Sep
10
10:00 AM10:00

Welcome Back for September 2019!

A new year and a new time! See you on Tuesday, September 10th for our first meeting of the year. We have pushed the start time back by an hour to accommodate your morning nappers and foot-dragging toddlers! Coffee, snacks, music, and your favourite moms starting at 10am.

Babies and toddlers will also have a chance to mingle during our free music class demo by special guest Risa Waldman from Making Music Together!

Music Together Worldwide® is an internationally celebrated early-childhood music program for infants, toddlers & big kids, along with a parent or caregiver. Because singing and dancing together creates deep bonds within and between families, communities and cultures, we're on a mission to bring the highest quality music & movement experiences to families everywhere. We involve parents and caregivers in the magical process of development that only music can provide, to help children become confident music-makers and inspire families around the globe to make music a part of the daily lives. Songs, chants, dance & instrument play in a relaxed, fun, interactive environment! We offer a research based curriculum with a focus on fun! We support each child's individual learning styles and provide the best take home support materials to enjoy wherever you go. Experience the Joy!

https://www.makingmusictogether.com/

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Sep
17
10:00 AM10:00

Honey, I Wrecked the Kids with Alyson Schafer

Are you ready to crack the code of your child's misbehavior? Learn how we often unwittingly sustain or escalate our child's misbehavior. Alyson will share discipline tools and techniques to get out of these dysfunctional dances, and bring about co-operative behaviors instead.

Alyson Schafer is a family counsellor, author and internationally acclaimed parenting expert who empowers families by sharing her principles, rules and tools for raising happy and healthy kids. Parents can count on help from Alyson whether they are simply looking for a bite size tip to see them through a melt down or delve further to transform their family life. Her style is fast, witty, warm and encouraging.

As Canada’s leading parenting expert, Alyson promotes a firm but friendly “democratic parenting” style and offers practical solutions backed by extensive research. Her work aims to make life better for all kids through effective child guidance.

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Sep
24
10:00 AM10:00

How to Not Lose Yourself in Motherhood with Lisa Canning

Lisa Canning is an author, interior designer and lifestyle expert who helps moms design their lives and their homes around what matters most. Lisa has become a recognizable face in the interior design and entertainment industry, as the designer on HGTV's Marriage Under Construction, working on the design team of The Property Brothers, and hosting regular live lifestyle segments on shows like The Marilyn Denis Show. Lisa lives in Toronto, Canada with her husband and seven young children, where people will find the coffee pot is always on. She recently released her first book - "The Possiblity Mom: How to be a great mom and pursue your dreams at the same time."

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Taking Ownership of Your Career
Jun
11
9:00 AM09:00

Taking Ownership of Your Career

Join us on Tuesday, June 11th for an engaging discussion with the Founder of Eden Park Group, Heather Stewart, MSc, ATC, ACC.  As a Professional Coach and Organizational Development Consultant, Heather will share with us how to take ownership of our individual careers and our career happiness! 

"Today, most people are on their own to figure out a career path and what's right for them.  Many people fall into their careers and then make their way forward with some combination of planning and serendipity.  Taking ownership of one’s career is not only empowering but is also stress-reducing!  At Eden Park Group, our approach is both structured and flexible in that we support people in their career journey in the way that makes most sense for them.” 

 Topics will include how to approach your career strategically to help empower you to:

  • Maximize your fulfillment in your current position

  • Make a career change:  Is this the right time?  Where do I start?

  • Integrate your work and life more seamlessly

  • Guide your career down the right path for you 

 The focus of the discussion will be driven by the participants!

 Outside of work and family, Heather is an active volunteer within her community.  She looks forward to engaging with each of you and invites you to bring along a friend to the start of your career happiness journey!

 Visit the Eden Park Group websites to see some of the many testimonials offered by individual clients of all ages and stages:  www.edenparkgroup.com (~35+) &  www.edenparkconnect.com (~20 to ~35).

Heather’s Professional Bio

Heather Stewart is the founder of Eden Park Group which provides career and leadership coaching, and organizational development consulting services. 

