Win Tickets To The Baby Show – April 1 & 2, 2017 At The Enercare Centre!

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:

Dates:

Saturday, April 1, 2017 – 9am to 6pm

Sunday, April 2, 2017 – 10am to 5pm

Location:

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

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!

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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!

CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE CONTEST! GOOD LUCK!!

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)

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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.

 

 

 

 

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 MC2016, buy yours here.

Enter for your chance to win a pair of tickets to The Baby Show, April 2nd and 3rd at the Enercare Centre, Hall D.  Contest closes March 28, 2016.  Winner will be contacted via email.

Enter our contest HERE

Show Details:

Dates:

Saturday, April 2, 2016 – 9am to 6pm

Sunday, April 3, 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.

With over 100 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 15 Minute Sleep Consultation

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

Tiny Hearts 3D Ultrasound

Pregnant? Visit the Tiny Hearts booth for a 3D scan and printed photo of your little one for only $20!

Emergency Rescue Academy (ERA) 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

Visit the Emergency Rescue Academy booth to get a car seat check or installation done on site!

 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 – Common Questions About New Baby

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

Dara Bergeron – Pregnancy Exercise Through the Trimesters

Andrea Strang – Seven Baby Sleep Secrets

Lianne Phillipson – Starting Solids

Shannon Chow – First Aid Basics for the First Year of Life

Margaret Wallis-Duffy – Infant Massage

Environmental Defence – Toxic Chemicals in Consumer Products

**THIS REVIEW AND CONTEST WAS WRITTEN BY AMANDA MERCIER FOR HER BLOG “ACCORDING TO AMANDA”

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To Jump or not to Jump? That is the Question.

Spoiler Alert! My Answer: JUMP!

Sky Zone is the world’s first indoor trampoline park and they have locations in Canada, the US, Mexico and Australia. It is not ‘just’ trampolines! The Whitby location offers 3 trampoline areas, a SkySlam court (for the basketball lovers), SkyRobics fitness classes, Dodgeball,birthday parties, camps and the Foam Zone filled with 10,000 foam cubes to fling yourself into.

I am very excited to share our experience with you about Sky Zone’s Toddler Time. My 2 and 4-year-old LOVED it and I am sure they will be asking to go again soon! Toddler Time is an activity for Sky Zone’s littlest jumpers, open to children under 6 years of age.  It offers full access to an entire trampoline section as well as the foam pit without the dangerous, high energy of the big kids.

Keep reading for your chance to win
an exciting giveaway with Sky Zone!

 

Sky Zone Pros:

Dr. Michelle Frazier is a Pickering based Chiropractor with a undeniable passion for treating “bellies & babies”.  She is registered with the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA), is Webster Certified and has spent countless hours continuing her education in this field.  Chiropractic, using the Webster Technique, during pregnancy restores pelvic balance and function thereby limiting intrauterine constraint and encouraging proper (head down) fetal position leading mama to an easier delivery.  Of course, Chiropractic care also helps with pain control as it supports the changing body while it grows to accommodate your precious baby.  Pediatric Chiropractic is a specific gentle correction of any spinal misalignments that may have been caused inutero, birth or afterwards.  These spinal misalignments may or may not be symptomatic but could present as latching problems, colic, an irritable bowel, a flat spot on the head to name a few.
Chiropractic care plays such an important role in the support of both mom and baby.  I would like to offer 6 complimentary spinal examinations.  Although your health should never have a price tag on it, this is a $60 value!!  To book your initial visit with Dr. Michelle and start your path towards optimal living please contact the clinic at 905-420-1443.  I cannot wait to meet you all and join you on your pregnancy or childrearing journey.  
Yours in Health,
Dr. Michelle Frazier
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