Smithsonian Design: The Definitive Visual History #awesomegifts

Smithsonian Design: The Definitive Visual History lays out the complete evolution of design, from its origins in early cultures to the contemporary design – physical and digital – of today. This comprehensive volume covers every major design movement, along with the iconic designers and manufacturers who influenced everyday life through the objects and buildings they created. If you’re a fan of design, you will absolutely love this book. Smithsonian Design is a gorgeous coffee table book that covers all aspects of design. It takes the reader through the evolution of design, from the Arts & Crafts period (1850-1920) to the Mid-Century Modern (1940-1959) to the Postmodern & Contemporary of the 80s and onward, and everything in between. At the back of the book, you’ll also find a glossary of design terms and a designer index. Smithsonian Design is full of large, gorgeous photographs that complement the book beautifully. In each section, [Continue Reading…]

What’s Streaming On Netflix Canada in December #NowOnNetflixCA

DECEMBER 1 A Woman Like Me An author facing a terminal cancer diagnosis weaves together a documentary about her struggle with a fictional version of the same story. Afternoon Delight A bored housewife with a seemingly perfect life seeks to spice up her marriage and befriends a stripper who educates her about being true to herself. Crescendo! The Power of Music Three inner-city American children partake in the El Sistema music program, originated in Venezuela, and their trajectories change in startling ways. Detectorists Two quirky friends share a passion for metal detecting and a dream of unearthing Saxon treasure that they’re certain is buried in a local farm field. Gary: Tank Commander – Season 2 & 3 A soldier on leave from a tour of duty in Iraq offers unique insights and a comic look into life on the home front and the front lines. I’m Brent Morin – Netflix [Continue Reading…]

Help Feed Children With Cuddle + Kind

This is Everest. He’s 20″ of cute – hand-knit with premium yarn, stuffed with hypoallergenic goodness and non-toxic. He was handmade in Peru using Fair Trade practices. And when you purchase Everest, you’re not just buying a sweet knit doll, you are also providing ten meals to children in need in North America and around the world, through the World Food Program USA* and Children’s Hunger Fund. Everest is just one of nine super adorable knit dolls available from Cuddle + Kind. You can also choose from two lovely mermaids (Isla & Pearl), two cute reindeer (Willow & Scout), two sweet bunnies (Chloe & Benedict) and two kittens (Maximus and Chelsea). They’re all so damn cute, but I’ve develped a bit of a crush on Benedict – how could I now with those glasses and bow tie and vest. They’re just the sweetest and they would make such an adorable prezzie for any little boy or girl, while also [Continue Reading…]

Holiday Gift Ideas With Crayola And a Giveaway!

The holiday season is here and it’s time to get shopping for everyone on your list. My kids started their lists weeks ago – they’ve taped them to the fridge and just keep adding to them as they see things they want. I figure they’ll have a short story by the time we get to December. Lucky me. My 9 year old always has something from Crayola on her list – she loves being creative and art and is very imaginative. ‘Crayola believes in the genius of imagination, the power of play and the magic of dreams.’  I love that and I’m all for it. Crayola has some great gift ideas that would be perfect for this holiday season. We had a chance to try some of them out and they are definite winners! Crayola Crayon Carver The Crayola Crayon Carver is a multiple award winner and geared to kids [Continue Reading…]

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 – Official Trailer

I’ve been waiting for the sequel to My Big Fat Greek Wedding forever.  I can’t believe its been 13 years since the first one came out. I adored the first movie, despite its many cheesy moments and awful Greek stereotypes. My younger sister and I saw it in the theater and we died laughing – we could relate to a lot of it. The strict family, the restaurant business, the million relatives named Gus and the marriages to non-Greeks are something we’ve both experienced. The sequel comes out this Spring 2016. Enjoy the trailer!

Alice Through The Looking Glass Official Trailer

Disney has finally released the trailer for the much anticipated sequel to the Alice in Wonderland movie, Alice Through The Looking Glass and it looks amazing!! It arrives in theatres May 27, 2016 and is directed by James Bobin this time around. Johnny Depp (Mad Hatter), Anne Hathaway (White Queen), Helena Bonham Carter (Red Queen) and Mia Wasikowska (Alice) are back and joined by Sasha Baron Cohen as Time, and Rhys Ifans as the Mad Hatter’s Father. ENJOY!

The Time Chamber – A Coloring Book by Daria Song

You know, it’s very cool to colour these days. Personally I’ve always loved colouring – I just find it so relaxing and void of technology. Really you should try it – put down your phone and your iPad, turn your tv off and sit and colour. You get bonus points if you convince the children to join you. Convince, bribe, force – you get the idea. The lovelies at Penguin Random House just sent me the latest colouring book by artist Daria Song called The Time Chamber. Actually, it’s not just a coloring book but also a ‘magical story’ about a fairy who enters the human world when the clock strikes midnight. The Time Chamber features lovely illustrations that will appeal to all ages. And OWLS – owls will always garner bonus points in my book. My 9 year old and I both agree that this colouring book is a beautiful [Continue Reading…]

JOY Official Trailer #JoyMovie

JOY is the latest movie by David O. Russell, opening Christmas Day everywhere. The cast is insane and includes Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Edgar Ramirez, Diane Ladd, Virginia Madsen, Isabella Rossellini, Elisabeth Röhm, Dascha Polanco and Bradley Cooper!! JOY is the wild story of a family across four generations centered on the girl who becomes the woman who founds a business dynasty and becomes a matriarch in her own right. Betrayal, treachery, the loss of innocence and the scars of love, pave the road in this intense emotional and human comedy about becoming a true boss of family and enterprise facing a world of unforgiving commerce. Allies become adversaries and adversaries become allies, both inside and outside the family, as Joy’s inner life and fierce imagination carry her through the storm she faces. Jennifer Lawrence stars, with Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Edgar Ramirez, Isabella Rossellini, Diane Ladd, Virginia Madsen , [Continue Reading…]

Max and Marla #books

Max and Marla is the story of Max and his bestie, his pet owl, Marla. But they’re not just besties, they’re also teammates AND Olympians. They’re adorably sweet, ingenious and always prepared. This is just the loveliest children’s book about dreams, perseverance and friendship. They just refuse to give up on their Olympic dreams, no matter what is thrown their way. The illustrations are perfectly matched to this sweet tale, from their matching outfits to the cute doughnut medals, each page will make you smile. My nine year old thought Max and Marla was “really cute and funny” and I would have to agree. It’s adorable and perfect for children aged 3 years and up, although I’m a big fan of reading picture books to the younger babes too. Max and Marla is the debut title by Alexandra Boiger, as both the author and the illustrator. It is published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons (an imprint of [Continue Reading…]

Kids Mean Nostalgia And Nostalgia Needs Cake

I keep wondering if there will ever be a time as a mom, where I don’t wonder how time is passing so quickly. One minute they’re in diapers, and the next they have opinions and attitudes and want privacy and girlfriends. Slow down children. Mommy isn’t ready for this. And every so often, without warning, I feel this overwhelming need to slow things down and make every moment count. This is when I pry the electronics out of the children’s hands, and we have family time. Actually, despite my sarcasm, the kids actually really love spending time together doing “things that people did in the olden days” like board games and talking. Board games, Bingo and card games are always guaranteed to have all four of us sitting at the kitchen table, laughing and having fun. These times always remind me of being a kid, at home with my four siblings and my [Continue Reading…]

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