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Monday, October 20, 2014

DK Discovery Day ~ Pull the Tab Books Animals ~ GIVEAWAY!

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Let's face it...kids love animals! From the birds in the sky, to the fish in the lakes, to the pets in our own homes, animals are something that easily captures the interest of every child I've met! Now, I will admit that sometimes kids don't like seeing the actual animal up close (we ourselves have 3 little girls who are quite afraid of dogs!), but they even if they don't enjoy a real 'visit' with an animal, they still have always enjoyed looking at them and learning about them through books. From the time that our babies or toddlers have been able to communicate, they've always enjoyed books with animals in them and will always point out the puppies, kitties, cows, etc.

DK Canada has recently added some adorable Pull the Tab Books to their selection and one of them is on animals! The Pull the Tab Book, Animals has already been very much loved in our home! Our two year old daughter especially enjoys this book and it has made some great entertainment for her during "quiet times" such as church or in the van when we are traveling. The book has all kinds of animals to look at and they are shown with real-life photographs (no cartoons or drawings). I love that they get to see real images of moths, rabbits, pets and more! Of course, pulling the tab is great entertainment as well. Our kids love to 'find' the animals on each page as they pull the tabs.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Sustainable, Versatile Storage!

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I'm one of those people...you know...the kind that loves to organize. The kind that organizes stuff for fun. And the kind where organizing calms me...and lowers my stress level. So you can imagine how exciting it was when a package arrived at our doorstep containing a set of 6 zBoard Box Storage Cabinets!! Ah yes...a night or organizing lay ahead and I was thoroughly looking forward to it! But...in order to spend my evening organizing, I needed to set up the storage cabinets first. I will readily admit, that although I may be good at organizing, I am generally not that great at building things or putting things together. Because of this I was a little apprehensive about putting together our new zBoard storage cubes, but I decided to give it a try anyways...and was pleasantly surprised!

The zBoard Storage cabinets were VERY simple and easy to put together. The instructions were clear, to the point and had helpful diagrams to help me along. It didn't take long and all the storage cubes were put together and ready to go...and I must say that I was even able to complete the job with 4 of my children present and wanting to help! By the time I was putting together the last one, my 8 year old son knew exactly what to do and was basically able to do it himself...that's proof of how simple these are to assemble. I love it!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

As Easy As it Gets ~ Idiot's Guides

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The "Idiot's Guide to...." books have been around for a long time. In fact, I remember reading them and using them even back when I was a teen...they were always super informative and had all kinds of tips and information to help me find the answers I was looking for. However, if you've seen any of these books, you'll have to admit that they weren't exactly eye-catching. The bright yellow may catch your eye, but that's where it stopped. Inside, the book was filled to the bring with great information, but there were no color images, and the pages were mostly filled with words or print.

That said, even in their plain-jane version, I've been a fan of The Idiot's Guides for a long time! Recently though, things have changed! The Idiot's Guides have been re-imagined with new author, pages and pages of all-new, full color photography and images as well as with new topics! There's been a lot of new things going on with the Idiot's Guides and DK Canada wants to share these latest and greatest Idiot's Guides with you. They're doing this by running a special boutique just for the new Idiot's Guides books. They're available for 30% off right now, so you'll definitely want to head over and take a peek!

Most of us enjoy the thought of learning something new...however, when it comes right down to actually doing it, we often sluff off and just 'never get around to it!' Well, with the latest Idiot's Guides you really will have no excuse. They have step by step instructions...and picture by picture instructions! They've got images to help you see what they are talking about, and images to get your imagination and creative spirit working overtime. And the best part is, these photos are all in full-color!!

For the "Little Mothers..."

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Do you have a "Little Mother" in your house? You know what I'm talking about, right? ;) Many of us who have little girls can vouch for the fact that we also have at least one "little Mother" in our home too. in other words, a "little Mother" is simply a child who follows the example of her mom, and loves the idea of pretending and practicing being a mom. We've got three little girls, who are all "little mothers" to some degree...and I love it! Seeing them nurture and care for their younger siblings is very sweet...even if the younger siblings don't always desire that extra bit of care. This past summer we had another baby join our family. It was very exciting and he still gets a LOT of extra love from all his older siblings. But with the arrival of a new baby, I've also noticed that our three girls have stepped it up when it comes to trying to be a "little mother." These days I often see them feeding their babies, putting their babies to sleep and changing their babies' imaginary diapers! Now...if only they could change the real baby's diaper...right?! ;) *wink*

