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Get Sleep Ready for Back to School

During the summer months we have so many fun reasons to stay awake – bbqs, parties and beach days! And if you are like so many parents that I speak with, your flexible schedule gets a little more wiggle room during July and August! Now as we can see the beginning of school nearing we need to plan for this transition back. Our kids will need to be awake at a scheduled time and so that will mean a more structured bedtime. Here are a few tips to get you sleep ready for back to school!
Bedtime (and morning) Routines
The first thing that you need to do to implement a bedtime routine is have a time for it all to begin. To figure out what time your child should be going to bed, do the math. If a preschooler needs 11 hours of uninterrupted night time sleep and needs to be awake by 7am to get dressed and out the door on time, your child needs to be ASLEEP by 8pm. So bedtime routine ideally needs to begin by 7:30 or earlier if a bath is part of your routine.
So if over the summer months bedtime has been closer to 9pm, a shift needs to start. Gradually over the next few days or weeks, transition bedtime to the new earlier time. You can also start to wake your child at their new wake up time so that an earlier bedtime isn’t such a struggle.
It is important to remember that children thrive on routine and predictability; even school aged children. So having a consistent bedtime routine will allow your child the time to relax prior to falling asleep.
Creating a Flexible Routine
If you are going to make changes to your schedule this might be a good time to evaluate your bedtime routine as well. I often tell parents that it is important to look at the overall evening routine, including dinner time. Children need more time to digest a meal compared to adults, so ideally you want dinner to be approximately 2 hours prior to bedtime to allow time for digestion.

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You will also want to control caffeine and ensure that they don’t consume any after about 3pm. By removing caffeine in the afternoon and evening you will allow your child the ability to get tired and more ready for sleep.
Turn off the electronics at least one hour prior to bedtime. The light emitted by electronics such as televisions, tablets, smartphones, etc., inhibit the production of melatonin in our bodies which can make it difficult to fall asleep.
Avoid rough housing and active play prior to bedtime. Try to introduce quiet activities such as books, puzzles and building toys. Once homework is complete encourage your child to unwind and relax with some quiet activities.
School is a big adjustment for children, even if it is “just” preschool. It is a period of adjustment, schedule changes, new expectations and reaching new milestones. Try to carve out some time with your child to connect at the end of the day. The extra time with mom and/or dad will create a positive attachment experience and will ultimately add to the unwinding and relaxation prior to bedtime.
If your child is not yet going to sleep independently and you need some help on where to start, contact Family Bliss to work on a customize sleep plan today!
Remember a well-rested child will have better emotional, physical and developmental health. They will also be calmer and more willing to listen than a child who is overtired and in need of some quality sleep.

If you are ready I wish you luck and great success! If you need a customized sleep plan or would like to schedule a complementary strategy call please visit my website www.familybliss.ca for contact information.

 

 

Food For Thought!

There are so many diet fads out there! What to eat, what not to eat, what has low sodium, half the amount of sweetness and sugar. When it comes to your pearly whites, you are what you eat! Two big factors involved in tooth enamel loss and cavities are: ACID and SUGAR. When teeth are exposed to acidic foods and drinks like soft drinks, wine and fruits like oranges, the acids soften and erode the surface layer of teeth. If you are going to eat candy and drink sugary drinks your contributing to your tooth decay!

It’s fine to enjoy these treats everyone craves and needs a bit of sweetness in your diet. However, if your running behind and cannot brush your teeth right away eat an apple. They are high in fiber and water. When you eat an apple it produces more saliva in your mouth which rinses away bacteria and other food particles. Apples contain fluoride, which can tide you over until your next brush! Eating an apple is like scrubbing your mouth clean. Carrots and Celery like apples contain fiber and water, they also act like toothbrushes and scrap bacteria and food particles away. Raw celery contains vitamin A & C and two antioxidants that give your gums a boost!

The secret is to make sure you aren’t constantly bathing in acid by 1) avoiding acidic snacks multiple times throughout the day, and 2) avoiding snacking/sipping on acidic foods/drinks over a long period of time – that means no sipping on pop, juice or lemon water throughout the day!

Sugars tell a similar story – when it comes to teeth, the length of time the sugars remain on your teeth matter most! Ice cream (sugary but melts away quickly in your mouth) is less dangerous than sticky sweets like caramel or hard candy that you suck on for a long time. So if you cannot avoid sweets, try to finish sugary snacks in one sitting and don’t have them so often throughout the day.

