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!

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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 ;)
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Neigh, wore the exact same Halloween outfit that Cookie wore on his first Halloween- we've kept it for memories sake.
PEEK-A-BOO!
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. 
 
 
I am thrilled to be a Disney Baby Mom Ambassador and I am so lucky that this opportunity came to me at perfect timing to spoil my new little nephew with all the wonderful goodies Disney has provided to me. Being a Disney Baby Mom Ambassador means that you will now get a snippet into my personal 'mommy' life, as I will share stories and ideas with you as well as information and fun too! 
Ready to hear all about my design inspiration for my nursery? Here it goes...

When we found out we were pregnant I immediately thought that I wanted to do pastels and soft colors for my new little bundle of joy...then he started to kick...boy did he KICK! So naturally, my ideas shifted a little and I thought we should create a nursery that reflected his already determined personality. Since he would be our little 'prince' and I often felt as if I was on a carousel, we opted for a chic carnival theme for our little man.
Our first home was quite small and space was a huge issue, so we got creative with shapes to give the illusion of grandeur and furniture was kept to a minimum. We placed the changeable on top of a dresser and used wicker baskets to hold all the necessities for diaper changes. I absolutely loved our little man's room and I was sad when we moved because it was my most favorite place in our home - afterall, I did spend endless nights nursing in that big comfy chair ;) 

My only regret is that I didn't take more photos of the rest of the room. Makes you miss the baby stage again, doesn't it?
5 Tips for Decorating Baby's Room

1) Choose a style that’s unique to baby!  If you give yourself a focus, it’s much easier to create a cohesive design. You could start with some fun wall art as an inspiration and use that to determine your colour scheme. Or pick some bedding you love and build the room around that. This Lion King bedding set has lots of fun, neutral colours and patterns to draw from. 

2) Create a nifty-nursing station. 
 Set up a table near a comfy chair, and keep it stocked with necessary supplies like baby-safe hand sanitizer, nursing pads, nipple cream, burp cloths and paper towels. Receiving blankets like this Winnie the Pooh set are always great to have on hand – they can be used as burp cloths, coverlets, and to keep your baby warm. 

3) Get creative with storage. 
 With a new baby occupying a room, storage may be limited, so get creative. Add a cute bed skirt to your crib which allows you to hide boxes or supplies. Or buy a multi-bin organizer, so you can store books, toys, and clothes in one convenient location. 

4) Set the mood with lighting.  The nursery should be a soothing space where your baby can fall asleep easily. Try putting your overhead light on a dimmer, or buying some small accent lamps to minimize harsh lighting. This Winnie the Pooh night light is another great way to provide safety and comfort – especially during late-night feedings. 

5) Leave Room to Grow – because they will!
  Remember that your baby won’t be a baby forever. It’s helpful to choose decorations that are easy to update or change as your baby grows up, so your baby’s room can grow up too. Wall Decals are detachable, reusable and they won’t harm your walls – you can remove or replace them if you’d like a change. 

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. 
 
 
What child hasn't enjoyed the movie Cars? Here's a sneak peak at Disney's 'PLANES' set to hit theatres August 9th 2013! Just in time for the end of summer! With celebrity voices from Teri Hatcher, Dane Cook, Louis Dreyfus, and Val Kilmer. 
From above the world of “Cars” comes “Disney’s Planes,” an action-packed 3D animated comedy adventure featuring Dusty (voice of Dane Cook), a plane with dreams of competing as a high-flying air racer. But Dusty’s not exactly built for racing—and he happens to be afraid of heights. So he turns to a seasoned naval aviator who helps Dusty qualify to take on the defending champ of the race circuit. Dusty’s courage is put to the ultimate test as he aims to reach heights he never dreamed possible, giving a spellbound world the inspiration to soar. “Disney’s Planes” takes off in theatres on Aug. 9, 2013.

Visit the website: http://www.disney.com/planes  
Like Disney’s PLANES on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/disneyplanes

 

 
 
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and to celebrate, Disney On Ice wants to share this adorable printable Valentine’s Day Card! You can find the pdf. version below, just print, create and do this fun craft with your kids!

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When my first born son arrived, my husband and I made a point of capturing memories on video and keeping them. Little did we know that 3 short years later, our little genius would figure out how to erase all those precious memories with the touch of a button. Memories lost forever! The problem with camcorders today is that they have a large capacity to store videos without having to download or export them. So, like many people do, we kept adding to our video collection without ever backing them up!

