February 24, 2011

Baby Gourmet Review & Giveaway

I was recently sent an All Stage Sample Pack of Baby Gourmet baby food to try out on J. These are made with 100% organic ingredients.  They come in this super cute and fun for kids packaging.  The packaging also has a double duty, working hard for parents to make sure you can get every last drop of goodness, and also that it's BPA free, and come on, your kids are going to love squeezing their food out.

They come in 3 stages.  Stage 1 is simple purees for 6+ months, Stage 2 is yummy combos for 7+ months, and Stage 3 is tasty textures for 8+ months.

In the All Stage sample pack J received, it contained:

  • 1 pouch of Stage 1 Orchard Apple, Carrot & Prune
  • 1 pouch of Stage 1 Juicy Pear & Garden Greens
  • 1 pouch of Stage 1 Harvest Pear, Pumpkin & Banana
  • 1 pouch of Stage 2 Baby’s Sweet Potato Pie
  • 1 pouch of Stage 2 Apple Sweet Potato Berry Swirl
  • 1 pouch of Stage 2 Roasted Squash & Fruit Medley
  • 1 pouch of Stage 3 Vanilla Banana berry Risotto
  • 1 pouch of Stage 3 Tropical Banana Bliss
  • 1 pouch of Stage 3 Old Fashioned Apple Crisp

Her favourite seems to be the Harvest Pear, Pumpkin & Banana.  I let her decide which one she would like to try based on the pictures.  She likes bananas, so it was expected by me to be her choice.  I gave it a try as well, and it tastes just like what it says. Yummy.   She really had fun getting to slurp out of the pouch itself.  She felt like a big kid, but also got to decide how much food she wanted at a time, and likes squishing, because, every kid loves to squish ANYTHING...lol 

Each pouch comes with a recyclable screw on lid, so you can re close it if your nugget will want to come back to it soon.  These are great for your diaper bag or purse, you never know when a hungry cranky kid will attack. Taking up way less room than a jar, and because it's packaging is adaptable making them fit into smaller spaces.  These are yummy and fun so your little nugget is going to think this is a treat, and you're going to love the healthy goodness getting into their growing body.  They can slurp it right out of the pouch itself if they're a little older, and enjoy it, or you could put it into a bowl and spoon feed.  They can be served straight out of the cupboard,  cold out of the fridge, or served warm (do not heat in package).  Each pouch contains 128 ml (2 servings)

The packaging is going to keep that yummy goodness fresh on your shelf for 15 long months!  So keep these on hand just in case a snow storm happens.  That's just like keeping canned goods in your cupboard, but know that these are way healthier, contain no added salt, sugar, thickeners, fillers, and are delicious.  You might even catch yourself taking a taste or two.  I mean you wanna know what your precious cutie is eating.

With so many of these baby foods some of them taste, ummmm, like butthole.  Don't people ever think that babies/children deserve a healthy food that also tastes good.  It seems that lots of people are forgetting that these young ones are also people, and come on, they're not going to be eating something that makes them gag.  Just because they don't know what they're missing doesn't mean they don't have taste buds.  At Baby Gourmet they make sure to do just that.  Give you want you want to feed that sweet little child, while also making sure the one eating is is happy and excited to eat.  This makes feeding time so much easier, and not so much of a chore.

As an added benefit to you, each pouch has loyalty points. Just set up an account and track down the points from the back of your pouch. Just to let you know how many points you can get, when ordering a sample pack you will get 600 points for ordering online.  These will add up fast!  Read more about their loyalty program here.

There are so many great flavours to choose from.  I would suggest feeding your nugget foods 1 at a time to rule out any allergies before trying mixed foods.  J was allergic to cow's milk, peanuts, and tree nuts for the 1st  2  years of her life.  She had to carry an epi-pen everywhere we went just in case.  You never know if there might be an allergy there.   Everyone is different.  Then once you know they can handle the foods in certain pouches, you can introduce them. Knowing very well you're doing it the safest way possible.  

