Category Archives: Ottawa Events

Great Glebe Garage Sale 2016

Today was a Great Glebe Garage Sale success. The weather was beautiful, we had some very friendly customers stop by and sold lots of stuff.

To those that received business cards, here are some important links that I recommend you check out:

Six Am Shop – Online marketplace for my in-stock Buskins Leggings, nautical items and mommy & me clothing. **edit: Online shop is now solely done through Facebook – click here to see all in-stock items**

Buskins Leggings Website – Reminder that all the prices are in CDN dollars, includes taxes and free shipping.

Found On Road Kinda Dead Furniture – Andre’s chalk paint furniture can be found here. Request to join the group and I’ll add you.

Business Update

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  • I’m getting ready for the Great Glebe Garage Sale. I have a great spot reserved near 1st Avenue (right at the entrance of the Glebe Collegiate). Come out and check us out. I’ll have everything from my 6 AM Shop and much, much more. I can also take orders from the Buskins site on-site too. I accept cash, PayPal, EMT and all major credit cards.
  • Speaking of the 6 AM Shop, I may or may not continue having an online shop (www.sixamshop.com) and might just stick to the Facebook shop. It seems that most of my sales come from in-person and Facebook. Still thinking about it. Do you think an online shop is necessary for me?
  • I’m looking into other direct sales opportunities. I love being a Buskins affiliate (here is the info if you would like to be one too), but I want more. There are a variety of great DS companies out there, I just need to pick one that I believe I’m a right fit. Which one are you with?

Sorting your baby clothing

 

The Great Glebe Garage Sale is quickly approaching and I’ll be there will all of my 6 AM Shop stuff. In addition to the stuff from my online shop, I’m putting aside clothing and housewares for the sale. I want to make a really good “booth” for potential customers.

One thing I’ve focused on the last couple of days, is going through baby clothing that is too small for Katie. So far I have 5 bins of clothing to sell/giveaway. It took me a while to get here. I had a hard time deciding how to sort though my baby clothing and decide what to keep, toss, donate, sell? In the end, this is the formula I used:

Keep

  • Anything that was handmade or given to me from my parents or in-laws. I love that we had a lot of clothing that my husband and I wore.
  • Anything that I can remember the girls in. It may be a pair of sweatpants or halloween costume. If I can remember one of them wearing it a lot, I hung on to it.

Toss

  • Anything with stains (poop, food, formula, etc…)

Sell

  • Very rarely I’ll find something to sell. Mostly sleep sacks, very pretty dresses, jackets. Those of the kinds of things I’ll drop them off for consignment.

Donate

  • Everything else. I’ll give it to friend, who will then hopefully give it to another friend and another friend.

The GGGS is an exception to my donation and sell rule, whatever doesn’t sell I’ll donate.

What’s your formula for sorting through baby clothing?

 

A Different Kind of Paint Night – Scentsy Colour Away Party

My friend Amy is a Scentsy representative and has come up with this super awesome idea! It’s a unique twist to the regular paint nights that most of us have done.

Instead of painting a canvas (then putting it under the bed so no one sees it), why colour your own Scentsy warmer? There are two beautiful warmers to choose from Reimagine and Calavera. I chose Reimagine.

 

The event is being held at the Thai Destination restaurant in Constance Bay on Thursday, May 12. If you would like to join, you can join the Facebook event here.

Where is Constance Bay? It’s only 20 minutes from Kanata March Rd exit off the highway.

Mr. Stork has arrived in Ottawa!

 

I don’t know about you, but it feels like Mr. Stork has arrived in Ottawa. If feels like a baby boom is happening in Ottawa. Don’t you feel like everyone you know has either had a baby, having a baby or trying to have a baby. It’s wonderful news. All of it. Super excited for all of you and your friends. We’re adding to Ottawa’s population people! Keep it up!

I have to admit that when someone tells me their having a baby, I’m eager to tell them about all the cool websites, checklists and forums that they should sign up for.  I’m that guy. Some websites that offered me some fabulous advice and tips that I just have to share with everyone.

