Thursday, March 14, 2013

The Great Cloth Diaper Change - Are you Going?

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Paige and I will be participating in the Great Cloth Diaper Change again this year and even better we don't have to travel very far this year as there is an event being held locally in Oshawa.  Last year we had to drive to the west end of Toronto.  I am not complaining though as they had some great vendors and we picked up a few great items.

Last year saw 256 locations in 15 countries with 8,251 participants change diapers simultaneously which meant some countries were changing in the middle of the night.  This year they have changes it to be 11:00 am local time which is much better I think.  Let's see if we can beat last years record!

This year so far there are 182 hosts in 11 countries.

Be sure to check out the links above to see if there is a location near you registered, and if not if you are interested, why not set up an event.  Will you be participating this year?  If so, I would love to hear where you are participating and how it goes?


Monday, March 11, 2013

18 Months - How Time Flies

Ok, first I know it has been ages since I actually updated my blog. Time has just been flying by since I have been back at work. It is hard to believe that Paige is already 18 months. How she has grown and changed over the last 5 months since I last posted.  It has been a winter full of colds, flu and ear infections.  I am sure most mom's can attest to the sleepless nights that first winter after going back to work, but keeping our fingers crossed that now that the warmer weather is arriving that this cold & flu season may finally be over.  Also the fact that we are pretty much through the teething phase I would expect shall make a big difference as well.
The last 2 weeks Paige has been transitioning up to the toddler room at her daycare and that has not gone as smoothly as we would have liked, but I think things are finally sorted out and I don't have to be worrying to much about my little girl!
Paige has become so independent and we have seen her grow by leaps and bounds. The last 6 weeks have been especially big with so many changes coming at us. Our little girl is growing up.
Favourite Things To Do:
Go outside
Sing
Play in her kitchen and with her babies
Bake and help cook
Reading stories
Snuggles
Music & Dancing
Helping with everything around the house
Playing on her plasma car
Skyping with her Nanna & Pops
Arts & Crafts
Milestones
Huge number of words, signs, and starting to put simple sentences together
Picking out all of her own outfits
Putting on her boots by herself
Helping to undress and dress herself
Putting on her coat by herself
Understanding multi-step instructions
Able to communicate her wants & needs
Turn on the radio herself
Do the actions to songs
Sitting on a stool at the kitchen island on her own
Measure out ingredients
Able to go for walks
Identify some colours and animals
Tell us the names of her friends at daycare
Wipe her own nose
Puzzles
Getting her own snacks

Favourite Foods
Fish Tacos
Homemade pasta noodles and sauce
Berries (all types)
Kiwi
Yogurt
Apple Sauce
Sweet Potato
Homemade Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal
Avocado
Cheese (all types)
Mango
Still not overly keen on most meats - will eat ham sometimes.  Willing to try most things put in front of her at least once.


 


Thursday, October 11, 2012

13 Months

The last month just flew by and I am not really sure where it went.  We have been busy around here with me back at work and Paige in daycare full-time it has definitely taken some getting used to.  We have also had 2 ear infections over the past month and an allergic reaction to her MMR vaccine.  So looking at that I guess it is kind of easy to see where the time has gone.
Favourite Things to Do
Read stories to her babies, herself and to us
Walk when no one is watching
Dance
Going for hikes
Snuggles
Playing with her babies
Playing on her drum
Picking vegetables from the garden
Helping in the kitchen
Dusting/cleaning any time she can get her hands on a cloth or rag
Playing on her plasma car
Hiding
Exploring
Eating
Playing her little piano
Craft time/Drawing on the chalkboard
Playing with friends
Music
Milestones
Walking on her own when she thinks no one is watching
Dancing and keeping her balance without holding on
New words - Banana, Daddy, Hey, No, Yeah, Gee, Uh Oh, Now
Helping to undress herself
Put her shoe on her right foot
Climbing everything
Using her signs with more frequency
Signing when she is hungry
Choosing her own outfits to wear (can definitely lead to some interesting ones!)
Able to show us 1 with her finger when asked
Following simple requests
Cleaning up her toys
Favourite Foods
Wild Blueberries
Homemade Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal
Raspberries from the garden
Greek yogurt (20% fat)
Cheese
Fish - Salmon, Fish Tacos with Cod
Pasta
Avocado
Chickpeas/Hummus
Banana
Grated Pear
Soup when she can feed herself with a spoon
Sweet potato with cinnamon
Bread
Will still try anything put in front of her


Sunday, October 7, 2012

International Babywearing Week Giveaway (Total Value $733)

It's International Babywearing Week, and to celebrate, we're participating in a huge giveaway event, hosted by Happy Mothering, Eco-Crazy Mom and Green Moms Media. As part of this event, we’re giving away 8 amazing baby carriers! That means 8 of you will win a baby carrier to help you keep your baby close to you!

