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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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Holiday 2015 Gift Guide: DVDs

15th December 2015

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!

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  • The Man From U.N.C.L.E
  • Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation
  • Shaun the Sheep Movie

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  • He Named Me Malala
  • Pan
  • Amy

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  • Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
  • Trainwreck
  • Minions

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  • Ted 2
  • Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
  • Vacation

HAPPY SHOPPING!!!

Holiday 2015 Gift Guide: Picture Books

14th December 2015

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!!
Childrens Picture Books

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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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Holiday Gift Ideas With Crayola And a Giveaway!

23rd November 2015

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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

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The Crayola Crayon Carver is a multiple award winner and geared to kids ages 6+. The Crayon Carver allows kids to experience engraving by tracing. First, you remove the crayon wrapper using the included wrapper ripper tool. You then place the crayon into the chamber to hold it in place. You select the tiles for the message you want to engrave, and then you trace the tiles which will simultaneously engrave the message into the crayon. This was one of my daughter’s favourites and she was amused with it for a long time. It was a definite hit.

Easy Animation Studio

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Another award-winner is the Easy Animation Studio, geared to kids ages 8+. To use this toy, you must download the Animation Studio app. The toy includes the mannequin and stand, a 30 page booklet, coloured pencils and a device stand. First, you choose which character you want to play with and colour and design it front and back, and then scan it in to your smartphone or tablet. You then place your device in the stand and position the mannequin in various poses. The on-screen character you scanned earlier then mimics the poses of the mannequin and records it as a video.

My daughter LOVED playing with this and didn’t require any help setting it up. She had a great time making videos and recording her voice into them, and then showing them off. Another hit!

Cling Creator, Thread Wrapper and Light-Up Stamper

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Need more award-winning ideas for prezzies this year? The Cling Creator allows you to create clings using included molds that will stick to and peel from virtually any surface. You can make up to 20 clings but refill packs are available as well.

The Crayola Creations Thread Wrapper is a motorized threading machine that allows you to style things you own with colourful threads. The Thread Wrapper comes with six spools of thread but you can use any thread with the machine. You can also use Crayola markers to add colour to the threads as well.

The Light-Up Stamper kit allows for mess free colouring by using Color Wonder inks. These inks are clear but the Light-Up Stamper kit actually lights up so you can see what colour you’re using. The great thing about Color Wonder inks is that they don’t colour or mess up your clothes or furniture or anything. It’s delightful.

Crayola has so many great gift options for the holiday season, and I want to help you get started. I’m giving away two of these fun products – The Crayon Carver and the Easy Animation Studio (valued at $60). You can enter below via Rafflecopter – the giveaway is open to Canadian Residents only and will run until December 1, 2015. GOOD LUCK!!

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Where to get cool t-shirts online #Shop

5th October 2015

There are so many great places to shop online and find funny, cool, interesting t-shirts that you just can’t find in stores. These are just some of the online shops I like to check out when looking for something unique. These make great gifts and with the holidays just around the corner, you’ll definitely want to see what they have to offer. I picked some of my favs from each site below for fun (nope, not sponsored in any way at all) – Enjoy!!

DESIGN BY HUMANS

Design by Humans sells lots of cool products including clothing and t-shirts for adults and kids, art prints, phone cases and notebooks. They feature over 15,000 artists from around the world and deliver to over 180 countries. You’ll find retro, pop culture, sci-fi designs just to name a few and they have an entire Owl category which speaks to my owl obsession quite nicely.

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ETSY

Etsy is a marketplace that features thousands of crafty and talented people from around the world and their wares. Many of the sites will ship internationally, but some may not, so you’ll want to check out their shipping area before you order. You can find thousands of products on Etsy, but I’m focusing on just a few of the t-shirt designs that I like.

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THREADLESS

Threadless sells t-shirts in adult and kid and baby sizes, as well as other clothing items, cases, art prints, canvases and pillows. Their designs are commissioned from artists around the world. The site is based in Chicago but ship internationally.

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SOCIETY6

The artwork on Society6 is actually the product of thousands of artists from around the world. The art is sold on adult t-shirts, prints, clocks, leggings, tote bags, cases, shower curtains, rugs and hats – just to name a few. With so many artists represented, it’s difficult to pick just three designs that showcase the site, so you’ll definitely want to check it out and see all there is to offer.

