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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Hasbro’s Hottest Toys for the Holidays #GIVEAWAY #FortniteMonopoly

The Must-Have Toys for the Holidays

Hasbro always has the best toys and I have tested and reviewed some of our favorites for the Holidays. So here we go:

Nerf Modulus Ghost Ops Evader 8+
Alright friends, this Nerf gun is the Nerf guns of all Nerf guns (well that I have seen)! I am sure there are many of you that don’t want to allow a Nerf gun in the house because A. you worry about the fact that “they are playing with guns” and B. you worry about someone getting hurt. I had this same thing but I have to tell you, it got my kids off their devices and actually running around the house playing games with it. I had one rule: WAIST DOWN and they happily abide by it because they know I will just take them away. This puppy has a motorized blaster that shoots out one dart right after the other (fits 12 darts). The blaster illuminates so they can play in dark(ish) rooms. You can even buy extra parts for it with the entire Modulus system.

Where to Buy: Walmart Amazon $40

Nerf Modulus Ghost Ops Blaster

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Nerf Laser Ops Pro – AlphaPoint
Ok, so you want a Nerf gun but you hate the idea of darts shooting out and possibly hitting you or your little guy in the face … am I right? The solution is right here! The new Nerf Laser Ops Pro uses lasers instead of darts. My kids (husband included) ran around the house hiding in places trying not to get shot. Once you get “hit” a sound will go off noting that you have been hit. There is a back display noting your health and how much ammo you have left and has an easy reload button to get them quickly back in the game. This one is a no brainer! Bonus: no darts to clean up. It’s a win win.

Where to Buy: Toys R Us Amazon $50

Nerf Laser Ops AlphaPoint

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Play-Doh Poop Troop Playset (3+)

It seems there is a common theme with this years hottest toys, poop!!! I am actually shocked that wasn’t my mini’s first words because he certainly likes to talk about poo and makes (the worst) poo jokes and sure enough he belly laughs every time he says the word so obviously he would love the new Play-Doh Poop Troop Playset. It comes with 12 jars of Play-Doh in all colours so kids can make their very own poo emojis. Complete with eyes, ears, arms and toppers, have your kids come up with their own creative poop emojis.

Where to Buy: Amazon $35

Play-Doh Poop Troop Set

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Yellies (5+)
This is one spider that we are not scared of! The louder your mini yells, the faster these guys go. Don’t worry, it’s not only just yelling they respond to: talk, sing, clap or play music and the Yellies will move and watch their eyes light up. These guys make a great stocking stuffer. Collect all the critters and have your little guys run around your house chasing after them.

Where to Buy: Amazon Toys R Us $20

Yellies

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Connect 4 Shots (8+)

Winner winner!!! The game is Connect 4 meets Cup Pong where you have to bounce the ball and get it into a cup but instead of a cup you have to get it into the row you want. It seems easy, but those balls don’t always go where you want them to and you end up helping out your rival (clearly that’s what happened when we played). Easy to put together and easy storage as it folds flat.

Where to Buy: Amazon Toys R Us $20

Connect 4 Shots

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Fortnite Monopoly (13+)
Need I say more … SOLD!!!! Those who know, know! My big guys went CRAZY over this.

Where to Buy: Walmart Amazon $25

Fortnite Monopoly

GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY!
Guess what I am giving away???!!! FORTNITE MONOPOLY – WOOT WOOT. 1 lucky reader will win the hottest toy of the season. You must be a resident of Canada (excluding Quebec) and 18 years or older to enter. Here’s how:

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Comment below letting me know which toys you think your mini’s will love!
T.
xo

The New Play-Doh Poop Troop Playset is sure to get Laughs! #GIVEAWAY

I bet I got your attention with the word POOP didn’t I?!!!!! Or wait is that our children that can’t get enough of that word!

I feel like I am not alone with this, but it seems that the word “poo” is one of the funniest words alive according to my 5 year old and 8 year old (along with a few other words). It’s almost impossible to say the word “poo” without someone belly laughing and that is precisely why the new Hasbro Play-Doh Poop Troop was a HUGE hit in my house.

I mean what is better than creating your very own Play-Doh poop emojis!!! Even I had fun with this one.

