Mommy Connections Picnic In the Park – Saturday, Aug 18 – 11am-2pm – Gyro Park

Join Mommy Connections Lethbridge and the Lethbridge Public Library for a FREE community Picnic In The Park at Gyro Park on Saturday August 18th at 11am. We will be hosting these events across the country as a way for all of our amazing families to come back and reconnect with old friends you met through our programs. It’s also a chance for those of you who may not have experienced Mommy Connections, to come and see what we’re all about! This event is open to everyone, so feel free to bring a friend or two along! Kids of all ages are welcome, including those still in bellies 😉

We’re thrilled to have partnered with Panago Pizza for this event. They’ll be delivering complimentary slices of their delicious pizza for the first 150 guests to RSVP. Across the board Panago uses quality ingredients you can feel good about feeding your family including 100% Canadian wheat and cheese, pork and chicken raised without the use of antibiotics, organic Italian tomato sauce and zero artificial colours or flavours ever. Truly #qualityworthsharing – and a great go-to for busy weeknights and park parties alike!

In addition to lunch we will have a tot spot with the Lethbridge Public Library, Hulahooping demos, and Lethbridge Princess Parties will be visiting the park to meet all the special little ones (and their moms & dads too)!

The only catch is that you – and your guests – need to RSVP so we have enough food and freebies to go around. You can do so HERE

We look forward to seeing you on Aug 18 for some great outdoor fun at Gyro Park!

Getting active again after baby is a whole new world: your body is different, you now have a baby (or babies) to accompany you, you aren’t quite sure what will work for you now, and this can all end up being a little intimidating for a new mom! Well fear not, Mommy Connections Lethbridge has put together our Favourite 5 for postnatal fitness classes right here in Lethbridge! Make sure to see your doctor for your 6 week post-partum checkup before beginning any physical activity, they will let you know if you are safe to begin getting active, and we strongly recommend you visit a physiotherapist to have your core and pelvic floor assessed before getting into any workout classes. Fit Pysiotherapy is absolutely amazing, welcoming, and will definitely make you feel comfortable for your checkup, they are also experts within the field and you can rest-assured you will be well taken care of!

Now on to the fitness classes

As I truly believe all of these fitness classes are equally amazing in their own ways, I will list them in alphabetic order:

Blue Tree Fitness: Stroller Fit

Stroller Fit is a stroller friendly, boot camp style work out consisting of a variety of different levels of intensities and options to suit everyone’s needs. The class is made up of a mixture of cardio and body weight strength training. For all classes we are outside in the fresh air – being in nature increases serotonin levels, which increases feelings of well-being and lowers depression (including postpartum depression) and the sun exposure increases vitamin D levels which will help to boost your immune system. The fresh air is not only better for you but also for baby, there is more oxygen in the fresh air outdoors than indoors and it is a widely accepted truth that fresh air helps people sleep (and thus, babies nap better!).
There is something so right about bringing your child(ren) to come and work out alongside you, it builds healthy habits from the start for them by seeing their role model getting active.
Blue Tree Fitness instructor, Shenny Grimard, is certified in pre and postnatal fitness, she has been instructing these classes for 6 years, and she loves working on helping moms get back into shape, feel good about themselves and helping moms meet new moms in and around our city!

 

Core Elements: Mom and Baby Yoga

Postnatal yoga provides gentle postpartum recuperation, a supportive and encouraging, non-judgmental environment and a chance to practice yoga with your baby. The class provides you with an opportunity to continue or start practicing yoga poses, breath work and relaxation techniques with the benefit of meeting other moms and their children. This soothing environment incorporates baby massage and yoga which promotes healthy sleep habits, increases muscle mobility, improves respiratory and circulatory function, and introduces babies to safe touch. For moms, yoga can help relieve sore shoulders, chest and back muscles from feeding (both breast and bottle), safely increase abdominal strength, create postural awareness and build endurance. At the end of each class and throughout our sessions we want moms to feel rested, focused and stronger, and ready to face whatever motherhood throws at them.

 

Fitness With Mel: Mommy & Baby FitCamp

This class is not just a walk in the park!  Mommy & Baby FitCamp is an outdoor, baby-friendly, full body workout using your stroller and the outside environment. Each class includes intervals of cardio drills, functional strength training and short power walks/jogs followed by postnatal-specific core work and flexibility specific to your role as a Mom. Taught by Mel, a certified fitness instructor and personal trainer with specialty training in pre and postnatal fitness, this class is a great workout for ANY fitness level. Mommy and Baby FitCamp gives you a chance to connect with other new Mom’s while getting your body moving in a supportive, empowering and fun environment.

