2016 Ford CMAX ENERGI Review

2016 Ford CMAX ENERGI

The 2016 Ford C-MAX ENERGI is a cute little hybrid car that seats up to five, comfortably. We got to drive around in the new 2016 Ford CMAX ENERGI for a week, and enjoyed it for several reasons. Below, are our 5 favourite features of the 2016 Ford C-Max ENERGI.

2016 Ford C-MAX ENERGI Hybrid

2016 Ford C-MAX ENERGI Hybrid

SMARTGAUGE WITH ECO GUIDE

Gabriel really enjoyed the next-generation SmartGauge® with EcoGuide because it provides real-time information to help you maximize efficiency from your C-MAX ENERGI. He also really enjoyed the fact that he could have so much control from the steering wheel, with the easy-to-use five-way steering wheel-mounted controls (hands-free calling, music search and control).

Another cool feature that caught our attention was the Trip Summary that was provided at the end of each trip. It provides the distance travelled, energy use, brake score and total km. As your driving efficiency increases, the right-side cluster display screen grows leaves and vines.

2016 FORD C-MAX ENERGI 5 way steering wheel

Ford C-MAX ENERGI -Easy-to-use five-way steering wheel-mounted controls

2016 Ford CMAX ENERGI [SmartGauge with EcoGuide]

2016 Ford CMAX ENERGI [SmartGauge with EcoGuide]

OPTION TO PLUGIN OR NOT

Ford C-MAX Energi Plug-In Hybrid gives you the option of plugging in for a recharge or not plugging in. Designed for efficiency by combining an advanced high-voltage lithium-ion battery and electric motor with a gasoline engine. The plug-in capability allows you to fully charge the vehicle in 2.5 hours, using the available 240-volt home charging station, or overnight, with a 120-volt outlet and standard convenience cord. C-MAX Energi uses an air-cooling system to regulate battery temperature and help maximize battery life, so you can maximize kilometres from each charge. Another feature, EV Mode, lets you choose which mode to drive in – electric only, gasoline only, or a combination of gas and electric.

If you want to recharge the vehicle, simply plug the convenience cord that comes with your vehicle into a standard 120-volt outlet. Very convenient that you can charge right from your home!

2016 Ford C-MAX ENERGI [Hybrid]

2016 Ford C-MAX ENERGI [Hybrid]

PUSH-BUTTON START

Simply have the available Intelligent Access key in your pocket or purse near the driver’s door (the system senses when the key is nearby). Then touch the door handle to unlock the driver’s door or all the doors. Once inside, just press the brake pedal and then the start button. Shift into gear and go. Standard on Ford C-MAX Hybrid SEL and C-MAX Energi.

FOOT-ACTIVATED, HANDS-FREE LIFTGATE

Probably our favourite feature is the foot-activated, hands-free liftgate. With the available Intelligent Access key in your pocket or purse, just kick your foot under the bumper and the available foot-activated, hands-free liftgate will automatically open, providing easy access to the trunk space. This is especially helpful when your hands are full. I’ll admit, it took a little bit of practice to get it right away. It wasn’t as easy as it looks in the commercials.

2016 Ford CMax Energy- Trunk Space and Battery PLug-In

2016 Ford CMax Energi- Trunk Space and Battery PLug-In

REVERSE SENSING SYSTEM

As you slowly back up, the available Reverse Sensing System beeps as you near objects behind your vehicle. The closer you get, the faster the beeps. Gabriel loved this feature, it was easy and convenient to just look at the screen or listen for the beeps.

The Ford C-MAX ENERGI also has a good amount of storage for spacious little car.  The second-row seats fold flat, providing more space if needed. And there is second-row in-floor storage compartments in the footwells behind the front seats. In the back, we were able to fit all of Gabriel’s work equipment (light stands, cameras, tripods), Luna’s stroller and a little carry-on.
We definitely enjoyed having the Ford C-MAX around, and got used to all the technologically advanced features. What would be your favourite feature of the C-MAX?
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2016-Ford-CMAXEnergi-Hybrid-

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PURiiN SPA & Wellness: Flotation Therapy Experience

I have heard all about flotation therapy from family and friends who had experienced it, and it sounded like something that would be right up my alley. I mean, who wouldn’t want 90 minutes to themselves in complete solitude, away from the hustle and bustle from City life? So when I got the chance to experience flotation therapy at Puriin Spa, I was ecstatic, to say the least.

