31 Aug

New Disney Movies, Means New Products – Giveaway

When a Disney movie is released, it also means, there’s new products to follow.  Toys, dolls, dresses, jewellery and even shoes.  While at the Disney In Home Blogger event in LA last week, we had the chance to see some of the new products you can expect to see in store when Tinker Bell and the Secret of the Wings is released as well as when Cinderella comes out in October.

So what can you expect? One of the cutest products in the Tinker Bell line is the mix and match hoodies.  You might think this just means you can wear and hoodie and match it with anything… but actually, the hoodie comes apart (down the middle, in two with a zipper) and can be shared 1/2 and 1/2 with a friend or a sister – how cute is that?

You can also expect to see the classics such as Tink and Periwinkle dolls …

And then there’s Cinderella, WOW…. Talk about feeling like a Princess – with a capital P.  Not only do they have fabulous dresses for young kids (I’m talking wedding fairy tale dresses), they also have jewellery for Mom!  Ladies, tell your hubbies.  The necklace, bracelets and earrings are based on the pumpkin carriage, if you look closely as the cluster of “diamonds” you can see the carriage with wheels.  How cute is that?

 

 

If you’re looking for something a little more sturdy for the youngsters, there are items like Cinderella Themed Water bottles, or you can get them dolled up too with their own Cinderella nail polish.

You will even see some new sparkly kids shoes with both these movies.  Pediped has a line of shoes tied to the Secret of the Wings movies that you can expect to see online shortly as well.

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**DISCLAIMER: THIS IS NOT A SPONSORED POST, I WAS NOT PAID TO WRITE THIS ARTICLE. I DID HOWEVER RECEIVE TRAVEL AND ACCOMMODATIONS TO GET TO DISNEYLAND AND IT WAS AWESOME!. THE VIEWS EXPRESSED IN THIS POST ARE THOSE OF MY WEE VIEW AND HAVE NOT BEEN INFLUENCED IN ANY OTHER WAY. PLEASE SEE THE FULLTERMS OF USE.

 

31 Aug

Lunchtime Helpers

When I was young I remember my next door neighbour always had the best sandwiches.  They weren’t lobster, chicken salad or anything (not that a child would eat lobster or chicken salad), but no matter what they were, ham and cheese, turkey, or just good old fashioned peanut butter and jam, they were always better than any sandwich my Mom could ever make.  What was so special about those sandwiches, they were made with love… ok, I know, my Mom had an abundance of love in her sandwiches too, but these little sandwiches were made specifically with kids in mind.

My neighbour had a drawer of mini cookie cutters, and she used them for our sandwiches.  We enjoyed our tiny sanswiches shaped as mini gingerbread boys and girls, there were never any sandwiches left over and many times, we’d be asking for more.  Impressive isn’t it?

I’ve kept this memory with me since that time, and was so excited to start doing the same with my daughter!   It turns out, my neighbour was really onto something 28 years ago, and it still works today.  Cutting the crusts off the edge of bread and triangles just aren’t going to cut in the 21st century.

To help with lunchtime, I recommend making meals fun for the little ones.  We have a multitude of sandwich cutters, dolphins, dinosaurs, bunnys, trees, porcupines, and even the classic gingerbread man.  The cutters can really be used for anything, toast, french toast, pancakes, if it’s relatively thin, and you’re able to cut it, go for it.  You’ll be surprised to see what they will eat when it’s in the shape of  a squirrel.

The mini cutters can be used for tiny sandwiches (like I used to enjoy), or other things such as fruit (cantelope, melon, mango) and cheeses, I’m sure you would even be able to cut veggies such as cucumbers.

If you’re having a hard time getting your child to eat anything (other than candy), serisously try the sandwich cutters.  You won’t be sorry.  And don’t forget, you can use them for lunches too!

**Disclosure: I am part of the Life Made Delicious Blogger program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

30 Aug

Disneyland & California Adventure

While growing up, I didn’t even know there was a Disneyland, being on the east coast of Canada, Disney World was all the buzz.  I have since learned that  Disneyland is actually the original, and Disney World only opened about 15 years later.  Goes to show when you’re a kid, you only know what your own little world is about.   I was actually an adult by the time I made it to Disney World myself, and now, have finally had the opportunity to experience the original, Disneyland.

My day at Disneyland was amazing.  I loved every minute of it.  I was first surprised to find out there is actually 2 parks, California Adventure (where the new Carsland is located) and then the Disneyland Park, which both happen to be right within walking distance.  I must admit, I loved the convenience of going from one park to another, I can really see the benefit of a Hopperpass between these 2 parks.  I was surprised as to the size of the castle at Disneyland, compared to Disney World, it was quite a bit smaller, but it didn’t affect my experience at all… this is just more of a side note.

