Painting Lulu with Chicky

Today we are bringing you a really neat, new concept with the Paper-to-Digital Colouring Pack from Painting Lulu. I’m thrilled to be able to feature Chicky in a review again. It’s been so long that, the last time she was in one, she was modelling diapers and not in the least bit impressed. If you’re cloth diapering, or you just want to see a cute baby, you can check out the Glow Bug review here and a Piddly Winx one here.

Anyway! We received their My Little Pony kit free, in exchange for this review, and both of my girls have been making use of the 32 colouring pages included.

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Photo from Painting Lulu

What’s incredibly cool about the Painting Lulu colouring book is that your little ones can make a picture on the paper, then transfer it to Apple, Android or Amazon devices and continue their artwork via digital medium. This comes in handy if you’re heading out the car and want to avoid a melted crayon fiasco. Believe me, it’s rough and it happens. Last year my kiddoes took one SMALL package of crayons in our van, while on the trip up north, and I ended up with a backseat absolutely full of colourful streaks that were completely impossible to remove. Here I was thinking I was such an ingenious Mama, coming up with cute backseat fun kits that would keep them occupied during our 5 hour drive, and I inadvertently ruined the upholstery in our vehicle. Thankfully, I no longer have to worry about that (and we have since purchased a new van- yay for Honda and my man Nelson!).

As soon as I received the Painting Lulu colouring book in the mail, I had to hide it away, up high, so that they couldn’t tear it open. It was an instant hit because what girl doesn’t like My Little Pony and what kid doesn’t want to colour? For at least five minutes before they try to take the crayon to the wall anyway- I know what’s up, I’ve got boys too.

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Here’s a great video to show you what it’s all about.

 

 Chicky was SO excited to get started. For her, she loves the pictures of all of her favourite characters and she thinks the “squishy” crayon is the best. She’s actually carried it around since using it the first time, in order to keep it away from her big sister.

 
As a Mum, I like the quick share options and the idea that I can upload their artwork to Facebook, in order to put it in their online scrapbooks. I can also easily share it with family and friends that may not otherwise get to see her art, just in case anyone wants an original Chicky piece on their fridge. Gramma can take some of our overstock, no doubt.

If you want to try before you buy, check out the Painting Lulu website and find their free sample page by clicking this link. If you know now that your children, or the littles in your life, will love this as much as mine do, scoop it on Amazon below. By using my affiliate link to purchase, you’re buying a great gift in time for the holidays and you’re also supporting this Mama’s bloggy endeavors. Thank you!

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! 😛

 

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!

Sunscreen- For Skiing or Swimming

It’s winter time now and, when I say “winter time”, I mean that you can’t see the ground where I live. Ever. For around 3 months straight. During these months, product reviews give me something to pass my time while cooped up- this one came as a result of a free product and it may contain affiliate links.

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I live in Canada so it’s snowing like a mofo outside but I at least get to bust out all kinds of boots. Short ones, high ones and super clunky crappola footwear for when the snow has reached a FML depth that vertically challenged individuals, like myself, have trouble slugging through.

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I don’t often don the big, proper winter boots because I choose to boycott the season by passionately displaying displeasure through coffee drinking and blanketed couch snuggling.

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That being said, once in a while I’m required to leave my cave home in order to attend pre-planned appointments, such as the recent eye test that I went to. Thankfully, my eye sight is fine (which I expected) but I found out that I have very little pigment left in the back of my eye. This explains why they’re already becoming lighter before I have even hit 30. I used to have deep blue eyes, which changed to a lighter blue in my younger years, then blue-green in my teens and they have turned a pale, light green this past six months. I figured it was genetic, as my grandmother’s, mother’s and uncles’ eyes have lightened up in their latter years but it turns out that we may all be losing pigment sooner than an average person. The solution? Protect what little pigment I have left by way of polarized, super sexy Versace sunglasses through my insurance company! Woot woot! I have to wear them every single time I’m in the sunlight because the sun is pigment’s enemy.
As a super pale person of British heritage, it’s not like the sun and I were great buddies to begin with.

Year round, I like to protect my skin from its rays and to make sure my wee ones have similar protection while outside. Sunscreen is necessary year round, even though it’s not commonly thought of during this chilly season. Did you know that the sun is actually closer to the earth during the winter while, at the same time, the ozone layer is actually at its thinnest? It’s true! The National Science Foundation Polar Programs UV Monitoring Network will tell you as much- so we’re actually at an increased risk for UV exposure, especially if you’re a winter sports enthusiast. According to skincancer.org, anyone hitting the slopes may want to remember; “Higher altitude means increased risk of sun-induced skin damage, since UV radiation exposure increases 4 to 5 percent with every 1,000 feet above sea level. At an altitude of 9,000 to 10,000 feet, UV radiation may be 35 to 45 percent more intense than at sea level. In addition, snow reflects up to 80 percent of the UV light from the sun, meaning that you are often hit by the same rays twice. This only increases the risk for damage.”

