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 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.)


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! 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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Branch Basics Review

Let me start by saying I’m a bit of a hypocritical hippy. By this I mean that I am all for natural organic granola items if they work, but I’m getting the shit banned in 12 countries to kill earwigs in my garden if the baking soda/unicorn mist doesn’t work – sorry honeybees and polar bears. I should also note that I fully recognize this is something I should be working on personally.

So, when the folks at Branch Basics asked me if I wanted to try their cleaning product all I could think was, “please be half decent.”

Well, it wasn’t. It was awesome.

So Branch Basic is this cleanser base that is totally organic, totally biodegradable and full of food grade ingredients. It can clean virtually anything from babies to barbeques.

They sent me a bottle cleaner along with an empty spray bottle and hand soap dispenser. I took a look at the card and figured out what the ratios should be for each one and filled them up.

First I washed my hands. Humph, nice job, but I’ve used concoctions I’ve mixed up in a Pinterest flurry to wash my hands so I figure that doesn’t count. Then I washed my counter. Got the sticky mystery glob up. Check. Then I cleaned the bathroom and it got the tub clean and all the pee off the rim of the toilet (welcome to boys). Check. I used the spray on the mirror even though the ratio for glass what lower (hey, I was standing there so I gave it a shot) so I had to buff off a slight film. Then I noticed the next day that the mirror didn’t fog up when I had a shower. Check! What witchcraft is this?!?!

I ran the dishwasher using it. Clean dishes without chemicals, plus, no sudsy explosions. Check. I washed my hair with it and it totally worked. Check. I used it in two loads of laundry – one white and one dark – and the clothes came out great. Check. Then finally I used it to clean my sink with a sprinkling of baking soda and it shone like Tom Hiddleston’s smile. Check, check and check!


I’m sold.

Now, I didn’t have anything really horrific to clean (which is actually surprising as I live with three males and a cat) so I couldn’t test it on tar, vomit, blood or wine spills so I can’t vouch for those yet. But, man, I was really impressed with how well it works on the stuff I did clean.

My other thought was, “I wonder if I could make this?” (See Pinterest flurry above.) I was keen on this vinegar and Dawn mixture thing I saw a few times and it worked great except I dislike that lingering smell of vinegar in my house and, while Dawn is better than some bleach cleansers, it contains crap like methylisothiazolinone and sodium laureth sulfate so I don’t know how far ahead in the game I was getting.

I looked at the bottle and while I recognized all the ingredients, these aren’t things you pick up in the grocery store. Plus, it isn’t that expensive and works out to about 11¢ and ounce (the average cleanser is about 20¢ an ounce) so there’s no point in my brewing this up in my basement anyway.

It comes in a few sizes: 32 oz, 128oz and the 5 gallon bucket which no doubt you would take a picture of to show any person that questioned your commitment to the environment and your family’s health – “chemical free, bitches! Boom!”

My only sadness is that they don’t ship to Canada yet so now I’m going to have to cross the border with three cases of Diet Snapple and two buckets of Branch Basics. ”Nothing to declare here, eh!” 

Perhaps Ed Begley Jr would be willing to ride some over on his solar powered unicycle to a fellow hippy, who is now a little less hypocritical.


If you’d like to try out Branch Basics for yourself, you can use the code: CHICK25 and get 25% off until July 21, 2014.

Happy cleaning!

Although I was compensated for my time, I do not accept payment for positive reviews and only write about stuff I like and recommend – ain't got time to write about shitty stuff.
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MMmmore Coffee

Hey, remember how Kraft sent me their new Keurig® Compatible Pods a while back and how I’ve been sipping on the rich Swedish glory of Gevalia ever since? Mmmm, välsmakande!

Well, for all of you that won the samples from the last post, you now have a chance to win a $50 Visa Gift Card!

Simply let me know what you thought about the samples in the comments below by this Thursday (July 17th) along with your full name (be sure it’s the same name you used in the contest so we know who you are) and winner will be chosen at random.

Plus, everyone can check out the site to get a $1 off Maxwell House, Gevalia and Nabob Keurig®* Compatible Pods and for more info.

Winners all round, man!

Good luck!

NO PURCHASE NESSESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Winner must leave at least 1 comment to be entered in the draw. Additional comments will not increase chances of winning. Winner will be randomly chosen. Winner must reside in Canada and be 18 years and over. Winners from my first blog post have until Thursday July 17, 2014, 12pm to post a comment. The winner will be contacted by sheblogs on July 18, 2014 by 5pm EST.
*Works with Keurig® K-Cup® brewing systems. Not compatible with Keurig Vue® coffee makers. Keurig®, Keurig Vue®, and K-Cup® are registered trademarks of Keurig, Incorporated. Keurig, Incorporated is not affiliated with Kraft Canada Inc. Although this post has been generously sponsored by Kraft Canada, the opinions and language are all my own, and in no way do they reflect Kraft Canada.

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