Lately my late afternoon school pickup routine has been depressing...cold, dark and gloomy to say the least! By the time I get the kids, drive home and start dinner, I find myself dreaming of sleep and warm sheets. The kids on the other hand, always have their own bubble of energy and excitement that seems to begin right after the last plate is washed and put away...lucky me!

My easy solution for getting my kids to actually sit for a short period of time so mommy can enjoy a cup of tea is my most favorite fiend at the moment, Netflix Canada! There is always something to watch online and I just love the fact that my kiddos can wind down and giggle all the way to their warm beds too!

If you haven't already watched any of these titles, I suggest you do. So much fun for the whole family and a good 1-2 hour stretch for mommy and daddy to relax a bit too! 

1. Shrek Forever After
2. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
3. Despicable Me
4. Dr. Suess' The Cat in the Hat
5. Kung Fu Panda 2
6. Mr. Popper's Penguins

Right now my kids have been watching Mr Popper's Penguins over and over again - Silly humor, lots of messes, and so much screaming! Just what a tiny 6 year old and 8 year old ordered ;)

Disclosure: I am part of Netflix Canada™s Stream Team and get perks as part of my association, but as always, opinions are are completely my own!
What better way to enjoy an afternoon then to have some friends, crafts and a new cereal to test out? This is exactly what we did last week! I am super-excited to introduce you to the newKellogs Rice Krispies Multi-grain Shapes cereal and in one word, I will let you know that at first taste you will be 'hooked.' Our family was already huge fans of the original Rice Krispies, and now I think the bar has been raised with these new and in my opinion, improved Multi-grain Shapes cereal. When the children arrived everyone was just as excited to see something new, and couldn't wait to dive right in for the taste test, so we decided to incorporate craft time into our afternoon snack time.
All the children enjoyed orange juice and a bowl of cereal accompanied by various craft supplies to complete their final craft of making a place setting to enjoy 'dessert' which was provided at the end of our crafting project and baking fun. I couldn't keep their tiny hands off of the cereal, everyone was munching in no time! Most of the children actually said that they prefered this cereal because they could pick it up with their hands and that it tasted 'like sugar.' I personally love it because of the fun shapes and taste as well and to be honest, most parents don't have enough time to ensure that their children are getting nutrition on the go and this cereal, contains no artificial flavours or colours. For a burst of the sunshine vitamin, a one-cup serving provides 20 per cent of the daily value of Vitamin D. Combined with the goodness of whole grains, it’s a nutrient-rich, delicious and fun option for breakfast or snack time, any time of the day- how awesome is that?

As soon as the children arrived we immediately started with painting the individual cereal pieces which come in four inspiring puffed multigrain shapes: stars, fish, trees and “me.” Painting the cereal took a lot of time and patience, and the children did a fantastic job! We quickly set them aside to dry while we tested out the original Rice Krispy square recipe with our new favorite cereal - Kelloggs Multi-grain Shapes! 
Once we melted all of the ingredients for the Rice Krispy square recipe, everyone took turns pouring our new cereal into the bowl and mixing! So far our party was ROCKIN!
Just as suspected, the squares turned out smooshy, gooey, sweet and delicious! Just like the original recipe, only thicker and crunchier- my kinda snack ;)
Shapes are a great way for kids to learn cognitive skills that will later help them learn math, science, languages, and more! Since our Crafternoon Party, we have been using these pieces for math and counting and the kids just love eating the leftover pieces in the end- fun, healthy and educational - every parents favorite snack food ;)

GREAT NEWS! You can also make an afternoon of creative fun by making Rice Krispies treats with your loved ones, and then share pictures on social media with the hashtag #TreatsforToys, from now until December 24th. When the pictures are shared, Kellogg's Rice Krispies for the second year will donate $20 to The Salvation Army to buy a toy for a child in need. GET ON IT!

Remember to look for Kellogg’s Rice KrispieMulti-Grain Shapes in your grocery store cereal aisle NOW!
MORE GREAT NEWS! Contest Time!

This contest is open to Canadians who would like to win Kellogg’s goodies basket! 
Contest excludes Quebec. Only one winner per blog.
Disclosure: I am part of the Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Multi-Grain Shapes Blogger Campaign with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group.  The opinions on this blog are my own.
When my little guys were too young to go trick or treating in the neighborhood like the other little ghosts and goblins, I tried my best to ensure that we had fun regardless--because it is afterall my most favorite holiday EVER! So what does a mama do when her kiddos are home while everyone else is out having fun?

My first suggestion would be to stock up on candy - for yourself, not for your little one ;)

Then, bring on the games and fun for the long night ahead- what better way then to stay warm and enjoy all the fun of Halloween indoors? Remember to take a bunch of photos and have FUN with your baby, because before you know it, you will be out freezing and walking the rainy streets to earn that candy. Disney Baby has compiled a helpful list to get you started and even spark a little of that imagination to make your special day perfect with your adorable little monster!

