Bloggers Spotlight #65

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S’Mores Craft

S'Mores Craft - Do your kids love camping and summer?  Time to roast marshmallows and make some S'Mores crafts with your kids and celebrate some camping themed books.

Do you love camping?  We LOVE to read camping books in the summer, actually all year long.  Something fun to make alongside reading the book is a fun S’Mores Craft.  S’Mores is the epitome of summer to us.  Roasting marshmallows on the campfire is one of the best parts of camping. My kids love doing this every  summer and reading camping books starts to get everyone excited for upcoming camping trips.

Materials Needed:

  • Glue gun, paint  brushes, something to put the paint in
  • Popsicle Sticks
  • Paint: brown, white, & yellow
  • Googly eyes
  • Gem (or something else for a nose)
  • Glitter glue

 

How to Assemble

  • Firstly, paint the Popsicle sticks.  Make sure you have four sticks per each kid.  Paint two of them yellow, one each brown and white.  Let them dry.
  • Next have an adult use the glue gun to glue the Popsicle sticks together.  The yellows are the cookies on the end, the brown is the chocolate in the middle and the white is the marshmallow for the middle.
  • Glue the google eyes and gem stones on wherever your child directs you to.
  • Using the glitter glue make a smile for your S’more Craft dude.
  • Optional: add magnets on the back to put him on the fridge.  Or add a string to hang it up.

What would you do with your S’More Craft?

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Have you heard of the Monthly Crafting Book Challenge yet?  Every month we have a book, author, or theme and come up with a craft to accompany the book.  The hope is when we combine a fun book with a craft it makes children more excited to read and brings the book to life.

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Have you seen the other Monthly Crafting Book Club Challenge books we covered this year?

 

January –Ladybug Girl Wings

February – Giraffe’s Can’t Dance Craft

March – How do Dinosaurs

April – The Hungry Caterpillar

May – Camping Themed

If you like Camping make sure you check out some of my other Camping related posts below:

 

 

Banana Boats - Try making these delicious camping desserts on the open fire, or at home for a camping feel. Easy to personalize and make vegan.

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7 Practical Baby Shower Gifts and Baby Toys plus Giveaway

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Baby showers are so much fun!  But even more fun is picking out the Baby Shower Gifts.  Whether you are pregnant and making your first list.  Second or third time mom having a sprinkle for you or just trying to make your own list.  Or maybe you have a pregnant friend or relative and are debating what to get them.  I hope this list is helpful to you.  There are two different ways to go with gifts for a new baby, both are awesome, but different approaches.  You can go the useful approach and get practical gifts a mom really needs for a new baby.  Or you can splurge and get the mama something fun she wouldn’t necessarily get for herself but would find really fun.

Make sure you enter in the giveaway below for an adorable Organic Panda Rattle Baby Toys by Estella which would make a great Baby Shower Gift.

1. Baby Gear

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Any developmental baby toys for up to one year.  Rattles, lots of teething toys, stacking cups (my favourite!), O-Balls, and loveys.  Plus nice muslin receiving blankets.  These can double as a swaddling cloth, burp cloth, blanket, nursing cover, carrier cover, blanket for tummy time, picnics, and the ground outside.

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2. Baby Clothes

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Go for bigger sizes.  Most people give newborn and 0-3 months.  My kids were BIG babies and big kids, they grew out of both those sizes by four weeks.  Make sure you are buying clothes that are safe to wear in any season.  You never know what size baby will be, some are true to size, some are months/years ahead or behind.  So to be safe stick to safe clothes like baby onsies, maybe light pants or sweaters, t-shirts, and of course sleepers.  Little hats are safe at any season, even in summer outside it can be cold (especially while camping) so hats are a great gift.  Cute little geeky hats are fun for newborn photo shoots if you know their shows (Zelda, Firefly, Star Wars, etc.) to give them as a baby shower gift.

 

3. Baby Carrier

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These make great gifts for a newborn.  Any mom would be happy to have a carrier.  A stretchy carrier like a Wrapsody Water Wrap (my fav for the newborn stage) or a Moby are perfect.  A more structured carrier like a Beco or Tula make great gifts, but are harder to buy for another person without trying on.  A gift card for a carrier is a safe present, or asking her if she has one on her list.  Check out my post on my favourite carriers here.

 

 

4. Home made Gifts

7 Practical Baby Shower Gifts - Are you going to a baby shower soon? Expecting? Here are 7 Practical Baby Shower Gifts any mom would love plus a GIVEAWAY for a baby toy.

If you can knit a blanket, make chewlery necklaces, Pacifier Clips, quilts, hats, or other baby gifts those are really fun and super thoughtful.  A hand-made gift always lets them know you are thinking of them and made it for them especially.  Plus how could baby not feel the love while surrounded by gifts made just for them?

