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 happened....my 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.
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 Room1) 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.
Every year I make a big deal about Canada Day, and every year the kids have a blast.
Sort of a family tradition in our home because it is the day my children can really relate and understand their roots and how much their country has to offer them. I love the anticipation leading up to the whole celebration, the baking, the games, the crafts, and of course staying up past bedtime to watch the beautiful fireworks too!
Every year we make the same Canada Day t-shirt craft too!
Simply, a plain white t-shirt with their tiny hands printed in the middle and side panels for the 'flag' in red and every year I am reminded that these tiny hands will once surpass my own.
As the years pass me by, I am also reminded that my kids are getting more and more impatient about the 'waiting' for fireworks to begin then they once were, and every year we find it harder to entertain them past the witching hour. This year thanks to Netflix
, we were able to keep the kiddos occupied with some great CANADIAN Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days.
My kids absolutely loved this movie, and it really helped with the happiness factor that brought us right into the evening.
After much popcorn and a fun filled movie we were off to watch the fireworks.
Mommy's favorite part ;)
Disclosure: I am a member of Netflix’s Stream Team and I have been compensated with a complementary Netflix subscription and perks. The stories and opinions on this blog, as always are all my own.
SCHOOL IS OFFICIALLY OUT FOR THE SUMMER!
Why am I happy, you ask?
Longer days, more snuggles from the munchkins, sunshine and a chance at being a kid again are all the things I look forward to. I know, for most parents it means crazy schedules, kids running like maniacs and stress, I say soak it up and enjoy it because it only lasts for a few weeks. The memories made in these short months are enough to get me thorough a year of school without my kiddos around the clock.
Yes, I am the over bearing and completely consumed mama...and I couldn't imagine it any other way.
Summers mean FUN! Smiles, and sunshine and chocolate smeared kisses. The only way to ensure that our days are all of these things and more, is by rewarding the kiddos with Kinder so that mama can enjoy some too! We love to take long walks in the forest, find bugs and slugs and at the end of it all the best reward is seeing my little men enjoy a Kinder surprise and getting whisked away in imagination with the tiny toy that comes inside.
I mean, how else would I get them to walk the entire way back without a fuss?
Shhh...mama packs an extra egg for herself too ;)
REMEMBER: If you are travelling to the USA, please remember that Kinder Surprise are NOT allowed passed the Canadian boarder into the USA.
Disclosure: I’m part of theKinder® Mom program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation withthis group. The opinions on this blog are my own.
I admit, I am a little bit of a television junkie when it comes to entire seasons streamed in one place and easy access to indulge. That is why I love my 'me' time...
You know, the time when the kids are asleep, the house is clean and you can finally sit down to enjoy a cup of tea and some adult television sans the colorful, singing voices that seem to flood your memory?
THAT is what I call MY time!
Since my kiddos are in bed by 7:30, I usually go into overdrive to get all the housework done and finish up some of my personal work to make it to my bed or sofa for at least 9pm where I brew a nice cup of Earl Grey and turn on the tube or in some instances the cell phone for my guilty most recent pleasure Orange is the New Black! For the past 2 weeks i have been immersed in all things Crazy Eyes and Piper and now I am on the search for another awesome show to watch.
This is what I do, I watch and watch and watch! This is what is so perfect about Netflix - all the shows you want to watch when you want to watch them. In my opinion, a perfect system to get a really busy mama like myself some much needed alone time because let's face it, those moments are far and in between.
So what should I watch next?
- Breaking Bad
- Friday Night Lights
What is on your must-watch list? I would love to know!Disclosure: I am part of the Netflix #StreamTeam. I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with Netflix, however, all opinions on this blog are my own.
Remember when backwards hats, overalls, rap and huge loop earrings were in style? If you were born anytime in the 80's you would probably remember the 90's really well. In fact, you are probably trying to rock those same styles today, as they have made a big comeback!
I was born in 1980 this I am a product of all things 90's including many of my most favorite shows. I loved growing up with what I refer to as "real television" and I am super-glad to see many of these shows have made a comeback on Netflix.ca
recently. Can you imagine my excitement when I noticed The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air on my home screen?
...queue the theme song...
So many great titles and full series from the 90's NOW streaming on Netflix!
Get the bandannas out and start shredding your jeans because you are about to embark on a retro-rewind!
Have fun and visit www.netflix.ca
Disclosure: I'm part of the Netflix #StreamTeam, and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with Netflix. As always, all views and opinions are my own.
It was a dream...
Rather, I was the one dreaming. Dreaming that 2 professionals cleaned my home while I sat back, relaxed and caught up on mommy time. SINCE WHEN DOES THAT EVER HAPPEN?
Must have been a dream right?
For the first time since I can remember I have had the pleasure of actually taking some time to MYSELF! Mamas. you know exactly what I am talking about. Between dinner, washing clothes, paying bills, working and maintaining daily activities and duties I feel like somewhere I have lost a little bit of myself.
Enter, You Need Maids
to the rescue - literally!
Normally I wouldn't allow someone (not even my own mother) to come into my home to clean it, but lately I really find that the maintenance is taking a toll on my poor, once clean home. I was super-surprised to see how wonderful this cleaning service was, they took care of all the supplies so I didn't have to run out and get a bunch of cleaners or utilities and got straight to work as soon as they arrived. Hours later, I had a home that not only looked spotless but smelt clean too! I would highly recommend this service to families on the go, such as my own because You Need Maids made sure that hard to reach places (light fixtures/window sills/etc) were left sparkling. For me, these are the areas that I often neglect because they take time and energy. I also love that booking can be done online and at the homeowners leisure, because everyone knows I LIVE on the computer, this feature is super-awesome.
I am now considering a monthly plan with this wonderful service because mama needs a break once and a while ;) If you are in the GTA Canada, take note! This is a wonderfully refreshing service that offers top-notch pampering!GREAT NEWS LIL-SUGAR READERS! Enter code: LILSUGAR10 at checkout to get 10% off of your first cleaning service!!
Check them out: http://youneedmaids.com/
Disclosure: I received 1 free cleaning from You Need Maids in exchange for my honest opinion, all opinions on this blog are my own.