Now, what are some healthy snacks that are low in acid and sugar that you can safely snack on? Nuts and seeds, cheese, plain yogurt, popcorn and crackers!
Remember when it comes to your pearly whites, you are what you eat! How is that for some Food for Thought?
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When considering or visiting Smiles First, you will realize that we are not your ordinary dental office. We believe our patients deserve an unsurpassed level of care, and it is precisely this commitment to providing the highest quality of individualized care that sets us apart. Redefining the dental experience, Smiles First is a state-of-the-art facility with a courteous, friendly, and highly-trained staff of professionals and specialists who will completely change your perspective on dentistry.

We always take the time to listen to your needs and concerns, and are there to answer any questions you may have. Stop by our office and experience firsthand how our unparalleled service and treatment has brightened the smiles of thousands of people in Ontario. Even children look forward to their dental visits at Smiles First, where our friendly dentists ensures that every child’s visit is a pleasant one!

PIZZAFEST is coming to Vaughan

Vaughan Pizzafest Flyer-page-001Purchase your tickets today: HERE

Check out the best Pizzeria’s in Ontario spinning their Signature Pies all weekend long!

15 Pizzerias spinning their Signature pizzas!
Entertainment for Families and Children!
Live Bands & Musical Performances all Weekend!
Fully Licensed! Enjoy Beer, Wine and Spirits!
Free Samples and much more!

July 15 4pm -11pm
July 16 Noon – 11pm
July 17 Noon – 7pm at the Woodbridge Fairgrounds

For more information visit Pizza Fest

Your Child’s First Visit

As moms we all have important jobs to do. Not only do we have to stay on top of our health, hygiene and day to day living we need to start the path for our children. A lot of moms call us and ask when is it the right time to bring in my child for their first visit to the dentist! The Canadian Dental Association recommends assessment as early as 6 months after their first primary tooth has erupted. When that first tooth does come up, we recommend to gently wipe the gums with a clean, soft cloth after meals. Then, as teeth erupt, help your child establish a healthy habit of brushing twice a day (after breakfast and before bedtime) for 2 minutes each time. Don’t forget about flossing! Brushing alone won’t clean the plaque between teeth and underneath the gums. Easy flossers can make flossing less intimidating.

Some things to expect when you make your child(rens) first dental appointment; The hygienist will have your child sit in the chair, put on some “cool” sunglasses, make them feel right at home and of course comfortable. The hygienist will provide your child with a mirror so they can see their teeth and start counting; it is a great introduction and always fun! It is important that the hygienist explains to your child what they are doing and explain the instruments to your child and what they do to the teeth. When the Dentist comes in to check over the appointment they will go through at home cleanings with you and give you tips on how to make it easier on you. They will ask about eating and drinking and just give some food for thought advice. The dentist will also check to see if the teeth are strong and cavity free and will provide you with continuing oral care; Cavity free kids are happy kids

What about those X-rays? A lot of moms are concerned about x-rays for themselves and for their children. However, it is so important to note that 15 minutes of sun exposure is more harmful to you and your child than taking digital x-rays. X-rays are imperative to your oral health, you do not want to miss any complications like cavities, crowding, infection and extra teeth.

At Smiles First they want you to feel comfortable and confident in choosing your dentist for you and your family.

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This Is Who I Am….. Hon. Maurizio Bevilacqua, PC

Hon. Maurizio Bevilacqua, PC
Mayor, City of Vaughan

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The community of Vaughan is wholesome, clean, innovative, admired, expanding and resourceful to say the least, and we would have never gotten here without the leadership of our Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua. He is  a well-known and respected community leader recognized for his consensus building abilities and expertise in the areas of social, economic and fiscal policy. So it would only be fit and such an honor to feature him in the first of many influential and significant members of our community.

So sit down, grab a coffee and lets get to know the Hon. Maurizio Bevilacqua, PC – Mayor, City of Vaughan.

1. What role do you have in the community of Vaughan?

My title is Mayor of the City of Vaughan, but I believe my role is to be a public servant to my community. I am a ‘servant leader’ driven by a deep desire to do the best I can to motivate and inspire people to achieve their full potential. As a mayor you need to align all of your actions to a clearly defined set of values, principles and beliefs rooted in humility and courage.
For me, being mayor is not a job, it is a vocation. You answer the call of public service – a calling which gives you the opportunity to serve. It is a privilege I respect and cherish. I am very grateful to the citizens who have given me a strong vote of confidence to lead and serve them. Being Mayor comes with responsibilities but also many opportunities to meaningfully contribute to the community. The idea is not to impose but rather gain support for your ideas and agenda. At the end, everyone has to feel part of it and feel that they have made a contribution. You don’t build a city on your own, you build it by working together.

