Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Raspberry Kids

Let’s face it Mommies, it is tough having to take the kids out on shopping trips ~ tougher still when the shopping to be done is for those little darlings, who would rather be doing anything but shopping! Do we really want to fill them up on jelly beans so mommy can have 5 more minutes to browse? Or buy yet another dinky car to keep the peace as you line up to pay? Well, The Family Book has discovered another great online store that will solve your shopping dilemma!

Raspberry Kids tagline is “fresh, healthy & fun” and the resulting line of baby & children’s products they have created fits it to a “T”. You are going to find a beautiful and whimsical selection of high quality, interesting & unique items, many made of wood, organic materials, and safe and/or recycled plastics. Better still, they are a Canadian company, located in Vancouver, BC, which makes ordering in Canada quick, easy and “duty free”!

I received a bath toy by boon called Splat, just a day or two after ordering. They make great “safe” (BPA free, Phthalate free and PVC free ~ hooray!) toys for the bath, including a great water faucet cover (called “Flo”) which makes a cool waterfall and protects small heads from unpleasant faucet-bumps (also available at raspberry kids!). This particular toy is from boon’s new line of bath toys. Splat is a floating ring toss game that is perfect for bathtub or water table fun! Like all boon products, the colours and design are bright, fun and visually interesting. Three colourful, easy to grip rings can be tossed onto the blue holder, which looks like a huge raindrop splat, hence the name I’m sure! It is for children 9+months, but my 5 year old is having lots of fun with it and I’m sure Splat will be making its way out to the swimming pool this summer!

Be sure to take advantage of the Wish List feature they offer. What a great way to help out all those adoring grandparents, aunties, uncles and friends in their quest for the perfect gift!
And for those of you with a wish list, you may be interested in hosting an E-party. Raspberry Kids is now offering a virtual shopping party opportunity for you and at least 15 friends or family. You can select discounts of 15% or 20% for all of your guests, as well as hostess benefits, gifts and more!

Visit raspberry kids at their website and be sure to use your coupon from The Family Book (coupon #183 15% off any regular priced purchase).

Go to and sign up for The Raspberry Patch Newsletter for a chance to win great prizes!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Po Po's Ponchos

Po-Po's Ponchos

Necessity is the mother of invention they say. And this month The Family Book would like to highlight another great example of how a Mom looking after her little one came up with a great design idea to help solve those Mommy challenges that we all face every day!

In the case of Po Po's Ponchos, we are talking about the daily challenge of getting your darling little one dressed for outside. We can all relate to the struggle to get little arms into jackets, especially when they don't want to cooperate! Then you have to face the struggle to securely do up the car seat or stroller with that impossibly puffy jacket! These darling little ponchos turn this struggle into a non-issue - with a simple slip over the head and the doing up of three small snaps (one under each arm and one at the neck) your little one is ready to go without all the fuss some mornings can bring!

These stylish ponchos are created out of an amazingly soft micro fleece (think your softest, cuddliest, warmest hoodie ~ now think softer, cuddlier and warmer!). The non-pilling fleece is matched with delightful 100% cotton fabric trim designs that lines the hood, pocket, edging.

Po Po's Ponchos is an all Canadian company; located, designed and produced in Vancouver, BC. Their product line continues to expand, introducing wonderful new colour combinations and a new, fully reversible version that is sure to be doubly delightful!

Available in three sizes, fitting children 0 - 6 years old ~ if you have a fashionable little girl in your life check out all the fabulous colour combinations at Po Po's Ponchos website and don't forget to use your Family Book coupon (coupon # 181, $10 off online purchase)!

Go to and fill out their 2 min. survey for a chance to win a poncho of your choice!

* Written and reviewed by loving Mommy, Michelle Rothery

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Organically Hatched Valentine's Day

The requests on the lips of moms this Valentines has changed from previous years of hinting for perfume, chocolates, lotions, and scented candles. What a drastic change a year brings as parents have learned to safe guard their children and family by reading ingredient labels and staying away from traditional products containing chemicals. We now ask questions about personal care products and food/drink utensils to find out if they’re BPA-free, paraben-free, phthalate-free, and fragrance-free. We are seeking a more organic existence with buying non-toxic, safe, natural, products we can trust. Organically Hatched is speaking the words for parents as their store is brimming with amazing organic and-natural product lines, allowing parents easy access to a new way of gift giving this Valentines Day.

Organically Hatched is making things easy with their Valentine’s Day Gift Box that can be selected with items you purchase online. Your gifts will be packaged in this box before mailing, complete with a personalized card and love. With moms replacing traditional personal care and household products with all-natural based products, there is no better way to show your family you care than selecting a few special items to present to your family this Valentines Day. There is something for mom, dad, and the kids, and the Organically Hatched Valentines category is easy to navigate and explore through the store’s selections. I’ve been able to sample a few products and think they would be very special items for the entire family this Valentine’s Day.

Mom and Dad – check out the locally based product line from All Things Jill. I love being able to support this Alberta based company and their amazing products. Their lip smackin chap sticks come in wonderful flavors and are a must have, great price-point ($4.49 each), and even safe to dap on your child’s lips. Organically Hatched carries many items from All Things Jill and they are sure to please any mom with their lineup of all natural foot butter, body butter, hand salve, and massage oil because nobody said ‘all natural’ couldn’t be romantic! And for dad, we’ve tried all natural aftershave spritz from All Things Jill and my very non-organic hubby has been enjoying this product. We’ve replaced our hand soap with their lovely grapefruit and ginger hand & body wash, and are fans of these other practical items for dad: body wash, all natural aching body muscle rub, and shaving cream!

