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We’re all going green. Hurray for our wallets and our earth. But in some cases, this also presents us with a problem! I don’t know about you but I always used plastic grocery bags to carry home wet swim suits from the beach or pool. With my fabulous re-useable bags, the plastic bags are no longer plentiful and I find myself at a loss…

I mentioned earlier that in participation of Set for a Sizzling Summer Series, Ottawa Cloth Diapers kindly sent me a JamTots Wet Bag to review.

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The product details are here.

For Diapers: I think it was originally designed for dirty cloth diapers while out and about. I used it for this purpose and it worked great. It held two soiled BumGenius diapers easily. It would have accommodated more however that was all that John soiled 🙂 With the water-resistant lining, it did a great job of keeping the smell contained which is important since I don’t really want to walk around smelling…ummm, well you know!

For Wipes: I’ve recently started using cloth wipes. I’ll be sharing what I have learned so far in a future post next month. Though I am still using disposable wipes when we go out, I am in the process of changing that. I think this would be an ideal bag for taking moist cloth wipes out with me for quick wipes of sticky faces & hands or for bottom changes! I haven’t done this yet but I’ll come back and let you know how it works out for me.

Laundry Bag: Often I am out and about (at mom’s etc.) and one of my littles needs to change clothes. This bag also makes for a great laundry sack. Now the bag isn’t huge so for older children this wouldn’t work but because my little ones are small still, it works perfectly for me. I love the way the bag snaps onto itself around the strap of my diaper bag because many times there isn’t enough room in my diaper bag for a bag of laundry.

Swim Suits: And of course, the reason that this product is featured in our Sizzling Summer Series is because it is the perfect swim suit bag. I can fit Chloe’s (2), John’s (10 months), Scott’s and my bathing suits all in this bag. There is still some room but I wouldn’t want to strain the zipper. Larger families may need to invest in two bags. Just toss the suits in and then snap it onto your bag. No worries about getting anything else wet!

Colors that Match! It really is a cool bag with many uses. It comes in a fabulous array of colors. Ottawa Cloth Diapers was kind enough to send me one in ladybug (pictured above). I was VERY excited about this since my stroller is the same color. My diaper bag is black and has a little red tag on it so it matches that too. (I got my very cool diaper bag off kijiji). The only reason that I mention it matching is because most of the times that I have used the wet bag, I have taken advantage of the snap feature and attached it to either my stroller or my diaper bag for easy carrying. It’s nice when things match isn’t it?

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Buy It!

You can buy one of these fabulous bags from Ottawa Cloth Diapers. The have a wonderful online shop filled with treasures! Vicky is a very friendly and helpful lady who would be happy to help you with any questions you may have about her products.

Win It!

Ottawa Cloth Diapers wants to give one lucky reader a wet bag in their choice of in stock color! Entering is easy! Winner will be announced on June 26th. Open to Canadian and USA friends!

  1. Main Entry: Go here and pick your favorite color bag, come back and leave a comment
  2. Bonus: Subscribe to my blog for an additional entry
  3. Bonus: Blog about this giveaway and leave the link in the comments
  4. Bonus: Buy anything from their store for an additional 3 entries (leave 3 separate comments)

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Joining us in the Set for a Sizzling Summer Series, Moms and Bums sent me a MonkeyDoodlez Swim Diaper to review. It arrived and it is even more adorable than the picture! Though it is too cold here to swim in the outdoor pools yet, we’ll test it out at our local indoor pool!

I have used the Huggies Little Swimmers disposables for the past two years. In our pools here, it is mandatory that babies have a swim diaper. Even on sale, disposables cost a lot because we swim on a daily basis in the summer. I won’t even mention the impact that has on our landfills. I‘ll be adding this product to our list in More Green = More Green $$ as it is the perfect solution. It always helps when the solution is super cute too!

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Watch for the official review next week!

I should also mention that Moms and Bums has generously offered to sponsor a giveaway! What fun! When the official review is posted, there will be additional chances to enter. Be sure to subscribe to my blog so you don’t miss it!

Moms and Bums is also giving away a swim diaper. Go here for details.

