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BornFree Sippy and Twist’nPop Cups Review and Giveaway

Being a mother of two I have had my share of sippy cup purchasing experience. With our girl we tried several different kinds and she ended up catching on with one particular brand so we stuck with it until she was able to drink from a non-lid cup, even then a cup with a lid comes in handy when your kids are determined to spill just about everything.

With little guy it’s been different. We have tried him with his sister’s old sippy cups and he refuses to drink from them and says they are her cups unless of course she is using one then he wants what she has, typical little brother behaviour. We have bought several different kinds and styles of sippy cup, even one that almost resembles a bottle but nope, no dice. He can’t manage to drink out of them. The spouts flow too fast or are too slow. We have been looking for a good quality sippy cup that doesn’t leak and our little guy can actually drink from properly.

We were happy to review BornFree sippy cups and the newest line in BornFree cups -the Twist’nPop cup. Incase you didn’t know, BornFree is the worlds leading BPA-free baby brand and specializes in designing baby and toddler products like baby bottles, pacifiers and sippy cups using safe materials with the smartest innovations. BornFree cups and bottles feature the unique BornFree venting system, designed to reduce colic and middle-ear infections.

The sippy cup is what we were most interested in although the Twist’nPop cup will come in handy for our girl to use or for little guy when he is a bit older and masters the first stage of drinking like a big boy!

The sippy cup came in blue, which he loved. It’s leak-proof and has the unique BornFree venting system, rubber spout, removable handles so you can use it as a beginner or for toddlers and of course the lid. The size is good, holds about 12oz. Very simple to take apart to clean and very simple to assemble back together, no more fighting with crooked lids. It is also dishwasher safe.

As for little guy, it seems he had a very easy time drinking out of this one. No complaints, in which case he would usually throw the cup on the floor and say “it’s broken”. He’s enjoying his new BornFree sippy cup and I’m happy at the fact it works for both of us.
The Twist’nPop cup is a 14oz toddler drinking cup with a twist-straw mouth and silicon straw. It is quite big in size and has an ergonomic design making it easy for smaller hands to hold it. Although I find the cap is harder for little guy to twist open and close but he is still just mastering the sippy cup itself. To open the Twist’nPop you twist the cap counter-clockwise until the straw pops-out and to close you just twist the cap the opposite way until you see the arrow and know that it’s properly sealed to keep the straw clean and prevent leaks. All parts are removable, easy to wash like the sippy cup are also dishwasher safe.

For more information about BornFree and all their baby products please visit!

Win it!
BornFree are giving one of A Motherhood Experience’s readers the chance to win both the BornFree Sippy cup and the Twist’nGo cup!

Mandatory entry: “Like” BornFree on Facebook, leave a comment on their wall saying “A Motherhood Experience Blog sent me!” and leave a comment below this post letting me know you did so! In order for other entries to count you must do this first 😉

Extra entries:

Good Luck everyone!

*Giveaway closes February 20th and is open to Canadian residents. One winner will be contacted via email and receive both the sippy cup and the Twist’nGo cup on behalf of BornFree.*

*This review was written by A Motherhood Experience Blog on behalf of BornFree. We received one (1) BornFree sippy cup and one (1) Twist’nPop cup for review purposes. Giveaway prize is sponsored by BornFree. All opinions expressed are honest and my own.*



The Flu 2011: Update

We were hit hard with some kind of flu bug this past week. As I posted a few days ago it all started Friday night and by Sunday night both kids were pale as ghosts with fevers and the whole kit.

Mommy guilt stepped in when K missed a few days of school. I know we kept her home because she was seriously not in a condition to be at school, she had no energy etc but that part of me felt bad she was missing out on her lessons. We end up reading books and pointing out her “snap words” in cases like these.

It’s hard when both kids are home and neither one feels good. They get on eachothers nerves being crabby and sick. Not fun for anyone, especially mom and dad who are hearing it ;).

Finally Friday rolls along and both kids were feeling much better. K wanted to go to school for what they call “Friday Funtubs” where at the end of the day they get to choose a toy from the “Funtubs” to play with and they are allowed to bring something in to show the class.

