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Thursday, October 30, 2014

The ONE magic ingredient you need to make a Scarecrow Costume in 10 minutes or Less


For Halloween my Oz loving girls asked if they could be the Scarecrow and the Tin Woodsman. The seven year old had a clear vision of her Tin Woodman costume and some pretty elaborate ideas involving cardboard boxes and tinfoil. I was left wondering how I was going to turn her younger sister into the scarecrow. I had some ideas involving making straw out of yellow felt, or.... something.....

Grandma to the rescue! I was brainstorming on the phone with my mom, and next thing you know she decided to run out to the thrift store just to take a peek. She came back with a cowboy hat, a hula skirt, a pre-sewn Tin Woodman costume, and a Dorothy dress. What luck! I couldn't believe she just happened to find two Oz character costumes at the thrift store!


The big kid decided to go dressed as Dorothy for her Beaver Scouts Halloween party. This dress would have been a bit chilly for trick or treating, but was perfect for an indoor party. The kids are pretty excited to have it in the play clothes bin now too. Like I said, super lucky find!

The Great Canadian Giveaway Link-Up ~ Week of Oct.30th


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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

This App is the Best iPad Kids Game Out There! Hurry and Get it Now While It's Still FREE


Leo's Pad is one of my all time favourite kids apps. I can not recommend this educational game highly enough. When it first came out I downloaded the first appisode for free and then I happily paid for appisodes 2 and 3. This is note worthy folks. I NEVER put out money for apps, and Leo's Pad is one of two kids app's that I have willingly paid for (the other being Reading Rainbow -- love it). At some point they changed to a "every thing is free" model, and I love the darn game so much that I'm not even grumpy about having already paid for parts that are now available for free. The developers totally deserve to be making money off of this thing. This game gets played pretty much every time I hand the iPad over to my kids, and they are always super excited whenever a new appisode comes out (ok, to tell the truth, so am I).


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

An Autumn Visit to Canada's Wonderland & Halloween Fun with the Kids at Camp Spooky


Last weekend we visited Canada's Wonderland. I've never been in the fall before, and I was excited to check out the Camp Spooky kids Halloween themed event. Each Saturday and Sunday in October the "Planet Snoopy" kids area in Canada's Wonderland is transformed into Camp Spooky. My seven year old was half excited, half anxious. Would there be scary things and spooky guys there? Suddenly, new this year, Halloween decorations terrify her. I can talk about make believe and harmless plastic until I turn blue one face, she's not really listening.

I warned her that the park would be decorated but I assured her that we were going to a kid friendly cutie Halloween celebration, and she was pretty eager to go. However, when we walked into the front gate there was a huge "spooky" Halloween display; nothing too over the top, and pretty much exactly what I was expecting the park to look like, but it sent my girl into a tizz, she wanted to close her eyes and get the heck out if there. She agreed to let me take a photo of her standing in front of the display, but only if I would hold her hand and let her walk up to it backwards.

My mom and the girls, having a giggling good time at the front gates.

After that we headed right for the Wonder Mountain's Guardian ride. My seven year old scaredy cat really digs coasters, and I was sure she'd love this new ride which just opened this year. But she wasn't so sure. She was worried they might have changed it for Halloween. Where there spooky Halloween decorations in there? I assured her it was the same ride she had wanted to go on so badly last time (it wasn't open yet when we last visited in May). We got into line, but after moving up a bit she noticed the line up lead into a dark cave mouth. Nope. No way in heck. Not happening. "Mom, I'm scared of the dark." Since when? "Since Right Now! Get me out of here."

With a dozen excuse mes we worked our way backwards through the line, as she begged to just go straight to the Camp Spooky area. She was in a real mood. The plastic skeletons and "spooky" flags peppered through out the park were really getting her worked up. The four year old was happy, the seven year old, not so much. So we made our way directly to Camp Spooky, where, just as I had promised her, everything was bright and fun and friendly.

Snuggle-and-Greet with some Peanuts characters in Planet Snoopy.

When you walk under the giant rainbow and enter Planet Snoopy the swan boats are just off to your right, the first ride you see. It's the one ride I've shaken my head dismissively at on every previous visit, why the heck would we ride the swan boats?
Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Great Canadian Giveaway Link-Up ~ Week of Oct.23rd


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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Guess Which Canada's Wonderland Ride Causes This Face {Wordless Wednesday}



Tuesday, October 21, 2014

AVENT Natural Glass Bottle Review - Watch Your Toes!



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