Living in Ottawa, where we experience all four seasons and at times, two or three during a single day, you need to be prepared for whatever temperature Mother Nature throws at you. At least twice a year (early spring and late fall, usually), I complain about the fact that our front entryway is overrun with every coat and pair of footwear that we own because it might be warm or cold or wet or snowy and you just don't know what you need until you open the front door! Even in winter, it's not as Read more [...]
Every year, I make a photo book of all of our favourite pictures. Except that the truth is I haven't done 2015 yet, so I can't even think about starting 2016 yet. It's so overwhelming to think about how long it's going to take me to sort through each and every picture folder, finding the good ones that best represent our memories - because despite my good intentions, I haven't been staying on top of sorting them out either - and then figuring out which ones to put on each page and what embellishments Read more [...]
2016 was some kind of year! While there were so many tragic, disappointing and upsetting public events and deaths, personally it was actually quite a good year. My little family is thriving, we welcomed a new nephew (my brother's first child and the first boy cousin on either side of our families), I've taken up running and am quite likely in the best shape and health I've ever been, and I've completed my college diploma! Now comes the nerve-wracking part: job hunting. I've successfully joined two Read more [...]
I have been working with Personal-Planner.com for the last 3 years, and I'm so pleased to share all of the fun new options that they've added since my 2015 Personal-Planner.com review!
The first step is always to choose your size. I liked the square one that I used last year so much that I ordered it again! I found that there was plenty of room to write in each day, but it was still compact enough to fit easily into my purse, which is important because I take my planner everywhere. I don't Read more [...]
Sweet dreams really are the goal of almost every parent, aren't they? Cloud b offered a Sweet Dreamz on the Go soother as a giveaway on my Storytime Huxley review a few weeks ago and I loved the idea of having a portable sound machine that was also a toy, so I was very happy when they offered one for me to review.
Perfect for any little baby you'll be buying for this season (or for baby showers in the spring!) the Sweet Dreamz on the Go comes in both a Blue Bear and Grey Owl and has the following Read more [...]
I'll take any excuse to curl up with a book, but there is something extra inviting about snuggling in on the couch with a good book, a blanket, and maybe a kid or two (or a cat, in our house) when it's snowy and cold outside. These titles from Candlewick Press are all wrapped up and under our tree, just waiting to be opened and enjoyed!
We have been fans of "The Princess in Black" since we received the first book in 2014 and I know that both of my daughters will enjoy the latest adventure! Princess Read more [...]
Stocking stuffers can be both the most fun and hardest things to shop for! You want to find something small enough to fit in the stocking, hopefully not too expensive, but not junk or only candy. PLAYMOBIL® has so many fun options that would be perfect as a stocking stuffer or gift for almost any child in your life!
I'm pretty enamored of my new nephew, who is only going to be about 2.5 months old at Christmas. He's obviously too young to actually play with PLAYMOBIL but I could not resist the Read more [...]
Here's a question that can divide friends quickly: when both are available, do you read the book or see the movie first? We're generally book first, but I think we'll be making an exception for Disney's "The BFG". Surprisingly, I don't think that I read the Roald Dahl classic as a child - though it's possible that I did and I've just forgotten - and Disney's version is so visually stunning that I can't wait to share it with my family!
“The BFG” unites the talents of three of the world’s Read more [...]
When you think of the holiday season, you probably think of celebrations, family traditions, and food (just me?). If you have kids, you probably also think of germs, colds and how likely any member of your family is to bring home a new virus to share. Add in the suddenly cold temperatures, and I know that despite our best efforts to wash hands frequently, get enough sleep and take our vitamins, it's just the time of year for someone to have a runny or stuffed up nose!
One of the hardest things Read more [...]
Games and toys are always in demand at this time of year, but finding something that will still be used well into the spring is the real challenge! I have a few fun suggestions for different ages from my friends at BRIO and Wonder Forge.
I have a new nephew, so baby toys are back on my radar. The BRIO High Chair Baby Toy ticks off a lot of boxes for me, because first of all, it's pretty cute, but it also seems like a toy that will last and get a lot of play.
The suction cup at the bottom Read more [...]