WIN 1 OF 2 CREAMY AND DELICIOUS CHEESECAKES!

Let Food At Ease – Personal Chef and Catering do all the work for you by providing gourmet meals. Together with Chef (and Owner), Karl Watson, you’ll plan a menu. Then sit back relax and enjoy the culinary experience which he brings to you.

Having gone to George Brown for Baking and Liaison College for French Cuisine, Chef Karl Watson knows his way around the kitchen and knows how to satisfy your palette.  Growing up, Karl discovered his love for cooking and would often assist his mother in the kitchen. After working in two very reputable restaurants in the GTA, he decided to take his culinary skills and love of cooking to the next level.

From small to large gatherings and events, Chef Karl will tantalize your taste buds with his knack for flavours and mesmerize you with his visual presentations. Watch on with your guests as he creates meals made to order, taking you on a culinary journey right in your own home.

Click HERE to enter the contest! Good Luck!

Chiropractic care plays such an important role in the support of both mom and baby throughout pregnancy and postnatally.
Dr. Michelle Frazier wants to offer 6 lucky mommies complimentary spinal examinations to use on yourself and/or baby!  Although your health should never have a price tag on it, each prize is a $100 value!!
For more information as to how Chiropractic can serve you please visit Dr. Michelle’s website  or her Facebook page .
“I cannot wait to meet you all and join you on your pregnancy and/or childrearing journey”.
ENTER HERE FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN!

As the proud owner of FITMOM Durham, Jennifer helps women achieve their personal wellness goals and promotes healthy birth experiences for new and expecting moms. With over 15 years in the health & wellness field she brings extensive experience in group facilitation and public speaking, and is skilled in providing enhanced learning and fitness experiences for her clients.

In 2006 she also added the designation of Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator to her list of credentials. She has been teaching prenatal Lamaze classes for nine years to families across Durham Region. Her background in Adult Education, Group Facilitation and Public Speaking ensures that your group or private series is fun and informative. She is well known for her sense of humour and past participants often say that attending her classes was the highlight of their week! Jennifer is also a DONA trained Doula and feels privileged to provide labour support to the families she works with. Jennifer is also a Program Director for the Canadian Institute of Childbirth Educators. Currently it is the only Independent Canadian Program that trains future Lamaze Educators.

She regularly attends workshops and courses to ensure her knowledge regarding fitness and healthy birth practices for the childbearing mother, is current. In her free time, Jennifer, gives back to her community as an active volunteer with the Durham Family YMCA.

Most importantly, she is also known as Mom to two busy, growing boys Ben (10) & Jakob (6).

The FITMOM+ Baby Class is the most popular FITMOM indoor class! Shape and sculpt your body using your baby to provide added weight resistance. Each class is a full body workout designed to improve your core strength, burn fat and build muscle. You can expect to see longer, leaner arms, toned and shapely legs and smaller waistlines. Exercise without the guilt, meet other moms in your community and have FUN!

Please bring a structured carrier or wrap to this class.  Your baby will love snuggling with you while you wear him in your baby carrier and you will love the extra resistance that wearing your baby provides!

This class is suitable for mom’s +babies 6weeks+

(We welcome crawlers, walkers and tots)

CLICK HERE TO ENTER OUR GIVEAWAY CONTEST!

Who doesn’t love to dress up in costume for Halloween? Especially when you’re a toddler?! Carving pumpkins and making Halloween crafts can be awfully fun…and messy at the same time.

While one is busy having so much fun, who really wants to run to the bathroom every 5 minutes to wash their hands? Well, thanks to the X3 Clean Hand Sanitizer by Farleyco, the tots get that super clean finish which is (by the way) fragrance and alcohol-free!

At first glance, I was thinking, “Here we go again. Another hand sanitizer on the market” and to be honest, because of the many alcohol-based hand sanitizers on the market, I really wasn’t expecting much. But I was pleasantly surprised when I got my hands on the X3 and the kids loved it! I loved the sleek look of it. it wasn’t bulky and it was compact enough that it could fit nicely in your pocket. The kids felt a kind of independence because they were able to use it as it was great for tiny hands.

