Sunday, 28 April 2013

Food Revolution Summit 2013

Have you heard about the Food Revolution summit 2013? This online summit is from April 28th to May 5th. Do you care about eating non toxic foods? Are you worried about GMO's? Once you register, you will receive a free guide. As well. If you follow my affiliate link, you can purchase programs to listen to and learn from. http://www.foodrevolution.org/summit?orid=121057&opid=18 Why did I chose to associate with this affiliate program? I love the fact that you listen to this important information free of charge. It is important for families and single people as well. You don't have to purchase anything but if you do, you are supporting my ability to help my family and learn more. There are great speakers from Vandana Shiva, Dean Ornish to Zoe Weil. John Robbins is the host.
Here are the link to the summit, the site, facebook and twitter page.

Food Revolution Summit: http://www.foodrevolution.org/summit?orid=121057&opid=18
Site Home Page: http://www.foodrevolution.org/?orid=121057&opid=9


Facebook Page (Please like): http://www.facebook.com/foodrevolutionsummit
Twitter Profile (Follow John Robbins):http://twitter.com/afoodrevolution




What is dermatillomania?


Have you heard of Dermatillomania ? It is a condition fuelled by anxiety that causes individuals to pick at their skin. It is similar to OCD. The need to pick is fuelled by various triggers. Stress is an leader factor. This indicates that self care is a very necessary part of everyday life. Another trigger is certain diseases like diabetes. There is one more than cause of dermatillomania. 
Dealing with dermatillomania requires a multi-pronged approach. First is realizing what you are doing. Discover your triggers. Many people pick without noticing it as a form of stress relief. This isn't healthy for your skin. instead of picking do another activity- reading,cooking, yoga, sewing, play video games, take up photography- the possibilities are endless. Get into nature. Nature is a great underutilized pleasure, much like exercise. Some people also require anti anxiety or anti depressants- this is not a sign of weakness. You should always consult with your doctor. This website has great information and advice to help people dealing with this disorder. dermatillomaniatreatment.- you should visit! 
Currently, there is a giveaway for $25 paypal cash as part of an awareness campaign. Visit this link! http://www.dermatillomaniatreatment.com/how-to-stop-picking-top-13-tip




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Saturday, 27 April 2013

Two Skills I want to Learn

I have the worst fine motor skills, however, I have always wanted to learn to sew.  It would be really neat to make my own cloth diapers, fix clothes and make Halloween costumes. 
Even just fix a pocket or add buttons. My fiance can sew. He has fixed my coat pockets before.  He is also able to fix stuffed animals that have come apart. This is actually a really useful skill. 


The other thing i would like to have is gardening skills. I really want to grow a vegetable garden. Garden fresh vegetables are amazing!  Additionally, it teaches kids where food comes from. Then you can always, freeze, can or sell the leftovers. It is a great practice, plus it gets you working outside with nature.  What skills do you wish you had? 

April Blog Writing Challenge

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Fave Gluten Free Recipies


There is a excellent giveaway at Fave Gluten-free Recipes. This giveaway is open to Canada and the US. They are giving away a Pamela's prize pack. the giveaway runs from April 15th to April 28th.  Here is some more information about Pamela's;
  • High quality sugars including, fruit juice, agave, coconut sugar, brown rice syrup and molasses create better tasting, decadent food.
  • The palm shortening is made from the most healthful part of the palm and is sourced from companies with fair trade and environmental stewardship track records.
  • Our nuts are from American suppliers to ensure freshness and quality.
  • Minimally processed grains like certified gluten-free oats, brown rice, millet and sorghum are used whenever possible to provide the benefits of whole grains they offer.
  • Sweet creamery butter (non-rBGH of course) and the highest quality monounsaturated safflower oil are used. Pamela’s does not use low quality oils.
  • The cardboard used in our packaging is made from recycled materials and are recyclable. Soy ink is used in all cardboard printing. We continue to seek additional sources of recycled materials.
  • We are in the process of changing our plastic trays to 100% recycled material.

    Follow the link below to enter:


    Good Luck!!

