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Baby It’s Cold Outside Contest

We’ve welcomed back some old friends with our new ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ contest and are excited to work with Dilly Dally Kids, Pip and Pin, and Simply Merino on this amazing contest! Imagine the snow is falling outside, you’ve are snuggling your child in their chemical free wool PJs, you are wearing a beautiful hand-knit cowl, and the kids bring out some family favourite games to play. Now you’ve got the concept for ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’.

We are excited to introduce our new friend Simply Merino clothing company. If you are looking for chemical free sleep wear made without synthetic materials or flame retardants, you’ve got a friend in Simply Merino. These clothes are made in New Zealand from 100% Merino wool and are a wonderful barrier for children between their skin and athletic gear, to wear as sleep wear, or use as layering pieces. I know in our house, my sons are so limited with PJs this year because I’ve had a tough time finding sleep wear that isn’t made from polyester. The thought of them sleeping in a synthetic blend just isn’t how I want them spending 10+ hours. This holiday season, parents & family love to give the gift of cozy jammies. Let them know that Simply Merino is offering a 10% discount code to Mommy Footprint readers  – just enter  mommy10 at checkout after ordering.

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Next to join the winter party is our friends Pip and Pin. We fell in love with these talented West Coast sisters two years ago after discovering their craft for making beautiful hand knit items. They are also adorable, kind, and the type of small business owners you want to support. My favourite signature Pip and Pin design are their cowls and the lucky contest winner of this contest can select a cowl with or without buttons and work with Megan and Katie with colours. Make sure to check them out at Make It Vancouver this weekend if you’re attending.

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If you live in Greater Vancouver, chances are you’ve been to Commercial Drive and fallen in love with Dilly Dally Kids toy store that offers a wide variety of heirloom quality toys. I love the wooden selection at Dilly Dally Kids and they’ve done a great job with supporting local artists, sustainable toy options, along with classic favourites. They have generously allowed Mommy Footprint to select three fun family games to anchor our ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ contest. My family has spent hours enjoying these three games and I’m excited that another family will get to enjoy them too: Sleeping Queens Card Game, Rush Hour, and Zingo (pictured below). Visit Dilly Dally Kids in-store and enjoy the unique experience of finding holiday gifts in wide assortment and age ranges. Enter the below contest and your shopping will already be off to a great start if you win this prize basket.

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Our ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ contest will run for one week November 26th – December 3rd at midnight. This contest is open to North American residents and I’m thankful to Simply Merino, Pip and Pin, and Dilly Dally Kids for working together for this amazing contest. Now close your eyes, imagine the snow falling outside, and think of how lucky you’d be to win a wool pair of kid’s PJs, cozy cowl, and family games package.

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West Coast Clothing Contest – Open to North America

I absolutely love this contest and I’m honored that these two clothing designers have lent their West Coast fashion for all Mommy Footprint readers to learn about and enter to win! You’ve heard me talk about Pina Styles before. The silk screen designs she creates are her own and they are done with so much ocean inspired love . . I’m such a huge fan. For the Fall, their most popular item is the slouchy sweatshirt with owl, anchor, and feather design. We also have Smoking Lily joining this contest and her contemporary, comfortable, chic West Coast designs are amazing. Check out the Point Grey Dress (pictured below) that joins this West Coast Clothing Contest!! Eeep – love it!

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Just because the artists are West Coast – this doesn’t limit you from entering. This contest is open across North America and everyone could use a little bit of the Coast to spruce up their closet for these Fall months. Please pin, post, share, and enter this contest. Let’s show that clothing made with social conscience, passion and locally crafted quality is a wonderful way to shop. When I’m wearing my current Pina Styles hoodie, I feel like I’m wearing art work and walk a little taller and I’m proud to answer the questions I always receive when wearing it.  Support these stores – you’ll be so happy to discover them!  Are you familiar with how to enter this contest? Just like, tweet, or pin via the contest box below and in a little over 1 week, I’ll announce a lucky winner. This contest is for the Mommy Footprint gals, but I’m working on a men’s fashion and children’s giveaway before Christmas. So please support this contest with entries so I can offer more features for local fashion.

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Coconut Fiber Cocoze Sandals Contest

I’ve been on a mission for a few years now. Find a pair of flip flops or something easy to slip on during the summer that isn’t cheap or plastic. I’d be rich if I had a dollar for every person that suggested I just go to the Mall and buy a pair of plastic sandals. The one problem with that? They are made from PVC (cheap plastic that can’t be recycled) and this plastic doesn’t just cause huge damage to the earth but gives me a headache from the smell. But the company Cocoze has solved my dilemma and I love my coconut fiber sandals. I’m super excited to tell you why and lucky to be hosting a contest so you can try a pair!