14894660_10154765522246055_1988115365_oA bonus feature that you can’t find on other sanitizers is the easy open/close spray top. This secures it so there won’t be any unexpected squirts. Just turn it open to use and turn it back to close the nozzle. Super easy to explain to the toddlers and easy enough for them to understand and do it themselves.

The X3 Clean is fragrance and residue free, non-stinging and completely safe for the kiddies to use which is wonderful since harmful germs frequently fly between toddlers in their busy, sleepless lives, it’s good to know that the germs are being killed in just one or two sprays. You can get 200+ sprays in every 8ml bottle so it should definitely last awhile.14895582_10154765390781055_170821786_o

Another unique feature to the X3 is that it does not have the typical lotion pump. Instead it has a spray nozzle which again adds to its ability to go anywhere with you. Another reason why I wasn’t a fan of hand sanitizers is because they are typically drying because of the alcohol content. But with the X3 Clean Alcohol Free Hand Sanitizer, the dryness isn’t an issue and its non-existent.

14895687_10154765522681055_170283879_oBecause the sanitizer is triclosan free,one doesn’t have to worry about all the cancer-causing attributes triclosan has. It was a definite hit with the kids and it’s something I will definitely place in my toddler’s backpack when she goes off to preschool14876287_10154765391136055_942048700_o

 

Modern Eternity is a Canadian brand with a simple desire to create modern, comfortable wardrobe essentials. Born out of an obsession with creating the perfect coat, in one of the world’s coldest climates, the maternity wear line was born, and their 3-in-1 maternity coat and 4-way stretch maternity denims became hugely popular.

“Inspired by women who bring life into our world, we produce uncomplicated garments with the emphasis on fit, feel and style. Modern Eternity is a way of thinking, it’s about moving forward with change and not looking back. Here at Modern Eternity, it’s about putting passion and love into creating something that you, the wearer will not only look great in, but will give you the power to express your own eternal light.”

I was asked to review their newest style jacket, the “Lexi” – 3-in-1 fur trimmed hood maternity puffer , which retails for $180jacket6.00 Cdn.

Seeing how I had given birth 4-months ago, I could not wait for this goody to arrive. Of course, with the weather getting cooler and after raiding my closet for winter wear, I had already given up hope on finding a jacket that would actually fit my body and allow me to zip it up without looking like a stuffed sausage.  I was also wondering how I was going to handle my daily walks while wearing my baby girl with winter rolling around.

I was like a child at Christmas when the delivery arrived which apparently was very light. I ripped open the packaging and was
pleasantly surprised by the colour of the jacket. Calling it  “Dark Grey” as they do on their website doesn’t do this beautiful chevron-quilted piece any justice. It had a nice shimmer to it and looked almost pearl-like.

The jacket was soft to the touch and felt very light, living up to the company’s self-proclamation of “lightweight outerwear”. This didn’t seem to be an issue as I am generally warmer than normal anyway. I also assume the lighter material was inspired by the fact that it can get awfully warm rather quickly when babywearing so putting on this jacket was refreshing, a welcomed break from my past (and present) winter coats.

Instructions did not accompany the jacket but it wasn’t needed as at least one of the tags attached  to the sleeve of the coat served as a visual aid on how to wear it 3 different ways: during pregnancy, while wearing baby and without baby. Easy enough. Unfortunately, I missed the first look as my daughter is almost 5 months old. However, the other two looks I was right on time for.

jacket4It was time for our walk which would be a shortened one as it was rather cool out, but still great walking weather. Per usual, my daughter was lightly dressed in her long sleeved shirt and pants with socks and wearing a pink sweater with a hood. I put her in my carrier and then put on my Lexi. I was worried about the sizing, but it fit perfectly over both of us. I was easily able to zip up the jacket without any fear of pinching my daughter. The middle panel which was against my daughter as I wore her facing me was a different material than the rest of the jacket. It was a softer type of lining creating that comfort for her head as the jacket zipped up around her. Impressive. A little lower in the middle panel was almost like a pocket where both my hands could cradle her tiny bum but still be protected from the cold. For babies on the shorter side, the paneling can be zipped up then peeled down like a banana to so that jacket8baby isn’t swallowed by the jacket.

