Summer Grubbin’ Happened So Fast

Here’s Wee Urban’s comprehensive and thoroughly researched, top 5 list of places to eat this summer in Toronto.

So whether you’re travelling to the big city, or living in it, chances are… you’ll love the places we list.

*2 of the 5 are outdoor patios*

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Harvest Kitchen

Harvest Kitchen is graced with two patios, one awning-covered, street-level space with room for 8 out front and the other, a 35-seat deck on the second-floor that’s surrounded by lush tree canopies. Snag a spot at brunch and indulge in pancakes and morning mimosas while soaking up the sun.

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The Porch

The patio above the Rock ‘N’ Horse Saloon benefits from sweeping views of the city including unobstructed photo ops of the CN Tower. At night, the rooftop lounge feels like a street party, but by day, the place is a casual hangout with a snack bar menu to enjoy alongside beers.

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Pi Co. 

BRAND NEW! Yorkville is now home to a quick-service pizza parlour. Pi Co. serves Neapolitan style pizza and allows you to pick your own toppings. The pizza is made in a brick fire oven, with the stones imported all the way from Italy. Pi Co. also serves up Sweet Pis for dessert, and a breakfast pizza.

20090628-stockyardssignThe Stockyards

The Stockyards is the modern day interpretation of the family diner/ BBQ joint while embracing traditional methods of dry curing, aging, and smoking that require time and patience. They also have Chicken & Waffles. Who doesn’t love Chicken & Waffles?

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Vesuvio

Toronto was first introduced to New York style pizza when the Pugliese family founded Vesuvio in 1957. This is by far, without a doubt, the best pizza the “6” has to offer. So if you’re travelling West, it’s a must-stop. Grab a large pepperoni, walk down High Park Av. into the park and enjoy a pizza themed picnic with the fam.

Mmm… I’m hungry!

Bee-aware and Bee-wear! Why you should know about the “Plight of the honeybee”

Honey Bees have been a staple of suburban gardens for lifetimes on lifetimes, always buzzing around and never really bothering anyone until being bothered themselves. At this point in time, the honey bee is integral to the survival of our agricultural system, and they are slowly but surely dying off.

honeybee-honeycomb-macro_26201_990x742In a 2013 Time Magazine cover article titled “A World Without Bees” Journalist Bryan Walsh delved into the heart of the issues commonly referred to as the “Plight of the Honeybee”
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The first line of the feature read, “You can thank the Apis Mellifera, better known as the Western honeybee, for 1 in every 3 mouthfuls of food you’ll eat today.”

Yes the western honeybee is one of the most important animals in the production of the produce that we consume every single day.

Walsh added later, “Honeybees — which pollinate crops like apples, blueberries and cucumbers — are the “glue that holds our agricultural system together,” as the journalist Hannah Nordhaus put it in her 2011 book The Beekeeper’s Lament. (In fact, nearly 70% off all crops that are grown today require pollination.) But that glue is failing. Bee hives are dying off or disappearing thanks to a still-unsolved malady called colony collapse disorder (CCD), so much so that commercial beekeepers are being pushed out of the business.”

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CCD is based on multiple factors, most are cause by human influence, these are:

  • Pesticides that human’s spray on our crops.
  • Biological Threats like the Varroa mite are killing off colonies directly and spreading deadly diseases.
  • Over-production of commodity crops such as wheat and corn that provide no pollen for honey bees and therefore they are literally starving to death.

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The population decrease is so profound in some areas that places that were considered honey bee hotbeds like Iowa, has lost 70% of its population over 6 years. (from 2006-2012)

During that same time period, California, lost nearly half of its honey bee population. And from 2010-2015, the United States has lost 30% of its total honeybee population, and bee colonies are now no longer existent.

Canada is not immune to the problem either, but there are many great organizations fighting to save the bees, including Bees Are Life, which is based right in Toronto. We plan to team up with them in the near future.

Our Bee dress is meant to raise awareness around the plight of the honey bee and hopefully work towards changing it to a more hopeful, rebounding, and rising in population, flight of the honey bee.

Check out the beautiful dress below and pre order soon on our website.

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Summer – The Cheapest Time to Get Fit

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Working out consistently is probably one of the harder things to accomplish, especially as a new parent, or a parent in general, or even just a human.

The winter, in Canada in particular, makes it that much harder to get motivated and get fit. Plus the added pounds around Christmas is a pre-determined kryptonite of New Years resolutions.

Summer however, is the perfect time… We have some tips on what makes summer the best, and cheapest, time to get fit!

