Mother’s Day Spring Market

Spring Market 2014

Find unique & hand-crafted items made by moms at the Mother’s Day Spring Market.

Join us Saturday, April 4, 11am-3pm at at 5 Ontario St in Orillia. In addition to our Mompreneur Market, guest speaker Dr. Jody Snider, ND, will help us all to learn healthy habits to cope with stress and increase our energy naturally.

Meet the Makers


H&Co logo

H&Co is a small business based in Barrie, specializing in mom and baby fashion. Our signature product is a useful and snazzy bandana bib, and we also offer handmade nursing and teething necklaces, toy straps, mom and baby infinity scarves, soother clips, and stretchy baby hats.

All H&Co products are made with love using 100% cotton prewashed in natural, fragrance-free detergents.

H&Co bib for baby

ARA Gifts

ARA logo

ARA Gifts (representing Angela Ruth Armstrong) first began in the fall of 2010 with a hand-sewn mug cozy. After Angela made one for herself, others began to request orders as well. She decided to explore other items to create and began crocheting cowls with buttons, which also became popular. Angela received a sewing machine and began to sew infinity scarves. These became very popular by word of mouth, so she explored other venues to sell.

Angela is a stay-at-home mom of two children (ages 3 and 5). She loves being able to stay home with them as this small business has enabled her to do. The experience of selling her own creations has been wonderful! She takes great care and enjoyment in each handmade item.

The goal of ARA Gifts is provide unique, creative, hand made and quality items.

ARA Gifts infinity scarf

Junebugs Fashions

Junebugs logo

Josée Chapman is a fun-filled wife, mother of three, will-try-almost-anything-entrepreneur, with a flair for design. She enjoys spending time with family, coffee dates with friends, writing, creating new experiences and finding God’s joy in the everyday moments in life. She carries a strong background in design, having worked in the event industry for over 10 years, with the award winning Rachel. A. Clingen wedding design and Eventure custom environments team.

In the winter of 2011, after the birth of her twin girls, she founded Junebugs Fashions. This was a combination of the desire to provide an income so she could remain at home with her children, and challenge herself in an area outside of the realm of parenting. The inspiration for the name was birthed from the blessing of her three children, all born in the month of June.

Junebugs Fashions explores the realm of all things sewn. Josée enjoys the challenge of new patterns and creating unique designs of her own, working with various forms of textiles. The countless colours, textures and patterns of fabrics, inspire excite and enliven her creativity. Junebugs Fashions products range from nursing covers, crayon wallets, tote bags, clutch purses, fabric cuff bracelets, and aprons. Josée welcomes the opportunity for custom orders, stretching and forcing her to imagine, experiment and have fun.

Josée Chapman endeavors to see Junebugs Fashions continue to flourish into a successful company, that could perhaps provide opportunity for others who would desire to stay at home while raising a family.

Junebugs Nursing Cover

Join us this coming Saturday, April 4th to see great handmade products for Mother’s Day from H&Co, ARA Gifts, Junebug Fashions, and others.

We Are Local and Independent

THANK YOU to our amazing customers who choose to shop with us both in our local store and online. We know you have choices, and your trust in our store and service means the world to us. For more reasons to support LOCAL and shop small businesses, check out the video above.

The Value of Your Local Store store photos

Shopping with us at gives you the experience and guidance you need to use parenting products right. We are careful in the products we choose, and we hold every product in our store to high standards.

There is a lot to consider when demand continually drives down price. Have you read our “At What Cost?” series? It’s a great read and explains quite a bit of what we deal with in this new economy.

I also always consider my time, and the time of the people helping me, as much more valuable than the few dollars I might save shopping around. The services we provide through our store in Orillia and our online store at are only possible thanks to the support of our customers. We spend a great deal of our time with customers, guiding them, educating them, and providing help where they need it, and there is value in this. Unfortunately, without the support, we wouldn’t have a store for parents to come into, learn, and be a part of a greater community.

It’s because we know you have choices that your choice to shop with us matters so much.

Partners in Parenting: Profile

Tamara Champion at store in Orillia

One of the reasons we wanted to have a store front in our town of Orillia is to make face-to-face connections with our customers. Recently, our local paper, the Orillia Packet & Times, published a profile of Parenting by Nature and owner, Tamara Champion. Tamara’s focus on what her community needs and what parents need is clear in the profile.

“We want to be a partner in parenting by helping parents find the information and products they need to give their children the gift of a healthier, better life and future,” said Champion, who has an exhaustive questionnaire for companies that want to sell their wares at “To me, it’s not all about making money. It’s about educating people, it’s about minimizing our impact on the planet… that’s what’s important.”

Read the full profile of Parenting by Nature, and you will find out:

  1. What is happening with the space above our store
  2. What kind of work Tamara was doing before babies &
  3. Why the store and Tamara’s family ended up in Orillia Retail Store natural parenting store in Orillia Ontario

Thank you to everyone who came out to share in our Grand Opening celebration last week. We’re thrilled that you feel we are filling a void in the Orillia/Simcoe community. For our customers who aren’t close enough to visit our store, we want to give you a peek at our beautiful space.

Ontario eco boutique

Natural toys for kids of all ages

Cloth diaper store in Ontario

Our cloth diaper wall!

Eco books in Orillia Ontario

Eco books and green living products

Natural laundry products Ontario

Natural laundry products

Pregnancy and Breastfeeding products

Pregnancy and Breastfeeding products

Nursing room in Orillia Ontario

Our nursing room is tucked away to give you some quiet when you need it

Natural gifts for young children

Natural gifts for young children

Back to school products

School gear for young children

Come Visit Us in Orillia

Situated in one of the most beautiful locations in Southern Ontario, the Eco Boutique, as well as the shipping warehouse for our online service, is located at 5 Ontario Street in Orillia just 2 minutes off of Highway 11. Our convenient location allows us to easily serve the Barrie community, Simcoe County and the District of Muskoka. Orillia is in the heart of Ontario’s Lake Country, yet it is just over an hour away from the Greater Toronto Area.

Sophie the Giraffe Natural Toy in Canada

We are so pleased to welcome a new, very special natural teething toy to our Natural Toy & Gifts Department. Our customers have been requesting safer, healthier natural toy options and we’ve been listening. Alternatives to plastic teething toys are available, and at Parenting By Nature (Canada), we’ve found a new one.

Natural Toys in Canada

Sophie the Giraffe has been a favorite teething toy in France for more than 40 years. Since her creation in 1961, Sophie the Giraffe has wowed hundreds of babies (and parents!) with her natural beauty and charm. More importantly her flexible, renewable, natural rubber materials and non-toxic paint mean Sophie the Giraffe is a safe and all-natural teething toy for your little one. Parents world-wide trust the joy this classic toy brings to their babies. Check out Sophie the Giraffe today – she makes a unique natural baby gift for any new baby.