June 2011

Things to do in London on Canada Day 2011 (#LdnOnt)

Happy 144th birthday Canada!

This is a perfect time to say that I’m super proud to be Canadian! I love this country!

If you’re looking for all the fun activities to do in the city today you’ve come to the right place.

Let’s get right into it…

FIREWORKS & CORNROAST

  • When: Thursday, June 30 – 5pm, Fireworks at Midnight
  • Where: Gibraltar Weekend Market, 1712 Dundas Street
  • What: 20th Anniversary celebration with fireworks at midnight and Midnight Madness deals afterwards
  • Cost: Varied. Proceeds go to Breast Cancer Society of Canada
  • For more information: gibraltarweekendmarket.com

CANADA DAY STREET PARTY

  • When: 11am – 6pm
  • Where: Dundas Street between Richmond & Clarence streets
  • What: There will be free family activities, an outdoor cafe, music hall main stage, souvenir mini Canada Day flags for the first 3500 visitors, super-sized Canadian flag cake (while supplies last) and busker stations
  • Cost: Free
  • For more information: Downtown London

CANADA DAY DINNER & FIREWORKS

  • When: Cocktails 7:00 pm Dinner 8:00 pm
  • Where: Eldon House
  • What: An elegant, outdoor buffet dinner, live music by the Ken Varley Trio, a Made-in-Canada silent auction and exclusive seating for the Canada Day Fireworks over the Thames River
  • Cost: $60 for adults and $30 for children
  • For more information: Visit Eldon House and call 519-661-0333 to make advanced reservations

SOUTH LONDON CANADA DAY

  • When: 2pm – 10pm Fireworks at 10 pm
  • Where: White Oaks Park, 1119 Jalna Blvd.
  • What: Food vendors, wading pool with lifeguards, cake cutting ceremony, family movie, inflatable rides, live music, children’s activities and fireworks
  • Cost: Free
  • For more information: southlondoncanadaday.com

CANADA DAY AT BYRON OPTIMIST

  • When: Gate open at 6:00 pm – Fireworks at dusk
  • Where: Byron Optimist Park (Boler Rd.)
  • What: Face painting, music, cake and more
  • Cost: $5 for parking, donations accepted upon entry
  • For more information: Call (519) 641-4663

CANADA DAY GARDEN PARTY

  • When: 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Where: Eldon House – 481 Ridout Street North
  • What: Take part in puppet performances, musical entertainment, outdoor games and activities, and tours of the historic home
  • Cost: $3.00 per person
  • For more information: eldonhouse.ca or call (519) 661-0333

LONDON CELEBRATES CANADA

  • When: 12:00 pm to 10:30 pm – Fireworks at 10:00 pm
  • Where: Harris Park
  • What: First Nations gathering, opening ceremonies, Miss Teen London, stage performances and fireworks
  • Cost: Free
  • For more information: celebratecanada.info

LONDON MAJORS CANADA DAY FIREWORKS GAME

  • When: Game time is 5:30 pm – Fireworks after the game
  • Where: Labatt Park – 25 Wilson Ave
  • What: Support Our Troops Red Friday: wear red, watch baseball and enjoy fireworks after the game
  • Cost: Ticket prices are $8 for adults and $6 for kids under 12
  • For more information: londonmajors.com or call (519) 694-6105

DOMINION DAY

  • When: Events start at 11:00 am, vintage baseball game starts at 1:00 pm
  • Where: Fanshawe Pioneer Village, 1424 Clarke Road
  • What: Historical debates, patriotic speeches, vintage baseball, chicken & ribs at the Pioneer Village cafe
  • Cost: $7.00 per person. Children under 3 are free
  • For more information: fanshawepioneervillage.ca
This event is on Saturday, July 2, 2011

HYDE PARK COMMUNITY 1ST ANNUAL CANADA DAY CELEBRATION

  • When: Saturday, July 2, 2011 from 6:00 pm to 10:30 pm, fireworks at 10:00 pm
  • Where: West Park Church, 955 Gainsborough Rd. (east of Hyde Park Rd.)
  • What: Games and classic car show, BBQ, live music, candy floss and snow cones
  • Cost: Wristband – $2.00 (for kid’s activities), Individual food ticket – $1.00 (all food items are purchased with food tickets), Family Pack – $15.00 gets 3 Wristbands and 15 food tickets
  • For more information: westpark.on.ca

However you choose to celebrate this great Canadian holiday I hope it’s fun and safe!

