Monday, February 28, 2011

Snoozies * review *

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I was recently sent a pair of Snoozies to try out... sadly they didn't fit me so I gave them to my mom. They are so soft and cute I knew she would love them.

Here is a bit about Snoozies :

The Cure for Cold Feet!
98% of women suffer from cold feet due to the way their bodies react to colder temperatures, channeling heat away from their fingers and toes. snoozies!® put an end to freezing feet!
Not a sock or a slipper – snoozies!® combine the best of both!

  • Easy to clean – Completely machine-washable
  • Durable - Stands up to repeated washings and still looks great
  • Comfortable - Soft Sherpa fleece on the inside for a snug, cozy fit
  • Stylish - Brushed fleece exterior comes in fun-to-wear colors and patterns
  • Safe - Non-skid sole means no slipping on wood floors and tile
  • Affordable – MSRP $12
  • Available in adult and kid’s sizes





Here is what my mom had to say about Snoozies

I adore Snoozies. They wick the moisture away so that your feet feel warm and dry. They are soft and lightweight with little grips on the bottom so you don't slip. My Snoozies are a colourful floral print - will easily match a variety of nightwear. Love 'em!

Thanks so much to Snoozies for sending me a pair to review. 

Friday, February 25, 2011

Big Changes Ahead...

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This picture was taken exactly two years ago. It was taken by my husband at my sweet friend Becky's house on the night before we moved from Saskatchewan to Ontario.

I find it fascinating that exactly two years later, at our annual meeting tonight, it was made official that we will be once again moving.

We have no idea where though.

As you all know my husband is a pastor. He is currently working in a very small church and unfortunately it is so small that they can no longer afford to pay him. So as of the end of June he needs to find a new job. That will very likely entail moving.

We have no idea WHERE though.

On the up side there is no angry feelings with him being laid off- sad, yes - but not angry. The folks in our church are genuinely kind and loving and generous people. There just isn't enough of them to pay a salary. The decision was not a surprise to us and my husband was a part of coming to this decision. We were not ambushed or fired or treated cruelly in any way.  It was not an easy decision for anyone to make.

It sucks but it will be ok.

We just have to trust that even though WE have no idea what is going on GOD does. I am not a huge fan of the unknown. Fear and anxiety often threaten to overtake my sense of well-being. One of the many joys of being me :) .

Over the last couple weeks I have had a lot of peace about our current situation... but at the same time I feel all panicky whenever I think of what this transition means for our children. I know they will be ok but I also know that change is incredibly hard for everyone and especially hard for kids with special needs.

So there you have it folks... my big news.

We would appreciate any prayers murmured on our behalf through this time of uncertainty.

Thanks :)

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Scentsy Buddy review

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This is a picture of my sleeping princess that I just took a few minutes ago. She is so adorable when she sleeps. She has to have everything just right... the right pillow, the right blankets, the right jammies and the right stuffed friends to sleep with. One of those friends is ALWAYS her special pink bunny and for the past few weeks her new friend Penny the Pig has joined the bedtime crew.

Penny the Pig is a Scentsy Buddy and Olivia was SO excited when she arrived at our home earlier this month. She arrived in her own little cardboard carrier with her very own scent pack. The scent pack we received is called Perfectly Pomegranate but there are 15 different scents to choose from.



 Here is some information I got from the sponsor:

For the child in your life or the child in you, the Scentsy Buddy is the perfect cuddly companion and is always ready for fun with a big dose of fragrance that’s just right! 

Whether it’s Ollie the Elephant, Lenny the Lamb, Penny the Pig, Mollie the Monkey, Ribbert the Frog or Roarbert the Lion, each Buddy features a zippered pocket to hold a scrumptious Scentsy fragrance.  Just insert a Scent Pak and bring your Buddy to life.

Scentsy Buddies, for children ages 3 years and up, are available at scentsy.ca for $30.  This includes one Scent Pak and individual Scent Paks are available for $8.

For more Scentsy Buddy fun, go to ScentsyBuddy.com  to meet all of the Buddies, download Buddy Valentines, play games, create beautiful Buddy artwork and more.

I must admit that at first I found the fragrance a bit overpowering but after a few days it mellowed into a softer scent. Olivia loved Penny the Pig and her fragrance immediately. Penny is soft and cuddly and Olivia has carted her all over.  Both Olivia and I love her!

If you would like to purchase one of these adorable Scentsy Buddies you can find a Scentsy consultant on the website. ( Shout out to my wonderful friend and Scentsy Consultant Tammi - Hi Tammi! )

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Curious George: A Bike Ride Adventure

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About the DVD

Get ready for adventure with everyone's favourite little monkey- Curious George! George is back with a whole lot of exciting things to do and learn in 8 more shows from his Daytime Emmy- winning PBS KIDS TV series. Join George as he goes on his first bike ride, chases rainbows, and meets canine royalty! Every day is a special day with Curious George: A Bike Ride Adventure!

