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SIGG Liners

So, you may have heard by now....... SIGG bottle liners contain BPA.

Upon reading about this, I was pretty ticked off (that's an understatement!!) Nothing like spending the money on that darned bottle to avoid letting my kids drink these chemicals and then have the company say "oops". ARGHHHHH

But they are trying to remedy their oops by offering FREE replacements (via store credit) in exchange for your old bottles. The new SIGG bottles have a BPA free "eco-care" liner. So here's what you need to do to get the refund on your bottles at home. (Green text below is copied directly from an email received by SIGG)

Please confirm that you have the old liners in your bottle by first visiting http://mysigg.com/liner  Bottles with new liner sent to us will only be returned to you.

 

If you do have the old liner in your bottle please use the attached return form.

 

Please print and fill this out and ship the bottle[s] back to us.  Upon receipt, we will issue you a gift certificate pin code good toward the purchase of replacement bottles on mysigg.com, this will include the shipping.  No need to return any tops or the caps currently on your bottles, as these are BPA free and may come in handy as extras when you receive your replacement[s].

 

We enclosed a mailing label with the appropriate RMA, please USE THIS shipping label on the outside of your package so that we may expedite the processing of your return.   Failure to use this label will cause your package to be misdirected in our warehouse, and seriously delay your replacement.

 

If you have any questions, please hit reply to this email [liners@mysigg.com] and let us know. 




our old sigg bottles

the old ones that we shipped off today



old liners

old liners



We shipped back 4 bottles today...... 1 big, 2 medium and a small and shipping was only $4.80...... I think actual shipping will be much cheaper than flat rate since the bottles are so light. I'll let you know what I hear from SIGG, and how the credit works...... 

I am trying to attach a PDF form of the return information directly in this post for you to use......



Returnlabel
here is how we attached our labels...... just in case you wanted to know :)

In case you are interested, link to SIGG FAQ

Grammy & Papa's Treehouse

When I mentioned the tree house on the sea here, I wasn't kidding around :)

My parents house sits on stilts on the side of the mountain overlooking the ocean. It is one of my children's favorite places to be (and mine too!) We do our best to get up there once a year for a visit. Sitting on the porch or inside to watch the sea is just perfect.



Rainy

looking out at Cordova on a rainy day



flowers

mom's flowers on the deck....



Zipline

the zipline.... one of the kids favorite things!



Bridges

bridges through the trees leading to the house



Treehouse

view from the zipline



The house is hardly viewable from the road since the majority of the trees were left intact. Even the deck was built around the trees. I love that. The zipline is a favorite past time. The girls especially love it. I love hearing the squeal of delight from the forest as they zip down the hill. The kids can play hide and seek for hours out there or walk down to the mud in low tide and look for treasures...... this year Miss Ten and her friend got their boots stuck and had to get some help from me and a few passing strangers to dig their boots back out of the mud. Surely a funny memory for years to come..... too bad I didn't bring the camera when I ran down to help them :-)


Thanks mom & dad for another fun trip. I can't imagine how quiet the house is without the whole lot of us there!


And a thank you to all my readers...... I've loved all the comments lately on the nature photos I've been posting from our Alaska trip :) For those of you who have just found this site..... I hope you stick around.....


For now, I am getting back to playing "kitchen" with my kids and drinking too much coffee on this lovely Sunday morning. 


See you next week!



Wildlife

Here is our collection of wildlife photos from our trip. I (and the kiddos) all l-o-v-e seeing the different animals that live in each place we are living/vacationing. And if you can imagine how "quiet" a mama and her four babes are while frolicking through the woods and along the seashore....... you can appreciate how thankful I am for seeing any wildlife! I do believe Miss Six sang her way through each and every hike...... at the top of her lungs - ahem. 



otter raft


Red Salmon
Sockeye (red) Salmon (cool life cycle info here)


sockeye trio
Sockeye (red) Trio of Salmon


Immature Bald Eagle


Tundra Swan
Did you ever wander how a swan itched it's beak?? 


Tundra Swans


Tundra Swan



Be sure to check out the links attached to the Tundra Swan & Immature Bald Eagle text to hear what they sound like, very cool. I may visit this post and play the Eagle sound when I miss Alaska...... one of my favorite sounds...... when Miss 10 was four years old we lived in Sitka, Alaska and she would make a sound very similar to an Eagle to "call" them to her. It was great......

See you tomorrow for my last day of Alaska photos........ featuring "the treehouse" my parents live in :)

scenic

Firstly, I would like to say that after two days of flying, we are h-o-m-e. It's always such a good feeling. I am loving watching the kids settle back into their regular rhythms. My dear sweet husband was very busy while we were away...... so I'll have some house updates to share next week........ but for now I'll share the last few bits of Alaska goodness.


