I’m ready for you SPRING!

SpringCleaningSpring has officially sprung and I couldn’t be more excited. I’m loving the longer days, the bluer skies, and of course the sunshine…now only if the warmer temps would kick in (I know you know what I’m talking about). Honestly and all kidding aside there’s just something about the spring that makes me feel alive, happy and energized.

One thing that I look forward to doing with the arrival of spring is getting back outside after a long cold winter and finally being able to open up the windows to get some fresh air in the house. You know what else springtime means? Spring cleaning of course! Purging things we no longer need, organizing our messy piles of everything and anything that accumulated over the lazy months and getting into areas of the house that haven’t been touched in what seems like forever. It’s a lot of work and it can be a pain in the ass but once you have it done you can’t help but be in a better mood and feel great about your newly cleaned and tidy space.

If you’re anything like me you’re probably thinking, well…that’s all fine and dandy but what if I hate cleaning? Well, here’s a little secret for you…cleaning, isn’t on favourite things to do either, I know…shocker. Unfortunately the reality is that it needs to be done no matter how much it sucks. So, I’m here to figure this out with you. As a Mamma of 3 (ages 5, 3, and 1) you know how crazy and messy things can get so I’m going to share with you some tips, tricks and advice to help you keep things clean and smelling good and all while keeping costs down.

Here goes…

1. Tackle a bit at a time…

When you have little ones running around you need to be realistic and cleaning the house from top to bottom with them around will only stress you out and most likely won’t get your far. Create a schedule so you know that Tuesdays for example are bathroom days while Friday nights are reserved for vacuuming and washing floors (let’s get real we’re parents now and we’ll be home because hitting up the bar just ain’t happening anymore haha) and don’t forget to clean as you go (wash your dishes after you’re done eating, wipe down and tidy yup the kitchen once you’re done cooking, etc).

2. Make it a family effort…

You’re most likely not the only person living in your home right? Which means others are contributing to the mess and so it’s time everyone rolls up their sleeves and pitches in to help out. My husband absolutely hates cleaning the bathrooms so our deal is that I will do that while he takes care of things outside of our home. He’s also obsessed with loading the dishwasher so who am I to argue with him (it’s all yours babe 😉 haha). As for the kids you might think well they’re small, what could they possibly do to help? Let me tell you, there’s plenty! Have them do little things like tidy up their toys after they are done playing, putting their dirty clothes in the hamper, dishes in the sink after meals, etc. These little tasks will not only teach them responsibility but they will also love helping out Mamma and Papa.

3. Have fun…

We all know how exciting and thrilling it is to clean right? I’m clearing joking because we all know it’s not so why not do something about it. Open up the windows, let the fresh air come in and crank the radio. Music will always put a smile on your face and get you moving. Before you know it your dreaded task of cleaning will be a distance memory.

4. Make sure your tools are ready to go…

Before you load clothes into the washer, run the dishwasher or bust out the vacuum cleaner you may want to do some simple maintenance on them. Take the time to run a clean cycle on your washer/dishwasher and of course empty out and clean your vacuum cleaner. Over time things can get yucky and smelly and you don’t want that. Do a google search or check pinterest for some great ways to clean these appliances and trust me you’ll thank me down the road. This is a total must for every spring cleaning!

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Last but not least you need to make sure you have the right supplies on hand. It can get overwhelming when you hit the cleaning aisle at the store…so many products and items that’s it’s easy to drop money on things you don’t need so let’s make it simple. Let’s get you in and out with what you need and without spending extra money. Get yourself a mop (I love microfibre ones that allow you to remove the pad for washing purposes), a bucket, some sponges, rubber gloves, cleaning cloths (good quality cotton or microfibre are both great), and most importantly a great multi-surface cleaner. To get you in the spring cleaning zone may I suggest going with one of my new faves which is Pine-Sol’s NEWEST scent…Spring Blossom. I absolutely love it! It’s powerful enough to cut through grease, grime and dirt and it’s perfect for cleaning your entire home and making it smell amazing. Who doesn’t love the scent of a spring bouquet of Jasmine, Magnolia and Orange Blossom? Thought so 😉 ! This Pine-Sol multi surface cleaner can be used in the kitchen, bathroom and everywhere in between which means one product instead of 5…your bank account will thank you for it.

