Tuesday, March 19, 2013


Upcoming Coffee Night!

This month's coffee night is FRIDAY March 22nd! (a week early because the next week is Good Friday)
 
Where: Williams Fresh Cafe! (2454 Queen Street East, Brampton)

Time: 8 pm and on... until they kick us out at closing!

Come out for an informal night and talk to other moms of multiples.

Whether you want to escape the craziness at home or need to get support and advice from other MOMs - it is always great conversation!

Open to everybody - even if you are not a TPAB member but have multiples, come out and meet other moms like you!

Also as the Spring Kidzz to Kidz SuperSale is fast approaching, the Sale Coordinator – Tamara – has asked me to remind you to bring your Sale Waivers to the Coffee Night to hand them in to her. If you will be needing a tagging gun or barbs – please email her beforehand at TPABSale@hotmail.com and she will bring them for you on Friday as well :)


NEXT MONTH'S COFFEE NIGHT: FRIDAY April 19th at Williams Fresh Cafe on Torbram & Queen...it is one week early as the last week is also the night before our Spring Sale....which is our Sale Set-Up Night! 

Monday, March 11, 2013

Urgent Call for Help! Bill C-464 update

A message from Multiple Births Canada:

Friday March 8th, the House of Commons held their 2nd Hour of debate on the 2nd Reading of Bill C-464: Parental Leave for Multiple Births or Multiple Adoptions.

It is clear by the MP's comments that the Liberal and NDP members will be voting in fav
our of moving the Bill forward; unfortunately it is just as clear that the PC party is against it.

This is the closest we've ever been to improving Parental Leave Benefits for future multiple-birth families. In fact, if we can just convince the Conservative MPs that they should vote yes on March 27th we could be celebrating a victory after all these years.

We have two weeks to convince the PC MPs. It is obvious we will only be able to do that if we personally connect with them at their riding offices. Please – please consider helping us to do that. It will make the difference in whether Bill C-464 gets passed or not.

Four MPs at the top of the list are:
1) Scott Armstrong the MP for Cumberland—Colchester—Musquodoboit Valley (Nova Scotia)
2) Erin O'Toole the MP for Durham (Ontario)
3) The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, and the MP for Haldimand–Norfolk (Ontario)
4) The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, and the MP for Calgary (Alberta)

We need Chapters and multiple-birth groups across Canada to volunteer to connect with these four MPs. The best scenario would be if someone in each of these areas – Halifax, Durham, Brant/Brantford, and Calgary would respond to this request to help.

Please realize this is only a two week project. Quick and yet one of the most important volunteer jobs you may ever do. It is absolutely acceptable to involve supportive friends who have the skills needed to assist you to do the following:
• Call the MP's office on Monday morning to make an appointment to visit him/her.
• Ask other multiple-birth parents and their families to come and support you during the MP visit.
• Hand deliver the completed petitions from your Chapter/group (available on the MBC website).
• Present the MP with the document MBC has produced to explain why Bill C-464 is needed by Canada's multiple-birth community. Here is the link to the English:
http://multiplebirthscanada.org/mbc_documents/EI_Parental_Leave_Position_Paper-MAR0613.pdf and here is the link to the French:http://multiplebirthscanada.org/mbc_documents/EI_parental_leave_Position_Paper_-_francais_-_MAR0813.pdf
• You should also call/invite at least one newspaper and TV station to join you for the visit – this will demonstrate to the MP just how important this issue is to his/her constituents.

We need these four key PC MPs to understand that Bill C-464 does NOT fundamentally change the Employment Insurance program. It has been flawed from the start in how it assesses benefits for Canada's multiple-birth families. Regardless of the fact that Bill C-464 was introduced by the NDPs, it is a bill the Conservatives must pass if they want Canadians to believe the PCs stand for family values.

Gail Moore will happily mentor the person in each area who is going to lead the initiative. Please email her at gail.moore@multiplebirthscanada.org to let her know you are interested in making a difference on this issue.

Thank you!
Nina...on behalf of...Multiple Births Canada

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival

Spring is in the air, the sap is flowing!

 

Come join Twins Plus Association of Brampton at the Kortright Center this Sunday March 17th for one of Canada's favourite traditions. 

Find out how maple syrup is made now and 100 years ago, how trees are tapped and enjoy a beautiful hike in the process.  There are also horse drawn wagon rides, a gift shop and yummy pancakes available.

The Kortright Center is located at

9550 Pine Valley Drive, Woodbridge. 

Admission is $10 Adults, $6.50 Children

Parking is $4 and kids 4 and under are free.

 

We will be meeting by the horse wagon ride at 12:30pm and partaking in a guided hike

 at 1pm sharp.  RSVP so we know who to expect.  Hope to see you all there!

 tpabsocial@hotmail.com

Parents of Preemies Day 2013

Happy Parents of Preemies Day 2013! Today is the day to recognize the Courage and Commitment of Parents of Premature Babies! These parents have remained strong and resilient when a premature birth has turned their family's world upside down. Click HERE for more information on this Special Day!

Nearly 13 million babies, or about 10% of total worldwide births, are born prematurely each year. When a baby is born extremely premature, parents find their world turned upside down, sometimes faced with life and death decisions, while facing an uncertain future for their baby. Experts are just beginning to understand the intense psychological effects that a premature birth has on the parents.

DO YOU KNOW THE PARENT OF A PREEMIE?
A community of parents of preemies has compiled a list of simple acts of kindness and helpful words that you can share that are of great help to them while they are in the hospital and transition home with their baby.

