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Box of Style Select Edition 2018 Review

Box of Style Select Edition 2018 Review

Box of Style by The Zoe Report is excited to launch their first ever Select Edition, full of member-favorites that are so good they just had to bring them back. This limited-edition curation is available for a limited-time only and will sell out fast! I am […]

Holiday Gift Guide for the Home

Holiday Gift Guide for the Home

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My Favourite Winter Coats

My Favourite Winter Coats

Treat your winter coat like a loved one ready to give you a hug on those coldest, dreary days. Invest in a quality jacket to cocoon yourself in and won’t go out of style. While is it tempting to buy a cheap one, remember your outer layer is an extension of your well-calculated ootd ensemble. Think of a versatile silhouette that is perennially chic – woollen wrap option for layering over jeans, tights or a sexy lace dress! I’ve rounded up some of my favourite camel and grey options for that effortlessly put together look that is minimal yet sophisticated!
  1. I love this casual wool down grey coat with an oversized fur hood from Soia & Kyo
  2.  For those dinner dates and when you want to feel extra chic. This fur coat is best paired with a lacey dress with thigh high boots
  3. Millennial Pink teddy duster coat is so soft you just want to cuddle up with it all day long
  4. This English wool tweed double breasted checkered coat adds an effortless sophistication. This oversized blazer can be dressed up or down!
  5. Another favourite coat of the season is this hooded robe in pastel pink. (similar in grey)
  6. Long sleeve faux fur coat in nude beige is super cute and can be paired with anything.
  7. This All Saints coat has clean lines of modern minimalism grey coat is a timeless piece.
  8. Similar another AllSaints coat I recently just purchased  and can’t enough of is this oversized silhouette with ruched sleeves.
  9. Long sleeve shearling coat in camel tan with tonal lambskin cuffs and hem is like a real live teddy!

 

 

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MEJURI x HEYCLAIRE | EDGED JEWELRY

MEJURI x HEYCLAIRE | EDGED JEWELRY

I was super excited to hear about Heyclaire’s collaboration with Mejuri. I am one of her Day One followers. Claire describes her everyday jewelry like her “favorite pair of jeans. Not a lot of fuss, classic with a twist, and they need to be quality because, […]

Monthly Beauty Buys | October Purchases

Monthly Beauty Buys | October Purchases

I love online shopping. I used to share my beauty and deals scavenged on Friday Finds on another website a run called NOMSS. But since HelloNance is more beauty and lifestyle focused I thought I should share my purchases here instead. I always tell my […]

MOTHERHOOD | SECOND MONTH WITH BABY

MOTHERHOOD | SECOND MONTH WITH BABY

Motherhood First 30 Days Mom HelloNance

My Second Month of Motherhood

For fleeting memories, anxious Mothers-to-be and for all the super humans we called Moms.

 

Click for Month 1 HERE.

 

Day 1: Baby is one month old today. Can’t believe a month already went by. We survived. Baby survived.

 

Day 2: Life’s important choices: #2 vs tending to a crying baby

 

Day 3: It is midnight and baby just ripped a big one: live explosion up the back and onto the change pad and her shirt. Bath time is not going to be fun.

 

Day 4: Baby’s thighs looks like Church’s Chickens. All I want to do is lunch on them. On a serious note, I hope she has Dad’s metabolism. I don’t want her to be fat.

 

Sleep strategy #689: Keep Mom’s worn shirt (preferably with breastmilk on it) near baby’s bed. 

 

Day 5: Slowly enjoying breastfeeding and the joys this mother daughter time it brings. It melts my heart when her tiny hands grabs my finger tight.

 

Day 6: the Nuna Leaf came in the mail today and baby loves sitting in the chair! YES! Free time!

 

Day 7: Grandma babysat today while we went out on a date. Apparently we fail as parents. Grandma and friend inspected baby and she has crumbmies (crumbs) in her rollsies (rolls). How about you bathe my squirming, wet and crying baby?!

 

Day 8: Ever think of sucking snot out of a baby? Neither have I. But for obvious reasons if we don’t, she can’t breathe and if she can’t breathe… well, that’s not good.

 

Day 9: Dad took baby out for the first time to the park while I went the salon for a haircut (first cut in 8 months). She was super curious at everything!

 

Day 10: It’s a barter system. I get to go out to media events and the hubby wants to go play ball. Believe me, I’m keeping tabs on who gets out more! Every wo/man for themselves.

 

Day 11: The average family has 2 1/2 kids. I have one and a half. I never understood until now… It’s because of husbands.

 

Day 12: My baby slept six hours straight last night. It was a miracle.

 

Side note #79: Once baby reaches above 10 lbs, they may sleep through the night.

 

Day 13: FML !! Baby shat the sofa.

 

Day 14: Being a parent means you can’t even focus on a show with a simple plot (without having to rewind 50x).

