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Holiday Family Traditions || #hannaJams #giveaway #gotitfree

I said to my husband two years ago that I was feeling like we didn’t have many holiday traditions. I loved growing up with consistent events and activities this time of year. It was something I looked forward to and now look back fondly on. From Christmas morning hikes, to oranges as the final piece to our stocking; I loved the little festive details my parents created. When Ally was born, I would consider our first Christmas as a family a completely write off. He was only a few months old and I was just trying to survive the new born exhaustion. But now that the kids are getting bigger we wanted to start our family traditions for them.

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One of the traditions I loved is our Christmas Eve Pyjamas. Each year in the evening on the brink of Christmas day, we let the kids open one family gift. It’s always new matching family jams. We then lounge together. I love this holiday tradition. The cozy feeling, matching makes us feel like a unit and it helps to transition to bedtime!

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Thank you Hanna Anderson for sending us this matching set. They are such great quality. I will say, that has been one of the struggles this fast year is a) trying prints in all sizes b) finding material that I’m actually okay with on my kids sensitive skin. Hanna is by far the softness and most durability family jams I’ve tried. Plus they are crafted with the very best organic cotton.

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What are you traditions

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DIY White Christmas Village || How to paint your way to a minimalist holiday

When I first shared this concept on my Instagram Stories in October, I had tons of interest in how it went but I also got a handful of concerns. So I thought I’d address those right off the hop, no I am not painting family heirlooms or priceless collectables. We do have a lite Christmas village that I would never think of painting and YES it’s my biggest pet peeve when influencers paint everything white… including things that are of value or priceless vintage finds. I assure you these houses are cheap and not collectable! With that being said, let’s chat about my DIY spray painted white minimalist christmas village project. When I say more neutral houses spring onto the decor scene last year from Pottery Barn and Homesense, I knew they would fit our mantel so well. BUT the price tag was too steep and unfortunately they didn’t go on major clearance after the holidays last year. So I decided to find a few cheap tea light christmas houses from Kajiji to paint myself. I bought these for $5 and under… but I know if i had been proactive I could have probably found a few in garage sales over the summer for less. Less detailed options can sometimes be found at your local Dollar Store too.

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I used half a can of Rustoleum Painter’s Touch 2X in a flat white / satin finish. I felt not using gloss kept them more modern and minimal in appearance but that’s just my preference. These are sprayed in “blossom white” or a flat white. 2 coats were applied.

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Feel Wonderful || Tips & Tricks for the holiday style season

Kira Nov 17 2018 0059 Kira Nov 17 2018 0060 Kira Nov 17 2018 0052 Kira Nov 17 2018 0055With the holidays just around the corner I’ve partner with Wonder Bra Canada to talk holiday style, feeling wonderful and comfortable at all your holiday events. Let’s face it, when attending a holiday function you want a bra that deliveries the BIG 3: fit, support and comfort. Here are my tips and tricks to finding the perfect bra for any holiday function this year:

1. Flatter Fit: Try the bra on! Even better? Bring the dress, top or sweater you’ll be sporting to see the fit it provides. Some dresses can be more revealing, so find the right cut of bra to suit your needs. Basically you want to pick a bra that won’t be showing. Strapless, convertible, halter.

Kira Nov 17 2018 0061 Kira Nov 17 2018 0062 Kira Nov 17 2018 00642. Comfort: For myself, trying a bra on is key to gagging comfort. And I love wireless bras! Yes ladies, they exist and still provide support. Do yourself a favour this season and try a wireless option, you be sure to feel comfortable at events for long periods of time.

3. Support: This one is so personalized. You know yourself what you may need, but I love to ask a professional instore for help. If your holiday occasion doesn’t involve a 30 minute run you may bot need the support you’d get from a sports bra. But in order to feel wonderful you can to feel supported. For myself, I prefer a lightly padded structure cup with no underwire. It’s just my preference, once you find the bra that fits like magic you’ll know too. Kira Nov 17 2018 0068Kira Nov 17 2018 0067Kira Nov 17 2018 0066

Be your own kind of wonderful this holiday season and find the perfect bra BFF for all your holiday events. A bra that fits perfectly is a game changer. Happy shopping and season greetings!

