EVEN WITH AN ALLERGY, OUR KIDS LOVE EATING ALL KINDS OF FOODS!

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You really cannot ever be fully prepared for what comes along with motherhood.  When my first baby was born, we noticed that he was not a happy camper, and he was later diagnosed with a milk allergy.  If milk was in anything he ate or drank, he would have a reaction within the day, and it could take up to three days for the inflammation to subside.  Due to this, our entire eating habits changed. Over the years, our family has transitioned from no dairy, to vegetarian to plant-based. This was initially to help our son, and he soon was quickly able to recognize the foods he could or could not eat.  He knew to ask at parties if foods had dairy in them, and if he could not get a definite answer, he’d stay away.

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I knew this was something he got used to over the years, but it wasn’t until his 6th birthday party that dealing with allergies took a unique twist.  Our son wanted to invite a friend of his from school to his birthday party, however he had a very long list of severe allergies, so he was usually unable to eat at friends’ parties.  My son was set on us making him an allergy friendly party, right down to the cake so his little friend could partake in the entire party. So we did.

This meant a few things.  First off, we had to prepare our kitchen for the food.  Ensuring that there were no allergens and we did a thorough clean.  We checked all food labels, and even went further to make sure if there was an ingredient that we were not quite sure of, to look it up.  We have learned over the years that milk and milk derived ingredients can be hidden in unique names such as:

Casein & caseinates — ammonium caseinate, calcium caseinate, hydrolyzed casein, iron caseinate magnesium caseinate, potassium caseinate, sodium caseinate, zinc caseinate, Hydrolysates — casein hydrolysate, milk protein hydrolysate, protein hydrolysate, whey hydrolysate, whey protein hydrolysate … just to name a few.

 

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So after we did the “triple check” -- once at the store before buying it, once when you get home and put it away, and again before you serve or eat the product, we were off to the races.  We made some yummy treats that all of the children could enjoy, and a cake with non-dairy icing! Yum!

As a mom of a child with an allergy, I am constantly trying to learn new recipes to keep meal time fun. But what is equally important is to be aware of how to keep my kitchen safe for my son and his friends with food allergies.  Recently we had the chance to join expert home cook and allergy awareness advocate Thea Vanherwaarden and Team NASCAR driver/ Food Allergy Canada ambassador, and NASCAR driver Alex Tagliani to learn some new allergy- friendly recipes and tips, which as a fellow allergy advocate, I wanted to share with all our mom-tribe today.

 

Melissa’s favorite safety tips when dealing with a food allergy:

  1. Read food labels each and every time you buy something. Manufacturers can change their production process and alter their products at any time

  2. Cook meals that are free of the person’s allergens first, using separate cookware and serving utensils. Keep the food covered in a space where it will not be splashed or come into contact with other foods.

  3. Use two different cutting boards: one dedicated to allergy-safe meal preparation.

  4. Wash hands often with soap and water

*Note: Even with all your kitchen precautions, you may still come in contact with your allergen. Be sure to always be prepared by carrying an epinephrine auto-injector with you at all times.
Disclosure: Epinephrine auto-injectors are indicated for the emergency treatment of anaphylaxis. This product may not be right for you. Always read and follow the label.

 

RECIPES

Acai bowl

A refreshing addition to breakfast or any meal, easy and quick to make. The fresh fruit and seed toppings are simply gorgeous. Download this recipe!

Sushi

Inspired by west coast culinary fusion, this sushi calls for chicken instead of fish. Let your creativity loose for inspiring additional filling ideas. Download this recipe

Chicken tacos with mango salsa and chickpea avocado crema

These chicken tacos will have any guest asking for more. A pop of spice from the chicken is cooled down perfectly with a creamy chickpea and avocado crema. Serve with a side of tradition­al black beans and you have yourself a Mexican fiesta. Download this recipe!