 

Day 15: woke up with anxiety that baby hasn’t cried for a diaper change or milk all night. Checked if she was breathing. But she was simply sleeping – 6 hours straight again. Hope she sleeps like this every night.

 

Sleep strategy #677: Apparently I’m an Asshole Mom because I’m proud that my Baby sleeps through the night!

 

Day 16: I love the idea of white clothes, but I’m a mom. #motherhood #messy

 

Day 17: I felt a warm spot on my pants after hearing a wet farting sound. Baby pooped all over my pants. I’m going to lay a receiving blanket underneath at all times going forward.

 

Day 18: wondering why people would want to come visit baby when they are sick. Let’s FaceTime instead? I need one of those apocalypse virus scanners.

 

Day 19: Did my feet seriously grow a half size since pregnancy? What am I going to do with my 364859386 pairs of shoes? #shopsonline

 

Day 20: Baby “talks” are so cute – wish there’s an app to translate it.

 

Day 21: One of those days the parent gets inpatient and the baby just wants to sleep 7.5 hours. Aren’t you hungry princess?

 

Day 22: chubby thighs or fat toesies? Let’s take a poll! They’re all so perfect I could eat her up.

 

Day 23: Dad’s a little jealous Baby “talks” to me and not him. Sorry dude, you gotta earn your keeps!

 

Day 24: I’m not big into Baby “show and tell”. Why do people expect to parade your child around?

 

Day 25: That proud Mom moment when you’re Baby is all chill and relaxed while your friends kid is crying and fussing. All Baby did was smile. #proudmom #relaxed

 

Day 26: It takes having a kid yourself to know the words to childhood nursery rhymes.

 

Day 27: we never appreciated the freedom to go out by ourselves until you have an infant. Instead of bringing a purse, we have to deal with the stroller/ baby carrier, diaper bag and of course the Baby. Leaving the house takes at least an hour. Feeding, changing the diaper and making sure we have everything possible for an apocalypse!

 

Day 28: I’m in my mid 30’s but I feel like I have weak knees and a bad back of an 80 year old. Is that why people have kids younger in their 20’s?

 

Day 29: Bodily fluids are gross.  A cute little baby’s is still gross. Don’t kid yourself their poop doesn’t stink – watery poop, Dijon mustard poop, paste-y poop – they all are gross. I don’t need to see a picture of your baby’s fecal matter – thanks!

 

Day 30: looking back the past two months and our little girl has grown so much already. From the first moment we held this skinny peanut till now, this plump little piggy has changed me so much. More patient and selfless person. Her needs comes before mine. I am enjoying the quiet and mundane hours of doing nothing – cradling and staring at her. As she grows so does my love for her.

 

 

WHAT’S IN MY GYM BAG | ESSENTIALS

WHAT’S IN MY GYM BAG | ESSENTIALS

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REN SKINCARE | PERFECT CANVAS PRIMER

REN SKINCARE | PERFECT CANVAS PRIMER

REN Skincare introduced a silicone free primer! There is a lot that I like about this clean skincare line and the NEW Perfect Canvas Silicone Free Skin Finishing Serum is my newest makeup addiction. There is so much though from the name to the packaging to how […]

Motherhood | My First 30 Days with Baby

Motherhood | My First 30 Days with Baby

Motherhood First 30 Days Mom HelloNance

My First 30 Days of Motherhood

For fleeting memories, anxious Mothers-to-be and for all the super humans we called Moms.

 

Day 1: Finally after 36 hours, for a brief moment you forget the pain when you hold your child for the very first time. It is a super weird but satisfying feeling when baby comes out like a slippery fish.

Day 2: Still checking every box off with a plethora of drugs while feeding this little beast every 1-2 hours.

Day 3: Another day in the hospital – we finally have our private room and we’ve moved onto formula (while the milk was still coming in).

Breastfeeding Strategy: This lactation massager is the first ever milk expression aid! This tool can unplug milk ducts and get your milk flowing!

Day 4:  Just like seasoning a chicken. Just tell yourself that when you are wiping a baby girl’s vagina.

Day 5: Primal. Babies are wild animals. They feed on you every 1-2 hours. Heads waling and smashing into boobs.

Side Note #114: Whoever came up with the poster slogan of “breast milk is best” must be male. Sure BM has a lot of nutrients not found in Formula, but if you need to top up with store bought go right ahead. It’s hard mentally and physically to force yourself to produce milk with a starving new born.

Day 6: It takes a village to raise a child. Parenthood friends brings food.  Childless friends brings toys. Any help offered to look after Baby for 5 minutes while I take a shower is much appreciated.

Day 7: Never leave a New Mom unsupervised. They are super hormonal and emotional. I broke down over some bad humour. And never tell a new Mom that “You’re a Mom now. You just need to wear pj’s.” And NEVER send any family member a photo of Mom without her consent.

