HouseBox Review - A great Subscription Box

House Box: A Subscription Box I Could Get In To!

House Box: A great solution for Canadian Homes!

I don’t know if you have noticed the trend but subscription boxes are big right now & I totally understand why. However, up until this point I hadn’t seen one that I thought I would really want to commit to that wouldn’t just add to the clutter of my closet, my desk, my house…

House Box is different & such a great idea, I absolutely love that the focus is household products, the products are mostly consumable and therefore because you will use them up, they won’t add clutter! I love this quote from the website and couldn’t put it better myself:

“We wanted to provide a service to customers who care about having safe, natural and lovely products in their home, and to companies who have not yet reached all Canadians with their product offerings.”

It’s a beautiful plan, matching Canadians up with unique products, and matching up these lesser known companies with their potential customers, seems like the perfect match to me! I think most people in general and definitely parents do not always take the time to find products that they absolutely love, and will keep using what they have always used just because it is easier, so this is a great way to discover those products you love without having to do the searching, House Box has done it for you!

I have felt the need for a while, I think since becoming a Mom, to at least try to remove unnecessary chemicals from our home so I especially love that the products in the box are natural and safe. I think a lot of people are making a shift in this direction if they aren’t already there, and House Box could definitely help introduce me to the products that I want to have more of in our home!

Here’s what was in December’s Box:

Essential 8 Organic All Purpose Cleaner:

This cleaner not only smells great but works really well & I don’t have to worry about where I use it because it is safe on all different surfaces and it is non toxic and not dangerous for my little guy.

HouseBox Review - Essential 8 Organic All Purpose Cleaner

Lunatec Odour Free Dishcloth:

This cloth is amazing, I conveniently had a pan leftover from last night’s appy supper that had baked on debris and it worked super well to scrub it off – great find! A huge bonus too is that it is odour free, I have been have a tough time with stinky cloths until I remembered the old trick of microwaving the damp cloth for a couple minutes to kill the stinky stuff! Either way I love that I won’t even have that issue with this cloth!

House Box Review - Lunatec Odour Free Dishcloth

Tupperware Citrus Peeler:

Did anyone else grow up with these? I love love love them and was so super excited to find one in my House Box! (more…)

Nawgum Teether Review [ & Giveaway!]

As parents we are bombarded by so many products promising to be better than the rest and it can be totally overwhelming to wade through all of it and end up on the other side with something you not only trust but also gets the job done.

Nawgum Teether by Mello and Co - Review by Imaginary Sails Blog

Nawgum Teether Review and Giveaway- Imaginary Sails Blog

I was intrigued at first sight of this little cactus shaped Nawgum teether & was all the more interested by the fact that is was designed by a Mom who couldn’t find anything just right for relieving the incessant bother of teething. She founded Mello & Co and the teether is available through their website as well as in stores – she has a great store locator on the website. For my local Mamas, she has them stocked in Crocodile Baby Stores, there are three locations in Vancouver and one in South Surrey at Morgan Crossing.

Nawgum Teether Review - Imaginary Sails Blog

This design is unique in that it features the longer and textured arms specifically designed to get way back to those molars that can be hard to reach with other teething products, the arms are also easy for little ones to grip and there is a little round bulb on the front that is perfect for the front teeth. Teething is a tricky thing and is different for every child and probably for every parent as well, and this is a great tool that can definitely make things easier!

My little chomper has never been a huge chewer while teething, we tried the frozen wash cloths, the chilled butterfly shaped things, wooden teethers and everything in between and he just wasn’t hugely interested. This one though, he’s used significantly more than any other teether we’ve tried!

Nawgum Teether- Review and Giveaway

When we got the Nawgum teether, the first thing little H did was grab onto it, the little cactus arms are perfect for little hands to hold on to making it easy for them to get it where they need it for relief. When I was first in contact with Sue, the creator of the Nawgum teether, H seemed to be teething but of course when we received it he seemed to be past it, but sure enough we just needed to wait a few weeks and some more signs of teething would come!

He seems to take particularly to the little knob in the center putting it to the side of his mouth to get at the area bugging him. Not only that but in the past couple days he has been utilizing the longer ‘arms’ of the cactus to get farther back in his mouth.

I would definitely say this this is a large cut above the average teether you would get at the drug store! As always, safety is important to me too & I love that the Nawgum is made from seamless food-grade silicone, is BPA free, is nontoxic and is top-rack dishwasher safe! Aside from all of these great features it was designed by someone passionate about providing something different who knew exactly what was needed – pretty cool!

Sue at Nawgum has graciously provided one for me to giveaway to one of my lovely readers and I’m so excited for whoever gets to try this product! It is new to the Canadian market so you will likely be the first of your friends to check it out! Enter below and share with all your friends that has a little teether in the house!

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Mama Gems Teething Necklace Review

I’m going to be really honest – I didn’t really get the whole teething necklace thing at first,  maybe because I don’t really do jewellery in general or maybe because there are a million things your baby will chew on but it usually isn’t what you want them to chew on, and maybe because I just hadn’t gravitated to any that I had seen. The teething necklace I got from Mama Gems totally changed my mind.

When I saw my friend with a super cute, but subtle teething necklace I thought it might be a good distraction/toy/teether to try because my hair cringes when H leans in for a hug/to grab the little tiny curls at the back of my neck. He has also taken to jamming his hand down my shirt at random and was getting into the habit of pinching and grabbing while nursing – no thanks! I hoped a necklace would be a good little something to keep his hands busy! I told her I had been thinking about looking for one but didn’t know where to start because there seems to be a lot of options out there, and let’s just say I am not terribly decisive. She told me it was from a company called Mama Gems, Mom owned and operated and local – in Vancouver which to me is a huge bonus!

Mama Gems Teething Necklace Review - H Imaginary Sails (more…)