MOTHERHOOD, NEWBORN, STYLE, TODDLER

Currently Loving: Fun Clothing Brands for Baby Boys & Boys

July 24, 2017

Baby clothes are soo darn cute !

Seriously, I have never met someone who didn’t think so. Having a baby, especially if it’s your first one, you can’t escape the monthly restocking and buying or receiving of new clothing.

Babies grow incredibly fast, well most of them, so as a parent it is fun to go shopping for new items and outfits for your kids. I always enjoyed this part as you can basically dress them and style them however you want. It is pretty much the only time that you will have this much freedom on their choice of clothing !

I can’t believe this !

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FASHION, STYLE

How to wear yellow this summer

July 10, 2017
summer outfit, yellow and light blue, casual style

MY OUTFIT: Yellow Anthropologie blouse sold out (same style in white), belted pants, Matiko sandals sold out (another option), silk printed scarf (old)

Ever since the Summer collection appeared a few months ago, we have seen the yellow color pop up everywhere!  I can happily say that this is a great thing as most people tend to shy away from this bright color.

However, to make things easier and to make this color more wearable, there has been this softer lemon color that has also made it’s way on the market and can be worn as a neutral replacing the pure white or beige classics that are always on rotation. Continue Reading…

FOOD

Finger licking good BBQ chicken sauce

June 26, 2017
singer licking good bbq chicken sauce, summer recipe, easy

When I think of Summer, I see images of fresh fruits, limonade, watermelon, time at the beach, vacations and BBQ’s.  Now that it’s officially summer and festivities are starting, I wanted to share a BBQ chicken sauce recipe that you should definitely make this Summer.

Why this recipe?

It is simple, can be prepared in 10 minutes and cooks without needing to babysit it every 5 minutes.  I have already made it a few times and Sasha loves it as much as I do, but that’s probably the taste of the ketchup in the sauce, lol!

This is not my original recipe but was taken from another food blog which I will put the direct link to it in the recipe box.  However, I kinda interpreted the recipe a different way since I used the wrong ingredient the first time I made it, which was actually the main ingredients (oups!).  Nevertheless, we all loved it, and kept going back for more!  So today I am sharing with you my “oups, I did it wrong” version of the recipe but which was still oh soo good.

***You can also add this sauce on couscous, pasta or chicken, I have tried it and it is delicious!

I also doubled the original recipe since I did not find it was enough for a family meal.

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Finger licking good BBQ chicken sauce
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Recipe type: Sauce, Chicken
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Serves: 4
 
A sweet and tangy chicken sauce that will have you going back for more! Don't limit yourself to only eating it with chicken, you can also use it as a pasta or couscous sauce. Your family and friends will be asking for more!
Ingredients
  • Sauce:
  • ⅔ cup of ketchup
  • ⅔ cup of apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup of sugar or honey
  • 4 garlic gloves minced
  • 2 tbsp of dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp of worcestershire sauce
  • ½ tsp of smoked paprika
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Chicken:
  • 8 chicken drumsticks or 2 pounds
  • 2 tbsp of canola oil
  • Sprinkle with salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Make the sauce by putting all of the ingredients together in a medium saucepan and stirring.
  3. Bring to boil then reduce heat to medium-low.
  4. Add the chicken drumsticks, cover and cook for about 25 minutes, making sure that the chicken is covered with sauce and mixing once to rotate the chicken.
  5. Transfer the sauce and the chicken to a 9x9" pan in the oven.
  6. Cook for 25 minutes.
  7. Remove from the oven and serve.

bbq chicken sauce, summer, easy recipe

Color your style! Color your food! Color your life!

 

Christiane xxx

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FASHION, STYLE, TODDLER

Oh Canada! Simply Red and White

June 26, 2017
canada day outfit, red and white stripe knit dress with red accessories

MY OUTFIT: old navy stripe dress, (on sale, other stripe dresses), red smile flats sold out! similar red flats, OR for more casual try these ones., sunglasses(on sale)

SASHA’S OUTFIT: canada day t-shirt, old navy stripe short (old) similar this or this, keen sandals 

 

What is great about summer is that you can simply throw on a basic stripe knit dress and slip on a pair of shoes and sunglasses and VOILÀ, you’ve got yourself an amazing stylish and versatile outfit! This dress  was less than $35…see outfit detail for link.

