It always makes me happy when a toy that we love, that is also teaching my children something, is so successful that there are different versions available. Ashlyn was given GoldieBlox and the Spinning Machine last year and while it took her a little while to really figure out how to use it, it has been getting a lot of play over the last couple of months, so I can't wait to surprise her with the new GoldieBlox and the Movie Machine!
Goldie and her friends need to save the Bloxtown Read more [...]
Lalaloopsy™ dolls, those fantastic former rag dolls who magically came to life one day, have been a mainstay in our house for years, so it's always exciting when they release a new doll! This holiday season, you can give a special child in your life a chance to be creative with their very own Lalaloopsy™ Color Me doll.
Chalkboard (black) and Whiteboard (white) are hard plastic dolls that come with special markers that you can use to colour directly on them, or on the included stamps Read more [...]
It still amazes me how much technology that my children have access to on a daily basis! I certainly don't want them to be behind their peers, and we're clearly not against screen time, but I have no interest in handing over my laptop or our tablet to young children who are still known to have sticky hands or a tendency to jump up off the couch, completely forgetting about what might be in their lap. My friends at VTech Canada are playing Santa by sending their InnoTab MAX in pink for my daughters Read more [...]
I wanted to remind you all that my 2014 Holiday Gift Guide starts on Monday! I have some really great giveaways coming up that I can't wait to share with all of you. I do want to warn you that posts will not be every day, and may be posted at strange times; I am taking 2 college courses this semester and I have at least 4 assignments that will be due in November plus finals in early December. I'm so glad that I have so many fun posts to blog about and I hope that you get some great ideas for the Read more [...]
This is the first year that I've made my daughters' Halloween costumes. While teaching myself how to crochet this summer, I came across a pattern for an R2D2 hat and it took no convincing at all to get my girls on board with a Star Wars theme! I also crocheted the belt for Princess Leia and her dress is made from an XL shirt I found on clearance at Joe Fresh; R2D2 is an XL Joe Fresh tank, also on clearance. I'm pretty proud of how the costumes turned out and I think my daughters love them too!
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Finding shoes that my 5 year old and I agree on can be a challenge. She tends towards glitter and characters and soles that light up when she walks, and I prefer something that she isn't going to destroy in 2 weeks - seriously, is she crawling through gravel all day at school? - and a price point that isn't going to bankrupt me. Non-marking soles that aren't slippery are mandatory, and they have to be easy enough for her to get on and off a number of times a day by herself. That's quite the list Read more [...]
I'm a fair-weather outdoor parent. In the spring and summer, sure, let's go to the park or hang out in the backyard! In the fall and winter, not so much. That means that I need to have a whole new set of tricks up my sleeve and thanks to National Geographic Kids Try This! and National Geographic Kids Cookbook, I think I do!
We have a good collection of National Geographic Kids books and they are always fun for my daughters to look at by themselves and fun to read. The photographs are full Read more [...]
Last spring, I decided that I was going to learn to crochet. Not because I was feeling like I didn't have enough to do already, but because I wanted to have a hobby that was 1) easily portable, 2) not on the computer, and 3) productive. A friend lent me "Stich 'N Bitch Crochet: The Happy Hooker" by Debbie Stoller and I watched some YouTube videos and slowly figured it out. Here's what I've made over the last few months!
This doll boots pattern was my first attempt. The ones on the top were Read more [...]
I still can't believe that school has been back in session for over a month now! Even though there is no assigned homework yet ( and believe me, we are enjoying that while it lasts!), I know that it's important to keep the learning going during non-school hours too. We all need some down time, but if I can have my girls watch a show that is also teaching them something then I think that's a big win!
To celebrate 'back to school' and loving learning, NCircle Entertainment is offering a prize Read more [...]
No Disney Princess movie collection would be complete without the original movies that started it all, and now Disney fans can own "Sleeping Beauty: Diamond Edition" on Blu-rayTM Combo Pack!
"“Sleeping Beauty” tells the wondrous tale of a princess cursed by an evil fairy, protected by three loving fairies and, ultimately, saved by “true love’s kiss.” “Sleeping Beauty” is the sixteenth animated feature in the Disney animated features canon and was the last animated feature produced Read more [...]