The Honest Company – My Review

I’ve always been interested in The Honest Company and trying out their products, but the insane shipping price always kept me from going ahead.  I signed up for their emails and when I got their Black Friday email deal offering me 50%, I thought this was a good time to start!

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My order consisted of 204 size 3 diapers, 288 wipes and two hand sanitizers for only $65.91! These diapers and wipes are “natural, organic, sustainably harvested, renewable, pure raw materials” and with this price is CHEAPER than what I could buy Pampers or Huggies for.  AND it’s delivered to my door!

The bundle consists of 6 packages of diapers and 4 packages of wipes:

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The size/quantity chart was really helpful to tell if it was a good deal or not.  The smaller sized diapers end up being the best deal because you get more within the bundle.

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Here’s what I like about The Honest Company:

1. Makes for a “fun” diaper change.  My two year old doesn’t like getting his diaper changed at all, so having him choose what print he’d like to wear gets him to easily lay down and makes for a struggle-free diaper change.  We had ordered the sample in his size and he LOVED the “pirate” diaper.

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2. No harmful chemicals or products.  This is becoming more and more important to me.  Yes, some people think that it shouldn’t matter since it’s just meant to catch pee and poop, but since I’m becoming more and more mindful of what I put INTO my children’s bodies, maybe I should be concerned on what I put on the outside too?  Charles – my 7 month old – is especially sensitive and I have found that I can even use the wipes on his bum when he has a rash.

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3. The wipes come in a close second!  My absolutely favorite wipes are the Kirkland brand, but these come in a close second especially since they are delivered to my home.  The only reason I like Kirkland a bit better is because they are a bit more moist.

4. You can easily postpone a delivery online.  It’s as easy as logging into your account and changing the date on your next shipment calendar!

calendar5. They have been working as over night diapers!  I will love a diaper forever if it keeps my kids  from leaking through over night.  I’m not sure if my kids are peeing less or what, because these don’t have the same absorbancy as Pampers or Huggies, but they are doing the trick!

6. I feel like I’m kinda, sorta cloth diapering.  The gentleness of the diapers and wipes make me feel better about not cloth diapering which is something I really wanted to do, but can’t stand the amount of laundry :/

7. They get shipped to my front door within a week.  From the time I order until the time of delivery, it’s about a week.

8. There is usually a freebie they include when you order a bundle!  Last time I got two awesome, natural hand sanitizers that fit perfectly in my purse and diaper bag.

The ONLY negative, is that they are expensive.  I don’t think the price would be half so bad if the shipping wasn’t $20.  Essentially you’re paying $25/week for diapers and wipes.  Is that bad?  It would be if you were paying that for Huggies or Pampers, but for a higher quality product?  No, I honestly don’t think so.

We are going to give The Honest Company a go for a while and see how we like it.  If you’d like to try, please sign up through my referral link!

When Maternity Leave Pay is Gone

I remember being terrified at the thought of what would happen when my maternity leave with Chloe ran out.  Our “plan” had been to have a baby, go back to work and earn enough hours for another maternity leave, have a baby, etc.  It didn’t work that way.  By the time I went back to work after Chloe, I was already half way through my pregnancy with Ben.  I knew that when he was born, I’d be done working and earning an income for a while.  Here are some tips and tricks we used to work with a one-income budget.

1. Start living like you already have one-income. I honestly wish someone would have told me that before I had Chloe.  Cutting your income in half after years of relying on it can be a shock to the current way you are living, so start preparing now!  Put your maternity leave pay into a savings account and start budgeting NOW for how you will live when you really are down only one income.

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2. Learn to live simply.  You likely won’t be able to do all the things you did (or at least to the same extent) as you used to.  For us I had to cut out the regularly clothing splurge trips (which in hindsight was just a ridiculous waste of money), I went to the salon less frequently, and we learned to have frugal dates.  Budgeting and staying within that budget became a serious thing especially since we were now providing for our little ones.

3. Say no.  You don’t need to keep up with the Jones (or whoever that family is that everyone seems to envy).  I remember thinking that I needed to have this or that to be happy while at home, but we simply couldn’t (and can’t) afford certain luxuries.  When I’m tempted to splurge on something we don’t need and haven’t budgeted for, I need to say no (which is hard if it’s something I want and it’s on sale).  We’ve learned to be content with these growing years where our furniture is not the nicest (second hand and currently stained with purple nail polish), our bedding doesn’t always match and the walls in our house are a hideous yellow.

