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contents FA L L 2 0 1 3 , I S S U E 5 FEATURES

10 Relational Aggression


16 Kids Swag 17 Women’s Fashion 20 Gift Guide- Coolest Products to buy for the holiday season 22 Kids cutest baby and kids Fashion for Winter 26 Party outfits for pregnant women

29 Confetti Pasta Salad


31 Mastermind Contest 31 Disney on Ice


28 Spanish Skillet Recipe 29 Confetti Pasta Salad 31 Eating Healthy at a Holiday Party


35 Keep your bikini body in the winter 38 10 Ways to Fall into your Space


10 Ways to Fall into your Space


Keep your bikini body in the winter

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FA L L 2 0 1 3 , I S S U E 5


Yoga During Pregnancy


37 Traveling with Kids: What to Bring in the airplane



43 Yoga During Pregnancy

TODDLER (1-2) 44 Toddler Diaper Bag

I’M A BIG KID NOW ( 3-5) 45 Fighting the Winter Blues 46 How to Get Your Kids to Eat More Vegetables

KIDS (6-8)

48 Choosing the Perfect Camp by Camilla Soberano


TEEN (12-16)

50 Old School is Old School


52 Beyond What to Expect

Fighting the Winter Blues


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FASHION Fashion Image Consultant | CHINYERE FIDEL

After suffering from a rare blood disorder, Sarah has dedicated her life to health and wellness. She uses her experience to model to others the way that yoga can and will positively enhance your life. Sarah has taken an interest in teaching both pre and post-natal yoga. She believes that pregnant women and new mommies must maintain a steady yoga practice in an effort to achieve optimum health during pregnancy and after labour and delivery. Sarah’s mantra is “keep calm and yoga on.”


A branding specialist by profession, Yashy is now a work from home mom. Yashy’s blog, Baby & Life discusses “lifestyle” - travel, entertaining, food and drink and for the most partall with a baby on the hip. Having dined at over 80 restaurants and traveled to 19 cities in 8 countries with her 1.5 year old, she has solid advice and experience to share when it comes to dining out and travel with a baby.

INTERNS Assistant editor | STEFANO POSSAMAI Assistant editor | KAYLA ROSEN Fashion editor | CHINYERE FIDEL

ERIN LAZER CONTRIBUTORS - EXPERTS Erin Lazer MBA, CSP | Home Stager and Professional Organize Lisa Kobrin Teacher, Literacy Expert Stephen Gosewich Daddy blogger, aspiring enlightened male Samantha Cherry Pie Twins Lawyer turned mommy blogger Yashy Murphy Lifestyle Blogger and Travel Writer Allison Zeltzer Nutrition & Wellness Counselor Elsye Schopp Glaser Chef Sara Brager Yoga Instructor Andrea Benaim Chartered Accountant Jane Rozin Creator of Mommy Talks

Stacey Dombrowsky Psychotherapist Natasha Marchand HBCE, YTT200 COO, Director of Fertility & Marketing, Bebo Mia/ Baby & Me Fitness Marni Wasserman Culinary nutritionist, health strategist. Camilla Soberano Registered Early Childhood Educator Terri Krajden Babylish Advice Ashleigh Reznick Fashion Diva Ksenia Bulgakov Intern Fashion Editor Aviva Allen RHN Kids’ Nutritionist

SpaceStyle Home Staging, Organizing and Design is owned and operated by Erin Lazer, MBA, a Certified Staging Professional™ (CSP™), member of Professional Organizers In Canada™ (POC™) and the Real Estate Staging Association® (RESA®). For 2013, Erin and SpaceStyle were voted one of RESA’s Top 10 Rising Star Home Stagers of the Year in North America. When Erin is not staging homes to sell, she is transforming her clients’ existing homes through organization and design.


Andrea Benaim, CA received her Chartered Accountant (CA) designation in 2010 and has worked in public accounting for five years. She received an Honors Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Philosophy from the University of Western Ontario. Andrea went on to pursue her accounting designation at the University of Western Ontario with completion at York University. Andrea is a third generation CA; she currently works with her father and grandfather in her family accounting firm, started by Andrea’s grandfather in 1952.

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ovember is such a great time of year. For me it is a time of change; Change of the weather, when the leaves turn into different colours and the change into fall. A new beginning to a season that folds into winter. We have packed this issue full of recipes that will warm your family’s bellies and help you decide what to eat at an upcoming holiday party! As usual, we got you covered with fall & winter fashion trends for you and your kids! We did our homework and selected the best gear, coolest products for the holiday season, and what you should bring on an airplane when you travel with your family. All you prego ladies, I am expecting my second little girl this winter and I was inspired to help you decide what to wear at a holiday party, how to do yoga during your pregnancy, and what to put in your toddlers diaper bag. I am so excited for this fall & winter and all the exciting changes in my own life and around me!

I am so happy that I get to share all my wonderful changes with all of you. I really learned to set aside time for my daughter and give her that special mommy time, learn to keep my own life in order and the magazine, keep the household moving literally as we move to a new house, and just to focus on all the positivity around me! Maybe this year I really am turning over a new leaf and with that comes change and a mommy makeover for me! I will be sharing my hair makeover and spa treatments with all of you very soon on Facebook, the website, and the next issue our magazine... Please write in and let us know if you think we should do mini issues every month with fun giveaways, coupons, and articles based on themes like nutrition or just publish articles on our website. Xo Nicole Bloomberg, MBA Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

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New Teeth

fter much anticipation and possibly angst, your little one finally reaches a big milestone – their first tooth cuts through the gums – hooray! Many parents are surprised to learn that this is the time when they should start cleaning their child’s teeth (or tooth as it may be…). Baby teeth may be small but they are important for eating, the development of speech and they act as place-holders for adult teeth (to prevent crowding) and so it is important to keep them as clean and healthy as possible. Even before the first tooth comes in, begin by introducing a routine where after every feeding, you take a clean, damp cloth or gauze or a baby toothbrush (only water, no toothpaste) and gently wipe over your baby’s gums and tongue. As the teeth come in, clean the teeth, gums and tongue after every feeding. It is especially important to do this at night e.g. for overnight feedings/dream feeds because otherwise milk and/or food sits in the mouth and on the teeth and can cause them to decay more rapidly. Often parents will voice concern to me that if they try to clean their child’s mouth in this manner, the child will wake and/or will cry. This is one of the reasons why it is important to start the routine early and continue with it consistently, even if the child cries – so they will become

used to it and it will not be upsetting to them. But I also urge parents to consider that some things (like changing diapers for instance), we as parents do because it is necessary, even if our child cries. This is how I view the importance of brushing teeth from a very early age. Yes, it is true, your child may cry (they also may surprise you and not cry), but if they do, you can use the opportunity to quickly brush their teeth and gums while their mouth is open. And while it is certainly momentarily upsetting to make your child cry, consider that the consequences of not brushing, such as infection, swelling and pain or cavities (potentially requiring anti-biotics, extraction of teeth and use of general anesthesia because babies can’t sit still for cavity fillings or tooth extractions) are so much worse than the alternative of a few moments of brushing. So the take home lesson here is brush, early and often, and stick with it. Your child will thank you for it (hopefully one day)…. Dr. Tal Lewinger is a general dentist and owner of Marketplace Dentistry in Vaughan, Ontario practising eco-responsible (and fun) family and cosmetic dentistry (www.marketplacedentistry.ca) and can be reached at info@ marketplacedentistry.ca or 905-303-6080. fall 2013


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Today’s students have unlimited access to many forms of media which communicate both positive and often times negative messages. These messages will inevitably be mirrored, communicated or portrayed in classrooms, the schoolyard and outside of school. The result is that our children and students are highly vulnerable.


t has been my personal experience that some films capture the essence of adolescence in a way that continues to resonate with us for years afterwards. Many films today portray students as “having it easy these days” and seem to focus primarily on “their identity, their friends, and their clothes” (Denby, 1999, p. 711). However, today’s teenagers still experience pressure and the need to fit-in and be accepted by their peers. The pressures on school-aged children in this day and age are very real. The need to be accepted is one of the prevalent forces impacting student life and is a legitimate concern for educators and parents alike.

