A Day at the Beach

Although we’ve had an unseasonably warm September and October, the signs that summer is turning into autumn can’t be ignored. I’m generally an optimist and I don’t mind the changing of the seasons. It gives me an opportunity to experience something different and the changing landscape keeps things interesting. Green grass and heatwaves are giving way to cool mornings and rustling leaves.

As much as I am interested to see the trees change colour and I’m looking forward to going hiking in the woods and stomping through piles of dry leaves, there are things about summer that I will certainly miss. Those hot days were the perfect excuse to venture to the water park and pool days in the backyard aren’t very likely to happen now.

What helps leave summer fun behind is the fact that I really did make the most of the summer months. Mommy, daddy, and I had plenty of summer activities on our calendar and we squeezed as much fun as we could out of the warm weather. One of my favourite days was my first ever outing to the beach.

Peachy's sand castle

The beach awaits!

It happened in August during our summer holidays. Mommy and daddy had been planning our beach adventure since the beginning of summer. On a beautiful summer day we packed up the car and hit the highway in search of adventure. The drive was over an hour long and I was very thankful to have my tablet in the car so that I could watch my favourite shows.

Thanks to the on-board entertainment, the drive didn’t seem all that long and before I knew it the car pulled into a parking lot and mommy and daddy began unpacking the car. We parked right next to the beach and soon I had my toes in the sand for the very first time. It was a bit difficult to walk on at first but I quickly learned how to compensate for the sand shifting under my feet.

A short walk later and I was on the beach with the water stretching out before me and glistening in the summer sun. The water that I could see is part of Georgian Bay. The name of the beach is Wasaga and it is located in Simcoe County. Stretching for 14 kilometres Wasaga Beach it is the longest freshwater beach in the world. It was beautiful!

We found a good spot on the sand and set up our little camp with a blanket, a small tent in case I wanted shade, my stroller, and all of our beach gear within easy reach. Mommy got me changed into my bathing suit and as soon as she released me I jumped up and ran down the beach to explore with mommy in pursuit behind me.

Peachy at the beach

Splashing in the shallows

I ran up and down the beach for a while before heading for the water. I dove right in with no hesitation and splashed in the shallows. Then I took off to where the water was deeper but mommy stopped me insisting that I don’t know how to swim. How do we know that I can’t swim if I’ve never tried? Maybe I’m an excellent swimmer. Mommy was insistent that I stay in the shallows and I eventually agreed.

After a good deal of splashing about mommy and I played with a ball for a bit. After more running around and visiting our beach neighbours I sat down to play with my bucket and shovel. I have a good assortment of buckets, rakes, and shovels so mommy, daddy, and I were able to build some sand castles together.

Peachy playing in the sand

Sand castle in progress

Then more running around and back in the water. This time daddy came with me and I brought my surfboard. It was impossible to stay on it and the surfboard seemed determined to escape. I spent a fair bit of time chasing after it. It’s a very good thing that it floats and is bright coloured for easy retrieval. Next came more running around and then mommy said I had enough sun for a while and that it was time for some food.

I sat in my stroller to eat and mommy put the top down so that I was in the shade. I had a grilled cheese sandwich with potato wedges and a refreshing drink from the cooler. I’ve had this meal before but somehow it tasted better than ever and I ate a lot. After a good meal it was time for a little break and I leaned back in my stroller and watched the people walk by on the boardwalk.

Peachy relaxing at the beach

People watching

After letting my tummy settle I was ready for more running around. Mommy said I could have a bit more fun in the sun but that I had to make the most of it because it would soon be time to head home. I didn’t waste a moment and packed in as much running around, splashing about, and playing in the sand as I could.

Then daddy took me down to the water and gave me a good rinse. He carried me back to the blanket where mommy was waiting with a towel, a clean diaper, and a fresh change of clothes. Soon I was clean, dry, and ready to go. We headed back to the car to prepare for our departure.

