Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - Beautiful LINKY

Pin It My husband took these gorgeous pictures of our daughter today and I just had to share them!

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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Olivia's Princess Tea Party Birthday

Pin It We had Olivia's 5th birthday party today! Her actual birthday isn't until December 8th but we decided to have her party a little early.

Here are a few pictures for you all ...

(face painting done by my dear friend Michelle... isn't she amazing?)

I'm so glad Olivia had fun!! :)

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Wordless Wednesday- New Headshot! LINKY

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Monday, November 21, 2011

Smalltown Poets Christmas!

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Christmas is easily my most favourite holiday of the year... I love it!! I haven't decorated the house yet but I have already started listening to Christmas music and I am getting pretty excited.

I was given the chance to review the Smalltown Poets Christmas album and I really love it. 

Just in case you don't know much about the Smalltown Poets here is a brief overview:

Smalltown Poets burst onto the Christian music scene with their Grammy-nominated self-titled debut on Ardent/Forefront (EMI) in 1997 and released two more albums with the Memphis based label. Three number one singles and a total of ten top ten radio hits helped garner two Best Rock Gospel Grammy nominations, seven Dove Award nominations (including best new artist) and aBillboard Music video award for the band. Their song Anything Genuine was featured on the platinum selling WOW 1999 compilation. In 2004 the band released It's Later Than It's Ever Been on BEC(EMI.)

The band regrouped in the fall of 2010 to begin production on their 5th studio album, Smalltown Poets Christmas. The band co-produced the project with former Smalltown Poets drummer Matt Goldman (Underoath, Third Day, Casting Crowns, Copeland).

The album will be available to fans on Nov. 1st of 2011 through iTunes, CD Baby, and other online outlets. The band will be doing Christmas concerts across the South and Midwest in December of 2011, joined on select dates by fellow bandsEchoing Angels and Elishah.

The Smalltown Poets Christmas album is beautiful- it is a great mix of old and new Christmas songs done with a Smalltown Poets flair. I have listened to the whole album dozens of times over the past couple weeks and am totally not bored of it yet. I really can't pick just one favourite song off the album but I think their versions of O Little Town of Bethlehem and On Christmas Day are especially fantastic.

My husband loves Christmas too... but his passion for the holiday doesn't even come close to mine so when I first put on Christmas music this year he gave me a sort of exasperated "really?" look... but even he enjoyed this album!

Take a listen and see what you think...

You can follow Smalltown Poets on twitter, find Smalltown Poets on Facebook and check out the Smalltown Poets Youtube channel as well.

You can buy this fabulous Christmas album for less than $10 on iTunes (or Amazon) and it is a wonderful way to get in the Christmas spirit!

I really do love this album :).

Christmas is in 33 days!!!! YAHOOOOOO!!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

the Perfect Plus Size Clothing for Christmas

Pin It I have mentioned Satin Woods Boutique before on this blog because I just love them but I wanted to point out that they have the most beautiful plus size clothing for women and there is still time to order before Christmas!

You can see the beautiful Satin Woods outfits I have in my Blissdom Canada post but here are a few of my favourite new arrivals in their shop:

I love this red dress- it would look amazing at a Christmas party...

 I think this pretty top looks like it would be really comfortable to wear as well as lovely to look at...

and this bellini would look great all year round...

The customer service at Satin Woods is top notch and you can also purchase gift certificates for the perfect gift. Satin Woods is a Canadian company but ships to the USA as well.

It can be ridiculously hard to find beautiful plus-size clothing but Satin Woods makes it easy!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Prima Princessa Presents Sleeping Beauty

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Created by two stay-at-home-moms, Prima Princessa DVDs for ages 3-6 feature an enchanting, child-friendly combination of professional ballet performances and ballet dance lessons. In each show, the cartoon ballerina fairy, Prima Princessa, takes a group of preschool age children to see a condensed version of a classical ballet and in between acts, the children practice ballet steps demonstrated by students from the School of American Ballet, the official academy of the New York City Ballet. London's Royal Ballet stars in "Prima Princessa Presents Sleeping Beauty", a fairy dust filled spring-time adventure that is sure to inspire the ballerina in any child. At the end of the show join Prima Princessa for a magical tea party bonus feature and fun craft projects.

PrimaPrincessa.com brings ballet to the whole family with ballet inspired coloring pages, a ballet dictionary, educational games, links to ballet schools and more. Prima Princessa’s blog TutuZone.com features craft projects for girls and other fun family activities.

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Prima Princessa Presents Sleeping Beauty is great for any little aspiring ballerina. Olivia (who turns 5 in a few weeks) watched the whole show from start to finish. Several times she got up to imitate the ballerinas and dance. I asked her what she thought and here is what she told me:

Olivia- I like it. I didn't like the evil queen. Sleeping beauty was pretty. I liked the costumes. I want clothes like that. 

