After two failed attempts at setting up a baby monitor in our son’s nursery, I received an email asking if I would like to test out a new innovative baby monitor on the market . Of course I thought the timing was impeccable, but when I found out that this monitor wasn’t a camera monitor, I was a bit hesitant. The Sproutling Baby Monitor is actually an ankle monitor, and seeing that my son is 9 months old, I was almost certain that he would try to take it off. Well, to my surprise, despite the fact that he will pull off shoes and socks as if performed in a choreographed routine, he has yet to even attempt to tamper with the ankle monitor. So if comfort is a concern, I would say that it checked the box right away. Now, if you’re like me and you have a big baby, not to worry! They thought this through, by providing two different ankle strap sizes to choose from, a small and a medium band.
In terms of set up, this was definitely the easiest set up of all monitors that we have tried. The directions are so simply that they are actually written on the packaging rather than a lengthy booklet that no parent has time to read. In three easy steps, you are all set!
If you were like me, and you feel like a camera is an essential component for a baby monitor. Take a moment, and ask yourself what you truly desire to learn from monitoring your baby. The creators of this baby monitor answered one of the main concerns of most parents, being :
Is my baby awake or asleep ? ( Saves you all the tip toeing when entering your baby’s room if you know what to expect!)
Now let’s get into the app details, which includes a cute little baby icon that represents your baby!
*screenshot from my baby’s naptime, the face smiles when your baby is awake ( it even yawns! LOL so cute right?)
When you download the Sproutling App, there are three easy components to utilize.
1. Clock & Heart – The circle represents a clock and the heart pulsates to the actual heart rate of your baby ( pretty cool huh? ). The heart also moves around the clock to indicate the current time.
2. Smart Control – You can control the smart charger’s functions from your fingertips! The smart charger doubles as a night light, allowing you to select the colour of the light and also the brightness/dimness ( I repeat, you don’t need to be in the room! you simply control via your phone ). My personal favourite feature is the music that you can also play from the smart charger. There are several classic songs to choose from but also white noise, gentle rain showers, heartbeat sounds etc. and you can control the volume as well, simply via the app. This feature has worked wonders for me. I like to play the music when my baby is falling asleep and when he has fallen asleep, I simply lower the volume or turn it off completely, without having to enter the room.
3. Timeline – This is a virtual sleep log for your baby! After wearing the ankle monitor for a week, you actually receive predicted wake times. I learned that my baby tends to wake up at 4 am on average to do a bit of “stirring” and then falls asleep again until approx. 7 am. This is a great way to understand why your baby may be happier some mornings and a bit cranky on other mornings. Not only can you see how well your baby slept via the timeline, the longer you use the monitor, the closer your monitor gets to predicting the exact wake up times of your baby ( this will blow your mind!). If you’re a new mom, dying to go in the shower but you’re afraid your baby may wake up in your absence…this finally solves that worry! You can also set a timer when your baby takes naps in the day and you can log those naps as well, which is super helpful when you’re trying to sleep train or establish a sleep routine with your baby.
*This is actually from my baby, so fascinating to read these in the morning! Sproutling also adds tips to answer FAQ
The longer you use your Sproutling, the more accurate it will get with predictions each time your baby falls asleep.
There are some things that will effect the accuracy of your predictions and results that you must keep in mind :
- Your baby should sleep in the same room each time they go to sleep
- Your Smart Charger should be within 15 feet of your baby’s crib
- Your baby’s bed should be flat and stationary
- Your baby should also sleep independently
- Your wearable should be high onto the back of your baby’s ankle, directly against the skin
- Your baby should be sleeping on their back
I can say that I experienced the accuracy of my “awake” and “asleep” prediction being off a couple times over the span of 2 weeks because at least one of these factors were not in play ( primarily the placement of the ankle bracelet ). They suggest placing the ankle bracelet on at the first signs of sleepiness ( baby yawning, rubbing eyes etc. ) and for me, I have a bit of a kicker and those nights when I didn’t place the bracelet on accurately, it was likely because I should have waited until he was a bit less active to put it on correctly.
Something that also peaked my interest, is that the Sproutling is still in the process of receiving new development and features, and you will not have to feel like you missed out because a newer model will reap the benefits later down the line. Sproutling will automatically apply their updates via the app.