What I love about the Play-Doh Poop Troop Playset
(what is not to love really)
– it comes with a whole assortment of Play-Doh colours so your kids can really use their imagination
– it comes with funny arms, eyes, ears, noses and mouths to add to your poop emoji
– they creations are endless
– the set comes with a poop mold OR a tube where they can design their own poop shape (for the non-traditional poop)
– both of my kids loved playing with this (we did a contest of who can make the most creative poo – clearly it wasn’t mine on the bottom right)

Play-Doh Poop Troop Set

GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY!
Thanks to our wonderful friends at Hasbro, they are giving away (1) Play-Doh Poop Troop Playset to (1) lucky reader. Must be a resident of Canada (excluding Quebec). Here’s how to enter:

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Happy Poop Creating
T.
xo

Celebrating with Disney Princesses #DreamBigPrincess

Calling all Disney princess fans!!!!

So it’s starting to get chillier out (well not this weekend) and you don’t want to freeze your butt off sitting at a park so what can you do instead that your kids will still enjoy???

Well, we are celebrating with Disney Princesses of course! This fall from September 7th to October 11th, all major television networks (YTV, The W Network, SRC (French CBC)) will be airing your favorite Disney movies like Tangled, Frozen, Cinderella, Pocahontas and many more. Who doesn’t love a good ol’ Frozen sing-a-long!!!!

So pull out your little one’s favorite Disney princess dolls, line them up on the couch and have them join you for your family movie night. I’m sure they would love watching themselves on t.v ūüėČ Dream big and live your story!

In celebration of this, I am giving away the ultimate princess gift: Belle, Ariel and Cinderella dolls PLUS a Disney Princess Pop-Up Palace.

Disney Princess

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The Movie “Wonder” Will Bring You to Tears #GIVEAWAY

Wonder Movie

I am not sure if you are looking for a tear jerk-er for movie night, however the movie Wonder is a MUST see!

As a mom of two young boys, I always worry about them bullying another child and it’s something I am constantly talking to them about (especially my 7 year old). I have tried explaining to him that it doesn’t matter what someone looks like or how they act, there are no excuses. No child ever deserves that!

The movie Wonder is about a little boy who was born with a rare facial disfigurement. His mother (Julia Roberts) and father (Owen Wilson) decide to stop home schooling him and integrate him into a private school. With kids staring, laughing and whispering about him, the movie follows this little boy, Auggie and his daily struggles to fit in. Having made a friend Jack, he soon feels more content in his environment, but within time he stumbles upon a bunch of kids (including his one friend) making fun of the way he looks, calling him a “freak” (cue the tears) and for the remainder of the school year he is bullied by this group who do and say awful things to Auggie. Not wanting to ruin the rest of the movie for others who have not seen it, I can say that the movie finished and I noticed that I had a big smile on my face (of course with tears still streaming down my face).

There are so many important lessons that come out of this movie which is why it makes a great movie to see with your kids and to discuss with them after:
1. Don’t judge a book by it’s cover
2. Be a leader not a follower
3. Choose kindness  

I know you will enjoy this movie as much as I did and I really recommend watching it with your older children

GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY!
I am giving away 4 copies (yes that’s right 4) to my readers! The contest is open to residents of Canada only (excluding Quebec). You must be 18 years or older to enter.¬†

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Bath Time with Live Clean #GIVEAWAY

Live Clean Baby Giveaway Pack

I always have been and I always will be a full supporter of the entire Live Clean line as their products are simply the best. Bath time in my house is ALWAYS with Live Clean products.

My kids have NEVER had a reaction to any of their products, they all smell so good and best part … they are all natural. I love the line so much that I will not review any other children’s bath and body products as I don’t think any product can be as good. Don’t forget, all their products are 97% plant derived, Petroleum, Paraben, Phthalate, Dye, Silicone and Phosphate free (the yucky stuff you find in a lot of products these days), hypoallergenic and contains biodegradable ingredients.

Which one’s are my favorites? Here they are (in no particular order) and I am giving away ALL of them to 1 lucky winter.

Calming Bedtime Bubble Bath and Wash
What’s more perfect than a rich lathering cleanser and bubble bath infused with natural ingredients known for their calming and relaxing properties?  Just about…nothing! Live Clean Calming Bedtime Bubble Bath and Wash has a slumber inducing blend of Lavender, Jasmine, Vanilla and Chamomile extracts and essential oils to soothe and comfort babies’ senses. And natural Coconut and Safflower Oils keep baby’s delicate skin soft and smooth.