I think Baby Gourmet is a great addition to any parent's food list.  They are super healthy, very yummy, fun, and enjoyed by kids.  Also a little side note, from looking at my pics of J you can see Baby Gourmet isn't just for babies.  These are great for toddlers and older kids as well.    

Win It
Baby Gourmet is giving one of my readers their very own All Stage Sample Pack 

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This giveaway is open to  Canadian residents.  Closes March 24th 2011 at 11:59pm Eastern.  MUST complete mandatory entry for all entries to count.  

February 22, 2011

Leap Frog - Save $10 when you spend $50

I am definitely a Leap Frog momma.  I really find their products fun and educational for J.  Pretty much everything we got her for Christmas was Leap Frog lol, but we did find some great deals.

Right now until February 28th 2011 you will save $10 when you spend $50 online.  Check out their deals.


Orders placed on the Canada online store with a minimum merchandise total of $50 submitted by 11:59PM PT on 2/28/2011 will receive a $10 discount off of entire order. Minimum purchase amount necessary to qualify for the $10 discount, does not include tax or shipping. This offer may not be combined with other total order discounts or promotions. Offer valid through 11:59PM PT 2/28/2011. Discount does not include tax and shipping. No adjustments can be made on prior sales. No substitutions or cash equivalents. Offer subject to change without notice. Offer void where prohibited or restricted by law. This offer is only valid in our Canada online store at www.leapfrog.ca.

Freebie - Samples of Maybelline Fit Me Foundation (facebook)

If you have a hard time finding that perfect shade for your skin tone, or are thinking about switching brands, th is is a great freebie for you.  Maybelline is giving away 10,000 free samples of their Fit Me foundation, each sample will come with 18 shades (samples) to help you find your shade.  Make sure you like them on facebook, then click the Fit Me tab to get this freebie.

Please Mum - Save 50% with $50 purchase

this is a great in store deal for us parents.  Right now for a limited time when you visit a Please Mum and spend $50 before taxes you will save a whopping 50%!!  Your savings will be applied to the original ticketed price though.  With spring right around the corner it's a great time to go out and get them that brand new wardrobe.

Petcetera - $20 off when you spend $60

If you're planning to visit your local Petcetera before February 26th make sure you print this coupon out.  This will get you $20 off if you're making a $60 or more purchase.  You'll have to be a Petcetera member, but if you aren't already it won't take long to become a member.  You'll just fill out some paper work (quick) at the cash and there you go, savings for you.

Freebie - Sample of UnderJams

Visit UnderJams and fill out their form to get yourself a free sample to try.  

*Limit one per household. While supplies last.
 Trust is a cornerstone of our corporate mission, and the success of our business depends on it.   P&G is committed to maintaining your trust by protecting personal information we collect about  you, our consumers. Click here for the full details of our Privacy Statement.

Payless Shoes - Take an additional 20% off until March 8th 2011

This is another in store or online offer.  You'll get an extra 20% off your total purchase!  One coupon per purchase.

Shop the latest women’s spring arrivals, kids’ athletics, handbags, earrings - everything and take an additional 20% off your purchase.*

To redeem online, enter coupon code 42777 during checkout for 20% off your purchase. To redeem in-store, print this page and present it to any Payless store associate at the time of purchase for 20% off your purchase. Store associates: Please enter coupon code 42777 into your registers.

* 20% off your total purchase. Limit one coupon per purchase. Present your coupon in-store, or to redeem at www.payless.com enter coupon code at checkout, to receive the discount stated on the coupon off your next footwear or accessory purchase. Coupon must be presented at time of purchase. The coupon is only valid on the purchase of the products indicated and may not be used for the purchase of gift cards. Not valid on prior purchases. Coupon not transferable and cannot be combined with other discounts or promotional codes. The coupon is valid in-store and online in the U.S.only. Offer is valid in-store only for Puerto Rico, and Canada. Offer is not redeemable at Shopko locations and where otherwise restricted, prohibited or taxed. Void if copied, altered, transferred, purchased or sold; codes may not be posted or obtained on Internet. Redemption subject to review and verification. Cash value 1/50 cent. Coupon code 42777. Valid through 3/8/2011.

