Summer Camp Guide For Durham and GTA

I can’t believe just a few more weeks before school is out for summer.  Like many of you, I find myself panicking to find things to keep my toddler busy so that I am not constantly having the same question repeated day in and day out, even before I can open my eyes properly. “Mom! where are we going and what are we doing today?”

Thanks to some great cites like Parent Source that has put together a Summer camp guide for Durham and the GTA.  This could be a lifesaver resource for some of us, especially seeing that our time until summer vacation is right around the corner.  Check out the link HERE.

Good Luck with your search! I think  I’m all set!


Yesterday was World Autism Awareness Day, but it is being recognized for the entire month of April.

What is World Autism Awareness day?

World Autism Awareness Day is an internationally recognized day on 2 April every year, encouraging Member States of the United Nations to take measures to raise awareness about people with autism throughout the world.

What is Autism?
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a life-long neurological disorder that affects the way a person communicates and relates to the people and world around them. ASD can affect behaviour, social interactions, and one’s ability to communicate. ASD is a spectrum disorder, which means that while all people with ASD will experience certain difficulties, the degree to which each person on the spectrum experiences these challenges will be different.

Research shows that 1 is 68 children are currently diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. It is now the fastest growing and most commonly diagnosed neurological disorder in Canada.

Did you know that right here in Durham region we have a safe park for all?

Ajax resident and autism grandmother Karen Tremblay and Autism Ontario Durham Region worked with the town of Ajax on a plan to provide a safe playground for kids who are prone to wandering or elopement. The park provides a safe and inclusive space for children with all abilities to play.  Click Here for more information and location.

In closing, A few Things People With Autism want you to know:
1) Calling someone “high functioning” is not helpful. Every autistic person has a unique combination of skills and needs.
2) They do not lack empathy. Research shows that this is not the case, but it may be the total opposite.
3) Not all of us can talk, but we all have something to say. We communicate in different ways, you just need to listen to us.
4) We work hard to be part of your world; and we are exhausted

Many events are happening across Canada for the month of April.  Click Here for Autism Ontario events for Durham region and Toronto.

I hope this snippet of information has provided some awareness/education on this misunderstood disorder.

Tervis is the original customizable, double-wall insulated drinkware that keeps hot drinks hot, cold drinks cold and is backed by a

lifetime guarantee.

As I read though the website, I found some statements of how Tervis separates itself from the rest. The features listed are:

Keeps Cold Drinks Cold.

Think of all the extra ice you’ll save for delicious frozen margaritas!

Keeps Hot Drinks Hot

Hotter than other cups. Take a cautionary sip before you start swigging.

Reduces Condensation

Gives you the freedom to host parties without coaster anxiety.

Lifetime Guaräntee

Tervis drinkware is made for a lifetime of total sipping satisfaction.

Dishwasher Safe

No matter who (or what) does the washing in your home, Tervis drinkware is safe in the suds

Personalized Designs

An Environmentally Safe Product

All products are BPA-free

I was lucky enough to be asked by one of Canada’s top Baby stores, buy buy Baby to review this awesome company and two items on their Tervis product line; My First Tervis™ Sippy Cup and 10oz. Wavy Tumbler.

Because I do have a 13-month old and a 3.5year old,,this was a no-brainer for me to accept.

What I noticed right away was their huge selection of tumblers and sippy’s. Patterned, solid coloured, Disney inspired,

superhero and sports- themed, tumblers for adults, the assortment went on and on. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on them and most importantly, to see how my kids would love (or hate) it. 

I chose a “Sofia The First” 10oz tumbler for my toddler and a very cute pink floral elephant for my baby for her first sippy. Summer was here and with the temperatures to prove it.

So I decided to challenge Tervis

regarding their “keeps cold things cold” statement. I filled both the sippy and the tumbler with cold water and added ice cubes to them just to put it to the real test. As the kids and I went about our day, I noticed the ice was still there, in tact. Fast forward 3 hours and not only were the ice cubes still there, but they hadn’t lost there shape! Needless to say, I was pretty impressed and super jealous that I had not chosen an adult tumbler for myself to take home.

