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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Last minute gifts part 3!

Still shopping? Still searching for inspiration? Here's a collection of ideas that may help! We've got gift sets, educational dvds, night lights and exploration toys for you to consider.

Gift Sets

If you're looking at gift sets of your favourite products, Live Clean is another one where you can't go wrong!! Other years I've seen baby gift sets, and for the Spa Therapy products. This year, we were pleased to receive a Live Clean Argan Oil hand care set. This set includes 2 pump bottles, one of hand soap and one of body lotion, and comes with a metal display rack. It's available at Walmart (and possibly at other retailers as well) and would make a great hostess gift!

Educational DVDs

For preschoolers and the early primary grades, Rock 'n Learn has a great selection of educational DVDs on a wide variety of topics, from mathematics to language, to foreign language. We received the Sight Words DVDs (levels 1, 2 and 3) this week. Our youngest 2 started watching level 1 this morning, and we were very impressed by what we heard and saw. The pace is slow enough that they can easily keep up. After presenting some words, then there's a "quiz" time, where you have to try to read the word before it's said for you, and it wasn't long before they were both trying to beat the video! It kept their attention for the whole length of the video (50 mins). Other DVDs we've seen from Rock 'n Learn in the past include the telling time title, which we really need to review! There are nursery rhymes and fairy tales available as well.

For a great deal, check out the Groupon on Rock 'n Learn's 10 DVD math and science collection! (US addresses only) Regularly $129.95, it's on for $39.99 (US) for a limited time!

Night Light

All of our children have appreciated some sort of lighting in their room once the lights have been turned out. But for our youngest, a simple night light just isn't enough. Neither is 2 night lights. :) But she's pretty keen on the Groovy Globe  that's shining in her room now! It's pink, what's not to like? :) This fun octopus-shaped light features a pink head and purple 'tentacles,' and is covered with groovy symbols like the peace sign, hearts and flowers. It lights up the ceiling with fun shapes, in blue or red, without making the room really bright. It shines for 45 minutes and runs on 3 AAA batteries. Cloud b, the maker of many wonderful things that help babies and children sleep, also makes the Groovy Glove in Aqua, and a similarly shaped Dreamz to Go Octo-Pinkle or Octo-Bluee as well as Twinkles to Go Octo Blue or Octo Pink. We used to have the Twilight Ladybug (in classic colours) for our oldest, as he had similar issues with the dark, as well as the Sleep Sheep, which provided some great white noise for helping soothe our sleep-resistant children! The Groovy Globe has been a great addition to our bedtime routine, and is helping with encouraging our daughter to stay in her bed. Cloud b products are available directly from the website as well as from a variety of retailers (the Groovy Globe is available at Walmart.ca, for example).

Exploration Toys

If you have a child aged 1 or up, it can be hard to find a toy that keeps their attention longer than a few seconds, and gives them some adventure or stimulation at the same time! The Go!Go! Smart Animals series from VTech is designed to teach children using voice and music, while fascinating them with brightly coloured objects and friendly animals characters. The Zoo Explorers Playset we received includes Ryan the Rhino :), who sings and teaches animal names and traits, letters, colours and music. The set features a track that can be assembled many different ways and connected to other Smart Animals playsets. Along the track are 7 different SmartPoint locations and as Ryan passes over them, he responds with different phrases, music or fun sound effects. Extra animal characters can also be purchased separately. I'm not sure I agree with the age rating of 1-5 years; certainly it's suitable for children age 1, but I doubt I would give it to a child aged 4 or 5. VTech products are available directly from the website as well as from a variety of retailers.



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Friday, December 19, 2014

Last minute gifts - Part 2!

For Femme or Homme!

Vichy has been making skin care products since the 1950s. All their products contain Vichy spa water, known for it's therapeutic attributes and benefits to the skin. Vichy water was known by the Romans for it's soothing properties and has been promoted by many famous people throughout history for it's restorative benefits.

Vichy products are sold through partnerships with drugstores and pharmacies, allowing for the possibility of consultations with sales personnel. Vichy products are hypoallergenic and safe for all skin types. The company takes environmental concerns seriously and posts commitments and achievements in this area.

At this time of year, at time of gift giving, you could give the give of contributing to someone's skin health! Vichy products can be found at your local drugstore or pharmacy. Right now, there are a few gift sets available that would make the recipient very happy I'm sure!

Last minute gifts, part 1! GIVEAWAY!!

For the person who's a bit clumsy, but still enjoys using a cell phone or a tablet:

CAT phone case

Yes, CAT!! You know, the maker of great big tractors and other heavy equipment. They also make rugged smartphones and tablet accessories.

