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!!
What better way to show someone you love them than with something warm and fuzzy right?
Well, warm, fuzzy, functional, sweet and cute should do the trick to win just about anyone over ;)
Here's my recipe for these adorable sock cupcakes that almost look good enough to eat!
-1 fuzzy pair of socks (I used white)
-1 large lollipop
-ice cream dish and spoon (in my case I used 4 of each)
-1 freezer bag
-ribbon to tie
Voila! Roll the socks up starting at the toes and place them in the cup, top them off with a yummy lollipop and cute poem and wrap!
So easy, and so adorable! I am giving one of these each to my son's teachers this year instead of a card.
This cupcake is not to eat
It was baked with love to warm your feet!
Two years ago I experienced my luckiest year ever! I have won small contests before, but I never imagined I would win a washer and dryer from whirlpool! Sometimes entering a simple contest, (like I thought I had) can actually have a big outcome. For me, this was perfect timing too! Our old washer was on the fritz when I heard of this contest that was giving a set away...imagine the timing and my surprise when we actually won!
Since then, I often enter contests in hope that maybe my luck will return to me. Maybe one day it will (crossing fingers) but for now, I am happy with my one BIG win. I must admit, contests and lotteries are addictive though, right? That's why I am super happy to tell you about the newest Kinder on the block.
If you love Kinder eggs like I do and contest, winning, and fun then purchase specially-marked Kinder Surprise eggs and play Kinder Crack'n Win! What's better than a little indulgence, a treat for your child and a free entry into a major sweepstakes...I can't think of anything sweeter!
This fun promotion celebrates the launch of the new 2014 Kinder toy collection
and you could win over $2.4 MILLION in instant prizes too! Simply crack open the delicious chocolate egg, find the fun toy inside and look for the special code of entry on the paper included inside then head on over to the Kinder® Canada Facebook page
to complete your entry.SO MANY AWESOME PRIZES!!
You could win a 2014 Fiat 500 POP car, a family vacation to Orlando Florida (2 winning families)!, 27,850 family night out movie passes and 201,000 free Kinder eggs too! Go ahead and pick up a specially-marked Kinder® Surprise® Egg soon, and your PIN could be a winner!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.
Let me start off by saying that this was A LOT of fun for my 2 little guys. We have been bombarded with snow outside and it seems that we never truly make it outdoors to enjoy it because the temperatures are either too cold or too wet, so we invented the indoor snowman as a temporary replacement.
I usually make 1/2 of the mixture and it works out great for 2 people, but you can make enough for 4 if you like, or 2 larger snowmen.
Here's what you need (makes 4):
-a waterproof hat (we use playmobil pieces for this)
-some 'buttons' (small beads work well)
-arms (toothpicks, twigs etc)
-2 cups baking soda
-2 tablespoons dishwashing liquid soap
-4 tablespoons water
- white vinegar (about 4 cups)
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl, except for the vinegar. You will get a crumbly mixture that should hold into a ball formation when made. Make your snowman and decorate. Once ready, cover him with the white vinegar to see him 'disappear.' My kids love playing with the left over mixture because it becomes frothy and fun!
The most frightening thing for me in the winter months is driving. The thought of slipping or getting stuck on the side of the road with my kids in tow scares me the most. Still we try to avoid situations like this by outfitting our car with winter tires, but nature does happen and so do accidents. Even when utilizing winter tires it is easy to lose control on black ice, so it’s important to have roadside assistance
if the worst should come to pass and your vehicle finds its way off the road. Peace of mind is what matters most when you are a mom, and that is why I am writing to tell you about the benefits of being a CAA Member. If you are like me, taking those small measures can both ease your mind and prevent future situations from happening all together.What can CAA do for you?
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Now imagine for a second that all your worries can disappear with the help of a trusted company....I know my worries are certainly limited now that I have eliminated the 'what if' factor. That's not all, CAA members receive exclusive access to a wealth of savings opportunities and discounts at many of your favorite retailers too! Save on holiday gifts at PayLess Shoes, the Banana Republic Factory Store and GAP Factory Store while maintaining the security you need for your family.
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I always say 'it starts from home' when it comes to teaching children the importance of caring. I feel that as a parent it is my obligation to teach my children about the less fortunate and the needy, to teach them how fortunate they are to be living the life they are living and thinking of ways we can give back as a family. Living in todays society this is often a hard thing to remember, and I admit, I sometimes forget myself.
Since the kids were little we have used the holiday season as a great way to give back by sorting through our old toys and clothes and donating them to a charity. This year, we will continue that tradition in our home and take the children through the process of what we truly need as individuals vs. what we 'want' out of greed. Between the school fundraisers, our own charity efforts and our endless attempts to make our children understand the importance of charity, I truly think some of this is setting in. This year my oldest has decided to adopt an animal and raise funds to keep the species alive, a step forward to becoming the kind of person I am proud to be raising. Tonight my youngest told me that he didn't mind if Santa didn't bring him any gifts this year because there are so many children in the world that need them...tears of joy filled my eyes instantly, a proud mommy moment indeed.