Now to the really fun stuff – a sustainable goodie or gift for that special little girl or boy to include in your gift box: Egyptian cotton fruit toy for baby, a Green Toys tea set – nothing like make-believe tea parties in the tub without worrying about phthalates, or small woody click toys to encourage imagination and building. Or stick with the personal care products and purchase practical items like lip balms and natural shampoo to make your little boy or girl feel just like mom and dad!

So why not try a more natural, organic, and sustainable approach to gift giving this Valentines. Your family will appreciate the thought behind your all natural selections and Organically Hatched is making it easy – one little peep at a time!

Reviewed & written by Suzanne Bertani. She is a mother of 4, mompreneur, and cheif writer and founder of (Mommy Footprint): Suzanne Bertani

Friday, January 2, 2009

Happy New Year from The Family Book

The New Year and new beginnings, bring it on!

The Family Book is looking for a savvy writer to write product reviews on the blog on a weekly basis. If this is you, please email me for remuneration and skills required.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Last Minute Photos for Christmas!

Ok, I have to admit myself I still have NOT done the Christmas Photo! I don't really know why and I don't have any valid excuses, but it's on the To Do List now, so it will be booked and done in the next week!!

Check out the great photographers in The Family Book and don't forget to use your coupons!

Bopomo Pictures
Canadian Baby Photographers
Captured by Amy
Eclipse Photography
Gemini Visuals Creative Photography
Jane Photo
Lifeprints Photography
Nunuboo Photography
Pogopix Studio
Route 7 Studio

Wednesday, November 26, 2008


In light of all the changes going on in the world, I'm feeling a bit nostalgic and need to reconnect with my blog. Back to basics if you will. On that note, I want to share with you some great finds and start off my "What to do and where to find it" article with a few great purchases I've found recently for my kids' stockings:


If you're looking for some great stocking stuffers for your kids, you must check out Pedagogy Toys in New Westminster - tons of great toys at reasonable prices (coupon #172 15% off ENTIRE purchase), as well, new to The Family Book on line coupons, The Granville Island Toy Company has TONS of great things too (on line coupon: But 2 Melissa & Doug puzzles and get 1 FREE!), or if you just want to stay home and shop, visit Bright Starts Learning (coupon #45 15% off ENTIRE purchase) and shop any time of the day.


As for the cold weather that's upon us, The Family Book has some great indoor attractions you can take your kids to, keep warm, and tire them out: Club Cariboo, Crash Crawly's, Go Bananas, Kid Zone, Koko's, & The Rock Wall Climbing Gym - all offering 2 for 1 coupons.

Visit The Family Book On Line and discover the savings!
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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Launching The Family Book

Moms. Their girlfriends. Maybe their husbands:-) That's right, leave the kids at home! This event is mom-centered.

What? An evening of shopping, wine and appetizers. A fun and relaxing break from chores, cooking, cleaning and the kids.

Where? Heritage Hall, 3102 Main Street, Vancouver

Friday, Sept.26th, 2008. 6:30-10:00pm.

Why? To get a head start on your holiday shopping! and to help launch The Family Book (previously Tiny Tots Coupon Book).

Cost? FREE ADMISSION. First 200 registered guests receive a free 08/09 issue of The Family Book (value $20) plus an eco-bag full of goodies!

Register online now: click on Mom's Night Out!

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Kim Rothenberger
2 Fun Moms Promotions

Monday, April 21, 2008

Cherish Childbirth Care


Cherish Childbirth Care presents FREE Breastfeeding & Nutrition Workshops in May
An informative community event to Celebrate International Doula Month benefiting the Pacific Postpartum Support Society

May 4th: 10a-12p Vie Maternity
1038 Hamilton Street

May 5th: 7p-9p Nima’ma
2938 West 4th Avenue

May 25th: 10a-12p Belly & Beyond
4118 Main Street

* Tips and tricks for successful breastfeeding
* How to nourish yourself while breastfeeding
* What a Doula is and how she can help you during labour and after your baby arrives
* Registration required
* Partners welcome
* Snacks, refreshments, and prizes!
* 10% OFF shopping party after workshops
* Space is limited

* Call 604-626-1079

Every participant will receive a gift valued at $25-$70 from local sponsors for the event!
Visit us online for a complete sponsor list.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Mom Cafe

Please register in advance for the next momcafé event taking place this Friday, April 11th is from 9:30am – 11:30am at the Bella Candela Restaurant (109 West Esplanade) in North Vancouver. The theme of this event is “Rising Above”. Join other educated, savvy Moms to hear the inspirational stories of our featured speakers:

Cybele Negris, Co-Founder & COO of and mother of two young children
Teara Fraser, Commercial Pilot and President of Women in Aviation, and mother of two children

These two women have incredible and captivating stories to share. Listen to how they have risen above in typically male dominated industries and how they are making the career & family balance work, or not. Don’t miss out on this experience! For more information or to register, visit

Charity: A portion of the proceeds from this event will go to support Family Services of the North Shore

We are thrilled to have the Art Express craft bus on-site for the older kids. We will have some great prizes donated by our sponsors including Please Mum, KidsBooks, Science World, Country Furniture and Nannies on Call.

For further information, visit Mom Cafe

Monday, January 28, 2008

Mother Me Contest Details

Better Than a Box of Chocolates for a New Mom or Mom-To-Be!

Celebrate your sweet cherub's arrival with Mother Me home support and be mothered yourself, at the same time, by a Mother Me postnatal doula. Why give flowers to a new mom when you can give a qualified Mother Me doula?

Mother Me is offering a contest for new moms, to win 16 hours of home support, valued at approx. $400.

