Welcome Lori dolls into your play room (#giveaway)

There's a new doll in the playroom, and she's sure to be a hit with your little girl! Lori dolls are sweet, 6-inch tall dolls who are 'smart, adventurous and trendy little girls' and like all the best dolls, they come with lots of options and accessories! My youngest daughter is turning 5 later this month and she just loves to play with fashion dolls and action figures.Lori dolls are unique because these dolls are meant to be close to the age of my own little girls, so they can imagine themselves Read more [...]

Disney’s “Zootopia” brings the furry and the funny to theatres everywhere

Every now and then, my school schedule and my blogging schedule conflict and I have a difficult decision to make. Just this week, I sent my husband and daughters to watch the latest movie from Walt Disney Animation Studios, "Zootopia". What is "Zootopia" all about? ZOOTOPIA  The modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighbourhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it’s a melting pot where animals from every environment live together—a Read more [...]

Disney has new releases featuring LEGO Star Wars and The Lion Guard

Since winter is apparently never-ending this year in Ottawa, it's nice to have some new movies to watch when it's not nice enough to play outside, and the latest releases from Walt Disney Studios Canada do not disappoint! LEGO STAR WARS: DROID TALES Available on DVD, March 1 The fun begins following the victory celebration in the Ewok village on Endor, at the end of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. R2-D2 and C-3PO have gathered to regale Luke, Leia, Han, Chewbacca and the other Rebels with Read more [...]

Disney on Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic! post-show review

We saw Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic! last night and both of my daughters gave it two thumbs up! It turned out to be a special night for members of Girl Guides of Canada, so it was fun to be around so many fellow members, and the Guide who did the opening did a great job. Here are answers to the most common questions I have been asked about the Ottawa performance: Parking is $11 onsite (and I believe the only option unless you take public transit). There are new security Read more [...]

Ottawa’s Snowmageddon, Instagram style

I finally joined Instagram a couple of weeks ago (you can find me using my notjstbabybrain handle) and I've been sharing some pictures of my experiences during Ottawa's 'snowmageddon'. We had a record 51cm of snow fall in about 12 hours yesterday and it caused quite a lot of chaos! This was yesterday: Winter wonderland #ottawa #snowday #snow #hateshoveling #doyouwanttobuildasnowman A photo posted by Stacey Arthur (@notjstbabybrain) on Feb 16, 2016 at 8:42am PST Shoveled Read more [...]

Valentine’s Day crafts for kids

Follow Not Just Baby Brain's board Valentine's Day crafts for kids on Pinterest. Valentine's Day in on Sunday and we're up to our elbows in crafts around here! I was able to help out in my oldest daughter's grade 1 class  one afternoon last week and my task was to help the children create yarn hearts. It was messy, and sometimes a little frustrating to get the yarn to stay put when we were trying to create the heart shape, but the project was a hit over all and this is how my daughter's heart Read more [...]

#Girlsweekend at the Fairmont Le Château Montebello

As I mentioned last week, I had the opportunity to spend some quality time with two of my oldest friends, both named Amy (one is the fabulous Amy in 613, the other is a saint - ok, a high school teacher, but I believe that's basically the same thing) at the gorgeous Fairmont Le Château Montebello in Quebec over the weekend. As you can see in their picture above, the grounds are nothing short of stunning when you pull in! Our room was perfect for the three of us, with two double beds, a Read more [...]

Making friendship a priority with a girls weekend!

This picture was taken in the summer of 2014, when my oldest friends, Amy in 613 (though we usually just call her Amy), Amy and I had our first girls weekend. Actually, I suppose that's not entirely true. We've been friends since ninth grade (and they've been besties since they were 4!), and we shared an apartment in university, so we've had our fair share of adventures together, but that was the first time since I had my daughters that we had all gone away somewhere together. We chose the gorgeous Read more [...]

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 [...]

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