Our Review

My 3 kids all love Curious George. We have been watching him for years and reading the books even earlier than that! Curious George is pure entertaining, innocent fun. I asked the kids what they thought of this particular DVD and here is what they said:

Aiden: I like Curious George because he is funny and I think the bike riding show was my favourite. Or maybe the one where they go in the forest ( Sprout Outing ) because I think it is funny when George steals the other guys hat and it goes in the river and he tries to stick the branches to the trees with mud. He's crazy.

Owen: mom. It is Curious George. Of COURSE I like it. He is a monkey. He is funny. Plus he does some really stupid things and never gets in trouble. I want a monkey.

Olivia: I like George and Jumpy the squirrel. I like the girl too. Remember when he lost the cremelean ( Chameleon ) and he put the flour all over the floor? That was funny. Silly George. 

Personally I find Curious George one of the very few non-annoying kid's shows to have on in my house. I love having the shows on DVD so that we can watch it whenever and not have to find it on TV. Curious George is always a fun option.

Thanks so much to Universal Studios Home Entertainment for sending me a copy of this DVD to review.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Family Day Fun

Pin It It was a holiday here today (Family Day) so Olivia had a friend over for a play date and we ate nachos for supper just for fun :).


 Olivia and her little friend made bead necklaces just for fun and they were so cute digging through the beads to find just the perfect ones for them.





 The kids were especially silly at supper today. I let them choose the meal so they chose nachos with cheese and large peeled raw carrots. Fascinating.


 They also spent a good portion of the meal making funny faces.


They are darn cute!


Happy Family Day everyone :)

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Our Day at the Winter Festival...

Pin It Today we went to the local Winter Festival. The kids were excited because we were going to see the dog sled race.

Of course the first thing they did when we got there was NOT watch the race. Instead the jumped in the snow.



They took the occasional break from snow-play to watch some of the dog sleds start out.
This dog had bright orange booties on which the kids found very entertaining. Olivia suggested they get pink booties. Of course.

The snow was really deep and the boys spent a good amount of time leaping into it.


They had a "needle in a haystack" race where the kids got to look for loonies ( Canadian $1.00 coins ) in the piles of hay.

Neither Owen or Olivia found any but they had fun anyway.
There was a log cutting relay race thing for the kids too. Olivia wanted to go so she and Doug had a special turn.
Aiden and Owen were a team. They have things on their feet- sort of like a sack race- to make it harder and it made it especially funny to watch.
They did manage to saw the end of the log off but they didn't win the race :).
I took a couple videos for those of you who have never been to a dogsled race!


Friday, February 18, 2011

You Again * review *

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Film Synopsis:

For Marnie (Kristen Bell), high school was a horror movie, and her brother’s wedding is the sequel when her archrival comes back to haunt her as his bride. Its nice girl versus mean girl in this hysterical reunion with the one person Marnie would really like to forget. And if that weren’t enough, Marnie’s mom (Jamie Lee Curtis) reunites with her own high school nemesis (Sigourney Weaver). Complete with hilarious, never-before-seen bonus material, You Again is one crazy comedy that’ll keep you laughing again and again.




Bonus Features
DVD: 
  • FOLLOWING FICKMAN: ON SET WITH THE DIRECTOR: Peer into the madcap mind of Hollywood's wackiest director, Andy Fickman, as he orchestrates thecomedy of Kristen Bell, Sigourney Weaver, Jamie Lee Curtis and Betty White.
  • ASK THE CAST: Jaime Lee Curtis, Betty White, Sigourney Weaver and Kristen Bell answer questions from fans asking for advice.  Betty’s advise might not be what you expect.
  • FUNNY OR DIE: In this behind-the-scenes interview spoof, Jaime Lee Curtis, Betty White, Sigourney Weaver, Odette Yustman and KristenBell discuss the movie when things get tense between the actresses eventually boiling over into a cast fight.
  • DELETED SCENES: Director Andy Fickman provides intros to his deleted scenes “Sharing A Room,” “Photo Album Memories,” and “Riding The Silk.”
Blu-ray:
Everything on the DVD plus…
  • BLOOPER DANCE PARTY: On-set antics abound as the cast dances to their own beat.
  • ADDITIONAL DELETED SCENES: Director Andy Fickman provides intros to his deleted scenes. “Good Morning Sunshine,” “Grandma Bunny's House (featuring Betty White),” “Meet Georgia King  (with Betty White),” “Gail’s Shower/Ramona’s Dress,” “The Compost Heap  (with Betty White),” “Covered In Lard (with Betty White),” “Bridal Shower  (with Betty White),” “After The Fiasco,”

MY REVIEW

I thought this was an absolutely fabulous movie. I loved it. The awkward moments were so well done that they were painful to watch lol! The characters and the actors playing them were perfect. You Again would be a great movie to watch with your girlfriends.

The bonus features are fun- my favourite being the Blooper Dance Party. So funny. Betty White is a hoot. I also thought the Ask the Cast feature was great.  If you are looking for a great way to spend an evening than be sure to pick up a copy of You Again!




