After a very fun but busy 'early Christmas' weekend of hosting my husband's side of our family here in Ottawa, we were in need of some quiet time on Sunday afternoon. I was sent a copy of MARY POPPINS: 50th ANNIVERSARY EDITION from my friends at Walt Disney Studios Canada earlier in the week so I put in the DVD and hoped that the girls had the attention span for this 2+ hour movie. Turns out I had nothing to worry about; they were absolutely enchanted from the opening credits!
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We're doing early Christmas with my husband's family this weekend, so I'm in full-on Christmas dinner prep mode today. I thought I'd share the recipes that we're using this year; many are tried and true but there are a few new ones that I'm sneaking in.
As far as we're concerned, the only way to do a turkey is using my Aunt Jina's brine recipe. We did a different turkey last year (I think it was a recipe from Gordon Ramsay) and while it was good, it was a lot more work with no additional payoff, Read more [...]
Are my kids the only ones who like to throw a random "arrr" into their words when they pretend to sail the seven seas as pirates? I particularly enjoy "happy barrrrrrthday" and "Marrrrry Christmas"! I was a kid with a big imagination and it makes me so happy to watch my girls follow in my footsteps with their imaginative play, so a costume from Anytime Costumes is a perfect present for both of them!
After much deliberation, I decided to go with the Young Pirate Costume. This costume fits Read more [...]
The irony of writing a post about giving the gift of an experience instead of toys, when I've just spent over a month writing about all sort of (mostly toy) present ideas, isn't lost on me. While I am certainly not against giving or receiving toys, movies or books as presents, there is something so special about giving a gift that combines your time and a fun, shared experience and Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic! is the perfect idea for any child (or adult Disney fan) on your Read more [...]
At this time of year, I think most of us can be forgiven with being preoccupied with the holidays and all that goes with them, but the face remains that life is still happening as usual while we trim the tree, bake goodies and buy presents. A very dear friend of mine is due to have her third baby any day now and another good friend had her first baby on Halloween, which led me to wonder: what do you get a newborn for Christmas?
Odds are good that there has been a recent baby shower (for the Read more [...]