mini-model-gallery1 mini-model-gallery2 mini-model-gallery3 Seriously, I forgot how much fun hopscotch is, and I never knew it was so adorable to watch (probably even more fun then the hopping). Maybe next time I should teach them to toss a rock, I just didn’t want to interrupt the hopping game to teach them the hopscotch “rules”.

Harlow’s tank and King’s tee are both from Minimodel Gallery.

Minimodel Gallery is a brand new children’s online boutique, straight out of Canada. They carry something for every little one; with brands like Bobo Choses, NUNUNU, Mini Rodini, Noch Mini, Cacharel and more. Minimodel Gallery is Canadian, which means faster shipping and no chance of that “surprise” duty charge for fellow Canadians. But they also ship internationally and take great care when doing so, so don’t fret!

minimodelgallery1 Some of our favorite items from Minimodel Gallery: No! NUNUNU tee, Bobo bow tank (Harlow is wearing), Bobo dot shorts, NUNUNU Penguin tee, Manifesto Bobo tee (King is wearing), NUNUNU Star dress.

To help celebrate their opening, Minimodel Gallery wants to give one Heart + Habit reader a $150 shop credit, so you can snatch the cutest spring outfit for your little one!

There are a couple ways to Enter (this is my first time using Rafflecopter):
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Giveaway ends one week from today, April. 30th. Open to North American residents only.

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· April 23, 2014 · in Daily,Giveaways



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eating-alone A couple weeks ago, I had a hour of time to myself. King was at school, Chris was at work and Harlow was attending an hour long class. I was out in public, hungry and totally alone. I decided to go for a bite to eat, I didn’t realize until I sat down that it was in fact the first time I have ever eaten in a restaurant, alone. It was relaxing and enjoyable, heck I even ate the eggs while they were still hot! I realized how absolutely ridiculous it was that it took me having zero alone time (ZERO), to actually enjoy being alone. Before kids, I never in my hungriest would have sat down in an actual restaurant to eat, by myself. Of course, I took a quick photo to remember – it was a pretty memorable event for me, maybe silly. It made me think (and want to eat at more restaurants by myself) about other things I would never do, things that make me uncomfortable, things that would probably give me anxiety, and I started to make a list. Bacon and Eggs really made me think, I don’t want to be saying “I have never” to those other things on my list – and I decided I need to push myself to try things that are scary and are way outta my comfort zone (even though it’s super comfy around here). Now, NOT later. Bacon and Eggs, otherwise now known as the epiphany meal.

Have you ever eaten alone? Do you have a list of things that make you uncomfortable or scared, that you one day want to conquer?

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· April 22, 2014 · in Daily,Dear Diary,Real Life



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scenes-from-a-long-weekend1 Some treats were hidden better then others, Easter Bunny.

scenes-from-a-long-weekend2 Some treats, were passed over the whole entire hunt.

scenes-from-a-long-weekend3 It appears he’s telling her to “simmer down”. Harlow’s dress is c/o Hucklebones

scenes-from-a-long-weekend5 Pretty sure she’s pretending to be “so super sleepy”, Dad is always happy to oblige.

scenes-from-a-long-weekend4 She tried her best to find her bunny a matching dress.

scenes-from-a-long-weekend6 Bag pipes, they get me every time. That and a row of cute kids.

scenes-from-a-long-weekend7 “Hey, Darth Vader! Happy Easter!”

scenes-from-a-long-weekend8 He told me today “I’m almost a teenager” – STOP GROWING!

scenes-from-a-long-weekend9 The cutest little friends, just walking and talking.

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· April 21, 2014 · in Scenes from Yesterday



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MY YOGA ESSENTIALS Let’s just preface this, by saying there is probably no such thing as true yoga essentials. If you want to practice yoga, you could in all honesty practice naked on your hardwood floor, zero gear required – BUT the right clothes (that make you feel comfortable), props and gear can make your practice just that much better. I wanted to share some of my personal practice changing items, and a few that I am coveting after doing a ton of research and testing.

