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Naturally treating the baby blues

baby, FAM, pregnancy, self By October 15, 2009 Tags: , , , No Comments

Q – Is there a natural treatment for the baby blues?

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Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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H1N1 Information for Pregnant Women

FAM, health By October 7, 2009 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , 3 Comments

In June, there were reports that the H1N1 virus, also known as swine flu, was especially dangerous for pregnant women. The concern is not that pregnant women are more likely to contract this particular strain of the flu, but rather that they are more likely than the average person to have serious complications should they contract H1N1. As a result of this phenomenon, there is a need to vaccinate pregnant women. However, now that the vaccine is soon to be available, there are questions about whether it is safe for pregnant women.

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Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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Eye of the Storm, by Samantha Jeffers Agar

FAM, self By October 5, 2009 Tags: , , , 2 Comments

Le Crueset(writing start: new beginnings)

The house is quiet. Unbelievably, the house is quiet.  I have soup stock boiling on the stove and the kitchen fan hums above it. Our ancient dog is snoring and his paws brush the hardwood as he races like a puppy in his sleep. The dishwasher is running. But the kids. Are. Asleep.

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Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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The Modern Midwife

FAM, pregnancy By October 5, 2009 Tags: , 1 Comment

Midwife British ColumbiaWho’s delivering your baby? Your family doctor, an ob/gyn? How about a midwife?  With a university degree, evidence based practices and woman-centered care, the modern midwife isn’t the mystic woman she used to be. Today she has the respect of doctors and nurses and is delivering babies in the same hospitals.  For many of us midwifery care raises three red flags. The first being: do I have to deliver at home?

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Trick or Treating Tips for Tots

Trick or Treating Tips for Tots

FAM, health By October 4, 2009 Tags: , , , , , , 1 Comment

Dressing up, wearing hats, makeup and funny hair is such a great time for children and parents, not to mention the treats that go along with this fun night. Though with all the fun and good times that are about to be had, it’s really important that safety be number one when getting your kids ready to head out with you to Trick or Treat. Urbanmommies.com has some simple Halloween trick or treating tips for tots that will keep the night fun and safe for everyone.

Trick or Treating Tips for Tots

  • Ensure that your costumes are flame retardant and that they are loose enough to wear warmer clothing underneath.
  • Masks can really obstruct a child’s vision face painting is a safer option.
  • Wear reflectors, the Dollar Stores are great for the neon ones that form into necklaces and bracelets plus, your kids will love to wear them!
  • Flashlights will help the children see and be seen more clearly
  • Feed your kids an early nutritious meal and make sure they are properly hydrated for the walk, little legs get tired out fast so stick close to home
  • We live on the coast people, it’s ok to carry an umbrella
  • Keep to well lit sidewalks and always remember to walk not run
  • Wear proper shoes, the princess shoes are adorable but clearly not a great choice for a long walk!
  • Don’t let your kids eat any treats before you get home and have a chance to sample, I mean look them over. There is only a tiny chance that your candy has been tampered with but “when in doubt, throw it out”!

Decorating for holidays can be tricky when you have little ones around. Take a look at the tips below provided by Safe Kids Canada and remember HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!

When decorating your home:

  • Small children should never carve pumpkins. Instead, let your child draw a face on the pumpkin.
  • Make your home safe for trick or treaters. Remove all objects around the outside of your house that could cause children to trip or fall. Turn your outside light on.
  • Avoid using candles to decorate pumpkins. Small inexpensive flashlights can be used to light pumpkins safely.
  • Keep lit candles out of children’s reach and away from curtains and other objects that could catch fire.


Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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Salaries for Live-In Caregivers

FAM, kids By October 2, 2009 Tags: , , , 9 Comments

Live-In Caregiver Salary PayIf you have a nanny or are thinking of getting one, there are a few things you should know.  Linh Tsiu is a Canadian accountant who specializes in Caregiver Tax Services.  She handles payroll for caregivers and instructs families in the financial implications of hiring a nanny.  As always, in parenting there are so many things to learn.  Now that you are an ‘expert’ mother, driver, chef, housekeeper, teacher, manager and scheduling guru – do you really need to handle the accounting too?

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Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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Down Syndrome Today

FAM, health By October 1, 2009 Tags: , , , , , , 1 Comment

It’s a whole new world for children born with Down syndrome (also known as Down’s syndrome–both are correct). In the past, a child born with the chromosomal disorder may have faced a life of exclusion, ridicule and perhaps even institutionalization. We did not understand the disorder and humans unfortunately tend to isolate and ostracize that which we do not understand.