Mother Of A Sale - Win a $250 Cloth Diaper Start Up Set!! Starts February 22nd 2011

Visit Mother Of A Sale on facebook and enter to win!
Just write on their wall  “MOAS I want to win the $250 cloth diaper set” , it's as easy as that.  Make sure to pass this along :-)

Sales Event Update......Mother Of A Cloth Diaper Sale starts Feb 22 

WIN a $250 Cloth Diaper Start Up Set!!!!
MOAS is giving away 3 new lines of cloth diapers to one lucky MOAS fan worth $250.00 .......Way’s you can win:
*Share our facebook event on your wall to all your friends
*Blog about Mother Of A Diaper Sales event starting Feb 22nd 
*Post on our FB page “MOAS I want to win the $250 cloth diaper set”
Bloggers please note that for posting our CD event, and you can receive a sample for review of a new line of cloth diaper coming soon to MOAS. 
Email us your post to service@motherofasale.com (limited samples)

Gap - 40% off any 1 item February 23rd 2011

Use this offer in store or online.  Print this email coupon out to visit them in store tomorrow and get a whopping 40% off any 1 item, or use coupon code "LOVEWED40" to check out online.  

*Offer valid one day only February 23, 2011 at 12:00 a.m. ET through 11:59 p.m. ET. Offer valid in Canada only on one regularly priced Gap merchandise item purchased online and in stores. Not valid at Gap Factory or Gap Generation stores. Not valid on sale. Offer is good for one time use only. To redeem in stores, email must be presented to cashier at time of in-store purchase. Discount applies to merchandise only, not to GiftCards or applicable taxes. No adjustments on previous purchases. Not valid for cash or cash equivalent. . Offer is not transferable and cannot be combined with other offers, including the Gap Inc. employee discount. Not responsible for lost or stolen cards. Offer is not transferable. Offer is not valid on international shipments.

Harveys-bogo until February 27th 2011

Yum!  You'll have until February 27th (Sunday) to use this coupon.  Print this out, visit your nearest Harveys and  buy a sandwich, and side or 20 oz drink and get a 2nd sandwich (of equal or lesser value) free!
Also check them out on facebook to stay updated on all their great coupons.

February 20, 2011

Freebie- Sharpie Liquid Pencil (email offer)

A fellow SmartCanucker posted this in the freebie section:

For a FREE Sample of Sharpie Liquid Pencil*,
email your name, company name, and mailing
address to: sharpiepen@sanford.com

*While supplies last, subject to a limited
number of samples. All requests must be
received by 6/30/2011.

Old Navy Adult Jeans Sale 1/18-2/24

If you're an adult and you need some jeans, Old Navy is the place for you this week.  You'll have until February 24th (Thursday) to get some extra great deals on adult jeans.

Chapters picture frame sale

Wow if you're in the market for picture frames, visit a store you most likely would of passed over.  Chapters is having a HUGE sale, marking all frames under here to 75% off!

4 x 6″ Picture Frames
5 x 7″ Picture Frames
8 x 10″ Picture Frames

February 17, 2011

Rockin' Green Winner!

Sorry I'm late in posting the lucky winner, today is this old lady's birthday, so I went out for lunch with my nugget, mom, and 2 of my sisters, and came home and spent some time with J (the nugget) and we're taking a break from watching Up right now.  :-)

The lucky winner of the Rockin' Green Giveaway is.....

# 194 - Michelle_B

Congratulations!!!  and thank you to everyone who took the time to enter.

Michelle, I will be sending you an email in the next few minutes, just reply within 48 hours and I'll forward your info to the lovely ladies at Rockin' Green.