The website doesn’t state this (that I could easily find anyway), but I am almost certain they are damage-proof. My 13-month old dropped her sippy religiously after every drink, for fun! But I am happy to report it withstood the ultimate test, the baby test, and came out on top!

My toddler absolutely loves her tumbler! She was so wise as to point out to me that it was Sofia The First on it as I had only picked it out for her because it was pretty. I love that they are splatter-proof, but mainly, I love their design and how independent it makes her feel that she can drink from a “big-girl” cup. The easy slide lid is so convenient and simple for my tot to use and when its closed, and falls over, absolutely nothing happens! The water stays in! I am speaking from experience here.

So overall, Tervis seems to be the leading brand in our household, and I have never seen these sold anywhere else but at buybuy Baby. The Tumbler retails for approximately $24.99 and the sippy for about $14.99 which, to be honest, sounds a bit steep. However, for all the features, including a LIFETIME guarantee of its quality,,it is definitely worth it!




Written by: (guest mommy blogger) Ash Stevens

So, it seems every mom and their dog is using essential oils. Unfortunately, many are also making money off of them. Thanks to all their marketing and self-promotion, essential oils seem like another triangle-scheme that’s bound to lose it’s money-making steam.

But guess what? Scientific studies are showing that quality essential oils are legit. Whether it’s peppermint’s use in treating IBS, or it’s frankincense’s ability to kill cancer cells — study findings support the use of essential oils in evidence-based care.

If you’re ready to use kid-friendly essential oils that have support from science, then this is the post for you! Read on to see how oils can be used to legitimately aid everyday ailments.

Aches And Pains

Pain and muscle aches seem like more of a topic for weight lifters and arthritis sufferers, but kids need this consideration too. Pain has many consequences like cost and time, for starters. Most importantly, it costs our children and families quality of life. Instead of struggling through our days, we should get help from our herbal allies.

Tummy Troubles

We all have the joy of experiencing the diet and schedule that fits our body type. Nothing reminds you more of this than the exploring bellies of children. Whether your little one is struggling with gas or digestion, there are oils that science proposes may help.

Cold And Flu

Thanks to having an immune system that’s fresh in development, our little ones are bound to come down with a cold, flu, or stomach flu (no, it’s not the same thing as the flu). When our kids come down with a viral or bacterial infection, we generally jump to treat the symptoms we see like fever or cramping. However, we forget that these symptoms are a result of an overabundance of foreign microscopics. With that in mind, I’ll cover oils which are known to enhance immunity and fight off microbes.


Cuts, scrapes, burns, and gashes will put a damper on any kids day. This is where essential oils shine like the sun. With antibacterial essential oils to ward of infection, and anti-inflammatory oils to reduce pain and swelling, we can save our children all sorts of pain. There are actually some oils so helpful for healing, they can reduce scarring. If there’s one area that’s worthy of budgeting for essential oils, this may be it.

Do you use essential oils at home? What are your favorite ways to use them? Be sure to share below!

Would you like to win tickets to The Baby Show, Toronto’s premium pregnancy and early parenting event?

You can spend the day getting pampered, learning from experts, and shopping everything pregnancy, baby and toddler from top local and national brands! Be sure to stop by our Mommy Connections booth and say hello!

Mommy Connections fans can save $3 off the $15 ticket price with the online promo code MC2017, buy tickets to The Baby Show here.

Enter for your chance to win a pair of tickets to The Baby Show, April 1st and 2nd at the Enercare Centre, Hall D. Contest closes March 27, 2017. Winner will be contacted via email.

Enter our contest HERE

Show Details:


Saturday, April 1, 2017 – 9am to 6pm

Sunday, April 2, 2017 – 10am to 5pm


Enercare Centre, Hall D

Exhibition Place

100 Princes’ Blvd., Toronto, ON, M6K 3C3

Ticket Price:

$15 online (Save $3 with the promo code MC2017) and at the door (cash only). Kids 12 and under are free.

