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June 17, 2011

Halloween in June?

So DD was invited to a Halloween birthday party tonight (A+ for creativity for that party mom).  And DD is of an age where costumes need to be "cool" and "dead".

yah that.

And there's nothing "cool" or "dead" in her closet.  What's a girl to do?

Mom's Idea # 1 - get out your plastic fangs and go as

Apparently, somebody else is going as a cool, dead, vampire.

Mom's Idea # 2: put on a sheet and go as
Apparently, dead but not cool.

Mom's idea #3 (we're running out here...)

Put on toga + wear a crown of leaves + put some celery in hair + run some red makeup down face (blood)
A bloody Caesar!  She didn't get the irony either...moving along...

Mom's idea #4 (this one I'm pitching to her after school - if she doesn't like it she better dust off those fangs)...

Get a cheerios box + tape a plastic knife to stick out of it + duct tape it to your shirt

Cereal killer.   (I would like to thank twitter for proposing this idea.  Twitter you're good people).

The take-away from this post: Moms get creative with tight deadlines.

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Fisher-Price Makes Diapers? Who Knew?!

Parent News Alert!: Fisher-Price makes diapers. Wait.  Change that.  Fisher-Price makes great diapers. 
My 5 month old had a chance to test-drive Happy Days and Happy Nights Fisher-Price diapers.  Result: not one diaper failure! (a #WIN as baby is transitioning to pureed foods and you know...when babies change to food...well...their diaper deals change too).  

My rolly-polly baby needs stretching diapers (I've tried a few brands - stretch is a must).  And both days and nights diapers formed to his curves very nicely. 

Now do you need a different diaper for both day and night?  Honestly, I don't know...depends on your baby I guess.  My DS now sleeps through wet diapers at night so the extra absorbent happy nights diapers did prevent leakage (and not a wet bum rash to be had!).

I didn't know Fisher-Price made diapers but now that I do...I'm going to keep a look out for them on shelves. (I hear from the other Fisher-Price #playpanel moms that they are available in Canada at Walmart).

Disclosure:  I’m part of the Fisher-Price Play Panel 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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June 16, 2011

Salmon on Cedar Planks | #LMDConnector

Creative bar b q'ing yells summer (and whispers "hey Dad! you're cooking").  So with Father's Day on the's a cool dish Dad can make for the family on his special day.

Grilled Lemon and Herb Salmon Packs

Salmon on Cedar Planks

- Salmon
- cedar planks (available at fish counter)
- lemon
- tomato cans (2)

24 hours before your start the grill submerge the cedar planks in water (placing them in the sink covered with water works - use the aforementioned tomato cans to keep them down as cedar floats).

Have Dad fire up the grill.  Place cedar planks on grill.  Salmon on top (skin side down).  Grill until done. 


and btw - those grilled lemon and herb salmon packs picture up there looks pretty Father's Day Friendly too n'est pas?!

For more creative bar b q ideas - check out Life Made Delicious (sshh...there's a coupon over there for brownies...don't tell anyone)

Disclosure: I am part of the Life Made Delicious Blogger program 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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June 15, 2011

Celebrate Summer Giveaway | #LMDConnector

THE WHAT: A giveaway of General Mills Goodies to help you get your grill on!

THE GOODIES: The “Celebrate Summer Giveaway” pack is valued at approximately $100 and includes:

❂Barbecue Utensil Set
❂Paper Plates
❂Colourful Napkins

General Mills goodies from:

❂Old El Paso
❂Cheerios (including Chocolate Cheerios!)
❂Fibre 1
❂Betty Crocker
❂Nature Valley

THE HOW: Share your favourite summer recipe in a comment to this post. 

THE TIMELINE: now through July 7th 2011

THE WHO: Canadian residents only

THE RULES (because life has rules):

  • one entry per day

  • tweet "I entered the Celebrate Summer Giveaway from @LifeMadeDelish and @ParentClub! #LMDConnector" = an extra entry (comment separately that you did so).

    Disclosure: I am part of the Life Made Delicious Blogger program 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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    Healthy Habits | Theresa Albert

    If there were three simple things that you could do every day that would virtually turn your health around, would you do it? What if all three were easy to do, did not take any time and cost you exactly nothing. Any one of them will help you live healthier, longer and take years off the appearance of aging skin but together they are your little secret to your inner universe. Are you ready? Of course you are!

    Life Altering Tip #1

    Make yours NEAT!

    We are all strapped for time and getting to the gym isn’t on everyone’s wish list anyway. When you think about it, the official exercise regime gets you moving for one hour per day. It is what you are doing the other 15 waking hours that really counts. Now there is “NEAT” or Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis. Making this change is as simple as increasing all the heat creating (aka calorie burning stuff that you do in a day) and you have a lot of sway in how that goes.

    • Find as many ways as you can to wiggle, tap, move throughout the day. Walk one bus stop, take the stairs for at least one flight, sit on an exercise ball for an hour a day while at work or watching tv. The possibilities are endless and they all add up.