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I don’t even care that there is nail polish on it because it cost $50.

4. DIY.  Yup.  Do it yourself.  I’ve learned how to make blankets, we wash our own rugs, plant our own produce and hang our laundry to dry.  We are teaching ourselves frugal do it yourself ways so to help us live within our one-income budget.

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What are some of your tips?

Chlorine-Free Baby Wipes for 50% off! Today Only!

Today’s daily deal on well.ca is Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Chlorine-Free Wipes!  For a 72 count package, these wipes are regularly $8.49/each, but today you can get them for $4.29!

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I’ve never tried these wipes before, but I love Burt’s Bees products and most certainly would be willing to try these out!  Have you tried them?  What are your thoughts?

Features:

  • Chlorine Free
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Fragrance Free
  • Calms skin with Vitamin E and Aloe
  • Non-irritating and gentle enough for everyday use
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5 Well.ca Natural Care Sale Products I Love

Well.ca has some natural care sale items on their website right now.  I wouldn’t consider these as stock up prices, but if you’re in need, check them out!

1. Naty Diapers/Wipes by NatureCare.
15% off until June 1st.  Free shipping on orders over $25.

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I tried these diapers when I found them on clearance at Superstore for $5.  That is definitely a stock up price, but this price is decent especially since it’s shipped right to your front door.

  • 100% chlorine free
  • Based on biodegradable materials
  • Biodegradable back sheet film based on corn
  • 100% GMO free
  • Newborn sizing fits babies up to 10 lbs

2. Weleda Skin Care Products.
20% off until June 1st.  Free shipping on orders $25 or more.

I have tried the diaper and skin cream on my babies and love it!  The smell of calendula is calming and the ingredients are gentle and result producing.  Weleda has excellent adult products as well.

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3. Earth’s Best Food and Chlorine-Free Diapers.
15% off until June 1st.  Free shipping on orders $25 or more.b5e1722778e68240cf06142965ec7ede_ra,w403,h403_pa,w403,h403I actually haven’t tried this product, but if I ever need to use formula it’s on my list!

3. Aleva Naturals Bamboo products.
15% off until June 1st.  Free shipping on orders $25 or more.

I have tried the baby diaper wipes and have found them to be gentle and excellent quality.  From time to time I’ve seen them on sale at London Drugs.

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  • Maternity and baby natural skincare products.
  • Developed by a naturopath, herbalist and pharmacist.
  • Natural and organic ingredients.

4. Earth Mama Angel Baby Organic Teas.
Select teas on sale.

I have tried almost all their teas and am very impressed with the quality and taste.  This tea can also be bought at Two Mothers in Edmonton.

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All Earth Mama teas are naturally caffeine free, in biodegradable, easy to brew tea bags. 100% recycled and recyclable cartons. Steep, sip and enjoy!  USDA Certified 100% Organic and Certified Kosher teas formulated for pregnancy’s most common discomforts.

5. Aden + Anais Organic Cotton Swaddling Wraps.
30% off until June 1st.  Free shipping!

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I already wrote about how much I love these swaddling blankets, but wanted to remind you that the sale ends in just two days!  Great price for these blankets.

Aden and Anais Organic Baby Blankets

Anyone who has tried Aden and Anais blankets are almost guaranteed to love them!  We have tried the classics and bamboo, but now we will be trying the 3 pack organic cotton muslim blankets because they are on SALE for only $50.99 (regular price $59.99)!  That makes each blanket roughly $16, which is the same price as their regular priced non-organic blankets! I have never, ever seen the organic blankets on sale anywhere so we’re very excited about this!

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“For countless generations, mothers have swaddled and cared for their children. aden + anais® has gone one step further to bring you soft, organic cotton muslin swaddling wraps. Luxuriously soft, it is the ideal fabric to use on delicate baby skin. All aden + anais swaddling wraps are available in fashion forward prints that say as much about your style as they do about the traditions that bind mothers together around the world.

Features:

  • Includes three 47″ x 47″ pre-washed organic cotton muslin swaddles
  • Breathable: Helps reduce the risk of overheating
  • Practical: Easy to care for – machine washable
  • Versatile: works as a stroller or nursing cover, changing pad cover, tummy time blanket and more!”

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While still considered “pricey” for baby blankets, these will last you forever and if they are anything like the bamboo and original, they will just get softer and better over time.

