Cause We Care with a gift from Blue Ruby

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If you are doing some last minute Christmas shopping in Vancouver and want to give back this year, pop into one of the Blue Ruby locations and pick up these gorgeous bracelets that give back 100% of proceeds to Vancouver based charity Cause We Care.

“Blue Ruby Jewellery joins hands and hearts with Vancouver-based charity Cause We Care. Blue Ruby’s handcrafted bracelets provide a ‘hand up’ to mothers and children dealing with poverty and everyday challenges. 100% of the proceeds will go to the Cause We Care Foundation to support critical programs and resources such as after-school care, single mother workshops and emergency funding for single mothers in need.”

I know so many women I’d love to gift these to. Single mothers are heroic, my sister and quite a few close friends are single moms and I have big love for all of them and all that they do, all day, every day!

Thanks to Blue Ruby for supporting this charity!

C. xo

Your Little Green Shop for the holidays

little-green-shop-holiday-giftsThis is the time of year to spoil your family, friends and most of all… you! I try to keep my purchases as eco-friendly and ethical as possible. Even buying a couple of quality, earth-friendly products makes a big difference. I like to buy local, I check labels and I love a one-stop shop that I can trust and buy gifts and stocking stuffers while in my PJ’s at home!

My Little Green Shop delivers everything you need to indulge your family with the must-haves this year. Here is a round up of some gifts and stocking stuffers for a happy, green Christmas!

  1.  Glob Natural and Organic Paint Set
  2. Goki Pair of Maracas
  3. Apple Park Organic Soft Block Set
  4. Hape Garden Vegetables
  5. Swell Stainless Steel Bottles
  6. New Jammies Organic PJ’s
  7. Piggy Paints
  8. Livie and Luca Holland Boots
  9. Underdoodles Organic Cotton Underwear
  10. Kids Konserve Nesting Trio Food Containers
  11. So Young Linen Lunch Boxes
  12. ZoLi Straw Sippy Cups
  13. Fluf Organic Cotton Lunch Bags

Be Merry!

C.

Halloween Costume Ideas for Mom

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I wasn’t planning to dress up this Halloween. It seems like enough effort to get my son’s LOBSTER halloween costume together. He’s 3 now and this is a first for me, luckily I have a crafty and incredibly helpful sister-in-law to help. So much to learn being a parent!

I want to be the Mom who cooks great meals and bakes and makes their costumes, I hope I grow into these roles. Thinking now about what I’ve craved from family over the years and it’s pretty simple: cozy comfort food is the main one, a place to forget all my worries and be taken care of, now help with the kids, and security. Security and comfort. This is what I will constantly aspire to provide my kids, now and forever.

Maybe having Mom dress up for Halloween is a good first step! It would add to the fun and excitement and make better Halloween pictures and memories. Speaking of memories, have you seen the prints from Impressed? I can’t wait to try this!

Above are a few Halloween costume ideas with one simple, stunning dress. The Taylor Dress from Leave Nothing But Footprints. What would you choose?

C.

Contest | Mount Seymour Family Pass #Vancouver

Mommy Footprint is hosting this amazing contest for a Mount Seymour Family Pass, valued at $800! If you’re a skiing / snowboarding / snowshoeing mountain lover, there’s still a few days left to purchase the annual September early bird season pass (you save 72%!!).

See contest details below and Good Luck!

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About Mount Seymour

Mt Seymour is a one-stop winter activity centre for the whole family that offers something for everyone: skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, winter education programs, snow tubing, tobogganing, great food, and special events. An easy drive from Greater Vancouver carries you out of the city and into the pristine winter playground where you can take in breathtaking views of Mt Baker, Vancouver Island and beyond. Mt Seymour is a family-run organization guided by a passion for the outdoors and for providing great value and exceptional service. With a long-standing tradition of providing each and every guest with a memorable mountain experience, whether you’re seasoned pro or have never played in snow before, Mt Seymour welcomes you.

We are excited to bring Vancouver and BC families the opportunity to win a Mount Seymour Family Pass! Would you love to win a family season pass up the Mountain this year? Our VERY generous sponsor, Mount Seymour, wants one of our lucky readers to have that chance. So, let’s get on to the giveaway!

