Jammin’ in July – Free Crocodile Creek Board Books

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We have several winners – FOUR, one each for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

# 2: Angella
#46: Heidi
#37: Annette
#21: Kait

If you are one of the winners email me: kim @ thebabymarketplace dot com with your name and address and I will pop your prize in the mail!


It feels like it been forever since I posted! Hmmm … that just might be because it has, well not quite forever but several days.

It’s that time of the year (nope not Birthday season again), twice a year we get an influx of new stock. Our winter clothing and holiday toys are starting to pile in! YIKES, it means tons of work for me and of course panic. I panic about getting it photographed (sounds easy right – nope). I have several hundred images to take and then edit.

They go from looking like this:

To looking like this:
BLU knit sweater fall 2007 line

and then I have to write fluffy, yet informative descriptions that are going to make you want to take the stuff home and let you know the content, washing instructions, sizing and maybe even age appropriate warnings?

Like this:

Little Me Baby Boys Four Piece Blue Bodysuit Set ~ Traveling Froggy. This classic yet unique four piece set is great for any little boy. Set includes four short sleeved body suits with snap button closures between legs. First body suit is light blue and has a plane applique with the phrase “P is for plane” stitched above it. Second bodysuit is cobalt blue and has a frog with bike applique on chest with the words “Lil Traveler” stitched below it. Third bodysuit is light blue with a frog and grasshopper traveling print throughout. Fourth body suit has a blue, lime and white stripe print throughout along with a frog in car applique on chest.

ALL ITEMS ARE: 100% Cotton.

Sizes available: nb, 3m, 6m and 9m
Machine wash warm.


Obviously NOT my finest writing moment!

Once I have all of the info/images ready, I put each product on line, each product needs an item code, description, price in 2 currencies, weight, measurements, inventory, options (sizing) and images uploaded (and some other junk you don’t want to hear about).

Once each product is online we begin to cross-reference them (match them up with other products you might like as well) and copy them to multiple places on the site (so you can find the Deux par Deux boys shorts in the Deux par Deux section, toddler boys bottoms section, the infant boys bottoms section, and in the summer section (you get the idea).

So the idea of having to do this several hundred times, makes me want to crawl up into a little ball and cry (well a BIG ball, I’m not all that little – *sigh*).

All these exciting parcels arrive right in the middle of our busy time at home too, my kids are around ALL day long, and other people just don’t seem to think that WORKING from HOME is really WORK. I can’t tell you the number of people that call me to babysit for them, or expect me to drop everything I am doing with little or no notice.

Unfortunately, the BLOG comes pretty low on the totem pole in times of extreme busy, forgive me if I am slow in posting.

Does this sound like whinging? IT IS!

While the new stock rolls in (cords, micro fleece long johns and snowsuits arrived today), the spring/summer stock has to GO. Please people go and get your little people some great clothes at below cost (REALLY). We have way, way, way too much spring/summer stock hanging around. It’s gotta go, the sooner the better.

Look at this cute romper: (usually $25+ now only $10 (I paid more than that)).

Car Romper


While I am photo editing, description writing, site updating , stock rearranging and thinking up all kinds of great places to run and hide (including PONOKA (location of our local mental institution)). I keep the kids busy by having them watch TV read books (honest). Sam is busy reading a transformer chapter book, Lizzy is reading a Betty and Veronica (hey can’t complain if they are reading ), Hayley’s gobbling down the latest Harry Potter and Georgia’s favourite potty reading are these cute little board books from Crocodile Creek. There are four different kinds, I like this one the best.

Crocodile Creek ABC board book.
The illustrations are bright and colorful and there are 26 of them to go with each letter of the alphabet.

I am giving away two books – one for Tuesday and one for Wednesday. To be eligible to win, just leave a comment and tell me why you love my blog your favorite book (adult or kids).

Two winners to be randomly drawn on or around Wednesday July 25th @ 9 pm’ish.

I’m giving away a FREE product every week day until the end of July. Read more here: Contest Details

Visit www.thebabymarketplace.com for a great selection of baby shoes and baby clothes, cloth diapers too, and don’t forget the baby toys!

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Laura · July 24, 2007 at 8:19 pm

We are big Sandra Boynton fans but this book would be awesome…my daughter is still in speech therapy and this would be a great word book : )

Have fun photographing and writing!!!

Angella · July 24, 2007 at 8:35 pm

Aw, Kim. As I also am self-employed, I feel your pain. People think you can do ANYTHING at the drop of a hat and that you have all the time in the world. Sometimes I think it would be easier to actually GO to work. Sigh.

