Frieda Wishinsky: Review and Giveaway

Giveaway open to Canadians. I’m really excited this month to tell you about an award-winning, Toronto-based children’s author: Frieda Wishinsky. I have several of her Canadian Flyer chapter books in my classroom (they’re terrific historical fiction for kids, and “Beware, Pirates!” was on our School Board’s Battle of the Books reading list last year), but I […] Read more…

Magazines: The Power of Print

I’m going to go out on a limb here and assume that you are reading this on a computer screen. (I know, I know, my psychic abilities are astounding.) The question is: how much of your reading do you do from a computer screen? Obviously I am a blogger, and also enjoy reading other people’s […] Read more…

Extreme Makeover: Baby Room to Big Girl Room

Okay, so the makeover isn’t actually that extreme, but the emotions are. My baby is now in a big-girl bed, and the room has been transformed for the third time. When we built our home seven years ago, the corner bedroom was “the guest room”. (In three years, I think maybe we had guests sleep […] Read more…

Alphabet Photography Giveaway

Contest open to Canada and US. This isn’t the first time I’ve told you about Alphabet Photography, but it is the first time that you can win one of their beautiful products right here! Not only has Alphabet Photography been mentioned on This Mom Loves (their pinnacle of achievement, I’m sure), they’ve also been featured by The […] Read more…

Winners: Brain Quest and 3M

Winner of the Brain Quest Write and Erase set: # 74 of 77 entries Aja from Peterborough, ON Winner of the safety products from 3M: # 41 of 56 entries Chelsey from B.C. Congratulations! Watch for another exciting giveaway coming very, very soon! Read more…

New York City Day 3: Downtown and Around

Just in case you need to get caught up on the Winns’ whirlwind Manhattan visit: NYC Day 1: Julia Roberts NYC Day 2: Live! With Regis and Kelly Ready to continue? For Day 3 in NYC, we switched gears from the thrill of celebrity sightings and world-renowned tourist attractions, and went into a completely different […] Read more…

Perfect Parties Theme Three: The School Party

Guess what? This party is actually mine, and not credited to my party-planning friend Krista! (In case you missed it, she brought us The Polka Dot Party and The Pajama Party, with more themes on the way!) Since Frannie is starting school in September, I decided to have a little get-together for the five girls who […] Read more…

Review Roundup: An Organizer, A Book and…Pens?

The girls are at Grandma and Grandpa’s today, so one of my jobs was to tackle “the blog drawer” where I keep goodies I have been sent to review. A few highlights I’d like to share with you: Busy Mother’s Organizer Every mom is busy, and I firmly believe every mom needs an organizer. Many women […] Read more…

Make Money, Save Money!

It recently occurred to me that all of my Google followers and email subscribers may be missing the oh-so-terrific links in my sidebar, so I decided that occasionally I should highlight a couple of noteworthy items. This time of year, many people are cleaning out their houses (especially those of us with kids, who need to get rid […] Read more…

Stop Second-Guessing Yourself: Baby’s First Year

Ah…refreshing. I just received a copy of Jen Singer’s Stop Second-Guessing Yourself: Baby’s First Year, and it was a breath of fresh air which I inhaled in less than a day. It’s an excellent book: sympathetic, understanding, and not as judgmental as some of the official first-year bibles seem. (There’s lots of black and white […] Read more…

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