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Google Nexus Giveway




Google Nexus 7 Giveaway


Welcome to the Google Nexus 7 Giveaway



This giveaway is brought to you by Pink Ninja Media, Jenn’s Blah Blah Blog, Pink Ninja Blogger, Crazy about Deals, Capris Coupons, GlutenFree+2 and some of our very favorite bloggers from around the globe.


Are you excited? You definitely should be- this is an awesome giveaway.  You could win a Google Nexus 7 16 GB. This is a great gift! Or to hold on to for yourself lol. 
The Google Nexus 7 16 GB has over one million pixels, sharper text, HD movies and games are more vivid. You can worry less about charging the Google Nexus.  This translates into doing more of the things that you love to do!  Here are the key features:

  • 16 GB onboard storage
  • 7” high-definition touchscreen
  • 1280 x 800 WXGA resolution
  • Built in 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth v2.1
  • Android 4.1 OS (Jelly Bean)
  • All the great Google perks: search, voice, Gmail, contact sync, calendar, talk, maps, street view, YouTube, Google Play and much more.
Pink Ninja Media and Jenn's Blah Blah Blog are the organizers. This will run from April 25th, 2013 at 12:01 am EST until May 26, 2013 at 11:59pm EST. Open Worldwide. Entrants have to have reached age of majority or 18 years old.
For winners outside of the US, they can choose a $200 gift card as that equals the cost of the tablet  To enter please use the Rafflecopter form below. Good Luck and please share! Please follow all the rules. Thank you. 


Disclosure: GlutenFree+2 is not responsible for shipment of prize, nor was I compensated for this event. Winner will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to respond to winning email coming from jennsblahblahblog@hotmail.com. This giveaway is not endorsed by, sponsored by, or associated with Facebook, Google, Pinterest, Twitter or any other social media network. If you have any questions please contact Jenn at Jenn's Blah Blah Blog.

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

ComfyRumps cloth diapers (giveaway)

 Stacey at Not Just Baby Brain has an amazing cloth diaper giveaway. Looking to add your stash or try something new? Now is the time! 

Some information about the diapers. They are:

  • one size pockets
  • come with a insert
  • adjustable
  • They are made by ComfyRumps, located in BC. 

Disclaimer: I am not responsible for this giveaway. 

If I Could Live Anywhere

Honestly, I am pretty happy to call Canada my home. We have mountains. Rivers and lakes, prairies. We are pretty diverse nation. We 'used' to have strong environmental regulations. Different time zones. And we don't all live in igloos and travel by dog sled- well some people have that.  I do love spring, summer and fall. I like snow but don't enjoy the cold. We are supposed to be in the middle of Spring. However, we have weather like this in April:



Brr. Ice, freezing rain! I think it would be nice to live someplace warm. With kind people, yummy food and I can practice my Spanish. Like Ecuador. Yea! Then I can visit the Amazon and the Andes and other countries like Peru and 
 Or Jamaica- with the glorious Blue Mountains and picturesque oceans. The food is pretty great too! If you could live anywhere, where would you choose? 



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Monday, 22 April 2013

Alva Pocket Diapers- A Review

In honour of Earth Day, I want to talk about one of my more 'sustainable' choices. First off I admit, I do not always use cloth diapers- it is about 50 percent of the time. I definitively agree that they save money, are better for the environment and for the babe. However,   I am interested in testing different types of cloth diapers. I usually use them when I run out of disposables, on the weekends or just because they have cute designs. Also, if I want to build up a stash for my next child. 


Let's talk about sustainability for a second.  People argue against cloth diapers because of  the use of washing machines. However, washing machines have become very energy efficient. Additionally, you can now use a cold water cycle.  Others believe cloth diapers are complicated to wash. Generally, once you have figured out their pattern cloth diapers become much easier to wash. Additionally,  you can hang cloth diapers up to dry. This is just like washing baby clothes. If you have any sort of staining on your diapers or breastmilk stains on an onesie, the sun is a great at getting rid of that stain. On the other hand, disposables diapers tend to take thousands of year to break down in the dump.  As well, they are made up of numerous chemicals. Cloth diapers tend to last so future children can use them. In the end, if you have to do what fits in with your lifestyle. There are many 'greener' options for disposables. These can be a great alternative! 

