Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Easy To Make Lego Table

Like many children, both of my boys are pretty obsessed with LEGO.  They have been playing with it for a few years, and it was starting to take over.  We had pieces in their bedrooms, family room and living room.  Sets put together in their rooms, and on the floor in front of our fireplace (not to worry, we never use it - no chance of LEGO melting).

Friday, April 22, 2016

Mr. Peanut Now Available In Peanut Butter

Are you a fan of peanut butter? If so, you will want to check out the new Planters Peanut Butter!  For over 100 years, Canadian families have been snacking on planters peanuts, welcoming Mr. Peanut into their homes.  Now, you can try the all new Planters Peanut Butter!

Monday, April 18, 2016

Weekend Recap April 18th

This past weekend was absolutely beautiful.  We were so fortunate to have some sunshine and warm weather.  There was no school on Friday, the kids played outside for the majority of the day. The morning in my moms backyard and the late afternoon/early evening in our backyard.

Saturday I threw a baby shower and the kids spent the afternoon outside playing soccer and changing the play structure around with their dad.

Sunday was probably the nicest day of the weekend.  Mr. J spent the day with his grandpa, and Mr. K and I spent most of it outside.  We practiced passing the basketball around, and then went to the backyard where he played soccer for a while.  At one point a family was out for a bike ride (we back onto a bike path) and they stopped a little way down from our house where there is a bench, and then the son came over and asked if he could play soccer with Mr. K.  They played together for 20 minutes or so until he had to go.

Mr. K and I walked over to the park, and he was lucky to run into a friend from school.  After about 20 minutes, we decided that we would walk to the corner store to get Frosters.  On our way home we ran into another friend from school and chatted with his family for a bit.  When we got home, I checked the health app on my phone and we had over 6000 steps in - it was only 130pm.

We stayed in for a little bit and then went back outside while hubby bbq'd dinner.

After I put the kids to bed, I realized that I had my very first sunburn of the season (well, hopefully my ONLY sunburn of the season). A great reminder I need to stock up on sunscreen.

I hope you had a wonderful weekend!

Friday, April 15, 2016

Pedalheads Summer Camp In Kanata and a #Giveaway

When Mr. J was a few weeks shy of 6, I took him to the backyard with his brand new bike, no training wheels, and he was off. I held onto him for about 5 seconds, running along and then let go. He didn't look back and he didn't fall. That was all there was to it for him, and he LOVED the freedom.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Spring Cake Raffle Day

My favourite school day of the year is the Spring cake raffle.  Families donate baked (or store bought) goodies and/or spring items and then raffle tickets are sold.  The classes come by and look to see what is available and then "bid" on items with their raffle tickets.  At the end of the day, winners are pulled and goodies are delivered to the lucky kids.

Last year I put together a round up of great ideas.  I let the kids choose what they wanted, but they went with their own ideas.

Mr. K wanted a minecraft creeper cake, and Mr. J wanted a purple minion (pictured below)
some of the great donations this year

There were some GREAT cakes donated again this year - I always love to see the creativity that goes into them, and of course seeing the excitement when the kids come to check out the goodies is fun too!

Mr. K won a package of cupcakes this year, and Mr. J's 4 year winning streak came to an end.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Weekend Recap

This weekend started off with me having to go to my mothers house to change a bandage....she sliced open her shin on Thursday night and ended up with stitches.  Mr. K joined me and he had a nice little visit with his Gramz.  When we got home, I found hubby and Mr. J watching a movie...but then I noticed a bag of ice on Mr. J's head.  Apparently while he was outside playing basketball, he tripped on the ball and hit his head on the driveway.

Waking up Saturday morning, Mr. J had a headache and wasn't quite himself. I made an appointment with the on-call doctor to have him checked out.  I worked on the cakes for the school cake raffle and then took him to get checked - the doctor said he was fine and just to keep icing the bump and advil for the headache..... he spent some time at his grandparents in the afternoon, and I did laundry :)

Sunday Mr. K and I did groceries together and then cleaned his room.  I took the kids for a long walk in the afternoon (it was a beautiful day) and then they played on the computer/ipad for a bit before dinner.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

The Tooth Fairy Visits Again

Mr. K lost his first tooth!  Such an exciting time for him (and us, too!) We aren't 100% sure if it fell out on it's own, or if it was knocked out by Mr. J.  They were horsing around with their dad, and apparently a knee might have made it's way into Mr. K's mouth.....then he realized his tooth was gone.

We put the tooth in a ziplock bag (just a little tip, it's a little easier for the tooth fairy to find the tooth under the pillow!) and placed it under his pillow.

He forgot all about it when he woke up in the morning, but hubby asked him if the tooth fairy had come and he was excited to find some money left behind!

Monday, April 4, 2016

Garth Brooks In Concert

Ottawa was lucky enough to have 4 Garth and Trisha shows this weekend.  After the first 3 sold out in record breaking time, they announced a Sunday afternoon show.  I decided to try and get tickets (what country music fan wouldn't want to see Garth Brooks live? and I LOVE Trisha Yearwood so it was definitely a show I didn't want to miss).

Friday, April 1, 2016

CST Learning Project Competition and Twitter Party

Growing up I never could have imagined the important role that technology would play in my day to day life.  I grew up with tv, we also had a computer.  A very small DOS computer.  After powering up, we needed to enter code to get into any applications.  Now, all we need to do is turn the computer on and then we are able to browse through whatever we need.

At 10 years old, I never imagined that I would have a small laptop computer in my home, that I used daily for work.  With my kids being 5 and 8 right now, I have trouble even imagining how technology changes will impact the jobs that they end up with as they get older.

Technology is rapidly changing, and we need to make sure that our kids can keep up with these changes.

CST Learning Project Competition
Each year, CST holds the CST Learning Project competition which funds new learning activities for children,with $250,000 up for grabs.It’s part of their cool Inspired Minds program that also includes Careers 2030—a deep dive into the possible careers our kids will have. (Robot Counsellor? Data Miner? Rewilder?)

#CSTLearningProject Twitter Party

Parent Life Network and Canada Scholarship Trust (CST) Foundation will be hosting a Twitter Party and you’re invited! Join us for an hour of fun to discuss the future, robots and all of the possible jobs that will be available to our little ones. There will be $1000 in prizing awarded during the hour!

Date: Thursday, April 7
Time: 9 p.m. EDT
Hashtag: #CSTLearningProject
Hosts: @ParentLifeNet @CSTConsultants
Eligibility: Canada-wide

Prizing: $1,000 in prizing to be awarded.

Important: You must RSVP below in order to be eligible to win the cash prizes.