I found with the new Sony Full HD Camcorder this step makes it easy to export because it has a built-in USB-cable that allows for easy transmission from camera to computer. As well as, a removable SD Card for simple sharing. These simple features would have saved my files in the past. The truth is, I like many, am lazy and do not have much time to sit and fidget with a device for hours. The most amazing part of this camera? Still remains, the projector feature. Another feature that Sony has come up with to make the lives of busy families a little bit easier! Less cords= 1 Happy Mama ;)

Simple memories like my boys playing Barbies with their father, are the memories that I will cherish forever!
Some key features to remember when purchasing this AMAZING Camcorder:
Why Chose a HandyCam?

The Best Video
 When shooting an important moment that you’d like to preserve for the future, you need the best video and sound. Handycam® camcorders feature “Exmor R”™ CMOS sensor delivers great videos in low-light and advanced features like focus tracking, face detection and smile shutter, Up to 60x optical zoom – that’s 60 times more zoom than a cell phone, Optical SteadyShot™ with Active Mode lets you say goodbye to shaky video and Uncompressed Full HD 1080 60p video

True Audio
Sound is just as important as video when it comes to preserving your memories. Handycam® camcorders feature Sony sound expertise: 5.1-channel surround sound, S-Master audio, Built-in zoom microphone, Wind-noise reduction, and Optional wireless microphones for crystal clear audio up to 100m away

Better By Design
Handycam® camcorders are designed to shoot video without compromising other features: Long battery life (up to 11 hours), Large touch-screen LCD, Intuitive feature navigation, Shoot still photos while shooting video, and GPS with in-camcorder maps, geotagging

Share Easily
Sony has incredible built-in features to make sharing so easy: Built-in projector lets everyone enjoy on-the-spot sharing (image projected up to 60” diagonally), Highlight playback to enjoy video clips quickly and easily, PlayMemories™ software provides easy online sharing through sites like YouTube™ and Facebook™, Built-in USB cable for easy download and charge, Enjoy direct playback from HDD, One touch DVD burn (optional DVDirect), and HDMI cable included in the box for immediate sharing on an HDTV

Of course, there are also those memories that are much more elaborate that every parent wants to capture on film. Like, my son's Junior Kindergarten graduation. Here is a snipet of the ceremony. Again, memories that with time will fade, but because they are captured on video, will now last a lifetime!

What is your favorite memory that you've caught on video or the memory you most wish had been captured on video? 

Now, how would you like to win some ADORABLE swag?
Disney is giving away this fabulous Disney prize pack (Value of $80) to one lucky winner!! 

The prize pack includes:
- a Beach Bag
- Mickey Plush
- Mickey Beach Towel
- Set of 2 Mickey Tumblers
Open to Canadian residences. 

Enter in Rafflecopter below!! Good luck! 

 
 
I am thrilled to be part of the Sony Brand Ambassador Program with PTPA!!

Over the next little while, I will be updating you on the latest and greatest that Sony has to offer. Bringing you contests, updates and more ways to connect one of Canada's biggest electronics companies! 
Here is the first campaign (so excited! eeek!)... Do you have a hero in your life, someone who has changed the way you look at the world? Even your fondest memory can sometimes become a 'Magical' experience. I am so excited to tell you about how Disney is making your memories and dreams a reality with their new contest "Share the Memories." All you have to so is simply share a story of how a special person inspired you and you could win a Walt Disney World® vacation for you and your special "Memory Maker." PLUS a Sony HDRP-PJ260V Handycam® camcorder!!!! 

Excited yet? 

These camcorders are amazing! Capture all the magic and more, with a built in projector-that's right, watch home movies instantly anywhere! capable of projecting up to a 100" diagonal image using the projector cleverly built into the LCD panel. Also has, low-light sensitivity, Optical SteadyShot™ and Active Mode! Everything built into a handy compact device! 

To Enter: Go to: www.disney.com/memories by May 13, 2012 and share your Magical Memory then... Enter daily for a chance to win one of the 24 weekly prizes, like a Sony Handycam® camcorder and a $200 Disney Shopping Card!! 

Easy right? what are you waiting for...share the magic and WIN!! 

Don't forget to enter by May 13, 2012 for the Grand Prize and YOU could be sharing your memories live from Walt Disney World®! 

For more information about the Sony HDRP-PJ260V Handycam® Camcorder: http://store.sony.ca/handycam 
Why chose a camcorder: http://content.sony.ca/en/html/whycamcorder/ 
Dates to Remember: May 13, 2012 – Grand prize contest closes to win a Walt Disney World® vacation and a Sony Handycam® Camcorder 
Weekly Sweepstakes open from April 2 – Sept. 30, 2012 

Follow Along On Social Media: 
Use Hashtag #SonyMemories on Twitter for more blogger updates and reviews! 

No Purchase necessary. Void in Quebec.  *Prizes vary weekly. Visit Disney.com/memories for official rules and details. As to Disney artwork/properties (c) Disney.   Although this is a sponsored post, all opinions are 100% mine. 
 
 

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