Calgary - MOMS & KIDS
November 30th, 2013
We’re thinking if the kids are dressed in super cute pajamas, we might be that much more excited to wake up at the crack of dawn on Christmas morning.
This editor is kind of obsessed with Om Home’s Jasper pajama set in yellow. We love that it is not treated with any chemicals, they are a Toronto company, and you can hand these down to the next child regardless of gender. Sizes 6 months to 10 years, $39 at Om Home.
Danish brand Popupshop does a mini version of adult pajamas complete with button down front and piping. If Mom and Dad can find matching versions, the pictures will be too cute. Sizes 1 to 10 years, $78 from Sweet William.
Another great Vancouver brand, Parade makes super cute printed rompers and this owl motif is one of our favourites. They are made from organic cotton and wash very well (we know from experience) this is a great sleeper for the family member whose going to wake you up at 4 a.m., Christmas morning or not. Sizes 6 to 18 months, $28 at Parade. http://paradebaby.com
—Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
November 23rd, 2013
Mini Mioche's made-in-Canada and largely unisex line has long been our cure for cartoon clothing phobia.
And its collaboration with The Drake General Store and Shared History is an extra shot of cool (without trying to hard). We love the Eye Heart You eye print (how Kenzo!) and Good Luck horseshoe print (sure to inspire tantrum-free behaviour, right?).
Long sleeve dresses ($45), onsies ($34), Tees ($30) and snug pants ($29, pictured) in sizes 0-6 years will keep 'em covered head-to-toe in organic cotton pieces that stand up to wear and tear remarkably well.
Sorry Dora, this closet is full. —Maria Tallarico
November 16th, 2013
It's that time of year when summer swimsuits don't fit, but winter pool classes are in full swing. What's a doggie paddler to do?
NoZone swimwear, based in Victoria, BC, are a year-round lifesaver. With fast shipping and a fair selection of body suits and two-piece sets from 6 months to 12 years, they dry quickly and have high salt and chlorine resistence (and SPF 50, in case a family trip to Hawaii is in the works).Cannonballllllll.
From $34 for babies and from $45 for kids, www.nozoneclothing.com
November 9th, 2013
Whether it is playing, snuggling, reading, eating, or sometimes even napping, kids spend a lot of time on the floor.
So we are going to make our floors better looking and more fun with these Deuz Tapikid playmats. Featuring beautiful illustrations of a village, park, or city, the mats can be used with trains, animals, or doll houses. The only thing that is mandatory is imagination.
The mats are made in a fair trade factory in India with 100 per cent certified organic cotton and printed using non-toxic inks. Add to that the fact that they are machine washable, and we’ve realized they are both safer and cleaner than our kitchen floors. —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
Deuz Tapikid Playmats, $69.99 at Raspberry Kids, www.raspberrykids.com
November 2nd, 2013
Sure getting them down for a nap can be hard, but keeping them asleep in a house that people actually move around in? That sometimes seems impossible.
And no matter how gingerly we try to do it, closing doors seems to cause too much of a ruckus. That's why we're smitten with the ingenious Latchy Catchy, a handy device that slips over any door's latch, making for silent shutting. We love the multitude of patterns and colours (like the mint arrows for a gender-neutral nursery and the Dr. Seuss for older kids) that will discreetly blend in with any style of decor.
And while the kids are counting sheep, you can freely move between rooms. May we suggest the bedroom for an afternoon nap?
$10.67 on VitaminDaily's Etsy.ca page.
October 26th, 2013
Halloween is only five days away, the kids have no costumes, and the only thing left in the stores are those unoriginal one-piece outfits that have no character. So we searched the web to find some fun, cool, and original costumes we can make with a minimum of materials and time.
This has got to be the easiest, best Halloween costume we’ve seen in a while. All you need is pins, purple balloons, and a black outfit. Details at Costume Works.
Combine Halloween costume projects with grocery shopping: pick up a laundry basket and use an empty bottle of stain remover spray to fashion this clean little outfit. Scroll down to number 9 on Inventor Spot.
Overalls, spray paint, and white baseball caps make up the bulk of the supplies needed to dress your kid’s into Nintendo’s Mario and Luigi. You can also reminisce by telling them stories about back in the day when people actually played Super Mario Bros. version 1. From Maker Mama.
