Drive Auto Products Car Can Review

I know it’s not just me that has a messy minivan and I can surmise this due to the number of children it takes to require such a vehicle- it’s impossible to prevent mess when there are 4 or more children in tow. The running joke in mom circles about Cheerios on the floor of the minivan has got to be one for a reason, right?

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Having kids in a vehicle is like taking the top off of a blender while it’s in use. No matter how many rules you set, or how many times you say, “No one is eating in here!” you will, at some point, inevitably HAVE to stop for a snack, a drink or drag along some item that’s going to be left behind. Road trips are the absolute worst and, as my husband’s parents live two hours away on a traffic-free day, they’re a common occurrence in our house. Thankfully, I was recently gifted a car can by Drive Auto Products in exchange for a review.

The Car Garbage Bag is a cute, compact little receptacle that easily fits in any vehicle but, surprisingly, holds quite a lot of stuff! It was designed with an adjustable strap so you can fasten it nearly anywhere, like headrests, arm rests or even on the door.

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Image credit; Drive Auto Products

Tossed in for a bonus, I also received a package of trash liners that perfectly fits the car can. The clasps on each side of the bin securely hold the bag when you tuck the liner into them and the little pocket on the side can house the rest, for when you need to change it up.

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Image Credit; Drive Auto Products

What I really liked about this car can was that it’s leak proof so, when my husband throws his old coffee cups in there, I don’t have coffee leaking out the bottom of the bag. This also means it can double as a cooler so that, on longer drives, it can be used for drinks instead of garbage. The versatility was a huge plus!

All in all, I think it’s convenient, the pricing is fair and it’s better than using a plastic bag for garbage because it can be hung, or pinned, anywhere in the vehicle. Little ones are more likely to use something they can see, or reach, and having the multipurpose option is pretty handy.

If you want your own bin by #driveautoproducts then you can check them out on Amazon- or scoop it right now, from my affiliate link below!

Where I’m From by Alysia Casteels

There is a poem by George Ella Lyon called “Where I’m From.” Frequently, it is reinterpreted by bloggers, students and fans all around the world. This is my version and, if you make one of your own, I would love to see it!

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Where I’m From

I am from stilettos, from chocolate peanut butter ice cream and guilty pleasure yoga pants.

I am from the glorified sardine can house, warm, passionate, smelling of babies, spices and meals much enjoyed.

I am from coconut oil, the yard garden, the Canadian autumns and rejuvenating summer sunshine.

I am from Christmas celebrated on Christmas Eve and green eyes with gray rings, from Gramma and Poppy,  McCollum, Keast and Graves. Quick to laugh, quicker to argue, soon to smooth it over.

I am from the distant, yet still connected.

From your left hand goes with your left foot and your right hand goes with your right foot, and from you stop, drop and roll…in case of bears.

I am from the believers but not the faithful. The past church goers and current, wannabe preachers.

I’m from Niagara and England, eggs Benedict at 2am and the best, softest chocolate chip cookies ever made.

From the man who watches TV through closed eyelids, the best that pass too soon and the grandfather whose humour and rooftop serenades survive even death.

I am from Gramma’s attic, the High Church in England, the large dispersion of cousins and our little, happy home. These roots have helped me grow.

Views of Thing 2

I have done a couple of questionnaires with the children, which you can find here and here, and I’ve finally gotten some time alone with my stepson in order to make him part of this series too. I plan to ask the children these questions once in a while, tracking their changes and views on life. Here’s a picture of Thing 2 and below are his responses;

