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 [...]

She shoots, she scores with Little Tikes Clearly Sports Hockey and #MGAToybox

Is there anything more Canadian feeling than watching your kids play hockey? This may come as a bit of a surprise, but my daughters actually enjoy watching hockey (the Olympics were a big hit and they had a lot of fun watching their uncle play in a rec game a few weeks ago). For May's installment of the #MGAToybox, MGA Entertainment sent me a Little Tikes Clearly Sports Hockey set. As soon as Rowan saw it, she told me with great excitement "now I can play hockey with Grandpa" and demanded Read more [...]

PlasmaCar uses kid, not battery, power for maximum fun (#giveaway)

I'm not big on having duplicates of toys in our house. Since my daughters are just under 2 years apart in age, they have a lot of the same interests and aren't that far apart in height or weight. Most of the time, they share...or more accurately, they fight a bit, whine and cry, and I make the decision about who's turn it is or if the item should be taken away until they're ready to share. I could tell that our PlasmaCar was going to be one of those coveted items this year. It's been two Read more [...]

The first long weekend of 2014!

If you're Canadian, odds are good that you enjoyed the Victoria Day long weekend that just passed! We were so lucky to have fantastic weather in Ottawa, especially since earlier in the week they had been calling for rain the whole time. Ashlyn was given a Rainbow Loom for her birthday a couple of weeks ago, so we spent some time working on bracelets together (translated: she picked the elastic colours and tried with success to hook a few of them together, but mostly she complained about how slow Read more [...]

Big cleaning power from the compact Shark Rocket

I could, and do, talk about my joy that winter has finally ended all the time. The one teeny, tiny annoying part is that the more time we spend outside, the more outside comes into my house. Mud, sand, dirt, grass - it's all tracked in and needs to be cleaned up. Our house doesn't have a proper utility closet on the main level and our full-sized vacuum is more effort to haul to the main level than it's worth for a small job, so I was doing my best with a broom until my new Shark Rocket arrived! What Read more [...]

Give Posterjack.ca for Mother’s Day

Mother's Day is on Sunday! I'm sure this isn't news to anyone but this year it has really snuck up on me and I'm afraid to say that I'm a little behind in arranging gifts for my own mother and mother-in-law, though I have taken the liberty of giving myself a little gift thanks to my friends at Posterjack.ca. Canada's photo-to-art experts have photo gifts to suit every mom and I'm sure she'll forgive you if it arrives a little after the official celebration, especially when she sees the wonderful Read more [...]

Beating Spring Fever with #MGAToybox and the Little Tikes Lean to Turn Scooter

I didn't realize until this year that "spring fever" is a real thing and that kids can feel it too. After the seemingly endless, freezing winter that we experienced this year, every child that I've come into contact with over the last couple of weeks has been losing their minds! The pent-up energy is palpable and I do not envy the teachers who have to deal with it all day, every day. For the April #MGAToybox, MGA Entertainment sent me a perfect way to help combat spring fever: the Little Tikes Read more [...]

Sofia the First: The Floating Palace

On April 8th, Sofia the First: The Floating Palace was released on DVD! I love when our favourite Disney Junior shows release DVDs because then we have something fun and familiar to put on during our long road trips. Featuring the full-length adventure The Floating Palace plus 3 additional episodes, there is plenty of princess fun for everyone. As a special bonus, our copy came with two fabric sea-themed bracelets which were a hit with both of my daughters! I encourage my daughters to watch Sofia Read more [...]

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