Thanks to a mom in my mom’s group for the tip!

10 Healthy and Quick Snack Options for the Busy Mom!

I had my third baby two weeks ago.  Having three children three and under is a huge blessing but keeps me incredibly busy.  As I sit here typing this post, I’m inhaling “lunch” (aka smoothie, Larabar and chocolate: don’t judge) and praying that the three babies stay sleeping for another hour.  Since I don’t have a lot of time to sit down and enjoy a meal (unless my husband is home) I have had to find quick, easy and healthy snacks to munch on during the day.  Here are a few of my go to snacks:

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Having ready made smoothies on hand is literally a life saver.  It can be a quick and healthy breakfast (pour into a glass and add a bit of yogurt or just drink straight from the bottle like I do), an easy low-sugar booster, an afternoon snack or part of dinner.  The best price for the 946ml bottles is $3, unless you price match flyers across Canada (another huge blog post needed to explain that).  You can also order coupons from them by simply going to their contact page.  My favorite flavours are: Berry Boost, Blue Goodness, Multi-V Goodness, Mango Lemonade and Amazing Mango.  As I’m writing this post I discovered that they now carry breakfast smoothies: now I’ll have to hunt them down.

2. Larabars

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These.  Are. Amazing.  Such simple ingredients which provide a powerful pack of nutrition and will fill your belly!  The main ingredient is dates and then they add a bunch of other yummy goodness.  The price is definitely up there, but worth every penny especially if you buy them when you have the PC Plus Natural Foods offer.  They have many flavours to choose from, but my favorites are: coconut, cashew, peanut butter, and cherry!  You can get a multipack 18 count box of the coconut, cashew, and peanut butter from Costco for about $17.  At Superstore they have a box of 16 (one flavour per box) for $16.  You could also redeem your Shoppers Drug Mart points to get a box for free…

These are perfect for throwing into your purse when you’re on the go, munching on while you’re nursing, or as breakfast at 2pm while hiding in your bathroom to get a few minutes of alone time.

3. Popcorn

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Please, oh please, oh please buy the Angies Tri-Coloured Popping Corn from Costco.  We really should be encouraging them to keep this GMO-free item in stock and the only way to do that is to keep buying it!   Regular price is $10.99, but it has gone on sale for $7.99.  Pop some popcorn in advance for a snack the next day.  It’s quick, easy and delicious.

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If there is simply no time to be popping corn, buy this from Costco instead.  Delicious, ready-to-go and $5.99 for a huge bag.  It goes on sale for about $3.99.

Check out Annie’s website for more info on their products.

4. Bananas

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Seriously the easiest fruit to eat.  No preparation needed, just peel and chew.  The natural sugar content in it will give you a quick pick up and the density of it fills your belly.  Bonus: organic bananas are CHEAP!  They usually range from $0.77/lb-$0.99/lb.

5. Coconut Milk

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So this is delicious in coffee, but I have found it’s a relatively filling snack option when I’m in a hurry. Pour a glass, drink, done, move on to change three poopy diapers.  Eat a banana with it if you have an extra 5 seconds to spare.

Costco is a great place to get it: 6x1L pack for $10.99 or on sale for $8.49.

6. Fruit Bars
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Another quick and easy fruit option.  Throw it in your diaper bag, have a few tucked away with your nursing gear and enjoy.

Costco sells an 18 pack for $19.89 but they go on sale for $15.89.

7. Trail Mix

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Any sort of trail mix is just awesome to keep you energy levels up.  I fill a little baggie with about a handful and can eat it in the car, shopping or, again, while nursing (I basically nurse the big man all. day. long.).

8. Almond or Peanut Butter

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9. Greek Yogurt

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Ummm, any kind really, but I am quite partial to Liberte Lime and Liberte Mocha.  I know, I know, the flavoured ones are not as healthy as the plain, but I’ll admit I indulge in these delicious treats when they are on sale.

10. Water

It’s not really a snack, but keeping hydrated is super important as a mom especially if you’re nursing a baby.  Fill up a water bottle and carry it with you ev-er-y-where!

The best place to buy a huge tub of plain greek yogurt is Save-on-Foods.  Their large tub of Krema Greek Yogurt goes on sale for about $9.  Check out Krema and Liberte’s Facebook pages because they often have coupon giveaways!

That’s basically the list of quick snacks that keep me powering through the day right now.  What are some that you enjoy?