Peterborough-based makeup and body painting business Faces by 2 has a unique service, offering belly painting photos for pregnant women.
Belly painting is an artistic and fun way to create a joyful memory of a pregnancy, and is completely safe to do the owners tell PTBOCanada as long as the right paints are used.
"We only use water based paints that are specifically for skin (face and body) and that are FDA approved," Faces by 2 owners/entrepreneurs Rosie and Vange tell PTBOCanada. "They are safe for mom and baby, and can be washed off with soap and water. Every mom that has had their belly painted with us has loved it!"
Rosie and Vange, both moms themselves, tell PTBOCanada that the 8th month of pregnancy is the ideal time to paint a belly, as by then the women has a nice round belly.
"The process starts by choosing a theme and drafting a design that mom agrees to," they say. "It takes about two hours to complete a design. It is done comfortably on a reclining chair giving mom a few brakes in between, all of this followed by a photo session. The paint stays on until mom decides to wash it off."
"We love doing belly painting—especially for first time moms," Rosie and Vange tell PTBOCanada. "Pregnancy is sometimes not a fun process to endure, but we feel that belly painting is a joyful thing to do. Moms get to show off their bellies in an artistic way. Plus, the brushes feel nice on the skin and it makes the baby move! At the end of the painting and photoshoot experience, moms feel happy and beautiful."
Visit Faces by 2 on Facebook and on their website to learn more about their belly painting and other services.
Bancroft mother Jill Price often writes positive sticky notes for her daughter, Gracie, that she sends with her lunch to school. Notes like, "Have a great day, I love you." Jill says her mother used to do the same for her.
Well, not only has 6-year-old Gracie learned to read them, but she's paying it forward. On a recent day, Jill found out amazing Gracie had written these sticky notes (see pic below) for her classmates at Bird's Creek Public School.
This is a great reminder that our little actions as parents can make a world of difference to our kids, and have a significant, lasting impact.
"I think the answer is to not give your kids everything, but give them the tools to accomplish anything," Jill Price tells PTBOCanada.com. Well said.
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Georgia Dueck is an amazing girl. For her 8th birthday Wednesday (August 26th), she asked that in lieu of presents for her, her friends bring donations for the Peterborough Humane Society.
"The idea started for Georgia when we adopted our cat Sumo from the Humane Society in December 2013," her proud mom, Sandra, tells PTBOCanada. "Sumo was one of four cats left in a duffle bag outside the shelter two or three weeks before Christmas that year."
"When it came time to plan her 7th birthday that year, Georgia asked if she could do something for the Humane Society, like ask her friends to bring donations instead of gifts," Sandra says.
Georgia designed her jar label and her parents—Sandra and Jeff—told her friends what she was doing. For her 7th birthday, Georgia raised about $160 in cash and online donations—and about another $75 to $100 in pet supplies. This year, for her 8th birthday, she raised over $200 in cash and online donations and another $75 to $100 in supplies.
"Needless to say, we’re very proud of her and her giving spirit," Sandra tells PTBOCanada.
Kudos to Georgia, and her friends for their giving spirit.
This is a great opportunity for parents to get their young kids onto a bus before the first day of school so they know what's happening and aren't caught off guard!
There are "First Rider" sessions at Lansdowne Place Centre Court (near the escalators) taking place Friday, August 28th and Saturday, August 29th.
"First Rider" allows students—and their parents—to become familiar with the bus riding experience (and important safety rules) in advance of the new school year through this unique hands-on free event.
Registration is not required for these sessions, and the Dates & Times are as follows:
Friday, August 28th > ongoing sessions from 3 pm to 6 pm
Saturday, August 29th -> ongoing sessions from 9 am to 1 pm
**Please spread the word on your social media channels to parents about these sessions.
—By Aaron Elliott