I’ve waited 3 weeks before writing the review after receiving the shoes because I wanted to make sure the fabric piece at the toe of the sandal was secure enough to handle the punishment I put footwear through. I’ve had many a pair of sandals break at this part of the shoe (all plastic) and was worried the fabric wouldn’t be strong enough. I’ve had no issues. But I’ve kept the sandals out of the mud and water. They are not water shoes. If they get wet it’s not a problem for them to dry out, etc. but you don’t want to go wading into the ocean with them on. This hasn’t been a problem and I’ve gone on longs walks, run around my daily activities, sand, park, dirt and no issues.

I’ve also been asked frequently if they are itchy. They look like they would be scratchy from the picture but a benefit with the shoes made from coconut fiber is they exfoliate dead and dry skin from the bottom of your feet. Coconut fiber is naturally antibacterial, allows your feet to breathe, and regulates temperature. This sandal design is made to produce happy feet but if you are really sensitive, this might not be a great feature for you. I’ve had no issues and love the texture.

Back to my original issue of not purchasing plastic flip-flops. I really like purchasing non-plastic footwear when possible and because of the winning combination of materials used to produce these shoes (coconut fiber and the other is a question to be entered into the contest so you’ll have to check out the cocoze.com site) you can actually compost these sandals into your garden at the end of their life. This was probably the coolest part of getting a pair of these sandals . . . getting a great answer to the question “where will these go at the end of their life?”.

And now you all think Cocoze is amazing and want a pair to buy I have to tell you that they are only available when Cocoze is at sustainable markets or events so follow their Facebook Fan Page to find out where they’ll be selling them next!  An online component is currently in development so you won’t have long to wait.  But they are offering a pair to a lucky Mommy Footprint reader so enter the below contest and good luck! The give-away is open until August 3, 2013 to all residents in North America.

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Früv Freedomwear

I can’t think of a better feature than Früv Freedomwear with Canada Day just behind us and our continued focus on companies that are supporting the local clothing movement. One of the coolest things about Früv Freedomwear is their uber local focus with producing great quality yoga wear. If you start asking questions like “where is this manufactured” with yoga brands, you’ll discover manufacturing close to home is actually very unique. Manufacturing locally has been Früv Freedomwear’s motto since Day 1 and you can see a difference in clothing quality and the hip styles are a sweet added bonus! I love being able to share this company with Mommy Footprint readers.

Since I wrote about the factory building collapse in Bangladesh, I really put a lot more thought into my own clothing choices. It’s sort of to the point where I suffer from consumer paralysis if I simply head over to the local mall to shop. There are too many questions, too much research, and it really takes the enjoyment out of selecting new clothing options (which is supposed to be fun) so I desperately need brands that have great answers to my questions. I love it that this company started manufacturing their clothing in Vancouver and have maintained this local focus over the years. Too many times a company starts manufacturing close to home but has to outsource the labour & materials because the profit margin just isn’t there. Don’t fall for buzz words “designed in x”, etc. with clothing brands – we are much smarter consumers than that. I also love that Früv is available to purchase online and their sizing table is great for figuring out sizes.

I see companies like Früv Freedomwear as that local, small business that is doing things right, and hopefully being rewarded with our consumer dollars. Busy mamas – need a great item for summer? I haven’t taken off the Brazil shorts Früv sent me since they arrived. They feel amazing and help flatten places that need a smooth fitted front. The material is classically ‘Früv’ and with the different styles they offer with tanks and shorts, I think any of the lengths and styles would be a well deserved treat for busy moms on the go during summer months. These clothes are not just for the yogis!

I’ve also been asked by readers for more sustainable choices in under garments and I can’t wait to check out the Früv Athena Bra for support with starting to exercise more and needed that breathable, sport bra style. There is a reason that yoga gear is so popular with moms. It’s not because we are taking the time to participate in hot yoga classes throughout the day <grin>. We desperately love stylish, comfortable, and cute clothing that enables us to get things done rather than hamper us with discomfort throughout the day. This is what Früv Freedomwear does. And the prices are equal or less than competitors that aren’t manufacturing close to home. What’s not to love?

         

 

 

 

 

This is a great time to connect with Früv Freedomwear and support them with a follow on Facebook. We are proud of this Canadian company and think you’ll love what they stand for and how cute you’ll feel in their clothing with a great back-story on design and manufacturing practices.

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