24 Super Cute Totes You need to buy (me) on ETSY

I adore Etsy, because I love the ability to discover so many crafty people from around the world, especially since I have nary a crafty bone in this body. I plan to feature all the lovely things I see on there, every so often, so today it’s all about totes. Cute, funny or unique totes that will make lugging those library books, market veggies or your kids paraphernalia that much more enjoyable. Enjoy! Made in Paris ($59, available at MyLittleFrenchShop) Stay Awesome ($32, available at ToodlesNoodles) BORED ($15.93, available at Madebylefil) My book club ($14.95, available at BookFiend) I am silently correcting your grammar ($14.95, available at BookFiend) If you were in my novel ($14.95, available at BookFiend) It’s Bigger on the Inside ($12, available at UnicornEmpirePrints) Typewriter ($11.90, available at ceridwenDesign) Eat The Rude ($15, available at UnicornEmpirePrints) Annie Hall ($18.15, available at BagApart) Bearded ($22, available at depeapa) The [Continue Reading…]

Mabels Labels Limited Edition Camp Label Pack GIVEAWAY

I love Mabel’s Labels. I discovered them when my son was little and started losing everything at school and I needed a better solution than just writing his name on the tags of his clothing and shoes. Of course that would only last until the item was washed anyway. But then I found Mabel’s Labels! I’ve used these labels for both kids now, for 5+ years and they’re the best label on the market. They are dishwasher, microwave and laundry safe. They are also UV resistant and waterproof. That’s what makes these a fantastic label option for camp. Mabel’s Labels Limited Edition Camp Label Pack includes everything you need to get the kids ready for camp. The pack includes: 10 Personalized Name Stickers 24 Mini Custom Name Stickers 50 Tag Mates Stick On Clothing Labels 8 Custom Shoe Stickers 2 Personalized Bag Tags 5 super cute postcards for writing home (*only while supplies last*) [Continue Reading…]

100 Family Adventures – Book Review

Remember when you were young, way back when, when it was the norm to spend hours outside, when fast food meant reheating leftovers and when the only electronics in the house was a big clunker of a television and the Atari with Pong on heavy rotation. I still remember all five of us kids sitting around watching each other play Pong and being riveted. RIVETED. Seriously. As a mom now, it worries me how much time my kids will play on their iPads or the XBOX if I don’t limit them. Literally hours will pass, and not a peep. Don’t get me wrong the lack of fighting and overall silence is BEAUTIFUL. But it also frustrates me at the same time. We have a house FULL of toys and crafts and books, let alone a garage full of scooters, bikes and hockey equipment and all that fun stuff. Of course, the irony is the moment [Continue Reading…]

Summer Movies 2015

There are so many great movies coming out this summer that I can’t wait to see. I have a huge list of movies that I want to see (including Poltergeist (looks CRAZY scary) and Jurassic World (mostly for Chris Pratt) and Ted 2 (Stupid funny can be just what the doctor ordered), but these six are tops on my Summer MUST SEE list. I AM BIG BIRD – Release Date: June 6 ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL – Release Date: June 12 THE OVERNIGHT – Release Date: June 19 THE LITTLE DEATH – Release Date: June 26 MAGIC MIKE XXL – Release Date: July 1 TRAINWRECK – July 17 What movies are you excited about seeing this summer???

Colouring Books For Adults

I’m sure you’ve heard – colouring is very in right now, especially for adults. I’m kind of thrilled about it because I LOVE to colour. I find it relaxing – as long as my eight year old klepto keeps her cute little hands off my colour pencils. She has a lovely way of making my pencils and books disappear. There are SO many fun colouring books for grown-ups available out there now that it’s so mainstream. From pretty to hilarious, you’re covered! Check out some of my favourites below – I’ve added links below in case you want to pick some up for yourself. They’re not affiliate links – just being helpful, because the joy of colouring needs to be shared. the indie rock coloring book Just Add Color – Day of the Dead Thrill Murray Colour Me Good – Ryan Gosling Colour Me Good – Benedict Cumberbatch Colour Me Good [Continue Reading…]