 

 

Beach Body Motivation

This is a no-brainer. During the summer everyone is constantly reminded by the beach and the abs and the tans. Of course, most of these bodies are unattainable in the short amount of time we have in the summer, but that doesn’t mean they are not a goal you can strive to reach!

 

The Weather

Another obvious factor… Jogging outside is way more enjoyable than a treadmill. Our suggestion is to find a local trail, and run through the woods. Bring bug spray though. Also, it’s a perfect time to play with your kids outside, that’s technically exercise! My Mom and I used to play badminton in the backyard or go bike riding. Find an active summer activity and do it with the kids!

 

Less Stress

Summer is often way less stressful. The weather is nicer, the kids aren’t in school, people are laid back and their minds are on a permanent vacation. Great time to make some healthy fruit smoothies and go work out! You can add some other liquid in afterward!

 

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Gym’s have deals!

This is the most underrated of them all! Gym’s the most expensive institution ever created (alright not really, but they are not cheap!) usually have deals in the summer. Trial memberships are awesome! Or you can get a free month if you sign up with some friends! So grab a buddy or the hubby and hit the weights… Make sure you stretch!

Alternatively, there are lot more gyms popping up that are lower in price, For example, Fit 4 Less which is a subsidiary of Good Life offers memberships for as low as $9.99 a month! Now that’s cheap.

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All in all, the sun, the warmth, the lack of stress, all point to summer being the best time to get fit, and hey… judging by weather patterns, the warmth might be extended into October!

We’re at The Baby Show!… and we have some cool friends there too!

 

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Come check us out at the Baby Show Toronto April 2nd and 3rd, located at the Enercare centre in Hall D.

Here our five favourite brands that will be joining us this weekend.

THE NAKED NURSING TANK

This MUST HAVE nursing tank turns EVERY shirt into a nursing shirt.  The tanks low cut innovative neckline allows a mother to wear ANY bra and fits EVERY body type! Super soft Bamboo is perfect for baby’s delicate skin.

ULTIMATE MUM PILLOW

 Ultimate Mum Pillows are Made in Canada, non allergenic, mould and mildew resistant, are made from exclusive ‘Comfort Fill’ which place you in an optimal rest and sleeping position while pregnant and provides feeding support while you nurse your baby.

Ultimate Mum Pillows come in 5 different styles with an optional cover made of Cashmere Cotton on 1 side and Heavenly Soft Flannel on the other side. Customer also receives a FREE Pregnancy & Childbirth ebook valued at $45.00. To purchase a pillow, please go to our website www.ultimatemum.com and we will ship your new pillow for FREE and you can start to sleep in comfort.

BABY PARKA

 We specialize in weather protection for babies and toddlers. Our products are designed and made in Canada…where we know first hand about cold weather.
Our line of baby parka accessories include safe covers for the car seat, infant carrier and stroller.

DEAR-BORN BABY

 At Dear-Born Baby, our goal is to provide all the must-have items for today’s savvy parents. Not only will you find everything you need for your baby, our specialty services include professional car seat installations,stroller tune-ups and repairs, furniture touch-ups, rentals, and more. We pride ourselves on being a full service baby store.

We are located in the Greater Toronto Area at 72 Doncaster Avenue, Thornhill, Ontario L3T 1L3 (one stop light north of Steeles Ave, east off of Yonge St.) or visit us online at www.dearbornbaby.com.

DRESSED TO DELIVER

 Creator of the Award Winning Original 3-in-1 Gown. A great alternative to the traditional hospital gown! Is HOSPITAL APPROVED, provides all access required while leaving you concealed.  Wear as a maternity dress, during L&D  for immediate access for skin-to-skin and nursing with your newborn after birth and postpartum!
See you all there!

Spring into Spring! & don’t waste a minute!

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Hello Wee Urban World!

How has everyone’s Winter been? Horrible right!?

We are getting ready for Spring, and although the weather has been nothing if not unpredictable. We’ve been on the search for great things to do this Spring!

We found the most AMAZING checklist of 50 Fun Spring Activities! Right here.

Our favourite’s are:

  • See the cherry blossoms
  • Walk on a deserted beach
  • Pick strawberries…
  • … and of course… Mix up a pitcher of margaritas

 

But if you really want to know what we have planned this Spring, all we can say right now is that it rhymes with blue peak leg.

But it’s not blue… or is it?

 

Stay tuned!

