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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Great Wolf Lodge Niagara Falls - Dining


When I think of Great Wolf Lodge, I think of water park and family fun all rolled into one. With a myriad of themed, premium and standard suites to choose from, it is definitely a great option for a local getaway with the kids. You don't even have to pack much since they have pretty much all you could need right at the resort, including a variety of dining options. Plus, if you book reservations before March 5, 2015, you can take advantage of this special promo code to save 20% off the best available, exclusive to Toronto Teacher Mom readers!


DINING

While staying at Great Wolf Lodge, our family often chooses to enjoy buffet breakfast and dinner at Camp Critter Bar & Grill. This rustic retreat is filled with cozy dining tents and cute critters hanging out in the trees above. And did you know you could enchant these critters with a MagiQuest wand? Such fun! 


At the Antler Shanty, you can order omelettes at the egg station or help yourself to waffles, cereal, fruit and more at the breakfast buffet. For dinner, you can enjoy a slice of roast beef at the carving station or create your own Caesar salad at the salad bar. You will also find a variety of entrĂ©e specials and kids’ favourites. While I was surprised to see they had removed the kiddie station, I was happy to see they offered some kid-friendly options. Also, I appreciate that they serve the kids' drinks in a spill-proof cup. My kids are a little accident-prone.


Seating is ample at Camp Critter but our recent stay fell on Valentine's/Family Day weekend so I wasn't surprised to see lineups during breakfast and dinner. It opens as early as 7:30 in the morning so I suggest grabbing an early breakfast to avoid the lineup on busy weekends.


March Break Memories

As part of our March Break tradition, my kids and I meet up with my friend and her two girls. We live in two different cities so it is always a sweet reunion. For the past few years now, we've made it a part of our tradition to take the kids to Crock A Doodle and paint some pottery. The kids never tire of the idea and it is really neat to watch their painting skills improve year after year. These photos were taken during our first time there four years ago when my son was two and my daughter was five. Look at how cute they are in these pics! Looking forward to making more precious memories...

March Break fun at Crock A Doodle
March Break fun at Crock A Doodle

Here is this week's Wordless Wednesday linkup:


Monday, March 2, 2015

Sweet Memories Caught on Video

As much as I love taking photos of the kids, I realize that I haven't taken many videos of them lately. I used to record them all the time. Yesterday, I happened across this video I had taken of my son four years ago. He was only two and he wanted to read me the story "Wait and See" by Robert Munsch. I had read it to him several times before and I had just celebrated my 33rd birthday a few weeks prior so the birthday song must have been fresh in his mind. I can't get enough of this video, he is so darn cute! He might not actually be reading the words on the page but he is using the pictures to guide his own story. All I cared about was that he was having such a fun time reading. You can also hear my daughter reading "There Was an Old Woman" in the background. This is one of those videos that I will treasure forever.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Join Us for the #FPMomsTop10 Twitter Party with Fisher-Price!

Thinking back to when my kids were wee babies, I recall those special toys and baby gear that saved my sanity during what was an overwhelming time in my life. Sometimes, all I needed was just ten minutes to myself to recoup. Luckily, I could turn to Fisher-Price gear such as the Snugabunny Cradle Swing to keep baby content while I relished in a much-deserved cup of coffee. Or, when baby wanted to play, I could count on Baby's First Blocks to enjoy a special moment with baby, sorting shapes and having fun together. They are moments like these that have inspired the Fisher-Price Mom’s Top 10, a collection of Fisher-Price baby toys and gear that moms have relied on for years. Plus, you'll find new favourites that are sure to become instant classics.


Want to find out which toys and gear made the Top 10? Join us for the #FPMomsTop10 Twitter Party! In addition to sharing these top toys, we will also chat about those special #fpmommymoments and giving away some truly fabulous prizes.

Date: Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Time: 8:00 pm ET

Party Hashtag: #FPMomsTop10

Host: @Listen2Lena

Prizes: One of each of the #FPMomsTop10 baby toys and gear. PLUS, one lucky winner will walk away with ALL TEN!

RSVP below for a chance to win. (Prizes are available to Canadians only.)

New to Twitter and/or Twitter parties? I have written the following tutorials to help you out, complete with screenshots:

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Add a Little Joy with a Nutella Banana Breakfast Crepe

Add a Little Joy with a Nutella Banana Breakfast Crepe

Sometimes waking up in the morning isn't as fun as I'd like it to be, especially knowing that there are breakfasts and lunches to be made before sending the kids off to school and heading into work. Luckily, my husband is a superhero and wears a cape in the form of an apron. Okay, he doesn't really wear an apron but I wouldn't mind seeing him in a superhero costume. This guy is a whiz in the kitchen and I couldn't be more fortunate that, over the past week, he hasn't had to rush to work as early as is customary. This means we get to enjoy breakfast together. In other words, he cooks. We eat. As part of Nutella Canada's Add a Little Joy campaign, I was tasked with creating a favourite Nutella breakfast recipe so of course, I turned to my husband for some help. I decided to go with my number one way to add a little joy to breakfast with Nutella -  A Nutella Banana Breakfast Crepe that is mmm, mmm, good!

