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MONTHLY FAVOURITES: Our TOP Picks

This Month's Top Picks: October 2014

Egli's Sheep Farm - Polar Mitts

Egli's Sheep Farm - Polar MittsI rely on Egli's sheep farm for my winter mitts—and trust me, in Manitoba you need warm mitts! Their Polar Mitts, made from sheep skin, are my go-to mitt for our harsh winter. I often get compliments on these mitts; I think it is because people envy my warm hands!  Mine are beginning to wear at the index finger after five years of steady wear.  Definitely a mitt that is worth the investment.
I also have my eye's set on the Child's Ice Trooper--to keep Baby's head warm this winter.

About: Egli sheep farm is tucked away in western Ontario, and manufactures their products directly on their farm. They also have an animal park.

Favourite Memory: A number of years ago on route to Kenora, ON, we visited Egli's, and saw their on-site  manufacturing, farm, and did some shopping. Prior to that I had always ordered my items online, and now I finally got to see their inventory of incredible products.  I told my husband not to rush me, as I wanted to take my time browsing. I made my purchases, and we journeyed on.  It was a very hot July day, and my husband loves air-condition; I do not. So that trip, it worked out wonderfully. I wore my Egli wool gear on my hands, feet, and head and stayed comfortably warm that trip!  I also got some amusing looks from other people that passed us. I smiled back in marital bliss, with a sheepish grin.

30 Comments:

Those mitts sound amazing! :)

October 8, 2014 7:17 AM
By Melissa M

More locally, the Wonderful World of Sheepskin on Dufferin Ave, which I believe has been operating about 35 years. Beautiful jackets, mitts, hats etc.

October 8, 2014 6:49 PM
By Lynne

Would love to own a pair. They look so warm and my fingers always freeze.

October 8, 2014 11:24 PM
By Carole Dube

this looks so warm! It's like pillows to your hands. I must get me a pair

October 8, 2014 11:59 PM
By em

I love the polar mitts as my hands always freeze in the winter

October 9, 2014 9:19 AM
By Zeta McMillan

These look wonderfully warm! Hate winter, but if we must endure, best to be warm and fashionable!

October 9, 2014 9:19 AM
By Jody D

Winnipeg's winters are harsh , would love warm mitts and would also love a nice pair of warm shearling boots

October 9, 2014 11:15 AM
By Bernice

the Polar Mitts are beautiful

October 9, 2014 12:43 PM
By Deb

The basic gloves that come from your standard store at under 5 dollars a pair can't handle even mild Canadian winters. So gloves like these are my favourite since I want to retain feeling in my fingers. No matter how mild or hard the cold is.

October 9, 2014 10:43 PM
By J

These would be the perfect mitts to go with the Canada Goose parka I'm gonna win!

October 10, 2014 2:44 PM
By Corry L.

Omg;these look beautiful and sooo warm :)

October 10, 2014 4:03 PM
By Lisa Ferris

Would love these! Could definitely use these in Nova Scotia.

October 10, 2014 4:08 PM
By wanda macsween

Perfect for Winnipeg winters!

October 10, 2014 4:17 PM
By Angela

These sound like they'd be perfect for those -50 days when you can't avoid having to go outside!!!

October 10, 2014 4:18 PM
By Joanne

These mitts look so warm and cosy

October 10, 2014 4:55 PM
By Karlene Carnegie

We live on a far, and I love to snowshoe. These mitts would be so warm and comfy. Love them!!!

October 10, 2014 5:36 PM
By Janice Cournoyer

Perfect for winter the hands are the one who get dry and very cold.

October 10, 2014 7:10 PM
By Gabriela Aguilar

Perfect for a manitoba winter

October 10, 2014 7:18 PM
By Charissa

I really like the mittens, they have men's too, i checked :) These would keep hands warm!

October 10, 2014 7:45 PM
By Mark Cook

Just love these gloves! They are so comfy and warm looking!

October 10, 2014 7:57 PM
By Silvia D

Oh those mitts are a must have

October 10, 2014 10:04 PM
By catia

These mitts look perfect for a Manitoba winter especially for walking my dog on those super cold mornings.

October 11, 2014 9:53 AM
By Judy N.

These polar mitts look amazing! I love them and will have to check them out!

October 11, 2014 10:17 PM
By Diana Z

I have never mitts like this and would dearly love to...guess I know what's getting listed on my Wish List this year!

October 12, 2014 9:00 AM
By Maureen Reeni

I would love to own a pair of these mitts, they seem like they'd keep my arthritic hands so warm and pain free. That would be awesome!

October 12, 2014 6:51 PM
By Theresa A.