Peachy going surfing

Hitting the waves once more for the road

I got comfortable in my car seat and watched while mommy and daddy loaded our stuff back into the car. Mommy said that she would get my tablet out so that I could watch my shows on the way home. I never did see that tablet. I was asleep before the car started moving and the next thing I remember daddy was carrying me into the house.

I loved my beach day! Sand is fun to play with, water has always been one of my favourites, and the beach has ample space for running around. I can’t wait for my next beach adventure.

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#LinkUp2Win 2017 Linky Party

October is here and for us that signals the beginning of the festive season. It starts with Thanksgiving which is a time to come together and count our many blessings. At the end of the month we have the excitement of Halloween. November is the month that we begin our holiday preparations. Then comes December and we all know what that means. Christmas!

Now is the time to come together and be thankful before the holiday rush sets in. Mommy and I wanted to do something special for you because we are thankful for all of our blog friends. We thought long and hard about the things you might enjoy this time of year. So we invented #LinkUp2Win.

#LinkUp2Win

What is #LinkUp2Win? Excellent questions. It’s a brand new linky party! It’s much like your standard linky party except that we will be giving away a prize to the blog with our favourite post. Mommy and I hope that #LinkUp2Win will become an annual tradition and this is the first year that we will be hosting this event.

I’m sure you’re all wondering what the prize will be for this year’s #LinkUp2Win. Mommy and I put our thinking caps on for this one too. The holiday season is fun, exciting, and expensive. What could possibly help our visitors have a happy holiday season? We think a $15 gift card at Amazon might be useful. Buy yourself a little something nice on us!

$15 dollar Amazon gift card prize banner

What else do you need to know about #LinkUp2Win? The linky will be open for the entire month of October. We will read and comment on every post that is added. When the linky is over we will select our favourite post. The winner will be announced the first week of November.

Anything else you need to know? Well, we do have a few rules. Rules are no fun but we need them to keep things fair.

Make sure you follow these rules to be eligible to win.

  • We made a special banner for our linky party. Please put the banner at the bottom of the post you are submitting, or in your sidebar if you prefer. All you need to do is copy and paste the code.

    Diary of a Little Peach
  • You can add up to 2 posts. They can be old or new. All topics are welcome but please keep it PG.

  • For every post you add please read and comment on the post before yours and one more post of your choice. Don’t forget to include #LinkUp2Win in your comment so that we know where you came from.

  • This post is the host post. Please do leave a quick comment to show us that you have read all about our brand new linky. Don’t worry, the host post is not eligible to win the prize.

  • Make sure that you enter your correct email address. If we can’t find a way to contact you we can’t tell you that you won.

  • For an RT please tweet your post to @peachy_diary with the hashtag #LinkUp2Win.

Share your posts, find new blogs, receive more comments, and get a chance to win a prize! You have nothing to lose and so much to gain. Mommy and I can’t wait to start reading your awesome posts so get linking today!

We would love it if you took part in our #LinkUp2Win linky party and help us make it a success. We are hoping to start a tradition of annual prize giving but we need a good amount of participation to keep things going. Help us spread the word and add your posts so that we can have an even better #LinkUp2Win event next year.

Thank you all for being here, being amazing, and being you.


The Linky Is Over

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Check out the winning post 12 WEEKS OF CHRISTMAS! submitted by Rhianna from It’s a Mum’s Life. Congratulations!

Second place goes to Patience is not simply the ability to wait – it’s how we behave while we’re waiting submitted by Stephanie from 5lb Purpose. Well done!

To check out all of the entries, click the button below.

A  great big thank you to everyone who participated and we hope to see you all again next time. Happy blogging!

Lizzie Vintage Review and Giveaway

I’m not a typical girly girl. I like cars, playing in the mud, and all sports that involve a ball. That doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy girly things. I like to play with my dolls, and I love to dress up in pretty clothes. A nice outfit with well chosen accessories just makes me feel good.

A little while ago I was contacted by Lizzie from Lizzie Vintage with a review collaboration proposal. Lizzie makes handmade custom items for babies and toddlers. I was quite excited to have some new clothes. Every fashionista would love to have an outfit made just for her.

