Made in Canada: Interview with Mighty Trio Organics

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Do you make omega fatty acids a regular part of your diet? If not, you should! Mighty Trio Organics makes three delicious cold-pressed oils, to help make adding nutritious omega fatty acids to your life easy, and delicious. I reviewed their canola oil on Wednesday, which you can read here. I also regularly buy their flax seed oil, and am going to start buying their hemp seed oil, now that I have some ideas on how to incorporate it into the meals I eat! Now, for the interview with Mighty Trio Organics.

1. Why did you create the Mighty Trio Organics company?

Sean and I were avid hemp oil users and wanted to share this ( and other) amazing oils with everyone. We also are dedicated to local food systems and were wanted to produce a product from farmers that we know and sell directly to local consumers.

2. What makes you passionate about your products?

I am amazed about the health benefits of cold pressed oils. We have a very fresh product. I love that we source seed as close to home as possible.

3. What are some of your favorite ways to use each of the Mighty Trio oils?

 Popcorn!!! I love hemp oil, salt and nutritional yeast all over air popped popcorn. Right now the only thing I put on salads is a mix of tamari and flax oil- you get the satisfaction of the healthy fats and the salty of the tamari... so good! At our house we use flax and hemp on our supper table as condiments and drizzle a little on anything from baked potatoes to pasta, soup or oat meal.

4. Can any of the oils be used for cooking with?

If so, what temperatures can they be cooked at and still maintain their properties? Hemp and flax are not recommended for heating at all, they both have very low smoke points and the omega goodness is compromised, we always use those oils raw. our canola is great for baking or light sauteeing. our cold pressed canola oils' smoke point is  460F

5. How did you come up with the name "Mighty Trio"?

The "Mighty Trio" was born out of the idea that there is three mighty parts to a sustainable food system. The Farmer, growing our seed, The processor (us), creating the products to be sold to The customer. The idea is that these three parts make up a strong local food system.

6. Where are the canola, hemp, and flax sourced from that are used for your oils?

Our Canola seed is certified organic and comes from Galahad, Alberta. Our hemp seed is organically grown in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, and our flax seed is grown in St. Albert, Alberta.

7. Why should people buy Mighty Trio oils? What makes it different from any other oils on the market?

Mighty Trio supports local farmers!!! We do small batched cold pressing, which means that it is truly the freshest oil you will find.

8. When you first started out, did you know Mighty Trio Organics was going to be a success, or did you have your doubts?

We, of course were very hopeful, and yes, we wondered if others would love these products as much as we do.

Like what you read? If you want to know more about Mighty Trio Organics, you can view the review for their cold-pressed canola oil, or go to their website. You can also follow Mighty Trio and get updates from them on Facebook and Twitter.

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Photo Friday - June 28th, 2013

My husband's idea of "watching the baby" is letting him destroy everything on the bottom two bookshelves. A couple years ago, that would have driven me crazy. Now, I just sigh and shake my head. Oh well. At least he cleans it up after! My husband that is, definitely not the baby. 44 weeks.

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Announcement: Winner of Cloud + Lolly Giveaway

Thank you to all of you for visiting the blog, reading, and entering the Cloud + Lolly giveaway! It was wonderful for Cloud + Lolly to be a part of the "Made in Canada" series. If you like the blog and want to continue seeing amazing reviews and giveaways, please take a moment to vote for me on Picket Fence Blogs and Top Mommy Blogs (you can do it by clicking the buttons on the sidebar on the right hand side of the blog). Also make sure that you "Like" us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!

Now for the giveaway winner! I hope this lucky lady is very happy with their new three pieces of jewelry! Even I'm jealous!!! Without further ado...

Congratulations!!! You have 48 hours to respond. So go check your email! 