Alva Diapers 

This company is based in China.  Some people prefer only supporting North American companies for a myriad of reasons. Others have no problem supporting other countries and the Alva diapers are really good for the price. I got my Alva diapers second hand. 

I use Alva pocket diapers. What is great about these diapers is that they are one size diapers. There are three rows of snaps designed to accommodate 8-35lb babies depending on the rise. There is an absorbent insert. These diapers are waterproof and breathable!  I also admire the designs. Little bug looks adorable in them.  I like how trim fitting they are. I can put pants over top. He doesn't like the baby legs that I own. They leave red marks and i think they are too tight for him. So he either wears pants or has just a shirt and diaper.  
To wear overnight, I tend to put in an extra layer- I use microfiber insert in the pocket, and a flat rolled up in the diaper. Then I usually put on a cover, just in case. 


How do you feel about cloth diapers? Would you use them? Do you have plans to celebrate Earth Day? 

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Preference for Prefolds Party Sign-ups

Median Mommy is looking for guest posts and bloggers to celebrate prefolds. You can find up more below. Please sign up if you are interested in joining! 
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Help me celebrate a year of cloth diapering, (my son’s 1st birthday),
and prefolds, of course!


I’m looking for 18 other bloggers to sign on to party with me!

I’m also looking for prefold/flat diapering related guest posts.

Bloggers are allotted 1 free link on the giveaway form for an announcement post AND promoting (blog, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) a minimum of 2X per week of giveaway.  One additional link may be purchased for $3.


Email me with any questions.
Go here to sign up.

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Saturday, 20 April 2013

Win a bag of freebies from National Women's show #giveaway

The Canadian Blog house is giving away a bag of freebies from the National Women's show. You can read all about her experience here- at the Canadian Blog House. There will be some really nice items in it! Go check it out and good luck!


Note: I am not responsible for the giveaway :) 

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Great Cloth Diaper Change

Have you heard of the Great Cloth Diaper Change? Cities in Canada and US are promoting cloth diapering and trying to set a record. Are you a veteran at cloth diapers? Find an event near you"! New to cloth diapers? Check out an event near you and see how easy it is to use cloth diapers. Have some fun and celebrate the reduction of waste and chemicals. 


Amazingly, in 2012, there were events in 15 countries. Cloth diapering does not just happen in North America. If you want to learn more about the great cloth diaper change, please click the link. 


"As of 4/2/13, 285 hosts have registered to hold world record events in 17 countries including Australia, Belgium, Canada, Switzerland, Chile, Germany, Spain, Finland, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Mexico, Malaysia, the Netherlands, and the US.?" http://greatclothdiaperchange.com/?page_id=5

 Do you cloth diaper? Want to find out more? Find out if there is a Cloth Diaper Change in your area! Then you can meet some nice parents and other people who cloth diaper. 

Gluten Free Chili (That even a baby will eat)

Mmm, chili.I tend to practice BLW (babyledweaning). My son loves to eat chickpeas and kidney beans. I love how easy chili is to make. There are endless variations and it so healthy for you. Here are three variations for chili.   It also freezes well . I am usually cooking to feeding a family of 7- so you may cook less or more. 


Beef Chili (Chili con Carne)

1lb of beef (grass fed) local farmer if possible
garlic powder
chili podwer to taste
cayenne powder
1 can of kidney beans, organic
1 can of chickpeas, organice
i can of diced tomatoes , organic(or chopped) 
1 can of spaghetti sauce, tomato paste,  or a cup of diced tomatoes optional- if you are fond of a heavy tomato taste
Simmering bowl of chili


Vegetarian Chili

tofu
green peppers 
mushrooms
kidney beans
chickpeas 
cumin, chili powder, cayenne pepper
cheese :) 
1)Add cooked tofu to pot of simmering water and spices 
2)add in a can of tomatoes, kidneys beans and chickpeas
3)Once the mixture is well mixed add in green peppers and mushroom. Simmer and allow mixture to mix together. 

vegan

1 jar of tomato sauce, tomato paste 
a handful of cumin
a handful of chili powder
a handful of cayenne pepper 
green peppers, diced 
mushrooms, diced 
chickpeas
 a package of corn
1 jar of kidney beans
1 jar of black beans

  1. Add jar of tomato sauce and a cup of water in a saucepot or crockpot. 
  2. Bring to boil, add spices to taste,  then simmer, remember to stir :)
  3. Simmer for as long as you want as this allows the flavor to blend 
Eating some chili
For another website on BLW

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Mommy Confessions

Oh Mommy confessions. I have a few of those lol. 


