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Linger Home

After baby number two and eight months of milk spills, and spit ups all around the master bed it was time to change our bed set “hallelujah.”

I was not sure what I was looking for since I was still very much sleep-deprived and exhausted, as some of you moms can relate. I just knew that I wanted it to be white, beautiful and chic. The comfort didn’t even come to mind at the time of my google search.

Flowers: VENUS ET FLEUR
My Pajamas: Pretty You London

I am happy to report that, I found what I was looking for and more in Linger Home collections. I seriously feel like I have missed out on good sleep and luxury feel all my life not having Linger Home linen collection as my bedding set. My family and I love lounging and having our cuddle sessions on our new found bed set.

I am absolutely in love with my Linen Sheet Set & Linen Duvet Set in white. Made of 100% finely spun European flax it feels like pure luxury. It looks beautiful and best of all it feels ah-mazing.

One of my favorite things about the duvet cover is that it includes corner ties to prevent your duvet insert from bunching and a hidden-button closure. Whaaaaaat? how come no one ever thought of this before. I love Linger Home even more.

I also got the Linen Throw in Birch to add a little color accent to my bedding and let me tell you that elevated the whole set.

Overall I am more than a satisfied customer right now; I am more like obsessed. I will be getting more products from Linger home since they have all things bed, bathroom, living room and more.

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Safety 1st

After testing so many monitors finally decided on Safety 1st HD WiFi Baby Monitor. I can stay connected wherever I go via using my phone, and I love the ever so clear monitor app on my phone and the smart audio unit. Use Code: MONITOR25  25% off + get a free Safety Kit with your monitor order through the Safety 1st website only 

We also have the adhesive lock for the drawers around the house. I love that I can unlock and lock the feature of the adhesive lock! It is pretty cool. It is toddler tested and that makes me feel safe about all the sharp tools drawer! The Safety 1st Highest Standard in Safety (HSS) is Toddler Tested, Proven Stronger so you can rest assured you are getting products that already meet the highest standard in safety.  
All of Safety 1st Home Safety locks will be on sale for 25% at major retailers (Amazon, Walmart, Target and Buy Buy Baby).

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MaxTrix Toddler Bed

As I blink my eyes, my little rascal is turning three in a few weeks and I am at awe of what he has taught me in these past three years. I still can’t believe my little munchkin is turning three, more like three going on 13!

It was time to move our Preston out of his comfortable, safe, and cozy crib into a big brother bed. I knew that the transition was not going to be an easy one but it was something that had to be done.

Bed: MaxTrix Kids Bedding: RookieHumans PJ’s: Kytebaby

I was looking for a bed that was practical, safe, and something that would grow with him and turn into a bunk bed. I also wanted something stylish that would match the room decor. That’s when I came across MaxTrix Kids. They have many beds to chose from, all types and colors and so many different variations.

Read more about our experience in choosing the perfect bed here:

Preston’s Room Reveal Starring a Toddler Bed for Boys

The beautiful bedding is from Rookie Humans.

Preston’s Pj’s are from KyteBaby.

Bed: MaxTrix Kids Bedding: RookieHumans
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4moms breeze GO

4moms breeze GO Playard in Grey

Those that follow me know that 4moms has a special place in our home. We love everything 4moms creates. Everything is done with busy moms in mind with high-quality material and meticulous attention to details on every product. Innovative and efficient products all around.

I am so happy we got our 4moms breeze Go Playard. First and foremost, it is so easy to set up and pack up, it makes life so much easier for traveling, and it is one of the best quality playards we have seen in the market, and it has its own carrying case, which is a win-win in my book

I love that it has a see-through mesh kind of wall for me to see my little one while trying to get things done around the house. It is large enough that he can crawl a little or sit and play with his toys.

4moms breeze playard
Wearing: Statement Cashmere Lounge Wear Set
Earrings: ADMIT Jewelry Belgravia, sterling silver pearl earrings

Setup

To set it up all you have to do is very gently push down on the middle handle of the Playard and voila it opens and snaps into place like a futuristic machine. The latches require zero hustle since they are all automatic, SCORE!

To secure the mattress to the base of the playard, there are velcro fasteners that you just have to put a few minutes of your time in securing them to the Playard.

