Introducing the pink flamingo sleep bag (and the story behind

In the four years we’ve been making sleep bags, we’ve only ever produced them in gender neutral designs and colours. It simply makes more ‘cents’ – because well-made, neutral ‘staples’ suit everybody and can be passed down to an unlimited number of children. You simply can’t go wrong.

But I couldn’t get over my urge to create a pink one. So… I finally did. And it hits our shelves next month. Since this product breaks the mold a little – and is quite near and dear to me personally – I thought I’d share the inspiration behind it.

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Cozy Basics Pink Flamingo

 

There are two main reasons why I felt so compelled to go in this direction:

  1. I don’t have a girl. But I love girly things. Since there are no more children in my future – two boys are more than enough, thank you very much! – I figure my design work is the perfect place to get my feminine ‘fix’, so to speak. And you can’t get more girly than pink-on-pink.
  2. To pay homage to my mom, Carol. Firstly, she’s a breast cancer survivor, which has an obvious tie-in with the pink. She also always wore pearls – and a fantastic pink dress – whenever she got dressed up, which inspired both the specific colour of this product – and the pearls around mama flamingo’s neck.  I love adding personal touches into the design process!

3. Speaking of pink – you might be interested to know that pink is a very difficult colour to choose and get just right. I selected a nice saturated dusty pink pantone, which happens to be hot right now – and very similar to my mom’s special dress.

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Needless to say, this is a product that has deep personal meaning for me. I had a GREAT time designing it – and would be lying if I said I didn’t love the finished product.

 

The first step in the design process is a digital mock-up like the one below. From there, I have samples created in every size so I can see them live and make sure all is as it should be. Then, once we’re 100% sure everything looks great, it goes into production. The whole process for a design like this one – where we’re creating a new version of an existing product and artwork – takes about eight months.

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The pink flamingo will be available in sizes X through Y, at a cost of $38 +tax, making them a fantastic gift for that special baby girl in your life. They’ll be available for pre-order through our site on February 15th, and in stores shortly thereafter. If you have any questions at all about this product – or any others – give us a shout. Happy shopping!

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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

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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NEWS: Wee Urban Summer Sixteen Updates!

Here’s what you need to know for Wee Urban this summer!

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  1. Brand new dress designs and colours! We have three brand new prints and colours and we’re bringing back a few classics as well. We can’t wait to release these to our amazing fans… We’ll be taking pre-orders at the end of May!!!
  2. One of our amazing new dresses will related to a cause that we believe in. We’re not quite ready to reveal it. But we will say that it related to the health of our ecosystem and our environment, and related to the endangerment of a specific animal that is vital and must be saved. From each sale of this specific style of dress, a portion of the proceeds will go to a non-profit organization in support of this fight.
  3. We have a few great cross promotions that we hope to get off the ground for the summer. We are constantly trying to bring in value to add to our brand and sometimes that comes in the form of relationships with other like minded companies. Stay tuned for a great value-added bonus in the future.
  4. Our new styles have flown off the shelves. Our Rompers and Sleep bags are already on reorder. Thank you all for the amazing support.
  5. A few staff notes: We have hired a great new social media lead that we hope will bring a new level of engagement with our fans on all platforms. Stephanie has been an amazing addition to our office as she moves into her sixth month with the company, she’s the most organized person we know! Devin has just finished his 3rd year at Ryerson University and will be making some amazing instructional videos for our products this summer, as well as taking a month long trip to Los Angeles to take some courses at UCLA! Owner, President, CEO, Doer and Dreamer, Holly plans to spend more time with her kids this summer while still running every facet of the business. DC offered her the role for Wonder Woman, but she turned it down. :)

71m-JCBVjtL._SX522_All in all, Wee Urban is very excited for the summer ahead! We hope you will continue to join in our crazy, Canadian made fun for years to come!

 

Featured Retailer – Diaper-eez

Bloor West Village… more like Bloor Best Village! Diaper-eez is located in one of Toronto’s not-so-hidden gems. The neighbourhood is great. The people are great and the baby clothing stores, fantastic. Especially when the premier one of the neighbourhood has some of the best cloth diapers available on the market.

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If you haven’t been to Diaper-eez, here’s a couple reasons why you need to check them out!

 

They are family owned and operated

Diaper-eez was established in 1994 by Elva McCurdy and daughter, Susan Tomaszewski with a vision to create a comfortable and educational environment for new and expecting parents to learn about cloth diapers and other necessities.

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The staff are informative

Let’s just say, they know what they are talking about. Check how they debunk some common myths about cloth diapers on their amazing website.

