Back-to-School Faves 

As the seasons change, the pace of our lives changes too. For parents, this is truer than ever when fall approaches each year. Our children are entering a new grade with a new teacher, new classmates and so much to learn and discover. We do everything we can to help them prepare - back-to-school shopping for supplies, clothes and shoes. But how do we prepare for the change ourselves? We need a bit of help easing into the new rhythm too and our back to school faves are here to help. This therapeutic podcast, live-saving allergy guide and local business are trusted go-tos for all the craziness that September brings! 

Motherhood Sessions is a podcast that feels a bit more like a therapy session. Dr. Alexandra Sacks is a renowned reproductive psychiatrist who sits down with mothers to dive into the often uncomfortable questions and issues they are facing. You won’t be hearing about sleepless nights and diaper changes here. Instead, think of navigating racial identity, blended families, medical struggles and grief. Dr. Sacks works through the challenge with each guest in digestible 20 to 30-minute episodes. If you’ve ever felt alone in a unique obstacle you’re facing in motherhood, this podcast gives you the comfort of a messy, imperfect lot of women working towards being the best parent for their family. You might even mind yourself identifying with some of the guests and learning more about your own motherhood journey. 

This guide to toddler food allergies by Amy Palanjian of Yummy Toddler Food covers everything! And we’re not exaggerating - she goes over common questions, symptoms in toddlers, pantry staples, and tons more on how to actually cook allergy-friendly meals. Realistically, if you’ve got a toddler you’re not always cooking from scratch so she also includes the best store-bought allergy-sensitive snacks. A bonus recommendation included in the guide is the blog Allergy Awesomeness with endless recipes to explore. 

Local Business: Mini-Cycle 

Mini-Cycle is one of our favourite businesses for zero waste kids fashion. They sell new and pre-loved clothes from ages 0 to 10 and guarantee to buy back once the kids outgrow their clothes. Their goal is for each piece to come back at least 4-5 times to cancel out their ecological footprint which Mini-Cycle bases on the research showing that every time a piece of clothes is used for 9 months, it decreases its environmental footprint by 25%. We feel a camaraderie with the owner Jad Robitaille, who is also a mother of young kids like us! Mini-Cycle is based out of Montreal with free shipping across Canada for orders over $50. They also buy back pre-loved GREIGE clothing! Take a look at their affordable second-hand section to refresh your kids’ closets for back-to-school. 

We are wishing our entire community a safe return to school and joy in the day-to-day as we transition to a new season.