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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

February Favourites

The fact that February is over is a testament to how fast my life has been flying by recently! Becoming a mom has been the most amazing thing I have ever experienced however it is not without its challenges. Also having a husband start shift work up north has tested my resilience, patience and the ability to function on minimal sleep haha! That being said  we are all doing so great, enjoying every day even if most days we don’t get out of our pjs, that is why this month it is all about the basics. These are all items i have used religiously this past month!

Hope you enjoy!

Sarah xo

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Z Supply Camo Tee /Z Supply Courier Pant

This is one of my favourite brands not only because they are reasonable priced but because they create comfortable, function pieces that are awesome for a new mom needing comfort and durability!

Lululemon Align Pant

I bought these pants almost a year ago before my trip to Hawaii and I am still so in love with them. They are so soft and the perfect pant for a mom avoiding those pre pregnancy jeans!!

Sugi Tree Bath Potions

I took my first bath as a mom before Clayton left to go out of town and I cannot even tell you how much I enjoyed it, not only because it was 30minutes to myself but because this bath potion made it even more relaxing and enjoyable. I am so in love with this company, all of their products are hand crafted in Toronto and available now at Miss Boss here in Edmonton. Lastly and my most favourite part of supporting this company is that they donate 10% of each purchase to the Toronto Humane Society, Ontario SPCA, Rocky Mountain Animal Rescue, Wildlife Rescue Association of BC and World Wildlife Fund. How amazing is that!!! Go buy a batch or two, they also make great gifts!!

L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara Primer

If I am putting on any makeup, mascara is one of those things I always reach for for even a minimal slap on of makeup! I became a fan of mascara primer when I first tried the Dior primer however the pricetag was less than ideal so I then graduated to the Tarte primer and now this drugstore primer, and it is one word, amazing! Keep an eye out for a mascara primer comparison coming to the blog soon!

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment

This is a product I keep on me at all times. My lips have been so dry lately and I use it in conjunction with the lip scrub for flawless, hydrated lips!

Kate Spade Planner

I feel like I am already behind this year, so many things I want to do and ideas I have but lately with an 8 week old tied to me, its been harder than I thought to have that me time to do anything but nurse, change diapers and have the occasional shower! Enter the planner. I love being able to plan ahead, write down ideas for posts and have a schedule ahead of time. I have to capitalize on the time i do have and this helps me organize and delegate my time accordingly!

Rebecca King 3 Way Sweater

This sweater is life. I am a huge fan of the Saskatchewan designer and this sweater I have lived in since giving birth. The material is beautiful and flattering, something I can throw on with jeans or leggings and feel put together which is really nice these days!!

Kevin Murphy Fresh Hair Dry Shampoo

Lastly, this is a product I could not have lived without these last two months. With Clayton being away I don’t get any me time including showering without company so the 2, 3, 4 day old hair has had to do and this product makes it doable!

DIY Wicker Baskets

I did a little DIY for turtle’s nursery so I wanted to share with you guys as I am thrilled with the results! His nursery colours are a light mint, navy blue and grey so I wanted to incorporate that into these baskets!

Items you will need.

Wicker basket (I got these from Michaels as they are currently 40% off!)

Spray paint in desired colour (I used Krylon Paint & Primer in Catalina Mist and Oxford Blue)

Green painting tape (home depot)

Clear plastic garbage bag

 

Next up I cut strips of clear garbage bags to surround the outer and inner top half of the wicker basket. I painted a little less than half of the bottom, the amount you choose totally up to you!

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Lastly I let them sit in the sun for an hour to fully dry! Ta Da!! It’s a great way to cut costs and add some colour without shelling out a fortune for colourful baskets!

Hope you enjoyed!

Sarah xo

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40 Things That Make Me Happy

I saw this idea on another blogger’s post and absolutely loved the idea! I wanted to share some things about me as the person behind the blog because I am more than the person who poses in photos, I am a human, flawed in many ways and no where near perfect. This blog is more than just fashion advice or makeup tips, it is about doing my part in sharing things I am passionate about to empower all of the amazing women around me, to allow women to be the best versions of themselves.

Happiness for me is the fundamental key to a life well lived, it is what people strive for everyday and for me realizing its not just about the big accomplishments or huge milestones its the little things even more than the big things. I wanted to share the big and little things that make me, me and that inspire me to be the best version of myself!

Hope you enjoy! xo

1. My Family, I have THE most supportive and loving family, friends and husband on the planet. My husband is one of the most hard working man I have ever met and I love him more than any words could rightfully describe<3

2. My Puppy, we got our little Basset Cali coming up on 6 years ago and she is the best thing Clayton and I have ever done together. Clayton works out of town a lot and Cali is my comfort, my little side kick. She brings us so much joy and happiness and she really is my baby! SC-1year-074

3. Chocolate

4. Coffee Dates with Friends

5. Cuddles with my beautiful little niece Lily

6. Traveling, exploring new cities and new countries. I love adventure and I love that traveling brings me so into a new world so different from home. Through traveling, I have also learned how lucky I am to call Canada home

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7. Tim Hortons Steeped Tea with one milk, one sugar

8. Christmas, I am a Christmaholic and am anxiously awaiting November to start decorating our home, listening to christmas music and restricting my diet to egg nog, peppermint mocha’s, poppycock and gingerbread cookies!

9. Netflix

10. Candle lit bath

11. My water pillow

12. Reading a good book or a magazine curled up in front of the fireplace

13. Animals

14. Horseback Riding

15. Scuba Diving, I was introduced to diving when I was 16yrs old on a trip to the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia and it is something that will always bring me so much joy and happiness. I swear everyone should try it once in their life! The beauty and silence underwater is like nothing you will ever experience529169_10151417271818932_707569815_n     931273_10151417265208932_1537907056_n

16. My Macbook Pro, I could not live without it!

17. A fresh snowfall

18. Hot chocolate & Bailey’s

19. Comedy Movies (I am terrified of any horror or scary movies, it may sound childish but I get nightmares!!

20. Sports, I love playing sports! I played competitive hockey and lacrosse growing up and am forever grateful for what those sports and communities taught me about team work, responsibility and accountability!

21. Online Shopping (I have come to hate crowded malls!)

22. Bath & Body Works Christmas Candles (Twisted Peppermint/Fresh Balsam)

23. Home Sense/Winners

24. My Job, I love my job and I love that I get to work with my dad everyday. I have a home based office and I am so grateful for the freedom and flexibility this gives me and my family.

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26. My housecoat, when Im home I live in it

27. Shoes

28. Elf The Movie, Literally my all time favourite movie!1459860_10151831571778932_1286720016_n

29. Our Home

30.    Pina Colada Bubble Tea with Pineapple Jelly

31. Road Trips

32. Playing with makeup

33. Making people laugh

34. A fresh set of nails

35. Golfing

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37. Sand under my feet and between my toes

38.  Helping people

39. Leopard Print

40. This Blog<3