The 10 day Vichy Liftactiv vitamin C challenge

IMG_3598We all know, that by being a mom it often means that we don’t have that much time for us, read almost never. That also means sometimes skipping some necessary skin care routine, having a really quick lunch by the counter or at my desk, sleeping less then I should really do, not drinking all the water I should be and not doing the weekly exercise I really should ( cause running after the kids don’t count )… and let’s not talk about taking a relaxing bath because I just don’t remember the last time I had one. I know that I should be consistent with those basics but I find it hard sometimes just to keep up.

Vichy Canada recently challenged me to try their new 10 day Lifactiv Vitamin C cure, I of course said ”yes” and I need to admit that I was sceptical at first and was worried that I couldn’t keep up, or have time, or even think about it.

But I did!

The challenge, well the cure in fact was simple and easy to keep up with. I surprisingly didn’t skip a morning or night and kinda was looking forward to that ( yes a quick ) me-time in the morning or night. And you know also what else, I even made myself a fruity herbal tea after my shower, while taking care of my skin. It was totally MY ALONE TIME and I really enjoyed it.

Here are the highlights of the cure as well as what I liked best.

The liftactiv Vitamin C cure:

  1. Brightens: the skin regains its radiance with a more even complexion. I saw the difference from day 1 since I could notice a glow and a more ”soft pink” shade.
  2. Firms: the skin feels tightened, with an instant lifting effect. I felt that my skin definitely  looked more rested, so younger,
  3. Hydrates: the synergy between the fragmented hyaluronic acids from the Liftactiv Vitamin C and the Vichy Mineralizing thermal water allowed for a deep water penetration and retention into skin, for a great hydration effect. My skin didn’t break out at all and felt smooth and soft.

So my daily routine consisted of the following steps:

MORNING

  • Apply Liftactiv Vitamin C on freshly cleansed skin
  • 1 dab of Mineral 89
  • 1 pump of Liftactiv Serum 10
  • A dab of Liftactiv UV moisturizer

NIGHT

  • 1 dab of Mineral 89
  • 1 dab of Liftactiv Retinol HA
  • 1 dab of Liftactiv Night moisturizer

I found this cure really easy to maintain, even with kids and a really busy schedule, and  felt my skin smoother and tighter after those 10 days, and definitely brighter and saw that glow after a few days.

You really need to try this cure. It is affordable and totally worth it. Just like all the other Vichy cares, it smells so good and you will probably appreciate it’s calming effect on the skin.

So get the cure, make yourself a warm herbal tea, lock the bathroom door and pamper yourself, because after all you are worth it!

Let me know what are your impressions after you 10 day Liftactiv Vitamin C Vichy cure cure.

Good night,

Stephanie xx

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pumpkin spice everything

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‘Tis the season.  I love fall because of it’s beautiful weather, it’s gorgeous warm colours, it’s crisp nights and fresh days. But I also love fall because it’s seems to mark the beginning of comfort food, nights beside the fire with a glass of wine and richer food… and let’s talk about pumpkins. I’m like I want to taste everything that had pumpkins as ingredients in… like all of them. So if you do have some favorite recipes to share, I want to try them.

I am sharing with you today 3 of my favorites that I tried and tried and remaking every year.

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PUMPKIN SPICE DOUGHNUTS

•1/2 cup vegetable oil

•3 large eggs

•1 to 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

•1 1/2 cups pumpkin pure ( unsweetened )

•3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon plus heaping

•1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

•1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

•1 1/2 teaspoons salt

•1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

•1 3/4 cups + 2 tablespoons all purpose flour

COATING

•3 tablespoons cinnamon-sugar

Instructions

1.Preheat the oven to 350°F.

2.Lightly grease two doughnut pans.

3.Beat together the oil, eggs, sugar, pumpkin, spices, salt, and baking powder until smooth.

4.Add the flour, stirring just until smooth.

5.Fill the wells of the doughnut pans about 3/4 full; use a scant 1/4 cup of batter in each well.

6.Bake the doughnuts for 15 to 18 minutes

7.Remove the doughnuts from the oven, and after about 5 minutes transfer them to a rack to cool.Â

8.While the doughnuts are still warm (but no longer fragile), gently shake them in a bag with the cinnamon-sugar

9.Cool completely, and store (not wrapped tight) at room temperature for several days.

