X Reasons To Stay At Hotel X Toronto

My entire life I have been obsessed with hotels. There’s something about the fresh white sheets, new bath products and room service that makes me giddy – and I love the anticipation of discovering what the room looks like (even when it’s just a Holiday Inn in Grimsby for a hockey tournament!)  

So a ‘staycation’ in Toronto every once-in-a-while feels like a super special treat, and something we try to do as a way to leave the hustle and bustle of daily life behind to hang out as a family and reconnect.  

Living in South Etobicoke, we drive by the stunning Hotel X Toronto quite frequently – and I had heard about the famous year round rooftop pool (see point #1!). So we jumped at the chance to check it out as part of their Toronto Aurora Winter Festival Stay & Play Package.

Here are X (Ten) reasons why we absolutely loved this hotel.

1. ‘The Pond’ Rooftop Pool

Their 55 foot partial indoor/partial outdoor rooftop pool lived up the hype and was definitely a highlight for us. It’s kept at a comfortable 80-85 degrees with a heated indoor section with loungers and an outdoor section with an incredible view of the city. The two sides are divided by a glass door that you need to see to believe! 

A second pool will be added to the hotel as part of 10XTO (see below), which will be a junior Olympic sized salt water pool!

 

 

2.  10XTO Gym

The 90,000 square foot athletic centre will take your breath away – especially the four indoor tennis courts with vaulted ceilings and floor to ceiling windows overlooking the city (and direct line of site into BMO Field!).  The gym itself contains 50 state-of-the-art pieces of equipment. My husband and I attended an amazing flow class in their (stunning) hot yoga studio which was made possible by the next point!

 

 

 

3.  Child Care

There is a 3000 sq. ft. Play Centre located within 10XTO where children can play while the adults enjoy the hotel amenities. The Play Centre is equipped with its own sports court, age-appropriate toys and books, four video game consoles, a big screen TV for movie time and a designated quiet area.  Hotel Guests may drop off the kids for up to 3 hours ($10/hour per child, each additional child $5/hour)

 

4.  Theatre

An impressive 250-seat theatre offers movie screenings from Thurs – Sun.  We were lucky enough to attend the media preview of The Second City’s Improv Showdown.

This family friendly show features two teams of top-notch improvisers and high-energy characters who compete in a comedy face-off.  It’s a highly interactive show, even providing kids the opportunity to join the team on stage to help build the story line.  The audience helps the performers by shouting out various prompts, as a friendly competition ensues between the right and left half of the auditorium. 

 

Don’t worry – this isn’t like your shady Las Vegas comedy shows – all audience participation is completely voluntary and you won’t be called in unless you want to be!

The show runs From December 13th to January 5th, 2020.  Tickets can be purchased here , or better yet – book a stay at Hotel X Toronto and your tickets are included!

 

 

 

 

5. The View

Photos don’t do it justice. You have an incredible 360 degree view from the Terrace, and from many other points throughout the hotel.  Floor to ceiling windows in the rooms highlight the best Toronto has to offer.

 

 

 

6.  Dining

With seven dining options to choose from, you don’t ever need to leave the hotel to ensure your family is fueled for fun!

We found Maxx’s Kitchen is be the best atmosphere for our family (two thumbs up for the avocado toast!) but there’s also a Nespresso Café if you’re looking for caffeine, snacks or a quick healthy lunch.  

Pétros82 is a new Mediterranean restaurant and Falcon SkyBar is a three-level rooftop bar and lounge – a great choice if you decide to drop the kids off at the Play Centre for a few hours. 

Of course, in-room dining is always fun when travelling as a family.  We loved how the menu was displayed on the TV screen…and when the 9pm munchies hit, the sweet potato fries did not disappoint!

7.  Library Club Lounge

Guests with Library Club Lounge Access can enjoy complimentary continental breakfast and afternoon wine and cheese reception in the Lounge (simply select the Library Club option when booking your room).   

After our show we popped in for the wine & cheese expecting it to be adults only with just a few bar snacks.  We were blown away when we saw it was actually a very family friendly atmosphere and the ‘snack’ was a full buffet of artisanal cheeses & meats, baked goods, delicious salads & even hot dishes like beef stir fry.  

