yoga-together Welp, missing my little sidekick like crazy again today. I thought about her the whole time during my practice this morning, I sure miss these moments. I cannot wait for the weekend when I’m wrangling both crazy kiddos and they are fighting about who gets to sit beside me or interrupting my home practice. Since I have ‘missing my kids’ pretty much exclusively on my mind and I’m sure you (and everyone else I know) is tired of hearing about it. How about we just talk about my most popular yoga posts, in case you haven’t had a chance to read them yet:

Yoga at Home: How to make it a priority.

What you don’t see, when you look at a beautiful picture.

Hot Yoga: Tips and advice for newbies.

Yoga to fit any budget.

little yoga copycatters.

The effects of yoga.

Let’s talk yoga: From getting started to finding the time.

Do you have Pinterest? Do you follow me, my Yoga board is one of my most popular boards – in case you were looking for more yoga inspiration. Happy Friday and Happy first school weekend!!

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September 5, 2014 · Daily,YOGA



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best-or-worst-angle1 best-or-worst-angle2 Chris has this special ability when taking photos, he captures some of the best images of everyone and everything. But when it comes to photos of me, they are either hot or freezing cold. I find myself cringing at 50% of the photos he snaps of me. I often used to ask him to delete photos, embarrassed because I didn’t like they way I looked. But then one day I realized (I think someone actually had to point it out to me) he doesn’t see what I see, he thinks they are all just as perfect as the 50% that don’t make me cringe (these photos fall into the best 50%). And just like that I never asked him to delete a photo again, because even though I still quietly cringe 50% of the time I’m mostly just so happy to know he still sees me through his love fogged eyes.

And on another sappy note. Today I sent both kids off to school, Harlow for the very first time. I’m a sappy sentimental, emotional mess today. I miss those stinkers something fierce, why do they need to grow up so fast?!

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September 4, 2014 · Daily,Dear Diary,REAL LIFE



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easy-nut-free-school-lunch-ideas I love a fancy bento box (I wish someone would make one for me), they look so great. And I’m sure every kid who is lucky enough to get a pinterest worthy lunch everyday is jumping up and down excited to eat their lunch. I really wish I was bento box savvy lunch packer, I mean the kids lunch boxes have separators like a bento box but I don’t think I pack it fancy or very creatively. We often use a thermos for warm meals, but that also often doesn’t get eaten because it takes more work to open and my kids would rather just talk instead of doing that. So I send them with things I know they will eat (or will eat, since Harlow starts tomorrow – alll the tears), healthy things. Here are 5 of our go-to sandwich (or sandwich like) lunch ideas and a list of go-to items the kids love for sides.

avocado-BLT B.L.A.T

It really just rolls off your tongue doesn’t it? “I want a BLAT, for lunch!” . But whatever, it’s good and I didn’t make it up. Bacon, Lettuce (I sub spinach in, cause it’s better), Tomato (very thinly sliced for my kids), Avocado and Vegenaise. It’s a real winner around here and take no time. Trick is, to keep a few slices of bacon from a weekend breakfast and put them aside (that’s the hard part). And make the sandwich that morning or the avocado will get all BLAT like.

sunbutter-honey-and-banana SUNBUTTER, BANANA AND HONEY

Nuts are a big no-no in our school and probably in yours too. Peanut butter and Jam sandwiches are basically a kids lunchtime dream and mom’s too, so easy. But we found a safe school friendly substitute, Sunbutter. It’s made from Sunflower seeds, no nuts at all. I always include a little note, informing the lunch room supervisor that it’s sunbutter and it’s nut free – because it looks like nut butter and they might rush my kid off to eat in the office if they think it is. Sunbutter, sliced bananas, and drizzed raw honey. *there is also something called Wowbutter, made from soy – but we try to eat as little soy as possible around here, other than tofu every once in a while.

mini-cracker-sandwiches CRACKER SANDWICHES

Some of the lunches that get five stars, especially from King are the ones that are interactive. No they don’t move, ewww gross. But ones he has to build or take apart to eat. Cracker sandwiches are a big hit, all you need to do is send a stack of crackers, cut up slices of cheese, a veggie of choice and a sliced meat – they build and eat at lunch time. Crackers, cheese slices, spinach leafs and roast turkey.

strawberry-and-cream-cheese-wraps STRAWBERRY AND CREAM CHEESE WRAPS

Sorta like a sub in for peanut butter and jam. Cream cheese acts as the protein and sliced fresh strawberries as the jam, basically it’s sorta the same just way better. My kids prefer it in a wrap, they say it’s like sushi (but it only takes 1 min to prepare). Tortilla wrap, sliced strawberries and cream cheese.

mini-pitzas MINI PITZAS

These are a huge hit. I have been letting them kids choose their ingredients, (usually whatever we have in the fridge), and then they make them for supper one night (key word, they). We a ton and either freeze the leftovers or put the in the fridge and use them for lunches that week. I fully planned to always make my own pizza dough for this, but found these mini pitas at the grocery store and we use pasta sauce, because we usually have some of that leftover in the fridge too. Mini pita, pizza or pasta sauce, chopped veggies, and maybe chopped meat and cheeeeese.

When it comes to lunches, low prep is always a good idea in my books. I often do a small batch of healthy baking each week, so the kids have cookies or muffins in their lunches (these banana oatmeal cups are a great go-to) – again trying to make a lot and freezing. These are our go-to’s for the main portion of the lunch, but I often pack leftovers from our meal the night before depending on what it was. These black bean quesadillas are usually a hit and Quinoa Fried Rice (when I’m feeling like risking the thermos).

As far as sides, I usually pick 3 or 4. Something carby, something sweet, something veggie or fruit and something with more protein (I try to shoot for balance, try):

  • hardboiled eggs
  • edamame
  • cucumbers, baby carrots, sliced peppers, broccoli, sugar snaps, spinach leaves
  • seaweed snack or kale chips
  • nut free bar (if there is a sale)
  • cheddar bunnies
  • dried mango slices
  • fruit of seasonal choice
  • cookies or muffin
  • raisins, dried cranberries, maybe a prune (my kids love them) and some seeds
  • ants on a long (sunbutter, celery and rasins)
  • babybel cheese wheels
  • healthy chips or popcorn

For more awesome lunch ideas from around the web: 100 Day of Real Food School Roundup | 10 Nut Free School Lunches | An Entire month of nut free lunches

Do you have a great go to lunch idea? Please share!

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September 3, 2014 · ADVICE AND INFO,Daily,FOOD AND COOKING



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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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