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August 06, 2011
Do you know you could WIN a $400 prize pack over at just for sharing your child's milestones?

I shared my milestones HERE (well, not MY milestones...dear son's milestones are full night's sleep and a fresh shower these days).

Moving on...share your milestones, meet the Fisher-Price Moms (do you spy me there)? and browse the toys that will help your babies play laugh grow.

Disclosure: I am part of the Fisher-Price #playpanel 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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August 04, 2011

Brilliant Basics is a go-to toy | #playpanel

I have been trying (so unsuccessfully) to get things done around the house.  My almost 7 month old wants, whines, and wills me to entertain him.  And I get frustrated, resentful, derailed.  I'm not sorry that I have this wonderful baby to entertain.  I just get frustrated in that my house looks like a tsunami hit. Everyday. 

Enter in the Fisher-Price Brilliant Basics Blocks and I have found the magic key to unlocking a bit of time to get things done concurrently with entertaining the babe.

These blocks are just the right size for his little hands to hold, bop (on his highchair) and drop on the floor (he looks for where they've gone).  I place the bucket on its side on his highchair tray and he's happy to play with the handle, pull out the different shaped blocks and hit them on the table making tap tap tap sounds.  And I can wash the dishes!

What's best about these blocks is that they are really easy to grasp.  My son - not co-ordinated at this age - can pick-up, turn and play with the 10 blocks very easily.

The simplest toys are always the best right?

Now he's not at the shape sorting age yet nor can he stack them up...but this is a toy that will grow with him to when he hits those milestones.  (Aside: I've seen my 10 year old sorting the blocks through the shape-sorting lid - siblings can play with this toy too!)

It's great to have a go-to toy to play with when Mom just needs to get the dishes (or whatever) done.  This is our go-to toy right now.  And it's brilliant.

Disclosure: I am part of the Fisher-Price #playpanel 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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FREE RIO screening in Toronto

Dear readers, rsvp directly to to reserve your seats for this free screening. 

I can tell you, we've seen RIO, great music - no scary parts - funny dialogue.

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FREE Concerts at Ontario Place

FREE Family-field trip alert for this weekend!

THE WHERE: Echo Beach outdoor concert venue - Ontario Place

THE WHAT:   Friday August 5, Canadian indie-rockers Sloan will take the stage at 9:30 pm, with opening acts starting at 7:30 pm

Saturday August 6 will feature a double-bill performance.
4 pm  Toronto Concert Orchestra
9 pm Platinum Blonde

The concerts are in partnership with Live Nation and free to guests as they enjoy free admission to the grounds of Ontario Place throughout the summer, which is presented by CTV. For more information about Ontario Place’s 40th Anniversary Concert Series please visit or

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August 03, 2011

Boy Meets Penguin | #playpanel

One day a boy meets a penguin and well...his life changes.  Ok maybe "life changer" is an overstatement...but it certainly makes playtime a whole 'nother world of fun.  The wobbly, woozy, Go Baby Go!™ Bat & Wobble Penguin is a boy/penguin relationship that no parent can put aside. 

The penguin makes silly, funny, musical sounds which make my dear son sqee and squeel with excitement.  He loves to bop it while lying down and kick it (not so gently - thank goodness it's sturdy) when he sits. 

It can change his mood from whiny to "what's that?!".  He even giggles (which is the coolest sound EVER).

Boy Meets Penguin

Disclosure: I am part of the Fisher-Price #playpanel 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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August 02, 2011

Parent Club #UltimateSandwich

I was challenged to come up with the #UltimateSandwich by @ and @Black_DeckerUS using my mad cooking skills (ok more frustrated than kids are picky!) and a Black & Decker Convection Oven. 

I, dear readers, have actually already eaten the ultimate sandwich.  And it was in France.  And you know those French people know a thing or two about ultimates of food. 

But first I had to make breakfast.

choice du jour: lightly toasted
And then lunch happened.

don't judge nutritional value of baked pizza

My Parent Club #UltimateSandwich took 20 minutes from oven to table with the using the 3 of the 4 functions of the Black & Decker Convection Oven (and I would like to personally thank the makers for the easy-view glass door which made waiting for dinner entertainment for my kids along with the ready signal bell because at minute18 the baby started crying.)

3 Main Ingredients to le best sandwich you've ever eaten:
  • demi baguette
  • steak haché
  • frites

    While I baked the demi baguettes (3 fit in the oven at the same time! woot woot) - I browned the ground beef adding garlic, salt & pepper and a whole lot of "Dinner's coming please go watch TV". 

    10 min. bread is baked. "Guys it's coming!" Put French fries on the bake pan in oven "Almost ready.." Cut the bread in half to toast for crunchy goodness.  Picked up crying baby with one hand and smeared mayonnaise on the toasted crunchy goodness bread with the other.  Now cooking one-handed (literally) popped the fries back in to warm while I assembled le sandwich.

    Done!  Sandwich steak haché frites
    le #UltimateSandwich inspired in France and eaten in my house last night
    French fries inside a baguette married with mayonnaise and fresh beef - it looks so wrong but tastes so right.  And the Black & Decker Convection Oven (available in Canada in August 2010) made it so easy.

    Disclosure: I created this post as part of the Black & Decker Ultimate Sandwich contest as part of a Mom Central Canada program. I received a Convection Countertop Oven Courtesy of Applica Canada Corporation, exclusive licensee of Black & Decker Home. The opinions on this blog are my own.

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