Can’t blog, watching Downton Abbey

My husband has been working some unusual hours this summer, so I needed to find something to watch while I'm on my own after the girls go to bed. I had heard of Downton, but I didn't start to watch until recently, after a very good friend insisted that I watch it. Well, I'm hooked! I just finished season 3 last night and I have a feeling season 4 will be done by next weekend. If you haven't watched it yet, I highly recommend it - but not if you have other things to get done because once you start, Read more [...]

Dino Dan: Tyrannosaurus Trek (#giveaway)

There are some topics that seem to be universally appealing to all children, and dinosaurs is one of them. I love it when a show can also teach my daughters something so I was happy to receive Dino Dan: Tyrannosaurus Trek just in time for our long drive to the cottage! “In this new Dino Dan release your child will learn about five different types of dinosaurs and more! Trek learns that he can see dinosaurs just like his older brother Dan!  His first dino experiment is to find out whether the Read more [...]

Our Ikea Hack: adding a storage shelf to SUNDVIK children’s table

I'm so lucky to have a handy husband! We bought the Ikea SUNDVIK children's table two years ago for Ashlyn's birthday and while it's still in great shape, it doesn't seem as big now as it once did. I remember when we could get 6 toddlers to sit around it for snack time and now my own two daughters can barely share it when it comes time to do crafts. I thought about buying a second table and sitting them back to back, but this one table fits perfectly into the space that we have for it, and buying Read more [...]

Octonauts: Calling all Sharks (#giveaway)

I have become quite a fan of having my daughters' favourites shows on DVD. I used to think it was silly, but when we travel it's nice to have a few shorter shows that we can put on at Grandma and Grandpa's or when we're visiting someone who doesn't have Treehouse or Disney Junior available. The Octonauts are a new favourite around here and my daughters were very happy to open a package from NCircle Entertainment that contained "Octonauts: Calling All Sharks"! "In this new Octonauts release your Read more [...]

A Wonderful World of Animals Doodle Art Book (#giveaway)

Art, in all it's forms, is an obsession for my daughters these days. They would literally colour, cut, paste and glitter glue for hours if I let them; some days I do, some days they get kicked outside to enjoy some fresh air! All of this art has lead me to have strong opinions on what makes a colouring book a winner: it needs to have thick pages (so markers don't bleed through), large shapes that are easy for young artists to colour (too much detail is frustrating when you're using crayons) and Read more [...]

Sing and dance with “Hot Potatoes! The Best of the Wiggles” (#giveaway)

It was only a matter of time. Despite not being introduced to the Wiggles until last year, I've got two huge fans in my house now. NCircle Entertainment sent us "Hot Potatoes! The Best of the Wiggles" and while it's not quiet time, it is a guaranteed dance party! “Sing and dance with The Wiggles as they perform their most loved songs in Hot Potatoes! The Best of The Wiggles! The Wiggles have drawn millions of people over the years to see their live concerts, setting records for their sold Read more [...]

Banish “I’m Bored” with 101 Kids Activities Book (#giveaway link)

I've been a stay at home mom since my oldest was born over 5 years ago, so I'm no stranger to having to fill all of the waking hours of the day, but this is the first time that we're experiencing a true "summer vacation" mode of thinking. I wholeheartedly believe in making teaching my daughters to entertain themselves but I know that after spending 6 hours a day in class with almost 30 friends, I'm going to need to have some activities on hand for the days that the dreaded "I'm bored!" chorus Read more [...]

My Memories Suite is all the fun of scrapbooking with no mess (#giveaway)

I have a few personal goals I'd like to achieve this summer, in addition to the usual "be a super fun, more relaxed Mom and have the best summer ever" stuff. I'm trying to bike more with the girls in the bike trailer instead of driving to close play dates and errands, I want to continue learning to crochet and make some doll booties as a starting project, and I want to get on top of my digital pictures. I've been making annual photo books using the digital scrapbooking software from my last My Read more [...]

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