Why ‘Made in Canada’ matters

I’ve always been proud to be Canadian – but never more so than on November 11, 2001.

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I was in France backpacking while teaching overseas and, on a whim, a bunch of Canadian women and I decided to take a ferry to Calais to see Vimy Ridge. We navigated through a small town and stumbled upon a Remembrance Day ceremony. The fact that we were there on November 11 was completely un-intentional but the most fitting co-incidence.

We watched as the French vets marched down the street and played their anthem. Next came the Canadian anthem as our flag rose up the pole – and I was completely overcome. With patriotism. With pride. With appreciation.

At the end of the ceremony, one of the French veterans came over and said “our boys would be so proud to have you Canadian gals here.” I’ll never forget that day or how I felt – thinking about his aged face, the stories he would have told, the legacy he would one day leave behind…still wells me up.stuffsss2

When I started WeeUrban many years later, making my products in Canada was really important to me – and remains so to this day. I’m proud that I can help support the local economy, that my kids can see where my products are made and walk freely on the floor of the factory. That our manufacturers (many of whom I consider family at this point) are safe and treated fairly – something workers in many parts of the world can’t count on, sadly.

As I run my business and go about my life as a busy Mom, I work hard to remember how lucky we are to live in this free and peaceful country – and that we have this privilege because of those who fought on our behalf decades ago, in that place I stumbled upon all those years ago.

stuffsss222On November 11, I make a point to be particularly grateful – and I hope you will too. As for WeeUrban, we’ll continue to make in Canada for as long as there is the opportunity and available resources to do so. I hope that’s forever, and thanks to those that have stuck with us.

Holly Doer & Dreamer- Wee Urban Ltd

6 Unique Gift Ideas for the Next Baby Shower You Attend

Expectant moms and dads are often inundated with well-intentioned, yet redundant shower gifts. When you want to your gift to be truly appreciated, you can show your happiness for their new arrival and also show that you want to help them with their upcoming role as parents by showing up with one of these unique shower gifts in hand.
Trendy Baby Clothing

New parents always appreciate clothing for their little one. Rather than gift the standard colorful onesie or footed sleeper, you can give them a set of clothing that is trendy, stylish, and fun from places like Shop Sugar Babies. Clothing that is emblazoned with their favorite sports team logo or embroidered with cute designs will give the new parents something fun and beautiful to dress their baby in later.

(Wee Urban edit – Wee Urban has some amazing trendy clothes too) :)
Baby Bullet

Adults today are crazy about making their own smoothies. With the Baby Bullet, they can also make their baby a fresh smoothie that contains their little one’s favorite fruits and veggies. With more parents getting away from feeding their babies processed baby food, the Baby Bullet can be the ideal shower gift.

Baby Cry Analyzer

Even the most experienced of parents may have no idea why their baby is crying. They can know for sure when you give them an innovative Baby Cry Analyzer, as found from this Buzzfeed post. It shows them if their baby is hungry, sleepy, colicky, or experiencing other distresses.

Stroller Storage Organizer

Moms know what a hassle it can be to carry a purse while pushing a stroller. When you show up with a stroller storage organizer in hand, you relieve this mom’s future frustration at being unable to keep her purse up on her shoulder while pushing the stroller. The organizer fits over a stroller’s handles and has enough room for a phone, bill fold, and other essentials.

Battery Operated Nail Cutter

New moms and dads dread cutting their babies’ nails. You can make it easier for them by giving them a battery operated nail cutter. This cutter uses gentle motions to cut a baby’s nails and helps avoid painful cuts and tears.

Baby Barolo Cocoon

Babies love to be swaddled, but few parents actually master the blanket swaddling technique. You can help new moms and dads keep their little one swaddled by giving them a Baby Barolo cocoon. This blanket keeps Baby cocooned and happy.

