Sears Canada will help you #RockTheHalls this fall (#giveaway)

This is our second 'back to school' season and it brings back so many memories for me! One of my favourite 'back to school' rituals was picking out a new backpack (I'll never forget 4th grade, when I picked out a New Kids on the Block backpack in the fall and was over them by Christmas - but had to use the backpack all year) and a special outfit just for the first day of school. I haven't had much say in Ashlyn's daily wardrobe choices since she was about 2 so the only clothes that come into Read more [...]

How using a Strider helped my 5 year old ride her bike without training wheels

Way back in 2011, I did a Strider PREbike review. Just look at how young Ashlyn was! She was about 2.5 when she started using her Strider and while she really enjoyed it, she was never one of those kids who zoomed around at top speed on them. One of the many benefits that a lot of parents give when choosing a balance bike is that it helps the children to learn the hardest part of riding a regular bike. Did you think it was pedaling? Oh no, it's how to balance your weight properly on the bike! Read more [...]

Our Summer So Far

How is it August already? Before school ended in June, I was worried that we would be bored by August and I'd be out of ideas to entertain the three of us during the day, but that hasn't been the case at all! Here's a little glimpse at our summer so far. BBQ smores for dessert, climbing in our updated backyard, as much time as possible spent at beaches/cottages/outside, lots of biking (Ashlyn has learned to ride her two-wheeler without training wheels!) and even a movie - we're having a blast Read more [...]

VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch: so much more than just telling time

My husband and I have pretty extensive watch collections, so I wasn't surprised when Ashlyn started asking for one for herself. Coincidently, I was contacted by a rep for VTech Canada about their Kidizoom Smartwatch and when I saw that it comes in bright pink, I knew Ashlyn would love it and I jumped at the chance to review one! The features on the VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch are crazy! I remember when each of these features would require a separate device, not to mention a trust fund, and now Read more [...]

Can’t blog, watching Downton Abbey

My husband has been working some unusual hours this summer, so I needed to find something to watch while I'm on my own after the girls go to bed. I had heard of Downton, but I didn't start to watch until recently, after a very good friend insisted that I watch it. Well, I'm hooked! I just finished season 3 last night and I have a feeling season 4 will be done by next weekend. If you haven't watched it yet, I highly recommend it - but not if you have other things to get done because once you start, Read more [...]

Dino Dan: Tyrannosaurus Trek (#giveaway)

There are some topics that seem to be universally appealing to all children, and dinosaurs is one of them. I love it when a show can also teach my daughters something so I was happy to receive Dino Dan: Tyrannosaurus Trek just in time for our long drive to the cottage! “In this new Dino Dan release your child will learn about five different types of dinosaurs and more! Trek learns that he can see dinosaurs just like his older brother Dan!  His first dino experiment is to find out whether the Read more [...]

Our Ikea Hack: adding a storage shelf to SUNDVIK children’s table

I'm so lucky to have a handy husband! We bought the Ikea SUNDVIK children's table two years ago for Ashlyn's birthday and while it's still in great shape, it doesn't seem as big now as it once did. I remember when we could get 6 toddlers to sit around it for snack time and now my own two daughters can barely share it when it comes time to do crafts. I thought about buying a second table and sitting them back to back, but this one table fits perfectly into the space that we have for it, and buying Read more [...]

Octonauts: Calling all Sharks (#giveaway)

I have become quite a fan of having my daughters' favourites shows on DVD. I used to think it was silly, but when we travel it's nice to have a few shorter shows that we can put on at Grandma and Grandpa's or when we're visiting someone who doesn't have Treehouse or Disney Junior available. The Octonauts are a new favourite around here and my daughters were very happy to open a package from NCircle Entertainment that contained "Octonauts: Calling All Sharks"! "In this new Octonauts release your Read more [...]

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