DIY Christmas Ornaments

I had such an overwhelming response after posting these on my instagram stories that I had to share how I made them!

First off I cannot take credit for this genius idea, it was totally a pinterest hack! Also I will add that I don’t have a creative bone in my body, these were super easy to make and sooo inexpensive! I specifically wanted to make them for our Christmas tree but also thought they would be a cute way to tag presents!

Materials:

Matte Mod Podge

Sharpe Scissors

Pic Collage App

Rustic Wooden Ornaments

Sponge or Brush

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I went to my local Michaels and they currently have all of their DIY ornaments 40% including these ones! I also picked up the mod podge there (I got the matte finish)! Each ornament cost $2.63 to make!

Step 1: Format & Print Photos

Not gonna lie this took me awhile to figure out but i finally got it!! First I knew I wanted black and white photos so I used Photos on my Mac to change the filter to Tonal. Next I used the Pic Collage app to format the photos into circles and then hit the + button to add text, i decided i wanted to add the year to all of the photos! Save these to your camera roll.

 

Step 2: Next I uploaded the photos to the Costco Photo Centre online, you can order them and then just go in to pick them up, super convenient and easy! I went with the matte finish as I wanted to keep with the rustic look and printed them as 4×6 to fit the ornaments! I believe Walmart, Staples and London Drugs offer the same service!

Step 3: Cut out the circles of your photos (very sharp scissors help!), I then put a layer of mod podge on the front of the ornament where the photo will go and on the back of the photo, centre and let dry!

Step 4: The final step is coating the top of the photo with the mod podge and let it dry!

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Ta da!

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Thanks for reading!

Sarah xo

My Bodhi Soul Bead Mala

You may be asking what is a Mala?! Truthfully up until a couple weeks ago I had heard of a Mala but didn’t truly understand its meaning or purpose! A Mala is typically a string of 108 beads with a guru (head) bead and is used as a tool to help the mind focus on meditation.  I was first introduced to this concept by my beautiful  friend Rebecca and her new business Bodhi Soul Beadworks! I was instantly drawn not only to the gorgeous beads and jewelry but to Rebecca and how passionate she was about her craft, little did I know how neat and relevant their meanings would be to me and how it played into my life.

I would be the first person to admit I have never really meditated (I have attended the occasional yoga class however i never felt I could focus on nothing, my brain tends to speed up when I slow down!) however after Rebecca and I started talking about her jewelry and the meaning behind the beads and their healing purposes, I did some research and was so intrigued by the beauty, simplicity and peace that Meditation could give me. I have a very hard time relaxing, my relaxing is usually putting my feet up and watching Netflix with a cup of tea however it doesn’t really give your brain a break and this is what I looking and hoping for, to completely disconnect. Here is a videos I used recently to help this beginner mediator get started with my mala (here) and another on learning how to meditate! Now I totally understand this may not be for everyone but Ive recently been reminded that life can be hard, frustrating and stressful, if meditation and my mala could provide me with some peace and added calm in my life, Im all over it!! Keep in mind it can also be used for its soothing stones and/or as an accessory to any outfit and Rebecca offers a variety of stones in both necklaces and bracelets at her Etsy Shop, Bodhi Soul Bead Works!

 

 

 

My Mala itself is comprised of these gorgeous Multi Coloured Amazonite, Sandalwood, & a Rudraksha Seed beads, finished with a beautiful moss green tassel and lotus charm! Amazonite is known as a soothing stone and helps to balance emotions, the Sandalwood attracts positive energy and promotes tranquility, and the Rudraksha increases clarity and awareness, all of which I’ve been really needing in my life recently!! Wearing your Mala Necklace can help you absorb the gemstones healing properties and set intentions to get in touch with what you’d truly like to manifest in your life. It’s a beautiful visible reminder!  For a full description of the healing properties of the gemstones, please click on the link to be directed to this listing in the BodhiSoulBeadWorks Etsy Shop.

Lastly I am so excited to share that Rebecca and I have joined forces to offer you an amazing 20% this Amazonite Necklace  (sale price reflected in listing) shown below that we designed together, perfect for the upcoming holiday season whether you are looking for a beautiful necklace or wanting to give the gift of healing! Every piece from Bodhi Soul Bead works comes carefully packaged in a beautiful organza bag with care instructions and an explanation of its healing properties, making them perfect for gift giving!!

