Newest Member Of The UPPAbaby Family

The UPPAbaby MINU
Go places, big and small.

Shopping For A New Ride

What are the most important things you look for and take into consideration when buying a stroller? Affordability, design, look, size, weight, convenience? I have owned seven different strollers since I became a mom twelve years ago. Three of them have been UPPAbaby because once I find a brand I know, trust and love they’ve got me as a loyal customer for life.

We first purchased the UPPAbaby G-LUXE when Joey was a toddler. Then the UPPAbaby CRUZ when we had Cruz. What kid doesn’t want a custom ride with his name on it? Kidding! That’s totally not why we got it. I wanted a stroller that was smaller than my old jogging stroller, that could be used from newborn – toddlerhood, and didn’t cost 1.5K without sacrificing style. What completely sold us on the CRUZ  was the piggy back attachment for Joey. It was a total lifesaver to and from school for all those preschool and kg pick ups/drop offs.

Fast forward to now, we are currently obsessing over our new UPPAbaby MINU. It’s like the hybrid of our other two strollers. The MINU is the perfect portable lightweight stroller and here is why…

What I Love About The MINU

It took me all of one MINUte [see what I did there ;)] to fall in love with this stroller. First of all, the only assembly required when unboxing the stroller was popping 2 wheels on and clipping the canopy in. Clearly they were thinking about moms who a) have to ask our husbands umm one thousand times to put something together or b) have our hands full with another thousand things we need to be doing during the day and during nap time.

The MINU collapses with one smooth motion using only one hand so you can use the other to hold onto those kiddos trying to make a run for it the second they are free. Trunk space is a major factor for me with 3 boys, car seats and sports equipment or shopping bags. A girls got to have space and the MINU ‘s compact design when folded is like a dream come true. Check this out.

It’s easy access large basket can store all of your everyday on the go items and more. I had no problem fitting my diaper bag, camera, tripod, gathre mat and blanket under the stroller leaving me completely hands free! We also have the Carry-All Parent Organizer which I love for outings because it stores my phone, cash or cards, keys, drinks and more and can be transferred to whichever one of my strollers I’m using.

If you’ve ever seen an UPPAbaby you probably noticed their oversized extendable canopy and pop out UPF 50+ sunshade to protect your babes from harmful UV rays allowing you and your babes to stay outside longer and enjoy the sunshine. Knowing my kids are safe is obviously a huge one for me, as I’m sure it is for all parents. The MINU has a spacious multi reclining seat with adjustable 5 point safety harness. Your child will always be comfortable whether they want to lay back for a nap or sit upright to take in every second of your adventures.

Tell Me More

The UPPAbaby MINU can be used from 3 months until your child is 50lbs. MINU has add on features specifically designed for newborns safety and comfort. This stroller can be used from birth with a From Birth Kit. With adapters you can also take baby from drive to stroll with no transfer needed in the MESA and select other infant safety seats.

Available in 4 signature UPPAbaby fashions:

  • Jake (Black Melange/Carbon/Black Leather)
  • Jordan (Charcoal Melange/Silver/Black Leather)
  • Denny (Red Melange/Silver/Black Leather)
  • Ryan (Teal Melange/Silver/Saddle Leather)

Comes with UbXtend 3 YEAR WARRANTY with online registration [linked here] making it as easy as a few click click clicks and you’re covered! Another amazing program UPPAbaby offers is their Travel Safe Program that guarantees gear during air travel. This came in handy on our trip to California and is included with the purchase of the appropriate Travel Bag for your stroller. MINU weighs in at under 15lbs making it an amazing travel stroller and even comes with a carrying strap attached. It’s lightweight design and all wheel suspension make sure your baby is smooth sailing.

If you’re on the market for a stroller I hope this was helpful for you. If you’re already an UPPAbaby owner, what do you love most about your ride? Drop me a comment below!

xo

 

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A Mama Must Have For Under $100

The Gathre Mini 

Not Just Another “Must Have” Collecting Dust

We all know there are a TON of baby and kid products on the market. They get cooler and trendier by the day it seems like. Looking back at what was available twelve years ago when I had Noah to what is on the market today blows my mind. Of course we see all the pretty pictures on IG and instantly think ” I need that “. Well for somethings that will actually be true and others you purchase, use once or twice and then store it for years in hopes you’ll “need” it again some day. The Gathre Mini does NOT fall into that last category at all and here’s why…

Reason’s Why I Love Our Gathre Mini

First of all, if I can use one item for multiple purposes it’s an automatic win in my books. We have had our mat for about a month now and I’m obsessed! Cruz is at that super fun I’m a two year old and I can do whatever I want stage.  You know the one where once he is done eating he decides to dump his plate on the floor?! (If none of your kids have done this I envy you) Picking up shredded hash browns might be our least favourite, My husband actually started laying down newspaper under his high chair. Hello he’s a boy not some animal we are trying to train. Anyways, gone are those days because now we just lay our mat under wherever Cruz sits and it does all the work for us!

