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Revamp for Women Leading Change

beauty, GEAR By December 2, 2015 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

This: Real beauty comes from real purpose. AG Hair is launching Revamp – one of their most popular hairsprays – in a limited edition, custom package. 50-cents from each bottle sold will raise funds for AG’s philanthropic foundation Women Leading Change, helping to educate underprivileged girls in Africa.

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Gifts that Tickle

beauty, GEAR, holidays, kids, Shopping Reviews, tech, toys By November 22, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

On day three of our Twelve Days of Christmas Gift Guides we hone in on gifts that tickle our senses and make us mindful of the joys of a life well lived.

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Estée Lauder New Dimension Shape + Fill Serum

beauty, Featured, GEAR, self By September 14, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

The problem with being photogenic is that as you age, every angle is no longer your best angle. People can now tell that I’ve had little sleep or have neglected to eat cruciferous vegetables recently.

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The Apothecary that is Kiss and Makeup

beauty, GEAR By June 12, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

 

Kiss and Makeup isn’t your typical beauty store. An apothecary with a focus on local products and natural beauty regimes, this is one of the hottest beauty experiences around. I’ve heard that celebrities make special jaunts to the new Londsale location while filming in Vancouver, and with the new venue opening in Olympic Village in July, it’s now skytrain accessible. But don’t fret if you can’t come to YVR in person. That’s what the web shop is for.

sjal kiss and makeupOur favourite finds?

  •  Scarves and perfect-for-Coachella ponchos by Jackson Rowe
  • Bags by Lloyd and Wolf
  •  Happy Spritz
  •  Everything Rahua
  • Verso and Rouge Bunny Rouge (exclusive to Kiss and Makeup)
  • Sjal Beauty (The Canadian version of Creme de la Mer)
  • Blind barber from NYC
  • Ilya beauty, CV Skinlabs and rms beauty – (local brands and have exploded into the celebrity market)

rms beauty kiss and makeupPendleton ScarvesTata Harper Kiss and MakeupRahua Kiss and MakeupHappy Spritz Kiss and MakeupI bought some Creme Ancienne by Fresh that was hand-mixed by Monks in France – (I couldn’t make that up). After using it a month the compliments just keep rolling in. But more are always better so feel free to keep them coming. Or you can tell me in person when we bump into each other at Kiss and Makeup.

Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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Tips For Living Simply

beauty, GEAR By January 27, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

I don’t like new year’s resolutions because they usually amount to more pressure and disappointment. I try to look at life as progress – are every few years getting better than the last? Are we happy? Over the past two months I’ve been focusing on living simply, eliminating stress and organizing life. Along with drinking lemon water, buying a juicer, there are 10 things the family has undertaken to ensure we are living simply with as little stress as possible.

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1. Unsubscribe from as many email lists as possible. Keep the ones that you covet, but recognize that your time – even that 5 second glance to your phone when it dings – is worth gold.

2. Do a closet overhaul. (It doesn’t have to be a What Not to Wear episode where you feel guilty and depressed.) Put anything that doesn’t quite fit in a suitcase labelled with the size and date. We love Mabel’s Labels new Scan and Store barcode labels with an app so you know what’s in the box and where you put it! Check for stained items, holes, pills and shoes beyond repair. Invest in new, thin felt hangers (Homesense is a great place for these) and take metal hangers back to the drycleaner.

Statement Necklace Organization3. Place all of your jewelry on the bed. Separate any broken pieces that need repair, and start a collection of unwanted or broken costume pieces for a little girl in your life. When I was a little girl, a friend’s grandmother did this for me and I was thrilled by my treasures. Polish the silver and clean gold, pearls and gems with a soft cloth. I hung chunky necklaces on scarf hangars and places bangles in shoeboxes.

4. Pull out your makeup and toss anything that is too old. Wash brushes with Dawn and water and dry flat on a cloth. 97.9 % of us, according to a 2003 study on the use of cosmetics, are guilty of  using make-up after the expiration date, with mascara being the most frequently mentioned product. Products with a higher water content have a shorter lifespan after opening due to the ability for bacteria and microbes to breed in moisture. Curious about expiration dates? Here’s a cheat sheet:

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Expiration Dates for Makeup:

Mascara (regular or waterproof), liquid, pencil or gel eyeliners: 4 to 6 months
Cream, Liquid or Stick Foundations or Concealers: 6 months to 1 year
Powder-based products (including mineral makeup): 2-3 years
Lipsticks, Lip Gloss, & Lip Pencils: 2-3 years

Skincare:

Cleansers: 1 year
Toners: 6 months to 1 year
BHA or AHA Exfoliants: 1 year
Facial or Body Moisturizers and Serums: 6 months to 1 year
Lip Balms: 1 year

Foreign Currency Travel Packs5. Eliminate undue travel stress. Note passport expiry dates in your calendar and apply for a Nexus/Global Entry pass to skip long airport security lines. Keep travel chargers and ziplocks sorted with different currencies from past trips in your go-to suitcase, and have a few key seasonal clothing items at the ready in case you take a trip to a different climate. Check balances on hotel points cards and ensure you are using them to your advantage.