City Mom

Stella & Dot jewellery – 7 Days of Giveaways

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Well it’s sad but true; this is the last feature in the 7 Days of Giveaways blogiversary celebration. But the good news is we’re going out with a bang.  

Today I’m happy to feature the amazing jewellery from Stella & Dot. And one lucky reader will win a $50 credit towards a piece(s) of their choice. Read on…  

Cori Spellman is a Stella & Dot stylist and what that means is that she has a super cool job among other things. Today Cori is offering a fantastic opportunity to one City Mom reader.  

STYLE

Stella and Dot is a San Francisco based company that offers flexible entrepreneurial opportunities for women. They feature boutique-style jewellery and accessories that are only available through in-home Trunk Shows by Independent Stylists and online.  

 

The stylish, one-of-a-kind pieces are designed in New York City and have been featured on Gossip Girl and magazines like In Style.  

Lucky me, I got to pick out a gorgeous piece to try out. I fell in love the moment my package arrived. You can tell that Stella & Dot goes that extra mile to make you feel special and happy with your purchase. Everything from the packaging to the sincere thank you note that is included in your purchase says style. The added touches go a long way.  

So back to my fabulous piece; I selected the La Coco Turquoise Bead Necklace. I loved its summery look and its versatility. I knew I could wear it with jeans and a tank or a business-casual dress for work. The possibilities seemed endless.  

Stella & Dot  

QUALITY

I must admit I love accessorizing with jewellery of all types but I usually buy from the inexpensive stores for fun costume jewellery. I have never owned a piece of such high quality. It was the first thing I noticed when I took my piece out of the box.  

KIDS

Stella & Dot features items from the gorgeous necklaces I’ve spoke of to rings, bracelets, earrings and stylish totes to store your jewellery in. They also feature a girls line which is so stylish and chic. I’m almost jealous!  

 

THE GIVEAWAY

One reader will win a $50 gift certificate to be used on Cori’s Stella & Dot online shopping site.  

First Entry (This must be completed before any extra entries)

Visit Stella & Dot and share the name of  the piece you would use your $50 gift certificate towards.  

Extra Entries

  1. Like Cori’s stylist page for Stella & Dot on Facebook and  City Mom on Facebook. Leave a comment here on City Mom letting me know you did and under what name.
  2. Follow @_City Mom on Twitter and tweet the following: City Mom’s 7 Days of Giveaways: $50 to Stella & Dot @_CityMom http://www.citymom.ca/?p=1887 #giveaway #win – Can be tweeted once a day
  3. Post about this giveaway on your Facebook status: Enter to win 7 fabulous giveaways on City Mom: today’s giveaway $50 to Stella & Dot jewellery http://tinyurl.com/3v8rlkj – Can be posted once a day
  4. Share this post in any other format below under the orange ‘Share’ button. Leave a comment letting me know where you shared it.
  5. Follow City Mom on Google Friend Connect
  6. Subscribe to (and confirm) City Mom’s free updates (top right sidebar)
  7. Enter any of the other 7 Days of Giveaways features (1 comment for each giveaway)
  8. Place the 7 Days of Giveaways badge on your blog. Include the link to follow.

Rules

  

  1. The Stella & Dot giveaway will run from June 30 – July 7 at 6 p.m. ET
  2. Entries are open to Canadian & US residents
  3. One winner will be chosen (using And the Winner Is) and will be notified at the email address used upon entry
  4. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to the notification and failure to do so will result in a new winner selection
  5. Winners are eligible to win more than one giveaway in the 7 Days of Giveaways feature

Thank you for entering and for being a part of my one year anniversary celebration!  

City Mom

Suncoat Chemical-Free Nail Polish – 7 Days of Giveaways

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Today is the second last day of the 7 Days of Giveaways Blogiversary celebration. I guess it’s true what they say, time flies when you’re having fun!

Today I’m happy to share a great organic cosmetics company with you called Suncoat.

Suncoat is a Canadian company based out of Guelph, Ontario and is the only water-based nail polish manufacturer in Canada. The company was started by Liu Yingchun (Ying), a research chemist who saw the need for a safe alternative to regular nail polish for her young daughter.

