After the LONG and really exciting March Break I have had with the kids, I learned a really important lesson....
Kids NEED stimulation.
I'm not just talking constant environmental changes, but real stimulation. The kind that proposes an answer to the million questions that are going on in their tiny brains. So, what do you do with 2 really inquisitive kids while on a week long venture to drive you insane?
Question everything - and learn so much!
I made it my personal venture to find everyday things and make them extraordinary - like this Ivory soap bar below:
Who knew that by placing a bar of soap in the microwave for 1-2 minutes would make this wonderful mold-able doughy substance? Simple things, simple minds with endless possibilities...my kids are on their way to be great explorers and little scientists, and yours can too with these educational shows on Netflix Canada
Disclosure – I am part of the Netflix Canada #streamteam and receive perks in exchange for my affiliation with them. All opinions expressed are my own
I admit, I have a little diva on my hands and he's 8! Cookie is all about the jewels, stardom and everything 'pretty' in between - he has dedicated his life to becoming famous and rich and boy am I in trouble!
For the longest time I have referred to him as 'Richie Rich' because well, growing up, this kid was the kid I idolized - I mean, who wouldn't want to be the kid who has it all right? Can you imagine how excited I was to see that Richie Rich
has now been re-vamped to relate to the little divas and dudes of today - ecstatic!
My kids don't often love what I chose to watch but I begged them to try at least the first episode of this series, and guess what? They LOVED it! Now, little Cookie can relate to me when I call him Richie and aspire to be a little more ambitious because he now knows that just because fame and fortune can find you by chance, it is not always easy to attain and maintain - with it comes work and integrity.
Personally, I love this show just as much as I used to in the past...maybe even a little better since my kids are now watching it with me ;)
Check out Richie Rich and a whole bunch of destiny inspired titles on Netflix Canada this month!
In my opinion, there is nothing like a good book to keep your imagination hooked and wanting more.
Nothing, except maybe a movie!
I admit, I've always been a sucker for an exciting novel, but since Netflix has taken on a whole list of my own personal childhood favorites, I've found myself yearning to watch more movies. The truth is, my kids will most-probably never read the same stories I read and I most likely will never actually pick up that old book to re-read it either - so binge watching on Netflix becomes a happy medium for mama and kiddos alike ;) Besides, you really can't get quality tales like these nowadays anyhow (how old am i? lol).
Here is a list of some personal favorites that have been keeping us warm this winter:
For the older child:
I forgot how much I loved the Babysitters Club until i sat down and watched the film myself. It's amazing how quickly I remembered the names of the characters and the whole series of events that happened over the duration that I read this book series as a kid. I can only hope my children get to experience the art of reading and sharing with the generations to follow.
Disclosure: I am part of Netflix Canada™s Stream Team and get perks as part of my association, but as always, opinions are are completely my own.
Often times I talk about how much I love my teas and the rare occasions that I get to sit back and enjoy a cup of that warm, comforting goodness. That is exactly why I am super-excited to tell you about a fantastic promotion from Tea Leaf Co
just in time for Valentine's Day!
Rewind time and go down memory lane to a time when notes of sweet nothings were exchanged via a
Valentine's day candy gram. Recall the joy when your name was finally called out by the homeroom
teacher to receive that oh so special candy gram. And although the treat was sweet, it was the message
within the note that had your heart skip a beat.
Tea Leaf Co. is bringing that same spirit back with our Valentine's Day Tea Gram. They'll include a
personalized handwritten note to your sweetheart too! Our hot and steamy teas will recapture the
playful spirit of this romantic occasion. You'll be sippin' and kissin' the night away....
The premise of this campaign gets me nostalgic because I can vividly remember sending candy-grams to the boys I had little crushes on way back in grade school, and the heart-skipping feeling I had when I received one in return. Something about the curiosity, thought and sentiment that goes into receiving a simple gesture brings alive so many emotions. Not to mention the fact that I have grown to adore my teas- probably more than candy now- making the #Sipandkiss concept perfect in my opinion.
