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  • Thursday, August 03, 2017 5:51 PM | Denise (Administrator)

    Fern Resort 在多倫多北面,距離多倫多約個多兩小時車程。Fern Resort 是一個全包的渡假村,全包的意思,是指除了住宿之外,還包括三餐,活動,兒童及青少年活動,甚至托兒服務。

    這是我們第二次前往Fern Resort 渡週末. 汽車一轉入楊柳垂垂的 Fern Resort Road, 隨即湧起了一陣熟悉的感覺。我們熟練地把車停泊在停車場,拿起簡單的行李,到接待處登記。

    我們的房間在 Hearthside Inn, 從露台外望,藍天白雲,下面是碧波蕩漾的游泳池,襯托著白色的桌椅,好一幅寫意的圖畫!

    登記時服務員已給了我們一份當天的活動表,兒童青少年以年紀劃分,還有成人活動。女兒急不及待地在查看:跳彈床,槳船,釣魚,自行車,泳池遊戲……  即使部份收費活動,如坐船出湖釣魚或是欣賞日落的遊船河,也只是七至十塊錢的費用。

    登記時服務員已給了我們一份當天的活動表,兒童青少年以年紀劃分,還有成人活動。女兒急不及待地在查看:跳彈床,槳船,釣魚,自行車,泳池遊戲……  即使部份收費活動,如坐船出湖釣魚或是欣賞日落的遊船河,也只是七至十塊錢的費用。

    對我們一家而言,是一個無需乘坐飛機,也無需舟居勞動,無需擔心食物食水安全或員工質素而又適合所有家庭的渡假勝地。


  • Monday, July 31, 2017 2:18 PM | Denise (Administrator)

    It is our 2nd time going to the Fern Resort. 

    We couldn’t go on Friday afternoon due to a work commitment.  Therefore we headed out early Saturday morning.

    As soon as we turned into road leading to the entrance, we felt like “home”. 

    Our check-in was very smooth.  The front desk staff were very friendly and even reminded us to go to dining room for breakfast.

    We stayed at the same building of last year, Hearthside Inn.  Each room has a balcony.   This time our room is facing the swimming pool.  The view is colorful with the blue water, white sun tables & chairs and red roof…… 

    My 11 years old couldn’t wait to check out the activities of the day.  Trampoline, biking, fishing, poolside games, scavenger hunt…… and there’s paddle boat!!!  So many to choose from.  Best of all, it’s all inclusive.  Some may have a small fee to pay, such as fishing in the lake or taking a sunset cruise but it only cost $7-$10.  

    We booked our poolside BBQ for lunch as the weather was beautiful.  There are a lot of choices from the food: hot dog, hamburger, pizza, all sort of sandwiches, taco, fries, poutine, salad, cupcakes, tarts and ice cream…… you will definitely find something.  In fact I found it difficult to decide what I want because there are too many choices. Hahaha! 

    Have I mentioned that Fern offers not just children & youth programs but also babysitting services?  We have 1 child and we did everything there with her but many of our fellow families have more than 1 kids and most are young children.  So they really love this babysitting services.  Dining room opens at 5pm for kids’ buffet dinner so that parents can feed their kids and send them off to the Play Village.  Then relax to have a date night with candle light dinner.  How nice!!!

    Perhaps the biggest discovery for us this time is the Ping Pong games.  I am not an very athletic person and there are many activities that I cannot do with my daughter.  However, we discovered Ping Pong at the Mary Lou Hall.  This is the only “sports” that I am able to do it with my daughter.  We spent a great amount of time playing Ping Pong.  We have so much fun that I think I am going to set up Ping Pong at home.

    Fern Resort is like going to cruise or any all-inclusive overseas resorts without flying.  It is just 1.5-2 hrs drive up north.  It is very family oriented and every member in the family can surely find something to suit their needs. 

    We can’t wait to come again next time!!!


  • Sunday, July 30, 2017 9:22 AM | CONNIE (Administrator)
    Life With A Baby has just announced their new partnership with Weight Watchers Canada and I am soooooo excited about this relationship. Here's why!

    Back in 2010 when my first son was born, I decided to bite the bullet and take care of my post baby weight plus some much overdue pre-baby weight :)    I signed up for the Weight Watchers online program and successfully lost 20lbs quite easily.  I felt great!  It was easy and completely safe to do while breastfeeding.  I honestly feel like the program saved my new mom mental health during mat leave.    



