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For the second time in her royal life, the Duchess of Cambridge wore a tiara. On December 4, Kate attended the Diplomatic Reception at Buckingham Palace with Prince William, which was a white-tie ball. This meant Kate had to wear a tiara, marking the first time she has worn a glittering headpiece since her wedding.
At her wedding, she donned the Cartier Scroll tiara, but this time she wore the Papyrus tiara, which was lent to her by the Queen. The headpiece has a romantic history because it was made from diamonds and pearls given to Queen Elizabeth’s mother by her father on their wedding day.
Kate, of course, looked beautiful in her tiara and pale blue Alexander McQueen gown. But we here at Canadian Living Moms can’t help but think that tiaras aren’t typical head wear for normal moms—unless it’s of the dress-up variety. Instead these five headpieces are usually what you find moms wearing.
We know Kate loves a hatinator and we do love wearing a glamourous hat for special occassions. But on most days, us moms wear a baseball hat. It’s the perfect way to cover unwashed hair and those pesky greys.
2. Bodily fluid
Let’s be real, your kid’s snot, spit and vomit all end up in your hair. Kids just seem to think your hair is the best trash can around. Maybe Kate can help make baby spit-up the must-have hair ornament for 2014?
When I say headbands, I don’t mean the pretty kind with rhinestones and bows. I mean the kind that are made for the sole purpose of keeping your hair out of your face. Practicality over fashion is key for a busy mom.
4. Your purse
This is a typical scenario for a mom. You’re out with your child and it starts raining. And of course you only have one umbrella and your child is going through an independent stage, insisting they carry the umbrella on their own. This leaves you without any coverage from the rain, so you attempt to cover your head with your purse. A newspaper or paper bag also works for these rainy situations.
Kids love to “share” their stickers with mommy. And like a good parent, you put the sticker on your shirt and then promptly forget it’s there. Inevitably you find that sticker stuck in your hair. I like to tell people I’m wearing “Designs by Disney” when someone points out the sticker lost in my hair.
What “headpieces” have you worn as a mom?
Photo courtesy of ASHISH1987 from Flickr Creative Commons
You might have noticed how much we love Duchess Catherine over here at Canadian Living Moms. We really do! But the reason we love Kate Middleton so much is that you love reading (and commenting) about her too. Here’s a list of the blog posts you’ve loved best over the past few months, in order of popularity:
1. Kate Middleton’s wardrobe malfunction: moms see worse This is our most-read Kate Middleton blog post, ever. And read the comments from other moms detailing their own wardrobe mishaps. Guess we’ve all been there.
2. 5 things Kate Middleton can’t do that other moms can. I wrote this one, which was a surprise hit. I took some heat in the comments (including being called an “idiot”). Check it out.
3. What Kate Middleton is trying to show us with her grey hair. We think it’s lovely that Duchess Catherine shows the world it’s ok to show grey hair. What do you think?
Enjoy! And tell us which post you liked best.
(Photo credit, all photos: Keystone Press)
Today, December 3rd, marks the one year anniversary since Prince William and Duchess Catherine announced that they were expecting a baby. At the time, Kate had been admitted to the King Edward VII Hospital with Hyperemesis Gravidarum, which forced the couple to announce they were expecting before Kate hit the crucial 12-week mark. There was lots of concern for Kate and worry that she would have a rough pregnancy. And of course there was lots of old wives tales saying that having acute morning sickness was a sign you were having a girl or twins. But alas, all of these rumours and worries turned out to be for nothing because Kate welcomed a cute and chubby little boy named George on July 22.
To celebrate the day we found out the royal baby was coming, we thought we’d recap 10 things we’ve learned since Kate announced her pregnancy. And in case you’re wondering, the picture above is from Kate’s most recent appearance at the SportsAid awards, where she wore a beautiful Alice Temperley dress with a bold red clutch from Alexander McQueen. She also debuted a darker hair colour, that is apparently the result of a six hour visit to the hair salon.
1. Even royals get sick
Kate seems so perfect, with her glossy hair and well-coordinated outfits. Of course we would never wish acute morning sickness on anyone, but it was slightly comforting to know that even unflappable Kate wasn’t immune to morning sickness.
2. Maternity wear can be stylish
Every time Kate stepped out during her pregnancy, we were anxiously waiting to see what she wore. And she never disappointed, showcasing her bump in wrap dresses and bold prints. I love how Kate took coats from her pre-pregnancy wardrobe and made them into maternity wear. She wore her coats open over empire waist dresses, showing moms all over that maternity wear can be sophisticated and comfortable.