Allnighters make me want coffee and I am generally not a coffee drinker

Now that Monkey is a 13months, I miss the new baby smell

 I love watch William point and try to ask for food and toys

I feel so bad that I missed that he actually had a blister on his finger. I thought he was just sucking on it because of his teeth- My poor baby. Daddy had to pop it and Monkey handled it better than I did! Lesson Learned: Don't assume things and yes children do get hurt, especially when they are active and it still sucks!

Your child will learn to undo the snaps on cloth diapers. He will pee on the floor and sometimes you will forget to clean it up. 

Also you will grow to love and want more cloth diapers (you might even start thinking about mama cloth!) And cloth potty trainers!

I also love cuddling and sleeping with our bubs. Its restful and makes nursing so easy. 

You will pick a lot of baby nose's because they don't know how to blow

I love watching Monkey look at books and get so excited when daddy comes home from school
My little family 


Not Just Baby Brain Giveaway

Hey all! I just wanted to highlight a giveaway at Not Just Baby Brain!  One Canadian reader could win a Lego Jams duplo cd. Check out Stacey's review and pictures of her kids rocking out! Its so cute!


P.s I am not affiliated with the giveaway- I just wanted to share it with my awesome readers! 




Monday, 15 April 2013

UBP13 AFterparty

What's better than a party? An after party of course :) I am excited to share the great blogs I've stumbled upon with you. Blog hopping is a great way to feel part of your community- in this case parents who love their children. Its amazing! Plus there is so much you can learn from each blog. There are parenting blogs. Blogs on how to blog efficiently and monetize your blog- Simply Stacie. Our fabulous hosts, 5 minutes for mom.
Here's some posts I hope to do in the near future: gluten free lactation cookies, Green Moms Network April Blog Challenge including Earth Day Activities for Kids and What Inspires Me, How to help your baby and toddler cope naturally with teething pain if you are interested and a review of the book The Normal Bar that i won in a giveaway if you want to stick around. Following is a list of the blogs:


Dreaming About Baby: This is Sarah's blog about her life, which includes her husband. As well, they have a daughter Aubrey, a focal point of the blog.

jamericanspice: A Caribbean mom with two kids living in the US. She loves to rea, just like me!

My Butterfly Haus- Elizabeth's well designed blog who is into homemaking, crafting, baking and is Christian :)


Notes From Heidi- Another home maker blog who loves to share her life, which includes the adorable Callan. 


The Mommy Earth- A very kind Christian mom blogger with 5 children:)

Mayesa- gluten free chocolate drink. mmm

Parenting With Research- Jessica's blog about life with her twins, the trips they take and other very important topics. 

behindthecameraanddreaming- A lovely photographer and her family. 

Blending a Family of Dorks-This is a sweet blog about blending a new family together. I love it! 

Tales from the Motherhood- A former child actress turned mother. It is a great blog because she is very well grounded. 

I made a top ten :) There were so many amazing blogs in the party, it was definitely hard to decide which to look at. I had so much fun! Comment below- Did you feel inspired by this blog hop? 











Ultimate Blog Party 2013

Earth Day Ideas for Kids

There are a lot of Earth Day activities for kids.  You can start new traditions with your family. These traditions can have a lasting impact on your children. What better value to teach your children but to care for the earth? 


  1. Read the Lorax or another favourite "green" book
  2. Visit the farmer's market-show where food comes from
  3. make a seasonal recipe and teach your kids about preparing food
  4. make a craft using recycled items
  5. make a game like making sure the lights are turned off
  6. get outside- My favourite! 
  7. Reduce packaging/ don't use a straw or commit to litter less lunches
  8. Use reusable shopping bags, baskets 
  9. Participate in an Earth Day clean up- Make sure to watch children carefully and wear gloves
  10. Have a discussion with your kids- Even older kids might interested in this. Plus you have the opportunity to learn what your children know as well as teaching them a skill like spring gardening. Topics for discussion: why recycling is important, oceans, why people choose vegetarianism, air pollution and oil spills. 

