9 Newborn Must-Haves

Sharing with you today some of the things I’m most excited to have for my new daughter. Most of these products were either recommended to me or things I wanted to invest in after watching countless parenting and baby videos on YouTube. There are so many things you are “supposed” to need with a newborn but we’ve really tried to keep it to the basics, to have the least amount of clutter possible. I will be posting more in depth posts about a few of these in the future but for the time being, here’s a quick list.

1) Snuggle Me Organic – I’ve heard lots of great things about this baby lounger from friends who have used it for their newborn babies or toddlers. The Sensory Lounger is designed to curve around the baby’s back, giving them a comforting hug, which can be incredibly calming for the baby. The lounger can be used for supervised naps, lounging, tummy time and more.

 

2) Burt’s Bees Baby – These products were sent to me and I’m excited to use them with our daughter because like all of Burt’s Bees products, they do not contain any harmful chemicals that could potentially be harmful to a baby, especially a newborn. They have a whole bunch of baby hair and body care products as well as other baby essentials such as burp pads, onesies, bedding, etc.*

3) Wildbird Sling – This is an item that I have been coveting for a long time. I’m very excited that this small mom-centric brand has gifted me one of their beautiful slings for my daughter. These slings are quick and easy to use, made from soft and breathable linens from Europe and the US and are incredibly versatile; allowing you to carry your baby on your front, hip or back. Their fabric even doubles as a sunshade, nursing cover and more. Plus, they’re also incredibly pretty! There are a variety of slings to choose from and all of them can be used for babies from 8-35 lbs.*

4) Baby Dreamer Bag – I was recommended this bag by a mom that I follow on Instagram. This diaper bag comes from Denmark and is without a doubt one of the coolest and most versatile bags that I’ve seen. I love the minimalist look and also the functional inside. Not only is it made from recycled polyester it is also very spacious, water repellent, has a built-in changing mat and looks like a normal discreet backpack.

5) Musky DY 28 Light & Clock – We scoured the internet for a long time before finding this multipurpose night light. Although there are some very popular brands like Hatch who make some awesome night lights, white noise machines, etc. we wanted to find something that was a little more affordable. This LED night light not only comes with 3 different brightness settings (and a bunch of colours!) it also acts as an alarm clock, a Bluetooth Speaker, Wireless Portable HiFi Stereo that can be used for indoor or outdoor. It has a line in jack, a USB plug and a Micro SD slot. We have therefore downloaded a bunch of white noise tracks on a USB key that we will be able to use at night and will be able to take care of the baby without having to turn on any big bright lights during night feeds.

6) Philips Avent Bottles – I was gifted this set of Avent Natural Baby Bottles because my husband and I are considering combining breastfeeding and bottle feeding. These bottles can be used for bottle feeding or gathering breastmilk from breast pumps. They also have wide breast-shaped teats that allows for natural latch on, are made from soft material to mimic the feel of the breast, have an anti-colic valve that is designed to reduce colic and discomfort and are easy to clean and use.*

7) Grovia Reusable Diapers – One of the best discoveries I’ve made during all the months I’ve prepared for the birth of my daughter is finding these Grovia diapers. The one non-negotiable that I wanted to abide by with our daughter was trying our hardest to ensure we produce the least amount of waste possible with our daughter, so the thought of throwing away hundreds or even thousands of diapers into landfill was a no go for us. I will be doing a more in-depth post about these diapers in a few weeks, but for the time being I wanted to share with you all my excitement about this product. We have chosen to go for their Hybrid Cloth Diapers, that will suit our busy life on the go.*

8) Lebenswert Organic Infant Formula from Organic Baby Food – Because we are planning on combining breastfeeding with bottle feeding, the hunt for the best organic infant formula was a long one. I really wanted to find a 100% plant-based formula but most of the plant-forward formulas here in North America are riddled with junk and not 100% plant-based and the only one I could find in France was sold out and would not ship to Canada given the current state of the world. So I finally decided to try this German formula that is hands down the cleanest formula that I was able to find, with the least amount and best quality ingredients. Although I did not plan on feeding my baby a non plant-based formula, the most important thing for me was for her to get the cleanest and top quality product possible. I’m grateful I found the Organic Baby Food website, who made it so easy to obtain the formula. They shipped the formula from Europe and I received it in less than a week.*

9) Baby Car Seat Cover – I’ve read lots of posts and watched a ton of videos about the benefits of having a car seat cover. Not only can it serve as a 360 cover for sunlight, wind, cold, insects, dust and bright lights, it can also be used as a nursing cover as well. It also allows you to carry the baby around, letting them sleep without anyone coming up to the baby, taking a peak at them, etc.