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Made in Canada: Mighty Trio Organics Cold-Pressed Canola Oil Review

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Being healthy can sometimes feel like a chore. It can also feel impossible! I am very familiar with this feeling. Growing up, my family's idea of a healthy meal was instant mashed potatoes or white rice, a vegetable out of a can, and beans out of a can or some other source of protein that was "cooked" in the microwave. Breakfast was always cereal, or, on a rare occasion, pancakes made from a pancake mix with real (gasp!) banana slices tossed in. Milk was always mixed with Nesquik to make it tolerable to me, since I never liked the taste. Dessert was a grocery store cake, or one of those Freezies ice sticks in a tube with the exciting colors and artificial flavors.

When I was about twelve years old, I guess my mother's history of nursing school switched some kind of light in her head. She did a ton of research, and really started to change our eating habits. Our concept of "food" changed dramatically. We were introduced to these bizarre greens we'd never heard of before called "kale" and "chard". To our surprise, we found them quite tasty! A whirlwind of other changes then took place ("What? Rice can be brown?"), and as a result, the health of each of us took a turn for the better. While one part of each meal was still a pre-made product prepared in the microwave or the oven, that was a necessary part of cooking for my poor mother, whom hates cooking, who was trying to cook for our family while also being the sole breadwinner of our large family.

Being conscious about what you, and your family, are eating can be overwhelming, especially when you first take the dive into it. But some things can be very easy, and require very little effort.

Incorporating Mighty Trio Organics into your diet is one of them! The "Mighty Trio" is three amazing cold-pressed oils: canola oil, hemp oil, and flaxseed oil. These are an amazing, and tasty, source of omega fatty acids for anyone who would like to easily add more omegas into their daily diet! Drizzle them on salad or toast, eat them with a fancy bread, mix some into a batch of hummus or another dip, or add a few spoons of it to a smoothie!

Until I was about 16, the only oils I really knew anything about were olive oil, canola oil, and vegetable oil. Once I was midway through my teens, my mother introduced flax seed oil and borage oil to our diet. While borage oil is very strong and overwhelming (which is why they put it in a capsule), I was an immediate fan of the creamy nuttiness of flax seed oil. We only ever purchased one brand, Spectrum. While it is very good, there was always a hint of something in the taste that was a little off. I recognized it as the same culprit when I drank bottled water. The taste of... plastic. Yuck! But, I didn't know of any flax seed oils in glass, so I learned to live with it. I am delighted to say that Mighty Trio Organics packages in glass! Except for the 4L containers, since there's no glass big enough to hold that much liquid conveniently. The absence of plastic for their 750 ml bottles means you will taste nothing but mouth-watering cold-pressed oil.

The canola has a light flavor, with an aroma of hominy (at least to me it does). The hemp has a more earthy, dark taste. The flax is rich and nutty. This Mighty Trio can provide you with a healthy, balanced amount of omega fatty acids. The canola may surprise you! Unlike the cooking oil you buy in a grocery store, Mighty Trio's organic canola oil has a distinct flavor. I used the canola oil in place of butter when making popcorn using our Cuisinart popcorn maker, and it was absolutely divine! It has so much flavor, you could even put it into a bowl with a little salt and pepper, and dip a nice bread into it. That's something I've always reserved olive oil and flaxseed oil for in the past. Now that summer is finally, officially upon us, there are some other great uses for the canola. Its flavor is still very neutral compared to the hemp and flax, which makes it great for adding to salads! Whether it's pasta salad or potato salad, use a few spoons of canola oil and trim down on the mayonnaise. That's just one of the many ways you can effortlessly add a healthy portion of omegas to your meal!

Are you getting your daily omegas? A sample of one day's lunch for me a few days ago was: 10 cheddar and potato perogies drizzled with two teaspoons of Mighty Trio organic canola oil, 1/2 an avocado sprinkled with a pinch of pink salt, and 1 1/2 cups Good Karma Flax Delight.

If you would like to learn more about Mighty Trio Organics, be sure to come back on Sunday for the interview! You can also learn more and purchase this mighty trio for yourself by visiting their website. You can also find Might Trio Organics on their Facebook page! Remember to also come back next week for the next part of the "Made in Canada" series!

