Mom & Baby Thursdays November 2019

“We did the mom and baby class and it was amazing. Pricing is insanely reasonable for everything we get to do! Kerri is the best And cares so much about making sure everyone is having a good time and is more than willing to help out with fussy babies. Moms get to chat and feel supported and babies get to socialize. 100% recommend!” – Past Mommy Connections Mom

Do you have an itsy-bitsy and you’re looking for something to do each week? Our Mom & Baby Program is unlike anything else, we chat, create, get active, go for a photo shoot, and more!!

Join us for our Mom & Baby program this November – December!

When: Thursdays, November 7 – December 19, from 1:00-2:30 pm

Where: Starbound Dance Center & various other locations as stated on the schedule

What: Expert speakers and fun activities all wrapped up into a modernized and fun program that is unlike any other!!

This Mom & Baby program is held on Wednesdays for 90 minutes over a period of 7 weeks and includes engaging chats with expert speakers on topics that are near and dear to new & experienced moms alike, and activities that are loaded with fun and will create memories to last a lifetime! Each class leaves plenty of time for mom-talk and baby-babble so that you are sure to make friends with everyone!

 

***The schedule will be kept as close to the sample schedule as possible but is subject to change and will be 7 weeks instead of 8 to be able to fit in before Christmas break

All moms get a swag bag full of AWESOME SAMPLES, and coupons!

  • Babies are usually between 0-12 months old
  • You can take our programs as many times as you want!
  • You do not have to be a first time mom

Space for this program is limited, so don’t wait to sign up, our last program filled up two weeks before class was to begin!

**Fee includes any art/crafts pieces, and a Mommy & Me photo

**A minimum of 6 participants are needed in order to run this class**

*Please see our Cancellation Policy & our Terms and Conditions prior to registering

Travelling Tots Thursdays November 2019

“Really fun outings for my toddler and I. Always age appropriate and a great way to interact with other families. Would absolutely recommend it. I also felt it was great value for my money.” – Mommy Connections Travelling Tots Mom

Do you have a toddler aged 18 months to 4 years (***this is only a general guideline, we accept children outside of this age range as long as the parents feel the child will enjoy the activities) that would love to get out with you and try a bunch of new, fun activities? Then this program is perfect for you!

The Travelling Tot program runs for 7 weeks and is FIELD-TRIP BASEDEach week we will be at a new amazing location doing something totally different! It’s a great chance for you and your toddler to have loads of fun together and make new friends & memories as you try out various activities around town (and Lethbridge has a lot of fun ones)!

When: Thursdays November 7 – December 19 @ 10:30am-11:30am *unless otherwise posted

Where: Each week we will meet at a new location to try a new activity

Are you a mom, dad or caregiver of a toddler and a newborn? No problem! Your infant can join in at no extra cost as long as they are comfortable being in a bucket seat or baby carrier. If you have more than one toddler just select the ‘Siblings’ option and your second child is less than half price!

***The schedule will be kept as close to the sample schedule as possible but is subject to change and will be 7 weeks instead of 8 to be able to fit in before Christmas break

All parents get a swag bag full of AWESOME SAMPLES, and coupons!

  • Recommended for children aged 1 – 5 years (general guideline, we do accept children outside of this age range)
  • You can take our programs as many times as you want!
  • Infants welcome in bucket seat/baby carrier
  • Moms, dads, grandparents, caregivers are all welcome to register for this class with their little ones

Space for this program is limited, so don’t wait to sign up!

***Program Fee INCLUDES entrance into each location and all play; any extras you wish to purchase at the locations are not included (ie. drinks, products, etc)***

**Please see our Cancellation Policy & our Terms and Conditions prior to registering

To finalize your order, please see your cart to the right

Mom & Baby Wednesdays November 2019

“We did the mom and baby class and it was amazing. Pricing is insanely reasonable for everything we get to do! Kerri is the best And cares so much about making sure everyone is having a good time and is more than willing to help out with fussy babies. Moms get to chat and feel supported and babies get to socialize. 100% recommend!” – Past Mommy Connections Mom

Do you have an itsy-bitsy and you’re looking for something to do each week? Our Mom & Baby Program is unlike anything else, we chat, create, get active, go for a photo shoot, and more!!

