Santa‘Tis the Season and lots to do in the coming weeks!

It’s that time of year again and this time, instead of last year, when Karmyn was too little to partake in the many holiday festivities taking place around town, she is now a thriving 13-month old, who gets excited at her favourite song and is quite the tiny social butterfly.  What can I say?  She gets it from her mama!

Check out what’s happening around Durham Region this holiday season.  It’s quite a list and I hope to get through as much of it as possible with Karmyn (and my husband, Karl) in tow!  As long as we, I mean, Karmyn, gets to see Santa, all of the cold and possibly frosted nose and toes will be worth it!

As  much as I would like some perfect photos of Karmyn with Santa, I wouldn’t mind being apart of the “My kid is deathly afraid of Santa” club, just so I too can share those cutsie photos of Karmyn bawling her eyes out while sitting in the lap of Old St. Nick!  Does this make me a bad mom?

Maybe I’ll see you around at one of these events.  Check out my list of 12 things to do for the Twelve Days of Christmas.

1) HO, HO, HO!! It’s that time of year again. Santa is one busy guy. Starting this weekend Santa will be visiting Beaverton and Bowmanville on Saturday November 15th and Toronto, Newcastle and Cobourg on Sunday, November 16

2) Saturday November 29th from 6-8pm. Once again, Ajax residents and visitors are invited to come out and welcome Santa when he arrives in town for “Santa’s Magical Parade of Lights”.

3) Beaverton Santa Claus Parade Saturday November 15th 12 noon- 2pm Theme – Winter Wonderland Starting at Beaverton Home Hardware down Mara Rd,

4) BowmanvilleSaturday November 15th at 10:30am The theme this year is “A Toyland Christmas”. This entertaining event will start promptly at 10:30 am and wind its way through town starting at the Library and finishing at Memorial Clubhouse.

5) Cobourg, Sunday November 16th at 2pm. Westwards along King from D’Arcy to William.

6) Courtice 2nd Annual Courtice Santa Claus Parade, Sunday, December 7, Noon-2:00pm

7) Newcastle, Sunday November 16 at 5:30pm The Newcastle Santa Parade is a wonderful event starting with a fantastic fireworks display at 5:30 pm followed by 70 entries that range from marching bands, to clowns and beautifully light up floats that children of all ages enjoy.

8) Oshawa, Saturday November 22nd at 6pm.Santa’s Parade of Lights, Oshawa starts at 6:00 p.m. and all parking lots on the east side of the mall are closed.

9) Pickering, Saturday November 29th from 10am- 12pm Parade Route: Glenanna Road, between Dixie Road and Pickering Parkway

10) Port Perry, Saturday December 6th at 5pm. The Scugog Chamber of Commerce & Port Perry Lions Club bring to you the 2014 parade theme of “Present, Past & Future” Parade starts at the Port Perry Fairgrounds.

11) Uxbridge, Saturday November 22nd at 11am. Welcome to the 54th Uxbridge Santa Claus Parade!  Theme 2014 “Winter Wonderland”!

12) Whitby, Saturday December 6th from 10am-noon. Approximately 20,000 people line Brock Street each year to watch the marching bands, dance groups, floats, clowns and musical entertainment – all in anticipation of catching a glimpse of Santa Claus and his reindeer.Parade route is along Brock Street from Manning Road to Trent Street.


So there you have it folks! Lots to see and do with the kids this season and PLENTY of Santa to go around,  All kids and adults alike will get a chance to spot Kris Kringle…if you’ve stay off the naughty list of course!

Happy Holidays

One of our sponsors, Mucnhkin Canada, was kind enough to send us each the new Latch – Stage 1 Bottle to try out and review.

To rid the world of tired & mundane products, they develop clever solutions that make parenting safer, easier & more fun! www.munchkin.com.

They tried to reinvent the bottle and make feeding baby by bottle so similar to breastfeeding that they can’t tell the difference. Some features of the bottle is that it:

1) Stretches for a better latch: Proper latch is achieved when mom’s nipple reaches all the way back to baby’s soft palate. The accordion-style nipple on LATCH stretches like the breast, helping baby latch easily and correctly.

2) Pumps like the breast: When breastfeeding, baby controls the flow of milk by applying pressure to the base of mom’s nipple. The LATCH bottle mimics mom by releasing more breast milk as baby pushes against the nipple’s base.

3) Moves to prevent colic: While feeding, the accordion-style nipple flexes as baby moves her head. This allows baby to maintain her latch, thus decreasing ingestion of air.

4) Has an anti-colic valve: The one-way, anti-colic valve located at the bottom of the LATCH bottle allows for breast milk to flow while ensuring air bubbles do not travel through.

Photo: Looking for a mom and baby that is interested in trying out AND reviewing the NEW Munchkin Latch bottle!</p>
<p>This bottle is Stage 1, for babies 0 - 3 months. If possible this needs to be completed within the next 7 days. Thanks mamas!

One of our moms, Martina, from our Mom and Baby class was kind enough to complete the review by testing the Latch bottle on her newborn Oliver.  Here is what she had to say:

Unfortunately we didn't love the bottle :( We did the first 3 minutes
and then not so much.

We found this bottle very easy to use. Oliver latched on it without any
problems. The great thing is also that the nipple moves as he moved his
head. The bottle was very easy to grip and hold.
photo 1Cons:
- Nipple sucks in restricting flow of the milk. 
- Anti colic Valve leaked at the bottom 
- If bottle is tipped up, the nipple blocks nose
 photo 2

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