About Chelsey Borys

Former teacher. Wine lover. Health nut. Coffee fiend. Repurposer. Eco mama. Director of Mommy Connections Edmonton North & St. Albert. Momma to the craziest-haired girl and most charming boy around!

BioGaia® ProTectis® – Review

This review was written by Britt T., mother to a 9- month-old

Since starting solids at 6 months, my daughter’s poops have become more irregular and she’s had some constipation issues. I hate seeing her uncomfortable like that, so I was thrilled when I offered the opportunity to try BioGaia® ProTectis®. After looking at the ingredient list, I felt comfortable with trying BioGaia® ProTectis®. It is free of many common allergens, including dairy, gluten, and nuts, making it easier to pinpoint food reactions, as we are still introducing new foods.

Within a week of using the product, my daughter had noticeably less stomache distress. I’m happy to report that her poops are becoming more regular (I know, moms talk about poop a lot) and she has less constipation. I’m thrilled that something so simple can make such a huge difference.

I would recommend this product to any parent looking for a safe, quality probiotic. We plan to continue using this product daily to keep our daughter’s gut health optimal.

Here’s some extra information about the product:

BioGaia® ProTectis® is an evidence-based probiotic that’s been proven to soothe these common tummy issues in newborns and older children:

  • Infantile colic
  • Regurgitation
  • Occasional constipation
  • Infectious diarrhea

For colic and digestive health:

  • BioGaia ProTectis Drops help prevent & reduce crying episodes from colic
  • Diminishes the frequency of regurgitation
  • Eases occasional constipation
  • Helps prevent episodes of infectious diarrhea
  • Reduces the duration of infectious diarrhea
  • Improves and maintains digestive health

 

Pedalheads Bike Camp Review

We kicked off our first week of summer break with a week-long Pedalheads bike camp. With six instructional levels for children ages 3 – 12, I was able to register both my children, ages 4 and 7, in a bike camp at the same time and location in Edmonton. We opted for their half-day camp from 1 – 4 p.m. (as I was hopeful my kids would sleep in and their 9 a.m. camp would be too early for us – silly me).

So I dropped both kids off with a nut-free snack, water bottles, rain gear (yay Alberta weather), helmets, and bikes. From the email communication – camp reminders and helmet fitting guides – to their sign-in and sign-out sheets, it was clear that these camps were a well-oiled machine. When we arrived, we checked in at the main tent with their supervisor and were told which group each child was in. I led each of my kids to their designated group – marked by a numbered pylon, signed them in, and left for some sacred alone time.

My oldest was thrilled to be back at camp again. She came to Level 1 last summer never having ridden without training wheels and left 3 hours later whizzing around on two wheels. This year in Level 3, she honed her current skills, learned more about road safety, and practiced signaling (and more). She was eager for camp every day and wanted to keep biking after each afternoon finished. She’s been biking nonstop since.

My youngest, on the other hand, was more reluctant. He’s a strong-willed 4-year-old not easily swayed or tricked, but he was so proud of the biker he’d become after his Trikes ‘N’ Trainers Camp last year that he agreed to attend. When he arrived last year, he could barely pedal, couldn’t steer, and could only look at the ground. After five days of camp – each day of camp being only 90 minutes – he was riding like a champ. His eyes were always forward, he could actually pedal, and his steering game was masterful. This summer, he was registered in Level 1. Because the goal of Level 1 is to get kids riding without training wheels and because he was such a strong biker with his training wheels, they took his off on the first day. The poor kid was not prepared. He downright refused to get back on his bike and when I arrived he was happily putting sticks and grass into his group’s pylon. But with a little coaxing from me and major encouragement from his instructor, he gave two wheels a try and willingly participated for the rest of the week. Pedalheads has a great track record of getting most kids off of training wheels in just one week! How amazing is that?