The faux-fur-lined hood on the jacket is there to block out the elements, and adds a nice touch to the overall look of the jacket, but it was my least favourite feature. I’m just not a fan of fur-lined hoods for so many reasons not relevant to this review, but the good news is the fur (not the hood) can be detached by snaps, not a zipper like you’d find on so many other jackets. I loved it!

jacket1As we walked, my daughter became drowsy as she often does when she is being rocked and is nice and cozy. I felt great as well. We’ve been together in the jacket for about 30 minutes now and still felt comfy, light and airy, and just warm enough even in the brisk, cool wind. I like that I had the option of the “pocket” under her bum or the pockets at the side of the jacket to warm my hands. I love my pockets and was a bit disappointed when I didn’t find inner pockets which is where I would keep my cellphone or keys. I certainly wouldn’t trust the pockets on the outside of the jacket as they were not protected by snaps or zippers. They were open pockets.

Once we arrived home, I removed the jacket and took my now sleeping jacket3daughter out of the carrier. Then with just the easy removal of the middle panel by simply unzipping it, I was able to achieve the 3rd look, the “baby-free” look. It was stylish, it was chic, it was great and loved the way it fit my curvy body.

Overall, the Lexi by Modern Eternity is a super,sleek, comfy, stylish and modern winter jacket that converts from pregnancy to baby- free with just the addition and/or removal of the middle panel. The simplified picture on the tag is all the instruction one would need to achieve all 3 looks. The cost seems a bit high at first until the versatility comes into play, which then makes it a steal considering all the features. More importantly, my daughter was still well protected from the cold and we were both warm and cozy without being overheated which is hard in itself to achieve, but this jacket, as lightweight as it is, accomplished just that.

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

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 MC2016, buy yours here.

Enter for your chance to win a pair of tickets to The Baby Show, Oct 1st and 2nd at the Enercare Centre, Hall D.

Contest closes Sept 26, 2016.  Winner will be contacted via email.

Enter our contest HERE!

Dates:

Saturday, Oct 1, 2016 – 9am to 6pm

Sunday, Oct 2, 2016 – 10am to 5pm

Location:

Enercare Centre, Hall D

Exhibition Place

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

Ticket Price:

$15 online and at the door (cash only).  Kids 12 and under are free.  Save $3 with the discount code MC2016.

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.

The Healthy Moms Toronto Zone

A dedicated area on the show floor for select exhibitors with a focus on health and wellness and natural/organic/eco-friendly products and services specifically for moms and babies.

Seminar Stage 

Plan your visit and hear local and national parenting experts speak on a variety of topics ranging from exercise during pregnancy 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.

FREE Sleep Consultation

The Good Night Sleep Site team will be on hand to help you with your sleep concerns and answer your questions.

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, learn about infant CPR and so much more!

Car Seat Checks and Installations

Nuna Canada will be providing car seat installations throughout the day Saturday, October 1st at the Enercare Centre.

Etsy Junior Area

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

DK Rest Area and Reading Nook is 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

Dara Bergeron – Pregnancy Exercise Through the Trimesters

Ann Douglas – The Truth About Parenthood

Margaret Wallis-Duffy – Infant Massage

Through a slight blend of technology mixed in to traditional play-based learning, Milestone’s ultimate goal is to be alongside your child to reach their milestones and continue to provide support for them to reach higher limits and their maximum potentials in the very near future.milestone

Milestone Montessori strives to provide a safe and enriching environment for your child to nourish and develop their innate skills while learning new ones, to reach their maximum potential. Teachings are based around virtues such as compassion, respect for self and others, honesty, empathy and responsibility. Your child will have the freedom to explore and discover endless possibilities, foster inclusion and relationships to become successful members of society starting at an early age.

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All of the teachers are Montessori trained, our Early Childhood Educators are registered with the College of ECE. Qualified staff members take great pride in providing the necessary assistance to you alongside your child to ensure that they reach their many milestones in the present and the future.

At Milestone Montessori the goal is simple – to provide the necessary tools and environment for your child to recognize their potentials, and to support your child and you as they reach their very own milestones.

Mommy Connections Durham is thrilled to announce that beginning this Fall our programs will now be held at this wonderful facility!

