HAT HAIR | the cure to a winter hair day is a good hat My favorite part about fall and winter has to be the hats, and always because that means I really don’t have to put any effort (at all) in my hair at all. Just pop a hat on, done. Winter usually brings a good 5 months of bad hair days for me (let’s just all them winter hair days), static and that lovely birds nest that happens at the nape of my neck that happens when I wear a scarf? The best cure for winter bad hair days like that, is a good hat.  [ oneribbed rolled toque ]

HAT HAIR winter hats to hide a bad hair day two: wool panama hatthree: cable beaniefour: chunky pale pinkfive: pom pom beanie – six: fedoraseven: cashmere toque

HAT HAIR: best hats to hide winter hair eight: chunky knit pom beanienine: wool capten: plaid beanie

Winter = Hat Hair, but really hat hair isn’t all that bad, just don’t take the hat off!


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November 7, 2014 · Daily,HAIR AND FACES,STYLE AND ATTIRE



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Mornings, now that my kids are both in school mornings can the most stressful time of the day. Getting everyone ready, plus yourself and then to where everyone needs to be, on time – that is no small feat! In an effort to try to make our own mornings go way better than they did last school year, I added a few things to our routine. So far our mornings are way smoother and happier. We still have some hiccups, late slips and maybe some tears but they are pretty few and far between. Here are a few things we do to make mornings easier with two kids.

easier mornings with kids: wake up first GET UP BEFORE THE REST OF THE HOUSE

Wake up before the kids, get some you time in for yourself. Maybe enjoy a coffee before the morning rush, enjoy a leisurely look at Pinterest, work-out or practice some yoga. I love to wake up extra early and practice yoga, it just starts my day out on the best foot. But maybe you aren’t morning person (you could try for a week and see, maybe you like the morning and don’t even know it!), and then if that’s the case – ignore this tip and sleep in till the very last second! READ THE FULL POST

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November 6, 2014 · ADVICE AND INFO,Daily,MADE A LITTLE EASIER,SIMPLE LIVING



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fall-winter-uniform1 fall-winter-uniform2 fall-winter-uniform3 fall-winter-uniform4 fall-winter-uniform5 Parka: Aritzia – Tee: SkarGorn – Jeans: Fidelity – Sneakers: Converse – Gloves: Dollarama – Hat: American Apparel

I feel like it’s your lucky day, I swear my usual (rare) real life uniform posts are a good 25% more awkward than these photos. because un-awkward photos of me makes it your lucky day? I don’t have a clue why. I owe all the credit for the less awkward photos all to fall clothing. I love summer (LOVE summer) and spring is the best season there is (pants, sandals but no jacket weather is probably my favorite). And even though I complain about winter and often fall  too (but only because it eventually turns into winter), there is something so comforting about fall and winter clothing. Sure a tank top and shorts is comfortable in 35+C temps, but it’s also a little awkward being without so much fabric.

I know I’m still not making much sense, but bare with me. Fall and Winter clothes remind me of being wrapped a blanket sitting on my couch. An oversized sweater, a warm scarf, a big comfy parka? All of it feels like that blanket is wrapped around me all day, basically fall and winter attire feels like I’m wearing a big security blanket all of the time. Spring and summer it’s minus the blanket and way less than half the amount of clothing, not awkward but less comforting.

This is not an ode to fall and winter (okay fall is pretty cool, look at all the color!), because let’s be real warm weather trumps everything. But maybe an ode to clothing security blankets, that make life or at least photos a tad less awkward.