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1. If you could live in a house shaped like anything, what would it be?
 I’m going to say, like, a few squares.
2. What do you think is in outer space?
Something that goes on forever.
3. Where is the most wonderful place you’ve ever been?
Zooz. I liked the Sky Quest. And here.
4. What are you good at?
Art, studying animals and rocks;  I do study them.
5. What’s the nicest thing anyone has ever said to you?
I don’t know. “You got 100%” or something like that, in school. 
6. What are you most proud of?
I’m proud of school and some project that I studied on the otter. I really liked that.
7. If you were invisible for a day, what would you do?
Eat lots of candy, I think, and stay up all night.
8. What is the worst smell in the world?
(lots of laughter) My brother, farting.
9. What do you want to be when you grow up?
Geologist… or one of those people from Marineland that do the things with the dolphins- I want to do that, with otters instead.
10. What makes you cry?
 If my brother’s mean, or other people are mean.
(As a side note, he had just cried because Thing 1 attacked his guy in Minecraft)
11. Were there dinosaurs on Noah’s ark?
Uhm, no.
12. What are you scared of?
Roller coasters.
13. If you could mix any animals, what two animals would you combine?
The shark and the horse. I just think it would be funny… Or the body of a tick and the head of a dog. 
14. Who is your hero?
My Dad and my brother- No real reason, just because it’s nice and because they’re people who I do things with and look up to. They always help me. 
15. What is your favorite song?
Get Lucky by Daft Punk.
16. What is a friend?
A friend is someone who looks out for me and, if we have a fight, someone who will always come back. They help me do things.
17. What is your favourite memory?
When we were at the cottage, I liked going fishing and swimming together and going out for dinner at that really, really, really good place. I loved the french fries. 
18. If you could be any animal, what type of animal would you be?
An otter because they pretty much get to do whatever they want.
19. Who is your best friend?
Maitland.
20. What is your favorite thing to do with family?
 Go out for a few days, like go camping or to the cottage, or something like that. 
21. What is the most important rule?
Always help people in need, or help clean up.
22. If you had a million dollars, what would you spend it on?
A house and a bunch of animals.
23. Why do people get old?
They’ve had a whole year of life, so you just get older. They get wrinkly and stuff because they’re just growing too much skin and it’s crinkling up. Your skin gets thinner and thinner so your veins start to show too. 
24. What is love?
I have no idea. How many questions are there? We’re just halfway?!
Oh boy, okay…
When people get together, they eventually start liking each other and they do all these activities together, then they fall in love. It’s when two people spend all of their time together, then move in together and they get married. That’s all I’ve thought about it.
25. If your pet could talk, what would it say?
“Hello. I love you, let’s play! Take me for a walk. What do you want to do? I’m hungry- could I please have some water?”.
26. If you had super powers, what would they be?
To crawl through a computer and then be in a different place or on a different planet. Oh- and to make things float, with mind control. And splashing water at people out of NOWHERE!
27. What’s the best thing about being a kid?
You get a lot of free time and you don’t normally have to take care of anyone a lot. You also don’t have to do as much work as adults do, or even go to work. You get to just stay at home for the whole day. That’s all I’ve got.
 
28. Why do people have different colour skin?
Um, because of the sun- people who live where it’s really, really hot out have darker skin. People who have light skin, like white skin, have it because they don’t need the dark skin because it’s not going to be super hot and it’s not going to be really cold. Sometimes where it’s really cold, people have darker skin too… just not super dark.
29. Who is someone in history that you’d like to be friends with? Why?
Someone in Vancouver, like if they were still a kid- My Papa Dale, if he was still a kid. He’s really fun and always goes fishing with me, teaches me how to cast and helps me pull out fish too. He would be a fun friend to have. That’s all I’ve got.
30. What makes you happy when you’re sad?
My family because they always cheer me up and tell me that we’re doing exciting things together.
31. Do you have a lucky number? Why is it lucky to you?
58. It’s lucky because, whenever they tell me to pick a number between 1-100, it’s mostly a winning one and it’s an even number.
32. If you could be president for the day, what would you do?
I would tell people what to do and, uhm, make them build new houses for orphans to live in. I would make people have to adopt more orphans, to give them families so they can live nicely.
 
