enjoy these. The twins are well on their way to being  master builder and their brother loves helping them make elaborate constructions! Next stop- LEGO!

IKEA Lockig Potty– Cheap and cheerful. Let the potty training fun begin.

“Chicka Chicka Boom Boom”– This is a favourite book in our house and a fun, rythmic way of teaching the alphabet.

Beanie Boos– All three kids are OBSESSED withe these big eyes plushies.

 

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What I Read- February 2017

What I Read- February 2017

 

The Breakdown by B.A Paris (vis Netgalley. In stores June 20th 2017) – When Cass passed a a broken down car on a forested road in the middle of a driving rainstorm she never imagined that she might have prevented the murder of the driver. As the intense guild increases, she starts to question her own memories of that night and of every day since- she seems to be missing time.
Under the Harrow by Flynn Berry– After Nora finds her sister dead inside her rural country home, she cannot let it go. She is convinced that it has something to do with the vicious assault that her sister suffered years earlier.
The Young Wives Club by Julie Pennell– In Toulouse, Louisiana folks get married young. Four friends negotiate young love and heartache.
Flapper by Joshua Zeitz– An historical account of the rise of the cultural and feminist revolution of the 1920’s that brought about the Flapper.
What did you read this month? I am always looking for new books!!!
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Favourite Things- February 2017

February 2017 Favourites

 

Santa Clarita Diet– Sheila and Joel are just your average California real estate agents until Sheila begins to crave the taste of raw meat…. turns out she’s a zombie. Part horror, part frothy family comedy, this show is super fun if you can stomach A LOT of gore. This Netflix show is the perfect binge- ten episodes at half an hour each means that you can easily kill this one (pun intended) in two nights!

Sephora Makeup Brushes– While purging my way though all the stuff in my bathroom cabinets, I realized that I was using makeup brushes that were at least 5 years old and many were much older than that. I decided to purchase a totally new set from Sephora, which are infused with charcoal powder, which has antimicrobial properties.

Sephora Contour Palette– Another thing that I noticed was that I didn’t have a proper all-in-one contour/highlight palette. This one from Sephora is awesome. The pigments are rich enough for my fair skin and  are super blendable.
Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer– Oh dark circles, how loathe thee. I am constantly trying out different products to cover up my under eye shadows. I recently saw this product recommended on a vlog so I picked it up and I love it. Good coverage, easy to apply and blend and doesn’t go dry and cake-y as the days goes on.
Icone Kimono CardiganSimons has become a fave online shopping destination over the last year or so (Canadian company means better shipping rates and NO DUTY) for good quality, inexpensive basics. I LOVE this cardigan so much. The shape is super chic and totally different than any other sweater I own.
Clementine: The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill  by Sonia Purnell– Winston Churchill is a towering figure in 20th Century history as the Prime Minister of England during the last years of World War Two. His wife Clementine, his lifelong companion and staunchest supporter, is ofter overlooked or misrepresented in biographies of him. Here, Purnell writes about how “Clemmy” shaped the life of her larger-than-life husband.
Ikea Tea Lights– In my quest to fully embrace Hygge this winter, I am burning a ton of candles. Ikea tea lights burn clean and are super inexpensive.
Dr. Jart Water-Sure Gel– I have used Dr. Jart BB creams in the past and loved them but until I received a sample, I had never tried the creams. This gel based moisturizer is amazing and while pricey, a little goes a long way. Perfect over your favourite serum.
What was your favorite product or thing that you discovered in February?
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Review- Goop Clean Beauty

 

Goop Clean Beauty

I have been a subscriber of goop since the beginning because I love Gwyneth Paltrow’s clean, crisp clothing style. Honestly- her uniform post from several years ago is still a go-to for me. I am still a subscriber but over the years as goop has developed as a “lifestyle” brand, I have certainly stopped being an avid reader. The problem that I have is the same as a lot of other people- the site just SMACKS of privilege; almost everything featured is insanely expensive and it seems out of touch with the lives of most women (steaming ones vagina?? Really??? That cannot be healthy)

When I was sent Goop Clean Beauty by the publisher, Hachette Book Group Canada, I was willing to attempt to look at it without any preconceived notions. It was January and who doesn’t love a good lifestyle book to start the New Year with? I was certainly curious if the book would be accessible to the 99% who aren’t Hollywood royalty….

My first impression of the book was how clean (no pun intended) and stylish the layout design was. It was like your favourite Instagrammer who uses a lot of flat-lay pictures- perfect and styled within an inch of its life. I did have to chuckle a bit that kale leaves were prominently featured on the dedication page.

While the credit for the book goes to the staff of goop, GP “curated’ the book so naturally the introduction was penned by her. In it, she extols the virtues of natural self-preservation and aging gracefully while feeling as good as possible both inside and out. So far I am on board. She addresses all the negative products in so many beauty products and stresses how bad “toxins” are for the body (this feels a bit like an ad for goop by Juice Beauty)

GP has gotten a lot of flack by members of the medical community about her detox cleanses and she clearly wants to clarify her position here by stressing that her detox focuses on clean eating (i.e eating nothing fun at all) and not juice cleanses or fasts. Thea Baumann (the resident goop chef), provides 24 recipes for clean eating, many of which look pretty yummy (I am for sure trying  the Steamed Fish with Dashi and Soba Noodles and all the chopped salads). However…. there is a recipe for hot water and lemon.. Seriously?

