My favourite local small shops for baby

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Bandana Bib from CD & Bree 

There are a million and one options when it comes to items for baby! The baby product industry is HUGE and all of the options can be so tempting. With all the cute items in big box stores there are endless choices but, there are other options! I love shopping locally and supporting local entrepreneurs, many of who are moms, by shopping through them. Not to mention SO many of the items are unique, well made and beautiful. I thought I would do a quick round-up of my favourite local shops for baby.

  1. CD & Bree

This local shop provides organic cotton and other luxurious fabrics in high quality baby and children’s handmade clothing items. She has everything from pants to bandana bibs and gorgeous slouchy hoodies. I am super stoked about this cute puppy dog pattern that I am considering for my babes first birthday party!

 

2. Comfy Cubs Boutique 

A local online shop bringing a variety of Canadian local shops right to you! Great cloth diaper options, grow with me pants and so much more! I love all of the gorgeous prints to choose from in every line, hand picked by a local mama! Check it out on Facebook! 

3. Miss Monkey Family Boutique

This online boutique provides teething accessories that are great for babies while being safe and adorable! Handcrafted with love in Kamloops, the colour combinations on these items is great! Definitely check them out when you need something unique and special for a teething baby in your life!

4. Paisley’s Pants

A local baby and children’s clothing shop that provides a variety of styles of clothing including maxaloons! I love all of the prints and the quality of these items is second to none! Fabrics are so soft and well made! A great one-stop shop for quality children’s clothing!

What are your favourite local shops? Let me know in the comments! 

 

 

20 Things You Might Not Know About Me

img_4729This blog post is a part of the ’20 Things You Might Not Know About Me’ Blog Tag started by April from BLACKSBURG BELLE. She began this blog tag experiment to build community among creatives, help us bloggers to connect more and get to know each other better.  If you’d like to participate or want more info, check out the beginning post RIGHT HERE.

Question 1: How tall are you?

I’m 5’10

Question 2: Do you have a hidden talent? If so, what?

Hmmm, that’s a good question – I have no idea!

Question 3: What’s your biggest blog-related pet peeve?

When it is super complicated to make a comment on a post or, bloggers who are completely full of themselves and not genuine.

Question 4: What’s your biggest non-blog related pet peeve?

Crumbs on a counter

Question 5: What’s your favourite song?

I have so many! Everything is Everything by Lauryn Hill, Redemption Song by Bob Marley or… Shake it Out by Florence and the Machine – so random.

Question 6: What’s your favourite Etsy shop that isn’t yours?

CD & Bree or Twig and Timber 

Question 7: What’s your favorite way to spend your free time when you’re alone?

Drink a latte and eat chocolate

Question 8: What’s your favorite junk food?

Chips

Question 9: Do you have a pet or pets? If so, what kind and what are their names?

No pets! Would love a golden doodle one day!

Question 10: What are your number one favourite nonfiction and fiction books?

Fiction: Time Traveler’s Wife

Non-Fiction: Ghandi’s Autobiography

Question 11: What’s your favourite beauty product?

Beautycounter’s purifying charcoal mask 

Question 12: When were you last embarrassed? What happened?

I can’t remember, I don’t usually feel that embarrassed.

Question 13: If you could only drink one beverage (besides water) for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Coffee, definitely.

Question 14: What’s your favourite movie?

That Awkward Moment

Question 15: What were you in high school: prom queen, nerd, cheerleader, jock, valedictorian, band geek, loner, artist, prep?

I dunno, I was just me – quiet and friendly.

Question 16: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?

Vancouver, Montreal, Ireland or St. Lucia

Question 17: PC or Mac?

Mac

Question 18: Last romantic gesture from a crush, date, boy/girlfriend, spouse?

Bought me my favourite meal from Planet Organic ❤

Question 19: Favourite celebrity?

Don’t have one… don’t really care that much to be honest.

Question 20: What blogger do you secretly want be best friends with?

Erin Ireland – her insta story vegan food is to die for! OR, Jillian Harris!

But, I have also have a few other favourite blogs!

Northern Style Exposure

Sweetpeas and Succotash 

The Stripe 

Minimalist Baker

North of Bloom

What you may not know about your personal care products

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I have been on a personal mission for years to clear my life of as many toxins as possible. It is no easy task between the greenwashing of products with labels like “all natural,” or “green” meaning absolutely nothing, and the lack of regulation in the industry.

