Friday, October 24, 2014

Where To Donate Used Kids Clothes and Toys in Winnipeg

If your kids are anything like mine, they go through clothes like nobody's business. Who gave them the permission to grow that fast, anyway?  I'm always bagging up their old clothes and hoping to give them away quickly, just to make some more room in our closets.  And when it comes to toys, I really like to instill generosity and kindness in my two littles.  It's important to me that they learn about giving.  Every so often we like to box up our not-so-loved anymore toys and donate them to some kids who really need them and would love them again!  The problem is always finding a place to take the items, where they'll wind up in the right little hands.  

Here's a comprehensive list of places that will take toy and clothes donations in Winnipeg.    

Winnipeg Fire & Paramedic Services 
(During holiday season) 

Nearly New Shop of the McKinnon Guild 
961 Portage Ave, Winnipeg, MB R3G 0R2
(204) 772-3629

Crisis Pregnancy Center of Winnipeg
650 Broadway, Winnipeg, Manitoba
+1 800-665-0570

Osbourne House Inc.
PO Box 397 Stn Main, Winnipeg, MB R3C 2H6
Main Street Project Winnipeg
75 Martha St, Winnipeg, MB R3B 1A4
(204) 982-8260
Siloam Mission
300 Princess Street, Winnipeg, MB 
(204) 956-4344

North Point Douglas Women's Center
221 Austin Street N., Winnipeg MB
204 947 0321 

Centre Flavie-Laurent 
450 Provencher Blvd, Winnipeg, MB R2J
(204) 233-4936

The Salvation Army 
Multiple Locations - Winnipeg MB. 

Villa Rosa 
784 Wolseley Ave, Winnipeg, MB R3G 1C6
(204) 786-5741

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Winnipeg
765 Portage Ave, Winnipeg, MB R3G 0N2
(204) 988-9200

Where do you like to drop off used clothing and toy donations in Winnipeg?  Let me know in the comments below, and I will add to the list!  


Thursday, October 23, 2014

7 Great Uses For Receiving Blankets #DisneyBaby

Before my little miss was born, I remember walking through the fabric store and picking out some wonderful flannel prints for my Mom, so she could sew receiving blankets for her soon to be first grandbaby.  She made so many, and we used them and used them - they were my favorite baby "accessory."  The great thing about having a large stash of receiving blankets is how multifunctional they truly are. 

Disney Baby agrees and they've come up with a great list for all of the clever things you can do with this baby necessity!  Make sure you always keep one or two spares in the diaper bag, just in case. 

7 Great Uses for Receiving Blankets

USE #1: Nursing cover
Lightweight and easy to fold up and store, receiving blankets make excellent nursing covers. Tie a knot in one corner and rest it over baby’s head to help keep the blanket in place. Plus, when you’re done, a slight adjustment turns it into a....

USE #2: Burp cloth
Throw a receiving blanket over your shoulder to wipe your baby’s face and protect your clothes from post-feeding spit up.

USE #3: Coverlet

If your baby is chilly, receiving blankets are the perfect way to add a quick layer. They can also be used to soothe your little one, as something to hold, snuggle or chew.

USE #4: Changing mat

Receiving blankets make great changing mats, especially when you’re out in public. Simply fold the blanket and lay it down on a flat surface to create a soft, easy-to-clean changing station.

USE#5: Play mat
Lay a blanket on the ground to give baby a clean surface to play on. If your little one is playing with lots of toys, keeping them on the receiving blanket also helps to make clean up a breeze: just gather the corners together to pick everything up at once!

USE #6: Sunshade
Drape a receiving blanket over the front of your stroller to create instant shade, or block the sun from your car by tucking one into the top of the window. In both cases, the blanket will cut the glare and help keep baby nice and cool. 

USE #7: Dress-up
When your baby is a little bit older, you can use your receiving blankets in play. Throw them in the toy box, so your little one can use them as veils, capes, scarves or to swaddle their own baby dolls.

Did you know?  Disney Baby makes some adorable receiving blankets, including this “Peek-a-Boo Pooh” set. 

What's your favorite way to use these little blankets? 


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Bare English & Co. Lip Balm - New Flavor Launch and Set #Giveaway (2 Winners!) #Canada

With colder months on the horizon (don't get me started...) a lot of us are turning to skincare products that offer quality ingredients and extra moisture - with the cold tends to come dreadfully dry skin.  I always have several lip balm on hand to get me through the day, no matter what time of year it is.  So when I was given the opportunity to check out Bare English & Co. products I was pumped!  The balm boasts natural ingredients that are organic, fair trade and free of GMOs, as well as being Vegan and Cruelty Free!  What's more?  Bare English & Co. infuses each of their lip balms with tea, adding to its nutritional and healing value.

I LOVE this stuff.  With flavors like Vanilla Almond, Cucumber Melon and Cherry Berry there is something for everyone.  I gave one to each of my kids, who have been using them and enjoying them as much as I do.  The natural ingredients mean I can feel good about allowing my young ones to use it without worrying about what's going on their lips.  As for myself, I find balm perfectly moisturizing without being greasy or clumpy.  The packaging is great too.  It looks awesome, and the tubes are just the right size to slip in your pocket when you're running out the door.  It's my new go-to, and I will continue to purchase Bare English & Co. over other brands!   

Want to check it out for yourself?  Bare English & Co. lip balm is available at Shoppers Drugmart, London Drugs and Rexall, in addition to other retailers.

There are 5 new flavors launching this month!  Soon you'll be able to try out the following:

Juicy Peach (infused with white tea)
Mango Acai (green tea)
Lemon Meringue (white tea)
Sweet Peppermint (white tea)
Chai Tea Latte (rooibos tea) 

And lucky for you, I have 2 sets (2 winners) of the brand spankin' new Bare English & Co. Lip Balm flavors to give away.  These would make great stocking stuffers in a couple of months!  Contest is open to residents of CANADA.  Enter below.  

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Good Luck!