Him + Her, Snore no more! – PolySleep Adjustable Pillow Review

Who else has gone on countless trips looking for the right pillow, doing the pillow test in the store, you know the one where you crouch down and lean on to the pillow that is resting on the counter? (I hope I’m not the only one who does this..) Then there’s that day that you finally find it, go home, crawl in to bed and BAM, your head hits the pillow and you drift off in to dream land.

When I first heard of the PolySleep Pillow I was SO intrigued and excited to try it out. My husband and I have very different sleeping habits and that includes the type of pillow we use. For myself, before I was pregnant/nursing, I was always a tummy sleeper and used the thinest and slightly firm pillows. I felt these were always hard to find because I would also sometimes turn to my side in the middle of the night and wake up with a bit of a kink in my neck. PolySleep has brought me in to a whole new world of pillows, where there is only ONE. One pillow to rule them all. They offer this pillow that has a shell made of polyester microfibre and then has four inserts that you can choose from that are anti-microbial and made of a viscoelastic hybrid foam(which means it allows the air to circulate, reduces the temperature and firmness) that range from ¾” – 1¼”and with having these inserts to choose from you really CAN find the perfect fit with just one pillow! For myself, as a tummy/side sleeper, I only use the ¾” insert and it is the exact combination I need. Whereas some of you may need to up the insert and add a 1″ piece into the mix because you like a little more firmness and support.

Now for my husband. Oh my sweet, loving and thoughtful husband. I love him to bits, but when he is sleeping, he is not as thoughtful and caring as he would like to be haha. He snores with a VENGEANCE. No matter which way he lays, there is something that sneaks out, and Ezra is the same! You can imagine how our Saturday morning ‘sleep-ins’ go.

My husband used to sleep with 3-4 pillows, all varying in sizes and he would always be readjusting them throughout the night. Now with the PolySleep pillow, he has traded the multiple pillows for just one. The EXACT same pillow that my tummy-side sleeping self found the perfect fit from! Although the sizes and number of inserts we have inside the shell is completely different. My husband uses all of them. All four. But this is his perfect fit, no more multiple pillows to stack up or rearranging the tower in the middle of the night, just sleep.

The variance between our pillows is ¾” vs. 3¾” The pillows also come with a bag to store the inserts that you aren’t using in the moment. For example, I know that if I get pregnant again, I will definitely be changing the firmness in the pillow to adjust and support of a side sleeper. The pillows also come with a 3 year warranty and a 30 day sleep-trial for you to be confident that the PolySleep Adjustable Pillow is the perfect fit for you and if not 100% satisfied, they have a great team of Customer Service that will give you a full refund! PolySleep is a Canadian company and their products are made right here in Montreal, Quebec. They are made at the same factory their foam is produced, that means that there is no middle man and you are truly getting the full customer service that you deserve!

If you are just as intrigued as I was when I first found out about the PolySleep Adjustable Pillows, then don’t hum and hau for too long, you can trust me that they are worth the investment and will last years to come!

Have you tried the PolySleep Adjustable Pillows? Have any questions? Let me know in the comments below and I would be happy to help!

Take care + Sweet dreams!

Cassandra

Wrap me up, Buttercup Baby – Beluga Baby Swaddle + Doll Carrier Review

Since day one with Ezra, we have faithfully used our Beluga Wraps on repeat. Now with our second baby, Miss Isla Jane, I am using these wraps even MORE, having a toddler and a new born is no joke and also ‘no hands’ if you don’t have a Beluga Wrap!

Recently Beluga Baby launched two brand new products; the first being their Oversized Bamboo Swaddles. These things are HUGE. 35 x 35 inches and pure, buttery soft, bamboo goodness. They are the perfect companion, wether it be wrapped around them, cozy in the stroller or the comfort piece your child that cant leave their side while walking around the house. This swaddle is what babies and toddlers dream of.

When we first put Isla in a swaddle I didn’t think it was going to work, as she is a babe who likes to be free and kick around. You know, feel-the-wind-between-her-toes kind of girl. We wrapped her up, criss crossed and zig zagged this little bean and she was as happy as a clam, laid there completely content, smiling away.

One of my favourite ways to use the swaddle, other than swaddling, is to layer with Isla’s favourite fuzzy blanket. She has this white fluffy little thing that she cannot sleep without, but when we are out and she has it in the carseat, it is really easy for her to kick it off. Beluga Baby to the rescue! Because of the amazing four way stretch this bamboo fabric blend has, it easily curves and tucks in to wherever you need and stays put!

