One of the most fun things about having this blog is when the mail arrives and there's clearly a special package. You'd think that I would know what was coming, but with the delays that can happen in the mail - especially for things coming into Canada from the United States - there are still surprises, even for me. When this large, shiny, red box with the fancy bow arrived at our house, we were all excited to open it and see what was inside!
It was a Rise of the Guardians viewing kit! Finding Read more [...]
I don't think I'm supposed to admit this, but I let my children watch a movie almost every afternoon. I know that the current trend is to allow to no screen time (or at least television screen time) but when both of my girls decided to stop napping around 2.5 years old, I instituted movie time in the afternoon as a way to get them to rest and quite frankly, to give me time to get things done, like school work and blogging. My favourite time on the weekends is when we have family movie time and Read more [...]
Playing a game is a great way to teach your child patience, taking turns, cooperation, strategy, and how to win or lose graciously. The best part is that all of these lessons are learned while having fun! Wonder Forge has games the whole family will enjoy playing together, which is perfect for those long winter weekends when you don't want to leave your nice, warm house.
Sofia the First Magical Tea Time Game – It’s time for tea with Princess Sofia. As the magical teapot blows on your Read more [...]
Sometimes I forget how lucky I am to have two little girls with consistent interests. Once they find something that they like (dolls, dress up, Star Wars), it seems to stick for a very long time. Case in point: Lalaloopsy! For over 2 years now, the love for Lalaloopsy has been going strong in our house. If anything, they've become more popular as little sister has gotten big enough to play with them to. I know that my girls are going to be excited to open a new Lalaloopsy Workshop from our Read more [...]
It seems to be a less common practice every year, but I always send out Christmas cards and I look forward to the holiday season because I know that at least some of our friends and family will also be sending cards. Any card is appreciated, but I particularly look forward to the homemade or photo cards to see how each family is changing and growing as the years go by. This year I was given the opportunity to create double sided 5x7 holiday greeting cards from MailPix, which are the best Read more [...]
I loved playing with dolls when I was a little girl, so it makes me so happy to see my own daughters playing with my dolls. It's so sweet to watch them take care of their 'babies' and while I'm happy to share my childhood toys, it's also lots of fun to see what new dolls are on the market. My friends at MGA Entertainment sent a lovely Mooshka doll that I know Rowan will love to find under the tree this year. Who are the Mooshka dolls?
Mooshka dolls were once paper dolls, until one day they Read more [...]
Winter is coming - or is already here, depending on where you're living. Things are certainly a lot colder in Ottawa and we even had our first snowfall this weekend, though thankfully it's gone for now. Cold nights mean that warm baths before bed are even more fun for my girls and there's no better way to make bath time fun than with some goodies from LUSH! Their holiday line is full of old favourites and new treats. Here's what we were sent:
Gold FUN is a new, limited-edition version of Read more [...]
I am a huge proponent of learning through play. I love watching my daughters work out problems, try out different techniques and explore their worlds while they play. This year, for the first time, our tree will have a lot of games underneath it! Rowan is a touch young for many games at 2.5 but she never wants to be left out, so I was very happy that my friends at TCG Toys introduced me to the Fisher-Price line of games that are aimed at toddlers and preschoolers.
First, a little about the Read more [...]
I know that letting kids play with dough can be divisive: some moms love the quiet that it can afford, others can't handle the mess that usually occurs! The fun that is had playing with dough usually negates the mess for me and I was happy to receive a new kind of 'action compound' by Skwooshi to try out!
What makes Skwooshi different? The main claim to fame is that it won't dry out and I can agree that a few weeks into playing with it, this seems to be true. I found a piece on a rolling Read more [...]
Books are definitely one of my favourite presents to give, receive and suggest for my daughters. It's always fun to add to our library and as the girls get older, we can branch out from stories to facts and information-based books. I was sent a package of books from National Geographic Kids (click the link for more information): Ultimate Weird but True 2, That's Creepy! and Are You Normal? 2. These books are aimed at kids 8-12 years old, but my 4.5 year old is enjoying flipping through the Read more [...]