February 16, 2011

Peekaboo Bottoms' "mini" facebook frenzy February 17 2011

Peekaboo Bottoms is having "mini" facebook frenzy tomorrow (February 17 2011)  8pm-10:30pm est on their facebook page.  It will be on items they are further reducing and  clearancing out.  Check it out :-)

P.S  check out the giveaway Peekaboo Bottoms is hosting on ABC's of Life


February 15, 2011

GREAT deal for families at Harveys- Coupon

You have a few days left to take advantage of this coupon, and you can print and use it as many times as you want before the expiry date of February 21st 2011.  This coupon is good for 2 original burger combos, and 2 kids burger combos.  All for a low price of $16.99.
I'm so hungry right now, I wish I had a working printer.... :-(

Harveys sent out this great deal to my email, and also posted on facebook, so be sure to like them for more deals and foodies.
Get your  coupon from facebook, and click download photo on the far left.

February 14, 2011

Bird Kingdom Ticket Deals (WagJag)

Bird Kingdom has 2 ticket deals on WagJag right now.    These are great prices for a super fun thing to do, especially when it's cold and yucky outside.  Make it a family day :-)

Get a senior pass for $7 (a $14 value)

Get an Adult pass for $8 (a $17 value)

Get a child pass for $6 (a $12 value)

Offer Details
  • Expires November 28, 2011

  • Unlimited buys

  • Includes tax. Voucher has no cash value. No cash back

  • Highlights
  • One of Niagara's prime attractions

  • Hundreds of tropical bird species to watch, hold and feed

  • Nocturnal animals and reptiles

  • About Bird Kingdom
    The earliest bird sanctuaries operated as a rest home for stressed out banker pigeons, where they eventually learned to live by the mantra, “keep calm and carrion.” Today, you can view sanctuary guests in much higher spirits with this WagJag; get 50% off on admission to the Bird Kingdom in Niagara Falls.
    As one of the biggest indoor aviaries in the world, the Bird Kingdom is considered one of the best and most popular attractions of the Falls. More than 400 species of tropical birds fly freely throughout this lush multi-level paradise, available to be held and fed by any visitors. Some of the birds here are rare or endangered, making this your only opportunity to get close to some truly unique creatures. The aviary isn’t just for the birds, however; the building also includes a collection of saltwater fish, spiders, bats, snakes and other fascinating reptiles to spy on.
    The Bird Kingdom is a fantastic family attraction for people of all ages, and with this WagJag, you can pick up tickets for every member of your flock (check out the links to the right for other price points). Don’t chicken out – bring your camera and spend the day in a summery wonderland for animal lovers.

    EdenFantasys Winner!

    Happy Valentines Day!!!
    Thanks to everyone who entered, and the lucky winner is....  #115 Aimee

    I will be sending you an email in just a few minutes :-)  Just reply within 48 hours or a new winner will have to be picked.

    I hope everyone has a great love filled day, with whatever you end up doing.


    February 12, 2011

    Freebie- McDonalds Coffee February 28th- March 6th

    From February 28th every day all the way up to March 6th you will get a free small coffee from McDonalds!
    I don't personally drink coffee, but have heard tons of people say they actually prefer this coffee Tim Hortons.

    Fantastic Facebook Day Sale & Auction! February 14 2011

    This Valentine's Day, make sure you pay a visit to New Mama Shop on facebook.  From 11:00am until 10:00pm they will be having some awesome deals and auctions.  Also, for every 100 fans they get (after their already 650 likes) they will be giving away a prize!

    "Please pass this invite on! You don't want to miss this... check back for more info on our "Share the Love" week. We will be having special events, sales & giveaways all week long ending the week with our Customer Appreciation Day on Saturday."

    Location:                                                                                                                                                                                                                       296 Ridge Rd. North (Across from the Post Office) in Ridgeway, Ontario
    L0S 1N0

    About:                                                                                                                                                                                                                       We offer a unique selection of products to cover you from pregnancy to pre-school! From wooden toys, safe feeding gear, skincare to classes...you are sure to find just what you're looking for at New Mama Shop. We have a play area for the kiddos,too!