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*Blog post is written by our guest blogger, Jamie Benson of Wondwear Modern Diaper Service*

Early potty training is a BIG money saver! How?.. Cloth diaper your baby

The average baby will go through as much as 8,000 diapers from birth to toilet training… that is a LOT of diapers! In fact, disposable diapers are the single most expensive part of raising a baby. You will save at least $1,000 using Wonderwear Modern Cloth Diaper Service vs disposables over the time your baby is in diapers.Modern Diaper Service - GTA

On a week to week basis, Wonderwear is cheaper than disposables and you will never run out and never have to go out to buy diapers. But the biggest cost savings is due to early potty training for cloth diapered babies which on average results in a full year of not having to buy diapers and not having to change diapers!

The difference between cloth and disposable diapers is that in cloth, your baby will feel when they are wet whereas the chemicals in disposable diapers mask the feeling of being wet and your baby will not know they are sitting in a dirty diaper. Feeling wet helps incent babies to use the potty. Most of our clients begin toilet training their babies by 18 months of age. The typical baby using cloth diapers is fully toilet trained by 2 years of age. The average age when babies are toilet trained using disposable diapers is between 3 and 3.5 years of age. That’s at least one full year of not having to buy diapers and not having to change diapers!

Added bonus: when your baby lets you know it is time for a change you will not need to check regularly to see if a change is needed to ensure your baby does not develop diaper rash. It is a fact that babies wearing cloth diapers experience considerably less incidence of diaper rash than babies in disposable diapers.

Wonderwear Modern Cloth Diaper Service takes the work out of cloth diapering while saving you money vs disposable diapers!

Our mission is to provide families with an easy and cost effective diapering solution that is safer for babies and helps reduce deforestation and the landfill impacts of disposable diapers. Wonderwear diapers fit and perform like disposables and you will never run out or have to leave your home to get more!

The quality of Wonderwear diapers and our commitment to deliver exceptional customer service are what differentiates us from our competitors. We will go the extra mile to ensure you are enjoying the service. If there is anything we can do… just let us know!

Please check out some testimonials from our customers to learn more about the Wonderwear experience.

Use promo code ‘mommyconnectDUR’ for 30% OFF any starter package! You can sign up quickly and easily online at this link.

 

 

In The Mix – High Tech Hip Hop Dance Program for kids is looking for Work from Home – Regional Managers

Enjoy a TRUE full-time income with part time hours, and be part of a recession-proof industry! In The Mix is an interactive and exciting dance program that incorporates iPad technology, designed to get children’s minds and bodies moving. We are looking for motivated, entrepreneurs who want to run their own business Regions.

Here’s what we offer:

• Extensive business support and training.

• One-on-one coaching and assistance to help grow your own In The Mix Region.

• Full Start Up Package With Everything You Need

• Custom Exclusive territory

• Turn-key System With ROI In First Year.

We are currently in schools all across the GTA with increasing demand. Brampton, Mississauga and Barrie is our latest expanded regions. This is an excellent opportunity for people looking to maintain the perfect work life balance while running a successful company from home.

Business and dance background NOT required…just the right attitude and enthusiasm to be a part of something GREAT!

This opportunity is for someone serious about earning an lifestyle that promotes self esteem, confidence and teamwork with children all over Canada. We are looking for passionate and driven individuals to join our team. Learn more by clicking HERE

 

Mommy Connections Regional Manager 200 BY 800

Contact: June Marino

Operations Manager

905-550-5863

june@inthemixprogram.com

Garlic, cinnamon, cardamom, sage, basil—you’ll be amazed by what your baby will eat! Here are 125 healthy, delicious, kitchen-tested, and pediatric dietician-approved baby food recipes that will nurture your child’s adventurous palate and guarantee smiles from everyone at the dinner table.

Growing Up Gourmet is a total guide to your baby and toddler’s diet. Jennifer Carlson built her business, Baby Gourmet, into one of the top-selling organic baby food brands in North America—and she’ll show you how to make nutritious, delicious, home-cooked meals that will complement your child’s development schedule and make everyone else in the family happy too. Her mouth-watering recipes reduce picky eating and introduce your baby to the wide world of textures and tastes, from veggies such as kale and fennel, to grains such as amaranth and spelt, to herbs and spices such as turmeric and ginger that will help you avoid added sugar, salt, colourings, and preservatives.