Calming Bedtime Baby Lotion
Time-tested Lavender, Chamomile, Jasmine and Vanilla extracts and essential oils work overtime to calm and comfort babies‚Äô senses. Thier formula is emollient rich with natural Coconut, Safflower and Oat Flour to gently hydrate, soften and protect delicate skin. It‚Äôs the perfect after-bath lotion ‚Äď and try it for baby‚Äôs massage.¬†Shhh I use this lotion on¬†myself I just love the calming smell AND I even get compliments from people!

Gentle Moisture Tearless Shampoo & Wash
Their¬†clinically tested, tear-free formula cleanses without drying, leaving baby’s skin and hair feeling soft. Made with purified water and enriched with certified organic botanicals of Chamomile, Lavender and Aloe, their unique formula rinses easily with a gentle scent that soothes baby and smells‚Ķheavenly. Available in larger 750 ml as well.

Gentle Moisture Baby Lotion
Take certified organic botanicals of Chamomile and Lavender to soothe, add natural emollients and Aloe to gently moisturize. Live Clean Baby Gentle Moisture Baby Lotion is ideal for even the most delicate skin. The non-greasy formula absorbs quickly, leaving baby’s skin soft and smooth and our gentle scent soothes baby’s senses. Also available in a larger 750ml size.

Gentle Moisture Baby Wipes
Extra strong, extra soft, clinically tested Live Clean Baby Gentle Moisture Baby Wipes work hard, and gently, to keep baby’s skin and bottom clean and smooth. Enriched with certified organic botanicals of Chamomile, Lavender and Aloe, these cloth-like wipes are quilted for extra strength and softness and will gently cleanse and soothe baby’s skin leaving it silky smooth. You will not be disappointed in these!

Gentle Moisture Non-Petroleum Jelly
For baby‚Äôs comfort — and mom‚Äôs peace of mind — Live Clean Baby Gentle Moisture Non-Petroleum Jelly is a unique petrolatum and fragrance free formula that‚Äôs derived from 100% natural, sustainably sourced ingredients. Their Non-Petroleum Jelly is a safe way to provide babies with an effective moisture barrier to protect their delicate skin. Like all Live Clean products, it‚Äôs eco-friendly and plant and natural derived. I use this one on the little boo-boo’s as well. Works like a charm!

Gentle Moisture Diaper Ointment
Getting down to business‚ĶLive Clean Baby Gentle Moisture Diaper Ointment keeps baby‚Äôs bottom comfortable all day, all night.¬† Its naturally derived ingredients, including zinc oxide, soothe baby’s sensitive areas and provide a protective moisture barrier.

GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY!

Thanks to our always wonderful friends at Live Clean, they are giving away a Live Clean Baby Prize Pack consisting of all my favorite products:¬†Baby Calming Bubble Bath & Wash, Baby Calming Lotion,¬†Gentle Moisture Tearless Shampoo & Wash, Gentle Moisture Baby Lotion, Gentle Moisture Baby Wipes, Gentle Moisture Non Petroleum Jelly.¬†You must be a resident of Canada. Here’s how to enter:
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Happy Baby = Happy Parents ūüôā

T. xo

Looking of an All Inclusive Family Getaway? Review of the Nickelodeon Resort in Punta Cana #Giveaway

Nickelodeon Punta Cana

Your looking for an all inclusive family getaway … now the question is, how to choose a family resort … pictures on the internet? O.k fine, but¬†remember that commercial you saw on television that shows that super delicious perfect looking hamburger and then you go to get it and it looks deflated and NOTHING like it did in the commercial … Right! You get it!

I guess you can call me a skeptic, but come on … I want to hear real people’s reviews and see real pictures, not the picture perfect images you see on websites of every child smiling and every parent smiling while they are all sipping of fruity¬†drinks in the sun while nobody burns.

So¬†that’s what I am here for!¬†

Let me first say, I was NOT gifted this vacation to the Nickelodeon Resort in Punta Cana, I was NOT given anything for free and nobody paid me to review it. I did however have a really good travel agent who helped us plan this trip and because I mentioned I have a blog she offered to add in a giveaway to my review.

So let’s get down to business (this is going to be a long one, but all details and little secrets/hints/notes are going to be in this post).

