PBS Kids January releases (with “Reading Rainbow” giveaway)

PBS Kids has new DVDs to get kids thinking about some of our favourite things: sharing (ok, this may not be a child's favourite, but it is a very important lesson to learn and reinforce), exotic animals, and books of all kinds! "Caillou Learns to Share" - Caillou discovers that sharing his things with the people he loves always turns out better in the end. From teaching his classmate Clementine his special art technique, to taking turns at playing "conductor" with his friends and family, to Read more [...]

Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic! arrives in Ottawa in 2016 (giveaway)

Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic! is back in Ottawa next month! My family saw this show when it came to Ottawa in 2014 but we are anxious to see it again as it has been updated to include so many of our favourite characters. Who can you expect to see? The Mouse-ter of Ceremonies Mickey Mouse with his friends Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy; Disney Princesses including Cinderella, Rapunzel, Ariel, Snow White Tiana; Frozen's Anna, Elsa and Olaf ; plus friends from Toy Story, Finding Read more [...]

2016: The Year of Yoda

Last year, I decided to try using one word as a guiding principle for the year. I chose 'thoughtful' and while I wouldn't consider it a huge success, since I rather forgot about it in the last quarter of the year, it was a good way to focus my thoughts and I want to try it again for 2016. I spent a few days thinking about it, trying out different words and phrases to see what seemed to fit the way that I'd like to see this new year go. One phrase kept coming to mind, which will not surprise anyone Read more [...]

The Breville IQ Kettle takes your tea to the next level

The Breville IQ Kettle has been on my personal wishlist for the last few years. I drink a lot of tea - usually at least one cup a day - and I have always heard that using water heated to the right temperature is the key to a perfect cup. You should have seen the happy dance that I did when I heard that Breville was sending me their IQ Kettle to review...and seen the look on my husband's face when I told him and he showed me my Christmas present in the basement, a Breville IQ Kettle. Guess all those Read more [...]

Ideas for giving back this holiday season

At this busy time of year, it's so easy to get wrapped up in the hustle and bustle and packed schedules we all have. There are easy ways to give back and help everyone in the family remember that it's a season of giving, not just getting! We always try to support a toy drive, such as Toy Mountain or Toys for Tots in the USA. It's a great way to remind our daughters of how other children are not as fortunate as they are. Food banks are always in need of donations. Many grocery stores have Read more [...]

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