HELP! My child is choking! #YMCCommunity

Have you ever been feeding your little one and all of a sudden, they begin to choke on their food?

Choking Child

Photo credit: What To Expect

Would you know what to do if this were to happen?

Did you know that Infant/ Child CPR is different than Adult CPR?

It would very beneficial for every parent and child care provider, including grandparents and babysitters, to know how to perform Infant/ Child CPR. Choking is ranked as a leading cause of unintentional death in children.

There are several options throughout the Lower Mainland for Infant/ Child CPR courses:

Safe + Sound First Aid Training

Link 2 Life

Vancouver First Aid

There are also some helpful how-to’s and videos that you can find online.

Baby Center has a step-by-step instruction on their website.

Here is a video from The Doctors TV show.


Moms Night In, Version 2.0

I held another Mom’s Night in this past weekend.


It was so nice to get the Mommies together again after the holidays.

I, once again, brought in the lovely ladies from Ultimate Mobile Spa to treat us to some pampering. They, once again, out did themselves! The small army of 5 took great care to soothe our tired feet and nourish our over-worked hands and help this fabulous group of Moms relax, while they savoured tasty treats and indulged in “grown up” chit chat.


A BIG “Thank You” to the Daddies and grandparents who braved the babysitting to allow these sensational Mommies some much needed “Me Time”!


Oh the agony! #YMCCommunity


Photo credit: What To Expect

The other day, on our walk home from school, our 4 yo daughter decided to grab onto a telephone pole. She promptly received get very first sliver.

I’m glad I was there for this “first”.
Our decision for me to be a stay-at-home-mom was so that I’d be there to experience our children’s “firsts”.
Unfortunately, the wee sliver was a bit too deep for me to squeeze out, so she had to “suffer” until we got home.
There was a good 15 minutes of whining and fake tears and “It hurts so bad!”, but I couldn’t do anything for her until we hit home. I managed to change the subject and draw her attention away from this horrendous injury so that we could hit the grocery store and make it through the epic walk home. We even burned away a few more hours until bath time when she finally remembered about the sliver.
Once her skin had softened from the warm water, I took a pin and tweezers and attempted to retrieve the splinter.
Well, my goodness, I might as well have been removing her entire finger!
She pulled and squirmed and had tears streaming from her eyes.
A tight squeeze, and the minuscule piece slipped out from it’s burrow.
Tears ceased, and smiles and giggles ensued and it was forgotten.
A strategically placed Monster High bandage, and all is right with the world.
Lesson learned by Mommy? Keep a first aid kit in my bag.
Kids will ALWAYS have accidents, so it’s a great idea to keep antibiotic spray, bandages and tweezers on hand for just such an emergency.
In my online research for purse or diaper bag-friendly first aid kits, I came across Medi Buddy. These little first aid kits are the perfect size for your purse or diaper bag.
Click here to find a retailer near you.


Medi Buddy Collection

Start a “greener”, healthier lifestyle for your family with the #ModernFamilyExpo!

ModernFamilyExpo The ModernFamilyExpo is launching at the Pinnacle Hotel at the Pier in North Vancouver on Sunday, February 23, 2014, presented by Whole Foods Market. family time in nature spring summer The ModernFamilyExpo will showcase eco-friendly, healthy, active solutions for the whole family – giving families simple tools to live greener, healthier lives. The goal is to help everyday families find ways to take “just one step” in the right direction. Children are playing on green meadow The Expo features experts & exhibitors in 5 categories: Eco-Friendly Living, Food & Nutrition, Health & Wellness, Pre & Postnatal, and Active Living.

• Features include:

  •  $10,000 in Grand Prizing (including a $5,000 New Mom & Baby Package and a $5,000 Whole Family Wellness Package)
  • 65+ exhibitor booths, including lots of healthy food & beverage sampling
  • Par-T-Perfect Kid Zone (bouncy castle, face painting, craft stations, Gymboree & Leap Therapy play area, Cinderella meet & greet, and Whole Foods Market “play with your food” station).
  • Active Living Zone (parenting & health workshops, and a pre-registered prenatal yoga class and a mom & baby boxing class with loaded swag bags)
  • Family Lounge with change tables and comfortable breastfeeding area
  • BabyGoRound collection of second hand baby & child gear for low income families
  • Bullfrog powered event with 100% BC wind power and TravelSmart bicycle valet

• Tickets: $8 online in advance, $10 cash at the door, kids under 12 free!


ModernFamilyExpo is giving away an “Ultimate Date Night” to 1 lucky reader, valued at $390!!!

  • One night accommodation at the Pinnacle Hotel at the Pier (Harbourview Room)
  • Dinner for 2 in the Lobby Restaurant at the Pinnacle Hotel at the Pier
  • $100 gift certificate for services at Avita Health & Massage Therapy Centre
  • 4 Adult Tickets to the ModernFamilyExpo

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Keeping Mommy organized.

Before I had kids, my memory was like a steel trap.

I could recall anything that I was asked and I even remembered stuff for other people.

Now 2 kids down, and I forget what I was going to do as soon as I stand up. Call it Mommy-Brain, I call it, just having WAY too much on my mind. From meal planning, to-do lists, grocery lists, play dates, doctors appointments, and extra curricular activities. I’m running out of room for the not-so-important things, like showering, eating, brushing my teeth. you get the gist.

Busy Mommy.

Busy Mommy.

I must now rely on my smartphone to keep me organized. I have reminders popping up regularly, keeping me on track. If my phone died or was “misplaced”, I would be lost and immediately jump in to panic mode. I sync my calendar with the home computer, so hubby has an idea of what we have going on. I even throw in the occasional “Me Time” appointments that are a requirement to keep Mommy sane. We must however, schedule a little “Mommy & Daddy Time”. We have not had a date since our daughter was born, four years ago.

How do you stay organized? Do you use an app, the calendars on you devices, an old-fashioned calendar or perhaps a day-timer?

Mom's Ultimate Fridge Calendar

Mom’s Ultimate Fridge Calendar

Are you prepared? {Giveaway} #Beesafe

With the deep freeze going on east of us, I can’t help but think, “Is my family prepared if this happened here at home?”

If we were suddenly with out power, how long are we really prepared for if the power is out for more than a few hours?

Do we have enough food and water? Will we be able to stay warm?

My husband and I could manage, but now we have a 4 yo and a 1 yo to look after, so having enough food, water and warm clothes is essential.

Did you know that you should be prepared for 72 hours? It could take this long for emergency responders to get to you. Follow this link for more information about being prepared.

I am planning on putting together a “tote” chock full of the essentials that we would require to survive for a week in the event of a serious catastrophe.

I’ve poked around the internet and there are kits that you can purchase from companies like: Beesafe Solutions, 72 Hours, Costco, or you could build your own with this list provided by the Canadian Red Cross.

Beesafe Solutions has generously provided an Emergency Kit to give away to one lucky reader. Please enter via the Rafflecopter link below. The giveaway will run January 1st – 7th, 2014.

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