Overnight Oats 101 (A Breakfast Game-Changer!)

 

I used to find breakfast to be a challenge. I needed a cup of strong coffee before even saying good morning to my family, and usually forced myself to eat something a couple of hours after that (if at all).

A few years ago I got tired of feeling sluggish and uninspired in the mornings and decided to make a change. So I started making this granola recipe – and it’s been a staple of my family’s diet every since.

The energy boost from the oatmeal combined with the protein punch of the nuts and Greek yogurt keep our energy sustained, but man am I ever B-O-R-E-D of it.

So the new-to-me phenomenon of overnight oats could not have come at a better time. Quaker invited me to attend an event hosted by Kortney Wilson of HGTV’s Master Flipp that was all about achieving overnight oat success for busy moms.

 

 

 

 

 

It was fun, interactive, and SO inspiring – and the rest, as they say, is history.

Overnight oats had me at hello. At the event I learned that, with just a few short and simple steps the night before, I could have a wholesome and delicious breakfast ready for my family each and every morning – that we can mix-up and shake-up in dozens of ways.

I love that each of us can customize our portions to suit our tastes and preferences and, of course, how delicious they are. But perhaps the BEST part of this discovery is how much my son likes making them!

He sees overnight oats a fun science experiment and loves creating different versions. I love that it’s a totally kid-safe and kid-friendly recipe to let him run with (no knives or hot stoves involved!) – whether I’m around or not.

Would you believe me if I told you that my 7-year-old son got his own breakfast this morning while I relaxed in bed? Because he did. (Pinch me.)

 

The parent in me also feels obliged to point out that, in addition to being fun, overnight oats are a great option for picky eaters, and an excellent way to introduce alternative milks to your children in a fun and delicious way.

Below are some recipes to get you started – followed by some tips for success based on my experience.

Recipes:

You can also get a sheet full of recipes courtesy of Quaker.

My personal favourite recipe? This one.

I wasn’t sure about the dates, but it turns out I love them and can’t get enough. Who knew? (I loved them so much that I snuck a few extras home with me in this cute bag – don’t tell Quaker!)

A few tips for success (and maximum deliciousness):

1. I prefer mixing my ingredients in a bowl first and them putting them into the jars, as opposed to layering them individually in the jar. While not quite as pretty, I find that it makes for optimal flavour-disbursement.

2. I’ve made Sunday my meal and lunch prep date. I clean all of our fruit so that it’s ready for lunches, snacks – and our oats. I then pre-measure the oats and dry ingredients into the mason jars and leave them on the counter for the week so all that’s left to do each evening is assemble.

3. Overnight Oats don’t need to be eaten straight out of the fridge. I prefer to leave mine out for an hour to remove some of the chill. You can also thin them out a bit with almond milk (cold or you can get fancy and steam it). They could absolutely be taken on-the-go (just add a lid and toss it in your bag!).

4. These Ikea extra-long spoons for regular mason jars, and mini jars for kids are the perfect overnight oats accessories!

If breakfast inspiration – or time – is lacking in your house in the mornings, pick up some Quaker oats and try out some of the recipes above – or visit overnightoats.ca for even more inspiration. You’ll be glad you did!

This is a sponsored post for which Mommy Connections may have received compensation. Rest assured though, we will never endorse a product or service we don’t absolutely love (and think you will too).

LIVING IN THE ‘PRESENT’ – Choosing a career that suits you and your family

I dreamed of working in the movies since I was a little girl. The idea of being on a film set, creating a whole world around fictional characters, and making the ‘magic happen’ were always ideas that I wanted in my future. So that’s what I pursued and I got quite far. I worked my way up to become a set decorator in the industry (the youngest in Toronto at the time) and thought I was set for life living my dream job. But I didn’t realize that I was potentially giving up on the idea of having a family. Working 12-14 hours a day, under incredibly stress and physically demanding conditions was not a place for a woman trying to have a child, as many job in the city tend to be.

So I chose to pivot at the height of my career, turn down working on huge movies and tv shows, and create a new life that could give me the balance and opportunity of a family – I started my own business.

