MomFest Discount Code

Will you be joining us at MomFest, on Tuesday September 10?

The mom Super Bowl has arrived with an “all-you-can” experience. For the second year in a row, MomFest offers you all you can sample (wine, beer, spirits), all you can eat, all you can learn, and of course all you can laugh. They have a daytime event to wine, dine, and learn (all with baby in tow!); and then they have a night time event for all of you working mamas and party animals!

Both the daytime and evening events take place at THE WAREHOUSE EVENT VENUE, Downsview Park, located at 35 Carl Hall Rd #2, Toronto.

It takes place on Tuesday Sept 10, 10am to 4pm for the daytime event (all ages – babies are welcome) and then doors re-open for the evening event from 7pm to 11pm (19+ – no babies allowed!)

During the day, they have everything you need to make the experience enjoyable for you and your babe.  Stroller parking, feeding and changing stations, on-site child care and fun activities like music and a sensory play zone.

Check out the full schedule including the roster of amazing speakers, including the infamous Cat & Nat!

Unique to this festival is the The Glam Zone and The Wine Down Zone.  Each mom gets to pick one Spoiling Activity from each zone (selections will be on a first come first serve basis) 

Pick one (1) of the following in the Wine Down Zone

A Mama Mobile Massage, a Strolf Deep Fascial stretching, a seat at the coveted HOAME meditation garden or a bougie nap from our friends at Fort Boutique. 

And in the Glam Up Zone: Pick one (1) of the following pamperings for moms: 

An eyebrow shaping from our friends at WAXON, A VENT hair experience, A Spa Nails Speed Shellac Mani, A Festival Face Makeup or a Well.ca mini facial!

Appointments will become available on a first-come, first-serve basis launching on August 26 – only for advance ticket holders! 

(photo courtesy of Pictonat Photography)

Last but not least, Mommy Connections will be onsite at MomFest with some fun surprises!

Once the sun sets, the MomFest Gala begins.  It’s an evening of fun, food, music, entertainment, pampering – and a celebration of motherhood.  This is a 19+ event (no babies) and is the perfect event for those of you who may be back at work and unable to attend during the day. 

And the best part?  We have an exclusive MomFest discount code for our Mommy Connections network!  You can save $10 off the ticket price with the MomFest promo code MOMC10.

Daytime Tickets $55 ($45 for our fans!)

Evening Gala Tickets $45 ($35 for our fans!)

Daytime & Gala Combo Pass $75  ($65 for our fans!)

We can’t wait to see you there!

 

Win Tickets To The 2019 Spring Baby Show + An Exclusive Baby Show Discount Code

Would you like to win tickets to The Baby Show, Toronto’s premium pregnancy and early parenting event this Spring?

The Baby Show is Toronto’s premium pregnancy and early parenting event for expectant moms, new parents and families with babies. It takes place Saturday, April 6, 2019, 9am to 6pm and Sunday, April 7, 2019 – 10am to 5pm at the Enercare Centre, Hall B, Exhibition Place (100 Princes’ Blvd, Toronto)

Tickets are $15 online – but you can save $3 with our exclusive Baby Show promo code MC2019 (Kids 12 and under are free.)

Better yet, enter to win a set of 2 tickets here.  Contest closes April 2, 2019.  Winner will be contacted via email.

With over 250 brands, national and local exhibitors, The Baby Show highlights include:

Toddler Fun

Watch your little ones’ faces light up as they get face to face with one of their favourite characters! Attend three very special meet & greets throughout the show weekend with Peppa Pig +& George, Ranger Rob & Stomper and PJ Masks!

Saturday

PJ Masks 9:30am – 12:30pm

Ranger Rob & Stomper 1pm – 4pm

Peppa Pig + George 2pm – 5pm

Sunday

PJ Masks 10am – 1pm

Ranger Rob & Stomper 1:30pm – 4:30pm

Peppa Pig + George 2pm – 5pm

Photo opportunities, colouring sheets, hugs and so many smiles!

