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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Family Traditions... and The Best Pizza Ever!

There's nothing I love more than creating family traditions that everyone looks forward to.

In our house, one such tradition is Friday family movie night. That's when we have pizza, watch a movie and snuggle in with popcorn. It truly is the perfect way to end the week.

While we love ordering pizza from our favourite pizzeria, it can be expensive... and hard on the waistline. In turn, I often make pizza at home, and the kids help with the toppings and spread the sauce. It becomes a family affair and adds to the fun of the evening. (Tip: I always sprinkle garlic powder and basil on the sauce.)

This week, we made our pizza with a new kind of cheese - Mozzarellissima, a new stretch mozzarella that makes pizza out of this world! (I'm looking forward to using it in my lasagna, too!)

#Win 1 of 5 Official Paddington Plush Toys {#Giveaway}

Have you heard the fab news? I'm giving away 30 family passes to the advance screening of Paddington (the movie) in the new year!

It's true! This iconic British bear (well, he's actually Peruvian, but I digress...) is going to star in his very own feature film. And, in honour of this momentous event, the lovely folks at Paddington headquarters have given me five (5) official Paddington plush toys to give away!!

He's so cute, isn't he?

Enter via the Rafflecopter below. Giveaway is open to residents of Canada only, aged 18+. See terms and conditions stated at bottom of entry form for further details. Good luck!

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Paddington (The Movie): Fun For The Whole Family {Giveaway}

As a kid, I had a cute bear named Paddington. You know, the iconic British bear who starred in his own series of children's stories? The bear "from the darkest Peru" was one of my favourite toys and I fondly remember snuggling with him at night.

Now my kids have a Paddington; it was given to them by their great-grandmother, who never forgot her British roots and loved the iconic bear, too.

Up until now, my kids' generation hasn't had much exposure to Paddington, but that's about to change. In early 2015, he will get to share his adventures with us on the big screen! I'm really excited about this movie because the storyline is completely family-friendly... it's the kind of movie little kids, and big kids alike, will love.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Celebrating the Holidays: Great Friends, Fab Food & Shopping with Fisher-Price

Life gets busy leading up to the holidays - from shopping to baking and decorating the house - and it's easy to forget to take time for myself.

So there's nothing better than an evening of great conversation, fabulous food and wine to get me feeling refreshed and ready for the weeks ahead. (Could I please have someone cook for me like this every night?)

I was lucky enough to join a lovely group of fellow bloggers for an evening hosted by Lena, from Listen to Lena, and Fisher-Price.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Holiday Programs for Kids: Our #Disney Junior Favorites

My kids adore Disney Jr. and eagerly await their favorite holiday programs each year. In fact, they're watching a Minnie Mouse special as we speak. :)

There are so many great shows that it can be hard to keep track of them all. In turn, here's a round-up of Disney Junior's holiday episodes and movies in the upcoming weeks, so you don't miss any of the fun!

Sunday, December 14

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse – “Minnie’s Winter Bow Show” – New One-Hour Episode – 9:30 a.m.
When Minnie and her nieces accidentally take off in a hot-air balloon, they are sent on a whirlwind journey to the Clubhouse North Pole.

Sofia the First – “Winter’s Gift” – New Episode – 10:30 a.m.
Alyson Hannigan, Phylicia Rashad and Nick Offerman guest star in a holiday-themed episode where Sofia meets a young faun (Hannigan) who has been cursed by an Ice Witch (Rashad). Disney Princess Tiana (voiced by Disney Legend Anika Noni Rose) from The Princess and the Frog will make a special appearance to help Sofia and her new friend learn that a true gift comes from the heart.

Lalaloopsy – “Holly’s Jolly Holiday” – New Episode – 11 a.m.
On the only day it snows in Lalaloopsy Land, Jolly Holiday, Holly Sleighbells plans to deliver gifts to everyone by sleigh but a lack of snow forces her to rely on the help of her friends.

Saturday, December 20

Tickety Toc – “Christmas Present Time” – 5 p.m.
It’s Christmas time in Tickety Town and Tommy and Tallulah are determined to make every merry second count. The twins find a new way to make snow, build a giant igloo and roll the biggest snowball ever.

Mickey’s Magical Christmas: Snowed In at the House of Mouse (movie) – 6 p.m.
When a snowstorm leaves everyone stranded at the House of Mouse, Mickey and his guests try and help grumpy Donald get into the Christmas spirit.

Sunday, December 21

Jake and the Never Land Pirates – “Grandpa Bones/The Arctic Pearl” – New Episode – 10:30 a.m.
Bones' grandfather arrives to lead Jake and his crew on a hunt for the treasure of legendary pirate, Cap'n Buzzard. Then, Jake and his crew help their penguin pal Percy find his best friend Pearl.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Movies for Kids Young and Old - Star Wars: The Clone Wars & Frozen Sing-Along Edition

I grew up in a household of women, where our favourite movie genres ranged from rom-coms to  dramas and musicals. Sci-fi and shoot-em-up movies were never on the menu!

Fast forward 20 years, to when my husband and I got married. Suddenly, my movie collection was being invaded by... well, invaders! They took the form of clone troopers and aliens - all of the things I had avoided growing up. In fact, my husband couldn't believe I had never seen Star Wars until I watched it with him. (Yes, it's true.)

So when our kids started requesting Star Wars for our family movie nights, I watched it with an open mind. And, surprisingly, I've grown to love it. Watching it 20 times will do that, I guess. ;)

Now we know all the movie plot lines and we're obsessed with the books and Lego sets... everything in our house is Star Wars!

Luckily my kids are very well-rounded, so in addition to sci-fi movies, they also love the comedies and musicals I grew up with. This is evident each time we watch Frozen. Both my daughter and son know all the words to all the songs, and they sing them all. Very loudly. 

Not surprisingly, the two latest additions to our viewing library - animated Star Wars: The Clone Wars {The Lost Missions} Blu-rayTM and the Frozen Sing-Along Edition DVD - are big with everyone in the family.

A bit about the movies:

Monday, December 8, 2014

2014 Holiday Gift Guide {#FFMGiftGuide}

Welcome to the second annual Fab Frugal Mama Holiday Gift Guide! If you're looking for toy recommendations, you've come to the right place. (There's also a little something for Mom at the end... HINT: there's a beautiful giveaway, too!)

My kids have worked hard making their lists and checking them twice. A lot of their favorite brands from last year make repeat appearances on this guide, so you know they've got staying power. I also had them help me come up with fabulous gifts for younger kids, so there are options for every age. 

After much deliberation, here are the items that made the cut...