At the end of the DVD there is a few little extras- one being the Prima Princessa Tea Party. Olivia was very impressed and has asked several times to have a tea party "just like that".

As you might expect my boys has zero interest in this DVD. Not a surprise considering it is really not geared to boys in the 8-10 range!

If you have a little ballerina dancing around your house than this DVD might make a great Christmas present :).

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Ben 10 Galactic Racing for Wii review

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Ben 10 Galactic Racing for Wii
Here is some information about the game from the manufacturer ...

BEN 10 Galactic Racing lets players use offensive and defensive attacks themed to each character’s abilities as well as unique Omni-Node Pick-Ups, including a special Ultimate power that unleashes a super-charged, race-changing boost of speed, for those who fall too far behind.  Players can race with or against friends in any of the various game modes where up to fourplayers can compete on the same screen at one time.  These modes also allow players to win Galactic Grand Prix trophies from each of the circuits or race their favorite tracks in an attempt to set record-breaking times in Time Trials mode.
BEN 10 Galactic Racing introduces the character Fasttrack, one of Ben’s new aliens making his video game debut on Xbox 360, the Wii™ system from Nintendo, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and the Nintendo 3DS™.  Nintendo DS™ players can play as Diamondhead, another popular alien hero from the series, who uses one of his mighty fists to shoot shards to block other racers!

GUEST REVIEW by my husband Doug

This game caused a good amount of excitement when it arrived at our house.  Our younger son, Owen, is a big Ben 10 fan.  He was anxious to play the game.
We were able to play a little together and I have played the game a little myself.  It’s a fun game.  If you’re familiar with the Ben 10 series there is many of the characters available to race with, with each you can choose one of two ‘cars’ to race with.  So there’s lots of variety of racers, something my kids really enjoy, they love being able to make their onscreen racer look and feel different.
The game is reminiscent of Nintendo’s MarioKart for Wii, but with a completely different look and feel, due to the Ben 10 theme.  The controls are slightly different, which threw me for a bit.  
It does take a while to figure out what each of the power ups do, but that’s part of learning a new game.  The game is not as easy as you might expect.  So while we had a blast playing the multiplayer game, I had a more difficulty then I expected playing the first few tracks due to the fact that I kept losing.
All in all, good game premise, decent graphics, and fun gameplay.  I’d recommend this game if you have a big Ben 10 fan in the house or if you’d like a good multiplayer racer.  However, if you have other kart style racing games and don’t want the Ben 10 theme, then you might have more thinking to do. This might make a great Christmas present for the Ben 10 fan in your house. 


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - Love Those Eyes LINKY

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Searching for the Perfect Holiday Dress?

Pin It As we get closer to Christmas there are more and more parties and festivities to attend. If you are looking for that perfect dress to wear be sure to check out Dress911.

Some of you may remember that Dress911 sent me this beautiful "Mystery Theatre" dress to wear to the ShesConnected conference...

It was so pretty and SO comfortable to wear- I loved it. They also sent me the lovely "Braided new Start" necklace that I am wearing in the picture. I got a ton of compliments on my outfit that night! I will definitely be wearing the dress again this holiday season.

Dress911 has a great selection of very reasonably priced party dresses in regular and plus-size. Here is a bit about them that I took off their website:

Dress911 is an indie-pendent online dress shop in London Ontario Canada
that offers indie dresses, retro dresses, party dresses, and indie clothing all
at awesome prices. We work to bring in a variety of dress styles that are unique,
just like you. Shop online or in-store and If you have any questions regarding a
product or how to purchase your next dress please call or email. Customers in
London, Ontario can visit our new cozy warehouse store location to try on dresses.
Shop online with confidence as we offer free return and exchange shipping.
We have one of Canada's best selections of dresses and add new dresses each
week to our collection, so be sure to come back often to see the latest styles.

Thanks again Dress911.com for helping me look my best at ShesConnected!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Cars 2 Review

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Film Synopsis:

Star racecar Lightning McQueen and the incomparable tow truck Mater take their friendship to exciting new places in “Cars 2” when they head overseas to compete in the first-ever World Grand Prix to determine the world’s fastest car. But the road to the championship is filled with plenty of potholes, detours and hilarious surprises when Mater gets caught up in an intriguing adventure of his own: international espionage. Mater finds himself torn between assisting Lightning McQueen in the high-profile race and towing the line in a top-secret mission orchestrated by master British super spy Finn McMissile and the stunning rookie field spy Holley Shiftwell. Mater’s action-packed journey leads him on an explosive chase through the streets of Japan and Europe, trailed by his friends and watched by the whole world. The fast-paced fun includes a colorful new all-car cast, complete with menacing villains and international racing competitors.