A former Executive Vice-President & MD in the capital markets, and a former New York-based Partner with a top tier global consulting firm, Heather completed a Master of Science in Organizational Psychology in 2012 and made a career transition.  Today, Heather is Professional Coach and Organizational Development consultant.  Heather works with people who want to be intentional and strategic about career and leadership choices and empowers her clients to pursue their career and leadership goals with confidence, determination, and purpose.

Heather works with individual clients and organizations in various fields including:  Accounting, Arts, Banking, Capital Markets, Education, Engineering, Finance, Government, Health Sciences, Human Resources, Law, Marketing, Media, Medicine, Nursing, Operations, Project Management, Registered Health Professionals, Research, Sports, and Technology. 

 In the community, Heather serves as a Trustee of Trinity College (University of Toronto) as well as a member of the nominating committee.  Also, she serves as an Independent Trustee of a private-sector national pension plan as well as a member of the investment committee and chair of the governance committee; and, as a lay leader in the Anglican church.  Additionally, Heather is a founder of a Mentorship Program for women at a private educational organization and she was one of the founders of the national organization, Women in Capital Markets.

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Natural Pediatric Healthcare - Catherine O'Halloran
Jun
4
9:00 AM09:00

Natural Pediatric Healthcare - Catherine O'Halloran

Bio:

Catherine O’Halloran, ND completed her Bachelors of Science in Anatomy and Cell Biology, with a minor in Psychology at McGill University. Dr. O’Halloran attended the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) in Toronto.

In addition to studying the core naturopathic modalities, she has taken courses through the Benson Henry Institute of Mind Body Medicine at Harvard University. She is also trained as birth doula and can use naturopathic modalities to ease the process of labor and delivery. In her clinical year at CCNM, she was on a specialty shift in pediatrics, treating conditions such as autism, ADHD, eczema, allergies and childhood epilepsy. Her passion is in treating fertility, hormone imbalance, postpartum mood disorders, and pediatric conditions. She is currently on leave to raise her 3 young children, but will be returning to practice in the summer of 2019.

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May
28
9:00 AM09:00

Wills & Estate Planning - Laroux Peoples

Laroux is a former criminal prosecutor, turned entrepreneur, who is part of the female revolution changing the practice of how women do law after having kids. Laroux's practice is in Wills & Estates, assisting families and business owners with estate planning documents including wills & powers of attorney.

Laroux's passion is to mentor women who have left law and who want to resume practice, or women who are thinking of starting their own law practice after having kids.

peopleslaw.ca

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Real Estate
May
21
9:00 AM09:00

Real Estate

Join us as we hear from Toronto Real Estate Agent Ingrid Menninga and North Toronto Moms Group Member as we chat about the real estate market in Toronto and locally here in the North Toronto Area. We'll cover: What's selling? What's not selling? How to get into the market if you're renting, How to move up in the market, and one of the biggest considerations people often forget about when buying a home that can save you boatloads of money, stress and disappointment.

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Dental Care for Babies & Children
May
14
9:00 AM09:00

Dental Care for Babies & Children

We are Deborah Aber and Vandna Sharma of Little Pearls Pediatric Dentistry. We look forward to speaking with you about how to care for your child’s teeth from birth to adolescence. Good oral health is inherently tied in with overall health. We will cover topics such as best practices for hygiene, diet recommendations, and trauma prevention. As Pediatric Dentists, we aim to provide a dental home where kids can feel comfortable to come and enjoy taking care of their teeth. We will answer any questions you may have about your child’s first visit to the dentist. Please visit our website to learn more about us and our practice: https://littlepearls.ca/

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Professional Organizing with Declutterfy
May
7
9:00 AM09:00

Professional Organizing with Declutterfy

Jane is a Toronto based professional organizer and lover of cats, books, coffee, and of course organizing! Unlike other professional organizers, Jane does not feel that she was born a “natural organizer.” Like most of her clients, she struggled with the stress and anxiety that comes with living in a cluttered home well into her adulthood. Finally in her early 30s she decided an orderly home was a priority for her and began to learn and implement organizing techniques and principles in her own life. She found that an organized home worked therapeutic wonders on her mental health and decided she needed to pass on her knowledge to others! Since then Jane has received organizing training with the Professional Organizers of Canada and currently helps others create their own functional and peaceful spaces.

