Win an @EnviroKidz Back to School Prize Pack Giveaway plus enter to win a trip to Costa Rica! #EnviroTripz

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

EnviroKidz is sending three lucky families on an EnviroTrip to Costa Rica to help save the sea turtles at SEE Turtles, a non-profit wildlife conservation travel operator in the beautiful OSA peninsula.  Three lucky winners and their families (three groups of 4 people) will get an all-expense paid trip to Costa Rica in March 2015.  They will spend three days working with Costa Rican organization SEE Turtles to catch endangered green and hawksbill sea turtles in the Golfo Dulce, a beautiful gulf located alongside the Osa Peninsula. 
They will help researchers set out nets, 
measure the turtles, and collect important data before releasing them back to the water. In addition, the winners will participate in a mangrove restoration project, helping to plant two species of mangrove trees that are critical to turtles and other wildlife of the Gulf. Finally, the winners will visit a chocolate farm to see how the world’s favourite treat is made!

And.....for the Giveaway!
Including a variety of EnviroKidz Crispy Rice bars and product vouchers, you will also receive a SEE Turtles Adoption Certificate here on Everything Mom and Baby(total value $50)
EnviroKidz Crispy Rice Bars are made with simple, wholesome, certified gluten free ingredients, so you’ll be happy adding them to the lunchbox – and kids will be even happier come snack time. They’re gluten free, organic, and full of the great taste kids love.
SEE Turtles was launched in 2008 as the world's first effort to protect these species through ecotourism, and will be hosting the conservation activities as part of our larger Envirotrip Contest.   Nature's Path will make a $100 donation on your behalf.

Open to USA and CanadaEnter to win a trip to Costa Rica on Enviro Kidz!
Enter Everything Mom and Baby's Enviro Kidz Back to School Crispy Rice Bar Giveaway below.

Check out August Adventures with @Netflix_CA # StreamTeam

If you’re like us, you look at August as a time to squeeze every last drop out of summer. After a long, gruelling winter, what better way to enjoy the season than by taking advantage of the great outdoors? August is the perfect time to do all of the things on your summer bucket list that you haven’t gotten around to yet, whether it’s camping, cottaging, hiking, or taking a road trip. This month we’ve put together a list of titles to help get your family inspired to take full  advantage of the dog days of summer, like The Adventures of Tintin. Let the August adventure begin!

Ready to get started?
1. Check out our list of adventure-inspired titles to stream on Netflix.  Have you seen any of them? If so share one of your favourites by commenting below.  I'd love to hear.

2. Take a look at our craft project and snack idea.  Looks pretty awesome doesn't it?
Let a Compass Be Your Guide

Are you inspired by Netlfixs' adventure-themed title? Get your kids involved in picking your family’s next destination. You can create your own compass as a family and have it point the way. Click here to learn how to make your own.

Veggie and Dessert Rolls
We all know that it can be tough to get kids to be adventurous with food. These rolls are the perfect snack to get your kids trying new fruits and vegetables. Click here to learn how to make your own.

3. Here are some Netflix titles to watch with your family(See below). 

For the little kids:

  1. Dora The Explorer
  2. Wild Animal Baby Explorers
  3. Tree Fu Tom
  4. Rubbadubbers: Tubb's Pirate Treasure
  5. A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventures
  6. The Hive

Hyundai Hockey Helpers:Hyundai’s program that helps under-resourced Canadian youth play hockey @HyundaiHockey #HyundaiDriveSquad

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Hyundai launched Hyundai Hockey Helpers in 2012. The program provides grants to help with registration fees and equipment costs for kids from under-resourced families get in the game. The program partners with a not-for-profit organization, KidSport, to select and distribute the grants.

For its third year in a row, Hyundai Hockey Helpers has teamed up Montreal Canadiens Defenceman P.K. Subban and his family. The Subban family holds the cause close to their hearts and are giving back to the next generation of hockey players by helping kids get in the game. To date, Hyundai Hockey Helpers has helped nearly 5,000 kids play hockey. This year, Hyundai Hockey Helpers will help at least 2,000 more kids get in the game.
While in Toronto on July 29th, P.K. took the time share his thoughts on the program and the positive impact of hockey with the Hyundai Drive Squad:

What age did you start playing hockey?
P.K: Most kids start playing hockey at the age of five, I was an earlier bloomer. My parents laced up my first pair of skates and put me on the ice at the young age of 2 ½, basically right after I mastered walking. I instantly connected with the sport and I have fond memories of growing up on my skating rink that my dad made for us in our backyard.

Where does your passion for hockey come from?
A huge part of my passion for the sport comes from being Canadian and growing up watching Hockey Night in Canada on CBC with my parents and siblings.

What were the biggest challenges you faced playing hockey growing up?
P.K:  The biggest challenge was the cost to play the sport, and this is a challenge that my parents faced. They relied on the community and friends and family for support, and I learned to play hockey using second hand equipment. I wish Hyundai Hockey Helpers had been around to help out my parents.

How has the game of hockey impacted your life?
P.K.: Hockey is an amazing sport and it has definitely had a positive impact on my life. But my dad always said school comes first, and if I didn’t do well in school I didn’t get to play hockey. Growing up, it was tough to balance, but looking back I appreciate my parents’ efforts to make sure I was well-rounded.