If you are in Ontario, here is an handy guide to what is available and you can pick your own!


http://www.harvestontario.com/seasonal.php

Check out this website for how to live minimally for a week can reduce your effect on the earth.
enonconsumeradvocate.com/2013/04/zero-waste-week-a-change-in-mindset

What does your family do to celebrate Earth Day? 



Sunday, 14 April 2013

Books!

I love to read! Even as a child I always had a book in my hands. I think this was way I loved Beauty and the Beast- I related to Belle being perceived as different because she liked to read.  My favourite fantasy novel is the Lord of the Rings. Followed closely by Diana Gabaldon and Jr Ward books.  As a child I loved Little Women and  Are you there, God? Its me Margaret.  Also, I like Stephen King and Dean Kootz. 

I like having my Natural Cures book on hand. I actually enjoy the majority of books I read for my degree in International Development. Everything by Chinua Achebe's classic to Civil Society and Development. 

I love to read blogs, keep up with relevant discussions on LinkedIn and other forums. 

One of my fave parenting books is by Dr. Sears. The Baby Book. I recommend Brooke Shield's memoir Down Came the Rain about her struggle with postpartum depression because it is brutally honest. 
Fiction: A book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill- I love this because he based the stregthen of his protagonist on his daughtre. I love that and I also get to meet him :)
Three Day Road. I met him as well. Weird fact we are both lefties. Joseph Boyden 


There is so many books on my to be read list that I can't remember them all!  Here are some books I want to add my collection; 

  • my professor's book "Hungry for Change" Farmers, Food, Justice and the Agrarian Question. 
  • Ina May Gaskin's Spiritual Midwifery 
  • many books related to being a doula and parenting
  • And I could probably add thousands more lol


What is your list? 


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April Blog Writing Challenge

My life before I met my spouse and had a child.


Before we had my son, my boyfriend and I lived together with a few roommates in a small house. It was nice. I attended summer school and played WOW.                                                                                
I was attending my final year of university. I met my love. It was quite a whirlwind year. I wanted to do well in school.  No distractions. So I went to class, did my work, visited my friends and tried to ask for help with work if i needed it. I did very well in most of my classes. I cannot state enough how much I loved International Development. Also, I loved my campus.  My family visited some extended family out west just after I realized I was pregnant. My cousin had a wedding. It was my third time on a plane. The trip was a great experience.  


Just before I met my fiance, I was in a bad way. Really. I was dating a drug addict, which almost never ends well. You just need to see Intervention Canada. At the time, i couldn't see it for what it was. A really bad relationship to make up for negative events. I was in my third year of university. I almost become addicted myself. It  was not a good situation. 

I have tendency to hold in my emotions. Which is a not a healthy form of expression.  This resulted in my 'bad relationships'. I also had a period of time when i flitted from relationship to relationship. Not typical me behaviour.  Just a coping mechanism. Luckily, I had a ephiphany. I hated what it was doing to me, my family, academics. All the cards had begun to tumble. So I said, I deserved something better. I realized all my fear and anger. It is going to sound crazy but not long after that I met my wonderful fiance. 

Before university I was a studious student in high school. I graduated with a 92 average. A year later, my university brought our a free year of tuition after i graduated. A small issue though. I am blessed i was able to study what I want. Let's see what else happened in high school: My little brother was born, my other brother had a serious accident and thankfully survived and I had my Celiac diagnosis (and peanut allergy form). Frankly,  I was happy to feel healthy again. 


Everyone has negative experiences. It is how we deal with what we are given that makes us who we are.  I am happy to say that I met my goals by graduating university. My next are to get my driver's licence and to have a postpartum doula business . As well, I have found a loving supportive partner. He is not afraid to ask me what is on my mind and how I am feeling. 
My little brother and I- He's about 5 in this picture
Shayne and Jason enjoying ice cream
Out west- Yes, Shayne likes to be in pictures with us. And I was about a month pregnant  
Christmas 2011- i'm laughing and he looks so serious. I am about  7 months pregnant 
Christmas 2012-after he asked me to marry him :)
Son's first Christmas

Here is to three years together and our future with our beautiful child and my little brother.





