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Summer Fun #2: Prince Edward County

Posted by on Jul 31, 2014 in dreamchild | 2 comments

Summer Fun #2: Prince Edward County

There’s something special about Prince Edward County. About 2 1/2 hours east of Toronto, “the County” is a great spot for a quick escape. Take a deep breath, and breathe in fresh air. Exhale, and relax on the beach. Take in breathtaking views of vineyards, Lake Ontario, Bay of Quinte. Explore the shops. Feel the history. Experience farm to table meals. Slow down. I visit often (my mom lives here) so my kids and I have explored the island inside and out. Here are some of my favourite kid-friendly spots to visit.   1. Drive out...

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Summer Fun – Biking The Don Valley Ravine to Evergreen Brickworks

Posted by on Jul 16, 2014 in dreamchild | 0 comments

Summer Fun – Biking The Don Valley Ravine to Evergreen Brickworks

It was a bit of an accident “discovering” the bike trail that goes from the Toronto’s Lakeshore up the lower Don Valley to the Brickworks. What took us so long to get out there on the bike trail! From Leslieville in Toronto’s east side to the Evergreen Brickworks – one our favourite places in Toronto – is so super close. But we hadn’t ventured the bike trail yet. So we piled the kids into the bike trailer and set off for the day. To see where to access the ravine, check out this cool interactive map: Love the Ravines.   I...

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Textile Toxins 101

Posted by on Jun 10, 2014 in dreamchild | 1 comment

Textile Toxins 101

For tips on reducing household toxins and creating healthier and greener lifestyle for your family, check out Green Moms Collective. This website is my go-to for articles from other green moms, experts, advocates, and regular folks trying to make better decisions for their families. I was happy to be asked to contribute to their series on reducing exposure to textile toxins.  Moms like me who don’t have PhDs in chemistry still want to know about the compounds in our everyday items in our homes.   Did you know that everyday textiles...

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A Change of Heart on Valentine’s Day

Posted by on Feb 14, 2014 in dreamchild | 0 comments

A Change of Heart on Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day! Confession: I used to be a bit cynical about this day.  Wasn’t it just all about big corporations selling more greeting cards and gross plastic heart-shaped trinkets? However, I’ve had a change of heart.  I decided to take back the day!  Rather than seeing it as a hyped-up, over-marketed day of pink, I decided to look into the soul of the day and make it about a collective show of love. It doesn’t have to be about buying more greeting cards! It’s about your own expression of love. So to...

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Take care – your ethics are showing

Posted by on Feb 12, 2014 in dreamchild | 0 comments

Take care – your ethics are showing

Take care — your ethics are showing Vicky Sanderson: From child labour to kids’ products, social responsibility drives shoppers REPRINTED FROM Toronto Star   “The prospect of having a little person sleep 12 hours a day with those products drove my desire to have organic products for kids,” says Dream Child bedding founder Shelley Smith. By: Vicky Sanderson Homes, Published on Fri Aug 09 2013, Toronto Star The horrific collapse of a garment factory in Bangladesh this past April drew into sharp focus the conditions for workers in the...

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Merry (local and green) Christmas!

Posted by on Dec 22, 2013 in dreamchild | 1 comment

Merry (local and green) Christmas!

I stuck to my buy local mission again this year.  It’s stress-free (no mobs), supports small businesses and local jobs, and provides access to unique products that aren’t found in big-box stores. Avoiding the malls alone is reason enough! I found some wonderful retailers that carefully curate their items with a focus on eco-friendly products. Here are some of my favourite picks.    Ava’s Appletree – Natural Parenting Store My 5 year old daughter has developed a recent interest in knitting. I thought an easy way to get her started...

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