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Kids’ CBC Tweetup 2011

17th April 2011

I was recently invited to attend the Kids’ CBC Tweetup event in Toronto. As a fan of the CBC, and a mom with kids who love watching CBC Kids, I was excited to be invited and have the chance to check things out.

After a quick train ride to Toronto, and a Starbucks breakie with the lovely @sandyel of Oh Baby Magazine, the event began with a taping of the Steven and Chris show. It was very interesting to see what really happens behind the scenes – it takes A LOT of people to make a show like that happen. It was a great time, plus I got to see Jillian Michaels “in person” – she’s even smaller than she actually appears – kind of annoying.

Next up was the tweetup, which began with a chance to mingle and a colorful bite to eat in the greenroom. It was a great opportunity to see some bloggers I’ve already met again, and meet some new ladies as well. We also had the chance to meet some great people who work behind the scenes at the CBC including Kim Wilson, the head of CBC’s children programming. It was great to learn how much the Kid’s CBC values their audience, and also how interested they are in working with moms online – I’m really excited to see how they’re going to make that happen.

A highlight for me, and most of the ladies there I think, was meeting Mamma Yamma and the lovely Ali Eisner – she was sweet and gracious, and made time for every single blogger, recording some fun videos for everyone. She even made one for BORED Mommy which I posted a little while back.

It was a fun day and a great event. Thanks so much to the CBC!

Disney On Ice – Mickey & Minnie’s Magical Journey – GIVEAWAY

17th November 2010

A fun new giveaway just in time for the holidays!

Disney on Ice is back!

Disney on Ice – Mickey & Minnie’s Magical Journey is coming to Toronto, December 25th to January 2, 2011 at the Rogers Centre. This new show takes the audience on a journey to four destinations, with Mickey and Minnie as the tour guides. The enchanted worlds of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Lilo & Stitch and Peter Pan will be part of this fun ice show. The show will also feature international, award-winning skaters, exciting choreography and a musical score familiar to all Disney fans.

GIVEAWAY!

I’m giving away a set of FOUR tickets to the Toronto showing of Mickey & Minnie’s Magical Journey at the Rogers Centre.

TO ENTER: Please leave a comment below telling me who you would take to the show, and which characters you are most excited to see!

*OPEN to Residents of Toronto and surrounding areas that are able to get themselves to the show, and are available to see a show during the posted dates.*

*This giveaway will run until November 30th, 2010*

For more information on Disney on Ice – check them out at www.disneyonice.com and on their Facebook page.

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UPDATE: THE WINNER is # 31 – @ParentClub – CONGRATS!! Thanks so much to everyone for entering!!

Centreville Amusement Park – Toronto Island

22nd August 2010

I was recently invited to visit the Centreville Amusement Park on Toronto Island with my family.  We’ve been meaning to go for ages, so this was a nice push to finally make the trip out there – and once we showed our kids the Centreville website, they were definitely excited. We headed up to Toronto for the weekend, and made the trip out to Toronto Island on a cloudy Sunday morning. To get over to the park, you have to take a ferry, and this was a very thrilling prospect for my kids (ages 6 and 3). After the short ferry ride, our 6 year old proclaimed, “this is the best day ever!” Good Start.

Centreville is “nestled in over 600 acres of parkland just across the harbour from the city. With over 30 rides and attractions and more than 14 food outlets, there’s something for everyone…” It’s true – there was so much to do and really not enough time for us to do it all, because we left it a little too late after a late lunch. Regardless, we had a blast. The kids were super excited about going on the rides and it was fun to watch them run and explore all the paths on the island. We rode the bumble bees, the swan ride, the fire engines, the bumper boats, and the carousel just to name a few. However, our favorite by far, was the twirling tea cups, no question. My kids insisted we ride it over and over again – to the point of almost making my husband sick (that may or may not have been my favorite part).

Of course, there are so many more things to do including more rides like the ferris wheel and the coaster, the sky ride and another family favorite, mini golf. How about bicycle rentals, boat rentals, the Franklin Children’s Garden, the Children’s Theatre, a splash pad and a blue flag rated beach?? Yup, you will spend hours there and have a great time doing it. Also, if you hit the island on an empty stomach, there are two restaurants, many food outlets and 40 beautiful picnic sites for enjoying your own picnic lunch.

