1.26.2016

Treat Your Hair to Garnier Whole Blends

As parents to three children of various ages, there's not a day that goes by where we don't want what's best for our family - whether it be the food we serve to the clothes we buy, or just simply how we choose to live our everyday lives.  The same goes for the beauty products that we choose to use on our children.  Thankfully, Garnier has come out with a new line of hair care products aptly named Whole Blends, which is suitable for the entire family (excluding babies) including children that are old enough to use regular shampoos and conditioners. 


I love that Garnier Whole Blends products are Paraben Free, and contain Natural Extracts and gentle sulfates. Each blend focuses on a unique hair action too. Lately, my hair has been suffering from a dry spell, thanks to my love affair with my curling wand.  After using Whole Blends Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner infused with avocado oil and shea butter, my hair felt smoother and is easier to manage.  I can't wait to see what my hair will look (and feel!) like over the next couple weeks as I continue to treat it with Whole Blends.


 My kids (ages 3 and 6) were treated to Whole Blends Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner with coconut oil and cocoa butter.  The first thing my son commented on was the "yummy" smell of his new shampoo and conditioner - a win already!  Both my son and daughter have naturally curly hair and Whole Blends was able to tame their curls, while making them soft, smooth and frizz free.


Try It!

Garnier is giving SwankMama readers a chance to try a sample of Whole Blends!  Follow this link and join the Garnier movement today.


Spread The Word

Love to party?  Join the Garnier #WholeBlends Twitter party on Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 7pm EST for your chance to win some fabulous Whole Blends products!

1.21.2016

4 Angels Beauty Care Review + a Giveaway!

Is it really January 21st today?  Weren't we just celebrating the holiday season?  I mean, I still have some Christmas presents to exchange haha!  Talk about procrastinating...

Early this month, I decided that 2016 was going to be the year of taking care of myself, amongst other things.  I'd like to think that I'm on the road to achieving that, but with two young kids, it's sooooo easy to get sidetracked.  Which is why I'm going to let you in on one of my secret vices...


4 Angels Beauty Care is an amazing beauty boutique specializing in shaping the perfect eyebrows.  I've been personally hooked since my first visit and now Navkiran (owner of 4 Angels) is the only person I allow to touch my brows.  However, brows are not their only service - they also offer waxing and massage services, including an Indian Head Massage, which I was treated to during my last visit.

The Indian Head Massage was definitely different from any head massage I've had in the past (if you're experiencing a headache or migraine, I would recommend to wait until you feel better before getting this head massage.)  The massage started with your choice of oils (castor, almond, olive or baby oil) and a number of rhythmic taps to my entire head.  It definitely helped to relieve some tension and the oils brought some much needed moisture back to my hair.  I ended up leaving the oil in overnight, which I would highly recommend if your hair is on the dry side.


{Win It!}

4 Angels Beauty Care is giving two of our readers a chance to win a Divine Brows service, complete with a full consultation, threading, massage and brow makeup.  To enter please follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter form below.  This giveaway is open worldwide!

12.14.2015

Family Holiday Shoot with Amy Teixeira Photography

Another holiday season equals the perfect time to have our yearly holiday shoot with my talented friend, Amy Teixeira of Amy Teixeira Photography.  It's our second year in the row working with Amy and she always seems to capture each of my kids' personalities perfectly.  Plus, it always helps when the kids feel comfortable and completely at ease with their photographer because, as all of you moms & dads know, photoshoots with kids are unpredictable!

We decided to keep the shoot simple and let the kids pose however they wanted to (with Amy's creative direction, of course!).  The shoot took place on the Seawall at George Wainborn Park in Yaletown and we totally lucked out with amazing weather.  It was a bit chilly, so the jackets stayed on until Amy was ready to snap away.


The love that these three have for each other is priceless!


We can't wait for our holiday cards to arrive from Minted!

Book your next family shoot with Amy here and view her work here.

I'd love to know your tips for a successful family photoshoot.  Leave your comments below!


Photo credit:  Amy Teixeira

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12.09.2015

'Tis The Season with PAPYRUS

'Tis the season for gifting...and with those gifts, you'll need some pretty swank wrapping and holiday cards to go with it!

We've always loved PAPYRUS and their selection of stationary and gifts, and their 2015 holiday collection is no exception.  Partially available only in PAPYRUS retail locations, these private-label PAPYRUS holiday faves would make the perfect stocking stuffer or hostess gift:




SEND: Boxed Cards | WRITE: Metallic Markers | GIVE: Gift Bags | EAT: Snowman Plates (set of 2) | DREAM: Journal | WRAP: Tissue Paper        
 

Shop PAPYRUS' gorgeous holiday collection at their Vancouver retail stores:

Oakridge Centre
650 West 41st Avenue
Vancouver, BC  V5Z 2M9
604-264-4646

Burrard Street

765 Burrard Street
Vancouver, BC  V6Z 1X6
604-974-9904


Feel like getting social?  Find PAPYRUS on social media @papryusbrand on Instagram and @papyrus_online on Twitter!

12.01.2015

Cleaning with Hoover's FloorMate® SteamScrub™ 2-IN-1

When I get home after a long day of work, cleaning is the last thing on my mind.  But with three very active kids at home, there's bound to be messes upon messes to clean up and most times sometimes it's just easier to ignore them (let's be honest!)

We recently had the opportunity to test out Hoover's new FloorMate® SteamScrub™ 2-IN-1 and it's a total game changer!  Not only did it clean stubborn stains and dried on food (or whatever it was) with its SteamStream™ Technology, it also kills 99% of harmful bacteria on sealed hard floors.



  

I assembled the FloorMate® SteamScrub™ 2-IN-1, with Jadon's help, in about 10 minutes (5 minutes to read the manual and another 5 to put it together).  If a six year old can figure out how to put it together, it can't be that hard haha!  It took me a few minutes to figure out the steam part though.  Once you've plugged in the SteamScrub, turned on the power, and the blue and green lights are lit, the SteamScrub™is ready to be used.  If you want to use the cleaning solution together with the steam feature, you have to push the solution button on the handle and push the SteamScrub™back and forth, which will activate the steam.  The solution is dispersed into the mop, so you won't be able to see the solution squirt out (I ended up squeezing the solution button too many times and ended up with a soaked floor - oops!).


Once I got a handle on the SteamScrub™, I found it very easy to use and maneuver. The triangle-shaped swivel brush was perfect for getting into those hard-to-reach places.  Plus, you can detach the steamer for hand-held convenience or use one of 12 included tools and accessories to make steam cleaning a breeze.

Plus it cleans on carpets!


The final verdict?  We LOVE our FloorMate® SteamScrub™ 2-IN-1 knowing that it keeps our floors clean and free of harmful bacteria, so that the kids can play as usual and parents can have piece of mind that their kids are (somewhat!) germ free.