Thanks so much to Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment for sending me a copy of this movie to review.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

This is what Olivia wore to school today...

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My kid is awesome :)

Yogi Bear: The Video Game

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Just before Christmas we were sent Yogi Bear: The Video Game to review but in the craziness of the holidays it was completely forgotten about! So a couple weeks ago I pulled it out again. Here is a description of the game...


The 100th Anniversary of Jellystone Park is fast approaching – and land developers want to shut it down! Based on Warner Bros. Studios live-action/CG animated feature film Yogi Bear™, Yogi Bear™: The Video Game lets players become “smarter than the average bear” while exploring the park as Yogi. Belly slide, zip-line, bungee, and sneak through majestic levels, all the while rescuing protected animals and finding a way to save Jellystone Park from shutting down forever!

Features:

 ·         Explore the four unique worlds within Jellystone Park: the lofty Lookout Mountains, the Wilderness Trail, Jellystone Lake, and Eagle Mountain.
·         Jump, slide, crawl, belly stomp and zip-line through majestic locations within Jellystone; use Yogi’s flying glider in special areas!
·         Scavenger Hunts: Collect a variety of items (including junk!) to build useful gadgets and access hidden areas.
·         Sneaking: As Yogi, avoid detection by Ranger Smith and other humans while collecting pick-ups to build a new contraption or grabbing a couple of ‘pic-a-nic’ baskets.
·         DS version: Unique to the DS version, play as Boo-Boo and create unique gadgets through fun, stylus-based minigames.



OUR REVIEW

Unfortunately we have not seen the movie yet so my kids were not as interested in this game as they might otherwise be. Aiden (age 8) and Owen (age 7) did play it several times though and they said it was fun and pretty easy to play. They said it made them want to watch the movie. Perhaps their interest will grow after we have seen the movie! Both my husband and I thought the game looked fun but that could be just because we have a fondness for good ol' Yogi Bear :).

If you have Yogi Bear fans in your house than this might be the perfect game for them!





Thanks so much to D3Publisher for sending us a copy of this game to review.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

A New Diagnosis?

Pin It A couple weeks before Christmas we had yet another assessment for Aiden- this time with a psychiatrist. Yesterday we got his report back and we got a little surprise.

For the past few years Aiden's diagnosis has always been high-functioning Autism and ADHD.

Apparently the psychiatrist disagreed with that. Not the Autism part... that is just obvious. But the ADHD part.

Apparently he replaced the ADHD diagnosis with an Oppositional Defiant Disorder diagnosis. And then he threw the "mixed developmental learning disabilities" in there.

We have no idea what prompted the change so we are still looking in to it.

I just find it fascinating.

Just goes to show that you never know for sure. I don't really have any opinions on it yet... I'm still processing. But honestly I am not sure if I agree.

Interesting.

Oh... and those reports are really not very easy to understand. I think there should be a parent guide or something that goes along with the report. Thankfully I have the internet and wonderful people who were willing to help me interpret it! Thanks friends :)

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - Don't Hate Me Because I Am Beautiful! ( w/linky)

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Lost in Shadow for Wii

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A couple months ago I was sent Lost in Shadow for Wii to review.

 Synopsis

There is a Tower that rises above all in an alternate world. No one knows who built this or why it was built. One thing is certain, the Tower both casts a large shadow and at the same time is filled with moving shadows...

There is a shadow of a boy that climbs this tower. He runs through the shadow of the Tower, solving mysteries and puzzles along the way, and fighting off enemies that try to impede his progress. The boy is not affected by gravity but his movement is restricted within the thin border between light and shadow....

There is a winged sylph known as a “Spangle” that supports him in his journey. The boy is not alone in his endeavors as this creature of light joins him on his quest...


Welcome to the Lost in Shadow. Mixing unique platform elements and levels of puzzling to challenge the player, the combination of light and shadow creates an all-new blend of game styles. With the shadow boy altering shapes of surrounding objects’ shadows and creating walkways to previously inaccessible areas, Lost in Shadow is set to deliver an adventure into a world never before seen on Wii.

Features
  • Adventure through a land that is in the shadow of the tower. A land that is both familiar and foreign at the same time.
  • Manipulate light and shadows to traverse this alternate land where even gravity is influenced.
  • Battle shadow creatures with traditional weapons
  • You are not alone in your quest: Journey with a spangle that assists you in your travel. Together unlock the mysteries in and around the Tower
  • Meet other shadow beings along your journey.

OUR REVIEW

My sons did try the game a few times but said it was too hard. They are 7 & 8 and the game is rated E 10+ so that wasn't too surprising. I had my husband try it out though and this is what he thought...

Lost in Shadow has a different kind of concept and it makes you think a little harder because it isn't what you expect- being a shadow means you interact with your environment differently. It was a neat game.

*we were sent a free demo copy of this game to review*
 
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