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Reese and Luke’s Shea Butter Baby Balms are made with pure unrefined African shea nut butter, which retains all of the properties that makes shea butter renowned as a superior moisturizer compared with competing cosmetic oils or refined shea butter. The balms are safe for cloth diapers, and does not damage or stain cloth diapers allowing them to be fully absorbent. Reese and Luke’s Shea Butter Baby Balms come in a convenient 40 mL travel size in Unscented, Lavender and Tea Tree & Lavender. The Tea Tree & Lavender balm is also available in a larger at-home size.
Also containing 100% pure, unrefined organic shea butter, Reese and Luke’s Baby Shampoo & Body Wash detangles hair and leaves skin feeling super soft. It’s fragrance free formula makes it perfect for sensitive skin. This tear-free, two-in-one product gently cleans baby’s hair, body and face. Reese and Luke’s Baby Shampoo & Body Wash comes Unscented, Apple or Orange in 237 mL bottles with an easy to use dispensing pump.
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You’re uncomfortable, you’re feeling large and in charge and it doesn’t help that it’s hot and sticky out. How the heck do you deal? I’ve got some tips and tricks for dealing with your pregnancy in the thick of the summer months and if you read to the end… I’ve got an embarrassing story for you as well.
This may sound like a simple concept but when you’re uncomfortable to begin with it’s that much harder. I know you know what I’m talking about. Ok, of course there are the basics like staying in the shade, wearing lighter colours and just flat out staying indoors on hot days. You already know that stuff though. How can you make cooling down fun? Well, I’ve got a few simple techniques for you to try:
- Add frozen berries to your water bottle for a fruity refreshment or try adding berries to your ice cubes. I love the flavour this adds to my water and it makes me drink a lot more than I normally would.
- Head to the lake! There are some amazing spots around the GTA to go for a dip. This can be really refreshing and fun on hot summer day. Just don’t forget to bring a cooler with drinks. Oh and FUN TIP put your sunscreen in the cooler so it’s nice and cold when you apply it.
- Freeze your sheets!? Ok, I actually have to try this out for myself. I’ve been told that if you put your sheets in a freezer bag and place them in the fridge or freezer a few minutes before bed you can cool yourself down. Keep in mind, this isn’t going to stay cool all night but if you’re needing some extra relief it’s a cool idea to try.
- Eat cool foods. You can freeze grapes for a yummy late night snack, have some frozen berries in your yogurt, make pasta salads to take for lunch, we know we can always use another excuse to eat ice cream and I personally love having some lemonade in the fridge. I’m no Martha Stewart and I definitely don’t brew it from scratch but I do enjoy a fresh squeeze of lemon or lime in my store bought lemonade.
If you haven’t already been told… you’ve got a lot more blood pumping through your body now that you’ve got a little human to nurture. Guess what that means? Most women can actually burn much faster because there’s more blood pumping near the surface making your skin more sensitive than normal. When you’re pregnant you’re actually more likely to suffer from heat rash and chloasma (skin patches that develop during pregnancy that cause discolouration on your face and body) as well. So, of course you can stay in doors, cover up, stay in the shade but let’s be real… you’re going to be in the sun at some point. I tested out Substance Natural Sun Care Creme SPF 30 from Matter Company and I’m loving it! It makes me feel good to lather in a chemical-free, unscented sunscreen and boy is it creamy. It’s got a really smooth texture when you apply it and you can see it go on. Don’t you hate when you can’t see where you’re applying your sunscreen only to find out when you’ve got burn patches? Not the case with this sun care creme. It has natural oils such as organic shea butter, sesame seed and jojoba which help to protect and moisturize your skin. Oh and it’s not just for mamma bear, you can use it on the entire family! I can’t wait to test it out on my little one.
Another great way to cool down and cool off (if your hormones are as crazy as mine are) is to just take a bath. If you’re looking for some new bath salts you have GOT TO TRY the Matter Company’s Substance Mineral Soak with Bergamot, Elemi & Tangerine and it’s heaven. Not only does it smell fresh it actually helps to rejuvenate your summer skin. It helps to relieve tummy dryness, relaxes stiff muscles and helped me with my round ligament pains. Matter also has a leg and back creme that I like to put on before bed. It said ‘anti-fatigue’ on the front so I had to try it out (I’m sure you know what I’m talking about). It’s lemony fresh and great to start the day or to finish off a relaxing bath. We need a little extra soothing don’t we? My feet have actually been so swollen and sore because of the extra weight I’m carrying. Nothing better than a bath soak and some lotion to help with that. Would love to hear your remedies for relaxing. Please let me know in the comments below.
