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Tuesday, 20 June 2017

June Skincare Favourites



It's been awhile since I have shared my favourite beauty products. Right now I have been trying out a couple different skincare products. Postpartum means my skin has changed once again, so it's always a good time to experiment with new products. I love trying out products in different price ranges, it's amazing how the drugstore finds can be just as good as the Sephora ones. 

This Estee Lauder Revitalizing Supreme Global Anti-Aging Cell Power Eye Gelee is where it's at. I have never tested out a more luxurious eye cream before. It's a multi-action eye treatment with a cooling massage tip. I especially enjoy the cooling massage tip on hot nights, it's so refreshing!

Micellar Water

This is my first time testing out Garnier's Skincare products, and I am super impressed. I'm not surprised as I have been a fan of their hair products for many years. You can't go wrong with a sheet mask, ever! The Super Hydrating Sheet Mask was a super nice treat for my dehydrated skin. It was easy to throw on in the evening while I was nursing, which was a bonus (only took 15 mins). For extra added moisture, I applied the Moisture Bomb Dry Skin Gel Cream afterwards. It helps to moisturize skin for 48 hours, which as a busy Mom is so awesome. 

The product I was most amazed by was the Micellar Water. I have heard people going on about it for awhile now, and I totally get it! It's seriously so amazing. You just apply some to a cotton pad, and wipe off your make-up. It comes off so easy, feels amazing and doesn't sting your eyes like most eye make-up removers. 

Bath bombs

This Stress Positive Eye Lift from Dermalogica is actually a mask for under your eyes. You have the option of leaving it on or tissuing it off. Fermented yeast and a unique Hyaluronic Acid blend firm skin to help generate a lifting effect, which let's be honest all Moms could use. It's formulated without artificial colors or fragrances, which is cool!

I have been a fan of all Rocky Mountain Soap products for awhile (have you seen their beautiful store in Canmore? Love it!) so naturally I was impressed by their new Wellness Bath Bombs. It's such a great way to treat yourself and relax. If you aren't into having baths, you can also use these ones as shower bombs! My favourite kind is the Serenity one, anything with lavender always makes me happy. 

THEFACESHOP

THEFACESHOP never disappoints. They are always on top of the latest & coolest skincare trends. I love the Heaven Grade Ginseng line, it just feels so luscious on the skin and fancy.  The Ginseng is is aged for 6 years. I start with the YEHWADAM Heaven Grade Ginseng Regenerating Emulsion. It helps provide a strong protective film over the skin by moisturizing the skin from deep within. I follow it up with the YEHWADAM Heaven Grade Ginseng Regenerating Cream. I love how thick and moisturizing this cream feels. 

What are your favourite skincare products right now? Let me know!

<3 Kastles 




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Saturday, 17 June 2017

No Baby UnHugged



I knew a little bit about how important skin-to-skin was before having Emery, but after having Alder, I really believe in it!

Our little Alder is already one month old! I haven't told his birth story on the blog yet, but I wanted to share a little bit about how skin-to-skin was so important for our family. His birth didn't go as planned, and I ended up having an emergency c-section. I wasn't able to hold Alder right after he was born, but I was so grateful that my husband had the opportunity. Immediately after they made sure he was ok & cleaned him, the nurses and my husband noticed that Alder was wheezing a little. They were worried about his breathing & wanted to take him to the NICU to hook him up to C-PAP machine. My boys went to the NICU, while the doctors wrapped up the surgery and stitched me up. We were separated for over two hours. Turns out when they got up to the NICU, the doctor decided that Alder and my husband would do skin-to-skin instead of using the machine. He obviously knew the benefits of skin-to-skin. Aaron and Alder snuggled for over two hours, and it ended up helping regulate Alder's breathing. They never ended up having to use the C-PAP machine. I know those moments are something my husband will cherish forever. 

The Benefits of Skin-to-Skin

With Father's Day around the corner, I am excited to partner with Huggies and their #NoBabyUnhugged Campaign. Huggies deeply believes in the power of hugs and supports parents with resources to provide important skin-to-skin hugs to their baby. Research has shown that skin-to-skin between a parent and baby following childbirth has many important benefits on a newborn's physical and emotional development, including reducing response to pain, reducing stress, creating a stronger parent bond and more. 

In fact, expecting parents can download and complete a Hug Plan with their partner, which acts as one extension of a traditional birth plan, to ensure their new baby receives important skin-to-skin hugs immediately after birth. This is an incredible tool to help parents plan for hugs regardless of what happens during labour (from having multiples to a C-section) and ensuring all babies receive the hugs they need to thrive. 

The Benefits of Skin-to-Skin

I have some more interesting facts about skin-to-skin that I found really cool and wanted to share with you. 

Benefits of Skin-toSkin Hugs Provided by Dad
While there has been a lot of research on the benefits of moms providing skin-to-skin hugs to their new baby, many experts have been specifically exploring the impact of father-infant skin-to-skin contact. A recent study has highlighted the multitude of benefits that babies receive during skin-to-skin time with dads, including:
-Temperature control
-Better infant behavioural response
-Improved bio-psychological markers
-Better interaction behaviour of fathers with their infants
-Reduced stress and anxiety experienced by fathers

The Benefits of Skin-to-Skin

Here are some tips for Optimal Skin-to-Skin Hugging:
1.) Skin-to skin: Parent should remove all clothing from the upper body, baby should be in a diaper only.
2.) Proper positioning: Parent can lie down or sit up with baby chest to chest and tuck baby's legs up into the fetal position. Baby's head should be turned to one side, so airway is clear and head is supported. Baby's hands should be near his/her face for self-soothing.
3.) Cover up: Baby and parent should be covered with a blanket once in the proper position.
4.) Duration: It is important for your baby to go through a full sleep-wake cycle, which is usually about 60 minutes as a minimum, to get the full benefits and to get the biological systems stabilized.
5.) Listen to baby: if baby starts to wiggle around and is no longer comfortable that's a good time to stop.
NOTE: Baby is safest sleeping on their back, not on parents chest and do not drink hot liquids or cook while hugging baby.

