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OSIM uCOZY 3D Portable Neck and Back Massager REVIEW

OSIM uCOZY 3D Portable Neck and Back Massager REVIEW

I love getting a massage! Getting a massage not only helps you relax, but it also improves your immune system and combat ailments. Massage every day to activate your body’s self-defence. Did you know that acupressure massages can regular meridian, promote body metabolism and circulation…

THE BEST TECH GIFTS WE WANT OURSELVES!

THE BEST TECH GIFTS WE WANT OURSELVES!

How did Christmas holiday creep up on us so fast?! There is only one weekend left to check off everyone on your Christmas list! If you haven’t done your Christmas shopping yet, DON’T WORRY – if you act quickly you can still get your gifts…

Best Canadian Photobook Sites | Newborn Photo Album

Best Canadian Photobook Sites | Newborn Photo Album

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We recently got Emily’s newborn photos back from our baby photographer. The photos are absolutely gorgeous. The photographer provided us copies in digital format but it’s simply not the same treasuring them in a print format. So naturally we wanted to have a printed copy in a photo album. We wanted to customize a photo book unique to our preferences.

A lot of these photo book sites are based in US and not many our Canadian based. There are lots of extra costs associated with shipping and custom/import duties upon delivery when shipping from the States into Canada. Luckily, I found Pikto, based in Toronto. This Canadian company designs and manufactures their photobooks and has an amazing quick turnaround time. We received our photo book in 4 days!

 

 

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They have many photo album options ranging from eco-friendly to IRO Flushmount. Creating an album is super easy. You can drag and drop files, chose layout formats and preview and save albums seamlessly.

 

We ordered both. One for her professional baby photos and one for her Instagram photos.

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The photo albums are carefully packaged and even came with white gloves!

 

best photobook sites canadians hellonance mommy blog

Pikto’s IRO Flushmount is vibrate and timeless. The results are so lovely, I’m already making a new wedding photo album. Or maybe one for my food & travel photography.

 

What is IRO 色?

Etymology: A Japanese character with a layered history. The original definition of IRO (色) is romantic and familial love. This meaning has evolved to evoke visions of flowers, beauty and ultimately, COLOR.

Sizes: 12×12, 10X10, 12×9 Landscape or Portrait

Prices start at $250 CAD available in paper format of Luster, Metallic and Deep Matte. You can choose a white core or colour core. Debossing Cover and also a customer IRO Album slip case for additional $95 CAD.

For the cover I chose Linen in Canary Yellow and the cover with Olive Green debossed with gold font.

 

I love how cute her Instagram photos turned out printed on their Eco-Friendly photo album that starts from a low price of $9.95 CAD.

  • High quality yet eco friendly photobook at a very competitive price
  • 100% recycled, subtlety textured, finger pleasing paper & cover (Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®), GreenSeal and Green-e certified)
  • Rich, fine-art quality, digital offset printing
  • Durable, perfect-binding
  • Instagram / smartphone images friendly layout
  • Proudly Canadian made. Designed and manufactured in Toronto, Canada

 

 

 

Create your Pikto album today with our discount promo code Nomss15 for 15% off!

 

 

 

 

Disclaimer: this post is sponsored by Pikto and may contain affiliate links and/or products submitted to HelloNance for editorial consideration. To find out more, please visit our About/Disclaimer page.

 

 

RACHEL ZOE’S BOX OF STYLE SPRING 2018 | CALIFORNIA EDITION

RACHEL ZOE’S BOX OF STYLE SPRING 2018 | CALIFORNIA EDITION

Rachel Zoe’s Box of Style recently launched their Spring 2018 California Edition. Now that the days are getting longer and warmer it’s time to update our wardrobe with glamorous finds! I love this subscription box curated for the busy modern woman! I love the trendy…

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…

Monthly Beauty Buys | October Purchases

Monthly Beauty Buys | October Purchases

TRUMARINE COLLAGEN VITAMINS HELLONANCE LIFESTYLE BLOG VANCOUVER
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 friends that I’m a skincare junkie – I love trying new products – have you seen Fenty Beauty?! There’s just too many new things constantly released. It’s hard to keep up. My cupboards are full.

 

 

MAKEUP SKINCARE SHELF SKII DIOR TATCHA HELLONANCE LIFESTYLE BLOG VANCOUVER
 

Here is a look inside my makeup / skincare medicine cabinet.

