5 Cool Canadian Moms

Posted: Apr 27 2015

Here at The Chic Canuck We're Proud To Know So Many Cool Canadian Mamas That Also Have Some Seriously Cool Jobs. Meet 5 of Our Faves In Toronto Below!

jenny bird

Who: Jenny Bird, 38, Jewellery Designer at Jenny-Bird.com

Mama To: August Kohn, 8 months.

Favourite Things To Do Together:
Cuddling in our bed, both tucked in under the duvet, reading Aug's fav books to him.

Favourite Places To Go Together:
I love to go to Corktown Commons park with him now. I did a daily meditation there when I was expecting and so it holds a special place in my heart for the two of us. Those were sweet days of anticipation.

Favourite Way To Treat Yourself:
To have the house to myself is the ultimate luxury; with a bath and a gossip mag or my book de jour.

Best Advice For Balancing It All:
I went back to being involved in our company relatively soon after August was born...part-ttime and when I felt up to it. Of course it was hard to see things that weren't getting done since I was out, but it was ok. I needed to come to peace with the greatest gift he gave me: the realization that I could slow down. My close girlfriend Christine (owner of a yoga studio in Toronto) passed along a mantra to me that I still lean on: "Let it be enough."

Find your own magic formula:
Overall I think it's important to give yourself some space to work away from your family, to feel like yourself as an individual, while at the same time ensuring you have enough down time with your precious new little creature that you feel connected. At the same time, it's SO important post birth to build in some down-time away from work that you dedicate to self-care. It's a very personal balance that each mom has to manage on her own. the best advice is to just keep a pulse on whether you're feeling this balance is being met; on whether you're feeling centred. And if you're not. Adjust. Stop, and "let it be enough" at work and just go home.

Ideal Mother's Day Plan:
Time with our moms/his grandmother. Then cuddling and napping with August in our bed.

Favourite Pick From The Chic Canuck:
I love Province Apothecary - I would love to receive anything by the creator Julie - as especially these essential oil infused incense in cedar wood.

ella nunes - ellas botanicals


Who: Ella Nunes, 41, Founder of Ella's Botanicals

Mama To: Liam, 4.

Favourite Things To Do Together:
When the weather is nice, we love biking around or walking around somewhere, exploring or hanging out in  a park- especially Christie Pitts or Dufferin Grove. In summer we love Christie Pitts Pool! Then we like going out for a pizza slice and then ice cream- ideally strawberry gelato!

Favourite Places To Go Together:
Besides Dufferin Grove park or Christie Pitts- I’d have to say Riverdale Farm!

Favourite Way To Treat Yourself:
A really good coffee or tea is a must and since  I never have time to go shopping for myself and love shopping alone- being able to take my time looking carefully at all options when I want something, so that’s a rare treat. If it’s later on in the day, then wine and a movie at home alone are awesome too!

Best Advice For Balancing It All:
It’s hard to end the day because we depend a lot on social media so much and there are always e-mails etc but it’s important to try to put the phone down. I try to get everything done while Liam is at school as much as  possible now that he is in kindergarten and plan lots of fun weekend stuff to do so evenings and weekends are family time. Having support - people I trust to spend time with him when I can’t has been crucial. It’s not easy, that’s for sure, but being my own boss has allowed me a more flexible schedule to be a mom, and work.

Ideal Mother's Day Plan:
Well this year, on the Saturday, my sister and I are taking my Mom to High Tea at the Prince of Whales Hotel in Niagara on the Lake - I’m looking forward to that. On the actual day I imagine Liam and my hubby will make me a nice breakfast and a nice dinner- that’s perfect for me :)

Favourite Pick From The Chic Canuck:
The Blackbird Jewelry Ritual Bracelet in Black - it’s gorgeous!

robin lamarr - royola


Who: Robin Yolanda Lamarr, 28, Yoga Instructor, Thai Massage Practioner and Graphic Designer at Royola.ca

Mama To: River Carter Lamarr, 5 months

Favourite Things To Do Together:
I love waking up next to him. He wakes up all smiles and when he notices me next to him, he’ll reach out and put his hands on my face. I melt. I also really love sticking my nose in his mouth - his breath smells like condensed milk!