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They diversified

Including, but not limited to, carrying the brilliant and fabulous Wee Urban (who’s that?) Diaper-eez has expanded to cover a large variety of great products that are essential. Check out their full shop page here.

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You can order online!

Much like other traditional brick and mortar’s, Diaper-eez has added the ability to shop online. Right now they are offering free Canada-wide shipping on orders over $75.00

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Check out our friends now! And stay tuned for the next WFR! (Wee Urban Featured Retailer)

Featured Retailer – Dearborn Baby

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Dearborn Baby slides into the #2 slot of our featured retailers. These are in no particular order by the way, I’m pretty much picking the first one that pops into my head.

Dearborn is amazing, I can’t say enough good things about this group of amazing people that make up this amazing store. Especially Linda, have you met Linda? No? You should meet Linda, great gal!

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Okay now for the serious stuff that makes Dearborn great.

Range

Seriously just look here at their brands list. This is crazy. They have one of the widest selections I’ve ever seen… and their products range from apparel, to bedding, to strollers to this….

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Dearborn sticks to its guns and continue to promote organic made products where applicable. We love stores that do this and we think its important. Check out their organic options here. And those that are Made in Canada, here.

 

Big Time – Still small time 

Dearborn is pretty massive, I mean you’ve already seen their spread, but they also stay true to their roots. Every year I see them at the Baby Show, interacting with fans and selling like crazy. It’s cool that this grass roots style of spreading the word is still a priority for their company. Wee have tried to continue to do something similar, and we find it quite rewarding and a great chance to interact with our fans.

 

If you haven’t been to Dearborn Baby, you should… If you have. You should go again. dear_born_baby_store_front

Here’s their location.

A special thank you goes out to Dearborn, we love working with you and we hope to continue doing so.

~ WU DS ~

Wee Urban in PREGNANCY AND NEWBORN MAGAZINE

Have you picked up your April edition of PNMAG… short form because we’re friends now! :)

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Yes, Wee Urban was featured in Pregnancy and Newborn magazine, and we couldn’t be happier about it.

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PNMAG is one of the best pregnancy magazines in existence, they have a great reputation and their quality exceeds all expectations.

We are honoured to be featured, and associated with quality people and quality products. So thank you to Shea, who reached out to us, and thank you to Pregnancy and Newborn, but most importantly, thank you to their fans and readership. The fact you’ve been able to keep a magazine like this alive as the world changes into the digital age is not only a testament to their quality, but also to your commitment to that quality.

 

~WU DS ~

Featured Retailer – West Coast Kids

We love our retailers! And it’s time to shed light on everything that’s great about them.

This is the first of many upcoming features on Wee Urban retailers.

We start off with our long time partners over at West Coast Kids.

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If you live in Alberta or B.C. chances are you already know everything there is to know about West Coast Kids. With 2 stores in Calgary, 1 in Edmonton, another in Richmond, BC. The just about a year old Vancouver location and……

THE BRAND NEW Toronto location! Yes West Coast kids moved East… And we could not be happier to have them in our great city. There grand opening is this weekend! Go check it out!!!

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Here are three reasons why we love West Coast Kids, and why you should too!

 

Selection

I challenge you to find a quality product that West Coast Kids doesn’t carry online or in store. Wee Urban ourselves are in every single West Coast Kids store! Other brands that they carry range from stroller, to car seats, to bedding, to clothing. Everything you need is at West Coast Kids. Including Wee Urban, did we mention that already?

 

Family Mentality

West Coast Kids is a family run store. E-Children was started by Marsha Dashefsky almost 40 years ago in Winnipeg. In 2007, they went ahead and opened up the mammoth that is West Coast Kids today. With Marsha’s daughter Robyn, fully on board, the flagship store in Richmond started to produce the quality service, advice and products that we all are accustomed to. No matter how large West Coast Kids has became over the last 8 years, the family mentality comes through in their commitment to provide a great service and to keep the best interests of their customers above everything else.

 

Charity

Not the charity you’re currently thinking. What I’m referring to is the often misused version of charity, which really should just mean, “giving back”. Whether it’s through giveaways (like the one they ran with us in Mid May) or DOTD’s (Deal of the days) where they give 25% of a selected product in their stores and online. WCK is constantly giving back to their loyal customers! Not only is their gear amazing, if you pay attention, it could be free!

 

West Coast kids is currently offering free shipping on orders over $49.00

You can find our sleep bags in store, and right here

Thank you West Coast Kids for being such an amazing supporter of Wee Urban over the years!

And thank you to all of our fans. We promise to continue to bring you quality products, and be associated with quality stores and people.

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!