Category: Products for Children

Kaboom! Big Block Singsong Giveaway!

We love family movie time – it is a time to sit together as a family, cuddle, learn new things and enjoy each other’s company. When our children get to choose the movie it is usually an animation full of song, rhymes and learning. I just learned that the majority of the movies we have enjoyed over the years have come courtesy of kaboom! entertainment. Kaboom! entertainment is the dedicated kids and family label of Phase 4 Films that brings us movies and shows such as Max and Ruby, Franklin, Air Bud, Toopy and Binoo, Chugginton and so much more!

The Big Block Singsong, which currently airs on TV, will be available for the first time on DVD on October 28th! The Big Block Singsong has a run time of just over forty eight minutes and features twenty four episodes. Each episode features a unique character that sings their very own song. From a pop song about noses to a techno jam about hair, from a hand clapper about your favourite fruits to an anthem about big feet, each episode offers up fun lyrics, love able wit and a catchy tune!

Although the DVD is targeted towards 3-5 year olds, our whole family loved the shows. They were the perfect length of time to keep the boys attention while still providing fun songs and images. The boys enjoyed yelling out the colours as the images changed on the screen as well as singing along and guessing the next words.

One lucky reader has the chance to win a copy of their own Big Block Singsong! Canadian residents can enter via the Rafflecopter form below – good luck!

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Disclosure: I received a copy of this DVD in order to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Eye Wonder Sharks from DK Canada #review

Do you have a little one in your home who loves sharks? We have two huge shark fans – so big we aren’t allowed to plan vacations during Shark Week otherwise they may miss an episode which just can not happen. I have to admit that these beautiful creatures hold a special place in my heart as well for many reasons. We love to discover new facts, learn about new sharks and their habits.

The Eye Wonder series is a precursor to the Eyewitness series and is specially designed for the 5+ crowd. The book comes in hardcover format (perfect for young kids who are not always as gentle as they could be) with large, beautiful photographs. The photographs and accompanying easy to read vocabulary made it the perfect book for us to read together as a family. We could easily open the book, pick out a photo and learn all about that shark in easy to use terms. I fell in love with the big, bold and bright photographs that truly showcase the beauty of sharks.

We were able to learn about a great variety of sharks from big to small as well as some odd looking ones we never knew about before. We looked at their teeth, eating habits, gills and so much more. I even learned some new stuff (Mom even sat down with the book after the kids went to bed so that I could read more too – love books like that!). As if Eye Wonder Sharks couldn’t get any better -at the end of the book they include eight pages of activities for your child to really dive in and enhance the complete learning experience. A win-win for us!

This book was such a hit that our eldest took the book to school and has kept it there for his friends and him to read during their breaks! That is when you know a book has done it’s job – it has engaged and sparked their curiosity to learn!

Check out the DK Canada Back to School boutique for more exciting Eye Wonder series as well as great workbooks to get your child back in the swing of things. The boutique is also offering a 30% off discount for a limited time so make sure to get in on that discount before it is gone!

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in order to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Mommy, Am I Pretty? #review & #giveaway

Young children are flooded with images of how they should look and behave every day. Society has placed a strong emphasis on our physical appearance that it is almost impossible to escape. I still remember looking in the mirror growing up and hating my nose – it was wide and big and I was teased relentlessly for it (this was even before media encouraged the perfect skinny body type!). I would come home every night and take a wooden clothespin and clip my nose in an effort to make my nose smaller (remember the saying don’t do that to your face it will freeze like that – yup that was my hope at the time). I have come a long way since then but I still have so many insecurities about my appearance that go back to my young days. I have an unhealthy relationship with food that stems from my high school years and not allowing myself to eat during school hours in the hope of looking pretty. As a Mother and an Aunt it is now important to me more than ever to encourage the children in my life that they have value that extends well beyond their physical appearance. That it is the good inside of us that makes us beautiful people.

About Mommy, Am I Pretty? 

Mommy, am I pretty? is the story of Molly a young girl in elementary school. One day while walking home from school with her Mother, Molly asks what it means to be pretty. Molly’s Mother helps her look at her day at school, at home and in her neighbourhood to discover moments of kindness and beauty. Molly learns that it is the small gestures of generosity and friendship that makes us loving and beautiful on the inside which shines through to our outer beauty. Molly realizes that being pretty on the inside is what matters most in life.