No 1. Hot Yoga Towel : I have one of these mat sized towels and it is amazing! If you practice hot yoga this is the towel – it’s grippy, absorbent but not smooth or fluffy and slippery. I save my yogitoes towel for days when I practice a more vigorous Hot Vinyasa (sometimes called Flow) class, the other days I switch off between regular bathroom towels – the difference is like night and a bright sun shiny day.

No 2. Leggings and Crops : My all time favorite yoga leggings and crop pants are Lululemon’s Wunderunders. They are absorbent enough that they hold out for the sweatiest of hot yoga classes. I personally love a full length or crop pant over any shorty shorts for a sweaty class – I find I have more grip and there is just way less slipping and sliding. Also I like owning gear that works for all types of workouts and classes, these babies are all around awesome. I have heard there are a few brands that are just as awesome, but I am always a bit nervous to test them out because I know how well Lulu stands up in a 90 degree room.

No 3. Headband : My best bud got me a few of these headbands (she actually gifted me almost all my best yoga gear, she’s a sweet brat that one). The Yogitoes headband, is heads and shoulders above the other ones I’ve tried – it’s thin but absorbent, comfortable with no having to readjust during your practice (or whatever workout you are doing). And it is wide enough to wear any way you like – fold it in half, twist it, wear it around your neck as a sweat absorbing scarf, whatever you please!

No 4. Water Bottle : I keep wanting to try another brand (just because some of them look so cool) but I have no reason to switch because this brand just never lets me down. This new style is my favorite: that metal handle makes it extra easy to open, when my hands are sweaty from class. And it’s just really pretty and shiny.

No 5. Tank Top : A simple racer back tank with built in support. No frills or too crazy straps. I like my yoga clothes to be pretty simple and functional, this is by far my favorite tank top. Also of course it is a star when it comes to wicking away the moisture in and out of a strenuous heated class.

No 6. Strap : I really love using a strap in my practice once in a while. My current favorite is using it when I’m in dancers pose, the loveliest of heart openers. I don’t currently have one for my home practice, but have my heart eyes set on this one. I like the cotton canvas material (some of the others are, more of a grosgrain and smooth and slippery) which to be honest is my only real requirement when I was searching.

No 7. Mat : I raved about this mat before, it’s just that good. My old mat, was an 8 year old Lululemon – not the same as the mat they have now, it was really great…8 years ago. When I upgraded to this Jade (another gift from my best friend) it was literally practice changing. The grip on this baby is like nothing else, my wrist pain was gone (no more fighting to keep myself from slipping).

No 8. Sports Bra : Sometimes, if I’m wearing a full length legging I like to wear a cropped top like this sports bra. It has the same simplistic look as the Power Y tank, but it’s just a tad shorter. Also it’s longer in length then most sports bras, I probably shouldn’t even call it that.

No 9. Block : Another item I have my eyes on, I love having a block beside me when I practice – it can add so much to a pose, and sometimes I just need it. I searched up and down and found that this is the one I want, because of the price and also because I really want a natural wood block not foam.

No 10. Mat Strap : Not in the image, but it should be. Some really like a mat bag but personally I love an open strap like this. I always remember that episode of 30 Rock when Liz Lemon is taking her sticky gym bag home, and just assume that if I had a mat bag both my mat and bag when stink juuust like that.

Do you have a favorite yoga or workout item? I’m always looking for new and amazing workout or yoga clothes so would love to hear your favorites! Also, for curiosity sake are you a fan of workout style yoga clothes, or do you prefer the more natural yogi/hippie style?

*Looking to fit yoga into your budget or just start practicing yoga or curious about going to your first hot yoga class?