    Then....... well...... "life with a new baby" got in the way :)  I gained it all back and more!      Once my second born was 3 years old and I turned 30, I decided to take my life and weight back into control. I was not at a good place in my life.  I felt stressed, lack of energy and completely undesirable.  

    I created my own private local LWAB Weight Watchers Group in Mount Albert last September.   After just 4 months, I reached my goal and became a Life Time Member.  In addition, I met some of my best friends today.  The peer to peer support from the group model really helped me this time around.  Being surrounded by like-minded ladies who all understood the challenges of being a mom was key to my success and I can't thank "my girls" enough. 

    Connie July 2015 vs. July 2017 (current)
    40lbs total loss



    Today I am proud to announce that I am also now a Weight Watchers Group Leader.  I am I am very excited about bringing the WW program to all of our LWAB Members and helping other local new moms achieve their weight loss goals.


    Enjoy the program and looking forward to the possibility of working with you!

    Connie Berenguer
    LWAB Community Development Manager & Weight Watchers Group Leader
    connie@lifewithababy.com

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    Life With A Baby is excited to announce our new and exciting partnership with Weight Watchers Canada!

    Our members will now have access to EXCLUSIVE RATES on this popular program. 

    CLICK HERE for our special LWAB rates on Monthly Passes at existing WW Community Meeting Rooms.



    In addition, we will be launching new baby-friendly LWAB Private Member Weight Watchers groups across several of our chapters.  Please see below a listing of some upcoming LWAB WW groups.  

    We all know the research surrounding positive maternal mental health and social time, peer to peer support & healthy active living on preventing / helping with #PPD.  This new partnership will be a great resource for our member base and in alignment with the Life With A Baby mandate.

    To learn more about the Weight Watchers program and how it work, please visit their website at www.weightwatchers.com


    If you have questions about the LWAB Weight Watchers program partnership, please direct them to our very own LWAB Community Development Manager and new Weight Watchers Group Leader, Connie Berenguer at connie@lifewithababy.com.  



    Upcoming LWAB Weight Watchers Groups (York Region North Area)

    Wednesday Evenings @ 7:30 pm

    *  Mount Albert Group (ladies only)  
    *  Existing group / able to join late starting July!  
    *  New round starting late September
    *  Email connie@lifewithababy.com for more details

    Monday Mornings @ 10:00am

    Mom & Baby Aurora Group @ Urban Park Play Yard

    Thursday Mornings @ 10:00am

    Mom & Baby Newmarket Group @ Play Lounge 

    If you are interested in an exclusive LWAB Weight Watchers group in your chapter area, please email your local community manager your stated interest.   Note that we need 15-20 members in a chapter area to run a group.  Groups will be created based on member demand.  


  • Saturday, July 29, 2017 2:43 PM | claire (Administrator)

    We are seeking an exceptional leader with a passion for making difference and to lead the development of Life With A Baby chapters across Canada. You will have overall responsibility for strategic and operational planning, stakeholder relations, budgeting and finance, and human resources. You will report directly to Executive Director and effectively manage and conduct the business of the Association in accordance with the Organization's priorities and strategic objectives as well as the mission, constitution, by-laws and policies and procedures.

    Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities

    • Provide strategic leadership in accordance with the priorities to develop strategic and operating plans for Life With A Baby
    • Provide operational leadership and structure to realize the goals of Life With A Baby
    • Develop, maintain and leverage relationships with members, partner associations, government and other agencies to further the mission of the Association.
    • Keep informed about and communicate all matters that may substantively affect the operation of member local Life With A Baby Chapter
    • Develop the annual program budget and overall financial management practices that demonstrate fiscal responsibility of Life With A Baby.

    The Ideal Candidate

    • Have knowledge of and a demonstrated passion for Parental Mental Health
    • Possess a minimum of 5 years experience in the broader public or non-profit sector, with a proven track record reporting to a board of directors and running a not-for-profit organization.
    • Have a degree in a relevant field (health, business administration, public administration or a related field) or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
    • Are a compelling communicator with a demonstrated ability to foster an environment of open communication, collaboration and trust.
    • Balance vision with performance and are both strategic and tactical with the ability to chart future direction while developing and implementing operational plans.
    • Are an effective change leader, able to manage and lead system change with demonstrated success in leading and facilitating change initiatives.
    • Have experience working with government agencies and strong knowledge of provincial government operations and the provincial political environment.
    • Have experience leading a team, including directing and mentoring staff.
    • Have strong knowledge of good governance practices, operational management, including strategic planning, and human resources practices.
    • Have experience working with the media.
    • Have demonstrated financial experience in budget development and management.
    • Can effectively manage multiple tasks with excellent time management skills.
    • Are self-motivated, self-directed, a self-starter and highly organized.

