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July 25, 2014

Summer Detox Refresher #juice #recipe #detox #flush

Dealing with some belly bloat? Incorporate a fresh and yummy juice detox into your diet once a week to help your digestive system function.


2 apples
2 pears
1/2 lemon (rind removed, white pith left on)

We all know by now that apples and pears are loaded with fiber, vitamin A and vitamin C. We also know that lemon is often used as a system flusher when combined simply with water. Juice all of these ingredients together, and you have a super detox juice recipe - perfect for bloating and swelling over the summer!

This juice recipe also contains potassium, calcium and folate.

Be kind to your digestive system and colon health with this great summer detox juice recipe!
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July 24, 2014

How Is Your Journey Going? #coaching

Sometimes life throws us a curve ball. Sometimes we get lost; take a different path or decide halfway down the one that we are on that it's no longer for us.


For all of those sometimes remember not to listen to the outsider voices. Your journey and path are exactly that...yours. Noone can decide for you what is right, only you know in your heart.

When I opened Sweet Stella's in 2010, it was a crafty little outlet for me to get back to my roots and help me navigate the waters of postpartum depression. Did I ever think that I would be speaking at conferences, hosting parties with a great friend at BlogHer, freelancing for other companies and coaching small business owners? Nope!

But that's what I find beautiful about my journey. It has changed. It has grown. I have changed...I have grown.

Remember that your journey is yours and you need no permission from anyone else to change it, stop it, move it, follow it.

Do what is right for you, not them.
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July 23, 2014

Top Must Have's for #Pregnancy, #essentials for a #healthypregnancy

Now that we've been there...done that! I thought that I would round up some of my absolute could-not-live-without items. You know...the must have essential items for the full 9 months of pregnancy!


Clockwise from top right

Garnier Fructis Damage Eraser hair butter - I received mine as a part of an Influenster VoxBox, and I have to say...it is really the only product that I use religiously on my hair. It has helped with the first trimester hair loss, and definitely helped my hair to stay strong through out the rest of my pregnancy.

Meditation - every night before bed, I put my head phones on, and zone out. Most frequently, I have done patience, compassion, flowing with change and pregnancy meditations on Meditation Oasis, but every now and then I throw in one for deep rest, or stress and pressure. It helps to reset my brain, and helps me be better to myself the next day.

Coconut Butter - I have to thank Kelly from The Turnip Farmer for this one. When the belly stretches, it inevitably gets itchy and sore. A gentle rub of coconut oil and bam! I literally found that new stretchmarks disappeared overnight!

Running - it has been my sanity saver, my personal me-time, and the way that I knew that I was taking care of my own body, so that it could take care of my baby. I ran for 8.5 months of my pregnancy, earned a few medals along the way, and gained an incredible amount of confidence in myself.

Belts - skinny belts, wide belts. Braided belts, stretchy belts! Belts were such a great and easy way to update my existing wardrobe when I was newly pregnant and wanted to feel like I looked pregnant...not pudgy. Such an easy and inexpensive wardrobe update!

Juice - I started juicing during my pregnancy at 20weeks and it was an amazing experience. It felt really great to know just how many fantastic and wholesome nutrients I was putting into my body in a single glass, and what I was passing on to my baby. I definitely know now what juices I love, and which ones I don't!

Rebirth Wellness Centre - having a great support system on your side outside of your family and friends can make all the difference in your pregnancy experience, and that rings true for me. From our Doula, Jena, to my therapist, Jodi, and at the end Dr. Andrea, the naturopath, we were able to establish a strong circle of support that will carry us through the years. I cannot sing their praises enough!

My favourite maternity outfit - My Thyme Maternity jeans carried me through two trimesters, and I loved pairing them with a simple tami from Old Navy, my black boyfriend cardigan and a pair of flats. Easy peasy, done and done. When you find the outfit that you absolutely love, switch up your accessories to keep it fresh. Add a pop of color with a belt, or your handbag.


So...there you have it! That's what got me through the whole nine months, and while I'm sure everyone's list will differ, it will be totally driven by your priorities and lifestyle. For me, it was important to keep running, to juice and feel great about what I was putting in my body, and to take care of my mental health.

Overall, it led to a very well rounded, healthy, happy and positive pregnancy!
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July 22, 2014

Summer Festival #Fashion

One thing that my husband and I love to do in the summer is go to the various festivals and outdoor concerts that our city hosts in July and August.

This is the perfect venue to try out something a little out of the box when it comes to your wardrobe.

Summer Festival



Tiered tanks in bold colors
Striped shorts with structured pockets
Tall gladiator sandals
Wrap bracelets
Feather charms

I love this look for a variety of reasons. First, it uses pattern in an unexpected way. When I started wearing my tribal print shorts by Kristine Cook Designs last summer, I was super self conscious about all of that pattern and visual interest on my rear end. The truth is, it distracts the eye and creates an illusion.

The cobalt tank is beautiful and flowy, the perfect cut to hide the hips!

Accessories wise, wrap bracelets from local arts festivals, and necklaces with interesting charms are great accessories for the Summer. Pick pieces that you love and wear them with pride!

Go bold this summer by mixing neutrals with bold colors and patterns!
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July 21, 2014

Infant Feeding Solutions with Dr. Brown's #baby #newmom #bottlefeeding

A few weeks ago, there was a lovely box of goodies on my door step from the amazing folks at Dr. Brown's.


Over the next several months, I will be introducing you to the various products that we have received to review, starting with the Dr. Brown's Natural Flow Standard Bottles, and continuing all the way through our adventures in solid feeding with the Food Masher and other bowls and cups! (the solid feeding phase is one that I am extremely excited about and we will be sharing loads of healthy recipes to nourish your babe!)



Over the past week, we have absolutely fallen in love with the Dr. Brown's Natural Flow Standard Bottles. We have a voracious eater on our hands, and these bottles definitely help with gas and spit up. Our guy is eating about 4oz every 3-4hours (yes...at less than two weeks old!), and he just goes to town on his bottles, so knowing that we are using one that preserves vitamins, reduced spit ups, gas and burping (because really...our Tank does not have time for things like that!)and is gentle on his little belly really gives us loads of peace of mind.

The bottles are also really simple to put together. The ventilation chamber goes inside the bottle, so it vents the bottle for a vacuum-free feeding experience. Our little guy's tummy is happy, and we don't have to worry about spills, mess or spit ups. Since the bottle vents on the inside, there is less room for error; no nipple collapse to worry about, and it even makes burping easier!


Now that we have had the Dr. Brown's experience, I am in the process of switching over all of our bottles. A happy baby makes for a happy mom, after all, so I figure...I'm not going to mess with a great thing!

Stay tuned right here and on Instagram as we develop healthy solid feeding recipes and snacks, and continue our love for Dr. Brown's!

Disclaimer: I was provided a variety of feeding solutions, including bottles, bowls and cups, and accessories by Dr. Brown's for the purposes of these reviews. All opinions expressed are my own.


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