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Kids Can Listen to Their Favourite Books Again and Again with the Sparkup Magical Book Reader-Giveaway

Due to the nature of my job, I have to travel fairly often and while I am sometimes able to take my boys with me, other times I have to leave them with family while I’m away. I know that they have a great time while I’m gone, but I also know they miss some …

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Find the Perfect Gift for Kids of All Ages on the Mattel Holiday Toys Website

If there’s one company that immediately springs to mind when it comes to holiday shopping for kids, it’s Mattel. Boys, girls, toddlers and tweens can all find a favourite toy among Mattel’s incredible collection. In fact, my oldest son once went through a Hot Wheels phase that lasted for years and even had me hunting …

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Celebrate the Holidays with Exclusive New Toys from Build-a-Bear Workshop-Giveaway

In this house, it’s just not the holidays without at least one or two new fun-filled toys from Build-A-Bear Workshop! Whether we’re choosing a special stuffie for one of the cousins or I’m treating the boys to a new cuddly friend, Build-A-Bear has been a part of our Christmas for years now. And this year …

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Watch How to Train Your Dragon 2 and Let Kids Have Fun with Downloadable Activity Sheets Too-Giveaway

There aren’t many children that don’t love the hit DreamWorks movie How to Train Your Dragon, and now the fun is continuing on Blu-ray and DVD with How to Train Your Dragon 2! If your kids haven’t seen the newest adventures of Hiccup and Toothless, you’ll want to pick up a copy of the movie …

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Kids Will Love Learning this Christmas with the VTech InnoTab Max Tablet-Giveaway

It’s hard to believe it, but Christmas is only about six weeks away and my boys are already starting to get excited. The hunt to find the perfect toys for under the tree has begun and this year, VTech has a great new option for parents that want to combine fun and learning! The new …

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Encourage STEM Learning with HEXBUG VEX Robotics Building Kits

My boys have been fans of the HEXBUG product line since the brand first released the adorable HEXBUG Nano micro robotic creatures, little critters powered by vibration technology that raced around elaborate tracks. Since then, we’ve discovered some of the other great HEXBUG products and now, just in time for the holidays, HEXBUG has a …

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Learn to Read for FREE with a 4 WEEK Trial of Reading Eggs!

Reading Eggs provides a comprehensive range of online reading lessons and e-books that teach kids ages 3-13 the literacy skills needed for a lifetime of reading success. Over 90% of parents using Reading Eggs report a noticeable improvement in their child’s reading skills because the program makes learning phonics and basic reading skills fun. Your …

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Get Disney’s Classic Fairy Tale Sleeping Beauty on an Exclusive Diamond Edition

I was always excited when a fairy tale I love was reimagined as a Disney movie and this year, one of Disney’s most beloved fairy tales of all time is being re-released in a new Diamond Edition. Sleeping Beauty: Diamond Edition is available now on Blu-ray Superset and any princess at heart will want to …

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Let Your Kids Blast Up Some Fun with BOOMco Toys from Mattel #BOOMcoBLAST

My boys are always excited to check out the latest new toys and so when a large BOOMco box from Mattel arrived at the front door recently, Zackary and Benjamin were bouncing off the walls with excitement. This new line of blasters features fun soft tips that will stick to targets without damaging breakable household …

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Our Family is Smiling Brighter Thanks to Philips Sonicare! #SonicareSmile

About two weeks ago, Philips Sonicare challenged my boys and I to change our smiles with the help of the new Sonicare DiamondClean adult toothbrush and the Sonicare for Kids power toothbrush. In just two weeks, the brushes promised to improve our smiles and as a family that’s had plenty of dental concerns already, that …

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Stay Healthy this School Year with Homeopathic Treatments from Orange Naturals

It’s almost time for my boys to head back to school and that means that I want to make sure our family is all feeling healthy and energized for the days ahead. From back-to-school shopping to those first long days of classes, there’s no more important time to ensure that we’re eating right, getting lots …

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Kids Can Learn, Play and Record Memories with the VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch

Owning a smartwatch is all the rage right now and even kids are getting in on the fun thanks to VTech! Just in time for back-to-school, VTech Canada has released the VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch, a durable multi-tasking watch that lets kids learn as they play! This watch is great for teaching children to tell time, …

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Kids Will Have a Healthy Summer with Natrol Angry Birds Vitamins

My boys are huge fans of the Angry Birds franchise, and in addition to the games themselves, they have a collection of memorabilia including stuffed toys, building sets and mini characters. But now, thanks to Natrol, Zackary and Benjamin have a whole new way to enjoy Angry Birds…as vitamins! New Natrol Angry Birds vitamins come …

