Sunday, April 7, 2013

New tote bag design!

We are all getting a little excited over here for Spring weather and colors to arrive.  Since Spring is taking its sweet time coming around, I took it upon myself to welcome in some fresh colors with a new cute little tote bag!



Fun eh? I fell in love with this fabric a little while ago while we were shopping in the states at Hobby Lobby.

*Sidenote- If you have never been to hobby lobby... You. Must. Go.  It's as ice cream to a pregnant woman, tools to a man, smarties to a child...you get my drift...just go.


The outer fabric of the tote is made with a stunning and sturdy 'duck' fabric.  This fabric is unique in that it carries some natural rigidity that helps the tote bag to keep its shape.  It's made out of a woven cotton, so it's still very easy to clean and care for.  The lining is made with 100% cotton made by Northcott.  I love how the hues of blue in the outer duck fabric is captured in the lining.



It features a double stitch line securing the handles in place, and two pockets in the marquis patterned duck fabric.  The tote boasts a bold red button and silver elastic to keep all your goodies in your bag.

The tote is $30, and custom sizes are available if you would like something larger or smaller! Contact me at junebugsfashions@gmail.com

Here's hoping for some real Spring weather to pop up soon, until then, enjoy this beautiful tote!



Saturday, March 9, 2013

Bloom- Barrie artisan craft and art show




I am very excited to announce the upcoming 'Bloom'.  The spring craft and art show will be the perfect way to celebrate the warm weather, and accessorize for spring and summer.  We would love to see you there!




Thursday, January 31, 2013

New 2012 Nursing/Breastfeeding Cover Styles

Here are the new nursing cover styles for this year!

Contact me for your order at junebugsfashions@gmail.com.





Friday, January 25, 2013

gDiaper Review



I was contacted quite some time ago to do a review on these cute reusable gdiapers and am looking forward to sharing my experience with you.  I have done some cloth diapering with my first son Levi, and also some with the twins, so i'm no virgin to the cloth diapering world. Though I wouldn't call myself any type of cloth diapering guru by any means.  The world of cloth diapering has changed so much since I initially purchased my first Bum Genius diapers in 2009. In the past, I had used the bum genius organic all in one's and microfiber diaper with inserts, so I was excited to try a different type of re-usable diaper.   There is a huge variety available now with seemingly endless accessorizing options, quite overwhelming actually.  My aim with this review will be to give you an honest perspective of what to expect with this diaper, so as to help with your decision on which diapers to invest in when considering reusables.  I'll be reviewing the diaper on a few different points.

1. Fit
2. Performance
3. Convenience and ease of use
4. Washability
5. Style


So here we go...

1. Fit
I have to admit that at first I had to get used to the unusual way that the gDiaper fits.  Counter-intuitively, the diaper is secured opposite to other 'normal' diapers.  The Velcro portion that one would normally put in the front, wraps around the back instead.  Since my 18 month old twins are just discovering the fun of pulling on those little closure tabs, having them in the back on the gDiaper actually serves to be very useful!  It took a little while to get used to fastening them in the back, and also not cranking the tab closed.  It is recommended that the gDiaper not be pulled to tight, as this will cause leaks (which it did in my case).  Once I eased up on the Velcro tabs, and only pulled them just snug, my leaks disappeared.  I also noticed when I was securing the diaper too tight, that the diaper was leaving quite the indentation on the baby's skin.  When I eased up on the fit, there was some improvement in this area, although some marks still remained, no matter how much I relaxed the fit.  The gDiaper fits very slim and trim over babies clothes, avoiding that bulky bottom look.

2. Performance
Once I got a handle on their fit, I found the gDiaper to function quite well.  The Velcro tabs with which they are secured stay put, and are easy on babies skin.    At first I experienced some leaking with the diaper, however with some amazing customer service, and adjustment to the fit, the problem was solved.


3. Convenience and ease of use.
The disposable insert fits easily into the pouch.  Although I only had two for the trial, I could see the gDiaper being all pre-loaded and ready to go, rather than switching out liners and or pouches with each change. When there was no bowel movement,  I still found it easy enough to remove the insert and replace it with a new one.  However, when there was a poop, I found this to bit more of a challenge (as my children tend to have looser stool).  Although the disposable insert fits easily into the pouch, I did notice that it slid out of position quite a lot.  This made for cleaning up messy poops quite the chore, as the poop ends up all over inside the pouch.  Still no leaks through to the outer cover, but messy nonetheless.  I believe some type of diaper sprayer would be quite handy for this job.  If your child has firmer bowel movements, then I wouldn't foresee this being a problem, but if they do, buy a diaper sprayer.

