Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Active Family Contest Week 3: SongsWithMyName.com

July is the kick off to our Active Family Contest. This week is sponsored by SongsWithMyName.com

Got a Tech-Addicted Kid? Get Them Moving!
A new study in Sweden indicates that kids who are fit as teens are 35 percent less likely to have a heart attack in middle age. Here are some activities to get the whole family moving:

  • Go old school and play tag, sardines, kick the can, red rover or dodge ball 
  • Turn on some music and have a dance competition
  • Practice sports skills like dribbling the soccer ball, shooting free throws, or throwing strikes
  • Go to the playground and invent new ways to use the equipment - do pull-ups on the monkey bars, arm pushes on the see-saw, v-ups on the swing 
  • Go to the local track and have relay races

Special Thanks to Our Sponsor

Personalized CDs for YOUR child SongsWithMyName.com is proud to sponsor this week’s Active Family Photo Contest!

Our collection of name-brand, personalized children's CDs make the perfect gift for any boy or girl. The actual characters from Disney, Sesame Street, VeggieTales and The Wiggles sing and speak your child's name up to 80 times throughout each CD.

These CDs are designed to inspire imagination, develop social skills and help kids learn all while having FUN! Watching their eyes light up when they hear their favourite characters sing and speak their names is priceless.

Go to www.SongsWithMyName.com to hear your child’s name sung by their favourite characters.

Order by August 31, 2014 using code SUMMER15 and get 15% off your order plus FREE SHIPPING. Or call us at 1-888-676-0182 to order by phone.

This Week Enter to Win: 
Win two (2) CD’s customized with your child's name. Enter at www.urbanbaby.ca

Monday, July 21, 2014

Guess Who Book Review by Howard Eisenberg

The first Guess Who Zoo poems that author Howard Eisenberg wrote weren’t meant to become a book. They were simply amusing post card poems penned at 30,000 feet to entertain his grandchildren (and himself) in 1989 while accompanying his wife, Arlene, on a What to Expect book tour of Australia and New Zealand.  
Enter to win all three Guess Who Books featured by posting a comment below about which title your child would like the best. 

Good Luck! 

More information check out www.guesswhozoo.com

Friday, July 18, 2014

Busy Bump Baby Shower Exhibitor Feature: Candice Wong Photograph

I'm so excited that Candice Wong Photography will be joining us as an exhibitor for the Busy Bump Baby Shower in September. If you are looking for maternity or newborn photography, Candice is amazingly talented and has the joy of her career being something that captures such special moments in people's lives. 
Here's a bit more about Candice and Candice Wong Photography:

BBMS: What kind of products and/or services do you offer?
CWP: Newborn, baby and maternity photography

BBMS: What is the price point?
CWP: My clients usually spend between $400-$900

BBMS: How long have you been running your business and how did you start?
CWP: I officially started my business in 2014, but had been building up my portfolio for a few years prior. I have always been in love with photography and it was not until I had my second son that this hobby turned in to much more. I now could never imagine doing anything else.

BBMS: What is your favourite part of what you do? What is your biggest challenge?
CWP: Favourite part might be obvious...getting to hold day old babies!!! My biggest challenge is work/life balance. With 3 young boys at home I think this will be my main challenge for a bit.

BBMS: What is one thing you wish you knew when you were pregnant? Any advice for a new mom?
CWP: Get LOTS of rest NOW before baby arrives! :)
Candice Wong Photography is offering a contest as being part of the Busy Bump Baby Shower. You can enter to win a mini maternity session with Candice (valued at $399), which includes 90 minutes in the studio and 15 high resolution images on a disc (digital download).

To enter, like our Facebook page and then like and share the image of Candice Wong Photography's maternity session. Post a comment below the photo so we have your name.

Good luck!

Thanks for sharing more about your business with us Candice! We look forward to having you at the Busy Bump Baby Shower in September!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Active Family Contest Week 2: Sponsored by RB Fitness

July is the kick off to our Active Family Contest. This week is sponsored by Runners and Booties Fitness
Sun safety recommendations for children under the age of one (1) year
Keep babies out of direct sunlight,either in a stroller with a hood or canopy, under an umbrella, or in a heavily shaded spot.
Babies should wear sun hats with a wide brim. Dress infants in loose-fitting, lightweight clothing that covers their legs and arms.
Look for a sunscreen product for babies (under 6 months old as doctor) with an SPF of 30 that also provides broad spectrum protection (protects against UVA and UVB). Always try a small amount of sunscreen on the infant's inner arm before general use. Check for a reaction up to 48 hours later.