Today I want to share my top three favorite scenery photos........

Sheridan Glacier
clouds over Sheridan Glacier


out the road
a little bit of blue skies


Pipeline Trail Lake
one of the many lakes at Pipeline Trail



Happy Weekending to you all! 
And swing back by if you can because I've got two more days of Alaska photos to share with you over the weekend.


The Net Loft

One of the really wonderful things about visiting Cordova is going here..........


Hemlock yarn

hemlock yarn



Hanks of yarn

multi hanks



Buttons

buttons



Solids

more yarn.....




the net loft

the net loft



Ribbon

ribbon



Alaska

and more yarn.......



Upstairs upstairs



Spinning

spinning



First yarn

my first yarn



When I first lived in Cordova over ten years ago The Net Loft was truly that. A fine quality craft and yarn store nestled into the loft of a fisherman's boat shed at their home 6 miles out of town. The owner Dotty Widmann comes to Cordova each summer with her family and her husband commercial fishes. Her first tiny store was only open seasonally. But The Net Loft moved to town a few years back and is a much larger store and offers scrapbooking, loads of gorgeous yarn, needlework items, lovely gifts, classes for all ages and much more. It is open year round now, much to the delight of all the crafters in Cordova. You can look around in there for hours! Best of all though is the happy knowledgeable knitters and crafters that work there. And no one minds if you want to sit upstairs, make yourself some tea and knit in a quiet beautiful place..... the picture windows overlook the harbor.... it is truly serene up there.


On Wednesday evenings knitters get together for a few hours and visit upstairs while knitting. I got to go while I was here, all by myself, such a treat! (thanks mom & dad for wrangling the littles) I really had a wonderful evening with the ladies. I even met a fellow blogger/knitter/crafty mama. She is also a designer and you can some of her work here. Dotty made us tea and lemon shortbread. Yum. I was mesmerized by Dotty's spinning and she let me give it a try...... I made my first little piece of yarn...... which looks nothing like Dotty's beautiful spinning! But it was certainly fun.


I have a nice little bag of goodies I am bringing home from The Net Loft...... like that Hand Maiden skein in the first picture....... oh my, I do love this store!





Tidepooling

A day at the sea........


Trio of stars

sea star trio (we found them like this)



Crab

feisty crab, he may be small but he's got spunk!



Starfish

sea star



Hank starfish

tidepooling dog



Urchin

sea urchin



hands

treasures on rocks



starfish

miss six's sea star



friend's urchin

our friend's sea urchin



ten's starfish

miss ten's sea star



friend's starfish

our friend's sea star



Tracks

bird tracks



Mamas feet

mama's sea star



three's boot

mr three's boots




It was a minus low tide, meaning the water goes out further than usual, so we headed to look at sea creatures. We met up with friends at the beach and 7 kids were slipping and squishing through mucky mud to find their treasures. As you can see, a great day was had by all. Of course no sea critters were kept (or hurt) by our adventure...... just a lot of fun exploration.



Outdoorsy (again!!)

We spent some time the last few days hiking "out the road". Cordova is an isolated community, meaning that you can't drive anywhere. If you want to visit another town you have to go by air or by sea. However, there are 50 miles of "road to nowhere". The final destination is beautiful Child's Glacier and the (multi) million dollar bridge.

The Million Dollar Bridge was damaged in the earthquake of 1964. When it was originally built in 1908, it cost a million dollars to build. It led miners out to a copper mine. Mining has come and gone here and now the town relies heavily on a good fishing season. A few summers ago the bridge was restored to it's former glory, leaving some of us (like myself) missing the picturesque old fallen bridge. It is a little easier to cross in your car now, though I am not sure where it is you are going.... the road ends a few miles after you cross.


We didn't make it all the way out to the glacier this year, but we did drive out the road to get out of the drizzly weather in town and enjoy some fun hiking. One of our favorite hikes is Pipeline Trail. The 3 mile loop is constructed of boardwalk and bridges to take you over the muskeg. Mr Three loved walking the planks and hiked mostly himself...... but when he was finally tuckered out he got to ride on mama's shoulders.


Getting out the road to let the kids run is always a perfect outing. Lots of space to run and play and Mom & I get to follow them and chat. Good stuff.