So, since the fever went down and she wasn’t violently coughing anymore she went to school. Unfortunately we missed when the pizza day forms went home and poor K had a meat sandwich for lunch while everyone else had pizza. Hey, at least I packed her cookies! We can thank the flu for K blaming missing pizza day on us! We did get pizza for the kids for supper but I can see why she was upset being the only kid with a lunch made by mom on pizza day. 😦

Other than that episode, it seems that nasty virus has left the building. Knock on wood.

I’m lucky, hubby and I had a couple of days where we didn’t feel 100% but not nearly as sick as the kids were.

Happy the kids are better, it’ll be easier to get things back into routine (again!) having them back to healthy.

Let’s hope this is the first and last strain of flu virus for winter 2011!

For useful info about the flu and prevention visit

– Posted by @AMotherhoodBlog

*This is not a sponsored post & the lady in the photo is not me. Informational links found via the www. All opinions on this blog are honest & my own*



Book Review: Outlive Your Life by Max Lucado

BookSneeze Book Review: Outlive your life, you were made to make a difference by Max Lucado

Thanks to my friend Canadian Coupon Mom, I found out about a great book review program for bloggers over at It’s easy to join you sign up, choose a book and write a review about it on your blog. Great concept!

My first book to review for booksneeze is “Outlive your life you were made to make a difference” by new York times best selling author Max Lucado.

It is an enlightening biblical book about making changes in your life and bettering the future through gods good graces. Now, having never read a biblical type book I wasn’t sure what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised.

The book is well written of course, referencing the bible and telling stories of others life experiences throughout giving a positive feel as you read through chapter after chapter. It’s very optimistic and something I would suggest reading if you need a little positive reinforcement in your life.

It’s not only a book for Christians but a book that makes you realize we are going about this life all wrong with our negative ways and it’s time to take control and change the world one person at a time.

These are difficult days in our world’s history. Billions of people are poor, millions go hungry or thirsty every day. Disease claims thousands of lives daily. But you and I have been given an opportunity to make a big difference. What if we did? What if we rocked the world with hope? Infiltrated all corners with God’s love and life? We are created by a great God to do great works. He invites us to outlive our lives, not just in heaven, but here on earth. Let’s live our lives in such a way that the world will be glad we did.”

Interested in reading the first chapter? You can download it in PDF format here.

Thank you booksneeze for the opportunity!

*I received a complimentary copy of the book mentioned from in exchange for my honest review. No other compensation was received for this review*

– Posted by @AMotherhoodBlog

*All opinions on this blog are honest & my own*

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Posted by on November 8, 2010 in blogging, Review


Mabel’s Labels Colourful Ultimate Back-To-School Combo review and giveaway!

School is out for summer but before we know it we will be scrambling around getting our little ones organized to go back to school! My daughter will be heading to grade 1 in september which means more supplies and other things that will be lost along the way. This year we are sending her prepared with Mabel’s Labels new limited edition Colourful Ultimate Back-To-School Combo!

Personalized and durable, Mabel’s Labels are created by brilliant moms for everything that needs a label. The bright colours and patterns help younger children identify their items while older ones have fun having their name on a special label. Mabel’s Labels are truly durable, we had placed Classic Sticky labels on her rubber rain boots months ago  and the labels are still in tact. We have used them on just about everything that’s left the house with our daughter and they have always passed the “kid durability test” with ours! Organizing for school should be no problem!
The Colourful Ultimate Back-To-School Combo is $44.00 and includes 50 TagMates™, 40 Skinny-Minis™, 16 Shoe labels and 2 TeenyTags. All the durable, waterproof labels needed in Mabel’s most vibrant designs for a great price. Visit for all your labelling needs.

Win it!
Thanks to Mabel’s Labels, one lucky reader has a chance to win their very own Colourful Ultimate Back-To-School Combo! Visit and leave a comment below telling us what you think of the new Mabel and new designs!

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Good Luck and happy labelling!

*Giveaway closes August 11th 2010 and is open to US & CANADA. One entry per person. One reader will win their own Colourful Ultimate Back-To-School Combo on behalf of Mabel’s Labels. The winner will be chosen at random and contacted via provided email address.*

*This review and giveaway are brought to you by A Motherhood Experience Blog on behalf of Mabel’s Labels. We received a Colourful Ultimate Back-To-School combo for review purposes. All opinions about products reviewed are my own*


Lays Chip Trips!

Summer is just around the corner, only a short few weeks left before the kids are on summer vacation. Now is the time to begin planning summer trips if you haven’t already.