Our wonderful babywearing sponsors will be providing the following carriers to our lucky winners:

Onya Baby Carrier {$149 value; US/CAN entries}

The Onya Baby Carrier is the only babywearing option that allows you to wear your baby not only on your front and back – but also enables you to convert nearly any adult chair into a safe seat for your baby! It can be used with children up to 45 pounds. Read Happy Mothering's review here.

Kozy Carrier Mei Tai, sponsored by QuirkyBaby {$89 value; US entries}

The Kozy mei tai carrier features a breast cancer awareness pattern in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This versatile two-shoulder baby carrier works for newborns through toddlers and has flexible and adjustable shoulder and waist straps that fit most wearers. Read Happy Mothering's review here.

Ergobaby Organic Lattice Carrier {$145 value; US/CAN entries}

Ergo Organic CarrierOrganic. Ethical. Ergonomic. The Ergobaby Organic Carrier has all the advantages of the Ergobaby Original Carrier, crafted with soft 100% certified organic cotton twill and sateen. The carrier has padded shoulder straps and a waist belt to comfortably distribute baby’s weight between your shoulders and hips. The carrier holds and cradles your baby just the way you do, with your baby’s legs properly supported in a natural sitting position.

Catbird Baby Mei Tai Carrier {$89 value; US/CAN entries}

The Catbird Baby Mei Tai Carrier features a beautifully simple design, with no buckles, straps or wrapping required. It has wide padded straps, a small hood and can be used with babies from 8 to 40 pounds in multiple carrying positions. Read Happy Mothering’s review here.

Snuggy Baby Wrap {$56.00 value; US entries}

Snuggy Baby CarrierSnuggy Baby wraps have everything that you could want in a baby wrap; comfort, support, and style. This baby carrier is completely adjustable so one size fits all. It works between various care givers of all body types. Because you create a custom fit every time you tie it on, the wrap grows with your child, ensuring that they get a comfortable secure fit from the time that they come home until you are ready to stop carrying them (generally around 35 lbs. or 3 years). The decorative panel lets you avoid having the same old boring solid wrap that you see everywhere else, and there are many designs to choose from!

Boba 3G Carrier (Value $120-$125; US entries}

Boba Baby CarrierThe Boba Carrier 3G is designed for babies and toddlers alike (7-45 lbs.) with many incredible features not seen on other soft structured baby carriers. Available in 4 beautiful patterns and 3 stunning solid color combinations, the Boba Carrier 3G is the perfect option for any baby wearing family! This carrier is made from 100% cotton, comfortably fits heights 5’0” – 6’3”, and has a waistband range of 25” – 58”. Features include front and back carry options, an adjustable sleeping hood, easy adjustments for easier fit & breastfeeding, removable foot straps, adjustable chest straps, multiple pockets for on the go storage, and more!

Lil Peeper Keepers Woven Wrap {$35.00 value; US entries}

Lil Peeper KeepersLil Peeper Keepers woven wraps lend needed support far past the snuggly newborn stage, all the way up to the heavy chunker toddler stage! Because of this, woven wraps are the logical choice for a wrap that will work from newborn to toddler. These wraps are ideal for year round use as they are made from very lightweight cotton gauze, offering great comfort for both mom (or dad) and baby. Length: 5.75- 6 yards, Width: 22-25 inches, Fabric content: 100% cotton, Edge: Rolled hem. Many gorgeous colors to choose from!

