Netlifx Helps with Bedtime

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How many parents out there struggle with getting your kids into their bed for bedtime and then to actually stay in their room to fall asleep? A few years ago, bedtime was easy: hugs, kisses night night. In the last year, the stall tactics have taken over our bedtime routine: “this is old water, I need new water”, “I think I have to poo”, “can you read me just one more book”, “i’m scared of the dark”, “i’m scared I am going to have a nightmare”, “you only gave me a kiss, no hug (even though I did give him a hug)”, “I need another kiss and hug” and of course the old time favourite “just five more minutes … please! I promise I will go straight to bed”.

So now your wondering how can television possibly help me with this bedtime struggle? Well, when your little one say’s “just 5 more minutes” let them have their 5 minutes and turn on the all new, hit show Diontrux Favorites which is an entire episode jam packed into 5 minutes!!! It’s really a win, win: they feel satisfied because they feel like they got their way, and you get an easier bedtime WOOT WOOT.

Dinotrux Favorites with Netflix

What excuse does your little one use to stall at bedtime?

I can’t wait to try this one out

T.

xo

It’s a Hasbro Kind of Holiday

Hasbro

As much as I dislike winter, I absolutely love the holidays! The decorations, the music, the family gatherings and of course for me, shopping for presents for my kids. Nothing makes me happier than seeing the huge smile on their faces when they open their gifts to find the newest, coolest toy. Now the problem is, which one’s to buy???

I had a chance to preview (and test) some of Hasbro’s newest toys (all ages) for the Holidays and I have to tell you, they were pretty amazing.

Here are my top picks for the Holiday’s

1. Furreal Friends – J.J the Jumpin Pug
By far, this toy is at the top of my list of “must-have” toys. I cant begin to tell you how much I love it, never mind my kids!! I originally brought it home for my younger son because he loves dogs, but as it turns out, my older son is playing with him just as much as my younger son! Wave your hand at him and he jumps up on his hind legs, barks and pants. If you want to calm him down, pet his hand and he sits back down. I have to tell you this toy pup has taken quite a beating as he has been thrown around and shockingly is still working perfectly (which is when I realized this is the closest we are going to get to a dog EVER). MSRP $49.99
*other toys in this category: Happy to see me Pets, Pets with Style, Lil’ Big Paws, Luvimals, Starlily my Magical Unicorn, Get up and Gogo My Walking Pup, Pom Pom My Baby Panda, Daisy Plays with me Kitty, Butterscotch My Walkin’ Pony

JJ Furreal Friend

2. Connect 4
What’s old is new again!! Who knew that something so simple could derive so much pleasure. I got this game for my older son as he is now at the stage where he wants to play games and we played it over and over and over. What I realized is that even though this is for older kids, the little guys can play with it too as it is great for dexterity getting the small chips into the slots. It kept my youngest son busy for at least 30 minutes emptying out the slots and filling them back up (comes in a mini travel version too). MSRP: $10.00
*other toys in this category: Monopoly Jr Frozen, Candy Land Disney Princess Edition, The Game of Life Junior, Monopoly Avengers Edition, The Game of Life Minions Edition, Trouble Minions Edition, Operation Minions Edition, Guess Who Extra Game, Scrabble Junior Game, 

Connect 4

3. Playskool Pop-Up Shape Sorter
With my first born (who was colicky might I add), I had a toy stuffed into my diaper bag or in my purse at any given time anticipating the massive meltdown while I was out. Who’s purse and diaper bag has the room for a big bulky toy??!!! Playskool has introduced a new line of toys which are great for moms who are always on-the-go. This adorable shape sorting kitty comes flat which is great for storage purposes and then pop it up to create a fun sorting game. Play – Stow – Go! MSRP $16.99
*other toys in this category: Stack ‘N Stow Cups, Roll ‘N Gears Car Toy, Wobble ‘N Go Friends, Pop-Up Rollin’ Ramp Toy, Dressy Kids Assortment, Fold ‘N Go Elephant Toy,

Playskool Pop-Up Shape Sorter

Playskook Pop up Shape sorter

4. Twister Moves Hip Hop Spots Game
What a fun game!!!! My kids (and I) had a blast playing even though we realized how terribly uncoordinated we are 🙂 The game is rated for 8+ years but my 5 year old loved it and wasn’t too bad at it either. My 2 year old on the other hand … well let him have a turn because he giggled his way through his turn and made us all laugh. Play solo or with a friend and move to the beat by matching your feet to the flashing colours. Note to self: buy batteries for it! MSRP: $29.99
*other toys in this category: Twister Moves Hoop, Twister Moves Skip-It Game, Twister Moves Tracker

