Lost My Name Book Review

Story time is a big part of our daily routine in our home. Luna’s books sit on the mantle right above our bed, so she can grab them at her leisure. Luna loves books, some morning she wakes up saying “UCHOS IBROS, BOOKS” (which means lots of books), while stretching her arms above her head and pointing to her book collection. I am always on the look out for good books to add to Luna’s growing collection. So, when the team at Lost My Name reached out, I was ecstatic!La Nina Que Perdio Su Nombre -The Girl Who Lost Her Name

Lost My Name, is a personalized children’s book about a young girl/boy who has lost her name and bravely goes out into the world in search of it. During her adventure meets some marvelous (and maybe majestic) animals and angels that help her find her (or his) name.

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I was impressed at how easy and straight – forward it was to order Lost My Name on their website. We Simply input Luna’s name, picked a language (Spanish), wrote a sweet dedication and even got to preview the whole book online too. Can you believe that?

The quality of the Lost My Name personalized book is really nice, the pages are thick and the story line and illustrations are beautiful. I really like the mystical vibe of the book, it really lets your (and your little one’s) imagination free.

5ReasonsToBuyLostMyNamePersonalizedBook-LibroPersonalizadoBelow, are 5 reasons why you should order a personalized book for your little one:

  1. Personalized: Enter the name of child.
  2. Language: Choose 1 of 10 languages.
  3. Dedication: Write a special message for the little one.
  4. Preview: Look/read through the complete book. Note, if you click on the icon, and it says “change,” you can change the animal. For Luna’s we had the option of changing the A from angel to aguila (eagle).
  5. Free World Wide Shipping: You read that right, free WORLD WIDE shipping. You don’t have to worry about adding x amount to the cost of the book.

We hope to add more personalized books to Little Moon’s collection.

Do your children have any personalized books in their collection?

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Vancouver International Children’s Festival

The Vancouver International Children’s  Festival, located on Vancouver’s famous Granville Island “inspires and motivates young minds with professional artistic experiences that transforms a child’s understanding of the world around them and what is creatively possible.” It’s a place where you are encouraged to explore and express your creativity and imagination. This year the Vancouver International Children’s Festival runs from May 30 to June 5.

I have many great memories of attending the Vancouver International Children’s Festival when I was growing up. My first experience was during elementary school, and I remember how much fun we’d have taking the bus down to the festival, and once we got to the festival grounds, it felt like a whole new world, where we were allowed to run around and explore all of the amazing shows, performances and activities.  I also loved that my mom would join my class on the field trip.

In high-school, we looked forward to the Vancouver International Children’s Festival because it was a sign that school was almost out for the summer, and we could volunteer at the event and still get to experience being a kid!

When I was a nanny, it was one of my favourite activities to take the kids too, and this year Gabriel and I are going to take our little moon to the Vancouver International Children’s Festival– on Granville Island for the first time; to start our own family tradition.

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The Vancouver International Children’s Festival aims to be a highly anticipated festival that is recognized internationally for creating a unique and diverse celebration of the arts for children and grown ups to enjoy together.

Every year, the Vancouver International Children’s Festival hosts an array of  extraordinary quality of diverse programming and performers. This year, featured performers include:

  • Asoma
  • Splash’n Boots
  • Pekka
  • Snowflake
  • Michael Kusugak- Inuit Tales
  • Extra-Celeste
  • Project Soul
  • Circus Incongnitus
  • H’Soa
  • The Box Brothers
  • Annual Variety Show

As a family, we will be checking out Asoma, a show from Mexico!

Asoma is a  joyous, playful and stimulating experience for the youngest of audiences, Asoma is a rare opportunity for your baby to experience live theatre created just for them! Using the language of music and movement, this intimate performance is designed to capture the imagination and curiosity of babies. The actors and unravelling yarn become the ever-changing and captivating shapes, sounds, movements and possibilities of the performance.  As the suspense builds, fascinated babies want to know what will happen next. Share a special moment with your little one in a colourful world filled with play, exploration, and discovery.

We may also check out Pekka- the tiny turtle with BIG courage who embarks on an adventure to find Miss Moon and bring her back home. (Shows in English, Spanish or French). Ages 2 to 7.

