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Air Canada with Kids

Canada, International, LIVE, play, ROAM, USA By November 8, 2009 Tags: , , , , , , , 3 Comments

air canada with kidsAir Canada and the art of travel.  But with kids and babies.  It’s interesting what a sense of entitlement we feel when we’ve given birth.  I walked into the Toronto airport, very grateful that the limo driver had a carseat in his trunk.  (For the price of the ride I could have gotten some pretty hot jeans, but all is fair on travel days).  Waiting in line, I approached a lovely female Air Canada agent, simply expecting that she would agree that stopovers while venturing across the country with a child were absurd.  No matter.  A friendly banter, the baby acting extra cute, and $75 for the change, and all was settled. She was a Mother. 

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Education at the Fairmont Empress

Canada, grow, LIVE, ROAM By November 3, 2009 Tags: , , , , , 6 Comments

Fairmont Empress VictoriaI was recently introduced to the concept of Educational Trips for kids.  Mommy or Daddy takes a child away for the weekend, and they get one-on-one time and learn together.  What better place than Victoria, at the Fairmont Empress Hotel?  I am very much an old Canadian.  I appreciate modern, boutique hotels too, but there is nothing quite like the luxury of the old Canadian Pacific chain.  Sometimes wallpaper, high ceilings, antiques and superb service are just necessary.  On a recent stay at the Fairmont Empress in Victoria, I was reminded why I seek out these fabulous hotels, and what educational opportunities are available in every day life if you take the time to look for them.

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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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Molly Moon's Homemade Ice Cream

Canada, EAT, ROAM, snacks By September 21, 2009 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

Molly Moon's Ice CreamWhile in Seattle (Washington) recently, Urban Mommies discovered Molly Moon’s Ice Cream and fell in love! The hand-made ice cream boutique has been featured in Bon Appetit magazine and features fantastic and creative gourmet and European flavours. There’s Birthday Cake and “Scout” Mint for the kids and flavours like Balsamic Strawberry, Honey Lavender and Rosemary Meyer Lemon for the big kids. The flavours–which include vegan sorbets–change daily and they have fabulously creative odd sundaes. Their prices are cheap and their portions are huge! Here’s a tip for ordering:

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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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Science World: Inspiring Tomorrow’s Innovators Today!

Canada, grow, LIVE, ROAM By August 17, 2009 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

Science World Birthday LogoDairy Queen birthday parties are so 80s! A clown or magician? So last century! Bouncy castles? Well that’s just 2000-‘n-late! A birthday party at the Telus World of Science is timeless and will be a guaranteed highlight in your child’s memories. You and your child will be a hit with all your child’s friends–and their parents–as the children will not only enjoy mountains of fun but will also learn that science is a pretty darn cool thing! Science World, as most Vancouverites call it, excels in creating exciting games out of scientific principles. Just be prepared for when it’s time to leave because the kids will not be happy that it’s time to go!

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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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Maplewood Farm

Canada, ROAM By April 22, 2009 Tags: , , , , No Comments

Maplewood FarmSpring, and a little toddler’s fancy turns to… baby lambs.  Born last night at Maplewood Farm are two beautiful black ones that will melt your heart.  Chasing the hens, climbing with the goats or feeding the bunnies is such fun at this North Vancouver barnyard.  Spring is a great time to go and explain the difference between sheep and lambs, pigs and piglets (flash cards not included).  Get up close and personal with the animals, and don’t forget your carrots and parsley for the rabbits.  Birdseed is available for the chickens. 

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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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Baby Travel Gear

GEAR, ROAM, style By March 9, 2009 Tags: , , No Comments

In my ‘20s I traveled for 6 weeks through Europe with one backpack that I carried myself.  For our week-long honeymoon, my husband and I took one large suitcase between us.  Just over 2 years later, my husband, 11-month-old daughter, and I had an overflowing luggage cart that held 2 large suitcases (overweight), 2 stuffed-to-the-brim carry-ons, and a car seat.  In hindsight, we should have added our playpen to the pile, since the hotel-issued crib for that trip was pretty wobbly.

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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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Time changes and jet lag when traveling with kids

LIVE, play, ROAM By February 1, 2009 Tags: , , , , No Comments

A big concern many parents have about traveling is how time changes and jet lag will affect their child’s routine and sleeping patterns.  It’s a valid concern; we all know how jet lag makes us feel (zonked and cranky), and who wants to cope with a toddler in that same state?  According to pretty much any book or article you read, children cope with time changes and jet lag much better than adults do, acclimatizing much faster.

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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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