The Bus:
– First question people always have is how far is the airport from the hotel? 45 minutes is the answer. There was one stop prior to the stop at the Nickelodeon.
Hint: No need to grab your beers before getting on the bus, they have them on the bus waiting for you (for purchase of course).

Checking In:
– Upon check in, you are offered a glass of champagne (yes please) and kids are offered a green coloured smoothie (my kids wouldn’t go near it because they thought it was vegetables which it wasn’t).
РWhile the parents check-in, there is a clear glass room in the lobby for your kids that has a television playing Nickelodeon shows and toys to play with. This is to keep them from pulling on your bags yelling at you to hurry up while you are calmly trying not to yell at them to leave you alone for a minute while you make sure everything is correct on your reservation (nice touch Nickelodeon, nice touch!).

The Rooms (we had a 1 bedroom suite):
– We had a golf cart take us to our building where our room resided (the resort is quite large) and I have to say, the rooms surpassed my expectations.
РThe bathroom was large and had both a stand alone bathtub that had a hand shower and there was a shower that also had a hand shower. Let me tell you, the hand showers are VERY convenient for when the kids come back from the beach covered in sand and you need to quickly get it off before heading to kids club or dinner.
– There are two big closets with lots of drawers, a master bedroom with sliding doors at both ends and a main living room with a pullout couch and television, a long table behind it and little stools for when you order room service, the kids can sit there and eat.
– The balcony is quite large and has a big lounger (seen below), two chairs and best of all … wait for it … it had an extendable drying rack BRILLIANT!!!!!! (how I didn’t take a picture of it is beyond me). I have to say that some of swim up rooms looked pretty awesome. One pool had a bar in it (who wouldn’t love that), but of course it is a significant jump in price.
Hint: if you want your room cleaned daily, make sure to touch the “clean up” button on the inside of your room which is not always visible right away. If¬†the button is not¬†pushed, your room¬†will not be cleaned

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The Staff:
– The staff at the Nickelodeon were amazing!!!! They were happy, they were dancing and most of all, they were amazing to the kids (Orquid, Lizabeth, Christopher, Santa and many more were truly wonderful).
– The staff on the regular grounds (The Sensitori) were kind and mostly would say hi to everyone who walked by, but a good portion of the staff¬†did not speak English and were mostly confused when you asked them a question. That being said, there were a group of staff members that went out their way to help you with special requests (like getting Rice Krispies¬†at dinner time for your little one who won’t eat anything – thank you Randor) or serving you at your special beach dinner and make it a fun night for the adults (Alexander, you were a blast).
Hint: whether you are sitting at the beach or at the pools, there are always staff walking around offering you beverages at all times, make sure to bring money with you as tips go along way!

Nickelodeon Punta Cana Staff

The Food:
– Now I am a very basic (some like to call it “picky”) eater, but the crew I was with were not nearly as picky (probably the opposite) and we all found something to eat at every meal however¬†the food was … just o.k. There was a buffet for dinner¬†that we went to every night with the kids (Sugarcane) and it had lots of options (every night was themed food), but we didn’t particularly love the food there. Just an FYI not one buffet had chicken fingers … shocking really!
– There are two daytime buffets (the Lighthouse¬†and¬†Zest, the food at Lighthouse was MUCH better in our opinion – food seemed fresher there) and both typically had pizza, pasta’s, cheeses, salad type items, mini burgers and lots of breads.
– There was a bbq on the beach daily (not on the weekend though) which had fresh bbq’d burgers and chicken/beef skewers. The chicken skewers were very good and I basically had that for lunch everyday.
– Us adults went out every night for dinner (we had babysitters with the kids) and not one restaurant exceeded our expectations. That being said, the decor of the restaurants were unreal!
– Room service some nights was absolutely necessary, but it would typically take about an hour for the food to arrive. This is the only place you will find chicken fingers which were kind of worth the wait as they were actually delicious. On the other hand, they did not have plain or buttery noodles of any kind on the menu which yet again really shocked me. That being said, when I spoke to them and explained that my child eats nothing else and I couldn’t understand why this wasn’t on a menu in a kids resort they were able to accommodate me.
– The Character breakfast is a must! There is a surcharge for it, but I HIGHLY recommend it. The characters are all in their pajamas and the kids get to dance and hang out with them while eating breakfast.
Notes: Sugarcane is only open for breakfast and dinner. Zest is not open for lunch until 1:00pm on the weekends – I am telling¬†you this so you¬†don’t schlep your kids all the way to these restaurants like we did only to find out they were closed

