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cottage fever: 
As you are reading this, my husband, kids and I are enjoying a bit of R&R at our cottage in Manitoba.  Who are we kidding?  We have been working to the bone staining the cottage, organizing the shed, piling wood, laying gravel on the driveway etc.
For those of you that have read our story, you know that both my father and mother have passed away and regrettably our kids didn't get to meet their grandfather and spent a limited about of time with their grandmother but being back at the cottage every summer, where my parents spirits are ever-present and their blood, sweat, tears & laughter echo from the hallways, tool shed, lawn locker, wood pile and every square inch of their summer home give us the opportunity to keep their memory alive for our kids. 
I half expect my dad to come barging through the back door with his work boots on only to have my mother chasing behind him with a broom and dust pan.  Good times.  Every day at our traditional 4:00 Happy Hour, I make a silent toast to Torrie & Howie.  Cheers!

(Rest assured we have someone still packaging your orders while we are away.  Thanks to our dear friend and relatively new Mommy, Michelle) 

spud!tactular raspberrystravaganza

Raspberry Kids has teamed up with our great friends spud! organic home food delivery for a back to school night of shopping & a chance to meet some of our amazing local suppliers!

15% of sales during this evening are being donated to Growing Chefs which is a foundation that is a non-profit society that unites chef, growers, educators and community members in a food sustainability project.

The evening will include many of our amazing local suppliers including Karen from Po Po's Ponchos, Lorraine from Redfish Kids, Christine from Blush jewelry (coming to our website soon) & Liz from Cici Art Factory.  In addition to these incredible designers/artists, we will also have a large selection of other Made in Canada products as well as organic & eco-friendly items to choose from.

spud! will be offering tours of their facility located at 1660 E. Hastings and providing light refreshments for all to enjoy.
When: Tuesday, August 25th, 2009
Time:  6:30 to 9:00 PM

There will also be lots of prizes drawn throughout the evening but you must be present to win!

Please RSVP to

Space is limited so register early to secure your spot!

customer testimonial: 
Hi Sue,

I just had to tell you how pleased I was when I received my order for the ESPE lunch bag and Fill Your Own water bottle - both items are fantastic and were a real hit with the recipient (I gave them to my friend for her b'day)!

The personalized note and sachet of tea were a very personal touch.  I have already passed on your link to many of my friends, and wish you much success in your business!

 Please note:  We will be adding new fall espe designs shortly!

vote for raspberry kids and you could win!:
We think you are all pretty savvy & would love if you showed your support of Raspberry Kids in the annual Savvymom mom entrepreneur of the year award.  Voting is simple, you just need an email address and a Canadian postal code and Joe Fresh:  click here to vote!
There is a prize pack of cash & services up for grabs as well as lots of exposure for the winner.  Thank you for your time and for your vote! 

july winner:
The winner of our July giveaway just for being a newsletter subscriber is Katia from North Vancouver.  Katia wins her choice of a Fill Your Own water bottle.  Thank you for subscribing to the Raspberry Patch!  
Our August giveaway is a beautiful necklace created exclusively for Raspberry Kids from Blush Designs.  We will be adding gorgeous bracelets, necklaces & earrings for little girls & big girls very soon! 
this month's ootmob
What the heck is an OOTMOB you ask?  It stands for "Out Of The Mouth of Babes".  Each month we will feature a cute quote, question or quip from one of our Raspberry Patch newsletter subscribers.  Please email your submission to  If we feature your OOTMOB, you will receive a $25 raspberry kids gift card. 
Winning OOTMOB: Big Momma ;-)

"Out of the blue during lunch, my son's 5yr old friend quips, "My daddy is bigger than your dad!" 
My son, Caleb, not wanting to be out-done, quickly replies back, "Well, my mom is bigger than your mom!". 
Understandably, I wasn't as proud of that remark as he wanted to make me feel but it gave us all a great laugh at the table, including me!"

Congratulations to
Marlene whose OOTMOB submission gets her $25 to spend at Raspberry Kids!  Thank you to everyone who continue to submit their OOTMOBS!

Thank you for reading and have a fresh, healthy & fun day.  Today and every day,

Sue Sinclair
Chief Executive Mom
Fresh Picks
New from NY designer Dante Beatrix:  Big Kid Packs & Lunch boxes


We have been busy beavers replenishing stock from some of our most popular brands including:  

boon (coming in new colors!)
Little Chipipi
Lots of new book titles
and some new lines we are very excited about that are coming soon ...
Blush Designs jewelry
3Sprouts organic towels
Ocena Made in Canada bibs
Dandelion eco friendly goods

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