Cavalier Kids Clothing Cavalier is a newish kids label that recently hit the market, have you heard of them? They make some crazy cool, unique street clothing for kids. Super unique but still super cool, like this D-Ray Cardigan – kiddos can wear it like a hooded cape, or without the hood as like a kimono cardi. The brand is the brainchild of a brave, design centric power couple, their vision is to dress kids in and eventually adults in clothing that sparks a creative freedom of expression.

cavalier kids cavalier kids clothing Cavalier wants to give TWO Heart & Habit readers shop credits of $100 US dollars. So you can grab a couple really awesome and unique items from this new really fun brand. Also a quick note: the prices on the site are in Singapore dollars and the prize comes in US dollars.
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Hey, and for you folks who maybe aren’t so into entering giveaways but really dig sales. Well, you can use the code: 15FORH&H at checkout for 15% off your purchase at Cavalier (valid until the end of October).

Open to North American residents. Mandatory entry must be met in order to qualify. Giveaway ends October.8th at 12am.


October 1, 2014 · Daily,Giveaways


comfy-over-all2 comfy-over-all1 comfy-over-all5 comfy-over-all4 Overalls: mini mioche x heart & habit – Tank: Target – Purse: H&M (last year) – Moccasins: mini mioche

The kids are obsessed with making up new words for the chorus of ‘Fancy’. On the walk home on Saturday, King gave Harlow two theme songs “she’s so comfy” and “she’s so tired”. She dug the comfy version, because she was in her comfy pants (the tired version not so much, even though it was truer than true) – and then they sang “I’m so comfy, you don’t even know” all the way home (better than the original if you ask me).

Harlow is wearing the comfy overalls from our mini collection with mini mioche. She is wearing a size up, because I was worried she would surprise me with a growth spurt in the next couple weeks and grow right outta them if we got her exact size. So they fit a tad big, but nothing a little drawstring tightening and a couple rolls in the hem couldn’t fix.

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September 30, 2014 · Collaborations,Daily,Little Style,REAL LIFE


sol-republic-deck WIRELESS SPEAKER – At first I wasn’t sure about it this DECK from Sol Republic, thought it might be a frivolous electronic we wouldn’t use. I was way wrong. I use it almost everyday, when we are outside playing and when I am at home working or just hanging out. It’s great because I can leave my phone charging and carry the speaker from different rooms depending on what I’m working on or doing.

way-better-chips WHAT HAPPENED TO THOSE CHIPS? – You know, the ones that didn’t even make it into the cupboard. These are like a really healthy version of Doritos Cool Ranch chip, but also way better. We love all the chips from the Way Better brand, they are just as the name says; way better. Few ingredients and almost all of them are healthy, plus they just taste really great.

perplexus PERPLEXUS – King’s all time favorite toy. He bought the Junior version with his Christmas money and mastered it with his everyday playing. Over the weekend he bought the level up, with his birthday money. It was the only thing he wanted to buy and he’s been showing me up with his puzzle skills ever since.

brave-bucket-bag BUCKET BAG OF MY DREAMS – I am obsessed with this bag and I also happen to be giving it away (ends tomorrow!). I’m a backpack sorta girl, and this bag converts between a shoulder bag and a backpack – basically it had me at hello.

sunflower-kitchen-hummus HUMMUS FOR LAZY PEOPLE – Yes I know hummus is stupid easy to make, but sometimes the amount of time it takes to make it doesn’t meet up with how fast we consume it. When I’m lazy, my go to hummus is this spicy hummus from Sunflower Kitchen. Its clean with a hit of spice, no flavoring (some spicy hummus brands put chipotle and other, meh items in) – the only shame is that I can’t get it in huge portions. Also this is a local Ontario brand, so it might be difficult to track down – but totally worth it if you can.

s'well-bottle COLD WATER – I cheated on my Kleen Kanteen. Chris bought be this S’well bottle and I haven’t looked back since. It promises to keep your beverage cold or hot for 24 hours and I’m happy to report, the claims are true. Freezing cold water all day long.  And my very favorite reason, my water stays cold the whole hot yoga class – basically new favorite bottle.