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Thank you so much for reading!
Sarah xo

Mermaid Halloween Makeup

Happy Halloween!!

This year when we were planning our Halloween costumes we knew we wanted Cash to be a turtle so we wanted all of our costumes to relate to a turtle!  From that we went with an ocean themed family costume, and I landed on a mermaid with Clayton being a snorkeler and Cali being a Lobster haha!

Products I Used:

Fishnet stockings for the scales

BH Cosmetics Palate for the Eyes & Colour of the scales

Rhinestones from Michaels for the head crown

Lipsense in Purple Reign and BH Cosmetics Palate for the Lips!

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Thanks for reading!

Sarah xo

Updated Skincare Routine

Lately I have had some amazing feedback in regards to my skin and I have noticed such a huge difference in my skin that I wanted to share my updated skincare routine! (PS i should note this is not a sponsored post, I purchased all of these products with my own $$!)

When I was initially looking for a new skincare regiment I set out to find a natural, plant based skincare that was Vegan, did not test on animals and would not break the bank, this lead me to The Body Shop.

Cleanser:  Vitamin E Gentle Facial Wash (literally so creamy and so soft!)  I wanted something I could use everyday that would not irritate or dry out my skin, that I could use throughout the year regardless of season and I have to say I absolutely love this cleanser!!

Moisturizer: Initially I had tried the Seaweed Oil-Control Mattifying Gel Day Cream. It has a creamy gel consistency and applies great however I have to admit I love it, it does its job well but I needed more moisture so I purchased the Vitamin E Moisture Cream. I lovvvvve this moisturizer, Ive gone through two tubes in the span of a couple months! It leaves my skin moisturized but not oily and gives the perfect amount of hydration without clogging pores or leaving my skin feeling heavy!

Night Cream: Because I have been loving the Vitamin E line so much I decided I wanted to try a night cream/oil. This would be my first night cream as I would usually just use my daily moisturizer in the past. I went with the Vitamin E Overnight Serum In Oil and have been using it for about two week now and I absolutely lovvve it. The hydration it gives my skin without leaving it really oily surprisingly! Ive also combined it with my Vitamin E Moisturizer in the mornings if Im need a bit more hydration! You could also add it to you tinted moisturizer or foundation to add hydrating in the coming winter months! This will be a repeat product for me 100% because of the versatility and because

Eye Cream: An eye cream is another product I have wanted to try (its never to soon to get ahead on the anti aging!) and I decided to go with the Vitamin E Refreshing Eyes Cube Stick. The applicator is very easy to use and I apply it on my eyelids and under my eyes, like a half circle or C motion to tackle those crows feet too. Initially I found the skin around my eyes felt very tight after applying so I decided to apply it before I apply my moisturizer to lessen that tight feeling and this sequence ended up working great!

Anti Aging:  I have been using the Drops of Youth Serum for several months now and it is my favourite product from The Body Shop, it is also super highly rated and I can understand why! The serum enhances surface skin condition, leaving it looking smoother, fresher and healthier. It utilizes  technology from plant stem cells from Edelweiss, Sea Holly and Criste Marine to help boost surface skin cell renewal, leaving skin feeling immediately moisturised and instantly softer! They have an entire line of Drops of Youth products and I will definitely be looking to expand my routine to include some of these products!

Masks: I have been using the Chinese Ginseng and Rice Clarifying Polishing Mask and the British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask  for the past several months and am almost out of both! I will definitely be going back for the polishing mask as it is the perfect clarifying/pore cleansing masks i need for my oily/combination skin. I find it works so well I actually tend to get acne for a couple days after I use it and then my skin clears right up! I do like the plumping mask, for those that may need some add volume in their skin I would definitely recommend it however my next mask I will be looking to get will be the Ethiopian Honey Deep Nourishing Mask  to help protect and comfort my skin for the upcoming dry and harsh winter and the Amazonian Acai Energizing Radiance Mask to increase the natural glow and overall look of my skin!