Tea LC's Promotional Offer:
Pre-order any gift set before January 30th and Tea Leaf Co. will include the perfect tea spoon
, a 20 gram Teaser plus free shipping in Canada. Enter discount code SIPandKISS at check out. A discount of $7.50 will appear for each gift set purchased. Include a tea gram message to your sweetheart in the notes section before completing your order.
So, who will you be sending this special Valentine to? I know I will be hinting for a special package myself, because a girl can never have too much tea ;)
The past few years, New Years Eve has been spent at home with the little ones while daddy works and mommy watches the clock tick. I always try my best to make this night fun but like most parents, once the witching hour takes effect bedtime soon follows and we don't actually ever make it to midnight for the 'real' countdown. I usually find myself tucking them into bed way before midnight strikes, and mommy is exhausted.
This year, I have a plan...praying it works and thanks to Netflix
, it just might ;)
The first (most important) thing I will make sure I make time for is an afternoon nap. Followed by a super-delicious dinner from Boston Pizza - what kid wouldn't want to indulge in pizza right? Then once their bellies are all full and they are settled down, we will binge-watch Netflix's newest seriesAll Hail King Julien
episode, after episode until midnight and with all the party favors that were provided to us, I have no doubt the kids will enjoy a NYE like no other!
...and the award to the greatest mommy goes to....
Happy New Year to you and your family!
Here's a clip of all the fun we will be having (shhh don't tell the kids, but mommy has already watched all 5)
Remember to visit Netflix and have a little fun with All Hail King Julien too- now streaming on Netflix.
Disclosure: As part of the Netflix #StreamTeam I am given certain perks and opportunities but as always my opinion is my own.
Lately my late afternoon school pickup routine has been depressing...cold, dark and gloomy to say the least! By the time I get the kids, drive home and start dinner, I find myself dreaming of sleep and warm sheets. The kids on the other hand, always have their own bubble of energy and excitement that seems to begin right after the last plate is washed and put away...lucky me!
My easy solution for getting my kids to actually sit for a short period of time so mommy can enjoy a cup of tea is my most favorite fiend at the moment, Netflix Canada!
There is always something to watch online and I just love the fact that my kiddos can wind down and giggle all the way to their warm beds too!
If you haven't already watched any of these titles, I suggest you do. So much fun for the whole family and a good 1-2 hour stretch for mommy and daddy to relax a bit too!
1. Shrek Forever After
2. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
3. Despicable Me
4. Dr. Suess' The Cat in the Hat
5. Kung Fu Panda 2
6. Mr. Popper's Penguins
Right now my kids have been watching Mr Popper's Penguins over and over again - Silly humor, lots of messes, and so much screaming! Just what a tiny 6 year old and 8 year old ordered ;)
Disclosure: I am part of Netflix Canada™s Stream Team and get perks as part of my association, but as always, opinions are are completely my own!
What better way to enjoy an afternoon then to have some friends, crafts and a new cereal to test out? This is exactly what we did last week! I am super-excited to introduce you to the newKellogs Rice Krispies Multi-grain Shapes
cereal and in one word, I will let you know that at first taste you will be 'hooked.' Our family was already huge fans of the original Rice Krispies, and now I think the bar has been raised with these new and in my opinion, improved Multi-grain Shapes cereal. When the children arrived everyone was just as excited to see something new, and couldn't wait to dive right in for the taste test, so we decided to incorporate craft time into our afternoon snack time.
All the children enjoyed orange juice and a bowl of cereal accompanied by various craft supplies to complete their final craft of making a place setting to enjoy 'dessert' which was provided at the end of our crafting project and baking fun. I couldn't keep their tiny hands off of the cereal, everyone was munching in no time! Most of the children actually said that they prefered this cereal because they could pick it up with their hands and that it tasted 'like sugar.' I personally love it because of the fun shapes and taste as well and to be honest, most parents don't have enough time to ensure that their children are getting nutrition on the go and this cereal, contains no artificial flavours or colours. For a burst of the sunshine vitamin, a one-cup serving provides 20 per cent of the daily value of Vitamin D. Combined with the goodness of whole grains, it’s a nutrient-rich, delicious and fun option for breakfast or snack time, any time of the day- how awesome is that?
