Every year I make a big deal about Canada Day, and every year the kids have a blast.
Sort of a family tradition in our home because it is the day my children can really relate and understand their roots and how much their country has to offer them. I love the anticipation leading up to the whole celebration, the baking, the games, the crafts, and of course staying up past bedtime to watch the beautiful fireworks too!
Every year we make the same Canada Day t-shirt craft too!
Simply, a plain white t-shirt with their tiny hands printed in the middle and side panels for the 'flag' in red and every year I am reminded that these tiny hands will once surpass my own.
As the years pass me by, I am also reminded that my kids are getting more and more impatient about the 'waiting' for fireworks to begin then they once were, and every year we find it harder to entertain them past the witching hour. This year thanks to Netflix
, we were able to keep the kiddos occupied with some great CANADIAN Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days.
My kids absolutely loved this movie, and it really helped with the happiness factor that brought us right into the evening.
After much popcorn and a fun filled movie we were off to watch the fireworks.
Mommy's favorite part ;)
Disclosure: I am a member of Netflix’s Stream Team and I have been compensated with a complementary Netflix subscription and perks. The stories and opinions on this blog, as always are all my own.
SCHOOL IS OFFICIALLY OUT FOR THE SUMMER!
Why am I happy, you ask?
Longer days, more snuggles from the munchkins, sunshine and a chance at being a kid again are all the things I look forward to. I know, for most parents it means crazy schedules, kids running like maniacs and stress, I say soak it up and enjoy it because it only lasts for a few weeks. The memories made in these short months are enough to get me thorough a year of school without my kiddos around the clock.
Yes, I am the over bearing and completely consumed mama...and I couldn't imagine it any other way.
Summers mean FUN! Smiles, and sunshine and chocolate smeared kisses. The only way to ensure that our days are all of these things and more, is by rewarding the kiddos with Kinder so that mama can enjoy some too! We love to take long walks in the forest, find bugs and slugs and at the end of it all the best reward is seeing my little men enjoy a Kinder surprise and getting whisked away in imagination with the tiny toy that comes inside.
I mean, how else would I get them to walk the entire way back without a fuss?
Shhh...mama packs an extra egg for herself too ;)
REMEMBER: If you are travelling to the USA, please remember that Kinder Surprise are NOT allowed passed the Canadian boarder into the USA.
Disclosure: I’m part of theKinder® Mom program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation withthis group. The opinions on this blog are my own.
I admit, I am a little bit of a television junkie when it comes to entire seasons streamed in one place and easy access to indulge. That is why I love my 'me' time...
You know, the time when the kids are asleep, the house is clean and you can finally sit down to enjoy a cup of tea and some adult television sans the colorful, singing voices that seem to flood your memory?
THAT is what I call MY time!
Since my kiddos are in bed by 7:30, I usually go into overdrive to get all the housework done and finish up some of my personal work to make it to my bed or sofa for at least 9pm where I brew a nice cup of Earl Grey and turn on the tube or in some instances the cell phone for my guilty most recent pleasure Orange is the New Black! For the past 2 weeks i have been immersed in all things Crazy Eyes and Piper and now I am on the search for another awesome show to watch.
This is what I do, I watch and watch and watch! This is what is so perfect about Netflix - all the shows you want to watch when you want to watch them. In my opinion, a perfect system to get a really busy mama like myself some much needed alone time because let's face it, those moments are far and in between.
So what should I watch next?
- Breaking Bad
- Friday Night Lights
What is on your must-watch list? I would love to know!Disclosure: I am part of the Netflix #StreamTeam. I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with Netflix, however, all opinions on this blog are my own.
Remember when backwards hats, overalls, rap and huge loop earrings were in style? If you were born anytime in the 80's you would probably remember the 90's really well. In fact, you are probably trying to rock those same styles today, as they have made a big comeback!
I was born in 1980 this I am a product of all things 90's including many of my most favorite shows. I loved growing up with what I refer to as "real television" and I am super-glad to see many of these shows have made a comeback on Netflix.ca
recently. Can you imagine my excitement when I noticed The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air on my home screen?