As a busy mother of two, Jen understands that it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by feeding struggles and the sheer mass of parenting information, not to mention the challenges of finding time to make wholesome, flavorful meals from scratch. In this essential guide, she clearly lays out everything you need to know about feeding your baby: when to wean; how to get the right nutrients at every stage; how to deal with finicky eating habits; which foods will treat gas, colic, constipation, low iron, or poor sleep; and how to adapt your special dietary considerations for your child. As daunting as it may seem, there are shortcuts and techniques to make it all manageable, whether you’re cooking for a single little one or a family of five and counting.

When I was first offered a copy of this book to review, I jumped at the chance! We had been feeding my daughter Baby Gourmet food pouches since she was able to start solids at 6 months. We right away loved the fresh, simple and wholesome ingredients it contained but more importantly, the sugar content was amazingly low.  She happily ate every variety we tried for her and we know her palette was developed through the different flavours Baby Gourmet offered.  She is now 2 years old so has obviously moved on from those pouches, but I still recommend the line to new or expectant mommies I meet through my business.

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I picked up the book and the first thing I noticed was how vibrant the cover was. It was colorful with photos of foods and children and the name of the book was positioned in the middle.  nice and clean-looking.  Upon opening the book, I noticed the Table of Contents was easily laid out, beginning with “Introduction To Solids”, with the different stages leading up to “Feeding the Whole Family”.  For those whom are not sure what ages these stages begin or end, they are outlined in brackets beside each heading.  Excellent.gourmet2

I jumped right away to “Feeding the Whole Family” as my daughter is 2yrs old and is beyond the books definition of the “Toddler Stage”, not to mention I was curious what feeding the whole family entailed. After looking at a few of the recipes, I LOVED the way each recipe laid out one meal, two ways.  One for parents and one for children so in the end the entire family is eating the same meal!  Genius!  No need for two separate dinners.  It can be spiced up a bit for the parents and a little dialed down for the child.

Before you even get immersed in the wonderful selection of recipes, Jennifer lists some ingredients found later on in her recipes and tells you how to buy and store it, then tells you how to use each ingredient.  All of the ingredients are laid out in the same fashion, making it very user-friendly. She also includes a seasonality chart so the reader knows ahead of time what vegetable or fruit is in season and what isn’t.

It was visually pleasing to see that the recipes were split up with photos of Jennifer’s kitchen during cooking or photos with her family in the vegetable garden.  It’s refreshing on the eyes
instead of just looking at pages and pages of recipes.

gourmet 1My favourite part of “Growing Up Gourmet” , hands down, was the legend that accompanied each and every recipe, advising the reader whether or not the recipe contained dairy or wheat as well as if it was a meal that can be frozen for later.  It was great that Jennifer considered all aspects of children’s health.  Vegetarian children, lactose intolerant children, children who are wheat-intolerant and there are some recipes that offered substitutions for healthier alternatives.

My only “Con” to this book is that there is no clear heading for desserts!  I LOVE my desserts and so does my family.   I found myself scrolling through the pages for a granola bar recipe or a spiced apples recipe or even a tasty smoothie recipe.  If those could have been grouped together, that would have been delightful.

Overall, the “Growing Up Gourmet” 125-page recipe book has variety and alot to offer the family who want to change things up at mealtime but are not quite sure how.  There are so many things a parent s can do to make mealtime more enjoyable, more fun and tasty and this book will definitely take you there.  I was shocked with all the different ways to cook something and make it a little different each time with bold flavours and colours.

My daughter and husband will absolutely love this, not that I was boring in the kitchen to begin with of course!

Interested in receiving your very own copy of Jennifer Carlson’s “Growing Up Gourmet”? Well, you can.  Mommy Connections Durham and the publisher, Simon and Schuster Canada have teamed up for this awesome giveaway.  All you have to do is read this review and enter for your chance to win!  Tell your friends as well and YOU will receive 10 extra entries just for spreading the word!

Easy as pie right? (No pun intended).

Click HERE to enter. Good Luck!!

*this contest ends at 11:59pm on June 21 and the winner will be announced via social media as well as via email.

 

 

 

 

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