For all of you anxious to get started, go ahead and leave a comment in this post for a bonus entry! What should your comment say? How about telling us what kind of swim diaper you currently use?

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wetbag Photo from Ottawa Cloth Diapers

Joining us in the Set for a Sizzling Summer Series, Ottawa Cloth Diapers sent me a JamTots zippered wet bag to review. I am excited about this. Though it’s primary purpose is for diaper bag use with cloth diapers, it is versatile and would be great as a swim suit bag. With the green movement, plastic grocery bags are no longer as plentiful as they were. What sort of alternative is there for bringing that wet bathing suit home from the pool without getting everything else wet? I think this is it!

We’ll allow a two week review period for this product so please come back for our official review of this bag and my impressions of its functionality.

I should also mention that Ottawa Cloth Diapers has generously offered one reader the chance to win their own wet bag! That’s right! This giveaway is open to USA and Canadian friends only! When the official review is posted, there will be additional chances to enter. How exciting so keep watching!

For all of you anxious to get started, go ahead and leave a comment in this post for a bonus entry! What should your comment say? How about telling us if you’re a pool, beach or sprinkler family?

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As part of our Set for a Sizzling Summer Series, we have the opportunity to review a pair of children’s sandals, the Pink Psyclone by Teva. I am thrilled! They arrived and we put them on immediately, I grabbed my camera and we headed outside!

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My Initial thoughts:

These are sporty, yet sweet and cute in their soft pink color! I loved the look of them immediately!

The first thing that I noticed was that there are dual Velcro fasteners on the sandal. Why would this be so important? Well, it means that it is super easy to put the sandals on wiggly little feet and also it means that they adjust completely for a good fit. Every little foot is different and so that is a huge plus for these sandals!

The Velcro seems to grip well to hold the shoe on firmly but is loose enough that Chloe is able to take her shoes off herself.

They appear to be comfortable, supportive and she seems to have no issues racing around in them.

I am a big fan of good footwear. I think it is important to have proper fitting, supportive, quality footwear in order to aid in proper foot development and to avoid injuries. So far, I am impressed with these sandals!

Please come back in about a month for our official review of these sandals and how they stand up to every day toddler life!

I should also mention that Teva has generously decided to sponsor a GIVEAWAY! That’s right! One of you lucky readers will have the opportunity to choose your style and size of from their Infant or Kids Line. This giveaway is open to Canadian friends only! When the official review is posted, there will be additional chances to enter. How exciting so keep watching!

For all of you anxious to get started, go ahead and leave a comment in this post for a bonus entry! What should your comment say? How about telling me who you are hoping to win a pair for?

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This month, I have the privilege of reviewing couple of Jack and Lily products. Jack and Lily is a Canadian company that provides adorable, quality footwear for little ones. We will be reviewing a super cute pair of the ‘My Shoes’ Chocolate Brown Sandals for John and a pair of the originals for Chloe. When they arrived last week, Chloe was so excited about them. Adorable and comfy looking, she put them on immediately. John tried to eat his. Thankfully they appear to be a good quality, the leather is soft and the soles are a flexible rubber so I think that they can withstand a little nibble or two.           

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After a suitable testing period, I’ll post a review. There is nothing more disappointing that purchasing something, only to find it lacking in some way or not meeting your expectations. Regardless of the type or size of your purchase, reading some real-life product reviews, by people in no way affiliated with the company, is a great way to make sure that you are making a wise purchase.

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I should also mention that Jack and Lily have generously decided to sponsor a GIVEAWAY! That’s right! One of you lucky readers will have the opportunity to choose your style and size. I bet that you all have some adorable babies who would look darling in their styles. I’m also sure that you will have a tough time picking just one! They have, possibly, the best selection I’ve seen so far! Especially the girls 🙂 I think there are few things in life cuter than baby feet (clean ones that is!) When the official review is posted, there will be the standard 5 chances to enter. How exciting so keep watching!

For all of you anxious to get started, go ahead and leave a comment in this post for a bonus entry! What should your comment say? How about telling me who you are hoping to win a pair for?

