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!!

 

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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!

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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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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)

 

Warehouse One Giveaway

I was absolutely elated when Warehouse One approached me to partner with them to showcase some of their fabulous new styles for fall! If you are not familiar with them, Warehouse One is a Canadian retailer that specializes in jeans and offers a huge range of sizes to fit all body types including ladies’ jeans in sizes 24-36 and 14+-22+ and ladies’ tops in XS-XXXL! They have 129 stores throughout Canada and also offer online shopping as well at http://www.warehouseone.com.

I really resonated with their styles and their goals to give their customers fashion forward pieces that fit well, flatter and are affordable. As women and moms it is so important to our self confidence that we feel good in the clothes we are wearing. I could not say enough good things about the selection, fit and comfort of the clothes I tried on at Warehouse One, especially their jeans!! I tried about 4 different pairs and besides the length of one, I loved every single one of them. I ended up choosing the Bottoms Up Skinny Jeans, that are cut and sewn to give a little boost to your bum! I mean what women doesn’t want a little extra lift back there that doesn’t require the gym!! They also have a beautiful stretch in them, I don’t know about you but I won’t buy my jeans without a little stretch, it makes them more comfortable and flattering! I also instantly fell in love with this olive relaxed tee and floral bomber. Both styles are so cute, comfortable, flattering and super affordable, each piece giving you endless possibilities when it comes to working with your own wardrobe! I have added the direct link for each piece below!

And now to the Giveaway!!!!!!! Warehouse One has been generous enough to give TWO!! of my followers free jean gift certificates so you can nab a pair of these fabulous jeans!!

To Enter The Giveaway

On Facebook (Considered 1 Entry)

  1. Like Boots & Bassets & Warehouse One on Facebook
  2. Share the Giveaway Post (here)
  3. Comment and tag friends you would go jean shopping with!

On Instagram (Considered 1 Entry)

  1. Follow @bootsandbassets & @warehouseonejeans on Instagram
  2. Like Post
  3. Comment and tag your friends who you’d go jean shopping with!

A winner will be selected on August 16th. Open to Canadian Residents Only!!

 

Outfit Details: Floral Bomber, Skinny JeansV Neck Tee

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6mths Post Partum

I honestly cannot believe my little baby is 6mths old, I feel like I blinked and here we are!  The past couple months have been amazing, watching our little baby grow and develop into this little man with such a great personality and always huge smile on his face!

Cash is growing like crazy, rolling from side to side and front to back flawlessly and even sitting on his own however his balance from side to side still needs some work! He loves to have conversations especially after he finished his bottle and he absolutely loves his skip hop activity centre, I swear he could enjoy it for hrs if we let him! He’s also taken a much bigger interest in Cali and watches her constantly! He even smiles when she starts to walk towards him and she has also started to be much more interested in him, giving him kisses and joining us in his room for feedings and story readings!

Another big change is we have started solids, I seriously can’t believe I have a baby old enough to eat real food! We started with baby oatmeal (Holle) just after 4mths and he has been doing very well with it so our paediatrician recommended we go ahead with starting foods! As you can tell in the picture below he was really digging the yams!!

One negative over the past few months was that our breastfeeding journey ended sooner than I had hoped. Cash had a reaction to his 4mth immunizations and at that time would not take a bottle or nurse. Since he recovered he would take a bottle but still wouldn’t nurse. I tried going back to a nipple shield, changing my diet but nothing seemed to work and because I wasn’t quite ready to give up hope I continued pumping for another month (serious credit to all the moms who pump full time, it is exhausting and so time consuming) and after a month finally decided it was time to exclusively formula feed. Part of me was devastated because I had hoped after all the hard work establishing my supply/overcoming latching issues early on that we would atleast get to 6mths however part of me was relieved. It is such a difficult journey but in the end I am so proud to have breastfed for as long as I did.

We started sleeping training shortly after 4.5mths and this has been THE biggest game changer. We followed the 3 Day Sleep Solution (which can be found in the files of the Respectful Sleep Training Facebook Group). Cash was napping maximum 30-40mins about 3-4 times a day and he is now napping 1-2.5hrs 4x a day and sleeping through the night with 1 or 2 feeds per night! In a nutshell it is teaching the child to connect their sleep cycles! It has given me time to myself, time to blog, time to relax and also time to nap haha!

Lastly an update on my fitness, I just recently started BBG (Sweat App on Apple Store By Kayla Itsines) I was finding after we started sleep training it was easier to have the flexibility to work out at home or outside so I am really enjoying this app so far. It has a workout schedule you have the option of following, tons of workout sequences and meal planning. I am still walking almost every day on top of my daily workout and am about 10pounds away from my goal weight! The human body is so amazing, I gained almost 35 pounds during my pregnancy and 6mths post partum I am feeling amazing, definitely not at my goal weight yet but my focus is on enjoying my son, watching him grow and fitting in my workouts around his schedule! Moms can be so hard on themselves and I think we all need to remember just how much the women’s body goes through when growing and birthing a child and give ourselves a little credit and time to work out way back to pre pregnancy weight whether thanks in 2mth, 6mths or a yr!

