Thursday, October 30, 2014

7 Tips and Tricks for Halloween Night with Baby or Toddler

Each year when Halloween comes around kids get so excited to go trick-or-treating in fun costumes and go door-to-door collecting candy. For younger kids and babies, the experience is still new and so it can be a little frightening or overwhelming if they aren’t prepared for what’s to come. 

For baby’s first Halloween, you’ll definitely want to make sure baby stays warm and comfy for a smoother experience if she’s coming along when you take the older kids out. Here’s seven tips and tricks for your Halloween night out with baby or toddler.

1. Dress baby comfortably
The end of October typically gets pretty chilly in most areas and temperatures always get cooler at night so dress baby in his favorite pajamas or bring a blanket to cover him up. It also might help him fall asleep in the stroller so he won’t fuss or mind being along for the ride!

2. Use a baby support pillow
Since baby will be sitting in the stroller throughout the night, he can be more comfortable and have his head and neck supported with an infant headrest. It will help keep baby’s head and neck aligned when in the seated position so baby has a much easier time sitting in the stroller.

3. Bring water and snacks 
Baby might get fussy seeing his older brothers and sisters getting all the candy and not being able to have any for himself. Calm him down by packing his favorite snacks so he gets to have some treats too!

4. Bring a flashlight or glow sticks
It gets dark out quickly and many children are afraid of the dark, so bring flashlights to light up your way. You can also have kids carry glow sticks or put reflective tape on their costumes for safety.

5. Don’t go to houses with scary decorations
Many people go all out with their Halloween decorations and turn their houses and yards into haunted houses. Be careful around these houses or avoid them altogether or you might end up having something pop out at you and scare little ones so they’ll be in tears the entire night.

6. Pack baby wipes
Everyone knows that Halloween candy and treats are sticky and you don’t want to deal with messy, sticky kids the whole night so bring some wet baby wipes so you can wipe their faces or clean up the stroller so you don’t have sticky hands touching everything when you get home.

7. Bring friends and family
Trick-or-treating is a lot more fun when you have a bigger group of people with you. Plus, it helps to have some extra sets of eyes looking after the kids with you. You can also invite a neighbor with similarly aged kids to join you so you can help each other and have another adult’s company so you can also enjoy the night. 

Creamy Pumpkin Soup

This soup has the delicious flavors of fall and will warm you up on a cold night.


1    tbsp olive oil
1    clove garlic
1⁄4  medium onion, roughly chopped
3 c  vegetable broth
3⁄4c pumpkin puree
2 c  yams, baked and peeled
1⁄2  tsp chili powder
1    tsp kosher or sea salt
1⁄4  tsp ground black pepper
1⁄4  tsp curry powder
1    tbsp mascarpone cheese


Cook garlic and onion in olive oil until tender. Transfer to WildSide jar, and add remaining ingredients in order listed. Secure lid and select "Soup."


•Servings 6.0
•Sodium 860 mg
•Serving Size 1 c
•Carbohydrates 17g
•Calories 100
•Fiber 3g
•Fat 3.5g
•Sugar 2.5g
•Saturated Fat 1g
•Protein 1g
•Cholesterol 5 mg

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

BC Children’s takes the spooky out of Halloween with trick-or-treat safety tips

Halloween is just around the corner and the experts at BC Children’s Hospital are offering some tips to keep the parties and trick-or-treating safe. With a little planning, parents and caregivers can help prevent Halloween-related injuries: 

Be Seen: 
Costume shopping: Help kids pick out costumes that fit properly, keep them warm and are bright. You want your children to be comfortable and visible to other trick-or-treaters and drivers on Halloween night.

Be Safe: 
Supervised trick-or-treating: Make sure your children have a responsible adult to accompany them on their trick-or-treating adventure. Skip houses that don’t have lights on and don’t approach unfamiliar animals.

Be Creative: 
Pumpkin art: Encourage young children to decorate or draw on their Halloween pumpkins. Young children shouldn’t use knives or sharp tools. Use a flashlight or other battery light instead of candles. 

Be Cautious: 
Candy checks: Children get excited about their candy hauls; keep them happy hauls by checking their treats before they eat them. If your child brings home fruit, make sure to wash and cut before eating. Avoid choking hazards for children under five by removing treats like hard candy, popcorn, and nuts. 

Be Vigilant: 
Halloween driving: watch for children at crosswalks and for trick-or-treaters darting into the road. 