Now the price tag! This Smart Monitor is $250 which is on the higher spectrum for baby monitors. This is to be considered if you would want to also get a camera monitor just for the novelty of watching your baby sleep. My thoughts on the price? Initially I would say this sounds steep, but after experiencing 2 different baby monitors priced at over $100 break within the set up stage alone, my thoughts have changed. Considering that you have a nightlight, sound machine, and a virtual sleep expert in the palm of your hands, you’re getting a few baby essentials in one product. So if you’re looking for something to add to your baby registry that you’d love family/friends to chip in on, this may just be an awesome product to consider.
Would I recommend this product? Absolutely! I really enjoy seeing the sleep charts, especially since we are 2 months deep into sleep training. It feels great seeing that my baby actually sleeps in solid stretches. My only regret is not having this during those early newborn stages when sleep is a total blur! It would have been amazing to see just how much he slept. We were all in the new parent, zombie stage, I remember totally guessing when people would ask me how long my baby slept the night prior! *Lol
Thank you to Fisher Price for the opportunity to review The Sproutling Baby Monitor!
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This week’s favs are definitely summer inspired. This is the season for slide on mules, and bright colours, so of course I had to include these beautiful shoes. I have always wanted a pair of authentic East Indian “Jutti” shoes, but I never seem to find the ones I like in my size ( size 10. ) So while I feel a little torn supporting a mass chain for a style of this nature, I couldn’t resist these beauties! The size 10 actually fits true to size and this is rare! I can’t wait until they get a bit more worn in, I have a feeling these will only get better with time. As for the tasseled earrings, I mean…look at them. These go with just about everything I own, and they are pretty reasonable for a beautiful pair of earrings with so much detail. The summer months definitely excite me for the fashion, but also for my curly hair wash & go season ( I mean, I always wash and go…but now I don’t have to worry about catching pneumonia if I leave my home with wet hair!) This Mielle Organics product has a lot of hype around it so I finally went out and bought it, and needless to say..the hype was justified. I am not usually a mint girl, but the mint does feel amazing on your scalp and I love the consistency of this deep conditioner. Now the OGX coconut water spray is an old fav that I brought out again because it’s one of the best smelling products I have ever come across. I recently pulled out my clip in curly extensions and I am always a little paranoid that maybe they could smell a little like…doll hair ( I have a suuuuper strong sense of smell ..it’s a gift and a curse lol ) ANYWAY, so I love to spray this coconut spray on my extensions but also on my wash & go for some extra sheen and a delicious smell. like thes Here are this week’s favs! Onto the nails….I am probably alone on this, but I hate going to nail salons *lol* I never enjoy my experience. I think it’s my DIY nature because I am the same way with hair salons too…I just want to do things myself so I know that I am getting what I want. I also hate sitting for what feels like 2 hours, while a stranger scrubs my feet that are INCREDIBLY ticklish, so I sit there trying my hardest not to kick the person doing my toes ( its my tickle defense reflex *lol*) and when I am finally finished…without fail, an hour out of the salon I always end up ruining a nail. So all that being said, Sally Hansen Insta-Dri has been a fav of mine since forever!! I love the colour range and the fact that they dry sooo fast. The only nail polish I really wear other than this, is OPI “Cajun Shrimp” ( my very fav red for my toes!) …I’ve been loving all things peach lately, so I decided to swap out that red for this one featured and I love it! ( I’m feeling very Miami-esque lol). Now for the sunnies, one of the best investments you can make ( in my humble opinion ) is some prescription sunglasses, if you are an eyeglass wearer. I love cheap little funky sunnies, but they aren’t so much fun to wear when you can’t really see anything. This is why I love Coastal…great for the eyes, without compromising style. These style has been my go-to lately Last but not least, I am loving this fringe choker. It looks amazing with a sleek bun or wild hair! If you enjoyed this weeks favs, let me know by hopping back on my instagram post and commenting with a watermelon emjoi! It will be our little secret 😉 Xo
1. STUDIO CALEIDOSCOPE FLATS ( FITS TRUE TO SIZE ) : SHOP HERE
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6. OGX WEIGHTLESS HYDRATION COCONUT WATER HYDRATION OIL : SHOP HERE
7. ANARCHY STREET DENIM FRINGE NECKLACE : SHOP HERE
SEE YOU OVER HERE NEXT WEEK XO
I know its been forever and a day since I’ve been on Le Blog, but I have been super active over on my instagram and youtube, its definitely a challenge juggling everything with a new baby but I am super grateful to have cool opportunities like this one, to keep my creative brain moving when it’s in a cloud of baby books, toys, and breastfeeding ( yes, i’m still keeping it real over here lol)
Here is my collab with Julbox…inspired by things that are very close to my heart, motherhood, curly hair, and being a free spirit. Hope you love them as much I do!
