Spring Break with Triple Flip

Sponsored by: Triple Flip

Hosted by: Mommy Footprint

Age appropriate, stylish, and functionally designed swim wear for kids. It can be hard to find swim wear for girls that will last an entire Spring/Summer season that is appropriately made for children. For parents planning on hitting the pool or heading to sunny skies over over Spring Break, our friends at Triple Flip have you covered. The tankinis, full suits, and 2 piece suits are back and until March 22nd are on sale (use code SWIM25)!

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About Triple Flip

Triple Flip is inspired by real girls. We believe in having fun, and that feeling good, inside and out, is important. We’re a Canadian clothing brand that is passionate about making a difference, and helping girls stay happy, strong and confident as they grow.

Our family will be having local pool time over Spring Break. For anyone jetting away for a holiday of sun and surf, checkout the Triple Flip sun guard t-shirts and our DIY chemical-free sunscreen recipe that we tested all last summer.

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We are excited to bring you the chance to win a $100 Gift Card! The Spring line from Triple Flip is adorable; if you can get into a Triple Flip location, the house line has some very comfortable pieces for your active girl. My girls live in their Triple Flip stretch wear because the fabrics are soft and look great!

One lucky winner will win this

$100 Gift Card for Triple Flip!

Giveaway ends 03/22/15 at 11:59 pm ET! Open to Canadian and US  residents 18+ and older.

Enter using the Rafflecopter form below.

Good Luck!

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Disclaimer: The participating bloggers were not compensated for this post. We are not associated with any of the companies named above. No purchase is necessary to enter. Void where prohibited by law. The odds of winning are based on the number of entries received Open to US and Canada 18+ only. Confirmed Winner(s) (by Random.org) will be contacted by email. Winner(s) have 24 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of this giveaway. My blog is not responsible for product shipment/delivery. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest. This disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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Leave Nothing But Footprints Contest

Sponsored by: Leave Nothing But Footprints

Hosted by: Mommy Footprint

Leave Nothing But Footprints is a company I’ve had my eye on for years. They are a great example of a company manufacturing clothing overseas using slow fashion practices, only working with suppliers who have safe working environments, treat their workers ethically and pay them fair wages – NEVER working with sweatshops. I was curious how the fibers of the clothing would feel against my very sensitive skin (really hard for me to wear synthetic fabrics) and I have to say, the Balance Top I’m wearing in the below picture, had me at hello on the LNBF website. Any new clothing I added to my wardrobe this season has been made from bamboo; it is such a soft, cozy material.

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About Leave Nothing But Footprints

LNBF stands for Leave Nothing but Footprints – from the age-old saying…”Leave nothing but footprints, take nothing but memories”. Our mission is to empower women to create a sustainable world for future generations – starting with the clothes we wear. We want to minimize the impact fashion has on our environment. Which is why we do what we do: design stylish pieces for women who refuse to sacrifice on comfort or quality.

We are excited to bring you this amazing Giveaway for a $150 Gift Card to spend online at LNBF. I have become a bamboo fabric consumer this year and I’m very picky of any new clothing that enters my home. I really dislike waste and I only add one or two new items per season to my wardrobe. I love the feeling of wearing out my clothes and it makes me feel good to put clothing in the compost when it can’t be worn further. Why do I like bamboo? The process of growing bamboo compared to conventional cotton is different and better for the environment; especially if regular cotton is grown from GMO seed. I know there are different methods for how bamboo is processed, but LNBF turns their bamboo into viscose through a closed loop process to prevent environmental pollution. Read more about that here.

With a new season approaching (Yay Spring!!) who wouldn’t love to pick up a few items from this Canadian company? Take a peek through their website and see how comfortable their clothing essentials look! Thank you for the generous contest prize, let’s get on to the giveaway!

One lucky winner will win this

Gift Card for LNBF ($150 value)!

Giveaway ends 03/06/15 at 11:59 pm ET! Open to US and Canadian residents 18+ and older.

Enter using the Rafflecopter form below.

Good Luck!

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Disclaimer: The participating bloggers were not compensated for this post. We are not associated with any of the companies named above. No purchase is necessary to enter. Void where prohibited by law. The odds of winning are based on the number of entries received Open to US and Canada 18+ only. Confirmed Winner(s) (by Random.org) will be contacted by email. Winner(s) have 24 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of this giveaway. My blog is not responsible for product shipment/delivery. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest. This disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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What Is The Big Deal About a GMO Apple?