The Activities Village is also something you can’t miss! From toddlers to tweens, kids of all ages can get creative or just have some fun in the activity village. From learning how to juggle, to making origami, to trying to paddle a canoe with the False Creek Racing Canoe Club.

There really is a little bit of everything at the Vancouver International Children’s Festival (May 30- June 5), the whole class or family will definitely have an unforgettable day with so much to see and do! Watch the video below, to see what the Vancouver International Children’s Festival is all about!


Our friends from Vancouver International Children’s Festival have been kind enough to giveaway four tickets to the Pekka performance (in Spanish) on Saturday, June 4, 3pm. You can also purchase tickets online at http://www.childrensfestival.ca/tickets/ or in person.
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Let’s Explore Together with WESTCOAST Sightseeing Hop-On, Hop-Off, Vancouver Aquarium’s Discover Rays and BC Sports Hall of Fame

There is so much to see and do in Vancouver, that sometimes it can be a little overwhelming especially if your a tourist with a limited amount of time. But, WESTCOAST Sightseeing’s Hop-On, Hop-Off sightseeing pass is a fun and flexible way to see the best of Vancouver. Last week, I was able to be a tourist in my own city and experience WESTCOAST Sightseeing’s Hop-On, Hop-Off (HOHO) summer route.

I want to mention that WESTCOAST Sightseeing is Vancouver’s only company with convertible, clear-top bus covers for stunning views rain or shine; which is perfect for our Vancouver weather, you never know when it’ll start or stop raining, hahaha.

Hop-On, Hop-Off bus picked us at Canada Place, located in the heart of Vancouver’s downtown harbour front.  Upon “hopping-on” the WESTCOAST Sightseeing HOHO bus we were warmly greeted by Jackie and her team. We went through Coal Harbour/West End and headed to the Vancouver Aquarium, located in beautiful Stanley Park.

infront of WESTCOAST sightseeing's Hop-On, Hop-Off bus in Stanley Park

Arriving at the Vancouver Aquarium we were warmly greeted by Alexis who kindly escorted us to The Café, where we were served an ocean-wise lunch. I chose the Fish and Chips because come on, what better place to have fish and chips than the aquarium, right!? Hehehe. Anyways, the fish and chips were DELICIOUS; the fish was moist and the right amount of flaky and that tartar sauce was BOMB.

My attention was quickly grabbed by the fact…

that 95 percent of the dishes and utensils used to serve food at The Café are fully biodegradable and compostable. This includes: plates; bowls made from sugar cane; cutlery; cold drink cups; salad containers made from corn; and coffee cups and napkins made from paper. All new products used at The Café must be both compostable and made from renewable resources.

How AMAZING is that? I wish more establishments would follow the Vancouver Aquarium’s lead!

After lunch, we headed into Discover Rays, the Vancouver Aquarium’s newest exhibit where you get to roll up your sleeves, and have a hands-on (literally) encounter at the Discover Rays touch pool. I’m going to admit that I was feeling a bit nervous about touching stingrays. I thought, “Aren’t these fish dangerous? Didn’t the Crocodile Hunter die from getting stung by a stingray?” But then I came to my senses and realized that OBVIOUSLY the Vancouver Aquarium wouldn’t put “dangerous” stingrays in a tank to be touched by human, they wouldn’t risk injuring animals or humans!”

The lady leading the exhibit told the crowd that the new 50,000L Discover Rays touch pool is home to both cownose and southern stingrays. Not only will you be able to get up-close and personal with the rays, you’ll learn all about their slimy armours, their amazing sixth sense, and why stingrays have big mommas. You’ll also find out how overfishing and other human activities are threatening rays.

So after a couple of minutes, I gently stuck my hand in the water and waited for a stingray to swim right under. Stingrays feel slimy, I would describe the feeling as a wet gummy bear.

discover rays at the vancouver aquariumAfter departing the Vancouver Aquarium, we enjoyed the scenery from our seats, which included the seawall, beaches, mountains,and so much more. There are as many as 7 stops in Stanley Park, voted the best urban park in the world! For me, Stanley Park is a MUST SEE for ANYONE visiting Vancouver.

Leaving Stanley Park, we gazed at English Bay, Sunset Beach and eventually headed down Davie Street, where you can fund some really great restaurants and some LGBT pride, one of Vancouver’s liveliest neighbourhoods. From here the WESTCOAST Sightseeing HOHO bus headed towards the BC Sports Hall of Fame, driving thru Yaletown, another trendy neighbourhood located in Downtown Vancouver.