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Disclosure: This product was received by myself in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Embracing the Post Baby Body

One of my biggest fears of pregnancy was that I would get fat and that there would be nothing I could do about it. I don't mean "fat" as in the baby belly, either. I mean fat everywhere else. The kind of fat that lingers long after baby is no longer camped out in the womb. This really did scare me. I can't express why without delving into the deep-seeded root for it.

At the age of about 12, I hit puberty, and gained a lot of weight. With all of the stress in our family, food became my comfort. Everyone in my own family, except for my mother, teased me about it. I don't blame my younger siblings for it at all, they were following suit without really thinking about it. I'm sure they thought I didn't care. But at the time, I was still very attached to my biological father, and he would go out of his way to tell me on a daily basis that I was fat. Then, there was my grandfather. I loved my grandpa, who passed away a few years ago, dearly. Goodness knows he was the responsible, traditional, proper man that Chinese culture taught him to be. Keyword here being: traditional. A couple times a week, if he saw me eating more than I really needed, he'd tell me in his limited English vocabulary, "Lalia, you eat too much. Fat, no good. Should look nice, so when you grow up, you find nice husband." My grandpa was just being my grandpa. It honestly didn't sting too much when he talked like that, since he was being honest, and truly trying to be helpful in the only way he knew how. The irony, however, was not lost on me, when my grandpa would also tell me not to exercise if he saw me exercising. Exercising is for gaining muscle, didn't you know? And girls shouldn't exercise. They should be thin and delicate. Apparently diet alone was the answer to my problems! Who knew?

No, that certainly isn't what bothered me. In fact, sometimes my grandfather's comments, especially about exercising, made me chuckle. He was traditional through and through. I couldn't expect him to be any other way, as a man in his 80's who knew no other way of life. What stung was being called a "fat cow" over and over, by my own biological father.

After about a year, I had had enough. I was sick of it. My solution was extreme dieting, coupled with extreme exercise. Some days I consumed 500 calories. As I am sure you realize, that's not healthy for a growing child. Especially coupled with two trips of 1 hour exercise routines at the gym, daily. My mom knew something was wrong when I started refusing dinner, saying that I wasn't hungry. I could tell she was hurt, and concerned. So I started accepting meals again, and I would eat the vegetables while skipping the carbs and protein, and then sneak the food back into the cooking pots when I knew she wasn't looking. This went on for a few months. But at around that time, I had my first boyfriend. He helped to build up my self esteem that had completely emptied out, and I started to feel better about myself. Thank goodness, I started eating three full meals again, and decreased my exercise regimen to one 1 1/2 hour trip a day. Slowly, I did thin out. I went from a bulky 190 pounds, wearing a size 12 in women's jeans, to a trim and toned 160 pounds, wearing a size 6. I realized I was at a good place, my body really isn't meant to be any smaller. I couldn't picture myself ever fitting into a size 2. My grandfather's comments stopped. In fact, his concerned comments turned into warm compliments. He'd randomly start chuckling, and I'd start chuckling just because he was. I'd ask, "What's so funny?" And he'd answer, "You so beautiful!" I didn't even know how to answer. I had become so conditioned to the insults, I didn't know how to respond to a compliment. To this day, I still don't.

What didn't stop, were the insults from my biological father. He didn't ever acknowledge any of my weight loss, and continued to call me a fat cow, with a nasty tone in his voice. There's no doubt it was intentionally meant to be hurtful. It was at that time, one morning, when a light bulb went off in my head. He was a miserable, unhappy person. And he was trying to make me miserable to feel better about himself. I would never be thin enough, I would never be smart enough, I would never be good enough. My relationship with him completely fell apart. I went from being the little girl who thought he was the center of the universe, to barely every acknowledging his existence again.

