What’s Streaming for Halloween #StreamTeam

Halloween Streaming

I swear my kids wait all year for Halloween! In fact, as soon as Halloween is over they start planning their costumes for the following years Halloween however they probably change their minds about 6 times throughout the year since they really base it on their favorite tv/movie at the time.

My little guy (not shockingly) is dressing up as his favorite Skylander character, Wallop and my big guy is dressing up as the wrestler, Jake the Snake. Now that we are done with costumes, we are going to decorate the outside of our house (besides their birthdays, this is their absolute favorite day of the year) and then with the help of Netflix, we are going to get our carve on (carving rookie here).

If you are still looking for some Halloween costume, decoration or pumpkin carving inspiration, check out this great Netflix guide to Halloween:

Halloween with Netflix

If your kids are obsessed with Skylanders like mine, Netflix has BIG news that they will be very excited about!! Coming October 28th is the new Netflix show: Skylander Academy – Preview the trailer here:

Happy Halloween to all – I can’t wait to see all the pictures
T.
xo

The Toy that will Make your Kids Laugh #HolidayToyList

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I was recently introduced to a new toy called Sing-A-Ma-Lings and when I mentioned these cute toys to a friend thinking they were new, she looked at me as if I was crazy for not knowing them!

I gave these funny looking yet totally adorable little things a go, handed them to my mini toy reviewer and let him decide if they were worthy enough of his time. Within 2 minutes of figuring them out, he was belly laughing because the Sing-A-Ma-Lings (we got 2 of them) were talking in their own funny language … TO EACH OTHER.  They communicate! He was so fascinated by them singing together that he tried to have them FaceTime to see if they can do the same thing over the phone

Sing-A-Ma-Ling Toy

I played around with them for a bit (during my mini’s nap time because there was no way I was laying a hand on them when he was up) and figured out there are three modes of play: Harmony (they harmonize together), Jibber Jabber (they talk in their funny language together) and Song (each one sings a word of a song together). Combine any of the 6 Sing-A-Ma-Lings and enjoy listening to them harmonize together.

This is definitely on my hot toy list for the holidays!

Sing-A-Ma-Lings

Where to Buy: Toys R Us
Price: $16.99

As if your mini can’t get enough of their Sing-A-Ma-Lings, you can catch them here on their Youtube channel

Happy Sing-A-Ma-Linging
T.
xo

Potty Training with Kandoo Flushable Wipes #Giveaway

Potty Training

You know what’s hard … having kids, you know what’s harder … potty training them!!!!!!! Just when you think you found the light at the end of the tunnel, your mini decides they are going to throw you through a loop and has accident after accident after accident (AHHHHHHHH SOOO FRUSTRATING).

If I have learned some things from the first round of potty training my older guy:
– you are never out of the woods (at least until they are teenagers) accidents happen all the time
– never leave home without a change of clothes (maybe even throw an extra pair in your car as back up for you or even a friend – your friend will love you for life for saving them on this one)
– have a Kandoo hand soap at EVERY sink in your house (they will want to wash their hands because they come in fun colours and smells so good)
– if you are leaving the house, always carry some form of anti-bacterial soap because some how that urine or feces will end up in your hands (true story)
– you can never have enough wipes on you and around your house: regular wipes on every floor and flushable wipes in every bathroom (needs to be in reaching distance)
– kids see that nicely rolled up white toilet paper and want to unravel it and use it so badly but DO NOT LET THEM. It breaks apart and crumbles in their tiny little hands. No good comes from using it, TRUST ME ON THIS PLEASEEEEEEEEEEEEE

I was introduced to the Kandoo line about 5 years ago and I have never been let down by them. Their products have been there for me for all problems: leaky nose = Boogie Wipes (smells great and uses saline to help clear their noses), Kids not wanting to wash their hands = Kandoo Hand Soap (smells amazing and is coloured for having fun while washing your hands), Kids don’t want to take a bath = Kandoo Body Wash (also comes in fun colours to entice them to go take a bath) & Kandoo Bubble Bath, Kids learning to potty train = Kandoo Flushable Wipes (safe for toilets)

One of the scariest parts of potty training is leaving the house with your undiapered child. Now Kandoo has their flushable wipes in soft packs for the “on-the-go” moments. Make sure it becomes an essential in your bag.

