Parenting

Stock Up For Girls Summer Wardrobe & Save with the Limeapple Summer Event on Friday, May 6th

Limeapple

If you’ve shopped with Limeapple before, you already know about this great children’s clothing line and if you haven’t, then you’re in for a treat; regardless everyone is in for some great savings with the Limeapple Summer Event.

Limeapple is a Canadian-based premier lifestyle brand of clothing for young girls and preteens that promotes girls to lead positive, healthy and empowered lifestyles.

With age appropriate styles, bright colours and on trend designs, it’s a favourite among girls and moms alike. From active wear for a their favourite activity to casual wear for school or boutique clothing for special events, Limeapple offers something for every girl.

LIMEAPPLE SUMMER EVENT – FRIDAY MAY 6TH

Limeapple Summer Event

Little S and I are going to be trying out some of the Limeapple styles and sharing our thoughts with you in the next couple of weeks, but we couldn’t wait to share the big sale coming tomorrow, Friday, May 6, 2016 with you because it’s that good.

It’s pretty simple:

  • Buy one item, save 25% on your order
  • Buy two items, save 30% on your order
  • Buy three items, save 35% on your order
  • Buy four or more items, save 40% on your entire order

And as always, shipping is free on orders over $20 to the US or Canada and prices are of course in CAD which makes this event even more affordable as there are no surprises when your credit card statement comes.

Ordering is super-easy with easy to understand size charts, high-res images of each item and easy navigation. Visit limeapple.ca on Friday, May 6th to stock up on summer clothes and save one day only.

City Mom

Teach your children pro-social skills with Faraway Woods

Have you heard of the free podcast series Faraway Woods? If not, you are in for a treat…we love Faraway Woods in our house:

ABOUT FARAWAY WOODS

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Faraway Woods is a free podcast produced by CLIMB Theater; an interactive podcast for early childhood (ages 4-9) that teaches pro-social skills.

How is this achieved? The Faraway Woods program has two parts: the first is a series of free, interactive audio dramas in the form of podcasts. The second part includes free, follow-up activities that teachers and parents can do with their children after they’ve listened to the podcast.

Faraway Woods comes from the imagination of playwright and CLIMB Theater Artistic Director, Peg Wetli affectionately known as “Peggly”. Through unique characters, important social skills such as empathy, are demonstrated throughout the stories.

WHY WE LOVE FARAWAY WOODS

Faraway Woods Podcast

When I first learned of Faraway Woods, I was intrigued, but I wasn’t sure what Little S would think as she had never listened to a podcast before. Together we snuggled up to listen to the first episode and immediately we were hooked, we even acted along with a flashlight shadow puppets. It provided an awesome bonding experience.

We were pleasantly surprised to discover that not only were the stories enjoyable to listen to, they were also interactive; Mrs. Meriwinkle, a motherly wallaby, asks her listeners to join in with some physical activity like hopping, jumping and acting along with her instructions.

We also love the way the stories encourage children to use their imaginations; with vivid descriptions of the characters, kids can create images in their minds of what each personality looks like and how they interact with the other creatures. This is something that watching movies or TV just doesn’t provide.

LISTEN TO FARAWAY WOODS

The greatest part is that Faraway Woods is available at no cost, though if you really love the experience, you can donate to CLIMB Theater to ensure the stories live on. Visit iTunes or Stitcher to access these wonderful tales and be sure to let us know what you think.

City Mom

Who Doesn’t Love Free Samples? #BestBuyBaby

Best Buy Viva Baby

As a busy mom of two, saving time is crucial for me.  However, protecting the environment is also very important to me. I knew that cloth diapering was the right choice for me when it came to diapering options for my children, even if it meant dedicating a little more time towards the process. Still, finding time-saving options within the cloth diapering process is always very welcomed and Bumkins Snap-In-One cloth diapers have proven to be able to do this.

Overall, I have been happy with the quality and ease of my current brand until I was able to compare them to Bumkins Snap-In-One cloth diapers after being chosen by Best Buy Canada VIVA Baby Samplers Club to test them.

BEST BUY’S VIVA BABY SAMPLERS CLUB

In order to help Canadian moms choose the best products for their new bundles of joy, Best Buy has come up with the VIVA Baby Samplers Club

The VIVA Baby Samplers Club is an opportunity for moms of children under two-years old to test and keep VIVA Baby products for FREE! All you have to do is sign up via BestBuy.ca for a chance to be selected to join the program! If you’re chosen, all you have to do is tell Best Buy Canada what they think of the product and it’s yours to keep!

VIVA Baby from Best Buy carries a huge selection of baby essentials from maternity to nursery to gear-to-go and more. A wide range of products are all available at BestBuy.ca including furniture, car seats, strollers, carriers, toys, monitors and more.

 

Good to know: products that you buy online at BestBuy.ca can be returned in store (we love this)!

 

BUMKINS SNAP-IN-ONE CLOTH DIAPERS

I received this Bumkins Diaper Cover & Liner Bundle package in the mail and I was so excited to open it and see all the cute patterns inside!