 

My Morning Routine

Step 1: Vitamin E Gentle Facial Wash

Step 2: Drops of Youth Serum

Step 3: Vitamin E Refreshing Eyes Cube Stick

Step 4: Vitamin E Moisture Cream

 

My Nighttime Routine

Step 1: Vitamin E Gentle Facial Wash

Step 2: Drops of Youth Serum

Step 3: Vitamin E Refreshing Eyes Cube Stick

Step 4: Vitamin E Overnight Serum In Oil and or Vitamin E Moisture Cream Add two drops to your moisturizer if you don’t want too much oil!

*Every week I have been alternating with my two masks

 

I highly recommend you go to your local Body Shop and check out all of their amazing products, they have such a variety of lines that cater to any age and skin type! Lastly their pricing is so reasonable, as a mom on maternity leave I do not have hundreds of dollars to spend that being said I wanted a quality product and found it at the Body Shop! Also keep an eye out, they currently have buy 3 get two free and they do have a 40% off sale every once in a while!!

Thanks for reading!

Sarah xo

 

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1970’s Inspired Fall Look

I could easily say fall fashion is my absolute favourite, not only for the comfort, textures and rich colours but for the layering! When I was putting this look together I was inspired by the era of hippies and flare jeans, with an modernized, edgy & boho vibe! I am such a huge fan of ponchos (especially ones that can double as scarves) and styling this one in particular with an edgier criss cross t shirt from Tobi and flare jeans worked flawlessly! Each piece really complimented each other and it is an outfit that would look good and compliment any body type!

I have linked all of my outfit details below and hope this look inspires any of you to have fun with your fashion<3

Sarah xo

Outfit Details:

Tobi Criss Cross T Shirt

Jackson Rowe Poncho (Last Season) Similar here, here & here

Citizens of Humanity Jeans (Old) Similar here, here & here

Johnston & Murphy Ankle Booties (Old) Similar here & here

Eliasz & Ella Ear Crawlers

Lipstick: Lipsense Berry by Kissable Lips by Sarah Pankiw

October Sale Pieces

Happy October!

Most days I honestly don’t know where this past year has gone haha, could be the sleepless nights or the adjustment to having a baby and a hubby who works out of time but I just feel like I blinked and its already October!!

I feel like I have been seriously slacking in the blog posting department however as Im sure most of you can relate, life is busyyyy!! Anyways I wanted to put together a casual and fun outfit with reasonably priced pieces and it just so happens that every single piece I am wearing is on sale including this gorgeous strappy tee by Tobi!! Ive linked all of the pieces below!

Hope you guys have a great week!

Sarah xo

Sweater: Brunette The Label Tanya Cocoon  (On Sale $79)

Shirt: Tobi Take Me Back T Shirt (On Sale $35)

Jeans: American Eagle Hi Rise Jegging (On Sale $65)

Booties: Coconuts by Matisse Meade (50% off, $64)

 

Athleisure

Athleisure, i.e. my #momuniform haha! Lets face it, whether you are a mom, a working women or both, everyone needs comfy, fashionable alternatives! Below I have shared my favourite pieces and how to style them for an

Jackets

Im a huge fan of bomber jackets recently, not only can they be worn with workout leggings but they can also be dressed up with jeans and a cute lace top! I tend to lean towards neutral shades when it comes to jackets as it will give you a broader ranger of uses and more ways to pair with different outfits! Ive also added my favourite floral bomber below to show another way to style these different bombers!

 

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L to R: Stronger Bomber, Pack Light Bomber (On Sale $89), Side Zip Bomber

 

 

L to R: DTS Jacket (No Longer Available), Floral Bomber,

 

 

Pants

I love me a great patterned pant! That being said you want to make sure that if you are going to style a patterned or printed pant you want to stay neutral on the rest of your wardrobe so it is not too overwhelming! On the reverse if you are wearing a solid colour pant, a floral or patterned bomber would be the way to go!

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TL: Floral Tight     BL: High Rise Stripe Tight    R:Train Times 7/8 Pant

 

Shoes

When it comes to shoes you can really do no wrong! Go for comfort but have fun with the pattern and print whether its rose gold, tropical print or metallic it will make your outfit pop!

T: Converse Chuck Taylor Pink Blush

M:Converse Burgundy High Tops, Converse Tropical

B: Nike Free CommuterNike CortezNike Air Max Thea

 

 

Hope you have enjoyed their Athleisure post, Im sure there will be more in the future!

Thanks for reading!

Sarah xo