Love the look of these mittens. Maybe a roadtrip is in order

October 13, 2014 11:17 AM
By Carol M (Lushka S)

Really love the mitts. Definitely perfect for those cold mornings walking my dog.

October 16, 2014 2:03 PM
By Judy N

wow, I'd like to own a pair of these mitts!

October 16, 2014 4:23 PM
By Mark Cook

Theses mitts are so warm. I'm very thankful my husband gave them to me as a Christmas gift.

October 19, 2014 5:03 PM
By Linda

These mitts look adorable and so comfy!

October 21, 2014 2:18 AM
By Julie F

Padraig Cottage Slippers:

As I type this, baby is marching around the house in his padraig slippers.  We received his first pair as a baby gift, and ever since then we've purchased subsequent sizes. They are so comfortable, warm for our Canadian winters, and simply adorable. Now I'm dreaming about an adult pair for this mama. . .did you know they make adult sizes?

About: Helen, the founder, made her first pair of slippers for her young son in the winter of 1977; they had a hand cut sheepskin sole and a crocheted upper made with hand spun raw wool. . .in a few years they would become known as the Original Padraig Slipper. Since Helen started selling her wears at local craft markets, the slipper line and the company have grown and evolved.

Cream Stripe


Though their company has expanded, employing more than thirty local artisans and support staff, they are still independently owned and operated and their premises remain in North Vancouver, ensuring product quality and support of the local community. 


Favourite Memory: At my baby's first baby shower. I had him wrapped up in a shawl, and he was wearing this tiny cream "baby sack" that had a bit of a draw-string at the bottom. . .and when people unraveled his blanket, to behold the little bundle, out peeked these newborn cream padraig slippers. It melted hearts.  I will never forget that memory.

3 Comments:

Love padraigs!

October 8, 2014 11:30 PM
By Tara E

I have seen Padraigs booties around and have loved how sweet they are (and warm!!)

October 10, 2014 4:03 PM
By Andrea Allan

Our little Grayson had those for his first winter. They are awesome.

October 10, 2014 11:08 PM
By Gary K

La Canadienne Montreal – Boots

La Canadienne Montreal - Boots
Well, every woman has her favourite boots, and mine are made by La Canadienne. Some years I haved saved up my Christmas money to purchase a pair of their boots.

My favourite pair is the cherry patent leather wedge boot. And I wear this pair of boots so much! Their boots are exceptionally designed with old-world insight but a modern-day sensibility. I appreciate the genuine leather materials that are waterproof – a must for our cold, wet Canadian climate.



About: Handcrafted in Canada with the highest European standards, the footwear from La Canadienne is another example of the quality products manufactured in Canada. 

La Canadienne began forty-five years ago in Montreal, the heart of Canada’s fashion capital. Their goal was to create comfortable, versatile boots that would offer unbeatable protection against the cold, wet Canadian climate.

Favourite Memory: A few years back, after trying to rid myself of the shackles of what what people think, I decided to wear my trusty red boots over some jeans as a testament to some new-found freedom {I don't think they were quite the right kind of jeans--so it looked a littly quirky}. I remember the cold winter evening, walking around a mall, and my shopping partners hinting at my amusing appearance. I grinned and enjoyed my evening immensely. Now when I wear my red boots they remind me to live freely {grin}

11 Comments:

It is hard to find a boot which is both sexy and comfortable - love the cherry!

October 8, 2014 7:01 PM
By j nelson

Now these are a pair of boots! I am in love.

October 9, 2014 12:57 PM
By Jan

These are beautiful!!! Love them.

October 10, 2014 3:53 PM
By Nicole Adam

These are lovely! Definitely a classic style - and waterproof for Vancouver is a must! I wonder if they'd fit over my calves though.... hmm always my battle. I'm going to email and ask. :)

October 10, 2014 4:03 PM
By Natalie

I really like these boots .They are dressy or you can wear as casual

October 10, 2014 4:31 PM
By Tina F

J'adore cette compagnie!

October 10, 2014 10:54 PM
By Julie garneau

I am definetly going to look for this product and pray they fit a large calf.

October 11, 2014 3:19 PM
By Donna Doyle

These boots are so gorgeous and I love the cherry ones pictured. I also really like that they are waterproof which is important where I live.

October 11, 2014 3:46 PM
By Suzanne Giroux

These are beautiful! I own a pair of ones in black suede. This is going to be probably the 4th. winter I will wear them. Good quality.

October 12, 2014 9:21 AM
By LidiaB

This boots were made for walking on MY feet

October 14, 2014 11:06 AM
By Kim

These just went on my 'things I'd love to own' list for Christmas hints. Thanks.