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Biking is More Fun and Versatile with Child Carriers and Bike Trailers from MammaCangura-Giveaway

One of the first things I do when spring arrives each year is pull out my family’s bicycles, and once they’re in the front yard, we are all out riding almost every chance we get. Last year, Benjamin rode in a bike trailer when we went on long rides. But this year he’s old enough …

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KRE-O Transformers: Age of Extinction Building Sets are Perfect for Summer Fun-Giveaway #BuildKREO

When I was a child, the highlight of my week used to be sitting down on Saturday to watch the Transformers cartoon. So when the first hit movie was released in 2007, I saw it as soon as I could. But while I love the movies, I think what I love even more about the …

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New HEXBUG Aquabot and Battle Spider Toys are Tons of Robotic Fun

A few years ago, my boys discovered HEXBUG Nano, small mechanical robot bugs that use vibration technology to scoot around different tracks in an incredibly realistic manner. HEXBUG Nano bugs were a hit with children everywhere, but the company didn’t stop the innovation there! The HEXBUG company has recently created even more fun robotic creatures …

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Nature’s Path EnviroKidz Cereal Makes Breakfast Delicious, Healthy and Eco-Friendly-Giveaway

When it comes to breakfast, I really can’t go wrong giving my boys cereal. They love almost any variety of cold breakfast cereal and as an added bonus for me, Zackary is old enough now to pour out cereal and milk for himself and his brother! But when I’m choosing breakfast cereal for my boys, …

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Toddlers Learn to Pedal Quicker with the SmarTrike Touch Steering Chic 4-in-1 Tricycle-Giveaway

I still remember how exciting it was for me when my boys started learning to pedal a tricycle, but it was also a long process, especially since in the beginning I had to be bent down behind the tricycle pushing it to help my boys figure out how to use it! At the time, I …

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Jason Priestley on Diaper Bags, Clean Water and the Magic of Parenthood

Jason Priestley may be best known for his role as teen heartthrob Brandon Walsh, but these days he has plenty of other work keeping him busy. From his guest appearance on Package Deal to directing his first full-length feature to publishing his memoir, there’s always a lot on the Vancouver-born actor’s plate. Even so, he …

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Gear Up For Springtime Fun with the Nakamura Crxssfire Bicycle and Other Bike Gear from Sport Chek

There are so many things I love about spring, but one of my very favourites is that my boys and I can finally start riding our bikes again. Making sure my boys have the best gear for our adventures is always one of my top priorities so that they’re both comfortable and safe when biking, …

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Talking about Whether Kids Should Use Tech Before They Can Read on Discuss.fm

If there’s one thing I love, it’s a good debate but to really develop an interesting conversation, a great topic is essential. As a mother, I have a lot of opinions when it comes to parenting and recently I learned about a fun new debate and discussion site that’s full of great topics called Discuss. …

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New Mega Bloks #AmericanBuilders Sets Are Full of Tough-Built Fun

Mega Bloks has so many great new sets for older children this year and as my oldest son is hugely obsessed with building sets, I couldn’t be happier about it. Recently, Mega Bloks released the brand new American Builders line, a collection of building sets featuring the Jeep and CAT and John Deere vehicles. We …

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Survive Being a Hockey Parent with Tips from Olympians’ Moms and McDonald’s Canada

Every hockey parent knows that it’s not just a child that makes sacrifices in order to play on a team, it’s the parents too! From early morning practices to long drives to games to hours spent in a cold arena cheering on your child, it’s no small job being a hockey parent! But it can …

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Help Your Child Gain Kitchen Confidence with OwlKids Books Starting from Scratch by Sarah Elton-Giveaway

I started helping my parents in the kitchen when I was about five years old. From baking cookies with my mom to making pancakes with my dad, if there was something tasty getting made, I was there lending a hand. As soon as I learned to read, I started reading recipes and cooking on my …

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Help Kids Gain Independance in the Bathroom with Bathroom Buddies from Today’s Parent and P&G-Giveaway #PGMom

My boys are both old enough that they’re pretty much independent when it comes to bathroom routines. From using the toilet to brushing their teeth, they don’t really need Mom’s help anymore. (Though their aim sometimes could use some work!) Building that independence has taken time and effort, especially when it was time to brush …

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Help Keep Kids Healthy with Treehhouse Kids Supplements from Webber Naturals-Giveaway