 
33. What is something that you don’t understand about grownups?
They always get to eat candy whenever they want and get to do whatever they want, pretty much. They get to do fun things and go to parties by themselves or have alone time, like at my other house- I don’t understand that.
34. What is the greatest thing ever invented?
The phone, the computer, a house, ovens and TVs.  I can’t pick between all of those.
35. Have you ever played a joke on someone? What was it?
Once, my mother and I coloured on my brother’s face when he was sleeping to get him back for drawing on me. He had glasses and a moustache.
36. What do you think is the most important appliance or piece of furniture in your house?
The oven or stove.
37. What is your favorite word? Why?
My favourite word is “boom-boom” because it’s fun to say.
38. If you had your own country, what would it be called?
Um, Fishland, with fish everywhere. 
39. What do you dream about when you sleep?
Scary things…no, wait… fun things mostly, like wave pools and going to the waterpark.
40. If you were in a band, what instrument would you play? Why?
 The trumpet because I really like the sound and they’re kind of soothing. They’re really fun to play and it’s kind of like a flute- I already know how to play the flute.
41. What 3 words would you use to describe our family?
Fun, lucky and polite.
42. What’s something you’d like to learn how to do?
Um, fly!
43. If you had to give away all of your toys but one, which one would you keep?
I’m going to say the Xbox.
44. What do you think Heaven is like?
White, with lots of clouds and it’s peaceful.
45. What is something that you’re thankful for?
My life, my family and my pets.
46. What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever had to do?
Going on a roller coaster. That’s what I answered on the “What are you afraid of?” question, because it was really hard to do because it gives you this really weird feeling. It feels like your skin is going on the back of your face- and I don’t like fast rides. You know that weird feeling that you feel when you’re on a roller coaster- I don’t like that, it’s what scares me.
47. Do you think that telling the truth is always right, even if it hurts someone’s feelings?
Yes.
48. If you could change one thing about me, what would it be?
Not having that sickness thing with your heart, I don’t want you to have that.
49. What’s the greatest thing about being you?
I always get my way.
50. If you could fix any one thing about the world, what problem would you fix first?
I would make sure there were no more tornadoes or things like that happening.

 

If you end up using this questionnaire, feel free to shoot me your link. I would love to see what your own children come up with!

 

