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Tru Earth Laundry Strips – Review

It was probably when I got pregnant with Brooks that I started to take a more serious look into the products that were coming into our home. When I first had Pearce I was so focused on just being a good mom, and make sure he was hitting all the mile stones, I never considered that products that were coming into our home weren’t good.

Last year during the Covid Quarantine, I started to spend more time focusing on how products I buy affected the environment. I wanted to learn about where are food came from, what actually happened with products once I put it in my recycling bin, and how I could make small changes to improve the environment.

During this time I was introduced to Tru Earth Laundry Strips, I think my favorite thing about the strips was that it came in a cardboard box, and that I didn’t have to measure! Something I’ve always hated when doing the laundry – other than actually doing the laundry is having to measure. So when I found out you just put the strip into the washer it seemed to good to be true. But it wasn’t, you put strip in and it dissolved, no residue was left on our clothes and it smelt great.

In a front load washer you rip up and place into the detergent slot. Or place in the drum before clothes.

There are so many great features about the strips, before you even talk about how it actually cleans your clothes and leaves them smelling fresh.

  1. The actual package takes up very little space – unlike a jug or box of other detergents.
  2. All their packaging is recyclable.
  3. The ingredients are safe and eco friendly, phosphate free, biodegradable, hypoallergencic, and 1, 4-dioxane free

This time around we also got their eco friendly produce bags which I love, because they are super easy to wash and dry, they come with multiple sizes so it is easy for you to fit all your goodies. I also love that I am no longer using the plastic store produce bags and am in turn using less plastic. The produce bags are machine washable for easy reusing.

If you are looking to reduce your waste, use more eco-friendly product or generally just want to give the eco-laundry strips a try I suggest you do. You will not be disappointed, and you will be helping the environment. Check them out online, on Instagram and on Facebook.

Thanks

xOx Chelsea

Easter Basket Giveaway

This past year has been so different for all of us, and Easter was always one of my favorite times with the kids. We always celebrated by going to Maan Farms Easter Egg Hunt — But these passed two years have been different. Because things have been so different I wanted to do something to bring joy!

So I decided to team up with 14 small shop brands to give one lucky winner the Easter Basket of their kids dreams! Here’s a bit more information about the businesses involved and what can be won!

The Sticker Shop – 12 stickers – Value $22

The Sticker Shop was started last summer by Mikayla, she creates cute, affordable trendy stickers that she designs digitally herself. Throughout her life she has ran severaly businesses and always loved art, business and people so this business allows her to combine all of her passions into one. She sells pre-made stickers as well as custom stickers, so you can make them of your pet, your bestie, family or anything your heart desires. You can find her entire collection online, follow her on Instagram to learn more or direct message her to get your own custom stickers today!

Birch and Burrow – 4 Playdough and 4 Easter Stamps $28 Value

Birch and Burrow is a small business based in Mission, BC. Kate started the business as a way to integrate nature based learning through handcrafted taste safe playdough and play kits. All wooden items are made in house, and she creates wooden Montessori style games. For Easter she has play dough kids that come with 4 tins of peach parfait scented dough in green, yellow, coral and purple, with a sachet of sensory play and wooden Easter stamps. They also have egg shaped nesting dolls, that are all one of a kind, wooden tulips for painting, and a lots of colorful taste safe sensory rice. I picked up two of the play kits for my boys for Christmas and they are still their favorite thing to do, we call them our rainy day boxes but they come out almost every morning before school. To purchase your own or to learn more head to Birch and Burrow’s Instagram.

Bean and Boo Shop – 2 Tee shirts – $56 Value

Grace is a wife and a mom of two young beans. She started Bean and Boo shop in April 2015 when she began to sew as a hobby. It has since grown into a small shop business, and in January 2016 she resigned from her full time job to become a work at home mom. All of their screen-printed kids and adult apparel are designed and printed in Burnaby, BC. Their bibdanas are handmade at home and everything is made with love. Their brand is inspired by their beans and built around their love and dreams. To shop their adorable line check out their site here, or follow along on Instagram to learn more.

Holde Keepsake Company $25 shop Credit

Caitlyn is the Owner and maker behind Holde Keepsake Company, formerly Oliver Creations and co. Holde Keepsake Company was born out the raw emotion Caitlyn felt while holding the items my son wore during his very first days on this earth. She is committed to creating high quality keepsakes that evoke the beautiful emotions that come with parenthood. She makes beautiful, designer and high quality keepsakes for the little ones in your life. I purchased special blankets for my sons and they now hold so much joy and memories that will last forever. Please shop with us at www.holdekeepsakecompany.com, Follow them on Instagram.

Saol Wellness – 1 Pack of mini bath bombs and 5 large bath bombs $38 Value

Saol wellness specializes in bath products, that are good for the body and mental health. Katrina is a mother of two who started her business in 2020 after her son who loves bath bombs but has sensitive skin was breaking out whenever it was bath time, which led Katrina on a journey to find something that would sooth his skin and that he would love. This was the inception of Saol Wellness. Be sure to follow Saol Wellness on Instagram and Facebook and you can buy them online, or purchase for local pick up.

