Oh no, poor baby!

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Seeing our little ones suffer with any kind of physical problem is never a pleasant experience and can be scary and heart braking. I thought I would share what I just learned about this skin infection. ( I do not pretend to be a doctor, or nurse or pharmacist at all, I am JUST SHARING with you what I have found about Impetigo).

At the beginning we thought it was hand foot mouth but it ended to be Impetigo.

As this is not an infection I was aware, I made some research trying to understand more and learn about it. My little one has it after all.

Here is what I have found, directly from ( the baby center web site ). I have NO CREDIT for the following text.

What is impetigo?

Impetigo is a highly contagious skin infection that happens when staph or strep bacteria enter the skin — through a cut or scrape, for example. It’s most common among children between the ages of 2 and 6 years.

Impetigo usually isn’t dangerous, but it can be itchy and ugly. And complications — like more serious skin infections, scarring, and kidney inflammation — are possible, so it’s important to treat impetigo promptly.

What are the symptoms of impetigo?

There are different kinds of impetigo, with different symptoms, but it usually shows up as a cluster of little red blisters that ooze, burst, and spread. Depending on the bacteria involved, however, the blisters may be larger and more resilient. The skin around the blisters may be red. Your baby’s lymph nodes might become swollen in the area of the infection.

Most often the blistering appears around the nose and mouth, but you might also see it on your baby’s arms, legs, or other areas. Multiple patches are common. As the pus dries, it forms a yellowish-brown crust or scabs that look like honey or brown sugar.

How did my baby get impetigo?

Pretty easily — impetigo is very contagious. Your baby may have picked up the bacteria by touching an infected child or some object that the child touched, like a toy or a towel. Or he may have already had the bacteria on the surface of his skin and then gotten a cut, allowing the bacteria to enter and cause an infection.

In addition to cuts and scrapes, the bacteria can invade the skin through cold soreseczema, an insect bite, or other areas where your child’s skin is damaged or sensitive. He may get it right below his nose if it’s sensitive there from wiping away mucus. Impetigo is more common during warm, humid weather.

How is impetigo treated?

If the infection is very mild, your baby’s doctor may recommend that you simply keep the area clean and let it clear up on its own. More likely, though, your baby will need antibiotics to get rid of the infection. He musttake the full course of medication to keep the infection from returning. Instead of oral antibiotics, your baby’s doctor may prescribe an antibiotic skin cream to clear up the rash.

Whether or not your baby receives antibiotics, you’ll need to keep the infected skin clean. Twice a day, gently wash away the scabs with soap and warm water, and then pat the area dry. Use a clean towel each time, and don’t let anyone else use it afterward — or use a paper towel and toss it.

If your doctor has prescribed a topical ointment, apply it to the tender exposed skin. Your doctor may suggest loosely covering the infected skin with a gauze bandage.

Keep your baby’s fingernails trimmed to prevent him from scratching the area, which can spread the infection to other parts of his body — or to other people.

Call the doctor if the treatment doesn’t seem to be working after three days, your baby gets a fever, or the infected area becomes noticeably red and tender. If your baby keeps getting reinfected, talk to your doctor about how to identify and treat the source of the problem.

The doctor may need to do a tissue culture to determine which type of bacteria your baby is dealing with. To do this, she’ll take a sample of the infected area with a simple skin swab. When the culture comes back a day or two later, she can determine which antibiotic will be most effective.

How can I prevent my baby from spreading the infection to others?

If your baby’s impetigo isn’t treated, he may be contagious for several weeks. Once he begins antibiotic treatment and the rash starts to clear (usually after 24 hours), he’s no longer contagious. In the meantime, keep your baby out of daycare and other close-contact situations.

Be vigilant about hygiene: Wash your baby’s clothes, sheets, and towels every day and prevent friends and family members from sharing soap, towels, hairbrushes, or other personal items with your baby. Wear gloves when you apply his ointment, and wash your hands well afterward.

Make sure all the members of your household wash their hands regularly with soap and water. You may want to use paper towels for drying until the impetigo clears up.

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We consulted our paediatrician and this is what I highly recommend if you have any doubts with you baby’s health.

Good night.

 

Stephanie XO

Traveling solo.

SOLO Traveling

As a full time working mama of 3 boys (well 4 if I count hubby, it counts right haha!), I sometimes find business trips relaxing and resourceful ( ya! believe me )… the reason being that I have to just think about me for those few hours, ( even if I have the head loaded with numbers, deals, presentations and busy schedule ).

