Valentine’s Day crafts for kids

Follow Not Just Baby Brain's board Valentine's Day crafts for kids on Pinterest. Valentine's Day in on Sunday and we're up to our elbows in crafts around here! I was able to help out in my oldest daughter's grade 1 class  one afternoon last week and my task was to help the children create yarn hearts. It was messy, and sometimes a little frustrating to get the yarn to stay put when we were trying to create the heart shape, but the project was a hit over all and this is how my daughter's heart Read more [...]

#Girlsweekend at the Fairmont Le Château Montebello

As I mentioned last week, I had the opportunity to spend some quality time with two of my oldest friends, both named Amy (one is the fabulous Amy in 613, the other is a saint - ok, a high school teacher, but I believe that's basically the same thing) at the gorgeous Fairmont Le Château Montebello in Quebec over the weekend. As you can see in their picture above, the grounds are nothing short of stunning when you pull in! Our room was perfect for the three of us, with two double beds, a Read more [...]

Making friendship a priority with a girls weekend!

This picture was taken in the summer of 2014, when my oldest friends, Amy in 613 (though we usually just call her Amy), Amy and I had our first girls weekend. Actually, I suppose that's not entirely true. We've been friends since ninth grade (and they've been besties since they were 4!), and we shared an apartment in university, so we've had our fair share of adventures together, but that was the first time since I had my daughters that we had all gone away somewhere together. We chose the gorgeous Read more [...]

PBS Kids January releases (with “Reading Rainbow” giveaway)

PBS Kids has new DVDs to get kids thinking about some of our favourite things: sharing (ok, this may not be a child's favourite, but it is a very important lesson to learn and reinforce), exotic animals, and books of all kinds! "Caillou Learns to Share" - Caillou discovers that sharing his things with the people he loves always turns out better in the end. From teaching his classmate Clementine his special art technique, to taking turns at playing "conductor" with his friends and family, to Read more [...]

Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic! arrives in Ottawa in 2016 (giveaway)

Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic! is back in Ottawa next month! My family saw this show when it came to Ottawa in 2014 but we are anxious to see it again as it has been updated to include so many of our favourite characters. Who can you expect to see? The Mouse-ter of Ceremonies Mickey Mouse with his friends Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy; Disney Princesses including Cinderella, Rapunzel, Ariel, Snow White Tiana; Frozen's Anna, Elsa and Olaf ; plus friends from Toy Story, Finding Read more [...]

2016: The Year of Yoda

Last year, I decided to try using one word as a guiding principle for the year. I chose 'thoughtful' and while I wouldn't consider it a huge success, since I rather forgot about it in the last quarter of the year, it was a good way to focus my thoughts and I want to try it again for 2016. I spent a few days thinking about it, trying out different words and phrases to see what seemed to fit the way that I'd like to see this new year go. One phrase kept coming to mind, which will not surprise anyone Read more [...]

The Breville IQ Kettle takes your tea to the next level

The Breville IQ Kettle has been on my personal wishlist for the last few years. I drink a lot of tea - usually at least one cup a day - and I have always heard that using water heated to the right temperature is the key to a perfect cup. You should have seen the happy dance that I did when I heard that Breville was sending me their IQ Kettle to review...and seen the look on my husband's face when I told him and he showed me my Christmas present in the basement, a Breville IQ Kettle. Guess all those Read more [...]

Ideas for giving back this holiday season

At this busy time of year, it's so easy to get wrapped up in the hustle and bustle and packed schedules we all have. There are easy ways to give back and help everyone in the family remember that it's a season of giving, not just getting! We always try to support a toy drive, such as Toy Mountain or Toys for Tots in the USA. It's a great way to remind our daughters of how other children are not as fortunate as they are. Food banks are always in need of donations. Many grocery stores have Read more [...]

Stuff your Stockings with LUSH

What do you do when you realize that you need a last-minute teacher or hostess gift, or you have stockings that need stuffing? I recommend LUSH's Christmas line! I have already written about a few of my favourite holiday bath treats from LUSH but here are a few more recommendations in case you're realized that you're not quite done your shopping yet...or you're in need of a little rest and relaxation for yourself! On the left is the Golden Wonder bath bomb ($6.95), which has cognac, lime Read more [...]

Posterjack Acrylic Block Giveaway

Have you ever ordered something as a gift and then liked it so much you wanted to keep it for yourself? I'm facing that dilemma thanks to my friends at Posterjack! They suggested that I order an Acrylic Block as a gift this holiday season and it seemed like a perfect present for my mother-in-law. Now that it's in my house, I don't want to let it go! You upload your picture and choose whether you would like your Acrylic Block to be 5 x 7 inches (my choice) or 6 x 6 inches, and Posterjack prints Read more [...]

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