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At the BC Sports Hall of Fame we were greeted my the team and they had a lovely array of wine and cheese. We were able to relive and rejoice the amazing experience that was the 2010 Winter Olympics, which Vancouver hosted. The 2010 Olympic Gallery is full of awesome memorabilia from the 2010 Winter Olympics. We learned about many important athletes that were born in BC who did amazing things for not only their sport, but science as well, like Terry Fox and Rick Hansen.  I think the Aboriginal Sport Gallery is one of my favourite galleries inside the BC Sports Hall of Fame. We were also able to get a behind the scenes tour of BC PLACE, home of the Vancouver Whitecaps (MLS) and BC Lions (CFL) and host to many concerts and conventions. Our behind the scenes tour included a walk onto the field and getting a sneak peak into the BC Lions dressing room.

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The BC Sports Hall of Fame and behind the scenes tour of BC Place concluded our experience with WESTCOAST Sightseeing’s Hop-On, Hop-Off and I couldn’t believe we were able to see and do so much in 5 hours! The HOHO drove down to Gastown and back to Canada Place, where we all said our hasta luegos and muchas gracias for a wonderful day.

Whether you’re a local or tourist, exploring Vancouver with WESTCOAST Sightseeing is a lot of fun. You get to experience Vancouver in a unique way by choosing from over 20 stops to create your own adventure. The summer schedule runs ever 15-20 minutes, so you can spend as little or as much time as you like at each stop! The WESTCOAST Sightseeing buses are equipped with world-class commentary in English, French, Spanish, German, Japanese, Korean, and Mandarin.

Our friends at the Vancouver Aquarium would like to giveaway 2 passes to a lucky NOTM reader! Follow instruction below.
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Coca-Cola helping Hispanic families plan, prepare and pay for college.

I was compensated for this post, but all opinions are my own.

 

I don’t know if things have changed in the school system now a days, but when I was in high school, nobody really talked about how expensive attending college or university was. And worst of all, we weren’t given any (or much) information about how to manage finances.

I just remember that when I was in my senior year, my parents told me that I HAD to attend university, but that they weren’t going to pay for it. And don’t get me wrong, I am not complaining. I never expected my parents to pay for my post secondary education because financially they  just couldn’t afford it. I know that if they could have afforded it, they would have.

So, I found myself applying to any and all scholarships that were applicable to me. Scholarships helped  me out during my first semester of college. I was able to pay for classes and even cover the cost of a couple of text books. My advice to students in high school is to keep their grades good, volunteer in their community, join sports teams and be a positive role model in their school and community. And to the students in their last year of high school is to apply to EVERY scholarship available to them. Even if you get one scholarship, it can help cover the cost of text books, a class or even semester, depending on how much the scholarship is worth.

Also, don’t only rely on your  high school (or college/university) for scholarships. Look into your community district, your local polititcal party may even have a scholarship (mine did!), your varsity team, the company your parents work for? Even big companies are supporting education by providing scholarships!

Coca-Cola for example, understands the value Hispanic families place in education and is proud to continue its long-standing partnership of 35-years with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, the nation’s largest not-for-profit organization supporting Hispanic American higher education.

As part of the Coca-Cola – HSF For The Dream National Scholarship Program, this year Coca-Cola is donating $150,000 to HSF to be awarded via scholarships to qualifying students who apply from January 1 to March 30, 2016 at www.Coke.com/ForTheDream, to help Hispanic families plan, prepare and pay for college.

Below you will find “Coca-Cola’s Roadmap to Your Teen’s College Acceptance”, a detailed infographic to help parents understand key steps in supporting their children through the college application process.

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What are some of the challenges you faced while applying/during college?

 

Please, make sure to pass along the Coca-Cola and HSF scholarship info before March 30, 2016 at www.Coke.com/ForTheDream, to help Hispanic families plan, prepare and pay for college. 

