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Monday, 12 February 2018

Treat Yourself



Pura Botanicals

As a Mother of two little babes, looking after myself falls low on the priority list. I'm not sure why that happens but it just does. The last couple of weeks I have been trying to get better at practicing self-care and doing some things just for myself. Even just the simplest of things make the world of difference, like showering more often and trying to go to bed a decent time. 

One of my favourite ways to treat myself, is indulging in some good skin care products and taking the time to enjoy them. With Valentine's Day just around the corner, what better time to treat yourself to a few new goodies from Pura Botanicals

Pura Botanicals

If you live in the Edmonton area, stopping by Pura Botanicals Studio is a must! Just being in that relaxing, gorgeous space helps put me in a better place. Now I stopped in there last week with both my kids which wasn't exactly relaxing, haha but Lane & her staff were so amazing and accommodating! Emery even told Lane she loved her, which if you know Lane is a no brainer! 


Woven wall hanging

Rose Quartz Face Roller

Teaching them young! Emery was so into testing out one of Pura Botanicals newest items, the Rose Quartz Face Roller. 

Rose Quartz Face Roller

This new product I just can't get enough of! It's so soothing & relaxing. The Rose Quartz Face Roller helps to minimize fine lines & wrinkles, reduce puffiness (which hello this Mama could definitely use!) and increase circulation. I like to use it in the morning and evening, and I might even sneak away during the day during quiet time to use it. 

Pura Botanicals

Another one of Pura's newest products is the Petal Restoration Steam. This product makes it feel like you have just stepped into a spa. Such a unique and fun ritual, and it only takes about ten minutes of your time. So listen up Mamas, you have time to treat yourself to a little self-care. Ten minutes to yourself can be done!  You simply place 1 tablespoon of it into a bowl of hot water, place a towel over your head and allow the beautiful steam to permeate your skin for about five minutes. Such a great thing to do right before bed.

The Muscle Melt Aromatherapy Massage Oil is another great product to use before bed. It helps to relax fatigued muscles, elevate joint pain, increases mental clarity and releases tension. Let me tell you, all of those things I definitely and before bed especially. The French Lavender smell is especially soothing. 

Now if you really want to treat yourself, I would use all three of these products before bed. I would also throw in the Overnight Garden Mask. I seriously can't get enough of that mask! It's so so so good!


Pura Botanicals

Pura Botanicals


Self-Care doesn't have to be a huge thing or take a lot of time, it can come in many forms ranging from free to investing some money on yourself.

Here is a list of some of my things I like to do for self-care:

-have a relaxing bath
-pick up my favourite drink from a local coffee shop
-indulge in a special treat
-do a workout or go to a workout class
-get a massage
-pick up new beauty products
-browse a book store by myself
-have a nap
-light a candle & enjoy a new magazine

Rose Quartz Face Roller


Make sure to treat yourself this Valentine's Day especially, take a little extra time out just for yourself.  !And if you have a special Valentine, you should treat both of you to some goodies from Pura Botanicals. You can check out their stockists here

Happy Almost Love Day!

Let me know what your favourite things to do for a little self-care are below!

<3 Kastles 





















Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Dressing Up


Mom style

These days I'm really bad at dressing in anything other than sweats, or leggings. Especially if we aren't leaving the house. One of my goals is to try and change that, and actually put some effort into my appearance. It's hard trying to get a baby, a toddler and yourself ready for the day. Any tips would be welcome!

Anthropologie bell sleeve top

Gap bear hoodie

Mom style

These photos are from a little awhile ago when Aaron, Alder and I went on a date. It's funny how going on a date with a baby is so much easier then going out with a toddler & baby, haha!

This black vest from Joe Fresh has been such a great layering piece. It's always a nice bonus when clothing has pockets too, right? 

Mom & Baby style


Black and white outfit

These velvet flats actually have ankle straps, and I can't wait to wear them again once winter is over. This ruffle bell sleeve blouse from Anthropologie is proving to be a winner in my closet. You can see how I styled it here and here. It's been a great top throughout my pregnancy and postpartum. 

Mom style


Alder branch tattoo

Can you even handle this cuteness? My husband is always trying to get Alder to walk by holding his hands, and I'm over here like "slow down! my baby is growing up too fast!". 

Hopefully telling you all that I plan on wearing more then sweats will help keep me accountable (I'm wearing pjs as I'm typing this, haha!). 

