31 May

Win $25,000 For Your Community

Celebration TourYoung kids love to run, jump, skip and play.  When I was just a little girl the only parks around were at the school and since we were there all day, we didn’t venture there after hours.  The only park I remember was the Commons in Halifax.  This is a fairly huge play structure, a pool and a skate park and bike park all in one.  I remember my younger brother asking my Mother everyday (even in the winter) if we could go to the Commons to play.  It was however about 1/2 an hour away and close to downtown Halifax, needless to say, we didn’t venture there too often, but when we did it was magical.

It wasn’t until I was a teenager that I really enjoyed a local park.  A skateboard park was built in my neighbourhood and everyone went there after school.  This may have been where I first tried skateboarding and hyper extended my arm. I didn’t let the fact that it took 3 months to bend my elbow once again (or that I have permanent damage) get me down, I still went there nearly everyday and have great memories.

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Thankfully my community and the other communities around Halifax have come along way, my kids have parks all over the city they can play at.  Our favourite is Dewolf park, there’s a large Pirate ship for the kids and the scenery is great for the adults (it’s right on the water).  We also have a local park, it’s just a smaller play structure, but it does the trick for the neighbourhood.  I do however notice that many parents drive from miles around to bring their kids to our park – which makes me realize… they must not have a local park and that makes me sad.  There is hope however!

Kraft is helping communities across Canada build these kind of parks and activity centres across Canada.  Since 2009, they have spent a cool 1 Million towards the following:

  • Building a skateboard park
  • Upgrading a sports field
  • Improving a boxing facility
  • Renovating a community youth centre

Sounds great doesn’t it?  This year, they are once again looking for community nominations across Canada.  Your community could be 1 of 10 win $25,000 to build something new or fix something up.

To Enter, visit kraftcelebrationtour.ca, it just  takes is a short essay and a few photos.  The winning communities will also be featured on TSN!  You can also check out the Kraft Celebration Tour on Facebook.

Nominations will be accepted until June 7th!  You could be the local hero.

 

“Disclosure – I am participating in the Kraft Celebration Tour Blogger Campaign. I received compensation as a thank you for participating and for sharing my honest opinion. The opinions on this blog are my own.”

30 May

Dora The Explorer – Search for the City of Lost Toys in Halifax & St. John’s

For the first time ever, Dora the Explorer is coming to Canada!  I can just hear the kids screaming in excitement with this announcement.  St. John’s and Halifax fans will welcome Dora and Boots with open arms for the Search of the Lost Toys live concert.

Here are he details:

HALIFAX:

  • When: Saturday, November 16 at 1pm & 4pm
  • Where: Rebecca Cohn
  • To Purchase: Call the box office 494.3820 or visit online at  Sonic Concerts

Dora in Halifax

ST.JOHN’s

  • When: Saturday, November 23 at 1pm & 4pm
  • Where: Mile one Center
  • To Purchase: Call the Box office 576-7657 or visit online at Sonic Concerts

Dora StJohns

Tickets go on sale June 7th and they are expected to go quick, so make sure to grab them fast.

Exciting isn’t it?  To get you even more pumped for the show, I have a special giveaway!  I have family tickets (4) for each area.

Giveaway:

  • 4 tickets to see Dora the Explorer in Halifax (1 winner)
  • 4 tickets to See Dora the Explorer in St. Johns (1 winner)

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30 May

Keeping Baby Entertained Everyday

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While the new baby is still itty bitty (only 13 pounds and nearly 6 months old), she comes with a lot of accessories to keep her entertained. Being a Fisher Price mom has been wonderful, seeing as I had nearly gotten rid of all baby items (before I surprisingly got pregnant), I almost had to start from scratch.  Fisher Price has provided our family with all the baby essentials to keep my little one happy, busy and the most important sleepy.

Some of my favourite products are (other than the Jumperoo, have I ever mentioned how much I love the Jumperoo? I’m sure I have once or twice, or maybe 100 times) the Apptivity Gym for iPhone & iPod touch devices, Disney Baby MINNIE’S Twinkling Tea Party Play Gym, and Ocean Wonders Sea Soother, Infant to Toddler Rocker and the Space Saver Highchair.  With a 4 year old at home, I unfortunately can not give my undivided attention to the baby all the time, so these products have given me the opportunity to do all the things the mom has to do in the course of the day without having to listen to a crying baby.

Fisher Price Toys

Without a doubt, my favourite new product has been the Apptivity Gym for iPhone & iPod touch devices, this portable play gym entertains the baby each and every day with I take a tub! I put her on the fluffy bathmat, and she pulls and plays with the lion and bird while I get myself ready for the day.  This little contraption is also compatible with my iPhone!  I have downloaded a few Fisher Price apps and can put my phone right into the top of the structure and she watch the little Laugh and Learn characters jump around the screen.  While I like this option, my little one is just as entertained without it! It’s actually my older daughter that enjoys watching the baby shows. The Disney Baby MINNIE’S Twinkling Tea Party Play Gym is somewhat similar to the Apptivity Gym, but is more stationary and comes with it’s own comfy mat.  It stays in the living room and has a mirror and plays music.  Once again my little baby is entertained playing with Minnie and her friends.  While I love the thought of the mirror I think she will get more use out of it when she can sit on her own.

