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This Week on City Mom: Season Finale Makeover

         City Mom on Rogers TV

Wow! That’s all I can say. I can’t believe that we’re here; the season finale of City Mom. It’s hard to believe that the last eight months of hard work, learning and most of all fun, have come to an end. And to thank all you wonderful City Mom viewers and readers we wanted to offer you a chance to win an amazing makeover.

It was hard to select just one deserving mama from the City Mom Makeover Contest, but we finally picked one very deserving mom and you’ll get to meet her in this week’s episode.

SARAH MULDOWNEY

Sarah is a mom of two young children, a school teacher and a part-time single mom. You see her husband’s career has him away from home from Monday to Thursday, leaving Sarah to parenting on her own most of the time. TGIF you say? I bet Sarah would agree with you times ten!

Obviously spending her time with kids almost 24 hours of the day (students and her own) leaves her very little time for herself. So while she’s out shaping the minds of our future, she’s forgetting about herself.

Her morning routine consisted of a shower, some hair mouse and mascara. Though we can’t change Sarah’s schedule, we can change one day of her life and give her a few treats to help her maintain her new look.

WORKING ON SARAH

First Sarah met with personal stylist, Aleen Kelledjian at Leslie’s on Richmond. Aleen selected a number of fun, flirty, sexy and functional outfits for Sarah to try on. The hard part here was selecting just one ensemble from the amazing selection Leslie’s offers.

Next it was time to head to the salon. Here Sarah worked with Jeff Altenburg of Shampoo Planet. Sarah has a lot of gorgeous tresses with natural curl. Jeff’s challenge was to create a flattering look for Sarah but one that she can maintain on a daily basis.

Of course no look is complete without some complimentary makeup so for that we welcomed Jaydancin back on the scene. Rokhsana Purdy came armed with the full line of Jaydancin’s natural cosmetics line and created a dramatic yet easy-to-do look for Sarah.

THE FINAL REVEAL

Though you do get to see a small sample of Sarah’s new look in the image above, you’ll have to tune in to City Mom on Rogers TV at 7:00 p.m. to catch the whole process and the final reveal.

And to end, what better way to make Sarah feel like the gorgeous mama she is than to capture her new look with a professional photo shoot?

Thanks to Michaela Divine Photography, Sarah was made to feel like a supermodel. And the images prove it!

THANK YOU

I would like to sincerely thank you for tuning in each week and reading along on citymom.ca.

Huge appreciation also goes out to team at Rogers TV London for helping me to make this dream a reality. And last, but most definitely not least, thank you to the wonderful London businesses, services and individuals who volunteered their spaces, places and time to make this all possible!

Get out and discover London!

Urban Exposure: Cheeky Monkey {Giveaway}

Cheeky Monkey

This week in City Mom’s Urban Exposure spot we’re featuring Cheeky Monkey. If you’re a London parent, you likely know all about Cheeky Monkey since it’s a popular destination for moms, dads and caregivers alike. You probably already know that it’s a one-stop-shop for all your maternity, baby and toddler needs.

Krista Williamson is the woman behind the name Cheeky Monkey Inc. and she has two London locations; one in the north end of the city and one in the south. This makes it convenient for parents living anywhere in the city. And for those that don’t live near the store locations, you can shop online. You can also create your baby registry online or in store. How easy is that?

I love the products Cheeky Monkey carries. And they’re all carefully selected to ensure the best quality, the latest innovations and to be of the utmost safety. We are so lucky to have Cheeky Monkey in London. The chic style of the stores and the up-to-date products remind me of boutique type shops we would find in bigger cities like Toronto. Lucky for us we don’t have to travel that far

CREATING HEALTHY SLEEP HABITS

City Mom has a large focus on sleep this week so we asked Emily Ramsay, store manager of Cheeky Monkey to highlight some of the best products they carry that assist in creating healthy sleep habits.

grobag® egg™

grobag egg

Room temperature is vital in creating a safe sleeping environment for your baby and should be maintained at 16-20°C to help reduce the risk of cot death.

