Holiday Gifts for Mom and Dad #GIVEAWAY

 

Well we can’t forget about us, we like gifts too!

We spend so much time looking for gifts for our kids that sometimes we forget about ourselves or our partners until last minute and then scramble. So for the first time on my blog, here are some great gifts that are great for the adults:

Casper Pillow
What is better than giving the gift of sleep!!
The minute you have children you can say goodbye to those pre-children deep, undisturbed sleeps and sleeping in … what’s that? That’s why I think it’s so important to have the most comfortable bed possible because the minute I get my kids to sleep, I literally fantasize about getting into my bed (my how things have changed ūüėČ ). We all have different views as to what is comfortable when it comes to pillows and sheets (which is why I was sort of worried about testing out a new pillow), but I have to tell you, this pillow is heaven to me! I can only describe it as a good combination of plush where you sort of sink into it but somehow still a little firm which is good because I worry about my neck hurting (I have been using it for months now!). Best part of all: it was delivered right to my door!!! If you don’t like it, return it. They have a money back guarantee!!! PS the packaging is pretty awesome too

Where to Buy: Casper $85 for a standard pillow, $100 for a king pillow
psst: they offer free shipping ūüėČ

Casper Pillow

Art by Erin Rothstein
I have lived in my house for almost 5.5 years and I only have 2 paintings up on the walls … why? They are so damn¬† expensive!!!! It wasn’t until I was scouring Instagram and came across THE BEST image of all, an Air Jordan 1 shoe in the classic Red/White/Black (if you know me, you know I am OBSESSED with shoes especially Jordan’s). I reached out to the artist to inquire about it and I was blown away when she told me she painted it, it wasn’t a photograph. Erin is a local Toronto artist and her prints are extremely reasonable and adds so much life to a room. She is truly talented!
Side Note: I was NOT gifted this product

Where to Buy:

Where to Buy: Erin’s Website
Pricing:

The kiss (or anything square) comes in the following sizes:

24″ x 24″ – $400 + HST
16″ x 16″ – $300 + HST
12″ x 12″ – $200 + HST

The avocado (or anything rectangular) comes in the following sizes:

24″ x 30″ – $500 + HST
16″ x 20″ – $350 + HST
12″ x 16″ – $250 + HST

Amped & Co Neon Lights
I absolutely LOVE these lights and they make such a great unique gift! These neon Amped & Co lights are a great addition to any room. They can be used as an accessory on your shelves, for an office, mood light in a room or even a night light in a child’s room (I have ours in my son’s room). They come in fun shapes like a peace sign (which I have), lips, flamingo, cactus, unicorn, pineapple and many many more. this one is sure to be a hit.

Side Note: I was NOT gifted this product

Where to Buy: I got mine at Elte Market, however Amped & Co also has an great selection
Price: $80

Amped and Co Neon Lights

Bogs Footwear
With winter upon us, who wouldn’t want a new pair of warm, comfortable, trendy boots! I have owned the same pair of winter boots for the last 6 years and was ready for a new pair, however I didn’t want to spend without knowing whether the boots truly were warm. I have always known the Bogs brand as I have bought so many pairs for my kids, but I never really thought of them for myself until I had the opportunity to test them out!! First off, let me tell you something: I spent an October day outside on a farm wearing them and not once did my toes feel cold. I got a pair that were SUPER cute called the Amanda Plush boots which as the name says, is all furry (don’t worry it’s faux fur) and plush inside. There are handles on each side which makes them easy to slip on with big thick socks and they are 100% waterproof¬† with a weather rating up to -25 degrees Celsius. BOOM!! Best. Boot. Ever (men’s, ladies’, children styles available)