 

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10 Reasons You’ll LOVE the Vancity Subscription Box

Nowadays it seems like there is a subscription box for just about everyone. There are ones that are for shoes, jewelry, lingerie and so much more. Subscription boxes don’t only cater to women, there are ones for men, kids and even pets. I had always heard of the BIG subscription boxes that offer shoes, purses and other factory made good, so I was never really interested in trying out a subscription box. That is until recently when I discovered Vancity Box, a local company that carefully curates locally-made products. Vancity Box is a monthly subscription box that includes 5-8 locally-made (Vancouver) artisan products with a value of up to $80 retail value.  A great variety of Vancouver made products are offered in the Vancity Box from soaps, snacks, drinks, handmade and much more.

I was immediately intrigued because this was a way to discover and support local artists/companies from our City. I knew I was bound to see some of my favourite Vancouver brands and discover some great new ones.

ninaonthemoon-vancitysubscriptionbox-10reasonsyoulovevancityI couldn’t wait to receive my first Vancity Box which was for the month of November. Below are the 5 Vancouver made products that I received in the November Vancity Box.

Here & Now Botanicals- Vancouver based luxury aromatherapy company. Inspired by nature and sustainability in small batches. The Sweet Sassafran spray is used to relax the mind and uplift the spirit. Mist on and around body for a much needed pick me up.

I like to mist the Sweet Sassafran spray on after a shower/bath and on my pillow case before bed. I find the scent very relaxing.

We’ve used Here & Now Botanicals before, well Gabriel uses their Beard Oil. We discovered Here & Now Botanicals at The East Side Flea at UBC last year.

Dilettante & Debutantes- Crafted from signature blend of rich butters and therapeautic oils, Dillettante & Debutantes Vanilla Lavender Sugar Scrub gently polish your skin to perfection, revealing your healthy, glowing skin. Leaving a delicate scent behind.ninaonthemoon-10reasonstolovelocalmadevancityboxsubscription

Hooked on Crochet- The mug hug was handcrafted just for me by Amanda from Hooked on Crochet. Easily slips onto my favourite tumbler or personalizes a plain cup. I like to keep my Hooked on Crochet mug hug in my purse so I can slip it onto my coffee cup from the cafe. Love my personalized N which I thought was for November, but then I thought NINA, duh! Or was it just a coincidence, hahaha.

Vancouver Candle Co.- These candles are all the rave in Vancouver  as they smell great, look pretty, are handmade in the heart of Vancouver and each candle in the collection is named and inspired by neighbourhoods within the City. Vancouver Candle Co. pays homage to the traditional craft of candle making using simple local ingredients- soy wax, fragrance oils, 100% cotton wicks- to create a clean burning and long-lasting candle with a rich fragrance that gently fills the room.

I LOVE the concept of the Vancity Box because every box features products from a local companies. Vancity Box provides an easy way to discover locally-made artisan-crafted products and by subscribing I am supporting small businesses. Check out my 10 reasons why you’ll also LOVE the Vancity Box below.

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  1. SURPRISE! Who doesn’t like receiving a monthly surprise like this? I love not knowing what’s inside the box and look forward to it every month.
  2. Quality. So far, all of the products curated by Vancity Box have been great quality.
  3. Price. $50 a month.
  4. New products to try every month.
  5. Every box features a new product from a local company.
  6. You don’t have to leave your house! It gets delivered right to your door.
  7. Each box has up to $80 retail value.
  8. Support local companies by subscribing.
  9. Artisan-crafted products.
  10. Cancel anytime or skip a month, no hassle, no obligations.

Vancity Box makes a great treat (for yourself) or gift too. Would you like to receive your City in a Box? Stop by the Vancity Box page for more deets.

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5 Reasons to print a canvas photo with CanvasPop

I received a free canvas photo print from CanvasPop. The opinions expressed here are my own.

When I was approached by CanvasPop and offered a free  canvas photo print to see for myself the amazing quality and product provided by CanvasPop I couldn’t say NO! I immediately knew I had the perfect high resolution photo to convert into a high quality canvas photo print.

The process of ordering a canvas photo print is very quick and easy due to the fact that you get your own personal designer to give you advice and help get your order perfect. The CanvasPop designer asks you questions you may not have even thought of, like, if you have any preferences for the wrapped sides of the canvas? CanvasPop can do it in either black or white, a custom colour of your choice, or could do a photo wrapped edge where we use the outer edges of your image for the wrapped sides. There is also the option of doing a mirror wrapped edge if you want the look of the photo wrapped edge without losing the outer edges of the image to the wrapped sides. And you just let your CanvasPop designer know what you prefer and they’ll set it all up for you.