The cutest of our costume picks, this outfit can be put together with basic baby clothes and a pair of socks. If you are feeling brave, you can make a boombox, too, but we might just try and find an old radio to use an accessory. Find details at Homemade by Jill.
This might be the most complicated of our costume pics, but Martha Stewart always likes to make us work hard when we are crafting. This actually requires a glue gun and a few other supplies you might not be able to find at the local gas station, but we are pretty sure this can easily be thrown together in half a day. Instructions at Martha Stewart.
—Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
October 19th, 2013
The dreaded email from the classroom teacher; the creepy diagrams taped to the preschool door: yes, it's head lice season again!
And just in time for hat-swapping and costume-sharing, we've discovered a drugstore shampoo that could save us a whole lot of grief.
We knew the little critters don't like the smell of mint, but tea tree oil seems to be their real nemesis. We're lathering the whole family up with the new Tea Tree Shampoo ($5.99) from Rexall's just-launched house brand, Be.Better.
Why would any mom not try this? That's a real head scratcher. —Sarah Bancroft
$5.99, to find store locations across Canada visit www.rexall.ca
October 12th, 2013
Before the turkey sandwiches (and soup, and stew, and stock), there's Thanksgiving weekend. Herewith, a few recipes, craft ideas and general
Last year, Editor-in-chief Sarah Bancroft shared her family-friendly tips with Today's Parent, including inviting kids into the kitchen, creating a "kids only" space and how to plan easy activities (that'll keep 'em busy, of course). See more here.
Sarah's husband (and food stylist extraordinaire) Murray Bancroft shared his tips on how to cook a modern and delightful turkey dinner (an especially great read for those who don't love turkey). Get the recipe for his roasted turkey, spiced cranberry chutney and pear tarte tatin.
The bigger the bird, the more danger of dry meat. But that's what gravy is for! Back in 2011, Good Egg's Mike Bareket shared her Pan Gravy recipe, and it's been on our dining room tables ever since. Get it here.
Our Fashion Editor Alexandra Suhner Isenberg shares a recipe straight out of the Eighties (from Homemakers magazine, no less) - oyster stuffing, sure to become a new family favourite. Find it here.
October 5th, 2013
Whether you picked your favourite years ago, are bound by family tradition or have no clue where to start, naming your baby is one of parents’ earliest responsibilities and privileges. Common concerns range from vetting potential nicknames to predicting a name’s future along the trend curve. Here's a few of our favourite resources.
Crowdsource your shortlist in the forums at Nameberry, with its 50,000 strong database. Unique lists and advanced search functionality make it one of the leading sites of the bunch. http://nameberry.com/
The seven deadly trends at You Can’t Call it It are fairly prescient, like sin five, the “K Kraze”. Lots of interesting name lists at this site from “1950s Baby Names” to “Geek Chic.” Betty anyone? www.youcantcallitit.com
For $75, Swistle will provide a private name consultation over email. We have seen the content of one e-session and it was both thorough and thoughtful. A great option if you suspect your friends are growing bored of the name game. www.swistle.com/babynames
And of course it goes without saying that your baby, by any other name, will be as sweet.
September 28th, 2013
If you usually have a rapt audience while you whip up meals and snacks, turn those curious kids into kitchen helpers. Here's how:
Get them comfortable: Anything that has a blade or requires electricity may be a bit advanced for smaller kids, but you can get them comfortable with a mortar and pestle. They can crush spices and nuts, and they’ll love seeing the result of all their hard “work." $62 at Williams-Sonoma.
Let the Making Begin: There’s a reason ham-and-cheese is such a classic – it’s a comfort combination loved by eaters of any age. For a warm, gooey take on this family favourite, use Pillsbury Crescent Rolls and this simple 3-ingredient, 20 minute recipe for Ham and Cheese Crescent Roll-Ups at www.mypillsbury.com
Don’t skip dessert: Keep them motivated with the promise of chocolate (mixed with fruit of course). Chocolate dipped strawberries (if they are out of season, try bananas) don’t have to be fancy - or neat: melt down a bag of chocolate chips with a bit of shortening, wait for it to somewhat cool and let them go to town with fruit and even sprinkles. A word of warning: lay down some parchment paper or your kitchen will look like Willy Wonka’s factory. Martha Stewart does hers with crushed pistachios; the kids can shell and crush the nuts with the mortar and pestle. Find the recipe here.