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Hey friends! In my latest curly hair tutorial Wash & Go Routine For Coloured Curls I featured
some of my favourite products from the CURLS line. If you aren’t familiar with this brand, it is an organic haircare line created for women with natural curls. Now they do have a few collections within the brand, but I am currently loving their Blueberry Bliss collection for my blonder hair at the moment. As you probably know, the lighter you go with your hair, the more defined your curls can look, but they can also appear more dry ( I like to think of blonde hair as a magnifying glass on the tresses, the good and the bad are both amplified!)
Because nobody likes the appearance of super dry hair, it’s important to change up your product selection to accommodate your hair colour changes. I personally enjoy using the Blueberry Bliss Reparative Leave In Conditioner as well as the Blueberry Bliss Hair Oil. Both of these products are lightweight which is imperative when you have fine, low density hair like I do, and they also leave my hair moisturized and soft!
Wondering where you can purchase this fab line? Click the link below
So for those that don’t know, I am obsessed with the holidays. Halloween, Valentine’s Day, but especially Christmas and New Years. When I think of the holidays, it always takes me back to fond memories as a child celebrating with my family and friends in Canada. Living in Atlanta, Georgia, while my family and friends mainly reside in Canada, and the UK, can be a little tough at times, but that’s where technology always saves the day. I love using Cricket Wireless to text my loved ones, video chat, and sending pics of everything from my holiday decor to outfits to home cooked meals, so that we all feel connected. I recently teamed up with Cricket Wireless to share some of my holiday traditions and memories in my latest video, you can check it out here : YOUTUBE.COM/MISSCHARMSIE Cricket has affordable options that helps to make the connection to family and friends much easier for everyone to access. Check out http://www.cricketwireless.com to see their holiday promotions and Cricket Rewards Program. I hope the affordable deals at Cricket Wireless help you increase the holiday memories this season. Happy Holidays!
(Wearing Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Foundation in “Golden Sand” )
I believe there are women out there that are always on the quest to find a better foundation than their current one, and there are women that can’t be bothered to wear foundation at all. I am somewhere in the middle. For many years I wore makeup, but never foundation. Quite honestly I thought it was unnecessary and it seemed complicated to try and match your skin tone etc. I also thought, unless I had acne to conceal or major blemishes, there really wasn’t a purpose for it ( don’t worry, I’ve gotten wiser with age *lol* )
(Wearing Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Foundation in “Golden Sand” )
My first few attempts with foundation always resulted in the wrong shades for my skin-tone. I always appeared a bit ashy/chalky looking, or a bit too red/pink. When BB creams and tinted moisturizers became the “it” things in the beauty world, I jumped on board. Surely, ” light, medium, dark ” was a lot easier to deal with. For a couple of years I would repurchase the same BB cream as it seemed to work fine and I wasn’t really compelled to look for something better. What I liked about BB creams is that they were moisturizing, light weight, and provided a bit of coverage to those areas that needed a little extra help.
After a recent opportunity to try out some new products from the Make Up For Ever Ultra HD line, I have to say, this BB cream girl has been converted. Truthfully, I am not a girl that always primes my face, sets it with powder etc. I like ease in makeup, and without those steps, my face still looks flawless with this foundation. One thing I noticed is that the colour swatches online are absolutely true to colour. I actually chose my shade online and it turned out to be the exact match, this is very rare for any sort of cosmetic purchase. In addition to the colour, I am so impressed by the lightweight finish. This line was actually created with high quality photography and film in mind. There’s nothing worse than seeing foundation sitting on skin like a mask or cake face and with technology advancing by the minute, I am sure all of our smart phone selfies will be ultra HD in no time.
(Wearing Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Foundation in “Golden Sand” )
I have light freckles that often get covered with BB cream as they are really only dark in the middle of summer when I am in the sun a lot. I do however, prefer that they are not covered up as they are of course a part of me. With this foundation I am able to cover the dark circles and redness around my nose etc. yet it doesn’t fully cover my freckles, and that is truly amazing! I have recommended this foundation to many friends since using it, and it has definitely made me put aside my BB creams lately. This foundation definitely stays true to it’s name.