My boys also LOVE popsicles and ice cream but they have far from mastered how to eat them without making a big sticky mess. No problem now, they can sit and eat whatever they want on the mat and have little picnics and parties and I can just shake it off… shake it off! ICYWW I totally just sang that like T.Swift.

Ok so there’s a few ways the mat has made my life less messy and more convenient. But wait, there’s more… It folds up nice and small and hardly weighs anything so I can easily pack it in my diaper bag or throw it under the stroller when we are on the go. I’m an over packer and with our mini mat I don’t have to sacrifice a ton of space which gives it a plus plus ++! Saving the best for last. Are you ready for it? This baby doesn’t go in the laundry… Ever! Spot clean only which is basically a hail mary in my house because I am already fantastic at neglecting our laundry.

About Gathre + The Mats

Another reason my love for these mats is so real is because they were made for moms by moms! Two moms, Marilee and Jessica, out on a girls night met through mutual friends and totally clicked. Navigating through motherhood together they came up with the idea of a wipeable blanket for kids. They ran a Kickstarter campaign where they raised $78K in 30 days. They hustled for many all nighters in Marilee’s mother in laws garage. Since then they have moved to their own studio.

All mats are made of bonded leather. Bonded leather is water impermeable, regulates well in heat and is stain resistant. Top surface is made with a synthetic layer of polyurethane which makes it very easy to wipe clean. Bottom side is made of soft suede leather. As I mentioned earlier, all mats are spot clean only. You can use a wet cloth, cleaning wipes or paper towel until area is clean. To remove wrinkles you can lay the mat out in the sun or steam the underside. Do not iron.

The mat pictured here is the Sail Mini. A collaboration with Rylee and Cru x Gathre. I know this is my first mat but with so many beautiful designs, it will definitely not be my last. I’m currently obsessing over the Pier Midi+ , their tablecloths and their scallops which might just be my FAV!

Hope you love yours as much as I love mine and if you do or even if you don’t, drop me a message and let me know because I love hearing from you babes!

xoxo

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Two Sweet

Cruzie’s Ice Cream Themed 2nd Birthday Party

First things first, all party planning starts with a theme. Lucky for us parents you can pretty much turn anything into a theme these days. Use something your child is into at the time, be creative and when in doubt… Pinterest will ALWAYS save the day.

To be completely honest I was procrastinating hard on planning a party for Cruz because I was in major denial about him turning two. It was not this emotionally hard for me when Noah or Joey turned two. Must be because he is our last, officially out of the “baby” stage and onto toddlerhood. It wasn’t until a shopping trip to the states with my sister that she brought up the party and I realized how soon it was coming up. While in Target *hallelujah* I found some cute party cups, plates and colouring table clothes. Then at Home Goods I found ceramic ice cream cone holders and the theme was decided just like that!

Joey and Cruz both love Whistle and Flute designs so naturally I had to incorporate their ice-cream kawaii print into Cruzie’s party! I used a cricut to design and cut the lettering and shapes for the backdrop. I also used the cricut to make the ice cream cone banner and cake topper. If you love crafting, scrapbooking, or just making party decor you need one of these machines! (not sponsored actually obsessed)

Click the pic to shop all ice-cream apparel from Whistle & Flute.

I picked up the balloons from Paper and Parties . They also sell balloon garland strand (I’m not actually sure what it is called) but it makes it SO easy to make the garland! I blew up the balloons with a little hand pump from the dollar store and just popped the balloons through the holes on the strand! Took less than an hour and I got it all done start to finish while Cruz napped which was a lifesaver because what kid wouldn’t want to play in a room full of balloons?!

Steph from Little Cookie Co made the CUTEST cookies to match the theme perfectly! She totally nailed the design without even knowing much about what I was doing for decor. The two scoop cookies are basically an exact replica of the W&F design. I almost couldn’t handle how cute they were and trust me when I say, they tasted even better than they looked and they looked GOOD!

