Calgary - MOMS & KIDS
February 11th, 2012
Get crafty with the little ones you love.
I love the oversized pink heart print ($50) (cleverly sized to fit a IKEA frame) at Banquet Atelier Workshop, but for bonding over glue with the kids, I take them to Vancouver's Collage Collage, where we'll make these adorable cupid's arrows together in their drop-in workshop today ($12). —Sarah Bancroft, editor in chief
There’s a limited number of crafts you can do with an eight-month old, so for Valentine’s Day, I made some foam cards and Viktor signed them with his handprint. Here’s how I made them. We are giving them to all of his girlfriends, who will probably just suck on them or tear them apart. —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg, fashion editor
Growing up, my mum always made Valentine’s Day a special occasion. For my own daughter I heart these retro placemats ($31.45) and polka-dot aprons ($21.76) from Pottery Barn Kids. They’re perfect for an afternoon of crafts and cookies. —Marianne Wisenthal, Toronto Contributor
On Valentine’s Day, I’ll make heart-shaped fried eggs for my husband and children and then we’ll spend the day walking through Toronto’s streets and parks (let’s hope it’s a blue sky day) until we get chilly and need to stop for a pizza. —Athena Tsavliris, Toronto editor
February 4th, 2012
Being scared of the dark is no longer an excuse for putting off bedtime.
Meet the Glo Nightlight, a bedside lamp with removable glowing balls that act as portable nightlights. The phosphorescent balls aren’t electronic and don’t get hot, so they are safe to snuggle with when the room goes dark.
The balls’ light will fade 30 minutes after they’ve been removed from the base, and you can select one tone, or have a rotating array of colours. We suggest you choose the colour that will best ward off any monsters lurking in the closet.
Boon Glo Nightlight, $84.99 from Saf & Benjamin, 1081 Marinaside Cres., Vancouver, 778-328-8194 and online at www.safandbenjamin.com —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
January 28th, 2012
If Suri Cruise taught us anything in 2011, it’s that stylish pre-school attire is just as important as learning to tie your shoes.
Inspired by shopping trips to Paris and, of course, les chic petits enfants, Canada’s Dote Baby was born, a brand-new online baby boutique for fashionable parents with a discerning eye.
The store’s extensive international brand selection (shipping to: everywhere) includes adorable, trendy pieces from Sweden’s Cheap Monday, Bébé by Australia’s Minihaha, as well as the must-have, celebrity-adored Minnetonka Moccasins.
For those who appreciate the finer things in life, for the little ones in your life, yourdoting hours are about to go into overdrive. —Caroline Gault
January 21st, 2012
If the kind of pee your princess is sleeping on is not the stuff of fairy tales, you need a mattress protector.
Now if our 2-year-old princess would actually sleep in her own bed, we’d be living happily ever after. —Sarah Bancroft
January 14th, 2012
Tired of the bright colours, weird characters, and hideous graphics on most children’s homewear? We are, and that’s why we love this wooden alphabet by Toronto-based husband-and-wife design duo Bookhou.
The A to Z birch wall hanging is in Courier New, which is the font they used for their logo. It wasn’t intended for children’s rooms, but has proven popular with some design-savvy parents.
So when our kids grow up and want Justin Bieber posters on their walls, we can move this piece in our home office. —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
Wood alphabet, $50 from Bookhou, www.bookhou.com
January 7th, 2012
Intimidated by cloth diapering? It is easier than you think (this Editor is fully committed to doing it part time!) Here are some of the myths dispelled.
