Explore Centopia with “Mia and Me: Friends to the Rescue” (#giveaway)

It's an interesting time in our household when it comes to entertainment. My oldest is 6, and her younger sister thinks she's 6, so we're looking for shows that are appealing to school-aged kids while still being appropriate for a slightly younger audience. I was sent a copy of "Mia and Me: Friends to the Rescue" and it fits that bill perfectly! "Mia and Me" is a series that mixes live action with animation. In case you aren't familiar with the series, here is a little summary: Mia, a 12-year-old Read more [...]

Our trip to Toronto without kids

Last week, my husband and I did something almost unheard of for us: we were able to drop our daughters off with his mom and head to Toronto for a couple of days! We'd managed to get tickets to see the Foo Fighters for Wednesday night and with the Pan Am games craziness, we decided to take a GO train in and just walk or use public transit instead of driving. That turned out to be an excellent choice! We were headed to The Burger's Priest to grab dinner before the concert when I looked down University Read more [...]

Watch and learn with Wild Kratts and Caillou on PBS Kids

PBS Kids has been a trusted source of quality entertainment for decades, so I was excited when they asked me if I would like to review some of their latest releases! I was sent Wild Kratts: Super Sprinters and Caillou Helps Out. Here are the synopses: Wild Kratts: Super Sprinters Chris and Martin think that cheetahs can travel faster than any other creature or vehicle over the rough African savannah. Aviva takes this as a challenge, as does archenemy Zach Varmitech, and they both compete Read more [...]

Sometimes I don’t recognize myself, and that’s ok

"I don't even know who I am anymore!" It's a statement that I've been jokingly saying a lot lately and it really has me thinking. While I still certainly recognize the 'old' me, there are a lot of things that have changed about myself now, some that I wanted to happen and many that I never would have anticipated! When I was in seventh grade, I read "The Hobbit" and hated it. I had to read it again in grade nine and I still hated it. Read it for the third time in university for a children's Read more [...]

Display your summer memories with Posterjack.ca (#giveaway)

June is a busy month, full of events to celebrate and memories to make! Some kids are already done with school, or will be very soon. There are graduations a every level from nursery school through graduate degrees, Father's Day, the start of summer, family pictures - June covers a lot of beginnings and endings and everything in between! That's a lot of pictures to take and I know that in our family, if I don't get those memories printed and displayed immediately it is just not going to happen. Read more [...]

Feel all of your feelings with Disney•Pixar’s “Inside Out”

One of my favourite perks of blogging is being invited to movie screenings. The first time that my oldest daughter saw a preview for Disney•Pixar’s "Inside Out", she asked if we would be able to go and see it early. She got her wish on Wednesday night when our whole family attended the Ottawa screening. In case you need a recap, here's what to expect from "Inside Out": Do you ever look at someone and wonder what is going on inside their head? Disney•Pixar’s original new film “Inside Read more [...]

Conjure up some fun with “Strange Magic” now on DVD

I may not remember what I had for breakfast, but I can remember the words to pretty much any top 20 pop song over the last three decades or so. My daughters have definitely inherited my love of music, and when you add in fairies and other magical creatures, Strange Magic was a pretty easy sell! Strange Magic is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by “A Midsummer Night's Dream.” Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, Read more [...]

Minnie’s Pet Salon gets two paws up

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse has been a mainstay in our home for over 5 years now! It was one of the first shows that really caught Ashlyn's attention as a young toddler and Rowan has always known and loved it. They particularly love the Minnie-focused episodes, so we were very happy to receive Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Minnie’s Pet Salon in the mail, which is now available for purchase on DVD! Featuring over two hours of pet-themed episodes, including the longer feature "Minnie's Pet Salon", Read more [...]

The last weekend in May

Can you believe it's already June? This past weekend we had my oldest daughter's school fair on Saturday morning and the weather was hot and sunny. The girls got to play games, climb out of a trailer during a demonstration by a local fire department, and of course play at the play ground! I can't believe how strong they both are on the bars now. That afternoon it started pouring rain so I helped them get into their swimsuits to go out and play - until a giant boom of thunder convinced us all to go Read more [...]

Summer fun ideas for kids in Ottawa

Summer is almost here! We have about a month left until summer break starts and I'm trying to come up with a nice balance of activities to keep us busy and having fun without getting stuck in the same sort of routine that we have the rest of the year. My goal is to try and do one 'special' activity each week, with lots of down time, play dates and backyard fun thrown in. I thought about splitting my list into 'free' and 'pay' activities, but it made more sense to me to divide them based on things Read more [...]

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