Holiday Gift Guide – Canadian Made for Her

I had asked on my instagram stories if there would be any interest in some holiday guides and it was a resounding yes, so as promised I’ve shared my Canadian Holiday Gift Guide for Kids and now I wanted to share a guide for that special lady in your life, all Canadian made!!

I wanted to give props to all my favourite Canadian companies geared towards women, its so important to shop local and support small business this time of year because you know you are supporting families and their dreams in doing so!

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

Sarah xo

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Top: House of Koopslie Headband – I lovve these headbands, perfect for any length of hair and any and all activity! They also create beautiful pieces of clothes, leggings and beanies!

Eliasz & Ella Earrings – These are my absolute favourite earrings right now! E & E is local to Edmonton and they have a beautiful line of earrings, necklaces and bracelets!

Rebecca King 3 Way Sweater – I own two of these RK sweaters and they are my absolute go to when the weather get cooler! They are made in Saskatchewan and the material and styles are stunning, perfect for dressing up or down!

Middle:

Coal & Canary Candles – These Canadian made wood wick candles are an asbolute favourite of mine and the scents are to die for! They perfect stocking stuffer or gift this holiday season!

Chelsea King Scrunchies – I recently came across this company and fell in love! Chelsea is making the scrunchies so stylish and i love all of the patterns, especially her new Velvet collection!!

Piperwest Watches – These watches are so stunning and such a classic piece of jewelry! They have a range of colours and bezels to please that special lady in your life!

Bottom:

Jackson Rowe Scarf – This brand has been a long time favourite of mine, they make beautiful sweaters, scarves and capes all classic pieces that will take you from year to year!

Love Fresh Body Products – You gotta love a Canadian made beauty brand and Love Fresh has you covered with the most amazing body butters, deodorants, lotions and scrubs! Their scents are to die for!!

Justine Ma Tags – Justine is a local Calligrapher and I absolutely love her work! She has a beautiful shop and offers so many cute pieces for home and decor!

 

I wasn’t able to fit all of my favourite Canadian brands in this collage so here are some more!

 

Bodhi Soul Bead Mala Necklace – Rebecca creates beautiful Mala jewelry, beautiful for the body and soul! You can choose a piece from her online shop or contact her to make a custom piece for your special lady!

 

Rocky Mountain Flannel Company– Both Clayton and I own PJS from RMFC and we lovvve their flannel pieces, a robe is next on my wish list!! Everytime we go to Canmore its a must stop!

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A couple of my favourite Canadian Makeup Brands Include:

Bite Beauty & NudeStix

Holiday Gift Guide – Canadian Made For Kids

Shopping for my baby has got to be one of my favourite activities as Im sure it is yours too, its fun and literally there are the cutest things these days for kids! I wanted to round up my favourite Canadian Kids brands just in time for the holiday season to give you some great ideas for gifts and stocking stuffers!

Hope you enjoy!

Sarah xo

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Top: Urban Baby Boutique Swim Diapers (30% off Nov20-Dec 1st Code: CYVERWEEK17 – This is a newer brand for us that we recently came across at the Make It Edmonton Expo! We love their swim diaper and they also have a line of cloth diapers and tethers!

Aura Leaf Sling If you follow me on instagram you know how much I love Aura Leaf Slings, they have been a lifesaver for me and makes my life sooo much easier! Aura Leaf is made by a local Edmonton mama!

Wylo & Co Harem Leggings – If memory serves me correct Cash has worn every size of these leggings so far! They are made of bamboo, sooo soft, and made locally in Alberta!!

 

Middle:

Otherware Duo Teether We have had both the duo teether and pacifier clip from Otherwise since Cash was born and both have been two of our most used baby items. Whenever Cash is in his car seat these two pieces are essential, and they are made in Alberta!!

Xo One Berrie Towel  – I actually got this towel before Cash was born and we have used it ever since his first bath! One Berrie is made by a BC mama with gorgeous soft, bamboo material and it is seriously a genius design to keep baby dry and warm while helping mom and dad dry after bath time!

