Mommy Connections Picnic In the Park – Saturday July 27, 11am-1pm, Nicholas Sheran Picnic Shelter

Mommy Connections Picnic In The Park – Saturday July 27th at Nicholas Sheran Park

Summer is here and we’re excited to celebrate – Mommy Connections style!

Join us for a FREE community Picnic In The Park at Nicholas Sheran Park on Saturday, July 27th 11am-1pm

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! There will be toy testing, giveaways, and some freebies too!

This FREE 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 😉

The only catch is that you – and your guests – need to RSVP so that we have enough fun and freebies to go around.  Please head on over to our event registration page HERE and select the appropriate number of adults and children and click “add to cart”.

About Our Sponsors:

Two Guys and a Pizza Place

We are absolutely thrilled to have partnered with Two Guys and a Pizza Place for this community event. They’ll be delivering complimentary slices of their delicious pizza for the first 100 guests to RSVP.

Two Guys and a Pizza Place prides themselves on 17 years of providing great pizza with exceptional service to the Lethbridge and area community. Using quality ingredients, which are made in-house or brought in locally as much as possible, you are guaranteed to have a perfectly delicious pizza every time. Their pizzas start with a crust made on the foundation of a 19th century Italian recipe, the pizza sauce is made in-house daily using a recipe that is inspired by 3 regions with a deep love for pizza (Italy, New York, and California), and they only use meats that are MSG and by-product FREE, assuring you will always get top-quality grade with mouth-watering flavor! Two Guys and a Pizza Place also offers Gluten Sensitive and Vegan options so that no one has to miss out!

Fisher-Price

Fisher-Price helps families enjoy the moment, and have more fun.  From baby gear that makes new-parent life easier to super-fun toys that help entertain and teach kids as they grow from infants to curious toddlers to imaginative preschoolers, they’ve been making childhood more joyful for almost 90 years.

You’ll be able to try out some of their most popular products at our picnic.  Our guests will also have the chance to win this amazing Fisher-Price On-the-Go Baby Dome, the perfect summer picnic accessory!

Baby Gourmet

Baby Gourmet is Canada’s leading brand of delicious organic meals and snacks that babies love and parents can feel great about. Baby Gourmet prides themselves on providing nutritious and great tasting feeding options for babies and toddlers. Since their humble beginnings, they have worked hard to continuously bring new and exciting innovations, often first-to-market, and will do so for years to come!

Our picnic guests can sample their latest product innovation, the new Pear Berry Purple Carrot purée; made with 100% organic ingredients. Plus, enter to win an amazing Baby Gourmet prize pack full of their nutritious and absolutely delicious baby food!

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, July 27 @ 11am for a great morning of outdoor fun at Nicholas Sheran 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.

Just for Mom: Braids & Beers

Move over paint night, because Braid Night is here! Carve out some well-deserved time for you in the company of other amazing women, as you learn the basics of braids. Bring a friend or fly solo as you learn variations of the French, Dutch, Fishtale, and Waterfall Braids and how to customize braids for your length and style of hair. This event is lead by talented local hairstylists from Beaners Hair Salon who know specialty braids inside and out. This event is best in pairs, so you can practice on your gal pal. But we’ll also have plenty of mirrors, so you can also practice the braids on yourself.

Braid Night, Date Night!

This one’s for the guys!!!

Move over plain old date-night, because Braid Night, Date Night is here! Carve out some well-deserved time for you and your partner in crime, the guys will get to learn the very basics of braiding, with the help of their partner! This event is lead by talented local hairstylists from Beaners Hair Salon who know braiding inside and out.

Check out event details HERE

SweetHearts Tea & Cupcakes

Join us for some Valentine’s Day fun at our favourite place to create: Color Me Mine!  You and your little cherub will paint a one-of-a-kind tea cup & saucer set together while enjoying cupcakes, tea, and juice. 

Just for Mom: Braids & Beers

Move over paint night, because Braid Night is here! Carve out some well-deserved time for you in the company of other amazing women, as you learn the basics of braids. Bring a friend or fly solo as you learn variations of the French and Dutch braid and how to customize braids for your length and style of hair. This event is lead by talented local hairstylists from Beaners Hair Salon who know specialty braids inside and out. This event is best in pairs, so you can practice on your gal pal. But we’ll also have plenty of mirrors, so you can also practice the braids on yourself.