This product is available at Sephora, and I am wearing the colour “Golden Sand.”
Available here : MAKE UP FOR EVER ULTRA HD INVISIBLE FOUNDATION
*Make Up For Ever kindly gifted this product, all opinions are my own
The 1970’s are not only trending this year, but this is also my very favourite style decade, so I had to create a lookbook! To see these outfits and more in action, head over to my youtube channel HERE
On a scale of 1-10, how pretentious is it of me to want the cutest carry-on travel pieces on every plane I board? Don’t answer that *lol*
Honestly, I could care less about how beaten up my checked baggage is, but I love having cute carry-on bags. I also have a tendency to push the limit when it comes to what I can carry on. I usually board with a copper coloured roller bag, a gold mini over the shoulder duffle and my handbag kinda tucked away behind the duffle ( which obviously counts as the 1 personal item already…oops.) This bag right here has now added an extra sneaky factor as you don’t really see it coming when it’s worn on the back *insert evil laughter.* Man I sound SO corrupt right now. I am a clothing hoarder in recovery ok, it takes time people, work with me!
My school days are over now, however, had I still been in school I would definitely pretend that I could fit all my books in here just so I could have one of those chic hallway moments from one of my favourite movies in life, Clueless.
This bag is seriously so cute. If you’re into the art field at all and you need to carry around a small portfolio and want to look chic with some personality and the same time, this is for you! Business at the front, practicality at the back ( backpacks = freedom ) any bag that allows me to have free hands to text, eat, or hug, is a good time.
This bag is Vegan leather and very affordable at $60. It also comes in black, you can shop the look HERE
Full Outfit Details : Top Forever 21 ( few months old ) , Leggings ASOS.com ( few years old ) , Shoes Ivanka Trump ( recently at ROSS stores)
Hair : Of course I have not straightened my hair ladies! I am all about keeping my curls healthy, this is actually a wig from Freetress called
“Spring Blossom” in colour 1B, it’s a fun harmless way to switch up your look 😉 Shop the look HERE
( If you want to see this wig review on my channel click HERE )
Thanks to LANY handbags for gifting me with their “Let’s Twist Again Backpack”
In a world of chaos, tragedies, and despair, there comes a place of sanctuary called, the beauty aisle. If you are fortunate enough to live in close proximity to Ulta Beauty, you get to experience a supersized beauty aisle ( it’s like ordering a yummy supersized combo and then getting MORE without the calories of french fries etc. )
Because a million different shades of “the red lip” isn’t exciting enough, the beauty world loves to introduce new trends. This summer was all about “strobing” which was arguably just highlighting but given a new name ( everyone deserves a second chance at life no? ) I personally love to look like a human disco ball, and while my tone may sound a tad sarcastic, I promise you, I am very serious.
In this post I will feature another beauty trend which is, “The Velvet Lip.” I teamed up with People StyleWatch Magazine & Ulta Beauty for this post, to show you how I create and style my ” Velvet Lip. “
Speaking of People StyleWatch Magazine, in case you missed it, your girl (me) was in the May issue this year and I am still pinching myself!
Now on to the task at hand! How do I create and style my velvet lip look? Here’s how…
My first look is of course the classic red velvet look ( who else wants a cupcake after reading that? ) To begin, I lined my lips with a NYX lip liner in “plush red” so that the products would last longer on my lips and the colour would also add some intensity ( it’s all about the drama! ) Next up, I applied the Rimmel London Show Off Matte Lip Velvet in “”Orange-ology.” Because the velvet lip is all about achieving a textured look, I chose to add some Rimmel London Stay Matte Pressed Powder to take away any remaining sheen. This is a great tip for achieving a matte lip look no matter the product you choose. Simply place some tissue on your lips ( try not to use one that will leave little white fluffs on your lips, you don’t want to look like you were wrestling Homer Simpson over some powdered donuts 😉 ) Next, take some pressed powder and simply brush and press over your lips using the tissue as a slight barrier. After mattifying my lips, I finished off with another NYX lip liner in ” deep purple ” to line my lips for added dimension.