 

8.  Nespresso Machine

Okay, so this may not seem like such a big deal to some, but I am obsessed with coffee.    So it will come as no surprise that I loved our in-room Nespresso machine and chilled milk stored in the in-room refrigerator (no powdered coffeemate for this girl!)

 

 

 

9.  Proximity 

Once you’ve parked at the hotel (self parking is $30/day) you can easily walk to BMO stadium, Budweiser Gardens, the CNE, Ontario Place, and more.  In our case, our Toronto Aurora Winter Festival Stay & Play Package  included passes to the festival (which was a short five-minute walk across the street)  The hotel offers similar packages for other events like the CNE when it’s in town.  

Hotel X Toronto is also literally across the street from the Enercare Centre (I was tempted to sneak off to the One Of A Kind show, but ran out of time!)

If you want to go further than walking distance, the hotel provides a complimentary shuttle to Union Station & Billy Bishop Airport (based on availability)

It’s also less than a 10 minute walk to a Go Station (Exhibition Place) – so if you live along the GO line you can make it a true ‘staycation’ and leave your car at home (I know many minis who would find a train ride to be one of the highlights of your vacation!) We were having so much fun during our stay, my son and I requested a late check out and took the train home (since hubby had to take the car to leave for work).

10.  The Spa 

Luxury French skincare brand Guerlain opened its first Canadian spa inside the hotel, which pretty much says it all. While we didn’t personally get a chance to enjoy the spa, I did stop in to snap a pic (and take a smell…heaven)  

 

 

 

 

Want to plan your own holiday ‘staycation’?  Hotel X Toronto has a special Black Friday Offer available Nov. 25th until Cyber Monday on December 2nd: book directly via the hotel and enjoy 25% off Best Flexible Rates, a complimentary fitness class, and self-parking.

At the time of posting this, you can reserve a Luxury Room (with Library lounge access, self-parking included and access to the awesome yoga classes) for $329. A great value for what you get – and excuse to treat yourself to something special!

It’s no secret that kids love toys, and that love of playing and exploring starts even when they’re infants. But toys are not just about entertainment. In fact, toys can do so much more for your baby then just keep them occupied.

The best toys are able to engage your baby’s curiosity and senses.  They teach babies about the world around them, including new shapes, colours, textures, and sounds. Playing with toys also develops an infant’s fine and gross motor skills.

This article shows you five of our top picks for toys that will give your baby a head start on learning… 

1.  Playgo Bath Buddies

Playgo Bath Buddies are safe even for newborns. They are a toy that can grow with your child easily. Many children love bath toys even into preschool and early grade school.

This toy set comes with a mesh storage bag and two suction cups that make it easy to dry and store the toys right in the bath area. Teach your child about animals, such as seals, crabs, and frogs with these friendly animal-themed toys. The moving parts and included cups teach basic cause and effect, like what happens when you tip a cup and water pours out.

Simple toys like these encourage conversation and bonding between you and your baby.  Check out Playgo Bath Buddies here. 

2.  Lil Sensory Bloxx

Lil Sensory Bloxx are another basic learning toy. But they pack a lot of education into their simple design. The blocks come in multiple colours and have animal shapes, letters, and numbers imprinted on the sides. The 3D shapes allow your infant to explore texture, which develops their fine motor skills. 

The blocks can also be used to develop gross motor skills like stacking and throwing. They are made of safe, soft plastic and are appropriate for infants of all ages.  You can take a closer look at Lil Sensory Bloxx by clicking here. 

3.  Playgo 5 in 1 Multivity Cube

This plastic toy cube has a different activity on each of five sides. As your child turns the cube, they can explore a different activity. Interacting with the pieces on each of the five sides improves your baby’s fine motor skills, and helps with memory and location skills.

The toy also includes a wind-up mechanism to make music for the baby. It’s a great way to begin development of logical thinking skills, and can be used by infants as young as six months.  Find out more about the Playgo 5 in 1 Multivity Cube here. 

4.  Fisher Price Kick n Play Piano Gym

Play mats are an excellent toy that every infant should have the opportunity to explore. They encourage muscle development, and are especially good for encouraging tummy time to build up core and neck muscles.

