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F RE S H FI N DS Fun P ac i f i e r s

FA L L HA R V E S T Re cipe s

C D GIV EAWAY And Much More!

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CONTENTS C a n a d a ’ s Fa m i l y I n f o r m a t i o n G u i d e A u g u s t / S e p t e m b e r 2 0 13

of a o 4 LETTER to the Editor


6 CANADIAN ARTIST A profile and interview with CBC children’s music sensation, Will Stroet.


14 FRESH FINDS Fun pacifiers and other great stuff for baby.

18 BABY ANNOUNCEMENT LoLo has had her second baby!

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22 HALLOWEEN DRESSUP Take a look at some fun costume ideas for every age and every budget.

30 HARVEST DELICACIES Our own E.I.C. Tracy shares her favorite recipes, and wines for autumn.

Cover photo courtesy of HEATHER PALMER PHOTOGRAPHY. “Cover Angel” is “Maddi”. Clothing courtesy of model.


Front Cover: Photography by Heather Palmer Photography: See Contributors for more information on Heather. See Back page or website for more information on the Cover Angel Program Birth of a Mother - OCT/NOV 2013 3

LETTER TO THE EDITOR In response to Backpack 101 by Dr. Patricia Hort BSc., DCM

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“Hi Tracy,

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Back toSchool


FRESH FINDS sustainable lunch boxes!


Lo r ra i n e Po n d ’s Birth of a Mother - AUG/SEPT 2013 1 Mu si c a l Ad ve nt u re s i n M o t h e r hood cont inue !

Thank you for this article!! My daughter just began kindergarten and is the ONE. I absolutely refused to send her with a pack that was too big although finding one to fit was a challenge. I actually had to buy a slightly bigger pack (that still fits - thank you The Great Outdoors Junior Outfitters for stocking a variety of sizes) after the first day in order to fit the 8.5x11 agenda provided for my daughter by the school. It’s a great agenda but does it really have to be so big for kindergarten? It seems like the demands/expectations for primary aged students have increased since my days when a lunch box was the only requirement.

Thank you again for bringing this topic to the attention of readers. Helena”

Hi Helena, Thank you so much for your reply! I love to hear people’s feedback regarding what we write inside the pages of BOAM. Hopefully this will inspire other moms to write us more often. Thank you again. Kind Regards, Tracy B Loeppky

Another exciting note: this same article has a LIVE LINK from the Ross Ford Elementary school’s website! They thought it important enough to have as a learning tool for the parents of their students! Yay!

If you to o would like to write our Editor, Tracy, with your thoughts (and no, we don’t want only the praise, we want all your thoughts) email her! 4 Birth of a Mother OCT/NOV 2013


Ode to Fall ...... Anyone who knows me, knows that I love Halloween. The unfortunate thing about it is, I love summer too. So, I know I’m wishful thinking here, but can we move my beloved night of fright to a few months earlier? Please?? Ah, well .... In our house we decorate our home lavishly with many pumpkins; ceramic and organic, witches, candles, spiders and cobwebs. I justify this decorating by adding “fall” themed pieces too - so as not to invoke any real scrutiny from our family members. We also like to put out a “graveyard” in our front flower bed - a sight which I’m sure is now synonymous with our home since moving to this small town 5 years ago. The boys, of course, love this holiday too. Due to the simple fact they’re allowed to become whoever they wish without judgement. (Although they have gotten a few strange looks from our elderly neighbors in the past: my 6’ 3” son dressed as Jason one year to the horror of some passers by, and nearly had the police called on him - good story, remind me to tell you one day.) There is also the food of autumn ... harvest time! I was fortunate enough to pull out potatoes, beets and carrots from my garden that were delicious! We had a few zucchinis too, and await a few more before the frost has had it’s final way with them. We will make many roasted root veggie meals, all warm and toasted. Another exciting addition to this issue; Clare Adams was keen enough to get an interview with Will Stroet - from Will’s Jams on CBC! At BoaM, we adore Canadian artists, and our wish is to help infuse culture into our youth through our multi-media platform. Promoting and encouraging artists is the height of happiness for us, and if you the reader find a new favorite musician - our job is done! Our true hope is for all of us (moms, dads & children alike) to grow and flourish in the Arts! So, this issue is dedicated to my love of horror, fun dressing up, Canadian children’s entertainers and great food! I’ve even tossed in a few of my own recipes, and favorite wines for the cooler months. Happy Autumn, and enjoy the season. All photos courtesy of Heather Palmer Photography.

