Monday, October 29, 2012

Baby Talk: Nursery Decor - DIY Tulle TuTu Wreath!

For my wedding last year I did a bunch of DIY projects from making all the bouquets by hand to adding 4000+ crystals to my shoes so when I was thinking about nursery decor I knew I wanted to add a few DIY touches to my baby girls room.

I wasn't sure exactly what I wanted to do until I saw this inspiration pic on Pinterest.

Since our nursery "theme" is grey, white and bling I knew I wanted to create something like this wreath even though I wasn't sure where exactly I would hang it.  Although I didn't find a tutorial on how to make this exact wreath I figured out my own way and I think it turned out great :)

I bought some silver tulle, string of pearls and a embroidery hoop and went to work. It took me about an hour or work until the wreath was done however I was stuck on ideas on what to put inside the wreath until I saw a small unfinished wood cutout of the word LOVE and knew it was perfect.

I painted it white, added some white iridescent glitter, silver thread to hold it up and got my final product.

VOILA, Baby girls new DIY Tulle TuTu Wreath hanging on her closet door!


What do you think??

I've also made her a tulle tutu & crystal mobile that we have hung over her glider.... will post pics soon of that!
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Saturday, October 27, 2012

3 "Grooming" Products My Husband Loves!

I wouldn't dare call these items beauty products for fear he may go cave man styles and not care at all about how he smelled, looked or felt SO for the purposes of this post we shall call them male grooming products!



Biore Warming Anti-Blackhead Cleanser ($12.89) - He uses this daily in the shower and loves the warming feeling.. I'm not so sure he cares how well it works (I do, and it does) but its the texture he really loves. Hey, if it gets him to cleanse his face daily I don't care why he uses it, just that he does!

FENDI Fan Di Pour Homme Cologne 100ml ($88.00) - Since this arrived at our house he's been finding excuses to wear it. Bonus for me here is I like it way more than his previous cologne which I found to be too strong. This one lasts a long time on his skin, isn't over powering but still sexy at the same time ;)

Vaseline Men Fast Absorbing Body and Face Lotion ($11.50) - What's great about this product is that it can be used for face AND body which means its a 1 step process for a man who normally hates any type of lotion. Its fast absorbing so I don't have to hear his complaints about greasy hands and it keeps his handy man hands soft especially as the weather gets dry and cold.

There you have it, products Tried, Tested & Loved by the MR!

Guess what items will be in his stocking this Christmas ;)
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Friday, October 26, 2012

Can We Talk About Something Important But Uncomfortable? #getthepap

Did you know that this week October 22-28th is Cervical Cancer Awareness Week?

Did you know that this year alone in Ontario, an estimated 550 women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer and sadly 160 of these women are expected to pass away from this disease?

Getting a pap test is often a very uncomfortable subject and a lot of times we women put it off for years but the truth of the matter is pap tests & HPV Vaccinations save lives!! Early detection can lead to recovery and as much as we can have the mentality of "what I don't know wont hurt me" this is the worst mentality women can have when it comes to our bodies!

We ALL know someone who has been touched or affected by cancer and so Id like to ask you to help me in spreading the word about cervical cancer awareness week....

Pap Tests & HPV Vaccinations Save Lives.... pass it on.....
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Interviewed on MasalaMommas.com About My Pregnancy Journey

Check out my interview on MasalaMommas.com where I chat with Anjum Choudhry Nayyar about pregnancy life and the journey Ive been on the last 9 months.


Read more here...
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Monday, October 22, 2012

Our Big Date Night at South St Burger! Plus Win a $20 Gift Card!

With only a few weeks till we are a family of 3 my husband and I have been spending extra time together which I love.  From going to see a movie (btw ARGO is an amazing movie) to just heading out for a burger we try to make every moment special.

With some South St Bucks in hand thanks to a very kind PR gal we headed to our local SSB to pick up dinner.

From the moment we walked in we knew this wasn't just a regular fast food burger place. The decor was modern and clean and they had even placed mini pumpkins on each table for decor which I thought was so cute.

When we went to order I noticed they had options I hadn't seen before at other burger places such as whole wheat and gluten free buns which impressed me right away since Ive been staying away from white breads. We placed our orders and walked over to the section where they assemble the meals, check out all the options!

Wasabi mayo, guacamole, Dijon horseradish, goat cheese, mango chutney... the possibilities are endless!

We got our meals to go so we could have a burger and movie night in :)
It was so yummy Ive been tempted to go back ever since ;) New York Fries will always have a place in my heart especially with that yummy Cajun spice topping!!


Ok now that Ive given you burger envy how about I offer all my Canadian readers a chance to WIN an amazing Gift Certificate to either South St Burger or New York Fries?!!!

Enter below to WIN a $20 Gift Certificate

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Giveaway: Find Out Your KitchenAid Colour Personality and Win a KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer Valued At $499.99!


Did you know that the KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer comes in 26 different colours?!
From sleek and cool to funky and fun the different shades allows you to proudly display your personality!

I took their quiz at KitchenAidColourology.ca and found out my KitchenAid Colour personality is

EMPIRE RED

Some like it hot, and this shade drips with desire. Drawn to those who are confident, Empire Red is not for the faint of heart, as its beauty harnesses the wandering eye. Placed on white, marble or stainless steel, this hue brings the passion.




Check out your KitchenAid Colourology to see what shade represents you in their quiz and let me know in the comments your answer!

Once you have done that you can enter to WIN a KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer in the colour of your choice valued at $499.99!