3. A “mummy tummy” is normal
When Kate emerged from the Lindo wing with little George in her arms, she didn’t try to hide her post-baby belly. Of course many people questioned if that was normal—some even rudely asked if she had actually had the baby. The answer is yes, it is totally normal and to be expected that you still have a bump after having a baby. All moms are forever grateful to you Kate for showing the world what a normal woman looks like after delivering a baby.
4. Even future Queens need their mom
William and Kate spent their first night at home with Prince George in Kensington Palace. But the next day it was off to Bucklebury to stay with the Middletons. Most first time moms want the comfort and expertise of their own mom as they adjust to sleepless nights and trying to figure out how to keep this tiny human happy. Kate may be the future Queen, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t need her mom when she’s going through a major life change.
5. Non-royals can be godparents to the King
We were betting that Prince Harry and Pippa would be godparents to Prince George. But Kate and Wills surprised all royal-lovers when they chose close friends as godparents. Who knew that you didn’t have to have a royal bloodline to be a mentor to the King?
6. What a hatinator is
Kate introduced the world to the “hatinator” when she wore one to Prince George’s christening. Her cream-coloured hatinator, aptly named “Georgie,” became the must-have item for moms. And her beautiful coat dress wasn’t half bad either.
7. Kate can play volleyball in wedges
At one of Kate’s first appearances after her maternity leave, she showed off how her post-baby body. But we here at Canadian Living Moms were most impressed with her ability to play volleyball in wedges. I think all the juggling that comes with motherhood has taught Kate that moms can do anything—even spike a ball in three-inch heels.
8. All moms have bad hair days
Even with her hairdresser on speed dial, Kate couldn’t escape the hair loss and grey hairs that come with the stress of motherhood. Who knew Kate was just like us?
9. Future Kings can be cranky
Prince Harry revealed that sweet baby George has a habit of screaming. It’s nice to know that even the future King of the U.K. is just a normal baby who screams his little heart out when he wants something or just because he can.
10. Wardrobe malfunctions happen to even the most put together mom
Poor Kate was sweetly talking to some children when a gust of wind blew her skirt up. Luckily her modesty was maintained, but it showed us that all moms have wardrobe malfunctions. Even moms who have a team of people helping them look perfectly put together.
What have you learned since Kate announced her pregnancy?
Photo courtesy of Keystone Press
Yesterday Prince Harry—or uncle Harry to baby George—spoke about his rather loud nephew. Harry is in Antarctica for a charity walk and during a TV interview he said William is “quite jealous I managed to get away from a screaming child.”
Now Harry tends to be a joker, so it’s possible he’s exaggerating Prince George’s cries. Unfortunately for mummy Kate, William has confirmed that the future king has quite a pair of lungs on him. Wills has described his son as “loud” and said he and Kate have a “baby who has a voice to match any lion’s roar.”
We can of course speculate that George has colic, but I think it’s more likely that he just likes to assert his voice.
As any parent with a fussy baby can attest to, this is not a fun stage of parenthood. You start to pull your hair out wondering why your child won’t stop crying. You’ve fed them, changed their diaper and they just woke up from a nap—what more could they possibly want!
I’m sure Kate is like most moms, who try everything they can think of to calm their baby down. There’s the tried-and-true bouncing method. You bounce the baby while you walk. You bounce the baby while you sway. You bounce the baby when they’re happy out of fear they’ll start crying again.
Kate probably takes George on lots of car rides—nothing knocks a baby out faster than a moving vehicle. Though unlike us regular moms, Kate has to take a security team with her for a simple drive around the block.
My favourite way to soothe a baby is putting them in a swing. I’m eternally grateful to whoever invented this miracle machine that rocks your cranky little one while you take a minute to cry and then quickly pull yourself together.
Whatever method Kate is using, I’m sending her lots of strength to help her through this tough part of parenthood. Don’t worry Kate, every mom has been through this stage—and lived to tell the tale.
Did you have a special way to calm your cranky baby? Share your stories below.
Photo courtesy of Keystone Press
Buying Christmas presents for the people in your life who have everything can be challenging, so imagine being one of the inner circle of wee Prince George and his parents. What do you give a child that can be royally spoiled?
Fortunately, most of us won’t have to worry about that, but if we did, we would definitely make it a gift that is uniquely Canadian like these five options that are also perfect for the little prince and princess in your own family.
This Winter-themed mini block set (made from salvaged maple offcuts from a flooring company) are hand-printed and when they are flipped over to their other side, form a puzzle.
Winter Blocks, $30, fidoodle.com
These handmade bear and moose cubes are huggable and luggable. Made of wool, no two will be alike as each toy is made with a unique colour combination.
