1 Piece 3 Ways: Versatile Fashion with Fetch Consignment

I love shopping. More specifically, I love thrift and consignment shopping hunting. A good portion of my closet is made up of items I’ve scooped up from thrift and consignment stores, and many of my favourite pieces were bought used. It’s a bit of an addiction to be honest. Sure, I love hitting up my favourite stores in the mall or shopping online for new items to add to my closet, but there’s something about walking into a used store or hunting online for pieces that you can’t find anywhere else. I’ve found some amazing designer and vintage pieces- even new items with tags- from these shopping adventures, and more than ever there are online options popping up so you can conveniently shop from home. 
One of these amazing online stores is Fetch Consignment, a Vancouver based e- tailor with a fashion- forward approach to shopping consignment. What you’ll find on their website are beautiful clothes and accessories that they have selected for sale at reasonable prices, which they examine and guarantee- any imperfections are disclosed in the item description- and if you aren’t already a fan of this style of shopping, the ladies at Fetch may have you changing your mind. Rather than focusing on disposable fashion trends, Fetch has an eco- fashion approach, selecting pieces to consign that will become staples in your closet; their goal is to reduce the environmental impact of the clothing items that find their way to landfills each year. Refining the process to save shoppers time by offering a curated selection of quality pieces, they make it as easy as shopping for new and are helping to lower the stigma some still have towards buying used clothing. 
I’ve been following Fetch on Instagram for a few months, and loved having the chance to collaborate with them on a fashion post styled with pieces from their online store (their inventory is always changing, so you may not find the specific pieces featured in this post on their website, but you can reach out to them and request help finding pieces). We wanted to show you how shopping consignment is a great way to add to your wardrobe  and how you can create a variety of outfits with just a few articles of clothing. If you start with good pieces, it takes away the challenge of putting together an outfit- especially when you’re in a rush- and it can bring a lot of new possibilities for mix- and- matching pieces for different looks.

Rebecca and Devon, the lovely gals at Fetch, took 3 pieces, a shirt, a blazer, and a pair of pants, and created 3 outfits for each of us, accessorized with items available on their website and necklaces from JQ Vancouver: a casual look, one for work, and one for a night out. The results are a great example of how a few carefully chosen pieces can transform your style and stretch your fashion budget. I hope this post shows you how shopping consignment is a great way to refresh your style and to check out this great online fashion source.

Fetch is an online Vancouver- based women’s consignment store that offers quality gently used clothing and accessories, with an eco- fashion conscience. By utilizing Fetch’s search filters, shoppers can quickly and easily find pieces they will like, making it as quick and easy to #shopFetch as it is when shopping new. Backed by their quality guarantee, Fetch ensures the quality of the pieces customers receive. To check out what’s currently available, visit the Fetch website and follow them on Instagram and Facebook to see the latest product listings. 
A big THANK YOU to everyone who collaborated on this post:
Photographer- Matt Hanns Schroeter | Instagram: @matthanns | Twitter: @matthanns
Jewelery- JQ Vancouver | Instagram: @jqvancouver | Twitter: @JQvancouver
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The Healthy Family Expo 2016 {+ GIVEAWAY for $1,000+ in prizes!}

I’m always on the lookout for new ideas to help our family lead a healthy lifestyle, and one of my favourite events is returning for it’s third year on March 6th, The Healthy Family Expo. Loaded with a variety of exhibitors to showcase ways families can lead healthy, active, and eco- friendly lives through small steps and simple solutions, the HFE organizers work hard to ensure there is something for everyone, including for kids between 0- 12. I love meeting and speaking with the passionate exhibitors who specialize in a variety of areas and it’s a great time to ask questions and learn more about products, etc you’ve been curious about. It’s a good idea to go through the exhibitor list on the HFE website before the event and note the ones you’d like to check out, especially if you have a specific reason for attending, such as allergy- friendly snack ideas for your kids. I always come home loaded with new ideas and products to try, some of which have become staples in our family. See below for more details plus enter to win a pair.

