Round Up – Issue 16 May 2014

May Round Up before the last day of May! What?! I’m ahead of the curve this month, Fuckahs!

First up, I love WINK (When In Need of Kindness) – a buy-one-give-one toiletry bag company. When you buy one of these lovely clutch style toiletry bags filled with luxury products, they send another one to Ronald McDonald House Family Rooms.

“If a parent is in that room, things are not good. These basic necessities are sometimes all a parent needs when confronted with a critically ill child.”

They start around $30.

 

 

Tell me this idea that Kindermint came up with isn’t brilliant. They buy and sell kids clothes in mint condition. So just pack up your pristine, outgrown baby duds and sell them to these guys. You can take the cash or use the credit in the online store. I found this Baby Gap skirt for $3.99. This Gymboree T-shirt (with the tags still on it) for $3.49. Calvin Klein Jeans for $5.49. You can see how it works here.

 

 

If you haven’t heard of What’s Up Mom’s then check out their YouTube channel. My latest favourite is from Elle called “Friends Without Kids”

 

Speaking of favourite, this series of magazine headlines that are converted to what we really should be saying are the shit.

 

A long time staple of the baby registry is the NoseFrida, so I love this amped up snot sucker from CLEARinse. I like it because it irrigates AND aspirates the nose. This means it adds a little saline to the snot before it gently sucks it out, so if you’re dealing with a real gummy cold, you’re going to be able to move the mess easier. It isn’t cheap at $100, but when you have a baby that can’t sleep because he or she is congested it’s worth every penny. Plus, there’s less of an ick and germ factor you get from siphoning mucus out of another person with your mouth. You can find it on Amazon.

 

This Baby Book of Disasters, from the Ugly Volvo, should exist. I would buy this book in a heartbeat.

 

This weekend is Mother’s Day (yay) which means Father’s Day is going to creep up on you while you’re not looking (yikes). I was poking around Zazzle and found some really neat stuff. It also doesn’t hurt that you can get a gift AND a card all in the same place. You can check out: new dad gifts, funny dad gifts, and university dad gifts, just to see a few of the gabillion options.

 

Okay, this blows my mind. These guys at News Worthy Video will create a custom newscast to announce a pregnancy, birth of your child, birthday, etc. It only takes 24 to 48 hours to turn around and you can even write the script! They are on sale right now for $50. 

 

The folks from Joann Grace Designs asked me if I’d be interested in customs towels for the boys. I said, “sure” thinking they’d come in handy this summer and the kids would get a kick out of them. Um, they lost their damn minds when they showed up.

I had no idea the ‘power of a towel’ when you stick a kid’s name on it. My 5-year old decided that it was not a towel but a blanket – a very special blanket that he sleeps with every night. My 8-year old takes it to his swimming lessons and walks around with it like he’s the King of Spain. The company make pillow cases, towels, and blankets and I highly recommend them if you want to knock the socks of a kid.

 

Speaking of my family, I was invited to take them to Medieval Times in Toronto. Let me tell you something, I’ve been doing this website for just over four years now and this (combined with ‘sleep towels’) was the first time they decided it was a worthy endeavour.

I was a little worried it was going to be cheesy – hey, I’ve thrown myself on a grenade for the sake of my children’s entertainment before – but I really enjoyed it.

There are princesses, horses and dreamy knights, for kids into that. Competitions, battles and cheering, for kids into that. The performers really do a great job – I would like to say I didn’t lose my fucking nut when the red and yellow knight kicked butt in the jousting round… but I can’t. I think I was also overwhelmed by the fact I could enjoy a beer while my kids ate an entire dinner without complaining about it. Ye be awesome.

 


 

Hey, and Happy Mother’s Day. May you pee alone and eat something other than a granola bar over the sink.

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  • Just wanted to say hi and thanks for the great advice! I am a huge fan, just so you know you have fans on the other side of the atlantic too, I’m from Norway 🙂 Currently living in US, so these days I use so many of your tips for shopping (my husband worries a LOT about how to get all the stuff back home…). I loved your blog so much, that inspired by you (and some other cool moms and their blogs) I even created a Norwegian pregnancy blog. Haha, it isn’t exactly wildly popular (yet), but it’s a lot of fun for me:-D So, now you know, fans all over the world!

  • I’ll have to check out Kindermint- but have you tried ThredUp? Pure gold. You can shop for your kid AND yourself. All at ridiculously awesome prices.

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