How do you like them apples? Celebrating 50 years with Chudleigh’s Farm 🍎 #Chudleighs

How do you like them apples? Celebrating 50 years with Chudleigh’s Farm 🍎 #Chudleighs

This time last week I met my friend Ann at Chudleigh’s Entertainment Farm and Bakery in Milton, Ontario to celebrate the orchard’s 50th anniversary. Chudleigh’s was one of the first u-pick apple orchards in Ontario and one of the first in the area to introduce entertainment farms with wagon rides, a children’s play area and friendly farm animals to round out the pick-your-own experience. But you might know Chudleigh’s for its famous apple blossoms — the insanely delicious single-serve apple pies made with Chudleigh’s family recipes and enjoyed all over the world, from Canada to Dubai to Australia and everywhere in between. Here are some scenes from our day.  Continue reading “How do you like them apples? Celebrating 50 years with Chudleigh’s Farm 🍎 #Chudleighs”

Clear the clutter! Spring cleaning your Netflix profile #StreamTeam

Clear the clutter! Spring cleaning your Netflix profile #StreamTeam

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We always say our house never looks as clean as it does when someone’s coming to visit. And you can tell by the state of the house that we don’t get many visitors. But with Spring sprung and Summer just around the corner, I feel like I want to tackle some of those long-overlooked areas, including my digital spaces.  Continue reading “Clear the clutter! Spring cleaning your Netflix profile #StreamTeam”

Because Dads like nice things too: Specter Wireless ELUX headphones for Father’s Day + Win a pair!

Because Dads like nice things too: Specter Wireless ELUX headphones for Father’s Day + Win a pair!

I know my hubby’s not the only dad who gets the short end of the stick for Father’s Day. But it’s partly his fault since he always insists he doesn’t want anything. Unlike me, he’s not the least bit materialistic, and (also unlike me) he’s hesitant to acquire anything new when the old and/or duct-taped will do. Which has forced us to get creative with our gifts. We’ve made personalized t-shirts with iron-on letters, videos with the kids telling him what they love about him, hand and foot prints in plaster (because you can never have too many of those, ha ha) and framed copies of pictures he’d never seen. And they were all well and good and much appreciated, but you know, dads like nice things too. (Well a lot of dads, I’m guessing.) And since his headphones finally bit the dust after years of being held together with duct tape, we’re giving him a new pair. But not just any pair — they’re the Specter Wireless ELUX (clever how that rhymes with deluxe). I received them free-of-charge to try.  Continue reading “Because Dads like nice things too: Specter Wireless ELUX headphones for Father’s Day + Win a pair!”

Netflix and other preoccupations

Netflix and other preoccupations

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Some decisions should be easier than others, but when you’re riddled with anxiety they all seem to carry the weight of the world. Like this month I was back and forth (and back and forth!) about whether to let the kids watch Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events before finally deciding they’re not ready for it. (Especially my seven-year-old. He’s a sensitive little guy and I’m sure he’d find it too scary.) I don’t think there’s any harm in waiting another year or two when they’re perfectly happy with the new seasons of Voltron and Home: Adventures With Tip and Oh that debuted this month. It’s not like we’re at a loss for things to watch.  Continue reading “Netflix and other preoccupations”

Gifts for the littles: nesting favourites + A giveaway

Gifts for the littles: nesting favourites + A giveaway

Shopping for baby gear has come a long way since I was out to here with my first child 10 years ago. (Ten years ago?! How is that possible?!) I mean yes, you still have those crappy cookie-cutter megastores where you have as much chance of finding a staff member as you do laying an egg, but now you also have places like The Baby Cubby that go the extra mile to give shoppers exceptional selection and service. The Utah-based company reached out to me recently to introduce themselves in hopes that I might introduce them to you, and ‘tho I couldn’t visit the store because Utah, I was pleasantly surprised by their online shop and think you will be too.  Continue reading “Gifts for the littles: nesting favourites + A giveaway”

Holidays are happier with Trollhunters on Netflix

Holidays are happier with Trollhunters on Netflix

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Merry Christmas and happy holidays, everybody! We’ve got dinner in the oven and Christmas music playing on the radio and everyone is chilling in their own way on what’s turned out to be a mostly merry day. But anyone whose got kids home for the holidays knows the holly jolly can only last so long — the threat of boredom looms large with so much time away from school and the usual activities and you’ve got to be quick on your feet with a few strategies to bust those I’ve got nothing to doooooo blues. This year Netflix gave us one the whole family can enjoy: 13 hours of adventure, suspense and imagination with the all-new series Trollhunters.  Continue reading “Holidays are happier with Trollhunters on Netflix”

Some days are golden + A giveaway

Some days are golden + A giveaway

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I’m a city girl at heart but you know, you get out in the country on a gorgeous afternoon and it’s easy to see its charms. We got back to nature yesterday to pick apples at a sweet little farm just 20 minutes out of the city, taking in giant whiffs of fresh country air under a brilliant blue sky. Some days are golden. Yesterday was one of them.  Continue reading “Some days are golden + A giveaway”

Help us beat the bell + A Skechers giveaway

Help us beat the bell + A Skechers giveaway

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Why is getting out the door for school always such a scramble? No seriously, why? WHYYYYYYYY? I feel like we do all the right things — set out our clothes the night before, wake up at a decent time, and make sure the kids have their backpacks all packed and ready to go before they sneak in a cartoon (they’re loving Beat Bugs) or do anything else, and it’s still a mad dash to get there on time. And we live three blocks away! How do you do it? I could really use some advice.  Continue reading “Help us beat the bell + A Skechers giveaway”

Who Broke the Teapot?! by Bill Slavin

Who Broke the Teapot?! by Bill Slavin

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Some days (okay, a lot of days) it doesn’t make me much to fly off the handle, so I can totally relate to the mom in Bill Slavin’s Who Broke the Teapot?!Her favourite teapot is broken (seriously! can we ever have nice things?) and no one is fessing up. Was it Dad, lounging about in his underwear with the paper? How ’bout Cat, tangled up in a ball of yarn? Or maybe Baby (don’t underestimate the little ones!) sitting in his highchair? Or was it someone else?  Continue reading “Who Broke the Teapot?! by Bill Slavin”

March Netflix picks for kids

March Netflix picks for kids

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Oh good, you’re here! You’re just in time. I have some good news I wanted to share with everybody and didn’t want to start without you. No, we’re not having another baby. (But ahhh! That new baby smell!) Moving? Not before I see what Amanda Forrest has in mind for our dining room, that’s for sure. It’s super fun blogging news, everybody! Netflix invited me to join its exclusive group of bloggers — aka the Stream Team — so I’ll be privy to all kinds of exciting news about your favourite and soon-to-be-favourite movies, shows and original series and sharing it here with you! This month we’re going to take a quick look at some of the new shows out for kids. VIP baby! Continue reading “March Netflix picks for kids”