Cruz + Joey are both wearing Whistle & Flute tanks and hat paired with Jax and Lennon co shorts, Natives and People Footwear.

I always make my boys birthday cakes. It’s a little tradition and means a lot to me to make them something special for their birthday. This year his cake was a chocolate fudge cake with buttercream frosting and white chocolate ganache drip. Ice-cream party wouldn’t be complete without ice cream so we also set up a sundae bar which was a huge hit with all the kids and lets be honest, the adults loved it too!


Most importantly he was surrounded by so much love and fun on his special day with his family and friends. He opened presents, jumped in his bouncy castle, played on the trampoline and ate candy, cake and ice cream. Two days later on his actual birthday Cruz, Joey and I spent the day at the beach. Birthday boy wore his Bday crown and carried his balloon around all day. Joey made him a special #2 cake to celebrate!

To Cruzie,

You are one of a kind, wild and fun! You love french fries and chup’ (ketchup), your favourite treat quickly became ice cream, second would definitely be cookies! You are so playful but still so snuggly (please don’t stop snuggling any time soon). You say so many cute things now and repeat more and more every single day. words can’t even explain how much I love you and how blessed I feel to be your mommy. I hope you felt as special on your birthday as you make our lives every day.

xoxo

Mommy

xoxo

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To Dockatot or Not?!

Dockatot they said, it will be fun they said, it will change your life they said and they were right. After hearing all the buzz about these we had to join the club. I don’t know about you but one thing I always treasure as a mom is sleep. Isn’t that what any parent craves? Then to hear numerous people rave about how well their babes sleep in this thing it almost sounded too good to be true.

As you all know and incase you don’t I have three boys that are all spread out in age. Where oh where were these Dockatot’s 11 years ago? 5 years ago? (I may have just not known about them then – my loss) Honestly when I was pregnant with Cruz I needed to find a sleep solution that would work for him to be as close to me as possible but didn’t really look into the dockatot. I had seen a Facebook add ( you know the kind that basically read your mind and know exactly what you are thinking about) yeah one of those for the Halo Bassinest.

Halo swivel sleeper was great for the first time Cruz would be put down to sleep every night until he woke up to feed. Then he would want to nurse and be next to me for the rest of the night. I often found myself too tired to put him back in the halo and would just leave him next to me all night long so I could function the next morning. After all I did still have two other kids to take care of. Anyways he outgrew the halo way faster than I had ever really thought about it and he was no where near ready to transition to his crib. I’m sorry, I’m not interested in sleep training my young baby, nor am I interested in never sleeping again so we co-slept.

Fast forward to a couple months ago, we got the Dockatot Grand.

About Dockatot

Dockatot is a portable lounging dock available in two sizes. Deluxe 0-8 months and Grand 9-36 months. They are designed in Sweden and handmade in Europe using all natural 100% cotton.
Some of the ways you can use your dockatot are:

  • lounging
  • supervised tummy time
  • bonding
  • playing
  • cuddling
  • resting
  • bed transitioning

and best of all is you can take it anywhere in your house, someone else’s house or on vacation. If you ask me anything that makes life more convenient with kiddos is a mega winner!

Our Dockatot Experience

Absolutely love it and to be honest I’m a little jealous. Is there a mama version? Don’t you feel like there should be? I promise if there ever is one I will totally share. I love that it’s light weight and it can be used everywhere in the house. Carrying it from room to room is super easy too with the handles. Cruz will hang out just lounging in it while I get things done off my daily to do lists. Nap time has also never looked so good. It’s also super easy to wash but that doesn’t mean I’d go changing dirty diapers on it, lets not get carried away.

Will it make my baby sleep?

I can’t answer this question because dockatot or not once Cruz transitioned to his crib he  inherited his fathers sleep genes. He will sleep sitting up or laying down, in our arms, his bed, the car seat, the dockatot, grandparents floor pretty much anywhere and yes my husband also sleeps in all those places too. Do I believe his ability to sleep has anything to do with the dockatot? No, just has to do with who he is. Also won’t claim the dockatot is a miracle sleeping baby maker. However I Definitely will recommend it as an extremely convenient portable lounger and that’s exactly what I love about it!

