How to Pamper yourself​ this Fall

How to Pamper yourself​ this Fall

“Self-care means, giving yourself permission to pause”

 

As most of you know, I don’t take as much “me time” as I would like to. Between my full-time job, trying to run my own business, kids, etc. It feels that I never have enough hours on the day (or I don’t make it).

One of the top reasons why I love living in Vancouver, it is that we get to truly enjoy every season. Fall it’s one of my favourite ones because the weather it’s not hot or cold, it’s just perfect. Love the magic of pumpkin everything and the fun of Halloween. I think it is the perfect season to slow down and do some self-care, physically and mentally.

Believe me, you don’t have to go and pay that super expensive massage at the Fairmont to effectively treat yourself, here are some tips that I’ve been doing and love it.

Dermaplanning

I read about this treatment at Jillian Harris and I was so curious about it! So, when my friend Crystal from the beauty perfectionist reach out to me to see If I wanted to give it a try, I said YES! It’s so pain-free and my face looks so clean and flawless afterwards!

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Diffuser/Candles

You know how obsessed I’m with these! I absolutely love my diffuser from Finlandia health, as I think it goes in every space of my house! My favourite essentials oils are lavender and clary sage!

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Pizza and Series

Yes, a little indulges hasn’t hurt anybody. Little Ceasars it’s our to go to when it comes to a nice takeout. Now, talking about series, I’ve been watching “this is us” and I’m obsessed about it. What I think I like the most about these series, is that every episode leaves you with a great life message. If you want to give it a try, make yourself a favour and get some Kleenex because you are going to need them lol!

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Music and exercise

I’m super into Spotify and morning run lately! I seriously get lost in the music and I feel perfect afterwards! I know maybe this won’t sound like pampering for some of you, but for some of us that we do not have lots of times for exercise and truly enjoy it, it does feel like a break of cleaning/kids lol!

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What’s your favourite way to pamper yourself? Leave me a comment!

Xo,

Athenas

5 Instagram Accounts to Follow for Halloween

5 Instagram Accounts to Follow for Halloween

Even tho lots of us are waiting for fall to get our pumpkin spice lattes, the best part about this season and what makes it more fun and “spooktacular” it’s Halloween!

I can bet that some of you started looking for your Halloween custom since September, but if you are like me and have NO idea of what are you going to wear, we need to start getting some inspiration out there from our IG feed. When I was doing my research, I was surprised to find all of these accounts that not only are FULL of Halloween inspiration, but they do celebrate Halloween all year long! WHAT??

Here are my top 5:

Spookyhoagie

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This account has a mix of everything. Food, beauty, décor, even an online store with cool Halloween socks!

Spookylittlehalloween

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Costumes, party décor, giveaways and she sends tricks and treats to your inbox every Friday! (With 17k followers, they must be gooood)

Halloweencountdown

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This account is full of beautiful fall/Halloween pictures! Definitely, follow them if you need some content inspiration!

Thehalloweencollector

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Vintage and repro! She has her own youtube channel if you want to check her out!

Thespookyvegan

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Yes, yes and yes! Let’s keep the vegan options this fall season! She shares obviously vegan options that I have never seen before! Love the account tho!

What are your favourites?

 

The Teal Pumpkin Project

The Teal Pumpkin Project

Well, my dear followers, October is finally here, and we all know what that means.. it’s candy time!

 

I remember last year when one of my friends told me she spent $300 bucks on Halloween candies at Costco, and I was like WHAT? You spent how much? And let’s not forget all of those mom’s who their kids have many allergies, and they have to check the whole bag making sure they are safe for their kids.

I don’t want to be that mom that doesn’t let their kids eat candies, they do eat candies once in a while, Halloween is one of those days but to be honest? They don’t even know the difference between a good candy and a bad one, that’s why I decided that this year, I want to have in my house smart options for them. YES, my kids are going to eat their sugar this year, but why not to choose a better/safer option for everyone?

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This year we are choosing to join the teal pumpkin project and give Freeyumm as treats! If you haven’t heard about them, this local company make these delicious bars and cookies with natural ingredients, no artificial fillers, and not unprocessed sweeteners. They are all made in a dedicated bakery where the top nine priority allergens are never allowed.

Some of the ingredients you’ll find are: Gluten-free oats, Organic non-GMO coconut palm sugar, Maple Syrup, Organic Honey, Sunflower oil, Ground Flaxseed, Sunflower Seeds, Organic Cocoa, Organic Pumpkin Seeds, Hemp Seeds, Ginger, Chia seeds and they make sure that their facility it’s free of the biggest allergens (Milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, etc.) making these products the perfect choice for our little ones.

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If you want to join me supporting the teal pumpkin project, the steps to participate are the following:

*Provide non-food treats for trick-or-treaters.

*Place a teal pumpkin (the colour of food allergy awareness) in front of your home to indicate you have non-food treats available.

*Add your home to the teal pumpkin project map.

*Spread the word! Share the teal pumpkin project with your friends and family.

