May the Fourth

May The Fourth

beauty, GEAR, tech, toys By May 3, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

Affectionately known as Star Wars Day, May the Fourth has become the Christmas for inner geeks everywhere. My sons and I will be traveling to Disney World for the Social Media Moms Celebration and fellow travellers will witness us in a couple of stormtroopers and Rae costumes!

With Mother’s Day approaching Sunday, we wanted to share our favourite May the Fourth Star Wars picks. And also, my inner Princess Leia would be thrilled to be given just about any of them! Like, I do. These gifts we chose.

  1. The Force Awakens Purses from ThinkGeek. BB8 here I come!
  2. Who doesn’t need a Star Wars Waffle Maker? Available via Amazon.
  3. The Star Wars Lightsaber Cutlery Set adds a little sci-fi spectacle to any meal. Just add your own cutting repartee. From The Fowndry.
  4. Make the Jump to Light Speed with the Stride Rite Hyperdrive Light Saber sneaker. It features the iconic Jedi lightsaber. There’s a hook-and-loop closure, and the heel has Hyperdrive-inspired lights that shine with every step.
  5. Firefly, the leader in children’s oral care solutions, is helping parents harness some of the Star Wars excitement to win the daily “Brush Battle” with their young Padawans. The new Firefly Star Wars Lightsaber toothbrush, now available, brings galactic fun to the daily brushing routine – and it’s available in both Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader models so little ones can choose the light side or the dark side. The addition of flashing lights, sound effects and voices help transform brush time into playtime and keeps kids brushing the recommended time to keep the dark side of cavities away!
  6. Rey Stainless Steel Charm Bracelet from Amazon.
  7. Covergirl embraced the opening of The Force Awakens by creating two looks using their great formulas. Aside from the epic packaging, the nail lacquer never chips, and the mascara makes me look like I have eyelash extensions!
    a) Droid featuring a luminous look that reflects the light side in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”. A swatch of golden eye shadow across lids and cheekbones sets the tone, with glistening lips punctuating the lustrous palette.
    a) Stormtrooper featuring a strong and graphic look to represent the power from the Dark Side. The eyes dominate with a black winged liner and white contrasts. Lips measure up in a deep, mysterious red.
  8. The R2D2 Measuring Cup Set from Think Geek will help you make galactic pancakes every weekend!
  9. UNICEF Kid Power Band from Target. UNICEF Kid Power Band – Star Wars Limited Edition Black. The UNICEF Kid Power gives kids the power to save lives. By getting active with the UNICEF Kid Power Band, kids go on missions to earn points and unlock therapeutic food packets for severely malnourished children around the world!
  10. Back off kids. They are mine! Star Wars Band-Aids are available at Band-Aid.com.
  11. Can you imaging carrying this Darth Vader luggage through the airport on May the Fourth? I may need to whip out to Best Buy to grab this pronto!
  12. Last but certainly not least… my very own remote controlled BB8 droid from Canadian Tire!

May the force be with you all. I’m going shopping!

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10 Fun Educational Animated Series for Toddlers

FAM, GEAR, kids, tech, toys By April 30, 2016 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

Nothing would please me more if I could just plop my kids in front of the television for hours on end, guilt-free. Thankfully, we live in a great age where we can entertain our children while they learn a little something. My favorite place to find great educational animated series  for free is Netflix. I also take full advantage of Xfinity On Demand, PBS Kids, YouTube, Amazon Prime Video, and DVDs.

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Parenting a special needs baby is difficult for outsiders to understand. Yes it's stressful, but there's 5 things you should know about it too.

5 Things to Know About Parenting A Special Needs Baby

baby, FAM By April 29, 2016 Tags: , , No Comments

Parenting is a tough job. It can be thankless, isolating, and there’s no overtime pay despite it being a 24/7 role. Parenting a special needs baby is that, times about 100. From the outside looking in, I’m certain that parents who see us at parks and activities are thinking “what a shame.” I get it. I really do. I would have thought the same 4 years ago. But now, after parenting my little chicken who happens to have a rare syndrome for 3+ years, I don’t. Not anymore.

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This super-simple peanut butter jelly fudge recipe makes a great treat at Christmas-time... Or anytime!

Peanut Butter Jelly Fudge

EAT, entertain, holidays, snacks By April 28, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

Fudge is a Christmas tradition in my family, my mom or sister always makes it for us to enjoy on Christmas Eve (and for days after!)  I’ve never really made it myself but I recently came across a recipe for Apricot Raspberry Cheesecake Fudge from A Mom’s Take and while it looks amazingly delicious, I’m personally not a big fan of white chocolate or apricots by my little pregnant brain immediately went to: That would be awesome as a Peanut Butter and Jelly fudge!!!

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How to Support A Friend Who Has Miscarried

baby, FAM, self By April 28, 2016 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

You most likely know someone who has experienced a miscarriage. Even if they haven’t shared their loss, chances are you’re friends with at least one person who has gone through this. Or you yourself have experienced a devastating loss. It’s hard to know what to do or say to help. Each person deals with tragedy differently, and you’ll have to use your judgement to determine the best way to offer assistance.

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What to Pack for a Hospital Birth: The Comprehensive List

FAM, pregnancy By April 27, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , , , 2 Comments

The baby is coming! You’re about to go from pregalicious to momtastic and one will become two. It will be one of the most momentous occasions of your life but also one of the most exhausting. When that little angel finally arrives all you’ll want to think about is what to name her, how gorgeous she is and how much she looks like your Great-Uncle Carl! You won’t want to be distracted by things you’ve forgotten to bring to the hospital.  BTW… if you think you’re in labour, you might want to read this article first…

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PTO Mommy Wars don't need to exist. Moms who have the time to volunteer at school help get things done. No guilt required from other busy moms!

Why We Should Stop the PTO Mommy Wars

FAM, kids, self By April 27, 2016 Tags: , , , No Comments

You have kids and you want to be a part of everything they do. You want to see all of their “firsts” and you want to be the one to experience life with them. For some moms, that involvement may end once they get to be school-aged. For others though, there is still the pull to stay involved as their kids go through school. This finds us at the crossroads of yet another “mommy war.” I’m talking about the moms who choose to be actively involved with their kids’ school vs. the ones who think that this is a colossal waste of time: the PTO Mommy Wars.

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Twitter Party to End Gender Inequality

Contests By April 26, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

Don’t Miss our #JoinGEN1 Twitter Party on Monday!

What do you get when you cross a cause very dear to my heart with my favourite social platform? A feisty host!

We are honoured to have been asked by the Canadian Women’s Foundation to host a party for social good, spreading the word about their Campaign to End Violence. The campaign aims to build GEN1 , the FIRST GENERATION to experience real gender equality. Because in case you’ve missed the wage battles, sexual assault discussion and statistics on violence, we’re not quite there yet. Let’s have a great chat about how to end gender inequality and the root of the issues affecting women and girls today—violence, poverty and limiting gender stereotypes.

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To my oldest son, I see you. I really see you.

An Open Letter to My Oldest Son

FAM, kids By April 26, 2016 Tags: , , 20 Comments

To my oldest son,

I see you. I really see you.  You are a deep thinker with a compassionate heart.  You are a perfect old soul with wisdom beyond your years. When I speak to you I no longer see the child you were, but the man you will become.  It frightens me a little, because soon you will make your own choices and I will have little say in them.  So forgive me while I cling a little longer.  Placate me when I need giant squeeze hugs and time spent together.  I will always need your love and in turn will always give my love back unconditionally.

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