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Monday, April 21, 2014

Enter to win an Ergobaby Carrier!

Welcome to the Ergobaby Original Carrier Giveaway Event!

One of my favourite must-have accessories for any mama or mama-to-be is a baby carrier. A good carrier will serve you well from those first newborn days right through to toddlerhood. From walking your colicky newborn around at two in the morning, to grocery shopping with a sleeping infant, to nursing your baby on the go, to running errands with a toddler, and then pretty much anything you have to do when you have an older child along too. A carrier saves your arms, your back, and your sanity!
Rose ou Bleu, a modern baby boutique based in Montreal, Quebec, is generously sponsoring this Ergobaby Original Carrier in my favourite Night Sky print for one lucky Canadian winner! Rose ou Bleu carries an impressive selection of items for the nursery and for playtime, and the friendly folks there are always happy to help with practical information and advice so you can find the right product to meet your needs. They also offer an online baby registry so expectant moms can easily let friends and family know just what they need. Rose ou Bleu offers full-service online shopping and FREE delivery in Canada on orders over $150.

Read This West Coast Mommy's full review of the Ergobaby Original Carrier.

The Ergobaby's award-winning design holds your baby in an ergonomic, natural sitting position and fits babies 7-45 pounds. It can be used for front, back, or hip carries. The padded waistbelt ensures baby's weight is evenly distributed between your hips and shoulders, while the adjustable padded shoulder straps provide you with ultimate comfort. The Ergobaby Original Carrier is a great choice for you and your baby!
Ergobaby Original Carrier Features:
  • 100% cotton shell and lining
  • 3 carry positions: front, back and hip
  • Baby weight range: 7*-45 lb. (3.2*–20 kg) *newborn with infant insert
  • Adjustable padded shoulder straps and waist belt
  • Large zippered storage pocket
  • 5 position adjustable hood
  • Stitching: reinforced at all fabric intersections for extra durability
  • Shoulder strap length range: 24”-44” (61cm-112cm)
  • Waist belt circumference range: 26”-55” (66cm-140cm)
  • Shoulder strap padding: 1” high density PU foam
  • Designed in the USA
Enter to win this beautiful Ergobaby carrier in the widget below. This giveaway is open to residents of Canada, 18 +. All entries are verified. Good luck!

Disclosure: This West Coast Mommy and participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Boosting Bone Health {Smoothie Recipe & Giveaway} #NaturallyAtHome

A few weeks ago, I went for a bone density test.  It had been a couple of years since my last scan and since then, I've consciously thought of my bone health and sought out ways to try to rebuild some bone strength.  My doctor has told me that once bone density is lost, it is difficult to repair - yet, I was recently questioned about that, and I began to think that there had to be a way.  Or, at least a way to prevent further bone loss.  

My scan revealed that I've lost two inches in height since my last test, which completely shocked me.  In the past, I've taken supplements in an attempt to (at least) keep my bones at the level they were at.  Yet, when I heard that I am a full two inches shorter, I knew it was time to become regimented about my bone health.  I already live with a permanent lower back injury, and slight scoliosis - now I can see that osteoporosis is a real possibility.  I know that we aren't given more than we can handle, but I wonder how I will tolerate any additional back issues.....?

So, it's time to get serious with my bone health!

Orange Naturals Naturopathic Tinctures

Orange Naturals Tinctures are liquid medicine made from a herb soaked in alcohol and water (alcohol pulls out medicinal ingredients and preserves the tincture).  Tinctures are absorbed directly into the blood stream, and bypass the digestive system.  The absorption rate is 98%, as compared to tablets which have only a 5 - 18% absorption rate.

Tinctures are the perfect way for me to boost my bone health.  I've found bypassing my digestive system is the only way to go when it comes to medications - IBD causes my system to be hyper and most meds move through pretty quickly.

Boosting Bone Health Smoothie Recipe

2 Scoops Orange Naturals ND Shake Mix for Women
1/2 cup Milk
1/2 cup Vanilla Yogurt (or your favourite flavour choice)
1/2 cup Sliced Strawberries (I had frozen, so that's what I used)
1 Sliced Banana 
1/4 cup Coconut Milk
1 drop of Orange Naturals Devil's Claw Tincture

Combine all ingredients until pureed.  Pour into a chilled glass and serve immediately.   This smoothie contains calcium, from the yogurt, milk and from the ND Shake Mix.

*Orange Naturals Devil's Claw is used to help relieve joint pain associated with osteoarthritis.* 
*Orange Naturals ND Shake Mix for Women is a nutrient dense blend of plant protein, greens, and superfruits - it supports women's blood sugar, bone and urinary health.*
*Orange Naturals ND Shake Mix 250mg of calcium per 2 scoops.* 

My children's bone health is also quite important to me.  I am predisposed to osteoporosis, and I figure my children are as well.  (My decreased bone density is due to over-use of steroids.)  So, alternately, I could prepare this same smoothie for my children, by simply interchanging Orange Naturals ND Shake for Woman,  for Orange Naturals ND Shake for Kids.   Then, replace Orange Naturals Devil's Claw with Orange Naturals D3 Drops.
More Smoothie Inspiration
You may of caught Orange Naturals on Canadian talk show Steven and Chris (who I love) earlier this month.   Check out the smoothie creations featured on the show.    And, be sure to visit Orange Naturals blog, where you'll find great articles geared towards children and the whole family. 


Canadians, please use the rafflecopter form to enter to win a fantastic prize from Orange Naturals!  (value $175)  Prize includes: ND Shakes for the family, Hamilton Beach personal blender, and a copy of Superfood Smoothies recipe book!  Thanks for entering and good luck. 

Put Disney's The Pirate Fairy Blu-ray + DVD in an Easter Basket Near You!

I know a certain little girl who will be overjoyed to find Disney's The Pirate Fairy in her Easter basket this weekend.  She's been talking about the movie and asking for a copy, since it was released on April 1st, 2014.

From the world of Peter Pan comes the Pirate Fairy,  a swashbuckling new adventure about Zarina, a smart and ambitious dust keeper fairy who's captivated by Blue Pixie Dust and its endless possibilities.   When Zarina's wild ideas get her into trouble, she flees Pixie Hollow and joins forces with the scheming pirates of Skull Rock, who make her captain of their ship.  Tinker Bell and her friends must embark on an epic adventure to find Zarina, and together they go sword to sword against the band of pirates led by a cabin boy named James, who will soon be known as Captain Hook himself.  

The Pirate Fairy is sure to be a hit with my daughter, Jillian.  Yet, I think the whole family will enjoy the adventure.  The digital copy makes this movie portable, which is perfect in our family.  It has lots of bonus features and is rated for all audiences.

Why not pop a copy of The Pirate Fairy in an Easter basket near you this weekend?   I can guarantee it will become a new family favourite and a big hit!