Choosing unique and thoughtful shower gifts can be a challenge. You can help new parents out with these innovative and meaningful baby presents.

~~~ Rachelle Wilber ~~~

 

Another great guest article from our friend Rachelle!

Thank you!

 

Beauty and Cosmetics during Pregnancy: The Good and the Bad

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Every pregnant woman wants to look her best during her pregnancy, but it is hard to use the same makeup you used before you got pregnant. Pregnancy changes your body chemistry, the composition of your skin and the way your body looks in the light. Your makeup, fragrances and skincare regimen all must change during your pregnancy, and you may find they will stay changed after you have your baby.
How Your Makeup Reacts to Your Skin

The makeup you normally use may not react to your face as it always has. The color you use on your face may not look the same as it has in the past, and these colors may not stay on your face as they once had. It is possible that your makeup will cause you to break out in hives, or you may form a rash. You should consider changing your foundation, blush and powder during your pregnancy. The change in your body chemistry may require you to maintain this change in your makeup after you have your baby.

Skincare

The skincare products you use may not give you the same results they once did. You are counting on your lotions and moisturizers to protect your skin, but these lotions may not do the job they once did. You cannot continue to use the same moisturizer if it does not help you, and your skin may dry out much faster than it would otherwise.

Your skincare regimen may need to increase when you are pregnant. Chronically dry skin is going to plague you when you are pregnant, and you may consider using more moisturizer than you did in the past. Many women resort to moisturizing their whole bodies every day, and you must keep up with this routine to prevent stretch marks. Do as much as you can to keep your skin moist and soft.
Sunscreen

A woman who is not accustomed to wearing sunscreen may need to start using sunscreen during her pregnancy. Your olive complexion may have helped you a good bit at the beach, but you must start wearing sunscreen because your skin is so much more sensitive.

Women who do not typically use sunscreen may turn to a foundation that has sun protection built-in. You need to keep your skin from being damaged in the hot sun, and you must take steps that will prevent sunburn and sun damage.

Skin Irritation

You may go to bed with your makeup on after a long day, and your skin has never reacted poorly to your makeup. You must start washing your face every evening to ensure your skin is safe. You will likely feel a good bit of irritation when you leave your makeup on for too long, and you may need to use a professional makeup remover.

Daily Makeup Application

You should change from pads to sponges when you apply your makeup, and you may consider scaling back the amount of makeup you are putting on every day. Reduce the amount of makeup you are using to help your skin cope with your pregnancy. Your pregnancy is going to make your skin reject a good bit of your makeup, and the makeup that you choose to wear going forward should be as light as possible.

Your body will not respond well to all the makeup you typically wear. You must make a change that is going to help you look your best during your pregnancy. You may choose to keep these makeup changes after you have your baby, but you must make careful changes for the health of your skin. If you are unsure about certain cosmetic products while you are pregnant, it is wise to consult with a physician like Dr. Gilbert Webb, to see what is safe for you.

 

– Rachelle Wilber

Guest Contributor

May is For MOM! Wee Urban + WeeSleep

Mother’s day is upon us, and leading up to it we have once again partnered with our friends at WeeSleep and are giving away a brand new Grey Penguin Sleep bag.

With our bags and their toddler sleep knowledge, we are confident that Wee can provide you with every thing you need to get our little one to sleep. So if you want grade A products and services for free. You better enter this contest and stay tuned for more like it!

 

https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/7d65f0de2/

 

3 Key Ways Pets Influence Children

A Wee Urban Guest Blog from Melissa Stevens!

Raising a child may be the most fulfilling process a human can experience, but it is truly based on a bittersweet mixture of events and emotions. Of course, the bitter part emerges from all the worries and anxiety that being responsible for another (helpless) human being can cause. The sweet part comprises all the beautiful moments that make up parenthood. If a parent wants to make a child’s upbringing even more interesting and colorful, getting a pet is a fabulous way to do it. Pets affect children’s development in an extraordinarily beneficial way.

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Boosting Imagination