Tumble and Roar – 2 Pairs of Undies – $24 Value

Tumble and Roar is a company that I have had the pleasure of partnering with now 7 times. This Delta based company was founded in December 2015 and is a true labor of love for owner and founder Carlee. She enjoys creating fun products that makes the kiddos smile. She absolutely loves seeing all the social media tags from her shoppers. Tumble and Roar employs local embroiderers and seamstresses for all the tuques and most product is sourced locally in North America. The boxer briefs are extremely sentimental to her family and the story behind them can be found here. You can find Tumble and Roar in Scout & Co (Richmond), Citrus Kids Collection (Nanaimo), Looby Doo Children’s Boutique (White Rock). If you are looking for adorable pieces of fun boxers to make potty training more fun check them out on InstagramFacebook and online.

West Coast Zippies – $30 Store Credit

West Coast Zippies is inspired, designed and created with comfort, function and budget in mind. Owner and Creator Sidney started her company after having her son Finnlee. Her husband her took a trip overseas when she was pregnant and she fell in love with their fashon concept for babies. With less options for baby gear in her hometown, she wanted to create something fun, functional, and affordable for every new parent. Her pieces are perfect for life on the west coast, with zippers to ensure it was less of a fuss to dress a squirmy baby, she also integrated optional hand and foot covers. You can learn more online, or follow along on Instagram.

This Kids Clothing Co $50 Shop Credit

This Kids Clothing Co. is a husband, wife, and toddler team. They design, print, and ship tees and clothing to the hippest and most modern kids in the world. They started their brand because they wanted to create clothes that were fun, fabulous and used modern colors with the hippest designs and text. They thought it would be loads of fun for the kids to have their own little shop where they got to help pick out t-shirts and ink colors and hang around mom and dad. You can shop their clothes online and follow them on Instagram to see which catchy saying they come up with next.

West Coast Wild Child Co $50 Shop Credit

If you are like me and love having sassy t-shirts than this is the brand for you! From my “Fresh Milk Made Here shirt to my drop the f-bomb mom sweater” I am all about it! West Coast Wild Child is currently run by Tanya based in Abbotsford BC. The business has been operational for 4 years however Tanya took over the business in 2019. Tanya had always dreamt of owning a brand, so she was lucky to find West Coast Wild Child – Knowing the right people at the right time! You can currently find West Coast Wild Child in The Local Space and Oak and Ivory Collective, as well as the full line at www.westcoastwildchildco.com. Be sure to follow them on Instagram and Facebook.

Farmstead Naturals2 bath bombs with soap, and a soap $20 value

I discovered Farmstead Naturals over a 2 years ago, when I was shopping for a gift for my girlfriend. I stumbled upon one of the bath bombs in the baskets, and my girlfriend loved it. It has quickly become one of my favorite brands to gift to friends. Farmstead Naturals is owned and operated by Crystal, a farm wife and mother of four, who has discovered a love for creating all-natural safe skincare, and household products. They are made on a small farm in Deroche, BC. It all started when Crystal had her baby and she opted for cloth diapers, finding a diaper cream that was safe for cloth diapers was hard to find, so she decided to make her own, and from their it has snowballed into Farmstead Naturals and that was 3 years ago. You can find Farmstead Naturals in This is it Gifts in Langley BC, Unika in Chilliwack, BC, Gallery 202 in Mission, BC, Mission Information Center, as well as online on Etsy, Lovely Finds MarketLets Go Eco, and Farm Stead Naturals Website. Be sure to Follow Farmstead Naturals on Instagram and Facebook.

Hockey Beast Apparel – 1 Free t-shirt of your choice $22 Value

Hockey Beast Apparel was founded by a very talented 10 year old hockey beast Brenna. She wanted to create a line of products that celebrated all of the hockey boys and hockey girls she knows who spend countless hours day in and day out working on their game. Brenna was nicknamed the beast the day she arrived in the world and has spent everyday since living up to that title. The logo were created using an action shot of Brenna on the ice. 15% of all proceeds are donated to KidSport Canada – So that all kids can play! Check out their site, to shop their collection or follow them on Instagram.

Baby Boo Teethers – 4 bibs, 1 Pacifier clip and 1 teeth – $50 Value

Baby Boo Teethers is owned by Kristin, a mother and a small shop owner. Her teethers all started after she had her son and wanted to find safe, high quality, non toxic teething accessories to help ease his teething. After doing research she wanted to help parents through the tough years of teething with products that were both stimulating, safe and eased babies gums. Their teething products are designed to be effective, aide in your babies teething by soothing gums and entering and delighting curious babies. All products are safety tested and certified by Canadian and US regulations. To shop their line check out their site, and follow along on Instagram to see what cool items they are turning into teethers next.

