Product Feature 7
Hey Mamas – Did you know that Aleva Naturals has a Maternal Care product line just for you!
Aleva Naturals Maternal Care line offers a range of nature’s perfect solutions to support moms from pregnancy through post-partum recovery to breast-feeding. Developed by a naturopath, herbalist and pharmacist, this unique product range is specially formulated with natural, vegan and safe ingredients. Maternal Care products deliver therapeutic results and are pH balanced to be gentle on the most sensitive skin.
We are happy to share all the product features with you and give you the chance to WIN one of two Aleva Naturals Maternal Care Gift Sets below.
Stretch Mark Cream – A cream specially formulated with Organic Shea Butter, Olive Oil, Natural Soy Protein, Wheat Protein and Pumpkin Seed extracts that reduces the appearance of stretchmarks and helps to improve elasticity and skin tone. This unique blend can be used on sensitive areas including breasts, hips, abdomen and upper thighs.
Alevoil Stretch Mark Oil – An intensive skin nourishing oil, beneficial for scars, stretch marks, dehydrated skin & uneven skin tone. Enriched with Sqisandryl (a plant extract from Schisandra Chinensis Fruit) and Tamanol Seed Oil, this unique blend delivers essential nourishing moisturizers that will protect skin from dryness, leaving it soft, supple and silky-smooth. . Alevoi is safe to use on the face, body and all sensitive areas
Foaming Fem Wash – A unique daily wash with a blend of Organic Witch Hazel & Natural Tea Tree Oil that gently soothes, cleanses & refreshes your intimate areas. Many washes for intimate-area are gel-like and contain synthetic perfumes and foaming agents which may cause dryness and irritation. The Foaming Fem Wash is a unique formulation that foams with the use of a pump and does not include any harsh chemicals. This is done intentionally for gentle application and easy lathering.
Bamboo Fem Wipes – These ultra-soft, unbleached wipes consists of Organic Aloe Vera, Chamomile & Natural Tea Tree Oil that gently soothes, cleanses and refreshes your intimate areas. This unique formulation is ideal for use during pregnancy, pre & post natal and when you are prone to utmost sensitivity & irritation. This gentle wipe can be used as part of your daily hygiene routine.
Just for you Moms, we are giving away two Aleva Nautrals Maternal Care Gift Sets that contain all the products mentioned above and more!
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With all the learning and new discoveries happening in the first year of your child’s life (for both you and baby), the best thing you can do is find the greatest time savers, parenting hacks and pro-tips to make things just a little easier on yourself. Mealtimes can be stressful as it is without having to worry about the dietary restrictions of an infant, so finding the best time and sanity savers for feeding baby was high on my priority list.
As someone who generally likes to cook and try new recipes as well as control all of the ingredients that my children are eating, I enjoy making my own baby food. With my first child I learned to steam or roast different ingredients and then pour them all into a small, low powered blender to grind them up into a medium suitable for my toothless infant. This worked for me and I began to enjoy coming up with new combinations and seeing what flavour profiles she took to. Four years and another child later, I still enjoy cooking but I find that I have become more of a short order cook and less of a gourmet chef. Balancing the dietary
demands preferences of my toddler along with the meals for both my husband and I and now a solid eating baby was becoming overwhelming and resulted in lots of dishes. And then I was introduced to the Beaba Babycook and mealtimes are forever changed.
One machine that both steams and purees food in the same container, this workhorse has been awarded a permanent spot on my countertop. With the ability to steam fruits, vegetables, meat or fish from raw to fully cooked in 15 minutes while locking in the nutrients and vitamins, my mealtimes have added variety but newfound simplicity. The Babycook model I have is equipped with two large capacity bowls so I am able to cook two completely different meals at one time and then puree them (if I so desire) to the consistency I need. For breakfast I am able to make myself a smoothie on one side while I steam fruits or veggies to mix infant cereal on the other side. I can make plain chicken for my toddler at dinner while I make a three veg puree for my son on the other side. And I am never cleaning more than 4 dishes to prepare it all.