After learning of the ingredients in nail polishes like toluene, formaldehyde and alcohol, Ying developed a natural, water-based substitute. Suncoat water-based nail polish is about as natural as you can get. It is made up of 70% water, 1-3% natural colorants (namely earth pigments) and does not contain phthalates of any kind.

Phthalates are a family of industrial chemicals that are used as plastic softeners or solvents in many consumer products. They can be absorbed through the skin, inhaled as fumes and ingested. Studies have shown that phthalates can damage the liver, the kidneys, the lungs and the reproductive system, especially the developing testes.

Suncoat Girl Water-Based Nail Polish

Today Suncoat products range from nail polish to makeup to hair products. Little S and I got to test out the Suncoat Girl Water-Based Nail Polish in Delicious Peach. And we loved it. It goes on super smooth and easy and my favourite part is that it dries really quickly.

It’s tough to paint a three year-old’s nails as they can’t sit still long enough for it to dry but not in this case.

Another interesting feature is that over time the nail polish just peels off. There’s no chipping and it doesn’t leave little flakes of colour all over your house. This nail polish is virtually odor-free and releases water vapor when applied, not toxic chemical fumes.

Long-Wearing Water-Based Nail Polish

And as a treat for me I got to test out the long-wearing water-based nail polish and I also really loved it. It’s extremely long wearing. It has the same chemical-free benefits as the Suncoat Girl polish but is a longer wear and does not peel. It is the only long-lasting and quick-drying water-based nail polish product on the market.

It comes in 33 exciting shades and dries exactly like regular nail polish. Some of the colours are shown below.

Natural Nail Polish Remover

We also got to test out the 100% Soya and corn-based nail polish remover. I must say this stuff is amazing. I used it on my toes and I kid you not, I had two layers of nail polish on. One layer of bright, royal blue and one layer of red sparkle (it’s a long story) and they both came off with little effort. I was amazed.

The remover has a nice scent and is sooth and oily, not drying. I felt that I was nourishing my nails opposed to harming them.

Ingredients: ethyl lactate (from corn fermentation), methyl soyate (from Soya oil), vegetable glycerin, D-limonene (from orange)

BUY IT

For the local City Mom readers, Suncoat products are sold at Lyn-Dys health food store on Oxford street in London.

THE GIVEAWAY

One lucky reader will win 2 bottles of the Suncoat Girl Water-Based Nail Polish and 2 bottles of the long-wearing Water-Based Nail Polish and one bottle of the Natural Nail Polish Remover.

First Entry (must complete before extra entries)

Visit suncoatgirl.com and tell me which colours you would select if you won.

Extra Entries

  1. Like City Mom on Facebook. Leave a comment here on City Mom letting me know you did and under what name.
  2. Follow @suncoatproducts and @_City Mom on Twitter and tweet the following: City Mom’s 7 Days of Giveaways enter 2 win 7 great giveaways including phthalate-free nail polish at @suncoatproducts http://www.citymom.ca/?p=1875 – Can be tweeted once a day
  3. Post about this giveaway on your Facebook status: Enter to win 7 fabulous giveaways on City Mom: today’s giveaway includes phthalate-free nail polish for children from Suncoat Products http://tinyurl.com/3v8rlkj – Can be posted once a day
  4. Share this post in any other format below under the orange ‘Share’ button. Leave a comment letting me know where you shared it.
  5. Follow City Mom on Google Friend Connect
  6. Subscribe to (and confirm) City Mom’s free updates (top right sidebar)
  7. Enter any of the other 7 Days of Giveaways features (1 comment for each giveaway)
  8. Place the 7 Days of Giveaways badge on your blog. Include the link to follow.

Rules

  1. The Suncoat giveaway will run from June 29 – July 7 at 6 p.m. ET
  2. Entries are open to Canadian residents
  3. One winner will be chosen (using And the Winner Is) and will be notified at the email address used upon entry
  4. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to the notification and failure to do so will result in a new winner selection
  5. Winners are eligible to win more than one giveaway in the 7 Days of Giveaways feature

Good luck and thanks for entering!

City Mom

Oliver’s Labels – 7 Days of Giveaways

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Day five of the Blogiversary celebration and today is a very timely giveaway.