When I was pregnant, I was very thankful when people offered their two cents. Of course, you always take what you want from it and leave the rest, which is what I hope you will do with the following list.

Here is my list of great websites and resources that you should pay attention to if you are trying to get pregnant, are pregnant or have a little one.

Trying to have a baby

Getting pregnant wasn’t easy for my husband and I (I’ll save that story for another blog post). While we were trying to “relax and let it happen”, here are a few websites that I kept my eyes on while we were trying to conceive (TTC).

Baby Centre – Community: They have a great TTC section for those that want to talk with others that are going through the same thing. They also have subgroups for those dealing with more specific and/or delicate situations.

Fertility Friend: A great online tracking tool to figure out your ovulation window. If you are tracking your temperature, this site will be very useful for you. They also have a great app that you can download for free.

Ottawa Fertility Center: I count myself very lucky to have been refered here. This clinic took really good care of us and if you ever have to visit this center, I hope they take good care of you too.

Early Pregnancy Tests Online: Buying all those pregnancy and ovulation tests can really add up. This website has great prices on everything you’ll need TTC.

 

Your pregnant (!*$&!)

Congrats! This is the time to take care of yourself and indulge in those crazy cravings (buffalo chicken wraps and red delicious apples for me!). Don’t worry about how much you’re sleeping. Do it. Take advantage of it. You’ll be surprised how little you’ll get later (unless you have a “angel baby” that sleeps all night from day 1… then I hate you… just kidding.. sort of).

Baby Centre – Community: Once you’re pregnant, move over to the pregnancy section. Baby Centre has also created birth groups, so that you can interact with other moms who are due around the same time as you. Baby Centre also has some great apps that you can download which will track your baby’s progress week by week.

Baby Centre – Baby Registry Checklist: I love lists. This is a great one to get your baby registry up and going. It’s very overwhelming all the stuff you need to buy. This is a great checklist to get you started.

Old Navy Maternity: Shortly after you get pregnant you’ll start to notice that some things that fit loose one day, might be a little tighter the next. In comes maternity clothing. You may be lucky and get a wack load of clothing that you’re previous pregnant friend has and lets you borrow, but you might be pregnant in the opposite season as her or what she’s lending to you really isn’t your style.  Every Old Navy in Canada, I believe as of February 2013, should now have a small maternity clothing section. Old Navy often have sales on clothing (40% off everything!). So keep an eye out for these sales. Thyme and Motherhood Maternity also have good sales too once in a while.

Freebies for new moms: Sign up for ALL OF THEM. So fun!

 

Baby is here (!*$&! x2)

Now let the fun begin. Most of us have no idea what were doing. Just keep in mind, this baby has never had a parent before you, so don’t worry if you mess up, it can judge you.

A Cup of Joe (blog): I love this blog and her writing style. She’s a mom with two boys living in New York. My favorite blog post on her blog, is actually written by her husband. Every new mom and dad should read 8 confessions of a new dad. I have to agree with the 9 month comment. Let me know what you think.

Jenny wears glasses list of Ottawa consignment stores: For everything else that you didn’t get at your baby shower, don’t forget to go to visit consignment stores. You can often find what you need, in great condition and at a lower price.

Sleep Easy Solution: For those parents that might need to sleep train their kid. This book saved us.  I buy it for every baby shower I go to now. I always hope that you will never have to open or use this book, but I always find it comforting to know that you have it in your back pocket.

Information about Breath Holding Spells: Now I’m not adding this here to scare anyone, it’s more for information purposes. I never heard of this before I had my daughter and knew nothing about it.

 

What are your favorite websites/resources/tips? Let me know. I would love to hear them.

 

Carp Fair 2014

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Carp Fair was here! Did you know that it’s the “Best Little Fair in Canada”? Sure is. It’s not hard to see that. Everything was so well-organized and there are so many things to do for people of all ages. They really don’t miss a beat.