4. Washability
gDiapers are incredibly easy to wash.  There are care instructions on their site that are quite easy to follow.  I did notice some staining on the pouch even after the first wash, but as from previous cloth diapering, usually some good sun exposure helps with stubborn stains.

5. Style
These hip little diapers are some of the cutest and stylish diapers I have seen on the market. They have various styles to choose from that are sure to excite you a little more about all of the diapers that you will be changing over the course of your diapering days.  Look for a new spring line up to be released soon.

Overall, I'm glad that I was able to give these diapers a try.  The cost does seem to be a bit on the high side for getting set up with a disposable set, but a great investment that could always be re-sold after use.  I love the idea of being able to switch between re-usable cloth inserts and disposable inserts.  I think that they are a great environmentally friendly stylish diapering option.  Customer service was quick and very helpful when I had questions about the fit.  I also took some time browsing around their site, and enjoyed reading about their company history and great family ethic that they carry.  




Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Catching up- Cuban Style

While I have been super slacking on the blog, I promise there has been lots of progress on the sewing table and I'm excited to share that with you soon.  In the meantime, its about time that I shared a few photos with you.

Just after Spice, Dale and I headed out for a getaway, sans babies to Cuba.  Yes, one week, no changing diapers or waking up with a toddler during the night to pee, laundry or making meals.  Just a break from the every day, with my man, where there happens to be a beach.  What more could a girl ask for?!


After the excitement of Spice came to an end, and the reality of leaving my babies for a week really settled in, I started feeling a wee bit anxious about the whole thing. I had been so focused on all the planning and sewing prep for Spice, it kept my mind very occupied with the anxious thoughts somewhat lurking the the background.  With the flight just around the corner, packing, meal prep and so on to start, I began to think about possible excuses for which I could stay home.  It all sounded quite reasonable in my head, though need not be repeated, as time has proven that they were a tad bit insane.  All of those crazy thoughts culminated with the decision that I was not goin, nope, just wasn't happening, Dale was going to have to find someone else to go with.


Nonetheless, I knew this would not fly with Dale, so I might as well get started on packing.  As I started to pack, some cute dresses, swim suit and black stilettos (that I hadn't worn in so long, they needed to be dusted off) I started to get a wee bit excited.  But wait, I can't be excited, I'm a mother, I shouldn't be excited about abandoning my kiddos for a week, that's just so wrong.  What would 'they' say.  You know the 'they's'.  The ones who tell you how to put your kids to bed at night, how to discipline, how to potty train, how to this, how to that....who are 'they' anyways?  I resolved to be okay that I was excited to go away and sad that I was leaving them... and it was okay to be feeling everything all at once.  Because, who cares what 'they' think, anyways!


Once we arrived at the home for our dear friends Aleks, Amy& Hanna (A.K.A the bravest and kindest people on the face of this green earth) to drop off our kiddos, I may have taken a few deep breaths.  I promised myself no crying, nope...nope...nope.  The last thing I wanted was for the kids to feel that something was wrong.  Honestly, once we got them all settled, and set up, I felt hugely relieved.  They were right at home.  We said a quick goodbye and set off into the sunset... okay, more so a massive snow storm but it made leaving for the hot sunny beach even more enticing!


We had a great time enjoying the culture and landscape of Cuba. Okay, really we mostly enjoyed sleeping in, not cleaning dishes, nightly date nights, and simply holding each others hand ( I know the last one is corny but a nice break from holding babies all the time). We just soaked up one on one time, 7 days in a row.



Since both of us have a bit of the adventure seeker in us, we decided to do an overnight stay at another resort, coupled with some hiking the following day.  We enjoyed some authentic local food, and hiking into the mountains, ending with some cliff jumping.


The plan was for us to jump together, but I suppose I was just a wee bit more eager.  Dale didn't chicken out, promise.


When we arrived back home, we were greeted with three babes sitting all in a row.  Levi jumped right up to give a big hug and kiss.  Averie took a good long look, and came in for a snuggle, while Kaela seemed that she had forgotten who we were.  After a bit of warming up, she soon remembered though, and we were back to usual.  The first week back home was difficult for me.  I had to remember that the kids needed to get back into routine, but so did I, so we roughed through it together.  Would I do it all again.  Absolutely!  Thanks to friends and family, we enjoyed a great time together, and are ready to plan the next trip


Stay tuned for some sewing updates.....
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