Wednesday, May 05, 2010

There’s no such thing as bad weather...

...just bad gear.

There are many joys that come with motherhood, however, the scads of laundry is not one of them. The list of enriching life experiences as a mother is indeed lengthy, but not once has laundry duty ever made mine. Nope, not even folding those ultra-soft, teeny-tiny pastel infant sleepers with the cotton pom-pom bunny tails.

I just plain detest laundry.
I'd rather pull weeds all day long than fold laundry.
However, I’ve been blessed with two boys. Boys who love the great outdoors, and everything it offers from mud puddles to slimy toads. This makes me happy, don’t get me wrong, but Oh. The. Laundry.

It piles up faster than kitchen scraps on the compost, and, unlike the compost, it doesn't decompose when ignored.

Enter Puddlegear.

Boasting to be "Environmentally friendly and kid safe rain gear for tough customers", Puddlegear is all that and much more. It has helped reduce my laundry pile from Mount Everest to Mount McKinley, and that alone is reason to love it. Less time doing laundry means more time to cook and bake.

Made by Abeko, leading manufacturers of raingear in Europe, Puddlegear is simply the best of it's kind --and who knew rain gear for your 'littles' could be so cute? Or more importantly, so comfortable, practical, and downright essential.

Now we can get outside every day, no matter the weather. The turtles, snails and woodland critters don't stand a chance.

Let me quickly highlight some of Puddlegear's attributes:
• PVC and Phthalate free
• tear resistant
• soft & flexible
• wind and water tight
• certified by Oko-tech to be chemical-free
• machine washable
• totally cute!

There are also many small, but thoughtful details such as the reflective tape, reinforced knees and (my favorite) the boot stirrups.

(yes that is a toad in hand and a large turtle on the log)

The day after our Puddlegear arrived, we were downtown running errands and got caught in the rain. (OK, so we weren’t so much running errands as completely spoiling our lunch with treats from all our favorite places.) Somewhere between Café Myriade and Riz en Follie, it started splattering, heavily.

“MOM!” Noah cried, urgently. “We don't have our Puddlegear!!!”

Somehow, overnight it had become essential for his existence in rain.

I laughed, but when the rain drove us into MMFA for an impromptu visit to our favorite Riopelle, I found myself agreeing with him. Eventually the rain dried up and we moved on to Ben & Jerry's for ice cream; however I learned an important lesson that day:

Never, ever get caught in the rain without Puddlegear again.

(Disclaimer: I was not paid for this review, however I did receive free Puddlegear. Thank heavens I did, because it's improved our quality of life. The boys are wearing Albin jackets with Ollie pants).


Jan (Family Bites) said...

Adorable wet weather gear! I'm need to find something that protects knees from grass and muds stains and holes and rips!

Maria said...

They are too cute! Love all of the photos!

K E Fleck said...

if only the laundry would break down and disappear like compost ... :-)

I can see that I need to check this company out! Thanks!

Fantastic pictures!

Cloudberry said...

Great pictures!
I hate laundry too ;)
And "puddlegear" is highly necessarily for months here in Norway ;)

Dodie said...

What absolutely adorable little guys you have.

Anonymous said...

Ewww....are you going to be doing this often? Despite the disclaimer -which was not needed since it was obvious they had sent you the gear and the talking points -this is an ad. This encroaching trend among bloggers needs to stop....

Julie said...

I love the pic of your son gently holding the frog. So sweet :)

Ingrid_3Bs said...

HA! Great photos of your boys. They look like they were having a blast.

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