Sun safety recommendations for children over the age of one (1) year
Organize outdoor activities outside the peak hours of 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and if possible, try to keep children entirely out of the sun from noon to 2 p.m.
Educate children and youth about the benefits of wearing protective clothing, sunglasses and sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher.
Take shelter in shade structures on playgrounds and at sport fields. This can also include creating a sun safe environment by encouraging children to seek shade from trees, awnings, umbrellas or buildings.

Special Thanks to Our Sponsor

Runners and Booties Fitness offers specially designed fitness and dance classes for mom, baby and toddler. Kick start your weekly workout with our ever popular Shop n' Stroll class taking place in local shopping centres near you or join us for Salsa Babies & Salsa Tots.
Whether you're looking to get out of the house, meet new moms (dads too!) or get back in shape we have the perfect class for you and your little one.

This Week Enter to Win:
Banana Boat sunscreen package with Natural Reflect Baby, Kids and Adult SPF 50, RB Fitness t-shirt and exercise band. Enter at www.urbanbaby.ca
Like RBFitness on Facebook

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Kids Dreading Veggies: Try Crispy Tofu Nuggets

Getting your kids to eat healthy is often a difficult task. They take one look at just the greens on their plate and they push it away. How can you ensure your kids eat better and enjoy their food? Try infusing the family menu with a handful kid-friendly vegan dishes from German celebrity chef and cookbook author, Attila Hildmann. Fourteen years ago, Attila took control of his own health issues after the sudden death of his father from a heart attack. He adopted a vegan diet, started exercising more, and went from "fat to fit" to avoid the same fate as his dad. Attila's latest cookbooks, Vegan for Fun and Vegan for Fit, contain delicious, healthy recipes even your kids will love! 

INGREDIENTS for 2 servings
Tofu Nuggets:
1/2 cup all-purpose flour (65 g)
1 teaspoon raw cane sugar
1 teaspoon sea salt
2 ¾ (100 g) cups unsweetened cornflakes
14 ounces tofu (400 g)
2 cups vegetable oil (500 mL)
Curry Ketchup:
Juice from 1/2 lemon
2/3 cup tomato paste (140 g)
2 tablespoons agave syrup
1 teaspoon curry powder
2 tablespoons olive oil
Sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper

Preparation time: 25 minutes 
For the nuggets, stir the flour together with the raw cane sugar, sea salt, and 6 tablespoons (90 mL) water until the batter is smooth. Finely crumble the cornflakes. Cut the tofu into slices that are just under 1/2 inch (1 cm), and then use a knife to shape the tofu into nuggets. Dip the nuggets in the batter and then coat them with the cornflakes. Heat the vegetable oil in a deep fryer or a small saucepan. You’ll know the oil is hot enough if you dip a wooden toothpick into the oil and small bubbles float up to the top around the toothpick. Fry the nuggets approx. 3 minutes. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels to drain. For the curry ketchup, mix all of the ingredients with 3 tablespoons water. Serve with the nuggets.

AH! “If you don’t want to deep fry the nuggets, you can also fry them in a skillet. Just fry them on all sides in 1/3 cup (80 mL) vegetable oil until they are golden brown.”

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Active Family Contest Week 1: Sponsored By 2Fish Kids

July is the kick off to our Active Family Contest. This week is sponsored by 2fish kids

Hot Summer Fix: Staying Active and Refreshed at the Water Park and Pool

Taking children to wading pools and water parks, is the next best thing to visiting any body of water that Mother Nature has gifted us with. In our province, people are most fortunate to have access to the ocean but as fascinating as that is, water parks are often the least intimidating option for toddlers.

As natural curiosity-seekers, toddlers are intrigued about many things around them, yet the sea - with its vast amount of moving water - can be daunting for them. Remember when your little one found transitioning to the big tub a tad intimidating. All the more reason why wading pools and water parks can be just what you need to have a fun wet summer with your toddler.

Where to find that water fun? For wading pools and water parks in and around Vancouver and Victoria Island you can visit the following websites for locations and hours of operation.

