Posted on | November 27, 2013 | No Comments
As thanksgiving is mere hours away I wanted to share with you one of my absolute favourite recipes that is fantastic with either chicken or turkey. This recipe calls for a few simple ingredients, and one you might have to venture out and purchase but its super easy and quick.
The image posted here was made using steamed cauliflower for those who don’t eat rice its a fabulous alternative with this dish.
Thai Turkey Left Overs:
Left over turkey or chicken
1 can coconut milk
1-2 limes (you need the zest and the juice for this recipe)
a few shakes of fish sauce
(a few mild chillies for those who like it hot!)
Open your can of coconut milk and empty into a sauté pan (frying pan)
Next zest the two limes into the coconut milk.
Once zested cut the limes in half and squeeze 1 lime into the coconut milk (wait to squeeze the second to taste once fish sauce has been added)
Bring up to a simmer.
At this point you should be putting your rice on (brown rice will take approx. 40 mins so make sure you allow for that time)
Add a few dashes of fish sauce, stir and taste.
You might like to add some more lime juice for more zing.
Adding a few mild chillies at this point will also work for those who like their Thai hot!
Simmer away and add your shredded turkey or chicken.
Simmer for approx. 10 mins and then serve!
I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving – Maggie
Posted on | November 19, 2013 | No Comments
The best baby shower gifts are fabulous and functional. They help mamas tote diapers, burp rags, and blankets in a bag that is both practical and stylish. They match a mom’s style with fabrics she would proudly carry to a play date or on a date out with her significant other. Most importantly, they are multi-functional and mom will use them long after she no longer totes around baby wipes and binkies.
The next time you are looking for the perfect baby shower gift, look no further than Maxwell Designs. With our unique selection of fabrics and fashionable, yet functional designs, your gift is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Maxwell Designs products are created with the discerning mama in mind. The Grab and Go is the perfect diaper wallet, but can be used for reusable feminine products in the future. The Stow-it-All Clutch is just right for bringing along a few diaper changes and your wallet while baby is small, but it also makes a great carry-on. Mamas enjoy slipping baby essentials like lotion, cream, and pacifiers into a Maxwell Designs Cosmetic Case, then use it later on for essentials of their own.
What’s your favorite Maxwell Designs baby shower gift?
Posted on | November 3, 2013 | 1 Comment
When it’s a Maxwell Designs snack bag! Now with double the thickness of PUL its even more durable. Heres just some of the ways you can use your Snack Bag (I have boys, can you tell):
- Snacks (of course)
- Sandwiches (keeps them fresher longer)
- Lego storage (very important for road trips etc)
- Crayons, note pads etc (excellent for dinner time at a restaurant etc)
- Makeup case (its wipe clean and small enough to fit in the smallest of purses)
- Emergency Diaper Bag (Nappy Bag) fits 1 stuffed cloth diaper (for those times when you just need a little one)
- Baby Shower Gift wrapping – giving diapers (nappy’s) etc as a gift? Place one inside a snack bag as its “wrapping”. It can then be reused later on for snacks.
- Medical Kit (for those little essentials you might need in an emergency – band aids, antiseptic spray etc)
- Small games (card games, dominoes – for road trips or restaurants)
- Stocking Stuffer wrapping (unusual I know but instead of using wrapping paper, use a reusable snack bag in their stockings this year)
- Reindeer Food (great for keeping their food in ready to sprinkle on Christmas eve)
Do you have any other ways you use your snack bags?
Posted on | October 1, 2013 | 155 Comments
We gave some hints about our newest retailer last week and we were amazed by how quickly some of you guessed the answer! In case you missed them, here are some of the fun facts we shared:
This business was created in 1993 by a fashion designer!
It’s a Canadian company.
It’s also a Vancouver company.
Used by thousands worldwide = 1 million disposable products diverted from landfills every month.
This company views their product as “a creative and empowering way to honor and care for ourselves and the planet.”
As you know by now, we’re thrilled to welcome Lunapads to the Maxwell Designs Retailer Family! They are now carrying the Maxwell Designs Cloth Pad Clutch in a variety of fabrics. The Cloth Pad Clutch is the perfect accessory for your lunapads, allowing you to carry them discreetly in a waterproof, designer bag.
To celebrate our new partnership, Maxwell Designs and Lunapads are teaming up to bring you a new giveaway! Enter to win a $35 Gift Card from Lunapads AND and a Maxwell Designs Cloth Pad Clutch. Giveaway begins today and ends on 10/7!
Posted on | September 16, 2013 | 3 Comments
If you’ve been following the Maxwell Designs Facebook page over the past week, you probably caught a glimpse of our new Fall Fabric Collection. Each carefully selected fabric choice incorporates colors from the 2013 Fall Color Pantone. The fabrics range from subtle, to bold, to elegant and we love the way they bring a fresh look to Maxwell Designs favorites.
The Fall Fabric Collection represents the quality and taste-level you’ve come to expect from Maxwell Designs, while simultaneously offering a fabric selection as diverse as our fabulous customers. Each fabric makes a statement on its own. Many can also be paired in creative ways and we invite customers to mix and match patterns with complementary colors.
We’re thrilled by the initial feedback from our ambassadors and customers. Many are quickly identifying a favorite fabric and looking forward to accessorizing with Maxwell Designs this coming season. Here are what a few of our Facebook fans had to say about the new Fall Collection:
Randi says, ” Lovely! You did an amazing job, love the selection and I know there are people with all different tastes and styles will love them too.”
