Rumparooz One Size Pocket #ClothDiaper #Giveaway

Welcome to the Ready to POP! [a Labour Day inspired Giveaway Hop] hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network! This year we’re celebrating Labour Day in a totally fun way – by offering fabulous giveaways for mamas and babies who have done some of the hardest labour out there!

My prize is a Rumparooz One Size pocket diaper sponsored by one of my favourite Canadian retailers, Bear Bums! This diaper fits babies from 6-35+ pounds and features Kanga Care’s famous patented dual inner gussets.

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Fall Fluff Baby Shower #Giveaway

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Welcome to the Fall Fluff Baby Shower Giveaway hosted by The Parenting Patch with co-hosts Conservamom, Mommy by Nurture, Foster Ducklings, Thinking About Cloth Diapers, Healthy Baby Beans and Fields of Flavor, Mommy of Two, Mama in the Now, A Sensible Mama, Tales from a Southern Mom, Not Quite Crunchy Mommy, Karen’s Got Mail, That’s Mashed Up, Our Piece of Earth, Another Cent Saved, According to Carolyn, This West Coast Mommy, and Green Grandma!

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Summer Reading with Star Wars DK Readers

DK Readers: Buy 2 and get 1 Free

Summer really is the best time for reading. I remember spending lazy afternoons curled up under a tree reading my favourite books, and I want my kids to have those fond memories too. I didn’t want Teagan’s reading skills to get rusty over the summer, so I’ve been encouraging her to practice a little bit every day. She can sound out most three and four letter words and she’s learning her consonant blends. Teagan’s more than ready to go back to school and show her teacher how she’s progressed!

Anyone’s who’s been around my blog for a while is probably aware how crazy Teagan is for Star Wars. When I saw DK had a whole bunch of Star Wars readers, I knew they would be just the thing to keep her interested in reading. We received the following readers (I know there’s a LEGO Movie one in there too, but we all loved the movie, and variety is the spice of life!):

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Mythbusters Collection 11 DVD Review

Discovery Channel’s Mythbusters is one of my all time favourite shows. I love that it makes science fun as well as educational. I won’t lie – all the explosions sure are entertaining, but the basic principle behind the show is the importance of critical thinking and the experimental method. In case you’ve been living under a rock for the last 11 years, the Mythbusters research and recreate the circumstances of various myths to determine whether they are confirmed, plausible, or busted.

I was so sad to hear that Tory, Kari, and Grant (“The Build Team”) had left the show. I loved how the team members played off each other, and as a mom of girls I really liked having Kari on the team role modeling that girls do science too. All the more reason to appreciate having this Mythbusters collection.

Mythbusters Collection 11 DVD Review

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Öko Creations Hooded Bath Poncho Review {Plus #Giveaway}

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Welcome to the last installment and giveaway of Keira’s Second Birthday Celebration!

Founded by sisters Marie-Noël and Melanie Beetz and based in Laval, Quebec, Öko Creations has been designing and handcrafting eco-friendly textiles here in Canada since 2009. They kindly sent us one of their signature hooded bath ponchos for Keira as part of her birthday celebration, and it’s become our new favourite after bath towel!

I just slip the poncho over her head and towel her dry. It comes with snaps that do up under the arms, but I don’t usually bother with them after a bath. The poncho is the perfect size for 2 year old Keira. Long enough to dry her off and keep her warm, but short enough not to trip over. And she’s just so freaking adorable in it!

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Rumparooz One Size Pocket #ClothDiaper Review

I recently received a Rumparooz One Size Pocket Diaper for review from Bear Bums, one of my favourite retailers. Lindsay is such a sweet mama, and the customer service you can expect to receive from her is second to none! Case in point, I discovered a tiny hole in this diaper hidden under the edge of a rise snap. I let Lindsay know, and she arranged with Kanga Care to replace the diaper, including shipping both ways. Easy peasy!

We received this Dexter print – possibly the cutest diaper in my stash right now!

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Flip’n Out Over Spence and Marie! Flip Covers #ClothDiapers #Giveaway

Everyone loves a cute cloth diaper. When it’s a new print, it’s even better. What’s even better than new Flip and bumGenius Genius Series prints? The chance to WIN a new Flip cover in each print! One lucky winner will win one new Spence and one new Marie cover!

Marie & Spence Flip giveaway

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Transformers Animated: The Complete Series Now Available on DVD

Yep, I am a child of the 80s. I roller skated, I wore jelly shoes, I wanted to be a Goonie, and I watched the Transformers cartoons every day after school. I remember playing Transformers with my friends, and by playing, I don’t mean with the figures. I mean we would pretend to be the Autobots and Decepticons battling across Earth (and making those ch-ch-ch-ch noises when we “transformed” into cars and planes). My favourite character to play was Bumblebee, and I remember arm wrestling Glorita who lived next door for that privilege.

So there was a lot of nostalgia when I heard that the Cartoon Network would be rebooting the series in 2007. I caught a few episodes here and there, but I never watched the whole thing. That’s why I was pretty excited to find out that Shout! Factory Kids, in collaboration with Hasbro Studios, had recently released Transformers Animated: The Complete Series on DVD.

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Orb Factory Craft Kits Review {Plus #Giveaway}

The finish line is in sight, folks! If you’re anything like me, by this point you’ve probably lost your motivation for organizing and leading new and exciting day trips and adventures every day. Maybe you need something quiet and low-key to keep your kids busy without requiring a song and dance from you too. Sound familiar? In my house, arts and crafts are how we do it.

We recently received these two girly girl craft kits from Orb Factory, a Canadian company based out of Halifax, Nova Scotia, providing award winning crafts and activity kits in over 60 countries. These were perfect to keep Teagan busy (and quiet!), especially while her baby sister is napping.

Win 2 Orb Factory Craft Kits (US/CAN, 9/6)
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Almost Wordless Wednesday: Life-Size Self-Portrait 2

Last summer, Teagan created a life-size self-portrait, and I wrote that I’d love to revisit that project a year later. Well, here we are! We revisited the self-portrait this week, and what a difference a year makes! This year she was all about the paint (and covering as much paper with paint as possible). She gave herself a blue face, some awesome hair, and the biggest smile ever!

Life-size self-portrait 2

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