The Beach:
– Having very little experience with beaches, I would say their beach¬†was really quite nice. The sand was soft, the kids were able to hunt for shells and the water was pretty¬†warm. That being said there were days when we¬†couldn’t go in because the waves were too rough, but that didn’t seem to bother the¬†them at all
– There are day beds along the back of the beach, these are available to use at no charge, but you have to book them 24 hours in advance and I¬†believe you have to go to the day bed area to reserve it, you can’t book via phone.
– There are tons of seats with umbrellas, however they get snatched up pretty quickly so make sure to go get yours early. Late afternoon there is virtually no shade on the beach so load up with sunscreen
Hint: you don’t have to buy beach toys for $20 at the store (which, might I add, only includes a pail and shovel), just ask the guys at the towel stand for them as they have lots of them¬†hidden back there, but make sure to return whatever you borrow so¬†that others can¬†enjoy. I wish I knew this ahead of time ūüôā

Nickelodeon Punta Cana Beach

The Nickelodeon Kids Club (Just Kiddin’):
– I can’t begin to explain how great the kids club is
– It is situated in the Nickelodeon area which you would either get a lift to by their golf carts or take a family walk over there (it can be a little bit of a walk depending on where your room is located on the property).
– The age requirement is¬†4+ however younger kids are able to go, but they have to be accompanied by an adult so we hired one of their kids club babysitters and¬†she watched my mini while he was there. Legit, my little guy couldn’t get there faster, he absolutely loved it. It is VERY clean, big, has video games for the older kids, televisions playing Nickelodeon shows, tons of Nickelodeon toys, a slide with a huge ball pit at the bottom and a giant tree house. They¬†cook with the kids, do science projects and do all sorts of art projects (like making ninja pillows). My kids really had the best time there
– There are night hours (I think it is 7pm-9pm) where you can drop off your kids, some nights were themed like a pajama party and they would give the kids popcorn and show a movie (check the schedule for those nights)
– They also host a family night on the Saturday where they have a buffet open in the Nickelodeon area (normally they close that area at 5:00pm for the night – keep that in mind) and have a busker type show which was pretty cool. They say it starts at 7:30pm – DONT RUSH¬†because the show doesn’t start until 8:30pm, however they do have characters out for everyone to meet prior¬†(note: leave a little early so you can get on a golf cart and not have to wait in a long line – best tip of the trip right there)

Nickelodeon Punta Cana Kids Club

The Nickelodeon Pool:
– This pool is every kids (and adult if you are a kid at heart) dream … honestly. I just watched all the kids running around having the best time and wished they had something like this when I was a kid. There were slides for little one’s (oh and at the bottom of the slide they had some sort of padded ground so they didn’t hurt themselves – someone was thinking ahead) and they had bigger slides for the older¬†kids.
– The whole water play structure has a million things for kids to do on it, be careful you don’t get caught under the big bucket that fills up and spills over (it just missed me lol).
РThe pool is just under knee high on adults so you can figure out on your child how deep, my mini who is very little could walk throughout the pool no problem
– Part way through the afternoon everyone gathers around and they have slime time! The staff dance and sing and then they choose random room numbers to be slimed (yup we were chosen – to see us getting slimed check out my Instagram account terri_babylishadvice). Not to worry though if you don’t want to do it, you can opt out. It’s just green water and my son loved it!
Note: This pool closes at 5:00pm (just so you know and ¬†you don’t make the mistake we did showing up at 4:30pm and having to deal with a meltdown because they couldn’t go in)

Nickelodeon Punta Cana Pool

Babysitters:
– Thanks to our amazing travel agent, she had pre-arranged babysitters for us prior to going on the trip which was a huge help
– Our babysitter was the same person that my mini was with during kids club and my boys absolutely adored her (thanks Orquid) which worked out well because I thought the boys would revolt against me when I told them a babysitter will be coming in. As soon as they heard it was Orquid they both got so excited, in fact they wanted us to leave.
– I can’t recall exactly how much babysitting was, but I would say around $20 an hour
– For those who want to get babysitters but are anxious, the babysitters take your phone number should anything go wrong and you are literally minutes from your room.
– We still keep in contact with our babysitter, she FaceTime’s the kids all the time, they miss her
Note: all the babysitters were certified (for those who are weary about leaving their kids with strangers).

