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!

 

 

 

 

 

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.