“have you ever walked up to people and realized that they were just talking about you?” (Cady Heron in Mean Girls, 2004)

The movie Mean Girls, written by Tina Fey in 2004 and based on the book “Queen Bees and Wannabes” by Rosalind Wiseman, is a movie that I often reference with my friends, children and my students. The movie mirrored many of my own experiences in young adulthood and the film’s exaggerated style has caused it to remain with me ever since I first saw it. This movie had such a great impact on me that after watching it, I read the follow-up book that the movie was originally based on, “Queen Bee Moms and Kingpin Dads; Dealing with the Parents, Teachers, Coaches, and Counselors Who Can Make-or Break-Your Child’s Future,” by Rosalind Wiseman. This book profiles parents who mimic their adolescent behaviour as they parent their own children. The book, like the movie, has great application in my life as a parent of three children in a very competitive environment. When children are young they seem to get along and play side-by-side with the opposite sex. Boys and girls have similar behavior when it comes to acting out in confrontation in the classroom at an early age. Both sexes act out by using physical or verbal aggression and “relational aggression is usually obvious and unsophisticated because of the language and cognitive development of this age group” (Young, 2011, p. 24-27). Once girls begin to mature, they begin to experience the need to fit-in and cliques start to form within the school setting. These cliques cause girls to create social bonds with one another. Girls are attracted to counterparts with similar beliefs and values. Once girls understand how they can and should fit in, “they gain an understanding that physical aggression is more acceptable for boys than girls in our culture” (Young, 2011, p.24). In the article, “Girls Just Want to Be Mean,” it suggests that “girls were, in fact, just as aggressive as boys, though in a different way. They were not as likely to engage in physical fights, for example, but

their superior social intelligence enabled them to wage complicated battles with other girls aimed at damaging relationships or reputations-leaving nasty messages by cell-phone or spreading scurrilous rumors by e-mail, making friends with one girl as revenge against another, gossiping about someone just loudly enough to be overheard” (Talbot, 2002, p. 3). After re-watching “Mean Girls” in my later adulthood, I began to wonder about relational aggression in 2012 in the world of cyber bullying. In Mean Girls, what happened as a result of being mean was contained to the school environment. In today’s world, a secret that is exposed online can be accessed globally and is something that can never be retracted. In order to be conscious of contemporary issues, educators and parents not only have to be on top of the latest tools, they also need to support children online. Now more than ever, we need to educate students at an early age about how to deal with relational aggression because social media and the Internet have broadened the playing field and created an active breeding ground and forum for relational aggression. If Mean Girls were to be remade in the year 2012, there would be cell phones, texting, Facebook and blogs that could contribute to the bullying tactics. Today’s students deal with a larger audience when they are the recipients of bullying through the Internet. Not only can your class see what is being said about you, the online word can go far beyond the school, community or even country, creating such terms as “bullycide” which is “increasingly associated with the effects of social exclusion among girls-becoming the common-sense conclusion of feminine repression” (Ringrose, 2006, p. 417). If the students of today, do not know how to protect themselves in the schoolyard, then how can we expect that they will be able to protect themselves online? Once on the Internet, always on the Internet.

”Being a literate citizen means something very different than it used to. Literacy needs to include the ability to function online” (Foxman, 2011, p. 43).

It is imperative to give students a voice and let them find their way to some degree. However we must give these students the tools to succeed: “Part of being literate in the 21st century is being able to make careful decisions about technologies and their uses” (Scherer, 2011, p. 17). We need to help students become familiar with new communication technologies, as they will be used in their future learning. In teaching these technologies we need to guide students on the dos and don’ts of social media just fall 2013



ike we teach behavior in the playground. We need to openly discuss what can happen if we use technology in the wrong way and how any negativity that we write online can potentially destroy others. In the book, “Girls’ Clubs Rock!” it supports the notion that even though all children have access to the Internet, media and other devices, it is imperative that we support them at school and at home to foster positive relationships with others and to prepare them for the future to the best of our ability:

“The journey that all girls must take through adolescence is filled with trials and tribulations. Facing these trials alone and unsupported can lead to physical, emotional or relational distress. Throughout their development girls must build a positive selfimage, learn how to cope with stress and establish positive relationships in order to overcome or avoid succumbing to the challenges they face. Without these skills, girls are at a greater risk of engaging in behaviours, which could harm themselves or others and extend beyond adolescence” (Schwartz, Kenny, 2008, p. 11).

Leaders must be able to support students and teachers and guide them through the school year as stated in “HBR’s 10 must reads on leadership”: “good leaders help others in attempt to trans-



form leadership from good to great understanding the relationship and implementation strategies as key; they attend to people first, strategy second. They got the right people on the bus, moved the wrong people off, ushered the right people to the right seatsand then they figured out where to drive it” (HBR, 2011, p.123). In real life it is important for adults who are involved in the lives of students to model appropriate behaviour and define clearly what is right and wrong. In the article “High School Confidential: Notes on Teen Movies,” Denby suggests “that these films arise from remembered hurts which then get recast in symbolic form” (Denby, 1999, p. 712). We can work with female students at an early age to help them socialize accordingly by teaching them the meaning of relational aggression and helping them build strategies and coping mechanisms for their relationships with other females. Mean Girls can be used as a vehicle for change and to open the lines of communication with the student body. It can be used as a forum to initiate dialogue with adolescents about relational aggression. If we share this film with our children (with parental permission of course, as it is rated 14A) and students, we can teach them, through critique and analysis, a lesson about how our actions can be amplified by others. In the article “Breaking into the Movies: Pedagogy and the Politics of Film,” it states that the author understands the use of film to engage student dialogues: “I also urge students to develop their own positions as part of a critique and engagement with variety positions (including my own) that develop amidst class dialogue and in conjunction with outside readings and critical reviews” (Giroux, 2001, p. 594). We need to guide our students and help them understand and identify behaviors derived from relational bullying and the exaggerated forum that our culture portrays. Our responsibility is to arm students with the tools that are needed to resolve these issues. These tools are based on fundamentals like open communication as well as a supportive environment. Teachers, administrators and the parent body should form communities based on relationship building within the framework of the school at the beginning of the school year. This commitment

feature article and skill building should take place in school in order to foster trusting relationships and create an understanding that everyone works together to support the well-being and inclusion of all students in the school. In the younger grades, and with my own children, I try to role model and support them in their relationships with others. One of the resources I often use at home and in my classroom is a book titled “My Secret Bully” by Trudy Ludwig. This story is about relational aggression and positive self-esteem that students and adults struggle to address. The story impacts the reader by using the phrase, “does it make you feel good to make me feel bad?” (Ludwig, 2004, p. 20). We need to support adolescents at a young age and into young adulthood and help them through a tumultuous time. We need to create communities and teach students how to work together and gain life skills. In life, people must learn to adapt and be part of the community. Relational aggression will continue into adulthood if we do not help children become aware of the triggers or signs of negativity that can harm people or relationships. It is not clear why girls behave with “relational aggression” but we do know that this secretive way of bullying has lasting effects on women. We need to continue to look into why girls react in relational aggressive ways, how we can support students at home, school and online and how we can use movies like Mean Girls as a vehicle for change By training administration, staff and families on the triggers and signs of relational aggression, students can be taught and influenced to work towards creating a community of learners and build a variety of positive relationships around them. By using

tools such as documentaries and group discussion about negative past experiences, students can be informed and equipped to handle confrontation in their future. Bullying does not stop in the adolescent years and in fact it can be even more harmful as an adult if not prepared. The success of educators will depend on their ability to become aware of their pupils both academically as well as socially. The ultimate mission of any school is the success and achievement of its students. What the teacher knows and can do in the classroom, plus allowing the children to grow and expand their already existing knowledge, are the most important factors resulting in student achievement: “Preparing Students for the Future; Using higher-level websites at K-12 level is a valuable way to extend learning past the school day, but they also support life long learning” (Dunn, 2011, p. 62). We must continue to focus efforts on teaching students survival tools and safety awareness while using the Internet and working to get along for the future, and this needs to be done from an early age. Today’s students have unlimited access to many forms of media which communicate both positive and often times negative messages. These messages will inevitably be mirrored, communicated or portrayed in classrooms, the schoolyard and outside of school. The result is that our children and students are highly vulnerable. Teachers and parents play an important role in addressing and countering these negative messages because, like it or not, they will make their way into the classroom. In addition to being in tune with children’s social behavior teachers/parents must be exposed and aware of the messages that are driving this behavior and develop strategies and tactics to educate and help students prepare for the future.