 

If you know of a mom who has a little one with an allergy or you are a mama trying to cook for someone with an allergy, share this blog and head to foodallergycanada.ca/SummerofTAG for more allergy-friendly recipes and tips on how to stay safe in the kitchen.

 

This post is sponsored by Pfizer Canada. All views and opinions are my own.

How Hand-Me-Downy Clothing Swap Got Us the Most Value from Our Kids' Clothes

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If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that kids grow up way too fast and are constantly outgrowing their clothes. That’s why we decided to share our number one tip for getting the most value out of our kids’ clothes: we always add Downy Fabric Conditioner to the wash! With six kids between us, our families rely on hand me downs and are constantly cycling kids’ wardrobes between each other. Not only does it benefit our wallet – but the planet, too. Sustainability is important to both of us, and we are conscious of the actions we take and the impact they have on the planet.

Why? We couldn’t believe that North Americans send 10.5 million tonnes of textiles to the landfill every year. In Canada alone, if all clothing put into landfills was gathered together, it would fill the Rogers Centre three times. Scary! Giving and receiving hand-me-downs helps keep clothes out of landfills longer, and by doing so – you help the environment!

If your kids are as active as ours are, you’re probably doing a lot of laundry, too! When you wash with Tide and Downy together, you keep clothes looking newer 50% longer. This combo helps protect our kids’ clothing so they can be worn, re-worn and handed down and loved even longer and not worn out and thrown out too soon! We then can pass our favourite pieces down in our own families and friends, encouraging them to continue the hand-me-down tradition!

How does Downy work so well? It’s designed to protect clothes from stretching, fading and fuzz, helping keep our kids’ clothing in great shape for handing down to others

To make hand me downs more fun and engaging, we recommend throwing a party to swap clothes. We recently hosted our own Hand-Me-Downy Kids’ Clothing Swap Party, where each mom was invited to bring a bag of their used kids’ clothes. As a result, we each walked away with a season’s worth of new stuff, without spending a dime. It’s a fantastic idea that can save you time, money. You also feel good knowing that you are helping the environment and keeping clothes out of the landfills for as long as possible.

 

Interested in hosting your own Hand-Me-Downy Kids’ Clothing Swap Party? Simply visit http://handmedowny.ca for more information on Downy Fabric Conditioner and to receive a $2-off coupon so you can grab your own bottle. There are also some great tips for how to throw your own swap party. Because as moms, who wouldn’t like an excellent reason to have a girl’s get together!?

 

XO Vanessa+Melissa

#HandMeDowny #Ad

 

WHY I LET MY KIDS CHOOSE THEIR OWN CEREAL!

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Balance, Balance, Balance!  I think I've heard that word more in the past 8 years, since becoming a Mom than I have my whole life. BUT the truth is when it comes to parenthood, happiness and health, balance really is key. 

I spent the first 5 years of motherhood being stressed out about whether my kids ate enough. The best tips that I was given from a respected pediatrician was to look at the week, not the day. Let your kids have some control/choices, with the food they choose, but make sure they eat a "balanced" diet…There’s that word again!

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From that day on I let my kids choose the cereal they wanted. Don't get me wrong, we have a variety of choices in my home for breakfast foods, but the kids often choose a cereal that just tastes good to them. Introducing Malt-O-Meal Cookie Bites & Honey Graham Bliss. Let's just say my kids never go to school hungry, they taste amazing. Even Mama has a bowl here and there. 

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For me, the real benefit is that my kids go to school with full bellies, PLUS my son drinks every drop of milk in his cereal , and I always make sure they eat a healthy lunch, dinner, and snacks.

And let's be honest as a Mom, Malt-O-Meal cereal fit in my budget. They're an economical choice, and I love that there's way less packaging than most other cereals. 

Being a parent is all about making choices that work for your family. There's a lot of advice out there, “Do this”, “Don't do that”.  Honestly you know what's best for your kids. Follow your gut and just do you. You got this mama. 