I wish I had the dock sooner to help with our co sleeping and the transition to his crib. I look forward to using it when we make the big jump from crib to big boy bed. I’ll definitely update you all on that experience. If your babe isn’t sleeping at night I feel for you, I really do. It took a full year for Cruz to be ready to sleep all night without breastfeeding. I like to think all those sleepless zombie feedings at all hours of the morning earned me this wonderful sleeping toddler. Being well informed about sleep expectations helped me cope and realize my children don’t hate me; they are just little people trying to figure shit out.

( I received this product compliments of Dockatot however the opinions are my own and I would not share something with you I didn’t truly love)

So the answer is YES YES YES! Dockatot is definitely on my mama must have list for babies and toddlers! If you are considering getting one, don’t miss out like I did for the first year of Cruz’s life. Don’t worry we are definitely making up for lost time with this beauty.

What’s your experience been like with a dockatot? Likes or dislikes?
I’d love to hear from you

xo

 

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Cruz’s Christmas Wishlist

Alright you guys, shopping for a third child is HARD. What do you get a baby that has two older brothers and so much stuff handed down to him already?! I started shopping early, like in October, yet here we are just 14 days away from Christmas and I’m so not done yet! I am super excited for Christmas morning this year since it’s really like Cruz’s 1st Christmas because he was only 6 months old last Christmas. I really want it to be special for him. Here are a few items we have come up with for Cruzie this Christmas.

First – up is this adorable play kitchen that I found at Homesense! You know that gold is going bye bye bye! Hubs and I are going to make a few little changes like painting the hardware, adding marble counter tops and a couple other little surprises. You’ll have to stay tuned to see the finished result but I can tell you right now I’m a little jealous of this thing and totally wish I had a play kitchen like this when I was younger. I found the same kitchen on Wayfair here.

Second – is this Melissa & Doug giant white tiger. This stuffed animal is just over 5ft long and weighs 4.5lbs. Cruz has a Schleich Toys plastic tiger that takes everywhere he goes. I say Cruzie “where is your friend?” and he will run all over the house and find this little tiger so I know he is going to love this giant tiger. Also because he loves to climb on my back and ride me like I am some kind of animal so really the tiger is giving me a break.
Chapters/Indigo has the tiger here.

Third – is the ride on push car from Amazon. This thing is bound to be a blast for him to cruise around on. There were many different kinds of vehicles available in different price ranges. Theres a Mercedes linked here and the Range Rover linked here.

Fourth – Every man & boy needs a set of tools – especially if he’s getting a kitchen – says the hubs. This cute monochrome tool set from Design Life Kids seemed like the perfect find!
Fifth – That monochrome pots and pans set is also from DLK. It was a pre order and not currently listed on their site but as soon as I see it come back on I will post to my stories on IG for anyone interested!

Sixth – Cuddle & Kind is a charitable company that donates 10 meals for the purchase of every doll. When I first came across this company i immediately fell in love with all the cute animals. Cruz got two of them for his first Christmas last year. This new bear is Hudson. He is too cute and almost fully monochrome plus he supports a a great cause. Gifts with purpose for the win. He is currently sold out but I’ve linked the site here so you can shop all the other cuties!

Last but not least I picked up a few of these mini Schleich toys for his stocking since he loves his tiger so much. they can be found at Toys r us, Chapters/Indigo, Michaels & Mastermind Toys to name a few.

That’s a wrap! No seriously its time for me to wrap these before he finds them in my hiding spots.

What are you getting your babes this Christmas?

xo

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5 Small Shop Christmas Items That Just Made Your Shopping Easier

5 Must Have Small Shop Christmas Items

It’s never too early to start shopping for Christmas gifts. Christmas can be one of the most celebrated yet equally stressful holidays of the year. Holidays should be fun and enjoyed with family and friends while creating memories that last forever. I don’t know about you but I like to do most if not all of my shopping online to avoid the mayhem that is our local malls and retailers. I’m also all about supporting local small shops.

Here I have put together a list of 5 small shops that are kicking off the Christmas season with some adorable handmade items for your littles and they are monochrome! ** cue angels singing** All items are available for order online so you can shop quality pieces from the comfort of your own home.

  1. Little Navy Customized Stocking
  2. Ole Design Minimalistic Deer Pull Over + Leggings
  3. Bambi + Birdie Winter Plaid 2 Piece Pj. (Also avail in sleepers)
  4. Pacific Knot Chunky Merino Wool Toque + Mitts
  5. Sprig West Laser Cut Wooden Ornaments

Little Navy

Let me just start by saying the second I saw these stockings I went CRAZY over how cute they are. I’m a total sucker for stuff that can be customized. I love the personalized touch it adds to any gift and makes these items life long keepsakes.