Kandoo Wipes Facts:
– they are made from plant material
– they are both flushable and biodegradable
– comes in tubs, soft packs and refill packs
– the sheets are the perfect size for little hands
– moistened with lotion
– comes unscented or magic melon

Kandoo Flushable Wipes

Thanks to our wonderful friends at Kandoo, they are giving away a $50 Gift Pack of Kandoo & Boogie Wipes products to 1 lucky Canadian winner. Here’s how to enter:
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Don’t Forget about Family Time #StreamTeam

So you blinked and it somehow turned into fall! The kids went back to school, the after school programs started, the weekend programs started which means in my house one parent takes the older and one person takes the younger and after a crazy week of running around you realize that you have spent little to no time with two members of your group of 4 and there is no time to catch up.

Welcome to my life! So what do I do? I find Netflix television shows and movies that we can all agree on (that is no easy task these days), sit down on the couch in our pjs and make a bag of popcorn and just hang out together. It’s pretty much my favourite part of the day.

Where to Start? Check out these great family titles

September Netflix Titles– Maleficent
– Zootopia (The kids LOVE this one and frankly so do I)
– Planes: Fire & Rescue
– Tangled
– The Princess and the Frog
– Treasure Planet
– Cool Runnings
– Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

Don’t forget to take some time out of your busy schedules to sit down as a crew and put on some of the newest Netflix shows on.

T.
xo

 

Come Together with Beat Bugs on Netflix #BeatBugs #StreamTeam

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What do you call cute little bugs that sing great tunes … BEAT BUGS!

My television is heavily consumed by Kids Netflix shows that I am made to sit down and watch if I want some cuddles. 90% of the time I tune out what they are watching and the other 10% I actually pay attention to and this show was one that fell in the 10% since the opening song to the first episode was an old time hit that made me burst out into song (which made them laugh).

Kids will love the adorable bug-like creatures, Jay, Kumi, Crick, Buzz and Walter with fun storylines and parents will love the music since songs have been re-recorded by today’s top artists, including P!nk, Sia and Eddie Vedder. Here’s a little trailer so get your vocal cords ready!

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Want to win a 3 Month Subscription to Netflix? Submit your families “All you Need is Love” cover using #BeatBugs and tagging me terri_babylishadvice or it email it to me terri@babylishadvice.com to be entered. Contest closes Sept 11, 2016.

T.

All Things Canadian #Netflix

Fireworks

We celebrate our birthdays yearly, so it is only customary to celebrate Canada’s birthday with friends, fireworks and BBQ’s (can’t forget a day off work – thank you very much Canada) which is customary!

Every Monday of the Canada day long weekend, my entire family gets together for dinner and the kids play outside. Typically my kids can never go watch fireworks because you have to wait until the sun goes down, but this year the neighbour had a fireworks display early for all the little kids and just as we were leaving my parents house they were starting so my little one got to see and the smile that came over his face was truly amazing. I then took my older one to his school where they were putting on fireworks once the sun went down and he truly had the best time sitting with his friends from his class and dancing around. It really was a night to remember.

In celebration of Canada’s birthday, Netflix is streaming all things Canadian

Netflix July Streaming

  1. 1. Justin Time (Canadian Animation)
    2. The Magic School Bus (Canadian-American Animation)
    3. Degrassi Next Class (Canadian Series Filmed in Toronto)
    4. Shadow Hunters (Filmed in Toronto)
    5. Super Why (Produced by Canadian Studio)
    6. Caillou (Produced by Canadian Studio)
    7. Project MC2 (Filmed in Vancouver)
    8. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (Filmed in Vancouver)
    9. Some Assembly Required (Filmed in Vancouver)

Happy Streaming
T.
xo

The Summers Best Natural Sunscreen #GIVEAWAY

How many sunscreen’s have you purchased and then weeks later find yourself reading the latest recall list only to find that new sunscreen that you just purchased and put on your child countless times is on that list because of an active ingredient in the product? So what brand do you trust???

I am sure I am not the only one but in my house, the sunscreen battle is one of the biggest battles I have with my kids because they absolutely hate wearing it (it’s sticky, thick and smelly according to them) and this is one thing I don’t give into and lather them up head to toe while they kick and scream.

