Flavor of the Week-Beaba Babycook

Melissa, April 12, 2010

Beaba Babycook- Say that tens time fast!  What a great product for all us mamas working in the kitchen to make our babies food the best it can be! I almost cried when the all-in-one printer first came out so imagine my reaction to an appliance that can steam, blend, warm, & defrost baby food! Along with the amazing multiple uses of the Babycook I also love the colors and design.  This is not just a blender on your counter! A round of applause for Beaba please, thank you! Guess where I purchased mine? Yep, www.babybot.com

1% and Live Music Across Canada this Month

Melissa, April 8, 2010

I love live music!! Especially when it raises awareness for environmental non-profit organizations.  Join me Saturday April 11th at MEC store from 12-2 OR at Marquee Room at 8:00. “This April, Canadian singer-songwriter and 1% for the Planet member Chris Velan will be touring the country to spread the word about 1% for the Planet, and environmental non-profits like the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society and The Big Wild. Sponsored by Mountain Equipment Co-op, the tour will make stops Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Toronto, and Montreal. Each of the dates includes an MEC in-store performance at noon and an evening venue concert.” Not going to be in Calgary? That’s okay check out 1%’s blog and find your Canadian city tour date: 1% and live music across Canada this month | One Percent Blog.

Are you Organic Enough?

Melissa, April 8, 2010

I had to post this on here just to get reactions! This chef has taken organic eating to a new level! His wife’s milk supply was so abundant one chef decided to start creating some cheese balls using this extra breast milk.  He started serving them up in his restaurant.  Crazy or good idea?  I am still too baffled to have an opinion 🙂 Read the whole article and let me know what you think… Chef at Chelsea restaurant offers customers a taste of cheese made from his wife’s breast milk – NYPOST.com.

Flavor of the Week-Beco Baby Carrier

Melissa, April 5, 2010

When the weaner was born I had a Sling, Baby Bjorn and hiking backpack.  I wish I would have found this baby carrier about 7 months earlier!  It replaced all three of my carriers!!  I love this thing.  We have used it everywhere for two months now.  And even better, the weaner loves it too! Over the holidays we jetted out of our snow filled city down to California.  I brought the stroller but barely used it because we had the weaner in the backpack the entire time!  She even had her naps in there if we were out sightseeing.  It works on the front and the back. Currently I carry my hefty 18 month old in mine and I can carry her for hours (yes hours, she is a bit needy:)) without it bothering my back! And it is beautiful to boot! I purchased mine at www.babybot.com.

Peas, Carrots, Rice and Chemicals

Melissa, March 25, 2010

Isn’t it great when you grow your own veggies cook up an amazing stir fry and find you have some left over for the next day?  Depending on what you store your leftovers in you may be adding some unwanted chemicals into that amazing (and once healthy) stir fry. BPA is probably the most unpopular chemical involuntarily added into our food from containers.  Read my other post on Canada’s BPA ban to learn a bit more about that.  Obviously Wean Green has done their homework on the importance of not storing food in plastics!  Although we only carry the one size of glass container I do encourage you and your family to use your plastic food containers to store non-food items and replace them with glass.  You can purchase glass containers almost anywhere you can purchase plastic ones! A couple of things to look for when you are purchasing glass food containers: –          Tempered glass- this ensures that you can reheat your leftovers without the glass exploding.  It also allows you to freeze the glass with no consequence –          BPA free lids and silicone seals- your food will still come into some contact with the lids so ensure you are protected against this nasty chemical! –          Microwave safe lids only mean that the lid will not melt in the microwave, this does not mean that if you place the lid in the microwave that it will not leach any chemicals into your food.  BPA is not the only chemical found in plastic! Don’t microwave the lid! –          Glass is breakable, always read the warnings and care instructions with your containers.

Don’t Forget Earth Hour: 8:30pm Saturday March 27th!

Melissa, March 24, 2010

What are your plans for Earth Hour this year? Last year the weaners were thrilled to have a nice candlit dinner of cold foods.  This year I am hoping we can take it outside and roast some hot dogs with the neighbors and their weaners.  I would love to hear how you are planning on spending your earth hour! Instead of just doing an earth ‘hour’ why don’t you plan an earth night! This way you can involve the weaners!!

Flavor of the Week-Rickshaw Bottle Bank Baby Bag

Melissa, March 15, 2010

Don’t you just hate to look outside on garbage day or recycling day and see just how much we don’t need every week? I do!  I am always thinking of innovative ways to reuse anything before it ends up on the street corner.  Rickshaw Bagworks has taken some of our post-consumer wastes and used them to accentuate this beautiful diaper bag.  Diaper bags are an ingenious invention as it stands and we all know that I like my diaper bags to add a little flare to my ensemble (a pretty diaper bag really brings out the black in my jogging pants LOL!) so this one tops my pile. The exterior of the bag is made from 100% recycled beverage bottles!  Really, what a great idea!  Not in the market for a new diaper bag? They have some great bags and wallets on their site.  Interested in the flavour of the week? Purchase at www.babybot.com

Birthday Present Idea for the Weaner that has EVERYTHING!

Melissa, March 12, 2010

We were at a great birthday party on the weekend!  Lovely family, their kids have everything!  Last year I bought them a frog for their weaner’s second birthday.  Ha ha!  This year I thought a puppy would be a good idea but decided against it considering the frog never did make it to the third birthday party. Here is what I did for the weaner that no one can buy for: Bought the Built Lefty lunch bag from www.babybot.com Filled a pack of Wean Cubes up with candy: Need I say more?  After he opened the present and found the candy inside he decided he was good and didn’t need to open the other 10 presents waiting for him.  He loved it! And yes his mother is still my friend.

Flavor of the Week-Quinny Zapp Stroller

Melissa, March 8, 2010

This one was love at first site for me!  I have a running stroller that is the weaner’s main mode of transportation around our house and outside but when you live in a climate where it snows 11 ½ months out of the year (a bit of exaggeration but right now that is how it feels) you need something smaller for the mall or the airport. The Quinny Zapp is perfect for folding up and throwing in your truck to use at where ever your destination!  It folds up to a nice little 12” X 27” package and is super lite!  It has a great seat for the weaner’s to stay comfy on their stroll through the park.  What really got me was not how great the product actually works (which don’t get me wrong it is superior) it was the color!  They have named the color “Capri” and it is a beautiful kind of tealy color.  I just love it! Anyway, enough about what I love, if you are looking for some stroller love you can purchase these at www.babybot.com

Helpful List of Commercial Baby Food Jars that Do & Do Not Contain BPA in the Lid

Melissa, March 8, 2010

We all know that making our own baby food is the healthiest option there is.  That doesn’t mean that if you are in a bind you can not substitute with a commercial baby food.  Before you do this, check out this survey that was done by Health Canada to determine BPA amounts in the lids of commercially packaged baby food.  They have a table that outlines some popular choices and indicates the BPA levels in them.  Super fantastic! Survey of Bisphenol A in Baby Food Products Prepackaged in Glass Jars with Metal Lids

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