To help us get the full experience of the park in as little time as possible, we had a guide with us, Emily.  She was just as sweet as any Disney character in the park!  We were able to jump on rides quickly without having to wait in line. I Highly recommend a tour guide! Look into it, you wont regret it, in 3 hours, we got on 8 rides.

Being pregnant, we went on some of the easier rides, Pirates of the Caribbean (which was actually created before the movies ever were)

Storybook land

Alice in Wonderland

the train, Buzz Lightyear

Racers, and Aviation – which was by far my favourite ride, I cried when it was done.  I’m emotional, I’m pregnant, and The Little Mermaid.

 

The newest rides at Disneyland are in Carsland.  This looks and feels just like the movie cars, we all know Disney takes pride in their attention to details and of course, they haven’t fallen short when it comes to Carsland (does Disney ever disappoint? I don’t think so).  We had a chance to get a fastpass onto the ride Racers.  This is like a ride through Route 66, with mountains but with Lightening McQueen and all his friends.

 

The ride starts off pretty mild, but don’t let it fool you, it picks up speed and you’re in a one on one race against another speedster right next to you.   Normally, I’d love the thrill of these kids of rides – I LOVE roller coasters, so a nice fast ride like this would be right up my aisle, but being pregnant, I wouldn’t really recommend it.  The height restriction is 40 inches tall, and I’m sure the little ones will be begging for a re-run, but Moms, if you’re expecting a baby, the quick dips and turns might just be a little too much for you.

 

Overall, my day at Disney California Adventures & Disneyland was fantastic. What I really loved about it, and will make me want to return with my family, is the hotels are right on site, no need for buses, you can actually walk right to the hotels and come and go as you please into the parks!  Can’t wait to return.

For all my East Coasters who have only thought of Disney World (just cause it’s so much closer), Disneyland is awesome too! I  LOVED it!

**DISCLAIMER: THIS IS NOT A SPONSORED POST, I WAS NOT PAID TO WRITE THIS ARTICLE. I did howEVER receive travel and accommodations to get to Disneyland and it was awesome!. THE VIEWS EXPRESSED IN THIS POST ARE THOSE OF MY WEE VIEW AND HAVE NOT BEEN INFLUENCED IN ANY OTHER WAY. PLEASE SEE THE FULLTERMS OF USE.

29 Aug

Sleep Miracle

Sleep has been a struggle since Princess I Don’t Want To Sleep was rolling around in my tummy.  It seemed that nothing worked, we had a routine, we had tub time, we read books, we talked and then everything went down the tubes.  Come to think about it… that was our routine!  She would then bounce off the walls for a good hour while she tried to settle herself to get to sleep.  Mom and Dad would try to stay as we could, but by the time an hour and a half went by, we were beat, so we’d leave the room and then things really started to get messy.

At one point, we were able to get Princess Fussy Sleeper to bed, and wait in our room while she tried to sleep, this could take hours as well… let’s just say as much as we wanted bedtime to come, we also dreaded it cause it was painful for everyone.

Then, a miracle happened.  We found the key to sleep.  While I was more than pleased to have discovered this miracle, I was also kicking myself because this miracle had been in our home for a few years.  The miracle is Scout!  For those of you who don’t know Scout, it’s a little dog that plays music.

One of the options is 10 minutes of bedtime music.  I can now push Scouts paw, let the music play and Princess Dreamland is out before the relaxing music turns off automatically (Less then 10 minutes, no joke).  Once in a while, I will have to put the music on twice, but it’s very rare.

There is one slight downside to this, the soothing sounds also seems to put hubster and I to sleep.  So, although we may still be spending up to an hour or more in bed with Princess Sleepy, at least it’s relaxing and not frustrating for all of us as it once was.

I will be starting this type of routine with Baby as soon as they are born.  Although I know no two kids are alike, I’ve learned from my own experience that this works, and I’m hoping it works for Baby Number 2 as well.

What are you sleep tips?  Do you have problems getting your little one to bed?

**DISCLOSURE: This is NOT a sponsored post.  Although I did receive this for review, it was years ago, and I was not asked to write this post.  I guess any music will do, but this is what happens to work for us, and it works well!  I thought I’d share it with you in case you are having troubles getting your kids to sleep!  THE OPINIONS ON THIS BLOG ARE MY OWN.

29 Aug

Take Some “ME” Time!

