The Ins & Outs of Family Estate Planning with Laroux Peoples: Video + Breastfeeding Cafe + Discount

Once you become a parent, planning for every possibility becomes important. That's why having a Will and Power of Attorney in place is so essential. We all hope that nothing happens to us until we're old and grey, but planning means that your family won't be left in a difficult position in the very rare chance that something happens to one or both parents.

If you don't have your estate planned, you need to Watch this quick video I made with Laroux Peoples, a local mom and awesome lawyer that specializes in Wills and Powers of Attorney. Laroux answers some of the frequently asked questions parents have about preparing their estate, and offers an amazing discount to my readers and clients. 

Plus, if you're in the Toronto area Register NOW to join Me & Laroux on May 1st at 9:30am for the May Breastfeeding Cafe at West End Mamas. Laroux will be talking about Future Planning: Wills & Powers of Attorney for Parents, and answering all of your questions. Remaining space is very limited for this FREE community event, so don't wait to Register

Laroux generously offers my clients 20% off their Wills and Powers of Attorney when they mention With Care. Plus she comes to your home when your documents are ready to be signed...aka...no need to pay for a babysitter or parking. Basically the best news ever. 

Follow the link to set up a FREE phone consultation with Laroux so you can get all of your questions answered and finally have this big one checked off the never-ending parenting to-do list. You're welcome ;) 

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**Please note this video and post does not constitute legal advice or establish a solicitor/client relationship by way of any information contained herein. The contents are intended for general information purposes only and under no circumstances can be relied upon for legal decision-making. Please consult with a qualified lawyer to seek advice concerning the specifics of your particular situation.

*This is a sponsored post which means I was provided compensation and/or product for this post. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. I only partner with products and services that I genuinely love and want to recommend. 

Mother's Day Mini Sessions at Movies for Mommies with Anchor Studio - REGISTER NOW!

This awful cold weather sure doesn't feel like spring, but in just a few weeks May will be here and it will be time to celebrate the best holiday of the year...Mother's Day of course ;) 

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If you would love to get a beautiful photo of you and your little one, join me at Movies for Mommies this April. Anchor Studio Photography will be joining me at the theatre for 2 weeks to offer complimentary Mommy & Me Mini Photo Sessions. Appointments will be scheduled between 12pm-1pm on each day (April 23rd & 30th). Photo sessions are free and attendees have the option to purchase photos for $25/digital image (discounted packages for more photos are also vailable). **PLEASE NOTE: Sessions are reserved for Movie Attendees Only**

Space is very limited for these sessions, so please email care@with-care.ca ASAP to request a spot. Don't forget to let me know which day you prefer, April 23rd or 30th. If the date you prefer is full I will offer you a time on the other day, or a spot on the wait list. These sessions fill up very fast, so please don't wait!

*The movie being screened April 23rd is I Feel Pretty. The movie being screened April 30th is still TBD (I will update this post as it becomes available). If you would like to receive notice of our weekly screenings and special events please join my Movies for Mommies Humber Cinemas Newsletter.

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Family Friendly Homemade Meatballs - Perfect Iron Rich Recipe for Starting Solids

Meatballs are a great option for a healthy family dinner and a perfect way to start incorporating iron rich meats into your baby's diet. They can be paired with a whole grain pasta, tomato sauce and veggies, or some roasted or steamed veggies for a quick dinner. I usually make a double batch with fresh ground beef, and freeze a bunch for future evenings when we need a fast healthy meal. 