Bottom:

House of Hale Teepee  – We were actually gifted a House Of Hale teepee just after Cash was born and it has been such a beautiful and fun addition to his playroom! Its made locally in Spruce Grove and the patterns and craftsmanship are out of this world stunning!

Jack’s Mama Booties  These beautiful crochet booties are made by a local Edmonton mama and are an absolute staple when in comes to dressing your baby for those Canadian winters!

My Mila Pom Toque  – We love these pom pom toques made in Alberta and lovvve the fact that they also have mommy/daddy and mini matching toques!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black Friday Deals 2017

Ive been scouring websites, emails, instagram and Facebook to round up all of my favourite sales for Black Friday!!! We do almost all of our Christmas shopping on Black Friday so I wanted to make it easy for you guys to find a variety of deals to fit everyones wish list! I will be continually updating this post as I find new deals/sales!

Hope you enjoy!

Sarah xo

 

Local Edmonton

Miss Boss > Online & In Stores > 30% off Everything! (Starts Thurs 9pm)

Eliasz & Ella > 20% off site wide + gift with purchase over $100 Code: BLACKFRIDAY2017

Bodhi Soul Bead Works> 15% off Sitewide AND free shipping in Canada & USA!!

Cloud 9 Pjs In Store > 20% off Entire Store

West Coast Kids In Store > Up to 50% off Storewide

 

For Her

Lipsense > Kissable Lips By Sarah Pankiw > 15% off Orders over $65

The Body Shop > 40% off

Sephora > Makeup > Up to 50% off

Gentle Fawn >Womens Fashion > 40% off code: FRIYAY2017

Chelsea King > Hair Scrunchies > 15% off site wide Code: BLACKFRIDAY

NYX Cosmetics > Makeup > Up to 50% off

Aritzia > Up to 50% off

Brunette The Label > 30% off with code: BLACKFRIDAY2017

Mac Cosmetics> Makeup > 25% off Sitewide Code: MAC25

Bombay Hair> Hair Styling Tools > Up to 50% off + Free Shipping Code: BFCM50

Morphe Brushes > 25% off Sitewide

La Sensa > Lingerie > 50% off

 

Kids

Wylo & Co >  Children’s Apparel & Accessories > 40% off site wide (Code: blackfriday)

True North Slings > Baby Carrier > 20% off site wide

Beluga Baby Wraps > Baby Carrier> 25% off site wide

One Berrie Towels (best baby/toddler towels!) – 20% off site wide

Baby Bird Creations > Baby/Kids Accessories > Code: SHOPSMALL17 for 15% off any purchase. Also code: FREESHIP17 for free standard shipping on minimum orders of $45

 

Family Fashion

Zara > Family Fashion > 30% off Entire Site

Lululemon > Fashion for Her > Fashion for Him

Nordstrom > Extra 20% off Sale

Roots > Family Fashion> 40% off Outerwear > 30% off Entire Store

Abercrombie & Fitch > 50% off site wide

Joe Fresh > 30% off all apparel Code: BLACKFRIDAY17

Old Navy > 50% off entire purchase

Gap > 50% off with code: GAPFRIDAY plus an additional 10% off with code: GAPY4OU

American Eagle > 40% Off

 

Accessories

Ideal of Sweden > Phone Cases – 30% off Code: BLACK (sponsored)

Jord Watches > Click Black Friday 5X for up to $125 off Men’s & Women’s Wood Watches (Sponsored)

Smart Buy GlassesSmart Buy Glasses: 30% off Prescription Sunglasses/Glasses Code: RX30BFCM

Zenni Optical > Prescription Eyewear > 20% off Code: FRIYAY

Home

Chapters > Tons of sales!

Saje > 20% off instores and online

Vistaprint > 60% off holiday cards

Hudson’s Bay > Tons of sales!

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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