a little love & mama

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Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Nsale 2021 Canada: My Top Picks

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Friday, January 29, 2021

LOVELY GIFT INSPIRATION FOR VALENTINES DAY THAT ISN'T YOUR ORDINARY CHOCOLATE & FLOWERS


 The day of love typically is a time where you can see florists prepping their long stem red roses and heart shaped chocolate boxes filled with deliciousness. While getting a box of chocolates and flowers is a classic move and appreciated, why not show your love with a little something different and thoughtful this Valentine's. Here are some lovely items to get you inspired to gift that special person in your life... including yourself! 

Don't forget the hugs, kisses and love notes too!

 xoxo

Lip Fetish Balm //one of my person favs to keep lips hydrated and subtle during the winter months 

Love Mug // sophisticated mug is the perfect romantic shade of blush pink and supports a local shop

Lace Panty Set // lace is feminine and having a valentine hues adds that added sexiness

Blush Loungewear // since we've been home pretty much all of 2020 and 2021, stay comfortable in style

Fabric Basket Candy Box // the cutest little box for candy...or arm candy *wink wink*

Pink Truffle Box // now I know I said forget the chocolate, but what I mean is the drug store brand and opt for one with a little more quality

Preserved Roses in a Acrylic box// roses are already marked up on Valentine's day, if you're going to get roses, might as well get them to last all year for an even cheaper price! 

Pom Slippers // the cutest pair to warm your toes

Better Than Sex Mascara // one of my longtime personal favs, this TwoFaced Mascara has been a number one for many reasons. It lifts, curls, separates lashes and provides all the volume you need, it's no wonder it got it name!

Lace Trim Camisole // again, lace anything adds that subtle sexiness and romance at the same time.

Rose Quartz Facial Roller // one of my personal fav rollers, doesn't squeak and stays cool to the touch. 

Mini J'adore Perfume  // add it in your purse when you're on the go

Heart Shaped Sunglasses // trendy & fun is the name of the game

Rose Quartz & Moonstone Stacking Bracelets // a local artist who creates bracelets with intention, these are sure to provide a sense of love, calmness and peace

Knit Your Love Cardigan// a best seller to celebrate the month of love

XO Earrings// if you want to be festive, but not in your face, these are the perfect pair of valentine studs

Valentine's Towel // another one of my favorite local shops, Needle & Punch towels are made with organic cottons which remind me of the towels my mom would use in Italy. 





 

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Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Stocking Stuffers


Photocredit: Instagram @hermajestysmakeover Stockings by: @gyminiboutique



They say good things come in small packages and stocking stuffers definitely ring true to that! Growing up, our stockings were filled with essentials like
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Friday, December 4, 2020

A+ Teacher Gifts for the Holidays

Be in your teachers good books by gifting a practical and thoughtful gift that shows your appreciation for all the things they have dealt with teaching and keeping your children safe during a pandemic this school year. What better way to say

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Friday, November 13, 2020

Shop Local this Season

 

Supporting your local artists and cities businesses is more important than ever before. Try shopping local and handmade this holiday season for unique and one of a kind gifts. You are definitely not shopping small when you shop local, in fact, you are shopping big! 
The impact of your business supports this artist directly. I've gathered ten of my local favorites here that you'll be happy to know ship internationally as well. Thank you for choosing to support these local business owners so they can continue to do what they love!
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Saturday, October 24, 2020

Holiday 2020 Gift Guide


The Holiday Season is quickly approaching and with the changes in shopping habits and delivery schedules, now is the perfect time to get that gift checked off your list and make sure it arrives in time for December 25th or sooner! Take a look at these curated 2020 holiday gift guides for ideas. Best of all, you can shop all this in the

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Saturday, June 13, 2020

The Case of 'Nude' Tones Bras



Photo: Thirdlove

When shopping for a bra, I usually go for the basics. One that matches my skin tone so I can wear it with most of my clothing, black, navy and a "fun" one. I know I've typically seen the "skintone" bra color called nude. Being a white female, I recognize this as being one of the white privileges. When I shopped, I wouldn't call it nude when speaking to the associate. I would mention something like "a bra that matches my skin or I would call it off-white, beige or cream. Realistically, I know that is not enough. Why is a fair toned bra still called nude? and why are some brands only offering one type of nude color? I mean is a nude bra really nude for each one of our unique skin tones? Does that one nude tone sold in a particular style represent a black woman? And all the other skin tones across the world? I started looking at intimate brands to see which ones had multiple nude tones in their bras and which ones did not.
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Sunday, June 7, 2020

Blazer & Go


There are a few pieces in my closet that I don't mind spending extra money on. I call these my investment pieces; you can try to use that if you happen to spend a little more on something you like and need to justify your purchase!  In all seriousness, a winter jacket and boots (living in Canada and wearing them for 6 months out of the year) are definitely items I don't mind spending money on and my third investment piece is a blazer. Since I'm not much of a winter person, I will skip talking about the first two and focus on what to look for when purchasing a blazer and why I believe it's okay to spend a little more on a blazer as a closet staple.
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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Beauty in 5



Like many mama's, I have had less time to do my hair and makeup on a daily basis since having children. Since I've been home at lot more with the little ones, I tend to be makeup free.

When I had to run some errands and/or felt like putting on some makeup, I needed something quick to get me out the door. I also was more cautious of what I was putting on my face since my children are constantly close to it. I didn't want anything that potentially could rub off on them and cause a reaction on their delicate skin, especially for a newborn or under one year.
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Thursday, May 21, 2020

Easy toddler Activities to do while you are staying home



Many parents are finding themselves at home with their children nowadays as we are dealing with the impacts of Covid-19. I truthfully consider myself lucky to be able to be at home during this unprecedented time and while yes, things may be challenging, it is nowhere in comparison to the amount of work our essential workers are putting in day in and day out. If you are one of those people and are reading this, Thank you.

Although I did some activities at home before our lockdown began, I relied heavily on our playgrounds, our community kids programs, play centres and the mall (mainly for me) to entertain my two young-ins. I definitely had to up my creative skills and polish up on some of my teaching skills to keep my children entertained while we stay home
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Tuesday, May 19, 2020

New Mom Gift Ideas




I remember the first time bringing my son home from the hospital. My husband and I got through the door, brought our son to the family room still in his detachable car seat, both looked at each other with the face "now what?" We didn't have to say a word as we were both thinking the same thing.
 As much as you prepare and think you'll be ready you never truly are!
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Sunday, May 17, 2020

Spruce up your Water





It's the Victoria Day long weekend here in Canada (also known as May 2-4) and we finally have some decent spring like weather. That means we'll be spending as much time outdoors as possible...as tomorrow calls for rain. I don't know about you, but I always found the Victoria Day Long weekend to be the unofficial start to summer.
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Monday, May 11, 2020

all things coffee


I thought I wouldn't become that coffee drinker. You know, the one that needs their coffee a specific way, or at a specific time, or a certain brand or coffee chain. I considered myself a casual coffee drinker; when I'd be out at a restaurant and order a latte with dessert or brunch with my girlfriends or more specifically at my grandparents when they would take out the vintage Bialetti Moka express.
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