If you’re looking for an active camp for one or all of your children ages 3 – 12, if you’d like your children to learn how to ride without training wheels, or learn how to safely ride on the road, I highly recommend Pedalheads. They offer half-day (3-hour), full-day (7-hour), before and after care, and private lessons. You can feel confident knowing that Pedalheads has been teaching kids to ride since 1995! They have small classes, which means your child will receive plenty of one-on-one time and personalized instruction. And their instructors are amazing! They are enthusiastic, kind, patient, and knowledgeable. They encourage every child to do his or her best and give additional supports when needed. Their lessons are age-appropriate, fun, and foster imagination. My son’s favourite activity last year was one that worked on developing his ability to steer – the instructors set up several small foldable pylons and kids were told to “squish the bugs”. The kids had a blast and my son learned how to steer! I love that each camp begins with a fun group warm-up, like tag. And each day they have an extra activity they get to do, like wash their bikes or decorate them. On the last day, every parent and caregiver is invited to arrive 20 minutes early for the bike parade – where each child has an opportunity to demonstrate what he has learned. All the kids cheer and beam with pride as they show off their new skills. It’s the sweetest thing.

Pedalheads offers their bike camps in Canada and the US. They have 16 locations in Edmonton, Calgary, and St. Albert. Visit their website to learn more and to register. We’ll be signing up again in August and every summer until they age out!

Best Gifts for New Moms in #YEG this Christmas and Year-Round

Most friends and family mean well. They are so excited about the birth of a baby that they buy the cutest outfits they can find and gift them to new moms. While these gifts are lovely gestures, what moms need most isn’t really stuff for baby, but services for themselves that will help make life just a little bit easier. So much attention is paid to the baby, we often forget to check in and see how mom is doing. Her life has changed suddenly and adjusting isn’t always easy, nor is asking for help. Here’s our list of Christmas and shower gifts perfect for the new or veteran Edmonton and area mom in your life:

  • A hot meal – either prepare, pick up, or order a hot, healthy meal to be delivered to the mom in your life  **make sure you’re aware of any dietary restrictions
  • A Simpy Supper Edmonton or Dinner Factory St. Albert gift card for her to make her own meals ahead of time or better yet, gather a few friends and family and do it for her  ** make sure you’re aware of any dietary restrictions

  • A night out with her partner (if she’s ready to leave baby) – comedy club, movies, that includes babysitting from you or a great local service
  • Babysitting – offer to watch her baby or children when she needs so she can get stuff done, have a night out, or spend a little time on self-care – if you’re unable, pay for a great local service like Birdie Break

What would you add to this list?

Happy shopping!

The Best Classes and Activities for Children 2 and under in YEG & St. Albert

Finding the perfect parented activity for your toddler is no easy feat. Unparented activities for children 3 and up seem to be in huge supply, but parented classes for children under 2 are a bit tougher to find. So, I’ve compiled a list of the best activities and classes for children 2 and under in Edmonton and St. Albert.

Art and Pottery

4Cats

4Cats Art Studios are a great place for birthday parties, family workshops, and their Kittens classes for children 2 – 4 years, accompanied by an adult. Locations: Fort Road and Summerside

Creation Space

This locally-owned art studio is located on Whyte Avenue in the Roots on Whyte building. This is the perfect place to get messy, explore, and create. Creation Space offers parented “Art Play” classes for children 16 months – 5 years. They also offer collaborate family workshops and Open Play on Thursday mornings.

Glazing Pot Studio

Glazing Pot Studio in St. Albert offers a variety of weekly and monthly themed pottery workshops for babies, tots, and preschoolers.

Preschool Painter with Glazing Pot Studio

Dance

Dance Theme

Dance Theme, located in Northeast Edmonton, offers programs for your tiny dancer, including Tiny Stars for babies 3 – 10 months and Baby Stars for 11 – 18 months and 18 months to 3 years.

Griesbach Dance Company

Griesbach Dance Company is located in North Edmonton and offers their Little Performers Ballet or Hip Hop Class for children as young as 2 years.

Intellidance

Intellidance was created right here in Edmonton and is now offered globally. They offer classes for several different age groupings including Intellidance Babies for 3 – 11 months, Intellidance Tykes for 12 – 23 months, and Intellidance Tots for 2 – 4 years. Find a class nearest you.

Intellidance!

Gymnastics

Capital City Gymnastics

Capital City Gymnastics is located in South Edmonton and offers Tumblebugs, a parented class for children 12 – 24 months, and Parent & Tot for children 2 – 3 years.

Dynamyx Gymnastics

Dynamyx Gymnastics is located in St. Albert and offers an Inchworms class for chidlren 12 – 24 months and Caterpillars class for children 2 – 3 years. We love Dynamyx!

