Toronto: The Savvy Guide to May

SavvyMom June 21, 2016
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Let’s face it, Mother’s Day will probably be lost in a jumble of burnt toast, macaroni crafts and brunches with the in-laws. So we want to give you permission to carve out some guilt-free time for yourself all month long. Enjoy this month’s picks either with your kids or in sweet, sweet solitude.

DO
Get a pedicure
Why? The first pedicure of the season is the only one that’s really essential. If you make the time to pamper your tootsies early on, you’ll be ready sport your favourite sandals as soon as the sun comes out. And if you get to catch up on a juicy novel at the same time, all the better. If you can’t get out to a salon to indulge, our sister site 29Secrets.com has some tips on how to get the perfect pedi at home.

GO
To Wee Festival, Toronto’s first international arts festival dedicated to early childhood, taking place at various theatres around the city from May 15-23
Why? It’s a theatre and culture festival designed especially for babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers and kinders. The performers are from all over the world, specialize in children’s entertainment, and each show has been created with the emotional and developmental needs of young children in mind. The venues are smaller and the shows are shorter, too—these guys know what they’re doing. Try a music workshop, play in the Wonder Garden, or catch a performance that uses music, light, design and movement (not words!) to tell a tot-friendly story.

GET
One-of-a-kind jewelry
Why? As much as you will LOVE and TREASURE the glitter-covered rigatoni threaded onto a piece of yarn that your child made for you, sometimes it’s nice to have options. Etsy is our number-one stop for locally-made, unique jewelry that’s special in a non-macaroni kind of way. Take a look at this half moon slider necklace or these leaf silhouette drop earrings from Nova Scotia Etsy seller Touch the Dutch.

READ
Maddi’s Fridge by Lois Brandt
Why?
This is a touching picture book with beautiful vintage ’70s-style illustrations about friendship, poverty, and hunger. Maddi and Sofia are best friends who play together every day after school. When Sofia finds out that Maddi doesn’t have any food in her fridge, Maddi makes her promise to keep it a secret. In the end, Sofia breaks her promise so her mom can help Maddi and her family, and we all learn how to help hungry children in our own communities.

APP
WeeL
Why? Because your car still has winter tires on it. Use this app to get a team to come to you (that’s right—they come to you and your vehicle) to get a seasonal tire change, car detailing or an annual oil change. A WeeL membership costs $5 per month (for $10 for a pro version) and also includes access to trained technicians for on-demand advice and 24/7 roadside assistance. And you don’t have to wait in line at the garage. #winning. 

SURF
Sign Up Genius
Why? If you never have to navigate another Reply All email thread to settle on a date for an event or a potluck menu it will be too soon. Sign Up Genius to the rescue. You can set up an account and invite people to an event while managing sign ups for time slots, duties, or pot lucks all in one fell swoop. Parties, team snacks, event organizing…the possiblities are endless. The basic free account should be sufficient for most casual needs, but if you have professional event management requirements, there are also monthly subscription levels to choose from.

GREEN
Bike to work
Why?
The mild spring weather is perfect for cycling to work without arriving either drenched in sweat or with icicles hanging from your hair. It’s also good exercise and much easier on Mother Nature than driving. But the best part is actually reclaiming the time you spend commuting for yourself. For those of us who work from home, running errands on a bike, cycling with the kids, or just going out for a mid-day ride are all excellent alternatives.

MAKE
Cottage snacks
Why? The season of weekend getaways are here. The Victoria Day long weekend is the traditional start of cottage season and you will want to enjoy every minute. And if you don’t have your own cottage, the promise of top-notch treats is an excellent way to nab an invitation to someone else’s. Usher in the tastes of summer with a rustic tomato and bread salad, homemade guacamole, and the easiest-ever sparkling sangria.

HELP
Raise money for SickKids and send a message of hope to families and children battling cancer by attending the 15th Annual Meagan’s Walk and Hug on Saturday May 7 at Fort York National Historic Site
Why? The 5K walk is a wonderful and meaningful way to honour Mother’s Day weekend. Walk the route from the fort to SickKids, where participants will form a huge ‘hug’ around the hospital perimeter to signal to all inside that they are not alone in their fight. The day ends with live music, face painting, and entertainment, and all the funds raised go to The Hospital for Sick Children.

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