Event Info
Date: Sunday March 6th 
Time: 10am- 5pm
Location: Vancouver Convention
Centre
You also have the chance to win thousands in prizes before the event- simply RSVP that you’re GOING in the Expo Facebook Event for your chance to win. 
·      
100+ Exhibitors, Shopping & Food Sampling
·      
Biggest Active
Kid Zone
 in the Lower Mainland, with climbing wall, giant hamster ball
track, fire truck bouncer, run bike & sportball areas, animal safari,
DANCEPL3Y classes & more!
·      
Bobs & LoLo concerts at 11 am and 12:30 pm
 
·      
Jessie Farrell concert at 3 pm presented by
Bolthouse Farms
·      
$15,000 Grand Prize Showcase, including a 1-year
lease on a Toyota Prius c
·      
On-site hybrid vehicle test-driving with Toyota
Canada
·      
Seventh Generation Baby Feeding & Changing
Lounge & Active Baby Stroller Parking
·      
First 200 attendees receive child day ticket to the
Sea to Sky Gondola
·      
Advance tickets are entered to win a $200 shopping
spree at the Expo!
·       $1 from each ticket sale
supports the Canucks Autism Network.
Tickets
$12 in advance- visit www.healthyfamilyexpo.com/tickets and use code TPB241 to receive 2 tickets for the price of 1. You can also purchase  tickets at Whole Foods Market or
London Drugs locations.
$15
cash at the door, kids under 12 are FREE!

To kick off pre-Expo
celebrations, Healthy Family Expo partners have teamed up to give one lucky
Lower Mainland winner a healthy family prize package valued at over $1,000,
including:
·     
Family Summer Season’s Pass to Sea to Sky Gondola ($274+ value)
·     
$50 gift card to Whole Foods Market from Toyota Canada
·     
$50 photo book gift card from London Drugs
·     
Family tubing or sliding pass for Cypress Mountain ($75 value)
·     
Grass fed goodness prize pack from Rolling Meadow Dairy, Life Choices & Nudge ($150 value)
·     
$50 gift card from Active Baby
·     
Climbing date-night for two at Climb Base5 ($50 value)
·     
All Natural Whole House Cleaning Kit from AspenClean ($70 value)
·     
Gift basket of yummy cereals & rice bars from Envirokidz ($50 value)
·     
Child Sonicare electric toothbrush from PDG Pediatric Dental Group ($69)
·     
Foster
Naturals
shampoo & conditioner set from Modern Mama ($52 value)
·     
WaterBox prize pack from Happy Water ($50 value)
·     
Gift box full of healthy, delicious products from Love Child Organics ($50 value)
·     
REAL meat pet food gift basket from Holistic Choice ($50 value)
To enter see the Rafflecopter entry form below! 
Open to Vancouver Lower Mainland and Sea to Sky Corridor residents.
Winner will be announced
at the Healthy Family Expo Facebook Party on March 3rd, 2016, and
must collect prizes at the Expo at the Vancouver Convention Centre on March 6th,
2016.

