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4 months!

Man, this little lady just gets cuter & cuter. Sleep is settling, barf is waning, big sister Violet doesn’t want to send her back… I can’t ask for anything more than that. I took this picture with my phone today because it was all I could reach while she was on this blanket. She was so happy, just cooing away and shoving her hands in her mouth. Babies are so so awesome. Just looking at my two makes me feel like the luckiest lady alive.

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V drew this picture of the sun this morning. She’s been drawing like crazy all of the sudden & I love it! We have some exciting stuff coming up in the next couple of weeks including two giveaways, so check back and have a lovely weekend!

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Calling all mitten lovers!

I have almost always had a problem with losing mittens. And now, as a parent, I have a problem with losing my kid’s mittens. Although, let’s face it, kiddos do a pretty good job of that on their own. I am the not-so-proud owner of a drawer full of single mismatched gloves & mittens. I have long considered finding a pair of mittens connected by the long string but with a 3 year old that just seems like it would be problematic & frustrating for her.

Just before our last snowstorm, I got a pair of MimiTENS in the mail. Holy moly are they awesome. mimiTENS were cooked up by Anna-Maria Mountfort, a native of Canada (where she still lives & operates mimiTENS). Not only does she produce these great mittens but they are made in Canada. Anna-Maria spends about 80% of her cost on labor so that she can be sure to manage production in her own country. How many companies do you hear of that are willing to do that, especially in the midst of a recession? Sadly, Not many. 3 cheers for Anna-Maria! So yes, it does make them a bit pricier than your average mitten (they’ll run you about 31.00 USD) but it’s almost impossible to lose one of these (while they are on anyway) and they do an amazing job protecting your little one’s hands from the snow & cold. Isn’t that alone priceless?

mimiTENS are great for a number of reasons; there’s the obvious staying-on factor. The All-weather mimiTENS V has (in Robot of course, she loves robots) are made of water-repellent nylon, insulated with Thinsulate™ and lined with Oeko-Tek bamboo fleece for extra warmth and softness. The mitten itself is very roomy so she is free to wiggle her fingers as much as she can. The cuffs are made of Cotton/ Lycra and are nice & stretchy so they stay on incredibly well. It’s really nice to add an extra layer of warmth on V’s arms without having to burden her with yet another whole layer under her winter coat. She *loves* these mittens. As we speak, we’re in the midst of getting more snow (yay!) and she’s already asked when she can put them on. (Above is a very silly picture of her refusing to take them off after a romp in the snow.)

These are great mittens and I am SO happy with them. These are definitely going to be our go-to mittens from here on out. mimiTENS also makes a SOFT version of their mittens w/ eco-friendly bamboo, I’m sure those are divine. Super cute scarves & hats are also available (I can’t wait to try those). Charity wise, mimiTENS loves and supports the Yonge Street Mission, the Geneva Centre for Autism, Right to Play and the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. So when you buy mimiTENS you are supporting these organizations too. *And* right now they are running a sale so hop on over & don’t miss out!

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It seems we are having an Iceland themed week here at Littlewhirl…

Siggi’s Icelandic style skyr, is the best yogurt you will EVER eat, no lie. I bought it on a whim the other day & I’m pretty sure I won’t be able to eat anything else for the rest of my life (as far as yogurt is concerned anyway).

Siggi’s is the yogurt of my dreams. It’s thick and custard-like but it has no creepy gelatin in it so it’s vegetarian-friendly (awesome). I love the thickness of it and it’s such a toddler friendly snack for exactly that reason. No more runny yogurt all over your kid and the table (and the chair, and the floor……). Call me a nerd, but I love when I find new healthy snacks for V.