Join us for our Mom & Baby program this November – December!

When: Wednesdays, November 6 – December 18, from 1:00-2:30 pm

Where: Starbound Dance Center & various other locations as stated on the schedule

What: Expert speakers and fun activities all wrapped up into a modernized and fun program that is unlike any other!!

This Mom & Baby program is held on Wednesdays for 90 minutes over a period of 7 weeks and includes engaging chats with expert speakers on topics that are near and dear to new & experienced moms alike, and activities that are loaded with fun and will create memories to last a lifetime! Each class leaves plenty of time for mom-talk and baby-babble so that you are sure to make friends with everyone!

***The schedule will be kept as close to the sample schedule as possible but is subject to change and will be 7 weeks instead of 8 to be able to fit in before Christmas break

All moms get a swag bag full of AWESOME SAMPLES, and coupons!

  • Babies are usually between 0-12 months old
  • You can take our programs as many times as you want!
  • You do not have to be a first time mom

Space for this program is limited, so don’t wait to sign up, our last program filled up two weeks before class was to begin!

**Fee includes any art/crafts pieces, and a Mommy & Me photo

**A minimum of 6 participants are needed in order to run this class**

*Please see our Cancellation Policy & our Terms and Conditions prior to registering

Mama Moves November 2019

Highly recommend mommy connections to any new moms who are looking to meet other moms who share the same struggles and accomplishments. Love the keepsakes I get to make with my baby and the friendships I’ve made through mommy connections! The classes are something I always look forward to!!” – Past Mommy Connections Mom

Are you looking forward to getting active again after having your baby or getting healthier than you were before baby? If you are interested in learning about your post-delivery body and fitness along with trying out a few different baby-friendly fitness classes before committing to one style of fitness program, then our Mama Moves program is perfect for you!

This 7 week program is made up of 3 weeks of physical fitness health chats (pelvic health and posture importance) and 4 weeks of on-location fitness/active classes. We want to make sure you are aware of your body, how it may have changed since creating life, and helping you to listen to your body and ensuring you are ready to get active and what level of intensity you and your body are ready for, and then we will move on to getting active and trying out the different classes offered locally!

When: November 5 – December , 2019 Tuesday’s from 1:30-2:30pm  *Unless otherwise stated on the schedule

Where: Starbound Dance Center & fitness centres around Lethbridge

What: Expert speakers and demo fitness classes wrapped into a modernized and fun program that is unlike any other!!

***The schedule will be kept as close to the sample schedule as possible but is subject to change and will be 7 weeks instead of 8 to be able to fit in before Christmas break

All moms get a swag bag full of AWESOME SAMPLES, and coupons!

  • Babies are usually between 2-12 months old
  • You can take our programs as many times as you want!
  • You do not have to be a first time mom

Space for this program is limited, so don’t wait to sign up!

**A minimum of 5 participants are needed in order to run this class**

*Please see our Cancellation Policy & our Terms and Conditions prior to registering

Mini Movers November 2019

“Kerri is awesome and her programs are wonderful. Get place to meet mommies, talk about your week and find a supportive network which is so important for mommies.” – Past Mommy Connections Mini Movers Mom

Do you have a baby who is now movin’ and groovin’? Looking for activities that are fun for both you & your little one to do together? We have created the perfect class for you – Mini Movers!

This program is in a league of its own: designed specifically for crawlers, scooters, and early walkers, 9 – 18 months. Each week we’ll enjoy a new fun activity with baby including music, dance, sensory play, and more!

When: Tuesdays, November 5 – December 10 @ 10:30-11:30am *unless otherwise posted

Where: Wear ‘M’ Out *unless otherwise posted

Are you a mom, dad or caregiver of a mini mover and a newborn? No problem! Your infant can join in at no extra cost as long as they are comfortable being in a bucket seat or baby carrier. If you have more than one mini mover, just select the ‘Siblings’ option and your second child is less than half price!

***The schedule will be kept as close to the sample schedule as possible but is subject to change

All parents get a swag bag full of AWESOME SAMPLES, and coupons!

