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Photo: kinderwagon.com
Have you seen this stroller? I have just fallen in LOVE!

The Kinderwagon looks like the perfect solution to a mother with multiples or two children in close proximity. I have 2 children close in age, saw this an immediately thought: GENIUS!! I have been waiting for a stroller that is compact, functional and comfortable....here it is! PLUS it was designed by a real mom of three, in my books that's confirmation it ROCKS! 


Although I have not tried this stroller myself, I really like the price point ($299)and the versatility. I mean, what kid doesn't like riding in a mall stroller....this is just that with a little bit of pizazz! Has a large basket underneeth (bonus) and an optional canopy (sold separately) weighs as little as 21.5 lbs so most modern mamas can handle talking it in and out of the car,has a 2 position recline and its COLLAPSIBLE!! 

Can't wait to see more on this company, and maybe even review one myself ;)

 
 
Me and Meg
www.meandmeg.com

I have no choice but to take-up another cause. My new battle frontier: The Dry Cleaner.  Why? They're trying to shovel kak into my mouth and I won't stand for it any longer.

The blouse vs. the shirt. Scratch that. A woman's shirt vs. a man's shirt. Gender pricing. Sexism at the Cleaners. I don't want to get crazy about the semantics of it all. So let's call it bullshit. Yes, even though I stay at home cleaning in an apron, wearing dresses, sometimes I do wear "blouses" (I hate that word - along with panties).

My husband’s  shirts cost $1.29 to be laundered and pressed. (I charge $4.50 so he's getting a really good deal at the Cleaners). My shirt, which looks the same, (ahem, slightly smaller) costs $5.00.  I was told it's because the "form" the shirts are pressed on is a men's form, and my "blouse" has to be hand pressed.

Really? The manufacturer of the "men's form" hasn't been asked to make one to a fit a woman's shirt? We're going to stand for this? My deodorant costs more, so do my razors among countless other items. Why is that?
Along with wiping capri-pants off the face of the Earth, I'm going to now challenge Dry Cleaners everywhere to make a woman's shirt the same price to clean as a man's.


 
 
Having a child who is gifted is often praised, however for those who are interacting and living with these children everyday, this may not be the case. With its stat-uric title also comes a lot of patience, understanding and strength. Parents of gifted children can sometimes be stressed because of the amount of involvement these children often place on the family. 

On a plus, gifted children are often super affectionate, understanding and in tune with the world around them. They are creative, energetic and funny beyond their years. These traits all make them incredibly appealing to both adults and children alike. For me, this is what I love about my gifted child. His ability to live in a constant fairy-tale, mastering every challenge put forth in front of him and learning from everything he encounters. I have made it my mission to teach him from experience, provide him with answers and give him my strength for as long as I can. I am a parent who has a gifted child, that is often tired and stressed but I wouldn't change a second of my life for the world.

Children are most-often always trying to some degree, but for gifted children, this level just gets higher by the day. It is interesting to me to read about the traits that are involved with these individuals because from the outside looking in, they sound so great, and they are....if you know how to go about looking at it objectively. 

I am a proud mom who has a son that possesses all these traits....and until recently, I often felt sorry for myself. Now, looking at the list, I am proud to say that I have a tiny individual who is living his life to the fullest degree. A life, I can only imagine will get better over the years....with a mothers help of-course ;)


According to Mensa a gifted child may display some or many of these behaviours
  • An unusual memory
  • Passing intellectual milestones early
  • Reading early
  • Unusual hobbies or interests or an in-depth knowledge of certain subjects
  • Intolerance of other children
  • An awareness of world events
  • Set themselves impossibly high standards
  • May be a high achiever
  • Prefers to spend time with adults or in solitary pursuits
  • Loves to talk
  • Asks questions all the time
  • Learns easily
  • Developed sense of humour
  • Musical
  • Likes to be in control
  • Makes up additional rules for games
  • Extrovert/introvert
 
 
Rogers Smart Home Monitoring Systems is a new home-security system that allows you to monitor your home when you are away. You can see, and adjust everything from the palm of your hands, even thousands of miles away!This is available to Rogers customers in Ontario, offering piece of mind, savings and independence for the whole family! 