Mother Me Doulas:
Are certified to take care of both you and your newborn.
Provide home support for you and your family performed in a respectful and sensitive manner.
Offer newborn care, bathing, feeding, massage and comfort techniques
Provide breastfeeding education and emotional support
Assist with your day to day household tasks
Are specialized to care for twins and triplets.
How to Enter?
We want to know:

hat is the most outrageous or comical advice you have been given about parenting?

Submit your answer by email with your name and contact information.
Please send your answer to by February 14th.
We will announce the winner by email on February 15th, 2008.

Who Can Enter?

Anyone having or has had a baby from January 14th, 2008 to March 14th, 2008.
Also, friends or family wanting to give this as a gift to a loved
one who has had or is expecting a baby during this time period.
All new moms will love this gift!

You Can Win:

The winner will receive a gift certificate totaling $400 that must be used by July 2008.
Enter Now. Some lucky mom will love this gift!

Monday, January 21, 2008


Time really does fly. I want to highlight a few companies you might want to check out before the fall/winter edition of Tiny Tots Coupon Book comes to an end:

1) Mountain Baby - Hip, unique gear and natural care products for all members of the family (10% off coupon)

2) Jack & Lily - Ultra-soft, fashionable leather shoes and boots for babies and toddlers, over 80 styles to choose from (10% off coupon)

3) Maria Tratt's Custom Room Design - spruce up your kids' room with a unique and personal design (20% off coupon)

4) Belly to Baby Prenatal - still need to take your weekend prenatal class ($25 off coupon)

5) Limegirl - Moms and/or kids - let the spa come to you! ($25 off coupon)

6) In Favour Loot Bags & Party Supplies - every party needs loot bags!! (10% off coupon)

7) Keep The Moment - preserve a replica of your baby's hand or foot: makes a great Gift Certificate for a Baby Shower too (20% off coupon)

Monday, December 3, 2007


It's Christmas Time and time to shop! "Santa Shops Sapperton" is the first annual late night shopping event in Sapperton. Select merchants along E. Columbia St. in Sapperton are staying open late on Thurs Dec 6, 5-9 pm, for exclusive sales and holiday excitement. Santa will make an appearance in the neighborhood, along with carollers, a Mini Donut vendor, a prize basket & gift wrapping at Pedagogy Toys, a 'Santa Sale' at Dimpleskins Naturals, and other surprises.

Go to the link below to see what's going on sale:


Wednesday, November 28, 2007


Dec 4th from 9-1pm I'm going to be holding a sale at my house 3034 Graveley st, Vancouver. All ponchos are between $25 & $30 down from $40. Makes a great Xmas present for nieces & daugthers or family friends. Snacks will be provided for the little ones & lots of toys to keep them amused while the moms shop. Visit: Po Pos Ponchose

Tuesday, November 27, 2007


Ok, there are so many great places to shop out there! I wanted to highlight a few tonight to make sure you don't miss them on your Christmas list:

HAVE A HOOT LOOT BAGS - Great for stocking stuffers, birthday loot bags, and more...
TRENDY TOTS - Scandinavian Clothing for your little one that's unique and trendy
ANYTHING ON A CLOCK - unique gift for anyone who wants to showcase a photo
EE HENRY - Christmas Photo packages - check out her specials
NATURAL BEAUTY CANADA - Great stocking stuffers, diapers, anything really or shop for yourself:-)


Friday, November 23, 2007


Come shopping at over 40 tables and enjoy hot cranberry cider and high tea at Urban Academy's Annual Craft Fair. You can also book your photo and storytime with Santa!



Urban Academy

Thursday, November 15, 2007


November 14, 2007


(Vancouver, BC) – Natural Pod is pleased to announce that Mothering Magazine has featured six of its products in its list of Best Natural Toys for 2007, which appeared in its November-December issue.
Mothering Magazine’s Annual Toy review features toys that are natural and safe for children.

Natural Pod’s six products that were featured in Mothering Magazine include:

Dump truck – A simple wooden dump truck, perfect for little hands
Baby Rattle – A lovely maple rattle filled with grains of rice and finished with beeswax
Teething ring – A wonderfully natural teether that can be tied to a soft doll
Tug boat – A simple little boat that’s handmade in BC from sustainably harvested fir
Two of its Bamboletta dolls – Gorgeous dolls handmade from 100 per cent cotton interlock fabric from Holland and stuffed with Romley lamb’s wool. Designed to encourage open play.

“We’re absolutely thrilled that Mothering Magazine recognized so many of our products in its list of best natural toys for 2007,” said Bridgitte Alomes, Founder, Natural Pod.
“We work very hard to scout out the top natural toys from around the globe, and this reaffirms that we’re choosing the right ones.”

Natural Pod has also added some new additions to its line-up, including:

Baby wool jacket – Handmade baby tops made from a wool or wool cashmere blend on one side and a designer cotton print on the other
Organic playdough – This childhood classic is made with only the best all natural ingredients including organic colours and Kosher salt
Woolpets craftkits – These adorable crafts are designed for beginner felters
Natural Pod ( is a leading online retailer of high quality, natural products that inspire creative and imaginative play. All of its versatile toys, games and dolls are made from premium natural materials such as wool, cotton and wood. A British Columbia based company, Natural Pod is the exclusive Canadian agent for products such as Fagus Vehicles and Bamboletta dolls.

Media Inquiries
Bridgitte Alomes
Phone: 604.630.1619


Kiddie Castle is happy to anounce that there will be a BIG Annual Christmas sale from10-50% off all our Christmas and casual wear.

