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Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day with Last Minute Shamrock Crafts

FAM, kids, play By March 13, 2016 Tags: , , , 2 Comments

When it comes to doing arts and crafts with my 4yo daughter, I aim for projects to be KISS-able: Keep It Simple, Sweetheart! With that in mind, I organized materials we had already and together we whipped up a handful of shamrock projects that were fun, fast, and can even be a little educational, too.

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Serendipity Indigo

Serendipity Indigo is the self-proclaimed Queen of Silver Linings. She frequently writes about the struggle to find the bright side on her blog Mother of Serendipity. Although raised a military brat, she's called New York City home for the last 15 years. Now a wife & stay at home mother to her two young Rebels she can be found ranting, raving, looking for unexpected treasures, & committing random acts of photography. Most of this randomness is shared on her Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and whatever other social medias the kids are into these days.

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no plans for march break

What to Do When You Have No Plans for March Break

FAM, kids By March 3, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , , , No Comments

Oops. Registrations are full, and you’re green with envy as your friends get the airbrush tan in preparation to head south.  March Break is here and you kind of forgot to plan anything. Worse? The whole family is feeling burnout from the holidays, school, and our treacherous Canadian winter.  Is a change as good as a rest? We think so. If you’re creative and have a semblance of a plan, you can pull through.  Here are a few ideas.

Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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Getting Outside in the City

Contests, FAM, fitness, health, Parenting, play By September 29, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

Being ‘urban’ has it’s benefits, and yet one of the big drawbacks can mean that you and the kids spend more time in stores, watching screens or commuting than breathing fresh air without a care in the world. The family and I participated in ‘Take Me Outside’ on September 20th, where we were asked to spend an hour outdoors together.

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THE JUNGLE BOOK- Trailer

books, entertain, FAM, kids, play, self, tech By September 20, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

The Jungle Book was directed by Jon Favreau, (“Iron Man”). Although, this film was based on Rudyard Kipling’s ageless tales, it was inspired by Disney’s classic animated film, “The Jungle Book” is the newest live-action classic quest about Mowgli also known as (newcomer Neel Sethi), a man-cub who was brought-up by a family of the wolves.

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Nintendo Splatoon Review

entertain, Featured, kids, LIVE, Parenting, play, tech, toys By August 13, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

I’m one of those hardcore moms who never allowed the boys to play with squirt guns. They would find driftwood with some resemblance to weapons, and use imagination and creativity to make up games.

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Best Gifts for Creative Play

GEAR, LIVE, play, toys By November 24, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments
Creative Gifts for Kids
Kids will be kids. And when we leave them to their own imaginations, their little brains grow and develop rapidly. We’ve searched high and low for some of the best gifts for creative play. You’ll probably want a video camera handy to capture their brilliance!

1. Children’s Bird Dress Up Wings $75.43
2. Le Toy Van Pretend Play Popsicles – Ice Lollies $ 43.90
3. Pottery Barn Kids Farmhouse Kitchen Collection $259 – $699
4. Djeco Screen Printing Workshop at Raspberry Kids $24.49
5. Dalmatian Vet Kit $22.99
6. Toysmith Shopping Cart $61.20
7. DUKTIG Toy cash register $19.99
8. CANCER FIGHTER SUPERHERO SET Comes with matching eye mask & powerbands. Price: $28.00
9. Sno Stompers – Pink $24.99
10. SKYLTA Children’s market stand $12.99 

Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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Camp Must-Haves

fitness, GEAR, LIVE, play, style, Uncategorized By August 13, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

Camp Must HavesGoing to camp is an exciting summer activity for kids. Meeting new people, learning new games and going on adventures are some camp memories that are never forgotten. We have compiled a list of camp must-haves that will make your kids experience at camp even better…

1.  Pop Clocky. As most of us know, being at camp doesn’t mean sleeping in. Early wake up calls are inevitable. With Pop Clocky you can wake up the whole cabin with a fun start to the day. Pop Clocky resembles a Jack-in-a-box and makes early mornings fun. Sunny, Rosy, Gilbert and Charlie will make sure everyone up with the birds.

2. Allergy alerts from Mabel’s Labels will ensure that the peanut butter doesn’t pass the lips when the kids come back from canoeing a wee bit dazed and sunburned.

3. A few healthy snacks. Hippie Foods coconut snacks arrived at our office and I’m now hoarding them in my desk…. .

4. A Flashlight. For those long walks back to the cabin, in the woods, a flashlight is useful for avoiding injuries. We found one that’s also a portable music player – the Hipstreet bluetooth speaker/radio with flashlight will keep them dancing around the campfire!

5. A Journal. You can’t experience your child’s week at camp with them, so, by getting them to keep a journal they can keep up their writing skills and share every bit of their experience with you when they get home. We love this robot illustrated Mudpuppy journal/sketchbook from Raspberry Kids.

6. A water bottle. Though you won’t be there to tell them to drink water and stay hydrated every minute, getting them to bring a water bottle will encourage them to drink more water and I’m sure they will be thanking you later. Having one of these adorable SIGG animals will make them want to keep it close.

7. An Eco Lunchbox. For those days when they’ll be going on an adventure and will be needing to carry around some snacks with them.

8. A backpack. A a similar idea to the eco lunchbox, when your kid is going on an adventure they will have a lot to carry. Whether it be sunscreen, a water bottle or a flashlight, your kid will be glad to have a backpack to put it all in. Companies like Land’s End allow for easy personalization.

9. Their own pillow case. She won’t have a chance to miss home when dozing off on this festive Mum pillowcase from Pottery Barn Kids. Better yet – you’ll avoid having a child return home with lice. It will be a reminder of home and be a lice blocker at the same time!

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Kidoodle.TV

apps, GEAR, LIVE, play By April 19, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , 13 Comments

Kidoodle TV Console

They had me at Jem and the Holograms!!! And Curious George. Kidoodle.TV is a safe, ad-free streaming video service that can be viewed on computer, mobile or tablet. As a parent, you can customize it for your kids so that they get the content they desire while you set the limits that you feel are appropriate. And given that it’s ad-free, you won’t get the “MOMMY look at that toy! I NEED one.”

Kidoodle TV Options

In the special Parents Room area, you can create up to 5 profiles for each of your children. Well… and maybe one for you too. The vintage content took me back to my school days and the National Geographic shows about sharks and earth completely hooked me! There is even a section for new episodes of favourite programs.

Kidoodle TV Time limitsAs a mom, I am constantly trying to figure out my ‘screen time’ rules. Given that there are even iPads in the school to help with learning, I tend to give the kids extra time provided they use half of it for educational play.  That said, when it comes to TV and other passive activities, I want to ensure they don’t go overboard. Time limits can be placed on viewing through the secure Parents Room.

Kidoodle TV Ages

Our family has been trying Kidoodle.TV for two weeks – one of which we were traveling to Disneyland and San Diego. While the weather was perfect for swimming, rides and making memories with Mickey, I found that the level of stimulation in the course of any one day became overwhelming. When behaviour became cranky and the kids needed ‘downtime’, it was incredible to sit the boys in front of the iPad to watch content that I didn’t have to worry about. It was also a special bonding experience as they saw my eyes light up at the retro content.

Kidoodle TV National GeographicWan to to give it a try? Kidoodle.TV is offering UrbanMommies readers a 25% off code for a year subscription.  This coupon expires June 30, 2014.  Discount code: MCC25.

Disclosure: I am part of the Kidoodle.TV blogger program with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

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Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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