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July 02, 2011

My Kid's CBC Days

If you are in the Toronto area on July 20 & 21 be sure to visit My Kids' CBC Days (check out the event's Facebook page for more information). Live performances by Sid & Patty, The Doodlebops and more!

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June 30, 2011

Strawberries du jour | #LMDConnector

Would June Cleaver be proud?  Would she?  This week our strawberries du jour (really it should be called strawberries du semain n'est pas?) was homemade - from scratch - strawberry jam (bought at a farmer's market so it was truly field to table fresh...damn it June better be proud of me!)

Maybe your strawberries du jour is Classic Strawberry Shortcake (or maybe strawberries on the side of some Canadian-tastic Butter Tarts.  Easy recipes are just a click away with this loverly internet we have.
Oh - and by the by - recettes sont disponibles en Français ICI (merci Maman Epicee)

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 29, 2011

Gluten Free Chex | #LMDConnector

Honey Nut Chex - Gluten Free!
A few years ago, I was tested for Celiac Disease (that link gives the wikipedia definition along with the remedy "The only known effective treatment is a lifelong gluten-free diet".) At the time, my thoughts were "But I love gluten" (really - breads are a large, overwhelming, loverly part of my diet).  However, if it was going to make me feel better - I was prepared to divorce my beloved gluten.
Fast Forward: do not have celiac disease.  But am more gluten aware.

Rice Chex - Gluten Free

As such, I notice more gluten free choices outside of specialty food stores.  Like Chex - which is now gluten free and available in Canada. 

It's a good option for school snacks as a dry party mix (check out some other gluten free recipe ideas over HERE).  Life Made Delicious even has a Gluten free newsletter with recipes and coupons.

Food sensitivities may mean you have to eliminate foods to make you feel better but it doesn't mean you have to give up the tastes you love.

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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Celebrating Milestones (Big and Small) | #playpanel

Whether it be finding the perfect birthday toy or giving a present for a special occasion - celebrating milestones for little ones can be a bit of a head scratcher.  What to get?! 

For my son's recent baptism, I was happily surprised that a friend gifted him some Fisher-Price peek-a-blocks.  I thought it was a great idea because it was something he could interact with, discover with, play with...over the next few years.
(and it was something I didn't have to take off a shelf and dust - bonus points for that smart friend).

And now, at the dawn of 6 months he is really enjoying those blocks.  Well, enjoying hitting them on his high chair (that's discovering sound right?)

Milestones don't have to just be birthdays or baptisms - I'm known to just celebrate "getting through Tuesday" at my house.  Who wants a treat?!

If you are looking for a go-to gift for a boy or girl - check out the Find the Right Toy tool at (and you can get inspiration based on gender and age range).
And for some celebrating yourself - register at, you'll be entered for a chance to win a "Celebrating Milestones" prize pack of Fisher-Price® toys valued at $200, plus a spa gift card valued at $200! There’s a prize every month (so your summer forecast could be: sunny with a chance of spa celebrating!)

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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Spot me if you can | #playpanel

Look for me and Thing 3 in this commercial - Spot me if you can!

Other commercial with nous are now running on CMT and W networks.

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June 28, 2011

#TravelTuesday | Via Rail is family-budget-friendly

#TravelTuesday tip:  Via Rail is offering 1/2 price tickets to kids this summer.   Toddlers under 2 years of age travel free. Children 2–11 travel at half price.

Disclosure: I haven't actually experienced Via Rail travel myself - but know families who take it every summer and they rave at how family-friendly it is.  And at half price it's worth considering n'est pas?

And no, this isn't sponsored by Via (sadly) but I'm thinking travel where you don't have to search out a roadside potty or strap kids into car seats might really be a more human way to travel...
Has anyone taken Via? Stories to share?

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Parent Club Reviews: Kodak EasyShare Mini


THE SIZE: as big as a credit card. really.


  • Kodak's Share button is a one-touch-sharing tool to KODAK Gallery, FACEBOOK, TWITTER, YouTube, FLICKR and more.

  • 10 MP

  • 3X wide-angle optical zoom

  • Blur reduction

  • Kodak’s Face Recognition feature

  • video with audio capture

    THE WHY: Because parents' bags runith over - this compact camera is perfect for family-field trips. Pop it in your pocket and you are good to go. Plus, the Share button takes your photos everywhere you want them to go (for us it's mainly Facebook or Twitter) easily. It's even small enough that kids can hold, click and share.
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