My boys, who were once the pickiest eaters imaginable, are gradually getting better and better about eating new foods. But I still like to make sure that they’re getting all the vitamins and minerals that their bodies need, especially in the winter when finding high-quality fresh produce gets harder. That’s why I’m a big fan …

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Help Your Child Learn to Read with the Little Champion Reader Kit-Giveaway

I am passionate about the importance of childhood literacy and the role that early education can play in creating successful readers. As an avid reader myself, I am determined to help my children grow to be strong readers as well and luckily for me, there are so many fabulous tools and materials available to help …

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Introduce Your Children to Two Classic Muppet Movies Now on Blu-ray from Disney

When I was just a child, one of our family’s weekly activities was sitting down to watch reruns of The Muppet Show each week. Our entire family, adults and children alike, couldn’t get enough of the loveable characters and their adventures. And when the first Muppet movies were released, we just had to sit down …

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Take Entertainment on the Road with the New Shaw Go YTV and Shaw Go Treehouse Apps

With my boys officially off school today, I know that I need to have plenty of entertainment lined up for them. At home they have toys, games and crafts to keep them occupied. But when we’re out and about visiting and running errands, the travel can start to take its toll. That’s why I was …

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Imagination Takes Off with the Fisher-Price Imaginext DC Super Friends Batcave-Giveaway

It’s hard being a preschooler and wanting to play with toys for older children. My youngest son was introduced to various superheroes by his brother, but most of the toys featuring those heroes are designed for older children. That’s why I love the Fisher-Price Imaginext line. Not only does it feature all kinds of great …

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Plush Toys Get Original with Monster Factory Mini Monsters-Giveaway

As much as I love a classic soft, plush teddy bear, I have a special place in my heart for misfit plush toys. There’s just something so endearing about a more original stuffed animal or monster and my fondness for the unique has resulted in my boys having quite a collection of odd stuffies. That’s …

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Find the Spirit of the Season with VeggieTales: Merry Larry and the True Light of Christmas-Giveaway

There are so many different cartoons that focus on basic learning skills for young children, but not as many that teach important life lessons in a fun way. VeggieTales is always a top pick in our household because my boys love the fun and silly plotlines and music, while I love the important lessons the …

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Racing is a Blast with New Angry Birds GO! Telepods Sets from Hasbro

If you have kids that love Angry Birds in your house, you’re probably already familiar with the huge collection of Angry Birds toys, games and merchandise available. But now, birds and pigs are facing off in a whole new way with Angry Birds GO! Telepods! These fun new sets feature race tracks and karts that …

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SO SO Happy Clothing and Accessories are Now Available in Canada-Giveaway

One of the most important lessons we can teach our kids is that being different makes them special, and that concept is one that the fun-loving brand SO SO Happy embraces to the fullest. Recently, SO SO Happy made its Canadian debut with an adorable and original line of clothing and accessories available at Walmart …

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Hasbro Canada Toys are a Great Gift for Boys this Christmas-Giveaway

Every year, one of my favourite holiday moments is flipping through toy catalogues with my boys and checking out some of the newest and best toys available. And invariably, Hasbro has a collection of must-have toys that get my boys absolutely giddy about the upcoming holidays. This year is no exception and I was so …

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Surprise Your Child with a New Festive Friend from Build-A-Bear Workshop-Giveaway

If there’s a company that knows how to celebrate the holidays in style, it has to be Build-A-Bear Workshop. Each year I wait eagerly to see what type of loveable Christmas characters the company will release and each year I’m impressed by how many choices there are for kids and adults alike. From adorable stocking …

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Learning is Fun this Christmas with New Toys from LeapFrog-Giveaway

If you’re looking for a gift for your child that’s lots of fun and still educational, LeapFrog Canada toys are always a great choice. From toys for infants right up to school-age children and tons of educational value, a gift from LeapFrog is always a hit. My personal favourite toy from LeapFrog this year is …

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Kick Off the Christmas Season with Holiday Specials from Disney Junior #DisneyJuniorMom

I love absolutely everything about Christmas, from the music to the lights to the food to the decorations. And one of my very favourite Christmas activities is watching Christmas specials with Zackary and Benjamin. I have to admit, I don’t actually watch a lot of television for the most part. But when December rolls around, …

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Ride Off on an Adventure with Barbie & Her Sisters in A Pony Tale-Giveaway

If you have a little girl that loves Barbie or one that dreams of owning her own horse one day, she’ll love the newest Barbie movie, Barbie & Her Sisters in a Pony Tale, available now on Blu-ray and DVD! The movie follows the adventures of Barbie, Stacie, Chelsea and Skipper at a riding academy …

