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24 October 2014

Preschool Books: From Sheep to Yarn


Lately, my daughter has been interested in everything related to knitting, such as yarn, needles, gauge swatches, patterns stitches. She has asked many questions, "How is yarn made? How do you knit?" I told her, "Yarn comes from sheep." Charis was even more puzzled. I took my daughter to the library in search of children's books to help answer some of her questions. I am doing a very informal unit study with Charis about processing wool-from sheep to yarn. How wool becomes yarn for preschoolers.

22 October 2014

Kitty Hat and Guest Posting #YarnAlong

I started knitting Charis the "Kitty Hat", but I have not gotten very far because caring for my son and nourishing him is more important than knitting. On Halloween, Charis will dress up as Hello Kitty. For Charis's birthday, Aunt Jen and Uncle Robbie gave her a Hello Kitty shirt. I bought Hello Kitty fabric at Jo-Ann Fabric to sew her a skirt, and I'm knitting her a kitty hat. Once the hat is finished, I plan on embroidering eyes and attaching a knit bow on the hat.

Canadian WAHM Superheroes #Giveaway

3 (4)Welcome and bienvenue to the Canadian WAHM Superheroes Super Giveaway, hosted by Lindsay at Maman Loup's Den!

When Lindsay first took the plunge into becoming a Work-at-Home Mom, she went in search of a community of fellow WAHMs with whom to network. Finding only resources suitable to American Moms, she decided to create her own group. She called it "Canadian WAHM Superheroes" because it can sometimes take superhuman powers to manage a home-based business and a home!

This giveaway highlights the creations of 11 Canadian WAHMs and is open to their target audience: CANADIANS! (Shipping costs make cross-border business pretty tricky) Check out these 11 awesome prizes for 11 lucky-duck Canuck winners:

Exclusive one-size Ella Bella Bum cloth diaper with inserts & booster

EBB Prize

When planning the Canadian WAHM Superheroes giveaway, Lindsay knew she had to get Sam from Ella Bella Bum on board, and she hasn't even had the chance to try one of her diapers yet! The frenzy that surrounds Ella Bella Bum stockings is pure insanity, and she's noticed fellow cloth diapering Moms in Qu├ębec have gotten on the EBB train, too. If you're curious about EBBs, check out Celeste from Thinking About Cloth Diaper's recent review. Sam is generously offering one winner a "3 Wishes" Exclusive, One Size Diaper with inserts and booster. This print is specifically designed for Ella Bella Bum. Retail value: $44.75

Headband Pack from Miss Molly Bowtique

Miss Molly Bowtique Prize

Miss Molly Bowtique offers a variety of hair accessories that are suitable for girls of all ages. Based out of Comox, BC she will be offering a headband pack valued at $30 where the winner will get to choose the sizing of the headband!

Custom Diaper from Butt Ons Cloth Diapers

Butt Ons Prize

Butt Ons Cloth Diapers is based in Alexandria, Ontario. She makes hybrid fitted, newborn, OS, and over-night diapers. One lucky winner will receive a free custom diaper valued at $32.

Prize Pack from Little Miss Bows and Bands
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Farah at Little Miss Bows and Bands is offering 1 set of baby leg Warmers, a set of 3 shabby headbands and 2 clips to one lucky winner! Perfect for that Little Miss in your life. Retail value: $30

Custom Cloth Diaper or Custom Mama Pads & Wrap from Occupied Mind Creations

OCM prize

Occupied Mind Creations based in Bothwell, Ontario is offering your choice of either a custom standard all-in-two or hybrid diaper (not organic or import) valued at $26 OR 2 custom regular mama pads and a pad wrap, valued at $25. Lettermail shipping is on OMC!

Two Diaper Covers and Choice of Inserts from Eenvoudig

Eenvoudig Prize

One lucky winner will choose two Diaper Covers and two Prefolds or a Hemp Bamboo Trifold from Eenvoudig's Etsy store. Retail value: $25.

Calvin Klein-Inspired Onesie Diaper Cake or Equivalent Store Credit from Sweet Little Baby Cakes

Sweet Little Baby Cakes Prize

















Sweet Little Baby Cakes based in Courtenay B.C. specializes in newborn diaper cakes. These practical & unique baby gifts for the new mother have what the new mommy wants and needs the most...a lot of diapers. We also carry photo props including newborn headbands, photo wraps, maternity sashes & bunting flags. We ship our products across Canada & to the U.S & offer free delivery/shipping from Campbell River to Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. One lucky winner will receive a Calvin Klein Inspired Onesie Cakevalued at$40.00. This mini three tier diaper cake is whipped from 50 size 1 Pampers Swaddlers diapers Topped & frosted with 2 C.K onesies, 2 matching headbands, 1pr. alligator clips & coordinating ribbon. Approximate size 10" round by 14" high. Since not everyone needs a diaper cake, the winner may also choose $40 shop credit. Sweet Little Baby Cakes can make cloth diaper cakes upon request!