After sending over my high resolution photo and my preference for the wrapped sides of the canvas to my CanvasPop designer, he  set the order up for me, and emailed me a digital proof  for a review and approval. I really appreciate receiving a digital proof because this way, if when you see the proof you want to change anything on it, or change the picture, you can just let your designer know and they will adjust it for you. CanvasPop will not send anything into production until you approve the design. CanvasPop is not only known for their high quality canvas photo prints, but their amazing customer service. CanvasPop goes above and beyond to make sure that their customers enjoy the CanvasPop experience.5ReasonsToPrintaCanvasPhotowithCanvasPop-Review-NinaontheMoon-VancouverMomBlog
Once I approved the design, the order was sent into production, and CanvasPop had the print delivered to me within 10 business days. I was sent a tracking code via email, which allowed me to track my package.
My personal CanvasPop designer informed me to let him know what I think when I received the print, and to not hesitate to let him know if there’s anything wrong with the print. All of CanvasPop prints are covered by their 100% satisfaction guarantee, so if there’s anything wrong, they will fix it.
I was ecstatic when my CanvasPop canvas photo print arrived. It was everything I had hoped for. The image is vibrant and the overall quality is incredible. The thick canvas, perfectly folded corners and a sticker that is signed by the designer who handcrafted it to boot. The CanvasPop print comes ready to hang. I couldn’t wait to hang our family photo in our bedroom. It is the perfect addition to Lunita’s little gallery wall, that has different kind of prints and art that represent us as a family.Ninaonthemoon-CanvasPopReview-5reasonstoprintcanvaswithcanvaspop-vancouvermomblog
Below are the top 5 reasons to order a canvas print or framed photo from CanvasPop:
  1. Highest quality canvas photo prints- CanvasPop canvas prints and framed prints are made with only the highest quality materials in the industry. They don’t cut corners on quality.
  2. Lifetime guarantee- This means either you love it or we’ll fix it or we’ll refund you. No small type, no excuses – just a promise that means you will love your canvas print — guaranteed.
  3. Picture perfect-  The CanvasPop process ensures that you get perfect results optimized for any sized canvas, every time. CanvasPop skilled designers will expertly adjust contrast, saturation, resolution, sharpness… and more. They’ll even remove red-eye all at no extra cost.
  4. Free digital proof- Love may be blind, but if you want to see your canvas print before its made ask for a digital proof — it’s free!
  5. Handcrafted- Their canvas prints are handmade by real people. That means real eyes inspecting your image and real hands framing it with care.

CanvasPop is also obsessed with mobile photography, that’s why they developed special techniques to print iPhone photos and any other mobile photography beautifully! They also allow you to print Instagram photos directly from Instagram.

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Bright Starts “League of Little Laughers” Play Date!

I received free products in order to host the Bright Starts sponsored Play Date. The opinions expressed here are my own.

Play dates keep me sane. Fa’real. I look forward to play dates because it gives me a little bit of “breathing room” and I usually get to sit down for a couple of minutes, sip on some HOT tea and catch up with my mama friends, while our little ones play. That’s why I was stoked when I was asked to host a Bright Starts “League of Little Laughers” Play Date.

Bright Starts products are infused with the perfect combination of clever and engaging features, designed to spark smiles and laughter in your growing baby or toddler. A bonus for parents: exceptional value and affordability.

The toys that we received for the Bright Starts “League of Little Laughers” Play Date were:

  1. Bright Starts Learn & Giggle Activity Station
  2. Roll & Glow Monkey
  3. Spin & Giggle Puppy
  4. Bunch of Balls

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We had a couple little friends over who range in ages and stages- the youngest being 12 months, and a couple of 20 and 21 month old toddlers. It was interesting to see what attracted each child to a toy. For example, some of the kids were drawn to the music of one toy, the colours of another or the bright monkey that was rolling and glowing all over the place.