*All the products with an asterisk were gifted to me but I whole heartedly believe in these products and am incredibly honoured to have the support of these brands for my daughter.

Francofolies Day 3 #DailyOutfit

Fun day of shooting today with Eli et Papillon! Eli was nice enough to invite her into her Montreal home to cook one of her favorite vegan/gluten-free recipes and desserts with us for our new cooking segment. Marc also joined us to be our official taster! What a fun time we had 🙂 Merci Eli et Marc!

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Make sure to check them out on June 18th at Club Soda in Montreal for the Francofolies. Here’s one of their cute videos, in case you need convincing!

Later in the afternoon, I met up with Montreal’s Sèxe Illegal, an interesting duo that claims to have been around for over 40 years in the business, while barely being over 30 themselves. It’s all part of their stage personas and group humor. Interesting chat to say the least… I think the guys drank 7 shots of scotch and 1 beer each during our 10min interview.

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Today was also a very special day! Not only was it Father’s Day (Hope all you dad’s out there had a wonderful day!) but it was also my mom‘s birthday. Post-shoot, I had the chance to go have dinner with her and my step-dad since we were conveniently shooting in Montreal. Today, the strongest woman I know, the one who taught me just about everything and is the reason I’m where I am today, is 57 years old. If there’s one thing I wish her is continued health! Over the past 10-12 years she’s been dealt bad health cards and my biggest wish is for her to finally be healthy! I love you mom, Happy Birthday!

Love love my new Lady Muerte tee that I just got from Springsioux! It’s the same design as my Lady Muerte ring that I’ve been wearing since December! 🙂

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Springsioux Lady Muerte tee (get it here)

Biko Zenha Spear Necklace (get it here)

Zara white denim pants

Springsioux Horns Ring (get it here)

Biko black chainmaille bracelet (get it here)

Bing Bang Wanderlust cuff (get it here)

Jeffrey Campbell Don’t Even white sandals (get them here)

Weekend in Montreal

I spent this past weekend in Montreal to visit my family and also for a few fun meetings. Though it was absolutely jam-packed with family jams, I had a little bit of time to myself on Friday morning to do one of my current favorite things: go for a run! It had been a while since I had gotten the chance to run in the big Seaway park, which is located right on the waterfront in St-Lambert. As a kid, I spent countless evenings walking the dog there, biking, practicing soccer, etc. Friday morning, the park looked just as pretty as it always has. The view of Montreal from the park is pretty stellar!

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On Friday afternoon, I was delighted to finally go meet the lovely ladies of Uranium. As I’ve mentioned before, growing up, all the MusiquePlus VJs wore the coolest t-shirts, jewels and accessories from Uranium. Over the years, I’ve followed their evolution from afar and what an evolution it’s been. Their newest office located in the west end of Montreal is big and fun! The entire staff young, super sweet and outgoing.

The lovely Jessika gave me a tour of the office. Not only is it an office, it’s also a design space, a showroom, bar, shipping room & more. Uranium produces everything locally. Their slogan “Locally Produced & Positively Energized” definitely rings true! Though based in Montreal, Uranium has reps across Canada and now also across the United States. I love their idea of having four distinct collections: Beauty, Strength, Love & Creativity. Each season they produce approximately 10 necklaces, 7-10 earrings/rings/bracelets as well as t-shirts and accessories for each of their individual collections. I like that most of their designs can be worn by both men and women. They’ve also been collaborating with a bunch of different artists and their latest collaboration is with Montreal singer-songwriter Coeur de pirate. Proceeds from the sale of her designs go to the St-Justine Hospital Foundation for children in Montreal. And to top it all of, the company’s owner and designer Mary-Eve couldn’t be radder!

Uranium will be at the Francofolies in Montreal in June and have a bunch of other events and cool projects in the works. Looking forward to seeing them all again soon!

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photo 5I spent the rest of the weekend eating good food with the family and enjoying some quality time with my mom. Wishing a Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there today! Grateful every day for my hero of a mom! Je t’aime xo

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