  A Walda Hat from C.T. Zill Creations

CT Zill Creations

C.T.Zill Creations is based in Thorold, Ontario. Carla is a WAHM who, in her spare time, loves to crochet, make custom jewelry and repair cloth diapers. One lucky winner will receive a Walda hat valued at $30. Super thick and cozy, this basket-weave hat is sure to get noticed! With a cute pom-pom and just the right amount of slouch, this hat is sure to become a favourite. Made from 100% Acrylic.

A Hybrid Diaper and Bib from Mouse & Hatter Designs

Mouse & Hatter Designs

Mouse & Hatter Designs is an Ottawa based company all about your little one's comfort while creating products that are eco-friendly and handmade. She specializes in hybrid fitted cloth diapers/accessories and other customizable children's apparel made with organic and/ or upcycled materials. ie: Diaper pants, shirts, hoodies, booties, bibs, cloth wipes, custom orders etc. The lucky winner will receive 1 OS hybrid diaper and bib valued at 35$!!!

Four Lanyards and Three Keychains from Cold Lipstick's Garden

cold lipsticks garden

Cold Lipstick's Garden is pleased to be giving away a set of 4 lanyards of the winners choosing, as well as 3 key chains! Valued at $35. Headband for Mom and Matching Baby Accessory from Apple Tree Baby

WAHM super contest

Apple Tree Baby is a Saskatoon-based business specializing in handmade mom and baby items. The winner will receive an adult sized twist headband and their choice of either a matching child-sized twist headband or matching child-sized slouchy beanie. Valued at $25.

The Canadian WAHM Superheroes Giveaway is open to Canadians only. Please see the Giveaway Tools form for full terms and conditions.
Participating bloggers were not compensated for their promotion of this giveaway. Bloggers are not responsible for technical failures or sponsors' inability to fulfill prize commitments. Please contact Lindsay at mamanloupsden(at)gmail(dot)com with any questions or concerns.

21 October 2014

Reminded of My Weakness

Saturday night, my 5 month old woke up not once, but five times. 8 AM Sunday, I cried. It was officially the fifth time he woke up since 12 AM, and he was not going back to sleep. Drew helped out and got up with Charis and the baby.

Sunday night, Lil' J woke up four times. That is not including the two times I finished nursing him, put him back in his crib, and he woke up crying again within 10 minutes. Both of those times, I picked him back up and nursed him again on both breasts. Monday morning, I was exhausted, impatient, and felt like I was losing my mind.

20 October 2014

Currently {October 20, 2014}

Brief recap of our life currently: On Saturday, we had our church picnic. It was cold and windy. I was so thankful that I brought a hat and cardigan for Lil' J. My daughter did NOT want to wear her jacket. Most of the evening I let her get her way, but about 30 minutes before leaving, I firmly told her, "Put it on." She obeyed, but as she put it on, she said, "I'm not cold."

At the picnic, one of the games involved a pair of disguise glasses. Charis was given a pair of glasses after the picnic. Yesterday before church, I had fun putting them on my son and taking a picture of the little cutie.

18 October 2014

Surprise Ride #Review #Giveaway


Charis is at an age where she is very inquisitive, constantly asking questions, and wanting to create things. Unless things change, our plan is to home school our daughter next year. I have been doing informal educational activities with Charis.  When I saw an opportunity to review a Surprise Ride educational subscription box, I jumped at the chance.

Chiquita Cooking Lab Recipe Contest #ChiquitaCookingLab #MMLovesChiquita

Do you love bananas and cooking or baking? Then check out the Chiquita Cooking Lab Contest going on now.

  • Each week 3 ingredients will be listed. Just scratch off the ticket each week to see the ingredients.
  • Create a recipe using those three ingredients. The recipe can have more ingredients, but it has to have the three listed ingredients each week.
  • Submit your recipe over at Chiquita anytime before Sunday ends.
Want more incentive to enter the contest? Each week there will be one $4000 Grand Prize Winner. Plus, there will be four random first Prize winners winning a Chiquita prize pack. 

The contest runs from now through November 24, 2014.

What recipe will you create?
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Cooking Lab Recipe Contest.