Tannis says of the Vintage Yellow, “Love that print!
Charlie’s reaction to Wine by Amy Butler, “*gasp!* My fav!”
Stephanie saw the Red Chevrons and declared, “I’ll be ordering for sure!”
Posted on | September 4, 2013 | No Comments
Curious about the Maxwell Design products and interested in user reviews? We’ll be sharing reviews from some stellar bloggers over the next few months and they’ll provide first-hand experience with Maxwell Design bags. Visit The Cloth Diaper Guru to learn about her experience with the Maxwell Designs Cosmetic Bag in the fun Scooters Too Fabric. Thanks to Nissa at The Cloth Diaper Guru for sharing her review with such beautiful pictures!
Posted on | September 3, 2013 | No Comments
Amanda is best known as the voice behind the Eco-Friendly Family blog, where she explores topics like parenting, cloth diapers, chemical safety & healthy living. She is always looking for great products, like those from Maxwell Designs, that provide quality alternatives to wasteful, disposable products.
Amanda is the mother of three children, a graphic designer and co-owner of Green Child Magazine, and inspiring free resource for families who care about natural and healthy living.
Posted on | August 28, 2013 | 1 Comment
Hello Maxwell Designs fans and readers! I am Shannon, I’m 29(for the first time), Mom of Two, a 3 year old Daughter and 14 month old Son. Married for 6 years now to my fantastic Husband, who has put up with me for 11 years! We live just outside Toronto, Onatrio.
When I’m not being a mom and wife, I am at Sunnybrook helping women bring their babies into the world; I adore my job almost as much as I adore my family. In my spare time I sew, unfortunately there isn’t a lot of that going on lately, but I still drool over fantastic fabrics and dream of the projects they can become.
I discovered Maxwell designs through my love of AppleCheeks Cloth Diapers. I became very involved with social media through my fandom of AppleCheeks, which drew me to the fantabulous products made by Maggie at Maxwell Designs. I fell in love hard and fast with the craftsmanship, care, and extreme functionality of the products Maggie makes. Not to mention, who can resist the amazing prints she chooses!? My favourite product currently is the Stow-It-All Diaper Clutch, It holds everything!
I am thrilled to be a part of such a fantastic brand as an Ambassador, and hope that in my role I can encourage others to use and try Maxwell Designs products.
Posted on | August 26, 2013 | 1 Comment
Thank you to everyone who entered the Maxwell Designs Ultimate Fan Competition – the competition was fierce but in our minds there was one clear winner. The person who won posted their video on YouTube and we wanted to share it with you too….
Tamara says: “Why should I be Fan of the Month? Besides the fact that I’m Maxwell Designs Ultimate Fan? lol Its because I truely love these products. I can’t imagine being out and about without my stow it all! I get asked a lot about what type of bag it is and I’m more than eager to share where they can get one (TheBabyBum.com!) These are amazing products, awesome quality, adorable prints and just down right great for anyone looking for a bag with many functions!”
We can see how Tamara is the Ultimate Fan – great job! and thank you for entering, reposting, instagramming, sharing etc.
(Both runners up each receive a Cosmetic Case)
Jenna – with this blog post:
Blyss V – with her Facebook post
Posted on | August 19, 2013 | 1 Comment
It’s been about 3 years since we took a travelled as a family. We moved back to the lower mainland a few years ago and it’s been go-go-go ever since. So when we decided that it would be a great idea to take a vacation to see family in Ontario it also made me nervous, not just a little, but a whole heck of a lot for a couple of reasons.
First I was nervous about taking a 4 ½ yr old and a 6 year old on a 5 hour flight – plus the hours it took to get to the airport, wait for the plane to board and then wait for it to take off!
Secondly I was nervous about what food we would eat on and during the trip. Why? You might ask, well at home we live a very certain way which I will go into more detail at a later date but let’s just say that it does not include any junk food, food containing canola oil, soy or GMO’s. So it would be a challenge for us to find food that I was comfortable letting the boys eat.
All in all it turned out to be a fabulous trip, the boys met family they hadn’t seen in a very long time, they got to meet their Great Grandma who just turned 97 and be part of a bigger family which they loved. I had to put my food preferences aside for a great portion of the trip which was a big deal for me but I did it and as soon as we got home we were back to normal, eating exactly what I was comfortable with. Our family did a great job of filling our “extended stay” fridge with all kinds of organic, full fat (yes I said full fat) foods that we could take on day trips and snack on which was a wonderful surprise.
As for the plane ride and travel time, I could not have been more happy and relaxed! We made the decision to fly directly to Toronto, instead of going to London (Ontario) first as it would have meant a layover in Calgary) – best decision ever! Our trip started at the crack of dawn, 5:30am with a cab ride, followed by a bus ride, Sky Train ride before we even got to the airport.
Both boys did an amazing job and once we boarded the plane it just got easier. Maxwell was super excited to get a new sticker book, that took up a good hour, Shia was enthralled with the seat back TV monitor and with his super huge headphones he zoned out for most of the flight. The time was interspersed with snacks (I think Shia constantly ate!) and either Lego or Minion mini packs which helped stretch the boredom level to nil!
I can’t wait for our next trip as I feel I could tackle almost anything now.
Did you travel with children this summer? How did you prepare for it? Did it go to plan and would you do it again soon?keep looking »