Medix College Tranquility Spa

Designed for both prenatal and postnatal massage, Medix College wants to give you some relief! Did you know that massage can help you sleep better and can also reduce fluid retention and swelling? Stop by and receive a complimentary massage!

Babies R Us Seminar Stage

Plan your visit and hear local and national parenting experts speak on a variety of topics ranging from what parents need to know about breastfeeding to starting solids. All speakers are also available for question and answer periods after their talks. Visit our website for a complete schedule. 

Health & Wellness Mat

Take part in an Access Ballroom dance class! Learn about infant massage, how yoga can help you during birth and how to help your pelvic floor and more from top experts.

Safety 1st Product & Safety Stage

This stage offers an introduction to cloth diapering, sleep solutions, car seat safety as well as babyproofing your home seminars!

Pampers Swaddlers Baby Change Station

A safe and clean area to change baby, moms and dads will have the opportunity to learn all about the NEW Pampers Swaddlers Collection and more! Parents will leave the show with a special sample bag filled with Pampers goodies to try at at home!

The Pampers Photography Studio

From expecting mother and fathers to doting grandparents, attendees can have their photo taken and leave The Baby Show with a special memento of their time!

Etsy Junior Area

A dedicated area on the show floor for select exhibitors showcasing handmade, local products from brands found on Etsy.

Sleep Clinic

Free sleep consultations from the sleep experts at KinderSleep! Consultants will be ready to help you with your sleep concerns and answer all of your questions.

Munchkin Milkmakers Lactation Lounge

Visit with a lactation consultant and try out a new lactation cookie. Every cookie is delicious, nutritious and packed with ingredients traditionally used to support breast milk supply.

3D Ultrasounds

Visit the Tiny Hearts booth for your very own 3D Ultrasound, performed on site, all weekend!

Speaker Series Highlights:  

Ann Douglas:  Happy Parents Happy Kids

Dr. Jack Newman:  What your health provider should know about breastfeeding!

Allison Martineau:  Feeding Your Baby: Introducing Solids 

Margaret Wallis-Duffy:  New Mom’s Holistic Health Toolbox

Dr. Sarah Mickeler:  Practical Tips for an Easier Birth & Better Pregnancy

Dr. Harvey Karp:  Happy Babies

Two New East Toronto Programs for Babies and Tots On the Move

Learn, socialize and have fun with your active ‘older’ babe!

Our Mom & Baby programs are great for those babies in the potted plant stage (you know – you can just put them down somewhere and they stay put) but what if your little one is on the move?

After being asked countless times when East Toronto would get its own Mini Movers and Travelling Tots programs going – like the awesome ones in West Toronto and Midtown – they’re finally here – and we’re so excited about it!

ur Mini Movers and Travelling Tots programs give you a chance to learn, have fun and socialize with your busy babe. The programs are designed especially for busy babes and provides a great opportunity to get out and have fun during this (busy!) phase of parenthood.

We meet once a week at a different East Toronto location for an hour of fun. You’ll get to try an array of activities that your busy little one will love– music, crafts, swimming, and more – followed by a chance for both babes and moms to mix and mingle. Of course, every session includes a free mom & baby professional photo shoot to capture this fun stage.

Mini Movers:

The days of chatting with other moms while your baby lies quietly on a blanket may be over – but it doesn’t mean the fun has to stop. If your baby crawls, scoots, or is starting to walk, listen up because we now have a program for that!

Our first six-week Mini Mover session begins on Tuesday, April 9 from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. and space is filling up fast! Full information and a link to register can be found here.

Travelling Tots:

Same thing, different age group! Our Travelling Tots are a little older, from 18 months to 4 years of age. It’s a great way to get out if you have more than one kid in your charge (and, yes, there’s a sibling discount!) and take part in a variety of local activities.

Our first Travelling Tots program starts on Monday, April 15 from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Read more and register here.

What you get

Included in your $119 registration fee is:

  •   Six classes full of information, bonding opportunities and connection
  •   A free professional picture of you and your baby, taken by a local photographer
  •   A swag bag filled with discounts, samples and small gifts from local and national companies we think you’ll love

Why Mini Movers and Travelling Tots?