Typically, I buy plain yogurt and sweeten it myself with agave nectar but Siggi’s is only sweetened with agave nectar, how freaking awesome is that? It is a bit tart so when I gave it to V I put a tiny bit more in and she loved it. Siggi’s Skyr is a low-fat, high protein snack that is so super tasty and comes in flavors like Blueberry, Orange & Ginger and Pomegranate & Passion Fruit (it is also available in Plain). It’s the very definition of delicious and nutritious. So let’s recap: It’s thick, it’s delicious, it’s low in fat, it’s high in protein and it’s sweetened only with agave nectar. Seriously yogurt lovers, what more could you ask for? This stuff is, as the kids say, ‘the bomb’. A 6oz container will run you about two bucks and change but trust me, it is SO good!

I can’t say enough good things about this yogurt so I’ll give you a bit of history before I sign off. Siggi Hilmarsson started making Skyr in his kitchen and shortly after in 2005, The Icelandic Milk & Skyr Company was founded . They combine the ancient Icelandic tradition of skyr making with milk from local family farms in Chenango and Cortland Counties in New York State (Thank you cows, we appreciate it!). You can read the complete history of Siggi’s here, and the history story of Skyr here. I highly suggest you give it a read, the story is pretty great. Now all I need is for them to start making Skyr in giant tubs. Yum.

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As I have mentioned before, Clementine is in the beginning stages of teething, which, totally blows. I’ve been having such a hard time getting her to sleep, and the only way I’ve been able to do it is by rocking her in her car seat. This little trick started about a month ago when she was so congested we had to keep her upright. Now she doesn’t want to sleep any other way.

For the last week, even that has been trying. I usually sit at my computer and catch up on email & reading while I’m rocking her and one night she just would. not. stop. screaming. In a move of desperation I opened up my iTunes and scanned quickly for the first thing that could be deemed soothing. I popped on Vespertine by Björk and I swear, within minutes, Clementine was totally passed out. I thought maybe it was a fluke but it has worked every time since I first did it.

So Björk, if you’re out there, I totally owe you. Thanks for doing me a solid when you recorded Vespertine, I had no idea!

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I have yet to meet a baby who doesn’t love Sophie the Giraffe; It’s kind of crazy really. Clementine was gifted with one at Christmas and it’s her absolute favorite thing. She won’t take a pacifier, she only wants this crazy little giraffe.

Sophie has been around for almost 50 years! She was created in France by Monsieur Rampeau, who was an expert in transforming sap from the Hevea tree using the rotational molding of rubber as a toy-making concept, and came up with the idea of designing a giraffe. Sophie is made of 100% natural rubber and food paint, and is completely safe to chew and is Phthalates and BPA free. Her soft texture and chewable parts (ears, horns, legs), make her perfect for soothing baby’s sore gums during teething. The scent of natural rubber from the Hevea tree makes Sophie the Giraffe very special and easy for your child to identify amid all his other toys.

This is such a great teether. I’ve always hated the circular teethers that you stick in the fridge, they have that hard and sharp seam on the edge. Like I said, Clementine *loves* Sophie and I can tell that it really soothes her as she enters into the world of teething. She is kind of pricey for a teether, yes, but so far she’s been worth the investment (even though we got it for Christmas, score!). I also like the peace of mind knowing that my kiddo is chewing on something natural & safe.

For more information about Sophie, you can visit her website: http://www.sophiegiraffeusa.com and for more information about other Vulli toys and more Sophie products visit: http://www.vulli-toys.com

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It didn’t even take 3 minutes before I caught her starting to cut her hair. I told her no, that they weren’t for cutting hair, only paper, and she seemed to agree. My *whole family* was in the room: mom, bro, husband and none of us noticed her creep under her play table until it was too late.

You know how your spider-sense starts to tingle when you notice just how quiet your child is being? That’s totally what happened. So my brother walked over to her table and I saw his jaw drop. I heard her mumble “it’s not fair” as I pulled her out from underneath. She essentially gave herself bangs over her right ear. Thankfully, it’s not that noticeable, but I still cried. It kind of looks like her hair is tucked behind her ear but it’s actually not even there.

I know, I know, it’s a right of passage. Sigh. I know it grows back. But man, what a crummy milestone.

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