Present Day is a labour of love – an online shop and studio space in Toronto that offers beautiful gift boxes and gift baskets, with thoughtful, locally made products that are high quality and gorgeously packaged. I wanted to create an alternative to the classic, stuffy, cellophane-wrapped ‘gift basket’ out there by creating lovely little packaged boxes with the prettiest things. An added perk is that I’ve been able to connect with so many amazing people in the community!

Present Day supports small brands in Toronto & Canada and we offer ready-made gift sets for any occasion – for men, women and baby. You can also custom-make your own gifts by picking and choosing all the individual items that would create the perfect gift for your recipient so that each gift is thoughtful and personalized. Each gift is packaged in a chic black box with black & white ribbon.

 

 

 

 

 

Starting my own business was not the easiest jump (let’s not kid ourselves, it’s still quite hard) but it’s helped me grow and learn a lot, and I am now, finally, starting to have the time and focus to work on my family.

Sometimes you need to look deep at your ‘dreams’ and figure out what will truly make you happy. As women, it’s so hard to have it all… But I’m looking forward to the new future I can now build. I’d love to hear from you if you’ve have similar experiences!! Visit us at www.presentdaygifts.ca

– Written by Sophia Pierro, founder of Present Day.

Top 10 Superfoods For New Moms

Surprisingly, the nutrient and calorie requirements for a new mom are higher than during pregnancy.

That’s right: an additional 200 to 300 calories a day – along with extra water – makes for super-powered breast milk and a nourished body after growing and giving birth to another human.

But, thanks to sleep deprivation and the major lifestyle adjustment that comes with a new baby, many moms find it hard to find the time to plan meals and eat healthfully in those early weeks and months.

The foods below pack an extra nutrient punch, so add as many into your day as you are able. Your body will be healthier for it.

1. Eggs – eggs are fast to make and offer excellent protein, vitamin D (yolk) and choline. Hard boil six to eight at-a-time and store in the fridge, for a speedy snack or addition to a piece of fruit or handful of salad greens a.k.a lunch.
Meal Garden Recipe:  Superfood Scramble

2. Oatmeal – oats are an iron- and fibre-rich wholegrain tha are fast and easy to make and eat. You can use quick cook or steel cut, depending on how long you have to prepare them. And there are all kinds of oatmeal-based recipes you can make – like overnight oats and blender pancakes, which are speedy to prep and eat, and will leave you with leftovers for another day.
Meal Garden Recipe:  Blender Pancakes

3. Salmon – omega 3-rich salmon contains protein and DHA which is important for both you and baby. DHA nourishes the brain and nervous system as it continues to develop. DHA also improves memory (yes mommy brain), concentration and boosts IQ.
Meal Garden Recipe: Spice Rubbed Salmon With Mango Salsa

4. Spinach – and any other green leafy vegetable, actually. Greens are calcium, iron, folate, vitamin C, beta-carotene and manganese rich that touch on just about every need of a new mom. From boosting milk production to healing from a caesarian birth, the broad nutrient profile in spinach is a daily must. Eat as a salad, cook with it or add to your smoothie.
Meal Garden Recipe:  Sneaky Spinach Muffins

5. Blueberries – blueberries are rich in plant-based nutrients and antioxidants, which help to protect the cells in your – and your baby’s – body. They make a fast snack, beneficial topping for oatmeal, salad or yogurt – or blended in your morning smoothie.
Meal Garden Recipe:  Creamy Blueberry Smoothie

6. Almonds – almonds are a powerhouse of protein, calcium, vitamin E, omega 3 and 6 fatty acids and fibre. As with salmon, you need a lot of omega 3 fats so a handful of almonds might just help you remember where you left your keys. Eat them ‘au naturel’ or as a nut butter with apple, banana or celery.
Meal Garden Recipe:  Shredded Kale & Brussels Sprout Salad with Lemon 

7. Sesame seeds – sesame seeds are an exceptional source of calcium, in an absorbable form. In fact, they’re a better source of calcium than from most dairy products. They’re high in fiber, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, copper and manganese. Enjoy on salads, as a paste called tahini and in a dip like hummus.
Meal Garden Recipe:  Maple Tahini Freezer Cookies

8. Brown rice – iron, B vitamin and fibre-rich brown rice will keep you going far longer than white. Short grain is nuttier and long grain more like what most are used to. Eat warm or add in cold to a salad with beans or legumes to make a complete protein and nutritious meal.
Meal Garden Recipe: Mix ‘n Match Veggie Fried Rice.