We are never without a blanket because the swaddles, much like the classic Baby Carriers are SO compact! They are made of the thin, but durable Bamboo Cotton Blend and can appear large, but fold up SO small that you could fit one in your jacket pocket – perfect for those cooler days!

When Ezra grew out of the Baby Carriers, I was sad and little bit heart broken that the Beluga era had ended, but then, BAM, doll carriers!

The second item that they launched was their amazing Doll Carriers, these came out just in time for baby #2 and for Ezra to start practicing to be a big sister! Ezra’s eyes LIT UP when she saw that she could wear her most cherished dollies around the house and out while grocery shopping. She was ecstatic to have her very own carrier to keep her BunBun close and still be able to carry a bag of fishies while sipping her apple juice. She had no idea what she was in for once her baby sister came along.

Since then, Ezra asks to wear her BunBun to the coffee shop, grocery shopping and even so that she can bring her stuffie’s downstairs but still be able to hold on to the railing. (So cute right?!) Now, when I have to grab a gift for a tiny human, I find myself reaching for one of these three, Practical, Stylish, and Playful. We love our Belugas and are honoured to be part of the pod 😉

Time flies when you’re having… a baby!

They say time flies when you’re having fun, and that is very true, but what about when time is flying by because your sleep deprived and have no idea what time it is. Welcome to the last three weeks of our lives haha! Since welcoming in little Isla into our lives two weeks early, our world has been turned upside down and flipped over sideways. We had to press pause on so many little projects and tasks on our to-do list to make way for baby and all the joy and lack of sleep she was going to bring us!

We have been working hard on getting her nursery and Ezra’s toddler room finished, luckily we had both the rooms painted and their closets built ahead of time and only needed to add the furniture and decorating left to do. My husband has had the entire summer off because he works in the school district, but we were dreading Isla’s due date as it was August 31st and he would be back to work within days of her being born. Thankfully, she had other plans and gave us two weeks of bliss with daddy being home to welcome her into the world and helping in trying to maintain some sort of normal as we transitioned into a 4-person family.

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Having him around has given us extra time to bond as a family, capture special moments and really dedicate all our time to the newborn phase. We haven’t been the best at being on time or keeping track of what time it is for that matter, but have been trying our best! Receiving a beautiful handcrafted wooden watch from JORD was the icing on top of the cake after having Isla. The perfect accessory that not only looks beautiful, but helps me to keep on track of our routines and nap times!

For my own customized wooden watch, I chose from the Cassia Collection in Ebony and Sable. “The Cassia a timepiece that transcends the simple categorization of a watch. Intelligent design pairs with classic styling to create a piece worthy of your wrist and welcome in your jewelry wardrobe. The full Roman numeral concave dial in the JORD collection is beautifully reflected in our domed sapphire glass. The metal and wood link interlaced band integrates seamlessly into the rounded case. The Cassia Ebony & Sable is the statement piece you’ve been waiting for.” When the watch is delivered to you, it is sealed in a beautiful wooden box that just overwhelms you with the scent. It is so beautiful and the perfect keepsake or safe place for special memorabilia, you can even have your watch engraved if it is for a special occasion or for someone special!

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If you have been looking for a new watch and wanting something unique, head on over to JORD watches to check out the many different styles and colour options they have. Right now you can also enter HERE for a chance to WIN a gift certificate for $100 towards your new watch!  Also, just by entering, you will also receive 10% off of your watch!

Enjoy!

xox Cass

Photography : IXL Photography

Wooden Watch : JORD Watches – Cassia

Hoodie + Leggings : Cadenshae 

Shoes : People Footwear

Baby Gown : Dwell + Slumber

Ezra Leggings : Peekaboo Beans

Grey Teddy Bear Hoodie : Nixilauroo

Cadenshae: Maternity + Nursing Activewear for Everyday Mothers

If you are pregnant or a nursing mom you will want to read this post.

When I was pregnant with my first, I didn’t really know much, nor the benefits of having proper and fitted maternity clothing. I spent most of the pregnancy in my regular clothes and only really purchased a couple pairs of pants near the end. Thankfully, I carry smaller in the tummy and used the elastic trick to get the most out of my non-maternity clothing. (Keep reading, I’ll share that secret later!)

