We’re clearing the way for some beautiful new pieces at our 1244 Wellington Street West location! If you’re in the market for some gorgeous furniture to outfit your nursery, make sure you have a look at what we have on offer! These great collections include Green Guard certified items- the best way to ensure a safe and healthy nursery for your little one.
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.
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.
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.
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!
An interview with Tawna Hill, founder and creator of Tawna Hill Baby Natural Skin Care Products.
FAB: Your story, Tawna, is amazing and inspiring. One thing in particular that you write on your website really struck me. You say of your daughter: “having battled through everything with me and ultimately (I feel) saving my life. I felt I owed it to her to be extremely safe about what I was going to use on her.” In what way do you feel that Olivia saved your life?
Tawna: Good or bad, I’m of the belief that things happen for a reason – Olivia was a part of me when I was diagnosed, so she gave me the strength and power to face all of the treatments I (we) had to go through, she was like an incredible source of light within me, giving me the spirit to be brave, strong and to survive. She gave me the ultimate reason to live!
FAB: Being a brain cancer survivor has clearly and drastically changed how you feel about chemical use in products that we use in or on our bodies. Can you give us a little insight into the perceived connection between the cancer you fought (and beat!!) and the lifestyle decisions we make on a daily basis? How did your experience with cancer and pregnancy lead you to create the Tawna Hill line?
Tawna: It’s so clear that everyday products are chock full of chemicals and toxins, just by reading the labels and not knowing how to pronounce half of the words… Having worked in the beauty industry for 17+ years, I was always around these strange ingredient names. I really knew in my heart after experiencing my illness, that I wouldn’t be able to go back and promote items containing toxic ingredients. I also felt I was extremely lucky to have given birth to a healthy little girl and wanted to search out a way to shield her from toxins from the start. She clearly is my angel and I wanted to give her a life free of chemicals, as I was given a this incredible second chance. Now I definitely read every ingredient listing I encounter and make buying decisions much more wisely for my family and our future.
FAB: Tawna Hill is different from some other “organic” skincare products. How so?
Tawna: First of all, I have to say Tawna Hill Baby does not claim to be ‘organic’, I guess we could claim that if we felt it necessary, as we do have several ‘organic’ ingredients in each of our products. The laws are very loose on how things can be and are labelled… my belief is that if a product is labelled ‘organic’ or ‘natural’, every single ingredient in the product should be ‘organic’ or ‘natural’. We are a Natural safe luxury baby skin care line. No Chemicals, No Preservatives, No Carcinogens.
FAB: At Fab Baby Gear we notice that your labeling is particularly clear and easy to read and understand. Why was it so important for you to use ingredients that are familiar and uncomplicated?
Tawna: Thank you for saying that! I think it’s important when looking for any product, that you should be able to make sense of the label as soon as you pick it up. Once again, ingredients should be reader friendly. I know every ingredient we have chosen is natural and toxin free, for the sake of parents who care about what they use on their babies. Parents shouldn’t need to have to have a scientific degree when searching for products for their family.
FAB: Something that everyone seems to notice about Tawna Hill Baby products is the lack of strong fragrances. There is definitely a pleasantly detectable “aroma” when you open a container, but not a loud, pervasive, olfactory invader. What gives your products their delicate bouquets? And why did you choose such subtle scents?
Tawna: It was important to me when creating the products that the smell be clean, natural and soft. I find some natural products to be just too “natural “ smelling, I know that sounds funny, but some are way too obvious with lavender, eucalyptus, calendula etc… I didn’t want my little girl to smell like a lavender bush – babies should smell delicious! Therefore, with Tawna Hill Baby we created a signature essential oil blend of Roman Camomile, Lavender, Neroli and Vanilla which creates a soft delicate smell, the results of which are also calming and soothing on the skin.
FAB: Two of your products that we particularly love are the Super Smoothie Cream and the Comfy Soft Talc-Free Powder. Both are incredibly soft and delightfully pleasant to touch and feel. Can you talk a little about the importance of this quality in cosmetics for babies and why you chose to focus on the soft and smooth?
Tawna: Quality is of the utmost importance when you think of how delicate a baby’s skin is; you really need to consider products that deliver a sense of ease in both application and results. I believe babies should be soft and smooth not sticky! The experience of applying our products on your baby should be of sensory enjoyment, ease and satisfaction for both parent and baby. I believe that we have achieved this, not only with our Super Smoothie Cream and Comfy Soft Talc-Free Powder but with all of our products.
FAB: For all those mama’s out there who might be curious about balancing a new baby, a really scary health experience, and a new and booming business, can you tell us a little about your experience developing your company and being a mom at the same time? Do you have any advice for those of us who might aspire to something similar?
Tawna: Wow, that is a good question… I can’t say it has been easy, as you feel pulled in many directions when trying to prioritize everyday – I find purposeful breathing makes everything do-able! For me, it’s always important to remember WHY we started Tawna Hill Baby. Most important is making sure my little girl has what she needs, and is learning and experiencing new things everyday. For THB, having strong people around me has helped grow the business, as no one person can do it all. Everyone has different talents to contribute to the success of our business. I feel very fortunate to have these talented people working with me! My advice would be, if you truly believe in something and are willing to put the time and energy into researching and developing what you are interested in, then take the physical steps towards it! Turn your dream into a reality:)
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.|
| 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.|
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