This play mat has a set of piano keys that plays music and sounds to encourage your baby to lift their head up while on their tummy. The toy is also great for allowing baby to play while laying on their back. There are toys and a mirror hanging from an arch, which encourages baby to reach, grasp, and bat at toys.  You can also detach the musical piano toy for sitting-up play or when you travel with your baby. Click here to learn more about Fisher Price Kick n Play Piano Gym. 

5.  Laugh and Learn Smart Stages Laptop

This interactive laptop engages multiple senses. It will keep your baby busy with sights, sounds, and textures. Here are a few of the things that can do:

Because this toy has a handle, you can take it with you when you travel with your child. Level one has learning content appropriate for ages 6 months and older, such as first words and sounds. Level two is best for ages 12 months and over, and prompts the baby to answer questions and follow simple directions. Level three engages imaginative and make-believe play for ages 18 months and over.

One of the best things about this toy is that for under $20 you get something your infant can play with and learn from for up to 3 years of age. The toy comes in two different colours, blue or pink. Learn more about the Laugh & Learn Smart Stages Laptop in blue here. Or check out the pink laptop here.

Visit Samko and Miko Toy Warehouse to find these educational toys and more.

Our local Stockyards Walmart has had an amazing makeover.  Join me as I show you around some of the highlights! 

When you first walk in, the first thing you’ll notice is the new community hub.  There’s lots of seating space, designated places to store your cart, free wi-fi, charging stations and even a sushi bar from Naoki Sushi and a Freshii area – where you can warm your wraps or get delicious healthy smoothies.  

I’ll admit – I LOVE a good theme party.  My son’s birthday parties tend to be a bit Pinterest-y (if I do say so myself!), but I was blown away by the new party shop section.  It has absolutely everything you need to pull off a themed party, all in one convenient-to-shop section.  Helium Balloons, decorations, cutlery, loot bags supplies and more.  There are tons of themes to choose from (including First Birthday Party!) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The redesigned toy section is massive.  My favourite part is the fact that they have lowered the store fixtures so that you’ll be able to see your child wandering from aisle to aisle (assuming that you have a wanderer like me!).  They have wisely located this section right next to the party shop – like I said – one stop shop! 

MINISO is a Japanese retailer that produces high quality goods, at affordable prices.  You can find accessories, health and beauty, electronics, lifestyle products, and more.  The ‘store-in-a-store’ concept is a bit different than a pop up – it will be there permanently.  Note that it has its own separate hours so you may want to check those ahead of time. 

The family nursing rooms (and yes, I love that it’s called ‘family’ nursing rooms – not just for nursing ‘moms’) are next level.  There are two designated rooms with comfortable chairs, change tables – and they even have a TV!  Located in a quieter area, right next to the baby section.  

They have a special themed area featuring special collections – when we visited they were set up for Canada Day.  I was thrilled to see that they also had a section set up for Pride.  This area is located right next to their sports section that was all set up for Raptor domination!  

The My Walmart app users now have the option to use the Fast Lane.  You can scan your items on your phone before putting them in your bag, and then just swing by the checkout zone where you are greeted by a store associate to help you scan your one barcode and pay via your credit card.  No need to unload your items and scan them individually at checkout – one less step saves moms valuable time getting their shopping done!  Plus the app automatically adds any available in-store coupons! 

Part of the appeal of the new Fast Lane, are the newly designed shopping carts that have been specially designed with young families in mind.  There’s enough space for 2 kids, a designated cell phone holder and it’s designed so that you have a least 3 reusable shopping bags held open so that you can sort your items (pantry, refrigerated, health & beauty, etc.) as you shop.  So much easier to unload when you get home!  

Did you survive the “Hunger Games” (aka Toronto Parks & Recreation registration)?! If you found yourself hitting refresh for 2 hours, and still you only ended up on waiting lists, fear not! We have you covered with 3 local Summer Camps guaranteed to please any aged camper!