2. Could you describe one of your typical workdays?

A typical day for me starts early in the morning. By 7:30 a.m. I read through daily media clips and city agenda items dealing with transit, economic development, safety, growth planning, infrastructure and the budget. I meet with my staff on a daily basis to review upcoming meetings, events, discuss scheduling and get briefed as required for the day.
In addition to my role as Mayor of Vaughan, which requires my participation in Committee and Council meetings, I am a member of York Region Council as well as Chair of PowerStream Inc., for which meetings occur weekly. I am also a member of several other boards and committees including Vice-Chair of York Region Rapid Transit, Mackenzie Health Foundation Campaign Cabinet, Large Urban Mayors’ Caucus of Ontario and the York University Advisory Council for the Business Administration Certificate in the School of Continuing Studies, to name a few.
I also have the privilege to participate in a number of community events throughout the city – new business openings, fundraising events for worthy causes and site visits to a number of organizations and facilities throughout the city. On average, I participate in over 1,000 meetings and events every year. It is indeed a busy schedule, but it keeps me informed, involved and up-to-date with what’s happening in my city.

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3. What is your greatest strength and your greatest weakness?

I believe that a strong spiritual grounding is very important to leading a city and it is something I work on every day. One needs to understand that when you represent over 300,000 people who speak 99 different languages, you must be able to embrace the diversity of opinions and bring out the best in people. You need a generous spirit in dealing with citizens as well as Council. You need to embrace their strengths as well as their weaknesses and not be judgemental. By being motivated by hope and optimism, you channel positive energy into city building. This does not mean that one needs to be passive – it is quite the opposite. You need to always practice the art of ‘contemplative action’. Thoughts and reflections must always be followed by productive action. Results matter and I believe that the best results are the ones where everyone feels a true sense of partnership.
As for my weakness…this can be addressed in the next question.

4. What is your favorite guilty pleasure you love eat?

While I maintained a strictly vegan lifestyle for a number of years, and I still follow a meat-free diet, my guilty pleasure is definitely sweet treats. Bombe (Italian style doughnuts) are among my favorites and there are so many excellent bakeries around the City of Vaughan that produce delicious cakes and pastries.

5. What is your favorite place in Vaughan?

It is difficult for me to narrow my selection to just one favourite place. There are so many beautiful, interesting, picturesque and entertaining places in Vaughan. We have more than 1,000 hectares of developed park and open space land equipped with more than 58 km of trails that residents and visitors visit every day to experience breathtaking scenery and wildlife. For people who prefer the indoors, there are places like Vaughan Mills, which has become a tourist attraction that welcomes 14 million people every year. For art lovers, we have the world renowned McMichael Canadian Art Collection located in the beautifully quaint Village of Kleinburg. Of course, for culinary enthusiasts, Vaughan’s diversity is fittingly represented in the vast number of ethnic restaurants located throughout this city.
With so much to do and see in the City of Vaughan, I can attest that my favourite place is my home, which is Vaughan – all of it!

6. What would you like people to know about you?

I want people to know that I am the product of a hard-working, immigrant, middle class family. I come from humble roots but always had noble ambitions to dedicate and devote my life to public service. From my father who ran a small trucking business and my mother who was a seamstress, I learned the values of hard work, discipline and perseverance. My parents are great role models, possessing integrity, character and living a life rooted in hope and optimism. In that sense I am very blessed and truly rich.
I got my first experience in public life as president of student council at York University which prepared me for the career that was to follow. I was first elected to the House of Commons on November 21, 1988 at the relatively young age of 28. I was the youngest MP for that session of Parliament. I was re- elected in 1990, 1993, 1997, 2000, 2004, 2006 and 2008. I held the positions of Minister of State for Finance, Minister for Science, Research and Development as well as Chairman of the House of Commons Standing Committee of Finance. I served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Labour as well as Minister of Human Resources Development. As a result of my experience I came to this job as a Mayor with much confidence and belief that we could do better as a city.
I am also a big fan of soccer and a former player. I played in the National Soccer League (NSL) and was captain of the Toronto Jets when we won the NSL championship. My love of soccer continues and I am pleased and excited that we were able to secure the City of Vaughan’s very first professional sport team, TFCII, which plays out of their new home field at the Ontario Soccer Centre. I have season tickets and I encourage everyone to get out and watch a game with their family this summer.
Lastly, I also want people to know that I am a big believer and a strong advocate for something I call the spirit of generosity. To me, this means doing what we can, as individuals and as a city to share our blessings widely, particularly for people facing challenges. As Mayor, I get the opportunity to hold two annual fundraising events, the Mayor’s Gala and the Golf Tournament. Through the generous support of our kind and compassionate community, together we have been able to raise over $5 million to support more than 100 not-for-profit and community groups that play a vital role in our community and beyond. I believe that giving back is the ultimate expression of love and compassion, and that we all share a responsibility to do so – not just for the well-being of ourselves, but our collective well-being.