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This time around with my second child I decided to really invest and search out which companies offered not only comfortable activewear, as this was a summer pregnancy, but clothing I could also carry on to the fourth trimester for nursing and healing. Activewear for nursing moms is surprisingly really hard to find and anything I did find at big name brand shops weren’t really anywhere close to accessible or comfortable. I came across Cadenshae and was so excited to have found them! Not only did they offer exactly what I was looking for, but the fact that this was a complete line of maternity wear that was so discrete, was amazing! When I tell friends that I am wearing a nursing hoodie, most have been in disbelief until I show them the invisible zippers!

Cadenshae is a company that makes activewear for nursing moms, they are based out of New Zealand and was started by Nikki Croft, a mother of 2 and personal trainer. She searched and searched, much like I did, for clothing that fit her body and her active lifestyle. She couldn’t find anything, so she decided to start her own clothing line, and I am so thankful she did! Read more about the company and their journey as a family here.

Cadenshae Nurshing Activewear Hoodies

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I have been LIVING in my Activewear Hoodie paired with the Classic Full Length Leggings and am so excited to move into the fall and be able to take my two girls on walks to the park and coffee runs! The zips at the top of the hoodie for nursing are hidden within the seam of how the clothing is made itself and is placed perfectly for on the go feeds. There is no need to fuss with extra layers while trying to stay warm on those cooler days!

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Classic Full Length Leggings

The Classic Full Length Leggings that I decided to try out had a full panel for coverage and support while pregnant, but by folding down the panel in half, it also offered extra support as a belly band while in the fourth trimester. This is the same road I went with my first pregnancy of not really paying attention to the Fourth Trimester and how I can best support my body in it’s healing process. The comfort and core strength that this belly band offers is unreal and I am SO happy to have it after this second pregnancy. (Having a toddler around as well as a new born has definitely had it’s challenges with self-care and resting). Having the full length option for these leggings was a must for me as I am usually more on the cooler side and knew this was the perfect pair for me!

This is a company that I am proud to support and tell you all about, it is an amazing brand run by an amazing and real family. My own experience with Cadenshae and Nikki, co-founder of Cadenshae, herself was great. When I was ordering my items I was unsure of sizing and she went out of her way to answer any questions or concerns I had to make sure I was doing it right. For a busy, family owned company, I feel like that’s pretty rare. Especially for just having her own newborn a couple months ago! I am so pleased with the hoodie and leggings and the investment I made with the two items. They are right on par with the current style of activewear, make me feel more energetic and have more mobility and take away stress from nursing in public with how easy and accessible it is in their clothing.

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If you are a pregnant or a nursing mama, my hope for you is that you find the same fit and comfort for yourself. There really is such a difference with being comfortable and confident in such a precious and sensitive time in life. The journey of pregnancy and postpartum can be a tough one but I am so thankful I have Cadenshae to make just a little bit sweeter! 

XOX – Cass

PS – Elastic Trick, take a regular hair elastic loop it through the button hole of your pants and thread it through the other side, fastening it to the button. This will give you about an extra month in your favourite non-maternity pants!

 

Nursing Hoodie + Leggings : Cadenshae 

Photography : IXL Photography

Necklace : Mint + Birch

Shoes : People Footwear

Watch : JORD Watch

Floral Baby Gown : Dwell + Slumber

Goodbye Roaring Twenties – Hello Thriving Thirties! – A 30th Birthday Celebration

What better way to celebrate entering your thirties, than an ode to all the good times you had in your twenties! Prepare to be emerged into a speakeasy, back alley gambling, cabaret evening! When I was thinking of what I was going to do for Mackenzie’s 30th, I knew it had to be BIG…right? I started researching, pinterest-ing and sketching the vision of this event in my my notebook. Which companies that would fit this theme perfectly and make it all come together seamlessly.

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Make sure you scroll all the way down to see each of these amazing companies, decor ideas for your own twenties themed event, the most delicious desserts and a link to a fun DIY of a fairly easy ‘mugshot’ photo-booth. Below is a full collection of the shoot, styled by me and a true labor of love. I hope you guys enjoy it as much as I did putting it together and seeing it come to life!