9. Chia seeds – these little seeds give so much in an almost tasteless form. Including these in your smoothie, on a salad, mixed into yogurt or even in baking will give you a calcium, manganese, and phosphorus, fibre, and and omega-3 boost. The seeds can be eaten whole or ground and are a simple addition to just about any dish.
Meal Garden Recipe:  Chia Seed Pudding

10. Dates – dates are an excellent source of insoluble fibre, which aids in  digestion and to ease constipation. They’re also high in minerals like calcium, iron, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, magnesium and zinc. They help healing after birth and, with their high mineral content, ease anemia, boost energy, support good vision, and can aid in weight loss.
Meal Garden Recipe:  Homemade Granola Bars

Check out all 10 recipes on Meal Garden.  You’ll be prepared when you’re starving and don’t know what to eat – and can rest assured knowing the fuel you’re taking in is making for a healthier you.

Written by Lianne Phillipson,  Registered Nutritionist and bestselling author of Sprout Right – Nutrition from Tummy to Toddler.  Lianne is the founder of SproutRight.com, an engaging speaker, media regular and nutrition expert featured weekly on Toronto’s NewsTalk1010 radio. She consults with clients both in person and online and has her one of a kind New Eaters Club for new parents starting and progressing with solid food with their babies.

Introducing the ‘Healthy Eating for New Moms Bundle’ by Meal Garden!

Adjusting to life with a baby is a big transition. It’s easy to forget how important it is to make sure you’re also fuelling YOURSELF with healthy foods.

So when Meal Garden approached me about creating the Healthy Eating For New Moms Bundle, an all-in-one healthy eating package just for moms, I jumped at the chance.

Developed with the help of some of Canada’s top nutritionists, culinary experts – and regular moms like you! – this is an all-in-one tool that includes a treasure trove of healthy, mom-focused recipes, and everything you need to bring them to life. The best part? It’s free for a limited time.

What’s inside?

The Healthy Eating for New Moms Bundle features recipes (curated by yours truly), which you can browse and save in your ‘cookbook’. From there, you can plan your meals – and even automate your grocery list. You’ll know exactly why the recipes you’ve chosen are awesome fuel for you, thanks to comprehensive, easy-to-read, nutritional ratings for each and every recipe.

Our recipes and articles are organized into nine categories, to make it really easy to find exactly what you’re looking for.

Why do we love it?

1.It keeps everything in one, easy-to-use place. Forget bookmarking links, clogged Pinterest boards, and using multiple apps to keep track of your recipes. This tool is a one-stop shop.

2. You can add your own recipes… and it’ll crunch the nutritional info.

3. Scannable stats. You can browse photos, cooking times, and an easy-to-read health meter rating right on the thumbnail for each recipe. So you’ll know right away whether it’s worth clicking – or not – based on your needs, tastes, and goals.

4. The ability to customize. Don’t like an ingredient? Want to switch things up a bit? Simply copy an original recipe, tweak it to your tastes, and voila! You’ll see the updated nutritional information – and this new version of the recipe will forever be saved in your database.

5. The. Grocery. List. Once you’ve selected the recipes you want to make, Meal Garden creates a grocery list for you by section of the grocery store. You can easily remove items you already have and even drag and drop to create separate lists for the different stores your shop at. Then with a click of a button you can email the list to your partner so they can do the shopping for you.

Tell me you couldn’t use a little bit of this in your life? I thought so. Sign up and see for yourself.  Remember,  it’s FREE for a limited time!

Facebook Group & Contest

This isn’t about perfection – and Meal Garden is not a Pinterest board. This is about real life, sharing experiences, and making sure you feel awesome, healthy, supported, and inspired.