The island is beautiful, so make sure to take the time to enjoy it as long as possible. And make sure you look out toward Toronto, when riding the ferry back, the skyline is fantastic.

For more information about the Centreville Amusement Park, please go to their website and find them on Facebook and Twitter. The park is open May through September, so check their site for their operating hours. We had a fantastic time visiting Centreville and the kids are excited about going back very soon! Thanks so much for hosting us!

FYI: We were offered free admission to come and experience Centreville and blog about our experience – my opinions are my own (and my family’s!)

A Night of Yummy Mummys

13th November 2009

I have been reading The Yummy Mummy newsletter for a long time, and I really love it. I love that its by women for women, but I especially adore it because its Canadian. A Canadian newsletter for mummys, founded by one of the coolest mums in Canada, Erica Ehm? Seriously, what’s not to like. I was beyond excited when I found out that there was an opportunity to attend a Yummy Mummy event in Toronto, and was thrilled to be one of the 18 moms chosen to attend.

It has been a VERY long time since I’ve been able to hang with some cool women, sans babies. Let me tell you, driving 2.5 hours to attend this event was beyond worth it. I had the best time. I met some fabulous women who I have come to enjoy and interact with on Twitter. And, the topper is I met the Queen of all mummys – the lovely Erica Ehm. The proof that she’s beyond special in my book? She hugged me – three times. Girl has GOOD TASTE. I also met the fabulous Jack @JackHourigan who is beyond cool and very funny. My claim to fame will now be that I was the one that taught her what an avatar is. Jealous?

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Cherie-Lynn (@CLBuchananPhoto) suggested I blog about this event because every time she looked at me that night, I was laughing. Its true – I had the best time. I don’t get out much on my own (EVER) so this was beyond fab in my book. Where else can I be stalked by the lovely Cherie-Lynn, who kept taking my picture every time I looked at her. Evidently there is a collage to follow – please note that that night, I was retaining approx. 50 pounds of water (Seriously).

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I also got to hang with my sister from another mother Maria (@amotherworld) and the teeny tiny fabulous Sarah (@sarahcasm) who were my dinner dates for the evening. Although I would like to officially say that Maria ate all the dessert, and how tacky not to share Maria.

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The dinner was so delicious, and the wine was smooth – thankfully I didn’t have to drive, so I could enjoy plenty. IL Mulino was beautiful and the food was amazing – I was pleasantly surprised to find out that I actually knew the owner – small small world. It was the perfect place for a romantic dinner – although there were no men in sight that evening. Unless you count Terry, the lovely Maitre’d (although Maria and I thought he looked more like a Bobby).

My only regret was that I didn’t get more time to spend with all the ladies. I did get to speak to and meet everyone and can’t wait to see everyone again. I loved meeting everyone including @Journeywoman, @Kathryn_Easter, @RachelMC, @kathybuckworth, @weewelcome, @YMCbuzz, @ParentClub, @CandaceDx, @cbadov, @fdnstudio, @averygoodyear, @SarahSB.

Thanks everyone for a great evening!!

Summer Vacation: What to do, What to do

29th June 2009

It’s here – summer vacation. Since my son just completed his first year in school, this is our first official “summer off”. Before this, summer just melted into every other season without as much anticipation. Being a stay-at-home mom, the weekends didn’t have as much excitement as they do now – my husband works long hours, what can I say. But now we can fully appreciate the weekends again. I’m not sure who’s happier about summer vacation, although I’m pretty sure it’s me. Schedules can relax a bit, no more fake smiling with all the other mommies (not all the other mommies, just the ones that I have nothing in common with), and no more driving back and forth.

When I was young, because my dad owned his own business and worked very long hours, we very rarely went anywhere during the summer. Although I do fondly remember long drives with seven people (five kids) crammed into our baby blue thunderbird with the white pleather seats. Good times. I, however, love to get out of town even if its just for the day – it helps break up the monotony don’t you think? So, I’ve been trying to come up with lots of excursions, day trips, weekend trips and a week-long trip that we can take the kids on to make sure their summer is filled with new experiences. The little man has definitely voice his opinions on places he absolutely must visit this summer, so we are taking those into consideration of course. And yes, I realize this list is a highly optimistic list, but you have to start somewhere. I figure if I make this list, I can cross it off as we go, feel like I’ve given my kids the best summer that I could,  all while we make it exciting for the little people at the same time.