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Summer Camps In Vaughan 2016

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Looking for Summer Camp Programs for Kids In Vaughan? Vaughan Moms always have you covered with the TOP Vaughan Mom Approved camps to choose from.

Color Me Mine – Maple & Woodbridge

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Let your Imaginations Run Wild by enrolling in our fun and exciting ART & CRAFT Camp!

We have some way cool projects planned, and we can’t wait to spend some time with awesome campers! Our campers, aged 4+, will have a blast while creating functional pieces the whole family can use or gift while spending time on creative exploration! Kids are grouped and seated based on age (ages: 4-7, 8-12, 13-17).

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Activities include:
• Pottery Painting
• Glass Fusion
• Fun with Clay
• Canvas Painting
-Stretching & Kids Yoga during Breaks (Two 15 mins & 1 hr for lunch)

GREAT VALUE – Up to 4 pieces per day! Paint clothes recommended. Campers are challenged based on their abilities and no two campers will have the same project.

3 time frames to choose from :

– Half day (9-12pm or 1-4pm) – $39+Tax
– Full day (9-4pm) – $69+tax
– Full week (M-F) – $269+tax

Before and After care is also available for $20/hr.

A tax receipt for TAX DEDUCTION may be picked up at the studio.

Camps are paid in full upon enrollment and are non-refundable. In studio credit will be issued based on 10 days notice cancellation. No Shows will not be credited. Please let us know as early as possible as our camps tend to fill quickly and we want to give everyone a chance to participate!

Book your Full Week Camp below or call 416-705-9898 to book your full day or half day option or Register Online HERE

Bricks 4 Kidz Woodbridge

Register for summer camp now!
We have many different camp themes such as Mining and crafting, Ninja Brick turtles, Brick Olympics, Superhero Academy and much more.

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Locations:

  • Vaughan Sportsplex II (Langstaff/Keele)
  • Playcious (Jane/Langstaff)
  • Pine Grove PS (Islington/Rutherford)

$260/full week
$175/half week
Use coupon code: 56FEFF5954644 before May 15th and get an additional 10% off with early bird pricing!

For more detail call 647-926-2221 or Register HERE

Peak Performance Golf

Peak Performance Golf presents our full summer day camp! Held inside and outside their 26,000 square foot facility, offering a well rounded multi sport experience with a golf focus. They emphasize play based learning and exploring all avenues of individual and team development 13164340_239904996400181_1346147799187280723_nwith creative, educational and fun activities.

Running weekly from July 4th-August 26th.
Each camp runs Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm

Programs start July 4th and end August 26th

Early Drop off (7.30am) and Late pick up (5.30pm) is available for $15/hr.

Holiday Week Camps run Tuesday to Friday. 20% discount applies.*

Sports and Activities during Camps

Golf/Volleyball/Tennis/ Badminton/ Basketball / Baseball/ Soccer/ Throwing/Running/ Jumping/ Physical Fitness

Regular Rate: $399+hst per week

Family Rate: $349+hst per camper for 2 or more campers

Multiple week discount (same camper): $349 per week

*Deposit of $200 required at registration

*$100 Administration fee applies on all cancellations

For more information check out www.peakperformgolf.com or contact erin@peakperformgolf.com for registration questions and forms.

More information HERE

Glama Gals Tween Spa Vaughan

Join us at Glama Gal Vaughan for SUMMER GLAMP CAMP 2016 where children ages 5 to 13 years old will let creativity, imagination and positivity soar. Each day is a different theme and includes a take home craft, spa service, physical activity session & confidence booster activity.

Themes include an Emoji day, Glamkins, Glam Scientist, Tropical Beach Sparty and so many more! 💞

Register HERE

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4Cats Art Studio – Woodbridge

WELCOME TO OUR HIVE OF CREATIVITY!

They are a team of happy artists who love what we do and create good art! They believe whole, whole heartedly that art brings joy, a love of learning and makes the world a better place. 🙂

The really great thing about 4Cats is that we encourage a love of learning through creating, questioning and laughing.

They all feel sooooo lucky to be part of the Woodbridge community! The community is so amazingly vibrant and creative. We are so happy and grateful you are part of the 4Cats family!

Register for camps HERE

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Kassem’s Taekwondo Dojang

Arabeez Creative Learning and Kassem’s Taekwondo Dojang are proudly presenting a one of a kind Summer Camp. Come learn some Arabic through singing, art and role play, unleash your inner ninja with Taekwondo and discover your movie making skills.

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Call Now 6472412109
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Petite & Posh

Camp Weeks: July 11th to 15th/July 25th to 29th/August 29th to September 2nd
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Each day includes:
Princess Story Time, Craft, Etiquette Lesson, Dress Up, Princess Yoga & Dance Party, Princess Visit and a healthy mid morning snack and drink. All based on the the character of the day! Camp is from 9am to 12pm Ages 4 and Up
Camp runs from 9am to 12pm
$45 per day or $199 for the week

Register HERE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Day Camps in the City of Vaughan!

