Welcome to the Let’s Mix It Up in March Giveaway Hop Event, hosted by The Blogging Mamas Network. We’re mixing up March, with a host of other bloggers, by bringing you fun (and in some cases delicious) giveaways in this food and cooking-themed giveaway hop!
My prize is a Yonanas machine! What’s that, you’re wondering? It’s one of the coolest gadgets in my kitchen! This little machine turns frozen bananas into delicious soft serve “ice cream”. No dairy, no added sugar, and no chemicals or preservatives. Who knew dessert could be so good for you?
Welcome to the Sustainable and Upcycled Giveaway Hop hosted by The Squishable Baby and The Median Mommy. Join us in celebrating The Squishable Baby’s one year blog anniversary.
In order to bring the importance of change and awareness to a larger audience, this hop focuses on items that are upcycled, can be reused, and are healthy for this earth. After you enter my giveaway, check out the linky below and visit the other participating bloggers. I’m sure you’ll enjoy what they have to offer. Each blogger has a minimum of a $15 prize to give away!
My prize is this beautiful set of three handmade Easter finger puppets from Mouse & Moose. Each piece is 100% wool felt and completely hand stitched (no glue!) from an original pattern. The rabbit comes with a reclaimed/recycled button tail, and the duck has an adorable felt tail and felt feet. They’re the perfect size to tuck into any Easter basket, road trip backpack, or party favour bag. They can even be tucked inside a card and mailed to a very special child.
Spring is on its way! To celebrate, I’ve teamed up with a group of great bloggers to bring you some fun prizes in the 2nd Annual March Into Spring Giveaway Hop.
My prize is a $75 gift card for handmade party decorations from Etsy shop Scraps to Remember. Maybe you’re planning a spring garden party or a birthday celebration? Scraps to Remember makes amazing personalized party decorations like banners, door signs, centrepieces, cupcake and cake toppers, napkin rings, favour tags, loot bags, bottle labels, and anything else you can think of. Select a theme already listed or request a custom theme. Custom orders are always welcome!
Welcome to the Spring Into Cash Sweepstakes!
Around here, spring means out with the old and in with the new. Who couldn’t use a little extra cash to help with that?
I’ve teamed up with Mom Powered Media, Mamamusing, The World of ContestPatti, Nest Full of New, The Nina Show, Growing Up Bilingual, Memoirs of a Clueless Woman, Faith Filled Food for Moms, Grown Ups Magazine and the MPM blogging networking to bring you this amazing Spring event.
Food allergies suck. Hubs has a gluten intolerance, and both he and my youngest are sensitive to dairy. It sucks. Thankfully, neither of them have any life-threatening allergies, but it does mean they get deprived of a lot of yummy stuff, particularly at special events like birthdays and family get-togethers. Hubs gets really congested and Keira gets a bright red rash on her cheeks and chin whenever they eat any amount of dairy. I’ve asked for an appointment with an allergist to get Keira thoroughly checked out, but in the meantime we avoid giving her any milk or milk products.
Even for the rest of us, ice cream is a very rare item in our household. Partly because of allergies (it’s not nice to eat ice cream in front of people who can’t have any) and partly because of all the sugar, preservatives, emulsifiers, and artificial flavourings in commercial ice cream.
Last year I read about a machine that makes soft serve “ice cream” from frozen bananas. Just bananas. No dairy, no added sugar, no emulsifiers. Honestly it sounded too good to be true. When Yonanas gave me the opportunity to test out one of their machines, I jumped at the chance. On behalf of my poor deprived family, thank you!
What does story time look like at your house? In our house, after the girls have their bath, brush their teeth, and change into their jammies, Keira plays quietly in the living room while Teagan curls up with Mommy or Daddy on the big beanbag chair in her room for some quality story time. One of my favourite moments in the day is settling down on that beanbag chair and reading three stories with Teagan before bed. She loves picking out the stories, and then it’s her special time with Mommy or Daddy to reconnect and snuggle before going to sleep.
Keira’s story time happens during the day while Teagan is at school or whenever I can grab her attention. Happily, over the last couple of weeks she’s started spontaneously bringing me books to read to her. Olivier Dunrea’s Gossie & Friends books are her faves right now. Story time is special in our house, just like it probably is in yours, and I treasure the time I spend with my kids passing on my love of reading.
Kobo’s New Kids’ Store
I’ve been buying and downloading eBooks from Kobo for a while now, but I didn’t realize until recently that they also have a PTPA Approved Kobo Kids’ Store with almost 100,000 child-friendly titles. Books can be sorted by age, series, favourite characters, teen reads, or read-along editions (more on this in a minute).
Kobo also offers a simple to use kid’s account that filters out books unsuitable for children under 18. I went to my own account and set up a subordinate account for Teagan on my laptop, then I logged her into her account on our Kobo Arc 7HD. Right now I’ll download books for Teagan, but when she’s older I can prepurchase an allowance on her account which will let her pick and pay for her own books.
Every little girl wants to be a princess sometimes, and my daughter is no exception. In between pretending to be a hockey player, a teacher, and a super hero, Teagan also likes playing princess, and her birthday was the perfect occasion to dress up. Just look at this beautiful play crown from Mouse & Moose that Teagan wore for her special day.
I’ve talked a bit about Teagan’s recent birthday, but I haven’t talked much about the actual party. In years past, we’ve done Mod Monkey, Sesame Street, and pink kitty themes. This year I thought a tea party theme would be really cute, but I knew I didn’t have the time (or the talent!) to make decorations for the party. I was excited to discover a wonderful Etsy shop that makes beautiful custom party decorations, and I saw they had just the items to make everything chic and matchy matchy with no time required on my part.
Scraps to Remember is a Canadian shop run by three crafty sisters in Ottawa: Kelly, Carrie, and Kim. Between the three of them, they have 34 years combined experience scrapbooking. They recently started making die cuts from a machine, and when Kelly was inspired to try making paper party decorations her sisters quickly jumped on board. Kelly, Carrie, and Kim have a real passion for creating (and for parties!) so their talents, abilities and interests all come together perfectly in Scraps to Remember.
The talented ladies at Scraps to Remember designed and created all of Teagan’s birthday party decorations. They sent us a birthday banner, a set of cupcake toppers, a set of thank you favour tags, a centrepiece stick set, and a matching set of die cut confetti. Everything was personalized just for Teagan and matched the turquoise and pink tea party theme perfectly.
Check out the cute die cut teacups, teapots, and cupcakes they used to bookend the individual words in the banner.
Teagan turned four on Sunday, and seemingly overnight she’s become such a big girl! Last year I shared Keira’s home birth story in honour of her first birthday, so I thought it would be appropriate to share Teagan’s birth story in celebration of her fourth. You know how some women have accidental home births? Well, this is the story of my accidental hospital birth.
36 weeks and 4 days – 8 days before Teagan was born
Hey, parents! From the creators of the award-winning Letter Factory DVD, LeapFrog Letter Factory Adventures: The Letter Machine Rescue Team from Lionsgate Home Entertainment and LeapFrog Enterprises is now out on DVD and Digital HD!