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Glitter & Spice

Teething in Style with Lou Lou Lollipop Finery

Any parent who has experienced a teething babe or kiddo knows how tough this can be (and I think ‘tough’ is putting it politely). Miserable babes and endless coffee drinking induced by sleepless nights aren’t uncommon, leaving parents to try anything and everything (see this post for more on teething).
Something that’s become popular with Moms to help sooth aching mouths and soar gums are teething necklaces. These chompable accessories are worn by Mom as a stylish & convenient solution that your little one can chew on while you carry them or enjoy a snuggle.
Having lived through one teething kiddo and now with another one to get through this tough phase I’m always on the look out for different options to help ease the pain. Loulou Lolipop Finery recently sent us their Mint Julep silicone teething necklace to check out and I’m sharing about it below.
This Vancouver- based company offers up handcrafted teething accessories that are as stylish as they are safe. These necklaces are made from 100% food grade silicone and are BPA and PVC free and free from other baddies including phthalates, lead, cadium, latex, and heavy metals, which is good to know since they’ll be getting chomped on by some precious little users. Founded by sisters Ellie & Angie, these Mamas know what Moms look for when it comes to soothing grumpy babies and are offering up a stylish solution.
On top of the quality material that these necklaces are made out of, I love the colour combos available- the mint julep is their most popular design- and that you can pop one on with a cute outfit without it screaming ‘teething necklace’. The beads are different sizes, shapes, and textures, so your little one has a variety of chomping options to get different relief/ comfort. Two other features that I like are that these necklaces are fastened with a breakaway safety clasp (safety first!) and that they are easy to clean: simply wash with hot soap and water or pop them in the dishwasher.
The necklaces come in a standard length (22″) and designs, but custom pieces are available. Options include making the length longer/ shorter & customizing the beads/ colours used (simply contact the company to make a custom request).  And if you’re like me and have a ‘mature teether’ in your home, the company also offers options especially designed for toddlers/ young kids in their Littles Collection which is worth checking out (how cute would one of these necklaces be as a gift for your favourite toddler/ kiddo? Perfect since you won’t have to worry about yucky chemicals if they pop it in their mouth). 
The Mint Julep design retails for $30 CAD, with other styles ranging from $18- $30 CAD.
Find Lou Lou Lollipop Finery online: Shop their necklaces on Etsy and find them on Facebook & Instagram. Aaaand the lovely ladies at Lou Lou Lollipop Finery have offered up an exclusive discount just for TPB readers:
Enjoy 20% off your purchase when you use promo code PAMBABY20 at checkout
Thank you to Lou Lou Lollipop Finery for sending us this beautiful necklace to review. 🙂
For other great products to help sooth your little one’s soar gums during teething, click here.
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Wooden Easter Egg DIY with Natural Earth Paint

A few weeks back I shared this post featuring Natural Earth Paint and their Petite Children’s Earth Paint Kit. We had a fun, messy, art- filled afternoon trying out their natural, non- toxic, & eco- friendly paints and I’m glad to have found a company that offers quality art supplies that are chemical free (I love DIY & artsy activities, but don’t want to worry about what’s in the products being used, especially with a toddler who inevitably will end up with her fingers in her mouth 😉 ). 
With Easter just around the corner I wanted to share a fun DIY that’s a twist on a classic: dying eggs. 
We’re all familiar with the dye kits you can get at the grocery store complete with vibrant dye pellets. Growing up, it was something I always looked forward to at Easter time, and I remember my Mum trying different tactics to make the eggs last more than a day; we usually hard- boiled them, and one year we even hollowed some raw eggs with a needle. But sadly eggs only stay good for a few days before you have to chuck ’em out, and I was always sad to see my Easter project go in the garbage (inevitably the fragile hollowed- out eggs suffered the same fate, since they were so delicate and got cracked). Plus I’m not sure about what goes into those dyes, and I’m not too excited about how they stain fingers, clothes, and any unprotected surfaces. Since this is Ari’s first Easter where she’ll be able to enjoy some of the crafts and Easter egg hunts, I wanted to find a toddler- friendly DIY we could enjoy that wouldn’t end up in the trash. Enter wooden Easter eggs!  
Natural Earth Paint offers a kit including 6 2″ wooden eggs plus 6 colours of Earth Paint (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, & white) that you can decorate and keep long after Easter is over (I think they’d also make cute Christmas tree decorations, just add a string/ ribbon). I thought this was a fun alternative to the traditional dye kits, and since they’re wood you don’t have to worry about little hands having to be fragile with them.

Here’s what the wooden egg kit looks like:

I couldn’t wait to have another artsy afternoon with Ari and make a big mess. For the paints, I mixed them up in a cupcake container so they wouldn’t spill as easily (plus it worked as a place to chorale the eggs & for drying after), popped some paint brushes on the table and let them at it (to see what the paint colours look like before and after mixing them up, check out my post featuring the Petitie Children’s Paint Kit here). 
I invited one of my girlfriends over with her little man to join in the fun and it was hilarious helping these two bumpkins decorate their first Easter eggs.We opted to let the kids paint in just their diapers to avoid any extra messes and since paint got everywhere this was a good decision (Ari decided her tummy was an excellent canvas 😉 ).  
Let the fun begin!
 

