It’s a Craft Boutique with @DKCanada {#GIVEAWAY}

I absolutely LOVE DK Canada books and right now, until October 15th, they have a Craft Boutique going on where you can receive 30% off of selected craft related books! One book that I am excited to check out is Make Your Own Gifts book. My daughter and I are both crafty people and she LOVES to make gifts for others almost every single day. This book might gift us some great ideas for gifts for the holidays. IT’S GIVEAWAY TIME!Prize: Make Your Own Gifts and Handmade Gifts Book from DK CanadaOpen to: Canadian Residents Entry-Form Check out our Canadian … Continue reading

Celebrate Star Wars Reads Day with @DKCanada #StarWarsReads {GIVEAWAY}

What will they think of next? Did you know that October 5th, 2013 is Star Wars Reads Day?! What does this mean for you? It allows anyone who is a Star Wars fan to get excited about reading, which as we know for our young children is SO important! Many children are not motivated to read, but all it takes is a topic that excites them and all of sudden there is instant interest. I wrote a post about literacy and motivation this summer. My son is starting to really become an early reader, but he does still need encouragement. … Continue reading

TD Summer Reading Club for Kids #YMCKidsRead

LITERACY IS SO IMPORTANT! This post is part of’s support of the TD Summer Reading Club program and other TD Children’s Literacy initiatives. From the time I found out I was pregnant, one of the very first things that I made sure to do was to read to my babies! My husband and I chose one favourite book, Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney and we read it to my tummy almost every day. At the time, I was a Kindergarten teacher and children’s literacy was such a passion of mine (it still is!). We have … Continue reading

Summer Reading Made Easy with @Kobo

My daughter, who is 8 years old absolutely LOVES to read! She will literally pick up a book and within part of a day be done. She reads very fast and I am often surprised with how impressive her comprehension skills are given how quickly she can read an entire book. Because of her love of reading and her speed, this summer I feel like we will be running back and forth to the library and book stores every other day in order to keep up! One way that we can make reading fun for her (not that we have … Continue reading

Help Kids Through Books: Wilma Jean the Worry Machine by @JuliaCookOnline

As a former Kindergarten teacher and childrens’ literacy advocate, I am a true believer that books can influence and help children! Childrens’ books can be entertaining and educational but they can also be helpful. Not only is the content of a book important, but when a parent and child sit down together to share a book, some magical things can happen! Bonds can grow stronger through literature and teachable moments can occur rather easily. Books can help guide parents to assist their children when they are struggling with a specific problem. Today, the problem that I would like to focus … Continue reading

Great Gift Ideas for 7-15 year olds from @DKCanada

My daughter is turning 8 next week and in looking for gift ideas, I stumbled upon two great ideas from DK Publishing for children in her age group. For a Limited Time Only, all books in the Time to Play Boutique at DK Canada are 30% off! Doodlepedia Pretty Rated for 7-12 yearsby DK PublishingDoodlepedia Pretty is a fun, colourful, fact filled and creative book that is made for children who enjoy learning and drawing all at once. There are opportunities for children to draw their own pictures as well as colour various pre-drawn scenes. This book is perfect for … Continue reading

Children’s Books for Black History Month from @ScholasticCA

February is Black History Month. There are many books that can be shared with children during this month. Scholastic has two books that are worth sharing. Scholastic Synopsis:An uplifting tale of love, kinship, and gifts, passed down through generations. There are moments in each person’s life that we take great care to remember: the pride of a young girl standing up for herself for the first time; the heartbreak of leaving one’s country and family for a new beginning; the thrill of getting ready for the piano recital of a lifetime. In Sharon Dennis Wyeth’s family these moments were marked … Continue reading

{Book Review} Unlikely Friendships for Kids By Jennifer S. Holland

Published by Workman Publishing, $9.95 CANThese Unlikely Friendships books based on the New York Times bestselling book by Jennifer S. Holland are stories based on hope, friendship and overcome differences. The true stories within these books show the power of friendship. These hardcover books are stories appropriate for children aged 7+. The text in these books is of a good size, making reading less challenging. The real photographs of animals featured throughout these books definitely help to capture a child’s interest and to engage them further into the stories. These animal stories are inspirational and educational. Children can learn about … Continue reading

A is for Ketchup by Xavier Finkley {Book Review}

About Guest Reviewer:Lori is a mother of two and self-proclaimed DIY junkie. She shares shopping deals, frugal tips and DIY inspiration at Frugal Edmonton Mama. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest sharing tips, tricks and DIY projects to save you money. published via Createspace, Amazon’s self-publishing platform A is for Ketchup. “No it’s not!” That’s the first thing that the toddler noticed when we sat down to read this book together. A new book is one of her favorite things, and a silly new book? Well, she just loves that.You know what I love? I love the … Continue reading

Recipe Book: Holiday Slow Cooker

We received a Slow Cooker as a wedding gift and until this year, I hadn’t ever pulled it out! Now I am wondering why it took me this long to use the most convenient cooking appliance ever! I recently received a recipe book called Holiday Slow Cooker ~ Delicious Recipes for a Year of Hassle-Free Celebrations by Jonnie Downing. This recipe book is definitely a time saver as far as preparing holiday meals go, but there are many meal ideas that can be used day to day, year round!Some examples of recipes included in the book are: Pork Loin with … Continue reading