A list of superfoods and antioxidants are included here which is hardly new territory but its nice to have all the info in one place if you are into that sort of thing (I am sort of on the fence, personally)

Of course Tracey Anderson also shows. I am as envious as anyone of GP’s figure but Tracey’s “method” is not super feasible for me as much as I wish it were. (working out for an hour a day would be amazing if I had that sort of time)

One thing that I was very interested in was the section addressing supplements and foods that help with hair, skin and nails. I took some of the advice and started talking a Biotin and have noticed a difference with my hair, especially. The beauty section is very blunt about how skin and haircare products work and that the real permanent changes and improvements come from what you put in your body rather than what you put on it. YES! This was probably my favourite section.

The the section that focuses on hair styles and makeup is a bit silly, especially in the era of YouTube tutorials. How to do a cat eye and a ponytail? Huh?

Another section that I was really interested in was about sleep- about how much you need, how to get the most out of sleep, the importance of naps for adults (HA- vindication! I LOVE naps) and how lack of sleep can affect your body. I am working on implementing some of the suggestions in an attempt to feel more rested.

All in all, this book is a beautiful hard covered version of the goop website and while there are certainly some good recipes and references, it doesn’t exactly break new ground.

Also one more thing- Is adrenal fatigue a real thing?

 

 

** I was provided this book for review by Hatchette Book Group Canada. All opinions are solely my own.

 

 

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Favourite Things – January 2017

These are a few of my (January) favourite things!!!!
Favorites- January 2017

 

I See You by Clare Mackintosh– The perfect creepy read for a dreary January evening. Zoe sees a picture of herself in the classified section of the newspaper. Then she sees another woman’s picture… and that woman ends up dead….
Caspar Mattress– Our old mattress, while high end, was ten years old and both of us were waking up tired and sore every morning. We decided to try out the Caspar mattress and so fare we are super happy we did. Feeling less sore and tired every day! Also, many podcasts these days are sponsored by Caspar so there are lots of $50 discount codes out there.
MimiTENS “Mama” Hat– A lovely mum friend of mine gave me and another friend these hats for Christmas. I love that they say “mama” but they look totally badass. Mums can be cool too! #doesitcomeinblack
Mackage Card Case– I used to carry around a massive wallet that became a dumping ground for tons of crap. In my quest to streamline what I was carrying around in my bag, I asked my husband for a small card case style wallet and he chose this one (does he have great taste or what?)
MishMash Notebook– I saw a notebook by this Portugal based company in a vlogger’s video on Youtube. I checked out their site right away and fell in love with the stitched spines and unique paper quality. It wasn’t cheap (22 euros) but I love it so much. Blog planning and grocery lists were never so chic!
Michael Kors Boots– I saw a girl on the subway wearing these boots and they were exactly what I was looking for- cute toe, low heel, suede… I took a mental snapshot (I thought I would look like a creep taking a photo of someones feet on the TTC) and searched for them as soon as I could. The husband got them for me for Christmas. They as cute and comfortable as I had hoped!
Murad Advances Active Radiance Serum – Murad products are amazing but so expensive so they are a splurge for me. My mum gave this to me for Christmas and it really does make my skin glow and helps it retain so much more moisture.
Anthenay Mini Brass Bag– Another Christmas gift from the husband (I was totally spoiled this year). I was so surprised because I took a photo of the bag ages earlier at Zane (one of my favourite stores) and sent it to him… and then promptly forgot about it. Anthenay bags are locally made by hand in Toronto of really lovely structured leather. They are total works of art.
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Hell0 2017! Best Agendas for a new year

I am a list maker. An planner. My life doesn’t function without multiple and extensive to-do lists. Three kids and a full time job sometimes requires a fill on spreadsheet!!!
If you are hoping to be better organized this year, here are some fantastic (and cute) agendas to help you get there.
Best Agendas 2017

 

Simplified Planner– This is the perfect choice for the most dedicated organizer. This agenda has weekly spreads and full monthly views. There are four sections: schedule, to do, notes and dinner.
Design Love Co– This is such a chic planner! I love the design SO much. This task based organizer is perfect for list makers. There are many great extras like budgeting and spending charts as well as tear-out pages.
Smythson– This is the must luxe agenda on my list. Made of leather (of course) this 14 month organizer has a week-to-view layout with note pages.
momAgenda– This is an awesome choice for the multitasking mother as it is perfect for balancing multiple schedules (mom plus up to four kids) There are weekly and monthly views and the AMAZING “Essentials pamphlet” where you can store important information about the entire family in one place.
Kate Spade– This is a classic and elegant choice. This 17 month agenda has monthly and weekly spreads and lots of rooms for notes.
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Twin Essentials- One Year Old

Twin Essentials- One Year Old

Love Child Organics Oaty Chomps-  I want to disclose right here that I am a brand influencer for Lovechild but I would NEVER recommend a product that my kids don’t love. These are a HUGE hit with my babes at snack time!

