Wednesday, September 17, 2014

What I Wore : Quick Change

This outfit, or a version of it, has become my sort of work uniform as of late. 
A slim cropped pant, silk or tailored blouse and a fun shoe. 
On this day, I had a luncheon scheduled at a local golf course so quickly traded out my heels for these fun loafers and my blazer for a casual jacket. 
sunglasses - Forever XXI
earrings - Kate Spade
blouse - American Eagle
jacket - N Black Label via Target {only in Canada} option here {25% off!}
belt - Hipsi
pants - Judith  + Charles
loafers - Steve Madden {sold out in leopard - options here + here}
Enter the Just Natural skincare giveaway here.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Just Natural Skincare : A Review + Giveaway

I first started looking into naturally made products when Ava was born. 
Almost exclusively for her, specific to bath time. 
The aisles in our local health food store were full of choices that I honestly, {or ignorantly} didn't know existed. 
Since that time, I've had the pleasure of reviewing a few fantastic lines including this one, aptly named, Just Natural Skincare
With many of the natural ingredients used mixed by hand, the products will be different from anything you've tried before; even the packaging is clean and minimal.
Meant to mimic their approach to skincare.
Less is more.
The team at Just Natural Skincare allowed us to try a variety of products including a few that I haven't pictured and we were impressed with many.
The lip moisturizer above quickly became a favourite - and just as quickly disappeared. It has the texture of coconut oil and is just as nourishing. 
The body wash, although not as foamy as what you might be used to {I find this with all natural products due to the lack of chemical foaming agents} is gentle and non-drying. I have been using the kid's version with Ava and love that it's not heavily fragrant; very fresh smelling. 
Isabella has been using their acne line and I invite you to take a moment to read the rave reviews of the manuka oil pictured, here
I warn you. It does not smell pleasant. A pungent tea tree oil is the best way to describe it.
But, it works. 

I am excited to provide the opportunity for you to try these amazing natural products.
Since this truly was a family review - we each chose one for you to try:
From Ava Grace, the kid's body wash. 
From Isabella, the manuka acne treatment.
And from moi, the daily moisturizing body wash. 
You're welcome.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

What I Wore : The Blues

I'm wearing skirts and dresses like it's my business these days.
Fall is in the air and I plan on enjoying bare legged days for as long as I'm able.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014


There has been so much going on around here, from new school beginnings to new work outside the home full time beginnings.
If I'm being honest, I'm struggling to keep up with everything.
At the end of the day, most of which has usually been spent in front of a computer screen, the last thing I feel like doing? Well, spending more time in front of a computer screen.
I'm hoping that will change once we all fall into a groove and get adjusted to our new somewhat insane schedule. 
Last Wednesday was everyone's first full day back - my husband called me late morning and couldn't believe how far apart each of us was. As crazy as it sounded, it was bang on. 
One in daycare, one at work on the other end of the city, the other at work on the opposite end, one in high school and the other in elementary. 
It's the first time that at least one of my children has not been with me in over 4 years.

That said, Ava is adjusting ridiculously well to being in school full time. We've decided to keep her in a private daycare that runs a junior and senior kindergarten program which means no need for a before or after school program AND no need for lunches. #amen
The only big change I've noticed so far is that she is crazy exhausted at the end of the day. 
Bedtimes are getting earlier as are mornings which I can't say I mind since it allows me to spend some time with her before I head to work. 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

My Stylish Kid : Someone Dressed Herself

Ava has taken to wanting to choose her own clothing these days and for the most part, I must say, she's pretty good at it. #shegotitfromhermama
On this particular day, she proceeded to get ready and ended up in this get-up. 
Pink details of course. 
And a tutu over shorts combo with black suede ankle boots.
The Minnie Mouse glasses add that certain je ne sais quoi. 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

What I Wore : The Kimono

I have been contemplating adding a kimono to my wardrobe for some time. 
Fell in love with the print on this one and the colours will transition perfectly into the fall. 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Favourites: The World of Eric Carle

For as long as I can remember, or at least for as long as I've had children, we have been fans of Eric Carle's "The Very Hungry Caterpillar". 
I still remember Isabella being able to recite each of the food items that little hungry caterpillar ate his way through as I turned the pages. And the way she said "shalami". 
Many years later, Ava is still enjoying the story.
Gymboree, my other longtime favourite, launches the new World of Eric Carle collection in stores and on-line on September 2nd. 
Ms. Ava Grace + I got a sneak peek.
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