last-days-of-summer1 last-days-of-summer2 last-days-of-summer last-days-of-summer4 last-days-of-summer5 last-days-of-summer6 last-days-of-summer7 We tried our very best to soak up this last weekend (thank the heavens it was a long one), spending our days outside and together. Trying our very best to make summer last just a little bit longer. Today marked the first day of school for King and Harlow later this week (thankful to get a couple of days together, before I send her off to school too).

As if missing my sweet boy so so SO much, wasn’t enough I’m stuck on running the whole summer over in my head. Did we have enough fun? Did I play with them enough? Did we do enough fun activities? Did we do enough prep work for Grade 1 (yes, Grade ONE!)? Did I get upset or frustrated too much? And the answers? I don’t know, I’m honestly trying not to answer them. Instead of nitpicking every tiny detail about how I wish the whole summer was bigger and better for them – I’m choosing to only seeing the awesome, because it was an awesome summer. No it wasn’t quite as perfect as I planned, but it was perfect for us because we lived it. And we have our farmers tans, bruised and scraped knees, worn out shoes, sandy carpets, and tears this morning before the first day of school to prove it.

*these photos were from the last Open Streets Toronto of the year.

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September 2, 2014 · Daily,REAL LIFE



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It’s officially time, for the launch of our mini collection in collaboration with the wonderful Toto Knits!! I couldn’t be more excited to finally share, more than just a few sneak peaks – and just in time for fall and back to school!!

toto-knits-x-hh_blanket-cardy_lumberjacksweater Toto Knits is a brand of ethically made organic cotton sweaters, hand knit by a group of single mothers out of Kenya. Each knitter is paid by piece, the mothers are able to work as much or as little as they need – allowing them to provide for their families while always being able to put their families first. I am extremely lucky to have had the pleasure to work with such a fantastic, ethic and humanely conscious brand. Each of their items is knit in a soft organic cotton, which makes for the perfect breathable yet warm all season (all continent) wear.

I took these pictures (after the jump, since there are quite a lot of photos) over the course of 4 Canadian seasons you can even see some (ewww gross) snow in some of the photos, to illustrate how versatile and timeless each item is. Our mini line is inspired by Canada and all her vast and beautiful glory (totally a she). The styling is classic, trendy with an emphasis on being timeless and unisex. READ THE FULL POST

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August 28, 2014 · Collaborations,Daily,REAL LIFE



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the-deck_1 THE-DECK3 THE-DECK2 Chris sneakily snapped some photos as I lay in the grass playing DJ while the kids played soccer just beside me (no I totally didn’t get smacked with the ball, I know you were worried) . These blissful moments of stillness for me only really happen when Chris is home, when I’m able to let me guard down a little and just (sigh) enjoy.

How am I playing DJ? It’s okay, my kids think I’m a magician too. Well, Sol Republic sent us their wireless speaker,  DECK and we’ve been bringing it everywhere with us; to the park, out in the backyard and to the beach (sorta beach/city beach). The sound is fantastic (way better than I expected) we just stream music from our iphones using the bluetooth option, usually a mix of Songza and our own playlists.

THE-DECK4 Sol Republic also wants to give one Heart + Habit reader their very own wireless speaker, Deck – it comes in three colors: lime, red or grey (we have the grey).

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*giveaway is open to the US and Canada (for Canada, be aware that there may be a customs charge upon receipt of item – Sol Republic and Heart + Habit are in no way responsible for this fee). You must not have won an item from Sol Republic in the last 6 months, to qualify for this giveaway. This is not a sponsored post.

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August 27, 2014 · Daily,Giveaways



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end-of-summer1 end-of-summer3 Changes happen pretty much every week when they are babies and every other month when they are toddlers, the rate we are hit with growth and changes in the first couple years is pretty intense and unfair (time can be so unfair). There has been many changes that have been extremely emotional for me, some that still bring teary memories to my eyes; when nursing my babies came to an end (TEARS), when they started walking (stop growing), when we said goodbye to the stroller (that change was an end to an era) and when they started saying all those (previously) hard to pronounce words, properly (and so many more in-between). Our home is inching closer and closer towards what feels like a really huge season change, maybe the biggest since bringing our babies home that very first time. Hopefully I didn’t make that all sound more dramatic than I intended, but it feels rather dramatic from where I’m standing.

