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Cloth Diaper Laundry: how to clean your washing machine

 
One of the biggest topics in cloth diapering is LAUNDRY. Customers always have lots of questions related to washing their cloth diapers, and as these questions arise, we’re turning the answers into a series of posts dedicated specifically to cloth diaper laundry.
 

This will be a very short post, specifically for those of you who have a washing machine that maybe has some gunk build-up inside. If you think your washing machine could use a nice deep clean, try one of these two methods:

  1. Do a hot wash cycle with a cup of vinegar OR
  2. Do a hot wash cycle with 2Tbsp of Rockin Green Detergent

That’s it! I told you it would be short! Stay tuned for more cloth diaper laundry tips coming soon.

 

Margaret is the owner of Sweetheart Baby Boutique and mother to Sienna, 5, and Cole, 21 months. She created a bring-your-baby-to-work store so that she didn’t have to choose between working and being with her baby. She is a cloth-diapering, babywearing, breastfeeding mama who tries to be a source of information and support for other like-minded parents, while maintaining respect and passing no judgement to families whose lifestyles differ from hers.

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Jasmine’s first Birth Story

You either dive in head-first or not at all when you and your spouse decide to start a family.

Nick and I had been married for just under a year when we found out we were expecting. The timing was anything but right; my mother had been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer 10 months prior and was quickly on the decline. We were thrilled to be able to share the news with her and she was genuinely happy for us. I still remember her sad eyes behind her smile; while she was exultant about her first grandchild, she was mourning the reality of never knowing him/her.  She died March 13th, 2010.  I ended up miscarrying two weeks later.

After four months of emotional recovery, we felt it was time to try again, and we conceived our first child, Edward.  I went thru the ups and downs of all-day sickness, fatigue and still mourning the loss of my mother, but the little life growing inside me helped me cope with everything else.  We had a vague idea of what we wanted in regards to prenatal care, labor and birth, but not a real sense of how to go about attaining our goals. I was referred to an OB just like any new mom, but after 5 months of long waits for scheduled seemingly 30-second visits, I knew this wasn’t going to work for me.

I had heard about doulas and it was at this time I started interviewing some.  I met with the lovely Rhea Eady at Taloolah Café, and while I didn’t feel her personality was the right fit for me, I credit her for getting my wheels turning in the right direction.  She suggested calling Midwives of Windsor to check for any availability. I came home and discussed the possibility of turning care over to a midwife with my husband, and while he wasn’t completely sold on the idea, he trusted my judgement.  I called the next day and was very excited to discover that Ginger Girard-Fram had just been hired and was accepting new referrals.

For me, the difference in care was night and day. I never wanted to feel like my pregnancy was something that was “happening to me”, but rather that I was an active participant in something incredible my husband and I had started. Ginger was incredibly accommodating, and thru the next 4 months, I developed and deep respect for her knowledge and genuine friendship. She always took the time to answer any questions, and thoroughly explained any and all procedures or tests. I always had the option of declining certain things, which I appreciated.

In this timeframe, I was also continuing a search for a doula. While some women may feel they can get along without the extra support, it was really important to me to have a trained female there. I interviewed Sara Kelley a few weeks after meeting with Rhea and it was clear right from the start she was the one for me. Her and I shared the same university background (both graduates of Human Kinetics) and her previous work experience as a personal trainer ensured me that she’d be able to motivate me thru what would be the most intense work of my life!

We did all the other things new parents do to prepare, including attending prenatal education. Despite working in the medical field, I consider myself somewhat medically-averse. It was important that I found a course that focused on pregnancy and labor as a naturally occurring thing, vs. a medicalized procedure. Enter Rhea Eady and her awesome Prenatal class! Her 13-week class helped get me prepared for a natural labor and gave Nick great advice on how to help properly support me.

So, fast forward to April 16th, one day before my due date. I had been feeling wonderful in the last few weeks, having gone off on maternity leave 2 weeks prior. It was a Saturday morning and my husband and I were enjoying the beautiful day, getting breakfast ready together. I was buttering up some toast when pop!  My water broke! I immediately called my doula and midwife and since labor hadn’t started, we decided it was imperative to try and get it started naturally.

So we walked. And walked. And walked some more. I spent a lot of time on my hands and knees, bouncing on a ball, using my breast pump. Ginger suggested taking castor oil to get the contractions started, but I didn’t want diarrhea or vomiting to exhaust me during what could be a very long labor. I decided against it. Everything we tried failed to bring on contractions so we were scheduled for a induction the next morning. I was somewhat discouraged since we had originally planned for a home birth, but I’m glad I took the prepared myself mentally for changes to that plan.

