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Thursday, October 30, 2014

We’re Celebrating Your #fpmommymoments!

Ah, yes! Those unforgettable Fisher-Price Mommy Moments. Whether it was the first time your baby cried or the very moment he took his first step and every little thing in between. Those are the moments we will never forget. The smiles. The giggles. The precious memories. And sometimes, the moments are as simple as sneaking in a shower, a second cup of coffee, or a long overdue phone call to a friend.

Need a moment? Don't worry. Fisher-Price has you covered.

Fisher-Price, the world's most trusted brand in toys, is there to support today’s parents with toys geared to each and every stage of your child’s growth, including all those special milestone moments. Their wide range of innovative baby gear and engaging toys are all designed to help today’s busy mom make the most of her time together with baby. 

It is with great excitement that I invite you to follow along as we share our #fpmommymoments on Twitter. Beginning on November 1st, 2014, every day at 12:00pm EST, the one and only @Listen2Lena will be tweeting a question. Simply share your moment by answering the question, remembering to add the #fpmommymoments hashtag. From all the entries received in a 24-hour period, a winner will be selected to receive a very special Fisher-Price toy. The program will run for fifty (50) days, which means that there are 50 fabulous toys up for grabs! 

Disney On Ice: Treasure Trove - Win Tickets to the Toronto Show!

Disney On Ice: Treasure Trove Alice in Wonderland

This December, join your favourite Disney characters as they come to Toronto for Disney On Ice presents Treasure Trove. Brought to you by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt, this skating extravaganza will be filled with classic Disney moments, unforgettable adventures and princesses galore. Set a date with Alice and the Mad Hatter before they march off with the Queen of Hearts’ Army Of Cards and celebrate Disney’s 50th animated feature with Rapunzel and Flynn. 

Disney On Ice: Treasure Trove Tiana

Want to see your favourite Disney princess? Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, Jasmine, Aurora, Tiana, Mulan and Snow White will be there, too. And be prepared to set sail with Peter Pan, Tinker Bell and the nefarious Captain Hook.

Disney On Ice: Treasure Trove Lion King

Finally, let's not forget about the Lion King. Delve into the wilds of Africa with Simba, Nala, Pumbaa and Timon as they discover the true meaning of the ‘Circle of Life.’ This is one show full of Disney treasures you don't want to miss!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Get a Better Night Sleep With Cloud B Dreamz To Go Octo

Who's afraid of the dark?

Not I.

At least, not anymore.

Not really.

I have mostly overcome that fear now that I am thirty-six -something. But if I am home alone with the kids at night, the dark can be a very scary thing. I seem to harbour some deeply embedded fear that 'bad guys' will break into my home at night with malicious intent. I distinctly recall memories from my childhood of laying perfectly still under the covers at night, peering into the darkness and listening for possible intruders in the middle of the night. I would lay awake for what seemed liked hours just waiting to have the bejeezus scared out of me. And if it wasn't the fear of some stranger lurking in the darkness, then it was that one-eyed, one-horned, flying purple people-eater that was surely hiding under my bed ready to pounce as soon as I nodded off. 

It's amazing, though, how much more stupid confident I feel when the lights are turned on and I discover that there really isn't anything to worry about. It's all thanks to something we take for granted every day - light. If light can offer a sense of security to me, a fearless warrior mom, imagine how much reassurance it could give to a baby or young child, especially when sleeping in a new place. With the new Dreamz To Go Octo, both parent and child can enjoy a better night sleep thanks to its soothing light.

From the makers of Nighty Night Owl Smart Sensor, Dream To Go Octo is based on the original Twilight Turtle by Cloud B. It is part of the dreamy lites collection and offers a compact solution for soothing sleep. My favourite part? It runs on 3 AAA batteries (included) which means you can take it with you virtually anywhere you travel. It is lightweight and small so it doesn't take up a lot of space. Octo also has a built-in projector which sprinkles the walls and ceiling with bright stars and friendly little fish blowing bubbles. There are two buttons on the back; one to change the colour between blue, red or green, and another to turn it on, off or to rotate between all three colours. After 45 minutes, it automatically shuts off on its own.

