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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Discovering Food & Drink with DK Canada! ~ CONTEST!

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Two essentials of our every day lives are what we eat and what we drink! Yep, food and drink are two things that we simply don't want to be without! As a stay at home mom, I spend a lot of time thinking about these topics. It seems that I am always planning the next meal, getting out a snack, filling a sippy cup or making a special treat or birthday cake! Sounds like a lot of work, huh? At times it can be a lot of work, but adding variety, finding new recipes and fun ideas to try all help to make it more fun. This is one of the reasons why DK Canada's Food & Drink Boutique caught my eye. This boutique is filled with unique, fun and easy-to-follow cookbooks - all which help to ease the day-in and day-out job of preparing food for yourself or your family.

There are plenty of books to choose from on topics ranging from cooking pies, to getting started books, to using the slow cooker or eating vegetables! One that I'm looking forward to using in the future is Step-by-Step Kids' Birthday Cakes! When it comes to birthday cakes, I will readily admit that I'm not very creative, or artistic so I'm sure that this book will be a great help (and inspiration!) for me. It features over 50 cakes, cupcakes and cake pop ideas to choose from and really does have highly detailed, step-by-step instructions with color photographs to go along with each step! There is a special section on lettering, all sorts of great tips, and more. The ideas in the book are all so fun and original too - I'm already dreaming about what kinds of cakes we will be able to create next year for our kids! For our son - I'm thinking the Treasure Island cake will be a hit - and for the girls I'm fairly certain that the Princess Castle will be a HUGE success! If you want something smaller and a little more manageable than an entire cake, there are great ideas for cupcakes as well (like the adorable animal cupcakes!)

Handmade Treats for your Little Ones! ~ GIVEAWAY!

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There really aren't too many accessories that a baby absolutely needs...but there sure are a lot of cute ones out there that we want to have for our little ones, right?! ;) Over the past 8 years as a mom, I've discovered that my favorite accessories for my babies are ones that are simple, non-fancy, and handmade. And that is why I fell in love with BabyAndBee as soon as I saw this little Etsy shop! BabyAndBee is a fun little etsy shop that sells some of the most adorable (and practical!) baby accessories that I've seen in a while. They strive to create high quality products that are useful - now these are the kind of accessories that I love! There are all kinds of goodies at BabyAndBee...so let me share just a few of them with you!

Since I'm one of those ultra practical moms, one of my favorite items was the Pacifier clip. I cannot even count the amount of times that one of my babies has dropped their pacifier on a public bathroom floor...or in the dirt on the side of the street...or even just at home where it always seems to be missing! You can be sure that the Pacifier Clip from BabyAndBee was immediately put to use once it arrived in the mail! Since we have a sweet 'lil baby boy in our home, I chose a cute blue & white plaid design for our pacifier clip. One thing that I really like about this clip in comparison to others we've used is that it is only 9 inches long - that is shorter than most (if not all!) other pacifier clips I've used in the past. I like that there is less chance of it getting wrapped around the neck or some other spot where it is not supposed to be. The pacifier clips are also machine washable, so keeping them clean is easy. It's a great little baby accessory to add to a baby gift...and of course, it's incredibly handy, very affordable and 100% practical!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Blurb It!!

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I was cleaning up the bookshelf the other day and found my Blurb album. I'd put together this album of photos of our little boy, who's not so little any more! What a great trip down memory lane that was!!

Blurb provides an easy way to make a custom book. Whether it's a photo book, recipe book - whatever, the software is easy to use and the finished product is something special!

It could be just me, but I think it's much easier to learn how to do something by watching a video (even it is's a short one). For instance, making your own custom book seems like it would be really complicated, but then you watch a video walking you through it and it becomes pretty understandable. Here's a quick video from Blurb (less than 3 minutes) that quickly walks you through publishing your own book using their BookSmart tool—sort of a book making boot camp. Save 20% on photobooks which is great news if you're thinking ahead to the holidays and making a gift to send. Special offer for new customers only. Save 25% on photobooks… even better for those of you who are new to Blurb books. Just don't wait because these deals end October 31st.  


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Monday, September 29, 2014

Soothing Your Little Ones! ~ GIVEAWAY!