 

~ WU – DS ~

Baby Brushing: Good Teeth Tips Your Toddler Should Learn

Let’s face it. Toddlers can be fickle creatures, and some more so than others. When it comes time to teach them how to brush their teeth, many parents feel like a battle with Goliath would be easier than getting their little one to open wide and keep those new teeth nice and clean.
The important thing to note is that dental hygiene is an important part of your child’s development that should begin early on, from the time their first tooth comes in. The two rows of baby teeth that develop in toddlerhood are place holders for adult teeth. According to a Health Centered Dentistry in Anchorage AK, without proper hygiene and dental upkeep, decay and poor formation can lead to difficulty chewing properly and speech problems. This is why implementing a routine and encouraging tooth care should be done as soon as your child can begin to understand.
Wiping gums after meals and before and after bedtime are precursors to the real deal. Once it comes time to begin teaching your toddler how to brush their teeth, there are a few tips you can try out to make the process fun for them, and easy for you.

Let Them Pick Their Own Toothbrush
New routines like teeth brushing can be off-putting to toddlers because it’s such a foreign concept. You can make them feel like they’re in on the whole thing from the start by letting them pick out their own toothbrush or toothpaste. There are plenty to choose from nowadays that sport the latest and greatest TV and movie characters, so your little one is bound to find the right brush for them.
As a parent, though, make sure that the brush has soft bristles and isn’t too big for them. Allow them to choose from the children’s section of toothbrushes and toothpaste specifically and ask your dentist if you’re not sure which would be a good fit for them.

Be an Example
Stress the importance of brushing teeth after meals, before and after bedtime, and before you leave the house. Children look up to their parents, so hearing you say things like, “Oh! Wait! I can’t leave until I brush my teeth!” will make them want to follow suit. If they’re adamant that tooth brushing is the bane of their existence, they may not show much interest at first, but keep encouraging them and you should begin to see results.

Take Turns
When you introduce brushing, show your toddler how it’s done first and then let them try on you. Reverse the roles and demonstrate on them as well. You can allow them to practice on their dolls or favorite stuffed animals to keep the idea minty fresh in their minds.

A Family Affair
Have both parents and any siblings make a big deal about brushing their teeth. Your toddler will want to join in on the fun, and you can begin to teach them the importance of brushing gently and thoroughly. Be sure you show them how much toothpaste is just the right size for their tiny teeth, even though you should never allow them to use any of it alone, or leave them unattended while brushing. Keep everything stored out of reach when it isn’t time to brush.

Lastly, have patience. Speak with your child’s doctor if there are any major challenges getting them to brush, but don’t be too hard on them. Patient persistence is key, and encouragement will always be more effective than scare tactics. Over time, you can instill good hygienic habits that your toddler will grow up with, and will keep their smiles happy and healthy.

 

Six Often Forgotten Tips for Baby-Proofing Your Home

Take a look around your home. Virtually everything you see lying around will either become your child’s chew toy, or a potential hazard if you are expecting. While infants who have not developed an ability to crawl or toddle are not capable of getting into much unless it is placed at arm’s length, babies develop faster than you might first expect. You may not be worried about baby-proofing when you are in the daze of exhaustion after your newborn comes home, but fast-forward to 6 months down the line, and your little one will be all over the place and into everything.
Many parents baby-proof as they go, but will overlook some very hazardous areas in the home that need prompt attention. Here are six forgotten places to childproof before your toddler begins to explore.

Windows 
Unless you live in a cave or an underground bomb shelter, you more than likely have a few windows. These can be dangerous elements when you have curious little ones running around who want to watch the world outside their home. When little toddlers find their way to the window and see something that sparks their interest, it might mean a fall. In fact, more than 5000 kids fall from windows every year.
Your baby-proofing technique will depend upon the window type. You can use window guards, window stops, charley bars, and wedges to prevent the window from opening. It is also important to remove furniture that can be used as a ladder so your toddler cannot plan for a quick escape.

Bathroom for Bath Time
Babies outgrow their portable and folding infant baths very quickly. When promoted to the big bathtub, there many hazards to avoid. You might know to put away the soaps, shampoos, conditioners, and razors, but that is not all. Be sure to invest in a non-slip mat and don’t overlook the importance of a spout cover. Children love water and they are drawn to the spout where it comes out. One slip could mean they injure their head on the spout.

Access to the Toilet
Another water source that poses a hazard and is overlooked by many is the toilet. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the toilet is not only infested with bacteria, but can be an overlooked drowning hazard. One way to cut off access is to close the door to the bathroom at all times, lock it with a hook-and-eye lock.
You will also need to secure the lid so your toddler cannot open it when they figure out it can be lifted. Find a type of lid lock that is easy to install and is compatible with your toilet style.