One of the most important things that should be encouraged while a child is growing is the development of imagination. The evolution of the cognitive part of the child’s brain should be boosted from the earliest age. Sure, reading stories and playing with your child will give incentive to the development of both kinesthetic and mental skills, but if you add a pet to this cognition-boost set, the outcome will be even better. You can introduce different pets to your child and encourage him or her to become interested in them, as well as develop a higher level of empathy. In addition, reading to them about animals will help bolster your child(ren)’s imagination even more. As they get older, they will develop a life-long, animal-friendly attitude.

Stronger Family Bonds

Many families have problems when it comes to spending time together, but a pet can turn the things upside down and give birth to a special bond within your family. Instead of staring at TV every night of the week, you could spend at least a couple of nights playing with the pet and teaching your child how to treat it in the best way. Also, such occasions are a great opportunity to create a sense of togetherness, and teach your child that many things can be done more easily if all the family members participate. It could be mere dog/cat brushing, but you could also be something more involved, like a flea and tick or cleaning up after the pet, to introduce your child(ren) to some less pleasant duties that come with pet owning.

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Pet-Related Duties For Better Working Habits

A child can be brought up in many ways and every mother develops and applies some special rules of her own. But making a pet become a part of your child’s life usually has one common effect in most of the pet-having families – they become organized in a better way. Smaller pets, like tortoises and budgies are not that demanding, so they could be very attractive first pets for the beginning of your child’s active pet-owning life. For starters, kids will learn to feed them on a regular basis and become aware that animals also need emotional approval from their owners. Perhaps once children learn those skills, they may be ready for a cat or a dog. That way they will be taught that a larger pet causes more responsibility, just as it is the case with real life.

It is clear that a great bond can be established between a pet and a child, but every parent should understand that only with their help will children be able to develop special feelings for pets, and learn how to behave towards pets (and people) in an appropriate way. A pet can be great fun for the entire family, but it also requires a lot of care and attention, just like a child.

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About author

Melissa Stevens is healthy lifestyle and environmentally friendly living enthusiast and huge animal lover! All relevant information for this article she got from experts from Stefmar. She is interested in practical solutions for simpler and more convenient life, and she likes sharing them with others. Thank you Melissa!

 

Our Top 10 Brands From the Baby Time Show That You MUST Check Out

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This past weekend was crazy! The International centre at Highway 427 and Airport Road was packed with new families looking to learn and find brands that would make their new child’s first couple years the best that they could be.

Wee Urban was there, and not only did our show go well, we also made many connections with old friends/brands and met some new one’s that we are so excited about, we need to share.

Here are our Top 10 Brands from the Baby Time Show that you neeeeeeeed to know about! – these are not in any particular order

 

#1 – Naked Nursing Tank

Our friendly neighbours during this weekend, Naked Nursing Tank is perfect for every new Mom. Lightweight and breathable design, amazing ingenuity and affordability make the Naked Nursing Tank a MUST BUY for every breastfeeding Mama. Its function is simple, wear your favourite bra that fits you, wear any shirt that fits you, and underneath wear your tank. That way, when you pull up your shirt and push down your bra when the little one gets hungry in a public place, or anywhere really, the Naked Nursing Tank keeps you covered.

To learn more, head to their website – Naked Nursing Tank

 

#2 – Munch Mitt

This is a brand new product that we are so excited about! Munch Mitt baby teething mittens are perfect for when the little white pearls start breaking through their gums and they’re chewing on everything from themselves to you! This innovative teething product will blow your mind and hopefully keep your kid occupied. The Munch Mitt® Teether is a “handy” teething solution that prevents the constant dropping of teething toys. It provides easy access pain relief for teething babies who are still learning consistent grip and direction and protects the hands from irritation due to chewing. In other words, its another MUST BUY!

To learn more, head to their website – Munch Mitt

 

#3 – Baby Parka