So there you have it….my tips, tricks and advice for getting you started on spring cleaning. There’s no better way to welcome the season with a clean slate and the spring blossom scent. Also don’t forget to check out the Pine-Sol website for more info and some fantastic How-Tos on killing those nasty flu germs, getting stubborn fabric stains out, tackling backyard toys to getting your shine stainless steel and much, much more!

It just takes YOU to make a difference…

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This past Wednesday was Pink Shirt Day; a day when we proudly wear pink shirts in honour and support of anti-bullying. Bullying is a major issue and sadly it’s not getting any better which is why we need to create awareness and ban together to put an end to it.

Did you know that…

  • Canada has the 9th highest rate of bullying in the 13-years-olds category on a scale of 35 countries
  • At least 1 in 3 adolescent students in Canada have reported being bullied recently
  • Among adult Canadians, 38% of males and 30% of females reported having experienced occasional or frequent bullying during their school years
  • 47% of Canadian parents report having a child victim of bullying
  • Any participation in bullying increases risk of suicidal ideas in youth
  • The rate of discrimination experienced among students who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans-identified, Two-Spirited, Queer or Questioning (LGBTQ) is three times higher than heterosexual youth
  • Girls are more likely to be bullied on the internet than boys
  • 7% of adult internet users in Canada, age 18 years and older, self-reported having been a victim of cyber-bullying at some point in their life
  • The most common form of cyber-bullying involves receiving threatening or aggressive e-mails or instant messages and has been reported by 73% of victims
  • 40% of Canadian workers experience bullying on a weekly basis
    (source: http://www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/45838.html)

Those are just a few of the many scary stats that are out there. Bullying is real and doesn’t discriminate against age, sex, religion, sexual preference, or race. I hear cases of it at Samantha’s school with kids as young as 4 years old, with my nieces and nephews who are tweens and teens and hell, just a few years back I was a target amongst a group of online moms through social media. It’s name calling, it’s shoving and pushing, teasing, spreading rumours and lies, attacking and making fun of people in person and on social media. It’s sending threatening texts and emails and sadly the list doesn’t end there.

Something needs to be done to put an end to this all and the answer starts with YOU!

16911044_10155792280264838_2123915209_oWednesday evening I had the honour of being invited to attend the very first Pink Shirt Day concert at Vaughan Mills Mall from our friends at GIRL TALK Empowerment. It was simply fantastic! The vibe and energy was amazing and positive! They had a “Kindness Never Goes Out Of Style” pop up shop set up where people were able to go in and purchase a pink tee, take some fun pics and leave an inspiring message on their pink wall. The concert was the main event and rightfully so! Hosted by GIRL TALK Empowerment founder Katie Zepperi and featuring a Q&A session with YouTube star Meg DeAngelis and music from Ryland James and Tyler Shaw. Each of the young stars shared stories, experiences and positive messages with the crowd. Their message to be kind, to treat others as you would want to be treated and to stand up against bullying whether you are the victim or a witness, was something that hit close to home for many of the people who were there. It was exactly what these young people as well as the adults there needed to hear.

16990054_10155792280204838_943930698_oBullying needs to end here and now! No more of this crap and no more of standing by and watching it happen! WE need to do something about it and WE need to start now! We as parents need to teach our kids right from wrong and lead by example because they are watching and learning from us. Our kids are listening to the words we are speaking and more importantly are watching our actions so we can’t just talk the talk, we actually need to walk the walk. If we say one thing but do the other what message our we sending our children?

So I decided to share a few tips with you Mammas and Papas because let’s face it, everything starts at home so if we can get it right, then it will help lead our kids in the right direction.

  • Show respect to one another in and outside of the home
  • Be kind because kindness is contagious
  • Be aware of your words and actions especially in front of your children
  • When you see someone being bullied DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT and lend a helping hand

In a world where people feel entitled and it’s easy to hide behind cell phones, computer screens and social media accounts, it’s important to spread the message of kindness and love rather than one of hurt and hate. Remember it just takes YOU to make a difference and if each one of us commits to that, than think of what we can accomplish together in this fight against bullying.

Special thanks to Katie Zepperi of GIRL TALK Empowerment and Vaughan Mills for putting on this stellar event and inviting me to tag along! Much love to everyone and wishing you all a fab and oh so CHIC day xoxo.

Let’s talk Running With Violet…


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Today I am featuring an interview with the two creators behind the hot new web series “Running With Violet,” which they describe as a cross between “Thelma and Louise” and “Fargo”…but with a toddler! Hope you mamas will check out this series written and produced by ladies!