Before anyone jumps to any conclusions about my behavior towards him being too extreme... I will mention he was physically and emotionally abusive to my mother for 20 years. As well as to myself and my siblings, without my mother's knowledge while she was hard at work during the day. I will not get into that in depth until sometime in the future, however. That is another tale for another time.

This history is what made me worry so much about weight gain that would be inevitable to pregnancy. I could not allow myself to be in a position where that part of my life could repeat itself. Internally, I worried that if I got fat, my husband wouldn't love me anymore. It's horrible, and untrue, but subconsciously, I started to feel that if I didn't look great, people couldn't, and wouldn't love me. So, as I briefly mentioned in my very first post about how my husband and I found ourselves beginning our adventure in parenthood, I decided I did not want children.

For the first few years of our marriage, my husband would mention things from time to time that told me how much he wanted to be a father. But I insisted we would not have any. However, quietly, in my head, I kept thinking about it. I mulled over all of the things that I was worried about, and, on the flip side, all the things my husband and I could gain through parenthood. And all that we could give to a child, including the type of love we both had lacking in certain aspects of our own childhoods. Finally, after we had been married for 2 1/2 years, I had hit a wall. I couldn't think about it anymore and come to a decision without discussing it with my husband. I voiced my concerns, and he reassured me that he wouldn't love me any less, even if I did gain weight.

During my pregnancy, it was both textbook and not. I never had much in the way of morning sickness, and the extent of my cravings were a two week period when I was 8 weeks along. I took my prenatal vitamins religiously, and did my best to eat healthy. What I did not do, was eat for two. Unfortunately, I think this common saying has contributed to a lot of grief for a lot of expectant mothers, since you are not eating for two (which projects the image that you're eating for two of yourself). You're eating for yourself, and a growing baby, who starts out smaller than a poppyseed, and eventually grows to the size of a small watermelon. While the baby has a lot of nutritional needs, the caloric demands that require you to eat more are not very great. It is advised to eat more meals, but in smaller potions throughout the day. At the end of the day, I'd find myself eating barely more than I would on a regular day. I was also getting mild exercise, and seemed to be in better shape than anyone I knew, pregnant or not. I went to the Canada Day fireworks, by which time I was 7 months pregnant, with three other people, and I beat all of them up the flight of about 40 stairs to get out of the park. I also climbed the grouse grind of Grouse Mountain while 6 months pregnant. It took me a grueling two hours and 1 1/2 water bottles to do it (my husband took maybe two sips from his by the way---this is why I joke he's a lizard), but, I did it. While the limits of each person are unique to that individual, I knew when I did each of these things, I was not exceeding mine.

To my surprise, at the end of it all, when I went to my postpartum check-up with my OB/GYN, I had lost 12 lbs. throughout my pregnancy. I had started at 190 lbs, wearing a size 6 in jeans. I had surely thought I had gained weight, since I was wearing a size 12 immediately post-baby and am now wearing a size 10. But I had gone down to 178 lbs! My hips had simply gotten larger enough that I had been bumped up two pant sizes. Prior to Baby E being born, I was also greatly concerned about how else my body might change. I seriously considered purchasing one of the products available on the market to shrink hips back down to pre-baby size after baby arrives. In the end, I decided against it. I told myself my body would change, and while I may not love it, I would learn to live with it.

What I hadn't expected, is that my husband would love my post-baby body. He informed me just the other night, that with my larger hips, I now have a barbie or supermodel figure (excuse me while I laugh really at that a little). While that could be perceived as good or bad, he went on to say that it was funny that my post-baby body was a better shape. And it's true, I seem to be an even hourglass over my more apple-shaped prior figure, and I still weigh 12 lbs. less now than I did before even getting pregnant. I certainly had never expected my post baby body to be an improvement!