Just in time for summer camp or back to school (I know it seems early to talk of that but planning ahead is always good) is a giveaway to Oliver’s Labels.

Oliver’s Labels is a high quality, personalized label company based out of Toronto, ON.

It all started when Debbie (the owner) was visiting her sister and nephew, Oliver, in New York City. While walking around the city Oliver kept losing his items. He’d kick off a shoe; drop something over the side of the stroller and so on.

Debbie came up with the idea of creating homemade labels for Oliver’s stuff with his name and phone number on them so people could return his lost items. So a bunch of things happened and eventually Debbie started her company that creates waterproof yet attractive labels that help kids’ stuff find its way home.

I got to sample some of the labels for Little S’ items. I was really impressed with the durability and waterproof capabilities. They stick very well and stay put. I even used the shoe labels on a pair of her summer sandals. You can imagine the beating a 3 year olds shoes must take, and the labels are no worse for the wear.

I selected the Sweet Hearts design from the close to 40 different options. There are even labels and safety wrist bands created for food allergies.

FOUND-IT ™

Oliver’s Labels gives you the option to add the Found-It feature at no extra cost. You can choose to have a tracking system code printed on your labels and that code connects to your email address. If something is lost it can be entered into the system and linked back to you; genius really.

THE GIVEAWAY

One reader will win a $25 credit to be used towards any purchase at Oliver’s Labels.

First Entry (You must complete this entry before the extra entries)

Visit oliverslabel.com and tell me which design you would choose for your labels.

Extra Entries

  1. Like Oliver’s Labels and City Mom on Facebook. Leave a comment here on City Mom letting me know you did and under what name.
  2. Follow @oliverslabels and @_City Mom on Twitter and tweet the following: City Mom’s 7 Days of Giveaways enter 2 win 7 great giveaways including $25 at @oliverslabels http://www.citymom.ca/?p=1864 – Can be tweeted once a day
  3. Post about this giveaway on your Facebook status: Enter to win 7 fabulous giveaways on City Mom: today’s giveaway is $25 to be used at Oliver’s Labels http://tinyurl.com/3v8rlkj – Can be posted once a day
  4. Share this post in any other format below under the orange ‘Share’ button. Leave a comment letting me know where you shared it.
  5. Follow City Mom on Google Friend Connect
  6. Subscribe to (and confirm) City Mom’s free updates (top right sidebar)
  7. Enter any of the other 7 Days of Giveaways features (1 comment for each giveaway)
  8. Place the 7 Days of Giveaways badge on your blog. Include the link to follow.

Rules

  1. The Oliver’s Labels giveaway will run from June 28 – July 7 at 6 p.m. ET
  2. Entries are open to Canadian residents
  3. One winner will be chosen (using And the Winner Is) and will be notified at the email address used upon entry
  4. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to the notification and failure to do so will result in a new winner selection
  5. Winners are eligible to win more than one giveaway in the 7 Days of Giveaways feature

Good luck and thanks for entering!

City Mom

NailPolishCanada.com – 7 Days of Giveaways

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Day four of the Blogiversary celebration, what’s in store for day four?

Did you know that there’s a whole Canadian website devoted to nail polish? Well if you didn’t, I’m here to tell you there is and you can learn about it today and enter to win four cool polishes.

NailPolishCanada.com sells a variety of nail polish brands from O.P.I. to Color Club to Zoya. There are so many shades to choose from I couldn’t even begin to list them all.

Nail polish always has the cleverest names; there’s Cracked Concrete, Broken Hearted, Crushed Candy, Lightning Bolt, Barbie, etc. Doesn’t that make you want to paint all 20 nails a different colour?

NailPolishCanada.com offers free shipping within Canada on orders over $50 and don’t worry, during the postal strike they will ship to you via FedEx at no extra cost.

THE GIVEAWAY

One reader will win four bottles of nail polish. Two bottles will be pre-selected from the Zoya line and the other two bottles can be chosen by the winner from the Color Club line.

First Entry (You must complete this entry before the extra entries)

Visit nailpolishcanada.com and tell me your two favourite names (from any brand) of nail polishes (these don’t count as your selections should you win).

