Give the gift of fun mail with cards from Minted

I love getting mail. With texting and Facebook and email, getting something in the mail other than bills or junk is so exciting! I usually have our Christmas cards ordered by now, and occasionally even have them mailed, but this semester has really kicked my (usualy very organized) butt and I'm feeling behind. Thankfully, my friends at Minted sent me an email yesterday letting me know that my procrastination may actually benefit me! You see, I was given a head's up that while they have a great Read more [...]

PBS Kids Holiday DVDs Let You Learn While You Celebrate

The holiday season means that the characters your children love to watch on television will be releasing special Christmas-themed DVDs! PBS Kids has 4 great releases just in time for the holidays. These DVDs are perfect for buying in advance to watch in the car while travelling, bringing to Grandma's house in case she doesn't have an endless stream of children's programming available, or suggesting to Santa for a perfect stocking stuffer! “CAILLOU’S CHRISTMAS” includes 12 fun-filled Read more [...]

Meet the newest Maplelea Girl Charlsea (with a special Christmas giveaway)

It's been almost a year since our first Maplelea Girl doll joined our household. I have learned that there is no way to guarantee that my daughters will truly love a toy until it has been in our house long enough for the novelty to wear off, so I was a little concerned that Saila would be forgotten by spring. Thankfully, she and her dogs, Nukilik and Nanuq, have become treasured companions to Ashlyn so it came as no surprise to me when a new Maplelea Girl was added to Ashlyn's Christmas list. She Read more [...]

Disney•Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur” is in theatres now!

With all the hustle and bustle of this time of year, it's a nice treat to be able to spend a few hours of family time watching a movie at the theatre - and snacking on popcorn, of course!  Earlier this week, my family was able to attend an advanced screening of the latest Disney•Pixar movie, “The Good Dinosaur”, which is in theatres today (November 25)! Here's a brief synopsis: "The Good Dinosaur" asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet Read more [...]

Get your S.T.E.A.M. on with MGA Entertainment’s Project Mc2 (#giveaway)

Encouraging girls to take an interest in S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics)-based activities is a big thing right now. I find it kind of funny, because I was always good at math and science as a kid (lets not talk about statistics in university, ok?) and never reHmember anyone having the audacity to tell me that I shouldn't have excelled in those topics because I was a girl, but I also recognize that not all girls are that fortunate. I'm also a big fan of toys that Read more [...]

Rock around the block with Rockboard Original Scooter (#giveaway)

Winter is definitely on it's way, but for now our sidewalks are clear and we're trying to stay active outdoors as much as possible. The bikes have been put away in anticipation of the snow that we will surely see soon but we have a fun new toy to use: a Rockboard Original Scooter. The Rockboard Original Scooter comes fully assembled. All I had to do was take it out of the box, set the handles up (they fold down for storage) and adjust the handles to the correct height. If you are not familiar Read more [...]

Give Disney•Pixar’s “Inside Out” this holiday season

Ever since we saw the advance screening of Disney•Pixar’s "Inside Out", my daughters have been asking when they could have it to watch at home. That day has finally come, since "Inside Out" is now available on Digital HD & Blu-ray Combo Pack! "Do you ever look at someone and wonder what’s going on inside their head? Disney-Pixar’s “Inside Out” takes an exciting and hilarious journey into the mind to find the answer. Based in Headquarters, the control center of 11-year-old Riley’s Read more [...]

Slow down with bedtime stories from Candlewick Press (#giveaway)

Books are my go-to gift to buy and suggest. It's no secret that we're a family of bookworms and I was so happy when one of the first things that Ashlyn asked to put on her list to Santa was the new "The Princess in Black and the Perfect Princess Party" by Shannon and Dean Hale. We are busier than ever these days but a guaranteed bright spot for all of us is when we snuggle up and read a bedtime story or two at night. I am happy to partner with Candlewick Press again this year to bring you some great Read more [...]

Decorating Our Christmas Tree

Christmas is easily my favourite holiday, and I love all of the special decorations that go along with it. My daughters have followed in my footsteps so when they wanted to decorate this past weekend, we went for it! Let me be the first to admit that the tree decorating was not stress-free, but in the end I think we all had a (mostly) good time and we have two trees to enjoy from now until the end of December. Yes, I bought a small tree for our basement last year and the girls love it! It Read more [...]

The answer to “Can I have a pet for Christmas?” is the Tekno Newborn

What is it about being asked for present suggestions that always compels kids to ask for a new pet? We have one (incredible) cat and no plans to get any other pets but my daughters are always asking for a fish, or another cat, or a dog. I've found a way for Santa to bring them what they want without actually committing to another living creature:Tekno NewbornTM Robotic Pets! I was sent a Tekno NewbornTM Robotic Puppy and Tekno NewbornTM Robotic Kitty from RP Toys. These micro pet robots can sit, Read more [...]

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