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Canadian Artist Profile

will stroet By Clare Adams

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Family Portraiture c/o Chelsea Roisum, CBR Photography



s a Mom I listen to a lot of children’s music. My daughter is now nine years old so that is beginning to change over to a lot of Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift and One Direction. My son, however, is just five years old so various children’s songs still reign in the car on repeat as well. When thinking of children’s music, you might think of Barney or the ABC song. While there are still some children’s songs that don’t always exactly give you the warm and fuzzies, thankfully there’s a plethora of seriously great talent and not just Charlotte Diamond or Fred Penner tracks. Will Stroet is one such example of a modern musician and educator who has used his talents to create some tremendously tuneful music that is a treat for parents as much as for kids. He has just launched his latest albums in English and French, “Just Imagine” and “Imagine”, and we already have them happily on repeat at our house. Not being a francophone household, I am constantly amused by my son’s requests for the “Chinese CD”. Nevertheless, the beats and harmonies of the French tracks are almost as catchy as the lyrics we can sing along to on the English as both CDs are being enjoyed! This is what happens when there is some serious musical talent involved. As a mom, I am so grateful to have not only good music to enjoy with kids, but also great messaging like the lyrics of the title track “Just Imagine,” which remind us that: “With a little determination, There’s no limitation When you use your imagination”

“With a little determination, There’s no limitation When you use your imagination” To me, it’s no surprise that Kids’ CBC snapped up Will to be a regular on their TV line-up with “Will’s Jams” and that he’s received critical acclaim for all of his albums to date. I was delighted then, that this busy dad, musician and star of children’s television offered me the time to chat and get to know the man behind the music: What aspect of being a children’s entertainer do you most enjoy? What I most enjoy about my career as a children’s entertainer is the live performance. I also love watching the different ways kids like to experience my show. Some kids will dance from start to finish, some will stay seated with their parents for the whole show and everything in between. Whether they are dancers or listeners, nothing is more satisfying for me than a room full of kids and parents enjoying my show. How has being on Kids’ CBC changed your professional life? Being on Kids’ CBC has been a goal of mine for many years. I have such fond memories as a child watching Fred Penner, Mr. Dress Up, and The Friendly Giant on CBC. I hope that one day Canadians will look back with fond memories

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of “Will’s Jams” in the same way. As to the impact right now, it is so great that kids and parents are now recognizing me across the country. It has also helped open doors to play some festivals and theatres that I have always wanted to play. On that note, I should mention the second series of “Will’s Jams” videos are now complete and will be airing sometime this fall. We have also been given the green light to start producing a third series based mostly on the music from my new CD, “Just Imagine.” When you write your music, who do you write for? I write my music for young kids obviously, but in my writing I also strive to keep in 8 Birth of a Mother OCT/NOV 2013

mind the parents, who will no doubt also be listening to my music over and over again. In children’s music it is very interesting because you have to cater to two very distinct audiences: 3 year olds and 30 year olds! The music has to be fun and diverse, and the lyrics have to offer some learning; but also the occasional inside joke to give the parents a chuckle. There is no need to condescend to kids when it comes to music. Clearly this album is heavily influenced by Ella (Ella’s umbrella, Daddy Daughter Day, Daddy’s Lullaby), but you have been making children’s music from before Ella was born, so how do you think having Ella has changed you as a musician?

When writing for my previous albums, I really drew on my experience with my elementary school students. Songs such as “Hockey’s Just Really Cool” and “Hygiene and Eugene” were inspired by my experiences as an elementary school teacher. In writing for “Just Imagine”, it is clear that a lot of the songs are inspired by my three-yearold daughter, her experiences and interests. Before being a father, I thought I had a pretty deep understanding of children through my work with them as a teacher and an entertainer. Becoming a dad has definitely given me a whole new perspective on the life of young children, how they experience the world around them, and what they

THE LIGHTER SIDE enjoy and find interesting. I believe my songwriting for kids has improved a great deal since becoming a father. Has being a dad changed the way you see or appreciate children’s music yourself (e.g. you can appreciate better how it can change moods/ entertain/inspire or you can better appreciate how repetition/less quality music can drive parents crazy?) As a dad, I do appreciate children’s music in a whole new way. There are some groups out there who I think really get it when it comes to appealing to the child and parent at the same time. In Canada, we are lucky to have many solo artists and groups who are doing this well. Too many to mention! I have so many friends in the industry here in Canada, I’d be afraid to leave someone out!

