This Christmas,Mastermind Toys
has made my gift-giving experience easy and simple. Both online and off, they have provided me with outstanding service and special perks that have me visiting a little more often than I had planned ;) Every-time I think I am done with holiday shopping for my kiddos I find another cool toy to add to the list- 2 more weeks and counting and hopefully I can actually say I am DONE (I hope).
Canadian owned and operated Mastermind Toys is usually my one stop shop for toys and fun for kids of all ages! I really love that their selection is both educational and different than 'big box' stores- gives it more of a unique boutique feel. PLUS they gift wrap for FREE and in my opinion, have the BEST staff around!! How amazing is that?
They have been selling toys for more than 30 years in the greater Toronto area and have recently expanded to 32 stores across Canada and still growing - now that is a trusted toy store right?
I was fortunate to try out two of the HOTTEST toys of the season with my kids and I am thrilled to let you know what they thought of them and how much mommy enjoyed playing with them too. The first one (left) is from Hype Hydro Sound Water Dancing Speakers
and the other Hexbug Circuit Boards RC Skateboard Skate Park Set
. When I got this package I couldn't wait for the kids to get home to start playing!! Almost 5 hours later, and two happy kids and a crazy enthusiastic mom and these toys were ready to be evaluated.
Hexbug Circuit Boards RC Skateboard Skate Park Set
Right out of the box, this package was ready to ROCK! Comes with batteries, and simple assembly and is perfect for your little wannabe skateboard pro! The kids had fun with this and rated it a 'cool' toy because it was different than a remote control car and the boards are collectible too. I really love that more than one child can play with the interchangeable ramps by simply purchasing a add on skateboard. Before I knew it the kids had their tiny fingers going fast and jumping ramps while trying to master tricks. Mamma on the other hand still has no clue how to control this device lol - guess that is why it's meant for tiny hands. ($59.95)
Hydro Rhythm Dancing Water Speakers - Online Only
This is my most favorite toy of the season! I managed to crack open the box before the kids came home, just because I was so curious to see what all the 'magic' was all about. Of coarse, I plugged into my iphone and voila, magic really did happen-- boy did I miss my lava lamp days, but lava lamps never danced to the rhythm of MY MUSIC!!! Happy place at last ;) When the kids returned home, they both joined me for a dance party in the family room and two weeks later, we are still jamming out to our favorite tunes! Well worth the money, and totally on the top of my Christmas gift giving list! ($19.99)
Disclosure: I was given the above merchandise for review purposes, all opinions on this blog are my own. No compensation has been negotiated in exchange. Mastermind Toys is responsible for the distribution of the winners prize once chosen.
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BURRRR! These past couple of days here in Canada have proven some really cold weather for adults and children alike. I for one, can attest to the conception that sometimes parents can be over bearing, but in conditions like these you can never be too careful when it comes to your child's warmth.
Since my little ones were born, my only secret to warm happiness has been layering! I layer everything that I possibly can because in my opinion, you can always take off but if you don't have enough to put on then your body is destined to be frozen. Little mommy tip from a mamma of 2 not so happy winter campers ;) Since our little ones cannot express just how cold they are, Disney Baby has put together five tips for keeping your little one warm, all winter long to help prepare your baby for the wintry weather ahead. TIP #1: Appropriate attire
While it may seem like a good idea to turn your little one into a snow-suited marshmallow, be careful not to overdo it – you don’t want baby to overheat! A good rule of thumb is to dress children less than a year old in the same number of layers you’re wearing, plus one more.
Tip #2: Easy on, easy off
Opting for a cozy jumpsuit, like this fleecy Winnie the Pooh
number, makes layering an easy task. Simply slip these one piece wonders over baby’s outfit as you’re leaving the house. With built-in booties and mittens, a snuggly suit will ensure your little one is ready to face even the chilliest of days. Tip #3: Collect cute caps
Heat escapes through the top of the body, so always make sure your little one’s head is covered. For warmth and style, try these adorable Princess
cap, mitt and bootie sets – they’re perfect for tiny noggins! TIP #4: Take brrr-eaks
Babies need fresh air, even in winter, and it’s perfectly fine to take your little one outside when it’s chilly. But it’s important not to keep baby out in the cold too long. Look out for fussiness or other signs of discomfort and if you see them, head inside for a cuddle! TIP #5: Create a cozy crib
Your baby can get chilly, even inside, and many moms worry about keeping little ones warm while they’re asleep. Step one is to create a snug environment. Try using a flannel fitted sheet in your crib and a cozy footed sleeper
to keep your little one toasty from tip to toe. For really tiny tots, swaddling
is a great option – just make sure you don’t use too many layers!
