Friday Link Love

The London Home of Designer Daniele Moudabervia

I need energy in the form of these lovely little balls

I love this chunky but minimal bracelet

Kids into pandas?  Try this craft…

Want to shake up your morning routine?  Try this (Montreal) based subscription service

Is your baby a super hero too?

Grown up food for kids

I’m loving the beautiful photos in this kid-friendly Montreal-based blog…  (follow her!)

Looking for the best classic brunches in Montreal?

Love these baby mocks

In love with this modern steamer (and this shop)

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Sick Days

Sick Days with a Toddler (www.roastedmontreal.com)Last week was a tough one.  We thought we’d escaped Bastien getting sick until we got the dreaded call from daycare.  I hate those calls.  I always fear the worst and get this sick feeling in my stomach every time I see their name come up on the phone.  Alas, Bastien was sick.

I showed up to pick him up and of course he proceeded to puke in the car with seconds (SECONDS) before we hit our driveway.  Isn’t that just how it goes.

The next few days were filled with buckets, sleep, TV time, gatorade/electrolytes (which I called magic juice to make it sound more enticing) and peering out the window at the snow that was accumulating on our car.

Sick Days with a Toddler (www.roastedmontreal.com)

Sick Days with a Toddler (www.roastedmontreal.com)On the last day, I decided to test the firetruck cake pan a friend had lent me.  Of course, Bastien wanted to help.

Sick Days with a Toddler (www.roastedmontreal.com)Sick Days with a Toddler (www.roastedmontreal.com)It was a little activity we could do together.  I consulted my friend Janice of Kitchen Heals Soul and she recommended this chocolate cake which turned out fab.  I made the frosting with 2% greek yoghurt instead of sour cream, because that’s what I had on hand.  It worked perfectly fine.  Well, the cake stuck and came out in bits, but it still tasted good and that’s why we do test runs.

Sick Days with a Toddler (www.roastedmontreal.com)In the end, we made it through and it allowed me to see that the boys have grown to a point where I feel OK with them on my own for long periods (although I did have family have for two of the three days).

How do you handle the days when your kids are sick??  Any tricks or tips?

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Love It – luvmother

luvmother (www.roastedmontreal.com)

Luvmother is a line of Canadian-made Montreal-based clothing for children that I fell in love with on sight.  The colours (blues, pinks, corals and whites) and cute patterns are gorgeous (I love that coral!) but basic enough that it will go with everything.

The line was inspired by the one of the owner’s twin daughters and the fact that he couldn’t find any quality merino products for his kids that weren’t sleepwear related.

luvmother (www.roastedmontreal.com)

The current collection is made out of merino wool.  Amanda from luvmother explained to me that they chose merino because it’s natural, renewable and technical.  It’s also not itchy like traditional wools so no complaining from the kiddos.  I’m very much a wash and wear type of gal when it comes to kids clothes (don’t they make so much laundry!) so asked her about care.  I was relieved to hear that these items can be washed in the cool cycle and tumble dry on low.

luvmother (www.roastedmontreal.com)

I think about merino wool clothing as a layering piece for active wear, but she assured me that these are great day to day pieces.  Merino fiber naturally regulates temperature forming a microclimate around your childs body and easily adapts to the body temperature in changing conditions.  Their lighter merino has a natural uv protection factor of 30+ and is extremely breathable.

Clothing is made in their Vancouver factory which means higher quality control, attention to detail and collaborations with suppliers (i.e. they know there aren’t kiddos making the clothing).  Wool is sourced from non-mulesed farms in New Zealand and Australia.

luvmother (www.roastedmontreal.com)One of my goals in life is to be more careful about where I spend my dollars and put it towards companies I truly believe in.  All luvmother products are made with a careful approach to do everything consciously and minimize compromise.  They also try to minimize their environmental footprint and offset all shipments with carbon credits.

luvmother (www.roastedmontreal.com)I see these pieces as being used year round and withstanding the test of time so I can hand them down and then pass them on for years of use.  Shouldn’t all clothing be able to do that?

 Their products online at Billie & Axel and in-store at PinkiBlue here in Montreal.  

Also check out their online store.  

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Shop Love – LINT and HONEY

Apron (Hearts) from Lint and HoneyMini Hearts Apron in Raven Black

There are more and more amazing Canadian independent designers popping up these days which is so nice to see.  No longer do we have to purchase from outside the country and then pray we won’t be stung with crazy duty fees.  LINT and HONEY is just one of those independent designers offering a gorgeous and modern selection of goods for the home.

Lint and Honey Pillows - LookbookPillows

Unconventional Love Heart Print in Peach (Lint and Honey)

Unconventional Love Art Print in Peach

They have a cute selection of kitchen goods, art prints and beautifully designed pillows.

Crosses Tea Towel in Raven Black (Lint and Honey)

Crosses Tea Towel in Raven Black

Check out LINT and HONEY online!

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Friday Links I Love

http://instagram.com/michellemlittle/

Aren’t these underwear a little retro, a little cute and a little Laura Ingalls but in a good way?

I wish I had somewhere (hot) to where this killer dress.

I love this zany fabric - maybe for a pop of colour in a chair?

Sprinkle Bakes always has the most beautiful cakes and this one is no exception.

These boxes would work perfectly in my black and white nursery.

I need a new iPhone case – these are calling out to me.

This is a great idea for kids to become a bit more independent (in a couple years…)

This flashcard set is both cute, practical and inexpensive.

This blog continues to inspire me

Cinnamon buns in an hour?

I want to stay here…  the hubby and I keep talking about visiting.

This guy does the best photography out there.  Follow him on Instagram and be inspired.

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