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#Partner #Sponsored

XO Vanessa

This post is sponsored by Malt-O-Meal. All views expressed on this site, are our own, and do not represent the opinions of any entity whatsoever with which we have been, am now, or will be affiliated. 

HELLO SPRING! #ConestogaMall Twitter Party

#ConestogaMall Twitter Party RSVP

Are you ready for spring?! We sure are! BUT let's be honest, there's lots to chat about, before the the big day...LIKE what are we all going to be wearing this season? And a whole bunch of other fun stuff! 

You know how we love to chat, and how we LOVE to give you gifts. SO, make sure to join us & Conestoga Mall for the BEST way to celebrate spring! Lots of chatting & prizes!

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WHEN: Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

TIME: 8:00pm EST

HOSTS: @conestogamall @vanessaNmelissa

Prizing includes hundreds of dollars in Conestoga Mall Gift Cards and prizes from @HM, @QEHome and @ChattersHair @ConestogaMall

OFFICIAL HANDLE @ConestogaMall

OFFICIAL HASHTAG #ConestogaMall

RSVP

To be eligible for prizes, you must RSVP by filling out the linky below.

Want to be a model for a day with Smithery Style?

This is a different kind of boutique and a different kind of modeling gig! Smithery is an e-boutique on a mission to help every woman access that unstoppable feeling when she loves her outfit. Their goal is to democratize personal styling by helping women figure out their body shape (because only 1 in 10 women knows theirs!) and what to look for in their most flattering cuts. Every season they pick 5 real women models representing different body shapes...and this spring, we’re inviting you to nominate a woman who you think deserves a little TLC and would jump at the chance of being a model for a day!

 

The prize: Three lucky ladies will be joining Vanessa and Melissa in the Smithery studio for a very special experience! This includes:

  • Being featured on smitherystyle.com as a real woman model and highlighted on Vanessa & Melissa's social properties
  • A fun photoshoot with the other prize winners featuring Smithery’s new spring collection
  • A Style Session with a Stylesmith. Learn your body shape and the tips & tricks for your best looks. This is every stylist’s starting point and is - what makes shopping and outfit planning easier and more fun! 
  • Professional makeup
  • And you won't walk away empty-handed! Take home your favourite piece of clothing from the day

 

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How to nominate someone: 

There will be 3 winners in total!

1. Join us on the Vanessa & Melissa Live Drive: That way you’ll be sure to get a reminder the day the contest goes live!

2. Submit a nomination: Submit a short profile of the woman you would love to see win Model for a Day using the following link. Submit as many women as you like!  

3. Let the fun begin! Nominations will be reviewed and the first winner will be announced on Feb14th. The second and third winners announced on Feb 21st. 

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What else you need to know: 

  • The photoshoot is Mar 3rd in downtown Toronto so winners must be available to attend. No travel costs included. 
  • Contest open Feb 6, 2018 at 11:59am EST and closes Feb 19th, 2018 at 11:59am EST.
  • Nominators need to be following Vanessa and Melissa and Smithery's Facebook or Instagram accounts
  • The winning nominators will be notified via email and in turn, Vanessa and Melissa will contact the winning nominee who will have 72 hours to confirm participation. 
  • Open to Canadian residents only. No purchase necessary. 
  • All nominations are strictly confidential to Smithery and Vanessa & Melissa. 
  • No cash value alternative prizing. 
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Mom tips on how to make healthy and tasty choices for a first time foodie on the go!

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Disclosure: I have partnered with YMC and PC Organics Baby and have received compensation for this post. All opinions in the post are my own.

As a mom to 3 little vegan babies, and a Certified Plant-Based Holistic Nutritionist (CHN), when it comes to food for my littles I place a lot of focus around finding quality ingredients, but I also always want to make sure that meals that are still fun to eat!

A common question I get as a mom raising plant-based babies, is how do you make the food fun and tasty?  No, my kids do not live off of hemp seeds, raw veggies and smashed avocado (although they do love all those things!)  They probably eat quite similar to your little ones as well.