I am going to introduce you to two great natural Sunscreens: Alba BOTANICA and LiveClean Baby Mineral Sunscreen

Why I love Alba BOTANICA Sunscreen

Natural Sunscreen
– they have sunscreen for the whole family (not just for kids) both in facial sunscreen and sport sunscreen
– NO oxybenzone, PABA, artificial colours, harsh preservatives, synthetic colours, phthalates or sulfates
– it’s an emollient sunscreen meaning it moisturizes and conditions your skin
– ingredients include: Lavender flower, Aloe leaf, Calendula Flower and Camelia Leaf Extract, Chamomile Flower, Coneflower, Gingko Biloba and Ginseng Extract
– no fragrance (the smell is not over powering)
– it’s very light weight (it’s thin which makes it easy to apply)
– absorbs quickly
– not greasy in the slightest (won’t clog pores which is a big complaint of mine with past sunscreens)
– leaves no icky film or residue
– 100% vegetarian formula
– both UVA and UVB protection
– SPF 40
– water resistant (keep reapplying though)
– I love their spray bottle!!! I am not talking aerosol can, I am talking about a gentle squeeze spray that allows the sunscreen to come out in a nice fine line so it doesn’t feel like they are being smothered 

Price: $9.99
Where to buy: Whole Foods, London Drugs and Well.ca

Why I love Live Clean Baby Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF45

Live Clean Mineral Sunscreen

– A little thicker than above, however it quickly absorbs and doesn’t leave a white film
– A brand you know and trust (and of course love)
– fast absorbing which is obviously good for kids
– no synthetic chemicals, petroleum, paraben and phthalate free
– no dyes
– the packaging is recyclable
– contains Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide instead of chemicals
– contains nourishing and soothing ingredients like shea butter, aloe, echinacea extract and green tea extract
– It doesn’t smell!!!! This is extremely important to my kids
– not greasy
– comes in an adult version

Price: $16.99
Where to buy: Walmart and Shoppers Drug Mart

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Alba Botanica Sunscreen

Thanks to our lovely friends they are giving away a Alba Botanica Sunscreen Pack to 1 lucky winner. Must be a resident of Canada. Here’s how to enter: 

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The New Skechers Burst are a MUST this Summer! #Giveaway

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It’s as if Skechers knew I had a love for shoes/sneakers because I came home from work one day to a large package and inside were these new babies and I couldn’t be more excited.

Sketchers Burst

I am a picky person when it comes to shoes, but Skechers knocked this one out of the park with the new Skechers Burst – Sweet Symphony. I put them on immediately and did not want to take them off. In fact, I wanted to go for a walk in them so badly that I told my kids they could get ice cream just to entice them to go for a walk with me. Besides the fact the shoes look awesome with their flat knit mesh material and cool inter-woven coloured pattern, they are unbelievably lightweight and have an air cooling memory foam insole making them that much more comfortable. Bonus: they came with an extra pair of laces so I could change up the look of them (which of course I did right away).

What I love about the new Skechers Burst
– The extremely flexible sole so it moves with your foot
– This style comes in a high top and a low top (the high tops are my fave)
– They are made out of a flat knit mesh which makes for good breathability
– Interwoven ventilating side design
– They have embroidered eyelets which is very uncommon and just makes for an all around better shoe
– They have a padded tongue just adding to the comfort of the shoe
– They have a Burst Compound midsole with great impact cushioning protection which allows maximum flexibility
– The lightest weight shoe!!!!!!!!!!!!
– Flexible outer sole with Burst Grip traction design
– They have a 1-1/2 inch heel which is great for us vertically challenged one’s :)

I can honestly do not have one negative thing to say about these shoes, I absolutely love them and I get compliments on them when ever I am wearing them

GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY!
Lucky for 1 person, Skechers is very kindly giving away 1 pair of their ladies’ style Skechers Burst (winners choice of high top or low top). You must be a resident of Canada. Here’s how to enter:

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Enter to Win 4 Tickets (per winner) to an Exclusive Screening of Kung Fu Panda 3 at the Toronto Zoo!

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ENTER TO WIN TICKETS TO A SCREENING OF
KUNG FU PANDA 3 AT THE TORONTO ZOO!

After reuniting with his long-lost father, Po travels to a secret village and meets tons of hilarious new panda friends and family members. But when the supernatural villain Kai challenges all the Kung Fu masters across China, Po must discover the teacher within himself and train his clumsy brethren to become the ultimate band of Kung Fu Pandas!