Sat. Dec. 1 (11am-7pm)
Sun Dec. 2 (11am-8pm)
Sat. Dec. 15 (11am-7pm)
Sun.Dec. 16 (11am-8pm)


Coupon found in the Tiny Tots Coupon Book:-)

Wednesday, November 7, 2007


If your little one doesn't have one of Fig Kids ultra soft organic cotton sleepers, they should! Or for that matter, any of the Fig Kids' line. They come in a variety of designs, sizes, and best of all, I didn't notice any shrinking!! My biggest pet peeve. Check out their ultra-cool website and turn up your speakers!

Fig Kids

Coupon inside Tiny Tots Coupon Book:-)

Sunday, November 4, 2007


Sleek and simply designed, Tot-To-Go Baby Slings pack a lot of punch! Whether you are new or experienced at babywearing, our slings offer you style, diversity and function. For a safe and comfortable way to wear and bond with your baby, you are :Good to go with Tot-To-Go!"

They come in a variety of stunning patterns and can be found at Tot-To-Go

Coupon in Tiny Tots Coupon Book:-)



The boutique focuses on 'Hip, Unique Gear & Natural Care' products for Moms, Dads, babies & toddlers. They carry products that are not available at big box or department stores and many have been invented by Canadian Moms. They also carry green products that support our environment. The information portion of Baby 'n Me includes articles written by real Moms, Work from Home Opportunities and the newest addition, our Parent Guide.

The Grand Opening started October 24th and will run until November 7th. There will be draws, sale prices & many new products introduced! New sections of Baby 'N' Me will also be unveiled.

Coupon in Tiny Tots Coupon Book:-)

Saturday, November 3, 2007


Christmas Shopping? You must go to Baby Planet Boutique. You can pick up anything from shoes, shirts, cute items, plush seat belt coves, you name it! Do you shopping on-line and avoid the line-ups!

Coupon found in Tiny Tots Coupon Book:-)


Come and join the Christmas Magic at the Manor. Book your time with Santa for photos and storytime, enjoy Hot Cranberry Cider, have lunch in the Tea Room, buy your Christmas Presents and more!

November 24/25

Urban Academy

Urban Academy Poinsettia Fundraiser

(Pre-Purchase beautiful poinsettias to help contribute to the building of the playground and pick them up at the Craft Fair)

Don't miss out, mark your calendars!

If you're interested in booking a table, register on-line!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007


I received the most adorable key ring in the mail last week from Alli. She has really created a unique item. She even engraved a heart with 2 Fun Moms, isn't that great! If you're looking for a unique gift for someone who has everything, visit Allis Originals where you can pick out little charms for that someone special...


Upcoming CHERISH Birthing From Within® Prenatal Classes

Harmony Family Wellness Centre
736 West 16th Ave @ Heather
6 Week Series:
Thursdays Nov. 8 - Dec 13

Birthin’ Again Prenatal Classes
Saturday November 17th
Westside Community Midwives
#303 - 2083 Alma Street Vancouver
6 Week Series: Mondays Nov 5-Dec 10

call the Birthing From Within office at (805) 964-6611 to register now!

Monday, October 15, 2007


Natural Pod event this Thursday.

Vist Natural Pod this Thursday, October 18th where you will get a chance to see some of their great *new products Including house/kitchen play items, baby wooden bowls and rattles, finger puppets and an amazing selection of natural dolls.

All of their items are safe, non-toxic, educational and most importantly fun.

Natural Pod also offers pre-ordering on-line at NATURAL POD. If you place your order by 12.00pm, Wednesday October 17th, you can pick-up at this event. Just select 'pick up at next event' at check out. This is a great option for those who have limited time.

When: Thursday October 18th
Time: 12.00pm - 3.00pm
Where: Vancouver Waldorf School
Early Childhood Center
2725 St Christophers Road
North Vancouver

For more information, please visit or you can email us at email:

Cannot make this event, be sure to register on their website to receive information on their upcoming events for Christmas.

Saturday, October 13, 2007


Launch Party for Enterprising Moms Network

Have you Registered as a Guest for the LAUNCH PARTY for Enterprising Moms Network?

There’s less than ONE week left before the celebration happens - and it’s definitely not a celebration you'll want to miss!

It’s all happening on October 18th at the Aston Pacific Hotel in White Rock from 7 – 9 pm.

To Register as a guest for the launch party, please visit Enterprising Moms Network under the Why EMN? tab, or contact #604-836-3128.

The place to be for all Mom Entrepreneurs!

Thursday, October 11, 2007


Get your walking shoes on… the Pampers & Cheerios Bright Mornings Stroller Walk is coming to Vancouver this October! Join Olympic supermom Silken Laumann in raising money for Silken’s ActiveKids Movement and enjoy a Bright Morning in Stanley Park.

The Vancouver Pampers & Cheerios Bright Mornings Stroller Walk will be held in Stanley Park on Monday, October 15, from 7:30AM to 10:30AM.

For more information or to register online visit:

The first 10 people to register in each city win a fabulous gift prize from the Bright Morning sponsors!!!

As well, you can pick up a copy of Tiny Tots Coupon Book for free if you participate:-)

Wednesday, October 10, 2007


Clothing for the Courageous - this line of clothing is going to knock your socks off! It's cute, comfy, and very trendy. The clothing line is designed and constructed for growth and movement of your little one and for them to have total freedom, mobility and self-expression for these active developing bodies.

In particular, I love the little Nekkos. They work for both my boys, shorts for the toddler and capris for the little one:-)

visit: Red Fish Kids Clothing and purchase today!