6. Be ready for sick days. Check first aid kits for expiration dates on medicines. Have homemade chicken soup in the freezer. We use the homemade chicken stock recipe from Kitchen Stewardship, which provides incredible healing benefits, including boosting the immune system, aiding digestion, increasing efficiency of protein use and providing easily digestible minerals, including calcium. You also get none of the ‘fake’ foods and preservatives when you make it yourself. Get rid of the dust. Give your kids an extendible Swiffer duster once a week and give them a quarter if they can cover it with dust from the tops of frames and chandeliers.

Closet Overhaul7.  Grab all of your gift cards and see if some can be amalgamated. If you have a stack of cards you will never use, use Cardswap.ca to exchange them for cards you will use.

8. Are your computer and mobile phone systems working well? I hadn’t backed up files, and my phone and computer contacts were duplicated or not being saved properly. Not being able to find a number for a mom during a playdate or losing precious photos to power surges can be devastating or just stressful. Calling Geek Squad or heading to the nearest Apple or Microsoft store could sort out all of your tech woes. Oh, and write your printer toner numbers in your wallet along with your license plate number. (Or am I the only one who always forgets these?) You can also photograph it all, along with membership cards and parking passes and store the photos in a special account in the cloud.

9. Evaluate the entertainment options. Our family is a bit over the top. We have a huge cable package, a Netflix subscription, Next Issue, and regularly make purchases on iTunes and Google Play. I sat down with the family and we discussed our needs. There isn’t enough time in the week to watch, play and read everything. We decided what is most important (English football and Netflix) and eliminated a few unnecessary distractions from there. It can be worth a call to your providers to check the options. Amazon Prime can cut down on entertainment costs. For film buffs in the US, Fandango is your best friend.

Personal Bags10. Do you and your kids do a weekly activity? We were always searching for shin guards, cleats and ski helmets, so we now have a system. Monogrammed bags for each activity (ours are from Land’s End) are packed and in the mudroom. We take them to the activity and then right to the laundry room afterwards. When the clothes are clean and dry they go right back into the bag and to their permanent home. Ditto for library book bags.

We’d love to hear your tips and tricks for living simply! Write them below and we will choose our favourite at random for a special gift card!

10 Ways to Simplify Life

Disclosure: This article is not sponsored. UrbanMommies does receive samples to test from time to time, and some Proctor and Gamble and Mabel’s Labels items are shown here, however all creative and selections are my own.

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Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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No “oh no” Hair Moments Despite A Broken Wrist!

beauty, GEAR By July 25, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , 25 Comments

InaSnapThe season of sleeveless tops, sun dresses and shorts is in full swing, and it is a hot one. Unfortunately, with a broken wrist (send chocolate) it takes way more effort for me to appear beach-ready! Before I was sent a summer survival kit, I’d prep for a day out only to find I missed a spot shaving and the painstaking flat-ironing I was doing to create beachy waves, well, just wasn’t working. 

Even though my cast means I can only bathe once every few days – (carefully!) I was thrilled to discover Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Waves Enhancer Spray. A spritz and a scrunch and my hair looked gorgeous (if I do say so…). I applied the Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Waves Crème Pomade right afterward and it held all day. It didn’t get greasy at all, so with a few more spritzes of Wave Enhancer Spray the day after and I was ready.

As for those pesky missed hairs, the Gillette Venus Snap with Embrace mini razor that I threw into my beach bag ensured that I had an easy-to-hold-with-one-hand solution for that dreaded patch of hair I discovered when I finally started to relax on the beach. I did mention that I can shave with my bad hand, right? Epic. again by giving you smooth, beautiful skin, no matter where you are.

Have you experienced a hair “oh no” moment? We’d love to hear about a time when you could have used these style saving products. Share your story with me on Twitter or Instagram (@urbanmommies) using #InASnap for shaving mishaps and #GoodbyeFlyaways for frizzy fumbles. And, to ensure you never find yourself in the same predicament again, we’re giving away a P&G Summer Hair Survival Kit so you can test these solutions for yourself.

This giveaway is valued at $45* and includes:

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Disclosure: I am a P&G Mom. I receive samples to test in exchange for my participation in the program. All opinions are my own.