Disclosure: I am a Disney Baby Mom Ambassador and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group; however all opinions on this blog expressed are as always entirely my own.
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I have always had really long lashes, but over the years they have lost their fullness, and this is the thing that has bothered me most over the past few years - guess all that clumping on waterproof mascara in my teen years and then yanking out lashes when removing it did a number on my lashes. No matter which mascara I would try, I would always achieve the length (with multiple applications) but never the fullness I really wanted.
I remember being a bridesmaid for my sisters wedding and having falsies applied professionally because I wanted that beautiful dark-lash look, only to pull them off half way through the night because they were so heavy. I'm sure most women could relate to a similar story or attest to the fact that sometimes beauty is hard to achieve when you are running out the door with your kids in the morning.
I have the secret....
Want glamour and long, beautiful lashes, without the hassle of falsies? I was recently introduced to Younique's 3D Fiberlash and I am in LOVE! This duo set mascara and fiberlash set has made beautiful lashes simply easy and quick to achieve. I'm not gonna lie, the first time I applied was not the easiest, but now that I have the hang of it, application takes seconds.
What I recommend is to make sure that both wants are open when starting the process. Apply a thin coat of the gel applicator over the entire lash, while quickly applying the fibers immediately after. Once fibers adhere to the lash (don't worry they will look clumpy) go over them with the gel once more. If there is any residual clumping make sure to use an eyelash brush.
For me, one application following this process is enough to achieve the look I love, but feel free to experiment and re-apply as needed. Just remember to follow the same process. I just wish that the wands were made in 2 separate identifiable colours to make application a little easier for people like me who often confuse the two....but that's just me lol.
Wear these everyday, or for a fun night on the town.
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I have to tell you about this lightweight, long-lasting, non-pore blocking line of cosmetics that match your natural skin tone and create a healthy overall appearance. I love when I can share beauty products with my readers that actually work and are great for your skin too! Mia Mariu
really has a great line that I know you will love! Perfecting Finish Mineral Primer
If you are going to purchase any of the Mia Mariu products this is the one that I highly recommend! This product goes on smooth, and concealed obvious pores without over drying or creating a 'masked' effect like some primers do. I really love that you can use it as a moisturizer too! This is my ultimate favorite product from the line thus far!
Perfecting Finish Mineral Cream Concealer
This concealer is light and the coverage is great. I used it on my dark circles and to cover up a tattoo on my finger and it worked wonderfully. I really like the full coverage without the bulk. Perfecting Finish Mineral Foundation
I am a huge liquid foundation user, so I decided to test the mineral loose powder for the purpose of this review and I have to say it is perfect for my summer sun-kissed skin. I hate when foundation looks like it is actually covering your 'glow' instead of complementing it. The foundation has a really shear coverage with a shine-like layer that covers and highlights giving your skin a refreshing pick me up!
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One of my most favorite things to do with the kiddos are scavenger hunts. We usually go to a nearby forest and hide goodies for them while they scurry around trying to find clues and booty. They just love the excitement and so do we! This is why I am SUPER excited to tell you about a new challenge going on in Toronto starting July 1! ,
ESKA is asking people who are in Toronto to keep their eyes opened for 10 hidden #eskaquest tiles they’ve placed around the city - cool right? Every tile you find will complete a fun challenge through the #eskaquest mobile app for the chance to win 1 of 10 iPad minis!! This is seriously an awesome scavenger hunt if you ask me ;) Use your smartphone for some outdoor fun for once!
The #eskaquest mobile app is free to download and there’s no purchase required to participate in the quest. #Eskaquest runs through July 31. Download on eskaquest.com and on the Apple and Android app stores.
There are two ways to play EskaQuest: Solo and Clues. Solo participants can compete throughout July by viewing the map at eskaquest.com
, which shows the area where tiles are hidden. In the Clues competition, clues about the locations will be revealed throughout July on ESKA Water’s social media feeds: Facebook Twitter Instagram Here's another way to join in!
