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

FTD – For The Dads – Devin’s Top 5 Beers for St. Paddy’s Day

st-patricks-daySt. Paddy’s is just one of those holidays that really needs to happen on a Friday or Saturday… Don’t ya agree! Well we’re all adults here, so let’s cut to the chase. There’s nothing like an ice cold beer, (or glass of wine, if you’re classy) after a long day with the kids. For me, considering I don’t have kids, let’s call it a long day with my dog, who whines and needs to go outside far too much, and is afraid of the rain, and snow, anyways.


Sometimes you just need a cold one to take the edge off and properly relax. So in the spirit of St. Paddy’s day. Here are my Top 5 Beer choices. We get a little classy, we get a little sassy, and we’re always tasty.

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Budweiser

Ahh, the old classic, the King, as they say. I once heard a comedian say that he doesn’t drink Heneiken, because when you’re at a bar and have had a few too many. “Heneiken” is just too difficult to articulate, so, that’s where Budweiser comes in. Whether you’ve had 2, or 20. You can always say, “Bud”. It’s perfect for St. Paddy’s as it couples a decent flavour at a great price point. But watch out, because Bud is brewed with rice, instead of wheat, the next day headaches are killer… Of course, a trade off most of us are always wiling to make.

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Sleeman Clear 2.0

Maybe not what you thought was coming, but definitely an option. I’m a fan of strong, crisp beers, but if you’re looking keep the pounds down and not feel bloated from a night of increased hydration, this is by far the best low-calorie option. It still maintains that crisp Sleeman taste, without making you feel like a hot air balloon. I’ve heard many guys say that they don’t want to touch these types of beers, but listen, it does the same job, and if you feel cleaner doing it, then jump right into it. After all, they all taste the same after a while anyways…

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Coors Banquet

I guess we can call this the College Beer. There’s just something about Coors Banquet that makes me feel nostalgic, and it is the only beer that I prefer in a can. Call me crazy but I’m not a fan of Coors Light, but the Banquet understands me. It’s golden can, and even more golden taste, make me feel like I’m in Los Angeles watching the Kings beat the Capitals (true story), or I’m back at home, in my childhood bedroom with my mini-fridge stacked with little golden babies. Plus, I personally think it tastes great, and a good can option is always better than a bottle when travelling.

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Miller Lite/MGD

Like I mentioned, I’m not a huge fan of light beer, thankfully, I am a fan of Lite beer, (see what I did there, spellcheck is saying it’s spelled wrong) Anyways, Miller Lite is finally in Canada, and that is great news for anyone who likes light beer with good taste. It goes down smooth and easy, and is incredibly affordable. You won’t know what hit you. An honourable mention must go out to it’s ancestor… MGD, those clear bottles, they are just beautiful. Aren’t they?

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Guiness

Well, it’s not St. Paddy’s without being genuinely Irish… and there is nothing more Irish, other than Potato’s, than Guiness. It is probably the only beer I’ve ever enjoyed that I cannot see through, and to honour its tradition, and to not hurt my pocket book, it is a St. Paddy’s only beverage. It doesn’t matter what you’re drinking on March 17th. You have to at least pour one of these out for ol’ St. Patrick!

This beerly beloved blog is brought to you by Wee Urban’s own, Devin Sarges. A constant supporter of the Toronto St. Pats/Maple Leafs – I know. I really do know.

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Take Time for Yourself as a Mom

take time for yourselfIt’s amazing how quickly a baby can take over your life. Don’t get me wrong: it’s a wonderful experience and the change was welcome, but wow… One day you are your own person with interests, hobbies, and social engagements; the next you are at the beck-and-call of a helpless little nugget.

After a few months of serving (for lack of a better word) someone else (let alone years), it’s tough to let go of that mentality. We have all heard stories about parents who struggle letting go when their kids are grown: they continue to parent their child long after parenting is necessary, often to the detriment of both parties and the relationship.

You Are Not Superwoman

Superwoman could balance a robust social life, a healthy diet and exercise schedule, and a powerful career, all while raising a bright, happy, loved child. But there’s a reason the comics bestow incredible gifts on their characters: those people are the ideal, not the reality.