10.Makes about 12 doughnuts

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PUMPKIN SPICE MUFFINS

 

Ingredients

•1 cup canned pumpkin

•2 tablespoons honey

•2 tablespoons brown sugar lightly packed

•1 teaspoon vanilla extract

•1 large egg

•1/4 teaspoon salt

•1/2 teaspoon baking soda

•1/4 teaspoon baking powder

•1 teaspoon cinnamon

•1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

•1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice optional

•1 cup + 1 tablespoon oat flour oats that have been blended

•1/3 – 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

 

Instructions

1.Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

2.Spray a muffin tin with nonstick spray ( I use coconut spray )

3.Combine the pumpkin, honey, brown sugar, vanilla, and egg in a bowl. Beat until combined.

4.In another bowl, stir together the salt, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice and oat flour.

5.Add the dry to the wet mixing until just combined.

6.Stir in the chocolate chips.

7.Separate the mixture evenly among 8 muffin cavities and place a few extra chocolate chips on top if desired

8.Bake for 18-22 minutes

9.Don’t over cook, they are way better undercook.

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HOMEMADE PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE

 

Ingredients
2 tablespoons canned pumpkin
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice mix*
Freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
2 cups whole milk
1 to 2 shots Nespresso, about 1/4 cup
1.Heat the pumpkin and spices. In a small saucepan over medium heat, cook the pumpkin with the pumpkin pie spice and a generous helping of black pepper for about 2 minutes.

2.Stir in the sugar: Add the sugar and stir until the mixture looks like a bubbly thick syrup.

3.Warm the milk: Whisk in the milk and vanilla extract. Warm gently over medium heat, watching carefully to make sure it doesn’t boil over.

4.Blend the milk: Carefully process the milk mixture in a traditional blender ( don’t forget to cover the lid with towels, it might be hot )

5.Mix the drinks: Make the Nespresso  and add the frothed milk.

Hope you enjoy as much as I do when making those and of course, tasting them with my little family.

Can’t wait to read your favorite recipes.

Stephanie xx.

one of a kind coffee collection

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As a full time working mom of 3 very active boys, my weekly routine can be very busy and chaotique at times, especially during the Fall months. So when Friday comes, even as early as 5:30 am, I’m looking forward for some me-time that I can hopefully take during the weekend… Usually, the only time of the week that is possible, since weeks are reserved to work, blogging, attending events, kids homeworks, sports and activities, meaning not much time for me. This, let be honest really SHORT me-time is where I can relax, take care of myself and sometimes, if I’m lucky, take a bath with actually a warm coffee… Because everybody knows that having kids means that coffee is not always so hot when we got time to take a sip.

As you may already know, I am a huge coffee lover and need this caffeine in my daily life. Talking about coffee, I would love to share with you one of a kind coffee collection. Nespresso just launched two new editions: Ethiopia Yirgacheffe and Colombia Aguadasfrom the collection Explorations 2. The Colombia Aguadas is my favorite due to its delicate acidity, its candied apples and red berries sweet flavour and its velvety texture that I always find in my Nespresso coffees. I personally prefer it with a little bit foamed milk, similar to a cappuccino which makes the perfect comfy and warm drink during those crisp days of fall.

This time, Nespresso roamed the globe to uncover singular origins and scarves coffees which are considered as gems by coffee experts. I’m totally not a coffee expert, but I can tell you that I definitely taste the difference between these 2 contrasting tastes of Ethiopia Yirgacheffe and Colombia Aguadas.

These two new capsules are so easy and fast to make, just like Nespresso always is,  which definitely makes them a must in my life: everything needs to be easy and fast. When I use my Nespresso CitiZ & Milk machine in the morning, there’s a line up of little helpers waiting to press the button.

I highly recommend you trying them out! Ethiopia Yirgacheffe and Colombia Aguadas are offered for a limited time, in a duo set, at Nespresso stores and online at the link below:

https://www.nespresso.com/ca/en/order/capsules/original/explorations-2-coffee-capsules

Let me know what you think when you try it!

Good night

Stéphanie xx

Fall baby’s wardrobe

IMG_3096Because fall is here since a few days… and I know it still feels like summer just arrived but time is already here to start thinking about kid’s wardrobe with warmer pieces, longer sleeves and some chunky knits. And even if it’s still really warm, In October, those warmer pieces can be really useful on fresh nights and crisp mornings.

I get lots of messages and e mails about the shops and stores that I get my kids clothes from. Here are some of my favorites as when it comes to really functional, cute, stylish and comfy clothes for baby.

