The Paperback Princess

Melissa, January 23, 2011

Ask me what I’m currently reading and the truthful answer is mainly Dr Seuss and Robert Munsch. My kids have a lot of beautiful books, but the monotony of reading them over and over can really take the magic out of them. I would find myself selecting the shortest book just to get it over and done with. That’s why my new favorite outing is to the library, where there are more books than you can ever read and a lot more besides. Storytime, child friendly computers, CD players, magazines, DVDs, reference books and quiet reading areas make the library a destination for a really pleasant couple of hours. If time is short, then I can just run in a grab one of their quick pick bags containing a varied selection of age-appropriate books and usually a music or story CD too. The online service is pretty amazing too, where you can search and put items on hold, renew your books, sign up for registered programs and let the little ones watch a storytime anytime video. Amongst many others, we’ve discovered the delights of “The Great Stroller Adventure” by Denis Markell & Melissa Iwai and “Gordon Loggins and the Three Bears” by Linda Bailey & Tracy Walker, and my 2 year old son just loved a factual book about Velociraptors. So if  you ever feel that you’ve read The Very Hungry Caterpillar one too many times, head to your local library, get yourself and your kids a card (in Calgary it’s $12 per year for adults and free for children up to age 13) and start borrowing! I also recommend signing up for Library Elf (www.libraryelf.com) so you don’t get stung with any late fees when your baby brain forgets when they are due back. An ever changing selection of new books has really made story time a lot more enjoyable for me and will hopefully encourage the young ones to be avid readers. Plus, I can always pick up a few good, age-appropriate, books for myself.

Are you there world? It’s me, Peita.

Melissa, January 23, 2011

Is it wrong that I’ve always been a bit jealous/suspicious of mommy bloggers and wonder how on earth they find the time to do it? Don’t they have enough to do running round after the kids and then just want to slump in front of the TV watching some trashy show whenever they have any spare time? Suddenly, I am one of them. Eeeek! Nope, no idea where I will find the time either. The inclination came about because I need to find something to keep my brain ticking over and have a little creative outlet for myself. Plus, Melissa kinda begged me and bought me lunch. My vital stats: – Two children: one boy (will be 3 in April), one girl (1 in February) – Very happily married. We never fight. Weird, huh? – Moved to Calgary from native Scotland almost 5 years ago – Scottish accent that I never plan to lose. Ever. – Likes: travelling, baking, swimming, walking, singing, etsy.com, skype, Bobs and Lolo, confusing Canadians by throwing in weird Scottish words/phrases into daily conversation Slange Var!

2011 Pre Golden Globes Boom Boom Room

Melissa, January 18, 2011

I had such an amazing time meeting some beautiful and amazing celebs as well as being placed in the same room as so many great companies!! Here are some pics from the event!!

Rid Phthalates!

Melissa, January 18, 2011

One very good reason to be a proud Canadian is that this beautiful country acts against harmful chemicals and tries to keep them away from our little ones. I read the article, “Phthalates to be restricted in children’s toys” on CBC News this morning and I am thrilled with the report. This is not the first time this topic has come upon my blog, if you are interested in learning more about the dangers of some of the chemicals used in plastic check out http://blog.weangreen.com/dangers-of-bpa-and-other-chemicals/! With many more chemicals to be banned from our products all I have to say is, good riddance phthalates!

Swag Bag Sneak Peek! Emily Press Labels

Melissa, January 14, 2011

I believe every born teacher has a ridiculously overwhelming need to label things. In my classroom I believe I even labeled my name tag. It was scary. My weaners’ toys bins are all labeled (and not it doesn’t help them put them away) and my desk is neatly labeled. My garage is nicely labeled and yet I find myself always searching for good labels! I am excited at the opportunity to meet Emily Press Labels in the Boom Boom Room and discover what else I could possibly label (she has actually given me a few new ideas but I know there will be so many more!) I am also thinking we need to get some labels made up for all you super mamas that make your own baby food and store it in Wean Cubes! I can’t wait to meet the mastermind behind the labels!! I am feeling a little self conscious about my name tag, I wish I would have known about the companies a little bit sooner:) Even the Emily Press Website is organized, I LOVE IT! Want to win a $25 gift certificate to Emily Press Labels? ME TOO! Luckily for you, my entries count for nothing! This is for the grand prize Swag Bag that will include the gift certificate! I am starting to think this idea will make me a new friend:) If you are unfamiliar with the contest, freshen up on our January Contest Post. Once you have entered the newsletter you will automatically qualify and you can earn extra points by saying hi to Emily Press Labels on twitter!