Women embark on their journey of motherhood with the expectation that they are going to do it better than everyone else. That’s a noble goal, and raising kids better than our mothers and their mothers is part of parenthood, but striving to be the perfect mother is just plain silly. You are going to feel stress, anxiety, and need some space.

Don’t Forget Yourself

Caring for yourself is a big part of caring for your child. That sounds a bit circular, and honestly it is, but it’s the truth. A relaxed mom is better than a stressed mom, even if the stressed mom devotes more time and attention to her child.

Don’t feel guilty about an evening with the girls, a date night with your spouse, or a movie alone. You’ll return to your motherly duties with a renewed spirit and sense of purpose. Plus, you’ll teach your kids valuable lessons about understanding oneself.

Furthermore, while motherhood is permanent, providing full time care is not. You’ll always be “mom,” but there will come a day when that little nugget is your size or larger and running his or her own life. You’ll get to bring out all those interests and qualities you had set aside.

Indulge in Yourself

Give yourself permission to step away from motherhood from time to time and remember who you are aside from someone’s caregiver. Schedule the break at regular intervals so you have something to look forward to. Leave the kids with your partner, invite grandma and grandpa over, or call the sitter for the evening.

If you can only squeeze out fifteen minutes at a time, go with it. If you have the support to take a whole day, that’s great too. Here’s the kicker: No one will think less of you for it. Every mom gets it.

I started this blog post with the intention of offering some ideas as to how you can truly exploit that “me” time, but I decided that wasn’t helpful. Everyone is different, which means I can’t tell you how to enjoy your time away. Perhaps you’re into book clubs or winetasting, or maybe you prefer rock concerts and go-kart racing. You’ll have to decide what brings the inner you out.

car seat cover nursing cover stroller shadeGuest Blog by Laura Gravett, Inventor of PunkinWrap

Laura, a mom of two, is the inventor of PunkinWrap, a multi-use car seat cover and baby wrap. PunkinWrap is the only wrap purposely designed to multi-task as a blanket, car seat cover, sunshade, changing pad, tummy time mat, and nursing cover.  The 7-in-one baby solution can be placed over baby while nursing, over the car seat, or over the stroller to keep baby protected from the sun at all times. The wrap is lightweight and breathable so baby is always comfy. Plus, it also gives baby privacy while sleeping and protects him from the other elements like rain and wind.

More so, Laura is a former nanny with a degree in psychology who formerly worked at Yale University doing research. As an Atlanta native and currently residing in the best suburb of Atlanta: Roswell, Laura and her husband love their community. Laura volunteers on various committees in their city to help give back in any way she can.  Laura and her husband spent several years taking care of rescue dogs – transport, intakes, fostering, etc. and had to step away a bit once they had their first child. The Gravetts now have two children (girls ages 3 and 10 months) and three rescue dogs.

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

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How to Manage as a Work From Home Mom

work from home momWorking from home (especially if you’re running your own business), can present a myriad of challenges to the modern mom. Personally, I love the freedom. I love being able to be there for my kids during the day. I love being able to give them my full attention when they say, “Watch this, mommy!” I also love not sitting in traffic.

Even though working from home (or working from anywhere you like, as the case may be for some of you) is a blessing, making it flow is an art. Hopefully these tips help.

1. Create your own work space.

You’ll want a dedicated space in your house for working. It can’t be your bed or your couch. It doesn’t have to be a completely separate room (although that helps), but it needs to be a desk, a table, or a corner where you work. Make sure to only do work in this spot. It can’t also be where you prepare dinner or play with the kids. The goal is to make this place feel like work so your mind is in work mode when you’re there.

That said, don’t feel chained to your desk. One of the best parts about working from home is the freedom to move around. If you feel like answering emails on the porch today (and your productivity remains effective), by all means enjoy yourself.

2. Get ready in the morning like you were leaving the house.

Working in our pajamas sounds great in theory, but being too comfortable can make us less productive. Get ready in the morning as if you were off to work like any other job. Dress casually, but deliberately (no pajamas – put on pants). Shower and brush your teeth, but you don’t need a full face of makeup.

3. Throw the schedule out the window.

You’ll learn very quickly that schedules are meaningless when you’re working at home and caring for children. Even if they’re in daycare part time, your days will quickly scatter apart. Don’t expect to sit at your desk between nine and five like the rest of the workforce.