...queue the theme song...
So many great titles and full series from the 90's NOW streaming on Netflix!
Get the bandannas out and start shredding your jeans because you are about to embark on a retro-rewind!
Have fun and visit www.netflix.ca
Disclosure: I'm part of the Netflix #StreamTeam, and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with Netflix. As always, all views and opinions are my own.
It was a dream...
Rather, I was the one dreaming. Dreaming that 2 professionals cleaned my home while I sat back, relaxed and caught up on mommy time. SINCE WHEN DOES THAT EVER HAPPEN?
Must have been a dream right?
For the first time since I can remember I have had the pleasure of actually taking some time to MYSELF! Mamas. you know exactly what I am talking about. Between dinner, washing clothes, paying bills, working and maintaining daily activities and duties I feel like somewhere I have lost a little bit of myself.
Enter, You Need Maids
to the rescue - literally!
Normally I wouldn't allow someone (not even my own mother) to come into my home to clean it, but lately I really find that the maintenance is taking a toll on my poor, once clean home. I was super-surprised to see how wonderful this cleaning service was, they took care of all the supplies so I didn't have to run out and get a bunch of cleaners or utilities and got straight to work as soon as they arrived. Hours later, I had a home that not only looked spotless but smelt clean too! I would highly recommend this service to families on the go, such as my own because You Need Maids made sure that hard to reach places (light fixtures/window sills/etc) were left sparkling. For me, these are the areas that I often neglect because they take time and energy. I also love that booking can be done online and at the homeowners leisure, because everyone knows I LIVE on the computer, this feature is super-awesome.
I am now considering a monthly plan with this wonderful service because mama needs a break once and a while ;) If you are in the GTA Canada, take note! This is a wonderfully refreshing service that offers top-notch pampering!GREAT NEWS LIL-SUGAR READERS! Enter code: LILSUGAR10 at checkout to get 10% off of your first cleaning service!!
Check them out: http://youneedmaids.com/
Disclosure: I received 1 free cleaning from You Need Maids in exchange for my honest opinion, all opinions on this blog are my own.
Since Earth Day is fast approaching, what better way to get your children (and yourself) motivated to kick it into high gear then with movies and education?
I love Netflix
for the simple fact that movies and documentaries are categorized for viewers like myself. I am a strong believer of showing my kids real-life without sugar-coating our environment. I feel that if they see things first hand, I can have the opportunity to show and explain to them why things happen.
We have been watching the following titles, and it has opened up a wealth of knowledge for my children. I have even noticed that they have taken a huge interest in the environment and how we can help improve it.
Be sure to check out these titles on Netflix!
One of our MOST favorite thing to do is go on nature walks -- then bring home all of our findings and label, organize and create with them! Your kids will have a blast doing this, and mommy and daddy will get a little break too ;)
Disclosure: I am participating in an ambassadorship with Netflix Canada and I have not recieved compensation for this post. All opinions are my own.
Easter is a big deal in our home, I just love all the anticipation, the colors and all the Springtime life that fills the air! For as long as I can remember my parents were always a huge part in making this an extra special holiday for me. Now, with my own two kids I have carried on the tradition of making those tiny memories live on through them.
Weeks before Easter, I decorate the house with pastels, we bake, and fill baskets with eggs...all leading to the BIG day when the 'Easter Bunny' should arrive. On Easter morning my children wake up to a trail of chocolate and special notes to set them on a hunt throughout the entire house in anticipation for the final surprise. Since my children are still very young, I love filling plastic eggs with stickers, stamps, tiny figurines and of course CHOCOLATE!!
Kinder® treats have always been a big part of my memories as a child and I love that I can give my own children the tasty experience and joy that comes in a tiny egg. Since then, Kinder® products sure have evolved, their line now consists of soft animals, mini eggs, sets and even a treasure hunt kit- perfect for those parents who need a little 'help' in the Easter hunt department ;) You can find a large selection of Kinder® products in stores now.
