New Mom Style

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A lot of my looks lately have been super relaxed and comfortable (hello new moms). To be honest, I now consider a great outfit to be anytime I’m not wearing yoga pants and t-shirts! That being said, this outfit could easily become my new go-to. Cute boyfriend jeans, a metallic hoodie and warm winter vest all thrown together with a comfortable pair of booties. It’s polished but just as comfy as my sweats! Perfect for running errands but still looking put together.

I’m still working on my ‘new mom style’, even though I thought that it wouldn’t change at all after having a baby (HA!), the truth is, it does! I have a closet full of work clothes that aren’t being used and my ‘casual attire’ consist of old hoodies from college. It will take some time to make my style fit into my new lifestyle, but I am excited to find some new looks that are practical for me. Sure, my wardrobe is going to change, but I hope my outfits will still feel like me at the end of the day. Any other new moms out there struggling with this? Let me know in the comments!

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hoodie: H&M (similar) | vest: similar here | jeans: Old Navy | boots: TOMS | sunnies: Maui Jim 

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Cauliflower Burgers with Hummus-Mayo

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Last night, Wade and I attempted to make this delicious alternative to a hamburger. We were craving something really tasty but didn’t want to cheat too bad as we are trying to eat healthy these days (key word ‘trying’)! These burgers turned out so good that I knew I needed to share the recipe with you! They were super easy to make and surprisingly tasted amazing! If you are getting sick of having the same thing over and over for supper, you should definitely give these a try! Let me know in the comments if you do!

Ingredients:

• 1 head cauliflower
• 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
• ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
• Salt
• Black pepper
• ½ cup flour
• 2 eggs, beaten
• Vegetable oil, for frying
• 2 slices cheese
• 2 hamburger buns, toasted
• 1 avocado
• Hummus-Mayo (recipe below)

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Remove the green leaves from the cauliflower and cut into two pieces. Blanch the cauliflower by gently placing them into simmering water for about 2 minutes, just until crisp-tender; remove and shock in ice-water to cool; drain and pat dry with paper towel, carefully.

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Cut the pieces into 1 inch ‘steaks’. If you cut them any thinner they won’t stay together as well.

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Combine the panko breadcrumbs with the grated parmesan cheese in a large bowl, along with a pinch of salt and some black pepper, and set aside for a moment. Bread the cauliflower steaks by dipping them in the flour, then into the beaten eggs, then into the panko/parmesan mixture; set aside on a plate while you heat your oil for frying.

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Heat enough oil in a large non-stick pan to shallow fry, about 1-2 inches; once oil is hot, add the breaded cauliflower in and fry for roughly 2 minutes per side, or until golden-brown; place the steaks on paper towels to drain.

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Before assembling your burger, toast your buns in a toaster if you desire. You can now make the hummus-mayo spread by mixing 2 tablespoons of your favorite hummus with 1 tablespoon of mayo. Add salt, pepper and a pinch of cayenne pepper.

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To assemble the burger spread the hummus-mayo on both pieces of the bun, add the cauliflower steak, a slice of your favourite cheese and a few pieces of avocado. Enjoy!

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Faux Fur Vest

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A faux fur vest is the best winter staple for your wardrobe because it literally can be thrown on with anything! It will take your most basic outfits and instantly make them ready for winter! I got this one at Target last year but they are available everywhere are come in so many different styles. I kept this look pretty simple with beige and black, with a pop of gold accents. You can check out last year’s look here to get even more inspiration on how to style it! Hope you all have a great week, and thanks for stopping by!

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vest: Target | shirt: H&M | pants: H&M | purse: Kate Spade | necklace: Stella & Dot | boots: old, similar here | watch: Kate Spade

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Winter Outfit

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Well, here it is! The first outfit post of 2016 and the first non-maternity look since having a baby! Feels good to be back! I have been waiting to get back to regular clothes for a while now, and even though I don’t fit into everything just yet, it’s still refreshing to wear something new! This outfit is a standard winter look for me – jeans, booties, a knit sweater and cute jacket! Super easy to put together, but the design on this jacket brings some interest to an otherwise plain look! I also am loving these booties from Toms, because if you have ever owned a pair of shoes from them you know how comfortable they are! Anyways, I hope you guys enjoy this look and stick around for some more great outfits this year! I’m excited!

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Blazer: H&M | Sweater: H&M | Jeans: Gap | Booties: Toms | Purse: Simons | necklace: Stella & Dot | Bracelet: Kate Spade | Watch: Kate Spade

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My Baby Essentials List

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So here we are, 2 months into parenthood, and loving every minute of it. I can’t believe that Zuri is almost 8 weeks old, that is just surreal to me! But, as many of you guys know, being a first time parent can be super confusing because there are so many different baby items on the market. We didn’t know what we needed, what was a waste of money or what brands to trust. Well, I’m not claiming to be an expert, but now that we are settled into a routine, I do know what baby items I seriously couldn’t live without. These are the essentials that get a lot of praise in the Hamilton household and I hope that this may help some of you guys out there who may be searching for some baby must haves as well!

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  1. HALO BassiNest Swivel Sleeper: I seriously couldn’t imagine getting through the nights without this bassinet. It’s amazing! It’s the same height as our bed, so I can check on Zuri while we are sleeping and can easily pick her up for feedings. Plus, it swivels so I literally don’t even need to get out of bed. It has been a life saver!
  2. ‘Girl’ Gap Outfit: We received this adorable outfit as a gift while still in the hospital. Once we got home we realized that we didn’t have many outfits that actually fit her, because everyone told us not to buy newborn sizes because she wouldn’t get her use out of it. Well, it turns out we needed at least a few, because we wore this outfit on her so many times! She definitely got her use out of this one. It’s now on sale and comes in the boy version too – but you guys need to check it out on Gap.ca because Zuri’s picture is featured on the website! So amazing :)
  3. Lulujo Swaddle Blankets:  We received so many swaddle blankets as gifts and I thought, wow I will never use all of these – but it’s what we use the most! Our favourite brand is Lulujo because they are so nice and big plus have the best materials!
  4. Graco Glider Elite Swing: There are so many swings, gliders and bouncers out there so choosing one that was right for us was actually really difficult. Every child is different and some don’t even like to be in a swing, but Zuri sure does! We are so happy with this product, and most days it is a life saver! I especially love that it is a 2-in-1, so I can remove the chair and bring it around the house with me. I also appreciate the color because it blends with the decor in my living room and isn’t bright and multicoloured like a lot of baby products.
  5. Kate Spade Diaper Bag:  The main reason why I love my Kate Spade diaper bag is because it just feels like I am carrying a large stylish purse. It’s subtle and matches everything. I don’t have this exact one, but all of her diaper bags have lots of compartments and a little changing pad, which is super convenient!
  6. My Brest Friend Nursing Pillow: This pillow is definitely a little intimidating compared to other nursing pillows on the market. When I first got this one I really wondered if I would bother bringing it out for every feeding. Well let me just say that I absolutely use it every time and I love it! I think I like it’s sturdiness the most, but also that it supports my back! Haven’t tried any other nursing pillows to compare, but I am in love with this one!

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