WHAT NOT TO WEAR
Ok ladies, you made it to the very end which means… you’re hoping to read my oh so embarrassing wardrobe malfunction story. I just hope I save you from going through this yourself. I’m just over 6 months pregnant now and I’ve been getting away with wearing my normal clothes. Not my jeans… those were out of the picture by about 14 weeks but I have some dresses and shirts that I can still fit into. I had a busy day of meetings this week and I thought “it’s too hot and there is no way I’m wearing my maternity jeans”. So I slipped into a dress that used to sag on me. It had buttons up the back and seemed to fit perfectly… I was wrong. After my very first meeting of the day I went to get into my car when a few of the buttons caught onto the seat. PIEW (that’s the sound of a button flying off)… I almost cried. I now had a gaping hole not at the top of my dress, not at the back of my dress but exactly where someone could clearly see my underwear. Yes, I panicked. I actually ran back up to my clients house to ask if she had a safety pin and luckily she helped tighten things back up for me. When I sat back down in my car the safety pin burst open. Definitely not one of my finest moments. There was a pin and I was sitting on it…. ouch! I drove to the closest store in hopes of finding something I could throw on. Did I mention that I had a busy day of meetings? So there I was… walking through the aisles with my blue underwear in full view. I think my face literally matched the colour of my red dress. I grabbed 3 dresses and ended up buying ALL of them. A girl’s got to have options. Not sure I’ve ever ripped off a tag to take to the cashier on the way out though. There wasn’t a chance I was walking around in my busted dress for another minute.
LESSON OF THE DAY: Invest in some loose clothing BEFORE you get into a situation like I did. Summer maxi’s, shorts, tanks… you know the summer essentials that could get you out of a pinch like the one I was in.
Best of luck staying cool mamma,
Jackie is a Southern-Ontario based TV Host, Interior Stylist and first-time mom due in October. Follow her journey through pregnancy and into parenthood weekly through this series “Baby Talk” with Jackie and check out her Nursery planning tips and tricks in her blog “Nursery Style” with Jaclyn Colville.
My favourite season of the year is here and, as I do every year, I vow to enjoy it. I don’t complain about the endless heat because, sadly, it isn’t endless in Southern Ontario. I do my best to leave the comforts of an air conditioned house and experience some of the amazing activities, events, and memories that can only be found this time of year. Though summer has my heart, it also has a few challenges and when adding two children into the mix, it can get tricky. But, now that we are into the full swing of the season, I have found my groove and am sharing with you my favourite things to do with two! Whether you choose to beat the heat or bask in it, there is something here for everyone!
I’m not sure how any of us every grew up in a time when splash pads didn’t exist, but I think they may just be one of the best inventions ever. Each child can get as wet as they are comfortable with, they aren’t weighed down by floaties or a life jacket (but are being supervised closely by an adult), and they can run in all different types of water sprays that are so much more exciting than your lawn sprinkler. Both my 9 month old and 4 year old can play at the same time (in different ways) and I don’t have to worry about them being at different ability levels. Perhaps the best part is that most are FREE! And the second best part is that they aren’t swimming in a pool that is filled with equal parts chlorine and urine. Score one for the germaphobes!
Next on the list of things that I was deprived of growing up are these awesome indoor play spaces. When the heat and humidity is just too much to bear, head to the cool comforts of an indoor energy zapper. Kids can climb, slide, jump and dance for hours in these places and there is usually nice seating and coffee for parents to enjoy. Most play spaces have dedicated areas for smaller children and babies so we can take a cruise through an area of sensory play or smaller slides and when babe gets tired of that, I can feed him or snuggle him while big sister plays her heart out.
Who would have thought that writing on your driveway and your sidewalk could be such a thrill? I think because I forbid crayons and markers to exist anywhere play tables, drawing on the ground seems really rebellious and that means my daughter is all in. There are so many great chalk sets now that contain the chalk to a holder and make it possible for babies to play too. We trace everything, including each other, play tic tac toe and write our names with colourful flourishes. This kind of art is such a fun way for kids to express themselves and it keeps the mess outside! One rainfall or a sprinkle from the hose and you have a blank canvas.
The level of excitement over this one must stem from the same reasons as the chalk drawing. Since it is a universal fact that children are rock hoarders, the idea that they get to both hunt for a special rock AND keep it to paint on it is like Christmas in July. For my older child we use traditional paint and she can spend at least an hour combining different colours, patterns and words to make the prettiest garden stones. For my baby Picasso I use food colouring tinted water and help him transform his rocks into works of art. We keep some of our favourites and then also place others in parks and gardens where others may find them and get some enjoyment out of them too. Also, it addresses these hoarding tendencies at an early age.
