Giving Back #12NurturedActs

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Many of you know that Nurtured is celebrating 12 years of business this month.

I have been part of Nurtured since early 2011. These years have allowed me to not only celebrate much life and growth but also hear stories from all different walks of life.

There are many people that Nurtured Dad and I have come in contact with that are truly nurturing the community we live in on a daily basis – often without very much praise. Some are individuals while others are groups. No matter how you look at it, these are some of the unsung heroes in our community that make the world a better place. In a time of crazy world events and a feeling of almost wanting to shut out news, these are stories that remind us of the good in the world and call on us as good ol’ Fred Rogers said, to look for the helpers. As a celebration of 12 years of Nurtured we decided we would create #12NurturedActs and start a movement for every year we’ve been in business.

So we set out to contact organizations within the community to learn who has made a significant difference to them. We’ve been in touch with some pretty neat people that were awesome at sleuthing all the behind the scenes details.

Our aim was to thank people via products that we carry or have access to for stretching our giving dollars with. While we do offer some items that many people enjoy , you can understand we are pretty much a store for parents, babies and kids! So with that in mind, we also contacted local businesses in our North End community to see if they would help us when we learned someone might enjoy something that we couldn’t otherwise provide. All of them were more than happy to be a part of our initiative by extending discounts or even offering services at no charge.

This week I had the pleasure of meeting Natasha Touesnard. Her story of overcoming addiction and giving back to our community is incredibly inspiring.
It is a pleasure to share our first of #12NurturedActs. It is Natasha’s own personal experience that is now aiding others through her courageous sharing of her story, her advocacy in helping others curb addiction as well as moving doctors and communities toward developing harm reduction policies. Thank you, Adsum for Women and Children, for naming Natasha for her growth, daily work and advocacy to fight stigma in order to learn more about what can be done to create a healthy community.
Being wrapped up in the stories and the kind conversation that encompasses Natasha was a little overwhelming for me (as you can see in the video). It is awe inspiring when you have the chance to meet someone that has overcome significant challenge continuing everyday to turn that experience into something positive.
A special shout out goes to Jenny Zinck at Uptown Spa & Salon in the Hydrostone. She was super great helping us put together a visit for Natasha and went so far as to give us some of the services for free!
Have a look at the video from yesterday and keep these people that Nurtured others in your thoughts!

Airline Travel with CARES harness

We travelled often when we first became parents. I wish I had known about the CARES harness earlier on.

It was 2008 when I awkwardly tried to explain why I wanted to put my child’s car seat on a plane. The flight attendant at that point in time looked confused. Plus the narrow seat on that international plane was never going to fit the car seat I intended to use. There began my search for something better. We had so many more trips planned. – NurturedMom, Jolyn

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and safety advocates have long recommended a child under 40lbs be secured in an aircraft. Using the lap belt on an airplane alone just isn’t adequate and in my scenario above, using a car seat was tricky.
Though many more international airplanes are better at accommodating a car seat onboard there is an alternate option for children over the age of 1 between 22lbs-44lbs: It’s the CARES HARNESS. You can find it on the Nurtured website here.
Using a CARES harness was a game changer! It packed small and was easy to use. I simply slipped it over the seatback (you will want to initially put the tray table behind you down just to tighten the buckle appropriately) and it was set to slide the lap buckle through. An easy to adjust shoulder harness made the CARES harness fit appropriately to my child’s body. He stayed put the whole next flight. I also love that directions are printed directly on the harness system. – Karen, Halifax
Fast forward a full decade and this belt and buckle device I first used with a 2 year old, the CARES harness, is even more readily accepted; plus flight attendants are happy to see you’ve done some research on securing your child in his/her own seat.
“CARES is the first and only harness type Aviation Child Safety Device to be certified by the FAA as an alternative to a car seat.
What’s more is that CARES is created and manufactured by the foremost manufacturer of aviation seat belts. Same industrial safe webbing and engineering to the highest standards.
Plan on travelling just once? Explore our affordable rental option and then call us to see if your travel dates line up with availability.
Buy a CARES Harness with free pickup in Halifax or *delivery across Canada here.

Pregnancy Party Recap


Uh-oh! How do we top next year’s event??

Cheers to another Pregnancy Party on the 📚 books! The Pregnancy Party was excellent in so many ways. What a kind group of expecting parents – thank you for your enthusiasm! What a joy it is to share great products, a group of caring birth community members and excellent mini massages!

Huge shout out to sponsor, Pillars of Health, for showing up with a knowledgeable crew (and having a delicious soup our caterers loved!). Experts in helping you have your healthiest pregnancy included: Naturopathic doctors,: Dr. Jenn Salib Huber & Dr. Samantha Verdun, chiropractic doctors:  Dr. Denise Wright and Dr. Michelle MacDonald, Amanda Cheverie, RMT, and Andrea Low, Acupuncturist. Plus each registered attendee received a goody bag with @AnointmentNaturalSkincare samples to share!

Thank you to the massage therapists, Emily Parker of Everbloom Studio, Emily Wadden and Jessica McKay.

Chainyard and North Tea, here’s looking at you! Apples and blueberries are such a refreshing delight for attendees and their guest.

Thanh from LoveandSundays was a super fun special guest- taking on representation of the newly arrived Valco baby 2018 stroller lineup (love how lightweight these are & the one handed close!). Best wishes with number two arriving this summer!

Thank you to everyone who made this event a success.

#expecting #growingababy #Dartmouth #Halifax #nurturedhfx #storeevent #nurturedhalifax #pillarsofhealth #pregnancyparty2018

Here’s the link

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