Jen is a stay at home mom that taught herself how to sew and started her business after her second baby was born. She makes personalized name blankets, bedding and apparel that now ship to over 14 countries. Every item is designed and handmade with love and let me tell you that’s the truth. I recently purchased a personalized blanket for a friends baby and I was blown away over how nice it was when it arrived. These stockings are no different. The quality and every detail are amazing.

Cruz likes to put his toys in it and pull it around with him everywhere he goes. Does this kid not realize it’s white and mama would like to keep it that way? For all of you monochrome lovers and minimalists there are black and white options available like the stocking we have here for Cruz.

The stocking measures approximately 18″ long with a 6.5″ opening and is the perfect size to fill with all of those wonderful holiday gifts and treats.  Each stocking is handmade with super soft fleece and is designed especially for you.  It is lined with a soft batting and topped with a fuzzy cozy cuff!  Perfect for hanging on the fireplace.

You can check out all the items from Little Navy here or on their instagram here. Holiday order cut off for Canada and US is November 24th. Check them out on IG & Facebook too see all the cute creations and follow along for special announcements and offers.

Ole.Design

Olena Gurr is the creator and maker behind the trendy clothing brand Ole.Design. Inspired by her son she began making and designing children’s clothing. Her creativity (that is off the charts), love for fashion and business experience quickly pushed her to try and make more of her hobby.

Ole Design is a Canadian company based out of Calgary Alberta. Dedicated to using only natural high quality fabrics in creating the most stylish and comfortable apparel for babies and kids. All pieces are made from organic cotton from Europe and I can honestly tell you it is like no other.

Cruz is wearing the minimalist deer print modern pull over and leggings. Olena designs all her patterns and hand makes each item to guarantee the highest standards. The modern pull over has a slightly slim fit that I absolutely love on Cruz. The leggings are a relaxed fit with drop crotch, basically making him look super g while being cozy and comfortable.

All prints are limited so if you are as obsessed as I am with this print (or any of her other prints-because lets be real – they are all so damn cute) you will want to order fast! Order deadline to ensure your items are received in time for Christmas is December 1st for international orders and December 7th for all orders within Canada. Click here to shop or on the images below for direct links to the leggings and pull over.

Pull over, scarf and leggings by Ole Design. Basic black long sleeve, Nixon Sneaks & Beanie from Little Bipsy.

Bambi & Birdie 

Bambi & Birdie first started earlier this year by longtime friends Ali & Brittany. As moms it was important to them, as it is to so many of us, to dress their kids in comfortable, ethically made and eco friendly pj’s. That is where the inspiration came from to start the perfect sleep wear line and that is exactly what they have done.

All B&B pyjamas are made with ultra soft bamboo, the perfect temperature regulating material to keep your babes comfortable all year round. Not only are these Pajamas like the softest thing you will ever feel their designs are mega trendy for pjs. Like I’m talking acceptable to wear in public trendy.

If you are like me and LOVE to twin with your littles then you are in luck because this summer they launched matching MAMA pyjama sets and you can bet I was first in line for those! Just like their summer line the new winter line will also include Mama sets that come with a relaxed fit t shirt in a solid colour ( totally wearing this all day long ) and printed bottoms to match your littles pj’s.

Winter line launches TODAY (Monday November 6th) so make sure you check them out here and get them before I buy every single one because I might just gift everyone I know a pair of these pj’s for Christmas. Two special holiday prints will launch November 17th. Order deadline for Christmas orders is December 13th.

Pacific Knot

Nikolina is the super talented and creative maker behind Pacific Knot. She taught herself to knit from watching youtube videos and let me tell you this girl is a natural. I recently had the pleasure of witnessing her arm knit a chunky merino wool blanket for the first time and she whipped it up like she had made 100 of them before. Who knew it was so fascinating to see and well the blanket is gorgeous! You may have noticed it in my last IG post and ICYMI you should go check it out because she is going to be listing them on her site soon!

Pacific Knot was inspired by her love for the outdoors and staying cozy. She lives and works in the city of New West and wanted to incorporate a piece of her city in each of her designs. All her items are named after various streets in New Westminster BC. She takes pride in each piece she makes and that shows in the quality of each and every knit.

You name it this girl can most likely make it. I have without a doubt kept her busy with my sometimes crazy ideas and she comes through every single time. She made the pom garland that is pictured on Christmas tree. Both merino wool toque’s pictured – one of which she just casually created her own pattern for – and the thumbless baby mittens to keep Cruz’s hands warm on our early morning walks to the school.