In the spirit of Canada Day being just around the corner….and don’t forget it’s their mega 150th anniversary!  I thought I’d do a post about what I had planned to wear for this years celebration as well as for my son Sasha.

I was even more excited planning my red accessories!!  If you don’t know me, I usually enjoy wearing a simple outfit and adding accessories to personalize it for my taste which is usually in bright colors.  That being said I always make sure that they follow my wardrobe tips which I’ve mentioned in a previous post.  I fell in love with these SMILE red flats from ED by Ellen.  They sold out very quickly everywhere but fortunately my good friends at Lord’s Shoes in Vancouver managed to get me a pair and ship them to me!  So happy!!!  However, you can find them in other colors online with “love” or the basic red ones.

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A question I get asked very often is “do you need to match your accessories (shoes, handbag and jewellery) to your outfit?”, NOT AT ALL!

However, in light of the Canada Day’s, Red and White celebration, I decided to wear only these 2 colors.

*STYLE TIP*  Wearing a simple stripe dress is the easiest way to get through the summer and summer events!  It has become a classic and a must-have in anyones closet next to your LBD (little black dress).  Every year, stores either sell black, navy or red stripe dresses to cover your basic needs, so it is always very easy to find.canada day outfit, red and white stripe knit dress with red accessoriescanada day outfit, red and white stripe knit dress with red accessoires with toddler style*STYLE TIP 2* I am very comfortable in dresses. The key is to read the fabric content on the labels. I almost always buy 100% cotton, which is a very breathable fabric in summer and in a knit (a fabric made of interlocking loops) will automatically give you just enough stretch to move comfortably.

As for Sasha’s Keen sandals, they are absolutely perfect for rough terrains …like the park or for rough kids.  If he gets them wet, no problem, simply throw them in the washing machine and that’s it!!

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NEED MORE STYLING IDEAS!

Here is how others are wearing the stripe knit dress.

  • Wear it with a long cardigan or jacket and sneakers
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Image via Cruel-kid

  • Wear it slightly oversized with pantsstripe knit dress over jeans, outfit ideas
  • Wear it as a skirt

stripe knit dress worn as skirt

Happy Canada Day!

 

Color your style, color your food, color your life!

 

Christiane xxx

 

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MOTHERHOOD, NEWBORN

Top 3 baby products I wish I had bought!

June 12, 2017
top 3 baby products i should and wish i had bought, newborn items, baby products

We all learn through our own personal experience.  Looking back on the last 18 months since Sasha was born, there are baby items I wished I had bought that would have been better investments (especially if you are planning on having more than 1 child). So if you are planning on having a child in the future or are pregnant, these are good items to purchase if your budget permits. For other ideas of suggested baby products, see my previous post about 10 essential budget friendly baby items if you want more ideas of baby items to consider.

Here are the 3 items that I truly believe would have been AMAZING to have from the beginning with a newborn.

I understand that every child is different but these would most definitely be useful to all babies !

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FOOD, HEALTH

Carrot Chickpea Soup

June 12, 2017
best carrot chickpea coup, gluten free, vegan

One of the quickest meal you can make is soup.  What I enjoy about it is that even if you haven’t been grocery shopping all week, you can usually find a carrot somewhere in the fridge maybe even one that is less than pretty.  Although I tend to eat a lot of soups as a comfort meal during colder months, whenever I feel like eating a lighter lunch, this is often the way to go. Continue Reading…

FASHION, STYLE

4 SHOPPING TIPS TO HAVE A BETTER WARDROBE

May 29, 2017
fashion closet 4 shopping tips to have a better wardrobe

Do you find yourself standing in front of your closet in the morning and thinking “I have nothing to wear!” only to be looking at a closet full of clothing OR even skipping an event because you secretly have nothing to wear (and not really because you don’t feel like it)?  Well you aren’t alone, I cannot speak for men here but I know this happens often to women. Yep, I am guilty of the “nothing to wear” scenario.

What to do?

It is as simple as changing the way you think when you are shopping.

Let me explain….

I have realized that when I applied these 4 simple steps, it completely changed my way of shopping and made it less time-consuming, less expensive and so much easier! Continue Reading…

FASHION

The most underrated item in your closet!

May 29, 2017
the most underrated item in your closet colorful printed socks

What color are your socks today ?

Did you have to look at your feet before answering the question ?