Caterpillars with Dynamyx Gymnastics

Gymboree Play and Music

Gymboree is located in Southwest Edmonton and offers play and music classes for a variety of age groupings including 0 – 6 months, 6 – 10 months, 10 – 16 months, and 16 – 22 months, and 12 – 28  months.

Little Gym

Little Gym is located in Southwest Edmonton and offers a Perfect Start, a parented class for children 4 months – 3 years.

MyGym

MyGym is located in South Edmonton and offers a variety of classes for children as young as 6 months. The neat thing about MyGym is that they keep the age range of each class quite small, so your children will truly be with others their own age.

St. Albert Gymnastics Club

St. Albert Gymnastics club offers Caterpillars for children 18 months – 2 years and Butterflies for children 2 – 3 years.

Martial Arts

Hayabusa Training Centre

Hayabusa Training Centre in St. Albert offers a parented Little Ninjas class for children 2-4 years.

Tien Lung Taekwon-do

Tien Lung Taekwon-do on 124 Street offers Mini Dragons, a fun parented taekwon-do class for children 2 – 3 years, accompanied by an adult.

Mini Dragons with Tien Lung Taekwon-do

Music

Baby Steps Giant Leaps

Owned by one of favourite ladies, Angela Flatekval, Baby Steps Giant Leaps is located in North Edmonton and offers Kindermusik Music and Movement classes for all ages.

Dominelli School of Music

This locally-owned music studio offers Rock Your Socks Off, a music class for 1 – 2-year-olds focused on Rock N’ Roll! The program is offered at both their North Edmonton and St. Albert location.

Music Together of the Northern Lights

With classes in St. Albert and all over Edmonton, Music Together’s Mixed Age classes are fun for the whole family, especially when you have a toddler and a baby. We’ve personally attended three Music Together sessions over the years.

Visionary Centre for Performing Arts

With two locations, one in South Edmonton and one in St. Albert, Visionary Centre for Performing Arts offers both Kindermusik for babies and toddlers and Music Funtime for children 2 – 3 years.

Zumbini

Zumbini is a relatively new program to Edmonton, with several local instructors offering the program in Edmonton and area. The program is for 0 – 4 years and combines music, dance, and education.

Kindermusik with Baby Steps Giant Leaps

Sports

Little Kickers

Little Kickers is a soccer program for young children, but  and is quite new to Edmonton and area. Their Little Kicks class is for children 1. 5 – 2.5 years and is offered in many parts of Edmonton and St. Albert.

Sportball

We love Sportball! Sportball Edmonton (and area) offers their Multisport class for children 16 months to 2 years that explores eight different sports.

Sensory Play and Open Play

Norwood Child & Family Resource Centre

Norwood Child & Family Resource Centre is a Parent Link Centre with multiple sites in Edmonton that offer free registered and drop-in programs, including their popular Stay & Play Program and Art & Sensory Play Program (and much more)!

St. Albert Family Resource Centre

St. Albert Family Resource Centre offers affordable programs and workshops for all ages, everything from cooking and sensory play to art and music.

Yoga

Little Lotus

Little Lotus is located just south of Whyte Avenue and offers a variety of yoga classes for the whole family, including Family Yoga, Baby Yoga, Toddler Yoga, and Preschool Yoga.

Mommy Connections North Edmonton & St. Albert

Of course, we also offer awesome parented classes for children 2 and under. So, if you’re looking for a class for your busy, on-the-move baby or toddler that offers a variety of activities, like gymnastics, music, dance, and martial arts, and helps connect you to other moms, check out our Mini Movers Program for mobile babies 9 – 18 months (younger is okay too) and our Travelling Tots Program for toddlers 1.5 – 3 years. Learn more.

All photos above are from our past Mini Movers and Travelling Tots Programs! Ask us about them.

Volunteer Night at Basically Babies ~ Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Do you love giving back? Do you like great company and delicious food? Then, join us for an evening as we volunteer at Basically Babies, a local charity helping babies and their families in extreme need.

Our time together will be spent sorting donations of 0 – 24 month clothing and items. You’ll learn firsthand how Basically Babies operates and the important role your donations and volunteerism plays in the lives of local families in need.

