Baby shower gifts from VTech

Spring seems to be the start of the shower season, doesn't it? It's a great time to celebrate new lives! You may notice more baby-related posts on my blog over the next few months, because I'm going to be an aunt again in the fall! Naturally, as an aunt I get to buy a lot more fun things, though I do have the benefit of still remembering what I found useful when my daughters were babies. VTech® is a brand that I have worked with in the past and their products have really held up in our house, Read more [...]

Give local for Mother’s Day with Givopoly (with #giveaway)

Mother's Day is just around the corner and finding just the right gift for Mom can be tricky, especially when you factor in the distance that many of us live from our moms. Givopoly was started in Ottawa to give people a way to support local businesses even if you can't physically shop there (or just run out of hours in the day to get to them). They have recently expanded into Toronto and Vancouver and they will be making deliveries on Mother's Day! You can see Givopoly's Mother's Day suggestions Read more [...]

Look great and protect your eyes with Real Shades (with #giveaway)

"Sunglasses are a necessity, not an accessory". Real Shades (who I have worked with in the past when they were called Real Kids Shades) knows how important it is for eyes to be protected from the damaging effects of UV radiation no matter what your age is. I am very fortunate that both of my daughters have embraced wearing sunglasses from a young age, but they are still young and can be hard on their belongings so we need sunglasses that offer actual protection from UV radiation (many do not!) Read more [...]

I only run because I’m being chased by zombies

It's been a month since I did my last update on my 'Year of Yoda' and in it, I mentioned that I was going to start a 'couch to 5 k' running program. I've always joked that the only reason you'd ever see me running was because I was being chased, so I bought the Zombies, Run! 5k Training app for $2.59 CDN to get me started. I also had to download a free music app because it's the only one that works with the Zombies, Run! program so that I could listen to my own music in between the story. If Read more [...]

BeadyMae handmade jewelry (with #giveaway)

BeadyMae is an Etsy store that sells handmade jewelry with a focus on special beads and pendants. It's also run by a wonderful woman named Jules, who I met on an online bridal forum about a decade ago and who has become a close friend since then. It's funny what can bring people together now, isn't it? Back to the jewelry though. Jules has always been very creative and recently decided to take her hobby of creating jewelry to the Etsy market. Her prices are very reasonable and she has a nice Read more [...]

NCircle Entertainment releases “Alisa Knows What to Do!” (giveaway)

NCircle Entertainment has released in some new DVDs that are out of this world! Allow me to introduce you to Alisa Knows What To Do: The Mystery Of The Last Truenox. Alisa Knows What to Do! Is based on the extremely popular Russian science-fiction novels about Alise Seleznyova, a young girl from the future, by the famous Russian author Kir Bulychiov. Alisa and her friends not only battle evil and injustice but they are also concerned with global problems like the natural balance and a clean Read more [...]

Join the fun at KIDSFEST Ottawa (#giveaway)

This in-between seasons time can be tough for parents and kids alike - we all need to get out of the house and find something fun to do, but the weather is not cooperating for that here in Ottawa and at the end of the winter, it can feel like you've already exhausted all of your old stand-bys. Lucky for us, next weekend (April 2 & 3) is KIDSFEST Ottawa! This is the 16th year of KIDSFEST Ottawa, which is running on Saturday, April 2, 2016 and Sunday, April 3, 2016, from 10:00 am – 4:00 Read more [...]

An update on my Year of Yoda

Seeing as how the first quarter of the year is almost over, I thought I'd do a little update on how my Year of Yoda is going. I have to say, this year I have really done my best to keep my mantra of “Do. Or do not. There is no try” in my mind while I go about my daily life. On the one hand, I am at least more honest with myself when I end up wasting too much time online when I should be doing something productive, and I'm more likely to give myself a pat on the back when I have an exceptionally Read more [...]

Add some new Ravensburger games to your Easter basket

My friends at Wonder Forge sent me a couple of new games that they thought would be extra fun for our family this Easter. Since it's March Break for us this week, I decided that the Easter Bunny has our baskets covered and we could enjoy the games a bit early! Ravensburger Buggaloop - Look out! There’s a HEXBUG® in the yard and it’s coming after you! Players roll the die and move their bugs across the yard, until the HEXBUG® emerges from the loop and tries to bump them off. If you’re Read more [...]

March Break Ideas to Keep the Whole Family Happy

If you live in Ontario and have children, odds are good that your kids have next week off for March Break! This is the first year that I've been taking daytime classes at Algonquin College, so it's also the first year that I'm having to make plans around my schedule (since postsecondary students get their Reading Week in February) instead of just filling up the week with fun activities for my daughters. Luckily, my husband has vacation time that he needs to take so we'll be off together for the Read more [...]

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