Easter fun in progress!

…And the finished product!

When the kids were finished with painting, the clean up was as simple as wiping everything down with soap and warm water, no staining and no scrubbing necessary (except for Ari who needed a post- DIY bath to wash her now- blue belly button!). I love that we’ll have these eggs for as long as we want to keep them, and can redecorate them every year if we want. It will also be cute to see how Ari decorates them each year as she grows up. If you’ve been looking for a fun Easter DIY to do with your kids, this kit is a great idea. Thank you to Natural Earth Paint for giving us two enjoyable afternoons filled with artsy, DIY fun! 

Natural Earth Paint offers a variety of other natural art supplies for kids in their Eco Kids product line- including paint kits and face paint- and fine art supplies for adults.

To learn more about Natural Earth Paint & to order your own wooden egg kit, visit their website & find them on Facebook & Twitter. 

Product featured in this post:
Wooden Eggs Craft Kit- $15.95 USD
Product Features:
Sustainable FSC certified wood from the Pacific Northwest
100% non- toxic tempura- style paint

Disclosure: I received free product in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own.


Photos by K Petrunia; logo courtesy of Natural Earth Paint

March posts sponsored by Little Dreamers Consulting

Why I’m Making My Makeup Bag Natural + Review with Elate Cosmetics

I met Melodie from Elate Cosmetics at last year’s Modern Family Expo  (renamed the Healthy Family Expo for 2015) and enjoyed chatting with her about natural beauty products and the challenge we face to find natural, chemical- free options that actually work. Makeup has been one of my biggest challenges when it comes to going green because I’ve had staples in my makeup bag for years that I’ve grown used to and love. But I’m over the science- lab worthy list of ingredients and am replacing my drugstore brands with natural alternatives. I was really excited when I got the chance to work with Melodie & her line of natural cosmetics that are cruelty & chemical free, organic, and vegan. 
Melodie generously sent me Elate’s Essential Mascara & Universal Cream for lips & cheeks to try & I was interested to see how these natural options stood up to their chemical- laden counterparts. The company has a goal to “empower women to make healthy choices and use the best possible products for their daily ritual“and I can definitely get behind a brand with a mantra like that. So, out with my tube of mascara & compact of blush and in with these products!
Let the fun begin!

First up:

Elate Essential Mascara ($20 CAD)
Product details: Great for those with sensitive eyes; gluten free & water resistant. The teddy bear brush “makes application a breeze and gives full, longer lashes”.


If I was stranded on a desert island and could only pick one makeup product it would be mascara. I used to go through a tube of the stuff in a month or two. I love how it can open up your eyes and really finish off your look. But I hate knowing that the black goop I’m layering on my lashes is laced with chemicals- and that stuff is flaking and running into my eyes! Not the most comforting thought, but I’ve had a hard time giving up my big brand mascara because I haven’t found a natural brand that delivers the body & length that I was looking for. I also struggle with the cost, since the natural products are more than double what I pay for my big brand tube, and this was especially frustrating when I wasn’t happy with the result. Enter Elate’s Essential Mascara.

Not only does it act like any of the regular mascaras I’ve used over the years, it only took 2 coats for me to get the length & body that I was seeking for my daytime makeup. (I add another coat or 2 for an evening out, date night, etc). I love the way this mascara coats lashes to make them look fuller & longer without looking gloppy & caked- on. The brush does a great job of coating & separating lashes while adding volume.
On that note it’s important to mention the shape of this brush. Over the years I’ve experimented with mascaras with all variations of bristles & shapes. Some definitely work better than others and I’m all about length & volume. I want a mascara that delivers, but even a good formula is no good if the brush doesn’t do it’s job. The ‘teddy bear’ brush that Elate uses is a good shape for achieving the results I’m looking for & I like the bristle style (I’ve used some mascaras with plastic, comb- like brushes & they just weren’t for me). 

When it came time to removing the mascara I noted 2 things: there was no flaking at the end of the day (a major pet peeve of mine) and it washed off easily with warm water and soap. With several coats of mascara I was pleased that no makeup remover or abrasion was necessary to take it off. Back to au natural! 😉 
Second up:

Universal Cream (for cheeks & lips) $20 CAD
Product details: This cream blush contains lemongrass essential oil & adds a soft, natural flush. The shape is designed to glide easily along your cheekbone.

