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She {hearts} Urban Baby Bonnets (Giveaway)

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July 2014 029Summertime brings with it loads of sunshine and blue skies.  While I was looking for a fashionable way to keep Holland’s head covered this summer, I came across Urban Baby Bonnets, a great Etsy shop run by Colette.

Urban Baby Bonnets are so stinkin’ cute with completely reversible prints.  They have the perfect sized brim to shade baby faces from the sun.  I actually tried another similar style bonnet while waiting for the Urban Baby Bonnet, and it just doesn’t cover as well.

The adjustable snaps on the chin strap are genius!  Holland is at the age where she will try to pull hats off and can easily untie a string.  Snaps keep her hat in place, and are also adjustable as she grows.

One cannot help but notice the care that goes into making these hats.  Every stitch and seam is perfectly done.  The quality far exceeds what can be found in the average store.

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Urban Baby Bonnets are unique and original and come in great colours and patterns.

Available in 6 sizes to fit a large range of little people.

She {hearts} Freebies

Urban Baby Bonnets would like to offer a $25 gift certificate to one lucky reader!  Please enter via Rafflecopter below.
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A winner from North America will be chosen on August 7, 2014 at 7PM CST. Please see our Giveaway Rules for further details.

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She {hearts} Fit2B Studio (update!)

imageSo it’s been a month since I told you all about my Fit2B Studio personal challenge!  I’m going to be upfront and honest, since that’s how I like to be.  I made it through the first three weeks just fine, but now that the weather is nice, I find myself putting off my workouts.

I was fairly consistent with working out 3-4 days per week for the first three weeks, and it felt good.  However, I definitely have noticed how very weak my core is, and that tells me I have a long road ahead of me yet.  Thankfully, I will have Fit2B Studio to help me regain my strength.

Did any of you jump to the challenge?  What do you like to do to keep your body healthy and your core strong?

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She {hearts} Fit2B Studio

imageI struggle with exercising.  I find that I dread the thought of high intensity workouts that leave me hurting and exhausted.  I also realize that my core needs some real help after birthing four babies.  I have something called diastasis recti, which is a separation of the abdominal muscles.  Many women have it and have no idea.  It can cause all sorts of issues.

About a year ago I came across a fantastic website called Fit2B Studio.  The workouts are gentle yet effective, totally tummy safe (for those with core issues) and I really appreciate that Beth Learn, the founder and personal trainer in the videos, dresses modestly.

Fit2B Studio offers almost 100 streaming workout videos of varying difficulty.  Membership also comes with great personal support from Beth, member forums, even a Roku channel for those that have Roku.

I have challenged myself to one month of consistent Fit2B workouts, and I want to share my journey here.  Starting this week, for the next four weeks, I will be doing at least three or four workouts per week.  I hope to work toward healing my core and becoming a stronger version of me.

Feel free to join me!  I’d love to have some accountability.  Membership is $9.99 per month or $99 per year.  Stay tuned as I update, and maybe even offer something special for our readers.

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She {hearts} Whole Grain Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

I’ve been doing my best to make our breakfasts lately, instead of just relying on a box of cereal.  Price wise and health wise, I believe that it’s much better to eat a homemade whole grain muffin than “whole grain” cereal from the store.

My sister in law brought me some zucchini from her garden recently, and I decided to try my hand at whole grain zucchini muffins.  I added some cocoa and chocolate chips to make them more appealing to the kids, but otherwise, these are super healthy.

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I started by milling 1 cup of soft wheat in my Nutrimill.  I use my mill on a daily basis.  Whether I’m making muffins, bread, biscuits, or cakes, I try to use whole grains as much as possible.

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To the flour, I added quick oats, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.

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After whisking that together, I stirred in the chocolate chips, extra virgin olive oil, honey, zucchini, and buttermilk. (I normally add an egg, but I forgot this time!) 

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I used a large cookie scoop to fill my muffin liners, and then popped the pan in the oven for about 20 minutes.

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Mmmm… delicious whole grain breakfast!

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Whole Grain Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 12 muffins

Whole Grain Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

  • 1 cup Soft Wheat Berries (measure before milling)
  • 1/2 cup Quick Oats
  • 3 Tbsp Unsweetened Cocoa
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Salt (I use Redmond's Real Salt)
  • 1/2 cup Chocolate Chips
  • 1 1/2 cups Shredded Zucchini
  • 1/2 cup Buttermilk (I use 1/2 cup milk with 1 Tbsp vinegar)
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1 egg
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Mill wheat.
  3. Add the rest of the dry ingredients. (Quick oats, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, salt, chocolate chips.)
  4. Whisk together.
  5. Stir in the wet ingredients. (Zucchini, buttermilk, honey, oil, egg.)
  6. Scoop into lined muffin pan with a large cookie scoop or spoons. (I love using parchment liners.)
  7. Bake for approximately 20 minutes.
  8. Remove muffins from pan and allow to cool on a cooling rack.