Add a Little Joy with a Nutella Banana Breakfast Crepe

Nutella Banana Breakfast Crepe Recipe


Ingredients:


  • 1 cup of flour
  • 2 teaspoons of sugar
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups of milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons of melted butter (unsalted)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • Nutella
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • fresh berries

Directions:


  1. Combine the flour, sugar and salt in a large bowl. Add eggs, milk and vanilla, and whisk until smooth. Once the melted butter has cooled, whisk it into the batter. 
  2. Pre-heat a non-stick skillet over low to medium heat, lightly coat with butter and pour enough batter to lightly cover the bottom of the skillet. Cook until the underside is golden brown, flip with a spatula and cook the other side. 
  3. Smooth a layer of Nutella spread over one side of the crepe and add banana slices to one half of the crepe. Fold the crepe over, cut in half and serve with fresh berries and banana slices on top.

Add a Little Joy with a Nutella Banana Breakfast Crepe

Since Nutella combined with banana has always been such a favourite of mine, it's no surprise that I also enjoy them together on waffles, pancakes and toast. No matter how few hours of sleep I've had, this Nutella and banana combo is guaranteed to brighten up my morning. As part of the Add a Little Joy campaign, Nutella has compiled an assortment of breakfast and snack recipe ideas on addjoy.nutella.ca. Four words: Nutella Breakfast Tortilla Pizza. Nuff said.

Add a Little Joy with a Personalized Nutella Jar and Gift Basket

To help you add a little joy to your breakfast table, Nutella invites you to play the Spoon it or Spread it online game for a chance to win instant Nutella prizing and learn about the versatility of Nutella. Also, when you buy specially marked Nutella jars, you will find a unique PIN that you can use on addjoy.nutella.ca. Each PIN provides a chance to win a Nutella SPIFE - half spoon, half knife, the perfect tool to help you Spread It or Spoon It. Jars can be purchased in stores beginning in February and while supplies last. While you're on the site, you can evensubmit your own recipe online for a chance to have it featured. Finally, since I love Nutella SO much, I have teamed up with them to offer up a fabulous prize pack valued at $100!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

It's a #MyKidsLunch Twitter Party!

Good in every Grain - Grain Farmers of Ontario

When it comes to preparing healthy lunches for our kids, we all know that we should "aim for four" and select foods from the four groups in the Canada Food Guide. Yet, how do we make lunches exciting while still providing a healthy and balanced meal? I know I like to involve the kids as much as possible. And using fun bento boxes can be helpful, too. But I still find myself in situations when I'm stuck for ideas. Luckily, we will be having a #MyKidsLunch Twitter party with Registered Dietician Cara Rosenbloom who will talk all about healthy lunches.

Healthy Lunch Ideas - Good in Every Grain #MyKidsLunch

Join us for the #MyKidsLunch Twitter Chat!


With healthy meal ideas such as Whole Grain Pita Crisps and Pizzadillas, Cara will surely inspire us to try something new. Our lovely host @Chancesmommy will also be sharing some of her delicious lunch ideas as we talk about healthy school lunches for kids.

Good In Every Grain #MyKidsLunch Twitter Party


Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Time: 8:00 pm ET

Party Hashtag: #MyKidsLunch

Hosts: @cararosenbloom and @Chancesmommy

Moderators: @TeacherMomofTwo and @MSCMommyLife

Prizes: General (7) $50 grocery gift card, Bento box, WOW Butter & @GoodinGrain gear ($100 value)

Grand Prize (1) $200 grocery gift card, Bento box, WOW Butter & @GoodinGrain gear ($250 value)

Click here for complete Rules & Regulations.

Please be sure to RSVP using the linky below and use the hashtag #MyKidsLunch during the party to be eligible to win.

New to Twitter and/or Twitter parties? I have written the following tutorials to help you out, complete with screenshots:

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Handmade Cupcake Cards


Sharing an oldie but a goodie. These cupcake cards were a cinch to make using a Cricut cupcake cut, designer paper and the Stampin' Up! Spring Surprise bundle. The Round Array Stamp Set with the coordination Scallop Circle 7/8" Punch are among my favourite craft items. Looking forward to spending some time over the March break to reconnect with my craft room. Golly, I've missed her so.


Here is this week's Wordless Wednesday linky: