What the hell happened to October? It seemed to fly by but, no matter, I’ve got a lot to cover this month so I’ll just jump right in.
First up is a site called babiebet.com. It’s a free online baby pool where your friends and family can guess the gender, weight, birthday, hair color, height, etc. of your baby. It’s a ton of good clean fun that everyone will get a kick out of.
Next up are these sweet, little earrings called Poppy Drops. They are veggie dye, temporary tattoo earrings for little kids that want to wear earrings without the piercing. They carry tattoo nail art for tiny fingers as well. I also thought this would be a nice older sibling treat when a new baby arrives. It’s a quiet, safe, fun way to express a little personal style.
Love this article from Hands Free Mama called, The Important Thing About Yelling.
“She’s scared of me, I thought with the most painful realization imaginable. My six-year-old child is scared of my reaction to her innocent mistake.”
It’s such a good read that I’m sure most parents (me definitely included) can relate to about how yelling can slowly creep into our parenting.
I’ve always been a big fan of month-by-month baby photo shoots as you can see in my Pinterest Board, but I find that this one has been done exceptionally well. It’s no surprise that this adorable little man’s mom is a photographer named, Kristen Honeycutt. She’s based in Seattle so if you’re in the neighbourhood and need a good photographer, ring ‘er up.
P.S. The stuffed animal that’s in the shot is Bandit the Raccoon from bla bla kids. I’ve always been a fan of their stuff.
A reader named, Samantha, passed along a link to these engineering toys that are targeted toward girls. I think they are just brilliant.
“At GoldieBlox, our goal is to get girls building. We’re here to help level the playing field in every sense of the phrase. By tapping into girls strong verbal skills, our story + construction set bolsters confidence in spatial skills while giving young inventors the tools they need to build and create amazing things.”
The folks at ro•sham•bo baby passed along a pair of their sunglasses to me and I can totally see why they are so popular.
“Our shades block 100% of uva/b rays and are made in Italy. The flexible but durable plastic is bpa-free and specially designed for the use and abuse a baby will put them through. We avoid unnecessary paint by molding our logos into our shades. even our carrying case is food grade plastic. Be confident you are buying the best quality, not just the best style.”
They’re $25 a pair which I thought was pretty reasonable considering the quality and how long they can wear them.
Love this article from Kveller called, Tell a Friend: You Are A Good Mama.
“I was stunned. I actually wanted to cry and hug her but I barely muttered a thank you as I watched her walk away. It wasn’t a particularly hard day or trying moment but to have someone, a stranger, tell me I was a good Mama was everything I didn’t know I needed right then and there.”
Someone sent me this picture and I just howled. What surprised me is how many people online were appalled that a child would be left alone long enough to do this. Really? My kids could have done something like that in five minutes. Easily.
This photo from Linden Photography proves that something can be both beautiful and accurate. She’s located in New Hampshire if you’re looking for an incredible photographer by-the-by.
When the people at Fresh Canteen first contacted me with their Toronto-based food delivery service I wasn’t quite sure what I thought of it. The way it works is you select the meals you’d like to eat from their weekly menu and they deliver you the ingredients. They use a refrigerated box so there’s no need to be home for the delivery (when they say refrigerated they mean it.) You can leave special instructions about how you’d like the box delivered and you can expect your box on Tuesdays between 12pm-8pm.
Every week you’ll have 6 recipes to choose from. Their boxes include simple to follow recipe cards that include step-by-step photo instructions and typically take 35 minutes or less and don’t require any fancy equipment to prepare.
We had the thai beef that was beyond incredible and something I never would have pulled together on my own.
I think this is perfect for someone who doesn’t have a ton of time but loves to cook – it would be great if you were at home with a newborn and just didn’t feel up to venturing into a grocery store or figuring out what to order from a delivery service. It isn’t cheap but it costs about the same as Swiss Chalet so it’s not too bad considering that it’s a restaurant quality dinner. It’s like those craft kits you get with all the goodies prepared – you just have to assemble it – only it’s with food instead of googly eyes and glitter.
If you use the code LOVEYOURGUTS at checkout until December 1, 2013, you’ll get $30 off.
Remember when you guys recommended local charities to me on Facebook? Well, I decided to take all the amazing stuff I’ve received all year and sell it on eBay so I can donate all the proceeds to a fantastic local organization called Young Parents No Fixed Address (http://www.ypnfa.ca/) which is a network of about 30 agencies that help young homeless/street involved, pregnant and parenting youth & their children.
That way someone gets an awesome phil&teds stroller for a good deal, and some kid struggling with a baby gets a gift card from Walmart to buy things like diapers, a snowsuit, food, you name it. I’m hoping to help about 100 people (fingers crossed.)
The support I’ve received from companies has been astounding. There is going to be some incredible stuff up for grabs on eBay so stay tuned!
I also need a name for this operation. Maybe something like “100 Bags from the Burd” or “Pregnant Chicken’s Holiday Helper.” So put your clever thinking hats on because you guys are amazing at coming up with this kind of thing.
Lastly, if any of you know or work for a company (I’m especially looking for makers of disposable diapers or formula – I’m looking at you P&G and Similac) that would like to participate, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m going to do a special feature for all the companies that helped out on this, so they get free advertising on one of the top ranked pregnancy websites to go along with the good karma.
That’s it for now. Onward and upward!