Jane's methods include teaching individuals how to make mindful decisions when letting go of clutter, creating organizing solutions tailored to people's lifestyles and learning preferences, and coaching folks on developing new habits that allow them to maintain organizing systems.

Her workshop will address the negative effects of clutter on mental health as well as the many benefits of having an organized home. She will offer tips and tricks for moms of young children on how they can realistically begin their journey to becoming organized. Jane will be happy to answer any questions at the end of her presentation!

 

Website: www.declutterfy.ca 

Instagram: @declutterfy.ig

Facebook: www.facebook.com/declutterfy 

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From Presentation to Standing Ovation
Apr
30
9:00 AM09:00

From Presentation to Standing Ovation

RON TSANG’S SPEAKER BIO

Following a successful career on Bay Street, Ron Tsang is a professional speaker who also teaches business communication at Centennial College’s School of Business.

Using concepts from his Amazon-bestselling book From Presentation to Standing Ovation, Ron has helped sales teams, police chiefs, and military commanders present better than Steve Jobs.

Ron also works with organizations to improve employee productivity through clear business communication and helps individuals increase their influence by elevating their executive presence.

Some of Ron’s clients include companies such as RBC, TD, BMO, CIBC, Honda, and Shopify, professional associations such as the Project Management Institute, Human Resources Professionals Association, and the Canadian Payroll Association, and educational institutes such as Queens University, University of Ottawa, and the University of Toronto Rotman Executive Programs.

Ron received his MBA from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, an HBA from the University of Waterloo, and is currently President-Elect of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (CAPS) Toronto Chapter. He is also a member of the Global Speakers Federation and is the co-founder of the annual Toronto Entrepreneurs of Passion and Purpose (TEPP) Awards. When he’s not working, Ron loves traveling the world and experiencing other cultures.

PRAISE FOR RON’S MESSAGES

“Ron has the natural ability to understand and connect with audiences.” – Joanne Sweeney, Senior Specialist, Human Resources, SickKids Foundation “We got the contract! The Board’s comments were that our presentation was very polished and professional—everyone else seemed sloppy in comparison” – Joel Dekter, Business Development Manager, Regal Security “Ron is an inspiring speaker and teacher—full of energy and passion.” – Lydia Chang, Manager, Nestlé Canada “His practical tips can dramatically improve your presentation immediately.” – Kenneth Cheung, Director, BMO “His passion for presentations is totally contagious!” – Shawn Mintz, President, MentorCity

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HAPPY PARENTS = HAPPY CHILDREN How to Keep your friendship while raising a young family
Apr
23
9:00 AM09:00

HAPPY PARENTS = HAPPY CHILDREN How to Keep your friendship while raising a young family

Children suffer most when their parent's relationship is fractured. Your relationship with your partner and how to keep emotional intimacy and remain best friends is the greatest gift you can give your child.  If parents are not able to meet each other's need, how can they meet the needs of their children?  

 Learning how to stay connected as a couple by exploring effective ways to handle conflict are important to sustaining happy and healthy relationships. Take some time out to learn skills that you can use for a lifetime. 

 This workshop is based on the work of Drs. John and Julie Gottman. 

Bio:

Samantha Reynolds is a professional voice-over artist, writer and Montessori teacher.  Samantha is passionate about parenthood and how it shapes a child’s emotional and social development.   Married for almost 13 years and the mother of a 9 year-old, she credits this course for saving her marriage.

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Meera Jain - The Green Mum
Apr
16
9:00 AM09:00

Meera Jain - The Green Mum

Meera Jain is a part-time teacher, part-time eco-blogger, and a full-time mum of two little girls. She spends her days on Instagram writing about her low impact lifestyle, testing out recipes for her blog, and teacher her students French. Any other time is spent with her family and friendds, sleeping, or pretending to exercise!

