New Year, New Changes in Ontario

Well it’s a New Year and new changes have officially come into effect in Ontario. The minimum wage in Ontario went up on January 1st $14.00 and then will jump again next year to $15.00.

Special minimum rates for liquor servers, students under 18, homeworkers and fishing/hunting guides will increase by the same percentage rate. Liquor servers will now jump to $12.20, students under 18 will jump to $13.15, homeworkers will jump to $15.40 and fishing/hunting guides working less than 5 houts a day will jump to $70 a day or $140 a day if working more than 5 hours a day. For further info please visit www.ontario.ca/page/minimum-wage-increase

The other big change in Ontario is the new “prescription program”. Effective January 1st, 2018 anyone 24 years and younger will have access to FREE prescription drugs. There is no need to enroll in a program, simply bring the prescription to any pharmacy in Ontario along with the appropriate health card and the prescription will be covered by OHIP. There are over 4400 drug products that are now covered and this is good news for all those family with dependents under 24 and who did not have any drug coverage prior to January 1st, 2018. For further info please visit: https://www.ontario.ca/page/learn-about-ohip-plus

Product Recall

This notice involves all IKEA children’s chests of drawers taller than 60 cm (23 ½ inches) and adult chest of drawers taller than 75 cm (29 ½ inches) sold to June 2016.  The affected IKEA chests of drawers will have a label affixed to the product with the company name “IKEA”, the model name, and the manufacturing date.  The affected IKEA chests of drawers model names are:

  • Alesund, Alleby, Alvesta, Aneboda, Angus, Ånes, Arup, Askedal, Askvoll, Aspelund, Balstar, Bankeryd, Bergsmo, Bialitt, Birkeland, Blimp, Boj, Brett, Brimnes, Boksta, BJÖRN, BÖRKVALLA, Brusali, Busunge, Diktad, Edland, Elis, Engan, Eksil, Fjell, Fjord, Flaten, Fridolin, Granås, Gute, Haddal, Hajdeby, Hemnes, Hensvik, Herrestad, Holleby, Hovdal, Hopen, Hosteland, Hurdal, IKEA PS, Kabin, Kirkenes, Knot, Koppang, Kusk, Kurs, Kullen, Kviby, Leksvik, Lo, Lomen, Mac, Malm, Mast, Mammut, Mandal, Meråker, Midsund, Natura, Narvik, Nordli, Nordnes, Nornas, Nyvoll, Ottenby, Rakke, Ramberg, Ranvik, Rodd, Robin, Rustik, Sala, Skarnes, Sandefjord, Stranda, Sveio, Stavanger, Stockholm, Stuva, Sundvik, Tarva, Tassa, Tovik, Trandum, Trogen, Trondheim, Trysil, Tyssedal, Undredal, Varde, Vajer, Vallvik, Vestby, Vinstra, Visdalen, Vollen.

http://www.healthycanadians.gc.ca/recall-alert-rappel-avis/hc-sc/2017/65140r-eng.php

 

IKEA MALM Series Chests of Drawers (all colours: 3-drawer, 4-drawer, 5-drawer, 6-drawer)IKEA HEMNES Series Chests of Drawers (all colours: 3-drawer, 5-drawer, *6-drawer (*except Painted White))IKEA BRIMNES Series Chests of Drawers (all colours: 2-drawer, 3-drawer, 4-drawer)    IKEA TYSSDAL Series Chests of Drawers (4-drawer white, 67x102 cm and 87x76 cm)

 

 

Product Recall

Ottawa, November 12, 2017 – Agropur Cooperative is recalling Agropur Import Collection brand Firm Ripened Comté Cheese from the marketplace due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled product described in the following link: http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/recall-alert-rappel-avis/inspection/2017/65108r-eng.php

The following product, which was manufactured and packaged in France, has been sold nationally.

Comté Firm Ripened Cheese - 200 grams

Lest We Forget

Tomorrow we celebrate our Veterans, those who fought for us, fought for our freedom and, fought for our Country. Every year on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month we pause for a minute and remember all those who have sacrificed their life for Canada. Many of us will join a Remembrance Day event and many of us wear wear a poppy, but how should you wear your poppy? Well according to the Canadian Legion website ” The Poppy should be worn with respect on the left side, over the heart. The Legion’s lapel Poppy is a sacred symbol of Remembrance and should not be affixed with any pin that obstructs the Poppy ” http://www.legion.ca/remembrance/the-poppy/how-to-wear-a-poppy

For more poppy information please visit the Legion’s website.