This moment in time seemed so very far away and then all of a sudden, BAM we were here. Next week, both kids will be in school full time. My main and most important role as a Mom, will forever be changed (dramatic much). It will still be just as important, but it will be forever different. I am mixed with so many feelings of anxiety, sadness and even a little bit of excitement – basically I’m a bit of a basket case. It’s so bittersweet to watch kids grow and each age really is more amazing than the last, yet you wish they would hold just a little longer in each of those moments – this is another one of those, HOLD ON, moments.

Sending babies off to school, means I have much more time for me. Over the past 4 years of staying home with the kids, I have tried very hard to keep what I felt was ME intact and not lose sight of who I am – even though my family is my whole world and plays a gigantic role in helping to define who I am. I tried to not let my talents, skills and passions get mixed up (while focusing) on the crumbs, scrapped knees and peanut butter sandwiches. I feel like I’m in a really good spot, I don’t feel lost but I also don’t feel found (but I many never fully feel found and I’m sorta okay with that). I will be so sad to send both kids off to school, but am excited to be able to come back home and work during daylight hours and then be there to walk them home and talk about their day when school lets out.

I feel like I have big dreams for my life/career and maybe now I can give those a bit of my daylight time. I am excited to spend more time in this space and my brand collaborations, growing and hashing out ideas I previously just flat-out didn’t have time for. Excited to be able to devote more time to hello bee and my columns there. I am really excited to be able to focus and give more to my freelance work (a mixture of mostly apparel design/development and some graphics and social/marketing) and hopefully move quicker, with more gusto (and less fright) towards other business goals and dreams (which totally aren’t ready to be shared). And of course, yoga – still every single day, but with no more missed days sprinkled in.

When I think about all these things, I get really excited – but then I look over at my kids, hear them giggling and see the giant mess in every corner of our little home and I get super sad and very nostalgic thinking it won’t be like this every single day. And just like when nursing ended, they started walking, we said farewell to the stroller, and they learned to say “friends” not “fwiends” – it will never be like “this” again (well until next summer).

photos by King and Harlow

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August 26, 2014 · Daily,Dear Diary,REAL LIFE



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buskerfest1 buskerfest3 Another weekend, another closed down street filled with people and fun. It’s sorta ridiculous the amount of street festivals we’ve been to this year. Many more than the past years and not because there were many more festivals that happened this year, but because I have been much braver and confident taking the two kids to crazy busy places on my own. Not that I’m a chicken, but it’s always a little overwhelming to be around such huge crowds of people with young kids and just me. I finally felt like this year we reached an age where they know the rules when we are out in busy areas and they understand the reasons behind those rules. This buskerfest might just have rounded out our epic festival tour of the summer, considering this is the very last week of summer vacation and all – and I think I’m on a bit of a crowd and noise overload.

bsukerfest4 buskerfest5 Both kids were totally blow away by the street performers and then spent all day afterwards trying to reenact many of the tricks.

buskerfest8 buskerfest9 1 more week till school starts, one more week of the three of us, one more week of a messy, loud and happy house.

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August 25, 2014 · Daily,REAL LIFE



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1.cobalt cami 2.high waisted jeans 3.clutch 4.buckle boots 5.chain necklace

I have date night on the brain, more specifically dreams of a date night (on the brain). If I’m able to grab a date with my busy husband before the summer ends (it sorta feels like it’s coming to an end sooner than usual – this weather!) this would be the perfect cool summer evening date attire. Or a day date, morning date, 2 minutes of alone times date – I’m not picky.

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August 21, 2014 · Daily,Uniform



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what-to-wear-back-to-school_1 I’ve had many a requests for a BTS outfit post, at first I thought “I just did a big one last year”. Then I looked back through my archives and realized it was 2 whole years ago, obviously I have a great concept of time. I got my butt in gear and put something together, this year is a bit different as both kids are actually going to school. I shopped during the summer time (following the sales) for a few things the kids needed, but otherwise everything in this post has been in their closet for some time. I put together 3 outfits for each kiddo, outfits both kids will definitely be wearing (already do wear) and have felt really comfortable wearing them before.

what-to-wear-to-school_2 HARLOW | tee : jeans : sneakers : sweater : backpack    -    KING | tee : jeans : sneakers : backpack

