Thursday, June 23, 2016

Mini-zip Mania!

So most of you know that this year has been dubbed the "Year of the Mini-zip". Not only because each release has had a mini-zip released with it, so far this year, but because we have been promised a new mini-zip release for each Mommy Con event. So far we have seen:

First Crush
Unicorn tears
Lemon Zest
Purple Rain
 So that means we are half way through this season and each time the possibilities are decreased. If we look at the history of mini-zip release in chart form, we get:

A good portion of the historical line-up have already been produced in Mini-zip form, I marked these with an AppleCheeks apple. In addition there are lots that I would personally rule out, either because they are the same PUL colour as an existing sac, nearly the same colour as an existing sac (like SB and Believe), they are season colour set (like Joy! or TOC), or because they are a discontinued print. This leaves us with only:
-raspberry sorbet
-dark chocolate
-emerald city
-pink about it
-crazy love
This is not a long list when you consider we still have 4 to go! Now as they showed us with Unicorn Tears, they could come out of left field and bring us a brand new colour for one or more of these releases. Right now UT and the Strip are the only minis available in exclusive colours, but I could go for more!

But if I had to guess which four we might see coming back I would wager on:
-dark chocolate
-Raspberry Sorbet (Just because I am asking pretty please!!!!!)

What do you think the new releases will be?

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

April Baby Bundle

Upon opening my April Baby bundle, many people would think the Austin Tie-Dye co bamboo blanket would be the show stopper. But I see past a simple Believe mini-zip to see a true expression of AppleCheeks spirit, brought to me by the co-operation of three amazing companies.

First, let's talk about retailer exclusives. A small selection of retailers have made the commitment to carry an exclusive AppleCheeks colour. This colour only available from that retailer and typically are available in all the sacs and diapers. AppleCheeks exclusives have included:

-Beet it (Lil Tulips)
-Emerald City (SnuggleBugz- retired)
-Serendipity (The Baby Bum)
-Believe (My Lil Sweet Pea)
-Always on my mind ( Nature's Baby Basket)
-Ocean's Playground (Fluffy Bottom Babies)
-Prairie Sky (Tiny Tree Hugger)

Did you see it? Right there in the list is your clue. I have spoken several times, in these monthly posts, about the beauty of Serendipity, which is the Baby Bum exclusive. But this time I have a Believe, which is the exclusive to My Lil Sweetpea, what is up with that? The answer is such a perfect example of the love in the AppleCheeks community. Every one of these retailers is more than welcome, and frankly expected to hoard their precious exclusive and keep it, well, exclusive to themselves. But the ladies at MLSP and TBB have executed a product exchange, which brought both amazing colors across the border. This going above and beyond in the name of sharing the AppleCheeks love to as many people as possible is at the core of the community and I am so proud of these retailers for exemplifying it!

To speak of my mini-zip directly, I am so excited to have a navy mini! I have been building up my stash of Raspberry Sorbet and Sailor Blue, and since neither have actually been made into a mini Believe will have to do! Now I just need to petition for Raspberry Sorbet.

My other item was a Bamboo blanket from the Austin Tie Dye Co., It is super super soft and pretty large. It would make an excellent swaddle, but of course my kids are far too big and wiggly to let me try! I have been making use of it as a scarf so I get to enjoy the feeling on my face all day long.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Super Easy Super Capes!

As a bit of a change from my normal Princess Dresses, today we are making Super Capes! Evie recently saw the SuperHero  Barbie movie, so she has been requesting an of her own. In every play scenario she always names William as her sidekick, so it was pretty obvious that he needed a cape too, plus they are so easy I knew I could whip them up in a few minutes.

-cotton material (less than a meter)
-seam binding (I chose gold for some real super hero flair!
-fusible paper for some bling! or alternatively you could glue some felt

Step 1:
-create a symmetrical tapering rectangle proportional to the size of the child.

Step 2:
-run the seam binding sround the cape, starting at one upper corner. When you reach the other upper corner leave a long tail to tie.

Step 3:
-starting on the same corner run a second piece across the top and leave a tail on that side too

Step 4:
-cut your design out of the paper/felt and iron/glue it on

Step 1:
-reduce the size to a more superhero-esque shape

Step 2:
-colour with sharpies

Step 3:
-sew seam binding around to finish the edges

Then enjoy the fruits of your labour and watch your kids enjoy!

John Frieda in-shower lightening treatment

My latest voxbox from Influenster was a little different than some of the others I have received, this one was specially chosen for my blonde hair. Normally I highlight my own hair at home, but this was suggested as a way to blend my roots in. I only get time to do my hair a couple of times a year, so this seemed like a quick alternative, to buy me a little time between treatments.

The treatment is done in the shower, which does make it easier, but eventually caused a problem. Once I got the the tab open on the two chambered formula, you just apply it like shampoo, wither on the roots or all over. But then my problems arose. I used it in a small shower and I ended up having to open the curtain to get some air, that stuff is strong! Next time I use it I will definitely choose a more ventilated area.