Aden and Anais Muslin lovey– I am looking to introduce a lovey into the crib now that the twins are over a year old and these are the perfect chose- the muslin is light and breathable and they are SUCH cute patterns.

My First Book of Girl Power– My oldest son is a massive superhero fan and this was his choice for a birthday gift for his baby sister. She loves it and so do I!

 The Mother of All Toddler Books by Ann Douglas– I live by Ann’s books! I know I will be referring to this frequently this year!

Tilty Cups– As all mothers know, the search for the perfect training cup is a long and often pricey one. These cups are great because they don’t require the kids to tip them back too much. This is still a work in progress but the kids are fans of these ones!

VTec Activity Cube– This was an early birthday gift for the twins from their grandparents and I they love it and I love it because it will grow with them for the next two years!

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Home Decor Obsession- H+M Home

A couple of weeks ago, H+M opened their newly renovated flagship location at Yonge and Dundas. Included in the new space is the first Canadian outlet of H+M Home! I headed over to check it out as soon as I could and I was pretty impressed. There was a good amount of stock and enough different design styles to make almost anyone happy! I love muted greys and crisp whites for my home and there was plenty of that available! I was super impressed with their incredibly large stock of pillow covers! It makes me want to buy a million throw cushions!
   Check out their European website to check out their selection!
H+M Home

 

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To the Twins on Their First Birthday

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Dear Beaner and Big Bad Bill.

I cannot believe that today you turn one year old. I am in shock at how the time since you entered our world has flown by.

One year ago today,  I woke up in the morning and knew that you would be making your appearance before the sun went down. I was excited, I was scared (you were coming early) and I was a bit stunned… We were going from a family of three to a family of five in the blink of an eye.

When you were born, the nurses in the delivery room clapped and cheered. I didn’t get to hold either of you in that moment, something I will always regret. I have three precious children and I never got to hold any of you as soon as you were born. I know that you needed to be elsewhere to be safe and healthy, but my heart ached to hold you and see your sweet faces.

You were in the hospital for eleven days and as I watched you grow stronger, I marveled at the resiliency of such tiny humans. When we brought you home, you were both so little, yet I knew how tough you were so I wasn’t scared of your smallness.

Those first weeks, I was startled anew every time I realized that I had two babies but we were filled with so much love that we didn’t care about all the extra diapers and sleepless hours.

We were and continue to be so lucky that we are surrounded by so many people who love you and extend a helping hand whenever we need them- you have the best grandparents and aunts and uncles (both biological and honorary) that any kids could hope for.

You are also blessed to have the best father in the entire universe. Your daddy is so patient, loving and goofy. It makes my heart sing to watch your little faces light up when he walks in the room.

Your big brother is your biggest fan. Never once has he been envious of you and he always works so hard to make you laugh. He is so proud of you and loves to show you off to all of his friends at school.

As you enter your second year in our family, I marvel every day at your growth, your smiles and your fascination with the world around you. Seeing everything for the first time through your eyes has been one of the great privileges of my life.

I love you my sweet babies.

XO Mummy

*** The first year of the twins life was made possible by their grandparents, all of our friends and families, the wonderful NICU staff at St Joseph’s Health Centre, our amazing midwifes from The Midwife Alliance,  Angelina of Precious Moments Babeez, Maxine Sass and the incredible community of parents who make up the Toronto Parents of Multiple Births Association.  We couldn’t have done it without you.

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Twin Essentials- Five Months

Twin Essentials- Five Months
Bumbleride Indie Twin- I did so much research on double strollers when I was pregnant and it took me a long time to settle on this stroller but I could not be more thrilled with it. It is a dream to push (due to its air filled tires) has a large basket as double strollers go and come in the cutest colours. 
HoMedics White Noise Machine– In our house, white noise is a nap and bed time staple. With our first babe, we had the Sleep Sheep, but this time around we decided on a machine that could run all night as to not disturb sleep cycles as well as to mask the sounds of a busy household. This one is great and really reasonable priced.
JJ Cole Diaper Clutch– A diaper clutch stashed inside the diaper bag is great for quick changes on the go. This is especially important for me with Peanut as she decides to blow her diaper every time we leave the house. Kid refuses to poo at home!
Fisher Price Sit Me Up Floor Seat– This seat is amazing for babies who want to sit up but are not big enough for the Bumbo. It also has toys attached for entertainment. This has been an amazing investment especially now that my kiddos are rejecting the bouncy chair and the swing (those are for babies, mom!)
Whoozit Infant Toy– This toy is addictive for babies. There is nothing else I can say but every kid MUST have one.
Honest Co Organic Breath Easy Rub– My babes have already had multiple colds and I have found that rubbing this on their chests and the soles of their feet has really helped and has been kind to their delicate new skin.
Honda Odyssey– We are now part of Minivan Nation. Sigh. However, the Odyssey is about the sexiest one on the market and it has proven to be a pretty sweet ride so far. Super comfy and easy to get all three kids in and out of. We are going on a pretty long road trip soon so that will be the ultimate test!

 

 

 

 

 

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