As soon as the children arrived we immediately started with painting the individual cereal pieces which come in four inspiring puffed multigrain shapes: stars, fish, trees and “me.” Painting the cereal took a lot of time and patience, and the children did a fantastic job! We quickly set them aside to dry while we tested out the original Rice Krispy square recipe with our new favorite cereal - Kelloggs Multi-grain Shapes!
Once we melted all of the ingredients for the Rice Krispy square recipe, everyone took turns pouring our new cereal into the bowl and mixing! So far our party was ROCKIN!
Just as suspected, the squares turned out smooshy, gooey, sweet and delicious! Just like the original recipe, only thicker and crunchier- my kinda snack ;)
Shapes are a great way for kids to learn cognitive skills that will later help them learn math, science, languages, and more! Since our Crafternoon Party, we have been using these pieces for math and counting and the kids just love eating the leftover pieces in the end- fun, healthy and educational - every parents favorite snack food ;)
GREAT NEWS! You can also make an afternoon of creative fun by making Rice Krispies treats with your loved ones, and then share pictures on social media with the hashtag #TreatsforToys, from now until December 24th. When the pictures are shared, Kellogg's Rice Krispies for the second year
will donate $20 to The Salvation Army to buy a toy for a child in need. GET ON IT!
Remember to look for Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Multi-Grain Shapes in your grocery store cereal aisle NOW!
MORE GREAT NEWS! Contest Time!
This contest is open to Canadians who would like to win Kellogg’s goodies basket!
Contest excludes Quebec. Only one winner per blog.
Disclosure: I am part of the Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Multi-Grain Shapes Blogger Campaign 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.
When my little guys were too young to go trick or treating in the neighborhood like the other little ghosts and goblins, I tried my best to ensure that we had fun regardless--because it is afterall my most favorite holiday EVER! So what does a mama do when her kiddos are home while everyone else is out having fun?
My first suggestion would be to stock up on candy - for yourself, not for your little one ;)
Then, bring on the games and fun for the long night ahead- what better way then to stay warm and enjoy all the fun of Halloween indoors? Remember to take a bunch of photos and have FUN with your baby, because before you know it, you will be out freezing and walking the rainy streets to earn that candy. Disney Baby
has compiled a helpful list to get you started and even spark a little of that imagination to make your special day perfect with your adorable little monster!
Cookie on his very first halloween - We dressed him as a chick because we felt it was appropriate. Mommy and daddy were farmers to match ;)
Neigh, wore the exact same Halloween outfit that Cookie wore on his first Halloween- we've kept it for memories sake.
SPOOKY FESTIVITIES FOR YOU AND BABY
Spooky scenes, creepy costumes and eerie eats: these Halloween favourites can be overwhelming for a little one. But while there’s plenty to be scared of on All Hallows’ Eve, getting your baby involved should be no cause for fear. Here are five great ideas from Disney Baby
for toning down the fright night festivities, so your little pumpkins can join in the action too!Be an early bird
If your baby is old enough and you want to go out and trick-or-treat or take in the ghoulish sights, don’t be afraid to head out early. Try talking to your neighbours and organizing a special event for wee ones before the real action begins. Or find out who is home during the day, and make your rounds then!Nix the neighbourhood
If you aren’t comfortable taking your little ones trick-or-treating, there are often local baby-friendly events you can bring them to instead. If you’re not sure where to start, try a zoo! Many organize Halloween activities specifically for young children.Revel with your relatives
For a more low-key option, have a little party at home or take your baby to visit the family! Have everyone get dressed up in fun, friendly costumes, make a few treats like these frozen ‘boo’-nana pops,
or set up a creepy craft
station. Stick with stories
If the idea of Halloween is still a bit overwhelming, and you want to introduce it to your little one slowly, start with a few Halloween-themed tales, like Pooh says Boo!
or Halloween Surprise
. Books like these are a simple and easy way to bring the festivities home, ensuring that baby enjoys a Halloween treat, and you enjoy a quiet night in.Choose a comfy costume
Whatever activity you choose, if you decide to include a costume, make sure baby is not only cute but also comfy. This cozy Mickey Mouse
ensemble features soft fabrics, as well as snap button closures to make mom’s life easier!
