Safe sleeping tips from HALO and a #giveaway

This week is both my oldest daughter's birthday and Mother's Day. This means that I will have been a mom for 6 years! You'd think that would make me a bit of an expert by now but alas, I'm still figuring it out as I go. One funny thing that I've recently realized is how quickly my infant knowledge has become dated. When I take my 4 year old to gymnastics, I watch her with a couple of grandmothers who bring their granddaughters to the same class. They talk about what they used to do when their own Read more [...]

Refresh Your Decor and Imagination for Spring with Posterjack (#giveaway)

There's more to spring cleaning than just the surfaces of your house! Last week Posterjack sent me 6 ways to spring clean your photo collection and freshen up your decor with photo art and I wanted to share them with you: 1. Embrace spring photography – get outside and explore the world of macro/micro photography to capture bugs and buds in bloom. Embrace nature photography and witness wildlife waking from their hibernation. 2. Keep the kids creative and engaged during April showers Read more [...]

Keeping Busy, Finding Balance

I'm almost glad for the rain today, because I can work at my computer and not feel bad that we're inside instead of enjoying the spring weather! Like many of my fellow moms, I have a hard time figuring out how to balance all of 'my' stuff (blogging, college courses, exercise, hobbies), 'kid' stuff (dance and swimming lessons, storytime and school, play dates and outdoor time), 'family' stuff (special activities and outings, time together reading/playing/watching a movie), 'couple' stuff (spending Read more [...]

Marvel Universe Live! Ottawa ticket #giveaway and discount code

Marvel Universe Live! is coming to the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa at the Canadian Tire Centre from July 31 to August 2, 2015. With 6 performances, including one in French, there should be a time that works for almost anyone who wants to attend! Show Times Schedule Date  Morning  Afternoon  Late Afternoon Evening Friday, July 31 7:00 PM Saturday, August 1 11:00 AM  3:00 PM 7:00 PM Sunday, August 2 11:00 AM 3:00 PM French Performance Our Read more [...]

Spring into warmer weather with Kidorable

As a long-time Kidorable fan, I'm used to being asked "Where did you get that adorable {rain coat/rain boots/towel}?" when we're out and about. I feel good about recommending Kidorable to friends and strangers because I know that their products will stand up to whatever kids throw at them! We have had enough sun and above-freezing days that I am starting to believe that spring is in fact going to make it to Ottawa soon, and my oldest daughter cannot wait to wear her new Mermaid rain coat to Read more [...]

What I learned from #AltonBrownLive in Ottawa

A few important things I learned from the Alton Brown Live show in Ottawa last night: Trout ice cream should not be a thing, but carbonated chocolate ice cream sounds like heaven! Beware of airport shrimp cocktail. Don't forget the salt (which came in handy as I was making sourdough bread today and did, in fact, almost forget to add the salt) How to properly toss pizza dough! I had no idea it was all done with the back of your hands and now I can't wait to try it when we make pizza this Read more [...]

Easter activities in Ottawa

This is the first Easter since we've lived in Ottawa that we're staying home and not hosting any visitors, so I've been looking for fun ways to spend our time together as a family. Here is my list of what kid-friendly activities are happening April 3 through 6, 2015: The Canada Agriculture and Food Museum (aka "The Farm") has lots going on! Easter egg hunts for the under 6 crowd, "Signs of Spring" hunt for the older kids, food demonstrations, and of course all of the animals! These activities Read more [...]

The Harlem Globetrotters are bringing their show to Ottawa (#giveaway)

The Harlem Globetrotters are bringing their 2015 Washington Generals’ Revenge Tour to the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa on Sunday, April 12, 2015 and it's sure to be a good time for the whole family! It has been five years since the Globetrotters and Generals have faced off, as the Generals have been searching far and wide for the best players to retool their roster and have been preparing for one thing, a victory over the Globetrotters. Perfect for all ages, this one-of-a-kind show Read more [...]

Marvel Universe Live! is coming to Canada in Summer 2015!

If you have attended a Disney Live! or Disney On Ice recently, you may have already heard the exciting news. Marvel Universe Live! is coming to Canada this summer! The Canadian tour will be stopping in 8 major cities from June through August, including here in Ottawa at the Canadian Tire Centre from July 31 to August 2. What can you expect from this show? Lots and lots of action, of course!  "Marvel fans, assemble! Marvel Universe LIVE! is taking the live entertainment experience to a whole Read more [...]

How to throw an easy and inexpensive princess and tea party birthday

My sweet baby girl is turning FOUR this weekend! Since Rowan's birthday party had to be cancelled last year we decided to make this year's party all about her and her closest little friends, instead of having a larger gathering that included her friends' older and younger siblings. I thought about what Rowan loves to do with her friends: play dress-up, play with her dolls, and do crafts. From that it was an easy leap to a 'princess' (or fancy) tea party that included dolls! We asked the guest to Read more [...]

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