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Wonder Bra Canada, but my thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Style || Feeling Festive and Warm || Welcome to the plaid party! #Look #OOTD #MiniAndMeStyle

We have so much to be thankful for this year… among the many things, our health is one of them. Maybe it’s the time of year or the fact that the C word hit one of our beloved family members early this year. Either way, I’ve been reflecting hard. Honestly, all I want for Christmas this year is good company, quality time and the opportunity to make memories with the ones I love most. For the second year in a row, we’ve decided not to do gifts for the adults. Only a choice few for the kids and stockings. And donate our time to organizations that fill up our gratitude cup. Last year felt so carefree removing the gift stress for both our little nucleus and the extended family. With that said, in years past I’ve done many gift guides but this year I’m going to focus on functional gifts, family experiences or low price finds. Hopefully this inspires you to take a page out of my book and focus on what really matters this season. Time! Time to be present, listen and share.

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Red Coat || Scarf || Sweater || Socks (Proceeds go to the Bissel Centre) || Boots c/o Cougar 

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With all that said, here’s my first gift suggestion… instead of a gift guide. If you live in Canada the gift of winter boots can be such a blessing! Very functional, as you’ll likely enjoy them for over half the year. As a family, I recognize the financial burden winter boots can bring. Kids grow fast, love to be outside and need warm non slip boots! They can need several pairs a season due to sizing or wear. Plus, functional boots are always a welcome donation for many organizations working to help keep the homeless winter ready and safe. Consider a warm pair of boots as a gift for a loved one or as your holiday donation because they are so appreciated by so many. It’s really giving the gift of the outdoors in a way, I love that.

Thank you Cougar for sending these pairs to help us get winter ready, we have loved them! Both pairs are waterproof and so warm for our legit winter weather. Plus, they are a Canadian company. If you’ve followed me for quite some time you’ll know supporting Canadian companies is super important to me and they’ve been at it for over 65 years!

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Camo Jacket || Jeans || Boots c/o Cougar 

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Skincare Favorites: A moisture story…

Kira Nov 17 2018 0029Kira Nov 17 2018 0016 This is the time of year, I feel my skin change with the temperatures. The moment cold weather is upon us my skin screams for moisture in all shapes and forms. I’ve partnered with Vichy to share my top 3 products I’ve been loving this past year. Here are my fav’s to combat winter dry skin and get that glow back with Vichy:

Kira Nov 17 2018 0013LiftActiv Supreme: PURE MOISTURE at it’s finest this light cream will melt into your skin leaving no grease residue behind. Honestly, it was tough not including the night cream from this same line, but I love this moisturizer so much for how smooth and radiant my skin can look within just a few uses with zero shine. If you are looking for a main moisturizer you can use every morning pre-makeup with zero time to let it soak in this one needs to be in your life!

Kira Nov 17 2018 0023Mineral 89: There should be no surprise this made my list. Using it for well over a year, this is my first step to the day EVERYDAY. Even my husband has his own bottle! Minéral 89 is a non-greasy gel that I love to use as my primer and initial skin boost to the day. It contains Thermal Water with natural origin hyaluronic acid to strengthen skin’s barrier function, which is so important with the harsh winter weather we put our skin through everyday. Even if you are not into skincare, this product is an easy add to your routine. 

Kira Nov 17 2018 0006LiftActiv Vitamin C: This small but mighty bottle is my favourite product for getting that glow. With 15% Pure Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Fragmented Hyaluronic Acid and Vichy Mineralizing Thermal Water you’ll notice brighter and tighter skin after just a few weeks. I love the power of Vitamin C for a skincare routine but I struggled to find products with a high percentage, this is why Vichy’s version made my list. A little goes along way with this mineral packed bottle. 

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Vichy Canada but may thoughts and opinions remain my own.