Once you register, you’ll receive an invitation to join our private Facebook group, Meal Planning Moms, where we’ll navigate this journey together. It’s a safe space to share tips, recipe successes (and failures!) as well as real reactions from your family.

Join before April 10th and get all of this PLUS you’ll automatically be entered to win a huge meal-planning prize!

If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact me.

See you in ‘the garden’!

Join Meal Garden by April 10 to win!

We’ve just launched the Healthy Eating for New Moms Bundle in collaboration with Meal Garden. It’s a revolutionary tool designed to make healthy eating and home cooking easier for new moms.

In one convenient online location, it includes a treasure trove of healthy, mom-focused recipes and everything you need to bring them to life. Read more about why we love Meal Garden – or join our Healthy Eating For New Moms Bundle (free, for a limited time!).

When you do, you’ll be automatically entered in our launch contest. One lucky winner will walk away with an awesome bundle of food-related prizes courtesy of some of our expert contributors. The prize is valued at over $300 and includes:

All you have to do is register by April 10 and you’ll automatically be entered. This journey is definitely more fun with friends, which is why we’ve created a private Facebook group called Meal Planning Moms for everyone who signs up .

So, if you know another mom who could benefit from this tool, please feel free to share the love (if they win, maybe they’ll invite you over for dinner!).

The Best Summer Camps In West Toronto

Did you survive the “Hunger Games” (aka Toronto Parks & Recreation registration)?! If you found yourself hitting refresh for 2 hours, and still you only ended up on waiting lists, fear not! We have you covered with 4 local Summer Camps guaranteed to please any aged camper!

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Pedalheads Bike Camps / Heroheads Camp

Set your child on the path to a lifelong love of riding with Pedalheads! You’ll be amazed at how quickly your child picks up the skills to be safe and competent on their bike. From training wheels to trails, Pedalheads provides safe, fun and challenging bike camps for children aged 3-12.  Since 1995 they have taught over 200,000 children to ride, using their own Pedalheads® teaching method, combined with small classes and exceptional instructors. They teach beginners right up to competent riders the skills they need to succeed on the trails and the streets.

Heroheads is a multi-sport camp with a superhero twist! Kids (ages 4-8) kick-start their passion for sports through a variety of skills, drills, obstacle courses, and games to build their “superpowers”! On the last day of camp, kids get the chance to put their superpowers to the test in the Super 7 Challenge and Heroheads Rescue Race to earn their very own superhero cape and mask!

Age: 4-12 years

Locations: Toronto – Bloor West: James Culnan Catholic School, 605 Willard Avenue

Etobicoke: Humber Valley United Church, 76 Anglesey Blvd

Etobicoke: St. Gregory Elementary, 126 Rathburn Road

Cost:  Full Day $379, Half Day $199, Pre-school $109.  Before and after care available.

 

2. Sports Camps Canada (Formerly Lytton Sports Camp)

NIKE Sports Camps at James Gardens combine tennis instruction and drilling from a top notch coaching staff, supervised match play and multi-sport activities. Kids will learn sports like tennis, soccer, and basketball while having tons of fun at the same time. Their friendly, skilled instructors have years of playing and teaching experience and you can choose from five renowned Tennis clubs in Toronto (James Gardens is our local West Toronto location). Their programs provide a safe and supportive environment for learning for students aged 4-16. Camps feature tennis, soccer, basketball and a ton of non-sport activities like scavenger hunts, crafts and nature activities. Participants will leave with improved confidence, independence and new friendships.

Age: 4-16 years

Location: James Gardens, 235 Edenbridge Drive

Cost: Full Weeks: $339 for Full Days, $229 for half days. Before and after care available.

3. 4Cats Port Credit

4Cats Port Credit is a hive of creativity. They offer art classes, workshops, camps, parties and art supplies for kids, families and adults. They have a team of happy artists who love what they do! They believe whole heartedly that art brings joy, a love of learning and makes the world a better place. Join them at the studio for summer camps, full of amazing art projects to keep your child creating all summer long. At the 4Cats choose your own adventure camp children will create using a variety of professional materials including acrylic paint, earth clay, stamps, metallic markers, watercolours, polymer clay and more. Learn professional techniques for drawing, painting, printmaking, and clay and sculpture! Happy creating at 4Cats!

