Lil Helper & Friends With Hearts – Spreading Holiday Cheer for All

Lil Helper & Friends With Hearts – Spreading Holiday Cheer for All

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As the holidays approach we all feel the strain on our wallets and the pressure to give our children the best holiday ever. 

Some of us are fortunate enough to be able to provide our families with the essentials we need (and some fun extras, too). However, there are many of us who dread the holiday season and the pressure that comes with it. Financial struggles mean that most of these families will go without any Christmas celebrations or gifts. 

We at Lil Helper are very fortunate to have an amazing community and family. Our customers are some of the best, and their loyalty means we are able to go above and beyond for those less fortunate. We believe in giving back to our community whenever the opportunity arises.

One of our wonderful customers reached out to us recently to let us know about Friends with Hearts. They are a wonderful group out of Hamilton that works with local charities and organizations in order to provide toys and essentials to local families in need. 

They were started in 2011 with the goal of sponsoring one local family, and from there they have expanded dramatically. It takes over 60 volunteers just to wrap gifts! 

We are honoured to be able to support this incredible organization. We have donated 50 care packages containing one (1) Small Zipper Wetbag and four (4) T-Shirt Wipes to be distributed to families in need. It is out hope that this donation will make a big difference to the families who need a little extra support this year!

Lil Helper donated 50 care packages containing one (1) Small Zipper Wetbag and four (4) T-Shirt Wipes, Lil Helper & Friends With Hearts - Spreading Holiday Cheer for All by LilHelper.ca Blog

We would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to Jay Perry and his incredible team for supporting our local community every year. He is changing the lives of every single child who has a gift to open on Christmas morning, thanks to his tireless efforts.

 

If you would like to donate, volunteer, or learn more about his organization, please click here.

Reducing Your Carbon Footprint During The Holidays!

Reducing Your Carbon Footprint During The Holidays!

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Happy Holidays! Ariel here this week.

I’m going to be adding on to Jess’ amazing post about #OptOutside. (If you didn’t get a chance to check it out yet, make sure you do by clicking here.)

We’re all doing our best every single day to reduce our impact on the world and our carbon footprint, but that’s especially difficult around the holidays. I have a couple helpful tips that you can use to reduce how much waste is involved!

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#OptOutside 

Hey y’all. It’s Jess.

Today I am going to talk about something that is near and dear to many families at Lil Helper, reducing waste and carbon footprints. Unfortunately, with Amazon and online shopping, buying has become easier than ever.

With shopping comes waste.

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Many of the more popular big box companies are not very concerned with their packing and how to reduce waste when they send you your goods like the folks at Lil Helper.

If you’re in the US like me, you are gearing up for Black Friday after a long day of feasting. 

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Many families across the US, get their families together to celebrate this day and then head over for some Black Friday shopping that now starts on Thursday’s. This special day of  shopping is followed by the newly established Cyber Monday that lets you keep grabbing deals from the comfort of your own home.

I don’t want to pretend that I don’t like shopping because that would just not be true. Like anybody else, I, too enjoy a good deal. 

However, a lot of Black Friday is centered around consumerism. Companies create deals you just can’t refuse even if you don’t need it. 

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All this stuff means our old stuff goes into the trash or we just accumulate more things in our home. 

As much as I love shopping, I HATE clutter. It drives me nuts.

By clutter I don’t mean my kiddo’s toys, I mean random STUFF that I truly don’t need and don’t ever use. 

In 2015, the outdoor retail company REÍ decided it was shutting its doors for Black Friday. 

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They did this as a way to boycott the day that causes a frenzy among bargain shoppers. The company has hopes that it will encourage more Americans to help scale back on the millions of tons of waste that are generated on these two iconic days. 

Instead ,they encourage everyone to get out.

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I know what you’re thinking.

They probably just did some online sales.

 No. They did not. 

They stood their ground and boycotted the whole day in their physical and virtual stores. 

Instead, REI partnered with 170 organizations and started #optoutside. With this hashtag, they encourage people to get out with their families the day after thanksgiving. 

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Since its start in 2015, the company has continued to boycott Black Friday and has begun encouraging people to not just #optoutside buy also #opttoact. 

#opttoact is a new movement where REI is encouraging Americans (and everyone around the world) to clean up. They have also begun a 52 week opt to act plan where they show you how to take small steps in reducing your carbon footprint throughout the year. 

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The company doesn’t just talk about it. They are about it. Like this picture from REI’s website.

 

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 Two years ago, they experimented and came up with a system to reduce the waste that is created with returns. 

They have essentially made the customers their suppliers and have created a used-gear online marketplace. 

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REI’s director of new strategy Peter Whitcomb has put it beautifully, “everything you ever need—clothes, equipment, shoes—already exists in the ecosystem.” Check it out here.

REI has led but others are following. It is time for change. It is time to protect our beautiful planet. 

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Tune in next time for another amazing way you can reduce your carbon footprint. 

 

What are some things you do in your every day (besides using Lilhelpers awesome diapers and wipes and countless other amazing products) to reduce your carbon footprint?

What are some ways you #optoutside?

Tandem Breastfeeding

Hey y’all it is Jess again!

A few weeks ago I talked about breastfeeding while pregnant and how difficult but doable it is.

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WELL let me tell you about tandem feeding. Prior to this time in my life, I had only heard of tandem feeding when talking about twins. 

What even is tandem feeding? 

Tandem feeding is when you nurse two children at the same time. Now, this can include several situations- feeding twins at the same time, feeding a toddler and an infant, and feeding a toddler and an older child. This also includes nursing one first and then the other or nursing both at the exact same time. 

nursing one first and then the other or nursing both at the exact same time. , Tandem Breastfeeding by LilHelper.ca Blog
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Every mother’s experience is different while nursing. I am just going to share my experience.

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