My Thoughts

The powerful message that Margot L Denommé writes is showcased in a wonderful way that will reach out to all young children. The story is written as if it is you having this conversation with your child. She examines every day experiences that children will go through and how our actions in these moments defines us and makes us a better and beautiful person. Children are bombarded with images in media leaving them with the feeling that beauty can only be seen on the outside. It is so important for children to know that our actions make us good people and it is a good heart that shines out and makes a person beautiful. 

Mommy, am I pretty? is a book that I hope ends up in every classroom – it teaches a lesson that not only starts at home but extends into a child’s school life where they can be exposed to negative comments about their appearance and bullying. 

About Margot L.Denommé

Margot practices law in Toronto where she lives with her husband and two young girls. Margot wrote this book to encourage dialogue between parents, grandparents, caregivers, teachers and young girls as a way to empower and teach them that true beauty lies within. Her message has resonated with many Canadian groups and organizers including, The Pediatric Dentistry and Maxillofacial Surgery division of the Hospital for Sick Children and the Dove Self-Esteem Fund Real Beauty Campaign. A portion of proceeds from book sales will go to Meagan’s Walk, a Toronto based charity that has since 2001 raised more than $2.7 million for cancer research. Margot has presented to several organizations as well as spoken to many students at various schools. To arrange for a public speaking opportunity at your own school you can contact her here.

A Special Mention

Margot’s two daughters, Madison and Brooke, are the illustrators of her book! Their lovely drawings complete the book and make it perfect! It was wonderful to see all of their drawings bringing the book to life.

Mommy, am I pretty? is avaiable in both hardcover and kindle format.

Enter to Win!

Margot has two books ready to give away to two of my Canadian readers to help encourage a daily dialogue between parents and their young girls! Enter via the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!

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Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in order to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Mother and Daughter Time with Glama Gal Tween Spa #GGPajamaParty

It is so important to take time out in our busy lives to share in special moments with those whom we love in our lives. Our children (and our nieces and nephews!) need these bonding moments to help nourish their confidence, to feel loved and accepted.

Glama Gal Tween Spa stands by their philosophy of inspiring tween girls to feel their best and to be confident in themselves. Young women are constantly under pressure to feel and act a certain way. At Glama Gal our young women can relax, be refreshed and more importantly they can just be who they are without any fear. Glama Gal wraps this all up in a unique spa environment that makes it all a win-win!

In true Glama Gals style, Glama Gal Tween Spa is hosting a Mother and Daughter Pajama Party this Friday, September 19th from 7 to 9 p.m.

You can spend quality time with the special tween in your life in the the luxury of the spa with the comfort of your pajamas – bringing back any memories here? Pajama parties were a huge part of my tween and teen years!

This special event includes:

  • Sweet Like Mommy Sundae Bar
  • Mommy and Me DIY Chocolicious Facials
  • Cotton Candy Mani’s with hand massage lesson
  • 4×6 Memorable Moment Photo Keepsake
  • Funky Hair Face Off (Daughters will give their Mom the funkiest hairstyle to win a prize!!)
  • Movie and Pink Popcorn during the event

Sounds like fun right? Seriously – I want a chocolicious facial right now!

Make sure to purchase tickets for the event on the Glama Gal website. The event is $80 for the duo (well worth the price!). Then get those pajamas ready to have a fabulous night of fun and bonding!

What is your favourite activity to do with your daughter?

Disclosure: I am a Glama Gal Tween Spa Glambassador and receive special perks as part of my affiliation. All the opinions expressed on my blog are my own.

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DK Math Boutique: Build Up Those Math Skills for BTS #review

Math can either be the easiest subject for your child to master or it can cause frustration and tears. We have seen both in our house. Some units are easier while other units can take a lot to master – I still have nightmares of calculus and I am dreading the day when I have to help my son with this!

We were sent the DK Canada Math Made Easy. Each Math Made Easy book is divided up by grade and you choose the correct grade for your child.

For our son we chose the grade he was entering into in September. It started off with the easier math problems and slowly advanced as he made his way through the book. We had to help a little bit but it was a great confidence booster. It also helped to give him a glimpse into what the math program will be like this year. He hasn’t made it through the book (it is quite big!) but we are working on two pages a day. It has helped to reinforce all the lessons that were taught (and beginning to fade!) since last year.

Math skills are so important to practice on a daily basis as each lesson is based on the previous and a child can quickly become lost. Supplementing short lessons at home is so important and these books made it easy for us as parents!

For a limited time, DK Canada is offering 30% at the Making Math Fun! Boutique.

How do you help your child at home with math skills? Do you have your own program? Or do you use resource books?

Disclosure: I received a free copy of the above mentioned books. All opinions expressed are my own.

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