Vex Robotics for the Kid Who Loves To Build

We have a builder in our house and it’s no surprise since we have been honing this kids skills since he was old enough to change the batteries on his own toys. Now that he is getting older and getting better at following instructions we have decided to also up his building game with some new sets from HexBug Vex Robotics. Vex Robotics for the Holidays These toys are for the advanced builder. We took the opportunity to get in some bonding time by locking ourselves in the room and building away from the inquisitive eyes of the little kids. I will tell you this though after the hour it took us to get all of the pieces together for each one they have been in use since. These toys and actually this whole brand is great for kids who are interested in seeing how things work and robots.  VEX®…

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Making Memories with Trudeau this Holiday Season + Giveaway

I think it is a given that come the holidays we kind of put on our pants with the stretchy waistband and give into deliciousness. I am still not convinced that the holidays would be what they are if they did not have all of the delicious food.  Some of my greatest memories are around the kitchen counter. It has become the hub of most our get-togethers. Whether we are chatting or cooking we always seem to get pulled to the kitchen. This year we have big ambitions to start on our holiday baking early. Our neighbors are all a bit older and they always drop off delicious homemade goodies at our door that are devoured in mere minutes. The kids get a lot of joy returning the favour. We use these times where we are collecting ingredients, prepping our cooking space and mixing up our recipes to reconnect and…

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Let Your Kids Go to Ooka Island These Holidays + Giveaway

I have said it time and time again that there NEEDS to be some space for practical gifts during the holidays. The gifts that will keep on giving long after the wrapping paper is unwrapped and ones that will not be thrown to the side and discarded. One of our favourites is Ooka Island. Whether you want to prep your little one before they start school or you have just received your progress reports and see that they need some work in their reading skills this is one of our favourite programs to use. We have tried a tutor before for our kids and managing schedules and the cost involved were just not feasible for us.  While we could have made it work cost wise by moving priorities around we are not the kind of family that does well with schedules as things always come up, and I hated having…

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Everything is Awesome With Lego Dimensions

I liked to think of myself of a reformed gamer. Liked to. I am now sneaking away from life to play Lego Dimensions on the kids WII U…I have basically gone back to being a kid. I am not complaining but hubby is getting pretty annoyed that I take “breaks” from the family. Until he came and locked himself in our bedroom to see what was going on. He now takes breaks himself. You know what they say–“You can’t pour from an empty cup”–and we have been running on empty for far too long.  One of the big things I found about having kids and growing up is that we gave up a lot of the things that we enjoyed, like playing video games or watching trashy talk shows. You just can’t do that with kids around and let’s be honest hiding for the kids only lasts as long as…

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Stocking Stuffers From Arm and Hammer + Giveaway

With the holidays around the corner and the lists of wants, needs, and dreams growing with each minute it’s also time to add some practical stocking stuffers into the mix for the kids. New toothpaste and toothbrushes are great inexpensive stocking stuffer ideas and always get a happy response in my house. During the holiday season, I get pretty lenient when it comes to the amount of sugar our family consumes. It almost seems like a tradition in our family to eat seashell shaped pralines and golden foil-wrapped hazelnut chocolates as Christmas Eve supper.  Christmas Eve is always spent away from home and you can bet your bottom dollar we ALWAYS forget our toothbrushes at home so why not stuff them in the stockings? SURPRISE! Arm And Hammer Winter Whites Arm and Hammer is our go-to when it comes to taking care of our little one’s oral hygiene routine. Before…

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Compact Joy With Sago Mini Jack’s Diner Play Set

When it comes to apps that my little girl likes to use, Sago Mini ones top the list. They are cute and fun and she keeps going back to them over and over and over again. I can’t seem to see an end to this but really I don’t mind because it keeps her occupied, quiet (except for the giggles) and I get to finish up work or load the dishwasher in peace. Sago Mini As much as she loves the apps she is a crazy imaginative kid who loves to use her imagination and play pretend. When she gets the chance to bring her ideas to life, she does. I often find her playing quietly in a quiet corner of the house and this is one of my favourite traits of hers. When we gave her the Jack’s Diner playset she was delighted. Being able to take something she…

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Get Someone Entertainment for the Holidays with Netflix

I am a strong supporter of interruption-free binge watching so it’s no surprise why I am including Netflix (visit site here )on my gift guide. If there was ever a gift that the whole family could enjoy together it is TV, documentaries, and movies on demand. Of course, I think you would have to be living under a rock to not know that Netflix is bringing back Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life. I want to say that I was a hard-core fan while it was still playing weekly on TV but that is not the case. I jumped on the bandwagon when my older daughter put it on one day and we started to binge. The relationships within the show were refreshing and honest. The fighting & disagreements between Lorelai and her mom Emily, the love between Rory and Lorelai and just the amazingly intertwined relationships of small…

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Big Ticket Items from VTech for the 1-5 Age Group

Lights, sounds and movement. This is basically the trifecta of success when it comes to toys that intrigue and hold the attention of most kids. As a parent, I will deem a toy worthwhile that has these things AND is not annoying. These toys from VTech meet the criteria. Some of the oldest toys in our home are VTECH (visit website). They have stood the test of time and constant play by four kids and are still relevant to their play times. VTech for the 2016 Holidays Go! Go! Smart Wheels Treasure Mountain Train Adventure—This is one of the bigger sets in our home right now and that’s a good thing because all four kids want to play with it at once (and they can) At over 4 ft wide it comes with tracks that can be easily arranged either on a whim or following one of the provided instructions.…

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For the Love of November…I Mean Movember

My favourite look of my husbands is when he has a beard and thankfully because he’s of Iranian descent it’s one he wears often. He thinks I like it because it makes him look “less” good looking and other women won’t hit on him but I think it’s rugged and manly and just right for me. For this reason, I think November (Movember) is the perfect month for him to just put down the razor and let it grow. Movember Who encouraged the men in our lives to skip their morning grooming routine? The Movember Foundation is a global charity committed to men living happier, healthier, longer lives1. Since 2003, millions have joined the men’s health movement, raising $677 million and funding over 1,000 projects focusing on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health and physical inactivity. All this to say, they’re doing it for a good cause so we should…

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Happiness Is for the Holidays

There was a time when “happy” is not what I considered myself. I would probably lean quite the opposite way before my husband and I got together. I was basically a miserable being and it had a lot to do with the fact that I was searching for something that I already possessed yet didn’t acknowledge. Love. Love always makes me happy. As I started to add kids into the mix, pets into the mix, a home into the mix, it started to become very clear to me that all I needed to be happy was my family beside me. It’s cliche and sappy but the unconditional love that comes with family is the basis of my happy life. But that was sheltered and small and you know, I expanded outside of my family. I discovered social media. Or it helped me discover me and my happiness. I all of…

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