Age: 5-12 years

Location: 193 B Lakeshore Road East Mississauga ON

Cost: Full Weeks:  $295 for 5 Full Days, $169 for half days, 2 day and 3 day options available – extended care also available.

4. Neighbour Note

Are your little ones always singing, and dancing? If so, Neighbour Note Summer Camps might be the camp for you. Offering a wide array of ‘edgy’ music-focused camps – think song writing, music video production, and their ever-popular band camp – where children will work in small groups on all aspects of their ‘project’, and gain a ton of musical instruction along the way.  In Little Rockers Band Camp, children work together to write songs, design t-shirts with band names and logos, make costumes, and learn to play some beginner rock tunes! All band members will receive introductory tutorials on guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and vocals. This camp also includes a Rock Showcase performance, professional photo shoot and HD video recording of the concert.

Age: 5-10 years

Location: Rehearsal Factory, 160 Islington Ave (Lakeshore & Islington)

Cost: Full Week: $350 for 9am-4pm or $240 for half days. Early drop-off and late pick-up can be arranged; call to discuss the details.

Kid Friendly March Break Activities in Toronto 2017

Are you looking for some fun activities to do with your child in Toronto this March Break?  Here are 5 of my favourite Kid Friendly March Break Activities in Toronto in 2017.

Wizard World Logo 20171.  Wizard World

Ban boredom this March Break and have fun at the Wizard World Family Fun Park running from March 12-19, 2017 in the Better Living Centre at Exhibition Place.  Your all-inclusive ticket ($26.50 per person, or $8.95 per adult if they don’t plan on using the rides, free for kids under 2) includes daily live shows, over 25 carnival rides, exotic reptiles, games, and magic shows. This year’s entertainment includes daily shows from Team T&J, a dynamic duo of singers and dancers guaranteed to have kids of all ages on their feet. You can also check out Reptilia Reptile Zoo, illusionist Wizard-Ry and the world famous Doo Doo the Clown. Wizard World has something to thrill and delight the whole family!

2.  digiPlaySpace

digiPlaySpace is Toronto’s interactive exhibition, giving kids (and their parents) the chance to play and interact with robotics, light installations, video games, virtual reality, coding machines and other up-and-coming technology. The exhibition runs from Feb 18 – April 23, 2017 at the beautiful TIFF Bell Lightbox. Highlights this year include a robotic arm that mimics the movement of those who interact with it and an installation of 28 iPads that allows viewers to touch and move comets, solar systems, planets, and moons in a mini universe. The popular green screen returns with Canada on (Green) Screen, inviting audiences to travel across the country using HD footage from Parks Canada, in celebration of Canada 150. This is the world of digiPlaySpace, where interactive art, design, and activities highlight the power of creative technology for kids and those young at heart.

3.  Feathers of Fire

Take your shadow puppet skills to a whole new level with Feathers of Fire: A Persian Epic. The most elaborate shadow puppet play ever performed is coming to Toronto March 10 – 12 following sold out shows in San Francisco, New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Los Angeles. Feathers of Fire is a critically-acclaimed production based on the 10th-century Persian Book of Kings. Featuring more than 160 shadow puppets, performers wear handmade masks and costumes behind digitally animated backgrounds — all projected on a cinema-size screen to create the feeling of live animation. The show takes place at George Weston Recital Hall, located at 5040 Yonge Street. For more information, visit http://www.kingorama.com/feathersoffire/.

4.  The AGO

The AGO (Art Gallery Of Ontario) engineers imagination this March Break with nine fun-filled days special programming, all free with the price of admission! Families can explore a life-sized cardboard maze located in the heart of the gallery or create a miniature museum in a box. If that’s not enough, March Break programming also features family yoga, an imagination playground that can be transformed with big blocks, the chance to build a cardboard city solely using tape and creativity, family-friendly tours and more. For more information visit ago.net/march-break.

