Friday, 27 April 2018

Helping with the 'big kid room' transition / C's room update


This post is in collaboration with Legrand. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 


One of the biggest struggles we faced with our oldest child was sleep. Since he was a baby, sleep was never his thing. Once we decided to move him into his "big boy room" and transition him from his crib to his "big boy bed" we decided to give him lots of time to adjust, having him nap there and spend time in his new room whenever he wanted. It was a slow transition and we definitely needed all the tips and tricks to help us out!



Once we had fully moved him into his new room, it took a while for him to feel comfortable in there and go to sleep on his own. The one thing that we found helped a lot with this, was a nightlight. We had a battery operated one that he loved, but the downside to that was that we needed to replace the batteries ALL. THE. TIME. We tried using a plug-in nightlight but our youngest is fascinated with anything at his level that he can "unplug" so that didn't last long. We needed a better solution.

Around the same time we were searching for something, we were introduced to Legrand's radiant line of light switches and plug-in's. While looking through their products I was thrilled to see that they had a night light/switch combo. I figured this might be the solution we had been looking for- high up on the wall where the littlest couldn't reach and obviously doesn't need batteries- perfect.



The product options in the Legrand radiant line are endless. We were able to choose a switch/night light combo and wall plate that matched our wall colour (black) so that it blended seamlessly with our sons chalkboard wall. You can definitely see how much of a difference the black wall plate makes, here's the before:



and the after (its hard to see it blends in so well!) :



This project was super quick and easy to do. Since all of the wall plates are screwless, it literally took us less than 30 minutes to switch out all 6 fixtures in the room. Now that's a project I can do with 2 little ones running around!

The first step was turning off the power to the outlets in that room. We tested to make sure the power was off and then away we went! All you need to do is remove the current wallplate and plug-in and unscrew the wires. Replace it with your new plug-in, screw back your wires properly and pop the plug-in back into the wall. The last step is to pop the plate on top and you're done! Simple.









We had 6 outlets to switch out in and we chose simple dual outlets for 3, the night light/ switch combo for 2 and a USB plug-in/outlet combo for the one near our sons bed (I know one day he'll thank us for that!)





The night light/switch combo at the entrance to his door has been helpful for our son at night. The night light gives out the prefect amount of light. They have 4 settings for brightness and to be honest, even the lowest setting is great. You simply tap the light to turn it on, and it remains off in daylight, but automatically turns back on when it senses darkness. Its been amazing for our son during the middle of the night if he wants to leave his room for a washroom break, etc , since he's less afraid now that he has a light guiding his way.



I'm thrilled with how they look too- very modern and updated and I feel that they work well with the style we have in the room. Its a simple project to take on, but I feel its made a big impact in the look of the space and helping our son to be less afraid at night. Plus, he ends up in our bed less (which means I'm not sleeping on the edge of the mattress) so that's a win in my books!





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Friday, 13 April 2018

Love it or Leave it




Hey friends,

So today I'm talking honestly about a few key items I've seen all over IG land that seem to be incredibly popular. Most of these items are recommended by bloggers and influencers and seem to have incredibly positive reviews, however I am going to give you my unbiased opinion.  I was not paid or compensated in any way to review these items; each item I purchased on my own, based on my research and interests.

I'm going to review an item (or 2) from each of the following categories:

Beauty
Accessories
Clothing (x 3)
Shoes
Athletic wear


and I'll let you know whether or not I think its worth spending the money on or not (love it or leave it)!

Beauty:




The Lancôme Monsieur Big Mascara
I have smaller shaped eyes, so I'm always on the hunt for a mascara to make my eyes stand out more. I ended up trying a trial size of this from a Sephora order and actually really liked it. I don't think I would have purchased this without using the trial first.

Pros: Its definitely the best mascara I've ever tried and worth the money. It provides great coverage and really helps your lashes look longer. I liked the wand and the found the formula to be a good consistency.

Cons: Cost. They've recently come out with a waterproof formula and although I'm typically a fan of waterproof, I would actually recommend the regular formula. I've tried both and found the waterproof formula to be thinner and doesn't provide the same coverage.

A lot of bloggers had recommended this doupe as a comparable, more affordable alternative:

L'Oréal Voluminous Lash Paradise

Pros: Cost

Cons: I don't feel it worked quite as well. I didn't like the wand design and found the formula too thick.

Verdict:
Love it- Lancôme Monsieur Big Mascara
Leave it- L'Oréal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara

For my Canadian readers- you can buy the Lancôme Monsieur Big Mascara at Shoppers Drug Mart, Sephora or likely a variety of other beauty retailers.