She {hearts} Happy Wrap

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Happy Wrap stock photoBaby wearing is a topic near and dear to my heart.  I still remember being pregnant with my second child, and wondering how I would ever keep up with a busy 2 year old and a newborn baby.  At that time, a friend of mine was visiting from another Province.  She told me about the wrap that she had and showed me how to use it.  I knew I had found my solution!

That was 6 years and a few babies ago.  Just a month ago I gave birth to our fourth child.  Life with four kids is fast paced and full of action!  Once again, I am in love with baby wearing, and in particular, the Happy Wrap.  It allows me to have my hands free while I tend to my older children.  Babies love to be near to mama, and this way no one has to miss out on my attention.

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The Happy Wrap is made from organic bamboo fabric.  It is incredibly soft and has the perfect amount of stretch.  The beauty of this type of carrier is that it is a one size fits all, so you don’t need to have a different carrier for Mom & Dad.

I think what impressed me the most is their clear instructions and commitment to safety.  The website is full of great information for those who are new to baby wearing and this particular type of carrier.

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The Happy Wrap is available in 5 fantastic colours and costs $48.

10% of all profits are donated to charity.

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She {hearts} BINSI

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Hi Res Prima CoverSometime in the next 4 weeks, I will be giving birth to our fourth child.  This is a special, anticipated, and somewhat scary time!  One of the things that I would like to try this time, is staying out of the bed.  I tend to have very fast, intense labours, and once I get in the bed, I can’t get out again.  Along with being free to move around, I was also looking for some type of clothing that would be comfortable, yet still accessible for birth.  Let’s face it… those hospital gowns are pretty terrible!

BINSI contacted me to see if I would like to try one of their birthing skirts, and I couldn’t be more thrilled with it!  I was sent the PrimaMama Skirt in Eclipse.    This skirt is surprisingly modest, which is something that some women are concerned with, even during birth.  It’s comfortable, breathable, and lightweight.

The features of this skirt are what really make it stand out as a great birthing skirt.  From the front snaps that go the whole length of the skirt, to the drawstring waist, to the side slits for maximum movement, the details were well thought out.  I am excited to give this skirt a go in the next few weeks!

BINSI was started by Carri Grimditch, a certified Doula and Mom, in 2005.  She was expecting her second baby and knew she wanted to feel more comfortable and confident.  She realized that less stress makes labour easier to handle.  By designing a skirt that works for both Doctors/Midwives, as well as mothers, she really has accomplished her goal or helping mommies-to-be feel confident during birth.

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  • BINSI offers several styles and colours of birth skirts, as well as tops that are fully accessible to medical equipment if need be.
  • Each skirt also comes with a set of 8 blessing beads that you can add onto the drawstring of your skirt.
  • BINSI products are proudly made in the USA.

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BINSI would love to giveaway a Basic BINSI Skirt to one lucky reader!  Please use the Rafflecopter form below to enter.  Open to residents of the US, Canada, and Australia.

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She {hearts} Steeped Tea

 photo SteepedTea_zps19aba4bf.pngKeith and I both love a good cup of tea.  Most cold wintry evenings are spent with our favourite tea in hand as we unwind.  A friend of mine from Keith’s home town also has a passion for tea, and is selling some fabulous tea, made right here in Canada.

 photo fcb6ceec-b064-4629-bab7-28216e71e51c_zpsef8def18.jpgSteeped Tea was started in Canada by Tonia, a Mom who came across Earl Grey De La Creme loose tea and fell in love.  She started having tea parties with her friends and family to introduce them to great tea, and when it became so popular that she couldn’t keep up, she decided to start a consultant based business.

Who doesn’t love a good tea party!  The company was also recently featured on Dragon’s Den, which is a very popular show in Canada.  A group of investors are presented with countless opportunities from small businesses, and they choose who they want to partner with.  Steeped Tea was lucky to be chosen and is now working with two of the investors.  The reason for the investment is to bring Steeped Tea to the US!  Starting March 18, American citizens will have the opportunity to start up their own Steeped Tea business.

Lindsey sent me three different teas and a clip on strainer so I could give it a try.  The clip on strainer definitely makes it easy to make just one cup of tea.  Scoop your favourite loose tea and clip it right onto your mug!  The teas are also really delicious.   In fact, I just enjoyed a fabulous cup of Lemon Chiffon.

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Check out Lindsey’s Steeped Tea page on Facebook for the most recent information.

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Lindsey would love to give away 100 grams of your favourite tea, as well as a mesh ball infuser!  Approx. $20 value.

To Enter: Use the Rafflecopter Widget below to enter!  (If you do not have a facebook account, you may leave a comment as your entry method.)  Open to  residents of Canada and the US only.

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