5.  ComiCon

My mini comic book fan adores Toronto ComiCon. He gets to meet all of his idols, and it makes for some amazing people watching. Click here for a coupon for free kids admission with the purchase of an adult ticket (not valid on Saturday).

Our Favourite March Break Camps In West Toronto

If you are looking for a March Break camp for your child in West Toronto – look no further!  Here is a list of five of our favourites:

1. Suitcase Theatre

At Suitcase Theatre, campers experience non-stop artistic activities, from painting and drawing, to dressing up and creating silly skits, to dancing and singing karaoke. With a different theme for each day, including Minion Monday, Pajama and Pokemon Day and Dramapalooza, fun is guaranteed! Founded by the original creator of Mr. Dressup, one of Canada’s most beloved children’s television shows, Suitcase Theatre is a place where children are only limited by their imaginations.

Age: 4-10 years

Location: All Saints Kingsway Anglican Church at 2850 Bloor Street West on the corner of Prince Edward Blvd

Cost: Full Week: $259 for 9am-4pm or $65/ per full day. Half days are also available (9am-12pm or 1-4pm at $45 per morning or afternoon)

2. Neighbour Note

Do your little ones dream of becoming rock stars? Neighbour Note believes there is a rock star in everyone just waiting to get out! After all, who hasn’t dreamed of getting on stage and rocking out? This is School of Rock! No experience necessary! All participants will be formed into bands of 3 to 5 members. Each band will work together to write songs, design t-shirts with band names and logos, make costumes, and learn to play some beginner rock tunes! All band members will receive introductory tutorials on guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and vocals.  This camp also includes a Rock Showcase performance, professional photo shoot and HD video recording of the concert.

Age: 4-10 years

Location: Rehearsal Factory, 160 Islington Ave (Lakeshore & Islington)

Cost: Full Week: $350 for 9am-4pm or $240 for half days.   Early drop-off and late pick-up can be arranged; call to discuss the details.

3.  CJ’s Skate Camp

Looking for a unique camp experience? CJ’s Skate Camp operates in a world-class facility. Life at CJ’s Camp is specifically designed for the skateboarder & scooter rider, from beginner to advanced levels. They offer a fun, well-rounded program including lunch, and a healthy morning and afternoon snack. This is perfect for any young person, especially those who are giving skateboarding or scootering a try for the very first time and want to have fun. Campers also participate in broad spectrum of other activities including dodge ball, Capture the Flag and arts and crafts. Register here.

Age: 5-16 years

Location: 60 Horner Avenue (Just off the Gardiner Expressway between Kipling and Islington, South of the QEW)

Cost: Full Week: $299 for 8:30am-4pm, Extended Care available from 8-8:30am ($5/day) and from 4-5pm ($5/day) Includes lunch and snacks!

4. The Little Gym

Camp at The Little Gym of Mississauga gives your kids all the camp experience without a week-long commitment. Their flexible camp days keep kids bodies and brains active all day long and works with your schedule too!  They combine fun physical activities, skill building and imaginative games with team building, arts & crafts and LEGO building challenges.  With half and full day camp options available, extended before and after care and pizza Fridays, your kids will be talking about Serious Fun for weeks!

Age: 4-8 years

Location: 2200 Dundas St. E, Unit 6 (at the Etobicoke/Mississauga Border)

Cost: Full Week: $280 for 9am-4pm, Single day and half day options available.  Extended care is also available, $5 per hour

5. Charb Arts

Don’t be a Muggle this March Break. Join Charb Arts and dive deep in the magic and mystery of Harry Potter and the world of wizards. Charb Arts programs support kids in building a healthy lifelong relationship with the arts through dance, art and music. Which House will the sorting hat recommend for you? Join popular Hogwarts classes in potions, wand making and Quidditch training. Have your child come prepared with lunch, two snacks and comfortable clothing for movement and art project.

Age: 4-10 years

Location: 2238 Dundas St. W. Suite 111 (Dundas & Ronsesvalles)

Cost: Full Week: $275 for 8:30am-4pm, Extended Care available, $25/week for pre care, $50/week for after care

Wondering “Which March Break Camp is near me”?  Check out our map:

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I Want To Be a “Rock Star Scientist” – Neighbour Note Music School

For as long as I can remember, my son has wanted to be a “rock star scientist” when he grows up. He also really wants to be a youtube star…who knew that was now an official career?!

