Round Up – Issue 17 July 2014


Hey Guys, well I missed June’s Round-Up. Boourns. Sorry. So I’ve got a lot to fit into this month. Let’s go!


If you are looking to get all fresh and healthy this summer, check out Eating Made Easy. I’ve featured Amelia on the site before but I thought I’d mention it again because she’s been pinning some amazing recipes on her Pinterest boards and health tips on her blog.

 

Summer is a wonderful time to frolic and run but it’s also a time when kids bonk their legs and heads so often they look like old bananas. The folks at Sleepy Owl Baby have come out with this Boo Boo stick to help those bruises, scrapes and bites heal faster. It contains arnica, organic lavender and tea tree essential oils and comes in a roll on container. They also make a Baby Gift Box that’s amazing if you’re looking for an impressive shower gift and you can order trial sizes for free right now.

 

 

There’s nothing I love more than lists so when I heard about this site called giraffelist.com I was hooked. It’s essentially a compilation of products that you may need for any scenario. I made one for Flying with a Baby, but also really liked 2nd Birthday Gift Ideas and Starting Potty Training.

 

I love this video “Reacting to my own birth”. His reaction is priceless and I love the relationship that he has with his mom. 

 

These dads reacting to feeling their baby’s kick made me teary. I know, I know, we could use this money to cure cancer but let’s just love it for what it is.

 

One of my most dreaded duties as a new mother was writing thank you cards (I know, it sounds shitty but keeping track of mailing addresses and finding stamps was about the last thing I wanted to do with a newborn.) Still, I really wanted to thank people for thinking of us so I wish Paperless Press had been around then. It’s e-cards but beautiful and tasteful. You can also go the good ole printed route for friends and family that would get their knickers in a twist with a digital card. 

 

There are a lot of pregnant lady videos on YouTube but I really think this one is one of the best.

 

This is such a great article called, “The Stay-at-Home Mom Conspiracy Theory” by Janie Porter.

“So I feel like stay-at-home moms have been keeping a big secret. I would almost call it a conspiracy.

Why didn't anyone tell me it would be this hard?”

 

I found this article from the New York Times about what pregnant women around the world Google just fascinating (here’s the graphic too – I love the original artwork with it.)

 
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I need to keep track of this article, “10 Things I Want to Tell My Kids Before They're Too Cool to Listen” by Kate Bartolotta because I love it so much and I just know I’ll forget where I saw it.

 

If you have kids that are (or coming up on) media age – apps, movies, books, tv shows, DVDs, etc. – I highly recommend checking out Common Sense Media. They give very detailed reviews that are extremely helpful and accurate and cover ages 2 – 13+.

 

If you missed this What’s Up Moms video about infant CPR and choking in the newsletter, be sure to check it out here. It’s a good one!

 

I posted this video on Facebook after the guy that made it sent it to me. I thought it would be cheesy but I ended up bawling my eyes out from the happy feels. "Your dream came true, Bear! It fucking came true!"

 
Three Dog Photography

Three Dog Photography

There are many great week-by-week baby photos series, but I really thought this one from Three Dog Photography was truly exceptional. 

 

I’m trying to find out where I can get one of these donut Lego holder things that we saw at Legoland. The people I’ve tried to contact from the location and the holding company have no idea where they came from – crop circles, Stonehenge, soft Lego donuts. So if you know where I can find one, let me know. Also, if you’re looking for a place to take the kids in Toronto (well, I guess anywhere that has them) I highly recommend it. I took the boys there (age 6 and 8 and Lego obsessed) and I actually got to sit and drink a coffee in peace while they ran around and had a blast.

 

How cool are these custom temporary tattoos you can have made for birth announcements from tattooest.com?! They aren’t cheap but, man, are they neat. The whole site is bad-ass actually. 

 

You know all those incredible second-a-day videos that are out there? Well, this guy came up with an app called 1secondeveryday that can easily create them. 

 

Lastly, I think this is my favourite tweet that has ever been tweeted.

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Round Up – Issue 16 May 2014

May Round Up before the last day of May! What?! I’m ahead of the curve this month, Fuckahs!


First up, I love WINK (When In Need of Kindness) – a buy-one-give-one toiletry bag company. When you buy one of these lovely clutch style toiletry bags filled with luxury products, they send another one to Ronald McDonald House Family Rooms.

“If a parent is in that room, things are not good. These basic necessities are sometimes all a parent needs when confronted with a critically ill child.”

They start around $30.

 

 

Tell me this idea that Kindermint came up with isn’t brilliant. They buy and sell kids clothes in mint condition. So just pack up your pristine, outgrown baby duds and sell them to these guys. You can take the cash or use the credit in the online store. I found this Baby Gap skirt for $3.99. This Gymboree T-shirt (with the tags still on it) for $3.49. Calvin Klein Jeans for $5.49. You can see how it works here.

 

 

If you haven’t heard of What’s Up Mom’s then check out their YouTube channel. My latest favourite is from Elle called “Friends Without Kids”

 

Speaking of favourite, this series of magazine headlines that are converted to what we really should be saying are the shit.

 

A long time staple of the baby registry is the NoseFrida, so I love this amped up snot sucker from CLEARinse. I like it because it irrigates AND aspirates the nose. This means it adds a little saline to the snot before it gently sucks it out, so if you’re dealing with a real gummy cold, you’re going to be able to move the mess easier. It isn’t cheap at $100, but when you have a baby that can’t sleep because he or she is congested it's worth every penny. Plus, there's less of an ick and germ factor you get from siphoning mucus out of another person with your mouth. You can find it on Amazon.