1. Nike Sports Camps Canada (Formerly Lytton Sports Camp)

NIKE Sports Camps at James Gardens combines fun based learning and instruction in tennis from a team of certified tennis professionals. Nestled along the Humber River in Etobicoke, Nike Sports Camp at James Gardens is perfect for soccer, nature walks, discovery learning and of course playing tennis on three hard court surfaces and two mini court areas for kids who are learning the game. The atmosphere at Nike Sports Camps is perfect for all skill levels and provides a safe and supportive environment for game-based learning for students aged 4-14.  Participants will leave with improved confidence, friendships and awesome Nike Camp Shirts and Prizes! Join Nike Sports Camps for some SERIOUS FUN this summer!

Age: 4-14 years

Location: James Gardens, 235 Edenbridge Drive

Cost: Full Weeks: $385.00 (HST included) for Full Days, $255 (HST included) for half days. Before and after care available.  Visit the camp page to register: https://www.sportscampscanada.com/tennis/nike/summer/

2.  CJ’s Skatepark

CJ’s Skatepark camp & programs are some of the best in Canada, and they provide campers with a brand new world-class air conditioned facility located on the border of Mississauga and Etobicoke! They offer a variety of skateboarding and scooter riding programs for all skill levels and ages. From introductory programs geared to gradually introducing people to their very first experience on a board through to advanced skateboarding programs. In addition to skateboarding, campers will enjoy organized games, make your own tie-dye shirt, movies, arts and crafts, and more.  The best part?  All snacks and refreshments are included – no need to pack a lunch!

COST: $299 / week, half day programs also available

Age: 5-16 years

Location: CJ’s Skatepark 560 Hensall Circle, Mississauga, ON L5A 1Y1 905-272-6888

3.  Pedalheads Bike Camps

Set your child on the path to a lifelong love of riding with Pedalheads! You’ll be amazed at how quickly your child picks up the skills to be safe and competent on their bike. From training wheels to trails, Pedalheads provides safe, fun and challenging bike camps for children aged 4-12.  Since 1995 they have taught over 200,000 children to ride, using their own Pedalheads® teaching method, combined with small classes and exceptional instructors. They teach beginners right up to competent riders the skills they need to succeed on the trails and the streets.

Age: 4-12 years

Locations: Toronto – Bloor West: James Culnan Catholic School, 605 Willard Avenue and Sait James Separate School,

Etobicoke: Humber Valley United Church, 76 Anglesey Blvd

Etobicoke: St. Gregory Elementary, 126 Rathburn Road

Cost:  Full Day $439, Half Day $249.  Before and after care available.

Winter = dry skin at the best of times, but it can feel 10x worse during pregnancy. Which is why we’re thrilled to partner with Palmer’s Cocoa Butter formula to bring you mamas-to-be some much-needed relief.

Developed specifically for pregnant women, this lightweight non-greasy lotion helps improve skin elasticity and reduce the appearance of stretch marks – but don’t take our word for it. Palmer’s generously sent samples to one of our moms-to-be for testing. Here’s what she had to say about it:

When I was offered the chance to review Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Stretch Mark Range, I was curious about the legendary stretch mark cream. Any research I had done online on preventing stretch marks had almost always recommended Palmer’s as the go-to for pregnant moms.  Also, being a busy working mom with an -ahem- spirited toddler, I barely had time to wash my hair, much less remember to buy and religiously apply any kind of cream.  

I was generously sent the Palmer’s Tummy Butter, Massage Cream and Massage Lotion for Stretch Marks to review.

The first thing I noticed when I opened up my package of Palmer’s Tummy Butter is the heavenly smell. It’s a rich cocoa scent, that isn’t too cloying like some scented lotions. It’s also incredibly thick. I found that I had to really dig my finger in to get a good amount to rub in. But once I did, my skin felt amazingly soft and hydrated, even until the next morning.  

The massage cream and massage lotion are easier to apply, and again, left my skin feeling soft and slightly scented.

With the dry winter air, I’ve taken to applying the tummy butter on my stomach, elbows and other areas that feel extremely dry and itchy, and the massage lotion to my arms, legs and feet. It’s the perfect antidote against dry, scaly skin and time will tell if it does prevent any stretch marks.  Either way, it’s helped my skin stay moisturized this winter, when sadly it’s normally neglected.