April Blog Writing Challenge

Saturday, 13 April 2013

Free Blogger Opp!

Warming it up- Blogger Opp!

Hey fellow Bloggers! Pink Ninja Media and Jen's BlahBlah blog are working together with the Warming it up Your Way giveaway.  Sign ups available now! Come help promote it! Yes I am asking you :)

With this giveaway gets to decide on their specific prize. Isn't that terrific?  So one winner will get a $500 prize and you fellow blogger can get one free link for twitter or Pinterest. 

HIYW Giveaway


Winners can choose from:
  • Amazon gift cards, kindle, toys, tablets, walmart gift cards- Winner's Choice!
  • Amount of prize will depend on sponsers and money made on the links - for $300 we run at $500
  • open worldwide
  • bloggers get one free link - twitter or pinterest with announcement post - don't want to write you own? https://docs.google.com/document/d/1xpnNf2eks08TiXyc_B_NlHyY9y3SP7akq5KsRyTLPEg/edit
  • Additional links $5, Daily comments  and votes are $3
  • Should begun June 1st and last for a month. If not bloggers will receive an email
  • Pinkninjablog@hotmail.com for payments
  • On Jen's BlahBlah blog there is a paypal button if you wish! You will need to enter amounts
  • Blogger referral prize $25 (yay)!
If you want to sign up for this giveaway, visit this website: 

Jenn's Blah Blah Blog's Have It Your Way Giveaway.

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Build Your Stash Bash

Cloth for a Cause is a Canadian charity.Their employees are volunteers and very passionate about what they do. They have even helped out American families! Cloth for a Cause main needs are: cloth diapers and accessories as well as cash. The need for cloth diapers has grown substantially over the past few years.  With a new chapter in Nova Scotia, the need for help there is greatest. Just in case you are wondering, 100% of donations go to Cloth for a Cause.


What does this mean for bloggers?

Join the Build your Stash Bash and help Cloth for a Cause. There are a bunch of awesome hosts who love cloth diapers as much as I do!!  






Cloth Diaper Addictsviva veltoro


This is a massive amount! They have incredible sponsors like Cozy Bums, Nicki's Diapers, Lagoon Baby, AppleCheeks, Diapers by Chris and more! You don't need to worry about your money either. 100% is going to Cloth for a Cause. 
They are still looking for bloggers. If you are interested in being a part of this great event, you can have up to three links on follow pages, available by donation. The prices are as follows:

  • $0 gets you a free link with announcement
  • $3 1 link, no announcement
  • $3 2 links, announcement post
  • $5 2 links, no announcement
  • $5 2 links, announcement post
  • $7 3 links, no announcement pos
You can always donate more if you are interested. It would help desparate families.  Also, free free to repost those even if you don't donate anything. The more people and blogs involved, the greater the sucess.  Take the cloth for a cause image and repost it on your site.  All you need to do is sign up via Cloth for a Cause, Leettle Baby, Viva Veltoro or Cloth Diapers Addicts. Also, join the facebook group to keep up with the information. https://www.facebook.com/groups/456518904416482/



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Tuesday, 9 April 2013

My First Steps to Being Green

Being green is slow, conscious choice. Here are some of the steps I have taken to become eco-friendly. 


Business Practices: 

  • Using online brochures
  • Reducing the amount of paper I use to print things 
  • Recycling paper
  • Recycling Ink cartridges
  • Using a website 
  • Buying items secondhand 

Lifestyle: 



  • Recycling
  • buying less 
  • drinking tap water
  • Buying clothing secondhand 
  • Freecycle 
  • spending time outdoors 


April Blog Writing Challenge

Monday, 8 April 2013

Not Just Baby Brain Giveaway- Wear your Heart on your Jewellry

Ever heard of Stamped Frosting? Well if not, now is the time to learn more! Stamped Frosting makes beautiful customizable jewellry.  The jewelry is made from stainless steel with crystals, stones and beads.  It is a perfect gift for Mother's Day or for someone special in your life.  Plus, she ships to the USA. 


