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!


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!

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


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!


Saturday, Oct 1, 2016 – 9am to 6pm

Sunday, Oct 2, 2016 – 10am to 5pm


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

*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


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