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Let’s go to the movies

A great post from Today’s Parent  – Best kids movies of 2012.

Whether it’s a matinee or an evening out at the movies, all kids, no matter what age, enjoy this family-fun activity. It’s a wonderful way to connect with your kids, especially if you don a pair of silly 3D glasses! Clever, adult focused jokes are often slipped into animated movies, which adds to the fun for mom and dad.

So, next time you are wondering what to do with the kids, pile into the car and go to the movies.

Don’t forget to get the large bucket of popcorn – it’s calorie-free, right?

Remember this song from the musical, Annie? It was one of Becca’s favourite movies. I believe we watched this movie at least 20-30 times when the kids were little! Enjoy!

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How to host fantastic birthday parties for kids – on a budget

One thing I know how to do really well (if I do say so myself) are children’s birthday parties. I am happy to say that my kids have fond memories of their “cool” themed birthday parties. The nice part — almost all of them were at home! Sure, we did the McDonald’s party one year, and the bowling party another year, but almost all of the others were in our own home with an interesting theme. And I have to say, I would go all out with the theme. Teddy Bear and PJ birthday party (picture above) included a teddy bear birthday party invite,  “breakfast” with teddy, a home-baked teddy bear cake, teddy bear decorations, crafts and games. The kids especially loved being in their PJs!

The best part of all, home parties don’t have to cost a lot. Read the rest of this entry »

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Things I miss from days of yesterday

Cover of "Baby Beluga (Songs to Read)"

Cover of Baby Beluga (Songs to Read)

Thinking back fondly to when the kids were younger, a few wonderful and funny memories come to mind:

  • Reading/singing Baby Beluga (by Raffi) 12 times each night “again mommy, again…”
  • Dressing my kids in matching outfits
  • Funny word pronunciations: pasghetti for spaghetti, macouver for converter, tumma tumma for “w” (honestly!), mema and bepa for grandma and grandpa
  • Embarrassing moments “mommy, why does that man have a ponytail…only girls have ponytails”  – standing behind a rough looking biker in a grocery store check-out line
  • Playing Barbies for hours and hours
  • Singing Disney songs while they take a bubble bath
  • Themed birthday parties
  • Putting smiley face notes in their lunch bags
  • Tucking them in at night and “blowing out the light”

Those were the days!

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