The induction went off smoothly: I was started on Pitocin at 7am and by 1pm I was really starting to feel contractions! The labor was fast and intense. At 6cms Ginger suggested I get into the shower to help cope with the intensity, since I had been laboring pretty much unmedicated.

I went from 6cms to 8cms in 1 hour, and then after 5 strong contractions, I got thru transition and was 10cms and ready to go!

Edward was born at 4:04pm, eyes wide open, 6lbs, 15oz and 21in long. Screamed like a banshee right from the start. He was a lazy nurser and had it not been for my doula, I doubt I would have been able to continue breastfeeding thru all the issues (cracked nipples, bad latch, engorgement…ugh). But we stuck with it.

My daughter, Odette, was born almost exactly 2 years later and her birth was completely different! I’ll revisit that experience at a later time…

Jasmine Plante is an exercise specialist by day, hooker (of the yarn variety) in her free time. Besides dabbling in photography, she is also a pianist and vocalist at her local church. She is usually found babywearing on the streets of Olde Riverside. Say hello! She doesn’t bite!

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Cloth Diaper Laundry: Does your clothes dryer have residue?

One of the biggest topics in cloth diapering is LAUNDRY. Customers always have lots of questions related to washing their cloth diapers, and as these questions arise, I’m going to try and address all your concerns in a series of posts dedicated specifically to cloth diaper laundry.
 

This post dedicated to cloth diaper laundry is a topic that has come up a lot lately  in conversation: residue in your dryer. This is also something that a lot of people don’t know about! (If you exclusively hang-to-dry your diapers, you can stop reading now and go play with your kiddies.) However if you ever put your cloth diapers in the dryer, I think you will find this information useful!

Most cloth diapering parents know that you need to use special additive-free detergents in order to avoid residue build-up on your cloth diapers. Built-up residues can cause your diapers to retain odours and to repel liquids – not good! But did you know that even if you’re washing your cloth diapers correctly, they could be getting a build-up from the way you’re DRYING your diapers? (not sure if you’re washing your cloth diapers properly? Click here to read our basic cloth diaper washing instructions.)

DOES YOUR CLOTHES DRYER HAVE RESIDUE:

If you ever use dryer sheets, then the simple answer is YES. If you put your cloth diapers in that dryer, there is residue left behind from the dryer sheets that will get onto your diapers. In order to avoid this from happening, the easiest thing to do is stop using dryer sheets. (Did you know that dryer sheets are also full of chemicals that we don’t necessarily want on our skin anyway?) OK great, you’ve decided to get rid of those dryer sheets. Next, before you put your cloth diapers in that dryer again, simply

wipe down the inside of your dryer with vinegar.

This will remove any residue. Now you’re good to go!

If you don’t want to wash out your dryer with vinegar all the time, get rid of those dryer sheets altogether. There are other natural ways of dealing with static cling, such as dryer balls. And of course you also have the option of not using a clothes dryer at all and just hang your laundry to dry!

If you already started cloth diapering and you’re like “oh no, I’ve been using a non-recommended detergent and using dryer sheets!”, don’t worry it’s not too late to save your diapers! Look out for my upcoming post on how to strip your diapers of residue.

 

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Hello Christine

by Christine Marion-Jolicoeur
 

Hello! So now it’s time to tell you a little bit more about me. Here’s a fun list of 10 things you may not know:

  1. My name is Christine. I’m the grateful and joyful mum of two amazing little people who have changed my life in all of the best possible ways. I also have a wonderful and supportive husband who is the best dad I’ve ever seen. L is my oldest little person, who is thoughtful, helpful and so much fun. My youngest is D, who is crazy smart, super sweet and adventurous. Sometimes I feel like I’m parenting two little mini-version of me and I love that I get to give to my kids exactly what I needed when I was a little person.
  2. I’m not really into labels because they tend to carry a lot of assumptions along with them and I try to be a very open-minded kind of person. However, to give you an idea of what my parenting choices are I’ll simplify things by saying that I’m a home-birthing, baby-wearing, cloth diapering, extended breastfeeding, vegetarian (local when I can, sometimes raw, whole food as much as possible) kind of mum.
  3. We don’t have a strict parenting philosophy at our house. I’m open to trying just about anything as long as it feels like it might be a good fit (no judgey eyes here!) Over the years I’ve ended up hating some things that I thought I would love and loving some things I thought I would never even try. I use the term parenting on purpose a lot, to describe how I make the decisions that work for our family. For me, it means making conscious choices, focusing on kindness and setting healthy boundaries.
  4. I believe that keeping up with a regular yoga and meditation practice makes me a more patient, calm and confident mum and that makes everyone happy.
  5. I’ve recently returned to work full time. I’ve been in social work for 10 years now and I love that I get to help people for a living. I’m not ashamed to say that I’ve done some counselling and some coaching for myself in the past, to help me sort though some particularly difficult things. Both were amazingly helpful and I wouldn’t hesitate to go back or to recommend it to a friend.
  6. In my free time (wait…what free time?!?) I like to cook, clean, nap and have dance parties in the kitchen with my kids.
  7. While I was off on maternity leave after having D, I took a big leap and became a mompreneur by starting a home-based business (writing and blogging about parenting in Windsor-Essex County) so that keeps me pretty busy too.
  8. I have some very specific rules about my writing that I use to keep me from over-sharing and from regretting something I’ve put online later on. I’m always trying to maintain a balance between keeping myself and my little people safe + sharing and connecting with my readers and followers.
  9. If I could choose one super power to have, I would want the ability to stop time so that I could catch up on some sleep, take a nice long epsom salt bath, stop being late for work and finish the growing pile of books on my bedside table.
  10. I’m a recovering perfectionist who is constantly learning and remembering the importance of self-care and being open to vulnerability

 

Christine Marion-Jolicoeur is a social worker, author, artist, entrepreneur, research geek and joyful mum of two amazing little people. She studied criminology, psychology and chemistry in university, but chose to work in social work for the past 10 years. Raising little people is the best and hardest job she’s ever had. And she’s grateful every day for the lessons she learns about how to live and parent with purpose and on purpose.
You can find out more about Christine and her work on the Joyful You web page, the JoyfulParenting blog and on facebook.
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Cloth Diaper Laundry: Basic Washing Instructions

One of the biggest topics in cloth diapering is LAUNDRY. Customers always have lots of questions related to washing their cloth diapers, and as these questions arise, I’m going to try and address all your concerns in a series of posts dedicated specifically to cloth diaper laundry.
 

I think it only makes sense that my first post related to cloth diaper laundry should be starting at the very beginning: how to wash your cloth diapers. It is actually quite simple, don’t let the haters convince you that washing cloth diapers is a lot of work! Honestly, it is way quicker than regular laundry – there’s no sorting or folding required!

BASIC CLOTH DIAPER WASHING INSTRUCTIONS

Simply push these 3 buttons on your washing machine:

1. Pre-wash (cold)

2. HOT regular wash

3. EXTRA RINSE (cold)

That’s it! OK, it’s ALMOST that simple. There are a few more things you should know: please make sure to use a cloth-diaper-friendly detergent. This is VERY important. And avoid using fabric softeners.

Does it really matter which detergent you use? Yes!The reason your detergent choice is important, is so that there is no residue left on the fibres of your diapers. A lot of common detergents on the market have brighteners, scents, and other fillers that might not rinse out completely. Sometimes you can even feel a film on the fibres, and this can compromise how the well material will absorb. Over time, if residue builds up in the diapers, it can cause them to repel liquids and to retain odours – exactly the opposite of what we want diapers to do! So choose your detergent wisely. No matter how frugal you are, please don’t cheap out on your detergent!

So your next question might be well then how do I know which detergent is safe to use?

One of the detergents we highly recommend is Rockin Green Soap. Why? Rockin Green was specifically invented for washing cloth diapers. And no matter how many people and customers I talk to, the feedback we get from people continually ranks Rockin Green at the top of everyone’s favourite detergent for getting cloth diapers clean. And of course (insert shameless plug here) it is available for purchase at this adorable little shop run by cloth-diapering mamas called Sweetheart Baby Boutique right here :)

There are of course other options on the market, and some crafty mamas even like to make their own homemade laundry soap. Check out the cloth diaper detergent list below compiled by Bummis (an awesome cloth diaper company who is highly respected and knows their stuff. Oh and by the way Sweetheart Baby Boutique also sells Bummis’ awesome cloth diapers here ;) ). This detergent list shows which detergents are OK and which are NOT OK, and explains why.