I believe music can be very useful for families. You can make chores fun, you can alleviate boredom during long car rides and you can calm your child when it’s time for bed. In my mind, there are countless benefits to introducing music to your children. Music can motivate children. It’s also been noted many times that music is also beneficial to cognitive development, literacy, and social awareness. Music also teaches rhythm and movement and can help children with spatial awareness when they dance or do actions. One of the greatest things about music, which is shared with other

art forms, is that it provides another vehicle for children to express their creativity and use their imagination. If you could encourage parents to do one thing to help get their kids interested in music, what would it be? The first thing I recommend is to sing with your kids. Don’t be afraid about the quality or sound of your voice—your kids will be thrilled if you sing with them. When they become a bit older, try to be aware of how your child learns. Continued on page 12.

How or where do you use music in your family? And what different types of music do you all enjoy? We like to sing on car rides, while doing chores, when out for a walk, bath time, bedtime, and the list goes on. As a fan of music, I will typically have music playing a lot of the time when Ella’s playing or when I’m making dinner. It might be children’s music or it might be another genre depending on my mood.  How do you think music can help families and why do you believe it’s important to introduce to kids?

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Lorraine is a first-time mom and one half of the Canadian children’s music duo, Bobs & LoLo. Dedicated to connecting children to the natural world with music, movement and make-believe, Bobs & LoLo inspire their young audiences to care about themselves, their neighbours and the planet. Growing up together on Vancouver Island, Robyn Hardy (Bobs) and Lorraine Pond (LoLo) have always shared a love of the natural world and a passion for working with children. Creating the dynamic duo Bobs & LoLo has allowed these award-winning artists to combine their diverse academic backgrounds with a mutual love of teaching and the creative arts.

DR. PATRICIA HORT {CHIRO-WELLNESS DR FOR MOMS} Dr. Patricia Hort has devoted her chiropractic

practice to the care of women and their families from fertility through life with baby. She has handpicked a team of natural healthcare providers to work with her at her center, Lifestyles Wellness Group, and further supports her patients with an extensive referral network ultimately creating what she refers to as ‘the village’. Dr. Hort’s signature treatment care programs ‘Back to Basics Baby Making – natural fertility’, ‘How To Have a Baby in Six Hours or Less’ and ‘Get Your Body Back’ guide moms-to-be from conception, through a more comfortable pregnancy and a shorter labour and delivery as well as supporting them with strength and inspiration to thrive in mom hood. For more details visit

HEATHER PALMER {HEATHER Palmer Photography} Heather Palmer is a Canadian based photographer

with International experience in both commercial and family photography. However her passion lies in capturing life’s moments with the families she photographs. Some of her favorite subjects are her own family members including her wonderful husband and children. Heather considers herself a lucky woman. She is able to use her talents and follow her dreams but still be at home to watch her children grow up. Birth of a Mother is very fortunate to have such a talented and creative photog on our team!

CLARE ADAMS {THE LIGHTER SIDE} Clare Adams likes to celebrate the lighter side of family life while facing the same trials and tribulations as other parents (picky eaters, sleep deprivation, poop, etc). Seeing the humour in day-to-day life with kids and being a good parent is mainly about enjoying your kids and all the adventures that come with them. Originally from the UK, she now works from home running her own media & Pr Company, Bigger Bubbles Marketing, and writing for various publications. She is also a ‘hands-on’ board member of the Gaby Davis Foundation, raising funds to provide financial assistance to families affected by childhood cancer.

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Continued from page 9. Different children learn in different ways, which means some kids might love the idea of singing lessons, while others might prefer an instrument or prefer to experience music through dance. All of these options are great, so be open to trying different things. Finally, when it comes to finding a teacher, get recommendations from others. I was really blessed to have gone through my teen years with a guitar teacher who went the extra mile and was a real mentor to me. §

Did you know ... Will has released six albums of original music and one DVD, which have garnered international recognition. He has received a 2011 Kids Music Award, a 2011 West Coast Songwriters Award, approval from the Parents’ Choice Awards, and nominations from the Western Canadian Music Awards, the Canadian Independent Music Awards and Canadian Folk Music Awards. Will’s music is also featured on Putumayo’s compilation, “Kids World Party,”

and is on regular rotation online on Galaxie radio and CBC Music. This fall, Will and the Backyard Band will be touring across Canada to perform music from his new English and French albums, “Just Imagine” and “Imagine. View the concert schedule and ticket information. Will is also part of B.C.’s ArtStarts in Schools roster and regularly leads music workshops for teachers and students.