We have incorporated music throughout his life, including 3 years of Fun With Music Together as a baby and toddler. Once he hit school age, we were excited to introduce him to real musical instruments. Thanks to Grandma and Grandpa, we have a very LOUD drum set, but I had something a little more peaceful in mind 😉 We decided to seek out guitar lessons, and Neighbour Note has been the perfect fit for our family. Here are 6 reasons why:

1. They come to your home. I could stop the list right here. You can’t beat the convenience of having an instructor come to you. No rushing around, fighting about being late. No braving snow storms and full parking lots. Students are way more comfortable in the privacy and security of their home. They are more relaxed and perform better. Not to mention the fact that it frees up 30 minutes for me to make dinner while listening to my son’s adorable voice.

2. They teach the music your child wants to play. I remember the monotony of my childhood piano lessons, and repeating scales over and over again. I know that style of lesson works really well for some children, but for my high energy child, that just doesn’t work. Instead, he got to email our instructor his favourite songs, and that is what he has been learning. I dare you not to smile when you see his list:
· Thriller – Michael Jackson
· Yellow Submarine – The Beatles
· Back in Black – AC/DC
· Eye of the Tiger – Survivor
· Seven Nation Army – The White Stripes
· Master of Puppets and Blackened – Metallica

3. The instructors are amazing. Tim is young, enthusiastic, and very patient. He plays in his own band, which means my son idolized him from the start. After the first couple weeks, my son decided that he was going to write his own song called “Kitty in a UFO”. He was so excited to play it for Tim when he came for the lesson. Instead of listening and getting back to the lesson, Tim decided to turn that “Kitty in a UFO” into a lesson and helped Charlie write and play chords for it, and then played backup while Charlie perfected his song.

Presenting…Kitty In A UFO:

4. They teach adults as well! After my son’s lesson, it’s my husband’s turn. Over the years he has tried guitar lessons, but has never really stuck with it. His previous lessons were just about finger exercises and boring theory. With Neighbour Note he is still learning these important lessons, but via the rock and roll songs that he knows and loves. Tim very easily switches hats from teaching a 7 year old to helping a 41 year old hang on to his rock and roll dream.

5. They offer a free 30 minute in home assessment to make sure their program is the right fit for you and the instructor is connecting with your child.

6. They have a friendly administrator that keeps everything organized and running smoothly – so that the teachers can focus on what they do best – TEACH.

Owned by a Bloor West family, the goal of Neighbour Note is to instill a love of music in all of their students. Check out their weekly lessons or camp programs. We’ll see you this Summer at their Little Rockers Band Camp!

 

This is a sponsored post for which Mommy Connections may have received compensation. Rest assured though, we will never endorse a product or service we don’t absolutely love (and think you will too).

Finally, an odor free nursery thanks to Munchkin Canada!

As a Mom of two, about to be a mother of 3, convenience and cleanliness is of utmost importance to me not to mention an odor free home, which is not always easy with small diaper clad children!

The Munchkin STEP Diaper Pail instantly impressed me. I love that it comes with an Arm and Hammer Puck that smells like lavender, only my favourite scent and I love that it also has an easy to change garbage bag insert. The front panel is easy to open and consequently is easy to change the garbage bag insert. I love how the bag twists to conceal the various scents associated with diaper change! I also love the sleek design of the pail and how it fits seamlessly into a corner of my son’s small room.

We have only had it for a short time but in that short time I’m already in love with the Munchkin STEP Diaper Pail and I know that once my 3rd child comes into this wonderful world, it’s one less thing I need to worry about.

Overall I would recommend this diaper pail to all my friends who are either expecting or have small children in diapers!

 

Written by Katherine, Mommy Connections Alumni and mom of 2…soon to be 3…kids!

This is a sponsored post for which Mommy Connections may have received compensation. Rest assured though, we will never endorse a product or service we don’t absolutely love (and think you will too).