Twister Moves

5. Star Wars BladeBuilder Jedi Master Lightsaber
These toys are getting bigger and better than ever! When I saw this new Jedi Master Lightsaber, I thought I was in lightsaber heaven (I am a true kid at heart). Configure any way you want, make a new lightsaber every day with over 100 combinations. I didn’t have the kids test this one because the thought of having one of these in my house with two very rambunctious kids who like to constantly mount each other and play fight, sounds like … well you get it. MSRP: $49.99

Star Wars Jedi Master Lightsaber

6. Play All Day Elmo
The ultimate of all the Elmo’s on the market … bigger, smarter and funnier! If you are wondering what does he do, the question should be what doesn’t he do!!!! Unlike the rest of the Elmo’s, this Elmo grows with your child having stages of play (toddler and pre-school). Flip him upside down and he will tell you he is upside down, play pat-a-cake with him, put your face close to his and he will kiss you. Squeeze his nose and he plays games like red light, green light (guess what, he knows if your moving or not with his excelerometer) and Elmo says. He will engage with your child by asking what your little one’s favourite part of the day was. Put him into nap mode and he will play a lullaby and his voice will get softer and softer. He truly will be your little one’s best friend!!! MSRP: $79.99
*other toys in this category: Bath Time Elmo Plush, Sesame Street on the Go Friends, Elmo’s on the go Letters

Play All Day Elmo

Now the fun part … buying them, wrapping them and then passing them on to the kids.
Happy holidays to all (well almost)
T.
xo

Get Cozy with Netflix – #StreamTeam

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Officially I can say it feels like Fall! The temperatures have drastically dropped, you have retired your summer wardrobe and brought out all your favourite fleece slippers and most importantly, your cozy sweatpants.

Truly, what is better than getting home from work (or a full day’s worth of errands in some cases), slipping on those comfy sweats (or pj’s in my case) and a big, baggy sweatshirt, popping fresh popcorn with some sprinkled chocolates in it (to satisfy the sweet and salty of course) and sitting down on the couch with your kids to watch a movie or favourite television show. Ok so let’s be real, in my house it doesn’t quite go down like that since I have two very rambunctious boys who don’t sit for a mere second (well at least until 7:00pm), but when they do settle down and want to want to watch television, I truly thank G-d for Netflix. There is always one (or six or seven) shows on there that they both want to watch and then there is peace and quiet that comes over the room … ahhhhh SUCCESS!!!

New on Netflix 

Netflix September Shows

1. Lilo & Stitch
2. Nanny McPhee Returns
3. The Muppets
4. Shark Tale
5. Meet the Robinsons
6. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
7. Freaky Friday
8. Homeward Bound
9. The Princess and the Frog
10. The Lizzie McGuire movie
11. The Aristocats
12. The Rescuers

Oh and don’t forget about yourself, the kids bedtime means it’s your time to kick your feet up and get your Netflix on … I sure did!

Netflix

T.
xo

The ‘Baby Care Basics’ – Enter to WIN!

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Parenting is hard … plain and simple!
Whether you are about to have your first baby or your third, those early days (that can stretch into weeks and months!) of parenting are a whirlwind of emotions, sleepless nights and questions (a lot of questions). And while we all have come to expect unconditional love to happen and exhaustion to reign supreme, what can take many a new parent by surprise is the constant question – “Am I doing this right”.
While no one has the magic bullet to calm your fears of making the “wrong” decision, there are resources available that will help guide you through. One such book I highly recommend is Baby Care Basics by Dr. Jeremy Friedman and Dr. Natasha Saunders. Working full time at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto has given these two doctors the background and knowledge to write a comprehensive but easy to read (and understand!) book that covers topics new moms needs to know; from breast- and formula-feeding (with no judgement with which you choose), introducing solid food, treating your baby’s illnesses to sleep habits, playing with your baby and much more. Seriously, where was this book after I had my first!!!!
 Why is this book important? 
    • Because, we all know despite all the planning in the world (and all the advice people will put upon you), nothing can quite prepare you for the big step from pregnancy to parenting.
    • Taking care of your baby is one of life’s biggest and most important challenges (challenge being the operative word here)
    • There is so much conflicting information available on the Internet, how can one be sure whom to trust?
    • Baby Care Basics replaces uncertainty with knowledge and insecurity with confidence
​Containing a wealth of reliable information that will help parents make the right choices for their baby, The Baby Care Basics Book answers the questions every new parent has on a daily basis, providing practical, expert advice on everything you need to know from pregnancy through your baby’s first year.
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Thank you to our wonderful friends, they are giving us 1 book to give away to 1 of our lucky readers!  The giveaway is open to both Canadian and US residents ! Here is how to enter: 

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Let the book help you!
T.
xo

Back to School with Netflix #StreamTeam

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The weather has spoken and summer is coming to an end. Camp is over, programs for the fall have been set and your child’s back to school backpack is almost ready to go. Hard to believe that this is the end, it’s just too short.