An Interview With Thing 1

I recently came across a fun questionnaire for children on the CrayonFreckles site and, with the exception of a few questions (I swapped some of hers out for some of my own), I used her outline to interview my oldest son. I had to change a couple of things to be more age appropriate, as my son’s already aware of how babies are made, and I wanted to change out a few of the more religious questions. I’m so glad that I did this- although it’s an easy questionnaire and doesn’t take much time, I discovered things that I didn’t know about my child and this has made me feel so much closer to him. I teared up a couple of times, listening to him talk, and he teared up during one of these. He’s heading to an age where it’ll be a lot more difficult to speak to him for any length of time so, while he’s still receptive, I’m so thrilled to have taken this time with him.
Be sure to check out the site mentioned above for a great printable, in case you want to ask your own wee ones!
1. If you could live in a house shaped like anything, what would it be?
 That’s kinda tricky. I would say, a big house, with lots of land and just squares and rectangles.
2. What do you think is in outer space?
Stars. Planets and then, far beyond all of the planets, there are other galaxies….probably with other life.
3. Where is the most wonderful place you’ve ever been?
Canada’s Wonderland. I like it more than the cottage because nothing really exciting happened at the cottage. Well, we tipped a canoe but… 
My favourite thing about Canada’s Wonderland was all of the rides and Ethan flipping out on the rollercoaster.
4. What are you good at?
I’m good at learning different languages. I’m good at sports and I’m good at helping others.
5. What’s the nicest thing anyone has ever said to you?
Hmm. I don’t know. Wait, are these questions necessary? Probably something you’ve said.
6. What are you most proud of?
I’m proud of the fact I’ve started a job and that I’ve raised lots of money for charity- and that I will help people when they need help.
7. If you were invisible for a day, what would you do?
You don’t want to know!
I would probably play tons of tricks on people, or get all of the money from a bank… but, I mean, I’m never going to be invisible.
8. What is the worst smell in the world?
Wet socks. Ones I’ve worn after gym class.
9. What do you want to be when you grow up?
Whatever is going to make me lots of money.
10. What makes you cry?
 When I saw that you guys were sad when I was about to have my surgery. Like, seeing the people I love being really sad.
11. Were there dinosaurs on Noah’s ark?
Uh, I don’t think there were dinosaurs. I did see the movie but, uh, I don’t think so.
12. What are you scared of?
The unknown.
(answered straight away)
13. If you could mix any animals, what two animals would you combine?
A cheetah mixed with a bear. It would be strong and fast. 
(As a side note, I’m so glad he didn’t say “bulldog and shihtzhu”- that’s totally what I was expecting)
14. Who is your hero?
Probably you or Dad. Mainly you though ’cause I think that you are very smart and you know how to manage things. You hold everyone together and do fun things.
15. What is your favorite song?
One Republic- Counting Stars (he could only name the lyrics to it).
16. What is a friend?
A friend is someone that you can count on, for your secrets- someone you trust. 
17. What is your favourite memory?
(after a lot of thought)
When I got the Dad I never had. There’s lots of memories from when Ethan and I played together, or getting to have tiny siblings because I’ll get to have nephews and nieces. I would say the best one was getting to have a Dad though because mine left me.
18. If you could be any animal, what type of animal would you be?
I like tigers and bears but I would say I’d like to be a tiger because they’re going extinct…so if I was one then maybe I could help protect the tiger existence. 
19. Who is your best friend?
Um, well I guess I’m popular. I had two schools here so I have friends from there and from the new school too. I can’t really choose my best friend because I have tons of them but, if I have to, then I would say Cole, Jaren and Dylan are my best ones. And Hayden too. Those are all of my best ones and I can’t choose just one. There’s also Lucas- and then that would probably be it.
20. What is your favorite thing to do with family?
 Go on a walk, or go to the beach…something outdoors-like. 
21. What is the most important rule?
Don’t go out without your parents.
22. If you had a million dollars, what would you spend it on?
I would do things for people that don’t have a lot of food. I would use some for my family and I too, going on a big trip and getting a good-sized house.
23. Why do people get old?
I don’t know, I’m not a scientist! You’ve gotta do *something*. That’s the way we were made- if we don’t get old then we can’t grow up, have kids and families. I don’t have a big theory, that’s just the way we were made.
24. What is love?
Why are you asking me such weird questions?! It’s when two people have strong feelings for eachother and they decide to be with one another, to have a family together and to stay together for their lives. That’s what I think love is.
25. If your pet could talk, what would it say?
Ben, you’re a sonofa—-
Don’t write that. Mom…alright, whatever. She would say, “I need to be fed. I want to go to the washroom. Pay attention to me!” She would just give us orders and ask for things, like Charlii does.
26. If you had super powers, what would they be?
Super strength and super speed. I would also have super intelligence and, I guess, why not- to fly!
