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5 ways to wind your kids down from summer vacation

5 ways to wind your kids down from summer vacation

There’s a funny thing that happens when summer hits. Our kids’ bedtimes slip later and later into the night, bath time is replaced by a few laps around the kiddie pool, and measuring sugar intake, well, that just doesn’t happen, does it? Is it any […]

Children & nightmares: 6 ways to stop scary dreams

Children & nightmares: 6 ways to stop scary dreams

As a child, I was terrified to go to bed at night. My parents were great parents, but didn’t always censor what I saw on television. I watched what they watched, which were shows such as Unsolved Mysteries and movies like Fire In The Sky. […]

Cetaphil Baby product review & giveaway 

Cetaphil Baby product review & giveaway 

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With all the fun in the sun, sandy beaches and sunscreen that summer brings, our little one’s skin needs something gentle and hydrating at the end of day.

Cetaphil Baby products are perfect for protecting and moisturizing delicate skin.

And now that both of my kids are running around and digging in the dirt at every opportunity, I need products that will sooth their skin, soften it and smell great too. Cetaphil’s products hit all of these marks.

This week we had the pleasure of trying Cetaphil’s Baby line, which includes: Wash & Shampoo, Daily Lotion, Moisturizing Oil and Ultra Moisturizing Wash, all of which are made with certified organic calendula, and are free from colorants, mineral oil and paragons.

The test:

We started with the Ultra Moisturizing Wash, adding a little more into the running bath water for some extra bubble fun. I was immediately impressed with how great this product smells – sweet and fresh.

Next, I lathered Jack and Layla with the Cetaphil Baby Wash & Shampoo. I love that this product is tear-free and washes out easily. I don’t know about other parents, but my kids are squirmy in the bath and a quick rinse avoids a back ache for me, and that’s always a plus.

We ended with the Cetaphil Baby Moisturizing Oil, pouring a little too much so I could try it on myself. I was surprised at how soft the natural ingredients (sweet almond, sunflower seed and jojoba seeds) made my arms feel.

To keep Jack and Layla’s skin protected and moisturized between baths, I pack the Cetaphil’s Baby Daily Lotion in our diaper bag. It’s vitamins (B5 and E) hydrate and heal their skin after a long day of sun and sand. And secretly, I want to use it for myself too 😉

*Disclosure: Complimentary products were received in exchange for this honest review. All opinions expressed on this blog are my own. 

Giveaway – now closed

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We’ve teamed up with Cetaphil to give TWO lucky winners a Cetaphil Baby prize pack! Each prize pack is valued at $30 (pictured above) and contains:

  • Cetaphil Baby Wash & Shampoo
  • Cetaphil Baby Daily Lotion
  • Cetaphil Baby Moisturizing Oil
  • A limited edition plush elephant rattle

Enter to win

Enter to win before August 18, 2017 @ 10 p.m. PST. Sorry, for Canadian residents only.

All you need to do is:

  • follow Rock ‘n’ Rattle on Instagram (@angerobs), Twitter (@rock_n_rattle) or Facebook (@rocknrattle.ca) Additional entries can be earned by sharing our social media posts with your friends – don’t forget to tag us!

or

  • leave a comment on this blog post and tell us your favourite bath time activity/game with your kids.

Winners will be announced August 21.

Good luck!

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Learn more about Cetaphil Baby Products at cetaphilbaby.ca 
The moment you decided to try for a baby

The moment you decided to try for a baby

Do you remember it? The moment you decided to finally start trying? Maybe it came to you one day as you fawned over a newborn, their tiny fingers wrapped around yours, confirming your parenthood destiny. You rushed home to your partner, closed the shades and […]

Wedding activity bags for kids

Wedding activity bags for kids

Wedding season is in full swing, which means invited parents with kids in tow will be stuffing their diaper bags full of distractions to avoid a mid-ceremony meltdown. Brides are also jumping on the popular trend of handing out activity bags or “busy bags” on […]

What to consider before selling your baby gear

What to consider before selling your baby gear

So, your babies are growing up (whether you like it or not), and you’ve decided that your brood is the perfect size. But your closets and garage are packed full of outgrown baby clothes, furniture and plastic toys. It’s time to purge.

While it’s always a great option to donate unwanted baby items to those in need, if you can use a few extra dollars to reinvest in your family, here’s a few things to consider before you put your gear on the market.

Selling online

Sites like Craigslist and Facebook, or apps like letgo and VarageSale, are a great way to sell big items like cribs, highchairs and play pens. These mediums allow you to include a longer description for the item you’re selling, a link to the original retail price, and even a backstory if necessary. As a bonus, the buyer will most likely be picking up the item instead of you having to move it somewhere else.

Clothing, in my experience, is not a hot ticket item online. There is a TON out there, and it’s also hard to capture the true cuteness of item from a photo you took of it lying on your living room floor. So unless it’s a really big brand, new with tags or a must-buy item, it may not render a big return for the amount of time it takes to post.

Tip: Be as descriptive as possible in your posts and pick up instructions to avoid answering multiple questions from potential buyers.

Consignment stores 

Always call ahead. I recently took a few clothing items to Once Upon A Child, a family-owned business that buys and sells used children’s clothing and items. I had to drive quite a distance, but took a chance because they seemed like a popular store.

I gave the staff a bag of the best of my daughter’s old clothing (some items were never worn) and walked out with $5 and almost the entire bag of items I brought.