After owning this machine for just a few weeks I have already made dozens of different meals- from simple steamed carrot puree to a three food group mashup, and surprisingly all have been a success. I have found myself getting more adventurous in the kitchen again to explore new tastes and combinations. In case you are looking to try something new, here is one of my favourites that I have made to date.
I heard of a famous NYC chef that would whip roasted bananas into his mashed potatoes to create a side dish that people raved about all over the country. I used this as inspiration for this simple recipe.
Roasted Banana and Sweet Potato Mash
3 bananas in the peel
2 medium sized sweet potatoes, cut into 1/2″ cubes
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place bananas on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper or a non stick backing mat. Cook bananas for 20-25 minutes, until skins turn brown and some of the sticky juices begin to leak out. Allow bananas to cool slightly.
While bananas are cooking in the oven, place chopped sweet potatoes in the Babycook steamer basket. Fill water reservoir to a level 3, close the lid and press the steam button to begin cooking. After 15 minutes or so, the timer will sound and the potatoes are ready. Use the Babycook spatula to tip the steamer basket over into the remaining cooking liquid and puree the potatoes until they are lump free. Peel the cooked bananas open and dump the mushy insides into the sweet potato puree. Stir with the spatula and then blend until both ingredients are smooth and combined. This makes around 6 servings so pour the remainder in an air tight container and store in the fridge, or use the Beaba Multiportions to freeze the leftovers.
Watch as baby delights in this sweet but nutritious treat.
My son loves this combination and I don’t mind sneaking in a few bites myself. The best part is that once it is made, I can reheat the leftovers in the Babycook on another night and not worry about dirtying another pot, inconsistent microwave heating or burning it on the stove. The MultiPortions make it easy to heat one serving at a time and it pops out easily from the silicone tray, meaning I don’t have to thaw it in advance.
The Babycook has certainly changed the way I make food for my children and has made mealtimes much easier and truthfully, a bit more exciting. Using the cooking guidelines in the included recipe book and instruction manual allows you to create your own combinations and when you are feeling less creative you can find a ton of recipes on the Beaba website and around the internet. As your child grows, you can continue to use this to prepare different stage foods and I am looking forward to trying those out in the near future. Finding a time saving gadget that is healthy, is not quickly outgrown and is easy to use is an all around win in my books!
Building on its tremendous success “Down Under”, Australian company Valco Baby has now established their brand all over the globe and we are excited to bring these products to Canadian families nationwide.
Designed not only to look great, Valco Baby strollers have outstanding performance features as well. Their strollers are able to meet the needs of your growing family as they are infant car seat compatible*, offer a double stroller option in each of their series and the X series even has the option for a third toddler seat!
*specific models only with adapter
Lightweight Convenience – Snap 4 and Snap Duo
Valco Baby’s urban strollers, their Snap series, are known for being lightweight. In fact, their Snap Duo is the lightest full featured double stroller in the market today. Weighing just 21.5 lbs., the Snap Duo combines an ultra lightweight frame with individual canopies, adjustable footrests and roomy comfortable seats.
If you’re in looking for a convenience stroller boasting first-class features, the Snap4 is the ideal one for you! Coming in at only 14.5 lbs. the Snap4 sets the benchmark for comfort, manoeuvrability and portability in compact strollers.
Elegant Versatility – Snap Ultra & Snap Ultra Duo
The Snap Ultra series establishes a new level of style in addition to function for parents looking for a lightweight ride from birth & beyond without sacrificing on features. The Snap Ultra and Snap Ultra Duo not only makes a fashion statement, but incorporates great features such as an ultra-lightweight frame, super extended canopy, adjustable footrest and reversible, roomy, comfortable seats. YES! Both seats are reversible! And as a bonus feature, the strollers INCLUDE beautiful luxe boot covers!