October 22, 2014 1:17 PM
By jan

Mother-Ease Sandy's Diaper

We've tried all kinds of cloth diapers (see why we cloth diaper here). When my baby was a newborn, I searched for the diaper of diapers that would do justice to those long night-time duties.  My criteria? 1) organic natural fibre; 2) Canadian-made;  3) explosion-proof; and 4) a really thirsty diaper! And I found it.  Mother-Ease's Sandy's Diapers are extravagant night diapers. . .the size (20-35 lbs) absorbs an impresive 15 oz!  The diaper is neatly surgered with an comfortable elastic around the legs to hold in all contents.  We use these diapers exclusively for night.Large Sandy's™ Diapers

About:Mother-ease Cloth diapers was founded in 1991 by Erika Froese, a stay-at home mother of five cloth-diapered children. Frustrated with her traditional cloth diapers she was determined to design something convenient, reliable and leak free. Once her designs were complete and fully tested she set out to manufacture and sell the most innovative range of cloth diapers in the world.

Based in Ontario, Mother-ease designs are based on the needs of mom and baby which Erika knows all too well. Their unique combination of innovative designs and custom made fabrics make their diapers different really work!

Favourite Memory: Two memories come to mind: Firstly, because of the little whale character on the diaper, we call them "Jonah" diapers. On wash days, before bedtime, if you were in our home, you would hear my husband or I calling, can you get me a Jonah diaper from the laundry line? It makes me laugh just thinking about it.  My second favourite memory is watching our baby waddle around before bed-time with his huge "night-time-bum". . .inserts, diaper, and wool diaper cover stretch those sleepers to the max in that critical area. . .oh, the things that makes parents laugh.

2 Comments:

These are my favourite product this month! I am about to have my first baby and these are absolutely perfect!

October 10, 2014 7:55 PM
By Andrea Morrow

My niece used these for both her children, great idea, fantastic diapers.

October 11, 2014 1:33 AM
By Katherin Bannon

Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods – Hemp Hearts

Hemp hearts are part of my daily diet. I enjoy these seeds that have a gourmet nutty flavour on my cereal, salads, and baking. I even make my own hemp milk from the hemp hearts. Hemp is full of protein and packed with nManitoba Harvest Hemp Foods & Oils - Hemp Heartsutrients. This truly is one of one Manitoba's great exports.

About: Founded in 1998 and grown through grass-roots marketing,  Manitoba Harvest Hemp  strives to manufacture the highest quality hemp food products, to educate on the nutritional & environmental benefits of hemp, and to support sustainability in all that they do.



Favourite Memory: Discovering Manitoba Harvest Hemp seeds this last summer at a local grocery store on a trip to Nashville, TN. I looked twice, to ensure my eyes did not betray me.  It's so rare to find Canadian products in the USA; not to mention products from your own province. I wanted to shout, I'm from Manitoba and get other shoppers to purchase them.  I didn't, but in hind's sight, I wish I did!

13 Comments:

Love the hemp hearts!! I'm from Manitoba too. Gifted a bag to our inlaws in Nova Scotia about a year ago and now we have to bring some out to them each time we visit.

October 8, 2014 2:01 PM
By Jillian

Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods – Hemp Hearts are my favourite. My diet is always lacking protein this is a great idea!

October 8, 2014 10:43 PM
By A.s. Vermeulen

Love these on our salads and in smoothies. My daughter gets so excited when I pull them out. She loves to eat them by the spoonful.

October 8, 2014 10:56 PM
By Katy Emanuel

Love this - use it all the time

October 9, 2014 12:11 PM
By Kay

I have tried their hemp protein prowder and love it, the hemp seeds sounds delicious, would have to try and incorporate it into my meals

October 10, 2014 12:04 PM
By Jana L.

Love the hemp hearts! I use them in yogurt and my daughter loves it

October 10, 2014 3:46 PM
By Jackie

Love love this, very nutritive !!!

October 10, 2014 4:28 PM
By Geneviève Daoust

I just love La Canadienne Montreal Boots. Very stylish, comfortable and FAB!

October 10, 2014 8:36 PM
By loucheryl

I love adding Hemp Hearts to my oatmeal and smoothies!

October 11, 2014 7:33 AM
By Vienna B.

I love hemp hearts. I use them on my cereal. Tasty and healthy.

October 11, 2014 4:41 PM
By Deanna Barkley

Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods is a great company with great products! I love Hemp Hearts ~ they are the perfect healthy, nutrition boosting addition to oatmeal + cereals!

October 11, 2014 9:34 PM
By jo

I add Hemp Hearts to my daily oatmeal breakfast bowl and my lunch smoothies..I love the added protein and the flavor!

October 12, 2014 6:23 PM
By Amber F

I would love to try these!

October 14, 2014 7:02 AM
By Jessica black


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