Swimsuit season. This term always elicits a panicked response in me, as my mind goes to the thought of swimsuit shopping.   After a long winter the idea of stripping down to try on bathing suits under the store’s neon lights, carrying some winter weight, and having no tan to speak of is not on my list of favourite things to do. But this year, my first as a new mom, the term swimsuit season has managed to produce a panicked response again, but for different reasons. Instead of the aesthetic, superficial ones I am very honed in on sun safety for my baby’s fresh skin.

As a meteorologist and Television host on The Weather Network, I am a self-confessed weather nerd and not only do I always look at the forecast, but as we hit spring, I start to notice the UV index. I don’t need to give you a lecture about it, you know the drill, UV rays are dangerous and the main cause of skin cancer. Just know this, in the summer months the UV (Ultra Violet) index forecast trends on being in the ‘high’ range, and unprotected skin (and this of course varies based on skin type) can burn in approximately 15 to 20 minutes.

So while I can buy a just for fashion, not practical, uncomfortable bikini for myself I am going sensible for my baby. Then I was given a full body UPF50 swimsuit by January Baby. I checked to see if it met all my requirements. Does it have a UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) of 50?   Does it have a zipper? No buttons please. Does it have long sleeves? Will it cover her little legs all the way to her ankle? Yes it does.

This brand January Baby checks off those boxes, and from a design perspective I love their colour block swimsuits. They look chic, but not too busy. I also love that these suits are full length in the sleeves and legs, and this is one of the biggest differences I see between this brand and other swimsuits out there.   The longer length adds that extra coverage. Oh, also, their suits are UPF 50, which means it allows only 1/50 of the sun’s rays to penetrate the fabric, and is the highest rating available.

My little one simply has to wear this swimsuit and she will be protected, mother win! Now that swimsuit season is all taken care of for my baby, we have to find one for mommy’s post baby, in between sizes, body. Wish me luck!

 ~ Written By Nicole Karkic

Nicole is a self confessed weather nerd.  She’s a meteorologist and on-air host on the national morning show on The Weather Network.  Besides the 2:30 am alarm clock she loves her job, and keeping Canadians up to date on the weather.  She is a new mom to one little girl Marlowe and hopes to give her a little sister or brother soon.   She lives in the west end of Toronto, and calls High Park her happy place.

Did you survive the “Hunger Games” (aka Toronto Parks & Recreation registration)?! If you found yourself hitting refresh for 2 hours, and still you only ended up on waiting lists, fear not! We have you covered with 5 local Summer Camps guaranteed to please any aged camper!

1. Sports Camps Canada (Formerly Lytton Sports Camp)

NIKE Sports Camps at James Gardens combines fun based learning and instruction in tennis from a team of certified tennis professionals. Nestled along the Humber River in Etobicoke, Nike Sports Camp at James Gardens is perfect for soccer, nature walks, discovery learning and of course playing tennis on three hard court surfaces and two mini court areas for kids who are learning the game. The atmosphere at Nike Sports Camps is perfect for all skill levels and provides a safe and supportive environment for game-based learning for students aged 4-14.  Participants will leave with improved confidence, friendships and awesome Nike Camp Shirts and Prizes! Join Nike Sports Camps for some SERIOUS FUN this summer!

Age: 4-14 years

Location: James Gardens, 235 Edenbridge Drive

Cost: Full Weeks: $385.00 (HST included) for Full Days, $255 (HST included) for half days. Before and after care available. Mommy Connections fans can save $15 with the promo code MC15. Visit Sports Camps Canada to register.

2.  High Junction Gymnastics

High Junction Gymnastics provides a safe, fun and positive place for children of all ages and ability to learn gymnastics. At their Summer camp, kids enjoy gymnastics in the morning followed by theme activities and trips in the afternoon. They end their day with one more hour of gymnastics. Weekly trips include visits to local attractions like Centre Island, the Gardiner Museum and High Park. Show weeks consists of a performance for the parents/family on Fridays at 3:30pm.  Their 3300 square foot facility with state of the art equipment is located in the Junction and High Park area, with easy access by public transit and complimentary 2 hour parking.

