Baby Registry Tips Baby Registry

If you already know what you want for your baby, how do you prevent the gifts of piles of stuff you will never use? Use our baby registry. Make sure your family and friends know what you want.

Oh, No! Piles of Stuff

If you have already decided that you can make do with less for your baby, start your list now and be strong in keeping it simple. Think through each item. Do you really need it?

To start, read our posts about what you really need for a baby. You really don’t need much.

Once you have your list, show it to your mother, your older sister, or a friend who has recently had a baby. Ask them whether you really need each item. Ask what they wish they hadn’t bought. Ask what you might be missing. Of course, you need to make your own choices, but it helps to be well informed.

Help Your Family and Friends

Keep in mind that people want to shower you with gifts. That’s why it’s called a shower. They want to share with you what they learned as parents, and that’s a great thing. Accept their kind advice, but be clear that you want only certain kinds of gifts.

Without judging other people’s choices, explain your choices. Explain natural materials, using less so you waste less, buying quality products that will last, and focusing on open play.

You might even write a short paragraph in the shower invitation so everyone knows you have specific items you want. Work with the person giving your shower to build a theme around eco-friendly parenting, and you will have even more opportunity to explain your choices.

Make It Easy for Everyone

Your guests need to know where to go to find your registry. Include a link to your registry in invitations. Send an email to each person invited with a clickable link.

In the gift registry, you can make comments on each selection. Explain why you want each item, what it will allow you to do, and how much it means to you that someone will help you get it. Make sure you indicate priority so you get what you want most first.

Always bring it back to the baby and the gift giver. It’s such a beautiful thing they are doing to help you as you start on your journey as a parent. Welcome their help. Just guide it gently, so you can actually use what they give.

How to Set up Your Gift Registry

If you are already a customer of, you just login to your customer account to set up your registry list. If you aren’t a customer yet, you can start a new account. Just make sure you have your Customer Profile set up.

Start shopping while logged in. Choose items with the Add to Registry button. Be sure to make comments for each item. You can come back and change your list later.

Give each item a priority, so your guests will know how important or just nice-to-have it is.

Choose either public registry or password-protected registry. Public is easier for your guests, but we understand why some parents prefer a private registry.

Print registry cards to include with your shower invitations, so your guests will know exactly where to look for your list. We’re created registry cards for you.

When you have set up your baby registry, send us an email at info at to sign up for our Registry Rewards program. You will get a store credit for 10% of the value of all purchases by your family and friends. We just need to know the name you used for the registry, your shipping details, and your baby’s estimated due date.

That’s it. Registering for gifts is an easy process that helps you get only what you really need and want and helps your guests know that their gifts will be genuinely useful to you.

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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.

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Dry Skin Getting You Down?

Woman in the snow

It’s the same story every winter. I am surprised to see that my skin is peeling. I see skin flakes all over my black socks. (Gross, I know.) Even my eyebrows start flaking, and I have to clean skin off my glasses. You get the sad picture. I look like a face-peeling zombie. I dry up in the winter.

If you are suffering dry winter skin like I am—or, I hope, not quite so much as I am—take a few steps to care for yourself to avoid the worst of it.

Why Is Your Skin Dry Now?

In the winter, the humidity is low outside and even lower inside, if you use dry heat. The normal moisture of your glowing summer skin is being sucked away.

Also, as you get older or as your hormones change, your skin can change. If you have noticed a difference lately, it’s possible this is your new normal.

This is part of the normal cycle of the year.

Steps to Keep Your Skin Moist in the Winter

Remove as little of your own natural skin moisture as possible.

  • Use a mild cleanser. You might want to switch to a milder soap just for winter, if you already have a cleanser that works well for you in the summer.
  • Pat your skin with a towel rather than rubbing.
  • Avoid long exposure to hot water. If you hands are all cracked and dry, use this as a good reason to have a family member help with the dishes.

Use natural moisturizers.

I’ve written before about the ingredients to look for and avoid in moisturizing cosmetics.

  • If the lotion you have been using feels waxy or greasy, switch. The same moisturizers that work for me might not work well for you if we have different type of skin and we’re dealing with different weather.
  • One of my favorite lotion tips: apply body lotion when your skin is still slightly damp.