Bumkins Snap-In-One Cloth Diapers

There are turtles, owls and some other gender-neutral colours. It also comes with a 100-pack of diaper liners which are a great environmentally-friendly option since they are biodegradable and flushable, making solid waste messes even easier to deal with since you simply dispose of the entire liner!

Bumkins Snap-In-One Cloth Diapers

The Diaper shell on Bumkins Snap-In-One cloth diapers also has button snaps on the inside to hold the inserts in securely, unlike my current brand which are inserted freely and tend to move around as baby sleeps, making the diaper less absorbent in some areas.

They are a one size, adjustable fit that grows with baby. They have a waterproof outer shell, which I’ve tested on my son overnight and he stayed completely dry, no leaks! The opening of the diaper is big enough to stuff extra inserts in for added absorbency, but I didn’t even need to overnight; one soft insert was enough!

The Bumkins Snap-In-One cloth diapers are made with an inner stay-dry wicking microfleece which really helps keep moisture away from contact with baby’s skin and they are designed for quick drying. They wash up really well too with hardly any staining!

I was so impressed with Bumkins Snap-In-One Cloth Diapers that I will definitely be buying more as I need them in the future!

Be sure to check out Best Buy`s Viva Baby Samplers Club to start enjoying this fun and unique opportunity.

This post was generously sponsored by Best Buy Canada, but the opinions and images are my own. For more information, visit www.bestbuy.ca.

There are nearly 200 Best Buy locations to serve, including sixty-five former Future Shop stores which are now open and transitioning into a Best Buy. Visit BestBuy.ca to shop or find the store nearest you. You can return most products online and in-store at your local Best Buy. They do not accept every product back due to hygienic reasons.

Village Mom

The Ontario College of Teachers: Educate Yourself on Your Child’s Education

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If you’re a parent in Ontario with school-aged children, you’ve probably heard of the Ontario College of Teachers, but are you familiar with what exactly they are and what role they play in your child’s education?

The Ontario College of Teachers is more than an education program to prepare teachers in Ontario; they are an excellent resource for Ontario families when it comes to educating our children.

I LoveTeachers

I have always had a great appreciation for teachers. I have a few friends who are teachers so I feel I have a pretty good understanding of the life of a teacher. I know that it’s rewarding work but it comes with a lot of responsibility and it can be hard work! I know that our teachers have worked hard to have the privilege to teach in Ontario schools and that they deal with a lot of different things on the job.

I appreciate the fact that it is teachers who spend more time with my daughter during the week than I do. I feel indebted to them for educating and caring for my child when she is not with me. And I have a great deal of trust and respect for what they do.

This trust and respect comes from the personal relationship we have with Little S’ teachers and her school as a whole but it began before that; it is an unspoken confidence that I have in Ontario’s education system.

ONTARIO COLLEGE OF TEACHERS AND WHAT THEY DO

It is thanks to the Ontario College of Teachers and all that they do that I am able to have this confidence. For example, did you know that you can use the Find a Teacher tool via the Ontario College of Teachers’ website to look up a teacher in Ontario?

Using this tool you can access the College’s public register (a list of all teachers who have been certified to teach in Ontario’s publicly funded schools) to learn the following information as it applies to teachers in Ontario*:

  • The teacher’s qualifications
  • Date of initial certification
  • Status with the College
  • Disciplinary history (if applicable)
  • Restrictions / teaching limitations (if applicable)

You can also use the Ontario College of Teachers website to learn how teachers are certified in Ontario and in turn are eligible (and continue to be eligible through annual licensing) to teach in our schools. This is great information to be aware of because it gives us the knowledge and confidence that we are placing the skilled professionals in our educational facilities.

There is a long list of other tools and resources available through the Ontario College of Teachers, such as Annual Reports, FAQs, College Council election information to name a few; all of which help to build a knowledge base on how education works in our province. Take a moment to visit www.oct.ca to explore in greater detail.

STAY UP TO DATE ON YOUR CHILD’S EDUCATION

The Ontario College of Teachers offers a free, electronic newsletter, The Standard. It’s a great idea to sign up to receive these notifications as they are filled with a wealth of information that helps to support you and your family in Ontario’s education system. You will find information such as:

  • College services that help you learn more about teacher qualifications
  • How the College works to ensure high standards in education
  • Reports on trends in education
  • Changes in education legislation

CONNECT WITH ONTARIO COLLEGE OF TEACHERS

Along with the great information found on the oct.ca website, you can also stay connected via their social media outlets:

Twitter: @OCT_OEEO
Facebook: facebook.com/OntarioTeachers
Youtube (English and French): youtube.com/user/OCTvideoOEEO

The Ontario College of Teachers is an excellent resource for parents and caregivers in Ontario. I am really glad that I took the time to educate myself on my child’s education and I know that you will too!

* Deceased teachers are not searchable

This post was generously sponsored by Ontario College of Teachers but the opinions and images are my own. For more information, visit www.oct.ca.