When I was a child, I would visit my grandparents and wherever we would go we would pack a picnic lunch and eat it on the way. Fast food was never an option and I have such fond memories of my grandma’s triangular sandwiches and baked goods packed away in large margarine tubs. I love sharing this with my own kids now. We pick a fun place to spread out- sometimes near a playground, other times near the beach, and often somewhere where we can just people watch. We unload our spread and are free to get as messy as we want. Eating on a blanket is liberating, especially when you shake the crumbs onto nature’s floor instead of your own.
Whether you brave the beach or fill up a bin with sand, this is one activity that can keep little hands busy for hours. Grab some plastic sand toys and watch as your kids work together to fill them up, bury one another and just dig. The freedom to play in a more sophisticated form of dirt makes kids feel like they have pulled one over on you, meanwhile you sit back and read a magazine for two glorious uninterrupted minutes (to stop the next sand meal from being eaten).
Another cool spot for a hot day, your local library is a great place to spend a blistering afternoon. With all kinds of free programming geared to different age groups and abilities, there is usually something for everyone. We join the Summer Reading Club to instil a love of books (and winning prizes) early and my young readers love the independence of picking out absolutely any book they want to within the children’s area. Most libraries are equipped with so much more than books now and we spend a good part of the day playing games on the computers, putting together puzzles and even making crafts.
This is one kind of grocery shopping that can actually be enjoyable with kids. There is usually room for a stroller, you can often taste test the goods and there is always an animal or some interesting thing making an appearance. Letting kids pick out your produce increases the likelihood they will eat it and also gives them an education about where and how food is grown. With a renewed pleasure for local and home made goods, we love to discover great baked sweets, beauty products and toys that have been made by human hands and are often the best kinds of treats.
You can find them in zoos, pet stores, friend’s houses and on trips through the country, so you don’t have to travel far to find some animals for kids to love up on and delight in. Kids and animals seem to have a unique chemistry, likely due to the fact that they have the same opinions on cleanliness, indoor voices, toilet training and smiling for a camera. And they are both pretty cute to look at, so grab a candid photo while you are at it.
Though this list is by no means filled with new and innovative ideas, perhaps it will give you some inspiration on those days when bedtime can’t come soon enough and kids are melting down like an ice cream cone. Remember that summer is short so take advantage of the sticky kisses and sweaty brows while you can because, before you know it, you will be back in the season of extra layers and hours to leave the house on time.
Katie is a new mom of two and will be sharing her experiences in parenting a toddler and a newborn though this series “New with Two”.
So you’re pregnant. Congratulations! Right about now you’re basking in the bliss counting down the days until you can tell your family and friends. Once that’s over you know you’ve got about 7 months left until that precious little baby arrives. LOTS of time to figure out the nursery right? Wrong.
My name is Jackie. I’m a TV Host and Interior Stylist from Burlington, Ontario and that’s EXACTLY what I thought too. I currently work for Karin Bennett Designs and we were lucky enough to design the entire Nestled Store in Burlington. We made vision boards, 3D renderings, virtual floor plans, styled and decorated 22 different nurseries. Are we crazy or what!? Now I’m expecting (Yay!) and you’d honestly think I’d have this whole nursery thing down pat by, but I don’t. I popped into my closest Nestled store the other day and started shopping the floor drooling over the amazing selection that they have. I guess I didn’t truly appreciate it when we were designing all of the rooms. I asked Cindy, the store manager, for some help and she said, ” it can take about 4 months to order your nursery set”. PARDON!? I’m not one to stress out easy but I could feel the sweat dripping down my forehead. You mean that I have to order my nursery set at the beginning of July to get it by Mid-October!? GULP. I guess I’ve been slacking!
Ok, let’s go over the basics. If you’re like me and you think you have lots of time… you don’t. Where can you start in order to figure out what you’ll need for your nursery and what’s most important? Here are some simple guidelines to follow:
Who knew that your nursery furniture would require such a long lead time!? A few things come into play to make this such an extensive process. Things like… is it Canadian made, does it have a low a VOC level and what is it made from? All of these things can either speed up or slow down the lead time of your furniture so to be safe you’ll need about 4 months. And keep in mind… you’ll also want to set it up before the baby arrives so by the time you’re 5 months pregnant you should have your furniture figured out. Guess what, I’m already 6 months pregnant and if you’re like me you probably thought this was a bit early to start shopping for your nursery. We were wrong my friend. Don’t worry though, your baby will most likely be sleeping in a bassinet in your room until the nursery fully comes together and who knows, just like baby, it COULD come earlier than expected.
Safety of course this should be your #1 priority when purchasing anything for yourself or your child and when it comes to safety, most brands come with tip kits. What’s a tip kit you might ask? It’s a kit that allows you to screw your dresser into your wall to avoid your dresser from tipping over. Some companies provide an entire kit that you need to install to the back of the dresser and then adhere your dresser to the wall. Others come with it attached and you just simply screw your dresser to the wall. You want to make sure you do this! These are definitely some of the things you should be asking your in store rep.