I won’t talk about the preparation that it involves before I leave  the house (making sure that the kids have clothes prepared in piles (it helps daddy with color matching), kids lunches are almost all done, reminders and love notes on the kitchen table etc…

Those little LOVE NOTES just makes me feel more connected to home because I know they will tell me about it when I call home that night.

I thought I would share some of my tips of solo traveling that can be use for sure ( because I do ) for when I travel with my hubby or with all my little tribe.

LIGHT WEIGHT CARRY-ON.

I have a rolling carry-on sized luggage that I use as much for my road trips or when I need to travel by plane. When I am solo traveling, I like the fact that I can attach a light weight bag or week end bag on with a strap. It helps since my hands can be almost free when you need to run to catch your next flight or check in at the hotel.

I’m using the Away Carry-On model for the following reasons:

  • it has two compartments, one designed for clothes, the other for shoes, toiletries, and other hard objects, and the outside shell is impenetrable and bends under pressure, never breaks.
  • The Carry-On’s built-in battery can charge any USB device so you’ll always be able to check your maps, email, or Slack.
  • A nylon laundry bag separates clean clothes from dirty—even wet bathing suits.
  • Two zippers slot into a combination lock, so no one’s getting into your stuff but you (it’s TSA approved).
  • Wheels rotate 360° for a perfect roll every time. and believe me, the kids have tried it several times, and they keep rolling!!!

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WEEK END BAG.

I think, ( well I know ) it’s a girl’s problem, that I always overpack so having a week end back extra is always handy for little extras like my makeup pouch, magazines, bottle of water, extra pair of shoes or just to toss in some souvenirs for hubby and the kiddos.

And you know what I use for extra bag ( or week end bag ), some of my diaper bags. Because, I have to agree that they are pretty cool diaper bags now that don’t look at all like diaper bags, and also I need to admit that I like the double duty of those, and also because they are usually made with durable and wipeable material‎, which makes them perfect for traveling.

My favorites to travel with are:

  • Kate Spade
  • Fawn Design
  • Tory Burch

SCARF

I ALWAYS bring and wear a scarf, ( well they are usually part of my daily ootd’s ) but as well when I am traveling. If it’s winter, I might opt for a thicker version and if it’s to go to our beach vacations or spring/summer season, I will opt for a lighter version, but always keeping in mind that I want to bring the widest/largest one since it can double as a wrap/blanket if things get chilly (and they usually do), or even use it as a pillow.

TOILETRIES

I always put my travel sized bottles ( shampoo/conditioner/anything potentially leaky) in ziplock bags. I just had to many bad experiences in the past of bottles leaking in my luggage and just ruining clothes that I just don’t want it to happen again. Even if I don’t need to take the plane, I prefer travel size bottles to regular size. It’s just better when travel and just making sure they are not over 3.4 ounces (100 ml), or you will get busted.

In the carry on if you need to check a bigger bag. bring a T-shirt, and a pair of socks. Other good items to bring in your carry-on: makeup wipes  and/or blotting wipes, dry shampoo, a toothbrush, some basic makeup (lip gloss, concealer, and mascara are my go-tos), and a travel-sized tube of toothpaste.

SHOES

I usually pack (comfortable) heels, flats, running shoes, and a pair of flipflop ( for showers or spa) and I usually wear ankle boots or flats on the plane, that are still sophisticated paired with leggings, a tee and a blazer for comfy traveling.

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TRAVELING OOTD

I honestly prefer to travel in leggings, (fancy classy ones) paired with a tee or cute ( but comfy) top and a blazer or cardigan. If you are driving or in a longer flight, believe me that you will appreciate those comfy clothes unless you have to go straight to a meeting or the office. One thing for sure is that I never travel in a dress or skirt suit. It’s just don’t want to be constricted. It always depends as well what you are doing as soon as you leave the plane or car.

EARPHONES/HEADPHONES

I always bring my earphones with me, even if I need to make a short travel. It can be just useful to take a call, from listening to music to watching the news on your smart phone, and we need to admit that it also cuts the noise around because you never know how noisy it can be in the plane.

I use the Sudio earphones and they are really my favorites for the following reasons:

  • They boasts up to 8 hours of unlimited play-time and standby for up to 10 days, which is just great when you travel.
  • The quality sound and noise isolation is amazing.
  • They are light, comes with a little case and they are so stylish.

You can use my code chicmom15 to get a 15% discount code on your purchase.