We've been a fan of Hasbro's Baby Alive dolls right from the time the first of our little girls came into our home. In fact, her first Christmas gift was a Baby Alive doll...and it has had a lot of 'mothering' over the past few years! Baby Alive has one extra special doll though that will give your "little Mother" some real practice. Baby Alive, My Baby All Gone is a one-of-a-kind doll that does almost everything that a real baby will do! Your children will be able to feed their baby (which includes mixing up 'food' in her bottle) and then after a good feeding, Baby All Gone will need her diaper changed! And this isn't just a pretend diaper change because 'pees' and 'poops' just like a real baby! In addition to this, the doll also have over 30 phrases that she can respond with. She's perfect for hugging, cuddling, and is the idea doll for a little mommy-want-to-be!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Blurb Goes Global!

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Smithsonian Planets - in 3D!

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Outer Space is a hot topic around here these days! I never thought I'd learn as much about space as I've learned in the past year or two. There's nothing quite like discovering space along-side your 8 year old son who has a huge fascination for all things space! In fact, just tonight our family went out to the back deck to see if we could spot the International Space Station as it moved across the sky - and sure enough, we got to see it pass by! It was a fun little experience...and as the evenings get darker sooner you can be sure that pretty soon we'll be pulling out our telescope and looking at the moon, the stars and hopefully even an occasional planet!

Our universe truly is amazing and each planet is so unique. My personal favorite is Saturn...I love the beautiful rings that surround it. My son? He'd say Jupiter was his favorite! It's a lot of fun to read about and study the planets together as a family and we've learned a lot of really interesting facts.

Smithsonian Planets is a top-notch book that we recently added to our shelves. We are looking forward to diving into the 256 pages of information and images of the planets in our solar system. This book has all-new 3D models throughout it that uses data that's bee gathered by NASA and the European Space Agency...so you can be sure that it has the latest, up-to-date information and facts that we have. Smithsonian Planets also takes a good look at the sun as well has hundreds of moons and thousands of asteroids and comets. They've really 'taken care of everything' when it comes to helping us understand more about our solar system.

The Marvelous Book of Magical Mermaids ~ Scholastic Monday

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Dress-up is a game that most girls truly enjoy, and our three little girls are no exception. Whether they are dressing up themselves, their little sister, or their dolls - they always seem enjoy using their imagination and creativity to come up with just the right outfit.

Scholastic Canada recently released a new book in their Klutz collection that will really 'hit the spot' when it comes to an activity that little girls will enjoy. The Marvelous Book of Magical Mermaids gives girls the opportunity to dress up paper mermaids and their seahorse friends in all kinds of fashionable outfits. Instead of using the old-style paper doll dress-up clothes (with the fold over flaps to keep them on your dolls...remember those?!) Klutz uses sticky dots to make it easy to dress your figures as well as to swap outfits in a flash! The sticky dots are reusable and very easy to use.

The Marvelous Book of Magical Mermaids comes with six paper mermaids, three seahorses, and over 200 beautiful punch-out fashions. The collection of clothing and outfits for the mermaids range from from gowns to crowns to jewellery to hairstyles. It also includes a selection of attention -grabbing mermaid tail fins that come in with all kinds glittery and sparkly touches - to give your mermaid the 'perfect' look! Personally, we found that some of the clothing that was included was not as modest as we'd prefer for our family...but if this is an issue for your family, you can simply remove those items. Let's just say that your little fashionista will be able to enjoy hours of creative fun with this kit from Klutz.

Once the game of dress-up has ended, there is a handy, built-in envelope that gives your girls a place to store the outfits and accessories for their mermaids. As the cool weather approaches, this is a great indoor activity for your girls to enjoy.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Cream of Turkey Soup




Happy turkey weekend everyone! Thanksgiving weekend is already upon us and it feels like time is flying by towards Christmas.  As with any holiday, we all get to enjoy the delicious leftovers.  Personally, I love leftovers but I do know that someone people dread the next week of never ending turkey sandwiches.  Don’t fret as there are many uses for that leftover turkey meat and one of them is yummy cream of turkey soup.  I made this soup a few days ago and substituted chicken for turkey but the ingredients stay the same.  I hope you all enjoy and don’t stress if things don’t turn out exactly like the picture. I am sure the soup will taste delicious none the same!