COST: $295 / week, half day programs also available

Age: 4-14 years

Location: High Junction Gymnastics (40G-2340, Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6P 4A9)

3.  MakerKids

Empowering the makers of tomorrow! Childhood is the most formative stage of life. If a person realizes that they are a leader when they are a child, they’ll carry that with them for the rest of their life. MakerKids offers award-winning Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs that are recommended by experts, parents, and children alike. At their Summer camps, children learn technical skills in coding, robotics, or Minecraft as well as social skills, building a positive relationship with technology, and how to change the world. They also enjoy daily outings to local parks. Help your child become a MakerKid today! ​

Age: Grades 1-8

Location: 2451 Bloor St W, 2nd Floor (Bloor & Jane St)

Cost: $400-600 – extended care also available.

4. Neighbour Note

Are your little ones always singing, and dancing? If so, Neighbour Note Summer Camps might be the camp for you. Offering a wide array of ‘edgy’ music-focused camps – think song writing, music video production, and their ever-popular band camp – where children will work in small groups on all aspects of their ‘project’, and gain a ton of musical instruction along the way.  In Little Rockers Band Camp, children work together to write songs, design t-shirts with band names and logos, and learn to play some beginner rock tunes! All band members will spend the morning receiving introductory tutorials on guitar, bass, voice and song writing.  Then they head to a real rehearsal studio for full out jam sessions complete with drums and drum tutorials. Campers also walk to the local park for lunch and play (weather permitting). Camp also includes a Rock Showcase performance for friends and family at the end of the week!

Age: 5-10 years

Location: Mornings at 76 Anglesey Blvd, afternoons at Rehearsal Factory, 160 Islington Ave (Lakeshore & Islington)

Cost: Full Week: $350 for 9am-4pm or $240 for half days. Early drop-off and late pick-up can be arranged; call to discuss the details.

 

 

 

 

 

5.  Pedalheads Bike Camps / Heroheads Camp

Set your child on the path to a lifelong love of riding with Pedalheads! You’ll be amazed at how quickly your child picks up the skills to be safe and competent on their bike. From training wheels to trails, Pedalheads provides safe, fun and challenging bike camps for children aged 4-12.  Since 1995 they have taught over 200,000 children to ride, using their own Pedalheads® teaching method, combined with small classes and exceptional instructors. They teach beginners right up to competent riders the skills they need to succeed on the trails and the streets.

Heroheads is a multi-sport camp with a superhero twist! Kids (ages 4-8) kick-start their passion for sports through a variety of skills, drills, obstacle courses, and games to build their “superpowers”! On the last day of camp, kids get the chance to put their superpowers to the test in the Super 7 Challenge and Heroheads Rescue Race to earn their very own superhero cape and mask!

Age: 4-12 years

Locations: Toronto – Bloor West: James Culnan Catholic School, 605 Willard Avenue

Etobicoke: Humber Valley United Church, 76 Anglesey Blvd

Etobicoke: St. Gregory Elementary, 126 Rathburn Road

Cost:  Full Day $419, Half Day $229, Pre-school $119.  Before and after care available.

As a mother of a child who is obsessed with any and all type of fruit, I have unfortunately eaten my fair share of imported strawberries during the winter months.  Every summer after visiting the local Farmers’ Markets I am reminded just how good locally grown fresh produce can taste.  I encourage you to visit the local West End Toronto Farmers Markets this summer, and comment below with your favourite finds!  Here are my favourite Summer Farmers Markets for 2017!

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Now you have amazing produce, but you still find meal time a chore?!  Read our Mealtime Made Easy Fave 5 List!

Many families (including mine) wish that their kiddos would spend more time outdoors being physically active. That’s why we love Springfree Trampoline. So much so, that we hosted 10 local families at a special VIP event at the Springfree headquarters.  We wanted them to experience firsthand what makes Springfree so special.

A unique design that focuses on safety

Springfree trampolines were invented by Dr. Keith Alexander, a father and mechanical engineer who was determined to design a trampoline that would help reduce common injuries associated with trampolines and provide safe backyard play for his kids.

Instead of springs, their safety design uses flexible composite rods that lie beneath the jumping surface completely out of harms way.

The metal frame is located beneath the jumping surface where you can’t land on it.