 

 

It’s true, beauty comes from within. It’s always a good idea to nourish yourself!

 

 

TRUMARINE COLLAGEN VITAMINS HELLONANCE LIFESTYLE BLOG VANCOUVER
SmartyPants Women’s Complete is more than just a multivitamin, it includes ten essential nutrients and omega 3 DHA and EPA fish oil – all in one. Plus it’s chewable and tastes like gummy bears!

 

 

As a new mom the following are very very important to me:
  • Omega 3s for brain health
  • Folate for detox support
  • Vitamin K2 and D for bone health
  • CoQ10 for heart health
  • Biotin for healthy skin, hair, and nails
  • Iodine for thyroid function
  • B12 for mental focus and energy metabolism

 

 

TRUMARINE COLLAGEN VITAMINS HELLONANCE LIFESTYLE BLOG VANCOUVER

 

 

I also take Withinus TruMarine Collagen to help with hair lose, skin luminosity and muscle recovery. I have always taken this collagen supplement pre-baby (and temporary paused during pregnancy). It has help my post workout recoveries immensely.  How collagen is supporting me postpartum?

 

 

Post-baby new moms need nutrients more than ever for recovery: pelvic floor weakness, abdominal healing, episiotomy healing, etc. I resumed taking collagen about 2 months postpartum and the results are incredible. I didn’t experience the crazy hair lose people always talk about, my skin is still relatively supple despite postpartum hormonal changes, and I healed much quick compared to the previous months. But that’s for another post some other time.

 

 

SKII DIOR TATCHA HELLONANCE LIFESTYLE BLOG VANCOUVER
I repurchased Tatcha’s The Essence toner again. I absolutely love this product and it leaves my skin hydrated and prepped to absorb serums, oils and moisturizers. While other toners have only a temporary topical effect, this essence lasts overnight and sinks to the dermis level.

 

 

Another really great facial essence is SKII’s Facial Treatment Essence – many swears this Japanese toner is the holy grail of essence. I’m excited to reintroduce it to my skincare routine. If you are new or not familiar with SKII, then their Pitera Welcome Kit is perfect! You can get it from Sephora and it is the perfect size for travelling! Plus it also comes with a sheet mask!

 

 

– 2.5 oz/ 75 mL Facial Treatment Essence
– 1 oz/ 30 mL Facial Treatment Clear Lotion
– 0.5 oz/ 15 mL R.N.A. Power Radical New Age Cream

 

 

SKII DIOR TATCHA HELLONANCE LIFESTYLE BLOG VANCOUVER
Dior Addict Lacquer Stick: I’m don’t normally wear lipsticks, but lately fell in love with this full-coverage lacquer lipstick that delivers high shine and intense colour with just one swipe. The colour I bought is #344 Rolling. It is an addictive hybrid that’s half high-shine lacquer and half lip-loving lipstick – for an effortlessly chic look. The high-pigment pop shades glide on easily with one-coat coverage for weightless, comfortable wear that lasts for hours. Plus the colour is so natural! It’s the perfect shade for that no makeup-makeup look!

 

 

 NOURISHING NEW MOTHER COOKBOOK HELLONANCE LIFESTYLE BLOG VANCOUVER

 

 

Lastly, I bought a cookbook The First Forty Days: The Essential Art of Nourishing the New Mother.  This is an interesting read with good recipes to help new mothers recover postnatal. I did the whole 30 days confinement period – full on no showers, herbal soups and natural supplements. I’m a firm believer that you can rebuild your pre-baby body with a better immune system. I no longer get cold feet and hands when the temperature dips.

 

 

Have you tried any of these products or brands? What are you thoughts and comments? If you have any recommendations, please let me know in the comments below!

 

xoxo

 

 

 

 

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WHAT’S IN MY GYM BAG | ESSENTIALS

WHAT’S IN MY GYM BAG | ESSENTIALS

When I feel like my 10 minute fitness commitment just isn’t going to cut it for the day, I know I need a good sweat! I am slowly getting back into the grind and it is hard AF and I’m not even going to lie…

Influenster VOXBOX Spring Vibes Review

Influenster VOXBOX Spring Vibes Review

I was sent the Influenster Spring Vibes VoxBox just before I went into labour. This box of goodies includes a variety of items including instant coffee, food, skincare and some press on nails. Truly a lifestyle “subscription” type box. The requirements for getting a VOXBOX…

Fitbit Charge HR Review | Fitness Tracker Smart Watch

Fitbit Charge HR Review | Fitness Tracker Smart Watch

FITBIT CHARGE 2 HR SMARTWATCH HELLONANCE

Fitbit Charge HR wearable fitness tracker is perfect for the average consumer. I was on the hunt for the best fitness tracker / watch that is stylish. I wanted one that tracks different exercises, sleep at night, active heart-rate resting, heart rate working out, syncs to my Iphone and has a good app. Most of all, I wasn’t looking to spend a lot of money. I didn’t want to spend $300 on something I might grow bored of quickly.

