26 Feb

OVER Heated

We’re in the thick of winter in Canada.  Every year around this time, my family and I trade the snow for sand and sun.  This week, we are OVER Heated in sunny Florida and we’re switching our skates to swim suits to cool off!

Here we are enjoying the pool after a hot day in the 30’s.  This is one of my favourite way to make family memories – VACATION!

 Over Heated

The OVER Joyed campaign with Fisher Price starts March 5th, and for the next 8 weeks you can win a

  1. My Little Snugabunny™ Bouncer ($89.99 CAD)
  2. Laugh & Learn™ Dance & Play Puppy ($59.99 CAD)
  3. Ocean Wonders™ Aquarium ($54.99 CAD)

If you have a Wordless Wednesday, please make a comment and link it up below and keep your eyes peeled for the OVER Joyed campaign.


DISCLOSURE:  I AM A FISHER-PRICE MOM AND I RECEIVE SPECIAL PERKS AS PART OF MY AFFILIATION WITH THIS GROUP. THE OPINIONS ON THIS BLOG ARE MY OWN.

25 Feb

Create your own Storybook with Thomas

Thomas cover

 ♫♪  They’re two they’re four they’re six they’re eight

Shunting trucks and hauling freight

red and green and brown and blue

they’re the really useful crew  ♫♪

As a Mom of two girls, you may think Thomas isn’t a house hold name that I would know.  We encourage all types of play in our home, and try not to distinguish between what would be typically called girl and boy toys.  We like to play with things that are fun! We have plenty of train sets in our house and even watch train shows such as Thomas.

Thomas is now part of the Fisher Price family! Welcome Thomas,James, Percy, Gordon, Henry, Emily, Toby…… And Lynette?  Yes, that’s right, now I (and your kids) can be in the middle of a storybook with Thomas and the rest of his crew!  It’s very easy to make your very own personalized book.  Just visit the Open the World of Imagination website,  pick a book and enter your name and gender (or a friends name) and their very own book is ready to read with their favourite train characters.

There are currently two books to choose from, but there will be new books each month, so make sure to check back.  This month of of the options is “Let it Snow” very appropriate for this time of year in Canada.  I’m hoping as the snow melts and we enter into Spring the monthly book theme will also follow suit.

Thomas Storybook

For the Thomas addict (I know a few young ones  that are completely obsessed with  Thomas), there is also a collection check list on the brand new site that will track all the Thomas trains your little one already has and the ones that they want.  Let the kids have fun clicking away at all the trains, I’m sure they will all be checked by the time they are done.

Enjoy sharing this new adventure with your little one, I know they are going to love it! (and Welcome Thomas and his friends to Fisher Price!!)

DISCLOSURE:  I AM A FISHER-PRICE MOM AND I RECEIVE SPECIAL PERKS AS PART OF MY AFFILIATION WITH THIS GROUP. THE OPINIONS ON THIS BLOG ARE MY OWN.

21 Feb

Wreck-It Ralph on DVD & Blu-Ray

Wreck-It Ralph DVD

Disney’s latest release Wreck-It Ralph is out on DVD and Blu-Ray on March 5th.

Here’s a Synopsis:

From Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Wreck-It Ralph” takes viewers on a hilarious journey. For decades, Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) has played the bad guy in his popular video game. In a bold move, he embarks on an action-packed adventure and sets out to prove to everyone that he is a true hero with a big heart. As he explores exciting new worlds, he teams up with some unlikely new friends including feisty misfit Vanellope von Schweetz (voice of Sarah Silverman). The film is directed by Emmy®-winner Rich Moore.

My family and I sat down to watch this movie last week, and I was surprised to see hubsters eyes light up as he saw some of his favourite classic video game characters come to life.   I was never really a gamer, but even recognized some of the classics, like Mortal Combat and Q-Bert.  Most surprisingly however is how much Princess LOVED the movie.  She literally pulled up a chair in front of the television to finish her movie when we had an unexpected (but very welcome) guest stop by.  Because the adults were talking a little bit too loud, she had to get closer to the television to hear (I don’t usually let her get this close, by the way).  She actually sat through the entire movie, and has watched this movie a few more times since then (this doesn’t happen often).

watching TV

The movie has a bit of “language” and some guns, nothing extreme, but it’s present.  The movie is rated PG so be prepared for it.  My husband and daughter really enjoyed the movie, my eyes kind of glossed over a bit, but like I said video games were never really my thing.