No matter your families dietary requirements, when starting your LO on solids you want to focus on high-quality food choices, but again you do not have to sacrifice nutrition for flavour or convenience.  So here are my tips on how to make healthy choices for a first time foodie on the go!

1. Chose foods that have their own packaging

These foods travel well, are quick to grab, and I have even been known to pull into a grocery store and grab an avocado if I forgot to pack food for my LO.  These items are perfect because they have their own packaging, so they can live in your purse without going bad for a couple of days.  Along with this, these are soft foods that are easy to smash or be handheld if you are doing 'baby led weaning'!

Some of my favourite options are:

  • avocados
  • bananas
  • peaches
  • kiwi

2. Use Home Made Squeezies

Make your own smoothies, or purees and bring them on the go.  This way you can ensure you, that baby is getting the foods you want, and in a pinch, you can even toss something as simple as applesauce in your own squeezie pack!

3. Pre-bake muffins or healthy green pancakes

This is a great option if you can do this before you head out the door.  I usually make a few batches of mini quinoa muffins or monster pancakes (I used spinach puree for the wicked green colour) and freeze them.  I then can pop out a few into a cloth travel bag for easy on the go meals for babe.

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4. Finger foods like PC® Organics™ Baby Foods

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I love bringing foods that are not only healthy and yummy for baby, but all moms know that things like rice cakes and cheerios are time passers for babies practicing picking up finger foods with their newly developed pincer grasp! A favourite in our home is actually some of the delicious and organic options you can find from PC® Organics™.  These finger goods are also quick and convenient for mom to pack and bring along! The best part is that the New PC® Organics™ products are packed with balanced nutrition and flavour for your self-feeding little one. Also, PC® Organics™ Baby Food is 100 percent certified to Canadian organic standards. It’s healthy, it’s tasty and it’s easy for busy, but health nut moms like me!

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Making introducing solids fun for baby - with Plant-Based Options! | #PlaytexMoms 

Recently, I’ve heard moms asking how they can switch out dairy and meat for more plant-based options when they are introducing foods to babe.  So  #ForBetterBeginnings around starting solids. I thought I would give 5 tips for making starting mealtime with baby easy, fun and also include some plant-based options!

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1. Have Fun!  Choose mealtime plates, bowls, and spoons that are colourful and fun!  Your little one will be so excited that they finally get to join the big people at meal time, this is the icing on the cake.  Make sure when you are selecting cutlery for first-time feeders to choose a spoon with a Soft tip, which is gentle on baby’s delicate gums and teeth.  All of my littles have just loved the Playtex® Infant Spoons, which also features a flat soft edge- that make it easy to wipe food off little mouths.

2. Try different textures.  When you are ready to feed baby more than one item at meal time, focus on different textures, and move away from only feeding purees.  This is key to do before your little one loses interest in learning to chew and swallow solid foods.  We like to use the Playtex® Mealtime Use 3 Ways Plate.  It keeps the different textures separate and transfers easily to a fridge if not all the food is finished.

3. Let your baby feed themselves. YES this will be messy, yes it will take longer, but it is so much fun, and SO cute to watch! Your little one is full of curiosity now, so let them explore what it feels like to hold the spoons, squish the foods in their hands or even rub it all over their face!  

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4. Get creative.  Protein and fat do not have to come from meat and dairy sources.  You can toss chia seeds or hemp seeds into your baby's food.  You can also sprinkle ground flax seeds into a bowl of smashed avocado.  Beans, lentils, and peas are other amazing sources of easily digestible protein.

5. Drink Water! Make sure to have your baby sipping water once solids are introduced.  This will help prevent constipation!  Malachi has loved the Playtex® Sipsters® Stage 1 Soft Spout Cup because he can use the handles to hold his sippy cup all by himself!  