Marie-Claire: So partner!

Rebecca: Howdy!

Marie-Claire: So can you give Chic Mammas a sense of our story?

Rebecca: Absolutely! Running With Violet centers around two small town women who take off for a girls’ weekend with a toddler in tow but then get caught up in a small town meth ring. So they think they’re escaping their responsibilities and problems, but end up encountering a host of even bigger problems!

Marie-Claire: That’s always annoying!

Rebecca: Haha! Yes, after writing the series, I definitely never want to get caught up in a meth ring!

Marie-Clarie: Good point, me either! Hm…okay. What are a few facts about our series that ChicMamma.ca readers might find interesting?

violet and me on side of roadRebecca: Well, the toddler in the show is actually my toddler!

Marie-Claire: That’s definitely interesting! Indeed, it was a crazy ride shooting with a toddler for 14 days, wasn’t it?

Rebecca: Not to mention my own toddler. Definitely up there as one of the hardest things I’ve done.

Marie-Claire: Are we nuts for attempting it?

Rebecca: A bit! Though I have to say leading up to the shoot, I blocked out the realities of what our days on set would look…like how I was going to stay on top of my lines (my actor job), keep the show running smoothly (my producer job), all while keeping Violet happy and safe (my Mamma job).

Marie-Claire: So are you saying it was harder than expected?

Rebecca: YES!

Marie-Claire: But we did come up with some fun strategies, didn’t we?

Rebecca: Yes, we got very creative on set as we navigated shooting with Violet! In fact, we stopped using her name whenever possible so we wouldn’t draw attention to her and freak her out. Instead, we started calmly saying, ‘little pinkie is approaching the set.’ And then instead of calling action we would say ‘let’s fry some potatoes!’

Marie-Claire: That actually worked!

Rebecca: Yes, we fried a lot of potatoes! It’s some good frying we did!

Marie-Claire: So many fries!

RWV Still_Jolene&Miranda (1)Rebecca: Do you think the ChicMamma.ca readers will like Running With Violet?

Marie-Claire: I think so! There’s lots of humour—more than you would expect considering the dark scenario.

Rebecca: It’s true, we find ways to bring the funny. For example, even when things get really serious, Violet still needs to pee and she can’t be without her screen time! And your character can be a bit ridiculous!

Marie-Claire: She can be a bit clueless. She starts off the series as an isolated housewife with an abusive husband–

Rebecca: –until she takes matters into her own hands!

Marie-Claire: In fact, some of the themes of our show include escape, finding freedom…

Rebecca: Finding freedom with a toddler!

Marie-Claire: That’s hard!

Rebecca: Yes, it is! I hope we’ve enticed you, Chic Mammas!

Marie-Claire: Please visit us over on our youtube channel to watch our episodes. The episodes are under ten minutes, so hopefully you can fit them in on a bathroom break—

Rebecca: Or when you’re hiding in your closet for some ‘me’ time.

Marie-Claire: What?

Rebecca: You do what you have to do, MC! You’ll see!

Marie-Claire: Okay!

Rebecca: Please watch and subscribe and tell your friends! We hope you love the show!

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3 Things No One Tells You About Postpartum Recovery

Guest Blog Written By: Denise Chiriboga of FitTritious

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You’ve heard it said before “if I knew what I know now….”
For me, it’s about my postpartum recovery and returning to fitness.

Here are three things I wish I knew about postpartum recovery before I had my children. If I knew what I know now, things would have looked A LOT differently.

ONE. I wish someone would have told me that my midwife’s 6 week postpartum checkup releasing me from her care DID NOT mean that I could go back to the same exercises I was doing before I got pregnant, or when I was pregnant.

If I had known, I wouldn’t have gone balls to the wall back to running and kickboxing and would have saved myself from embarrassing leaky bladder episodes every time I jumped, sneezed, laughed, or coughed.

TWO. I wish someone had told me that the body’s spontaneous healing happens in the first 8 weeks after birth.

If I had known, I would have helped my body heal by wearing my belly wrap Every. Single. Day.

THREE. I wish someone would had told me that it’s NOT normal for my belly to grow throughout the day making me look 6 months pregnant 5 months after I had my baby.

If I had known that this is a sure sign of abdominal separation, (aka mummy tummy) which is an actual condition called diastasis recti abominus, I could have gotten help earlier.