Lizzie’s store has a number of patterns to chose from. Mommy and I took some time browsing through the options. There were several items that caught our eye but in the end we chose the reversible crossover dress with a matching hat to complete the outfit. We settled on the dress because it was adorable and weather appropriate for the time of year.

The next step was to submit our choice to Lizzie along with my size. Then we discussed fabrics and our colour and pattern preferences. We decided to go with blue and since the dress we chose is reversible it would be blue on one side and a delicate blue floral print on the other. With all the important decisions made there was nothing left to do but wait.

We received our notification that the outfit was ready and we began to anxiously wait by the mailbox. It didn’t take long for a pretty package to arrive and we rushed home to open it. It’s always so exciting to bring a parcel home not knowing exactly what we will find inside.

The packaging was really very pretty and thoughtful. The outfit was wrapped in tissue paper and placed in a fancy plastic film envelope to keep it safe. There was even a sweet card included written by Lizzie herself. The attention to detail and care in putting the package together was apparent.

Peachy in her new outfit from Lizzie Vintage

My new outfit

The outfit itself was equally impressive. Good quality fabrics stitched with care to produce a one of a kind piece. The overall quality of the garment is what you might expect to find in a high end store. The look and feel of the dress and hat that we received speaks of carefully crafted items by someone who cares. There was only one thing left to do, try it on!

The dress has snap buttons on the front of the shoulder straps. The back consists of two pieces the cross over each other without actually being joined. The section that overlaps is quite generous and the design allows for a lot of movement and flexibility without showing too much skin.

The hat is reversible too and it comes with generous straps that tie under the chin. If I wear it on the floral side it is a plain bonnet, but if I wear it on the blue side it has adorable ears with the floral fabric accents. The fabrics match the dress and I can wear the outfit several ways.

Peachy in her new outfit from Lizzie Vintage

I look extra cute!

After trying several variations, I settled on wearing the dress with the floral pattern showing and the hat with the blue side that has the ears. The little floral details pull the outfit together and the ears are too cute to hide. I added a pair of white shorts for modesty and comfort, plus my white ruffle socks to pull the outfit together. Adorable, isn’t it?

Lizzie and I want to give you the chance to win some custom items of your own. The winner of this giveaway will get to choose the same reversible crossover dress and hat that I picked out, a reversible romper with matching hat, or a garland for the nursery. Each option comes with your choice of fabrics and the clothing can be made in sizes to fit up to 3 years old.

Click here to enter.

Open worldwide. Must be 18 years of age or older. Winner will be notified by email. Accepting entries until October 31, 2017.

We were given the described outfit for the purpose of this review. All opinions are honest and our own.

Guest Post: Toddler Friendly Cleaning

Our home may not be tidy but it is clean. While mommy has given up on keeping all of my stuff under control, the war on germs continues. It looks like chaos but it’s a safe place to play.

I’m a toddler and it’s my job to explore. I wouldn’t be doing a thorough job if I didn’t chew on the couch cushions and give the floor an occasional lick. That’s just what toddlers do. Mommy’s job isn’t to stop me, but rather to make sure I can explore safely.

Peachy needs a clean house to explore.

I think I’ll explore under the fridge today

Keeping things germ free is important but it is also important that germs aren’t being replaced with harmful chemicals. Many commercial products leave residue behind that isn’t safe for a thorough explorer like me. Luckily, there are alternatives.

Mommy and I recently received an email from Nicole from Dream W2 EOT Cleaners. Nicole is an avid supporter of going green and she was interested in submitting an article with tips for a safer way to clean. While these ideas are geared towards safe cleaning around toddlers, they can really benefit anyone who wants to limit their exposure to harsh chemicals and toxic fumes.


Toddler Friendly Cleaning. What To Avoid.