I love your blog because it’s honest.

My favourite book? We’ve been reading a collection of Robert Munsch stories lately :)


Mrs. Pear · July 24, 2007 at 8:53 pm

Right now I am loving reading our daughter the Bear series by Karma Wilson – Bear Snores on, Bear Stays up for Christmas, etc. The stories ares sweet and fun, the pictures are gorgeous, and I get a cuddle….

Lisa · July 24, 2007 at 9:08 pm

My absolute favorite book is The Giving Tree.

Kathryn · July 24, 2007 at 9:14 pm

Your blog makes me smile and say “oh, yeah.” I appreciate that!.. We’re big Sandra Boynton book lovers here too.. Current fave: Moo, Baa, La La La and we ALWAYS like “It’s time for Bed” by Mem Fox. We’re always open for more books of course!

lolly · July 24, 2007 at 9:40 pm

Wow, I want to learn to edit pictures like that. That’s amazing. And that sweater is adorable, even in the unedited version.

One of our favorite books to read is Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late by Mo Willems My daughter gets a kick out of it, and I enjoy it too.

But my second daughter would love this little board book. She loves to pretend to read, just like her big sister (who also pretends to read, but at least she knows which way the words go!)

Kami · July 24, 2007 at 9:42 pm

I love your blog because it’s real :-) I work from home too and sometimes it feels like there is just WAY too much to do and not near enough time to do it… and I only have 2 kids.

I am really into mysteries right now for me and my kids love anything with big machines in it!

risingrainbow · July 24, 2007 at 9:43 pm

I think the little sweater is way cute. As for being self employed, I hate how much self discipline it take. Just once in my life I’d like to be a screw off…….but it doesn’t feed my horses.

Kilikina · July 24, 2007 at 9:58 pm

I know the feeling of having a huge “list” of things to get done and feeling like you won’t get it done. I hate that feeling…

…count me in for the drawing of teh books.

Corey · July 24, 2007 at 10:27 pm

pick me…pick me. I love the children’s book Guess How much I love you. :) But I can’t pick a fav…too many.

Andrea · July 24, 2007 at 10:44 pm

Hmmm….I have a lot of fav’s too! My favorite kids books are the Robert Munsch ones or else Dr. Seuss!!! And my favorite adult author is Karen Kingsbury! :)

PamW · July 24, 2007 at 11:10 pm

I just looked through your sale on clothes and I want all of it. Wait, not true, I found a pair of sandals I don’t NEED to have. I need all the girl stuff because it’s cute and so is my daughter and all the boy stuff just in case I have a boy someday…
As for baby books, I really like Karen Katz. Other than that we don’t have favourite kids books yet but I love Sophie Kinsella’s books for a good read for myself.

Amy :) · July 24, 2007 at 11:23 pm

My personal favorite book is actually a trilogy of books by Philip Pullman, the His Dark Materials series. The first one is being made into a movie and I can’t wait till December to see it!

My boy’s favorite book right now is called What Makes a Rainbow? It has rainbow-colored ribbons running through it and he loves the pop-up rainbow on the last page. He’s 15 months old and it always surprises me how long he’ll sit and look at books.

Priya · July 24, 2007 at 11:31 pm

I have been reading a series of books on Baby animals which my little one really loves and starts crying whenever it gets over. She also is very attached to Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown,its another thing that she doesnt sleep much.

Teresa · July 24, 2007 at 11:34 pm

Let’s see, my favorite adult fiction books would be any of the wonderful Christian fiction books by Karen Kingsbary and my favorite kids books right now would be good night moon :) Thanks for the chance to win some other great books!

Marcy · July 24, 2007 at 11:48 pm

Well our favorite book is an oldie. It was mine as a kid and I loved it, now my kids love it too.

Lamont the Lonely monster, By:Dean Walley.

Beth · July 25, 2007 at 12:02 am

I love the book Pope Joan-it is great because it could be historical fiction…or not. Very interesting. count me in for the giveaway!

Diane · July 25, 2007 at 12:25 am

My current faveorite book is Ecoholic it is a great guide to going green… you helped me on my path with the info on those organic rompers… any more organic items coming in? But my sons faveorite is probably Baby Beluga…

Hannah · July 25, 2007 at 1:25 am

Hi Kim,

Thanks for stopping by my blog! Your blog is great, do you mind if I add you to my blogroll??

I TOTALLY understand as I work from home also. It’s amazing how people think I have all the time in the world to run errands and help out with stuff, but I WORK 40 HOURS PER WEEK!! It’s frustrating, huh?