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PuriinSpa-FlotationTherapy-ColonHydrotherapy

Flotation Therapy

Flotation therapy, also called sensory deprivation, inspires deep relaxation and physical benefits as you float weightless in a tank of Epsom-infused waters. Floating in a flotation therapy suite can help achieve a deep state of relaxation. It allows the body to recover from stress, relieves pain, stimulates blood-flow through all tissues, and helps the body release natural endorphins.

Upon arrival, we were warmly greeted by the Puriin Spa team, and shown around the quaint little spa. Shortly after, we popped into the change room and got ready. In the change room, you will find your robe, sandals and locker provided by Puriin Spa. We then headed to the lounge for a bit of pre-flotation relaxation.

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PuriinSpa-DowntownVancouver-FlotationTherapy-Reception

FLOTATION SUITE

After settling in, and feeling ready for our flotation experience, we were shown to our sensory deprivation suite. We had opted for the “float suite” because my girl friend was a little nervous and didn’t want to experience sensory deprivation alone since she is a little claustrophobic. The float suite features a large flotation tub, in which two adults can float together. There is no “lid” like the individual pods, that you can pull down. Also included in the suite, a large  enclosed shower, equipped with beautiful shower heads and the best Aveda products.

One of my favourite features in the float suite for couples was the appearance of  dim “stars” up on the ceiling. We had complete control of these tiny little lights, if we wanted them on or off. We went for the later.

90 MINUTES OF BLISS

My 90 minute flotation therapy session was amazing. Being able to float, in complete silence without a care in the world was bliss. I was able to escape my mind, and get into a meditative state of relaxation, releasing everyday tension and stress. When it was announced over the room speaker that our 90 minute session was over,  I couldn’t believe it.  We took our time exiting the flotation tub because after 90 minutes of floating, you can feel a little dizzy.  A warm shower was just what we needed, we left that suite feeling like a million bucks, lol.

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Puriin Spa- [Floataion Suite]- For Couples

As mentioned, the flotation suite is great if you have anxiety or claustrophobia, but still want to experience flotation therapy. It is an open, spacious alternative, that will give you the same experience of relaxation as a pod. Also, a great couples 90 minute retreat. I can totally see Gabriel and I doing this together for an anniversary, something relaxing and romantic!

RELAXATION LOUNGE

In our cozy robes and sandals (provided by Puriin Spa), we headed back to the relaxation lounge. We each cuddled up on a chair, by the fire place and indulged in some much needed girl time. The relaxation lounge is a warm and inviting room with comfortable chairs, blankets, and fire place. In the lounge, you also have the options of hot tea, fresh flavoured water, and a light snack (fruit). The relaxation lounge is the perfect spot to unwind before heading into your 90 minute flotation session, and after it too!

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PuriinSpa-DowntownVancouver-FlotationTherapy-Lounge

FLOAT POD

The individual float pods are in private rooms, which also includes a shower. The pod has a “lid” that you close for complete darkness.

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Puriin Spa [Float Pod]- Individual Floating Therapy

In addition, Puriin Spa also offers the most technologically advanced tools for colon hydrotherapy. This personalized experience transforms a procedure into an enjoyable, holistic experience.

Puriin Spa is located at Unit 200- 1128 West Hastings Street, in Downtown Vancouver.

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Aleva Naturals Baby Skincare Products Review

As a parent, you want what’s best for your kid. For me, that means living a balanced lifestyle (good food, experiences/travel/leisure/education), and using safe and truly natural products. Because what goes onto our body, also goes into it. When our Little Moon was born, we bought all sorts of natural and organic baby skincare products, to see what worked best for her. And one of our favourite brands happens to be Canadian made, Aleva Naturals.

Aleva Naturals is a line of maternity and baby skincare products that protect yours and your baby’s skin safely and effectively. Developed by a naturopath, herbalist and pharmacist; specially formulated to deliver therapeutic results that leave a soft and healthy feeling skin

We’re fans of Aleva Naturals products because they contain only the purest natural and organic baby-friendly ingredients; meaning their products are free of the following harsh and harmful chemicals:

  • Artificial fragrances or perfume
  • Sulphates, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)
  • Formaldehydes
  • Lanolin
  • Colorants/dyes
  • Pthalates
  • Chlorine
  • Ethyl alcohol
  • Parabens

Below, you will find our review on four of Aleva Naturals baby skincare products.

