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

12th January 2016

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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.

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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 little bunch that will delight your children. The book is available in hardcover picture book and in board book formats today as well, so even your littlest one can enjoy this delightful book.

I’d love to share my love for Oliver Jeffers’ books with a giveaway today. This prize will include:

  • The Hueys in WHAT’S THE OPPOSITE? (hardcover picture book)
  • The Hueys in WHAT’S THE OPPOSITE (board book)
  • The Hueys in THE NEW SWEATER (board book)
  • The Hueys in IT WASN’T ME (board book)
  • The Hueys in NONE THE NUMBER (board book)

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This giveaway is open to Canadian AND U.S residents and will run until January 21, 2016.

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

31st December 2015

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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 parents spending this special night with their kids, Netflix’s early countdown options are a brilliant idea. I wish I had had this option when my kids were younger. Sadly, they’re too old to trick at this point so I am REALLY looking forward to dealing with exhausted tweens tonight.

Their poll also found these interesting stats about Canadian families and how they’ll be celebrating this New Year’s Eve:

  • More than a third of Canadian parents would use a special New Year’s Eve countdown as a way to get their kids to bed early (34 per cent)
  • 51 per cent of parents feel that having an on-demand New Year’s Eve countdown will allow them to celebrate as a family
  • Over 70 per cent of parents would start their special countdown before 11 p.m., with one in five parents choosing 9 p.m. as the ideal time to ring in those famous 10 seconds (20 per cent)
  • 65 per cent of parents plan to spend time with their significant other after putting their kids to bed before midnight

To ring in the New Year, I’d love to give away a little Netflix love to one lucky winner. Enter below to win a 6-month membership to Netflix Canada!!! This is open to Canadian residents only and will run until January 7, 2016!! GOOD LUCK and a HAPPY and HEALTHY NEW YEAR to you and yours!!

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Mattel’s #ListToppers and a Giveaway

15th December 2015

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!

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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 Too Wonderful dolls include Kitty Cheshire, Madeline Hatter, Apple White and Lizzie Hearts. Their outfits are fantastic and come with pocket watches that open, fun accessories and doll stands. These will be a hit under the tree this year.

Would you like one? I’m giving away an Ever After High Way Too Wonderland Doll just in time for Christmas. You get to pick your favourite from the four dolls shown above as well. Being so close to Christmas, I’d love to get this to you in time (although I can’t guarantee it), so this will be a quick giveaway, ending THIS FRIDAY at midnight!! Enter below – it is open to Canadian residents only! GOOD LUCK!

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12 Days of Picture Books – ROBO-SAUCE

9th December 2015

This might just be the absolute coolest, most ingenious picture book I’ve seen in a very long time.

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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.

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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 on my blog. To enter to win one of SIX copies of ROBO-SAUCE, head on over to the Penguin Kids Facebook Page TODAY and TOMORROW!! This particular giveaway will end 11:59 PM EST on 12/10/15. GOOD LUCK!

12 Days of Picture Books – Mitford at the Fashion Zoo

8th December 2015

I crazy love this book so much.

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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.

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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 for sure!

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 on my blog. To enter to win one of FIVE copies of Mitford at the Fashion Zoo, head on over to the Penguin Kids Facebook Page TODAY!! This particular giveaway will end 11:59 PM EST on 12/09/15. GOOD LUCK!

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Smithsonian Design: The Definitive Visual History #awesomegifts

26th November 2015

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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.

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Smithsonian Design is full of large, gorgeous photographs that complement the book beautifully. In each section, key dates are outlined and after a brief description of the era, specific pieces are highlighted, naming the designer and estimated date of the piece. There are also several pages that focus on the evolution of the design of specific items, such as chairs. This really gives you a great glimpse of how the design has changed over the last century.

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If you’re looking for #awesomegifts this holiday season, this is a winner. I’m such a fan of DK Canada coffee table books – they’re always such a beautiful and quality read. They have something for everyone, so make sure to click on the #awesomegifts graphic below to take you to some other great gift ideas from DK Canada. You can find DK Smithsonian Design online at Indigo.

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Help Feed Children With Cuddle + Kind

23rd November 2015

cuddle-and-kindThis 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 giving to those in need at the same time.

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Cuddle + Kind sent us Everest and my daughter is in love. He’s officially her new bedtime buddy and has been every single night since he arrived. You can tell he’s been made with care and every detail has been carefully thought out, front and back, from his little scarf and knit hat, to his booties and perfectly yellow beak.