To pack it up and close it, just pull the playard from the strap that is placed in the center of the Playard and again voila it collapses together perfectly. easy breezy…

Last but not least, it helps that 4moms breeze GO makes me feel at ease knowing my baby is in there safe while I … let’s say take a shower! haha

Overall 4moms breeze GO is a great product and I highly recommend.

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UPANG

Keeping my babies away from harmful germs thanks to Upang

Keep your baby away from harmful germs with Upang.

I love my UPANG and wouldn’t change for anything else. UPANG has undoubtedly saved me so much time and unnecessary stress of if the toys and teethers are clean enough or if the bottles are sterilized properly.

I have been fighting OCD since I can remember. Now that I am a mom of two my OCD is on another level. Yes, it is true that some germs are good for kids and it will strengthen their immune system but everyone is entitled to their opinion. I don’t like germs.

UPANG makes it so convenient to clean the bottles, toys, binky, etc and sterilize them all at the same. I love all the options, from sterilizing to just drying.

With powerful dual UV lights, UPANG will kill more than 99.9% of harmful germs and bacteria. With this all-in-one sterilizer, I can dry, sterilize, and remove odours at the touch of a button. After baby number one I have realized that cleaning and sterilizing baby bottles don’t have to be more work than necessary.

This amazing device is designed with busy parents in mind. Every minute counts why should I worry about boiling water and whether or not the bottle was cleaned enough for my precious baby.

I put everything that fits in my UPANG, bottles, teething toys, spoons, brushes, sponge, keys, remote control, toys, and everything else that my baby puts into his mouth.

It is definitely worth the price, keep our mind at ease knowing that everything is well sterilized and 100% germ-free.

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What did Postpartum do to my hair?

As I see the hair falling out in chunks in the shower I can’t help but wonder if there is a bald spot somewhere invisible to my eyes. There is no way that I am losing so much hair and my scalp is looking full and healthy. These are some of the thoughts that cross my stressful and sleepless mind that has been dealing with postpartum hair loss at exactly four months after my C-section. I have gone through this process before but for some odd reason this time around seems like it’s a lot more than the last time. The panic has set in and searching for the cause of postpartum hair loss on google has once again started as if this is my first rodeo.

Thankfully I have found some answers and some rituals that I have been trying now for almost one month and I am happy to announce that IT WORKS. But first, let me start by saying that postpartum hair loss is very real and it can be scary. The good news is that it is not permanent and the hair will grow back.

I have to admit that it can be scary watching all the hair fall out, after each stroke of brush and each shower and I know that this is something a lot of us moms go through and it can be different with each pregnancy. But after my research I found out that it is normal to lose hair especially around the hairlines and temples. I was starting to feel like my forehead was getting bigger every day and not in a cute way.

I have very long hair and with that comes the hair bands and the hair clips. I used to pull my hair back to either a ponytail or a tight up-do, which I later found out can be very stressful to my hair.

Throughout my research I learned to be gentle to my hair especially during the process of shedding which I will get into more detail later. First and foremost stop putting hair in a ponytail or pulling it back or up. Be gentle with your hair and don’t put stress on your hair by pulling it up or to a side. I started braiding my hair more to relax the roots and my scalp. Doing a soft braid was life changing in this journey to a healthier hair.  

Let’s talk about why we go through postpartum hair loss and what causes this process to moms a few months after we give birth. I found out that it is normal to lose hair after birth, and the shedding can continue up to six to 12 months… yikes!

It is due to our body’s estragon levels. Did you know that 80 to 95% of our hair is in the growing phase? Which means the rest of our hair is in the resting phase. After hair is in the resting phase for some time it falls out. On a regular day we lose about 80 to 100 strands of hair a day. That seems a bit much but that’s normal.

But, when we are pregnant our estrogen levels rise and it prolongs the growing phase of our hair, which means fuller, thicker, shinier locks, and less hair falling out. My hair was fierce during pregnancy. It had a body of its own and I loved it. So what happens to those beautiful luxurious locks of hair after giving birth? Well, I hate to break it to you but our estrogen levels drop and that causes more of our hair going into the resting phase which means losing a lot more hair and since we had not lost much hair in the last nine months it is more noticeable to us.