Jeans and tee shirts, all the time. Both kids have a closet pretty much composed of those two items and then everything else gets sprinkled on top.If we are talking key items for back to school, these two outfits are pretty much composed of the 5 items I would consider to be KEY BACK TO SCHOOL ITEMS:

  1. A good pair of sneakers (that go with everything and will hopefully last all year-long), which will probably become indoor sneakers come winter. Something with velcro or that can be slipped on – unless they can tie their own shoes.
  2. Comfortable tee shirts, that won’t easily get stained during lunch or craft time – usually go for the darker colors.
  3. Jeans, tights or awesome sweatpants or just whatever pants your kids love most – but something they will be comfy wearing during any activity. And that will be easy for them to do up after a potty break.
  4. Throw on sweater or hoodie, that extra layer that can be worn with everything – because you never know with the weather (especially in Canada).
  5. A good backpack, which actually turned into this very particular subject around here. The kids have these small packs and have used them for 2 years, they are great and still get used very often. But I have to say, once King stared going to school and bringing a lunch box,  swimming stuff once a week, and books/art projects/homework home everyday – the small size just wasn’t cutting it. After searching (and searching) I found that most bags for kids were either the same smaller size (too small for our school needs) or they were all way too big. Then I stumbled upon The Gap and their Junior sized backpacks. Not in the toddler section, but in the kid section. They have the option between Senior and Junior, the junior is juuuust right. A tiny bit big for wee Harlow, but probably perfect by years end (they grow too fast) – and big enough to fit a lunch box plus all the extra trimmings. Backpack aficionado, putting that one on my resume.

back to school girls denim vest (similar) : tank top : sweat pants : moccasins

Comfort is key, tights and a great pair of sweat pants like these (they are our fave, so much that they were dirty when I took these photos) are fantastic go to bottoms. Layers are also pretty important, the morning might be warm but the afternoon could turn out really hot. Shoes, well I tend to lean towards sneakers for school – but as long as it’s not a gym day, the shoes are comfy and they can take them on and off themselves it’s a go.

back to school boys hoodie : tee shirt : shorts : shoes

We like to keep our shorts in rotation for as long as possible, as long as the weather is having it. An every-single-day hoodie is #4 on my key items list and this one is our favorite and in daily rotation – they make them in a lighter french terry for summer and heavier cotton fleece for fall/winter.

school clothes girls heart sweater dress : knee highs : boots (similar)

I’m biased (it’s from the Heart & Habit for Toto Knits collab) but this dress is the best. It’s a cotton sweater knit, so warm but breathable and really comfy, we always pair a small pair of short underneath dresses (something from summer) until the weather forces us to wear tights.

school wears for boys sweater : tee (similar) : jeans (similar) : shoes (similar) : backpack

Again, layers. And jeans and t-shirts, forever.

Lunch boxes, not pictured here. I have found (after wasting a lot of money on not so great ones) that this classic style lunch box (tons of different patterns) from pottery barn and this bento insert are amazing. A little pricey (but also pretty budget friendly compared to some) but really great quality – I don’t plan on buying the kids a new lunch bag for a few years.

So Back To School? Are you ready, my kids are – I’m still all types of sentimental about the whole thing.

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August 20, 2014 · Daily,Little Style,STYLE AND ATTIRE



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open-streets1 open-streets2 *Those people looking our way (behind the kids) they were all looking at the kids (giggles and awwwwww’s a plenty, from the small crowd). All this as the kids just stood there frozen in cuteness chatting with me while I snapped photos (they didn’t notice the people or that I was snapping photos).

open-streets3 open-streets4 On Sunday, large parts of Yonge street and Bloor street closed for a new event called Open Streets Toronto. Streets were closed to cars from 8am-noon, and open for walking, biking and whatever fun stuff people like to do when there is no chance of a car barreling down the street. We do a lot of walking on a regular day, but there was something extra special about walking on an open road on two of Toronto’s busiest streets. It took the kids a while to grasp the idea, they were so confused at first. So confused and worried that we were breaking the law. If you are in Toronto, they are holding another Open Streets on August. 31st and I bet it will be busier and even better. And if you are not in Toronto, well maybe you should just come visit. ;)

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August 19, 2014 · Daily,REAL LIFE,Toronto



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