OK so now you know how to wash your cloth diapers and how to choose cloth-diaper-safe detergent.

But you might have other questions, like “it can’t really be that simple… how do you deal with all the poop and gross factor?” Well, stay tuned for upcoming posts where I’ll talk about cloth diapering accessories that I could never live without. 

Or what if you already started cloth diapering and have been using a non-recommended detergent – look out for my upcoming post on how to strip your diapers of residue.

 

Margaret is the owner of Sweetheart Baby Boutique and mother to Sienna, 5, and Cole, 21 months. She created a bring-your-baby-to-work store so that she didn’t have to choose between working and being with her baby. She is a cloth-diapering, babywearing, breastfeeding mama who tries to be a source of information and support for other like-minded parents, while maintaining respect and passing no judgement to families whose lifestyles differ from hers.
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Why I love Sweetheart Baby Boutique

This post is by guest blogger Christine Marion-Jolicoeur:
 

Hello Again Everyone,

I wanted to start by saying that I’m so honoured to be writing a series of guest blogs for Sweetheart Baby Boutique. I love supporting this locally owned, eco-friendly, mummy entrepreneur business any way I can-either through this blog, my own blog, telling other mums I know about it and of course by buying all their great stuff!

I first met Margaret in early 2010 way back before there even was a storefront (though I doubt she would remember this story!) I went to a babywearing + cloth diapering workshop in the back meeting room of some tiny financial office. I had my pregnant friend and a very new and uncooperative baby with me that day, but I still managed to learn so much from her. Since then, I’ve watched her grow, opening up the first store and now re-open the new and improved (and Business Excellence Award winning!) one right next door.

Owner Margaret Deneau (right) accepting the Business Excellence Award for "Start up of the Year 2013"

 

Unlike my super awkward experience at that first workshop (but that was mostly about me being uncomfortable nursing in public and not feeling very confident in my parenting abilities yet) I’ve always loved going to the store. It’s bright, clean and most importantly, it’s little people friendly! The staff sometimes even have their own little people with them for the day, which I just love to see (although, if I’m honest, it does make me more than a little jealous).

Margaret, owner, with newborn Cole at work, fall 2011

 

There’s a washroom, change table, nursing chair and toys for kids to play with while their grown-ups shop. It’s funny, I would never have even noticed those things before I had little people of my own, but they really do make such a big difference. I can actually take my time, read product labels, talk to the friendly and super helpful staff and not have to rush or worry about which one of my little people is doing something dangerous.

I also have to mention that over the years, I’ve gone to lots of the no-cost or low-cost playgroups, classes, workshops, social and community events that they regularly host. This is a picture of my kids colouring with Veggie Crayons at the store during the Pillette Village Beach Blanket Bingo Bash August 10, 2013:

Colouring with Veggie Crayons!

Toddler play area set up for "Beach Blanket Bingo Bash" Aug. 2013

Again, it was so important for me to have a comfortable place to go, where I could meet and talk with other like-minded mums. That really helped me stay connected when I was away from work and feeling pretty isolated and overwhelmed as a new mum. Since I chose to incorporate cloth diapering, babywearing and breastfeeding into the way I parent my little people, having a local store that supports  and normalizes these things through their products, information and events made it so much easier for me to start and to continue with them.

Everything they sell at the store and online has been chosen on purpose and I’ve never been disappointed with a purchase or their service. Margaret keeps the store full of fun, modern, with a focus on quality items from stable, responsible, North American companies. I didn’t even realize how much stuff I’ve bought from Sweetheart Baby Boutique until I started taking pictures of them for some of my future blog posts. There were over 30 different things and that’s not even including the things my kids have outgrown or what I’ve purchased as gifts!

 

Christine Marion-Jolicoeur is a social worker, author, artist, entrepreneur, research geek and joyful mum of two amazing little people. She studied criminology, psychology and chemistry in university, but chose to work in social work for the past 10 years. Raising little people is the best and hardest job she’s ever had. And she’s grateful every day for the lessons she learns about how to live and parent with purpose and on purpose.
You can find out more about Christine and her work on the Joyful You web page, the JoyfulParenting blog and on facebook.
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Hello Jasmine

Hello everyone! My name is Jasmine and I’m so excited to be contributing to the Sweetheart Baby Boutique blog.  To start, I am a mother of two: Edward is my 2 year-old headstrong, mischievous firstborn and Odette is my 4 month old sweetheart daughter.  I have been married to my university sweetheart, Nick, since 2009.