  • Recommended for children aged 9 – 18 months
  • You can take our programs as many times as you want!
  • Infants welcome in bucket seat/baby carrier
  • Moms, dads, grandparents, caregivers are all welcome to register for this class with their little ones

Space for this program is limited, so don’t wait to sign up!

***Program Fee INCLUDES entrance into each location and all class play play; any extras you wish to purchase at the locations are not included (ie. drinks, products, play in the Wear ‘M’ Out Playplace outside of class time, etc)***

**Please see our Cancellation Policy & our Terms and Conditions prior to registering

To finalize your order, please see your cart to the right

Halloween “Bum-kins” – An Easy Fall Baby Craft

Making a “Bum-kin” painting with your baby is such a cute and easy keepsake craft to make this Halloween season!

We all might think of using baby’s feet or hands to make keepsake artwork…but this craft uses their cute tiny pumpkin butts, and it is probably the cutest pumpkin you will ever make!

What you need to make your very own Bum-kin artwork:

  • canvas board (***If using STRETCHED canvas, make sure to have a hard book or board that fits inside the canvas to give something to press against)
  • orange paint – I used Crayola because it is kid friendly: non-toxic and washable
  • paint dish
  • sponge
  • Pampers diaper – any size
  • Pampers sensitive wipes
  • sharpie pens, or other felts/paints as you please
  • baby’s favourites to use as distraction (toys, favourite baby songs, crinkle blanket, whatever will help keep them happy during the painting)

How to make your Bum-kin Painting:

Start by making sure you are doing the craft in a safe spot, on the floor is the safest and easiest spot, but make sure you are prepared for the possibility of pee happening (even though we take safety measures – babies can be sneaky and still get some out) and if you have a roller or mover, make sure you are on a surface that is easy to clean. We did our crafting on my class yoga mats that are easy to clean, and I am not worried about them getting paint on them.

Once you are ready to get crafting make sure you have paint poured in your dish, a little bigger than a toonie size is all we used, have wipes out and ready to be used (2 wipes were more than enough for each baby in our class, and the ages ranged from just a couple of months old to around 10 months), and baby distractions are strategically placed for baby to reach and play with or listen to. Place your opened diaper down on the floor/mat in front of you and get baby naked from waist down, placing them on their bellies on top of the diaper *pro-tip: curl the bottom of the diaper, closest to you, up a little so that there is no chance of pee flying down towards you. Now use the sponge dipped in the orange paint to start painting baby’s bum using dabs instead of strokes, don’t worry about perfection – but remember: the rounder you paint the circle on that little bottom = the rounder your Bum-kin will be!

Once your little one’s bottom is covered in paint, take the canvas and press it onto your baby’s bum *you do not need to press hard at all, just enough for a little print from their cheeks!

Lift the canvas off and place outside of baby’s reach. Now it is time to use those wipes for what they were made for – getting baby bottoms perfectly clean.

As you wait for the paint to dry (doesn’t take all too long), take some time, as much time as you like – that canvas isn’t going anywhere, to cuddle and snuggle your little one – they did SO good painting their first ever Bum-kin!!

Once baby is happy and you got all the snuggles you like for the moment, check to make sure paint is dry and once it is use the sharpies to draw the stem, leaves, vines, and lines (if you wish to add shape lines or outline the Bum-kin). I also suggest writing something on it as well, for example our moms wrote things such as: Baby’s First Halloween, Baby’s Bum-kin, Our Little Bum-kin, Cutest Bum-kin in the Patch. And I always encourage writing the date, even if it is only on the back!

Admire your and your baby’s work, whether it is the first craft or one of hundreds that you have already done – it sure is cute, isn’t it!?!! Proudly display your piece of artwork so that all your friends and family can admire the cutest little Bum-kin ever made!!