Meatballs are great because they can be made out of a variety of types of ground meats, plus you can add finely chopped herbs and greens without most kids being bothered by them. The one thing my kids always complained about was the diced onion, so I recently started grating the onion and it has worked wonders. They never know it's in there, but the meatballs still get the onion flavour and moisture. #momwin

family friendly meatball recipe

Family Friendly Meatball Recipe

Prep Time: 10 mins          Cooktime: 17-20 mins          Makes about 20 meatballs

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 lb lean ground beef (or alternative ground meat)
  • 1 whole egg (or flax egg) 
  • 1/2 cup whole grain bread crumbs soaked in 3 tbs milk (I make them with the end of a loaf of bread in the vitamix)
  • 1-2 garlic cloves mashed (depending on preference)
  • 1/4 cup onion grated (small onion or ~1/3 large red onion)
  • 2 Tbsp finely chopped fresh oregano
  • 2 Tbsp finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 Tbsp finely chopped fresh basil
  • handful of spinach finely chopped *optional
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 drops of tabasco sauce *optional

INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Preheat Oven to 400°F
  • Place all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix by hand until combined. Do not overwork meat. 
  • Scoop out 1 generous Tbsp at a time and roll into meatballs (you can always change the shape or size of these meatballs to suit your needs, just remember to adjust the baking time accordingly)
  • *If your ground beef is fresh you can freeze raw meatballs for future use
  • Bake meatballs on a rack over a baking pan for 17-20 mins. Turn once while baking.
  • Remove from oven and serve immediately, or allow to cool and refrigerate or freeze

I absolutely love paring these iron rich meatballs with homemade vitamin C rich tomato sauce. I'll be sure to share my favourite sauce recipe soon. 

Don't hesitate to ask any questions below. Hope your family enjoys these as much as ours does. 

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From Caterpillar to Butterfly - Take Part in Junction Wings 2018

From Caterpillar to Butterfly - Take Part in Junction Wings 2018

It's that time of year again. Time for the most fun community fundraiser ever - Junction Wings! For anyone who isn't familiar, it's basically the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar (without the inappropriate food choices) come to life in your very own home. 

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Kegel's are NOT always the Answer! Pelvic Floor Recovery for Moms - Register Now for The April Breastfeeding Cafe

Kegel's are NOT always the Answer! Pelvic Floor Recovery for Moms - Register Now for The April Breastfeeding Cafe

I am so excited to have Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist Trang Bui from West End Mamas joining me at The Breastfeeding Cafe in April to discuss Postpartum Recovery and the Pelvic Floor. Before pregnancy the pelvic floor doesn't mean much to most people, but after having a baby, it can play a huge part in your recovery and wellbeing. So many people (well meaning health care providers included) believe that the answer to all Pelvic floor issues is kegel exercises, but did you know that these exercises can actually worsen symptoms for some women? 

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How to Safely Clean Your Car Seat with Today's Parent

How to Safely Clean Your Car Seat with Today's Parent

I was so excited when Many Milks from Today's Parent asked me to collaborate on a video for her Easy ish series about Safe Car Seat Cleaning. As a Certified Passenger Safety Technician and mom of 3, I'm pretty passionate about this stuff (I know I'm a total nerd), and since almost every parent will have to face a disaster car seat situation at one point or another, this video seemed absolutely essential.

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Easter Mini Sessions at Movies for Mommies Humber Cinema - Register Now!

Easter Mini Sessions at Movies for Mommies Humber Cinema - Register Now!

Easter is around the corner, so you know what that means? Time for some ridiculously cute pics of babies in bunny ears! Anchor Studio Photography will be joining me at Movies for Mommies for 2 weeks to offer complimentary Easter Mini Photo Sessions. Appointments will be scheduled between 12pm-1pm on each day (March 5th & 19th). Photo sessions are free and attendees have the option to purchase photos for $25/digital image (discounted packages for more photos are also vailable). **PLEASE NOTE: Sessions are reserved for Movie Attendees Only**

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3 Things You Need to Know About Breastfeeding Beyond 6 Months + Register for The March Breastfeeding Cafe

3 Things You Need to Know About Breastfeeding Beyond 6 Months + Register for The March Breastfeeding Cafe

Breastfeeding isn't always straightforward, so it's essential to have amazing support along the way. I find that there tends to be a lot of support for parents with newborns, but with older babies, breastfeeding questions are often overlooked. That's why I'm so excited to have Taya Griffin joining me as guest speaker at the March Breastfeeding Cafe, to answer questions about breastfeeding babies of all ages.

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