Category Archives: Toronto

Top 5 Things to Check out This Summer in Toronto

The winter chill is gone, bring on summer! There is a lot to see and do in Toronto, and so I’ve picked out just a few of my favourite things to do that can be enjoyed as a family or while nannying.

When is the best time to have professional family photos taken?

This is a question I get asked on a weekly (sometimes daily) basis—when should we schedule our family portraits? Well, I can’t say there is a perfect time or age or season, but there are a few guidelines you could follow to determine what would work best for you family.

1) Age is more than just a number – How old your kids are matters when it comes to portraits. For example, I like to photograph newborns in the first 3 weeks of birth, then again at 3-4 months, 6-9 months and the first birthday. You have to keep in mind the age difference between your children as well; two babies will be more difficult to photograph than a baby and a toddler, and if you’ve got three or more…having the older ones at an age where they can listen and follow direction will help make the session run more smoothly.

Self-Identity After Baby

It was mother’s day this past weekend. It’s a day to celebrate you as a mother, but do you know who that is? Many women don’t immediately feel like a mother once their child is born, and instead gradually learn to see themselves in ways that fit with the identity of “mother.” In the meantime, the self she has previously known herself to be feels completely out of reach as her daily activities, capabilities and expectations have shifted so dramatically.

It’s BabyTime!

Why brave a mommy event so big it is classified as a “trade show”? Three words: swag, prizes, and speakers!

Nannies on Call will have a booth at this weekend’s BabyTime Fall Show at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (North Building). Running November 11th-13th from 10am-6pm daily, there are stage shows ranging from My Little Pony Live to Infant Massage and Salsa Babies. Seminar speakers include “The Sleep Doula” Tracy Ruiz and Ann Douglas, author of The Mother of All Pregnancy Books.

The Peanut Club Indoor Playground

Looking for a place to keep the kids entertained out of the extreme heat of the summer? The Peanut Club Indoor Playground is your solution.

Nanny Teresa dropped by the Peanut Club and was shown around by Jean Teresa was impressed with the multitude of toys and activities available for little ones. All outdoor shoes are removed upon entry and socks or slippers must be worn by everyone inside.

The Mad Italian Gelato Bar

The Mad Italian Gelato Bar, situated across the street from Hollywood Gelato on Bayview, proves that one simply cannot have enough Gelato joints! This is especially true considering the hot sun that Toronto offers in the summer.

Love Child – Toronto

With an amazing array of cute, fashionable, functional and groovy clothes for children, Love Child, is a must visit for any one looking for unique and affordable baby and kids clothing. Owners, designers, and sisters, Dawn and Jacquelene McCormack, have captured the essence of fun in their small store on Yonge St just north of Eglinton Ave.

Scholars Choice – Toronto

This amazing store has two giant floors that are chock full of toys, books, arts and crafts and teacher supplies. Their website actually breaks the store into four different areas: the Toy Store, the Teacher’s Store, the Early Childhood Store and the Full Day Learning Store. Anyone can shop at the Scholars Choice, but if you become a member, you will be the lucky recipient of some cool discounts and special perks.

Moms To Be…and More

Moms To Be…and More barely covers what this store has to offer! It is enormous and carries absolutely everything you need as a first time mother – or second time, or third time, or more…

Just one trip to this store and a first time mom will learn about every single item she could possible need for her new baby. The expert sales people that are positioned on every floor are truly knowledgeable about the products in their specialized area, ready to answer any plausible question.

Lollicakes: Not Your Ordinary Cupcakes

Lollicakes isn’t just your regular cupcake shop. What started out as a mother baking some cupcakes for her daughter in her very own kitchen snowballed into requests for her to bake these uniquely adorned cupcakes for a friend and then another and then another…