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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!

holiday gift guide movies

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

holiday gift guide movies

  • He Named Me Malala
  • Pan
  • Amy

holiday gift guide movies

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

holiday gift guide dvds

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


Holiday Gift Ideas With Crayola And a Giveaway!

23rd November 2015


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


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


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


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!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


27th November 2011

I LOVE DK Canada books. They have a great selection for the entire family – from beautiful coffee table books to unique educational books, they’ve got it all. My son especially loves all their Star Wars and Lego titles. I also really enjoy their titles that can teach the kids about new cultures and history, animals and science in a fun, colorful way.

I thought I would share some of my favorite titles. Make sure to check them out online if you’re doing some Holiday shopping – right now they have 30% off many titles for a limited time!!

(If you have a Star Wars fan at home, there are TONS of Star Wars books on the DK Canada site that would make great gifts!)

Lego fans will LOVE all the DK Canada Lego titles – my son ADORES these, and loves the latest title The Lego Ideas.


Again, MANY of these titles are currently on sale on the DK Canada site for 30% and there is free shipping right now for purchases over $50!! So make sure you check them out for the book lovers in your life!!

 Disclaimer: I was not sponsored to write this post – I just love books, and happily share the love.

HOLIDAY – Chapters Indigo

20th November 2011

I LOVE Chapters.

I spend an obscene amount of time there. Being someone that LOVES books, I can’t help myself.

The kids are obsessed with the new Children’s section, which I try to avoid as much as possible because it empties my wallet.

And then the gift section in our location got overhauled, and it is beyond fabulous.

I love everything in their home section. I may or may not go there often and stare at the pretty things.

They’ve also just brought in tons of new items, just in time for your holiday shopping. I thought I would share some of my favorite gift ideas with you!!


  • Glass Carafe – $22.50
  • Cheese Knife Set – $29.99
  • Retro Milk Bottle Cream & Sugar Set – $9.50

  •  Wine Monkey – $12.00
  • Zuny Beaver – (Couldn’t find it online but too cute not to include)
  • White Owl Ornament – $12.50
  • Owl Candle – $12.50

Will you be shopping at Chapters during the holidays? Can I forward you my list?
Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored. It’s just one more way to put my husband on the right track during his Christmas shopping.

Empire Theatres – Give & Get Program

14th December 2010

Less than two week to go until Christmas, and I am VERY behind on my shopping. I have many, many, many gifts still to buy. What’s my plan of attack?

  • Make a list of who I have to buy for (why yes, this list is obscenely long – I have a very BIG family)
  • Write down ideas of what I want to buy for each person and the budget
  • Have an envelope of CASH for each person, so I know what I’ve spent and what I have left (yup – we pay cash for everything – that way we avoid the frightening Mastercard bill in January)
  • Pick up things as I see them (especially if they’re on sale) and mark them off the old list
  • Try very hard not to buy myself a little something, here and there
  • Eventually, it all gets bought, and wrapped and gifted (sounds very calm – it is anything but!)

Through MomCentral Canada, I heard about the Give & Get Program from Empire theatres, and I think it’s great! What’s the program?

  • When you purchase $30 in Empire Theatres’ Gift Cards you’ll receive $30 in Empire Theatres Coupons (I think the coupons could actually be a great stocking stuffers too!)
  • These can be purchased at the theatre and online!
  • The promotion ends FRIDAY, DECEMBER 24TH
  • The coupons will be valid in 2011, and each one will be valid for one month period.
  • Full details on the contents can be found here

Legal regarding the Promotion: • Approximate retail value – refers to the $30 value in Empire Coupons,  Offer expires on December 24th, 2010, While quantities last.


Disclosure – I am participating in the Empire ‘Give & Get’ program by Mom Central on behalf of Empire Theatres. I received an Empire gift card and coupon bundle as a thank you for my participation. The opinions on this blog are my own.

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