2012 archive

Norio Kids playhouse (giveaway)

 Ashlyn loves to play in her playhouse in the backyard, but like many families we just don’t have room to put one inside.  Norio Kids has a creative solution – a cardboard playhouse system! We received our Cocoro playhouse system just before Easter but I held off on opening it until after the holiday weekend.  With a total of 26 pieces, you can create any structure you like!  It comes with instructions for a basic playhouse, which is what we built.  The playhouse dimensions are 44” Read more […]

What’s for dessert: Rainbow velvet cake

When I came across this leprechaun trap cake on Pinterest I knew it was something I had to try!  Everything that I read online said that using a boxed white cake mix was the way to go but I had this crazy idea to use a red velvet cupcake recipe from an episode of Throwdown with Bobby Flay and it was a hit. I separated the batter into 6 bowls of decreasing amounts.  The largest bowl was dyed red using gel food colouring, the next orange, and so on.  Because of the cocoa powder in the recipe Read more […]

April is kids’ movie month at BLOCKBUSTER Express

BLOCKBUSTER Express has made April kids’ movie month!  One of my favourite ways to spend an afternoon is snuggled up on the couch with Ashlyn watching a movie and snacking on popcorn.  Those handy blue movie rental kiosks you see at grocery and convenience stores will be full of titles that your kids will love and at only $2 for the first night and $1 each additional night (and they come with the BLOCKBUSTER Express In-Stock Guarantee) it’s a great way to spend some quality time with your favourite Read more […]

Spring cleaning with Green Works®

  I’ve talked before about my tendency to do “winter cleaning” instead of spring cleaning and the weather lately really proved my point.  Ottawa had gorgeous, sunny, summer weather for a week and we were out every day for hours at various playgrounds and backyards, soaking up every moment we could.  Then winter came back and I had a good look around my house and realized I’d better get my act together!  When my package of Green Works® cleaners arrived I knew I had no more excuses. I Read more […]

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