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WATER

When traveling, make sure to bring or get a bottle of water, especially by plane, it’s because the humidity is much lower than what you typically encounter on a daily basis, and can lead to dehydration which can cause fatigue and bad headaches, which obviously, we don’t wish for.

SNACKS

I always bring with me some snacks. Because I prefer to eat smaller meals but more frequently, I usually end up being hungry after 3 hours or so. They’re healthier and cheaper than anything you’ll get at the airport. I prefer fruit, bars or energy bites, or even some cut veggies with hummus but don’t forget that if you change country, you CAN’T bring fruits and vegetables when going thru the border.

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BOOKS/MAGAZINES

It’s always when I travel, for work or personal, that I always read the most. I guess there is a switch in my head that puts me in a relax mode or what, that I feel like reading. Maybe it’s just because I have more time for me. So I always make sure that I have 1 book to read and I usually get tempted to buy 1 or 2 magazines at the airport or drug store before leaving.

Face wipes, gloss, kleenex, mints

Most important, try to enjoy your time when you are away and knowing that you are prepared will give you the necessary ease of mind to enjoy your trip.

I would love to hear your personal tips and what are your fav finds that you love to bring when traveling.

 

Hope it helped!

 

Stephanie xx.

 

FRESH AIR IS GOOD FOR BABIES

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We are an outdoor family, always trying to find something to do outdoors and I kindly forced my children to be outdoor loving little men. What I mean by that is they all started being outside a couple days after their birth, and that also counts napping outside, either in a baby carrier, in a sled or in the stroller.

Daily temperature here in Montreal, Canada, oftently drops to -5C to -10C and it’s really common for us to leave our little Axel for a sleep in his stroller outside on winter days.

 

I think it’s good for them to be in the fresh air as soon as possible especially during winter when there is so much diseases around. All my three boys slept outside from an early age and mostly during winter time. Maybe it’s just me but they seem healthier. 

Borned in december myself, my mother had me sleep in the pram almost daily as soon as I was a couple of weeks old… and I survived haha!

The theory behind outdoor napping is that children exposed to fresh air, whether in summer or the depths of winter, are less likely to catch coughs and colds and I truly believe in it.And you know what?! All my 3 sons slept much more longer outside in the stroller compaired to naps indoors.

I’m pretty sure that 2 things really helps: fresh air being the main reason and also, the fact that I swaddle him a lot and he doesn’t get overheated because of the cold environment surrounding.

Key to long naps outdoors and making sure that baby wont be cold.

  • Warm clothes & many layers
  • warm sleeping bag
  • stroller with extended canopy

My routine to get baby ready for an outdoor nap:

  1. dress baby, if possible with a merino wool suit ( never cotton )
  2. dress baby in layer
  3. on colder days, I always add on a fleece pant and top
  4. wool socks are a must and some baby lined booties
  5. put a well covering hat, neck warmer and little gloves ( although his winter suit has hand flaps )
  6. we got a 1 piece snow suit, light one, not to bulky
  7. we got a baby sleeping sack that we use almost 7 months a year. on warmer days, it’s just so practical since I sometimes don’t need to dress baby as warm or I can remove a layer as the bunting bag just keeps him warm.
  8. extended canopies on strollers will protect baby for stronger winds or snow fall. Although I like when there is a breeze going to my little one’s face so he can get the fresh air, I just want to make sure that he doesn’t get to many snow flakes in the face or direct stronger winds which would probably end that peaceful napping and freeze his fragile skin. ( I love the Valco baby for that reason and + many other great features, it rides so well in the snow) 
  9. finally I always check again and again my little one just to make sure he’s not cold since he doesn’t move as much as we do outside and  that he could get colder much faster then us moving.

my MUST HAVE LIST for dressing baby in winter time.

  • 7am enfant (Igloo sac)
  • NorthFace Thermoball bunting
  • Robeez lined booties (Classic baby boots)
  • Valco baby stroller ( we have the Tri mode X)

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My 3 boys really enjoy the outdoors at the moment, since they were little, cold or not and I really think that it helped them bond with sometimes not so clement weather. it’s all about having fun and to share more happy moments as well so being prepared and well dressed will all make it much more easier and joyful.

Have fun in the cold.

Stéphanie xx

boho – modern – chic home office redo

 

boho – modern – chic : my home office inspirations

Since I have the chance to work from home (Yes I find myself lucky), having a work place that feels right and looks like me, that reflects my personality  is a must. Living with 3 little men and my love in a more masculine house ( aka surrounded by Tonka trucks and fireman uniforms) ,  means that decorating my little space the way I love and want it  just feels right and the right thing to do since I need to spend so many hours working there. I need to feel like it’s MY ROOM, my little space, where I will feel inspired, resourced and energized.