Cuddle + Kind is the brainchild of Canadian couple, Jennifer and Derek Woodgate, and their goal is to provide one million meals every year. To purchase a doll you can go here to order them via Indiegogo. You can also find Cuddle + Kind on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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The Whole 30 – The 30 Day Guide

6th October 2015

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I bought this book the day it came out, read it and then put it lovingly on a shelf fully intending to try it out at some point. I had read great things about this ‘diet’ and how it acts to reset the body and is great for people with health issues and sugar addictions.

I’m that person, 100%. Besides the fact that sugar is my spirit animal, I’m also dealing with a very intense case of PCOS that I was diagnosed with a few months ago. If you’re as lucky as I am and have every possible symptom connected to PCOS, you’ll get why making dietary changes are really important. I also have a lot of stomach issues that seem to appear whenever I eat any kind of starchy carb – if that’s not an evil thing to do to a Greek girl, I don’t know what is.

So it’s time for me to give Whole 30 a try. What I love about this book, is how easy the ‘diet’ is. Basically, you can eat MEAT, SEAFOOD, EGGS, VEGGIES, FRUIT AND NATURAL FATS. You can’t eat sugar, alcohol, grains, legumes, dairy or baked goods of any kind. You also are not allowed to measure yourself or weight yourself during the process. Measure/weigh yourself at the beginning and end of the 30 days instead.

The book is great in that it has a section that answers every possible question you might have about the diet and the food you can and can’t eat. It also covers what to eat when eating out, travelling, and during the holidays. The Whole 30 guide also gives you lots of recipes, a shopping guide, and a suggested meal plan.

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So I’m going to follow this diet for 30 days, but I won’t be that person who’s instagramming/facebooking/tweeting my meals and progress. I’m not much of a food photographer and I know most people have zero interest in seeing what I’m eating so it works out. If you’ve done this ‘diet’, I’d love to know how it worked out for you – what you found easy/difficult and how you felt after the 30 days. I hope you’ll share your experience and/or your tips for someone just starting out. After the 30 days, I’ll let you know if I made it and if it affected my PCOS in any way.

Disney On Ice: Treasure Trove #Kingston #YGK

2nd October 2015

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Disney On Ice is back in Kingston.

We headed to the K-Rock Centre with the kids tonight to see the first showing of Disney On Ice: Treasure Trove. We’ve been to a couple other Disney On Ice shows in the past and the kids really enjoyed them. This time round the kids are older, but they still had a fun night out, especially my youngest.

The show ran for approximately 90 minutes, with a 15 minute intermission. Several of the Disney movies were represented including Toy Story, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Lion King, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Aladdin, Little Mermaid, Tangled and The Princess Frog.

Our favourite part of the show were all the great costumes, especially during the Aladdin, Alice in Wonderland and The Little Mermaid sections of the show. There were some great skating sequences as well, most notably during The Lion King, that really showed off the cast’s talents. There were even flying characters, a magic carpet ride and exciting pyrotechnics. Of course, if you have little Disney fans, they’ll recognize many of the songs and characters throughout and are invited to dance and sing along during the show.

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You might want to bring your wallet to the show as well. As with most kid-focused events, there are several booths stationed outside the show with pricey Disney-themed toys and paraphernalia, so you’ll need your wallet. Or perhaps some kid-sized blinders.

Disney On Ice: Treasure Trove is currently on tour at the K-Rock Centre in Kingston, Ontario and will run six more shows starting tomorrow: Friday, October 2 (7:00 p.m.), Saturday, October 3 (11:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m.), Sunday, October 4 (1:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m.). You can buy tickets online and at the box office.

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Happy Birthday Roald Dahl! #RoaldDahlMonth #Giveaway

24th September 2015

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I love weird and different.

I love smart and entertaining.

I LOVE funny and bizarre.

This is a few of the reasons I LOVE ROALD DAHL and his books. I can’t think of another author that I like that is so quirky and strange, and yet so beloved and respected by so many adults and kids alike.

There are so many wonderful messages in each of his books, they’re just impossible not to love.

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September is his birthday month, so Penguin Kids has declared it Roald Dahl Month in celebration. I’m all for it! To celebrate, I’m giving away a Roald Dahl prize pack that will include three Roald Dahl books of your choice, and a Roald Dahl event kit that will include a poster, sticker sheet, bookmarks, and a word search.

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This giveaway is open to U.S. RESIDENTS only this time! The giveaway will run until September 30th, 2015 and you can enter below! Good luck!!

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