LOOK # 1 : RED VELVET LIP X MENSWEAR TREND
Keeping with the theme of a trendy lip, I decided to pair up my favourite velvet lip looks with my favourite style trends. This look is all about the menswear trend. This dress gives the look of a traditional men’s suit with the structured lapels, while bringing in feminine details like a gold side zipper and of course the thigh slit. I love the contrast of a menswear feel with a bold red lip, it is a classic look that never fails.
Dress : Altuzarra x Target Shoes : Ivanka Trump
Look # 2
For my second look I really wanted to go with the 90s brown lip that is going to be huge this fall. I love that we are seeing colours like brown and purple becoming more common amongst many brands. Brown in particular, looks amazing on so many different skintones, its just about selecting the hue to best suit you. For this look, I wanted the lips to really stand out from the outfit, ( which is already very busy ) so I went with a true matte look and skipped any ombre lining at the end. I started with the NYX Lip Liner in ” brown” all over my lips, which is actually a lovely look in itself, but to take it up a notch, I added the NYX Matte Lipstick in “Maison.” I love the formula of these lipsticks as they aren’t super drying! Just because we are going for a velvet lip, doesn’t mean it has to feel like velcro right?
Look # 2 90S BROWN VELVET X METALLIC TREND
Another trend that I absolutely love is the metallic trend. If you follow me on instagram @charmsie this should come as no surprise to you, check out one of my very favourite metallic outfits right HERE ( and then come back…i’ll wait. ) Because this look already has so much going on with the textured sequins plus the metallic shine of course, the velvet matte lip actually balances the look off really well. The subtle brown tones in the bronzed top also really plays up the lip look.
Top : Barbados Boutique Skirt : Target Shoes : Asos
Look # 3
For my last look I went with another bold favourite, a violet velvet lip. I love the purple lip trend but I am not crazy about the look in a satin or glossy finish ( on me. ) I think the velvet texture makes this bold hue a bit more wearable. Similar to the brown lip, I first lined my lips with the NYX lipliner in “deep purple.” This is important for this look as the purple shade is much more intense when it is layered on-top of a lip liner first. Next, I added this gorgeous Lorac PRO Matte Lip Colour in “violet.” This product feels amazing on the lips! I definitely plan on purchasing more colours.
LOOK # 3 VELVET VIOLET X SPORTS LUXE TREND
The last trend that I wanted to feature is the sports luxe trend. This trend takes sporty elements and works them into formal wear such as this mesh layered dress. I actually love this dress so much that I own it in white as well, but the black really makes this lip look pop! I found this dress on ASOS.com a couple years ago when the sports luxe trend became big again. This trend doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon, mesh keeps resurfacing and I am loving it!
Dress : Asos Shoes : Kate Spade
I hope this post inspires you to work the velvet lip into your wardrobe!
Thanks to People StyleWatch x Ulta Beauty for sponsoring this post!
Charmaine aka “Charmsie”
So here’s the thing, I really try to stay on track with my “Thrift Whisperer” capabilities, however, I seem to run into a slight issue whenever I find amazing thrift and vintage finds, I want to keep them ALL. I purchased this vintage velvet mandarin collared traditional Chinese dress, knowing it was too small for me and I would “for sure” sell it on my website ( uploading new thrift pieces soon & possibly a closet sale this weekend. ) Quite honestly, the red velvet with the gold sequined floral embellishments haunted me and I felt determined to make it fit. After staring at it until it hurt, I decided to take some scissors and extend the side slits high enough so that my hips had a chance to live. There’s a little tip for you, if you can’t step into a dress because your hips don’t lie, try putting it on over your head instead and you might get lucky! So after cutting the slits up to my hip, I did just that. I now put this gorgeous dress on as if it’s a top and stop breathing ever so slightly to zip it up, which results in a super flat chest but who cares, look at it!! ( a flat chest isn’t a far stretch for me anyway let’s be honest )
Sometimes you just have to give in to a piece of clothing when it’s just that good, right?
I love the contrast of formal and casual so I decided to add the most casual thing ever other than perhaps some PJ bottoms, I threw on some ripped denim shorts ( which actually have a whole in the bum but nobody knows with my long “top” now do they? *evil laughter* lol )
I paired some strappy leather heels that I have had for about 6 years from ASOS.com, truly one of my favourite pairs of shoes. I also added my Mansur Gavriel bucket bag to keep some unity happening with the shoes just to make this entire look feel more “wearable.”
I hope this post encourages you to try something new, step out of your comfort zone and get creative with your wardrobe.