Moby Wrap, Sponsored by Dinker & Giggles {$44.95 value; US entries}

The Moby Wrap is a versatile, 100% cotton babywearing option that uses your entire back, as well as your shoulders, to carry the weight of your baby. This carrier is being sponsored by Dinker & Giggles, a blog about raising kids naturally, with giggles. Read Alaina's post about the Moby Wrap here.
Are you ready for your chance to win one of these amazing baby carriers in celebration of International Babywearing Week? Simply complete the Rafflecopter form below. The more entries you complete, the more chances you’ll have to win! Please note: you’ll see this giveaway posted on a number of blogs. Please only enter on one blog. Thanks and good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway This contest will run through October 14, 2012 at 9:01 pm PST (October 15, 2012 at 12:01 am EST). The winners will be chosen the following day and announced on Happy Mothering, Eco-Crazy Mom and the participating blogs once winners have been confirmed. US/CAN entries welcome (each sponsor has individual country requirements). Must be 18 years or older to win. The sponsors provided us with free samples of these products to review or compensation, and we were under no obligation to review them if we so chose. Nor were we under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You understand that you are providing your information to Happy Mothering and not to Facebook. Please note that Happy Mothering, Eco-Crazy Moms, Green Moms Media, the International Babywearing Week Giveaway Event and participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill their prizes. We have represented each sponsor with the expectation they will fulfill their prize and in a timely manner. We will contact the sponsor regarding your prize(s). The sponsors, in most cases, are shipping their items to you directly. I will make every effort to assist you obtaining your prize. If there is an issue with a sponsor, please notify the blog you won a prize from within 4-6 weeks for assistance, after that we may be unable to assist you.

Monday, September 10, 2012

12 Months

Today Paige turns One.  It has been a fantastic year of learning, making wonderful new, adventures galore and lots of laughs.  So many things have changed for both of us over the year.  I have  really started to feel established where we live now that I have made some great friends with similar interests all thanks to Paige.  We have covered loads of km's on hiking trails around the Durham/GTA region as well as through New England and Maine.  My goal for this coming year is to track our mileage covered for Paige to read later.

Who knew that a little one could change ones life so much (for the better) and could open so many doors as well.

We have enjoyed music lessons, swimming, hiking, zoo visits, camping, finger painting, stroller walks, and get togethers with other new moms.  We have learned about new places to check out near us.  I have also found that being able to share the activities I love with Paige can be a really neat experience since I can see things in a new light and from a new perspective.

With Paige I will definitely continue to learn loads and I suspect I will be tested in the years to come by her determination and stubbornness!

Many people warned me that the first year with a little one would be way more work than I could ever imagine, it would be very trying, exhausting and one of the hardest years.  I found it to be the complete opposite.  It was one of my best years, one of my least stressful years, and one of my most fun years.  I found it to be easier than I was expecting and I embraced it full heartedly.

Paige had her cousins and friends over for a painting party this past Saturday to celebrate.  It was a good excuse to get the little ones together now that we are all back to work, allow us moms to catch up and have a great day watching the littles ones enjoy themselves fully.
Favourite Things To Do
Read stories to her dolls, herself or with us
Walk around the kitchen and dining room with her walker or one of the stools
Dance
Skyping with family
Going for hikes
Bath time
Snuggles
Playing with her babies
Playing in the yard and picking vegetables from the garden
Helping Daddy with our renovation projects
Helping in the kitchen
Sitting at the kitchen island on one of the stools
Playing on her plasma car
Playing hide & seek
Exploring
Eating
Playing her little piano
Climbing up the stairs
Craft time
Playing with her friends
Milestones
Standing on her own
Taking a couple steps out in the yard on her own
New words: - pretty, dress, silly, baby, puppy, doggie, why, Tessa
Trying to dress herself - helping put on her shirts and dresses, trying to put her socks on
Climbing on things
Walking with her walker
Able to propel the plasma car using the steering wheel
Making animals sounds while reading Mr Brown Can Moo to herself
trying to chain up Tessa outside
opening her bedroom cupboards and taking her toys out, and putting them back
Blowing kisses
Giving hugs
Using the little rocking chair in her room on her own
Picking vegetables from the garden
opening the baby gates
Favourite Foods
Peaches
Wild Blueberries
Blackberries
Greek Yogurt (20% fat)
Cheese
Cottage Cheese
Avocado
Pasta- with pretty much any sauce
Sweet Potato with cinnamon
Bannas in the peel
Cheese bunnies
Tacos at daycare
Green beans from the garden
Fresh Bread
Paige still continues to try new foods

Friday, August 24, 2012

Funky Fluff Stash & Cash Giveaway

Welcome to the Funky Fluff Stash & Cash Giveaway! DiaperDeals.ca and ClothDiaperTrader.com have teamed up with Funky Fluff to give away a full stash of cloth diapers for one lucky family - PLUS some extra cash to pay off some of those bills that start to pile up when a new baby blesses our lives! Funky Fluff Cloth Diapers

The prize: A complete Funky Fluff cloth diaper stash, worth over $500, plus some cool cash!

