My 4 Best eBay Buys–Part 2—Baby Items—The Baby Bjorn, Boppy, and Crib Duvet

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If you missed Part 1 you can read it here.

My next 3 best eBay buys are all baby items, a Boppy, Baby Bjorn, and a crib duvet.

The Boppy is a must have for any Mother who plans on breastfeeding. Unfortunately they are not easy to find in Canada. Ebay has a large number of Boppies for sale and many of them are new. I bought my first one for $12USD, lower than retail. I bought a second Boppy so I could have one upstairs and another downstairs. The second was also a great price at $9.

If you are looking for a baby carrier, especially a Baby Bjorn, I would definitely recommend checking out a used one on eBay. Baby Bjorns retail for more than $99CAD. I bought mine for $9.99USD. I must admit that it was an amazing price, most Baby Bjorn on eBay sell for about $35-$45USD, still much cheaper than in the store.

If you are looking for one I would recommend buying a newer model. They have the blue and red coloured clasps, and adjustable straps at the head rest. I would stay away from the snap models, they are more difficult to move a sleeping baby without waking them from the carrier to a crib.

The fourth best buy was a down duvet for Georgia’s crib. I found a shop on eBay that sells very nice quality down crib duvet. They have a number of different sizes and qualities. I bought a medium level duvet for $38USD, a very good deal.

As you see I have found a number of great buys on eBay and it is one of the first places I look for deals. What are your best eBay buys.

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Mosaic Flowers, Butterflies and Dragonflies

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Mosaic-like flowers and embroidered butterflies and dragonflies are part of the design on the two newest Snug-A-Bug Blankets.

The Mosaic flowers are backed with the very popular brown espresso minky. While white minky and a pink cotton embroidered with butterflies and dragonflies are on the second blanket. Both are in limited quantity as I bought a small amount of material. Check out my Etsy store for both styles.

New Fabric Coming

I am awaiting the arrival of some new fabric from the US, hopefully this week, so please keep checking back for new styles.

New Website

Also I am hoping my new web site will be up in the next couple of weeks. It has been completely revamped and will include a shopping cart so you can buy the blankets directly from the site. Many thanks to SmashingRed Web and Marketing for working on it.

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Billy Bragg

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The Progressive Patriot: A Search for Belonging

Billy Bragg played in Halifax last night at the Rebecca Cohn Theatre, it was my first sit down Billy Bragg show.

For those of you who are not familiar with Billy Bragg he is a folk/punk rock singer from England. He sings about both political matters and matters of the heart.

I first saw Billy Bragg play in 1988 while I was in University in Calgary, and that show won me over. Eighteen years later I saw my seventh Billy Bragg show. His ability to entertain the audience with his story telling has not changed. It was a solo performance and Billy seemed to be having more fun chatting about animal videos on You Tube then playing. I will admit that I would have prefered a few more, and different songs had been played but loved the show none the less.

He is on tour promoting his boxed set retrospectives. Volume 1 was released earlier this year and volume 2 is soon to be released. As well as the box set is also the author a new book The Progressive Patriot: a Search for Belonging. If you haven’t heard Billy Bragg I highly recommend giving him a listen at his myspace page is playing his music.

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My 4 Best Buys on eBay—Part One—The Scooba

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If you have read any of my other posts you may have surmised that I am a fan of eBay. Almost all of my experiences buying from eBay have been positive, see my post on the crib set if you want to know about my one bad experience. There are some buys that stand out as the best.

The first was my Scooba, you may have heard of it’s brother the Roomba the robotic vacuum, Oprah gave it away on one of her favourite things show. The company that makes the Roomba, iRobot, now make a floor washing robot the Scooba. I received the Roomba for my Mother’s Day gift, yes I did ask for it, and as their commercial says I love my robot.

When I heard about the floor washing robot I was definitely interested in it. The Scooba in Canada retails for more than $500 CAD from the dealer in Canada or $349USD from the iRobot store, more than I was willing to spend, a lot more. So I checked on eBay there the Scooba’s were going for under $250USD, I had even seen a few go for under $170USD, a much more palatable price. I decided I didn’t want to pay more than $190USD.

There seemed to be a number of sellers who repeatedly listed Scoobas. After researching their feedback and their shipping rates I narrowed it down to 3 sellers to buy it from. These sellers tended to list a Scooba weekly, after two and a half months of bidding and being outbid I finally won the auction for less than my limit $187.50 USD plus shipping. Now all I had to do was wait for it to arrive.

Two weeks later it was at my door and was just as described new in box. It took about 8 hours to charge up the battery and then it was ready to roll. It uses a cleaner by Clorox that is specially formulated to work with the Scooba. It doesn’t smell to strongly and most importantly is safe around pets and kids.

The Scooba moves slower than the Roomba and does a light vacuum, squirts out the clean water, scrubs the floor and squeegees it clean in a single movement. It took about 30 minutes to make its way around the kitchen floor. When I dumped the water it was very dirty and the floor had been mopped the day before, so I set it up for a second go and the water was much cleaner the second time. It does a very nice job of cleaning the floor and the best thing is that it frees you up to do something else while you are mopping the floor.

The downfalls of the Scooba are that in Canada—at least where I live—you can not pick the cleaning solution up at the grocery store. I ordered about a years supply from the iRobot store, they give you a 15% discount when you register the Scooba. The other con is the time it takes to recharge the battery is about 3-4 hours so you can’t do your whole house in one day, which requires some planning. I will be watching eBay for a second battery at a good price!

