LostMy.Name Personalized Books #Books #Review

Personalized books have come a LONG way, baby. Most of the ones I’ve seen haven’t been very impressive, looking both cheesy and of poor quality. But then I discovered LostMy.Name personalized books. LostMy.Name books are special. They’re a softcover book, made with a lovely, heavy quality paper that gives them a substantial feel. The illustrations are absolutely glorious and really work with the story to make this book unique. The story is about a little girl or boy who loses their name and goes on an adventure to find it, letter by letter. I adore this book – it’s a great story, and any little person would love it too. I think a personalized gift makes a perfect gift, and one this special will be a winner. The site says these are ideal for two – six year olds, but my eight year old loves hers too. The ordering process is one of the best things about these books – it is just [Continue Reading…]

What To Do in the 1000 Islands Gananoque #familytravel #attractionsontario

On Tuesday, I blogged about going to 1000 Islands Gananoque with the family for a short getaway. When visiting the area, you’ll find that there are so many things to do even though it’s a small town. There’s countless beautiful, picturesque photo opps around the town, from the Town Hall to the Waterfront area, to the lovely neighbourhoods filled with gorgeous, huge heritage homes. For this trip, we also checked out the Arthur Child Heritage Museum, The Haunted Walk Experience and the 1000 Island Boat Cruise. Arthur Child Heritage Museum The Arthur Child Heritage Museum is located on the waterfront, in Downtown Gananoque. It’s housed in a two storey heritage building that was originally the main station for the Thousand Islands Railway, until passenger service ended in 1962. The museum features the culture and natural history of the 1000 islands. It is run by a non-profit organization, features a seasonal collection and a gift shop on the main [Continue Reading…]

The Ultimate Disney Party Book

This book is SO cute. I was sent a copy of The Ultimate Disney Party Book by Jessica Ward (with Cynthia Littlefield) for review and it’s just delightful. If you have a Disney fan at home or plan on organizing a Disney themed party, this book is full of fab ideas of some of the most beloved Disney movies and characters. The book features eight different parties – five of them feature Aladdin, Monsters, Inc., Planes, Toy Story, and Wreck-It Ralph. There’s also sections dedicated to a Disney Princess party, a Mickey and Minnie Party and a Captain Hook party. The best thing about this book is you really don’t have to be Martha Stewart to pull off any of the great ideas. The instructions for every element, including large full-colour photos, are very clear and thorough so even someone like myself (I’m no Martha) can easily pull it together. The book includes recipes, invitation [Continue Reading…]

A 1000 Islands Gananoque Getaway #FamilyTravel #AttractionsOntario

Last weekend, I had a mini overnight getaway with the family, to Gananoque and the 1000 Islands and we had the best time. Living in Kingston, we live really close to Gan (20 minute drive) but we’ve never really taken the time to visit with the kids. As a kid myself, we used to visit at least once a week with my family. I fondly remember driving to Gananoque every Sunday after church, with my parents and one or two of my siblings in my Dad’s baby blue Thunderbird. We’d take the scenic route, filled with countless farms, so my little sister could see all the cows and horses on the drive there. We would get ice cream at the Dairy Queen, visit for a bit, and drive home. We loved those drives, so I made sure to take the scenic route this time as well, for my youngest who loves animals. All [Continue Reading…]

RapidLash Eyelash & Eyebrow Enhancing Serum And A Giveaway #RapidLash

Do you dream of longer-looking lashes? Me too! That’s why I jumped at the chance to try out this innovative product – RapidLash Eyelash & Eyebrow Enhancing Serum. It is clinically proven to boost the appearance of eyelashes with a simple once a day application, in as little as four weeks. All it takes is a nightly application to the base of the upper lashes. Want to try it? I picked up mine at Shoppers Drug Mart – it was in the BeautyBoutique (it retails for $59.95). Would you like to win your own RapidLash to try out? Enter below to win! Here are the rules for this giveaway: You may enter this giveaway on other participating blogs but you can only win once. This giveaway is open to Canadians only (INCLUDING Quebec!) Winners should expect their prizes to take 4-6 weeks to arrive. The giveaway will end JUNE 20, 2015 at [Continue Reading…]

