A Wonderful World of Animals Doodle Art Book (#giveaway)

Art, in all it's forms, is an obsession for my daughters these days. They would literally colour, cut, paste and glitter glue for hours if I let them; some days I do, some days they get kicked outside to enjoy some fresh air! All of this art has lead me to have strong opinions on what makes a colouring book a winner: it needs to have thick pages (so markers don't bleed through), large shapes that are easy for young artists to colour (too much detail is frustrating when you're using crayons) and Read more [...]

Sing and dance with “Hot Potatoes! The Best of the Wiggles” (#giveaway)

It was only a matter of time. Despite not being introduced to the Wiggles until last year, I've got two huge fans in my house now. NCircle Entertainment sent us "Hot Potatoes! The Best of the Wiggles" and while it's not quiet time, it is a guaranteed dance party! “Sing and dance with The Wiggles as they perform their most loved songs in Hot Potatoes! The Best of The Wiggles! The Wiggles have drawn millions of people over the years to see their live concerts, setting records for their sold Read more [...]

Banish “I’m Bored” with 101 Kids Activities Book (#giveaway link)

I've been a stay at home mom since my oldest was born over 5 years ago, so I'm no stranger to having to fill all of the waking hours of the day, but this is the first time that we're experiencing a true "summer vacation" mode of thinking. I wholeheartedly believe in making teaching my daughters to entertain themselves but I know that after spending 6 hours a day in class with almost 30 friends, I'm going to need to have some activities on hand for the days that the dreaded "I'm bored!" chorus Read more [...]

My Memories Suite is all the fun of scrapbooking with no mess (#giveaway)

I have a few personal goals I'd like to achieve this summer, in addition to the usual "be a super fun, more relaxed Mom and have the best summer ever" stuff. I'm trying to bike more with the girls in the bike trailer instead of driving to close play dates and errands, I want to continue learning to crochet and make some doll booties as a starting project, and I want to get on top of my digital pictures. I've been making annual photo books using the digital scrapbooking software from my last My Read more [...]

Mooshka Fairytale girls and the big #MGAToyBox #giveaway

For the last installment of the MGA Toy Box program, MGA Entertainment has sent a Mooshka™ Fairytale girl!  They come in two versions, the large plush Fairytale girls and small, faux wood mini dolls. Ashlyn noticed the minis as soon as they arrived in stores a few months ago and recently used some birthday money to purchase a couple who have become very treasured friends, so while any Fairytale girl would have been welcomed with open arms, both of my daughters were thrilled to receive a Read more [...]

Kids ride in style with SmarTrike (#giveaway)

Have you heard of SmarTrike? Even if you think you haven't, I bet you've seen one around the neighbourhood! SmarTrike is a fantastic combination of stroller and tricycle that allows babies as young as 10 months old to toddlers up to the ripe old age of 3 to ride - and play - in style and comfort. Their latest model, the SmarTrike® 4-in-1 Touch Steering Chic Tricycle, is out and causing a stir at the parks and splash pads. So what sets the 4-in-1 Touch Steering Chic SmarTrike apart from Read more [...]

The backyard makeover is complete

As I mentioned in my backyard overhaul post, what started as just changing up the kids backyard toys has evolved into a complete backyard makeover! We finally chose and purchased our patio furniture so I think it's safe to say that the backyard is done...except for the barbecue, but that will have to wait until next year. Here it is, in as close to a panoramic shot as I could manage! In case you're wondering where things are from: the basketball net is Little Tikes and was a curbside Read more [...]

How one little change led to a backyard overhaul

Over the winter, my husband and I discussed what we wanted to do with our backyard this year. I knew that I wanted to update the house and play area with toys that were meant for kids, not toddlers, and I convinced him that it would be fairly inexpensive because we could sell the old toys and use that money towards the new stuff. No big deal, right? Turns out, updating the backyard is just like updating a room inside: you think that it will just be a coat of paint and it turns into a huge  project! After Read more [...]

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