Cookie on his very first halloween - We dressed him as a chick because we felt it was appropriate. Mommy and daddy were farmers to match ;)
Neigh, wore the exact same Halloween outfit that Cookie wore on his first Halloween- we've kept it for memories sake.

Spooky scenes, creepy costumes and eerie eats: these Halloween favourites can be overwhelming for a little one. But while there’s plenty to be scared of on All Hallows’ Eve, getting your baby involved should be no cause for fear. Here are five great ideas from Disney Baby for toning down the fright night festivities, so your little pumpkins can join in the action too!

Be an early bird
If your baby is old enough and you want to go out and trick-or-treat or take in the ghoulish sights, don’t be afraid to head out early. Try talking to your neighbours and organizing a special event for wee ones before the real action begins. Or find out who is home during the day, and make your rounds then!

Nix the neighbourhood
If you aren’t comfortable taking your little ones trick-or-treating, there are often local baby-friendly events you can bring them to instead. If you’re not sure where to start, try a zoo! Many organize Halloween activities specifically for young children.

Revel with your relatives
For a more low-key option, have a little party at home or take your baby to visit the family! Have everyone get dressed up in fun, friendly costumes, make a few treats like these frozen ‘boo’-nana pops, or set up a creepy craft station. 

Stick with stories
If the idea of Halloween is still a bit overwhelming, and you want to introduce it to your little one slowly, start with a few Halloween-themed tales, like Pooh says Boo! or Halloween Surprise. Books like these are a simple and easy way to bring the festivities home, ensuring that baby enjoys a Halloween treat, and you enjoy a quiet night in.

Choose a comfy costume
Whatever activity you choose, if you decide to include a costume, make sure baby is not only cute but also comfy. This cozy Mickey Mouse ensemble features soft fabrics, as well as snap button closures to make mom’s life easier! 

I am participating in the Disney Baby Mom Ambassador program, I have been provided with items in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions on this blog are my own. 
Ever since I can remember I have asked for the same thing every year for my birthday. For most people it would be an extravagant party or new shoes-- for me, it's the crispy goodness of KFC's original chicken.

Every year.

Same exact dinner. 

So many memories of my family gathered around the table, licking their fingers and chatting about life followed by candles, cake and laughter. What more could a girl ask for right? The only thing better than this would be if the entire family gave me their chicken skin to indulge in - yes, I am addicted to the crispy goodness of that love at first bite good-old fashioned chicken skin too ;) No judgments please!  We all know that would never happen, even if it IS my birthday wish, so I will settle for the whole piece of chicken instead.

Under normal circumstances I would never say this but, I think for once in my life I cannot wait until my birthday to indulge in KFC's newest flavor Sweet Chili Crunch again- sweet with a small touch of heat. I had the opportunity to prepare and indulge in this new flavor along with a few other bloggers during a private behind the scenes workshop in KFC;s test kitchen and I can't contain my happiness when I say this stuff leaves an impression on both your taste buds and your brain - I mean, I find myself dreaming of chicken and I may just have to visit KFC everyday until it leaves the menu! It's that good! 

Since this flavor is available for a limited time (ends November 23rd) I say, RUN to your local KFC and try it for yourself- you won't be sorry! My psychic senses also tell me that a few pieces of chicken won't be enough to keep you satisfied -keep in mind you can mix and match this flavor in ANY bucket for FREE too!! Get the best of both worlds with original recipe and sweet chili crunch! 

Ok, now I'm hungry...

This was my lunch the other day, at an exclusive sneak peak event with KFC. Needless to say that bucket could easily be consumed in 10 minutes flat - but what kinda person would I be if I didn't share right? I learnt so much bout the process of making KFC and how their belief in making things the 'hard way' really is just that- the hard way. I had no clue about the amount of work involved in the food preparation and steps to actually making the finished product served perfectly to each customer every, single time. A little tidbit I learned was that KFC actually purchases their chicken from local farms, and the marination process alone takes a full 12 hours, just like that good old fashioned home cooking we  do at home. 

Yes - I will be one of the first on Monday (in stores Oct 20th) to order it again, because I need to pig out on this stuff in the comfort of my own kitchen without judgments ;) As many of you know, I love to order take-out and lounge in my PJ's with the kiddos on Friday nights while we snuggle and watch a move and I can tell that this just made out list of family-favorite meals - can't wait for the kids to try it. Our fun Friday tradition of take out food and movies just got a little sweeter! 
P.S Tell the colonel to keep his eyes off of my chicken! 