Summer day camps and programs are more than a way to pass the lazy days of summer. Research indicates the camp experience actually contributes to the physical, emotional, social, and intellectual development of a child. We recognize the importance of our role and have developed camp experiences that enable children to laugh, learn and lead their way to a summer they will remember forever.

Summer Day Camp programs run annually in July and August.

More details are provided in the Spring & Summer Recreation Guide.

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Vaughan Moms Paint Night

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SAVE THE DATE & REGISTER for our Vaughan Moms PAINT NIGHT at Vaughan Mom Approved Color Me Mine Maple.

Join us for our scheduled workshop with our Colour Me Mine artists who will walk you through brush in brush how to make fabulous Wall Art you will want to display in the most visible places to boast about.canvas - the_red_umbrella Featuring the Lady In Red Painting the cost will be $45 ($37 include studio time, instruction, smocks, paint colors, 16×20 canvas, easels, etc.. and $8 for some wine and treats)
Invite a friend and let’s have some fun….

INVITE a friend and register here: http://vmpaintnight.eventbrite.com

 

Monkey See, Monkey Do

Ahhhh the toddler and preschool age is the perfect time to start teaching them everything and anything including oral health. At this age it is all about Monkey see, Monkey Do. It can be difficult to have our children clean up their mess, get dressed on their own, take a bath, get them to eat their veggies and fruit or even start brushing their teeth.
So where do we start and how do we get away from all the resistance they give us when it comes to this?
Moms, start doing the work, model it and show them that eating healthy, cleaning up, being more independent and brushing your teeth is fun and not so much a chore.
If children see you are doing it and enjoying it they will want to mimic you; “Monkey See, Monkey Do”! During this time it is always beneficial to read books about cleaning up, eating fruits/ veggies and brushing their teeth.

There are tons of really fun songs to along with cleaning up, eating, getting dressed and brushing teeth. Children should be brushing their teeth 2 times day for 2 minutes.

Make it a fun experience, encourage them to make bubbles and sing songs.

If your out at a grocery store, eating a meal or cleaning out the fridge make it a game.

Ask your child what food or snack item would make their teeth happy and what food or snack item would make their teeth sad; these are great teachable moments.

Make all those frustrating times a positive experience and before you know it your child will be brushing their teeth, getting dressed, eating fruits/veggies and cleaning up that big mess all on their own!

Check out the link below to encourage your children to start brushing!

https://doh.sd.gov/prevention/assets/ToothbrushingSongs.pdf

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smailesSmiles First Family Dental offers an unsurpassed level of care, and it is precisely this commitment to providing the highest quality of individualized care that sets us apart. Redefining the dental experience, Smiles First is a state-of-the-art facility with a courteous, friendly, and highly-trained staff of professionals and specialists who will completely change your perspective on dentistry. They always take the time to listen to your needs and concerns, and are there to answer any questions you may have and are currently accepting new patients.

Backpacks With Love For Kids In Fort McMurry

From May 10th to May 17th- Glama Gal Canada will be collecting backpacks for children in Fort McMurray. Backpacks need to be age specific and have a few not all of the following items inside. Glama Gal Canada has been in touch with a church in Edmonton which is an evacuee distribution center.

They will ship all backpacks to the church and Glama Gal Canada will cover all transportation & shipping costs. Items can be new or used. Please ensure you label them with age and gender they are for.

Click on link with info of what to put inside the backpacks, as well as Glama Gal locations you can drop off at & times. #backpackswithlove #albertastrong #kidshelpingkids
http://www.glamagalparty.com/backpacks-with-love

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Put Your Best Face Forward

Who needs a NEW HEAD SHOT?

Put Your Best Face Forward and update your professional head-shot.
Come network with fellow entrepreneurs…..
Get your hair and makeup touch up by The DollHouse Beauty Bar,
Jewls for your picture from Stella & Dot Style with Mir- Independent Stylist & Mentor
Photo taken by the talented Sono Photography and
500 Business cards with your package designed and printed by Launch a Mom

Date: June 1st 2016
Session 1: 10am-12pm
Session 2: 6:30-9:30pm

Location: 159 Woodbridge Avenue, Vaughan
Register here… only 20 spots available  https://vmputyourbestfaceforward.eventbrite.com

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Thank You to our participating business

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Vaughan Moms Ultimate Mother’s Day Giveaway

They’re cooks, cleaners, taxi drivers, cheerleaders, and counselors. But most of all, they’re mothers! Mother’s day is May 8th! Instead of the usual flowers and chocolate from the family, Vaughan Moms and the business in the community that are Vaughan Mom Approved want to pamper one deserving mom with a few things for herself.