If I had known that all of these issues were not ‘just normal after having a baby’ and instead had known the signs and symptoms of core and pelvic floor dysfunction, I would have seen a professional right away.

And by professional, that brings more questions. Exactly what type of professional am I talking about?

Is it your family doctor?

Or that medical clinic that is promoting the latest fat freezing or tummy tuck procedure?

Or is it that hardcore ‘no pain, no gain’ bootcamp trainer at the gym who’s riding your @$$ like crazy?

The answer is none of the above.

The right medical professional to see is a pelvic floor physiotherapist, as well as a trained fitness professional like myself who is knowledgeable and educated in helping moms heal from the inside out. We’re talking strengthening the core and pelvic floor. Don’t forget that you’re baby was sitting and moving all over your womb; your organs were displaced, and everything doesn’t just snap back to the way it was. Even if you feel like everything is ok down there, you don’t want to do anything in the gym that will make you take a few steps backward in your healing process (like I did).

So I urge you, if you are pregnant, and haven’t yet seen a pelvic floor physiotherapist, go see one (you can find one near you by visiting http://www.collegept.org/Home). And if you’re a new mom and experience any of the issues mentioned above, or even if you haven’t experienced any of the above symptoms, it doesn’t mean you’re home free – get checked out, and make sure if you engage in any fitness classes, that they are safe for postpartum moms – meaning there is no high intensity training (ie: no bootcamps, no jumping, or running or jumping jacks, and definitely no crunches) and ensure that the focus is on re-training the core and pelvic floor. You can be sure of this if your trainer or instructor is Bellies Inc. Core Confidence certified like myself. Find out more about my postpartum Strong Mom classes here http://www.fittritious.com.

 

Bio: ChicMamma.ca Vendor Denise Chiriboga, aka The FitTritionist is a personal fitness trainer and registered holistic nutritionist specializing in everything fitness & nutrition for pre&postnatal moms. She’s the founder of Strong Mom fitness classes and takes great care in helping moms heal postpartum issues such as urinary incontinence, mummy tummy, and back pain with fitness, nutrition and functional movement. To find out more about Denise’s classes and get The Flat Belly After Baby Guide visit http://www.FitTritious.com

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Did someone say MIKE WARD?!

Mike Ward…where do I start? I’ve known him for years and he’s honestly one of the most talented humans out there…like I’m dead serious lol. He can do anything and everything and kick ass at it but when it comes to cooking, well…he’s pretty much a God!

Beginning his cooking career at the bright-eyed age of 17 in Sydney, Australia, Mike never believed he would one-day prepare meals for such clientele as Julia Roberts, Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. Mike has cooked in some of Sydney’s and Toronto’s most acclaimed restaurants (Zigolini’s and The Basementin Australia, Prego Della Piazza and Shark City in Toronto), and has owned and operated several catering companies over the years. Mike has had a rare and valuable mix of both successful culinary and media careers. In early 2000 Mike expanded his creative pursuits beyond restaurants to include producing and directing award winning cooking/travel/lifestyle television series that have been viewed in over 40 countries.

In addition, Mike also;

  • Recently signed a cookbook deal with the release date being slated for early 2018.
  • Writes and hosts a weekly food radio show on SiriusXM called Devour that reaches a US audience of 30 million & 3 million in Canada.
  • Appears regularly on several radio outlets and cooks on television on Cityline (Canada’s #1 rated national morning lifestyle show) and on-camera for various other outlets.
  • Is the ex-Food Editor-in-Chief of Canadian Living (Canada’s #1 food/lifestyle magazine).
  • Creates food content for many major food brands.
  • Writes for The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Sun, 24 Hours (national), Hoss Magazine, Domino and several other magazines and online outlets including having his recipes featured on virtually all the top food sites.
  • Regularly hosts and emcee’s food and culinary events including the Visa Dining series and Taste of Toronto.
  • Demo cooks at, and hosts numerous charity events, in addition to most of Canada’s major food festivals and culinary events.
  • Has been engaged to consult on a national 2017 Food Trend Advisory Board.
  • Has his own YouTube channel with views recently crossing the 4 million mark.
  • Serves as a consult to Centennial Colleges’ culinary department to develop curriculum and guest instruct industry relevant culinary courses.
  • Is involved in many charities including Dancing with Parkinsons.