Natart actually safety rates their dressers with a 50 pound tip test. This ensures that the dresser will not tip over even with 50 pounds in one of the dresser drawers. This can give you some added security when it comes to your nursery furniture.
Ok, for most of us style comes into play when we purchase our nursery furniture. It’s so fun to see all the pieces come together right? Are you looking for something retro chic, modern, rustic, contemporary, traditional? The list goes on and on. And guess what? If you have NO CLUE what your style is I’d suggest you go to the showroom floor. I totally get that it can be overwhelming to choose your nursery. The good news is… Nestled has an amazing variety that showcases all of these styles. In fact, a lot of momma’s will just point and “say I want that.” It’s a great way to get a sense of what your nursery could look like and will help you decide which furniture line to go with.
Your nursery furniture doesn’t have to match! You can 100% mix and match your items. Lets say you fall in love with a Natart dresser but you absolutely love a Dutalier crib. Go for it! I would just try to stick to the same colour palette if you can.
Speaking of furniture, keep in mind that each line has different features when it comes to longevity. Is this important on your list? Are you looking for a crib that is 5 in 1? Do you want your crib to become a double bed? A twin bed? Or do you figure you’ll be switching out your furniture by then and you just want a crib. THIS can really change which brand you end up choosing and can limit your crib selection. If you’re looking for a 5 in 1 I’d recommend a Natart Crib. Maybe a bed with a toddler conversion kit? Try Davinci Designs or Babyletto. Maybe you’re just looking for the perfect crib for your space. You want it open and airy and don’t want to worry about the look of your future headboard… Dutailier is for you. There are so many styles to choose from and of course they all have a different look. If you want a bed that will convert here’s a tip… if the back of the crib looks like a headboard, then it most likely will be a convertible because that’s essentially what it is!
Does it matter to you if your drawers are plastic vs. solid wood, safety tested or made for a Canadian climate? If so, make sure you ask the right questions and don’t be afraid to pull open the drawers or lift mattresses to inspect the furniture. If you’re seeing solid wood then your crib has a solid construction and is going to last you years to come. Does the wood have a low VOC level? These days cribs can be made that are extremely environmentally friendly AND have a Greenguard certification to maintain low VOC levels and other chemicals that can be harmful to your baby. Who would have thought right? Some brands even provide a dust cover beneath your drawers to avoid dust bunny entry into your furniture. And some provide stabilizer bars in your drawers so that they don’t sag. This can also prevent your drawers from splitting and cracking in our Canadian climate. If these things are not important to you that’s totally ok but if you’re looking to invest in quality pieces for your nursery and beyond, I would be sure to ask a floor rep to point you in the right direction.
If you have any nursery questions PLEASE leave me a comment below and we’ll be sure to get back to you. Have an idea for a future blog post? We’d love to hear from you.
Thanks for following along,
Jaclyn Colville is a Southern-Ontario based TV Host, Interior Stylist and first-time mom due in October. Follow her Nursery planning tips and tricks through this series “Nursery Style” with Jaclyn Colville and check out her blog on her journey through pregnancy and into parenthood on “Baby Talk” with Jackie.
Caramia Furniture is voluntarily recalling their Veronic and Carrera Convertible Cribs as some of the bolts supplied with the crib were too narrow for the nuts embedded in the crib. This resulted in improper assembly of the crib which posees a safety risk to the users of the crib.
The affected items were sold between August 2013 and September 2016 and have the following item codes:
|Crib + Dresser Combo||Espresso||CARR-CR-ES1/2|
|Crib + Dresser Combo||Cottage White||VERO-CR-CW1|
|Crib + Dresser Combo||Grey||VERO-CR-SG2/VCB-320|
The product codes can be found on a label on the lower part of the headboard of the crib. The affected products were sold on their own and as part of collections containing other products.
Health Canada received one complaint in which the bolt and washer came loose from the crib, and no reports of injuries.
If you have this recalled product in your possession, please stop using it and order your free hardware kit from Caramia Furniture by contacting by phone 1-877-728-0342 or by email at email@example.com.
Parents and caregivers are reminded to check their baby’s crib regularly. They are instructed not to use it if any parts are loose or missing, or if there are any signs of damage to the hardware. Only parts obtained from the original manufacturer must be used for repairs. Do not repair broken parts with tape, wire, or rope. Contact the manufacturer if replacement parts or additional instructions are needed.
If you have any questions, please contact Caramia Furniture Ltd. by telephone toll-free at 1-877-728-0342, Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST.
Thank you for your attention to this matter,
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