Got a Baby?:
РNot to worry they have you covered! Let them know ahead of time what you need and it will be in your room waiting
– Cribs they have, monitors, strollers, sterilizers, bottle warmers, pack n’ play, baby baths, high chair, sleepers and more

The Grounds:
– For starters the property is really big but they take care of that by having golf carts constantly going through the grounds giving lifts to all who need
– The resort is VERY clean! There are staff members at all areas constantly taking care of the property
– There is music playing throughout the property during the day which I thought was a nice touch
– There are personal concierge desks every hotel block so if you have any questions, they are the one’s to go see
– It seems there were little surprises throughout the property i.e. there was a “sewer” that appeared to be a sewer but when you stepped on it, the Ninja Turtles started talking … MIND BLOWN!

Nickelodeon Punta Cana Grounds

Characters:
– I often saw commercials of places like this where characters are walking around the property greeting the kids and pictured it to be kind of like a mosh pit. NOT TRUE. There are set times of day and locations where you can come meet your favorite Nickelodeon characters. Our kids got to meet Sponge Bob and the Pink guy (sorry i’m not caught up with the names of all the characters), Dora the Explorer and Boots, Marshall and Chase and the three Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
– I was pleasantly shocked how organized the meet and greet’s were. For the morning meet and greet, the characters are in a room where families line up to meet them (or if your my kid, you charge in front of everyone and photobomb someone else’s pictures with their kids – he couldn’t contain his excitement the first day). The afternoon’s the characters were outdoors but in a specific spot and again you need to line up to meet them
– There is a photographer there taking family pictures with the characters, but not to worry they don’t have a “no phone’s or photo’s” rule so we took pictures with our phones

Nickelodeon Punta Cana Characters

Night Life:
– What night life? True story. At 10:00pm the place essentially shuts down, restaurants are long closed, music shuts down and the bar is done (make sure to stock up)!
РAt about 8:00pm(ish) the main food area has live music, clowns on stilts and entertainers come out to entertain the kids
РWe brought cards to entertain us at night (if you are need of some good card games let me know)

My Travel Agent:
– For these kinds of trips I always look for a travel agent to help out as they know different properties, they have reviews and can get you all the information you need including deals (I get very overwhelmed looking on websites)
– We used a wonderful agent who reached out to us at the right time and she was extremely patient with¬†our many many requests. Now remember, she wasn’t dealing with just 1 person, she was dealing with 3 os us all of which had individual questions, special requests with dates, times, rooms etc and she handled us beautifully¬†
– For whatever reason, the day before we left I tried checking in and it kept saying that there were no reservations – well, I obviously panicked and wrote her (on the weekend, a long weekend at that) and she immediately wrote back to me assuring me there were no issues and telling me what to do
– She checked in while on the trip, when we had issues with something there she called the hotel and dealt with them right away and immediately after the trip she checked in to see how it went (I mean … come on … that’s service)
– Booking through a Gourmet Inclusive Vacation Consultant & Nickelodeon specialist (as Mandy is) gets you as a guest special perks when booking at a Karisma property
–¬†For those interested in going on a trip and need assistance I HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend calling her, you will not regret it!
Contact Information: Mandy Delve from Twil TRAVEL mdelve@twiltravel.com

GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY!
Yup that’s right, there is a giveaway! Enter to win:¬†four (4) days, three FREE (3) nights Gourmet Inclusive¬ģ stay for two (2) people in a¬†Leading Room Category at the Azul Beach Resort Rivera Maya by Karisma (it has the Nickelodeon Experience). Here’s how to enter:
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*Certificate will be issued upon receipt of winner’s name and it will be valid for one (1) year from March 1, 2017. Blackout dates may apply

 

Tis the Season of Runny Noses #BoogieWipes #Giveaway

Boogie Wipes

I feel like I should be a spokesperson for Boogie Wipes because I LOVE them and have been using them for over 5 ¬†years on all the runny noses in my house! In fact, in winter I don’t leave home without a pack in my purse or bag because my kids have runny noses ALL winter! The minute that cool air hits my kids nose faucet turns on and there is no turning back. So if you are ever at a kids event or party with me and you need a Boogie Wipe, feel free to find me.