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Spanish Skillet Chicken t BY ELSE SCHOPP-GLASER

his dish is full of flavour and only uses one pan for easy clean up. While the chicken is in the oven whip up some rice and this meal is complete.

Directions 1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F 2. In a mixing bowl combine the chicken w ith the 1 tbsp. of the olive oi l, thyme, both types of paprika, cayenne pepper and a pinch of sa lt. Toss unti l the chicken is coated. 3. Heat a medium sized ski l let over high heat. Once hot add the remaining olive oi l. Sear each piece of chicken unti l the skin is crispy, about t wo minutes per side. Remove the chicken to a plate, keeping the ski l let on the heat. 4. Lower the heat to low and pour in the sherr y, using a wooden spoon scrape up any brow n bits from the bottom of the pan and then let the sherr y reduce by ha lf. Once reduced take the pan of the heat. 5. Add the tomatoes, peppers, onion, chorizo, garlic and a sprink ling of sa lt to the pan and light ly stir to combine. Place the chicken pieces on top. Place the ski l let into the oven and roast unti l chicken is cooked through, about 30 minutes. 6. Carefu l ly remove from the oven, sprink le w ith the parsley and ser ve w ith Spanish rice.

WHAT YOU NEED: • 4 skin on, bone in chicken thighs • 2 tbsp. olive oil• 3/4 cup olive oil • 1 tsp. chopped fresh thyme • 1/4 tsp. sweet paprika • 1/4 tsp. smoked paprika • pinch of cayenne pepper • 1/4 cup Sherry •1 small can cherry tomatoes, excess liquid drained (you can also use 1 pint of fresh cherry tomatoes, but I like the saucy consistency the canned ones add to the dish) • 2 roasted sweet bell peppers, sliced (you can use jarred to save time) • 1/2 large sweet onion, sliced • 1/4 lb. cured chorizo sausage, sliced • 5 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped small handful parsley, chopped kosher salt to taste







arni Wasserman is a culinary nutritionist in Toronto whose philosophy is stemmed around whole foods. She is dedicated to providing balanced lifestyle choices through natural foods. Using passion and experience, she strives to educate individuals on how everyday eating can be simple and delicious. Article originally seen on chatelaine.com


WHAT YOU NEED: • 1 package of brown-rice pasta (Tinkyada is the best brand) • 2 carrots, chopped into small pieces • 2 stalks celery, chopped into small pieces • 1 red pepper, chopped into small pieces • 1 handful of snap peas, cut into slices • handful spinach, chopped into small pieces Optional: 1 can organic chickpeas — (Eden Organics) rinsed and drained


Directions 1. Have a l l of your veggies, chopped and ready to go, in separate bowls. 2. Cook pasta to instructions on package, then rinse under cool water to drain any excess starch. 3. Place pasta into a large bowl. 4. In a large bowl, whisk the dressing ingredients. T hen add the cooked pasta and chopped up veggies and mix together.

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hen Halloween candy makes it appearance in the drugstores, I know that summer is almost over, and the holidays are fast approaching. Having worked so hard over the past 8 months to eat healthily, develop an exercise routine, and lose weight, I most certainly do not want to undo all of the positive changes that I worked so hard to implement. I know that many of you are in the same boat, and so I have come up with a short list of strategies to stay healthy in the midst of holiday parties.

1. If you know you have a party coming up, stay diligent with your exercise routine that week. Go to the gym, walk or run outside, follow a workout DVD-whatever it is that you like to do to stay in shape. That way, you earn those extra little treats and drinks that are so tempting at these parties. 2. Eat extra healthy the day of the party. Start off with a hearty breakfast that will keep you full longer. An egg white omelet, Greek yogurt with blueberries, and fiber filled cereal are all excellent choices. Choose a grilled piece of fish and a healthy salad at lunch, and load yourself up with fruits and veggies throughout the day.

3. Drink lots of water. Eight to ten glasses is the recommended amount of water per day. Not only does this keep you hydrated, but also fills your belly. While at the party, alternate between water and alcoholic beverages, or add soda to your wine and make it a spritzer! 4. Skip the drinks with cream (like a White Russian) and juice (like a Screwdriver). Choose a lower calorie beer


(Pabst Extra Light Low Alcohol or Molson Light) or wine (Zinfandel, Chamblis and Chardonnay) instead. Keep in mind that the amount of calories in liquor is directly correlated to its alcohol content.

5. Eat something healthy at home before going to your party. A veggie filled salad with olive oil and lemon juice or balsamic vinegar on the side, or a nice bowl of vegetable soup will make you less likely to munch on those fried appetizers because your belly’s filled up with all the good stuff. 6. Skip the bread in the basket. Even though it’s tempting, it’s a waste of calories.

7. If there’s an option, choose lean cuts of protein like fish and chicken breast. If the chicken comes with skin, take it off.

8. Create a healthier portion size by cutting your food up. Often at a party or a restaurant, there is more than needed or necessary to make us full. 9. When you are finished your meal, push your plate away from in front of you. That way, you will be less likely to nibble and consume extra calories that you didn’t want. 10. Choose a few special treats for dessert, but decide what you want and how much you are going to have in advance. Don’t change your mind, and go back for more. Premeditated action is best, because you plan for it, and move on. Tomorrow will be another day!! fall 2013


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omen tend to shed pounds in Spring/Summer and gain weight in Fall/Winter. This is the classic bikini-sweat suit dichotomy. In nice weather, women want to look great in tanks, shorts and bikinis. But in cooler temps, women tend to hide behind oversized sweaters, jackets and pants. Even though the cool layering look of the 90’s is trendy again, being fashion forward this year doesn’t HAVE to result in weight gain. Here are 5 tips for staying healthy and fit even though the sweats are on:


Ideally you want to eat foods that are rich in nutrients, high in protein and fibre, and that are void of unnatural sugars and artificial sweeteners. Stay away from processed foods as much as you can. If it helps, pick a ‘cheat day’ once day a week, and on that day eat what you feel you have missed out on the other 6 days. On your clean eating days say NO to sugar, soft drinks and highly processed foods!


Go through your fridge and pantry and get rid of anything that is past its best before date. Keep your kitchen organized and make your grocery shops less of a hassle by only buying things that you need for that particular week (meal planning is so helpful!). When you grocery shop avoid candy, cookies, chips, fruit juices and soft drinks. Stick to buying fruit, seasonal veggies and lean protein like chicken and turkey.


According to Dr. Laskowski of the Mayo Clinic, most healthy adults need at least 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes a week of vigorous aerobic activity. But feel free to add minutes if weight loss is your goal. If your schedule

doesn’t allow you to get to a gym then you will have to get creative. Walking outside is amazing when weather permits. My favorite way to get moving is by dancing! Blast music and get in 10-15 minutes of cardio a day at home. Sweat bands and 80’s Jane Fonda leotards are optional.


Dr. Laskowski also recommends doing strength-training exercises at least twice a week. Cardio is not enough to generate weight loss on its own. As you gain muscle, your body begins to burn calories more efficiently and this will help you to lose weight. Start by focusing on one muscle group at a time and do 10-15 repetitions, eventually adding more reps or increasing the weight/resistance. Counter balance your strength training with stretch classes like Yoga and Pilates. Remember to be careful! Listen to your body and unlike cardio, stretch and strength exercises should be done under the supervision of fitness professionals.


It is important to remember that you are human. And as such, you will make mistakes on your quest for a healthier you. It’s OK. It’s NORMAL. It’s EXPECTED! If you have trouble sticking to your plan, use it as an opportunity to learn more about yourself and your priorities. Keep a positive and optimistic outlook on your journey and DO NOT judge yourself! Tomorrow is a new and beautiful day! Making physical activity and proper nutrition part of your lifestyle can ensure you get the results you are looking for this Winter! YOU have the power to make healthy choices…so what are you waiting for?

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family& life FAMILY LIFE Everything you need to know about travelling with kids and preparing them for the winter months.

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nce your child turns a year their active imagination and need for constant entertainment requires a bag of tricks to ensure they aren’t running up and down the aisles. The trick for blissful family travel is to keep your little one calm and busy during your travels.

1. iPad – Have it locked and loaded with saved videos and games for endless hours of entertainment.

2. Colouring books or etch sketches –

Small books and pads are easier to carry in your purse or hand luggage. Ensure any markers or crayons are washable, because accidents can happen!