Did you know?
  • “Fragrance” is considered a trade secret, so companies don’t have to disclose what it is. Usually, it is a synthetic concoction that includes phthalates and synthetic musks, which are hormone disruptors, as well as chemicals that are allergens and neurotoxins.
  • Some chemicals are not intentionally added to products but are the result of chemical reactions happening inside the bottle of product (such as formaldehyde in shampoo) or during manufacturing (such as 1,4 dioxane in moisturizers or heavy metals in color cosmetics).
  • When manufacturing companies buy bulk ingredients from ingredient suppliers (aloe vera gel or grapefruit seed extract), they are often getting an already-preserved raw ingredient (aloe vera gel with added phenoxyethanol, or grapefruit seed extract with added methlyparaben). But the end product does not have to list these preservatives, so a product marketed as “preservative-free” or “paraben-free” may contain those chemicals after all.
  •  The European Union (EU) bans close to 1,400 ingredients from cosmetics. The federal Canadian government currently prohibits less than 600 substances for use in cosmetics through Health Canada. The Office of the General Auditor in Canada announced in the spring of 2016 that Health Canada, “…does not regularly test cosmetic products to verify the accuracy of product labels or to check for the presence of prohibited substances, microbial contaminants, and heavy metals.”
    Source: Beautycounter

I had dabbled in safer products for years, testing out various brands and finding some success and some failures. I used many products that I thought were safe but upon further research, they included many harmful ingredients – marketing, am I right!?

I had sworn off makeup in pregnancy and it wasn’t until I discovered Beautycounter that I felt more comfortable to use more products again. There are a ton of safer beauty brands on the market and many are totally awesome! It is all dependent on what works best for you! For me, and many others, that has been Beautycounter! Beautycounter has a never list of 1500 potentially hazardous ingredients that they will NEVER use in any of their products! Beautycounter rates highly (EWG Certified or 1-3 on the EWG Skin Deep database) that’s good!

To learn more about why I choose Beautycounter, watch this video:

Why I choose Beautycounter from Shannon Galley on Vimeo.

Tint Skin Foundation

Beautycounter Skin Tint from Shannon Galley on Vimeo.

Favourite products:

Beautycounter from Shannon Galley on Vimeo.

Chickpea and quinoa “souvlaki” with mashed lemon potatoes

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I’m pretty sure I was Greek in a past life because I am obsessed with Greek food and all of the flavours, colours, and smell that come with the cuisine! This recipe is super straightforward. Actually, I am not really even going to post a recipe because I kind of just threw it together. Basically, my idea was to take the basic ingredients of traditional Greek souvlaki and use chickpeas and quinoa instead. The only seasonings I added were salt, lemon juice, olive oil and oregano and I seasoned everything with those things. I lightly sautéed the chickpeas, cooked quinoa and red onion and then quickly put together a Greek salad of cucumber, green pepper, and heirloom grape tomatoes which I drizzled with evoo and seasoned with lemon juice, oregano, salt and goats feta! I cheated and bought some store bought tzaziki and just put them altogether in a pita – my pita wrapping skills need some work but the flavour was all there! And, voila a super east and vegetarian weeknight meal + a ton of leftovers!!


Beautycounter’s Flawless Face Set

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Um, yeah, this is freaking amazing! Are you looking for makeup that is luxurious, works and has no toxic or harmful to human health ingredients? Then, you seriously need to get on this deal. It is AMAZING and these prices cannot be beat! Get it while supplies last!

Order here: http://www.beautycounter.com/en-ca/flawless-face-set.html

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A refined, even complexion is easy to achieve with the Flawless Face Set. Our Tint Skin Hydrating Foundation blends effortlessly to cover imperfections and even skin tone. Pick your colour from eight shades, each uniquely formulated with cleaner ingredients to suit a range of skin tones. Build your ideal coverage with the Retractable Foundation Brush, then dust Mattifying Powder to set makeup, absorb shine, and reduce the appearance of pores and fine lines. Leaves skin smooth with a natural finish and no white residue.

*Complete Your Look with the Touchup Skin Concealer Pen at a special value of $30 with your Set purchase.

Set Includes:

  • Tint Skin Hydrating Foundation (value $51)
  • Mattifying Powder (value $45)
  • Retractable Foundation Brush (value $43)
  • Pouch (value $32)

(value $171)

Price:

$118

Five striped sweaters for boys from Janie and Jack

Ah, little kids clothing! It’s so cute! I especially love stripes on little boys! The weather up here is cold to say the least so, I’ve rounded up my favourite striped sweaters from Janie and Jack to help your little guy stay warm while winter is still here.

All are on sale!!

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Striped Sweater

CAD 68.93  CAD 21.37

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Striped Cardigan

CAD 61.90  CAD 41.63

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Striped Sweater

CAD 75.97  CAD 46.13

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Striped Sweater

CAD 75.97  CAD 48.38

Janie and Jack Sale on Now

Janie and Jack shops offer classic children’s clothing rich in fabric, design and detail for girls and boys up to size 12 online, and up to size 6 in shops. Heirloom-quality looks feature finely-crafted details such as hand-embroidery, hand-smocking and special prints. Janie and Jack has an online shop atwww.janieandjack.com and approximately 133 shops throughout the United States.

**This post contains affiliate links. I will receive a small commission on anything purchased through these links.

 

7 Ways To Wear Berry Lips

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This trend of the moment is taking beauty books by storm: a luscious, berry lip that flatters every skin tone. Make the most of this sleek color trend with our  Lip Gloss in Fig. Being on trend doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice quality or safety—we are committed to designing stylish, safer beauty products.

Make the most of this sleek color trend with our Lip Gloss in Fig.

Source: 7 Ways To Wear Berry Lips

Shop here: http://www.beautycounter.com/en-ca/shannongalley