The kids took to the Bright Start Learn & Giggle Activity Station right away. With more than 65 sounds, melodies, lights and phrases there is something for every age and stage. The very engaging Learn & Giggle Activity Station is a window full of activities for baby to explore and learn! Our little crawler friend loved to sit and play, while Little Moon choose to stand and play. Luna was really into the pressing down on the kitty’s paw as it revealed an exciting light display in the playful fish bowl. There are many buttons to press to hear phrases, shapes, colours, letters, numbers, object identification and cause and effect, which is great for any stage and age. Luna is into repeating everything so she enjoyed repeating the colours, letters, number and shapes. Little crawler was into spinning the sun, that lights up!

The Bright Starts Roll & Glow Monkey was also hit. The toddlers loved pressing down on the monkey’s hat so that the light-up wheels and music would start, and the monkey would roll away. We played “catch” with the Roll & Glow Monkey. I would push the button on the monkey’s head and once it started rolling, the kids would chase after and try to catch it. The Roll & Glow Monkey is also great for playing pass between to kids, just have them sit across from one another! Fun was had my all with the Roll & Glow, it got baby and toddlers moving and laughing!

Another fun chasing activity was encouraged by the Bright Starts Spin & Giggle Puppy. First, the kids can place the balls in the puppy’s bowl, then have one child press the light up buttons on paws or press down on the inside of the bowl to get puppy wobbling. The bowl wobbles and spins balls around until the balls spill out, encouraging baby to chase the balls and repeat all over again.

And last but not least, the Bunch of Balls. Little Moon is totally obsessed with balls right now, so she just loved turning the container the Bright Starts Bunch of Balls upside down and seeing the balls bounce and roll all over the place. After doing that a couple times, she started to throw the balls into a laundry basket and shoe box. The Bright Starts Bunch of Balls are great for organizing games like pass or putting them into a sensory table.

After a couple of hours, our Bright Starts League of Little Laughers Play Date had come to an end. The toys were enjoyed by all, and some even found some new homes. There is nothing quite like seeing your little kid laugh their head off while having fun with the friends. And us mama bears were also happy to not only engage and play with our children, but also to be able to sit back and catch’up with one another. Oh, and I’m specifically impressed at how much fun Little Moon was having that I got to use the washroom ALONE! Hahaha, If I get to go pee alone during a play date, it’s a SUCCESS, LOL.

Bright Starts toys provide entertainment, fun and learning all on their own. But you can also create and organize your own games too. Bright Start toys are thoughtfully designed to delight the senses. You can head over here to check out more of the Bright Starts toys.

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5 Reasons Why You Have To Attend MommyCon

When you become a parent, you become part of a whole new world. You are introduced to things you’ve never dreamed of…or things you have, hahaha. Being a parent is a whole different ball game; you are constantly learning and being questioned by yourself, spouse, parents/inlaws..even kid(s). But, one of the dope things about being a parent is that THERE ARE NO RULES, THERE IS NO RIGHT OR WRONG WAY..

There is acceptance. You accept you might have done something one way, and your partner another. You may accept and recognize the differences. It is important to accept the differences in parenting between parents, families, friends and even strangers because that’s what makes a community stronger. That’s the beauty of parenting.

So when I realized that MommyCon was coming up to the West Coast, to Seattle specifically, I just about lost my mind…in a good way. Hahaha. I was overjoyed that FINALLY I was going to be able to join this boutique style convention dedicated to bringing modern parents and mothers-to-be together.

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MommyCon focuses on natural and organic parenting methods and timeless tidbits as we journey through parenthood together. MommyCon’s seminars and workshops include; babywearing, birth, breastfeeding, cloth diapering, car seat safety, natural health and medicine, baby gear, childproofing and so much more!

Gabriel and I have been fans of MommyCon since welcoming our Little Moon last year. You don’t realize how many new communities you become a part of when you become a parent. Like, the cloth diapering community or the baby-wearing community for example. You see another mom wearing her baby and you can’t help but smile, and if she’s wearing a Tula, you shout TULA IN THE WILD, and hope she replies with a CAW and doesn’t just stare at you like “you’re a weirdo”…hahahah I am neither going to confirm or deny that this has happened to me 😛

Anyways, MommyCon will make their Seattle debut this fall at the Motif Hotel in downtown Seattle. The event will take place on November 21, 2015. Below, I’ve listed  my TOP 5 Reasons Why YOU HAVE TO ATTEND MommyCon.