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Apr
9
9:00 AM09:00

Panel Discussion - Second Languages

 Join us for our first ever panel discussion with experts from the Toronto French School, Panda Mandarin and the Spanish Schoolhouse.

Learn the why, how and when about helping your kids learn or maintain a second/additional language. 

 ** The panel will run from 9:30am - 10:15am, with 10 minutes for questions at the end. **

 We look forward to seeing you Tuesday morning!

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Babywearing Breakout Session!
Apr
2
9:00 AM09:00

Babywearing Breakout Session!

Hey ladies, come join us on Tuesday April 6th for abother breakout session where we are going to look into the wonderful world of babywearing. 

 Confused about how to use your carrier? Want to learn how to wrap or use a sling? 

 Bring your carriers to the meeting and we can help each other out! Our own babywearing guru's Catherine and Carolyn will be bringing along their collections of carriers to demonstrate and help everyone become more comfortable with babywearing! 

 Please note neither Catherine or Carolyn are babywearing consultants.

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Mar
26
9:00 AM09:00

Quick and Clean Meal Prep Tips

Come explore the easiest and healthiest options to keep your family well fed. It's hard to prepare healthy food fast and make your family enjoy it too, so let's get started on the easiest things to add to your meals that your family won't notice is even healthy! 

 

BIO: Rafia Kanji has a profound passion for nutrition and recipe creation. In early 2017, she launched a food blog dedicated to wellness and recipe creations. She later enrolled in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and is recently became a certified health coach. She has a creative approach to all her recipes, ensuring that they are all from from gluten, refined sugar and dairy. Rafia’s goal is to work with people to help them make healthier choices without compromising taste.

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Keeping Your Kids Safe
Mar
5
9:00 AM09:00

Keeping Your Kids Safe

Join Care, Mom of 4, owner of With Care , Registered Midwife & Safety Educator to talk about keeping our babies and kids safe. Care will discuss some of the common ways that our little ones are harmed in our homes, and review the safety precautions we should all be taking. This is one session you don’t want to miss!

 

From a very young age, Care wanted to be a mother, and she turned her passion for caring for families into a career. A busy, work-from-home mom of four, Care is a Registered Midwife, CPR Instructor, Babywearing Educator, Car Seat Technician, Community Leader and Online Influencer. Through her blog, YouTube Channel, social media and community events, she helps provide families with Education & Inspiration From Pregnancy Through Parenthood. Head to www.with-care.ca for full details about upcoming workshops & FREE events, plus find out more about private in-home sessions. 

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Feb
26
9:00 AM09:00

Beauty Tips for Busy Moms

Are you one of those Moms who's rushing out the door with your make up half done or doing finishing touches on the subway? Do you want to know how to get the most out of the make up you have? Do you want to learn what products the experts recommend and how to enhance your best features? If you've answered "yes" to any of these questions then you don't want to miss this talk by one of Canada's best make up artists, Jackie Gideon. http://www.jackiegideon.com/

Jackie Gideon is one of Canada's most sought after beauty, editorial, bridal and red-carpet makeup artists and creative directors. Jackie's work has appeared nationally and internationally in Elle, In Style, Martha Stewart, The New York Times and Esquire and her celebrity clientele has included Julia Roberts, Penelope Cruz, Kate Hudson and Celine Dion! Jackie will be giving us lots of beauty tips, answering our questions and doing some mini demonstrations!

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Feb
19
9:00 AM09:00

Break Out Session

Break out sessions are a great way to connect and learn from other Mamas! Let's talk about anything and everything "Mommy-related"! What's on your mind? What are you struggling with? What's your latest "Mommy win"? Looking forward to seeing you there :)

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Learn How to Master Public Speaking
Feb
12
9:00 AM09:00

Learn How to Master Public Speaking

Learn how to master public speaking with Ron Tsang!

  • craft your voice to make people STOP, listen and get on board with your ideas

  • stop getting nervous & clamming up whenever you get asked to speak publicly

  • convey a natural & confident persona when speaking

  • know how to handle various speaking situations with ease

 

Ron Tsang BIO: 

This weeks speaker, Ron Tsang is an Amazon bestselling author of "From Presentation to Standing Ovation", a business communications teacher at Centennial College and professional speaker himself who has taught everyone from sales teams, police chiefs and military commanders to connect, compel and close their audience. 