Dishwasher

Kids pay attention to your every move. If it is your routine to unload the washer as they eat in their highchair, they may be intrigued once they get down. If they open the dishwasher right after is ends, there is a chance of steam burns. They will also have access to sharp knives and glass that can break and cause deep cuts if they get into a dishwasher. Be sure to point all sharp utensils down, put away the detergent in a locked cabinet, and never leave the dishwasher door unlocked.

Backyard 
You never want to give your child free access to your driveway or the backyard where there is a whole new set of hazards. Just 30 seconds of putting away clothes can result in disaster if your child finds out how to open the door and run into the street. Over time, toddlers figure out how to open locked doors. When this happens, you can buy handle locks, knob locks, lock and pinch guards, and more. Another option is to always arm your home with a security alarm so it sounds whenever the door is opened. NorthStar alarm reviews say this system can also be controlled remotely so you can make sure doors are locked wherever you are.

Create a Closet
If you have guests who frequently come to visit, they could be carrying hazards with them. You know to lock up medicines and sharp items, but all of this could be easily accessed in a purse within reach. Be sure you have a place to put coats and bags so purses don’t become dangers.

No home will ever be 100% safe. You need to supervise your children, but you also need to prevent potential accidents with the right safeguards. Be sure you look at the obvious hazards and the not-so obvious ones so your child is as safe as can be in your home.

 

~ Brooke Chaplan ~

How to Come to Terms with Your Postpartum Depression

Mental Health is often overlooked, Brooke has a great blog post on postpartum depression that you definitely need to read.

 

 

The act of giving birth drains you physically, not to mention the whole process playing havoc with your emotions. Changes in hormones greatly impact your emotional state and your ability to deal with the new responsibilities in your life.

Although few women pass through the birth of a child without some form of emotional stress, certain signs point to a more serious condition called postpartum depression. Unlike the regular baby blues during the first two weeks after birth, postpartum depression lasts longer, and yields much more dangerous results.

Signs of Postpartum Depression

Women who experience persistent anxiety or guilt, accompanied by feelings of worthlessness and recurring thoughts of self-harm likely have postpartum depression, and require professional help. If you think you are feeling out of the ordinary sadness, anxiety, and stress talk to your doctor to see if you can get an official diagnosis.

Seeking Help

Even you can tell when something may be wrong. If you think you may have postpartum depression, do all you can to get help. Countless women have struggled with this condition, and it’s no shame to admit you can’t deal with it on your own.

Once you obtain the help of a professional, they can make an accurate diagnosis, leading to the appropriate medication and or therapy. Find a counselor who has been qualified with a USC master of science in applied psychology or equivalent. In addition to these treatments, here are some ways to deal with and cope with postpartum depression:

Care for Yourself

Although many affected women feel guilty and overwhelmed, it’s important to practice self-care.

This includes getting enough sleep, which may sound impossible with a newborn. Recruit the help of a family member at least every two days to ensure you get enough sleep. Instead of trying to do household chores during the baby’s naps, take the time to nap as well.

Eat a balanced diet. To stay healthy and promote proper healing, eat healthy foods and avoid alcohol and caffeine. When you put goodness in, you’ll get good out. Exercise might be the last thing you feel like doing, but the endorphins it produces will make it worth it.

Cry

The body normalizes its hormones in part through releasing tears. Crying provides a natural way for your body to secrete hormones that may be overly high now that you’ve had your baby.

Accept Help

Many sources of help lay in wait to give you the boost you need. Whether this comes in the form of a spouse, close friend, or sibling, accept help. Now is not the time to say you’re fine and don’t need any help.

If you let others lend their time, you’ll feel loved and more able to cope with what’s happening. Confide in your spouse to help them understand how you feel. Joining a local mothers’ group wouldn’t go amiss, as it helps you feel less alone in your struggles as well. The important thing is to get a good gage on how you’re feeling and find people you can trust to tell your fears and anxiety to. With time, you can begin healing and find more of the positives that come with having a baby.

 

 

~ Brooke Chaplan ~

Scent Secrets: Is Your Detergent Making Your Clothes Smell?

