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Why we started using Young Living essential oils as a family

“High quality essential oils are natural tools that families can use to keep their families healthy and happy. They are easy to use and are a natural complement to your healthy lifestyle.” ~ Lourdes Calderon, Young Living on the Danforth I recently posted on Instagram a number of tips for traveling with kids. One of…

Best of Mat Leave Map – 2018/19

Thank you to everyone who shared their favourite mat leave resources, businesses and people! It is very much appreciated! Without further adieu here are the top picks for this year: Family friendly restaurants Amsterdam Brewery Barrel House Lazy Daisy’s The Peacock Scaddabush United Dairy Bakery Via Mercanti Starving Artist Souk Tabule House on Parliament Hype…

Saving money as a family in Toronto

How the Family Discount card can help your family save Toronto is a pricey city to live in and when you have children it becomes even more expensive. Everything just seems to cost a lot of money when you want to do something as a family. To go to the ROM it costs us around…

5 baby-friendly museum options in Toronto

Did you know that most of the Toronto museums offer a baby-friendly event? Here’s 5 to check-out: Bata Shoe Museum – runs a guided stroller tour once a month. At the moment it is  at 11 a.m. the last Wednesday of the month. Art Gallery of Ontario – has a “Strolling the Galleries” tour once…

100 days of Toronto’s Mat Leave Map

100 days ago I took a chance on me and decided to launch Toronto’s Mat Leave Map. The website was something I’d thought up while on my first mat leave four years ago. Last October, I impulsively hired a web developer on Twitter in the U.K. I’m not sure I would recommend this or would…

Guide to post-natal workouts in Toronto

Looking for post-natal workouts in Toronto? Here’s a listing of all the different studios and instructors offering post-natal fitness classes. If you know of someone or a studio that has been missed, let me know! Danforth area: Bomb Fitness (*childminding available) CareerFitMom Pink Studio Downtown Toronto area: Tribe Fitness Eglinton West area: Harmony Fitness Forest…

My go-to postnatal workouts in Toronto

While there are many postnatal fitness offerings in Toronto, I wanted to share my faves this mat leave! Toronto Yoga Mamas is one of those studios that I would like to live in. It is just that beautiful. They offer a range of classes for pre and postnatal fitness. One of the classes I really…

My top five fall play ideas in Toronto

Fall can be a tricky time while you are on parental leave. Somedays are beautiful and perfect to be outside. While others are rainy and cold. So, here are my top indoor/outdoor fall play mat leave ideas: Ontario Science Centre  is a great place to walk about with a stroller. Their Kid Spark area is…

Looking for something different to do on mat leave?

Are you looking for something different to do while you are on mat leave in Toronto? Here are 5 ideas: Attend a taping of a Cityline show. Babies are welcome in the audience on Wednesdays! When I went I lucked out and got to take home a bunch of goodies as well as a $500…

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