    February 9, 2011

    Giveaway Winners!!

    Congratulations winners!! :-)

    Look Who's Growing: Jessica -jessicatang90 at gmail dot com

    Kahava: Donna -donna444444 at yahoo dot com

    I will be sending you both emails in  a few minutes, you will have 48 hours to reply or I will have to pick a new winner.  Thanks so much to everyone who entered.

    February 7, 2011

    Peekaboo Bottoms Review & Giveaway

    Peekaboo Bottoms is a natural parenting store located in Welland Ontario Canada.  They make it easy to shop, you can go into their store front, do phone orders, or go online.  Peekaboo Bottoms offers a wide variety of modern, organic and environmentally friendly items for moms, babies and toddlers.  I can honestly say a large selection of products we have bought for J we've gotten here.  
    Amy started up Peekaboo Bottoms back in 2007 when she had a hard time finding cloth diapers and environmentally friendly baby items in the Niagara Region.  And boy has she expanded.   Starting out as an online store in 2007, opening her 1st store in 2008, and recently expanding again to a huge store in 2010.  
    If you had to ask how many things I've gotten from Peekaboo Bottoms, my invoices would be super long!  They sell all the brands we love for diapers-FuzziBunz, bumGenius, and Flip.  They carry our favourite wet bag-Planet Wise, the most stink proof wet bag I've ever come across.  They sell amazingly durable and attractive diaper bags.  Nursing bras that still make momma feel hot, low cost pregnancy and ovulation tests.  They offer a wonderful mix of classes open to the public.  Great quality toys for our nuggets, which takes us to my review.  

    J got to review the Melissa & Doug Animal Stamp Set.  She had so much fun!  This was her 1st ever stamp set.  I knew she would love this set because she LOVES animals.  Any kind, she adores them.  

    Sorry for the glare, you'd think I'd take the wrapper off 1st eh

    The Pros
    -Nice chunky stamps, great for you little's one's hands
    -Super cute animals, that actually look like the picture on the stamp!
    -The ink is washable!!
    -It helps teach your children about animals
    -It's a good value for your money
    -Who doesn't love wooden goodies for the kids

    The Cons
    -The box is made just the right size to house the stamps, which is great for packaging, BUT when your nugget is trying to take stamps out, or put them back in, with the rubber it is a sticky situation
    -Since it's such a tight fit, you get ink on all the tops of the stamps (you can wipe it off) and on the actual box, which you can't wipe off.
    -I found the pencil crayons pretty light, which is great because it makes it possible to see the stamp through the colours, but they are very faint.

    J having tons of fun!
    All in all I'm super glad this made it into our house.  This is a great way to help teach animals to your nuggets.  They can tell you their names, what sounds they make, and if they're older where they usually live.  J loves this, and has used it many times since she took it home.  I like how the animals actually look like what the stickers looks like. I know that's the 2nd time I've said it, but come on, anyone with kids and stamps knows how they usually hardly look like the actual stamp.  

    Buy arts and craft supplies from peekaboo Bottoms

    Buy It

    Clementine Art - Natural Crayon Rocks

    Melissa & Doug - Palm Stampers - Pink

    Melissa & Doug - Vehicles Stamp Set

     On Monday February 14th ONLY (online or in store) you'll be able to enjoy 15% off any brand of RED, PINK or WHITE CLOTH DIAPERS. Additionally you'll be able to save 10% off any PINK ICE or BLUSH coloured Bravado Bra! Details will be posted on the HOME PAGE of our website a couple days prior with coupon codes (if applicable). 

    Win It
    Peekaboo Bottoms is giving one of my readers a $15 gift voucher to spend at their store.

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    1.  Visit their online store, and let me know another thing you'd love to try from Peekaboo Bottoms.
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    This giveaway is open to US & Canadian residents.  Closes March 7th 2011 at 11:59pm Eastern.  MUST complete mandatory entry for all entries to count.