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Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Great Canadian Giveaway Link-Up ~ Week of Sept.18th


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Friday, September 12, 2014

My 4-Year Old Engineer in the Kitchen, Tales of a Reluctant Baker


My eldest daughter is an artist. She loves to draw and create, and her art skills have been remarkable from a very young age. She loves to sit and look at books. She loves to quietly observe. She watches the world through her artist lens. She loves to cook, and quite literally begs me to let her cook more often.

My youngest daughter is an engineer. She loves to build things that do things. She is more interested in what things do and how they do it then in how they look. She is fascinated with gears and machines. She never stops moving, for her there is always more to dismantle and explore. And she has absolutely zero interest in learning to cook. None. Nada. Zip.


There is one thing the four year old likes to do in the kitchen, and that's help fill the dishwasher. At first I thought this was sweet until I realized her interest stems from a desire to take the machine part and see how it works. Where does the water come out? Does this blade spin when it is turned on? Can I take it off and see? (No! Please do not dismantle the dishwasher. Mommy needs it to stay sane.)


Teaching my kids the basics of cooking is a priority for me. I feel that being able to cook your own meals from scratch is an important life skill, one that everyone should possess. Now my youngest is only four (well more like 4.5), and I'm sure sometime between now and when she moves out of the house I will manage to drill kitchen basics into her, even if I have to tie her down to a chair to do it. But I still find her complete lack of interest in cooking somewhat disheartening, so I've been trying to find ways to peek her curiosity, to get her to want to come and help me cook.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Thomas & Friends: Tale of the Brave, available on Sept 16th -- Win a copy here!


Here's exciting news for those with little Thomas fans, Thomas & Friends: Tale of the Brave is coming to Blu Ray/DVD next week!


Thomas is working at the Clay Pits when a storm closes in and the rain makes the clay cliffs unstable. A flash of lightning reveals what looks like giant footprints on the slope above, but a landslide has begun and Thomas can’t stay to investigate. Bill and Ben push Thomas to safety just in time!

Unable to go back and confirm what he saw, Thomas tells Percy about it, but Percy quickly becomes convinced that there is a monster on the island. He even becomes frightened of taking the Mail Train at night.

When an unusual engine, with sloping boilers, first appears, Percy even thinks he must be the monster! James teases Percy and tries to scare him even more, but the new engine, who’s called Gator, proves to be a good friend and ally, who helps Percy discover what it really means to be brave.

Thomas & Friends: Tale of the Brave will be available on Blu Ray & DVD on September 16th!  While you're waiting for the release date you can head over and watch a trailer or play a few fun "spooky" games at the Thomas & Friends website.

The Great Canadian Giveaway Link-Up ~ Week of Sept.11th


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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Silly Old Bear {#ThrowbackThursday}



I know I just posted a photo of me at Disney World a couple weeks back, but I found this picture of me and a terrifying Pooh Bear and couldn't resist. When I showed it to G-Girl she screamed "Ah! It looks like he's going to eat you! Like he could come through the photo and eat us right now!!"

I found an old Disney World guide book that had photo tips. Nowhere does it say that thirty-some years later your photos may traumatize your children.

For comparison, here's a more modern Pooh Bear (taken from Flickr, photo credit: Lukey).

So what do you think? Circa 1980 Pooh Bear, spooky or cute?

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

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


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Secret Confession: What I Really Watch When the Kids Are in Bed #StreamTeam


My guilt pleasure? I love watching documentaries (and, ahem, the occasional kid's cartoon), all by myself once the kids are in bed.

Just now I was sitting here on the computer and something hopped into my head. I wanted to look up if a particular show was available on Netflix, and when I opened Netflix in my browser front and centre pops up my To Watch list.


I only recently made my own Netflix profile. One night when I sat down to look for something to watch it occurred to me that I'd probably end up with more interesting and on target recommendations if I were to make my own profile instead of just using hubby's. So I made my own, and then browsed through creating my own personal To Watch list, adding whatever caught my eye.

Now here it is a week or two later and this pops up on the computer screen, and I'm amused by the fact that's it's all Lego, Batman, Ninja Turtles and Pixar... and this is my personal viewing list for once the kids are in bed. Ha!

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