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Let Your Child Get Creative by Making #KREOCityVille KRE-O Kreations-Giveaway

While my son loves building models with his building sets, what he loves even more is inventing his own structures and vehicles. He generally only follows the instructions that come with a building set once. Soon after, he’s taken apart the set and created something completely new. So when I told him that we were …

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New Toys from MGA Entertainment Make Great Christmas Gifts

Shopping for kids at Christmas is always so much fun, with plenty of amazing choices that are sure to result in beaming faces on Christmas morning. For a long time, MGA Entertainment has been one of my top choices when I’m looking for a gift that will get a great reaction, and this year is …

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McDonald’s Happy Meals Encourage Reading with Fun New Books-Giveaway

Almost every child gets excited about a McDonald’s Canada Happy Meal, and between now and November 14, 2013, you can get excited about Happy Meals too, because each one now comes with one of four charming children’s books! As a huge literacy advocate, I was so excited about this new program and my boys, both …

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Parents and Little Girls Will Both Love the Eco-Friendly Nail Polish from Piggy Paint-Giveaway

One of the gifts that almost every little girl gets excited about is makeup, since it gives younger girls a chance to feel like grown-ups. But so many sets designed for little girls feature cheap, harsh cosmetics that don’t work well and contain questionable ingredients. That’s why I’ve been a long-time fan of Piggy Paint …

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Celebrate Five New Friends Joining the Fisher-Price Little People with a Special Contest from Treehouse #FPLittlePeople

It always amazes me that two boys with the same parents raised in the same household with the same rules can be so very different. My boys have a few things in common, such as their love for imaginative play and their fondness for babies. But in so many other ways, they aren’t alike at …

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Enjoy Quality Time with Your Kids with New DVDs and Playsets from Thomas & Friends #FP_Thomas

The older my boys get, the more it seems we spend our days rushing from one place to another without any time to just relax together and enjoy a little downtime. But that time to unwind is so important; it helps us catch up on one another’s lives and enjoy the quiet peacefulness of being …

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Surprise Your Little Girl with the Latest Hit Toys from Spin Master-Giveaway

Spin Master has been one of my absolute favourite toy companies for years, in large part because its toys are so innovative and engaging for kids. With two boys in the house, it goes without saying that most of the Spin Master toys I’ve seen have been distinctly boy-friendly, so I was excited to get …

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Your Child Can Build a Story and Save a City with #KREOCityVille Invasion-Giveaway

My son has loved building sets since he was a toddler stacking wooden blocks and now that he’s seven years old, he has traded large, simple projects for smaller, more complicated construction toys. Last Christmas he received a KRE-O Transformers set that was one of his favourite construction toys for months afterwards. And when I …

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Let Your Child Build an Adventure with New Mega Bloks Building Sets-Giveaway

My oldest son Zackary has always loved building with blocks and over the years, he’s developed from building huge towers with large Mega Bloks to putting together intricate sets of favourite characters. What I love about building sets is that they don’t just give kids a chance to build a fun model. The characters and …

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Your Daughter Will Have Endless Hairstyle Choices with Infinity Headbands-Giveaway

Having three daughters is a ton of fun.  We get to do all the girly things together like shopping, nail polish and make-up.  But one girl-specific skill I am still working on is the hair!  I’ve never been too high-strung about my own hair or my daughters’ tresses, but I have started finding simple ways …

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Add Excitement to Family Game Night with Great New Games from Spin Master

With all the technology that fills our modern lives, I love finding ways to unplug and connect with my boys. And with both of them now being old enough to understand concepts like taking turns and following rules, one of our favourite ways to do that is with board games. Spin Master Games have been …

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September on Disney Junior has New Episodes of Favourite Shows and a Magical Mermaid Contest #DisneyJuniorMom

Summer is ending and kids are back in school, but that doesn’t mean that the fun is over! In fact, between extra-curricular activities, after-school playtime with friends and plenty of outdoor autumn adventures in store, the fun is just getting started for most kids! And that’s especially true at Disney Junior. With new episodes of …

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The Sears Kidvantage Lifetime Wearout Warranty and Back We Go Facebook Contest #SearsBabysRoom

It’s just a few more days until my boys head back to school and while I’m excited, I’m also nervously making sure that they have everything that they need. When I was younger, having five kids in the household meant that our budget was usually spent on school supplies and a new wardrobe simply wasn’t …

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Find the Knot Genie and Other Great Kids Products in Canada at Kids N More

Have you ever found a product that you know will be absolutely perfect for your children, but that isn’t available in Canada? So often I look for items that can solve some of the challenges I have with my children and find something that looks ideal, only to find out that it’s not currently shipping …

