To work or not to WORK!
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by Jennifer from Toronto - Spiced Beauty
3M ago
This one is for my self-employed girlies/entrepreneurs.  Sooo 6 months have got gone by and I'm back to work.  I'm happy for money but sad I didn't have 18 months were it was dedicated solely to baby girl. I'm writing this anyone who might be or could be in my position. If you're returning to work, it's important to discuss certain boundaries with your clients. This is hard BUT needed. This could include establishing clear communication about your schedule, times when they can reach out to you and outlining your expectations for accommodations, such as pumping breaks or flexible ..read more
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Canadian Mommy Blogger
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by Jennifer from Toronto - Spiced Beauty
6M ago
5 years ago, I stepped into the world of Mommy blogging in Canada... It's been fun. I've had the opportunity to have some cool experiences and bring my whole family along.  Some mommy blogging tips! First and foremost, it's important to have a clear understanding of your audience. Identify your niche and your target audience. For example: Black moms in Canada or breast feeding moms in USA.  Next, focus on building relationships. Networking/connecting is essential. Plus it can all be done online(if you're shy). Go to mommy events, connect with other bloggers/content creators/infl ..read more
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Staying positive during pregnancy
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by Jennifer from Toronto - Spiced Beauty
10M ago
Baby #2 is on her way! Pregnancy can be an amazing but also a challenging time. No one reminded me that doing all this with a child is WORK!! Also with so many physical and emotional changes happening, it's easy to feel overwhelmed or negative at times.   Here are some tips to help you stay positive during your pregnancy. *I'm using them too:   1. Surround Yourself with Support: Lean on your partner, friends, and family for encouragement and support. Connect with other moms-to-be, and seek out positive influences that lift your mood.  2. Take Care of Yourself:&nb ..read more
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Let's go thrifting for baby clothes!
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by Jennifer from Toronto - Spiced Beauty
10M ago
Are you on the hunt for some great deals on baby clothes?  Thrifting can be a great way to save money while also finding some unique and stylish pieces. Here are a few things to keep in mind when thrifting for baby clothes.   1. Check for stains and signs of wear:  Make sure to thoroughly inspect each item for any stains, rips, or other signs of wear and tear.  It's also a good idea to give everything a good wash before putting it on your baby.   2. Look for quality fabrics:  While thrifted clothes may not always be name-brand or designer, you can ..read more
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What To Ask on Your Daycare Tour?
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by Jennifer from Toronto - Spiced Beauty
11M ago
Ava started daycare when she was 17 months. And I was very reluctant on sending her. Why? I worked from home and felt like I had to keep her home. BUT the truth was she needed little friends. Something that I couldn't give her (being an only child). So we started daycare part-time so she could have the best of both worlds. A bit of time with friends her age and home with mommy. When it comes to picking a daycare every family has different needs, so you should know what is important to you way before you step foot into a facility. These might be small BUT very important questions to ask your ..read more
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Clear Aligners vs. Braces - My Thoughts
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by Jennifer from Toronto - Spiced Beauty
1y ago
I'm 20 months into my aligner journey. Such a tricky decision when you're in you 30's. At first, I tried to figure out which option was best for me: braces or clear aligners. Both have their pros and cons, and ultimately, the decision comes down to your personal preference.  Come with me while I take you through my thought process. Appearance  Braces are metal brackets and wires that are visible and tightened. Clear aligners, on the other hand, are made to be invisible and custom-made to fit your teeth. They are made of a clear, flexible plastic material that fits over the teet ..read more
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Pregnancy Skincare Must Haves
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by Jennifer from Toronto - Spiced Beauty
1y ago
Congratulations on your pregnancy mama! It is a wonderful time of your life when you experience a lot of changes, both physical and emotional. With Ava my skin was really good until after birth. Here are a few things you may experience. When it comes to your skin, you may notices such as breakouts, stretch marks, and dryness. If you're a part of the lucky bunch who haven't experienced this... how do you like being God's favourite LOL. I'm joking...  I will be sharing some of the must-have skincare products that every pregnant woman should consider adding to their routine.  1. S ..read more
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Surviving the fourth Trimester
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by Jennifer from Toronto - Spiced Beauty
1y ago
When I was told "Beware of the fourth trimester" I had NO idea what people were talking about. But it's an important part for your mental health and wellbeing. The fourth trimester the period after giving birth is a challenging time for parents.  Not only do you have to help your baby adjust to life outside the womb, but you may also find yourself overwhelmed by fatigue, pain, and uncertainty.   Hospital post-partum care  The first few days after you've given birth are a time for rest, recovery, and bonding with your new baby. BUT don't forget YOU! Don't forget to ea ..read more
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EARTH DAY: Why Thrifting Your Child's Clothes Can Put More Money in Your Pocket This Season
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by Jennifer from Toronto - Spiced Beauty
1y ago
If you have a little one at home, you know how they keep growing every week! I feel like nothing fits Ava anymore.  Shopping at any thrift shop will save you money and allow you to get new outfits for your child at a LOW cost.  Here is why thrifting for your child's clothes can be your best option.  Thrifting Is Cost-Efficient  A major benefit is that it's budget-friendly. Usually you can find clothes at a fraction of the price. If you are on a very tight budget or want to save more money, then thrifting is the best choice. Set a budget and GO!  Thrifting Helps ..read more
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Do you want to be a Canadian Beauty Blogger?
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by Jennifer from Toronto - Spiced Beauty
1y ago
I started Beauty Blogging in 2008/2009. And boy times were different back then. It was funner and more carefree. Also things were cheaper and the opportunities were in abundance. That doesn't mean that it should deter you from starting now BUT there are a few things to consider. Starting a channel or blog is expensive. It's easy to feel left out! Especially when you want to get noticed. Here are some tips to get started from an OG. Set A budget Unfortunately, you can't buy everything. It's too much and it's NOT healthy. Take it from me... someone who is still purging makeup from 9 years a ..read more
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