TV You can also watch “Will’s Jams” on Kids’ CBC and preview videos at

MUSIC Will Stroet’s new albums, “Just Imagine” and “Imagine” are available on iTunes and at

CONCERT Will is coming to CALGARY for the CD Release of “Just Imagine”. Mt. Pleasant Community Hqll Oct. 6, 2013 10:30 am & 1:30 pm

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freshfinds Pacif iers! The Philips AVENT range of pacifiers helps to soothe and comforts babies. They are designed to suit a baby’s age and stage and are made of the highest safety standards to help a baby be comforted and happy. Plus, you can rest easy knowing that they are taste, odour, and BPA-free.

Philips AVENT BPA-Free Fashion Girl and Boy Mixed Case • Fun, bright, and colourful designs • Orthodontic, symmetrical collapsible nipple • User-friendly silicone nipples are smooth and transparent • Can be sterilized • Dishwasher safe • Snap on hygienic cap • Safety ring handle and air holes in the shield prevent skin irritation

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MUSTACHIFIER About Us : We just want to put mustaches on babies. Technicalities: Wer’re not just product designers. We’re parents too. So when we were designing the Mustachifier our first commitment was to making it 100% safe. We researched and followed guidelines from multiple sources, including the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Federal Drug Administration, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Dental association. Following production, the Mustachifer was rigorously tested by an accredited, external, US based laboratory. As a result of that, we can confidently say that the Mustachifier meets and exceeds all US Safety Requirements. Below are some facts about the Mustachifier that we know will be important to you, because they were important to us.

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PERCH Hanging High-Chair (G+G 201) If your you are tight on space or dining out, the guzzie+Guss G+G 201 Perch Hanging High Chair gives your little one place to sit at the table. The Perch Hanging High-Chair clamps onto most tables and folds up for easy storage. A convenient travel bag is included which you will be able to store under the seat when not in use. What also makes that chair so popular is its high back; it will give more comfort and support when your little one is leaning back. Features & Benefits • • • • •

Holds up to 17kg (37 lbs) Includes a travel bag High-back fits most tables No tools required assembly

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PEARHEAD Wooden Banks


gerry giraffe Your new friend Gerry Giraffe will make sure to strech your savings for a long time! Made of hand finished wood, and stained sunshine yellow, Gerry will brighten up any room of the house. wallie whale Make a splash with your savings! Just bring along Wallie the whale! This hand-finished wooden bank is ready to keep your extra large savings extra safe. Wallie loves to play by the beach but looks great in any room of your house! beanie bunny Saving money is just a skip hop and jump away! Beanie Bunny is happy to hold all of your child’s savings. Made of hand-finished wood, and stained with bright colors, she makes a great friend to have around in any room of the house.

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MUSICAL ADVENTURES IN MOTHERHOOD Photos courtesy of Eyeris Photography by Jen Bajic

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BO The BO LoLo

OAM Family Congratulates OAM o’s family on the birth of their son,

Kesh! Kesh

Proud parents, Lorraine and Kavie, along with big sister, Anisa welcomed Baby Keshin (Kesh) into the family on September 3, 2013. Kesh weighed 3.7kg and measured 52cm at birth. In addition to all the adorable baby snuggles, the new family of four is enjoying these first months getting to know each other. Lorraine looks forward to returning to her ongoing Musical Adventures in Motherhood series for Birth of a Mother in the next issue. * Lorraine is one half of the Canadian children’s music duo, Bobs & LoLo.

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arvest Delicacies

Our Editor, Tracy, shares her favorite comfort foods for fall .... & some are even her own!

Herb & Cheese Dip Ingredients Fresh: parsley, basil - 3 sprig ea. 1 tsp ground pepper 1 tsp sea salt 3 cloves garlic 1/2 cup sharp/old cheddar shredded 1 tub (500 g) plain Greek yogurt 3 tbsp. cream cheese


In Pestal and mortar - grind and pound herbs and garlic until thoroughly mashed and fragrant.

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In a mixing bowl, mix together yogurt and cream cheese. Once blended add herbs and cheddar cheese. Refrigerate for minimum 1 hour... the longer it sits the better it tastes! Serve with multi grain chips or toasted pita triangles!