    • Add weight whenever you can. Fooling your body into carrying more weight around (that isn’t really your own!) builds muscle. A backpack of books, maybe? Carry a basket around the grocery store instead of using a cart or strap on a waist belt for the subway ride standing up.

    • Convert your desk to a standing station to reduce all of the sitting hours in your day.

    Life Altering Tip #2

    Remove liquid calories.

    The brain does not process liquid calories the same way it processes calories that must be chewed. When you chew, your human internal food mechanism indicates satiety, when you sip...nada. If you added up all the useless calories that come by way of cream and sugar in your coffee, sodas, alcohol and even juices you would likely find 300 calories each day that you could do without.(Do that for 11 days and you can lose one pound!) And don’t go switching to aspartame laden beverages, they are even worse! Try this juice substitute instead.

    Life Altering Tip #3

    Add ½ cup of beans each day.

    There is now sound evidence that it takes one small serving to make a world of difference in your cholesterol levels and risk of heart disease. Beans and pulses (not green beans!) can come in any form and need no longer be the overnight-soaking-pain-in-the-pants they used to be. Here are some ways to work beans in:
    • Serve hummus (made from chick peas)

    o as a dip for an afternoon snack

    o hummus comes in a variety of flavors so you will never get bored

    o It’s easy to make at home in a blender

    o add a tablespoon to every wrap and sandwich instead of mayo

    • Add drained, rinsed canned beans to any pasta dish

    o White navy beans and lentils work best

    • Make a crockpot full of lentil or minestrone soup weekly

    o store in the freezer in single servings for lunches or appetizers

    • Top salads with canned kidney beans or chick peas

    • Look for bean based veggie burgers instead of beef burgers

    • Snack on roasted soybeans instead of nuts or popcorn

    All it takes is a tiny shift in attitude to improve your health outcome. Make these healthy habit decisions once and never look back.

    Sign up here for Theresa’s weekly newsletter and receive more tips and recipes!

    Theresa Albert takes on the challenge of demystifying myths surrounding food and health. Millions learned just how smart and funny she is through her Food Network Canada Show called Just One Bite! She has authored two books published in both Canada and in the US: Cook Once a Week, Eat Well Every Day and Ace Your Health, 52 Ways to Stack Your Deck.

    Read her at

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    June 14, 2011

    Ontario Science Centre | #TravelTuesday

    THE TRAVEL DESTINATION: Ontario Science Centre

    THE WHERE: Toronto, ON., Canada

    THE AUDIENCE: completely family-friendly!
    For the 8 and under crowd: Kidspark
    For kids and parents: hands-on exhibits to explore, live performances, IMAX movies
    For teens: Sci Fri

    open 7 days a week 10am - 5pm
    $8 parking
    Adults $20, Child $13, Youth $16, Infants FREE *Science Centre admission only
    TIP: a family membership pays for itself in 2 visits plus gives you discounts on parking, food & giftshop

    ACCESS & EATING: stroller & wheelchair friendly.  In addition to the regular pizza & burger destination menu food choices include fresh salads, wraps, fruit and snack options -- all at kid eye level.

    REVIEW:  The Ontario Science Centre is on of our most favourite family field trip destinations!  Many exhibits and English & French (a plus for our bilingual family).  The "please touch" environment is a great place for kids to explore and learn. 

    We had a chance to check out the newest live performance CSI: Live, REPTILES: The Beautiful and the Deadly and the IMAX movie Tornado Alley. 

    Parent Club recommends CSI:LIVE as a show for older kids and tweens.  It's an engaging, interactive and educational performance.  (warning: strobe lighting and loud for little ears)

    Parent Club recommends REPTILES: The Beautiful and the Deadly for all ages.  The exhibit of live reptiles is one of the best we've seen.

    IMAX movies: In general, for older kids and up.  Specifically Tornado Alley - appealing to big kids and parents.

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    June 13, 2011

    PosterJack Review


    THE CANADIAN COOL: This Canadian Company turns your digital photos into artwork.  From posters to canvas to peel n' stick photos and more.

    THE HOW: Simply chose your photo, select product and size and upload.  It's that easy.  Delivery is only to Canadian residents at this time.

    THE BONUS: Just in time for Father's Day - Parent Club readers can get a 20% discount. 
    Discount Code: Parent Club

    THE REVIEW: We had a chance for a hands-on experience of  The entire process took minutes (i.e. can do during nap time!).  About a week later, our peel n' stick photos arrived at our door.  The peel n' stick posters are safe for walls and removable (great for kids rooms).  The quality is impressive.  The ease of it all is family friendly!

    Prices start at $6.99 so every budget can take advantage of this cool Canadian company!

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    June 12, 2011

    New look - same club

    What think you of the new Parent Club look?

    Spring cleaning isn't just for closets. . .