Favourite Five: Lethbridge Fall Trade Shows & Markets

With the end of summer coming we know that means leaves will be changing, temperatures will begin to fall, children and teachers will be headed back to school, and we all have to switch back to regular life. But fall also seems to bring thoughts of shopping, maybe for a new fall wardrobe or accessories, some new house décor (pumpkins and snowmen are on their way!), or maybe you are already thinking about Christmas/Hanukkah gifts, and whatever your shopping needs are, Lethbridge has some amazing local markets that are sure to fulfill the shopping needs you might have! Mommy Connections Lethbridge has a run down of our Favourite Five Lethbridge Fall Trade Shows & Markets to help you plan your shopping dates to the best trade shows Lethbridge has to offer!

City & Baby Trade Show – September 29

The Lethbridge City & Baby Trade Show is the #1 baby event in Southern Alberta! Events run twice a year, in the spring and in the fall, featuring 50+ locally owned businesses carefully selected to provide an extraordinary shopping experience. You will be able to shop clothing, accessories, home decor, as well as health & beauty; and find information on support services, fitness options and more! To help make your shopping experience amazing there is handcrafted coffee, stroller parking, an area to feed and change baby as well as food trucks. Find us at Heritage Hall at Exhibition Park.

Coaldale Handmade Market – November 24

At the Coaldale Handmade Market we are proud to support the local handmade community. We offer a completely handmade market from various local small businesses from Coaldale and the surrounding area. We also love the chance to give back to Coaldale through our early entry ticket sales. This coming November 24th 2018 will be our 4th market and hopefully the best one yet! We have a new location, with some new vendors offering beautiful handmade products. At our Christmas market our goal is for this to be more than “just another market” and more of an experience. Our hearts go into every decoration, the music & the overall feel of the space. It’s the perfect time to start your Christmas shopping, get in the Christmas spirit and support the local makers.

“I host this market not only to show off local talent, but to raise money for the community through our ticket sales. I love being able to give back to the small town I love so much.” – Julie Overweg

Domesticated Divas – November 2

The Domesticated Divas really like to focus on supporting local, so they make sure all of their advertising is through local businesses as well as all of the vendors are local to Lethbridge and area. The organizers take pride in that there is always a charity component for a local charity organization, bring your loose change to donate at the show entrance. The show runs on a Friday,3pm to 9pm to cater to all types of lifestyles and allow time for all to come enjoy some amazing local shopping, but if you can get there early enough you will be treated to a FREE swag bag (the first 100 shoppers will receive these). Don’t expect to see duplicates at this show as they work hard to ensure vendor tables all sell different products and vendors who may be similar to each other will be spaced out nicely so that the shopping experience is kept fun and exciting. Whether you are shopping for yourself, your family, or gifts for others, this show will have something for you!

 

Hawk + Harvest Market – September 22

Hawk + Harvest is a coming together of creatives and community! Each event is kept truly local by remaining a maker-only market with no pyramid sales, and by featuring musicians from Lethbridge and surrounding area. We are a good-vibe night market designed to highlight and celebrate all things rad in Southern Alberta! Each market has a Charity Raffle table where local artists donate goods that are raffled off with 100% of those ticket sales going to the designated cause or charity chosen for that market. There’s lots to celebrate, so join us, shop local, indulge in a few cold beverages, and have a great time!

 

Lethbridge Handmade Market – October 13

The Lethbridge Handmade Market is an independent marketplace created by artisans for artisans held in Lethbridge, AB. It’s purpose is to promote local art and culture and build the community through showcasing handmade goods. The market has been  connecting local makers from Lethbridge, southern Alberta, and across Canada since late 2016! Each market showcases a unique collection of over 100 handmade makers, and is growing each market! Lethbridge Handmade Market is more than just shopping, we also have workshops for both adults and kids all day long, live art, a kids station, and live electronic music! The market runs on average every two months, the next dates for 2018 are October 13 and December 8th. Follow us on Facebook to keep up-to-date on the next events!