All toques, scarves and blankets can be ordered from the listings on her site or can be completely customized to your colour preference. Nikolina hand purchases each skein of yarn she uses to make your items and would never sell something she wouldn’t put on her own kids. Oh and did I mention she also makes mommy and me matching toques?! As we head into winter these knits will be an absolute must have to stay warm in the cold and will make the perfect Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers. Current turn around time is 2-3 weeks. Order deadline for Christmas orders is December 7th. Shop her knits here or check her out on instagram here.

Sprig West

Sprig West launched in December 2015 by Jeff and Amanda Penner. Borealis Manufactory is their company name and Sprig West and Minimoc are their brands. They make trendy and minimalistic embellishments for your home and life. Some of these items include ornaments, peg boards, wall hangings, pennants, cake toppers, coasters, banners, magnets and book bags. Located in the hippest part of Abbotsford you can find them at their store front Borealis Manufactory. If you are in the area it’s definitely worth stopping by and checking them out.

All ornaments are designed by them. They operate the laser machine to cut and engrave them in right in their factory. The ornaments are all made of 3mm birch plywood. Natural wood is used giving each ornament a unique look. The natural white grain will pop against the background of your tree. All items are made in Canada. These would make the perfect little topping for a gift or stocking stuffer.

I like to think my style and decor is pretty minimal although when it comes to Christmas ornaments I am more traditional/sentimental. Since I was a baby my mom & dad have bought me a Christmas ornament every year for my stocking. Sometimes they would have significance to what was happening in my life at the time and others would just be because they were pretty. When I moved out of my parents house she handed me a box with all of my ornaments from each year of my life to have for my own tree.

I absolutely LOVE seeing them come out of the boxes each year while remembering each special memory that comes with every single one of them. So my favourite ornament from Sprig West is hands down the “Baby’s First Christmas” ornaments. There are several options avail including: tree, circle, snow globe & bunny for 2017 babies & bear or fawn for 2016 babies.
All orders should be placed by December 15th to receive in time for Christmas.
Shop Sprig West here or check them out on Instagram here. You can also catch them at the Shop Sweet Christmas Market on Nov.18th.

Nikole Culo Design

Nikole is a Vancouver girl living in Edmonton. She is my go to for party invites, prints, special projects, birthday boards, you name it she can create it. She is currently preparing to become a first time mom in a few short weeks – Eeeeek! Can’t wait to find out if she is having a girl or boy! She will remain open for orders while she adjusts to motherhood and having a newborn. I already know her baby is going to have the cutest birth announcements & party invites.

You can check out her work on her Instagram here  & on her website here. Keep her in mind for your future projects!

We’ve partnered up to check one thing off your Christmas shopping list! Gift tags!
Attached is a FREE printable with 4 different gift tags created by Nikole Culo Design.

Click here for FREE printable gift tags.

There you have it – 6 amazing Canadian makers and some of their amazing products for Christmas that I hope you love them all as much as I do. Happy Shopping! Drop me a message with your favourite small shop Christmas items! I love hearing about new shops and fun gift ideas and would love to hear from you!

xo

 

 

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Frannie + Lilo Interview

Not Just a Shirt, a Motherhood Movement

Recently I had the pleasure of connecting with two amazing mama’s Francesca Brunsden and Lysanne Louter. These strong and inspiring ladies are the founders of Frannie + Lilo. In honour of October being International SIDS, Miscarriage and Infant Loss Awareness month I thought now would be the perfect time to introduce you to these two special and very brave ladies. They are totally killing this motherhood boss babe thing.

Francesca and Lysanne have both struggled with child loss, depression, anxiety, and post-tramatic stress disorder. They met in a prenatal class and quickly became friends when they had their baby boys Bodie & Finn 10 days apart.

Francesca is originally from Britain and now lives in Toronto. She is a queen-crafter, hair stylist and one brave bad ass mama. After her first miscarriage, Francesca’s son Phoenix was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder at 24 weeks in utero. A condition that is often “incompatible with life”. After 15 hours of labour — and against all odds — Phoenix was born alive. He lived for 5 hours in his mothers loving arms. That day marked the beginning of a journey through grief that may never be over. Phoenix’s younger brother Bodie was born almost exactly one year after his due date. Bodie’s birth was a gift that has helped Francesca find her voice and passion again. Through Frannie + Lilo she hopes to raise money to support other mamas faced with this kind of tragedy. Click here to read Francescas full story on losing her son Phoenix.