27. What’s the best thing about being a kid?
That you don’t have to pay for your bills or make your own food and you don’t have to buy your own house. You don’t have to take care of yourself and you don’t have any kids to deal with, unless you’re an older sibling like myself. Sometimes you can sit back and play a videogame or just play outside and take a bike ride. Plus, you always have family there to help you make decisions and help you get through things but, if you’re a grown up, you have to make your own decisions.
And can I add another answer the question before this? I would read minds too. 
28. Why do people have different colour skin?
Um, because some choose to stay inside and that makes them very pale- I don’t know why though. Some people are just born that way. I don’t know the story but there were two groups of people and they split up- there was a black side and a white side and I don’t know how to tell it but some got lighter because of where we live, I think? I don’t know. These questions are hard.
29. Who is someone in history that you’d like to be friends with? Why?
Oh! Um, Stephen Hawking! I’d like to be friends with him or Albert Einstein…or any great inventor or mathematician. They could help me with my homework, help me construct things and, if I hang out with them a lot, then I would become smarter too. 
30. What makes you happy when you’re sad?
When I get sad that I may die some day, I try to think of the present and live life for today. I’ll just distract myself if I’m sad in general, with something else to do.
31. Do you have a lucky number? Why is it lucky to you?
Eight. It’s lucky because, when I was 8, I got a soccer jersey with my age on it and it was my favourite number for the whole year. After that, it kind of just stuck with me.
32. If you could be president for the day, what would you do?
I would eliminate electricity or water bills. I would start to pay the country $100 towards grocery costs for families that might need it. I would try to get it so that school work is done in schools and not at home.
33. What is something that you don’t understand about grownups?
Love. For sure, it’s just really confusing to me.
34. What is the greatest thing ever invented?
I would say electricity, being found and used to power so many things. It gives us light and electricity is related to technology- I just think it’s all really cool. 
35. Have you ever played a joke on someone? What was it?
Yeah, I’ve played many jokes! I joked that my friend’s girlfriend liked me…and set it up with the whole class. Everyone was in on it and he believed it but then we obviously told him it was just a joke.
I also drew on my brother’s face while he was sleeping. Twice.
36. What do you think is the most important appliance or piece of furniture in your house?
Our kitchen….The stove!
37. What is your favorite word? Why?
I’d say “stuff” because it gets me out of lots of things that I didn’t want to say. 
38. If you had your own country, what would it be called?
Funland. Only because B.C. is already a place. 
39. What do you dream about when you sleep?
 Most of the time I don’t have any dreams but, when I do, it’s a nightmare. One time I had a nightmare that we were walking on a bridge and the girls fell off when I wasn’t looking. They were swept under the water and you and Dad jumped in after them. Then it was just Ethan and I. Before the dream ended, his jaw opened wide open and his face turned into stone. Then he fell apart…and then I woke up.
40. If you were in a band, what instrument would you play? Why?
 The drums because I like the beat and I like  how, when you whack all of them at the same time, or really fast, it creates a very unique sound. Most of my favourite songs have lots of drums in them.
41. What 3 words would you use to describe our family?
Silly, weird and awesome. 
42. What’s something you’d like to learn how to do?
Karate and  to also learn how to conquer my fears. 
43. If you had to give away all of your toys but one, which one would you keep?
 Probably my wooden axe. 
44. What do you think Heaven is like?
Um, I don’t really believe that you go to Heaven. I think, if it is real, I picture it being very bright and anything you want, you get. I believe in reincarnation though so I think we just come back. Maybe you could just have a choice though and go to Heaven instead. It’s hard though because no one really knows.
45. What is something that you’re thankful for?
 I am thankful for a family that cooks my meals, puts up with me and gives me a good future- if that makes any sense.
46. What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever had to do?
I can’t remember lots but I’d say controlling my feelings and moving away from one of the house I liked and one of the schools I liked. 
47. Do you think that telling the truth is always right, even if it hurts someone’s feelings?
No. 
48. If you could change one thing about me, what would it be?
Um, you stop keeping me inside sometimes and I just go wherever I want to go, whenever.
49. What’s the greatest thing about being you?
(jokingly says)
I’m kinda balanced because girls love me, only sometimes they’re way over-the-moon…. only my Nana is allowed to be over-the-moon in love with me. Seriously though, the greatest thing is that I have a home and food. Many families don’t have that.
50. If you could fix any one thing about the world, what problem would you fix first?
 To help all families in the world love each other, get along and be happy- everywhere.
If you end up using this questionnaire, feel free to shoot me your link. I would love to see what your own children come up with!