 “If you’re driving a vehicle – slow down – particularly when it gets dark, because it can be more difficult to see kids stepping from crosswalks or darting across a street.”
Dr. Ash Singhal, pediatric neurosurgeon and Director of Pediatric Trauma Program at BC Children’s Hospital, with a special message for drivers:

“Your child may feel they’re too old to have an adult hang around while they trick-or-treat. Be there anyway, because Halloween is a special night and although it can be a lot of fun, it’s dark and can be chaotic. Having a responsible adult around helps keep children safe.”
Lisa Widas, RN, BSN, Manager Trauma Program

BC Children’s Hospital is part of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA), a specialist in prevention. PHSA is committed to sharing expertise and knowledge to promote health and prevent illness and injury, manage chronic conditions, and lessen the burden of disease in high risk populations.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Book Review: A Halloween Scare in Canada

The perfect gift for every young Canadian or kid-at-heart who also loves celebrating the most eerie and thrilling night of the year, A Halloween Scare in Canada offers a jaunty tale with a humorous bent—sure to ward off any creature who goes bump in the night in cities and states across the country!
Halloween Scare in Canada features art and text created especially for Canada. Fun Halloween creatures and critters haunt your favorite landmarks, including famous sites and places like Parliament Hill, Montreal, Calgary, Windsor, Toronto, and Quebec.
With its bouncing rhyme, colourful illustrations, and funny story, A Halloween Scare in Canada is a delightful Halloween adventure for everyone who loves a silly, spooky tale.  It’s perfect for younger readers who can explore their state or city and little learn more about the places and landmarks that make their homes unique.

Enter to win a copy of A Halloween Scare in Canada by Eric James. Enter at if you dare! 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Happy Halloween Kids & Pets Trick-or-Treating!

Saturday, Oct. 25 join the residence of Point Grey for a very adorable (and slightly spooky!) Halloween event on West 10th! 1pm to 3pm. Starts at W.10th and Trimble St.

Free kids and pets photography at Anick Violette Studios.
The event is free and donations are welcome for the BC SPCA.

For more info, please contact 778-384-6377 or visit us on Facebook at

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Great British Columbia ShakeOut

British Columbia is located in a seismically active region where a few thousand earthquakes
occur each year.  Although only a small number of these earthquakes are large enough to cause
damage, the threat of a major earthquake in the province is real.

On the third Thursday in October 16th at 10:16am a locally‐driven, province wide “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” drill will take place called “the Great British Columbia ShakeOut”.   All residents across British Columbia are encouraged to take part in this largest earthquake drill in Canadian history!  

Be prepared to be on your own without help for 72 hours or more- at home, in your car, at work. Assemble these emergency supplies and keep them in your emergency kit, stored in a secure place, ideally accessible from outside.

Tips for Sensitive Skin Sufferers

While it may be beautiful, there is a downside to the changing weather: as the seasons shift, many Canadians will be noticing early signs of skin sensitivities. In fact, a survey recently conducted by Tide revealed that nearly 60 per cent of Canadians identify seasonal transitions as trying times for their skin, citing dryness, redness and irritation as their top concerns. 

Dr. Sandy Skotnicki, leading Canadian dermatologist, knows that sensitive skin can be painful, irritating and frustrating for many. Here are her top tips to help soothe and prevent irritable skin.

1. Avoid fragrances and or botanicals in your daily washing, soaps, detergents and moisturizers, as they can be both irritants and allergens. Test out a detergent like the new Tide Pods Free & Gentle. For people with sensitive skin seeking a detergent free of dyes and perfumes, Tide Pods Free & Gentle provides a deep clean that leaves behind no dyes or perfumes on fabrics, for gentleness on skin. 

2. Stick to non-foaming "soaps" in the shower. They do not strip the skin of its natural oils. 

3. Only shower or bath once a day. Water dries out the skin. 

4. Make sure that you keep bathing times to under 15 minutes and avoid using hot water. 

5. After bathing, pat dry. Rubbing your body with a towel will remove moisture and further dry out your skin.


New Tide Pods Free and Gentle provides a deeper clean vs. the leading National competitor Free detergent and the convenience of single-use pacs. This new entry joins the free & sensitive category, which has grown 20% in the last five years. For people with sensitive skin seeking a detergent free of dyes and perfumes,Tide Pods Free & Gentle provides a deep clean that leaves behind no dyes or perfumes on fabrics, for gentleness on skin.

Win Tide Pods Free & Gentle trial pack. Enter at 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Product Review: iögo Moment yogurt

We received a delicious delivery to our home in a nicely presented insulated black shopping bag with iögo logo. In the bag were packages of the new iögo Moment yogurt. The flavours raspberry, apple-caramel, vanilla bean and orange-cranberry fruit sounded delicious. Did you know? Unlike other brands of yogurt, iögo Moment yogurt is made with no gelatin and artificial colours or flavours, like all iögo products!

Made with natural ingredients such as whole milk, real cream and luscious fruit, iögo Moment yogurt has a rich and velvety texture that glides off your spoon. The yogurt comes in two formats: a creamy yogurt loaded with fruit on the bottom starring such delectable combinations along with the classics single favours like strawberry and raspberry.

My family are fans of yogurt. Like many Canadians households we wake up every morning and throw a few spoonfuls in a bowl, with fresh fruit and top with granola. However, the iögo Moment yogurt, with its rich and velvety texture has a dessert like taste and feel, providing a calorie wise alternative for busy moms like myself, who are tempted with sweet treats like cakes, cookies and ice cream. With just 140 calories and the same amount of sugar in 100g of iögo Moment yogurt as in 60g of ice cream, it is a healthier option for me and my family.

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Disclosure:  This post is sponsored by iögo (Ultima Foods Inc). We received a product sample for this review.