You might have noticed a lot of book reviews on the blog lately. I think it’s safe to say I’m a bibliophile! There’s just something so special about opening up a new book for the first time. The smell and feel of that crisp paper under my hands. The magic and wonder hidden within the covers. Reading has always been one of my favourite pastimes, and I’m resolved to pass that love along to my kids. I’m always on the lookout for books that I hope will capture my girls’ imaginations and foster their love of reading.
I started seeing and hearing about Lost My Name a few months ago and really wanted to see what the buzz was about. The three dads and an uncle behind these gorgeous personalized books kindly sent us a copy of The Little Girl Who Lost Her Name just in time for Teagan’s birthday.
Every Easter, Halloween, Christmas, and random special occasion, I fight the good fight against stuffing my kids full of sugar and candy. I let them indulge a little bit – I’m not a monster! – but I’m always on the lookout for something different and better than the chocolate eggs and candies and lollipops that seem to multiply in my cupboard.
So I already knew I wouldn’t be including the great big chocolate bunny and all those candy eggs in this year’s Easter baskets. Last weekend I stopped by the dollar store and picked up a couple of cute baskets and some fun treats without the sweet for my girls. Their baskets will have a colouring book, sidewalk chalk, some small toys, Easter socks, a toothbrush, and the best idea I’ve heard in a while: kids honibe honey gummies™ complete in place of candy! These one a day multivitamins for kids four and up are sweetened with 100% Canadian Grade No. 1 honey so they contain 50% less refined sugar than other gummy vitamins. She’ll think they’re treats; I’ll know they’re good for her!
Whether you avoid gluten due to celiac disease, gluten intolerance, autoimmune issues, other health concerns, or simply out of personal preference, that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the Easter treats this year. This list of yummy, yummy gluten-free Easter treats is for you! Some of these are naturally gluten-free, and some use substitutes like almond flour or gluten-free flour. Either way, enjoy!
Out here, the West Coast is sometimes known as the Wet Coast, and for very good reason. While the rest of the country shivered under a blanket of snow this winter, we splashed under grey rainy skies for six months. In this climate, a good quality rain coat and boots are not optional. But when you live in rain gear like we do here, it should be fun. When everything else is grey and gloomy, make it bright! And that’s exactly what Kidorable does. They sent us a set of rain gear guaranteed to make a brand new five-year-old smile, no matter the weather!
Last week we had one of those character-building experiences.
It started on Tuesday night when Keira got a funny look on her face just after dinner. She sort of looked at me, then “returned” her entire dinner. She told me she’d eaten too much, and since she seemed okay afterward, I assumed that’s all it was.
Until the next evening that is. Hubs and I went out for a date night at the movies, but by the time we pulled into the driveway at home I knew things weren’t right. I was out of that car before it came to a full stop and racing for the bathroom. Hubs was about 15 minutes after me, and thus went the next 24 hours for both of us. We’d shared a big tub of greasy popcorn with “butter” at the movie theatre, which I initially thought was to blame. Until Teagan woke up barfing in the middle of the night.
Out here on the West Coast, spring is well and truly in full swing. I’ve missed you, blue skies and flowers! We recently received some new spring-themed children’s books for review which I’ll be sharing with you today, but our friends at Raincoast Books have an extra special treat for you! In celebration of the season, they’re sending one of my readers a big basket full of spring-themed books worth almost $140! Here’s what one lucky winner will receive:
As an experienced cloth diapering mama and blogger, a common question that comes up time and time again is about using diaper rash creams with cloth diapers. Many mamas worry about staining or repelling if they use the wrong diaper cream.
I’ve used Weleda’s Calendula Diaper Care Cream in the past, and it worked well to reduce diaper rash and irritation. So I was very interested when Weleda recently asked me to check out their new White Mallow Diaper Rash Cream.
Weleda’s White Mallow Diaper Rash Cream is fragrance-free and made especially for sensitive skin. It contains 86% organic ingredients including organic white mallow extract to soothe sensitive skin, organic coconut oil to moisturize, sesame seed oil to help heal and nourish skin, and 14% pharmaceutical grade zinc oxide to relieve skin irritation.
Keira’s getting older which means she doesn’t usually get serious rashes the way younger babies do. So instead we used the cream for overnights and it successfully kept away all the pinkness and irritation that often happens when a toddler sleeps in a wet diaper all night long. Of course overnight diapers need to absorb a lot of liquid, so I would never want to use anything on them that might make them less absorbent.