Local Fun

  • Playing at our two local favorite parks, one of which just installed a splash pad
  • Visiting the farmer’s market for fresh veggies/fruits/flowers and then heading down to the waterfront to feed the ducks
  • Visiting the antique market for treasures, as my son likes to call them.
  • Checking out the local festivals: Buskers Festival, Jazz Festival, Ethnic/Waterfront Festival
  • Movies in the City Square every Thursday evening – we just grab a chair and some treats and enjoy the show
  • Hit the beach on some beautiful days to play in the sand like the Picton Sandbanks to play in the sand dunes
  • Taking the ferry over to Wolfe Island for an ice cream cone and a walk
  • Indoor activities for those rainy days like bowling (a family favorite)
  • Local Tourist Attractions like the Marine Museum, Woodworking Museum and Fort Henry to watch the sunset ceremony
  • Taking the kid’s to the movies for the summer releases: UP!, Night at the Museum 2, Ice Age 3

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Day Trips/Weekend Trips:

Ottawa: We LOVE Ottawa – there are several attractions there that we have seen many times, but the kids still beg us to take them back. This is definitely an overnight trip.

  • Valleyview Animal Farm – Great place for both our kids with tons to do. They love to feed the animals, play on the play structure, take the train ride, and watch the puppet show.
  • Museum of Civilization – Children’s Museum – This is another very popular place for my kids. My son adores it – he begs to go everytime he hears the word Ottawa. I am a frazzled mess when we leave this place, but they love it so its nothing a little Starbucks can’t fix.
  • Museum of Nature – We haven’t been here in a while and they’ve recently completed their renovations I believe, so its on the list this time.
  • Saunders Farm – I heard about this place through the grapevine, and its supposed to be great fun. They have these huge mazes, a water park, wagon rides, play structures, and ice cream. My child’s dream.
  • Changing of the Guard on Parliament Hill – The last time we saw this, I was pregnant with my daughter, and my then 2 1/2 year old son thought it was the coolest thing ever. So, I think it will be worth seeing it again, if only for a great picture.
  • Byward Market & IKEA – a little shopping to keep Mommy sane.

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Toronto Overnight Trip – We also LOVE Toronto, and have been there hundreds of times over the years. We have not seen some attractions yet however, so these are on the list this time around.

  • Canada’s Wonderland – this could be a crap shoot really, based on the weather, the lineups and availability of rides for a 5 year old and a 2 year old. I’m hoping for the best.
  • Toronto Island – My husband has been bugging me to go here forever, so its on the list.
  • High Park – I think the kids would love the Adventure Playground, which is supposed to be awesome. (No, I’m not too old to say awesome).
  • Walking the Danforth and stopping for Dinner at Meze – Great Greek Food.
  • Yorkville & Yorkdale shopping (again for Mommy’s sanity)

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We are also planning a week long trip to the U.S. to either the Washington D.C. area or New York City. The thing is we can’t decide which one would be better to do with two small kids in tow. I’ve started a Pros/Cons list to help:

Washington, D.C.

  1. Pros: Staying with family means no accomodation costs; first time visit; tons to see and do
  2. Cons: Staying with family for a week means we may try to maim each other at some point; still pricey; kids might get bored?

New York City

  1. Pros: Been there, LOVE IT; tons to do; shorter drive; no family obligations; might see Jeffrey Dean Morgan
  2. Cons: More expensive trip (hotel, etc), hard to navigate subways with two kids, husband’s wallet and head may explode; can’t see a broadway show with little people; no break from kids for entire trip.

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So here’s where I need you. Let me know what you think – I need your advice about which place we should choose and why. Should I just avoid both and hit Philly (another thought in my head) instead? Will I survive a week with my husband and two kids in either place, let alone the 8 hour drive to get there? Feel free to also give me ideas about summer fun closer to home – I need to keep my hyenas at bay, or they may eat me alive!!

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