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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Lightweight, Practical Storage Solutions!

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Fabric Baskets have been around for a while...but I'm a little late in joining the 'fabric basket bandwagon!' Recently I've been eying these baskets though - the look SO practical and have a nice modern and stylish vibe to them as well. O.co has some great Badger Basket Nesting Trapezoid 3-basket Sets that include three sizes of baskets in each set...so I took the plunge and added some fabric baskets to our home this past month.

We've loved filling them and using them for all sorts of things in our home! A few of our favorite uses for the baskets so far include a 'book basket' for our library books, a 'craft basket' for storing our craft supplies, a 'school basket' for our extra school supplies, and our son has used a few of the smaller baskets for his Lego in his bedroom as well. Honestly, the uses for the Badger Basket sets are unlimited! They're great for storing diapers, clothes, towels, toys, socks, hats, mittens and the list could go on and on and on. When you are not using your baskets you can easily remove the bottom panel and fold the basket flat for easy, space-efficient storing until you need the basket again. Alternatively, they can also next inside each other for storage when they are assembled.

Make it Personalized & Extra Special! ~ GIVEAWAY!

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Sometimes finding the perfect gift for a child can be tricky! Especially if you want to find the "perfect" gift - you know, one that won't take up a lot of space, one that won't be ultra expensive, one that the child will LOVE, one that will have meaning and one that will be able to be treasured by your child. Whether you're shopping for your own children, your grandchildren, friends, nieces, nephews, etc. we often face the dilemma of what type of meaningful, useful and fun gift we could purchase for loved little ones in our lives!

This year we're giving the gift of something that fits all of the above requirements, and it is some personalized books from My Custom Kids Books. These books take your children and make them the stars of their own personalized books! This means that you will send in a photo of your child, and an artist with cut out your child's face and paste it onto the bodies of all the different characters in each book that you order. What fun!! Our children LOVE to read stories when they are in the story. I love hearing them giggle about the outfits that they are "wearing" in the story. One thing that My Custom Kids Books does that is different from other personalized books is that they add 'accessories' to your child's photo! So they'll have on hats, princess crowns, goggles, bows, etc. Each character is dressed up "just so" and there is no doubt about it that children LOVE seeing themselves all dressed up as a variety of characters throughout the books. It is also a wonderful way to help your child discover the joy of reading!

Give (or Get!) a Healthy Surprise! ~ GIVEAWAY!

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Snacks are a big deal around here. We love them. We have a hard time going without them. And we're always on the lookout for new & exciting snack ideas! In a very real way, snacks have become an essential part of both my day and y kids' days. As a busy mom of five young children, you can imagine that time is often limited, and snacks are an excellent thing to have in the pantry, cupboard, diaper bag, vehicle, etc. for those moments when the hunger pangs strike but you are not able to sit down and enjoy a meal.

However, when it comes to snacks in our home, I will freely admit that I am picky - very picky about what we eat for snacks! Snack time can easily turn into something that is very unhealthy if we fill our bodies with snacks that have sugar filled, artificial and GMO based ingredients. Ever since our first baby boy was born I began a quest to eat healthier and to, in turn, eventually teach my children the value of eating nutritiously. Snacks play a BIG part of eating healthy. This past month we were able to enjoy a variety of NEW-to-us snacks from Healthy Surprise. Healthy Surprise is a wonderful (and very FUN!) way to introduce new healthy snacks to your home. Healthy Surprise does the searching for busy moms and families and finds snacks that not only taste great but also meet their high quality standards. All of their snacks are full-size and are backed by a Satisfaction Guarantee.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Deck the Halls With Memories!

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Can you believe that Christmas is just around the bend? And that another year is about to begin?! Yes...when I think about how quickly this past year flew by it really is a little bit mind-boggling! The holiday season always seems to pick-up speed too, with all the planning, preparing and anticipation of Christmas Day. I will admit though that I'm really not a big fan of in-store shopping...especially with five children trailing after me. I much prefer online shopping, but the thing is, that sometimes it's hard to buy something without seeing it first. That said, I do think that I have the perfect solution to relieve some of the stress of holiday shopping, and it is none other than Posterjack.ca.