10 Things to Say to the Parents of Preemies
1. Congratulations! Your baby is beautiful!
2. You're stronger than you know, and your baby is strong like you.
3. If you'd like someone to be there with you in the NICU, I'd be happy to just sit with you.
4. Can I see a picture?
5. When can I come and visit him/her?
6. After this experience, your bond with your baby is going to be so strong.
7. Prematurity is not your fault and it's really unfair.
8. What can I do during cold and flu season to keep your family safe?
9. Cry if you need to; I can be strong for you when you need to take a break.
10. You're a great mom! / You're a great dad!

10 Things to Do for the Parents of Preemies
1. Go food shopping and then cook and freeze a couple (or a lot) of meals that are easy to reheat.
2. Look after a preemie parent's other children so she or he can spend that much more time in the NICU.
3. Visit the new parents and their preemie as soon as the time is right – and focus on the baby, not the equipment.
4. Reschedule a NICU or home visit when you know you've been exposed to germs but aren't feeling sick (especially during flu and RSV season).
5. Help them get to and from the hospital when transportation is an issue.
6. Walk the dog, feed the cat, mow the lawn… anything that gives a preemie parent less to do at home.
7. Just listen. Parents of premature babies may have thoughts or feelings you don't understand; you don't have to 'get it'.
8. Give a gift their baby can use right now – premature babies who aren't ready for clothes can often wear specially sized hats.
9. Be understanding when the mom or dad of a preemie doesn't have a lot of time for you, even if you've been missing them for weeks or months.
10. Request a Graham's Foundation NICU care package on their behalf by visiting the Graham's Foundation website.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

SAVE the DATES!!

The Twins Plus Association of Brampton's Social Committee has been hard at work getting the spring and summer plans all worked out and we wanted to give you a heads-up on the dates!  We will keep you all updated on specific events as details get confirmed and we have ALL the info but for now – please SAVE these DATES!!:
 
Sunday March 17th – Join us for a guided hike at the Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival at Kortright Centre - 9550 Pine Valley Drive, Woodbridge.  Meeting time TBA soon!!
 
Sunday April 7th - General Meeting with Guest Speaker – Trish Beesley – from Trish Beesley Photography – Come out and get Tips on Taking Pictures of your Family!  Place and time TBA
 
Saturday April 27th – Kidzz to Kidz SuperSale hosted by TPAB – Brampton Fairgrounds 9:30 am to 1 pm   ***MEMBER shopping starts at 8:30 am! 
 
Sunday May 26th – Multiples Prenatal Class (non-medical) – Information you should know about a Multiples Pregnancy and How to Prepare for Multiples in the home.  Fortinos Brisdale Community Room at 1 pm.  Further details TBA
 
Sunday June 2nd – Multiple Births Awareness Day at Canada's Wonderland – Join us for our 2nd Annual MBAD Picnic!  Details to follow – tickets will be sold online
 
Thursday June 13th – General Meeting with special Guest Speaker – Crystal Mortley – a Certified Nutritionist.  Come and get answers to your questions about your family's nutrition!  Place and time TBA
 
Saturday June 22nd – Adults' Night Out – Join us for a quiet dinner at The Keg at 8pm (NEW location 46 Peel Centre Drive)
 
July 19- 22 – TPAB weekend at Marineland – discounted tickets!!  details TBA
 
Along with these great events already scheduled we are also working out the details for day trips to the Toronto Zoo and Wasaga Beach.  As we have done in summers past – we will also be hosting Park Play Dates throughout the summer with some new exciting twists!  Stay tuned for more information to come!!
 
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

40% OFF Sale at Mabel's Labels ends today!!!

Support Our Fundraiser!

As a way to target the problem of lost belongings and a large lost and found closet, once again the Twins Plus Association of Brampton is fundraising with Mabel's Labels, North America's leading provider of personalized "labels for the stuff kids lose!™"  A company with all types of labels that are colourful, indestructible, easy-to-use and fun!  

We're excited to announce that this time around - we've partnered with Mabel's Labels on an ongoing basis that will never expire!  Year Round you can get great deals on great labels and consistently support TPAB!

Iron-Ons, Stickies, Bag Tags, Allergy Alert labels & more! Personalize your labels with names, nicknames, initials - whatever you choose. Cool icons help even little ones identify their own belongings. Dishwasher, microwave, laundry & kid tested! Dispatched within 24 hours!

Visit http://twinsplus.mabel.ca to place your order while helping our fundraiser!

Once you reach Our Page, click on "Click here to buy" to get shopping!  Currently- there are some great sales going on to celebrate Mabel's 10th Anniversary!  Click on the "Mabel's Labels – 10 Years" logo button on the top left of the page and be redirected to all the GREAT 10 year Anniversary Sales!!  The 40% off Sale is over tonight at 10:00 pm EST....don't miss out on these GREAT savings!!

Mabel's Labels are dishwasher, microwave and laundry safe, making them perfect for identifying everything that goes to school, camp or daycare. Other products include Allergy Alerts and household storage labels. Mabel's labels are for everyone, everywhere!

A percentage of your purchase will automatically go towards our fundraiser!

Thank you in advance for supporting Twins Plus Association of Brampton's fundraiser!

We're sure you will love your labels!

P.S. Spread the word! Forward this email to friends and family.
On Facebook? Follow Twitter? Write a blog? These are great ways to promote this fundraiser!


"About Mabel's Labels!

We are moms who were frustrated by the amount of stuff that left our houses, never to return. After lots of research and testing we created the perfect fun, durable labels for the stuff kids lose!

 

Our sticky labels and clothing labels, which are dishwasher, microwave and laundry safe, are not only practical, but also designed to be very special to each child. The labels are customized with a child's name, favourite mix of colours and an icon (animal, symbol, etc.). We have also expanded our product line to include personalized stationery products, ID wristbands and household labels."

 

We strive to continuously design innovative labels for babies, kids and grown-ups alike. You'll be amazed at what you can label!"