Day 8: Putting Baby on a new sleeping routine to correct her day/night confusion. Strictly no bright lights. Change dirty diaper and feed in the dark for fear – just like the vampires in I Am Legend. She can turn on you. I don’t want to go Will Smith on her.

Side Note #298: If you’re not helping….  who asked for your advise? Everyone always has an opinion.

Day 9: Immobilized with Baby on top of me. Binge watching Netflix. I’m scared if I move the monster would wake. We bought a Boba Baby Wrap. Thank fucking God for Amazon Prime same day delivery. We ordered it at 10am and was hands free by 7:30pm.

Day 10: We feel like horrible human beings. Baby Doctor was judging us because baby lost 2 oz. “You can never over feed a baby.” Where is the instruction manual?

Day 11: It was a SIMULATED SHARK. I feel personally attacked. My poor nipples.

Day 12: Today was the first day we ate in a restaurant with the Baby. We both felt so uneasy – what if she starts crying? takes a shit or catches some germs. I want to put a mini face mask on her.

Sleep strategy #247: Hubby sleeps in the guest room on work days.

Day 13: On my own today with Baby. I feel pretty accomplished taking her to the Doctor all by myself today. Everything takes twice as long. Plan for a 2 hour window before any appointment!

Day 14: This little human is officially 2 weeks old today. She was fussy all day during those Witching hour: between 3 to 7am marked by constant and inconsolable tears with only briefest moments of reprieve and the neediness to be cuddled.

Side Note #856: Infant fussiness usually starts at 2 to 3 weeks. 

Day 15: Trying to avoid eye contact with Baby (so she doesn’t demand cuddles and I can go take a nap.) #badmom #momlife #insomnia

Sleep strategy #389: Don’t get too close to Baby, she can smell you!

Day 16: Baby smiled at me.

Day 17: Being a parent means that personal time (including sleep) is extremely scarce. Short, disconnected windows if you want to pursue your hobbies.

Sleep strategy #402: When Baby sleep, you SLEEP!

Day 18: I’m slurring and can barely hold a normal adult conversation. Sleep deprivation and baby brain seriously is hurting my social skills.

Day 19: Bath time always results in stink eye and concern looks. Stop judging me baby! It was Dad that bathed you!

Day 20: FML. Fussy baby all day. Once Daddy’s home, someone’s a little angel.

Day 21: I’m hiding in the bathroom. Never thought I’d find solace inside this 100 sqft space.

Day 22: It is 4am. Put the grenade down slowly without waking her. One false move and we are all toast.

Side Note #568: Infants are born with just 25 percent of adult brain size. Compared with other mammals, human infants take the longest time to grow up, and they remain in a biologically dependent state for the longest period of time. Human infants cannot control their bowels, speak, make tools, digest large molecules, or walk. In the words of anthropologist Ashley Montague, human infants are “extero-gestators” (1), meaning they complete their gestation after birth, and someone’s got to be there to help with it.

Day 23: Velcro Baby. She’s super clingy and needs cuddles and kisses all day long. There is no such thing as giving a baby too much contact or affection – they thrive on touch, and grow more the more they get of it. When they are deprived of these sensations, their primary survival response (crying) will produce cortisol (a stress hormone) as they attempts to attract the attention of their parents.

Day 24: It’s back to that straight jacket swaddle at night. Surprisingly she slept 3.5 hours straight through the night – both times after feeding and a fresh diaper.

Day 25: Postpartum Depression (PPD) / postpartum blues can hit anyone at anytime. Even if you think you’ve got it “together”, the overwhelming sense of exhaustion, confinement of talking only to an infant, and physical demands can wear on you. Caring for an newborn is 24:7. There are no breaks. Sometimes when dad goes to work, sometime it feels like he “leaves” us – even though it is not true.

Day 26: It’s not a joke when people tell you to get much sleep as you can, do couple-ly things, and travel before children. I get it now. Only parenthood friends get it now.

Day 27: Remember how good Baby slept the night before, well… last night, I was losing my mind.

Side Note #78: Sleep duration increases among babies who experiences increased skin-to-skin care. They seemed less agitated in general while enjoying more stable heart rates and breathing patterns leading to greater overall oxygenation. They breathe more regularly, use energy more efficiently, grow faster, and experience less stress.

Day 28: Feeling guilty of eating my dinner tonight while Baby was alone in the bedroom herself. Some call it guilt; I call it sanity.Day 29: Cluster Feed. Hourly attention.Day 30: I will never look at Dijon mustard the same way again.

 

Click for Month 2 HERE.

Exclusive First Look at the New Ergobaby Omni 360 Baby Carrier

Exclusive First Look at the New Ergobaby Omni 360 Baby Carrier

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