Accessories:




Fawn Design Bag
Its all over IG, tons of bloggers rave about it and have even done collaborations with the makers, it comes in a variety of colours and 2 size options.  I researched a lot of bags before deciding on this one, and I am very happy with my purchase.

Pros: Beautifully made, love the backpack and messenger strap option. Looks classy and although its meant to be a diaper bag, you can really use it for a variety of things. I currently use it as a work bag and its been great for that. Love the overall look of the bag and supporting the family that own the business.

Cons: Cost. First of all the exchange rate. Secondly, you have to pay extra for shipping to Canada and you'll end up paying duty on top of that. I also wish the bag itself had a top strap, since that would make it easier to store and just for picking it up. Also the side pockets are small and you really can't fit much in them at all.

Verdict:
Love it- I do love it, however I do feel that there are comparable options if its not in your budget. I ended up going to the US to pick up the bag there to avoid the high shipping costs, but you'll still need to pay duty. There are knockoff options out there (one I've had myself that I did find was pretty close, the quality was not the same, but for the cost it would be a great option).

Clothing:




Abercrombie Asymmetrical Snap Pullover
I debated on this piece since to me it didn't seem that appealing at first, however living in Canada (and always being cold), I figured this was something I would likely use a lot. Once it went on sale, I jumped on it.

Pros: Soft, great for colder months, nice thick quality

Cons: Cost ($74 CDN, plus tax and shipping makes it over $90), nothing too special, shorter than I'd hoped it would be (I ended up exchanging it online for a bigger size, hoping it would be a bit longer). Plus if you don't have an Abercrombie near you, you need to exchange or return by mail (extra cost may be involved).

Verdict:
Leave it- I managed to get it on sale for 50% off, used a coupon on top of that and got free shipping. So, for the cost of $32, I think it was a great deal. If you can get it on sale, I'd go for it.
However, I only think its worth that price. Its truly a piece you could find at a variety of stores and don't know if its really worth full price. Plus, its not as long as I hoped it would be, so if you're taller keep that in mind.




American Eagle Dream Jean
One of my fav bloggers recommended these and based on the fact that our measurements are pretty similar, I hoped they might work.

Pros: Love them. I've never had jeans that fit this well, are this comfortable, don't bag out at all (EVER) and wash up great. They have a ton of colour options and they are a great alternative to leggings. You can order from AE Canada, and get free shipping and free returns so its a no risk purchase.

Cons: Cost. They aren't cheap but American Eagle often does sales and has coupon codes so take advantage of those. The light colour ( I bought both the light and dark) has a horrible smell that happens during the dye process, and wont come out. So I would not recommend the light colour.

Verdict:
Love it: the Dream jean in the darkest blue
Leave it: The Dream jean in the light colour (based only on the funky smell)



Urban Outfitters- Out from Under Jojo Oversized Thermal Button Front Top

This top is everywhere. There are dupes from various retailers and tons of bloggers are constantly promoting it.

Pros: Soft, comfortable, long sleeves, back is long (covers your butt!), buttons down which is great for nursing mamas, allows you to wear it as a cardigan, or knotted at the front (various ways to style it). Looks great with a bralette and perfect for Spring/Fall weather.

Cons: Cost. Its currently $54 CDN, plus tax and shipping, that's pricey.  I managed to get mine on a 50% off sale and used another code for free shipping, which made it much more affordable. I also find the front to be just a tad short for my liking.

Verdict:
Love/Leave: If you can get it on sale, I think its worth it. My main issue with it, is the length of the front so if it was longer, I would definitely rate it higher. The UO website does have a Canadian site, so order from there.

Shoes:




Birkenstocks 
Literally every blogger was promoting Birks last season (they did a fantastic job with their marketing!)

Pros: Comfortable

Cons: Cost, long time to break them in, bulky looking

Verdict:
Love it: Honestly, they made mom life easier for me! I have had a lot of issues with my feet since having babies and these have hugely helped. I don't like how bulky they look (they do have a more narrow option, but my feet were not narrow enough to fit them properly). but that aside, I love them.

Athletic Wear:




Old Navy Athletics:
I've never bought work out gear from Old Navy, and have been hearing great things so wanted to try. I purchased a zip up hoodie and a pair of 7/8 leggings.

Pros: Pants- affordable (esp if you have super cash!), soft, comfortable and have a high waist. Come in tall length if you're taller, however they are a cropped style that really works for everyone.
Hoodie- soft, great length (covers your butt!), nice colour and fits very well.

Cons: ??

Verdict:
Love it. I didn't expect to like each of these items so much but are fantastic. Highly recommend.

So there you go. That's my honest opinion one each of these items and I hope that helps you if you had been debating on any of them (as I had!)
Melissa

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