I am participating in the Disney Baby Mom Ambassador program, I have been provided with items in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions on this blog are my own.
Ever since I can remember I have asked for the same thing every year for my birthday. For most people it would be an extravagant party or new shoes-- for me, it's the crispy goodness of KFC's original chicken.
Same exact dinner.
So many memories of my family gathered around the table, licking their fingers and chatting about life followed by candles, cake and laughter. What more could a girl ask for right? The only thing better than this would be if the entire family gave me their chicken skin to indulge in - yes, I am addicted to the crispy goodness of that love at first bite good-old fashioned chicken skin too ;) No judgments please! We all know that would never happen, even if it IS my birthday wish, so I will settle for the whole piece of chicken instead.
Under normal circumstances I would never say this but, I think for once in my life I cannot wait until my birthday to indulge in KFC's newest flavor Sweet Chili Crunch
again- sweet with a small touch of heat. I had the opportunity to prepare and indulge in this new flavor along with a few other bloggers during a private behind the scenes workshop in KFC;s test kitchen and I can't contain my happiness when I say this stuff leaves an impression on both your taste buds and your brain - I mean, I find myself dreaming of chicken and I may just have to visit KFC everyday until it leaves the menu! It's that good!
Since this flavor is available for a limited time (ends November 23rd) I say, RUN to your local KFC and try it for yourself- you won't be sorry! My psychic senses also tell me that a few pieces of chicken won't be enough to keep you satisfied -keep in mind you can mix and match this flavor in ANY bucket for FREE too!! Get the best of both worlds with original recipe and sweet chili crunch!
Ok, now I'm hungry...
This was my lunch the other day, at an exclusive sneak peak event with KFC. Needless to say that bucket could easily be consumed in 10 minutes flat - but what kinda person would I be if I didn't share right? I learnt so much bout the process of making KFC and how their belief in making things the 'hard way' really is just that- the hard way. I had no clue about the amount of work involved in the food preparation and steps to actually making the finished product served perfectly to each customer every, single time. A little tidbit I learned was that KFC actually purchases their chicken from local farms, and the marination process alone takes a full 12 hours, just like that good old fashioned home cooking we do at home.
Yes - I will be one of the first on Monday (in stores Oct 20th) to order it again, because I need to pig out on this stuff in the comfort of my own kitchen without judgments ;) As many of you know, I love to order take-out and lounge in my PJ's with the kiddos on Friday nights while we snuggle and watch a move and I can tell that this just made out list of family-favorite meals - can't wait for the kids to try it. Our fun Friday tradition of take out food and movies just got a little sweeter!
P.S Tell the colonel to keep his eyes off of my chicken!
Disclosure: I am part of the KFC Sweet Chili Crunch Kitchen experience program with Mom Central Canada and YUM Brands and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.
It's almost here! My most favorite holiday of the year!!
You guessed it, HALLOWEEN!!
Creepy, yes, but the whole event makes me super-excited! For as long as I can remember, dressing up and preparing for this holiday was always a huge event for my family. The costumes, the thrills, the makeup and the notion that for one day you can do anything or be anything you want to be....did I mention the FREE candy too?
What's not to like right?
When it came time to plan my wedding shower I even made this holiday my canvas for a perfect Halloween-themed afternoon with all of my closest friends too. EVERYTHING about this holiday makes me happy! Since having kids, I think the anticipation and excitement has been elevated even more! Since, my kids seem to think that Halloween is all about costumes and candy, I try really hard to keep the mystery alive through imagination and activities. We love to partake in scavenger hunts through the forest where small treasures are planted by me ahead of time. A small trip to the dollarstore and voila you have an afternoon of exploration!
Crafting during this time is also easy and fun, the glitter and creativity are endless and our evenings are often spent watching Netflix with the days leading up to the big day on October 31st.
Here is a list of lil-sugar approved movies to watch with your little ones too!
What is your most favorite thing to do with the kids on Halloween?