Love Mom Shop – 1 Pair of Pants – $45 Value

Nora is a Mama of four, who has found that raising her children in a sustainable and loving world is important. She puts effort into creating pieces that can grow with your children. Her grow with me sizes range from 0-12m, 6-2t, 1-3t, 3-5t, and 5-7years old. The goal behind grow with me pants it to make clothes last longer. A part of every purchase is donated to either Helping Hands Charity or Lets Give them Hope Charity. You can purchase their line online and learn more about what is going on with their brand on Instagram.

Jars by Jodi – 1 jar of brownie mix, & 1 unicorn poop – $23 value

Jodi, yes THE Jodi, is the owner and operator of Jars by Jodi cookies, wife to her husband Nic and Mama to two boys Wesley and Jasper she is also due to have baby girl Right before Easter. Jodi loves getting tagged by followers and seeing all the joy that making her cookies has brought to families. The business started as a way for Jodi to create affordable Christmas gifts for Family members and has morphed into a successful business that is now in multiple stores and has a busy online platform. You can find the Easter Collection here, be sure to order soon as Jodi will be going on Matt Leave late March until the end of April. You can find Jars by Jodi online, on InstagramFacebook and in store at  Artisan Gifts and Flowers in Coquitlam, BC, Coastal Collective and Co in Pitt Meadows, BC, Hopcott Meats in Pitt Meadows, BC, Midtown Main in Vancouver BC, The Local Space in Langley BC, Two Trees Tofino in Tofino BC and were recently just brought into Bella Beauty Bar in Mission, BC.

How excited to team up with such a great group of shops to put together this amazing Easter Giveaway! Now I bet you want to know how you can win!

How to Enter:

  1. Like and Save this photo
  2. Follow All Participants above on Instagram
  3. Tag 3 friends below (seperate comments please)

Bonus ways to enter:

  1. Share on your story – 1 bonus entry – remember to tag me
  2. Share on your feed – 5 bonus entries – remember to tag me
  3. Tag more friends – 1 bonus entry per extra friend

Rules:

  1. If you are not local you will be in charge of paying for shipping to get your basket.
  2. Must be 18 years or older
  3. Please no unfollows after!
  4. Contest Ends Sunday March 21st at 7pm!
  5. This giveaway is not affiliated, sponsored or endorsed by instagram, and by entering you release responsibility.

Head to http://www.Instagram.com/monsterzmama.giveback to enter!

Good Luck!

250 nights with Endy!

When I go back to thinking about our life before we brought Endy home, I honestly have nightmares. I know you’re thinking that it probably wasn’t as bad as I am making it sound, but it honestly was.

We had been dealing with Pearce not sleeping through the night for 3-4 months. Constantly crawling into my husband and my bed, and seriously ruining all 3 of our sleeps. My husband and I have a queen size bed, so not a ton of extra room then you had a 4 year old who moves around like he is in a circus in his sleep and it makes for 2 grumpy parents and one sassy 4 year old. When I would put Pearce to bed I hated laying on his bed, it killed my back, the mattress was so firm and so uncomfortable, that I honestly knew he needed another one.

I knew I wanted to get him a quality mattress to help us all, and I refuse to advocate for things that I don’t love. So when our friends told us they had recently gotten an Endy mattress for themselves I tested it out. It was amazing!!! I couldn’t believe how comfy it was, she even put down a plate of snacks she had in her hand and had me jump – nothing moved! I knew that getting Pearce their mattress would save us all!

In July we got Pearce a new loft bed, and a new Endy Mattress, the box came literally the day after ordering it. Pearce was so excited about his new mattress, he couldn’t believe that it had come from a box! On the first night I was so surprised when I woke up in the morning and my bed was just my husband and I. I immediately rushed into Pearce’s room and made sure he was there. He was, sound asleep and when he woke up, he said “Mom, my new bed is so comfy I love it.” At that point I knew that for months Pearce had been uncomfortable in his old bed and that we had made the right decision to bring this bed home.

Here we are 8 months later and Pearce still sleeps in his bed every night, he picked out a space themed room for his new bed, and likes to pretend that his bed is his space ship, where he peers out the window with his telescope and dreams of universes far far away.

I had also heard so much about how great Endy pillows were for side sleepers that I got some of those as well. They have honestly changed my life, I used to wake up aching from sleeping on my side and my neck not being properly supported. I tried going to the chiropractor, massage therapist nothing could cure it. When I slept on my Endy pillow it truly gave me the support I needed to get a good nights rest. We loved their pillows so much that we just purchased more to replace our other pillows. In your life time you will spend 26 years sleeping, which adds up to 227,760 hours, why spend that uncomfortable?

I know that when we transition Brooks into his big boy bed, that we will be getting him an Endy Mattress, and hopefully I can convince my husband we need to get a new one too! The best part for me about Endy, is that I am bringing home something that is made in Canada, all their mattresses are made in Canada, so you can feel good about what you lay down on every night. Support Canadian businesses and get a better night’s sleep all in one – a year ago I would have thought this was too good to be true, and now I know it’s just Endy!

xo Chelsea