Shepherd’s Pie Ingredients 1 lb ground round beef 1 lb. ground pork 1 large or 2 med. onion chopped 3 stalks celery 1 cup each vegetables chopped carrots, corn, peas, green beans 2-3 lbs. Potatoes (4-5 big ones) 8 tablespoons butter (1 stick) 2 cups cup beef broth 3 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 1 teaspoon each Salt, pepper, marjoram, basil to taste 1 tbs. Parsley

uncovered, over low heat for 10 minutes, adding more beef broth as necessary to keep moist.

NOTE: If you are adding vegetables, add them according to cooking time. Add corn, peas & beans at the end of the cooking the meat. Mash potatoes in bowl with remainder of butter, season to taste. Add parsley and some beef broth if your potatoes are too dry remember, the potatoes add to the flavour so you don’t want them dry and bland. Place beef and onions in baking dish. Distribute mashed potatoes on top. Rough up with a fork or spatulas so that there are peaks that will brown nicely.


Cook in 400 degree oven until bubbling and brown (about 30 minutes). Broil for last 5 minutes if necessary to brown.

Quarter potatoes, (I like leaving skins on!) boil in salted water until tender (about 20 minutes).


While the potatoes are cooking, melt 4 Tablespoons butter (1/2 a stick) in large frying pan. Sauté onions, celery and 1/2 of the carrots in butter until tender over medium heat (10 mins). Add ground beef and sauté until no longer pink. Add salt and pepper. Add worcesterchire sauce. Add half a cup of beef broth and cook,

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pie plate. Line plate with dough, pressing it into the corners. Trim dough to within 1 inch of the pie plate. Cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate. Roll out remaining piece of dough into an 18-inch round. Transfer round to a baking sheet; cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate.

Perfect Apple Pie Source - The Martha Stewart Show, October 2005

Ingredients - Filling 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling Deep-Dish Pie Crust Dough 5 1/2 pounds firm tart apples (about 14), such as Empire or Granny Smith Juice of 2 lemons 1 cup sugar, plus more for sprinkling 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 3 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter, cut into small pieces 1 large egg yolk Ingredients - Pie Crust 3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) chilled unsalted butter, cut into small pieces 1/2 to 3/4 cup ice water

Directions - Pie Crust In a food processor, pulse together flour, salt, and sugar to combine. Add butter, and process until mixture resembles coarse meal, about 10 seconds. With machine running, add 1/2 cup ice water in a slow, steady stream through the feed tube, just until dough holds together. Test dough by pinching a small amount; if it is still crumbly, add up to 1/4 cup more ice water, a little at a time. Do not process more than 30 seconds. Turn out dough onto a clean work surface, and divide into 3 equal pieces. Place each piece on plastic wrap, and flatten into a disk; wrap tightly. Refrigerate at least 1 hour before using. Directions - Filling Preheat oven to 450 degrees. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out the smaller piece of Pie Crust Dough into a 15-inch round about 1/8-inch thick, dusting surface with flour to prevent sticking, as needed. Brush off excess flour. Roll dough around rolling pin, and place over a deep-dish 9-inch

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Peel and core apples, and cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Place slices in a large bowl; sprinkle with lemon juice to prevent discoloration. In a small bowl, combine flour, sugar, and cinnamon; toss with apple slices. Remove remaining dough from refrigerator; place apple mixture into prepared pie plate, mounding it in a tall pile. Dot filling with butter. Place dough round over the apples. Tuck edge of top dough between edge of bottom dough and rim of pan. Using your fingers, gently press both layers of dough along the edge to seal, and crimp as desired. Using a paring knife, cut several vents in top of dough to allow steam to escape. In a small bowl, whisk together egg yolk with 2 tablespoons water to make a glaze. Brush surface with egg glaze; sprinkle with sugar. Place on a baking sheet, this will catch any juices that may overflow during baking. Bake until crust is golden, about 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees and continue baking until crust is golden brown and juices are bubbling, 45 to 50 minutes. Remove from oven, and let cool completely before serving. ยง



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C O V ER program©

The ‘COVER ANGEL’© program is designed to feature children and parents who are not professional models, but might wish to give it a try. We at BIRTH OF A MOTHER ©™ will not hold the rights to your photos, you will receive a PDF copy of the cover, and a hi resolution copy of the image chosen.

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