Now it’s time to start hyping up back-to-school and talking to your kids about appropriate classroom behaviour (well at least I do) and what to expect, but that is never an easy conversation especially with the little one’s because they just don’t get it. Sometimes our television friends do the best job explaining and with these new Netflix titles they just might understand the underlying message.

For the Little Guys 

Back to School netflix

1. Curious George
2. Zoboomafoo
3. Yo Gabba Gabba! (my big guy has been watching the show for years and it’s amazing how many lessons he has picked up from this show)
4. Walking with Dinosaurs
5. Planet Earth: The Complete Collection
6. The Adventures of Chuck & Friends
7. Animal Mechanicals (teaches kids about working together to get the job done)
8. The Magic School Bus
9. The Cat in the Hat
10. Dinotrux (the new AMAZING series teaching kids to work together using their individual skills and problem solve)
11. Ever After High: Way too Wonderland

Best of luck with Back to School to you the parent (we need the luck … well I know I do) and of course the kiddies
T.
xo

Are you going to see Disney Pixar Inside Out?

Inside Out

I have always been a huge fan of animated movies, but Inside Out could be just the cutest! I mean, what a great concept for a movie. It enlightens kids about all the different emotions they feel in a dramatic yet funny way. I’m definitely not a movie critic, but I had high expectations going in to see the pre-screening and walked out very pleased (and so did my big guy), in fact he now explains how is feeling based on the characters he saw (anger, fear, sadness, disgust and joy).

The one thing I do have to say, is that it is a very hard concept for the little one’s to understand. After explaining to my mini me that these emotions are not in your “stomach” (his words), that they are in your head, he seemed to get it, but that didn’t seem to bother him because he laughed out loud and well so did the rest of the audience (comprised of mostly adults).

In a very creative way, the different emotions inside Riley’s head (anger, fear, sadness, disgust and joy) all work together at Headquarters to help guide her through the up’s and down’s of her life. While Riley is trying to adjust to a family up route to San Francisco, turmoil begins at Headquarters and Sadness and Joy get separated from the group leaving Fear, Disgust and Anger in charge. Trying to find their way back, they watch as Riley’s favourite memories start to disappear and run into a few of her favourite old memories who help them through the maze of her mind seeing unfamiliar places like Long Term Memory, Imagination Land, Abstract Thought and Dream Productions to get back to turn things around (make sure to bring some tissues because there are some parts that are a real tear jerker).

In theatres NOW!

Inside Out

Enjoy making new memories with your little one
T.
xo

 

 

 

What’s New with Sands Alive? It GLOWS!! Enter to #WIN

Sands Alive Glow

I thought just the regular Sands Alive was the coolest product on the market (which it still is, years later my big guy still loves to sit down and play with it) … but now comes Sands Alive Glow!!!

There’s just something about toys that glow that I have always loved. Yes, I was the kid who had glow stickers around her room and loved getting those glow bracelets and necklaces from birthday parties taking them into a dark room and swinging them around. Why didn’t they have toys like this when I was a kid???!!! Check this out!

 I gave my big guy the kit and he freaked! I told him to put on the special glasses and point the light at the sand (to charge it) and I explained how magically the sand will glow. As a side note: a kids reaction to all things magic is just so damn cute. I gave him the glow tool (make sure to pull out the tab PS) and he started drawing in the sand. Not only was he amazed, I was amazed – how cool is this?! My kid was in Sands Alive Glow heaven!!

Sands Alive Glow

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Thank you to our wonderful friends at Sands Alive, they are giving away 1 Sands Alive Glow kit,
2 pounds of extra Sands Alive Glow for each kit and 1 Large deluxe blue sand tray to TWO lucky winners! The contest is open to CANADIAN residents only. Here’s how to enter:

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Playtex Has New Friends

It wasn’t long ago that I reviewed the Playtex Anytime Straw Twist N’ Click Sippy Cup and since then it has been the only sippy cup that I use as it NEVER (yes NEVER) leaks!!!

What could possibly make this sippy cup better? Let me introduce you to the new Playtex® PlayTime™ cups with some of your little one’s favourite friends like Thomas the Train, My Little Pony and DC Superheros like Batman/Robin and Superman (Superman is exclusively sold at Walmart). Timing worked out well for me because my little guy is OBSESSED with all things Batman so much so, that we actually had to hide my other son’s Batman cup because the little guy would cry wanting that cup.