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Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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Our Mother's Day Picks from Etsy

beauty, GEAR, style, tech By May 9, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

10 Mother's Day Picks from EtsyBesides getting my car detailed and wearing noise-cancelling headphones, there is little more I require for Mother’s Day. But since the kids asked… we scoured our favourite Etsy shops for some great gift ideas. Check out ten of our favourite Mother’s Day Picks from Etsy!
Vintage Milk Glass Goblets1. Vintage Milk Glass Colony Harvest Goblets. Because you can fit lots of wine inside.

letterpress recipe cards2. Letterpress Recipe Cards and Recipe Box. Because letterpress.

Recycled Sail Diaper Bag3.Custom Recycled Sail Diaper Bag. Recycling as well as a stylish, waterproof and unique bag.

Organic Linen Napkins4. Organic Linen Cloth Napkins with a Chickadee Screen Print

Minimalist Brass iPhone case5.  Minimalist Brass Case for iPhone.

Floral Hair Clip6. Floral Hair Clip.

White Peignoir7. White Peignoir.

Handmade Agenda Insert8. Ornate circle – one-page-per-day agenda inserts

Hand Stamped Wrapping Paper9. Purple Wise Owl Hand-Stamped Wrapping Paper

Organic Bath Salts10. Organic Bath Salts.

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An Interview with Jessica Mulroney

baby, beauty, FAM, GEAR By April 2, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

Sometimes I just feel so tech-savvy. In Germany to visit a relative, I managed to purchase a SIM card for my android so that I could interview Jessica Mulroney by phone. While eating German kuchen. Speaking English on the phone and German to the waiters. It was quite the day!

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Jessica, a mom of twin brothers Brian and John, welcomed baby Ivy (Isabel Veronica Mulroney) in June of this year. Jessica is a Pampers aficionado and as a PGMom I had the opportunity to chat with her about motherhood.

Jessica Mulroney is as well-spoken as she is beautiful, and she and e-talk host Ben Mulroney tag-teamed during the interview. Adorable. In preparing for baby Ivy’s arrival, the couple involved the older boys by allowing them to help with name suggestions. When the baby arrived, she gave each of her new brothers a gift, making the attention transition smooth.

The couple were a natural fit for being Pampers Parents. From the time the twins were born and they were given Pampers by the hospital, they have used the brand. This year they are chronicling baby Ivy’s progress on a special blog called My Pampers Journey. It was interesting that both parents gave kudos to Pampers for allowing them to have a better night’s sleep. Because Pampers are now 3 times drier than ordinary diapers, parents are able to control the baby’s level of comfort. There’s not much else that is possible to control with a newborn!

I was inspired by the couple reinforcing the notion of trusting their parental instincts and not listening to the heaps of advice that other people constantly give.

When asked about their favourite baby products, they cited the MamaRoo, a moving computerized chair that calms Ivy like nothing else. They chose the OrbitBaby stroller, and on a more personal note, Jessica can’t live without her ballet flats.

Thanks for chatting with UrbanMommies all the way from Hamburg and congratulations again!

Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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A Visit to the Procter and Gamble Archives

beauty, GEAR By March 25, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

Procter Gamble ArchivesWhenever I see Oil of Olay I think of my grandmother. Her skin was perfect and smooth and I always wanted to smell like her. During a tour of the Procter and Gamble archives I was thrown back in time as I saw the exact bottles that graced her dresser. And the Pampers that I would have worn as a baby. The Tide my mom used as I lay in a laundry basket as a toddler while she folded and watched ‘Soaps’.  The company began in 1837 by William Procter, a candlemaker, and James Gamble, a soapmaker.

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Cool Facts:

In 1911, P&G began producing Crisco, a shortening made of vegetable oils rather than animal fats. During the 1920s, radio was gaining popularity and the company sponsored advertisements on radio programs. This is why these shows, and later their TV counterparts became known as “soap operas.”

There were four P&G products on the space shuttle Columbia. Can you guess? Oral-B toothpaste, Charmin toilet paper, Old Spice Deodorant and Gillette razors.

In 1926 Camay was introduced to meet the demand for perfumed beauty soaps.

The first detergent-based shampoo was called Drene in 1934.

Tide was introduced in 1946 and was so superior to anything on the market (and so reasonably priced) that it became known as a ‘washing miracle’ and was the leading US brand by 1950.

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1961 was the year that changed all years for Moms…. Pampers were introduced.

The history of such a huge, successful company can’t be taken lightly, and the archives were a testament to positive corporate culture and pride. I could have spent hours touching the bottles, seeing the progress and losing myself in history.

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