Goodness knows we can all be our own worst critics. While, of course, the superficial things are not the most important, they are our first impression, which is probably why we place so much value in it. Post baby or not, we'll pick ourselves apart or compare ourselves to others, and feel inadequate. But it's important to remember that at the end of the day, attention goes to those who embrace those very "inadequacies." Whether it's Barbra Streisand with her nose, or Forest Whitaker with his "lazy eye" (from eye ptosis): these individuals aren't talked about as if their uniqueness is holding them back, instead, they are recognized and appreciated for it. We live in a society obsessed with perfection (or the appearance of it), getting so wrapped up in it, we forget that if everyone were to be successful at attaining perfection, we'd be a cloud of identical individuals. We would be boring, and surely we'd all feel as if we haven't reached perfect after all, because perfect is supposed to be something we're not. Like the holy grail, it is just another unattainable concept and idea we torment ourselves with.

It's now been 10 months since Baby E was born. And when I think of it, I haven't just come to live with my post baby body. Call me "the glass is half full," but while I could really do without the display of stretch marks along my belly and on my sides, I have learned to love the new curves it has given me. Heck, even the stretch marks play their part, in a way. Those stretch marks have significance, from a time when Baby E's knowledge of the world, was the world that exists within me. So what I thought would never happen, has happened. The impossible has become possible. I have embraced my post baby body. I am a lion, hear me roar.

If you haven't had your baby yet, are you worried about your body changing? What makes you feel the way that you do about your body? If you already have children... How has your body changed since having children? What do you feel has been a positive change?

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Made in Canada: Interview with Sweet Jane Clothing

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Did you catch the review and giveaway of the fox onesie for the amazing Sweet Jane Clothing a few days ago? If not, you can click here to read it, and enter the giveaway! The kind, witty, and wonderful mind behind Sweet Jane Clothing, Crystal, allowed me to interview her for the series. It certainly gave me a chuckle, and I hope you'll like it, too! Below you can find the interview, and pictures from Sweet Jane Clothing's booth at the local farmer's market.

1. First, this isn't a question, but please tell us a bit about the person (or people) behind Sweet Jane Clothing!

Sweet Jane Clothing is a line of children's clothing for boys and girls designed and made in Edmonton by me, Crystal Tracy.  I'm very inspired by vintage fabrics and sewing patterns and try to incorporate vintage fabric and trims when ever I can. I also applique' clothing with Canadian prairie animals like bison, foxes, owls, magpies and blue jays as well as tried and true animal favorites like cats and dogs.  It's really important to me that what I make is high quality and will last for years.  I love the idea of a garment being handed down so more than one child can get use out of it. I've been selling my children's clothing at various markets and on-line since 2011.

2. What is the story behind the name Sweet Jane Clothing?

Well, I guess it's kind of a combination of my love for music and my time as a radio dj in campus and community radio in Edmonton.  Sewing and radio have been the only things that I've REALLY loved doing and felt passionate about.  There isn't anything else that I'm willing to get out of bed for at 5 a.m.!!  (except a crying baby but that's a different category of passion).  One of my favorite bands when I was a teenager was Velvet Underground and in trying to come up with a name for my business that had a bit of a vintage vibe to it, I thought of the song, Sweet Jane by Lou Reed of Velvet Underground. 

3. Where did you get the inspiration to create Sweet Jane Clothing?

I'd been interested in sewing since I learned to sew in Junior High but I didn't really take a serious interest in it and learn how to sew well until I was pregnant with my third child in 2009/2010.  Around this time my husband bought me a used sewing machine and I became obsessed with vintage fabric and sewing patterns from the 1950s and 1960s. The thought of working for myself by selling something I made was so exciting to me that I wanted to pursue it and see if people would like what I could make.  I've always looked up to other women who make their own lines of adult clothing in Edmonton like Cinder and Smoke and Fridget and thought I could do something similar but with children's clothes.  I knew there wasn't anyone else in the city selling they style of children's clothing I intended to make so I thought I could fell that niche.  I sold dresses made from vintage fabrics and sewing patterns at my first craft show, The Royal Bison, in May 2011!

