Monday, October 30, 2006


We are happy to announce that Lizel won our exclusive contest for e-Newsletter subscribers. For being a member of our e-Newsletter, Lizel won 30 free 4x6 photo cards courtesy of Grace Announcements.

Sign up for our e-Newsletter before October 31, 2006 and you'll be entered to win a complimentary 45 minute home visit massage from RMT Heidi Meisinger of Helping Hands Massage. For more information about massage and benefits during pregnancy, postpartum and for infants contact Heidi.

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Friday, October 27, 2006

Don't forget!

This weekend don't forget to check out the ultimate baby & toddler show!

We just got back from a great time at the Today's Parent Baby & Toddler Show at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre ~ there is so much to see and do.

You can stop by the Name Your Tune booth and get Candace to burn you a CD on the spot, or head to the savvy mom booth and be entered to win a $15,000 nursery. Also,, stop by and say hi to DreamKids! There is lots to see, do, and buy! Have fun!

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

New on York Region

We've been busy adding lots to the site, including on section for Toddlers. We have also added information on how to find child care in York Region, and resources for parents looking for child care. We've also added some great information about RESPs for you and your little one from the Ontario Securities Commission.

Thanks to Amanda for writing a great Halloween article, which you can find on the site as well!

Friday, October 13, 2006

Keep A Child Alive.Org on Oprah Today!

Our friends at Keep a Child let us know that they, along with their spokesperson Alicia Keys will be on Oprah today. York Region donates a portion of our profits to this very worthy cause.

KCA Global Ambassador Alicia Keys will be on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" tomorrow-Friday, talking about KCA! Please, show your support and tune in.
Grammy-Winning artist, actress, philanthropist and humanitarian Alicia Keys will tell Oprah about her trip to Africa in April. She will be sharing pictures and videos from her trips to KCA clinics and programs. This trip changed Alicia's life. Tune in and it will change yours as well. See the faces of the children who benefit from your kindness, the doctors who work tirelessly to deliver medicine to the destitute ill and the communities struggling to cope with the devastation of AIDS. Learn how KCA is addressing these problems fueled by your kindness and generosity.
In addition, Alicia Keys and Bono will duet their beautiful rendition of, "Don't Give Up (Africa)". This song is a message to all the people in Africa who are waiting for life-saving ARVs, who have watched a daughter or father or uncle or sister die of AIDS, who are grandmothers raising orphaned grandchildren, who are dying alone in their homes. Alicia and Bono will pour their heart into this song. Show your support for these two humanitarians and the people infected and affected by AIDS in Africa by purchasing this song on Friday at
100% of the money from the song will benefit Keep a Child Alive.
The Oprah Winfrey Show. Friday October 13, 2006 (Check local listings for airtimes)

Babypalooza - Baby & Toddler Show - Tomorrow !!

Well, only one more sleep until Babypalooza tomorrow. We are so excited and are putting the last minute details together. It is going to be a great day! Please do stop by the York Region both and say hello to us. Both Kirsty and Amanda will be there all day and we look forward to meeting the moms and dad who use our site!

Here the details, vendors and more! See you tomorrow!!

Presented by: York Region & baby magoo
Date: Saturday, October 14, 2006
Time: 10:30 am - 6pm
Location: 5 Municipal Drive, Aurora (near Bayview & Wellington)
Admission: $3/adult

Demonstrations by Salsa Babies at 11 am and 4 pm!
At 1pm hear Denise Martin from The Love of the Family Doula Services talk about the best positions for labour and more!!

More Info: For more information about the show including FREE parking, private nursing area, kids play area and more, please click here


baby magoo
baby magoo is a home-based business committed to bringing you the most luxurious handmade baby wares for the little one in your life. Product line includes baby blankets, stroller sacks, hooded towels & more.

Baby~ola offers Prenatal Classes, Sweet Signs' Baby Signing Classes, Infant Massage, Nursing Necklace Workshops and Spa Fridays with Exhale Mobile Spa & Mummy Massages Our features nursing bras, tanks, pumps and pads. And of course our Hip Mama Cafe continues to be the best hang out spot for mommies and their babies!

