The RBC Avion Holiday Boutique- Your little haven at Yorkdale Mall from Nov.22-Dec.31/14 #AvionVIP

Saturday, November 22, 2014

If you are an Avioner card holder with RBC- families head to Yorkdale Mall starting today, Nov.22 and enjoy the Avioner perks!  Trust me.   Just show your Avioner credit card. Think parking will be a nightmare?  Don't worry.  YOU get FREE valet. 
Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the holidays and shop in style, courtesy of RBC® Avion®. Visit the Avion Holiday Boutique at Yorkdale Mall from November 22 to December 31, 2014, to enjoy a host of complimentary premium services, exclusively for Avioners, including valet parking, coat check, gift wrapping service and more. It’s our way of saying thank you for being an Avioner. 

Simply present your RBC Avion card to access these complimentary services*.But wait!  There's something for those who don't have a Avion RBC credit card.  Read through....You can enjoy some of perks of the Avion Holiday Boutique as well.

I had the pleasure to experience this first hand and let me tell you.  You will love this.  After a day of shopping to be able to put your feet up, have a warm beverage (YES! Please) to relax and unwind it was glorious.   I dropped off presents to get wrapped and caught up on all my social media thanks to the free WIFI.  You can see my Tweets for a closer look inside.
I think husbands will like to hang out there as there are soft leather lounge chairs.  Drop him off and go shop in peace ;) Here's a map so you know where to go once you drop your car off.

You can find the Avion Holiday Boutique at Square One, Yorkdale Mall , Coquitlam Centre and a mini pop up Avion Boutique at the Halifax Shopping Centre.  I sure hope in the future as the Holiday Boutique grows there will be one in every Province.  This is their 2nd year.  Enjoy this video and see how being an Avioner can have it's advantages.  I thought I'd be doing my shopping online this year but I think I'll head to Yorkdale Mall!
Best yet-This ends Dec.31 so you can enjoy Boxing Day sales and then stop and relax at the Avion Holiday Boutique.  


Don't have a Avioner RBC Visa?  Don't worry! Individuals who do not own one can access the gift wrapping and coat/parcel check services, provided they pay the set fee established by the mall for these services. The proceeds collected from these services will be donated to SickKids Foundation. However access to the VIP lounge, CafĂ© and valet parking service are not available to these customers.
Not an Avioner? Not a problem.  Visit the greeters at Valet or at the Avion Holiday Boutique and apply on-site for an RBC Avion card – and start to experience the benefits too!

I wish you a happy shopping experience this Christmas.  I hope you'll enjoy the Avion Holiday Boutique as much as I did.  If you do be sure to Tweet me and use the hashtag #AvionVIP

Disclosure: I am part of the RBC Avion Holiday Boutique Blogger Campaign with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group.  The opinions on this blog are my own.

Beating flu symptoms with Boiron Canada

Thursday, November 20, 2014

It's the time of year again!  With flu vaccines being stuffed down our throats to get one-heck you can even get one when at Target?!  But any hoo....I prefer to go the Boiron route and it hasn't let me or my family down yet!

I recently attended MomsBrunchClub with Boiron at The Toronto Birth Centre.  I am in love with that centre and hope when I am done my Doula course and when the twins are older I can attend many births there.  It was a beautiful brunch to learn all things on how to stay healthy during flu season.

What did I take away from that morning? I'll break it down.
1) Stress
As a busy mom of three and a tired mom of three I think the most important thing I learned about or should I say the most important thing I was reminded of was to take care of myself!  
I've put my needs to the back...way back.  I push back and back and in the end I am tired, miserable and stressed.  Stressed. Stressed. Stressed.  What happens to the immune system when you're stressed Moms?  You get sick!  
As I sat on the street car to go back to my beautiful family I realised something had to change because I was getting run down.  Sure I can make bone broth for the kids to beat the flu.  I'll try to remember to sip some for myself.  No more. I am going to eat when they do.   When my husband is off I am going to book an hour or two to myself.  Even if it means running down to the gym in my building to exercise. Oh wait!  We have a sauna.  Why don't I ever use it?
Another way I am starting take care of myself is getting back into my vitamins and supplements and going out once a month with my girlfriends or better yet-date night with my hard working husband.
Take care of yourself Mom.  You need to take care of yourself.

2) Drybrushing
I haven't done this in a.g.e.s.  Ever since I stopped working in aromatherapy and esthetics.  I used to dry brush all the time!  You need a nice loofah.  Go ahead and spurge.  The benefits of dry brushing is to stimulate the lymphatic system you know-that part of the circulatory system.  It's our filtering system.  It detoxes the body and exfoliates your skin.  It gets things moving and making our immune system function better.
Method: When you do dry brush move upwards toward the heart.  Always brush lightly and towards the heart.  This is a great routine to get into before you hop in the shower.

3) Homeopathy
 Osccillococcinum is my best defence for flu prevention.  We all take this.  It's little tiny bead like medicines that you take and the kids have no problem with this. Even my toddlers.  You can dissolve it in water and drink it as well.  For the tots-add to the sippy cups if you to.