Overall, I’m very happy with the Scooba it does a great job cleaning the floors and frees me up to do other things. With a baby crawling around the house it is very nice to know the floors are squeaky clean.

Check back for Part 2—Baby Items—The Baby Bjorn, Boppy, and Crib Duvet

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Bonjour and Konichiwa — Two New Snug-A-Bug Blanket Designs

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There are 2 new Snug-A-Bug Blanket designs this week. The first is Moulin Rouge, a pink plush minky is backed with a cotton print of vintage Paris posters.

The second blanket is Japanese Kokeshi Cat Dolls. It has a fun colorful print of kokeshi dolls with cat heads, backed with cashmere-like minky in a sage green. The minky is a very nice alternative to fleece and much cheaper than cashmere.

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The Crib Set: Ebay and the Hunt for the Perfect Nursery Design, Part 2

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Read Crib Set Part 1.

Fast forward 6 months, my husband and I were just finishing Georgia’s nursery when I went into labour. Her crib was still in a box and I had not found another bedding set.

Georgia was about 4 months old when I first felt how soft minky was and I decided I would make a crib setout of it.

When I was pregnant I had thought about making one, but we are in an older home that we are slowly remodeling and I did not want to add that on to my to do list while pregnant.

I searched for the minky fabric and found a number of stores in the US that would ship to Canada. Then I needed to find a backing fabric that I could also use for a bed skirt. I found a butterfly material by Jane Sassaman that I loved and the colours went well with the minky. Instead of making a comforter I made a duvet cover and bought a very nice crib duvet from a reputable seller from eBay.

I wasn’t sure how much Minky I would need to make the set and I of course ordered too much. With the extra material I made a blanket for her car seat, every where we went people commented on the blanket and wanted to know where to get one.

This is how Snug-A-Bug Blankets was born.

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The Crib Set: Ebay and the Hunt for the Perfect Nursery Design, Part 1

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When I found out I was pregnant the first thing I wanted to buy was a new crib set. I started my Internet search for the perfect bedding which would set the perfect decor for the nursery.I wasn’t interested in any of the regular baby designs and so many of the baby sets had really cheap feeling material.

After a lot of looking at shops and seeing many sets that were nice but were a crazy price, $600+ seems like a lot for a crib set in my opinion, I decided to check eBay. Day after day I would search through hundreds of different sets.

Finally I settled on a print that wasn’t frou frou and very unisex, I did not know at that point if I was having a boy or a girl. It had dragonflies and ladybugs and would take 4-6 weeks to be made. I plunked down my money and waited diligently for the set to arrive.

At about 4 weeks I noticed that the sellers rating numbers were slowly going down. When I checked originally everyone had been happy with their set but had complained about the speed of delivery, I was only 3 months pregnant at the time so I could wait. Now though people were saying that they had not received their sets, the seller was no longer returning e-mails and the phone number was disconnected.

Needless to say I did not receive my perfect crib set. I did get a full refund, returned through Paypal and my credit card company.

I have since that experience have bought many things off eBay without any problems.

I will be posting Part 2 in a few days.

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Kitty Kat Kool Minky Baby Blanket

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Kitty Kat Kool the newest Snug-A-Bug Blanket is made from White Minky Dot, backed with a cool pink, black and white cat print. The print is very retro and reminds me of Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Wrap your baby up in it to keep away the mean reds.

All Snug-A-Bug blankets are made of cashmere-like minky, a fantastic alternative to fleece. The blankets are the perfect size for a stroller or car seat. Each is unique and handmade with love.

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Georgia’s First Sign: How I Gave My Baby a Communication Headstart

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SIGN with your BABY Complete Learning Kit: US DVD Version, Book, Training Video (DVD), Quick Reference Guide

A few years ago, I had a friend whose Granddaughter was learning sign language to help her communicate before she could speak.At the time I thought it was strange, but before I became pregnant I heard about more parents who were teaching their hearing children sign language. It made sense, babies and toddlers are unable to speak but understand language and often become frustrated at their inability to get what they want.

Many people who have tried teaching their babies to sign and say that it really helps with the terrible two’s. As toddlers they are less frustrated because they can communicate with their caregivers and get what they need and want.While I was pregnant I started to look into different programs and books to help you teach your baby signs. Joseph Garcia’s Sign with your Baby seemed to be the best. It comes with a book, DVD (you can get a VHS video if you still haven’t made the plunge to DVD but I have to ask why?), and a reference card. You can find used copies on eBay. I read the book when Georgia was about 4 months old, and I tried using a few signs with her like milk, eat, and more. I quickly got bored and slowly stopped doing the signs.

Last week Jay decided to throw the DVD in the player to watch. It was very cute all these babies doing signs and the parents seemed happy with the results. The nice thing about the DVD is that you could see how to actually do the signs. So we decided to try again. It suggests the signs “milk”, “more”, and “eat”. We also decided to try dog, drink and water.

After about 4 days, Georgia was in here high chair eating strawberries. She finished what she had been eating and it looked like she was signing “more”. So I gave her a few more, when she was done, she signaled more again. It was very exciting that she learned that quickly and she looked so proud of her new language.

You can get a variety of books and flashcards to help teach your baby how to sign:

SIGN with your BABY Complete Learning Kit: US DVD Version, Book, Training Video (DVD), Quick Reference Guide

Baby Signs: How to Talk with Your Baby Before Your Baby Can Talk, New Edition

Has anyone else tried signing with their baby?

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