I love shopping for stocking stuffers! There is always a fun mix of practical, fun and edible items inside, and Santa wraps the stocking stuffers in our house to prolong the fun of opening them. One thing that I remember loving when I was little were the Wrigley's Holiday Fun Books, filled with Life Savers. These best-selling candy books have expanded to include Hubba Bubba and my daughters' favourite, Skittles. Not just candy, there are fun little games on the inside cover. As a bonus, each Read more [...]
Do you do a lot of travel over the holidays? This is the first year that we're doing all of our holiday travel in a car instead of a van, so it's the first year in a long time that we have actually had to consider the size of the gifts that we are giving to our families! Movies are a great gift to give and receive: they are easy to wrap, provide entertainment, and don't take up much space in your trunk or your house. Two that will be under our tree (and in our car) this year are new releases Read more [...]
Yesterday was the big day in Ottawa: three performances of Disney Live! Mickey's Music Festival! We arrived nice and early to the Canadian Tire Centre so we had lots of time to pick up our tickets, grab a little something to eat, and check out the souvenirs. We had told our daughters before we went that they could each pick out one souvenir, with parental approval, and Ashlyn honed in on a Jasmine doll immediately, while Rowan went for a Jessie doll.
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The countdown to the Ottawa performances of Disney Live! Mickey's Music Festival is on! As I mentioned in my earlier post, this show is coming to Ottawa on December 14 (that's next Sunday!) for 3 shows: 12:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.at the Canadian Tire Centre. Filled with more than 25 familiar friends like Mickey, Minnie, Ariel, the Toy Story gang and so many more, it's going to be fun for the whole family!
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Can you believe that there is less than one month left in 2014? This year has just flown by and the plans for next year are already in full swing. I worked with Personal-planner.com earlier this year and I love my planner so much that I had to get another for 2015!
There are four sizes available and I really debated between the A5 (5.8" x 8.1"), which I had for 2014, and the Square (5.8" x 5.6"). Ultimately, I stuck with the size that I know and ordered the A5 because I like having the Read more [...]
Here in Ottawa, December 22 is the first day of the Christmas break for the public schools, which means the beginning of the all-day "Is it Christmas yet? Is it Christmas yet?" line of questioning. Sounds like a great day to plan an outing to see "Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells" presented by Centrepointe Theatres in Ottawa. With two shows, at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., there should be a good time for any Junie B. fan to attend!
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When considering names for my daughters, having personalized items easily available didn't occur to me. After all, my name is apparently spelled in an unusual way (that darn "e" is almost always missed) so I never really had any personalized pencils or door hangers and I survived. The rise in nontraditional names has lead to a great new trend: personalized products that allow YOU to spell the child's name instead of trying to find the name on a per-printed product! Lostmy.name creates an entire Read more [...]
Every year we have family pictures taken by Elizabeth Fulton Photography, usually in the spring to coincide with our daughters birthdays, and I usually order a new canvas print to put over our fireplace. I also tend to print some of those pictures to give to our family members or display in the many photo walls we have around the house. Finding a great gift for my husband can be quite a challenge so I was happy to be reminded by Posterjack.ca that the perfect gift was already on my hard drive!
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This summer, I took my girls to the movie theatre as a special treat and we saw Disney's Planes: Fire & Rescue. There was action, adventure and lots of laughs and my youngest daughter in particular really fell in love with the characters. She's even picked a Dusty ornament for our Christmas tree this year! When my friends at Disney sent me a copy to review, while I was sure that Rowan would have loved to open it at Christmas, I knew I couldn't keep it until wraps for over a month. As soon Read more [...]
Since moving to Ottawa 4.5 years ago, I have been very fortunate to make some amazing friends who have become like family to me. From the time our oldest kids were about 15 months old until they started junior kindergarten last year, we would get together at least once a week and often much more frequently than that! While we still get together with the younger kids on a weekly basis, the four oldest kids go to three different schools since most of us are in different neighbourhoods so Ashlyn doesn't Read more [...]