Here are some of our past participants’ favourite things about this one-of-a-kind program (and why we think you’ll love it too!):

  • It’s a great way – and reason – to get out of the house with an older babe
  • The environment is warm, welcoming and inclusive
  • It provides a unique chance to discover activities and try them ‘before you buy’
  • It’s designed for crawlers and walkers – there is no expectation of silence or stillness!  
  • The expert information is tailored to the stage of parenting you’re at
  • All the freebies!

“It takes a village to raise a child and thanks to Mommy Connections I have found my village.”

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How old should my baby be when I register?

A: This program is for crawlers and early walkers – we find it best suited to babies from about 6 to 18 months, but this is a loose guideline.

If your baby is younger, check out our Mom & Baby program or newborn to 8 months. If they’re older we also offer a very popular Travelling Tots program for 1.5 to 4 years.

Q: Can I attend just a few classes?

A: Single sessions are not available. A huge focus of our program is community building, which can only be created when a group is consistent from start to finish.

Q: Who runs the class?

A: The class will be facilitated by a fun, local mom with expertise in postpartum health, who is dedicated to helping form a community network of support for other local moms.

Q: How many moms are in each class?

A: We aim to keep classes at or below 12 participants to foster a cozy, community feel.

Q: When will I find out the schedule of topics/activities? Are the classes types/activities guaranteed?

A: You will receive a schedule via email before your session begins. We cannot guarantee that a particular type of class will be a part of any given session. Class topics change slightly from session to session and are subject to local experts’ availability. We can, however, promise you a great mix of things!

Q: What is your cancellation policy?

A: Our full cancellation policy can be viewed here.  

“Mommy Connections has given me the opportunity to not only connect with some truly amazing women around me, but also to learn about different topics that are so relevant to being a new mom. It’s social, informative and FUN – it has truly been a highlight of my mat leave.”

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Q: How many moms are in each class?

A: We aim to keep classes at or below 14 participants to foster a cozy, community feel.

Q: When will I find out the schedule of topics/activities? Are the classes types/activities guaranteed?

A: You will receive a schedule via email before your session begins. A sample schedule is available below.  We cannot guarantee that a particular type of class (like CPR, yoga, or music) will be a part of any given session. Class topics change slightly from session to session and are subject to local experts’ availability. We can, however, promise you a great mix of things!

Q: What is your cancellation policy?

A: Our full cancellation policy can be viewed here.

“Mommy Connections has given me the opportunity to not only connect with some truly amazing women around me, but also to learn about different topics that are so relevant to being a new mom. It`s social, informative and FUN – it has truly been a highlight of my mat leave.”

 

 

What if you could rent your expensive baby gear?

Stephanie Kaspiris and baby Sienna

Sometime over the course of her pregnancy, Stephanie Kaspiris started thinking about all the stuff. You know – the BABY STUFF: the bassinet, the crib, the stroller, the breast pump, the bouncy chair, and on and on. And, there were questions, such as which products should she actually spend her money on, and did she really need all the things?

The idea of how much space and storage was required felt a little overwhelming. “I’m a huge minimalist and I have a small Toronto house. I don’t have a lot of storage space,” she says.

She also hated the idea of spending piles of money on things she might only use now and again, just for a short while, or maybe not at all. “There were some things I didn’t want to buy without trying out first, and I didn’t know what I’d actually need.“

So, when Stephanie first heard about StorkSupply, a baby product rental company based in Toronto, she couldn’t wait to check it out. Founded by parents, the company’s goal is to help other parents by getting them the quality gear they want – from breast pumps to strollers – for as long as they need it, while saving money.

Stephanie loved the idea of being able to try out a product before making a big purchase. “They cost a lot to buy, but what if I don’t end up using it?,” she worries.

Baby Sienna picks moms arms over the bassinet.