Sleep X- Sleep Remedy Review And A Snuggly Video

Sleep X

When I first received this sleep aid product, which came at no cost as part of this sponsored post with BB&G Health Corp, I was very skeptical about it’s effectiveness. I’ve dealt with insomnia for as long as I remember and have been through my share of sleep remedies- be those natural, prescription or over the counter medications. I have, however, never come across a natural sleep remedy that is effective but does not leave lingering effects. Through a potent blend of tryptophans, vitamins, melatonin, L-theanine (an amino acid found in green tea), passion flower and magnesium, this sleep aid supplement helps;

– Regulate your sleep wake cycle

– Fight jet lag

– Relax at night

– Fall asleep fast

– Sleep soundly

– Energize you in the morning

I can attest to the fact that this company backs up their claims with surefire results, coming quickly and upon first usage of the product.
I was so absolutely thrilled with the Sleep X natural sleep remedy experience that I have become a customer, can say that I have honestly placed my first paid order on their website after running out of Sleep X, and this has been my best bloggie find since starting My Domestic Dish.
I’m not one to typically give overwhelmingly positive reviews but this stuff actually works and, if you’re having trouble sleeping, I recommend you become a customer too.

I ran out of Sleep X, which you can purchase via 88herbs or my Amazon affiliate link below. If you use my link to purchase this item, you’re supporting my family and my bloggie endeavors- thank you!

Please check out my, admittedly, lackluster video but, due to running out of Sleep X, I have been quite exhausted lately;

Easy Peasy Patches- Review and How To

I started working with Easy Peasy Patches because a no sew fabric patch is fun, no matter what age you are. I figured that I would like using the item, while adding a bit of flair to my children’s clothing or accessories. I didn’t realize, however, how addicting the patching would become. There are just so many uses for no sew sticky patches and so many places that they look cute!

Disclaimer; This post is sponsored by Easy Peasy Patches. All opinions are, of course, my own and I was given the product in exchange for an unbiased review

I was sent 6 different no sew patches as part of my Easy Peasy review kit, which included 3 for a boy and 3 for a girl. Upon first inspection, they’re durable, come in appealing, bright colours and have a similar thickness to a denim (with a sticker back).
The usage explanation is pretty simple, really; You peel and stick. That’s it. As a busy Mama of four, I really enjoy having a quick, no-sew option for patching a torn knee, covering a stain on an expensive item that’s still got too much life to toss or just sprucing up a dull piece. They’re machine washable, no sewing is involved and you don’t have to iron anything- yet they’re not going to come off in the wash. You can throw them in the machine or, according to the website, even the dishwasher and they’re not going to peel or fray.

These are supposed to be a permanent patch and I can see why but I actually discovered that, if very careful, you can peel them off of one item and stick them on another. Once restuck, they stay in place just as well as they did upon original usage.

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We had put “Filbert”, as my son named the little red monster face, onto Thing 1’s old backpack and had to switch him over when we got a new one. My son’s thrilled with his Easy Peasy patches and he’s already asked me for a friend for Filbert, to stick on his lunchbag. He’s reached the age where doing quirky, strange things is what’s “cool” and he thinks forcing friends to say hello to Filbert when they address him is just a riot. Kids. Heh.
If I could fill his entire bag with Filbert’s, I think Thing 1 would be thrilled.

For me though, it really comes down to price in the end. An awesome embellishment is all well and good but, if it’s going to break the bank, I may be able to do without. These, however, are incredibly affordable and you can find their craft kits on sale now for less than $12 via this link! The craft kit features five different patches, three bottles of paint in different colors, fabric glue and 100 different sequins.  You can’t go wrong and, if you’re interested, Jo Ann Fabrics or Wal Mart.com would be the place to check for the Easy Peasy line- their pricing is far more reasonable than what I pay for standard patches elsewhere, yet these are so much easier to use. Check out the video below to see how quick and easy they are to use.

You can also follow and find Easy Peasy Patches here;

Facebook, www.Facebook.com/EasyPeasyPatches
Twitter, @EZPZPatches
You Tube, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3GOXY4EoYuJFDfQCNKq-6A
Pinterest, https://www.pinterest.com/EZPZPatches/
Instagram, https://instagram.com/easypeasypatches/

I’ve been genuinely thrilled with my experience and we’ll definitely be purchasing again soon.

Filbert needs a friend, after all.

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That’s rain on his shirt, by the way. He’s not a dirty child! 😛

 

An Interview With Peanut

I saw this post flying around on Facebook and decided that I would make it into an interview, with my oldest daughter, and post it on here in order to have the cute keepsake. Without further ado, here are the words of my three year old Peanut.

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1. What is something mom always says to you? Eat.

2. What makes mom happy? If I eat all my lunch.

3. What makes mom sad? Um… if we have to throw out toys.

4. How does your mom make you laugh? Um, painting the wall.

5. What was your mom like as a child? Um, a birthday cake.

6. How old is your mom? Ummmm, four.

7. How tall is your mom? Seven and one thing.

8. What is her favorite thing to do? Make a craft.

9. What does your mom do when you’re not around? Don’t like it. Make a craft and go for a walk.

10. If your mom becomes famous, what will it be for? For walking.

11. What is your mom really good at? Painting.

12. What is your mom not very good at? Not making sandwiches.

13. What does your mom do for a job? Writing things down.

14.What is your mom’s favorite food? Sandwiches.