I've been using one for a couple of weeks on my iPhone 4S and I'm really happy with it! I was using the case my husband discarded after it broke a little, but there were a few issues. For one, we ended up with the same case, and had trouble telling whose phone was whose! The other case had flaps here and there (which broke easily) and it just seemed a little bit bulky. The CAT case is very solid feeling, but has a very slim profile, so it's a lot smaller and lighter. Something I like to do is prop my phone on the kitchen counter with a recipe open while I'm cooking, and I like how my phone stays up now because the bottom of the case is solid enough!

SRP: from $29.95

Available: TheSource.ca, BestBuy.ca, Heavydutygear.ca, Amazon.ca

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Rip n Go!

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Am I the only one who slacks off in the department of changing and washing sheets and other bedding regularly?! As a busy mom, it just seems that sheets are on the list of "stuff to do when there is nothing else to do" or at the very best, they would only be changed when there is a reason to change them - such as a little one wetting the bed. Even then, changing the sheets is a chore that I really don't enjoy - especially in the middle of the night, which is usually when the wet-bed happens and the sheets need to be changed.

This is where Rip n Go enters the scene and comes to the rescue! Rip n Go is a Canadian made innovative sheet set that changes that dreaded chore of changing a sheet into something that is (dare I say it?!) FUN and 0takes literally seconds! The secret to this is an special Velcro seal. In order to change the sheet you'll simply un-stick the pad and then re-stick the spare pad on. It's that easy. They come in three different sizes for Babies, Juniors and Adults/Seniors. Each of the pads are 100% waterproof, removable & reusable as well as very absorbent. I love that I don't need to struggle lifting the mattress, tucking in the sheets into those hard-to-reach corners by the wall, and well...it just makes keeping clean sheets on your bed a whole lot easier!

Homemade Cheese...What a Treat!

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I love homemade stuff. It's true! If I can make it at home, you can bet that I will likely give it a try at least once in my lifetime! A lot of my homemade 'adventures' in recent years have had to do with food! I've added homemade yogurt, breads, fruit roll-ups, gummy candies, and more to my list in the pat few years. Last month I added another 'homemade first' to my list as well as was able to cross another thing off my bucket list! With the help of Makecheese.ca I made our first ever batch of homemade cheese. I've tasted homemade cheese many times before and it was always delicious, so I thought it was about time to try my hand at making some homemade cheese of my own. But where to start?! The obvious answer is a cheese making kit of some sort. Through my searching I came across Make Cheese Inc. and their fabulous website which includes plenty of Do It Yourself Kits. I opted to give the Cheddar Cheese Kit a try.

When my Cheddar Cheese Kit arrived in the mail I eagerly opened it to check out my supply of cheese making supplies. The kit includes everything you need (minus a few kitchen utensils...like pots, spoons, etc. and the actual milk) to make 8 batches of homemade cheddar cheese. The kit includes all the other necessary ingredients and tools (Microbial Rennet Tablets (10 tablets), Cheese Culture, Cheese Cloth, Cheese Salt, Basket Old, Thermometer, Plastic Disc for Pressing, Orange Coating, Natural Bristly Brush and a Recipe Booklet) Each batch will give you about 400-500 grams of cheese. The recipe booklet is SUPER detailed and walks you through each step of the process in great detail to hopefully give you the best chance at having a successful cheese-making experience! There are several flavors you can choose from for this particular kit as well - they include plain, chive, jalapeño, beer, wine or whiskey infused cheddar. Personally, I think our favorite flavors will be the plain and chive!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Flipsize ~ Affordable, Convenient, Quality! ~ GIVEAWAY! ($100 GC!)

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Purple "Berry Sunny" Top ($3),
Teal and Purple Plaid Tunic Top ($5),
Jeggings with Pink stitching ($3)
Keeping our kids clothed in clothing that is for the right season, is the right size, and doesn't have holes in the knees is almost a full-time job around here! With five little ones ages 8 years and under there is always someone who is outgrowing their clothing! The thing is that buying new clothing all the time gets to be really expensive and the honest truth is that most of the time, new clothing just doesn't fit into our budget. So, in order to keep up with the ever-changing sizes and clothing needs of our children we do a lot of shopping at second-hand stores. It's amazing how much like-new kids clothing you can find for VERY affordable prices. That said, the kids and I often have a lot of fun shopping for second-hand clothing...but I'm sure you can imagine that sometimes it gets a little "hairy" in the stores with 5 children that could possibly all be running in different directions or pulling multiple things off the racks to see what they look like! Sometimes my brain just needs to stay home and avoid taking that crazy trip to the second hand store to find some more pants, sweaters, etc.

This is where online stores like FlipSize come into the picture. It is not a joke when I say that FlipSize is the best of both worlds! They give busy parents and families an opportunity to buy and sell like-new kids clothing without ever leaving the comfort of your own home! If you've got some great quality kids clothing that you're no longer using you simply request a bag from FlipSize. In a few days your bag an pre-paid label will arrive at your home. Simply stuff the bag with clothing that meets their No Dud Standards and send it back! The best part is that you will receive payment for this bag of clothes. You can earn cash, gift cards or store credit...all which sound like wonderful options to me!