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Babies are such a blessing...but we all have to admit that there are times when, well, life with a little one can be somewhat "tough!" One of the hardest parts for me is having to listen to my baby cry...and cry...yes, that is a tough one for me, and perhaps that is why I've always introduced the pacifier to my children while they were still very young. It is a wonderful way to help soothe your baby and provide moms with sweet little blessings that are much more calm and content. We've used a pacifier with every one of our five children and oftentimes, that little paci has been a 'sanity saver' for us! *wink*

Tommee Tippee is one of the leading brands of pacifiers, and to prove this point, just read the following fact: To date, Tommee Tippee has sold over 4 million pacifiers! That's a whole lot of happier babies (and mommies!) We have our own little collection of Tommee Tippee pacifiers in our home - mostly for our youngest addition - our 2 month old little guy! I am thrilled to be able to tell you that he loves his pacifiers and they definitely do the trick when it comes to soothing him.

Scholastic Monday ~ There was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Puck

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Fall is here and the number one Canadian sport is about to start in the next few weeks - that's right...hockey season! I thought we'd kick off the season with a superbly fun hockey story from Scholastic Canada! There are all kinds of hockey stories for kids on the shelves - but have you ever seen one where the main character swallows a whole hockey game?! Yes, it's quite bizzare, but oh-so-fun and the book from Scholastic that I have to share with you today will likely be one that you'll have to read over and over and over (and over!) again this winter!

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Puck by Stella Partheniou Grasso tells the story of the old lady who swallowed...well...she swallowed everything! The story starts off when she swallows a puck..."what rotten luck! She swallowed a puck. And now it's stuck." But that's not all...before she knows it she's swallowed a goalie who's headed in to save the puck. He is followed by a mask, 2 gloves, a stick, a net the rink and even a few fans! Oh dear!

This story is the epitome of imaginative fun! It is creative and stretches the imagination a little farther with each page that is turned. The rhyming text and incredibly fun hockey silliness makes the book easy and enjoyable to read. Kids will love it - guaranteed! It's a great way to unwind after a long day, to laugh together with your kids before bedtime, or to simple sit down and enjoy an book that is over-the-top when it comes to silliness. There was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Puck is a great title to have on your bookshelf or to give as a gift this fall/winter!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Into the Unknown ~ Outer Space!

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Most of us (if not all of us!) will readily admit that outer space is something that is captivating, mysterious and full of unknowns! Although I don't think much about outer space while I'm doing my daily tasks, it does cross my mind sometimes as I gaze out across the night sky, and with a son who's very excited about all-things-space right now, we have been focusing even more of our attention on the wonders and mysteries of space.

DK Canada is one of our sources that has helped us learn more about space and right now they are running a Space Boutique that is filled with all kinds of fun and informative books for all ages...and they're all on the captivating topic of space. Can you imagine how what it would've been like to land on the moon for the first time? And gazing at the milky way on a clear evening or watching the sky and catching a glimpse of a shooting star are just a few of the 'treats' that we can see with our own eyes. Beyond earth lie all kinds of beautiful planets, and unknown mysteries. Outer space really quite an exciting topic once you get started reading about it! We recently added a few more space-related books to our collection from DK Canada's Space Boutique.  

First off, something to help satisfy our son's never-ending curiosity about space - a DK Reader called Rockets and Spaceships. This reader explores the machines that are used to travel in space and has all kinds of great real-life photos as well as plenty of good, kid-friendly and easy to understand information. We always enjoy DK Readers and they are some of our favorite books...our kids really enjoy them, and I love that they are reading, learning and having fun all at the same time with the readers from DK Canada.

Inroducing Delaney!

Glimpse is growing...and we're slowly inching our way to becoming one of the well-known, well-read Canadian blogs (thanks to all our wonderful readers!!) Since we are growing, we decided to grow our team of Moms a little bit as well, and that means that there is a new Glimpse mom joining our team! 

Delaney is taking over on the weekends. She'll be sharing a recipe (or some other fun project) or a review most Saturdays, so you'll want to be sure to keep your eyes open for some new content from our latest Glimpse Mom! 

Please help us welcome our newest team member - Delaney!



