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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

AVENT Natural Glass Bottle Review - Watch Your Toes!

I'm a breastfeeding advocate. It hasn't always been this way. Eighteen years ago when I had my first son I managed to breastfeed for only a few weeks. I remember those exhausting days of pacing the floors waiting for his bottle to warm up as he cried in my arms. I'm much more rested now that I have mastered nursing my little ones, yet our newest little guy (already 18 months) is still nursing like a newborn. I could give you a million reasons why but really it doesn't matter to me, this is what he needs so this is what I do. Very soon I will be attending a trade show, two days in a row for 7 hrs per day. I found myself anxious and almost backing out ...what will I do. Rather what will he and my husband do? Now I know this is backwards but I thought why not try a bottle? (yes he is 18 months and drinks out of sippys and even small cups) but I was thinking more for the comfort why not a bottle of warm milk? So I tried it...and....he liked it. I don't know how their day will go but I feel more comforted knowing it is an option.

When my oldest was born I used AVENT products. It was a brand I knew and trusted. I checked the website and saw many changes that I liked, first of all they offer amazing support for parents. You can sign up and receive personalized tips, advice and exclusive offers. You can sign up for free at Philips AVENT. If you sign up before baby's first birthday you'll even receive $37.50 in coupons.

Halloween Cookies {Cake Magic, Cookie Edition}

Here's a dose of devious inspiration for sugar cookie designs and decorations 
for your little ghouls and goblins to gobble up.

Friday, October 17, 2014

24 Hour Marathon Gaming with Extra Life to Raise Donations for the Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto

Next weekend I am going to be taking part in a marathon, a gaming marathon, where we will be playing board games for 24 hours straight to help raise donations for the Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto.

On Saturday Oct.25th I'll be joining in with hundreds of other gamers across North America, playing games for 24 hours straight as part of the 2014 Extra Life Event.

Personally I'm using this as a chance to raise funds for the Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto. And you can help. Here's what I'm asking....

Let me have your coffee. Come on, I'm going to be staying up for more then 24 hours straight. I think I'll need the caffeine more then you do. All kidding aside, I'm asking that you take the $2 or $3 you would spend on coffee one day next week and instead donate it. It's super easy. Click through this link and donate directly via the Extra Life website. It's quick, it's secure. You get a charity receipt. All of the proceeds go directly towards helping hospitals in the Children's Miracle Network, in this case the Sick Kids Hospital of Toronto. So what do you say, can you spare me a coffee?

If you're in the Windsor area you can check out the full details for our local event HERE. For the second year in a row our Friendly Local Gaming Store, Brimestone Games, has been awesome enough to plan to stay open overnight for us; providing us with a public place to hold our marathon gaming session. We'll be there from 10:00am on Saturday October 25th until 10:00am on Sunday October 26th.  Even if you aren't up to 24 straight hours of gaming feel free to stop in for a visit or to play a game or three. At 8pm on the 25th there will be a live auction full of all sorts of gaming goodies (with of course all monies raised going towards donations to the Children's Miracle Network).
Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Great Canadian Giveaway Link-Up ~ Week of Oct.16th

Welcome to the The Great Canadian Giveaway Link-Up 
This is a weekly link-up, with a new linky published every Thursday (often up by Wednesday night).
Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Little Miss Attitude {Wordless Wednesday}

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving, Eh!

Happy Turkey Day to you all! I hope you're having a wonderful long weekend, one that is full and family, friends and good food, one that leaves you feeling that you truly have something to be thankful for.

(And for those of you slogging in the kitchen to make the perfect Thanksgiving feast for your family, don't forget to nominate mominate someone else to take care of clean up time!)

Saturday, October 11, 2014

What are you #ThankFALL for? What Special Things are you doing this Holiday weekend?

Fall is my very favourite time of year. I love cool clear sunny days, where it's almost warm out but there's a wonderfully cold breeze. I love wearing sweaters, but never needing a coat. This is the one time of year when I absolutely love to be outdoors. The kids and I go on long walks and collect pinecones, nuts and colourful leaves. The first frost has come and went, which means my allergies are finally settling down, and the trees are just starting to lose their leaves. When a stiff breeze comes along you can watch them rain down onto the street in little darts of colour, glowing in the sunshine. Everything is cool and crisp and beautiful. I love it.

October is the crown jewel of Fall; the best and most perfect month of the year, which hosts my two favourite holidays, Halloween and Thanksgiving. Halloween has always been my favourite holiday, as a child I loved it just as much, if not more, than Christmas. And over the years my love for it has only grown. The candy doesn't excite me much, but I love the costumes, both for myself and for the little ones. I love helping my own kids get dressed up, and I love taking them out trick or treating. And as much as I love an excuse to go Trick or Treating, I also I love handing out treats to the excited children who show up at our door. (Hubby and I take turns, this year I 'll be giving out candy while he shepherds the girls around the neighbourhood.)

I haven't always loved Thanksgiving. It's sort of grown on me over the years. When I was younger, big family get togethers were something to be tolerated at best; long, awkward and ever so boring. I find as I get older these excuses to get together with family feel much more like a blessing. Even the echoes of past holiday meals have bounced around inside of me and softened over the years, so that all those Thanksgiving dinners spent bored out of my mind at my grandparents house now feel like shiny treasured memories that I wish I could step back into.

I want to make memories and traditions with my girls. Our plans for Thanksgiving are simple this year. My mom and sister are out of town, visiting relatives in the States. We talked about having a Thanksgiving meal here, and ended up making reservations at a local restaurant instead. They do a whole turkey and fixings served "family style" thing; we did this a few years back and it was yummy. So tomorrow we'll be picking up the inlaws and driving over to this restaurant for our Thanksgiving Dinner, and then heading back here to our house to spend some time together. But I also wanted to do something special, just for us, so I decided we could start a new tradition this year and have a Big Fancy Thanksgiving Breakfast (well brunch, I have no plans to make lunch, this is definitely going to be an only two meals type of day).

So the Friday before Thanksgiving we headed off to Target to look for a few special things to brighten up our special day. A couple of months back we got a new stove, and one of the features it has is this "burner bridge". The one half of the stove top has two burner, plus a bridge area between the two that you can also turn on and heat up. For a few months now I've been meaning to get a "double burner griddle" to make use of that nifty burner bridge feature. Planning our Super Family Thanksgiving Breakfast was just the excuse I needed to actually get out and pick one up. I thought it might be a bit of a specialty pan, something that would be hard to find, but Target had three or four different types to choose from. I ended up picking up this Nordic Ware beauty, which I am very much looking forward to trying out tomorrow.

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