No need to panic, this will only last six to 12 months. During this time try to play with a new hair-do and use different texturizing hair products. I talk about different hair products on my feed @Shibyshila a lot and a couple of my favorites are:

The One by Fredrick Fekkai

Oribe Maxmista Thickening Spray (My fave)

Oribe Texturizing hair spray

Paul Mitchell Extra-body sculpting foam

It’s A 10 Miracle Blowdry Volumizer

In order to maintain the health of your hair, make sure you are taking your daily multi-vitamins and I also recommend adding Biotin to your daily supplement intake.

I have also gone back to my roots and brought back a few tricks to help my hair relax and grow healthier, and I am so excited to share it with you.

Postpartum hair loss is something that can be mitigated with a little bit of a ritual that you can follow and stimulate more hair growth and help more hair follicles hold on to hair. It’s made with three simple ingredients that you can get from any health food store or order from Amazon like I did.

  • First ingredient: Caster Oil. It has been known for having amazing skin and hair benefits. Use it as your hair oil to stimulate hair growth. (5 tablespoons)
  • Second ingredient: Avocado or coconut oil (5 tablespoons)
  • Third ingredients: Rosemary oil (20 drops)

Mix all three and heat it in the microwave for 15-20 seconds and massage it into your hair. Massage your scalp all over. By massaging the oil into your hair you are stimulating the hair follicles. Once you are done massaging it into the scalp, massage the rest of the oil into the rest of your hair. Braid your hair or put your hair in a soft bun and let it stay overnight. Make sure you leave a towel on your pillow to protect your pillow from all of the oil. Do this once or twice a week and you will see the results of healthier, shiner and thicker hair within a few weeks.

Your hair represents you. Be gentle to it and give it the hydration it needs to grow healthy and beautiful as it is meant to be.

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Cooluli made me do it

As a child, I remember seeing random skincare in the fridge next to a fruit bar or juice box. I remember one time I opened one thinking t was some kind of fancy whip-cream because it said “made in Paris” so I tried eating it. Sure enough, it was not that buttery sugary cream my tastebuds were screaming for.

I asked my Grandmother what is this tasteless cream and why are you eating this chemical tasting thing. She replied “it keeps me looking young from inside out so I can keep up with you” with a big beautiful smile and started running after me. At the time, of course, I took it as a joke and didn’t pay much attention to it until I got older.

Breast Milk: I came across Cooluli after the birth of my second lad. I was desperate to find something to keep my breastmilk cold without having to go up and down the stairs. Trust me it can get tiring especially during those early morning hours when you feel like a zombie, and walking two steps can feel like an out-of-body experience and not in a good way.

Skincare: I was instantly drawn to Cooluli not only because it served a purpose but also because it looked aesthetically perfect. There are a variety of sizes with different color combinations. I fell in love with Cooluli Infinity 10L white and gold accent colors. I had to have two. In my head, I was already organizing my breastmilk in one and my skincare in the other. At this point, it’s the little things that bring joy to my life after my kids and hubby of course.

I got both white and gold and couldn’t be happier. It saves me so much energy. Having it at arm’s reach in the middle of the night to put the breastmilk pumped from this exhausted organic milk maker is a great success.

I used the second Cooluli Infinity 10L for my favorite skincare and jade roller. If you have not tried using cold skincare on your face first thing in the morning or right before bedtime, you are missing out. There is no other feeling like it. What my grandmother said to me when I was a child, now totally makes sense.

If you are using Natural Skincare Products, it is been recommended by dermatologists to keep them refrigerated. Preservative-free, natural skincare products will have great benefits if stored in a fridge as it can help ward off bacteria and prolong the shelf life.

Keeping your skincare refrigerated can also deliver a cooling effect that can help constrict blood vessels which can help with reducing under eye bags, calming inflammation and tightening the look of the pores. It is especially beneficial for those with blotchy, sensitive or red skin (rosacea or erythema) as it can work wonders in calming the inflamed skin almost instantly.

A refrigerated eye cream can also take away the puffiness and boost circulation to the skin! The cool temperature can typically help in reducing puffiness under the eyes and even enhance the potency and effectiveness of the product.

It’s not necessary to store your skincare products in the fridge unless you’ve been directed on the label. However, if you want that cooling sensation and spa treatment feeling I would recommend it. Just remember as a rule of thumb to keep all of your skincare products away from direct sunlight and in a cool dry area.