If you’re stuck on a problem, throw in a load of laundry while you think. Brainstorm while you prepare dinner. Visit the bank at two in the afternoon. If you embrace your freedom, you’ll actually produce a net savings on your time.

4. Blend your to-do lists.

A list is a simple, straightforward, clear-headed way to get your tasks done. Once your jobs are on paper, your brain will feel clear and crossing them off is absolutely satisfying after a while. The first thing you should do in the morning is make a to-do list for the day, starting with your priorities.

I also like to keep a second list alongside that includes projects I’m working on over time and tasks I’m waiting on other people to complete. This gives me a clear picture of what needs to be done.

5. Exploit that precious nap time.

Your rare moments of silence and freedom will come during naptime. Make sure you have plenty of work to accomplish during this time so you can use it well. If your work requires phone calls or uninterrupted projects, naptime is your best bet. However, don’t try to cram so much work into this slot that you do it all poorly. You can’t wash dishes, make lunches, correspond with clients, edit documents, mop the floor, and direct employees in an hour.

6. When you aren’t working, don’t work.

If you have decided that you’re done working for the day, stop. It can be tempting to pop off a quick reply to that email or make the simple adjustment for your colleague, but these are traps that get you sucked into working during your personal time. Eventually you’ll have emails and requests coming in after your work hours because others think you work at this time. A coworker will make a promise to a client because you “always come through” and now you’re obligated.

Furthermore, you want to let your brain out of work mode at some point. If your mind is occupied by work, you won’t offer your focus and attention to your kids.

7. Get out of the house.

When your work and live in the same place, you will quickly feel confined. Make excuses to get outside of the house at least once a day and interact with other humans. Even if it’s just a ride to the coffee shop or a walk through your neighborhood, get outside. If you start to feel stuck in one place, you’ll begin to resent both roles.

8. Explain the situation to your kids.

Admittedly, this piece of advice is tough, especially in the beginning. Remember that your kids don’t understand the concept of “work” yet. You need to make your kids understand that when mom is in her work spot, she is working and unavailable for play time (but of course you can respond to their needs). Show them what you do, how you do it, and why it needs to be done to provide them with meals, a roof over their heads, and toys in their box.

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.

Ways for Mom to Recharge and Get Some Personal Time

how mom can get some personal timeEveryone needs some time to themselves. They need a few moments a day to collect their thoughts and think about or do something they enjoy. When you’re a parent, finding time every day for that purpose is tough. Children demand a lot of your time so it’s easy to spend the entirety of your day worrying about someone else’s needs. Use these tips to recharge and get some personal time.

1. Wake up early or stay up late.

Being a mom is pretty tiring, so you may not be able to swing the extra time. If possible, wake up a half hour earlier or stay up a half hour later than usual. Do something during this time just for yourself. Take a long shower or bath. For once drink a cup of coffee before it cools, or read the paper.

2. Have your kids do some work.

You aren’t a cruel and abusive mom by insisting that your children take part in the maintenance of their home. Working together is part of being a family. If there’s a task you think your child is capable of handling, let them have it. Obviously you won’t have your six-year-old change your car’s oil, but putting away toys or dusting aren’t out of the question.

3. Actually use those peaceful moments.

Whenever you get a few moments of peace, don’t waste them by revisiting your to-do list or rechecking something. You have to actually take advantage of the few minutes of personal time you receive throughout the day.

4. Treat yourself now and then.

Every so often you need to consider your own needs as well. No one will be upset that you were five minutes late to dance class because you stopped for a coffee. If you constantly deny yourself the little things in life, you’ll start to resent being a mom.

5. Cook simple dinners.

Some moms feels a pressure to create elaborate, multi-course meals for their family every night. Dial back your urge to be complicated. There are plenty of fast, healthy options that don’t require a week’s worth of planning.

6. Get help!

Many moms don’t take advantage of the help their families offer because they are too proud. Take them up on their offers for a night out. Your parents or siblings would probably love to have your children for a few hours, even overnight. There’s no need to exhaust yourself if others are happy to shoulder some of the burden.

7. Relax when your kids do.

No matter how rambunctious, energetic, and hyper-active your kids may be, they have to stop every once in a while. When they are napping or at school, enjoy some of the time to yourself. Don’t fill the space needless cleaning and organizing.

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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