Nominate your mom or a mom you know that’s deserving of our Ultimate Mother’s Day Giveaway package!

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Here’s how:

1. Comment below telling us why you think this mom* is great and why she deserves to win The Ultimate Mother’s Day Giveaway in 200 words or less. Nominee must be a Vaughan resident.

2. “LIKE” all the business Facebook Pages of the business that have graciously offered a special gift in our package in the contest below.

The Ultimate Mother’s Day Giveaway Package includes:

        1. A fee 60 min massage from Mamma Care and the winner can choose what treatment she would like to have: Relaxation, Deep Tissue, Aromatherapy, Prenatal – Retail Value $100
        2. Lacoste wristlet from Zero 20 Kids – Retail value $60
        3. $100 Gift Card to Coppa’s Fresh Market
        4. A $65 gift certificate to www.mylegwearshop.com
        5. Classic Vehicle Detail from Go Tire Vaughan – Retail Value $99
        6. 2 $40 Floral arrangements from Kleinburg Nursery – Retail Value $80 (one arrangement with package)
        7. Signature Glamanence Facial 60 mins – Retail valued $80 from Glama Gal Tween Spa in Vaughan
        8. 20 minute outdoor photo session with 10 edited images from Silvana Marshall Photography – Retail Value $200
        9. One hour sleep consultation from Family Bliss ( Good for expectant mom’s or for mom with children up to 6 years old.) – Retail Value $150
        10. 1 hour gift certificate for a design consult with Monaco Interiors – Retail Value $150
        11. A $50 Gift Card to www.jrcouture.ca
        12. A one on one session with Lifestyle 4 Life with Voula Cicchelli, plus her 7 day kickstart plan – Retail Value $75
        13. A $75 gift certificate for any service at Copper Creek Medi Spa
        14. A $75 gift certificate for either Root Colour & Blowdry OR Partial Hilite & Blowdry with Hair By Mare
        15. A free underarm laser hair removal treatment from Freedom Medi Spa in Vaughan – Retail Value $110
        16. A baby sleeper from Zucchero by Solo Bambini – Retail Value $70
        17. $150 towards any event design by King & Co Event Designs
        18. Free furniture layout from Daniela Miceli Interiors – Retail Value $150
        19. $50 gift certificate to Porcello Cantina
        20. Stella & Dot Breezeblock Enamel Pendant Necklace – Retail Value $42
        21. Bread for a year from Cobs Bread – Valued at $210 (some conditions apply)
        22. A Giving Plate from Color Me Mine – Retail Value $44
        23. A $100 Gift Card to Vaughan Mills Mall from MatthewFusco.ca
        24. A Perfume Berger Gift Set from Desiree China & Gifts – Valued at $25
        25. $50 Gift Certificate to Itty Bitty Shoe Shop
        26. $75 car kit and $150 dinner certificate Grazie from Zanchin Auto Group

TOTAL VALUE: $2635

Nominations will be chosen by myself and the business involved will vote on which one is most deserving. Contest will close May 3rd 2016 and winner will be announced May 1st and the big prize will be delivered to the winner on May 5th 2016. Nominee must be a Vaughan Resident. Please read further qualifications below.

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Questions? Email vaughanmoms@gmail.com. Contest ends April 29th 2016 and winner will be delivered prize and expected to take photo that will be posted on the Vaughan Moms website and social media. Nominee must be local to Vaughan, Ontario or within 20km of Vaughan. *This includes friends, mothers, stepmothers, grandmothers, godmothers, or the mother of your children. You cannot nominate yourself. A family member such as, a child or husband must nominate you. Moms can nominate their daughter if she is a mom. You understand and agree that your use of the prizes won is available and provided at your own risk. Vaughan Moms assumes no responsibly for any expired conflicts, unsatisfied customers or hardships incurred directly or indirectly by using any of the prizes given by the business on the Vaughan Mom Approved business directory.

 

Perks to Take Advantage of While Servicing Your Vehicle With the Zanchin Auto Group

With spring waiting around the corner to be sprung upon us it’s a given that you’ll need to take your vehicle in to be serviced whether it may be an oil change, changing out your winter tires, wheel alignment. You’re probably thinking that you’ll spend your visit at your chosen dealership tinkering around your phone and trying to bide time – but our dealerships have so much more to offer!

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Children’s Play Area
First things first – having your little ones with you while you run errands can be tough with finding ways to keep them entertained especially if you’re sitting in a waiting lounge. Luckily many of our dealerships offer children’s play areas that you and your kids are free to take advantage of while you wait.