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Disclosure: I was provided a gift pack in exchange for this blog post. As always all opinions on this blog are my own.
Ont thing I have learnt through the years is that aging is inevitable. I too will age, just as my ancestors did before me, and at first thought this is sad, but when you see the beautiful faces of your mother, aunts or grandmothers you will see that inevitable is good - if you are blessed with good genes of course ;)
Does it come down to good genes?
I thought it did, until I realized that environmental factors, stress and quality of life all fall under the category that is....me.
After having my 2 boys, I have struggled to achieve that 'youthful' glow that illuminates from within, the kind I had in my early 20's. I know, this too happens with age of course, but what is worse is that we live in a society that is smeared with Botox, plastic surgery and photoshop-- how can a 30 something female ever feel beautiful in her own skin?
I think I found the secret to my existing youth in Elizabeth Arden's Prevage
skin care line.
This stuff REALLY does work!
It has been about 1 month since I started using this line religiously and I have to say, I am totally loving the results. My skin appears softer, dead skin is almost at zero and I love the way I look wearing minimal to no make up at all. SINCE WHEN COULD I EVER LEAVE THE HOUSE WITHOUT MAKE UP??
Now I can!!
I highly recommend this entire skin care line because unlike other creams, eye care, and exfoliation, a little really does go a long way! Personally, I love an investment that lasts a long time, makes maintenance easier and is more cost efficient too. I hardly ever rave about products, but these are my most favorite essentials to date.
When I want to look my best, and feel like a beautiful aging woman, I use Prevage!
PREVAGE® Anti-aging Moisture Lotion SPF 30
The world is full of skin-damaging assaults and free radicals, unleashed by the sun and the environment. Put up your guard and help protect your skin with PREVAGE® Anti-aging Moisture Lotion SPF 30. The first ever moisturizer with both high level SPF protection and revolutionary Idebenone, proven as the most powerful and effective antioxidant* on the market today.
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PREVAGE® Anti-aging + Intensive Repair Eye Serum
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For a busy mom on the go, getting organized is often a very hard task to do. I have tried various labels, cards and even stickers just to get my life in order. In my opinion, what it comes down to is the ability to actually have the resources when you need them the most. I was thrilled to try out the Epson LabelWorks LW-400 and jumped at the chance at using it simply because I have always admired moms that have their act together, and 'seem' organized. I have to admit though I was skeptical at first because it looked so complicated- so many buttons! Boy was I wrong- this thing rocks! It is so easy to use and functional it has a lot of options all right at your fingertips! Once you figure out the borders, the font sizes, the font types, and the material you want to use, this tiny machine does the rest with the push of a few buttons!
I now refer to my little friend the LabelWorks-LW400 as my hand-held 'go-to' machine of choice! I LOVE THIS THING!! I have since made ribbons for presents that are personalized, stickers for all of our toy buckets and a label for just about every box, bag and piece of clothing we have in our home! Those labeling mamas have nothing on me ;) I am now super-labeling mama! My most favorite function is the ability to change cartridges by simply opening up the backing and pulling the old one out to replace with the new. This makes transitioning from stickers to ribbon easy, and perfect for my family since I often change my mind a million times.
So what are you waiting for? GET YOUR LIFE IN ORDER AND GET ORGANIZED with Epson!!
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Disclosure: I was given the LabelWorks LW-400 to review in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions on this blog are my own. Please note: the winner will be awarded and prized from the company directly, and not from lil-sugar.ca.
The LeapFrog LeapReader learning system is the perfect addition to any preschoolers learning environment. Because learning doesn't just happen at school it happens at home too! I've always wanted to buy one of these systems for my child but I didn't know which one would be the perfect one for his age category. My oldest child was always a quick learner when it came to reading, and I have found that my second child has had a little more trouble in this area. Since he started kindergarten this year I find that letter recognition and letter practice has become an ongoing challenge in our home.
This system is wonderful! It teaches children how to read right and engage with words and letters! Our little guy has been using this on a daily basis and already i see an excitement in his learning patterns. The books are engaging and the voice is soothing, not to mention set up was easy too! Simply plug the device into your computer go to the website and download the software. Everything was included and so simple to use I would definitely recommend this as a learning tool for any child learning to read and write.