When you go shopping do you think « yes, today I will buy some new socks ? »

It made me laugh writing these questions because I almost NEVER go shopping specifically for socks. One thing I’ve noticed and always thought was odd, is that a lot of men in suits wear colorful socks. Weird ?! So wearing colorful fun socks can even be for you if you are the most conservative person.

Up until a year ago I was the « basic » sock kinda girl. In Spring, Fall and Winter I usually wore shoes or boots that barely and most often hid my socks. In Summer I was mostly barefoot in sandals or flats. So being practical about it, I would buy all the essential neutrals : beige, white, navy, heather grey, light grey and black. I never gave it a second thought….that is, up until I needed to stock up on new socks and started to shop for them.

The BEST THING about socks is that they are usually very affordable and most of them end up being on sale especially since most people don’t really shop for socks unless needed …well at least I didn’t.

This all changed when I found a store that had an entire section dedicated to incredible socks at affordable prices for every style!  Also, if you are an online shopper (like me), check your favorite stores, most likely there are ALWAYS socks in styles you might love …and yes, don’t forget the sale section.

Honestly, I’ve noticed that everytime I wear these fun colorful socks, my mood changes whenever I look at them. It’s kinda the same idea as wearing a new pair of sexy underwear. The feeling you get from knowing you are wearing something fun and bold. You secretly feel more confident. In fact, research indicates that people who wear colorful socks tend to be more creative, successful and confident.

“But you can barely see them ?”

The best part is it isn’t « in your face » colorful and gives others just a little taste of your personality. You will see them whenever you are sitting down, changing your shoes or shoeless inside someone’s home. Plus, they can be a great conversation starter !

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My favorite socks are the lemon and pineapple prints, they make me think of tropical and sunny places which makes me smile. Who knows, it might also brighten someone’s else day while you are on the bus, the metro, teaching children while sitting on the floor or sitting on the couch.

While I prefer more tasteful prints (stripes, dots, fruity prints or a mix of color with a neutral), there are many colorful socks for every style.  The socks worn in this post, are within my comfort zone, colorful yet feminine and not too crazy looking. This is what I prefered, so you too can find colorful ones that suit your style.

Getting a glimpse of color underneath your pants will definitely influence your mood

BONUS* all of the socks featured in this post were about $5 a pair and most were on sale.

QUICK TIP: Try matching a color in the print to your outfit. It can be a specific color or even the type of print (stripe on stripe, see below pictures for examples).

Need a boost of color or want to slowly add some not so obvious color in your wardrobe then socks are the way to go !

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Click on the numbers to see where you can buy these socks.

 

Color your style, color your food, color your life!

Christiane xxx

 

 

MOTHERHOOD, TODDLER

CURRENTLY LOVING : THE BOOK “NO-DRAMA DISCIPLINE”

May 15, 2017
favorite book no-drama discipline for children

Have you ever said that you would parent your children in a calm respectful way ? Did you ever see a movie or even another parent lose control of their child in public only to have everyone staring at them thinking what is happening, is she a bad mother or is the child a bad kid ? Or do you feel like your always punishing your child for misbehaving either at school or at home ? These are moments we all wish we could skip or at least resolve as quickly as possible.

For this “currently loving” post, is a book called the NO-DRAMA DISCIPLINE by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. and Tina Payne Bryson, PH.D. published in 2014.  You can also find the audio version here and the book here.

Sometimes there are books or in my case, audiobooks you come across which are home runs in their category.  This book has specific examples from everyday life that supports each of their strategies. It makes it easy to understand and can be applied to ALL children and teenagers.  They also mention the mishaps we sometimes do as parents. This book had great insight on how our approach to discipline changes our child’s thoughts.  While is might seem complicated, it was great and I absolutely wanted to share some of their strategies with you.

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FASHION, FOOD, MOTHERHOOD

A Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea

May 15, 2017
mother's day activity, afternoon tea, pink stripe feminine dress

Mother’s Day is a time to show our appreciation and to celebrate our mother or mother figures in our lives.  While I don’t get a chance to see my mother that often since she lives across the country, I enjoy getting together with other mom’s that are part of my life here in Montreal.  While my son is to young to realize what this day signifies, now that I am a mother myself, I find it more meaningful  and important to be celebrating this day.

What to do on Mother’s Day?

This year I celebrated Mother’s Day with an afternoon tea at my cousin’s place.  Being the amazing hostess she is, I knew that I would have to share this special day with all of you.

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