3. Snacks – Bring plenty and a good variety. Cheerios,

dried fruit snacks, biscuits and finger foods. Pulling anything they’d consider a treat at the onset of a tantrum always works!

4. Cares – If you luck out and have an empty seat having this Child Aviation Restraint System will not only be fun for the child but most importantly buckle them in safely. The system is designed for children weighing between 10 to 20 kgs and who are old enough to sit up on their own but are unable to be safely harnessed by the regular seatbelts.

5. Blanket and stuffed animal – bring

the creature comforts along, especially for long journeys. The lull of the airplane engines are the perfect white noise for getting little ones to take a nap. If you’re already overburdened with a heavy hand luggage with no space for treats and toys, be creative and look around you. There’s plenty of items to entertain toddlers – water bottles, barf bag or inflight magazine to draw on, trinkets in your purse…the list goes on.

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YOUR Space




lthough it’s always sad to reach the end of the summer, and say goodbye to our flip flops, Fall is probably the most beautiful season we have here in Canada and I look forward to it every year. So if you’d like to embrace the beauty of Fall and incorporate it into your décor, here are some ideas:

1) LIGHTING: Create warmer lighting by dimming the lights slightly. Not

only does this create a warm, cozy atmosphere, but it saves on energy costs as well.




2) FIRE: If you have a fireplace, use it! So many of us do have them

(myself included) and we hardly ever do! If it’s a gas fireplace, you have no excuse. If it’s wood burning, yes it’s a bit more work, but definitely worth it. Another way to warm the room up is with candle light. Be safe of course, especially around the kids.

3) SCENT: If you love the smell of apple, pumpkin, vanilla, or spices


like cinnamon, allspice, cardamom, ginger, vanilla, etc, get some scented candles or air fresheners. Baking something with these ingredients, like apple or pumpkin pie, is always a yummy way to create these scents naturally. Involve the kids in the baking too, and it’s an activity the whole family can enjoy.

4) FRESH PRODUCE: Display seasonal fresh produce in your home in a decorative

bowl or platter. Go apple picking as a family and display the “fruits” of your labour proudly. Or go to your local market and pick up a variety of squash (they often have a prepackaged bag that include some “mini” pumpkins, along with other interesting looking squash).

to your space. The warm colours will reflect off of other surfaces—even your skin! And again, if you love to paint and you get tired of the colour in the Spring, just pick up that paint brush again, prime, paint, and repeat!

9) FAMILY PHOTOS: The best time of year to take photos outdoors is the Fall. You can do a family photo shoot outside when the leaves have changed colours, and then display the photos gallery-style in your home. The photos will add that fall warmth to your home, but can stay up for years to enjoy. And if you don’t want to be the star of the show, let the fall colours be the star, and just take some beautiful landscape photos (in high resolution), then have them printed out large scale, or on canvas.

5) FLORAL: 10) THE OBVIOUS: Ok, I definitely don’t have a green thumb, but you can plant (or so the obvious way to bring fall décor into the home, of buy like me) seasonal plants like Chrysanthemums, better known to most of us as “mums”. How fitting! They come in a variety of warm, fall colours, and you can buy potted mums pretty much anywhere when they are in season. Display them on your front porch to welcome guests, or on your back patio to enjoy. You can also buy your favourite flowers in the warm fall colours of reds, oranges and yellows. If you’re really creative, buy white flowers, put a bit of food colouring in the water and watch the flowers change colours. The kids would have fun with this too. Another option is to have the kids collect some colourful leaves outside, and simply fill up a vase or bowl with leaves. They may not last long, but it will look great until they dry up.

6) WREATHS: Display a seasonal wreath on your front door to welcome

not only your guests, but also the Fall season. They can be as simple as some twigs with cranberries woven in, or intricate with various plants and flowers in the gorgeous fall colours.

7) TEXTILES: Don’t be afraid to change up a few things in your interior

décor for the season. Buy a few throw pillows for your living or family room in the warm, fall colours. Buy a cozy throw blanket in a fall colour as well. These will, of course, work best if your décor incorporates these colours, or if you have a relatively neutral palette with you main furniture pieces, floors, paint, etc. A pop of red or orange would look amazing.

8) PAINT? If you love to paint and you love colour, why not do a feature wall in one of the fall colours, like a deep red or orange? It will add drama and warmth

course, is Halloween décor! That’s a whole separate article, but it’s fun for the kids, and the whole neighbourhood. So carve that pumpkin, and hang some of the artwork your kids bring home from school. They’ll love it and so will you!

HAPPY STYLING! By Erin Lazer, MBA, CSP—Home Stager and Professional

Organizer After years in the corporate world in brand management, and after having her first child, Erin started her own company that leveraged her skills and experience in marketing, as well as allowed her to pursue her other passions in real estate, home décor, and organized living. Erin became a Certified Staging Professional (CSP), joined the fabulous Professional Organizers in Canada (POC), the Real Estate Staging Association (RESA), and of course, the wonderful world of momtrepreneurs. She now dedicates herself to transforming houses and homes into stylish, well-functioning spaces with her home staging, redesign and organizing services. For Erin, there is no compromising between fashion and function. When Erin is not sorting and styling, she’s a mom of a beautiful baby girl, a wife, a sister, a daughter, an Auntie, a friend, a baker, a cook, a reader, and a world traveller. www.SpaceStyle.ca erin@SpaceStyle.ca www.facebook.com/SpaceStyleCo www.twitter.com/SpaceStyleCo http://ca.linkedin.com/in/spacestyle 289-597-3321 fall 2013


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s a middle child, Ned always gets shafted, be it with pictures, clothes or in this case, birth stories. I stumbled upon a blog by a fellow Torontonian called The Birth Stories Blog, and thought about how awesome my birth was with Fred and how gruesome and long it was with Ted. And how – oh wait – I can’t remember Ned’s. When was he born again? After a few very awkward minutes, I remembered and decided to write it down so that I don’t forget again. It was a frosty Sunday morning in January, and my father and I were sitting on my couch having our Starbucks fix (yes...I have caffeine while pregnant, don’t judge me), when out of nowhere I peed on the couch.

Me (in my head): Did I just pee on the couch??

My Dad (out loud): So where do you want to go when Fred wakes up? Me (in my head): I just peed on the couch!!!! Me (out loud): Excuse me for a second. While I waddled out of the room, my thoughts were racing.

Did my water just break? Is this what it feels like? This is totally not what it’s like in the movies. What do I do? Who do I call? I’m calling my doctor.

My OBGYN, was away on vacation for Fred’s birth and apparently was going to be for Ned’s as well. I spoke to the on-call doctor who advised me to “come in” after interrogating me about the amount of questionable liquid that was now seeping into my couch cushions (yes I washed them). For no reason what so ever, I decided to overrule this advice and ignored him completely. Instead, I changed, finished my steaming London Fog and headed to Indigo with my dad to read Fred his favourite books and watch him demolish the train table. After a day of fun, Daddy, Fred and I all went to Daddy’s parents’ house for dinner. I didn’t make it past the soup. Daddy and I were out the door and in the car within seconds. What was happening? I was afraid I was going to have the baby on the way downtown. We made it to the hospital and ran to registration. The triage nurse checked me out and admitted me right away. From my birth with Fred, I knew fall 2013


Due to my lack of experience with this chart at Fred’s birth, I was naive enough to think that I would get any pain medication after choosing a 6 on the chart.

that during the pre-natal assessment, the nurse will want to know how much pain I was in. She was going to guage this by the number that I chose on the following chart:

You’ve probably seen some version of that chart before. You may also have noticed how inadequate it is at helping you. The following is STRAIGHT OUT of an awesome blog called hyperbole and a half and WAS NOT WRITTEN BY ME! Although I kind of wish it was.

Based on the faces, this is my interpretation of the chart: 0: Haha! I’m not wearing any pants! 2: Awesome! Someone just offered me a free hot dog! 4: Huh. I never knew that about giraffes. 6: I’m sorry about your cat, but can we talk about something else now? I’m bored. 8: The ice cream I bought barely has any cookie dough chunks in it. This is not what I expected and I am disappointed. 10: You hurt my feelings and now I’m crying!