Make it easy to remember.

When do you think about how dry your skin is? If just before you go to bed, put lotion on your nightstand. I think about it during homeschool, while my children are reading and my hands are idle. I look at them and feel how dry they are, so I reach for the lotion that I keep on the table next to where I sit. Wherever you are most likely to have the thought and the time, keep your lotion there.

Use heavy duty treatment when your daily routine isn’t enough.

Every few days, I just have to use oil on my face. I use mild facial cleanser then oil. I know it sounds counter-intuitive to cover one’s face with oil, but it is the only way I can keep my skin from peeling.

When I was growing up, at night my mother would cover my hands in lotion and put cotton socks over my hands to keep the lotion from rubbing off. It worked, but I have managed to avoid this by using lotion daily, morning and night.

How heavy your treatment needs to be depends on how bad your problem is.

Either avoid wind and water or create a barrier.

Wind won’t just kiss your face—it will bite your face and suck out the moisture. Hot water will remove natural oils and leave your skin tight and uncomfortable until it cracks or peels.

Sound bad? Just create a barrier. Wear a mask when you are out in the wind. Don’t use hot water to wash your face. So simple!

You won’t just avoid one winter of tight, dry skin. You will avoid premature aging caused by overexposure to the elements.

If you are more hearty than I am, I’m very happy for you. My very pale, very sensitive skin just can’t handle the outdoors in winter without a lot of help, so avoidance is my first line of defense.

What Moisturizers Do We Use?

Anointment petit fours soap

Our favorites are two made in Canada brands: Anointment and Cocoon Apothecary. staff members love Anointment skin care products like the handmade soap, lip balm, and ointment. If you haven’t tried it before, start with the gift set of mini soaps, Anointment Petit Fours, to find a scent that you will enjoy.

I am still in love with Cocoon Apothecary. I use Rosey Cheeks Facial Cream when I’m going out. It is thick and rich without being greasy or leaving any kind of film. It absorbs into my skin really well. When I’m staying in, I use Rosehip Oil Facial Serum, which is a golden oil that definitely does not work into the skin all of the way. I rub it in some then let it work its way in over the day. I also use Magic Bean Body Lotion (which smells like sweet cocoa) for my hands and body.

My husband uses a heavy duty hemp lotion on this hands in the winter because his normally soft skin just dries and cracks, leaving his knuckles looking like he’s just been punching trees for sport. I find the lotion too strong and too thick for me, but he is very happy with it. You might need more than one solution for your family.

When I was in bootmaking school, working hard with my hands all day, cutting myself accidentally and often, and washing my hands over and over, my teacher had all of the students rub tea tree oil on our hands at the end of each day. That was my introduction to tea tree oil. I was amazed how quickly my cuts healed. If your hands are so dry that they are cracked or bleeding, tea tree oil or a moisturizer with tea tree oil can help speed the healing process.

Bundle up out there so the wind can’t whip you around.

Image © Chupacabra47 |

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5 Holiday Gifts Made in Canada

Ringley Organic Teething Toys

When you want to buy your gifts close to home, we can help you find a big selection of natural toys and other gifts made in Canada. These are a few of our favorites at

Organic Teething Toys
Handmade in Toronto, Canada

Ringley natural baby toy made in Canada

Ringley teething toys for babies are made in Canada with untreated Canadian maple and 100% organic terrycloth. You know when babies are teething they look for textures that feel right. The smooth, natural wood and the nubby terrycloth give variety. Your baby can easily hold on to the ring while gnawing away to soothe sore gums. Ringley baby toys are among our best sellers.

Wee Urban Organic Cotton Sleep Sacs
Made in Canada

Wee Urban cotton baby sleeping bag

Wee Urban Baby Sleep Bags solve the problem of babies kicking off covers because the covers move with the baby, keeping baby warm all night. Easy zip opening for quick nighttime diaper changes. Made with soft certified organic cotton and bamboo viscose fleece. The sleep bag made with cute prints is also Made in Canada.