Prenatal yoga: Monday October 15th 5:30pm- 7:00 8 week series
Hatha Yoga: Monday October 15th 7:15pm- 8:30 8 week series

These classes are in an intimate setting allowing for more personal attention with the teacher. Limit 8 per class. Preregistration is required.
Taught by Cielo English. For more information or to Preregister by calling 604-676-9882 or email email:

Tuesday, October 9, 2007



If you're planning on getting photos done with your children all dressed up in their adorable Halloween costumes, consider getting them done at Bopomo Photograhy! Anyone who comes in for pictures of their children in costume are automatically entered into our costume contest. We will pick three winners on October 31st, each of who will win $100 gift certificates from Bopomo. Of course when they come in for their sitting, they can also bring regular clothes as well as their costumes!

Call to make your appointment today!
Bopomo Pictures
2631 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC
V6K 2G2
Tel: 604.678.1411


Thursday, October 4, 2007


Isn't this great! Julia Robert's daughter is wearing Fig Organics' clothing line and they're one of our merchants in the Tiny Tots Coupon Book so you can use your coupon!!

The link to those dresses is
Fig Kids

Wednesday, October 3, 2007


I drew the bath at 10pm, thinking I was going to lay and relax in my bubble bath, as it's been a long week so far, and as I was waiting for the water to fill up, I realized the bathroom was filthy. I probably hadn't cleaned it in 2, maybe 3 weeks! How disgusting. There has been so much going on in my household, little things are constantly being put on the wayside. So, the clock just clanged 11 dings and I'm finally finished from floor to ceiling (ok, I didn't actually wash the ceiling), but I did everything else.

In today's day and age, I feel like I have so many expectations put on me. Why is this? Can we ever go back to "the way it was"? Do we want to? Probably not, but I do know what I'm really seeking right now in my life is balance. Balancing work, kids, family, life, friends, household, and the list goes on is my constant challenge. One week I feel like I got it, the next I'm in tears because it's witching hour with the kids (usually 4pm) and nothing is cooked for dinner.

I definitely need to sit down and figure it out, I just have to find the time. A few things the experts would probably pat me on the back for doing are 1)I've started meeting up with some other Moms and scrapbooking on a couple Friday nights a month and 2) my husband and I are starting to talk about taking a date night again once a month at least. It's a start.

Coupon #61 (Baby Steps Life Coaching) in Tiny Tots offers one free hour of self care and career/relationship stress. Now don't get me wrong, my intention on writing this article was not to promote the book, it just came to me at the end:-)

On that note, I'm really going to take that bath now, hopefully the water isn't too cold:-)

Friday, September 28, 2007


Just for Moms mini Tradeshow

Admission is $3 ($1 of which will go directly to Basics for Babies).

The event will take place at the Shannon Hall at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds in Surrey from 10 am- 4pm on Sept. 29th/ 2007

Wednesday, September 26, 2007


We are very excited to once again create a store event for our local community, bringing many new items for all to enjoy.

Visit Natural Pod this Thursday, September 27th from 12.00pm - 3.00pm (note new time) at the Vancouver Waldorf School, 2725 St Christophers Road in North Vancouver.

We are also offering for our Vancouver based customers, the option of pre-ordering on-line at Natural Pod and collecting your items at our store events. Just select 'pick up at next event' at check out. This option is great for those who have limited time.

Over the next month we will be adding many new items to our range, we will be in-touch soon with more details.

For those who can make it on Thursday, we look forward to seeing you there!

Thank you for your continued support.

Saturday, September 22, 2007


Beansprouts Back to School SALE & CELEBRATION!

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 from 11-6pm

Beansprouts · 4305 Main St. · Vancouver · BC · V5V 3R1

Celebrate Back to School with a sidewalk sale, face painting, and live entertainment.


2006 Fall Fashions and Shoes will be up to 70% OFF !!!

Including fashion collections from Zutano, GSUS, Paul Frank, Meli Meli and One Kid.
Fabulous jackets, sweaters, plush cardigans, dresses, pants, velour sleepers,...

2006 Fall shoes from Kenzo, Naturino, Blue Bottle, Tsubo, and See Kai Run.
Only select sizes available - come early for the best selection!

Bobs and Lolo will be there too!

Beansprouts is so excited to have Bobs and Lolo return to Main Street!
If you didn't catch their performance at the Main Day Street Fair, this event is a must! Saturday, September 22 show begins at 4 pm.Musical Adventures for everyone!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007


New Westminster Swap Meet

Connaught Heights Church
2201 - 8 Ave.

10:00am - 2:00pm

Do you have kid's clothes and toys piling up? Is it time to buy that next size of kid's clothing, AGAIN? Let us help!

Admission is FREE!

Call Lisa at 604-582-2121 or email her at

Tiny Tots Coupon Books will be there too:-) **Special Swap Meet Price**


Kids-Stuff Swap Meet and Street Fair 7500 Hanna Court, Burnaby (2 blocks from Edmonds skytrain)

Saturday, Sept. 22, 2007
10:00am - 3pm

The Burnaby Children's Centres Society (BCCS) is hosting it 5th Annual Street Fair and Kids-Stuff Swap Meet. This outdoor event features games and activities for the kids, raffles, concession, community displays and a kids-stuff swapmeet.

Here are some highlights:

The QMFM Street team will be there playing great music and giving out some free food samples.
The Burnaby RCMP will be preparing ID kits for kids
Bouncy Castle
Face painting and crafts
Story time at 11am and 1pm
Fun games and prizes
Kids stuff swap meet
Tasty BBQ

Tiny Tots Coupon Book will be sold at a special price! So come pick up your copy!!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007


Don’t miss the first momcafé event on September 21st featuring Tina Barkley, Founder of babylicious, and Krista Thompson, Executive Director of Covenant House. Momcafé connects like-minded Vancouver Moms by providing YOU with interesting speakers, stimulating conversation, a light breakfast, a charity contribution and childcare. For more information, visit Mom Cafe

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Mama Renew Launch Party

Mama Renew

Celebrate Mama Renew With Us
Monday, September 17th, 4-7pm
FREE GIFT BAG for the first 50 Mamas to Arrive

We Know How Much You Give to Your Children
** Now Let Us Nurture You **
mamas, children, partners, and friends are welcome...

Little Nest Cafe
1716 Charles Street, off Commercial Drive

Go to:

Mama Renew for full details!

Monday, September 10, 2007


Well our first trade show was a success! We sold lots of books, discovered things about our demographics, met new friends and contacts and networked like crazy. It was like teaching for both of us, having to be "on stage" for 2 full days. Our husbands took care of the kids, which was great! They were sure tired too:-) Mmmm, what taking care of kids is tiring? That's strange:-)

We've been invited to join a group of women in the MINDS group, our first meeting is tomorrow night. We're really looking forward to it.

It seems people, in general, are very excited for us. Having said that, I'm excited too, but I'm really looking forward to my pillow...

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Spilt Milk Twice In 1 Day!!

I really do think my brain is thinking faster then my actions. Twice today I knew my kids' milk was right next to me and twice today, I spilt milk! I can't seem to keep a straight thought between my family and home balance, the Tiny Tots Coupon Book, the house renovations, getting organized, and blah, blah, blah... And why is my 15 mth old still up when his bedtime was 12 minutes ago?

Anyways, life lately has been a bit crazy with balancing the kids, the husband, the business, but soon hopefully things will balance themselves out. Who am I kiddding?? The coupon book will be ready to pick up on Wednesday, and then it's distribution time! We have gotten a ton of hits on our website ( and lots of people have entered the contest, signed up for the news, given us feedback, and left us nice notes. It's been really fun and it feels like soon it will pay off.

One thing I'm missing are my friends right now. I hope the moms can get together soon because they really are a big part of my network:-) I have been spending a lot of time with the husband and family, so that's satisfying.

On that note, I must get the 15mth to bed, the 3 1/2 yr old's teeth brushed, read the books, say the prayers, get him to bed, and then work, work, work...

Thanks for all the support! Check out the new website if you get a chance!

Saturday, July 28, 2007

I'm back:-)

Well, it's been a long haul. Selling the coupon space, setting up distribution, doing the accounting, promotions, advertising, the list goes on! My partner and I are tired...But it's not over yet. The final touches are going on this weekend and it's going to print! I'm so excited, I can hardly wait to see it for real. I have had a ton of support from those around me, so if you're thinking of starting your own business, here are some tips:

1) write a business plan
2) stay on course
3) expect you will work harder then you ever have before
4) balance your life with family, work, love, get the point
5) laugh
6) do your homework
7) expect challenges and face them
8) be positive, but realistic
9) be patient
10) shoot for the stars

The Tiny Tots Coupon Book will be making its debut September, so to reserve your copy, go to!

Saturday, June 9, 2007

Starting Your Own Business

Well it's been about 2 months that I've had my new business going and it is a lot of work! Working at home is a lot more time consuming than going to work, that's for sure. But I am able to spend time with my kids and still balance most things out:-) I am, it seems eternally tired, but I've had a ton of support from most of my family and friends, thank goodness...I have not been able to put in as much time to this site though, but I'm hoping to link it up with my website in the near future, so be patient:-)

If you haven't had a chance to go to and see what my new business is all about, than do so. The website should be up and running within the next month or so.

Friday, May 18, 2007

A Moment's Peace

Sometimes when it's silent, you know it's that awkward silence? But sometimes, silence is soooo peaceful. One son is at preschool and the other is sleeping. I finally have a moment's peace. Of course I don't mean it's not peaceful around here, come on, with 2 boys, a talkative teacher for a husband, 2 exchange students, renos, gardening, and on and on and on....there's little quiet time.

I think I may actually take a break and read the magazine I bought 2 weeks ago, I really do wish Starbucks delivered...

Also, to let everyone know, the Tiny Tots Coupon Book is going really well! It's very tough managing kids, working at home, and life in general, but it's all very exciting!

Everyone, have a great long weekend! Next week's reviews include a cool DVD, and a great comfy sleeper.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Sunday, May 13, 2007


I wanted to let everyone know I officially started my own business, my partner and I are creating the first ever Parenting Coupon Book to advertise Canadian Children's Companies in British Columbia and on-line across Canada. So, on that note, it's going to be great! If you are interested in advertising your company in the Tiny Tots Coupon Book, which will debut September 1, 2007 and be sold at Vancouver Baby and Family Fair and in various retailers and given away at the Public Health Offices. Email: Tiny Tots Coupon Book and/or check out our site at Tiny Tots Coupon Book
This is a great opportunity to reach 7500 parents of 0-5yr olds and let them know about your products through a low costing advertisement.

Friday, May 4, 2007


I can't believe time goes so fast, my littliest one is going to be 1 years old at the end of the month, my oldest son did the "wave goodbye and see you Mommy" and took off to play at preschool this week, and twice this week, my husband and I sat down and hung out. Now that's something that rarely happens. We've been watching this DVD a friend lent us (The Secret) - if you've heard of it, you're probably smiling right now. Basically, it's a DVD with a bunch of famous people discussing the secret of life and in 4 words, the secret is The Law of Attraction. The idea that thoughts are things and thinking positive and being positive and living positive will all bring positive results. Anyways, not a new secret of course, but one that gets lost on many of us with our "busy" lives. So, on that note, try to watch it if you can, I'm off to go "hang out" with my husband. Oh, but wait, the phone...just kiding:-) Have a great weekend!

