Products for Kids & Parents

Shop Canadian at Well.ca

Many of us are online shopping right now more than ever, trying to get the groceries and cleaning supplies and soaps and everything else we need to keep going while we wait out this awful COVID-19 pandemic. Amazon is the go-to for many, but I want to remind you about another online store that is Canadian (based in Guelph) that also delivers right to your door. I've been shopping at Well.ca since 2013, when I was searching for my son's liquid melatonin and it was the only place I could find it. Many items that I need but haven't been able to find easily right now, including flour and liquid hand soap, are available to order. The increased demand for many products due to us isolating at home has certainly overwhelmed them and they are limiting the number of orders they take every day, but if you order first thing in the morning you should be okay.

What I have always liked about Well.ca is that they offer many high quality, eco-friendly products that you may not see in your local Walmart or Shoppers Drug Mart, like this shampoo bar which replaces two to three bottles of shampoo:

Bottle None be YOU Shampoo Bar

We make a lot of smoothies and I really like the Vega protein mixes. Well.ca often puts them on sale and there is a large variety of flavours available.

Vega Chocolate Protein Smoothie

The customer service is great and it always feels good to support a Canadian business. Take care of yourselves and your families, Rosie :)

Made in Canada Beanbag Chairs

I love sharing products with you that are not only gorgeous and high-quality but 100% Canadian, so I had to tell you about these amazing beanbags chairs. I know, when you think "beanbag chair" you don't exactly think chic decor. They sort of invoke images of dorm rooms and unshowered teenagers lying around playing video games. Not so the fabulous squishy bags from MyBeanBag.ca. I was searching for my son's playroom, because our current ones purchased at the now defunct Target do not have removable covers you can throw in the wash. There is enough unidentifiable food particles hardened on them that they needed to go. A good pile of beanbags chairs are perfect for my little guy and his cousins who enjoy flinging themselves everywhere and expect you to stop and drop at any moment for a big snuggle. The chairs from this Montreal-based company are stylish, high quality and have 100% cotton covers that can be zipped off and machine-washed. I ordered this denim one and having spent a sizable amount of hours in beanbag seats, I can safely say it is the perfect beanbag chair.

Blue bean bag chair

Embella Party Supplies and Giftware- NOW CLOSED

My little man loves balloons, so every year for his birthday we make sure to have a big batch of colourful ones. This year I picked them up from a great shop in my neighbourhood: Embella Party Supplies and Giftware. Not only do they have an excellent balloon selection and helium services, but they have a wonderful selection of gifts particularly if you have little girls to buy for. These tulle skirts and dresses are adorable:

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I love a good hair accessory. All the hairbands and bows will make your eyes pop:

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Most of the pieces are one-of-a-kind, and made by local artisans. These little crocheted shawls and dresses are beautiful.

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There is also a lovely selection of jewelry for mummies, as well as a party room, loot bag service and sewing classes. Embella Party Supplies and Giftware is located at 647 The Queensway in Etobicoke. Rosie :)

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Big Grips for iPad Now Ships To Canada

ipad.jpgWe are big, big fans of the iPad in my house. Our toddler particularly has many apps he quite enjoys including The Monster at the End of this Book starring Grover and Hero of the Rails starring that really useful engine Thomas. You may ask, how do you let your small child use an iPad so freely, particularly on the ceramic-tiled kitchen floor or at the top of the stairs? The answer is the Big Grips. This protective case is a simple piece of thick rubber that encases the iPad so securely that if it takes a tumble down the stairs, it is completely okay. They are very light, easy to clean and even doubles as a teether (although I suspect the Big Grips designers don't encourage that.) These iPad cases for kids are amazing but the challenge up until recently for Canadians is that Big Grips didn't deliver to Canada. That has changed. Now you can order all the models of Big Grips (including the new slim model that fits in a charging cart) from Canadian supplier Planet Micro. They ship very quickly at a cost of $12-$15 for a single box in Ontario. Rosie :)

Shop Canadian at Well.ca

Recently my eco-savvy-shopper sis-in-law Amanda told me about Well.ca. Based in Guelph, this online store sells an amazing selection of green and natural products at reasonable prices and will ship them right to your door. I was excited to see they carry the brand of Nature's Harmony melatonin we use, as well as some excellent organic toddler foods. They have weekly sales and great deals on many brands that you don't typically see marked down. Check it out, it's an excellent site with top quality stuff, and best of all it's Canadian. Rosie :)

Buying Reusable Swim Diapers Online

**Update: Diaper-eez closed in 2017. Gabby's products are available online at the My Lil' Miracle website.**

I took my little man swimming fairly early, at six months. I had a feeling he was going to love the water like I do, and he so does. At first I bought the disposable swim diapers but was turned on to the reusable Mother-ease brand after visiting one of my favourite baby stores, Diaper-eez in Bloor West Village. Diaper-eez is known for a quality selection of baby products and particularly their cloth diaper systems. Swimming lessons are starting up again and I anted to buy him another pair, but they were out of stock in his size. They recommended I visit Gabby's online store. They have such a great variety of reusable swim diapers and pool pants, and they are so cute. Look at these turtle ones I got him.

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What I like about Gabby's swim diapers over the Mother-ease ones is that they have hook and loop closures which gives you some flexibility as your little one grows. Gabby's is online only at Gabbys.net. They have been making this stuff since 1990. Rosie :)