The grobag® egg™ glows yellow if the room temperature is within recommended guidelines (16-20°C). If the room temperature is outside this range, it acts as a reminder for you to take action to cool or heat the room, or to adjust the baby’s bedding or clothing.

grobag® Gro-clock™

Gro Clock

How do you get your children to understand when it’s time to get up? Simple, “stay in bed until you see the sun!”

The updated version of the Gro-clock uses fun images of the stars and sun to communicate when to go back to sleep and when it’s time to get up. This new version has a feature allowing parents to choose whether or not to display the digital clock during the usual ‘stars to sun’ countdown. So for older children, they can now start to learn digital time, as well as look for the arrival of the sun!

grobag® Baby Sleeping Bag™

grobag

A wearable blanket that keeps your baby at a comfortable temperature all night long. A safe and sound night’s sleep for your baby means peace of mind and more sleep for you!

Cheeky Monkey many more sleep related items that will help you to create a safe and comfortable sleeping environment for your children.

CHEEKY MONKEY GIVEAWAY

Today on City Mom you can enter to win a fabulous prize. One City Mom viewer/reader will win a grobag® Baby Sleeping Bag™ AND a grobag® egg™ from Cheeky Monkey. That’s a $110 value!

Note: Colours and patterns may differ from images above. Grobag can be selected based on size etc.

Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter.

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Thanks for watching!

This Week on City Mom: Eat, Sleep & Be Active

City Mom on Rogers TV

This week on City Mom we’re covering three topics that are of interest to all parents. That’s right; we all want our children to master the arts of eating well, sleeping through the night and getting enough exercise.  It’s good for them and well, let’s face it…it’s good for us too!

THE LITTLE GYM

The Little Gym London

First we visit The Little Gym on Wellington Road South.  And the kids in this segment steal the show! How cute are they?

The Little Gym has over 300 hundred locations across the world and London is lucky to have two of them! Our locations are owned and operated by Mari Hughes and her husband.

The Little Gym is an experiential learning and physical development center for kids ages four months through twelve years. There are a variety of structured classes that all help to instill self-confidence by allowing children the opportunity to try new things.

From dance to gymnastics to karate, the classes are designed to cover three dimensions of learning:

  1. Physical activities – burn energy, build flexibility and develop coordination.
  2. Brain activities – expand the mind, develop concentration and practice decision-making.
  3. Life skills – sharing, group work and leadership skills.

The Little Gym really is a one-stop-shop for nurturing our children`s minds and bodies. Check it out if you haven`t already and visit thelittlegym.ca to sign up for your free introductory class. Don’t forget, The Little Gym also hosts birthday parties!

CONNECT WITH THE LITTLE GYM LONDON

South Location: thelittlegym.ca/LondonSouthCan

North Location: thelittlegym.com/londonon

WEESLEEP

WeeSleep

Next we visit with Janey Reilly, the Well Rested President & Founder of WeeSleep. The work Janey does is amazing but don’t just take my word for it. To show Janey in action we wanted to work with a real sleep deprived mommy and baby. Enter Tamarra Mitches and her sweet baby girl Jane.

Janey spent a couple of weeks working with Tamarra and Jane leading up to filming this episode. After they had worked through the WeeSleep program, they invited us over to their house to chat about the techniques used by Janey and how they have changed the Mitches’ lives.

So what exactly is WeeSleep? Well Janey, who is a Professional Sleep Consultant, works with families in need of sleep and healthy sleep habits by using The Sleep Sense™ Method.

The Sleep Sense™ Method was created out of a strong belief that healthy sleep habits make for healthy children. A well-rested child is curious, energetic, happy, playful, and eager to learn. This method is not a strict plan that parents have to follow.

Instead, Janey uses her knowledge to work with families on an individual level and uses the method to guide the process. And rest assured, Janey’s process won’t have you leaving your child to cry it out alone. While there may be some tears, as change is never easy, her method is gentle and will never ask you to ignore your child’s cries.