Following a successful career on Bay Street, Ron Tsang is a professional speaker who also teaches business communication at Centennial College’s School of Business. Using concepts from his Amazon-bestselling book From Presentation to Standing Ovation, Ron has helped sales teams, police chiefs, and military commanders present better than Steve Jobs. Ron also works with organizations to improve employee productivity through clear business communication and helps individuals increase their influence by elevating their executive presence.

Some of Ron’s clients include companies such as RBC, TD, BMO, CIBC, Honda, and Shopify, professional associations such as the Project Management Institute, Human Resources Professionals Association, and the Canadian Payroll Association, and educational institutes such as Queens University, University of Ottawa, and the University of Toronto Rotman Executive Programs. Ron received his MBA from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, an HBA from the University of Waterloo, and is currently President-Elect of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (CAPS) Toronto Chapter. He is also a member of the Global Speakers Federation and is the co-founder of the annual Toronto Entrepreneurs of Passion and Purpose (TEPP) Awards.

When he’s not working, Ron loves traveling the world and experiencing other cultures.

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Feb
5
9:00 AM09:00

Feeding Your Family

It's just food right?? As parents it SHOULD come naturally to us what our kids need, and how to best feed our kids....right?? And yet so many parents are struggling with how and what to feed their kids, how to address picky eating, and how to bring back the enjoyment of family mealtime! Ahuva will show you some of the most misconceptions parents have around feeding kids and how to address them to help improve your family's meal time experience.


Ahuva is a Registered Dietitian with a special focus on pediatric health, picky eating, healthy food introduction and management, and a passion for supporting families who live with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders.


During her time as a Clinical Research Dietitian at the Hospital for Sick Children, Ahuva developed and implemented clinic-wide protocols to improve patient care, conducted allergy specific research and counseled children and their families on the elimination of allergenic foods while maintaining a healthy diet to support growth. Ahuva currently supports various pediatric practices in the city including Kindercare Pediatrics, Midtown Pediatrics and ISAND. Ahuva works with children and their families to promote healthy eating, healthy growth and healthy food relationships and reduce meal time stress for parents.


Ahuva holds a Masters of Applied Nutrition from the University of Guelph and a Bachelors of Applied Nutrition with Honours from Ryerson University, and is a member of the College of Dietitian of Ontario, Dietitians of Canada, and Canadian Celiac Association.

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Jan
29
9:00 AM09:00

Women's Health

Are you interested in learning about chronic disease prevention for women? How about how exercise can improve the health for not one, but two, generations? Dr. Karen Fleming will speak about these topics and more! Dr. Fleming is an assistant professor with the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. She is also the division lead for Family Medicine Obstetrics and the Chief Department of Family and Community Medicine at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. https://sunnybrook.ca/team/member.asp?m=722

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Jan
22
9:00 AM09:00

Morning Madness with Alyson Shafer

Alyson is one of Canada’s most notable parenting experts. She is a family therapist with a clinical practice in Toronto, and has penned 3 best-selling parenting books; Breaking the Good Mom MythHoney, I Wrecked The Kids, and Ain’t Misbehavin’.

She is the resident parenting expert on such popular shows as; The Marilyn Denis Show, Global Morning, The Parenting Show, CBC radio. She is also the resident parenting expert for HuffPost Canada. Alyson delivers her deep insights in ways that today's busy parents can easily understand and immediately apply. She promotes a firm but friendly "democratic parenting" style, and offers practical solutions backed by extensive research and 20 years of working with families.

And here is a summary of “Morning Madness”:

For many families, morning time is one of the hardest parts of the day.  Kids' dawdle, parents nag and yell.  Drops off can be tear-filled and we start our day feeling badly.  In this session, Alyson will help parents pull together a morning schedule that will create harmony, co-operation and develop independence in our children.  