Kinetic Indoor Cycle & Fitness

Kinetic offers both indoor (September-May) and outdoor (June-August) mom and baby classes. They understand that exercise is a key component to a mother’s mental, physical and emotional wellness. The Baby Mama program seeks to build a place for moms to interact with one another and make connections that last beyond the studio. Kinetic Baby Mama classes are diverse and no two classes are alike. Class formats include boot camp, HIIT, Barre, weight training, functional training (kettlebells, stability balls, resistance bands, etc.), bodyweight conditioning, TRX, stroller fitness, partner work, personal challenges, and more! Kinetic also offers, to Pre and Postnatal mothers, Diastsis Recti core programs, at-home personal training programs, Time 4 Me 3-4 week challenge groups to help moms lose weight, understand macro nutrient balancing and be held accountable to cardiovascular, strength and flexibility training in-house or at home, and they have a Facebook page “Kinetic Baby Mamas” for moms to post needs and interact with one another outside of class time. Chantelle Erickson is the program leader for the Baby Mama program, she is educated in Diastasis Recti (abdominal separation) and offers free checks to moms who are participating in her program. She also has specializations in pregnancy and infant loss, symphysis pubis dysfunction and pelvic floor health.

The best part of being a Kinetic Baby Mama is that when your baby reaches one years old you can transition to other classes Kinetic has to offer…over 60 classes per week! You can purchase an exclusive Baby Mama membership in four week increments or purchase a Kinetic class pass that can be used to attend any Kinetic class.

Live Better Health & Fitness: Oh Baby!

Strong Mom’s raise strong children, and our Oh Baby! class is all about building strong Moms from the inside out! The coaches at Live Better are here to support and motivate you during your journey as a Mom, and help you develop the strength, endurance and confidence required to keep up with your little one.
Oh Baby! is a 45-minute class that allows Mom to get a great workout AND attend to baby’s needs at any time. Each class provides a full-body workout: cardio, muscular endurance, strength, postnatal specific core work/breathing and flexibility. We utilize a variety of equipment including your own or baby’s body weight, kettle bells, dumbbells, medicine balls, rowers and bikes. Benefit from increased energy and mood, improved posture, less aches and pains and a stronger core. This is a fantastic opportunity to be a great role model for your baby and to connect with other Moms in your community!
Women should be at least 4-weeks postpartum (6+ weeks for caesareans) and cleared for physical activity by their doctors. All fitness levels are welcome. This class is designed for pre-mobile babies, however older babies/toddlers may be accommodated on an individual basis and at an additional cost (contact our coaches to find out more). Classes are capped at 6 mamas.

This year we were so fortunate to partner with Panago Pizza for our final 2 events of the year and working with them showed me how easy it can be to guarantee success for any party needing to be planned, so I thought I would share my guide with you all so that 2018 will be filled with amazing parties and with as much ease as possible for you!

Step 1: Pick a date. This step is simple enough but remember: you can’t please everyone so pick a date that works for your family and anyone you feel is most important to be at the event/party

Step 2: Pick an activity. Having a fun and interactive activity to do at any party or event will help ensure it ends up being entertaining and unforgettable. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Color Me Mine Lethbridge, they have been more than accommodating and they have endless ceramic pieces to choose from that are great for any age range!

Step 3: Pick your menu. Almost any event or party should have food/treats & refreshments available, you don’t want people walking away starving, full tummies lead to happy invitees! The good news is this: Panago Pizza has you covered from food to refreshments, they are your one stop shop for all your party food needs! They have delicious organic juices, their dough is made fresh in store daily, they use no artificial colours or flavours, and they honestly have something for everyone. They offer a variety of vegan options (they have two recipe vegan pizzas or you can create your own) and gluten smart options available (which I was told was delicious by one family at our Halloween event).

Step 4: Pick your theme and decor. Have fun with this part and don’t overthink it, you do not need expensive flashing lights or walls draped with endless decor. Table top decor pieces in your theme of choice, table covers (these alone can change the look of any space to your theme choice), cups, napkins, and plates in line with your theme also work as part of the decor until they are used, and anything fun you are able to use (wall or ceiling hangings, music, etc) but these are most definitely not a necessity, the decorating part is all for fun, so as soon as you stop having fun with it, stop where you are at, and if you feel like revisiting it later, do so then!

Step 5: Have fun at the party! You are the host so your energy will help set the tone for everyone else, if you’re having fun it is more likely that your guests will relax and end up having more fun too!!