 

 

 

 

 

Mommy Connections Picnic In the Park

Join Mommy Connections Lethbridge and the Lethbridge Public Library for a FREE community Picnic In The Park at Gyro Park on Saturday August 18th at 11am. We will be hosting these events across the country as a way for all of our amazing families to come back and reconnect with old friends you met through our programs. It’s also a chance for those of you who may not have experienced Mommy Connections, to come and see what we’re all about! This event is open to everyone, so feel free to bring a friend or two along! Kids of all ages are welcome, including those still in bellies 😉

We’re thrilled to have partnered with Panago Pizza for this event. They’ll be delivering complimentary slices of their delicious pizza for the first 150 guests to RSVP. Across the board Panago uses quality ingredients you can feel good about feeding your family including 100% Canadian wheat and cheese, pork and chicken raised without the use of antibiotics, organic Italian tomato sauce and zero artificial colours or flavours ever. Truly #qualityworthsharing – and a great go-to for busy weeknights and park parties alike!

In addition to lunch we will have a tot spot with the Lethbridge Public Library, Hulahooping demos, and Lethbridge Princess Parties will be visiting the park to meet all the special little ones (and their moms & dads too)!

The only catch is that you – and your guests – need to RSVP so we have enough food and freebies to go around. You can do so HERE

We look forward to seeing you on Aug 18 for some great outdoor fun at Gyro Park!

Mommy Connections Picnic In the Park – Saturday, Aug 18 – 11am-2pm – Gyro Park

Join Mommy Connections Lethbridge and the Lethbridge Public Library for a FREE community Picnic In The Park at Gyro Park on Saturday August 18th at 11am. We will be hosting these events across the country as a way for all of our amazing families to come back and reconnect with old friends you met through our programs. It’s also a chance for those of you who may not have experienced Mommy Connections, to come and see what we’re all about! This event is open to everyone, so feel free to bring a friend or two along! Kids of all ages are welcome, including those still in bellies 😉

We’re thrilled to have partnered with Panago Pizza for this event. They’ll be delivering complimentary slices of their delicious pizza for the first 150 guests to RSVP. Across the board Panago uses quality ingredients you can feel good about feeding your family including 100% Canadian wheat and cheese, pork and chicken raised without the use of antibiotics, organic Italian tomato sauce and zero artificial colours or flavours ever. Truly #qualityworthsharing – and a great go-to for busy weeknights and park parties alike!

In addition to lunch we will have a tot spot with the Lethbridge Public Library, Hulahooping demos, and Lethbridge Princess Parties will be visiting the park to meet all the special little ones (and their moms & dads too)!

The only catch is that you – and your guests – need to RSVP so we have enough food and freebies to go around. You can do so HERE

We look forward to seeing you on Aug 18 for some great outdoor fun at Gyro Park!

Favourite 5 Lethbridge: Postnatal Fitness Classes

Getting active again after baby is a whole new world: your body is different, you now have a baby (or babies) to accompany you, you aren’t quite sure what will work for you now, and this can all end up being a little intimidating for a new mom! Well fear not, Mommy Connections Lethbridge has put together our Favourite 5 for postnatal fitness classes right here in Lethbridge! Make sure to see your doctor for your 6 week post-partum checkup before beginning any physical activity, they will let you know if you are safe to begin getting active, and we strongly recommend you visit a physiotherapist to have your core and pelvic floor assessed before getting into any workout classes. Fit Pysiotherapy is absolutely amazing, welcoming, and will definitely make you feel comfortable for your checkup, they are also experts within the field and you can rest-assured you will be well taken care of!

Now on to the fitness classes

As I truly believe all of these fitness classes are equally amazing in their own ways, I will list them in alphabetic order:

Blue Tree Fitness: Stroller Fit

Stroller Fit is a stroller friendly, boot camp style work out consisting of a variety of different levels of intensities and options to suit everyone’s needs. The class is made up of a mixture of cardio and body weight strength training. For all classes we are outside in the fresh air – being in nature increases serotonin levels, which increases feelings of well-being and lowers depression (including postpartum depression) and the sun exposure increases vitamin D levels which will help to boost your immune system. The fresh air is not only better for you but also for baby, there is more oxygen in the fresh air outdoors than indoors and it is a widely accepted truth that fresh air helps people sleep (and thus, babies nap better!).
There is something so right about bringing your child(ren) to come and work out alongside you, it builds healthy habits from the start for them by seeing their role model getting active.
Blue Tree Fitness instructor, Shenny Grimard, is certified in pre and postnatal fitness, she has been instructing these classes for 6 years, and she loves working on helping moms get back into shape, feel good about themselves and helping moms meet new moms in and around our city!