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So those are my tips for introducing solids with plant-based options, share yours in the comments below!

xo

Melissa

Certified Holistic Health Coach- Plant Based Nutritionist

THE POWER OF HUGS

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Did you know that today is Global Hug Your Kid Day? I think we can all agree that giving and receiving hugs feels good, or even great! But aside from the warm feelings we get from hugs, there is also true scientific evidence that supports the amazing benefits of skin-to-skin hugs, especially with babies. Huggies has always believed in the power of skin-to-skin, and regularly educates parents around it’s incredible benefits. 
 

Firstly, if you’re a new parent, or parent to be, and are wondering, ‘what is skin-to-skin?’ It’s when you hold your baby in only a diaper against your bare chest. You can do this within minutes of birth, and continue for days, weeks and months after birth. We still love skin-to-skin cuddles with our babies. There are many proven health benefits to practicing skin-to-skin with your baby. For example; improved sleep, more stable heart rate, improved oxygen levels, and healthier brain development. How incredible is that? By holding your baby skin-to-skin, your baby benefits so greatly, and the boding is so beautiful.

We recently had the opportunity to attend one of Huggies fabulous  events, where they brought in experts from around the country to speak about the power of touch, skin-to-skin, and hugs. 

Sometimes, when we think of cuddling and hugs, we may only think of bedtime, nap time, or play time, when in fact there are so many wonderful moments throughout the day to continually hug our babies. 

Did you know that the average child has up to 5,000 diaper changes in their lifetime?! We knew it was a lot, but, wow! Skin-to-skin hugs are a great way to end each diaper change, giving you an additional 5,000 opportunities to hug your beautiful babies. Win, win!

To make diapering a smooth and safe experience for parents and babies, Huggies shared some really handy tips with us. Because let’s be honest, how many parents had really changed diapers before having kids. Maybe a few, but these points are a great reminder. 

  1. Have Your Supplies Nearby: We love creating several easy and accessible baby changing stations throughout the home, which includes our Huggies Little Snugglers Diapers, a change pad, Huggies Natural Care Wipes, and some diapering cream if needed. **And NEVER leave your baby unattended while diapering, not even for a minute. 
  2. Take A Closer Look: Diapering is a great opportunity to look closely at our babies to skin for any rashes, or bumps. 
  3. Prep Baby Comfortably: Using one hand gently around your baby’s ankles, lift baby’s bottom and wipe with Huggies Natural Care wipes. Even if it’s just a pee, you always want to keep baby’s skin clean. Wipe front to back, especially for girls. Use diaper cream if needed. 
  4. Apply Diaper: Again, using one hand gently around your babies ankles, lift baby’s bottom and place the diaper underneath. Huggies Little Snugglers Diapers are easy to use and every diaper has “front” and “back” written on them, for less confusion.  (Back of the diaper is the side with no decorations). Fasten the tabs to the decorated strip on the front of the diaper. 
  5. Final Check: Make sure your baby’s bum is fully covered for full protection and to avoid leaks. Also ensure the diaper is snug, but not pinching anywhere. The pocketed waistband helps keep in the mess of those poopie explosions. And lastly, make sure the diaper flaps are up and the ruffle is out to prevent leaks. 
  6. HUG YOUR BABY: Take this moment for some skin-to-skin, and enjoy the love. 
     

Like you, we love our children and want to give them the absolute best start in life. Knowing that the beautiful act of hugging, and skin-to-skin is so beneficial just makes us want to hug them that much more. So go HUG your babies, and please spread the word, today is Global Hug Your Kid Day, but let’s make sure to do it everyday! 

XO Vanessa+Melissa

#GlobalHugYourKidDay

#NobabyUnhugged #Huggies

Our Blue Mountain Getaway

You know when you just need to get away, and have some quality family time? Well, we had been feeling just that way for the past few weeks. Life gets so busy, and then you stop and think, when was the last time I really had fun with my kids, like really laughed, and played with them, and spent time outdoors? 

We just love a good getaway with the family. A time to have fun, unwind, and re-connect. So last week, we packed up our kiddos, and took them on a fun road trip to Blue Mountain Resort, in Collingwood Ontario, and stayed at the Westin Trillium Hotel, located in Blue Mountain Village.

