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MONTHLY FAVOURITES: Our TOP Picks

This Month's Top Picks: June 2015

Used Chariot Stroller

It's difficult finding baby equipment that is made in Canada. . . we've added what Canadian-made baby equipment we could to our online Canada's Best Baby Registry.  The Chariot stroller used to be made in Canada; unfortuately they no longer are.  

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About:

When visiting a local bike store last year, remembering a bit of what I had read in the change of the Chariot manufacturing, I asked the sales associate about whether or not Chariot strollers were still made in Canada. Oh, yes, he assured me.  I asked him to turn the bike stroller over, and of course it read quite differently. Curiosity often dissappoints. But that's when my husband and a I decided to buy a used chariot stroller that dated back to their Canadian manufacturing days. This met two of Wholly Canadian's criteria for goodwill shopping: 1) Canadian-made; and 2) Used.

Favourite Memory:

We purchased a double stroller to also accomodate our upcoming baby. To try out the stroller we took our toddler & his cousin for a ride. . .two toddlers the same age but who have very different ideas of what personal space is all about. We were curious how they would adjust to the tight quarters. Amazingly, they were both so enthralled with the ride, they forgot about each other.  My husband started running with it, and you could hear the squeals of glee: "More fast" they kept saying.

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Naosap Wild Organic Rice

Did you know the rice grows in Canada? Its amazes me how many Canadians are surpised by this.  For several years my family has enjoyed Naosap Wild Organic Rice (grown in Manitoba). It's delicious flavour, rich nutrient profile, and local attributes makes this a winner! We wrote about why we love this company here.


I also have tried a few recipes from their recipe section. The pic below is an adapted recipe of their protein-packed vegan rice burger with homemade garlic-basil infused kefir cheese--all the ingredients of this amazing burger are either local or fair-trade.  Talk about enjoying a comfort food that is good for everyone!

 

 

About:

Naosap's mission is to get wild rice into as many homes as possible.  While many view wild rice as a gourmet food, they believe it should be more of a staple based on its nutritional content.  It is also more economical than most people realize as wild rice triples itself when cooked, compared to "regular" rice which doubles itself

Naosap is unique because their family-based business is rooted in sustainability and quality. Harvesting wild rice is indeed an art that is not easily learned. This family has over 30 years experience harvesting; they know how to get the highest quality of wild rice. Because Naosap Harvest ONLY uses Anderson Brother's green wild rice for processing, they have the optimal control over the quality of their product. The long summer days of sunshine produces a long, dark kernel that is sought after.

 

Favourite Memory:

Giving my baby his first taste of grain at 18 months, and choosing Naosap wild organic rice as his first taste of rice. It gave this local-loving mama such joy to give her baby the best.  See the post on why.



baby eating rice for the first time

 

 

We are unique because our family-based business is rooted in sustainability and quality. Harvesting wild rice is indeed an art that is not easily learned. My husband and his brothers have over 30 years experience harvesting; they know how to get the highest quality of wild rice. Because Naosap Harvest ONLY uses Anderson Brother's green wild rice for processing, we have the optimal control over the quality of our product. Our long summer days of sunshine produces a long, dark kernel that is sought after. Our customer service is second to none and we pride ourselves on that. - See more at: http://whollycanadian.ca/Blog/post.cfm?Title=Naosap%5FWild%5FRice%3A%5FMore%5Fthan%5FGourmet#sthash.ds6CjfU4.dpuf
Our mission is to get wild rice into as many homes as possible.  While many view wild rice as a gourmet food, we believe it should be more of a staple based on its nutritional content.  It is also more economical than most people realize as wild rice triples itself when cooked, compared to "regular" rice which doubles itself. - See more at: http://whollycanadian.ca/Blog/post.cfm?Title=Naosap%5FWild%5FRice%3A%5FMore%5Fthan%5FGourmet#sthash.ds6CjfU4.dpuf

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Sly Scarves

I love scarves! Ever since my studies in Vancouver where I witnessed women wear scarves for so many other reasons besides warmth (yes, I'm a pragmatic Manitoban), I have favoured scarves for that extra flair to an outfit.  Last year I discovered Sly Scarves, much to my delight. Many scarves on the market are all imports, so this is why Sly Scarves is such a treasure.Blue Circle scarf with Neon Yellow-Green Dots, Infinity Scarf, Women's infinity scarf, Eternity scarf, Loop scarf

About: Handmade in MB, Michelle Pielech looks for unique fabrics to create an almost one of a kind scarf. She got a scarf for everyone: cozy, warm, comfy, crochet, and sly. 

Favourite Memory: Simply wearing my ivory lace scarf as a vintage inspired boost to my outfit.

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The Sly scarves are very pretty! I can never own too many!

June 16, 2015 4:47 PM
By tara e


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