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mini-mioche-window1 It’s ridiculously surreal and down right amazing to see my logo plastered on mini mioche‘s window. I know I am so very proud and excited about the little line mini mioche and I collaborated on and it really is like the cherry on top to see it all come together like this. I have designed and developed many apparel lines and items of clothing in the past, but never have I had the chance to take credit for my work like this and to top it off I get to do it along side (holding hands with? we are totally holding hands) such a wonderful company that I truly adore so much. I am humbled beyond belief and excited beyond words, so don’t expect a lot of typing today, because I truly am beyond words. mini-mioche-display2 mini-mioche-store4 I played the blogger part (I really dislike taking photos in stores, it always feels so awkward) and snapped a bunch of photos of the mini mioche Queen Street location. If you haven’t been to either of the brick and mortar stores (Distillery District and Queen West) and you live in Toronto, you really must check one or heck why not both. And not just so you can see the mini mioche x Heart & Habit line, but because it really is beautiful and filled with beautiful things – and there is a play area for the kids, which instantly makes it a favorite place for the kids to visit.

mini-mioche-setup3 mini-mioche-window-setup5 mini-mioche-x-heart-and-habit-window6 Isn’t it great? I absolutely love it, I get goosebumps (not goose-pimples, those are sorta weird) looking over the photos again. The lovely Renee from Re: Creative put together the simply perfect window display to go along with the perfectly simple mini collection.


September 25, 2014 · Collaborations,Daily,REAL LIFE


I asked my friend Maegan from hand-meyd over to guest post and share one of her amazing creations – I am always in such awe of her creativity and skills, so I thought it was due time you guys were introduced to her awesomeness. Okay, enough with my chatter…

With back-to-school in full force I’m sure the last thing on your mind is taking a minute for yourself, let alone your hair.  But after reading this post I sincerely hope you will.  This hair mask has just four ingredients and is actually a modified version of my avocado hair mask, which I swear by during the summer months.  Pumpkins are ripe with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that your hair needs to stay strong and healthy…and now that they’re in season, it’s the perfect time to take advantage of this! During my recipe trials I found a handful of additional uses for fresh roasted pumpkin, so you’ll hear me spin that angle a little later.  In the mean time, pamper yourself, warm up to fall and restore some shine and moisture into your much deserving hair.

Handmade Roasted Pumpkin Hair Mask


  • 1 sugar pie pumpkin
  • 2 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon raw liquid honey
  • 1 egg yolk

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Remove the stem, gut the pumpkin and roughly chop into quarters.  Rub with a little olive oil and bake for about 30 minutes or until soft.  Remove from the oven and slice away the outer skin.  Place the pumpkin flesh in a food processor or blender and blend until smooth and creamy.  Set aside 1/2 cup of puree for the mask and refrigerate the remaining puree in a resealable container.  In a small bowl, combine the reserved 1/2 cup of pumpkin puree with the greek yogurt, honey and egg yolk. Stir to thoroughly combine and add a punch of cinnamon and nutmeg for fragrance, if desired. Massage the puree into hair from root to tip. Let the mask sit for 1-15 minutes and thoroughly rinse; follow-up with your regualr shampoo and conditioner. Handmade-Roasted-Pumpkin-Hair-Mask

And for those of you not interested in roasting an entire pumpkin, feel free to use canned pumpkin puree.  However, there are several advantages to going the extra mile with a real pumpkin.  Not only will your house smell amazing, but there are no added chemicals or preservatives when you make it from scratch.  To sweeten the pot, there are number of fantastic uses for your leftover pumpkin puree.  Freeze the paste into ice-cube trays and add as a base to soups, stews and chili.  Even add it to pasta sauce or gravy!  Add some fresh paste to your cookie, scone and cake recipes for added flavor and moisture or mix a spoonful with a little brown sugar to make a facial exfoliating scrub.  Last but not least, spoon some into a mason jar and top with vodka to make your own roasted pumpkin infused vodka…seriously.  Might as well get your mouth in on the pampering!
*Don’t forget to visit Maegan and have a look through her long list of amazing recipes and DIY’s.

