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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!

ever after 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 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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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

childrens picture books

childrens picture books

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.


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 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.

mitford at the fashion zoo

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

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

3rd December 2015

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!

pompom panda

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 picture book that any little person would enjoy. The illustrations are SOOOO cute – just love them.

pompom panda

That is a face to love.

Would you like to win a copy for yourself?? For the next twelve days, Penguin Kids is giving away some of the best picture books, several of which I will be highlighting on my blog. To enter to win one of TWO copies of Pom Pom Panda Gets the Grumps, head on over to the Penguin Kids Facebook Page TODAY!! This particular giveaway will end 11:59 PM EST on 12/04/15. GOOD LUCK!

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Mega Bloks Barbie Toys

23rd December 2012

Hey last minute shoppers,

Are you looking for a gift for a little person who loves Barbie and loves to build things? Then these might do the trick.

Meg Bloks just released their new line of toys this month, featuring the ever popular Barbie. They’ve previously introduced lines with Hello Kitty, Smurfs and Skylanders, just to name a few. Yes, I’m naming what is all over my house right now.

My six year old LOVES the Hello Kitty line and she’s constantly playing with them and taking the sets apart and building her own creations. They really do amuse her for hours, so I knew the Barbie line would be a hit with her as well.

There are several Mega Bloks Barbie Build N’ Style sets available right now, with various price points, including:

The great thing about these sets is that they can be built and rebuilt a number of ways. Currently, my six year old’s Barbie sets are having a meeting of the minds with her Hello Kitty play sets, and her brother’s Halo set.

She also likes that the Barbie mini figures come with outfit options, and even hair accessories. Yes, some of these pieces are TINY and if you have normal sized hands or man hands (ahem, like me – I blame childbirth) then you may need to let the little ones take over with dressing the Barbies.

If you have a little fan who loves to build things AND loves Barbie, I think these would be a huge hit. The smaller sets would make a great stocking stuffer as well. They are geared to the 4+ age range and are available everywhere now!

Happy Holidays!

*I was sent Mega Blocks Barbie product for the purposes of this review, but my words are my own.*

Making Your Own Blurb Book – Giveaway

7th November 2012

I’m a big fan of Blurb and their products.

Blurb allows you to make beautiful books of your very own, with endless options and possibilities.

Starting at $10, you can create books for any and every occasion – from vacation books, baby albums, weddings, cookbooks to fun books that will thrill your children, like the Star Wars Instagram book I made above of my kids.

The process online is very easy and quick, and the site will walk you through putting together the book that you want.

Their options for the final product are great too – from soft cover to hard cover, different paper finishes, and end sheets. Books also come in a variety of sizes, from square 7″x7″ to 12″x12″, to 13″x11″.

The Instagram Blurb books I created arrived quickly and were exactly what I hoped for. Glossy soft covers, a quality paper for the pages inside and beautifully constructed. We love them so much that our next project will be to create hard bound books of each of our family vacations. These books are a beautiful idea for a gift for someone in your life – they will love them and enjoy them for years.

With the holidays coming up very soon, I’m happy to be able to offer one lucky person a $40 gc for Blurb!

To Enter: Please leave a comment and let me know what type of Blurb book you would create.

For an additional, optional entry, please tweet the following (once) and leave a comment below saying that you did:

Enter to win a @BlurbBooks gc to create your own book on @BOREDMommy ‘s  blog! http://boredmommyblog.com/ #giveaway 


  • Open to U.S. & Canadian residents
  • Winner will be chosen using Random.org
  • Please make sure to leave a valid email/Twitter handle so that I may contact you if you win.
  • Ends Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Beautiful books. Made by you. from Blurb Books on Vimeo.

UPDATE: CONGRATS to my winner! #34 Andrea!! Thanks to everyone who entered!


12th December 2011

We have been HexBug fans in our house for years.

We discovered HexBug years ago, when Santa brought us an Original Hexbug – my son was around four and totally fascinated with it. I thought it was really cool, and a unique toy. I’m not a fan of bugs, but robotic ones have a ringing endorsement from me anytime!

Since we discovered the original, the company has expanded its product line with the Inchworm, Crab, Ant, Spider and Nano – all of which we own and gets major play in our house. The Hexbug Nano bugs also have several sets that allow you to create these huge habitats for hours of fun play (seriously, I’ve timed my kids – they’ve played quietly with their Hexbug toys for HOURS).

So, you can imagine how their heads exploded, when the lovely people of Hexbug sent them a huge box of all things Nano recently – they were ecstatic.

The kids were sent:

  • 1 HEXBUG Nano 5-Pack
  • 5 Glows in the Dark HEXBUG Nano bugs
  • 1 Glow in the Dark HEXBUG Nano Habitat Set
  • 1 HEXBUG Nano Spiral Starter Set
  • 1 HEXBUG Nano Bridge Battle Habitat Set
  • 1 HEXBUG Nano Elevation Habitat Set
  • 1 Carton of “Bug Food” (batteries)

The kids were so excited to play with all their new loot, so we opened the packages immediately and they got to work, creating the biggest habitat they could by using all their pieces. The great thing about these toys are both my kids LOVE them, despite their age difference. Even my five year old daughter enjoys putting the pieces together to create long tracks for the bugs to travel in. The pieces are easy to assemble and take apart and durable enough to not worry about breakage.

All the sets work seamlessly with one another, so you can purchase one to start with (all sets come with their own Hexbug Nano bug) and build from there. The glow in the dark sets are a newer addition, and we hadn’t experienced them before, but they work great. We exposed them to light up close, and turned off all the lights to enjoy watching the bugs glow. Just a fun add to an already cool toy.

Not surprisingly, Hexbug toys are award-winners – “2011 also marked the year that the Toy Industry Association recognized HEXBUG with the Specialty Toy of the Year Award, a further indication that HEXBUG had developed into a globally recognized brand with international popularity and demand from customers, mass retailers, and specialty shops in more than 25 countries worldwide.”

If you’re looking for a great gift idea this holiday season, Hexbugs are the way to go for sure. You can throw the individual bugs in stockings, or gift the special little people in your life with one of the great sets available.  They have many options at different price points, so you should definitely check Hexbug out when shopping for the kids in your life.

You can find Hexbug online here, on Twitter and on Facebook too.

**Right now you should head over to the Hexbug website to check out their 12 Days of Holiday Hexmas for a great deal every day, until the 16th.**

Disclaimer: I was sent the products mentioned above, for the purposes of a review, but my thoughts as always, are my own.

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