None of that is medically useful and it doesn’t even have all the numbers, so I made a better one with all the numbers:



0: Hi. I am not experiencing any pain at all. I don’t know why I’m even here. 1: I am completely unsure whether I am experiencing pain or itching or maybe I just have a bad taste in my mouth. 2: I probably just need a Band Aid. 3: This is distressing. I don’t want this to be happening to me at all. 4: My pain is not f*%^g around. 5: Why is this happening to me?? 6: Ow. Okay, my pain is super legit now. 7: I see the angel of death coming for me and I’m scared. 8: I am experiencing a disturbing amount of pain. I might actually be dying. Please help. 9: I am almost definitely dying. 10: I am actively being mauled by a bear. 11: Blood is going to explode out of my face at any moment. Too Serious For Numbers: You probably have ebola. It appears that you may also be suffering from Stigmata and/ or pinkeye. Due to my lack of experience with this chart at Fred’s birth, I was naive enough to think that I would get any pain medication after choosing a 6 on the chart. This is part of the reason why my birth with Fred was so horrible. I knew better this time. I immediately said 9, actually 9 going onto 10, and got the epidural and a little blue pill that saved my life. After I was settled in, Daddy went to re- park the car so that it wouldn’t cost us $438. I was fully dilated by the time the nurse came to check me and so she wanted me to practice my pushing. “Practice makes perfect” she said. I pushed. “STOP!!!” she yelled. The doctor was paged and I was told to clear my throat. Ned was born. Actually. I coughed him out. Daddy came back from the parking lot to a new baby boy. So to all my pregger friends, don’t worry! All births are different. You can hear 10 horror stories, but your birth might be amazing. It can also be the other way around, so do your homework; read up on all possibilities and know your options - it will be okay! To all other readers, I’m sorry you had to read the word ‘dilated’.

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PREGNANCY ongratulations on your pregnancy! It is a very special time for you and your loved ones. Pregnancy provides a fantastic opportunity to treat yourself with extra TLC. For nine months you will experience many changes in your physical and emotional self; some changes will be positive (glowing skin, luscious hair, etc) and some will be less glamorous (low back pain, carpel tunnel, swollen ankles). Regardless, during pregnancy your mind and body will benefit from a regular yoga practice. In your first trimester it is beneficial to rest, as you may experience increased fatigue. However, if you were exercising regularly before you got pregnant (doing strength training, cardio, yoga, pilates, etc) you can and should continue as long as you feel good. You may have to make slight accommodations to some of your exercise regimes, so be sure to speak with your exercise instructor or seek advice from a professional (like your GP and/or OB-GYN). Energy tends to increase during your second trimester. So this is an ideal time to begin pre natal yoga! Your weekly yoga class will give you a time and place to RELAX, BREATHE + DE-STRESS. This is invaluable for you and super beneficial to your growing baby. One pre natal yoga asana (posture and/or exercise) that is highly recommended for pregnant women is Savasana


(Corpse Pose). This pose is practiced during each pre natal yoga class and is an excellent way to relax, breathe + destress. You can even do this daily at home if you cannot get to a class! Try it for 5-10 minutes, and as you move further along in your pregnancy (fatigue may resurface in third trimester) you may want to increase the amount of time this posture is held. To Get into Savasana 1. From sitting, place cushions behind your back and lie down slowly (your body should be on a 45째 angle). 2. Your legs can either be outstretched long on the floor (with heels wider than your hips) or the soles of the feet can be touching with your knees out to the side (if your hips feel tight, simply place pillows under your thighs). 3. Rest your arms wherever feels most comfortable. 4. Relax your jaw and begin to breathe in for the count of 3 and out for the count of 3 Benefits of Savasana Rejuvenates mind + body Opens the chest Alleviates back aches Opens the hip + groin areas (if soles of feet are touching) Contraindications If this feels uncomfortable DO NOT stay in this position. Instead, lie down on your left side, knees slightly bent, with a pillow under your head and cushions in between your knees and ankles. fall 2013


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Toddler’s DiaperBAG


well packed diaper bag is crucial for an enjoyable experience no matter where you’re off to. Whether it’s a trip to the supermarket or a trip to Mexico, you may notice that you need the same items! Entertainment, food and fashion are at the core of a good diaper bag!

Toys : Toddlers need entertainment and plenty of

tricks to help pass the time. Small books, puzzles and your phone are great sources of resources .

Cleaning supplies: Attachable change pad

with wipes, diapers and poop bags will ensure any poop explosion is well handled.

Snacks : Ensure you have eats for both the toddler

Samples : Collect samples of

Milk :

Random items: Pack of tissue,

Change of clothes : 2 outfit changes, extra

Tray and Bib : Disposable or reusable bibs

and yourself. Food pouches, granola bars and fruit snacks are great to have on hand.

Always have milk on hand, with many shelf stable milk options that don’t require refrigeration and comes with a straw, there’s no excuse not to have some on the go for the milk guzzling toddler!

face clothes and a blanket should have you covered




body wash, cream and baby Tylenol. You never know when you’ll need some. money for emergencies ($10), disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizer are all you’ll need for emergency combat.

and trays will always be helpful whether on a train, plane or out and about in the city.

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inter is a tough time for anyone. With the cold weather, cold and flu season, and the holiday season, things in your home are bound to get hectic. Your children will feel it too. Seasonal depression is most common in the winter, and your children are not exempt. We tend to spend a lot more time indoors and at home during the winter months due to the cold (and often times harsh) weather. This can affect your child’s mood greatly. They may sleep more, eat more, see their friends less, and have an overall “blue” mood. So what can you do to conquer the winter blues?

Find fun winter activities to do outside the home.

Many places will have winter festivals and activities that you and your child can participate in during the cold winter months. Participating in these activities will keep your child connected socially, driving away the isolation that comes with the winter months.

Keep your child active.

Whether it is skating, skiing, or just going for a winter walk with other families and friends, planning fun activities can keep your child’s mind off of the cold winter weather and keep them active. Many pools and community centres also have winter swimming classes and other camps during the winter break. Keeping your child up and off the couch during


the winter is important, as there can be a smaller opportunity for your child to play outside. Finding ways to keep your child indoors is a great way to fight their winter blues.

Plan fun activities while you are at home.

Being at home doesn’t mean you have to be bored. Planning things like a day of baking or just sitting down with your child to do crafts, can break up a long day spent inside. Keeping your child busy while they are at home keeps their brain more active than just sitting in front of the television alone. Making sure that they have lots to do at home can help fight off the boredom that can happen being inside all day.

Check in with your child.

Just asking your child how they are feeling can make a world of difference. Keeping the lines of communication open between you and your child is essential at any time of the year, not just during the winter. By asking them how they are feeling, you can work on finding solutions to their “blue” moods together. Just because it is cold outside, it does not mean that you and your child have to be blue. By staying busy, keeping active, and keeping an ear on your child’s mood, you can help your child combat the winter blues. fall 2013


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picky eaters these days, you would think it was an epidemic. Are kids really pickier than they were when we were growing up?

How to

Get Your Kids to

Eat More Vegetables


here is so much talk about picky eaters these days, you would think it was an epidemic. Are kids really pickier than they were when we were growing up? I don’t think picky eating is a new issue. Our generation just seems more concerned about it than our parents were. Parents these days are so worried about their children going hungry or being malnourished. While in some extreme cases, this can be a real concern, most children will not starve themselves. I think that in the past, there was also not as much power given to kids regarding their meals. Children ate what they were given. If they did not like it, they may have fed it to the dog, or hid the food under their napkin, but there was never any short-order cooking.




I think that there is a happy medium to be found here. If your child is showing an aversion to vegetables, don’t ignore this. Just find a gentle approach to teach them to appreciate them more. Bookstore shelves are now full of cookbooks which promote ‘hiding’ vegetables in your child’s food. Is this the answer? In my opinion, while including extra vegetables in the dishes you make certainly doesn’t hurt, it should not be the only way you can get your child to eat their vegetables. Teaching your children to become open to trying new things and to enjoy nutritious food, including vegetables, is essential, as you will not be able to sneak food into their meals forever.