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Shakespearean baby names

The complete list of Shakespearean baby names

baby, FAM, pregnancy By September 28, 2009 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

Shakespeare Baby NamesThis week in names, we have good ol’ Billy Shakespeare as inspiration. Below you’ll find some very familiar names (Jessica, Julia, Joan), some unfamiliar names (Trinculo, Thurio, Thallard) and names that, well, only a writer could love (Froth, Moth, Dogberry…and Dull). Shakespeare set his plays in England, Scotland, Wales, Spain, France, Italy, Denmark, Greece and Fantasy Land thus there are names from several languages. Unfortunately Billy wrote a lot more male characters than female characters, perhaps a good thing considering that at the time women were not allowed to be actors. Less fake boobs to stuff I suppose if there aren’t many girls. But since nowadays actresses take centre stage, I thought we’d give the female characters their due and allow them to go first. A little tip, if you really like a name, do a little research into the character. You don’t want your child to be unwittingly stuck with a villain or other unseemly character’s name.

Girls

 

A: Adriana, Aemila, Alexas, Alice, Andromache, Anna, Ariel, Audrey

B: Beatrice, Bianca, Blanch, Bona

C: Calphurnia, Cassandra, Celia, Ceres, Charmian, Cleopatra, Constance, Cordelia, Cressida

D: Desdemona, Diana, Diomedes, Dionyza, Doll, Dorcas

E: Eleanor, Elinor, Elizabeth, Emilia, Emilia

F: Francisca

G: Gertrude, Goneril

H: Hecate, Helen, Helena, Hermia, Hermione, Hero, Hippolyta

I: Imogen, Iras, Iris, Isabel, Isabella

J: Jaquenetta, Jessica, Joan, Julia, Juliet, Juno

K: Katharine, Katherina

L: Lavinia, Luce, Lucetta, Luciana, Lychorida

M: Mardian, Margaret, Margery, Maria, Mariana, Mariana, Marina, Miranda, Mopsa

N: Nerissa

O: Octavia, Olivia, Ophelia

P: Patience, Paulina, Perdita, Phebe, Phrynia, Portia

R: Regan, Rosalind, Rosaline

S: Seleucus, Silvia

T: Tamora, Thaisa, Timandra, Titania

U: Ursula

V: Valeria, Viola, Violenta, Virgilia, Volumnia

Boys

A: Aaron, Abergavenny, Abhorson, Abraham, Adam, Adrian, Adrian, Adriano, Aegeon, Aemil, Aemilius, Aeneas, Agrippa, Alarbus, Alcibiades, Alexander, Alexas, Alonso, Amiens, Andrew, Angelo, Angelo, Angus, Antenor, Anthony, Antigonus, Antiochus, Antipholus, Antonio, Apemantus, Archibald, Archidamus, Artemidorus, Arthur, Arviragus, Autolycus

B: Bagot, Balthazar, Banquo, Baptista, Bardolph, Barnardine, Bassanio, Basset, Bassianus, Bates, Beaufort,  Belarius, Benedick, Benvolio, Berkeley, Bernardo, Berowne, Bertram, Biondello, Borachio, Bottom, Boult, Bourchier, Boyet, Brabantio, Brandon, Bushy

C: Cadwell, Caithness, Caius, Calchas, Caliban, Camillo, Campeius, Canidius, Caphis, Capucius, Casca, Cassio, Cassius, Cato, Cerimon, Charles, Chatillon, Chiron Christopher, Cicero, Cinna, Claudio, Claudius, Cleomenes, Cleon, Clifford, Clitus, Cloten, Cominius, Conrade, Corin, Cornelius, Cornelius, Costard, Court, Cranmer, Cromwell, Curan, Curio, Curtis, Cymbeline

D: Dardanius, Davy, Decius, Deiphobus, Demetrius, Dennis, Dercetas, Dick, Dion, Dogberry, Dolabella, Domitius, Donalbain, Dromio, Dull, Dumain, Duncan

E: Edgar, Edmund, Egeus, Eglamour, Elbow, Eros, Escalus, Escalus, Escanes, Euphronius

F: Fabian, Fang, Ferdinand, Ferdinand, Feste, Fitzwater, Flaminius, Flavius, Fleance, Florizel, Fluellen, Flute, Ford, Fortinbras, Francis, Francisco, Frederick, Froth