Aleva Naturals Baby Skincare Products Review

Aleva Naturals Baby Skincare Products Review [2-in-1 Hair and Body Wash], [Sleep Easy Hair and Body Wash], [Berry Bubble Bath], [Daily Soothing Moisturizer]

Aleva Naturals 2 in 1 Hair and Body Wash 

I love self-foaming hair and body wash, especially now the Luna is a little older and wants to help clean herself during bath time. It’s easy for me to pump into her hand, and she can wash herself. Don’t worry, I do a round myself, just to make sure she is actually clean, hehehe.

The 2 in 1 is gentle on the eyes, and leaves her hair smelling lovely, like chamomile. I found that it also gently removed flakes from Little Moon’s cradle cap, thanks to the Tea Tree Oil.

As a body, it leaves her skin feeling soft and smooth.

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Aleva Naturals- [2-in1 Hair and Body Wash]

Sleep Easy Hair & Body Wash

I use the Sleep Easy Hair & Body Wash if I’m giving Lunita a bath before bedtime because its lavender scent is soothing and relaxing. Cuddling after an evening bath is the best! The combination of Organic Aloe Vera and Natural Grape fruit extracts moisturize your baby’s hair and skin, making it feel soft and silky.

Aleva Naturals- [Sleep Easy]: Hair and Body Wash [Lavender Scent]

Aleva Naturals- [Sleep Easy]: Hair and Body Wash [Lavender Scent]

Berry Bubble Bath

I really like this bubble bath because the berry scent does not stick around on the skin. With just one squeeze, you get an awesome amount of long-lasting berry bubbles. The combination of Organic Aloe Vera, Organic Shea Butter and Organic Olive Oil moisturizes, while Natural Chamomile and Tea Tree Oils soothe & protect baby’s sensitive skin.

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Aleva Naturals- [Berry Bubble Bath]

Daily Soothing Moisturizer

Huge fan of the Daily Soothing Moisturizer because it can be used on the face and body. It softens, moisturizes and protects baby’s delicate skin. Shea Butter and Oatmeal helps soothe irritation while Sweet Almond and Olive Oils leave the baby’s skin soft, supple, and silky-smooth.

Aleva Naturals Baby Skincare Products Review

Aleva Naturals- Daily Soothing Moisturizer

Now that you’ve read a little bit about Aleva Naturals and a couple of their products, I’m interested in hearing what you think! Have you heard of this line of baby skincare products before?

Oh, I’d also like to mention that Aleva Naturals are vegan and never tested on animals. You can find the entire Aleva Naturals maternity and baby skincare products at various retailers in Vancouver, like London Drugs, and Toys-R-Us. If you are in the USA, you can find them at Babies-R-Us.

 

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Ways to Relieve Nausea Naturally

Today I’m sharing my favourite ways to relieve nausea naturally because feeling queezy during pregnancy can be very uncomfortable. Especially if you have it for more than a couple of days, or weeks. Ugh, and if you’re anything like me the first time around, nausea for 6 months, it is really uncomfortable.  These options worked great for me, hopefully they can provide some relief for you too!

Ways to relieve nausea naturally

Spearmint Gum

Chew some spearmint or peppermint gum. Chewing gum kept my mind busy and didn’t allow me to focus my energy on feeling nauseous.

Essential Oil

  • Dab spearmint essential oil on your wrists at the beginning of your day, or when you are heading out. When you begin to feel nauseous, smell your wrists. Slowly breathing in through your nose, and exhaling through your mouth.
  • Kleenex with spearmint -In a small ziploc bag, place a couple kleenex and add a few drops of spearmint essential oil onto the kleenex. Keep in your purse/bag. When you are out, and feeling nauseous, take your ziploc bag out, open and inhale through nose and exhale through mouth.

Relax

  • If you can, lie down.
  • Close your eyes, and focus on inhaling through your nose and exhaling through your mouth.
  • Listen to some soothing music. Listening to white noise helped me, like “rain.”
  • Try not to focus on the feeling of being nauseous.
10 Ways to relieve nausea naturally

10 Ways to relieve nausea naturally

Eat little and often

Pretty self-explanatory, eat little and often. Eat bland food; bananas, rice, applesauce and toast. My favourite thing to eat, especially when I was feeling queezy was peanut butter and banana sandwiches. Also, try to keep away from food that it spicey and/or very seasoned.