I hope you all had a super Halloween, we forgot to take photos – like zero photos, even from my phone. And I even dressed up this year, or did I? There are no photos, so I could be lying. ;)


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November 4, 2014 · Daily,My Style,Uniform



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The Perfect Kids' Cold Weather Wears (with lot's of shopping tips) After a few winter seasons, a few meaning many many (born and bred Canadians) I think we have the winter attire pretty much down. It took me a while, but like everything else (perfectionism at it’s best) I seemed to have developed a system, a list of our idea of the best items to buy, a plan to get the most out of every item and hopefully a way to make handing down to siblings possible. Our Idea of a Perfect Kids’ Cold Weather Winter Outfit:

1 . A Really Great Winter Coat – A few tips to keep in mind when shopping for your kids winter coat…

  • Go for a timeless, unisex style that is a little longer, like a parka – keep that butt warm even when they aren’t wearing snow pants (since they put their butts down anywhere, puddles included).
  • Choose a color that hides dirt well, will match everything they wear, and possibly be unisex – so handing down to a sibling or friend is always in the cards.
  • Buy it a full size too big (roll sleeves up if you need) – it will either fit perfect by the end of the winter, or be wearable for next year as well.
  • Make sure there is room to grow a little bit (also makes room for thick socks, if you so please), but not clod hopper big.
  • Get a really warm coat, down filled is always a great choice – it’s worth spending a bit more dough since they will wear it every day for like 5 months? (oh god, 5 whole MONTHS!?)
  • Good Unisex Options: Olive Parka or Navy Parka (25% off with code STYLETREAT)

2. Stock Up On Mittens – Mittens get lost faster than a blink of an eye, make sure you start the season with a few too many – you’ll probably end the season with one full pair (if you’re lucky).

  • Grab a bunch of cheapo mittens and gloves from the dollarstore or Target. These are great for back-ups, layering and wearing on crisp pre-winter or pre-spring days. Fun ‘fashion’ knit mitts also fall into my back-up category, great to have but not the best for everyday keeping warm, wear.
  • Get at least one good cold weather mitten, for those days they think they don’t need them – you know the kind.
  • We now go for one really great pair of winter snow mittens AND a pair of ski gloves, because they lose everything (obviously) and since they are a little older mittens are great but sometimes gloves are better.
  • Keep the color on the darker side, unless you don’t mind doing laundry allll the time.
  • Good Back-up Mittens:  fun knits and boys mitts and girls mittsReally Good Cold (not freezing) Mittens: convertible solid colors  or faux sherpa or convertible printsSome Good Freezing Weather Mittens: blue or pink or black winter mitts

3. Really REALLY Warm Winter Boots – As they get older they spend more time outdoors, out of the stroller (out of that warm stroller bubble) – so spending the extra coin on really good winter boots (like you would when shopping for yourself) is pretty important.

  • Go for a timeless unisex style – If they don’t wear it out, it would be pretty great to hand them down to a sibling/friend.
  • Neutral-ish colors, but not necessarily a must.  I tend to buy the kids neutral boots, so they pair effortlessly with any bottoms their little hearts desire.
  • Great Winter Boots: camel brown, black, light purple or navy and a great option if your winters are more wet and cold then freezing and icy: native boots

4. Hats, Hats and Even More Hats – You can never have enough!

5. Skip The Scarf, Do The Snood – Okay, I’m lying a little. Like mittens and hats, it’s good to have at least 2 choices for neck wear.

  • A basic scarf, not too long is good for everyday use.
  • A comfy snood, is ideal for everyday keeps the neck warm and looks like a funky scarf so can be left on all day to beat the chill.
  • Great Snood: breathable and warm

6. Not In The Picture, But Oh So Important – Before you ask, cause I know you’re thinking it. Snow pants are number 6, part of the perfect winter wear – they just didn’t fit well into the picture, please forgive my perfectionism!

  • This is where you can get fun and funky, let them choose their favorite color or pattern. These usually don’t get worn as often (fingers crossed) and since everything else is neutral, it’s a great time to have at it.
  • Go for a thicker fabric, not a thinner satin style nylon – kids are rough, a hole or two in the knees or bum is inevitable when the fabric isn’t thick.
  • Since you bought a really great and maybe more expensive than you would have liked coat, it’s okay to get a more budget friendly pair of snow pants – these often don’t last past the season, and don’t get worn every-single-day like the coat.
  • Every Year I Buy These: ski pants

Do you have anything else to add?