Giveaway:

  • 1 lucky winner is going to receive a copy of Wreck-It Ralph

To Enter:

    • Complete the Rafflecopter form below

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18 Feb

Footless Crochet Sandals

Sandals are a must have for everyone while visiting south.  It’s nearly impossible to find a cute pair of baby sandals, so I went online because I knew they only way baby would get a pair of cute sandals is if I made them myself.  I pulled out my crochet hook and started making a pair of footless crochet sandals.   The best thing about these sandals, they WILL stay on baby feet because it’s tied to their toe, this pattern is a no-brainer.

Here they are (and I think they are adorable… but it’s hopeless to take a decent picture, her feet are constantly wiggling)

Crochet baby Sandals

I made a few adjustments to a few different patterns.  Here’s what I did to make these work…

This is for a baby 0 – 3 months

Hook: Size F (3.75)

  • Chain 8 to make a Circle (this will go around the toe)
  • Round 1: Make 2 Single Crochet into the circle, chain 2, turn
  • Round 2: Double Crochet in first stitch, 2 double crochet in last stitch (4 stitches total), Chain 2, Turn
  • Round 3: Double Crochet in first stitch, double crochet in the next 2 stitches, 2 double crochet in last stitch
  • Chain 15 and fasten off (Strap)
  • Chain 15 on other corner (Strap)

I then attached a button in the center.  The flowers have a center big enough that they can be exchanged as wanted.

So now, baby has a pair of sandals for our vacation as well.

I also made a pair for my 4 year old daughter.  The Circle was chain 10, there are 6 rows and I chained 20 for the straps.

Crochet Sandals

Enjoy!

**Disclaimer:  I didn’t think of these sandals by myself, but I did come up with a pattern that seemed to fit my 2 month old the best – it wasn’t rocket science.  If you want to use this pattern, just please send a link back.

17 Feb

OPI

OPI Logo

It’s almost time to start thinking about sandal weather again! Yippee!! For myself, I’m getting a jump start by going south.  I can’t wait to dip my toes into some warm gulf water and powder white sand.  Before heading south, I usually go for a pedicure, but this time I’m going to be using my own nail polish (which just so happens to be the same kind that is used at the salon I attend anyway).

OPI has added some new polishes to their amazing Nicole line, there are some from the award winning show Modern Family, Selena Gomez, and some new colours just for 2013.  I always get excited when I get new nail polish.  My hazel eyes light up as I sift through the colours, and this line includes many shimmers and sparkles, which also lit up “mini me’s” eyes as well.

Here are some of the colours I was sent to review:

Plum to Your Senses! – You KNOW this deep, dark plum is the perfect choice.
Stand by Your Manny – Be loyal to this periwinkle blue.
Please Red-cycle – Do the right thing and wear this apple red over and over
Totally in the Dark – This shimmery black is completely unexpected.
Haley Good Lookin’… – She’s cookin’ up plans for this pink super-glitter.
Naturally – Who wouldn’t want this pure pink dream?
Still Into Pink – Our love for hot pink will never grow cold.
Am I Making Myself Claire? – Make no mistake…I’m liking this lilac.
Scarlett – This shimmery red-violet is leading lady lovely


Nicole by OPI Modern Family Collection

Of course, we all had to get our toes does right away, and the clear winner was Scarlett, it’s shimmery cross between red and pink will make any women excited about get getting her nails done.  We loved the colour so much we thought it might also look nice on the cream carpet…. It’s a good thing we love the colour, because we will be looking at it for the next few years.  Of the other colours, I suggest Still Into Pink, Please Red Cycle, and Naturally if you like brighter colours while Stand by Your Manny and Am I Making Myself Claire? are a little more reserved.  If dark is your thing, then Totally In the Dark and Plum to Your Senses will be a better fit.  Haley Good Lookin’ on the other hand is a clear polish with pink sparkles, it’s not really over powering and would probably be best on top of another colour.

Scarlett OPI

It’s been about a week since I put the polish on my toes (without a top coat) and there’s a small chip on my big toe, and that’s all.  What I’m most surprised about is how quickly my nails have grown in a short period of time.  I will be brining this polish with me on holidays so I can always have my toes and fingers looking fine while in sunny Florida.

nail polish on carpet

PS – on a side note.. anyone have tips for getting polish out of carpet?

Giveaway:

  • 1 lucky winner is going to receive a Nicole by OPI Polishes

To Enter:

  • Complete the Rafflecopter form below

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**DISCLAIMER: THE PRODUCT/S MENTIONED ABOVE HAVE BEEN GIVEN FREE OF CHARGE FROM THE COMPANY OR PR FIRM IN EXCHANGE FOR BEING FEATURED ON MY WEE VIEW. THE PRODUCT FEATURES EXPRESSED IN THIS POST ARE THOSE OF MY WEE VIEW AND HAVE NOT BEEN INFLUENCED IN ANY OTHER WAY. PLEASE SEE THE FULL TERMS OF USE.
 

