We're doing early Christmas with my husband's family this weekend, so I'm in full-on Christmas dinner prep mode today. I thought I'd share the recipes that we're using this year; many are tried and true but there are a few new ones that I'm sneaking in.
As far as we're concerned, the only way to do a turkey is using my Aunt Jina's brine recipe. We did a different turkey last year (I think it was a recipe from Gordon Ramsay) and while it was good, it was a lot more work with no additional payoff, Read more [...]
Are my kids the only ones who like to throw a random "arrr" into their words when they pretend to sail the seven seas as pirates? I particularly enjoy "happy barrrrrrthday" and "Marrrrry Christmas"! I was a kid with a big imagination and it makes me so happy to watch my girls follow in my footsteps with their imaginative play, so a costume from Anytime Costumes is a perfect present for both of them!
After much deliberation, I decided to go with the Young Pirate Costume. This costume fits Read more [...]
The irony of writing a post about giving the gift of an experience instead of toys, when I've just spent over a month writing about all sort of (mostly toy) present ideas, isn't lost on me. While I am certainly not against giving or receiving toys, movies or books as presents, there is something so special about giving a gift that combines your time and a fun, shared experience and Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic! is the perfect idea for any child (or adult Disney fan) on your Read more [...]
At this time of year, I think most of us can be forgiven with being preoccupied with the holidays and all that goes with them, but the face remains that life is still happening as usual while we trim the tree, bake goodies and buy presents. A very dear friend of mine is due to have her third baby any day now and another good friend had her first baby on Halloween, which led me to wonder: what do you get a newborn for Christmas?
Odds are good that there has been a recent baby shower (for the Read more [...]
My family is loving the trend of special short features starring the characters of our favourite movies. I find it particularly nice because my 4.5 year old is very nervous about watching new movies and frequently decides that she doesn't like them before they even get started. Knowing the characters that she's going to watch, and hearing our usual refrain of "it's all ok in the end", helps her to give new movies a real shot, and usually leads to new favourites!
Both girls were very excited Read more [...]
Amid all the hustle and bustle of the holidays - and can you believe there is still almost a month until Christmas? How can that seem so far and yet so close at the same time? - we try to keep most of our routines in place. A big part of our bedtime routine is the all-important story and while we let the girls pick most nights, we try to have a nice variety of books in the house so that Mom and Dad don't get too tired of reading the same thing over and over. I was approached by Chungaboo to review Read more [...]
On Sunday morning, the girls were eager to get outside and play in our first dusting of snow.
(yes, they're playing 'hockey' with golf clubs) Then they woke up to this today:
Ashlyn was off to school despite the bus cancellations, delighted to be able to play with her friends outside in all of this wonderful snow at recess. Rowan made snow angels and played happily in the snow for over an hour while I shoveled.
Here's hoping they're still this excited about the snow in March! Read more [...]
There are going to be lots of games under our tree this year and I'm excited to share them with my daughters! While I love how they play with their toys, spending time as a family playing a game is a fun childhood memory of mine and I'm looking forward to creating similar memories for our girls. Educational Insights sent me a couple of fun things that will have the girls laughing, learning and exploring.
First up is Raccoon Rumpus™: A game of costumes, critters, matching, and memory! Read more [...]
We're weeks past Halloween and Rowan is still obsessed with her Wiggly Halloween DVD. When something gets her to sing and dance, how can I say no? At the same time, we have a new holiday to look forward to and I'm not really interested in singing Halloween songs anymore. NCircle Entertainment came to my rescue and sent us a "The Wiggles: Taking Off!" featuring the new Wiggles that Rowan loves. Now at least I can have a bit of variety and we can learn some new songs together. I was very surprised Read more [...]
Have you ever encouraged your child to watch a particular show because you thought that you would enjoy it? Back in 2011, we saw the commercials for Jake and the Never Land Pirates and he insisted that we PVR it for Ashlyn because it looked like something he would want to watch with her. Ashlyn took a little convincing to get behind the show but it's been a favourite in our home for a long time now and Rowan can't get enough of Jake, Izzy and Cubby. Disney released a new Jake movie, Jake and the Read more [...]