I'm a Dungarees Convert!

When I first encountered kids dungarees I was definitely in the "those don't make sense" camp.

But let's face it I'm on my second kiddo and I still can't get those damned crotch snap lined up properly on onesies and suits. I'll have a baby who is rolling around on the floor while I'm trying to get JUST ONE MORE SNAP DONE and omg why am I so frustrated?

So I've admitted to myself that snaps just aren't my thing and are more than my tired brain can handle.

Why are there snaps on baby clothes? So shirts don't ride up?

I guess it's the Rascal in me but I'm not super fussed about what I'm supposed to do. Me, I realized that I don't care at all. I was fighting my kid into their clothes because that's what *I was supposed to do*. So I stopped.

I thought dungarees would be the same - that I'd be fighting to get them on and off. I was so stoked when I gave them a change and found that they were so much easier! You undo the buttons, take 'em down, change a diaper, and then back up they go. With no misaligned snaps. BOOM.

Even better, I love how versatile they are. In the summer you can wear them on their own. On colder days you can layer them with a t-shirt (or long sleeve shirt), so they last year round. And that is a huge win in my book!

Pair them with a basic shirt or mix and match with other prints. Because sometimes letting your kiddo wear their submarine shirt with their submarine dungarees is easier than getting into a power struggle over clashing prints.

Below I've paired the Dark Blue Umbrellas Dungarees from DUNS Sweden with a simple red shirt from More Than a Fling. Perfection! 

Dungarees Love

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Modern Rascals's Fave Weather Related Clothes

As we move into Spring, the days have been grey and rainy. I know that these April showers will bring May flowers... but in the meantime, the skies have me dreaming of weather related outfits.

Rain, Lightening, Umbrellas, and my all time favourite - Rainbows!

What is in our Weather Lookbook? Take a look below!!

Modern Rascals Kids Weather Favourites Look Book


Above, we have:

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What is your favourite??

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Modern Take on Retro 70's Kids Style

Who likes short shorts? Normally not this lady.

I've historically been a fan of skater/surfer summer style - long shorts and shaggy sun bleached hair. But this summer? Oh this summer I've been won over by some AMAZING 70's inspired gym shorts and raglan shirts.

What do you think?

To get the looks below, click on the links to shop.

Modern Take on Retro 70's Style Kids Fashion Look Book by Modern Rascals

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Organic Kids Clothes Spring 2017 Look Book

Here are a few of our favourite items curated in this Colourful and all Organic Cotton Spring 2017 Look Book.

You want colour? We've got it!

If you want to see more of our curated Spring 2017 new stock, hop over here to check it out!

Organic Kids Clothes Spring 2017 Look Book by Modern Rascals

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Modern Rascals's 6th Month Giveaway

I'm not entirely sure how it happened, but on March 7th we'll have been in business for 6 whole months!! And we want you to celebrate with us - so enter the giveaway for a chance to win a $100 Grand Prize or 1 of 5 $25 Gift Cards!

Not sure what you'd want to score with your prize?? Hop over to check out all our new stock and dream of warm Spring days!

Update: Our giveaway is now closed. Congrats to our winners!!

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Is Organic Cotton Just for PJs?

I did a few small local markets in December. Several times I had people come up and tell me how soft/lovely/fun the pyjamas were.

Enough people said it that I've started to wonder why we're willing to dress our kids in organic cotton and well made materials at night, but not through the day? 

I saw some marketing recently that spoke to the fact that kids will wear pyjamas for a huge portion of the day (aka while they sleep). Which is totally true! But, they often also wear their other clothes for the other half of the day, so...

I admit, I am a recovering children's pyjama addict. I mean the adorable patterns! I'm pretty sure that they are cuter and more fun than most of the main stream clothes I used to buy for my tiny human. 

What changed for us? The first part was some early night time potty training, which made those adorable one piece footed jammies rather impractical (you try getting them off and then back on without totally waking a kid up... sigh.). And the second part is that we were tired of the bedtime struggle to get pjs on.

As a person, I fully believe in questioning what we're told we "should do" and think more about what works. And for us, one of these things was that kids are "supposed to wear pyjamas to bed" as part of their nighttime routine (ha!). As parents we try to spend our (limited) energy on the truly important things and let battles over things that don't matter slide. 

Here's my confession - my kids no longer wear pyjamas. As long as their clothes are mostly clean, they just go to bed in what they were wearing.

Our savings? All the $$ I used to spend on those adorable pyjamas (which I still look at sometimes and lust over). All the energy spent trying to stuff a small child into another set of clothes. And LAUNDRY! 

And that money we saved on buying pyjamas? Yup, I use that to help buy better quality clothing overall. Because when your kids wear organic cotton and comfortable clothes all day, they are happy. And they can just wear them to bed :D

Do you think you could break your cute pyjama addiction?

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Ethical Fashion Challenge!

As I do more and more research about clothing brands I've learned about the impacts of fast fashion, the importance of organic cotton, and how crucial fair labour practices are.

As parents, and as people, we value creating and leaving a clean world for our little ones. We value building a better future. And maybe more selfishly, I value not having to feel guilty about my purchasing decisions.

But it can be daunting (so daunting) to think about buying an ENTIRE wardrobe with this in mind.

Change doesn't have to be all or nothing. It can be small and gradual, and we can still have a big impact (especially en masse!). Inspired by the creation of Meatless Monday in 2003, I challenge you to dress your little ethically on Mondays.

How can you (or your little) dress ethically?

  • buy secondhand (if you are on the west end of Toronto, check out I Spy Clothing!!)
  • wear hand me downs
  • participate in clothing exchanges (search on Facebook for your local group)
  • if you buy new, research the brands you buy from!

Post a photo on a Monday with #ethicalfashion #ethicalrascal for a Chance to Win a gift certificate!!


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What does GOTS Certified Mean?

Many of the children's clothing brands that we carry are GOTS Certified, but if you are anything like me you hear or see that and think 'well, that sounds good but what on earth does it mean???

Ever see the logo below and wonder what on earth it means? 

GOTS Certified Logo

GOTS stands for Global Organic Textile Standard and it is an internationally recognized certification (read more about it here - disclosure, their website is fairly terrible). The certification can apply to either products or to the entire company, or to both.

Companies seeking this certification have to meet a number of different requirements for criteria covering “production, processing, manufacturing, packaging, labeling, exportation, importation and distribution of all natural fibre products.”

I found this great summary over at Crafting a Green World and have included it below.

  • The material must be at least 95% organic, as certified by “recognized international or national standards.” If the material is 70% organic, it can be labeled as “made with organic.”
  • The material needs to be processed separately from conventionally-grown fiber.
  • Inputs like dyes and oils need to be biodegradable and free of harsh chemicals like phthalates, PVC, synthetic sizing agents, and chlorine bleach, and they must keep full records of any chemical inputs to their manufacturing process.
  • The fiber cannot come from a genetically modified organism.
  • Facilities must maintain minimum fair labor practices from the International Labor Organization.
  • Farmers and producers need to be certified, and those certifiers have to be accredited GOTS or hold an internationally recognized accreditation.
  • Fabric and products must meet high standards for residue testing.

Notice that there's an intersection between the organic materials, sustainable production (clean water, etc.), and fair labour practices. 

Are you looking for some brands where both the clothes AND the company are GOTS Certified? Check out DUNS Sweden and Maxomorra!

What's important to you when you think about clothing manufacturing and best practices?

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