We all had the best time! It was literally exactly what we had been craving. Family fun time! 

Curious to see all the fun we had?! Click below to see the highlights of our fun Blue Mountain getaway. 

MELISSA'S FAMILY GETAWAY:

VANESSA'S FAMILY GETAWAY:

There were so many highlights on this trip including; the Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster Ride, The stunning Westin Trillium Hotel with Pool and hot tubs, the Open air Gondola, The Climbing Walls, amazing restaurants, Croc-A-Doodle....but most of all, we loved our family time. 

Thank you BlueMountain Resort, the Blue Mountain Village and Westin Blue Moutain, for the perfect getaway. 

 

 

XO Vanessa+Melissa

5 Tips to Help Make Mornings a Little Smoother

Even if you’re the most organized parent #PlaytexMoms, the chaos around morning time with the littles can be a struggle, or if we’re being totally honest, a gong show, #ForBetterBeginnings. Firstly, the success of the morning routine depends on what happens the night before. Meaning, did we sleep? Was the baby crying? Who jumped in our bed mid-night? Did someone develop a fever? Or did someone pee the bed, maybe even in Mommy and Daddy’s bed for the win? Those are fun nights! Said no mom ever. 
 

As SAHWM’s with 6 kids, we know how hard it is to get everyone fed, dressed and ready for the day, PLUS dressing yourself and maybe trowing on some make-up. And let’s not forget the packed lunches, and moods we may encounter from our crew. 


So to make things easier, here are some of our tips to help make your mornings a little smoother: 

1. Have your kids outfits planned the night before. If your kids like choosing their own outfits, let them do it. 

2. Have the lunches in the fridge ready to go the night before, add sandwiches the morning of, so they still taste fresh. 

3. Try having quick, heathy breakfast foods ready in the fridge like; hard boiled eggs, overnight oats, saved pancakes to pop in the toaster, yogurt, cereal and fruit. 

4. Have your baby bottles ready to go in the fridge for morning time. Formula lasts up to 24 hours in the fridge. We always have our Playtex Nursers, or VentAire bottles ready to go for morning feed.

5. Have school bags ready to go by the front door, so they’re easily packed, and delegate this job to your kids. 

We just love this video from Playtex Baby, because it pretty much sums up our scrambled mornings, and probably yours! You can see more of these #Momtruth videos on the Playtex Baby Instagram page!

We hope these ideas help make your morning at least a little smoother, and remember when you’re in the midst of the morning craziness..we are right there with you! 
 

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XO Vanessa+Melissa #PlaytexMoms #ForBetterBegginings

 

 

 

INTERVIEW WITH MOMPRENEUR JANA WEBB FOUNDER OF JOGA & STAR OF OF REAL HOUSEWIVES OF TORONTO

How does Jana Web (owner of Joga Worl and star of #RealHousewivesofToronto on Slic make it all work? Just like all of us moms, she prioritizes, and her son comes first. 

"Every day I set my goals, and if I made it through the day.. it's like okay, phew..one day is over. Wake up, and let's do it again!” 

We love this mom on screen, and off! #TheRealDeal #RHOT

CANDID INTERVIEW WITH MARIPIER MORIN FROM HOCKEY WIVES

“No one's life is perfect, whether you're in the spotlight or not.  We all have our struggles ..and it's so important to talk to someone if you need to.. “ 

Maripier Morin (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC55eBFN1sYQdwln9c7bA1uQ) from the Hockey Wives shares how she deals with her struggles and her best tip for not letting the falsehood of social media destroy you~ 
Did you catch the first episode of Hockey Wives, season 3?!  You can watch more of MP -Wednesdays at 10 pm on the W Network

How To Deal With A Toddler Temper Tantrum #theMOMfiles

  Our #theMOMfiles is LIVE guys. We are talking #TemperTantrums
Click to watch full video---->> https://youtu.be/jvt6ABnA6CU
Definition of a temper tantrum: Ranging from whining and crying to screaming, kicking, hitting, and breath holding. They're equally common in boys and girls and usually happen between the ages of 1 to 3.... 
The million dollar question though is, how do YOU deal?

