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This Month's Top Picks: September 2015

Shepherd’s Dream:
Wool products made in Canada are definitely some of my favs. The quality products made by Shepherd’s Dream, in my home province of MB, are no exception.  We love their products. I did a garage sale one year so I could purchase their king size wool duvet. No regrets! We have their pillows, and my baby has the complete baby ensemble  (wool mattress, mattress protector, duvet, duvet cover, and puddle pad). I really recommend their puddle pad for every baby--it’s great to travel with to protect against leaks when you’re laying your baby in someone else’s bed. And the great thing is that baby always smells his home when you lay down that puddle pad under him.  It’s a great baby gift! I worked so hard on extra jobs and saved for many months to make this baby ensemble possible, and now my baby sleeps like a little lamb. Quality usually is an investment.

About: Janet & Tim, are the faces of Shepherd’s Dream North. My husband and I spent a night at their home to try out their mattress--what a lovely time we had together.  I loved the tour of the facility and hearing the story of their company in the warmth of their woodsy home in rural Manitoba.  They produce some of the finest natural wool bedding available in Canada. Because one third of your life is spent in bed, they believe it is crucial that it be clean and free of all harmful chemicals and synthetic materials. Conventional mattresses can contain polyurethanes, flame retardants, formaldehyde and other toxic substances linked to serious health problems.  They offer a natural bed that is good for people and the planet. Some of the benefits of wool bedding? Relieving back pain, and arthritis, breathable, naturally flame resistant, and naturally hypoallergenic 

made in canada wool bedding natural wholly canadianFavourite Memory:  When my husband was getting acquainted with this company after hearing me talk about it so much, he once accidentally referred to it as “Sheep Dreams” instead of “Shepherd’s Dreams.” It made me laugh! So cute.  Now we often refer to it as “Sheep-sy” Dreams” referring back to the joke.  Every night when my baby goes to bed I toss his Shepherd’s Dream wool duvet over him, pull it down with sudden a tug, so it snuggled under his arm just right, and say, “Sheep-sy Dream, Woosh!”  He giggles, turns over to his side, then closes his eyes and sucks his fingers. Love it!


Love this! This would probably be one of my favorite Top ten!

September 10, 2014 9:10 PM
By Dawn Rader

I haven't heard of this company before but now that I have I think I have a new idea for a christmas gift for my parents!

September 11, 2014 11:30 AM
By Jan Stout

Wow..sounds like a great product. I'll definitely be looking in to them - always looking for something being that I have asthma..

September 11, 2014 3:49 PM
By Lee-Ann

I think this is my favorite top 10! Sounds luxurious and since I am always cold, this sounds like it could be the answer! :)

September 11, 2014 7:13 PM
By Becky Best

This caught my eye, with two new babies arriving this winter, Baby Bedding looks fantastic!

September 12, 2014 11:15 AM
By InezbyDesign

I have to have this. It looks like it's another cold winter and this would be great to snuggle in

September 13, 2014 6:40 PM
By MrDisco

I love this as one of my top Ten :)

September 14, 2014 8:44 AM
By Treen Goodwin

We have enjoyed the mattress cover and baby bedding in our home. Hope to have the mattress some day.

September 14, 2014 3:50 PM
By Linda

Green Beaver

One of my long-time favourites!  Their peppermint toothpaste is a staple in our home. Made of all natural ingredients, with a refreshing taste, it’s a sure winner!

About: A family company in Ontario, inspired by their baby, decided to make personal care products that were chemical free.They offer a wide array of products.  Check them out!

{Favourite} Memory:  More of a memory than a favourite one. I usually travel with a small bottle of powder toothpaste that is already packed for convenience.  On one trip, my husband asked me,  “Where is our toothpaste? I handed him this small bottle of toothpaste powder. “That’s not toothpaste,” he said.  Clearly someone is used to the very best of the best!  Since then, he  always packs the Green Beaver toothpaste for every trip. And I always chide him for not putting it back in the vanity cabinet when we get home. It’s our marital cycle of toothpaste woes.




Hi Lois, I've tried Green beaver and I like it. I didn't realize it was a Canadian company. That's good to know. I also like Earth Paste because it has less ingredients, although it is a company based in the U.S. I'm all for supporting Canadian products. Keep the info coming! (:

August 23, 2014 3:24 PM
By Gabi Martens

My family uses the toothpaste and kid shampoo from Green Beaver. We love the products so much! Thank you!

August 23, 2014 11:04 PM
By Helen

I love Green Beaver. We recently purchased it and love the mint taste!

September 11, 2014 9:15 AM
By Christy E

sounds like a great product , must try it!

September 11, 2014 7:37 PM
By Silvia D

We have been using another "green" toothpaste but will definitely be switching to this product the next time I purchase toothpaste. I was not aware that Green Beaver was a Canadian product.

September 15, 2014 5:19 PM
By Audrey Stadnyk

I enjoy using their toothpaste and sunscreen. It's awesome and I love supporting Canadian companies.

September 19, 2014 10:16 AM
By Jana L.


I love a solid coloured blazer that functions as a staple in my wardrobe—an item I can use for professional or casual occasions. My navy Smythe blazer with its classic gold buttons functions as just that, as I can wear it over a dress or pair it with jeans. Coincidentally, (or perhaps not!) the Duchess of Cambridge owns this same Canadian-made blazer and has worn it on numerous occasions. She beautifully models the versatility of this blazer on different outings.

About: Smythe is known for their flawless tailored look and distinct traditional tailoring.  The contemporary, flawlessly-tailored jackets and coats feature nostalgic colors, textures and prints that are distinct in their traditional menswear tailoring details.This artful tailoring and sartorial fit made Smythe an instant success when the label launched in 2004. Smythe's made-in-Canada jackets and coats are iconic silhouettes that are novel yet versatile.

Favourite Memory:  One glorious fall day, meeting with some business contacts, and wearing this blazer to the meeting. It felt so right. The sky was a bright blue, the leaves shades of a neutral scottish plaid with streaks of red, and the air had that harvest smell. It wasn't hot; it wasn't cold--it was that perfect blazer weather on a perfect autumn day. I remember just breathing it all in. I just love it when my attire cohabitates with nature!



i've only started to like wearing blazers as of a few months ago, now I love it

September 10, 2014 10:48 PM
By mv

I always feel great when I wear a tailored blazer! Sexy and professional.

September 11, 2014 10:18 AM
By j nelson

I love Smythe blazers and how they're made in Canada!

September 12, 2014 1:41 PM
By Stephanie

Would love to own one, great tailoring

September 16, 2014 12:21 PM
By CL Chin

I would love to own one of these blazers. Where can I purchase them?

September 21, 2014 1:13 PM
By Diana Z

This would have to be my favourite as blazers add an excellent look to any outfit

October 7, 2014 6:37 PM
By Amanda Lomas

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