Date: Friday, June 24, 2016
Time:  1 pm arrival, 2 pm screening
Location: Toronto Zoo: 2000 Meadowvale Rd, Toronto, ON M1B 5K7, Canada. Screening will take place in the Wildlife Marquee, Discovery Zone

ENTER SWEEPSTAKES:
To enter, see below to win 1 of 2 Family Prize Packs – consisting of 4 ‘admit one’passes to attend an exclusive screening of Kung Fu Panda 3 at the Toronto Zoo. *Parking included.

SWEEPSTAKES RULES:
1. Sweepstakes is open only to those in the Toronto area who can travel to the Toronto Zoo for the event on June 24
2. Only one sweeps entry per follower
3. Entries will be accepted up to Tuesday June 21, 2016 until 11:59pm
4. (2) winners will be drawn via random electronic selection process
5. Winner is only eligible to win one prize, which must be accepted as awarded.
6. Prizes cannot be transferred, substituted or redeemed for cash. By entering this sweepstakes, entrants agree to be bound by these sweepstakes rules which are final and binding.

The winners will be drawn on Wednesday June 22, 2016 and will be notified by email immediately.

The winners must make their way to the Toronto Zoo to pick up their passes (the day of the screening only, passes will not be available beforehand). Passes will allow full entry to the zoo before and after the screening.

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I just Learned that it is Potty Training Awareness Month #PottyPartnership #Giveaway

Pull-Ups Potty Training

I just found out that June is Potty Training Awareness Month so what better time is there to start learning about potty training and get ready to start the process (now that I think about it the word “process” is actually a very suiting word here because potty training really is a process and a very frustrating one at that).

I got lucky with my youngest and potty training because he idolizes his brother and therefore wants to copy everything he does (and I mean everything), so he had a natural curiosity about the toilet just seeing his brother going all the time. No joke, sometimes my little guy would follow his brother to the bathroom and just sit on the step stool while his brother was doing his business and the two of them would chat about who know’s what as if they were sitting on the couch together (it was probably one of the cuter things I have experienced with the two boys).

Instead of telling you how I did it because Pull-Ups has an AMAZING online resource that will really assist with getting to know your child and providing a guide to help, I am going to let you know a few things NOT to do which were little mistakes I made (oops):

1. DO NOT RUSH POTTY TRAINING!!! It will become stressful for you and most importantly, scratch that .. equally as important, it will be stressful for your little one (mistake number 1 that I made)

2. Don’t get angry when you see their pants go from light grey to dark grey: as frustrating as potty training is, they are still babies and it’s not an easy thing to learn that feeling of having to pee (I am guessing because clearly I can’t remember this stage in my life). I promise getting angry at your little one will only backfire and cause my issues for you

3. Remember .. SMALL REWARDS: who thought it was a good idea to reward their child with a toy every time they peed or pooped in the potty (you can’t see me but I am guessing you know that my hand is up). Rewards I feel are important, but keep them small and something they do not get all the time so it actually feels like a reward (smarties were a big hit in my house) and the final touches was a big Mickey Mouse Stuffie thanks to Pull-Ups. If you don’t want to do a reward every time your little one goes to the washroom, make a sticker chart and at the end of the week give them a little reward.

Pull-Ups Potty Training Chart

4. Get a cute potty that actually peeks their interest: I got your run of the mill hole in a bucket type potty and though it looked nicer with my furniture because let’s be honest it does become a piece of furniture for a little while, it didn’t help peek his interest. There are really cute, stand alone potty’s out there that have their own little flusher which makes the whole experience more fun

Pull-Ups Potty Training

Not my little guy, but a friends who is just starting potty training

It’s definitely a scary world out there (I am talking about the potty training world), but with Pull-Ups new Potty Partnership, they offer a whole new way to potty train and it really does help!!! All you do is take a short quiz to find out what your child’s potty personality is and then it is almost like a personal guide for you as to how to go about potty training based on their personality (this is my son’s and was pretty much on point).

Pull-Ups Potty Partnership

If you are just starting to think about potty training, I highly recommend checking out this site to get some helpful pointers and tips.

GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY!

Thanks to our friends at Pull-Ups they are giving away 1 of their amazing Pull-Ups Potty Partnership ToolKit filled with: Pull-Ups® Training Pants, Big*Kids Flushable Wipes, Potty seat and chair, Milestone chart to track and award your child’s progress, Potty training book, Plush toy to reward potty accomplishments to 1 lucky winner. Must be a resident of Canada (excluding Quebec residents). Here’s how to enter:

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If you found these tips helpful, let others know by commenting below!
Good luck
T.
xo