I am excited to tell you all that Kinder® has partnered with Children’s Miracle Network for the “A Joy To Share” program. Such a wonderful way is helping to bring joy to families this holiday season . I am super-proud to be part of this amazing Kinder® campaign for obvious reasons. When you create a greeting card on their Facebook page
, Kinder® will donate $1 to the Children’s Miracle Network! How great is that? PLUS the cards are super-cute too, check it out!
The Kinder® goal of a $25,000 this holiday season is guaranteed to make someone smile....so let's make it happen! GREAT NEWS: The first 10,000 people who create a greeting card will receive a coupon for a FREE pack of delicious KINDER® Mini Eggs.
Disclosure: I’m part of the Kinder® Mom program and Ireceive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own
What is bedtime like in your home? Do you sing, read a book, cuddle, bathe or is it a fight or struggle to get your munchkins off to dreamland?
For me, bedtime has always been my favorite time of the day. Not because it is the time mommy can relax, but rather the time I truly get to spend one-on-one with my little ones. I guess I was always one of the 'lucky' ones when it came to our beditme routine, aside from the odd struggle to go to sleep, I have always had our routine to a science. Being a mama who is often alone at bedtime (hubby is always working) I guess it was just imperative that I master the art of bedtime at home or all chaos would break loose!
In my home, I usually start bath time at around 6:30 pm for added comfort and relaxation. My oldest especially loves bath time with JOHNSON’S® NATURAL® products because he suffers from really bad eczema and these products seem to soothe and relieve him of discomfort while in bed.
The best news is that the improved JOHNSON’S® NATURAL® baby products, are paraben-free, dye-free and phyhalate-free!! Such a relief to know your baby's skin is safe!
Bath time is followed by stories, books and conversation. I just love hearing all about their day at school and their thoughts on the future, makes me want to be a kid all over again.
Here's where my bed time may be VERY different from yours...
Since Cookie and Neigh fall asleep easily, I sort of give in to two tiny 'no no's' when it comes to sleep time. Cookie MUST fall asleep holding my hair and Neigh tends to fall asleep while I am wedged in between my two cuddly boys, I then carry him to his bed once everyone's asleep. I know it is WRONG to spoil a child, but in all honestly this portion of bed time takes 5 minutes and they are off to dreamland by 7:30 pm. Like I said before, I am alone most nights, so for me this ensures a happy bed time with memories I will cherish forever...
So, how do your kids go to sleep? I would love to know!!
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I am participating in the JOHNSON’S® NATURAL® Blogger Campaign by Mom Central Canada on behalf of JOHNSON’S® NATURAL®. I receive compensation as a thank you for participating and for sharing my honest opinion. The opinions on this blog are my own.”
How do you get a 3 yr old and 5 year old to play together? You give them a bucket full of old clothes, costumes and accessories of course! Dress up has always been my "go to" activity of choice because it brings out so much imagination in my boys. I just love seeing the scenarios they act out over and over again from their favorite cartoon or even everyday life. For my boys, princesses, tiaras and sparkles have always surrounded our dress up moments.
Can you imagine the look on their faces when they received this delivered to our door? First instinct was to open up all the eggs and find each character to play with- but then mama would be stuck eating all the chocolate (who would argue that). Instead we decided to open one up on special occasions so that we could fully enjoy both the chocolate AND the surprises too!
These boys really love the fantasy of Disney princesses and come into character very nicely! While my youngest is now shifting towards becoming the next super-hero, we just love playing make believe and bringing characters and fantasy to life! My oldest has already demanded we give out some of these eggs at his upcoming Birthday party too!! ...Let's hope they last that long ;)
...1 month to go!! I think I should lock them up until then!
No doubt your tiny Princess and Superheroes will be happy with the new specially-marked Kinder® Surprise® packages because in every two out of the three eggs they will find a limited edition Princess or Marvel Super Hero toy. Want a sneak peek at the new toy collections? Check them out on Kinder’s Facebook Page
Disclosure – I’m part of the KINDER® Mom program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. All opinions on this blog are my own.
With September being the month of school, Staples asked parents all around Canada to submit their answer to the question "What does going back to school mean to you?"
From over 600 entries, 3 winners had to be chosen in 3 categories and this job was NOT easy!! I fully enjoyed being a panelist for this contest though, such a sense of nostalgia and memories from school days past as well as my own children's experiences with going to school played a really important roll in assisting with choosing a winner.
Here are the final winners of the Staples #GoingBack contest!
I hope the winners enjoy Canon T3i Prize packs-- I know I would ;)
__________________________________________________Best Written Entry – Marlene’s “My Son’s First Day of School”I still get all choked up when I think of my son’s first day of school. He was very shy, had his new lunch kit, new clothes, I walked him to the room, we found his name, and he sat down. Then he looked at me and said “you can sit here mommy, beside me, its ok, I’ll share my lunch with you.” with big tears in his eyes. Broke my heart.
Best Photo Entry – Line S.
Best Video Entry – Edepippo1