G: Gadshill, Gallus, Gardiner, George, Gobbo, Gonzalo, Gower, Grandpre, Gratiano, Green, Gregory, Gremio, Griffith, Grumio, Guiderius, Guildenstern

H: Hamlet, Hastings, Hector, Helenus, Helicanus, Henry, Holofernes, Horatio, Hortensio, Hortensius, Hubert, Hugh, Humphrey

I: Iachimo, Iago

J: Jack, James, Jamy, Jaques, John, Julius, Junius

L: Laertes, Lafeu, Launce, Launcelot, Lavache, Lawrence, Le Beau, Lear, Lennox, Leonardo, Leonato, Leonatus, Leonine, Leontes, Lewis, Ligarius, Lodovico, Longaville, Lorenzo, Louis, Lovell, Lucentio, Lucilius, Lucio, Lucius, Lucullus, Lymoges, Lysander, Lysimachus

M: Maecenas, Malcolm, Malvolio, Mamillius, Marcade, Marcellus, Marcius, Marcus, Margarelon, Mark Antony, Marshal, Martius, Marullus, Matthew, Melun, Menas, Menecrates, Menenius, Menteith, Mercutio, Messala, Metellus, Michael, Montano, Montjoy, Morgan, Moth, Mutius

N: Nathaniel, Nicanor, Nicholas, Nym

O: Oberon, Octavius, Octavius, Oliver, Orlando, Orsino, Osric, Oswald, Othello, Owen

P: Pandulph, Panthino, Paris, Parolles, Pericles, Pertruchio, Peter, Peto, Philario, Philemon, Philip, Philo, Philostrate, Philotus, Pierce, Pinch, Pindarus, Pisanio, Pistol, Poins, Polixenes, Polonius, Polydore, Pompey, Popilius, Posthumus, Priam, Proculeius, Prospero, Proteus, Provost, Publius, Puck

Q: Quince, Quintus

R: Ralph, Rambures, Reigner, Reynaldo, Richard, Robert, Robin, Roderigo, Roger, Romeo, Rosencrantz, Ross, Rugby

S: Salerio, Sampson, Sandys, Saturninus, Saunder, Say, Scales, Scarus, Scroop, Sebastian, Sempronius, Servilius, Sextus, Seyton, Shallow, Shylock, Sicinius, Silence, Silius, Silvus, Simon, Simonides, Simple, Siward, Slender, Sly, Smith, Snare, Snout, Snug, Solanio, Solinus, Speed, Stafford, Stanley, Starveling, Stephano, Stephen, Strato

T: Taurus, Thallard, Theseus, Thomas, Thurio, Thyreus, Timon, Titinius, Titus, Toby, Touchstone, Tranio, Trebonius, Tressel, Trinculo, Trolius, Tubal, Tullus, Tybalt

V: Valentine, Varrius, Varro, Vaux, Vencentio, Ventidius, Ventidius, Verges, Vernon, Vincentio, Voltemand, Volumnius

W: Walter, William, Willoughby, Wolsey, Woodville

And the “Gender Ambiguous” Characters…

Cobweb, Cupid, Moth, Mustardseed, Peaseblossom, Rumour, Time

-Danica Longair

Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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Baby Names: Staff Picks

baby, FAM, pregnancy By September 23, 2009 Tags: , , No Comments

Snipshot Pictures Snipshot Pics Funny PicsThe Urban Mommies staff love baby names! The possibilities are endless and so much fun to brain storm. So over the next little while we will be featuring themed baby name articles and lists of our staff’s favourite baby names. First we have our Content Editor Danica Longair’s list of favourite baby names. Feel free to borrow some of her ideas! When you’re done reading her favourites, don’t forget to check out our Baby Name section for more great ideas!

Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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What is the Best Way to start Brushing my Baby’s Teeth?

baby, FAM, health By September 15, 2009 Tags: , , , , , 3 Comments

Many parents ask – what is the best way to start brushing my baby’s teeth? Well we have some answers for you!

Begin brushing your baby’s teeth as soon as their first tooth appears.  Use a soft, baby toothbrush with just a tiny dab of fluoride toothpaste.  Brush twice a day; brushing before bed is especially important.  Don’t miss brushing where the teeth and gums meet!  Lift your baby’s lip regularly to check for white or brown spots on their teeth. Look closely along the gum line.  Call your dentist if you notice anything unusual.  Take your baby to see a dentist once their first tooth comes in or by their first birthday.

Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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