Well we are in Canada, so it only makes sense to throw in a recommendation for our great friends at Baby Parka! Weather troubling your baby? Fear no more with Baby Parka. Canada is notorious for manufacturing all 4 seasons in the span of one week, this brand has a solution. Whether it is in the stroller, in the car seat, or if you’re carrying the babes around, you want Baby Parka covering the little one, no matter the weather!

For more information on their line, click here – Baby Parka

 

#4 – Tiny Hearts 3D Ultrasound Studio

We’ve had 3 products to start this list, now it’s time for an integral and amazing service. Tiny Hearts 3D Ultrasound Studio is the best bang for your buck on the market. High class amenities, coupled with family-like hospitality and reasonable prices make this service a must have. The experience itself is worth the money, and then you get to share these amazing images with friends and family, it is truly remarkable stuff!

To get in contact with them, check out their website – Tiny Hearts 3D

 

#5 – Ultimate Mum

If you’ve ever been to a Baby Show, chances are you’ve seen someone walking around with one of these and wondering if you could possibly borrow it for a quick nap! Ultimate Mum Maternity Pillows are the absolute best for getting to sleep with those couple extra inches in circumference around your belly! These are perfect for during pregnancy and afterwards, but just watch out that your partner doesn’t try to steal it from you!

To learn more, visit their website – Ultimate Mum

 

#6 – Bright Bean

Wee Urban loves when toys can educate, and a new-to-us brand Bright Bean has found a way to make fun and learning co-exist. Their store has yet to launch, but it’s definitely something you should keep an eye on moving forward.

For now, read their amazing learning tips on their blog – Bright Bean

 

#7 – Hip Mommies

Oh how we love all that is modern. Hip Mommies has everything that you need to be that 21st century in-the-know type of parent. From lunch time to bath time, they have got you covered with simple, modern designs of no mess – no stress type products.

To check out all of their amazing products, click here – Hip Mommies

 

#8 – Doula Pantry

Fare to say that this is an overlooked aspect of pregnancy and Doula Pantry has found a way to make it one that can be helped. Their all natural, and very tasty, cookies are made with Milk enhancing ingredients. The purpose of which is to increase lactation levels for breastfeeding Mom’s. Not only is your child getting more milk when you’re consuming these tasty treats, but they are also getting much needed enrichment from the ingredients! We are so excited about these, and you should be too!

Check them out – Doula Pantry

 

#9 – Kickboard Canada

Well my inner child was going absolutely nuts seeing these this past weekend. Scooters, I mean, SCOOTERS! As much as technology is currently influence the fact that I’m writing this online blog, we believe that our children need to get outside way more. Maybe this isn’t for “babies” but it was just too great to leave out of our list. Plus, it made us reminisce on simpler times, times that our kids should all have, so when they are ready, you best be buying them a scooter!

PS. They have adult ones too…

 

Visit their website by clicking here – Kickboard Canada

 

#10 – Dressed To Deliver

Our friends at Dressed To Deliver can basically make absolutely anything fashionable… including childbirth. We love their product so much that we need to give them a huge shoutout for their work at the show and beyond. If you want to look good, and have a functional gown ready to go for when you’re about to pop, Dressed To Deliver is just the unique product that you need!

 

Check them out! – Dressed To Deliver 

#11 – Wee Urban

Did you really think we’d talk about our 10 favourite brands at the Baby Time Show and forget about our absolute favourite of all time. As you know, Wee Urban is your #1 choice for sleep bags, and just this past month we launched our new designs in Fox and Penguin. These are available on our website, as well as on Shop.ca, and Amazon.ca. and for our US readers, Amazon.com.

Stay tuned to our Facebook and Instagram to keep updated on new product lines, giveaways and promotions.

We’re always up to something!

The Baby Time Show was great! Thank you to the organizers and all of our neighbouring brands! Hope to see you all, in the fall!

– Devin

DOW – Wee Urban Deals of the Week

Every week we do a very special Wee Love It Wednesday giveaway for all of your amazing fans to show them just how much we appreciate them.

This week we kicked it into high gear with a special St. Paddy’s day edition alongside another giveaway with our pal’s over at Spray Pal!

Check them out and enter on Facebook and Instagram!

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St. Paddy’s With Your Kids

 

1) Assuming your kids aren’t yet built for a traditional game of Irish football or rugby, try some of these games in honour of St. Patrick’s Day! Play a  game of Hot Potato or consider a “potato hunt” (think: Easter egg hunt but with small potatoes) or a “Pot o’ Gold” treasure hunt (a search for gold chocolate coins). All these easy household games will get your kids involved in St. Patrick’s Day and hopefully make them tired, a bit earlier!