4. I know you have children of your own. How do you balance work with family life?

Ha, ha.  I struggle with this all the time!!  I have 3 kids, only one of which is in school and I'm going to lie, I find it difficult to juggle sewing, kids and working part time at what I call my, "regular pay cheque job." I'm really lucky and have a very supportive husband who will watch the kids on weekends and evenings so I can sew.  I've also relied on friends in the past to babysit or to come over and help me with cutting out applique' pieces.  In September my middle child will go to kindergarten and I'm saving money so I can put my youngest in daycare an extra day per week.  A whole day of uninterrupted sewing during the weekday is so exciting for me, it makes my mouth water!! I'm hoping that having that extra day in the week will cut down on how much time I have to spend away from my family on the weekends. 

5. Did the very first product prototype you made at the beginning of Sweet Jane Clothing look very different than it does now?

Oh my goodness - yes! I've really gotten so much better at sewing and feel much more confident about the products that I sell.

6. Do you have a favorite product in your line?

I like any of the appliques that allow me to use vintage fabrics, like the owls, cats or dogs.  I have a huge collection of vintage fabric and it's so exciting to put them together to make something unique and fun.

7. Sweet Jane is still in the early stages of development. How would you like to have grown the company 5 years down the road?

I've had to grow things really slowly since I have so many other important responsibilities besides sewing but in 5 years all my kids will be in school and much more independent so that will free up a lot of my time.  I'd like to see my clothing in stores across Canada.  I'm still trying to figure out the wholesale thing.  I'm not sure it's right for me right now.  I'd also like to see my products in more blogs and in print or on-line magazines.  I'd also like to say that I work for myself full time.  Saying that Sweet Jane Clothing is my sole source of income is a frightening but thrilling proposition that seems much more likely 5 years from now.

8. Last but not least, tell us, are there any new exciting products on the horizon?

I'm always thinking of new applique' patterns.  Right now I'm thinking about Canada geese, hippos and whales!

You can find Sweet Jane Clothing on Facebook or on Etsy. So do yourself a favor and go "Like" her Facebook page and take a look at her online shop on Etsy (you can even favorite her shop while you're there)! That way you can get updated by all of her latest creations! If you're lucky enough to be an Edmonton, AB local---because then you can get your hands on some Sweet Jane Clothing in person (not because you live in Edmonton, if you live in Edmonton, you have my sympathies)---you can also find her at the City Center Farmer's Market! Dates she will be attending the market are: June - 15th, 22nd, and 29th. August - 17th and 24th. September - 14th and 21st. October - 5th.

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Announcement: Winner of Comfy Joey Giveaway

I want to remind individuals entering giveaways on my blog, or on any others, to read the instructions to make sure you understand completely how to complete that entry. I had to generate a winner 3 times, as the first two only did the last half of the entry---therefore it is incomplete, and they couldn't win.

Hopefully these winnings will be a great start to the weekend for the winner! Without further ado...

Congratulations!!! Check your email! You have 48 hours to respond. Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Eco Books 4 Kids "Spirit Bear" Kickstarter Campaign

Eco Books 4 Kids is a unique publishing company that offers books to children with environmental themes. Some of the proceeds from every sale go towards conservation of the species a specific book is about. Which offers the wonderful combination of education and species preservation with every purchase!

Currently, they are running a Kickstarter campaign in an attempt to raise the funds needed to print their first book, "Spirit Bear" written by Jennifer Harrington.

What is "Spirit Bear" you ask? Although the name sounds fictional, this is the name used for the sub-species of black bear that results in a bear with a pure white coat. These beautiful creatures live in the Great Bear Rainforest of British Columbia, right here in Canada! Only about 200 of these bears are in existence, and Eco Books 4 Kids and the author of "Spirit Bear" are hoping to raise awareness about this amazing bear! All in the hopes of educating people about spirit bears, and hoping that Canada will protect them, and their habitat.