 

 

We have great news for families this Halloween! We’ve partnered with Panago Pizza to celebrate Halloween
in a spooktacular way. Come join us for some Halloween Party fun at Color Me Mine so your little monsters can paint their very own Monster Bank, play some ghoulish games, and have lots of family fun, make sure to bring a monster appetite for some quality pizza from Panago.

Date: Saturday, October 21, 2017

Time: 10:00am-12:00pm (pizza will arrive at 11am)

What: Your little monster will get to paint their very own Monster Money Muncher (Monster Bank), create a Playful Pumpkin craft, enjoy delicious Panago Pizza, and play some fun Halloween games!

Cost: $45 per

Now that we are half way through July, I know that things can become monotonous, the same walks to the same parks, same games to keep the kids busy, and so on. Well the City of Lethbridge has come up with a way to get you trying new parks in new areas – the City of Lethbridge Playground Passport

This passport lists 8 different playgrounds around the city for you and your kids to try out and has a question for you to answer about each playground. Just print off this passport and if you visit at least 6 of the playgrounds and answer the question for each of them, you can submit the passport to the city and be entered into a draw for a free swim and skate pass. Passports can be dropped off to the 2nd floor of City hall or scanned and emailed by September 30th, 2015.

What a great way to find and try new parks around this beautiful city, it’s fun for you and the kids!

If you were looking to try something a little different from a playground, I highly suggest both of our city`s Spray Parks. Gyro Spray park is located just behind Nicholas Sheran Leisure Centre (401 Laval Boulevard West) and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., weather permitting, from late May to early September. The other spray park we have is the Rotary Centennial Fountain, located in the Rotary Centennial Plaza in Galt Gardens (corner of 3rd Avenue and 7th Street South) and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., weather permitting, from late May to early September.

Get out and give these all a try, we have some wonderful playgrounds around the city for children of all ages and capabilities and the spray parks are a great way to cool off and have a wonderful time getting soaked!

 

 

Making the transition from breast to bottle can always be a little bit difficult, especially if you can’t find the right bottle.  When I weaned my son, I tried 4 different types of bottles before I found one that we both liked.  The Munchkin Latch bottle is really quite innovative when you consider the nipple, the anti-colic valve, and the fact that the movement of the nipple actually mimics the natural movement of the mother’s breast.  The nipple on the Latch bottle is designed to stretch and move, which thus creates a better latch for baby.  The pressure against the nipple then releases the milk in the bottle.  What I find quite amazing with the Latch bottle is the Anti-colic valve.  This prevents air bubbles from travelling through, which reduces gas in your little one.

The Munchkin Latch bottle is easy to clean, in-expensive at under $10, and comes in a variety of stages for your baby.

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Today our Mom & Baby program went for a visit to our local Color Me Mine studio here in Lethbridge, so that our moms could do a keepsake hand or footprint ceramic tile.

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For those of you who don’t know what Color Me Mine is, it’s this really neat “paint your own” ceramic and glass fusion studio in Lethbridge! I took my daughter here earlier this spring on a little mommy-daughter date so that she could paint a mug for Father’s Day.

Color Me Mine is a fantastic place to design and color keepsakes and gifts, especially if you have little ones!

Here’s some photos from today!

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Make sure to LIKE Color Me Mine on Facebook

and visit them online

Get out of the house, make new friends, and learn all about cool mom & baby stuff over the next 8 weeks!If you have a baby between the ages of 0 and 12 months, join us for our next class!

Who: MOMS!

What: Leading experts in Lethbridge, cool moms, great topics, new things!

Where: Westminster Community Centre, 411 16th St N Lethbridge

When: Every Monday from January 20 to March 17 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Our winter program includes Baby Wearing, Wee Wigglers, Cloth Diapering, Medication Education, Kindermusik, Babes in the Library, Mommy & Me Swimming, and SO MUCH MORE!

Register HERE

 

Did I mention that when you register BEFORE December 31st, you get entered to WIN the Fisher Price Infant to Toddler Rocker?!

Infant to Toddler

It’s that time of year again!

After a wonderful ‘summer break’, giving birth to a beautiful baby boy, and staying busy with my pre-school aged daughter, Mommy Connections programs are back in FULL SWING with an awesome Mom & Baby class for the fall and a very exciting partner ship with Fisher Price!

If you have a baby between the ages of 0 and 12 months, join us for our next class!

Who: MOMS!

What: Leading experts in Lethbridge, cool moms, great topics, new things!

Where: Westminster Community Centre, 411 16th St N Lethbridge

When: Every Monday from September 23 to November 25, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

View the program here: Mommy Connections Fall 2013

Register HERE

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