WIN A SLEEP SESSION WITH WEESLEEP

That’s right; Janey is running a contest for City Mom viewers to win her Rescue Me Skype package. That’s a value of $425. This program will have your child sleeping through the night within 10 days! Guaranteed! Imagine that huh?

How to Enter:

Visit the WeeSleep Facebook page and leave a comment directly on the page including your story as to why you want/need to win this prize. Start your comment with the heading “CITY MOM – NEED SLEEP”.

Janey will select the winner from the stories entered and notify him/her through Facebook. Good luck!

CONNECT WITH WEESLEEP

Web: www.weesleep.ca/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/WeeSleep

Twitter: @WeeSleep

MORE ON CITY MOM

Visit this week’s Urban Exposure to check out Cheeky Monkey featuring products that compliment Janey’s sleep program. And be sure to check out City Mom’s Kitchen where Chef Jeff from The Red Moose Catering Company shares his recipe for chili that’s packed with veggies – secretly!

NEXT WEEK ON CITY MOM

Can you believe next week is the season finale for City Mom? These past eight weeks have just flown by! To celebrate the end of the season we’re giving one busy mama a head-to-toe makeover. Tune in the check out the amazing before and after.

Thanks for watching!

City Mom’s Kitchen: Red Moose Catering Co. Top Secret Chili

The Red Moose Catering Company

WARNING: Don’t let your kids watch this segment!

This week in City Mom’s Kitchen we have a secret to share! Well, it’s not actually my secret, it’s Chef Jeff’s from The Red Moose Catering Company. He shares his top secret chili recipe that is jam-packed with healthy vegetables, fragrant spices and a variety of hearty, fibre packed beans.

But the secret?

It’s the fact that the veggies are ‘hidden’ within the chili. No one will be able to tell. Not you and definitely not those sometimes picky children of yours. Shhh! Don’t tell the kids.

THE RED MOOSE CATERING CO. CHILI

Perfect for this cool fall weather! Chef Jeff finishes this dish off by adding cheddar cheese, sour cream and cookie cutter tortilla chips.

Red Moose Catering Company Chili

 Ingredients
  • 1 lbs ground turkey
  • 2 cans plum tomatoes
  • 1 bottle of malt beer or non alcoholic malt beer
  • 1 can of 6 bean variety
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 cup onions
  • 1 cup celery
  • 1 cup carrots
  • 4 garlic cloves crushed
  • 2 tablespoons mild chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons cumin
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
Method
  1. Add 1 tbsp of oil to fry pan and brown turkey on med to med high heat till reaches temp of 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Drain excess fat and set aside.
  2. In large pot add 1 tbsp oil and add carrot, celery, onion and garlic.
  3. Cook on medium to med high heat until it becomes soft.
  4. Add beer, tomatoes, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper.
  5. Adjust heat to bring pot to a simmer and simmer for 10 15 min.
  6. Puree ingredients and add turkey.
  7. Simmer for another 15 min and serve.
  8. Enjoy!

Note: This recipe is great for freezing for future meals.

This Week on City Mom: Child Safety

City Mom on Rogers TV

We’ve covered so many great topics on City Mom but one aspect we have not yet touched on is child safety. This topic can be quite in-depth because it seems that when our little ones come into the world, they are born without a sense of fear. Their curiosity seems to set them up for a lot of potential danger.

This week we visit the YMCA Children’s Safety Village and we get some expert tips about dog safety from Melissa Millet of In Dogs We Trust.

YMCA Children's Safety Village

YMCA CHILDREN’S SAFETY VILLAGE

What an amazing facility we have in London to give children (from Kindergarten to grade 4) a hands-on learning opportunity about road, home and fire safety.

Tell me and I will forget. Show me and I may remember. Involve me and I will understand. –YMCA Children’s Safety Village

This child-sized village is located within the Fanshawe Conservation Area and features 26 mini-buildings in the outdoor portion. You’ll find realistic streets, working traffic signals, railway crossing a real school bus and much more.