Kids will be kids. They are used to getting into mischiefs and surely they enjoy making a mess in our homes. However, involving your children in helping you with the chores is not that easy. Anyway, I am not here to share my opinion and tips on how to encourage them to get a chore done the way you would want them to. I am here to make the cleaning safer for them. Hopefully, you will benefit from my solutions.

There are many store-bought cleaning detergents and agents which contain harsh chemicals and toxins. They appear to be powerful against all forms of grime and stains but are they really safe for you, your children and pets? I was really suspicious about their safety. That is why last year I decided to go for the green cleaning. I browsed a couple of web sites and a few home made cleaners really attracted my attention. Since then these cleaners are the only cleaners I use. At least I am sure that my little ones are safe.

These alternative cleaning products, about which I will tell you, are green, inexpensive and easy to make. Do you know what is the best part? I bet that you already have most of the necessary ingredients in your kitchen! So lets begin.

White vinegar and baking soda

vinegar and baking soda

If you are a diligent and caring housewife, then you are definitely familiar with this mixture. Perhaps because it is highly efficient…and natural. No matter whether you are cleaning a dirty and sticky counter top, disinfecting the toilet or sink, or re-freshening the fridge or trash bin, this powerful mixture will come to the rescue. You can use white vinegar and baking soda separately or in combination. Either way you choose, there are never ending benefits and uses.

This home made product is outstandingly toddler-friendly as both products are used daily in our kitchens. So if your children accidentally swallow this mixture, your biggest problem will be listening to their complaints and whining. I am sure you can live with it. You can ask your kids to prepare the solution by themselves by mixing equal parts of white vinegar and baking soda, and then put it on your crusty bakeware or cookware. Your toddlers will be impressed at the bubbling reaction without having a clue that they are actually helping you. If this is not a win-win situation I do not know what else could be!

Essential oils

Lemon essential oil

I have been using essential oils for over a year already because they contain natural and safe ingredients. Plus, they leave an incredible aroma in my home. There is a wide range of essential oils you can choose from- tea tree oil, citrus oil, eucalyptus oil, etc. As well as refreshing your home, they can also be used for disinfection of counter tops, furniture and even repelling insects. The most important thing is that they are absolutely toddler-friendly!

My favourite one is the citrus oil. Nothing smells fresher! It is not a coincidence that a lot of store-bought products are masking the harsh chemical smell with citrus. No matter whether it be a lemon, lime, or orange, all of them are antibacterial! Arm yourself with a spray bottle and fill it with one part water and one part white vinegar. Then add a few drops of essential oil and… perform your magic. You can use it for disinfecting counter tops, furniture…and even plastic high chairs or toys.

If you want to protect your children from harsh chemicals, then my advice is to avoid using store-bought cleaners which are not only expensive, but dangerous as well. Go green, go toddler-friendly!


This is a guest posts from Nicole Gardiner. She is a manager of a small cleaning company called  Dream W2 EOT Cleaners. Nicole is a mother and truly believes that going green is the right way.

Do you want to submit your own guest post to Diary of a Little Peach? We would love to hear from you!

Peachy Plays Baseball

I did many fun things over the summer holidays and I had many new experiences and exciting adventures. Some days mommy, daddy, and I went exploring distant places and making fun family memories. Other days we explored a bit closer to home but we didn’t cut back on having fun.

One of the best things about exploring around our neighbourhood is that when we discover amazing new places, we can easily go there again. In our local travels we love to visit different community parks to see what they have to offer. We made a great discovery when we stumbled upon the Sonoma Heights Community Park.

It’s a large park with many activities for the whole family. When we arrived I immediately spotted the water park and playground next to the parking lot. I was eager to get in there but mommy quickly squashed my hopes by informing me that we did not bring my bathing suit. That was a bit of a disappointment and I made mommy promise me that we would return one day a bit better prepared.

We detoured around the water park area to see what else we could find. My disappointment quickly melted away as I discovered how much room to run around the Sonoma Heights park has. There is green grass as far as the eye can see with paved walking paths that are very stroller friendly. Of course I quickly diverged off the path and headed for a fenced in area.

