New Kid’s Book – The Hueys in What’s The Opposite? and a GIVEAWAY! #TheHueys

I remember when I first discovered an Oliver Jeffers book was when I was in the bookstore with my then toddler son looking for something funny for his bedtime story that night. I just happened to find The Incredible Book Eating Boy on the shelf, and immediately adored the illustrations. And then I read it and fell in love with it’s story and just how funny it was. It became one of our absolute favourite family reads and led to our love of all things Oliver Jeffers. If you haven’t yet read anything written and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers, you are missing out. They’re creative, hilarious and will amuse your kids, regardless of their age. Today is the release date of Oliver Jeffers’ newest book called The Hueys in What’s The Opposite? This is his latest book in The Hueys series, which explores the funny world of opposites. The Hueys are a quirky [Continue Reading…]

Countdown to New Year’s with Netflix and a Giveaway!

Netflix is genius. Do you have little kids who desperately want to stay up until midnight on New Year’s Eve to ring in the New Year, whereas you’re thinking, “NOPE?” Thanks to Netflix, you can trick them into thinking it’s midnight, at anytime you like tonight! Netflix is launching six on-demand countdown specials that parents can use to ring in the new year anytime! They can choose when it’s time to say goodnight and the kids choose how to celebrate with their favourite characters including: Puffin Rock, Care Bears & Cousins, Inspector Gadget, King Julien, and favorites from DreamWorks Animation like Mr. Peabody and Sherman and Project Mc2. Netflix surveyed parents in the US, UK, France, Canada, Australia, Brazil, Italy, Spain, and Mexico recently and found that 55% would love to be able to ring in the New Year with their kids early, using a special countdown. With 95% of Canadian [Continue Reading…]

Holiday 2015 Gift Guide: DVDs

My Holiday 2015 Gift Guide for last minute shoppers like myself continues with MOVIE DVDs! (I blogged about some great kid’s picture books yesterday.) I think DVDs are a great gift to give or add to a stocking, again without a huge investment. There is SO much to choose from right now but I’m focusing on newer releases for those movie fans on your list. Here are some that are sure to please! The Man From U.N.C.L.E Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation Shaun the Sheep Movie He Named Me Malala Pan Amy Me and Earl and the Dying Girl Trainwreck Minions Ted 2 Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials Vacation HAPPY SHOPPING!!!

Mattel’s #ListToppers and a Giveaway

Christmas is around the corner and if you’re like me, you’re not even close to done with shopping for everyone on your list. I see scrambling for last minute gifts two days before Christmas in my future. Do you have any little ones on your list? Mattel’s annual #ListToppers Toy List features 12 great toys this year, including: Fisher-Price Bright Beats Dance & Move BeatBo Barbie 2015 Holiday Doll Fisher-Price Thomas & Friends Turbo Flip Thomas Fisher-Price Smart Toy-Bear Barbie Rock ‘n Royal Lead Doll/Co-Lead Doll Barbie Saddle ‘N Ride Feature Horse Monster High Boo York, Boo York Floatation Station Astranova Doll & Accessory Monster High Gooliope Jellington Hot Wheels Ultimate Garage Matchbox Treasure Truck Mega Bloks First Builders Block Scooping Wagon And our favourite….Ever After High Way Too Wonderland Dolls! In my house, my nine-year-old loves the Ever After High line and the dolls featured in this year’s #ListToppers were no exception. The Way [Continue Reading…]

Holiday 2015 Gift Guide: Picture Books

I’m going to be sharing my Holiday Gift Ideas all this week for those late shoppers like me who are still looking for great gift ideas. None of my lists are sponsored in any way – you’ll be seeing products I actually like, endorse, WANT and not because I’m paid or asked to do so. First up, some fantastic children’s picture books for your little (and big) book lovers. These are all fun and special in their own way. I think they would make wonderful gifts and they’re a great way to bring joy without a huge investment. Books make the BEST gifts!! Robo-Sauce by Adam Rubin Iggy Peck Architect by Andrea Beaty Imaginary Fred by Eoin Colfer and Oliver Jeffers The Book with No Pictures by B. J. Novak Beekle by Dan Santat Outstanding in the Rain by Frank Viva What’s Up Mumu? by David Mackintosh Mitford at the Fashion Zoo [Continue Reading…]

12 Days of Picture Books – ROBO-SAUCE

This might just be the absolute coolest, most ingenious picture book I’ve seen in a very long time. I must warn you however, because ROBO-SAUCE by Adam Rubin, is actually two books in one. This awesome picture book turns into a ROBO-BOOK! Seriously. My kids and I were so impressed by how unique this picture book is. The illustrations by Daniel Salmieri are perfectly matched with this delightful story of how a boy who discovers how to turn himself into a robot. Flash! Bang! Boom! You need to gift this cool book to your favourite little people this holiday season. I promise you they will love the twist at the end!! I shared it with a girlfriend at our local bookstore, and she immediately bought it for her boys. Want to win a copy? Penguin Kids is giving away some of the best picture books for their 12 Days of Picture Books giveaway promotion, several of which I will be highlighting [Continue Reading…]

12 Days of Picture Books – Mitford at the Fashion Zoo

I crazy love this book so much. Mitford at the Fashion Zoo is written and illustrated by the incredibly talented and creative artist Donald Robertson. If you’re not following him on Instagram, you are missing out. I refer to him as the Canadian Warhol – the man has talent! This lovely picture book is the story of Mitford the Giraffe who desperately wants to work for the fashion magazine Cover. If you know anything about fashion or fashion designers, you will delight in how creative this book is. You’ll encounter the talented Zap Possum, Shark Jacobs, and Mikael Boars just to name a few. The real star of this picture book is the illustrations – they are as Rachel Zoe would say, “Bananas.” Truly incredible. Mitford at the Fashion Zoo is a fun story that kids will love as much as any adult. This is a winner under the tree this year [Continue Reading…]

12 Days of Picture Books – Pom Pom Panda Gets The Grumps

Books are the absolute BEST gift to give (and receive) this time of year. Or anytime of year quite frankly. A gorgeous picture book is a perfect way to show a little person in your life that you adore them. Why not gift them a book that will make them smile like Pom Pom Panda Gets the Grumps by Sophy Henn. Look at that grumpy face! This is a story about a little panda named Pom Pom who wakes up on the wrong side of the bed, and is just a total grump. This is me, Monday to Friday – although I do tend to perk up on the weekends.  This adorable tale follows Pom Pom on his grumpy day where nothing seems to go right, all the way until he gets to school. I wonder how his friends will feel about his grumpy attitude? Pom Pom Panda is a sweet [Continue Reading…]

What I’m Watching on Netflix Instead of Sleeping #SleepingIsOverrated #StreamTeam

My bedtime battle days involving my kids are over, thankfully. The kids are pretty good about going to bed and know when they’re too tired to function and can’t really be bothered to fight it. I on the other hand, am not the best at sleeping regular hours like a normal person. I’d rather Netflix than sleep these days. Actually I’d rather Netflix than do anything at night, especially when it’s so cold out and I’m already wearing the jammies. Let’s be honest, after the bra comes off, a fire couldn’t get me to leave the house. After the kids are in bed is really the only time I get to watch television, which is convenient since most of my tv watching is not appropriate for them anyway. So what am I watching these days??? Right now I am HOOKED on the Netflix Original series Marvel’s Jessica Jones. It is SO good. This is [Continue Reading…]

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…]

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