Riding the mini cars at the YMCA Children's Safety Village

The inside portion of the Safety Village’s allows children get to work and learn within two classrooms and Sparky the Fire Dog’s apartment. Again, the hands-on aspects continue with a mini kitchen with pots and pans, toaster, oven etc.

The YMCA Children’s Safety Village’s programming is supported by the London Police Service and the London Fire Department. And for this episode we get to chat with two educators from these vital London services to discuss the curriculum that they teach at the village.

Learning with the London Fire Department

The YMCA Children’s Safety Village is not open to the public (expect one day a year) but is open for school visits and what’s even better is that it’s free for these class trips. If you want your child to experience all that the village has to offer, speak to your child’s teacher.

CONNECT WITH THE YMCA CHILDREN’S SAFETY VILLAGE

Web: www.safetyvillage.ca

Email: info@safetyvillage.ca

Tel.: 519-455-5437

IN DOGS WE TRUST

In Dogs We Trust

This week Melissa Millett from In Dogs We Trust, her daughter Sienna and their dog Sophia visit us to share some excellent tips on child and dog safety. For example, do you know what to do if a dog charges at your child? And what would you do if your child got knocked to the ground by a dog in an attack?

Melissa demonstrates the actions that every child should know when it comes to dealing with dogs. She also points out some key things to watch out for such as how to behave when you approach a dog that is tied up and how to introduce your child to a new dog.

Melissa & Sophia

In Dogs We Trust is a motivational dog training business in London. What does that mean exactly? Well Melissa and her trainers use a positive based method to teach dogs what their owners want them to do rather than reprimanding them for the behaviours they do not want.

Melissa is also part of the Rogers TV London family as the host and Community Producer of Doggy House Calls.

CONNECT WITH MELISSA

Web: indogswetrust.ca

Twitter: @In_Dogs_WeTrust

MORE ON CITY MOM

Check out this week’s Urban Exposure where we visit Artventure and City Mom’s Kitchen where Little S and I make some banana muffins from Tosca Reno’s The Eat-Clean Diet Vegetarian Cookbook. You can also enter to win your own copy!

Thanks for watching!

Urban Exposure: Artventure

Artventure

This week’s Urban Exposure feature is Artventure. If you have a budding artist on your hands, you’ll love this week’s feature.

ARTVENTURE

The name of Artventure says it all; adventure in art! Run by a mother-daughter team, Ayala and Erica Reshef, Artventure is a multimedia art school for children and adults alike. From finger painting to modeling clay to watercolours, there are endless choices of mediums to discover.

The art classes are divided into specific age groups and the curriculum is created in an age appropriate manner.  Classes range from JK to adult.

JK – GRADE 12 CLASSES

JK (4 & 5 years of age) classes allow children  to explore  using finger paints, crayons, tempera, markers and modeling clay. More senior students will be allowed to discover their own personal style by learning techniques with conté, charcoal, pencil crayons and more.

Artventure

Creations by Artventure students

ADULT CLASSES

And it’s not all about the kids. Adults can flourish and learn at Artventure too. Have you always wanted to explore your artistic side? Did you use to enjoy painting, drawing etc. but have set it aside due to a busy schedule?  Well, here’s a perfect excuse to get started.

Adult classes include drawing, painting and sculpture. It is said that challenging your brain with new activities such as art can help to keep your brain sharp and potentially ward off diseases such as Alzheimer’s, dementia etc.  So to me, carving out two hours a week to explore your creative side sounds just as important as our daily exercise routine.

Artventure also hosts birthday parties and summer camps which rounds this facility out to be a very family friendly experience.

CONNECT WITH ARTVENTURE

Web: www.artventure.ca

Tel.: 519-471-4278

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/ArtVenture-Art-Studio

Twitter: @artventure_

Address: 1438 Aldersbrook Road, London, ON

Thanks for watching!

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