Speakers: At MommyCon Seattle there is no shortage of amazing speakers from every realm of the natural and organic parenting world. I am a huge fan of Cotton Babies, so I am VERY EXCITED to  join CEO and Founder of Cotton Babies (BumGenius + Flip) Jenn Labit as she shares the story of her company and an introduction to cloth diapering. The Leaky Boob and The Baby GUY NYC are also amongst the roster of amazing speakers at MommyCon.

Educational: The fourteen seminars and workshops offered at MommyCon Seattle are very informative and educational. They range from cloth diapering 101, breastfeeding, babywearing, car seat safety, wrapping, potty training and even SEX AFTER BABIES. MommyCon has identified each session as either: The First Year, The Second Year, Toddlers and Beyond, Designed for Mom, and Great for Dad.

You can even book a sleep consultation.

Family Orientated: MommyCon plans around the growing family and offers a changing room, plush feeding area and even a play area. There is even a Babywearing Lounge which boasts a selection of woven wraps to soft structured carriers and everything in between. Master babywearing educators  will guide you through proper baby carrier usage, and assist you in finding a carrier (or carriers) that are right for you and your family.

I am personally excited to check out the Babywearing Lounge to try some woven wraps and even Lunita can try on the ErgoBaby Doll Carrier in the lounge! I know she’ll love that since she is always wearing her stuffies and dolls.

Yes, I will be taking Lunita to MommyCon Seattle; children are welcome. There is a play zone to boot. Gabriel is coming too!

Shopping: MommyCon Seattle will have over 35 exhibitors in attendance in addition to their signature event elements.

Donations: MommyCon has teamed up with Share the Love for cloth diaper donations and The Carrying On Project for baby carrier donations. Both of these organizations take new and used items to give to families in need. Share the Love provides cloth diapers to families who could not otherwise afford them, and the Carrying On Project provides baby carriers to military families.

At MommyCon you will meet other like-minded parents and probably make new friends too! I am looking forward to finally meeting a couple of instagram friends IRL at MommyCon. So, I guess I actually have 6 reasons why I’m attending MommyCon, and you should too! Make sure to check the 2016 calendar here.

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Speaking your language: multicultural maternity care in Vancouver

I was compensated for this post, but all opinions are my own.

We found out we were pregnant during a checkup at our family doctor, and a couple days later decided that the best option for us was to continue care with a midwife. Living in a City, like Vancouver while pregnant has many amazing perks, like finding mulitcultural maternity care, relatively easy access to family doctors and many high quality options for care.

We are so fortunate to have options so readily available for our care, unlike many other countries in the world. I have friends and family who have had children in 2 different countries and often hear of the many differences between the two. For example, in Honduras where my parents are from, women who are labouring in public hospitals are often attended by an intern doctor doing their first year of public service.

In public hospitals in Honduras, women labour together in one room on a hard table, often with little or no privacy. You aren’t allowed to have any family or friend with you, not even one. And on-on-one nursing care is not available.  Just typing that out scared me, I couldn’t imagine birthing in that situation. Every woman should have the right to pre/post natal care and a safe birthing experience.

Unlike some parts of the world, in BC family doctors regularly care for pregnant women and deliver babies. About a third of the births in Vancouver are attended by family doctors and even more in rural areas of the province. In many parts of the world, pregnancy doctors work exclusively out of hospital clinics. The majority of Vancouver family doctors see patients in their own private offices.

In Canada, most women will meet with their care provider 12 to 15 times during their pregnancy. This will give you plenty of time to ask questions and receive the best care possible for you and your baby. Sometimes, as soon as I would step out of the office, I would remember a question that I forget to ask. So, I’d jot it down in my note pad for the next visit.

Vancouver is a multicultural city, and our care providers are no exception. Did you know that the directory on pregnancyvancouver.ca includes doctors that speak Spanish, Japanese and French amongst other languages? If you feel more comfortable/adequately communicating in another language (other than English), you may benefit from seeing a family doctor who has experience helping pregnant patients from other cultures.

Having a care provider that spoke both English and Spanish was amazing for not only Gabriel and I, but also my Mom who was very present during my labouring. They understood our culture, which made things a lot easier. Also, it was pretty awesome for Gabriel to address any questions or concerns in Spanish, as he feel more comfortable expressing himself in it. And sometimes, I couldn’t find the right word in Spanish, and would use English..and our care providers understood perfectly!

