April 2016 archive

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 […]