It’s Never Too Early to Start Reading to Baby

One of our most favourite things to do, is get cozy in bed with our littles for our bedtime stories. Since very early on, stories have been part of our bedtime routines with each of our babes. 
Firstly, we both love storytelling and reading to our kids, but we also know the importance of early literacy, and the benefits of starting to read books, and exposing books to kids at a very young age. Thankfully, Playtex Baby also supports and encourages early literacy, and they also know that we mamas need lots of books! Which is why we're so excited about this awesome #PlaytexReads promotion. They're all about supporting #ForBetterBeginnings

As #PlaytexMoms, we have a special offer just for you, from March 29th to April 26th when you buy any children’s book on amazon.ca you will receive $5.00 off select (some exclusions) Playtex Baby product. 

When you start reading to your babies early on, and books are an everyday activity, you’re fostering the love of books and reading. Although, story time is engrained in the bedtime routine, (like sometimes 6 stories or more!) LOL..It’s also a fantastic quiet time activity for any time of day. 
 

Creating a fun, comfortable and cozy reading environment, plus supplying new books on the regular, is a great way to encourage the interest of reading, and independent reading as your kids get older. Not only is reading fabulous at supporting early literacy, but books are an incredible way to help your child understand life and the world around them. There’s literally a book about every milestone out there, trust us, we’ve read them. If you haven’t potty trained yet, make sure to invest in some good potty training stories, they go along way.
 

After 8 years of bedtime story time, and beyond, we have a plethora of books we LOVE to read our kids. 

Here are some of our top picks, and our kids top picks:  

Goodnight Moon
Anything by: Robert Munsch..just anything! 
The Book With No Pictures - This one never gets old (Just ask our kids)
Anything Dr. Seuss
Have you Filled a Bucket Today?
Judy Moody - Hilarious, even for parents

All of these awesome books can be found at www.amazon.ca and we want you to check them out. So make sure to take advantage of that special offer from Playtex Baby.

And remember, it’s never too early to start reading to your baby. In fact, reading to your baby from birth is encourage. 
 

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We hope you’ll enjoy some of the books we’ve shared with you, as much as we do. 

Happy Reading!

XO Vanessa+Melissa

#PlaytexReads, #ForBetterBeginnings

Countdown to Hockey Wives Season 3!

We're just one day away from the season premiere of Hockey Wives Season 3! Airing on W Network, on Wednesday, April 19th @ 10PM ET/PT. Who else is excited?!

If you've watched Season 1 & 2, then you know why we love this show. These ladies are facing the everyday struggles of balancing family life, careers, as well as their own personal aspirations while trying to cope with being married to the hockey life. This season, there are new wives, plus we get to see what hockey wife life is abroad in Europe, Austria, Germany and Russia. 

Introducing the cast of Hockey Wives Season 3:
Maripier Morin and Emilie Blum Return, Joined By Catherine LaFlamme, Martine
Auclair Vlasic, Erica Lundmark and Vanessa Vandal

We're so happy that one of our favourite Hockey Wives is back for Season 3, Montreal’s Maripier Morin, also known as MP. We hear it's a dramatic season ahead for MP and fiancé Brandon Prust. The two were engaged last season, and we are dying to know if there will be a wedding this season?! Also returning from season one is Emilie Blum, who is also pregnant. 

We had the opportunity to sit down with MP today, and chat everything Hockey wives, PLUS we talked about her fabulous career, and how through all the challenges she's faced in the past year she is still on top, and more driven than ever. Stay tuned for our interview, we can't wait to share. 

Hockey Wives Season 3, premieres Wednesday, April 19th @ 10PM ET/PT on W Network. 

XO Vanessa+Melissa