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Inspired Photograph – A GIVEAWAY! (CLOSED)

by Julie

As a Kids in the Capital sponsor, I am thrilled to be able to offer a free Halloween-themed photo session to one lucky reader!  The prize includes a 1 hour photo session of your little one(s) in costume, at Proulx Farm (Thank You Proulx Farm for covering the admission fees for the winning family!) and a custom designed photo collage.  If you haven’t been to Proulx Farm yet, this’ll be the perfect time to check it out!  Visit their website for a complete list of activities.

The photo session will take place Saturday October 16th at 10am, with a rain date scheduled for Saturday October 23rd at 10am.

If you are interested in winning, simply leave us a comment telling us about your favourite thing about Halloween.

For extra entries:
– Join the Inspired Photograph Facebook Group
– Join the Kids in the Capital Facebook Group

Please leave a separate comment for each entry.  Giveaway closes on Sunday October 3 at 11 pm. Good luck!


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Spoiled Sugar is giving it away!

The giveaway is now closed! The winner has been contacted.

Are you ready for this? It is going to be good.

We are excited to be hosting a giveaway for one of our sponsors, Spoiled Sugar!

Have a boy? You could win: your choice of beanie (excluding the owl, two snack bags, a onesie of your choice, a bib and a pacifier clip or an extra bib. Have a girl? You could win: your choice of beanie (excluding the owl), a snack bag, one “Cindy Clips” of your choice, one “Sassy Clip Halloween Clip” of your choice, a bib and a onesie.

Since we wanted to be able to tell you how fabulous Spoiled Sugar products are and not just show you, Brigitte provided Kids in the Capital with a collection of items to review. Thank you to one of our bloggers Chantal for undertaking the arduous work of reviewing for us! Here’s what Chantal had to say:

I was privileged to be asked to review some products from Kids in the Capital’s sponsor Spoiled Sugar. I received a bag full of goodies.

 My apologies for the terrible photo. My camera is being challenging these days, maybe some day I will be asked to review a DSLR… a woman can dream can’t she! LOL

Okay Back to Spoiled Sugar.

Spoiled Sugar owner Brigitte Cusson is the busy Ottawa mom of a 4-year-old boy and 10 month old triplets. You read that right, triplets. She started the store as a way to source handmade unique items for her triplets and to share them with the rest of us. Her store is chock full of adorable items. I was particularly drawn to the wooden teething toys and the sippy cup straps!

I couldn’t wait to put the onesie on my boy. He is so cute in it. He doesn’t use a pacifier but recently has begun to throw his toys out of his car seat when we are out driving. The clip has come in super handy for this and it is so cute. My 5-year-old is anxious to use the snack bag to bring his snack to SK on Monday. He loves the guitar theme. He was extra happy to see his brother wearing a bib made of the same material. I go through so many bibs I am glad to have this one and I love the soft terry on the reverse side for wiping up my boys face when we are done eating.

Thanks Chantal!

Since Chantal has three boys and no girls I volunteered my 4-year-old to try out the hair clips that Brigitte is including in the giveaway. There was a point where my girl would rip a clip out of her hair as soon as I put it in, but I am happy to say we have moved past that. I think the cuteness of these clips helped too.

My girl wore the two little button barretts to hold back some of the shorter strands of hair at the front of her face from when I decided I would cut her hair and ended gave her too much bang. Oh, and from where she also decided to cut her own hair. But let’s not talk about that…. This little clips would be perfect for babies and girls with short or fine hair.

She also loved the butterfly barrette. At the beginning of the day she wore it clipped right above her ponytail elastic. As the day wore on and her hair started slipping free, I just moved it and clipped back some of those short strands of hair.

Want to try some of the great products from Spoiled Sugar yourself? Then visit Spoiled Sugar and leave a comment here about the item or product you loved best. For additional entries into the giveaway:

– Sign up for the Spoiled Sugar newsletter and receive two extra entries
– Be a fan of Spoiled Sugar on Facebook and leave Brigitte a comment telling her your most wanted item for Christmas
– Be a fan of Kids in the Capital on Facebook
– Tweet I entered the @kidsincapital giveaway to win an awesome gift pack from @SpoiledSugar
– Follow Spoiled Sugar on Twitter

The Spoiled Sugar giveaway is open to all Canadians. The winner is eligible to select their fabric and colour choices from all in stock merchandise, however custom orders are not being accepted for this giveaway.

 The giveaway closes on September 18th at 9pm.


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Kinderville products – so good you’ll want to eat them. + GIVEAWAY!

*contest is now closed*

by Vicky

I’ll admit it, when I first laid my hands on these Little Bites Bowls from Kinderville, I had a sudden urge to bite them. Maybe I’ve been reading too much Twilight?  But the colours, the texture, the smell… all beckoning me to bite down and gnom-gnom-gnom! If I were a teething child, they would be my chew toy.