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Jan
15
9:00 AM09:00

Break Out Session

Break out sessions are a great way to connect and learn from other Mamas! Let’s talk about anything and everything “Mommy-related”! What’s on your mind What are you struggling with? What’s your latest “Mommy win”? Looking forward to seeing you there :)

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Jan
8
9:00 AM09:00

Mindfulness for Mamas

'As a Doctor of Chiropractic, and a professor of anatomy and physiology, Elysia has the unique ability to teach at a level understood by all. She combines her medical knowledge with the physical and mental rejuvenation of yoga practice, giving her patients and students the opportunity to fully work towards optimal health. You can find her teaching an invigorating class at Yoga Tree or preparing yoga teachers in their training. As a mother of three, Elysia understands first-hand the reality many mothers face. She enjoys guiding pre and post-natal woman through their journey, offering encouragement, love and support. Her classes are safe for the injured, welcoming to beginners, and invigorating for those seeking a challenge. With humour, realism and a passion for teaching Elysia has the capacity to infuse positive change regardless of age, body type or skill level. '

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Dec
11
9:00 AM09:00

Kids Programs - The Reggio Emilia Approach

What is the Reggio Emilia approach and how can we be Reggio-inspired at home?

Learn more about the popular Reggio Emilia philosophy that comes from a small town in Northern Italy and why it has inspired educators worldwide. Discover the TransformEd Creative Studio and Learning Centre in Ontario, and how some of this Italian approach has influenced me with my own children at home. Gain some ideas to try too!

BIO: Joanne Marie Babalis is a mom to an infant, and preschooler who is also a Reggio Emilia inspired kindergarten teacher, Early Childhood Education consultant, PhD student, and kindergarten additional qualification course instructor at York University. She is passionate about the early years, specifically designing spaces that inspire inquiry-based learning and creative innovation for twenty-first century learners. Her blog, “TransformEd: Transforming our Learning Environment into a Space of Possibilities” www.myclassroomtransformation.blogspot.ca and Instagram @joannebabalis continue to reach educators throughout Canada and beyond. Each post makes visible the power of inquiry, as well as the strong potential of young children. Joanne recently opened up the TransformEd Creative Studio and Learning Centre in Woodbridge, Ontario for children birth to age eight to attend with their families.



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Family Photography Made Easy (and Fun!)
Dec
4
9:00 AM09:00

Family Photography Made Easy (and Fun!)

This talk will cover a variety of topics such as how to take better photos with your phone, easy ways to display and print your photos (including the use of apps) and how to capture candid moments and avoid “cheesy” smiles. Feel free to bring along your camera and any questions, as there will be time for Q&A. Kira is a family and newborn photographer who loves to capture authentic connections. She is obsessed with beautiful light, candid moments and creative perspectives. Her photography style is Lifestyle, which is a hybrid between documentary photography and more classic portraiture. When she is not taking pictures, you can find her chasing after her two rambunctious (but cute) kids, exploring her neighbourhood of Leslieville in Toronto, or dreaming about a lazy summer afternoon at the family cottage. https://www.kiranoelphotography.com/

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Nov
27
9:00 AM09:00

Nutritionist

Nutrition Tips for Busy Moms: Join us for a super-practical info session on how to survive (and thrive!) through the busy days of family life!-- from start to finish! Susan Baker, nutrition speaker, and Kristin Ciotola, health enthusiast, will share meal ideas, snacks, food prep & planning tips. Come with your own ideas to add!

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Nov
20
9:00 AM09:00

Toys!!

It’s almost a month away from Christmas and the pressure’s on to find the perfect gift for all the little ones in your life!  Come find out what are the hottest toys for different age groups from our neighborhood toy store!


Toytown is the oldest independent toy store in Toronto; established over 55 years ago. Toytown has always been a family run, family oriented store. for more details

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Breakout Session - Behaviour!
Nov
13
9:00 AM09:00

Breakout Session - Behaviour!

Come join us for our 2nd Break Out Session of the year to talk about kids' Behaviour! What are your kids doing that makes you want to tear your hair out? What was your latest "Mommy win", when your kept your cool against all odds? Have you read any good parenting books lately? Please join us for a conversation on all things behaviour - related! Looking forward to another great discussion!

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