Not Just Baby Brain has a review about her Tree of Life jewelry and a giveaway for Canadians. She really loves this piece :)

sample from http://www.etsy.com/shop/StampedFrosting?section_id=11114358


If you don't want to take you chances in Not Just Baby Brain's giveaway, visit the website!! Support a local artisan. Here is the url: 

http://www.etsy.com/shop/StampedFrosting










Disclaimer: I am not responsible for this giveway, I am sharing it with all your lucky Canucks. 

What drives me to be Green?


I have always cared about the environment. My passion for the Earth started young  When the plight of dolphin when tuna fishing came to light, I made my mom buy dolphin safe tuna. Watching the Wild Kratt Brothers inspired me to protect animals. My friend wanted to start a friendship club but I thought it was important to have a "Save the Animals' Fund because they are so many friends in the world. Although now i know there needs to be more friends today. 

Poverty, the environment, human and animal rights are intertwined.  Going to Jamaica makes you realize the difference between the have and the have nots. There are many resorts, but how much of that money is staying in country? They do not have proper sewage or plumbing so everything ends up in the ocean. The poorest live on a garbage dump and make money 'recycling' or 'up-cycling'. 

In Canada we are so blessed to have social networks. We have proper recycling and proper plumping. Yet there are times when we seem to care less about ourselves and the environment than Jamaicans. 

Now that I have my son, I want to fight for clean air, clean water and a safe environment. There are many toxins in the world. It is shocking how much ends up in a person's body. The effect is multiplied in a smaller child. Autism, Cancer are becoming shockingly high. I feel that it is connected to environmental issues such polluted water and fracking.


If you would like to visit some organizations for more information - the ones below are great!

For kids: 

Earth Rangers. http://www.earthrangers.com/

Animals

WWF- http://www.wwf.ca/

Environment, Cosmetics 

EWG: http://www.ewg.org/

Lifestyle

Seventh Generation-  http://seventhgeneration.ca/















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Sunday, 7 April 2013

Ultimate Blog Party 2013!! #UBP13

The Beginning
I started this blog last year as a way to fill the time.  I graduated and had a baby. This past year has been a transformation, to say the least. I have grown so much as a person.  From setting up as Avon Independent Rep to deciding to get my postpartum doula certificate. 


This sums it up :)

About: 
This blog chronicles my adventures with celiac disease and parenthood. I do worry whether my son will have problems with wheat- gluten intolerance runs in my family and i have celiac disaease. I know I am not a perfect parent but I am blessed to find the support of people who agree with AP parenting. I love cloth diapers, even though i do not use them 100% of the time.  I use huggies wipes because 'everything' else makes my little one's skin break out. I even tried natural bamboo wipes. I have come to the conclusion that he is allergic- because he reacted to bamboo inserts as well. I like to do reviews of products. I also hosted my first giveaway, which was pretty exciting! I also post recipes and cooking adventures. I am also planning my wedding, so I may have some posts about that! 

I am trying to become green in my lifestyle choices. This year, I went to consume less and recycle more. I want to pay off my debt.  Happy with my vocation. I see a bright future as a doula. And at peace in my family and with other relationships. My family makes me very happy :) I am grateful for each day. This so key to have peace. 


  "Never discourage anyone who continually makes progress, no matter how slow."

~ Plato (427-347 BC)


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Thursday, 4 April 2013

What I love about my spouse

What do I love about my partner? He is probably one of the kindest people I have always met.  Well he doesn't always seem to hear what I say, he is always listening. 
Making our son laugh


  • The way he makes me laugh
  • The way he makes our son laugh
  • His little bits of romanticism (random gifts instead of birthday gifts, asking me to marry him on Christmas - and he says he isn't sentimental)
  • His stir fries, mmm
  • The way he accepts that I have to eat gluten free, ensures that restaurants have safe food or prepares safe food
  • His love of animals
  • his concern for the environment
  • His nerdiness (which apparently is something that other people don't like but as a fellow nerd I will take it) 
  • Most importantly: We love each other :)
That's my list :) Comment below what is on your list? 

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