Hi Everyone!
My name is Delaney King and I am very excited to join the glimpse team. I was born and raised in Saskatchewan but have been lucky enough to travel extensively in Europe and the United States. I have been happily married for just over three years and have an eighteen month old baby girl at home.  Currently, I am working on my last year of my Master’s program in adult education.  In my spare time I love to bake. I am always looking for new recipes to try and, since my daughter is allergic to nuts and my husband requires a gluten and lactose free diet, I am always looking for a challenge in the kitchen.  I am also an avid reader and traveler (when I have the time.) I am looking forward to sharing my thoughts and experiences with you on this blog!  

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Celery Night Fever with Veggie Tales

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Veggie Tales has been around for a while, and we are long-time Veggie fans in our home! I remember watching it as a teen and loving it. Not much has changed (other than my age ;) ) because now I'm watching it with my children and STILL loving it! I love replaying those old episodes of Veggie Tales, and I also love adding new Veggie Tales DVD's to our growing collection.

The latest release from Veggie Tales is titled: Celery Night Fever and is a TON of FUN! The story line features Laura Carrot and Junior Asparagus who have a big job to do. They need to save their much-loved Celery Park from being destroyed! Yes, it is a pretty big jobs for these two friends...can they do it? They make plans, they think of ideas, but when these all seem to be a 'flop' their hope for saving Celery Park dwindles. I love the ending when forgiveness comes into the story and it is only through God's forgiveness that the park might be saved.

Celery Night Fever is another great Veggie Tales adventure! It is a wonderful mixture of story and music - all which is highly entertaining and fun for both children and even us parents. The makers of Veggie Tales have a unique ability to reach and draw in audiences ranging in ages from 1 year old to 100 years old!

Cuddle Up with Papoum! ~ GIVEAWAY!

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There are days when we all need something soft to snuggle, to cuddle or to wrap ourselves up in! For us who are a little past the stage of needing a stuffed animal or blankie, we still all have our days when we just need to snuggle with a family dog or cat...or maybe we even like to just curl up with a warm, snuggly blanket at the end of the day. Let's just face it - after a long day, a tough day, and sometimes on a "normal" day we all need something to cuddle up with/in and just relax with. Children need this too...and I'd venture to say that they need it a lot more than we do! :) I'm a big believer in always allowing my children to have a special stuffed animal or blankie that is just theirs to cuddle and snuggle with. So far, we've got a blue puppy, a pink teddy, a elephant and a giraffe! Well, with our 5th little one joining our family not that long ago, we needed to find something special for him to snuggle with. I knew I had found my answer when I came across Papoum Papoum.

Papoum Papoum makes some of the most adorable little animal baby blankets! I love that they are a mix between a small blanket and a stuffed animal...perfect for snuggling! Our little guy has the organic cotton baby arctic fox baby blanket. There are a few things that I love about this baby blanket (besides the fact that it is SO cute!) I really love that it is handmade. There's always something special about a handmade toy or blanket, and I find that the quality of handmade products is often a LOT better than items that are simply mass produced! The arctic fox blanket is made from high quality materials such as bamboo, cotton, natural fibers and organic cotton wool & sheep's wool.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Don't Leave Your Music Behind! ~ GIVEAWAY! (MP3 Player!)

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Music soothes my soul, speaks to my heart and calms me. To put it simply, I love my music and whenever I can listen to it, I will! I remember the days of the "Walkman", and more recently CD's! Although I still listen CD's at time, I've begun to enjoy the simplicity and versatility that mp3's have to offer. They can go anywhere with you - except we leave our music behind when we are planning to get wet as most mp3 players simply would not survive a trip to the pool, shower or on a boat trip! There is one mp3 player that has taken the dive and is ready to give you the opportunity to take your music with you anywhere - even into the 'wetter' areas of your life or day.

The STORMp3 is a fully water resistant Mp3 player with speakers. In fact, it is the FIRST water resistant, wall mountable Mp3 player with speakers built in. It was created with the bathroom in mind and is ideal for mounting in your shower or tub. Since this is normally a part of our daily routines, it makes perfect sense for us to mount it in our bathroom. It's a wonderful way to begin or end the day with a few of our favorite songs and it makes "singing in the shower" a whole lot more fun! *wink* However, if you're not the type that enjoys singing in the shower, the STORMp3 player also is perfect for all kinds of other outings such as: the beach, pool, spa, boating trips, camping and any outdoor excursions.

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