I just wanted to share with you some ideas, inspos and little tricks I have learned by browsing the web, getting inspired on Pinterest, reading fengshui books, looking at decor magazine, shopping…

I first started to think about what kind of vibes I needed and wanted for that space and took little pieces here and there from different decor styles. I want my place to be relaxful even if it’s a work dedicated place, vibrant but not to bright, girly but not too pink, fun but not too distractful, cozy but not too much so I don’t feel like napping all the time haha!

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I’m hoping to create a welcoming and stylish work area, by mixing elements from a few design styles to keep my little office looking fresh, cozy and just like me. Here are my favorite aspects of each styles that most represents me.

SEEKING THEMATIC INSPO

MY PERSONAL NOTES….

1.BOHO STYLE

Accessories. moroccan/Indian style pillows/throws

Bold. bold hues and rich fabrics offset white walls  & tone motifs/prints

Plants. you can never have enough plants

Whites. all white palette gets vibrant with ornate pillow and/or rugs

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2.  SCANDINAVIAN STYLE

Whites. include all-white colour palettes and the incorporation of natural elements like form-pressed wood, bright plastics, and enameled aluminum, steel

Colors. If there are pops of colour it often comes from the use of art, natural fibre throws or furs, or a single piece of furniture

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3. INDUSTRIAL STYLE

Sawhorse.The industrial look is all about utility and could be used as a rack or desk support.

Go thrifting. Metal, or metal and wood, chairs or small cabinet can bring an industrial vibe to any room.

Paint it black. Paint anything black for an instant industrial update.

Pipe bookcases.

Black, white and gray palette. Limit your decor to a fairly strict palette of black, gray and white, with some natural wood thrown in.

Raw. There’s a sense of unfinished rawness in many of the elements.

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Now, choosing the best POP of colour  (pop because I want to keep it mainly white and neutral) for a productive, inspiring office space

  • blue: helps being more efficient, productive and stimulates the mind
  • yellow: will help stimulate the inner self, bringing out the creative side
  • red: if there is a  need of being more physically stimulated, energetic and ambitious
  • green: brings more balance, has a calming effect.

By deciding what you want to impact,  add accents of colors with the following in mind:

mind – shades of blue/grey

emotions – shades of yellow/beige

body – shades of red/pink

balance -shades of green

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My little MUSTS list for my NEW OFFICE SPACE

  • do at 1 least 1 piece by myself
  • reuse as much as possible items from my house
  • buy 1 piece in a vintage store/thrift store
  • have 1 item (or more)  created by my 3 lovely boys
  • use quotes/pictures that will inspire me
  • art wall
  • book shelves with hidden storage (lots of storage)
  • seating for my invitees/kids/hubby
  • chalkboard
  • lots of different lighting
  • lots of pillows, throws, rugs, textures
  • white walls with bold accents
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Whether you have a full or part time “at-home” job, just need this space to pay the bills and classify your documents or are a small business owner as a second job, I think that a home office or work area is always nice to have.

Can’t wait to put together my home office tour when I finish decorating it and share with you my favorite finds and links from my shopping list.

Hope you enjoyed reading it and that inspired you in maybe your future office space redo.

xx.

 

S.

SUMMER TREATS

SUMMER TREATS
On a hot, typical summer day, I’m sharing with you  simple and delightful recipes that will help you stay refresh on warm summer days.
My new love for PureLeaf teas is crazy. I wanted to start slowing down my daily coffee intake and was happy to find these Pure leaf ice teas.  Always conscious about having natural ingredients in our food and drinks when it becomes to make choices for my little family, I enjoy so much having these teas, brewed with real tea leaves and real ingredients, making this a real genuine tea experience.
I love enjoying ice-cream with the kiddos from time to time (aka everyday haha) but while working during the day sometimes from home, I was looking for a more refreshing treat with much less calories…. so here are some of my favorite of these  frozen iced tea pops.
Pure Leaf popsicles
FRUITY SWEET TEA ICE POPS
 
  • Insert berries in ice pops moulds ( I recommend smaller berries or small fruits cubes)
  • Rasberries, strawberries, blueberries, mango, peaches
  • Pour Pure leaf tea into moulds and insert little sticks/handles and put into the freezer.
  • Allow about 4-6 hours for your pops to freeze solid, of course depending of your moulds sizes.