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I spend a portion of my life dedicated to activism. It’s something that helps ease my own personal fears for the environment and future for my four children. I’m proud to belong to an activist group focused on educating the public on GMOs (genetically modified food) called GE Free BC. A big focus over the last year for our group has been on the genetically modified apple for a few reasons:

– the company that purchased the GMO apple technology lives about 4 hours away from my community in BC’s beautiful Okanagan so it’s a big BC/Canadian problem.
– this is only the 2nd fruit produced in the WORLD that is GMO so that makes it a pretty big deal.
– the idea of a tree fruit that needs to be pollinated being engineered is so scary to me (bees are already suffering enough with pesticides) that I wouldn’t be able to sleep if I wasn’t involved in trying to stop this from actually being approved in Canada.
– the Okanagan company that produced the GMO apple, has the technology ready to go for peaches, pears, and cherries.  Once our apples are contaminated, 3 other tree fruits will be next.

So with the company behind the GMO apple technology seeking approval from the Canadian Government (we have no way of knowing what the status of this is, as it’s a secret process), our efforts have been very focused to Canada. So you can imagine our shock when news broke this week that the USDA approved the GMO apple for the US. Any North American with concerns about GMOs has been dismayed as this news slowly made it’s way around North America and the rest of the world. It is very difficult to understand why North American governments continue to approve food decisions that consumers clearly don’t want. Not only do consumers not want this, but also farmers, tree growers, and stores are opposed to the idea of growing and selling an apple that doesn’t brown. That is what the ‘modified’ gene trait is with this apple; the gene that browns the apple has been silenced. These Arctic, non-browning apples will not brown until 15-18 days after being cut so it will look fresh when it’s actually rotting.  And for the few consumers that don’t see the big deal about having an apple that doesn’t brown, here is why we are so concerned:

– in order to silence the browning gene, they’ve genetically engineered the apple by inserting a virus, bacteria, and antibiotic marker gene into the apple’s DNA.
– no animal or long-term studies done or requested before approval.
– we don’t know what the nutritional value of an apple once it’s actually rotten. The non-browning alteration is a cosmetic coverup to the actual quality of the fruit.
– every cell of the GM apple tree will have the transgene and once the growers start production of these apples, it will cross contaminate soil, water, insects, and any organism (including humans) that eats it. It’s like opening a Pandora’s box of contamination before proper testing is completed.

As North Americans we think we are so much more advanced than other countries. As Canadians, we live in one of the most beautiful, peaceful countries in the world. But over the years we’ve really let food standards slide when it comes to pesticide use, GMO food production (yes, we are big producers of it) and food standards that allow most of the non-organic packaged food on our grocery store shelves to contain GMO ingredients. Countries that are poor and hungry have said “NO” to growing GMO seed and a bigger “NO” to importing our food, which is slowly being viewed worldwide as tainted. So what did the US do when they approved the GMO apple this week? I fear that they’ve just lost another export. Contamination of a food system is viewed as that big a deal in other countries, and since we know the Ambrosia apple started out with a discarded core in a compost bin, the fear needs to be acknowledged.

If this is the first you are hearing about the GMO apple, we hope you feel outrage and want to take action. Here is possibly the most important action you can take. Talk to your grocery store Manager. Keep it easy, short, and passionate. Tell them that you as a consumer do not want the GMO apples (also called non-browning apple or Arctic Apple) and do not want your local store carrying it if the Canadian Government approves it or after they come into production in the US. If the grocery stores are not carrying this apple, the demand will not be as great.

For more information on how to stop the GMO apple, please visit the CBAN website: http://www.cban.ca/ and follow GE Free BC on Facebook. The time is now to plug back into our food system before we have our grandchildren asking us “how did you let this happen??”!!

