Wednesday, April 29

A special gift for Mother's day


I wrote about The Honest Company a little while ago to tell you how much I love their diapers here. I am also a big fan of their healing balm since Sophie is constantly drooling and has a rash on her chin and neck as a result. 

With Mother's day just around the corner, The Honest Company is recognizing all the little and big things moms do, from wiping tears and runny noses to giving cuddles before bedtime and everything else in between. From April 27th and May 10th, celebrate the moms in your life with one of these Aromatic Soy candles (a $19.95 value) Free with every first bundle purchase


Be sure to use code CANDLE4MOM at checkout.

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Vanessa

Tuesday, April 28

Motherhood: kissing your little ones on the lips

Kissing your little one on the lips; yes or no? 
I couldn't manage to get a photo with the other littles, but I caught this one since she can't walk yet! (Sorry it's so blurry)

This is something that I never thought about until recently. I love giving kisses to my littles on the lips. There is nothing better than seeing them as they wake up or after they have been at school/pre-school all day and snuggling in to their soft little faces. However, now that Annabelle is school-aged, we have decided to address kissing on the lips. Especially after seeing her give her teacher a kiss on the cheek. I didn't make a big deal about it, but didn't want her to do it again. Some of you may think: "what's the big deal?" But as a teacher, I feel like this is just something that should be avoided. Having said that, I say yes to kissing your own little ones on the lips. I used to almost hesitate to do it in public for fear of what some people may think. Even writing this and reading it back, I'm thinking "who cares what anyone else thinks!?" Now, I say that while my kids are still so young, I will take advantage of every snuggle and little peck on the lips (usually wet and snotty) because they will be too old to kiss their poor mama on the lips in the blink of an eye.  

What are your thoughts on this topic? I'd love to hear your opinion!

Thanks for reading,

Vanessa


Wednesday, April 22

Best green smoothie




I know there are a million different green smoothie recipes out there. I even blogged about it here. Since then, I have modified the ingredients so that it is not only nutritious, but is really tasty. My kids even love it! I think smoothies in general have exploded in popularity because they are a quick way to get a ton of nutrients in a super convenient way. For me, whether I am on maternity leave or teaching full-time, eating properly falls to the wayside so this delicious detoxing drink helps to give me a boost. I especially like to drink mine in the afternoon around the 3 o'clock lull.  Here is my recipe. I don't measure exactly, but here are the approximate measurements.

In a blender, combine:

-1 cup english cucumber (peeled and diced)
-1 green apple (peeled and cored)
-juice from one lemon or lime
-2 cups baby spinach
-2 Tbsp minced ginger
-1 cup cilantro
-2 cups filtered water

Blend until smooth

**I add hemp hearts and chia seeds to give a protein boost, but the hemp hearts make it creamier

Enjoy!

Vanessa

Tuesday, April 21

Kate Spade for Indigo



Kate Spade drinkware, 22 CAD / Kate Spade bar tool, 20 CAD / Kate Spade paper cocktail napkin, 17 CAD / Office accessory, 47 CAD / Spiral Notebook Curious, 18 CAD / Kate Spade paper clip, 15 CAD / 2015 Gold Dots 17-Month Weekly Agenda by Kate Spade New York, 33 CAD / Party | Kate Spade | chapters.indigo.ca, 22 CAD / kate spade new york All Occasion Card Set, 37 CAD


Some people are gym rats. I'm a Chapters/Indigo rat. I have to purposely avoid the place because I can't stop buying coffee table books, like this onebaby products, and as of late, Kate Spade swag. I think my obsession with gold and white started with Kate Spade New York stationary and I'm driving Duncan crazy because I tell him about my design ideas for each room and they always include, you guessed it, gold and white. or black and white accessories. Every time I walk in (to Indigo) I spot a few gems to add to my list of wants. Here are a few favorites that I've got my eye on these days (mainly for my office).

Thanks for reading!


Vanessa