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Friday, April 25, 2014

Feature Friday: Mommies N Munchkins Fair

This past Saturday I attended the Mommies N Munchkins Fair. One of my friends (Stephanie from Cutie Pie Boutiquerecommended it raved about it to me and suggested I check it out. I am so glad I did. In the weeks leading up to the event, I spoke with the organizers a few times and was very impressed with how organized and hard working they were. Their efforts definitely paid off. 

When I arrived with Ari in tow I was excited to see how many people were already waiting to get in- there was a line out the door (way to go ladies!); there were grab bags for the first 100 people as a reward for arriving early. I spoke with one of the attendees- a girlfriend of mine- about what she thought of the grab bags. She had mixed reviews, as there was a lot of promotional material & not a lot of samples from the vendors, but she received a food pouch for her little one which she really appreciated (she also mentioned how much she loved the XL bag as a great Mommy tote).

The event took place at a different venue from previous years, but speaking with vendors, attendees, and from my own experience, it was an excellent choice. The layout was clear & organized, with ample room for strollers; while there was a great turnout (approx. 3,200!), you never felt cramped/ crowded.

There were performances by Will Stroet and As You Wish Princess, a balloon twister from Twist Parties (these were some of my friend's favourites), a bouncy castle from Par- T- Perfect, and face/ belly painting by Melanie Dawn. Based on the feedback I got, the performers did a great job and the only changes would be to have them on a stage in a designated area to keep the audience corralled and to spread out the performances throughout the event. From what I gathered, they were such a hit that the audience blocked the aisle during the performances and it was a little busy shifting from performer to the next, as the kids wanted to meet & take photos with them.

As an added bonus there were also a variety of food trucks & free Starbucks coffee given away outside, which allowed all of the indoor space to be free for vendors, but still conveniently close for parents who wanted to return inside after a bite to eat & some fresh air.

I got a chance to meet and speak with a lot of the vendors at the Fair and was impressed with the variety present. We really are surrounded by some talented & hard working people and I can't wait to collaborate with some of them in the future for TPB readers. Please show your support & check them out! 

MiniMocs: How cute are these???

Family Resources
An online resource for families about events & other information. Articles on a variety of subjects including travel, local activities, & giveaways. "The only pocket book resource guide for families".

Teach your child how to be healthy, independent sleepers- skills that will grow with them. Consultant Kathryn Wood will teach you why sleep is so important, show you the steps to establish healthy sleeps habits with your kids, and how to measure success. Private consultations & seminars available. 

Health & Wellness
The lovely lady from Prenatal to Parenting!
Looking for prenatal, postpartum, and/ or parenting services? Everything from doula services & hypnobaby classes to placenta encapsulation &workshops for parents. Great for parents (and parents- to- be!) seeking natural alternatives to traditional options. 

Homeopathic medicine to suit a variety of common ailments, including, teething, cold, cough, & flu, allergies, and restlessness. Products available for babies & children, with options for adults. If you've been searching for an alternative to pharmaceuticals, this is a great brand to try (I use their drops for teething & colds - for more check out my post on teething here).

Specializing in dentistry for infants & children through adolescence. Provides a 'kid- friendly' approach to oral care so their young patients understand what is going on and help remove the intimidation of visiting the dentist. Regular maintenance/ preventative & restorative services provided.

Family Entertainment & Activities
A great place to bring your kids from 6 weeks to 13 years with a variety of programs tailored to specific age groups to encourage a healthy lifestyle & self esteem. A great venue for birthday parties too!

An award- winning bilingual musician with a background in education, Will Stroet entertains children with his high- energy, interactive music. With eight albums & 1 DVD under his belt, Will can currently be found on Kid's CBC on weekday mornings. His current album, Just Imagine is available now.

The fab ladies from Discovery Toys
Turn play time into a time for learning. Everything from toys & games to books & CDs, these quality toys are a great addition to your home. Perfect as gifts or to stock your kid's toy box, these toys encourage kids to develop & learn a variety of skills as they grow. Check out our Amazing Mom post on Chelle from Discovery Toys here.

The lovely Erin Parr from Music Together of The Fraser Valley
Encourage & foster your child's love of music with MTFV. Through their classes MTFV encourages all members of the family to participate; tailored for ages 0- kindergarten. Music therapy also available to help address a variety of learning & developmental concerns. Check out our feature on Erin Parr & MTFV here.

Encourage you kids to learn how to work as part of a team& to focus on how they achieve something (rather than focusing just on the achievement) through dance and cheerleading. Xtreme teaches teamwork, dedication, focus, and a good attitude though their motto: work hard, and be nice. A fun & positive alternative to traditional competitive sports (theatre & musical theatre programs coming soon).  