Hey Moms and Dad’s it’s almost that time, school starts, lunches need to be packed, sports and extra curricular activities take up more time then you even thought you had.  How was your summer?  Did you spend it how you wanted? Did you get those trips in you were hoping for or did you spend it slaving in the house picking up after the all the friends, kids and family you had stopping by the house to visit during the summer months?  This is probably my favrouite part of summer.  Lots of friends, lots of get together’s and lots of food!

A lot of the get together’s happen in my home, and I love it!  It also usually means doing “a bit” of cleaning or last minute scrambling to get the house just right.  Since we just moved in, it’s the first time many people have seen our new home, so I want it to be just so.  (Alright, so my cousin’s wife and son came over Monday night and I really had not done much to the place to have it spick and span, I was exhausted… I can thank Baby for that one).  So, yes even I let things slip sometimes…

There’s no way I can spend my entire day cleaning – forget it! Especially now being pregnant, I am nearly useless around the house.  I’m always exhausted, and I have a 4 year old to chase after.  I feel like I’m frequently running on empty!  But as of late, I have been rewarding myself with some Mom time, cause you know what… I deserve it (and so do you). Usually, I try to sneak in a bit of me time while I use the bathroom, those 2 minutes (if I can get it), with the door closed are heavenly… and if I’m really lucky, I can sneak in a tub.  I will turn on some music so I can’t hear anyone calling my name on the other side of the door! However, as of late, I’ve had some amazing opportunities to do a bit of travel to some fabulous places, Mayan Riviera, and LA for Disney.  This is the time I take to really reward myself.  In the fall and winter however, when things really pick up with activities, I be back to 2 minute bathroom breaks.

(I didn’t think a picture of my bathroom would be as rewarding as this view of the beach)

How do you reward yourself?  Do you take any “ME” time?

**Disclosure: I am part of the Lysol® Healthy Families Ambassador Program by Mom Central. I received compensation as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

28 Aug

Heart Smart Families #TimeToStart

My family is a very busy family of three, soon to be four.  Nearly every day after work and then after supper Princess Active is outside on her bike, at the park, riding her scooter or just running around having fun being a young girl.  This also means Mom and Dad are out and about chasing after a busy 4 year old.  While it may be absolutely exhausting, we should be extremely thankful we have a reason to get outside and be active.

My husband and I are also fairly active on our own, before I got pregnant I had signed up for a 1/2 marathon and was running 5 kms – I never thought running would be part of my routine, but I loved the feeling (once I was done).  My husband is also a runner… I don’t even want to talk about how fast and far he can go, if anything, I’m pretty proud of him, but perhaps a bit jealous as to how “easy” it is for him.   We’re a busy young family on the go, that’s about to get even more busy with the addition of a new baby!

We also try to eat pretty healthy.  We always have lots of fruit in the house for snacking on or to put in lunches, actually right now we have:

  • apples
  • oranges
  • grapes
  • kiwi
  • pineapple
  • cantaloupe
  • blueberries
  • raspberries
No joke, all these things are on the fridge or on the counter ready to be eaten, and by the end of the week, they will be gone, but… we could learn to be a little more regimented with our eating habits, we also have a tendency to snack on unhealthy things too (chocolate, but it’s dark chocolate I promise) and also pick up quick lunches which can mean lots of calories.  Yikes! I’m sure many of you can relate.
A new program with the Heart and Stroke Foundation called Heart Smart Families is specifically designed for families like mine and yours.  We’re busy with young kids, on the go, and don’t really have a lot of time to think when it comes to meals and family activities – sometimes it’s just easier if someone else gives us ideas and we can “run” with it.
There will be a monthly Heart Smart Families newsletter that will include ideas for you and your family to help you maintain, modify or create healthy lifestyles.  It’s a simple and easy way to make positive changes in your lives.  I’m sure we can all find at least small ways that will enhance our lives.

My grandmother passed away before I even had a chance to meet her.  She was 56.  I don’t want to follow in her footsteps, I want to be healthy and be able to meet all my grandkids and hopefully my great grandkids, I hope you want the same for yourself and your family! The time to start is now.

** DISCLAIMER: THIS IS A SPONSORED POST, but I’m sure you are going to find the newsletter very useful, and should subscribe! ALL VIEWS ARE OF COURSE MY OWN.

28 Aug

Wordless Wednesday: Sisters (w.Linky)

I always wanted a sister… I do have a brother which I love dearly, we are however 7 years apart so are more like only children then actually siblings that played together or …. fought!

When I watched The Secret of Wings in LA last week for the #DisneyInHomeBloggers event, it made me want a sister even more… anyone else looking for a sister?

If you have a Wordless Wednesday, please make a comment below and link ‘er up