City Mom

LittleEcoFootPrint Giveaway

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Last month I announced my role as a Mom Expert with LittleEcoFootprint. This Canadian company was founded by two enviro-conscious moms who were looking for safe, nontoxic products for their sons.

Today, LittleEcoFootPrint is a doorstep delivery service that offers eco-friendly, chemical-free and most importantly, safe products for moms and their babies. Consider Lisa and Kristy your personal shoppers and know that they have your child’s health and safety at the top of their list. Sit back and enjoy all that motherhood has to offer and let LittleEcoFootprint do the work for you.

GIVE YOURSELF THE GIFT OF EASE

LittleEcoFootprint’s first monthly box of goodies will be shipped in February of this year. You can now sign up for your membership for $25 a month. Boxes will be filled with age and season appropriate items for mom and baby that all fall under the eco-friendly, nontoxic category. Box values are between $35 and $45 each month.

FOLLOW ALONG WITH VILLAGE MOM

As mentioned back in December, Village Mom, a.k.a. Lindsay will be City Mom’s new Baby Consultant as she is expecting her first baby in February. Each month, Lindsay will share what the contents of her LittleEcoFootprint box are and her review of each product. Stay up to date on the latest, safest and most trendy baby and toddler items through City Mom and LittleEcoFootprint.

WIN A THREE MONTH SUBSCRIPTION TO LITTLEECOFOOTPRINT

I’m excited to share that one City Mom reader will win a 3 Month, LittleEcoFootprint membership. The winner’s first shipment will be tailored to the age of their child and sent out on February 15, 2013. They will also receive a second shipment in March and a third shipment in April. How exciting!

Giveaway is open to all Canadian residents with a Canadian mailing address.

Please use the form below to enter the giveaway and good luck!

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City Mom

I am a Lioness, hear me roar!

 Lioness

With the recent tragic event that took place in Newtown, CT, I ‘m sure I’m not alone in the fact that I appreciate parenting more. I have a new outlook on the gift that I’ve been given and that is being a mom; the parent of a little angel who seems to have been put on this earth by God Himself.

It’s unfortunate that it takes a tragedy for us to take stock of our lives, but this one hit too close to home. Most of us have children around the same age as those innocent children who lost their lives. This didn’t happen in some crime capital of the world that we could never identify with. This happened in Anywhere, USA; in Anytown, Canada.

I’ve been feeling sombre, as I’m sure a lot of the world has been light of the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting. I’ve been having trouble falling asleep at night as disturbing images flash on the stage behind my eyes.  I can’t help but put myself in the shoes of the families whom have suffered.

This post is not about that though. It’s not that I don’t have an opinion or some very strong feelings towards the subject; it’s just that I don’t think I can offer any new perspective on the subject or put the feelings into better words than others already have.

TAKING STOCK

When you picked up your child from school/daycare on Friday, December 14, 2012, did you hug them extra hard? Did your feet pick up a little faster once you spotted their twinkling eyes? I know mine did and when Little S and I got home, I saw the gigantic hug my husband gave her and it seemed to last a lot longer too.

Becoming a mother hasn’t been easy for me. It didn’t come naturally to me to put my needs on the (very furthest from the front) back burner. We’ve had our ups and downs and we’ve struggled with some issues.  I often hear that little voice in my head telling me to “Slow down. Take this all in. Enjoy this.” But when I find myself in a difficult stage, it’s hard to ignore that other little voice that says “I can’t wait for this particular stage to be over.”

But the last few days have been different and I’m focusing on what really matters. I’m slowing down and savouring the special moments and I’m even trying to enjoy the not-so-special moments. Like a New Year’s Resolution, this momentum can fade and it’s natural to become ‘comfortable’ in your life and sometimes we need reminders.

THE ROAR OF A MAMA LION

I received one of those reminders today; I happened to have The View on TV for some background noise. I don’t think I’ve ever actually watched an episode of The View but one of the guests grabbed my attention.  It was Leslie Mann discussing her new movie This is 40. I really want to see it so I think that’s why I stopped.

Alicia Keys

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The next guest happened to be Alicia Keys and something she said during her interview caused me to stop, rewind (thank goodness for PVR) and take notes. When Barbara Walters asked Alicia about motherhood and how it had changed her life she replied with the following:

“It’s changed everything, without question. I guess you never know that until it really happens.  It’s made me so much better; I’ve become so much wiser, and so much more ready to step into my womanhood, and I’m empowered.

“I’ve been ready to make choices I didn’t know how to make before. You become this lioness and all of a sudden you’re like ‘NO!’.”

When she said the word “No!” she said it with a deeper, louder voice; mimicking the roar of a mama lion, protecting her cubs.  Perhaps it was this new found parenting appreciation or the fact that it’s Christmastime and I’m in “giving mode” or in fact both, but it caused me to reflect and take a step back to appreciate this thing called Motherhood.

It is a wild ride and you just cannot achieve perfection in this career. But is it ever the most rewarding job we’ve ever been given?

I am a Lioness. Hear me roar!

Image courtesy of Rob Bonneywell/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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