I would love to hear your experiences with skin-to-skin! Please share below!

<3 Kastles 

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Mama and Me Maternity Photos

Maternity photos

 I wanted some photos of just Emery and I (plus baby bump) before baby showed up, so I just got my husband to snap these photos a couple of days before our son showed up. 

I will always cherish the time Emery & I got to have together just the two of us. This beautiful little girl made a Mama. She's the sweetest and sassiest little lady, and always keeps me smiling. I can't even write this without crying. I am looking forward to the time we will have hanging out with her little brother now, and watching them grow together. 

Mama and Me

Maternity Photos

Emery was so sweet to the baby while he was in my belly. She was always singing, talking and kissing baby. Now that he is here, she does the same (not without a little jealously & sass now and then, haha). I can't wait to watch their friendship grow. 

Maternity Photos

Maternity Photos

These Nursing/Delivery robes from Pink Blush Maternity are pretty much the best. They are so beautiful but also comfy. I have been using it postpartum too, since getting up with a toddler & newborn is kind of chaotic it's nice to have this to throw on. It makes me feel a little bit more put together and it works for nursing. 

Maternity Photos

Also if you are pregnant, you MUST get these pjs from PinkBlush as well. I got these near the end of my pregnancy, and I can't stress enough how amazing they are. I wish I had gotten them sooner! They are soft as butter, pretty, and the waistband on the pants are so comfy for that large growing belly. They are also nursing pjs, and I have been wearing them still.

What are your favourite maternity clothing items or brands? I always love hearing about peoples hidden gems.

I hope your week is going lovely so far! Thanks for stopping by!

<3 Kastles 




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Monday, 29 May 2017

Family Maternity Photos


Maternity photos baby number two

Hard to believe that I use to have our little baby in my tummy not that long ago. If you follow me on Instagram, then you know our little babe is here now. We got my friend Ali to snap some photos of us the weekend before our little dude showed up. I was slightly panicked that the baby was going to come early and we were running out of time to snap some photos of my bump & our little family before it expanded. Good thing we did, because he showed up a week early!

Maternity photos baby number two

Maternity photos baby number two

Maternity photos baby number two

Maternity photos

Maternity photos baby number two

Maternity photos baby number two

This little sassy pants might just love having her picture taken, even though sometimes she pretends she doesn't , haha!

Maternity photos baby number two

Maternity photos baby number two

Maternity photos baby number two

Maternity photos baby number two

Maternity photos baby number two

I absolutely love this beautiful floral maxi maternity dress from Pink Blush Maternity. It was so great to wear with my bump but it also has been working postpartum. The neckline works great for nursing, which is always something I seem to forget about after baby comes. This exact dress is sold out but they have a super similar one in pink. They also have amazing non-maternity clothes as well. 

Maternity photos baby number two

It's weird how you can really miss your baby bump after it's gone, even though you are so excited little baby is here to snuggle now.

Maternity photos baby number two

Maternity photos baby number two

This man of mine has been the most amazing husband, father, nurse, best friend and so much more. I ended up getting an emergency c-section (more on that later), and I definitely couldn't have done it without him by my side. 

I hope you are having a lovely start to your week!

-Kassandra 



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Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Baby Prep

Prepping for Baby-Dockatot

I can't believe it is May already and that this little babe could be here any day now! My due date is May.17th but I have a feeling that this little nugget is going to show up sooner. 

I am in full nesting/panic mode over here. You know I have a ridiculous list for hubby and I to do before baby comes of some necessary and totally un-necessary things, haha! Thankfully I already have a few new baby items ready to go that I am super excited about. 

Newborn essentials

Finn + Emma is an adorable organic line of baby accessories, clothing and toys. You probably have seen their gorgeous Play Gyms on Instagram. I picked up a few pairs of their cute pjs, in a couple different sizes. I got these Baby Footie ones in the Elephants print and they are so soft! I love that arms have little built in mittens to stop babe from scratching their face. I also got the same print in the two piece Pajama set. 

The Ollie Swaddle

This next item I am super excited about! When it comes to swaddling babies, my skills are seriously lacking. I spend half the night worrying that the swaddle has come undone and the blanket is covering my babe. I can't tell you the number of times I have seen posts about the Ollie Swaddle. It's made from custom-designed moisturize-wicking fabric that reduces the risk of overheating. It uses velcro which allows the fit to be customized to the size and need of baby. It also has an easy access on the bottom to make for diaper changes quick and smooth. I can't wait to try it out!

Dockatot

Clearly both Emery and I are super excited about this DockATot Deluxe Dock. I have only heard amazing things about this docking station for babies & toddlers. It's the perfect place for baby to rest, play, lounge, cuddle, do tummy time, get diaper changes and more. I love that it is super easy to just pick up and move it from room to room, and will be great for traveling. I'm really stoked to try it out and see our sweet little babe laying in it.

Milestone Baby Cards

Last time with Emery's monthly photos I was overly ambitious. I hand painted number signs for the first couple of months and then slowly fizzled out (sorry Em). I am super excited for this cute little box of Baby Photo Cards from Milestone. Having a toddler and a baby, I know my hands are going to be a little full. This box of cards helps you to capture all of your baby's memorable moments. I can't wait to fill in card saying if we had a boy or a girl, so exciting!


I can't wait to test all these products out and let you all know what I think! Keep your eyes peeled!

Have any of you tried these out before? Let me know!

<3 Kastles







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