The Back To School Blues

Trust me, it's not about the 6 hours of free time I'll magically get back that has me singing the back-to-school blues.  Not even close.  Instead, it's the dent on my bank account.  School fees, new clothes, new gear all lumped into one single month... and enough to deck out two stylish boys. The game just got even pricier now that my eleven year old now wears mens' clothes.  You read that right, my son and my hubby can share shirts now. I'm not … [Read more...]

Send the Kids Back To School with Crayola

*Please note, the following contest is open to residents of Canada* It's quite possibly one of the best feelings out there.  Breaking into a brand new box of Crayola crayons.  Sliding them out of the top of the box, and making that first mark with them... Staying inside the lines, or not.  Maybe there aren't any lines.  Either way.  Brand new Crayola crayons are one of lifes really good things. It is the only brand I buy.  Really, truly. … [Read more...]

Get Mabel’s Ultimate Back To School Combo At Early Bird Pricing!

*This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. This is it.  I am officially a free bird! Well, in about nine and a half weeks, and only from 8am until 3pm. My last baby is going to school. MY LAST BABY IS GOING TO SCHOOL! ***insert angels singing here*** I've already begun talking up how fun school will be.  What the rules will be, and how he'll have to "be on … [Read more...]

Fill That Stocking for Under $25 at Walmart #CBIAS

Disclosure:  I am a member of the Collective Bias Social Fabric Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias and its advertiser.  One of my favorite parts of Christmas is buying all the little treats that go into my kids stockings.  The little trinkets that I know they'll love (and that might just allow me to sleep an extra 20 minutes on Christmas morning).  Our Christmas morning … [Read more...]

The Scents Of The Season from Glade {Giveaway}

One of my favorite things about the holidays is all the spicy scents that come along with it.  The gingerbread cookies baking in the oven, the mulled cider simmering on the stove.  The sugar cookies cooling on the rack...and the delicious apple spice cake we'll be having for desert tonight.  The holidays are a time for tradition...and when tradition finds us in the kitchen producing scrumptious treats all season long, it's not hard to be taken … [Read more...]

Light Up Links {Giveaway}

This week I received a very cool toy...one that is perfect for my creative boys.  Both of my boys love to build and make thinks, and love things that light up!  New Light Up Links is the perfect combination for them! Last night we opened up the package and checked it out.  I was impressed with what we were was able to create in just a few moments! They're easy to put together, and require no additional batteries! If you are looking for the … [Read more...]

Top Holiday Toys from Mattel {Giveaway!}

Do your kids have their letters to Santa written yet?  My boys haven't yet sat down to do it, but I know what they want.  They make it really easy for me as they are super focused on the things they love.  My youngest son, well he's a boy who loves all things truck related...that and things he can build with.  Hotwheels, Monster Trucks, and building blocks are all you can find on his list this year. HOT WHEELS® Monster Jam® Mighty Minis™ … [Read more...]

Hasbro & Duracell “Power A Smile” This Holiday Season {Giveaway}

The thing about the holidays is the influx of battery operated toys.  Every year, as I purchase toys for my boys I keep a running list of sizes and amounts of batteries that I'll need to power those smiles on Christmas morning.  Many evenings just before the holidays, I'll open up those toys, undo all the fastenings and power them up.  Not only to make sure that they work, but to make Christmas morning go much smoother.  No child wants to wait … [Read more...]

HP Slate 7 Tablet – The Perfect Gift

Have you noticed lately the trend of technology devices making their way to the top of the Christmas lists lately?  I'm certain Santa would be scratching his head, wondering which of his elves are in charge of building tablets and computers. But worry not Santa, HP has your back!  With the new  price of the HP Slate 7 Tablet, you'll be able to make your friends and family smile with this fantastic piece of equipment, and without breaking the … [Read more...]

Stuff Those Baby Stocking with Fisher Price Bath & Body.

There is something special about bath time with your kids.  It's like time slows down and you get to have just a little bit of one on one time with them.  No outside interference (aside from maybe the odd sibling running in and out of the washroom).  It's part of the routine.   Just this past week I was given the opportunity to try out a few of the new Bath & Body products from Fisher Price.  My 3-year-old son is a … [Read more...]

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