When: Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Time: 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Where: Basically Babies Warehouse, 14839 118 Ave., Edmonton

If you have any items to donate, please bring them with you. And, bonus: all volunteers will be treated to an array of hot and cold food and beverages! Yummy!

This is a private volunteer night with Mommy Connections, so please confirm your attendance by emailing chelsey@mommyconnections.ca with your name and cell phone number.

If you are unable to volunteer with us, but would like to donate items, here is a list of accepted items:

Snowsuits:  sizes 0 – 24 months

Large Summer Hats: sizes 12 – 24 months

Shoes:  sizes 0 – 6

Slippers: 0 – 24 months

Mittens: 0 – 24 months

Tights: 0 – 24 months

Sleepers – 0 – 24 months

Large Undershirts: sizes 12-24 months

Toys: appropriate for newborn – 24 months

Stuffed Animals: up to 24″

Baby Books

Receiving Blankets

Towels

Donations can be dropped off at Basically Babies, Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Let’s StArt!: A Brand New Creative Arts Program for Babies in St. Albert!

There’s a new, one-of-a-kind program in town for babies and we think you’re going to love it! Hosted by the St. Albert Children’s Theatre, Let’s StArt! is a parent and me program designed for babies 0 – 12 months. Every 60-minute class will allow you and your baby to explore the arts through music, storytelling, dance, sensory play, puppetry, and more!

Taught by a local actor, theatre major, and mom, this class will feature a little bit of everything to help you foster your child’s imagination and creativity. Learn how play can support your baby’s cognitive development and take home useful tools to help you stay present and playful at home, despite the distractions of modern-day life. After each class, stick around for some open and honest talk with the rest of the parents on a different topic each week.

Learn more about their 5-week spring session on Tuesday afternoons starting April 17 at St. Albert Children’s Theatre: https://stalbert.ca/exp/sact/classes/lets-start/ 

Register online or over the phone at 780-459-1585.

Chaos to Calm: Could a Professional Organizer Help You?

I’m a busy mom. I’m also the kind of person who never says no to a plea for help or a favour for family or friend. I tend to take on way too much, overflowing my plate, as they say. I run a business from home and am also home full-time with my two spirited children. Sometimes it feels like there truly is not enough time in the day to accomplish everything on my to-do list – I know you know this feeling. And when my house is cluttered, my stress level is through the roof and I inevitably lose efficiency. I know it’s a matter of getting rid of the excess AND finding the right organizational systems. But . . . every time I try to make a dent in the clutter or reorganize, I get frustrated and give up, often relocating the excess stuff to a different place, and doing nothing to fix the problem. That is until right before Christmas, I learned about an Edmonton business that offers professional organization. I’d heard of people having house cleaners come to their homes regularly, but never an organizer. I was desperate intrigued, so I investigated!

I reached out to Shannon Belanger, owner of Simply SOS: Shannon’s Organizational Savants, a local mom-run business, and set up a FREE no-obligation consultation. Shannon came to my house (my kids adored her) and toured my home, listening to my thoughts on the problem areas in my home and what changes I would like to see. After the tour, she laid out her ideas to alleviate some of my kitchen clutter and the amount of time and price of her services. We then booked a date for the following week.

Shannon’s vision included creating a functional workspace for me that wasn’t the kitchen table (finally!!!) and creating an area with ample storage and space for my daughter to craft and create. Shannon worked with the furniture and storage we currently had and suggested purchasing a desk, chair, and two storage cabinets to bring it all together. Over the week, Shannon sent me furniture and storage ideas. Once I’d approved them, Shannon picked the pieces up from Ikea.

That weekend, Shannon arrived and got to work. She was clearly well-organized (no surprise!) and brought with her a slew of supplies to get the job done, including numerous storage bins of varying sizes. Once the furniture was assembled, together, we sorted through cabinets, recycling, shredding, and trashing what wasn’t needed. Having Shannon there was essential to this process. I often find myself holding onto things for inexplicable reasons. She helped me get rid of the truly unnecessary documents, like manuals and statements, which I’d been unable to do up until that point.

When it was all said and done, I had a beautiful workspace and my daughter had a designated crafting area.