Lysanne also lives in Toronto. She is an Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker and one sincere, caring mama. After witnessing the horrific aftermath of the Rana Plaza factory collapse that killed 1100 people in Bangladesh Lysanne decided she wanted to start her own made-in-Canada clothing line. Lysanne was overcome with nightmares, panic attacks and deep depression for years after meeting the victims of the Rana Plaza tragedy. When her son Finnley was born her depression returned. It wasn’t until she began working on Frannie + Lilo did she imagine a way to move forward and turn her experiences into something positive for other moms.

Together their mission is to raise awareness about childloss, miscarriage, postpartum mood disorders and fight the taboo of disgussing these traumatic experiences. Knowing first hand how difficult motherhood can be they would like to support women wherever they are in their motherhood journey.  Inspired by the brave mamas they meet everyday. Inspired by each of their stories of child loss, miscarriage and struggles with depression and anxiety. They are making a difference in others lives by sharing their stories and empowering women to be proud mamas.

Frannie + Lilo began in July 2017 and is based out of Toronto. All shirts are ethical, eco-conscious, designed and made in Canada. The company was started to help support mamas in need. A portion of every shirt sold is donated to five different child loss and postpartum charities. We The Mamas is not just a t-shirt it’s a motherhood movement.

I asked Francesca and Lysanne these questions:

  1. What is the inspiration behind your design?
    Designs are inspired by all the brave women and mamas out there who struggle every day to take care of themselves and their beautiful families.
  2. Who do you look up to?
    Our mothers and grandmothers for teaching us unconditional love and patience.
  3. What does your ideal Saturday look like?
    Our ideal Saturday would start with an early morning run along the beach. Then we would pick up breakfast sandwiches and coffee and take Bodie and Finn to the park to play. The boys would have a nice long afternoon nap while we worked for a couple of hours. In the evening, we would make dinner with our husbands, put the boys to bed, and watch Netflix.
  4. What did you want to be when you grew up? Why?
    Lysanne: I wanted to be a journalist and a photographer because I felt I saw things differently than most people and wanted to help make a difference in people’s lives.
    Francesca: I wanted to compete with England’s Olympic swim team because I loved the water and wanted to inspire other young girls to swim.
  5. What’s your guiltiest pleasure?
    Lysanne: Vanilla dip donuts with rainbow sprinkles
    Francesca: Reality TV shows
 (both these ladies are seriously speaking to my heart right now)
  6. What three things make you happiest in the world?
    Lysanne: Spending time with family, walking my dog on the beach and helping people.
    Francesca: Watching my son learn new things, spending time with family from abroad and traveling.
  7. Fill in the blanks:
    We believe… Being a mother is the hardest and best job in the world
    We love it when… Our boys do something they couldn’t do yesterday
    Words you live by are … 
“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf” -Jon Kabat-Zinn

Important dates & Statistics:

  • October 2017 is International SIDS, Miscarriage and Infant Loss Awareness Month
  • October 9th-15th, 2017 is Infant Loss Week
  • October 15th, 2017 is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day
  • One in four pregnancies ends in miscarriage
  • Up to 25% of mothers face some kind of postpartum depression or anxiety

I hope you have enjoyed getting to know these incredible mamas as much as I have. I would like to say thank you to Francesca and Lysanne for sharing so much of yourselves with me and everyone following along. If you would like to follow along with these two check them out on all their social media channels linked below: Facebook– www.facebook.com/wethemamas/
Instagram- www.instagram.com/wethemamas/
Twitter – www.twitter.com/wethemamas/
Pinterest – www.pinterest.com/wethemamas/

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Motherhood is something I myself am extremely thankful for. Being a mom brings out the best parts of myself and it’s all because of these boys. Check out all three of us below wearing our shirts to support these mamas and their cause. To anyone out there struggling with any kind of loss or trauma please always remember you are not alone, you are strong, you are beautiful and there is always someone you can turn to.

xo

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Hey Girl Hey!

10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Me

(Outfit deets: Cruz is wearing Ole.Design beanie, Huxbaby knit sweater, Tattrd threads jeans & Pretty Brave high tops. My outfit is head to toe Muse from their new fall 17 collection that you can shop TOMORROW – click here to check out their IG for info on how you can sip bubbly, shop and save)

With quite a few new followers I thought I would do a little introduction and tell you 10 things about myself that you may or may not already know.