Creative Memories
Creative Memories believes in and teaches the importance of Preserving the Past, Enriching the Present, and Inspiring Hope for the Future. We promote the tradition of the photo historian/storyteller and the importance of photo preservation and journaling for future generations.

Dania's Keepsakes
From child to mommy, you will find a hand-painted keepsake that will last for generations to come. From canvas to plaster, to walls, to furniture, the sky is the limit on what can be painted and personalized for you!

Discovery Toys
Open your mind to the world of dreams and make-believe...Observing a child at play is like catching a glimpse of a rich and wonderful world - a place where creativity is king and every new experience is an opportunity to learn and discover.Because play is so vital to children, we're committed to providing the highest quality toys, books, games, and software throughout all stages of a child's development.

Exhale Mobile Spa
Complimentary Mini-Hand Massage or Polish Changes at Babypalooza! When you feel like you need a relaxing break, ExhaleMobile Spa will come right to your door to pamper you.We specialize in spa parties and also offer individualservices and gift certificates. A 15% discount applies to New Moms Spa Parties booked during the week. Please contact Jennifer for special pricing in Richmond Hill, Aurora, and Newmarket.

For the Love of the Family
For The Love of The Family, provides birth and postpartum doula services. (Labour Support and Postnatal Adjustment, including breastfeeding support) In addition, pre and postnatal education including infant massage and CPR training. Email Denise for more information.

Fuzzy Buddies
Fuzzy Buddies brings "Stuff Your Own" Bear Parties into your home! We offer a wide selection of soft and lovable, high quality "Buddies". From cats and dogs to zoo and farm animals. Each Kit comes with your choice of one Unstuffed Animal, Stuffing, Birth Certificate, Wishing Star, and Take Home Box.

Grace AnnouncementsGrace Announcements offers custom designed beautiful and unique
photo birth announcements, created specifically for your baby. We also offer invitations for any occasion, thank you cards and holiday greetings.

Helping Hands Caregiver Services
York Region's Premiere Nanny/Caregiver Agency. We focus on putting your family first. We offer quality, flexible childcare, perfect for hectic lifestyles. Our caregivers are loving, compassionate, trustworthy and reliable. We match the perfect caregiver to your family by our family specific screening process. No agency fees for overseas hiring!

Imagine Baby
Imagine Baby is the all Canadian Baby Boutqiue! All our of unique baby products are made or designed by Canadian moms. We've got all the latest at greatest from Mally Bibs, Bee's Knees Crawling Pants, Milk Factory, parade organic cotton & more!

Inspired by Thea
Inspired by Thea is a home-based business that designs and creates unique products for infants and toddlers. Baby-wares include hand-painted gifts (e.g. clothing, wood name trains, wood picture frames) as well as hand-knit gifts (e.g. sweaters, hats, blankets). For the child in all of us, Inspired by Thea includes an adult line of hand-knit scarves and hats.

Jen van der Vecht Photography
Portraiture Photographer and Kettleby resident Jen van der Vecht will be displaying her work and taking bookings at Babypalooza. Recently profiled in the Aurora Era Banner, Jen is quickly becoming known as York Region's foremost children's and family Portraitist. Jen specializes in candid Black & White photography which captures the essence of her clients in a heartwarming and unique manner.

Hand Knit Adorable Hats, Sweaters and Blankets for babies and toddlers.
Knit from various soft yarns and a variety of colours. A perfect gift that is sure to be treasured for always.

Mother's Milk Canada
Just after the birth of the baby many women feel panicked about getting a breast pump when they feel that they have too much milk or difficulty nursing. Usually this happens at hours when the stores are closed. Our service enbles you to get the pump that you need on your terms extreemly fast rather than waiting for the stores to open. We deliver and offer extended business hours. We also offer any products that help with pumping and breastfeeding.

Name Your Tune
Name Your Tune is an exciting new children's music compilation that is made-to-order and personalized for each child. Children will hear their name more than 80 times throughout 14 much-loved songs. A great way to enjoy music, have fun, and learn together!

Salsa Babies
Dance your way back into shape with the best little partner of all - your baby! Salsa Babies is designed for all levels of fitness and dance experience. Classes in Aurora, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Markham & more!