This could very well be the best compliment ever – so good you’ll want to eat them?

The texture of Kinderville products is just one of the many things you will love. Made from silicone, they are not only BPA, phthalate and lead free, they are also bacteria resistant and dishwasher, refrigerator, freezer and microwave safe. Bonus! I don’t think I own any other dish that is so versatile.

Let me tell you just how excited I was to have been given the opportunity to review this product. When Gwen from Nayla Natural Care dropped off the box, it’s no wonder I had an urge to eat them – the packaging alone was only one indication of just how scrumptious they were. I was just about to open the box when my 3 and a 1/2 year old ran by and snatched it from my hands. Apparently he was hungry too. Together we took them out of the box, and decided it was time for a snack. I dropped a few pretzels into the bowl and off he went.

The bowls are nice and wide which helps avoid spills, and are also the perfect depth for little hands; not too deep to get lost in, and just the right size for a snack. They also work well on the highchair tray, since the silicone prevents them from sliding around too much. Mind you, they aren’t too helpful in actually preventing my 13 month old from pitching her food onto the floor at lunch time! We’ve used them outside, and in the living room too (gasp!) Is it bad that I’ve also been using them for my own snacks? Why should the kids get all the fun!

You know that cupboard in your kitchen with all the sippy cups, bottles, and kid friendly bowls? The one that things fall out of every single time you open it? Well these bowls are stackable, so you don’t have to worry about the real estate you’ll have to uncover to store them. And besides, you’ll really want to pitch those other bowls when you get these.

Kinderville also has storage jars, cups, freezer trays and popsicle molds which are all available for purchase at Nayla Natural Care, owned and managed by Gwen.  This busy mom of two has put together an excellent selection of safe, non-toxic, high quality and unique products for your family  in one convenient spot! She also tests and approves all the products before they make it into the store, so you know you’re buying only the best, mom-approved products available!

If you haven’t yet discovered Nayla or the Kinderville line, you’ll want to check it out.

Happy gnoming, er I mean shopping! 😉

Vicky is the mom to 3.5 year old son named Joel and 1 year old daughter named Mieka. You can read her blog at blog Some Kind of Wondermom.


Gwen has generously given us a set of Kinderville Little Bites Bowls to give away to one of our readers.  To enter visit the Nayla Natural Care site and come back and tell us what product you would most like from the shop.

Once you’ve done that, you can get extra entries by:

– signing up for Nayla’s email newsletter

– “liking” Nayla Natural Care on Facebook

– “liking” Kids in the Capital on Facebook

Please leave an extra comment for every extra thing you do.  Good luck!

Contest closes on Sunday August 8 at midnight.


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Muddy Boots Photography Winner!

Our fabulous Father’s Day giveaway has ended. And what a fabulous giveaway it was! Amy from Muddy Boots Photography offered up a gift certificate for $250 off one of the following sessions: a basic session, maternity and newborn or wedding.

The lucky winner of the giveaway was Suzanne. Congratulations Suzanne! We can’t wait to hear about your photo shoot.

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Muddy Boots Photography: A Father’s Day giveaway


Congratulations to Suzanne for winning this amazing giveaway!

Ever wonder what to get a dad that has everything? I mean, besides a fabulous mate and great kids, what more could a man want?

How about some lovely photos with said mate and kids.

We hosted our first giveaway this past Mother’s Day (thanks again to Anna Epp Photography!) so we thought it was only fair that we do the same for Father’s Day.

Please welcome Muddy Boots Photography! You may remember Amy from her post about sheep shearing at the Canadian Agricultural Museum. Amy is the homeschooling, photographing mom of 7 year old Liam, 3 1/2 year old Simon, and 16 month old Andrew. She blogs at Muddy Boots and her photography can be found at Muddy Boots Photo.

And here she is to tell you all about our fabulous Father’s Day giveaway.



Recently I got the following feedback from a family session:

Amy the pictures are amazing, fabulous and I cannot thank you enough. I’ve watched the slideshow three times and can’t get through without bawling my eyes out!! You captured a side of my family that I know, but no one else gets a chance to see – it’s there now in the look of the eyes and off guard poses….they are absolutely fabulous pictures. I will have to look at the slide show everytime the kids are driving me nuts…
That’s why I do this… to make moms cry!
In all seriousness, my goal for each session is to do just what that client described… to capture the true personality of my subjects. Nothing overly posed. Nothing formal. Nothing contrived. But rather unguarded, genuine moments between people who love each other.
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For this Father’s Day Giveaway through, I’m offering a gift certificate for $250 off one of the following:
This session includes a 1-3 hour on location session for up to 6 people ($25 for each additional person) with 30-40 images presented in your online proofing gallery.  This includes a $50 print credit. This may be a family, newborn, baby, child, maternity or engagement session.
Includes  maternity and newborn sessions on location. While a maternity session may be as short as an hour (depending on if there are children involved or not), newborn sessions generally last up to three hours. This price also includes a $75 print credit. 15-20 maternity and 30-40 newborn images will be presented in a personal online gallery.
WEDDINGS   |  $1200
Includes unlimited pre-wedding consultations, up to 10 hours of wedding day coverage, 75-100 images presented in your online proofing gallery, a $200 print credit and a CD of full-resolution, creatively edited images in both colour and high-contrast black+white. All weddings receive 8 to 12 hours of post-processing time to ensure the highest quality printable images.
*Each package includes a credit for prints ordered through a pro print company. Other prints may be ordered a la carte, however you will also receive a DVD of high quality, full-resolution, professionally edited images for your own viewing/sharing/printing pleasure.
Amy from Muddy Boots Photography is a wedding, engagement, and lifestyle photographer including maternity, newborn, babies, children and family portrait photography. She specializes in black & white and colour photography done on-location using natural light. Muddy Boots Photography is based out of the Ottawa and Gatineau region serving Gatineau, Hull, Alymer, Buckingham and the greater Ottawa area.

For more information or to book a session, please contact Amy at 819.503.5456 or at .

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Thanks Amy! We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

To be entered in the Father’s Day giveaway leave us a comment about your favorite way to celebrate Father’s Day.

For two extra entries:

– Become a fan of Muddy Boots Photography on Facebook

– Tweet the following: I entered the @kidsincapital giveaway to win a $250 gift certificate for a photo shoot with @muddybootsblog

Please leave a separate comment for each extra entry.

Please note that the giveaway is open only to residents of the Ottawa area.

The giveaway closes Thursday, June 24th at 8 pm. The winner will be contacted by email shortly after.

Happy Father’s Day everyone!


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Apples ‘n’ Oranges winner!

Thank you to Apples ‘n’ Oranges for hosting such a great giveaway! We love to support local mom businesses so this was a great partnership for us.

Jenny is the lucky winner of a Peekaboo Beans outfit of her choice! Please email Lara and Vicky at to let them know what you loved the best.

Don’t forget the Spring Apples’n’Oranges open house this Sunday, May 30th. You can check out the latest Spring items, or pick up a bargain or two at up to 80% off from their clearance section!

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Apples’n’Oranges: a Peekaboo Beans giveaway


We love to feature local businesses that cater to parents in the capital. It’s always even more fun when they want to give our readers something! Apples’n’Oranges, started by local moms Lara and Vicky in 2007, has an amazing selection of unique and fabulous clothing for children. You’ll definitely want to check them out!

Apples’n’Oranges is an online store that proudly carries exclusively Canadian brands, showcasing an original selection of clothing, shoes and accessories for children aged 0-5 years, as well as a few accessories for mom. They carry over 20 different brands from across Canada, and are the biggest online retailer of what is their most popular brand, Peekaboo Beans.

Peekaboo Beans

Getting your kids up, fed, dressed and out the door on time in the morning is no easy feat! As parents, we welcome things that make the process a little less easier. That’s why Peekaboo Beans clothing for kids is so fabulous! No buttons, snaps or zippers to slow us down!

This great Canadian line of clothing (designed in Vancouver) is fashionable AND functional. The bottoms have wide elastic waists with drawstrings (think toilet training!) and the tops are cut a bit longer to cover little bellies. Many pieces are versatile; a reversible pants, a dress that becomes a tunic, a jacket that turns into a vest. The quality is outstanding and can handle the playground well enough to be passed on to siblings or friends.

Win it!

Apples’n’Oranges has given us a Peekaboo Beans outfit to give to one our our readers! The prize is for one shirt and pants, or one dress, in the size of your choice (based on a availability.)

To enter, leave a comment on what you feel is an important feature in clothing for your kids.

For a second entry, join Apples’n’Oranges facebook group and leave a comment.

For a third entry, follow @apples_noranges on twitter and leave a comment.

For a fourth entry, sign up to Apples’n’Oranges’ newsletter and leave a comment.

Contest closes Wednesday, May 26 at 9pm.

Open House

Join the gals of Apples’n’Oranges and see the latest Spring items, or pick up a bargain or two at up to 80% off from their clearance section! Save 20% off Peekaboo Beans – one day only! They accept VISA, Mastercard or cash.

Loopy4ewe will also be joining them! Loopy4ewe creates beautiful hand knit and crocheted hats and items for children. They will have a clearance bin, or you can make a special request before the Open House so you can pick it up then and save on shipping! Plus, of course those cute sock monkeys!

Good luck!


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