By removing the hard edges at the jumping surface, they have created the SoftEdgeTM mat – a shock absorbent edge that allows jumpers the freedom of jumping across the entire surface of the mat.

The flexible safety enclosure prevents jumpers from falling to the ground, giving parents peace of mind that their kids are having a safe, fun jumping experience.

The only Smart TrampolineTM with the addition of a gaming system called tgoma

Four sensors on the trampoline mat connect wirelessly via Bluetooth® to a tablet. Using the body as the controller, the sensors track the movement creating an outdoor interactive Smart Play experience.

Tgoma offers a collection of activities – including educational games that teach math, language, problem solving and trivia, promoting learning at home through fun activities that strengthen coordination and creative thinking.

They are built to last

Springfree trampolines can withstand the four seasons, they are tested to withstand 5,000 hours of harsh sun exposure. The mat and net rods are made from a special formulation that is three times stronger than steel and tested to withstand millions of bounce cycles. All trampolines come with an extensive warranty, and have the option of delivery and installation.

Not only did the families bounce to their hearts content, Claudia Agudelo Photography also set up a photo booth with two of our favourite heros from The Superhero Company.

 

 

 

 

 

We refueled on a delicious raw cookie dough bar from Sweet Flour Bake Shop, crafted up some Superhero magnets with Mod Podge, and then bounced some more (even the parents)!

 

 

 

 

 

With 7 designs available in Canada, there’s a trampoline for every backyard and every family. To find a location near you, please visit www.springfree.ca or check them out on Facebook or Instagram.

Check out our video of the event, be sure to turn the sound up for a blast from the past!

Adjusting to life with a baby is a big transition. It’s easy to forget how important it is to make sure you’re also fuelling YOURSELF with healthy foods.

So when Meal Garden approached me about creating the Healthy Eating For New Moms Bundle, an all-in-one healthy eating package just for moms, I jumped at the chance.

Developed with the help of some of Canada’s top nutritionists, culinary experts – and regular moms like you! – this is an all-in-one tool that includes a treasure trove of healthy, mom-focused recipes, and everything you need to bring them to life. The best part? It’s free for a limited time.

What’s inside?

The Healthy Eating for New Moms Bundle features recipes (curated by yours truly), which you can browse and save in your ‘cookbook’. From there, you can plan your meals – and even automate your grocery list. You’ll know exactly why the recipes you’ve chosen are awesome fuel for you, thanks to comprehensive, easy-to-read, nutritional ratings for each and every recipe.

Our recipes and articles are organized into nine categories, to make it really easy to find exactly what you’re looking for.

Why do we love it?

1.It keeps everything in one, easy-to-use place. Forget bookmarking links, clogged Pinterest boards, and using multiple apps to keep track of your recipes. This tool is a one-stop shop.

2. You can add your own recipes… and it’ll crunch the nutritional info.

3. Scannable stats. You can browse photos, cooking times, and an easy-to-read health meter rating right on the thumbnail for each recipe. So you’ll know right away whether it’s worth clicking – or not – based on your needs, tastes, and goals.

4. The ability to customize. Don’t like an ingredient? Want to switch things up a bit? Simply copy an original recipe, tweak it to your tastes, and voila! You’ll see the updated nutritional information – and this new version of the recipe will forever be saved in your database.

5. The. Grocery. List. Once you’ve selected the recipes you want to make, Meal Garden creates a grocery list for you by section of the grocery store. You can easily remove items you already have and even drag and drop to create separate lists for the different stores your shop at. Then with a click of a button you can email the list to your partner so they can do the shopping for you.

Tell me you couldn’t use a little bit of this in your life? I thought so. Sign up and see for yourself.  Remember,  it’s FREE for a limited time!

Facebook Group & Contest

This isn’t about perfection – and Meal Garden is not a Pinterest board. This is about real life, sharing experiences, and making sure you feel awesome, healthy, supported, and inspired.

Once you register, you’ll receive an invitation to join our private Facebook group, Meal Planning Moms, where we’ll navigate this journey together. It’s a safe space to share tips, recipe successes (and failures!) as well as real reactions from your family.

Join before April 10th and get all of this PLUS you’ll automatically be entered to win a huge meal-planning prize!

If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact me.

See you in ‘the garden’!

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