Pureleaf pops

 
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Picture from: munchinwithmunchkin

CREAMY AVOCADO GREEN TEA POPSICLES
 
  • Ingredients:
  • 3 avocados
  • 1/2 bottle of Pure Leaf green tea w honey
  • 7 onz of coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp of honey or agave nectar
 
  • Pulse avocado, coconut milk and PureLeaf tea into for processor until smooth.
  • Add honey or agave nectar until it’s sweet as you wish and until combined.
  • Pour mixture into ice pops moulds and put into freezer until frozen.
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CHAI ICED TEA POPS
 
INGREDIENTS:
 
  • 1 Bottle of PureLeaf tea unsweatened
  • 1 can of full fat coconut milk
  • 2-3 teaspoons of culinary-quality Matcha powder
  • 1/4 cup of honey or agave nectar
  • In a large bowl or measuring cup, whisk coconut milk and PureLeaf tea until smooth. (Keep 1-2 tablespoons coconut milk)
  • In a small mixing bowl, mix about 1-2 tablespoons coconut milk with 2-3 teaspoons matcha powder until smooth.
  • Pour mixture into coconut milk. Add agave nectar or honey and mix again until smooth.
  • Pour into popsicle molds and freeze at least 5 hours.

Hope you will all enjoy your week end and I would love to have comments if you try these recipes and would love to find out about your fav frozen pop treats.

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ROMPERS – Real baby trend

Rompers

ROMPERS – Real baby clothes trend

You don’t need to be old or big to be fashionable. And fashion or trends does not always mean not comfortable. I believe in letting babies chill in a onesie, soft leggings, comfy rompers.. I strongly believe in comfort, softness and stretchy clothes above all else for kids, especially babies. So no,I don’t think so that stretchy jeans would work for my 8 month old baby boy. Also, the real “mini-me-look” like a real mini mom and mini dad seems to be ending. So welcome to real and comfy baby clothes, and to add to it, the romper look is also so so cute on toddlers too.

So I’ll be sharing with you our 6 favorite brands for rompers and we base our “favorite” with style, comfort, quality and style”

There are so many nice and stylish other brands so if you don’t see it below it’s probably just because we did not try them yet…

romper ole design

OLE.DESIGN @oledesign

Limited Edition Modern Bamboo Romper is handmade using super soft bamboo fabric. Comes in two colours: black & neutral. Illustrations are hand drawn using non-toxic paint. So soft & stylish for little ones.

They are really easy to put on active baby the fit is a relax, loose fit.

Our favorite prints are the bunny, the moose and the racoon.

Sizes: 3-6 months, 6-12 months, 12-24 months, 2T, 4T

Designed in Canada.

romper whimsical fox

THE.WHIMSICAL. FOX @thewhimsicalfox

The Whimsical Fox lovely baby rompers are designed with Mamas in mind, snaps where you need them and their signature closed leg cuff to keep those squirmy babes’ feet in place while dressing. Rompers have a relaxed fit and they are totally unisex styles. All rompers from the shop are hand printed and made from 100% cotton jersey.

Our favorite prints are the “un, deux, trois”, “oui” and “moi & maman”

Designed and printed with love in Toronto, Canada.

romper plum kids

PLUM.KIDS.COUTURE

Made from 100% Organic medium weight Cotton Jersey or 100% Organic Cotton Jersey. They are so soft to the touch and have lots of stretch.

Plum Kids Couture rompers looks super cute on a baby or toddler. Its generous fit gives longer wear, as well as lots of room for diper, providing comfort during play or sleep-time. The prints are non-toxic and eco friendly. All seams are professionally serged for durability and longevity of the garment.

You can choose the option of snaps at the inseam because they come SNAP-LESS. It’s put on ONLY through the neck hole.

I personally have the ones without snaps and it’s really easy to put on baby.

They are neutral gender designs so they fit for trendy boys and girls.

Our favorite prints are the monograms, peekaboo bunny, stripes  and clouds. They have more girly prints if you are looking for some soft pink shades.

Jas, Owner and Creative Director of PLÜMKIDS Couture, an online children’s boutique based in Alberta, Canada.

Sizes: 0-6 months, 6-12 months, 12-24 months, 2T, 3-4T, 5-6T

Designed in Alberta, Canada.