With over 130 national and local exhibitors, The Baby Show highlights include:

Massage Area

New and expectant moms can experience a free massage from Sutherland-Chan Massage School to help alleviate ailments related to pregnancy and caring for baby.

Learn how to be a green parent!

Exhibitors with a focus on health and wellness and natural/organic/eco-friendly products and services specifically for moms and babies will be recognized by “The Baby Show Green” decal in their exhibit space.

Seminar Stage 

Plan your visit and hear local and national parenting experts speak on a variety of topics ranging from immunization, pregnancy and birth-related worries to nutrition for parents and baby. All speakers are also available for a question and answer period after their talks. Visit our website for a show schedule.

Health & Wellness Mat

Take part in a prenatal yoga class and you could walk away with one of 20 yoga mats from Gaiam! Learn about infant massage, enjoy a fitness demo and how to recognize, treat and support post partum depression.

Safety 1st Product & Safety Stage

This stage offers an introduction to cloth diapering, car seat safety and babyproofing your home seminars as well as first aid for the first year!

Etsy Junior Area

A dedicated area on the show floor for select exhibitors showcasing handmade, local products from brands found on Etsy.

FREE Sleep Consultation

The KinderSleep team will be on hand to help you with your sleep concerns and answer your questions.

Rest Area and Reading Nook

A spacious area designed to encourage literacy and give you a perfect place to take a break. Sit down on a comfy chair and read up on pregnancy and parenting or read your little one a fun and colourful board book.

Speaker Series Highlights:

Dr. Paul Roumeliotis – Immunization

Taya Griffin – How to get off to the best breastfeeding start

Lianne Phillipson – Starting solids with your baby

Ann Douglas – Top ten pregnancy & birth-related worries

Margaret Wallis-Duffy – Baby massage & millenial mom toolbox

Dr. Sarah Mikeler – Ideal fetal positions for an easier birth

Association of Ontario Midwives – Overview of midwifery care

St. John Amublance – First aid essentials in the first year and beyond

The 2nd Annual Kidapalooza Family Festival will take place INDOORS at the Markham Fair Grounds on Family Day Weekend, February 18th – 20th, 2017. For the 2017 event, Kidapalooza has expanded and will feature ​over 45,000 square feet of activity stations, play zones, interactive inflatables, a performance stage, dance parties, and vendors – this three day long celebration of the imagination will have families creating, exploring and playing together. Kidapalooza is committed to providing a hands-on, creative experience for families from all across the Greater Toronto Area.


In March 2015 Organic Fruits and Veggies Food Cooperative was created to help families have better access to affordable organic fruits and veggies in Durham Region.
Our purpose is not to accumulate profit, but to provide members with affordable organic produce. All produce is 100% certified organic, we emphasis locally grown seasonal produce – often with items you just won’t find in the grocery store. We buy from different organic farmers in bulk at wholesale prices and share with our members, so that we all get the best price possible.
Enjoy the convenience of arriving home from work with your organic fruits and veggies box waiting for you. We love making organic fruit and veggies affordable for our members

We order food from local farms and suppliers at wholesale prices which are shared with our members. We place the order for food, pack and deliver member’s orders to their door weekly, bi-weekly or occasionally.

We offer our members a variety of box sizes packed full or fresh local organic produce and subscription options that are flexible.

Organic Fruits and Veggies supports local farmers. Over 60% of the produce in our boxes during Ontario’s growing season is local to Ontario, so our produce is always fresh while keeping Ontario’s economy strong.

We are excited to be celebrating our 1st year of helping families in Durham Region have access to affordable organic produce and we look forward to many more years of serving our community.

I love when I get deliveries! I’m like a child at Christmas, waiting for Santa to deliver the goods! So imagine how happy I was to receive the Diono Radian RXT Convertible Car Seat to my doorstep. I was in car seat heaven.

Upon opening the box, the very first thing I noticed was a “fun fact” sheet which told me weight capacities at each stage, safety features, comfort features and convenience features. Some of the points listed under each feature were as follows:

Weight Capacities

Safety Features:

Comfort Features:

Convenience Features:

On Diono’s website, I loved the various selection of colours to choose from.

