Back to School with DK Books {Plus #Giveaway}

Now that the kids are back in school, it’s also time to get back into our routine. As the weather gets wetter and cooler and with TV time limits tightening up, I’m starting to look for more inside activities for my kids. DK Books has a Back to School Boutique featuring tons of educational books perfect for them! Most of these are aimed at older kids, but we discovered a couple of books that my girls found fascinating. They both get completely engrossed in leafing through the books and looking at all the pictures. These books are a great way to encourage their interest in the natural world!

Smithsonian: The Animal Book

Smithsonian Animal Book

I was sad not to see the plucky platypus here, but other than that omission, The Animal Book does an excellent job of introducing kids to the extraordinary diversity of life on Earth. The book is structured according to the scientific taxonomy of species with sections on microscopic life, fungi, plants, invertebrates, insects, fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. More than 1500 species are presented here in gorgeous full colour photography.

Fact boxes help kids learn the key features of each class of creature (see the Insects page below), and scale boxes compare various groups of creatures to the size of a human thumb, hand, or body to help give a better idea of their relative sizes (see the Bears page below).

While the book is targeted at somewhat older children (8-12 years), both my girls loved simply flipping through all the gorgeous pictures and asking questions about the familiar, weird, and wonderful living creatures contained in the pages.

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Hey, What’s the Big Idea!? Imagination Movers Back in Blue Tour #IMCanadaTour

Well, the big idea here is educational entertainment, and no one does edutainment quite like The Imagination Movers! This award winning foursome from New Orleans was here in Vancouver this past Sunday at The Vogue Theatre for their Back In Blue Tour and let me tell you – they sure put on a great show for the kids. Vancouver was stop 2 on this amazing 16 city tour across Canada!

True to their name, The Movers really move and after some stretching the audience was ready to move too, and shake to “Shakable You”. Whether we were shaking, clapping, or doing the fridge dance for “What’s in the Fridge”, we danced the whole show through. The Imagination Movers engaged with the audience every chance they had, coming down to the floor to high five, dance and party with the kids who were brave enough to get up and chase them around the theatre.

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Win Movie Tickets to See Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

I remember reading Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day as a child. Do you? Disney has now made this classic children’s book into a feature film hitting theatres nationwide October 10, 2014!

“Disney’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day follows the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life — a day that begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by one calamity after another. But when Alexander tells his upbeat family about the misadventures of his disastrous day, he finds little sympathy and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him. He soon learns that he’s not alone when his mom (Jennifer Garner), dad (Steve Carell), brother (Dylan Minnette) and sister (Kerris Dorsey) all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Anyone who says there is no such thing as a bad day just hasn’t had one.”

Check out the movie trailer!


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Camping with Cloth Diapers

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My family went tent camping for three days and two nights earlier this week, and we did it with Keira in cloth diapers. This isn’t the first time we’ve gone camping with a little one in diapers, though the last occasion was two years ago and things were easier simply because there was only one kid in the mix. But if you’ve ever wondered whether taking your cloth diapers camping with you is doable, here’s how I did it.

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Now You Can Personalize Your My Monopoly Board Game! {Plus #Giveaway}

Everybody’s played Monopoly, right? Did you ever wonder how many versions there are of this classic board game? Yehuda counts over 2500 special editions. Wow! There’s a Metallica edition, a Vancouver Canucks edition, Lord of the Rings edition, My Little Pony edition, and seven Star Wars-related editions. There are numerous electronic and junior versions, and there’s even an inflatable one! And now, Hasbro has just released the ultimate in customization – My Monopoly! Families can now personalize their Monopoly game like never before!

My Monopoly

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Clean Air GoPro Hero3 #Giveaway

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Welcome to the Clean Air GoPro Giveaway Event, sponsored by Air Scrubber Plus and hosted by Happy Mothering. We’re excited to introduce to you Air Scrubber Plus, a revolutionary new technology to help clean the air and surfaces of your home all year round, and offer you the chance to win a GoPro Hero3 ($199 value)!

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My Little Pony Friendship is Magic: Spooktacular Pony Tales DVD Review

MLP Spooktacular Pony TalesHalloween is sneaking up on us already, and all of Ponyville is getting into the spirit! My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic: Spooktacular Pony Tales is perfect to bring some spooky fun home. New on DVD from Shout! Factory Kids in collaboration with Hasbro Studios, Spooktacular Pony Tales features 6 fun episodes and a bonus sing-along music video, “Bats”. The DVD also comes with a full colour Halloween MLP poster and two pumpkin carving stencils featuring Nightmare Moon and Trixie.

“Join your favourite residents of Ponyville – Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy, Rarity, Applejack, Pinkie Pie and, of course, Spike – as they take on some of the spookiest adventures Equestria’s ever seen! Time to gather round and hold on tight, because these six exciting tales are a chillingly good romp!”

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Preparing for Potty Training

Keira just turned two last month. That means it’s about that time to start preparing for potty training! Even though I’ve done it once before, I’m still looking forward to this with equal amounts of anticipation and dread. The idea of Keira being out of cloth diapers is exciting but kind of sad at the same time. My baby is growing up!

2 year old Keira

I’m looking forward to not having to deal with dirty diapers anymore, but the learning period means a lot of clean up and patience. And to be perfectly honest, I’m going to miss discovering new diapers, testing them, and blogging about them. Though I guess we’ll have some time with cloth trainers before it all goes away!

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Spence and Marie bumGenius AIO Freetime #ClothDiaper #Giveaway

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Welcome to the Spence & Marie Freetime Diaper Giveaway

Hosted by Conservamom

bumGenius has done it again and come out with another gorgeous set of limited edition diaper prints for your little one. Spence and Marie are gorgeous prints with a nautical theme sure to make your little one jump for joy.

One lucky winner will get their chance to win this gorgeous set of diapers in the AIO Freetime Style. All you have to do is enter below for your chance to win. One winner will get both prints. This giveaway is open to US &CA and ends on 9/29 at 11:59pm. Good luck!
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