But there is no denying the results, I think it did indeed fulfill the claims that it would lighten and brighten. Overall I am satisfied with this product and would consider buying it again.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

WOE and Floyd, and organizing with the March Baby Bundle

Well as usual AppleCheeks has listened to their fans, but managed to turn the request into something amazing and surprising! The company has a history of rereleasing older in demand colours, but always with a twist. First Crush is just a little richer and brighter than Lavender Fields and Believe is brighter than Sailor Blue. Notice a theme? Brighter is about the clearest description of Floyd and Watt on Earth you can get!

Floyd is an electrified version of Samoa, making it a bright warm pink. It is very possibly one of my personal favourites as I love love love warm pink and despair of ever owning a Samoa myself! I love that they have taken the opportunity to get so close to my dearly desired colour, but have taken the opportunity to literally amp up the colour! Of course AppleCheeks is know for their off the wall names, and Floyd is no different! Did you see what I did there, Floyd, as in Pink Floyd! Watt on Earth was given the same treatment as Floyd and is a newly electrified version of Appletini. Now if you thought Appletini was bright you have something to see in Watt on earth, it is like it does indeed contain a 100watt bulb. So bright I can't even capture it on my camera!

Now in my March baby Bundle, I was so pleased to receive both these new colours as well as To The Core mini-zips. They came at the perfect time as I was inspired to create a new Grab and Go swim suit system. Each of our kids' swim outfits have been matched up with coordinating mini-zips. Sadly my daughter has outgrown her swim diapers, so her bags only include her swimsuits. But my Son's mini-zips include one rash guard and 2 matching swim diapers, just in case! Now with summer approaching a cute swim outfit is just a grab away for me or for anyone else!

Monday, April 11, 2016

The Great Cloth Diaper Change 2016

Were you cloth diapered as a baby? Chances are if you were born before the 1960, you were. Yet now disposable diapers are often seen as the only option for babies, and many never even consider using cloth diapers on their babies, despite the fact that they offer many benefits over their disposable counterparts.

Cloth diapers are:

Economical: A typical baby will wear around $2500 in disposable diapers before potty-learning. A cloth diaper stash can be purchased from around $200 to $1000, and will last through multiple children. Not to mention the cost of clothing ruined by disposable diaper leaks, a problem much decreased in cloth.

Easy: The flats and pins that many associate with cloth diapering and no longer the most common style. Many diapers now involve waterproof covers and absorbent inners. They are very comfortable for baby and almost as easy to put on as a disposable diaper.

Healthy: Cloth diapers do not possess the dangerous chemical agents that are present in all disposable diapers.

Convenient: Whether you collect your diapers in a small trickle or in a large lump, you are sure to always be prepared. You will never be rushing to the store to pick up an emergency box or trying to store huge boxes of diapers, waiting for baby to grow into them.

To help raise awareness about cloth diapering and to encourage the sense of community amongst cloth parents and babies, we will be hosting THE GREAT CLOTH DIAPER CHANGE 2016 on April 23rd in the Rotary room at the Boy’s and Girl’s club. We are asking for a $2 donation at the door, with proceeds to benefit the Real Diaper Association, a charity which provides cloth diapers to children in need.

We will be attempting to break our record of over 8400 diapers changed at events globally in 2014. This year we have 227 registered locations in 19 countries, with 20 locations in Canada alone! This is the 6th anniversary of the change, and the 5th time an event has been held in Saint John. We will also be having a mom to mom cloth diaper sale.

We welcome anyone who uses cloth diapers or who is interested in cloth diapers.  Come and change out of a disposable to signify your new love for cloth diapering! Our registration opens at 10:15 am with the change happening at 11:00 am sharp and we are looking forward to prizes, food and most importantly, companionship.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

February Baby Bundle and Mini-zip mania!

This year has officially been declared by AppleCheeks as the "Year of the Mini-zip", that is the strength of the current interest in Mini-zip sacs. The fan culture has driven the desire to such an extent that we even changed the official name! Once upon a time this size was known as an All-purpose sac, officially, but the fan created colloquial name has now become the official name.

Why this obsession with these sacs? The original name says it all! They really are all-purpose, they are so useful with babies, and outlast the diapering days with their usefulness. I know that I have used them for more things, and more often, than I can possibly list, but I will try!

Lets start with the obvious:
-1 stuffed AppleCheeks diaper
-cloth wipes and AppleCheeks gentle cleansing spray
-1 change of clothes for a baby or 1 change of bottoms for a toddler
-2 learning pants

Slightly more out of the box:
-small toys
-baby shoes
-medicine for the diaper bag

Big kids
-epi pens
-crayons or other art supplies

-mama cloth
-first aid kit
-greeting cards
-thank you cards
-purse essentials, to keep track of them in your diaper bag

Basically they can be used for anything you might throw in a ziploc bag, but without the waste.
Sarah was nice enough to send me a mini-zip and sz 1 sac in the new Kiss n' Teal colour. I like the colour on a diaper, but something about the uninterrupted concentration on a sac really makes it pop, I love it! As always Sarah is quick to tailor requests with her subscription, and knew exactly what I was missing in my collection. I have already received the delightful shipping notice on my March bundle, and a little birdie told me it is something gorgeous and innovative from the awesome creative team!