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BUSTED TEES

Busted Tees is owned by the same guys who started CollegeHumor.com. They sells t-shirts for adults and kids, as well as monster hoodies and funny gifts. They’re based in NYC but ship internationally as well.

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GLENNZ

Glennz Tees sells t-shirts and hoodies for adults and kids, as well as onesies, mugs, notecards and art prints, of his own designs. The site is owned by Glenn Jones, a graphic designer from New Zealand who got his start on the Threadless site. He’s based in the U.S. but ships to over 80 countries.

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NEATOSHOP

Neatoshop is the online store of the online blog Neatorama. They sell very cool pop culture t-shirts and are based in the U.S. but ship worldwide.

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SNORGTEES

SNORGTEES is an online shop that specializes in pop-culture, random and all-around funny t-shirts. They also sell hoodies, hats and socks and their tees and hoodies come in adult and kid sizes. They’ve been around since 2004 and are based in the U.S. but do ship internationally.

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ETSY MADE IN CANADA 2015 #Kingston #YGK

21st September 2015

Mark your calendars, Etsy lovers!!!

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This SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2015, Etsy is going to pop up across the country, in over 20 cities, to feature several local sellers in your area!! It’s a great opportunity to check out some of your local artisans and support them, or what I like to call, POP AND SHOP!!

There will be pop-ups in virtually every province, but specifically in Ontario, locations will include:

  • Toronto
  • Sarnia
  • Chatham-Kent
  • Hamilton
  • Kingston
  • Kitchener
  • Niagara
  • Ottawa
  • Sault Ste Marie

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Since I’m located in Kingston, I’m definitely planning on checking out the event with my daughter. You’ll be able to check out the Kingston Etsy: Made in Canada event at Grant Hall on Queen’s University campus (43 University Ave), from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can find more information about the expected local vendors (33 of them I believe) at the Kingston event by checking out Fat Goose Collective on FB or online. Entry to the event will be by donation, with proceeds going to SaveAFamilyFromSyria.org.

Don’t miss it!

Back to School with SportChek And a Giveaway

20th September 2015

sportcheck-logoWe are officially back in school and already in the third week, with September quickly coming to an end. Yikes. Don’t get me wrong I LOVE the fall, but I HATE the winter, so slow down already.

I don’t know about you but I approached things differently with back to school this year. Instead of just going out and buying the kids a whole bunch of new clothes and things before school started, I picked up only the necessities like school supplies and indoor shoes, and figured I’d pick up the rest as needed.

I picked up a couple of pairs of shoes for each of the kids as well, but quickly realized the dude would require some really good running shoes for gym. Enter SportChek! They contacted me about checking out their site and picking out some shoes for the kids, which was very timely so I was so thankful about that.

I’ve been on the site before a few times for clothes, but never for kids’ shoes. Their selection is fantastic, ranging from running shoes and basketball shoes, to hiking and trendy options as well. They have a wide range of brands and price points, and often some great sales too – they have a 20% off sale on right now actually.

So what did we pick?  My son picked out athletic shoes: Nike LunarGlide 7 Kids’ Grade-School Running Shoes

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And my daughter went for trendy and picked: Converse CT All Star Slip It Girls’ Trend Shoes

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We placed our order and received our shoes a quick two days later! They were both great picks and the kids were thrilled with their choices. And personally, I just love being able to order online within Canada, and avoiding extra duties and taxes and exchange. SportChek has you covered from shoes, boots, athletic wear, sports equipment and even fitness/sports related electronics.

I’d love to give you a chance to do a little shopping online at SportChek as well, so I’m giving away a $50 gift certificate to one lucky winner! The giveaway is open to Canadian residents and will run until September 28, 2015. GOOD LUCK!

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Weleda Evening Primrose Facial Care Products

27th August 2015

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I was sent a lovely package from Weleda recently to try out their Evening Primrose line, which is said to be wonderful and firming for mature skin.

Yes, I’m at the “mature skin” age sadly – I’m trying NOT to focus on that part. It happens to the best of us.