Romper Little deer handmade
LITTLE.DEER.HANDMADE
The little deer handmade tank harem rompers are made out of 100% organic cotton jersey, fully sourced and made in Canada while other models are made of cotton produced in the USA that is certified organic by global organic textile standards
The fabric is super stretchy and allows you to easily pull on the romper through the leg hole. These rompers have snaps at the inseam and crotch for changing ease, perfect for summer and great to comfortably play in!
Sizes: Preemie, NewBorn, 0-3 months, 3-6 months, 6-9 months, 9-12 months, 12-18 months, 18-24 months, 2T, 3T, 4T

Designed in Alberta, Canada.
Romper Little Moore Shop

LITTLE MOORE SHOP

The little Moore shop rompers are made of 100% organic cotton fabric. This includes the dye used as well. They  offer a unisex summer razor back design in multiple prints. They have prints that are really girly or more boyish. Our favorites are Geo triangle, remix cross, flamingo palms and sharks.

Sizes: 0-6 months, 6-12 months, 12-18 months, 18-24 months, 2-3T

Designed in British Columbia, Canada.

 
romper malimiko

MALIMIKO

Malimiko rompers are made from organic cotton. Organic Cotton is grown without using any chemical fertilizers or pesticides so this means their poducts are free of toxic chemicals and safe for your children. Our favorite is the marble circle print.

Sizes: 000, 00, 0, 1.(Australian sizes) They have bigger sizes coming with next collection.

Designed in Australia

So here was our favorite brands for rompers and we will definitly have much more to come since I already placed new orders for more rompers. I love ROMPERS, can you tell. I’ll make reviews on lots more baby clothes soon and share about what brands we love. Thanks for reading and have a great week end
xx. S.

Teething necklaces

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As a mom of 3 boys, I’m always on the hunt for safe and secure, non-toxic, durable and cool, minimalist baby accessories. With my 2 first babies, I didn’t have the chance to get teething necklaces, not available at the moment. Baby toys and accessories have changed so much since the past years, so many items making their apparence on the market. Being a mom is of course my first full time job but I need also, to not forget that I’m as well a woman, wifey, entrepreneur, girl boss… reasons why I love to take care of myself and look good. See me coming? So if to my eyes my look is important, what I wear and accessories I choose for myself are very important as well. Having the possibility to choose over stylish, chic, minimalist and class  teething jewelry makes me happy. I know it will complete my look without having the tag on the forehead “I’m wearing my babies toys around the neck!”

I had many emails and messages regarding my necklaces so I thought it would have been a good idea to share with you my thoughts and review about teething necklaces.

Here are my favorites.

NATUROCO

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Minimalist and modern necklace, with 2 buttery soft silicone  beads and 1 organic maple wooden bead as well as a strung on pure stainless steel ball chain.

They have some other models from different makers. As well as all their products offered in the shop, they are tested, high quality and ethically sourced products that are safe for your home, your family and our Earth.

Our favorite from the boutique Naturoco is definitely the “NOIR teething necklace”.

STRING & CHEW

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These stylish handmade mama necklaces are also free of harmful chemicals. Each bead is hand strung on a nylon string with a knotted finish at the end of the beads, and all closed with a plastic breakaway clasp. They all measure 36” in length.

Our favorite are the HUE, SIMPLE and CLASSIC.

ORGANIC MAMA

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They specialize in chic, stylish teething jewellery. The collection was created for mama’s that want to look fabulous and with necklaces that would remain practical for the little ones.

Our favorites are LUXE peach and MADISON for a more neutral look and if your’e looking for a bolder look, AVA and LUXE black will answer all your wish list.

I find that silicone teething necklaces offers me a practical, convenient way to ensure teething relief and I know that it will always be at hand. My little one really loves the soft, flexible nature of child-safe silicone. I also find that it is really convenient not only when little man is in my hands but when breastfeeding or when I wear him. He loves to hold it in his tiny little hands and of course chew on it for minutes…

You want to make sure that the teething necklaces you are choosing have the following features that are just as important as for teething rings and teethers.

  • Baby safe (food grade silicone)
  • Non-toxic: BPA, PHTHALATES, LEAD, CADMIUM and PVC FREE
  • Safety: needs to have an emergency breakaway clasp
  • Soft: SOFT ON BABIES GUMS AND EMERGING TEETH
  • Stylish: Always a plus when it’s cute and fun for mom too!
Sharing with you some advises that you probably already know, but just in case…
  • Babies should always be supervised while playing and chewing on jewelry
  • Never leave a baby, infant, child or toddler wear a necklace
  • Necklaces are safe for children 3+ as a sensory tool
  • Never leave babies or child unattended.
  • Adult supervision is always required
  • If you notice that the necklace is damaged by chewing, you should immediately dispose of it.
  • Always wash before use.
  • Teething necklaces are not a toy.
  • Leave out of reach of baby.
How to clean teething necklaces
I suggest to hand wash  in natural soap with water, rinse thoroughly and air dry. However, some of them are dishwasher safe (top rack). You may use a light coat of coconut oil ( I tried it ) on the untreated wood to preserve the quality and look. (if your model has wooden beads).
On a final note, the teething necklaces mentioned above definitly has all of the  ‘’mommy requirements’’ that you want to find in your teething necklace hunt.
xx, Stephanie

Brand repping!