 

Core Elements: Mom and Baby Yoga

Postnatal yoga provides gentle postpartum recuperation, a supportive and encouraging, non-judgmental environment and a chance to practice yoga with your baby. The class provides you with an opportunity to continue or start practicing yoga poses, breath work and relaxation techniques with the benefit of meeting other moms and their children. This soothing environment incorporates baby massage and yoga which promotes healthy sleep habits, increases muscle mobility, improves respiratory and circulatory function, and introduces babies to safe touch. For moms, yoga can help relieve sore shoulders, chest and back muscles from feeding (both breast and bottle), safely increase abdominal strength, create postural awareness and build endurance. At the end of each class and throughout our sessions we want moms to feel rested, focused and stronger, and ready to face whatever motherhood throws at them.

 

Fitness With Mel: Mommy & Baby FitCamp

This class is not just a walk in the park!  Mommy & Baby FitCamp is an outdoor, baby-friendly, full body workout using your stroller and the outside environment. Each class includes intervals of cardio drills, functional strength training and short power walks/jogs followed by postnatal-specific core work and flexibility specific to your role as a Mom. Taught by Mel, a certified fitness instructor and personal trainer with specialty training in pre and postnatal fitness, this class is a great workout for ANY fitness level. Mommy and Baby FitCamp gives you a chance to connect with other new Mom’s while getting your body moving in a supportive, empowering and fun environment.

Kinetic Indoor Cycle & Fitness

Kinetic offers both indoor (September-May) and outdoor (June-August) mom and baby classes. They understand that exercise is a key component to a mother’s mental, physical and emotional wellness. The Baby Mama program seeks to build a place for moms to interact with one another and make connections that last beyond the studio. Kinetic Baby Mama classes are diverse and no two classes are alike. Class formats include boot camp, HIIT, Barre, weight training, functional training (kettlebells, stability balls, resistance bands, etc.), bodyweight conditioning, TRX, stroller fitness, partner work, personal challenges, and more! Kinetic also offers, to Pre and Postnatal mothers, Diastsis Recti core programs, at-home personal training programs, Time 4 Me 3-4 week challenge groups to help moms lose weight, understand macro nutrient balancing and be held accountable to cardiovascular, strength and flexibility training in-house or at home, and they have a Facebook page “Kinetic Baby Mamas” for moms to post needs and interact with one another outside of class time. Chantelle Erickson is the program leader for the Baby Mama program, she is educated in Diastasis Recti (abdominal separation) and offers free checks to moms who are participating in her program. She also has specializations in pregnancy and infant loss, symphysis pubis dysfunction and pelvic floor health.

The best part of being a Kinetic Baby Mama is that when your baby reaches one years old you can transition to other classes Kinetic has to offer…over 60 classes per week! You can purchase an exclusive Baby Mama membership in four week increments or purchase a Kinetic class pass that can be used to attend any Kinetic class.

Live Better Health & Fitness: Oh Baby!

Strong Mom’s raise strong children, and our Oh Baby! class is all about building strong Moms from the inside out! The coaches at Live Better are here to support and motivate you during your journey as a Mom, and help you develop the strength, endurance and confidence required to keep up with your little one.
Oh Baby! is a 45-minute class that allows Mom to get a great workout AND attend to baby’s needs at any time. Each class provides a full-body workout: cardio, muscular endurance, strength, postnatal specific core work/breathing and flexibility. We utilize a variety of equipment including your own or baby’s body weight, kettle bells, dumbbells, medicine balls, rowers and bikes. Benefit from increased energy and mood, improved posture, less aches and pains and a stronger core. This is a fantastic opportunity to be a great role model for your baby and to connect with other Moms in your community!
Women should be at least 4-weeks postpartum (6+ weeks for caesareans) and cleared for physical activity by their doctors. All fitness levels are welcome. This class is designed for pre-mobile babies, however older babies/toddlers may be accommodated on an individual basis and at an additional cost (contact our coaches to find out more). Classes are capped at 6 mamas.