Simpo Canada
Simpo carries contemporary European furniture at factory direct prices. From baby to adult they have it all! Simpo has beautiful and quality cribs, dressers, change tables, glifer al of heirloom quality. Also, amazing toddler and kids beds and rooms!

Niki Minuk designs her jewellery with the “every day woman” in mind. Starbeads casual chic pieces are eye catching, contemporary, extremely well made and very affordable. Necklaces are layered with beautiful colours and texturized with focal points made from a variety of materials. Starbeads offers bracelets to adorn your wrists, necklaces for everyday wear or evening attire, unique earrings and funky pins to complete your own unique look!

At SupperWorks, WE TAKE THE WORK OUT OF SUPPER! We do the menu planning, shopping, washing, chopping, grating, slicing, and the clean-up! You prepare tasty, wholesome meals without the time, hassle or mess!

The Mini Tee
The mini tee has trendy, affordable and original baby and toddler t-shirts for that special child. We carry a range of styles and colours, because we believe that every baby is unique and deserves to be distinct.

Tummy Time
Tummy Time specializes in maternity clothes and accessories for hip moms. We carry great brands including Due and Sprout, Bubble & Squeak, Preggers n'Proud and more!

Wee Piggies & Paws
Wee Piggies and Paws specializes in creating beautiful Shadow Boxes and LifeCast statues of children’s hand and footprints. Baby shoe and memorabilia bronzing is also available.

Wee Welcome
Wee Welcome's goal is to help Canadian moms get the most out of their babies’ first year—to have a baby and a life.We’re working to create a more baby-welcoming society, where moms breastfeed longer, are more connected to other moms, and are busy, active and happier. Happy moms make for happy babies.So, grab your stroller and diaper bag (don’t forget the wipes), and join us. We’re with you every step of the way.

York Region
Created by moms to help families in York Region who are pregnant or have children under 5, York Region Baby is the place to find information from shopping, to playgroups, things to do with baby and more!

The York Region Health Services Child and Family Health Division
The York Region Health Services Child and Family Health Division builds on the strengths of individuals, families and communities to promote making the healthiest choices possible which will benefit children preconception to six years. We do this through telephone and home visiting support, the Family Visitor program, prenatal education and support, breastfeeding clinics and parent education and support.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Use your voice...

October is Child Abuse Prevention Month. And to help inform and educate the public on Child Abuse Prevention the Ontario Children's Aid Society has launched the campgain, Use Your Voice. The new site gives you information on signs of abuse or neglect and what you can do to report this information to the CAS. Many children who are being abused are either too afraid to tell someone they need help, but as a an adult, you can Use Your Voice to help a child who is being abused. Please visit the Use Your Voice website so you can learn the signs of abuse, and how to report a suspected case of abuse.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Fall Parenting Series at Prenatal Plus Pregnancy & Parenting Centre

Prenatal Plus Pregnancy & Parenting Centre is having another interactive parenting series. Topics range from Natural Medicine at Home Keeping your Child Safe and more. We are excited about the new seminar called "Re-inventing Mom" by Kelly Pryde.
"In our fast-paced, on demand lives, many Moms today are running on empty, feeling overwhelmed and exhausted as they strive to do it all. Mom and behaviour expert, Kelly Pryde Ph.D., is "reinventing Mom," offering an inspiring and practical approach to being a Mom in the 21st century. If you're a Mom who wants to escape the "whirlwind of mommyhood" and experience more connection and fulfillment in your life, come and discover how revitalizing reinvention can be."
Kelly's seminar runs on Tuesday October 17, 2006 from 11am - 12pm. The semiars are all free, but registration is required to ensure comfortable seating and materials for every-one. Babies and children are welcome. Check out Prenatal Plus Pregnancy & Parenting Centre for more information on dates and other topics.

Monday, October 02, 2006

Fall Farm Adventures...

The fall is the perfect time to take your little one to the farm! My 18 month old and I just got back from a farm called Forsythe Farm in Unionville. It was beautiful! A gorgeous sunny day, not very busy at all and plenty of activities for the little ones! There are farm animals, playgrounds, a corn maze, a hayloft, a playhouse, a tricycle track, Bunnyville and on weekends you can enjoy wagon rides and the Enchanted Forest!

This is just one of many farms that offer fall fun adventures for you and your family to enjoy!