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Mirror + Stand : The Jubilee Collection

String Lights – Pretty Things Rentals

1988 Balloons : Party City

Letter Board : Letter Peddler

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The Decor for this was on point solely because of two unreal boss ladies – Valerie from Pretty Things Rentals and Kayla from The Jubilee Collection, both of which I have worked with before and each time they wow me with their ability to completely capture a vision and run with it alongside you as the creator. Make sure you check out their pages below for more ideas and all the options they have to deck out and glitz up your next special event!

Sequin Runner, Trumpet Vases, Candle Sticks, Goblets – Pretty Things Rentals

Wine Barrels, Sidebar, Chandeliers, Bench, Rugs, Sign Holders – The Jubilee Collection

4 DIY’s For A Speakeasy Themed Party **Coming Soon**

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The pastries and sweets that were provide for this shoot were unbelievably tasty, perfectly captured the essence of the event and were way beyond anything I could have ever imagined creating! A HUGE shout out to these amazing (and LOCAL) vendors who were apart of this big day and helped me capture the vision and feel of the 1920’s.

Letter Donuts – Cartems Donuts

Gold + Silver Candy Floss – Soul Sugar

Gold + Silver Macarons – Kizzy’s Macarons

Gatsby Sugar Cookies – LilleYums Custom Desserts

Bulk Sweets + Cookies – SaveOnFoods

Platters, Draping, Sequin Runners, Flute Vases, Gold Chargers – Pretty Things Rentals

Here are a few more outtakes from later that evening. Some things not pictured was the outdoor poker match we had set up for some ‘backyard gambling’ and some delicious meat and cheese platters from Grimm’s Meats. Enjoy!

 

Check out some more themed parties I’ve done:

Rainbow Baby Shower

SG Harvest Feast

Donut Grow Up – Cake Smash

40’s Lemonade Shoot

 

Rainbow Baby Gift Basket – Handmade and local gifts from the companies you love.

When I was putting together the Rainbow Baby Styled Shoot, I knew right away that I wanted to put something special together for this mama. A basket full of goodies for baby AND mama, after all, they both were to be celebrated to the fullest extent and this basket needed to exude not only essentials but luxury.  Below is a layout of each company involved in this precious basket, each locally made and ones I love to support on the daily.

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A Little Love Creative – Calligraphy Wall Decor

And Then Again – Hand Stamped Birthdate Teaspoon 

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Au Fait Mama – Nursing Tank

Baby Bear Design – Rocky Rainbow Teether

Beluga Baby – Sarah Wrap

Kewe Clothing – Rainbow Tights

Mint and Birch – Rainbow Hope Necklace 

Modern Burlap – Rainbow Swaddle

Pau Creations – Mama Bear Tank

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Peekabloom Baby – Rainbow Pastel No Hair Bows

So Luxury – Sitz Bath Soak

White Fox Collective – Rainbow Druzzy Earrings

Wild Ones Mocs – Isla Bow Mocs

If you are looking for something special for any mama, new babe, second babe, or even rainbow babe, take a look into each of these shops. They are not only FULL of amazing and unique gift ideas, both for yourself and for gifting ;), but have amazing boss ladies behind them. And if you haven’t already, head on over to Rainbow Baby Styled Shoot and check out the full feature of the mama and little girl that was celebrated and gifted this basket.

If you have any of your own ideas or shops that you absolutely love, leave a note for me in the comments below, I would love to hear from you!

XO Cass

Tofino Touring – BabyMoon for NumberTWO Pt.1

A little more than two years ago, Mackenzie and I packed our bags and camera and headed out on a road trip to Tofino, BC to stay in the Ocean Village Resort. This trip was to be our ‘last hurrah’ to our lives of just the two of us and to welcome the transition of bringing home baby in a few short months. (Here’s a few photos from our trip when I was pregnant with Ezra below!)

Tofino 2018 Highlights

  • Donuts at Rhino Coffeehouse
  • Tofino Soap Company
  • Local shopping at SALT Tofino
  • A toddler who can fly a kite better than you
  • Sleeping in beehive cabins
  • Efficient meal planning with Hello Fresh
  • Beachside BBQ
  • Tacos at Tacofino
  • Cheesy grins and wind swept hair

This year we are awaiting the arrival of our second babe, who is due at the end of August, and thought we take a trip down memory lane, pack our bags once more and head off to the BeeHive cabins of Tofino! We mentioned it to the rest of our family, since it was spring break, most would have vacation time, and low and behold, all 16 of us went! We booked up two and a half cabins and four cars, let the convoy begin!