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October 30, 2014 · Daily,Little Style,STYLE AND ATTIRE,THE PERFECT'S



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Constantly seeing my own kids wearing little clothing that I designed is pretty amazing. It’s totally humbling to design something and have such a fantastic response (really everyone blew me away on the response to this collab), but seeing kids (not just the ones I own) wearing the items? Well that’s just on a whole other level of cool, and it makes it all much more real. Here are some of the cuties we’ve spotted wearing our mini mioche x Heart + Habit collaboration (in no particular order!).

mm-x-heart-and-habit1 @andrea.mclaren in the cowl hoodie - @stoneman1980 in the ball dress - @binkymagazine in the comfy overalls

mm-x-heart-and-habit2 @sarahshabacon in the comfy overalls - that one’s from us wearing the cowl hoodie - @juli_at_mjolk in the ball dress

mm-x-heart-and-habit3 @minimioche in the comfy overalls - another one from us wearing the scooped tunic

If you haven’t had a chance, there are still some items from this collection up for grabs! And don’t forget to use the hashtag #mmxheartandhabit when you post your little one wearing our duds!

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October 28, 2014 · Collaborations,Daily,Little Style



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The past week, actually maybe two weeks? I honestly can’t remember, its all a bit of a fever and coughing blur. We’ve had our first taste of the cold and flu season (maybe our first ever REAL taste, I probably just jinxed the rest of our season). This cold has made it’s rounds through almost all 4 of us and even back around to a couple of us. I usually try to stay on top of things, keeping everyone healthy and making sure we have the right remedies but this cold season totally through me for a loop. In an effort to make sure you aren’t thrown into the same PJ lock-down, I wanted to share some of our personal favorite remedies as well as some amazing ones I have been wanting to try (and there is no time like the present, cough cough).

*Many of these are natural remedies, containing things that might not be safe for under 2 years old, or items that might be intense on little bodies – so please use your judgment or consult your dr when it comes to using anything on your little ones.

elcerberry-syrup HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN ELDERBERRY SYRUP from ohdeardrea

This is more of a preventative measure, and one we surely should have being doing. So if you want to boost your immune system, and help speed up recovery time (no brainier), go see my good friend Drea for more info and the recipe.

diy-vapour-rub DIY VAPOR RUB from everydayroots.com

Make your own, it’s easy and way healthier filled with really helpful essential oils. I couldn’t decide between this recipe which contains beeswax pastilles or this one from DIY Natural, that is made with shea butter – two great recipes for homemade vapor rub.

cold-and-flu-elixir COLD AND FLU ELIXIR from ohdeardrea

Sick and in need of a magic remedy head over and get this recipe (I called it an elixir because it sounds magical). Drea has natural living totally covered, if I were you I’d follow her to stay up to date with all that future magic she dishes out (also, she’s just the best). (this contains honey, which is not recommended for kids under 12 months and if you use raw honey, kids under 2 should not use)

cold-bomb GINGER TURMERIC AND HONEY BOMB from greenkitchenstories.com

Very similar to Drea’s magic, focusing in on the benefits of turmeric, honey and ginger. (this contains honey, which is not recommended for kids under 12 months and if you use raw honey, kids under 2 should not use)

MORE TOOLS TO ADD or KEEP IN YOUR TOOLBOX:

