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Big Changes in 2018

Hi friends! I can definitely say 2017 brought a lot of change to my life. I grew my readership for this blog in leaps and bounds. I was accepted by rewardStyle to utilize the LIKEtoKNOW.it App for my followers to shop my finds. Also a big win, at the tail end of the year I got my first paid Instagram post! Along with partnering with many amazing brands and being sent a ton of fantastic

BarkBox

BarkBox Reveal: Show Your Dog BFF Some Love!

I have been a fur mom to my precious 6 lb Yorkie (Bandit) for 6 years now! Even with the big transition my life has gone through lately I still consider him my eldest “child” and my husband and I make a huge effort to not let him feel left out or forgotten as we scramble around tending to our 3-month-old baby’s needs. When I got the opportunity to partner with BarkBox I was over

Christmas Tree Farm

Christmas Tree Cutting Day: A Family Tradition

For the past 4 years our tight-knit friend group has visited a tree farm to cut down a tree. This was baby J’s first year joining us! I always get so stoked for an excuse to take him to the countryside. The whole family bundled up, although this weekend the weather was very moderate! Merry Farms in Hamilton, ON had great selection. My husband and I chose to not get a tree this year but

Joanna Pop

Celebrating My One Year Blogiversary!

This month marks one year for my blog! I cannot believe all the changes that have happened in such a short time. I have had the privilege of working with so many amazing individuals and brands. Prior to starting this blog in connection with my Fashion Illustration business, I was on the beauty panel as a regular contributor for Toronto Beauty Reviews – founded by Elaine Atkins. Writing for Elaine taught me quite a bit

top beach essentials

Top Beach Essentials

We are full tilt into summer and if you are like me, you really savor the few short months of beach weather we have in Canada. Here are a few of my favourite essential items to enrich your experience (to pack, or on my wish list!) 1. Sun Block (of course)! There are varying degrees of SPF which stands for “Sun Protection Factor.” The number refers to how many times longer it will protect you

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My 10 “Self-Love” Priorities This Summer

As my due date gets closer and I look forward to meeting the little Pop – I often think of how life is about to change forever. I cannot wait for this next phase, and am fully ready to pour my time, energy and love into a little human that needs me! Some things, I realize I may not have as much time for when baby comes along. These are activities that I am making

Baby Box Bassinet

Baby Box Bassinets + How to Get Your Own

Baby Box Bassinets may be a newer concept on this side of the globe, but have been used consistently in Finland for the past 75 years. They are said to be the country to have the lowest infant mortality rate in the world due to these little boxes which offer safe sleeping arrangements (lowering the risk of SIDS) for their little ones. Being naturally drawn to simplicity, minimalism, and not to mention safety – I

Chanele McFarlane Shares 5 Genuine Ways You Can Support Women in Your Personal and Professional Life

With many of us spending tons of time on social media, it’s pretty accurate to say that on an average day we’re exposed to tons of content, especially from people sharing their achievements, vacations, ideas and aspirations. So, be honest – how did you feel the last time someone shared that they just landed an amazing new job or are taking off for an exotic beach vacation?   If you felt even an ounce of

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Spring 2017 in Review: Brand, Blog and Personal Update Post

With summer having officially begun I wanted to share with you an update on this past spring! A lot has been going on with my brand and if you haven’t seen the posts already – my belly! First of all, I want to state exactly which direction my business and blog are going. You may be seeing a few pregnancy-related posts lately. I have carefully chosen to include things in keeping with what many of

bio oil

Tips to Help Prevent Stretch Marks During Pregnancy

I never thought I would hear so much talk about stretch marks until I announced I was expecting. At 27 weeks I still have zero (yay) and although some of it can come down to your skin’s natural elasticity there are things I have heard that you can do to increase/maintain it on your own. Bio Oil is one widely talked about product for stretch marks! I had already been using this product prior to being