Canadians, simply fill out the form below for your chance to win!

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Friday, October 12, 2012

Giveaway: Win A Benefit Cosmetics Prize Pack Valued at over $150!

Want to WIN a huge Benefit Cosmetics Prize Pack Valued at over $150??!
Giveaway Includes:

They're Real! Mascara
Benetint Lip and Cheek Stain
Coralista Box o' Powder
Bella Bamba Lipgloss
POREfessional

Now is your chance to stock up on some amazing products before the holidays ;)

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Giveaway: Win The Body Shop Pick of The Season the Special Edition Vineyard Peach Collection!

We all know The Body Shop makes amazing products right?!
We also know that The Body Shop has always been a company associated with charity which is one of the reasons everyone loves them and why I continue to support them over and over.

This time they are giving the customers a chance to vote for which charity they would like to support when they purchase this yummy Dragon Fruit Lip Butter. 75% off the profits will be split across 3 charities. Your vote really counts as the charity that receives the most votes will receive the highest percentage of donation. You can vote for which charity you’d like to support in-store or online and the remaining 25% will go to The Body Shop Foundation.
Take it from me this is one of their lip butters you WILL want to add to your collection its so moisturizing and smells incredible. Buy it and support a good cause!

Because we love our readers and customers so much we are teaming up to offer one Canadian a chance to win the amazing prize pack below!

This is by far one of my favourite scents from TBS! The quality is as always amazing but this scent has got me falling in love!

Faces by Farah and The Body Shop are offering you a chance to win an amazing The Body Shop prize pack featuring the new special edition Vineyard Peach body care range, a collection valued at more than $50!

Indulge your skin and senses with intense fragrance and 24 hour moisturization. The Vineyard Peach range contains nine different Community Fair Trade ingredients. For more information, please visit www.TheBodyShop.ca

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Giveaway: Win 3 Full Sized New KORRES Products!

To me KORRES simple equals quality products.

I am always testing out new products and find myself especially excited whenever a new item from KORRES arrives because I know it will be something innovative and great for my skin.

First I'm loving KORRES new Pomegranate Purifying Natural Clay Mask ($35.50) because from the moment I applied it just felt right if that makes sense at all! It smoothed right on and while it was moist it didn't drip so the application wasn't messy key in a face mask! The smell was pomegranate unbelievable and although it didn't take the full 10 minutes (recommended mask time) to dry it didn't dry super quick either which allowed my face to stay soft and not feel too tight.

The mask is made up of natural clay which has sebum-absorbing capacity that removes impurities and allows the skin to get a nice deep clean. Its suggested for those with oily to normal skin types. Once I washed it off my skin felt soft but since you always need to follow a mask with a lotion which is where KORRES Wild Rose + Vitamin C Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial ($62.50) came in.

First of all, tell me the "sleeping facial" part doesn't have you intrigued.. I know I was lured in by these words. Its non-greasy and absorbs quick, has a very pleasant rose scent which if you know me you will know rose scents get me every time! The product also includes a natural source of vitamin C to address visible signs of premature aging caused by sun and environment exposure which I thought was great since it works for all skin types so everyone can benefit from these properties.

My last step before I apply my makeup in the morning is KORRES Pomegranate Mattifying Treatment ($49) which is advised for oily to normal skin. This product can be used on its own or applied under makeup as it not only mattifies but is long-lasting and helps to refine your pores. As with the other products mentioned its dermalogically tested and this product is free of parabens, mineral oils and silicone which I know a lot of you are looking for.

I happen to love all 3 of these new products from KORRES and I'm very happy to report that I have yet to be let down by this brand.

Want to try out the 3 items Ive listed above?

Enter for your chance to WIN KORRES Pomegranate Purifying Natural Clay Mask, Wild Rose + Vitamin C Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial  & Pomegranate Mattifying Treatment worth OVER $140!

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Monday, October 1, 2012

Baby Talk: Prenatal Massage At 33 weeks Thanks To My Girls!

With only 6 weeks left to baby my life is VERY consumed with well, everything baby so it was nice to take a morning off from appointments, running around, work and packing my hospital bag to go get a prenatal massage courtesy of 2 of my amazing girlfriends N&S.

First Ill start by saying that these 2 downtowners came all the way to the burbs to visit me which is a huge deal because it involved renting a car and driving about 40 mins each way! That in it self was sweet but then they presented me with one of the funnest baby cards Ive seen!

I thought it was really funny and totally "them"! Thanks girls!

Inside were details of a place called Sante Group which they then explained was where I was to go Friday morning at 10am. Yes they even made the appointment for me, how organized :)


So off I went Friday morning to Sante Group Healthcare for my prenatal massage. I wasn't sure what to expect a spa or an actual clinic so when I saw it was a clinic I felt like I was in better hands that would heal my sore back and not make me go into early labour (my fear!).

I walked in and was greeted warmly, taken to a room and introduced to my RMT. She did a great job and was super friendly. I will admit it was really strange for me to lay on my tummy again (even with the support pillows they provided). I think if I do go in for another massage Ill ask to lay on my side because even though it didn't hurt it was a bit uncomfortable because I was worried about baby the entire time.

Regardless, I walked out of there with the tension in my back relieved and feeling good about taking an hour our of my day to remember me! I had wanted to go in for a prenatal massage for a while but never got around to booking so its awesome to have friends that want to pamper a mama to be :)

Now my thoughts are back to baby because its already October! Where did the past 8 months go?

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