Also take note of which foods make you feel nauseous, so you can avoid those.

Stay hydrated

Drink lots of water, especially before and after eating.

Aromatherapy

Some of my favourite scents to put in a diffuser while I’m feeling nauseous are:  Peppermint, spearmint, lemon, lime, sweet orange, mandarin, and lavender.

Please keep in mind, that these are some of the ways that I relieved nausea naturally during my pregnancy. Now that you’ve read my 10 favourite ways to relieve nausea naturally, I would love to hear some of the ways you have coped with nausea naturally. And if you were pregnant, did you have any nausea, or were you one of the lucky ones 😛 who didn’t.

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Living with Rosacea: FAQ

Living with rosacea

Even though I have had rosacea for four years, living with rosacea is something I am still getting used to. And it’s not always easy. There are good days, and many more bad days. I’m just being honest. There are days where I’m feeling great, and other where I don’t even want to go outside because my face is so red. Rosacea is a chronic disease that slowly eats away at your self-esteem, leaving you feeling defeated and embarrassed.

Last week I shared an emotional post about coming to terms and accepting that I have rosacea. I also shared that I was going to be writing weekly installments (every Friday) about rosacea, and my experience of living with it. So, before jumping into the deep end, I figured it would be a good idea to answer some basic FAQs about rosacea in this weeks rosacea post.

What is rosacea?

Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that affects mainly the face. Most common areas are the cheeks, nose, chin and forehead. It may appear as blushing or “facial flushing” and become more persistent and visible over time.

I have rosacea on my cheeks, chin and forehead. I first noticed rosacea as redness that would come and go. But, overtime the redness became more persistent and visible, spreading from one side of my face (cheek) to the other, then to my forehead and later my chin. I also have pimple like bumps (not acne), as well as itching and burning sensation, which causes my skin to be dry, and bumpy.

There are four categories of rosacea, which range from mild to moderate, severe and ocular. Mild rosacea being “minor,” severe and ocular rosacea are “severe.”

Living with Rosacea- What is it, Who get it, Signs and Symptoms, What Causes it?

Living with Rosacea- What is it, Who get it, Signs and Symptoms, What Causes it?

Who gets rosacea?

Reading a lot of different rosacea forums, I’ve noticed that rosacea does not discriminate based on age, sex or ethnicity. Although, most of the people I know who have rosacea are fair skinned.

According the the Canadian Dermatology Association, “Rosacea usually develops in adults between ages 30 and 50. It affects both men and women, although it seems to affect more women and more severe cases seem to occur in men. It tends to affect people with fair skin, although rosacea can develop in those of any skin type.”

Signs and Symptoms.

Rosacea symptoms can vary from one person to another. Below are some common signs and symptoms:

  • Frequent flushing or blushing on cheeks, nose, chin, forehead
  • Persistent redness
  • Red lines, due to enlarged blood vessels becoming visible
  • Dry skin
  • Burning, stinging, or itching
  • Pimple-like bumps without blackheads or whiteheads

What causes rosacea?

Unfortunately, nobody knows what specifically causes rosacea. There are several theories floating around that vary from genetics, to environmental factors, like chronic sun exposure.

Curing rosacea.

There is no known cure for rosacea, although it can be managed with appropriate treatment and lifestyle changes.

It’s hard to hear that there is no known cure for rosacea, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t treatments that can reduce, even eliminate symptoms. Living with rosacea means a lifestyle change, which includes seeking holistic alternatives, figuring out an effective skin care regime, and a new “diet.”

Where there is a will, there is a way, right! 😉

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Fable Naturals Review

Fable Naturals is a local Vancouver brand that produces healthy skin care products. Fable Naturals uses healthy, organic and Fairtrade ingredients so that you feel good about what you’re putting on your skin. Unique to Fable Naturals is that you can learn the story of the ingredients and the producers behind them.

We’ve tried a handful of Fable Natural products, and have fallen in love with their passion and quality. Some of our favourits are the Lemon + Lavender Sugar Scrub, Lemon + Lavender Body Balm and Lemon Coconut Lip Balm which we’ve decided to review below.

Fable Naturals Lemon + Lavender Sugar Scrub

Fable Naturals Lemon + Lavender Sugar Scrub smells amazing, leaves your body feeling silky smooth and hydrated. Use the scrub before shaving to exfoliate and eliminate ingrown hairs.