 

FITBIT CHARGE 2 HR SMARTWATCH HELLONANCE

I bought my Fitbit Charge HR in size large even tho my wrist is small. The silicon band is light and adjustable with belt buckles. It was nice to give my wrist some breathing room.

To begin with, I expected a lot out of the Fitbit. I expected good app features. And I doubted whether the watch’s basic black design was stylish enough for the office. Initially, I wanted it to have a bright colorful touchscreen like this the Polar A360. Because it just looks cool.

However, a few months has passed and I haven’t been able to find a wearable fitness technology that is able to beat what the Fitbit Charge HR does (in the same price point). While the little LED display clock is basic it is easy to turn your wrist and tell time. A light tap on the screen will display your heart-rate, steps or other data. The watch is comfortable to wear working out and also when you are pounding keys on the computer.

What makes the Fitbit Charge HR fun is the plethora list of items that you can challenge yourself or stay motivated with your #fitfam friends. Do everything you can to reach your daily steps for Goal Day or engage in the Workweek Hustle and try to get the most steps between Monday and Friday.

Personally, I like to set my exercise goals to at least 3 workouts in a week. If I am able to get an extra run in that will be a bonus.

FITBIT CHARGE 2 HR SMARTWATCH HELLONANCE

FITBIT CHARGE 2 HR SMARTWATCH HELLONANCE

The Fitbit App itself is intuitive and easy to use. The graphics are pleasing and the new software and firmware updates significantly improved syncing and tracking. It added automatic sleep and activity session tracking making it smoother and a more automated fitness tracker. Use Exercise Mode and SmartTrack™ automatic exercise recognition to record all of your workouts. Activate Exercise Mode on your tracker for the most precise tracking during workouts and real-time stats on your wrist.

Customize your heart-rate zones to optimize your training. The band helps me push for those peak heart rate zones when needed and stay within the fat burn zones I especially want to target during those Lagree megaformer workouts.

 

I wished Fitbit would sync and pair with My Fitness Pal and have a better nutrition tracking repertoire. For those, who already use My Fitness Pal, it is a nuisance to re-enter the data. In the end, I just gave up using this feature in my Fitbit app.

I also wish that it had an universal mini-USB adaptor instead of it’s own proprietary USB plug. The cable itself is also too short to plug behind my Mac. And I better remember to charge it at home (since I only have the one Fitbit cable).

 

FITBIT CHARGE 2 HR SMARTWATCH HELLONANCE

Fitbit Charge HR Pros

  • Long battery life over four days
  • LED display for clock and quick tap for other data
  • Automatically tracks sleep and exercise activities
  • Comfortable to wear and adjustable
  • Silent alarm: It vibrates and less abrasive then a blaring siren alarm.
  • A great motivator to get moving and stay healthy.

 

Fitbit Charge HR Cons

  • Proprietary USB charger. Don’t lose it. Mini USB would be so much better!
  • Limited nutrition food tracking repertoire (and does not sync with My Fitness Pal)
  • Sometimes I get too obsessed over my steps! Gotta get those steps in!
  • It’s not exactly discrete: It is not very small and others will know you are wearing a fitness tracker. This doesn’t really bother me but it doesn’t scream formal wear either.

 

Overall, I am quite pleased with the Fitbit Charge HR and foresee myself getting a lot of mileage out of this wireless tracking fitness watch.

 

Have you ever worn a fitness tracker? Which one do you like best? Share with me in the comments below.

 

 

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SUDIO SWEDEN WIRELESS HEADPHONES REVIEW | REGENT BLUETOOTH

SUDIO SWEDEN WIRELESS HEADPHONES REVIEW | REGENT BLUETOOTH

With baby due in less than a month now, I’ve been nesting at home a lot. Cleaning, decorating and organizing for our little one’s arrival. Not to mention, I don’t really feel like walking around too much (even though it is good for us), my…