Little minimalist – @littleminimalist.ca

Tara the owner of this lovely Montreal shop, chooses every piece of clothing, every shoe, every bag carefully and thoughtfully, from brands that she believes to be the best in the world.  Her focus is smaller brands, that aren’t mainstream, for original and authentic baby.

She has really fun, unique and minimalist brands in her selection that I totally love because of the style, the neutral colours and the softness of the fabrics.

Our favorites pieces for Fall are definitely the Hubble & Duke gumboots, the Skyscraper Sweatshirt from Jax & Hedley, the Beau Hudson cardigans and the kid Wild playsuits.

https://littleminimalist.ca

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Os and Oakes  – @OSANDOAKES 

Os and Oakes creates simple, stylish, unisex apparel for fashionable little ones ranging from sizes 12 Months – 5T.  Made in Ontario Canada, their collection is inspired by the latest trends and is tailored to fit our adorable little tot.

The style of their little pieces are trendy and minimalist and I love this. It makes it much easier to build little outfits with solid colors. Our favorites pieces are the striped ostrich tee, spot me long sleeve sweater with it’s cute elbow patch, french terry leggings and the catch me tee with it’s contrasting pocket.

https://www.osandoakes.com

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Plum Kids – @plum.kids

Plum Kids creates handmade, simple, minimalist fashions for babies and kids, with a mature level of style in mind. Jas ‘ goal ( the owner and creator of Plum kids ) is blending quality fabrics with polished aesthetic, and creates unique, modern and fashionable clothing pieces for  kids that fit comfortably and feel good on the skin.

Here again, I really like the minimalist style, the soft fabrics and the way all pieces always looks stylish.

Our favorite pieces are the grey knitted bloomers, the striped overalls and the peekaboo romper.

http://www.plumkids.ca

Ole Design – @ole.design

OLE design is a Canadian maker of modern baby’s & kid’s accessories & apparel. Olena, the founder and creative director strives to create the best pieces at affordable prices. “Natural comfort & style” is her main goal.

Ole Design also closely  follows the latest fashion trends so the little ones can be the most stylish in their neighbourhood and feel comfortable while having fun. They create each piece with love, and  hopes it will bring you the same joy & smile it brings them.

Our favorite pieces are their harems and leggings, modern infinite scarves, and the really adorable animal print organic tees.

https://www.oledesign.ca/collections/all

Boutique le méchant loup – @boutiquelemechantloup

Le Méchant Loup is a decoration and clothing online shop for babies and toddlers, located in the south shore of Montreal. In love with modern and monochrome, Karine the owner takes the time to carefully choose every item from the best brands in the world to make them a part of our family memories.

The reason why we like this monochrome online boutique, it’s because of the gorgeous brands selected, the variety she has to offer online and the cuteness of the clothing collections.

Our favorites pieces are Miles baby rompers, the HUX baby sweaters, the Dudes N Dolls leggings and the Whistle & flute pyjama.

https://www.boutiquelemechantloup.com/fr/

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Boutique Clément

Established in Quebec they constantly innovate in order to please their customers and to stay up-to-date with the latest trends in the clothing market.

Our favorite pieces and collections are the camp sweater from Le Chat Botté, the yak raglan t shirt, infinity scarf and caps all  from LP as well as the polar one-piece from North Face.

https://www.clement.ca/fr/accueil.aspx

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When we were young – @when_we_wear_young

When we wear young is a  shop that has all the modern and functional essentials you need for your little ones ages 0-4 yrs.  Simply designed, functional and without emphasis on gender stereotypes.

They work with small independent brands from Canada and all over the world who pride themselves on using the best quality materials, with a focus on details and ethical production.

Our favorite pieces are the camel sweatshirt and the grey raglan sweatshirt both from from Little Hedonist, the nude drawstrings joggers, the black fleece hares and the overalls from Kids stuff clothing.

https://whenwewearyoung.com

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the shoes now…. here are our favourite stores and our fall favorites for Axel:

GLOBO

They have a fun selection of some of our favorite brand which are Nike, Timberland and Vans.

http://www.globoshoes.com/ca/en

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Rubino

A nice family store chain that offers lots of brands, where you will find some of our favorites such as Ecco, Adidas and Puma.

http://rubinoshoes.com/en/

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I also love to complete and create unique outfits by shopping some items at Zara and HM as well. it makes fun and stylish looks that are usually different by incorporating items from small shops.

What are your favorite shops to get your babies and kids clothes.

Good night

xx