  • Manuka Honey. It is known for its healing properties and literally works wonders for aliments. (I would highly recommended buying this at your local healthy store and speaking to a professional before buying, some people have sensitivities to honey and it is not recommended for kids under 2)
  • Badger Balm. If making your own vapor rub, doesn’t sounds like a good time. Go for this option, over the vicks.
  • Coconut Water. A healthy electrolyte booster, when you really need that extra hydration skip the Gatorade and go for this. In my experience O.N.E Coconut Water is the best tasting (usually the one they sell at Starbucks), in case that’s what’s been keeping you away.
  • Ener-C. a powder you mix in your drink, it gives you a hit of 1,000MG of Vitamin C and changes the taste of your water, since you are probably already drinking tons of that. I buy this for Chris every time he shows even the smallest sign of getting sick.
  • Salt Water Gargle. No one really loves it (my Mom used to make us do it as kids), but it really helps with the pain of a sore throat. Also good for cleaning the mouth of germs, since you are detoxifying everything else in your home (if you aren’t you should be: boiling tooth brushes, changing pillow cases and sheets – better to be safe then sorry, because no one likes a germ spreader).
  • Humidifier. The cool mist really does help open up stuffed up nasal passages, also it’s just nice to sleep with.
  • Elevate the Mattress. We usually lift the kids mattresses by putting a stuffed animal under the portion where thier heads lie. For us we just double up pillows, keep the head elevated to help with breathing freely when stuffed and help keep the coughs away at night.
  • And of course, soup (avoid cream based), booger wipes (if that’s your thing), rest (always), and endless amounts of fluids (just pee the cold away).

Do you have any remedies to add? My Oma always made us this homemade cough syrup, I need to hound my sister to get the recipe – I remember it working like nothing else that and her homemade chicken soup where instant cures!

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October 27, 2014 · ADVICE AND INFO,Daily,HEALTH AND WELLNESS



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Favorite Winter Coats This week I felt a chill in the air for the first time, the kids of course thought it was super cool (amateurs, wink). The mere sight of my breath in the air, well it was pretty depressing. Winter is…well winter, let’s just leave it at that. Since I literally wear my winter coat for 5 months out of the year, it’s pretty important to have one that’s really warm and in a style that I totally love. But of course, I also don’t like to spend a ton of money especially on winter (peee-ewww) clothes. In my search for a coat for myself, I found a few I really love all under the $300 price point (it’s about as low as you can go for a decent coat), some warmer then others – so if you haven’t snagged a coat yet, maybe now’s your chance. [top grey car coat from zara]

heart and habit winter coat picks [black and white buffalo plaid from asos]   [black down filled puffer coat from aritzia]

heart and habit winter coat picks [black down filled parka from aritzia]   [wool zip coat from madewell]

heart and habit winter coat picks [color blocked coat from madewell]  [plaid coat from the gapon sale till Sunday] [plaid cape coat from zara]

A super warm down filled coat is a requirement, but it’s pretty great to have a secondary wool coat for those days that don’t freeze your eyelashes as soon as you step outside.

And a quick little note, since JCrew has a 25% off sale (with code TGIFALL) till Sunday (outerwear is included) and The Gap has a $40 off for every $100 spent on outerwear sale (with code 40OFF100 or 40OFF100CA for Canada) till Sunday, here are my favorite kids coats from both places – since they both happen to be my favorite place to get the kids coats.

kids-winter-coats 1.The Gap (gap.ca) – 2.JCrew – 3.The Gap (gap.ca) – 4.The Gap (gap.ca) – 5.The Gap (gap.ca) – 6.JCrew

Have you bought your coat for the year? Which is your favorite?

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October 24, 2014 · Daily,Little Style,My Style



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Dear Canada I, as I’m sure the rest of my country is, am reeling from the events that took place in Ottawa yesterday. I am totally heartbroken, for Ottawa, for my country and for the family of Nathan Cirillo.

I am very thankful for the kindness and the total and utter selflessness that took place as a result of the criminal act – a reminder of who Canadians are in the middle of a dark moment. From the selfless person who ran to give CPR to Nathan Cirillo while shots still rang around, to the police who ran head first into the fire, and of course the Sergeant-at-arms Kevin Vickers who’s heroic act stopped the incident. I am holding my loved ones closer today, focusing on the good and the kind instead of the fear and the assumptions. Sending out lot’s of love and extra kindness to all you fellow Canadians.

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October 23, 2014 · REAL LIFE



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