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Experience Another Language with Mariana Iranzi’s Children’s CD Hola Hello-Giveaway

Finding new children’s music is always a treat for me. My boys and I have many tried and true favourites when it comes to children’s musicians and each of my kids has a CD player in the bedroom with a stack of discs beside it. But it’s been some time since we discovered a new …

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Kids Get Nutrition and Convenience with Milk Unleashed Shelf Safe Milk #MilkUnleashed

August is here and school days are quickly approaching! I am having a blast getting my boys all the gear they need for the upcoming school year and healthy food for lunches and snacks is always something at the top of my list. This year, the new Milk Unleashed shelf safe milk will be right …

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Anna’s Budget Tips-How to Save on Kids’ Birthday Parties

It’s only natural for moms to be excited about the little ones’ (or no-so-little-anymore ones’…) birthdays. These annual milestones are a reminder of the amazing people our kids are turning into and how much they’ve grown, learned and changed since the last birthday. And that’s certainly a cause for celebration! But…it’s all too easy to …

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Keep Your Toddler Active this Summer with New Little Tikes Clearly Sports Sets

With the boys home from school now, I am looking for every possible opportunity to keep them entertained. The freedom of summer is wonderful but it’s also leading to some scuffles between the two of them. I’ve already noticed that the busier they are, the less they argue. We have a huge kid-friendly back yard …

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Kids Will Have a Knightly Summer with Mike the Knight DVDs, Books and Toys-Giveaway

With summer here and kids home from school, finding a way to provide a little extra entertainment is always a good thing. And this summer, NCircle Entertainment, HIT Entertainment and Fisher-Price have a very special set of Mike the Knight products that will be sure to keep younger children captivated! Mike the Knight is the …

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Get Kids Ready for Summer or Prep Early for Back-to-School with Stuck on You-Giveaway

For more than two years I have been in love with the amazing variety of name labels and personalized products from Stuck on You. This Australian-based company doesn’t just offer the highest-quality name labels for school supplies, clothing and all of a family’s other labelling needs. Stuck on You also carries fun personalized growth charts, …

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Get Kids Rocking with Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights’ New CD Bandwagon-Giveaway

The energy and positive attitude of children’s musician Joanie Leeds are partly the reason that her CD What a Zoo is one of my boys’ absolute favourites. Now, Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights are back with a brand new, fun-filled CD that kids will love: Bandwagon! This new CD features fifteen tracks of fun-filled songs …

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What Makes Your Child Unique? Kinder Canada Wants to Know! #KinderMom

It always amazes me how my two boys, raised in the same house with the same parents and the same rules and privileges, can be so very different in so many ways. But it can be hard, with my boys, to encourage their different personalities sometimes. Benjamin, like so many little brothers, idolizes Zackary and …

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Freshening Up Stuffed Animal Best Friends with the Maytag Maxima XL Sanitize Cycle-Giveaway #MaytagBloggerChallenge

As far as my boys and I are concerned, our stuffies are part of the family. Zackary and Benjamin both have a large collection of stuffed animals and while some of their stuffies are casual friends at best, certain stuffed animals are so important to my boys that the plush toys are carried everywhere. And …

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Get in the Summer Spirit with Recess Monkey’s New Children’s CD Deep Sea Diver-Giveaway

Since my boys first discovered the children’s band Recess Monkey, the trio of teachers with a talent for getting kids grooving, they’ve loved listening and dancing along to the band’s CD Flying. Now Recess Monkey is back with a brand new CD and Deep Sea Diver looked like it would be just as much fun …

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Kids Love Playing with Timeless Wooden Games from Blue Orange Games-Giveaway

As much as my boys love fancy, electronic toys and games, it’s invariably the more simple and classic activities that become their favourites. I love seeing how much Zackary and Benjamin enjoy sitting down to play a board game or act out a story with their favourite toys and I always love finding new games …

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Teach Children the Importance of Perseverance with the Never Give Up Bunny-Giveaway

In many ways, kids don’t get as many chances to fail as they used to. Sports are often played in a non-competitive setting, children are no longer held back at school and because instilling positive self-esteem has become a focus for so many parents, many children no longer learn about how to continue on regardless …

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Help Your Child Build Confidence for Life at Muskoka Woods Summer Camp #MuskokaWoods2013

I still remember that moment when my mom dropped me off at overnight camp for the very first time. I was an outgoing and adventurous child, but attending camp was going to be my first time sleeping away from my family with children I had never met and I couldn’t help feeling a little nervous …

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