Thanks so much for reading!

Sarah xo

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29 Years Young

Today I celebrate turning 29 and the last year in my 20’s ahhh!!! I cannot help but feel so unbelievably grateful for this past year, easily the best year of our lives! We found out we were expecting our little man, took trips, spent quality time with family and enjoyed our little family of 3 before we added another set of feet! Cash arrived in January and our lives have forever changed in the most amazing way! Its funny how I now cannot imagine our lives without him!!

I remember talking about being in my late twenties, all the plans and expectations I had for myself in all aspects of my life and although I’m not totally all together (there is still lots I want to do) I am SO glad my life did not turn out the way I expected or anticipated to. I have the most beautiful little family and without the hurtles and humps it wouldn’t have led me to this exact moment sharing my life with the loves of my life Clayton, Cash and Cali<3

I hope you enjoy this little collage of my 28th year<3

Sarah xo

Overalls

I have been absolutely loving wearing my overalls lately and have been on the hunt for some cute shortfalls so I thought Id share my great shopping finds with you all!

I love wearing my overalls with a loose fitting tee, Z Supply are my absolute favourites! Z Supply can be bought here in Edmonton at Miss Boss! Another dressier option would be an off the shoulder/peplum sleeve top like this one!!

Hope you enjoy!

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Abercrombie Denim Shortalls

American Eagle Olive Shortfalls

Forever 21 Distressed Overalls 

Anthropology Pilcro Overalls

Forever 21 Skinny White Denim Overalls

 

 

 

Getting Back On The Fitness Train

This mama is jumping back on the fitness train! When Cash turned 3mths I decided it was time to start eating healthy and exercising again. At 3mth I felt like my body had had enough time to heal, that being said the first couple weeks i took it easy as it was a huge transition for my body and mentally as well! When you are dealing with a lack of sleep its easy to sit around in your pjs all day but I am one that goes crazy if I am cooped up inside too long!

During my pregnancy I gained just about 35 pounds. Right after having Cash I was just over 200 pounds which scared me because i had never weighed more than 200 pounds. When I started working out at 3mths I weighed 194 pounds and weighing myself last night I weighed 185!! Progress!! Now I should note I am not a huge advocate of using a scale, I prefer to go more by how I am feeling and listening to my body but its really helped a lot and I’ve noticed a big difference. Ive added two before and afters, first photo is just after when we found out we were pregnant at 8 weeks and the second is me at 38 weeks! The second photo is me at 40 weeks/5 days and me two months post baby.

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One of the first steps I took was just walking, Cash was born at the beginning go January and I remember the week we brought him home the average temperature was -20C (way too cold to take a newborn out haha!) Once it started to warm up to the point that it was ok for us to walk outside for 20-30min we were going! At that point I wasn’t even thinking about myself physically or getting back into shape, for me it was the mental break I needed, the fresh air and getting out of the house kept me sane haha!

This past month we started strollercise and bootcamp at our local recreation centre and man was it a wake up call as to how out of shape I was! Let me tell you my ass was dragging those first few weeks and oh so sore!! These classes run 3 times a week and due to sleep regression and easter so far we have only made it twice a week however starting this week we are committing to 3 times a week now that our little mister is sleeping more consistently! We are also still going on daily walks with little miss Cali who loves her walks haha and Im hoping to eventually end at the park once its nice enough for a little picnic!

One fitness item that I have been looking at and finally committed to buying after being gifted a credit, was a fitbit. A couple years ago I had the fitbit flex (i think thats what it was called, 3 little dots lit up) and to be honest I didn’t use it that much. When I started looking at fitness watches I wanted one that would track my steps, heart rate etc but also a watch that would connect to my phone to allow me to disconnect from my phone and the Fitbit Charge 2 was it for me (I also looked at the apple watch but could not justify the $$) Through the fitbit app you can set goals for yourself, how many steps a day you’d like to reach, track your meals/calories, exercises, water intake, sleep patterns (this has been very interesting as a new mom!) I absolutely love it! You can also set reminderss every hr to move, the fitbit will recognize if you haven’t been active and send you a little vibration to remind you to get moving!

Some of my other fitness necessities are good runners, a House of Koopslie headband, wireless headphones and a great playlist!!

Lastly, diet is probably the biggest challenge and change I’ve made. Ive attached a link to one of my favourite bloggers (here) where she links her three week slim down as well as a fantastic meal plan I have been following! One of my favourite meals to make is a turkey pesto and avocado wrap! Just buy pesto, smooth over the wrap, turkey, peppers, and avocados with a side of carrots and hummus, put in your panini press and

 

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