In the last two months, my mini has been sick three times and due to my extreme laziness (it’s winter give me a break) I had to use normal tissue because we ran out of our Boogie Wipes and let me tell you,¬†that didn’t work out so well. After a day of constantly wiping his nose, it got so raw underneath and he would cry anytime I went near him with a tissue to wipe what seemed like¬†Niagara Falls coming out of his nose.
Epic Mom fail!

Reason #1 to stock up with Boogie Wipes … your kid will end up love them too.

Boogie Wipes

What I love about Boogie Wipes
– Boogie Wipes are moistened with saline which actually helps break down those Boogies
– Moisturizes with Aloe, Vitamin E and Chamomile
– The wipes themselves are SUPER soft
– They come in great little travel packs with a hard cover so they don’t dry out
– Comes in three scents (well two really as one is unscented): Grape and Fresh Scent (Fresh Scent is my fave)
– The scent is not overpowering at all for those little noses
– They now have a hard case with refills for your “around the house” Boogie Wipes with a big easy-open button that kids can open themselves

GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY!
Thanks to our wonderful friends at Boogie Wipes, they are giving away a Boogie Wipes Gift Pack full of all their wonderful products. The contest is open to residents of Canada only. Here’s how to enter:
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So don’t walk to stock your house up with Boogie Wipes … RUN!!!! Run as fast as you can, I promise you (well your little one really) will thank me ūüėČ
Keep those little noses clean now that you know you are covered by Boogie Wipes

T.
xo

 

 

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

The GetSnacky Snacker Box & TC Mini Juices – Enter to WIN!

Get Snacky

So, I have the pickiest eater (as I have mentioned in many previous posts) and¬†oddly enough finding new snacks and relatively healthy ones at that, is actually harder than finding new meal options. I often go to the¬†grocery store and¬†hope that one day there will be a new amazing snack on the shelf, though 9 times out of 10 with the new snacks I buy, he doesn’t like them and the rest goes to waste which I HATEEEEEE!

Here’s a good (and healthy might I add) solution …¬†GetSnacky! This is a neat way of trying new things without the commitment of buying an entire box of one snack that your little one may or may not like. Open the box with your little one¬†and get them excited about their treats for snack time. PS it also makes snack choosing for lunches SOOO much easier. I let my older guy pick one item from the box a day.

Get Snacky

Here’s what I love about GetSnacky:
РA box delivered to my door with delicious and nutritious foods
– Great alternatives to your regular high salt high sugar snacks (which of course both myself and my kid loves)
– They were great at catering the box around my son’s peanut allergy and there were still a lot of¬†great snack options
– These boxes are not just for kids, there are a lot of great snacks for the little guys, mom and dad (as I eat my TCHO dark chocolate square)
– Lots of great options

To get more information about Get Snacky’s monthly subscription box or to order, check out their website

TC Mini

If you think that’s it, your wrong because Get Snacky is part of a brand called Total Cleanse which created a line of cold pressed juices for our mini’s called TC Mini and don’t tell your little one’s, the is a secret ‚Ķ the juices are healthy. Full disclosure:¬†there was one my son wouldn’t’ try simply because of the colour, but there were two he absolutely loved and wanted more of and truthfully so did I, they were delicious (Hawaiian punch and the Very Berry).

TC Mini Cold Pressed Juices

Proof is in the pudding

Here’s what I love about TC Mini:
– With fresh pressed juices you get all the essential minerals and vitamins that the juices hold
– There are hidden veggies in some of the drinks, if your kiddo is a good eater this won’t bother them, for the pickier eaters it could
– No additional sugars, additives, fillers, preservatives or syrups
– 100% cold raw pressed
– Ingredients of juices are clearly noted (nothing hidden)
– Great for your little one’s and you!
– Delivered to your door

For more information about TCmini or to order, check out their website

GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY!
Thanks to our friends at GetSnacky and TC Mini, they are giving away 1 GetSnacky box and 8 TC Mini drinks to TWO (2) lucky winners. The contest is open to residents in Toronto and¬†the GTA (Greater Toronto Area). Here’s how to enter:

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Happy snacking
T.
xo