Posterjack.ca is the place where you will find Canada's Photo Printing Experts, and in turn, you'll receive some of the most expert, professional photo gifts that you could ever hope to find. I have never, ever been disappointed in the products we've received from Posterjack and they are some of the most treasured gifts we've received. Posterjack.ca offers a variety of photo art products including canvas, acrylic, custom framing, peel and stick photo art and even some more unique options like their metal prints or wood prints. One of our favorites is the photoboard. It is sleek, modern, stylish and very affordable. We've had many compliments on our photoboard that is hanging up in our living room from people who have visited our house. It is simple, but also shouts "quality!!!"

Changing Lives with Angel Tree

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Did you know that November is Adoption Awareness Month? I didn't before this year and the facts surprised me. According to a study I read, approximately 20% of Canadian families think about adoption at some point whether it is domestic or international.

That said, there are currently thousands of children (estimates say close to 30 000) eligible for adoption in Canada and internationally that number skyrockets.

However, issues such as finances, misconceptions about the adoption process or family adjustment afterwards, and fear - adoption can be a battle emotionally, physically, mentally, and in paperwork and legal issues for international adoption- mean many families will step away from the idea rather than take the risk.

This is why, although I also love the organizations who go in and work with orphans in their home country, my heart returns to places such as Reece'sRainbow.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Great new Christmas book!!



Does your family like reading Christmas stories? Is this a tradition at your house? or maybe one you'd like to adopt?


My kids love funny stories, and there's a great new story about Santa ready for you to read this holiday season!!

Santa’s (Zany, Wacky, Just Not Right!) Night Before Christmas is a "new book" on the shelf! Written in poem style, reminiscent of a famous Christmas poem, with ear-pleasing rhythm, the book makes a great read aloud! The story is written by DK Simoneau and David Radman and illustrated by Brad Cornelius and will make a great addition to your "must reads" for the holidays!! The "twist" in this story really appealed to my kids and I'm sure many people reading the story will relate to the idea of one event setting of a series of events gone wrong!

Monday, November 24, 2014

A Treat for your Dry & Cracked Skin ~ GIVEAWAY (2 WINNERS!)!!

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Dry skin is something that I struggle with EVERY single winter! It is not fun...and it's even less fun when that dry skin turns into cracked skin - ouch! It certainly doesn't help that our winters here in the Canadian prairies are very, VERY dry. Each winter I have my fair share of both of these problems and am always on the lookout for ways to eliminate (or at least control) my dry and cracked skin.

One new product that I will be using this winter is Earth’s Care Dry & Cracked Skin Balm. My hands are the worst place for dry and cracked skin, so they are enjoying this balm the most. It is made with fabulous, moisturizing ingredients such as shea butter, arnica and cajeput oil which all help to combat the dry skin that inevitably comes with the colder winter weather. Best of all, Earth’s Care Dry & Cracked Skin Balm has absolutely NO no parabens, phthalates, petrolatum or artificial colors or fragrances...it is definitely the kind of balm that I can feel good about using on my skin (or even on the skin of my children who at times also have dry skin during the winter months).

Earth’s Care Dry & Cracked Skin Balm works quickly to soothes damaged skin and make it feel softer and smoother. Although I mainly use it on my hands it is also great for rough or cracked skin on your elbows and feet. It's very versatile. When it comes to balms, lotions, creams, etc. I am somewhat pick about what I use on my skin and on the skin of my children. Earth’s Care Dry & Cracked Skin Balm definitely passes the test and is quickly moving to the top of my list as it has great, natural ingredients and has worked really well for my rough and dry hands thus far!

Botanical Splash ~ GIVEAWAY! (3 WINNERS!)

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Healthy, vibrant and youthful skin is something that we all would like to have, right? Although I personally don't struggle with having youthful skin, I do struggle with healthy skin! In other words...dry skin, rough skin and scaly skin. Yep, it plagues me every winter and sometimes in the summer months too. Did you know that the skin is our bodies largest organ...and not only that, but it also craves pure, nourishing ingredients? It's not hard to figure out that our skin wants what is best for it...but where do we find such a product?! It seems that most of the skin care products that are easily accessible are filled with chemicals, preservatives and other harmful ingredients that I like to try to avoid!

