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Nov. 24th, 2010



milk sharing

Hey, I don't know if you've seen this, but there's an initiative on Facebook for milk sharing called Eats on Feets. I'm really glad to hear about this since we don't have any breastmilk banks in Ontario or Quebec.


Nov. 10th, 2010



Children's Rainbow

So, there's this second hand kid's clothing store called l'Arc-en-ciel des Petits (57 St. Joseph, Hull) that I like to browse because it's close to my favourite bakery. They have good selection and prices. Today I scored some Baby Legs for 50 cents.

Anyway, they also had this HILARIOUS maternity top that made me wish I had a cellphone camera. It was a long sleeved shirt with a huge collar, made of this sheer polyester fabric with babies printed on it. Like actual photographs of babies. Aaaack!

Anyone want to share their favourite children's stores or worst maternity fashion crime?

Jul. 2nd, 2010



Toddler / small beds

I really love doing my pre-shopping online.  Are there any online places I could look for toddler beds (or just small beds that would do for a toddler to 10 year old) other than Ikea and Sears?

Otherwise, where in town to find some modern looking stuff?

Sep. 15th, 2009

black rainbow


Babysitter / Children's Entertainer available

I am not a mommy, but I was advised by asimplelife to post this here. Please let me know if this isn't appropriate.

I am a 22 year old woman who loves kids and has many years of babysitting experience.
check out my posters!Collapse ) X-posted to ottawaforsale

Apr. 18th, 2009

faux hawk


Mentoring boys

I got this email from the woman who organizes our local playgroup and I thought I would pass it on, verbatim:


On Wednesday May 13 from 7-9pm at the Albert St Education Centre on 440 Albert St there is a free seminar called Boy Smarts: Effective Strategies for Parenting Boys by Barry MacDonald. Seating will be on a first come, first serve basis. It's sponsored by the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board and more info can be found on their website www.ocdsb.ca.

Barry MacDonald has a book as well which will be available for purchasing and signing at the talk. His website is www.MentoringBoys.com . I was speaking to another mom who has read his book and is super impressed with what he has to say.


I haven't read the book or know anything about the author but I thought I would pass it on to those of you who may be interested.

Mar. 26th, 2009


Double Umbrella Stroller

Hello Gang:

Does anyone know where to get a well priced double umbrella stroller? I am going to start watching my neighbouts little one and I don't want to be trapped inside.

Mar. 16th, 2009



Free Programs and Activities

 I deleted my earlier post about this and am putting up this larger and more detailed one.  I'm still waiting on more suggestions to update this so feel free to speak up!

  • The Ottawa Public Library runs free programs (Babytime, Toddlertime, Storytime etc) at many (if not all) of the branches. You need to register but they are totally free and in my experience, really captivating. There is a mix of singing, reading, playing with musical instruments and interacting with puppets.
  • Charlemagne Preschool Resource Center in Orleans offers a free drop-in playgroup every morning from 9-11 am and Mondays and Wednesdays from 1-3pm There are lots of toys and activities. It's mostly free play and there is a break for 'circle time' which is similar to the Library's program. Then there's snack time (bring your own) and more play. There are also some birds to look at
  • La Coccinelle in Orleans offers a French language only playgroup on Friday mornings. I haven't been yet but plan to check it out so I can give more feedback at that time. They also host a variety of workshops.
  • Boomerang Kids runs Strollercise year round (except for in the suburbs for the winter). Details at their website
  • The animal barns at the Canadian Agriculture Museum are free from November 1st to February 28th

  • The Canadian Museum of Nature has free admission on Saturdays from 9am to 12 pm and free admission at all times for children 3 and under. In addition, you can go to the library and take out the ‘nature card’ which allows for free general admission for a family if you wish to go on a day other than Saturday
  • The Canadian War Museum offers free admission Thursdays from 4pm to 8pm, International Museum Day (Monday May 18th this year), Canada Day (July 1st) and Rememberance Day (November 11th). In addition, Canadian veterans and their guests (up to three) always get free admission as do members of the Canadian Forces (with ID)
  • The National Gallery of Canada offers free admission to the permanent collection Thursdays after 5pm and free admission to children 12 and under for all exhibits.
  • The Canada Science and Technology Museum offers free admission on International Museum Day ( Monday May 18th this year) and on Canada Day (July 1st) in addition to free admission for children under the age of 4.

  • Park-ticipate is a free program at public parks that runs weekdays and is for children aged 4 to 10. City recreation staff lead children in sport, crafts and games following the week’s theme. Info currently on the site is for summer 2008 so keep looking back for this summer’s update.
  • There are many wading pools across the city that are supervised and host daily activities and special events which includes a Water Play Program aimed at introducing swimming skills and water safety to children. They are free to use and a fun way to cool off in the summer. There’s one right by my work! They are not open all day long so check the site for locations and hours.

  • Katimavik Preschool Resource Centre offers drop ins every weekday for children 0 to 6 years of age and their parents and caregivers from Kanata, West Carleton, and Bells Corners
    • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday (caregivers only) and Friday: 9am-11am
    • Wednesday: 11am-12:30pm and 1pm-2:30pm
  • The Ottawa Catholic School Board has four locations for drop-ins.  They are open every weekday and as far as I know, there is no limit to how often you can attend per week. They are for children aged 0-6 and a ‘light nutritious snack’ is given.
    • Divine Infant - 8100 Jeanne D’Arc Blvd. Orleans 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 
    • Our Lady of Mount Carmel - 675 Gardenvale Rd. Ottawa  9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 
    • Prince of Peace - 1620 Heatherington Rd. Ottawa 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 
    • St. Elizabeth - 1366 Coldrey Ave. Ottawa  - 8:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. 

Jan. 19th, 2009


Off Season But

Has any one driven around Ottawa with a bike trailer??   I am thinking of getting one for the summer to save on gas and what not.

Are they hard to travel with?


Are the drivers are careful of them (until you get to the bike paths)?

Jan. 10th, 2009


Red Flag Deals

My husband and I have joined www.redflagdeals.com This is a forum with contests on it. What happens is if someone finds a FREE contest on the internet they post it and you enter the ones you want or whatever you have time for. Since Canada does not impose taxes on contest wins (like the US does) we are pretty much free to enter everything.

Matt started doing it at the end of August and we won just over $5000 worth of stuff in 2008. So far in 2009 we have won a Magical Disney Call (you set it up so a character calls and gives your kid a message Happy Birthday – Good Night or whatever) and a free toy at Toys R’ Us.

Sometimes we win big ticket items like our new top of the line lap top or we win silly things like a vintage Orange Crush T-shirt (I’m wearing that now…LOL).

If we want it we keep it, if we don’t we give it away or sell it. I know I have other stay at home mom’s on here so if you have the time to play with it you could with your family a new TV or a trip or something cool to give next xmass or wedding. Just thought I would share. It takes me maybe ½ to an hour a day. I do mostly the once, weekly and monthly. The daily contest could take you forever to do. And Matt likes to work on those during commercials in the evenings. Ha ha ha

HINT: If it is not posted with the link check the rules for who can enter. If it is once per person I enter both Matt and I now that I have taken over. But if it is once per household I clearly just do me so that we don’t get disqualified.

Nov. 1st, 2008

Rara in Costa Rica


Hyland's teething tabs

A friend of mine suggested I check out Hyland's teething tabs. Lily has been in so much pain lately and I am reluctant to continue dishing out the orajel and tempra. Unfortunately, I haven't had much success finding them in drugstores. Have any of you seen these in the city? I called the closest health food store and got no answer so I am hoping one of you has come across these in your travels.

Thanks so much!

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