 

HELLO moms and dads!
I often receive questions about brand repping on my IG accounts and by email so I thought I would share some tips with you since we do brand rapping in our house.
YOU NEED TO…
* Love shopping small
* Be genuine about shops you represent
* Help shops to grow
* Love taking bright and crisp pictures of your kids
* Be active on social medias
Axel BR1
BRAND REP?
To start, a “BRAND REP” is the short version of a BRAND REPRESENTATIVE of  a shop/boutique. It is really popular  with Instagram’s babies and kids but it’s gaining popularity with moms and also playroom / home decor.
Axel BR2
WHAT DOES A BRAND REP?
Basically, a brand rep (and babie’s moms…. well mostly haha!) will receive free items and accessories in exchange of pics and time (I’ll explain what time means in this case). The reps will get to wear, try and play with the given items and in return, parents take pics of the babies/kids and send them back to the shop that provided the free clothes/accessories. The shops will then use these pics in social medias instead of spending fortunes on professional models working with agencies.
Axel BR3
EASY RIGHT?
Sounds perfect? Easy? Fun? Well yes it is but it also means that you agree to “a contract” with the given shop that you will provide clean, crisp, clutter free and/or natural  and daily pics of your babe with the given items. Some shops will ask to post 1-2X/week (or more), for the agreement term styled with different outfits, backgrounds.
It also means that the shops that believe in you by choosing you as a brand rep will count on you to promote, share, post pics and help their brand grow. So you have to make sure that you are ready to commit to the shops’s terms and requests. You will also sometimes need to repost giveaways, promotions, flash sales, contests or any other promotions.
You need to be genuine about the brands you represent. As for me, I always want my sons to represent shops and brands that fits our style. I wouldn’t want to represent a shop that does not fit our style and/or values. It is very common that these shops are start ups so showing and sharing full support and belief in the shop is the most important.
If you are just into getting free items this is not for you at all. Nothing is free in life.
Axel BR4
TIPS?
Tips I could give you would be to work on your pics, try to get clean and crisp ones, clutter free even if some shops prefer natural and more urban backgrounds. When applying into a brand rep search that fits your style, take a look at what they post and it will give you a big idea on the brands’ style and what they are probably looking for. Shops will usually prefer a good quality photo along with style of course so the items stand out.
Also, it is really appreciated from the shops when you make daily outfits with different brands so it makes more visibility on social medias for them. When pictures are re posted, they usually re-tag all shops involved in picture.
Axel BR5
BRAND ENTHUSIAST?
What is the difference? BE will get a discount and will be asked to make X amount of purchase during the term. The shops will be asking for same requirements as brand reps as of quality in pictures and sharing/promoting the shop.
Hope it helped. Let me know of you have more questions.
(Please note that these pics are MY STYLE of taking the pics and that not means AT ALL that it is THE WAY to take them. I know that I don’t fit with certain style of brands and it is totally OK with me, because every shop has his own style BUT every mamarazzi has his own too… so follow what you like best and keep it)that way, so brands get to see that you are authentic)
On a last personal note, really apply on the shops that you would by clothes from even if you wouldn’t receive any free items or any rebate. That shows that you really like the style of the shops and that also you will be genuine about them and will spread positive vibes about as well. Remember, they count on you to grow and gain visibility!
Good luck to you all in your searches!
xx, Stephanie

The diaper bag’s checklist

 

