One mama's Perspective on Living Lightly on our Earth

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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Why is Buying Made in Canada important?

For me, buying Canadian products is important and I will gladly pay more for the quality. I am always actively searching out made in Canada brands for the shop and I'm happy to say many of our toys, cloth diapers, baby items and more are made in Canada. While not everything can easily be found I think it is important to support Canadian companies who have managed to produce products here.

This Stacking Wooden Toy Boat is proudly handmade in Ontario, Canada

I know we have all heard the consumers drive the demand comment but it is more than true. When I sell out of our made in Canada products, I'm thrilled and order more. The same goes for when I sell out of other items made in China like FuzziBunz. Your buying power is just that- power and believe it or not your purchase makes a difference. 

 Made in BC, Canada

I also hear many people who support local business first which is fantastic as well- I appreciate that! Myself, I feel better about a product that has been made overseas but comes from a Canadian company. 
Made in Manitoba, Canada

Buying Canadian keeps our dollars in our economy. It supports ethical working conditions and fair wage labour.

Made in New Brunswick, Canada

I love finding new made in Canada products! They are out there but you have to look for sure. Most Canadian companies are not running off of huge advertising budgets but with a little time you will seek them out.

Made in Quebec, Canada

Quality and price are always a deciding factor for families and most people when purchasing a new item. Made in Canada can sometimes cost more, not always, but buying less and buying high quality items will make buying Canadian made more affordable. Hopefully you will be sending less items to the landfill too. 

Made in Victoria, BC, Canada

Plus, don't you feel a little patriotic about supporting your local Canadian businesses and supporting the companies that have managed to continue to produce their products in Canada.

Happy Almost Canada Day and Happy Father's Day!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Little Late but Better than Never All Better Balm Update

Ok, so we're into Day 5 of applying the All Better Balm by Momma Goose and have seen improvement with her horrible rash. Yesterday it seems to flare up more I think because she had a sun dress on and wouldn't stop stretching but still looks better.

On another note is working wonders on relieving my ridiculously painful sun burn from yesterday too. I guess I should have had the Sun Defense on!

Hopefully I'll have one of a rash free baby soon!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Momma Goose All Better Balm Gets a Real Test!

I have tried many products to clear up the rash behind my daughter's knees and I'm yet to have any luck finding a product that will completely clear it and be safe and gentle on her skin. I did try the Lalabee baby butter but it really is only a moisturizer so just helped with the dryness but not the rash itself. It seems to have gone from bad to worse lately and it just looks so sore.

 Here's the blurb about Momma Goose All Better Balm, handmade in Victoria, BC, Canada! 

All Better Balm - A wonderful cure-all. Great to treat cradle cap,
rashes, burns, minor scrapes, eczema, and even diaper rash. Coconut
oil has natural anti-fungal properties to combat rashes, while
calendula, comfrey and St John's wort provide excellent healing
properties. This cream is a perfect bum cream for cloth diapers!

The photo of her rash is from today and I put the all better balm on about an hour ago now.  I figure the best way to see if it works well is to do a real time test. I'll post new photos tomorrow or the next day.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

2 Vancouver Island Baby Fair Tickets to Giveaway!

This weekend Abby Sprouts will be up in Nanaimo at the Vancouver Island Baby Fair Booth #28!!

On Saturday June 5th, I'll be giving a cloth diaper demo for everyone interested!

Here's the blurb from the Vancouver Island Baby Fair Website:
3:00pm - Modern cloth diapering: Benefits & myths plus simple guidelines to help you get started
Considering Cloth Diapers? Are you feeling overwhelmed? Stephanie will show you modern cloth diaper options (no pins!), how to use cloth, how to wash your diapers (it's easy!), and let you try cloth diapers out yourself. Learn answers to common questions, why more parents are choosing cloth, what you need to get started, and some helpful tips and tricks. Come and get the answers you need to make the right diaper choice for your family.

Our last pair of tickets needs be given away before Friday so hurry up and Enter!!

For your First Entry tell me what you are doing to tread a little lighter on the planet. It can be using cloth diapers, composting, going solar... A wise women told me it's all about being on the path to sustainability. So let's hear where you are on the path!

Tickets at the door are Cash only FYI but we will be accepting Visa and MasterCard as well as Cash at our booth #28!

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Thanks Jenn!

Just thought I'd take a minute to thank my sister, Jenn, for everything she has been putting into Abby Sprouts these last months. Definitely could not have done all these outdoor festivals and markets without her. She even designed the Abby Sprouts banner that resides on top this blog and our store site. She's the one who quickly removes my terribly spelled posts on Facebook too! One of these days I'll learn to re-read but with Abby running around it's all done in a hurry.

Thanks Jenn!

Now I've almost finished a carton of Mocha Fudge Certified Organic Ice Cream from Avalon Dairy while typing that but it's soo good!

We have a Winnner!!

Congrats Tanya! You are the winner of 2 Vancouver Island Baby Fair Tickets for this weekend in Nanaimo!

You also win an organic cotton printed onesies and organic unscented baby butter. Woo Hoo!

Thanks for entering Everyone!