But for this to happen, they need your help! The Kickstarter campaign ends on July 1st. That is only 9 days away! You can pledge as little as $2, if you don't have a lot to spare. But if you can offer a little more, there is a variety of great pledge options, one of which is sure to be a great fit for you! A $5 pledge, and you can receive the eBook, and some educational resources. A $20 pledge (there are only 63 spots left of this type) is the early bird special, and with this pledge you will receive a signed paperback copy of "Spirit Bear" as well as an animated version of the ebook for your child to enjoy. There are many more options for higher pledges, some options give you a wildlife photo of your choice from wildlife photographer Tim Irvin!

Why else is Eco Books 4 Kids worth supporting? They truly are committed to the environment! The printing of "Spirit Bear" will be done in Canada, printed on 100% recycled paper, with a FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) cover. Impressive, isn't it? To learn more about Eco Books 4 Kids and what they are all about, visit their website today.

Please be a part of this. Help get "Spirit Bear" in print so it can make an impact on the survival of these great bears! Pledge here today! Thank you for reading.

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Photo Friday - June 21st, 2013

Baby E making adorable faces at me for the camera while we were at the library! 43 weeks.

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Announcement: Winner of Boubeads Nursing Necklace!

Thank you to all of you for visiting the blog, reading, and entering the Boubeads giveaway! I feel completely honored that Boubeads wanted to work with me for a review and giveaway, and kicked off the "Made in Canada" series! If you like the blog and want to continue seeing amazing reviews and giveaways, please take a moment to vote for me on Picket Fence Blogs and Top Mommy Blogs (you can do it by clicking the buttons on the sidebar on the right hand side of the blog). Also make sure that you "Like" us on Facebook!

But anyway, back to the point... Right, the giveaway winner! I hope this person (and their little one) are very happy with their new custom three-strand Boubeads nursing necklace. Without further ado...

Congratulations!!! You have 48 hours to respond. So go check your email!

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EatSmart Digital Kitchen Scale Review & Giveaway from Momma Lew's Blog

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When a person embarks on a weight loss journey they usually invest their money in many products such as a gym membership, a scale, weights, etc.  But, the one thing I usually see many of my peers forgetting to purchase is a kitchen scale!  One of the biggest diet sabotagers is eating what you think is the right amount of food and then finding out that in fact you may have eaten as much as double your daily allowance!  I remember years ago when I followed Weight Watchers, talking about apples.  While a small apple (149g) has only 78 calories, a large apple (223g) can have close to 120 calories!  And just like everything in the store today being extra large, apples are no exception.  When you are keeping a close eye on your daily calorie intake, being confident in the size and portion of your food is vital!  The Eat Smart Precision Elite Digital Kitchen Scale is the type of product you need to use to rely on complete accuracy!  
The Eat Smart Precision Elite is the newest of Eat Smart's products.  I really like it's sleek silver design, making it a stylish accessory to your kitchen counter.  I always keep my scale on the counter, doing so allows for quick & easy access when I am cooking or baking!  The Precision Elite features:
  • EatSmart Precision Elite Accuracy Technology,
  • Easy 2 button operation,
  • Tare Feature - subtraction the weight of any plate or container, 
  • Backlit LCD Display, making it very easy to read,
  • Durable & large stainless steel platform, 
  • 4 measurement modes:  grams, ounces, kilograms & pounds, 
  • Can hold up to 15 pounds and is accurate to +/- .1oz,
  • 3 minute auto-turnoff, 
  • Includes 4 AAA batteries
  • FREE Calorie Factors Book

Eat Smart was founded in 2005 and since then they have been devote to creating innovative health care products that fit the needs of their customers and the community around them.  Every product Eat Smart carries comes with their 100% Eat Smart Satisfaction Guarantee.  If it does not meet your standards, return it for a replacement or a refund.  The Precision Elite comes with a 2 year warranty.   
All of the Eat Smart products can be found on Amazon and the Precision Elite Kitchen Scale retails for $34.95 with free shipping and handling. 
Check out my Shrimp Stir-Fry recipe on Eat Smart's Blog
Eat Smart would love to give one of my lucky readers their own Precision Elite Kitchen Scale!  The giveaway is open to readers 18+, in the United States.  To enter, follow the steps on the rafflecopter below! 
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Good luck!

