Friday, 26 June 2015

Chewy chunky jewelry #Review

As I'm gearing up for mommyhood, I've been finding out about all sorts of innovative products mothers have come up with from their own experiences. With the numerous baby options out there, smart choices are crucial in reducing clutter. These multi-function necklaces fits the bill: accessory for mom, play-thing for baby. I came across the idea of teething necklaces for that something soft and safe your little one can chew on and play with while you are carrying them. I think this is so practical and the fun bright colors are a very cute way to add punch to a mommy outfit! 
I contacted Emily Thompson after browsing her charismatic Etsy store YouandMeTeething and she was such a good sport to send her Offside Silicone Teething Necklace my way! 
I chose this modern anti-symmetrical piece for it's various shapes, sizes textures and the chic combination of colours, turquoises and cream BPA free silicone beads. 
A half-necklace is a fantastic idea for the long-tressed mothers because the silicone parts won't get tangled in your hair. These necklaces have much thought put into the details. The smooth ivory nylon cord is super comfortable and the plastic breakaway clasp is easy to use. At $20CAD, YouandMeTeething in comparison to what else is on the market, is fairly priced. 

Also, being a fellow Vancouverite, within province delivery creates less of a carbon footprint. It's always a plus to support local small businesses!


Okay, here's the legal part where I have to say that while I was given this product compliments of the sponsor, my opinions are unbiased and free of coercion.

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Is orange the new pink?

MUK LUKS gave me these festival orange suede braided T-strap sandals with aztec print padded insoles and contoured footbeds.

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Apple of his eye

My husband is picky about scented products. Hopefully this will please his no frou-frou sensibility:
Bath & Body Works Cucumber Melon Anti-bacterial Deep Cleansing Hand Soap 

Monday, 22 June 2015

Wearing water #Review

French Canadian Etsy store Laboiteattaches offers shoppers an assortment of playful baby accessories in vibrant cartoon prints. This bandanna drool bib is swimming with smiling pond creatures on it's cotton front:
The matching green snap closures shown here allow for 2 levels of adjustable sizing. Absorbent terry cloth backing keeps your drooler dry while only keeping maintenance easy by being able to handle bouts in the washer and dryer. I think the towel textile is a very natural choice for a bib meant to wipe up wet messes! At $8.22CAD, this bib will fit right into your regular laundry.

Being a Canadian too, shipping was speedy and energy efficient! Beneficial to us and the environment!



Okay, here's the legal part where I have to say that while I was given this product compliments of the sponsor, my opinions are unbiased and free of coercion.

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Fedora fancy

I picked up this stylish straw fedora from Cuba for $3. I'm not so sure it does anything in terms of shading my face from the sun. Regardless, I love this hat. 

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Orgel Vreten


$39.99 A handmade paper floor lamp from Ikea lights up the space in a warm glow.

Friday, 19 June 2015

Waterproof kidproof #Review

My niece when she was a toddler had a similar concept waterproof bib and her parents highly recommended it, so when I saw Lauren's Etsy store Nunnys carrying this oil cloth backed with mildew resistant vinyl bib in a charming lace print for $10CAD, I knew it was on my list to get! The snap up pocket catches dropped food and liquid so there's less mess on the floor, but also your toddler can try eating that dropped morsel again! The pocket un-snaps for cleaning. To clean the bib simply wipe down with warm soapy water and pat dry. Hooray to less laundry!

Note, when the bib arrives it may be creased from being folded in the mail. Just run it under really hot water and it should straighten out. 

Besides Etsy, Lauren also has her own website Nunnys.com where she features the main product she makes and sells. Her reusable swim diapers come in 4 sizes and at $18, they're friendlier to your frequent swimmer budget than disposables. This gold fish print is so cute it makes me consider when I should get my infant into the pool!



Okay, here's the legal part where I have to say that while I was given product compliments of the sponsor, my opinions are unbiased and free of coercion.

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Skinny jeans, not jeggings!

Lightweight denim from Forever 21 fits right in overall cut and just a small amount of stretch in the material.

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Power to dream #Review

Collaborations with down-to-earth moms are awesome!
Robin Powers' Etsy store PowerStitchDesigns takes quirky cartoon prints to another level. All of her products are one-of-a-kind masterpieces handmade with love. 
This extra large baby receiving blanket with an outer space-theme will get any little boy's imagination soaring! Astronauts and UFOs galore! Robin takes the care to seek out standout fabrics that set her apart in the Etsy crowd. Furthermore, 100% cotton flannel material makes it super soft for newborn skin. Robin prides herself in using sturdy, durable textiles. At $8.00CAD, this an excellent quality blanket that is well-priced to be well-cherished. As a Canadian, Robin would love to see more of her sales be to the Canadian demographic. 