There are usually a variety of toys for them to choose to play with, and these areas are often sectioned off with good visibility so you don’t have to worry about keeping your eye on them at all times.

Café
What’s better than having a hot beverage while you sit in our customer lounge? All of our dealerships offer some variety of complimentary hot drinks such as tea or coffee. Ranging from the classic pots of coffee to modern Keurig or Starbucks machines – you’re guaranteed to find something suitable to sip on.

Also, at our Maple Toyota location, we offer hot food cooked to order for both breakfast and lunch. That way you won’t have to stress about bringing a snack with you or going hungry if the only time you can schedule your appointment falls at mealtime. Most locations also offer vending machines with snacks and bottled drinks for your convenience.

Shuttle
If you have places to be during your service appointment – don’t fret! We offer complimentary shuttles to the surrounding area of each dealership so that you can get around and get your errands done while your car gets back in tip-top shape.

Don’t be afraid to ask your service advisor to be dropped off at the office or at the nearby mall. This way you can get errands done or work instead of waiting in your dealership. We are happy to do it.

Guest Services Vehicle
If your vehicle is in for a major service, we have guest service vehicles available for you to use. These do book quickly so at the time you book your service please request one. Your service advisor will arrange to have it ready for you when you drop off your car at your appointment.

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Customer Lounge + Free Wi-Fi
We try to keep our guests as comfortable as possible, so we make sure to have enough chairs for everyone to get settled. We also know how important it is to stay connected, so we’ve ensured that all of our dealerships offer free Wi-Fi.

So there you have it, getting your vehicle serviced comes with a variety of perks for you to take advantage of. The Zanchin Auto Group boasts a total of 30 locations spanning the GTA. The majority of our locations can be found in the Maple Auto Mall in Vaughan and the Number 7 Auto Mall in Woodbridge, but our dealerships can also be found in Innisfil, Kingston, Whitby and many other cities. Visit www.zanchinauto.com to find the closest location for you!

Lastly, and most importantly, the Zanchin Auto Group believes in a comfortable pressure free atmosphere. Buying, servicing or calling to request information should not be a frustrating experience. We are always here to help!

– Andria Zanchin of Zanchin Automotive Group
ALTA INFINITI
5585 HIGHWAY 7
Vaughan, ON L4L 1T5
Sales: 1 (866) 334-3092
Service: (905) 266-0498
Parts: (905) 856-8800
ALTA NISSAN RICHMOND HILL
11667 YONGE ST
Richmond Hill, ON L4E 3N8
Sales: 1 (888) 739-1744
Service: 1 (877) 840-7071
Parts: 1 (855) 503-2101
ALTA NISSAN WOODBRIDGE
7625 MARTIN GROVE RD
Woodbridge, ON L4L 2C5
Sales: 1 (866) 980-8204
Service: 1 (877) 872-9183
Parts: 1 (877) 712-6024
International Auto Depot
193 Woodstream Blvd
Woodbridge, ON L4L 7Y1
Sales: 1 (888) 526-1283
Maple Acura
111 Auto Vaughan Drive
Vaughan, ON L6A 4A1
Sales: 1 (877) 761-0032
Maple Honda
89 Auto Vaughan Dr
Vaughan, ON L6A 4A1
Sales: 1 (866) 980-9498
Maple Hyundai
233 Sweetriver Blvd.
Maple, ON L6A 4G9
Sales: 1 (888) 905-5586
Service: 1 (888) 310-8576
Parts: 1 (888) 685-8102
Maple Mazda
110 Auto Vaughan Drive
Vaughan, ON L6A 4A1
Sales: 1 (866) 350-9904
Service: (905) 832-1556
Parts: (905) 832-1556
MAPLE NISSAN
100 AUTO VAUGHAN DR.
Vaughan, ON L6A 4A1
Sales: 1 (888) 277-0244
Service: (905) 266-0498
Parts: 1 (877) 731-5034
Maple Scion
88 Auto Vaughan Dr
Vaughan,ON L6A 4A1
Sales: 1 (866) 980-9516
Service: (905) 417-9100
Parts: (905) 417-9100
Maple Toyota
88 Auto Vaughan Dr
Vaughan, ON L6A 4A1
Sales: 1 (866) 980-9516
Service: (416) 709-5777
Parts: (905) 417-9100
Maple Volkswagen
260 Sweetriver Blvd
Maple, ON L6A 4V3
Sales: 1 (888) 730-8971
MARTIN GROVE VOLKSWAGEN
7731 MARTIN GROVE RD
Woodbridge, ON L4L 2C5
Sales: 1 (866) 980-6213
Number 7 Honda
5555 Highway 7 West
Woodbridge, ON L4L 1T5
Sales: 1 (866) 981-4948
Service: 1 (877) 999-5962
Parts: (905) 851-2259
Prima Mazda
7635 Martin Grove Rd
Woodbridge, ON L4L 2C5
Sales: 1 (888) 249-0279
Service: (905) 850-8111
Parts: (905) 850-8111
WoodbridgeToyota
7685 Martin Grove Rd
Woodbridge, ON L4L 1B5
Sales: 1 (888) 301-9195
Service: (905) 851-3993
Parts: (416) 743-3262