I located an opening in the fence and found myself in a strange place. It was a large area, square on two sides and rounded on the other end, like a quarter of a pie. Where the two straight lines meet is an area covered in some sort of reddish substance resembling fine gravel, while the rounded end is grass. I’m familiar with grass but the reddish substance was new to me so I took a close look.

Peachy exploring a baseball diamond

It feels funny

Once mommy and daddy caught up with me they told me this was a baseball field and that people play a sport called baseball here. I had never heard of baseball before but I was up to the challenge and ready to give it a chance. After all, I may be new to baseball but I’m an expert at play.

After dusting the reddish substance off my hands I jumped up ready to play. Once again I was advised that we were not prepared for baseball as we didn’t have the necessary equipment. One disappointment per day is all I am willing to put up with. I was determined to play baseball one way or another.

Peachy Plays Baseball

Ready to play

Daddy showed me the lines painted on the reddish substance and the bases at each corner. Then we walked over to the middle and daddy explained the pitcher’s mound and what role the pitcher plays. All these explanations made me somewhat confused. Seeing my bewildered expression, daddy took me to the outfield and explained that this is where all sorts of running around happened. I’m good at running around and I immediately found my love for baseball.

I ran to one end of the field and then the other. Daddy tried to keep up but I’m too fast for him. Clearly I was winning at baseball. Next I headed for one of the bases careful to avoid mommy in case she had plans to snatch me up and put an end to my fun. That’s when I spotted something on the field.

I paused briefly for a closer look. It was a bird! I took off in pursuit. I ran as fast as my feet would go and I almost had him but at the last moment the bird opened its wings and flew away. I waved goodbye to him as I watched him go with a touch of disappointment.

Peachy runs after birds on a baseball diamond

Chasing birds

The feeling didn’t last long as I quickly spotted another bird and took off in pursuit. It turns out that baseball involves lots of birds if you know to look for them. I spent a good half hour chasing the birds and although I didn’t manage to catch any, I’m still fairly certain that I won at baseball that day.

After chasing the birds I was a bit tired and I allowed myself to be strapped into my stroller. Mommy and daddy took me back to the path and we had a nice stroll. We saw a tennis court, several soccer fields, and lots of pretty things to look at.

Before heading back to the car, we found a bench and I had a nice snack. Baseball sure works up an appetite. We then headed back to our car to get ready for home. Even though Sonoma Heights Community Park is only about a 10 minute drive from home, I fell asleep on the way. Apparently baseball is pretty exhausting.

CozyPhones Review and Giveaway

Regular readers of my blog know that I am an avid fan of music. Some of you may even be getting sick of hearing me talk about my love of all things musical. I just love music so much that I can’t help myself!

I love listening to music and whenever I hear any form of music I stop what I’m doing and listen. When it’s a song I’ve heard before I love to sing along. I don’t know the words yet but I don’t let that hold me back. If the song I’m hearing has a good beat I can’t help but jump up and dance.

A short while ago I was contacted by a company called CozyPhones for the purpose of reviewing their product. After a quick visit to their website I knew this was a project I wanted to be involved it. It just fit so well with my love of music.

CozyPhones are soft fleece headbands with built-in headphones. Although they do have several varieties for adults, they are mainly made for kids. CozyPhones come in a range of pretty colours and cute designs. After reviewing their range of products, both mommy and I were intrigued and eager to try them out.

CozyPhones agreed to send us one set from the adult line for mommy and one from the kids line for me. I chose the panda design for myself and mommy went with the Lycra mesh one in black. We placed our order and waited for them to arrive.

It didn’t take long before we found a neat little package waiting for us in our mailbox. We brought our mail home and tore into the CozyPhones package with excitement. There were our CozyPhones just as advertised. I couldn’t wait to try mine out.

My fleece headband is a bit wider than mommy’s breathable Lycra version. Mommy’s headband is contoured to be wider around the ears and narrower in the front and back, while mine is the same all the way around. However my CozyPhones are infinitely better as they have a panda face complete with ears on the front, while mommy’s are just plain black.