The DIAPER BAG.
Have you ever left the house and felt that you are bringing with you the entire nursery? Well, this is ALWAYS happening to me, even after 3 babies.
 I always want to make sure that I have everything, calculate how many diapers I need for that X hours I’ll be out, changes incase a disaster happens, some little toys, wipes, ….. But what do we really need? I love being prepared as a parent so here is my DIAPER BAG LIST. Yep. I love doing lists!! It’s all about being prepared to meet baby’s need right?
Here is with my experience what I find the most practical as for when I leave the house for a short period of time.
sac a couche
  • DIAPERS : 1/hour that you plan to be away + a few extras (don’t forget the + 1 rule (Add 1 more then you think ou will need)
  • WIPES : lots of companies offer a portable or travel-size version pack or just put them in a resealable plastic bag. They will be useful for diaper changes but also for little sticky fingers or any other mess.
  • BIO BAGS : I always have a few with me so you can put soiled diapers but are also useful for any dirty/soiled clothes and baby blankets)
  • CHANGING PAD : Lots of diaper bags come with a foldaway pad or you can get one seperatly. There are disposable versions of them or ones that are made of material and that are washable. I always have 2 with me, the padded one + 1 extra made of fabric and washable.
Axel Templeton pacie clip
  • EXTRA BABY CLOTHES : I always tend to bring with me at least 2 changes but that’s where it gets tricky. You get 2 changes and then if it’s summer, you get 1 lighter change and a little beanie if it gets colder at night, a little vest, little socks and moccs etc…I feel like I always need an extra luggage just for changes haha)
  • BABY BLANKET : I prefer the organic muslin swaddles) since they are lighter, really soft and take less space in the diaper bag. It can also be used as a burp clothe, swaddle, blankie, car seat cover and even nursing cover.
Modern burlap
  • NURSING COVER : I Always have 1 with me. I have a few at home since I prefer to get one as a car seat cover and the other one that I keep clean as my nursing cover, but it can be used for both if you want to save space in the diaper bag.
  • PACIFIER + CLIP : I usually leave the house and the pacifier is already clipped to my baby’s clothes or car seat strap, and always have at least 1 extra just in case.
  • DIAPER RASH CREAM : I always have an extra in my diaper bag so like this I get sure that I have one if I need to leave the house really fast and forget to take the one from home. The other option you have is a sample version that you can keep in the bag, so it takes less space.
  • BABY SLING/BABY WRAP : I always have one with me, wherever I go. I usually bring the stroller with me but always find practical to have a baby sling with me. If your little one his more fussy then carrying your baby will be a better option or if you visit a more crowed place, then stroller might not be the preferred choice.
  • BABY BOTTLE + MILK : Either in formula or expressed milk, you might need a bottle if you are not breastfeeding baby at the moment of when you need to feed the little one. I breastfeed so I normally never get a bottle with me (except when traveling away). I would recommend to bring single-portion packets formula with water bottle or if already mixed, put them in a little cooler.
  • BABY CUP : I always gave my little ones water as they sometimes get thirsty and it is practical to have a sip cup handy with pre-boiled water.
  • BIBDANAS/BIBS: I always have 1-2 extras so I make sure that the bibdana gets the extra droll but not the clothes, so I can save time on changing baby.
  • TEETHING TOYS/RATTLES: I always leave the house with 1-2 teething rings, toys and/or teething necklace and pacie clip. You will be glad to have these when baby gets bored or has a teething meltdown.
  • VACCINATION BOOKLET + EMERGENCY CONTACTS: I always keep them in the diaper bag. You never know in case of an emergency how that could save. I put my personal identification on a separate card as well as doctors infos and emergency contacts (Grand parents, hubby’s work contacts…)

Sac a couche Tory Burch

Hope it helps. I’ll post shortly details on our favorite products/items brands that we use the most and put in our diaper bag.

xx ,  Stephanie

My very first blog post.

Hi guys!
Thanks for taking the time to check out my very first blog! I am super excited to sharing my journey through motherhood as a full time working mom and shop owner, as well as my passions and adventures with all of you.
My name is Stephanie, I live in the grand Montréal area (Canada) with my hubby Frank and we are proud parents of 3 lovely boys, Loic 11yo, Liam 4yo and baby Axel 6mo. I work full time as an account manager for an International company in finance and own my baby accessories little shop. (@5.pompoms.co)
My most favorite things in life include:
  •  anything fashion (baby, kids, mom’s looks and working mom styling too)
  •  shopping small (owning a small shop makes me realize all the hard work that is put in small shops driven by moms and dads)
  • anything baby related (accessories, decor, toys, gear …)
  • a good wine + healthy food (lots of fish, grains and veggies)
  • travelling (with and without the kiddos + pleasure or work related)
  • home decor + house renovations (we are in constant renos over here)
  • organization + planning ( I love making lists and need it as working parents )
  • and all of the above on a budget (YES!! it’s possible to live really well and find quality on a budget)
My lifestyle blog will include a little bit of everything  listed above. Stay tuned for more to come. Can’t wait to share with you… and as I’m bilingual I will post in french and english as much as I can.
xo. S.