Playtex Anytime Sippy Cup

What I love about the Playtex Anytime Licensed Sippy Cups?
– First and foremost, I love the Twist N’ Click technology, NO LEAKS!
– Lid options include Spout Lid and Straw Lid
-You will hear a click when the lid is shut properly
– The amazing licensed designs; there is something for everyone
– The cups are break-proof (thank you to my little man we have put this theory to the test)
– Double wall so it keeps the cold drinks colder for longer and no sweating leaving nasty rings everywhere they put the cup down
– Very reasonably priced at $7.99

Playtex Anytime Sippy Cup

My little man lovin’ his new cup!

Where to Buy: Toys R Us

 Good times
T.
xo

The Mist with a Twist #BoogieMist

Boogie Mist

Since my littlest one was born, I don’t think a month has gone by where he has not gotten a cold (thank you to his older brother who is a petri dish and brings home every little germ). Like any parent, I hate seeing him uncomfortable because he can’t breathe out of his nose and of course extremely miserable because of lack of sleep. I am no better when I am sick and at least I can blow my nose!

Over the years, in true Terri fashion, I have bought many saline sprays to test for my little ones (all of which I have used on myself first) and the spray’s were all seriously intense so I stuck with nose drops (which suck for the little guys) … until now!

I recently had the opportunity to try Boogie Mist from one of my favourite well know brands, Boogie Wipes and it’s perfect.

Why I love Boogie Mist
– most importantly it is a very light, gentle mist which won’t startle your little one when sprayed
– comes in two scents, fresh and grape (I really like the fresh – I just want to eat the grape .. weird i know)
– reasonably priced at $8.00
– uses natural saline spray which helps break up the boogies
– the mist applicator is scented (just an added little touch)

 Where to Buy: Toys R US

Happy breathing
T.
xo

Light it Up with KinderGlo Night Light – Enter to WIN!

KinderGlo Night Light

Who knew finding a night light would be so difficult!!! So difficult in fact, that I am on my 4th night light for my older son.

Sure, you can get the cheapie one’s that plug into the wall (nope I have not bought one of those), but when your little one needs to get up in the middle of the night to pee and has to open his door to a dark hallway (which they see as “spooky”), take a step out of their “safe zone” to get to that bathroom, is scared shitless and therefore calling your name on the top of their lungs waking everyone up in the house, you will be WISHING you had one of these night lights!

Now I won’t be mean and tell you the brands of my previous night lights, but what I will tell you is that they were all awful which is why I went scouring the internet for a new light and stumbled across KinderGlo which immediately got my attention.

Why were they so awful? Well one I spent over $50 on and within two months the bulb burnt out and my luck they aren’t replaceable so there goes money down the toilet (you would think I left it on all day and all night 7 days a week – not the case). The second one I bought was more reasonably priced (over $30 + tax), but honest to g-d I could not and still can not figure this thing out even after reading the terrible directions which took me half an hour to figure out. Sometimes it would randomly shut off in the middle of the night, it never stays charged and my son basically hates it. The last one I bought, was similar to the first one that I liked at the beginning, I was surprised it was cheaper when I went to buy it (silly me I thought they figured out that “most” people won’t spend that on a night light unless they are desperate like me) and then I got home and sure enough it was battery operated. You would be sick how many batteries I went through in the last few weeks using that thing.

What I love about KinderGlo?
– I love all the cute night light designs, it was hard to choose but I am very happy with my choice (the dragon)
– The product feels like it is of the highest quality, both the base and the night light do not feel light and cheap (as was the case with one of the others I tried)
– The night light has multi-colour which continually goes through the colours all night
– Also your little one can choose one colour and leave it on that all night, my son loves picking a colour every night
– Has a timer option which will turn the night light off after half an hour
– Has an option to leave the night light on all night
– Rechargeable

-Lastly 8-10 hours when fully charged
– Automatically powers on if knocked off the base or power outage
– The user guide is VERY easy to follow
– Portable for those midnight trips to the bathroom
– It never gets hot
– Gives off just the right amount of light (not too bright and not too dull)

Where to Buy:
You can purchase direct from the KinderGlo website and receive 20% off using the code BABYLISH on checkout OR you can purchase on amazon.ca (but no discount)
Price: $24.95

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Thanks to our friends at KinderGlo, they are giving away one night light (winners choice) to one lucky reader. The comest is open to residents of Canada and the US. It’s easy to enter:

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Sleep tight
T.
xo