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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Questions About Pregnancy and Baby? Walmart Wants to Help! #LetsTalkBaby

When I was pregnant with Boo I read a lot. Like, a LOT. I'm pretty much a solid Type A personality, and a bit of an academic still, so I like to be prepared and do my research. Considering there was a human being growing inside of me, who would have to get out somehow, I needed to know what I was getting into.

I also had a lot of advice from friends, but of course that was all based on individual experience and definitely didn't cover all the possibilities. Though for the record, one colleague correctly told me on January 9 that I should pack up my office because baby was on his way. I didn't believe her, since I still had almost 3 weeks to go. But she took one look at the way I was walking waddling and knew. Water broke that evening at supper (Hubs had made pork souvlaki - I'll always remember that), and Boo arrived January 10. I guess my colleague was a bit of an expert after 3 pregnancies and births.

newborn baby
5 pounds 2 ounces of pure love and joy
In spite of all my reading and all the advice (both solicited and unsolicited) received, I still wasn't truly prepared. Low birth weight baby who refused to sleep and was just darn difficult. He was the ultimate in "high needs." I could have used a lot more information on how to care for and cope with a beautiful baby who didn't quite fit within the range of average. (I hate the word "normal.") The books didn't have a section on Boo. I really struggled with finding ways to soothe him, and I never did find a solution, other than passage of time, to get him to sleep. Baby-wearing did turn out to be a big help, once I eventually found my way there, but even then the options for wraps and slings and carriers were overwhelming.

Walmart Canada knows we all have questions. They are helping new and expecting parents to get the answers they need by hosting professional doulas in select baby departments across Canada this month to advise on topics like breastfeeding, baby wearing techniques and more. In my neck of the woods, doula Kyla Austin will be available at the Walmart Scarborough West Supercentre (1900 Eglinton Ave E) to answer any of your baby questions, on Tuesdays and Saturdays until January 24. This would have been a godsend for me. Free doula advice while you shop!!

This service is a great addition to Walmart Canada's baby departments, building on the recent introduction of their baby registry. Creating your baby registry is an easy way to get organized and let everyone know how they can help you prepare for your family’s big day. It just takes three simple steps on Walmart.ca to set up and share with friends and family.

So, if you are expecting and can't get to Scarborough, check out your local Walmart and ask if they are participating in this program. And congratulations on your new bundle of love!!


Disclosure: This post has been brought to you by Walmart Canada. Regardless, all opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

The Classic "12 Monkeys" Returns with a New Series on Shaw TV


Do you remember the 1995 movie "12 Monkeys"? Time travel, a viral plague decimating the human race, apocalyptic mayhem. It's one of my science fiction favourites. Well, Shaw TV has picked up a version of this tale in a new series produced by Universal Cable Productions in association with Atlas Entertainment.

This TV version of "12 Monkeys" is inspired by the blockbuster film and explores the story of Cole (Aaron Stanford, NikitaX-Men: The Last StandX2), a time traveller from a decimated future in a high-stakes race against the clock. Utilizing a dangerous and untested method of time travel, he journeys from 2043 to the present day on a mission to locate and eradicate the source of a deadly plague that will all but annihilate the human race.

Sounds familiar, right? This version will be less surreal than Terry Gilliam's original, but still fraught with moral dilemmas and mystery.


Here are a couple of sneak peeks:





Airing Fridays at 10pm ET/PT, beginning January 16, the first season of "12 Monkeys" presents 13 episodes of suspense and questions. Can we change the future? Or is fate set in stone? I'm interested to see how this version stands up against the original.  Will you be watching?


Disclosure: This post has been brought to you by 12 Monkeys. Regardless, all opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Hugs, Prizes, and New Toys in 2015 from Kinder Canada #KinderMom

Maybe one of the reasons I love Frozen's Olaf so much is that he shares my love for warm hugs. I am a hugger. You are all forewarned. I have to remind myself that a handshake is usually a more appropriate greeting than a big hug when I first meet someone. It's not easy for me, you know. I have no personal space and I love human contact. Hugs are good for us and do wonders for mood.

Do you remember the Free Hugs movement? I remember being at work one day, enjoying the sunny weather on my lunch break, and coming upon a group of students with signs offering free hugs. Totally made my day! I got lots of hugs and re-filled my happy meter for the day. Well, guess what? There's actually a National Hugging Day! I have no idea how I missed this, but this day has been observed annually since 1986. It was started in the US by Kevin Zaborney and is now celebrated in countries all over the world. The event takes place on January 21 and encourages you to spread the joy by spreading the hugs. I am so in!

The website does offer some advice on appropriate hugging:
Reasonable care should be taken with those who are either uncomfortable with public affection or their reaction to a hug is unknown. In those situations, it is advised to ask first before hugging.
Not everyone is as comfortable as I am with others coming into their personal space, so know who you hug! 

Since I'm on vacation, I'll definitely be hugging Hubs and Boo. Important to note - I will be at Disneyland on the 21st, so perhaps I'll actually be able to hug Olaf himself!! Fingers crossed.

A couple of other things that make me happy are great chocolate and winning fun prizes. Kinder Canada has us covered for both. During the week of January 26-30, the KINDER® Canada Facebook page will be celebrating Games & Puzzle Week with daily prizing. I don't have all the details yet, but will be sure to share on my own Facebook page once I do. Be sure to follow my page to stay in the loop!

Of course, a new year means new Kinder Surprise toys, and 2015 will see more than 100 new toys introduced in our favourite little eggs. Boo is pretty stoked for the motorcycles and cars, while I like the puzzle ball and parachute guys. The pink eggs will have over 50 new toys, including rings and other fashion accessories. Be sure to watch for the 2015 packaging in stores and start your new year collection.
2015 Kinder Surprise toys



DISCLAIMER DISCLOSURE: I’m a #KinderMom, part of the KINDER® Canada influencer team; as part of my affiliation with KINDER® Canada, I am provided with special perks and products. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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