  1. I’m Whitney and I turned 30 this year — which I have to say has been pretty fantastic so far! I am a stay at home mom to three boys who keep me constantly on my toes. Like seriously can mama have one sip of coffee before you climb on the table and try to swing from the light fixtures? Who am I kidding, coffee is over rated wine is where it’s at. When it’s too early for wine dance parties get us through the day.
  2. I can’t whistle to save my life. Many have tried to teach me this skill and failed. Playing referee to our three boys sure would be a lot easier tho if I knew how don’t you think?
  3. The sound of people chewing in a quiet room drives me C R A Y – C R A Y . I have to put on the tv, music, or GET AWAY asap. Aka before I rip the offending food out of their mouth, pull my hair out in a blind rage & glare in their general direction. Especially people who chew with their mouths open. I mean come on! Manners people…
  4. I have watched every single season of The Bachelor/ Bachelorette. It’s my not-so-guilty pleasure. I will stay up until 1 am to watch it in peace and quiet then be tired A F the next day but it’s sleep well lost. No matter how scripted or unrealistic the show might be, I love the possibility of a love story. No matter how it happens.
  5. Italy & Bora Bora are at the very top of my Travel list. Italy for obvious reasons, Its beautiful – duh! It’s where my family is from and a part of my culture that I would love to experience and learn more about. Bora Bora because I am a total beach bum. My ideal KIDLESS getaway is an all-inclusive with my hubs on a tropical beach or private hut over the south pacific sea and a minimum of 30 degree weather.
  6. I’m slightly OCD about the way my house is kept and where things belong – No boys the floor will not do. Under your beds and in the closets will not do. See all those organized bins giving you the perfect spot for each and every one of your 10,000 toys, those will do just perfect. When everything else in life is chaotic, having an organized home gives me a much-needed sense of order and control.
  7. Pizza and Tiramisu are my favourite foods. I just friggin love them!
  8. I am deathly afraid of spiders – it feels like I can’t breathe when I see there is one in the same room as me. I recently told my husband if someone offered me 5 billion to touch a spider I don’t think I’d be able to do it. Luckily I live in a house full of boys who don’t seem to mind them at all. My heroes.
  9. On the daily you’ll find me in active wear. Looking like I’ve been at the gym when I actually haven’t. Otherwise I’m an oversized sweater, ripped jeans and LWT type of girl.
    (Brandy Melville are my fav JTLYK because who isn’t on the market for more LWT’s?)
  10. I met my husband while he was filling in at the shop I was working at. Little did we know years later we would end up at a company ski trip in Whistler together. Many adorable texts & a few cheesy pick up lines later (by few I mean 100’s) our story began.

Now, tell me something I don’t know about you! I love getting to know the babes supporting me in this crazy journey. Comment below and share something about yourself, it would seriously make my day!

Anything else you want to know? Ask me them below and I’ll answer!

xo

 

 

p.s I am such a sucker for any insta-worthy wall. Big shout out to my girl Nikolina for telling me about this aaaamazing paper flower wall.

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This Season’s MUST Have Baby Bomber

This jacket quickly became our favourite and is at the top of our must haves for the season


Cruz’s Outfit ( Bomber & harems – LTLPPL, Basic white t – Little Bipsy , Matching mommy and me beanies – Ole.Design and of course matching converse )

SO we’ve had this dime piece for about a week and I am still DYING over how cute it is. Naturally I needed to share it with all of you. Alright now let’s be honest here, is this jacket not the most insanely stylish and trendy jacket for a one year old ever?! I screamed like a giddy little school girl when we put it on Cruz and I am still gushing over here just looking at the pics.

The jacket is fully lined to keep babes warm all fall and winter. I absolutely love when pieces can transition from one season to the next which makes shopping small much more affordable. A staple piece like this could be used for more than one child and should be. It would never be considered one of those hand me downs you got stuck wearing. This is the jacket you would steal out of your siblings closet because it’s that cool. Anyways point of this post, I love this jacket, get the jacket, have fun looking cool A F.

xo

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Twinning is Winning


Literally my fav thing to do is twin with my boys or to make them match each other. I actually get like school girl giddy inside but shh don’t make fun until you try it. These Beau Hudson beanies and matching mommy and me shirt/dress are available @Mintedmethodshop Don’t worry there will be PLENTY more of these twinning photos. I should consider giving them their own section.

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