Made in Canada: Sweet Jane Clothing Onesie - Review & Giveaway

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I'm as picky about my son's clothing as I am about my own. I figure since my husband and I are only planning on having two children, I might as well do things right and get super cute clothes. Since I have a little boy, I love finding cute little onesies, t-shirts, pants or one-piece outfits that have dinosaurs, cars, camping or outdoor themes, etc. But I also love things with animals. My son has a bunch of clothing with adorable elephants, raccoons, monkeys, and puppies.

Occasionally, one of the pieces I buy, which of course are made overseas, has a defect. A rip, a hole, stitching that comes loose, or a piece of fabric that was sewn with it sticking out, rather than tucked inside, etc. It's just one of those things about mass produced clothing manufactured in another country. Depending on where I bought it, sometimes I can take it back to the store to be sent out for repair, other times I can exchange for the same item, but other times, nothing can be done. At which point I am faced with the dilemma of tossing out a much loved clothing item, living with the defect, or putting in the effort to repair it myself. Now, with a good quality item that is made to last, I have no issues doing this. I love extending the life of something that would otherwise be tossed out. I simply find it frustrating to shell out good money for something and then have to modify the purchased product because of an imperfection.

None of that can be said about the adorable collection of Sweet Jane Clothing. They're unique, they have cute, modern prints, and they are handmade right here in Canada. Each bib, onesie, cardigan, skirt, t-shirt and dress are handmade with care and attention to detail that makes each piece flawless. She uses inspiration from the wildlife of Canada to create designs featuring bison, magpies, and more! The lovely lady behind the sewing machine, Crystal, also incorporates vintage fabrics when possible to create one-of-a-kind pieces. There is a boyish design featured on both a t-shirt and onesie with an adorable robot that I have my eye on for purchasing in the near future.

The baby fox onesie, which is green and features a large design of a fox on the front is absolutely to die for! It seemed like a perfect piece to start with for my first experience owning a piece of Sweet Jane Clothing. When taking a closer look, I was immensely impressed. I love the softness of the fabric, 100% cotton. There was also no awkward or dramatic shrinking, so there are no surprises after washing. I also love the placing of the design. With a lot of onesies, the pattern or design is smack in the middle, resulting in half of it being covered up when the little one has bottoms on. But not with this onesie! The design is perfectly placed, and so it ends up looking like the fox's little feet are sitting on top of the waistband your little one has on. It fits just right everywhere it should---lots of room for baby's legs to grow, spacious but not too loose around the neck, and the sleeves aren't too snug. Sweet Jane Clothing products are sweet, indeed!

The quality is so good, and the design so cute, a friend of mine had assumed it was from a well-known brand such as Gymboree! The clothes at Sweet Jane Clothing do, in fact, seem like they could be found in a specialty boutique, especially with their very own custom label on each piece.

If you would like to purchase this onesie, available in sizes for infants from 3 months to 18 months, click here. Or if you would like to take a look at the other beautiful products made by Sweet Jane Clothing, please visit their Etsy shop. You can also find Sweet Jane Clothing and follow them for updates on Facebook! Please head over and "Like" her page! Don't forget to also come back on Sunday to read the interview with Sweet Jane Clothing!

This review gets a little sweeter with a giveaway! Sweet Jane Clothing is kindly giving away the same fox onesie I reviewed to one of our readers! The onesie will be in the winner's choice of size (3-6 months, 6-12 months, or 12-18 months). Enter below using the Giveaway Tools form. Good luck!

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Disclosure: This product was received by myself in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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