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If you don’t have time to paint a pumpkin teal, just print out a free sign and post it in your door! Let me know who is joining me! Pds: You can find Freeyumm at Superstore, Save on foods, Choices, Whole foods, Stong’s, City Market, Pomme, Nester’s, No Frills, or get a 20% OFF with the promo code: FreeYumm20 in your first order on Well.ca

PDS: Thank you Shana from @lifeaswifeandmom for these amazing pictures!

XO,

Athenas

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Happy Anniversary​ to Local Boom!

Happy Anniversary​ to Local Boom!

If you don’t know the story of my blog, everything started 3 and a half years ago, while I was on maternity leave with Mia. I found that I couldn’t stay at home so we were always outside exploring all of these small businesses and local brands.

Supporting Local is so close to my heart, and I try to do it as much as my wallet let me. There are many online stores out there carrying local brands, but local boom it’s been my to go to, whenever I want to send a gift to someone. If you think about it, make sense! You are buying something you need (and that you would buy anyway) but at the same time you are giving back to your community.

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I discovered Local Boom last winter, when my friend Kama from ethigal blog was promoting them on her IG, and man, I thought that was brilliant! How did I never think about a business like this?

They began back in 2017 with the goal of helping Canadian brands to grow while supporting Canadian communities across the country. Their platform is full of Canadian treasures made by talented entrepreneurs, from Organic and natural skincare to Protein bars and vegan products, AND the prices are so reasonable. If you are following on Instagram you can see how much they donate to local organizations.

Steven has been very supporting with my blog, that’s why I wanted to dedicate this post to him and his business. Happy Anniversary Local Boom! For more years to come! If you want to check them out, click here!

Xo,

Athenas

Why everyone is obsessed with Hydra Facial

Why everyone is obsessed with Hydra Facial

Beauty Talk Alert!

If you know me, you know I’m not good at taking care of my skin. I do not use any sun protection, or expensive cream, I do not wash my face before sleep, I’m just a mess! But a couple months ago, for some reason, I decided it was time to pay attention to this tired face and make an effort, so when I heard that Bubbles and Wax had a special on Hydra facial I decided to give it a try, why? Because I was reading hydra facial in every beauty blog! So why is this treatment so popular?

The wow thing about it is that it performs 3 regimens at the same time, it cleans, exfoliates and infuse the skin with intensive serums. It renews the surface and texture of your skin, removing dead skin and helping reducing hyperpigmentation! Pretty amazing if you ask me!

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Another big benefit, for those who care about ageing, is that it smooths away fine lines and wrinkles!

If you’ve never heard of Bubbles and Wax, they are located in the South Surrey/White Rock area, and they specialize in waxing and facials! I truly enjoy going there because their customer service is BEYOND good, and I always leave with a happy face (not only because of the bubbles you get after your treatments but because they are very good on what they do).

So I was very happy to give hydra facial a try, and I’ll continue with this treatment during the fall! Love that when the treatment was finished, and I was seating there enjoying my bubbles, I Immediately feel my skin so clean, hydrated and smooth. If you decide to give it a try, this treatment is regular $120, but right now bubbles and wax have it for only $59.99! Let me know how do you like it!

Xo,

Athenas

What to read this Fall

What to read this Fall

Fall Season is here! It’s time to store those summer reads and get that pumpkin spice latte ready!

 

Is there anything better than curling up with a nice blanket and a great book? From political to girl power, here are our favourite books to read this fall:

 

1-She should be king by Wayetu Moore

 

This is the first novel from the amazing storyteller Wayetu Moore. It talks about the dramatic story of Liberia’s early years through three unforgettable characters who share an uncommon bond. “If she was not a woman, she would be king.”

 

2-Good and mad by Rebecca Traister

 

“With eloquence and fervour, Rebecca tracks the history of female anger as political fuel—from suffragettes chaining themselves to the White House to office workers vacating their buildings after Clarence Thomas was confirmed to the Supreme Court. Highlighting a double standard perpetuated against women by all sexes, and its disastrous, stultifying effect, Traister’s latest is timely and crucial. It offers a glimpse into the galvanizing force of women’s collective anger, which, when harnessed, can change history”. – Amazon

 

3-Becoming by Michelle Obama

 

An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States.

4-Small Fry: A memoir, Lisa Brennan

 

 

The Apple founder’s daughter tells the story behind their relationship and some personal memories she has with her father.

 

5-Sea prayer, Khaled Hosseini

 

If you were moved by the story of the little three-year-old Syrian boy whose body washed upon the beach in Turkey in September 2015, this book is for you! Hosseini hopes to pay tribute to the millions of refugee families who have to run away from their country in order to survive.

 

6-What if this were enough? Essays by Heather Havrilesky

 

“An impassioned and inspiring collection about the expectations of modern life and the sweet imperfections of the every day”. – Good reads

 

7-Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Parry Callahan

 

A great love story to read between the creator of the wondrous world of Narnia and the poet Joy Davidman – you don’t want to miss this!

Images by Amazon.

 

Support Local: Interview with Sleepy Miracles!

Support Local: Interview with Sleepy Miracles!

Having some troubles with sleep training? We got you! Here are some tips and tricks from the expert! Hope you enjoy!

