What’s Going on Around Here? | Kids in Niagara | January Edition

What’s going on around here?

Our first major update rolls out today, we had some buggy issues, and dropped pages to sort out. Some layout issues to clean up and generally make the site flow a little better for our users.

Here’s what we’re working on in February:

A new section of the website called ‘Play Sports In…’

The ultimate guide to Kids Sports in Niagara!

Every sport association in your area with registration info and links to online registration directly from our site.

No more endless searching for sports teams, we’ve got them all!

Summer is coming…

We have started work on our March Break and Summer Camp Guides, downloadable pdf’s for you scour at your leisure with all the camps Niagara has to offer.

The Kids in Niagara March Break Guide will be available February 6th

The Kids in Niagara Summer Camp Guide will be available March 1st

We are working with our Community Partners to see What’s up for Summer!

Fun, Free, or low-cost ideas to do with your family during the summer vacation.

So all you have to do is click on Kids in Niagara.ca and easily find ‘What can we do today?’

What’s going on around here? | Kids in Niagara Office December 2016

Christmas has come and gone, and tonight we ring in the New Year. Most of us are wondering where this year has gone and how we can collectively slow down the hands of time, we are busy preparing for parties, pouring the Champagne, or mulling over the best New Years Resolutions we aim to keep. <— Ahem.
This month we slowed down, we stopped and spent valuable time with friends, family, and the hockey arena. We are a hockey family and spend countless hours at the rink, are blessed to play with some amazing kids, and even more awesome parents. The Holidays have been a time of joy and we hope that you experienced that too, between the shift work, single-parenting, stress, and the ever-growing financial burden of Christmas, we hope you had a moment to breathe, reconnect with what’s most important to you, and enjoy your holidays, however they may look.
What we’ve been up to in the office…
We made a few key changes to the site this month:
Each directory now has a heading so you can see what area the vendor is located. This will help you work out if it is close to you and whether or not it’s worth the travel time for your family.
We made some small changes to our large screen layout, it was a too big, so we condensed it a little so it’s doesn’t look like we are all blind. Take a peek at the 27” desktop version, it will be easier on the eyes now.
We launch our Vendor Spotlights in January where local vendors can give a spotlight to their business, products or promotions. You will see these spotlights on the home page, we hope they help you with your choices.
Just three small changes that took up most of the month, in January we will focus on rounding out the vendor lists and our blog content will grow daily from our guest contributors. We are always looking for vendors, experts, stay-home-Moms, work-at-home moms, new Moms, or Dads to join our community and write articles for our readers. If you are interested, and no you don’t have to be a gifted writer, we are always here to help, drop us an email, we’d love to hear from you!
Thank you for sticking with me, I dreamt that Kids in Niagara would be a much-needed resource in the Niagara community, and am just so tickled that you are here with us on this start-up journey. We hope you stay and watch Kids in Niagara grow in 2017.
Happy New Year!

What’s going on in the Kids in Niagara office this month…November 2016

This month we have been tinkering with the site to make sure it’s perfect for our Launch (tomorrow!), we will still be adding listings into the new year, as local vendors see all we have to offer.
We added a component we feel has such value to our weekly newsletter…The Weather Forecast! <—I know, right? Now when you look at our newsletter and are deciding on what to do this weekend you can see what the weather will be like, specific to the area you have chosen, and plan your weekend with ease.

Our contributors have been busy writing awesome content to fill our blog pages with articles you can use at every stage of parenting, and jeez, we just realized there are only 24 days until Christmas! Get your advent calendars ready, the quickest 24 days of your life are coming!

Our newsletters will be delivered on the following dates:
* December 2nd
* December 9th
* December 16th

Newsletters will resume January 6th

In our home, we are ready for Christmas. I mean it, totally ready. I follow an 8-week program to be ready, organized, and not overwhelmed. I can’t seem to do everything in a short time frame (I know some people thrive on that). I prefer to take my time, in bite sized chunks, purge, reorganize, sell items we don’t need, and get my shit together. I aim to have all the gifts bought before November 30th, where I proceed to hide them around the house and forget where they all are. The meat is ordered, the grocery lists are done, and the days to pick everything up noted on the calendar. December is so important to our family, we slow down, we connect, and we savour the holidays, and with two of our four children away at University, we need that time more than we know.

We will be around all month but maybe not totally on top of the inbox, or the messages, or the comments but we know as busy parents— you get that.

See you tomorrow, for Kids in Niagara.ca Launch Day!