When my two children became mobile I went to great lengths to keep my home safe for them. We installed baby gates, baby monitors, locks on cabinets and door alarms. I taped up television remotes and stored them out of reach. Padded the sharp corners of our furniture. But devices like ear thermometers, calculators, car key fobs and bathroom weight scales can also contain a hidden danger…a battery so small that a child can easily swallow in mere seconds. As the number of products that require Lithium Coin batteries rises, so too does their potential hazard to young children. Every year, hundreds of lithium coin batteries are accidentally ingested, and many of the ingestions are by children under 6. If a child swallows a lithium coin battery, it can get lodged in the esophagus and burn through the surrounding tissue in as little as 2 hours, causing serious damage.
With the holiday season approaching there may be more objects in my home powered by lithium coin batteries such as Christmas tree remotes, string lights, holiday ornaments, greeting cards with sound and of course certain toys that my kids might be given as a gift. London Drugs is now carrying the newest innovation in lithium coin battery safety. As the #1 trusted battery brand, Duracell provides more safety features than any other leading brand on their 20mm lithium coin batteries. Here are the two new changes you need to know as a parent:
1) Duracell Lithium Coin batteries (sizes 2032, 2025, and 2016) now contain a non-toxic, bitter coating designed to help discourage swallowing. This bitter coating is applied to these battery sizes which have a diameter of 20mm, which is similar to the size of a child’s esophagus.
2) Duracell also features child-secure packaging which makes it nearly impossible to open without scissors.
One of my fondest memories from Christmases past is setting up a Lemax Christmas village with my Grandma. She had a skating rink, little shops, a church and carollers. I remember the magic I felt setting it up and sitting in the dark while she clicked on the lights. We’d share hot chocolate and discuss what all the little people were up to that holiday season. It’s one of the strongest memories I have of her and even to this day these memories fill me with joy. My eyes filled with happy tears as I wrote this. I miss her.
Two years after her passing I decided to start this holiday tradition with my family. The first year we picked out a few houses, set them up with the kids and shared holiday treats that evening. The kids loved it and so did I. Fast forward a few years, and we are still carrying on this tradition. Now that the kids are older they love to be involved with the pieces we add each year. Picking something new and reminiscing about previous year’s favourites is totally part of the fun. I can’t wait to show you our set up for this year.
We all know I am a big fan of a costco find, but add in a great promo price… now I’ve gotta share it with you! From September 28 to October 12, 2020 the eureka stick vacuum (NEC160c) will be at promotional pricing both instore and online. Online from $149.99 to $109.99. And In-store from $139,99 to $99.99. This cordless 2-in-1 stick vacuum has a detachable hand vacuum for small areas cleaning. Multifloor capabilities with quick pick up on our hardwood, to carpet. 60 minutes run time. And the best part for me is being lightweight enough for Alastair to help. A mini cleaning crew is just what I need in these QuarenCLEANING times. Head over to my Instagram to see the steps you’ll need to complete to enter for your chance to win one. Or head over to costco, these vacuums sell out at regular price, with this promotional I’d start the car! Happy cleaning!
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by eureka but my thoughts and opinions remain my own.
Eats: This trip to Jasper we decided to go off the beaten path and head up to the Maligne Waterfall 20 minutes outside Jasper township. Maligne Canyon Wilderness Kitchen is Jasper’s only smokehouse and opened in 2019. Dine in or grab n’ go with great picnic and takeaway options. We choose a window seat but next time I think I would opt for the patio along the water. There were picnic bench options and fireplace seating, all of which had an incredible view of that waterfall!
Accommodations: We tried the newly-renovated Pyramid Lake Resort, just outside of Jasper’s township but within the food delivery zone for many of Jasper’s restaurants. It was the perfect mix of scenic, with the hustle and bustle of Jasper a short drive away. The peaceful mountain views were incredible. This resort is open year-round with all rooms overlooking the lake. In summer, you can rent a kayak, canoe, paddleboard or mountain bike from the resort.
Activities: Journey to Spirit Island on this family-friendly boat cruise. It’s a must-do experience while in Jasper. This was my second time but our families first. The kids LOVED it! And that blue water, breathtaking.
This week we decided to dip our travel bug toes by going on a short little road trip to Banff, Alberta. I’m not going to lie to you I was a bit apprehensive amidst the pandemic. As a family, we decided to go on a couples trip and leave the kids behind for this fist summer road trip so we could experience the potential changes Covid19 has had on one of our favourite mountain destinations. Here’s a list of our accommodations, restaurants and activities we tried on our 2 night stay and I will note any safety precautions changes we saw at each:
We stayed at the newly renovated Mount Royal Hotel in downtown Banff. The location is prime time to say the least. We were in the heart of the iconic Banff Avenue, surrounded by the majority of the restaurants, shops and nightlife we love to visit. From here, we also enjoyed effortless access to Banff’s world-class natural attractions and year-round adventure activities. It was a short drive of only a few minutes to the Gondola and cave/ basin. Notable Covid19 related changes to the hotel, we did not have house keeping come into our room during the 3 days we stayed. They had removed many high touch items like glassware and replaced those with disposable. The elevators had hand sanitizer at the door and the expectable was groups of 3-4. We did the elevator alone each ride and used the sanitizer on the way in and out. Some of the other transmission-reducing tactics we experienced were the plexiglass barriers at the front desk. All staff was wearing personal protective equipment, contactless payment and we called down for an express check-out. There was plenty of on-site signage and pre-arrival communications aimed to be clear and straight-forward so we as guests could get on the same page as staff supporting each other with these measures and changes.
Restaurants & Attractions
We didn’t go to as many places as we would have normally pre-pandemic. We took the approach of sticking to a few favourites that would be indoors. And focused on walks outside, it was amazing having the iconic Banff Avenue closed both directions to traffic. This allowed for ample room to walk the Avenue and socially distance. We only went into a handful of shops instead of almost all of them like we usually do. Hand sanitizer was available at the entrance, some stores provided disposable masks but I suggest you have one on hand to wear in stores. Plenty of directional arrows in the stores and reminders to maintain distance. They all had lowered capacities, so we did experience a few outdoor line ups to browse stores so they could easily limit the number of guests in store for our and their staffs safety.
We booked tickets online in advance for the Banff Gondola. They spanned my pass on my phone through a plexiglass screen. Please note this mom price hack, kids go free before 12 PM with the Family Experience. And ages 5 and under ride free anytime! They loaded every second gondola and cleaned each before a new group entered. Staff was also wearing masks and there was plenty of safety protocol signage.