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Tell us about yourself

 Hi! I’m Maria Escola. I’m a mom, a wife and a Certified Gentle Sleep Coach and Certified Baby & Child Sleep Consultant based in Langley, BC. I work with parents helping their families sleep well again. I experienced sleep deprivation first hand. It was really tough for me to be a good mom, wife and friend when I was so tired. After my son’s sleep transformation, I became very passionate about helping other moms and babies sleep well.   I truly believe that parents enjoy parenthood, even more, when they are well rested.

What is a sleep consultant and what do you do?

As a Certified Baby & Child Sleep Consultant, my passion is to help families find restful nights. When parents are sleep deprived life and parenting are harder! I meet with the parents and we create a step-by-step plan together to gradually start implanting changes in their little one’s sleep routine. During the process, my job is to support and guide parents every step of the way. I work with my clients for at least 3 weeks to give their children time to learn good and healthy sleep habits.

What is your sleep philosophy?

The goal of my gentle sleep philosophy is to protect the parent-child attachment. Babies need their parents’ support and love during the learning time, exactly as they need them when they are achieving new milestones or learning new things. And parents want to respond to their babies and know that they are not abandoning them. This is completely normal and is the foundation of my gentle sleep philosophy. I do not use the cry- it- out method and I’d never recommended stopping feeding or responding to a baby.  I do not believe that letting the children cry for hours and hours is teaching them something. My work respects the beautiful bond and trust formed between parents and their child.

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 How did you start in this profession?

When my second baby was born, he decided that sleep was not his priority! It was a very hard time for me as a mom and wife. I started feeling depressed and lost not knowing what I was doing wrong. Once I was able to help my baby sleep better, I was able to be the person and mom I wanted to be. I was happy, rested and joyful again, and so was my baby! It was the best thing I could have done for my family. I realized that motherhood and sleep deprivation don’t necessarily go hand in hand and my passion to help other moms began.

Why is it important to help a baby learn good sleep habits?

Every baby is different and every family sleep situation should be fully assessed before parents start teaching sleep skills to their children. Once babies have the opportunity to learn self-settling skills, their sleep habits improve and they start sleeping better. This has many benefits not only for the little ones (baby is well rested, happier, usually eats better) but also for the parents. By teaching independent sleep skills, parents ensure that their children are getting the amount of sleep they need to wake up happy and well rested.

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What is the process of working with you like? How does it work? What can people expect?  I work with the parents for about 3 or 4 weeks depending on their initial sleep situation. The process starts with the parents filling out a client intake form. We then do a consultation during which we create a personalized plan together. This is very important because parents need to feel comfortable with their sleep plan. Once they start implementing their plan, I follow up with them every day and make adjustments to their plan as needed. It is really teamwork! During the process, the sleep transformation occurs. Babies start sleeping better and therefore the whole family get more rest.

 How long does sleep training usually take?  It really depends on the case and how committed the parents are to make changes. Since my approach to sleep coaching is more gentle, and I like to introduce changes gradually, it usually takes a few weeks to work on night and day sleep.  Naps can take a bit longer to get organized but after three weeks most babies are doing great and parents see a huge difference in their sleep.

When can parents start sleep coaching? The best age to start sleep teaching is around the 6-month old mark. Most babies are physically and cognitively ready to learn self-settling skills by this age.  For this reason, the process tends to be easier and less frustrating for both—baby and parents. Some parents are ready to start gently shaping their baby’s sleep habits earlier, and that is okay as long as they work with a sleep consultant with specific training in that age range. Also, I recommend that before starting any sleep teaching process, parents ask their paediatrician if their child is ready.

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What are some tips to help children sleep well?

 There are some easy things parents can do to help their little one sleep well.

 

  • Choose an early bedtime.The best time to put a baby or toddler to bed is sometime between 6 and 8 o’clock in the evening. This ensures that their children will be able to get a solid night of sleep.
  • Create a predictable bedtime routine. Consistency and predictability are really important to babies and toddlers. When they know what to expect at bedtime, it makes it much easier for them to make the transition from waking to sleeping.
  • Spend some “special times” with your child. A few times during the day, go to your child’s room and have fun with him! Play, laugh, make eye contact and cuddle him! Making sure that your little one’s emotional tank is full by the end of the day will help them feel loved and connected. Children and toddlers in particular need that parent-child connection to be able to sleep better at night.

 

If you had to give sleepless parents a word of encouragement or support, what would you tell them?

I would like them to know that they are not alone! Sleep is one of the most common concerns for parents. The good news is that there is hope! Babies and small children can learn good sleep habits and become great sleepers! I’d recommend that they reach out for help if they have realized that their current sleep situation is no longer working for their families. With a good holistic sleep plan, every piece of the sleep puzzle can be put in its place, and when that happens, parents and babies start sleeping.

Maria Escola, Certified Baby and Child Sleep Consultant and Certified Gentle Sleep Coach, has been working with families all over the world as an infant and toddler sleep consultant since 2011. Have any baby sleep questions for Maria? She can be contacted through her website www.sleepymiracles.com or by phone at 604.788-3044

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