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My Survival Kit [Slideshow]

Definitely Not a Tin of Sardines

I love being a mother. It is after all, rather a dream come true – given I was told it wasn’t in the cards for me. Naturally anyways.

I also have no problem admitting that it is HARD work and definitely has it’s challenges. No great news flash there.

Of no particular category, these are my weekly to daily essentials. In fact, my survival kit as the title suggests.

Falling nothing short of momfessions, heavy artillery, indulgences, and absolute necessities…I could not get by without the combination of all of these things, not one thing less, bet I could find more.

So, starting with the basics – unless I want to look like the living dead – continuing on up to the most important ways in which my sanity is kept in check.

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  • The Body Shop’s Lip & Cheek Stain 1 of 13
    The Body Shop's Lip & Cheek Stain
    I'm pretty pale in general, especially for a mixed blood lass. Causes for much confusion. But, that's another post. I also have very sensitive skin so can only use hypo-allergenic make-up. My regular paleness pales in comparison (just can't help myself), to the droid effect my face takes on with such recent developments as sleep deprivation. This? It helps. It's quick, stashes easy/minimally and I can apply without a mirror. Get it here!
  • Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Powder Concealer 2 of 13
    Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Powder Concealer
    Once I started using this concealer, I never went back to cream. It seriously is amazing. Covers dark circles and blemishes quickly, never cakes up and blends beautifully. It looks like I'm not wearing any makeup with minimal effort. I don't use any foundation or face powder only this. Works to freshen up the t-zone in a snap and is small enough for great stashing. Get it here!
  • Burt’s Bees Replenishing Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil 3 of 13
    Burt's Bees Replenishing Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil
    This stuff is the bomb diggs. It's small enough to stash anywhere and I have a few in various places. Coat pocket, diaper bag, night-stand, make-up bag. It's an everyday staple keeping my lips moisturized with just a hint of colour. Get it here!
  • Organix Moroccan Argan Oil Hair Collection 4 of 13
    Organix Moroccan Argan Oil Hair Collection
    I have really long, thick, frizzy/dry hair. I only wash it once a week, sometime two, depending on how I've styled it . If I use styling product, it gets washed the very next day. that is, if baby lets me. The hair shampoo, conditioner and oil are my friends. I've tried so many different products and I've been using this one going on a year now. No build up from long usage as what happens with other products I've used, and serious styling aids when I want to do something different with my wacky, frizzy, naturally curly hair. This stuff tames my mane without weighing it down and smells deelish. More info about it here.
  • Kicking Horse Coffee 5 of 13
    Kicking Horse Coffee
    First things first. Yes, I am breastfeeding, Yes I drink coffeee. 20 heavenly itty bitty mg's a day. I went for 3 months without it due to acid reflux/colic as a part of my elimination diet and have only recently re-introduced it. All is well so far. Although I rrrrrealllllly want my 2nd cup of the day. What a greedy guts huh? 15 years of kickin' ass. That's their tag line. Now that's a product I can get behind. And it does. It's my favourite coffee, I've been on it since 2002 going strong. 'Kick Ass', is my type of choice, a nice strong, dark, bold bean. Smells like nirvana. Tastes even better. Great. Now I want coffee. It's more expensive than some, but not as much as a Starbucks fix and it's Fair Trade. Get it here!
  • Water. Lots & Lots of Water 6 of 13
    Water. Lots & Lots of Water
    We all should be drinking up to 9 cups (2.2 litres) a day, seeing as how it's our bodies principal chemical component. I know. Sounds like a lot. But I've been a water fiend for years, ever since I started to eat healthier and take better care of my body. It really does make a difference in one's energy levels and overall health. I can't /don't do anything in the morning before I down at least two big glasses of room temperature water. Breastfeeding like moi? At least 10, 8 ounce glasses is the going recommendation. I keep big glasses of water all over the place throughout the day. Nightstand, sewing room, end table and dining room table. Don't even get me started on how you DON'T need to BUY water. For heaven's sakes. If you are really worried about some insidious, invisible presence of contaminants in your water, get a Brita and some flasks. Seriously. The bottled water companies are laughing all the way to the bank.
  • Massage 7 of 13
    Massage
    Not a luxury. Should be covered by all health insurance policies. Regular massage improves quality of life and health in so many incredible ways. I realize not everyone can afford 2 massages a month. (What I get). Neither can we really, for that matter. It's all in how one budgets. Especially when breastfeeding and up late nights, and wearing and carrying babies/toddlers. It's just a must for me and I am grateful that I can get them.
  • Pedicures 8 of 13
    Pedicures
    Now this. This is definitely an indulgence. One that I get about every 6 weeks or so. Not at a fancy spa mind you, just a regular run of the mill nail salon. My appointment is usually in the company of a good friend followed by a heavy thrifting session. The mister watches the wee ones and I have some me time. Completely and utterly mandatory. Whether it's in pedicure form or not, having some me time (you!) is so very, very, important.
  • House Cleaner 9 of 13
    House Cleaner
    That's right. I don't do it all myself. I have gone back and forth between trying to do it all and realizing that shelling out some dough once a week for a cleaner improves our quality of life IMMENSELY. There are simply not enough hours to work 8-12 hours a day and take care of house and home too. Not this wonder-woman anyways. I like the minimal amount of sleep that I do get and would rather spend time with my family. Although I'm not willing to sacrifice having a clean, semi-tidy house for it. Bit of a clean-freak = me.
  • Assistant 10 of 13
    Assistant
    It's been about 3 months now that I've had a part-time seamstress assistant and oh, my, WORD. My stress levels have waned and my production levels are waxing up a storm. I'm now able to keep on top of my admin without tearing my hair out, juggle my other work (like this one), and work at growing my business as well as design and production time. If you run your own business and find that the one thing holding you back from growing it, (given that there is a demand for you to grow it) - is time? Hire an assistant. So worth it.
  • Smoothies 11 of 13
    Smoothies
    One a day. Whether for breakfast or as a snack...my favourite recipe is full of nutritious stuff and it tastes good. Frozen banana, spinach, strawberries, blueberries, yogurt & water. Blend. Green smoothies are also a regular staple for me, check out this great recipe from Family Kitchen!
  • Hugs & Kisses 12 of 13
    Hugs & Kisses
    With the risk of sounding like an utter cheese-ball, t'is true. I most definitely can't get by without plentiful hugs, kisses and cuddles from my babies. Seriously, how on earth did I ever get by before? Image source.
  • My Man 13 of 13
    My Man
    Again. Cheese. But it's true. Impressive, independent women the world over know about singing the praises of having a good man. Image source.

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