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Blundstone Boot Review and Contest

Sponsored by: Blundstone Boots Canada

Hosted by: Mommy Footprint

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Have you heard of Blundstone Boots? They are getting really popular in Vancouver, but what nailed down my desire to own a pair was visiting a Tack shop before Christmas. The equestrian store was filled with horse back riding gear and they’ve carried these boots for years because of their functionality and long lasting design. That is what sold me on these boots. Listening to people that have loved this brand for many years, because these boots do what so few brands do these days…and that is last. Over and over the testimonials from adults include that they’ve owned these boots for 20 years and just get them resoled. You also hear about the comfort these boots provide as well.  What is not to love!?

About Blundstone Boots Canada

“Worth it.” That’s what people say. The only problem with Blundstone boots is that they never seem to wear out. Oh, people try. But after a few years of kicking the bejeez out of them, they’re more comfortable than ever and still going strong. Expensive? Nope, they get cheaper by the day. Blundstone Canada is the Canadian distributor of Blundstone boots.

 

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Mommy Footprint is so excited to give you a chance to win a pair of Blundstone Boots generously offered from Blundstone Boots Canada. You can choose from the original Blundstone design, canvas, kids Blunnies, and much, much more. Check out their website and fall in love with all the functional style for all members of your family. If this is the first time you are hearing about Blundstone Boots, ask a friend or family member. Chances are you’ll hear “I’ve had mine for years..love them for their comfort and look!” That is the feedback I get when I asked on the Mommy Footprint Facebook page and now that I own a pair, I couldn’t agree more. Let’s get on to the giveaway!

One lucky winner will win this

1 pair of Blundstone Boots (up to $200 value)!

Giveaway ends 02/01 at 11:59 pm ET! Open to US and Canadian residents 18+ and older.

Enter using the Rafflecopter form below.

Good Luck!

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Disclaimer: The participating bloggers were not compensated for this post. We are not associated with any of the companies named above. No purchase is necessary to enter. Void where prohibited by law. The odds of winning are based on the number of entries received Open to US and Canada 18+ only. Confirmed Winner(s) (by Random.org) will be contacted by email. Winner(s) have 24 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of this giveaway. My blog is not responsible for product shipment/delivery. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest. This disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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Homemade Nut-Free Granola Bars Kids Love

I started making my own granola bars years ago. Since I first started, the recipe has evolved and I’ve reduced the sugar and increased apple sauce to produce a delicious, kid-friendly, Non-GMO, organic and easy granola bar!  If you have a child that goes to a school where kids have allergies to peanuts, you already know how difficult it is to source granola bars without nuts. I only know of one brand of traditional granola bars that are nut-free and after you read this article from Fooducate, you’ll understand why 1 granola bar that contains GMO ingredients, 43 ingredients (!!), and have 2 teaspoons of sugar (candy bars have 4 teaspoons) is not a food that will fuel your child properly during the day. The below recipe is nut free, making it a wonderful alternative to bring to school or serve where lots of kids hangout and not worry about allergy or ingredient concerns. Yes, when using organic ingredients in the beginning, you’ll experience higher costs, but you’ll get savvy and start buying organic oats, raw honey, and organic flour in bulk.

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After you try this recipe one time, you’ll realize you should double batch. I always do as they go quick around here! I have given these out to hundreds of different children over the years as a concession snack, after sport snack, and packed in lunches. I haven’t met a kid that doesn’t like them. And they contain 11 ingredients that you can easily recognize, rather than the 43 ingredients above that contain a lot of sugars and preservatives.

Ingredients:

2 cups of organic quick cooking rolled oats (I use Bob’s Red Mill)
1/4 cup raw organic sugar (can sub coconut sugar)
1/4 – 1/2 cup ground chia (I use The Chia Co.)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup organic flour
3/4 cup chocolate chips or raisins
1/2 cup raw honey
1 egg, beaten
1/4 cup oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup organic apple sauce

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a square baking pan with butter.

In a large bowl, mix together oats, raw sugar, chia, cinnamon, flour and chocolate chips. Make a well in these ingredients and add honey, egg, oil, vanilla extract, and apple sauce. Use your hands and mix. Pour into the square pan. The mixture should be gloppy (if that is an official word). Don’t worry about adding too much apple sauce – it’s the secret ingredient to these chewy bars!

Bake for 30-35 minutes, watching them until the bars turn golden on the edges. Remove from the oven, wait 5 minutes and cut them into bars while the mixture is still warm. When they have completely cooled, remove and store in an air-tight container.

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