Vancouver: www.vancouver.ca
Victoria: www.victoria.ca
North Vancouver: www.cnv.org
Langley: www.city.langley.bc.ca
Surrey: www.surrey.ca
Coquitlam: www.coquitlam.ca (scroll to the bottom of the page)
Port Moody: www.portmoody.ca (see photo above)
Abbotsford: Mill lake park, 32960 Mill Lake Road

Special Thanks to Our Sponsor
2fish kids is a dynamic partnership between Jennifer, a certified teacher, industrial designer and mother of four, and Nathalie, an engineer, mathematician and mother of three.

The co-creators created a truly beneficial product that engages and educates children. “My Week” is a magnetic, dry-erase calendar teaching the days of the week. The 58 magnets introduce seasons, weather, activities and holidays. Their idea came organically because of the busy weekly schedules of their own children. Through their invention, these mom-preneurs created something tangible that helps kids visualize the concept of time while gaining confidence and independence, knowing what lies ahead.

Enter to win a copy of "My Week" magnetic, dry-erase calendar and a copy of Baby Talk for your child. Enter at www.urbanbaby.ca 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Summer Food Safety

Summer is here, and more people are cooking outside to take advantage of the sunshine and the warm temperatures. But the hot, humid weather, coupled with more difficult access to refrigeration or washing facilities, creates the perfect conditions for the rapid growth of bacteria on food.
Every year in Canada, roughly one in eight Canadians (or four million people) get sick with food poisoning, also known as foodborne illness. Many cases of foodborne illness can be prevented by following proper food handling and preparation techniques. While most people recover completely from foodborne illness, certain groups have a higher risk for serious health effects. These groups include pregnant women, children ages 5 and under, adults 60 years old and over, and people with weakened immune systems.

What you should do
Learn about the symptoms of foodborne illness. The most common symptoms include: stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and fever. See a health care professional as soon as possible if you think you have a foodborne illness.
Follow these four steps when handing and preparing food:
Step One - Clean:
  • Wash hands and surfaces often to avoid the spread of bacteria. Wash your hands with warm water and soap, rinsing for at least 20 seconds, before handling food, and after handling raw meat or poultry, using the bathroom, touching pets or changing diapers.  
  • Alcohol-based hand cleansers are useful when soap and water are not available. In most cases antibacterial soap is not necessary for safe, effective hand hygiene.
  • Always wash raw fruits and vegetables with clean water. You cannot tell whether foods carry surface bacteria by the way they look, smell or taste.

Step Two - Separate:
  • Keep raw meats, such as ground beef or pork, poultry, fish and seafood separate from cooked or ready-to-eat foods to avoid cross-contamination.
  • When you pack a cooler for an outing, wrap uncooked meat, poultry, fish and seafood securely and put them on the bottom to prevent raw juices from dripping onto other foods. Ideally, use a separate cooler for the raw foods.
  • Wash all plates, utensils, and cutting boards that touched or held raw meat, poultry, fish or seafood before using them again for other foods.
  • Wash hands after handling raw meat and wash the food thermometer (preferably a digital one) after each temperature reading.

Step Three - Cook:
Make sure you kill harmful bacteria by properly cooking food. Checking the colour is not a guarantee that food is properly cooked and safe to eat. Don’t guess! Use a digital food thermometer to check when meat, poultry, fish and seafood are safe to eat.

Cooked foods are safe to eat when internal temperatures are:
Beef, veal and lamb (pieces and whole cuts)

  • 63° C (145° F) for medium rare

  • 71° C (160° F) for medium

  • 77° C (170° F) for well done
  • 70° C (158° F) for fish

  • 71° C (160° F) for ground beef, veal, lamb and pork
71°C (160° F) for pork (pieces and whole cuts)

  • 74° C (165° F) for shellfish, leftover food, and boned and deboned poultry parts

  • 85° C (185° F) for whole poultry

Step Four - Chill:
  • Keep cold food cold. Perishable foods that are normally in the refrigerator, such as luncheon meats, cooked meat, chicken, and potato or pasta salads made with mayonnaise must be kept in an insulated cooler with freezer packs or blocks of ice to keep the temperature at 4° C (40° F).
  • Keep the cooler out of direct sunlight and avoid opening it too often.
  • Use separate coolers for food and drinks to keep the perishable food colder for longer because the cooler won’t be opened as often.
  • Put leftovers back in the cooler as soon as you are finished eating.
  • On hot summer days, don’t keep food unrefrigerated for more than one hour.

The simple rule is: When in doubt, throw it out!

For more information, visit Government of Canada: healthycanadians.gc.ca