Chilean Grapes and Chorizo

A fresh twist with Grapes to use as an appetizer or part of a meal.
Ingredients

4 Chorizo sausages cut into 1-½ inch pieces
1/4 pound fresh Chilean red seedless grapes
1/4 pound fresh Chilean green seedless grapes
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1/2 cup dry red wine (Shiraz, Malbec or Merlot)
4 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons parsley, chopped

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Instructions

In a non-stick skillet over medium high heat add chorizo, allowing some of the oils to come out. If needed, add a tablespoon of olive oil. Add grapes, oregano, and thyme.
Continue to brown the sausage and wilt the grapes to allow their natural juices to seep out. Grapes will start to pop, so monitor as the cook. All this should take about ten minutes.
Remove chorizo and grapes from the pan and put on a serving dish. Add wine to the pan and scrape down the bottom of the pan to release the drippings and flavoring. On low heat, reduce the wine slightly, then add the butter, one tablespoon at a time. Whisk the sauce until it reaches a rich glaze. Pour over sausage and top with parsley.
Use as a side dish, as a filling for pita, or roll into tortillas for a party snack.
Created by Kelly Springer MS, RD, CDN, www.kellyschoice.org
for Chilean Fresh Fruit Association
Chilean grapes are available in North America from December through May.

Why summer tutoring is important to your child’s learning

As you look for summer camps and other fun activities to keep your kids busy during the summer break, why not consider one-on-one tutoring? This is a great way to help your child avoid summer learning loss and head back to school with confidence.

While we all deserve some down time to do nothing but rest and relax, too much rest and relaxation can lead to learning loss. Here are some reasons why summer tutoring is important to your child’s learning and retention of previously learned information:

  • It helps children retain information they already learned the previous year and it also helps prepare them for the new information they will be learning the following year.
  • Children are able to catch up during the summer and focus on the things that were giving them a hard time during the school year.
  • The tutor can assign your child homework, so that your child will not get lazy and get out of the habit of doing academic work for the 2 to 3 months of summer break.
  • Tutoring gives your child a set routine, which is a very healthy thing in a young child’s life because it promotes stability.
  • If your children fall behind, due to learning loss, they may find themselves struggling throughout the rest of the school year – tutoring can solve this issue.

Making a small investment in summer learning can make a big difference in the fall, from growing your child’s skills and confidence, to giving your child an academic edge. The summer advantage program will pick up where the classroom leaves off, blending the latest teaching methods, engaging activities and games, and a fun reward system to inspire your child in learning. When the summer ends, your child will step into the classroom ready and excited about the new school year.

How Summer Advantage Program works:

This tutoring program focuses on specific skills or subject area- from math skills, to reading, to writing techniques- so your child can boost his or her confidence where needed.

The Summer Advantage Program is available for Preschool and Kindergarteners up through grade 5.
Preschool- SK- 30 minute session @ $20.00
Grade 1- Grade 5-1 hour session @ $35.00 (reg. $40)
(Discount will apply to those with 2 or more children)
*All payments are due at the end of each session.

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Locations: Pierre Berton Public Library (Islington/ Rutherford) or Richview Library (Islington and Eglinton)
When does the Summer Advantage Program begin?
Summer Advantage tutoring program will begin on Monday, July 4th, 2016 and will end Friday, August 26th, 2016. Please register by Sunday, May 1st, 2016.
What to expect:
• Designed with engaging activities and games to make summer learning fun.
• Led by a certified Primary/ Junior teacher.
• Made to fit your busy summer schedule
• Aligned with Ontario Curriculum, so what your child learns throughout the summer break will make an impact in the classroom.
What workbooks will be use?
All workbooks will be purchased from Alpha Textbooks or will be put together by myself. All books that will be used throughout the summer are based on the Ontario Curriculum.

Please note: Not all books listed under your child’s grade will need to be purchased. I have incorporated different workbooks that schools may use. It is your responsibility to ask the teacher what math and grammar program the school uses. Cancellation Policy: Due to high volume of students, sessions must be cancelled 24 hours prior, or full session will be charged.

If you have any questions about the Summer Advantage Program please feel free to contact Michelle at 416-898-5577 or by email michelle_ds1@hotmail.com