Montreal - MOMS & KIDS
March 4th, 2011
If your kids are taking an early liking to designer labels (they take after their mom, of course), then you’ll be as happy as we are that Stella McCartney’s childrenswear is now available online.
The mother of four has kept her staunch commitment to fair trade labour and eco fabrics for this collection, but it is of course a lot more playful than what she puts on the catwalk. Expect pretty prints, fun motifs, and very fashionable pieces for babies to pre-teens. The first of the spring/summer stock is available, and we loved the casual boy's checked waterproof parka (€85, pictured) and the precious three quarter sleeve bird print dress for girls (€80, pictured).
But let's hope they don't acquire your taste for shoes, too, or you may need a second mortgage.
February 25th, 2011
Kids would sooner get frostbite than wear mittens.
Before you start gooping gloves to your child’s wee hands, consider these cleverly designed mitts from Toronto-based mimiTENS.
Anna-Maria Montfort and Maria Dempster’s line of brightly coloured gloves feature Thinsulate lining, are made from bamboo and organic cotton fabric, and best of all, have extra long cuffs to help them stay on properly.
Just another mom-preneurial breakthrough that leaves us wondering, “Why didn’t we think of that?”
For Canadian stockists visit MimiTENS.
February 18th, 2011
Maternity wear wardrobe panics are a normal part of pregnancy, especially when a mother-to-be realizes she can’t fit into her normal clothes.
And while most of us are happy to spend money on trendy clothing that only lasts a season, it is somewhat harder to fork out for expensive maternity wear that can only be worn for a few months.
The solution? British retailer Asos.com boasts a huge selection of maternity wear, including evening, swim, and lingerie at very reasonable prices—and they ship to Canada. Our favourites are the layered sleeve shift dress (US$63, pictured), the longline Breton top (US$36), and the striped tankini (US$36.)
Finally, stylish maternity wear that won’t cost you their university education.
Tip: True to UK sizing, go up four sizes on everything (if you are a size six, you’ll be a UK size ten). www.asos.com
February 11th, 2011
Remember when Valentine's Day meant chocolates and cute cards, not baking 30 sugar cookies for a kindergarten class and ransacking your unmentionables for a pair of underwear without an elastic waist?
Bring back that loving feeling with the Colorblock Hearts Dome Ring by Marc Jacob ($90.90). Slip this playful dome ring on your finger when you want to show the world you've got plenty of heart—and fabulous taste.
February 4th, 2011
Between your diet and your wardrobe, the little pea in the pod is already running your life.
Enjoy your last days of freedom with the Babymoon Bliss Package at Pacific Sands Beach Resort in Tofino, B.C. Customized for future baby slaves, aka parents, the package includes a spa gift basket (use those locally made bath salts while you can), a box of homemade chocolates, unlimited DVD rentals and popcorn (having time to watch a whole movie will soon feel like a holiday) and of course the spectacular natural setting perfect for romantic walks, whale watching and sunsets.
Only another 18 years until you get this kind of peace and quiet.
Until April 30, 2011, from $254 pp/two nights, 800-565-2322, www.pacificsands.com
January 28th, 2011
There's no use crying over spilled cereal—unless it spills in your Prada.
Grab a pack of eco-friendly Wean Cubes ($25/4 pack) and you'll never have sweet pea puree at the bottom of your purse again. Designed for food storage, the containers are made of durable glass with an airtight silicone-sealed lid.
Safe and portable, these little wonders have measuring lines to monitor food intake, don't leach yucky toxins into food and can handle all the temps it takes to prepare baby food, from storing to freezing to serving.
Now if only there was a way to get spit up off your favourite Isabel Marant top.
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 14th, 2011
What's a Canadian mom without a great coat? Freezing, that's what.
But if you don't want to blow your budget on a coat you'll wear for one season, check out this unique M Coat from Haute Mama. Meant to be worn three ways, it's a maternity coat, a new mom coat with a baby carrier, and a OMG-I-fit-back-into-my-regular-clothes coat.
Now you're ready for anything! (Except maybe twins.)
From $385 at www.hautemama.ca
January 7th, 2011
She may be too young for the subtle messages of Albert Lamorisse’s The Red Balloon, but these helium sculptures (from $160) are bound to blow her away.
Unlike regular balloons, Clementine Henrion’s ‘helium eternal’ balloons will last forever and ever. The illusion is created with shiny fabrics and kapok stuffing. The balloons are soft like a pillow and can decorate a bed or a chair, or simply hang from the ceiling.
Just imagine, a party that never ends.
December 17th, 2010
One minute she’s pristine, and the next she’s covered in paint, porridge and marinara sauce.
Designed and made in Toronto, the adorable leggings, ($26) hoodies ($54) and tees ($30) at mini mioche’s first Canadian store tick every parent’s wishlist – local, organic, and as easy to wear as they are to wash.
Beyond the effortless duds are witty gift cards, natural crayons ($8) and warm bobble hats ($32) knitted by the designer’s mom.
Now, if only they designed for big girls, too.
mini mioche, 795 Queen St. W., Toronto; order online at www.minimioche.com