What I learned:

  • It’s important to call ahead to see which items they are accepting at the time. Despite Once Upon A Child advertising of “we buy all seasons, all the time,” when I reached the counter, they flat out told me they were not accepting any winter clothing.
  • Staff comb over the items with great care (not such a bad thing if you’re buying), but expect a wait on your return (maybe even a day or so), which is not so great if you’re travelling long distance.
  • They likely won’t take all of your items, especially if it’s not the items they want, so you may be leaving with quite a bit of your stuff. Not so great if you’re really trying to free up some closet space.
  • It’s one of the best ways to sell the bulk of your clothing items, but again, only if it’s the best of the best.

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Yard sales

While big items and toys sell quickly at garage sales, you most likely will have to come down on your original selling price – WAY down. For example, at our yard sale, a woman asked me the price of a brand new pair of $60 shoes my daughter never wore. When I told her the price was $2, she scoffed at me and put them back on the table.

People who shop at garage sales are looking for a deal. I found a lot of people came first thing in the morning and were looking for new items that they could flip at the local swap meet. They certainly did not want to pay asking price. But I did find that these items moved fast, which isn’t something to complain about.

Baby clothes didn’t really sell at my garage sale, even the cute clothes with tags that I eventually reduced to a $1 were passed up. I spent A LOT of time going through boxes and boxes of clothes and organizing them by size. I learned the hard way that it wasn’t worth my time.

Tip: When you start to go through your old clothes and find yourself using a few onesies to dry your tears, you may not be ready to let go of your baby gear quite yet.

Swap meets & markets

After much research on this avenue of selling baby items, I decided to pass on it for a few reasons. While it’s similar to a yard sale, there are a few things I found out that steered me away:

  • At most swap meets, you need to pay for a spot to sell your items ($20 was the average cost I found).
  • It’s important to read the rules of selling. For example, a few places require the seller to be there the entire day (7 a.m. to 3 p.m.).
  • You are given limited space to sell, which is usually just a table, and that may not be enough room to display all of your items.
  • There may be multiple people selling baby items to compete with.

Donation 

At the end of it all, you may have a few items leftover to generously donate to those in need, and there are a lot of reputable places to donate to.

Tip: Call ahead or check the website to see what items are accepted. Some places will not take bedding, certain types of cribs, mattresses or bumper pads.

In summary:

  • For the biggest profit return, I found it’s best to use multiple methods to sell your items. Big items sell faster online or using apps or at swap meets and yard sales, while items like nursery accessories, shoes, smaller toys (as long as they are in good condition), are great to take to the consignment store.
  • New clothing is best sold online or in the consignment stores. Unfortunately, you’ll probably be left with a big pile to donate.
  • Yard sales can sometimes leave you heartbroken. There’s a lot of memories out there on the table that people want for next to nothing. Make sure you’re ready to let go.

If you have any tips or ideas on selling baby gear, please post in the comments, I’d love to hear them!

Photo credit: Neil Barnwell

Why is it so hard to make mom friends?

Why is it so hard to make mom friends?

When my brother and I were little, our parents would take us camping with their friends and their children, all of whom were boys. Every summer, I found myself squirming out of headlocks and sitting around the fire while a symphony of armpit honking echoed throughout […]

DIY Troll-themed Easter baskets

DIY Troll-themed Easter baskets

Are your kids head-over-heels in love with the popular DreamWorks movie, Trolls? Mine are, and since Easter is right around the corner, I thought I would surprise my little ones with these homemade Poppy and Branch baskets. Here’s how I did it: Supplies: Basket Boa Glue gun Scissors Pink paint […]

Tiny Tummies brings new healthy baby food option to the table

Tiny Tummies brings new healthy baby food option to the table

There are plenty of options to choose from when it comes to baby food. Pouches and jars are popular choices for parents because they’re affordable and convenient, but how nutritious are they?

Enter Tiny Tummies, a new Vancouver-based baby food company created by sisters Cheryl and Christa. Together, they’ve set out on a mission to provide healthy purée options for busy parents who just don’t have time to push that blender button.

Tiny Tummies’ products are handcrafted and made with 100% organic ingredients and include amaranth and extra virgin olive oil for added nutrition. Best of all, their recipes are free of all those things parents try their best to avoid like preservatives, added sugar and salt. All of their food is made in fresh, small batches and frozen to offer parents the convenience of serving nutritious meals during their busy family schedules.

The passion these sisters have put into their products is inspiring. Not only is their baby food gluten free, vegan, and packaged in reusable, BPA-free cups, but Cheryl and Christa even include a personal story behind each recipe: 

  • Scarlett’s Sweet Beets
  • Huck’s Heroic Greens
  • Jack’s Sneaky Spinach
  • Maud’s Sumptuous Squash
  • Frank’s Tree Fruits

“Tiny Tummies believes so much in the value of family that we’ve dedicated each product to one of our family members who was critical in shaping our happy childhood. We’ve included my children, Scarlett and little Huck, who have made Christa and I better adults,” says Co-Founder Cheryl.

But the proof is in the purée – and it’s delicious.

Personally, I like to try everything I give my kids, and I’ve sampled every Tiny Tummies recipe (more than once).

Making baby food has always been a struggle for me. No matter what flavours I make, my children are always reluctant to try it and less than enthusiastic to finish. When I put a cup of Scarlett’s Sweet Beets in front of my son, he licks the cup clean.

If you’re interested in grabbing a spoonful of wholesomeness for your tiny tummy, you can find Tiny Tummies’ products flying off the frozen shelves at these popular locations in Vancouver.

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Disclaimer: No compensation was received for this review, only samples for reviewing purposes. All opinions expressed on this blog are my own.

5 skills kids develop through music

5 skills kids develop through music

It’s long been said that music soothes the soul, and for kids, a great tune can do much more. Research shows that musical education helps children develop fine motor skills, ignite creativity and enhance socialization. And a study from McMaster University shows that it’s never too […]