One lucky winner will win this

Family Seasons Pass ($800 value)!

Giveaway ends 10/4/14 at 11:59 pm ET! Open to BC residents 18+ and older.

Enter using the Rafflecopter form below.

Good Luck!

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Disclaimer: The participating bloggers were not compensated for this post. We are not associated with any of the companies named above. No purchase is necessary to enter. Void where prohibited by law. The odds of winning are based on the number of entries received Open to US and Canada 18+ only. Confirmed Winner(s) (by Random.org) will be contacted by email. Winner(s) have 24 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of this giveaway. My blog is not responsible for product shipment/delivery. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest. This disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Organic Baby Blankets and Bibs | Numpfer

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I’m in love with this beautiful and elegant line of organic baby blankets and bibs from Numpfer. Made from the softest organic bamboo, in classic white with a pop of colour on the edge seam, these bibs and blankets are highly absorbent and naturally antibacterial.

The bibs. So cool. The brilliant “tie on the side” was easy to put on my newborn and the organic bamboo terry cloth is so soft. We will be wearing these bibs all the time. Can be used as a washcloth too!

The blanket. Wow. A luxury receiving blanket that you will want to use all the time. It’s so soft and the perfect weight and drapes beautifully.

Locally sourced and handmade in Vancouver, BC, Canada. I can’t get enough of these organic baby blankets and bibs and now want everything made in this fabric! I hope Numpfer extends the line to include crib sheets, although I might be jealous that my baby’s bed is cozier than mine.

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I have to say that Numpfer nailed it. If you’re looking for a gift a new mom will love, this is IT.

Vivi is wearing: Numpfer bib; Baby Gap owl sweater; Vonbon leggings; Minimoc in Beluga.

C.

A few things about me | LNBF Interview

LNBF Interview

Answering questions about yourself is always a bit of fun. We don’t take the time to contemplate the “why’s” of life or ourselves very often, it all goes by so fast and our reactions are often instinctual. It can be enlightening to think about our inner life and what we are passionate about. What makes us tick and what makes us all unique!

I’d like to thank Leave Nothing But Footprints for this interview and the generous words they imparted about me, this blog and my family. I am blessed to have connected with so many beautiful, like minded people and businesses on this eco blogging journey.

In Part 1 of the interview we talk about my activism and family.

In Part 2 of the interview find out who my favourite Canadians are, which eco celebs I admire and which online shops I love!

** My new business name and launch date are also revealed in this interview. Visit my new website and add your email address to hear about my early bird promos!**

C.

 

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Don’t quit your Daydream | Eco-preneur update

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I just LOVE this painting from Jenna Kutcher at Society 6. (Ordering!)

It makes me feel warm and fuzzy and reminds me that even though it’s taking a LONG time to get there… I can’t give up.

So many things in life have taught me patience. Parenting being the #1 test of patience you could ever imagine possible. Babies, toddlers and kids have no agenda, no sense of time or hurry. In fact, they like to prolong moments. Moments I need to remind myself to enjoy with them, even if it seems excruciatingly slow and I have a million other things knocking on my brain. Patience is needed when bedtime takes over an hour. Patience is needed when my 2 yr old is having a meltdown and won’t put any clothes on and we need to get out the door. Patience is needed at dinner when food is played with but barely eaten.

Marriage / relationships have taught me patience. Something I wish I had paid more attention to a long time ago. You can miss so many good intentions and moments with impatience.

Working on my “daydream” and my new business has been a marathon of patience. Something I’ve wanted so many years to start and was finally ready to dive into when Henrik was almost 2. Then I got pregnant and worked on my business plan for over 6 months, finding random hours throughout the week to concentrate. Just when things were almost ready to go, I had the business registered, the website and logo started… I got hit with a Trademark conflict and couldn’t use the name I’d chosen. This happened a few weeks before my delivery date and I was SO upset at the thought of starting over…

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I’ve been pondering names in the wee hours of the mornings in between baby feedings and wakings. I felt like I was going crazy at times but then I found it. My new name! Which I will reveal in the next few weeks…

I’m getting there on all counts and practicing patience has helped me along.

Stay inspired!

C.