Allowing a stranger into your home can be daunting. It’s easy for me to appear put together in public, but enter my house and you’ll realize I’m a hot mess. I set aside my reservations and took the plunge anyway; I wasn’t disappointed. The moment Shannon stepped into our home, I felt at ease. She connected with my kids and was anything but judgmental. It was evident that she loves helping people make their homes more functional. Shannon was clear that I only needed to show her the areas of my home I was comfortable with her seeing. Shannon is genuine and down-to-earth and she has a natural ability to see a space and all its potential. She can see past the clutter in an objective way and help you meet your goals and make your life that much simpler.

Shannon is a gem. My children immediately loved her. She took time to make them feel comfortable with her presence. And when she was labeling the craft stations, she included my daughter in the process, even letting her create labels with her name. The following week I grabbed the mail and noticed an envelope from Shannon; it was the receipts from the furniture she had purchased on my behalf and a lovely birthday card for my daughter’s 6th birthday. We only met twice in-person but she’d clearly made an impact on my family. My daughter still talks about Shannon, over a month later.

What I love about Shannon is that she’s flexible. When it comes to her services, you can pick and choose what you need. She charges clients hourly for any of the following services (and more):

  • furniture sourcing
  • furniture pick-up
  • furniture assembly
  • purging
  • organizing

Shannon showed me firsthand how to easily reorganize an area and deeply purge. She told me that many clients need a little push to get started and after her visit are inspired to continue purging and reorganizing. And wouldn’t you know? She was right! Since her visit, I’ve purged and reorganized my entire kitchen. Now and then, I reach out to Shannon for more furniture ideas and in the near future, I hope to have her in again for a few hours to give me a real direction for each room of my house. While I will happily pay her for those hours of consulting and furniture sourcing, Shannon’s expertise has elevated my confidence enough that I can confidently pick up, assemble, purge, and reorganize it all myself.

If you’re located in the Edmonton area and are feeling like I did, frustrated with the clutter and unsure where to start, give Shannon a call.  What have you got to lose, other than clutter?

Learn more about Simply SOS: Shannon’s Organizational Savants. 

~chelsey

In exchange for this post, I received products or services. As always, all opinions on this blog are my own. 

SkirtsAfire Festival 2018 + Promo Code

SkirtsAfire Festival

Making #yegherstory since 2012

SkirtsAfire is a diverse and daring multidisciplinary arts festival that has been giving women a voice and artists a platform since 2012. With International Women’s Day falling on the opening day of the festival, the theme for 2018 is International Women, which is apropos in the way that women are currently coming together in such a large way around the globe.