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September 24, 2014 · Daily,DIY and TUTORIALS,HAIR AND FACES


BRAVE Leather 'Dara" Bucket Bag BRAVE Leather 'Dara" Bucket Bag If a bag doesn’t have the capability to become a ‘everyday” bag, then it’s just not the bag for me! Everything that goes into my closet, needs to seamlessly fit into to my existing uniform – otherwise it’s a no-go and my closet basically spits it right back out.  This bag, from BRAVE Leather is the perfect bucket bag that can be worn over the shoulder or as a backpack, actually this bag didn’t even make it in my closet at all. It went from being nicely packaged in the box straight onto my back and it hasn’t left since (well, I don’t sleep without it – that might be a little silly or would it?). I can fit all my regular purse items (my wallet, maybe a lip balm and my trusty notepads) plus my chunky SLR or my water bottle – it would easily fit both the camera and water, but I’m not really a gambler.

BRAVE Leather 'Dara" Bucket Bag BRAVE has been making fine leather goods (like this bag) for over 20 years, each item is ethically designed and manufactured in Canada. They create women’s and men’s belts, handbags and accessories, all finely crafted and made to last both time and live well-beyond trends.

And hey, guess what!? The wonderful people at BRAVE want to give one very lucky (it really is a fantastic bag) Heart & Habit reader a Dara leather bucket bag of their own!

You have a choice between two colorways in the Dara the spring Sienna (like my bag) or the new fall color which is a galaxy silver finish. *There is one mandatory entry (the “leave a blog post about your favorite fall item” one) so, make sure you check that one entry off the list or your other entries won’t count!

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Open to US and Canadian residents. BRAVE leather will ship the winning bag to the randomly chosen giveaway winner, Heart & Habit does not distribute or handle items at all. Giveaway winner has 7 days to respond to winning email, if there is no response within this time – another random draw will take place.


September 23, 2014 · Daily,Giveaways,My Style,STYLE AND ATTIRE,Uniform


lady-date1 lady-date2 I got to spend a little one on one time with my little lady over the weekend. Little dates with each kiddo, are something we always seem to plan for but hanging out as a family, always wins. It always takes an accidental, one-on-one date to remind us just how awesome they are and important they can be.

On our little lady date, we didn’t do anything that would technically be called special in someone else’s books – some window shopping, walking and talking, and boring ol’ winter coat buying felt pretty darn special since it was just me and her. We spotted a bride and a groom getting their photos taken and as you can see from above Harlow just loved it – she really really loves LOVE (and pretty dresses).

*Harlow is wearing the ball dress from mini mioche x Heart & Habit

And then, since it’s both kids obsession, Harlow took a few photos herself. All 100 of them were of two things, so I’ll spare you the other 98 and just share these. ladydate4 ladydate5 The rest of our weekend was pretty awesome, so awesome in fact that I failed to take photos – always a sign of a really fantastic time, in my opinion. Hope you all had a fantastic weekend! Oh and since Harlow snapped a photo of it, that really awesome bucket bag I’m wearing? I have a giveaway coming for that tomorrow!


September 22, 2014 · Collaborations,Daily,Little Style,REAL LIFE


how-things-have-changed1 how-things-have-changed2 how-things-have-changed3 It’s so funny to think about all the thoughts and expectations I had before ever having kids. The things I thought “I’d never do” and there were SO many things I assumed my children would “never do”. I think another term for these “things” is, unrealistic expectations. I always thought if I had a daughter I’d steer her clear of everything, princess, Barbie and all that is bright and glittery pink – ask me why and I’m sure I didn’t really have a good answer, for some reason I thought all of those things (things I actually really enjoyed as a child) would not be a good influence on “her”.

Then stage by stage I was shaken out of all of these expectations, kids tend to have a way of keeping us real like that. At some point, you learn (or I learned) that having a happy, healthy, well-rounded kiddo is the only thing that matters. And whatever puts a huge smile on her face and makes her want to try to read a book out-loud is going to be a great influence for her. If that means they wear pink all day and night or carry their Barbies with them and try to sneak them into school, then so be it.

how-things-have-changed4 I’m not gonna lie, I still fight some of the super girly influences – but not tooth and nail and never for some made up reason. For instance, sometimes a dress just isn’t a good idea – we do live in Canada and winters well, it’s better to just stay warm. I try to follow her lead, but hold her hand along the way. Almost all my parenting expectations about how we were going to raise her at this age, have basically been thrown out the window. She is the one telling us who she is and we are here helping her navigate and find that along the way.

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September 19, 2014 · Daily,REAL LIFE,sponsored