When heading out skiing or beaching, the above pictured is a new favourite for our skincare. The Sun ‘N’ Fun description reads that this;

  • Chemical free, non toxic, not greasy, no white cast, EWG Rating 1.
  • Natural with Organic ingredients, Zinc 20%
  • Contains fresh and inviting (natural) scent of marshmallow & chocolate, that kids love
  • Can be used by kids and adults alike
  • moisturizing with antioxidants

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The 1 rating means that this sunscreen has the lowest hazard rating possible, and when 75% of sunscreens and 90% of SPF moisturizers tested in the Environmental Working Group’s “2013 Guide to Safer Sunscreens” were found unsafe or ineffective, that’s a major plus. We typically use my homemade sunscreen for that reason but this one does appear to contain a fairly comprehensive ingredient list. It also includes the antioxidant tocopherol (from soy), which enhances sun damage protection.

When they say that it smells of marshmallow and chocolate, it smells EXACTLY like that and Peanut loved it. My husband loathes sunscreen and hates wearing it but he readily agreed to wear this one whenever asked as a result of the scent. He said, “I would be a walking dessert” and then many suggestive comments, full of innuendo followed. Men. Heh.

However, it is pretty chilly and curling up with him sounds fairly fantastic right about now so I will leave you to contemplate lying on a beach while I go and cuddle up in our bed. ‘Til next time.

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Glow Bug Cloth Diaper- Bitty Booty Coverage

I recently had the privilege of trying out Glow Bug’s updated cloth diaper for review, courtesy of the company, and I have to say that the improved design made a significant difference for me.
Here is my mosquito-bitten, little “Chicky” in her Glow Bug cloth diaper;
As you can see, she looks adorable- and the diaper isn’t half bad either! Having two tiny ladies in the house, I can never get enough of the beautiful patterns, colours and character prints that Glow Bug offers because they launch a new collection yearly. However, as I will teach my daughters; Appearances matter less than what is on the inside.
And here is what counts for me;

Now, although it is not exactly new, I had not previously known about the 360° gusset because it was a design change put in the year after my oldest daughter was born. Being a cloth user, I rarely need to replace my diapers (huzzah!) and was basically living under a frugal rock when it came to what was new on the market. Great for my purse strings, not so awesome for convenience because I used to deal with leaks. It happens. It also happens with disposables, only landfills and baby skin also deal with the repercussions of soiled diapers in that case. (Did you know that it can take 500 years for a disposable diaper to decompose?! Google it!) Since peaking out from my hidey hole, I have come across some really fantastic changes to the cloth diaper scene and this gusset is one of them. All mess is contained within the little enclosure and it makes clean up far easier.
Glow Bug offers what you call a “pocket” version, with microfibre inserts, and they are one of the cheapest cloth diapers that you can purchase. This does not mean that you suffer where quality is concerned, as they go above and beyond many competitors with waterproof flaps in the front and back to help prevent leaks, on top of the gusset and the snap in inserts-so things stay put.

What else do you need to know, do you wonder?

The above pictured, little puppies are the many, snaps on it and this sizing capability means that your baby uses the same diaper from birth through to 35 pounds. Translation = even more money saved.
Chicky and Peanut, for example, can both wear this and there is nearly a year and a half age difference between them. Of course, Peanut’s potty-trained and has been for quite a while now so that worry is not on my list. If it was, however, that fact would be awesome!
There, I managed to pin my rolly-polly lady for a second and get a picture of her laying down.

She gave me quite a struggle getting this diaper on, as she’s fiesty today and wanting to dance to 102.1 the Edge right now. That is the soundtrack for our afternoon and Mama’s interrupting her busting a move for these pictures! As you can see, the fit is quite nice, even if she prevented me from doing things exactly how I like them done by wiggling and kicking out, like a frantic frog that is air-swimming.

The below picture gives you a side view of her big, cushioned bum;

Now, this was poofed out a bit more than they typically sit on her because Chicky shoved it down a bit. Like I said, she is a bit high-strung today due to her need to dance…and nobody puts baby in a corner!

As you can see, she is dancing up a storm and quite pleased in her Glow Bug cloth diaper. I most definitely recommend them for the beautiful craftsmanship, the fun patterns, the handy gusset and the money-saving size options. If you are interested in putting your own little wiggle wart in one, you can contact the company here.