When we were on our car seat journey with our baby girls (the oldest being 3 and the baby 5 months) and upon further research and review, one of the leading car seats to purchase was a Diono. The general overall consensus was that it was a GREAT car set, but was extremely heavy and quite large which didn’t fit with most vehicles. So truth be told, just based on those reviews alone, we went with another brand. However, I always found myself drawn to the brand and have several mommy friends who “absolutely love” their Diono car seat! So of course I had to revisit this, especially since the Summer 2016 arrival of our little squish.

I got hubby to do everything as I trust him more than myself to put anything together, especially when it comes to our girls. There were only a few pieces that had to be attached to the main body of the seat so, overall, very easy. The seat was all ready and set to come with me to my Holiday Tot Christmas Party!

Before packing up to head to my class, hubby showed me how easy it was to carry the seat by holding the red strap which tied around the seat. I did notice that the seat itself was a bit weighty but nothing like how heavy the reviews were saying it was. I was able to carry it in one hand essentially. Once I arrived, I set the seat up and snapped pics of the parents and toddlers trying the Radian out.

One by one, I watched and took pics of each mom and tot who decided to check out this gorgeous seat. I asked a few about it and some said they were looking at the seat but didn’t make a final decision where others said that they own a Diono and absolutely love it. Some of the moms pointed out that they own more than one and knew that Diono was just about the only car seat out there narrow enough to put three across the backseat of a motor vehicle to hold multiple children.

The moms found placing their toddler in the seat pretty simple and found buckling up very easy, once the tots quit squirming, of course. The side cushions were amazing and the moms found the back support, though rather tall to be surprisingly comfortable for their child.

The kids seemed to love the Radian RXT as well. I caught one of the girls playing with the buckles, trying to clip and unclip them. It was too cute.

Overall, It was determined that Diono is definitely a good sturdy well-structured car seat that will win anyone over who tries it.  For our 5 month old, I will definitely be using the Diono Radian RXT and I’m really excited to see how baby girl enjoys it once she is out of her bucket seat.


Holly Jefferd is  licensed sleep consultant with WeeSleep and services Durham Region. Holly provide parents with a customized plan to help their infants and toddlers become independent and amazing little sleepers. Helping them become the best sleepers they can be is all done in a positive, gentle and loving way. I help parents feel confident in the plan. I can help with non-sleepers, short naps, early wakings, multiple wakings, twins or any other sleep issue you may have.

The “Speedy Sleep” package is perfect for those who need sleep and need sleep FAST!

Are you pressed for time, exhausted, overwhelmed, and on a budget? Want a plan that is easy to follow, and one that you can commit and stick to without a full support package? If this sounds like what you need, you can be sleeping within 10 days!



Mommy Connections Durham introduces you to programs and services available within your community. Our classes provide a unique learning opportunity as well as a fun way to bond with your child and other moms in a social environment.

Each week’s 90 minute class offers a topic that is important to a new mom as well as something for moms to do with babies. This allows for a unique bonding opportunity with your little one while still fulfilling your need to obtain information and be social with other moms experiencing the same challenges, fears and excitement.

Each week’s class features a discussion lead by local experts, on topics relevant to your child’s developmental stage, as well as a demonstration of popular programs available to you within your community. Plus, all Mommy Connections Durham participants receive a swag bag full of samples, discounts & promotions from some of our National and LOCAL sponsors!

Classes we offer: Mommy To Be, Mom & Baby 1 (0 – 7 Months), Mom & Baby 2 (8 – 15 Months), Travelling Tots (16months – 3.5 years)

MOM TO BE: Leading experts prepare and inform the pre-natal mom for pregnancy, delivery and beyond

MOM & BABY Level I & II: Engaging new moms and babies through an interactive and educational weekly program

TRAVELLING TOTS: An interactive and engaging field-trip based weekly program, for both parents and toddlers to play, learn and develop

We also host Infant and Child CPR and First Aid Classes as well as various workshops throughout the year.

We Provide Educational and Social Connections for the Modern Family Before Baby and Beyond!


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