May 11th, 2013
We secretly think there's only one thing moms want for Mother's Day - more hours in the day. And we would definitely spend part of that time reading these stellar Canadian parenting blogs.
With a tagline like “Not potty trained. Not trying” the Honest Toddler makes our kids look like angels. This Canadian toddler’s reflections on life makes us want to both laugh and cry. “Funny how after 10 p.m. asking for a sip of water is on the same level as attempted murder.” Indeed.
Sweet Potato Chronicles is a blog about family food, created by a pair of ex-FASHION magazine staffers, Ceri Marsh and Laura Keogh. Expect healthy recipes that are designed for modern families (read: quick and uncomplicated), information about food trends, and lots of cookbook giveaways.
Mama. Papa. Bubba: It’s a love/hate (OK, envy) thing with “Mama” Jen Kossowan because she seems to have a talent for preparing extraordinarily healthy, fun food and activities for her “bubba” Gracen. We still can't figure out how she manages to get that much kale into her daughter, but we're hooked on the great crafts and recipes.
Regressive Parenting describes itself as a blog about “Detachment parenting in an attachment age” and is one of the most honest parenting sites we’ve found to date. Penned by two mothers who share a love of wine, they remind us about the realities of having kids and dole out real advice like “Stay away from the Babycenter.com message boards.” Sadly, the blog is not updated regularly but you’ll find some gems on Twitter @RegressiveMama: Have you met kids? They are not for everyone.
The Thirties Grind: Melissa Carr is best known for her Absurd Vancouver Properties of the Week, but as a mom, she also covers a lot of parenting issues. Expect some debate in the comments section as she tackles issues like childhood allergies or childcare, and her The REAL Real Housewives of Vancouver profiles local women that bear little resemblance to the ones in the show (and have a lot less plastic surgery).
Reasons Mommy Drinks is recently back from a book writing hiatus (expect a launch this fall.) An exploration of the reasons why parents resort to alcohol, this blog not only provides hilarious articles lamenting things like the thousands of dollars we spend on baby carrying devices (carriers, strollers, and car seats) but also provides recipes for cocktails to get us through each day. And we smile at the reminders that all parents make mistakes: “The Park: she forgot to pack your hat, which according to The Unspoken Rules of Parenting is the equivalent of leaving you outside naked in a snowstorm."
Happy Mother's Day from the VitaminDaily.com team!
December 7th, 2012
We love the idea of having our kids make Christmas presents, but not everyone wants gifts covered in glue, glitter, and scribbles.
How about letting them design motifs and patterns on professionally-made notebooks, T-shirts and greeting cards? Vancouver company Kibooco has launched a holiday pop-up shop that allows just that (look for the full book creation site in the new year).
Choose your item, and then use the icons and mouse to decorate. The software is ridiculously easy to use - so easy that this parent couldn’t figure it out because she over thought everything. Of course the 3-year-old easily managed to design a pretty cool notebook covered in ice cream cones and excavators. Lots of excavators.
The best part? There’s no opportunity to spill glitter or eat glue. Just don’t let them wreck your computer. —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
Order your artwork before December 10 and get delivery before Christmas. Notebooks start at $16, t-shirts start at $32, www.kibooco.com
July 31st, 2012
We may not be in London to watch the Summer Olympics in person, but we're still going for the gold in team spirit.
Downtown Calgary has Olympics-addicts covered: from July 27 through August 12, join fellow cheerleaders at the Stephen Avenue Celebration spot for volleyball, swimming and high-drama competition.
Must-haves for outdoor viewing:
Snacks and drinks from nearby food trucks.
Go Team Canada! —Kait Kucy
Screen located on 300 W block of Stephen Avenue between 2nd St. SW and 3rd St. SW, Calgary, 403-215-1570.
July 10th, 2012
Downtown’s Devonian Gardens have finally re-opened after nearly three years of renovations and the welcome respite from downtown's hustle and bustle was worth the wait.
The spectacular indoor garden space is home to an abundance of beautiful plants only found in Calgary due to the indoor nature of the garden. The perfect place for a lunch break or a cheap date, entry to the garden is free for all. Encouraged as a community spot to relax and enjoy all year round, the re-opening marks the full completion of The CORE shopping centre.
Rumour has it that a well-loved local restauranteur will be opening up a new dining spot in the gardens, raising the bar above the typical food court fare nearby. —Kait Kucy
Devonian Gardens, 324 Eighth Ave. SW., Calgary, 403-268-3830, to book a private event visit www.calgary.ca/parks/devonian
June 22nd, 2011
We started off obsessed with Sassy and then grew up into Jane. But when irreverent editor, Jane Pratt, put away her red pen and razor-sharp wit, we had to be content with magazines that taught us how to toe the femininity line.
XOJane is Pratt’s new web magazine “where women go when they are being selfish, and where their selfishness is applauded.” With great advice on how to Do this Don’t, much needed makeunders and terrific tips for us techy types, we know where to go when we’re feeling more clever than Cosmo.