I’m a big kid now Here are some simple ways to get your kids to eat their veggies: 1. Offer when hungry: When your child is hungry, it is the best time to offer foods that are not their favourites. If they are hungry enough, they will be more likely to try what is available. Offer your child some raw veggies sticks and something healthy to dip in, such as hummus or guacamole. You may encounter some resistance at first, but don’t give in to their demands for an alternative. If they refuse to eat it, they won’t starve. They will have another opportunity to eat at the next meal. 2. Have fun with your food: Kids love to play with their food

and I encourage my kids to do this. We have two rules at our table. 1) All of your food needs to stay on the plate, and 2) you need to EAT the food when you are done playing with it. Kids also love foods they can roll up, so wraps, burritos, sushi rolls and such are great. Put out a variety of fillings and let them pick what they want to put inside. Cutting food into fun shapes is always a big hit as well as any food that involves dipping. Bottom line is, if the food on your child’s plate looks appealing to them, they will be more likely to eat it.

3. Give them choices: If you ask your child if they would like

some vegetables with their meal, there is a good chance they will say NO. Instead, give them a choice, as kids love to feel like they are making the decisions. Ask your child if they would like carrots or broccoli? At first, you can make one of the options something you know they like, but then branch out from there. It is also a great idea to take them with you to the grocery store or farmers’ market and let them pick some of the vegetables out themselves.

4. Make your vegetables taste good: I

grew up eating microwaved vegetables, so I know that the way in which a vegetable is prepared can have a huge impact on it’s taste, texture and eye appeal.Microwaving vegetables will deliver a strange texture along with a loss of nutrients. Avoid boiling your vegetables, as it is not the most flavourful cooking method and many nutrients are lost in the cooking liquid. This is fine if you are consuming the

liquid (soup, for example) but not if you are removing the vegetables to consume separately. I find the tastiest ways to prepare vegetables are either roasting or sautéing them. Adding fresh herbs or garlic is a great way to enhance their flavour. Get creative and experiment with new recipes.

5. Show your child where veggies come from: Taking you child

to the supermarket with you is great, but this in not where food really comes from. Take your child to a farm or a vegetable garden - or even better - start your own vegetable garden. Kids love watching the plants grow, digging up potatoes, pulling carrots out of the ground and really just getting their hands dirty! Getting involved in this way will get them really excited about vegetables and they will look at them in a whole new way.

6. Hire your child as a sous-chef: Get your child involved in

preparing their meals and snacks. It will not only help them to become more independent as they get older, but it will give them a sense of accomplishment and they will take some ownership over what has been prepared. This will increase the likelihood of them actually tasting the finished product.

7. Set an example: I have found that most of the picky-eating

kids that I see in my practice have at least one parent who was, and often still is, a picky eater too. You cannot expect your kids to want to eat their vegetables if you are not willing to do the same. So make sure to include a healthy portion of veggies on your plate and lead by example! My advice: Remember that what works for one child, is not necessarily going to work for yours. Be persistent with your efforts, but try not to stress about it too much. The important thing is to try to encourage healthy eating habits that will carry your child into adulthood. Mealtime should not be turned into a battleground so do not try to force them to eat all of their vegetables. Using reward charts and offering non-food rewards can work for some children, but make sure you avoid using sugary-treats as rewards.

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Top tips for choosing a


ummer is a special time in a child’s life. Long, warm lazy days coupled with a renewed sense of freedom and adventure. It is a time for exploration and lasting memories. A time when the school-bell structure is thrown away and playful hours rule the day. Due to work schedules or the desire for good-natured camaraderie, many families choose to have their children attend summer camp – for a week or more. From sleep away camp to day camp and from outdoor exploration to zoo camps, each one offers a world of discovery and becomes a cornerstone in your child’s development and lifelong recollections.

Finding a summer camp that meets your child’s expectations (and yours) is critical to theirs and your enjoyment. But with so many camps out there competing for your attendance, how do you find the one that is right for you and your kids.

HERE ARE FIVE TIPS TO USE WHEN DECIDING ON A CAMP. 1. Focus on the needs of your child.

Make a priority list of their needs and wishes and use it as a checklist when researching camps. Determine what is a necessity, and what they can live without.





2. Consider your budget.

Camp fees will vary in cost depending on a number of factors: day or residential, transportation, the size of the camp, if it is a specialty or general camp. Determine your financial situation and how much you are willing to spend.

3. Generate a short list of camps

Using your list of priorities, compile a short list of camps to research further. The Advanced Search (http://www. ourkids.net/camp/camp-search.php) is an excellent tool to generate a list of camps specific to your needs. Read camp profiles, reflections from parents and campers and request additional information by clicking on the inquiry tab.

4. Request information packages and watch camp videos

Many camps have additional print and online information packages with more on their missions, philosophies and day-to-day operations. Some also have videos that give you a sneak peek of life at camp. Here’s an example of a great video that really spells out what a summer for your child could be like at Camp Muskoka Woods. https://vimeo. com/63381799

5. Contact camps and ask questions.

Call camps and ask to speak with the Camp Director. There is no silly question. Whatever is on your mind, ask the camp about it. They should openly welcome your inquiries


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Old School is


Old School

y default or by design, the roles of the adults in many Canadian families are changing. In some cases, both parents must work because the high cost of living requires dual incomes (myself included). In case you haven’t noticed, in major cities like Toronto, it costs an absolute fortune to keep your heads above water. Even the basic necessities of life (food, clothing and shelter) cost a bundle. Then, to make matters worse, we surround ourselves with extravagances we really don’t need. Its part of our culture and part of our DNA as human beings to never be satisfied...




to always be wanting more. We are bombarded with companies marketing their products/services to us; telling us that what we have isn’t good enough and in order to keep up with the Joneses, we need to get the newest, fastest, most technologically advanced, shiniest and greatest because if not, we will be left in the dust. So we get sucked in. Some of us give in to the pressure of these tactics, coupled with unrelenting children and figure that if we just buy the damn thing, we will shut them up...until they realize that what they have just doesn’t cut it anymore.

teen When I was a kid, my parent’s roles were very defined; Mom stayed at home to raise me and my sister and my Dad shuffled off to work to bring home the bacon (OK, Turkey Bacon...I’m really not supposed to eat bacon, even though I sometimes do!). With this arrangement, Mom was the principle caregiver; the one to feed us, make sure we were clean, do our laundry, cuddle us when we hurt ourselves or were sad and disciplined us when we were misbehaving.

My wife and I participate equally when it comes to chores and responsibilities around the house. We grocery shop together, menu plan together, discipline together, assist our children with homework together and equally participate in the daily goings-on of our two daughters. I am not in the dark when it comes to matters related to our children because I am an active participant in their lives.

It always amazed me that whenever I was in trouble and my Mom got pissed at me, that automatically, my Dad got pissed at me too; even though he wasn’t technically home to witness what I did to upset my Mom. By default, whenever she was mad, he was mad...whenever she was happy...so was he.

While my wife might not be thrilled with going to work every day (hell, who really is?), I do believe that in the early years of our children’s lives, there was a sense of relief when we dropped them off at daycare on a Monday morning and proceeded to have a quiet drive to work and were able to interact with adults for 8 hours a day before collecting our children on the go-home.

I think this kind of relationship and division of labour had a negative impact on relationships between children and their parents. My relationship with Mom was more “intimate” because Dad just simply wasn’t around. No fault of anybody, really. It was just the way it was.

Modern marriages seem to have more of an emphasis on partnership than division of labour. Many women are as fully committed to their careers as they are to their families. The ability to have both is a result of the partnership that exists between a husband and wife - a mother and a father.

Fast forward 30-40 years to the 2000’s. Moms and Dads are on a level playing field. While not the same in every young family household, I can only speak from my own experience. My wife and I both go off to work. There always seems to be a mad dash in the morning, to get the kids up. Our parental division of labour still exists, the difference is, the roles and responsibilities are more integrated. In the morning, I go downstairs to fix the kid’s breakfasts...prepare their lunch bags and make our morning coffee. My wife is upstairs getting herself ready and at the same time, moving the kids along to ensure they are dressed properly, teeth are brushed, beds are made (sort of) and they are downstairs at the breakfast table in a timely manner.

I love being able to hear the stories of what happened to our kids each day as well as hearing about the politics of my wife’s office. Sharing “work war stories” is part of our partnership. The only time I seem to get excluded from the goings-on in our children’s lives is when it comes to subjects such as boys. For some reason, they don’t like talking to me about that stuff. Don’t know why?