14 Feb

ChromeBook Laptop Giveaway

Laptop Giveaway

Hey Everyone, it’s been a while since I did a group giveaway.  So, here’s a good one for you, how about a laptop?  Myself, and 14 other bloggers, including my buddies, This This Lil PigletSober Julie and Simply Stacie have teamed up to give you a chance to win a Samsung Chromebook Laptop!

This giveaway is open to US and Canada, it starts today, (Valentine’s Day) and ends March 7th at 12:00 am ET. Come back everyday for more chances to win by completing daily entries!   (If a Canadian wins, they will receive $250 to Amazon.ca) 

THE PRIZE: Samsung Chromebook Laptop

  • 11.6 inches Display
  •  Samsung Exynos 5250
  • 2 GB DDR3L RAM
  • 2 USB Ports: 1 USB 3.0 + 1 USB 2.0, HDMI Port
  • Built-in dual band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n

TO ENTER: 

  • Complete the Rafflecopter form below

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Here’s a little bit about the laptop to get you excited:

“The Samsung Chromebook is a new computer that helps you get everyday things done faster and easier. It starts in seconds, has virus protection built-in, and runs your favorite Google apps plus thousands more. The Chromebook comes with leading Google products, like Search, Gmail, YouTube and Hangouts, so you can work, play, and do whatever you want, right out of the box.”

“You can easily share it with multiple people- switching accounts takes seconds, and everyone gets their own files, apps and settings. And it’s simple to use. There’s no setup, and your files are automatically backed up in the cloud. At just 2.4 pounds, 0.7 inches thin, and with over 6.5 hours of battery life, the Samsung Chromebook can go anywhere you go. It’s built to stay cool, so it doesn’t need a fan and runs silently. It also includes 100GB of free Google Drive storage (for 2 years), a built-in webcam, and dual band Wi-Fi to make it easy to connect to wireless networks.”

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. Just a fun giveaway that I think all of you will like.  If you like it, tell your friends 🙂  Good luck, I really hope one of my readers wins. (If a Canadian wins, they will receive $250 to Amazon.ca) 

12 Feb

Carters & OshKosh at Sears

sears babys room logo

How have you acquired most of your children’s clothing?  Hand me downs? Gifts? Second hand shops?  No Matter how you get their clothing, one thing that is guaranteed, is that our children’s clothing is put through the wringer… and I know we all know that some last longer and are better quality than others.

OshKosh & Carters are two quality made kids clothing companies and they are now available at Sears.  We love Carters and already have much of their clothing in our home.  We especially love the footed jammies, Princess Sleepover even has some footed jammies in size 5 & 6 in the Carter’s brand – they are her F-A-V-O-U-R-I-T-E!  We received a marvellous package from Sears with clothing for both the kids.  Check out this skirt for the baby… what’s cuter than a small baby?  Why… a small baby in a skirt of course!  (Adorable, right?!? .. I sure think so).

Carters Baby skirt

(In case you can’t read the print on her shirt, it says ” So Pretty (just like my Mom)”

Carters

carters baby

On top of the wonderful addition of OshKosh & Carters clothing to the Sears line, I also want to emphasize the incredible clothing guarentee at Sears.  Keep your receipts and any clothing that doesn’t outlast all the kids in your house will be exchanged for new clothes.  That’s right, even hand me downs to younger siblings.  If you have the receipts, Sears will exchange them if the kids have trashed them (we need to find a place that will do the same with baseboards & appliances).

This week, there are a few events surrounding the launch of this new partnership, Family Day and a “chill” event to bring awareness to child cancers.   On Sunday, February 17th The Great Canadian Chill event (Read: Polar Bear Dip), will be right in the center of the City at Yonge-Dundas square, with pools and hot tubs – how fun is that? Check out The Chill for more info.  On Monday, February 18th there will be a Family Day event with fun activities, treats, children’s authors and more from 10am – 2pm.

Check out the Sears Facebook Page for the February 15th launch and also a special Carters & OshKosh giveaway.

 Giveaway:

  • 1 lucky Canadian reader is going to receive a Carters & OshKosh Gift Basket

To Enter:

  • Complete the Rafflecopter form below 

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 Disclosure: I am part of the Sears Canada The Baby’s RoomAmbassador program with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own. Giveaway is open Canada, excluding Quebec.  Participants may enter to win across several different blogs, however can only win on one!