How To SkirtsAfire: A Guide to Your Weekend of Adventure

  • Schedules – Pick up a program and find out details for all the shows in the festival plus venue addresses and a schedule. Or grab a pocket guide with a schedule and venues that you can keep with you throughout the weekend. More digitally inclined? Use the interactive schedule on our website to get more info on all the events and artists in SkirtsAfire at skirtsafire.com/events/2018-03.
  • Not sure what to see? Start with the A-Line Variety Show which kicks off the festival on International Women’s Day, March 8. The A-Line Variety Show brings 14 different acts together in one fun filled evening, with everything from singer-songwriters to spoken word poets to cabaret acts to drumming to opera to dance to a ukulele band. It’s an explosion of unique acts that kick off our jam-packed festival weekend with a small taste of what’s to come.
  • Start with dinner: Friday and Saturday, you can begin your evening at 5:30pm at Otto Food and Drink. Enjoy a fabulous meal of locally sourced sausage, gourmet comfort foods, and craft beer while sitting at large community tables and taking in singer-songwriter Lindsey Walker. Then, drive a few minutes away or walk to the Nina Gallery on Friday to take in Words Unzipped, where eleven artists weave a story through spoken word, dance, and visual art. All your senses will come alive in this show that will move you to laughter, tears, and recognition. If it’s Saturday, then after dinner you can walk or drive to St. Faith’s Church (behind the Nina Gallery), where five choirs will send shivers down your spine and feature Maria Dunn in some of their songs accompanied by Shannon Johnson and Jeremiah McDade. The Women’s Choir Festival will be followed by a concert by the Maria Dunn Trio.
  • Workshops – Saturday morning, do yoga amongst the Visual Art Exhibit in the Nina Gallery with live cello music, then walk across the street for a lesson in bellydancing, and finish back across the street at the Carrot Community Coffeehouse for coffee, snacks, and three singer-songwriters sharing the intimate stage. Afterwards, you can see a play in the Cabaret Theatre called Silenced which explores anxiety and depression in a clown show that is both funny and heartbreaking.
  • Art and Literature – The Visual Art Exhibit in the Nina Gallery, The Wombs We Come From curated by Lana Whiskeyjack, is a visual reflection of diverse Edmonton women artists sharing their umbilical connections. One of those artists, MJ Belcourt Moses, will present her work in person as part of A Place for Prose in the Gallery on Saturday afternoon where prose writers will also read from their work and the audience participates in a Q&A after. Staged readings of new plays will also happen in the Nina Gallery on Saturday and Sunday in Peep Show! – pick a play, any play. You can also check out the six Skirt Design finalists that will be on display throughout the festival in the Cabaret Theatre.
  • Dance the night away – You’ve got a busy weekend with driving kids around, birthday parties, family events, swimming lessons, visiting grandparents, and catching up on house cleaning. You can’t get out till late at night. No problem – treat yourself to our Friday or Saturday Night Dance Parties which get going at 10:00pm after The Romeo Initiative in the Cabaret Theatre. On Friday, you can catch blues artist Kimberley MacGregor with her full band and on Saturday Night, you can sweat on the dance floor with Amy van Keeken’s Rock and Roll Sing a Long, an interactive cover band featuring hits from the 50s, 60s, Motown, the 70s, 80s, disco and classic country. Lyrics are projected onto a screen for maximum audience participation.
  • Between Shows – check out the film Sustainable Me in the front lounge of the Cabaret Theatre, watch for interpretive actors from 1918 working hard to get women the vote in Canada, warm up by our fire pit where you might catch a flamenco flash mob, and wander up and down Alberta Avenue to check out various coffee shops, bakeries, a Vietnamese eatery, and African grocery stores to name a few fabulous options.
  • Accessible – You’ll find free parking everywhere, you can walk between all the venues which are all wheelchair accessible, and from March 8-11 all events are by donation.

Tickets for our MainStage play, The Romeo Initiative by Trina Davies, which runs March 1-11, are available now at https://www.tixonthesquare.ca/performances/4732 and guess what! Mommy Connections’ readers get 10% off our Mimosa Matinee event on March 4 with the code: mommyconnections. Enjoy a croissant and champagne/OJ with your ticket purchase!

Can’t wait to see you there!

**photo credits: BB Collective

Holiday Events for Families in St. Albert

Get into the holiday spirit with these family and mom-only events happening in St. Albert, hosted by Mommy Connections North Edmonton & St. Albert! We have events for babies, toddlers, and older children. Moms, dads, grandparents, or any other caregiver are welcome to register for these events.

For the Family

Polar Bear Mugs + Hot Chocolate

Sculpt your own polar bear mugs, eat mini cupcakes, and sip on hot chocolate. Every adult and every child will create their own mug.  Ideal for children 4 and up.

When: Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Where: 4Cats Art Studio, St. Albert

Time: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $60 + GST*

Register here.

Santa Cookie Plates + Milk + Cookies

Get into the holiday spirit as you and your child paint a one-of-a-kind cookie plate for Santa. Choose from one of two designs: a reindeer footprint or a handprint Christmas tree. Milk and cookies will be served while you paint. This event is perfect for children of all ages, from babies to toddlers to preschoolers and older.

When: Saturday, December 2, 2017

Where: Glazing Pot Studio, St. Albert

Available Times:

12 p.m. – 1 p.m. 3 SPOTS 

1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.  2 SPOTS

Cost: $40 + GST ($42)

Reserve your spot here.

 

Christmas Art + Pizza Party

Grab your little one and join us for a fun morning of splatter painting, clay sculpting, and pizza eating! We’ll start with a Christmas-themed clay project then head to the splatter room for some awesome splatter painting with Christmas colours. We’ll end our party with a delicious lunch from Panago Pizza! This event is ideal for children 2 and up.

When: Friday, December 8, 2017

Where: 4Cats Art Studio, St. Albert

Time: 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Cost: $40 + GST ($42)

Reserve your spot here.