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If you have ever walked along the parenting aisle of a booming bookstore, you are bound to come across a few dozen copies of ‘What to Expect When You’re Expecting’. You may even have a copy yourself, a first purchase after seeing those pink lines or a gift from a loving friend or family member. But what if there were other books out there that are just as good or *GASP* even better than the famed ‘What to Expect’? I have to admit, I am a bit of a book addict. I have two piles


For Pregnancy & Birth: The Birth Partner’

BY PENNY SIMKIN If you are only going to read one book on childbirth, this is the one. Not only does it outline everything you would ever need to know about birth, but it also explains exactly how your partner can support you when the time comes. It’s easy to read, unbiased and full of the information needed to feel confident as you move towards the big day. I would recommend packing this one in your birth bag it will come in handy!




of books leaning up against my overstuffed bookshelf. Combine that with my love of anything birth/baby related and a recent pregnancy myself, you get a pretty good prenatal library. I have listed a few of my favorites here, ones I always recommend in my prenatal education/fitness classes, and everyone else loves them too!


For Pregnancy & Birth: Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth


This book is biased towards natural birth. Not because the author (the mother of midwifery) wants everyone to have a natural birth, but because she truly believes that given the right support, most women can have a natural birth. This book is amazing because the first half helps you to build confidence in your body with information, statistics and anecdotal evidence, while the second half is all birth stories (positive ones!) and in a time where most birth stories are negative this is surprisingly refreshing.

I have to admit, I am a bit of a book addict. I have two piles of books leaning up against my overstuffed bookshelf. Combine that with my love of anything birth/baby related and a recent pregnancy myself, you get a pretty good prenatal library.


For Parenting: The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding


It was a toss up between this book and Dr. Jack Newman’s ‘Guide to Breastfeeding’ but in the end, the well organized information and easy to read sections made this book my top pick. While Newman’s book reads like an encyclopedia, ‘The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding’ serves as a guide you will refer to many times during your breastfeeding career. ‘The Baby Book’ by Dr. Sears When you have a new baby (or toddler) you need ONE great book you can quickly flip through and find answers. This is THAT book and just as the title says, everything you need to know about your baby from birth to age two is in here.



For Parenting: The Baby Book BY DR. SEARS

When you have a new baby (or toddler) you need ONE great book you can quickly flip through and find answers. This is THAT book and just as the title says, everything you need to know about your baby from birth to age two is in here. What I like best about the book? Not only is it a great overall reference, but the overlying tone of this book is ‘trust your instincts’. You will be getting a lot of unsolicited advice once your baby arrives, and it’s nice to know that someone believes you are fully equipped to do the right thing for you and your family.

A Book for All Ages: The No-Cry Sleep Solution BY ELIZABETH PANTLY SLEEP

Sleep: you will want it, and will go through great lengths to get it. My advice is to learn a little bit about babies and their sleep habits early so you can start on the right food. Many sleep books enforce strict schedules that are hard for a new baby to follow. ‘The NoCry Sleep Solution’ works to find the right routine for your baby while helping you find comforting techniques that will get you some more zzzz’s. Natasha Marchand is a Birth Doula and Hypnobirthing Instructor as well as coowner of bebo mia, Toronto’s leader in pregnancy & parenting support. Natasha is also a certified Pre/Postnatal FItness Instructor and most recently became coowner of the first Pre/Postnatal Group Fitness Program in Canada, Baby & Me Fitness, after working as their top trainer for 7 years.

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Pink & Blue's latest style buzz & shopping guide to the best stores in NYC, Detroit, Toronto, & online stores that you can find nationally. Your go to guide for the most fashionable accessories, shoes, and clothing around.

DETROIT Baby Baby Plus More 153 East Main Street Northville, MI 48167 Phone: 248 347-2229, 248 347-baby Website: babybabymi.com “ Children Wear: Newborn to Size 10 Teen Wear: Sizes 12 to 18 Junior Wear: Sizes Small to Large Maternity Wear: Sizes XS to XL Baby Furniture, Equipment, and Accessories Children’s Toys and Books” Contains many higher priced brands such as Juicy, True Religion, but also brands such as Gymboree and GAP Connie’s Children’s Shop 23200 Greater Mack Avenue St. Clair Shores, MI 48080 (586) 777-8020 Website : Shopconnies.com “Specializing in First Communion Attire, School Uniforms, Shoes, Suits, Flower Girl Dresses, and so much more!” Baby and Me 6718 Orchard Lake Road West Bloomfield Township, MI 48322 (248) 855-3214 “Perfect for all clothes cute and eclectic, Baby and Me is where treehugging moms get the “My Mother (Earth) gets hotter every day” onesies they use to make their babies into eco-billboards. Come here for personalized pillow pets or those adorable, ridiculous hats that make for the world’s cutest baby photos. From



frilly tutus and lacy legwarmers to Pinco Pallino couture, Baby and Me has everything that little diva needs to shine.” BELLA BELLI 790 N. Old Woodward, Birmingham 248-203-2220 website : www.bellabellimaternity.com In addition to fab maternity fashions, you can shop for the bun in the oven and choose great diaper bags, adorable infant clothes, layette items, baby care products and books for the mom-to-be. This website : http://www.guidetodetroit.com/kids/ kfashion.html has a lot of children’s stores just without their websites. The Purple Bear - 244 E. Maple Road Birmingham, MI 48009, 248-645-0400 “Infant and kidswear along with hip toys, great artwork and books that are keepers. Current trends and customers inform all our buying decisions.” Bec and Sam’s - 146 W. Maple Road Birmingham, MI 48009, 248.593.8650 “Fine playwear for girls up to size 16 and boys up to size 6, featuring a large selection of layette and baby gifts, blankets and room accessories. Also offering special occasion clothing: rompers and accessories, flower girl dresses, communion dresses and Bat Mitzvah dresses!! Great source for fine bedding and furniture for babies and children’s rooms.” Rear Ends - 6905 Orchard Lake Road, West Bloomfield Township, MI 48322, (248) 626-4333


“Women looking to buy the perfect jeans and T-shirt ensemble will find it at Rear Ends. With such a specific focus, the friendly staff is knowledgeable about the more than 20 brands of pants available. The store takes great pride in its customer service and promises to fit the customer with the right pair. It’s been in business for 30 years, and it shows.” Caruso Caruso – 166 West Maple Road, Birmingham, MI 48009, 248-645-5151 “This is a GRAET place for tees, tanks, cute tops, summer dresses, and of course, JEANS! All premium denim can be found here, there is a massive jeans wall. All the best contemporary affordable designers all in one shop.” Tender- 271 West Maple Road, Birmingham, MI, 48009, 248-258-0212 “ Recognized around town, across the country and throughout the world’s fashion capitals, Tender is a luxury woman’s apparel and accessories boutique.” Sundance Shoes - 6915 Orchard Lake Road, West Bloomfield Township, MI 48322, 248-737-9059 “Sundance Shoes is a fashion forward woman’s shoe store, specializing in the latest and greatest fashion trends as well as comfort standbys. Also check them out for handbag and accessory needs.” Guys N Gals – 6353 Orchard Lake Road, West Bloomfield Township, MI 48322, 248-851-1260 “Contemporary store that carries the newest looks in clothing, accessories and gift items for girls, boys, teens and adults.” Zieben-Mare - 32749 Franklin Rd. Franklin, MI 48025, 248-539-8879, www.ziebenmare.com “Lifestyle boutique featuring men and women’s clothing, shoes, jewelry, bags, antiques and other accessories and gift items. Also offering a unique selection of American, European, and Japanese designers.”