Storing Your Stuff In Ziploc Bags With Easy Open Tabs And A Giveaway

Ziploc has released a new line of bags with Easy Open Tabs, that are easy to grip and easy to open. They come in many different sizes, including: Snack  Bags Sandwich Bags XL Sandwich Bags Small Freezer Bags Medium Storage Bags Medium Freezer Bags Large Storage Bags Large Freezer Bags Large Fresh Produce Bags The tabs are also colour coded – BLUE for freezer, PINK for storage and GREEN for sandwich and snack, to easily identify the contents. Ziploc bags are great for food storage but I think they’re great for travel and organizing things at home. For example: Use them to store craft and art supplies. Use it as a pastry bag to pipe frosting when you don’t have the real thing. Fill it with ice and put it on a little person’s booboo. Use them for snacks in your handbag. Use the larger size to protect and store your kids’ [Continue Reading…]

Great Movies Featuring Unique Families On Netflix #StreamTeam

I come from a big Greek family. My parents have been married 50+ years, have five kids (including their favourite….ahem), who are all married (except my stubborn older brother) and are still married to the same people and have nine children among them. All of us live in the same city except for my brother and his family. On major holidays, we come together to celebrate which for Greek people means we eat until we crash on any available couch. Every single Christmas, we all come together at my parents’ house and have our 21 people family sitting around a giant makeshift table. Every. Single. Year. I guess you would say that my family is as traditional as it gets (with a whole bunch of Greek thrown in). But I know we’re not necessarily the norm these days. My entire life my dad would tell us kids that no matter what, your family comes [Continue Reading…]

2015-2016 BAN.DO AGENDAS #OMGBandoAgenda

I’ve just discovered the most adorable, yet practical agendas by BAN.DO! They’re colourful, fun, absolutely unique and feature the most gorgeous covers. The agendas are filled with cute artwork by the Ban.do Girl Gang, and I might have to frame some of them when I’m done with the agenda. What I love most about these agendas is that they have a sense of humour, like most of the band.do products. They feature fun suggestions like, “Take a nap on a pool floaty!” and “Hang a disco ball in your room!” They include cute stickers, fun holidays (yes, National Pina Colada Day should be a thing) and even a Ban.do Girl Girl secret code. On the practical side, they’re 17 month agendas, in two sizes and several patterns. The smaller size (5.5 in. x 8.5 in.) and the larger (8 in. x 10 in.) and both feature a lay flat design, which is awesome. I picked [Continue Reading…]

EASY DIY: Jewellery Holder

Let me just put this out there – I am NOT the craftiest person. But even I can take an impulse purchase (ie. something ugly that sat in my crawl space forever), and turn it into something much cuter and actually useful. All it took was some spray paint. This is EASY DIY. STEP ONE: Buy a ceramic purple egg holder at Easter time for no particular reason. Or if you’re me, pull it out of a random box in your basement. STEP TWO: Buy some spray paint – I bought Rust-oleum Universal in Flat Black. STEP THREE: Make sure your egg holder is clean and free of dust, and set up to spray paint it outside in a well-ventilated area, because the spray paint stinks. STEP FOUR: Spray paint in short strokes so you don’t drip. Let it dry and do a second coat. Once that’s dry, turn it over and do the [Continue Reading…]

Hockey Hall of Fame #Toronto

If you have any hockey fans in your house, and you can get yourself to Toronto, then the Hockey Hall of Fame is a must see attraction. Our guy is obsessed and chose the Hockey Hall of Fame (HHOF) as part of his birthday trip to Toronto, along with a visit to the Ripley’s Aquarium. We had actually visited a few years back, but part of the hall was under construction, and he was so young that he couldn’t remember much of his initial visit, so a second visit was a done deal. The HHOF opens with a huge collection of hockey memorabilia (the largest in the world). Walls of pucks and masks, player specific collections including Bobby Orr, Gordie Howe and of course, Wayne Gretzky. So many hockey legends are honoured here – it’s great to see special pieces here that represent each of the players. My son was especially enamoured with [Continue Reading…]

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