15.What makes you proud of your mom? I love you.

16. If your mom were a character, who would she be? Mermaid.
(man, I love this kid lol)

17. What do you and your mom do together? Go for walks and on dates.

18. How are you and your mom the same? You’re twenty and I’m two.

19. How are you and your mom different? You’re Mummy and I’m Peanut.

20. How do you know your mom loves you? We paint a card for you, for Balance Day.
(She was confused on this one, saying she shows me she loves me by making cards for Mother’s Day…. which she thinks, for some reason, is called Balance day. I suppose that makes sense, as I juggle quite a lot :P)

21. What does your mom like most about your dad? When he makes things for you.

22. Where is your mom’s favorite place to go? To Freshco’s.

23. How old was your Mom when you were born? Um, twenty.

Parenting Win; Pure and Natural Bubble Bath

DISCLAIMER; I received this product at no charge in exchange for an unbiased review. This post contains affiliate links which, if a purchase is made using those links, assist in supporting my bloggie endeavors and my family. Much appreciated!

My children, like all others, love bubbles. However, being the worrisome Mama that I am, I’ve removed nearly everything that suds from our household in an attempt to go a more natural, organic route. I felt bad about it though because, not going to lie, I would sneak a bubble bath once in a while and bask in my chemical soup. I didn’t want to throw out all of our old products and giving away opened bottles of bathroom products just didn’t seem right to me- or at least that’s my excuse anyway.
Everyone loves a fun, relaxing bubble bath though and my little ladies had actually requested bubbles previously, having seen them on TreeHouse or something along those lines (probably that damn Caillou) so I had been on the hunt for a safer alternative for them.

When given the opportunity to check out Bubble Therapy Pure & Natural Bubble Bath, 3 in 1 (it doubles as a shampoo and body wash, as well as the natural bubble bath), I jumped at the chance and I’ve got a lot of pictures to help demonstrate how much fun was had as a result.

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“Ah, for real? The Mum paparazzi is here…”

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“We’ll work it”

I loved being able to provide them with a fantastic, sudsy, super foaming bubble bath but still stick to our chosen approach to products with an all natural and organic option. It’s also free of sulfates, parabens, harsh detergents and a slew of other ingredients that are unwelcome in our household.

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Bubble head!

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Always a comedienne, always a charmer.

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I was surprised by how thick the product is, similar in consistency to honey, and it doesn’t take much of it to fill a tub. It had a pleasant scent, more citrusy (to me, anyway) than anything and I didn’t find it to linger on the girls’ skin for very long, which is what I want out of a natural product. It’s great for those with sensitive skin, like my hubby and his eczema, or little ones with delicate skin too. I actually liked the inclusion of oat in there, as it’s a natural remedy we like to use often in our household for skin flare ups. Calendula and chamomile, both included in this natural bubble bath, also help with that.

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One sis dipping, one eyeing up to copy her.

You can find the Sweetsation Therapy 3 in 1 Bubble Therapy Pure and Natural Bubble Bath by following this link or you can order on Amazon via the link below (which helps out yours truly and costs you nothing extra to do so) .

As you can see by the abundance of photos, the girls had a blast and this is definitely a product that I recommend, endorse and plan to buy in the future. I was very happy with this find!
If you want to check out Sweetsation’s Facebook page, found here, you can keep tabs on all of their discounts, promotions and giveaways.

Hope you have as much fun with this natural bubble bath as we did!

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Not the best picture but I’ll include it at the end, as Chicky’s face is priceless!

Bike Lights for Riding At Night

My son, who just turned 10, is now wanting a bit of independence and to be able to do things that his younger siblings can not. One of those things includes staying up a bit later and going on evening bike rides with his Dad.

(DISCLAIMER; I received this product in exchange for an honest review. This post contains affiliate links. If you use them to purchase this product, you’re supporting my blog and family. Much appreciated!)