Bree · July 25, 2007 at 2:21 am

I dont know how you working at home moms do it. Its hard to ever get anything done from start to finish and its not even something I must do! I like your blog, because well, I just do! as for books..one of my favorites is Goodnight Moon, I love reading that one to my kids, because I remember my mom reading it to me. We dont have a lot of books, and the ones we do have sit in a container in the garage- I havent pulled them in the house yet since we moved in. How sad is that? :( Guess that should be on my to do list for tomorrow, shouldnt it?

Kait · July 25, 2007 at 5:55 am

My son and I really enjoy the Berenstain Bears.

Brenda · July 25, 2007 at 6:58 am

I just have to say I LOVE your site!! I feel for you on the whole photography thing..I run my own at home business so I know the stress…lol As for our fav books right now they are the Curious George series for my daughter and for my son any of the Dr.Seuss books (those are my fav’s)

Safire · July 25, 2007 at 7:30 am

Love hearing about your kids and everything. :) Thanks for sharing!

Our favorite books right now is anything that has to do with animals or Nemo. Oh…how I want a new book to read!

Annie · July 25, 2007 at 7:42 am

A lot of our books come from the library, which means that “favourites” are always changing. One long-lasting favourite though that I chose at random is Everywhere Babies by Susan Myers. Goodnight Gorilla is one we own and is always a fun read.

Would love to win and have some more good books to add to our collection …

Alexia · July 25, 2007 at 7:55 am

Noah’s favorite book right now is “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” only because he can stick his fingers through the holes, I think.

My favorites are “The Berenstain Bears”, but I can’t convince him to sit and listen to those yet.

Julie · July 25, 2007 at 8:42 am

My daughter would love those books…maybe not necessarily for reading but I know she’d love to suck on them! My favourite book…I think would be either ‘One Room in a Castle’ or ‘The Red Tent’. Both are books I had a hard time putting down!

Jazz · July 25, 2007 at 9:03 am

I stumbled on to your blog from Dutch blitz, I relate to what you write and you have great contests…..Thank you :)

Not much time for reading with three kids for me but fave kid book right now is…..”Little brown bear won’t take a nap” Jane Dyer

Montserrat · July 25, 2007 at 10:17 am

People seems to think the same thing about homeschoolers – that we can drop everything to accommodate them because ‘you’re just at home anyway, right?”.

One of my girls’ favorites right now is ‘Pinkalicious’by Elizabeth Kann and Victoria Kann. It’s cute! Our favorite family read alouds are ‘Little Britches’ by Ralph Moody and ‘Just David’ by Eleanor Porter.

Hope all the photo editing, descriptive writing, cross linking, shelf stocking goes on without a hitch. You’re really earning your keep! And all of us who peruse the sight really appreciate it!

maddiesmom · July 25, 2007 at 10:41 am

My daughter’s favorite book is ” Fly-away Ladybug”. She loves to hear the crinkling sound of the pages.

Laura · July 25, 2007 at 12:01 pm

My favourite book is probably ‘Microserfs’ by Douglas Coupland (but really I have more of a top ten list.) (He’s a Canuck, too!)

My son’s favourite books right now are Robert Munsch’s ‘David’s Father’ and ‘Angela’s Airplane’. I must read them every night before bedtime. Good job he is my fav kids author… but MY favourites are ‘Something Good’ and ‘Stephanie’s Ponytail’.

Mama K · July 25, 2007 at 1:11 pm

My 11mo DS LOVES Pat The Bunny. It’s a classic and he just loves interacting with the book. My favorite is when he tries to put MY finger through “mummys ring” :)

Deanne S. · July 25, 2007 at 1:53 pm

Our favourites are the “Mercer Meyer” ones. Just love the little lessons – and are a quick read too.

Christina · July 25, 2007 at 1:57 pm

My favorite kid book is The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge, because I can look out my window and see that very lighthouse and bridge.

Deb · July 25, 2007 at 6:17 pm

I can’t even imagine WORKING right now. I am run off my feet at home with my little ones…”work” to me is figuring out how to stay sane! I take my hat off to you for doing this blog on top of your regular work – I’ve done (do) computer work with pictures and I know how much work it is. Great job!

As for books…so many to chose from. I just received one in the mail as a gift for my littlest one and I laughed so hard, my kids couldn’t even understand what I read to them. Walter the Farting Dog – Trouble at the Yard Sale. I also like ‘You Are Special’ by Max Lucado.

artsweet · July 25, 2007 at 8:03 pm

I love kids’ books so much… Pepito can listen to us read Goodnight Gorilla over and over and over again. He’s also a big fan of Mommy Loves.