<3 Kastles

On Alder:
Gap Bear Hoodie (From Little White Sneakers)
Gap Plaid One Piece (From Little White Sneakers)

On Me:
Joe Fresh Hat (sold out, similar)
Joe Fresh Vest (sold out, similar)
Anthropologie Rayne Swing Top (sold out, similar)
AG Farrah High Rise Jeans (sold out, different wash here)


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Saturday, 23 December 2017

Favourite Christmas Books

Favourite Toddler Christmas books

We love love love reading in our house, and I have been loving collecting special Christmas books. I keep old ones tucked away till it's December. Here is a list of some of our favourite Christmas books for babies and toddlers.

Favourite Toddler Christmas books

Favourite Toddler Christmas books


12 Sleighs of Christmas: this one is new for us & it's a cute story about the elves coming up with new sleigh ideas for Santa. It's very creative & if you have a kid who loves cars, trucks, etc, they will love it!

Little Blue Truck's Christmas: We love the book, Little Blue Truck. Getting the Christmas version just made sense. It's a sweet little story about delivering Christmas trees, and it even has Christmas lights in it (which of course Emery & Alder  both love).

That's Not My Reindeer: Any of these books (That's Not My...) are awesome beginner books for babies. The pictures are bright & bold, and contain different textures for the babies to feel. 

Spot's Christmas: These books are simple and sweet, with bright colours for the babies. Em loves it too.

Favourite Toddler Christmas books

Favourite Toddler Christmas books

Favourite Toddler Christmas books

I've slowly been collecting vintage Christmas books from different thrift shops. You can also get reprints of these ones as well. If you are in the local area, the last time I was in Max and Maude they had some.

The Littlest Christmas Tree

What are your favourite Christmas books?

<3 Kastles 




Monday, 18 December 2017

Fresh Beauty Holiday


It's that time of year again, where Fresh Beauty just kills it with their Holiday Gift Sets. They are one of my favourite gifts to give and receive. This Holiday Season the packaging is on point (as usual), and some of the boxes come with pencil crayons that you can use to color in the prints on the boxes (so fun!). 

Fresh Beauty Holiday

The Best of Beauty Bundle is probably the best gift to give to someone who hasn't tried Fresh Beauty before. It includes their best & most popular products, including some of my favourites the Soy Face Cleanser and the Black Tea Age-Delay Eye Concentrate. 

Fresh Beauty Holiday

Their smaller gift sets make the perfect stocking stuffers. The Facial On The Fly includes a cleanser, face mask and face cream. The Sugar Lip Beauty Box includes six of their delicious lip balms. You could also split up this tin between a few stockings. 

Fresh Beauty Holiday

This BodyCare Besties gift set would be the perfect set to get for the Fresh Beauty Guru who only dabbles in their face products but hasn't ventured into the body care line yet. You can't go wrong with a refreshing grapefruit scent either. 

Fresh Beauty Holiday

A set of Face Masks is always a winner. This Picture Perfect Mask Set includes three different masks., so depending on how your skin is acting any given day you can pick your face mask accordingly. I think my favourite might be the Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask. It feels refreshing and tingly when you take it off. 

All of these amazing Gift Sets and more are available at Sephora. One week left to shop!

Do you have lots of shopping left to do? I have a tiny bit let, hoping to get it done today!

-Kassandra 


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Wednesday, 6 December 2017

A Wish and A Dream

Belle Toddler Dress

If you have been following my blog for awhile you know Emery's love for Belle runs deep. Emery loves dressing up but did not have a Belle dress, so when I saw A Wish and A Dream shop on Etsy I knew this dress was perfect. 

Belle Toddler Dress

All of her dresses are washable (this fact alone sold me!), easy to get on, comfortable and designed to grow with your child. The bow in the back makes it easy to adjust the size. Emery literally wears this all day, pretty sure she would wear it to bed if I let her, haha! 

Belle Toddler Dress

Belle Toddler Dress

Annelise has a ton of variety of princesses and other character dresses to choose from. I have my eye on the "Elsa" dress since we have now moved into the Frozen stage, haha! The Cinderella Pink Dress is also pretty cute! If you order two dresses from her, you get a little bit of a deal. They would make the most amazing Christmas gift! 

Belle Toddler Dress

Belle Toddler Dress

Her "Say Cheese" face is just too much, haha! Also nothing like a transformer tattoo from her cousin's birthday party to add a little pizzaz to her look right? 


Seriously though, if you have a Princess dress up loving child in your household you must check out Annelise's shop. Such amazing quality and so darn cute! Make sure to review her sizing chart, and I would always size up. I almost always buy clothing for my kids in a size up or two (Emery is going on year 3 of some of her pjs) so they last longer. 

What's your favourite Princess?  I do like Belle but I also find Anna kinda funny & endearing. I mostly like how she's into eating chocolate, haha!

<3 Kastles 



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