Movie Night & a Facebook Contest!

This weather has me craving blankets, hot chocolate, and all the chick flicks that a girl can handle. There’s just nothing better than nestling up under the covers and settling in for some relaxing entertainment! With that in mind, I’ve compiled my list of Top 5 Make-You-Laugh-Til-You-Cry Expectant Parent films. (Try and say that 3 times fast!)
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Got some big news?!?

If you’re sharing some big news this holiday season, why not announce it to Expectant Grandma or Grandpa with a great gift?

Our all-time classic has got to be the I Love … series from Barbamel. These great board books are suitable for the very wee, and allow you to slot in your own family photos!

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I certainly feel it’s worthwhile adding some books to the collection! Traveling to my grandparents house always meant getting to read books that weren’t part of the usual rotation. We’ve got a great selection from $4.99 to $19.99 at each of our Brick & Mortar locations, as well as online.

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Another great plan would be limiting the items that YOU have to travel with! My mom has her own highchair and stroller at her place, ready to go the second the littles arrive. What a stress-reliever when dropping kids off for a babysit!

Our compact high-chairs will take you from home to restaurant and back again. We’ve got the MyLittle Seat for $34.99, the Phil & Teds Lobster for  $79.99 and the Chicco 360 (which spins!) for $89.99.

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And finally, check out these infinitely foldable gems of strollers! The MacLarens have long had a name which stood for durability and craftsmanship.

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Third Time’s a Charm!

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Celebrating your Third Christmas with your little one and looking for something with that WOW factor?? Feast your eyes on these wonderful gems- perfect for our budding Christmas Elves!

The Educo Gourmet Chef Kitchen comes in both Green and White, and is PERFECT for your imaginative little tike. What a great way to inspire Just-Like-Parent behaviour, and maybe encourage a little dish-washing along the way? They’re available both online and in store for $139.99.

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The Green Toys Tea set would make a wonderful companion to the kitchen! Made from recycled bottles, these toys are easy on the environment, and super durable. And the full set is $35.99!

We’ve also got a cheeky twist on Keyboards and Keytars from B.Toys- The Meowsic and Woofer will inspire the rock star in adults and children alike. The Meowsic is $64.99 and the Woofer is $49.99.

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This is a great time to move towards a more Big-Boy and Big-Girl room! So why not jazz it up with the funky animal prints from AD Zif? These hilarious faces are sure to delight! Available in 12 different animals, the multi-coloured prints work with a variety of decor schemes! Available online and in store for $39.99.ADZIF

Visit us in store for more great ideas! We’re at 1244 Wellington Street West and 755 Bank Street in Ottawa and 286 Danforth Avenue in Toronto!

Have You Been Good All Year?

Celebrating Christmas with a one year old can be a true delight! It’s all about torn wrapping paper, belly laughs, and sheer excitement. If you’re hoping to find that special gift that’s – dare I say it – more fun to play with then the box it came in, check out our ideas;

The B.Toys ElemenoSqueeze is one of my ultimate faves! These squishy blocks are perfect for stacking, chewing or squeezing! These versatile blocks come in a set of 26 and cost $41.99. Their bright colours and prominent letters make for hours of educational fun- both in and out of the bath tub.

In keeping with our educational theme, you should try this Hape Counting Stacker. Not only can you practice numbers, but this little toy helps you work on dexterity. Stacking can be a fine art, indeed! At $9.99 it’s also a great deal.

Got a little mover and shaker on your hands? Check out the Janod Crazy Rocky pull-along puppy! Complete with Wagging tail, Rocky is a retro-inspired wooden toy that will provide hours of fun. He’s $49.99 and available at our Brick & Mortar stores.

Meal time becomes a treat with the adorable Zoo Plates from Skip Hop. Available in 11 different animals, these divided plates are only $7.49. Buy the coordinating cups, utensils, bibs and bowls for the little one that has a favourite animal- I personally love the Owl.

When the meals are eaten, and the toys put away, snuggle your little one up in cozy sleep sacks from Grobag! These nap bags come in different weights for different temperatures, so make sure you coordinate with the temperature in your nursery-  The 2.5 tog is perfect for long winter naps. They vary in price from $49.99 to $64.99, depending on age range.

Lay your children to sleep under the beautiful night sky with the Cloud B Twilight Turtle. The gentle light projects real constellations onto the ceiling- providing a point of interest for older kids and a soothing glow for younger. A sure-fire hit, this little fella has been one of our most popular gifts for years! He’s $44.99 and available both in store and online.

Still unsure? Do feel free to visit us at any of our locations for more suggestions, and a side of free gift wrap 😉 We’re at 1244 Wellington St. West and 755 Bank Street in Ottawa and 286 Danforth Avenue in Toronto.

Free Your Lunch

Going garbage free has never been so easy! Free your lunch and love your planet – all within your budget!

Kinderville Little Bites: $19.99
Perfectly sized for snacks and side dishes, these silicone jars are A+. Aside from the peace of mind afforded by 100% silicone, the smart design is something every mom can appreciate. Air pressure keeps the tops on, so my 2-year old can close it herself in her car seat. I can freeze it, nuke it, fridge it and eventually toss it in the dishwasher without ever thinking twice about the safety implications. Mmm-hmmm, I’ll take 2.
Kinderville Popsicle Molds: $24.99
Summer rolls around and there’s no need to buy popsicles! Toss some 100% fruit juice, compote, yogurt, or kefir with fresh fruit into the mold, pop the top on and slap it in the fridge. And voila!, you’ve got a healthy treat in a reusable (non-toxic) container.  We realize that most of the fun of yogurt tubes and fruit squeezes is the container! These molds let you decide whether what’s inside the vessel is as healthy as it is fun!
Steadyco Steadycup: $5.99
Non-toxic, plastic cups that are stackable, closeable, recyclable and usable – even for the little ones. The wide base on a Steadycup helps kids learn to drink from a cup earlier. Just think of all the juice boxes (and pennies) that could save!
Think Baby Feeding Set: $49.99
An ultimately earth-friendly stainless steel feeding set. We love stainless steel because it’s not only safe and reusable but also ultra durable. In addition to eating out of them we’ve dropped them off balconies, surrendered them to the dog, used them to dig at the beach and they’re still kickin’. Fantastic!
Kipiis Bib Clips: $14.99
How many times did I forget to bring a bib to a restaurant or friend’s place? I don’t know about you, but my daughter would have none of the tucking the napkin into the shirt trick. So, Kipiis were a godsend. In my diaper bag until I needed them and then the star of the show. Any napkin, burp cloth or dishrag could make a cameo as a bib and I’ve even used them to fashion a make-shift nursing cover in a pinch!
Lunchskins: $9.99 – $11.99
Your run of the mill family can go through an awful lot of sandwich bags in a year. Add some kids’ lunches to the mix and you could drown in them. Lunchskins have tackled that wasteful practice in a truly all-encompassing way. From the delicious patterns to the fold over hook-and-loop closure to the dishwasher safe construction, their reusable sandwich bags are unbeatable in design and function.
Lunchbots: $17.99 – $20.99
Again with the stainless steel. You just can’t beat it. Durable, good-looking, easy to clean and I don’t walk away with that nagging guilty feeling like when I say “yes” to a plastic bag at the grocery store. These bento-style containers come in three sizes so you can mix-and-match to suit your freed-lunch needs.