    This is a part-time contract with the option for a longer term renewal. Please submit your resume and CV to claire.zlobin@lifewithababy.com 


  • Tuesday, July 25, 2017 2:55 PM | Nicole (Administrator)
    • Find a list of parks across Prince Edward Island here
      • Find a map of playgrounds across Prince Edward Island here

    Charlottetown

    Souris

    • Attend a festival or event in Souris – find times and locations here
      • Some free events include Live at Basin Head, Farmers’ Markets, and Fortune Fun Days
    • Find parks in Souris here

    Summerside

    Across Canada

    • Free 2017 Parks Canada Discovery Pass– with this pass you have unlimited opportunities to enjoy national parks, national marine conservation areas and national historic sites across the country that are managed by Parks Canada
      • Find a Park in your region here
    • Go to a free kids’ workshop at Home Depot – find a location near you here


  • Tuesday, July 25, 2017 2:54 PM | Nicole (Administrator)
    • Find parks and playgrounds across Nova Scotia here
    • Find some splash pads across Nova Scotia here

    Halifax

    Cape Breton Island

    • Find a festival or event to attend here
    • Find a list of beaches and parks in Cape Breton here

    Across Canada

    • Free 2017 Parks Canada Discovery Pass– with this pass you have unlimited opportunities to enjoy national parks, national marine conservation areas and national historic sites across the country that are managed by Parks Canada
      • Find a Park in your region here
    • Go to a free kids’ workshop at Home Depot – find a location near you here


  • Tuesday, July 25, 2017 2:53 PM | Nicole (Administrator)

    Moncton

    • Go see a free family movie outdoors at Caseley Park – find times and movies here
    • Attend a free outdoor concert at Caseley Park – find times and performers here
    • Find a list of parks in Moncton here
      • Find a map of parks with playgrounds and splash pads here

    Saint John

    Fredericton

    • Visit the Hyla Park Nature Reserve and go on a free tour or frog walk offered every Thursday at 7:00pm from July13th to August 31st
    • Attend a free summer concert at Nashwaaksis Commons on Main Street – find times and performers here
    • Take a trip to Killarney Lake Park
    • Take the kids to Wilmot Park and let them play in the Outdoor Aquatic Facility
    • Find a list of parks and playgrounds here

    Across Canada

    • Free 2017 Parks Canada Discovery Pass– with this pass you have unlimited opportunities to enjoy national parks, national marine conservation areas and national historic sites across the country that are managed by Parks Canada
      • Find a Park in your region here
    • Go to a free kids’ workshop at Home Depot – find a location near you here


  • Tuesday, July 25, 2017 2:52 PM | Nicole (Administrator)

    St. John’s

    Across Canada

    • Free 2017 Parks Canada Discovery Pass– with this pass you have unlimited opportunities to enjoy national parks, national marine conservation areas and national historic sites across the country that are managed by Parks Canada
      • Find a Park in your region here
    • Go to a free kids’ workshop at Home Depot – find a location near you here


  • Tuesday, July 25, 2017 2:50 PM | Nicole (Administrator)

    Montreal

    Quebec City

    Gatineau

    • Take a trip to Ottawa – find some free things to do in Ottawa here
    • Visit Le Musée de l'Auberge Symmes – general admission is free
    • Find a list of parks in Gatineau here
      • Find a list of splash pads here
      • Find a list of outdoor pools here
      • Find a list of wading pools here

    Across Canada

    • Free 2017 Parks Canada Discovery Pass– with this pass you have unlimited opportunities to enjoy national parks, national marine conservation areas and national historic sites across the country that are managed by Parks Canada
      • Find a Park in your region here
    • Go to a free kids’ workshop at Home Depot – find a location near you here


  • Tuesday, July 25, 2017 2:49 PM | Nicole (Administrator)

    Winnipeg

    Brandon

    • Take a self guided tour at the Brandon Riverbank
    • Find a list of parks in Brandon here
      • Find a list of splash pads here

    Across Canada

    • Free 2017 Parks Canada Discovery Pass– with this pass you have unlimited opportunities to enjoy national parks, national marine conservation areas and national historic sites across the country that are managed by Parks Canada
      • Find a Park in your region here
    • Go to a free kids’ workshop at Home Depot – find a location near you here


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