The simple, online rental process is meant to make parents’ lives easier. Stephanie was impressed by the selection of high-end items and excited to find items that she actually wanted to have in her home. “They have really nice stuff,” she says. “Very contemporary and modern looking.”

After clicking the items she wanted, the clean-lined Rockwell bassinet and the modern Leaf Twilight baby seat, and how long she wanted them for (weekly and monthly options), Stephanie picked a delivery time from the flexible schedule. A few weeks before her baby was due, and they brought it right to her door.

“Everything was like new, in perfect condition, and the items came with a package of instructions,” she says. “They even set everything up for me and even took all the boxes away. It was so easy.”

Stephanie and her partner put the bassinet on their main floor. However, at three months old, baby Sienna already has other ideas. “She hates being put down in the bassinet,” Stephanie laughs. “She wants to be held all the time. It’s another reason why I’m so glad I rented it instead of buying one.”

When Stephanie realized Sienna wasn’t having anything to do with the bassinet, she simply called StorkSupply and they came quickly to pick it up. “I love that I didn’t have to store it in case we decide to have another baby.”

Sienna loves to sway in her rental chair.

Sienna does enjoy a swing in the baby seat, however, and it gives Stephanie just enough time hands-off to get a couple of things done. And, now that she knows the chair is a hit, Stephanie is considering continuing the lease or even buying one.

Stephanie is eager to use the service in the future for things like toys and walkers that Sienna will only use for a short time, and for a playpen as a travel crib.

“It’s such a great solution for the storage issue, and also because you don’t know what your baby likes.”

Her only lament? That she hadn’t heard of StorkSupply sooner so she could have tested out baby carriers before buying one.

“I have lots of friends who have babies and I‘ve been recommended this service to everyone,” she laughs. “I’m so glad this company exists!”

 

5 questions to ask before hiring a real estate professional


So, you’re ready to buy or sell your home, and you want the guidance of a real estate professional to help you with the process. But how do you pick the one that is right for you?

“It’s always a good idea to meet with at least a few different real estate professionals before selecting the one you’d like to work with,” says Joseph Richer, registrar of the Real Estate Council of Ontario. “You should also consider asking friends or family to recommend someone they’ve recently worked with.”

When you’re ready to meet with a few representatives, consider asking these questions:

  1. What is your experience? Experience is about more than how many years someone has been in business. Take the time to learn about the types of properties they typically work with, which cities or areas they work in, and how many homes they helped buy or sell in the past year.
  2. What is your approach to the buying or selling process? If you’re buying, how will the representative search for suitable properties and what is their approach to negotiations? If you’re selling, how will your home be marketed to help attract prospective buyers? By understanding their approach, you’ll know what to expect and will be able to determine which representative’s philosophy and methods align with your preferences.
  3. What services will be included? Discuss your particular needs and expectations with prospective representatives to ensure they are able to provide the services you expect. For example, when selling, will the representative have professional photos taken of your home? Will they host open houses? What about advertising? Understanding exactly what services will be provided, and later documenting them in your written contract, will help avoid misunderstandings later on.
  4. What are the commissions or fees that I will need to pay? Commissions and fees can vary between brokerages and for the services provided, so be sure to understand what will be provided, and what it will cost. Keep in mind that, as with most things, the cheapest deal is not necessarily the best one.
  5. Do you have references? As with most job interviews, getting in touch with references is an important step before hiring someone. So, speaking with past clients is a great way to learn more. Were past clients pleased with their experience? Was the representative responsive and easy to get in touch with? Would they recommend them to others?

“Buying or selling a home is a major decision, so it’s important to take the time to find the right representative for you,” says Richer.

Use the ‘real estate professional search’ feature to ensure your representative is registered.

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There’s a lot of information out there about market trends and how to get the best price, but you also need to know about your rights and responsibilities as a home buyer or seller.  The Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO) can help you with that.

When it comes to real estate transactions, the more you know, the better you’re protected. Visit RECO’s website to learn more.

Check out some helpful advice about whether to buy first or sell first as well as the 4 must-do tips before you start the home buying process.