12 Funky Fluff Bamboo Diapers 12 Funky Fluff Stay Dry Diapers 1 Pail Liner 1 Wet Bag 2 Packs of Boosters

PLUS an awesome cash prize of $300!

  This stash has 24 diapers! That is all you need to cloth diaper full-time! Plus, an awesome wet bag with two zippered compartments – DiaperDeals.ca’s favourite wet bag, a very generous easy fit pail liner, and 2 of the softest bamboo booster packs.
Funky Fluff Cloth Diaper Wet Bag
This Funky Fluff diaper stash is an awesome prize for different cloth diapering preferences: Funky Fluff Fusion 3 in 1 cloth diapers are as flexible and versatile as it gets in the world of cloth diapering. This interchangeable design proves that modern cloth diapers are easy to use, convinient and can work for anyone, no matter which system they prefer to use. With Funky Fluff, the same diaper can be used whether you are a dad who likes an AIO system, a mom who prefers the convenience of an AI2 or a daycare provider who feels comfortable with the Pocket System concept. Funky Fluff also offers both natural bamboo blend and stay-dry diapers, and the winner of this super package will get to try both! Funky Fluff Cloth Diapers To learn more about Funky Fluff's awesome 3-in-one diapers, visit www.funkyfluff.ca and check out reviews on DiaperDeals.ca and NorthernBaby.com. About Funky Fluff: Funky Fluff was started by 2 moms who were on the quest for the perfect diaper – and when they didn’t find it, they decided to design it. Learn more on the Funky Fluff web site. About co-host Diaper Deals: Anyone can post a deal on DiaperDeals.ca to share giveaways, sales, and promotions with parents (it's free). Post or find deals at DiaperDeals.ca. About co-host Cloth Diaper Trader: ClothDiaperTrader.com is a classifieds site JUST for cloth diapers - organized the way fluff addicts think! Buy and sell your fluff at ClothDiaperTrader.com All of the bloggers involved in this giveaway have contributed to the cash portion of the prize, and a special thank-you goes out to these Funky Fluff retailers who have sponsored an even bigger portion of the cash prize: The Ninety Ninth Monkey From the Stash Change Matt Kradles Baby Boutique Babyrama Total Baby Store This giveaway starts at 12:01AM August 24th EST and is open through 11:59PM August 31 EST, and is open to residents of Canada and the U.S. Must be 18 or older. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Entering means you agree to the terms and conditions stated in the form. To enter this massive giveaway, use the Rafflecopter form below! a Rafflecopter giveaway

Friday, August 10, 2012

11 Months


Paige is 11 months today and it is now less than 1 month before I head back to work.  I am going to miss spending all of this time with my little princess and it will definitely be an adjustment for both of us!  Paige has been using her signs a great deal more which makes communication a little easier for her.    Unfortunately Paige has also started experiencing night terrors which can occur at night and also occasionally during her afternoon naps.  Paige had 5 top teeth come in this month without much fuss, just a desire to snuggle more.  We have also started to experience some separation anxiety with Paige, which I am sure she will get over fairly quickly once she starts with daycare.

Favourite Things To Do:
Reading stories with us or to her dolls
Climb up and down the stairs
Climb everything in sight
Use the dining room chairs and stools as walkers
Open the screen doors
Skyping with family
Going for hikes
Swimming/bath time - especially jumping off the side of the pool, or putting her face under
Snuggles
Finger Painting
Singing and using her musical instruments
Playing with friends
Sleeping
Chasing Tessa
Playing in the yard and garden and tasting everything she can find
Feeding herself with a fork or spoon
Having tea parties
Play hide and seek in the family room
Watch and play in the rain
Milestones
Climbing up and down the stairs
Climbing up onto our bed and anything else possible
Said Nanna
Opening doors and baby gates
Feeding herself yogurt and more liquidy meals with a spoon
Making skype calls on her own when we aren't watching
Following simple instructions more regularly
Put things into and take them out of a container
Climb down from a chair or couch
Help dress and undress herself
Favourite Foods
Plain yogurt
blueberries
blackberries
avocado
cheese
homemade mac and cheese (loves if it has lots of garlic in it)
cherries
apple chunks
oatcakes
homemade apple cinnamon oatmeal
wants to try everything we are eating and will try everything a couple of times before giving up on it