When the first Cars movie came out years ago it became an instant favourite with my boys. They were 3 & 4 years old at the time and it didn't take long for them to have the movie practically memorized. My son Owen has always been especially enthralled. He even used to sleep with his Lightning McQueen cars every night. Needless to say when they heard that there was a Cars 2 they were more than a little excited.

We went to see Cars 2 in the theatre in 3D this summer and all three of my kids loved it. They were extremely excited with the Cars 2 blu-ray DVD combo pack arrived in the mail last week. I am sure we have watched the movie at least a dozen times since it arrived.

I asked the kids what they thought and here is what they said:

Aiden (age 9): I like it even better than Cars 1. I like all the race cars.
Owen (age 8): I love the whole movie and I can't even pick a favourite part but the part at the end where they let Mater keep the rockets is hilarious. My favourite car is still Lightning McQueen and Mater is still the funniest.
Olivia (age 4): I like Holly the girl spy car because she can do anything and even fly. And she is pretty. And she likes Mater and Mater is funny. 

There are a couple of fun extras on the disc too- "Air Mater" and "Hawaiian Vacation". Here is what the kids had to say about the extras...

Aiden: Air Mater is really funny and I can't wait to see the Planes movie too.
Owen: Mater got to fly and he is so funny. The Hawaiian Vacation one is funny too when they make a beach out of kitty litter and Buzz is in Spanish mode and Ken and Barbie fall into the snow.
Olivia: I like the Hawaii one where Ken and Barbie kiss. I like Barbie. She's pretty. 

Cars 2 is an all around great movie for kids. It would make an excellent Christmas present as well :).

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Friday, November 11, 2011

Remembrance Day at School

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Today we went to the Remembrance Day assembly at our kids' school and each classroom had made a wreath as a tribute. I thought they were all beautifully done.

Our son Owen's grade 3 class sang a song and they did a great job!

Our school did an excellent job teaching the kids about the importance of Remembrance Day.

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Things No One Told Us About Kids With ADHD

Pin It I got the chance to write a bit for iVillage.ca this week -

Wish We'd Known: Things No One Told Us About Kids With ADHD

The article has contributions from several amazing women so please head over and check it out!!

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Invisalign Teen

Pin It Being a teenager is tough.

I remember how incredibly self-conscious I was. I spent most of my time wishing I could just disappear. An invisibility cloak like Harry Potter's would have been my idea of the perfect accessory :).

I hated a lot about the way I looked... everything from how tall I was (too tall) and my body size (too fat), to my hair (too frizzy) and my teeth (too many gaps, too much gums showing).

Looking back I can see how warped my self-image was. I mean really... this is me on the day of my high school graduation...

My hair was not frizzy, I was not too tall or too fat and my smile was nice. But at the time I was even too self-conscious to go with a "real" date so I made my very kind friend Greg from my church youth group take me to my graduation.

My point is that a teenager does not need any help feeling bad about themselves. Having to wear uncomfortable metal braces is just one more thing that could make a teen feel self-conscious. I know so many women who refused to smile as teens because of their braces. How sad is that?!!

Thanks to Mom Central I was recently introduced to Invisalign Teen.

Here are Some facts:        
- Invisalign Teen effectively straightens teeth like metal braces and is an ideal choice for active teens
- Invisalign is not only available for adults. The new Invisalign Teen was developed with leading orthodontists who understand the unique treatment and compliance needs of teens as well as their active lifestyles
- Every patient’s needs are different and there are many factors that determine the cost of Invisalign treatment. But, in most cases, Invisalign is comparable in costs to traditional braces, is covered by most dental insurance plans, and affordable financing options are always available.
- Invisalign’s treatment capabilities are not limited to mild/cosmetic cases – Invisalign can help correct a broad range of cases: Overly crowded teeth, widely spaced teeth, crossbite, overbite and underbite
- Invisalign treatment is also ideal for busy parents because there are never any emergency appointment from broken wires/brackets; it requires fewer appointment (because you get your sets in advance) and less chair time (for those uncomfortable tightenings)
- The total treatment time with Invisalign averages between nine and 15 months and the number of aligners worn during treatment is between 18 and 30. Treatment time is about the same as with metal braces and in some cases, shorter.
- There are almost two million Invisalign cases in treatment or completed worldwide (15-20% are teens)

You can enter to win an Invisalign Teen full treatment (value of up to $7000!) here:

Disclosure – I am participating in the Invisalign Teen program by Mom Central Canada on behalf of Align Technology, Inc. I received compensation as a thank you for my participation. The opinions on this blog are my own.

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