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Possibly The Most Frightening Toy Review Ever
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We’re Doodle Pros!
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My twirly girl has a new BFF!
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The Post Where I Reveal The Absolute Best Toy Ever
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Six Super Ways To Make Summer Sizzle

Possibly The Most Frightening Toy Review Ever

  It took me YEARS to get over The Blair Witch Project and don’t even get me started on the emotional scars inflicted by Paranormal Activity. I actually don’t mind the “during” part of these frightening flicks — it’s the movie aftermath that causes the problem — bumps in the night + an overactive imagination = a terrified me My girlfriends and I considered renting The Conjuring recently. Didn’t happen. The trailer alone scared me silly. Those “based on a true story” movies are THE worst. If you dare, watch the trailer below and you’ll see what I mean. There’s a scene where the mother is blindfolded, playing hide and seek with her daughter — she asks her child to clap as a clue to her hiding place. She hears a clap alright, but it’s not her daughter. It’s, it’s….who in the hellraiser knows?! Clearly there was something evil in that house and it had me running scared.  Explaining the premise of the movie to my husband, I imitated the freaky “clap, clap.” This would come back to haunt me later in the shape of a tiny blonde girl who sees and hears all… *Watch how I seamlessly switch from[…]

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We’re Doodle Pros!

  Some of the best toys we’ve ever received have been hand-me-downs — well-loved favourites passed down from friends and family. When my son was little, a friend gave us their *Doodle Pro. Several years, thousands of shapes, one and two syllable words and stick figures later, this toy began to look a little worn. The magnet stamps were long since missing and the magnetic slide eraser was no longer erasing as well as it did. There’s a reason this toy is called the Doodle Pro Classic Doodler. It IS a classic; one that we use daily at our house. So once we said farewell to our old Doodle, I promptly bought a replacement ($19.99 at Target). “In 1974, four engineers from Pilot Pen Corporation invented a “dustless chalkboar­d”(which became the cool toy kids love today).” Source Still the same concept, the newer version now has magnetized sections to hold the stamps so they won’t fall out and get lost. No doubt this design update was contributed by a parent who has crawled on hands and knees to look under the couch for missing stamps. I’ve used the Doodle Pro to jot down a phone number, as a notepad for lists, for a game[…]

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My twirly girl has a new BFF!

  I hate to think where I’d be without my merry band of friends. They put up with my silliness, puff me up when I’m feeling deflated and they keep me focused. They hold my hand when life is scary and they’re always there to celebrate the little day-to-day joys. As the song says, “You gotta have frehhhhhh-hends…” Without friends, who else is going to tell you that the horizontal striped shirt you just bought isn’t exactly flattering or agree wholeheartedly with you about whatever injustice you perceive has befallen you? Friends have your back. This month I was asked to introduce the newest friends in the Fisher-Price Little People family. Their personalities range from energetic and curious, to imaginative and sensitive. Every child has their own unique personality and this is why Fisher-Price created this diverse group of five new characters. It’s important that children come to understand and appreciate that we’re all a little different.  Can I get an amen to that?       Sofie Loves to daydream and explore new things.  Favourites: the colour green and butterflies.  Koby Makes people laugh and gets into every activity. Favourites: the colour orange, dinosaurs and being silly.   Tessa Born[…]

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The Post Where I Reveal The Absolute Best Toy Ever

It’s not a board game. And it’s certainly not a video game or a motorized thing-a-ma-jig. You won’t it find in any store. It often comes in pairs and your children will treasure this endlessly stimulating source of joy and laughter for hopefully many years to come. If your children are lucky enough to have grandparents (or a special aunt or uncle) in their lives, you know how special it is. My kids light up whenever we tell them we’re heading over to see them. How lucky we are to have both sets near by — these people who are genetically programed to love my children; to look out for them and after them. Ahem, built in babysitters *parental fist pump* Not everyone is as fortunate. We know this and we appreciate having our parents in our lives every day. My kids don’t quite understand how blessed they are, but they sure enjoy spending time with and learning from their grandparents. So my number one pick for the toy that is sure to bring a smile to a child’s face is a loving grandparent — the kind that gets down on the floor to play and enjoys spending time with[…]

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Six Super Ways To Make Summer Sizzle

Minus the 44 degree scorchers when your skin basically melts off your skull, summer is my favourite season. Fresh air, green grass, picnics and plenty of time frolicking in the sun and sand…. how can you go wrong? (Again, minus those alarmingly hot, humid, tornado-threatening days that reek of imminent armageddon.) As soon as the sweaters come off and the t-shirts and shorts go on, we head outside to soak it all in. Well, as much as one can soak in wearing 50 sunblock. Six Summer Activities That Make The Season Extra Spectacular: 1. Splashing…in the pool, at a splash pad or at the beach, fun with H20 is one of the best parts about summer. It’s also the only time of the year you can tell someone to “go jump in a lake” without causing a rift. 2. Snapping photos….Avery takes her Kid-Tough digital camera when we go on hikes or a walks around the neighbourhood. You never know what or who you might capture on film. #PintSizedPaparazzi 3. Strolling and Rolling… summer is the season for getting out and about. A walk with grandpa along the pier or a trike ride to the end of the drive-way all[…]

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