The Ocean Wonders Sea Soother has truly put a smile on my face.  I had the previous model for my older child and she loved it!  This one, is very similar just a little more updated.  While the baby sleeps in our room still at night (in a playpen, I can’t bring myself to put her in her own room at night just yet), during the day I can put her in her crib, turn on the soother (or she turns it on herself) and she will fall asleep by herself – amazing isn’t it?  I sure think so, my 4 year old still isn’t falling asleep on her own – where did I go wrong? With music, bubbles, a moving fish and a timer there’s no fighting off the sleepiness.  And, if she’s not asleep after 20 minutes there’s a remote – so I don’t have to sneak into her room possibly waking her up.  But I haven’t had to use it yet.  Either she’s easily fallen asleep to the soothing sounds, or she just isn’t tired and just enjoys watching the fishy “swim”.

I wanted to get an Infant to Toddler Rocker with my first born, however I never got around to it, and then I thought it was too late.  Well, I have to say, I’m a little bit upset I didn’t get one early on.  Both the girls enjoy using it!  The baby can either rock in it or can lean back as a recliner.  At not quite 6 months old, I’m surprised to see my little one pulling on the activity bar to make music over and over again!  I see her using her fine motor skills to coordinate herself to pull the cord to make the music play.   The older one likes to use it as a rocking chair, she removes the play bar and can sit in the chair and rock herself.

We have just recently started using the Space Saver Highchair.  We’re trying baby lead weaning – meaning she’s not really getting much “baby” food, she more or less eats what we have for dinner.  We have a table set up for 6 in our dinning area and well, there isn’t really a lot of extra room.  The Space Saver Highchair is fabulous, it takes up zero space, we just strap it to one of the dinning chairs and if we need the chair for when guests come over, we can simply take the highchair off the seat – super easy!  I will also be taking this with us when we go on vacation to my grandmothers place.  The straps are adjustable making it compatible to fit on nearly any chair.  (I haven’t tried it on a chair with arms however… do people still use those at their dinning table?).

So, there you have it a few of the must have Fisher Price items and how we enjoy using them nearly everyday!

**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.

28 May

Best Little Laugh Contest

Best Little Laugh

The only thing I seem to remember about my first born is crying.  I would hold my right hand on my heart and solemnly swear that she cried for a full year straight (now she just cries 1/2 the time).  Thank goodness for videos and pictures to prove otherwise.

I actually want to personally say thank you to Fisher Price for my daughters times of laughter.  The Fisher Price Jumperoo was a life saver and brought joy to all of us.  This was the only time I could be guaranteed she would laugh and not just a little laugh, a good belly laugh.  Anyone with a cranky baby can appreciate a few moments of laughter.  This Mom was more than thankful for those moments and I made sure to capture them on video and in picture.  Fisher Price has a new Laugh and Learn website with games, apps, music and shows to help your little ones keep those smiles and baby giggles coming!

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To celebrate the launch of the new site and those special moments, Fisher Price currently has a giveaway called The Best Little Laugh Contest.  There will be weekly prizes valued at $200+ of Laugh & Learn products including:

  • (1) Laugh & Learn™ Crawl Around™ Car (ARV: $64.99 CAD)
  • (1) Laugh & Learn™ Love to Play Puppy™ (ARV: $34.99 CAD)
  • (1) Gas Card (ARV: $100.00 CAD)

To enter, all you have to do is upload a picture or video of your little one giggling to the Best Little Laugh Contest – Easy Peasy Lemon Squeey.

Looking back at old photos, I see that she actually did smile and laugh once in awhile!  I see the importance of taking pictures of the good times.  This time around with Baby 2, things are much different!  She’s a happy girl, always smiling and laughing.  It’s amazing how two children born to the same parents can be completely different!

Good luck with the contest and enjoy looking back at all those photos, I know I did!  Time goes by way too quickly.

**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.

27 May

Sears Baby Sale

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I’ve been to Sears at least once a month for the past 6 months, and in the last few months, it’s been even more frequently! With a new baby (already 6 months – whoa) and Sears’ new “The Baby’s Room” program we have plenty of reasons to visit the revamped area.  The Baby’s Room makes shopping for baby super easy, all the essentials are clearly marked, perfect for exhausted new Moms and Dads (or brain dead zombie moms in my case) to find everything they need.  The following sections have everything your baby will need:

  • Nursery
  • Travel
  • Feeding
  • Bath & Accessories
  • Gifting

I once again visited my local Sears store in Halifax and to my surprise they were having a sale! Nearly everything was 15% or 20% off, and there were a number of different strollers “deeply discounted”, up to $100 off!  Yup, a full $100 off – no joke!

Sears

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I recently purchased the “Birds of a Feather” bedding set by Emma & Jack from Sears after blogging about it in March.  I’m so happy I bought this incredibly adorable bedding set.  I’ve since made a matching valance and two book slings to match (once the room is complete I’ll make sure to post pictures). I’m really excited about the project.

