It’s a Barre Life!

barrelogoOne of the newest fitness crazes is the ballet barre class. I recently visited Barre Life studio in Oakville for their Ballet Resistance class. And WOW what a class! It’s 60 minutes of intense ballet inspired exercises targeting your core, legs and arms. Lot’s of relevés for those fabulous dancer legs. Tendues, Jetés, Battements, Retirés – front, side and back – and yes – then to the other side!

image What makes this class so amazing is all the exercises are done in the center holding on to bungee resistance cords hanging from the ceiling instead of a barre – just to challenge your core that extra bit more!

The facility is gorgeous. and so inviting when you walk in. A lounge with coffee and tea, stunning changeroom, showers and towel service. I didn’t want to leave after class! There is also child minding available for certain classes.

I started training in classical ballet at the age of 5 and dance has always been an important part of my life. Dance is the best full-body workout! Long lean muscles and beautiful posture. As a dancer, I enjoyed the Barre Life fitness classes. It brought back a lot of memories and was so inspiring to exercise through ballet. But these classes are not just for dancers, anyone can feel the intensity and burn of the Barre Life experience! New to barre, try the Barre Classic; a mix of ballet, pilates, strength and flexibility.

image(1)As a mother of two now, finding the time to exercise can be a challenge, at Barre Life I can get a full-body workout in an hour, be surrounded by amazing people at the same time, and have fun!

Check out their website and class schedule here and let’s go to a class and make it a Barre Life kinda day!

– Megan



Upcoming classes in the Halton Region

Burlington Mom & Baby: Tuesdays 1:30 – 3:00 (April 22 – June 10, 2014)

Milton Mom & Baby: Fridays 10:30 – 12:00 (April 25 – June 13, 2014)

Oakville Mom & Baby: Wednesdays 10:00 – 11:30 (May 7 – June 25, 2014)

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Learn. Experience. Socialize.

Mommy Connections 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.




imagebabyshowToronto’s biggest baby show is springing up at the International Centre, Mississauga and there’s fun for the entire family! Join Mommy Connections at the 16th Annual Spring BabyTime Show running from April 25-27, 2014.  The event is perfect for parents, those with bellies to those with toddlers in tow – to ask, learn and try out the hottest parenting must-haves.

Adult tickets are $16 but Mommy Connections has an exclusive $2 discount available here until April 10th (Promo Code: mommy). The International Centre is located at 6900 Airport Road, Mississauga Hall 5 and there’s plenty of FREE onsite parking.

Show Dates/Times:

Friday, April 25: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday, April 26: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, April 27: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

There will be more than 250 exhibitors showcasing the latest in toys, health and nutrition, technology, child care, maternity, children’s apparel and décor. There is also an opportunity to register for all your baby needs with Babies “R” Us.

Diaper Derby Crawl

On your marks, get set, CRAWL! Head over to the Fun & Fitness Stage each day at 12:45 p.m. to cheer on your favourite onesie-clad warrior in the annual Diaper Derby Crawl sponsored by The Diaper Bank. And, don’t forget to drop off any loose, opened or new packages of diapers to the designated Diaper Bank drop area at the Show entrance to be distributed to low income households throughout the GTA.

Meet & Greet

Toddlers will be star struck when they meet their favourite characters live. This year’s special guests include Dora the Explorer and Boots, Diego, Blue and The Wonderpets. Toddlers can join Dora and Boots at the Toddler Time stage.  Full schedule available here.


For the parents, there’s a jam-packed seminar and stage schedule including parenting advice guru Ann Douglas, offering inside tips on sleep, relationships, sex, and health for your post-baby universe, as well as the scoop on The Secrets of Happy Parents and The Truth About Newborns: What every first-time parent needs to know about baby – but was too exhausted to ask…


Playing with LEGO® DUPLO® means having fun, being creative and learning – all at the same time. Enjoy an interactive build experience and let your child’s imagination run wild in the play area filled with bricks.

Pregnancy Massage Therapy Clinic

For the mommy-to-be whose pint-sized playmate hasn’t arrived yet, Bayview Sheppard RMT is back by popular demand with their complimentary Pregnancy Massage Therapy Clinic.

Families can also take advantage of the Show’s child care areas, including: the Medela Nursing Centre with comfortable seating and nursing supplies, Playtex changing stations and the Kids Café where you can make yourself at home with warming stations, highchairs and booster seats.


With over 250 Exhibitors, there are a lot of great deals on shopping for all things related to pregnancy, baby and toddler!

Don’t forget to purchase your tickets here with the promo code: mommy and take advantage of our $2 coupon for the Spring BabyTime Show!

Stop bye and visit us – see you soon!

– Megan & Nicole

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