Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Entering the Den...

In our 5 years of business, we are happy to announce that it is the SECOND time one of our great products will be appearing on CBC's The Dragon's Den TONIGHT! (And yes, I am shouting cuz this deserves some shout outs!!) The owners of Applecheeks Cloth Diapers - one of our most popular diapering product for the past 4 years - will face the Dragon's tonight and from reading their facebook posts they are about to burst with excitement.  Which then makes me want to burst with excitement for them!! 

I was lucky to sit and visit with Amy & Illana this past weekend at the Toronto Baby Show (and by visit I mean sit on their couch, quickly write an order and then eat them out of house & home.  Thanks for the apples, almonds, feta cheese and water!) That is how great they are! I got to see the new limited edition colour (To Be Announced Jan 30th - no amount of bribery will get it out of me!).  You'll just have to join us during Happy Hour on the 30th to find out for yourself!! 

Anyways, I certainly hope that the Dragon's love this product as much as my customers and I do and knowing these girls, I'm sure their lovely personalities helped win those hard-asses over! Click the photo to check out their promo:

Now because we are positive thinkers and I'm sure they are going to do great, we're going to give a little bundle away to one randomly chosen person today and get another little butt in to an Applecheeks diaper!! Even though I can't (and won't) tell you the new colour, tell us what colour or print perhaps you would love to see in an Applecheeks diaper!! 

Good luck Amy & Illana!!! 8pm CBC - WATCH IT!!! 

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

5 shopping days left!!

Well it's that time my friends - crunch time! For those of you who are trying to shop local and support independent retailers (thank you btw!) we are restocked in some of our best gift items and have made a little helpful list for you to peruse... Here are some of our specials and top gift items! 

Melissa & Doug Toys - Buy 2 floor puzzles, Get 1 FREE!! 
Parade Organics "Naughty or Nice" onesie & pant set 30% off 
Guzzie & Guss Lightweight Strollers $99.95 (on from $189.95!!) Great for holiday travel!! 

Baby & Toddler

- We have tons of new stock in our puzzles, felt & wood food, stacking toys, walking toys! 
- Beautiful organic plush toys from Apple Park for the little one in your life. 
- Padraig slippers - handmade in Vancouver these are amazing for all ages! 
- Stonz booties & gloves - Great Canadian-made boots that you have to check out
- New walker?? Check out the Plan Toys Wooden Grocery Cart!! 
- Holiday dresses by Tiny Modernist

Mommy-to-be or New Mom
- Great sweaters, leggings, tunics and dresses for all your holiday needs 
- Nursing Pajama sets and nightshirts 
- Boob holiday nursing shirts & tunics - comfortable & functional - two of our fav qualities!! 
- Padraig Slippers - warm and cozy with non-slip leather soles! 
- Moby Wrap baby carriers 

Daddy-to-be or New Dad
- 2Chix Daddy Tees 
- Lifefactory Glass Water bottles 
- Babies Go Cd's - all your favourite artists! 
- Ergo Baby Carriers

We will be open regular hours this week M, T, Wed 10-5pm, Thur & Fri 10-6 and Sat 10am-1pm.  
Closed Sun Dec 25 & Mon Dec 26 
Tues Dec 27 & Wed Dec 28 10am - 5pm 
Thurs Dec 29 & Fri Dec 30 10am - 6pm 
Sat Dec 31 10am - 3pm 
Closed Sun Jan 1 - Wed Jan 4th for inventory 
Thur Jan 5 10-5
Friday Jan 6 10-6 
Saturday Jan 7 10-5

Wishing all our customers, friends, neighbours, and fellow businesses a wonderful holiday filled with laughter and love. 

Thursday, December 8, 2011

On the 8th day of Giveaways....

bump decided that we need new holiday music to play in the store and so.... today's entries are us asking you to post your all-time favourite carol or holiday-related song (with artist so we can look it up and download).  Those who share their fave tunes with us will be entered to win another of our fave products - the Skip Hop Melamine Zoo Friends Plate & Bowl in the Owl design! It's cute for boy or girls and if I'm honest, I'd love the set myself.  I probably should look at using children's sized plates to curb my holiday eating......

And since I'm making you tell me about the songs you love, I'll tell you about mine.  I have two favourites - if you are in the store you will hear the last holiday cd I made which has these two songs on it about 3 different times by various artists (hence the need to make another cd before I drive Jeanine & the customers batty listening to the same tunes over and over!) I love love love "O Holy Night" - I literally tear up every time I hear it.  I think, for me, it just brings it all back to the meaning of this special season.  The other is "I'll be home for Christmas".  As one who has lived all over (from Ottawa, to Toronto and then Finland) coming home for Christmas was always special for me.  Until you have lived elsewhere, it's hard to grasp that feeling of packing up and traveling through the holidays.  The anticipation of seeing your loved ones, sleeping in a familiar bed and all the old traditions you grew up with - it's a hard feeling to describe but it's pretty wonderful.  So....tell me what songs you love!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

On the 6th day of Giveaways, bump gave to me....


Nummies is a lovely Canadian line, born from an even lovelier Canadian mom-trepreneur!  Check out her website and her blog but I warn you her words are genuine and usually make me cry! As well I urge you to check out her video called Reflections of Motherhood.  Here is her story of how Nummies was born: 

When you have a baby you get a lot of advice. Nummies was born because of two pieces of advice I was given after my first arrived.   Nummies was his word for breastfeeding.  Some wise mamas suggested to me early on that I teach my kids a word that I didn't mind being shouted in the grocery store.  Am I ever glad I listened to that advice.  

When I became a mom, I looked for nursing bras that had function and beauty, that made me feel and look my best, but I just couldn't find them.  Did I have to leave my love of beautiful bras behind me.
  I believe that women who breastfeed their children are beautiful.  Nummies bras and panties are made to accentuate your body and lighten your spirit.  Now you don't have to give up your sense of style simply because you are nursing.  

Nummies bras are named after women who have been instrumental in my mothering journey so far. I want to thank these women for being such wonderful examples, teachers and friends. When my son was six weeks old I met a friend who gave me my other piece of advice on breastfeeding. She said, smile at your children when you hold them, and wear a great bra because trust me, they're looking.

We are pleased to be bringing Nummies back into bump in the new year (after we do inventory so I don't have extra things to count!!) You will love both the comfort and fashion of these under-pieces!

For a chance to win your own Nummies comfort bra, answer the below trivia question.  For an extra entry, check out her website and let us know what your favourite bra would be and post below.

What holiday food is made from "marsh-whorts?"   

Monday, December 5, 2011

On the 5th day of giveaways, bump gave to me....

A $20 gift card to The Twisted Apron - one of our favourite Walkerville restaurants!

Now if your families are anything like mine, each holiday (especially Christmas) revolves around what food we are going to eat.  I'm going to be honest and admit that we're pretty competitive and try to out do each other when it comes to certain things like pumpkin pie (canned vs fresh pumpkin) or the famous broccoli/cauliflower casserole (low fat vs full fat!).  But there are some traditions such as a seafood feast on Christmas Eve, No-Turkey Christmas Day and Boxing Day bowling accompanied by pizza and left overs!! No matter what, there is always love baked in to each item and they certainly do taste the best when they are enjoyed with family and friends.  

So to win the gift card, please tell us what your family loves to eat during the holidays (and which holidays you are celebrating).  Bonus points if you email us the recipe for tasty desserts!! 

Saturday, December 3, 2011

On the 3rd day of giveaways....

BUMP gave to me.....a NoseFrida Snot Sucker!!
  • It’s smart.
  • It’s Swedish.
  • It’s maybe a little strange.
  • It’s doctor invented & recommended.
  • It’s 100% hygienic due to the included filters (4).
  • It’s fabulously reviewed (Rachel Ray, Parenting, & more).
  • It’s a nasal aspirator that ACTUALLY WORKS!
  • It’s NoseFrida.  The Snotsucker.
If you haven't yet heard of this AMAZING product (yes I had to put that in caps because it's so great!) then you better hope you win today's prize!!  It's cold season and let's be honest, we're all full of snot.  Make this a stocking stuffer for everyone on your holiday Naughty & Nice list!! 

To win today's prize.... Answer this fun trivia fact: How much snot does the average persons nose make in a day? 
a. 1/2 cup 
b. 1/4 cup 
c. 1 cup 
d. 3 cups 

We will randomly draw from all correct answers! To celebrate this great product, any snotsuckers purchased today will get a free box of extra filters.  Good luck!!

Friday, December 2, 2011

On the second day of giveaways, bump gave to me....

A bottle of belli skincare Peppermint Foot Lotion! And all other in-stock belli skincare is 15% off!!! 

belli skincare has been a staple in our store for the past 4 years.  It is the number one physician recommended skincare line for pregnancy in the US and has been highly recommended to a lot of our customers from local doctors and naturopaths as well. Belli supports expectant and new mothers through this changing time by providing soothing, balanced skin products that pamper and protect. Our collections - Pregnancy, Motherhood & Baby – address the specific needs of each stage, with thoughtful attention to the safest formulations.

Belli Pregnancy has set a higher standard for prenatal safety, as the only skin care line in the world that is teratology screened. They search through over 16 million medical research articles in over 5000 international journals, and use this information to exclude ingredients with even remote links to birth defects or other problems with pregnancy.  Belli Motherhood is LactMed screened to avoid ingredients linked to harmful effects during breastfeeding.  Belli Baby is screened for xenoestrogens—chemicals which can act like hormones that interfere with normal development of the reproductive system.  So no matter which Belli products you use, you can have peace of mind erring on the side of caution. 

To be entered in to today's contest, answer this trivia question below.  Draw from all the correct answers will determine the winner! Good luck....

In Tchaikovsky's ballet The Nutcracker, the nutcracker's main enemy is:
a. A girl named Clara.
b. The King of Mice.
c. Drosselmeyer the Magician.
d. Dr. Almond