When I visited my local Sears store today, I was on the hunt for the matching Birds of a Feather lamp.  Unfortunately, they didn’t have any (it turns out other people think the Birds of a Feather bedding is adorable as well).  But after speaking with an associate, they secured a lamp for me at another store, just across the harbour!  The associate was very helpful.  There wasn’t much left in the Birds of the Feather theme, so I hope they order more in – hint hint!

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(look at that large aisle way for strollers)

I also couldn’t resist checking out all the girls clothing while at Sears.  With the newly added Carter’s and OshKosh B’gosh line, I had to check out what adorable outfits they had.  The best find? $8 for footed jammies and 40% off layettes.  They also had some sweet discount racks, fancy dresses and little boys tux style outfits for only $14.99.

I’m looking forward to the next 6 months working with The Baby’s Room once again.  Stay tuned for some great things to come.

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.

 

26 May

Doc McStuffins on DVD

Doc McStuffins

“Time for your Check up”

Last year Doc McStuffins opened up her stuffy clinic on Disney Junior and her client list has been building ever since!  If your kids can’t get enough of the Doc and her friends, they can watch her over and over again on DVD, it’s been in stores since Ma 7th.

 The DVD includes the following episodes:

  •  Gulpy, Gulpy Gators! / One Note Wonder
  • Tea Party Tantrum / Blast Off!
  • Arcade Escapade / Starry, Starry Night
  • Bronto Boo-Boos / Brontosaurus Breath
  • Doctoring The Doc / Hot Pursuit

 Doc McStuffins is a fav here at our house, I often catch my little doctor giving her own toys checkups!  While Doc McStuffins may be a girl, this show appeals to both boys and girls.  Over time every type of toy can break down, from ripped seams on a teddy bear to dead batteries, the Doc and her friends work together to put the toys back together.

What I love about Doc McStuffins?  It’s a great introduction to the doctors office and it depicts real worries that kids would have while they are in the Doctors office.  Lambie, Hallie and Chilly (The Doc’s friends) help the “sick” toys work through their fears – very similar to what kids could possibly be feeling while they are in the doctors office.

I try to keep a close eye on everything my little Toy Doctor watches, and I know that Doc McStuffins is a safe choice.  There has never been anything remotely scary that will give her nightmares and in fact I love that it actually teaches her…. it teaches her to problem solve.  Doc and her friends have to use their troubling shooting skills to try to fix the toys, if one thing doesn’t work, they come up with other ideas.  The toys that need fixing are also just like the toys my little Doc has at home, xylophones, rockets, giraffes, telescopes, and chances are some day they will need fixing, a ripped leg or a missing key.  Thanks to Doc McStuffins, my daughter will have  suggestions on how we can fix her broken toys.

Doc McStuffins – Time For Your Check up is 120 minutes of laughs, music and tender loving care from a special little doctor.

If your Little One can’t get enough of Doc McStuffins here are some pintables!

Giveaway:

  • 1 lucky reader is going to receive a Cop of Doc McStuffins Time for your Check up on DVD

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23 May

Bacon Wrapped Chicken Kabobs

I’ve been told summer is on the way…. in an effort to help my favourite season make an appearance, we’ve started up the BBQ.  Yesterday I threw a dinner party for 10, I was hoping it would be nice enough for all of us to enjoy the patio, but unfortunately, the weather didn’t cooperate.  But, I didn’t let that get me down, because I had an amazing plan for supper – Bacon Wrapped Chicken Kabobs.  I thought this was my own creation until I did a bit of research online and it turns out there are other brilliant people online as well.

Bacon Wrapped Chicken Kabobs1

Here’s what you need:

  • Chicken thighs – cubed
  • Peppers – cut into squares
  • Onions – cut into squares
  • Kabob skewer
  • Bacon

Chicken Marinade:

  • 1/2 cup soya sauce
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 4 table spoons vegetable oil

Mix the marinade, dump the chicken in, cover and put in the fridge for at least and hour.  While your chicken is marinating, this is a great time to cut your veggies.  After an hour, take each piece of chicken and wrap it in bacon.  (We had more chicken than bacon so some chicken pieces were baconless. Build your kabob as you would like, (we put 4 pieces of chicken on each skewer).

Put on the BBQ for about 20 minutes each and serve.  We paired it up with a Caesar salad and corn on the cob and it made for a very summery dinner.

We had about 35 skewers and I only had 1 left by the end of supper – I think it was fair to say these were a hit!

TIP: To avoid burning the skewers soak them in water first.

Bacon chicken kabobs

Any marinade would work, heck you could just slather on BBQ sauce and I’m sure they would be just as yummy.  I’m so glad that summer is on the way, I love BBQing and experimenting!

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Giveaway:

  • 1 lucky Canadian reader is going to receive a Stainless Steel BBQ set

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 “Disclosure: I am participating in the Chicken Farmers of Canada program by ShesConnected. I received compensation in exchange for my participation in this program. The opinions on this blog are my own.”