His personal passion remains finding solutions and working with organizations that can and are actualizing the concept of fair and accessible good quality food for people of all economic levels. Whether it be a quiet night at home teaching his two daughters how to use the “grown up” knives, in a foreign country directing a cooking series, or flying his beloved 2-seater aerobatic aircraft, Mike’s insatiable appetite for food and adventure continues to drive him to explore and create.

Wanna see him in action? Just watch the video below and check back with us here on ChicMamma.ca because we’ll have some Mike Ward coming your way VERY SOON 😉

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Learn to Love your “Woman Cycle”

Guest Blog Written By: Dr. Jen Cisternino Naturopathic Doctor

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The menstrual cycle is such a beautiful time for a women if she tunes into her body. This extends to her emotional, mental and spiritual body.  We are all aware that our hormones orchestrate our menstrual cycle. For example; if your hormones are out of balance then you may miss a period or have several symptoms like breast tenderness, mood changes, acne, sleep disturbances etc. Most women will see their medical doctor for these imbalances and most are prescribed the birth control pill. Essentially, the pill is masking the underlying imbalances which are there to get “your attention”. We are not meant to “suppress” symptoms but instead listen to the innate wisdom of our bodies and do something to HEAL ourselves.

Let’s look at a common complaint- dysmenorrhea (cramping and pain with periods). Pain with menses can be quickly remedied with Anaprox or Advil. Have you ever wondered why you have pain and why some months may be more painful? Have you spent the time wondering if stress or poor diet had something to do with it? I do IgG food allergy testing in my office and essentially you can find out which foods cause inflammation in your body, which can translate to menstrual pain. Something else to consider is “blocked pelvic energy” a 2nd chakra issue. This energy centre in our body is affected by our relationships with men, sex, our feminine nature, our needs and wants and how they may be influenced by cultural needs and wants.  Have you assessed these relationships? They might be telling.

Another common complaint are mood changes- anger, irritability, sadness or anxiousness.  If people have told you that you morph into a different person then there is something there to explore.  Are you holding everything in and then using that time to give yourself “permission” to explode. What are you not expressing day to day?

I always urge women to look at the cyclical nature of their moods, and try to figure out what their minds and bodies are telling them.  Maybe you need a diet change, a relationship change, need for more exercise, an emotional release, more yoga, meditation or reiki.

During the week before your menses and even into your period-your body, mind and soul naturally want to relax, renew and recharge. Even though you can’t see how much your reproductive organs are working, you have to believe that putting more stress on your body is not helping.  Do not over exert yourself during this time and be sure to be extra loving and kind to yourself. Each menstrual cycle is designed to help you start new and fresh. Believe it or not, most post menopausal women come into my office saying how much they miss their menses. They didn’t realize how good it felt to be “cleansed”.

I want this blog to relay a simple message to you. Your menstrual symptoms are sending you a message that there is imbalance in your body and most likely your life. You are in control of your hormones and you are being called to make a change to help yourself.

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Three important ways to get your resume noticed

Guest Blog Written By: Holly of It’s Personal Branding

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Mammas, I get it.

We’re often head of the household (either formally or informally) and we have TONNES on the go at any given time. Not only do we have to take care of ourselves, but we are responsible for EVERYTHING to do with our littles.

It feels like there’s just no time.

But, part of being so responsible means looking out for our own opportunities to grow professionally – for intellectual stimulation, added challenges and to provide even better for our families.

So, when was the last time you updated your resume?

In case it’s been a while for you, I’ve put together some ways you can revamp your resume to get noticed, in between all of the caring and coping and craziness of motherhood.

Ready?

# 1: Make sure your professional summary actually summarizes your key qualifications for the position.

I often see resumes with vague and generic professional summaries. Things like:

Key Qualifications:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Detail oriented with the ability work under pressure
  • Report writing

 This summary does a poor job of differentiating the applicant from the others. And worse yet, it usually appears at the top of the resume so that it’s the first thing the reader sees.

Now consider this professional summary:

Key Qualifications:

  • Greeted customers and managed the return and exchange process for a busy retail store.
  • Wrote summary reports on board meetings including capturing the findings and developing insights.

You have only a few seconds to grab the reader’s attention, so instead of listing generic skills, describe your qualifications that the hiring manager is actually looking for.

The aim of your resume is to stand out from the other applicants and communicate your unique value.

But how do you communicate your uniqueness?

