Monday, October 29, 2012

Rockin' Green: Rock a Soak

Just how do you Rock a Soak? Follow these directions found on the Rockin' Green website:

1. Fill your washer with hot water and 3 Tbsp of Rockin’ Green, along with your diapers or clothing.
2. Let it soak for approximately 30-60 minutes. Then launder several times skipping the soap. If you have a HE machine, you may have to consult your manual but you can usually do a soak by pressing the start or pause button.
*Tip: Repeat this process anytime you need a good deep-cleaning.
Disclaimer: Items like PUL or TPU need to be washed with care, so please refer to the manufacturers washing instructions for more details. Avoid excessive soaking of PUL/TPU and natural fibers to extend their life span.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Canadian Baby Deals of the Week: October 25 – November 1, 2012

Every week Smart Canucks posts a list of the Canadian baby deals available. This list is an awesome tool for Canadian mamas looking to save a few bucks without having to shop around. I definitely recommend checking it out!

Fluffy Fridays: Softbums Berry Owls Echo

Softbums Berry Owls Echo

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Softbums Halloween Giveaway!

If you don't already love Softbums diapers now you have one more reason to! Softbums is doing an awesome giveaway for Halloween. There are several prizes to be won:
  4.  SUPER GET GOING PACKAGE, includes 6 Super pods, and 3 Echo Shells. 
If you haven't already entered make sure you do by clicking here.

DIY: Finger Paints

This picture has been making the rounds on Pintrest and Facebook for a while now, but I felt the need to share it as well. I love that these are edible and chemical free, so if they wind up in your little one's mouth there is no need to worry! If my daughter were old enough for finger painting I would definitely give it a try!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

What's in my Diaper Bag: Ju-Ju-Be BFF packed for a 4 month old

I could go on and on about how much I love my Ju-Ju-Be Cobalt Blossoms BFF...but I will save that for another time. For now I will just show you what I have packed in my diaper bag. These pictures are almost two months old, so this is packed for a 4 month old, but I use virtually the same things for my now 6 month old.

 My beautiful Ju-Ju-Be Cobalt Blossoms BFF! It is stuffed.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Apple Squash Puree Baby Food Recipe

Organic Gala Apples & Organic Acorn Squash

I found this recipe on Wholesome Baby Food and decided to try it out. The recipe called for an entire squash, but I halved the recipe as an entire squash would produce more than I could fit into my Baby Bullet at once and I doubt that I could use that much up over the next month or so. So keep in mind you can double this recipe.

This recipe can be used for grown ups as well, just sprinkle with some pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon and a little brown sugar and skip the pureeing!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Meal of the Day

Left: Banana Avocado Puree  Right: Avocado Puree
Both purees were made in the Baby Bullet using the recipes I previously posted:
Avocado Puree
Banana Avocado Puree

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Baby on a Budget: My Coupon Stacking Steals!

Anyone who has ever watched Extreme Couponing will know the amazing deals that Americans can get by stacking coupons. Unfortunately for Canadians, there are not many Canadian retailers that allow coupon stacking. London Drugs is one of the few retailers that I am aware of that allows coupon stacking. Their policy is that the coupons are allowed as long as the coupons have different UPC/barcode numbers. You can stack coupons up to the value of your product, but you cannot go over the value and receive "overages" or cash back, as is often seen in Extreme Couponing.

So today I went to London Drugs and stacked my 3 Playtex coupons for a Lil Gripper cup and 2 cans of Good Start formula. I was able to get the cup for $1.99 after coupons (retail price $5.99) and the for $6.99 & $8.99 (sale price $27.99). If I had a couple more Good Start coupons I could have gotten the formula a tad bit cheaper, but I was quite impressed with myself! $17.97 total for $61.97 worth of product. That's a 71% savings! I know that's not quite "Extreme Couponing" savings, but it's definitely a good feeling when you see this at the bottom of your receipt!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Banana Puree Baby Food Recipe

bananas & formula in Baby Bullet
  • 3 bananas
  • 2 - 6 oz (60 - 180 ml) liquid (water, formula or breastmilk) if desired
Recommended for:
  • 6+ months
  • Approximately 12 oz (12 x 1 oz servings)

Canadian Baby Deals of the Week: Oct 19-25 2012

Every week Smart Canucks posts a list of the Canadian baby deals available. This list is an awesome tool for Canadian mamas looking to save a few bucks without having to shop around. I definitely recommend checking it out!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Softbums Dry Touch Pod vs Softbums original Dry Touch Super Pod

Softbums has had a variety of pods available over the years. I have recently acquired a few and decided to put my pods to the test to see how much liquid the older Dry Touch pods would hold compared to the older version of the Dry Touch Super pod.
Left: Dry Touch Super  /  Right: Dry Touch

Avocado & Banana Puree Baby Food Recipe

  • 1/2 of an avocado
  • 1 banana
  • Approximately 2 oz (60 ml) liquid (water, formula or breastmilk) 
  • 2 drops lemon juice, optional (this is to prevent browning of the puree)
Recommended for:
  • 6+ months
  • Approximately 10 oz (10 x 1oz servings)

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Avocado Baby Food Recipe

Avocado is often recommended as one of baby's first foods because of it's high nutrient content and good fats, which are crucial for healthy brain development. Avocado can simply be mashed and served, but some prefer a thinner consistency, especially when just starting on solids. This recipe will create a thin, creamy puree for your baby.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Fluffy Fridays:Softbums Chocolate Echo

Softbums Chocolate Echo

Starting Solids!

Please excuse my poor photography skills!
My daughter is nearly 5.5 months, and once she started grabbing food off our plates we figured it was time for solids! I received a Baby Bullet as a gift and have been experimenting with making homemade baby food. I will be posting some of our concoctions as we go along.