What life lessons has hockey taught you?
P.K.: Hockey taught me to challenge myself and be the best I can be on and off the ice. Playing the sport has taught me about teamwork and how to be a good team player, social skills and most importantly, dedication. My dad has always said to me, “where there is a will there is a way” and this is the type of dedication hockey has taught me. Being dedicated to this sport has been my will to play.

Who is your biggest role model?

P.K.: Magic Johnson is my biggest role model and I am his biggest fan. I actually met him recently and ran up to him and said, “man, I am your biggest fan, I’m P.K. Subban,” and he said “I know who you are,” and I was like, “what!” I was blown away just standing there talking to him and he was so nice.
Johnson is seriously remarkable, in terms of what he has accomplished in his profession and outside of his profession as well.

What is the one message you would pass on to young kids who have a dream to play hockey?
P.K.: Have fun, work hard and follow your dreams.

For more on the program, visit where you can apply for a grant, make a donation, or simply learn more. Hyundai covers all administration costs for the program, so every additional dollar raised goes directly to kids.  

Check out P.K. on Breakfast Television TorontoCP24 Breakfast and Global News as he discusses the program.

Britax Marathon #Review & #Giveaway

Britax is one of the big leaders in car seats and it's innovative safety technologies are first class.  I am honoured to have had the opportunity to work this company and to learn more about their products.   

It has so many great safety features and here are some of the ones I like:

~ Rear & recline(5-40pds) & forward positioning(22-65pds) .  It is advised to rear face to the age of 2. In some countries its 4!  The Anti-rebound feature is very cool too.

~ High Density foam: deep side walls lined with energy absorbing EPP foam absorb crash forces and shields your child.

~ HUGS with SafeCell technology: patented chest pad design manages crash energy forward movement while keeping the chest belt in place.

~ Premium lower latch connectors: This made installation a breeze with the easy pull strap and click.

~ 65pd weight capacity. 

Great space for installing the britax marathon, it was surprisingly light to carry .  The twins have ample leg room.
Enough space to recline and still room for the drivers seat and passenger seat in the front.
I really loved how easy this was to install.  Quick latch and with integrated steel bars it was not heavy to lift and install.
HUG SafeCell technology keeping her chest belt in place.
Side impact protection.  

Would I recommend it? 

Yes. It's affordable at the price of $319.99(CAD) and will last you.  It's a high quality car seat and Britax is one of the main leaders in car seat safety.  You can't go wrong in a Britax car seat. Read more about Britaxs' safety features via this link.

Is there anything I don't like about the Britax Marathon?

There was one thing that I thought would be issue but I am thrilled that it's not!  I am happy to know the following:
"As of January 1, 2013, BRITAX required all of its suppliers to eliminate certain chemical flame retardants containing bromine, chlorine or other halogens, from all components used in its car seats and all other products

BRITAX remains committed to working closely with our suppliers to ensure continued leadership in the area of chemical compliance specifications and to informing consumers of our progress- while still ensuring their ability to pass federal government standards for flammability. BRITAX is pleased to report that all of its suppliers have confirmed they are compliant with BRITAX’s rigorous internal standards. Strollers do not have flammability standards. Therefore, BRITAX and BOB strollers are not treated with any chemical flame retardants." read more on Britax safety

I am pleased to announce that Britax will be sponsoring a giveaway on Everything Mom and Baby. Two winners will be picked randomly so that means I am giving away 2 Britax Marathon's!  Giveaway will be open to USA and Canada.

Warner's No Side Effects Full Coverage Bra and Olga's On Your Side #battlethebulge

Monday, August 18, 2014

Moms!  This is for you.  I am an Olga girl and I am glad they go up to 38DDD.  I am all too familiar with arm bulge and back fat. Yes.  I can't stand it.  How about you?  Well I got an Olga On Your Side to review and it's my new favourite bra. terms of post breastfeeding bra's.  Now I am still breast feeding but when I don't necessarily need to breast feed I reach for my Olga.

Does it really ban the bulge?
I was pleasantly surprised!  Now... I know I don't have any before and after pics.  I will try to get it done between chasing the twins and update the post but it does do as it states and it's really comfortable.
The extra side coverage gives great extra support in my opinion as well.  Something I appreciate as a busty gal.

What Canadian woman are saying?

A new survey* of Canadian women 25 and older, commissioned by Warner’s and Olga and hosted on the Angus Reid Forum in February 2014, reveals that two-thirds experience side bulge and 94 per cent of Canadian women who have experienced this problem would be interested in purchasing an affordable bra that corrects this problem.

What do you think? Have you run into this issue when going for bra fittings and wearing your everyday bra?  If you're looking for a new bra and a solution for battling the bulge I do recommend the Olga On Your side brassiere and for "regular" sized women there is the Warners No Side Effects .  I am going to be buying more thanks to reviewing one.

About the Collection:
The two collections cover a wide range of sizes for women of all shapes and sizes. No Side Effects offered by Warner’s is designed for the average-figured woman, features a flexible foam cup for a perfect fit and is available in 34B-38DOn Your Side from Olga offers a custom bra experience and strong support for full-busted women, cushioned straps for added comfort, and is available in 36C-38DDD.

Did you know Warners makes nursing bra's too?  Check it out my breastfeeding mama's!

Do I recommend Olga On Your Side?
Yes.  Give it a try for yourself.  
Warner's No Side Effects and Olga's On Your Side are sold at Hudson’s Bay nationwide at the suggested Canadian retail price of $38.00

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