# 2: Use quantitative accomplishment statements in your resume.

Quantitative statements incorporate numerical values to convey your accomplishments in a way tangible way. It helps the reader get a clearer understanding of what you did AND what you can contribute to the new organization.

Consider the following two statements. The first one is a duty-focused statement and the second one is a quantitative statement.

  1. Organized several external conferences.
  1. Planned and coordinated three conferences for over 400 guests including staff, stakeholders and global management.

Which one sounds more impressive to you?

By adding numbers like “three conferences” and “400 guests” it helps bring the accomplishment to life so that the reader can feel the benefit.

Which brings us to the last step.

# 3: State the benefit of your accomplishments

Businesses usually have at least one of three main reasons for wanting to hire:

  1. To make money
  2. To save money
  3. To solve a problem

So, if you can tie back your accomplishments to how they created a benefit for the company (or client or patient), then you end up showing a direct link to how your work provides benefit – without relying on the reader to make assumptions about the results.

Here are some examples of tying in the benefit with your qualitative achievement:

  • Assisted with planning and execution of seven national and international trade shows
    in a one-month period, adding 150 prospective clients to the list.
  • Greeted and consulted with up to 100 customers per shift, sharing product knowledge
    and assisting in purchase decisions.
  • Followed up with trade show prospects to provide product details and arrange on-site product trials, leading to 50+ purchase orders.

Bonus points for making the benefit quantitative too.

These are three important ways you can distinguish yourself from other applicants. Focus on writing statements that are unique to you, that no other applicant could write and have them be true.

Holly Hagan is a professional resume writer and LinkedIn profile writer for her business It’s Personal Branding. She is passionate about helping people shine to receive opportunities they deserve.

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Holiday Gift Guide with Sanat Kumara Crystals

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For thousands of years we have been turning to crystals and gemstones for their special powers and healing properties. Rose quartz has been known as a stone of gentle love due to it’s ability to help heal the heart, bring love and also deal with grief. Smokey quartz is the stone of power, grounding, protection, which removes negative energy and emotional blockages while bringing in positive energy. Moonstone is the stone of hoping and wishing, feminine energy, psychic abilities, abundance, childbirth, fertility, pregnancy, hormone balance, power, calm and relief of emotional stress. There are many different crystals and gemstones, each with it’s own special power and healing properties. You’ll find some people like to carry loose stones with them while others like to wear them as a jewellery piece. No matter your preference, their powers and properties remain the same.

I have always loved crystals and stones, learning about them, buying them and of course wearing them. The spiritual and healing side of them has always been something that I have taken comfort in and been attracted to, which is why I’m thrilled to feature this local Toronto business Sanat Kumara Crystals in our Chic Mamma Holiday Gift Guide.

The great thing about crystals and stones is that they are for everyone…women, men, children and Sanat Kumara Crystals has something for everyone. What I love about them is that each piece has been created with the intention of awakening consciousness and healing the heart. Another interesting feature of their pieces is that they are blessed and infused with Reiki and Angelic High Frequency Healing.

I had the opportunity to shop the Sanat Kumara Crystals website and fell in love with pretty much everything they have, but I narrowed it down with my top picks which are perfect for gift giving this holiday season.

For those of you who know me personally you know how much I love bracelets. I love stacking and layering them and on any given day you’ll probably find me wearing at least 10 haha. Hands down bracelets for me are definitely my go to jewellery piece of choice which is why I absolutely love their crystal stone beaded bracelets. They come in a variety of different stones and sizes for women, men and children. Pick a stone that you like the look of or dig a little deeper and pick one that resonates with you based on the powers and properties it emits. At $28 a piece you can’t go wrong! These make fantastic teacher gifts and they always make for awesome gifts when you want to pick something up for yourself. Wear them alone or stack a few together…you make that call depending on your mood and what you’re feeling.

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Beaded Crystal Bracelet $28 each (Rose Quartz, Hematite, Smokey Quartz and many more)

If bracelets aren’t your style than a great choker might be the way to go! Right now chokers are all the rage since their 90’s come back and probably one of the most popular accessories at the moment. Sanat Kumara Crystals has a great selection of crystals chokers as well other talisman like the Hamsa featured below (which protects its owner from the evil eye while bringing happiness, luck, health and good fortune). Beautiful, simple and fashionable!