Having a care provider who speaks the same language(s) as you will help address any questions specific to your own family, culture and traditions. Also, to learn about and access other parts of the health care system.

Pregnancyvancouver.ca also has a list of prenatal classes that are available in many languages other than English, including Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese, and Iranian/Persian.

You can find a family doctor for your pregnancy and beyond at Pregnancy Vancouver.
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10 Reasons Why You Need to Buy Jady Babys Soft Soled Boots For Your Little One

Jady Babys are a soft soled boot designed and finely crafted with your child’s foot growth and development in mind. Jady Babys are breathable and lightweight, allowing your babys foot to continue developing. Jady Babys soft soled boots are flexible, non-slip and don’t need breaking in. If you’re on the hunt for your babys first shoe, or a new pair for your toddler/child, then this post is for you! Below are my top 10 reasons why you’ll LOVE Jady Baby soft soled boots.  

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Highly recommended by Pediatricians

Soft soles are highly recommended by Pediatricians when choosing foot wear for your child. The soft soles allow your little ones foot to move, flex and grow freely without restrictions. The feel of the earth below your little ones toes will create a more confident walker causing less tumbles and better posture. The square toe box found on your Jady Babys allows your little ones toes to spread naturally without deforming to the shape of a shoe. 

Perfect for any age

From newborn to toddler, to child, teen, even adults. Yes, Jady Babys are sometime offered in adult sizes. Can we say Mommy & Me boots? Luna received her first pair of  Jady Baby soft soled boots at 12 months. She was mobile, just crawling around and starting to show interest in walking. It was nice knowing that her shoes weren’t going to fall off while she crawled around.

As she started trying to walk on her a couple of months later, I noticed that some of her shoes would be to bulky and actually cause her to trip and fall. Or, she would were her warm wool booties and she would slip and fall because they didn’t have any grip or non-slip soles.

So, I would put on her Jady Babys and they were MUCH better! I felt a little more reassured knowing that she wasn’t going to trip (over herself) or slip and fall because of her shoes. She wore her Jady Babys day in and day out everyday while she mastered her walking! And still loves wearing them till this day (we got a new pair, woohoo).

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Durability

You can count on your pair of Jady Babys to last a lifetime, or almost. I’ve heard many stories of one pair going through 3-4 kids and still holding up  in great shape. That’s pretty amazing, right? I believe it, Luna wore her for months on end and I’ve just recently washed them and they came out looking NEW, so I’ve stored them away for the next one. 

Jady Babys are probably one of the best investments if you’re planning on having more kids.

Easy on easy off

Probably the easiest shoes to put on and take off a newborn-toddler. I love that as hard as Lunita may try to take them off, they just don’t budge. Oh, and it really helps not having to worry that Jady Babys will fall off while Lunita is in her carrier.

Guaranteed to stay on!

Valid for 2 weeks  after arrival on original boots only. If they don’t stay on, you should  contact Jady Baby immediately, and they will send you a new pair. I have never heard of such a thing like this before, it’s a great guarantee.DSC_0373

Easy to clean

After walking around in shoes for a while, they get dirty, obviously! Especially after playing at the park, or playing in the dirt. I personally love Jady Babys soft soled boots because they are SUPER easy to clean. Just throw them into the wash (cold), dry on low and they come out looking BRAND NEW! Doesn’t get much better than that really, right? Because I know how many times I’ve thrown in another  brand of Luna’s soft soled in the wash, and they came out looking a hot mess, LOL.  

Year Round Wear

Jady Babys soft soled boots are perfect for any season. Little Moon has worn them in the Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. 

Indoor & outdoor friendly

 I really like that Lunita can wear  her Jady Babys ANYWHERE. Non-slip for indoors, waterproof for outdoors.DSC_0369

Vegan

No animals were harmed in the making of Jady Baby  soft soled boots.

Support Small Business

Jade Barr is the amazingly talented mother (of 3) behind Jady Babys. Jady Babys soft soled boots are handmade in small batches and each stocking is unique.

When bare foot is not a practical option, choose Jady Babys.  You can shop for Jady Babys online- their shop may be empty because of very high demand, but if you can subscribe to get updates for each stocking so you don’t miss out! I would also recommend joining the Jady Babys factory and stock update page.

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