Grace and Frankie #NetflixOriginal #StreamTeam

Grace and Frankie is the latest Original series to debut on Netflix. It’s the story of two very different women whose lives are changed forever when their husbands (who are business partners) come out and declare their love for each other as a gay couple. The series features an amazing cast, including Jane Fonda, Lila Tomlin, Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston. Season one consists of 13 episodes (roughly 30 minute episodes) and I’m a few episodes in. I have to admit, I didn’t love the first couple of episodes, but there was still something that made me want to keep watching, and see how their lives play out, as couples and individuals. It does get better, but honestly, with the caliber of this cast, I WANT to LOVE IT. The couples are very different – there’s Grace (Fonda ) and Robert (Sheen) who are very serious and refined and hate each other. And Frankie (Tomlin) [Continue Reading…]

Crayola Colour Alive Giveaway #ColourAlive

Crayola comes out with fun new products every year, so I’m sharing some of their Spring 2015 virtual products that are now available. First up are the Crayola Colour Alive products. To use the Crayola Colour Alive books, you will need to download the free Colour Alive app on your tablet or smartphone. Colour Alive books work as a traditional colouring book – you begin by colouring the pages with the included markers. Then, you then scan the coloured page using the app and click the 4D button and up pops this virtual image of your coloured image. You can then interact with the image, take a pic, share it and/or save it. Colour Alive is available in the titles shown above, as well as Minions and Monster High. Another fun product are the Virtual Design & Drive and My Virtual Fashion Show. These products each have their own free apps that are required – Crayola Design & [Continue Reading…]

Orla Kiely Spring Summer 2015 Collection

I. LOVE. Orla Kiely. I love her in a slightly unhealthy, obsessed, staring at the website and imagining myself being besties with Orla and her sending me all the things, because that’s what besties do, kind of way. What? That’s TOTALLY NORMAL. I’ve decided that when I win the lottery, the first thing I’m going to do is buy Colin Firth’s affection. But the second, the second is definitely buying everything Orla Kiely has ever made, and will ever make, until the end of time. Again, TOTALLY NORMAL. Now that you understand my Orla Kiely delight, her Spring Summer 2015 Collection is out and it’s so pretty. My favourite pattern is definitely the new scribble sunflower print. Although I love the sky blue giant linear stem print too. And these need to come live with me too. You can see all their handbags here and accessories here. *Not sponsored*

Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

I’ve been meaning to blog about our first visit to Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada in Toronto for a while now, and I’m finally getting around to it. My son chose a visit as part of his birthday present for his 11th birthday this year. Ripley’s is a relatively new attraction in Toronto, featuring 16,000 aquatic animals and North America’s longest underwater viewing tunnel with 5.7 million litres of water and many interactive opportunities. The aquarium is divided into nine different galleries, from the Canadian Waters to Planet Jellies (my personal favourite). Beyond that, there is a huge gift shop, a café, and other great activities that we didn’t experience, such as a stingray experience. When planning for our visit, I had heard stories about how busy the aquarium was during the day and it was so crowded at times that it was difficult to really see the fish or enjoy the viewing tunnel and interactive aspects [Continue Reading…]

What To Buy Mom (ME) For Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is just a few days away so if you’re anything like my husband, you might want to get on it and and pick something for the lovely Mommas in your life. This list may inspire you and hurt your wallet, but really, focus on the inspirational part. This list could also be called, “What to buy ME for Mother’s Day” because the husband does better with a little (a lot) of guidance. So I think it’s just kind to nudge him in the right direction of good ideas, and pretty things. For Her (My) Skin Benefit Feeling Dandy Gift set ($34, available at Sephora) Philosophy resurface ($89, available at Sephora) For Her (My) Walls blah blah blah print ($35, available at Chapters) Karl Lagerfeld Uber Nut print ($60, available online only) For Her (My) BookShelf A Place Called Home ($40, available at Chapters) Happy Home ($40, available at Chapters) Bright [Continue Reading…]

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