I am a breastfeeding, co-sleeping, babywearing, natural-birthing, cloth diapering mom!  Completely crunchy, totally granola.  I’m not pushing an agenda, nor would I say I prescribe to attachment parenting tenants; these things just work for our family.  I always knew I wanted to breastfeed and have a natural birth even before I had my kids, but it wasn’t until Sweetheart Baby Boutique moved into my neighborhood that I started thinking about cloth diapering…and it’s been thru their network that I’ve been able to meet other like-minded parents.

Anyway, that’s just a bit about me.  I am super excited to be sharing my personal experiences with you all, writing reviews about products and hopefully meeting some of you around town!

NEXT POST: My two (very different!) birth experiences

Jasmine Plante is an exercise specialist by day, hooker (of the yarn variety) in her free time. Besides dabbling in photography, she is also a pianist and vocalist at her local church. She is usually found babywearing on the streets of Olde Riverside. Say hello! She doesn’t bite!

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Journey to Joy

This post is by guest blogger Christine Marion-Jolicoeur:
 

I started my blogging adventure nearly 6 months now. I was looking to make some fun, meaningful changes in my life and blogging kept coming up over and over again, so I finally gave in. I wrote that first post quickly, late at night, then reread it about 100 times. I finally convinced myself to push the “publish” button after rationalizing that I wouldn’t tell anyone I knew until I felt the blog was ready (whatever that means!) Then something amazing happened, within a few weeks I had 200 people reading my posts and followers from Australia, UK, Italy, Columbia and all over Canada and the US (the site stats page alone had the research geek in me hooked!) Needless to say, I loved it and still do. Blogging is this great combination of writing + journaling + scrapbooking + sharing.

After all that amazingness, I decide to tackle a big bucket list goal: becoming a published author.

I’m so happy to announce that it’s officially come true!

I’ve written two articles (#1 and #2) that were published in the online magazine, Elephant Journal (which a friend later, shockingly described as “Rolling Stone magazine for yogis.”) and just a few weeks ago I opened up a case of my shiny new anthology books.

The book is called Journey to Joy and it’s a collection of stories by 35 amazing women who write about finding joy in everyday life. My chapter, is called Parenting on Purpose. In it I talk about how I was able to learn from the anxious and overwhelming experience of becoming a parent, to create more confidence, clarity and joy in my life and in my family. There was a lot of learning and growing going on while I was writing and editing and being interviewed for the book. And now I’m so excited and proud to share this real, honest, imperfect story with the world. 

The first thing I did was give signed copies to my biggest fans and supporters (my husband, my kids, my parents and my sister!) I’ve even sold a few books to other friends and family members. It’s a humble start, but I couldn’t be happier. The goal was never to make a million dollars, only to get published and I’m not going to lie, seeing my name in print has been pretty great!

The books are currently on sale at Sweetheart Baby Boutique and I’m so excited to be having a book signing at Little Gems Consignment Boutique (11962 Tecumseh Rd. East) in Tecumseh. Please come out on Saturday, September 7, 2013 from1pm-3pm for this fun, casual event. There will be snacks, door prizes and thank you gift bags for everyone who purchases a book that day. Margaret has generously donated samples of some of the products she carries in the store, so you won’t want to miss it. Hope to see you there!

 Christine Marion-Jolicoeur is a social worker, author, artist, entrepreneur, research geek & joyful mum of two amazing little people. She studied criminology, psychology & chemistry in university and has worked in social work for the past 10 years. Being a social worker by trade & research geek by nature, becoming a parent led her through self-reflection, analysis & confusion & eventually out the other side to trust, clarity & joy. Raising little people is the best and hardest job she’s ever had. She is grateful every day for the lessons she learns about how to live & parent with purpose & on purpose.
You can find out more about her & her work on the Joyful You web page, the JoyfulParenting blog & on Facebook.
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Breastfeeding a toddler while traveling

This summer I traveled to Switzerland with my parents and my 2 children. My parents are both Swiss who immigrated to Canada as newlyweds, so all of my relatives still live in Switzerland and growing up we spent many summers there.

in the Swiss mountains!