Favourites Places To Go Together:
We haven’t explored the city much as he’s a new winter baby and this winter has been pretty brutal! I’ve really only taken him to Downward Dog Yoga Studio whenever I practice. People fawn over him and he flirts with all the ladies. I look forward to taking him to the waterfront. He loves the water. I also look forward to taking him to Ripley’s Aquarium to watch him trip out over all the colours and creatures.

Favourite Way To Treat Yourself:
MASSAGES MASSAGES MASSAGES. Body work has always been a huge priority of mine, but even more-so now as a breastfeeding mama who is always carrying an ever growing baby.

Best Advice For Balancing It All:
Don’t be too proud to ask for help. Don’t feel guilty about saying no to work opportunities. And don’t be embarrassed to breastfeed in public.

Ideal Mother's Day Plan:
Good food. Good snuggles with my baby and husband. and MASSAGES MASSAGES MASSAGES!

Favourite Pick From The Chic Canuck:
The Fuck You, Love Me pillows! It’s good to be reminded of your priorities in bed. 



deb - rock it promo

Who: Debra Goldblatt-Sadowski, President and Founder of Rock-It Promotions

Mama To: Mila, 6 and Jaxon, 20 months

Favourite Things To Do Together:
I really love my weekends with my kids. We like to chill around the house, listen to music, watch movies, have friends come over, nap, play in the backyard/park, eat good food and read. Pretty much the same things that we liked doing before kids.

Favourite Places To Go Together:
Wychwood Barns is very close to us so we spend quite a bit of time there at the Farmer's Market, esp in the warmer months. We always run into friends and tons of kids are always there. Great food, splash pad and a cool community. It's pretty awesome.

Favourite Way To Treat Yourself:
Massage or sleep.

Best Advice For Balancing It All:
Stop trying to find balance. Roll with the punches, be as organized as possible (a great calendar with tons of info on appts and lists help me remember everything) and try to have fun while doing it all. Yoga, wine and my amazing husband also help me a lot.

Ideal Mother's Day Plan:
Sleep in. Snuggles with my littles. Blueberry pancakes and bacon. Strong coffee. Rock and roll playing. Sun shining. Massage. New shoes. BBQ dinner. A good scotch. Trashy magazines in bed. Snuggles with my husband. The end.

Favourite Pick From The Chic Canuck:
The Dolorous Jewelery Copper Curb Handpiece is rad. Also love the saucy Said The King pillowcases!


nikita stanley - ooh nikita
Who: Nikita Stanley, 27, Blogger at OohNikita.com (Don't Call It A Mom Blog)
Mama To: Beau Stanley Dynak, 1
Favourite Things To Do Together:

I love to read with him. I get really into it. I do all the voices and everything - I've always had a flare for the dramatic.  It's also the only sure way to keep him stationery and quiet for an extended period of time.
Favourite Places To Go Together:

We live in the Junction, so a major perk is being so close to High Park. I love taking him there and going for nice long walks with our pup! We're so accustomed to walking on busy sidewalks; High Park feels like a mini vacation.

Favourite Way To Treat Yourself:
Ahh, the best is when I carve out time to go to yoga class.  I feel so good for so long afterward - the effort is nothing compared to the reward.  Other than that the best treat is uninterrupted one-on-one time with friends. You certainly appreciate it more when it's no longer a regular occurrence!


Best Advice For Balancing It all:

Well, first you need to have a schedule.  Then, you have to schedule in time yourself.  Then, STICK TO THE SCHEDULE! (I'm a Virgo. I can be a little type-A sometimes... So this approach really works for me.)

Ideal Mother's Day Plan:

I want lots of snuggles when we wake up.  Then I want to spend an awesome morning with my boys - some good tunes, coffee, breakfast, play time... And then I want everyone to leave me completely alone for the rest of the day!


Favourite Pick From The Chic Canuck:
The Dolorous Cara Choker, hands down - because bringing the choker back is totally a cause I can get on board with!

 

Happy Mother's Day To All The Mamas!

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