Rugged meets Luxury – TriMode X and Trimode Duo
Valco Baby’s all terrain stroller options are the TriMode X and TriMode X Duo. Both strollers in the TriMode X series folds compactly allowing you to take it anywhere and the full reclining seats allow children to sleep anywhere. The pram seat also has no contact with the outside when folded so it stays cleaner for longer so you don’t have to be afraid to take it wherever you go.
Like what you’ve read? Want to test-drive one for yourself? Come to any of our Snuggle Bugz store locations between April 24th and 30th to test out a Snap Ultra or a Snap Duo and enter to WIN one for yourself!
Spring is finally here! Let Dapple products help you with all your Spring Cleaning needs!
Dapple cleaning products are plant-based, baby-friendly, and specifically targeted to clean little ones’ unique messes. Every Dapple product is created from biodegradable ingredients and made without parabens, formaldehyde, and without synthetic dyes or fragrances.
We are happy to share all the product features with you and give you the chance to WIN a basket of Dapple cleaning products below.
Natural Dishwasher Pods – contain a unique formula that keeps bottles and plastics clear. This fragrance-free cleaner made from plants and minerals blasts away milk odor and residue.
Naturally Clean Bottles & Dishes – this dish liquid is safe, natural and extremely effective at eliminating milk film and odor. Safely clean baby bottles, sippy cups, pacifiers and breast pump components with this award-winning green technology. Comes in fragrance-free or lavender and in convenient 1L refill packs.
Naturally Clean Toys & High Chairs – with this incredibly gentle and pure formula. It safely and effectively gets rid of stubborn “leftovers”.
Naturally Clean Nursery – this nursery cleaner contains sweet lemon and grapefruit essential oils to purify and freshen baby’s nursery. Quickly and effectively clean change tables with a natural fresh scent.
Naturally Clean Bathtub – a tub & tile cleaner that removes soap scum while being hypoallergenic and fragrance-free. Works for plastic baby tubs as well as ceramic baths.
Naturally Clean Everything Wipes – use this all-purpose cleaner to remove gunk, grime and sticky fingerprints. This non-antibacterial formula uses green technology and natural ingredients to clean all surfaces.
Naturally Clean Baby Laundry – made with ultra-mild ingredients, this safe natural detergent is perfect for laundering newborn and toddlers clothing. It’s enhanced formula can be used on cloth diapers as well.
Natural Baby Laundry Detergent Pods – are hypoallergenic and fragrance-free. These safe and effective laundry pods are also free of brighteners and softeners and suitable for HE or standard machines.
We want to help you with all your Spring Cleaning needs so we are giving away a Dapple gift basket to one lucky winner.
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Have you heard of Stonz? They’re a great, made in Canada line that I’ve wanted to try forever, and so I got my hands on a pair of the new Toddler Booties! At first the boots are a little weird and take some getting used to as they’re much different than other boots on the market. First off, your toddler can wear their shoes inside if they like, so they’re a much softer boot than the general hard boot you’d find out there. If you do want to use their shoes inside, you need to buy with that in mind. Then they have liners (“linerz”) for warmer winter use and you can remove them for fall and spring. How versatile is that? As you can see I opted for the most exciting colour/pattern around: all black (although they come in 14 different designs).
These ones are “new” in the Stonz line because they have a new waterproof sole on them – it’s more durable and slip resistant than previously and you can RECYCLE THEM when you’re done. I’m a huge fan of that! You can find the new sole on the medium, large or x-large booties. The soles contain something called PLUSfoam so I took a swing by their website to learn a bit more about the product. It’s nice to know I own a product that is made with responsible manufacturing processes in mind, and these are no exception – they claim their products produce no manufacturing waste and zero post-consumer waste. Sounds good to me!
One of the best things is that they’re SUPER lightweight so your kid isn’t lugging around a giant pair of boots that weigh close to what they do. The two drawstrings are great on the boots as they keep them on in two places (and prevent the surprise of arriving at your destination to a toddler in barefeet).
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