My mother traveled many times alone with me and my 2 sisters when we were very young, so it was like I was repeating her past by traveling alone with my children since my husband didn’t have the holidays from work. In my case I had it a bit easier than my mom since we all flew over together on the same plane with my parents.

snuggling with Papa on the airplane

My mom breastfed me for quite a long time (no one remembers exactly how long, and my mom was so chill about it that she didn’t keep track. But everyone we know says “it was a long time, but you stopped before you went to Kindergarten.” My suspicion is that I was most definitely still breastfeeding at age 3, and very likely still at age four…) So naturally, my parents are VERY supportive of me breastfeeding my own children. It’s not weird to nurse in front of my dad (although I make sure not to flash him), and my mom started making a game of photographing me every time Cole wanted to nurse in random locations while we were traveling.

nursing on a ship

I don’t know whether breastfeeding a toddler is considered socially acceptable in Switzerland or not, because I didn’t ask anyone. Canadians believe that Europe is more accepting of it, which perhaps is true. I didn’t need to ask because I was going to do it regardless of what anyone else thought. I assumed my relatives would understand because they saw my mom nursing me as a 3-yr-old when we came to visit, and when I was out in public no one ever gave me a second glance. If you look at the photos you’ll notice that nothing is showing, and that’s one of the advantages to breastfeeding a toddler: you can teach them discretion and manners.

nursing at a castle museum

At the time of our trip, Cole was 20 months old, going to day care 4 days a week, and had reduced his nursing sessions to about 2-3 times a day. Suddenly on holiday, he was with me 24-7, and naturally being around me more he wanted to nurse more. Add to that all the nervousness he was feeling from being in strange places and meeting strange people, and suddenly we were breastfeeding a lot again.

I decided that while I was traveling I would allow him to nurse whenever he asked, and not worry about ideas I might have had about starting to wean. His thoughts seemed to go a little like this: “Yay, we’re on an airplane, how fun! Wait a minute, this is new and scary, mommy I need to nurse for 10 seconds! Thanks I’m good.”  Or:”Yay, we’re on a ship, how fun! Wait a minute, this is new and scary, mommy I need to nurse!”. Or when relatives came to visit: “You are a scary stranger, mommy I need to nurse with you in a quite room for a minute. Ok Mommy, I’m good now. Hello auntie, I will take those hugs now!”

going up the mountain in a cable car

I believe the baby had relatively little anxiety or shyness while traveling because those short nursing sessions let him know that he was safe, that mommy was there, and that anytime he needed me I would say yes. What a little trooper.

 

Margaret is the owner of Sweetheart Baby Boutique and mother to Sienna, 5, and Cole, 21 months. She created a bring-your-baby-to-work store so that she didn’t have to choose between working and being with her baby. She is a cloth-diapering, babywearing, breastfeeding mama who tries to be a source of information and support for other like-minded parents, while maintaining respect and passing no judgement to families whose lifestyles differ from hers.
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2013 Business Excellence Awards Nominees announced

We’re honoured and excited to be a finalist again this year in the Start-Up category for the 2013 Windsor Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards!

I’ve copied this text from the Chamber of Commerce website www.windsorchamber.org, which describes what the Business Excellence Awards are:

Since 1991, the Business Excellence Awards (BEA) has become the premier event of the year, recognizing the achievements and contributions of business leaders in Windsor and Essex County. In 1996, the Chamber introduced the acclaimed ATHENA Award to further honour outstanding business individuals.

For 2013, we are welcoming back the International Business Award and the Innovation Award. Other categories include Small Company of the Year, Large Company of the Year, Professional of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Rising Star of the Year, Start Up of the Year, and Tourism & Hospitality Award (formerly Taste of Windsor Essex). Award winners will be announced on April 24, 2013 at the Business Excellence Awards. Also included in the awards ceremony are the recipients of the Believe Windsor Essex and ATHENA Awards.

This annual event, the Chamber’s largest, brings together business, government and industry leaders. With extraordinary exposure and prestige, the BEA is an exciting gala night and has become a must-attend event. It is truly a special evening, drawing over 700 Chamber members and guests in past years. Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate business excellence in our region.

It is exciting and humbling to get to be a part of such a prestigious event. Last night at the announcement ceremony we were surrounded by so many successful entrepreneurs and businesses from our community. Getting a glimpse of what these other established companies have achieved is encouraging and inspiring, knowing that they started out small just like me.

But the real excitement will come on April 24, 2013 at the gala night when they announce the winners!

Congratulations to all of the finalists, it is a big accomplishment to even make it this far. Here is the link to the Windsor Star article from last night, announcing all of the nominees:

http://blogs.windsorstar.com/2013/01/23/business-excellence-nominees-announced/

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