Peachy and her CozyPhones

Don’t they look cute?

My CozyPhones are the first headphones I have ever tried. Mommy put the soft fleece headband on me and plugged them into our cell phone. Suddenly, there was music in my ears! I smiled with wonder and curiosity. I didn’t even know that our cell phone could play music. The clear sound was amazing and the headband is very comfortable to wear.

I am very happy with my CozyPhones and I love the fact that I can now easily enjoy my music on the go. They also work very well at keeping my ever-growing hair out of my eyes. Mommy said the CozyPhones are likely to do a good job of keeping my ears warm on cooler days but it’s too warm to be able to test that out.

Want to try out a set of CozyPhones for yourself? I’m giving away one pair of CozyPhones in a design of your choice. Just follow the link below to head over to Rafflecopter and enter this giveaway.

CozyPhones Giveaway

Click here to enter.

Open to residents of the US, Canada, UK, and Australia. Must be 18 years of age or older. Winner will be notified by email. Accepting entries until September 30, 2017.

We were given two free pairs of CozyPhones for the purpose of this review. All opinions are honest and our own.

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Back to the Grind

Over the past few weeks I have been neglecting my blog. Regular readers might have found this unusual as I am rarely absent and I generally have new posts several times per week. For the first time ever, I have taken a bit of a break from blogging.

Daddy had some vacation time accumulated which allowed him to take a full two weeks off work. Vacations are like weekends except longer. I like weekends because that’s when mommy, daddy, and I spend entire days together. Vacations are even better because we get to be a family all the time and we’re not too exhausted from working to get out and enjoy our time together.

Last year daddy took some vacation time in the summer too and I still managed to keep up with my blogging schedule. Since we didn’t plan on leaving town this year either, it was my full intention to continue blogging right through. What I didn’t consider is that I’m bigger this year and able to do a lot more fun activities.

We had our days packed full of family fun and whatever time was left over I needed to recuperate from all that activity. There were several days when I was too busy to even have my mid-day nap. It was exhausting but exhilarating and I loved every fun-filled moment.

Even though we didn’t stray too far from home and we were in our own beds every night, we did have some incredible adventures and made a few discoveries. It’s amazing how many great places exist within reasonable distance of our home town that we never made the effort to visit. Some we never even knew existed but a quick search on Google maps can reveal all sorts of local spots just waiting to be explored.

Happy Peachy back from vacation

Vacations are so much fun!

I can’t wait to share with you all the amazing things I did and the incredible places I’ve been. Our camera is full of pictures that are slowly being transferred to the computer. I’m so excited to show you my photos and tell you all about the adventures I’ve had over the past couple of weeks.

I don’t want to give too much away but I met some furry friends, saw a lot of pretty flowers, discovered new places to play, and so much more. There were several firsts for me as well. I had my first nautical adventure, amusement park ride experience, and my first taste of soft-serve ice cream right off the cone. I also found the biggest sandbox right next to the largest water park ever! Mommy said it wasn’t a sandbox or water park, but that’s a post for another day.

My blogging schedule is quickly filling up with all the ideas I have for new blog posts. I have at least half a dozen posts in the works and several more bubbling away in my mind. I’m also working on some brand new giveaways that I’m very excited about. It’s going to be an exciting few weeks over here.

This week we’re all back to work and it’s been a busy week indeed. Turns out that a lot can happen in a couple of weeks when you’re not there to keep things under control. It seems that the work keeps coming even when you’re away. Somehow the rest of the world didn’t seem aware that it was vacation time.

I may have my hands full with all the work I have to catch up on and all the new posts I’m excited to complete, but I do feel ready to take it all on. This vacation was just what I needed. I feel relaxed, inspired, and ready to come back better than ever. If you haven’t taken a holiday for a while, I thoroughly recommend it. Get ready world, Peachy the blogging baby big girl is back!