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BornFree® Eco Deco Bottles Giveaway

Earlier this year we had the opporunity to try the BornFree® sippy cups and Twist’n pop cups. Both little guy and I love our BornFree® cups!

BornFree® has been a BPA-Free company from day one and was founded by three fathers concerned about the chemicals in plastics designed for feeding children.

BornFree® has launched an Eco-Friendly line of Recyclable Bottles in both Eco Deco and Eco Classic styles.

These are not just ordinary bottles.

Not only do they feature BornFree®’s signature ActiveFlow™ Vent that has been proven to reduce colic symptoms, when finished with them, you can either take the bottles back to an eco-retailer for recycling or send them back to BornFree® via prepaid postage. Look for the green ring!

Green. Right from the start.

To learn more about the BornFree® recycling program click here!

Win it!

BornFree® are generously giving A Motherhood Experience reader’s a chance to win your very own Twin-pack of Eco Deco bottles!

Mandatory entry:
Leave a comment below giving us one of your best Eco-friendly tips!

Like BornFree® Canada on Facebook and leave a comment to let us know you did, grand prize winner gets bonus Twin pack of any type of BornFree pacifier or teether!

Good luck!

*Giveaway open to Canadian residents and closes April 15th 2011. For more info see our giveaway rules*

*This post was written on behalf of BornFree®. Giveaway prize sponsored by BornFree®. All opinions are honest and my own*

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Posted by on April 1, 2011 in A Motherhood Experience, baby, canadian stuff, children, contest, Facebook, Family, Giveaway, kids, Motherhood, parenting


Dare Bear Paws Crunchy Crackers

When it comes to easy access snacks, crackers are an automatic healthy snack choice in our house. Our only concern when buying products like crackers, cookies etc that may eventually end up on a lunch is to make sure they are nut free. Our daughters school is nut-free and we, like any other parent abide by the no-nut rule for safeties sake.

We had the opportunity to try out the new Dare Bear Paws Crunchy Crackers in cheddar cheese!

Fun meets crunch in these baked crackers, shaped like the original Bear Paws cookies, that are made with real cheddar! Perfect in lunch-boxes or as a snack at home, the whole family is sure to love every bite!

We occasionally buy Bear Paws cookies which our kids love, so we knew they would enjoy the new Dare Bear Paws Crunchy crackers too!

We are happy that there are companies like Dare who care about the health and well being of our families by putting pride into quality food products.

For more information about & where to buy Dare products visit

*This is not a sponsored post. We had the opportunity to try Dare Bear Paws Crunchy crackers on behalf of the MomCentral Canada testing panel. All opinions are honest and my own*

– Posted by @AMotherhoodBlog


Agoo’s SweetHeart of a deal!

For those of you with little ones you won’t want to miss this sweetheart of a deal!

Agoo is having a warehouse cleanout sale!! Tushie Huggers buy 1 get 2 for free blow out!!!

I for one love Agoo leggings and Tushie Huggers. We had the opportunity to review both back in 2010 and they of course did not disappoint. With winter here, you’ll want to keep those little tushies warm!

Click here for the Agoo Facebook page!

– Posted by @AMotherhoodBlog

*This is not a sponsored post but mentioning this sale enters me into an Agoo contest. All opinions on this blog are honest & 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: Shut up and Eat – By Kathy Buckworth

The word “Shut up” would usually be considered rude – but when you being the main chef of the house and can never seem to satisfy everybody sitting at the dinner table, sometimes you have to say “Shut up and Eat!” –

I recently got my hands on a copy of “Shut Up & Eat: Tales of Chicken, Children, and Chardonnay” By Kathy Buckworth and I honest to god loved it! I haven’t read a GOOD *and funny* parenting book in a while, this one became an instant favourite!

I had heard of/read reviews via Twitter as well as saw many, many tweets about Kathy and her books so I thought I would give it a whirl – Funny, down-to-earth REAL mom stuff. Just the type of book I was looking for. I’m so tired of parenting books being “to the fact” about everything – in real life no mother is that perfect.

From Breakfast to dinner, everything in between and even some of Kathy’s easy recipes included, this book covers it all!

Kathy Buckworth puts a hilarious spin on being the “Chef” of the house – She does it her way! The atmosphere you’re brought into in this book really makes you feel at home – I know I can relate to a lot of the meal disasters and “fun” trying to figure out the daily family meals!

I thought I would share one of my fav recipes, just one, I don’t want to spoil for those who haven’t read it yet!

Easy, Easy, Easy Chicken and Rice Casserole

1 cup uncooked rice
1 can condensed cream of chicken or cream of mushroom soup
1 7/8 cups water
1 package of dry onion soup mix, or 1 can of French’s Original French fried onions
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. Spread rice in the bottom of a 9″ × 13″ baking dish.
  3. Rinse the chicken, pat dry, and place on top of the rice.
  4. Mix the soup and water together and pour over the chicken and rice, evenly. Sprinkle the onion soup or french fried onions on top.
  5. Cover and seal tightly with foil. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Kathy Buckworth is the author of several parenting humour books, including The Blackberry Diaries: Adventures in Modern Motherhood; Journey to the Darkside: Supermom Goes Home; and The Secret Life of Supermom. She is the only two-time winner of the Professional Writers Association of Canada Excellence in Humour Writing Award! To learn more about Kathy, her books and the awesome work she does, visit her website

Have you read “Shut up and eat” yet? If not, I hope you can get a copy to enjoy! It would make a great mothers day gift! You can buy “Shut Up & Eat” and other Kathy Buckworth books at Amazon or Chapters.

Until next time…Keep dreaming always…





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…




Book Review: The Survival Guide for Rookie Moms

A book review!

The Survival Guide for Rookie Moms: Things you need to know, that no one ever tells you by Erica Wells & Lorraine Regel is a book that delivers an honest, open, comforting and sometimes humorous approach to the realities of being a first time mom. “The Survival Guide for Rookie Moms” steps in as the friend you wish you could call at 2:00 am after pacing for an hour with screaming baby. The one who’ll honestly share that “giving birth is like trying to have a huge poo”.

Whether this is your first child, or like us you’re onto number two, this book is the ultimate reference for moms with topics ranging from tummy time to body repairs. Written for multi-tasking mothers, we love the “Tips from the Trenches”, “Survival Secrets”, and “Comrades Recommendations”. We’re especially grateful for the insider information in the “I wish I had known…” highlights. All in all, Erica and Lorraine pooled their mommy resources and produced a book that makes the journey of motherhood seem a lot less daunting and a lot more fun!

A great Mothersday gift for new moms and moms to be you can purchase Survival Guide For The Rookie Mom at Amazon!

Happy Mothers Day!

Until next time…Keep Dreaming, Always…

*This book review is brought to you on behalf of Mom Central – A big thankyou for this review!*


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