Beautiful & quality children's books published in the UK. With a focus on inspiring curiosity & encouraging imagination while teaching children "respect for cultural, social, and ecological diversity". The artwork & stories will encourage your children to develop a love of reading.

Savour your memories in these stylish books created by a local Mom. A beautiful alternative to regular albums & online photobooks, these memory books are clean & classy with several motifs to choose from. Save time & energy by saving your memories in these user- friendly books. A lovely baby shower gift idea that supports local? *LOVE*. 

Satisfy your sweet tooth with confectionary bliss. Everything from vintage favourites to hard- to- find & imported items,  and even insect candies! Pick up your favourites for a treat or to stock a candy bar or goodie bags. Various locations throughout Metro Vancouver.

Looking to add the 'wow' factor to your next event? Do it with balloon decor. Everything from corporate events, weddings, showers, etc. Consultations & personalized service provided to ensure  creations compliment the style & feel of the event while adding that extra touch to make it stand out.

Babies & Kids
Lace romper from Cutie Pie Boutique
Beautiful, quality, & affordable hair accessories, rompers, & bloomer sets. Accessorize your little ladies in style with these creations! Check out our Amazing Mom Feature on owner Stephanie- we love supporting this talented lady!

Looking for a quality, handmade alternative to the mass produced options? Check out this amazing brand that specializes in sleep sacks, car seat & shopping cart covers, and other handmade items. Support a local Work At Home Mom too!

Minimoc's local handmade shoes
Canadian handmade"modern moccasins for small feet" made with ethically sourced materials. Your little one's footwear can be stylish & easy to put on/ take off with these mocs. Eco- friendly with the added bonus of supporting this local husband & wife team; we love that these cute mocs are custom made to order.

Online shop specializing in children's clothing sourced internationally. Unique & stylish clothing & accessories that offer an alternative to the mass- produced retail options. Perfect for photos & special occasions, this local lady has excellent taste!

Adorable baubles by Flounce Necklaces
How about some cute baubles for your young lady? Have fun accessorizing her outfits with adorable necklaces from this US- based jewellery line. These pretty pieces photograph beautifully and are a great prop- perfect for birth announcements & birthday photos.  

Beauty & Hair
Enjoy some pampering in the comforts of home. Packages can be shared with friends & family or kept to yourself. Perfect for birthday parties (for the young ladies of the house!), stagettes, bridal prep, ladies nights, or just because you deserve it! Services range from manis & pedis to massages & facials.

Kymm's Mobile Hair
Have your hair cut & styled in the comfort of your own home. No need for arranging a babysitter or having to travel to your stylist. A great idea for busy Moms! Contact Kymm via email at kymmbird@hotmail.com.

Belly Art by Melanie Dawn
A professional make up artist, Melanie creates beautiful works of art on the body. Whether it be her award- winning face painting at a special event, or celebrating your baby bump with some original artwork, Melanie will help create special memories with her talent. 

Beauti Control
A variety of skincare & beauty products for teens to boomers. New baby product line now available. All products are gluten and paraben free. Contact Tabitha Forsythe at tabforsythe@hotmail.com. Website under construction.

House & Home
Get organic produce delivered right to your door on a weekly or bi- weekly basis. Choose from preset and custom bin options and help make eating healthy more convenient and affordable! Small, medium, and large bins available to meet your family's needs.

The women's answer to home improvement needs! Now you can try your hand at DIYs and repairs with tools designed specifically for women. The cute colour doesn't hurt either. A great gift for ladies of all ages.

An eco- friendly locally made alternative to the chemical options on the market. Free from phosphates, chlorine, peroxide, & other harmful ingredients, this paste detergent is HE & front- load friendly. Added bonus: packaged in re- usable mason jars, receive a $5 discount on your next purchase when you return your empties! Currently available in citrus, lavender, & unscented. Each jar washes 60- 65 loads.

Quality & stylish locally hand- sewn items for the home & all members of the family- including the furry ones! Everything from unpaper towels (great idea!) & wetbags to burp clothes, and doggie tuxedos (that's right- dress your poochie in style!). 

Some goodies in a jar by Prenatal to Parenting
Phew! So much to see from so many great people & businesses! I hope you'll check out the Mommies N Munchkins Fair next year- it's a great event. In the meantime, I hope you check out some of the vendors above & let them know you heard about them on TPB!

April posts sponsored by Gary Gallant Travel