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· April 17, 2014 · in Daily,Yoga



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Harlow has hair like mine, always tons of wispy new growth pieces that don’t fit into the pony tail. But on her, it’s so cute – so cute that it deserves a sweet name like “baby hair”. When you’re all grown up, it’s probably not as cute and I know for a fact it’s pretty darn annoying. When it comes to wee Harlow’s hair, we have developed a little trick for keeping most of those short wispy pieces up in a high pony with the rest of her hair.

keep that hair up | trick for holding up the back wisps KEEP THAT HAIR UP | the upside down french braid If you can french braid, the upside down french braid (seemed like a good name) is the bee’s knees for keeping all those little hairs up. Clips work, but the hair always seems to slip out by mid day. This braid will hold up much longer and is oh so adorable.

THE UPSIDE DOWN FRENCH BRAID:

1. She lays her head down on my lap (facing me) and gives my legs a quick cuddle. 2. While I braid as fast as I can. 3. I put a little teeny elastic at the end of the braid. 4. Then gather the rest of the hair into one big pony and secure it all with a larger elastic. Sorry no photo steps, this time I can work on those if anyone really needs.

This is also really great for adults, I’m just not yet very skilled at doing it on myself.

KEEP THAT HAIR UP | the upside down french braid KEEP THAT HAIR UP | the upside down french braid It’s still so cute and full of a few wipsy baby hairs, but it holds most of the larger chunks up. Also good when your or your little ones hair is in a growing out (or just growing) stage, or on a lower down pony for shorter hair.

If French Braiding is still pretty new to you, here is a great how to french braid tutorial. Practice a classic style for a while first (better to be quick when doing this upside down one) and then move on to the fancy sounding “upside down french braid”.

* If her back hairs stay up fine, but the bangs are always getting in her eyes, try this little bang braid.

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· April 16, 2014 · in Daily,HAIR AND FACES



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heart and habit x toto knits lookbook peek The Heart + Habit for Toto Knits capsule collection is available for pre-order. Toto Knits also accepts wholesale orders and that includes our little capsule collection. I am working on a little lookbook (this is a wee little peek) to send off to those  interested shops who want to carry a season-less, Canada inspired sweater collection in their shops for Fall/Winter 2014. If that’s you, shoot me an email: brandy@heartandhabit.com

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· April 15, 2014 · in Collaborations,Daily



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big-rock1 big-rock2 big-rock3 When you ask for a smile, you sorta get a not so natural smile – still cute, of course. We are on week two of Dad working like literally all the time, we miss him and it’s pretty safe to say that he misses us. Our adventures have sorta been a bit slim, things are much more toned down on the awesome scale and probably a lot more tense when he isn’t around. He always brings the party and has this smooth calming way about him especially when it comes to the kids. Also, after so much time with mostly just me and the kids, we kinda-sorta-a little bit start to push each others buttons more then normal.
As I’m trying not to wish a full week away, since it is only Monday. I am super excited for this weekend, a little easter egg hunt, Lupper (lunch/supper, it’s a thing) with friends, cuddles, yoga, and Chris has the entire long weekend off. If all of that isn’t something to not so natrually (and natrually) smile about, then I just don’t know what is. Here’s too a great week, and me trying not to wish her away.

Harlow’s sunnies are c/o Stella Cove

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· April 14, 2014 · in Daily,Little Style,Real Life



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pale-pink-trend [images: leather jacket, sweater, skinnies, blazer]

As a self proclaimed disliker of pink, I’m pretty shocked at myself. I mean, I literally just said I wasn’t a fan of pink 2 days ago – but this is the week I eat my own words, might as well add a few more to the pile. For some reason or another, I am just totally digging pale pink right now. It’s not the best color for my extreme paleness but whatever I still want it in my closet.

A grey tee and pale pink skinnies, yes (I need to be careful it’s not the same pale pink, as my pale skin – not really digging the whole pantless look) . Pale pink leather jacket, white tee and ripped jeans, totally sold! It’s the perfect addition to a lover of basics and essentials, a tiny neutral hit of color.  Would you add a hit of pale pink to your life?

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· April 10, 2014 · in Daily,STYLE AND ATTIRE



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