I remember many shopping excursions to the United States with my mom—outlet stores filled with clothing and jewelry were thrilling, and buying unique back to school supplies made me feel like I was in a candy store. As I have aged, shopping is still a delight and yet my store preferences have evolved. As a new homeowner I would get excited about tools, and then after my kids were born I visited garden centres and kids’ gear shops more and more frequently. As a super busy Mom and business-owner, I now demand a ton from my shopping experiences. The stores must provide great value, include many items that I need, and allow me to research my purchases digitally. I have honed my passion for shopping and no longer trek south of the border to get my heart palpitating.
Mentors and role models are crucial to our kids’ development. I am lucky that my kids are growing up in a community where they are influenced and guided by their elders, and are learning to mentor younger kids themselves.
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It totally takes a village. But sometimes our family units and communities aren’t quite set up the way we need them to be in order to create that supportive environment. Enter: Uniiverse. There are many people and resources around us moms in our local communities. A new site I discovered, www.uniiverse.com , helps moms connect with what’s going on around them, right in their own neighbourhood. Uniiverse is a new social marketplace website for people to offer and discover authentic activities and services within their local community. It’s a fantastic way for moms to connect and meet in real life, build a strong community, and make life easier and better.
Here’s a video that explains more about Uniiverse:
What’s more, you can use Uniiverse in two ways: as a seller or a buyer. You can offer your own skills and time for others to book, or you can look around you in your neighborhood, and book someone else’s listing. It’s all about sharing experiences without the focus being just on buying or selling. Think of it like a Craigslist for experiences, but more trustworthy because other moms you know are using it too.
Here are 10 great ways that Moms can use Uniiverse:
1. Find or organize fun activities for play dates or toddler groups
2. Find babysitters in a safe and trustworthy way
3. Find affordable family photographers
4. Hire some cleaning help
5. Find a dog walker or pet sitter
6. Have your groceries delivered to you
7. Find or organize fitness activities
8. Enjoy a new hobby
9. Lend your baby and kid items that you may not currently need – help other parents save money
10. Offer advice to expecting moms/parents – become a “Mompreneur”
The only catch? You might just get so excited about all that is offered, you forget that you have kids…