Now that’s sassy stuff. —JN
June 17th, 2011
Not everyone is a fan of games at a baby shower, but we need to keep the mom-to-be entertained while we drink all her champagne.
1. Match the celebrity and their baby. Print out lists of celebrities and their baby’s (ridiculous) names, ask the players to match each child with their parent. The one with the most correct matches wins. Do you know who Bear Blu, Moon Unit, and Princess Tiaamii’s parents are? The fun begins….
2. Decorate onesies while mom-to-be opens gifts. Unwrapping presents can take a long time, so provide a few sets of plain onesies and let the guests personalize an outfit for the baby. Non-toxic fabric paints and printed fabrics (for appliqués) make for some very memorable onesies.
3. Baby bingo. A great opportunity to hand out some fun little prizes, you could make your own bingo cards, or go the easy route and order these cute ones from Etsy. We love nail polishes or antique tea cups and saucers as prizes, and if many of the guests aren’t parents yet, baby making kits (sexy panties) are fun too.
March 10th, 2011
There’s no shortage of websites and blogs that peep into people’s purses, homes, beauty routines and of course, closets.
But perhaps the most personal of them all - save an underwear drawer blog that we’re sure exists somewhere - is FridgeWatcher.com.
Be warned, there are no pretty pictures of stacked Louboutins, hanging Pradas or collections of Chanel lipsticks, but what you will find is plenty of groceries, impeccably organized shelves and even a few messy drawers in refrigerators from around the world.
The best part of the site however, are the captions below the amateur photographs that detail what’s in the fridge, what are some of that owner’s staples, and what kind of crap we really eat.
And naturally, most of the European fridges put us to shame. —MG
January 21st, 2011
Inside time means quality time with your child and your iPad. Herewith, Canada’s media moms share their favourite kids’ apps.
Baby GO! (toddler) Free
Fabulous because it reinforces the letters along with the child’s keystrokes, and the girl's voice is adorable to boot.
Katherine Holland, VitaminDaily.com contributor and blogger at www.katherineholland.ca
Talking Carl (pre-schooler) $0.99
Fun little monster that repeats everything you say in a silly voice. Sort of like a real child!
Erika Pantages, VitaminDaily.com guest editor and blogger at www.thisishowistroll.blogspot.com
Pocket Pond and Cake Doodle (baby to adult/kindergarten) Free/$0.99
This realistic, serene koi pond lets you swish the water and make the fish change direction with a satisfying sound. Hours of zen. Got a little Cake Boss on your hands? With Cake Doodle, they can tip and shake the iPad to add ingredients, then mix, bake, ice, decorate and “eat” their cake creations.
Sarah Bancroft, VitaminDaily.com Editor-in-chief
Pocketphonics (pre-schooler) $1.99
I love this app because it helps children recognize letters and their sounds through repetition. It also tweaks their fine motor skills by having them trace letters. It involves three of their senses and thus reinforces learning. Just keep the volume down low because the mechanical voice makes you crazy.
Laura Keogh, co-founder of www.sweetpotatochronicles.com
Horse's Collection and Audubon Owls (pre-schooler to elementary) $1.99/$0.99
Budding equestrians will love identifying the different breeds of horses in this addictive memory game while little naturalists will be all over Audobon Owls, which is like an interactive field guide with pictures, fun facts and video.
Susie Wall, Vancouver reporter, eTalk.
Total Baby (moms) $4.99
A lot of moms I know rave about Total Baby. It keeps track of everything baby related (feeds, poops, naps, doctor appointments) so you can keep your head above water when you're too exhausted to remember your name.
Athena Tsavliris, VitaminDaily.com Toronto editor
January 11th, 2011
Forget the boys, we ladies have been known to turn a head or two when a stylish gal walks by.
Andrea Linett is no stranger to admiring sartorial style either. Along with her bestie, fashion illustrator Anne Johnston Albert, Linett, the former creative director of Lucky and eBay’s new fashion creative director, recently launched I Want to Be Her! The duo collaborated on Lucky’s, “Fashion Babble,” a monthly illustration of Linett, dressed in themed ensembles, and the new blog continues where the pair left off, but instead of dressing herself, Linett spies stylish ladies on the streets (like Soup Kiosk Girl on Mercer Street, pictured). Sometimes it’s a photo, other times it’s an illustration, but each post includes details on where to purchase similar looks.
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
December 15th, 2010
Sitting at the bar.
Must you hit on me, try a
It’s our new favourite Tumblr. When the stress of the holiday season overwhelms you, click to it for a chuckle. Or let it inspire you to write one of your own to recite to the cute guy in the next cubicle you’ve been crushing on all year. Here, we’ll help:
Hi there, nice stapler.
I am out of Post-it notes.
Kiss me on the lips.