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!

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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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