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Hamsa Protection Chokers $28 & Clear Quartz Crystal Choker $31

This set is something I love and will be gifting my girls with this Christmas. It’s an opalite (great for soothing nerves and depression while bringing joy and calmness) angel necklace with the matching beaded Mother Mary bracelet blessed with Mother Mary’s intentions of love and healing. Available for women as well and also in a variety of different crystals.

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Beaded Opalite Mother Mary bracelet & Angel necklace set $51

This is a fantastic online shop that you need to check out. They are amazing, they know their crystals and can guide and educate you so that you can pick the perfect items for yourself or loved ones. Everything they offer are tools to help aid in spiritual awareness and opening, hiding you on the path of love.

Right now all orders placed up until Jan 30/17 will get FREE SHIPPING so check them out and SHOP LOCAL, SUPPORT LOCAL and SPEND LOCAL with Sanat Kumara Crystals.

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Holiday Gift Guide with My Legwear Shop

downloadThe Christmas lists are never ending, the shopping is insane, the preparation is stressing you out and once again us Mammas are thinking about everyone and everything but ourselves. Well, it’s time to do something for yourself and maybe get yourself a little something this holiday season, which is why I’m featuring one of my favourite local online stores…My Legwear Shop!

My Legwear Shop is a homegrown Canadian company that was launched by founder Antonella, a Mamma just like us. Her desire for great fashion and comfort is what kick started My Legwear Shop. She was on a mission to find comfortable and quality clothing, at a price that wouldn’t break the bank, while being stylish and trendy. When she couldn’t find what she was looking for she knew that something had to change that. She knew that she would have to be the person to make that change.

My Legwear Shop is THE place to shop for athleisure, athletic wear, leggings, yoga pants, hosiery, stockings, tights, shape wear and much more. Tons of great and affordable items for both girls and women and I’m excited to fill you in on some my faves.

Let’s start with something from the Slymwear line which is exclusive to My Legwear Shop. I love this line because the quality is amazing. It’s made right here in Canada and the pieces from this collection are versatile, so you can wear them to workout in or just as everyday casual wear.

My fave pants from the Slymwear collection are the Tess Capri Premium Fit Leggings. These are fantastic and for a few reasons. The nylon used is silky and smooth while the spandex in the fabric ensures that your clothing will keep it’s shape forever, while the breathability ensures a faster drying time. You also don’t have to worry about fading, wrinkles, snags or pills. The thing that I absolutely love about these capri’s is that they NEVER creep up on you. I don’t know about you but putting on capri’s that ride up throughout the day are just annoying! With these it doesn’t matter how much you move around or how active you are…they stay in place all day long. LOVE!!!

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Tess Capri Premium Leggings – Slymwear $66 (available in mosaic grey, citrus, lollipop)

Now let me introduce you to the Deanna Dance Bamboo top. This is a top that I think every woman needs in her closet. Again it’s from their exsluive Slymwear collection and I seriously don’t think I could live without it. It’s actually the most favourite top I own.  This top is very versatile, comfortable and fashionable. Wear it with a pair of yoga pants to yoga class, while you run your daily errands or dress it up with some jeans and heels. It’s soft and lightweight…which makes it perfect for layering with a great tank under it and it doesn’t cling making it super sexy and flattering on everyone who puts it on. The wide neckline also makes it a great off the shoulder top!

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The Deanna Dance Bamboo Top – Slymwear $58 (available in black and cherry burst)

My Legwear Shop also carries a wide variety of other brands including Yummie Life by Heather Thompson. This line is fantastic and having discovered it, I am hooked. These leggings are not your regular leggings, these are magical lol…let me fill you in. So what makes Yummie Life leggings amazing and different from the others out there? Well it’s because they are considered shapewear and were created by a Mamma just like us who knows and understand what life is like after children…including the fun body changes 😉 . These quality made leggings will give you a look that no basic average legging could ever do for you. They will lift, shape, tuck and boost the confidence of any woman who puts them on. I honestly didn’t believe it until I tried them for myself and now I own 4 pairs. They come in a variety of different colours, lengths and fabric, like their Tony style which is a faux leather (which is also totally breathable). Again like everything My Legwear Shop has to offer they are super versatile. I’ve worn mine with with a tank top and flip flops or converse in the summer, with a great top and high boots or heels and I love to match it up with my Deanna Dance Bamboo Top featured above.