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5. Gift Baskets

7 Practical Baby Shower Gifts - Are you going to a baby shower soon? Expecting? Here are 7 Practical Baby Shower Gifts any mom would love plus a GIVEAWAY for a baby toy.

Put together gift baskets for the new mom.  Whether it is a breastfeeding basket, medicine kit, early feeding gear, bath time tools,etc.  Everything is so helpful to a new mom to help set her up with tools she may need.  I am a personal favourite of the breastfeeding basket because you always need that stuff as a new mom and having it all in the same spot is a life saver when you sit down for a marathon cluster feeding session.  A Medicine Kit (check out the link above for ideas to include) is worth it’s weight in gold when you have a sick baby at 2:00 am when all the pharmacies are closed or you are stuck alone with baby.

 

6. Diapers

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Whether mom is cloth diapering or disposable diapering, she is going to need tons.  Don’t stay to small sizes like newborn, go for size 1 or 2 in disposable or cloth diapering one size ones.  Diaper cakes are super cute if you are a crafty kind of person and want to make it.  They also make great centerpieces at a baby shower.

 

What is your favourite thing to give as a Baby Shower Gift?

7. Board Books

7 Practical Baby Shower Gifts - Are you going to a baby shower soon? Expecting? Here are 7 Practical Baby Shower Gifts any mom would love plus a GIVEAWAY for a baby toy.

One of my favourite baby shower gifts is giving board books.  Actually I give these instead of cards and write a loving message to the new baby in it.  Moms need tons of board books, reading the same ones repeatedly gets tiring, so the new mom will need lots.

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This giveaway is a partnership with Nakturnal

 

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Bloggers Spotlight #64

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Why my Family are Vegetarians

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I am frequently asked why I am a vegetarian, why my husband is vegetarian, why we choose to raise our children vegetarian, in short, Why my Family are Vegetarians.  Everyone is curious,  but there are so many different reasons to be vegetarian.  No two people are alike, in fact my husband and I have different reasons to be vegetarians.

When I met my husband he was actually a vegan.  Vegans eat no meat, cheese, eggs, honey, fish, or anything that has been derived from animals or touched them.  But, I am a regular vegetarian (no meat, fish, or anything that has been derived from them or touched them).  It was amazing to date someone whose food preferences ran the same way as mine.  We went on dates to vegetarian restaurants, of which Montreal has TONS of amazing ones (I miss them so much!).  It was amazing to never have issues with food!  We could always eat together, share food, and not worry about kissing afterwards because someone had eaten meat.  It was a dream come true for me to learn about this whole new world of relationships.

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How did I become a vegetarian?

Backing up a bit, I am a vegetarian, but my family growing up were full-fledged meat eaters.  My sister is a bacon lover and my dad goes on the Atkins’s diet every Winter.  My family is in short, a normal meat-eating family, and they have been my whole life.  But not me.

I never really liked the taste or texture of meat since I was little.  As toddlers my sister and I used to swap, I would get her buns, she would get my hamburger or hot dogs.  Shortly after I had a conversation with my mom over a hamburger.   I asked her what I was eating, hamburger she told me, yes but what is hamburger made of I asked.  Cow, she replied.  After a minor freak out of disgust that I was eating a cow, I pushed my plate away with a YUCK.   My mom quickly looked at my little sister to see what her reaction was, “Can I have some more cow mom”, no problems there!

At five I stopped all meat but cows, by 12 I stopped eating that too.  So in short, I thought it was disgusting to eat an animal and the texture and flavour repulsed me.  Although I am not vegan, I also do not like leather, and I don’t eat gelatin.

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Raising a Vegetarian Family

Now my husband is a very different story.  He became a vegan because of ethical reasons, he didn’t like the cruelty animals face being raised for slaughter, even the cruelty dairy cows and chickens laying eggs face as well.  I try not to dwell on those facts too much as they bother me too.  Killing an animal for food is a fact of life for many, but for us, it’s literally eating a dead animal, I can’t differentiate the meat from the source.  Road kill, fish washed up on the shore, none of it makes sense to me and I couldn’t eat them either.  It’s all the same grossness to me.




Since we obviously do not eat meat, my house is vegetarian.  We don’t cook meat, we may serve take-out pizza with meat on it to guests, and my dog was allowed to have her meat kibble, but largely our house is a full meat-free zone.  I have no issues when we go out to dinner if people eat meat near me, I am not going to judge you or lecture you, to each their own and that’s just not my thing.  Just as being a vegetarian may not be for other people, meat isn’t for us.  But my dishes and cookware will remain vegetarian only.

