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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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