Where to Buy: Bogs $130

Bogs Amanda Plush

Amazon Kindle
I have owned my Kindle for well over a year now and I am completely in love with it. For all the people who love to read out there, I know what you are thinking: I love holding a book and you love the smell of a new book (am I right?) Yup I was right there with you and I took the plunge and couldn’t be happier I did. The books are cheaper, you can purchase them on the spot (on wifi), I love the size of it because I can throw it in my purse before I leave for an appointment and it’s not as heavy as a book. Plus I got a really cool case for it that I love! I think these make such a great gift so much so I got my in-laws each one for their birthdays and my husband. Ohhhh and I just heard that you can share books with friends who also have a Kindle (it’s a loaner for 14 days)!!
Side note: I was NOT gifted one, I purchased it on my own

Where to Buy: Amazon $100

Amazon Kindle

Mixtiles
I just received my Mixtiles and I was BLOWN away!!!
I was scrolling through Instagram one evening and I saw an ad for these was very curious about them because anything that doesn’t involve a hammer and nail will immediately get my attention, but of course any ad I see on an Instagram I wonder if it is too good to be true (I have had some bad experiences)? It just so happened that a few weeks ago, I was at a friends house and noticed these on her wall! When she showed me how easy they were to put up I knew I had to contact the company and put these on my Holiday list. These ease of Mixtiles is just so good. All you have to do is download the Mixtiles app, pick the pictures you want from your phone (the one’s that are too low resolution they will black out), review your choices and click pay .. THAT EASY!!!!!!!!! Oh and guess what, they offer FREE shipping in Canada!!!¬† Each picture is an 8″ x 8″ photograph and are great for living rooms, kids rooms … well any room for that matter. For those parents that like sentimental gifts, these are just the thing ANDDDD you don’t have to worry about ruining your walls. I put mine up today and had to readjust them a few times and the paint on my walls was not ruined. How do they stay up if it’s just using an adhesive? They are made out of a foam material which makes them extremely light weight but the print is of the highest quality. I can not say enough good things about these, they are a MUST!

Where to Buy: Mixtiles app 3 tiles $59 and every additional tile is $12

Mixtiles

GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY!

Erin Rothstein

Erin is VERY generously giving away (1)¬† 24″ x 24″ unframed limited edition Air Jordan 1 shoe PRINT to (1) lucky reader. This has a retail value of $400!!! Keep in mind that the original is a hand painted piece of art. The giveaway is open to Canadian and US residents, you must be 18 years or older. Here’s how to to enter:¬†

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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¬ģ Training Pants,¬†Big*Kids Flushable Wipes,¬†Potty seat and chair,¬†Milestone chart to track and award your child‚Äôs 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:

Potty

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

Get it Done in a Jiffy! #GIVEAWAY

Jiffy on Demand

So you move into your new house and the air conditioner breaks; one evening you hear a weird noise coming from the basement and realize thats your washing machine yelling at you; your child throws up blueberries all over your new carpet, you have a million little things all over the house that need repairing, you wake up one morning and find tons of ants in the house … WHO ON EARTH DO YOU CALL for all of these things? The old me would pick up the phone and immediately call my mother panicking (sounds familiar right), the new me picks up my¬†phone and logs onto my¬†Jiffy app.

If your asking yourself what the Jiffy app is then the first step is just downloading … why? Just trust me here! No money spent on just downloading the app. Now create a profile and you can scroll through all the different services they have to offer and boy do they have almost every service available.

Now I wasn’t approached by Jiffy to test the app, I just heard about it and decided to check it out for myself assuming one day I would test it out, but as luck would have it the following week my shower needed a visit from a plumber.¬†I logged in to my Jiffy account, clicked on plumber and a few minutes later I got an email advising me that my¬†plumbing job was accepted, they told me the name and the company of the plumber coming, his phone number and email and even included the time window at which he would be at my house (only a 1 hour window – when does that happen). No joke, 15 minutes later I got a call from¬†the plumber saying that he was¬†on his way and would be at my house in 5 minutes. The job was done, he left and I got an email receipt with the breakdown of the fee’s and a summery of what was done.¬†Piece¬†of cake!