2) Depending where you live, check local event listings for a St. Patrick’s Day parade! Dress in your best green attire, and get ready to watch some cool bagpipers, Irish step dancers, and fire engines roll through. It’s like Santa is coming to town 9 months early…. and is wearing green!

3) Stock up on green construction paper and craft supplies, and get creative with your little leprechauns. St. Patrick’s day crafts are adorable and make great party decorations or gifts for grandparents. Plus, who doesn’t love making crafts!

4) Eat some Irish food why don’t ya!!! Popular Celtic cuisine includes potato dishes , soda bread, meaty stews and dinner pies. So there’s plenty to choose from beyond not-so-kid-friendly corned beef and cabbage for your St.Patrick’s Day. Or simply dye some of your favorite treats, such as cupcakes and milkshakes, with green food colouring. What kid doesn’t love colourful food!

5)Learn, learn, learn! Take some time to explore the meaning of St. Patrick’s Day and test your family on some Irish trivia. Do you know why the shamrock is a symbol of St. Paddy’s Day? No! Well you should! Get the kids to ask the questions and see if they can stump their family members!

Finally… you can always do all 5 of these things in one night! After all, for most, St. Paddy’s is something that you do in excess!

 

If you have any cool St. Paddy’s Day traditions! Leave a comment below! And check out our Wee Love It Wednesday this week… for a little Green Envy!

 

Ciao!WLW Green Envy!

Stylish and Eco-friendly Diaper Bags Moms Will Love

Diaper bags are an absolute essential item for mothers of all aged children. They’re necessary to hold so many different items that their child will need throughout the day while away from home. Due to this, finding the perfect diaper bag can sometimes be a little difficult with so many options to choose from.

Eco-friendly moms would certainly be looking for diaper bags that aren’t harmful to the environment or their children – something made from safe and non-toxic materials. Here are some suggestions of eco-friendly diaper bags for mothers.

Ergo Baby Carriers 

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The company Ergo Baby provides a full assortment of diaper bags, backpacks, changing stations, and front carrier pouches that can be chosen in a bunch of different colors and designs. The best part about this wide selection is that their products are all made of organic cotton. These products are available through their website as well as various retailers.

Kalencom

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Upon first glance, it may look like Kalencom’s diaper bags are not eco-friendly due to the fact that they are made from PVC. However, the company assures it’s customers that the PVC they use contains no phthalates or other harmful chemicals that can be found in some baby products. Their diaper bags and accessories come in many different styles and designs, and they can also be found on their website and at retail sites.

Fleurville 

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Fleurville is an interesting company in that they are one of the very few that make their diaper bags out of recycled water bottles (PET). Also, the company says the bags are free of PVC, phthalates, and BPA chemicals. The products they offer are both fashionable and practical for moms looking for effective diaper bags for their child. These products can be found online through their website.

Diaper Dude

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Diaper Dude offers both diaper bags and baby changing stations for dads on the go, and in manly designs. They are another company who has managed to make their products out of the material from recycled water bottles. Also, they are free if PVC and phthalates similar to almost all the other eco-friendly diaper bags on this list. They can be found through the company’s website as well as on Amazon.com.

Maxwell Designs 

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Maxwell Designs is a unique brand that is a part of Tootsntots.com. This company offers diaper bags that are purely made of hemp products! These hemp bags are free of dyes and synthetic fillers, making them another great eco-friendly choice for environmentally conscious moms. They can be found on the company’s website.

organic bedding and accessoriesGuest Blog by Jennifer Cicci of Babee Talk

As a mother, Jennifer understands the importance of offering nothing by the best for baby. Motivated by teeth marks on her children’s cribs, she decided to design a teething rail cover after trying products that didn’t measure up when it came to quality or style. What she found out made her even more concerned about children’s safety and health: The toxic chemicals used in the production of synthetic materials have been linked to birth defects, reproductive disorders, and weakened immune systems.

She asked herself, “What if I could revolutionize the way parents decorated their crib with a safe and stylish teething rail cover that could be placed on the crib from day one?” Babee Talk® launched in 2014 with organic bedding and accessories. Chew-friendly, drool-friendly, and organic inside and out, her products ensure a healthy start in life for babies.