GREAT NEWS! Kinder® Hunt Eggstravaganza Facebook Contest
Kinder® is giving their Facebook fans a chance to win their own Easter basket kit. Kinder® will be giving away one basket each day to a lucky winner on April 10 and 12*. Visit the Kinder® Canada Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/KinderCanada
GIVE BACK: Kinder® has partnered with Children’s Miracle Network and will be providing 12 of these baskets to CMN hospitals. As well, Kinder® will be donating another $25,000 to help support this non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for children’s hospitals across North America.
Disclosure: I’m part of the Kinder® Mom program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.
I am still gushing over the fact that I am a Netflix StreamTeam ambassador -why? Simply because I have been a long time Netflix watcher and I can't wait to tell all of my readers about this wonderful service!
If you are looking for great value and a service that your kids love, then Netflix is perfect for your family. Your kids will love Gullivers Travels and Judy Moody and the Not so Bummer Summer- I know mine do, in fact we have watched them over and over again! With so much to offer the family for just $7.99 a month, forget the movie theater and pass the popcorn! Make movie night right in the comfort of your family room!
In my home, every Friday we declare it 'Fun Friday' - an evening of junkfood, pizza, movies, board games and family time. I really cherish these moments with my kids because the reality of it is that one day they will be grown and won't want their mama sitting on the same sofa with them, let alone in the same room!
Moms and dad's there is so much for you with Netflix too!! I personally love House of Cards and Gossip Girl, I am actually considering canceling my cable because Netflix seems to have the whole family covered! Best part is, that you can take it anywhere without having to worry about 2 people watching at the same time. A little insider: I watch Netflix while doing laundry, and cooking on my cell phone- how cool is that?
Can't wait to share more with you in the coming months but for now, sign up here: www.netflix.ca
Disclosure: I am part of the Netflix Canada #StreamTeam and received products in exchange for my honest opinion; all opinions expressed are entirely my own.
Ever since becoming a mommy I have discovered that I have a new love for all things beautiful -my kids included. Because beauty is in the eye of the beholder I like to look for a variety clean lines and simplicity when it comes to party decor, invitations and stationary. What's worse than planning a party with limited supplies or having an idea in your head and being unable to execute it?
Check out Minted.com's
new collection of baby and kids products - like baby shower invitations and birth announcements!! I am super-excited because they are ADORABLE!! Here's my fave:
Party planning is hard enough as it is and finding those perfect pieces can make the simplest things become overwhelming. I was recently introduced to minted.com and I have to say I am impressed. All the things I usually look for clean line simplicity and even customization are all here on this amazing website. In my opinion the best part is delivery right to your door quality and satisfaction too! I remember being a first-time mom and having to plan my bridal shower and my child's baptism for the first time I didn't want to leave the house let alone go to a party store or an invitation boutique just to find the perfect accents to the events I was planning.
How easy would it have been just to click your mouse and type in a few details and that the ordering and delivery come right to you and be satisfied 100% with the product? And how cute are these invitations? So many on site! Minted.com has become my go to place for all of these stationary needs I just love their packages and I know that navigating their site there's something perfect for everyone including me- a picky customer!
Check it out for yourself I'm sure you won't be sorry! www.minted.com
This recipe is by far the easiest way to sneak any vegetable in my kids meals. You can replace the squash with sweet potato or potato too. If you want to substitute with another vegetable like zucchini, simply add 12 cup more of flour. ENJOY!
-3/4 cup butternut squash (cooked and mashed)
-2 tablespoons maple syrup
-4 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter (melted)
-Cinnamon to sprinkle
-1 cup milk
-2 cups all-purpose flour
-1 tablespoon baking powder
-Salt to taste
Directions: Mix all ingredients in a large bowl with a hand mixer on medium speed until fluffy. Scoop desired amount of batter onto a skillet and watch for bubbles. Once batter bubbles slightly, flip and enjoy!!