Monday, March 31, 2014

Disney's The Pirate Fairy - A Swashbuckling Good Movie! #Review

During a recent visit to Disney World in Florida, my kids were transformed into pirates for the day. I cannot tell you how much they loved their Pirates League adventure! This turned out to be their favourite event of the entire trip, and they are now more obsessed with pirates than ever before.

So we were thrilled to be given the opportunity to review Disney's latest animated adventure, The Pirate Fairy.

Have you ever wondered about the early life of Captain Hook? All is revealed in this whirlwind adventure that involves Tinker Bell, her fairy friends and lots of Neverland lore.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Barbie™ The Pearl Princess + FREE March Break Tickets to Premiere Screenings! #PrincessLumina

March break is quickly approaching, and I'm in parent survival mode - planning activities, outings, play dates, you name it!

And this year, Mattel is making it easy for me to "wow" my kids because, once again, our favourite lady in pink is starring in a new movie - Barbie™ The Pearl Princess.

This time, Barbie is Lumina, a magical mermaid who embarks on an adventure that will change her life forever. As always, Barbie is a fearless, confident role model for kids - who is not only kind, but willing to work hard and take chances to make her dreams come true. My daughter loves Barbie and can't wait to see this film when it premieres!

The best part? To celebrate the release of the movie on Blu-ray™ and DVD, Mattel is giving away free tickets to premiere screenings in major Canadian cities!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Valentine Manicure

This is a little late for #ManicureMonday, but just in time for cupid to strike!
Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Red My Lips;
Heart: Nicole by OPI Carrie Underwood Collection in Sing You Like a Bee
I was inspired by a sparkly heart manicure post on Pinterest, and decided to try it using red and gold.  I'm not the best at doing my own nail art, so it took a few tries before I got it. Overall, I think it turned out pretty cute for my first time. My kids were quite impressed. :)

Happy Valentine's Day!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Salt Dough Valentine Hearts

It's almost Valentine's Day and my inner crafty girl is just busting to get out. While I'm seriously lacking time (and, often, sleep) I just can't help myself when it comes to holidays. I take on more than I should, but - damn you, Pinterest - resistance is futile. ;)

So, I thought I'd share with you a really fun project I did with my kids. We made salt dough hearts for my daughter's class; some were strung on necklaces (for the girls) and we made others into magnets (for the boys). My daughter loved coming up with different colour co
mbinations and patterns to paint on them... everything from polka dots and stripes to using an "abstract" painting technique (She came up with that. Can you tell she loves going to art museums?)

My little guy even got in on the action, painting the base coat on a few of them.
Here's how to get started...

Make a basic salt dough recipe (see below), then roll out dough and cut out hearts with mini heart cutters. (I bought mine at Winners.)

Salt Dough Recipe
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1/2 cup water

Tip: try to roll out the dough the same thickness each time so that the shapes bake evenly.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Don't Fret Over Empty Stockings... I've Got You Covered

It's the week before Christmas and in almost every house
Mama isn't sitting - she's scurrying like a mouse.
The shopping isn't done, the stockings are bare
There's no hope that "St. Nick" will put anything there.

So out Mama goes to brave the busy mall
Then realizes "I don't need to do this at all!"
She gets back in her car, goes home and makes cocoa...
Then orders a bunch of stocking stuffers from Hasbro!

This year, I took the easy route and got stocking stuffers for my kids that I know they'll love... and that were easy to buy. They are available at most mass-market retailers like Toys'R'Us, Walmart and Target, so get online and start shopping! Or, if you're one of those Mamas who likes the hustle-and-bustle of the shopping mall, grab a Starbucks and go have fun. And remember to print off the list below before you go. :)

My kids are huge fans of Angry Birds, so the Angry Birds Go Kart Telepods - which can be synced with the Angry Birds app - are the perfect choice for interactive play.

If you've got a little girl, she probably loves My Little Pony, so these My Little Pony figures will be a hit!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Spring Must-Haves: Comfy, Stylish Shoes

When I was a kid, I had to wear orthopedic shoes. They were two-toned saddle shoes and all I remember was that everything about them was hard… the leather uppers were stiff and uncomfortable, as were the custom orthotic footbeds. I was told this was the way it had to be to offer the proper support for my feet. While they did eventually do their job, the daily struggle to get me to wear the shoes still sticks in my head.

Fast-forward more than 30 years and, fortunately, we no longer have to deal with uncomfortable orthotics or stiff shoes to ensure good foot support.

This past week, I attended the Spring/Summer 2014 launch of Vionic™ with Orthaheel® Technology and, from the moment I saw the displays of shoes, I knew this line was different than anything I had seen before... 

Read more of my guest post on Tales of a Ranting Ginger's blog >

Disclosure: I attended the Spring/Summer Vionic preview as a guest of Vionic Canada. I am in no way required to write a positive review. All opinions, as always, are honest and my own.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Teach Kids The Joy of Giving with {#GivingTuesday}

Christmas is one of my favourite times of the year. I cherish time with family and friends, enjoy a bounty of good food and see the holidays through the eyes of my children, who are really looking forward to Christmas, too. They love the yearly rituals and traditions we've done since they were born - decorating the house, picking out a Christmas tree, writing letters to Santa and baking cookies with their cousins.

One thing that is never far from our minds, especially at this time of year, is how much we have to be grateful for. We are blessed with an abundance of... well, everything. There will be no shortage of toys under the tree, nor will there be any hungry tummies this holiday.

But many families aren't so lucky.

So, I'm helping my kids do something about it. We've come up with a plan this year to give back over the holidays by donating a lot of the toys we received for review to charity, and also to do a few other simple things that can really make a difference, like participating in GivingTuesday, the new movement that empowers everyone to give as much - or as little - as they can. (Because every bit counts!)