During those late night rides, I worry about safety even when they stay well-away from any sort of traffic. I like him visible and one of the greatest, most fun ways that I’ve found to help out with that are these super bright bike lights for his rims.

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The company sends out a few different colours in every package, which include blue, green or multi coloured lights. My oldest prefers green but it worked out well because my youngest, as well as my husband, received rim lights too. We simply attached them to the valves on their tires, with an easy two-minute install. They work via motion activation, when the wheel turns. For the pricing, you can’t really go wrong when they last for 50 000 hours, are waterproof and usable in any terrain.

Taking them out for a spin on their very first night, we did end up discovering that a couple of the lights appeared to be duds. If you order them and receive any like that, don’t worry- just stick an extra battery in them and they’ll work without issues! My husband figured out that some work better with 4 batteries instead of the 3, which come with the bike lights.

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I purposely dressed my son in darker clothing for this review, wanting to capture the rim lights without any distraction; As you can see though, he’s still very visible in the dark. Coupled with all of our usual safety measures, I’m confident knowing that Dad will easily be able to see him on the trail at night- and so will others, which is definitely important.
If you are interested in getting your own pair of bike lights, all My Domestic Dish readers can use the code 50WHEELL (with two Ls, although let me know if it doesn’t work please) for 50% off of your order!

Nutrience Grain Free Dry Food- Dog Days

This is a sponsored post with Mums the Word Network and Nutrience. All opinions are my own.

I was very excited to be approached to review the new Nutrience Grain Free dry dog food line, as we actually just adopted my cousin’s poochie and I am incredibly proud of our gorgeous girl. Our black lab now has a boxer buddy, helping to keep her young and healthy.

Man, does this pup ever eat though! Boxers are known to have some GI tract issues and it’s imperative that Keila, which is our new pup’s name, be given food that is satiating enough in a small quantity that she doesn’t want to eat a ton at a time. This will help prevent bloat and we can make certain our pup’s frequent meals are leaving her full, happy and providing all nutrients that she needs by making sure that her food includes good, quality ingredients. Isn’t that important for all pets though, really?

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Anyway, for this particular endeavor I wanted to give Keila the Nutrience Grain Free pork, lamb and venison combo that can be found on their site here. I figured that, if I were a dog, I would probably be happy to have the variety of meat proteins and, with the same thought in my head, I would appreciate the quality. Afterall, as Nutrience touts, you “Nourish the body. Feed the spirit” and we want to make certain that our fur baby receives all of the nourishment she requires, especially during this stage of her growth.

As you can see, she was so ready to be the guinea pig gorgeous dog for this review;

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Looking at a picture of herself, in logo form.

 

I was surprised to note that coconut oil is included in the food, which I absolutely love using for pretty much anything and actually feel a little closer to my dogs, as they’re ingesting it regularly too. Awh, the whole fam is in on the coconut craze now! I assume this is for their hair and skin, although (if the quantity is large enough) I’m betting it would help with immune support, keeping them regular and cleaning their teeth. Unlike my husband, Keila took her coconut oil without fuss…

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The only ingredient that I’m not sure about is “yeast extract”, which can be a broad group of ingredients and the label is unclear about the type of extract that’s included in this food. Some are used for supplementation, some are just flavor enhancers. I wish there were more specifications regarding this, or it wasn’t in there at all (glutamic acid derivatives are blamed for a slew of issues in humans), but this food additive is designated as safe by the FDA and has been for decades.

What I love about Nutrience pet food is that this particular line is good for both a mature dog and a puppy, which saves us from having to buy different food for Shirley Schmidt (our 3 year old lab who, yes, has two names) and Keila (who is only four months old and came with the name… or she’d be a Denny Crane). This is incredibly convenient and preferable, considering I know they would both eat the other’s food anyways, since we now only have to worry about serving sizes.

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Now THESE are puppy dog eyes. #boystakenote #heartmelt

I trust sites like Dog Food Advisor, which has given the Nutrience brand a 5 star rating, and feel that this is a fairly affordable, quality pet food that my boxer beauty seems to enjoy. If you’re interested in checking into the Nutrience Grain Free line, they carry food for dogs as well as cats and you can link up with them here;

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