 

This Baby Book of Disasters, from the Ugly Volvo, should exist. I would buy this book in a heartbeat.

 


This weekend is Mother’s Day (yay) which means Father’s Day is going to creep up on you while you’re not looking (yikes). I was poking around Zazzle and found some really neat stuff. It also doesn't hurt that you can get a gift AND a card all in the same place. You can check out: new dad gifts, funny dad gifts, and university dad gifts, just to see a few of the gabillion options.

 

Okay, this blows my mind. These guys at News Worthy Video will create a custom newscast to announce a pregnancy, birth of your child, birthday, etc. It only takes 24 to 48 hours to turn around and you can even write the script! They are on sale right now for $50. 

 

The folks from Joann Grace Designs asked me if I’d be interested in customs towels for the boys. I said, “sure” thinking they’d come in handy this summer and the kids would get a kick out of them. Um, they lost their damn minds when they showed up.

I had no idea the ‘power of a towel’ when you stick a kid’s name on it. My 5-year old decided that it was not a towel but a blanket – a very special blanket that he sleeps with every night. My 8-year old takes it to his swimming lessons and walks around with it like he’s the King of Spain. The company make pillow cases, towels, and blankets and I highly recommend them if you want to knock the socks of a kid.

 

Speaking of my family, I was invited to take them to Medieval Times in Toronto. Let me tell you something, I’ve been doing this website for just over four years now and this (combined with 'sleep towels') was the first time they decided it was a worthy endeavour.

I was a little worried it was going to be cheesy – hey, I’ve thrown myself on a grenade for the sake of my children’s entertainment before – but I really enjoyed it.

There are princesses, horses and dreamy knights, for kids into that. Competitions, battles and cheering, for kids into that. The performers really do a great job – I would like to say I didn’t lose my fucking nut when the red and yellow knight kicked butt in the jousting round... but I can’t. I think I was also overwhelmed by the fact I could enjoy a beer while my kids ate an entire dinner without complaining about it. Ye be awesome.

 


 

Hey, and Happy Mother's Day. May you pee alone and eat something other than a granola bar over the sink.

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Round Up – Issue 15 April 2014

Hello, Spring? Where have you been hiding you, sassy bitch? (Still hiding by the looks of Toronto today.)

Okay, let’s get down to business here. Here are some of my faves this month:

Hank Azaria did this interesting video series called, Fatherhood. I haven't watched them all but I really liked the 'Screen Time' episode. He speaks to a bunch of his celeb buddies who all weigh in on how they dole out the technology at their house. I thought it was a nice conversation starter without getting judgey.


 

I love this video, From Bump to Buzz. Not only do I love the tune, but I love the people in it. My favourtie part is when she just pops out of the room to give birth – because it’s always like that.

(Check out his wedding speech on YouTube as well. No one is topping that shit. Ever.)

 

Quick Reads:

  1. 45 Ultimate Tips for Men – clever guide for all men (and boys)
  2. Word from a Father to His Daughter – a letter to his daughter after visiting the makeup aisle
  3. Parents you are Being Lied To, by Jennifer Raff – In the light of the recent measles outbreak this is an interesting article on vaccines.
  4. The Invisible Moms Club by Lizzi Rogers – the miscarriage club that nobody wants to belong to.

I thought I’d covered everything in my Happily Ever After Giving Birth post, but this article from Pile of Babies, After-birth: 10 surprises from those first days after delivery, covered a whole bunch more. Man, birth really is a treat sometimes.

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This little angel seeing fireworks for the first time made me howl. Here are another 18 Babies Experiencing Things for the First Time – Buzzfeed

 

I love this kid:

And I love how Elmo and Craig Robinson recreated it:

 

I seriously think that people who don't find this series of Beau and Theo adorable need to seek counselling.

@mommasgonecity on instagram

@mommasgonecity on instagram

 

Love the matching look that this little guy and his ole dad have:

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Imgrur

 

Such a sweet shot from Kendall Price (look her up if you live in Reno)

Kendall Price

Kendall Price

Well, that was timed well.

(Let me know if you know the original ORIGINAL source)

(Let me know if you know the original ORIGINAL source)


The folks at Best Buy asked me if I wanted to come for a “personalized shopping experience to guide me in making the perfect mobile selection.” I didn’t need a phone for myself but my mom needed one so I thought I throw that challenge at them.

I went in on her behalf so I could “experience” it (and to see if they’d try to screw her over). I was really impressed with their knowledge and their honesty. They figured out the best phone, the best provider for the area she lives in, and the cheapest plan. Next time I upgrade I’ll use them because they aren’t limited to one provider (I hate my provider because they are a bunch rat-shit thieves that reside in Satan’s anus) so I’ll get the best deal with the best product…you know, like the Best Buy! You see what I did there? They can steal that for their tagline along with “We don’t reside in Satan’s anus.”

 

Two Pinterest boards that may be worth checking out are my Easter board and my Mother's Day board. I especially like the toddler basket ideas (candy-free options) and some of the personalized and/or quick gifts for you and your mom – may as well capitalize on the grandchild obsession while you can.

 


'Til next time!


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