This winter I am trying a new product to help nourish my skin and keep it healthy and moisturized. Botanical Splash from Trusted Health Products is a wonderfully natural way to take care of your skin. I've tried lotions, balms and creams of all kinds in the past. Some have worked better than others, but as the years pass by I've been learning little tidbits of information about natural skin care, and according to Trusted Health Products the secret is to feed your skin what it craves! They have discovered that certain combinations of potent plant extracts - with "living nutrients" still in tact - work amazingly well when they interact with other living cells. In other words, this process is like a "Miracle Grow" product for our skin cells and is able to nourish our skin just the way our skin likes it. Botanical Splash has all the "good stuff" that our skin desires.

Scholastic Monday ~ Loop Loom Bracelets

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Do you have any "crafty kids" in your household? I was one of those crafty kids when I was growing up and just LOVED to do crafts, hands-on-activities, etc. In fact, I still do...it's just that I have less time for it now that I'm a mom myself. :) That said, one of my favorite things to do with my kids is to sit down and create stuff, do crafts and and simply enjoy time together while our hands are busy creating! My crafty-side seems to have been passed on to at least my two oldest children as they both LOVE to build, craft, create and be creative. Because of this, many of the Klutz kits from Scholastic Canada have been a HUGE hit in our home. They are just what our family needs to get our creative juices flowing!

As a mom, I LOVE the Klutz kits because everything is included and is ready for you to use. Since my days are often very busy and my time is limited, I often just can't find a chance to gather up all the necessary supplies we need for a craft or project...but when it all comes together in a handy kit from Klutz, we can just pull it out and get started - I love it! The kids, of course, love getting creative with these kits as well. One of our most recent ones was the Loop Loom Bracelets kit from Klutz. This is a great one for girls (though my son enjoys a good 'boy-colored' bracelet from time to time as well. ;) ). My oldest daughter really gets into projects like this and has a blast picking out colors, patterns and making her bracelet look just the way she wants it to look. This kit comes with an exclusive one-handed loom (which makes bracelets from a continuous piece of stretchy cord — so there's no chance of a rubber band breaking and the whole bracelet unraveling) There are also 7 colours of cord and 7 colours of beads included. Kids will love being able to customize and create 11 different styles of bracelets that are all unique, fun and special in their own way.

The Loop Loom was very simple to use. Once your child gets the hang of it there will be no stopping them! It's a great way to encourage your kids to create homemade gifts (in this case, really fun bracelet!) for their family members or friends. It also makes a fabulous gift idea for the holiday season. It's a gift that encourages fine motor skills, creativity and more!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Enjoy a Little NCircle this Christmas! ~ GIVEAWAY!! ($40)

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With the holidays just around the corner, it's always nice to have a few special holiday DVD's to pull out and watch together as a family! This is the time of year that we spend more time snuggled up inside...especially with the cold winter weather that has now arrived (in fact, we're having a blizzard right this moment here in the prairies!) Since we're indoors more it's nice to have some DVD's to pop in on a snowy afternoon or to watch while we snuggle up in some warm blankets and relax together before we send the kids off to bed for the night.

It's nice to have a few classic Christmas DVD's on hand as well as some newer ones. This year we've added a few new ones that are going to be especially exciting for our children. Are you looking for some new holiday-themed DVD's to add to your collection this year? Well, NCircle Entertainment has some great titles that I want to share with you as you get ready for the holiday season this year...

The first one is a true family classic! I think this one will be a favorite for our family this Christmas. The Snowman is a magical story of a young boy who wakes up to find that a thick blanket of snow has covered the ground as far as the eye can see (just like what happened in our own prairie town today! ;) ) Of course, he does the only reasonable thing to do when this happens and went outside to build a fabulous snowman who has a tangerine for a nose, coal for his buttons and eyes, and a hat and scarf to make him look 'just right.' At midnight, the magic happens and the snowman comes to life! The story unfolds as the young boy and snowman head out on an adventure of discovery that could only happen in your wildest dreams. The story is based on Raymond Briggs' book and is a perfect DVD to pop in for a family night!

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