She only offers products that she would provide for her own children. She hopes moms and dads will start to talk about the importance of choosing safe, healthy, eco-friendly products, especially for babies.

Interested in writing a guest blog for Wee Urban? Send your topic idea to tasha@socialmedia22.com

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Wee Urban makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

10 Tips for Being Eco-Friendly During the School Year

eco friendly during school yearNow that the school year is underway, we have a tendency to slip into old habits. It’s understandable; we’re a lot busier than we were a month before, so we’re tempted to choose convenient solutions, rather than choices that protect the Earth. Here are some tips to start the school year out right and stay eco-friendly along the way.

1. It doesn’t all have to be new.

It’s tempting to show up on the first day of school with brand new supplies and a whole new wardrobe, but after the first day it’s all unnecessary. Last year’s notebook still had some pages in the back and that backpack is still in good shape. Honestly evaluate the school items and only buy what needs replacing.

2. No more “brown bagging.”

If you send a lunch to school with your child, opt for reusable containers rather than throw-away lunch bags. The disposables are tempting because they’re easy, but reusable bags and utensils are much better for the environment. You’ll just have to teach your kids to care for them.

3. Don’t buy in bulk.

Buying in bulk is only a good strategy if you’ll actually use all of the items you purchase. Do you need that 5-pack of glue sticks? Or the box of 100 pens? Take realistic estimates of what you need and buy that and no more.

4. Buy from local producers.

Whenever you can, opt to buy from local companies for lunch foods and snacks. Since these items weren’t delivered across the country, they didn’t cause carbon emissions from the trucks and the burning of energy.

5. Walk, bike, or take public transportation to school.

If you live close enough to the school, encourage your kids to walk or ride their bike. It’s healthy for the environment and they’ll get a bit of exercise in the morning (which is proven to help focus at school). If your student needs a ride, have them take the bus rather than driving them yourself.

6. Buy eco-friendly clothing.

When you buy clothes, choose items made with healthy, organic materials. Organic cotton and bamboo are great materials that cause little impact to the environment. Ideally, choose products that were made locally.

7. Set up a carpool.

If bussing isn’t available, create your own system. Gather some other parents on your route to school and set up your carpool. Your school may even have some information on setting one up, including parents who are looking.

8. Choose products with minimal packaging.

Packaging is usually just waste. When you pick up products, choose items that don’t come laden with boxes or plastic wrap. Items that come packaged should be wrapped in biodegradable materials and made from recycled products.

9. Turn off those computers.

When not in use, make sure all devices (computers, laptops, tablets, etc.) are turned off. If you’ll be buying a device for the school year, choose a manufacturer that is taking steps to reduce their environmental impacts (through reduced energy use and eco-friendly materials).

10. Lead by example.

Like any other lesson, teaching your kids to be eco-friendly starts with you. Teach your kids to reduce their impact on the environment by doing your part to help the earth. If you can change your fundamental habits, your children will naturally fall into step.

organic baby toddler clothingWritten by Holly MacLean from Wee Urban

As a new mom, Holly was driven to start Wee Urban™ to offer the modern family a unique and fresh collection of eco-friendly baby gear and accessories that goes beyond the conventional and explores the exceptional! Tired of traditional pinks and blues and cute motifs, we offer sophisticated designs, “conscious” organic alternatives, practical functionality and superior quality. Using our custom certified organic cotton blends, low-impact dyes, and other trendsetting fabrics, we hope to inspire families to be make better choices and of course- do it all in urban style!

Beyond our organic cotton and azo-free dyes, Wee Urban uses 100% post-consumer packaging and tags for our Wee Dreams™ Sleep Bags. Our distinctive screen-printing is done with 100% eco-inks and are all phthalate free.

We also recycle our remnants and donate as much as possible to local elementary schools to help with arts and crafts programs.

For more information, visit wwww.weeurban.com

Interested in writing a guest blog for Wee Urban? Send your topic idea to tasha@socialmedia22.com

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Wee Urban makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

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