Disclosure: I am part of the KFC Sweet Chili Crunch Kitchen experience program with Mom Central Canada and YUM Brands and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.
It's almost here! My most favorite holiday of the year!!

You guessed it, HALLOWEEN!!

Creepy, yes, but the whole event makes me super-excited! For as long as I can remember, dressing up and preparing for this holiday was always a huge event for my family. The costumes, the thrills, the makeup and the notion that for one day you can do anything or be anything you want to be....did I mention the FREE candy too?

What's not to like right?

When it came time to plan my wedding shower I even made this holiday my canvas for a perfect Halloween-themed afternoon with all of my closest friends too. EVERYTHING about this holiday makes me happy! Since having kids, I think the anticipation and excitement has been elevated even more! Since, my kids seem to think that Halloween is all about costumes and candy, I try really hard to keep the mystery alive through imagination and activities. We love to partake in scavenger hunts through the forest where small treasures are planted by me ahead of time. A small trip to the dollarstore and voila you have an afternoon of exploration!

Crafting during this time is also easy and fun, the glitter and creativity are endless and our evenings are often spent watching Netflix with the days leading up to the big day on October 31st.

Here is a list of lil-sugar approved movies to watch with your little ones too!

What is your most favorite thing to do with the kids on Halloween?
I often joke about the capacity that little minds have, and through watching my little guys grow I have realized that this statement really is true. When my first born was born, I had the ambitions of teaching him how to sign, read and write at an early age. 

Then, something time was limited. 

I realized that I was waaaaayy too ambitious and had hardly any time to sleep, let alone teach. 

Around the age of 6 months, I noticed that little Cookie really took to videos of 'Signing Time'- so much, that by the time he turned 1 he was able to pretty much have an entire conversation with me while signing. Amazing right? I had no clue that television could actually have an advantage. I know what you are thinking, he must have spent a long time watching TV right? NOPE! Little Cookie would only glance occasionally at our television and was limited to watching 1/2 hour a day-- and he took to it that quickly!

Here's a video of Cookie at the age of 3.5, still loving his signing. He took it upon himself to actually teach himself the alphabet without our help. Little minds, unlimited capacity. 
Netflix Canada has a whole range of learning programs with a variety of fun loving subjects and things to be taught. Here are a few of our faves:
Disclosure: I am part of Netflix Canada’s Stream Team and get perks as part of my association, but as always, opinions are are completely my own!
I admit, I am sort of a shutter nut when it comes to my kids, I tend to take photos of EVERY little moment that happens in their lives but I never seem to have the chance to actually print or upload most of them. This Summer has passed us by so quickly (doesn't it always) and aside from instagram, I haven't had a chance to actually enjoy all the beautiful photos that have come out of it. Since this is the very last week the kids will be home, I have decided to dedicate it to organizing and enjoying the numerous photos that we have taken on our Summer adventures and I just can't wait to reminisce with them. 

Here's my plan for a little last-minute Summer fun with our photos:
I plan on printing many of the ones with silly faces or special momentos and have my kids scrapbook a few pages each to make a 'Silly Summer' book for 2014--- I know, creative right?


Take a look at this: 

Share your summer smiles with KINDER® in their new “photo-strip” app starting on Kinder® Canada’s Facebook Page – it’s a fun and interactive way for parents to capture and share moments of joy in a playful way. Once you’re a KINDER® Fan, it’s just a few simple steps:

Step 1: Fan KINDER® on Facebook
Step 2: Start your photo-strip
Step 3: Upload your photos
Step 4: Choose a fancy KINDER® frame
Step 5: Choose a filter (make yourself looksilly)
Step 6: Save & share  

Remember to add #kindersmiles to any photo-strip and you can see your smile in the app’s gallery view.
Thanks to Kinder® I won't be needing a lot of time and effort. A few of these awesome strips and the help of my kids with the silly functions on site, and we will be on our way to making the best Silly Summer scrapbook ever! Not to mention, my kids will be doing most of the work ;)

Enjoy the last little bit of Summer! 

Disclosure: I’m part of the Kinder® Mom program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation withthis group.  The opinions on this blog are my own
August has almost come to an end and I find myself wondering where the Summer has gone. The kids will be back in school soon, and I am determined to squeeze every last drop of this month out of these last few days. This Summer has been a great ad adventure for our family. We have decided to utilize our earth for what it is and make each day an adventure with all the beauty that surrounds us. We have spent this last month especially, hiking, trailing, swinging from trees and imagining far off places while conquering our own little journeys- we have spent it with creativity and love.

Squeeze a little out of Summer with these adventurous tales from Netflix Canada:
Which one is my favorite you ask?
Journey2 of course - hunky The Rock glistening in the hot sun and drenched in sweat. Luckily my kids love this movie, and mama gets to watch it over and over again lol

Enjoy the last bit of Summer!