Jiffy on Demand

What I love about Jiffy

– Instant, on-demand house calls. No need to schedule your day around a future appointment.
– No need to read through tons of reviews. Jiffy has already done this, and the Jiffy community of users rates their pro after each job – and all pros must maintain a 4.5-Star rating.
– Pay industry average, fair rates. Jiffy’s surveyed over 30 companies in each category to establish the rate card that each company must follow.
– Quick & easy payments. Your credit card will be billed after each Jiffy job, with an invoice emailed to you.
– 24/7 Customer service. Rather than chasing down the trades directly, Jerry, Jiffy’s Chief Home Consultant, is available 24/7 for questions about jobs, invoices, etc. via online chat, email or text

Now time to download that app, what are you waiting for … Oh possibly a GIVEAWAY??? Yes, thanks to our wonderful friends at Jiffy, they are giving away a $100 gift card to 1¬†GTA resident on any of their services!!!! Here’s how to enter:

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To find out more about Jiffy and their services, visit www.jiffyondemand.com
Good luck
T. xo

Celebrating the Holidays with Netflix – Enter to WIN!!! #NetfliXmas #StreamTeam

Netlfix

December is one of my favourite months of the year: Hanukkah, Christmas, Christmas Music (my absolute favourite), lights on neighbourhood houses and trees, Christmas movies and the smell of baking in friends houses. To be quite honest, the only smell of baked goods in my house is the purchased kind or even the pre-made cookie dough kind. I have seen so many amazing cookie recipes via #streamteam bloggers, however my best recipe is going to the grocery store and picking up those pre-made cookie dough rolls, roll them into balls and put them on the cookie sheet for 10-15 minutes creating the perfect, delicious cookies for all my family members to enjoy for their late afternoon movie chill. Netflix has an amazing lineup for the month of December!

December Netflix

1. Casper’s Haunted Christmas

2. Cat in the Hat knows a lot about Christmas

3. Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas

4. Dreamworks Happy Holidays from Madagascar

5. My Little Pony: A very Minty Christmas

6. Pee-Wee’s Playhouse: Christmas Special

7. The Search for Santa Paws

8. The Swan Princess Christmas

9. Thomas & Friends: Merry Christmas Thomas

10. Christmas with the Kranks

11. How the Grinch Stole Christmas

12. A Nightmare before Christmas (somehow this is my kids favourite Christmas movie – how are they not more scared of this movie)

GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY!

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Thanks to our awesome friends at Netflix they are giving away 1 x 6 month subscription to 2 LUCKY readers!!!! The contest is open to Canadian residents ONLY. Here’s how to enter:¬†¬†

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Stylin’ Your Kids with Heart N’ Soul – A Children’s Swag Boutique ‚Ķ Enter to Win!

Heart and Soul Kids

Full disclosure, I have a slight shopping problem (it could be worse right?!) 5 years ago it was all about buying for myself ‚Ķ how quickly things changed once I had kids. My love for clothes shopping took a huge turn and I found that during my “quiet” time (aka my kids nap time) I was on the computer¬†scouting out new children’s clothing stores for my little one(s).

I take a lot of pride in my kids wardrobe (don’t judge me) and I really do take it as a compliment when someone tells me they love my kids clothes ‚Ķ it’s the little things in life. It was months ago that I saw some teasers on Facebook for a new online store called Heart N’ Soul Kids¬†and was immediately intrigued (advertising at it’s best). Anxiously waiting, they launched their website a few months later and I instantly fell in love with the clothes. Best part: they are a local Toronto online shop so no duties and brokerage coming over the border.