Cream of Turkey Soup

3 cups of chicken stock

1 cup of carrots (sliced)

1 cup of celery (sliced)

2 cups of 2% milk at room temperature

¼ cup of flour

¼ cup of margarine or butter

½ a cup of chopped onion

2 minced cloves of garlic

2 cups of cooked cut up chicken or turkey

1/2 cup of pickle juice from the jar

Bring the three cups of chicken stock to boil and add the carrots and celery.  Place the margarine in a pan over medium heat and cook your onion and garlic.  Your onions are cooked once they begin to look clear and you have to watch garlic as it will brown easily and burn.  Once the margarine, onion and garlic are cooked you will add another tablespoon of margarine before adding your flour.  This margarine and flour mixture will create a roux. (If you are unsure what a roux is, it is the paste that is created when you heat up margarine and flour and stir.) Make sure not to burn the roux by stirring constantly. Once your roux has become a paste, slowly add your milk while continuing to stir the flour mixture.  This should create a heavy cream like substance that you will add to your chicken stock.  I always turn the chicken stock down to a light simmer when I add my thickener.  Once you have added the thickened roux to your chicken stock, you can drop in your two cups of chicken.  Give the soup time to thicken up. If you find it is not thick enough, you can always create more roux with milk and re-add to your stock. I add the pickle juice at the end for added flavour. I have only ever used the pickle juice from dill pickles so please keep that in mind.  The soup should simmer for an additional 20 minutes or until your veggies are tender.  Then you simply serve and enjoy.  J On a side note, you can use any vegetables you have lying around your house. Green peppers, squash, or potatoes could all be used in place of these veggies.       
This is how my soup turned out!
 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Fresh Food Challenge!!

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Have you noticed that the prices of food has been going up...and up...and up?! I have and with our growing family, and growing kids, I have also noticed that we are eating more and more food at each meal. Put those two things together and it means that we need to shop wisely and not waste a single morsel of food! Recently GLAD put forth a challenge...and it was exactly the type of challenge that we needed. The challenge was simply to keep good food from going bad and to not wasting ANY food. That's right - no waste at all - for 2 weeks! Do you think we were able to do it?!

Before I give you the answer to that question let me share a few statistics with you, just so you can get an idea of how much food we really do waste. Did you know that...

~ a typical Canadian household spends $5,572 per year on food...and that includes $465 a year on fresh fruits & veggies.
~ on average, 13% of all food is thrown out...which means that we throw out about $725 worth of food items each year?!
~ the average Canadian wastes over $175 a year on spoiled produce.
~ 41% of people said that waste happens in their home because they buy more food than they need.

Can you relate to any of those stats? I know I can! I have been known to throw out spoiled produce...and I will admit that I'm one of those people who'd rather have too much food than too little, so I often buy more food than we need. In the past year - and now especially in the past few weeks, I've been working hard to find ways to combat the rising food prices and the fact that our family is eating MORE food, as well as I've decided to find a way to get rid of the urge to buy more than we can eat. So let's dive in and I'll give you my best tips that I've learned and found so far when it comes to keeping good food from going bad, saving money on the grocery bill and getting into the rhythm of having a home where we do not waste any food.

Let's Have a Wiggly Halloween! ~ GIVEAWAY!

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The Wiggles are a great way to introduce your kids to music and how fun and exciting it can be! The new group of Wiggles, which now includes a girl seems to really be connecting with kids, and their fun music and antics makes for a great addition to any home.

Recently, the group of Wiggles - Anthony, Emma, Lachy and Simon released a DVD for that fits well with fall and the upcoming Halloween season. Wiggly Halloween is a fun-filled DVD that includes a collection of both new and favorite Halloween tunes. As always, the Wiggles make music so much fun and they give kids a great opportunity to dance, sing along and simply get involved with the music. The Wiggly Halloween DVD is no exception.

From a personal stand-point, there were a few songs on the DVD that we did not enjoy quite as much as others. Since it is a Halloween themed DVD, it is understandable that songs including monsters, vampires, etc. might be included...but for us, those are topics that we do not encourage our children to learn about, dwell on, think about or sing about. They do make a good effort to turn something that may be scary for children into something fun, so I did appreciate that, even it was a topic that we do not like to focus on in our home.

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