Lifestyle || Baby Gear Rant || My nursery must haves with @TheBabyCubby #partner

Nursery must haves DOCKatot Mamaroo

With the arrival of baby number two, I’ve definitely formed a few opinions along the way around the concept of baby essentials. With my first born, I had my nursery stocked and ready two months before he arrived. With baby number two, I still haven’t fully completed her nursery yet! I went with a more “reactive” approach with the new baby. I wanted to purchase items she actually needed, instead of buying what I thought she may need and in the end probably never use.

With that being said, I think there are some “must haves” for any nursery: style, functionality and durability need to be the foundation to any LO’s room. I’ve teamed up with The Baby Cubby to discuss my nursery finds before the big reveal this month. I love that The Baby Cubby team is made up of parents who have been there. They know what it’s like and they are passionate about encouraging, inspiring, and reminding parents how important their role is in every babies development.  The Cubby Community Blog discusses real parenting topics that matter, it’s worth taking a peek if you don’t follow along already.

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Here is my MUST HAVE baby list:

The DockATot: I’ve gotten soooooo many questions on this particular item. I have had one long before Harper came along. I went with a “Grand” size so I could use it with my toddler and then use it again with the new baby. It is so convenient for naps on the go or just a safe place to put baby while you go to the bathroom! It’s easy to clean and light weight enough that it’s a travel must have as well.

The Crib: This is an item that will stay with you for a LONG time, so my advice go with a style you love! It’s the main furniture item in the nursery and if you’re like me, going with a 3in1 convertible bed… this piece isn’t getting changed out of the rotation any time soon. I splurged with the crib and saved with the bassinet. Most babies are only in a bassinet for 3-9 months on average, while a baby can be in a convertible bed for years! Food for thought.

The Mamaroo Motion Chair: If you saw my baby gear rant on Instagram stories a few weeks ago you know that I highly recommend and prefer the Mamaroo to any other chair system out there. My first born loved it! It was a saving grace when I needed to eat or go to the bathroom with a demanding new born. The Mamaroo bounces and sways like you do, mimicking the movements of real moms and dads while they soothed babies. I purchased one 4 years ago and it’s still going strong, unlike a recent swing I purchased for Harper. I know that a lot of people scoff at the high price tag but mine has lasted and paid for itself ten fold. And the swing I just purchased was just under the $200 mark has already broken on me after 4 months! You do the math.

The Gathre Leather Mat: I received this as a shower gift for Harper and I wish I could go back in time and have it for my diaper changing career with my first born. When they say “luxury” change pad, they mean it! This mini leather mat is stylish, wipeable, foldable and waterproof. This is perfect for a picnic, change table or for underneath the high chair to contain the mess! It is with us throughout our home and on the go.

The Ubbi Diaper Pail: Let’s start off by saying, don’t waste your money on the numerous diaper pail options out there that make you use their garbage bags!!!! It is not convenient or cost effective. That’s right folks, I can reuse my plastic bags from shopping trips in this diaper pail! Plus, it is not plastic like the competitors out there, slowly absorbing the smell and stinking over time. No one likes the smell of dirty diapers sitting in their trash, but with a the Ubbi diaper pail you’ll never have that problem again!  The Ubbi’s powder-coated steel exterior and rubber seals trap odours. Plus, I love the sleek modern design for any nursery.  Continue reading

Lifestyle || Want to #haveaball with MALTESERS ® candy? || #partner

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Daily life is filled with pressures, tasks and deadlines. MALTESERS® candy wants you to look on the light side of life, take a much needed break and #HaveABall. How? Try one of the MALTESERS® Challenges throughout the year! I’m joining in the fun with The Chopstick Challenge.

What you’ll need: 

MALTESERS®, pair of chopsticks, bowl, and a plate.

 How it works: 

Fill a bowl with MALTESERS® candy, then use your chopsticks to pick them up one by one and move them to your empty plate. Race against your friends and family to see how many MALTESERS® you can move from the bowl to the plate in 30 seconds. My results were less-than-stellar, apparently I need to brush up on my chopstick skills!

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Beauty || Tips & Tricks || A France Trip Recap with @VichyCanada || #partner

If you followed along with my Instagram you know that I made such an amazing girls trip with my blogging bestie Bonjour Bliss Blog and Vichy. We jet set to France where we got to experience Vichy’s new product release Mineral89. Without giving away too much about the product I will say I am excited to see a mineral water based beauty serum hit the market that contains  89% thermal water! I will be sharing more product details as I try it over the next month or so, I’ll share my progress closer to the release date which is mid June for Canada. Head to my Instagram and scroll my feed if you missed the trip highlights, there were quite a few gorgeous moments you don’t want to miss.

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From helicopter rides to see the volcano where the thermal water originates to L’Oreal factory visits, and of course a trip to the spa… we did it all in style with Vichy.

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The life tips and tricks that stood out for me were around the concept of all the environmental stresses we experience everyday: pesticides, stress, UV rays, pollution, bacteria and viruses to name just a few. I loved how Vichy shared easy ways to combat those factors and live the best life you can. The new Vichy Mineral89 release will contain 15 essential minerals and help strengthen our skin barrier. It can be used morning or night for that essential first step to hydrate and help skin retain the water it needs daily. They suggested cutting down on caffeine, sleeping 7 hours, and not hitting the snooze button. Splashing your face with cold water 5 times for energy and intensify the start to your day. It relaxes you by decreasing your heart rate, digestion increases and serotonin / endorphins are released in your body. It’s free and simple! Finally, the cold shower tip was amazing! You can burn up to 200 calories by taking a cold shower for 3 minutes. It tightens your tissues, increases immune defences and releases endorphins. Continue reading

Beauty || Argan Oil Love || Sephora Confessions of a @Josie_Maran Addict #partner

We all know I love a natural alternative in the beauty department. For me it’s so important to support companies that have an eco focus but still produce high end luxury products. Obviously I was so pumped to experience the Josie Maran argan oil line that is both transforming for your skin and conscious in environmental sustainability. Probably the most important part, the line includes both skincare and makeup! There are far too many products to name from the full argan line but I thought I would share with you my stand out favourites. All products are carried at Sephora or directly through Josie Maran.

Use promo code EARTH22 for 22% off your purchase HERE

Or

Use promo code ROUGESPRING for 15% HERE

Both promotions end in the next week, so move fast to score some at a discount!

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I have a mask obsession, it’s easily one of my skincare rituals I cannot live without. This Whipped Mud Mask is both hydrating and detoxifying with a heavenly mango scent, it’s not to be missed for any mask addict.

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By far my favourite is the limited-edition Argan Reserve concentrate. It both nurtures and enhances my skin’s clarity, texture, hydration, and overall resiliency. My skin feels smooth and revitalized by using it both under my makeup and at night to supercharge my skin with moisture.

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With skin strobing all the makeup rage recently, this Argan rich illuminizer should be added to your next Sephora haul. Bring a glowing look to the skin whiling providing nourishment, it’s champagne hue mirrors the natural, radiant look of healthy skin. You look naturally glowing without a heavy makeup look.  Continue reading