If you are a resident of Ontario and are curious to see how this works, head on over to Rogers Smart Home today and see for yourself. I am really excited to announce that you can also enter to win a Rogers Smart Home System valued at $1,518.83 for yourself today! The more you share this contest, the more chances you have of winning!! Here's how you enter:

1.  Click the link provide your contact information.
2.  Answer some quick questions.  
3.  Share this contest with others using the purl that is provided to you at the end of the entry steps.

ONTARIO, CANADA residents ONLY "SHARE & WIN" 

A full list of rules and regulations can be found here


*This post has been compensated, all opinions are my own* 
What you get:
PRIZE: Participants are eligible to win one (1) of five (5) Rogers Smart Home Monitoring systems consisting of:– approximate total value of $1,518.83
  • 1 Touchpad
  • 3 Door and Window Sensors
  • 1 Key Fob
  • 1 Security Camera
  • 1 Motion Detector
  • 1 Thermostat
  • 1 Lamp Dimmer
  • Professional Installation
  • 1 Year of Monitoring Service.

CONTEST STARTS midnight on March 1st, 2012 and continues until 5:00pm EST on May 16th, 2012.

 
 
Take a look at this photo by Cheil Worldwide agency in South Korea. Do you find it offensive?

Recently, Oreo has been getting a lot of backlash and praise for this new campaign. Although, an ad like this would never be released in Canada, it is creating mixed reactions everywhere. Advocates of breastfeeding are hoping to see more of this in campaigns, while others are appalled by the image. Personally, I love the image (besides the airbrushing) I don't however like that Oreo is simply using the campaign as a sales tactic for the 'wow' factor and gossip. I think it is about time that people get used to the fact that breastfeeding is both beautiful and healthy--well, when it doesn't accompany Oreo cookies that is ;)


What do you think of the ad, appropriate or inappropriate?
 
 
 
 
Me and Meg
www.meandmeg.com
Billie WILL dress like a Girl. 

Billie thinks she is a boy. 

I realized the chances of her being a tomboy were quite high, what with two older brothers and all. I have absolutely no issue with that, except for where clothing is concerned. I want her to be a tomboy in girlie clothing, is there such a thing? I was hoping she would want to run around, get dirty, climb trees and wrestle all the while wearing a cute dress with her hair in beautiful pigtails. It would seem, she has a different plan. Last summer I could dress her in anything and she was down with it; it was actually a point of pride as I could hold it against Leigh (who at the time was having trouble getting Stella to cooperate with certain items). 

Now, Stella is walking around in gingham blazers and chinos, while Billie has taken on the more stubborn approach her cousin formely adhered to. I am not giving in. I just purchased her a new spring coat; it's girlie but not over the top. I also grabbed a few rompers in floral fabrics - we will see how she handles those. As I type this she is watching Transformers in her Optimus Prime costume. We went shoe shopping last week and she had the audacity to pick out these bad boys: {INSERT PIC HERE} She knows where I stand on licensed goods: undies and pyjamas only. 

I had to talk her off the ledge when she realized we were leaving the store and her Super Hero Squad Crocs were staying put. On a postive note, she did want to wear a hairband last week; but she also spends the majority of her nights playing mini-sticks with brothers - that's a whole other can of worms. Bottom line, I'm not ready for her to dress like a boy. CHeers, Meg Wismer

 
 

If you are anything like me, you are absolutely enamoured by these adorable creatures! So, when I was contacted by Disneynature about their new film 'Chimpanzee' i was eager to help!  Not only is the movie educational, fun and inspiring the cause is much deeper. 

Disney Studios has vowed to adopt 2 orphaned chimpanzees through the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada's Chimp Program if their page reaches 22,000 'Likes' by Earth Day (April 22nd) A great way of protecting a species that is very much in trouble if left without a hand.

What can we do to help?
“Like” Walt Disney Studios Canada’s Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/WaltDisneyStudiosCanada.
“Share” the post on their page about the “’Like’ Us, Save Chimps” campaign.

Be sure to spread the word to help promote our campaign.  And of course, be sure to see CHIMPANZEE in theatres on April 20th.

A little love can go a long way if we let it, it's our future, lets help! 
LIL-SUGAR READERS --You could WIN a Family 4 Pack of Tickets to See this Movie on April 14th in Toronto!! Enter Here

For more information about JGI’s Chimp Guardian Program, please visit: http://jgi.blackbaudondemand.com/page.aspx?pid=364