It's the Walmart Canada #MomoftheYear Twitter Party!

Never thought you could have the #MomoftheYear title? Think again. Moms play one of the most important roles in a child's life. They help nurture our children with patience, perseverance and passion, oftentimes sacrificing so much to be there for their children round the clock.

To honour everything that moms do and the impact they have on those around them, @WalmartCanada will be hosting the #MomoftheYear Twitter Party, celebrating all Canadian moms, including the six 2014 Mom of the Year recipients. We invite you to join us on Tuesday, November 4 at 8:00pm EST for a chat dedicated to that woman who wears many hats – the chief scheduler, organizer, driver, coach, nutritionist, caregiver, best friend… and more.

The Walmart Canada Mom of the Year Award gives all of us the chance to say “thank you” to those mothers who have had the biggest impact on us. Pull out a box of tissues and get ready to share your favourite moments and memories. In addition to an inspiring, emotional chat, there will also be hundreds in Walmart gift cards to be given away, including TWO grand prizes of $200 gift cards.
Please be sure to RSVP using the linky below and use the hashtag #MomoftheYear to join in the chat.

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

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

No-Calorie Cake

Know someone who is expecting a baby? Try making this easy no-cal cake. Trust me. They'll love ya for it!

I have made several diaper cakes over the years and I always resort to keeping them simple. For this cake, I bought chipboard letters since I didn't have time to make them using my Cricut. Otherwise, I would have made letters similar to the ones I made for Baby Evelyn's diaper cake, just not in pink.

How do you make a diaper cake?

I wrote a diaper cake tutorial a while back. And by a while, I mean four years ago. You can check it out here:

Participating in Wordless Wednesday? Link up your post below.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Teacher Supplies from Staples

One of the things I like most about starting off a new school year is having fresh teacher supplies on hand. I even find back-to-school shopping for my children a real thrill. Call me crazy but I was one of those kids who cried in June when school was over and couldn't wait for it to start back up again in September. While my perspective has changed slightly (yes, I'm already counting down to Christmas vacation), I still harbour that same excitement for back-to-school season. I didn't hesitate for instant, of course, when Staples offered to send me on a little shopping spree last month. Fresh new teacher supplies plus Air Miles Rewards Miles? What's not to love?

Teaching à la carte has its challenges and, even though I have reorganized my mini teacher cart, I find I'm still leaving things behind in some of the classrooms. Sometimes I just lose them altogether. One item I cannot have enough of are heavy duty magnets, kind of like the ones above. I also carry plenty of paper clips in various sizes and Staples carries a really nice variety.

As a French teacher, I am always on the lookout for FSL resources or supplies. Staples has carried sets of Canadian French-English cards, which I had purchased last year, but I was happy to see that they carry des instruments de gestion de classe (classroom management tools) such as des horaires magnétiques (magnetic schedules). These would be great in a French Immersion classroom. 

In the end, I ended up picking up a bunch of generic stickers, a super cute apple Post-It note dispenser and some colour ink for my HP Envy All-in-One printer. The ink seems to be what I run out of most given that I make so many of my own flash cards at home. I also picked up some Elmers Sticky Out which is great for removing crayon, labels, most glues, tape and rubber cement, which has proven to be quite difficult to remove from my office walls. Oh, and I picked up one of my favourite Swiffer products - Swiffer Dusters. Every September, my office needs a good cleaning after all the dust that has accumulated during the summer months.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Hanging On To Hugs and Memories

In light of this week's horrific events that transpired in Ottawa, I am sadly reminded of how fleeting our presence on this earth can be. The thought of how the life of a soldier standing on guard could be so quickly taken is difficult for our nation to accept. For his family, friends, and most of all, his young child, the world has surely been turned upside down. As Canadians stood together in solidarity yesterday wearing red and white, saluting Cpl. Nathan Cirillo on his journey home to Hamilton, I couldn't help feeling overwhelmed by our country's loss. My thoughts are with his family. But I can't help but selfishly think of my own family and how lucky I am to have two healthy and happy children. Tonight when I tuck them into bed, I will embrace them a little longer, hanging on to their hugs and all the fond memories...