Monday, April 30, 2007

Sunday, April 22, 2007


Do you have any maternity or baby items that you don't need?

This coming Thursday, April 26th from 12.00pm - 4.00pm at the Vancouver Waldorf School, Natural Pod along with Lifeways Childcare in North Vancouver are accepting donations of maternity and baby items for new and expectant moms in need on the lower east side. Any items that you can spare, would be helpful. Whether you have maternity wear, baby clothes, toys, diapers, linens, blankets, all types of items will be greatly appreciated.

To say 'Thank you' for supporting these families, Natural Pod will be provide 15% off all purchases on April 26th with any donations given. No donation is to small.

For more details, please visit Natural Pod or email:

We look forward to seeing you there, and thank you again for supporting our community.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Bears n Buddies

Bears 'n' Buddies offers you a wide selection of high quality unstuffed teddy bears, animal and doll kits that you stuff at home. No more waiting at the mall in long line-ups to have stuffing blown into your new friend. And no sewing is required - close the zipper, cut the string, and seal the industrial-strength velcro and your Buddy is ready for you! Check out Bears n Buddies for more information and to order your bear!

Thursday, April 19, 2007


With Earth Day just around the corner, many people should take advantage of the great events taking place. Go to
Earth Day Canada to find events in your local area! Also Baby Vibe has a great list of events happening in the Lower Mainland to check out! Lastly, check out Natural Pod for the event they'll be at!

And if you're not able to get to an event, at least do something for the Earth that day! Some suggestions to consider:

- recycle, recycle, recycle
- donate used items from around the house to different organizations instead of throwing them in the garbage
- check out how you can help out Plant a Row Grow a Row Programs in your area
- respect your environment

Feel free to post any other events or suggestions!!


Tuesday, April 17, 2007


Well, it's come to my immediate attention the biggest obstacle we, as parents face, is managing. That is, managing time, money, strength, love, friendships, children, the house work, the garden, the car maintenance, oh the list goes on...It seems there are many solutions out there to this whole management idea, but it also seems you have to find one that works for you personally. So, if you have a great management idea, please post it on the site and share it with the community, because we all need a little managing...

Thursday, April 12, 2007

NATURAL POD is inviting you to...

Fun for all the family! - For Vancouver’s 30 days of sustainability

Join Rocky Mountain Flat Bread Co. for an organic buffet lunch at 11:30 am - 1:30pm on Sunday April 29th.

Organic Menu includes:
100 mile flatbread pizzas & Ocean Wise flatbread pizzas
Warm double chocolate brownies
Selection of organic juices, teas and coffees

Activities include:
Launch of our new natural children’s play area (with lots of natural kitchen play things)
Children’s music by Bonkers.
Face painting & arts and crafts with recycled materials.
Educational games & activities from B.C.
Sustainable Energy Association & more - giving families great ideas to reduce their energy use in fun and innovation ways.

Adult tickets: $15.00 + GST
Childs ticket: $9.00 + GST

1876 W 1st Avenue, between Cypress & Burrard.
You can book your tickets today by calling 604-730-0321

Rocky Mountain Flat Bread



Ok, I love it! It's so convenient and small to throw into the stroller or your purse. And they come in all chic styles of fabric. Check the Goober Baby Change Purse out at Goober Baby and also take a look at the baby change mat, baby tote bag and their other functional cool products!

Tuesday, April 10, 2007


Am I trying to force my 3 year to play organized sports? What's wrong with me I wonder? My 3 yr old started LaCrosse today, me thinking it would be really fun. Him, thinking the world was coming to an end when he found out he had to put a helmet on and now all of a sudden Mr. Sing out loud so everyone can hear me, says he shy?? What the?? Anyways, we stuck it out, he put the helmet on for about 10 minutes, humored me with picking up the stick and shuffling the ball around and would not have anything to do with any of the teachers or the other 9 kids there. I'm taking a stand, we're going to tough it out for the next 4 weeks, I feel like if I don't, he'll have won. Won what though I wonder? Some Mommy power struggle or am I sublimally teaching him he can't give up? Where is the manual for kids? Has someone written it yet? Anyways, let me know where one can buy a kids' lacrosse stick and please leave feedback if you have any...

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

NATURAL POD - New Products!

Check out all the new products at Natural Pod

STONZ BOOTIES - Product Review

My son loves them! He's only 10mths and wears them outside all the time. They are easy to clean when he's crawling around in the dirt. They are perfect for the little ones. I especially like them because no air gets in between the shoe and the pant leg, which always drives me crazy...They also have a fleece-lined inside for warmth and comfort, they are water and wind resistance for those stroller rides or playing outside and with the adjustable toggles, they actually stay on!

There are tons of styles to choose from. Check out Stonz Booties and order a pair today!

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Sunday, April 1, 2007


Last year, I found out about the Pediatric Dental Group, it's basically a private Dental Clinic that is not fully covered by your dental plan, but it's fully worth it! In our visit, my husband and I learned so many things about dental care, I felt we really didn't know that much, which was quite embarassing, so...Click to continue reading BRUSH, BRUSH, BRUSH THOSE TEETH

Wednesday, March 28, 2007


Our MOMENTUM Conference will feature lunch, mommy discussions, mini makeovers, and door prizes. Renowned motivational speaker Kelly Nault will deliver the opening keynote address in her engaging style. Kelly, who has been featured on radio and TV in B.C. and the U.S., will help moms learn how to achieve greater happiness through work/life balance.