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What to say to children?

Teaching children what to say is hard.  On the one hand we have to keep it basic for a two and four-year-old to understand, we also have to be firm in why we are vegetarians so they understand and learn to say no.  For now we talk about eating dead animals and how animals are our friends so we don’t want to eat them.  I have a few books we read with them about being a vegetarian, which are really cute.

My four-year-old is great at asking people if there is meat in her food before she eats.  This is big now as she starts to go to birthday parties and not be with me all the time.  It’s a little scary for me to think that someone could feed her meat, but I hope with what we teach her we give her the tools she needs to look out for her own diet as she gets older.

If you want to find some vegetarian books for kids I recommend these two below:

  • Herb the Vegetarian Dragon
  • Linus the T-rex

In short there are four reasons people can be vegetarian:

  1. They do not like the taste or texture of meat
  2. Eating animals is gross
  3. Animal cruelty
  4. Health reasons

 

Are you a vegetarian?  Please share below why you are a vegetarian.  Do you fall in one of the four categories?  If you are a meat-eater, did you learn anything new?  Did you know there were so many different reasons to be a vegetarian?

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Check out some of my other posts on Vegetarian’s below:

 

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Bloggers Spotlight #63

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5 Easy Ways to Self-Indulge as a Mom

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With Mother’s Day Coming up this weekend lets talk about  5 Easy Ways to Self-Indulge as a Mom.  The key is you need to grab some time alone to do some of these.  But, most can be done at home during nap time or maybe after the kids are in bed.  So let’s work on maybe one a week or month depending on your budget and child care possibilities.  The bottom line is Mama needs a break too!  Plus Mama deserves a treat too, so splurge, let yourself have some fun and self-indulge!

 

Spa Night

 

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I’m not talking about spending a fortune and going to a Spa.  I mean at home.  Fill the tub with that fancy bubble bath you are always gifted and never use.  Put on a mud mask, light some candles, play some soothing music, and relax in the tub.  ***Tell me what your idea of soothing music is below so I can add it to my list too!*** Bonus points for pouring your fav glass of wine or making a cup of herbal tea to sip while the stress melts away.  I do recommend you do this AFTER the kids are in bed.  Or hubby runs interference for you and you LOCK THE DOOR to prevent little intruders running in naked and jumping on top of you.  If you are still in the mood maybe do your nails and makeup to round out your perfect Spa Night.

 

Lingerie Shopping

 

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When is the last time you got some new lingerie?  Practical or fancy?  New properly fitting bras and panties are always a great thing to splurge on.  One of the coolest ways to self-indulge is by subscribing to a monthly subscription site for a new pair of panties every month.

I was sent two adorable pairs of panties from Bootaybag.  They are super lacy and cute!  My preschooler thought they were beautiful.  Although they are fancy, they are still super comfortable and not prone to ridding up, which I find is common with other types of lace panties.  I am super happy with my Bootaybag this month and I know it would be an amazing surprise to get in the mail every month!

Do yourself a favour and self-indulge by subscribing to a Bootaybag too, or just shopping on your own for some new lingerie.  It feels so nice to put on something cute and new in the morning.  Even if no one sees it but you and your kids, it is still nice to know it’s there!

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Wine & Cheese Tasting

 

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This can be alone or with company.  Grab some of your favourite cheese, at least two to three kinds, some crackers and maybe a baguette.  Pick two to four of your favourite kinds of wine (or scotch, that makes for a good tasting too) and make a night of it.  You can try to guess which is which (I put a number on the bottom to see if I guessed right), or just see which you like more.  Maybe even what kind of wine goes best with what kind of cheese. Have fun and do something for yourself.  With the summer coming (well it’s supposed to be summer, no one told Canada though since it is SNOWING IN MAY!) it would be a great activity to do on the deck once the kids are safely in bed, or playing in the yard if you aren’t drinking too much!

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Girls Night

 

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Perhaps you can pair this with the above Wine & Cheese Tasting, or the Spa night.  Or do something completely different like a paint night, colouring night, movie night, or just chatting.  Whichever way you go, grab your girlies together and do something fun together.  It could be a play date kind of thing or something just for the mom’s once the kids are in bed.  Hanging out with your friends does something for your mood and spirit.  Hanging out with others who just GET IT and understand what you go through as a mom can be so relieving.  Even if you are not talking about mom stuff, it just makes you so much happier after hanging out with friends.