Myth 1: All the parts are too complicated. If you buy an all-in-one cloth diaper, then there are no covers or inserts to deal with. On, off, and straight into the washing machine. Bamboo Baby All-in-One diaper, $21.50 from Hip Baby, www.hipbaby.com
Myth 2: One size fits all. Teeny newborns need a smaller diaper than bigger babies, so go for the wallet-friendly pre-folds, as you’ll only use them for a few months. Editor’s tip: the cotton inserts can be used as cleaning rags for the next 20 years. Bummis Organic Prefold 6 pack, $18 and Bummis Super Snap cover, $13.50 each, both from Hip Baby, www.hipbaby.com
Myth 3: They aren’t as absorbent as disposable. Oh Katy’s pocket diaper comes with two microfiber inserts, which you can double up at night. Plus, they can be worn as training pants during potty training. Definitely this editor’s favourite. Oh Katy pocket diaper, $21.95 each and 6 for the price of 5 from Sea to Sky Baby, www.seatoskybabies.vpweb.ca
Myth 4: It is messy. Bio liners mean there’s no scraping or mess, the liner goes straight into the toilet and your hands stay clean. Bio-soft liners, $6 from Sea to Sky Baby, www.seatoskybabies.vpweb.ca
December 31st, 2011
Not all young girls want to dress like princesses, rock stars, or look like they are going to a nightclub. So what do they wear?
That’s the question that prompted two Alberta-based moms to found Triple Flip, a company that makes fun, pretty active and casualwear for tween girls. The line, which recently opened a location in Park Royal, features clothing, outerwear, and accessories specifically designed for that age group (they measured 400 girls to figure out the best possible fit.) Our picks? The Valley T, $35-$39 (its SO Flashdance) and the Minky Lounge Pant, $39.
Of course we know what you are thinking, and the answer is yes, they go all the way up to a women’s size 8. —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
December 24th, 2011
A little variation on an old classic:
‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the condo
Not a creature was sleeping…so get to bed pronto!
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care
Ok, so it’s a gas fireplace, but the Whole Foods cookies were there.
The children were nestled in their Ikea bunk beds
While visions of iPhones danced in their heads
And Mamma in her La Perla and Pa in his Jockeys
Were “discussing” (again) appropriate times to watch hockey
When out on the sidewalk there arose such a clatter
I sprang from my Eames rocker to see what was the matter
Away to the window I flew like a flash
No shutters to open because we don’t have the cash
The moon on the breast of the new fallen snow
Gave the luster of midday to the objects below
When what to my wondering eyes should appear
But a Fiat 500 and 8 guys chugging beer.
Merry Christmas from everyone at Vitamin Daily!
December 17th, 2011
You can always count on the Swedes to come up with a product that is more functional and better looking than its predecessors.
Say goodbye to the nose aspirator and say hello to the Nose Frida. This highly effective snot sucker works by allowing you to suck it straight out of your little one’s nose. Don’t worry, the mucus won’t come anywhere near your mouth, but it will come shooting straight out of their blocked passages. Not the most fun of tools, but you won’t complain once you’ve seen how well it works.
And after all, we want our turkeys and our stockings to be stuffed, but certainly not our kids’ noses. —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
$22.99 at Whole Foods, 510 W. 8th Ave., Vancouver, www.wholefoods.com
December 10th, 2011
Festive fun for families in Seattle.
With free milk and cookies from room service, a Teddy Bear suite, gingerbread displays and glitter galore, your kids will be wide-eyed with wonder at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel. Snuggle them up in their miniature bathrobes while you slurp oysters sent up from Shuckers. Fairmont Olympic Hotel, 411 University St., Seattle, WA, 206-621-1700, www.fairmont.com
Escape for some adult time at the new RN74, named for the Route Nationale that runs through Burgundy. Choose a pinot noir off the wine list displayed on a French-style train board, and watch the selections flip and refresh throughout your meal. The service is extraordinary (as are the house-made doughnuts to cap off your night). Reserve. RN74, 1433 Fourth Ave. (at Pike St.), Seattle, WA, 206-456-7474, www.michaelmina.net
Take the monorail (half the fun) to the Space Needle whose observation deck currently features free photos with Santa in a spaceship and cosmic cookie decorating, plus priceless souvenir family photos like this one! www.spaceneedle.com
The Holiday Carousel at Westlake Park in the middle of downtown is a classic, while giant toy sculptures lit up along Waterfront Park will bring out the kid in everyone. www.downtownholidays.com —Sarah Bancroft