Free

running free



Puddle

puddle



Stop picking

riding on my foot while I pick berries



Hiking kids

on the trail



Forest

in the forest



miss ten's boots

boots - by Miss Ten



Carry me

Mr Three on my shoulders



Berryboy

blueberry boy



pipeline trail

everyone on the trail



Flower

pretty little bog flower




Trailhead

trailhead



last day of picking

blueberries



Oldtree

nursery tree in the woods




another rock day......

As I began this post, I realized I had posted a similar day like this awhile back (here).

It was just (another) one of those days. 


For the girls... 

for my mom..... 

for me.... 

and especially for a very strong willed three year old boy. 

You know the kind of day where everyone is grumpy, the ATM doesn't work, and you have to leave the grocery store with a screaming tired toddler under your arm..........


So we bought lunch to go at Baja Taco and headed out to the beach to throw rocks. We had it all to ourselves. Just perfect.


It was high tide and seals were coming in to eat pinks and chums. They kept their distance but watched the kids play in the cold water. I am always amazed at my children's draw to wade in the water, no matter how cold it is.


We ran in the rocks and got wet and cold. 


And everyone felt better.



Cold very cold water....




Bootboots full of water - just one of those days.....




Seals harbor seals




Bridge Miss Six & Mr Three



Bird seagull




Happy Weekend to you!


It's a Wrap....... (a bit of a tutorial)

We had a few days of rainy weather......... so Mom & I finally gave in and rented a movie for the kids and took on a crafty project.

Mr. Three was in need of some R&R due to a yucky cold, so it was good timing to relax, hang out and sew together. Inspired by the book It's a Wrap we found at the local fabric shop, Mom & I both made wrap bowls. We made small basic bowls, but the book shows a lot of great oval, square and other fun shapes too. They were really fun (and easy) to make. I have grand illusions of making some from all my beloved Heather Ross scraps at home....... big baskets to hold toys and library books...... lofty goals, yes, but that's what goals are for right?


So here are some photos of our very fun crafty~rainy day event. Truly, it's a bit a tutorial too since it shows most of the steps in making these super fun shabby chic looking creations!



Fabric

my beginning fabrics, both by Amy Butler




Base coil

base coil




Beginning sides

beginning the sides




Sides

sides are growing




Wrapping

wrap & pin..... again and again and again.......




Color change

adding a stripe




Mine

finished (mine)




Moms

Mom's




Hat


And if you're feeling spunky, you can even wear it as a hat!!



Vacation Thrifting

If you aren't a thrift store junky. This post may convert you.

I love everything vintage and old, but truth be told sometimes vintage and old isn't quite the best match when attempting to clothe 4 kids. I do brand name shop at thrift stores..... buying second hand well made items that I know will last through the much abuse my sweet babes can dish out! That being said, my first choice is always handmade. So, to come across a second hand  AWESOME handmade goody........ well let's just say it made my whole darn day!! 

I a-d-o-r-e Copper River Fleece. Last year my kids all picked out jackets for their birthday gifts and I even blogged about Mr Three's Christmas blanket here. I have far too many items I refer to as "Jenny's" (the owner and creator of Copper River Fleece) Her items are very fairly priced and made to last. So when Mom and I pulled up in front of the local Salvation Army on our way to the grocery store........ and I looked into the front window to see a "Jenny" jacket proudly displayed....... my mom and I both flipped our lids. 

"Oh my gosh do you see that!?!" we asked each other.
"We have to be here tomorrow when it opens" says mom.
"5 minutes before at least" I say.
"I think it will fit Miss Six perfectly!!" says mom.

Next day we get there at exactly noon and the jacket is no longer hanging in the window. 

"Go in and check" mom tells me.

I do, and come out with the jacket (it was on the counter, it was waiting for me I swear!!) at a fraction of it's new price...... it perfectly fits Miss Six. SCORE!! And it's a perfect water resistant jacket for the mild winters (if you can even call them winters!) in Louisiana. Plus somehow being in a thrift store without three to four children in tow and getting to look a little closer than usual makes random goodies hop in your basket.


thrifted coat
Mr Three in his Copper River Fleece and Miss Six in her (thrifted!!) Copper River Fleece ~ 
Mr Three's hat here and Miss Six's borrowed hat here both made by the mama!



Like two handmade felted bowls and a sweet red little kitty/fox creature. Love them. 

thrifted goods


So, all that being said....... find your local thrift store and take a peek. Visit regularly. And one day you too will come across some sweet little treasure. Aside from being *green" thrift stores usually also do a LOT to support your local community. Check yours out!!

(And if you, or a little person in your life is need of a jacket, consider a handmade from Copper River Fleece just email them for kid goodies, they aren't on her website. And please let them know Gypsy Forest sent you their way.)