A few weeks ago, my family was invited to explore a childhood favorite attraction, Black Creek Pioneer Village. To be completely honest, I really forgot about this hidden gem located so closely to our home. I remember going to visit with school, in the scorching hot sun and frolicking with my friends while the teachers talked and walked endlessly through old homes and shops. What I didn't remember was how FUN Pioneer Village really can be. 

When we set out for the day with our two children, my husband and I intended to spend a few hours walking around and enjoying some really pretty scenery---not an entire day while my kids anticipated more and more right to the very end. Instead, we spent the ENTIRE DAY at Pioneer Villiage learning, creating and becoming a piece of history. 
What my children enjoyed most was the 'village folk' concept of becoming a character from history and completing tasks that were once a part of the given characters life. My youngest became a cook, while my oldest took the seamstress card. Throughout the village, we had to follow the steps and navigate to various shops, homes and workshops for completion. This was particularly fun because the experiences in each spot was a hands on learning opportunity (ie. baking cookies, or carpet weaving). 
We truly had a great experience at Black Creek Pioneer Village and I know that your family will too! Here's something that my little 'cook' and I whipped up when we came home from our excursion, such a simple and yummy recipe for plain cake that your family will LOVE! Easy as 1,2.3.4- The pioneers definitely knew how to simplify everything! Enjoy! 
Visit Black Creek Pioneer Village this summer and kids 14 years and younger get in FREE, from Monday to Friday with an adult admission!

Valid with the purchase an adult or senior admission, in July and August, Mondays to Fridays only. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Limited to four kids per paying adult. 
Promotion excludes Camps, Daycares, and Organized Groups. Not valid with any other coupons or promotions.

THE FUN GOES ON! Black Creek Pioneer Village is open everyday until December 23rd! 

I am thrilled to be a Disney Baby Mom Ambassador and I am so lucky that this opportunity came to me at perfect timing to spoil my new little nephew with all the wonderful goodies Disney has provided to me. Being a Disney Baby Mom Ambassador means that you will now get a snippet into my personal 'mommy' life, as I will share stories and ideas with you as well as information and fun too! 
Ready to hear all about my design inspiration for my nursery? Here it goes...

When we found out we were pregnant I immediately thought that I wanted to do pastels and soft colors for my new little bundle of joy...then he started to kick...boy did he KICK! So naturally, my ideas shifted a little and I thought we should create a nursery that reflected his already determined personality. Since he would be our little 'prince' and I often felt as if I was on a carousel, we opted for a chic carnival theme for our little man.
Our first home was quite small and space was a huge issue, so we got creative with shapes to give the illusion of grandeur and furniture was kept to a minimum. We placed the changeable on top of a dresser and used wicker baskets to hold all the necessities for diaper changes. I absolutely loved our little man's room and I was sad when we moved because it was my most favorite place in our home - afterall, I did spend endless nights nursing in that big comfy chair ;) 

My only regret is that I didn't take more photos of the rest of the room. Makes you miss the baby stage again, doesn't it?
5 Tips for Decorating Baby's Room

1) Choose a style that’s unique to baby!  If you give yourself a focus, it’s much easier to create a cohesive design. You could start with some fun wall art as an inspiration and use that to determine your colour scheme. Or pick some bedding you love and build the room around that. This Lion King bedding set has lots of fun, neutral colours and patterns to draw from. 

2) Create a nifty-nursing station. 
 Set up a table near a comfy chair, and keep it stocked with necessary supplies like baby-safe hand sanitizer, nursing pads, nipple cream, burp cloths and paper towels. Receiving blankets like this Winnie the Pooh set are always great to have on hand – they can be used as burp cloths, coverlets, and to keep your baby warm. 

3) Get creative with storage. 
 With a new baby occupying a room, storage may be limited, so get creative. Add a cute bed skirt to your crib which allows you to hide boxes or supplies. Or buy a multi-bin organizer, so you can store books, toys, and clothes in one convenient location. 

4) Set the mood with lighting.  The nursery should be a soothing space where your baby can fall asleep easily. Try putting your overhead light on a dimmer, or buying some small accent lamps to minimize harsh lighting. This Winnie the Pooh night light is another great way to provide safety and comfort – especially during late-night feedings. 

5) Leave Room to Grow – because they will!
  Remember that your baby won’t be a baby forever. It’s helpful to choose decorations that are easy to update or change as your baby grows up, so your baby’s room can grow up too. Wall Decals are detachable, reusable and they won’t harm your walls – you can remove or replace them if you’d like a change. 

I am participating in the Disney Baby Mom Ambassador program, I have been provided with items in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions on this blog are my own.