December at a Glance

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It's been a busy month in Itsy Bitsy Haligonians land! I've rounded up all the posts this month in case you missed any of them.

We covered lots of fun new family-centred programs and businesses in the city like online grocery shopping, a new stroller fitness class, the first buybuy BABY store in Atlantic Canada, and Tinsel the Talking Christmas Tree; we shared some of our favourite Halifax family Christmas traditions and featured the new board book, Maud Lewis 1 2 3 with fun Christmas activities; and, finally, we told you about a charity that is focused on maternal health around the world. We also - in conjunction with some of our partners - gave away a copy of Maud Lewis 1 2 3 and a $100 gift card to buybuy BABY!


Imagine, if you will, a world without your overtired child throwing a tantrum in the middle of the grocery store when you have a half-full cart of groceries that you need to leave behind to get her out of there. Or never having that moment when your newborn decides he needs to eat NOW near the end of a stressful grocery shop and having to leave a full cart of groceries behind to try to find a comfortable spot to nurse him. 

Well, parents of Halifax, thanks to Atlantic Superstore's new online grocery shopping service, that world exists! The future is NOW. I had a sneak peek into how the program works and am sharing the details and my top seven tips to make the process seamless for you too!


If you aren’t singing nursery rhymes while you do squats yet, you will be after you take one of the new Port City Strollers fitness classes!

Courtney Ceponis is the owner of Port City Strollers and she is launching a new strolller fitness program aimed at parents who want to put exercise back into their lives and have fun and connect with their child and other parents at the same time.


If you're a Maritimer, well, actually, even if you're NOT a Maritimer, you've likely heard of Maud Lewis, especially after that blockbuster movie last year profiling her life. Her distinctive folk art and fascinating life story makes her a memorable artist, and she is particularly appealing to children.

This month's pick for the Itsy Bitsy Nimbus Book Club is Maud Lewis 1 2 3. It's a board book filled with images of her colourful iconic paintings that encourages children to count items found in each piece of art (ex. 10 roofs, 4 blue tulips). One of the things we loved about this book was it's a bit of an I Spy style book so my children were both immediately drawn to it. We've talked about who Maud Lewis was and her impact on the Nova Scotia art scene and we were inspired to create two reading extension activities from this book to explore their natural interest in her style of painting and her life story - one Christmas card one, and one Christmas cookie one!


Sackville filled the talking tree void left by Woody a few years ago with Tinsel. He puts on a fun animatronic twenty minute show with sing-a-longs and storytelling that the children adore. The show is free to all, though food or monetary donations to Beacon House are encouraged. His shows start this weekend and run for just a few days so read on so you don't miss his visit this year!


I know, I know. I'm the same person who wrote about my problem hoarding traditions but I do still have plenty of favourites and, yes, I still add a new one here and there...I'm a work in progress!

Of course we get to our share of holiday parades, Christmas tree lightings, and Santa visits...but, that being said, I've been trying to focus on the traditions that are most important to our family and connect us to the community we choose to live our lives in, and so I've rounded up five of our favourite Maritime family traditions.

This post is part of a #MaritimeChristmas blog hop with some other local family bloggers.


Halifax is now home to Atlantic Canada's first and only buybuy BABY store (the sixth in Canada). This one-of-a-kind location opened last month with Bed, Bath and Beyond and buybuy BABY under one roof.

They invited me over to learn more about what they offer and to take a tour of the store and I was so impressed! It *almost* made me want another baby. 


I had a lot of fear about childbirth from the moment I found out I was pregnant with Miss M. When the time finally came, I discovered that my fears were not unfounded.Her birth was a very long, traumatic ordeal with several touch-and-go moments. Right after she was born, she started having major breathing problems, and actually stopped breathing a few times, and ended up being whisked to the NICU.

Other mamas aren't so lucky.

I recently learned about Cuso International, a charity that sends trained Canadian medical volunteers around the world to make pregnancy and delivery safer for moms with their Maternal Health program.

What was your favourite post? What would you like to see more of or less of? Something new you'd like to see? I always love to hear your feedback!