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Yummie Life Leggings by Heather Thompson $65 to $100 (available in variety of colours and lengths)

There you have it, my top picks from My Legwear Shop for this year’s Holiday Gift Guide picked specifically for YOU! You, not the kids, not the husband, not the teachers but YOU! So stop what you’re doing, it can wait…it’s not gonna go anywhere and jump onto their site and do some shopping. You don’t have to worry about driving to a crazy busy mall and trying to navigate your way through the bumper to bumper parking lot or fight your way through frustrating line ups…you can shop in your pj’s while sitting on the sofa with a cup of tea by your side. You’ll be happy you did and you can find some great stuff to dress up this holiday season and dress down on those stay at home and veg days. PLUS we’ll be giving one lucky Chic Mamma reader the chance to WIN a $75 gift certificate from My Legwear Shop as a little treat from us to you, enter below.

Also don’t forget that if you have a Chic Mamma Card you can SAVE 15% off your order at time of purchase. Click here  for more info on this deal, many more and how to purchase your very own Chic Mamma Card.

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*contest closes on December 25th and winner will be chosen the week of December 26th*
GOOD LUCK!

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Holiday Gift Guide with Glitz Jewellery Boutique

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Jewellery is more than an accessory, it often tells a story and holds a special place in our heart. It brings us back to a different place and time where memories were made. I often find myself going through my jewellery box and looking at pieces that I have received over the years and thinking back at that time. Whether it’s the pearl ring my parents got me at the CNE when I was a little girl, the heart locket my husband bought me for our first Christmas when we started dating, the initial charms for each of my kids that I wear around my neck or my daddy’s wedding ring. All are so special, meaningful and sentimental. It doesn’t matter if it cost you the same amount as a mortgage payment or it was less than what a tank of gas would be…it’s all about who it came from and what made them think of you to buy it.

About a year ago I came across this amazing boutique called Glitz Jewellery and fell in love. They have an amazing variety of items for men, women and children. From gold to silver, diamonds and semi precious stones, designer brands and even their own custom designed pieces…they have it all. There are two lines that they carry that I especially love…Chrysalis for the women and Italgem Steel for the men which of course, I just had to feature in this year’s Chic Mamma Holiday Gift Guide.

Chrysalis is a UK company that was launched back in 2007 by co-founders (husband and wife team) Andrea and David. Their love for jewellery joined together with their love for travel and making memories is what kick started their business. They wanted to create something that was meaningful to the wearer and they were able to do that with their signature bangles. Their bangles are stackable which means each individual is be able to create their own personal story. We love these fun and fashionable pieces. They are perfect for gift giving, whether it be for your mom, the wife, a girlfriend, daughter, aunt or even teacher…you can’t go wrong. Available in different colours…silver, gold and rose gold and with a large selection of charms pick from you’ll be sure to find the perfect meaningful gift for the perfect person. Prices range from $35 to $45.

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Now let’s talk men…the hard ones to shop for! Over the past couple of years there has been a major shift in men’s jewellery. Men that weren’t really into jewellery are now finding themselves wearing more and more of it and why? Because they are finding the right way to do it and are coming across great new lines that are targeted specifically for men like Italgem Steel direct from Italy. It’s all about style and accessorizing to compliment your look without going overboard and feeling out of place and how do they do that? With bracelets of course! Keeping it simple, classy yet fun. Stack them up or wear them as singles. With options like beads, leather and steel it’s easy to achieve the the look and feel they want. The secret is to match up what on your wrist to what’s in your closet which is why I love this line that I discovered at Glitz Jewellery Boutique. These bracelets make a great gift and are at the perfect price point starting at $45 for their hook and anchor designs. Any daddy would love to get one from his little ones this Christmas and would surely cherish it and keep it close to his heart knowing it was picked out just for him.

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Whatever it is that you are looking for when it comes to jewellery and accessories, Glitz Jewellery Boutique has you covered. With a wide variety items and price points, you’ll be sure to leave with the perfect gift. In the meantime since it is the Christmas season and it’s all abut giving, we are very excited to bring you an awesome contest! We’ve teamed up with our good friends over at Glitz Jewellery Boutique to give one lucky ChicMamma.ca winner the chance to WIN a beautiful Chrysalis bracelet of their choice. Wanna WIN? Just enter using the rafflecopter widget below.

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*contest closes on December 21st and winner will be chosen on December 23rd*
GOOD LUCK!

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