We’re planning things local this year – right here in Ottawa!

Finding things to do without breaking the bank can be hard, but it doesn’t have to be! Why not save this summer and find something local to do? That’s exactly what we’re doing!

I’d like to introduce you to a great savings program specified just for your summer fun savings, Lay’s® Chip Trips.

What is Lay’s® Chip Trips?

Lay’s® Chip Trips is a fun and simple program developed to give Canadian families a simple and fun way to enjoy summer at home without spending a whole lot.
There are tons of fun things to save on, just about everywhere across Canada. From restaurants and hotels to amusement parks and local attractions, there is something for everyone.

How can you get in on this?

It’s very easy to start saving, three easy steps and you’re on your way:
Pick up any specially marked bags of Lay’s® chips, points vary per bag size.

Visit and register for a Lay’s® Chip Trip account. Start adding those codes!

Find a trip by using the search. By city, by trip, even by postal code you’re sure to find something! Claim your discounts and there you go!

Fun notes:
Bags of Lay’s® 2 new flavours, BBQ Rib and Cheddar & Sour Cream are worth double points!
You can start claiming your savings with just one bag of Lay’s® Chips!

For my readers:

Thanks to Mom Central for a limited time you can use my special code to get 10 points when you sign up for NEW Lay’s® Chip Trips account! Sorry, offer has expired as of May 31st but you can still sign up for Lay’s Chip Trips and accumulate points from specially marked bags of Lay’s!

It’s easy! Just Sign up for Lay’s® Chip Trips and enter this code ANTHR‐HOOD1 for your 10 Chip Trip points! (expires 6 hrs after sign up so use it right away!!) Hurry though the code is only good until May 31st!

We decided to use our first trip on a 5$ subway gift card (30pts) and have a family picnic! Stay tuned for a follow up post on our first Lay’s® Chip Trips adventure!

*This post was written in participation with The Lay’s® Chip Trips blog tour by MomCentral on behalf of Frito Lays. I recieved Chip Trips points and  gift cards for my participation. Other than information about Lay’s provided, all thoughts reflected in these posts are my own*


Half way through May

May has been quite the month, between mom-life, me-life and blog-life, it’s been keeping me quite busy!
School for dd is slowing down, she’ll be finished in about a month. Then comes the fun part -Summer holidays. I don’t know where holiday comes in for us, we have to figure out interesting and entertaining things to do for two months!
Jokes aside, I love summer – it’s my favorite season. Warm weather, getting out and doing things as a family, bbqs and margeritas on the patio, fun times.

This summer A Motherhood Experience™ will be participating in a very special blog tour that will bring everyone both fun and savings – details coming up soon! I hope you all join me for that.

In the meantime, my latest review & giveaway has been posted, make sure to check it out – your daughter could make her own lip balm for those summer beach visits, very exciting but you’ll have to check it out for more details! 

One last note before I go, Congrats to Karla Sceviour who won her dog a bag of Iams Proactive Health!! Yay!! 🙂

Until next time…Keep dreaming always…



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This was sent to me via email – a nice little poem about Mothers, I don’t know who the original author is but I liked it, hope you do too!


Real Mothers don’t eat quiche;
They don’t have time to make it.

Real Mothers know that their kitchen utensils are probably in the sandbox.

Real Mothers often have sticky floors, filthy ovens and happy kids.

Real Mothers know that dried play dough doesn’t come out of carpets.

Real Mothers don’t want to know what the vacuum just sucked up…

Real Mothers sometimes ask ‘Why me?’ and get their answer when a little voice says, ‘Because I love you best.’

Real Mothers know that a child’s growth is not measured by height or years or grade…
It is marked by the progression of Mommy to Mom to Mother…..

The Images of Mother

4 Years old – My Mommy can do anything!

8 Years old – My Mom knows a lot! A whole lot!

12 Years old – My Mother doesn’t know everything!

14 Years old – My Mother? She wouldn’t have a clue.
16 Years old – Mother? She’s so five minutes ago.

18 Years old – That old woman? She’s way out of date!

25 Years old – Well, she might know a little bit about it!

35 Years old – Before we decide, let’s get Mom’s opinion.

65 Years old – Wonder what Mom would have thought about it?

75 Years old – Wish I could talk it over with Mom…….”

Until next time…Keep dreaming always…



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