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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!

The Possible Police ~ book review

Children are known for their limitless imagination and energy! I've noticed lately though, that there are limits to the imagination, and that often these limits are imposed by us, the adults. But what if there were truly no limits? Everything becomes possible!! The Possible Police is a great story about really being true to your dreams and believing in yourself!

The Possible Police try their best to stop you. They're the ones who say it isn't possible, who limit your dreams and ambitions. In a fun, poetic style, author Wylde Scott contrasts what "they say" with what "I say," and in doing so, he encourages children (all readers, really) to stand up for their dreams and believe in the possibilities!!

Stomp It! ~ GIVEAWAY!

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One thing I always struggle with is giving our kids toys that require batteries...because, you know how it goes! They are forever needing to be replaced. We recently broke down and bought some rechargeable batteries, but still...they lose their charge quickly and need to be recharged often...and some days I just don't have the extra minute to recharge the batteries. So, when I come across a toy that is fun, exciting and/or entertaining that doesn't require batteries you better believe that I am all over it!

This year my favorite non-battery operated gift idea is definitely the Stomp Rocket from Plasmart. It is an air-powered rocket which means that all it needs to work is air - no batteries and no extra fuel of any sort. The Stomp Rocket Jr. Glow is especially fun as it has the fun feature of being able to glow in the dark! The Stomp Rocket kit includes everything you need to get started - a launch pad, an air hose, a stand and 4 foam rockets. Set it up and get your children to STOMP IT! The harder they stomp the higher the rocket will fly. It can soar up to 100 feet into the air. That's some serious air! :)

DK Discovery Day ~ Color Illusions ~ GIVEAWAY!

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Colors are amazing. I don't know about you, but I LOVE colors. I love the colors of Christmas, the colors of the sky as the sun rises across the prairies and the color of my children's eyes. Color is one of the things that surrounds and and makes our world exciting, beautiful and unique. Although I love color, I do have to admit that I really don't know a lot about this whole topic of color. For example - did you know that humans only start to see colors at the age of 3 months? Or did you know that certain colors don't actually exist? What about the science behind camouflage?

Color Illusions is a fabulous book from DK Canada that explores every aspect of color...from what it is, to how you see it, to the way colors make you feel and more. It's all put together in a fun and interactive format that is perfect for children. The book has all kinds of neat tabs, flaps, a pop-up rainbow and even a multi-use decoder with 3D glasses that make the book SO much fun! Color Illusions gives readers the opportunity to uncover hidden images, blend your own colors, learn all kinds of color-based jokes and tricks to fool your friends and family with, and more. Honestly - it's a book that both kids and grown-ups will enjoy! Our 8 year old son thrives on information, books and out-of-the ordinary facts and ideas so Color Illusions is a perfect fit for him. I really enjoyed the book as well - and definitely learned a lot more about the world of color!

Color Illusions is a unique and fun gift idea that challenges the minds of young readers (and older readers too! ;) ). It's something that your children will be able to read and enjoy throughout the coming year and it's one of those gifts that combines fun and educational as well!

Purchase your own copy of Color Illusions at amazon.ca

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