Swag Bag Sneak Peek! Gum Drops Hair Candy!!

Melissa, January 14, 2011

Someone must have told the event organizers that I am awful at doing my weaner’s hair!! Along with an adorable and colorful website Gum Drops Hair Candy rock!!I am so excited that there is another absolutely adorable hair company filling the tables at the Boom Boom Room!! The awesome mama behind this company is such a sweet business owner there is no way that she won’t be wildly successful! These cute hair accessories are made by the mama behind the company and are available on her site! I am ordering some of the cute ponytail holders!! Gum Drops Hair Candy will add a little swag to our Swag Bag Contest!! I am sure you now know that if you want extra entries you can reach out and connect with Gum Drops Hair Candy on twitter and facebook! Don’t forget to comment below if you did it!!

Swag Bag Sneak Peek! Kiddo Tags

Melissa, January 13, 2011

I am one of those crazy mamas who has been obsessively writing my weaner’s names in big black sharpie on everything since the day they were born! I believe Kiddo Tags was invented to put peoples minds at rest and avoid the ugliness of big black sharpie on all those absolutely adorable kids belongings. I am thrilled to be meeting the team behind Kiddo Tags next week, and you should be thrilled that you have an opportunity to win a gift bag with a little something in it from them!! With over 80 designs to choose from you can label everything for your kids (and self)!! They print all their labels in the US and “they are Dishwasher and Microwave Safe, Waterproof, Weather-proof (UV-Resistant) and scuff-proof”!! If your weaners are anything like mine this will excite you!! If you would like to win Kiddo Tags inside your Swag Bag full of Hollywood loot make sure you enter the contest! After you enter you can earn extra entries by following Kiddo Tags on twitter! Remember to comment below if you have done it!!

January Contest- Swag Bag!

Melissa, January 13, 2011

For those of you I haven’t gloated to yet, I am headed down to LA to go to the Pre Golden Globes Boom Boom Room with Wean Green. Thanks to social media I have connected with some other fabulous companies that are meeting me there in less than 2 weeks! January’s Wean Green contest is for a swag bag from the Boom Boom Room.  I will be collecting the prizes at this infamous event and drawing a winner live from Hollywood on January 15th at the end of the day! Who knows, maybe we can even get a celeb or two to throw in some autographs??!! Some of the contributors are: Today I Ate A Rainbow! SnoozeShade, Little Trendstar, Wean Green and so many more!! Everyone that has subscribed for our newsletter before January 13th will be entered to win. You can earn some bonus entries by sharing the contest on twitter & facebook (just comment below after).  Also make sure you ‘like’ us on facebook and ‘follow’ us on twitter! And as usual, I accept bribes in the form of flattery, pretty things and wine. Good luck to everyone! I wish I could bring enough back for every single person!!

Swag Bag Sneak Peek!ZoLi

Melissa, January 12, 2011

I had the awesome opportunity to meet the fabulous mama behind ZoLi at the ABC Kids Expo in October (yes it was probably a little awkward when I tracked her down and told her I am her biggest fan) and I was so thrilled when it was announced that she was joining the Boom Boom Room this year!! ZoLi has such a great selection of baby items and I always include one of their munch teethers into my baby gift sets for friends and family!! We are getting so close!! Okay, for extra entries…Say hi to ZoLi on twitter and facebook! I am so excited! Okay, if you haven’t read the rules go back to the January Contest Blog. Everyone else, you know what to do:)

Swag Bag Sneak Peek! Way Tutu Cute!!

Melissa, January 12, 2011

Hello ADORABLE! Oh and the really cute selection of tutus, hair accessories, clothes, gifts and SO much more!! This awesome mama run company scoops up products in USA and Canada from talented parents who hand make the products! WayTutuCute.com is exactly that. So cute!! This companies eye for style is what caught my attention! It is so nice to have a chic little boutique that locates the awesome products for you and puts them all under one roof…or website:) Nothing has changed in the contest! You can still find all the initial information on our January Contest Post and you can earn extra entries by chatting with Way Tutu Cute on twitter and facebook.  Are you starting to believe me that this swag bag is jammed pack full of goodness:)? I can NOT WAIT until Saturday night when we do this draw live from Hollywood!! Don’t forget to comment below after you have chatted:)

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