 "Oscillococcinum reduces the duration of flu-like symptoms such as body aches, headaches,          fever and chills. It does not cause drowsiness."
If your little one has a cold Stodal Honey is by far the best and the best                                 tasting homeopathic cough syrup in my opinion.  I recently tried one from another brand and gagged!

Some other ways I use to beat the flu is aromatherapy by diffusing oils to clean the air, Colloidal silver under the tongue, Elderberry syrup, Oregano Oil, Vitamin D and a cup of a chicken bone broth a day.
What are you taking/doing to beat the flu?  How are you taking care of yourself Moms?

Kidizoom Smart Watch from Vtech: #2014ChristmasGiftGuide #SmartWatchSweeps

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

If your little one has been asking for a watch look no further! Vtech Kidizoom Smart Watch.
This is a great watch for kids. My son has been loving it and has been showing it off to his friends at school.  He likes that he can tell us the time(there are over 50 digital and analog designs to choose from), take photo's, record and play!

It includes a timer-something I use for when we're playing after school.  The alarm goes off and he knows play time is over and time to go home.  All without the usual struggle and tantrums. Win!
It's splashproof! That I like too for when it comes to washing hands.
As well it comes with great apps for play and learning.
It's simple to start up.  Just connect to your computer and give it a charge.  It takes about 2 hours and you're good to go.  I found the battery to last a pretty good long time without having to charge.  The autoshut off is great so battery wear is not wasted.

Add this to your Christmas shopping list.  Get free shipping from Vtech on all orders over $39.99 and pop over to their site and enter to win a Kidizoom Smart Watch on

Stay tuned as our next review is the new InnotabMAX

The Power of Play from @DisneyBaby: Great games for tiny tots and a giveaway!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

We all know that goofing off is good for you – as adults, we rely on moments of lightness to de-stress and create balance in our lives. For babies, play is an important part of development: babies push, press pull and pry, squeeze, squish and sniff all in an effort to understand the complex world around them. Disney Baby has some great ideas to put your little learner on the road to discovery and to help you harness the power of play.

Find the fun
Often, when parents think play they turn to toys, but objects aren’t the only way to stimulate your little one. Learn to find the fun in everyday interactions. Whether it’s splashing around in a tiny tub, playing peek-a-boo over the changing pad or giving baby a bowl to bang on while you’re cooking, there are plenty of easy ways to encourage creativity and engage your baby in a little monkey business.

Sing songs
Playing with your voice is a great way to help babies find theirs, so let go of your inhibitions and embrace your inner diva. Try making silly sounds, experimenting with volume and pitch or incorporating dance and movement to encourage different reactions in your wee one. If you’re too shy to sing, introduce your baby to different sound making objects, like these organic Minnie and Tigger plush toys, instead.

Free your fabrics
A grown up closet is a veritable treasure trove for little eyes and fingers. Pull out some of your brightest, silkiest and softest numbers and let baby explore new textures and colours. Who knows, maybe your little one will have as much fun in your closet as you do!

Embrace your inner toy
To your baby, you are the ultimate plaything. Lay down a splat mat, and get down to your little one’s level to let them engage with you. Or talk to your tot to improve language skills, and mimic actions and copy sounds to introduce baby to the art of conversation. Not only is it good for baby’s development, but getting in on the game ensures that you’ll have fun at playtime too!

No matter which tactic you try, make sure you know when to take a breather. Remember that your baby’s attention span will vary depending on age, mood and temperament, and that babies have different thresholds for stimulation.
Listen to your little ones: if they seem tired or fussy, give them a rest – it will make playing more enjoyable for both of you.
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What is your favourite game to pull out when you’re in a pinch? What was the most exciting thing you watched your wee one learn?

November #StreamTeam: Laughter! The best medicine and movies to make you giggle.

At Netflix, they think laughter is the best medicine.  I have to agree.  Laughter boosts the immune system! So here is some comic relief when you need it the most – as cold and flu season hits. There’s nothing more comforting for a kid when they’re not feeling well, than curling up on the couch with a movie or show like Mr. Popper's Penguins to take their mind off the sniffles.  So, check out this list of laughter-inspired titles for both little and big kids and let us know which titles did the trick. 

For Big Kids
For the Little Kids

While you're watching these great shows and movie and if your little one is under the weather and good batch of chicken bone broth is a must.  But you can also try this recipe from Netflix :
Faux Pho
They've come up with a simple pho chicken soup recipe that is sure to get your kid back on their feet in no time. Click here to learn how to make your own.
Fun Mask Craft
What better way to take your little one’s mind off of being sick then by engaging them in a silly mask project. You can watch your favourite show on Netflix for inspiration and then make a mask in the image of one of the characters! Click here to learn how to create your own.
I am so going to be doing this with my son!  I love these idea's and  I look forward to trying this soup.

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