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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

House of Koopslie Headbands

As a soon to be new mom, I know that my days of spending hours playing with my hair and makeup will be coming to an end (well atleast for awhile)! So when House of Koopslie approached me to see if I would be interested in working with them to show women with short hair how they can rock their headbands, I jumped at the opportunity!

Women with short hair have little to no options for hair accessories or so they think! No, we may not be able to pull our hair into a ponytail or even half pulled back for that matter but we have so many fun options like the House of Koopslie headbands!! Regardless of your hair length, headbands are such a fun option to have in your arsenal of hairstyle go to’s, especially for the hairstyles you need in 5 minutes or less!!!

Headbands can be styled so many different ways and the selection HK offers is fantastic! Neutrals, patterns, colours, tie dye and more, House of Koopslie offers  a huge variety  of headbands sure to fit your personal style! Also did I mention that their headbands are handcrafted right here in Edmonton with eco friendly bamboo, making for an extra comfortable fit!

Below I have shown several fun and super easy ways to wear the HK headband! To celebrate women with short hair rocking their headbands,  House of Koopslie has graciously offered one lucky winner a 3 pack of their best sellers!!!

Here’s how to enter:

  1. Follow @Bootsandbassets on Instagram, Twitter and/or Facebook (One entry for each social media account)
  2. Follow @HouseofKoopslie on Instagram, Twitter and/or Facebook (One entry for each social media account)
  3. Like this photo/post on the above social media sites!

Giveaway is open to Canadian residents Only

Good Luck! Winner will be announced December 14th!!

House of Koopslie headbands can be purchased online here or in select retailers throughout Canada, a list of those retailers can be found here!

Thanks so much for reading!!

Sarah xo

 

 

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This post is sponsored by House of Koopslie.

Miss Boss Holiday Gift Guide

I have teamed up with Miss Boss to bring you guys the gift guide of the season!!! It is so important to support local Canadian businesses especially around the holidays so I couldn’t think of a better way to ring in December than sharing this gift guide with you! We have brought you the best of the best in Canadian brands all available right here in Edmonton at Miss Boss!

I have linked all of the pieces below in case you are an online shopper like me!

Hope you enjoy! Thanks so much for reading!

Sarah xo

 

Piperwest Watches

Minimalist Collection

Marble Collection

Mesh Collection

 

 

Up first on our Holiday gift guide is Piperwest Watches!! Piperwest watches are based in Vancouver BC (yay Canada!) and offer minimalist, unisex watches crafted for versatility, style and quality! They are distinguished between three beautiful collections, Classic Minimalist, Marble Minimalist and Mesh Minimalist.

The Minimalist collection features 6 beautiful colour combinations all designed with genuine Italian leather details and lining, a polished stainless steel bezel, base and casebook and mineral crystal glass lens. The Marble collection, with four colour options, stuns with real marble stone face and the Mesh collection adores in stainless steel mesh and swiss ronda quartz movements.

These timepieces are sure to withstand the test of time and would be a beautiful gift for that special someone this holiday season! Want something more personal?! Have it engraved!  Ive added one to my Christmas wishlist!

 

Love Fresh

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Based in Eastern Canada, Love Fresh is a luxury line of beauty products designed for the everyday women looking to attain that fresh, glowing skin. With all natural ingredients, this beauty line offers, washes, scrubs, lotions and body butter in an amazing array of scents that are sure to send you to paradise. Love Fresh is a great addition to any beauty routine and also a great stocking stuffer idea for the beauty lover in your life!

 

Olive & Piper

 

Looking for the perfect piece of jewelry for that holiday party? Or have a fashionista on your shopping list?! This is the jewelry line for them! Olive and Piper is another Canadian company based in Vancouver that carries a stunning line of fun, playful jewelry for the ladies who love a little sparkle! Necklaces, bracelets, rings or earrings, Olive and Piper pieces are sure to add a pep in your step and sparkly magic to your wardrobe!

 

Clothing

 

Miss Boss carries a range of beautiful, quality and functional brands including Jackson Rowe and Matt and Nat, both Canadian designers pictured here.

This Jackson Rowe Buffalo Plaid Coat is an absolute stunner, comfy, cozy and dressed up or down looks flawless (lets just say if it fit me (thanks baby!) it would have already been in my closet! Onto the stunning Matt & Nat Vegan Cork Bag. I am obsessed with this bag!! The recycled cork is so unique, is stands out in any crowd. It can also transition from the work place to a night on the town without fault. I also love that the neutrality of the material makes it such an easy pairing with any outfit!

Miss Boss also carries lines such as Gentle Fawn, Z Supply, BB Dakota and Rebecca King (I am dying for one of her pieces!!) Sure to meet the needs of any of those beautiful women in your life!!

 

Greeting Cards

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Last on our gift guide are these adorable Art + Soul Greeting Cards. There is nothing like a cute Christmas card and these Canadian made cards are accompanied by a 100% recycled hard paper envelope!