As a fair- skinned girl I have to be very careful with the colours I use on my face as it doesn’t take much for me to look like I’ve had a bad day at the beach. I have natural pink undertones, which can have their charm, but make it so that whatever powders & creams I put on my face tread a careful line between highlighting my features & making me look like a drag queen (just saying!). I’ve learnt what colours work well for me and ‘Bliss’ was the perfect warm peachy colour for me (thanks Melodie!).
I started out with my moisturizer & mineral powder as a base/ foundation then used the Universal Cream on top. The shape of the cream is specifically formulated to glide along cheekbones & for use on lips. I like how it made applying the cream pretty much fool- proof, especially since I’m used to using a powder. Simply use light pressure & apply it from the apple of your cheek & move upwards (suck in your cheeks & make a fishy face if you need help figuring out where to apply). Then simply use your fingers to blend until you reach the desired colour/ effect. It creates a natural blush effect without looking heavy.
I loved the creaminess of the Universal Cream (no pun intended) and that it can be used on both cheeks & lips (I’ve used it on my lips but didn’t want to share close- ups since the they’ve been a little chapped & not so photogenic), but it’s just as lovely for that use too. Like the mascara it lasted all day and only needed a touch- up before heading out for the evening. As for removal, it was as much of a breeze as the mascara to wash off and I didn’t feel the need to scrub or use other products to sufficiently remove it. No leftover residue or the feeling of clogged pores. Just fresh- faced & clean.
Voila! Whadya think?
It’s important to mention a few other things about Elate in addition to the products I’ve talked about in this post. I love that the company has a goal to help women make wiser choices about the products they use without compromising on quality. When you think about how many products we use on our faces alone (count them, I dare you; I use 6-8 on average including soap & moisturizer), suddenly it becomes clear why we need to care more about our product choices. If these products contain toxic & harmful ingredients, they pose a threat to our health given the duration & consistency of use (click here for more info on this).  In addition to this mindfulness, Elate’s products the are also cruelty free, vegan, organic, are made in Canada, and come in sustainable packaging. I think they’ve just about got everything covered. The price is comparable to other ‘natural’ brands that I’ve seen at my local drugstore & ultimately, like with what I put in my mouth, I’d rather pay a little more for the products I use on my face & get better quality without the laundry list of harmful chemicals. Because as one famous beauty brand likes to remind us: You’re worth it.  😉
In addition to these merits, Elate Cosmetics can be found on the Think Dirty App, an app that has rated more than 200,000 cosmetic and personal care products including shampoo, soap, toothpaste, and nail polishes based on the toxicity of their ingredients on their Dirty MeterTM. Simply scan the barcode of the product to see it’s rating. If you’re curious about the ingredients in the cosmetics & personal products you use, it’s worth it to check this app out; it may make you toss out the entire contents of your bathroom. 
A big thank you to Melodie from Elate for treating this lady to some lovely new cosmetics. I’m looking forward to trying out more of this company’s products & replacing the naughty ones in my makeup bag.

Elate Cosmetics is based in Victoria, BC and offers a variety of natural cosmetics with a skincare line due for release in the Fall of 2015. Visit the company’s website to learn more & shop online. You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram
The Think Dirty App helps consumers easily identify the toxic chemicals found in the cosmetics & personal products they buy. When you scan the barcode of a product, Think Dirty will provide a rating plus information on the product & it’s ingredients and suggest cleaner options.  For more information about the Think Dirty App, click here. You can also find the app on FacebookTwitter, & Instagram. 

Elate cosmetics won’t compromise your skin, your lifestyle, or the earth. Beautiful colours. Skin loving ingredients. Sustainable packaging. Made in Canada, all natural and vegan.
Life, Love, Community.
Elate

Product photos by K Petrunia; logos courtesy of Elate Cosmetics & the Think Dirty App.
February posts sponsored by Little Dreamers Consulting

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