While packing for the trip, we were discussing food, bringing a cooler, transporting leftovers and travelling to Victoria afterwards. We then came up with the most GENIUS plan I think we’ve ever thought up. We were going to bring our Hello Fresh box with us to Tofino! SO good. The box itself comes insulated and could last the trip there, no left overs (depending if Ez eats her whole meal) because it is made to portion, AND so much cheaper than bringing home all the awkward leftovers from grocery shopping that usually get tossed when you get home anyways! One thing I would recommend if you do decide to bring Hello Fresh along on your next trip would be to bring a couple tupperware containers for while you’re there and to call your accommodations to see what cooking utensils they have to make sure you’ll be able to cook what’s in the box!

When we arrived, our first plan of action (always, wherever we go) is to set up Ezra’s sleeping quarters. There is nothing worse when being away with your toddler, who is already out of sorts with the new room, than having to set up their bed when they’re cranky and half asleep. After that, we unpacked and started our first meal from Hello Fresh, put Ezra to bed and then headed over to the grandparents suite to have a games night! Another best part of staying at Ocean Village Resort was that the cabins are about 3 feet apart from each other, which is ideal for large family getaways. The monitor reaches perfectly!

Our second day there, we headed out to Rhino’s Coffee for some donuts, java, and a selfie with the great rhino itself. Of corse Ezra was all in the entire time and was on cloud nine when Wayne, the owner, came out from the counter and brought over an assortment of donuts for us to take back to the cabin and enjoy. Yummy! We then ventured out to stop in at a couple local shops we wanted to revisit and made sure to stop in one of the gems of Tofino, SALT Tofino. One of the goodies we walked away with was some of the beautiful soaps I just couldn’t keep my eyes off of – Tofino Soap Co. you make one heck of a bar of soap! If you are visiting and are looking for THEE place for one stop shop of all the local and handmade artisans, this is it. I even caught a glimpse of some companies that made their way over from Vancouver!

2PM rolled around and we were exhausted, time for a family nap time. Yup. Family nap time – it’s what vacations were made for! We then spent the afternoon down on the beach, which was 20 feet away from our doorstep, although, you could spot Ezra from a mile away with her ‘hazmat’ suite on. Then tucked away for the rest of the night, prepping our second Hello Fresh meal and then geared up for another games night, and we all know a games night in Tofino isn’t complete without pairing it with a few bottles from Tofino Brewing! Family games nights have always been my favourite, I remember when I was 10 or 11 and staying up with my mom and dad until 11pm some nights while we were camping at Golden Ears Park. The best.

Our last day in Tofino, we spent over at  PROVINCIAL PARK BEACH with the whole family. Building sandcastles, exploring tide pools and flying kites. OH the flying of kites. We discovered that Ezra is a pro kite-flyer and should go in to it as a career. I cannot express how funny and ‘in awe’ everyone was that Ezra was so focused on her kite (that was at least 70ft in the air) but would also run around on the beach, squatting in tide pools and digging in the sand. Amongst all of this she NEVER let the kite dip or out of her hand, and if you we’re going to ask her for it she would run as fast as her little feet and HAZMAT suite would let her. (PS – How ADORABLE is this toque from Wild Child Designs – we are obsessed with it and the only sad part about the sun coming out is that she’ll be done with it for this season.)

One special item on the itinerary while we were in Tofino, was family photos. My father-in-law had gone ahead and found an amazing photographer, Karley from Bracey Photography, to capture our entire family, big and small, on the beach. We are SO thankful both to him for scheduling such a precious time and for Karley for capturing everyone so beautifully that morning. (Click HERE to view the full collection – Link to come)

That evening we celebrated our family and the fun we had in Tofino with a good ol’ beachside BBQ with a few bottles of Tofino Brewing by our side. The resort has firepits set up along the beach for families to access during their stay. That evening as we sat there roasting marshmallows and hotdogs, there was a completely different feeling on the beach. A feeling of closeness, family, and just overflowing joy. Each firepit was full of different families, couples and children were walking and running along the tide, and then there it was, the perfect golden sunset.

The entire family stayed for three nights and after we all parted ways, just the three of us headed over to Victoria to enjoy a little more family time. Head over to – BabyMoon Numba TWO – Pt2 to read about the rest of our trip and more family photos!

Have any of your own family trip secrets? Leave a comment below for something new to try out on our next adventure!

XO – Cass