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I recently had the opportunity to review a pair of See Kai Run shoes. They have a large selection and it was so hard to narrow it down to one pair. I chose the Kaya, from their latest styles! If you’ll allow me to tell you a little bit about our experience with See Kai Run, then you’ll also have the opportunity to enter a giveaway generously sponsored by See Kai Run.

shoes 018A Little About See Kai Run:

The company was started by a mother with a toddler. She had a desire to create comfortable shoes with flexible soles for her little boy, Kai, to wear that would be healthy for his developing feet. When I read that, immediately my confidence in this brand increased. Knowing that it was designed by a mom for her own child, I knew that they would be a quality product!

They have a “Smaller” line which features adorable styles with suede soles in sizes 0-18 months and they have the “See Kai Run” line with the flexible sole available for 6 months – 3 years. Shoes are available for purchase in their online store or you can find a retail location near you!

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My Experience:

I mentioned in my initial announcement that the customer service was efficient and friendly, the shipping was speedy and one of the most impressive things was their printable sizing chart. Most companies put a size chart on their site; you measure and order accordingly, but with this one there is no measuring involved. (Hurray!) You simply print it out, have your child stand on it and order the correct size!

So of course the shoes arrived, fitting exactly as I expected them to! As soon as I opened the box, I was happy to discover that they were even more adorable up close than in the online picture. Now for the the bottom line – adorable is important but how hold up is crucial! Any shoes can look great if they are only ever used for pictures and church but I’m interested how they stand up to the adventures of everyday toddler life. I imagine that you’re interested in that too.

Well, a month is certainly more than enough time for Chloe, my rough and tumble princess, to completely wreck a pair of shoes! Chloe went scootering in them, rode her tricycle, went for walks, played in the sandbox, went to the park and wore them to church. The answer is…yes, the hold up beautifully! Here is a close up picture of the shoes. The dirt and black marks wiped off easily with a damp cloth. There is some minor stuffing on the toes but not anywhere near what I honestly expected.

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The shoes seemed very comfortable. Her feet were never hot or sweaty when I removed the shoes. They have a Velcro strap that is easy enough for her to undo herself and yet it was strong enough to keep them firmly in place through the day! The shoes are wide enough to give her plenty of room and the soles are so flexible that my mother said they “practically walk themselves”.

Overall, I am very impressed with them. Definitely a quality shoe. I don’t have a single negative thing to say about them. The only thing that comes to mind is that if the rubber sole was extended up the front a smidgen, it would eliminate any scuffing of the toes altogether. shoes 016

You know, I was impressed with the confidence that See Kai Run has in their own products to be willing to have real life little ones racing around in their shoes just living life and then have a review done. This is just one mom’s honest opinion; I think these shoes are awesome!

From now until May 8th they are offering FREE shipping for all USA orders online!

You’ve been a patient reader my friend, and now on to the giveaway!

Lots of Chances to Enter:

Go to See Kai Run and choose your favorite(s) from either the Smaller or the See Kai Run, come back here and leave a comment. If you are commenting anonymously, please be sure to leave a way of contacting you!

For an additional two entries subscribe to the See Kai Run email list on the bottom of their home page. Come back and leave two additional comments on this post.

For an additional two entries subscribe to my blog via email (you will need to subscribe and then verify your subscription for it to be active). In order for your win with these comments to be valid, your email address must show ‘active’ status. If you have done this, leave two comments!

For one additional entry subscribe in a reader. Make sure to leave a comment letting me know!

You can also have an entry for blogging about the contest. Just leave the link in your comment!

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This post is paticipating in: Things I Love Thursday (because I love toddler shoes!), Frugal Friday (It’s a giveaway how frugal!), Family Friday (clothing is a famiy issue!) and Works for Me Wednesday (because these shoes certainly work for me!) and Mom Most Travelled.

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Soap Nuts

A Lovely lady by the name of Rebecca who is going to try them with her cloth diapers!

Hurray for you!

For all those who are no doubt sad about not being able to try out this interesting product, Superior Soapnuts offers a trial pack for $1.75 CAD which is enough to do about 5-10 washes.

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