When we went last year when our daughter was only ~ 2 months old, so this really was her “first” year at the fair. We were planning on going on the merry-go-round and the fun slide with her, but she’s too short petite. Next year. Next year she’ll be EVEN more excited to go on the rides. Sad that we didn’t do it this year though.

We did get her to feed some goats, play with pumpkins and spend some time people watching. She was excellent when we went for adult beverages at the curling club. I couldn’t have asked for any better. I’m really looking forward to taking her again next year. Maybe we’ll even do the “thing” that all the cool kids in West Carleton do on Fridays (skip school daycare/work and go to the fair)

At the fair, we also tested out the Skip Hop Zoo Safety Harness (I bought ours from Amazon).  Not 100% in love with it. I do LOVE the cute owl backpack, I think it’s something she’ll use a lot, but the “leash” is too short. Mums, is this right? Not that I wanted it to be super long, but for a safety harnesses, is this normal?

Next year Carp Fair will be tractor pulls, cotton candy and merry-go-round rides until we throw up. Watch out Carp Fair, we’re going to take over!

Things to do on maternity leave in Ottawa, ON

I’m currently working on a public Google calendar which has a list of things do to while you are on maternity leave. If you have or know of any great events that I should add, please let me know.

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DIY Maternity Leave Calendar – Google Calendar

Before I left on maternity leave, I had this romantic idea of all these great things I was going to do with my daughter*. We were going to go to:

I had a super long list of things I wanted to do while on leave. Did I do everything? No! Of course not. I had a baby to take care of! BUT I did do a lot of things. My goal with this maternity calendar, was to put all these great idea of things I could do in Ottawa in one place.

By creating a “maternity leave” calendar it helped give me a good idea on what I wanted to do that week or even that day. Some days are easier than others with a baby. Some days you’re up for bundling them up and heading out the door, while others you couldn’t even be bothered to get out of your pyjamas.

As some of you might know, I’m a huge fan of Google Calendar. My husband and I have used it for years to sync our calendars together. Google also has a great ability for syncing my Google Calendar right to my iCal on my iPhone. It works seamlessly and also helped us avoid a lot of conflicts for double booking events.

This post has two parts.

First, let’s teach you how to set up your Google Calendar and learn how to create an extra calendar with your Google account.

1)      How to set up your Google Calendar (must already have a Google Account) to sync with your iPhone.

2)      How to create a new calendar with your account. I am recommending creating a “maternity leave” calendar that is private, so that you’re husband isn’t flooded with all these great events. 

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Second, here is a list of great places in Ottawa (mostly west-end) that I added to my maternity leave calendar:

Do you have any idea of other activities you could add to a maternity calendar? Something that happens once or a few times a week that new moms can do with their little ones (drop in style recommended).

If you have any questions on how to set this up, please contact me.

 

* I think these moms had the same idea (here, here, here and here).

Why I couldn’t donate blood.

A couple of weeks ago, I thought it would be a great idea to donate some blood to the Canadian Blood Services. I found a clinic, picked a day and got ready to roll up my sleeve, only to find out that I couldn’t donate blood, because I had gotten a tattoo within the last six months. Bummer.

So hopefully to avoid this happening to someone else, I just wanted to remind readers to check the basic eligibility page on the Canadian Blood Services website before heading out.

Happy donating. 🙂

 

Firefly’s Pizza at the Cumberland Farmers’ Market

Do you live in the east end and have no plans tomorrow morning? You do now. You should go to the Cumberland Farmers’ Market and try some of Firefly’s pizza and pasta. Firefly is a colleague of mine that is starting an italian pizza business on the side. Tomorrow is her first time (and hopefully not her last) selling pizza and pasta at the farmer’s market.

Please go visit her! Say hi! Let them know that you read this on the blog. Have a great time!

The Cumberland Farmers’ Market is open Saturday’s from 8am to 1pm.

If you don’t have a chance to visit the market and would still like to try some of Firefly’s food, click on this link to see her menu. (Flyer-2)

Have a lovely weekend readers!