Heart N' Soul Kids

 

Why I love Heart N’¬†Soul Kids
– They pride themselves on having brands that nobody else has
– Trendy kids clothing
– They have their own line of clothes
– They always have great sales
– Their website is very easy to use
– They ship within Canada and to the US
– You can search by price point (a personal fave)
– Ages newborn to 6 years old

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‘Boy’ with Skull Long Sleeve Shirt and Jean Sweatpants from Heart N’ Soul

GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY
Thanks to our wonderful friends at Heart N’ Soul, they are generously giving away a $50 gift card to shop on their online boutique. Open to Canadian AND US residents. Here’s how to enter:

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Website:¬†Heart N’ Soul Kids

Happy Shopping
T.
xo

Give the Gift of Giving this Holiday

Donation Gift

We are weeks away from the holidays and you still have a few people on your list to buy presents for, but you don’t want to go to a mall because that is a Joe Public move and you don’t even know where to start looking on the internet so what’s next?

Tis’ the season for giving and this is the kind of gift that will make you truly feel like you are giving. Give the gift of a Charity Gift Card. I love this idea and know that EVERYONE would appreciate it.

Here’s how it works:
РGo to CanadaHelps website
– Pick a design based on the type of occasion
– Pick a value to donate
– Write a message
– Have it sent via email to the recipient of the gift or you can print it and put it in a card (you can choose the date you want them to receive it on)
РThe recipient will then choose the Canadian charity of their choice (there are more than 86,000 charities to choose from)

Now tell me this isn’t one of the most thoughtful gifts to give or receive?!!!

Happy Gift Giving
T.
xo

November’s Guide to a Good Laugh with Netflix #StreamTeam

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Technically, it’s not even winter yet (at least not for another few weeks) and my household has already gone through the flu (yes my ENTIRE¬†household) and multiple colds (after 2 back-to-back colds, I stopped counting), looks like it is going to be a looong winter. The two best things to cure the common cold for adults or kids .. homemade chicken soup and a cuddling up on the couch in a big fuzzy blanket watching a comedy. Nothing like a good laugh to make you feel better ūüôā Our household heavily relies on Gru and his adorable minions antics to give us a good chuckle.

To perk up your little one when they are feeling down, here are some other great titles to check out

Big Kid

Netflix Big Kid November Titles

1. Shrek Forever After
2. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
3. Despicable me
4. Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat
5. Kung Fu Panda 2
6. Mr. Poppers Penguins

Little Kids

Little Kid Netflix November Titles

1. VeggieTales in the House
2. SpongeBob Square Pants: The Movie
3. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted
4. Noddy in Toyland
5. Horrid Henry
6. Tom and Jerry: The Movie

We all know that they won’t lie down on the couch and watch TV all day, so try out this fun craft to match your movie choice

Feel better
T.
xo

The Month of Mystery with Netflix #StreamTeam

Netlfix

October is the month of mystery … I am pretty sure Halloween has something to do with it. This is the first year my eldest son is actually excited about Halloween and wants to decorate the house and watch spooky shows. We kicked off mystery month with back to back Scooby-Doo: Mystery Incorporated episodes (because what is spookier). This is an updated version of the old time classic Scooby-Doo (no subliminal messages in this one) where Scooby, Shaggy, Velma, Fred and Daphne are out solving spooky mysteries .. ZOINKS!

This month Netlfix is featuring some great mystery titles where your little one’s can play detective and solve problems

Titles for the Little Kids

Netflix Little Kid Shows

1. Blue’s Clues
2. Busytown Mysteries
3. Inspector Gadget’s Biggest Caper Ever
4. I Spy

Titles for the Bigger Kids

Netflix Big Kid Titles

1. Scooby-Doo!: Mystery Incorporated
2. House of Anubis
3. Black Hole High
4. Spy Kids: All the Time in the World

While you are watching these mysterious shows, why not create your own mystery in the comfort of your own with this great mysterious craft.

Happy mystery month!
T.
xo

 

The Last Drop of Summer #Netflix #StreamTeam

Netflix

How it is already the first week of August is beyond me?!!! With all this cold weather the last few weeks, I feel like we skipped right over ¬†Summer and went straight to Fall (tear sniff). So, while the weather is cooperating and there are only a few weeks left until September, now is the time to get inspired and squeeze out the last little drop of summer that is left. This month, Netflix has titles which will help inspire you to get out and cross off the last few things on your “to do” summer list.

