I have always tried to do seasonal activities and crafts with my daughters, but Remembrance Day was not something that we 'celebrated', per say. I explained the significance of the poppy to them and always make a point to buy one - and try not to lose it - each year, but I've never done any crafts or special activities leading up to it. Now that my daughters are in school and I'm a Sparks leader, I need to up my game and I found some crafts that focus on the poppy and the idea of peace that are perfect Read more [...]
Halloween is definitely in the top two holidays in our house. I prefer Christmas but my husband is all about Halloween, so it works out pretty well. The girls decided a month or two ago that they wanted to be "Odd Squad" agents after their favourite PBS Kids show, Odd Squad, so I found some navy blue blazers, bought them white collared t-shirts and navy blue pants (which they can wear to school anyways) and made clip on ties (cut some red fabric and used my glue gun to attach them to hair clips) Read more [...]
Only a couple of days left until it's (finally) Halloween! Since it falls on a Saturday this year, I'm going to need a lot of activities to keep my daughters occupied until it is finally time to go trick-or-treating. Thank goodness for Pinterest! Check out some of the easy kids crafts I've pinned below.
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A funny thing happened this fall: I discovered that despite my extensive planning and back-to-school shopping, I missed something very important for myself. A pair of 'inside shoes', to be exact. Something that I haven't thought of for myself in years! Between volunteering at my daughters school library, my youngest's junior kindergarten class, and being a Sparks leader, I'm spending a lot of time in schools where they really don't appreciate dirty or wet shoes, and wearing just socks isn't a great Read more [...]
On October 13th, Disney released two new movies on Blu-ray Combo Pack. I remember going to see "Aladdin" when it was released in theatres as a kid and it has been a favourite of mine ever since. I was thrilled to hear that "Aladdin: Diamond Edition" was on its way to our house!
Climb aboard for a magical carpet ride with nonstop laughs, action-packed adventure and Academy Award®–winning music that will make your heart soar(1992: Best Music, Original Song, “A Whole New World,” Original Read more [...]
There are 2 weeks left in October, which of course means I'm planning for the holidays. I am now accepting submissions for my annual Holiday Gift Guide! If you have a product that you think would be a good fit for the Not Just Baby Brain 2015 Holiday Gift Guide, please feel free to contact me via the form below or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. My family has a wide range of interests, from toys and games to books and movies!
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With Thanksgiving and Christmas just around the corner, we're gearing up for our second big travel season (summer being the first). PBS Kids has just released a new compilation called "20 FURRY TALES" that features over 4 hours of PBS favourites that will be a long-trip lifesaver!
I know that we can really get into a rut when it comes to kids programming. The girls will find a show or two that they really like, we'll set the PVR and that's the end of it. A compilation like this gives us guaranteed Read more [...]
The days are cooler, the nights are longer and the leaves on our maple tree are turning from green to red. It's definitely fall in Ottawa! The change in season is always a great time to change up your home decor, and Posterjack has come up with 3 photo-art decor tips to create a cozy space of your own.
Play with texture and colour - rich textures and saturated hues of deep colours help create a warm and luxurious space. Canvas Prints hold the colours of the season - eggplant, olive, navy Read more [...]
Halloween may not be my favourite holiday (that would be Christmas), but LUSH has given me few new reasons to enjoy it with their Limited Edition Halloween Collection! Available both in LUSH stores, and at LUSH online, they are sure to go fast. I was excited to open my package from LUSH (aside: mail never smells as good as it does when there is a package from LUSH!) to find Nightwing shower jelly in addition to the Lord of Misrule shower cream and bath bomb, because despite my many years of Read more [...]
One of our favourite fall family traditions is going apple picking! I had a Pioneer Woman's Perfect Pie Crust in my freezer, so apple pie seemed like the right thing to do. Since I only had one pie crust and didn't want to make another for a lattice crust, I used the crumble from my apple crisp recipe to top it, and then to take it over the edge I poured what was left of a jar of homemade salted caramel sauce over the crumble when it came out of the oven. This was heaven on a plate! Have Read more [...]