Fable Naturals Lemon + Lavender sugar  scrub is packed with Fairtrade cane sugar to slough off dry, damaged skin. Natural exfoliation can also improve circulation and promote cell regeneration.

This scrub is oil based and preservative free.

Lemon + Lavender Sugar Scrub Ingredients: **Cane Sugar, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Sunflower Seed Oil, **Cocoa Butter, Organic Lemon Oil, Litsea Cubeba Oil, Organic Lavender Oil, Vitamin E **Fairtrade certified and organic ingredient

Fable Naturals- Lemon + Lavender Sugar Scrub, Lemon + Lavender Body Balm, Lemon Coconut Lip Balm

Fable Naturals- Organic and Fairtrade Skincare Products- Vancouver BC- Lemon + Lavender Sugar Scrub, Lemon + Lavender Body Balm, Lemon Coconut Lip Balm

Lemon + Lavender Body Balm

Fable Natural’s Lemon + Lavender body balm moisturizes and protects from head to toe. Our whole family loves this body balm, even Lunita. The Lemon + Lavender Body Balm softens and soothes dry skin, leaving skin hydrated. The tin is the perfect size to keep in your purse and travelling. I actually have one in my purse and one in Luna’s after bath caddy.

The Lemon + Lavender Body Balm is a multi-purpose body balm for the whole family. Use from head to toe, even on your chapped lips, flyaway hair, and cuticles.

Lemon + Lavender Body Balm Ingredients: Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Beeswax, Sunflower Seed Oil, **Olive Oil, **Cocoa Butter, Calendula Flower, Organic Lemon Oil, Litsea Cubeba Oil, Organic Lavender Oil, Vitamin E. **Fairtrade certified and organic ingredient

Lemon Coconut Lip Balm

Fable Naturals Lemon Coconut Lip Balm smells so good, it’s  hard to not lick your lips while wearing it. Fairtrade cocoa butter and olive oil leave your lips irresistibly moisturized. Never too waxy or oily, this lip balm will moisturize and protect without being reapplied constantly.

Packaged in sturdy BIODEGRADABLE cardboard tubes made from 100% recycled paper. Easy to use, just squeeze from the bottom up.

One of my favourite things about Fable Naturals lip balm is that once it’s done, you can just toss into the compost bin. No unnecessary waste.

Lemon Lip Balm Ingredients: **Olive Oil, Candelilla Wax, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Castor Seed Oil, **Cocoa Butter, Organic Carnauba Wax, Organic Lemon Oil, Organic orange Oil, Vitamin E. **Fairtrade certified and organic ingredientMake sure to browse through Fable Naturals is a local Vancouver brand that produces healthy skin care products on their website. I would love to hear which product caught your eye.

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Rosacea, I have it.

Having rosacea (row-zay-sha) sucks, especially if you are feeling like don’t have it under control and have lost the battle. I thought I didn’t care about having rosacea. But, the truth is, I do. It’s taken it’s toll on me; especially my self-esteem.

I’ve decided to start blogging about rosacea. Every Friday you can expect a post about rosacea; what it is, the ups and downs, tips (eating, make-up, etc.) and my journey in holistically getting rosacea under control, and hopefully getting “rid” of it.

So cheers to finally getting this off my chest, and starting to heal from the inside out, both emotionally, and physically.

Your face is really red.

 They’re staring at me, they must be wondering what’s up with my face.

What happened to your face?

Ugh, I know, it’s ugly. It has changed.

You never had acne as a teen. Why do you have acne now?

Mmm, I know, right. It’s actually not acne, it’s rosacea.

And it SUCKS.

I first started noticing some redness on the left side of my cheek in 2012. Never put too much thought into it, and just let it be.

A couple years later, it started on the other right side. My doctor noticed and sent me to a dermatologist to check out what was happening to my skin. She was worried because I had “such nice skin” before, even during my teen years.

The dermatologist took about 15 minutes to check me out, said i had rosacea and basically gave me a prescription for topical medicine (some steroid cream that thins out your skin..) and some other drugs that were to be ingested orally. When I asked her what everything was, and if she could write it down for me, she said that “it wasn’t really important to know, that I should just do as instructed on the medication labels.”

So, as a well behaved patient, I left and ordered my prescription.  When I got home, I realized that I didn’t really feel comfortable putting something on my face that would cause damage to my skin, and I didn’t want to ingest some drugs that I didn’t know were really going to help me. I felt like an idiot for putting my foot down and demanding to know what the dermatologist was prescribing me. And for allowing her to make me feel so dumb and insecure.

