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Star Wars Gift Ideas for Father’s Day #HallmarkPressPause

Star Wars Bottle Opener Collage

My hubby is a HUGE Star Wars fan! Whenever I see Star Wars Gift Ideas, I am always tempted to buy him one of everything! Right now, some of my favourite Star Wars Gift Ideas are Bottle Openers with SOUND! They retail for $14.95 and come in three characters: Darth Vader, Chewbacca and Yoda. Hallmark Canada has many other Father’s Day Gift Ideas including special books, desk top sentiments, mugs, photo frames and more! Of course, some of my favourite gift ideas for Father’s Day are home made, but that might just be the Kindergarten teacher in me! Be sure … Continue reading

Let’s Party Together at the Ultimate Blog Party 2014 #UBP14

Welcome to Multi-Testing Mommy

I have joined this exciting ultimate blog party many times over the past few years and I have always enjoyed getting to know other bloggers and finding new blogs to add to my list of blogs to follow. The girls over at 5MinutesforMom.com are so awesome to put this event together every year and I truly appreciate their generous time and efforts to make this happen. My name is Amanda. I live in the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) and am a proud Canadian. I have two children; a 5 year old son and a newly turned 9 year old daughter. … Continue reading

At What Age Can Children Walk to School Independently?

What age can children walk to school independently

I’m sure you have heard of Kathy Buckworth before, she is an award winning writer, public speaker, spokesperson and television personality. Yesterday, Kathy spoke on CFRB 1010 Radio on the topic of children walking to school independently. I was also privy to a group discussion on this exact topic which got me thinking about my own children. Recently, I have found myself questioning how much independence or lack of independence I am giving my daughter who is about to turn 9 years old. I think back to when I was 9 and I was walking to school (a 15 minute … Continue reading

Quercetti Migoga Super Marble Run from @MastermindToys

Are you looking for a last minute gift idea that will be a hit with a young child on Christmas Day? I’ve got one for you! Quercetti Migoga 106 Piece Super Marble Run During the first couple of weeks of Kindergarten, my son would talk about a marble building toy in the Building Centre at school. At the school’s open house, I asked him to show it to me so that I understood exactly what his favourite toy had become. No wonder my son loves this toy! He can build it, use his imagination and creativity AND have a marble … Continue reading

My Son LOVES Playing #ImaginextAdventures

As a former Kindergarten teacher, I am always on the look out for good quality toys that encourage my children to use their imaginations and creativity! I am also not one for violent toys, so when I see a toy that meet all of these requirements, I jump on the opportunity! My son loves firefighters and police officers. Like many boys of his age, he wants to be a firefighter OR a police officer (he flips between the two and sometimes says both) when he grows up. Following his interest, I agreed to review the Imaginext Rescue City Centre. My … Continue reading

Literacy on Demand {Techie Tuesday}

Literacy and Technology go together hand in hand in this day and age. Last summer, as September approached, my wife (and your lovely hostess here) was more than a little bit panicked. You see, three years earlier, when our daughter was heading into JK (that’s junior kindergarten, or “pre-K” for some of you) she was already working with a fairly substantial list of sight words; not to mention her printed words were far above what was expected of a four year old. Our son? Not so much. Despite her best efforts, my wife could never engage him in literacy-building activities … Continue reading

Did You know that @willkidsmusic is Coming to Town?! {#GIVEAWAY}

Actually, Will Stroet will be singing in a few places including: Calgary on Oct. 6 Vancouver on Oct. 14 COUPON CODE: To receive $2 off Will’s Calgary show at 1:30 pm use the promo code “Calgaryfriends” One of my favourite Will Stroet songs is “Full of Beans”. You can listen to it here: I love childrens’ entertainers, it must be the former Kindergarten teacher in me OR the fact that secretly, I’d LOVE to be a childrens’ entertainer myself! Regardless, I enjoy listening and watching kid music and Will Stroet is absolutely no exception! His songs are fun, silly and … Continue reading

DIY Microwavable Bean Bag ~ Back to School Teacher Gift

What seems like many moons ago, but in reality it was only 8 years ago, I was at the receiving end at school. I was a Kindergarten teacher, accepting (and prying) my students from their parents into my classroom. My heart still goes out to the Kindergarten teachers, the children AND the parents because I have been on all sides of the situation and none of them are easy. I also still remember the feeling of a completely exhausted body after the first day of school. You see, I spent a physically labour intensive week leading up to the first … Continue reading

Decorate Your Home with @wisedecor – Meaningful Wall Quotes! {#GIVEAWAY}

Did you know that International Literacy Day is coming up on September 8th, 2013? As a former Kindergarten teacher, exposing and teaching young children to literacy is very close to my heart! One of the ways that you can do this is to have words in your child’s surroundings. Wise Decor is a fun and decorative way that you can do this by placing wall quotes around your home. We have two places that I will be placing decorative wall quotes in our home. The first is in our kitchen above my childrens’ art wall! We will be putting up … Continue reading

Get Organized with @OliversLabels for Back to School

Oliver’s Labels is a Canadian Company that sells personalized labels for all occasions including Back to School, Summer Camp, Daycare, every day use, Allergy Information and more! They offer over 40 great designs, including my favourite, Eric Carle’s Very Hungry Caterpillar and Brown Bear, Brown Bear! The great selection of designs at Oliver’s Labels appeal to all ages from infants up to tweens, teens and adults! The labels themselves are VERY durable (we have been testing them out in our house with my “not so gentle kids” for a couple of years now!) and are made from high-performance, waterproof, and … Continue reading