I’ve never tried Weleda products before so I was really looking forward to seeing how they compare to what I’ve used in the past. I had a chance to look at their site to get to know the brand and I was extremely impressed by their dedication to this certified natural skin care line. They have a wonderful philosophy and their mission “isn’t just to recognize beauty. Our mission is to actively cultivate beauty.” I LOVE THAT.

Their products, made in Switzerland and Germany, are all natural. They include no synthetic preservatives, no synthetic fragrances, no synthetic chemicals, and no animal testing (including their suppliers). They are paraben free, sls (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) free, phthalate free and include certified organic, natural and wild crafted ingredients.

Weleda has also earned certification from NATRUE. NATRUE is an international not-for-profit organization which sets very strict standards for global certification of natural and organic cosmetic products. This is further guarantee that as a consumer you can absolutely trust Weleda’s products at true natural products.

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I was sent several products including:

  • Evening Primrose Revitalizing Body Wash
  • Evening Primrose Age Revitalizing Body Oil
  • Evening Primrose Age Revitalizing Body Lotion
  • Evening Primrose Age Revitalizing Day Cream
  • Evening Primrose Age Revitalizing Night Cream
  • Evening Primrose Age Revitalizing Hand Cream
  • Evening Primrose Age Revitalizing  Eye & Lip Cream

The first thing I noticed with all the products is that they smell incredible – not overpowering or fake. Just a light, amazing natural scent that won’t overpower you or take away from the product itself, but lingers for a while. The Evening Primrose line products are also very light and non-greasy, and absorb into your skin immediately after you apply them rather than just sitting on the surface. I didn’t really need to use a lot of the product per use, so I think the face creams should last about a month or so.

I really like these products and I’m going to keep using them, because they might be the best smelling beauty product I’ve ever used, and I really really like that they’re an organic, natural product, which I’ve never used on my skin before. If you’re looking for this type product, you should give the Weleda brand a definite go.

Their products are available on their website and in many stores in Canada and the U.S. In Canada specifically, you can also find them online at well.ca. For more info, find Weleda on Facebook and Twitter.

My Experience Using RapidLash Enhancing Serum #RapidLash

12th August 2015

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This is part two of a two part blog post where I tried the RapidLash Eyebrow & Eyelash Enhancing Serum. The first post was here, and it’s been about eight weeks since that initial post.

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A little about how the product works first. You apply the RapidLash to the upper lash line of your clean, make-up free eye. You apply it every night before bed and you should apply it at least eight weeks to get the best results. It’s also safe to use if you are a contact lens wearer, which I am.

I’m not a huge fan of putting things anywhere near my eyeballs because my eyes tend to get irritated very easily, so I was a little bit worried that I’d have some kind of reaction or irritation to the product, but thankfully I did not. I found it very light and easy to use, and the serum had zero odour to it, which I appreciated, a lot.

One of the main reasons I was curious to try out this product is because I was recently diagnosed with PCOS and I’ve had some hair loss, among a million other symptoms, and have been self-conscious about it. I wanted to see if I could see some improvement using RapidLash. Again, I know that eight weeks is the minimum amount of time to use it before you see any real change, so my expectations were low with the intention of continuing beyond the eight week period, regardless.

So, has there been any change in the first eight weeks of use? Personally, I do see some improvement, although I’m not sure it’s obvious to anyone else. Here are my before and after pics and let me just say, my before pic is taken at such a bad angle (and evidently blurry) and I didn’t realize how bad until I tried to photograph the after and realized I should have taken several angles. Live and learn I guess.

Here’s my BEFORE:

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And AFTER!

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I know, it’s hard to tell because I don’t have the same angles for the before shot – but personally, I see the most difference with the shot with my closed eye.

So am I happy with the product SO FAR? YES! I plan to continue using it to see how it improves. It’s such an easy product to use so why not – honestly the hardest part is remembering to apply it. I had a reminder on my phone that would ring every night to remind me to do so, so it wasn’t that bad at all. I will say that there were four days that I didn’t apply it because I was away in Quebec City, and forgot it at home. Other than that, I was very consistent in my use and intend to continue it to see how it goes from here. Now if only I could get something similar for the hair loss on my head, and I’d be thrilled.

If you want to try it out, check out their website for store locations and more information about the product.

Disclosure: I am part of the RapidLash campaign with Influence Central and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

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