Zoo Cubes, $25 each, cateandlevi.com
Nothing says Canada like the iconic Hudson’s Bay blanket. This cotton/nylon/wool throw version is scaled down for little ones, it’s even machine washable.
HBC Collection Cubby Baby Throw, $60, thebay.com
This canoe built for two is made from sustainably harvested woods and non-toxic oils and stains (your choice of colours) and is perfect for play on land or in water.
Atelier Cheval de Bois Canoe, $24, the100milechild.ca
Little feet will look sweet in these leather moccasins.
Manitobah Mukluks Infant Scout Moccasin, $50, manitobah.ca
The Daily Beast takes Kate Middleton to task for not having weights stitched in her skirt, due to a recent “Marilyn Monroe moment.”
Adding curtain weights to a skirt’s hem is a solution for sure, I guess. Thanks for the tip, Tom Sykes.
But I have to tell you that if the Duchess of Cambridge only ever suffers from her skirt blowing up, she’ll be a lucky — and nanny-having — mom.
Here are some really immodest things I have done in service of my kids:
- Used my coat to catch the err, results of a sudden stomach flu. What do you do after you’ve caught, is the real question.
- Crawled under a bathroom stall door to retrieve my son. In the men’s washroom.
- Had my toddler stop his slip out of my arms by catching himself on my button-up-the-front shirt, which popped most of the buttons at once.
And that’s without going into the whole breastfeeding experience.
I think we could all just pretend it never happened.
What’s been your most embarrassing kid/clothing combo moment?
(Updated: Photo with the malfunctioning skirt in question. -Ed. Photo credit: Keystone Press)
We have a reader, who may or may not reveal herself in these comments, that reminds us rather politely that the beautiful lady in this photo is a married woman by the name of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. And emphatically not Kate Middleton, which is what we usual call her in our headlines. We sometimes do call her by her title, just not in the headlines.
So why do we insist on calling her Kate Middleton and not Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge? Here’s the thing. Very frankly, people are searching for “Kate Middleton” (just try Googling a recently trending search term like “Kate Middleton grey hair” for yourself) and we want our blog posts, which we invest time and energy and love into, to be read. It’s quite as simple as that; no disrespect is intended.
Canadian Living Moms is in respectable company, too. The Guardian, Times, and Telegraph, all newspapers out of the UK that are not nasty tabloid rags, also call her Kate Middleton. This is not some ignoramus North American invention, we promise. Here are some recent examples from the overseas press:
From July 2013: The Guardian, “Welcome, Kate Middleton, to Planet Baby…”
From November, 2013, The Telegraph, “Kate Middleton’s Fashion Hits and Misses in Pictures.”
From November, 2013, Times, “Kate Middleton on target list found in phone-hacking raid.”
If you glance at these dates, you’ll see that the UK press is still calling her by her maiden “nickname” as of this writing. And we will continue to do so, too.
Yet make no mistake about it, we love us some Kate Middleton, in fact, here are 4 of the simplest reasons we adore the Duchess of Cambridge.
And watch this: Just for fun, here’s a silly photo mash-up of what it would be like if Catherine had married Prince Harry.
With women and girls of all ages trying to emulate Kate Middleton, it’s clear the cultural desire to align ourselves with royalty is still alive today. But a controversial new ad campaign is attempting to combat this princess phenomenon, whereby girls grow up hoping to live the fairy-tale lives found in a Disney movie.
Kentucky-based ad agency Doe-Anderson recently created a series of posters for a Catholic all-girls preparatory school in Kentucky, encouraging teenage girls to abandon the socially engrained concept that men are our white knights.
Touted as “feminism from an unlikely source” by advertising mag Adweek, the Mercy Academy campaign features slogans including “Don’t wait for a prince,” “You’re not a princess” and “Life’s not a fairytale.”
Sound harsh? Maybe it is. But perhaps that’s exactly what’s needed to empower tomorrow’s women.
Growing up, I was only referred to as a “princess” by my father in a mocking manner. If I acted spoiled, he would throw the moniker—usually intended as a loving pet name—at me as a way of telling me I needed a reality check.
While many young girls around me considered “princess” to be a highly sought-after career objective and dressed the part on Halloween, I looked at the title as an insult rather than a compliment.
But like my peers who were princesses-in-the-making, I was also a Disney addict. Granted, I preferred Lady and the Tramp and Bambi over Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella, but I watched those inherently sexist movies all the same.
Even though I now consider myself a feminist, I wasn’t immune to the subliminal messages brainwashing me into thinking I was doomed to live a miserable life unless I met my Prince Charming. No child is.