In Flanders Field by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, May 1915We Remember

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place: and in the sky
The larks still bravely singing fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead: Short days ago,
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved: and now we lie
In Flanders fields!

Take up our quarrel with the foe
To you, from failing hands, we throw
The torch: be yours to hold it high
If ye break faith with us who die,
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

SCMC Giveaway

Week of October 27 to November 3rd

New week…. new giveaway for the Stoney Creek Moms Connect Group. Thank you Schellie Maybee Gris from https://awakenyourscentswithschellie.scentsy.ca/ . She is giving away the NEW yes NEW #scentsy Go system plus two pods, can you say #awesome?

Giveaway closes Friday November 3rd @ 8pm. Good luck Everyone!!!

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SCMC Giveaway

Week of October 16 to October 20, 2017

New week…. new giveaway for the Stoney Creek Moms Connect Group. Courtney Robinet of Essential Gal is giving away a special blend. Tis’ the season for a new energized YOU so why not enter?  If you are on Facebook please follow her at: https://www.facebook.com/courtneyessentialgal/

Who likes to use essential- Who has never used them but has always wanted to try them- (1)

Happy Thanksgiving Canada

Happy Thanksgiving

As we get ready to celebrate Thanksgiving Canada and be thankful, my question is what are you thankful for?
I am thankful for so much….
Thankful to be mommy because my life would have not been complete without my boys….
Thankful for my family because they are always there for me….
Thankful for my small group of friends because they have shown me what support and friendship really mean….
Thankful we are all healthy because these days you never know…..
Thankful for Moms Connect (and all the groups) because they have taught me so much, good and bad…..
Thankful for the mean, fake and bullies in my life because they have showed me what I do not want to be in life…..
and finally I am Thankful for my life, because despite it all, life is beautiful and life is precious .

Back to School Poem

Back to School (1)

 

T’was the night before back to school and excitement was in the air…… Lunch bags were packed, backpacks lined up, clothes laid out and kids were tucked in, dreaming away about the exciting day to come. But wait….. one more thing, there were excited parents across town, doing the happy dance and drinking some wine.

Yes it’s here…. It’s back to school. Summer was fun and many memories were made but now the time has come to make school memories. A, B, C, 1, 2, 3…… Wishing each of your children an awesome first day back to school and an even better school year!

Social Media Lingo

Amazing how these days we can have entire conversations with emojis, GIFs and abbreviations. What area emojis? An emoji is a small digital image or icon used by many these days (including myself) to describe an idea, an emotion, an activity etc…. Hollywood has even made a movie about emojis and kids ask for emoji birthday parties!

GIFs instead, are image files that can be animated or just a single static image. Again they are used to describe an idea, an emotion, an event etc….

Social Media Lingos are multiple words expressed by the first initial of each word so for example: TTYL is: talk to you later. Below are some on the more commonly used mommy lingo when on Facebook, Twitter or any of the other social media platforms. Many of these short lingos are also used when texting or in emails among friends.

BF: breastfed/breastfeeding
FF: formula feeding
DS/DD/DH: dear son/daughter/husband
SO: significant other
SAHM: stay at home mom
FTM: first time mom
WM: working mom
TTC: trying to conceive
BW: babywearing
CIO: cry it out
YO: year old
LO: little one
SMH: shake my head
WWYD: what would you do?
ISO: in search of
PM: private message
NBL: not baby related
MIL: mother in law
FIL: father in law
BIL: brother in law
SIL: sister in law
TTYL: talk to you later

Back To School Checklist

Back to School checklist by Maria Grimaldi

Back To School

 

Well we are 1 week away from back to school here in Ontario and Maria has kindly put together a checklist you may want to refer to… It may help you feel less overwhelmed:

Mom’s back to school checklist:

Go through last year’s supplies/clothes and check to see what is needed √

Look through flyers, many back to school sales  √

Hit the on-line sales √

Tackle school clothes shopping first √

Then tackle the school supplies list (you will feel less overwhelmed) √

Prepare a healthy snacks/lunch ideas list √

Make sure after school care is taken care of √

Enroll in after school activities √

And lastly, make an appointment with the optometrist. √

*Did you know that in Ontario eye exams are covered by OHIP for all children until they reach their 21st Birthday so 20 years and younger. http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/public/publications/ohip/eyecare.aspx

Please feel free to comment.