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Monday, 17 July 2017

Global Hug Your Kid Day

Baby boy nursery

Today is Global Hug Your Kid Day, and let me tell you there is nothing I love more then hugging my babies. 

One of my favourite times to sneak in hugs with my little man is during diaper changes. The first two weeks of Alder's life, my husband literally changed every single one of his diapers as I was recovering from my c-section. As much as I appreciated that, I did miss out on those extra snuggles. I really cherish the time I get to spend changing Alder's diaper now and sneaking in extra hugs.  Did you know that the average child requires over 5000 diaper changes in their lifetime? That's 5000 opportunities for hugs! Today I am sharing a few of my favourite diaper changing essentials and tips for skin-to-skin hugs.

Baby boy nursery

My Diaper Changing Essentials:

Huggies Little Snugglers Diapers-My favourite diapers as they are super soft & have a "wetness indicator" to indicate to you when their diaper needs changing. The pocketed-back waistband also helps keep the mess inside where it belongs!

Huggies Natural Care Wipes-They are fragrance and alcohol free, hypoallergenic and have a touch of aloe and Vitamin E. Perfect for sensitive skin, which my babes have.

Consonant Healthy Baby Body Lotion-Massaging on lotion is a great way to relax and bond with your baby, and this lotion from Consonant is perfect for that. It's 100% natural and formulated without scent, colour, parabens or other harsh and irritating ingredients.

For Newborns-Charlotte's Bum Butter-This stuff is amazing, it smells so delicious and is perfect for protecting their little bottoms. It's a cocoa butter based cream made with all edible ingredients, 100% natural, food grade and organic. 


Baby boy nursery

Perfect Opportunities for Skin-to-Skin Hugs are:

-After Diaper Changes
-Before, After and During Feedings
-After Bath Time


Tips for Skin-to-Skin Hugs:

-Ideally sit up right in a rocking chair or regular chair
-Remove your bra and wear a shirt or blouse that opens in the front
-Place your baby on your bare chest in an upright position, wearing only a diaper
-Cover your baby with your shirt, gown or blanket
-Let your baby rest, this is not a time to play with your baby
-Now, simply relax and enjoy this unique bonding experience
-As you saw from my Father's Day post, is that Dads can also provide skin-to-skin hugs to their babies too-the more hugs the better!


Baby boy nursery

What are your diaper changing essentials? When is your favourite time to have some skin-to-skin hugs with your babies?

<3 Kastles
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Friday, 14 July 2017

10 Essential Baby Registry Must-Haves

Nursing Pillow

One of the most exciting things when prepping for a new baby, especially as a first-time mMom is registering for all the fun & necessary baby items. It can also be super overwhelming as there are so many baby items out there and it's hard to know what you really need. Today, I'm sharing my thoughts on 10 Essential Baby Registry Items that were provided by Babies "R" Us and Huggies.

Items I wish I Registered For:

The Swaddle Sleep Sack: 
This item just makes your life so much easier. Turns out, I'm a terrible swaddler and my children always seem to break free. This leaves me always paranoid they are going to kick the blanket to cover their face. A swaddle sleep sack helps keep them warm, zipped and swaddled in a matter of seconds. You never have to worry about them breaking free. You can start by having their arms swaddled inside and then you can easily transition them to arms out.

Nursing Pillow: 
I remember seeing this item and thinking that I didn't need it. I thought I could just use a normal pillow and it would work just fine. I was wrong. Nursing can already be stressful enough, anything that makes it easier you will gladly welcome. Nursing with a normal pillow I found just didn't work as well and I was constantly adding extra pillows and blankets under baby for support. The shape and structure of the nursing pillow just made it so much easier.


Teething Toy:
Before having my first baby, I thought teething won't happen for a while and it will be fine. Yeah...teething can come out of nowhere and you will wish you registered for a teething toy. There is nothing more difficult than scrambling looking for something to ease your baby's pain. Having a teething toy on hand is definitely something you are going to want to have.

10 Essential Baby Registry Must-Haves

Registry Item Must Haves:

Receiving Blankets/Burp Blankets:You honestly can never have too many of these. They are useful for swaddling baby when they are teeny tiny, for throwing over your shoulder to catch any spit up and can be used to tuck around baby in the car seat. If your baby has reflux or spits up a ton, you will definitely want a ton of these.


Nursing Cover/Scarf:When it comes to nursing in public, it's really up to you what you feel comfortable with. When I first started nursing with my first born, I always used my cover. I was a new Mom and I struggled and was-insecure with nursing my daughter in public at first. It was nice to have a cover because of this.