Jennifer Walker · July 25, 2007 at 10:08 pm

Goodnight Moon was my son’s favourite until he realized that reading this book also meant me saying goodnight to him. We need new books! He is 18 months old and very interested in the alphabet.

Annette · July 25, 2007 at 11:00 pm


I love british chick literature. Nice easy ready, can pick it up and put it down as I get distracted by the kids.

I have to rely on my uk friends to send me the latest books from Sheila O’Flanagan, Cecelia Ahern, Sophie Kinsella and Marian Keyes.

I have a few friends who share my taste in books, so we trade books often.

My son loves Robert Munsch for fiction. But also lots of non fiction such as hockey, his favourite book so far this summer is the A-Z of hockey which has lots of interesting facts about the game, the NHL and his heroes such as Gretzky.

To help with his summer reading, he has been reading a book on snakes (the pictures completely freak me out)which he reads a few pages each night.

Yan · July 25, 2007 at 11:43 pm

Wow, it’s been forever that I had a chance to sit down and read a book :P

Susy-Q · July 26, 2007 at 7:03 am

I love Harry Potter. yes, I am an addict. At my age, that makes me kind of geeky I guess! I am still reading the second to last book to refresh my memory. I am almost done and then onto the last one. I can barely contain my excitement. Oh and tonight (I have to mention this), I am going to see THE POLICE (yes, the old punk rock band)! I am SO excited!

katie bowen · July 26, 2007 at 9:20 am

hahah i loved the mom that likes sandra boynton…we just discovered her books and they are great!!!! but…we love getting exposed to other new ones too!

hope that you can get out and enjoy the summer sunshine and get away from all that work! ugh! you’ll have to include more tips on HOW to photograph as well as you do!

Cherylyn · July 26, 2007 at 9:49 am

My fave for me is too hard to narrow down, but two of my must reads are the last juror by grisham and sons of fortune by archer and my kids LOVE it could have been worse! I also think anything by Munsch is worth reading 30000 times!

Jamie · July 26, 2007 at 10:57 am

My favourite book eh? I love Robert Munsch for the kids, although right now my favourite for them is Mable Murple.

As for MY favourite book? There may be too many to count! The CS Lewis stuff…. ummm… and some other stuff. I gotta be honest, I was at emerg with my 7 month old (pneumonia) til 3 n the morning, and I can’t think very well!

Tracy · July 26, 2007 at 5:22 pm

You sound very busy. It makes me think that I should be doing more or not LOL. Your site looks really good. My favorite books are written by Nicholas Sparks. I can sit down and read any of his books and feel good after.

Michelle · July 26, 2007 at 7:44 pm

Oh, I know how you feel, the blog does get pushed down to the bottom, doesn’t it? Hang in there, you’ll get through it! My favorite books to read to the kiddos right now are the Charlie & Lola books, but the Lorax holds a special place in my heart. I read it to my oldest daughter right as my water broke with my second… I wanted to tuck big sis in comfortably before I headed off to the hospital!

Jaime Stephens · July 26, 2007 at 10:13 pm

My favorite kids book is Sandra Boynton’s Snuggle Puppy. My daughters insist on hearing it every night… and it never gets old.

Heidi · July 27, 2007 at 9:13 am

Thanks for the “insite” on your business. We all have our times of being overly busy. So I do understand that the blog is not on the top of your list.

My son, 5 loves to read so most of my reading is kids books to him and my 7 month old daughter. Needless to say I think I have memorized several books by now! Our favorite book is the “Tawny Scrawny Lion”.

Richard · July 28, 2007 at 5:53 am

As the only guy here, I’m not sure you want me to say what MY favorite book is… ;)

serina · July 28, 2007 at 6:17 pm

My current favorite book for kids is One Morning in Maine. My kids adore it, and must have it read thrice daily.

Florrie Wiliiams · August 2, 2007 at 10:14 am

My granddaughter loves me to read to her as she is only five and starts kindergarten in September. The book I have she likes the most is one her mother had that was published by Scholastic Inc. The Baby Unicorn (horses,friendship and bravery) by Jean and Claudio Marzollo.
My favorite would be the Mitford Series by Jan Karon.
The first is “At Home in Mitford” and I only have five of an eight book series. Heartwarmingly funny and the characters you get to know like you are part of the little community of Mitford.

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