Moms in attendance will also have the opportunity to choose from a selection of customized workshops offered concurrently and designed especially for today's busy mom. Topics will cover everything from wellness tips to getting organized; fostering relationships and self care. MOMentum will be a day just for Moms of all ages to come together and partake in exciting, fun-filled conference with some proceeds from our ticket sales and activities benefiting The Pacific Postpartum Society and Vancouver Food Bank Basics for Babies Program.
Date: Saturday, April 21, 2007
Time: 9:30am - 5:30pm
Location: Executive Hotel and Suites
To Purchase Tickets:
Phone: 604-908-8835
Fax: 604-461-9339

Ticket Prices: Register on Westcoast Moms and purchase your tickets for $99.00

Register by April 9th and receive a free Westcoast Moms' T-shirt "Motherhood is not for Wimps". Door Prizes valued at over $750 (retail) plus free products and books. For more information check out:

Westcoast Moms

Monday, March 26, 2007


Ok, I have to admit I was a bit skeptical when I was asked to join a group of Moms from the community center to go to this place and pay around $160 to prepare 6 meals. But I'm...

Visit us online at:
Sensational Suppers

Sunday, March 18, 2007


I was thinking about some information that perhaps not everyone knows about, that could save lives. It might be worth an entry on your blog?!
Everyone knows (or should know by now!) that you're supposed to... click to continue FIRE SAFETY

Saturday, March 17, 2007


Great decorative safety wall plugs to keep those little fingers out of the wall plug holes!! They come in many shapes to match many rooms! Can also be used in the kitchen, bathroom, and of course the baby's or toddler's room! $3 each or 2 for $5 plus shipping costs! Tons more to see (bugs, flowers, hearts, pets, etc). email: Love Bug to order, to see more samples or for shipping information.

Thursday, March 1, 2007

Canadian Flare!

My goal is to promote Canadian companies that make or sell kid products or services! If you know of a great company, let me know the name and I will contact them and put a link on my site! Canada rocks! Shop and be Canadian!

Friday, February 23, 2007


I decided that efficiency is one of the key stay-at-home success tips for staying sane, so this weekends goal is to create a wealth of easy recipes to share with everyone so in return everyone gets to stay sane! Please send me your easy to make recipes and I will post them or just respond on my blog and type it in. We all need to start building the community of resources, let's face it, we need to think smarter and not work harder!!


Usborne Books

I've just recently decided to sell Usborne Books, it's a great company that offers awesome commission benefits. There's a huge selection of books ranging from newborn up...I'm excited about my new venture. If you're interested in having a party or just buying books, let me know!


Thursday, February 22, 2007


Ok, let's face it! I did not sign up for this. The flu. Who knew we'd be cleaning up throw-up on the... click to continue COMING OUT FROM BOTH ENDS

Tuesday, February 13, 2007


Wow, I can't believe it's already Feb. 13, where did the first half of this month go? Just wanted to share a few things I have learnt about time in the last few years:... click to continue TIME FLIES

Thursday, February 1, 2007


Well, since the decision to sell the house has surfaced, we have been frantically, but not insanely, trying to complete the 4 page, double-sided list of little jobs to be done... click to continue 2 BOYS, RENOS, & SELLING THE FARM

Monday, January 29, 2007


Well, the decision has been made. I'm officially going to stay at home (that is, not go back to my daytime teaching job) for an undetermined amount of time. The thought of missing the daily growth of my two beautiful boys makes me sick. So, we've decided to take the plunge. I'm going to teach night school instead, we're selling our big old house and downsizing and we're going to tighten the belt buckle. I'm excited and nervous all at the same time. Ahhh, the life of a Mom.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007


Well, I never even heard of the phrase "nursing strike" prior to last Sunday, when my almost 8mth decided to stop nursing. Today is day 5 and he is still on strike. Apparently, babies could go on this so called "strike" at either 3 or 8 months. Well, if it happens, start... click to continue NURSING STRIKE

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Staying At Home

For all those who have made the choice to stay at home, it's not an easy decision to make. So, congratulations! You have joined thousands of parents who have made the same decision, so remember you are not alone. Below is a list of resources you will need to survive staying at home, from meal planning tips to organizing the playroom. Good luck, have fun, and remember you are not alone.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007


I received this from my girlfriend today who is 7 1/2 mths pregnant! Thought it was a great one to publish.
So thought I’d share my “wonderful” (sarcasm) morning with my fellow moms.

First let me give you some filler, so you can get the full picture. So my sister-in-law from Whitehorse has been down for 8 days now and hasn’t called and phones last night at 9pm wanting to get together tonight. We didn’t answer last night, so she phones at 6:55am this morning while I was in a dead of sleep (some of you know I haven’t been sleeping well, so the wake up call was a shock to my system). I was so out of it I couldn’t even talk to her. So then I’m up and can’t fall back a sleep. Claire wakes up and she is in an OK mood, still battling a little cough, so I decide, despite the fact I feel like... click to continue NOT TOILET PAPER


I have been using the Hyland's Teething Gel on both my kids and it is the best I have found. Many of my friends... click here for HYLAND's article


After the third day of dropping off my 3 year to preschool, it's getting a bit easier - on both of us. He didn't "apparently" cry today and I was able to enjoy a nice cup of coffee with another Mom friend for an hour while my little wee one slept in her son's crib. All that in just the morning. I didn't realize... Click here to finish reading PRESCHOOL

Monday, January 15, 2007