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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Easter Cookies {Cake Magic}

This week's Cake Magic feature is not technically cake. 

Check out these cute decorated Easter cookies.
Egg and Bunny Easter Cookies

Monday, April 14, 2014

Deal Alert - Gorgeous kids book My Monster Burrufu available for FREE until April 18th

My Monster Burrufu is written by Alberto Corral, a DreamWorks Animation artist, whose film credits include the How to Train your Dragon, Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and Madagascar sagas. The book is illustrated by Alesandra Sorrentino an animator, storyboard artist and illustrator. It's a lovely book. I reviewed it a while back, and thought it was a great children's chapter book, for the 8-12 year old set. (Check out my full review to see why I suggest that this all too cute book is not for younger kids).

You can pick up My Monster Burrufu for FREE via Kindle for the next 5 days (April 14th through April 18th).

Just do it... {Monday Musings}

Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.

"Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing." - Benjamin Franklin

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Soothing Lotion and Bubbly Bathtime Fun with #AveenoBabies {Review}

My girls love bathtime. They are still little enough that I dump both of them into the tub at once. This means a little bit of refereeing, and some extra splashing to contend with, but they have so much fun together it's well worth it. I'm sort of dreading that moment when they get older and move to separate baths, soon enough, I'm sure.

They love bathtime toys, small boats and ducks that float, scoops to move the water around, and toss it at each other. Oi. But sometimes, like tonight, they'll skip the toys and just scrub and play with their washclothes, with the water itself, and the bubbles. Actually, it's not like tonight they said, hey let's skip the toys, we don't need 'em. It's more like mom forgot to put the toys in. And they were so busy playing with the bubbles that they didn't ask for toys until they had already been in the tub long enough to turn into wrinkled little prunes, sitting in the now tepid water, insisting they aren't cold.

Toys can be skipped, but never the bubbles. The bubbles, their quantity and quality, are of top priority. A few weeks back when I told the kids we were going to test out a new bathtime wash their only concern was, "Will there be bubbles?" As I filled the tub with warm water and added a generous squirt of Aveeno Baby Wash & Shampoo they both watched with a critical eye. Would there be bubbles? Would there be enough bubbles? Would they be proper play-with-me bubbles, or would they just fade away? I swear they were holding their breath, just waiting to chastise me when the bubbles weren't up to snuff.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Eating at the Eaton Chelsea in Toronto, a review of Bb33 Bistro & Brasserie

While staying at the Eaton Chelsea last month, my family dined at one of the on site restaurants, Bb33 Bistro & Brasserie.

Think upscale casual. Cloth napkins, lovely glassware, cozy seating, and a menu full of scrumptious gourmet fare with a focus on food stuffs that are local to Ontario. The perfect place for a quiet dinner meeting, or a meal with your significant other. Not the kind of place I would normally think of as kid friendly. And yet it was. It was actually one of the most kid friendly restaurants we've ever eaten at. It was a pleasantly surprising experience.

The first night we ate at Bb33 my kids were not in a good mood. It had been a long day and we were about to have a very late dinner. My children were whiny. I was tense, just waiting for the inevitable blow up. The wait staff didn't blink an eye. I was never made to feel uncomfortable for having brought my kids into this fine dining place. On the contrary, it was quite the opposite.

The instant we stepped in the door they whisked out colouring sheets and crayons for the kids. This was not the sort of place I expected to see crayons at. Next pleasant surprise -- the kids menu had real food on it, and ranged from homey comfort foods like PB&J and Grilled Cheese sandwiches to chicken strips and tenderloin steak. Yes, steak, on the kids menu. I tried to talk the six year old into ordering it, but the grilled cheese was too enticing. Third and most pleasant surprise, the kids food came out ridiculously fast and was served before ours. (The waiter asked us if it would be ok if they brought the kids food out first. Oh heck yes! I wish more places would do this!)
Thursday, April 10, 2014

Link Up Your Foodie Posts with #FoodPhotoFriday ~ Week of April 11th, #FpF

It's Friday and that means it's time to showcase your tasty food photos!  Link-up and join in the fun! Anything food related is fair game, from restaurant reviews to recipe posts, just so long as it includes a drool worthy photo of food.

Want to link up? Here's the spot! (Co-hosted over at Big Dude Likes Food).

The Great Canadian Giveaway Link-Up ~ Week of April 4th

Welcome to the The Great Canadian Giveaway Link-Up hosted by Mom vs the Boys and Maple Leaf MommyThis is a weekly link-up, with a new linky published every Thursday (often up by Wednesday night).
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Canadian? like to enter giveaways? Check out the list below for Open to Canadians giveaways going on now. Click on the link to head on over and enter!
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