Extra Entries

  1. Like Nail Polish Canada and City Mom on Facebook. Leave a comment here on City Mom letting me know you did and under what name.
  2. Follow @polishcanada and @_City Mom on Twitter and tweet the following: City Mom’s 7 Days of Giveaways enter 2 win 7 great giveaways including 4 nail polishes from @polishcanada http://www.citymom.ca/?p=1847 – Can be tweeted once a day
  3. Post about this giveaway on your Facebook status: Enter to win 7 fabulous giveaways on City Mom: today’s giveaway is 4 nail polishes from NailPolishCanada.com. http://tinyurl.com/3v8rlkj – Can be posted once a day
  4. Share this post in any other format below under the orange ‘Share’ button. Leave a comment letting me know where you shared it
  5. Follow City Mom on Google Friend Connect
  6. Subscribe to (and confirm) City Mom’s free updates (top right sidebar)
  7. Enter any of the other 7 Days of Giveaways features (1 comment for each giveaway)
  8. Place the 7 Days of Giveaways badge on your blog. Include the link to follow.

Rules

  1. The NailPolishCanada.com giveaway will run from June 27 – July 7 at 6 p.m. ET
  2. Entries are open to Canadian residents
  3. One winner will be chosen (using And the Winner Is) and will be notified at the email address used upon entry
  4. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to the notification and failure to do so will result in a new winner selection
  5. Winners are eligible to win more than one giveaway in the 7 Days of Giveaways feature

Good luck and thanks for entering!

City Mom

Organically Hatched – 7 Days of Giveaways

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Day three of seven, let’s see what’s up for today…

Organically Hatched

Organically Hatched is a fabulous online store that sells organic baby products. It’s based in British Columbia and was started up by a mom who found there was difficulty in locating organic products for her new baby.

She found herself too busy, as do all new moms, to go from store to store sourcing the best products. From there Organically Hatched was born.

You can find a wide variety of organic products for your baby or toddler including BPA-Free baby bottles, bath products, baby slings and a lot more. There are even products for moms and dads too.

I got to test out one of the body products called Head to Toe Body Wash by Taslie. This body soap has no Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS) which can lead to damage to the hair follicle, skin damage, permanent eye damage in children and even liver toxicity. It’s also free of Parabens, synthetic colours or fragrances.

We really liked this body wash. It takes some thorough rinsing to wash off but when you read up on SLS you’ll know why. Scary stuff! Little S also really loved the cute little frog dispenser it comes in.

Head to Toe Body Wash by Taslie

Organically Hatched is a one-stop-shop for parents; products are reasonably priced, shipping is worldwide and free on orders over $100. I just love this online depot for all things safe and healthy for our children.

THE GIVEAWAY

One reader will win a $15 gift voucher to be used towards any product on organicallyhatched.com.

First Entry (Must be done before completing extra entries)

Visit Organically Hatched and choose one of the products that you would use the $15 credit towards. Leave a comment including the product name.

Extra Entries

  1. Like Organically Hatched and City Mom on Facebook. Leave a comment here on City Mom letting me know you did and under what name.
  2. Follow Organically Hatched and City Mom on Twitter and tweet the following: City Mom’s 7 Days of Giveaways enter 2 win 7 great giveaways including organic baby products from @orghatched http://www.citymom.ca/?p=1829 – Can be tweeted once a day
  3. Post about this giveaway on your Facebook status: Enter to win 7 fabulous giveaways on City Mom: today’s giveaway is $15 to Organically Hatched. http://tinyurl.com/3v8rlkj – Can be posted once a day
  4. Follow City Mom on Google Friend Connect
  5. Subscribe to (and confirm) City Mom’s free updates (top right sidebar)
  6. Enter any of the other 7 Days of Giveaways features (1 comment for each giveaway)
  7. Place the 7 Days of Giveaways badge on your blog. Include the link to follow.

Rules

  1. The Organically Hatched giveaway will run from June 26 – July 7 at 6 p.m. ET
  2. Entries are open to Canadian residents
  3. One winner will be chosen (using And the Winner Is) and will be notified at the email address used upon entry
  4. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to the notification and failure to do so will result in a new winner selection
  5. Winners are eligible to win more than one giveaway in the 7 Days of Giveaways feature

Good luck and thanks for entering!

City Mom

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