On another note, it is very portable compact and simple to store I have now brought this in our bag when visiting people to keep my kids entertained and learning while on the go. This would make a great distraction on a plane or long car ride, the characters come to life and stories can be read to your child without any work involvement whatsoever. I think it is super-important to make reading fun, and there is no better way to do that then with a toy that is equally enjoyable as a learning tool as well as a playing device.
Lil-sugar is THRILLED to announce that LeapFrog is giving one
lucky winner a Musical Rainbow Tea Party Set!!
Rainbow Tea PartyAges 1-3 Years | $24.99
Kids will love learning with the Musical Rainbow Tea Party! The lovable light-up teapot bubbles with personality while percolating and teaches kids about colors, matching, manners and counting, too! Kids will love matching and building motor skills as they play. Host a special tea time for two to learn lessons in sharing. And, best of all, the Musical Rainbow Tea Party features 50+ songs, phrases and tea party sounds!
* Musical Rainbow Tea Party is a 10-piece set that lights up in six colors and features songs and surprises! * Tip the teapot to see it light up, hear fun sounds and see the tea move realistically!
* Teaches colors & matching, manners & greetings and counting.
Contest open to residences of Canada
1 Entry Per IP/Email Address
Disclosure: I received a product in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions on this blog are my own; LeapFrog is responsible for the shipment of the winners prize once chosen.
Take a look at this year's hottest toy of the season! I don't think there's one kid on this planet who would argue that this toy rocks! For the longest time my little man has been asking for the rainbow loom... And for his birthday he got exactly what he wished for, thanks to Mastermind Toys
! Simply put, the rainbow loom is a bunch of elastics with a loom to thread them on and in the end, they make beautiful and fun jewelry for kids to trade, enjoy and fashion.
If you are beginner like me you will be sticking to the basic bracelets pattern that everyone is sporting like the 'fishtail'. But for a child like my son who is only seven the possibilities are endless. Create simple patterns or more intricate patterns like the 'starburst'. Looming has now become a phenomenon! So many colors so many ways so much fun!
My little man even made 22 pink rainbow loom bracelets for anti-bullying awareness week. He gave one to each of his classmates to wear to show just how serious he was about the cause. Of course this took hours to do but I was so proud of him in the end. Now the whole family is looming, I even learned how to make a few clothing pieces four our Barbie dolls...maybe time for a carear change?
Has your child hopped on the rainbow loom bandwagon yet?
Here's your chance to win a rainbow loom set for your family!
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Disclosure: I was given a Rainbow Loom from Mastermind Toys in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions on this blog are my own. Mastermind toys is responsible for the shipment and handling of the winners prize.
Cold and flu season has started! What better way than to aid your child's well-being with Fintstones Gummies With Immunity Support! For years, parents have trusted this brand and now it has gotten even tastier! Oh how I wish that they had gummies when I was little, just love that taking a daily vitamin can be fun for kids too! I can't wait to try these with my kids, in fact they are on my shopping list this week....because I know healthy doesn't have to be challenging.
A new survey commissioned by Bayer Healthcare Consumer Care shows that –
- 67 per cent of Canadian moms with kids 10 and under say healthy meals for their kids are often compromised because of busy and hectic schedules;
- 55 per cent of moms agreed their kids are getting enough vitamin A, while only 41 per cent said their kids are getting enough zinc. Both of these help to maintain healthy immune function;
- Almost two thirds of moms agreed that they have added other ingredients to vegetables to make them taste better.
To celebrate the launch of FLINTSTONES™ Gummies Plus Immunity Support in Canada, the maker of your favourite children’s vitamin is offering one of my readers an ultimate fun activity in your city. You can pick from a list of activities in your city.
To learn more, visit the interactive booklet (below) that includes some fun ‘Did you know?!’ facts along with interesting survey results.
ONE LUCKY LIL-SUGAR WINNER WILL RECEIVE A PRIZE PACK TO THE SCIENCE CENTRE!!
Pick from the list activities in your city below. Travel to and from activities will NOT be provided. Open to GTA Residences only.
Bring the family together to learn about science at the Ontario Science Centre! The Science Centre delights, informs and entertains families of all ages. Take the night off with this SUPER-FUN package!
Ontario Science Centre
Adult Admission X2
Child Admission X2
Disclosure: I recieved compensation for this post. All opinions are my own. I am not responsible for the distribution of the winners prize, the company will be responsible for compensation of the winning prize and communication.