Becoming a mom is like being thrown into a sport that you’ve never trained for. There are so many movements that you’ll repeat over and over again, and over time, these movements can cause injury if t...
The Healthy Moms Toronto Marketplace is happening this weekend, and there are so many activities, vendors, special deals, and more, we thought it made the most sense to give you the lowdown on some of...
Choosing a sunscreen can be overwhelming - especially with the wide array of options both online and in stores. Nowadays moms not only want to protect their child’s skin from burns, they want to prote...
Lonelle spent the past 15 years hanging out on the masthead of some cool fashion and lifestyle magazines across Canada—before taking the leap into parenthood, at which point swaggy parties and fashion shows lost their lustre next to her sweet son. Immersing herself into a new scene for a stint as the Editor-in-Chief of UrbanMommies before moving on to launch her own country living + parenting magazine 'Life Au Lait', she loves putting her ear to the ground and listening to the rumble of mom voices. In between Oprah and bonbons, she also runs a boutique design and branding agency (AuLait Media) working with small (often mom-driven) businesses to help realize their vision as a beautiful brand.
My family and I recently made a big life change: we packed up everything in Toronto and decided to move to the country. Obviously there were a million reasons for this, but when we distilled them, they all boiled down to the same thing: We wanted a better life.
Hooray for Healthy Yummy Food That My Toddler Will Eat
Last night was a hallmark night. My somewhere-between-two-and-a-half-and-three-year-old man-in-training ate four (count ‘em, four) helpings of his dinner. During this time, he prompted me several times with “Mama, more pweeez!” and then dived in, occasionally making eye contact to nod emphatically and declare “Yummy!” with an earnestness that was a little bit heartbreaking.
Kidswear that will brighten up your February (and make the world a better place.)
If you know me even just a little bit, you know that I love dressing up my little doll. It’s a strictly one-sided affair—he doesn’t care what he’s in as long as he can move in it (and I mean move), whereas I have a lot of other objectives in mind while I shop.
I want to know that the materials next to his skin aren’t synthetic or laden with chemicals. I care about how they look and feel on him. I care about where the clothes came from and who made them. And I care about how much use they’re going to get before they’re essentially un-wearable.
The good news is if you keep your eyes open, there are definitely kidswear shops out there that meet these criteria. Even better, some of them deliver. So, I was over the moon to have the opportunity to check out Modern Rascals, a new boutique that offers clothing that’s both kid and grown-up approved. While I shopped online, I talked with Jana Reid—the owner, creative director, and mom to some adorable little models.
Well it’s fall again, and when you’re the mom of a two-nager, the onset of every new season marks a whole slew of new experiences and massive changes. At this age, they wake up a different human every day. They look a little more deeply into your eyes when you’re playing together, they master skills they were just dabbling in yesterday—they even come out with some stuff you didn’t teach them, don’t know where they learned it, and didn’t know how to do yourself before you saw them do it. Toddlers are an eye-opening experience for parents. We gaze at them in wonder and it’s all we can do to keep up.
Kids are all different in their own ways. While my little darling is a very studious, hands-on type of guy, he’s also always been more of the strong silent type. At first, I assumed he was just focused on other things, growing dramatically in the engineering department and spending less time in communications. As a lifelong communications nerd myself, it was a little disconcerting, but everyone—from his pediatrician to his grandparents, to the professional moms in various online groups—assured me that boys can be slow to master the gift of the gab and that it was nothing to worry about.