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rosacea

Bueno, after deciding to throw it all in the trash and saying “ah, fuck it.” I never did anything to stabilize or get my rosacea under control. And here I am, about 4 years later with it all over my face.

I thought it wouldn’t get worse.

I thought it would just go away.

Why was I so naive? UGH.

Look at my effing face.

Why did I let it get this far?

After finally accepting that rosacea was starting to impact my life, and essentially how I felt about myself, I decided that it was time to take back control and figure this shit out.

I started noticing that my rosacea would flare up with certain foods (spicy, and dairy. oh, and alcohol), and the sun.

So about two months ago, I cut spicy and dairy out of my diet. Adios queso, yogurt, milk, ice cream…y chile.

I believe that the stuff I put into my body is affecting my face, and causing this reaction, my rosacea.

I decided that I had to find a team, that also believed that I had to heal from the inside, out. So the search began, and a couple weeks into it, I found Derma Bright Clinic, a holistic skincare and slimming centre.

Derma Bright Clinic is unique in that they have a holistic approach to skin with a focus on anti-aging and acne; using non-invasive technology too as they are results orientated.

Derma Bright Clinic intrigued me for several reasons. First they believe that great skin starts from within. How you treat your body will have an affect on how your skin looks. Targeting from the inside and then assisting the process through the outside using aesthetic services such as exfoliation, professional extraction, masks and peels, a good take home routine. Secondly, Derma Bright Clinic uses products that are natural and effective, that wont pollute the skin. Furthermore, their passion is helping clients achieve healthy, bright skin and ultimately a state of well being.

Derma Bright Clinic sounded great. I felt like I had found my team. Now, I just had to meet them in person and see if we clicked.

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PeapodMats Review

One of the most useful baby products Gabriel and I have used since becoming parents two years ago is the PeapodMats. PeapodMats are convenient, versatile waterproof mats that are unlike any other conventional waterproof mats on the market today.

We have been using PeapodMats since our Little Moon was a newborn, on our bed as a “nursing mat,” so that my breastmilk would not get on our bed mattress. Our PeapodMats was also useful as a change mat on the bed, as we didn’t have a change table.

About a year ago, when we started potty training Luna, our mat was for naptime/bedtime since she wasn’t wearing diapers to sleep. Nobody wants to wake up in the middle of the night to change bed sheets!

No more changing the bed sheets everyday. PeapodMats take away the work and frustration from dealing with those “oopsie” moments. Unlike typical bedding and mattress protectors, they lie flat ON TOP of the sheets without moving or bunching. The “grippy” feature mat allows the child to sleep comfortably while protecting the sheets and mattress at the same time. They are hassle free.

When wet, just wash and dry on regular cycle.

PeapodMats Waterproof Bedwetting Mat - Gray

PeapodMats Vesatile Waterproof Mat – Gray

PeapodMats are focused on the toddler and school age groups as they progress through potty training and bed wetting. But, that doesn’t mean that they are just for children. PeapodMats are so versatile, they can literally be used by babies and boomers! I’ve actually used it when I had my cycle because sometimes leaks can happen, and staining your sheets with blood sucks.

Take a look below at all the different ways the mat can be used:

PeapodMats for Baby

  • tummy time mat
  • changing mat
  • stroller liner mat
  • car seat mat
  • crib/playpen mat
  • bathing mat
  • highchair liner mat

For Toddler

  • potty training mat
  • nappy time mat
  • co-sleeping
  • resting mat
  • furniture protector
  • 20% (2-5yr olds) wet the bed

For School-Aged

  • mainly used for protecting the bedding sheets and mattresses
  • sleepovers
  • 15% (6-8 yr olds) wet the bed

For everything in-between

  • pregnancy mat
  • birthing mat
  • breastfeeding mat
  • on the go change table
  • travel mat/vehicle seat protector
  • beach/picnic mat
  • co-sleeping mat

If you’ve got a baby in your life, PeapodMats are definitely a must have product. You’ll get a lot of use of it. You can purchase online through BabiesRUs Canada or Amazon.com for USA.

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Greater Vancouver Zoo Creating for Conservation

I have many awesome memories of visiting the Greater Vancouver Zoo when I was younger with my parents and siblings. Hence why I am looking forward to finally taking my own little family in a couple of days.