Big Kid

Big Kid Netflix Titles1. The Adventures of Tintin
2. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
3. Tad: The Lost Explorer
4. The Adventures of Mickey Matson and the Copperhead Treasure
5. National Treasure
6. Labou and the Quest for the Lost Treasure

Little Kid

Little Kid Netflix Titles

1. Dora the Explorer
2. Wild Animal Baby Explorers
3. Tree Fu Tom
4. Rubbadubbers: Tubb’s Pirate Treasure
5. A Turtle’s Tale: Sammy’s Adventures
6. The Hive

Dora the Explorer is always a staple in our house. It is a great, educational show where she has your little one come along on her outdoor adventures and encourages participation by repeating her Spanish words, asking questions and giving the little one’s a few seconds to answer and best of all, has the kids moving around.

Sticking with the Dora the Explorer theme, here’s a great craft that will be a lot of fun for the little explorers with big imaginations out there

Enjoy the last drop of summer and try to make the most of it!!!
T.
xo

The Battle of the Bang

The Beauty Supply Outlet

I recently made a HUGE decision ‚Ķ to cut bangs! That may not seem like a big decision, but for someone who has had the same hair cut for the last 10 years ‚Ķ big decision! I walked away loving my new do until I showered and tried to do the bangs myself and it was an EPIC failure. My bangs looked like tree’s ‚Ķ straight and stiff.

I had two problems to work with: one being that I had to find the time every other day to blow dry my hair straight since I have naturally wavy hair which I really don’t see wavy working with well with the bangs and two, figuring out the right products to make these bangs look normal.

I went to The Beauty Supply Outlet which was the only place I knew would have a selection of the products I would need to maintain these puppies and walked out with a bag full of brushes, a new flat iron (that was on sale woot woot) and combs to try out and ‚Ķ I still could not perfect the beauty of the bang though they were soooo much better than before. Talk about a complete coincidence, a month later I was offered a chance to go to The Beauty Supply Outlet (at Yonge and Eglinton) to help with my beauty routine and I happily accepted since my last visit I went in for the sole purpose to buy brushes and didn’t even look around or see what they would recommend (my bad).

The Beauty Supply Outlet

The Yonge and Eglinton Store

First off let me say that I actually took the time to walk around the store and was so shocked because they had the specialty shampoo and conditioner that I normally order through my regular salon and takes over a week to get, and best of all is that it was so much cheaper at The Beauty Supply Outlet (don’t I feel dumb) not to mention a lot of the other high end brands (Joico, Paul Mitchelle etc). Secondly, they were so¬†extremely helpful with taking the time to walk me around show me products that would help me tame these suckers. I hate to say it, but all those brushes I bought previously were all wrong (oops by bad), so this visit I walked away with a new ceramic brush in the right size and a salon quality blow dryer which I have to say, both made a WORLD of difference. She even convinced me to not always straighten my hair and leave it natural (and only blow dry my bangs – I will let you know how that goes).

The Beauty Supply Outlet

My purchases

I am always looking for great deals, especially when I am constantly buying products for my hair and The Beauty Supply Outlet really does have them. Not only was my shampoo and conditioner cheaper, I saw the product I use for my wavy hair, two for $30.00 when I have been previously buying them for $20 each. Oh, did I mention that I bought my new flat iron on sale and my blow dryer (those are the big ticket items that you want to get a deal on).

I do very much appreciate when staff members take the time to listen to their customers problems (whatever those may be, in my case battling the bang) and provide you with solutions and that is exactly what this staff member at The Beauty Supply Outlet did and for that I am grateful.

I’m also excited about the weekly Red Hot Deals available on the website – check out this month’s deals here

So there you have it, a little dose of my daily hair drama.
If you have bangs, PLEASE share with me your secret on the upkeep

T.
xo

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