Talking To Kids About Internet Safety #PinkShirtPromise

Talk to your kids about internet safety before they go online.

Today is Safer Internet Day, celebrated around the world every February to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially among children and young people.

As a blogger, I spend a lot of time online. I’m very aware that while anyone can be vulnerable to online exploitation and bullying, children are especially vulnerable, and a lot sooner than we like to think. That’s why I support initiatives like Safer Internet Day and #PinkShirtPromise, a national campaign inspiring Canadians to join the movement to end bullying, launching today and ending with Pink Shirt Day on Wednesday, February 24.

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AppleCheeks Get Real Giveaway!

What can make the day better than an AppleCheeks reveal? An AppleCheeks reveal PLUS an AppleCheeks sale and an AppleCheeks giveaway!

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Cozy Bums Diapers has teamed up with some of our favourite bloggers: The Monarch Mommy, This West Coast Mommy, and the Zephyr Hill Blog… and we’re giving one lucky winner from either the United States or Canada a beautiful new AppleCheeks Get Real in size 2!

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Traditional Wonton Recipe {and Two Ways to Fold a Wonton}

Traditional Chinese wontons take a little practice, but they're worth it. Wontons make delicious comfort soup for the entire family!

Back when I was a little girl, I loved helping my mother make wonton dumplings. We would spend the afternoon filling and folding, like a miniature assembly line. When I was younger my job was to put the filling in the wrapper and pass it to my mother for folding. And then as I got a little older I learned how to fold my own wontons into little “hats”. Dumplings represent wealth and prosperity which is why we eat them at Chinese New Year (and any time of the year really). So with the New Year upon us, I decided it was time to pass along the tradition to my own girls.

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Chinese New Year Craft: Toilet Paper Tube Firecrackers

Turn toilet paper tubes into a decorative string of firecrackers for Chinese New Year!

When I think of Chinese New Year, I think of the eagerly anticipated dragon and lion dances in Chinatown. I remember standing with my family in the massive crowd lining the streets and straining my ears for the sound of drums and firecrackers over the crowd. Those firecrackers meant the dancers were on the way!

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Meegs’ Birth Story: Surrogate Birth

Editor’s note: This is part two in a series of birth stories I will be sharing over the next few months featuring a wide range of women and their birth experiences. This is also the second birth story that Meegs has generously shared with us (read her first story here). I’m so appreciative of this opportunity to read about her surrogate birth experience, as I think this is a different kind of pregnancy than most of us are familiar with. (If you would like to share your own birth story, please visit this post to see how.) ~Olivia


I was so immensely lucky to have two amazing midwife attended birth center births. The first was 6 years ago (as of February), the birth of my daughter Gwenivere. The second was just over a year ago (as of January), the the incredible experience of birthing my “surrobaby,” the little boy I carried for his gorgeous family.

I felt much more prepared for round two. Though a quick look at birth stories can tell you just how different second labors can be, I at least went in knowing that my body was ready and able, and that this child would be coming out! What I didn’t know was just how much faster it would be this time around, in all ways!

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12 Romantic Cloth Diapers for Valentine’s Day

Ah… hearts and chocolate and romantic dates are on the horizon. But when you’ve got little babies at home? Pshaw. Back then, the most romantic thing hubby could do for me was make dinner, wash the dishes, and take care of all the diapering. Which in a way, totally makes diapers romantic! Don’t believe me? Check out this year’s Valentine’s Day diaper roundup.

I just love these seasonal cloth diaper roundups, and I know you do too! (If you’re curious, you can find last year’s Valentine’s Day roundup here.) This year I focused on WAHM-made diapers, and I’ve brought you my favourite dozen for your enjoyment.

12 Romantic Cloth Diapers

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9 New Baby Gift Ideas {And an AMP Cloth Diaper Giveaway!}

Is there anything more exciting than a new baby? Absolutely not!

Having done the newborn baby thing twice, I was so grateful for the gifts that family and friends brought, both at my baby shower and after the baby was born. Can you guess what else I was grateful for? The gifts of food and time! Thank goodness for those thoughtful friends who brought precooked or frozen meals (don’t forget to check for allergies!) along with that cute teddy bear, or who offered to watch the baby while I got my first shower for the week.

Everybody loves celebrating baby’s arrival with a gift! Whether for a baby shower or just a welcome to the world present, I’ve teamed up with Go Green Baby, a baby boutique based in Kingston, Ontario, to bring you our favourite new baby gift ideas, next to dinner and a nap of course!

New Baby Gift Ideas
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Blade & Rose Review: Unique Children’s Clothes and Accessories {Plus Giveaway!}

A couple of months ago I was at my local moms group when I saw the cutest little legging-clad four-month-old girl. I don’t usually do this, but those pants were so unique and stylish, I just had to ask her mom where she got them. I had never seen anything like these before; they had adorable little daisy details and looked so comfy. She said they were from a British company called Blade & Rose and told me of a couple children’s shops in Seattle where I could find them.

As soon as I got home, I immediately began to look for a way to get my hands on a pair of these awesome leggings, but sadly, both of the shops only carried a couple of designs. I didn’t feel comfortable copying her by getting the exact same daisy pair, so after a healthy grieving period, I came to accept that my legging dreams had been dashed.

For some strange reason I hadn’t even thought to look for the company’s website to see if I could purchase from them directly, but fast forward a few weeks and—wonder of wonders—Blade & Rose reached out to ask if we’d like to do a review! What a crazy coincidence, right?! Needless to say, I was really excited to try a couple of outfits for my kiddos.

Blade & Rose makes stylish, high quality children's leggings, accessories, and tops.

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