Keep Hydrated With Brita! ~ GIVEAWAY!

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Drinking enough water is vital to our health! Whether it is in the hot summer months or in the dry winter months, I find that when I drink enough water, I feel a lot better. The thing is...some days I just get busy and drinking water isn't really on my radar. Or on days when we are on the road, traveling or running a lot of errands it is also easy to not get enough water. Those are just two examples. In fact a new report shows that instead of drinking water, many Canadian fall prey to drinking convenient sugar-sweetened beverages instead of the healthy and more thirst-quenching option of water. We readily will acknowledge the health concerns associated with the sugary drinks...so why don't we avoid them and replace them with a healthier option such as water??

When it comes to hydration drinking water is the best option. Personally, I find that it is also much more thirst-quenching than almost any other drink. In the same report a whopping 78% of Canadians agreed that they should be drinking more water than they do. So let's ask the question once again...what is keeping us from drinking more water? Many Canadians admitted that the less healthy bottled options in stores were just more convenient. As well, some Canadians suggested that they do not drink enough water because they don't like the taste of tap water or are concerned about water purity levels. I would fall into this category. I love drinking water and it is almost always my beverage of choice, but I will also admit that I do not like the taste of our tap water and I am concerned about the purity of the water.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

For Your Little Princess!!

Do you have a little girl who loves princesses? Or maybe a Frozen fan? Our little girl has recently been given a set of hand-me-down dress-up clothes, which includes princess dresses and crowns and shoes and tiaras and wands and and and... given how much she loves to change clothes and put on fancy things, you can imagine that this was well received! She parades regally about the house, often singing snippets from "Do you want to build a Snowman?" and "Let it Go!" :)

Two new books might be of interest to you like they were to us! For your complete princess transformation, you need a princess hairstyle too! I've been needing some new inspiration for hair styles, especially for more dressy occasions, and these books have provided some great ideas!!

Disney Frozen Hairstyles
Inspired by Anna and Elsa (Edda USA; October 2014; $12.95)
28 hairdos
Step-by-step instructions and full-colour photos on real girls included for each hairstyle

Disney Princess Hairstyles
40 different hairdos -- from Cinderella’s beautiful bun to Jasmine’s ponytail, and from Rapunzel’s endless curls to Pocahontas’ hidden braid
Step-by-step instructions and full-colour photos on real girls included for each hairstyle

Marvel Superheroes Itty Bitty Twitter contest

I know - that sounds like something you should not try to say 10 times fast! :)

Just an FYI: Hallmark has teemed up with Savvy Mom and is running an Itty Bitty Twitter contest! Every time you retweet, you're entered to win 1 of 4 Marvel Superhero Itty Bitty prize packs!

Go to Savvy Mom's contest page to find out more about the contest.

•Follow @savvymomdotca on Twitter
•Between December 16 and December 19 watch for the daily #hallmarkittybittys tweet
•Retweet any of the tweets that include #hallmarkittybittys using the retweet button

And as an added bonus, our Hallmark Christmas giveaway package now also includes the complete Marvel Superhero Itty Bitty collection (instead of just 1 character)!!! I've updated the post page with the new contest details.


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Monday, December 15, 2014

Adventures in Learning ~ GIVEAWAY!

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There's so much to learn...so many things we want to teach our children before they head out into the world. Many days it feels like precious time is slipping away, so how do we get our kids learning on their own? And most of all...how do get them learning while they are having fun? Well, it has often been said that playtime is also one of the times when kids learn the most - especially in the younger ages. LeapFrog has picked up on this idea and has become the ultimate source for toys that are both entertaining and educational! Our kids are HUGE fans of their LeapFrog toys and I'm not exaggerating when I say that at least one (or more!) of the LeapFrog products in our home gets played with and enjoyed almost every single day. Because of this LeapFrog is our go-to-resource when it comes to gift ideas that are fun, exciting, durable and educational. Here's just a little glimpse of what they have to offer you and your family this holiday season...

If you're looking for a fun gift for that toddler/preschool age (ages 2-5) the Learning Friends Adventure Bus might just be the perfect fit. The bus includes three fun characters - Koala, Fox and Penguin who can all climb aboard the bus and take off on three different adventures. They will get to visit the beach, visit the library or go on a picnic...these are all places that we love to visit as a family so our 2 year old daughter can really relate to the places that this little school bus visits. Children will get to use their imagination while they explore new places, listen to songs and take part in some simple yet fun activities. The school bus has more than twenty songs, phrases and sounds to keep your child interested and engaged. The Learning Friends Adventure Bus is a great way to help your child develop and use their imaginations, build their language skills, introduce new vocabulary and simply encourage pretend play. It makes a wonderful gift idea for younger children and as we've come to expect from LeapFrog - it is the perfect mix of fun and learning for toddlers and preschoolers!

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