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The Best Cameras For Kids
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Car Seat Calendar
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Overjoyed
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Shopping With Kids

The Best Cameras For Kids

We’re a society of photo fanatics. Is it any wonder our kids are obsessed with wanting their own cameras? When my son was younger we got him a chunky kiddy cam. He used it for a little while but complained, “My pictures suck!” Being a proper parent I corrected him by saying, “We don’t say suck. We say, the photo quality sucks.”  At thirteen we got him a grown up DSLR camera and he hasn’t put it down since.  When his little sister asks to use the fancy camera we smile and say, “Not a chance butter fingers. That camera cost more than mummy’s wedding ring.”  She has her own kiddy camera, but like her brother’s before, it’s chunky and the photos are complete rubbish. So what’s a parent to do when their pint-sized photographer asks for a camera? We gave our daughter a hand-me-down iPhone last year (for pictures and texting) and she dropped it about 80 times and then lost it forever.  Thankfully we found a fantastic kid friendly camera solution! Two in fact. At a recent VTech product preview I was introduced to the most kid friendly cams you’ve ever seen. They are picture perfect.  First is the Kidizoom Smartwatch DX2—a[…]

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Car Seat Calendar

Photo albums are awesome. Journals are a joy. Baby books? Brilliant (or so I’ve heard, since I’ve yet to make one). All of these milestone trackers are a wonderful vehicle for a trip down memory lane. Another way to witness the growth of your child is a car seat collage. What? It can be a thing, can’t it? Note: “Somebody” just graduated to a big girl booster seat and she couldn’t be more proud. 

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Overjoyed

Perhaps it’s attention seeking behaviour or possibly it’s the thrill of being the centre the action. Whatever the reason, my daughter is rather dramatic. I haven’t the vaguest idea where she gets it from. *flips back hair and sighs emphatically*  The first time she staged a “fake fall” we were shocked. We were spending the day at the Royal Ontario Museum as a family when Avery stumbled over a gentleman’s foot. She hit the floor with the force of a feather, but instead of getting up and moving on, she remained face down, arms and legs splayed every which way. The man was horrified and immediately went to her aid. We were concerned at first too, but when she looked over at me and grinned, I knew. She was acting.  Since then our mini Meryl Streep has regaled us (and others) with many such dramatic performances. Like an Oscar worthy shopping cart accident at Chapter’s last week.  Or this horrific (looking) bicycle fail at her cousin’s house last summer. Granted, she did tip over but… in slow motion. She took the time to place her cheek gently to the asphalt and even added some groaning for  effect.       […]

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Shopping With Kids

  I used to love to shop; back when I had money and time and the energy to remain upright for several hours in a row. Now when I shop, usually with two kids, I get in and out as fast as possible, often forgetting items — like an entire grocery bag, left behind on the conveyer belt. I figure as long as I make it out of the store with coffee, chocolate and two children (preferably mine), I’m winning. Shopping with BOTH kids is…busy. Though my son is handy to have along. He entertains his sister and drives the cart; which is usually a great help (minus the time he “shinned” that lady). Shopping with JUST my nine year old son is…chatty. He likes to discuss every item that goes into the cart. He always brings along his wallet in case he spots a ‘must-have item’ but rarely buys anything; usually opting to wait and see if something of better value comes along. This trait he gets from his browsing dad, not his lack of impulse control mom. Shopping with my JUST my nearly six year old is…chaotic. Look up enthusiastic in the dictionary and you’ll find her blurred[…]

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