Monday, July 19, 2010

Build A Bear!

Build a bear is a great place to take kids to get there first teddy bear or other animal. I went there with my twins when they were little. They got there first teddy bear (well in there case bunny and monkey) when they were about 8 months or so. They didn't get the full experience of it. But they love there first animal. We went again on there second birthday and they got another stuffed animal. This time a Chick and a Frog. They love those just as much as the first!

I love how they have the full experience. How they also have stuffed animals and the ones that are un stuffed. Though at age 2 the girls wanted the pre stuffed ones and didn't quite understand how the flat, not cushy ones would then become cushy. They were a little leery of the stuffing machine and hid behind daddy during that. But they loved to choose the heart for there new friend. They also loved squishing the animal and asking for more stuffing. The girls however were scared of the giant bath tub that shot air out of the shower heads to fluff up the bear so we skipped that part.

I loved how each animal comes with a bar code that goes in side so you can regestar it with them so if its lost and someone brings it in to build a bear they will send it back to you free of charge! I think this is great because if your child looses there favorite toy, its hard both on the child and you!

I was quite surprised at how reasonable the prices were for the clothes for the bears. We bought the girls this last winter both jackets for there animals that are 2010 Olympic and actual VANOC certified merchandise. I was very surprised at how reasonable they were. I believe i paid about $15 each for them. At the time jackets, shirts, and other items for kids were $35+.

The girls first stuffed animals have gotten a lot of wear, and every time we walk in the store to just even look when the girls have there animals the staff at the store are welcoming, and ask the girls if they want new bows for there animals. Its great! they are so friendly with the kids, and even us adults! Asking the pattens if its ok before offering to the kids. Giving the girls sticker sheets when we leave, and then offering one for the twin sister if she isn't there with us!

I have to say our trips in to build a bear have been nothing but a fantastic experience!

I have to say that build a bear is a great place to take your child for there birthday, or just for a fun treat! The only down side is that if you put them in the washer and dryer they can split open and then need to go in to get re stuffed and sewn up. BUT build a bear will do that for free and put in a new tag inside so that if lost your stuffed animal can make it home!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Reviews comming up!

I know I havent posted in awhile. But im working on some new reviews.

here is a look at what I will be reviewing.

Pampers Diapers
Fisher Price Diapers
Huggies little movers
Huggies Jeans diapers
Costco brand daipers
Superstore Teddys choice diapers
Pampers wipes
Huggies wipes
Costco brand wipes
Bum Genious Diapers
Happy Nappy cloth diaper service
Shelley's Bowtique Hair clips
My Pal Violet
Baby signing times DVD
Signing times DVD
Build a Bear

If you own a company, or have a product you would like me to review please send me an email at
I am a mom of 3 kids ages 2 and under (twins plus one) and my girls love to try new products!

Friday, April 2, 2010

sippy cups or spilly cups? that is the question....

sippy cups or spilly cups that is the question.....
there are so many sippy cups and when your trying to get your kids off the bottle you will do just about ANYTHING to get them to take a cup.....

for the twins in our family it took us may different cups till we found one that worked for us, and worked for the girls. its like playing match up trying to find what goes with what. And the worst part is that its a prity pricey game! I have found that sippy cups can start at $5 and work your way up to a pretty penny depending on how green and how yuppie you want to go.

In our search of the perfect sippy it took us to a few different company's. We tried 2 different types from Playtex, one of them is a Straw Cup, and another one was a tumbler sippy style. The Avent magic cups, tupperwear sippy cups, and the take & toss.

The first type we tried were the Avent Magic cups. They are rated at 6 months and up. they are easy grip, dishwasher safe, can be sterilised, and say they are no spill. The thing was with this cup it was very hard for my kids to figure out how to get the liquid out. To this day my 2 year old twins still cant get any liquid out of the cup! Even trying it myself you have to really suck on it, and its a flat long peice that you have to suck out. If you have been using a bottle it is a little on the hard side to figure it out! This one was a no go in our house!

The second brand we tried was the tupperware. We had a consultant from our twins club who sold them and I thought i would give her a shout, do a show at home and try them out! So we bought the bell tumblers and then the sippy lids.I believe you have to buy them desperately. Don't quote me on that. These cups are great. I do find however that they drip. They are very easy for the kids to use as they don't have to have a large amount of suction for the kids to get liquid out of. The bad part about these cups is that if your kid leave it tilted over they do drip out liquid. And they can drip out quite a bit. BUT they work great for the bath as bath cups! my girls have 2 cups in the bath tub they play with.

The third type we tried out was the Take & Toss by the first years. They are great cups but arnt the type if you are looking for perfectly matched cups and lids. The fact is that the cups and lids for these don't mach. So if your anal about the cups and lids being the same this isn't the brand for you. These cups served us well though. The girls loved them, they were able to suck enough liquid out, but unlike the tupperware ones they didn't drip all over the place. The bad thing was when the twins got there teeth and started gnawing on the sippy cups. They learned if they bit really hard on the sippy part the lid would pop off the cup covering them in whatever liquid was in the cup. They were pretty cheep and work great in the dishwasher. No staining from any liquids we have put in there and we even put in some dark juices. They also work great in a pinch for carrying around dry snacks for the kids. The cups are BPA Free and microwave and dishwasher safe. We have never used them in the microwave though.

The last type of cups we have used is the Playtex brand. I have used diffrent products from the Playtex family over the years and found them to be good quality.

The first type I bought for the kids was the playtex Insulator Straw cup. I got them at a good price at Zellers for Christmas gifts for the girls. I was looking for a to go cup that wouldn't spill and was easy for the girls to transition to big kid cups. I thought this would be good for them to get used to a straw. They are BPA free, they have a twist and click lid so you know that its locked in place. The bad part about this is the straw. it comes apart in two pieces and is very hard to clean and put back together. When we put it back together after getting washed once it started to leak on us and it also started to squealed to let in air after the girls were sucking hard on the straw. The girls LOVED this cup but i couldn't handle the mess.

The second cup i got was on the recommendation of the Playtex person when i called about the leaking and squealing cups. She suggested trying the Coolster spoutless cups. It looks like a coffee mug you get at starbucks! They are great and they have a sippy cup seal inside that is easy to clean and it makes it NON DRIP!. this one just screw on and i found it was the best of all the cups. It goes in the washer easily and its PBA FREE!

Out of all these cups Rebekah uses the Toss and Take for her prescription formula Neoate Splash, and Heather uses the Tupperware cup for her Soy milk (though when she spills she gets demoted to water), and for out and about we LOVE our Coolster spout ess mugs! The girls love to take them with them on daddy daughter day when they go to Starbucks for fruit while Daddy gets a coffee!

Out of all these cups I have to say my fave is the Playtex Coolster Spoutless cup! Its the one that is going to be going with any gifts we get for birthday parties the kids are invited to! And the best part is that they look like little adults with the coffee mugs!

Friday, March 19, 2010

A What Teether?

With having 3 kids under 2 we have had our share of teething. And with 3 kids under 2 we have a few allergies so some of the over the counter and tried and true methods of teething remedies were out of the question..... So one day a mom at play group had this weird paci like thing. She told me it was a Raz-Berry Teether. It made me think if it might work.

Its quite interesting to look at. It looks like a raspberry on the end of a soother but its all soft, and the part that goes in your child's mouth is squishy but its made of silicon. It looked like it might work for our twins. So i went on the search for them.

At the time our twins were teething the local stores in our town didn't carry very many baby items like this. So I set out to one of my fave baby stores a few towns over called Its a baby's world. They are almost like a costco of baby stores. They have everything and anything you can be looking for. I called ahead as taking a trip with 2 infants was hard, but they had it, and so off we went.

When i brought it home and gave it to the twins, they both took to it differently. Rebekah liked to chew on the handle (its an all silicon so safe to chew on any part of it) and on the "leafs" on it. Where as Heather loved to suck and chew on only the tip of it. Heather has a smaller jaw and had a hard time putting the whole thing in her mouth.....

Now that Thea is here, and she is teething quite bad she is enjoying using it as well. She will chew on it during our bus rides to Grandmas and in the car and at baby group. It has been quite a life saver when other methods of calming teething pain don't work.

Both Rebekah and Heather have picked up the razberry teether off and on in the last few months. Heather more so because of her having 4 canines come in at the same time. It has helped her with her teething pain and not chewing on our bord books.

For this this teether by RazBaby has lasted us through 3 kids, and comes in 2 great basic colours, red and blue. They also came out with a crystal line as well that is pink and blue. I do however like the clasic colours as they looks like a razberry and a "blueberry" as my hubby would say.

I give these teether a rating of a necessity for any parent who has an infant who will be teething. If you are intersted in learning more about the RazBerry Teether please have a look at RazBaby

3 under 2

So i know i have been absent for awhile.

Its been 7 months since Thea was born. She is a burst of freshness in our lives. Things are going well. Much better then i expected. Having 3 kids under 2 is a lot harder then i expected. But its going well. The girls play together nicely and the kids nap around the same time, but not as long. Thea wants to get in there with Rebekah and Heather and play with them, but she just isn't at there level yet.

I'm going to change this blog over to reviewing baby products and other products that mothers use. I hope you will all enjoy this new part of our life!

thank you!