Huggies Diapers and Wipes:This second time around, I really forgot how many diapers and wipes you go through. I didn't register for diapers & wipes with my first baby and I wish I had. You can never have enough-I would register for a couple different sizes of diapers as they grow so fast. What I really like about Huggies Little Snugglers is that there is a little line on the diaper, called a “wetness indicator” that changes color to indicate when you need to change your baby. It is so helpful, especially those first couple of days when they are so tiny and they really don't like getting their diaper changed. I also like that Huggies Natural Care wipes are fragrance/dye free. They also have aloe and vitamin E included so are gentle on baby’s delicate skin.



10 Essential Baby Registry Must-Haves

Diaper Genie:
Like I said, you go through so so many diapers and throwing them in a regular garbage can just doesn't work. Those tiny little diapers really start to smell, especially if it's hot out. With Emery, I didn't register for one, thinking we could just use a garbage can. Was I ever wrong. I remember us running out to go find one because it was getting so stinky. Plus, the Diaper Genie helps squish them down so it holds a lot more than a garbage can.

10 Essential Baby Registry Must-Haves




Useful but Not Totally Necessary Items (at least for me):

Stroller Clip: 
This is such a small but very useful item. You don't realize how much stuff you might need when going out with baby, especially as they get bigger. This stroller clip is great for taking out on adventures so you can carry anything extra off the stroller. Especially great if you are out shopping. 

Bottle:
When I was pregnant the first time, I didn't register for bottles or a pump because I planned on breastfeeding. Nursing my daughter didn't go great initially, so I had my parents run out and buy some bottles, formula and a pump just in case. Breastfeeding can be very hard, frustrating and might not go how you had hoped. Bottles and a pump are items that would be great to have on hand just in case, especially if you plan on bottle feeding. Whatever you choose to do or end up doing, remember fed is best and don't stress out about it. 

If you are planning on registering at Babies-"R"-Us or have some items you need to get, now is the time to go. They are having an awesome sale running till until July.20th, including 40 % off Huggies Little Snugglers diapers and Natural Care Wipes.



When you registered, what items did you register for? What items did you find useful? 

<3 Kastles

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Peony Season

Peonies

Well, my favourite season has come and gone. It is so short lived but that's probably part of what makes it so special. That's right, I am talking about the lovely and Instagram favourite, Peony Season. 

I am beyond blessed to have 6 different types of Peony bushes in my yard. They are vary a little in blooming times, so I get to enjoy them longer.

Peonies

My dark pink ones changed a little bit this year and had the most beautiful ombre color to them. It just amazes me at how gorgeous each and every flower is. I just look at them and see God's handiwork. 

Peonies


Peonies

Toddler Style

Emery's Outfit details: Wylo & Co. Pants, Gap Sneakers and Old Navy Top.

Toddler Style

One of my favourite things about Peony season this year is that Emery got to experience it with me and appreciate it. Every time I would cut some, she would come and be my little helper. It was so fun, and I look forward to doing this with her every year.

Peonies

Peonies

Peonies

The funnest tote bag ever! Ban.do always makes the cutest little accessories and goodies!

Peonies

I think these two toned Peonies might be my favourite variation. They are just so unique!

P.s- These cute books are by Rifle Paper Co.

Peonies

Peonies

Toddler Style

Emery's Outfit Details: Dress by Sweet Jane Studio & Kneesocksandgoldilocks, Bow by Joe Fresh & Shoes by Gap

Toddler Style

Toddler Style

I mean this girl is just too much, right? Just the sweetest little doll! 

Do any of you have Peonies in your yard or do you just stalk the grocery store for them? 

I hope your summer is off to a wonderful start!

<3 Kastles 



Monday, 26 June 2017

Little People, Big Dreams Books


Coco Chanel Kids book

Have you ever seen a cuter series of books? I remember seeing these books before I had Emery & thought if I ever had a little girl, I was going to have to get them. 

In this series, you discover the lives of outstanding women from designers and artists to scientists. They begin life as a little child with a dream, and went on to achieve incredible things. They are basically little illustrated biographies of amazing women in history.


Coco Chanel Kids Book

The books feature Marie Curie, Coco Chanel, Amelia Earhart, Agatha Christie, Frida Khalo, just to name a few.

I found some of the stories to be a little bit too old for Emery (she's 2.5), just based on the graphics and what happened in the story. For example in Frida Kahlo, she gets into a very bad accident and it shows her lying in a pile of blood. The story of Agatha Christie was not a great one for Emery's age, as Agatha Christie was a murder mystery author. They will be amazing for Emery to learn about when she is older. 


There are some books from the series that are age appropriate for Em to read now. We found the Amelia Earhart, Coco Chanel, and Marie Curie ones to be awesome! 

They also just came out with a few other new ones including Audrey Hepburn, that we have yet to read. I can't wait to read them with Em!

Have you read any of these cool books?

<3 Kastles



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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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