Hope this article was helpful. If you have any questions feel free to message me.

xoxo

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Taïla

Three months postpartum and I can feel my skin is in need of serious help. I keep hoping for that radiant glow of pregnancy to reappear while looking into the mirror. But there is no sign of it coming back unless I am ready to have another baby and at this point that is NOT an option my friends. I started my research about skincare and how to get at least a semi- glow back to my skin. After much research and lots of trial and error, I came across Taïla.

Taïla is known to use vital nutrient to revive and restore skin radiance. I tried three of their products and started seeing the results within weeks. The results were so great that I did a giveaway and shared the love with other mommies who were going through the same skin drama.

Here are the three products I used by Taïla

One of the products is MUHKA Botanical Cleanser. A double-cleansing clarifying oil that restores skin’s natural moisture barrier while effectively removing all traces of makeup and impurities. I love that it is a non-greasy oil, filled with active nutrients. It turns into a milky cleanser when you add water. There is no need to use additional products such as an eye makeup remover or exfoliator to clean the skin afterward.

INGREDIENTS: Sesame Seed Oil, Castor Oil, Papaya Seed Oil, Polyglyceryl4 Laurate, Oleic/Linoleic/Linolenic Polyglycerides, Lavender Oil, Turmeric
Oil*, Vitamin E Oil
*Ingredients from Organic Farming

My next favorite is Taïla PRANA Face Oil. A multi-correctional serum that delivers immediate hydration to help minimize fine lines,
visibly firm skin and diminish dark spots. This is a magic potion that is made of all natural products such as powerful plant extracts to accelerate the skin’s renewal process and also to help add moisture and strengthen the skin

INGREDIENTS: Argan Oil, Sweet Almond Oil Sesame Seed Oil, Brahmi Extract, Rose Hip Seed Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Amla Extract, Tulsi Oil, Neem
Oil, Ylang Ylang Oil, Vitamin E, Geranium Oil
*Ingredients from Organic Farming

Last but not least the Taïla VAYU Illuminating Toning Mist. It is a must-have. An all-natural, lightweight moisturizing mist, that immerses skin with
hydrating nutrients to balance, restore, and soothe. A precious and powerful hydrosol, it provides a protective barrier to fend off free radicals and help restore environmental damage. It makes the skin feeling refreshed and instantly energized. I keep mine in a Cooluli fridge to stay cool and use it before bedtime and first thing in the morning.

INGREDIENTS : Tulsi Water, Rosa Water, Glycerine, Cucumber Fruit extract*, Water,
Leuconostoc, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf, Sorbus Aucuparia Fruit Ferment Filtrate

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NUNA COVE Aire

Finding the right crib can be challenging especially if looking for something that you can easily travel with. Nuna Cove Aire, is a beautifully designed travel crib with child safety in mind.

I love the napper feature of Aire. The napper features a three-point harness and customizable recline for heightened comfort, and a zip-off top provides easy access to the playspace. The reclining feature is very helpful if your baby has reflux. I put my baby in for his nap after his feed, which helps with his reflux.

I feel safe knowing that the material and the mattress are breathable and baby will be sleeping in a safe environment. The crib sheet that comes with the cove is also organic which gives them a brownie point and I did not expect any less from Nuna. The advanced designed material allows air flow from every angle, while the ventilated mesh mattress alleviates both heat and humidity. I am planning on using the Nuna Cove as my baby’s crib until he is ready to transition into his bed.

One last thing I want to point out is how easy it is to set up. The last thing you want to do after a long day in the car or plane is fighting with your crib or hubby/wifey to get it set up. Trust me…It only takes two minutes to assemble and disassemble.

We absolutely love our NUNA Cove Aire, and highly recommend it for your new bundle of joy.

Product info:

Ages 0–3 years Napper and bassinet for use up to 15 lb.; playspace for use up to 30 lb. or 35″30″ x 40″ x 24.5″; 34.5″ x 14.5″ x 10″ folded17.2 lb. Includes quilted mattress, organic-cotton fitted sheet and carry bag. Water-resistant, durable fabric resists stains, drips and tearsFabric/mesh/aluminium.

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