Author: chickadee

Starting Solids With Your Baby

“Gone are the days of mushy peas and the sneaky “here comes the airplane” trick – with baby led weaning, parents give babies control of their mealtime experience.” This guest post was provided by Michelle Evans, RD. Starting solid foods is an exciting time in a baby’s life, and for his or her parents! It can…
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It’s Official! The Grand Opening of Burlington’s First Play Cafe.

For as far back as I can remember, I’ve dreamed of owning my own business. My own little shoppe. When I was a little girl, I dreamed of owning a bookstore. Yup, I was a total book nerd. My absolute favourite place to pass time is still the local bookstore. Then I hit my 20s…
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What We’re Reading: My I Am Song

I AM.  Two short but powerful words. What we put after them shapes the way we think about ourselves. When my son was two years old, we were playing the muffin game; a fine motor activity where you pick up tiny plastic muffins with tweezers and put them into compartments. He was struggling with holding…
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That Thing They Didn’t Tell Me As a New Mom

Breastfeeding is natural, they say. Breastfeeding is the best nutrition for your baby, they say. Here’s what they don’t tell you about nursing your baby. Throughout my pregnancy I always assumed that I would breastfeed my baby. The idea that nursing might be difficult never even crossed my new mommy mind. My midwife’s office was…
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A Kid-Friendly Café Needs a Kid-Friendly Coffee. Introducing the Babyccino!

Parents, we know you love your coffee! We also know our kids see everything we do and try to minic our actions. One of the first imaginative play games my son started playing was “making Mommy coffee”. So, why can’t kids get in on the fun coffee action? Babyccinos are a feature item on our…
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Did you Have a Gender Reveal Party?

When I was about 9 weeks pregnant, I woke up one morning, looked in the mirror, touched my barely there bump and said “Nathan”. That was it. My baby was a boy and his name was Nathan. An ultrasound a few weeks later confirmed what I already knew. I was having a boy. There was…
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Let Your Garden Grow

Imaginative play provides opportunities for children to identify with the adult world. Children learn from experience. What they see, hear and touch every day gets absorbed into their young minds and shapes how they make sense of the world. At Chickadee Family Cafe, we strive to provide children with experiences; toys that engage the senses…
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Finding My Tribe: Mompreneurs

I spent last weekend in a conference room full of some of the most amazing women I’ve ever met. It’s taken a few days to come down from this high that was the Mompreneur Conference. It’s been just one year since my first interaction with this group of ladies and I can honestly say that…
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Indoor Playground vs. Play Cafe: What’s the Difference?

This is a question I get asked quite frequently when I tell people that I own a play café. “Is that like an indoor play gym with slides and rock climbing structures and trampolines?” I guess that’s what happens when you introduce an entirely new concept to your city. Indoor playgrounds have been around for…
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What I’m Reading: I Quit! Oh Wait, I’m the Mom.

A few days ago, my four-year-old asked me for a grilled cheese sandwich. Like the good mama I am, I whipped one up and served it to him. “Noooo!” I heard. “I didn’t want it cut like THAT!” I was kinda hungry so I ate his and made him another, cut the “right” way. Then…
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