Intergenerational Cookie Decorating + Santa Visit

Join us in celebrating the holidays with the seniors of Chateau Mission Court! We’ll decorate gingerbread cookies with our grandparent friends and then enjoy a visit from Santa himself! Every child registered will decorate his or her own gingerbread cookie and will have the opportunity to sit on Santa’s lap. Grownups are welcome to snap a photo of their little ones with Santa.

This festive event will include Christmas carols and complimentary coffee and hot chocolate. Experience the intergenerational connections you and your child will make.

When: Friday, December 22, 2017

Where: Chateau Mission Court, St. Albert

Time: 10:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Cost: Free with a donation of one or more new or gently-used infant sleepers (any size 3 – 24 months) for Basically Babies

Reserve your spot now.

Just for Mom

Just for Mom Coffee Mug Decorating + Chocolate Tasting

Invest in a night just for you, an opportunity to relax amidst the busyness of the holidays and the stressors of mom life. Begin the night by personalizing two coffee mugs with your choice of sassy quote and colour. Then, indulge in a chocolate tasting session with local chocolatier Bakers Block Chocolates, where you’ll try a variety of delicious chocolate barks and truffles.

Wine or your drink of choice will be served while you mingle, taste, and create with the other awesome moms (or non-moms) in attendance.

When: Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Where: O’Mailles Irish Pub & Eatery, St. Albert

Time: 7 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.*

Cost: $50 + GST* ($52.50)

We’ll also have a special “just for mom” mini swag bag for each attendee.

Reserve your spot here.

Please email us if you have any questions.

What’s This Rodan + Fields I Keep Seeing Everywhere?

My husband and I were married in July of 2009. In the November that followed, my skin changed drastically for the worse. I was breaking out constantly. I tried absolutely everything from dermatological procedures and expensive skin care lines to organic toxin-free products and food cleanses. Nothing seemed to help and I was desperate. I was a high school teacher at the time and felt self-conscious on a daily basis. My skin troubles continued into my first pregnancy and then one day, my skin improved. It may have been the probiotic I switched to or the new skin regime I was trying (coconut oil as both cleanser and moisturizer and a homemade toner). I’m not sure why it happened, but I was relieved.

I continued using my “hippy” skincare for the next few years and was quite happy to be relatively acne-free, until I started noticing deep frown lines – thank you motherhood. I was lamenting my frown lines to a friend this summer and she suggested that perhaps my coconut oil concoctions didn’t have enough anti-aging properties for my 30-something skin. She suggested it might be worth looking into an actual skincare line. I thought about it and figured it was worth a shot.

I’d been seeing a lot of posts about Rodan + Fields and was considering that as an option. Then, one summer night, I met a good friend for a glass of wine and commented on how wonderful her skin looked. Her response was,” Rodan + Fields”. It was a sign from the universe. That night, I contacted lovely local mama, Adrienne Hall, who I’d connected with through my Travelling Tots Programs and who later became a facilitator for my programs. She’d never once approached me about the products, but I knew she was a Rodan + Fields Consultant. I told her what I wanted out of the skincare and she recommend Rodan + Fields Redefine Line.

The ordering process was simple. Adrienne took my order and it shipped directly to my house within a week. The products last 2 – 3 months. Within a month, I felt like my skin looked different. I don’t think the Redefine Line alone will eliminate my frown lines (if that’s even possible), so I will be looking into some of their other products. Below are my before and after photos, the first on August 2nd was before starting the regime and the second just over 3 months of Redefine use. I am not wearing makeup in either photo.

August 2, 2017                                            November 7, 2017

Rodan + Fields started out being sold in high-end stores like Bloomingdales but changed to a direct sales method to make it more accessible. What I love about the model is that consultants do not need to stock or store product. They make a commission off of the sale of products that they order online for their clients. All Rodan + Fields products are backed with a 60-day empty-bottle money-back guarantee! I like it!

Connect with Adrienne on her Facebook page or by email. All orders placed with her before December 1st will receive 10% off and free shipping. Woo hoo!

Head over to our Facebook page to enter to win a Rodan + Fields Anti-Age Multi-Function Eye Cream, valued at $71!

In exchange for this post, I received my first Redefine regime. All opinions are my own.