So maybe it’s time we sent some not-so-subliminal messages to the contrary, as sad as it may be that such action is at all necessary in this day and age.
But being Catholic myself, I find it refreshing to see a school such as this get behind a nontraditional message of female empowerment. Institutionalized religion and feminism don’t have to be mutually exclusive.
The intrinsically perfect prince persona is fictitious. So why wouldn’t we want to let our girls know the life of a princess isn’t attainable, even if Prince Henry is still, technically, a bachelor?
Yesterday Kate stepped out to support the London Poppy Fund. But instead of talking about her support for this organization, the world is talking about how she has a few grey hairs.
Pre-baby, Kate’s hair inspired the world. Everyone wanted her big-lustrous locks—called the Chelsea Blow Dry. And of course, her hair’s enviable rich brown colour. Her former hairstylist Richard Ward said she uses an organic vegetable dye to get that colour.
But now Kate has gone grey and we here at Canadian Living Moms think she did it on purpose.
Kate isn’t like other moms who have to trek to the hairdresser to get their greys covered. When you’re a Princess, the hairdresser comes to you at the drop of a hat—Kate had her hairdresser on stand-by after George’s birth to do her hair for the new baby’s big reveal. So it’s not like Kate couldn’t have had her hairdresser come to Kensington Palace and dye her greys while the nanny or Wills watched George.
But Kate chose not to call her hairdresser when the greys appeared. She didn’t try to cover them up with a hat or with a half-up half-down hairstyle. Instead she embraced them and showed the world that she is a normal mom—too busy with a new baby to worry about her looks.
I applaud Kate for doing this. She has always worked to show she’s just a normal girl, who shops for her own groceries and does her own make-up. So why can’t she also be a regular mom so consumed with love for her baby that she doesn’t want to be apart from him to get her hair done.
The grey hair was definitely a calculated message on Kate’s part, much like her choice to show her post-partum belly. Kate’s a regular mom, who is dealing with post-partum hair loss and the greys that come with the stress of a new baby. Good for you Kate, I think you look beautiful!
Photo courtesy of Keystone Press.
Prince George has a lot of things us regular people don’t—like a security team and a nursery in a palace. Baby George also has an exclusive club protecting his royal future—the “Group of 8.” This is the nickname given to the Queen, Prince Phillip, Prince Charles, Duchess Camilla, Prince William, Duchess Kate, Prince Harry and the lucky girl he marries.
What is the “Group of 8?”
Rumours of this group began back in 2012 during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Usually the entire royal family makes balcony appearances. But for the Jubilee celebrations only those with a direct line to the throne got to wave to the crowds from Buckingham Palace—not even the Queen’s three other children, Anne, Andrew and Edward, were invited.
This is when rumours of a slimmed down monarchy began to swirl. It makes sense to have fewer royals with official duties—it’s just bad PR to have so many royals being funded by tax dollars. So I can see why the “Group of 8″ was probably created. Though there is no confirmation from the Palace that this group actually exists.
Will and Kate’s popularity makes them the logical pair to represent the monarchy at as many events as possible—they’re rumoured to be taking baby George on a royal tour of Australia and New Zealand in 2014. And no one can resist Prince Harry’s charming and slightly wild ways. These three royals, plus Harry’s future wife, are responsible for leading the monarchy through the 21st century. But even more than that, it’s their job to protect baby George’s future as the King of the United Kingdom.
What’s Prince George’s role in this secret group?
When Prince George was born, people wondered if he would ever actually be king—the monarchy could be abolished by then. So the “Group of 8″ is responsible for making sure that doesn’t happen by keeping the monarchy popular.
Luckily the “Firm,” as the monarchy has been called, is in the capable hands of Kate Middleton. This commoner is showing the world that the stiff monarchy is actually in touch with the real people, Duchess Kate often repeats clothes and even wears affordable clothes from stores like Zara and Topshop. Kate, she’s just like us!
And for the most part, Kate seems like a normal mom. She didn’t feel the need to go the celebrity route and hide her post-baby belly. In fact, she embraced her baby belly in her polka dot Jenny Packham dress.
Kate also chose not to spend her first few weeks of motherhood in Kensington Palace. Instead she went to her family’s home, depending on her mom for support in those rough first few weeks with a new baby.
Kate now does have a nanny—Prince William’s former nanny Jessie Webb. But for those first couple weeks, Kate didn’t have a nanny and had Grandma Carole watch George when she made her first post-pregnancy appearance.
So I think with Mummy Kate at hand, Prince George’s future as a monarch is looking bright—even brighter than the crown jewels.
(Photo: Keystone Press.)
Watch this: Duchess Catherine is reportedly told to wear more pattern and colour.