Scent Secrets Is Your Detergent Making Your Clothes Smell

Unless you can afford to have your clothing and all of your basics washed for you, you more than likely deal with some of the everyday laundry challenges many of us face. While it may seem like a somewhat simple task, perfecting the craft of laundering clothing to get that perfect scent takes the right products, and the right cycles. You use detergents to clean your clothing, fight stains, and keep your clothing looking bright, but what you may not know is most of the leading products on the market use artificial scents that could fail to get rid of odor, and fail to leave your laundry fresh. Read on, and find out what is causing that distinct odor even after your laundry has gone through a super wash cycle.
It’s All in the Ingredients and How Much You Use
Traditional laundry detergent that is manufactured by some of the leading companies in the industry may contain artificial scents that are meant to leave clothes fresh, but it also contains an alkyl-sulfate surfactant. This surfactant compound is used to breakdown water, oils, and dirt. Since it is derived from fatty acids, when anyone washing their laundry uses too much of the detergent, it can create a scum that will biodegrade extremely fast, and create their own rancid smell in the washer.
This scum can be found at the surface of the washer, and is a delicacy for mildew and bacteria to feed on. Ultimately, as the wash cycle continues, the residues found in the basket of the washer will transfer to your clothes and give them an inexplicable stench.

How to Prevent This from Happening
To prevent this smell from happening, you need to use the appropriate amount of detergent so that the scum does not accumulate and feed bacteria. By cutting off the food source, you should have no further problems. You will also need to disinfect your washer with a hot rinse cycle and bleach to kill the bacteria that may be calling the liner of your washer home.
If you have a heavy hand when it comes to pouring your detergent, just know that your washing machine will begin to harbor mold, mildew, and scum. If you don’t want to buy organic products for laundering, use what the natural products use to prevent this problem. By adding a few drops of lavender essential oil, you can help ward off the stink with the anti-mold properties in the oil, and still wear fresh-smelling clothing.

You might also be able to fight lingering smells with odor fighting fabrics. Companies like Underfit Men’s Undershirts make odor resistant and breathable men’s white undershirts. Other places sell workout clothes with mesh material which can help wick away sweat and keep your lingering smells down after washes.

 

Look for ways you can cut down on strange smells in the laundry room with these ideas. Being careful with detergent, washing and rinsing your machines, and looking for odor resistant fabrics can be a good start.

 

~ Brooke Chaplan ~

 

Thank you Brooke, another amazing guest post!

Where Can Young Moms Find the Best Steals on Baby Supplies?

Where Can Young Moms Find the Best Steals on Baby Supplies

Having a baby is expensive, with out-of-pocket expenses ranging upwards of $3,000if you happen to have health insurance. After footing the bill for doctor’s visits, hospital stays, and extra days off, you might be nervous about buying all of the other baby equipment your friends and family members say you need. Fortunately, you might be able to save a bundle by shopping smart. Here are four tips for finding the best steals on baby supplies, so you can save money and focus on your new addition.

 

Saturday Morning Garage Sales

When babies grow up, parents find themselves with loads of extra gizmos, gadgets, and furniture—which they tend to get rid of later. After all, who wants to fill their spare bedroom with baby bouncers and port-a-cribs? Fortunately, you might be able to score some great deals on baby gear by checking out Saturday morning garage sales. Believe it or not, these days some garage sales are held online via social media, so you can see what people are selling before you drive across town.

 

The Scratch-and-Dent Section

Sure, that pristine mahogany crib might seem like the perfect addition to your nursery, but as soon as your baby learns to bite, toss, and smear, those spindles might be dinged and dirty in no time. Instead of paying for perfect furniture, swallow your pride and peruse the scratch-and-dent section of your favorite furniture store. The furniture might not be perfect, but you might be able to save some serious money on pieces that won’t stay pristine anyway.

 

Online Auction Sites

Online auction sites like Craigslist and Ebay might not seem like attractive places to shop for baby items, but you can save a bundle on things like shoes, clothing, bedding, books, and toys. Some sellers even sell baby gear in large lots, so you can score several items for one low package price.

 

Send In Those Free Vouchers

Before you leave the hospital, your nurse will give you a folder jam packed with offers from baby supply manufacturers. Although it might seem time-intensive to send in vouchers for free bottles, formula, and nursing covers, tossing that paperwork might mean hundreds of dollars worth of missed gear. Always take advantage of free offers, no matter how small.

You can also find a lot of good coupons online. Sites like Discountrue.com often offer some of the best deals for Nordstrom.com so you can save at stores you love.

 

With all of the money you save on baby supplies, you might be able to extend your maternity leave and snuggle that brand new baby.

 

~ Brooke Chaplan ~

 

Thank you again Brooke, another brilliant and helpful article!