shopping guide NEW YORK Half Pint Citizens 55 Washington Street Brooklyn, NY 11201-1073 website : halfpintcitizens.com “Half Pint Citizens is a specialty shop for babies, kids and parents. To simplify your shopping experience, we offer a well-edited assortment of stylish fashions, gear, accessories, toys, and gifts.” Bundle NYC 128 Thompson Street, NYC 10012. Website : Bundlenyc.com Specializing in clothes, toys and gifts and featuring a wide variety of designers as well a “perfect gift concierge” to help you find the perfect gift on their website. ****This website : http://littlebabebigcity. com/nyc-baby-clothing-stores/ has a list of A LOT of NYC stores which don’t have websites as well. Bundle NYC could make for a good article. Watch the video http:// bundlenyc.com/concierge, I think it’s a great idea. I think an interview would be really interesting. *** Crew Cuts - 28 W. 44th Street, 22nd FL New York NY, 10036. 212-302-2828, info@crewcuts.com, www.crewcuts.com Jcrew was smart coming out with a children’s line. It is less preppy than one would think. Fantastic tops and best of all you can shop online and they ship to Canada. Lesters - 1534 2nd Avenue Manhattan, NY 10075, 212-734-9292, www.lesters. com. An absolute MUST when going to NYC. The store itself is fun as it is filled with bright colours and trendy clothes and shoes. They carry a ton of brand names and non-brands too. Z Baby Company - Z’East: 996 Lexington Ave, Corner of 72nd St., New York, NY, 10021, 212-472-BABY Z’West: 100 West 72nd St. at Columbus Ave., New York, NY, 10023, 212-579-BABY http://zbabycompany.com/ This is the shop where all the celebrities go to for their little one’s. They carry a ton of great brand names and warm winter jackets. Make sure to look up the days they are open, because they don’t keep regular hours. Giggle - Upper East Side: 1033 Lexington Avenue (at 74th St.) New York, NY, 10021, 212-249-4249 Upper West Side: 352 Amerstdam Ave. (between 76th & 77th St.) New York, NY, 10024, 212-362-8680 www.giggle.com Cute kids staples and they carry all stuff baby and fun toys. Ralph Lauren - 109 Prince Street, New York, NY, 212-625-1660, www. ralphlauren.com Everyone knows the Ralph Lauren brand, their polos are beyond cute and

they always have the best selection. Bloomingdales - 1000 3rd Avenue, New York, NY 212-705-2000 504 Broadway, New York, NY 212-729-5900 www.bloomingdales.com Head up to the top floor where you will find all the best brands under one roof - junk food, Polo, Sevens, Splendid, Uggs and so much more. Barney’s - 660 Madison Ave. New York, 10065, 212-826-8900, www. barneys.com

TORONTO Mexx Various stores see mexx.com A European company that sells baby and children’s clothes up to size 12, as well as adult clothes, and some maternity in select locations. Get Outside 437 Queen st. West, Toronto Website: http://www.getoutsideshoes.com/ Provides all the miniature versions of shoes mom and dad love ! Jacadi Paris Hazelton Lanes Center, 87 Avenue Rd Website : www.jacadi.us As the name says, a store from Paris that offers clothing, accessory, shoe and home collections for newborns, toddlers and children. Mini Mioche 795 Queen St West Toronto, ON Website : www.minimioche.com “We’re a Canadian made line of basics and layering pieces made of the softest organic cotton”. Ecofriendly clothing designed and made in Toronto. Mala Boutique Inc. - 6A Tippet Road, Toronto, ON, M3H 2V2,416-938-8551, malaboutiqueinc@gmail.com MaLa Boutique is a contemporary children’s and women’s clothing store. Kids clothing sizes range from newborn up to size 16. Great brands like AviatorNation, Chaser, Rowdy Sprouts, Tailgate, Appaman, Joah Love, and more. Greatest part, you can shop for yourself too, they carry some great adult lines. Tulips and Sunflowers -129 Chiltern Hill Rd. Toronto, ON, M6C 3C3 416-6168414, www.tulipsandsunflowers.com Always bringing in new and innovative products sourced from all over the world, Tulips and Sunflowers is a hidden gem. They carry a wide range of products for babies, kids, moms and dads, which are difficult to find elsewhere. You feel like part of an exclusive club going here, as it’s a store in the basement of the owners’ house (very nicely done) and she has great brands like Appaman, American Apparel, Alternative Apparel, Bench,

Imps and Elfs and tons more! Also, shop for yourself and check out the latest greatest toys. Sign up to get their emails because when they have a sale, they REALLY have a sale. Baby On The Hip - 969 Queen St. E, Toronto, ON M4M 1K2, 416-465-4141 786 College St. Toronto, ON M6G 1C6, 647-427-1484 www.babyonthehip.ca Baby On The Hip ensures their products are based on guidelines of sustainability, non-toxicity, and overall quality. They understand that ecofriendly doesn’t have to exclude style, which is why their products are chosen with style in mind. Hello Sunshine - 5 High Park Ave., Suite 1, Toronto, ON M6P 2R5, 416-7634799, hello@hello-sunshine.com, www. hello-sunshine.com If you’re looking for a creative baby shop, Hello Sunshine is a fun place to shop. They bring you stylish, innovative and functional baby and toddler toys, clothing, accessories, books, diaper bags, gear and more! We’re always looking for new products with style and creativity. Zara - Yorkdale Mall, 3401 Dufferin Street, Toronto, ON, 416-640-0471, www.zara.com. When looking for clothes for the whole family, Zara has large selections for baby, kids, women’s and men’s fashions. Clothes, shoes and accessories have a European feel as this is where the store originated. There are a few locations in Toronto, Yorkdale Mall is an example of where age-lines are found. H&M - Various locations, one is at Toronto Eaton Centre, 1 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON, M5G 1Z3, 416-5930064, www.hm.com/ca Always a huge fan of H&M; their clothes are very trendy and they have some great staples. Old Navy - Various locations, one is at 260 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON, 416593-2551, www.oldnavy.ca Cute licensed shirts for the football and hockey fans out there. You can shop online, as well, they always have sale days. Gap Kids - Various locations, one is at 2574 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON, 416440-0187, www.gapcanada.ca They always have great staples for all seasons but word to the wise, EVERYTHING goes on sale within a few weeks! You can shop online as well, but just wait for one of their sale days as they have them very often. Joe Fresh - Various locations, one is at 1880 Eglinton Avenue East Toronto, ON, 416-750-7876, www.joefresh.com Joe Fresh is making a huge dent in the children’s apparel industry - their stuff is very trendy, adorable and best of all SUPER affordable!

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NYC, DETROIT, TORONTO, & ONLINE STORES THAT YOU CAN FIND NATIONALLY. TORONTO Sporting Life - 2665 Yonge St. Toronto, ON M4P 2J6, 416-485-1611, www.sportinglife.ca An amazing selection for all things North Face and Columbia for kids. Great for suiting your kids in all-season gear and if you wait long enough, a lot of their stuff goes on sale.

ONLINE HauteLook – A Nordstrom Company Hautelook.com Sign up to get their daily sales. They always have great brand name sale stuff. They ship to Canada, but there are duties which they add to your bill before checkout so there are no surprises. They also do returns! GILT - Giltgroupe.com Brand name sale site that offers daily sales, they ship to Canada as well and have some really cute stuff for great prices. MYHABIT - Myhabit.com A fashion & lifestyle website from Amazon.com



Zulily - Zulily.com Daily deals for moms, babies and kids American Eagle Outfitters - 77 Kids 77kids.com. American Eagle’s kids brand but rumor says it was sold to Children’s Place. They ship to Canada often have FREE shipping offers. Nordstrom - Nordstroms.com Saks Fifth Avenue - Saks.com Fore!! Axel and Hudson www.foreaxelandhudson.com Golf inspired boys’ apparel and accessories Jet Baby - www.jetbaby.com Great rocker clothes for boys and girls and they have a wicked shoe selection (but it isn’t cheap). The Retro Baby - www.theretrobaby.com Looking for those old school prints like Mighty Mouse and Mr. T? Check out their website - a great find! naartjie kids - www.naartjiekids.com Amazing website with such cute stuff at A-M-A-Z-I-N-G prices. They ship to Canada. Eli’s Lids - www.elislids.com Adorable winter hats for kids (both boys and girls) and they make it very easy to pick a size. Top Brands to Keep Your Eyes On: Appaman (unisex) - http://www.

appaman.com/ T2love Girls (girls) - http://t2love2011. gostorego.com/ Aviator Nation (unisex) - http:// aviatornation.com/ Flowers by Zoe (girls) - http://www. facebook.com/pages/Flowers-ByZoe/109168522445530 Trunk (t-shirts unisex) - http://trunkltd. shop.livenation.com/ Rowdy Sprouts (unisex) - http://www. rowdysprout.com/ Chaser (unisex) - http://www. chaserbrand.com/ Seven for Mankind Jeans - (unisex) http://www.7forallmankind.com/ Joe Jeans - (unisex) http://www.joesjeans.com/ Splendid - (unisex) http://www.splendid.com/ Ella Moss - (girls) http://www.ellamoss.com/ Colorfast - (unisex) http://colorfastapparel.com/ Joah Love - (unisex) http://www.joahlove.com/ Tailgate - (unisex) http://www.tailgateclothing.com/

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Issue 5: Fall 2013  

Issue 5: Fall 2013