There are so many things that I like about the Greater Vancouver Zoo, like the sights and sounds; in addition to their conservation efforts. The Greater Vancouver Zoo is constantly striving to educate people especially the young about the vital role that humans (via population, land development, etc.) have on the lives of all animals.

Did you know, the Greater Vancouver Zoo’s animal collection includes endangered species and species which are already extinct in the wild. As a result, the Siberian Tiger, Oregon Spotted Frog, Pere David Deer and the Scimitar-Horned Oryx are some of the “critically endangered species” that call the Greater Vancouver Zoo home.

Greater Vancouver Zoo LEGO Creating for ConservationCreating for Conservation at the Greater Vancouver Zoo

This month, The Greater Vancouver Zoo is throwing a special event to help raise awareness about animal conservation initiatives. If your kid/family is into LEGO and loves animals, this event is right up your alley. The Zoo is inviting everyone who loves LEGO and animals to create a LEGO sculpture on the theme of animal conservation. Sculptures will be display for everyone to enjoy and a panel will judge them for exciting prizes!

“This event will help by providing more awareness for the programs we are involved with, but ultimately we hope to encourage appreciation of the environment. And motivate our guests to get more involved with any form of conservation efforts,” says Marketing and Communication Manager,
Jody Henderson.

The Greater Vancouver Zoo participates in local conservation initiatives and field conservation work. All supported by generous contributions from the public. Creating for Conservation will take place on Saturday July 30th from 8:30am ­ – 7pm at the Greater Vancouver Zoo. Proceeds from the event will go to conservation efforts supported by  the Zoo. Submit your LEGO animal conservation sculpture to win some great prizes. And enjoy the sights and sounds of the zoo. To register, please click here.

For more information about the Greater Vancouver Zoo, go to http://gvzoo.com/.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/greatervancouverzoo/

Twitter: @GVZooChat

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Lafe’s Baby Shampoo and Gentle Wash Review

I was first introduced to Lafe’s Baby about a year and a half ago while searching for a natural and organic shampoo or “2-in-1”  (shampoo and body wash) for Luna. One of the main reasons I decided to try Lafe’s Baby Foaming Shampoo and Wash is because it is fragrance free. I don’t like fragrance in body care, unless it is natural. Also, for some reason I am attracted to foaming pumps for baby products. It seems to make bath time that much easier.

We have been using Lafe’s Baby Foaming Shampoo and Wash for about a year and a half now and love it. If you are looking to add a safer shampoo and wash into your baby’s (or child’s) bath time, Lafe’s Baby is a great choice. We’re sharing our top 10 reasons why we love Lafe’s Baby Foaming Shampoo and Wash.

Lafes Baby-"Foaming Shampoo and Wash"

Lafes Baby-“Foaming Shampoo and Wash”

Safer Plastic

Lafe’s Baby is the only mom, kids and baby skincare line that is packaged in special Baby-Safe Plastic. Lafe’s unique packaging reduces exposure to common endocrine disrupting chemicals found in conventional plastic including BPA and phthalates as well as many of the harmful synthetic estrogens (Xenoestrogens). Most plastic bottles leech chemicals that may be harmful to infants and children.

Safe Ingredients

Lafe’s Baby uses all natural ingredients…because what goes on your body goes in your body.

Free of 10 Toxic Ingredients

All of Lafe’s products are:

・Proplyene Glycol Free
・Parabens Free
・Triclosan Free
・SLS/SLES/Sodium Laurel Sulfate Free
・PEG Compounds Free
・Petroleum Free
・DEA/TEA/MEA Free
・VOCs Free
・FD&C Colors/Dye Free
・Mineral Oil Free

Mild & Fragrance Free

Reduce skin irritation and eczema. Although Lafe’s Baby is fragrance free, baby still comes out of the bath smelling fresh and clean.

Leaves skin soft and refreshed

Can be used by the whole family

Yes, you read that right! Everyone can use it. From baby to boomer, head to toes! I’ve used it a couple of times as my body wash.

Cruelty-Free, Vegan, Gluten-Free

Uses organic oils

Foaming pump

1% of company profits go to support breast cancer awareness and prevention

Lafe’s is natural and organic brand that produces a wide array of products for the whole family; including natural deodorants, baby, and hair care. Lafe’s produces only a high standard of quality products…because what goes on your body goes in your body. You can check out Lafe’s website for their whole product line.

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