Anointment Natural Skin Care
Handmade in Canada

Anointment natural skin care for babies balm

Anointment makes a full line of natural skin care products for pregnancy, baby, and for parents. Anointment uses food-grade ingredients and healing herbs, so you know their salves, oils, and soaps are safe for the whole family. Check out the gorgeous shaving set for Dad. And, the chocolate mint lip balm is a perfect stocking stuffer. Smells so nice! Anointment natural skin care for adults and for babies.

Padraig Wool Slippers for the Whole Family
Handmade in Canada

Padraig handmade wool slippers for the family

Padraig slippers are soft and breathable—a perfect shoe for tiny, developing baby feet. Each pair is handmade with 100% natural wool. Durable leather sole makes these non-slip. We like these slippers so much, that we carry them in sizes for the whole family. You can get a matching set for Christmas morning.

Natural Wooden Rattles
Handmade in Canada

Natural wood baby rattle made in Canada

This elegantly shaped woode rattle contrasts maple and walnut woods for a striped effect. All safe and natural wood oiled with hemp or flax. Each rattle is handcrafted by a family in their home workshop in Southern Ontario. They use wood from a local, family-owned sawmill that has been responsibly managing lumber for 50 years. A beautiful toy all around. This is an heirloom for a baby on your list.

Visit for more holiday gift ideas. Look for the tiny maple leaf logo to find products Made in Canada.

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Made with Love: Mompreneur Market

Mompreneur Market

Looking for unique or handmade gift items for someone special on your list? Join us at in Orillia for holiday shopping and to support local mompreneurs on Saturday, December 7th.

There will be a silent Auction with proceeds going to the Greenhaven Women’s Shelter in Orillia.

Meet the Makers

Before you come to the store, meet the small businesses whose products will be featured at the market on Saturday.

Snappy Snacks

Snappy Snacks lactation cookies

Snappy Snacks began out of love and a desire to help women enjoy breastfeeding. When you are stressed out, and it’s a struggle, it’s hard to see the joy that it can become. Snappy Snack’s line of Lactation Snacks wants to help you meet your breastfeeding goals. By naturally increasing your milk supply with our Snappy Snacks, you save the cost of formula top-ups, skip the bitter teas, and don’t have to gag down bowls of oatmeal and handfuls of pills. Plus, your baby gets all the great health benefits of only drinking breastmilk.

Snappy Snacks cookies are based on five lactogenic super foods: Oats, Ginger, Flax Seeds, Sesame Seeds, and Fenugreek. They aim to make all their products healthier than the average baked treat, easy to use, and highly effective. Snappy Snacks are a delicious treat for moms to enjoy and babies to grow on. So sit back, relax, and have a cookie!

Follow Snappy Snacks on Facebook.


H&Co handmade in Ontario

H&Co specializes in handmade goods for babies and moms. Their signature product is the bandana bib, which they initially developed as a stylish solution for their own drooling babies. Next thing they knew, they had other parents asking for bibs for their little ones, and H&Co was born.

H&Co also makes for moms to wear wood bead and fabric necklaces that are safe for busy and teething babies who want to grab at and chew on mama’s jewelry. Their products are 100% cotton, pre-washed in natural detergent, and handmade in Barrie.

Follow H&Co on Facebook and Instagram.

Gypsy Rose Naturals and More

Gypsy Rose Naturals is a small, home-based business started as one of the owners looked for soap that did not dry the skin but would be good for her granddaughter’s
excema. After much research and recipe testing, they came up with a line of soaps, bath bombs, bath salts, and foot scrubs, all made with natural materials and scents.

For more information, call Sherry Way at 1-705-345-6691

Gluten Free Goodies

Gluten-free Ontario

After being diagnosed with food allergies 3 years ago, the owner of Gluten Free Goodies looked at the store for safe food. She found there wasn’t much available, and anything she found was very expensive. She had always been a baker before, so she figured she could probably learn how to bake gluten- and dairy-free. After about 6 months of friends and family telling her it was the best they ever had and she should sell my baking, she took her baked goods to the Orillia Farmer’s Market, where she has been selling for 1.5 years.

Follow Gluten Free Goodies on Facebook.

Check back for more profiles of local mompreneurs, and we will see you at the store in Orillia on Saturday, December 7th.

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