Mrs Content – Toronto Yoga Mamas

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I stumbled upon Toronto Yoga Mamas when I was searching for a Doula a few months ago. We interviewed a handful from different agencies and I ended up connecting with Thea who also happens to teach pre-natal yoga at Toronto … Continue reading

Baby Content – Bee Decisions

Ok folks, those brilliant folks at Bugaboo have gone and done it again. This time they are offering limited edition Andy Warhol prints on their canopies for all stroller models. But which one to choose??? Let me know your vote!

Flowers?

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or Cars?

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Baby Content – The Beginnings of a Nursery

Two major additions to the nursery this weekend!

My dad somehow scored a really great rocking chair from a friend – for free! I had no idea what it looked like and saw it for the first time at Easter (where it was waiting for us at my parents’ place for us to take it home). I’m so thrilled with it, I’m putting it in the nursery and we’re putting the one Mr Content ordered for me in the family room. I tossed an ikea pillow onto it for comfort and have tucked it into the corner of the nursery by the window.

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And here’s the big one – THE CRIB IS UP!!! I can hardly believe it. It still isn’t sinking in that there’s a wee one joining us in less than three months but it’s really happening! We’re thrilled with the crib, and it was relatively easy to put together (thank goodness!). It has three different heights for the mattress, converts to a toddler bed and eventually to a regular bed – the front and back turn into a head board and base board. This was a gift from my mother-in-law (Thank you Alice!) and we know it will be much loved for many years to come. No bedding yet, I’ve put it on the registry  so I will post further updates as it all comes together. Also I’m still playing with the layout of the furniture in the room, and am holding off on hanging anything on the walls until the furniture is figured out. Stay tuned for the evolution.

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Baby Content – The Dangers of Bumper Pads

As gorgeous as they are, are you aware of the potential dangers of bumper pads? They are used purely for aesthetic reasons and the Government of Canada warns strongly against their use citing that they could be a contributing factor in SIDS.

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The official Health Canada statement is available here, note that it’s dated 2005 – so why aren’t more new moms & moms-to-be in the know? And why are they still available for purchase in Canada?

What are your thoughts? Did you use bumper pads?

Mrs Content – Guest Etc

I had so much fun today shooting with Jonathan from lululemon. He is the proud owner of Guest Etc and asked to feature me this week. Having worked for lululemon for 6+ years, I’m still a big fan of their clothing – which is no secret if you’ve been following my OOTD posts.

Here are some of the ‘runners up’ photos from today’s shoot;

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Baby Content – Birth Photography, yay or nay?

Have you heard about Birth Photography? This seems to be a growing trend, and admittedly one I’m really fascinated with. I love photography. I love the documentation of life and events, and more importantly – moments. And isn’t birth, like any momentous event, a close series of important moments?

A number of local birth photographers have popped up on my radar lately via some of my favourite pre/post-natal resources like Bebo Mia and Toronto Yoga Mamas. Two stand-outs for me are Born by Cala Evans Photography and Four Bees Photography.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on documenting this intimate time in your life – are you for or against hiring a Birth Photographer?

Another Beautiful Yoga Morning

We welcomed in Spring today with Toronto Yoga Mamas (even though it felt like anything but Spring outside!). These camo Wunder Unders are still one of my all time faves and they spark a conversation every time I wear them.Image

There’s new art up in the Gallery where Toronto Yoga Mamas practices out of. I love yoga-ing amongst art.

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Baby Content – 5 Diaper Bags for The Stylish Mom

The truth of it is the diaper bag is about to become your purse for the next couple of years, so why settle for something that looks like a diaper bag, as opposed to something that looks like a cool bag? Here’s our top picks;

5. Ju Ju Be’s Better Be Toki Doki edition

This is just soooo fun! This is for the fun loving mom who loves something a little more quirky and colourful. Toki Doki is renowned for their fun and whimsical prints and what a better collab than with Ju Ju Be on diaper bags? This is just one style of a few different options in both styles and colours. Available from Snugglebugs.ca for $149.99.

 

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4. Skip Hop Duo Deluxe Adler in Nixon Black

Skip Hop + Jonathan Adler designs = Awesomeness. Jonathan Adler is a master of geometric prints and bold colours, and his collab with Skip Hop is making for some mommy-must-haves that everyone can get behind. Available at snugglebugs.ca for $99.99

 

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3. lululemon athletica’s Vino & Vinyasa bag

Ok it’s not actually designed to be a diaper bag but it’s loaded with handy pockets for all the gear you would need for the gym, and whether it’s a baby bottle or a water bottle going in the pockets – who cares?  Also they always have some sort of wet/dry pocket – brilliant for separating dirty/wet baby items from the clean. I have given numerous lululemon bags to expectant moms over the last number of years and they have all been very well received. This particular style is one of my faves and from what I understand it’s here to stay for a few months, so expect different options (colours/materials) to arrive with Summer. Order online or pick up at most lululemon stores for $138.00

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2. Tory Burch’s Stacked T Billy Baby Bag

Love this bag for looking like just a great bag and not screaming “I’m a diaper bag!”. 7 Exterior pockets and 3 Interior plus a change pad – the function is there to match the fashion. Available at ShopBop.com for $399.58.

 

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1. Marc by Marc Jacobs’ Preppy Nylon Eliz-A-Baby

This is the bag that captured our hearts way back before it was reasonable to be buying a diaper bag. Again we love it for not looking like a diaper bag! Sleek and stylish, available in a variety of colours at both Marc Jacobs and Shopbop.com for around $370.

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Pregnancy Product Love

Two of my favourite products that you really need to know about;

Sudocrem – this is a diaper cream that kicks all other diaper creams’ buts! I kid you not. I’ve been using it for years because what most people don’t know is that it’s amazing for so many other ailments other than diaper rash. More than anything I use it as a zit zapping cream –  zinc is a natural acne-bacteria fighting substance, and it won’t dry out your skin while zapping your pimple. And now that i’m preggo this is my absolute favourite ‘tool’ in my bathroom, because you just never know when your hormones are going to kick into high gear and you’ll wake up with a break-out. And you know it’s safe for baby unlike many acne medicines. Further to that I use it on razor burn, insect bites, and most minor skin irritations. It’s not nearly as ‘sticky’ as most other diaper creams which makes it easy to apply and rinse off.

Sudocrem is also my favourite add-on for a baby shower gift because a lot of new moms don’t know about it. 250gm for no more than $14, it’s not exactly a bank breaker.

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Now this is the single most-used gift I received this past Christmas. My sister put this in my stocking and at the time I was only 13 weeks pregnant and had no idea how much I’d use it in the weeks to come.

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Massage Lotion for Stretch Marks, I have used this every day from week 13 until now (24.5 weeks) and have already stocked up on a second bottle because I don’t want to run out! With the start of my third trimester only 9 days away I know all the stretching and growing I’ve been doing is about to be amped up and this lotion keeps my skin soft, supple, and comfortable. It battles the itch of the stretch, and so far no stretch marks. (I realize this may change in a very short time). But should they appear this lotion is also packed with Vitamin E so it will help with the healing of them and reduce scarring. Plus it smells delicious! My husband likes to talk to the baby through my belly and is always telling him/her how ‘great mommy’s belly smells!’. It puts a smile on everyone’s face. FYI it’s Hypoallergenic & Paraben Free, a 250gm bottle should run you less than $10.

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