 

Leave the house ALONE

 

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This one may seem easy for some, but not for others.  Especially Stay-at-Home moms.  It is HARD, almost impossible to leave the house alone.  Go shopping alone, run errands without worrying about the car seat and how many stops you can make before your toddler refuses to be strapped in again, grab a coffee, meet up with a friend, maybe even sneak out for lunch or a movie.  I heard a mom talking at my daughter gymnastics lesson one morning about how she sneaks out for sushi sometimes when she is supposed to be doing errands.  I thought this was BRILLIANT.  What a great way to have a little bit of me time and self-indulge!  Where would you go if you got to leave the house alone?

 

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Organizing for your Lifestyle: Book Review

Organizing for your Lifestyle - A review on the book Organizing for Your Lifestyle by Jane Stoller with some tips on what to organize and how. Stress decreases with an organized space.

I was approached with the chance to review an organizational book and I jumped at the chance.  One of my goals is that I really want to de-clutter my house and get it more organized.  This book was perfect timing for the new year.  Unfortunately, I ended up needing a few surgeries this Winter.  Because of this I am super behind in reading and organizing.  Now that I am on the mend, I did a lot of reading while I recovered.  My hope is to get organizing once I am mobile.




 

Starting off the book has a quiz to gauge your organizing style.  For my results I got a fairly accurate reading. I am organized, but there is room for improvement.  Right you are!  The author is from Ontario, which is where I’m from (Ontario, Canada).  I think that is really cool.

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Some of my favourite tips from the book:

  • When organizing your closet think of using shelves to display some treasures and make your closet a nice space.
  • The author says she doesn’t believe in the old adage: if you haven’t worn it in a year then toss it.  Thank goodness, as my body post-baby has made me totally change my wardrobe based on size.  But unfortunately I can’t wait to loose all that weight and wear those clothes again!
  • She gives advice on what clothes should be hung, folded, and where to store it.
  • Different ways to hand wash and care for your boots and leather.
  • How to organize your kitchen to achieve the most function.
  • Easy packing tips to downsize your travel wardrobe by creating outfits.

 

Thoughts on the Book

The author separated the book into different sections of your house.  You can read the whole thing, which I am doing.  Unfortunately, with kids and a bunch of injuries and illnesses it took me way to long.  But I can’t wait to tackle my house and organize it all once I am recovered.  Alternatively, you can hit up your favourite section to target your trouble areas.

 

Organizing for your Lifestyle - A review on the book Organizing for Your Lifestyle by Jane Stoller with some tips on what to organize and how. Stress decreases with an organized space. I think after reading this book I may have some hoarding tendencies unfortunately.  But using the tools in this book will help me tackle my living space.  Then I can try to make the clutter more manageable in my house.

 

One of the points Jane makes in her book that I think really hits home is how being organized not only saves time, but also helps your stress level.  If you are running around in the morning trying to find your keys or wallet, that may be what pushes your stress level over the top she says.  In my house I know this to be entirely accurate (cough my husband) on a daily basis.

 

Make it a MISSION to organize your house to help with your overall STRESS level

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Closets are a source of an issue at my house. We don’t have a big closet so finding room for everything is super challenging.  I love how the author suggested using command hooks.  Those are my staple too, the price is right, and it makes it easy to personalize any space.

 

Organizing for your Lifestyle - A review on the book Organizing for Your Lifestyle by Jane Stoller with some tips on what to organize and how. Stress decreases with an organized space. I loved the section on handbags.  I sell Thirty-One, so I have a LOT of purses and I have a hard time organizing them.  I was drooling over her organizational system and wishing I could have a closet dedicated to purses and shoes.  Which, there is also a great section on.  I must say though, she does make me want to go buy a pair of cowboy boots!

 

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One of the drawbacks would be some of her tips weren’t practical for families with small children.  Glass jars while pretty just are not practical as my kids will break them and cut themselves.  I also haven’t ironed in years, which she recommends for a lot of stuff. I have no time and the idea of ironing with a toddler running around is terrifying.  A lot of my space is taken up with toys.  While I can implement some of her tips, not all will work with the kids as young as they are for us.

 

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It also takes a fair amount of investment into each room to organize a storage system.  Which is for sure the dream, but on a budget not as practical to do each room in your house.  It would be very expensive to re-vamp each room and fund a new shelving or storage system complete with baskets and bins for  each room.  But gradually I hope to do just this.  Maybe I can advise on some cheaper ways to do this on a budget on my blog once completed.

 

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Jane Stoller’s book was a nice easy read, perfect for post-surgery recovery and dreaming of what I can clean and organize once I am mobile again.  I cannot wait to use some of Jane’s tips to de-clutter and organize.  The book will be a guide for each room as I tackle the different sections of my house.  If you need some guidance and help I recommend checking out this book for some easy tips.

 

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Blogger Spotlight #61

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