Okay, here's the legal part where I have to say that while I was given this product compliments of the sponsor, my opinions are unbiased and free of coercion.

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Aims to please accessory #Review

Recently, I've been on the look-out for all sorts of products smart mothers have developed using their own experiences. Modern motherhood is evolving!
I like the idea of these $15CAD brightly hued teething necklaces because they serve multiple purposes. It's something for mommy and something for baby; a 2 for 1 that both parties can enjoy. Such an innovation! Great accessory to shout out to the world "Look, I'm a mom!" and sure to interest and soothe a teething baby! 

I contacted Jennifer Paton after coming across her perky Etsy store RaincoastMomandBabe and she generously sent me a string to review. Her bubble mailer arrived within half a week!
Besides the sassy combination of colours fuschia, lime, and green, these silicone beads are also free of BPA, phthalates PVC, cadmium and lead and come in a variety of textures, sizes, and round plus flattened elongated shapes. Interestingly, the pink gems are more malleable than the the other beads. Each piece is safely knotted and the breakaway clasp is another well thought out touch. The chewy material is superior to it's competitor crocheted wooden beads because it won't get soggy and is washable too!



Okay, here's the legal part where I have to say that while I was given this product compliments of the sponsor, my opinions are unbiased and free of coercion.

Friday, 12 June 2015

Cuteness overload #Review

I was browsing Etsy when I chanced upon Karen at BareBabies. Her truly unique selection of fabrics incited me to reach out to her and she happily gave me one of her drool catching bibs as a cheeky pre-welcome baby gift:

Adorable technicolor umbrella-yielding skunks is such a delightfully offbeat print! Everytime I look at it, it just makes me smile!
There's plenty more to it than meets the eye. This bandana bib made in 100% organic cotton with furry minky fabric backing is made even more comfortable fitting by it's two adjustable snap settings. This quality bib will protect your child's tender skin from many messes throughout newborn to toddler stage. 
If your baby is an avid drooler, stock up on these thirsty bandana bibs!


Okay, here's the legal part where I have to say that while I was given this product compliments of the sponsor, my opinions are unbiased and free of coercion.

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Creative crochet #Review

Etsy store KristizKrochet pays homage to affinity for fiber; it is stocked with handmade crochet baby photo props and hats. This googly-eyed owl beanie is delightfully imaginative. Those wispy yarn tufts are such an appropriate added bit to make it even more owl-ish!
As you can see, even-handed uniform stitches show much care put into the producing this piece. 
Not only is this hat fun, it's practical. Functionality-wise compared to knitting projects, crocheting uses more yarn which results in a denser end-result. That's why for this purpose, crocheting is the better choice in creating a heavier stretchier textile. 
Soft turquoise and grey yarn contrast pleasingly in the warm cheery beanie that I chose, but it also comes in purple. 
$20CAD will put some flair into your child's winter wardrobe!


Okay, here's the legal part where I have to say that while I was given this product compliments of the sponsor, my opinions are unbiased and free of coercion.

Monday, 8 June 2015

Natural

BeneVault sent me their $18 Sweet Cedar and Fresh Citrus with Oatmeal Exfoliant bar soap combo. 

Monday, 1 June 2015

Out of the home to the world #Review

Marilyn from amiable Etsy shop theeclecticcloset know whats she's talking about. Within the last 3 years, she has become a grandmother 3 times, and her sewing skills took her from hobby to business! Her beginner bibs seem simple, but they are carefully made with experience. With fabric choices of themed/seasonal printed cotton on the front and pre-shrunk diaper flannelette on the back, they are lightweight yet absorbent. At ~$5 a pop, these bibs are really affordable considering how many bibs you can go through a day!
Her prompt package arrived including this trio of fireworksrockets and Easter bunnies bibs along with a sweet handwritten note! She doesn't have many options listed on Etsy but send her a quick email and she's more than willing to share photos. If you have a special request, ask and she may be able to make it for you; she's very accommodating! Marilyn is truly a friendly person to work with.


Another popular product of hers are fabric luggage tags.
This $4.39CAD Totem Pole Luggage Tag is so representative of the Canadian WestCoast!


Okay, here's the legal part where I have to say that while I was given products compliments of the sponsor, my opinions are unbiased and free of coercion.